Day 22

I’ve always heard about how David was “a man after God’s own heart.”  That ‘s a pretty popular verse from the Bible.  It’s on greeting cards, Father’s Day Face Book posts, read at funerals, men’s retreats, and so on.  Sometimes when you hear things so frequently they can become familiar and lose some of their value.  But when I read those words this morning, they really stood out to me.

King Saul believed in God.  He even knew about making sacrifices.  In 1 Samuel 13 he made a sacrifice to the Lord, but He didn’t do it like God had commanded Him to.  He did it on his own terms.  And He lost His kingdom because of it.

1 Samuel 13:14 But now your kingdom shall not continue. The Lord has sought for Himself a man after His own heart, and the Lord has commanded him to be commander over His people, because you have not kept what the Lord commanded you.”

It wasn’t that God was looking for someone perfect.  Saul’s replacement was King David who definitely was not perfect, but he was a man after God’s own heart.  He was after God’s mind, will, and understanding.

What was the difference between Saul’s relationship with God and David’s?
Saul was more concerned with his will than God’s will.  David knew God’s will was most important.
For Saul, Saul was king.  For David, the Lord was King.
Saul made excuses for sin.  David repented.

Saul thought God would help him achieve goals.  For David, God was the goal.

God knows what we are after in our relationship with Him.  I want to be after his heart- his will, his mind, his understanding.  I want my motives to be pure, because I know he never stops searching.

  1. For David Guzik’s really great commentary on 1 Sam 13:14.
  2. That God is still searching for those after His heart.
  3. The reminder to keep my relationship with God about Him.  It’s not about what He can do for me.
  4. My niece and nephew got prophesied over last night.  I’m so glad they got to experience such an amazing gift of the Spirit.
  5. Nice morning for a walk and bike ride with the kids.
  6. My parents did a god job documenting things in my life like the first day of school.  I loved seeing all of my friend’s pictures of their kids on their first day today and it made me think of my first day pictures.
  7. My 3rd grade teacher.  Mrs. Day.  My favorite teacher by far.  She saw the gift of writing in me and encouraged me to pursue it even at such a young age.
  8. My parents for taking me to Young Authors Conferences when I was in elementary school.  They always let me try out things I was interested in.
  9. Memories of walking to school every day with my little brother after watching Rugrats.
  10. That same little brother is now a school teacher!  Thankful God has placed him somewhere where he can make a difference in his student’s lives.
  11. I got to stay in the same school district from kindergarden until I graduated.
  12. I got to graduate from high school a year early.
  13. Found a new snack Beau absolutely loves.  Sun Snack Mix Ups Berry Crunch.
  14. Fun play date this morning!
  15. My friends don’t mind a messy house.
  16. Watching the sun come up with Beau through the upstairs windows.  I could tell she really thought it was beautiful.
  17. Filled out a new patient form for Gus and was able to mark “no” next to all of the past medical issue questions.
  18. My sister Mindy takes so many pictures at family events.  I miss not being able to go to all the birthday parties, but when I see her pictures they make me feel like I was there.
  19. My parents were just on a mini vacation and spent their first night helping a lady who had been beat up by her boyfriend get to a safe place and shared Jesus with her.
  20. My mom takes after her dad!
  21. Beau gets so excited about nap time everyday.  What a good baby!
  22. When I opened a package of receipts I got in the mail from Ken Blount Ministries there was a surprise new make up brush!
  23. Beau took a 3 hour nap this afternoon!  I think she’s still recovering from her trip to Tulsa.
  24. Gus told me he missed Beau and asked if he could wake her up from her nap.
  25. My friend Anna brought over all of her girls size 6 shoes for Beau to borrow.
  26. I put 5 things on Ebay last night and 3 were already sold this morning!
  27. ‎537 precious people were born again this weekend at Gateway!
  28. Cabins booked at Robbers Cave for Newsom/Haggard family reunion next June!

Day 21

What does the Lord take pleasure in?  What makes Him delight?

I’ll give you a hint.  It’s the same thing I wrote about yesterday that brings us inexpressible joy.  Remember?

It’s Trust!  When we trust in Him it not only brings us joy, but it brings Him joy too!

Psalm 147:11 No, the Lord’s delight is in those who fear him, those who put their hope in his unfailing love.

