Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Growing up, I went to church every Sunday. My brother and I would go to Sunday School while our parents went to church. However, that's where it started and stopped. I don't recall ever talking about God during the week, nor do I recall ever seeing my parents read the Bible or pray. I didn't have the assurance that no matter what happened, my parents were praying for me. No one asked me how my walk with the Lord was going and once my brother and I were confirmed my parents quit going to church.
I want so much more for my children. I want them to know, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that their mom is praying for them each and every day. I want them to remember going to worship the Lord together as a family and how we looked forward to it instead of dreading it as just another obligation. I want to make learning about the Lord an exciting adventure, to make Jesus so real to them that they will continue to love and serve Him long after they leave our home. I believe with all my heart that the Lord will help me with this but I have to do my part as well. So many things compete for our time and it's time to make Jesus the top priority. After all, He has made us His.
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
1 Thessolonians 5:11 says "Therefore, encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing."
Diane, over at http://auntdisexperimentallife.blogspot.com/ is such a person. She always has a kind word for people and no matter how rough things can get, she can always make me feel better. Despite what may be going on in her own life, she is always there to lend an ear or build people up, encouraging them to live up to their full potential in the Lord.
Monday, April 27, 2009
Throughout all of this, God has continued to be faithful. Neighbor helping neighbor and strangers pitching in as well. This was spreading the Gospel through actions rather than words.
We had church yesterday and what a service it was. Brothers and sisters in Christ, lifting their voices to God the Father, praising Him for His protection. It felt so good to be in His house!!
Sunday, April 19, 2009
Thursday, April 16, 2009
The U-S Army Corps of Engineers has revised its flood crest prediction for Valley City and now says the Sheyenne River may have already crested at 20.63 feet on April 13th.
FORECAST...THE SHEYENNE RIVER AT VALLEY CITY HAS NOT YET CRESTED. ALTHOUGH LOCAL RUNOFF IS DIMINISHING...INFLOW ABOVE BALDHILL DAM CONTINUES. AS A RESULT...THE OUTFLOW FROM THE DAM MAY INCREASE LATER THIS WEEK...WHICH WOULD CAUSE THE RIVER LEVEL TO RESUME RISING MORE STEADILY.
Monday, April 13, 2009
The first picture is of one of the parks in my town. The second picture is of the only bridge left open in Valley City. The river is expected to crest tomorrow night or Wednesday. We've had 2 levees with leaks so far and school was cancelled today. The southwest part of town was urged to evacuate earlier today while they worked to repair the breached dike. We had Blackhawk helicopters dropping 1,000 pound sand bags on the dike and the National Guard was out covering manhole covers with sand. It looks like a war zone but through it all, I know that God is in control.
Sunday, April 12, 2009
Friday, April 10, 2009
Thursday, April 9, 2009
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
I was a single mom, raising my daughter Mandy. We lived in a neighborhood with lots of kids who always seemed to be playing football, softball, kick the can, etc. Every weekend they were joined by a handsome guy from across the street who would pull up in his semi and run and jump with the best of them. I watched him spend hours teaching Mandy just the right way to hold a baseball bat or throw a football. One day, a toy of Mandy's broke and she brought this handsome guy over to our house to fix it. The rest, as they say, is history. We had our first date on May 19th, he proposed on July 28th and we were married on September 26th, 1992. Mandy was my flower girl.
Tony never treated Mandy as a step daughter and in May of 1995 he legally adopted her. It took that long to track down her biological father.
I love the way that one of God's most precious gifts (Mandy) introduced me to another one of His gifts to me. I am truly blessed.
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Monday, April 6, 2009
I received this award from Roberta Anne over at Little House in the Desert. I am so very blessed to call her my heart friend.
In order to accept this, I have to name 10 things about myself so here they are.
1. I love Jesus and strive to have Him at the center of everything I do, although I fall short often.
2. I'm a mom to 3 wonderful kids as well as many of their friends.
3. I'm married to a hard working, over the road truck driver.
4. I used to work as a correctional officer at a medium security state prison.
5. I have one brother.
6. I'm technologically challenged.
7. I love my pups so much that one of them eats at the table with us.
8. Kettle Potato chips are my favorite snack food.
9. I quit smoking 2 years and 3 months ago.
10. I have the best church family in North Dakota and possibly the entire United States.
Now I need to pass this on to 3 others; here are my choices.
Samantha at Sweet Southern Journey
Chari at Happy to Design
Athella at OCDesigner
Friday, April 3, 2009
These verses are among my favorite portions of Scripture and I'm hanging onto them for dear life today. After Bible Study last night, my van wouldn't start. My friend and I prayed over it and it did start but it wouldn't stay running. My husband and son came to pick me up in my son's car which also has problems. We went back to my friend's house this morning, I prayed over it again and it fired right up. As of now, it's still starting although the check engine light is on.
There was a news conference on an hour ago letting us know that the Red River will be cresting again and there's a 75% chance that it will crest higher this time. The people of Fargo and Moorehead are certainly weary but God's Word promises us that He will give us strength. As the worship song says, "My hope is in You Lord, my strength is in You Lord."