Monday, January 31, 2011

And then there was a New Season

This blog is a huge step of faith for me. By the time I write and post it I am sure I will have hesitated a million times, but I must remember to not live by fear, but Faith. And so this is my way of stepping out and claiming this Promise.

We found out AMAZING news today, we are going to have a son. Yes, that means we are pregnant! 16 weeks to be exact and things are going well. This has been one of the most surprising journey's I have ever traveled and I am not even finished yet! From the time we found out we were pregnant, and Oh so shocked by the way, to this morning when the Lord revealed at our sonogram we are having a boy, I have been forced to lay down my fears and Believe. The entire story is so brilliant, so touching, and orchestrated for this new season, that I get chills every time I sit down and ponder these last months. I hardly have words to say to explain my Joy. I hardly know what to think sometimes. I feel like I am in a dream, a good one.

I never thought I would ever have a chance to Believe like this again, but this is a new season and God has smiled on me and remembered me. Why? I don't know. It wasn't because I cried enough, or complained. It is a simple GIFT. Our son is a GIFT from God, one that He has accomplished and one that He has a Will for beyond me or Bryan.

My health has been pretty good. I have had tons and tons of morning....ummmm, ALL DAY throwing up sickness and it is still going on. My body seems tired, but I haven't had any serious problems. Our son looks healthy and is growing on target. I am feeling him move!!!

We appreciate continued prayers for his health and mine. There are so many possibilities in the future of how things will go, but I am not even going to put them here. I am claiming he will be healthy and I will be ok. Please pray with us for protection and health.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

A Quiet Love

"The LORD your God in your midst, The Mighty One, will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing."
Zephaniah 3:17

When I think about God's Love, emotions of adoration, comfort, and something protecive and warm to snuggle up to come to my heart. This photo of my friends precious daughter and her dog hit something deep inside me about a tender and quiet Love between God and His people. It isn't a loud over the top I LOVE YOU!!!! Maybe no one else can even tell He is saying this to you. It is a quiet moment between two trusting hearts where all that is known is said within silence, .........in an simple embrace...

"I LOVE YOU."

The cutest snowboarder alive

Check out the newest snowboarder on the mountain...my 4-year old niece. Be careful, she is armed and dangerous with cute blonde curls, a smile with dimples, and a courage that would make any man crumble! When you see a puff of pink fly by you, you can be sure it is Ilona!!!


Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Gracey and the VERY blustery day


Gracey on our walk yesterday...a VERY VERY blustery day!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Phase II

Phase II is coming along slowly but nicely! It is our cottage in the back that we have been renovating with a bathroom, bedroom and kitchen/living space. Bryan just recently made a change and decided to add on a walk-in closet and has been working on this the past two days as much as he can. I am SO proud and blown away that he knows how to do things like this without any floor plan or diagrams. He gets the supplies and off he goes and creates beautiful things! (I still need to post what he made for me for Christmas!) It is so cute, I mean MANLY, to watch him with all his tools and gadgets! I am excited to see it when it is all done!




Monday, January 17, 2011

The Organic Option

Eating organic food is becoming very popular. It feels really weird to have to search and pay more for food that is healthier. You would think our government and stores would want people to eat things that aren't full of pesticides, preservative, and hormones. But it is not true anymore. People want to make money, and if that means making food that has no nutritional value and almost even poison, then they are all about it. Their motto must be something like, "make lots of it, make it fast, and sell it for lots of money." There is plenty of eye opening material out there if you really want to be scarred forever...Food Inc. and the Maker's Diet are two I know of that show a shocking reality about this topic.

But if you are like me, budgeting can prevent you from buying all organic food. So what are our options? I came across a helpful list about what foods are worth buying organic and what foods are low in pesticides enough that if you had to buy non-organic they would be less toxic.

Buy Organic:
Nectarines
Celery
Pears
Peaches
Apples
Cherry
Strawberries
Imported Grapes
Spinach
Potatoes
Bell Peppers
Raspberries

Ok to buy Non-Organic:
Asparagus
Avocado
Bananas
Broccoli
Cauliflower
Corn
Kiwi
Mango
Onion
Papaya
Pineapple
Sweet Peas

Other items to buy are
Free-range eggs and make sure your meat has no hormones.

Planting a garden and harvesting your own fruits and vegetables is not only beautiful and fun, but it actually gives you a deep and greater appreciation for the food you cook and eat. You are not likely to waste food.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Winter

I love winter. I love cold crisp days that make you want to snuggle and drink hot chocolate. But is bitter cold worth it without snow? If I have to endure cold, I want the real cold...with blustering snow falling all around me! My family and friends had a huge snowstorm yesterday and accumulated over 16 inches of powedery heaven!!!

One really neat thing I've noticed this winter is all the many bird nests in the trees. I couldn't tell they were there in the summer. They were hidden by the leaves. But with winter here, all the leaves are gone and I can see so many nests everywhere! Then it occured to me: how often we don't notice and see the "life-giving" things that happen in our lives until so much of the outer-layers are taken away! Somtimes, often only in the "winters" of our lives, we find out what truly remains that nuture and sustain us. Winters are not as fun as springs, but they can show us what we are made of and remind us of who we are when all other distractions are gone.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Seek





Have you ever researched a word in the Bible? Picked one that meant something to you and looked up verses that included it? Last night after midnight I was up and the word "seek" came to my mind so strongly that I had to index it and look at different passages with it.

