Tuesday, September 28, 2010

How did they know?

"For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers." Romans 8:29

It's weird when you read someone else's words and they are your thoughts exactly.

From Casting Crowns.com:

Romans 8:29 is a huge verse that redefined a lot of things for me several years back, and it says that God is conforming me into the image of His Son. His goal for my life is to make me like Jesus - to bring Him glory. Everything else is rubbish, Paul says, compared to knowing Him. And if my life goal is really to know Him and to honor Him, is He going to steer me off a cliff? No. Is this easy to say and hard to do? Yeah. But that doesn’t make it untrue. That’s good stuff because it takes the pressure off of me. There are no forks in my road; my road is knowing Jesus. We always include Scripture in the CD packaging for every song. For “To Know You” we actually have Scripture noted after every line. Every line in the song is a different thing Paul said about a different situation and a different thing he was dealing with or fighting against or having victory over.

MARK HALL, JASON INGRAM, BERNIE HERMS

2 Corinthians 1:3-5
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, 4who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God. 5For just as the sufferings of Christ flow over into our lives, so also through Christ our comfort overflows.

2 Corinthians 4:18
So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

2 Corinthians 5:11-12
Since, then, we know what it is to fear the Lord, we try to persuade men. What we are is plain to God, and I hope it is also plain to your conscience. 12We are not trying to commend ourselves to you again, but are giving you an opportunity to take pride in us, so that you can answer those who take pride in what is seen rather than in what is in the heart.

Ephesians 4:20-24
You, however, did not come to know Christ that way. 21Surely you heard of him and were taught in him in accordance with the truth that is in Jesus. 22You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; 23to be made new in the attitude of your minds; 24and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.

Philippians 3 - Click Here. It's long.

Philippians 4:12-13
I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. 13I can do everything through him who gives me strength.

To know You is to never worry for my life
To know You is to never give into compromise and
To know You is to want to tell the world about You
‘Cause I can’t live without You

To know You is to hear Your voice when You are calling
To know You is to catch my brother when he is falling
To know You is to feel the pain of the brokenhearted
‘Cause they can’t live without You

More than my next breath
More than life or death
All I’m reaching for, I live my life to know You more
I leave it all behind, You’re all that satisfies
To know You is to want to know You more
To know You is to want to know You more

To know You is to ache for more than ordinary
To know You is to look beyond the temporary
To know You is believing that You’ll be enough
‘Cause there’s no life without You

All this life could offer me
Could not compare to You, compare to You
And I count it all as loss
Compared to knowing You, knowing You

All this life could offer me
Could not compare to You, compare to You
And I count it all as loss
Compared to knowing You, knowing You

And I count it all as loss
Compared to knowing You, knowing You

Saturday, September 25, 2010

For the sake of my marriage

1 Peter 3

Wives and Husbands

1Wives, in the same way be submissive to your husbands so that, if any of them do not believe the word, they may be won over without words by the behavior of their wives, 2when they see the purity and reverence of your lives. 3Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as braided hair and the wearing of gold jewelry and fine clothes. 4Instead, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God's sight. 5For this is the way the holy women of the past who put their hope in God used to make themselves beautiful. They were submissive to their own husbands, 6like Sarah, who obeyed Abraham and called him her master. You are her daughters if you do what is right and do not give way to fear.
7Husbands, in the same way be considerate as you live with your wives, and treat them with respect as the weaker partner and as heirs with you of the gracious gift of life, so that nothing will hinder your prayers.

Suffering for Doing Good

8Finally, all of you, live in harmony with one another; be sympathetic, love as brothers, be compassionate and humble. 9Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult, but with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing. 10For, "Whoever would love life and see good days must keep his tongue from evil and his lips from deceitful speech. 11He must turn from evil and do good; he must seek peace and pursue it. 12For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their prayer, but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil."[a]
13Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good? 14But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. "Do not fear what they fear[b]; do not be frightened."[c] 15But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, 16keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander. 17It is better, if it is God's will, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil. 18For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive by the Spirit, 19through whom[d] also he went and preached to the spirits in prison 20who disobeyed long ago when God waited patiently in the days of Noah while the ark was being built. In it only a few people, eight in all, were saved through water, 21and this water symbolizes baptism that now saves you also—not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge[e] of a good conscience toward God. It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ, 22who has gone into heaven and is at God's right hand—with angels, authorities and powers in submission to him.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Love Never Fails

LOVE IS:

Love is patient,
love is kind.

