Gifts We Found Along the Way

My husband and I went for a walk today, here are a few things we saw along the way.

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Isn’t God amazing???

 

Monkeys on a Mission

Originally posted on Hearts For Haiti:

These cute little guys will be up for adoption at our church tomorrow.

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These sock monkeys were made by a group of ladies at our church and all the proceeds from their adoptions are going to help with our Haiti trip.   They usually make these each time our church has a group go on a mission trip and they always sell out almost immediately.  I can see why, can you? You have to agree… they are just too cute!

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Rescued and Transferred

pink skyThis evening I happened to glance out my back window just in time to see the sky lit up a beautiful shade of pink. Just a few minutes before the sun had set and the sky had been almost completely dark, but now as I looked out the window the whole sky was lit up and it was so beautiful!  For just a moment I felt rescued from the impending darkness of nightfall as the bright pink light lit up the sky bringing a moment of joy to my heart.

This spectacular gift only lasted for about 3 minutes and then it was gone just as suddenly as it had appeared.

A long time ago God sent another gift, the gift of his son Jesus.

Jesus is light that can rescue us from the darkness and bring joy to our heart.

I am so glad  the light of Jesus lasts more than a moment.

For he has rescued us from the kingdom of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of his dear son. – Colossians 1:13 NLT

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A New Adventure!

In April of 2013 I went with Compassion International to Haiti. (posts here)  While in Haiti the country and its people climbed right into my heart. Once I came home my heart still remains in Haiti at times and last Summer I felt God nudging me that it was time to go back.  After contacting the missions director at my church she and I decided that we would take a team to Haiti the next year and that day is almost here. On April 11, 2015, myself along with 11 other people will be heading to Haiti on a mission trip.  While there we will be staying with and working with Carl and Maya Gillis.

You can watch this video to find out more about Carl and Maya and what they do in Haiti.

I started a new blog that I hope will become  a place for myself along with other members of the team to post pictures and our thoughts before during and after the trip.

The new blog is called – Hearts for Haiti

If you would like to follow along please click this link Hearts 4 Haiti and go to the bottom of the page, there you will be able to put your email in the follow box and follow along.

I also would like to ask you to please pray for our team as we prepare to head out on this new adventure that God is taking us on and that he will guide us and we will listen well to do the job he has planned for us in Haiti.

Have a wonderful Day,

Terri

Jesus Loves You

Do you ever feel like life is crumbling around you and no matter what you do you just can’t seem to do anything to make it stop crumbling? Do you ever feel like you can’t seem to do anything right? Do you ever feel like people are upset with you or that they don’t like you? Have you ever took on a new adventure full of excitement only to find out later that the excitement just isn’t as exciting anymore because people around you don’t seem to have the same enthusiasm as you have? Does it feel as if your path in life is constantly having another obstacle for you to hurdle and once you get over the top you find that you have run head first into a brick wall?  Do you have conflict in your life? Do things seem to be spinning so out of control to the point that you just can not see a way that any of it could possibly ever work out?

Remember this….

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The picture above is the wonderful reminder that I was met with as I walked into work yesterday.

This past week was a stressful week for me and yesterday morning when I left my house for work I was in an pretty horrible mood. It was pouring down rain as I drove to work and because of the rain I parked under an awning close to the door of the building.  

As I stepped out of my car I looked down and there it was…

Right there on the ground in front of me written in chalk were the words ‘Jesus Loves You’.  A child’s artwork beautifully drawn by the hand of God.

On a dreary rainy day it seemed as if the clouds parted and a ray of sunshine suddenly was shining brightly before me.

Jesus loves me so much that he had left me a love letter there on the sidewalk to remind me.

He loves me….

Jesus loves ME!

Now you say it… Jesus loves me,

Try it one more time… Jesus loves me.

Those words are true you know, He loves you so much!

No matter what is going on in life that is one fact that will never ever change.  It’s the one for sure fact that is always true and the one fact that we can always always count on.

Life on this earth can get pretty hard at times, but don’t ever give up, God has a plan for you and no matter what life throws at you, you’ve got to keep pressing on and don’t you ever ever forget how much He loves you!

I woke up this morning and this was the verse of the day on the screen of my phone…

And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.. Philippians 1:6 NLT

I went to a Ladies retreat at my church today and guess what the ending verse was?

And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.. Philippians 1:6 NLT

I am certain that God is trying to tell me something and now I am telling you…Keep the faith and no matter what don’t ever give up.

Have a blessed day,

Terri

 

Spiritual Jump Start

The name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe. Proverbs 18:10

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Yesterday morning I got in my car to go to church.  Like I do every Sunday morning I put my key in the ignition to start the car, but this Sunday when I turned the key instead of hearing my engine start running, I heard silence.  I turned my key again and again but still there was nothing except dead silence.

Later that day after a bit of investigating and a helpful husband we came to the conclusion that my car had a dead battery. We then connected pair of jumper cables from my husband’s truck to my car and within minutes my car was running and ready to hit the road again.

This weekend was a very stressful weekend for me and I can not explain why but though I was connected well to God Saturday night, by Sunday morning instead of clinging to God, which I know I should do, I somehow lost touch and ended up spending my energy on anything and everything except charging my spiritual battery.  I prayed a bit, but I did not really take the opportunity to find time to just sit down and spend quality time with God. First it was the dead battery in my car, then I was late for church. and once I got to church I was flustered about the car and seemed to keep getting distracted by other things and I eventually ended up having a panic attack and missed most of the church service.

Our cars break down when their battery has been drained and pushed to the limit.

People also will break down when we are drained and pushed to our limit. Sometimes like our car batteries we as people also sometimes need jump start.