When we fear (revere, stand in awe of, reverence, honor, respect) the Lord, it’s pleasing to Him because that fear turns into trust and honorable men love to be trusted!

In the verse before we find out He takes no pleasure in the strength of a horse or in human might.  

Seabiscuit, Michael Phelps.. not impressed.  Someone standing on the word and trusting God for healing.. now that’s what He’s talking about!

Every child of God wants to please Him, many think it’s impossible.  But it’s not! He’s pleased every time we put our trust in Him.  So based on the scripture yesterday and the scripture today it seems to me like trusting God is a win-win!

  1. That there is a way I can bring the creator of pleasure pleasure!
  2. God’s not impressed with my own righteousness, but faith pleases God!  I can do that!
  3. Making eggs for breakfast with Gus.  He cracked all 6 all by himself!
  4. Me, my parents, brother, sisters, niece & nephew were all praying together last night and this morning.  I’m thankful that we will see the fruit of what we have all been praying for soon!
  5. My sister’s husband got the job they were believing God for.
  6. God spoke to my sister in a really cool way about when she should have her quiet time.
  7. We had four first time visitors in my class at church this morning.
  8. Gus in his v-neck shirt.
  9. Linda Swanson.  One of the most faithful volunteers Gateway Frisco has.  Glad I got to work with her this morning in our packed classroom!
  10. Gus was excited about going to “The Lord’s House” today!
  11. I finally got my “Strengths Finder” book!
  12. Cliff MoJo Chocolate Almond Coconut bar.
  13. Josh got to take a well deserved nap this afternoon.
  14. Hearing Gus scat sing around the house today.
  15. Pastor Bill Sheer’s “Healed” message.
  16. Jesus took stripes on His back for me personally.
  17. Beau holding my fingers with her warm little hands before bed tonight.
  18. Gus’ first response when anyone is not feeling good is prayer.
  19. The sweet picture of Gus and his little buddy Nolan.
  20. Early to bed night!
  21. Hearing Gus laugh hysterically while Josh does his bed time routine.
  22. Almost all of my siblings were at a church somewhere with their families this morning.
  23. I’ve been redeemed from the curse of the law!  (Gal 3:13)
  24. I found an all girl fantasy football team to be apart of this year!
  25. Hot baths.
  26. Cuddling and watching football.
  27. A sweet family at church blessed us with a gift card to go out on a date and free babysitting!!
  28. Josh is always the first to read my blog and tries to help me fix any typos.

Day 20

Only once do the words “Joy Inexpressible” occur in the New Testament.

You can find them in 1 Peter 1:8 You love him even though you have never seen him. Though you do not see him now, you trust him; and you rejoice with a glorious, inexpressible joy.

When we put our trust in God it brings us joy.  But not just any joy, a joy so profound it’s beyond the power of words.  That’s some serious joy!  When I read that verse it reminded me of these lyrics that my husband Josh wrote  for a kid’s song called “Love Out Loud”

I can’t see Him, I can’t touch Him, but I know He’s here with me.

I can’t hug Him, but I love Him and I show Him when I sing.

What a great picture of how children view their Savior.  They don’t need to see or feel something to believe He’s real.  They just trust.  And in return they are full of joy.  Most kids I know have way more joy than most adults that I know.  I think it comes from their ability to trust.

If you want some inexpressible joy (and who doesn’t?!) trust like a kid today!

