Wednesday, August 31, 2011

My Amazing God!

My God is faithful! Tonight, a dear friend of mine and former neighbor, Jasmine, received the Holy Ghost. I am so excited to see the Power of God at work in her and fiance's lives. Down at the altar my little Ashley joined us in praying for Jasmine. It was so precious watching her talk to Jesus. Then, after a time, she buried her head and was praying. I leaned down and realized she was trembling and crying. I pulled her up gently and asked her if she wanted the Holy Ghost. She said yes, so I told her to raise her hands and within moments the Holy Ghost swept over her. Thank you, Jesus!

I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth  III John v.4

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Elle and Ashley's Art Project

We were inspired by an art project we saw on my friend, Misha's blog. So tonight we decided to create. The girls helped organize the crayons and place them on the canvas while I glued. Then we took to the deck, propped up the canvas and began to melt the crayons with the blow dryer. Elle was a little nervous, she was afraid the melted crayon was going to splash on her and burn. This, fortunately never happened :). Ashley on the other hand, was trying to get as close as she could so she could smell the crayons. She also wanted to see them drip. Levi popped by to help for a minute then was off. Here are a few pics of our project:

In all, this was quite fun and rewarding! 

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Knowledge is Power!

And my avenue for gaining power is mostly through READING!! I LOVE to read! I will go on reading binges where I can read for hours. I call it a reading marathon and I'm the only contestant :). So of course, I come out the winner! Thankfully, my children have inherited this same passion (well one of them has latent passion, soon to be discovered I hope). We go to the library as often as we can, everyone except for Ashley has a library card. My rule: You read, you get a card, well, she doesn't read yet (not well enough anyhow). However, that rule is motivating her to focus on learning how to read. She knows as soon as she can read (alone) to me, she gets to sign up for her very own library card! Ahh the fortune! Until then she uses mine, just not the same, it doesn't have her name on it :). 

With the passion for reading comes the desire to share. So may I recommend a few of my favorites? Currently, I am reading The Holy Bible, When Ye Fast (Joy Haney), Shades of Blue (Karen Kingsbury), and In Bonds of Love (Bishop Nathaniel J. Wilson). The Bible is a great book to start with (and end with too!) if you want to gain power (hehe..had to throw that in). The next book, When Ye Fast I found at my mom's house when I was down there, and while it is a small book (lengthwise), it is powerful! Now I was asked recently if I fast often, the answer, not often enough hence the reason I am reading this book! I do not sit around thinking, "Oh boy, when can I fast next?" I am human after all! This book will make you want to fast though! When I realized the combination power of prayer, fasting and the word, wow, talk about AMAZING! Next book on the list, Shades of Blue, is not my favorite but Karen Kingsbury is one of my favorite authors. Another Christian author I would recommend is Linda Chaikin. She writes christian historical fiction and I have read almost everything she authored. Now to the final book, which I have read a few times, but when I feel like I need to be reminded of the incredible love of my Master, I read In Bonds of Love by Bishop Wilson (who is, hands down, my favorite author). This book will change your life! Seriously!

Periodically, I'll post books I read and recommend. I may even post some that my husband recommends, as he too is a reading junkie! His recommendations are very different than mine but that might help you. One thing we like to do is read to our kids. He is reading bits and pieces of a book called, Outliers, The Story of Success to the kids right now. Some of it is a little above their heads, so he is selecting particular passages. So in addition to their own reading time, we take time to read together, and I can recommend several books that are fun, exciting, and life-changing to read together. You'll have them ready for bedtime faster, I can guarantee...because they'll want to hear the next chapter.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Just a thought...

I remember when I would come home from church, after an amazing altar call, and would lay my head on my pillow knowing, assuredly my soul was saved. Thankfully, this is not just a memory but a reality.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Grow where you are planted!

In the book of Ecclesiastes, Solomon, the wisest man who ever lived, wrote these words, "To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven." Eccl. 3:1. If you have ever done any planting or gardening, you know that particular fruits, veggies and flowers grow at specific times of the year. Each of those also have preferences to where they are planted, the soil they are in and how much sun and water they need.
I often liken my life to a plant. Sounds funny, I know, but it keeps me from going insane with all the changes that take place. Born and raised in California, it was culture shock for me when we moved to Washington. At that point, I was now a transplant learning to adjust to new soil and environmental conditions. Thankfully, my Master Gardener, put people in my life to cultivate and prepare me for such transitions before my move and then after. I learned that there are seasons in my life where I will sprout, grow, grow, grow and then maintain. How and what I produce is affected not only by others placed in my life to water and feed me, but in how I receive the food and water. If I open my leaves to the fresh, clean water and accept the wisdom and counsel then I will become what my Master Gardener desires of me. However, if I crumble under the drastic changes, then I will shrivel up and wither away.
After the shock of the initial transplant began to wear away, then up went the roots and I was moved to a new pot! This time to Oregon, which is where I am still. As I said before, God, my Master Gardener, places people in our lives to keep our soil rich and fertile, and here is no exception.
Like Solomon said, we all go through seasons and God has a purpose for each season we go through, but how we respond to each transplant or transition is our responsibility. We cannot always control the things that happen but placing our trust in the hands of the Master Gardener, will assure a beautiful outcome. I intend to grow where I am planted (or transplanted) :)!