Lord Empty Me of Me So I Can Be Filled With You

I love the song by Chris Sligh titled “Empty Me”…the beginning of the chorus is what particularly sticks out to me….

“Empty me
Of the selfishness inside
Every vain ambition
And the poison of my pride…”

Pride…how many times have I seen that word in the past 4-5 months?  Too many to count.

Back in June, when I went on a Journey to the Heart, God convicted me of a very prideful heart, and again when I was at the WIT conference back in August. 

After I got back from the WIT conference, I was asked what I had learned and when I answered that I really began to realize that I had a prideful heart, especially in the area of serving others.

The next question I was asked was “Now that you realize it, what are you going to do about it?”  I replied that unless I could serve from a true servants heart, and not for prideful reasons, I wouldn’t serve.

That hasn’t been hard until just recently, when a ministry opportunity came up and I thought God wanted me to do it, but I hadn’t gotten a perfectly clear answer on it.  Doors were opening and I was getting excited, thinking the answer was yes, but God has other plans, and started shutting doors. 

As I would read my Bible and pray, Pride kept coming to mind, but I thought ‘I’m not being prideful about this, I want to go to serve.’  But last Sunday, during church, I was really confused and still searching for an answer as to whether or not God really wanted me to do this.  I opened up my Bible and the first verse to catch my eye was a verse on pride (I believe it was Proverbs 29:23 – “A man’s pride will bring him low: but honour shall uphold the humble in spirit.” )

I knew then that the answer was no, that, because deep down in my heart, I had prideful reasons for wanting to go.  Yes, I wanted to go serve, but at the same time I kept thinking ‘people will really be able to see what a servants heart I have’,  and ‘think of all the stories I would have of how I helped others’.  Yes…I really thought that…I hate even writing it, but it’s true.

So I am praying that God will change my heart from a Prideful heart to a Humble heart. 

It will not be an easy road, or a ‘quick fix’, but with God nothing is impossible 🙂 

 

25 years…

Tomorrow (October 25th) is mom and dad’s 25th wedding anniversary!  So, I thought I would post some pictures for you all to enjoy…and maybe get a chuckle out of 🙂

Happy 25th Anniversary Dad & Mom!!! 

Step-By-Step Photo Tutorial For Jean Skirts

Some of you have really enjoyed the post I shared about making a skirt from a pair of jeans, so, I’ve decided to do a photo tutorial for those of you who want to make your own.  Making it this way, all of the edges will be frayed…I just don’t like taking the time to fold the edges over, but if you want a clean edge, try and work with it a little and see what you can come up with 🙂

Also, check out this blog (which is AMAZING!)…she also gives ideas on making skirts…and a lot of other amazing sewinhg projects 🙂  http://simplejoycrafting.blogspot.com/search/label/jean%20skirt

If you have any questions, please, feel free to ask 🙂

Click on a picture to enlarge it 🙂

Another Gift…and again I didn’t even ask…

As most of you know, I do quite a bit of sewing…especially lately with making skirts from jeans – not only for myself, but for friends from church now too 🙂 

My thread ‘collection’ consisted only of a few neutral colors, and I was starting to run a little low.  I wasn’t too worried about it though.

Well…earlier this week (Tuesday), I was given a BUNCH of sewing stuff from a friend (one I had made a skirt for) and what do you think was in there?! 

Oodles and oodles of THREAD!!  And they weren’t all neutral colors either…there’s everything from white to bright greens and pinks!  I even mentioned to mom as I was sorting through all the boxes, that the only color I didn’t have in my collection was purple – a color from some odd, unknown reason I wanted to add to my collection…and about a minute later, what do you think I came across?! 

Not only one, but 7 spools of purple thread in different shades!!!

It’s so amazing how God provided me with about 130 (yes, that’s right 130!) spools of thread, and again…I didn’t even ask Him for it.  That’s the 3rd time this year He’s given me a gift 🙂 

I serve an AWESOME God!!