  1. The joy we receive in return for trusting God.
  2. Even though I’ve never seen Jesus or touched Him, I just have to look around and can see Him in His creation.
  3. Got the good two seats facing forward grocery cart at Target this morning.
  4. Josh helped me put away groceries, put away dishes, and helped make the kids lunch.
  5. Crock pots!  Love coming home Saturday night after church to a home cooked meal.
  6. Fun afternoon at a birthday party for one of Gus & Beau’s sweet friends from church.
  7. Got to see lots of gals from church today and visit while the kids partied!
  8. The way Beau looks in blue.
  9. Gus and I quote “wasn’t so sure” about the girly party today.  He’s getting so big!
  10. Josh told me I was a good mom.
  11. Josh has to dress up for church.  I like a guy in a tie.
  12. The great new study my mother in law is doing on the accomplished woman.
  13. Very satisfying tortilla soup for dinner.
  14. Gus in his Peter Pan hat and Beau in her fairy wings.
  15. We live in a country where we have the right to go to church.
  16. Fridge and pantry are full once again.
  17. My sister is coming to church again this weekend!!!
  18. Even though it was a very busy Saturday I accomplished all that needed to be accomplished around here.
  19. I remembered to grab my notebook before church!
  20. Gus always goes into “If You’re Happy and You Know It” for Beau if she gets fussy in the car.. and it always makes her happy.
  21. The volunteers that watched and ministered to Beau & Gus so I could go to church tonight.
  22. The message about being born again Pastor Robert preached.  Everyone, everywhere should hear it.
  23. For all of the people that made the decision to get born again tonight at church.
  24. Got to take communion at church.  So thankful for His body that was broken for me and His blood that was shed for me.
  25. I remembered to take back the movie we rented yesterday.
  26. Gus’ bedtime prayer tonight was so sweet and sincere.  I agree, we have the best Lord ever.
  27. The family picture Gus drew at church tonight.  His stick figures have improved!
  28. He has won the victory!  He has won it all for me!

Day 19

Psalm 145:2 (amp) Every day (with it’s new reasons) will I bless You (affectionately and gratefully praise You); yes, I will praise your name forever and ever.

I love how the amplified reminds me that everyday brings new reasons to praise God.  Everyday!  Everyday we can get up and expect God to give us new reasons to be thankful.  New reasons to praise Him.  But, I think if we aren’t looking for them, it’s easy to miss them!  That’s why I am totally enjoying the mission God gave me: for my heart to find 10,000 reasons to praise the Lord over 365 days.

Today when we got home we got an unexpected bill in the mail.  We have the money for it, but it wasn’t something I wanted to spend money on.  I was tempted to gripe, complain, sigh, and groan about it a little, BUT I couldn’t!  I couldn’t let complaining come out of my mouth, because my heart was full of thankfulness.  And out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.  (Luke 6:45)

My eyes have been opened to all of the wonderful things I have to be thankful for and for that.. I am thankful!

  1. Everyday brings new reasons to give praise to my King!
  2. My eyes have been opened to all that I have to be thankful for.
  3. That we have the finances to be able to pay the unexpected bill.
  4. We are home sweet home!
  5. My sweet Beau missed her mamma!!!
  6. Gus had a great time in Tulsa!  I loved hearing all about his little adventures there.
  7. Josh & I got to pray together on the way to pick up the kids.
  8. Chicken Biscuit from Chick Fil A for breakfast.
  9. I realized the last time we made the drive to Tulsa was when we had just found out Felix was gone.  How different the drive felt this time.. just 7 weeks later.  SO thankful for all the healing that’s taken place in our lives.
  10. Safe travels all weekend for us, the kids, and grandparents.
  11. Got to have lunch with my mom and dad.
  12. Hearing my kids voices in the back of the car.
  13. Beau took a great nap on the way home.
  14. We didn’t have to drive all the way to Tulsa and all the way back today.  Glad my parents could meet us half way.
  15. Beau noticed my toes were painted and was very excited about it.
  16. The grandmas made sure all of the kids clothes were washed.
  17. Beau loved her Pooh book just like I imagined.
  18. Gus spent at least an hour studying his new book on the way home.
  19. We got to listen to the mastered version of “I Believe In Jesus” in the car.  Josh & his dad produced and wrote the songs.  They all sound great.  I’m so proud of them!
  20. Josh always drives on road trips.
  21. My dad sent Gus home with a wooden truck and blocks he made for him.
  22. The box of diapers my mom sent home with us.
  23. The swing set is completely assembled and the kids are loving it!
  24. I got to spend 72 hours straight with my best friend in the whole world and loved every second of it.
  25. Josh helped me finish folding letters for work tonight.
  26. Continued our staycation with a great movie night at home.
  27. My perfect pillow.
  28. Beau’s new word.. “puppy”  I’m almost tempted to get one, just so I can hear her say it all the time.. almost.

Day 18

Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus,
Just to take Him at His word;
Just to rest upon His promise,
Just to know “Thus saith the Lord”

Jesus, Jesus, how I trust Him!
How I’ve proved Him o’er and o’er!
Jesus, Jesus, precious Jesus!
O for grace to trust Him more!

