Thankful Thursday: Proud to be an American

Dear God,

Thank you for allowing me to live in a country where my religious freedoms are not only allowed, but celebrated. I pray today for all those in other nations who are not so fortunate. Others live in places where pronouncing you are a Christian could lead to execution. I pray for all those who persecute Christians, or any other religion, to put their faith in Jesus Christ. God wishes to have a relationship with each of us that he created in His image.

In His name,

Amen

But I say to you, Love your enemies and

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Ready, set, run!!!!!!!

This past weekend I completed by 7th 1/2 marathon and it may be my last. It was cold, rainy and miserable. By the end of the race there was literally not a dry spot on my body. I was just … Continue reading

Friday Feature: Never stop praying

I want you to meet my new friend, Donna. I want you to meet her because her story is both ordinary and extraordinary. Ordinary in the fact that she’s just like you and me-she prays, she has hope for her future and she is an imperfect child of God. She is also extraordinary and here is why…..

Donna and Scott dated for 2 years before getting married. Donna was raised in a household that regularly attended church and her family was full of preachers and believers. Scott, on the other hand, belonged to a church denomination that believed in Jesus solely as a “good person” from the bible and not at the Lamb of God. Regardless of their religious differences, Scott attended church with Donna through their courtship and well into their married years.

Early on in their marriage, Donna began to pray that her husband’s heart would be opened to the word of God and for him to be baptized. The years passed. They made several moves due to Scott’s job and they had a daughter.

And she prayed for her husband

Donna was diagnosed with cancer. Scott mentioned that he couldn’t believe how well she dealt with the diagnosis. She told him that her faith made it possible. He stopped going to church.

And she prayed for her husband

Tragically, their daughter, who had endured many surgeries and health problems, passed away. Donna felt more alone than ever  and longed for the comforting arms of her husband. He wasn’t there for her. As if losing a child wasn’t enough, Donna discovered that Scott was having an emotional affair with another woman.

And she prayed for her husband

At the breaking point and unable to take anymore emotional pain, Donna filed for divorce. One afternoon while Scott was filling out the divorce papers that he had been served, the dialogue started to open up. They decided to give it one last shot and go to marriage counseling. Scott also returned to church.

And she prayed for her husband

The counseling continued and they finally began to understand each other emotionally and trust began to rebuild in their relationship.

And she prayed for her husband

It was Easter Sunday. Donna and Scott headed to church just like any other Sunday. But it wasn’t any ordinary Sunday. At the end of the service, the pastor made an open invitation for anyone wanting to be baptized to come forward. Scott leaned over to Donna, kissed her cheek, said “I love you” and walked to the front of the church to the baptismal pool. According to Donna, that was the most joyous day in her whole life. Scott is a changed man. Before he leaves for work, he kisses her and tells her that he loves her. He even sends her “I love you” texts. That never happened before.

Donna never gave up praying for her husband; even in the hopeless moments she grasped at her faith and to a loving God. Several times during our conversation Donna mentioned the book “Jesus Calling” and paraphrased a passage from the book: “He uses our situations, both good and bad, as an opportunity to draw us closer to Him” For that, she is thankful.

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Dear friends, if you are feeling discouraged in your marriage, know that God walks with you no matter your circumstance. He’s with you during your tears, fears and failures. He’s with us always. Thank you God for Donna and her willingness to share her sorrows and triumphs in order to encourage others to find the strength to keep praying. There is power in prayer my friends.

A gracious battle of the lid

Seriously, if I sit down on a pee pee covered toilet seat one more time, I’m gonna lose it!

That was the thought that ran through my head this morning as I got my children ready for school. Several minutes before, my 9 year old son had used the same toilet and obviously I had fallen victim to his inability to LIFT THE LID!!!!! I don’t know how many times I have uttered those words “lift the lid before you pee, please. I do not enjoy sitting down to use the restroom and sitting in your pee”. I know there are millions of mothers across the world who have uttered these same words to millions of little boys who continue to leave the lid down when they pee.

Frustrated,  I finished my bathroom business and started to wash my hands whenI had this thought: Is this how God feels about us? Does he shake his head in irritation when we make the same mistake over and over and over again?

I think not. We can sin every minutes of every day and God still extends grace and forgiveness. Sure, he wants us to learn from our sin and sin no more, but he always forgives. God loves us unconditionally-toilet seat up or down.

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-Remember to liveHislove,

Missy

Hoo! Hoo! All aboard….

I just love organization. To me, organization erases stress and that makes me happy :-). I like to have my month, week and days organized. Sometimes I’ll even organize my hours. I am an organization nerd and that is why I love meal train.

Have you ever went to a pot luck and 4 people bring baked beans but no one brings plates to eat the food on?! Gone are the days of such a catastrophe! If you have not heard of meal train (www.mealtrain.com) it could be your new best friend (and no, I am not getting kick-backs from this post. I just love meal train). Meal train allows people to sign in and register for the date and time they would like to bring a meal. The recipient can specify meal preferences and any allergies that may be a restriction. All meals are visible so duplications do not occur. Go ahead, try it. I dare you :-). I triple, double dog dare you.

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Matthew 5:16

In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven

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Serving others and being organized while doing it? Well, let’s just say I’m all over that.

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Here are some ideas of how to use meal train to be a blessing to others:

 *For a friend who has just had a baby

*For a neighbor who has just had surgery

*Meals to be delivered to a funeral home

*Welcoming a new neighbor

*For a family experiencing military deployment

There are countless ways to use meal train to be a blessing to other families. Be a life changer and a difference maker. Use any situation you can in everyday life to demonstrate Jesus’s selfless love. It will benefit your heart as much as the heart of the receiver.

Therefore be imitators of God, as

-Remember to liveHislove,

Missy