Just the Kids....
Saturday, January 30, 2010
Just the Kids....
Friday, January 29, 2010
Cowboy Necessities for our Colorado Cowboy Sweet Sisters
Thursday, January 28, 2010
Starting with breakfast in bed.....
So after a couple of hours of shopping and $456.00 + later I turned toward the exit. Heading toward the door precariously manuevering the two carts and having a stinkin' hot flash at the same time (extra special niiiiiice....
The WalMart greeter was just a young girl and she smiled and laughed as she saw me with these bulging carts. I said, "Please tell me I'm burning a bunch of calories, huh?" She laughed even harder and said I had to be. Good thing!!
I pushed my way to the door and looked at the parking lot - looking for someone I knew. The entire parking lot was empty of people. It was the barren I had seen in a long time. I prayed again, "Pleeeeeease Lord, would you send someone to help me with these carts?"
Literally, at that very second, out of NOWHERE came a young man carrying a little girl. In the darkness I peered at him and realized I didn't know him. But I am always smiling at people, so I just smiled. He said, "Hey, would you like me to help you get these to your car?" OH.MY.GRACIOUS! I said, "You are an answer to prayer. I was asking the Lord to send someone to help me and you are a wonderful answer to prayer." I asked him what his little girl's name was? "Kay".
As we got to the car I turned and saw his tee-shirt (crazy kid was only wearing a tee-shirt). I said, "Hey, what's your shirt say?" It said something like, "Because of the cross I'm forgiven." I gasped! "Oh my gracious!!! You're a Christian!" I told him that my husband pastored The River. He said he was unfamiliar with it because they were from South Fork.
I thanked him and Kay profusely and rejoiced the entire way home - Yippee Jesus!! I just love when He does that....answering our prayers on the spot!!
PS Have a super fun post for later today.....someone special has a birthday today!! Be back soon...
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Being as we live about 1/2 hour from a major ski resort, it is not uncommon to hear people talk about "fresh powder"...and many people skip work, close stores, whatever to go skiing/snowboarding on fresh powder....
But imagine the giggles for all the people who passed and read this sign....
Ummmm, excuse me, you're sorry for WHAT??
Monday, January 25, 2010
I have gotten quite a few emails since last week's post. Many of you, also, have struggled or currently struggle with fear. I felt like the Lord wanted me to share some other things I have done to combat fear. I'll do that after telling the story.
I went to find one of the staff pastors and ask who he was. He told me the man's name (which really, even his name was really, really creepy, promise! - If I told you, you would get the shivers!) that he was a "mountain man" who lived in the mountains, off the land and would come down on occasion to attend church. About this time I learned from one of our elder's wives that this man had had a dream and in the dream he had seen his future wife, who was going to go back to the mountains with him - I looked just like her. Double creepy!
The Lord spoke to my heart and said, "Beware! Keep your eyes open! He will be back." When the Lord gives a warning - we must take it seriously!!
My legs were trembling and I knew that if I tried the stairs I would fall. I waited till he had turned to go and whispered for Emma to run down and lock the door. She did it in a flash.
Anyway, to make a long story short, the next day he was back again. He was insistent that he was going to see me. Soon I was able to get a temporary protective order.
Eventually I had a court date and The Stalker stood just feet from me. I trembled from the MS anyway, but really, my entire body shook. When the judge heard our case, I had to go up with the aid of my cane to stand before him. Then the judge had The Stalker come up to present his information. The Stalker wanted to know from the judge when the Permanent protective order would end. He said he wanted to talk to me. He wanted it to end so he could talk to me. The judge told him it was permanent. The man continued to question the judge as to when it would end. He went on to explain to the judge that he had been investigating Permanent Protective Orders and had learned that ones in California (supposedly) are only good for seven years.
After the hearing, I walked out of the courtroom with my Permanent Protective Order. Friends, I had been given a new opportunity to trust Almighty God or live in fear of this man who had obviously been sent by the enemy of my soul to strike fear in me anew. What would I do?
It would have been easy to cave to fear. A stalker who has the boldness to come inside your home, is a serious threat!! BUT God!!! See, God came to set us free from fear. He came so that we could live without chains. I refuse to go back to living in chains. The enemy did not want me to have an effective ministry here in our new city. BUT Remember my verse?
"It was for freedom that Christ set us free, therefore, keep standing firm and do not be subject again to this yoke of slavery." Galatians 5:1
So how do we practically live free from fear? One way is to cast our cares on Him - continually. We must talk to Him about our cares. The other thing we MUST do is to fill our hearts and minds with God's promises by memorizing scripture. I posted verses all over our home. When I sat down to pee (can I say that here?), there was a verse eye level right across from me. When I turned to get toilet paper, there was a verse posted above the TP holder. When I stood and did laundry, yup, another verse. On our bathroom mirror. Above the kitchen sink. On the refridgerator. On the walls, on the doors, on the mirrors, everywhere!! It is our weapon to fight back!! God's word. His promises stand forever. God's word says, "Though the grass withers and the flowers fade, His word abides FOREVER!" I want my mind saturated by His promises.
As I reflect on what God did during that season, I am reminded of His faithful protection. How He warned me when I first saw the man. How He warned me with the urgency to pray with Dw just moments before he entered our home. How He gave me the courage to order the man out, time after time, until he left. How He protected the next day. How He allowed the judge to grant both the temporary and eventually the Permanent Protective Order. How faithful He had been each step of the way. He once again showed Himself to me as my Miracle-working, Mountain-moving, Awe-inspiring, Gasp-giving God! How I praise His name!!
There is no doubt that the God of the universe has a plan for each of our lives. And there is no doubt that the enemy of our souls has a plan as well....to enslave us in fear, discontentment, anger, bitterness, resentment, etc. We have a choice. We can live in freedom or not. We can surrender to God's plan or not. It's our choice.
Saturday, January 23, 2010
These two love to giggle together..... Buried in snow I thought it would be fun to make a batch of my
I wanted to show you some of my favorite houses in town...the architecture is so charming...