Friday, February 27, 2009

Spirit of God

Spirit of God
We cry out for you now
We cry out
Where would we be without you Jesus
Where would we be without you Lord

Sweet Sweet Powerful Spirit of God

I have to recap the incredible services that we had at church last week. The Spirit just came in and moved and worked and it was so REFRESHING!

Sunday Morning was so sweet!! I went into the sancturary and worshipped with the adults. Worship was so sweet. I just couldn't help but pour myself out to God for all His goodness. Especially all of His recent faithfulness with Mr. Wonderful's mom and my mom and what I knew he would do for my Mammaw.
I then went into Children's Church to help PT with a project. Worship in there was so sweet too. I just watched and worshipped from my perch on the floor in the back. The Spirit of God was so sweet in that place. Then at altar time the Spirit moved mightly. I could not even continue working on the project. I just say in the back on the floor and weeped for all God was doing and prayed for those precious children. My heart is to see God move like that EVERY week. To see those children be in the presence of God like that EVERY week. We need that, they need that. It was Beautiful and I know God did a mighty work in hearts and lives. I know that children's lives and hearts were touched by the sweet Spirit of the Lord. It was really wonderful.

Wednesday night was incredible as well. Worship never ended. The Spirit met us in that place and once He begain He did not stop. Call after call. There was a message given to the body and it was beautiful to watch those students respond to God. After that testimonies were given, one by one. It was so moving and so life changing. To see one testimony after the other touch and inspire. Each testimony broke my heart but then it was beautiful to watch as each student turned the bad into teaching and learning and inspiration for others. That is what ministry is all about. That is my heart. That is my life. It was incredible and I wish I never had to leave that atmosphere. The students amazed me and my heart swelled with pride, and broke for them all at the same time. You just never really know the things kids go through these days. But our students are using their testimonies to inspire and reach others. It was Beautiful.

God is so good and I want to feel His Sweet Spirit in my life like that everyday. I want to draw closer to Him. To The One who Loves beyond comprehension. To The One who has shaped my heart to love Him and Ministry and People so.

Tale of the stranded kitty

Outside Kitty

That's her name alright, she lives outside so that's just who she is. She showed up and started hanging around. She is sweet and petitie and loving. My neighbor and I sort of share joint custody of her. Ha. Actually she belongs more to my neighbor because she now feeds her and has taken her inside. I couldn't becuase my kitty Tater is not all about sharing his space. But Mr. Wonderful and I shower her with lots of love when we are chillin on the porch.

Well yesterday Outside Kitty ended up in the pine tree in front of my lil apartment. She was stranded up there ALL day. We tried everything to get her down. Food, calling her, coaching her, calling the fire dept (who never showed up - gee I guess they don't save lil kitties stranded in trees anymore - gggrrr), throwing tennis balls at her (so not my idea and I was not happy about it). Poor baby was up high in that tree literally all day and well into the night.

She evidently fell out of the tree when the wind picked up last night. Poor baby. I hear she has a limp right now but I haven't gotten to see her. I need to hold my sweet Outside Kitty. She had a tramatic experience and I just want to hold her and tell her everything is going to be okay.

Doesn't that just break your heart. I felt so helpless. I hated that I couldn't just scale that tree and rescue my lil kitty.

Tater I am sure taunted her from every window all day. Mean lil man. But maybe he was sending sweet kitty wave of encouragement to her instead. I DOUBT IT!

So NO THANKS to our local Fire Department for their help! Sheesh, is it too much to ask to raise you ladder to save a sweet precious scared kitty.
Here's Sweet lil Outside Kitty...

