November 19, 2008

emotions vs. faith

depth of my being
grounded in you
never failing
mercy and grace
sun beating down
i know you are there
come fill me up
what do you promise?
i know for sure
to be by my side
never forsaking
suffering may happen
not just to me but
for someone else's greater good
even in times of trial
trusting in you
believing it's of you
knowing you are good
knowing i stand in you
regardless of how it feels

November 13, 2008

children of the world children's choir

I saw these children perform last month at a women's conference. Every time they would sing, I would get goose bumps. The tears would just well up in my eyes and stream down my face. The joy in which they perform for the Lord is just a blessing to me and I hope they are to you too.

If you'd like to learn more about them, click here. There are more videos on that website and also a few more on YouTube, if you are interested.

God bless!

November 10, 2008

birthday time

Just a quick post to say Happy Birthday to my better half!


November 7, 2008


I've spent the last hour reading blogs from the Compassion Bloggers who have traveled to the Dominican Republic this week. I knew that they were going and have been praying for them. Yet I hesitated to read their blogs because I knew they would make me cry. And they did. Because there is so much need there, so much poverty. But I was surprised to see how much hope Compassion gives these children. I saw so many beautiful smiles and loving hugs. It struck me that these are just regular children, looking for love. While it made me sad and happy at the same time, it made me want to shout from the mountains that Jesus loves all these little children. It made me uncomfortable with the excess that is our country. It amazes me at how little it takes to make such a big difference.

I'll be honest. I applied to go on this trip to the Dominican. Our family sponsors a little boy there and I was interested to see where he was from. I wasn't picked - it wasn't my time to go. I was disappointed but God has truly revealed some things about my motives in the last few weeks. I understand it so much better now. I wanted to go for me. And the truth of the matter is, I have to want to go for them. Because it is all about them. About showering them with the hope and love of Jesus Christ. Sometimes that's all these children and their families have.

I know there are skeptics out there who wonder if the money really goes where it says it will and if the children really benefit. Trips like the one to the Dominican prove to me that it's all as Compassion says it is. But more than that, I challenge you to place it in God's hands. Because to me, acting out of fear by doing nothing robs God of the chance to show just how mighty He is.

So, please, go look at the pictures. Go read the blogs. Most of all, cast your fears aside and sponsor a child. Give hope today.

November 5, 2008

the park

feet rustle leaves
rain down from above
trees towering overhead

sea of green
covered in gold
baked in the sun

November 4, 2008

month in pictures

Yes, I know it's been more than a month since I've posted. The words just didn't flow for me there for a while...and now they are so stacked on top of each other that I can't figure out just what to post! I'll start off with some pictures while I figure it out...

Can you tell me who this is? (Anna, you can't guess because you used your photography skills taking the picture!) I went to a Christian Women's Conference and met this lady. Here's a hint: She writes some AWESOME books...
**edited to add: It's Karen Kingsbury.

Baby Girl got the distinct pleasure of cleaning all the seeds and goop out of the pumpkin.

This is Dr. Little Man, our emergency room doctor. Oh, and that's a shaker he made in class. Nothing like a doctor who can keep the beat! :)

This is the picture out my back door. It's actually my neighbor's yard. I love Fall.
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