LOVE DOES NOT:

It does not envy,
it does not boast,
it is not proud.
It is not rude,
it is not self-seeking,
it is not easily angered,
it keeps no record of wrongs.
Love does not delight in evil

LOVE ALWAYS:

BUT... rejoices with the truth.
It always protects,
always trusts
,
always hopes
,
always perseveres
.
Love NEVER FAILS!

Saturday, September 18, 2010

To Know You

Click here and you will go to the Casting Crowns website. To listen to my current favorite "life song" you will need to click on the third song listed, which is To Know You.

To know you is to never worry for my life, and
To know you is to never to give in or compromise, and
To know you is to want to tell the world about you
Cause I can't live without you

To know you is to hear your voice when you are calling
To know you is to catch my brother when he is falling
To know you is to feel the pain of the broken hearted
Cause they can't live without you.

More than my next breath
More than life or death
All I'm reaching for, I live my life to know you more
I leave it all behind, you're all that satisfies
To know you is to want to know you more
To know you is to want to know you more

To know you is to ache for more than ordinary
To know you is to look beyond the temporary
To know you is believing that you will be enough
Cause there's no life without you

More than my next breath
More than life or death
All I'm reaching for, I live my life to know you more
I leave it all behind, you're all that satisfies
To know you is to want to know you more
To know you is to want to know you more

All this life could offer me, could not compare to you
Compare to you
And I count it all as lost, compared to knowing you
Knowing you

More than my next breath
More than life or death
All I'm reaching for, I live my life to know you more
I leave it all behind, you are all that satisfies
To know you is to want to know you more
To know you is to want to know you more

Compared to you
Compared to you
And I count it all as lost, compared to knowing you
Knowing you
And I count it all as lost, compared to knowing you
Knowing you

Disappointment

This was posted on September 9th but I wanted to add this photo. So here it is again.



The LORD is near to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. Psalm 34:18 (NASB)

Daniel has finally begun losing his baby teeth. His first tooth was pulled out in April or May by the dentist. It was very wiggly and ready to go. So his second tooth was his first official "losing a tooth", he informed me. His most recent loss came on Tuesday during math class. He pulled it out with a tissue.

At about 8:45 pm, daddy handed me two dollars (he first gave me a $5 but I discouraged that!). I snuck up with one dollar and put it under the pillow and took the tooth. Within two minutes, Daniel ran down the steps laughing saying that he was a wake and I was caught. I smiled and told him to go back to bed.

I went to bed about ten minutes later but heard noises. I finally found Daniel in the living room. He was looking for the tooth (which was in a baggie). I told him I would bring it back up for him. I didn't want him to know that I threw it out.

Upstairs he put it back under his pillow and was going to wait for the tooth fairy to come. I was a little confused. I thought he had put two and two together, but apparently he didn't because he handed MY money back.

At about 3 am, I went back upstairs, put $2 under his pillow (mommy is cheap but the real tooth fairy would leave more than just one dollar) and felt a note under there. Where's the tooth? Who knows at this point. When I came downstairs, there was a dollar attached to a note that says:

Keep on believing.
The Tooth Fairy


AMANDA!

I put the note in my bag and decided not to show him.

At 6:15 Daniel came down with the money and his tooth! He asked, "Mommy, did you put the money under my pillow?"

I said, "Yes".

He was crushed! Daniel threw the $2 on the floor and looked like he was going to cry. I asked him if he wanted me to lie to him. He didn't say anything. I told him that I remember when I found out about the tooth fairy. I was devastated. Funny, I don't remember anything about the Santa experience and finding out. I think my older brother probably told us that it was Mom and Dad.

I explained to Daniel that life is filled with disappointment. People will disappoint you. Mommy, Daddy and Amanda will disappoint you. Things will disappoint you. But Jesus never will. I explained that if we put our trust in the LORD then we don't need to believe in anything else.

Did I set him up for disappointment? I was disappointed as a child. I know how that felt. Why did I continue with this cycle of lies?

