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

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Then Sings My Soul Saturdays- They That Wait

This song puts a smile on my face and reminds me of the HOPE I have in the Lord. Hope I have for difficult circumstances I'm in now....hope I have for my hood, hope for broken families whose lives the Lord has placed us in. I love the bridge of this song that says:

" Wait on the Lord and He will come through, Wait on the Lord, He will answer you, Wait on the Lord, and He wont be long..."

I am waiting today(with HOPE) that the Lord hears and knows whats best.
I wait eagerly for my adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. For in this hope we were saved.
I wait for the Lord to redeem my hood, it isn't a matter of IF, but when.. I BELIEVE that he will...
I wait for fathers to return to their homes and live out a portrait of biblical manhood..
I wait for girls to return to being little girls and not mothers...
I wait for the Lord to restore all that the locus have eaten...
I wait for the orphan to have a home...
I wait for justice to reign....
I wait for the time when EVERY knee shall bow and EVERY tongue shall confess that Jesus is LORD....
I wait for Christ return that shall bring all this and so much more to past...

Wait eagerly with me.....






Lyrics:
Chorus

They that wait on the Lord
Shall renew their strength
They shall mount up on wings just like an eagle and soar
They shall run and not be weary
They shall walk and never faint
They that wait on the Lord
And I say wait on the Lord

Verse

Hold on a little while longer
Here's what you got to do
Trust and believe my friend
He'll work it out for you
One thing you must remember
My God is able and He cares for you
He cares for you

Bridge

Wait on the Lord and He will come through
Wait on the Lord He will answer you
Wait on the Lord and He won't be long
Wait on the Lord He's going to work for...
(start at top)

John's Verse

They that wait upon the Lord
Shall renew strength
They shall mount up on wings like eagles and soar
I'm so glad
I've learned how to wait
In the midst of my waiting
I will bless His name.

Repeat Chorus

Repeat Bridge

Vamp 1

Hold on a little while longer
hold on, hold on
Hold on a little while longer
hold on, hold on
Hold on a little while longer
hold on, hold on
Hold on a little while longer
hold on, hold on

Vamp 2 Repeat 2x
Don't give up
Don't give up
Don't give up
Wait on Him,Wait on Him

Wait on Him repeated

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Ah,Come On.. Its For The Kids!

With summer camp quickly approaching, things are beginning to be crazy,busy, yet with much excitement. In efforts to help many of our kids attend camp this summer, we launched a support raising campaign where we are asking people like you, in our city and surrounding areas to sponsor a child to attend camp this summer. Last week two of our kids had the joy of being interviewed by a local news station and were able to share their OWN experience about camp life and what it meant for them. Check out that video HERE. Many people gave generously, and we are so THANKFUL for that!! Which brings me to my next point, (uh, huh, you knew I was going there didnt you?! :) ) We are still in need of MORE help. So now I am asking you, my precious blog readers. Would YOU (make sure you ask your husband first-LOL) like to help cover the expense it would take for one of our sweet kiddos to attend our summer camp? If so, please contact us at 334 220 3861. Your generosity will not only help some child stay off the streets this summer, where all kinds of mess is happening, but it will also give you the joy of placing a smile on some child's face...many like the ones you see below!! :)































WORD of The Day


"Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by this some have entertained angels without knowing it."-Hebrews 13:2

"In numerous hospitality accounts in the life of Jesus, surprise is a major theme. Whether it's surprise about Jesus' identity, surprise by what he says or does, or surprise by miraculous events taking place, it is clear that supernatural surprise in otherwise routine hospitality settings is a recurring theme. Such a theme is not relegated just to Bible times. Many Christians who specialize in hospitality and have made it their primary ministry focus (ie: L'Abri) often remark about the element of surprise in hospitality that they believe can only be supernatural in nature. Unexpected divinely arranged friendships and timely fruitful connections come about from hospitality. Provisions of food and clothing extend far beyond what was originally thought possible. Seemingly intractable hatreds give way to love and forgiveness. Put simply, God shows up in hospitality settings, and the miraculous occurs in our midst. For those who continue to look for miraculous signs of God's power and presence in this age, they should consider the role hospitality plays in these manifestations, and ask if the loss of hospitality in our day has anything to do with the lack of Kingdom power we often lament."
-Jason Foster (Faith E.P.C.A Church)

Is My Eating Sinful?

