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Sunday, December 19, 2010

We are here...

It is official.. we are in our own home. Moving little by little is a pain. I am not sure we saved any money with filling our gas tanks, but the focus was to be in our own place by Friday so we could spend the weekend before Christmas trying to make it a home. We have all fell in love with this home.. the hardwood floors throughout.. the living room, the built in inset hutch in the dining room.. of course the grown-children are excited to be in their own place and have their rooms.

Once things are in better order I will post pictures... OH and WE HAVE Internet!!!

Angie

Monday, November 29, 2010

When blessings are not blessings..

Tell me why do we always say things are a blessing when they really aren't?
Is it because we are afraid to speak the truth?
is it because by stating its not a blessing you could sound ungrateful?
I am very grateful for God's provisions, but will say that somethings are NOT a blessing! The truth is, its hard, it makes me wonder what He is doing, and why!

ok I know all of you are wondering what in the world I am talking about... I am talking about our living conditions. I have tried for the last 10 weeks to convince myself that this place is a blessing. But to be honest- IT has not been. Its not the physical place, it is not the beautiful mountains, or even the hour drive back and forth to my parents. Its the people who own it.

Their children have been a burden to my whole family. They have disrespected our privacy, and our things. They have no discipline, nor guidance in their lives. They have no idea how to honor others more than themselves. But what do you say? We have tried to set the boundaries that are needed for our sake and theirs, but they don't want to honor them.

I have held all this in for 10 weeks, not sure who to even share this with or how to even share this respectfully but the truth is the truth.

We do our children a GREAT injustice when do not train them. When we do not teach them how to respect others. When we don't show them that NOT EVERYTHING is about them.

Over the 20 years I have been a mother I have heard TIME and TIME again how great my children are. How wonderful, and how much people enjoy them. How well behaved, and respectful they are. Often times I say thank you, but every once and awhile I will say- to the Glory of God, but it has been ALOT of work.

Raising children is not easy. IT takes alot from both parents. Lots of time and prayer!! key word was time! They don't raise themselves. They don't learn manners on their own. They don't know right from wrong on their own, and they don't know how to respect others if they don't respect you.

I have always had this philosophy in life, I never wanted anyone to say" We love Sam and Angie, but those children. They are just so unruly I hate spending time with them because of those children."

Children are a blessing. Given to us by the Lord to raise, direct in the way they should go, to bring Him Glory and to leave a heritage, a legacy.



Lord help us!! Help us realize as parents how much we need to guide our children by your Word.

In Jesus Name!
Amen

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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Watching and waiting

Hello dear friends.. again it has been such a long time. But with minimal internet capabilities and days filled. It seems likes our days here in Pa are flying by. We celebrated my birthday last week. 40 years of age has come up upon me so quickly it seems like yesterday I was only 20 years old.

The very next day we celebrated Noah's 4th birthday. Wow 4- can it be for real that he is 4 years old. Oh how in so many ways I long for that little babe in my arms to hold, and cuddle with. Though I can share I am enjoying this spunky-crazy,out going, outspoken 4 year old, who goes by so many different names. Not one of them his own. He is Ironman, Warrior Machine, and Duck all rolled up in one!

Now as we wait.. to see what the Lord has next for us. Where He will have us live, and what job he would have for Sam it has been a challenge for us all. Trying to show faith and show patience in waiting on Him to do what He does best and that is provide.

Please pray as we continue to seek His face and do His will in our lives.

Angie

Monday, November 1, 2010

6 weeks and counting

Yes it's only been six weeks since our arrival here in Pa. In so many ways it seems so much longer. It seems like forever since we pulled up with our big 26 foot truck ready for a new beginning.

Life began right away- when I say right away I mean a day or two after arrival. At this point I had not gotten a routine down nor have even figured out where things were( a grocery store, post office, bank etc )when I was thrown full speed ahead into what has been the busiest time of my life. At first I was unsure and not really wanting to do what it was I was asked to do. Torn between my wifely/ motherly duties and the need that arose I stepped out meeting the need at the same time meeting the need of our family that was pending around the corner.( The Lord always knows before we do)

The weeks have blended into each other and looking back I wonder how mothers today manage "everything" or do they?
What suffers? Their homes? Their relationship with their spouse? The relationship with their children? Their relationship with Christ?