Why is it so easy for us to train our children to believe in falsity like Santa and the tooth fairy...even the Easter Bunny? But don't say the "J" word because it might offend someone.

Yes, God is love but hello people, there will be a day when we will be standing in front of The Judge. So remember that he is also a Consuming Fire when we put our trust in other things.

The end of the Daniel/Tooth Fairy Story goes something like this:

I picked up the money. He asked if he could by lunch. I said yes, that in the future when he loses a tooth, he would get a lunch on us. All smiles, our morning started over!

Yes, it was that simple.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Happy Birthday Lisa!

Where was I twenty-three years ago? I was living in a dorm with three strangers. I was nineteen years old and had just moved in about two weeks prior. On this day, we surprised one of the roomies with chocolate donuts in the shape of a 20 and a carton of skim milk (We were college students. Give me a break!)

However only two of the three were strangers. The third girl seemed like an old friend. She was not strange at all.

Who would have known that she would become my best friend and remain friends all these years?

We've been through many trials and error together. She said one time we have been through the thick and thin and the fat and thin. LOL. She has laid both parents to rest. She's seen me through two pregnancies. We supported each other, loved each other through the laughter and the tears. She knows my history and I know hers. And we still love each other. When you find a friend like this, hang on for dear life!

Happy Birthday, Lisa!

Let's become little old ladies together -
We'll stay up late looking at photo albums,
telling "remember when" stories,
and laughing until our sides ache.
Let's become eccentric together -
we'll be the kind of old ladies
who wear silly hats
and get away
with behaving badly
in public places.
And if anybody
should ask how long
we've been friends,
we'll say,
"Oh, forever - since before
you were even born!"
Let's become
little old ladies together -
because a friendship like ours
can only grow better
through the years.

Jennifer Fujita

Sunday, September 12, 2010

"Lord Undo Me"

JD Chandler from KLove was talking about this today so I thought I'd share.


I don’t really worship these day
I don’t really stand up to praise you with songs
Or prayers or actions
or with anything
I am full of all the right moves
I am full of all the right words
I am full of all the right religion
But it is all just illusion
I am really
Lonely
Lost
Calloused
Jaded
Cynical
Too religious
Too realistic
and well really just to lazy
to worship you anymore
I have lost my first love
I have lost the joy of your presence
But most of all I have lost the fear of your glory

Father I need to see you again
Like Isaiah I want to stand in awe of your glory
To fall down at your feet
To come face to face with your
Perfection,
Radiance,
Goodness,
Holiness,
Awesomeness
I want to stand before you and see you for who you are
and me for who I am
I want to be undone

I want to know me for who I really am
I want to see the depths of my heart
And know that you are the only way
You are the only truth
You are the only life
I want to see me and understand
What it really must have taken for you to
Love me
Care for me
See me
Speak to me
Want me
Communicate with me
Die for me
Die for me
Die for me

Lord, I want to stand in that place where all I can see is your glory
And my sin
Because in that place I can’t help but worship you.
Lord let me come undone
Undo my heart
Lord, undo my heart
break down these walls that I love so much
No, wait don’t,
I’m scared I don’t know if I can handle this
don’t
But I can’t live this way anymore
I can’t stand here in this half-life
this going through the motions life
this not really alive life
Father, I need you so come in and do what you must
Cut out the tumor on my heart
Break down the walls that I love
Lord let me come undone
Undo my heart
let me worship you again

*Blake Williams

Saturday, September 11, 2010

September 11th


You say you will never forget where you were when you heard the news on September 11th, 2001.

Neither will I...

I was on the 110th floor in a smoke filled room with a man who called his wife to say "Good-bye." I held his fingers steady as he dialed. I gave him the peace to say, "Honey, I am not going to make it, but it is OK...I am ready to go."

I was with his wife when he called as she fed breakfast to their children. I held her up as she tried to understand his words and as she realized he wasn't coming home that night.

I was in the stairwell of the 23rd floor when a woman cried out to Me for help. "I have been knocking on the door of your heart for 50 years!" I said. "Of course I will show you the way home - only believe in Me now."

