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Friday, November 29, 2013

Thanksgiving 2013

This Thanksgiving has been a little different. We actually had family come here to Katy for Thanksgiving... which means I had to cook for 9 people. At first I was kind of freaked out because I offered not thinking anyone was going to take me up on my offer on having Thanksgiving here... BUT they did! AHHHH!!! But, Mom (my grandmother) made half of the meal. Bob smoked the turkey and I made the ham, mash potatoes, green bean casserole, and bought the rolls. It really wasn't that difficult and it was a huge blessing to have everyone here. My Uncle Pat came here from Colorado and him coming really surprised me and it was so awesome that he came! Both Hailee and Heidi love him so much and they don't get to see or play with him enough. Plus our good friends came over to celebrate with us. It was truly such a blissful day full of laughter, good conversation, and so much food!

I am so blessed! There are no words to describe this fullness I have in my heart.

I had planned to write so much more, but there is nothing coming to me... I feel complete! And I believe it all comes from my trust and faith in Jesus.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Ladies Alive 2013

Since I have become part of Advocare I have realized I have crushed my dreams that I use to have... they are crushed so badly that is hard to remember what they were. Yes, my dreams have changed since getting married and having kids, but I use to know what I wanted... now all I think about is how we are all going to survive the next day. I have been is survival mode for a long time... and I know many have done this and everyone's survival modes look different, but that is where I have been.

Saturday, was a big event with Advocare called Ladies Alive. As we crush our dreams we tend to crush ourselves and forget who we are... we let survival mode kick in and we lose ourselves. We let doubt and fear cripple us. Yesterday, I realized I am worth it and my dreams are worth it and my family is worth it! I am not going to let satan cripple me and put words in my head to make me feel like I am worthless. I am fighting for my family and teaching my kids to dream (not that they need help with that)... but teach them when they grow up they don't have to squash their dreams, but that life is an adventure. My life is an adventure and it is going to be adventurous!

So, my goal is to help other families cast vision... to dream again. If you are my friend, you will hear from me. If you have squashed your dreams to nothing... find me! I will be searching for those people who are ready to come out of the survival suit and live on the edge... who are ready to take that leap to the unknown. The unknown can be scary... but the unknown also can hold some AMAZING ADVENTURES!

Here are my dreams at this moment...
1. Pay off credit card debt by Jan. 1
2. Pay cash for a Disney trip in August 2014
3. Pay cash for New Delhi mission trip in September 2014
4. Iron Man Triathlon (Bob's dream)

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Hailee's 9th Birthday

It is so fun to celebrate birthdays, but there is something extra special to celebrate your child's birthdays. Today Hailee is 9 years old! Her last year in single digits... then for the rest of her life she will be in the double digits. WOW! This year... has been big! I have seen my oldest child become more mature and more responsible... it is crazy how this happens. Hailee's personality has matured... she is growing up seeing things clearer and seeing things that are important. Don't get me wrong she is still a 9 year old, who gets upset when things don't go her way, she is "Queen of Cheating" at games and a sore loser, she loves stuff and loves to hoard, and the list could go on...

What I am talking about is she sees people when they are in need or having a hard time and she will make the decision to help them. I have heard stories from her teachers and friends of mine of Hailee being selfless and wanting to help. Her teacher was just telling me the other day the kids in her class look up to her as a leader... completely different child than she was a year ago.

Hailee helps me around the house and helps me with Heidi. I am watching my first born blossom right before my eyes. There is a sense of trust and respect I am feeling for this child as she grows. I believe her eyes are opening to more than what this world can offer us, but she is seeing there are things that we as believers in Jesus do because we are called to help those in need. You may be thinking... "What does this have to do with God? Maybe she is just sweet natured." I would tell you yes, she is sweet natured, but we as a family don't just go about this life watching the people who need help... we act. She has seen me long enough going and doing what God has told me to do... and when she would ask why we are doing a certain thing... I would tell her because God told me to do this and I will not go against him. I would also tell her God must have a very important reason why he has told me to do this. Maybe it was for just a time as this... she has watched it long enough that now she understands it is more than a feeling of feeling bored, but it is for the purpose of doing for a bigger reason than ourselves, but to bring glory to our Father in heaven.

So today, we celebrate Hailee. I went and had lunch with both girls and Hailee picked McDonalds (yuck!), I dropped cupcakes off at the school for her class to enjoy, after school we will go shopping, and tonight for dinner she has chosen to eat at the Rain Forest Café... so we are all excited!

I am blessed!

