God is taking me on a million new journeys it feels like...but...yesterday I was listening to one of my fave radio pastors James McDonald...he was teaching on trials and consequences and the difference between the two...this concept really struck me...I began to ask my self do I live knowing and understanding the difference between these two things...and how many times have I believed that a consequence to my own actions was a trial that God was taking me through...so what is the difference...well...a consequence is a result of something you've done yourself...for example I am beautiful full figured woman as a consequence to me continually giving into the temptation of food!!! A trial...lets just take Haiti as an example these precious people are going through a trial...something that they had no control over but are having to walk through...so my prayer is this...Lord help me to see the difference between these two very different things...help me to make the choices in life that result in the consequences you desire...and to lean on you through my trials and know you have purpose in them and even though I may not see the purpose or understand help me to choose your peace and rest in faith believing in the midst of them...amen
So Cheerio comes home yesterday...settles in...then finds her way to the kitchen to find me slaving away over a hot home cooked meal...she has this funny look on her face and is holding out this bottle that you see above...of perfume...I'm sure I returned an equally strange look and asked her...where'd you get that??? Thinking...OH KNOW not another BOY!!!!! and cha ching this bottle of perfume cost $80.00! what is this kid a drug dealer??? As I tried to hide the fear that griped my heart and the picture that flashed in my head of my Cheerio with a straight up gangsta...she said a boy gave it to me...mom...ok and whyyyyy...Cheerio...well before Christmas break this boy said he needed help...he wasn't sure what to get his girlfriend for Christmas...mom thought... right GIRLFRIEND...and wanted to ask Cheerio what she thought...cheerio...welllll what's your budget look like...that's my girl...the gangsta said he had $120.00 to spend and Cheerio said welllll girls always like perfume...the gangsta...well what kind of perfume would you want...mom...rolls her eyes on the inside of course...Cheerio says welllll Juicy Couture has a perfume I really like but it's reeeeally expensive...the gangsta...well I plan on spending the whole $120.00...and runs out and buys the perfume...SO YESTERDAY the gangsta comes into her class sets down his back pack takes out the bottle of perfume and sets it on Cheerios desk and tells her that him and his girlfriend broke up before Christmas and he lost his receipt and decided to give the perfume to Cheerio...SCORE...I asked Cheerio what she said...Cheerio...well thank youuuuuu giggle giggle!!!! that's really nice of youuuuuuu giggle giggle!! I think this could have had something to do with it...Oh Cheerio...what are we going to do with you???
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I am so thankful that God is a God of second chances...that when you give your life to Him there is always hope...it is not possible for our lives to be hopeless...I know I am living proof of that...I have made terrible mistakes in my life...I think the biggest lie I believed when I wasn't fallowing after Christ was that I would never see hope again...but truth prevailed my God STOMPED out the lies and filled my life with hope and turned my ashes into beauty...and guess what...we will never deserve it He gives it to us freely because He paid the price...Thank you God for loving me in spite of my self...remembering where you have brought me from and feeling so thankful for my life that You have given me...
Praying for you today
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What if we lived like this every day...
Every choice that we make has eternal consequences...
It is true you know...as Christ followers this is what is truth...but I know I loose sight of this fact...as I was reading during my God time today the book I'm reading reminded me of this and I thought...man how would the choices I make change if I remember that EVERY choice I make has an eternal consequence....
Here is another thing I read today that affects this very concept...be careful how you think your life is shaped by your thoughts...
The bible says in Romans Chapter 12 verse 2 (12:2) Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of you mind. So I guess this is where I start...by not lining my life up with the popular thoughts of this world and allow God to transform my
at 8:31 AM
This was Brittani's first Teenage New Years Eve...our first year without her celebrating with our little family...sigh...we had to figure out how to have fun with out her...we did...but it wasn't the same...missed you baby girl!! BTW She's still sleeping...bowling the movies bounce houses and Adventure park really wore her out...B
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