Sunday, March 30, 2008

Little Weekend Trip...

I took a trip with my parents to Tyler, TX this weekend without kids to visit some family up there and go on the annual Historic Home Tour and see the Azalea trails with them. This was my first time to Tyler.

The 7 historic homes we were able to walk through were very fascinating. I have posted a picture of my favorite home we walked through along with the hostesses dressed in their historic gowns, and the Azalea gardens were just breathtaking as you see in the pictures.

Friday, March 28, 2008

A Birthday to Remember...

in dedication...

and loving memory of...

Audrey Kate Moran

Born March 28, 2005

a blessing from the Lord...

truly loved and missed!

Continuing to pray for the Moran and Reiner families

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Awesome Video!

Probably most of you have seen this who look on here, but I just watched it again and had to post it. The song is "Everything" by Lifehouse. I am brought to tears everytime I watch it.

"Everything" by Lifehouse Drama

Choose Today Whom You Will Serve...

This devotional came to my email the other day. One of the best I've received so far...hit me in the gut!

Choose Today Whom You Will Serve
"But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your forefathers served beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD."
Then the people answered, "Far be it from us to forsake the LORD to serve other gods! 17 It was the LORD our God himself who brought us and our fathers up out of Egypt, from that land of slavery, and performed those great signs before our eyes. He protected us on our entire journey and among all the nations through which we traveled."
Joshua 24:15-17

This part was written by Robert Dugall:

We all have many choices to make every day. Choices come in all shapes and sizes, from the easy to the complex and difficult. We make choices that don't make much difference in our lives, those that mold the quality of our character, and those that profoundly influence us. Many of us probably don't think about this on a day-to-day basis but it is indeed true: we are the sum total of the choices we make. With every choice we reveal what we actually believe. There really is no confusion in figuring out who a person is and what he really believes...simply look at his choices!
Someone once told me that every decision we make either brings us closer to God and His design for our lives, or moves us further from Him and His design. In my life, this saying has proved itself true time and again. I realize that I am only a choice or two away from completely melting down or even destroying my life. Every choice is filled with potential failure or success. Every choice is filled with opportunities for growth or for stepping backwards.
Frankly, there are a lot of voices to which we can respond when making choices. Each voice comes from something or someone who demands your allegiance. Remember, God is calling you to choose. Which voice are you going to respond to most often in your life? Are you going to listen to those other 'gods' who are calling for you to follow them, or are you going to tune into God's frequency and follow His voice? As you think about your life today, remember how God has loved you and guided you faithfully. Then as each voice comes and seeks your allegiance, choose to follow the voice that leads you into paths of righteousness, holiness, and grace.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Teaching Moments with My Children

"Sons are a heritage from the LORD, children a reward from him.
Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are sons born in one's youth."
Psalm 1247:3-4

This verse really shows how important it is to train our children to live Godly lives. They are an arrow that we are called to guide in the right direction. What a great responsibility that is for us as parents.
This week, I've gotten back to reading Hannah's One-Year Bible with her. I bought it last year with the intention of reading with her every night for a year...ha! but got out of the habit after a month..(cringe) I've been quite convicted lately about my lack of spiritual training I've given my kids overall, and with that, God has stirred up a fresh desire to jump back into to it and trust that he wil use every effort I give for His ultimate Glory.
This week, as I've been reading with Hannah, the Lord brought 1 John 1:9 to my mind as I was teaching Hannah about confessed sin and the supernatural result of that when the Holy Spirit is in us as believers of Jesus. She is a believer so it's great that she can already apply this. I then challenged Hannah to name a sin that she has seen someone commit at school. We discussed that some, and then we went into other examples of sin, which gave her something to identify with, so she'll know when to depend on the Holy Spirit to help her not sin, and make the right choices. I also told her how even worry is a sin, because it's the opposite of faith and it's not trusting God in a certain situation, and I shared with her that I struggle with that sin daily.
So last night, she wrote down 1 John 1:9 in her journal as her memory verse this week, and then I asked Hannah to name a sin that she has committed that she needs to confess. She said that she was worried yesterday about not doing well in a challenging situation in a P.E. activity they were given. So we talked about that a little, then I opened up our story for the night, and lo and behold, it was about King Saul and how he hid after he was named king, because was worried and anxious over not doing a good job with a great responsibility, and wasn't trusting the Holy Spirit within him to give him the wisdom and ability to do his job well. And the verse that corresponded with it was this:
"Cast all your anxiety on him, because he cares for you" 1 Peter 5:7
I was floored, that God led Hannah to share something that applied directly to our Bible reading so that I could show her through scripture how God can help her in that situation.

