Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Word Filled Wednesday


Do you display a Christ-like attitude at all times?  Even when you're feeling 'crabby''?  Your attitude is a reflection of Him to those around you...
If it takes me a year-I WILL figure out how to get a picture with a verse on it that will actually fit on my screen!

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Nothin' to Say

I have started this post about 4 times now and haven't found a beginning I am satisfied with yet.  Hhhmmm....what do you say when you have nothing to say?  I know-NOTHING!  Our little family is busy with school, therapy, bible studies, new children's ministry, mission projects, house cleaning/reorganizing (thanks to FLYlady-you really need to check her out if you haven't yet), working, dog-sitting...the list goes on. 

Speaking of dog-sitting, we were asked by our dear friends to watch their chocolate lab while they went on an extended trip.  The hubby didn't realize when he committed exactly how long said trip would be (3 weeks).  Now, don't get me wrong, I love a dog and helping a friend as much as the next gal, but did you see my list above?  We got the dog on Friday and by Saturday afternoon, Cocoa was MIA. 

We let our friends know the dog was missing and suddenly everyone knew, even the preacher.  I'm thinking even a prayer chain was started.  My kids were praying for the dog, even I was praying for it by this time.  She was MIA until Monday evening when the hubby found her down the road barking at the neighbor's chickens (that is like a federal offense in these parts).  God answered our prayers about something so silly as a missing dog. 

Well, it wasn't silly to us, but in the scheme of His ruling the creation and such, it was pretty insignificant.  I love that.  The fact He would take time out of His greatness to answer the prayers of His smallest children!  I have answered my question of what to say when you have nothing to say-start thanking Him and you'll find a blessing to share with others!!

Friday, August 26, 2011

5 Minute Friday

Linking up today with the Gypsy Mama and 5 minute Friday, where you take 5 minutes to write whatever comes to your mind about the topic of:  Older...

  
GO.

Each year that goes by, the boys in my life take one more step to becoming young men.  Time doesn't stand still just because this mama wants it to.  My boys are changing right before my eyes.  They get taller, features become more defined, new skills are learned, new friend are made.

The question becomes, what am I doing as their mama to develop their heart for God?  Are we doing enough?  Are we teaching them as the Lord instructed in Deuteronomy, to inscribe the Word of God on our doorposts?  More than safety and protection in this world, I want my boys to love Jesus with their whole hearts as they grow older.  I will have failed as a mama if this is not accomplished in their young lives.

With each day, hour, minute that passes my charges are one step closer to their eternal home.  I know one of my boys will be making his home with Jesus.  I pray the other two will follow.  What a blessing for us all to grow older, traveling this earthly pilgrimage, knowing we will be together with Him (and each other) in eternity.

STOP.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Thankful Thursday...

'Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.' Colossians 4:2

When is the last time you truly thanked your Father for all the gifts He has given to you?  Even if you don't feel thankful.  Especially when you think there is nothing in your life to be thankful for.  There is always something.  He gave you breath, an amazing earth-suit to travel this planet in, even if your suit succumbs to this sin-filled existence, it is still a remarkable thing.

Do you have a family?  If not an immediate one, a church community perhaps?  We all need someone to walk this life with.  He has blessed most of us, if not all, with community.  If we are not a part of one, I dare to say it is of our own doing.  My family is intertwined with my church family (the ones that live here anyway) and I can't imagine doing life without them.  We are a small unit, but we are intent on loving and serving one another the way He has directed us to.

What are you thankful for today?  I am continuing to count my one thousand gifts today:

#51 new teachers, WEE school friends for our Sam
#52  security of His presence, even when the earth shakes under my feet
#52 finding what was once lost (the dog we are watching for our friends)
#53  community
#54  medication to ease some of our Sam's issues
#55  keeping a shiny sink for one week now (a record at this house)
#56  sweet tea
#57  soccer for my oldest son and a hubby willing to coach a sport he knows NOTHING about
#58  a job where I don't get fired or fussed at when I turn my alarm clock off in the AM
#59  every breath I take in, every step my feet take
#60  His unfailing love for me


Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Word Filled Wednesday

This verse has taken on a whole new meaning for me after the earth rattlin' we got around here yesterday...I felt it bears repeating.  The picture was taken by my very talented mother-in-law in the Blue Ridge Mountains this past weekend.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Earth Shakin'

