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“My sheep recognize my voice. I know them, and they follow me.” John 10:27 (MSG) 

Don’t you just love when you are sitting in church listening to the preacher and then suddenly you feel like God says  “hey, this point is for you.” Every time that happens it always comes in loud and clear and that is exactly how last Sunday was within the first five minutes! Have you ever been praying for something and your waiting for some big gesture to happen to confirm that its God speaking to you? Well Sunday this particular point was brought to my attention… over sensationalizing God’s presence. While God can do big gestures to speak to us He doesn’t only work this way, sometimes it is something so simple yet just as real and meaningful but speaking to us just the same.

Since this has been brought to my attention I have tried very hard to be intentional about being aware of those smaller moments where God is speaking to me. He is with me everyday, I can feel His presence in my life and I just have to take a moment to see all the little things He says/does throughout the day and those moments are just as important and significant as the times when He does something “big!”

Photo Credit: Travis Isaac

It’s Friday and what a wonderful Friday it has been. This was a busy week and I had to remind myself that I can’t let the busy moments of life keep me from spending time with God and worshiping Him. Those times when life seems to be flying by are the most important to stop and make sure our focus is centered on God. So today take a moment, recharge yourself and worship our God with these worship verses.

“Sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the earth.” Psalm 96:1 (NIV)  

“Worship the Lord in the splendor of his holiness; tremble before him, all the earth.” Psalm 96:9 (NIV)

“Exalt the Lord our God and worship at his footstool; he is holy.” Psalm 99:5 (NIV) 

Photo Credit: Steve Snodgrass

The Joy of Family

November 2, 2011 — Leave a comment

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“When you look at your life, the greatest happinesses are family happinesses.” Joyce Brothers

We have officially entered the month of November. Our family has two things to look forward to this month, obviously Thanksgiving, but the other is Eli’s first birthday! Yay! I can’t believe it is already just around the corner. When people tell you that your kids grow up to fast and time flies quickly they aren’t kidding! It can be hard to believe as a new mom when you are sleep deprived. I know I was that way. I remember saying that I would be so happy if Eli would just learned to sleep through the night. Of course he learned and I was SO happy, but looking back now that time just zoomed right on by and we are about to celebrate his birthday! I tell myself all the time to treasure every little moment we have together so I don’t blink and he’s graduating high school. But, I have a feeling that when that day comes regardless of how much I treasured each day it will probably still feel like I blinked and he grew up.

What I don’t like though is that there is no way to fix this problem! Life is supposed to progress, babies are supposed to grow up… it’s how life works. Precious memories, lots of pictures and quality time as a family is the only thing we can do as a “solution.” That way as our kids get older we can look back at the family life we gave them and know that we didn’t miss out. This journey of being a parent is by far the best journey I have been on. My son makes me laugh every day and I love watching him grow and learn. As a child and teen I always thought that time passed slowly, but as I have grown up, had a child of my own I realize just how quickly it truly does pass us by. Maybe one day children and teens will learn to not wish for time to go faster, although I think that is just part of their nature. So today I am soaking up each new memory I get to make with my family because one day my baby will grow up.

 

Faith: Take a Moment

October 13, 2011 — Leave a comment

He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” Psalm 46:10 (NIV) 

This video is from Elevation Church. I don’t know exactly how they used the video, I’m guessing it might have been to introduce a sermon. But, I thought the video had such a great point. All of us get so busy and caught up with the day-to-day parts of our lives. It can be so easy to go through the week and not even take a moment just to talk to God or read His word. He wants our attention just as much as everything and everyone else does. He loves hearing from us, even just telling Him how our day is going. Sometimes it only takes a small reminder of that for us to make more of an effort to make God more a part of our life daily.


 

“A place for everything, everything in its place.” Benjamin Franklin 

“For fast-acting relief, try slowing down.” Lily Tomlin

I am sitting next to a pile of clean clothes that are just waiting to be folded and put away. There are days where I wish the laundry would just do itself, along with the house cleaning too. I know I am not alone in this thinking. Here ‘s a funny fact about me you may not know. When my husband and I first got married I was obsessed with cleaning and having everything in its place. I have always been like that, but I think the reason it was so magnified was that we lived in a 500 square foot apartment. A place that small only takes one thing out-of-place to feel like a mess. I also loved cleaning, probably the most when we lived there because it took a total of 45 minutes to clean, and that was a deep clean too. Gradually as we have moved to bigger places things have changed. I still love a clean home, I still believe everything has a place and it should be in that place. But, the intensity of it has changed. Having a child who is at the age that he is crawling around and wanting to explore also makes it hard to have everything in its place all day long. Now I keep things picked up as we go and put away the big toys at nap time and bedtime. I think it is safe to say that my husband would tell you its a good balance now. Before I used to get flustered over the clutter, which would make me go in my crazy cleaning mode often because I couldn’t relax. That perfectionist in me just couldn’t relax if our home wasn’t just right. Now, we have a clean home, things get put up as they go and I am able to sit back and enjoy family time instead of stressing over the things still needed to be put away. We all learn these lessons as we go. I learned over the years that life is too short to be stressed and obsessed over the imperfections. Its more important to enjoy the blessings of each day.