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How big is your superhero?

Everyone can find a superhero today anywhere. We have Superman to Batman, to Spiderman, Aquaman to The Fantasic four. People love to think superheros have powers beyond anything we have ever seen. We want to believe the Tooth Fairy will bring us a treat for pulling a tooth, the Easter Bunny will come and give us money in our golden eggs, and we must not forget Santa who will bring all we wish. Well, I have news for all those superheros. My God has more power than all of them put together. My God can heal with one touch, My God can move mountains with His mighty hand, He can bring miracles that touch us with awe. He has an uncondisional love that covers all. My God died and rose again from the grave. No superhero has anything on my God. My God is not magic, He isn't a illusionist, He has power beyond belief. He has purpose and plans for you and I. He can take a sickness and heal. He has allowed the blind to see, the sick to be restored, He has made the lame walk with one touch. He …

Heaven is so underrated~

When you think of heaven what do you think of? What is it that you see? What is it that makes your hands raise, and your butterflies begin to flutter? It is Jesus, it is all Jesus. He is what we can get excited about. If heaven were praising His name all day, looking into His eyes every minute, and if we were all singing it would be magnificant, and worth the wait, but heaven is so much more. To sit at Jesus' feet, to hear stories of all the Old Testament people, to hear of changing water into wine, walking on water, and to ask what was it like to make the world? To know our lives here today are leading us to heaven, only makes me yearn for heaven that much more. To understand every gift we have today will only be magnified in heaven is humbling. We aren't just going to float around, we aren't just going to be sitting on a cloud. But we are going to have the time of our lives at the party everyone is invited to. No one is left out of this party, its not only for the popula…

do you have anything to bring to the table?

Do you ever feel as though you have nothing to give? Are you ever struggling to find your purpose in life, the direction your to go? At times I can look at others and think they are doing so much for God's kingdom, and I take a look at myself and wonder am I bringing as much as I can, or am I just getting by? At church when we have an event we always have a pot luck dinner. All bring great dishes for everyone to dine in, and fellowship together. Now, you have those ladies who seem to bring enough food to the table to feed an army, you have those women who create a dish that makes you go Wow! Then you have ladies like me, who at times I bring a bag of chips and dip to the table. So is that really enough, is going to feed people? Did I bring my best to the table or did I do what was easy? At times I have to be honest and say I didn't bring my best, I took the easy way out. We are like that in life so many times. We are afraid to ask God what He wants us to do, because we are afr…

five loaves and two fish~

I have faltered in my faith at times since my husband has been layed off work. I have wondered to we have enough money this week to purchase food. At times there is little money for food, but God has never let us down. We may not have all our wants, but He fills us with our needs. How could I ever doubt a God who fed five thousand or more people in a dry and dusty land with five loaves of bread and two fish? "And when Jesus went out He saw a great multitude; and He was moved with compassion for them, and healed their sick. When it was evening, His disciples came to Him, saying,'This is a deserted place, and the hour is already late. Send the multitudes away, that they may go into the villages and buy themselves food.' But Jesus said to them, 'They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.' And they said to Him,'We have here only five loaves and two fish.' He said,'Bring them here to Me.' Then He commanded the multitudes to sit down on…

different views with the same love~

I love the four gospels. Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, four men the Holy Spirit used through their writing to share with the world Jesus. What is cool about these four gospels is they are all told by different men, in different ways, in different views, but they all come together as one story telling about the life, the death and the resurection of Jesus. They told the same story from different points of view. Many have a favorite gospel, one that seems to speak to their heart. Just as if there were an intersection where an accident had taken place, and there are four witness' to this accident, all seeing from different points of view, but all seeing the same thing, write down every detail they see and hear. They have all told the officer what happened, they had all seen it, now the officer can gather the information he needs, knowing they are reliable sources, and with all their reports, he can now make out his statement with the best evidence possible. Just as with our minds rea…

where should I start?

When we have a house sitting before our view that needs cleaning, we often sit back already tired, thinking,Oh gosh, where should I begin? Only to have to clean it again in a few days. We don't know whether to begin in the bathroom, the family room, the kitchen, or maybe the basement. We see all the things that need to be done, but do we really want to put forth that much effort? Maybe we can put it off for tomorrow, or even the weekend. We can look at the mess all around us and wonder just how did this all get dirty. Are we not like this in life with those around us? We can open our eyes and see all that is wrong with another, all that needs to be fixed so to say, and we know just how to make things right with them. We need to let God care for those around us, and we, we need to begin with ourselves. We need to get that mirror out that magnifies the image. We need to see ourselves for who we really are before we go start correcting others. Most of the time what we are complaining…

what do you find beauty in?

