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Friday, May 25, 2012

A Reminder of the Scarlet Thread

"This is what God the Lord says-
he who created the heavens and stretched them out,
who spread out the earth and all that comes out of it,
who gives breath to its people,
and life to those who walk on it;
"I, the Lord, have called you in righteousness;
I will take hold of your hand.
I will keep you and make you to be a covenant for the people
and a light for the Gentiles,
to open eyes that are blind,
the free captives from prison
and to release from the dungeon those who sit in darkness.
"I am the Lord; that is my name!
I will not give me glory to another
or my praise to idols." Isaiah 42:5-8

"The God who made the whole earth and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by hands. And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything, because he himself gives all men life and breath and everything else. From one man he made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live. God did this so men would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from each one of us. For in him we live and move and have our being. As some of your own poets have said, 'We are his offspring.'

Therefore since we are God's offspring, we should not think that the divine being is like gold or silver or stone- and image made by man's design or skill. In the past God overlooked such ignorance, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent. For he has set a day when he will judge the world with justice by man he has appointed. He has given proof of this to all men by raising him from the dead." Acts 17:24-31

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Beautiful Sister

Here is my beautiful sister, Harka, she is new to America and she is expecting her first baby in about 4 to 5 months. She has moved here with her husband and her husband's family. On top of expecting her first baby in a werid country... she can not hear or speak English. Personally...I would be freaking out!! But she is very pleasant, very sweet, and she will be an amazing mother. Even though I can not communicate with Harka as I would like I still have this pull to her and her family... they are believers in the same Jesus Christ as me and he died for her just as He did for me. So now we are family and I love her like my sister.

In this picture Harka is sitting by her 1921 Singer sewing machine that was given to Margie just for her. Before coming to America Harka took a 6 week sewing class and she knows how to work this "old" machine. For the longest time it was sitting in the corner because it was not working correctly, but thank the Lord someone knew how to fix these "old" machines and it now works like new! So, today after her showing me how it worked properly now I took her to Joanne's Fabric and she bought some fabric to keep her busy for a bit. :o) She also crochets beautifully and I hope to get picture of her work very soon and maybe... just maybe it will catch your eye and you may want to buy something from her. :o)

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Can You Imagine?

After leaving the apartments where the Bhutanese live I am always left pondering my life, thinking of them, and consumed by my thoughts. Today I am thinking about a sweet family that is fairly new and how they are on my heart often. I found out today after asking a lot of questions what is going on with this family... my first question was "Are they going to start English classes?" Then I found out 3 out of the 6 have disabilities... 2 are deaf and 1 is mentally disabled. I was shocked, but then things began to make sense. The 2 brothers are fine, but one is in school, so that would mean there would be 1 person working out of a family of 6. Thankfully the sister and sister-in-law have a trade... they crochet and sew. The sister-in-law, who I care very much about, is very talented! After much thought and translation I took her to Michaels (a craft store) to buy some yarn for her to keep herself busy. I am now very anxious to see what she does with this new yarn. But as we were on our way back to the apartments from Michaels I began to think what if this was me...

What if I was deaf and sent to live in an unfamiliar place and no one spoke my language except for those who live in the apartments?
What about the outside world? Scary!
What if I was expecting a baby for the first time?
What if I was sent to this country without my own mom or sisters or brothers?
What if I had nothing to do and had no where to figure out something to do?
What if the food, housing, washing clothes and everything was so different from what you have known all your life?
Everything now... here... costs so much!
Just what if this was you??

My heart breaks for my new friends right now. I know they will adjust, but still this is what I think about right now.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Mother's Day Done A Little Different

This year we did Mother's Day a little different. We were invited to the Canaan Bhutanese Church to celebrate Mother's Day with them. I quickly accepted the invitation because nothing is like worshiping with people who have to constantly trust and have faith in the Lord for every day to day need. We as American that live in the well off city have so much money we don't know what to do with... if you don't agree with me I can quickly show you how privileged you are to have what you have. Anyways... this morning we got ready and headed off to the Bhutanese church. All the women were dressed to pretty in the Saris and where enjoying some praise and worship music. We couldn't understand any of the words, but they were praising the Lord the same way we do at our church but in a different tongue. One thing that was so different but so WONDERFUL... the Bhutanese had a time of Praise and Worship that was a little different than when we walked in... they would sing and praise and raise their hands and then the women leading went into prayer... it was an overwhelming moment of prayer... an up roar of prayer... it was all consuming and I felt the Spirit of God  swoop in... I was in tears praying the Scriptures I have been memorizing with my accountability partner...

"The Lord is the everlasting God;
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He does not grow tired or weary;
His understanding no one can fathom.

He gives strength to the weary
and increases power to the weak.
Even the youth grow tired and weary
and young men stumble and fall, but
those who hope in the Lord will renew
their strength.

They will soar on wings like eagles,
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not faint." Isaiah 40:28-31

The other Scripture I was able to pray...

"Here is my servant, whom I uphold;
my chosen one, whom I delight.
I will put my Spirit on him
and he will bring justice to the nations.

He will not shout or cry out
or raise his voice in the streets.
A bruised reed he will not break
and a smoldering wick he will not blow out.

In all faithfulness he will bring forth justice;
he will not falter or be discouraged
till he establishes justice on earth." Isaiah 42:1-4

It was an over-powering moment that only could have been my God's Spirit and all consuming love that swooped in. I have experienced this once before in India after sharing my testimony and the women prayed over us. So amazing and I was blessed to be part of something so wonderful again. It makes me want more...