Thank you, Lord, that you have guided my efforts already as I strive to disciple my children so they can know that you can and will meet their every need in their daily lives. Amen

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Easter weekend

I haven't posted in a few days as I've been unwinding from our whirlwind weekend. It was full of fun and joyful memories as we celebrated our risen Saviour from Friday thru Sunday, as well as
my niece's 6th birthday party on Saturday.

Here are the girls drawing with their egg-shaped chalk on the driveway Friday.

Below: the girls getting pedicures by their Aunt Shelly at cousin Serah's birthday party. We loved watching Rebekah so intently watch her toes get painted. She could have been a statue, she was so still.

On Easter Sunday, we went to church which was a wonderful morning of worship, and Pastor Mark continued to challenge us with his series on taking up our cross as Jesus commanded.

Afterwards, we we headed out to Gramma and Big Dad's following the service and took some pictures of the kids in their Easter clothes before they changed into their play clothes. Then we had a big lunch with our family. We were blessed to have the Rigby clan from my mom's side of the family out to join us. Following lunch, we hid 85 eggs for the 7 kids we had with us to hunt down.


Enjoying some treats after the hunt

Rejoice! For Jesus is Risen!

Saturday, March 22, 2008

His Grace Still Amazes Me...

This video was shown at the Good Friday service last night at church. It really blessed me. This is one of my favorite songs along with clips from one of the best depictions of Christ's life, death, and resurrection,"Jesus of Nazareth".

Thursday, March 20, 2008

My Little 9-yr-old Author

Hannah has been working on a story at school that will be added to a whole book of stories from her class. The stories are told through the eyes of a possum. Tim and I had a good chuckle reading her story.

Here's what Hannah wrote.
“Look what I see, Sammy”! I said. “ There are humans in this place and they are eating peanuts and looking at a big toy (a TV)!” Sammy hurried over and took some leaves with him to eat. We were at the window staring at them. “Man, those peanuts sure look good”, I said. “Want one?” Sammy said. “Ewww!” “They are actually pretty good. "Whatever!", said Sammy. "Well, if you want a peanut, go get one.” “Ok!” I ran up the house, into the chimney and down I went. I peeked through. They were looking at Sammy. I saw a peanut under a chair. I scurried over and grabbed it. They heard me. They turned around and chased me. I went into the chimney and got out as fast as I could. I made it just in time. Sammy and I walked to the fence. I split the peanut in half and I went home to eat dinner. I was too full to eat. Then I went to bed.

Then the next day, Sammy and I went to our tree house. “Let’s see what they have now”, I said. “Ok, but you are gonna have to go with me, ok?” “OK!” We went up the house and down the chimney. “The coast is clear”, I said. We scurried into the kitchen. “I smell pancakes. Ow! Don’t touch that”, I said to Sammy. I picked up two pancakes, put it on the table and put syrup on it. When I looked at Sammy, he was sticky. "Go to the sink". He came back soaked. “Eat, and we better leave”. “Ok”. We left. When we got home we played outside for a while and then went inside. The end.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Thank you, Grandma Candy

Grandma Candy sent the girls an Easter surprise in the mail today from New York and they wanted to personally say, "Thank you"! This really made their day! They are peacefully sleeping with their bunnies tonight and we now have a driveway covered in chalk art as they drew with their egg-shaped sidewalk chalk this afternoon. They will certainly be enjoying all the other goodies that they received as well. And for the record, Faith repeated tonight while we put them all to bed that she loved her Grandma Candy so much. Click the "Play" button below to view their thank you message by video.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Movie recommendation

For music lovers, or even non-music lovers, I wanted to recommend the movie "August Rush", if you haven't seen it yet. Tim and I personally loved it. We heard some mediocre response from people who saw it, so we didn't expect much, therefore, were pleasantly surprised at how much we enjoyed it. It's got a great soundtrack, first of all, and even has a few spiritual things injected in it, and just overall an enjoyable story that is smartly (is that a word?) put together. I know people who love musical talent will definitely love it, but Tim proved that even those who don't care much about musical talent will enjoy it as well. Probably because the story surrounding all the musical intertwining is intriguing enough to keep you interested.

Friday, March 14, 2008

My FUNNY Walmart story...