If you live on the East Coast, undoubtedly you felt the earth move under your feet today.  Some of you may not have, depending on how far out you were from the epicenter of the quake, but I felt it in Anderson, SC.  And I did NOT like it.  I wasn't really sure what I was feeling.  I was sitting in a chair and suddenly had this swaying sensation.  Very slight, but noticeable.  I got up and leaned against the counter, thinking maybe I was getting sick or something.  The thought entered my mind, "Oh my goodness, I think this is an earthquake."  My boss came around the corner and said, "Can you feel that?"  YES!  I could, and thank God I wasn't crazy.

Next, I am ashamed to say, I somewhat panicked.  I knew one of my kids was at school, but the other two were with my mom in the YMCA at swim therapy.  I called her and said, "the earth is shaking, get out of the pool!"  Not my finest moment.  I grabbed my purse, ready to make a mad dash out the back door should the shaking return.  This mama was getting to her kiddos.  Looking back, I am so irritated with myself.  Where was my faith?  How could I let Satan get all over me like that?  I already battle fear with tornado's, tsunamis, but now earthquakes too?  UUGGHHHH!!!

Then, He reminded me, as He always will if we let Him, that He had it all under control.  He knew this would happen today.  He knew how I would react, but He gave me a verse last week to show me He is right here.
Isaiah 54:10:
'Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken, nor my covenant of peace be removed', says the Lord, who has compassion on you.
I can now say I have heard the voice of God.  He knew.  He knew me.  And He blessed me with this verse and the comfort of knowing beyond a shadow of a doubt that He is here.  In the midst of the madness, He is here to take my hand and lead me through.  Not only me, but my family who trusts in Him also.

So, while I am not a big fan of the earth shakin' stuff, I can rest and know that His unfailing love for me will NOT be shaken.  He will remain compassionate to me in all things.  Rest...peace...be still and know He is my God.

Monday, August 22, 2011

My Mess

'For I know the plans I have for you', declares the Lord, 'plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.'  Jeremiah 29:11


A literal mess that was our computer
desk several months ago-now clean!

I love this verse.  I love knowing He has a plan for my mess.  My 'mess' being the crazy life I've made for myself.  We've all done things in our past, and sometimes in our present, that we're not proud of.  Things we wish we could undo.  But thanks be to God, He can make something out of our mess!

Our Monday night Bible study group is starting What Happens When a Woman Says Yes to God by Lysa TerKeurst tonight.  I've peeked at the first week and I noticed she makes reference to her own messes in life.  I've heard her speak on this and she elaborates how He can take our mess and turn it into a message.  I loved this analogy when I first heard it and I'm hoping she talks about it again in session one.  We'll see...

Isn't it comforting to know that no matter how big of a mess we think we've made with our lives, He's got a plan up His sleeve?  From being a habitual liar or to murdering someone-if you give your life to Him, He will turn the mess into something for the Kingdom.  What kind of mess are you dealing with today?  Take some time, search your heart, and then spend some time with your Daddy.  Let Him show you what He can do with the mess.

Friday, August 19, 2011

5 Minute Friday

5 minutes of focused writing on the prompt...NEW




'Therefore, if anyone is in Christ he is a new creation.  The old has gone, the new has come.'  2 Corinthians 2:17

GO.

A new day, a new life.  When Christ came into my heart, He made me new.  My perspective of the world around me was different.  I stopped seeing my space through worldly glasses and began to see with eternal ones.  The grass was greener, the flowers brighter, the people a little more desperate...

The longing in my soul became hungry for all things new in Him.  My desire became for the Word, the Kingdom.  Not what I could do for myself, but what could I do for Him?  I wanted to, and still do, make a difference in His name here on this earth.  Right where I am.

Today is a new day.  His mercy is new this morning.  I am lifting my eyes to Him in anticipation of what He will do through me this brand new day.

STOP.

Linking up with Gypsy Mama and 5 minute Friday...

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Thankful Thursday...Praise Him People!

'Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.' Colossians 4:2


This is the day the Lord has made, I will rejoice and be glad in it.  No matter what is ahead, knowing what lies behind, I will press on to the prize He has set before me.  He has been faithful since the beginning and He will be faithful until the end.  With Him, there is no end, only new beginnings everyday...so Praise God people!  Get up on your hands and feet, go, and do something for our great and mighty God.  Everyday we exist upon this earth, we are one moment closer to our eternity with Him.  Don't you want your time here to account for something in His eternal plan?

Each of us has a purpose.  Each one is different, not one the same.  Use the talents He has given you for His glory.  Make His name known in your land.  Don't hide behind your fear and insecurities.  Lay them at the foot of the cross where He has meant for them to be.  Move on, move out, reach out.  Start today, it's never too late to start being kingdom and eternity-minded...

Continuing to thank and praise my Awesome God for my one thousand gifts...
#41  gathering with friends for a mid-week meal
#42  a dream becoming reality (Midway Community Changers) tomorrow
#43  leaving fear behind, one minute at a time, and moving on
#44  the gift of the FLYlady
#45  new braces and the difference they are making for our Sam
#46  opportunities to celebrate all He has done
#47  a clean, shiny, dish free sink
#48  cooler days, shorter days
#49  school resuming for a second grader
#50  left-overs

What are you thankful for today?  He has done great things...



Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Press On...

Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize.  1 Corinthians 9:24



Have you ever just gotten tired of running the race He has set before you?  Sometimes I just want to get out of the pack and sit my hind-end down on the sidelines for a while.  I'm tired of fighting Satan in my mind, sick of worrying about my children, irritated at how our country can't seem to get it together- I'd really just like to push the pause button, wouldn't you?

Then I'm reminded of Paul.  I think of the afflictions he suffered for Christ.  Of how he wanted to suffer for Him.  Is that my attitude?  On most days, to be honest, no.  I am usually in my own little world thinking about myself and my little bubble of people around me.  I am not concerned about the Kingdom or my place in it.  My flesh gets in the way and as Paul said, I do the things I do not want to do.

I want to be Kingdom minded at all times.  My desire is to be fully committed to the work He has called me to do here.  I long to be the mother, wife, and most of all Jesus-girl He wants me to be.  In order to be this woman, I have to get up everyday, put on my battle armor, and fight.  Fight Satan.  Fight my flesh, my fears, anything that is not of Him.  I want to run the race set before me and I want to get the prize He has for me when I complete it!

Monday, August 15, 2011

Get Rid of the Root!

'Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires.'  Romans 8:5The tree you see here is a Chinaberry tree.  We have been the proud owners of three such trees on our property since we've lived here.  We still have two, one was not so lucky.  The tree stood right outside our back door.  It looked pretty and strong on the outside, even provided some much needed shade on those sweltering SC summer days.  The problem with the tree was it started to grow out of control.  The branches were so long they draped across a power line going to our outside light (this is a big light put in by the power company-when you live in the sticks you want to put your house under the spotlight in hopes of deterring robbers).  I'm sure you can imagine what happened....big storm comes through and said branches fall onto the power line pulling the light sideways.  It didn't fall, but the power company had to come out, remove some branches, and replace the power pole.




The hubby tried to cut off some of the bigger branches, but that's a whole story in itself.  The decision was made to just cut down the tree.  A few guys came and helped the hubby and my shade tree was gone for good.  Or so I thought.  Just this week, we've noticed little Chinaberry trees popping up in the backyard.  The hubby tries to dig them up today and what do you know?  The roots of the Chinaberry tree are still there!  These things are HUGE and there are little trees growing out of them!

How like the Chinaberry tree we are.  We cut off our tree (our flesh, pride, jealousy, fear, etc.) thinking we've gotten rid of it for good.  We go about our business believing all is well, but then the tree starts to rear it's ugly head again.  The fear we thought we'd conquered slips back up.  The issue of jealously we were sure we were over comes back with a vengeance.  It's then we realize we've got to chop down our tree and remove the roots as well.  The root is what feeds the tree, where the nourishment comes from, what gives it life.  To completely remove a flesh pattern in our life, we have to get to the root of the pattern.  We can only do this with the help of God.  It's nearly impossible to get to the root of our tree without His guidance and help.

If you've got a tree in your life you need to get rid of, seek the assistance of your Holy Father.  He is ready and willing to help you get to the root of it when you ask.







