Saturday, February 28, 2009
Friday, February 27, 2009
Thursday, February 26, 2009
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
so here are the notes ...
Following Jesus' prayers for His disciples from John 17...
1. That they will know God...know the only, true God, and Jesus Christ whom He sent. (vs. 3)...to know Him personally and experience His power and presence in their lives.
2)That they will have joy..."That they may have My joy fulfilled in themselves." (vs 13) (and teach my children that joy is not dependant on circumstances but allowing Christ to live His life of joy through us. (IThess 1:6).
3. That they will be kept from evil. (vs 15-16; also Ex 33:14-15, 2 Cor. 6:17-18).
4. That they will be sanctified by the truth (vs 17, 19) - set apart and made holy by the power of the truth, the Word of God. Pray that they will have a love and passion of the Word of God and that it will lead them to holiness.
5. That they will be one. (vs. 11, 21-23)
6. That they will behold the glory of the Lord. (vs. 24)..to see Christ for who He really is, rather than their own interpretation...that they will have a "revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of their understanding being enlightened...(Eph. 1:17-18).
7. That they will experience God's love. (vs. 26)...that my children will keep themselves in the blessings of His love and not be lured away to sin where they come out from the protection of His love.
8. That they will be prepared and ready to face the battles of life and declare God's glory to the world. (vs. 18)
Some other prayers that Nancy mentioned were...
-that God will give our children soft hearts to hear His voice and to be pliable in His hands.
-to hate evil and love righteousness.
-that they will seek after God with all their hearts.
-that God will give them godly husbands and wives who will be true and faithful to them all their lives, who will love and embrace children and who will also establish godly homes and families.
-that God will pour out His Holy Spirit upon them as He promises in Isaiah 44:34.
-that their whole spirit, soul, and body will be kept pure and blameless for the Lord, and that they will be kept from accident, harm and danger.
One of my greatest desires for my children is to raise them and get them ready for God's purposes for them in this life. I want them to have a passion and a courage to walk the adventure that God has planned for them.
Challange to you and me..."God, gives us eyes to see how to pray for those you bring to us...may we be faithful and bold and trust that You will give us the words to say as we offer up our hearts in prayer.
If you want to share, I would love to hear from you on prayers....
Monday, February 23, 2009
This week at I Love Faces the theme is - Black & White.....
For my adult entry: I love this picture of my dad at the beach...just watching and enjoying his family playing together.
For my kid entry: I had just received my new daughter in Africa...this picture always captures the emotions of so many orphans...scared, hungry, sick ...
Friday, February 20, 2009
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
By Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Tell me not, in mournful numbers,
Life is but an empty dream!
For the soul is dead that slumbers,
And things are not what they seem.
Life is real! Life is earnest!
And the grave is not is goal;
Dust thou art, to dust returnest,
Was not spoken of the soul.
Not enjoyment, and not sorrow,
Is our destined end or way;
Bit to act, that each to-morrow
Find us farther than today.
Art is long, and Time is fleeting,
And our hearts, though stout and brave,
Still, like muffled drums, are beating
Funeral marches to the grave.
In the worlds broad field of battle,
In the bivouac of Life,
Be not like dumb, driven cattle!
Be a hero in the strife!
Trust no Future, how e'er pleasant!
Let the dead Past bury its dead!
Act,-act in the living Present!
Heart within, and God o'er head!
Loves of great men all remind us
We can make our lives sublime,
And, departing, leave behind us
Footprints on the sands of time;
Footprints, that perhaps another,
Sailing o'er life's solemn main,
A forlorn and shipwrecked brother,
Seeing, shall take heart again.
Let us, then, be up and doing,
With a heart for any fate,
Still achieving, still pursuing,
Learn to labor and to wait.
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
One of our favorite songs is "Give Me Your Eyes" by Brandon Heath. The chorus says:
Monday, February 16, 2009
This week at I Heart Faces the theme is - WONDER.
You can enter your photos at I Heart Faces. Have fun.
Sunday, February 15, 2009
This has been on my mind for some time...a prayer really...a thought that is still a seed; growing and becoming.
One of the greatest lessons I have learned from my personal walk of faith with God, through good times and also through very difficult times, could best be put into six little words that make up daily the cry of my heart.
"Give me Your Eyes to see..."
I think that there is a secret here; a mindset that can reveal unseen beauties to delight my spirit as I daily, purposefully LOOK for the beauty and delightfulness of being in the presence of my LORD.
Romans 1:20 says "For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made."
I want to challenge myself, and you if you would like, to ask the LORD to give us eyes to see Him each day. I will be journaling these thoughts more over the next few months, but for now...start looking...
Today I saw His love for us when complete strangers offered to share their birthday cake with our family at the bowling alley. When she asked how many pieces of cake I needed, I hesitantly said "is 8 O.K.?"; which she laughingly said "Oh, you can have much more than that." The kindness of a stranger...and a message from God..."You can have much more...".
Please share with me what you "see"...."Taste and see that the LORD is good". (It's in the Bible somewhere - haha...I'll look it up if you want.) No matter what we may be facing today, if we pray..."LORD, give me eyes to see YOU", we will find a secret strength and an everlasting LOVE.
What will you see today?
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Friday, February 13, 2009
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Monday, February 9, 2009
This weeks contest at I Heart Faces is "silly".
For my kid entry: When we say "Aiden, show us your angry eyebrows", this is what we get and then he laughs so hard at his own silliness.
For my adult entry: While we were painting our basement, my mother and I started funning around and I love this picture because it just captures our silly little moment and her hiding her laugh behind a paint brush.
You can enter your photos at I Heart Faces Have fun!
Saturday, February 7, 2009
Friday, February 6, 2009
We have tunnels that the children love to plan in and it is fun to see their happy little faces.
And they were all wanting some lovin' and attention.
Here is another quote that I really like from the book "Reckless Faith"..."Faith and hope are back to back in the heart of a reckless believer. We hope that the One we have faith in has a plan. And we have faith that that plan will bring us eternal - and earthly - hope."
I'm reminded again to "let go and be led."
I am looking forward to some rest tomorrow and want to spend time reading some books I haven't had time to enjoy.
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
I am entering the I Heart Faces Photo contest just for fun. This weeks contest is "The Eyes Have It."
For my pets entry (hey, they said anything goes): I chose this picture of the Sheephead because it reminds me how much we love to fish at the coast and these fish are yummy (though I don't condone eating most "pets")
You can enter your photos at I Heart Faces Have fun!
And thanks for stopping by
Monday, February 2, 2009
Time to do Alia's hair...
After I wash and condition it well, I find it easier to blow dry her hair straight...it just seems easier for me to braid it.
Now, time for the lovin'....
Then, as I begin to learn to fix Alia's hair, something beautiful happened that I wasn't expecting. We really begin to bond during her hair time. She begin to relax and just "rest" and I was able to relax and just love on her. I would say "you have such beautiful hair" and "I love you and am so glad that God gave you to me" and she was able to receive this love better than when she was working so hard to meet the need in her little heart. I am thankful to the LORD who always shows me, in my weakest moments, His grace, His wisdom, and His love.