Thursday, April 22, 2010

Reflection of Love

Serenity loves to sit on my lap and gaze into my eyes...
"Mommy, I can see me in YOUR eyes!"
She will bat her eyes, tilt her head and smile. She thinks she looks so pretty in the reflection in my eyes.

When I see her, I look at her with love. I see my perfect, beautiful little baby girl. I look past her ornery behavior. I see past her smart little mouth. The love of a mother looks past all wrong doings and just sees her beautiful, blameless child.

The love of a mother is only a taste of what our Heavenly Father feels. When we become a child of God, Jesus sees us through eyes of love. He doesn't see our mistakes. He sees us covered in His blood... spotless, purified and blameless. He sees us worthy of even the greatest blessings!

The enemy loves to tell us we don't deserve God's blessings. He knows we will easily believe his shenanigans because truth is... we don't deserve them. That's the reason Jesus came to die for us... but now oh now... through the blood of Jesus we are joint heirs to ALL His Kingdom. By His LOVE we become sons and daughters of the almighty King!

When we look into the mirror, the enemy makes it easy for us to see all our flaws.. all of our imperfections. But if we could just strive to see... if we could just draw close enough to Jesus... if we could just reach up and sit on His lap... If we could just gaze into HIS eyes and see our reflection in HIM....oh how beautiful we would appear and how worthy we would feel!


For He chose us in Him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in His sight. In love He predestined us to be adopted as His sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with His pleasure and will -- to the praise of His glorious grace, which He has freely given us in the One He loves. ~ Ephesians 1:4-6

"Jesus, I want to see Me in Your eyes!"

Love,

Monday, April 19, 2010

Let There Be LIGHT...

God saw darkness and He said..."Let there be LIGHT... and there was light!" What would have happened if He spoke more darkness into the darkness? Obviously... the night would have become much darker!

Our lives are filled with dark moments. The people we love all have dark qualities... our friends... our parents...our spouse... our children.. all have qualities about them that need refining. No one is perfect. We all need correction. We all have bad days with dark moments, But how often do we see those "dark" moments and speak negative things in to them? It's just impossible... How often do we rehearse the problems of are loved ones... You're so selfish... You're such a mess... Why do you have to be sooo lazy.... Can't you do anything right?
By speaking negative things, we are actually looking into darkness and saying.... Let it be darker.

What would happen if we actually took the time to think before we speak? What if we actually stopped and made the choice to be positive? What if we only spoke the promises of God over our dark moments... With God ALL things are possible! What if we actually put emphasis on all the GOOD qualities of our loved ones and encouraged them to do better... When you help others out, your face lights up and makes my day...

What if we made the decision to speak LIGHT into the darkness?
Our world would be a much brighter place!

"Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit." Proverbs 18:21

Look into your dark moments and say.... "LET THERE BE LIGHT!"



Tuesday, April 13, 2010

A Trip Down Memory Lane...

Serenity Summer 07...

Who put this hat on my head?

Seriously.... TAKE IF OFF!
What? Not going to happen?
Well...

Mommy always says to keep a stiff upper lip
And Find the good in everything
So...

I guess it DOES come in handy during nap time
And... What's that you say?

I LOOK CUTE TOO?
I LOVE to look cute!
Yes... That makes me....

One Happy Cowgirl... BA---BY!

Monday, April 12, 2010

Toddler Talk: Apologize and Serenity's New Song

Spent the morning hard at work cleaning house. I was in the girls' room gathering laundry, when Serenity walks into the room...

"Mom, I need to apologize."

Stunned to hear such a word I ask. "Apologize? That's an awfully BIG word for such a little girl! Do you even know what that means?"

"Yep!"

"Okay then, What does it mean?"

She looks down at the ground and answers... "It means... I opened a banana and squished it on the floor." LOL


Uh... Apology accepted! :)


SERENITY'S NEW SONG:

Serenity loves to sing. She always trying to find new songs to master. Sometimes she amazes me and memorizes them verbatim. Other times... well... she misses the lyrics just a tad.

The other day, she ran to me all excited about a new song she just heard....

"Mommy... Mommy... I know a new song!"

"That's great Honey... Let's hear it."

She begins to sing...
"Underwear ridge is falling down... falling down... falling down! Underwear ridge is falling down... Poor... Little... Lady!"

Trying very hard not to laugh, I applaud her...
"Yay Reni, that song is beautiful!"

With a grin of satisfaction she asks...
"Have YOU ever heard that song before, Mommy?"

