Friday, January 28, 2011

Little Child

Matthew 18:2&3 He(Jesus) called a little child to him, and placed the child among them(disciples). And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.

This point was so truly spoken to my heart today. My oldest daughter has been saving her money from the tooth fairy, collecting donations from friends and Daddy with the desire to purchase Bibles for those you don't have one. Today was the first day she was able to buy one and she was thrilled. We walked into Lifeway, picked out a nice Bible, and she went up to the counter with her dollar bills and coins. It was so precious. When we got out to the car we prayed together for the person God had appointed to receive the Bible. I asked Ginny which way we should drive to "find" our gift recipient and we were off. We found a man holding a sign asking for "anything" so Ginny decided to give him the Bible along with a bottle of water and a gift card to McDonald's. I pray I will "become like" her.

Thank you, Lord for Ginny's heart for the lost.

for His glory!

Monday, January 17, 2011

Debt, the way of the world?

Okay, so some of you are definitely going to think my family is crazy but we are about to embark on a new adventure. You see, about two years ago I graduated with a BA in Spanish. That was a pretty exciting time to me since I was was almost 10 years overdue. Most people graduate at 21 but I was at the ripe old age of 30. Well, to make a long story short, we are STILL paying for my schooling. We try to be wise and frugal with our money but we have not been able to pay off this debt and it is weighing heavily on us. My husband and I made the decision (with the permission of my parents) that we would move in with my Mom and Dad for about 6 months so we could hit our debt hard. Brian and I have been listening to Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University CDs which have lit a fire under us to get going on our debt. We pray, with the Lord's blessing, that we will be able to pay off my school loans in six months. As Dave Ramsey says, "Live like no one else so later you can live like no one else!"

My family covets your prayers as we pack, move, live with my parents, try to pay off our debt and look for a new home.

Debt free, here we come!!!!

for His glory!

Measuring up

Have you every set up "rules" for yourself when starting something new and failed to follow them? I did. I quit after I saw that I couldn't keep up with my made up rules or with others who participate in the same activity, blogging. Everyone else seems to write so well. Everyone else seems to write so often. Everyone else seems to have better topics. Everyone else... Over the past few months I have had so many good ideas for a blog entry but have ignored God's call to write them because I feel like a failure. God has used a few things in my life to bring me back to this blogging thing He has called me to. The main thing He used is the Daniel fast. My husband and I are on our 17th day of a 40 day fast (from just a few food groups). God has been AMAZING over these days showing us things from His Word and through prayer. God showed me through His Word that He can use anyone. He chose Moses even though he stuttered, He chose Rahab even though she was a harlot, He chose Joshua even though he was really old, and the list goes on.

I am so blessed to serve a God you can use "failures" or those who don't measure up!