I also wonder how can I continue managing my homeschooling family, meet their needs and do what I desire to do?
You can not serve two masters.(Matthew 6:24 No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon. )
Yes since the course of the six weeks it has changed my heart from meeting a need to fulfilling something inside of myself that I did not know needed fulfilling. Feeling important, feeling needed and knowing that I am making a difference in even this small way.

Having freedom to make choices even down to, hmm, what do I want for lunch? I know sounds so petty and so stupid but in a life where everything has never been about you, your needs, your wants, your desires or even your dreams, where you have spent a life time laying your life down for others to help them accomplish their life aspirations and dreams. And yet feel you are spinning your wheels in the mud! To watch and see those you have made sacrifices for seem to not appreciate the depth of your sacrifice. Or attempt to take what you have given them and grasp it in it's full capacity.

I guess I could turn those thoughts on Christ and his ultimate sacrifice to us- praise be to Him that He does not get frustrated with me! Nor give up on me or feel that his sacrifice is no longer worth anything. Even though I know at times I have devalued that sacrifice with my defiling sin and attitude!


So dear friends that is what has been going on in a very brief "nut shell"
Please pray for me

Angie

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Happy 18th Anniversary

Today I celebrate 18 years lying next to the most incredible man I have ever known. There is so much to be thankful for. So much he gives me and shows. He has given me an example of how to love the Lord Jesus Christ with such faithfulness and loyalty. His example of unwavering love and steadfastness in the Word and his convictions give me strength to move forward when I am unsure. 

His tenderness,compassion, and strength to our children has shown me what an amazing father one can be. Often I wonder what my life would have been like if I  had him as a father. I am grateful that he is the father to my children.

As a person- his love for the Lord shines through as he deals with everyone with such compassion and love. He brings the best out in everyone who knows him. 

His wisdom is beyond his years, beyond how he was brought up. He shows how Christ has changed him and He lives in the steps of the one who created him!(Jesus Christ)

Thank you Lord for showing grace on this poor lost soul, hearing my prayers and bringing into my life my knight in shining armor!

I love you Sam

Angie

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Transition

We are easily and quickly transitioning into our new life here in PA. The place we are staying is gorgeous in so many ways. The majestic mountains surround us on almost every side and it is isolated from traffic and civilization.

The home we are temporarily staying in is very nice though there are a few inconveniences but with the Lords grace we will manage. We just keep reminding ourselves the blessing this place is to us.

It's makes me appreciate friendships and sad that families today have become so detached from each other that they do not try to meet each others needs or carry each others burdens. In no way do they want to inconvenience their lives.

The children are anxious to begin the refereeing here. It has not been as easy as anticipated not for lack of effort on our part. Seems to be a bit on slow side here.

My Maria and Joseph both celebrated a birthday. They each turned another year older. They have been gracious to the situation, enjoying a meal of their choice and a small dessert of their choice.

We have no Internet here- so posting to the blog will be very difficult so I probably won't do it much till we get to our own home. Then I will catch you up on everything...

Blessings and keep us in your prayers
Angie





Friday, September 17, 2010

Thankful Thursday...(Day two of our journey)

i am thankful for my beautiful wife and all that she is to me (my beloved husband)


I am thankful for safety and the Lords hand on our journey.


After a good night sleep I woke up early( around 6ish) and ready to start our day. I slowly started waking the rest of crew so that we could start moving and getting on the road. Everyone sluggishly started moving and gathering our things so we could eat breakfast.


