Thursday, June 30, 2011

This is MY God

He is the First and Last, the Beginning and the End! 
He is the keeper of Creation and the Creator of all! 
He is the Architect of the universe and 
The Manager of all times. 
He always was, He always is, and He always will be... 

Unmoved, Unchanged, Undefeated, and never Undone! 
He was bruised and brought healing! 
He was pierced and eased pain! 
He was persecuted and brought freedom! 
He was dead and brought life! 
He is risen and brings power! 
He reigns and brings Peace! 

The world can't understand him, 
The armies can't defeat Him, 
The schools can't explain Him, 
The leaders can't ignore Him. 
Herod couldn't kill Him, 
The Pharisees couldn't confuse Him, and 
The people couldn't hold Him! 

Nero couldn't crush Him, 
Hitler couldn't silence Him, 
The New Age can't replace Him, and 
Donahue can't explain Him away! 

He is light, love, longevity, and Lord. 
He is goodness, Kindness, Gentleness, and God. 
He is Holy, Righteous, mighty, powerful, and pure. 

His ways are right, 
His word is eternal, 
His will is unchanging, and 
His mind is on me. 

He is my Redeemer, 
He is my Savior, 
He is my guide, and 
He is my peace! 

He is my Joy, 
He is my comfort, 
He is my Lord, and 
He rules my life! 

I serve Him because His bond is love, 
His burden is light, and 
His goal for me is abundant life. 

I follow Him because He is the wisdom of the wise, 
The power of the powerful, 
The ancient of days, the ruler of rulers, 
The leader of leaders, the overseer of the over-comers, and 
The sovereign Lord of all that was and is and is to come. 

And if that seems impressive to you, try this for size. 
His goal is a relationship with ME! 

He will never leave me, 
Never forsake me, 
Never mislead me, 
Never forget me, 
Never overlook me, and 
Never cancel my appointment in His appointment book! 

When I fall, He lifts me up! 
When I fail, He forgives! 
When I am weak, He is strong! 
When I am lost, He is the way! 
When I am afraid, He is my courage! 
When I stumble, He steadies me! 
When I am hurt, He heals me! 
When I am broken, He mends me! 
When I am blind, He leads me! 
When I am hungry, He feeds me! 
When I face trials, He is with me! 
When I face persecution, He shields me! 
When I face problems, He comforts me! 
When I face loss, He provides for me! 
When I face Death, He carries me Home! 

He is everything for everybody, everywhere, 
Every time, and every way. 
He is God, He is faithful. 
I am His, and He is mine! 
My Father in heaven has defeated the father of this world. 

So, if you're wondering why I feel so secure, understand this... 
He said it and that settles it. 
God is in control, I am on His side, and 
That means all is well with my soul. 

Saturday, June 25, 2011

The Sound of Freedom

There are a few perks to being at the base swimming pool early in the morning four times a week.

Daily shows.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Coupon Binder Board

"How far is too far?" some might ask.

I'll let you know when I get there.

(Coupon Binder Board idea, instructions, and vinyl courtesy of The Creative Homemaker.  Thanks, Heather!)

Monday, June 20, 2011

And then there was light...

And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.  Genesis 1:3

The sun will no more be your light by day, nor will the brightness of the moon shine on you, for the LORD will be your everlasting light, and your God will be your glory.  Isaiah 60:19

But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.  1 Peter 2:9

When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 8:12

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Candy is MUCH Better than Meat!

I've felt that, lately, my blog posts have been less than stellar.  Not the caliber I aspire to.  Few and far between.  Less verbal meat for you to chew, if you will.  If you've been around here for a while, or you're here often, you know what I mean.  I feel like I'm letting you down.  And I hate to let you down.  So, I'm gonna take a blog post break.  A blog post break-ish.

I recently took a photography class that instructed and challenged me and also inspired the purchase of a new lens.  Those things coupled together has me hungering to get out and shoot.  However, I tend to find many other things to do (jammin'), the day closes and I haven't even turned my camera on.  Not the best plan for someone who wants to get better at her hobby.

Here's the blog post break-ish plan:  Take photos everyday.  Post the photos regularly.  Sometimes with a brief thought or rambling, other times the image will speak for itself.  I'll just let the blog BE.  Light on the verbal meat, and heavy on the eye candy.  

So join me!  I'm pretty sure some fun, and possibly some mischief will occur!  And seriously, don't we all like candy better than meat anyway?

Monday, June 13, 2011

Sista Has Been Jammin'

Lately I've begun to feel quite domesticated.  

Wait!  Wait!  As I read back over that sentence, I realized that was not what I meant to say.  Of course not.  I mean I feel quite domestic.  As in taking care of things of our home.  Proverbs 31 style.  
I did NOT mean domesticated.  As in sheep.  Baa!  Or goats.  Maa!  No.  I did not mean domesticated.  I meant domestic.

After hearing how easy it was to make, I decided to try my hand at making jam.  I picked up some berries (not to be confused with "picked" some berries.)  Smashed 'em up, and followed the directions on the pectin package like any good little homemaker would do. 

And found that making freezer jam is pretty easy!

And then today, these beauties made their way into some jars.  

Am loving me some fresh peach jam.  
By the domesticated one! 

Friday, June 3, 2011

Time flies...

... when you're having fun!

Sweet Boy,

How quickly you have grown!  Maybe that's because you've brought much fun and many, many laughs to our home.  What a blessing you are to our family!

I love how you are quick to apologize, no matter how minor the infraction.

I love how you are so deeply touched by the story of Jesus.

I love how you find a new passion and are so into it.  (For now, that passion is Legos and Civil War soldiers.)

I love how you give big smooches and are quick to hug.

I love how you're willing to try anything, just for the experience.

I love how much you've grown in intellect.  What great conversations we are starting to have!

I love your LARGER than life personality.

I love how God is transforming ME, through YOU.

I love that you have a rich belly laugh that comes easily.

I love that God blessed our family with you!

Happy 6th Birthday, Buddy!  We pray that we are blessed with the wisdom to raise you to always seek Him first and to serve Him with all your heart.  May God continue to draw you closer to Him and to grow you into the man He created you to be!


Apparently turning 6 in today's day and age is quite lucrative!!