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Sunday, October 31, 2010

Pumpkin Prayer

Dear Jesus,

As I carve my pumpkin help me pray this prayer:

Open my mind so I can learn about You;
(cut the top off the pumpkin)

Take all my sin and forgive the wrong that I do.
(clean out the inside)

Open my eyes so Your love I will see;
(cute out eyes shaped like hearts)

I'm sorry for the times I've turned up my nose at what You've given to me.
(cut a nose in the shape of the cross)

Open my ears so Your Word I will hear;
(cut ears shaped like the Bible)

Open my mouth to tell others You're near.
(cute the mouth in the shape of a fish)

Let You light shine in all I say and do!
(place a candle inside and light it)

Amen.
Here are some pictures of our pumpkin carving we did last night. I really wanted to emphasis this year about Jesus and all He has and continues to do for us. And no mater what we should shine the light He has given us.


Before we started.

The pumpkin goo

As you can tell neither one of the girls was into the pumpkin goo

Watching intently... making sure daddy doesn't chop a finger off
Lighting the pumpkin up for all to see

We have light... how about you?
Happy Halloween!

Friday, October 29, 2010

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Knowing Real Love

The other day I was talking to my mom about love... we were talking about about real love. I was saying that if someone isn't a Christ follower that they don't know real love. Then we got on the topic that just because they aren't a Christ follower doesn't mean they don't know how to love. I continue to stand firm on if you don't believe Jesus came to this earth and died for you and me while we had such sinful hearts... that you do not know REAL love.

"For God so loved the world that He sent His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life." John 3:16

This is probably one of the most famous verses in the Bible. I knew this verse when I was young and didn't understand it at all! We were told to memorize this verse, but I couldn't because I had no clue what this love was and I wasn't having it poured into me at home. You have to understand this love... God gave His son death. Jesus knew what God wanted from Him and what He wanted Jesus to do... and Jesus was obedient to the plan of His death because He knew this was God's will for Him. We couldn't never ever in a million year wrap our heads around the fact that God's Son died for us... God had this plan for Jesus. I could never kill or have someone kill one of my girls for someone else. I am way to selfish, but God is jealous for me.

"This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one's life for his friends." John 15:12,13

I am not saying a non-believer can not love, because that is not true. You can be good and love all day long, but that is not what God wants or calls us to be. He wants us to be truthful and be all that He made us to be. His love is so far above anything we could ever do, but as a Christ follower we can strive to be that loving. Loving is so much more than just love... it is respect, patience, kindness, etc. It is so much more than words.

"Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, it is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoice in truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails."
1 Corinthians 13:4-8

Love is innocence and never to be altered because of anything. If you can not be loving and kind through bad times (or really any times good or bad) than it isn't love. It is merely putting up with that person. But, thankfully we have a good example of love and how it can flourish and be something that grows through any calm or storm.

"By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us. And we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. But whoever has this world's goods, and sees his brother in need, and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him? My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth." 1 John 3:16-18

Love is hard. It goes hand in hand with labor... "labor of love" (1 Thessalonians 1:3). No one said it would be easy, but if God can do it we can do it. He made us out of His own image... so anything is possible. Through God all things are possible. No matter where a person comes from or what he or she's background my be... we need to reach out and be the hands and feet of Jesus and love all and show them God's love and be the light.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Remembering Psalm 103

Last night a wise women reminded me of Psalm 103. God is so merciful to us... we constantly put God in this bubble and do things and think things that are so unpleasing to Him, but He continues to show us mercy. This is mercy we will never see or feel on earth until the 2nd coming of Jesus. This is mercy is unconditional love...

Psalm 103
Praise for the Lord Mercies

Bless the Lord, O my soul;
And that is all within me, bless His holy name!

Bless the Lord, O my soul,
And forget not all His benefits:
Who forgives all your iniquities,
Who heals all you diseases,
Who redeems yours life from destruction,
Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies,
Who satisfies your mouth with good things,
So that your youth is renewed like the eagle's.

The Lord executes righteousness
And justice for all who are oppressed.
He made known His ways to Moses,
His acts to the children of Israel.
The Lord is merciful and gracious,
Slow to anger, and abounding in mercy.
He will not always strive with us,
Nor will He keep His anger forever.
He has not dealt with us according to our sins,
Nor punished us according to our iniquities.

For the heavens and high above the earth,
So great is His mercy toward those who fear Him;
As far as the east is from the west,
So far has He removed our transgressions from us.
As a father pities his children,
So the lord pities those who fear Him.
For he knows our frame (Psalm 139:15);
He remembers that we are dust.

