Selah~Day 136

My 28 Thanks:

1. Judah and I enjoyed a quiet morning at home.

2. We met up with Amy, Asher, and Jairus at the park to play.

3. The park was full of kids having a great time.

4. The park is well cared for and has great climbing toys for Judah.

5. I have two great parks within a mile from my home.

6. The wind kept the 90 degree temp cooler and more enjoyable.

7. Fun conversations with friends.

8. I made great food choices all day.

9. I confirmed a choreographer for this year’s Christmas Production. Bummed that I won’t get to spend time with the talented, Cami Sheaffer, but our new choreographer is amazing too!

10. My mom and I had lots of conversations today about healthy living. I like to talk about health and wellness. She is practically an expert too. She sent me lots of material to read.

11. Asher, Jairus, and Judah have fun playing together. Judah really bonded with them when he stayed at their house while we were at kids camp.

12. My neighbors put up my trash cans for me. I usually try to beat them to the punch and put up theirs. But, they won this week.

13. All the housework has been accomplished, so we can enjoy Gary’s day off tomorrow.

14. My friend, Clayton, helped me with an object lesson for Tuesday’s staff chapel teaching.

15. I sent my family a text letting them know how much I missed them. My sister responded with a sweet text. I am hoping that she will be in the OKC area one day soon. I am 12 years older than her, but the older we get, the age gap gets smaller. I would love to spend more time with her.

16. I have brothers and a sister.

17. My mom and dad are getting to spend a quiet weekend together.

18. Our outreach team has kept almost constant watch over a guy named Bear who was hit by a car last week. He rides to church with our outreach team. They show so much compassion and care. I love this team.

19. Judah and I spent the evening outside-enjoyed the weather and play!

20. Judah loves for me to watch him do things. He has the biggest smile on his face when I cheer him on in a task.

21. Judah is really good at riding his bike. He has great control for a 3 year old and I don’t have any concerns with him hurting himself.

22. A friend text me and let me know that my “Pity-Party” blog was helping her even a week later.

23. She didn’t go to Pity’s party. She tore up the invitation.

24. My mom told me that she spoke with our family pastor when I was growing up, VO Stuart. He still prays for me and he gave my mom an encourgaing word to speak to me.

25. Words of Encouragement.

26. Hope.

27. Judah fell asleep in my arms at 7:50 p.m.

28. Relaxing Friday after a very busy, mentally draining week.

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Selah~Day 135

My 28 Thanks:

1. Rick Renner’s Sparkling Gems. I love this daily devotional. God always seems to ordain the perfect one for each day of my life.

2. Online Bible study tools.

3. YouVersion.

4. Mercy.

5. Grace.

6. Understanding people.

7. My friends know me well. Several asked me how I was doing today.

8. Several of the widowed women in our church got together for a lunch in the coffee shop today. While I was decorating the fall festival area, I heard them sharing stories and I heard laughter! Thankful that they have community together and laughter comes from their mouths once again!

9. My friend, Amy, she is such a blessing in my life. I always enjoy our phone conversations.

10. Without much advertisement, I have already had 12 people sign up to help with the Fall Festival. I love hearts who love to serve.

11. Quiet times.

12. Peace that can surpass understanding.

13. My mom did not get attacked by 15 dogs today. Sounds funny, I know. But, in all seriousness, God worked out a particular situation concerning a part of her work and she was protected today.

14. Friend and Superstar Kidmin leader, Sarah, has such a servant’s heart. She is ALWAYS willing to help me out in a pinch and I so appreciate her.

15. My good friend, Stella, is an amazing blessing. She loves the Lord and has such a heart for kids. I am so thankful for her.

16. Gary, Judah, and I had lunch together. We all sat on the floor of the Welcome Center and ate Chick-Fil-A (Judah’s choice again)!

17. Phyllis, a retired elementary teacher and friend, is helping a little girl at our church who has been struggling in Math. Phyllis had impacted this little girl’s life more than she will ever know.