In her book, Love To Eat Hate To Eat, Elyse Fitzpatrick gives you a series of questions that encourage godly eating habits. I lost this list a while back, found it again and I'm now able to start to really commit it to memory. This book, is in my opinion the BEST there is out there on exercising, & eating disorders. I highly recommend it. I want to share an excerpt from the book as well as the D.I.S.C.I.P.L.I.N.E.D. E.ating acrostic.

I pray you are encouraged!

"How can we be self-controlled in our eating? Does that mean that we should eat only a certain number of calories, avoid sugar, eliminate foods with fat, or perhaps a combination of all three? The easiest thing in the world for me to do would be to tell you exactly what you should eat. But that’s a rather simplistic approach that doesn’t take into consideration a variety of factors. Besides, chances are you have been on diets like that before, and you and I both know how they usually end. I’m not saying that it is wrong to follow a preplanned diet, as long as it is not a fad diet. But even if you are following a preplanned diet perfectly, that doesn’t mean that your eating is pleasing pleasing to the Lord. I can lust over a cup of nonfat frozen yogurt in exactly the same way that I can over a chocolate shake. I can also become enamored with my appearance and worry that I might gain weight, which wouldn’t please God. No, there are other criteria for you and me to consider as we develop our personal plan for disciplined eating.

I have listed 12 questions you can ask yourself in order to determine whether your eating is sinful or not. To help you remember these points, I’ve developed the acrostic “D-I-S-C-I-P-L-I- N-E-D E.ating.” As you consider the following, some of the answers will be obvious. Others will take some time and careful thought. Stop now and prayerfully ask God to help you as you think about how to make your eating habits more pleasing to Him.

1. Doubt: Do I doubt (for whatever reason) that I can eat this food without sinning?
Once again, it may not be sinful for you to eat a brownie per se, but if you believe that it is sin for you to do so, you must not do it. Now, you can seek to grow in your understanding of Scripture and strengthen your conscience, but until you can sincerely say, “This isn’t sinful for me any longer,” you had better abstain. The apostle Paul affirms this in Romans 14:23, where he said, “He who doubts is condemned if he eats, because his eating is not from faith; and whatever is not from faith is sin.”

2. Idolatry: Does eating this particular food demonstrate a heart either of independence—“I can do whatever I want”—or a heart longing for pleasure—“I know that I don’t need this for my sustenance, but I love the feeling of the sweet coldness”?
It is important to ask yourself whether you are eating because you’re hungry and you need nourishment or if you are eating for reasons that, ultimately, are idolatrous. Let me remind you that an idol is anything (inherently good or evil) that draws your affections away from God. You can judge whether you’re worshiping an idol if you are willing to sin (in any way) to serve it. You can also judge whether you are worshiping an idol by observing the streams that flow from your life when you are pursuing your desire. For instance, if you are damaging your health or acting in ungodly ways (such as spending too much money, being irritable or unkind, seeking your own will), then you are probably serving another god. Remember that the first and foremost command of all is, “You shall have no other gods before Me” (Exodus 20:3).


3. Stumble: If I eat this, will it cause a weaker Christian to stumble?
For instance, if I know that my friend will go on a binge or compromise her beliefs if I give her a piece of candy, or even eat one in front of her, then I should not do so. It’s not that you should have an oversensitive conscience, saying that a piece of candy is sinful for you. No, the sin would come from the fact that you don’t love your sister enough to forgo what, for you, is legitimate so that she won’t sin. “It is good not to eat meat or to drink wine, or to do anything by which your brother stumbles” (Romans 14:21).