As for man, his days are like grass;
As a flower of the field, so he flourishes.
For the wind passes over it, and it is gone,
And its place remembers it no more (Job 7:10).
But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting
On those who fear Him,
And His righteousness to children's children,
To such as keep His covenant,
And to those who remember His commandments to do them.

The Lord has established His throne in heaven,
And His kingdom rules over all.

Bless the Lord, you His angels,
Who excel in strength, who do His word,
Heeding the voice of His word.
Bless the Lord, all you His hosts,
You ministers of His, who do His pleasure.
Bless the Lord, all His works,
In all places of His dominion.

Bless the Lord, O my soul!

This scripture really makes me sit and think about my life and what it is about. I don't want any part of my life not to be centered around Christ. Does that make sense? I want every part of everything I do to be pleasing to the Lord. I have figured out that feeling that you get when you know what you did was not what God wanted. Here is an example of that feeling... You all know I LOVE horses! I use to ride and I have missed it. Loving horses and being around them is like breathing for me... just so easy. When we got Hailee involved in horse back riding it made me begin to feel how much I had truly missed it. So, I talked to Hailee's instructor and asked her if she could train me. Of course she said yes... but when I emailed her about me riding I had this funny feeling that I shouldn't. I don't know if you know this but horse back riding is a very EXPENSIVE sport. Anyways... I continued on. I was so excited and let my feelings take control... but I couldn't shake this feeling inside, but I continued on my high. Around the time I had my third lesson I began to feel very overwhelmed with all that was on my plate and beginning to feel the stress financially. Then I began to realize what that unsettling feeling was... it was God. This feeling was not that God doesn't want me to ride, but more of that He doesn't want me to ride right now. He knows I have so much going on and more important things to tend to... like my relationship with Him. This is my example of that feeling... some will say it is your conscience but I say it is all God. It was hard for me to email Hailee's instructor and end my riding lessons, but I knew this was what God wanted... and really that is all I want.

My faith needs to not be in man, but in the One who holds it all in His hands.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Power of Prayer

*Warning- I did not proof read this blog post.*

I have talked to all of you about my BFF, Lyndsay and her son Aidan. I have told you all how sick Aidan is and how none of the doctors knows what it is that is making him so sick. His symptoms seem to get worse and intensify. Lyndsay and her husband, Ben took Aidan to see a specialist is Illinois last month and it was useless, pointless, and a waste of time. He couldn't help them because Aidan doesn't have the constant symptoms of OMS. Ridiculous! Anyways... Lyndsay took Aidan to the ER a few weeks ago about because Aidan couldn't walk. He wasn't paralyzed, but he couldn't put weight on his legs and couldn't keep them straight. The doctors couldn't do anything... they said it was a virus and they just had to wait it out. To make a long story short... the next day he began to walk a little more and the next a little more than the day before. Aidan continues to have balance issues and issues inside. It seems like his little body is falling apart and gradually giving in, but Aidan continues to fight. He is a strong little boy and very strong heart... and I think it has a lot to do with his Momma.

This day has been good. I feel like prayers have been answered. Today Lyndsay went to see a doctor who specializes in movement. Come to find out the doctor also is a Neurologist. Praise the Lord. She was sweet, concerned (not to concerned to scare Lyndsay), and very thorough. She pulled out Aidan's chart and spoke to Lyndsay about things... asked her about things other doctors hadn't been concerned about. This Neurologist is now specifically on Aidan's case. Praise God! Aidan had a lot of blood taken today to check for all new things that could be wrong and causing Aidan's body to fail. So now we just wait until these test come back.

Another huge reason why today was so great is that our church was having a prayer meeting and asked for anyone who has been ill to come and be prayed over and be anointed with oil. As soon as we walked in that room I felt the Lord's presence. He was there in that room. It was so powerful. Aidan got prayed over by the power of holy words, he got scripture poured over him, and love and encouragement was spoken to Lyndsay. It was an amazing night. All these people that have been praying for Lyndsay and Aidan could put a face with these prayer requests and Lyndsay had a chance to see just a glimpse of who was praying for her and Aidan and hear these wonderful words from so many people. God was glorified tonight! He is so powerful and so able to heal Aidan. We are praying Aidan begins to be healed tonight and that God would completely heal this little boy. He is so worthy!

