My Babies!

My Babies!
One, two, three reasons to follow the Lord!

Saturday, March 13, 2010

David Crowder Band Rocks!

We had an awesome time at the Crowder concert! We were on the 3rd row in the center, which was the closest we could have possible gotten. The first 2 rows were reserved for VIP's. We have seen them twice before and they always put on the best show. I took a pic of Crowder and send it to my friend Lauren. It was great! They were at Ichthus a couple of years ago, so I have some pretty awesome pictures of them (because we were on the front row... are you seeing a pattern here? LOL!). I made some of the best ones into a cool collage. I took it to the concert and got them to sign it for me. I'm going to hang it up in Charlie's studio. It's going to be awesome!

Keep praying for us as we seek to find our home church. Pray specific! That's one thing I learned from Anne (yes.. we are on a first name basis. HA!) that has changed my total approach to my King. I am praying for a quick confirmation. I want to get settled. I want to put my tithes to kingdom work instead of having them sit in our bank account. I want to plug in, dig in, and make a difference. I'm praying for swiftness of answer.

Dear Heavenly Father,
Please send us the confirmation we need to know exactly which church we are to serve and work at. Show us your will and path quickly Father for we have so much that needs to be done and given to your house.
Thank you for answering so many difficult prayers of late, so I know and believe this will be answered too.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

God is SO Good!

My husband is coming home tomorrow. He will be home in time for us to go to the David Crowder Band concert together!(all may now moan in jealousy..LOL!) All the stars that needed to line up and even more than we thought came together! God took care of it all. My dearest love has a "spring" to his voice today and a lightness of the heart. I'm so blessed and joyful!

Today is another wonderful day. Sunny, perfect temp..a slight breeze moving the trees and swaying the curtains. Can you tell this is my most favorite time of year? Ha! I LOVE Christmas, but once it's over I'm ready for warm weather again. I'm not a cold weather kind of gal at all. 75 degrees and up and I'm great! Heat doesn't bother me, but the cold sure does.

So.. where am I in my wilderness? I just finished my Magnificent Obsession and I feel like I've left an old friend behind. I received so much from that book! I grew, learned more, and felt more than probably any study I have done. I know I was meant to read that book. Almost every page spoke to me. I was challenged, enticed, intrigued, uplifted, inspired.. I was changed! It told me to keep on walking, even when I don't know where I'm going. The words challenged me to really dive into God and who He is, what He is about, His plan for me and how to find His will for my life. But what I took away the most, was prayer. To offer up my heart daily, but then be still and listen to the Father's desires for all his children. Learn what is breaking His heart, pray for that need, and pray for guidance in aiding with that need in a real, tangible way. Being specific when I pray to really seek God's will. I have a couple of testimonies about that, but I must wait on God's timing to release them. But let me just say, they have totally changed how I approach His throne and my whole thought process behind my communication with my Father. So, I'm still here.. walking in my wilderness, but I don't feel lonely or lost anymore. I'm learning and growing so much! Which is what I know I need to do right now, so when it is my time... I will be ready to do the Lord's work to the fullest! I'm very excited and anticipating my assignment. My prayer is to complete it to all of God's glory.

Beth Moore has a new book out called "So Long Insecurity". This will be my next study. I LOVE Beth and she's always such an awesome teacher. I struggle (not as bad as I used to, but it's still there) with insecurity. I think a lot of women in general do, so when I saw it I knew it was for me! You see.. I have two BEAUTIFUL daughters coming up behind me. Walking, watching and learning. My Shai is turning into the most lovely lady and I couldn't be more proud, but if I still struggle with the enemy getting to me with insecurity, how can I teach and mold my daughters to live without it? God has already helped me to overcome so much of it and I praise the heavens for it! So I felt when I saw the book, this will seal the deal. This will really equip me to squash that old serpent when he rears his ugly head trying to make me feel less than the bride of Christ I am! Yes AMEN!

