Saturday, October 26, 2013

Finding freedom

Last night my church had a women's meeting. The pastor's wife said that she really felt like God was telling her to call a meeting of all the ladies in the church, so even though she was out of her comfort zone and was reluctant, she obeyed.

We snacked, talked, drank coffee, and worshipped before she told us what was on her heart. She said she felt like we needed a "come to Jesus" meeting. She asked each of the elders to pray before coming and to share what was on their hearts. What each one spoke about was so different, yet flowed together perfectly on what we were about to hear and what I needed to hear.

One young lady stood up and shared what was on her heart and she mentioned the word indignation. We looked up the word and the definition said 'a just anger, anger from something that is unfair.' She asked why as a society of women who chase Jesus were we not more indignant to what goes on around us. She called it a righteous anger. We are fully aware of what is right and wrong yet feel powerless to do anything, and that is a lie! Our anger should spur us forward to stand up against what the enemy has planned to harm us. I love that!!

Our pastor's wife asked us to look at Galatians 5:1. It says "It was for freedom that Christ set us free. Stand firm, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by the yoke of slavery." And in verse 13 it says "You were called to be free, but do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; but rather serve one another in love." She then skipped down to verse 17 "For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit..." and then verse 19 "The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissension, factions and envy, drunkenness, orgies, and the like..." She then asked us to look at our homes and see if any of the above areas were present and asked us to get indignant towards the enemy trying to break up families. She then turned to Jeremiah 2. The passage starts out with Isreal as the Bride of Christ, as we are. This passage, and many others in the Bible always refer to Isreal as a "she", but in verse 14 the "she" turned to a "he". She asked us why. No one really had an answer and hers was quite eye opening. She is said the "she" turned to "he" because Isreal lost her identity. And that's why we were there. She feels like the God following woman has lost her identity.

She then made us visualize a straight line with a dot in the center. The dot being promises and how Satans's promises look identical to God's promises; love, prosperity, acceptance, health, etc... But at the center there is a choice to be made; go left or go right. One way leads to death and one way leads to life. Of course, we want life, so we start down that path and the road is narrow and hard, with not too many people on it. The other was is death, but it's wide and easy and lots of people are on it. And all too often we take the easy way, which we know leads to death and destruction. She gave some examples that I thought were so helpful in just the daily struggle to choose life or death and how lies often tempt us to choose death, even when we know better. She said that she had the opportunity to get really jealous last week as a circumstance came up in her marriage. She said she heard God ask, "life or death" She choose life and talked to her husband calmly about her feelings and the husband clarified and reassured her and in the end, her own baggage and lies from the enemy had distorted things that were not even there to begin with. Had she acted out of her fleshly desire of jealousy she said it probably would have caused a fight and a wedge between them. What a practical way to check yourself daily as areas arise that fall into the Galatians 5:19 category to see if you are acting out of the flesh or the Spirit!! Last night there was a huge cross, some nails and hammers, and paper and pens for everyone to write down what area of our lives we needed to nail to the cross for Jesus to free us from so we could return to our true identity.

As I have been put back into the role of wife I have felt that burden for a perfect family creep back in my mind. When it was just me and the boys it seemed easy. I can control myself and because they are were so small I could control them, so I felt like we were in a good place. But now they are older and now there are more children and a husband and unless we are all seeking the Lord, it doesn't run smoothly. And unfortunately, I can only control me in that area! I know all I can do is pray, model and instruct with kindness, but most of the time I feel like I need to 'do something', if that makes sense, and that is not freedom! So I nailed my fleshly desires to the cross in prayer that I will remember who He created me to be and with the freedom that His grace is sufficient when I fall short.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

The month of birthdays!

We have celebrated and celebrated and celebrated this month!! And this week, it was Troy's turn.
He is now 7!  The day I brought him home from the hospital is becoming more and more fuzzy as the years go by, and this year is the first year I have truly thought "where did the time go?"  7 is no longer a baby or toddler or even a little boy, but I blinked and he is now a grown boy.  He is still very quiet and compliant, but he definitely has an adventurous spirit and loves the outdoors.  

1 years old
2 years old

3 years old
4 years old
5 years old

6 years old
7 years old!  His special birthday hat is in storage which I was sad about since it has been a birthday tradition for so long...but we will pick it up on the next birthday!  Happy 7th T-man!  I'm so proud of who you are and I know God has big plans for your life.  I love you!

We all had donuts and gave Troy his presents in the morning before school.

Then he enjoyed cupcakes at school from Judy and Lynette, and Mimi brought him and Kelby McDonald's.

The weekend in between Kelby and Troy's birthdays was their party.  They each invited a few friends and we did pizza rolls, chips, soda, cupcakes and glow sticks!  It was a wild night!

There was even a small game of flag football to watch!
 Teague didn't want to play football so he enjoyed some bike riding and insisted I take his picture, too.

They each had 7 candles + 1 to grow on to blow out.

And opening gifts from everyone is always a hit!
We packed them all in to sleep where we could and they enjoyed a movie with popcorn and all fell asleep before midnight!!  SUCCESS!!  It has been a wild month of birthdays and I hope each one of our October birthday children know how special they are and how much we love them!!

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Look who's 7!

Last week, Kelby turned 7!! We started the morning with donuts and gifts before school!  Both grandmothers, Lynette and Judy, took cupcakes to the first grade classes to celebrate at lunch, and then that evening we headed to the Fair.

Richard grew up going to the rodeo so we had to go see all the festivities at the rodeo along with the exhibits and petting zoo.

Troy really made friends with this baby deer.  It kept coming up to him to eat and then followed him around for a bit.  They were cute.

At the end of the rodeo, all the winners were down on the floor signing autographs, so the boys had to go meet them all.

Happy Birthday, Kelby!  You are growing into an adventurous young man and we hope this year continues bringing fun adventures!!

Friday, October 11, 2013

Happy 14th!

Baylee's birthday was last week so we celebrated a few different times.  That morning we had cinnamon rolls and a few presents and then she chose Texas Roadhouse for dinner, where she rode the saddle while the waiters sang.

On Saturday she had her party.  She had several of her friends over to Richard's parents' house, who graciously hosted all these teens!  There were hot dogs and chips, cupcakes, a candy bar, and a cookie cake.  Plenty of sugar, that's for sure!!

Richard set up several different inflatables that they played on for awhile.

Then we played a game where they had to run down, pick a food off the table to eat completely before running back and tagging the next person in line.  The food table consisted of crackers, bread, grape nuts, a popcicle, a 20 oz soda, a jalapeno, and a stalk of celery.  It was hilarious to watch them try to eat these foods quickly!!

Richard was the mix master!!  LOL!!  Which eventually turned into the kids singing karaoke and then into line dancing!

It was a fun evening where Baylee was surrounded by lots of friends and family who love her!

Happy 14th, Bay...may this year be your best!!