Ch-ch-ch-changes!

You may have wondered where I have been the past few months.  A year ago this time I was posting (minimum) weekly…. now I see my last post was 3 weeks ago.  But I’m okay with that.  Or maybe you haven’t noticed that my writing frequency has changed, that’s okay too.

I’ll let that slide 😉 just kidding!

This summer I have enjoyed some wonderful time with family.  We have made some great memories.  I have this sort of rule that I take time away from writing when my hubby is on vacation.  It’s a good rule.  I even had the opportunity to see all three of my sisters!  At one time!  It’s been awhile since we all were together.

Now that we are getting back into routine, I thought it would be a great time to share with my readers (that’s you!) where I’ve been planning for this blog to Read More »

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Why I’m Not Reading Everything You Post on Facebook

I don’t know about all of you, but lately social media has me bummed.

I used to think it kept me connected to the people I don’t see often, or the people I met and worked with in missions years ago… but if any of them really wanted to get a hold of me, they could do so by other means.

I truly am contemplating doing away with Facebook in particular.  Why?  A few reasons.  It can waste a lot of time for one… and it may be a rumour, but I have heard that they censor stuff.  I wouldn’t mind that if they censored the nasty stuff, but I don’t think that’s the case.

That’s one reason.

As a Christian, I find Read More »

Somebody Pinch Me… Is My 2 Year Old Potty Trained?

Nothing makes you feel as successful as training a child to use the potty.

For those of you who have never had the pleasure, let me tell you how my Tuesday played out.

My two year old has been showing an immense interest in the potty as of late (the past few weeks) – it might be from observing his older brother using it.  However it happened, I found the two-year-old made up his mind that it was time.  His idea, not mine, as I am actually exceptionally tired from an amazing Canada weekend featuring The Cry, and time with family and friends.

But Tuesday came and I braced myself for cleaning up pee and poo as I put my courageous two year old into underwear – yes underwear, not pull ups.  Pull ups when potty training are only for sleeping and leaving the house.  If you want a successful potty training Read More »

Am I Okay?

Do you ever wonder if you’re really okay?

Are you actually spiritually unbelievably passionate for the Lord or are you just a bit more than others?

My husband and I listened to a message by Francis Chan this week where he shared about this and I think we are both still rocked by it.

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Am I actually okay?  How willing am I?  We live pretty simply, at least to me, but I do like my home.  I like our new (to us) vehicle.  I like our Hazelnut Vanilla Coffee we have every morning (had to go there).

Do you ever catch yourself wanting more?

Wanting that new vehicle?  Wanting that Read More »

Worry is Not Faith

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Matthew 6:34 Amplified Version
“So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

Picture me singing, “FREEDOM!!!”

Think about it.  All the cares that are on your shoulders.  Now read Matthew 6:34 again.

Of course, we need to prepare for things.  My goodness, my husband has been working 5+ weeks out of town, and I made a decision… I wanted to try as much as possible to continue on with our regular routine even though he was away.  Ben is a very involved husband and father, his presence is missed in so many ways when he has to work out of town, but I knew that this was something that would be good for us.  Routine helps all three of us.

I didn’t know how we would do it, but you know what?  We did it.  I don’t know how.  Except that with the strength of the Lord we got through.

And choices.  Joy is a choice.  Peace is a choice.  And no excuses…  exceptRead More »

If You Are Called, You Can Do It

God will never give you more than you can handle… or at least He will never give you more than you can handle with Him on your side.

But what about when we  take things on that we are not called to?  And then there are other times when we walk right on past the things we are called to.  We need to seek the Lord, know His heart, and make it our own.

You have a calling, reader.  So do I.  Are we doing what we are called to do?  Are we busy with the right things?  Or are we just busy?

But it’s so hard.

But I’m so busy.

But I’m so tired and worn out.

I get it.  I’ve been there.  Seriously, Monday I was there.  I had to remind myself to rely on the Lord – and that He does notRead More »

Nothing Will Change Without Him

When I was in college studying to be a law clerk, I remember sitting in my criminal law class and it dawned on me.  Nothing was going to ever change in our nation outside of Jesus.