I realize now that as I sat in church on Sunday morning I had hit my limit and my spiritual battery was drained.

I should know by now that I need to stay connected to Jesus every single day, every chance I get. But instead of staying connected I had flailed around on my own until I ran out of energy and soon found myself in need a jump start.

After my husband and I jump started my car we noticed there is an indicator on top of the battery, if it is black that means the battery is dead and if it is green it is charged.  My car’s battery indicator was black, so today I brought the battery to the auto repair to be checked out and see why it was dead.  The service technician informed me that my battery was defective so I needed a new battery. Thankfully my car is still under warranty so the new battery was free.

As far as my spiritual battery goes, I am thankful that I can get a recharge anytime I want but it sure is a whole lot easier if I just stay plugged in to the power source at all times.

Each and every day requires being connected to Jesus. Thankfully he is always here ready to fill us with what we need to stay running.  And guess what??? The warranty never runs out, it’s unlimited, and always free!

Are you feeling drained today, in need of a jump start?

Connect yourself to the one who can give you what you need to keep going.

Plug yourself in to Jesus, He’s waiting for you.

Have a blessed day,

Terri

I have set the LORD always before me. Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken. Psalm 16:8

Sorrow’s Tears

Sorrow’s tears cascade down

a sorrowful rain

Each tear drop a stain

cut deeply by a river of pain

Sorrow’s tears full of circumstances unknown

Shed for the broken,

The hurting and alone.

Sorrow’s tears flow freely

but don’t come without cost

A price that was paid

by innocence lost

A young life seeming to spin out of control

Aching my heart and taking its toil

If only for today

Sorrow’s tears will be wiped away

Tears dried by my father in heaven above

Father God, I want to get lost in your love.

Today was not a very good day.  A child who is very dear to me is in the middle of a bunch of grown ups in her life who are behaving like children. Her heart is broken, her mother’s heart is broken and its not a very good situation.I went to bed just heartbroken for her and all who are involved.  As I lay in bed watching the time slip by and sleep not even on the radar tonight, I decided to read my email. While in my email I found that I had notification of a blog I follow by my blogging friend James over at Men of One Accord.  He had been challenged on a blog that he reads to write a poem about love which he did it is very lovely but James’ poetry is always lovely.  In James’ post he also challenged his readers to write a poem of their own.  The poem you just read was my poem.  He had 2 writing prompts that God placed on his heart the line I chose from them was “God, I want to get lost in your love.”

When I saw the writing prompt I realized that getting lost in God’s love was exactly what I needed to do tonight, I needed to be lost in God’s love to realize that God does have the situation in his hands and I needed to give it up to him. I also know that the child has Jesus in her life and he loves her and she has him with her as she goes through this mess. Though God has reassured me he has this little girl’s situation in his hands I still feel heartsick about the whole situation, because it just really hurts to see people that I love hurt.  Before I go tonight I would like to ask you all my readers if you will say a prayer for a little girl and her momma.  Also before I go tonight I would like to challenge you to write your own poem and link it back here in the comments.  I don’t have a line but was thinking anything to do with God’s love, trusting in the fact that you belong to him or that he has your life in his hands will do. Thank you dear readers for coming back here each day and reading,

God bless you and Good night,

Terri

Become The best Wine

Terri:

This is an excellent and very thought provoking message!

Originally posted on Karina's Thought:

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Though my family no longer officially celebrates a Chinese New Year, we have an old tradition to have a dinner together with some of our relatives. Before we take a dinner, one of my uncles gave me a bottle of wine. He said the wine was bought when he took a holiday in France a few years ago and it become a quite old wine.  He also said that the wine is one of the best wines. However, this time I will not discuss about that wine but I want to talk another thing that related to the wine.

I was reminded one of the famous story in the Bible, Marriage at Cana.  I have learned so many implications from this story. Today I specifically want to focus on the miracles when Jesus changed water into wine. At the time, the biggest problem that occurred is, the wine was run…

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Snow Gifts

Good morning from snowy Missouri!  Last night we went to bed and the snow was coming down hard.

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This morning we woke to this.

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Aren’t God’s gifts wonderful? :)

Thanks be to God for his indescribable gifts!  2 Corinthians 9:15

Have a blessed Sunday!

Terri

 

Instead of Panicking About it, Talk to God About it!

2 Corinthians 129

Have you ever found yourself feeling completely overwhelmed by what God has asked you to do?

Do you feel not big enough, strong enough, or smart enough?

Sometimes the tasks God puts in front of us seem huge and very overwhelming.  They may seem way bigger than us and that’s because they ARE way bigger than us!

Our God is BIG and He does BIG things! And guess what? Sometimes He uses people like us to help Him do them!

Still feeling overwhelmed and unequipped?

I know that overwhelmed and unequipped feeling all to well. Over the past few years I have felt it way more times than I would like to have felt it, but something I have learned is you don’t have to feel that way.

Because if God asks you to do something he will equip you to do it.

So instead of panicking about it, talk to God about it!

Let us come boldly to the throne of our Gracious God. There we will receive His mercy and we will find Grace to help us when we need it most.  Hebrews 4:16

He will help us. He knows what we need and when we need it. All we have to do is ask!  Just ask Him to help you and then breathe His peace in. When you give all that nervousness and panic to your Father, you will feel His strength flow through you equipping you for the job He has asked you to do.

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 2 Corinthians 12:9

If it is something God asked you to do then trust in Him that it will be done.

Do you have something bigger than you weighing you down today? Remember your God is Huge!

With man this is impossible, but with God ALL things are possible.  Matthew 19:26

Have a blessed day,

Terri