I was at the base of the building with the Priest ministering to the injured and devastated souls. I took him home to tend his Flock in Heaven. He heard my voice and answered.

I was on all four of those planes, in every seat, with every prayer. I was with the crew as they were overtaken. I was in the very hearts of the believers there, comforting and assuring them that their faith has saved them.

I was in Texas, Kansas, London. I was standing next to you when you heard the terrible news. Did you sense Me?

I want you to know that I saw every face. I knew every name - though not all know Me...Some met Me for the first time on the 86th floor.

Some sought Me with their last breath. Some couldn't hear Me calling to them through the smoke and flames; "Come to Me...this way...take my hand."

Some chose, for the final time, to ignore Me. But, I was there.

I did not place you in the Tower that day. You may not know why, but I do. However, if you were there in that explosive moment in time, would you have reached for Me?

September 11th, 2001, was not the end of the journey for you.

But someday your journey will end. And I will be there for you as well. Seek Me now while I may be found. Then, at any moment, you know you are "ready to go."

I will be in the stairwell of your final moments.

Remember: I love you…
God

Written by: Stacey Randall

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Who Am I ? My Favorite (by Daniel)

Book - Goosbumps

Subject - Math

Pet - Dog

Food - Peetza

Hobby - rideing bike

TV Show - Sweet life on deck

I'm Good At - baseball

When I Grow Up, I Would like to be - a Sighintinst

Sunday, September 5, 2010

TEN THINGS GOD WON'T ASK ON THAT DAY

1.... God won't ask what kind of car you drove. He'll ask how many people you drove who didn't have transportation..

2.... God won't ask the square footage of your house, He'll ask how many people you welcomed into your home.

3.... God won't ask about the clothes you had in your closet, He'll ask how many you helped to clothe.

4.... God won't ask what your highest salary was. He'll ask if you compromised your character to obtain it.

5.... God won't ask what your job title was. He'll ask if you performed your job to the best of your ability.

6.... God won't ask how many friends you had. He'll ask how many people to whom you were a friend.

7.... God won't ask in what neighborhood you lived, He'll ask how you treated your neighbors.

8.... God won't ask about the color of your skin, He'll ask about the content of your character.

9.... God won't ask why it took you so long to seek Salvation. He'll lovingly take you to your mansion in heaven, and not to the gates of Hell.

10.... God won't have to ask how many people you shared this with. He already knows your decision.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Three is not a crowd!

"So they are no longer two, but one. Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate." Matthew 19:6 (NIV)

I bought a card today. I love it.

When the Lord joins man and woman, the two as one shall be, yet in the home they share with Him - in faith, the two are three...He multiplies their blessings, their sadness He divides, and for their different dreams and needs, He equally provides...He adds to their fulfillment and takes away their care, And one in Him, their total life abounds with love to spare!

The card continues on the inside:

And you join your lives in marriage, the Lord be with you with ever present guidance for everything you do. Enjoy His loving spirit - and the life you share will be and everlasting partnership, of not just two but three.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Lead them

"Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth." 1 John 3:18

Please God lead me so that I may lead them.

Santus Real - Lead Me

I look around and see my wonderful life
Almost perfect from the outside
In picture frames I see my beautiful wife
Always smiling
But on the inside, I can hear her saying...

“Lead me with strong hands
Stand up when I can't
Don't leave me hungry for love
Chasing dreams, what about us?

Show me you're willing to fight
That I'm still the love of your life
I know we call this our home
But I still feel alone”

I see their faces, look in their innocent eyes
They're just children from the outside
I'm working hard, I tell myself they'll be fine
They're in independent
But on the inside, I can hear them saying...

“Lead me with strong hands
Stand up when I can't
Don't leave me hungry for love
Chasing dreams, but what about us?

Show me you're willing to fight
That I'm still the love of your life
I know we call this our home
But I still feel alone”

So Father, give me the strength
To be everything I'm called to be
Oh, Father, show me the way
To lead them
Won't You lead me?

To lead them with strong hands
To stand up when they can't
Don't want to leave them hungry for love,
Chasing things that I could give up

I'll show them I'm willing to fight
And give them the best of my life
So we can call this our home
Lead me, 'cause I can't do this alone

Father, lead me, 'cause I can't do this alone