The Lord blessed me with a scripture last night, to show me how He will bring me full circle. Christian or not, we all have circumstances or struggles in this life and they are only temporary. It's how we look at our circumstance as to where we will end up when it's all over. You know the saying "this too shall pass". It is soooo true. I was so encouraged by this and I wanted to share a bit and hopefully someone out there would be encouraged too. The first scripture that I have been hanging on to throughout this "circumstance" in my life is found in Romans chapter 5 verses 3 & 4:
And not only that, but we also glory in the tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope.
I was okay that God was using this circumstance to change me and mold me, but He also would give me HOPE. I would wonder when and how. It has been about 2 months since all of this has been going on. Last night this scripture was found and I was so excited! It is found in Hosea chapter 2 verses 14 &15:
Therefore behold, I will allure her, will bring her into the wilderness, and speak comfort to her. I will give her her vinyards from there, and the vally of achor (meaning valley of trouble) as a door of hope; she shall sing there, as in the days of her youth, as in the day when she came up from the land of Egypt.
I have to be in the wilderness for a season so He can change me and bring me back to a place of newness and innocent faith. Back to the day when I was so enthralled by Him and how He brought me out of my "Egypt" or life of sin. He will use this valley of trouble to provide me a DOOR OF HOPE! He is so good to me. I have said this before, and I will say it again. He loves me enough to allow me to experience tribulation/wilderness so that He can bring me closer to Him; closer than ever before. Thank you Lord. I love you too.
Monday, January 19, 2009
Any Idea what this is? Well today is Patrick's 5th birthday "officially". He is now a big 5 years old! So we celebrated and let him pick dinner. He had his own steak and baked potato. We also burnt, I mean roasted marshmallows over a fire. The picture is Alissa's rendition of a smore without the graham cracker.
Sunday, January 18, 2009
To those readers out there that happen to be prayer people. My friend DeeDee is battling cancer. She is a young mother with three precious kids. One of which is brand new. She is going through radiation right now and must be away from her kids for several days. I can't imagine how she must feel. Just when we think we have it bad...Please pray for her and her sweet family.
In case you didn't know, today is Sanctity of Human Life Day. It was put into place by Reagan in the 80's. This pic is of a baby at 8 wks of development. As you can see the baby already has hands and feet. The heart is almost completely developed. He or she is already reactive to their environment; moving around. He or she is a living human. Did you know we are killing these precious babies? What's worse is that we are allowing babies that are even further along developmentally to be put to death without a CHOICE. Where does their freedom of choice come in? Who protects them? Who can put a judgment on life? None but God. We will be ready to put a man to death for abusing an infant. We will be ready to hang a mother for spanking her child. Yet, we sit back and let 4,000 babies die everyday because the mom just doesn't want to deal with it. All I can say is...God forgive us and have mercy because we have sinned so greatly against You.
"So God created people in his own image; God patterned them after himself; male and female he created them." Genesis 1:27
We are not the creator...we are the created. We have no right.
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Hebrew word - Kabod. Worthiness of something; Greatness and splendor; to revere Him; to honor Him.
For by Him all things were created that are in Heaven and that are on Earth, visible or invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through him and FOR HIM. Colossians 1:16
Patrick preached out of Colossians 1 Wednesday night and I must say God spoke to me about my blog. I know this may sound a bit crazy to most folks, but I am created to Glorify my Lord in all things. I want to honor Him with all that is in me. I don't want it to be about me anymore but about Him. I want to honor Him, revere Him, love Him, GLORIFY Him with everything, including this blog. Tonight we started a bible study by Beth Moore, and she made an amazing statement of truth that just struck me. I love it love it love it.
In God's economy, the way up is DOWN.
In order for us to succeed we must humble ourselves becoming less and less so that he may increase. (see John 3:30)
Saturday, January 10, 2009
We celebrated Grace's 6th and Bub's 5th birthday today. The only way to do a pinata properly in Mississippi is with a bat and of course a hunter orange cap as the blindfold! What is really funny is that I didn't even think twice about it. I only realized how funny it was after looking back at the pictures! Whatever works!
Thursday, January 8, 2009
This is a picture of where Jaron's baby bed used to sit. Today marks a very important milestone in the Levine home. We took down the baby bed today :o( Jaron is officially sleeping in the big boy twin bed! We have had a baby bed up at all times for the past six years! Yes, six years! We always had a baby. Those sweet times of little baby hands reaching out for you to pick them up, the coos and sweet noises as they find their voice, the first time you find them standing and peeking over the rail at you, but now I must end the reminiscing. It's time to say: Bye Bye Baby!
Saturday, January 3, 2009
We had one of those Christmas's like you see in a movie. It all started Christmas Eve after Patrick and I had done the stockings and the kids were sound alseep. He asked me to sit down and watch a Christmas movie with him, which was weird considering Patrick goes to bed at 8 o'clock like an old man. When I sat down he had a beautiful box sitting on the coffee table. (Keep in mind we were not supposed to buy gifts for each other this year) When I opened the beautifully wrapped box, it was an amazing diamond ring. It was a ring that I had seen some time ago and said "that would be a nice ten year anniversary ring" (hint hint) Well we just celebrated our 8 year on the 23rd! What a man!! I am so lucky! I was soooo surprised! It is absolutely gorgeous. BUT THAT'S NOT ALL. After we were in bed a bit, we got a HUGE surpise. It was about 11:30pm when we went outside due to some racket and there were about 7 garbage bags out on our front porch. There was a card that said we had been a blessing to other lives and so they wanted to bless us. As we began to open all the bags, there were TONS of presents for our kids individually wrapped and labeled! It was unreal! Not only that but they got all four of our kids a bike! THEN we found presents for me and Patrick. You won't believe what else.....On top of all the kids presents, bikes, and presents for me and Patrick...we got a 2 gift cards! It was unbelievable!!! I had a hard time sleeping that night! Christmas morning, we sat the kids down and explained that someone wanted to bless us and that we should thank God for all the gifts. We prayed together and we read the Christmas story and then we dug in all the gifts! WOW!! I am still in shock about it all. God is so good to us! Thank you to our secret santa out there! We were truly blessed!
I guess it never goes away. Apparently blogging is the thing to do, so with some "peer encouragment" I have decided to do one of my own. Crazy things happen all the time to us and I would always think: "hmm, that would be a great thing to blog!" SOOO I am jumping in to blog those most wonderful, crazy, and sometimes incredibly stupid moments that happen to me being a mother of four! Thank you to those peers who pressured me....