Wednesday, October 29, 2008


In insurance we use a word, indemnity. Up until 4 months ago, I had never even heard that word. Here is the definition:
1. protection or security against damage or loss.
2. compensation for damage or loss sustained.
3. something paid by way of such compensation.
4. protection, as by insurance, from liabilities or penalties incurred by one's actions.
5. legal exemption from penalties attaching to unconstitutional or illegal actions, granted to public officers and other persons.

In insurance, we are there to "get you back to where you started." For example, a tree hits your house, we will fix the house to get it back like the way it was before.

Now, it is nice to be back the way we were before, but it is even better to be put back better than we were before. That is what God does. He takes our casualties and, if we allow Him to, He offers full redemption. I am studying Psalms right now and we are in Psalms 130. Verse 7 and 8 state, "Oh Israel, put your hope in the Lord, for with the Lord is unfailing love and with him is FULL REDEMPTION! He himself will redeem Israel (us) from ALL of our sins."

God more than indemnified us. He offer us protection and security. He was the compensation for our losses. He personally paid the price by offering up Himself. He offers protection from the liabilities of this world incurred by one's actions. And most importantly, He offers us legal exemption from penalties attaching to unconstitutional or illegal actions (HIS LAW) and it is granted to all who are willing to accept.

Not only does He do all that but He also uses those things to bring Him glory. He offers us FULL redemption and then He takes that mess we made and uses it for our benefit and His glory.

Beth Moore says in her Psalm study, "We are often convinced that the more we can be blamed for our plight, the less God can do about it."
Here is Jeremiah 29: 12-14 "You will call to me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you search for me with all your heart. I will be found by you - the Lord's declaration- and I will RESTORE YOUR FORTUNES and GATHER YOU FROM ALL THE NATIONS AND PLACES WHERE I BANISHED YOU- the Lord's declaration. I will restore you to the place I deported you from."

He is waiting to restore you back better than you started, will you let Him?

Sunday, October 26, 2008


I just got this recipe off a friend's site and thought I would share. Can't wait to make this!


This is an awesome treat!! I thought I'd share it with anyone who loves peanutbutter and chocolate. They are so easy to make and so yummy!!

1 cup sugar
1 cup light corn syrup
1 1/2 cups peanut butter
1 t. vanilla
6 cups cornflakes
1 1/2 cups chocolate chips

Heat sugar and corn syrup until sugar disolves.
Add melted peanut butter and vanilla.
Add 6 cups cornflakes and mix.
Form into small mounds
Melt choclate chips and drizzle over peanut butter mounds.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Slow Fade

After our home improvement bathroom project, I have been thinking so much about how one thing leads to another. I heard this song and it fit perfect for what I have been thinking. It is called Slow Fade by Casting Crowns. I remember singing part of the song growing up, "oh, be careful little ears what your hear. Oh, be careful little eyes what you see. Oh, be careful little mouth what you see." It is so true.

I think my favorite part is "people never crumble in a day, it's a slow fade." It is the small, seemingly little choices that lead to the big fall. The second glance, the flattery that leads to compromise, the desire for man's approval. It leads somwhere and often it is right into the darkness.

I have a middle schooler and it seems like everyday I am sending him out into the darkness of this world. How do I help him? I just don't know. I am using this song to explain how one thing leads to another, how he won't intentionally walk away from his walk with the Lord. It is a slow fade. I pray that we all see where we are slowing fading away from Him and turn back quickly.

Be careful little eyes what you see
It's the second glance that ties your hands as darkness pulls the strings
Be careful little feet where you go
For it's the little feet behind you that are sure to follow

It's a slow fade when you give yourself away
It's a slow fade when black and white have turned to gray
Thoughts invade, choices are made, a price will be paid
When you give yourself away
People never crumble in a day
It's a slow fade, it's a slow fade

Be careful little ears what you hear
When flattery leads to compromise, the end is always near
Be careful little lips what you say
For empty words and promises lead broken hearts astray

It's a slow fade when you give yourself away
It's a slow fade when black and white have turned to gray
Thoughts invade, choices are made, a price will be paid
When you give yourself away
People never crumble in a day

The journey from your mind to your hands
Is shorter than you're thinking
Be careful if you think you stand
You just might be sinking

It's a slow fade when you give yourself away
It's a slow fade when black and white have turned to gray
Thoughts invade, choices are made, a price will be paid
When you give yourself away
People never crumble in a day
Daddies never crumble in a day
Families never crumble in a day

Oh be careful little eyes what see
Oh be careful little eyes what you see
For the Father up above is looking down in love
Oh be careful little eyes what you see

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

The Story

For those of you who don't know our story of God's faithfulness, you can check it out here.

