He executes justice for the oppressed and gives food to the hungry. The LORD sets prisoners free, the LORD gives sight to the blind, he lifts up those who are bowed down, the LORD loves those who live justly. The LORD watches over the immigrant and sustains the fatherless and the widow, but he frustrates the ways of the wicked. -Psalm 146:7-9

Sunday, December 30, 2007

Its not mine

Well, we are officailly in the hood..hehe...
I am so glad this move is over..tonight will be my first night in our home..(yikes!!) I cant believe that we are here..
its just blows my mind to think of all that has happend..my bloggin days may be a little short as I try to set my home up for kevin, Kaiya and all the rest of my new neighbors
please know I will blog every chance I get
Last night we got the news that possibly some guys were scheming on breaking into our home ..they were under the impression that there wasnt going to be anyone sleeping there last night..Kevin decided to spend the night at the house with some of the younger guys from the neighborhood while Kaiya and I stayed in the missions house to continue gathering up the last of our things..
A sweet sister in the LORD gave me psalm 91 to read and I was very encouraged!! my favorite verse in that psalm is verse 11 which says "He will give His angels charge concerning you, TO guard you in all your ways"''; I prayed that over Kevin and the boys last night..
another one of my sweet friends got wind of the situation and gave me Hebrews 10:34 ..which says "For he showed sympathy to the prisoners and accepted JOYFULLY the seizure of your property, KNOWING that you have for yourselves a better possession and a LASTING one......" oh what a verse!!! I came into full peace at that moment of reading and meditating all night on these verses.....these things are just what they are things...I didn come into this world with them, and surely I am not taking them with me
I am thankful to the LORD for being there, willing and ready to show me how to view my circumstances..(which I do not look at correctly all the time)
please pray that we as a staff will cheerfully count it all joy as we encounter great trials and that we would love as JESUS loved showing sympathy and mercy to those who may wrong us

Friday, December 28, 2007

somebody pinch me...i cant believe its TIME!!!!

well, here we are..TOMORROW we will have many helping us move into our home..I am very excited..though I must admit my stress level is like.up...lol
moving is so not my thing, though I am very organized during a time such as this...its been a long two years for my family..the past two years have been a time of transition,trust, and prayer...the LORD has taught us soo much..I just cant wait to see the many lessons we will learn from those in our neighborhood. ( and I cant wait to move down the street from the KELLYS!!! yay!!!)
please be praying for us
pray that we will not be stressed out, but that we will trust the LORD in how this move goes
that this transition for kaiya will be easy
that the final details with the house will be completed soon (some things will not be done before we move in)
thanks soo much for praying and genuinly loving on us during this time..its always comforting to know that someone cares how you are doing even if its just a text(lol) or a simple email saying "we are thinking of you"

GOd is so gracious..there is no fear in my heart about this move...PERFECT LOVE REALLY DOES CAST OUT ALL FEAR... I am so in love with everyone I have met in our neighborhood :)

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Christmas 07

wow! I cant believe that this year is almost over! whew! praise GOd!!
Christmas this year was very.....very.... relaxing, non overwhelming and simple.
It was great to just celebrate the birth of our Savior the same way we do every other day..GIving thanks. reading the word, spending time together as a family.. Due to the fact that we will be moving into our home soon, financially we just wasn't able to give to Kaiya ( or others) for Christmas this year..BUT the LORD in his goodness provided what he saw fit for kaiya to enjoy..We just want to thank the supporters who gave to our family this christmas season, so that our little girl could enjoy herself...( i will add pics later)

We started the morning off with prayer and a family devotion on the real meaning of christmas and then Kaiya prayed for all of us to remember the truth of God's word and for her great great granny to walk, move,& feel better( Kevin's mom-mom)
SOme of her favorite gifts were: Barbie Princess collection -car keys, wallet, cell phone, pretend money,ect... Kaiya enjoys ANY thing that is princess..she was just grinning from ear to ear when she opened this gift..
Another gift she REALLY enjoyed was an ANTIQUE MADELINE DOLL HOUSE ..thanks to one of our dear supporters..they passed this collectors item down to kaiya to enjoy for years to come..it came with a madeline doll, and all you could think of that is needed in a orphanage! she LOVED IT!!! we couldn't pull her away from it! so sweet!!!
lastly we want to thank great grandma for the computer! kaiya always wanted a pretend lap top...now we don't have to worry about my husband losing the rest of his nerves as kaiya ask can she play nick jr on his computer. :) ( FYI- kaiya spilled water on my husband MAC in july and fried his hard drive..God provided another shortly after that) yay for daddy that she has her own... at least for now...lol

kevin and I are thankful for our gifts this year..a new home, new neighbors, a precious daughter, and the deep deep love of JESUS..I pray your CHRISTMAS was as merry as ours!

Saturday, December 22, 2007

He's Always There

Today was a somewhat normal day. We have friends in town that were passing through on their way to mobile. Seeing them was refreshing and encouraging..But somehow still in the midst of one of my close friends being here I found myself feeling sad.
There is so much going on in my life right now. We have just come on board a new ministry, we are being challenged in our parenting, and it has been over a year sense we have lived in our own home.

Our house wont be ready until sometime after the new year, and this information was and I think at times still is a little difficult for me to swallow. Its close to Christmas and everything that I am use to doing will not happen this year. In our family, during the holiday, we are preparing dinner for a few college students and friends to have over Christmas day. Kaiya and I would have daddy to bring the tree out of storage so that we can put the decorations up. We then would pop some pop corn to wrap around the tree(which Kaiya loves!!) in addition , we sit at the table and make our own Christmas cards, or we plan to go and visit family we have not seen in a while.....for various reasons none of the above will happen this year.

