Guess what?

Just a quick reminder that no matter what powerful and dark forces are in this world now…..

God Wins.

Stay strong. Pray often.

God wins.

where was your mind this morning?

untitled Every day our families are in a battle.  As mothers of special needs children, we need more than ever to be immersed in the Word of God.

Not only did I have a handicapped son, but I also had four other children, a husband and three dogs to tend!   I know it can be done and it should be done early in the day before the crazy starts to happen.  We, as mothers, need that spiritual closeness with our Savior and we need to make time early before the daily rush begins when the world wakes up.

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Because I have such a passion for you to read God’s Word, I have chosen some scripture for you to feed on.  What helped me to memorize scripture was to write the verse on post-it notes and place them everywhere!  I had scripture on the mirror, the refrigerator, the car visor…wherever I knew that I would be during the day.  This way I could read the verse and plant His Word in my heart.

Need a tip?  Say the verse out loud! Let your children hear you recite the verse and get them involved in memorizing also.  You certainly wouldn’t place your child in your car without a seatbelt, would you?  How can we expect to send our kids out into the world without being equipped and protected by His Word?  Make it a daily practice and you will find you will be able to face your day with a peace that surpasses all understanding.  Don’t we all want that?

Here are a few of my favorite scriptures that have been dear to my heart…

“Finally brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of a good report – if there be any virtue and if there is any praise – think on these things.”  Philippians 4:8 NKJV

“Rejoice in the Lord always, I will say it again: Rejoice!  Let your graciousness be known to everyone.  The Lord is near.  Don’t worry about anything, but in everything, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving; let your requests be made known to God.  And the peace of God, which surpasses every thought, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”  Philippians 4:4-7 NIV

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6 NKJV

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old teachers never die….they just lose their class……

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After being interviewed by the school administration, the prospective teacher said:

“Let me see if I’ve got this right.  You want me to go into that room with all those kids, correct their disruptive behavior, observe them for signs of abuse, monitor their dress habits, censor their T-shirt messages, and instill in them a love for learning.

You want me to check their backpacks for weapons, wage war on drugs and sexually transmitted diseases, and raise their sense of self esteem and personal pride.  You want me to teach them patriotism and good citizenship, sportsmanship and fair play, and how to register to vote, balance a checkbook and apply for a job.

You want me to check their heads for lice, recognize signs of antisocial behavior, and make sure that they all pass their final exams.

You also want me to provide them with an equal education, regardless of their handicaps, and communicate regularly with their parents in English, Spanish or any other language, by letter, telephone, newsletter and reportcard.

You want me to do all this with a piece of chalk, a blackboard, a bulletin board, a few books a big smile and a starting salary that qualifies me for food stamps.

You want me to do all this, and then you tell me……

I CAN’T PRAY?

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say a little prayer…

My sister in law, Alicia, is 42 years old and rocks an extra chromosome.  She is scheduled on Monday, Oct 29, 2012 (tomorrow for those without a calendar) for a hip replacement.  There are many new types of hip replacement surgeries, however, she has osteoporosis and has to have the old-school kind.

It’s always frightening for surgery, and we are pleading for your prayers.  Specifically, for her dad (79 years old and takes care of her by himself, since mom passed away suddenly, four years ago).

She is in a lot of pain with her hip, now……..but we are hoping praying for a successful operation and a speedy recovery!

Please join me in prayer for one of the sweetest people I have the pleasure of knowing!  I will give an update as soon as I know something!  If you would like to leave a comment for her, I will read it to her in the hospital!  I am so thankful for my friends, my blogger friends whom I’ve never met, and for all my Facebook and Twitter fans!  God is good and she is in His Hands!!

Thank you from the bottom of my heart!!

Bathing with the Gaithers, and other blessings…

Oh….stop it.  There wasn’t enough room IN the tub for all of us, so I just listened to them sing on my iPad, while I enjoyed my detox bath. (where is your mind, people?)

Yes, my morning was lovely.  I am so blessed.  I have a husband that works so very hard, so I don’t have to  (insert prayer request for him HERE)

So here is a little snippet of my perfect morning …..  It started around 6 ish, (why start earlier, hmm?)  I kissed my sweetie and shoo’ed him out the door,  grabbed my bible along with my notebook for some much needed quiet time.

I’m studying (for the 2nd time) Kelly Minter’s Lifeway study called, No Other God’s.  Have you seen it?  You can find it here and I HIGHLY recommend it!   I know that idol worship may seem like something from the Old Testament, but anything that takes a higher priority over God (read: job, hobby, Facebook, cell phone..eeek!) is considered an idol.  It is eye opening and you really should get this book.

