Saturday, March 10, 2018

Pray for Me...

And I will pray for you.
This prayer.

What if we all diligently prayed this prayer for one another?
This would be a world changing prayer.

"I pray that you will be blessed by God that whenever you speak that He will give you the words to lovingly and fearlessly make known the mystery and hope of the gospel of Jesus." 

What a prayer. Really, what if we did?

Blessings! Amy

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Legacy of Jesus Thoughts...

Just a thought that came to mind this morning.
You are documenting hope for future generations when you write down your Jesus thoughts and life experiences and scriptures that are dear to your heart.  I have already had one of our boys ask about wanting to have his grandmother's bible someday. I pray that there will be a day that our children will treasure the bible I read from because it will have drawings and words written down that meant something to me and that helped me live the life God called me to.

I believe that the scriptures that we write down and journal will be invaluable to our children in the future. They will be a great witness to what we felt life was about and a timetable of living for God and for His Kingdom.

I know that it takes time and it is more work than pulling scripture up on your phone quickly but there is something about even just taking 30 minutes of slow dwelling with God in a Bible that you hold in your hands and taking the time to write about Him. (Even just a few words.)  I pray that when I am gone that our children and grandchildren will see truths and gain spiritual knowledge and courage from what we have taken time to write down and witness to about God.

Dwelling in the Word is indeed a grand adventure...
Maybe it is work at first. Yes. But then you see it is alive and relevant to your life.
Then a little fire ignites. You become thirsty for it. It changes your perspective on everyday happenings.  You begin to see how the Spirit that lives within you lives and moves and has it's being in you.  Amazing.
Acts 17:24 “The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands. 25 And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything. Rather, he himself gives everyone life and breath and everything else. 26 From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands. 27 God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us. 28 ‘For in him we live and move and have our being.’ As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’
Blessings! Amy

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Jan's Vanilla Almond Granola...

Good morning! I have been making this scrumptious granola for several years. It is my sister in law's recipe and so many people have asked for it that I thought I would post on here and direct people to the blog to copy.  Beware though...this stuff is quite addicting.

My sweet sister Jan...the master cook, wise nurse, camp secretary that holds all things CBH together, exemplary mama, etc. I love her.

You can see how "loved" this recipe has been. :) I hope that you can read it cause today there is no time to type it out. Sorry!! You have to work hard to see the recipe to gain the mouth watering goodness. Ha! Or, something like that. I need to make a batch of it for comfort food today as I pull out all of our tax papers to start working on them. Oh happy day. Not.
So, there you go! Enjoy!

Here is some more inspiration straight from the Word of God. Love this verse. It sure was a comfort to read this morning. God gives true joy to His people through the hope in Jesus and His story.

 This is just a sweet bonus picture. :)
Blessings! Amy

Friday, March 2, 2018

New Life...

The verse I read today from the daily Bible reading was this: 
Jesus gave us His life to save our lives. 
We also witnessed new life coming into the world this week.
 Sweet Saylor was born early Wed. morning. 
 We are thrilled with the addition of another precious granddaughter. 
There is a sweet God story that we were blessed to witness that night.  Our daughter in love was having pretty good contractions but not regular and the nurse was saying that she would have to go home from the hospital and wait it out there because she was not dilating quickly enough.  She was concerned at how she would know when to come back and was already in a lot of pain. So, our son laid his hands on her and the baby and prayed that God would please speed this up and make more happen because we felt she absolutely did not need to go back home at this point.

No kidding, she had two more contractions and her water broke probably 8 minutes after that prayer. Things sped up really quickly. God was so wonderful to hear us and we praise Him for that answered prayer.  It felt like a very thin place of contact with Him and I am thankful for all of us being blessed to witness it happen.

Prayer is so powerful and awesome. Sometimes I think we don't even think to ask for His help or blessing or comfort and I believe He is just waiting to come to our aid.  Thank you God for bringing this precious new life into the world. May she love you all her life and be a witness to Your goodness and love.
 Sister already loves her. :) 

 Sugar and spice and everything nice. 
Blessings! Amy

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Farm Life and Family

Last weekend I had a special few days with my Mom and Dad. It was their birthday weekend.  My Dad turned 85. He is still going strong and working hard. Amazes me. He survived a terrible tractor accident a few years ago and managed to heal and get back to hard work.  He sure loves the farm life. Mom turned 83 and is doing good. What a joy to spend time with them.
 I love this tin wall. I would love to use some of it in my house! So cool.
 Sugar. The best dog around.

 We love you Mom and Dad! 
Happy Birthday!
Sweet granddaughter hugs are the BEST! 

 The sun creeping out as I was leaving Sunday morning.
Always lovely viewing the sunrise on their porch.
As we are about to add more children to this big family I spend a lot of time being thankful for the heritage of faith passed down and taught by our parents and the leadership and love for God they have shown.

I pray that we can continue to tell the stories of the good news of Jesus and that our grandchildren will still be telling about Him years into the future.

Won't it be amazing to all meet in Glory some day?
Ah...what a day that will be.

