I know that there is a time and a place... yada, yada...
I was tested and I'm sure it won't be the last time. (Did you know that they don't stitch tongues? They just let them heal.)
Let me tell you, I have been in a great stretching and growth period for a long time now ~ WITH NO BREAK! I'm ready for a break... I guess I better just rest in Jesus because life IS growth.
There is plenty to boast about in the Lord... I don't know... just thinkin. I probably shouldn't do that!
We are going to look at a place but I just don't have that peace feeling about the location. Some of the other ones I have but they fell through or weren't a stable enough lease.
Thanking God Today
I am thankful for:
my awesome husband
the boys and their individuality
a safe trip
my Hebrew roots
the ability to learn
the desire to learn
Spiritual gifts and the manifestation of them
the home we will have (SOON)
the crafts that I will be able to do
the children our God is going to bless us with
Espresso got to shoot a gun and go hunting. They didn't get anything but he got to use his own deer stand and be dressed in camo ~ head to toe! Double Espresso got to shoot a bow at targets and play with his little, adorable cousins. They had a blast!
You know, trouble and exciting times just seem to follow us! Thursday night we went to bed in the "Prophet's Chambers" at my Uncle's church. It really is nice staying out there but this night I woke up 3 times in about 3 hours. The fourth time I woke up is what started the excitement.
About 3 AM we heard 6 gun shots all in a row. It sounded like it was right outside the window but very well could have been down the road several hundred feet. We got up and looked around but didn't see anything. We prayed (because I was frightened) and laid back down for sleep.
About 3 minutes later, we saw headlights come in through the window. Two vehicles had pulled up into the church parking lot. One guy got out of his vehicle and got into the other one. (All four guys had the typical gang banger look.) We didn't know what to do. After a minute, they all drove away in one vehicle.
I called my uncle; turned out that they had heard the shots too. My uncle called the police and in a few minutes were there. They said that there had already been 3 shootings that night right down the street.
We had decided to go ahead and pack to leave since we were going to leave around lunch that day anyway. I wasn't going to stay out there and once we woke up the kids to go to my aunt and uncle's house, they wouldn't have gone back to sleep.
We were packed in about 15 minutes and out the door we went! I felt so bad leaving in the middle of the night like that but I knew we would be too tired for the drive home if we didn't. Turns out that the car that they left there had New York licence plates and is STILL there! Hmmm...
I was at church (our first church) and was greeting parents that were coming in to pick up kids. This old man (70's) whom I did not know walked in to pick up his grandson.
He saw a brace on my wrist that I was wearing that evening and approached me. He asked why I had it on and I told him that I had tendinitis in the wrist and it was hurting.
He proceeded to ask if I believed that Jesus could heal my wrist. I said, "Yes! I do!" He said, "Be healed in Jesus name. Do you accept that healing?" I said, "Absolutely!"
This was the first time anyone had ever done that to me. I was excited and wouldn't you know, I haven't had a bit of pain in my wrist (a several year old injury) since that day.
Praise the LORD God.
I love Yeshua!! He is my Salvation.
Definition of the word: Yeshua
Feminine passive participle of H3467; something saved, that is, (abstractly) deliverance; hence aid, victory, prosperity: - deliverance, health, help (-ing), salvation, save, saving (health), welfare.
Amen... let it be so.
Praise the LORD!
There are actual people in our world who have been put in prison just for being a Christian.
Marzieh Amirizadeh Esmaeilabad and Maryam Rustampoor are two such people. These two ladies are in a prison in Ir_n. You can read more about them here: Prisoner Alert
There is a way to reach out to them! You can write letters and send the letter right to them! If you go to the Prisoner Alert website, you can find others to write to also.
Want to join in thanking our Father? Truth4theJourney
I am thankful for:
...the protection God gives even when we aren't looking!
...the Spiritual gifts that I see forming in Double Espresso (huge faith)
...the talents that are developing in Espresso (art, photography)
...the great deal that I got on a pair of pants yesterday ($58 pants for $11)
...for God giving me peace that He has a plan for a home for us!
Outside my window... a cool, breezy evening
I am thinking... about how selfish some "Christians" are ~ that's sad
I am thankful for... people with the gift of faith (1 Corinthians 12:8-10)
I am wearing... black sweats and a hot pink shirt (my blogging outfit)
I am remembering... that God loves me and I am precious in His sight
I am going... nowhere fast ~ it was a restful day (Leviticus 23:3)
I am reading... Numbers, I'm in chapter 24
On my mind... not a whole lot!
From the learning rooms... we are studying Ancient Greece and we love it!
Noticing that... that I need less and less to live
Pondering these words... uhhh, not pondering right this minute
From the kitchen... brownies! (Read all about that here.)
Around the house... a typical, restful Monday
One of my favorite things~ dressing and feeling like a lady
From my picture journal...
For more Thankful Thursday or to participate in Thankful Thursday: Truth4theJourney
Today, my thankfuls are going to be about our church.
I am thankful for:
1. the freedom God has given us in starting a new church from scratch.
2. the freedom from the denominations that we grew up in. (We are nondenom.)
3. the awesome worship time that we have ~ Harvest style!
4. the people that God has lead into this ministry.
5. the people that God is going to bring into this ministry.
This is the new (for us) song that we are going to sing on Sunday!!!!!
That's right! I did something that I never thought I would do. I bought a used vacuum from the Salvation Army for $10. Yah, I could have splurged to get a new one but I tripped over this beauty and it said, "Plug me in! I work great!" So I did and it did.
I've been carrying my mother in law's vacuum down the stairs for a year and a half.
I know that God is providing a home for us and I am going to need MY OWN vacuum! I am believing God! He will provide! I have faith in my Daddy in Heaven! (My dad on earth is pretty great too ;)
Praise God with me! He is gooooood!
(If you don't want to watch the trailer, scroll down over the screen and push the pause button.)
We just got done watching "Faith Like Potatoes." My family
All in all, I did like the movie.
I know that God is growing my faith. He is showing me step by step, baby steps really, how to have faith and what it looks like. I'm not sure where He is going to take us but I know it will be good.
I believe God.
I believe that God has already blessed us. It is already done.
Thank you, LORD, for Your blessings upon our family and we give YOU all of our praise.
Our worship on Sunday should be a reflection of our worship all week.
If we don't worship Monday through Saturday, it will show on Sunday.
We can put on our "church mask" and pretend like we worshiped the Lord all week but HE knows the truth.
We often forget that HE knows the condition of our hearts.
We might fool everyone else, but we don't fool Him.