4. Coveting: Am I eating this just because I saw someone else with it and I’m coveting it?
This is one place where TV commercials—especially those for fast food—cause many people to sin. These commercials are written expressly to cause you to covet what you see someone eating. Don’t forget—your eyes are a powerful channel for temptation. Observe the way that Eve was tempted in the Garden of Eden: “When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was delight to the eyes, and that the tree was desirable to make one wise, she took from its fruit and ate” (Genesis 3:6, emphasis added). She saw the fruit; she thought it looked good; she ate it. Satan is still operating in the same way today. The media is a convenient tool for stirring up discontent with our own circumstances. Discontent springs out of a heart that is coveting what someone else has. Scripture, however, says, “You shall not covet … anything that belongs to your neighbor” (Exodus 20:17)


5. Inroad: If I eat this, will it create an inroad for sin?
For instance, I know that whenever I eat chocolate it opens a door for me to desire more and more and I end up eating a lot of candy over a number of days—much more than I should for good health. Chocolate also contains caffeine, which I've eliminated from my diet. So, because of my weakness in this area, and for the sake of better health, it is best if I abstain from chocolate altogether. Since there is no command to eat chocolate, and I don’t have to have it to maintain health or to demonstrate thankfulness for God’s provision, I can abstain in good conscience.
Here are some additional scenarios: Is there any particular restaurant that you frequent where you spend more money than is prudent, eat too much food, or where you are usually very demanding with the staff? If you make that bowl of popcorn, will you then sit down in front of the television and waste time? If you eat one chip, will it create a desire in you to overindulge in chips or other salty, oily foods? Even if it isn’t sinful for you to eat a particular food, or even if that food is not prohibited by your diet, you shouldn’t eat it if it is a door to other sins. Rather, “put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh in regard to its lusts” (Romans 13:14).

6. Praise: Can I eat this food with thanks and gratitude? Is my heart overflowing with songs of praise to God?
Can I eat this with a truly thankful heart, or will I be eating in the face of God, with an attitude that says, “I’m going to eat this even though I know that it’s wrong! I don’t care about You and Your commands! You aren’t giving me what I want, so I’ll just eat this (or starve myself).” If you are unable to sincerely thank God for what you are about to eat, then you shouldn’t eat it.
On the other hand, we must not exercise such scruples that we turn our noses up at what God has called “good”—the food that He has created. God’s creation is to be used and enjoyed by His children, and when we receive it with thankful prayer and with minds that are informed by Scripture, He blesses it to us and nourishes us by it. Consider how the psalmist describes the Lord’s delight in giving you food to eat: “He causes the grass to grow for the cattle, and vegetation for the labor of man, so that he may bring forth food from the earth, and wine which makes man’s heart glad, so that he may make his face glisten with oil, and food which sustains man’s heart” (Psalm 104:14-15). This is a particularly important point for those who look at food as being bad or evil. “For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected, if it is received with gratitude” (1 Timothy 4:4).

7. Life: Would eating this food harm my health in any way?
For instance, eating prime rib when I have high cholesterol; eating too much sugar if I have blood sugar problems (i.e., hypoglycemia or diabetes); eating high-calorie food or too much low-calorie food even though I am obese; and starving myself, abusing laxatives, or over-exercising are all practices that will lessen my strength to do God’s work and will decrease the quality of my life. God holds your life’s span in His hand, but you must not be presumptuous with Him and say, “Oh well, God will take care of me.” It is true that God cares for His children, but He also gives you intelligence that you must use as well. Each person must eat what, for him or her, is a healthy diet. For some, this might mean frequenting the health food store and taking herbs and eating all-natural food. For others, this might mean being more careful about avoiding foods high in fat or calories, or adhering to eating nutritionally balanced diets. The decision is yours, and you just want to make sure that you’re not compromising your personal belief system or conscience. Remember, God has given you a grave responsibility to care for your body; for you to do otherwise is sinful. “Thou shalt not murder” (Exodus 20:13 KJV)

8. Illustrate: Am I modeling good eating habits for others and encouraging them to be self-disciplined, or do I encourage others to self-indulge?
Am I illustrating what it means to be a temperate, joyful, free believer? What kinds of behaviors am I teaching my fellow family members? Do I tell them to serve God with all their heart and then show them that I serve food instead? People are watching, and although it’s wrong to impress others so that they will think you’re great, it’s not wrong to be careful about maintaining a godly lifestyle for the sake of our witness to others; “…show yourself an illustration of those who believe” (1 Timothy 4:12).