“unPLANNED” – BY Abby Johnson

UnPLANNED

I had the chance to read the first chapter in Abby Johnsons book “UnPLANNED” and I’m definitely going to be reading the rest of it.  Abby Johnson is a woman who used to work on staff at an abortion clinic. 

In the first chapter, she tells what it was like to see her first Ultrasound Preemptive Abortion after working at the clinic for 8 years, and what she felt as she watched the ultrasound screen as the abortion was taking place. 

(If you’d like to read it, click here: http://files.tyndale.com/thpdata/FirstChapters/978-1-4143-3939-9.pdf )

 Needless to say, I was horrified at what she described and how the doctor and nurse were handling the situation.  I’ve always been against abortion, but when I read what actually took place during that type of abortion, it makes me want to do everything I can to put a stop to it!  It’s wrong!  I don’t care what the ‘circumstances’ or ‘excuses’ are…it’s murder, plain and simple. 

I recently watched 2 movies with the topic of abortion, “180” – a Ray Comfort film that I HIGHLY recommend and you can watch it here: http://www.180movie.com/ and  “Sarah’s Choice” – which I also recommend.    

Now, who will take a stand with me against abortion? 

“I’ve noticed that everybody that is for abortion has already been born”  – Ronald Reagan

3D Ultrasound of 6 week baby (aka - embryo)

Too Busy to Know God?

I read this in today’s “Our Daily Bread” and thought it was really good and wanted to share it with you all 🙂

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She had a sister called Mary, who also sat at Jesus’ feet and heard His word. —Luke 10:39

One day when I was waiting to board a plane, a stranger who had overheard me mention that I was a chaplain began to describe to me his life before he met Christ. He said it was marked by “sin and self-absorption. Then I met Jesus.”

I listened with interest to a list of changes he had made to his life and good deeds he had done. But because everything he told me was about his busyness for God and not his fellowship with God, I wasn’t surprised when he added, “Frankly, chaplain, I thought I’d feel better about myself by now.”

I think the New Testament character Martha would have understood that stranger’s observation. Having invited Jesus to be a guest at her home, she set about doing what she thought were the important things. But this meant she couldn’t focus on Jesus. Because Mary wasn’t helping, Martha felt justified asking Jesus to chide her. It’s a mistake many of us make: We’re so busy doing good that we don’t spend time getting to know God better.

My advice to my new airplane friend came from the core of Jesus’ words to Martha in Luke 10:41-42. I said to him: “Slow down and invest yourself in knowing God; let His Word reveal Himself to you.” If we’re too busy to spend time with God, we’re simply too busy. —Randy Kilgore

Savior, let me walk beside Thee,
Let me feel my hand in Thine;
Let me know the joy of walking
In Thy strength and not in mine. —Sidebotham

Our heavenly Father longs to spend time with His children.

Update on Trent Family

An update from Dan Trent on how his wife, Kiyomi, is doing!

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Kiyomi arrived home Monday night. The children were all together with us on Tuesday. It has been a busy week trying to get everything in balance but it is good to be home.

 Kiyomi had her surgeries (2) and went very well. The first procedure was to put the sensor bars on the left and right side of the brain. By the end of the week we discovered that the seizures were coming from the left side.

This was big news because we thought they were coming from the right side. Doctor Kanner told us we should expect Kiyomi to have a difficult time speaking English and possibly not able to speak English at all as well as having motor skill problems.

 The second procedure was to remove an area of the hippocampus on the left side. When I got to visit her, the Doctor was smiling and told me we had a great outcome as she spoke English and her native Japanese just fine. She is having short term memory issues but that was a problem before the operations.

We have about two months of physical therapy and about a year of medications adjustments and testing. Even with all that is ahead we can see the prayers from our friends and God’s hand in all of this and that has made this journey so much more positive.

 Thank you to everyone that has stood for our family in prayer.