After the service everyone honored the moms. They had a Mother's Day cake and it was cut into small pieces and every mom got feed a piece of the cake by one of their children (I am guessing by the oldest child). I was told the reason for this was because we feed and take care of our children and this is an opportunity for the kids to show honor to their mom. So here is a picture of Hailee feeding me.

It was very interesting but very fun! Some of the kids also performed dances for us as well. I tried to download the videos but it didn't work. BOO! Oh well... it was amazing! Happy Mother's Day to all you wonderful moms!!
 

Friday, May 11, 2012

Turning 30

May 11, 1982 is my birthday and today I turned 30. Yes... the BIG 3-0. I don't feel 30 and I hope I don't look 30, but who knows. Today I went to the gym and got a good workout in, then 2 very sweet friends took me out for a Mexican lunch, I then came home and took a nap, Heidi had her gymnastics performance tonight (that showed us all what she has learned this year), and then the storms hit and we were out looking for an ice cream cake, which we ate when we got home. Tomorrow Bob is taking me out on a date to celebrate this BIG day.

So many wonderful things and bad things (more good than bad) happened in my 20's...

My 21 birthday was AWESOME!
August 29, 2003 I got married to my best friend.
November 14, 2004 we had our first beautiful child, Hailee.
June 2005 we moved make to Houston (where I feel at home)
November 2005 we began to go to church.
We made great friends, who are now my brothers and sister.
In 2006 I became a believer in my Lord Jesus Christ.
We bought our first house.
July 6, 2008 we had our second beautiful child, Heidi.
July 7, 2009 I was diagnosed with Melanoma/skin cancer (which rocked my world)
I grew in my relationship with my Father and put my trust and faith in Him.
August 2009 I became Cancer-Free!!
March 2010 I got Baptized!
August 2010 I began homeschooling Hailee
March 2011 The Lord led me to Israel.
August 2011 We bought our second house.
January 2012 The Lord again led me to India.
After I returned from India I was told to help and love on the Bhutanese.

I know this doesn't seem like much and I know I have missed so much, but these are the highlights and in every single one of these highlights I can tell you how God was in control and moving. He was with me when I had absolutely no faith or trust in Him. He never ever gave up on me when I was shaken... He was standing strong and holding me up. I am learning every single day and moment about Him. I can't wait until the day comes that I will see Him face to face.

I am so blessed it brings me to tears. What have I done to deserve this? I have a graceful loving Father that is there for me and loves me when no one else is or does. Praise the Lord, Oh, my soul!


Thursday, May 10, 2012

Blessings We Forget To Appreciate



Here is a picture of 21 fans that the mission department of my church, Kingsland Baptist, donated to Loaves & Fishes to give to the Bhutanese families here in Houston. I am so honored to be part of a church that truly loves everyone... even if they don't fit into our light skinned community. Kingsland Baptist is here to bring glory to God by helping the widows, orphans, and oppressed, to serve and love on the nations here and abroad.

These fans will be going to the Bhutanese families and I can tell you from experience they are overly grateful to have some cool air blowing in their warm stuffy apartments. All the Bhutanese refugees (all refugees on that matter) come to America not knowing what to expect... in Nepal they don't have running water in their house, no toilets to run to in the middle of the night, no clean water to bath or wash dishes in... nothing is private (I am imagining). So they get here sometimes and can't speak a lick of English, don't know where to by food, but feel they are in luxury because they have running water and bathrooms in their very own house etc... this is the closest to heaven on earth. Can you imagine how they feel? But, when you have luxury... you will need money to pay for that luxury and money is not one of the things these Bhutanese refugees come over here with. So the most precious luxury A/C (which we consider a must here in Houston) will not be used because it is way too expensive. That is where the fans come in... they will use fans for their only source of coolness. So today we gave 8 fans away to elderly families, families with lots of kids, and families with babies. It was such a blessed day to be able to bless others.


To end this blog post I want to share this picture of these elderly Bhutanese man. Isn't he beautiful? This man is always smiling... and when you say Jamisee (I am totally spelling this wrong) meaning Praise the Lord he lights up like I have never seen before. He speaks absolutely no English, but one thing I do know is... we have the same Father and we both love Him so much!

Thursday, May 3, 2012

2 Different Boxes

I have 2 different boxes to talk about...

I have found out more about this Bible study I will be doing with the Bhutanese. It will be an inductive Bible study and we will go through the New Testament... one chapter at a time. Have you heard of Faith Comes by Hearing? If you haven't, it is these little Proclaimer boxes that are filled with the very Word of God in whatever language you need it in. This little box can run on solar power, or can be cranked, or can run by electricity... it is the niftiest little box. This little box I have speaks the entire New Testament in Nepali, so no matter what person is listening (English speaking or not) they will hear the very Word of God in their heart language. This Bible study will be beginning June 21! I am excited and nervous all at once. :o)

My heart aches for my new Bhutanese friends, who are Hindu, Tamang Buddhist/Buddhist (same, same, but different)... they worship gods that can and are not this loving One true God. They all have so much hurt and feel so uneasy and feel no worth. They don't know the Lord, who is the everlasting God and the Creator that created the ends of the earth, they don't know this over powering strength that only He, who does not become tired or weary, can give us. The One who promises us if we find hope in the Lord our strength will be renewed. They don't know this God. All they know are these empty idols... man-made idols that sit in boxes. I pray through this Bible study that God leads that many unbelievers in Christ will come and listen and that the Holy Spirit will consume them and penetrate their hearts like a double edged sword.

May He be glorified!!