18. Gary and Judah picked up all the hay for the Fall Festival candy drop-off booths.

19. Gary found some AMAZING pumpkins at TG FARMS. They are huge and have amazing stems.

20. The lady at TG FARMS blessed Judah with two little pumpkins, a white one and an orange one. Judah loves those pumpkins.

21. I decorated the Fall Festival Candy Drop-off areas by myself. Holly has taught me a few things. And, I think they turned out pretty fall, festive, and fantastic.

22. I got a lot accomplished today.

23. My neighbor had total knee replacement surgery. Her grown daughter has been staying with her and taking care of her every need. They have a really sweet mother/daughter relationship. So thankful for kids who take care of their parents.

24. I am thankful that I strive for excellence in everything that I do. Yes, I fall short sometimes, but I shoot for it all the time.

25. Late night car ride to Braum’s. The car was filled with funny stories and laughter.

26. Knock Knock jokes…Judah style.

27. You can cast your cares upon the Lord because He cares for you.

28. His yoke is easy and His burden is light.

Selah~Day 134

My 28 Thanks:

1. Judah and I had a great morning routine.

2. Judah didn’t cry when I dropped him off at school. He is getting used to his new schedule.

3. Judah’s teachers really care about him and watch him close.

4. Kind, caring people who love to smile. I love to see people smile.

5. I actually spent time working on future projects today. I love working ahead.

6. Facebook-when used appropriately, it can provide you with all kinds of connections, insight, and free advertisement.

7. Even though it is sometimes an inconvenience, I appreciate road construction. When you learn to drive on dirt, gravel, and paved roads that have pot holes that could swallow your entire car, you appreciate well-cared for roads.

8. I got to spend the late afternoon with Judah. We were able to relax a little before church.

9. My in-laws are having an amazing time on their trip.

10. Dustin can do cool puppet voices. He is going to help me on a big project.

11. You can accomplish so much more with a team.

12. Opportunities are opening up left and right for Rony and Danielle. The future is bright.

13. Janelle helped me with a project today. Super excited to have her on our team.

14. The cafe serves a lite, but great meal on Wednesday nights. It makes dinner plans so much easier.

15. Gary was able to take off the evening shift from the fire station and help me out.

16. Gary makes my life easier. He is so helpful all the time.

17. The final portion of the video shoot went really well. I think we are going to have a great final product.

18. I enjoy working with professionals outside the church walls. It adds more creativity to your work.

19. Judah fell asleep on the way to church, but when we had to wake him up, he wasn’t cranky!

20. The kids loved the opening game. I love their energy.

21. Kids on the Move introduced us to Shine A Light. It may be our favorite song. The kids love it and I love singing that song with them.

22. We had a great night of ministry to more than 150 kids.

23. Sam and Pam Walker are two of the most thoughtful people I know. They really blessed my friend, Ava, tonight.

24. God is working all things out for my friends James and Ava Hatton.

25. Gary has never been able to participate in the Peanut Butter Club at the Fire Station (he is allergic to peanuts). So, the guys had a brilliant idea…Gary could be a member of the Nutella Club. When Gary told me this story and showed me the results, I almost peed my pants laughing hysterically. My husband is going to need a chaperone at the fire station. My honey loves his job.

26. The fire station is truly a second home and a second family.

27. Memories shared with others.

28. God’s promises are forever…they will never change.

Selah~Day 133 “God Speaks Even Through Throw-Up”

Judah woke up at 2:18 a.m. He was very restless and immediately I knew he was about to throw up. Before I could respond, the first round of many to come took place. Judah threw up all over me, himself, and our bed. Right after he puked, he said, “Mommy, this is not a good idea.” Caught off guard by his funny repsonse to the whole situation, I laughed and said, “Your right, Judah, this isn’t a good idea.”