The Lord be exalted! Ps. 40:13

Blessings! Amy

Monday, February 19, 2018

This Little Light...

The scriptures above really made me stop and pause this morning to ponder how I handle and live out what I have been given.  A lot of the time I feel like I am the person that hears the Word and lets the cares of the world and desires for other things enter in my heart and choke out the truth, therefore I am unfruitful.  That concerns me and helps me to examine what my life looks like and what the truth of it is. Is my light shining? Am I bearing fruit?

This is why I need to be in the Word daily. I am so self centered. If I don't read these truths daily then I don't even think much about who I should be before God and the cares of the day crowd Him out.

So thankful for the Word.

I love this instagram post that came across my feed a few days ago.  Like Aaron Ivey says, "WHAT A PRAYER! Take a risk and pray it with me."

I am praying that we all continue to dig into the Word and that God is showing us what we are to lay on our hearts daily. It is a game changer to ask God to show you through His Spirit what you need to see and learn and dwell on when you read scripture. The Word is alive. Have a super Monday!

Blessings Amy 

Monday, February 5, 2018

A Little Facebook Breakup...

This pic above was me. Not the girl, but the guy.  My husband was the one who would get agitated with me again and again. We have been pretty upfront about no phones while eating together, during worship, when visiting with guests, while driving, etc. but outside of those times I did not have much self control. 

Facebook was the draw most of the time. Instagram and Twitter were interesting but not like zoning out of the present and into facebook. (Notice I refuse to capitalize facebook when I don't have to. Can't give it that power. wink. wink.) Truly though, it was running my world but I just would not admit it and really did not even notice what it was doing.  I enjoyed keeping up with friends, reading foodie posts, getting health tips and getting outraged at political stuff. (No, not really.) I started to feed on the sensationalism and crazy stories and noticed I would be upset about things that "might" happen and alarmed at all the political speak. Even though I hated how people treated each other, it was sadly interesting to kind of watch it happen. The scrolling and scrolling was addicting to me. 

The past 5 years or so I have been trying to train my mind, heart and schedule to be in the Word of God daily. Like I wrote about my husband in my last post, I have had his constant, quiet example for years of him studying in the mornings. I have done pretty good in making this standing appointment for quite some time but the facebook addiction was still ruling. I am thankful that I have a husband that loves me enough to tell me over and over (knowing I would be annoyed) that I had a problem. "Honey, you don't seem to be able to put your phone down." "Do you really have to be on facebook the first thing in the morning?" "You are always so stressed about things you cannot control after reading all of that stuff." Now, why in the world could I not curb my incredible desire to check into what was happening on facebook before I even poured my first cup of coffee or cracked open my Bible? I don't know, but most of the time, I couldn't. Pitiful. Believe me, sharing this is painful and is hurting my feelings, but it does feel good to be honest.  I actually think I let the enemy that prowls around looking for someone to devour (1 Peter 5:8) maintain a stronghold through it in my mind and life for a long time. I know that sounds dramatic but I believe it is profoundly true. 

God started to bring to mind all of the things I had been neglecting and the people I have looked through, and not at and the huge amounts of wasted time that I cannot get back. He showed me that my example of staring at my phone is a terrible pattern that my children and grandchild are seeing and will think is perfectly normal and carry on in their lives.  He brought to mind all of the wonderful things I could be doing and dreaming about to further the Kingdom and to love people instead of being stressed out and comparing myself to other people constantly on social media and constantly picking up my phone to scroll to see what was happening. Basically, living by watching everyone else's lives and not living mine. 

So, I finally decided to just take the facebook app off of my phone in January.  It was hard at first, kind of like what I might imagine someone going totally off of sugar and feeling that they might die or some other addiction that makes you feel panicky not to have. But after about a week I realized I was free. In a way, I had my life back. I had my eyes opened to things I had neglected and I had better conversations with people and I was not stressed out like I used to be. I felt lighter and was moving more (not sitting all the time) and talking more and  I still have a desktop computer that we use for work and I allow myself to look at facebook once a day but no scrolling is allowed. There are few pages I go to and people I to go directly to check on, but I have put a time limit on it. 

I know I am not alone in this. I am afraid satan is using this fun tool (our phones) to isolate and anger and entertain us right out of our minds.  God help us. God help me. I am thankful, even ecstatic about this little bit of facebook freedom for my heart and mind.  Our phones and facebook and instagram and twitter and whatever else we use can be tools to glorify God and spread the great news of Jesus and I am so thankful for that. Let us keep an open mind and be on the lookout for how easily we can get lulled into letting these communication tools became a huge distraction and stronghold. 

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.

Blessings! Amy

Friday, February 2, 2018

He Reads...

I am so thankful for my husband for many reasons, but the one I want to visit shortly about today is how blessed I have been to have his example all these years of daily Bible study.  He is an early riser and there have been very few mornings of our married life that he has not been up and in the Word. He reads and then journals thoughts and scriptures and then talks to God. He also reads other powerful books that point to God and to Godly leadership and good life. 

