Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Understood by Jesus

Hebrews 4:14-15

Whenever disaster happens in your friends' lives, it is natural to try to comfort them in any way you can. But how many times do you feel as if you've said the wrong thing? Sometimes expressions of consolation create even more pain. For example, the well-intended words "I understand" feel empty if the speaker has never actually experienced the situation. 

Yet we all long to feel understood. And it helps to know individuals who have endured circumstances similar to ours. Today's passage reassures us that Jesus truly understands because He experienced struggles like ours. 

The writer of Hebrews refers to Jesus as our High Priest. Each year the man who was chose to serve in capacity would enter the Holy of Holies and there, in God's presence, offer a sacrifice for sin (Lev. 16). The priest was the Jewish people's bridge to God. Christ no only took on this role, but He Himself also became the sacrifice when He died on the cross. By doing so and dying in our place, Jesus endured every possible sin. Now He sits at the right hand of the Father in heaven and intercedes on our behalf. 

That in itself is encouraging. But even more than that, we know Jesus truly understands our pain and our weakness. For example, a single parent who has suffered greatly can be assured that Christ also knew betrayal (when Judas turned against Him), loneliness (when Peter denied knowing Him), and depression (when facing separation from His heavenly Father). 

If you feel alone in the hardships you're facing, recall Jesus' trials, hurts, and temptations. You'll find comfort in His understanding. 

- Devotional was found in the IN TOUCH MINISTRIES October daily devotional booklet.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Hardest Choice you have Ever made...

The hardest decision I have ever made was my decision to move to Washington state from Louisiana and then again after my divorce my decisions to stay in Washington.

It was a tough decision to move out of state and move so far away, but it was also one of the best decisions as well. Its never easy to be away from family at all, but I absolutely love it here and living here makes me happy. I love the weather, I love the nature that is all around me and now I have an amazing group of family and friends that I can't imagine my life without.

Washington state is an amazing state and it has so many awesome things to do and see. Thankful that God brought me here and has given me such a great circle of friends and family... :)

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Throwback Thursday

This was an epic picture... Right before this picture was taken Jenn said Super Baby and she stuck her right hand out like Superman did when he flew. I have it on video and it is awesome every time I watch it. This kid makes me laugh all the time and I am blessed to be her momma.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

How to Foster True Friendships!

1 Samuel 18:1-3

We all long to be in genuine relationships. God created us with this need, as we were not meant to live in isolation. 

Our world is so drive by technology that many people today try to ease their loneliness through computer interactions. However, we cannot deny that if a friendship relies solely on social media, it doesn't compare to the human fellowship. But healthy friendships don't just happen. They require intentional effort. 

Last week, in looking to Jonathan and David for a biblical model of godly companions, we saw how mutual respect is vital in a healthy friendship. Now, let's look at two more aspects of their relationship. These men had an emotional love for one another; their hearts were knit together (1 Samuel 18:1). When one man experienced joy or sadness, the other man felt it too. 

They also had genuine devotion to each other, which is a type of commitment that involves giving: To show loyalty, Jonathan gave his friend material items--his robe and weapon. But both of these men selflessly offered more. Jonathan even risked his life and future kingship in order to save David from execution. Notice, too, that Jonathan was often the initiator and the one who gave more. He was a prince, whereas David was a lowly shepherd. Social status shouldn't interfere with cultivating a true friendship. 

We were designed for true companionship based on mutual respect, genuine love, and commitment. This requires time, selfless devotion, and transparency--which means being real, even about our faults. Taking such a risk requires trust, but genuine relationships are well worth the effort. 

- Devotional was found in the IN TOUCH MINISTRIES October daily devotional booklet.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Guitar playing...

My husband has 2 guitars at the house and I love listening to him play when he picks them up! It has been one of my favorite things to listen to the last 5 years.

I am super excited because a certain someone is asking Santa for a guitar for Christmas and I am so excited that I think Santa and I could agree on her getting something like that from the big guy :)

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Building Lasting Friendships

Romans 12:10

How many true friends do you have? At first, a lot of names may come to mind, but the longer you consider the question, the more likely it is that the number will start to dwindle. The reality is, we do not have many genuine friends--the ones who will remain loyal no matter what circumstances arise.

This dependable, intimate closeness is what the Lord wants for us, but it's a rare treasure. The biblical account of David and Jonathan can help us learn how to foster such a relationship (1 Samuel 18-20). Their story demonstrates that genuine friendships are built upon a foundation of mutual respect, love, and authentic commitment. Today, let's explore the first component.

For true companionship, each party must appreciate the other's godly qualities. This starts with an attitude of valuing all people. After all, if Jesus choose to die in their place even before they acknowledged Him as Savior, they must certainly have great worth. But at the same time, the high regard that David and Jonathan had toward one another was greater than mere respect; it revealed admiration for qualities that Scripture commends. These included loyalty to the nation of Israel, courage in battle, and strong faith in God.

Consider the question asked earlier about the people you deem "true friends." Do these individuals exhibit godly attributes that you respect? And do they, in turn, have admiration for the biblical characteristics they see in you?This mutual, scriptural respect is a necessary foundation for genuine and lasting friendship.

- Devotional was found in the IN TOUCH MINISTRIES October daily devotional booklet.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Smells of my childhood...

When I was a kid, there were many smells that I remember...

Cooking... there was always someone cooking. If it wasn't my momma, my grandmother was cooking or baking. My mom and grandmother always had goodies for us to eat growing up. The holiday's were magical with all the baked goods that were made.

BABIES... there were always babies around when I was growing up. Baby lotion was the best smell I can remember with those babies.

I remember the smell of the leaves as we had to rake them and then at my grandfathers house we would pile them up and then jump in them. It was such great memories!

Friday, October 9, 2015

A Brave Hearted Leader

I found this paper in my room when I was cleaning my book shelf area and wanted to share with others before throwing it away.

A Brave Hearted Leader:

  • perseveres in tough times
  • is willing to take a risk
  • can cast a strong vision
  • does what is right even when it's unpopular
Four Steps to Becoming a Brave Hearted Leader:
  • Focus on what God can do, not on what you cannot do. 
  • Embrace your calling. 
  • Surround yourself with other brave leaders. 
  • Move!

If we don't work together, it won't solidify as a team!
God doesn't want you doing it all alone. You are a team!

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Throwback Thursday

Happy happy anniversary to these 2 amazing people. MY Brother and his beautiful bride Heather! I hope that this year blessed you in more ways than you will ever know... Love you both!

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Throwback Thursday

Today's picture if my lovely Aunt Kathy and Uncle Charlie for their anniversary... Their anniversary is in October so I just wanted to wish them the happiest anniverary ever! Love you both and miss you!