Friday, August 12, 2011

Grace Fox- A Blog Tour

As most of you know, our local Women's Ministry just completed the study Moving From Fear to Freedom by Grace Fox.  This is an awesome study I would recommend to anyone, even if you don't feel you have fear issues.  Underneath it all, each one of us are affected by fear of some sort.  I have the privelege of being a part of Grace's blog tour.  Below you'll find an interview as well as a video!  Enjoy!
Has fear kept you awake at night? Has it hindered you from saying yes to a new opportunity? Has it caused you to make impulsive choices you later regretted? If so, you’re not alone! Fear is a big deal for many women. If left unchecked, it can prevent us from fulfilling God’s purpose for our lives. So, what’s the answer? How can we move beyond fear into freedom?


Author Grace Fox has partnered with Stonecroft Ministries to write a small group resource titled Moving from Fear to Freedom: A Woman-to-Woman Conversation. This resource addresses women’s common fears and gives biblical and practical strategies to move beyond them.

Fear seems to be an ever-present theme throughout the Bible. Describe the difference between healthy and unhealthy fear.
Healthy fear steers us toward wise decisions and actions. It promotes self-preservation. For example, we look both ways before crossing the street for fear of getting hit by a car. In contrast, unhealthy fear hinders our ability to fully embrace life because it consumes us with negative thinking and what-ifs. The effects can literally make us sick.

How does destructive fear stunt our emotional or spiritual growth?
Destructive fear—the fear of rejection, for instance—might keep us from admitting to someone that we’ve been physically or sexually abused. Without receiving the help we need to deal with those issues, we never experience freedom. Our struggles might seriously hamper our ability to truly love and receive love in a marital relationship. This is just one example among many of how our emotional growth is affected.

Spiritually, fear can cause us to say no to God-given dreams or assignments because we’re afraid of personal inadequacy or financial insecurity. If we never step out in faith, then we never experience God’s ability to equip and provide in amazing ways. Spiritual growth comes when we say yes to God and “do it afraid.”
You suggest we need to place our focus on God and not on fear. In practical terms, how do we do this?
Several strategies that I’ve found helpful…
*Memorize Scripture promises and meditate on them throughout the day and as we fall asleep at night. We are transformed as our mind is renewed.
*Fill our homes with praise and worship music.
*Spend time in God’s word on a regular basis, not just when we’re in a panic. The more we do so, the more familiar we become with His promises and the better prepared we are to face frightening circumstances when they come.
*Talk to the Lord throughout the day. Invite Him into the mundane. Practice His presence. The more we get to know Him, the more we’re able to trust Him in the face of fear.

Most of us feel inadequate at times. You suggest we cannot use our inadequacies as an excuse for not participating with God’s purposes. How do we get past this?
*We get past our fear of inadequacy by admitting we have it. Then we need to retrain our thinking to focus  on God’s adequacies rather than our inadequacies.
*Tell God how we feel. "Help! I don't think I can do such-and-such."
*Tell a trusted friend and ask her to pray for us.
*Move forward. Do it afraid and expect God to equip us.

Describe this resource and how participants can receive the greatest benefit as they use it.
It’s a seven-week study filled with biblical teaching and personal anecdotes that can be used easily by either a small group of friends in a private home setting or a large women’s ministry. Each session begins by viewing a 25-30 minute teaching video. When the video ends, participants follow suggested Table Talk questions for about 15 minutes. Then they do the Bible study questions together. Each participant uses her own guide book so she can take notes and write answers. Facilitator’s notes are included. The study covers these topics:
*an overview of fear
*fear for our loved ones' well-being
*fear of personal inadequacy
*fear of rejection
*fear of facing the ghosts of our past
*fear of the storms of life
*fear of the unknown future
Where can I buy this study?
It’s available through your local Christian book store, on Amazon, www.barnesandnoble.com, www.christianbooks.com, www.stl-distribution.com, www.winepressbooks.com, and of course, on Grace’s website, where group discounts apply. www.gracefox.com. Visit Grace’s website for more information about her other books and speaking ministry. www.gracefox.com.

For more opportunities for a FREE copy of this DVD & Study Guide set of MOVING FROM FEAR TO FREEDOM, please follow this CSS Virtual Book Tour on Twitter (@Christianspkrs) or Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/CSSVBT.GraceFox.MovingFromFeartoFreedom)

I was given a complimentary copy of this DVD & Study Guide set from the author in exchange for posting the author’s interview on my blog. This blog tour is managed by Christian Speaker Services (http://www.christianspeakerservices.com/).