9.No: Am I able to say no to this even if I know that I can eat it without sin?
From time to time it’s beneficial just to say no to your desires even if you are physically hungry for some particular food. This is one place where proper fasting comes in. I must keep reminding myself that satisfying every whim of my body is self-serving, even if I do have Christian liberty. I relish my liberty in Christ, but I must keep my bodily desires in submission to my heart’s desire to please God. “I buffet my body and make it my slave, lest possibly, after I have preached to others, I myself should be disqualified” (1 Corinthians 9:27).

10.Emotions: Does the desire to eat this flow out of a heart of anger, fear, frustration, or depression?
Anger says, “I’ll show you … I’ll eat this candy bar and you’ll be sorry!” Fear says, “I may never have the opportunity to eat this again!” or “I might not be strong enough to do everything I have to do.” Frustration says, “I worked hard today and I deserve this!” And depression says, “I’m so bummed out, I’m just going to eat this—who cares anyway?” If you give in to the desire to eat because you are sinfully angry, fearful, worried, frustrated, or depressed, that sin will end up taking mastery of you. “If you do well, will not your countenance be lifted up? And if you do not do well, sin is crouching at the door; and its desire is for you, but you must master it” (Genesis 4:7).

11.Distract: Will preparing or eating this food distract me from something better that God has for me to do?
For instance, would I do better by ministering to the Lord or my guests rather than spending excessive amounts of time cooking some elaborate meal and being frustrated that others aren’t as impressed about my cooking as I am? (Does it really matter if the gravy is lumpy? Will anyone remember that you spent hours cooking, or will they remember that you loved them and spent time ministering to them in conversation, prayer, and fellowship?) Will I sin by going out to lunch and being more concerned that the waiter gets my order right and then so relishing the eating of the food that I ignore the fact that there is someone across the table to whom I could minister?
I’m sure you know about Lazarus’ sisters, Martha and Mary. Martha had a problem with distraction. She was busy preparing a meal for Jesus, who was their guest, and she was frustrated that Mary was sitting at Jesus’ feet rather than helping her. She complained to the Lord and He put the whole thing in perspective: “Martha, Martha, you are worried and bothered about so may things; but only a few things are necessary, really only one, for Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her” (Luke 10:41-42).

12. Enslaved: Does it bring me under any kind of bondage?
For instance, caffeine has a powerfully enslaving effect and you may need to question whether it is right for you to bring yourself under its bondage. What would happen to your Christian witness if you didn’t get your shot in the morning? Would you continue to be filled with thanksgiving and praise? There are other things that can enslave us, such as donuts every morning or popcorn every night. In fact, almost anything can enslave us. If we find that we just have to have such-and-such every day, that would be a good time to practice abstinence until you know that you have mastered this desire. If you practice habits of bulimia, you must ask yourself whether this food is something that has habitually led to a binge. If you battle anorexia, you will need to ask whether eating this will entice you to starve yourself or over-exercise tomorrow. You may have the Christian liberty to eat this food, but is it profitable? Will you be mastered by it? “All things are lawful for me, but not all things are profitable. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be mastered by anything” (1 Corinthians 6:12).

"You may be thinking there’s no way that you’ll be able to remember all these words. But if you ask for God’s help and start right now, you can do it. Start now by writing out the letters D-I-S-C-I-P-L-I-N-E-D Eating and see how many you can guess correctly. With consistent effort, in little time I’m sure you’ll be able to remember the words. Once you remember the words, you could also memorize the Scripture verses that accompany each one. Then, when you are tempted to eat sinfully, you can fight the temptation with Scripture, just as Jesus did." -Elyse Fitzpatrick

I am so thankful for all that the Lord is teaching me. I am learning and being reminded DAILY that I can DO NOTHING without the help of the Holy spirit. Things brings me to a point of dependence that I so desperately need in my walk with the Lord. I shall NOT BE MASTERED BY ANYTHING!!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

How Can I Conquer Gluttony?