So I went on an excursion to Walmart today. I say excursion, because we ended up being there for 2 hours...sigh. My main reason was that I wanted to find the girls Easter dresses that were inexpensive and I saw some the other day that were very cute and affordable. Plus I needed to pick up a birthday gift for a party tomorrow. So, off to Walmart we went. We went to pick some dresses out for the 2 younger girls and after a while, finally came to an agreeable decision, then went to the older girls' department to pick something out for Hannah. I prayed the whole time that it wouldn't be a battle of wills between Hannah and I, since our tastes are quite different right now. Surprisingly, she picked out something that was girly and Easter-y and that would go with the other girls' dresses, which I can be very OCD about in that direction. Did I forget to mention we had been there an hour by this point, plus had the token two trips to the bathroom, and the 3 and 5 yr old were getting very ancy and not staying put in the cart very well? It was one of those double-seated carts where they can get in and out way to easily. They need a lock-gate on those or something. Anyways, I mentioned to the girls that we were going to take Hannah to the dressing room to try her dress on. Well, I noticed a shopper walking by and chuckling as Rebekah was on the other side of the cart at this point. I didn' t think much of it, but when I turned to see what she was doing, suddenly I saw this buck naked (no panties, no nothin') 3 yr. old running in circles right in the middle of the children's section in Walmart with the biggest smile on her face. You guessed it! It was MY 3 yr. old. Apparently we were already in the dressing room in Rebekah's mind...LOL! First, I was mortified as I was scurrying to find her pile of clothes on the floor and asked Hannah and Faith to circle around Rebekah with me as I quickly got her back dressed, but quickly embarassment turned into laughter. Hannah and I couldn't hold it together at one point. I was imagining what this would look like in a sitcom or something. And we were probably giving some other shoppers a story to tell as well. So I can easily say that this one's going in the books as my most memorable trip to Walmart ever...well so far. After all, Rebekah is only 3. :)

Servanthood and Thank Offerings...

So I'm still trying to chew on what God showed me the other night in my "Praying the Names of God" book, that spoke so personally to me. It covered a few different ways that the name "Lord" is interpreted in the Hebrew translation. One being Yahweh, other being Adonai. The latter one is a more relational interpretation of our Lord, but then the author went into our servanthood toward our Lord. Why we are to be servants and what our response should be to our role as a servant.

A very large percentage of being a wife and mother entails being a servant. And I run into feeling bitter about that part of my role quite often these days. I know it's wrong yet no matter how much I don't like to be bitter, it creeps in almost daily. And the battle I fight in that is just draining in itself. Which in turn just makes me not want to do anything on those days like I had Wednesday. I know the moms that read this can probably relate. But what it really boils down to, is that I'm wanting gratitude and thanks from those I'm serving, and as we know, it just never works that way, does it? Most people on the outer circle from our families are good at being greatful for what's done for them, so it's easy to want to do things for those outside of our families. But I guess it's just a different dynamic within our families. It's kinda sad, but it's just that way I guess. And truthfully, I just personally need to get over my constant need for gratitude and appreciation, because it's not ever gonna be enough, and it's not about me anyways, is it?

Jesus teaches in Luke 17:7-10 about the heart of a servant and the response they should have in regards to their duty given to them. Which is basically humility and not expecting anything in return for what God or anyone has asked of us. We aren't earning anything. We are merely giving back to him for what Has already done for us.

So in light of that, I am going to recall and count some blessings that God has given me over time, and give a word of thanksgiving to Him who has done more for me than I could ever earn or deserve.

- God has provided me a husband who loves me more than I deserve, who has stuck with me through all of my shortcomings, and unpredictable emotions. I have not been thankful enough, either, that Tim allows me to be home with my kids, when I know I don't deserve that sometimes.
- God has never allowed us to miss a meal in our lifetime, nor be without transportation, or without a roof over our heads, no matter how thin our wallet got, which usually was from our own stupidity.

- He bore me into a loving, supportive family, and gave me a supportive, stable upbringing. That is unfortunately becoming less common in this lifetime.

- He plucked me out of a pit of deception and self-destruction that I had emersed myself in back in my post-high school days and then fulfilled my dream of becoming a wife and mom within 3 years after. Talk about redemption!
- I have 3 beautiful daughters that motivate me to keep moving forward each and every day. There was a time when I thought "1" was going to be our number of children after some infertility issues, which I'm sure would have been ok with me eventually, but God showed off big time when he eventually blessed me with 3. I know I need to keep reminding myself of that more often.