On I go, with sandy toes and a great tan. This will be worth the journey, for my reward is a closeness and newness with Christ. Let the angel choir sing Glory to God.. Forever!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

My Dearest Love

I'm standing in the kitchen, supper is simmering on the stove, the windows are open and the air outside is fresh. My daughters are being sweet and polite to each other and my baby boy is crawling around with just a tee shirt and a diaper. Spring is in the air and I love it!

But there is one, several hundred miles away, who is on my mind and in my heart. He is working, feverishly, to get a job done. He is tired, frustrated and his soul is worn down. Today has not been a fresh spring day for him. Today has been long, hard and confusing. He is beat down and the end of the tunnel seems completely out of sight. Everything is hinging on tomorrow and the many stars that need to line up. The stars that God holds in his hand. So... My Dearest Love, if you are not too tired to read this, this prayer is for you.

Dear Father,
Please be with my dearest love in this world. You know our heart's desire and the reason he needs to be home in time. I am praying for a goodnight rest, peace, and reassurance for his mind, body, and soul. I am earnestly praying that everything will work out tomorrow, so he may come home in time. I am believing he will be here. Show him favor tomorrow Lord and line up all those stars.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Just jump

So.. I had a moment of inspiration that the Lord gave me today and I wanted to share it with you. I already shared these words with a dear one back home.. I hope they touch your heart..

Sometimes being a christian can feel like you're standing on the high dive for the first time. Looking down over the side, past your feet into the water that seems a million miles away. Your heart pounds so furiously inside your chest that you think it will surly burst right open. Everyone is watching, waiting to see what you will do. People behind you are counting on you to move, so they can have their turn. But your stomach is in knots and your feet feel like lead balloons. It's really quite simple. All you have to do is jump. You've made it this far. You climbed the stairs, overcoming the urge to head back down with each step up. You walked down that board alone, showing all your friends and the strangers you have the courage it takes to tackle the challenge....even as every nerve in your body is shaking. As you look down, knowing you can't back out now.. too much is at stake, you wonder how long it will take to reach the bottom? What will it feel like when you touch the water? What will you look like when you hit? People are calling, yelling, screaming, hollering. You can't think above the noise and the fear gripping your heart. So, you close your eyes, take a deep breath and jump. Suddenly you are falling, with the sounds of chaos drowning in the background. The next few seconds, all is still and the only thing you feel is your beating heart. Then, the impact comes.. a sudden jolt and your submerged in water. Down you sink and suddenly you wonder how long it will take to be able to breath? As you lift your arms up, reaching for the sky you know is there, the weight from the strength of your arms is much greater then the water surrounding you. You begin to rise. Suddenly.. the light shines so brightly in your face your eyes crinkle at the edges. You breath the air so deeply, rushing the life saving fuel into your lungs. You feel electrified, charged, like never before! The fear that gripped you so tightly before, melts away and vanishes into the murky darkness of the bottom of the water, never to be seen again. You smile from ear to ear, laugh, completely giddy and overwhelmed with joy. That was amazing! And you wonder to yourself.. Why was I so scared? What took me so long to jump? Because when it was all over you felt more alive then you ever have in your life. And after that first jump... you can NEVER get enough....

Love you all!

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

The blood of Christ thicker than the blood of family

It has been awhile since my last entry. It has been a little crazy for the past week and a half! Of course we went home the weekend before and that was great! Last week was.. I don't know? Just kidda there. And OH... I want to give a HUGE Happy Late Birthday to my dear friend Lauren! She turned 29 last Wednesday. And she's lost 24 lbs. I'm so proud of YOU!! I said Happy Birthday when we went in, but it needs to be said again!

Plus last week I was consumed with helping out a sweet, dear teenage girl from our old church back home. Still talking with her, so pray for that situation. God knows the need.

Sophie went to the ENT last Wednesday and she will have to get tubes and her adenoids removed the last Friday of the month. My poor baby has to have surgery! But, I pray this will help her not have so many ear infections and her hearing should improve too! (then she won't have any excuses as to not hear me! LOL!)