I have failed. Failed at practicing self control in so many areas of my life. One that is a constant "thorn" (which I do believe is my fault) is eating and exercising. We went on vacation not to long ago and I do believe because I choose not to practice what I was doing before I left,it has lead to the place I am now.Feeling defeated,ashamed before God,and discouraged.I have prayed and cried out to God,seeking, asking for forgiveness and power to walk in humble submission/obedience in this area. I am going to bed tonight resting in Gods forgiveness for my lack of self control as well as believing/acting upon the LIE that He is not enough for me. By God's grace, I will seek and fight hard at the goals I have set up for myself. I don't want to be legalistic about my goals, yet I want to honor the Lord in them. Man, I will not give up this fight. Its not about my outward appearance as much as it is about MY HEART!!! It's so important to me to be healthy, honor God with my body as well as enjoy food in a way that is honoring and pleasing to God. No amount of accountability, books,TV shows, or cosmetic surgery could ever perform the amount of work the Holy Spirit could do in my heart in helping me to make it possible where FOOD does not have master over me.(as well as laziness at times) Please keep me in your prayers this week. God has provided some WONDERFUL resources for me, I am a fool if I don't use them to the best of my ability. I am thankful that I am not where I use to be, and I more sensitive to things that may cause me to stumble. Therefore, it leads me to a place where I am able to stop and think about what my heart is saying if I decided to not do something or choose to . I recently read a "Dear Pastor John" question from the Desiring God website and it was so good! Gluttony may not look the same for me as it does someone else...my weakness is these dang on carbs!! (LOL) Anyway, I wanted to share with you what I read..check it out: The question was

"How Can I Conquer Gluttony"

"There are a lot of reasons for obesity in our culture. It's not just that we eat a lot of bad food. We're also pretty inactive and don't do a lot of walking, running, biking, etc. Oftentimes obesity issues are connected as much to activity issues as they are to what goes into our mouths. Muscles are designed to burn food, but if they aren't being used then any amount of food is going to result in obesity.

But "gluttony" is a better word to use in this context rather than "obesity," because overeating is where the problem is, not how much you weigh. There are all kinds of reasons why a person might weight too much or too little that is not a result of gluttony.

Gluttony is having a craving for food that conquers you.

The text of Scripture that holds out the challenge to me on this issue is 1 Corinthians 6:12 where Paul says—specifically in regard to food and drink—that he will not be enslaved by anything. He is saying, "I have one master, Jesus Christ, and I don't want any other master." Then in 9:27 he talks about pummeling his body: "I pummel my body lest I be disqualified."

I think we need to recover a large appreciation for the biblical disciplines of self-denial and fasting. That is the discipline side of this issue: "I will not be enslaved by anything," "I pommel myself," and "I take up my cross daily." I think we should esteem, extol, and cherish the biblical teaching that the Christian life is one of confronting our cravings and saying no to them.

But easier said than done, right?

So how do you fight the battle? I think it must be fought mainly not with the word "No" but with an alternative "Yes."

It is very interesting to me that there are so many food and taste analogies in the Bible for God himself:

"Taste and see that the Lord is good." (Psalm 34:8)

"Desire the sincere spiritual milk of the word." (1 Peter 2:2)

"I am the bread of life. Come to me and you will not hunger." (John 6:35)

"Come, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and he who has no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labor for that which does not satisfy? Listen diligently to me, and eat what is good, and delight yourselves in rich food." (Isaiah 55:1-2)

The implication here is that if we give ourselves to being satisfied with spiritual bread, wine, and milk, then physical hunger will lose its supreme power.

The main way to fight cravings that we don't want is to experience higher cravings and have them master us.

Here's where the rubber meets the road. Say you're sitting down at the table, and you're very hungry. You know that if you give yourself free reign then you'll eat two or three helpings of everything, get up stuffed, gain weight, and feel guilty. Why are we tempted to do that?

