Selah~Day Thirty Three

My dear friend, Amy, sent me a scipture reminder this morning. The scripture was Proverbs 2: 1-11 and it reads, ” My child, listen to what I say, and treasure my commands. Tune your ear to wisdom, and concentrate on understanding. Cry out for insight, and ask for understanding. Search for them as you would for silver; seek them like hidden treasures. Then you will understand what it means to fear the Lord, and you will gain knowledge of God. For the Lord grants wisdom! From his mouth come knowledge and understanding. He grants a treasure of common sense to the honest. He is a shield to those who walk with integrity. He guards the paths of the just and protects those who are faithful to Him. Then you will understand what is right, just, and fair, and you will find the right way to go. For wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will fill you with joy. Wise choices will watch over you. Understanding will keep you safe.”

As I read this Word again tonight, my eyes fill with tears. This scripture is a NOW Word for my life. Wisdom, knowledge, and understanding are truly better than silver, gold, or any other treasure. Interestingly enough, the Word tells us to search for it and to seek it out like we would hidden treasure. Currently, I am on the treasure hunt for wisdom and direction in a few areas in my life. I love how the Proverb personifies both wise choices and understanging. I want wise choices to watch over me and I want understanding to keep me safe. I want to walk in the perfect, pleasing will of God and to do His will above all else. As I pursue Him, I know that He will grant me the wisdom, knowledge, and understanding that I so desire to make the right decision.

My 28 Thanks:

1. I can gain knowledge from the Lord.

2. The Lord grants Wisdom.

3. The Lord grants common sense.

4. He is a shield to me.

5. He guards my path and protects me.

6. He will tell me the right way to go.

7. Wise choices will watch over me.

8. Understanding will keep me safe.

9. My friend, Amy, always prays for me and sends me NOW scriptures. She is a special friend who encourages me daily in the Word.

10. My friend, Laura, wrote a beautiful poem this morning. The Lord spoke it to her while she was getting ready for work this morning. She shared it with me today.

11. The Lord worked out a serious situation for some of my friends. What the enemy means for harm, the Lord turns it around for good.

12. Gary and Zach made an awesome puppet stage for our Off the Rails series.

13. OU girls softball team won the National Championship. Boomer…SOONER!

14. Alex shampooed the carpets in the KidMotion room. It smells so much better now.

15. Clean places. I work best and I am happiest when things are clean.

16. Judah had a great day playing with his friends.

17. I completed my financial statements today…one day earlier than the deadline!

18. My Lillies survived the multiple days of  over a hundred miles of wind gust! The are in full bloom and are beautiful. I can’t believe they survived.

19. I don’t cry when I receive baby shower invitations.

20. Shea gets to serve in KidMotion on Sunday. She was so excited when we talked about it today.

21. Judah now has lines from his favorite shows memorized. I love hearing him sing the theme song to Jake and the Neverland Pirates, Special Agent Oso, and Little Einsteins. He also sings a beautiful version of God Cares About Me!

22. Popcorn. I eat it almost every night. I might have a problem.

23. I got to hang out with Peyton and Maxton today. We were practicing our puppet sketch for this Sunday.

24. God put Aaron Rowin in my life to make all things Technical happen. What a great young man of God.

25. I continue to survive the four way traffic stops while they work to restore power to the stoplights.

26. My friend, Debby, loves her carpet. And, her kids get to sleep in their own beds tonight. They haven’t slept in their beds since May 19th. Restoration after the storm is a work in progress, but it is PROGRESS!

27. My RE:MO graduates had a blast at Elevation Trampoline Park. I brought them all home safe and sound!

28. My uncle Danny is a super special man. He is so loving, kind, and generous. He is a smart man too. If I ever got to play in the TV reality game show, Cash Cab, Uncle Danny would be my number one person to call for a shout out. He is full of both useful and useless information. He isn’t feeling well at all tonight. And, if you are reading this, pray with me for my uncles healing.

 

Selah~Day Thirty Two

I never thought tornado outbreaks would be a reason that I could not write my blog. However, that is exactly what has put me behind two nights in recording my daily logs to 10,000 reasons! Thankfully, I never lost power. We only lost cable and internet services. Tonight, some are still without power. I saw so many “pony tail” hairdos today. There was an understanding amongst the ladies  and we all knew that a pony tail =”I have no power hairdo!” Without power, one must make so many adjustments. You can’t cook, clean, shower in hot water, fix your hair, see to dig through your closet or dresser, watch TV, listen to music, or charge your technology devices!!!! The lack of power makes one really aware of how dependent they are on the source.

While thinking about the power outages, I realize there are great similarities with a “power outage” within your spirit man. Personally, I have experienced times of Blackout. My energy is zapped, my emotions are in control, and I feel like I can’t see because everything is too dark. You have to constantly stay plugged into the power source. The Holy Spirit can fix a blackout quicker than even OG&E. The Holy Spirit is my power, my source, my advocate, my helper, my comforter…He keeps me energized, well lit, and cooking on all burners. Thank God for the Holy Ghost!

 

My 28 Thanks:

1. Electricity.

2. The Power of the Holy Spirit.

3. Because of the Holy Spirit, we are promised to do even greater things.

4. We never lost electricity during the recent storms.

5. The Lord rescued my husband in the early hours of Saturday morning. He was on a swift water rescue and he and two other firemen were ejected from their boat when it capsized. Thankfully, they were all able to cling to trees until they were rescued. The trees they clung to were thorn trees. But, who cares, the trees were there!

6. The firemen then went and rescued the guy who was trapped on top of his car in the water.

7. First responders.

8. My husband knows to cry out to God. The Lord heard his cry and answered him. He drew him out of the depths of the water.

9. The Righteous suffer many afflictions, but the Lord delivers them from them ALL.

10. Besides scratches from the thorns, Mark and Josh are safe too.

11. My husband and his rescue team are well trained.

12. None of the trees in our yard were affected by the multiple tornados.

13. We were able to fit 15 people into our cellar.

14. Protection.

15. Wisdom.

16. Tornado sirens.

17. Andvancements in weather technology and weather reporters.

18. OG&E. They have been working so hard!

19. I love my new small group kids. We had fun discussion today.

20. My KidMin team, from Babies to Preschool to Elementary to Check-in, ROCKS! I love serving with such awesome men, women, and teenagers.

21. We had an awesome lunch at Qdoba. We ate on the patio because it was such a beautiful day.

22. There wasn’t a SINGLE storm cloud in the sky today.

23. My friend, Debby, who had some damage to her home during the May 20th tornado is getting NEW CARPET tomorrow morning.

24. The month of May is OVER.

25. Pastor Ted and his family made it back safe to OKC after a quick trip to Nebraska to see a wedding.

26. Our church is a safe place for the community.

27. Our fence is still standing.

28. Pastor Tim preached his final message as the Youth Pastor at Crossroads Church tonight. It was his best message too! I am going to miss the Earnhardt family. We served together through some difficult times. We also had some great times together. They are full of life, faith, integrity, passion, and the Holy Ghost. Excited to see what the Lord does in their life. Now that Tim is leaving, will I officially be the worst singer on staff? No, I think Brandon now gets that spot!!!!