Saturday, February 28, 2009

Then Sings My Soul Saturday - Warren Barfield

Our church is hosting a marriage conference this weekend based on the movie Fireproof. Greg and I are leading a session tomorrow and could use your prayers. If you haven't seen the movie yet, I highly recommend it. It's an incredible movie. It's also very timely and needed. Divorce is rampant not just outside the church but in it as well. Marriage is under attack. Many think love is something you fall into and out of so it's OK to walk away if you have "fallen out of love" but love is a choice. This song from the movie by Warren Barfield says it best.

Please take some time to pray for marriages this weekend. 
Sweet Blessings,

Thursday, February 26, 2009

I've got the "hippie, hippie" shakes

For goodness sakes, I've got the "hippie, hippie" shakes! 

Spirit week continues - today's theme: Hippie Day. 

Isn't my little hippie cute? We even drew a peace sign tattoo on his hand with eyeliner. I almost wrote LOVE across his knuckles but he wouldn't let me. I told him he looked great and he said, "I feel ridiculous!" He said everything but the tie dye T-shirt was crazy. I had to go online and show him pictures of hippies to get him to wear it. 

Tomorrow is 50's Day. Leather jacket... here were come!

Sweet blessings,

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Woo to the "WHO"

Woo hoo to which WHO? The WHO! The ONE WHO is able to do more than we can ever ask for or imagine!

Ephesians 3:20-21 NIV
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.

Just thought I'd give a shout out to Jesus today because He is so awesome.

Spencer is seizure free 6 weeks today!!!!!!! That is the longest we've been since last April. Thanks for all of your prayers. Keep em coming.

Have a great day!

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

I want to be famous....

Today was Famous Person Dress up day at school for Spencer. They are having a spirit contest and every person who dressed up won 10 points for their class. Spencer decided to be Harry Potter. 

Actually, I decided Spencer would be Harry Potter. I don't really care for the Harry Potter books, but everyone always tells him he looks like him, so I figured it was the easiest thing to put together. He even got to wear his school uniform as part of the costume. I borrowed a cape from Carol, used eyeliner for the scar, tousled his hair with gel and hairspray and voila... Harry Potter. I had a cute broom from an old witch's costume, but he refused to carry it.

Still I don't think anyone will have any problems knowing who he is. What do you think? Does he resemble him?
Sweet Blessings,

Sunday, February 22, 2009

A little birdie told me

Spencer has a project due tomorrow on birds. We decided to do something fun for his class for snack to go along with his report. We made these adorable bird nests with eggs from Enchanted Learning. You can click on the link to get instructions.

I used Hershey's chocolate eggs and Peeps, two of my favorite Easter goodies to jazz them up a little.

They turned out so cute I couldn't help but share them with you. They make a cute project for Easter too and they were super easy!

Have a blessed day!

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Then Sings My Soul Saturday - Better Than Life

We sang this song this past Sunday at church and it's been going through my head all week! I love the rhythm. And the lyrics are so great. 

The Hillsong version of this song was no longer available, but I found this version by Lakewood Church and it was fantastic! Enjoy! Get ready to clap your hands.

His loving kindness is so much better than anything in this life! 

Have a blessed weekend!

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Midweek Motivation - The Move

Married about two years, my husband and I clearly felt we were supposed to move. However, nothing about a move made sense. We both had jobs, we only had one car but we were managing, and we had a cute little apartment.

I tried to rationalize why it wasn't a good idea to move. I even made a list. We wouldn't have a place to live. We didn't have any leads on jobs. If we did find jobs and they weren't in close proximity, how would we make one car work then?

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Sweet Blessings, 

PS. If the WI site is down again, I will post the rest of this devotion later in the day. Please come back to visit. Sorry for the inconvenience.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Faith Lifts - Be Still

My five-year-old daughter has quite a bit of energy. In fact, she almost never sits still. She is not the type to cuddle up on the couch to snuggle. She would much rather be running around the house or the yard. Many days I find myself saying to her, "would you please be still for just a few minutes." My husband says she's just like me. She always has to be doing something.

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Sweet blessings,

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Parade Magazine article

If you get a copy of Parade magazine, you should check out this article. I'm so excited about the publicity for CURE and for epilepsy awareness. Also, if you are on Facebook, you can join Cure's cause.

Just an update, Spencer hasn't had a seizure since January 14, almost five weeks. Thanks for all the prayers... keep em coming :-)


Saturday, February 14, 2009

Then Sings My Soul Saturday - Matthew West

Have you ever felt like you were just going through the motions? Sometimes life gets overwhelming and you just do the next thing because it's what expected of you. No passion, no emotion. Sometimes our spiritual life can become the same way too. God desires our whole heart. I never want to lose His all consuming passion. 

Going through the motions doesn't please you, 
a flawless performance is nothing to you.
I learned God worship when my pride was shattered.
Heart shattered lives ready for love don't for a moment
escape God's notice. Psalm 51:16-17 The Message

Have a Happy Valentines Day!

