|Posted by Mimi on March 28, 2011 at 11:36 AM||comments (0)|
You never see anything that is truly "FREE" these days. Coupons are buy one get one free, free item with purchase, free upgrade, free shipping on $ or more purchases... but in the end, you still end up spending something, in order to get something for free. Even if you do get a free coupon for a small in-store item, you are still likely to spend money when you go in to redeem it - that is, IF you even go get that free small soda, or small fry, etc.
However, there IS something, a spectacular gift that is better than anything you could ever imagine, and it is YOURS for the taking! That's right folks: JESUS IS FREE TO YOU AND ME! He did come at a price, a very high price to Himself and to God the Father, for Jesus was the perfect sacrifice sent to die for mankind. But God loved us SO much, Jesus loves us SO much, that HE came to die in our place ~ to pay the price of sin and death once and for all!
Satan only has power over that which is his. If you have not yet accepted Jesus Christ as your LORD and Savior, then Satan has his way with you. However, once you have accepted Jesus into your heart, and asked Him to forgive you and lead you in HIS path, know without a doubt that Jesus is right there with you through every trial. Every struggle is not to bring you down, but to build you up!
Once you are clothed in Christ, Satan's attacks become futile. Any hurt, trial, struggle, hurdle he tries to trip you up with, will only become stepping stones for you to build your faith, and to glorify God. When you walk with God, HE will be your strength, your peace, and your joy.
GOD WANTS TO GIVE THIS GIFT TO YOU, TOO! FOR FREEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!
John 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
|Posted by Mimi on March 21, 2011 at 7:34 PM||comments (1)|
I can't get over it, and I am no loger ashamed. God has saved me by His mercy time and time again, and my family. So many times I have made poor decisions, or had troubles that could have cost the life of me or my family member, but God kept us all. I am so thankful, and frankly, happy to be transparent for God. A little of me says "What will they think, or say to you next time they see you?". But that is just the fleshly side of me. My spirit says, "They will only have love for you". So here it is.
When I was 16 I used to go camping a lot, up around Estacada. My friends and I would caravan, and race up and down the mountain, and gravel roads. One time, I was driving about 55-60, and realized we almost overshot our turn. Me being a silly 16-year-old with few years of driving under my belt, slammed the breaks and hit the corner in the gravel. The car skidded until it landed head on into a tree.
I restarted the car, backed it up, and went on to our campsite. MERCY.
I also had unprotected sex in my teenage years, as many of us unfortunately do. However, I never caught a disease that will affect my future. MERCY.
When my son was born, his platelet count was so low, he could have gotten a brain hemmorage coming through the birth canal for "my" natural birth. But he was just fine, and they caught the problem and gave him platelet transfusions before we left the hospital, so he was and is fine. MERCY.
Millena was baby number 2, and had a higher risk because of the history with Adrian, so I had to have weekly IVIG injections to keep my blood platelets from attacking hers. I didn't see it as a big deal then, but I see it as a big deal now. The doctors wanted a cord blood sample around 8 months, to see if she had enough platelets so that I could have "my" natural birth, again. They couldn't get her cord blood. I had to have a cesarian. She needed a transfusion, too. Yet she is here, and fine. MERCY.
When I got divorced I plunged into many a drug (including nicotine and alcohol), and spent too many nights faded out of my mind, out of the house. Sometimes I don't remember getting home. Sometimes, not even leaving the spot. I drove often, cause Boo was just as bad. MERCY.
When Boo came home from that show, Jan 2007 in that real bad ice storm. He hit a concrete barriar and totaled the minivan. It wouldn't even drive, nor the sliding door close. He walked away. MERCY.
When my back got so bad, 14 months ago that I could no longer function. Not work, not sit, not even drive. Everything caused tears for literally a month. My family did not know who I was. I did not know who I was. I couldn't think about anything, but pain, and that my life was over. Because life in pain is not life at all.
I was led to the practitioner who would begin the physical healing. I was led to information on health changes, and shown by trying a new lifestyle, in faith that I would get better. Today, I am excited about my future, about exercise, about nutrition, and most of all, about enjoying my health and time as my family grows. MERCY.