God as always has a very important lesson for ya girl to learn..
AS hard as it is for my flesh to accept the circumstances of my life right now, the SPIRIT was indeed willing to give me the power to trust and learn..
Lesson:the life I live no longer belongs to me. AT the point of accepting Christ I turned all RIGHTS, all OWNERSHIP of my life to Jesus and asked him to be LORD..Therefore, HE WILL DO AS HE PLEASES with it!

I broke down last week with my hubbie just telling him this is hard.... its hard not having any consistency in your life, not knowing where you are headed, or just feeling like you have just lost all control..when in reality, I never had any of those things to begin with
This is a faith walk..God wants us to learn patience, TRUST, SURRENDERED living, but most importantly for me, he wants me to know that he has not forgot about us and that in the midst of all this stuff .....He is there

Ex 19:4 You yourselves have seen what I did to Egypt, and how I carried you on eagles' wings and brought you to myself
He is carrying us, no matter what lies are being thrown at me, I must always remember that he is here carrying me through lifes uncertain
Kaiya dosent really understand why we haven't put up a tree of why we havent decorated..with these questions,God of course showing he is present, gave us the opportunity to share with her again what Christmas really is about.. Not only did he give us that ,he also provided me with the idea to take her out to view lights..It was fun to get out and get some good ol christmas cheer....In order for me not to have another tear fest, I must always remember to FIX my eyes on Jesus.

Please be in prayer for me that I will continue to fight the good fight for FAITH and JOY through my circumstances
That God would continue to remind me what is most important in this life

KING of Kings, thank you for reminding me that you are always there..what truth and peace it is in knowing that you are carrying me through all of life's craziness. I love you LORD please help me to see you fully through all situations


Wednesday, December 19, 2007

A Home in the Hood


La Familia

"As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another" -Prov 27:17

While the husbands are at work or involved in bible study's with some of the guys in the neighborhood. Delta and I get a chance to hang out with the kids and just crack up at life..I may have blogged about this before..but hey, its my blog I can write what I want to..just kidding..
I have really enjoyed getting to know the Kellys. They are an amazing couple..so down to earth, giving, loving and hilarious!!! really!!! LOL!!!

I am so excited about living down the street from her, it just feels good you know to have some one close to talk to when ministry and family seems as if they dont mix or when the kids are acting, acting,,.not really sure what word I want to use but you get the picture, just out of control.. The LORD has really used her compassion and love for people in my life greatly!!
She really is a walking example of Micah 8

It's like they have become our family away from family, and they are just that...I am looking forward to the many nights of watching the office together, praying, laughing, crying,conflict, repentance, forgiveness and peace!! awww, I love you kellys!!

now give me my per-diem!!! ROTF!!!

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

The words are most important to me

So, I am reading through this book called "Suffering and the Sovereighnty of God"
I found my self like almost in tears of encouragement on the LORDS love for his children..it really is deep!!!
Ntway, in the book the author talks about how in every hymn there is a view point to adopt...In most of them we are either singing to God,(Be thou my Vision) singing about God(Amazing Grace) sometimes we sing to each other..(O come all ye faithful), we sing to ourselves..(Be still my soul the Lord is on thy side)..
each voice expresses our faith in a different way.. "How a firm Foundation" in the last five stanzas..each begin with a quotation mark..why? well he says beacuse it is GOd who is doing all the talking..God is talking to us..we are to sing this hymn by listening

"He tells you who he is an what he is like-pointedly with respect to what you are going through. He tells you his purposes. He promises the very thing you most need. Most hymns express our faith to God, to each other and to ourselves. This hymn is more elemental. God's voice invites faith. He's calling you"
-David Powlison

Brethen, may I introduce you to my new FAVORITE HYMN
you see i dont need a drum, a sax or bells for this to be my jam...The words a very rich with love and thats all i need to carry me through


'How Firm a Foundation'

'How firm a foundation you saints of the LORD, is laid for your faith in his excellent Word! What more can he say than to you he has said,to you who refuge to Jesus have fled?'

'Fear not , I am with you, O be not dismayed; for I am your God, and I will still give you aid; I'll strengthen you, help you and cause you to stand. upheld by my righteous, omnipotent hand'

'When through the deep waters I call you go, the rivers of sorrow shall not overflow; for I will be with you, your troubles to bless, and sactify to you your deepest distress'

'When through fiery trials your pathway lie, my grace, all sufficient, shall be your supply, the flame shall not hurt you; I only design your dross to consume and your gold to refine'

'E'en down to old age all my people shall prove, my sovereign, eternal, unchangeable love; and when hoary hairs shall their temples adorn, like lambs they shall still in my bosom be borne.'

'The soul that on Jesus has leaned for repose, I will not, I will not desert to his foes; that soul, though all hell should endeavor to shake, I 'll never, no never, no never forsake.'

Whatta man, Whatta man, Whatta mighty good man!!

Today my crazy husband and I had a chance to go out on a hot date..it was sooo much fun!!
its crazy cause we have been married for like 6 years almost and it seems like we have been together forever..If you know my hub you know he is always playful, so silly and just so easy to talk to..I am just thankful that the LORD has brought him into my life..He is the lighter side of me, I never grew up seeing men like him and now its all that I know..its all that our daughter will ever know..Grace I tell ya!!! TOnight we just laughed and joked and enjoyed each others company, it felt good to get away from it all and be with your best friend
i couldn think of any one else to share this life with..tonight the LORD has shown me that I have a Proverb 31 man

"Open your mouth for the mute, For the rights of all the unfortunante. Open your mouth, judge righteously, And defend the rights of the afflicted and the needy" prov 31"8-9
My prayer is to strive to be verses 10-31

..oh what a man!!!!!