God is in control... and I need to seek Him more. I need to be obedient to His word and His whisper. He is so worthy of my obedience and I need to continue to remember He is way bigger than me and totally in control of all this chaos here on earth. I love my God and I feel it deepening more and more. My God is greater... stronger than any other...

Monday, October 25, 2010

Struggles...

I struggle with the stupidest stuff! I was reading the Book of Deuteronomy today and reading about how the Israelites continued to question God after all he had done for them and all He has for them still. He wanted them to go to the land He had promised their forefathers too. The land flowing with milk and honey, but they were scared. Scared of who and what was down there.

So I sit and ponder... If I was in that day and age and was about to go into the promise land... would I be questioning God and His promises? I don't know... I am the type of person if you tell me something I am going to believe you and trust what you are telling me is the truth and that you are going to carry it out. I try to be like this. You should know if I tell you something... I am going to do my best to fulfill what I promised. So, yes I think I would be a believer and follow God on His promises. I guess you could call me Caleb. He seemed to be the only one ready to jump into whatever God had. If not there would be consequences.

So why in this day and age do I struggle with obedience. I know this is God telling me to get rid of my cable (one of my struggles). I really do not need it. I don't watch half the channels that we do have... I guess it is the fear of missing the channels we do watch. I know it sounds pretty pathetic. God has been working with me on this for a while and I continue to be disobedient and try to turn it around and make it all about me. Why?

This just makes me sick. Maybe it is making me sick because I have prayed that God would disgust me with sin. I am pretty disgusted with myself. If you could pray for God to continue to peak away at me until I give into His holiness.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

This is all I want my life to be...

Glory to God Forever

Before the world was made
Before you spoke it to be
You were the King of Kings
Yeah you were, yeah you were
And now you’re reigning still
Enthroned above all things
Angels and saints cry out
We join them as we sing

Glory to God, Glory to God
Glory to God, Forever
Glory to God, Glory to God
Glory to God, Forever
Yeah...

Creator God you gave me breath so I could praise
Your great and matchless name
All my days, all my days
So let my whole life be
A blazing offering
A life that shouts and sings
The greatness of the King

Glory to God, Glory to God
Glory to God, Forever
Glory to God, Glory to God
Glory to God, Forever

Take my life and let it be
All for you and for your glory
Take my life and let it be yours
Take my life and let it be
All for you and for your glory
Take my life and let it be yours
We sing…

Glory to God, Glory to God
Glory to God, Forever
Glory to God, Glory to God
Glory to God, Forever

We sing…

Glory to God, Glory to God
Glory to God, Forever
Glory to God, Glory to God
Glory to God, Forever

Take my life and let it be
All for you and for your glory
Take my life and let it be yours
Take my life and let it be
All for you and for your glory
Take my life and let it be yours
We sing…

Glory to God, Glory to God
Glory to God, Forever...


I pray this all the time. That He would take my life and make it all about Him. I don't want anything this world has to offer and I want to do everything for His glory. I also, pray He continues to turn my world upside down and make it feel like chaos, because when it feels like that I know He is at work.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Mistys Blessings Giveaway

My friend, Misty is having a 100 Fan Giveaway!!!! Totally AWESOME! You can register up to 16 times on her blog to get a $10 gift certificate. Go check out all the great things she has in her Etsy store (here).

Thursday, October 21, 2010

The Jig is Up

I guess... "the jig is up" phrase is not right because it means the trick is over. But, I have been messing with some of you and I love it. LOL! Anyways... here is what is going on...

I after an adventure... an adventure I feel I am being called to do. Here it is...

Dear family and friends,

A year ago, I had a stirring of my heart to take a trip to Israel that our church, Kingsland Baptist, goes on every year. I knew this was something I wanted to do, but wanted to make sure that this was God's will and not just an earthly desire of mine. I have prayed about this opportunity and continue to feel the push of the Holy Spirit that I am to continue to pursue this spiritual adventure. I have been praying for each one of you and the reaction you may have to my request.

First let me share my desire to go on this trip. I want to go on the Israel trip and learn and see with my own two eyes what the Bible speaks of. I want to walk where Jesus walked, I want to stand where He spoke His holy words, and I want to be in awe of the holy land I read about. I want to breath in the air and walk through the wilderness; I want to experience the culture and the people. I want to be in view of God with all distractions out of the way. On this trip we (the study group) will be studying as we hike the rocky terrain. We will sit under trees in the wilderness to cool off and study and read more of God's wonderful word. We will stand in the very spot miraculous healings and words took place. We will see things we never thought we would ever see and feel the Holy Spirit consume us in new ways.