Today I found beauty in a daughters words, in a picture of a young man holding a baby, a husband asking how I slept, and in the sound of my sons voice. Everyday we pass by things that carry so much beauty, not even giving thought to what we see. I can even find beauty in the stack of shoes by my front door, for I know the day will come and all those shoes will not be there. I can find beauty in a son who brings me back a soda and a snack everytime he comes home from town. There is alot to say in those three little words,"I love you", but more so in the act of showing it. You can say I love you to someone and never show it with your actions. Thats not love at all. I can find beauty in God's word, even when I read what He has shown to correct me. I find beauty in my mom's tender touch on my cheek everytime I leave her house. Beauty is all around us, in the big things and the little things that touch us daily. Are we moving too fast to see the beauty? Are we so self-abs…

Have you found yourself?

For me, it too me many years to find myself. I think I am still learning new things each day that bless me, that make me remember the past that has lead me to be the person I am now. From when we are small we begin finding ourselves. We all want to be loved, and we all want to fit in with others. We want to be people pleasers, we want to make all those around us happy. We want to try to do everything, not leaving any room for silence. At times I think we are afraid of the silence that can fill a room, that can fill our hearts. I searched so many places trying to understand just who I was. When we are young, we have dreams of becoming everything from Miss America to the President of the United States. We were meant to have dreams, we were meant to strive for our dreams, for it those dreams in us that begin to change the world around us. As women we can try to find ourselves in our husband, our children, our friends, our jobs, our hobbies, and it doesn't just stop there. We can begi…

a new journey

As I am writing my blog I am almost to 500 posts now. That has been a goal of mine, and the Lord has blessed me. This adventure of writing has taken me on a few new adventures. I had "Are your babies growing too fast" printed in girlsgoneGod. That was really exciting for me to see my work in print somewhere else besides my blog. My new adventure will take me to writing reviews for christian books. This is really exciting for me, and its scary at the same time. If any of you out there are doing this now I would love to hear from you, to hear your advice, your wisdom and encouragement on this new road. So there is a great thing for you. As I begin doing the reviews I will start to have book- give-a-ways! There are some exciting books coming up and I can't wait to begin. So all of you who are following my blog will go on this great adventure with me. As with each new project that enters my life, I can feel God's presence with me, leading me, and that alone brings comfor…

do you always speak with wisdom?

Here is a question for you. Do you always open your mouth with wisdom? With kindness? For me I try daily to speak with wisdom, I try to be kind to everyone I meet. I'm really not sure just how the virtous did it. "She opens her mouth with wisdom, and her tongue is on the law of kindness."Proverbs 31:26 I find myself wondering if this was a struggle for her too, or did she possess a gift of wisdom upon all her words she chose to speak. I think one part of wisdom is knowing when to speak and when to be quiet, how to say the words of your heart without judgement, and to speak with a soft answer that calms all around you, not stiring up strife. I believe the virtous woman is our example on how to be Godly women to all in our lives. To know wisdom, is not always speaking wisdom. I know wisdom, but there are times I allow my mouth to shout out my thoughts without thinking first. And there are times when we think before we speak, but where are we getting those thoughts? Are the…

could you ever run out of words?

Can we ever run out of words to say about our Savior? As a christian can we have a conversation without speaking His name? Is there a day that goes by that we do not know we are here because of Him? Are there any amount of words that could describe Him enough? We can praise His name all day and never run out of words to speak to Him or about Him. Where He goes, I want to go, and where I go, I never want to go there without Him. He is every breathe that we breath, He is the life within us, and He is the Spirit that fills us. He is the great Redeemer, our Strong Tower, our Savior, our Strength, our Wisdom Giver, He is mercy, He is grace, He is love, and He is Mighty. He is Power, and He is Humble. He is a Servant, and He is a Giver. For me, I love the relationships I have with friends who speak His word in all we talk about. We could study Him daily, and never run out of things to learn. We could sing praises to Him without ceasing, and never run out of songs to sing. He is the Past, Pr…

