Saturday, November 27, 2010

Holiday Spirit

I don't know if it's the typtophan or complete exhaustion from everything else, but this lady cracks me up!

This week I walked over 12 miles! (well, until yesterday....when a blister the size of my pinky toe ripped open and now I can't stand to even think about walking!!!!! UGH! I know I'll be better by Monday..Satan, you can't bring me down!)

Have a great weekend! Enjoy your internet magic...hahaha (or should it be hohoho?!?)

***No, I am not at Target...nor will I be there anytime soon this weekend....but, I am not above giving a list to my crazy, wake up at 3, black friday shopping mother!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Sweatin' To The Spirit

Does anybody remember Sweating to the oldies? Seriously, who could forget?!?

This morning, I found something even better---sweatin to the Spirit! Halfway through my 40 min on the treadmill, when I'm sweating, hurting...wanting to just give up and slow the speed down...something happened....a switch flipped. Like usual, I had music going, but usually we can't get the local Christian station in our bedroom so I've been rocking out to the "classic" rock station. This morning it seemed like at that 15 min mark every song just hit me! There I was crying, singing, sweating....clearing all the junk that I've been holding onto for the last few weeks...really, I'm sure that I looked like more of a freak than Mr. Crazy Hair Short Shorts on those Oldies tapes! (thank God that Jim had taken the boys with on an errand)

organs on the way to dripping springs

One of the songs that got the ball rolling was Casting Crowns' I Will Praise You In This Storm....
I was sure by now, God, you would have reached down and wiped our tears away, stepped in and saved the day, but once again..I say Amen..and it's still raining. As the thunder rolls, I barely hear you whisper through the rain "I am with you". And as your mercy falls, I raise my hands and praise the God who gives and takes away.......I lift my eyes unto the hills, where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth.

I remember meditating a lot on that Psalm while watching the sun rise over these beautiful mountains....My help comes from you matter what...

I'll put the rest of the songs on my playlist. Maybe someone else will be comforted by the reminder that gratitude and praise is the best medicine for a hurting heart!

Have a safe and Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Catching My Breath


I feel like I have so much to say, but no words to say breath has been heart is a pile of goo, ripped out and stomped....

Yet, through it matter what...

God Is In Control.

He is still the same, yesterday, tomorrow and today...He is good even when I'm not really feeling like that.

Jim got word last week that he is a semi finalist for the fire postition. As in the pageant world, unless a finalist cannot fulfill his firemanly duties or if they decide to add more cadets, we're done. I just don't even know what to say. We put all of our hope and trust into God's leading and once again, here we sit. Other opportunities have presented themselves..and God still has given us such a heart for Las Cruces...We Will get there...just probably not as we had expected.

I'm disappointed, crushed, defeated.

But, I am not this devistated person. I am still a daughter of the King, loved beyond measure even in my pain.

God still blesses us, stretches us, teaches us to trust in His Soveriegnty.

I've been struggling with how to write this post.

Am I hurting? Yes.

Will I heal? Without a doubt.

This weekend we were blessed to hear a message from Bishop Mpemba...a pastor from Africa that we are affilliated with. It was life breath, straight to our souls.

God does not give you a dream that He cannot fulfill.

It might not look like how we think it should, but even right this very moment, God is working this for our good.

Thank you for all of your prayers and thoughts through this all....we are completely blessed to have such amazing friends!

Bwana Asifiwe! (Praise the Lord!)

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

He's Leavin On A Jet Plane

...and I know when he's comin back again....

Jim left this morning for Las Cruces. He has an interview tomorrow....nervous? Yes. Trusting in God to do great things? Yes!

I'm sure we won't know anything right away, but I'll update you as soon as we know something.

He goes in at 9 am their time, 10 for us northerners ;) Prayers would be So Appreciated!

Thank You All :) :) :)