After breakfast we went to fuel up to head towards Georgia.. Refreshed and ready we get on the road. Things were going great till I decided to take a sip of the energy drink called Munster:





I had never tried this stuff nor did I know what this stuff would do to me. I had to concentrate on driving because it instantly put my head in fog. Where I felt very strange and my body was reacting to this nasty stuff. Finally after about an hour or two I could not take it anymore and I had to stop because it also affected my stomach. I learned something about this stuff. My children will never drink this stuff again. It is dangerous stuff!!



We made it to Georgia-



After a break, and lunch at subways-


thanks to my wonderful friend Marsha at Other Such Happenings who gave us coupons for subway which we stopped in Georgia. It was a great lunch and time to getting my body ready for the next part of our trip.



This is a water tower we passed - isn't it cool??


We trucking along just fine until we came upon this in South Carolina close to Greenville.




It took us about an hour to get through this traffic. We think it was because of an accident but we did not really see anything. We just got pass this certain spot, and the traffic opened up.


It did not take us long after this point to hit North Carolina



After a while everyone needed a break so we stopped at the North Carolina welcome center/rest center.


The children spotted a field and started running and kicking a soccer ball around. Even the dog went crazy!



Noah kicked his shoes off and went crazy!


We stayed there for about 3o minutes letting the kids run around and get their energy out, not to mention it helped wake us all up.



After about another 4 hours we finally made it to my sisters about 10:30pm. It was a long day, but the Lord was gracious and merciful.


Angie





Thursday, September 16, 2010

Day one of our trip..

Thanks to our wonderful friends, the Saldana's we had a wonderful evening after a day of packing. Because we were able to get everything done so early we cleaned the house, and handed in our keys to the rental home. Our friends, offered their home for us to stay in and we took them up on the offer. It was such a blessing to us.(though I was exhausted!)

The next morning we woke up she made us breakfast. After the day of loading and cleaning we had - my brain was fried. I could not remember what I did with my directions. We could not find the GPS- yes it was a great start to our journey.. but instead of getting frustrated my beloved and I just took a deep breath and decided we knew which way we needed to head, so just drove. Good thing I put the good old fashion maps in the moving truck and one in my car.  So that is exactly what we did.. we drove toward the right direction and we had two navigators- Joey and Samuel.

We made it through the great swamps of Louisiana-











We stopped for Gas and lunch just outside of Baton Rouge .We ate at Chick Fil A- they were so nice and hospitable.(gave us water for poor Beaulah)...



as we were leaving this area- the light in the background is where we saw the Lord Jesus' hand at work over our family.

We were sitting at that light waiting to turn left on to the highway.

Samuel in the Penske truck

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was the leader- since the truck only can go up to 70 miles an hour because of the governor that is on it.Anyway- as he was turning he noticed the traffic .Of course he noticed a car coming but her turn signal was on so he thought she was turning to get on the highway too- but she didn't. She kept going as he was coming across to get on the highway. That is when I watched as God's hand came down and stopped that HUGE, overloaded Penske truck  instantly. I gasped and KNEW He was there with us- guiding us, keeping us safe and I know it was the prayers of many that that moment did not turn into a situation that would have been unpleasant. His protection was there, watching over us, and the lady whose car would have been totaled.

We all took a deep breath and praised Jesus- prayed knowing HE was with us.. and onto Mississippi we went...



We breezed through Mississippi and headed into Alabama- and arrived into Montgomery without another incident and knowing that we were blessed to see the hands of God with us. Along the way we tried to make things fun- though that is hard to do while driving.. so this is how Alex and Paul entertained us..





Yes salt of the Salt N Pepper team showed up. I wish you all could have seen the reactions of others as we drove by.. it was fun, and funny! Some reacted and drove away as fast as they could, others laughed and took photos on their phones, so he just might end up some where on facebook! My little Super Hero!

We made wonderful time- arrived to our hotel room in less than 10 hours to our hotel room.. which was great. Driving time was 10 hours, with stops longer.. and we arrived there sooner than we thought. We were all tired, and hungry so we headed to Waffle House for dinner/breakfast. The children were laughing, and sharing about things they saw and did. We had a blast and were ready to go to bed when we got back to the room. I fell asleep instantly...

