Sunday, July 30, 2006

Revival started early

Scheduled revival begins August 6. However, God has started early. Amen?! Our worship services today were just that....WORSHIP!! God was there in our midst in a mighty way. Personally, it was one of those services where everyone else around me seemed to almost disappear. In the presence of Jehovah...Just like the song we sang...It changes everything.

Anytime that revival is taking place in the life of a believer, the schemes and fiery darts of the devil increase. For at least the past two weeks, as soon as the services are over, the enemy shoots at me. I have been on the mountain top not expecting to be in a battle so soon. Maybe I drop my guard during worship.

At any rate, I need to pray on the armor and claim the power that raised Jesus from the grave as my own. I forget that He has given it to me so I feel defeated and helpless in the midst of the battle.

That's when I go to the bathroom to pray. You make think that's strange. However, there isn't a quieter, more private place to call upon the Lord for help. A lady in my office knows that there are times I go to the bathroom to pray. We sort of joke about it but it's real. Try it for yourself if you don't believe me.

God is faithful. He hears. He helps this poor woman out of all of her troubles. He loves me just the way I am.

I love Him!

Saturday, July 29, 2006

Penny for your thoughts

Anyone who knows me well knows that I think...alot. DL says I think too much. ha ha

Here are some things I've thought about and want to know your opinion.

Since God is concerned with every area of our lives as well as world-wide problems such as famine, disease, and peace in the Middle East...what does God care about the most? What is the number one concern of His heart? Or are all things equal to Him?

This is not a test. All thoughts are welcome so please comment.

Thursday, July 20, 2006

Fun Photos of Friends


Hotties!


Brian's Angels...before he got married ;o)


They spoil me!

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

The process continues...

Let me tell you that it was more painful than I imagined. Oh the grossness (is that a word?) that was brought to the surface. There are things about me that I thought had been removed from my heart a long time ago. However, the ugliness reappeared in such a way that I'm not sure which upset me more...the actual situation or the way I was reacting.

The thought of reading my Bible came to mind as a way to get peace. But I heard a lie from the enemy and believed it. So I continued to freak out and obsess over what I could not control and did not go to the source of true peace. :o(

Eventually I talked to Pattycat, who is always speaks Truth into my life. She reminded me that when you cut open a wound, all the nasty infection rises to the top. That's what was going on in my heart. YUCK!

Sunday morning's sermon was just for me. For the first time in years, I recognize my thirst for revival. I think I've been in a drought and didn't know it. Kind of like where I live. We've had a water ban in the summer for so long, I barely remember what it was like to water the grass in the summer on any day you want.

Obedience comes before blessing. I am in the "casting down idols" and "returning to God" part of obedience. Not doing it to get the blessing, unless you mean Him becoming my enough. Actually, it's not that He is incapable of being my sufficiency because 2 Corinthians 3:5 says that our sufficiency is of God. I have to let go of all the things that present themselves against the knowledge of Christ and trust Him with ALL my heart.

My first post said I am on fire for Jesus. Maybe that was a spark and not a flame. Whatever the case, my soul longs for Him like never before. I am thirsty for Jesus.

p.s. Thanks to those who have and are praying. God hears and responds!

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Bad dreams and random thoughts

I wrote the blog for DL thinking it would help me get back to sleep. It didn't work.

About an hour ago I woke up from a bad dream and now I can't get back to sleep. Ever have those dreams that are so real that you think it was real?? Emotions and all. My heart was racing for a few minutes after I woke up.

So here I sit, praying for sleep.

There are so many things going through my head. Some I can publish, some need to stay between me and God. He is the best secret keeper I know.

I'm reading "Authentic Beauty" by Leslie Ludy. It's about falling in love with the Prince. In order to make room for Him in my heart, the first thing I am doing is throwing out all the trash. This is going to be a slow and painful process, neither of which I enjoy. However, the payoff should be worth it in the end.

So in saying all that, my dear readers....all 5 of you ;o) please be patient with me during the next few weeks as Christ continues to show me areas of trash in my heart that has to be removed. I hope to not be a drama queen about it and will keep it between me and Him. But you know I wear my heart on my sleeve and I am not making any promises about tears and abnormal quietness. Thank you in advance for the extra grace I may require.

Going to try to sleep again. yayyy I yawned!

Goodnight. I hope!

Just for DL

This update is because DL said my blog is boring and I never update.

Last week I was at Super WOW with 9 youth from church. We had a fantastic time. They called me Momma all week and the title fits the love I have for them. Each one has a special place in my heart. What a blessing it was to see them worship the Lord and to hear what God was saying to them. One youth accepted Christ as her personal Lord and savior. Three others gave some stuff in the life over to Christ. Those were just the decisions made by our youth that we know about. I personally witnessed a few of them talking about an issue and forgiving each other. I know adults that don't/won't do that! It was a pride moment and humbling all the same.

While we were waiting for the last youth to be picked up at the church when we got back, one of the leaders asked if I was ready to go back. I told him I didn't want the trip to end in the first place. How many youth chaperones can say that? So, after getting about 3 hours (max) sleep a night, helping them obey all the rules that were for their own good, keeping up with their Bibles, pens, and even their trash...I love them dearly and wouldn't trade the experience for the world.

Oh did I mention that the girls in my room were the highschool girls that take over an hour to get ready? Don't let that fool you. They were ready for small group devotion every morning and one led it on the last morning. Makes a momma proud.

One of the speakers for the week is single. He mentioned it several times in his "sermons". He said he doesn't date for relationships, just for the jokes. He was kidding....I think. Well, one of my girls, I'll call her Princess, tried to get me to go meet him one night after the worship service. I told her no. She doesn't take no for an answer very well because later I found out that my fabulous girls went to him and told him that they had a chaperone that he should date. (insert shocked face here) He made a joke about little old ladies always trying to fix him up. I love them for thinking enough of me to do that. However, if they ever do that again, Momma will make them go to bed ALOT earlier than on this trip.

One of my "kids" said I am Gangsta. Not sure what that fully means, but I think it's good.

I also gained two sons which I am very proud of and would gladly claim as my own. One made random comments such as "I like eggs." He also had "intestinal vibrations" during our family time. His male chaperones sprayed him with Febreeze. It was hysterical.

The other son read the Bible with one of my girls to help her prepare for the early morning devotion. Seeing two teens reading and talking about the Word together...an indescribable blessing!

I guess that's it for the youth retreat. We are sharing about it Wednesday night at church so the adults can receive a blessing from our experiences.

Thanks for your prayers concerning the trip. They were answered!