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Monday, December 12, 2011

Define Necessity

Friday, September 16, 2011

It's been awhile.....

Honestly, I wonder how many of my posts are titled like that? I seem to lack in the blogging department. Oh well! Life is busy and that is good. These days are so fleeting.

I wanted to share about the Lord providing us a car. Our little gas saver blew up and Troy couldn't fix it without sinking a lot of money in it. It was hurting us pretty bad driving the truck and 15 passenger van everywhere. Well, the Lord knew about it and laid it on someone's heart to give us money to buy a car. When this man offered I said, Wow! I then went on to tell him about the $800 car I found that needed some work. He said no I want you to get something nicer than that. He ended up giving us $3500 to buy a car. It is a nicer car than we could have afforded for sure. We couldn't even afford the $800 car. What an awesome God we serve to take care of our needs exceedingly above all that we ask or think. We are now enjoying our new little car!

Also we had out tent meetings in Griswold this past weekend and they were great! I can tell you that it has been awesome to remember that God loves me and cares about me. It has changed my relationship with Him. It is out of my love for Him that I serve Him and do good works. I can do nothing of myself but in Christ He does good works through me. I think one of the greatest ways He does that is to remind us of His love for us! I am His daughter and He loves me!!! I want to please Him. I want to live my life for Him. I know some that serve Him out of fear and I can tell you that it didn't work for me. I do fail daily, not willingly but daily and with the Lord being portrayed as wanting to strike me down each time I fail I couldn't even pray to Him. Yes, I went through a hard time, a desert time maybe you could say. I felt the Lord was as far off as He had ever been. Maybe I was in the wilderness, all I know is that I was alone and had forgotten that Jesus LOVES ME! Praise the Lord for His mercy and for showing me again that He has never left me, I was just blinded for awhile. I continue to grow in His love. I am being fed well spiritually and seek to continue to learn to be more like Jesus! I hope these are your feelings as well. Have a blessed weekend serving the Lord!

Thursday, August 4, 2011

What a great life!

It has been awhile since I posted anything here. Sorry to neglect! Life has been full and good. I am learning and growing in the Lord and I am so thankful for that even though at times it hurts.
This pregnancy is going good. I just started a new raw food pregnancy journal. I am going to post what I eat each day. Probably have pictures at some point. It is I am hoping it will help me stay more accountable. I need it!
So I am further along than what I thought. That is exciting! Seems I didn't have a miscarriage after all. Still confused about it all but I am measuring at a few weeks more than what I should be. Only one in there, for sure! I am trying to get an ultrasound on my Dad's birthday to find out what I am having. It would be special. So my new due date is January 9-18th. So excited to have a winter baby!
Other than that our house situation may be changing soon. We are wanting to move close to Griswold. We love our church there and need to be close to them. It's so important to have that fellowship with people who are loving and serving the Lord. I can honestly say that every time we are there I am convicted, encouraged, and blessed! Such a great combination! It is also wonderful to watch the youth of the church. They are not leaving after worldliness as soon as they can, no they have pure hearts that want to keep serving the Lord. You know a church is doing something right when the youth are this dedicated. It is a beautiful thing!
Okay well, I am off to bed soon. Keep looking to the Lord, He is coming soon!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Our day at the river!

We had a fun time at the river. Unfortunately we didn't get to go mushroom hunting. It was May 14th but somehow Nebraska didn't realize it was supposed to be warm! :0) So we just had a fun time taking pictures. We are going to go back soon without coats for some nicer pictures, Lord willing. But this is a glimpse of our day!
The Lord has been greatly encouraging me in my quiet time with Him. I also have been reading some really good books. I need to get on here more often and post my thoughts. One thing that is standing out from the last book I read is about people that claim to be Christians. He likened it to someone claiming to be a farmer. Yet they only go out to the field about 10% of their total time for the week. The talk about farming and even read some books about farming but rarely get out there. It is the same with most people that claim to be Christians, sadly they are following the norm (world) right to hell. They go to church every time the doors open yet have no real relationship with Christ. They are never convicted of anything. That is a warning sign right there. If the spirit in you is not convicting you of how you dress, how you speak, what you do with your time, and so on then you have the wrong spirit. It is not the Spirit of God. The Spirit of God does convict. I thank Him for that and hope to keep growing and learning from Him! God Bless you!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Why Did Jesus Fold the Napkin?

