Monday, November 17, 2014

Jumping in the leaf pile

It was a beautiful (but cold) autumn day yesterday. The kids had a blast taking the leaves and then jumping in the pile! Ruth kept exclaiming as she jumped, "this is the best day of my life!!" I am sure they will remember this day...














Thursday, November 13, 2014

release the sounds of heaven



Oh God, would You release the sounds of heaven? 

In our lives, in our homes, in our marriages, in our children;
in our churches, in our neighborhoods, in our cities? 

Would you use us, 
our worship; our prayers; 
our service to others; even the works of our hands; 

Would You use us to shift our atmospheres; 
to bring the healing power of the Holy Spirit
 to those who desperately need a touch from You? 

To release the sounds of heaven into wherever we are, 
to bring Your kingdom; 
to bring You glory!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Monday, November 10, 2014

why I have been so absent lately


One month ago today, I lost my sweet baby. I was ten weeks pregnant. 

It's been the longest and most difficult month of my life. 
But it has also been the most life-changing and transforming.

I am definitely not the same woman I was before this all happened. 

I am stronger. 
I am more tender hearted. 
I am more compassionate. 
I appreciate the little things more. 
I value my children more. 

I have never been more dependent on God, 
and my intimacy with Him is deeper and richer than ever before. 

There has been tremendous loss, but there has also been tremendous gain. 

Beauty has come from these ashes. 

And I find such joy and peace knowing that my baby is in the arms of Jesus. 

I am learning and growing and grieving and resting
and praying and worshiping and laughing and crying
and playing and receiving and giving.

I am His beloved, and He is mine.

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