Do You Ever Feel Anxious?

Do You Ever Feel Anxious?

Do You Ever Feel Anxious?

I wonder if anyone reading my blog has ever felt anxious? I know I have. I’ve had nights where I wake up and feel an overwhelming sense of fear. It’s in those moments I cry out to God.

The good news is that Jesus is always waiting, always listening and He is the one who can calm our fears. He can carry us in those times. The truth is we all need Jesus to carry us.

St. Augustine said, “our souls are restless until they find their rest in You.”

Philippians 4:7 says, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let you requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus”

Sunday Encouragement-Is It Enough?

Sunday Encouragement-Is It Enough?

When I started this blog in 2009, I had no idea what I was doing. I’ve made several changes over the last five years but one thing has remained consistent, I’ve always wanted to share my faith. I’ve often wondered if it looks like I think more about fashion & makeup than I do about […]

Breathing In Grace

Breathing in Grace

We’ve made it back from vacation and it’s bitter sweet. I miss being so close to the beach but it’s also good to be home. I always long to come back home. Even if that means coming back to some stress (we are still dealing with a very difficult situation), work, and of course housework, cooking etc. Oh fun!

But today I wanted to remind you and me of God’s grace. I don’t take it lightly. I know the sacrifices He made so that I could have grace. And to be perfectly honest, I’m desperate for it.

I sometimes forget that past sins have been wiped clean. I still mourn them but. there’s. grace.

More Grace

Even now at this moment I am in need of grace. I love the words to this song… Your great grace oh such grace……So I’m breathing in your grace and breathing out your praise.

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A Difficult Week

God is using our present circumstances

It’s hard for me to sit down at my laptop and begin writing today. This has been an incredibly difficult week for our family. So difficult and personal, that it’s too tender to even share.

I will tell you, that my health is fine and so is my marriage. It’s not me personally but someone very close to me that has been deeply hurt and wounded. It has devastated us all.

This week, I have felt like my heart has been taken out of my chest and stomped on. The pain at moments has been almost unbearable and yet I know God is working even as I am writing this.

Is he refining me? Yes. Is he wanting to see if I love him, really love him, as much as I say I do. Probably.

God is using our present circumstances

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Sunday Quotes from Pinterest

Prayer

Happy Sunday friends! I hope you’re having a great 1st day of September. I found some words and quotes on pinterest and thought I’d share them with you.

Prayer

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Smiling

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Peace

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Give Me Jesus

Give Me Jesus

I shared this picture with you this week of Camille and Nicole heading off to school. Camille is from Paris, France and Nicole is from Caracas, Venezuela. They both live in big cities. Living with us is a huge transition for both of them.

Give Me Jesus

Today we are headed to church. Camille went last Sunday but this is Nicole’s first Sunday. She has never been to a protestant church. Never attended worship. Never read scripture.

To be honest, they don’t have a lot of interest in going to church. They don’t understand why we do it. I want to explain it all to them. I want them to understand that knowing and believing in Christ is “life” for us.

But I’m not sure that anything I say will make sense. I could talk to them all day about my love for scripture, and how I want to act and look like Christ but it’s a foreign language to them.

So all I know to do is to “live life” and pray that while they’re here, they will see something different in us. I pray seeds will be planted. I’m begging God to do something in them, that only He can do.

 

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Living a “Safe” Life

Yesterday, I had a conversation with my Aunt Pat about dying. It’s sounds morbid but I promise it wasn’t. We often talk about my Mom and how she died of gastric cancer. ( Aunt Pat and Mom are sisters.)

We recently lost my Aunt Sue ( their other sister) to lung cancer and my Uncle Bob was diagnosed with cancer last year, but it’s in remission. Cancer has affected our family, and we hate it!

People we talk to often remind us that we have a good chance of getting cancer too. We know that.

I’m sure all of us have wished for that easy death, dying in our sleep when we’re 90ish, right? But none of us know when or how we’re going to die.

I promise this is going to end on a positive note so hang with me!

Here’s what I do know. Today, I’m alive and I want to do everything I can to live a life worthy of the calling.

Ephesians 4:1 says, Therefore I, a prisoner for serving the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of your calling, for you have been called by God.

As a pastor’s wife, I often hear people grumbling about things they don’t like in church. They want a certain style of music or they CAN’T worship, they want to be fed God’s word gently with no guilt. Just a pat on the back! Believe me, I’ve heard it all!

We like easy don’t we? and we don’t want a lot of change. But I don’t think Christ has called us to that kind of life. 

Luke 9:23 says, Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. That is hard!

This video by Francis Chan is a perfect example of how we want to live our lives. Safe, with little effort. But as you will see, he believes Christ wants more from us. I think so too!

 

 

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When Life Happens!

When Life Happens

What do you do when life happens? When things don’t go as planned and life gets hard?

 

I’m somewhat of a control freak. I make plans, I know how I’m going to get it done and that’s that. Some of you might remember that we are hosting 2 foreign exchange students for the school year. Camille is coming August 2, and Nikki is coming on August 12th.

 

My plan was to get their room ready the last 2 weeks of July. I need to clean two closets out, and do some decorating in our upstairs bonus room and bathroom.

 

But God had other plans. When will I learn that things don’t always go as I plan? 

 

Over the past few weeks my daughter and her husband having been facing tough decisions. They’ve been married 3 years. Those early years are difficult enough, but add the stress of losing your home and it makes life really hard.

 

Courtney and Chris bought this cute brick home 2 years ago. It’s in a nice neighborhood in our historic town. They have loved it!

 

When Life Happens

 

Here are a few pictures of the inside when they first moved in. It was adorable!

 

When Life Happens

 

Recently, we’ve had a ton of rain. Their basement started getting some water in it so they had my brother-in-law come and look at the foundation. What he found was shocking. Three of the walls were crumbling under the dry wall. He thought it was unsafe to live in.

 

They immediately had an inspector come and look at the house and he too said the house was unsafe to live in, and condemned it. Yellow tape was placed around all the entrances. We were all devastated!

 

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I’m Finally Home!

I'm Finally Home!

I’m finally home! If you follow me on twitter or Instagram, you know the last few days my husband and I were in Chicago. I was so excited to try some Chicago pizza, and it did not disappoint! Oh my, it was delicious!

I'm Finally Home!

We had a blast and I’ll share more about my trip this week. But as much fun as we had, it was so good to come home. There’s something about coming home. It’s my safe place.

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