5 Minute Friday

'I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.' Psalm 139:14
Linking up today with the Gypsy Mama on the topic of Beauty...

GO.

Do you think you're beautiful?  Most of you, like me, would probably say no.  You don't think you're pretty enough, smart enough, thin enough...all of the focus is on the outward you.  I think I'm not a good enough mama, not neat enough, not organized, so how can someone think I'm beautiful?  I'm a mess everywhere you look at me.  I don't dress to a 'T', my clothes aren't all that stylish.  I spend my time running around after little boys and wearing scrubs while I take care of other peoples family members.

But then I begin to realize it's these things that make me beautiful to the only One that matters.  No, not my hubby, friends, or any other human, but my Daddy who sees me as I really am-Beautiful.  Because I am His child, He only sees beauty when He looks at me.  He sees my heart for Him, my desire to serve Him in all that I do.  My beauty also radiates in my children.  The boy we adopted from a third world country.  The one He choose for us.  The other one with the crooked walk, the uncertain future, our joy.

Him inside me makes beautiful.

STOP.


Thursday, August 11, 2011

Thankful Thursday...

'Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.' Colossians 4:2

In a world that seems to spiral further off its axis everyday, there is always something to be thankful for.  Always.  More so even if you are a child of God.  Each breath we draw is an opportunity to say, "Thank You" to the One who is the giver of all things, the bearer of life.  Open your eyes, see what He has given you, then open your mouth with thanksgiving.

Continuing to count my One Thousand Gifts...
#31 boys and Daddy's voices singing Jesus loves me
#32  birthdays
#33  lost teeth
#34  the little attachment on the vacuum that reaches into the corners
#35  baby gates

#36  the Word
#37  dark chocolate chips (from the freezer)
#38  crockpots
#39  broken lights
#40  the zoo that is my home

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Word Filled Wednesday

“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.  For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also."  Matthew 6:19-21



What treasures are you laying up on this earth?  Wealth, possessions, success?  All of the treasures of this world can never measure up to the love of our Lord.  Put your life into perspective.  Realize what is truly important before it's too late.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Ready, Set...WORRY?

Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.  Matthew 6:34


Every time I've logged into my email the past few days, there are pictures of stressed, ragged-looking people on the news feed.  It's the poor folks who work in the Stock Exchange (why anyone would want to do that is beyond me).  These people look like they haven't slept since the market tumbled last week and then some random credit guy lowers our national rating to top it off.  I'm sure their countenance is reflective of a lot of Americans. 

I must say I actually feel sorry for them.  They've placed their hope and trust in monetary value.  Some have pinned their hopes on the government, while others have run out of someone to trust in.  I'm sure some of these people are believers.  If we are living as He commanded us, then we should place our hope in nothing else but Him alone.  Not money, material things, security, our family--only Him.  This is one of the areas where Satan can sneak in and destroy lives.

All it takes is someone thinking, "But surely He wants me to prepare for retirement."  Or, "My family will suffer if our country doesn't get a debt-deal."  Is that what God promised us?  NO!  He told us to store our treasures in heaven, not on earth.  He reminded us of how He cares for the sparrows and how much more He cares for us.  He clothes the lilies of the fields with splendor.  We should not fear, worry, or hide our heads in the sand.  We should lift our eyes to Him who is our Help.  

The world is ripe for answers, hope, and a solution.  Guess what?  We have one in Jesus so let's share it!!! 

Monday, August 8, 2011

Free to Dance

Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds...  James 1:2

As most of you know, I had the privilege of attending the She Speaks Conference several weeks ago.  One of the breakout sessions I attended, led by Whitney Capps, was on Spiritual Warfare.  Upon returning home, I found Spiritual Warfare for Women:  Winning the battle for your home, family and friends wrapped up like a present in my mailbox.  God speaking maybe?

I'd say, yep, think so!  I started reading the book this week on vacation and He has really opened my eyes to the warfare stuff.   My struggles with fears I think are silly are not from Him, or from myself even, but from my enemy the devil.  He is out to get what he can from me, my testimony, my joy.  I've known this in my head, but upon reading this book by Leighann McCoy, my eyes and heart have been opened in a mighty way.