O how sweet to trust in Jesus,
Just to trust His cleansing blood;
Just in simple faith to plunge me
‘Neath the healing, cleansing flood!

Yes, ’tis sweet to trust in Jesus,
Just from sin and self to cease;
Just from Jesus simply taking
Life and rest, and joy and peace.

I’m so glad I learned to trust Him,
Precious Jesus, saviour, friend;
And I know that He is with me,
Will be with me to the end.

“Tis’ so sweet” is one of my favorite songs.  The words build my faith every time I sing them out.  I had it stuck in my head earlier and was curious about the story behind the song.  Here is what I found.

Louisa M.R. Stead (1850-1917) married at the age of 25 and later had a baby girl named Lily.  Several years after Lily’s birth the family was having a picnic at the beach when they heard a boy crying out for help in the water.  Louisa’s husband went in to rescue the boy and he and the boy both ended up drowning.  Louisa and her daughter could only watch from the shore.

What a heart breaking tragedy.  She could have become angry or bitter towards God like so many people do when bad things happen.  But she understood how good God was.  She knew God wasn’t the reason behind this.  So instead she turned to His word and put her trust in Him.  And out of her spirit she penned the lyrics to one of the most popular hymns ever written.  Beautiful!

  1. I’m thankful someone found these words and put music to them.
  2. I have personally proved him over and over!
  3. We knew enough about the goodness of God that we never got mad of blamed Him when we lost Felix.
  4. I had to borrow Josh’s phone for my quiet time this morning and the Psalm he had it opened to just so happened to be awesome.  145, good Psalm!
  5. Josh reads and studies the Bible.
  6. Got to do some serious sleeping in this morning.  9 am!
  7. Tasty lunch at Pappasitas.
  8. Afternoon movie.
  9. Sour Patch Kids!  Had my first one in 6 weeks today.  If you know me you know that’s a long time to go without.
  10. Walking around downtown Ft Worth hand and hand with my sweet husband.
  11. Browsing around the book store together.
  12. My new journal.
  13. Piece of toffee I got at the German Chocolate Factory.  Yeah, I’m throwing all caution to the wind with my food choices on this little staycation.
  14. Our hotel tonight is really nice and totally free thanks to some credit card reward points.
  15. Gus & Beau got to go to the zoo with my parents (Grammy & Grampy) today.
  16. Tastebuds.
  17. Lonesome Dove Western Bistro.  Seriously Tim Love?!  What an amazing dinner.
  18. Ancho chile chocolate cake!  The best dessert we’ve ever tasted, hands down!
  19. Dark Knight Rises round 2 tonight.
  20. Fun afternoon looking in all the leather smelling cowboy stores at the stockyards.
  21. I get to see my kids tomorrow!!!
  22. We found the cutest Pooh Bear book for Beau.  Can’t wait to give it to her.
  23. Trees!  Enjoying the nice, mature trees here.
  24. Josh & I like the same kind of movies.
  25. Got to hear my little Peep talk about the “choo choo” she saw at the zoo.
  26. Kisses
  27. Your marvelous doings are headline news; I could write a book full of the details of your greatness           (Ps 145:6 msg)  or a blog full of the details of your greatness.. Love that!
  28. King size bed!

Day 17

Yesterday I wrote about how the praises of Paul & Silas not only loosed their chains, but also the chains of the prisoners around them who had heard them singing and praising God in the midnight hour.

The prisoners weren’t the only ones affected by the praise of Paul & Silas.

Acts 16:27-30 27 And the keeper of the prison, awaking from sleep and seeing the prison doors open, supposing the prisoners had fled, drew his sword and was about to kill himself. 28 But Paul called with a loud voice, saying, “Do yourself no harm, for we are all here.” 29 Then he called for a light, ran in, and fell down trembling before Paul and Silas. 30 And he brought them out and said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”

This jailer was about to kill himself and spend the rest of eternity in hell, but Paul had compassion for him and got him and his whole family saved!

The jailer heard Paul & Silas singing and praising God and then he experienced the love of Christ when Paul cared enough to stop him from taking his own life. The jailer was so impressed. He wanted the kind of life they had. He and his family were baptized that night! Verse 34 says, and he (the jailer) rejoiced, having believed in God with all his household.

