Sunday, January 20, 2008

A Blogging Break

I don't know if it is because I'm having a difficult time with Nick being gone, but tonight I realized that I need to take a break from all blogs for awhile. When I feel like I can spend the time on here again, I will.

Friday, January 18, 2008

God is at work

I am seeing God in everything I've been doing these past few days. It's incredible! When I really start to pay attention to the details that He's in, I really feel like my bottom jaw drops.

I've had fun these past few days just reading through other people's blogs. I like to find Him doing great and small things in other people's lives. How encouraging it is tho hear how personal He is with each one of us.

Well, Nick is out of town for 5 days and I usually get scared that it will be a difficult time with me alone with this kiddos for that long. BUT, last night my oldest daughter asked me if I was going to be okay with daddy gone. I said with a Peace from God within, "I think it will be a fine time." It was so cute the way she encouraged me in agreement!!!! So, 4 more days to go!!!!

Monday, January 14, 2008

Return from Vacation

This past week was incredible! It was just what God ordered!!!! Orlando was beautiful! Magic Kingdom was fun! (with no kids) The Marriott World Center was perfect! Being around 4,000 people involved in the ministry of Young Life was encouraging. The various speakers and worship leaders were moving.

But, it was the conversation by the pool with a dear friend (so close to me, she's more like family) of mine that impacted me the most! She expressed her excitement about us being a part of the Young Life family and then asked how I was doing. With tears in my eyes, I explained to her how much I struggle in this job of being an at-home Mom. I'm feeling unhappy and unfulfilled. I feel like I am full of resentment and bitterness.
Her words were simple: Do you call God: "LORD?" Well, of course I do! Then I have no right to myself. I am surrendered to His Lordship!!! This means, when I feel the yuck of the job, I discipline myself to say, "Yes, Lord!"

So, I'm home now and I always struggle with the re-entry back to life from my time away. And, I'm struggling. Can't I be back at the poolside crying about it and feeling charged to come home and fix it instead of actually "doing" it?

Lord, I know well that I cannot DO this job on my own. Help me to see you in the midst of it with me. Keep me from becoming so discouraged and so bitter towards what you have called me to do? I love you and thank you for Loving me.

Monday, January 7, 2008


I felt so prayed for last night during our time presenting our testimonies. It was exhilarating! God was doing it all as we shared all that He has done and is doing in our lives!
Prior to sharing, I thought I was going to pass out because I was so nervous. My dad prayed for me. The church staff prayed for us behind closed doors. You all prayed and I really thought there was no way my heart would stop pounding and my shakes would subside. But, my brilliant husband had the idea for us to sit in comfortable chairs with handheld microphones rather than standing at a podium! That allowed me to settle in and talk openly and freely without jitters! Thanks to all who lifted us up in prayer!
I feel so humbled to be a part of the ministry of Young Life! If any of you are interested in supporting us or would like to receive our newsletters via email. Leave a comment and click the button on the comment box that allows us to email each other!
Now Nick and I are headed to the ASC (All Staff Conference) in Orlando, FL. My dear Mother will be watching our girls this week....if you'd like to pray for her! I'll be in touch after our conference.

Saturday, January 5, 2008

Testimony Time

Tomorrow night, Nick and I will be sharing our personal testimonies of growing in our relationships with the Lord. Then, Nick will take over and talk specifically about his ministry with Young Life. I'm excited about it, but probably more nervous than I know.
Excited because I feel like my testimony is wonderful. I love opportunity to give God the glory He so deserves. However, I'm nervous because I don't do that well in front of large groups. (It's during our Sunday nights service at our church.)
So, say a prayer for us if you would! I'll let you know how it goes.

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

It's time to donate!!!

With the power of encouragement, Ashlyn finally donated her hair to Locks of Love this evening and she is thrilled about it!!! I think she looks darling with her new do!