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Showing posts from December, 2007

The Prayer of Sir Francis Drake

I read this a couple months ago on another blog. It moved me and I've had it hanging on my fridge since then. We watched Hotel Rwanda this past weekend and for some reason this prayer kept coming to my mind. I teetered on an emotional roller coaster throughout this movie....anger, sadness, lots of tears, hopelessness, anger again, then hope....1 person can make a huge difference! Our family may not be able to save all the orphans of the world but we can save 1 or 2 or 3. That has made a huge difference in their lives....and ours....especially ours!

Disturb me Lord to see the plight of millions, homeless, starving and fighting for life each day. Disturb me Lord when I complain about my lack when I have NO idea what lack really is! Lord, disturb me, so that I can see past myself and venture forth being Your hands and feet. Help me to dream big dreams only You can bring to pass.

"Disturb us, Lord, when we are too well pleased with ourselves, When our dreams have come true because…

A Promise...

I'll give you a full life in the emptiest of places - firm muscles, strong bones. You'll be like a well-watered garden, a gurgling spring that never runs dry. You'll use the old rubble of past lives to build anew, rebuild the foundations from out of your past. Isaiah 58:11-12 The Message

Oh how I love these verses! What hope! What truth! God, you have done this for me.... "in the emptiest of places" ~ When we lost our daughter thru miscarriage it was the hardest thing I ever had walked through up until that point in my life. I felt so empty, disappointed, and yes, even angry with you, God. "firm muscles, strong bones" ~ But that trial did build my spiritual muscles making me search and dig deeper to understand Your character and Your love. My weak and fragile spiritual foundation grew stronger and my roots went deeper into the soil of Your word. I truly believe that devastating loss was the seed that You planted in our hearts that continues to bring …

We Wish You A Merry Christmas ~ 2007

Remember.... Jesus is the reason for the season!!

Exciting Christmas Party

Each year we gather all together as a family and hold the Annual Family Christmas Party. When I was little I looked forward to this event all year! We always held it Christmas Eve but as our family grew it became more difficult to hold it then due to travel, prior commitments, etc., so we now hold it whenever it works best which this year was last Sunday. Since the family has grown so large we now hold it at a firehall which is so great! There is plenty of room for the kids to run and play, lots of seating and they always have it decorated so that's one less thing for us to do. We have one of the men dress like Santa for the little ones and he hands out the presents. It is a requirement that you must sit on santa's lap for the first present so everyone can take pictures. It's like a Hollywood red carpet event with all the flashes from the camera's going off. LOL!
We don't take our kids to sit on santa's lap at the mall or anything so Gabriella was not sure she …

Phenomenal Peace!!

Christ is running the show. Right now....a leaf just fell from a tree in the Alps. Christ caused it to do so. A newborn baby in India inhaled for the first time...Jesus measured the breath. The migration of the belugas through the oceans....Christ dictates their itinerary. Heaven and earth. Visible and Invisible. Thrones, dominions, rulers, and authorities. No thing, place, or person omitted. The scale on the sea urchin. The hair on the elephant hide. The hurricane that wrecks the coast, the rain that nourishes the desert, the infants' first heartbeat, the elderly person's last breath all can be traced back to the hand of Christ, the firstborn of creation. "Next Door Savior" by Max Lucado What incredibly freeing words....Christ is running the show! So then, if I know that why do I still worry?! Hmmmmmm

Calgon, Take Me Away...

It's been one of "those" days! Gabriella because of her medical condition has to have bloodwork done often. Well today was one of those days. Of course, everyone else had to get their bloodwork done the same day so we had a really long wait! Fun! LOL!! Then I finally get home and not 5 minutes later I hear Connor crying in the other room. I go in to find Zack holding him and Zack's face is really pale. They were playing and Connor lost his balance and fell and hit his head on our fireplace mantle. As I walked closer, saw Zack's face and the geyser of blood my stomach did a dive. Everything is Connor will heal, Zack's color has come back, but I still need my Calgon! Then when everything seems to have calmed down and I am just finishing my belated lunch my daughter comes to sit with me and I smell a situation. Apparently, she has forgotten what the potty is for...hmmmm. Oh the joys of parenting!!

Thank you Lord for entrusting little 'ole me with …

The Good News

What a day!! I am on top of the world! There is no greater job in this world than being a mom! I was so honored and privileged today to share the Good News with Connor. He received this Good News and asked Jesus into his heart!!!!!!! What an amazing, humbling gift! Thank you Father for bringing Connor from the other side of the world into our home so he could hear about You! I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth. 3 John 4