I've also been planning Levi's first birthday. I can't believe my little man is already going to be ONE! If feels like I just had him, so very tiny in my arms at the hospital. Oh how they grow so fast!

So..I finally got a minute to catch up my blog. In light of planning my son's birthday party, I felt the urge.. or I should say.. had the thought, that I needed to invite my dad's side of the family. I have 2 cousins about my age. One doesn't live here though, but the other one still does. She has 3 boys. Then my aunt, my dad's sister. And finally my dad's brother and wife. Not to go into details but we don't get together with my dad's family anymore. It started after my mamaw died almost 12 years ago and after my papaw died 2 yrs ago that finished it off. There was a feud, fight, and serious nastiness over my papaw's estate. Mainly between my father and aunt. So, long story short, my father wants nothing to do with his family.. which is my family. Now, for those of you that don't know, my father is not a christian. No one on his side of the family is a christian. My papaw died, to my knowledge, not having the Lord and it broke my heart. So, the closest thing to any type of Jesus that family has is me, my mom, and my aunt who is married to my dad's brother. That's it! And now we don't see them anymore. How are they going to see an example? How are they going to see the love of God really displayed? Will they get it from the work place? I pray so... Will they get it from a neighbor? I don't know? But, last night the question popped in my head. Why don't you invite your cousin, aunt and uncle to Levi's party?

Now.. my father has forbidden the names of the above to be mentioned in his presence and if something happens to where it cannot be helped, he proceeds to get very angry and rant and rave. So, I'm thinking.. well this could be a problem considering the situation. But the more I thought about it, the more I knew it was what I need to do. If I have the opportunity to reach out to my own family and show them love and compassion then I have to do that. Something so simple as a birthday invitation could show them I may be my father's daughter, but I am a child of the heavenly Father first. I don't agree with how some of the things went down, but I forgive you and I love you! What will this simple act say to them? They probably won't come because of everything, but at least they will know I was thinking of them. Trying to reach out.

So, today my heart began to waver as I began to realize I would have to tell my father what I was doing before the party. Maybe inviting them would be disrespecting him? (even though I don't agree with him) But the more I kept thinking about it I just knew it was the right thing to do. When Levi was just about 2 months old we came home so the rest of the family could see him. The Lord spoke to me and told me to stop by my cousin's house that weekend, so she could see him too. When I pulled up, I noticed my aunt was there too. My cousin was so excited that I had stopped to show them the baby I really thought she was going to cry! Before I left I hugged both their necks and told them I loved them. That has stuck with me and come back to my mind so many times. My mother told me later that my cousin had spoken to my other aunt and was telling her that I had stopped by to show them the baby. My aunt told my mom how my cousin could barely tell her because she almost cried again! What does that say? A LOT! What if I hadn't followed the prompting of the Holy Spirit? So, I know I must invite them. But just to make sure I heard it loud and clear, today during my book reading time the Lord spoke again. Anne was telling a story about a man she witnessed to, and this was the exact words she used:
"..that his obedience to his heavenly Father took priority over his earthly father.."

Whoa! It doesn't get much clearer than that! So, please pray for me as I seek God's guidance and wisdom about this. I need his wisdom to know the right words, God's words, to speak to my father when I call him and talk to him. I pray that maybe by me trying to reach out to estranged family and show them forgiveness, mercy, and most importantly love, that it will get my father to thinking more about his relationship with the Lord and how he needs one! Maybe this will start an opening to the anger and darkness he has in his heart right now. Just the smallest crack, but God can get his light through the smallest holes!

Please use me, give me wisdom and words. May this be all for you and your glory. May my father, aunt, uncle, cousin and all my extended family see Jesus and not Brandy. May they say.."wow, something is different about her. She's changed and I want to know more about that change!" Please use this vessel for your will, your kingdom work!