Saturday, September 14, 2013

No Longer - Beth Moore 2013

“The Word we study has to be the Word we pray. My personal experience of the relentless tenderness of God came not from exegetes, theologians, and spiritual writers, but from sitting still in the presence of the living Word and beseeching Him to help me understand with my head and heart His written Word. Sheer scholarship alone cannot reveal to us the gospel of grace. We must never allow the authority of books, institutions, or leaders to replace the authority of *knowing* Jesus Christ personally and directly. When the religious views of others interpose between us and the primary experience of Jesus as the Christ, we become unconvicted and unpersuasive travel agents handing out brochures to places we have never visited.”
― Brennan Manning, The Ragamuffin Gospel: Good News for the Bedraggled, Beat-Up, and Burnt Out

I had a divine appointment today.  Didn't even know I would be going two days ago or that it was even happening but a friend texted.  Just to say hi and mentioned it.  The Beth Moore simulcast for 2013.  The subject was from Romans 6:1-14 among other texts from the Scriptures.

It was so anointed from the song service I instantly felt like crying.

One of my favorite quotes and parts of the day was the quote listed above.  It reminded me of the series our pastor has been preaching on.

Today's message was all about grace and a big eye opener on how much of our lives we live under the law or legalism even if we are familiar with grace.  So good.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Asked to Leave

This morning my study was on Luke 8:26-33.  From Beth Moore's book Jesus The One and Only.

I saw something I had never seen before.  Jesus healed the demon possessed man who had had super natural demonic powers to break chains, had lived without clothes and slept in the tombs.  Wow. What a miracle.

Do you know what the people of the town did?  They asked Jesus to leave.

What a thought for meditation.  How many times have we recognized the power and authority Jesus has and asked Him to leave an area of our lives or our lives all together.  Maybe we feared what He was going to shake up.  Maybe we had/have grown comfortable with our chains.

Friday, September 6, 2013

Oh My Word

This Kid is Cute!!!

At Maryland Zoo with the goats...  

Henry locked Hudson up in Stacey's jail for her western themed corn maze.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Labor Day with the Umsteads

We haven't seen Aunt Kelly (aka the Southern Belle and David's younger sister) in two years I think.  Henry sat on her lap half the time.  She lives in the Atlanta area now.

Monday, September 2, 2013

Better Job

I need to do a better job at recording moments on this blog.  There are so many things happen in a day with our two boys...

Henry - Henry is our creative child with huge imagination.  He is really funny.  Like on the way to church yesterday he started calling Dave daddy-leuca for Melaleuca and kept inviting us on training conference calls.  He loves Hudson but is also jealous and loves to tackle him a little too much.  He pretends to be an "animal doctor" with his stuffed animals and has an animal hospital in his room.  He's very cuddly... especially with pretty girls.  He saw aunt Kelly for the first time in a long time and just cuddled up to her on the couch all afternoon today.

Hudson - While it's still a struggle to get Henry to use utensils, Hudson has almost mastered them.  We laugh because most children have pacifiers or blankets as comfort objects while Hudson walks around with large serving spoons.  He also gets a kick out of inflicting pain on people (wonder where he gets that haha).  He loves animals just like Henry and loves the outdoors.  He has no fear so we have to constantly be on guard with him.

We had a great time visiting my Aunt Teresa and the rest of the Galkowski family in RI on our recent trip.  We have so many folks going through major life changes after losing my grandfather last fall.  I got to see some of my cousins.  My cousin Liz I haven't seen in years though we do talk on the phone.  I got to see her and her four kids.  Please pray for her as she just lost her estranged husband and father of her children very suddenly this weekend.

Maine was great.  God ordered our steps and never ceases to amaze me in that way.

My mom has the most beautiful time share in Rockland we got to stay in.  It was such a treat to have a beautiful landing pad with a gorgeous view where we could relax and make meals for the kids.  Such a blessing.  Henry got to go lawn saling with my mom as well.  I think she could have a new partner in crime because he talks about it all the time.  My mom also spoiled us with Lobsters while we were there.  Such a treat.

While we were up there we looked at houses for a possible move back to Maine.  It has been on our heart for a year.  We just started taking steps of faith to see if God would open doors.  I remember someone saying sometimes you feel like you are waiting on God forever and then when He starts to move you feel like you can't keep up.  Yup.  We are there.  We have a home appraisal and inspection on our house here tomorrow.  It's under contract.  It all happened in perfect timing while we were up in Maine.  We really see God's hand in all of this.

I am still reading Beth Moore's book on Jesus.  It's so good.  I have had so many meditations lately.  I love my church here and the messages we are fed.  So excited to share that Word with the folks in Maine but most of all support my husband in his call.  Very excited for him and what God is doing in his life.

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Modern Farmhouse

I have found it.  The name of the style I love.  I have actually written many posts in my head today about so many things going on.  But am in a self inflicted training session that I have been doing every night late.  So I get distracted by Pinterest.

LOVE - modern farmhouse feel

Modern farmhouse - l o v e

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