"Uh...No Serenity... I can honestly say I have NEVER heard THAT particular song before." :)


Thursday, April 8, 2010

Someone really enjoys Springtime...

Serenity is absolutely LOVIN' this weather! She's really enjoying all the perks that springtime has to offer.... like wearing her pretty flower hair accessories or cool hot pink sunglasses.

Yes.. She loves to wear all her Springtime gear,
But not quite as much as she loves to...


Model them for the camera! :)

Monday, April 5, 2010

Rejoice! Our Savior is ALIVE!

Last weekend Tom and I attended some young Christian workshops with our youth group. We heard several inspiring messages. During a special sermon on Sunday morning, the speaker portrayed himself as the roman man who built the very cross Jesus was crucified on. As he built this cross, he talked about this man everyone called the son of God. He argued with himself about why he should or should not believe the accusations about Jesus. Then at the end of the presentation he made a very powerful statement. He said..."If this is true. If Jesus really is the son of God. If He really was sent to save this entire world. If He really is dying for all of our sins. Then even I... yes even I... have Hope!"
So often we hear people say... God could never forgive me. I'm a terrible person. No one could ever forgive ALL the things I've done! Satan often uses this lie to keep people in bondage. Who are we to say, we can't be forgiven? We think we can keep God in a little box. There isn't a box big enough to contain God's love. The love of God is powerful enough to cover ALL sin.
Jesus was persecuted, ridiculed. He was beaten, tortured, spit upon. He was cut, slashed, stabbed. Our minds can not even comprehend the pain He endured. Only the Son of God could sustain such brutality. Yet, after everything they did to Him. What did He say? Did He say.. Curse them Father? Did He say... Don't bother with them, for they're far too gone? No! What did He say? He said..."Forgive them Father! For they know not what they do!" Time and time again they spit in His face. They cursed Him. They beat Him. Yet He said..."Forgive them Father! For they know not what they do." If Jesus had enough love to forgive the very soldiers who tortured Him. Then who are we to say, our sins are far too great for His forgiveness?
No man knows the extend of His love! He was born for a purpose. He died for a reason. He was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: was chastised for our peace, beaten for our healing. He DIED so that we might LIVE!
As the Son of God, He had the power to stop them at any given moment. He had all the angels in Heaven at His beckoning. He had all the power of the universe. All He had to do was open His mouth and speak.
Yet Isaiah 53:7 tells us...
He was oppressed and He was afflicted,
Yet He opened not His mouth;
He was led as a lamb to the slaughter,
And as a sheep before its shearers is silent,
He opened not His mouth.
He opened not His mouth. Why?
Simple! 1 John 4:8 tells us that God is Love and John 15:13 says.
There is no greater love than this, to lay down one's life for another.
Jesus LOVED us so much that He was willing to die for all of our imperfections. He was willing to take the place of even the roman soldiers who tortured Him. He was willing to die so that even THEY might live. No one is worthy of His Love! Yet to ALL, it has been freely given. We all are born with the same opportunity. We all have an opportunity for redemption. We all receive it the same way... Through Grace and By Faith. Grace gets us there and Faith makes it happen!
Do you believe Jesus Christ is the Son of God? Do you believe that He died upon a cross for the sins of this world and rose again on the third day? Do you believe that He LIVES today? Are you willing to surrender to His will? Are you willing to lay aside the things of this world for an eternal crown of righteousness?
If so... than YOU have Hope! No matter what you've done... You have Hope.
YES! EVEN YOU HAVE HOPE! Need to know more? Click Here!
The Love of Jesus is waiting with open arms. It's waiting for ALL those who call upon Him. Those who have never known Him... Those who already know Him.... Those who despise Him.... Those who worship Him... Those who need Him... His Love is waiting for ALL those who call upon Him.

For love such as this, Deserves an earnest heartfelt praise. Our Savior Deserves our time in Worship! He DESERVES our undivided attention! He Deserves Hands lifted in Honor of Praise. He deserves hearts filled with thanksgiving! He Deserves our Love in return!

Where ever you are today, I pray you take a moment to reflect on what Love accomplished for YOU! I pray you find a way to worship Him... whether it be by song, by prayer, or just standing still within the midst of His presence. However you choose, may it be earnest, sincere and heartfelt. For He is worthy to be Praised!
Our family offers special praise! We praise Him for ALL that was accomplished... Eternal Salvation, Deliverance, Prosperity, Healing... Oh to be offered Healing! True...There's no greater gift than eternal Salvation, but healing.... Healing is such a very precious gift! We are SOOO very thankful for the stripes Jesus took on the day He suffered and died. We are so very grateful for the pain He endured.