God is the giver of all things. Think about your life, about when YOU were in a bad place, but someone helped you out. That someone was God, and He is calling to you! Praise Him for the times He has saved you by His mercy and grace! SHOUT IT OUT TO THE WORLD, that ALMIGHTY GOD IS MERCIFUL AND FAITHFUL! JESUS SAVES!
|Posted by Mimi on March 19, 2011 at 1:36 PM||comments (0)|
I'm so grateful for my children! God teaches me so much, just having these little people in my life to watch my every move... to copy me... to make me think twice about what I do and say :P. Most of all I am grateful for the opportunity to raise two small Christians. I had the blessing of praying with both of my children, as they accepted Jesus into their hearts.
Parents: If you want your children to live and grow in faith in Christ Jesus, it is YOUR responsibility to ensure that relationship begins! I am so thankful for Faithful Savior Ministries, and the staff at the school, who loved and nurtured my children when I could not. However, once God got me back on the right path - following Him - I knew I needed to "have the talk" with each of my kids.
Millena was easy. We pray a lot, and she is just seven still, so when I said "Do you want to pray and ask Jesus to live in your heart to stay", she eagerly said yes. Adrian was not so easy.
There is no secret, Adrian and I have had our issues in the past; I take the blame for most of it, being the parent. However, I didn't know how to love him right, at first. I loved him so much! But not as God does. I needed God to teach me how He loves, before Adrian would be ready to accept God, and to accept Jesus.
On Thursday when I picked Adrian up, he had had another mediocre day; not getting into super big trouble, but just little things like throwing things across the classroom into the garbage and not staying on task. Overall, just exhibiting poor choices in behavior, and disrespect towards the teacher, which had been going on for a week straight. When we got to the car, I asked him if he likes hurting people's feelings. He said No. I asked if he wants to continue to do all of the things that get him in trouble. He said No. I asked if he liked being in trouble, and having all of his privileges suspended. He said No.
I asked him if he wanted to change. He said Yes. I asked him if he wanted to pray to God for forgiveness. He said No. He didn't want God's forgiveness, because he didn't want to forgive himself. So I forgave him. Then he asked for God's forgiveness. Amen.
I asked him if anyone at Faithful had ever prayed with him to accept Jesus into his heart; if anyone at ALL had prayed with him to ask Jesus in his hart. He said No. I asked him if he was ready to ask Jesus into his heart to stay.... he said No.
So I told him "I love you, and I always will. God loves you too, and He forgives you. But if you want Him to help you change, you have to ask Him to live in your heart to stay. And, you will have to tell God each thing (action) you are sorry for doing, and ask Him to help you with each one. But God wants to help you. So you tell me when you are ready to pray".
We drove home. Yesterday, I asked Adrian if he was ready to pray. HE SAID YES! So we prayed. This morning, my daughter came in and showed me even more, how powerfully God is working in our family. My shoulder has rotator cuff problems, and it made me grimace when I reached to hug her. She immediately prayed.
Little 7-year-old Millena prayed thanks for her mom, prayed that God would heal her shoulder; prayed that we know God can make mom's shoulder feel better, and we ask these things In Jesus Name. Amen.
I was overwhelmed. In praying for her, in exercising my faith, in showing her how to overcome situations in her own life through faith and prayer, GOD is using me to raise HIS OWN PRAYER WARRIOR! I am overwhelmed again just thinking about it.
OK I guess what I'm saying is: You are the most important person in your child's life. That means you have the most important job, because it is your job to guide your child towards God, and to be an example of how to live for, and serve Christ. If our children don't learn it from us, who is it we expect them to learn from?
God has AMAZING blessings and adventures in store for you, and for your family. But it is up to us to go after it ~ to go after HIM! Start chasing Jesus. Show your kids how excited you are about Him, about serving Him, about learning about Him. Give your kids the opportunity to live the MOST fulfilling, MOST blessed life - LIFE IN CHRIST!
|Posted by Mimi on March 16, 2011 at 1:18 PM||comments (0)|
|Posted by Mimi on March 11, 2011 at 1:20 PM||comments (0)|
I am not too sure what to even say, but am just feeling so thankful, grateful and blessed today, to have the honor of calling the LORD God Almighty my Father! My Daddy. And, after much time spent giving up on what *I* want, God is beginning to let me see all that He wants for me. The blessings He would give me. I am learning to patiently wait on the LORD. Learning to BE patient, taking joy in the moments I have, before it is the time for God to give.
