Hey Hey! I was thinking how truly amazing God is! I love being able to just trust Him…..about 2 months ago, Richard and I were scheduled to go to Nashville for a Youth Leaders conference. It was planned a long time ago, and I was so excited because some really cool speakers were going to be there, and also some pretty amazing bands! and best of all Richard and I were going to get 3 or 4 days of just being together! I remember calling the church and telling Bobbi (our church Sec) that for some reason I felt like I needed to cancel our trip, and I wasn’t sure why but I kept feeling like God was saying to cancel it. I then called Richard and said I cancelled our trip to Nashville…he said “Why?” and so I told him why and blah blah. Richard said ok I will trust that and we went on about our days….then weeks….then a month…..and then the day that we were suppose to be learning and rocking it out in Nashville….that is the day Janice went to be with Jesus! Its like being at a circus and watching those crazy clowns climb to the top of the cables and in your mind your are thinking ummm do you have a safety net…JESUS is our safety net so to speak……When I experience things like that, its like God reinforces my trust, my faith and proves He has got me! Just this week, after prayer and so on Richard and I both decided that God was not wanting us to take our youth to a conference in Virginia for New Years?????? Part of me is like huh I don’t get it, I want to go…HELLO MY favorite bands are there, my favorite speakers! Clayton King is the real deal! unedited in your face kinda guy! amazing! but something is pulling our hearts… well no not something but GOD is pulling us from there. So many times we let others dictate how we make our decisions, and when people don’t “agree” they usually talk smack but I have learned that God is all I need! Start reading in Matthew and look at every encounter He had with the “religious” the very ones who KNEW the law but lacked the very thing Christ stood for! Richard’s lesson the other night was SO good and has stuck with me! My favorite part was when Jesus ANSWERED SIMON’S THOUGHT! I thought to myself, whoa if someone only knew what I was thinking about them! Jesus called it out:) LOVE IT! Also OUCH I must understand that the other person may not can hear what I am thinking, but JESUS can:<> So tonight its 11:30 and my brother in law and his girlfriend MEGAN B just left my house and they are in love! Rebekah finished her project and it is so good! Gina stayed (for a few cups of coffee of course!) and we had some good spiritual discussions and encouragement sessions…(FREE GIGI) ha:)! Andy and Brad stopped by and they crack me up! Blake and Katherine also visited, and they make me smile:) (Katherine I am praying…. but not out of your life promise! haha)Rachel colored with Ashley and Rob sold my mom some tupperware……My life is crazy and full of people that are in so many different seasons of their lives… but its good:) I smile when I think about my friendships and the people who stand by me no matter what…I think about my sweet husband who validates me daily, lifts me up, loves me always, gives me smooches and hugs right when I need them, encourages me to be passionate about God, and who shows me how to be a TRUE Christ follower. He pushes others to go deeper and the ones who choose not to he loves them equally……I can only hope that one day Rebekah and Rachel grow up to be with husbands just like Richard! I hear so many women say “I wish my husband this, and my husband that”….I want to say “Get behind your husband encourage him, motivate him, pray for him and allow God to rock his world” ! I am praying for you today to see God for who HE TRULY IS, and not who this world and “posers” says He is….I am praying for the girl who is heart broken because she needs her daddy to notice her and she needs her parents to see her and understand she has feelings, and is an outcast among her peers…I am praying for the parents who seek appearance above being real… God I love this season I am in…but I know that change occurs (and is coming) and I know that the next season brings new adventures, new steps, new opportunities to grow, new failures, new heartache but the amazing part is that when I fail, when i fall, when I worship when I love when I cry or when I move or stand still God never leaves me behind, and never throws up His hands and gives up on me! THANK YOU JESUS:) ONLY YOU complete me….ONLY YOU:) well and “Richard had me at Hello” ha:)
UNBOUND MINISTRIES website coming soon! God I trust you:)
John 3:16/17 16 “For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. 17 God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him.”
Luke 7:36 One of the Pharisees asked Jesus to have dinner with him, so Jesus went to his home and sat down to eat. 37 When a certain immoral woman from that city heard he was eating there, she brought a beautiful alabaster jar filled with expensive perfume. 38 Then she knelt behind him at his feet, weeping. Her tears fell on his feet, and she wiped them off with her hair. Then she kept kissing his feet and putting perfume on them. 39 When the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet, he would know what kind of woman is touching him. She’s a sinner!” 40 Then Jesus answered his thoughts. “Simon,” he said to the Pharisee, “I have something to say to you.”
(go read the rest….good stuff!)
STAND OUT! BE DIFFERENT! and if you are then COOL!
Colossians 3:10 Put on your new nature, and be renewed as you learn to know your Creator and become like him. 11 In this new life, it doesn’t matter if you are a Jew or a Gentile, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbaric, uncivilized, slave, or free. Christ is all that matters, and he lives in all of us.
Ephesians 3:20 20 Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.
*My music plug for the week….Tenth Avenue North I bought their CD AMAZING!!!!
www.mattblairmusic.com NEW CD! Matt is one of the most authentic guys I have ever met! His wife is his biggest fan!! God continues to grow them both spiritually and challenges them daily!! His music enables others to look past where they have been, to see how God has a plan to use our brokeness! His music is my favorite…. take that to the bank:)