One very practical reason is that we are bored, and nothing is happening after supper that is more exciting than supper. Therefore staying at this table and eating feels really good, whereas leaving the table to do whatever is next on our agenda feels boring. Very practically then, I would plan something after supper that you want to do. It can certainly be something spiritual, but it can also be a type of exercise or a visit with a friend.

A lot of gluttony is born of boredom. Life is not satisfying or stimulating, relationships feel empty, and work is boring, but food is always there and tastes so good.

So we need to cultivate a range of appetites for great and good things, things like good literature, people's fellowship, reading the Bible, nature, work, etc. Discover these other appetites so that things other than food can satisfy you. Then pray earnestly and cultivate and nurture these satisfactions."

End Of The Year, Summer Maddness,One Thankful Mom

I am finally done with homeschooling!! WOW! What a year its been. I am so much more confident and ready for next year. The Lord has proven His faithfulness over and over again to me. I am thankful! So, whats up for this summer? This week my husband and the rest of the staff are working on all the last details in preparing for the Summer Internship, which will began this Monday.(when the interns arrive) Our official camp doesn't kick off until the 7th of June.(that's when kids arrive) I am really excited about this summer and so are many of the interns. I wont get involved as much as I want or did like last summer. I will,however, be helping teach a Cheer Camp every Thursday as an activity for some of our girls, that's going to be fun. My daughter will take part in the full camp. She has been asking me every week,"is camp today", she is so excited.

I will use this summer for resting, FUN focus time with my daughter,Fun family time(when we can get it in) gathering homschool resources/supplies for next year,visit neighbors I haven't had the time to visit,and try to get this community garden together *sighing*. That plays a huge part in my heart. I desire for my neighbors to have this. The crops from last summer didn't make it so I am basically having to start all over from scratch. Pray we get it going and it last.

I wanted to say thank you to the faithful readers I have. :) I am sorry that I haven't been posting as much, so much is going on that I want to write about, its just that I have not had the time to sit down really and write it out. I am looking forward to doing much of that this summer. Please continue to pray for us. Pray for our kids, their parents, our relationships with our neighbors and continual unity amongst the staff. Thank you for coming back to read and check up on how my family is doing. That means a lot!

Have a RESTFUL summer!!!

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Then Sings My Soul Saturdays- In The Words Of Satan




This Saturdays edition of Then Sings My Soul is different. I have been watching and thinking about this video for the past week. The Lord has used this song to stir up my prayer life. I have been dealing a lot with fear and anxiety lately. For my life, the life of my family, friends and neighbors. Just feeling real heavy. This song reminds me that I have an enemy that wants to keep me in bondage to some of the lies that I have believed, he doesn't want me to know that there is a God in heaven who loves me and cares for me and desires that I, His child experience freedom and forgiveness daily. I am learning how to rest in that. God cares, and all the days ordained for me and others are written in His book. So today, I remember that I don't wrestle with flesh and blood, but I also remember that God is powerful and He in the end will REIGN and already has the VICTORY over all our enemies.

May I introduce to you a group called The Arrows.




Lyrics:
I've been here since the beginning
Know exactly how you work
I know all of your cravings
Know what makes you go berserk
Been lying from the start just to make you play a party in my infinite rebellion against the Father God

Hate
Everything he is
And I make you hate him too
Make you hate him with your actions it's so easy for me to do
'Cause you like it...
Sin feels good for the ego...
You love it...
Oh, come on baby

And all the time, I'm winding you up
Like my perfect little puppet, you're my favorite robot, welcome to the show but I'm watching you and all of hell is with me too, helping me make my lies look true

Oh and there is a lie that works for everyone, everyone
A lie that opens your hearts so I can get me some more of your free will
I'm winding you
Winding you
Give me the control that's why I'm telling you
Selling you
Anything
Everything
Appealing to your human way of being and I use it all against you to just keep your eyes from seeing past the life you're living
Past the moment you're in
Past the pleasure of your sin

Or the cigarette you're smoking
Choking on your lust
I'll make you drunk with pride
So deeply spun into my system that you won't see the light
Never mind that I'm drowning you
I keep deceiving you...