She warns to be on the alert when you figure out what Satan's doing, it's then he comes on even stronger.  I choose to claim the promises of God and declare Satan is not welcome in my thoughts or my life.  One central truth Leighann emphasizes is:
Every attack from the enemy brings with it a divine invitation from the sovereign hand of
God to learn by experience what love does.

What a concept!  If we can truly grasp the fact that everything the enemy throws our way can be an opportunity to experience God like we never have before...wow, what freedom we could have.  Free to dance...free to live...free to love...just free....I plan to keep muddling my way through this book and I plan to catch the devil in his schemes against me.

I was sent a copy of this book for review by the publisher (and I am SO glad I did-thanks God)! 

Friday, August 5, 2011

Happy Birthday to Charlie!

Children are a heritage from the LORD, offspring a reward from him.  Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are children born in one’s youth.  Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them.  Psalm 127:3-5



5lb 12oz @ 34 weeks--miracle boy!


Big Brothers...mama went to work, next time they saw me-I had this!

So little,  so cute

Loves him some camping!

Redneck baby


Happy Birthday to me!


Thursday, August 4, 2011

Thankful Thursday...

'Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.' Colossians 4:2

Continuing to count my one thousand gifts...

11)  First birthdays
12)  the sweet baby smell that I'll soon be missing
13)  dirty feet on 2 big brothers
14)  God's faithfulness
15)  Women's Life Fellowship
16)  Completing Moving from Fear to Freedom
17)  Bi-lo gas perks
18)  peaches growing on a old tree in the backyard
19)  watermelon vines coming back and producing melons no one likes
20)  Grace...grace...grace

What are you thankful for today?

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

A Riddle

The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one’s life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.  James 3:6


Got a riddle for you:  What is the one muscle we exercise the most that needs it the least?  Give up?  The tongue (the verse kinda gave it away).  Why is it we seem to think one of the smallest muscles in our body needs so much exercise?  We flap it all day long. 

Most times, we need to use this little organ, but then sometimes...oh my.  It'll get us in trouble in a minute.  I know this well.  You could count on me to tell everything I knew and some things I didn't.  This grew into little white lies as an adult.  No biggies, just little ones that no one knew but me and Him.  What about gossip?  Oh girl, I work in an office full of women.  I try to stay out of the talk, but sometimes you really just can't help it and that muscle just takes off for a little bit of an extra workout.

James wasn't kidding when he said the tongue can corrupt the whole body.  It not only can corrupt you, but your relationships and your witness to others.  Guard your tongue people.  This is one of the hardest things I think we'll ever do  as a Christian.  Sometimes, I wish I had a delete or mute button, but God didn't bless us with one of those.  So, we have to commit to taming this wild thing.  I want a lazy tongue, how about you?

Monday, August 1, 2011

Moving On

Trust in the LORD forever, for the LORD, the LORD himself, is the Rock eternal.  Isaiah 26:4


This is a picture of me Moving from Fear to Freedom.  Above, you'll see my oldest son, Zach, and my hubby jumping off 'the rock' at Lake Joccassee.  They're about half-way down from where they jumped...so you can imagine the height was way above what mama would've deemed as safe.  As if climbing up a rock wall and jumping off it would be safe at any height? 

I was in the boat minding my little one with no desire to watch the boys climb and jump...climb and jump...until Zach entered the picture.  My mama instincts kicked in- heart pumping, short of breath, hands ringing- and I closed my eyes and hummed (yep, hummed).  It was then God spoke to my heart and said, "Girl, I have got this one in my hands.  Have you already forgotten what you learned.  Let him go."  I did. 

I know He has all of our days in His hands.  He can take care of my boys better than I can.  I can't quench the adventurous spirit He's given Zach and wouldn't want to if I could.  He may use his sense of adventure and love of God to shape the man he's to become.  I don't want to be the one to stand in the way of His will for my child's life.

So, mama opened her eyes and watched her two big boys climb up...up...up and then with a few encouraging words from Dad-JUMP!  Then Papa Butch and D marked riding the tube at 30mph behind Pat's boat off their bucket list...another story for another day!  Thank you Lord for the ability to  move on, look up, and face fear head on.