sitting in the pew

For my family Sunday was always awesome. I could wake and before I got myself ready, I would begin to get the kids all ready. Brushing their hair, with each stroke until I had it up in one of their favorite bows. The boys seemed to be able to dress themselves and always looked so nice,asking"Does this match?" With all seven of us getting into the car, we would be on our way to church.Some rides to church were uneventful, when others took every ounce of patience you had. When they were small we took up the whole pew, but as they got older we had two. One for us, and extra space for the boyfriends and girlfriends. It was a time that I treasure. Listening to my daughters sing, giving praise to the Lord gave me great joy. Watching them turn the pages of their bibles while Bro. Ben spoke the from the Word of God. It is amazing to watch your children grow up in church and outgrow a pew. Today it is my husband and I along with our son who sit in the pew. I remember the first day we…

crashing waves..

Do you feel the tide coming in today, swirling around your ankles, rising by the minute? Is it one of those days that you feel as though you can't swim through the current, and you are going under? Those days seem to bring us right to our breaking point. I too have been there along with you, thinking this is the day that is going to take me down. But right when I feel like I am going under, a hand reaches out to me, and its a hand of safety, a hand that isn't giving up on me, its the hand of God. He has rescued me from the depths on many days. It is He who throws out that life preserver for us to hang on to. No one has hands like Him, no one can save us like He can. When you are writing that s.o.s in the sand He is there to rescue you from all danger and harm. If you have not felt the tide coming in, you may know someone who has, and one day it will reach around your ankles also. We often tell others to just pull themselves up by their bootstraps when trials come. That is impo…

what if today was your last day?

Just what if today was your last day here on earth, what would you do? Would you be fearful or praiseful? What would come first on your list of things for the last twenty-four hours of life? Would you get your affairs in order, would you have all your family over, would you go on a trip, would you be with friends, would you want to be alone, would you have a party, would you make phone calls to all you love, would you forgive all those who have hurt you, would you ask forgiveness of all those who hurt you, would you take a long walk in the fresh air, would you ride a bike like when you were ten, would you have the biggest meal ever with your friends and family, would you write cards, video your words to all, would you spend the time with your Savior making things right? So many questions we could share about our last day here. Not many of us get that chance, so why not begin today living as though it was your last day? Why not live out each moment as it is your last to see a friend, k…

Gods enduring mercy

Today I was sitting here and the keys were moving. I felt God leading me to write about His mercy, and I came across Psalm 136. Although the Lord was leading me to write about this, and to write the whole Psalm, I felt in my heart,"Thats alot to write!" I thought it was just too long to write in my blog, but then God didn't let me off the hook. For the entire day, that has not left my head, my stubborn head that is. God helped me to realize I need to follow Him no matter how long, how wide, or how deep He wants me to go. God's word is for us to read, to think upon, and there are always new verses for us to learn from, new ones that we haven't read yet, and some that we have read, that need repeating for a purpose only God knows. It was selfish of me not to follow His ways and His will today. His mercy is so great. He will wash His mercy over us and through all we go through in these hills and valleys of life His mercy is there. Whether we are hurting, we are in p…

Are we prepared?

"But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only. But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. Then two men will be in the field: one will be taken and the other left. Two women will be grinding at the mill: one will be taken and the other left. Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming. But know this, that if the master of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched and not allowed his house to be broken into. Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect." Matthew 24:36-44 Just as in the days of old, they had the Minutemen. They had their clothes ready, their gun…

what excuses do you have for today?

I have a friend who really has a prayer closet. A small space with a lamp, and a table for her bible. She spends much time there with the Lord. A prayer closet can be anywhere we make it. It can be a day out in the woods, in the car, our bedroom, on the back deck, hanging out laundry, doing the dishes, or just curled up on the couch. It doesn't really matter just where are prayer rrom is, as long as we have one. As long as we have a special place where we are alone, and we can open our hearts to Christ, lift up our prayers to Him, give Him our hurts and burdens laying them at His feet, and spending time listening to Him. Having a prayer closet is a blessing, its a great blessing to make a time in our days to give only to God. To let the tears flow, to let the heart open wide, and to be willing to hear His rebuke also. We don't just have a God to go to and do all the talking, there are many times we just need to listen. Some people have a prayer box, a box that you write all yo…

fall is almost here

Fall is such a beautiful time of year. The trees are changing, the leaves are falling, and we have the crisp cool air blowing through our windows. We can learn alot from fall, just as we can from all the other seasons. But fall brings a certain beauty, a renewing of sorts. As the leaves are changing color, dying, and than falling off the tree, we can turn that into a great lesson of growth for us. Just as fall and winter must come before spring, we must too change, die to ourselves and fall away from the world, only to reveal a new beauty that comes with the changes made in our lives. Just as we have seasons in our weather, we too have seasons in our lives. Different stages of growth, and its in those stages, those changes that the Lord shines through. When we are willing to die to ourselves, and live for Him, He fills us with His spirit and we are renewed. Just as we feel the crispness of the fresh, cool air in the fall, we too can feel a newness, a crispness in our walk with Christ.…