So, back to the day.  I did my study for the day, had my prayer time and then decided it was time for a Juice!  I went in the garage to get Jack LaLanne…..ok, not the REAL Jack, but his fabulous juicer.  Easy to use and easy to clean!

Carrots, celery, apple and ginger……yummmmy.  Thankfully, when I get my produce home, I immediately grate, separate, chop and bag everything, and this makes it super easy to make a juice!

If I were really smart, I would place the apple, carrots, celery and piece of ginger into it’s own ziploc and label CARROT JUICE.  That’s what I would do if I were really smart……. (insert sound of crickets here)…………..maybe next time.

Once I had my sweet juice, I decided it would be a good time for my detox bath.  I grabbed my Epsom Salts, baking soda, grated ginger and The Gaithers, and headed for the bathroom.  I grew up with southern gospel music and enjoy it so much!  It’s right up there on the list of sweet tea and big hair!  It’s the perfect storm!!!

While the Gaithers were singing, I was relaxing and thanking God for my perfect morning.  He is so good and I am so very blessed!  What a great time and a privilege to thank Him for all my blessings!  This is my meditation!  I don’t need to ommmm…in a yoga class, I can speak directly to the creator of the universe!!  How powerful is that?

Never get so busy that you forget to spend time in His Word and in prayer.  You are denying yourself  the blessing of hearing His voice and feeling His presence.  He has provided everything you need for freedom of burdens, so  STOP.  LOOK. LISTEN.

And have the perfect beginning to a perfect day!!!

why am i still praying?

Throughout history we can see the fingerprint of God.  Sometimes His handiwork is obvious;  remember the parting of the Red Sea?  And other times His work is unnoticeable and behind the scenes.

In Matthew 7:7-8, God tells us to ask, to seek, to knock.  But if God is supreme … then why pray at all?  Why would God allow pain or suffering or the unspeakable to happen?

It is one of the most troublesome questions in all of theology.  But let me say this,  God is eternal, infinite, omniscient, omnipresent, and omnipotent.  We are human.  We are none of those things and can’t be expected to understand all of His ways.

Remember poor Job?  This was a man that lost everything but his wife and his life.  He lost his children, his home, his livestock, his servants and was covered in oozing boils.  Not to mention he had three so-called friends that lectured him on why he was getting what was due.

Finally, God speaks to Job and says what we all need to hear!  (Job 38:1-23)  First He asks Job questions and even emphasizes that HE is in control.  Then He speaks about the sea and its boundaries.  Who else can command the waves to start and stop?  Throughout the next chapters, God continues to speak to Job until finally Job has to say, “Ok…I got it”.

Job 42:1-2, “Then Job answered the Lord, and said, “I know that Thou canst do all things, And that no purpose of Thine can be thwarted.”

The Message says, “Job answered God: “I’m convinced: You can do anything and everything.”

Wow.  God is in control.  He sees the beginning and the end.  He has no limitations.  His plan can mean adversity or prosperity.  Tragedy or joy.  Even when we cannot fully fathom why, He knows.  He understands.  He rules.  He reigns.

His sovereignty should relieve us from our anxiety.  It might not take away all of your questions, but it will take away your fear!  And thankfully, He has freed us from having to explain or figure out what He is doing.  I can say, I don’t know why this happened.   I don’t know why my sweet little child had his handicap.   God knows and I don’t have to explain it.

Our part is to pray fervently, sincerely, and honestly, and bring our deepest concerns to the Lord. God’s part is to listen to our prayers and to graciously answer them in His own time, in His own way, according to His own will.

Joni Eareckson Tada has spent the last 45 years in a wheelchair.  She has inspired millions and had this to say about unanswered prayer:

“God is heaven -bent on making us more like Christ.  He can use anything – be it a broken neck, a broken heart, or a broken home.  Suffering has a way of uncomfortably revealing to us the things inside us that need to be transformed.  When I’m not in pain, I think I’m a very likeable individual.  But when pain continues to squeeze me, it’s like squeezing a lemon!  Out comes this sour attitude, this pessimistic anxiety, this fear of the future.  That’s when I have to realize that these are things God desires to change in me.  I think that what most people are hungry for is assurance that God is listening and that He cares.  We just want to know that He’s involved, that He’s compassionate.  What we need to know the most is Jesus Himself is the Answer.”

Don’t give up.  Continue to seek His Will and read His Word.  Don’t let your fast paced lifestyle demand so much of your time that you give up your intimacy with God.  Time spent in His Word will reap eternal benefits.

Trust.  Wait.  Pray. He loves you so very much…