Tuesday, November 29, 2016

28 Day Challenge

Day 1:  Truth- In what ways do you feel out of control in your life?
Right now, it is a crazy time.  It is a valley time.  Nothing is certain except God's Word and His Character.  I have my health, my family, friends. However, nothing is permanent and even my husband's job is in transition.  We are a very active family, wanting to impact this community and be a light.  But, I have no idea if we will be in our home in the next two months or still walking through the unknown.  God is faithful.  But, this control person has no control but to cling to the ROCK who is stable.

Day 2:  Blessing the Night
Dare:  Go outside at night and count 100 stars.  Pray when you see the brightest star!  The person who wrote this challenge had NO IDEA that it would be -2 below 0 and with a wind chill of -17.  Ugh.  But, it was STUNNING!  I counted by 10's. My prayer was that that God's Will Be done on Earth.  Added blessing of square shaped crystals on the stairs and frozen eyelashes (my favorite).  Keep hot and steaming.  Thanks Mellissa.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Encounter God: Groups, Books, Mountains and People!

Each week, our family participates in a Life Group.  It has changed and morphed over the years with new people and different studies.  However, the one thing that stays the same is that I am richer because of it.

Just yesterday, I had the ah ha moment when I realized that all the good things that Christ did on Earth I get the credit as if I did them.  Not only did He fulfill the punishment of my sin and God's wrath was taken out on Him for my disobedience, but His PERFECT goodness and fulfillment of God's law was added to me.  WHOA!

Often I leave the group with a new movie to watch or a book recommendation.  Yesterday it was Valley of Vision.
I found a pdf on a church web page and found a part of an amazing prayer.

I am well pleased with Your will, whatever it is or should be in all respects.  And if you bid me decide for myself in any affair, I would refer all to You.  For You are infinitely wise and cannot do amiss as I am in danger of doing.  I rejoice to think that all things are at Your disposal and it delights me to leave them there.  


Life group continues, as I got to spend some time with Melody enjoying skiing for the first time this year. Surrounded by mountains, and running into two other outdoor friends, I can trust in the LORD Psalm 125

Great break doing puzzles and getting ready for Jesus birthday!
If we don't have snow, at least I can do a snow scene

Where  is Max?

Willow watching me enter the crawl space.  She can't be far from me at any time.   

Monday, November 21, 2016

My thankful list

My Thankful list...

I do want to proclaim how much Jesus has done for me.  Reading about how Jesus healed a man tormented by many afflictions this morning, I was moved by the response that he went and told the CITY what God has done.  So, here is a little sample of the transformation God has done in me.

Thank you Lord, that I am healed both from the sickness of sin, but the pain of abandonment. I am engraved in the palm of His hands.  Never forsaken.

I am no longer live under the guise of a "people pleasing" person who finds her fulfillment of what others say about me. No longer bound by people-praise; however, I can find freedom in walking with a satisfying relationship with You, my Father.

I no longer tossed to and fro by relationship with men who can no longer fulfill my needs or being addicted to wrong relationships.  But, I have a healthy and vibrant relationship with James (almost 19 years).

I have been healed from the overwhelming cycle of food obsession and eating disorder.  Always trying to make my body "perfect" to gain control and master over something.  To be loved and to feel complete in Him.  He's my all in all.  I am FREE!   God has the reigns and I can trust Him in that overwhelming mental area.

I am a free women in regards to explosive anger!  I don't have to shout to be a powerful women.  I can trust and not bully my children.  The freedom of being a changed women, means I need to daily walk with Him. I am not alone with the Holy Spirit being my counselor.  I am transformed!

I'm free from being a victim.  I no longer need to drown my sorrow in substances that kill. I am free from my sexual abuse and can love those who hurt me. I am truly JOYFUL!

I am pure and holy and live a free-unchained life because of Jesus death.

So that even the most selfish decision I made, God took that evil and brought me to Himself.

To be Loved
To be free
to shine for Him!

That is what He did.  He took my brokenness and made me beautiful.  That is what I am thankful for this year.