This man went from being so fearful he was about to take his own life to REJOICING in just a matter of minutes. And all of it came from Paul & Silas’ decision to praise God in the midst of terrible adversity!

Let praise be on your lips today, no matter what! And impress people with the love of God!

  1. Paul’s example of love in action.
  2. That God never gives up on people and we shouldn’t either.
  3. I got to wake up when I was finished sleeping.. no alarm clock set last night!
  4. Extra time praying, studying, and reading this morning.
  5. The really amazing burgers & onion rings we had at Chop House Burgers in Arlington. Thank you Triple D!
  6. The hotel we booked through Priceline is right next to The Ballpark and we were able to walk to the game and saved $20 on parking.
  7. That my husband likes to shop!
  8. The cute, cheap shorts I found today.
  9. New shoes!
  10. That my first love, Jesus, is back in first place.
  11. Our awesome seats at the game!
  12. That we live close enough to big cities that staycations really feel like vacations!
  13. GPS.  Turn by turn rules!
  14. Sweet conversation with Gus on the phone.
  15. The smell of baseball games. Takes me back to being a kid and going to watch the Drillers with my little brother.
  16. Great weather tonight!
  17. Free breakfast tomorrow thanks to Beltre’s home run in the 2nd!
  18. Cute pictures Papa sent of Gus swimming today.
  19. The impressive freshly brewed tea selection at Quiktrip.
  20. Pastor Randy’s message on Ps 133.  Enjoyed studying it more this morning.  Unity brings the blessing of all blessings!
  21. Dollar hot dog night!  We had 8 hotdogs between the two of us.. I had one.
  22. Free wifi in the lobby.
  23. The timing of this trip.  We planned it months ago and it came just when we needed it.
  24. Josh laughs at my jokes.
  25. House keeping!
  26. Small beds in the hotel make cuddling a must!
  27. I got to hear Beau say “mama, mama, mama” when she heard me on the phone.
  28.  Josh hung out with me in the lobby so I could publish my list tonight.

Day 16

Acts 16:25-26 But at midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them. 26 Suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone’s chains were loosed.

Paul is the man when it comes to praising God.  He faced so many tough things,  but he always seemed to have a spirit of thankfulness on him.  I think it was because he was truly grateful that God had saved his life on the road to Damascus.

Here he is again with his friend Silas and they have been thrown into prison for a really lame reason..  casting out a demon that was living in a fortune teller.  He wasn’t just imprisoned though, he was beaten before that.  And there were no limits to the amount of blows a person would receive before being locked up.  The types of stocks they would have been put in didn’t just come with two standard leg openings.  They would have had many openings so the pain could be customized to fit each person.  They would stretch your legs as far as they could stretch to cause the utmost pain and cramping.  Sounds so awful!  Yet, in the  midnight hour Paul & Silas were praising and singing songs to God.

Then God sent an earthquake and everyone’s chains were loosed.  My mom just shared with me that when we praise God it helps to loose our chains and the chains of people around us.  Wow!  When we are thankful and have praise for God coming out of mouth even in hard times it will loosen our chains and the chains of those around us.  God could have easily just loosed Paul & Silas’ chains, but I think he wanted the prisoners who heard Paul & Silas singing and praising God to experience what they had experienced.  Freedom!

Don’t forget people around you are listening.  What will they hear today?