Ok well I am going to go.. Look for day two of our trip tomorrow!!

Angie

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Moving day...

We went and got the truck and that is where the adventure begins-

We were blessed to have many hands that came over to help. We started loading the truck around 10ish, we were done by 1:30. Many hands make for light work.. it is so true!

Here are some fun shots of our moving day-

























Thank you Saldanas and Dosseys for helping us out. It would not have been easy  or gone as fast or been as fun without you!!

Thank you Jesus for brothers and sisters in Christ!

Angie

Friday, September 10, 2010

Giveaway...

I never win them but when it is a good give away I take the time to share. Anything that will strengthen my children in their faith.. any curriculum, book, or material is worth the time..

Over at Raising Hommakers she is giving away the full curriculum for The Prairier Primer. If you are a Little House on the Prairie fan-you will love this curriculum. I will let you know if I win...

Angie

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Wanting more...

Have you ever been in a place where you wanted more from your walk with Christ?

I want more of Him.

I want more of Him in me.

I want more of  Him emmulating through me and less of me.

Does any of that make sense?

I want to be who He wants me to be.

I want to live out His commands in my life.

I want to please HIM and only Him.

I woke this morning with this desire of wanting more.. what do you do with that? These are the times I wish I had a mentor. Someone wise, strong in faith, that could give me direction on how I can channel this desire in the right direction.

Do mentors even exist anymore?  There was a time that a young woman knew that she a mentor because normally it was her mother. So many of us women are wondering around lost, trying to figure out how to do things, how to figure out life problems on our own. (which is why we fall)  Because like wild animals we have been left to the wild to figure things out, and sometimes we get chewed on by a wild animal because of naivety and lack of experience.

Help me to find You Lord as I seek your face this morning...

Thanks for letting me ramble!

Angie

Monday, September 6, 2010

Count Down Week...




Happy Labor day all- I am here alone sitting here on the computer while Noah still snoozes realizing that this is the last week I will be in this house! Next week on this very day we will be picking up our truck to prepare for our big move to PA, by Wednesday we will head north to start a new chapter in our lives.

I have lots of mixed emotions, apprehension is definitely one of them, excitement, anxiousness, should I keep going?? Most of all READINESS! Ready for the change, ready to be back home, ready to be close to my mom, ready to see friends that we love so very dearly, JUST READY!!

Please keep us in your prayers this week as we prepare, finish cleaning, packing fixing, getting ready for whatever the Lord has in store for us!

Thank you all!!

Angie

Friday, September 3, 2010

My child in Nicaragua

Have I ever shared with you that I have a child in Nicaragua? Well she is really not mine but as I sponsor her, receive pictures and letters from her, she sure feels like mine. Her name is Maria.- She is a sponsor child that we took on sponsoring  May of 2009. I knew for our family it would be a sacrifice, but to each of us(me and the children) it has become very important that Maria has what she needs. The desire of our hearts is that she know Jesus so through our sponsorship we hope we can give her the love of Christ and show her how much Jesus does love her.

Often times I find myself wanting to hold her, hug her, and tell her how truly loved she is.( oh how awesome that would be!!) She is only in 3rd grade and she lost her mother already. She is being cared for by her grandmother, and father. She has brothers as well. But as a young lady- she is alone, yes she has her grandma, but no mama.This mama's heart grieves for her knowing as she gets older and goes through changes she will struggle, and mourn desiring the care, and love from her mom. I pray that some how Jesus will fill that hole for her!

So I ask today that you pray for my Maria in Nicaragua. Ask Jesus to come into her heart, that you ask him to protect her, to care for her, to bring her up to be a mighty woman of God.  Ask Him to give her a love for Him and His Word. And also pray for us- that we remain diligent to our sponsorship, that the Lord bless the funds, and that the Lord guide Compassion International with wisdom as they minister to children all around the world.

Thanks for letting me share about my little Nicaraguan Child.

Angie

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Thankful Thursday


I am thankful for people(brothers and sisters) who are willing to reach out and help when they may not even know you...

