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Monday, June 27, 2011

He blows me away...

God has (and always) been doing amazing things in our lives these last few days and I really really want to share and bring Him the glory. Not quite sure of His master plan... of course, but I know He is up to something.

We have had our house on the market for 5 months! I was beginning to grow very weary and began to doubt what I thought God wanted from us. On Thursday, I started a book study at our church and the book I am reading is called Radical by David Pratt. I knew this book was going to help me by giving me a boost to live my life in a radical way, but of course I was scared. On my way home (after our first meeting with the book study) I was asking God if we were supposed to keep our house on the market. I told Him I was growing weary and just could not do it anymore. As I was in constant thought of the house and Him I realized I hadn't checked my phone to see if anyone had called (always have to check for missed calls when your house is up for sale)... so I checked and I had 12 missed calls! All the missed calls were from my husband, Bob and the showing company that calls to confirm the appointments. I quickly called Bob and he told me the house was being shown a 2nd time. I was in a panic because the house was not at all in showing appearance (beds weren't made, dishes in the sink, dog in the house, etc.). Bob told me it didn't matter... it was the 2nd showing! Well of course it doesn't matter to a man, but it surely mattered to me! LOL! Luckily, I was able to run in the house help our Realtors (who are friends of ours) chase our dog out into the backyard, make our bed, and pick up a few loose ends. I felt pretty okay by the appearance. I left... it showed... an now we wait...

During naptime/quiet time (in the middle of the day after the showing) I was able to begin reading the 1st chapter of Radical and couldn't put it down and I began to sob at the end of the chapter and prayed...

"I commit to what ever You say. I say yes to the words You will speak before I even hear them. I commit to obey to what I hear. I want to know You. I want to experience You. I want to be part of a people who delight in You like the brothers and sisters in underground Asia who have nothing but You. And I want to be part of a people who are risking it all for You. For the sake of more than a billion people today who have yet to even hear the gospel, I want to risk it all. For the sake of 26,000 children who will die today of starvation or a preventable disease, I want to risk it all. For the sake of an increasingly marginalized and relatively ineffective church in our culture, I want to risk it all. For the sake of my life, my family, and the people who surround me, I want to risk it all. In the process of hearing You, Jesus, I am compelled to take an honest look at my life, my family, and my church and not just ask, "What is he saying?" but also ask, "What shall I do?".
Amen."

This prayer scared the poo out of me and that is why I sobbed while I prayed, but it felt good to give it up. Who knows what God's plan is, but I know if I continue with His will... we will be okay.

We heard nothing all day and night about the 2nd showing... until 10:30 pm my realtor called and said we had an offer! All I could think about was... Praise God! It was a very low offer ($12,000 lower from our asking price), so we went back with a counteroffer and did that one more time and the buyer accepted an offer from us that met right in the middle. Praise the Lord!!!

So, next was attack mode! We went out on Saturday in search for a new home for us to live in so we wouldn't have to be homeless. LOL!! We looked all day!! Then the last house we looked at was PERFECT!!! It was exactly what we wanted and needed and it is in a beautiful neighborhood. The house was only on the market for 14 days and there was only one other person that had looked at it and there was talk they were going to make an offer. We rushed out of the house and quickly went over to our Realtors house and they submitted the offer. We knew we had to beat the other buyers, because we knew the seller didn't care how much you offered to who they would pick to work with, but all that mattered was who got to them first with an offer and WE DID!!! We put our offer in and got confirmation that night that they had accepted it and were going to sign the contract to get the ball rolling. Praise the LORD!!! We close in a month. Nothing can ever get in the way of His master plan.

The house has 5 bedrooms... it is awesome to have all this space and not know what to do with it all... but my thoughts are what is God going to do with those extra rooms? He has a master plan and I have already said "yes!" so, now it is time for Him to work on Bob's heart to be on board. I know nothing is to big for my BIG God!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Ocean Lapbook

This is the lapbook Hailee has been working on for the last couple of weeks. I will say she did learn a few things... she learned about creators that live in the tide pools, she learned about her 5 senses... well really that they are called your 5 senses LOL!, she learned about sea gulls, and we did a science experiment yesterday on salt water and fresh water and which one an egg would float in. Pretty nifty! And to top this all off it was FREE from www.homeschoolshare.com. This is the BEST website ever because it gives you FREE ideas and instrustions on how to liven up your homeschooling. Anyways... I hope you enjoy!



Here is the inside of the lapbook

Hailee recaping what she learned about Sea Gulls.


This was fun and I look forward to doing another lapbook soon.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Help Fill the Van!

I have mentioned this family in previous blogs, but this one is a PLEA! A plea to HELP them raise enough money to get the 3 children they have been given by the LORD home. You can donate $10 and get entered to win an iPad2! We make these gambles everyday with our money... please consider given to them. You can also see to the left of the blog all that the money has and will be going toward.

CLICK HERE: Help Fill the Van!!!!

Monday, June 20, 2011

Live it out...

Yesterday, I began my adventure of living 'dangerously' for the Lord. As I posted in my last post there was an opportunity to go out and help the homeless of Houston. After church, we went out with 4 cars full of gallon jugs of frozen/cold water (over 100 jugs) and headed downtown to where the homeless hang out and live. We parked our cars in this empty parking lot and they all began to walk towards us. They were all very kind, courteous, and very thankful. One man was telling us "Our water is the best!". "Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them." John 7:38. Another man was asking if we had a Bible. God is truly revealing to us the needs for His people... water, ritz crackers and trail mix, and Bibles. Praise be to the LORD God almighty for His provision and the Holy Spirit that abides in us.