  1. Paul’s inspiring spirit of thankfulness.
  2. The reminder that our words have an affect on the people around us.
  3. How every story in the Bible will speak to us if we take the time to listen.
  4. The cool air and light sprinkles this morning, perfect for a morning run.
  5. The crazy amount of joy that came over me while running. I could not stop smiling and it wasnt because I love running… Jesus is the joy of my heart.
  6. Watching Papa push Beau in the swing this morning.
  7. I sent my sweet babies off to Tulsa for 3 nights. We’ve never spent a night away from either of them. But I’m thankful I get to spend the next few days being spontaneous with Josh.
  8. Portable DVD players.
  9. I convinced myself to get a manicure and pedicure this afternoon.
  10. A great lunch with the kids and nana and papa at Rudys before they hit the road.
  11. The sweet boy I saw at Kroger that said to his mom, “Hey! She’s my teacher at Gateway.” I could tell he thought it was neat to see me outside of class and that I knew his name.
  12. The lady giving me my manicure asked if I was about to start school… God bless her!
  13. Curious George. Love seeing Gus and Beau watching it together on the couch.
  14. My WordPress app.
  15. I got to attend the volunteer night at church.
  16. All of the people who serve every weekend at Gateway Frisco. We have such a faithful group of volunteers.
  17. Dinner at one of my favorite places in Frisco, Fifth Street Cafe, free of charge thanks to the Halls!
  18. Gus getting annoyed as we tried to explain that if there is more than one goose they are called geese. It was too early for that conversation.
  19. The bar in the kitchen. I love having my quiet time there.
  20. I stayed awake for our late night movie at the Angelika in Plano and laughed harder than I have at a movie in a long time.
  21. My sweet Beau slept great on the way to Tulsa for Nana & Papa.
  22. Josh is really excited about our time alone together.  I love that he loves hanging out with me more than anyone else!
  23. Time alone this afternoon with Leeland blaring through the house as I cleaned, prayed, and wrote.
  24. The picture updates of the kids from Nana.  Made me smile big!
  25. Two different girls e-mailed me today about how they were believing God for babies in their family and said 10k reasons was helping them to not be focused on what they don’t have but all God has blessed them with.
  26. Encouraging words from my Pastor’s wife, Cheri Cochran.
  27. Josh didn’t get butter on the popcorn, just for me.
  28. I got to visit with Cathy Bartel for a few minutes tonight.  Her words were so sweet and her care sincere.

Day 15

A friend recently shared this verse with me and it’s been on my mind ever since then.

2 Corinthians 1:3-4   Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.

As a Christian there are many times when I have felt comforted by God, the God of ALL comfort.  But I’ve never thought about the reason He comforts me.  It’s not just so I can feel better and keep what He’s done for me inside, it’s so I can comfort those who are in any trouble with that same comfort I received from Him.

When Paul (who wrote the verses above) was having a hard time in Macedonia he experienced the comfort of God through Titus.  2 Corinthians 7:6 Nevertheless God, who comforts the downcast, comforted us by the coming of Titus.

Titus went to where Paul was and brought with Him the comfort of God.  He didn’t just say a prayer that Paul would get the comfort he needed.  He became a physical instrument for the Lord and Paul received the comfort he needed through Titus coming to him.

Never underestimate the amount of comfort you can bring to someone by reaching out to them.  If you have ever been comforted by the Lord then you qualified to minister that same comfort to someone else.  You don’t have to know exactly what they are feeling or exactly what they are going through.  The Bible says you can comfort those who are in ANY trouble.  Yes, pray for them, but take it a step further.  Text them, call them, ask God to give you a verse for them, let them know you are praying for them.  Don’t let the devil trick you into thinking “it’s not my place.”  When someone is hurting if you have been comforted by God then it is always your place.

I’ll start my list tonight thanking God for some of the people who have comforted us over the last 6 weeks.