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Midweek Motivation


God said to Moses, "I am who I am.” This is what you are to say to the Israelites: 'I AM has sent me to you.' "God also said to Moses, "Say to the Israelites, 'The LORD, the God of your fathers—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob—has sent me to you.' This is my name forever, the name by which I am to be remembered from generation to generation. Genesis 3:14-15

Do you ever feel overwhelmed with what God has called you to do? When Moses encountered God in the burning bush and God revealed to him his assignment, Moses was overwhelmed too. He, as I’m sure many of us have done, came up with excuses as to why he couldn’t succeed in his task. I’m sure his fear was close to getting the better of him.

Sometimes, we can be overwhelmed by our emotions too. Our feelings somehow find a way to control our thoughts and we lose focus. We don’t feel we can accomplish our assignment. We make excuses to God. I’ve been reminded lately instead of focusing on what I am, I need to focus on the I AM. He is everything we need and will meet every need. He who began a good work in us, will carry it on to completion.

When I am sick, You are my healer.
When I am hopeless, You are my hope.
When I am unfaithful to You, you still are faithful.
When I am enslaved, You set me free.
When I am needy, You meet my needs.
When I don't know what to do, You are my wisdom.
When I am weak, You are my strength.
When I am sad, You are my joy.
When I am down, You lift me up.
When I am unlovely, You still love me.
When I am lost, You find me.
When I forget You, You remember me.
When I feel friendless, You are my friend.
When I feel powerless, You give me the same power you used when You raised Christ.
When I fear, You remind me to fear you instead.
When I am dirty in my sin, You wash me clean.
When I am hungry, You feed me with your Word.
When I am thirsty, You let me drink from Living Water.
When I feel like quitting, You keep me going.
When I feel like there is no way, You are the Way.
When I feel like no one notices me, You see me.
When I am tired, You give me rest.
When I feel like my burden is too much to bear, You remind me your burden is light.
When I am falling for Satan's lies, You remind me of Your Truth.
When I am in turmoil, you are my peace.
When I feel all alone, You remind me that You are there.
When I feel like I am sinking, You remind me you are the Rock I stand on.
When I don't recognize me or know who I am, You know me.
When I am accused, You are my defender.
When I feel misunderstood, You understand me.
When I am in darkness, You shine the Light so that I can see.
When I die, You will give me eternal life.
Thank you for being the great I AM.

Sweet Blessings,


Friday, February 6, 2009

Then Sings My Soul - Miracle of the Moment

I'm not sure how many of you watch LOST, but I never miss it. There was a line on this past week's show that stuck with me. In the storyline, the characters are traveling back and forth through time. On a few occasions, they have the opportunity to possibly run into themselves in the past. John, one of the characters avoids seeing himself. When Sawyer, another character confronts him about it, he asks John why he didn't go tell himself to do something different, that maybe it would change their future. John's response to him was that everything he did, right or wrong makes him who he is.
That's not exactly how John worded it, but the point was even if you could change the past, would you want to? Every experience good or bad has molded us into who we are today. It made me think of this song by Steven Curtis Chapman.

It's time for letting go All of our "if onlies" Cause we don't have a time machine
And even if we did Would we really want to use it
Would we really want to go change everything
Cause we are who and where and what we are for now
And this is the only moment we can do anything about
So breathe it in and breathe it out And listen to your heartbeat
There's a wonder in the here and now It's right there in front of you
And I don't want you to miss the miracle of the moment
There's only One who knows What's really out there waiting
And all the moments yet to be And all we need to know Is
He's out there waiting To Him the future's history
And He has given us a treasure called right now
And this is the only moment we can do anything about
So breathe it in and breathe it out And listen to your heartbeat
There's a wonder in the here and now It's right there in front of you
And I don't want you to miss the miracle of the moment
And if it brings you tears Then taste them as they fall
Let them soften your heart
And if it brings you laughter Then throw your head back
And let it go Let it go, yeah You gotta let it go
And listen to your heartbeat And breathe it in and breathe it out
And listen to your heartbeat There's a wonder in the here and now
It's right there in front of you
And I don't want you to miss the miracle of the moment
And breathe it in and breathe it out And listen to your heartbeat
There's a wonder in the here and now It's right there in front of you
And I don't want you to miss the miracle of the moment
Don't miss the miracle of here and now worrying about what happened yesterday.
Enjoy the miracle of each moment He blesses you with.
Sweet Blessings,

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Dear Blogspot,

Dear Blogspot,

I know I've not spent much time with you lately. Things have been busy and I also have a confession to make. I don't know how to tell you this, but I've met someone new.

His name is Facebook and he is so much fun. We have been spending lots of time together. I don't know where the time disappears to, but once a conversation starts, an hour can pass before I even realize it.

He also knows lots of the same people I do, even people I haven't seen since high school. It's been fun reminiscing and catching up on how everyone is doing.

I promise I haven't forgotten you. I still want to spend time together and vow to make time for you too. Please forgive me for not dropping in more often, but a girl only has so many hours in a day.

I promise to visit soon, more than just our weekly date on Saturdays.

Amy :-)

Monday, February 2, 2009

Faith Lifts - Multiply

I've had multiplication on the brain recently. Maybe because my third grader has been trying really hard to learn his times tables. Maybe because I've been trying really hard to learn God's times tables. Let me explain.

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