Selah~Day 274

Wednesday, February 19

My 27 Thanks:

1. I wake up every morning to a sweet little boy who calls me “mommy.”

2. Judah loves to snuggle. He is still mommy’s little boy.

3. Gary got to enjoy a day free from a lot of to-dos.

4. I had a most enjoyable, long overdue lunch with my friend Debby.

5. Healthy friendships.

6. Transparency.

7. Honest conversation.

8. Abby and I have fun working together.

9. Starla has done a great job organizing seeking sitters for our event. I am glad both parties are flexible.

10. Teamwork.

11. Oakcrest Church of Christ gave me a tour of their facility. They are a sweet staff.

12. My SIL, Laura, has been an amazing help with a current project I am working on.

13. Self-Control.

14. Opportunities to walk in love with people.

15. A soft answer always turns away wrath.

16. I have always had an easy time offering forgiveness. I know that I want to be forgiven, so I chose to forgive others easily too.

17. I love the song, “Let it Go.” It is my current theme song and just flies right off the tongue and fits most situations…ha ha ha.

18. Judah got in a quick nap before Wednesday night church. Naps always make the drive home from church more peaceful.

19. Flexibility.

20. Adaptability.

21. Understanding when there has been miscommunication.

22. Dreams.

23. Vision. I can see years down the road.

24. Possibilities are endless.

25. Church was fun and smooth.

26. The best kids in the world go to church at Crossroads.

27. I get to do ministry with people I love.

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Selah~Day 273

“My Baby Mattered…27 Lessons from Loss.”

An extra excerpt for Tuesday, February 18. 

I can’t believe a year has passed since grief knocked at the door of my heart. The details of that cold, dark night on February 18th are still vivid in my mind. Even though I delivered a baby at 14 weeks and it had no viable life outside the womb…that baby mattered to me. At first, I questioned God of the baby’s purpose. I asked Him many tough questions. I was mad and angry…

But, over the course of a year, I have learned that my baby mattered and even in death, you can find reasons to celebrate life.

The 27 Lessons from Loss:

1. God is Faithful.

2. He is close to the broken-hearted.

3. He speaks in mysterious ways.

4. Even when you don’t feel Him close, He is truly there.

5. Friends will surprise you.

6. Grief is a process.

7. I am so blessed. I have learned to appreciate even more what I have instead of focusing on what I don’t have.

8. Having a baby full term is truly miraculous.

9. Miracles happen everyday.

10. Even in your darkest hour, you can find reasons to rejoice.

11. The Name of Jesus is sweeter to me now than ever before.

12. People will say ignorant things without thinking. But, you have to just “let it go..”

13. In life, we truly have little control.

14. Life goes on. For you, it may have stopped for a while, but for others, it keeps going. Others moving forward can hurt when you just want to stand still. But, you have to move forward too even if you don’t feel like it.

15. Things don’t always work out the way you plan, so you have to come up with a new plan. You have to find a way to “be content in all things.”

16. There is great power when you decide to Trust God even when you don’t understand.

17. Crying is good for me. It is truly cathartic.

18. I can be down, but it doesn’t mean I am destroyed.

19. Many women share a similar story of loss.

20. When I am weak, He is strong in me.

21. Gary and I have a strong, solid marriage. It is in times of greatest tragedy that we are our strongest together. We would rather be together than apart.

22. I am blessed with a husband who loves to cry with me, laugh with me, and hold my hand through every step.

23. Every moment with Gary and Judah is priceless. I don’t take anything for granted and try to be very present in every moment with them.