I know this sounds like an earthly vacation, but really these are desires of my heart to grow closer to holiness. I believe the love I have for my Father will grow and develop more strongly then I could ever imagine. I know I will come back to my family with more love, compassion, long-suffering, and fruit to share with all. I pray that this trip won't just impact me, but that it will touch everyone I meet. I know I will have a different outlook on life because of the trip to Israel. I pray my family would have a change of heart from what I have to share from going to Israel. I want my eyes to be open and change how I love people, how I speak to people, how I think about people, how I raise my kids, how I love my husband, and how I praise and worship my Father.

I am sending this letter to ask for your help. While Bob and I both agree I should go to Israel we just simply don't have the money. Bob and I are committed to contribute $500 (but will try for more) to the trip which costs $4200. Your sponsorship in the form of a financial contribution will make it possible for me to go to Israel in April 2011. The first payment of $1000 is due on December 31, 2010.

If you are willing to help by sponsoring me on this trip please send a check to the church (address below), made out to Kingsland Baptist noting: Israel Scholarship for Sterling Greene. Any contribution would be greatly appreciated. If you have questions feel free to call or email me or email Brian Haynes, a pastor at Kingsland that will be leading the trip, at bhaynes@kingsland.org .

I will be sending an update in the beginning of next year on how God is working in my life and how everything is coming together. I pray this letter finds you all well and pray you feel the desire of my heart through these words.

20555 Kingsland Blvd.
Katy, TX 77450

Much Love,
Sterling Greene

Most of you have gotten this letter, but some of you who just know me through this blog now know what is going on. God is changing me... changing me from the inside out. I still have a lot of work to do, but know going on this trip will make a drastic dent. A Godly-dent and who doesn't want that? Oh... how I love Godly adventures!



A Good Reminder

Psalm 100

"Make a joyful shout to the Lord, all you lands!
Serve the Lord with gladness;
Come before His presence with singing.
Know that the Lord, He is God;
It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves;
We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.

Enter into His gates with thanksgiving,
And into His courts of praise.
Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.

For the Lord is good;
His mercy is everlasting,
And His truth endures to all generations."

This has not been a great day in the Greene house. There has been lots of crying from the little ones and not much patience from me (the big one). I need to be rejoiceful for this day and for my sweet little ones (who won't be little and sweet for forever). I am so blessed to be able to stay home and homeschool. I need to be praising and rejoicing to my wonderful Father... rather than moaning and groaning about my horrible day.

Monday, October 18, 2010

God or Coincident?

Before I became a follower of Christ I thought everything was luck or coincidence or even karma. Nothing else... but since I became a believer and have been growing in my faith I know it isn't luck or a coincident... it is ALL God. Nothing else!

I see or hear of things happening and I know it is nothing else, but God. My husband, says "That is just our luck." (more times than he should) and I just tell him it isn't luck... just life. There are good and bad times in life, but God is there through it all and that is the time He either wants you to cry out to Him or praise Him.

The reason I am blogging about this... "God or Coincident?" is because I have things stirring inside of me. Some of you know of my spiritual adventure that is stirring in my heart by the Holy Spirit (more on this subject in a couple of days) and with this adventure comes the hard subject of finances. Through this one little struggle I feel God has His hand in it. Today I was kind of offered a "job" but a "job" that would allow me to continue to stay-at-home and homeschool. At first when I was introduced to this oppurtunity I was thinking there is no way. I have no time for anything else in my life, but then began to think of how this could benefit me in my spirtual adventure.

I then went to the Lord in prayer and asked Him what he wants me to do and asked Him to lead me through this. I told Him I don't want to do anything He doesn't want me to do.

God is the One alone, who knows the desires of my heart and knows the struggles I hold inside. He alone is the only One who can help. He is my Helper and my Strong Tower.

Again, this was not a coincidence, but it is God moving and showing me... He does hear me and loves me. He is jealous for me and wants me to want Him and Him alone.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Fellowship of God

Right now me and my family are in a good place. In the place of calmness. I am praising God for this time of peace. I believe this is a place to catch your breath before God throws something else your way to rock your world and teach you to lean on Him more. I love the upside down world too because I know He is doing something wonderful in His glory and to be any part of that wonderful glory just makes me humble and warm and gracious to even be invited. You know?

He just takes my breath away every single time. Nothing is ever a coincidence... He has His hand in it all. And I am glad about that.

