Friday, August 20, 2010

Summer fun!

This has been a hot summer this year!! I am so very thankful that Jason's sister and brother-in-law has a pool!! We are pretty much the only ones who use it. Joshua and Jessica both made huge accomplishments this year!! I am sure that Joshua could have done this last year, but I have a hard time letting go :) This year, I finally let him swim in the deep end...he was thrilled!! He's been ready for awhile and does very well! Jessica pushes herself and has been practicing constantly so she could swim alone in the deep end too. With much practice and with Jason and I with her, she is another fish in the water!! She too is excited to be able to swim in the deep end by herself, of course with me watching like a hawk!! Jacob was excited to realize that he could touch bottom in the shallow end without a floatie :) And of course, Jesse has been having a blast diving, swimming backward, doing forward and backwards underwater summer saults...pretty much anything he can think of, he loves swimming!
I hate seeing summer come to an end :( But as the saying goes, ''All good things come to an end''

Thursday, August 19, 2010

I Will Praise You in This Storm

I Will Praise You in This Storm ~Casting Crowns

I was sure by now, God, that You would have reached down
and wiped our tears away,
stepped in and saved the day.
But once again, I say amen
and it's still raining
as the thunder rolls
I barely hear You whisper through the rain
''I'm with you''
and as Your mercy falls
I raise my hands and praise
the God who gives and takes away

And I will praise You in this storm
and I will lift my hands
for You are who You are
no matter where I am
and every tear I cried
You hold in Your hand
You never left my side
and though my heart is torn
I will praise You in this storm

I remember when I stumbled in the wind
You heard my cry to You
and raised me up again
my strength is almost gone, how can I carry on
if I can't find You
and as the thunder rolls
I barely hear You whisper through the rain
''I'm with you''
and as mercy falls
I raise my hands and praise
the God who gives and takes away

I lift my eyes onto the hills
where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth

Monday, August 9, 2010

Friends :)

Hannah and Jessica's last time of spending quality time together for a while. Hannah and her family will be ministering in Coasta Rica for a year. We will miss them!

Friday, August 6, 2010

Overcome

A few months ago, a friend had given me a couple of songs that she wanted me to hear. So I jotted the two songs down and was like, ''ok, when I get a chance, I'll look it up.'' One of the songs was called Lead Me by Sanctus Real and now have heard it several times now on Klove...very good song. Today as I was flipping through a book called God's Promises that is filled with just scripture verses, I came across that little piece of paper of the two songs I jotted down a few months ago. I realized that I never looked them up, again I've heard the one many times now, but the other one I just couldn't remember if I have ever heard it. So I looked it up on youtube. Within the first few notes, I knew the song. We've sung it at church a few times. Overcome by Desperation Band or New Life Worship. I needed this song today. I looked up the lyrics and wrote them down to take in the words. I also came across this verse in reference to this song.
Revelation 12:11 ''And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.''
I am reading a book called Idols of the Heart. What idols have I placed before my God? time, people, what others think of me?? ''Idols cause us to ignore the true God in search of what we think we need'' ''Jesus said that the primary love in your heart has to be centered on God, anything less than that is idolatry'' ''As the Holy Spirit illumines your heart to Christ's beauty, your love will grow. The false gods that entice will lose their appeal'' ''Every day we have to choose whom we will love the most: God or ourselves (and the gods we create)''. These were just a few points that have so far stuck out to me in this book. I am starting chapter 7. Anyways, this song and verse in Revelations and the book I am reading, has reminded me that if we choose Christ, He will help us overcome trials, tribulation, and temptation. I struggle everyday, but with God on my side, I will overcome.

Overcome~ Desperation Band

Seated above, enthroned in the Father's love
Destined to die, poured out for all mankind
God's only Son perfect and spotless one
He never sinned, but suffered as if He did

All authority, every victo-ry is Yours
All authority, every victo-ry is Yours

Savior, worthy of honor and glory, worthy of all our praise, You overcame
Jesus, awesome in power forever, awesome and great is Your name, You overcame

Power in hand speaking the Father's plan
You're sending us out, light in this broken land

We will overcome by the blood of the Lamb
And the word of our testimony, everyone overcome

Is it really August?

Wow!! Where has the time gone? Sorry for the lack of posts to all my fans out there...ha! j/k ;) Nothing really spectacular has been going on. We have still been finishing up on last years school material so we can get started on this years material :\ We've done some swimming, playdates at the park with friends, and the Racine County Fair. My sister had treated our family by taking us to the fair last Saturday.
This week I have been buckling down on getting last year school done. Please be in prayer for us, as right now we do not have the funds to order this years school material. I am trying not to fret, because I know that my God will provide, He always have!!
Next week, I am taking the kids to VBS in Racine. Seeing that we were unable to finish out the week at our church due to being sick, I was excited to find out that a church in Racine is doing the same theme as our church had. The kids are excited as well :)
Well, I guess I am not being a good listener as Jessica is doing her reading to me while I blog.....