Last week I ordered a Saxon Algebra 1 book from a woman from a homeschooling classified site. The reason why I ordered it is because some where in the sea of boxes I have, there is the test forms for our Algebra and of course I could not find it without opening every box. So I went online and ordered it. The person I was ordering from did not accept Paypal, and I was really needing that test booklet as soon as possible, since that happened to be the math that Maria and Joey were in. I called the woman asking if there was some other way she could help me get these books faster.

The first thing she asked me was "Are you  a  Christian?  I said" yes ma'am"

She says "I will send the books priority today, before you send me the check. I trust you!"

I was amazed, astounded that a sister across the miles, who never saw me or met me would reach her hand out to help me in a way so many other brothers and sisters who do know me will NOT. She heard my burden and was willing to carry it for me. Wow- Thank you Kathy for touching the heart of a believer from so far away!!!

Angie

Monday, August 30, 2010

Monday Morning..

I always dread mondays-it is always busy, it is always hard to get everyone motivated and focused. Just when you get everyone flowing the week ends..

My weekend went quickly- I spent it AGAIN- driving the children back and forth to soccer. The weather Saturday was goreous. It started out cool, and it slowly warmed for them.Sunday of course was hotter. It started at 80 something- and just got warmer from there. The children worked really really hard. They were exhausted when they got home yesterday. Though I did not work, I was still very tired getting up at 5am- which I NEVER do-to drive everyone around, and stayed up all day.(you ever tried taking a nap with a three year old around?)

Sunday afternoon, after church we spent it with a very special family. Marsha from Other Such Happenings- she is an incredible person- I enjoyed her home(which is beautiful but most important the peace of the Holy Spirit reigns there), her children are fabulous, and she is amazing how she just manages everything at one time! I took photos of the children having fun- you can find them here. It was great to share the journey of Christ my family and I  have gone through, and to hear how the Lord has worked on them! God is truly an amazing loving God. I look forward to a few more opportunities of fellowship with her before I leave!

Ok You all- I have found something else to add to my birthday list.. See this birthday is a special Birthday- It is a big birthday- I will be 40 years Old. and why not celebrate it getting exactly what I want!! I am not sure if I will get any thing I want. or be able to get anything because of our move. But if the Lord should be so gracious to grant a want this would be a very strong WANT. NOT need, we all know that my needs are met. THANK YOU JESUS!!

This is the number one- "wanted" birthday present

EOS Rebel T2i EF-S 18-55mm IS Kit

Rebel XT2i

My next present is very very neat- and will go prefectly with the new camera or go perfectly for my old camera which ever- but either way it is very COOL and very feminine- which in that department everyone knows I need all the help I can get.



I have seen one of these in person and they are really incredible bags.. so of course it is a huge WANT in my life.  Samuel thinks I could sew one for myself for cheaper that I can buy this bag- though I will say in the searching that I did on other brands of these bags by Jotototes are the cheapest. I saw some of these bags at $300.00- for a camera bag- wow! Way too much for this mom!

To leave you on a spiritual note- This morning I read Proverbs 30- and a very particularly part stuck out to me I thought I would share with you:

15bThree things  are never satisfied;
four never say, "Enough!":

16 Sheol;  a barren womb;
earth, which is never satisfied with water;
and fire, which never says, "Enough!"

How true is this- that Hell is never satisfied. The more it gets or receives the more it wants.

A barren womb- is always hoping, never dying to the thought that one day it will carry life within it. The mother's heart hopes and seeks each month for a clear yes from the Lord- I know because I live this each month.

Earth- which is never satisfied with water- no matter how much rain comes down upon it.

And fire- which consumes everything in its path- and never stops its hunger.. all four of these liken on to each because of of its need or it ways to wants  for more and more!

I did notice how three of the four are destructive or can be if they are satisfied, Sheol, Earth, and fire.. only one brings the hope of life, and glory to our Lord.

I love when God's Word pops out at me and speaks straight to my soul.