'Cuz I don't tell you
That God in heaven
Who loves you
Who yearns for you
I don't tell you
That the freedom of forgiveness and truth
Why would I tell you?
Why would I tell you the truth?


But I'll say that millions of years ago an accident exploded
And you're the result of this cosmic unknown with no real purpose
Created for no real intent
The reason for your living is just coincidence
So all the remains is what you can gain
Whatever meaning you attach to your days you decide
Mmm, but I help you recognize important things in life
Introducing money, it's the root of all, evil they say so
I attach yourself worth to the salary you're paid, be a slave to your property
Your jewelry
Your cars and things
Advertise that lie up on the TV so you'll want that bling
Selling bit by bit the little pieces of your soul
Climbing up the ladder of economic control
Oh, the greed of man makes it so easy to pervert the Father's plan

Or I'll tell you...
There is a heaven but there's many ways to get in
Keep you so confused that you stay bound to your sin
Tell you there are many ways to the same God
Keep you distracted with your methods so your heart stays hard,
I'll make you think you've got spirituality, but it's really just emotional alchemy
Oh, the vanity of self-idoltary I never let you see that it breeds
Hedonism! Whoo!
And it's the answer of this generation
Come on, drink it, snort it, smoke it, swallow it
Chew on my illusion of freedom till you vomit it

And still I don't tell you
That God in heaven
Who loves you
Who yearns for you
I don't tell you
That the freedom of forgiveness and truth
Why would I tell you?
Why would I tell you the truth?

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Time Away Is Always Good


I have so much I want to post here, but just do not have the time. One of the most important reasons why is because we are on vacation at the beach all this week. :) I cant even begin to explain how thankful I am. ( might I add how thankful I am for neighbors who don't let nothing get pass them when it comes to watching our home when were away.. I loove it!!)
Its been a rough couple of months. Don't get me wrong, its been expected, it comes with the calling. I have been comforted in knowing that this is the "nature of the beast", yet Gods grace is here walking with us the whole way. So, I may be in and out here. I am attempting to finish up my first year of homeschooling as well as help my hubbie prepare for our 2nd annual Summer Internship. (yay!!) Please continue to pray for this ministry. Pray also for our summer interns, pray that they will leave this summer with Micah 6:8 imprinted upon their hearts.

Later Gators :)

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Happy Mothers Day!!!



"Whoever would be great among you, must be your servant." Matt 20:26

"The world may not applaud us for wiping runny noses, driving in carpools, or talking with our teenager into the wee hours of the morning. And until they are trained, our children might not thank us either. But as we set aside our own selfish desires and glorify God by joyfully serving our children, we are pursuing true greatness according to the Bible. Let us do so with tenderness, affection and with a smile!"
"But what if you have lost your smile? How do you find renewed joy to sacrificially serve and tenderly love your children? Our only genuine source of refreshment comes from God. In Him alone do we acquire fresh strength to carry out this enormous task of mothering."

-Carolyn Mahanney The Feminine Appeal



May God continue to give you grace and joy as you live out your calling in Motherhood! Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Morning Praise

While in college my major was Music Education,(emphasis on Vocal-I also had a minor in Journalism-Radio and Tv couldn't you see me now getting you hyped on the stereo! LOL) I love music and how we are able to use it to express our gratitude to the Lord. What a gift that is!!! I think sometimes we forget how important it is to worship the Lord throughout the day in song. Here are two songs that I have been singing through this morning. Life is hard,and the Lord knows that. I know to worship Him means my mind is no longer on my circumstances but on Him.
I love Him! What are some of your favorite songs of Praise and Worship?




Monday, May 3, 2010

What Is Jesus Worth To You?




"Do you believe that Jesus is worth abandoning everything for? Do you believe him enough to obey him and to follow him wherever he leads, even when the crowds in our culture -maybe even our churches- turn the other way?"