In all the mess of the night, all I could focus on was caring for my sweet baby. As I reflect back on that event, I am reminded about the love and care that Jesus shows to us. Sometimes we make an absolute mess of our lives, but in the middle of all the mess, His focus is on us. His focus is on caring for us. He wants to rescue us, clean us up, and rock us in His safe, secure, and loving arms.

I don’t take any moment for granted any more. Continually, I look for the gem of wisdom or the reflection of love that God is trying to grant to me. I had a brief conversation today with a friend. In that conversation, we both made the comment, “God never waste a hurt.” He doesn’t. I also believe that He doesn’t waste an opportunity. The Word declares that what the devil meant for bad, God turns around and uses for good.

In Romans 8:28, we know that “God causes everything or ALL things to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose for them.” God’s help is an everlasting promise to us. And, He has the ability to manage every detail of our lives. Even though we sometimes face sufferings at this present time (Romans 8:18), God is able to make those sufferings work together for our good and His good.

So, the next time you find yourself staring at a yucky mess and make the statement like Judah did, “This is not a good idea,” remember the promise in Romans 8:28. It is for those who love God. God will manage those messes and work them together for your good and His good. Why? You are called according to His purpose.

My 28 Thanks:

1. I am a mom.

2. God entrusted me with Judah.

3. Even though I finally went to sleep at 5:00 a.m., It wasn’t difficult getting up at 7:00 a.m.

4. Gary helped me clean up the mess when he got home from the fire station.

5. Judah woke up in a great, rested mood. I guess he just had a weird, out of nowhere, stomach bug.

6. I don’t have a long commute to work.

7. I have a peaceful, stress free drive into work.

8. I usually get to talk to my mom every morning while driving to work. I am glad our schedules allow for that.

9. I don’t have to search for a good parking spot when I get to work. When I was in college, finding a parking spot was an endless chore. I always felt like a vulcher cirlcling its prey, waiting for the right opportunity to dive in and defeat my  rivals who were also circling for the “spot.”

10. Judah was thrilled to stay home with his daddy today.

11. The cool, morning air is so refreshing.

12. Pastor Sam taught an awesome chapter out of the book, Relaunch.

13. I enjoyed hearing him teach. He is a great communicator. I am glad he is on my team.

14. We had great, thorough discussion over a topic in the chapter. I love having passionate discussion.

15. I got to present two big projects to my team today in staff meeting.

16. We are meeting deadlines for really BIG projects.

17. I love accomplishment. Accomplishments are better than ice cream. I felt accomplished today.

18. My friend, Debby, brought me Mary Kay makeup because I ran out. She saved my face…wait, she saved others from seeing my face without makeup! Ha Ha…

19. My friend, JaQuisha, is celebrating her birthday today. She is a blessing to everyone who encounters her sweet, selfless spirit. She is a great friend, leader, and every kid LOVES her. I am honored to know her.

20. A friend sent me a sweet text with scripture for encouragement.

21. When I got home from work, my bedroom was clean, sheets were washed, bed was made, and dinner was being prepared. My husband is amazing.

22. Grilled food never disappoints.

23. Gary, Judah, and I had a fun night in the play room. We built a tower of legos that almost went to the ceiling.

24. My friend, Lorry Gail, has been instrumental in writing and story boarding this year’s Christmas Production. I love working with her. We have had a blast writing together and picking out props.  I think we found our puppets tonight.

25. Starla brought me lunch today. She is so sweet, thoughtful, and makes me laugh. She loves friendship and pursues me. She is good for me and tries to keep my life balanced. I am thankful that she is in my life.

26. Lori is a preschool leader rockstar. She and I worked out a new leader’s schedule and I think it is going to improve our staffing issues.

27. When you know who you are and whose you are…you are unstoppable!

28. Progress.

 

Selah~Day 132

My 28 Thanks:

1. We have several leaders positions open in kids ministry on Sunday mornings. But, every Sunday, God works it all out and people fill the gaps.

