my time…His time…

I love my morning walks!  (Ok, I also love that I can finally DO my morning walks)  The sun starts to peek in my windows around 5am, and I lay there for about 20 minutes thinking that maybe today I should just sleep in…..but finally I give in and decide to git ‘r done.  I brush my teeth, grab my visor and my Timex, and head out the door.

This is my hour with God. I begin by putting on the armor of God…(Ephesians 6:11) to protect my mind and my heart.  Then I start with about 15 minutes of being thankful.  I thank God for EVERYthing!  My family, my friends, my city, my country….oh, the list goes on and on.  Then I move onto the next 45 minutes and pray for EVERYone that my little pea brain can remember and cover them with prayer.  Its a beautiful walk through the Arizona Biltmore and on the canal and I am so very fortunate to have a relatively safe place in which to walk and pray.

The last few minutes of my walk I recite scripture verses that I have memorized.  Boy do those come in handy!!  I remember hearing a man use every curse word available to him during a screaming match with a co-worker and I thought of  Matthew 12:34, where Jesus says, “..out of the overflow of the heart; the mouth speaks.”  Eeek!  His heart was filled with such hate and evil!  I’ve also been afraid before a surgery and remembered Philippians 4:6-7, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything with prayer and petitions, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.  And the peace of God, which surpasses ALL understanding, will guard your hearts and mind in Christ Jesus.”  It has a calming effect on me and I love to memorize His word.

I believe that it is so very important to spend time with God and in His Word.  It has carried through so many storms!  And His Word never changes and is still as important today as it was back when it was written.

prayer warriors…

I believe that the most powerful thing we can do for anyone is pray for them.  It can be done anywhere at anytime. We cannot fight the christian battle in our own power.  We must pray continually.

Without God’s peace, we will not win the spiritual battle.  We, as christians, are to have a ministry of peace to people who are afraid and we are to be armed with His Word.  I also believe that the Word of God is the most dreaded tool used to fight the enemy and we are to use our weapon which is the Bible.

People today don’t want to believe in the devil anymore.  Even people who say they are Christians don’t  believe in the reality of Satan.  But the Bible says that he is alive and well on planet earth destroying the work of Christ wherever he can.  

Ephesians 6:12 says “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.” 

 EEEK!! Aren’t you glad that we can’t see these wicked demonic forces?  How creepy would that be?  But we shouldn’t be morbidly occupied with the subject of demonism NOR should we live in FEAR of demons.  We have the armor of God!  Ephesians 6:13-17 tells us to put on the armor of God.  The belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, the shoes of peace, the shield of faith, the helmet of salvation and the sword of the spirit.

I enjoy walking and praying at the same time.  I love getting outside and seeing all the beauty that is around me and it makes me start off my time praising Him for His creation!  Plus it helps to keep me on my toes and not to ‘wander off’ while I’m praying.  Can you imagine if you are talking to a friend and then you just wander off during the middle of a conversation?  Well, I imagine that that is what God has felt like in many of my prayers.  I’m awesome at falling asleep in the middle of my “conversation” with Him.  In fact I am probably a pro.  But……then again… sweet is it to fall asleep talking to Jesus?  Hmm?

I am not skilled in many areas….but I do know how to talk to my God.  I know that He hears me and He loves me and wants the best for His children.  You might be discouraged about your own prayer life but I believe that Satan likes to convince you that you’ve blown it and you should just stop praying.  But I say, PERSEVERE!  Start today and survive out there on that battlefield!!!!

a day at the zoo…

Today I thought it would be a good day to go to the zoo with two adorable girls…..they agreed.  We got in my car and zoomed away…

Why, yes!  It does seem as though SOME

ONE got into the magi markers and tattooed their legs…….and painted their big toe black……(sigh)

The FIRST matter of business is GET THE DOUBLE STROLLER with mega restraints.  Although those are Houdini girls so restraints mean nothing to them…..they are quite crafty….

We saw all kinds of animals, birds and even a peacock was strolling around our picnic table!!  I wish, wish, wish I could have been quicker on the draw when the duck waddled up to Sofia and snatched a cracker right out of her hand….WHERE WAS MY CAMERA?  She screamed bloody murder and so picnic time was SO over.

So let’s go to the petting zoo so we can pick up some nasty, goat disease….Paloma didn’t have the nerve to actually ‘touch’ one of the goats but she did a lot of waving.  And then there was SUCH LOUD LAUGHING…….I’m talking Belly laughter!!

It seemed that the goat pooped and Paloma decided it was the funniest thing she had ever seen…..and it probably was.  So she decided to point it out so I could laugh too.

After Sofia milked the fake cow we decided that it would be lovely to put on our bathing suits and play in the water.  Wait.  Let’s clarify…..only TWO of us put on bathing suits and pranced in the water……(I’m not one of them).

By now…Nani is getting reeeeeeally tired.  So before my skin started to feel/look like this…

we decided it would be a good idea to go on home.  It was a fun day and I’m glad that I was able to take them!  They are the little loves of my life and my heart gets bigger each time I am with them!!