My husband went and spoke to a group of homeless men and train jumpers last weekend. I was so thankful to hear him speak. He always does such an amazing job to me. Its always loving and very honest and Christ centered. I am thankful for him and always excited to watch how the Lord uses him. :) While I was there an older guy,who happend to invite my hub out to speak, was telling me about a new book that was out and he recommended that I read it.The book is called: Radical - Taking Back Our Faith from the American Dream.

Book synopsis:
In Radical, David Platt invites you to encounter what Jesus actually said about being his disciple, and then obey what you have heard. He challenges you to consider with an open heart how we have manipulated a God-centered gospel to fit our human-centered preferences. With passionate storytelling and convicting biblical analysis, Platt calls into question a host of comfortable notions that are common among Christ's followers today. Then he proposes a radical response: live the gospel in ways that are true, filled with promise, and ultimately world changing.

I signed into my FB account today and one of my best friends had a picture of the book on her profile. I got goose bumps when I saw it. I have gots to get my hands on that book this week!! Off and on, I have been reading and talking to many people about Americanized Christianity and how I am just sick to my stomach over it. I want freedom from this bondage!! I found out tonight that there is even an online bible study that goes along with the book, you know that excites me! The video you will see below is of the Author David Platt-31 year old Pastor of Church at Brook Hills here in Alabama (Birmingham to be exact)explaining what the book is all about. Many are starting to call him the next generation John Piper. Whatever anyone calls him, I know one thing, his hearts seems to scream REAL, AUTHENTIC CHRISTIANITY, nothing more, nothing less. Check it out.

Matthew 25:31-45 in the words of Mother Teresa

When I was hungry, you gave me food to eat.
When I was thirsty, you gave me your cup to drink.
Whatsoever you do to the least of these of my children, that you do unto me.
Now enter the house of my Father.
When I was homeless, you opened your doors.
When I was naked, you gave me your coat.
When I was weary, you helped me find rest.
When I was anxious, you calmed my fears.
When I was little, you taught me to read.
When I was lonely, you gave me your love.
When I was in prison, you came to my cell.
When on a sick bed, you cared for my needs.
In a strange country, you made me at home.
Seeking employment, you found me a job.
Hurt in a battle, you bound up my wounds.
Searching for kindness, you held out your hand.
When I was a Negro or Chinese or White,
Mocked and insulted you carried my cross.
When I was aged, you bothered to smile.
When I was restless, you listened and cared.
You saw me covered with spittle and blood,
You knew my features, though grimy with sweat.
When I was laughed at, you stood by my side.
When I was happy, you shared in my joy.

Loosely based on the following bible quote
Matthew 25:31-45

Mother Teresa

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Narrow Little Road




This songs explains just how I feel right now. I have had the most amazing weekend. God is so passionate about His glory. It scares me at times to think about how He wants to be glorified through the life of my family and how He goes in bringing that glory about. I was reminded this weekend (which I will share with you later where we went and why) that this road that he has us on is not a popular one. The bible says that only a FEW find it. Is it because they don't have clear direction as to how to get there? No. Is it because the don't have a "special calling" on their lives? No. I believe its because they have just fallen for an Americanized Christianity and COMFORT and they CHOOSE NOT to walk this road. Tonight, I choose gratitude for this narrow road, for it is there that I have SEEN and MET with this living GOD. May the Lord grant you the faith and grace to walk it as well.






Narrow Little Road Lyrics

Words and Music - Mo Leverett, 1995

I believe in the love of God

It is an orphan's wildest dream

It is a narrow little road

It is an ever-widening desert stream

refrain:

Oh I, and I,

I will leave this road ...for the Narrow


It is portrayed in the bread and wine

Let it fortify my bones

It is more than just a sign

It is the fountain from that desert stone

refrain

It is the path where the humble go

It is the narrow not the broad

It is the pathway down the hill

To the graveyard of the living God

refrain

The love of God is the hymn of hope

Let the needy join the throng

Let the widow hear and cope

Let the crippled rise to sing this song

Refrain