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Wednesday Randoms

*I kicked bottom in the gym last night!
*My Mammaw is doing incredible after her hip surgery. She was so cute last night when we visited her in the hospital.
*I am ready to see and feel results from the gym in the way my clothes fit.
*I have several letters and notes I want to write but haven't yet.
*I love Children's Church.
*I love JBQ.
*I think people micro manage too much.
*Everything in life is about trusting God. I really believe that. Everything.
*We as humans do not take our hand out of the pot enough. I am so guilty of this.
*I have a dentist apt tomorrow.
*I had fun with my family last night talking and laughing.
*My mom is feeling much better.
*My best friend just touched my heart this week when she told me she would like her son to call Mr. Wonderful and me, Aunt and Uncle. How incredible is that.
*I really want to buy a pair of really cute flats.
*I am out of random things to say.
*This post was pointless maybe.
*I love Jesus.
*Maybe I wasn't done.
*Maybe I am done now.

Have a great day, I will be off tomorrow. See yall on Friday.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

5 Faith Statements

1. God is who He says He is.
2. God can do what He says He can do.
3. I am who God says I am.
4. I can do all things through Christ.
5. God's Word is alive and active in me.

I am recommitting to speak these 5 Faith Statements everyday and find a bracelet to wear to remind me as well. I want my Faith in the Risen King to be stronger than EVER before, even stronger that just before Thailand. I want to increase my Faith and just sink into my Heavenly Father and who He is and who He says I am! I may re-read this book, where these Faith Statements com from, Beth Moore's book Believing God.

Monday, February 23, 2009

God is SO GOOD and Faithful!!

Let me start by saying...


There has been much going on lately and we have been praying diligently and God is faithful. Let me fill you in.

About Two weeks ago we found out that Mr. Wonderful's mom was diagnosed with cancer again they had found about five different spots including her breast and liver. She has survived Breast Cancer twice. This was very difficult news for Mr. Wonderful to get. We immediately being to pray and believe in God and trust Him. The second report was a little better they found fewer spots but were still waiting on tests results and such. This past friday she went back to the doctor and they found only three small spots, all can be treated with medication only. She will need no surgery and no treatments!! Halleuiah THE LORD IS GOOD AND FAITHFUL. We are all excited by the news and I weep everything Mr. Wonderful shares the good news!!! I am so thankful to God for being so wonderful and faitful to us. He would have been faithful even had this gone otherwise but I am so grateful that He showed Himself mighty in this area. I fully believe that our Heavenly Father answered our prayers and healed Mr. Wonderful's mom. The fact that each report was better and better just shows how awesome God is. He was working and healing and I am so thankful to Him. He get's ALL the Glory for it!!!

Thursday I took my mother to the emergency room. She has had a terrible pain in her side and back and was having trouble breathing. My mother has a high tolerance for pain so when she called in tears and ready to go to the hospital I knew things were not good. I prayed all the way to her house and God just filled me with the most incredible peace you could ever imagine. That peace stayed with me all day as I comforted and reassured my mother that everything was going to be okay. God said that no matter what He was in control and He was going to take care of everything from my mom's health to the money. I believed that with all my heart and did not doubt. God did just that, mom's diagnosis wasn't at all what it could have been. They suspected a blood clot in her lungs and she suspected was neither. She does have Emphysema and Bronchitis and has pulled a muscled in her back. She is still in a good bit of pain but today when I talked to her she sounded more like herself than she has in weeks. The pain is beginning to be managable and the antibiotics are helping her to feel and breathe better. I think this is what it took to get her to stop smoking. The Doctor said if she quits after 5 years she has the same chance as anyone who doesn't smoke!! God knows exactly what it takes to get us to do what we need to do. He IS in control and knows best. I was so glad to hear my mom sound so much better today. Halleuigh THE LORD IS GOOD!!

Sunday my Mammaw fell and broke her hip. She is being so strong and brave through all this. I am now praying diligently for her. She will have surgery today. I am praying and believing that the healing will be quick and that she would have the motivation to do the therapy diligently. I am praying that the pain will be minimal and that she will be strong and filled with peace. I am praying that my family will have patience and peace through this process. I am praying for peace that surpasses all understanding. I am praying for strength and believing that God is in control and trusting Him entirely. He is in control and He does know best and He loves so much we cannot even begin to understand really.