24. Bad things really do happen to good people. But, …

25. There is always hope for the hopeless.

26. If you look for it, you can find victory even in the land of defeat.

27. Joy comes in the morning.

Selah~Day 272

Tuesday, February 18

My 27 Thanks:

1. Some adjustments were made to our Tuesday staff schedule and the adjustments are SO MUCH BETTER.

2. A willingness to change.

3. A desire to always improve.

4. I work with a team of people who wants to be good stewards of working hours.

5. Gary was able to get my in-laws truck and help clean out some more items from my grandma’s house.

6. We were blessed to keep some of my grandma’s lawn tools.

7. I got several compliments on my spring time outfit.

8. Pastor Marcia shared an awesome praise report with the team this morning. God is working on her behalf.

9. Today is Pastor Marcia’s birthday. I am so thankful that God blessed our world with her presence.

10. Pastor Marcia is such a blessing in my life. She has such a beautiful heart and is a true model for “walking in love” with all people. I have learned so much from my time with her.

11. I am working with DHS on a project and the person I was assigned to for help is awesome. I am super thankful to be able to work with someone who was thorough in explanation, professional, and kind.

12. Abby had a great tour of the City Rescue Mission and worked out some details with them. We are so excited to host a VBS for the kids at the mission over Spring Break. We have decided on a Superheroes theme.

13. Things are just working together.

14. Jesus > Heartbreak.

15. Jesus > Loss.

16. Gary, Judah, and I had a quick in office lunch together. I treasure every moment I get to spend with them.

17. When I got home from work, Gary met me in the garage. He told me to close my eyes and then he led me into the house. The kitchen was covered in candles. It was beautiful. And, he had grilled filet mignon steaks, baked sweet potatoes, and grilled asparagus (My favorite).

18. Sweet surprises.

19. Gary loves to make me smile.

20. Gary cares deeply for my heart.

21. He wrote me the sweetest of all cards to date. He is a great word smith.

22. There is beauty found even in the ashes.

23. I am not where I want to be, but I am not standing still.

24. Moving forward.

25. Gary, Judah, and I enjoyed a nice walk around the neighborhood.

26. We live in a safe neighborhood.

27. I smiled a lot today.

Selah~Day 271

Monday, February 17

My 27 Thanks:

1. Gary chose to work out later in the day and spend the morning with me while I got ready for work.

2. My nephew, Kaden, is celebrating a birthday today. Kaden is the oldest of the Hendrickson grandkids. What a blessing he is to our family!

3. Kaden is so respectful, loving, well-mannered, and a great kid.

4. My brother-in-law, Nate, is coming home soon. He has been away for a year tour of duty with the Air Force. But, he will be home at the end of this month.

5. My father-in-law is feeling so much better. The pain from his wrist surgery is finally subsiding.

6. Judah had another great day at school.

7. After school, the twins came over to play with Judah on his swing set and in the dirt pile. I don’t know if they had more fun on the swing set or in the dirt!

8. Eric, my Brother-in-law, helped Gary plant our last tree. The trees are bare, but still look so good in my yard!

9. Warm weather.

10. My friend, Debby, surprised me with a basket full of gala apples. It was a super sweet (no pun intended) surprise. I love apples.

11. Acts of Love.

12. I have received some very sweet cards of condolences in the mail. A hand-written card is such a treasure. They show another level of care and I hope that kind gestures never completely ends.

13. Angela Lewis and I shared some great conversation today. She has such a sweet, tender heart. And, she loves people and her church.

14. My kidmin directors met today and had an awesome conference call with the specialist representing a new curriculum that we will implement soon in kidz ministry.

15. I have a wonderful team of directors in kidz ministry.

16. There is wisdom in a multitude of counsel.

17. The brick layers finally came back to my house today and fixed the outside brick and our fireplace!

18. Gary and I worked together to clean up our floors. Because of all the dry grass we had tracked in, I didn’t know if I had wood floors or grass floors.

19. I got our laundry completely caught up. Completely! Well, until tomorrow, then it will pile again.

20. Gary and I got to watch “When Calls the Heart” together. I had recorded it from the weekend and Gary knows how much I enjoy that show and he wanted to watch it with me.