He has about 20 years of daily bible reading journals that he can look back on and remember hard times and good times and he can see how God has moved in and through and with us. He sees how God has answered prayers, not answered prayers and how He made us wait on Him for long periods of time, usually to teach us something.  One of his favorite quotes is: "Readers are leaders". I believe that after watching him grow all these years. 

Rooted deep and strong in his heart is first and foremost the Word of God. 

I am thankful that he is in love with Jesus. 
I am thankful that he gets emotional about God.
I believe that he leads a humble and sanctified life (not perfect) before God because after all these years of spending time with Him it is God he longs to please. Not me, not men, but God. 

I pray that men in our country and all over this world will lead their families to heaven. I pray that men will lead their wives. I pray that all men that seek Jesus will be committed to being in the Word. I pray they will make a daily appointment to draw near to Him, not to check off a box but to fall in love with Jesus. I pray for such a deep love that what the world has to offer will hold no appeal. 

A few days ago Wes (our 20 something year old son) and I were discussing a scripture that spoke about mighty men in the Bible. He made a comment that was haunting. He said he wished that he knew more mighty men in the church. Oh, how our young men need to see mighty men of God.  Men of God, please live out loud for Jesus. Show our young men that He is more important than anything else in your life. Please show emotion in worship about God. Let us see who your heart belongs to. In your jobs and our in the world please leave an example of uncompromising faith and honesty and trust in God. Our young men especially are watching and want to learn and want your example and want a visual, spiritual goal to strive toward. They need to see Jesus with skin on.  They need to see Him through you. 

I am so thankful for the men that I see that are living and loving for God. I pray that our boys have encounters with you mighty men of God so that they will have a bigger desire to know this God you love so much. I pray also that our girls will be drawn to Jesus because of your love and example of what a man should live like and love like. 
I took a picture of the last entry from Sid's daily bible/scripture journal from today because I wanted to see what scriptures were on his heart for the day. I especially love the last one. We talked a lot about this scripture to our boys when they were growing up. 

Bind them on your heart.
Fasten them around your neck.
When you walk they will guide you.
When you sleep they will watch over you.
When you wake they will speak for you.
The Words of God are alive. 

Right now he is also reading this super little book by Mark Batterson.

Here are a few pictures of very powerful words from the book...
I LOVE this: We don't read the Bible. It reads us. 

This verse was so sweet to me this past week:
Show me Your ways, O Lord, teach me Your paths; guide me in Your truth and teach me, for You are my Savior and my HOPE is in You all day long. Ps. 25:4-6

When we stay in the Word we realize we get to be shown how to live and be guided and taught and get the blessing of hope. 
 Have a happy week! Run with joy and let's continue to read together daily. 
 Blessings! Amy

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Hey Wednesday!

I am two days late. Sorry. :)
I have been trying to be disciplined to do some things in my life on schedule. Unfortunately, crazy life has happened the past few days. It has been a challenge for me to be scheduled. I am a fly by the seat of your pants kind of person but I know I need to practice working harder at sticking with a plan on some things.  I pray God will keep working on me (and not give up).

The last few days have felt like this: 

Here are few scriptures from this past week from the One Year Bible that really stuck out for me:
This one was from this morning. This was one of the scriptures that I used to sing to our boys when they were small. I would just put any catchy tune with a short scripture and sing them over and over. (Like my Mom used to say, "Talk truth until you are blue in the face.")  I can still hear them and see them singing with me. Some days I really miss those little ones. 

What a powerful passage. 
My mouth and my heart. 
All of it Lord, may it be pleasing to You. 

And this one:
Gen. 39:7-10-Now Joseph was well-built and handsome, and after a while his master’s wife took notice of Joseph and said, “Come to bed with me!”

But he refused. “With me in charge,” he told her, “my master does not concern himself with anything in the house; everything he owns he has entrusted to my care. No one is greater in this house than I am. My master has withheld nothing from me except you, because you are his wife. How then could I do such a wicked thing and sin against God?” And though she spoke to Joseph day after day, he refused to go to bed with her or even be with her.

Verse 9 just really helps me to see how I have to put everything in my life under the thought that I live to please God.  Joseph knew it was wrong and that he would displease his master but his biggest concern was pleasing and being obedient to his God. I pray we can all have this bigger view of how we live our lives. 

I love straightforward verses like this:
Psalm 15:1-5

Who may live on your holy mountain?
The one whose walk is blameless, (innocent of wrongdoing)
who does what is righteous, (morally right or virtuous)
who speaks the truth from their heart
whose tongue utters no slander,  (a false and malicious statement)
who does no wrong to a neighbor,
and casts no slur on others; (making damaging or insulting allegations)
who despises a vile person
but honors those who fear the Lord; (highly respect and esteem)
who keeps an oath even when it hurts, (a solemn promise)
and does not change their mind;
who lends money to the poor without interest;
who does not accept a bribe against the innocent.
Whoever does these things
will never be shaken.

I pray that this week is a smooth and calm one. I pray that we can all see God more clearly as we continue to meet Him each day in His Word and in prayer as the Spirit leads us. 

Blessings! Amy