Christmas and Blog Bash

Hi all!

Merry Christmas!!!

A few pictures from Christmas morning with a house full of people I love:

{a few of those people}

{family gift from Spencer}

Spencer did a Christmas Blog Bash this year.  I didn’t have time to do a whole “blog bash” post, but here are their links:

Desparation for Christmas

Christmas Traditions

Fun Christmas Recipes

Christ’s Birth and Prophecy

The Mystery of the Magi

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Life

I haven’t posted much this fall. :)

But I’ve been busy!  I’m pretty much finished with high-school! {Yay!}

Now I’m teaching English five mornings a week…and loving it!

I’m making lesson plans and getting ready for a Christmas party for my Bright Lights girls and making lesson plans and loving my family and making lesson plans and getting ready for Christmas and making lesson plans…. :)

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Thoughts and Surrender

This is my Bright Lights group this year.  They are an incredibly fun and eager to learn group!
We have been talking about how we can be, as Philippians 2 says, “children of God without fault.” So far we’ve talked about the importance of Gratefulness as Christians and about Complaining. It is such a significant witness to the world when we are joyful and thankful to God and to others!  I’m so excited to learn with you girls this year!

God has been teaching me about walking in His will even when it’s not the path I would have chosen.  It is easy to say I want God to use me and I want to be more like Christ, but have an unrealistically happy, easy picture of how this might look.  It’s pretty easy to say, “Lord do whatever it takes to make me more like You,” but then be surprised and frustrated when He does.  I stumbled across the hymn God’s Refining Fire again the other day…

O Lord, we pray “thy will be done” or Master, here am I.”
We pray you’d do a mighty work That to the flesh we’d die.
And when the answer comes to us In form of trial and test,
We fail to see You loving hand, Refining fire is best.

God’s refining fire, God’s refining fire.
May it purge me now and make of me what You require.
O Lord, feed the fire, Your refining fire.
Now as gold and silver must be tried, Lord,
may my heart be purified. Lord, send Your great refining fire.

That I may stand when You appear, Abide till You return.
O place the fire perfectly That all the dross be burned.
Whether furnace of affliction, Lord, Or unfulfilled desire,
Bring forth a vessel pure and tried By Your refining fire.

What a beautiful prayer.

Well have a blessed weekend, friends!

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Risk

“But I want to know him.  I want to experience him.  I want to be a part of a people who delight in him like the brothers and sisters in underground Asia who have nothing but him.  And I want to be a part of a people who are risking it all for him.

“For the sake of more than a billion people today who have yet to even hear the gospel, I want to risk it all.  For the sake of twenty-six thousand children who will die today of starvation or a preventable disease, I want to risk it all.  For the sake of an increasingly marginalized and relatively ineffective church in our culture, I want to risk it all.  For the sake of my life, my family, and the people who surround me, I want to risk it all.”

– David Platt, Radical

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Bright Lights Leaders Training Conference

This weekend I got to attend a Bright Lights Leaders Training Conference that a dear friend hosted.  It was such a lovely time of fellowship and learning together and sharing what God has been doing in each of our lives.

Thank you, Lindsay!!!

As for me, I call to God,
and the Lord saves me.
Evening, morning and noon
I cry out in distress,
and he hears my voice.
He rescues me unharmed
from the battle waged against me,
even though many oppose me.

Psalm 55:16-18

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China

We have decided to adopt from China.

I am surprised, since I didn’t think this was where we would land, but there is a peaceful feeling of God’s direction and grace.  It is good to know that we are following Him and His plan.

It is rather daunting there is lots of paper work and, right now, China seems very far away for someone you love.  But I know God will be sufficient for all that when we get there.

Thank you all for your prayers!

I love you, O Lord, my strength.
The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer;
my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge,
my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
I called to the Lord, who is worthy of praise,
and I am saved from my enemies.
Psalm 18:1-3
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Lil’ Brother

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Spring 2013 in Pictures ~ April

::Easter::

Happy Birthday, Spencer!!!

NCHEA

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Spring 2013 in Pictures ~ Making Cereal

This project was fun, but so far it’s too time consuming to be really practical. :)

I got the recipe here.

…roll out the dough…

…bake…

…tear… bake again…

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{Prayer}

“Pray as you think.  Consciously embrace with your heart every gleam of light and truth that comes to your mind.  Thank God for and pray about everything that strikes you powerfully.”

~ John Owen, chaplin to Oliver Cromwell

{Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life by Donald S. Whitney}

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