Sunday, January 31, 2010
Have a restful Sunday!
Thursday, January 28, 2010
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Meet April. She has came into our family and has been such a blessing to me. She tells me that she is thankful that she has my life to model after. I tell her, I am learning from her as well. Its mutual transformation that takes place in all Titus 2 relationships. I am so thankful for her. Read this post by her here.
I love you lil sister :)
Thursday, January 21, 2010
Everything I saw and heard today was VERY overwhelming. We in America sit here in our little comfortable bubbles,with our HUGE bank accounts, consuming material possessions that will eventually burn up!!!We worry... (and I do mean we cause I am talking about myself)about some many things that are not even worth the time worrying about. AHH!!!!!!!!!!!! I can just yell!!! I am soo upset, and frustrated and angry at how easy we have it. People around me don't have much, but they are smiling, they are fighting, I mean fighting for JOY for real!!! Oh, I am sooo convicted. We are ready to through in the towel when our car break down or the coffee machine don't work. I am so sick to my stomach at our culture and the things we give our hearts away to, when we should be trying to give those things away to the LORD. Placing them at His disposal to do whatever HE PLEASES with them.
I am faced tonight to yet again search my heart, and come to an agreeance with the LORD on where my treasure is. I must also trust the LORD knows the needs of my hood, I really believe that He hears their cries, he sees the injustice, and He will one day, one day... make all things new!!! Lord, may it be soon!!
"Behold, I will create new heavens and a new earth. The former things will not be remembered, nor will they come to mind.
- Matthew 6:20-22
But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. "The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are good, your whole body will be full of light.
Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me,and lead me in the way everlasting.
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Ingredients For sauce:
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1 medium onion, finely diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 cups ketchup
1/2 cup molasses
1/2 cup apple cider
1/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup lager-style beer
1 tablespoon yellow mustard
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon paprika
3 (1 pound each and 1/2-inch thick) prime-aged New York Strip Steaks
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons vegetable oil ( I use Olive Oil)
For the sauce: In a medium saucepan over medium heat, melt butter. Add onion and garlic and saute for 3 minutes, until softened. Add the rest of the ingredients; bring to a boil, then simmer until sauce is reduced to 2 cups, about 30 minutes.
Sunday, January 17, 2010
For years I have wrestled with the sin of Anxiety. Ugh! I hate it! When you are in bondage to fear and worry life is NO FUN and you cause life for many of those around you no fun either. ( as I am sure that is the case with most sin) As we were traveling to Orange Beach this weekend I begin to panic and become very fearful. It always happen when I travel. I am so afraid of car accidents. I hate traveling over bridges because I cant swim.( but I love going to the beach...crazy, I know) The Lord through a sermon years ago convicted me and thats when I begin to understand and accept that fear, worry and or anxiety was a sin. The bible says...
Matthew 6- "Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own."
Just that verse alone teaches you that it is sinful to be fearful. I want this area in my life to be gone, but as I am learning, it wont leave without a fight..and if I have not learned anything about being a christian one of the things I know is GODLINESS has to be practiced over and over and over again. God knows what we need, he Sovereignly gave me a opportunity to be in a relationship with him, he left me with all that I needed to complete the task of this calling. In my email today I received this. I can just cry. God hears. He knows my struggles. I was convicted after reading that post because it meant that I still have yet to come close to really know WHO THIS GOD IS I serve. One of the reasons why I am fearful is because of my lack of knowledge about Jesus. DO I really know God, or do I just know about him? I have so much to learn!! God in his goodness still gave me something to be encouraged about and that is the simple fact that this journey is not over, there is still more pursuing Jesus. His sooo inexhaustible! !!
I pray the LORD continues to fill my heart with knowledge of Him and in all my findings and in all my getting the LORD brings those precious ("Fear not for I am with you, be not dismayed for I am your God; I will help you, I will strengthen you, I will uphold you with my victorious right hand"-Isaiah 41:10) and great promises("none of us lives to himself and none of us dies to himself; if we live we live to the Lord and if we die we die to the Lord. So whether we live or die we are the Lord's. For to this end Christ died and rose again: that he might be Lord both of the dead and the living-Romans 14:9-11) to my remembrance!
Lord..please help me to remember!!
Thursday, January 14, 2010
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Kaiya and I were working on her list of spelling words. This week its words that make up the Short u sound. One of her spelling words was the word 'club'. I asked her to define it- ( which if she doesn't know the definition she has learn to pull out her dictionary and look it up)this time, she just thought she knew what the definition was ...she then begins to say, "I know exactly what that is...that's the place you go out to kick it and dance and party at night..you know, da club??
Me- "Uh, no mam, not that club precious!!" (laughing husband in the background)
Has she been reading the Urban Dictionary?!
Oh the life of a home schooled child who lives in the hood.....
This was the first verse Red memorized and recited to me during our weekly D-group meeting. I was so proud of her!! After reciting her verse she says, “I get it, and I memorized it, I didn’t think I would remember”!!! then she gives this cute, crazy laugh she always has when she is proud of herself. (LOL) This was such an exciting time . She is growing leaps and bounds in her walk with the Lord. She is responding well to accountability and she also growing in understanding the importance of what it means to be consistent in her daily devotional life. We are studying the Black Book published by Campus Outreach Ministries along side the book of 1 John. She recently had the chance to attend the New Years Conference sponsored by Campus Outreach and sense then her growth and conviction to do what is pleasing in the sight of the Lord has grown tremendously!!!
She has recently enrolled in college, and is own her way to attain her drivers license. We couldn't be more proud of her and thankful to the LORD (because HE is the ONE doing all this, NOT US!!!!!)
Please continue to pray for ‘Reds’ maturity. Pray that she becomes convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demon, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate her from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Pray she would continue to learn and grow in what it means to walk her faith out practically.
Sunday, January 10, 2010
His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence,by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature,having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire.
Saturday, January 9, 2010
My husband and I are excited about Sho Baraka second studio album Lions and Liars. If this album is going to be anything like this dudes godly character, ( which I'm sure it will) you are in for some REAL christianity!! Go hear to hear the first single off the album entitled Word.
Rapzilla.com did an interview with Sho Baraka while he was on the road. Check it out below for updates on what he's up to in ATL, his church, and his upcoming album Lions and Liars.
Friday, January 8, 2010
“I know of no other single practice in the Christian life more rewarding, practically speaking, than memorizing Scripture. . . . No other single exercise pays greater spiritual dividends! Your prayer life will be strengthened. Your witnessing will be sharper and much more effective. Your attitudes and outlook will begin to change. Your mind will become alert and observant. Your confidence and assurance will be enhanced. Your faith will be solidified” (Growing Strong in the Seasons of Life [Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1994], p. 61).
I love the WORD! I mean, I really, really love reading Gods word! I get excited about many things, but to get together with some godly sisters and to hear what the LORD is teaching them and how He is transforming their hearts... *sighing* its like heaven on earth!!!
I have recently committed to participating in the new Revive our Hearts Scripture Memory challenge. For the month of January we are in the book of 1 Peter. Scripture memory has sooo many long lasting eternal affects. To name a few, memorizing scripture I have learned help makes our gaze on Jesus steadier and clearer, it helps us to daily win the fight over sin, helps us to daily win the fight over Satan, helps one to communicate the gospel to non believers, I always see it helps me to comfort and counsel the people I love, lastly it helps me to commune with God in the enjoyment of His person and ways .
I am excited to be a part of this challenge, its soo beneficial, wont you join me?!