2. Faithful leaders.

3. My team has a blast serving kids.

4. We had several guests in service this morning.

5. Gary and Dale did a wonderful job leading praise and worship while Debbie is away.

6. The kids loved the “shipwrecked” message. They laughed a lot.

7. Kids laughter.

8. Small groups were awesome. The last minute craft idea went over really well.

9. All kids ministry services went well. We didn’t have any difficulties.

10. Big church was awesome too. Lives were changed.

11. Pastor Marc’s family life bumper went over well. TV shows like The Cosby’s never disappoint.

12. We had a healthy, at home lunch. It is nice to have some extra time at home in between church services.

13. We spent time this afternoon outside. We are loving the great weather. Spending time together + the back porch= BLISS.

14. I got a lot of necessary work done this afternoon. Feeling ahead of Monday already.

15. Gary and Judah had a water fight with the hose. Judah finds it hilarious to get other people wet…especially when they are fully dressed. Gary is a great sport and it turned into a time of wonderful play.

16. Laid back, easy going people.

17. I love to read. I love to learn.

18. I referred a family who had a child struggling with Math homework to seek help from a woman in our church who is a retired teacher. They did. After one, 15 minute tutoring session, that child is having success in Math. One person can truly turn the light bulb on! You just have to be available.

19. Available, helpful people.

20. Neil Kennedy was our Guest Speaker this Sunday in Big church. His message on The Centurion Principle was superb.

21. God doesn’t work around leaders, He works through them.

22. When one submits to authority, God will cover you with provision, protection, promotion, and empower you to do greater things.

23. The stage redesign looks amazing. I know how much work goes into even small changes. My team worked hard and hard work always pays off.

24. Our worship doesn’t come from what God has done for us, but rather who God is. Just because of who He is…I give Him glory.

25. Another friend of mine began her own 10k reasons blog journey.

26. Madi asked me to help her on an English question.

27. Kids are the church right now.

28. I get to serve with World Changers.

Selah~Day 131″God Doesn’t Always Do Details”

Steven Furtick, Lead Pastor of Elevation Church, is one of the best communicators today. I receive his blog daily through my email and yesterday’s message really spoke to me. So, I wanted to share it here as well.

“A common phrase you often hear from people is, “I don’t do details.” Usually they mean they’re more big picture people. They don’t like to get bogged down in minutiae.

In His own way, God doesn’t do details either. At least when it comes to His commands to people in the Bible. In fact, He can often be painfully vague.

He told Abraham simply, “Go to the land I will show you.”
When He beckoned Peter to walk on the water, He simply said, “Come.”
On His command Moses to free the Israelites from the most powerful nation in the world, He merely commanded him, “Go, I am sending you to Pharaoh.”

God didn’t use any detail. He didn’t lay out a step-by-step plan. He just issued the command and expected obedience.

Sometimes people wanted more detail. Moses wanted to know how it was going to happen. What should he tell the people? But God didn’t fill in much detail here either.
I will be with you.
Tell them, I AM has sent me to you.

That helps.

On the one hand, you would think God was kind of winging it. On the surface, it would seem that His plan was just to deal with the details as they came about. And that’s not very reassuring. Not when you’re being asked to step out on faith.

On the other hand, when you read on in the stories, God had every detail covered. Abraham’s journey. The plagues. The Red Sea. Even Peter’s ability to walk on water. And that’s very reassuring.

God is extremely meticulous. He is all about the details. Far more than you’ll ever be. He has everything already figured out. Every pitfall and possibility accounted for. Every detour arranged to get you to your final destination.

So God definitely does the details in terms of His plan and working it out.
But God doesn’t do the details in terms of what He communicates to you.

That’s because He knows there are some details you’re simply not ready for.
And ultimately it’s because He’s more interested in your full obedience than your full understanding.

Don’t worry. God has every detail in your life covered.
He just doesn’t need you to know them first to follow Him faithfully.”

