Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Reading Challenge

I found this book challenge on a Facebook page and challenged myself and my mom to complete it this year. I will post about each book as it is read, be it a wonderful experience or a book I wouldn't recommend.
I am starting off with "a book by a favorite author" :) book review to follow!

Monday, February 24, 2014


Tonight I spent some time writing to my babies. I keep a journal for each of them and write things that I pray over them, stories of their growing up, encouragement, Love, blessings. The things I want them to know and remember. The journals are a way to show my little loves how important they are to their daddy and me. When they have grown and no longer are being trained and cared for by us, they will have the memories to carry with them. The promises God has for them.
It also allows me time to reflect on who they are individually. While writing I take time to look deep into each of their personalities. I can see the wonderful gifts God has placed in them and how evident they are as my children go through each day. My son is so loving and compassionate, I know God has placed in him a heart for people. A heart to care deeply for those around him. This will be such an inspiration to him as he grows into the man God has him to be, as he shares the Lord with those around him, and as he brings glory to God with all he does.
My sweet little girl loves to talk. I can tell by her personality that she will not let important things go unheard. I pray that she will use her voice to tell the world about the greatest Love there is.
I can't wait to see what God has for each of my children.

Thursday, February 6, 2014


A single word can say so much. I have been thinking of a word lately. Cherish. When glancing through the definition these defining words stood out: protect, care for, love, hold, keep, dear.
I had the great pleasure of attending my cousin's wedding yesterday, and the word Cherish became quite vivid to me. I looked at my little loves and saw their wedding days, far away and yet so very close. While my cousin was dancing with my aunt I found myself swaying with my little boy and holding him ever so close, wishing the moment would live forever. I looked over at my husband holding our little girl with the same look in his eyes. I realized that until then I had never truly known the meaning of the word cherish. I have known love, remember, even holding dear, but have I really known Cherish? This life moves onward so swiftly that one moment of busyness can result in years of forgotten moments. I cannot keep my precious ones little forever, but I can Cherish what I have with them in every moment. The wonderful, the difficult, the sweet snuggles and the hurt feelings. Each moment of their lives is a picture of mine. I want to take as many steps as I can to preserve these moments and hold them close to my heart forever.
Pictures, videos, and remembrance journals will help to keep these moments alive long after they've become history.
To all the mommas and daddys out there I wish you to learn to cherish every day. They will all too soon be far behind us and our memories will be that much stronger because of the moments we've held onto. Don't rush through your lives and that of your children. Hold onto every moment and keep them in your heart. They are like a sweet blossom that brightens each day.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

{31 Days of Worship- Day 10} Tears

It is so easy to worship the Lord when everything seems perfect. But what about when everything is falling apart? What about when we've lost all hope? How are we supposed to give God praise when we can't find anything to sing about? At times like this I have a few songs that help me cry out to Him in worship, even when it hurts the most. The way of this world is to crumble when we are faced with something difficult. When things are impossible to handle most people give up. What makes us different from everyone else is that when we are at our lowest we give God even more praise. It helps us realize that we are not alone, that someone is carrying us through our darkest times. And as we praise Him, it opens our skies allowing us to not only view our situation with a joyful spirit, but it brings us through to the other side.

I've had questions without answers
I've known sorrow, I have known pain
But there's one thing that I cling to
You are faithful Jesus You're true

When hope is lost, I'll call you Savior
When pain surrounds, I'll call you healer
When silence falls You'll be the song in my heart

In the long hour of my sorrow
To the darkest night of my soul
You surround me and sustain me
My defender forever more

When hope is lost, I'll call you Savior
When pain surrounds, I'll call you healer
When silence falls You'll be the song in my heart

I will praise You
I will Praise You
When the tears fall, still I will sing to You
I will praise You
Jesus Praise You
Through the suffering, still I will sing

{31 Days of Worship- Day 8} The Least I can Do

I usually don't buy every song that I like, mainly because I don't have the unlimited funds to stock up on music as much as I would like. But when I heard this song on the radio a few times I had to get it. It truly brings out the true meaning of worship. We are given so much and there is no possible way that we could repay Him for all He has done. He deserves everything we could possibly give Him and the least we could do truly is falling on our knees to worship Him. We owe Him so much, things we can't even hope to Give. all we can give Him is our worship and Adoration. And he LOVES it!
(I apologize that I could not find a link for this song, it isn't online and I'm not sure why!)

The Least I can Do- Mark Roach

You sent Your Son so tender mild
The King of all Kings, the face of a child
The Savior who'd typify our wildest dreams come true
The least I can do is worship You
The portrait of selflessness you serve
You lavishly give grace undeserved
You give the hope of life preserved
You make all things new
The least I can do is worship You

For all that You've done, For all that You do
For all that is beautiful, all that is true
For saving my life, The least I can do
Is fall on my knees and worship You

You formed every creature with Your hands
 You numbered the stars, each grain of sand
You made the emerald forests and the oceans blue
The least I can do is worship You

And I will worship You for all of my days
You are worthy Lord of infinite praise
Oh You saved me Lord inspite of my ways
It's a debt I can never repay

You gave Your life that we might live
Assurance that only You could give
Your glorious death claimed victory
With an empty tomb
The least I can do is worship You

{31 Days of Worship- Day 7} When I Think About the Lord

I was listening to this song the other day as a possible choice for a new song for our worship team when my husband turned to me and said "that was my grandmothers favorite song". I had to share it in memory of "Mema" who was a great woman, even though I only had the privilege of knowing her for a couple years. She truly lived out the lyrics of this song, praising God for everything He had given her. A beautiful family, A beautiful home built by her husband, and most of all a wonderful Savior who loved her. She is truly missed.

When I think about the Lord
How He saved me, How He raised me
How He filled me with the Holy Ghost
How He healed me to the uttermost
When I think about the Lord
How He picked me up and turned me around
How He placed my feet on solid ground

It makes me wanna shout
Hallelujah! Thank you Jesus!
Lord You're worthy of all the Glory
And all the Honor and all the Praise

{31 Days of Worship- Day 6} Forever

God's love and faithfulness endures forever. Forever for us as Christians is quite a long time, considering we are going to spend eternity with the Lord. There is nothing that could change His love for us from now through forever. Sometimes it's hard for us as humans to grasp the concept of forever, because as far as we know everything has a beginning and an end. But God is above everything we know. He always was and will always be. Forever. With all that in mind, let's sing praise to the one who is for us forever.

Give thanks to the Lord our God and King
His love endures forever
For He is good, He is above all things
His love endures forever
Sing praise, Sing praise

With a mighty hand and an outstretched arm
His love endures forever
For the life that's been reborn
His love endures forever
Sing praise, Sing praise
Sing praise, Sing praise

Forever God is faithful
Forever God is strong
Forever God is with us
Forever and ever

From the rising to the setting sun
His love endures forever
By the grace of God we can carry on
His love endures forever
Sing praise, Sing praise
Sing praise, Sing praise