21. The Life of Paul the Apostle.

22. Paul was small in stature, but mighty in the Spirit. His example to us is powerful.

23. He was a “Holy Terror” against the devil. No matter how weak we feel, we can be “Holy Terrors” too.

24. I can put on the armor of God.

25. When you are clothed in the armor of God, you can win the victory every time.

26. Today was a great day, but tomorrow is going to be even better.

27. Hope.

Selah~Day 270

Sunday, February 16th

My 27 Thanks:

1. Gary made it home early from the station. It makes our morning routine so much easier when he is home to help.

2. It’s already warmer outside.

3. My dad helped Gary move our 3 trees into their spots.

4. We had a busy morning and still made it to church on time.

5. The new Kids Check-In area looks awesome. The team loved it.

6. We have an amazing church facility. We are so blessed.

7. Peaceful mornings.

8. Robots, Inc. continues to be a big hit. Kids are loving this series.

9. Our take home devos for this series are striking it big with parents. And, a large number of kids are returning them completed.

10. We had an awesome training session with our small group leaders. We are empowering to lead small.

11. My team is on the same page.

12. They love to lead together.

13. Gary and I had time after our training meeting to run home and plant a few trees.

14. Judah and I played on the swing set and watched Gary plant trees:)

15. I have trees in my backyard. I am so excited to watch them grow!

16. I have a big backyard and I live in a neighborhood.

17. After a year off, I approached the stage and did the Guest Welcome segment in Big church.

18. I did it afraid.

19. I have not been given a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and a sound mind.

20. My team members support me well.

21. Pastor Tami encouraged me with sweet words.

22. Pastor Ted’s message on Dreaming Again was timely and had many tweetable comments! But, I didn’t tweet them because I didn’t want to be on my phone during service.

23. My friend sent me a card in the mail. Her words were in the form of a prayer claiming that I too would dream again in some areas of my life. Her words were like honey to my soul.

24. We enjoyed a late night dinner with the Hoovers. It is always nice to catch up with them and share stories and watch our boys talk with each other.

25. I am learning to trust more even when I don’t understand.

26. Progress.

27. Gary and I enjoyed an hour sitting alone together talking.

Selah~Day 269

Saturday, February 15

My 27 Thanks:

1. Judah and I slept in.

2. I worked with Judah on writing his name. He is doing better and I am having fun working with him on this great task.

3. Preschool teachers. They are special.

4. Patience.

5. Judah likes to learn. But, he likes rewards more.

6. God loves to reward His kids too.

7. I am so thankful that we named Judah…Judah. There were times that I concerned myself with the thought, “Will I be upset with my child’s name after some time?” No! I love his name.

8. We enjoyed lunch at Pei Wei with my parents.

9. My mom and I enjoyed a fun afternoon of shopping. I enjoy times of fun with my mom.

10. Judah was so well-behaved and even wanted to stay in the cart.

11. We got some great deals.

12. Comet, my sister’s dog, loves Judah. Judah held him in the car and kept him from yelping loudly in our inclosed space!

13. I love the convenience of my town. I grew up in the country and we had to drive for MILES to go anywhere. I love convenience. My brothers would disagree with me. They think town life is the worst ever. Ha Ha Ha.

14. Beautiful weather.

15. Judah and I met our new neighbors. They seem really nice. Now, we only have two more empty homes on our street. I like having neighbors.

16. I went to Crest on a Saturday by myself and I didn’t get anxious with the crowd and long lines.

17. Gage and Kolt came over to play with Judah. Judah was excited to see them.

18. Kyle and Meg got to have some time alone while Gage and Kolt stayed with us.

19. My brother told Gary that he was so glad to have Gary in our family. That statement meant a lot to Gary.

20. Gary is having an awesome shift and is really enjoying his new assignment.

21. My husband loves his job and even if he didn’t he would find ways to see the “glass half-full.”

22. Abby brought her English bulldog puppy, Oliver, over to play. He was a hit with the boys and oh so cute. We may have to get Judah a small dog!