- And last, but of course, the most important, is that I have been redeemed by the blood of Jesus, and have an eternal destiny that is too vast, too big, and too joyful for my mind to even come close to conceiving. And that should be enough for me right there. If we only knew all that God has in store for us here on earth and in heaven.

That is just the tip of the iceburg when it comes to the blessings God has given, and I could never have earned any of it. Nor can I earn what is to come. But I can still strive to do all that he asks of me, for one, as an act of obedience, but I think more importantly, as a thank offering for the grace and blessing over my life that has been so freely given.
Just a side note, I like what Elizabeth said in response to my last post. "Progress, not perfection". Thank you, E, I really needed to hear that. My perfectionistic expectations is what paralyzes me a lot of the time.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Pursuing Christ

I'll explain the "Rudy" picture further down.

It seems like the past week or so, I've been at a loss for words as far as what to post on here. I know I don't have to put everything on here, but this is part of my journalling outlet, and I was thorougly enjoying the 1st few weeks of sharing what God was doing and such, my kids, etc, but then I just kinda hit a funk. I guess what I feel I've had over the past week or so could be deemed "blogger's block" :). Who knows.

I can't say that my spiritual life has necessarily been at a halt or anything, because I've had many visits with God lately that have been fruitful to some degree. My quiet times are becoming more frequent than ever, and that's a huge praise. But there wasn't something defining for me really that has happened. Just some moments of needing to completely depend on him to get me through some stuff. I know we all have to learn to just keep doing what God asks of us and not always expect some Damascus road experience. But as they say, we all like microwave responses sometimes, don't we. And maybe I've just been a little frustrated, which making it about me. God is not a genie in a bottle, is he? And I think I just got impatient especially today and decided to just do whatever my flesh wanted and boy does that mess things up.

So today, toward the late afternoon, I could almost declare this day a complete disaster as far as my ability to make any right choices. I was pretty down on myself because of it by the evening.

The week started off good. I had my week this week pretty planned out. I decided to spend Monday and yesterday doing fun things with my kids for Spring Break, which involved putting aside all the household duties and taking my kids out of the house. I've become quite the homebody so getting out 2 days in a row for a large portion of my day is quite an accomplishment for me. But I had planned to get caught up last Sunday with laundry and stuff, and then today I'd jump back in and catch up on what didn't get done around here the last few days. And man, it's amazing what two days of little housework can do. Therefore, I woke up this morning overwhelmed and then the fleshy side of me became very strong and I rebelled against it all, and what came with that was me not wanting to be "mommy" either, therefore came through the day doing minimal things of value. I spent way too much time on the computer, not enough time with my kids, and minimal time with the household stuff.

I then sat down this evening and flipped through the channels and came across the last 10 minutes of an all time favorite movie of mine, "Rudy". Man, I love that movie! I cry at the end every time, even when I haven't seen the rest of the movie beforehand. And it's great that it's a true story. I'm a sucker for those kind of true stories. This guy had everything going against him when he was trying to pursue his dream, and even his own family was against him. Yet he knew what he wanted and never gave up. I realized that I know the ultimate thing I want to pursue is Jesus Christ, but I want to give up on Him way to easily too much. At least, that's what the enemy and the world pursuade me to do. So I must not want it bad enough. But the difference is between me and Rudy, is Christ already has pursed us through the cross, though we aren't worthy by any standards, He came to us first. Football coaches never wanted anything to do with Rudy. And the least I can do is want Jesus as wholeheartedly as He wants me. I told God tonight that I want to want Him as bad as He wants me. Is that possible? It doesn't hurt to ask. But if it is, it can only happen through Him. So therefore, I have to abide in Him constantly. My mind just has such a hard time grasping all of it and trusting that it's the only way to go. I have to remind myself about who my identity is in Christ, not by what I do, or what the world says I am, etc. We just have to want the right thing as our goal, but we have to want it bad enough to receive all the Christ has already done for us. Because what He has done to reach us is already finished. Now, for me to embrace it fully.

I read something tonight in my quiet time as well that I hope to post tomorrow. It was so timely as far as how my day turned out. God knows how to prepare us for Him to speak directly to us, doesn't he? If today hadn't turned out like it did, I wouldn' t have received it the same. So cool!

It involves this scripture verse:

"You are my Lord; apart from you I have no good thing." Psalm 16:2

To be continued...