  My 28 Thanks:

1. Quiet Mornings.

2. Even though He doesn’t always share them with me, God has every detail of my life covered.

3. I strive to be obedient.

4. I love obedience.

5. Details. I love them.

6. Gary and I had a great morning taking care of our house.

7. I love to clean. I may not be much of a cook, but I love to make things clean and tidy.

8. Gary likes things clean too.

9. We had an awesome, peaceful walk around the neighborhood.

10. We got to visit with some of our sweet neighbors.

11. Judah had a blast playing with his cousins.

12. He was happy to see us.

13. Laci and Eric took great care of our little boy. I have so many amazing family members. I am truly blessed.

14. All the laundry is done. Well, for now.

15. The weather was fantastic. We enjoyed being outside most of the day!

16. We got Chinese food for dinner. The owners of China Delight are precious and they make amazing Chinese Food.

17. We got a new plant at Lowe’s. And, all plants were 25% off. Discounts are always a welcomed surprise.

18. My hands were in the dirt a lot today. I love doing yard work. I find it to be cathartic.

19. Our neighborhood is safe and Judah can play on our quiet street.

20. Gary is reading a book and he loves it. I enjoy sharing the same reading material with Gary. Then, we have even more to discuss.

21. Tomorrow, I am telling kids how to be world changers. I have the coolest job.

22. Energy.

23. Sonic ice. Whoever created the ice machine that turns frozen water into tiny pellets is my friend.

24. Late night car rides and funny conversations.

25. Family prayer time.

26. Great works and moves of God are happening around the US and the World. It is an honor to be a part.

27. Gary and I had two days of family time and relaxation. These times are rare for us because of our interesting work schedules, so when they happen…we treasure them!

28. God is good.

Selah~Day 130

My 28 Thanks:

1. Judah loves to spend time sitting on my lap in the mornings.

2. Gary, Judah, and I relaxed all morning.

3. We got a lot of house keeping items completed.

4. I approached a situation differently today and it was a better approach. Growth is the will of God. 

5. Safety while traveling. 

6. Hospitality.

7. I finally used the bath “experience” ball (ha ha ha) that Danielle bought for me. I have never taken a bath in pink and purple water. I am thankful for thoughtful friendships.

8. Great conversations with my funny mom. She makes me laugh. 

I am thankful for:

9. Consistency. When you need to be consistent. 

AND~I am thankful for:

10. Change. When you need to change. 

11. The weather was cool enough that I got to explore another part of my closet. I love Fall. 

12. Eric and Laci invited Judah to spend the night. 

13. Judah was thrilled to spend the night with his mends, (friends) Ethan and Evan. They are like triplets. 

14. Gary and I laughed all day together. We found “funny” in so many ways. 

15. I received a really sweet, surprising facebook message from a friend. Words of encouragement fuel you more than coffee, energy drinks, and sugar highs. 

16. Gary and I took a carriage ride around the downtown area of Guthrie, Ok. It was our first carriage ride, but definitely not our last. 

17. It was a most beautiful evening.

18. Old Architecture. Every person has a story, so does every building. I love honoring the Old and welcoming the New. 

19. Creative and Artisitc displays of talent.

20. Our carriage driver, Steve, was sweet and funny. 

21. We walked into our bed and breakfast and found amazing home-made cinnamon rolls (huge) and fresh baked bread and jam. 

22. Gary and I enjoyed a nice, quiet dinner with each other.

23. The sunset was absolutely amazing.

24. The Oklahoma Sky never disappoints. 

25. Gary and I got to watch a movie together.  And, it was a non-Judah kind of movie:) 

26. Date Nights~We have to do that more often! 

27. Gary was able to help out some friends of ours at the last minute. We love Eddie and Tracy Loomis. This kind, caring couple has always been encouraging and supporting of Gary and me. 

28. Fridays. I wish they came around more than one time a week!