Saturday, January 31, 2009
When You Speak, God Hears by Max Lucado,
Those who pray keep alive the watch fires of faith. For the most part we don’t even know their names. Such is the case of someone who prayed on a day long ago. His name is not important. He is important not because of who he was, but because of what he did.
He went to Jesus on behalf of a friend. His friend was sick, and Jesus could help, and someone needed to go to Jesus, so someone went. Others cared for the sick man in other ways. Some brought food; others provided treatment; still others comforted the family. Each role was crucial. Each person was helpful, but no one was more vital than the one who went to Jesus.
John writes: “So Mary and Martha sent someone to tell Jesus, ‘Lord, the one you love is sick’” (John 11:3, emphasis mine).
Someone carried the request. Someone walked the trail. Someone went to Jesus on behalf of Lazarus. And because someone went, Jesus responded.
In the economy of heaven, the prayers of saints are a valued commodity. John the apostle would agree. He wrote the story of Lazarus and was careful to show the sequence: The healing began when the request was made.
The phrase the friend of Lazarus used is worth noting. When he told Jesus of the illness, he said, “The one you love is sick.” The power of the prayer, in other words, does not depend on the one who makes the prayer but on the one who hears the prayer.
We can and must repeat the phrase in manifold ways. “The one you love is tired, sad, hungry, lonely, fearful, depressed.” The words of the prayer vary, but the response never changes. The Savior hears the prayer. He silences heaven so he won’t miss a word. The Master heard the request. Jesus stopped whatever he was doing and took note of the man’s words. This anonymous courier was heard by God.
John’s message is critical. You can talk to God because God listens. Your voice matters in heaven. He takes you very seriously. When you enter his presence, the attendants turn to you to hear your voice. No need to fear that you will be ignored. Even if you stammer or stumble, even if what you have to say impresses no one, it impresses God—and he listens.
Intently. Carefully. The prayers are honored as precious jewels. Purified and empowered, the words rise in a delightful fragrance to our Lord. “The smoke from the incense went up from the angel’s hand to God” (Rev. 8:4). Incredible. Your words do not stop until they reach the very throne of God.
One call and heaven’s fleet appears. Your prayer on earth activates God’s power in heaven.
You are the someone of God’s kingdom. Your prayers move God to change the world. You may not understand the mystery of prayer. You don’t need to. But this much is clear: Actions in heaven begin when someone prays on earth. What an amazing thought!
When you speak, Jesus hears.
And when Jesus hears, the world is changed.
All because someone prayed.
Thursday, January 29, 2009
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
My son was at his friends house when I sent him the text about the meal. This is his favorite meal ever. He send me a message right back and said can my friend come too? Sure I had already planned on that call, who turns down that kind of food? Poor thing after half way through his plate he said man I am glad you cooked, we were having leftovers at my house . That made me feel good. I told him he could eat here anytime.
Have you ever fed 4 big boys??? Man they can eat . No wonder as a mom sometimes we are glad when they eat at a friends. Well on to take my acid reflux meds after all that grease. It may be a while before I cook that again.
PS- Thanks Amy & Jackie for keeping me motivated for those classes.
Happy Hump Day......
Monday, January 26, 2009
Sunday, January 25, 2009
Friday, January 23, 2009
So thank you a bunch,and wishing you guys a great weekend.
Please stop by and comment anytime.
Thursday, January 22, 2009
I Cor. 13:4-6
Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful, or proud or rude. Love does not demand it's own way. Love is not irritable, and it keeps no record of when it is has been wronged, It is never glad about the injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love is hopeful,and endures through every circumstance.
I think I have been reprimanded by God today for my behavior and attitudes of others. I can't judge others for their choices, it is their choice to make. All we can do is pray and love them. How hard is it for you not to keep account of the wrongs done to you by others? The Bible says loves doesn't......There's your sermon for the day. Happy Thursday
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Tomorrow will be a fun day, my friend Jackie and I are going on our first girls trip together. She asked me to go help her with her 2 sweet adorable girls. They have Dr. appmt. So i bet I can squeeze just a little shopping in. I think she is even going to join the gym with me and we may be back in time to do aerobics.
Kyle asked me last night if we were crazy???? If you read my last few postings of course you know we are the weird ones of the family. We are so excited about our bodies changing and feeling so good we talk about it alot and we don't want to offend people......WHAT.......offend people.. I said , we should be proud of what we have accomplished. It wasn't handed to us. I can count every drop of sweat I left in that gym and down my shower drain come on......He agreed. Silly man, not like we brag about it, but I don't mind sharing with someone when they ask or say how great we look. We do look good but the important thing is we feel good. Health is first
Sunday, January 18, 2009
Saturday, January 17, 2009
Does anybody out there have nuts for family members? Honestly I think I was mixed up in the nursery of the hospital and then sent home with a crazy family. I love then but OMG........It seems like when things are going good for me the rest of my family falls to hell in a hand basket you might say. I am talking craziness. From close relatives to extended ones I feel caught in the middle of what time warp am I in. Does anyone else feel that way...............and then in all of what I think is a normal life they call me the weird one. I go to church, I am happily married, I have 2 great kids, a job I love, and I am the weird one? I don't marry people I have only known for a week, I don't abandon my children, I don't throw crazy fits in public and have the police called out to settle it, I don't live with older men twice my age, I don't go years without speaking to my family..............and I am the weird one??? Obviously I can't give you more details, not sure who reads this blog but can you believe the things that go on? I am so thankful for Jesus, for being a child of God.For knowing what he expects of me. The craziness that goes on in mine & Kyles family, I am not sure where God is in their lives.I am just thankful everyday I know HIM and he loves me and I can't stand drama............how do people live on drama? I have to much to keep up with in my house how can I ever make time to keep up with others but that's what my family does, call and stir the pot. I am thinking of not answering the phone any more. I have prayed and will continue to pray for these people, they are too God's creation.......What do you do, I guess sit back hold on and just listen.
Trey asked the question a few days ago, Why do you blog? This is why I blog.It is a stress reliever as well as I know I have friends out there who will listen to me , pray and be a friend. Thanks for reading.
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Saturday, January 10, 2009
On another note I have a really cool software I have yet to use to create your own cookbook. If anyone out there would like to make one with me I think that would be cool to have a community healthy eating cookbook. I love fun stuff like that and I know there are tons of you crafters out there. Let do one..................Happy Weekend.
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
Cora and her dirty face.....We did just finish dinner. See the chicken in her mouth?
Matthew hates the camera, the kids loved it. Look at those poses.
Matt not real thrilled with my picture taken. He knows I will blog with them.
We had fun last night. Family that's what it is all about.
Monday, January 5, 2009
First I have to thank my friend AMY, she inspired me to start running(I don't do that much) but it got me started, so huge hugs to you my dear friend you saved me.
Second I have to say THANK YOU to Steph. owner of F3 our local gym for opening the doors, and letting me bug her with all my questions about everything from workouts to eating right. She has been great to us.
Now for the good part. ALL that sweating has started to pay off .I am not where I want to be but I am closer. Kyle has lost about 15lbs, me 11lbs. I have lost 11 inches total , & 7 in my waist alone.....Hey I don't have my muffin top anymore.....They do go away you just have to sweat them off. I have never been this motivated in my life...Life is good.
What inspires you?