Monday, November 11, 2013

God Day

Today has been a crazy God filled day. First of all, I was privileged to meet with a fellow Bengali from Bangladesh today and as we talked he knew all the people I had met over there last year. It was amazing! Such a small country filled with over 150 million people and this one man and I knew the same people. Amazing! My new friend, Samir was also part of a testimony we heard from Jaytesh on God's great faithfulness and provision. It was an amazing time today and I learned so much. Finding that bridge between each religion to point to Jesus... really they all point to Jesus.

Second, I have decided to quit pushing against the Lord and just trust him. I have been trying to raise money for my next mission trip to India in September 2014, but I have not had much success. I haven't had much success because I have been ignoring the Lord. He has been telling me for a while now that He would be providing but not through fundraising. He has told me over and over again Advocare will provide, but I ignored him because I was not trusting him. Bob and I have plans to take the girls to Disney World next summer and my Advocare income is going to pay for it, but I was limiting God and telling him He couldn't do both. I kept telling Him "that is so much money all at once... no way can that be done!" But today it has hit me... who am I to limit and infinite all powerful God? Nothing is to much for Him!

So, I tell you now... I am surrendering myself and believing and having faith the Lord can do more than I could ever imagine. I have faith he will provide for both Disney World (in August) and the mission trip to India (in September). I will keep you all updated on the wonders of God!

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Our way or His way?

It is so hard to live in this world and live around all the worldly things and not to get sucked into it all. Does anyone else have this issue? Especially in this time of Spring... I am being pushed out of my comfort zone into the world... to interact with people and all the worldly things. A lot of times this doesn't feel right. I never realized until now... the Lord was sheltering me and building me up through the 2 years of winter. I really was secluded and he really was all I was focusing on for 2 years. He did a lot in that time... and truthfully I am just realizing this now as I type all of this out for all the world to see. There sure is a lot of world talk in this blog post. LOL!

About a month ago, I received an email from a friend telling me about his brother, whom I have come to love as my brother... my friend told me his brother was beat by fundamentalist Muslims, who were very unhappy with his brother for sharing the gospel to people who are longing for the Truth.

From my brother:
"i have gone to visit a believer family in the morning of 17 oct, islamic a fandamantal group has come to know that, i am going to spend a weak at kalapara with our, they was trying to catch me, when i was at the Mr aziz house, that time a man come (nighbour of aziz) & he saw us that, we were doing pheloship. but that nighbour does not like christianity at all, so, he called a islamik imam, imam called many peoples, in that time, one of our good wisher called to me that, if you want to be saved, plz run from that house at once. and then, we do not do last prayer & leaved that house & reached a village market through avery bad un popular muddy path,but unfortunately, that crazy people group saw us & they also come to same place............... they was very hot,asked many bad, meaning less, question. finaly they torchured me..................................... i cant control my tear.i will tell you detail when i see you face to face, 1:45 houres i was in torchured."

I have heard stories like this before and it is overwhelming... I have a hard time wrapping my mind around the fact that someone could do that to another person. I mean... you watch this stuff on TV but never think of it being true. But, it is to the point of tears...

So... I leave you with this...
“God blesses you when people mock you and persecute you and lie about you and say all sorts of evil things against you because you are my followers. Be happy about it! Be very glad! For a great reward awaits you in heaven. And remember, the ancient prophets were persecuted in the same way.

“You are the salt of the earth. But what good is salt if it has lost its flavor? Can you make it salty again? It will be thrown out and trampled underfoot as worthless."

“You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father." Matthew 5

This is a message to the true believers in Christ, the followers, who believe in only him and nothing extra. Because extra is of this world.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Busy and Changing...

WOW! I have not written since June!! WOW! What is wrong with me? Oh... its life. Life has gotten busy and transforming. I was in the winter phase of my walk with the Lord for about 2 years and NOW I am in the spring phase. Does this make sense? I have been reading a book off and on called Spiritual Rhythm: Being with Jesus Every Season of Your Soul by Mark Buchanan. This book talks about the different seasons of your faith. Anyways... I am in Spring and it is crazy! But, I am learning to enjoy it.

In May, I began working my home-based business Advocare and it is providing in so many ways. First way is I have lost 60 pounds, healthier, and happier and second way is it is providing extra income for our family. Plus, it is giving other people a chance to change their lives in weight loss or having a Plan B.

Then in August, school began and I have become every involved in things going on there as well and it has been fun to meet new people and stretch myself in a way I would not have chosen. Only by the grace of God am I on the path that I am... and I am enjoying where I am and what he is doing.

I am going to be making more time to blog... I have really missed sharing my heart and recording what the Lord is up to in this life.

My sweet Hailee turns 9 next week and we are having her birthday party this up coming weekend. I can not believe it has been 9 years since the birth of my first born... I am having a hard time wrapping my mind around it, but it sure is sweet. I will share more on this child and how her character has grown and how her beautiful spirit has poured out on others.