Sunday, November 16, 2008

My Greater Purpose...

I have come to the place in my life where I have embraced my greatest purpose. That is, to worship God with more than songs of praise, but with my LIFE. I am to spend my life showing off my God through one of the most important acts of worship. My obedience to Him. EVERYTHING on Earth was created to point to God's GREATNESS. That includes myself. What an AWESOME calling. I want to do my best to try and reflect HIS GLORY in the greatest way possible. I want to give God my life in worship. MY everything...not just my song, my hands or my heart...EVERYTHING COMPLETELY!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Change Of Perspective

One of my favorite life verses is Romans 5:3-5,
"We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love."

I love it when God sends reminders of His promises. I started the day asking the Lord to help change my perspective. I continue to remind myself that I need to choose to be thankful and find the good things in life, instead of focusing on the negative. I realized that the heaviness that I was feeling was as heavy as I wanted it to be. The word says that His burden is light, so it’s up to me to release the heaviness and let Him carry it. If I’m feeling the weight of the world, then it’s not because God put it there. That is why and how I can go forward each day, and face the challenges raising five children and keeping our house running, while at times it feels as if my body is falling apart. He gives me the strength to go on!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Political Insights And Prayers

I am certainly not surprised Obama won the election, but deep down I was hoping and praying that McCain would pull it off in the end. McCain was obviously not the popular vote. I admit, was saddened and disappointed with the outcome of the election. I even shed some tears. However, I have thought about it and prayed a lot since then, and now I AM EXCITED. I had to realize that God is still in control and He is still on the throne. I don't agree with many things Obama stands for and supports. Some of those things I am very PASSIONATLY against. But, I am excited to see how God is going work through this country. I greatly respect Obama and his wife. They have a beautiful family and have worked hard to get where they are. Obama has a presence that attracts and inspires people. He has that charisma that some of our most popular Presidents in the past have had. He comes across with that “IT” factor. So what do I do now? Now, I have all the more reason to pray for God to work in the life of Obama. God allowed this to happen. He can MOVE mountains. He can HEAL the blind. He can rise above all the craziness in this world. I'm going to pray BIG! Nothing is impossible....this country has been dying for change for so long. But that change is so much bigger than economics, healthcare or saving energy, our world is in desperate need for a LIFE CHANGE. And that can only come through the work of our Lord and Savoir, Jesus Christ. There may not be a republican representing this country in the White House, but God is there, and my prayer is that people in that White House will hear His voice. The world is never going to run perfectly, that is just not possible. We are all sinners, we all fall short, and we all make bad decisions. God is gracious, and willing to forgive. God gives us hope, God gives us answers, and God will guide us, if we let Him.

Dear God, I pray for each and every one of our countries leaders, that you would keep them safe, protect them from harm, and be with them as they make decisions and face each issue that faces our country at this time. I pray for God’s mighty had to rest on our new President-elect. Amen.

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Monday, November 10, 2008

Introducing, Jesus Take The Wheel!

The last few years have been filled with wonderful times of celebration and thanksgiving, but a long with that has come countless days, weeks, and months, of stress, pain, sickness, and all around hard times. God gave us this gift of five beautiful children, but he never said it would be easy. From the first day that Donny and I found out that we were carrying five babies we gave it over to God. I felt a peace about it from the beginning. And regardless of all the scary what ifs and unknowns, we knew God would take us through this time and His will would be done in all of it. I still can remember our first doctor trying to convince me that we needed to highly consider selective reduction. There was never a thought about it, that was not even an option. It completely went against everything I have ever believed in. Donny and I left it in Gods hands to decide. After all they are His children. God did take one of the five babies to Heaven. Our son Logan turned one, the day after we gave birth to QUADRUPLETS! One boy and three girls. The life we could have never imagined in our wildest dreams was just beginning.

The quads all had plenty of medical issues, but despite everything, are doing well today, and you would never know they were born so early. It has been a long road, to get them back to health. We still are dealing with things with medical issues with the quads and even Logan here and there, but overall they are all doing so well. They are so full of life! They are our FIVE huge blessings!!

A 115 lb woman carrying quadruplets is far from anything normal. You should have seen my stomach before I delivered. Crazy! It also was way too much strain and pressure on my body and after the delivery my bogy gave way. My colon burst and then well everything went downhill from there for a while. But God was certainly not going to give us these children and leave them without a mommy. He saved me from death several times, I am sure of.

I am a big fan of country music, and Carrie Underwood. She has a song called Jesus Take the Wheel. They even play it on some of the Christian radio stations sometimes. Every time this song is on I turn it up loud and cry. I love this song! It really rings such a true message that I constantly want to shout out to God.

My thoughts, mind and spirit are always drawn to these verses,

She was sooo scared
She threw her hands up in the air

Jesus take the wheel
Take it from my hands
Cause I can't do this on my own
I'm a letting go
So give me one more chance
To save me from this road I'm on
Jesus take the wheel

No matter what my day or week may hold, whether the kids are sick, Donny is out of town, or if everyone is well and I’m just dealing with the normal tasks of caring for five children, things are always so much easier if I give them up to God. Nothing about this life is easy, it’s darn right hard. It hurts, it burns, it can tear you up sometimes. But I have a Lord and Savoir who is bigger than all the drama, and all the pain. He is what carries me through; He has saved me and continues to save me from the road that I am on.

People constantly ask me, “How do you do it?” I am titling this blog after this song because I am not a Supermom, I am not Wonder Woman, I can not do it all on my own. So often people can not understand how I can go through so much, and continue to do so and be positive and love life. I get upset and cry just as much as the next person, but I worship a God who takes it all away. He holds onto all my burdens so they are no longer my own. He gives me strength when I feel like I cannot go on. He gives me peace when I need to be calm. He is always here, waiting for me with open arms. He takes it all…I just have to give it over to Him. Everyday of my life no matter what, I have to let Jesus take the wheel.

I hope that you join me as I follow God’s leading and see where He will take me as I let Jesus take the wheel.