Super Bowl Fun and Friends

Enjoying watching the Super Bowl this Sunday evening and talking with friends thru Facebook and text.  I am so thankful for my friends both those I’ve had for a while and those who are new. Good friends are definatly a gift from God. I have come to realize the older  I get how wonderful a good friend can be. Jesus is our ultimate friend, but i firmly believe that he gives

us those friends who point us to him and who love us with a Christlike love. Be a true friend this 2015. Love with a christlike love and treat your friends well. Enjoy the super bowl!

Happy New Year!!!

I am so encouraged this new year! I am beyond excited about the things the Lord has for me in this new year. I see a lot of people on my Facebook feed saying, “hope 2015 is better than 2014.” I know these people are hurting and worried about the year to come. I know some of them know Christ and some of them do not. I hope to encourage these people and others this new year. I am making myself somewhat accountable to my readers as I put in to words the things I would like to accomplish this year. I feel my most needed improvement is in my Bible reading/ Bible study and My prayer life. I really need to do better about praying for people. Now I don’t mean about people, even though I’m sure praying about someone is better than talking about them. But I need to let go and let God so to speak when it comes to certain people in my life. I have given too much time and effort into worrying about what others have done or said to me or about me. Words hurt, people are mean but I really feel the Lord telling me to give it to Him and stop worrying over it. This is so hard for me to do because I try so hard to be good to people and treat people the way I want to be treated and I am not perfect by far but I don’t always understand why people do the things that they do. I feel if I am in the Word more and giving these people/issues to him, I am better for it.
Another thing for me to work on this year is my Commitment/accountability for doing the things I say I am going to do. I mean well like most of us do, but I fall short. When I see prayer requests on Facebook, which I think is a great use of Facebook, I need to be more committed to praying for that request. I need to remember the things that I tell my kids I will do. Because, let’s be honest, how many times have we said, “oh sure honey I will do that” and then it is the farthest thing from our mind as soon as we say it.
I know this is a long post, but last but not least, I would like to be on top of posting on the blog at least once a week.
I ask all of you to pray for me as I strive to do better this year. And on a side note, I am participating in a memory verse challenge thru Beth Moore’s living proof ministries blog. I would encourage you to take a look at Beth Moore’s books and her website/blog and try this for yourself. Pick a verse the 1st and the 15th of each month to memorize and right it in a notebook. If you choose to you can go to a special conference just for the ones who sign up for this challenge. Go to her blog to get all the details and to post your verse to be registered.

Here is my verse: John 10:10 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.

Happy New Year!!

Christmas Before Thanksgiving

Today our church filled boxes for Operation Christmas Child. OCC is a ministry that takes shoe boxes you fill for children of different ages, with toys and other items and sends them all over the world. They also add bibles and salvation info in whatever language is needed to minister to the kids. I love OCC because I feel that they epitomize the true meaning of Christmas. My two girls love to participate. They like to help shop and stuff the shoe boxes. I think I am more thankful at Thanksgiving and Christmas because of doing these boxes. This is not a post to boost myself in any way. I just want to bring to light how awesome this experience is. Thinking about kids who have little or nothing getting an earthly Christmas present and possibly a heavenly one, is something to be thankful for. A friend of mine said today we may never know what the boxes we packed have accomplished until we get to heaven, but Oh what a blessing for someone to say, “I am here because of that shoe box.” I’m very thankful for the effort our church put out today and for the wonderful time of fellowship we were able to have while doing it. This experience touches my heart every year. Please be in prayer for all the shoe boxes going out this week. And next year you all should do a box too! Visit http://www.samaritanspurse.org to find out more. We can never forget about Thanksgiving and what it means, but sometimes you just need a little Christmas before Thanksgiving.

Ephesians 3:20-21 Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think , according to the power that worketh in us, Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.

Have a blessed Monday!      

An Encouraging Word

Do you remember a time when someone said something encouraging to you? I had someone last night give me an encouraging word and I have to tell you it made me feel awesome. With that said, I think we need to remember that everyone could use that feeling every now and then.  I have often wished that there would be someone there to tell me “you’re doing great” or “God’s got this.” I think we often forget that as much as we need it, others need it too. Don’t be afraid to be the person to say that encouraging word. Send a card, make a phone call, send a text. Trust me, it won’t go unnoticed. This may be the way the Lord shows himself thru you. I am thankful for the encouragers I have in my life. I am going to try to be more of an encourager and less of a negative nelly. Be an encourager this week. I know you know someone who could use it 🙂

The tongue is the strongest muscle in the human body; use yours to lift someone up today.”
Terri Ann Armstrong

I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. –Maya Angelou

Why I’m here

So I have been feeling very much like the Lord is telling me I need to do something. I love people and crafting and taking photos, but I feel somewhat inadequate when it comes to my life and my kids and family. I am the oldest of three kids. My dad is a pastor. As a pastor’s kid you are always held to a higher standard than anyone else. And trust me it doesn’t help us be better Christians. I have always felt that I just don’t quite measure up. I have been learning over the past few months that no matter what I do I can’t please everyone. So I’m working on trying to be who the Lord wants me to be. and I feel like he is telling me to try to encourage other mothers and daughters and Christian women to be who the Lord wants them to be. I hope that you all will enjoy each blog post I put out and feel free to ask questions or comment your own encouraging words to others. I am so excited about what the Lord has laid on my heart to do. I will finish tonight with my favorite verse. Psalm 37:4 Delight thyself also in the Lord; and he will give thee the desires of thine heart.

 

Following His Lead,

Rachel