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What are you here for?

First of all thanks so much for all your kind messages. Jason and I got away over the weekend with 3 other couples Relaxing,laughing, telling stories and laughing some more and also having some time of serious discussions of how we can pray for one another. It did wonders for our spirits. Your sweet words of encouragement and prayers meant so much as well!

This morning as I was still blinking sleep from my eyes I scrolled down across my Facebook page to see what had happened over the last 24 hours in the lives of those people I call my Facebook friends. It’s odd how this social media site has linked me with people from my past, present and some I hardly know. I like it most days. I am inspired, humored, unmoved, and sometimes troubled as I read down through my home page. It’s such a Hodge podge of ideas and feelings swirling around in cyberspace.

But today..

I was moved.

By a link to Francis Chan’s video on eternity.

And I realized once again how God can use anything including social media to proclaim truth.
I wanted to share with you what one of my FB friends shared.

Over breakfast the kids were spell bound as I repeated this example. It drives home the point that what happens here is but a blink of an eye compared to how and where we will spend the rest of our lives!

I press on toward the prize…Not looking behind or around me is my goal. To be invested for a higher purpose.

How about you?

Do you know where you will spend eternity?

Jesus made a way for us to spend it with him forever.
If you don’t know how I’d love to share with you his truth.
Message me and I promise to respond!

Hugs to you in cyberville!

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Unmerited Favor

It’s still dark and my mind is focused on all that lays around me. I want my anxious thoughts to be still. I pray, “God it’s yours I am laying it at your feet.”

The children gather around the table with bowls of marshmellowy cereal. Our time of reading is from the book of Titus.
Once we, too, were foolish and disobedient. We were misled by others and became slaves to many wicked desires and evil pleasures. Our lives were full of evil and envy. We hated others, and they hated us.But then God our Savior showed us his kindness and love. He saved us, NOT because of the good things we did, but because of his mercy. He washed away our sins and gave us a new life through the Holy Spirit. He generously poured out the Spirit upon us because of what Jesus Christ our Savior did. He declared us not guilty because of his great kindness. And now we know that we will inherit eternal life.

“Kid’s”, I say, “this is grace. Grace means getting something we don’t deserve. And this tells us that while we were still sinning and doing horrid things Jesus came and freely showed us kindness. We don’t deserve any of this but he gave it anyway.

Can you understand what that means?

Let me give you an example.”

I shared with them a very raw and difficult example of something happening to us at this moment.
“We need to give as much grace and mercy as we have been shown”.
It made the little one instantly well up with tears. This decision effects her very much. I held her and cried with her.
It went against my son’s sense of justice and anger was shown.
I still am weepy as I type.
God has once again given us the opportunity to live out the very thing that we read. Not just hearers but doers of his Word.

Father today…
I am thankful that you count me worthy to be tested and tried. May I come forth as gold. Not to my glory but yours O God. You are the one who unselfishly and freely laid down your life while I was deeply entrenched in my sin. You are the one who showered your mercy on me while I didn’t deserve it. You are the one who pours your Holy Spirit out. You are the one who is preparing our hearts for eternity with you. I want to live my life for you alone. You know what’s best for us and we trust you today.
May it be as you desire.

Craftiness and other news

We had several big events over the past few months.

2 Birthdays and a wedding in the family.


We got to celebrate Jalen’s birthday over labor day at a water park in Cincinnati. It was HOT and a perfect time to be in the water. The rest of the weekend we spent at Ikea(heart heart) and hanging out.

Where J thought he should be the door greeter and tour guide for his brother in law. And anyone else who would listen….That man is crazy!
Allen seemed quite impressed and decided to stay.
I think I love this kitchen. What do you say? Think my new kitchen should be black or will that date too quickly?
This girl hit sweet 16 last week.
Time you are stealing away too quickly!!!
And my oldest brother’s son got married in the past couple of weeks…
New happenings for my family. First nephew to say I do.
This is my dad, brother and his son.
And we love his pick for a bride. She is the sweetest!
So we celebrated again this weekend with a reception for people who couldn’t make it to the out of state wedding.

Several months back I got this brainy idea to make them a coffee table with an old window that would lift up so it would be similar to a shadow box.
When we sold the house and started packing I kind of gave up the idea thinking maybe I’ll just give them a pretty plate.
But….
Yesterday when I woke up at 4 with J getting out of bed I said…
“Hey I printed out an idea of how that table could look..it’s down on your desk”.
And do you know what that fantabulous guy did?
He went out and built that table!
With stuff from his shop that we didn’t want to move 🙂

The only problem was… We liked it so much we thought maybe a pretty plate would still be an okay gift 🙂
I printed out some black and whites from the wedding and put them on display. But they can put whatever they want in there.
Just one more way to reuse old windows.

In other news…
We are starting the great move.
Today and the next 2 weeks.
I will be glad when these weeks are done.
This next weekend we will be having a Gigantic moving sale. If you know where we live come take a looksee! Tables, chairs, hutches, all kinds of household items. Out grown clothes and toys. I think Jason may have some things on there for men too!
You won’t want to miss it! 🙂 🙂 🙂
O happy day!