  1. Steven & Julie Pritt.  The scriptures they sent us from Isaiah 61 the night we went in to deliver helped us get through that night.  So much so “Isaiah” is Felix’s middle name.
  2. Pastor Randy & Cheri Cochran.  Called us right away even though they were on vacation.  Woke up early and prayed for us as we were about to deliver.
  3. Elena Frazier who has been so loving and supportive.  I’ll never forget her coming to stand with me during praise & worship one Sunday morning when I needed a hand to hold!
  4. Scott & Brooke Sparkman.  The verses Brooke shared.  The encouraging words Scott sent to Josh.  We are so blessed to have them in our lives.
  5. For Tracy Bartholomew not being afraid to call and offer such genuine and sweet words the day we found out about the baby.
  6. For my cousin Lindsay.  She texted, called, and texted some more that week.  I was so overwhelmed by her care and concern for us.
  7. For JJ Jobe.  She is the one who shared that verse with me and she is living it out!  Bringing comfort to me and others as God has comforted her.
  8. All of the ladies who brought us dinner.  I didn’t have to cook for almost 2 weeks.
  9. My in laws.  They were the first people we called, the first people we saw and they spent several days watching over us and our kids while we were recovering.
  10. My mom and dad.  My mom shared some things with me about when she lost her baby that helped me so much and my dad made a point to call us over after we watched fireworks on 4th of July and told us how much he loved our kids and that we would have more perfect kids that he would love too.
  11. All the people who sent cards, messages on FB, and texts.  We felt so loved, so cared for and so COMFORTED.
  12. My Roos shirt.  I inherited (or maybe stole) it from Josh when we got married.  It’s the softest sleep shirt ever.
  13. That finger paint is non-toxic.  Beau just can’t help herself.
  14. The sweet sweet sweet e-mail my dad sent me today… signed 10k kisses & hugs.
  15. Funny Tim Hawkins videos my niece sent me.  A cheerful heart doeth good like a medicine! (Prov 17:22)
  16. The message my mom sent me today.  I always love hearing the story about how God told her I was going to be a girl.
  17. Josh called me from work!  We usually text all day but I got a real call today.  Love his voice.
  18. The game of baseball I got to play with Gus tonight as Josh continued on the swing set… almost done!
  19. Caught up on all the laundry this afternoon.
  20. Got Gus & Beau all packed up for their trip to Tulsa tomorrow.
  21. Gus admitted that sometimes he forgets things we tell him.. like don’t stretch out your shirt.
  22. I got to wear my pajamas to a Ken Blount Ministries brain storming meeting tonight.
  23. For the awesome meetings Ken & Trudi had in Colorado over the weekend.
  24. Beau loves the new “weeee!”  That’s what she calls the slide.
  25. Cold sheets.
  26. Happy Day Everyday!  One of the kid’s favorite praise & worship CDs.
  27. Watching the Beach Boys on KERA tonight with Josh.  Quite possibly my favorite band..  at least top 3.
  28. We shall overcome by the blood of the lamb and the word of our testimony!  (Rev 12:11)

Day 14

Yesterday on the way to church when it started to rain I began talking about the different kinds of days.. sunny, rainy, windy, snowy.  I told Gus my favorite days were fall days.  When the air is just a little chilly.  I asked him what his favorite kind of day was and he said, “my favorite day is whatever day I’m in.”

What a great way to look at life.  If you know Gus, you know that’s how he really is.  He has an awesome day every day, no matter what the weather looks like!  When he said that I immediately thought of Psalm 118:24 This is the day the Lord has made; I will rejoice and be glad in it.  

I’m a planner.  So I’m always looking to see what’s coming up next.  I actually have a “Days Until” app on my phone that counts down the days to things I’m looking forward to.  3 days until our getaway, 16 days until school starts, 77 days until Josh’s birthday, 84 days until Disneyworld, and 128 days until Christmas!  And while I think it’s good to have things to look forward to I also know God wants us to enjoy THIS day.  To rejoice and be happy about IT.  I loved Gussy’s statement.  It challenged me to live in the moment and make every day my favorite day!

  1. The reminder from my 4 year old to make everyday my favorite day.
  2. For the passion and excitement Gus has for each day.
  3. Dinner on the couch with Josh last night after the kids went to bed.
  4. Me (in heels!) and Gus and Beau running to the car without an umbrella getting soaked yesterday leaving Target.  Both kids were laughing so hard.
  5. The awesome, awesome praise and worship at church this weekend.  I love how quickly the presence of God fills that room.
  6. My sister came to church with me this weekend! (she’s in Tulsa so she had to stream, but still, she came!)
  7. That my Pastor brings it every weekend!
  8. That instead of saying “yes” Beau says “uh-huh!”
  9. The beautiful morning.
  10. Slept so good it took me a while to figure out what day it was when my alarm went off this morning.
  11. We had nineteen in the five year old class today learning God’s word!
  12. Gus & Beau go crazy when they see Josh at church.
  13. Our new church campus in North Fort Worth opened this weekend and it was packed!
  14. Gus said his spider senses were tingling while he ate his spiderman shaped mac-n-cheese.  It was probably just the MSG.. he’s not used to it.
  15. Walking up to church this morning- Beau holding one hand, Gus holding the other.
  16. Gus’ skinny jeans.
  17. Leftovers for dinner night.
  18. God can be trusted to keep His promises (Hebrew 10:23)
  19. Josh trusts me to manage our finances.
  20. AFV Sunday nights!
  21. I have an extra key to my filing cabinet.  The other one is missing and Beau won’t tell me where she put it.
  22. Gus going through Josh’s toolbox tonight on the patio.  Getting out every piece and trying to figure out how they all work.
  23. Josh continued his labor of love and got a lot done on the swing set tonight.
  24. Lifechurch.tv, for all the people they are reaching worldwide, but specifically for some of my family in Tulsa.  I love to hear Pastor Craig’s messages and know they are getting good teaching on Sundays.
  25. Fun filled food network watchin’ night with my favorite person on the planet… Josh!
  26. God is using this blog to encourage other families who have lost precious babies.
  27. When Gus goes through all the words and animal sounds Beau knows with her. “Beau can you say….”
  28. My laptop.  I can write all over the house!