Do you know why? This is just beautiful.

Why Did Jesus Fold the Napkin? Why did Jesus fold the linen burial cloth after His resurrection?

I never noticed this....The Gospel of John (20:7) tells us that the napkin, which was placed over the face of Jesus, was not just thrown aside like the grave clothes.The Bible takes an entire verse to tell us that the napkin was neatly folded, and was placed at the head of that stony coffin.Early Sunday morning, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and found that the stone had been rolled away from the entrance.She ran and found Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved. She said, 'They have taken the Lord's body out of the tomb, and I don't know where they have put him!'Peter and the other disciple ran to the tomb to see. The other disciple out ran Peter and got there first. He stopped and looked in and saw the linen cloth lying there, but he didn't go in.Then Simon Peter arrived and went inside. He also noticed the linen wrappings lying there, while the cloth that had covered Jesus' head was folded up and lying to the side.

Was that important? Absolutely!
Is it really significant? Yes!

In order to understand the significance of the folded napkin, you have to understand a little bit about Hebrew tradition of that day. The folded napkin had to do with the Master and Servant, and every Jewish boy knew this tradition.When the servant set the dinner table for the master, he made sure that it was exactly the way the master wanted it.The table was furnished perfectly, and then the servant would wait, just out of sight, until the master had finished eating, and the servant would not dare touch that table, until the master was finished..Now if the master were done eating, he would rise from the table, wipe his fingers, his mouth, and clean his beard, and would wad up that napkin and toss it onto the table.The servant would then know to clear the table. For in those days, the wadded napkin meant, "I'm finished.."But if the master got up from the table, and folded his napkin, and laid itbeside his plate, the servant would not dare touch the table,because......... The folded napkin meant,"I'm coming back!"


Someone sent this to me and I thought it was a beautiful thought. Not sure if it is all true, I'm not too up on Jewish traditions. :0) However, one thing I do know to be true is that Jesus is coming back. If you do not know Him as your Lord & Saviour I encourage you to go to His word. It's not enough to believe the fact that Jesus died and rose again, even the devils believe and tremble, James 2:19. You must make Him the Lord of your life. You no longer live for yourself but only to glorify Him. Nothing matters anymore except that which is eternal.
Seek Him and you just may find Him!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Congratulations on (Your) OUR new Baby!

Last week in Nevada, Lincoln and Cecilia Rogers found out the hard way just how little “parental rights” can mean in some situations. Their newborn daughter Lilia was slightly jaundiced, so the staff at Summerlin Hospital recommended she be kept overnight. The couple received a second opinion from a pediatrician at the hospital, who agreed with the couple that they could care for little Lilia at home. “We really wanted to take the natural approach if we could,” Cecilia is quoted as saying in a KTNV report. But their original nurse disagreed – and called Child Protective Services (CPS). When CPS arrived with a police officer, they made it clear that baby Lilia would not be going anywhere. “If you leave the hospital,” the officer told Cecilia, “I will have to arrest you and your husband.” While there are times when a medical worker needs to step in to prevent abuse or neglect, this was not such a case. The fact that the couple could readily secure a second opinion permitting the child’s release demonstrates that the child’s life was not obviously in danger. The parents also were clearly mindful of the child’s condition and concerned for her needs. They simply disagreed with the nurse that her hospital was the only way those needs could be met. Thankfully, Lilia is now at home with her parents, where she is doing just fine. The hospital, meanwhile, maintains that they have not violated any patient’s rights. Sadly, stories like this happen far too often, as the extent of parental rights in America remains vague. The proposed Parental Rights Amendment offers to lend much-needed clarity, and protection for our children and families.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

My new puppy, Sugar!

