Saturday, August 25, 2012

Happy Birthday you two!

She came first.  Less than thirty years ago.  She was my first girl.  In fact the only girl.  She has no idea how much she rocked my world and how much I love her.  I was just a teenager then.  I could not get enough of her. But life happened.  I got married.  She started school.  I had babies. She loved on them.  And would still do it if they weren't such big boys. (I smile)  She is having a birthday today.  I won't say how old she is.  But I will say, she has turned out to be an outstanding young lady that loves the Lord with all of her heart.  She is quiet spoken.  But she has a lot to say when she speaks.  However, when we are together all we have to do is look at each other and it is over.  We just laugh.  I can't imagine this world with out her sweet spirit and smile.  I love you to the moon and back and I always will favorite niece of mine. 

And then there is this young man.  He too is having a birthday today.  Two very special people in my life.  One here, the other miles away.  I haven't been able to get him off of my mind today.  I hope it has been a good day for him.  I am writing him a letter as soon as this post is done.  He will be out of the program next year. But there won't be a day to go by that I don't think of him.  He too, has rocked my world in ways he doesn't know.  In ways I can't explain.  In ways I myself don't understand.  I thank God for both of these people and for using them for His glory. 

Happy Birthday you two.  This partyin' preacher's wife loves you both.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Broken

I really have no idea where to begin this post.  It seems as though there has been something on everyone's base here lately.  Actually, throughout the summer.  But we have made it thus far.  Only because of God's mighty hand and guidance.  Last Sunday evening as the preacher was flipping channels (as he often does), he stopped to listen to Bishop T.D. Jakes.  His sermon caught my attention.  So much so that Monday I had to go to www.youtube.com to find it and hear the whole thing. "Save the Scraps" is the title.  Let me just say I haven't found my socks yet.  Talk about being blown away.   You can go to the website and watch for yourself, but only if you are brave and want someone walking on your toes and blessing you at the same time.  In it, he is speaking on Jesus feeding the five thousand plus some.  Short of the long that got my attention is he said the blessings come with the breaking.  Matthew 14:19 "Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves." And as Mr. Jakes said "that is when we lose count." 

 For a week now I have pondered that scripture and the statement.  "We must be willing to be broken if we want to be blessed."  "He also stated that until we are thankful for something that is not enough then what you have can't be multiplied into something that is more than enough." 

So my question to you is this,  When was the last time you allowed Him to break you in order to bless you?  And when was the last time you thanked Him for something that just wasn't meeting your expectations? 

There is more to his sermon and I encourage you to watch, listen, and be blessed by it.  It just might change your outlook on being broken.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

First Day of School

   Today, well, today is the first day of school.  Doesn't seem like it was that long ago I was doing this for the first time with him.  Now, I will do it for the last with him.  Seems like only yesterday, I was walking him up the steps to find his classroom.  Today, he will drive himself and his brother.  I have been busy this summer doing the things you do in the summer plus a little more and I haven't really thought about this day.  Until last night.  As I was finishing the day, the memories started coming.  For as long as I can remember I always knew I wanted two children.  Never mattered if they were boys or girls, I just knew I wanted two.  I am so thankful that God entrusted these two to us.  They aren't perfect, but they are ours. 

Son, as you start your senior year, my prayer for you is that you let Jesus shine so brightly in you that your classmates, teammates, teachers, coaches and anyone else that you come in contact with, can't see you for Him.  I pray you let Him continue to lead you.  Whether you realize it or not you are a leader.  You do have people watching you.  And as your mama, I am proud of what they see.



There have been a lot of days to pass since that first day of kindergarten and now here we are.