God is so Good and so Faithful. He knows what is best for His children.

Thank you Father so much for your Faitfullness and Peace. Thank you for being our Healer, our Comforter, our Peace, and our Strength. I love you Father and I give you all the glory for the amazing things taking place. I love you and trust in you with all my heart. In Jesus name. Amen.

How well do we know each other...

This was Thursdays post but I wasn't able to post (more on that later). This was fun to do.

How well do you know each other.

His answers about me…

1. She's sitting in front of the TV, what is on the screen? Extreme Makeover: Home Edition
2. You're out to eat; what kind of dressing does she get on her salad? French
3. What's one food she doesn't like? Watermelon
4. You go out to eat and have a drink. What does she order? Diet Coke
5. Where did she go to high school? Shelby Country
6. What size shoe does she wear? 7
7. If she was to collect anything, what would it be? journals
8. What is her favorite type of sandwich? Potato chip and mustard
9. What would she eat every day if she could? chocolate
10. What is her favorite cereal? Special K
11. What would she never wear? Gogo Boots
12. What is her favorite sports team? St. Louis Rams (He is so wrong for this - AUBURN is the correct answer - he is in denial)
13. Who did she vote for? McCain
14. Who are her best friends? Me
15. What is something you do that she wishes you wouldn't do? Pick on her
16. What is her heritage? ????
17. You bake her a cake for his birthday; what kind of cake? Chocolate on chocolate
18. Did she play sports in high school? Haha…no
19. What could she spend hours doing? reading
20. What is one unique talent she has? she has a beautiful voice

My answers About Him…
1. He's sitting in front of the TV, what is on the screen? Sports Center

2. You're out to eat; what kind of dressing does he get on his salad? Ranch
3. What's one food he doesn't like? Chocolate
4. You go out to eat and have a drink. What does he order? Sweet Tea – No straw
5. Where did he go to high school? Satsuma
6. What size shoe does he wear? 10
7. If he was to collect anything, what would it be? Alabama Memorabilia
8. What is his favorite type of sandwich? Turkey with Miracle Whip and Cheese
9. What would he eat every day if he could? French Fries
10. What is his favorite cereal? Fruity Pebbles
11. What would he never wear? Anything Auburn
12. What is his favorite sports team? Alabama
13. Who did he vote for? McCain
14. Who are his best friends? Me, Jerrod, His Dad
15. What is something you do that he wishes you wouldn't do? Talk or Cry so much
16. What is his heritage? ???
17. You bake him a cake for his birthday; what kind of cake? Strawberry with Cream Cheese Icing
18. Did he play sports in high school? Soccer
19. What could he spend hours doing? Watching Sports or Reading
20. What is one unique talent he has? Making everyone laugh & Taking my breath away

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

It's a Tuesday.

Tuesday - it's a random Tuesday.

God is good. Life is peaceful. Hope is high. Happiness abounds. Love prevails.

It's a Tuesday.

Nothing special going on. I have a job, I have a relationship with my Savior, I have a family who loves and forgives, I have love for and from a man God created for me, I have a future.

I have the Son shining down on me.

It's just a Tuesday.

Father I love you. I am thankful for you. I Thank you. I seek you, I desire you, I long for you. I worship you. I trust you. I believe in you. I Praise you. I love you. I serve you. I Thank you. In Jesus name. Amen.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Valentine's Day '09

Sweet Sweet Day!

Started the day off at my Parents...I got a sweet Valentine's treat from them in MY bag...they always give the sweetest things and they never pass any holiday without showing us they love us. Thanks guys. I love you. Yall are the best!

Then my brother and I took them out to breakfast at Panera!! We had a great time chatting about whatever ran across our lil minds. The food was good OF COURSE and the tea and coffee too!! Glad we had breakfast together I ejoyed the time together!!!

I then headed home to bake Mr. Wonderful a cake for Valentine's Day. I was nervous but excited to do it. It turned out to be my favorite gift I gave him!!