Be blessed

Angie

Friday, August 27, 2010

Great post from my son

Here is a link to a post from my son- Sammy- he is the third one in line.. It is a must read!

Sam Sellers Familia Blog

Comment let us know what you think!

Angie

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Thankful-


Doing this makes me wonder what am I truly thankful for.. I guess the number one thing is knowing that I am redeemed. I am redeemed by Christ who is my redeemer. I am also grateful for the health of my children and my beloved. For strength that HE gives me each.  I know I know.. boring all the things most people are thankful for. But do we really realize what a blessing just our health is? How many people do you know that are sick in one way or another? Being thankful for healthy lives is not something to be taken for granted.


That is what I am most thankful for!


What are you thankful for?



Angie

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Does it really Matter?

I read this question "How do you maintain contentment with your station or calling in life?" from another blog (go check it out) and decided to blog about it myself.. It was one of those questions that make you go "hmmm".

I guess I will start with asking you the same question: How do you maintain contentment in your calling in life? Let me change the question- How do you maintain contentment in the position for life the Lord Jesus has placed you in?

I have spent many years of our (my beloved's and mine) 17 years of marriage working on and off. It was not till about 5-6 years ago did the Lord speak loud and clear to my beloved that working outside of the home for me, and maintaining the home, children and schooling was NOT possible. He came to this understanding that the Lord is our provider. Not that he did not know this, but it was just a nail that deepened in his heart that is not anything we do that puts food on our table or a roof over our heads. We are just tools, like a hammer by itself can not put a nail in the wall. We have to pick it up and swing, as God picks us up and swings us in the direction He wants us to go to provide, we are His tools to use. ( I do hope that makes sense-haha)

Anyway- contentment- how do we maintain it?

I think first things first- We must see what we do as important. We must realize we are not just raising children, or cleaning a house, or just cooking dinner. We are raising Warriors for Christ Kingdom, cleaning your beloved/ king's mansion, and preparing strength for those you love.

No job is too small when it comes to being a mother. Each job is different, we each do it differently, but NO JOB IS TOO SMALL. Everything you do is to equip them for their future for what the Lord has instored for them. What a great task and priviledge that is.

Second thing is seek not the things of this world. Your reward is not waiting here on this earth for what you are doing, and the seeds you are planting. Your reward awaits you in heaven, as you enter those gates and come face to face with the Creator of the World, what will He say to you?

" Well done good and faithful servant"?? or " turn from me I never knew you"?

So don't look at your neighbor, don't see what they have and you don't- because the truth is there is always going to be someone who has more than you, just like there is someone that does not have as much as you have.

So dear sweet sisters, remember NO JOB IS TOO SMALL, and know that your job is important, the most important to the Kingdom of Christ to raise a seed that will bring the Savior glory!

Angie

Ps- Be sure to check out these other blogs that asked themselves the same question: Rants n Rascals

This blog is a bit different because she does not speak on being a mother, but she sure hits home on being content- SOUL Survivor

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

A kiss on the lips....

Proverb24: 26 He who gives an honest answer
gives a kiss on the lips.


These words spoke so clearly to me this morning... What does it mean? And how does it apply to us?

Well this is what I get out of these words... A person who speaks honestly, and directly is someone who cares. Someone who is willing to put themselves out there in a place where others do not dare to tread. They are willing to tell you when you are wrong, or admit when you are right.

Are you one of those people? Or do you only tell people what you think they want to hear?

Are your words full of purity and truth? Or are they words that only benefit you?

We tend to forget that our words are important.  Words to each other, to your spouse, your children, your friends or family... are important and according to scripture we will give an account for every idle word.

Mathew 12:36"But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment"

What does the word idle mean?

Useless; vain; ineffectual;Unfruitful; barren; not productive of good

When you speak truth is it to encourage or to tear down?

As sisters in Christ we are to encourage one another with the Truth of the Word of the Lord.. to "kiss each other on the lips" with the Word that will heal those who are hurting, give wisdom to those who are seeking and bring joy to those who have sorrow!

Encourage one another today- show someone you care!