Separation

"Behold, the Lord's hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; Nor His ear heavy, that it cannot hear. But your iniquities have separated you from your God; And your sins have hidden His face from you, so that He will not hear." Isaiah 59:1-2 When I was teaching the youth in awana, I would use an illustration that they could understand. When we are living our lives it is important that we keep our relationship with Christ open at each moment of the day. When we are full of sin, unforgiven sin, sin that we have not asked the Lord to forgive us of, we are putting a barrier up between us and Him. If we don't keep a short account of our sins, they begin to pile up over time. We can build a wall up between us and God. If you think of us as a brick layer, and each brick is a sin, we can begin to see a picture here. With each brick we lay, we cover it up with mortar. We begin to lay those bricks and we cover them up so we do not have to see our sin. Pretty soon as each bri…

oh, that old ugly pride is at it again

So many times I have let my pride get in my way. We all do at some point in our lives, and many times we struggle with it daily, asking Christ for strength. While my husband has been layed off now for almost a year, pride can raise up easily when struggles face us daily. We can have pride in many ways. We can all carry it different ways. There is the pride of the star athlete, thinking he is the best in the state.There is the pride of the mother, who doesn't want to admit she made a mistake. There is the pride of the woman who thinks her high paying job makes her better than the bead worker. There is the pride of the man trying to care for his family, and not wanting to ask for help. Pride rears up, takes hold of us, and satan uses it to bring us down. There is a difference in these, and the pride you have in your child who brought home the A she had been studying for, and working hard for. God tells us about pride in His word. He warns us against pride, and just how it can make u…

Growing up

Wow, it is amazing to watch your children grow up. They go from diapers, to backpacks, to spreading their own wings in no time. I have a few friends whose daughters have gone off to college and it is so hard. You may ask, whats so hard about that. Well, when you have had your children in your home for all the years they have been born, you tend to want to hang on a little longer. You feel as though they need protected and you wanna watch over them like a mother bird. While your children, although might be a little scared to take that first leap out of the tree, they are feeling excited about their new adventure. This year is my son's senior year. My last baby to teach at home. He is thinking this is great, while I am wanting to slow down a bit. He is trying to figure out what he wants to do. He goes from being a fireman, to being an electrician, to joining the military. He has many options going through his mind, the world is his to soar. While my children have grown, I too have g…

Do you want to go a little higher?

Do you ever here people say,"I'm so bored, I wish there was something to do?" I do not like that comment, cause for me, there is always something to do. I remember as a kid, I played outside all day, and half the night, there was so much to do that I was hardly ever in the house. Today, we have a problem with computers, television and texting. Our children and adults have become consumed by technology. We allow the television to be our babysitter, although the computer can be used for good, our children can be on it all day and hours at night. When they have doctors on television speaking about tendonitis in the thumbs from texting none stop, I believe we have a problem. We don't pick up the phone anymore and hear someone's voice, its easier to text. We don't invite others to our home, because we are just too busy, and we can just send an email. What happened to being personal with each other? I think we have lost so much of that. Instead of living with our h…

where are you headed?

Today as you wake do you know which direction you are going? At times our lives can be spinning, like a merry-go-round. It is going so fast we just want to jump off. The spinning makes us queezy, and we feel as though we are going to fall. We have to hold on to something to stand, until we get our balance. It is hard to see which direction God wants us to go to if we are not in tune with His word. As you are driving down the highway, and the rain begins to pour down so hard, you have to pull over until the rain slows or comes to a stop. You know in your mind its too dangerous to keep going when we can't see where we are headed. Just as driving at night, the oncoming lights can blind us, and we have to turn our eyes away for a moment, we too get blinded by all that comes into our vision. It can be so distorted we can't see clearly. In order for us to follow Christ, we must use the map He gave us, the bible. We must keep our vision clear, and our ears open to His word. We must k…