size of a poppyseed: Q. When and who we told first… We told our girls 1st after we found out we were pregnant. Emma was already expecting a baby since she would pray for it every day, sometimes even crying for it. Zienne was a little more hesitant at 1st but was happy to become an Ate. We told Perze’s family 2nd then that night, we told mine after dinner. They were excited to ask the girls what they thought and felt.
“We try to challenge them to look at every job in the church the way Christ says to look at them; everything we do for the kingdom needs to be done with a real zeal and passion. Some take this challenge, grow, and they begin to be real, mature leaders. But for those who don’t, we realize they are kids in their early twenties who believe they know best. We pull back and let them attend only the things they think are real ministry, and those fade away pretty quickly. They get their way, but they iss out on things that would benefit them a great deal. We have come to realize that God has to teach them lessons that they refuse to learn from us.” -Cheshire (How to Knock Over a 7-Eleven) In our church, I’ve really grown to understand that the kids/youth who look at you aren’t looking at what you can do, but how long you stay and how commited you are to what you’re preaching. Let me be honest and say how turned off I’ve grown to the copy & paste generation who talk with the “like” button, the “share” button, the “retweet” button on these […]
I turn green at the faintest whiff of… …meat cooking, strong meat flavors. I feel the worst… …in the evening. My husband thinks it is going to be… …a boy. Our official date… …August 29. When I saw it was positive, I… …laughed. When and where I took the home pregnancy test… …Perze and I were in our bathroom, Dec. 26th, right after Christmas. We took the test which affirmed our suspicions, We were elated and I teared a little knowing we’re waiting for thie little one who will complete our family.
Today, I learned the Hebrew term “Qadosh.” Like the cross, it has ambivalent meanings. To be set apart is to be made holy. This is never painless. Like sacrifices placed at the altar, these things are changed and made holy. They are sacrificed to bring glory to God. They are His. When we are to be set apart, or dedicated, it’s not just a blessing; it could also be seen as a curse, because it is God who sees fit on how to use us- sometimes in great circumstances, sometimes in less pleasant, and sometimes in very painful circumstances. Nevertheless, it is for His glory. “Qadosh” is not something to take lightly. When you accept God into your life to be Savior, He also must be Lord. You are then “set apart” for Him alone. His will becomes your calling. And sanctification means a lot of restructuring on your life, your heart. It calls for a lot of chiseling of unnecessary things in your life, esp. the things that give you the most pleasure. It calls for constant dying to yourself and things of this world. So what have you? Are you still willing to be “qadosh?” Don’t live it […]
Today, the 27th, I read Psalm 27. The last verse humbled me today more than ever. “Wait for the Lord. Be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.” Waiting is not an easy road; that’s why the psalmist says strength is required for such a task.
Yay, a milestone in Zi’s potty training. I saw her enter my room, proceed to the bathroom, climb the stepping stool, put her pants and diaper down, and drop some presents into Mr.Potty! ALL BY HERSELF! [ABH] Yay! Let’s dance!!!! Afterwards, you can see this huge smile on her face and she says, “you have to give me two stickers!”
These next few days are going to be so busy so I already know we won’t be able to update our twelvesixteen, so just to put it out there, Merry Christmas to all our family and friends, stalkers and creepers. Everyone deserves a blessed Christmas to meditate on the wondrous blessings this year, albeit in disguise or in our ken. I’m just thankful, every year- every Christmas, the meaning of Jesus’ on earth, and paving salvation for us all, gets deeper and deeper. If it’s not a well of hope for you this season, let me know how I can pray for you. I know I may not have all the answers and we may not have the same troubles, but God never gives us anything we can’t handle. Do you know why? Why all is well? Because He’s already given us the victory when He has made a way for salvation and the Holy Spirit came to dwell among us. Truly, Emmanuel- God is with us…the pain may still be there, but because of what God has done, because of who God is, because His love still endures, because He can be your strength, we can endure. So […]