Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Printable Verse Art - Proverbs 3:5

Here is a new printable for you.  I hope you enjoy it!

If you like this printable, please check back often for more.  I do take requests for verses and color combos, so please don't hesitate to ask.
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Monday, March 2, 2015

A Contagious Praise

On Sunday evening during choir practice, our choir director was sharing an excerpt from a book study with us on "Praise as discipline and diet" by J.I Packer.   Packer shares how praise is a crucial part of our walk with the Lord, and how it nourishes us.  He goes on to explain that when we hear an amazing chorus of praise, like that talked of in Psalm 96:3, how would we not want to join in. Praise can be contagious.

Packer also shares an observation by C.S. Lewis...
"As C.S. Lewis sorted through his questions about this activity, he began to notice the kinds of people who praised (anything) and those who simply didn't.   He observed that 'cranks, misfits, and malcontents praised least,'  while the 'humblest, and at the same time most balanced and capacious minds, praised most.'  He noticed that lovers seemed to praise most of all, and to delight in drawing others into their praise of the beloved one."

It is so true and I saw this take place on Sunday morning with a man in our congregation who was recently in a serious car accident on February 4th of this year.  In all reality, the accident was so serious that it could have taken his life, but God had other plans for him.

As I was singing in the choir, I had a front row seat to see this man (Kevin) drawing others into the praise of his Beloved One.  With his wife holding him up, he was singing for an audience of One, and all other things and people faded away.

Not only did he draw people into worship, he also made his God so glorious.  God rescued his life, rewarded him with joy, and is healing him completely.  That is something to praise the Lord for! God is so glorious, but we can waste His glory when we don't glorify the glorious One.

This morning he texted a verse to Mark,

"I will bless the Lord who guides me; even at night my heart instructs me.  I know the Lord is always with me.  I will not be shaken, for He is right beside me." Psalm 16:7-8 (NLT)

Thank you Kevin for helping us to see this contagious praise!  You are such a testimony to us!!
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Sunday, March 1, 2015

The Glory of God in Marriage

This morning this video preceded the message in our worship service.  It was so powerful I wanted to share it with you!

I hope you are having an awesome Sunday!

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Happy Anniversary Mom and Dad

Today is my mom and dad's anniversary.  I do not get many chances to publicly honor and thank them for the huge impact they have made on my life.  So today is the day. 

There are many things that I appreciate and love about my parents, but the biggest thing I am thankful for is their love for God.  They both love the Lord and want to serve Him with their lives.  When I was 8 God called my dad into the ministry.  We headed to Des Moines, Iowa to follow that calling as he enrolled in Bible College.  Since that time they both have served where ever God has led them.  I am thankful that they are sensitive to God's calling on their lives.  

I appreciate my parents for raising my brother, sister, and I in a stress free environment.  There is no such thing as a perfect family, but they made great effort to make the home a safe haven for our family.  We enjoyed our home life and loved being together as a family, and for that I am thankful.

I am thankful that both my mom and dad are adventurous and have instilled adventure into each of their children.  That adventure might come from how many times we moved growing up (8 times).   We had to learn to be flexible, meet new people, and adjust to new circumstances but I wouldn't take it back for anything.

Like I said, my parents love all things adventure.  Can you tell?  My mom is a little more cautious than my dad...I guess one has to be elected for that role.    My parents love the outdoors.  We grew up traveling and camping.  Before I graduated college we had traveled to 43 of the states as a family. So many memories were created through these trips.


For the last year and a half, we have had the privilege of having them live in the same town with us. It has been a great blessing to us.  We don't see them very often, but it is nice to know that family is right around the corner.  I know that everyone doesn't have that same privilege so I don't want to take it for granted.

My mom is our prayer partner.  Even though we do not get to see her that often we know that she is behind the scene praying for us.    She is such a great supporter and encouragement.   She is beautiful both inside and out! 

My dad is also an encourager and giver.  The only thing I don't like that he has given me is a love for food, but I am working through that.  He has a love for people and instilled in my life a heart for missions by leading many missions trips as I was growing up.  Dad has a heart for teaching. Some of my favorite memories were family nights on mom and dad's bed reading through books together.  

This doesn't even start to describe the many things I am thankful for, but it is a small highlight.

I love my parents and am so thankful for them!!
Happy Anniversary Mom and Dad!
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P.S. - Dad please forgive me for getting these pictures off your Facebook page.  I couldn't find any good pictures.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Letting Go to Receive Spiritual Blessing

I had great visions of keeping a monthly journal of answered prayers and the workings of God.  I have failed miserably.  There has been so much happen in our midst these past years that I am not even sure I would be able to write it all down.  Each person has their own story of grace and growth.  For me to put it into words would not portray it fully.  I feel the same way about the Lord.  He is so awesome and glorious, there is no way I could ever describe His glory fully.

There are many months that I could tell you stories of people who were changed so fully by God or a time when God showed up and showed off so gloriously, but as I look back on this month a great change has happened in me.

I have known for a while that I needed to surrender something specific to the Lord but refused.  In this refusal I knew it was keeping me from growing in my walk with the Lord, but I just wouldn't let go.  At the end of January I was able to completely let go of this thing in my life and God has overwhelmed me with blessing...spiritual blessing.

Over the last month,

I have seen Him grow me in my spiritual gifts...

He has been able to communicate more freely with me...

I am getting new burdens and vision...

I am being refreshed and renewed in the Word...

I have been able to grow in patience and love...

I have seen God's glory more fully...

I have seen God do miracles in my life and in my families life...

God is at work and I am so thankful!

If I were to tell you what I wouldn't give up, you might laugh.  I wasn't in some deep sin nor was I neglecting my time with the Lord, but God asked me to give something up that I didn't want to let go of.  I basically told Him no for a while and that came with the consequences of disobedience.   I am now completely free because I let go and obeyed.

These small no's to the Lord are just as potent as the large no's.  Both come with consequences that we may not realize are hindering our walk with the Lord until we realize that the Holy Spirit has given up on nudging us.  Don't let small or big sins interrupt your walk with the Lord.

Freedom comes with obedience!  Are we ready to obey?

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