Behold, He makes all things new

Today is a glorious day of celebration! It’s not another anniversary although we are coming up on another great day, it’s not a beloved’s birthday…. NO today is the day I found out that my father is no longer on parole. It may not sound like much but to me its the last piece of the puzzle that signifies a true life transformation! My father has been in and out of prison for most of my life… and he has NEVER been off of parole… most of the times he was busted it was for violating his parole BUT NOT THIS TIME! He has been out for a little over a year which I am very proud of him for. He has two jobs and even a fiancée who adores him. I have spent many nights praying for my father. I’ve prayed that he’d be released and that his life would be different, that for once he’d find a good enough reason (ie us kids) to stay out long enough to see and be apart of the rest of our lives. I prayed that people who had a genuine relationship with the Lord would surround him, and his life would never be the same. And today when he called me to tell me the wonderful news all I could think about was the Lord saying: Behold, I make all things new in Revelation 21:5 KJV and I began to praise the Lord for a true life and heart transformation. It’s a new beginning, one that my father has been waiting 20 some years for.  He really is NOT the man he use to be. He is a new creation in Christ, I fully believe that and I cannot wait for him to come and visit me and my husband in our home some 3,000 miles away because he is FREE from the bondage and can travel wherever he chooses. Thank you Lord for this notable miracle it has NOT gone unnoticed and you are worthy of all of my praise! HALLELUJAH, HALLELUJAH, HALLELUJAH AMEN!!!!

What is God saying to you?

So It’s only been the start of the New Year for about a month and God has already begun speaking to people, me included. So I have a poll I would like you to answer…. if you have a different answer leave it in the comments… thanks I look forward to seeing all of your answers.

Looking out my window

 

a picture of trees at dusk

the view from my window

Looking out my window has become a great pleasure for me these last couple of days. I have been able to sit and watch the snow fall and make everything I see snow-covered mysteries. It was a special delight to catch a squirrel frolicking up and down the tree during the snow fall and its been sweet to see families playing outside with one another while they still have the time to do so.

Even though life seems to be at a stand still within my home at the present moment I know that outside people are captivated by life in motion. There are dreams being made, stories being told, secrets being shared. Life for those outside my window is moving forward; as it should be. And in a matter of what seems like moments my life will continue forward as well. Both between and beyond these walls. God has a plan for me this year. I just know it. Never have I been so ready for a year until now. It is almost like the Lord is telling me this is my time, He has made me for such a time as this… and regardless of how I thought I would act I’m ready! Well I may not be all the way ready but at least I’m not freaking out over all the changes like I normally do. I guess this girl is growing up and realizing that you can’t stop God’s will for people’s lives. No matter what happens as long as it is the will of God nothing else matters.

When I look outside my window I cant help but dream about all the great things the Lord has in store for me this year. What will the faith journey be like this time? Will it be easier, or full of obstacles, will it be full of supporters or will it be raided with those who are against us? Will it be familiar or foreign? I’m sure it will be nothing I expected yet everything I needed and at the end of it all I will be exactly where He wants me to be.

HE is ALL we need!

Yesterday I was doing my devotional and I read Psalm 24 which talked about how everything on earth whether it be the sea, the birds, people, or money are all the Lords. He made everything and everything is His. It went on to talk about how as long as we had a pure heart we could remain on His holy hill within His presence and at the end of the day the Lord has the authority to do what He wants when He wants to do it.

It was so eye-opening I mean I have heard it before but something about hearing it put in such a way made sense. I mean there is no reason to worry about where anything is gonna come from when the Lord “is able to access and allocate whatever is needed whenever it’s needed by re-distributing His funds and transferring His resources from one account to another.” Reading that made my trust grow that much deeper and it made me more confident that my prayers will continue to be answered as long as my heart remains pure…

Needless to say I am writing this particular blog as a praise report because the Lord has in fact provided for us… right on time when we didn’t know where the money was gonna come from to pay our bills it showed up by way of a check that my husband had been waiting for… now we have more than enough and It’s all because of God’s grace and He deserves all the glory! He has also provided my best friend with a job that she loves and needed to help support her family. His love is real, you just gotta be willing to receive it.

Thank you Jesus for your continued provision. Thank you for always being right on time. May you be glorified today and everyday for all that you do in our lives and may we forever dwell in your presence upon your holy hill. In Jesus’ Name Amen!

The quote that I used came from the Active Word Daily Devotional on www.youversion.com

 

You wont win cold sore!

What is it about a cold sore that has the power by its mere appearance to steal the persons dignity and beauty? I have no idea but I’ll tell you one thing I will no longer be holding my head down in shame over something as minute as a cold sore upon my lip. I’ve battled with it all day since I saw it this morning. It came like a thief in the night with no warning… I thought I was just imagining things this morning but I still applied some medication in the hopes that I wouldn’t need it however by the time I got home from work it was no use the cold sore was big, blotchy, and red demanding my attention as well as everyone to look at it. Now I could just be a little paranoid that everyone is looking at it instead of my face but I doubt it.

Throughout this battle today I have heard the still small voice of my Lord telling me that I am STILL beautiful! He has been telling me not to let the enemy lie to me or steal my joy. He has been my constant encourager when all I could see was my cold sore and not the rest of my face or my blessed life for that matter. His love is real and it doesn’t matter what you look like or even how you feel about yourself. So to you Mr. cold sore, I will not allow you to devalue me with your presence because My God is bigger and better than you! Booyah!

Can I hold your hand?

That’s how it all began for me and my William three years ago today! We went out to our favorite place O’Charley’s after an evening service at our church and we began talking.  We talked about our futures, what we saw God doing in us and where we would like to be in the next couple of years. We then proceeded to reveal that we each had feelings for one another but wanted to pursue the relationship when the time was right, (he was due to leave for Bolivia, South America two weeks later) well needless to say before the night was over so was our friendship…  because we sat across from the table holding hands knowing that things would never quite be the same innocent thing that it once was. Instead it would be this awesome journey that the Lord was taking us on. That night 3 years ago we decided that we wanted to date with the pursuit of marriage… and we did just that. We will be celebrating 2 years around this time next month and I couldn’t be more excited! We’ve done so many things during our 3 years together and I know that we are going to do so much more in the years to come. The Lord brought us together, this we know, so who are we to argue with Him… 3 years and counting I love you babe!

a vase of mixed flowers

the flowers my husband surprised me with today!

 

50th Wedding Anniversary

A couple of days ago I had the immense pleasure to plan a 50th Wedding Anniversary Party for our Pastor’s parents. It was an amazing experience and a really good opportunity for my event planning business: Servant’s Heart Productions. I have done a few events in the past, such as baby showers, bridal showers, birthday parties, and even a wedding but nothing as heart warming as this night was. I didn’t take pictures of the sweet family moments because I wanted them to remain private, however I did take some great pictures of the decor for the night… let me know what you think…