Caitlin, Rediet and Carly

Caitlin, Rediet and Carly

Sunday, November 23, 2008

My Montage 11/23/08

I finally did it! thanks Nat! Fun to put pictures and memories to video. ;)

Saturday, November 22, 2008

What a day!

All I can say is that it was a joy today. There are so many opportunities to love people. We met alot of hurting and lost people this afternoon at the Bridge. Our girls got a chance to shake hands and smile at those less fortunate. Thanks Lord for allowing us to participate, you are merciful!


This is the day the Lord has made!! Wow, it's cold. Just a thought. Our morning has consisted of alot of selfishness, fighting about what Cartoon saturday program to watch, who get's the markers, who get's to go first..Then there's the kids, just kidding. I myself started to complain and murmur. What's the cure? Off to walmart! let's do some shopping! not for us though! God has bigger plans today! pray the Lord brings some homeless in our path today as we drive around and pray that HIS seeds will grow today. Praising the Lord, for the Joy of the Lord is my strength!! As for Carly, hang in there baby, not too much longer!!
Praying for our son today, I long for him and pray he is well. Pray he see' Jesus today through the eyes of another.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Follow up with video

My heart just sinks when I watch this video yet i'm just as guilty of "feeling"the pressure to spend. As I think about what legacy I want to pass down to our girls and our son, it's that they would be fully devoted to the Lord in everything they do. Whether celebrating the the birth of Jesus Christ or walking in the grocery store that they would see to give God glory however and whenever they can! Man Lord your gonna have to really cover my sin on this one! Fill in the gaps where I fall short! I give thanks to the Lord for he is good, His love endures forever!

Praising today, praying for the orphaned,widowed, and the strangers out there! Praising God for what He is showing me this week.

Praying for our precious boy, where ever he is. It's been extremely difficult to pin point my emotions since we've been on the waiting list. Excitement when I sit still and reflect on what is about to happen. Fear of the unknown, will he attach to me? me to him? Sadness, where is he? does he have a family to hold him right now? Mourning, the loss that his parents endured or family..Inadequacy as a parent.

God is showing me alot of things right now with my parenting the girls..(search me God, know my heart) Basically how ugly my heart can be and self-centered I can be. How I can be more about serving me and less about serving others (see Philiippians 2:3-4). How my tone and words at times aren't gentle, how the patience is zapped out of me(my choice of course). Does that radiate the spirit of God? Yet I know it comes back to this truth; Deuteronomy 6:5-7 " You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. These words, which i am commanding you today, shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up."

The first part of that scripture is where I desire to grow! to love! I am extremely disciplined. You give me a list I will do it. You give me a goal and I will seek to achieve it. I'm called to teach my girls, I am doing it. We are talking alright..Morning time, prayer, daily teachable moments with what happens at school. BUT, 1Corinthians 13 If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels, but didn’t love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. That is where I desire to grow and be stretched and take action! Our girls are watching every move we make. If I teach them daily the word(law) yet do not radiate the love and excitement of Christ will he be contagious?no! I praise God for how far he has brought me but see the deprivaty of how far I have to go. We met with our community group last night and asked the question, "what does it mean to be radical for Christ?" I think God speaks into each persons' life on that question if we truly ask it and if we truly want to hear the answer.

My friend Wes said this in so many words, " What we don't know is what it means to be radical for Christ, what we do know is that we are not there yet". sorry Wes if I butchered that. I just desire to live out loving the lost, loving my neighbor, loving the teachers,parents, kids at our school and exhorting Christ in our home so that our girls wouldn't want it any other way! not because they fear punishment but because they want to please their Holy Father and experiencce life and joy! and that they would want some of that! I'm not sure at times if they want some of that or if mom is exasperating them. Lord, that i would be excited about your word and your truths! That I would be obedient to love how Jesus loved, the fruit of the spirit, with humility and peace and joy. And that we would continue to serve outside our walls so that our girls and our son someday would desire to love those who are overlooked in this world. There is no other joy like serving the poor so why do I often choose comfort with my "own" family? I just started Fields of the Fatherless, this quote really hit me in a good way! "In this world you are an orphan-eagerly anticipating your adoption as God's child. In this world you are a widow-longing for reunion with your Bridegroom. In this world you are a stranger-a pilgrim waiting to become a citizen of heaven. And in this world, God has called you to care for the orphan,the stranger, and the widow." Lot's of stuff here, lot's of conviction. Lord you are using this waiting period to grow me like never before. Pray you have a blessed day. Love, Sarah

Advent Conspiracy Promo Video

This has really got me thinking not only for this time of year but throughout the year.