Day 13

Yesterday I wrote about how God wants us to forget the former things.  Is 43:18 says, “Do not remember the former things, nor consider the things of old.”  He was talking to the Israelites who were in captivity in Babylon.  He didn’t want them to remember the past but to look to the new thing He was about to do.  But in the verses just before He reminds them of the past.

Is 47:16-17 Thus says the Lord, who makes a way in the sea And a path through the mighty waters, 17 Who brings forth the chariot and horse, The army and the power (They shall lie down together, they shall not rise; They are extinguished, they are quenched like a wick)

He was reminding them of how He worked for them in the past.  Remember that time you were being chased by the Egyptians and I opened up the sea for you to escape?  Remember when they went in after you and they drowned?  Remember how miraculous that was?  I’ll make a way again.  I won’t do it the same way I did last time.  Last time I made a road in the water, this time I’ll make a road in the wilderness.  I want to do a new thing this time because I’m God and I can!

We should remember and forget the past.  Remember all the awesome things God has done in our lives, and forget our past failures, sins, heartbreaks, and disappointments.

I dedicated the day to remembering and thanking God for the past victories in my life!

  1. I remember the day I found out I was pregnant with Gus.  After months and months of praying and believing God for a baby I was finally pregnant.
  2. I remember when God gave us the desire to fight for our marriage when it was not looking good and now, years later, we have such a strong marriage.
  3. I remember when we lost all of our friends, but gained a real relationship with Jesus.
  4. I remember when God provided a job for Josh when he needed it.
  5. I remember when we were both able to come on staff full time at Ken Blount Ministries.
  6. I remember the day I went to the doctor frustrated because I wasn’t pregnant after months of trying and found out there that sweet Beau was on her way!
  7. I remember the day Josh came on staff at Gateway.  God turned a really bad situation into the best situation.
  8. I remember when I had something wrong with the skin on my eyelids and God healed me.
  9. I remember when I delivered Gus and how we could not stop laughing and crying as the joy of the Lord overtook us.
  10. I remember when I delivered Beau.  One push.  Fell in love all over again.
  11. I remember how I believed God I would be able to nurse Beau since I wasn’t able to nurse Gus and right before we headed home from the hospital we figured it out.
  12. I remember how God miraculously healed my mother in law’s eyes.
  13. I remember how God healed my mother in law so she could have babies.
  14. I remember how God helped us save all the money we needed to pay cash for Gus’ delivery.  Our deductible was so high!
  15. I remember how God healed Gus of a stuttering problem.
  16. I remember how awesome all my pregnancies have been.
  17. I remember the night we were delivering Felix and how happy I was that Josh was there with me, holding my hand and working hard to keep my spirits high.
  18. I remember how God set Josh free from a strong hold he had in his life for many years.
  19. I remember going to kid’s camp when I was little and getting filled with the Holy Spirit.
  20. I remember when God gave my Pastor a word of knowledge that someone was having trouble sleeping.  It was for me when I was in 7th grade.  God healed me that day and I have always slept so sweetly since then.
  21. I remember that God saved my dad when he was having a heart attack.  I know my mom’s prayers on the way to hospital kept him alive.
  22. I remember that God set my father in law free from alcoholism.
  23. I remember when Pastor Barclay saw God’s calling on our lives and ordained us as ministers.
  24. I remember when we got our whole house painted inside and outside and roofed for free.
  25. I remember how Jesus died on the cross for me.
  26. I remember that He didn’t give up when it got too hard.
  27. I remember that He rose again!
  28. I remember that He is alive and lives in me!