This is my new puppy, Sugar! Isn't that a sweet name? :0) We needed something white and sweet! She is a little doll. She is an American Eskimo. As it turns out we may never need to buy dog food for her as she really enjoys her place under our dining room table! She will grow into her job quite well.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Please read this if you have children or know someone who does!

I would just like to say that I am not a political person. I know nothing of politics and really have no desire to. However this has come to my attention and I do not think it is something we should be silent about. Even if you do nothing else, please pray! These are our children given to us by God and we are responsible for what happens to them. Please go to the parental rights website and learn more about this and what you can do if you feel led. The following article is from Michael Ramey. There is also a documentary that you can watch that explains what all of this means. The CRC is a BAD thing! The CRC will take your rights as a parent away from you concerning all things! Schooling, medical, and religion are just a few. Scary times are ahead! Pray!

Stop the Treaty - Save Religious Freedom
According to Article 29 of the United Nations’ Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), every child has a government-enforceable right to be taught religious tolerance – the U.N.-defined idea that no one religion or belief can claim to be exclusively right. The only thing not to be tolerated is the belief that your religion is actually true.This is one reason we oppose the CRC, and a reason why last Friday we sent out a call blitz to support
SR 99, the resolution in the U.S. Senate opposing CRC ratification. We are very close to a victory. SR 99 will halt the CRC for 2 more years, but only the Parental Rights Amendment can end the threat of this treaty permanently. (Read more about the dangers of this treaty at .)To reach both the short-term and the long-term victory, we need your help in educating more loyal Americans. Here’s what we would ask you to do:
Action Item
Warn your congregation. Whatever your faith, you want to pass your beliefs to your children – and so does the rest of your congregation. President Michael Farris has
prepared a letter for you who are Christians to share with your pastors, addressing this need from a Christian perspective. This is because a majority of our readers are Christians – but the legal principles of religious liberty contained therein apply to every faith. We have also prepared a bulletin insert that your pastor can print and hand out.I know people of many different faiths will receive this email, and we stand by the right of every one of you to teach your children as you believe, regardless of which faith that is. Religious and parental liberties are of value only when all of us are protected.We would be glad to work with those from other faiths to prepare an appropriate flyer for you to use as you see fit. Please send us your suggestions for an appropriate text. (I will then post these at later this week or next.) We will only save our parental and religious liberty from the threat of the CRC if we can all stand together to defend it.With your help, people will understand the threat of the CRC. Use these tools to reach out and urge your faith family to sign the petition to defend your children and our religious liberty through SR 99 and adoption of the Parental Rights Amendment.
Michael Ramey
Director of Communications and Research

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Homeschooling with Joy & Misc.

I guess I'll start with the misc. First, I did my first maternity shoot last night! It was so much fun! What a blessing to be able to document the miracle of being pregnant! I will be doing the newborn shoot on March 5th, Lord willing. I also have two more maternity shoots in the next 3 weeks with their newborns to follow! I just LOVE this! Ashley is my helper and we have alot of fun. I still have not been able to do a wedding yet but am praying. First and foremost, I am a keeper at home and I LOVE that the most!
Another thing is my thoughts lately. At times I am tempted to play over my Dad's last day of life. If I really start thinking about it I have SO many regrets. If I had only known, things would have been so different. But we don't know, only God does. Then I have to remember that I had nothing left unsaid with my Dad. He knew how much I loved him and I had told him several times about the Lord. He also saw me live out my life in Christ. I told him two weeks before he died that I could not pray him into heaven, that no pastor could pray him into heaven. It had to be between him and the Lord. He had to pray and tell the Lord he wanted Him. I don't know what happened that day or the next two weeks. I have hope. I DO know that the Lord knows and I DO know that He is good. That I can trust and rest in. Also the Lord gave me so much more than a perfect last day with him. As I look at old pictures I see and remember how close to death he was when Dylan was 2, 8 yrs ago. And again when Paige was 3 months, 7 yrs ago. When Paige was 3 months I was a new Christian (a little over a year) and I prayed Lord please don't take my Dad now. He gave me 7 more yrs with him. So when I am tempted to say why not just one more day? I stop and praise the Lord for the 7 wonderful years! He was the best Dad and Grandpa EVER.
Now Homeschooling with Joy instead of tears! I must admit that there were some tears this last week. I became impatient with my little learner. I hate it when I do that. But I did realize it so much quicker and correct it. That was a blessing.
I wanted to share about our children being arrows. It is our job to sharpen and straighten our arrows. That way when we send them out into the world they will fly straight and be mighty for the Lord! The battle begins on the field of our children's hearts and moves out from there into the fields of a dying world. This one statement from the book I'm reading confirms my decision that schoolbooks are not the most important thing. I'm not training up my children to be math whizzes or to win a noble prize. I am training them up to go into a dying world and tell people about Christ. Both with their mouths and their lives. Yes, we do learn some book work but character and love one to another is so much more important than that. I want to have strong arrows to send out for the Lord. Nothing is more important than that!

