I Am So Blessed :)

There are 4 little girls at church that have a very special place in my heart.  Now don’t get me wrong, I love all the kids at church, dearly, but these 4 are the ones I spend the most time with and I want to use this blog post to tell you a little bit about each of them and how they have touched my life in some special way 🙂

Destiny (Age 7) – This sweet dark haired, dark eyed girl has a heart to serve!  Although she has a lot of energy, she is calm and likes to just sit and talk.  She’s always waiting for me with a hug on Sunday mornings and is eager to help set up the sound system 🙂  By watching her, I have seen what it looks like to have a true servants heart and she has encouraged me so much in that area of my life – even though she may not know it.

Breann (Age6)  – This sweet, spunky, blonde-haired, blue-eyed girl is Destiny’s younger sister.  She, like Destiny, is always waiting with a hug and a willing heart to serve on Sunday morning.  She also is a bundle of energy and has a hard time staying in one place for very long 🙂   In a very good way, she has taught me patience…something I greatly needed!  She may not realize it now, but has greatly impacted my life in so many ways.

Kaydance (Age 6)  – This precious, dark hair, dark eyed girl is a big sister to 4 siblings.  I have watched her help her mama with the younger ones and seen in her also a spirit of wanting to serve.  She enjoys telling me about her week and any exciting thing that may have happened in their family.  One way she has touched my life, is through encouragement…whether it be her encouraging me and her needing the encouragement, she has been a great teacher in that area of my life 🙂

Ayla (age 4) – This red-haired, green-eyed, sweetheart is younger sister to Kaydance.  She is always anxious to give me a hug Sunday morning and tell me what she’s been up to.  She has also been a great teacher in the area of patience 🙂  But, like I said, it’s much needed teaching.  The one thing I really love about her, though, is that she is always smiling…like nothing gets her down!

I love all 4 of these girls so much and don’t know what my life would be like without them.  Yesterday morning was so special…I got hugs, kisses and “I Love You”s from all of them!  I sure am blessed 🙂

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Galatians 2:14b

“…If thou, being a Jew, livest after the manner of Gentiles, and do not as do the Jews, why compellest thou the Gentiles to live as do the Jews?”  Galatians 2:14b  KJV

This verse jumped out at me a few days ago as I was reading through my Bible.  I saw it as God saying to me  “If you, being a Christian, live like a non-Christian, then why do you try to get non-Christians to live as Christians.”

Whether it’s music that I listen to, clothes that I wear, activities that I do, movies I watch, words that I use, etc.  I need to do it all for the Glory of God…even if it’s means I’m different from everyone else.  I don’t need to – and I shouldn’t – just ‘fit in’…I need to stand out…not in a “look at me” way, but as a light in the darkness.

So how about you, are you standing out, or blending in?

My Princess, I Can Do Anything

As some of you know I took my driver’s test yesterday, and did not pass.  Needless to say, I was very disappointed and discouraged.  When we got back home, I picked up my cousins book “His Princess: Love Letters from Your King” and started reading through it, hoping to find some sort of encouragement…I did.

This is what stood out to me as I read:

“…Don’t let past disappointments or fears keep you from asking what you need and believing that My timing is perfect. Keep seeking Me with all your heart and continue to obey all that I say while you wait on Me.  Know that I will always keep My word and fulfill My promises.  Even when the world lets you down, I will lift you up again.  I will be true to you until the end of time and beyond.

    Love,

         Your True King

‘The Lord answered, “I can do anything! Watch and you’ll see My words come true”’  Numbers 11:23 CEV

So even though I may be disappointed and discouraged that I failed the test, God is still there.  He has a plan for my life….and like the book said when the world lets me down, He will lift me up!!

Focus on the Soybeans…not the Milkweed

This morning at church, Mr. Walter shared a story of how, a couple of years ago, he had a soybean field of about 2 million soybeans and how he loved driving by and admiring it.  But there was one thing that kept it from being perfect that really bothered him…a single milkweed sticking up in the middle of the field. He went on to mention how that milkweed plant bothered him so much, that he didn’t really notice the 2 million soybeans.

This got me thinking about a lot that went on this past year.  I keep focusing on 2 things that I didn’t get to do (both mission trips – one to India, one to Ukraine),  but I don’t even think about all the things  I DID get to do and the ways I ministered to people around here.  I had my focus on the “Milkweed” instead of on the “Soybeans”.

I had such an amazing year, I can’t even begin to describe all that went on, and how much I grew in my walk with the Lord!!! This year, 2012, I want to focus on the “soybeans” and trust God knows what He’s doing, where He’s taking me and why He’s putting me there.

May God bless you all in the New Year!!