Psalm 63

O God, You are my God;
Early will I seek You;
My soul thirsts for You;
My flesh longs for You
In a dry and thirsty land
Where there is no water.
So I have looked for You in the sanctuary,
To see Your power and Your glory.

Because Your lovingkindness is better than life,
My lips shall praise You.
Thus I will bless You while I live;
I will lift up my hands in Your name.
My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness,
And my mouth shall praise You with joyful lips.

When I remember You on my bed,
I meditate on You in the night watches.
Because You have been my help,
Therefore in the shadow of Your wings I will rejoice.
My soul follows close behind You;
Your right hand upholds me.

But those who seek my life, to destroy it,
Shall go into the lower parts of the earth.
They shall fall by the sword;
They shall be a portion for jackals.

But the king shall rejoice in God;
Everyone who swears by Him shall glory;
But the mouth of those who speak lies shall be stopped.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Just a stay-at-home mom??

Yes, I am a stay-at-home mom and I wouldn't have it any other way. This job is very time consuming, hard, tiring, and you really never get a break. I love my job! I may complain about it from time to time but, the bad days or bad attitudes are totally out numbered by the benefits and the priceless moments.

I totally understand that this is not for everyone and that is fine. You will never hear me say anything negative about working moms, because I don't know where they get the energy from working all day and then coming home to play with their kids. It is just exhausting thinking about it.

Here is why I am blogging about this... people that haven't stayed at home with their own child(ren) and think that all we stay-at-home moms do is stay at home... is crazy! Us "stay-at-home" moms are ONLY nurses, teachers, moms, wives, maids, chefs, chauffeur, counselors... the list could go on and on, but I am going to stop. I don't have time for a job/part-time job because even when the weekend comes along I still am working... the mom job never ends.

If you can't tell I was hurt today by some words, but I found refuge in my Father's unfailing love for me....

Psalm 62
1 Truly my soul silently waits for God;
From Him comes my salvation.
2 He only is my rock and my salvation;
He is my defense;
I shall not be greatly moved.

5 My soul, wait silently for God alone,
For my expectation is from Him.
6 He only is my rock and my salvation;
He is my defense;
I shall not be moved.
7 In God is my salvation and my glory;
The rock of my strength,
And my refuge is in God.

8 Trust in at all times, you people;
Pour out your hearts before Him;
God is a refuge to us.

11 God has spoken once,
Twice I have heard this:
That power belongs to God.
12 Also to You, O Lord, belongs mercy;
For You render to each one according to his work.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Colors

So... I am sick and not ready for bed because I took a really long nap this afternoon... and I don't want to have to fight my sickness while I try to fall asleep. Does that make sense? Just thought I would share that. :o) Actually I should be working on my Israel letter, but I will get into that a little later. :o)

The last 2 weeks I have been taken away by colors. The marvelous colors God has made. First, it all started the other day with a beautiful sunset. The brightest most vibrant orange I have ever seen. I wanted to just wrap myself up in that beautiful orange. I then thought of God... Oh my... He made that color. That is what orange is supposed to look like. We try to come close to it with crayons, paints, etc. But, let me just tell you there is no way to even come close to this color orange I saw in the sunset. WOW! It was breath taking.

I think about all the work He put into that color orange... and if He put all that work into a color... how much work does He put into me? WOW! That orange color was gorgeous and I love to look into the sun when it is that bright and beautiful. Then I think of... God thinks that about me and you. We are so beautiful to Him... that He can't take His eyes off of us. We are like those vibrant colors He made... but He loves us way more than a color and puts way more work into us every single day.

I have been marveling at colors and things He has made. Just thinking about clouds and how puffy and soft they look, but really if we were up and wanting to sit or lay on a cloud we would fall right through it. I know not very soothing to think about... but they are all made so differently and they are made with a very important purpose. Then I begin to think about my purpose... Yes, God has a plan for each one of us and we are all in different places in our lives and all doing different things. Sometimes I feel like being a stay-at-home mom/wife isn't making a big enough impact or I am not able to touch other people's lives like I could if I was out working in the "real" world... but that is so not true. Yes, I have an important job to teach my children how love works, love on them, teach them... but I think they learn the most by watching me step out and help and love on others. I have really been trying to put myself out there and show my girls the importance of loving others. I believe God's plan for me right now is to love others in any way I can. So that is my goal.

Next time you get a chance take a look at the sunset. It will take your breath away. Think about God when you look at it and open your mind to bigger things than yourself and your worries. It can swallow you up and take you to a place you didn't think you could go.