This morning I was talking to a good friend of mine, who I pray with and we were talking about this family who is adopting 3 orphans from the Ukraine area (there donation button is on the top left hand side of my blog called bring Elliot home).Really though... they were initially adopting 1 child, but when they went a few weeks ago to the Ukraine to visit with Elliot and get paper work in order they found 2 other little ones that they were convinced were theirs as well. Anyways... to make a long story short, my friend and I were talking about how the people who are 'taking care' of Elliot don't believe in the sanctity of life and believe Elliot doesn't have anything to give and is worthless. This tug at my heart to tears. It made me think and realize there are so many kids in this world that aren't given a chance... a chance to be the full potential that God made them to be, because there are people holding them back and not giving them the chance to know what love is. "For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well." Psalm 139:13-14. Nothing God does is by accident... NOTHING!

My heart breaks for kids like this... so know I ask God "What does this mean?"... "What do you want of me!?".

"I call with all my heart; answer me, LORD,
and I will obey your decrees.
I call out to you; save me
and I will keep your statutes.
I rise before dawn and cry for help;
I have put my hope in your word.
My eyes stay open through the watches of the night,
that I may meditate on your promises.
Hear my voice in accordance with your love;
preserve my life, LORD, according to your laws.
Those who devise wicked schemes are near,
but they are far from your law.
Yet you are near, LORD,
and all your commands are true.
Long ago I learned from your statutes
that you established them to last forever." Psalm 119:145-152

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Living Dangerously

I have said before that I feel like my calling is for the lost... to speak the truth or read the truth along side them. To be a light of God in darkness. I yearn to live dangerously for the Lord. I wonder what the Lord wants of me... Does He want me to be dangerous here in my hometown? Does He want me to travel to other nations and be dangerous for His Truth there? I have so many questions... I truly believe the answer is "YES!" for both.

I need to put myself out there more in my community. I wonder "How?"... for instance we (my family) are going out Sunday after church to give the homeless water... not just any water... COLD FROZEN GALLON JUGS!! It is so hot here in Houston! Just going in and out of a store takes your breath away and you begin to sweat. A friend of mine came up with an idea from the Spirit as she was riding her bike in this heat and was dying of thirst. She then emailed a few of us to see if we were interested in providing water and delivering it to the homeless. Praise the Lord for her and how in-tune she is to the prompting of the Holy Spirit.

I have felt for a while now that I want to go to the nations and spread the good news of our Lord Jesus Christ, but not really sure where to go from here. Actually it is more than a "I want too." it is more like I feel the pulling and tugging to make it happen... but I also feel a little apprehensive. The reason for this post is because I watched a video that a pastor from our church put together. Click 'here' to watch it. So beautiful and it stirs something inside of me.

If you would like and don't mind... pray for me. Pray the Lord would reveal what He wants of me and give me the discernment to understand His leading. Thanks so much!

Monday, June 13, 2011

Sovereignty

Lately my thoughts have been consumed by God's sovereignty (I hope I am using this word correctly). There have been different situations going on lately and through every situation I have been reminded through friends how sovereign He is. Then it makes me think about how love sick our sovereign God is of us. Yes, things happen in our life that hurt so bad we question His goodness, but He continues to always be there to hold us up and collect our tears... He is never changing.

I am overwhelmed by the unspeakable name of God. I shouldn't even be able to speak His name because of my sinful self. I am not deserving to speak His name... but because of His sovereignty, grace, and mercy I am given this freedom and opportunity and He loves me just the same. I have been given this insight (if you will) of my nasty sin that I do EVERY SINGLE DAY... I repent more and more everyday and I am more aware of this unpleasing and sadding of God's heart. Not that I will ever know how I displease Him, but I am thankful for the Spirit which is convicting but comforting all at the same time.

I have been looking for this Bible verse that I came across the other night, but CAN NOT find it (so irritating!). I have been so determined to find this verse, but still can not. I keep thinking it was in 1 or 2 Timothy, but I just can not find it. Anyways... so now I am trying to find the 2nd most perfect verse, but then I have realized there is no such thing. They are all PERFECT!! His word is unspeakably wonderful perfect loving and full of comfort.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Preschool Lapbooks

I am completely in love with 1+1+1=1. It's the most wonderful blog that provides all kinds of FREE preschool "school" work for Heidi and Hailee enjoys doing some of the activities as well! Here are some pictures of Heidi with her 2 lapbooks she has completed in the last couple of days. She LOVES having "school" work to do, so she can be just like Hailee. Enjoy!







Heidi putting away her alphabet cards in the pocket.

Here is a picture of Heidi's first lapbook. All about Dora :o)

Heidi reading about Dora and Boots. She looks at the pictures and tells me the story.

Heidi's second lapbook about sea animals. I was totally impressed that she new her numbers.

Here she is telling me how many sea animals are on the page.

She is VERY proud of her work!

Hailee is working on a sea creature lapbook as well, but her book takes a little more time. I will post pictures of it when it is completed. :o)

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Sea World- God's Creations

Last weekend we went to Sea World and I couldn't stop thinking about God's beautiful creation as I looked at these beautiful creators.


I love this picture. This dolphin thought I had more food because the reflection of my camera.


Beautiful eyes.


Hailee and Heidi waiting to watch a Sea Lion show.


Waiting to watch Shamu.


I was amazed by how high these enormous animals could jump from the water. So powerful!






Daddy and his girls.








I LOVED feeding the dolphins!



My favortie marine life mammal... the Beluga whale. The most beautiful animal!

Look at the Beluga whale puch his trainer. Love it!

Daddy helping Hailee reach the tall spots to restrict the water from coming down.

Heidi and daddy with their cheezy smiles. :o)