Angie

Sunday, August 22, 2010

My daughter the Referee

Here are some photos of my girl in action on her first weekend of being a soccer referee.

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She really is the prettiest referee out there!

Angie

Thursday, August 19, 2010

A time...

Ecclesiastes3:

1To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:

2A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;

3A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;

4A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;

5A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;

6A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;

7A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;

8A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.

For everything that we walk through there is a time, a season in which God uses for Him, to bring us closer to Him, to help us depend on Him, and for us to Love Him.

What season are you walking in today?

Are you in a season of healing?

Are you in a season of mourning?

Are you in a season of sewing? or

Are you in a season of reaping?

Whatever the season you are walking in- the Lord is able to walk you through it, carry you through it, or guide you through it. Whatever you need!

Dear ones- seek His face!

Angie

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Forgot to share

I forgot to share with you that Saturday my blog was featured on Pixel Perfect's Blog for her Getting to know you session... I am so excited.

Thank you Monica for allowing me to be part... Hop on over and check out what my answers where to her questions:

How long have you been married?

How many children do you have? ages?

What is the one thing that if nothing else "sticks" you want your children to learn from you?

and more.....

Go check it out at Pixel Perfect

Angie

Sunday, August 15, 2010

But God

This was written in our local Texas community paper and it was so profound and spoke straight to my heart with all the changes we will be going through with our move.

BUT GOD :
I want a life that by all accounts should have turned out a "certain" way.......but God!!! The kind of life that human reasoning or logic cannot explain. A life like the widow from 1Kings 17 who was going to make bread from the little flour and oil she had left and then die.....but God!!!
The life of Daniel who trusted God even when he was faced with hunger-ravaged lions ready to devour him...... but God !!!
A life like Joseph who, after being thrown into the pit by his own flesh & blood, not only forgave his offenders but believed God's great purpose in it all. Joseph understood what they had done was meant for evil. Yet when a famine hit the land and he had every opportunity to pay back his brothers, this is what he said..... 'BUT GOD sent me ahead of you to preserve for you a remnant on earth and to save your lives by a great deliverance"... (Gen 45:7)
Oh Lord , give me a "but God " life!
Perhaps you are tired and weary: you're down to your last loaf; you've been thrown in a pit. Don't give up !! Like Joseph, believe that God is able to work this out in your life. Not only can He work it out but He is able to bring more good from it than the enemy could ever bring bad. When we live with this simple humble faith, we're going to experience a "but God" life. Perhaps you don't believe that. Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you; He rises to show you compassion. For the Lord is a God of justice.. Blessed are all who wait for Him !!
I pray you'll read Isaiah 30:18 from the amplified Bible that turns up the volume on this scripture and take it personally, because the Lord is speaking to you ! I'm not sure where you are. Maybe you are struggling with sin or character issues, addictions..... Isaiah 30:19 says your time of tears is over. The Lord will surely be gracious if you ask for help. You can't do it on your own ..... BUT GOD....... your provider, protector, healer, deliverer, redeemer, Name above every name, lover of your soul....will answer your cry as soon as He hears !!!!!!!!


(kJV)

Isaiah 30:18
18 And therefore will the Lord wait, that he may be gracious unto you, and therefore will he be exalted, that he may have mercy upon you: for the LORD[ is] a God of judgment: blessed[ are] all they that wait for him.

Angie

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Saying "I love you"...

Thinking about these words. These words that are to express our deepest emotions. These words that are to leave us vunerable and open, just do not seem to have the impact they use to. Many people use these words so fleeting. They use them as if to say "thank you", or "I thought about you today".

For me "I love you" is not an easy thing to say. If I say I love you- I mean it from way down deep in my heart. They are not just words to be said but also words, that are to be put into action.

Have you ever thought about that? When someone says "I love you", do they show through their actions that they love you?  or do they leave you going Huh, really?

I have had those thoughts, wondering if the person who has declared their love really does love me because actions speak louder than words to me. I hear their words but then on the other hand see their actions and  they do not act like a person who even cares about my well being.