"You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart."
Jeremiah 29:11

"If you seek Him, He will be found by you."
1 Chronicles 28:9

"Seek the Lord while He may be found; call on Him while He is near."
Isaiah 55:6

Here is what I wrote in my journal:


What is Seeking? Is something hidden? Lost? Undiscovered like a treasure? Something that one knows exists in the heart or mind and acts upon that belief to find it. A visitational "seek." As in "I seek my Uncle." Trying to find them-something again you know is concrete and desired. "Seeking" is by the choice of the seeker. It is not pressured or told, its voluntary because it comes from the heart. Seeking happens because the seeker believes it is possible to find, it is not a task that will never succeed. Seeking is all eyes and ears, the senses OPEN, willing, and working to detect what you are looking for. It is intentional. It is a commitment you invest in even before you actually find it.

Seeking God: God is known to man, but there are certain aspects that are more like treasures of God's beautiful Love that we may not notice unless we open our hearts and minds to seek them. God asks us to "seek Him." This happens in so many wonderful ways!

First, decide in your heart that you want to seek Him, know Him, and discover these treasures about His Love. Opening our hearts to the possibility of God-filled encounters gives our soul a detection ability so the Holy Spirit may help us notice these precious moments. It is actually a learned process. Just like when you or a friend is getting married and you begin to notice wedding things everywhere. So will it be with "seeking" and finding God. Once your eyes, heart and soul learn and open a "switch" will go on and you will begin to see a while new world of God's Love begging for you to notice!

Then ask God for wisdom to seek Him. A prayer of Love and adoration to God! Perhaps it could look something like this:

Dear God,

Your Word tells me to seek You. I want to seek You and find you and know more about Your Love, Wisdom, and Truth. I open up my heart, mind, and soul to You and only You and ask that You would speak to my heart. Help me seek You in Scripture, in experiences both good and bad, with friends and family and by simply worshipping You. It is so important that I seek and know You Lord. I need Your Love in my life. It brings so much Joy, Peace, and Comfort to me to walk beside You as your child. So Lord, I will open my eyes today and expect to see You somewhere and in something that happens. And when that happens, I will Rejoice and be happy, and then keep looking for more!

Amen.

If we don't expect to discover His Love, then we are setting ourselves up for disappointment. So often in our Christian culture we believe scripture, listen at church, sing, and smile to others - but we limit God on His Power within our hearts. It's truly a sad time in this season, because with so much adversity, there is so much opportunity to Believe and Believe in a way that uses great Faith! And it is not like Jesus is saying "save your true Faith for when you really need it." No, He's calling us to use it NOW! We have to treat our daily lives seriously. The battle is real and our weapon of TRUTH is even more real! We should rise up with our claim to adoption as God's children and expect to hear from our God. Again, Jeremiah 29:11 he tells us to EXPECT it, He says "You will find Me!" He wants to show His Love to you. He doesn't want to keep it. He showed this by Jesus. If you dare to Believe, because, yes, Believing is a risk sometimes, God WILL answer - your Faith in Believing and expecting His Love pleases Him GREATLY!

With eyes, heart, and soul open, with a heart submitted and teachable, and with a great and joyous expectation to experience Him...THIS is seeking Him. And we will find Him. Stretch yourself today. It may be a little thing you have never noticed before...a snowflake, a flower, someones kindness to you, or watching someones kindness to another, you may get a word in your head and find an amazing scripture, or feel an emotion of Peace, Love, and Joy that you haven't in a long time. There's so many results from seeking the Lord, don't limit what it may look like!

*****Warning***** Just remember we live in a fallen world with an enemy whose goal is to pervert, kill and destroy any and all possibility of encountering the True Love of God. Be aware of this and pray against any and all agenda's that would keep you from seeking and knowing God. Do not get discouraged if you do not hear something. Sometimes I don't, but OH, when I do it is precious. That in itself is seeking...don't give up until you find it!

I finished this entry well after 2 pm, snuggled with Gracey and fell back asleep, seeking.

Friday, January 07, 2011

New Every Morning

We were delighted to do a hands-on project for our Christmas gifts this year. It was affordable, fun, and didn't take too much time. We bought letters from the craft store, painted and decorated them. We picked colors that would look good with their houses and decorated them with designs that reminded us of their personality. Bryan sealed them after and VIOLA! they were ready to be wrapped and go to their new homes.

And then when we weren't looking 2011 decided to show up! People write all sorts of things about the new year. But I think we often forget that with Jesus, every day is a clean slate, a new season and a new beginning.

"Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed,
for his compassions never fail.
They are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness. "
Lamentations 3:22-23

I rest in HOPE not because 12 months from now I can start over...be skinnier, eat healthier, love better, or read my Bible every day,...my HOPE is in that I have a Powerful God who always gives me a new chance. I rest in His sacrifice and I Believe in His Promises.