Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Thursday, December 15, 2011
It’s so daily! There has never been a day over these 8½ years of my son’s life that I didn't have to face disability. It never ends. It’s something I have to face day in, day out, and many times in the middle of the night. It goes with us on every family outing & it invites itself on every family vacation. I may forget about it temporarily, but it won’t let me do that for long. It stares me in the face causing me to acknowledge its presence.
But disability is also a gift to me. Because it’s so daily, I must turn to my Savior constantly. Before disability entered my life, I was a prideful, self-sufficient, “I have my life all in order” type of girl. I had a great childhood, went to good schools, had the best teaching job, & married the man of my dreams, so when I got pregnant I thought that our son would complete this perfect picture. Then February 10, 2003 came. Along with it prematurity, hospital visits, seizures, mental disability, etc. My perfect life was shattered. What a good gift from God! Of course my flesh hates every bit of this chiseling of my selfishness & pride.
But it causes me to have to run to Jesus. Many days I wake up and dread getting out of bed. I lie there and wonder how I've been able to do all that I do for the last 2920+ days of my life. But I get up. Again & Again & Again. God is with me. Holding my hand or should I say carrying me through the day. So this daily-ness of disability leads me down the path to Calvary and at the cross is where I lay my burdens down and my Savior’s sufficient strength restores me to keep living life to the fullest (John 10:10)…Daily.
Friday, November 4, 2011
7.My big girl started "Bible & Ballet". She absolutely enjoys it! Kempton & I are so pleased that the first outside activity that Carysse is involved in is led by a believer that: 1) promotes modesty in dress (they wear long t-shirts & leggings), 2) they start & end class with a prayer & a verse of the day, 3) they only dance to contemporary praise & worship songs.
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Thursday, September 15, 2011
How do you really know if you have the Holy Spirit living inside of your body? How do you know if He lives in you? How can you prove if you are one of His locations, houses, dwelling places, temples...or NOT?
...O the way that you answer this question is the difference between heaven and hell....liberation and the lake of fire.....eternal freedom with Jesus and eternal flames with Satan.... (2 Cor. 13.5)
*8 questions to see if the Holy Spirit is in you..based on what the bible says the Holy Spirit does when He lives in a person who has trusted Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sins?
1) Has the holiness and righteousness of God been revealed to your heart ...and is it continuing to be revealed to your heart?
= This is the inner, heart work of the Holy Spirit! (Jn. 16.8) He is HOLY!
2) Has the filthiness of your own sin been revealed to you in light of God’s holiness bringing about a deep conviction that you deserve the fierce judgment of God...and is it continuing to be revealed?
= This is the inner, heart work of the Holy Spirit! (Jn. 16.8)
3) Have your spiritual eyes been opened to see the irresistible light and beauty of the grace of God in the cross, leading you to trust Jesus for the forgiveness of sins...and are you continuing to trust Christ?
= This is the inner, heart work of the Holy Spirit! (2 Cor. 3.15-18)
4) Have you received a new, regenerate/ born-again heart that now
has new desires, loves, cravings, longings, hungers, thirsts for Christ
and His glory?
= This is the inner, heart work of the Holy Spirit! (Titus 3.5)
5) Do you have a new appetite and understanding of the bible and it’s basic doctrines concerning God, Christ and the gospel?
= This is the inner, heart work of the Holy Spirit! (Jn. 16.13)
6) Do you have a new found love in your heart for Jesus Christ and all people, especially other believers in Christ?
= This is the inner, heart work of the Holy Spirit! (Rom. 5.5)
7) Do you have an intimate prayer relationship with God the Father in the
name of Jesus Christ His Son?
= This is the inner, heart work of the Holy Spirit! (Rom. 8.15)
8) Do you have desires and passion to be a gospel witness of Jesus to the
lost and hell-bound all around you?
= This is the inner, heart work of the Holy Spirit! (Acts 1.8)
*Listen, whether your answer is I know the Holy Spirit is alive in me or I don’t think He is alive in me...either way....let this be your promise and prayer from the Lord Jesus himself in Luke 11.13,
If you, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the Heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask.
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
The theme verse of the retreat was 2 Corinthians 3:17. Kempton unpacked that verse & the surrounding verses and gave lots of helpful insight on this passage. Here are some of the points that he discussed. (Above photo by Amy Mingo)
Friday, August 26, 2011
Thursday, August 11, 2011
Friday, August 5, 2011
Meaning of Kalia: beauty, beloved, tree
We didn't find out our baby's gender before she was born. Even though we thought that we were having a boy throughout my whole pregnancy, we had a girl name just in case. Little did we know that "her" name was going to describe her so well. As we all know, the colors green & brown are associated with trees. So, how fitting it was for the Lord to give us a beautiful, joyful girl with hazel eyes!
Life Blessing: Jeremiah 17:7-8
"Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD,
whose trust is the LORD.
He is like a tree planted by water,
that sends out its roots by the stream,
and does not fear when heat comes,
for its leaves remain green,
and is not anxious in the year of drought,
for it does not cease to bear fruit."
As her daddy & I are longing & hoping that she will belong wholly to the Lord, we constantly pray for her salvation and that she will be a beautiful tree for Jesus and bear much fruit for Him!