Lately, 2 Chronicles 7:14 has been coming up in my spirit often.  Nothing is going to change without a few things: humility, prayer & repentance.  Nothing is going to change without Jesus.  Without the church praying.

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Every word of this scripture is BOLD, is CONVICTING, LIBERATING and TRUE.  It’s time.  Time for us to pray.  No more ifs.  No more buts.  Letters to MP’s are great, letting our voice be heard, that’s all great.  But real prayer and true repentance is what its really needed.  Useless arguments are getting us no where.

This will be a short post today, simply to say this:  we need to get back to prayer.  We need an encounter with Heaven.

1 Corinthians 1:18 Amplified
For the message of the cross is foolishness [absurd and illogical] to those who are perishing and spiritually dead [because they reject it], but to us who are being saved [by God’s grace] it is [the manifestation of] the power of God.

The Garden

 

I hope you have had a wonderful week, readers!  We sure have!  Since you heard from me last, we have welcomed another niece!  My sister and her husband have a new addition: baby Lexi.  We couldn’t be more thrilled for them… she is so beautiful I can’t wait to get some more baby snuggles in this afternoon ❤  I love watching my sons with her, they love their new cousin already.  It’s a very special way to gear up for Passover weekend – a new life.

Yesterday was good Friday.  The day that Christians all over the world remember the price that Jesus paid for us on the cross.  That’s a neat thought, isn’t it?  Celebrating and remembering at the same time all over the world.

I love the Garden of Gethsemane.   In my early twenties I went to Israel, and the Garden was one of my favourite places we visited.  Before going I was volunteering at the church I was to be traveling with, and they asked me to do up a booklet researching each major location that we were to be visiting.

As I read about Jesus asking the Father to take this cup from Him – to change the already destined series of events leading up to and including the cross – as He struggled knowing to what degree His torture and suffering would be…

And His own disciples couldn’t stay awake long enough to pray for Him.  They didn’t get it.  If they could have seen into the next day, would Read More »

Just To See Him

I was praying this morning for a word for you, readers.  I didn’t want to write a post just for the sake of getting my weekly post up.

So this is for someone out there.

The Lord brought me to 1 Timothy 4.  I love this whole chapter.

1 Timothy 4:12-16 NKJV
Let no one despise your youth, but be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity.
Till I come, give attention to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine. Do not neglect the gift that is in you, which was given to you by prophecy with the laying on of the hands of the eldership. Meditate on these things; give yourself entirely to them, that your progress may be evident to all. Take heed to yourself and to the doctrine. Continue in them, for in doing this you will save both yourself and those who hear you.

Paul was telling Timothy that he was not too young to be called by God, to be CHOSEN by God for a purpose.  He challenged him not to neglect the gift that was in him.

You are called.  Don’t neglect the gift that is in you.

And that’s what I believe the Lord gave me for you today, friend.  You are not too young, too old, too uneducated, too ________________ (you fill in the blank).  You have gifts inside you – are you using them for His glory?  Are you walking in your destiny?

I absolutely love love LOVE verse 12.  “Be an example to believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity.”  In what way does that challenge you?  What example are you setting?  Are you ruled by the flesh or by the spirit?  Are you walking in love, in faith, in purity… are you conducting yourself in a way that brings glory toRead More »

Cinnamon Buns | From Lilly’s Kitchen

My mom  and I have been talking for a while now about posting the most amazing cinnamon bun recipe to my blog (I’m a little biased… it’s my mom’s recipe).  Long awaited, and it’s here!!!

This is the first, but in no way the last, original recipe from my mom that I’ll be posting to my blog.  We are going to call her recipes “Lilly’s Kitchen”.

If you came across this post by accident, count yourself very blessed, my friend.

I’ll pass this post over to my beautiful mama now to give you this wonderful gift to you and your family… Read More »