23. Abby brought me a training manual for review before our big training tomorrow morning. The manuals look great!

24. The Word of God is powerful.

25. Jesus used the Word to defeat the devil too.

26. Today is my friend’s birthday. Lori Rowin is definitely a person to celebrate! She is dependable, kind, quirky (she wears fleece in August), willing to do act goofy for preschoolers, and a hard worker committed to building the kingdom of God.

27. Lori is on my team!

Selah~Day 267…”X” Marks the Spot

One year, I bought Gary a metal detector for his birthday. He loves to find buried treasure. He is incredibly nostalgic and gets so excited when he discovers something from the past. Gary has even mentioned to me on several occasions that the coolest job in the world, next to fire fighting of course, would be treasure hunting. Think about it, Treasure Hunters scour the earth looking for treasure left behind from past civilizations. Sometimes, they discover the “X” and win their treasured prize. There is something very enticing about the actual “hunt for hidden treasure.”

BUT, 2 Corinthians 4:7 says, “We have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.” Think about it…the greatest treasure in all the universe lives on the inside of us! It is a treasure that I don’t think we will ever completely discover or discern. The fullness of God is so vast and immeasurable that we will never be able to completely “dig” it all out.

If Paul were a treasure map creator, he would have been a poor one. The first thing he tells us in this verse if where to find the treasure. He says…”the treasure is buried in us!” He not only tells us where it is, but he says, “we have it.” We have the right to possess and not give back this treasure that is found on the inside of us. Thankfully too, this treasure isn’t only reserved for the lucky one who finds it first, but rather, reserved for all who believe…”WE have this treasure.”

God chose to put His greatest treasure, the Holy Spirit, on the inside of us. Even though our earthly bodies are fragile and eventually die, God chose to deposit his greatest gift on the inside of us. And, we don’t need to scour the earth searching for it. It is on the inside of us. WE ARE THE “X.”

Thursday, February 13

My 27 Thanks:

1. God chose to place His greatest treasure in the secret chamber of my heart!

2. I am special and valuable to God.

3. As a believer, I possess the richest of treasures!

4. Judah and I had a great morning together. We both woke up rested.

5. Judah spent the first hour in my office relaxing. He just needed more time with his mommy. He sat quietly on my office couch and watched a movie.

6. Abby did a few math manipulatives with Judah and he did so well. Abby is a great teacher too.

7. Judah and Aaron, Pastor Marc’s little boy, are becoming great friends! I love watching them play together.

8. Mindy and JaQuisha make staff childcare fun for the kids.

9. Brandon, Kayla, Mark, and I had a great lunch together. It was fun to sit down to eat and visit.

10. Brandon paid!

11. We mapped out all the locations for the Easter Egg Hunts. It is going to be so much fun and a great blessing to our community.

12. Community. I love my community.

13. Outreach focus.

14. I spent the afternoon doing work outside.

15. The sun in shinning and Spring is on its way!

16. Abby has worked really hard on the small group training manuals for our elementary team.

17. I have a great assistant who is helping carry the load for Kidz Ministry while I work on a big future project.

18. My friend, Deborah, made it to the next round of Dental Hygiene admissions process. I am so proud of her!!!!!!

19. Someone thought that I was Abby today. We are often mistaken as sister. But, to be mistaken as actually her….BIG compliment.

20. Debby Torres loves well. She is so faithful to encourage her friends.

21. The world is a better place because Amy Hoover lives in it.

22. Judah and I had a lot of snuggle time tonight.

23. We watched my Big, Big Friend and laughed a lot. I love the giant, blue elephant, Goliath. He is so funny and it is really a cute show.

24. Judah’s laughter. He shrugs his shoulders and crinkles his nose when he laughs. And, he has my cheek dimples.

25. Daystar plays instrumental music and puts up scripture verses on their channel throughout the night. I love falling to sleep with that channel on…it fills my room with scripture and soft music.

26. Peace.

27. Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day and Gary is off work!