8.31.2010

Tonight I was tucking Abby into bed and she was reading me the bible. She was telling me about Jonah and all the other stories that came to her mind. I asked her what her favorite thing about Jesus is. She thought about it and then said, "he can do miracles!" I asked her "what is a miracle?"
She said, "it is like magic! Like when Jesus makes food for people." I'm thinking that was the fish and bread miracle. :)
From one of my favorite devotional books, "Streams in the Desert..."

"And when forty years were expired, there appeared to him in the wilderness of Mount Sinai an angel of the Lord in a flame of fire in a bush...saying...I have seen the affliction of my people which is in Egypt, and I have heard their groaning, and am come down to deliver them. And now come, I will send thee into Egypt" (Acts 7:30, 32, 34).

That was a long wait in preparation for a great mission. When God delays, He is not inactive. He is getting ready His instruments, He is ripening our powers; and at the Appointed moment we shall arise equal to our task. Even Jesus of Nazareth was thirty years in privacy, growing in wisdom before He began His work. --Dr. Jowett

God is never in a hurry but spends years with those He expects to greatly use. He never thinks the days of preparation too long or too dull.

The hardest ingredient in suffering is often time. A short, sharp pang is easily borne, but when a sorrow drags its weary way through long, monotonous years, and day after day returns with the same dull routine of hopeless agony, the heart loses its strength, and without the grace of God, is sure to sink into the very sullenness of despair. Joseph's was a long trial, and God often has to burn His lessons into the depths of our being by the fires of protracted pain. "He shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver," but He knows how long, and like a true goldsmith He stops the fires the moment He sees His image in the glowing metal. We may not see now the outcome of the beautiful plan which God is hiding in the shadow of His hand; it yet may be long concealed; but faith may be sure that He is sitting on the throne, calmly waiting the hour when, with adoring rapture, we shall say, "All things have worked together for good." Like Joseph, let us be more careful to learn all the lessons in the school of sorrow than we are anxious for the hour of deliverance. There is a "need-be" for every lesson, and when we are ready, our deliverance will surely come, and we shall find that we could not have stood in our place of higher service without the very things that were taught us in the ordeal. God is educating us for the future, for higher service and nobler blessings; and if we have the qualities that fit us for a throne, nothing can keep us from it when God's time has come. Don't steal tomorrow out of God's hands. Give God time to speak to you and reveal His will. He is never too late; learn to wait. --Selected

8.29.2010

Abby-four years old


Abby-four weeks old

Where does time go???

8.25.2010



Be strong in the Lord and in His great power. Eph 6:10

If the Lord can create a sunset, trees, mountains, children, oceans, stars, planets, people, flowers, waterfalls, animals, and the heavens....then I am learning to trust that He can handle whatever I go through in life. He will never leave me. He will not forsake me. He will see me through to the end until I hear the voice of Jesus and those golden streets.

8.15.2010






The kids and I played in the backyard this week.
Summer seems to have finally arrived. It has been hot.
hot days = water+dirt = FUN.
Abby gave me a dirt foot scrub,
Logan made me a bucket of car soup.
I sat and watched and said a prayer of thanksgiving for my kids.
That's something I've been doing a whole lot more these days. Praying.
Praying = Good for the mind and soul.

8.12.2010





A petting zoo came to the kids' preschool. Abby was beyond thrilled that a horse was there! She jumped right on and road around the field. She must have Nana's horse loving genes! Logan loved it as well and kept saying that he was a cowboy. Yee-haw!



Aww...two pretty princess cousins having fun together!!
A display of God's goodness written on the faces of two happy gals.

8.10.2010

"Consider the work of God: for who can make that straight, which he hath made crooked" (Eccles. 7:13).

Often God seems to place His children in positions of profound difficulty, leading them into a wedge from which there is no escape; contriving a situation which no human judgment would have permitted, had it been previously consulted. The very cloud conducts them thither. You may be thus involved at this very hour.

It does seem perplexing and very serious to the last degree, but it is perfectly right. The issue will more than justify Him who has brought you hither. It is a platform for the display of His almighty grace and power.

He will not only deliver you; but in doing so, He will give you a lesson that you will never forget, and to which, in many a psalm and song, in after days, you will revert. You will never be able to thank God enough for having done just as He has. --Selected

8.06.2010

These last few months have been hard. Without doubt, the hardest year of my life. I'm not really ready to write about it all, because I am still processing what it all is and what it all means. I have learn a whole lot, but haven't put it into words yet. I suppose it is too soon. I'm not to that lovely place of "hindsight" quite yet.
Amongst all of my trials and struggles, God has provided many wonderful moments with my family. Gosh, I love my family. I mean really really love them.
And my husband. I don't write much about him because he is so private. But let me just say that he is one incredible man and God really knew what he was doing when he lead us to each other.
Here are some pictures of our family vacation in Sedona AZ.
It was simply beautiful!
I love God's creation!