Here are pictures from my cake baking journey...

I really over did Valentine's Day but it was fun...I didn't get to over do Christmas so I made up for it...
Mr. Wonderful got:
*Two books (two because they are a series)
*A calendar (it was the calendar I wanted to get him for Christmas but I couldn't find it so when I found it I had to get it)
*A homemade cake (because it was from the heart and he had mentioned homemade cakes not too long ago - it was my favorite gift to give him - I love spending the time baking it for him!)
*His favorite candy bar (just because it's his favorite)
And I wrapped it all in some cute paper I have been dying to use forever...

Mr. Wonderful planned a reverse date...
1) Cold Stone Creamery - Our favorite Icre Cream place for our favorite ice cream
2) Taken - Movie (we actually snuck our ice cream into the movie in my purse)
3) BoneFish/Superior Grill - Dinner (our restaraunt was PACKED and the wait was 2 hours so we went to another place that was super yummy and I had been craving)
4) Gift - My favorite - Dove Chocolate! It doesn't get much better than that.
* Note Mr. Wonderful was sick and took me out anyway. The lil stinker said he was feeling fine but indeed he was not. How sweet is he.
* We ran into my parents at the movies they were double dating with a couple of friends. They were all the cutest! It was fun to see them there and chat with them for a minute. They had actually already eaten at BoneFish. So fun that we were doing some of the same things they did.
It was a very sweet evening. Very thoughtful. Mr. Wonderful even reminded me to take pictures together when I forgot (Gasp how did that happen). That was so sweet because he hates to take pictures and he was sick. What a sweet sweet man God blessed me with!! He was so sweet and thoughtful the whole evening!!
Here we are at the end of our sweet evening...

Thank you Father for a perfect Valentine's Day. i only wish I could have gotten a little treat over to mom, but time did not permit. Thank you Father for my wonderful family and for Mr. Wonderful. Jesus you are still my favorite Valentine!! In Jesus name. Amen.

Heartsong Banquet '09

My lovely table co-host(my Mom) and me...
My Neesie and me...

My future sister in law and me...

Mom and my table...We made the place mats, napkins, and pillow...the pillows were the gifts to our lovely was a simple and elegant table I think...

Other tables...they were all so unique and wonderful...I loved them all...

I loved love loved the one below...loved the plates and gorgeous...

The incredible men of our church served us dinner and parked our cars...they are amazing...Mr. Wonderful IS indeed in this picture...but he managed to hide from my camera in every picture I got...but he did an amazing job serving and I was so proud to have him heart was just so full...such a proud girlfriend I am!

I could kick myself for not getting more pictrues. It was a busy night. The speaker was so Wonderful!! She was fun and real and the message she shared was great! I really am upset that I did not get a picture of her and her beautiful art work. She is so creative and amazing. She sings beautifully, speaks amazingly, and paints incredibly. She was a real blessing!!! I loved her!!

Friday, February 13, 2009

Valentine's Day Weekend

~This will be the first Valentine's Day in 7 years that Jesus isn't my only Valentine.

~I could not be more excited by that...excited that I had Jesus as my Valentine for 7 years and my brothers and my dad and loved it. I didn't feel bitter or discontented. I just felt loved and okay.

~I could not be more excited that I have Mr. Wonderful for Valentine's this year either. Because it is God's timing an not my own. And because I know this is God's choosing and not my own.

~I am excited about the Heartsong Banquet tonight and the speaker, to see all the tables, to have my future sister in law there, to have my mom as a memeber of the church instead of just a visitor at the banquet, to see her pouring her heart into this.

~I can't wait to have breakfast with my parents and my brother Saturday morning for Valentine's Day! I really can't wait!

~I can't wait go out on an actual date this year for Valentine's Day with the man that is Beyond my dreams. The man that my Heavenly Father created just for me. The man that God blessed me with. The man that I will spend the rest of my life with.

~I knew that the next person I dated would be the one I spent the rest of my life with.