A Good Laugh from My Kids...

I've been meaning to post this for a week or so, but here's a few funny quotes from my kids.

A "funny" from our Hannah:

Tim came home the other day after having Hannah with him somewhere. I can't remember quite where they were at, but that's besides the point. So he proceed to tell me this funny interaction between them:

Hannah asked Tim a question that she didn't think he could answer, and lo and behold, he answered it correctly. Surprised, she then proceeded to ask "How did you know that?" He answered sarcasticly "I'm your daddy, and I know everything". She then came back with "No you don't, only God knows everything, and he doesn't like it when you say that".

That's my girl!

A "funny" from our Faith:

There was a sermon preached about a month ago that I actually missed due to sick kids, but some of my friends shared something that was taught that Sunday that I thought I'd start trying with my kids. It was a guest preacher, so I don't now his name, but he said with his kids that he says "Obedience brings blessing, and disobedience brings consequences" (when he said "blessing' he crossed his arms over his chest, and when he said "consequences" he raised his hand and patted is behind. So I thought I'd see how my kids responded when I tried that with them when they are having a hard time obeying. So one day, tried it with Faith during an instance.

I said "Faith, you need ot obey. Obedience brings blessings, and disobedience brings consequences (I actually forgot about the hand motions at that time).
So she looked at me with a confused look and said "That means nothing to me, mom".

I about fell on the floor, and was trying not to laugh too hard. So I just said back "Just do what your told" with a bit of a chuckle, as I'm thinking in my mind "That sure didn't work with her"...LOL. And truthfully, I haven't tried it again. I guess I've given up on that one a little too easily.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

A Fun Day at Gramma's

We spent the day out at my mom's today. It's been a few weeks since we've been over there and it'll be Easter Sunday before we get to go back. So we decided to have a "Spring Break" day there. The kids always love going out there.
Here's some pics of the girls painting seashells that we've brought home from the beach over the years. It's a favorite activity of theirs to do. And specifically, Rebekah was so fun to watch today as she joined the big kids. She was even painting a shell for each person there, and then painting some for imaginary people...LOL. Mom and I were cracking up at her very active imagination.

Sunday, March 9, 2008

One of My Favorite songs...

My Savior My God
by Aaron Shust

I am not skilled to understand
What God has willed, what God has planned
I only know at his right hand
Stands one who is my savior
I take him at his word and deed
Christ died to save me this I read
And in my heart I find a need
For him to be my savior

That he would leave his place on high
And come for sinful man to die
You count it strange, so once did I
Before I knew my savior

My savior loves, my savior lives
My savior's always there for me
My God he was, my God he is
My God he's always gonna be

Yes, living, dying; let me bring
My strength, my solace from this spring
That he who lives to be my king
Once died to be my savior
That he would leave his place on high
And come for sinful man to die
You count it strange, so once did I
Before I knew my savior

My savior loves, my savior lives
My savior's always there for me
My God he was, My God he is
My God he's always gonna be

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Casting Your Cares Unto God...

I read this in my email devotional this morning. This came to me right when I needed it. I need to memorize all of this so it can flow through my mind every day. Wow!

"In returning and rest shall ye be saved; in quietness and in confidence shall be your strength..." Isaiah 30:15

NIV translation:
"In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength..." Isaiah 30:15

Strive to see God in all things without exception, and-acquiesce in His will with absolute submission. Do everything for God, uniting yourself toHim by a mere upward glance, or by the overflowing of your heart towards Him. Never be in a hurry; do everything quietly and in a calm spirit. Do not lose your inward peace for anything whatsoever, even if your whole world seems upset. Commend all to God, and then lie still and be at rest in His bosom. Whatever happens, abide steadfast in a determination to cling simply to God, trusting to His eternal love for you; and if you find that you have wandered forth from this shelter, recall your heart quietly and simply. Maintain a holy simplicity of mind, and do not smother yourself with a host of cares, wishes, or longings, under any pretext.

Monday, March 3, 2008

Something to Chew On...

I ran across this today. So I didn't actually write this one. Definitely something that hit close home for me though. I probably need to chew this every day for quite a while. And it's cool that I ran across this a day after our sermon at church was about David.