For it was By those Stripes, on THAT day,

Our little Serenity WAS healed!
From our Family to yours,

We pray you had a very blessed Resurrection Day!
Rejoice! For Today Our Savior is ALIVE!


Love,

Friday, April 2, 2010

Your Grace is Enough

I never really understood the meaning of Grace until our journey with Serenity. In an online dictionary it's defined as..."the influence or spirit of God operating in humans to regenerate or strengthen them." But to fully understand, you must experience His grace firsthand.

Just as you must also experience a PICU before you can truly understand it's depressing nature. In that area of a hospital, two large metal doors separate two completely different worlds. On one side, there is normalcy. There are blue skies and butterflies, birthday cakes and laughter. Then in an instant you walk through those large metal doors and everything changes. Skies turn gray, butterflies disappear. Birthday cakes are left untouched and laughter, not only fades, but it ceases to exist. Moments are filled with tears. Helpless cries from desperate mothers fill the air. Expressions begin to vanish. The majority fear to feel anything, for if they feel something, than they are sure to feel pain.

The PICU is a walk into a world of depression and the wonderful dedicated nurses of this unit experience this world on a daily basis. I'm sure if you were to ask one of them, most would admit that they love their job, but they would also admit that they do have their moments... many, many moments, when they long for a better atmosphere. I know this, because those same nurses use to fight over our room assignment. They all wanted to work in our atmosphere. We were the topic of many discussions. My husband was always cracking jokes. Even the most professional staff members couldn't keep a straight face once they entered our room. We were friendly. We were hopeful. We were joyful, because we were confident. We had our fair share of tears, but we had more than our fair share of laughter. Our room stood out to the entire staff. There was something different about us and everyone wanted to be a part of our world. People were drawn to the very thing that gave us our strength. They were drawn to a world where laughter could exist once more. They were drawn to the Spirit of God which surrounded us! They wondered why we were so different. They knew, it wasn't because we cared any less than the other parents. We just had something that they desperately needed, but didn't know how to obtain.
We had God's Grace to carry us through.

About a month ago, I had a dream... My family was driving down a street in our home town. We were enjoying the ride, smiling and having fun. Suddenly a storm hit. The sky became dark and funnel clouds started to form. I called out to my husband who was behind the wheel and insisted that he take us home. He sped up the car... a funnel cloud touched down directly in front of us. He slammed on the brakes. I called out... "Back up, Back up!" He put the car in reverse. A funnel cloud touched down directly behind us. I called out.. "Turn right." Several funnels clouds surrounded us on the right. I called out.."Go left." Both of our hearts sank when three more funnels clouds touch the ground on our left. We were completely surrounded by many powerful tornadoes. There was no where left to go. We were stuck in the midst of a powerful storm. The tornadoes on our left started to grow and quickly began to approach us. I turned around and glanced at my five small children buckled in the backseat. Instinct told me to get everyone out of the car and into a ditch, but in my dream there wasn't enough time. With no other alternative, I told my family to brace themselves. I could see the powerful storm. It was uprooting trees, demolishing houses and everything within it's path. Debris was flying through the air. The storm leveled everything near and it was heading straight for us. I grabbed my husband's hand, closed my eyes and started to pray. Several seconds went by. The tornado should have hit our car. I slowly opened my eyes to see... dirt, trees, dark wind flying all around us. My husband opened his eyes. He looked around, then at me. Both of our mouths dropped in amazement. We are in the very center of a tornado. There was no sound, There was no movement. Our car was completely motionless. It didn't even rock with the wind. The tornado passed to the other side...still no movement... still no sound. My children looked up, and wandered what all the fuss was about. My husband started the car and we drove away.. utterly untouched by the disaster around us.

A thousand may fall at your side, And ten thousand at your right hand; But it shall not come near you. Psalms 91:7


When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they will not over overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be scorched, nor will the flame burn you. For I am the Lord your God, The Holy One of Israel, your Savior.
Isaiah 43: 2-3


I awakened and remembered our journey with Serenity. This is how grace is defined.. In this life there will be storms. There will be LOTS of storms. Storms that seem impossible. Moments that seem hopeless, but as long as we focus our eyes on Jesus, we can weather ANY storm. By the Grace of God, we can come through victorious, dry as a bone, completely untouched and not even feel the wind!

That's the power of His Grace...
No matter what lies within our path.. as long as we place our trust in You oh Lord. Your Grace is MORE than enough!


"Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
Romans 5:1-2


"And He said to me, “My grace is enough for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness...”
2 Corinthians 12:9