~That's why I didn't just date, I did't want to just date, anyone can get a date, it wasn't about instant gratification for me. It was about waiting for God's plan, waiting for The One God had planned for me and waiting for His timing. I can't believe that its all finally here!

~I am excited about what I have for Mr. Wonderful for Valentine's Day! Now I just have to find time to get it all together.

~This really is going to be a VERY busy weekend!

~I think there is lots and lots of work to be done.

Happy Valentine's Day to you all!!

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Random things...

*I have lost 4lbs since joing the gym a little over a week ago!!

*Still have yet to add weight training to our work outs. Maybe next week.

*Won't get back to the gym until Sunday, the rest of the week is super busy!

*God has brought one specific verse to my attention several different times from several different people. I am meditating on it. Proverbs 3:5-6 "Trust in the Lord with all your heard and lean not on your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your path."

*I have procrastinated on sending my brother a package and now he's coming home but I don't want to just give it to him. I have got to get it together and get it sent to him next week.

*I would love to get a manicure.

*I would love to start tanning already.

*I still like going to the gym!

*I can't wait to see what Valentine's Day holds this year. I haven't been in a relationship on Valentine's Day in over 7 years. Exciting!

*We have a beautiful banquet at the church this weekend and I cannot wait to see everyone's tables decorated. I can't wait to see mom and my table all put together too.

*God is SO Faithful.

*I have several appointments that I need to make.

*I am in love.

*I lost 4lbs!!!

*I love my kitty!

*I love my family!!! So much!!

*I think the past weekend will be one I never forget.

*God is who He says He is and He can do what He says He can do.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Weekend Review...

It was a very busy weekend with some fun events. I did snap over a hundred pictures this weekend. Don't worry I will not post them all just some highlights. (Blogger annoys me when posting pictures - anyone else????)

Lady in Waiting Banquet...

The whole gorgeous group...

Crazy Beautiful girls...

Ok this picture makes me so emotional...these are the girls I have gotten the priveledge to teach since they were in 3rd grade...Most of them are in High School now...oh wow...sniff sniff...So Beautiful...What an honor it is to get to be a part of their lives!!!

I am so proud of them that it brings tears to my eyes...yes I am crying in this picture...Incredible Girls...I love them all with my whole heart!!!

Neesie & me...looking snazzy...I am so glad Neesie and Dad were there...It made the night complete!!

Dad and was so sweet when he first saw me and told me how beautiful I looked...what a Great Dad!!!

Dad presented this lovely young lady with her purity ring as her dad could not be touched my heart so much...I was so proud of them both...Dad for being there in such a way for her...and her for persevering and making the commitment...AH...Incredible...I loved it!!!!

I did convince Mr. Wonderful to take some pictures with me...He's such a here we are all dressed up for the Banquet...He and the guys did an Awesome job of serving and taking care of all the lovely ladies and their parents...Mr. Wonderful looks so Handsome!!!

Middle School Mania...Crazy Hair night...

The Crazy Hair Group... All around Craziness...
Look at my crazy hair...Oh my goodness...
A crazy face for a crazy hair side shot...I know right!...

My Crazy Hair dresser and her Crazy Hair...Sweet right!!!...

That's one Crazy Faux Hawk sp?...
A Crazy Side Pony Tail...
That is one Crazy Fro...
That is come Crazy Big Hair...

That is one awesome Crazy Cone head...

Along with crazy hair we had crazy games...sadly my camera ran out of batteries early but I got a shot of one crazy game...the cracker whistle eat a cracker and see how quickly you can should try it...

Shove the cracker in...

Now Whistle...I can't hear it yet...come on...

It's not as easy at it looks...

But it sure is funny...

It was an event filled weekend. I am so proud of all the Beautiful young ladies and had so much fun with the Junior High students!! What a wonderful group of students we have!!! How honored I am to get to spend time with these amazing students!! So honored!!

Thank you Jesus for each and every opportunity!!