Jesus never states in the Word- "I love you" to anyone. He challenges us to love others whether they  love you back or not (Mat 5:46) He asks Simon Peter-  "do you love me?" (Jhn 21:15) But He does not say "I love you" but through His actions He shows us how much He loves us. He loved us so much He was willing to die for our sins. (now that is actions speaking louder than ones words) In His Words, and Commands, and Challenges to us He shows His love for us.

"I love you" are to be words from the heart.. My challenge to you today is- do you have people in your life that you declare your love to that wonder whether your words are true or not? Do your actions show how much you love them?

Be sure dear ones that your actions follow after your words.

Love as Christ loved!

Angie

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Fabulous post from my beloved husband

I am always amazed at my husband's convictions and abilities to interpret the Word- he is truly a Man God- and I think so many miss out on his Words. So I decided to put a link on here to his blog so that this post would reach as many as possible.

Rise up O'Men of God

Pass it on!!

Angie

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

The more I seek you...

The past few days have been strange.

Side note:Not to mention we spent the weekend without AC- not that we are not grateful that we had a place to go to stay cool, but it is never easy to be in others homes, dependent upon them for shelter. You try to be mindful and considerate since they are putting themselves out for your comfort. We were truly blessed by their selflessness.

Arriving home Monday, waiting for the AC guy to come, we spent the day in a 101 degree house. Do you know that when it is that hot, your fuse is VERY short? Your tolerance level is very low and you just do not want to put up with much more than the uncomfortableness of the heat. That is not a good combination at all!! (very dangerous trust me)

Well back to my strangeness.. I have been feeling very unfulfilled.. not as a wife or a mother. Oh how I love those two jobs. Samuel is so easy, and such a wonderful man to care for, and to help. And my children- well the Lord has truly blessed me! I am unworthy of those blessings! That's not it- I feel so unfulfilled spiritually.. have you ever felt that way? Going to church on Wednesday, Sunday, sunday night just does not seem enough. I do not want to be part of some social club that gathers 3 times a week and thats it but that is exactly what most churches are like. I want the Lord to use me. But I am not sure in what or how? I know we all have gifts but I am unsure what mine are!! So how can I be  used in something I have NO idea what it is? (am I making any sense to anyone out there?)

What is Christianity all about?

What is it for? I know it is not for self glorification, or satisfaction.

How do we find out our gifts and start using them?

Nothing is more fulfilling than knowing you are doing the will and work of the Lord!! Fill me Lord and guide me as I continue to seek you for answers...

Thanks for giving me a listening ear!

Angie

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Memories

I can say since we have lived here in Texas our "fun" memories are very few and far in between.. As I sit here and try to think of any memories we(as a whole family) have had they are few.. When we first moved here my mother came for a visit and took us all to Sea World, Space Center, and to the beach.(all of us together)

I,myself, with the children have done some fun things, like take the children to the beach and to the Natural Science museum with my sister, but very few times with all of us together. Those are the memories that stick most with children.. the ones where mom,dad, and them are there enjoying life.

Last night was one of those VERY rare moments for us.. We went to the MLS Allstar game against Manchester United. Let me tell you my children were in there own man-made heaven.

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We were surrounded by 70,000 other soccer fans, just like them

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Of course before the game began they had what looked like a mini carnival going on outside the stadium with a bunch of blow ups, and a bunch of free stuff. The children got to get a picture with a Dynamo player Jeff Cameron- he is a defensive player.

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We also walked around. I will share these scenes and environments are way out of our comfort zone. There was tons of alcohol all over the place, and with alcohol comes so many other things you don't want to see or even hear! Praise the Lord we were not out their long,because when we arrived was not long before the game was about to start.

We slowly walked into the stadium being herded like a bunch of cattle. We managed after 30 minutes of walking to make our way to our seats. Though the team we were routing for totally lost. It was a memory I know that they will not forget.

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These are times I am most grateful to our Heavenly Father for!(memories that we will have to share)

Angie

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