Sunday, January 31, 2010

Thought for a new week

1 Timothy 6:11
But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness,
godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness.

Monday, January 25, 2010

God's list-not mine

Right now I am reading Elisabeth Elliot's book, Discipline: The Glad Surrender. Today I read a chapter about the discipline of time.

I am a list maker... I need to have goals to accomplish and love checking things off when they're completed! :) haha Often I don't get everything done and that tends to frustrate me sometimes. In fact, one of my new year's resolutions was to give time to people when they asked of me (especially family members). When people ask me to do things while I know I have a whole list of other things that need to be done, I can be annoyed.

This sentence really stood out to me:
"There will be time, depend on it, for everything God wants us to do."

This chapter also talks about God's list for our day. Instead of going to bed and thinking, "Did I get everything on my list accomplished?" I should think, "Did I get everything on God's list for me accomplished today?"

Just a thought.

Have a wonderful day everyone! :)

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Verse of the Year

The last few weeks I've been trying to pick a verse to think about and meditate on for the rest of this year. Of course I am hoping and planning by God's grace to hide lots more verses in my heart in the next 12 months, but I tried to narrow it down to one that could be my main verse for 2010.

I read this in December and had to stop and read it over. After a writing down quite a few wonderful verses and trying to narrow it down to the one the Lord really wanted me to think about, I decided this was it.

Psalm 105:4
Look to the Lord and His strength; seek His face always.

Short, yes, but very challenging.

These last few days I have had a wonderful opportunity to obey this command. (Instead of me explaining it, you can just read the last post.) Yesterday morning I woke up and thought "This is a wonderful opportunity and I'm glad I get to do it, but this is going to be a long day... how am I going to get through 'till tonight?" Then I remembered this verse..... Look to His strength.... I realized that it didn't matter if I was tired, or didn't exactly want to play violin all day, or didn't feel like any more sitting! :) God's strength would be more than enough for me. Sure enough, it was. :) I ended up having a lot of fun yesterday, not being tired, and it seemed a lot shorter than I thought it would be.

God is able to make us strong because of His love and His amazing grace!


Thursday, January 21, 2010

Marissa is in Grand Rapids!

Hey Everyone!
I know how much Marissa LOVES for me to do posts about her.....
haha but I just wanted to say that she got into the All State Honors Orchestra so right now she's down in Grand Rapids and will be coming back and forth at night for three days. :)

Please pray for her safety, that the roads will be good, and that she has a great time!

In Christ,


Friday, January 8, 2010

Black and White [:

My beautiful sister :)

Sing to the LORD, you saints of His; Praise His holy name. -Psalm 30:4

Sethy! :)
He is cute :)

In Christ,

Monday, January 4, 2010

Trying something new.... noodle making!

This was our first try at making noodles, and I have to admit I was pretty surprised that
they actually turned out... and tasted really good!

Elaina is such a good helper. :)

Mom making the dough

Seth! :)

Yummy :)

Sunday, January 3, 2010

This is Our God

Here is the lyrics of the first verse of the song This is Our God.
Hope you enjoy it!

Your grace is enough
More than I need

At your word I will believe

I wait for you
Draw near again
Let your spirit make me new

And I will fall at your feet
I will fall at your feet
And I will worship you here

Freely you gave it all for us
Surrendered your life upon that cross
Great is your love
Poured out for all
This is our God

I just love that song so I thought I'd post it for all of you!

In Christ,

Friday, January 1, 2010

Just think..... and Happy New Year!

Just think,
you're here not by chance,
but by God's choosing.
His hand formed you and made you
the person you are.
He compares you to no one else--
you are one of a kind.
You lack nothing
that His grace can't give you.
He has allowed you to be here
at this time in history
to fulfill His special purpose
for this generation.
--Roy Lessin

What a blessing to be able to look back on this year and see God's hand of faithfulness and blessing in our lives. He has been so good to us this year (and every year!) and I am excited to see His plans for my family in 2010.

One of the blessings God gave me in 2009 was getting know and read about all of you through blogger. You have each been such a blessing in my life! Thank you for your wonderful, encouraging posts, comments, etc. I am so thankful for you all! :)

Blessings to you in 2010!