The cd will make total sense after reading that!


Sunday, October 19, 2008

New Music

My husband, Brad, has come out with a new cd. It's a 4 song ep that deals with pain and how we have faith through it. It is available at the link to the right. We pray that the songs will bring peace and comfort to you.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Hi Ho, It's Off to Work I Go

Work, I know why they call it work. It is work. It is hard and very exhausting. I feel like I am just putting one foot in front of the other to keep going. I am tired at night and tired in the morning and living on coffee and God's word each day. I mean I am having to just say, "Lord, i can't keep going without you." He keeps me going.

I have never been in a place like this before. It is such a neat place for me. It has been a long time since I have had to rely on the Lord to get by minute by minute, rely on Him for me to be shown what His love is like to a lost, lost world, to love my kids and be patient with them after a long day, to be kind and attentive to my husband after a long day. Oh, it can be done. It just takes total and complete reliance on Him.

Unfortunately, I had forgotten what that was like. Thankfully, He is slowing showing me what it is truly like to abide in Him, to let Him "do His thing" in my life.

May you live through Him today.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Good Questions

I got these from my sister!

1. What can cheer you up when you're feeling grumpy?
Coffee or sonic drink, hot bath, good book, and a long quiet time with Jesus.

2. Give one feature that could make or break the deal if you were shopping for a new home.

3. What's the craziest thing you've ever let your children eat for breakfast?

4. If you are a 'watch what you eat' kind of person, share a meal or dish that makes it easier to diet.
Wendy's Chili - the small has 220 cal and 6 grams of fat. (prob has too much sodium though)
Its fast, cheap and will keep you full for long time. For dessert, low fat graham crackers, marshmallow, and some chocolate chips - broil it in the oven and you have a great smore for one WW point.

5. Is there something you used to do as a child that you would never let your children do now?
I don't think there is. Well, I guess seat belts. It was not a law to wear them when I was little. ( i used my sister's answer, couldn't think of anything else.

6. If you have a daughter, are her ears pierced? When did you allow it?
Boys only here!

7. Are you the only person in your house who changes the TP roll??
I used to be but they are getting better about it

8. How old were you when you no longer lived with a parent(s) for the first time?

Monday, October 6, 2008

His Ways, Not Mine

I have been praying and trying to minister to a friend on our football team for months. They are having a hard time and I am trying to show God's love to them. I have asked numerous times for them to come to church but she always has a reason not to come. I was a bit frustrated and wanting God to move and move now!

He was, just not the way I had planned. Imagine that.

We have another lady on our team that her husband is gone for a year in Iraq and my oldest son said, "Mom, why don't you invite her to church?" I guess I hadn't really thought about it. I was so intent on "working" on my other friend that I hadn't seen the obvious--that others needed our God too. So, thanks to Drew's prompting, we asked. She came and so did her three kids.

Needless to say, our pastor shared the salvation message and really hit on those who knew the Lord but had walked far away from Him. He asked for those who needed to come back to Him to come down front and pray with him. Within seconds my friend asked to go down front. I walked down with her. I was amazed at how God was working. It was not what I was thinking He was doing but He was definitely moving.

It was such a neat thing for me to realize that God is working in ways I didn't think or expect. Yet, He is moving mightily! He is so good to me to let me see a glimpse of what He is doing, even when it isn't what I had planned. I am still praying for my other friend and knowing God in some way is working in her heart too!

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Home Improvement

Last night Brad decided he was going to paint the bathroom. We have wanted to paint for awhile but I just haven't had the energy. Thankfully, Brad has endless energy and started painting. When he was almost done, he came downstairs and told me he was going to pull up the baseboards too. I was a bit frustrated because one project always leads to another. Not that he cared that I didn't want him to pull up the baseboards to paint a room. He got busy and pulled up the baseboards. After about 5 minutes he came back downstairs to tell me that he was going to re-tile the bathroom floor. I was a bit shocked, we had talked about doing that one day but not right now. I kept asking questions . . . he finally admitted that when he pulled the baseboards off, he pulled up the linoleum and now he was just going to pull it all up. One thing always leads to another.

Isn't that the way it is in our lives. We start out with just foregoing our quiet time, then we skip church a few times, then we forget to even talk to Jesus. One thing leads to another. We slowly walk away and then we wake up are realize that we are stagnate and stale in our relationship with the Lord. Let's stop now, repent, and turn to Him before we wake up one morning with no floor or baseboards to speak of. The things that we lose when we forego our relationship with the Lord are costly. Turn to Him today.