Monday, April 20, 2009

Bless the Lord, oh my soul...

I was watching Jesse Duplantis on TBN tonight and just wanted to share a few tidbits of his sermon. For those that don't know, Jesse is an evangelist from Louisiana [feel free to check out his website for more information and/or video clips]. Okay, so his scripture was Psalm 103:1-4. His first point was, bless the Lord, oh my soul, and ALL that is within me! Not only our soul, but our mind and body and actions....ALL that is within me! Many times we give God certain aspects of our life....but we have to give Him everything! We must be crucified with Christ; and crucify our flesh daily!

Verse 2 reminds us to "forget not all his benefits." God doesn't like for us to suffer, but sometimes it is necessary for Him to get through to us. But as Jesse so gracefully puts it, "if you're going through hell, DON'T STOP!! KEEP GOING!" I absolutely love this quote. It is so important for us to keep going when everything seems to be crumbling down around us. There is a brighter side just ahead if we'll just keep going. Verses 3 and 4 of Psalm 103 further reminds us of God's goodness: forgiveness, healing, redepmtion, love, and mercy. But the key is that we must FIRST, and foremost, BLESS THE LORD!!!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Easter Sunday

On Easter Sunday, our children march across the stage in front of the congregation so we can see how pretty and handsome they all are!!


shot #1 - younger kids

shot #2 - older kids

shot #3 - the babies

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Catching Up...

wow. I can't believe I haven't posted in almost a whole month! What's happened? Well, let's see....not really a whole lot. My sister-in-law brought the kiddos up/down for a visit while my brother went on a men's retreat. We had lots of fun hanging out with them, especially considering we don't get to see them very often. But I do get to see Caleb almost every day!! So I'll apologize now if you get tired of seeing pictures of him....but I can't help it -- he's just so CUTE! I actually had him cackling the other day!!! It was great! I wish I could have gotten it on video! ;) Anyway. Caleb was dedicated at church today, along with his cousin Luke. I'll post pictures of that later. There's really nothing else going on in my life right now. So it kinda contradicts my blog title of "livin the fast life" I am busy with my job search though; but with no luck so far. I do hold out hope though because I know God has something great in store for my future! So I WILL NOT GIVE UP!! Just keep me and my mom in your prayers as we make it through this storm.

okay, it's bedtime for now. I gotta get up early in the morning cause mom has a dr appointment. so sweet dreams to you all....and to all a good night!!!

Editing Software

okay, so I downloaded some new photo editing software and started playing around with it some and this is what I've come up with. I hope you like it!! Let me know your thoughts!!

Gateway Arch; St. Louis, MO

Mississippi River and Gateway Arch; St. Louis, MO

Tummy time for Caleb

Smiling Matthew

Sunrise over Atlantis; Nassau, Bahamas

Old Gate; Charleston, SC

Old Gate; Charleston, SC

Flags Flying in the Wind; Folly Beach, SC

Sleeping Caleb

First Sunday at Church

Laughing Caleb

Overalls and Golf Hat

Yellow Butterfly at Library; Seneca, SC

Blue Butterfly at Library; Seneca, SC
I AM A CHRISTIAN. I love the Lord with all my heart, soul, & mind. God has really blessed me more than I could ever imagine, but the truth is that Satan HATES me!! I face struggles & temptation every single day of my life; but no matter what happens, I still strive to do the will of God. Because I put my faith & trust in God, He has provided relief for me & my family time & time again! God never fails to comfort & remind me of His promise that “I will never leave you nor forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5). There have been countless times that I did not deserve God’s grace & should not have been granted mercy. But He has granted me mercy & forgiveness, as well as goodness & grace -- all for the purpose of sharing it with those I meet along the path of life. Some days are better than others, but you always have to remember to keep pressing on! Keep praising HIM & He’ll never fail to bring you through the storm.