I copied and pasted it from this source:

"After removing Saul, he made David their king. He testified concerning him: ‘I have found David son of Jesse a man after my own heart, he will do everything I want him to do.’” Acts 13:22 (NIV)

Devotional (by Lysa TerKeurst):
Sometimes I wake up on Monday mornings a little grumpy. Time to do it all again. I'll buy food that gets eaten. I'll wash clothes that get dirty again. I'll sweep floors that an hour later will be littered with crumbs. Is there more to all this than just doing the tasks of everyday life? Before I jumped into the normal routine this morning, I sat with Jesus. And I found some big truths as I took a little glance into David's life. Despite how others saw him, his own propensity to sin, and lack of position in his own family, David had the sweet reassurance of God and that was enough.

Overlooked by others. Handpicked by God.

To his older brothers, David was a pest. To his father, Jesse, he was just the youngest son. To on-lookers, he was just a shepherd boy. But to God, he was the one destined to be king. And not just any king. His lineage was the one from whom Jesus would come.

Overlooked by others. Handpicked by God.

Even how David was anointed to be the future king is a telling story. In 1 Samuel 16, God tells Samuel that He has rejected Saul as king and chosen one of Jesse's sons to be the replacement. Think of the list of qualifications that must have run through Samuel's mind for such a position: tall, smart, articulate, brave, groomed, well mannered, a natural born leader. "But the Lord said to Samuel, 'Do not consider his outward appearance or his height, for I have rejected him (meaning Saul who had these qualities). The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart" (verse 7).

Overlooked by others. Handpicked by God.

Samuel had Jesse line up all of his sons before him. All of them were to be looked at. Yet, Jesse doesn't call David in from tending sheep. Was this an oversight? An assumption? A judgment call? A necessity? A deliberate choice?

Overlooked by others. Handpicked by God.

Samuel passes on each of Jesse's sons and then asks, "Are these all the sons you have?"I imagine Jesse with a quizzical expression replying, "There is still the youngest but he is tending sheep." Surely one who spends his time taking care of animals is not the one to take care of a nation.

Overlooked by others. Handpicked by God.

As soon as Samuel saw him, he knew he was the one. David was anointed to become king. But he was not immediately ushered to the throne. It was years before David would be recognized by the world. So, where did he go after being anointed as king? To a refining school? A government academy? Military training? Nope. He went back out into the fields and continued to shepherd his flock. A king doing lowly tasks. A king whose character was being refined in the fields of everyday life to prepare him for his calling. How like us. In the midst of smelly laundry, dirty dishes, snotty noses, misplaced keys, overdue library books, bills, and that birthday gift that still needs to be mailed to grandma - there is training there. There is character building. There is attitude shaping. There is soul defining. There is heart grounding. All of which must take place for us to become what God intends.

God is in the Restoration Business...

Over the weekend, Tim came home Friday afternoon from Tennessee safe and sound. We were also blessed by my mother as she let the girls stay overnight with her that night to give Tim and I a breather, as well as some time together on Saturday. We went and saw "Enchanted" which was a lot of fun.

Then we joined our friends and family (along with our girls) later that day up at church to witness a beautiful testimony of God's power in a marriage. Our friends, Greg and Jamie Phillips, renewed their vows on Saturday just less than a year after they were in divorce court having a custody hearing over their 2 boys. To the glory of God, they never finalized their divorce, and today, they have given God another a chance to restore their marriage and family into wholeness. The body of Christ at Central Baptist was praying over them most of last year, and over the weekend, we were able to witness the ultimate answer to our prayers, as Jamie threw a "surprise" vow renewal for Greg. They had discussed renewing their vows over the past few months, but didn't ever nail anything down, so Jamie took it all on herself to do this for Greg, without him knowing a thing about it. Hats off to her! She pulled it off so well that he never had a clue until he walked in the church only to find our youth pastor handing him a tux, and saying "You are renewing your vows with your wife today", only 10 minutes before he watched his bride walk down the aisle. He was beaming with tears running down his face. It was such a beautiful sight.
This is a testimony of something that seemed impossible for even God to fix, and yet once again, He came through, even when we probably wanted to give up sometimes on their marriage. Yet, God was still God, and He remained faithful. And I forgot to mention, to top it off, they are expecting another "little Phillips" this summer. What a wonderful way for God to seal something so sacred. To create a new life in this family. What a Mighty God we serve.
Is there anything in my life that I still feel is impossible for God to overcome? I have to say yes! I won't get into all of that, maybe another time, but I'm sure we all can find something that we struggling in believing God with. But we just have to keep trusting in His promises of who say He is, and His desire to bring us to wholeness, and He will be faithful to fulfill it.