Friday, February 4, 2011

Great Giveaway!

We all need to be ready for an emergency, we just never know what's going to happen. This is a blog about storage and survival and they are having a giveaway. Go to their website for more details! God Bless!

Monday, January 17, 2011

Maybe it's Nebraska?

Things are going so well! I am a blessed mommy of 7 wonderful children and a happy wife! I just want to give praise and honor to the Lord for His faithfulness. This morning as I read John 15 I was reminded that He loves me! He LOVES me! Isn't that amazing?

We are starting to get settled. We started school last week. They are all doing so good. The house is staying clean! YaY! We are working on our nursing home songs! We are all excited to visit our old nursing homes. Lord willing, some of our old friends are still there.

I have an idea of why things are going so good.....I am having time in the morning to be with the Lord. My prayer and Bible reading are the best they have been in a LONG time. With a large family it can be so hard to get that time. But it is so important. You simply cannot grow if you are not getting fed. Also I am around encouraging people and seeking out encouraging things to read. I am reading Homeschooling With Joy by Christian Light. It's very good and I will be sharing some highlights soon! In any case, when you are right with the Lord and making Him first in your life everything else just falls into place!

Back to John 15, we are told to continue in His love and if you keep His commandments then ye shall abide in my love, verses 9 & 10. Focusing on His love spurs me onto good works. It is encouraging. Yes, He has wrath reserved for disobedient people. But for those who are surrendered to Him, He is there to help us if we fall. He wants us, He has chosen us. He is a loving Savior and one that I want to serve. He goes on to say that He does not call me His servant but His friend. In Matthew He says whoever does the will of my Father in heaven I call my mother, and sister, and brother. Matthew 12:50.

We are reading about Amy Carmichael as a family at night. It's great to hear of her selfless love for others. Especially those we would consider very low class. She sets up a meeting place for the ladies in Belfast that are covered in parasites, lice and fleas. Yet she only speaks of them with love. She truly has their souls in mind. Isn't it easy to start looking at people as lower than yourself? You're holy and they're not? Truth is that we were all there once. It's only by God's grace that I am where I am today. John 15:4,5, "Abide in me and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing." Without the Lord you can do nothing. We are nothing by ourselves! Praise God! I think John 15 may be my favorite chapter in the Bible. Years ago when I started this blog I was obviously thinking about John 15 Striving to Abide in Christ. It's not always easy. In fact quite often it is hard. But again the Lord is faithful, I want to be faithful to Him!

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy New Year!

I am learning so much and am so thankful to have a new year to put into practice the things I am learning. Of course I am not promised another day but will be thankful for each day the Lord gives. I will be trying to post about these things He is teaching me.

Again I find myself thinking of His return. When I will be standing at His feet. Is my heart pure before Him? Yes! What a blessing! I am following the Lord in spirit and truth. I do stumble and fall but He is faithful and always there for me.

Rejoice in the Lord! Every day is a day that we do not deserve. He is longsuffering to us. I pray that everyone would seek the Lord in spirit and in truth. May 2011 be a year of fellowship with the Lord and living for His glory alone!