God is the Giver. Of what? Everything! Give up those things you would plan for yourself, and ask to see what GOD wants to give you! His vision is heavenly! Then all there is left to do is wait. Wait with joyful anticipation, expectation, and excitement! Cease to worry. Instead, grow your patience! This world has nothing for you, but God wants to give you the world!
Psalms 37:4 Delight thyself also in the LORD: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. 5 Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass. 6 And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday. 7 Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass. 8 Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not thyself in any wise to do evil.
Psalms 62:5 My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from him. 6 He only is my rock and my salvation: he is my defence; I shall not be moved. 7 In God is my salvation and my glory: the rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God. 8 Trust in him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us. Selah.
Isaiah 40:28 Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding. 29 He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength. 30 Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: 31 But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
Lamentations 3:25 The LORD is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him. 26 It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the LORD.
Micah 7:5 Trust ye not in a friend, put ye not confidence in a guide: keep the doors of thy mouth from her that lieth in thy bosom. 6 For the son dishonoureth the father, the daughter riseth up against her mother, the daughter in law against her mother in law; a man's enemies are the men of his own house. 7 Therefore I will look unto the LORD; I will wait for the God of my salvation: my God will hear me.
Romans 8:24 For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for? 25 But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.
|Posted by Mimi on March 8, 2011 at 7:29 PM||comments (1)|
Victory in Jesus is not about winning every time. Victory in Jesus is about seeing past the current struggle, and taking joy that one day it will be behind you. Victory in Jesus is about taking joy in life, because life is what you make of it; and looking forward to what lies ahead, not what is holding you back, or what has gone wrong.
Victory in Jesus is leaving your needs in God's capable hands, and trusting that there is something to be learned from everything we go through - trial and triumph. Those who trust in the LORD of Hosts will one day reign victorious, with the King of Kings.
Take yo win.
|Posted by Mimi on March 6, 2011 at 12:43 PM||comments (0)|
I will be very clear: as soon as I feel a worrisome thought creep into my head, I am learning to immediately release the thought to God. If a problem arises, I am learning to (instead of saying "How will I solve this?") say "God, I am in your hands. You will lead me through, please show me the way." The more I do this, the easier it becomes. I cease to seek my own solutions. Instead I seek God's solution.
These days, my prayer is mostly: God, you know what I need. Please show me what I need to see, when I need to see it, and give me understanding at the right time - Your time. Keep me humble and full in your love.
I do pray for specific things as they arise, but as far as my personal prayers go, I just am asking God to show me the way. I just wake up and surrender, first thing, and declare each day to be the LORD's day, that He would be glorified through my thoughts, words and actions. I tell you, God has shown me how to live, so I can share what I have learned. I know that most Christians go through life without ever living so fully in Christ, because I used to be one! I grew up in a family and church full of them! Not that there's anything particularly wrong with simply living as a Christian, but that's not how God would have us live.
If you are not living fully for Christ, you are not living to your full potential. GOD is the only way to reach your full potential, and He will only bring up those who wish to get there. If you are willing to commit everything to God, He is faithful to bring you more [blessings, wisdom, comfort ~ what do you need?] than you will ever need. We all have different needs, and God is there to fill them all.
How amazing is the LORD our God, who is able to give me His undivided attention; that He would bend down to hear my cries, and that He would care so much for me, to die for me? How much more amazing, that He has done the same for you, and for all believers everywhere!
GOD IS SO GOOD! JESUS, I LOVE YOU!
|Posted by Mimi on March 3, 2011 at 12:28 PM||comments (0)|
I just had the most amazing experience, and have a message to share: Don't forget to ask God to bless you! I have been trying for over a year to reduce and eliminate stress in my life, by giving situations over to God, and by learning how to take care of myself. Yes, caring for my temple is an important part of maintaining a low-stress environment! When we are unhealthy, we are not equipped to handle stress, because our bodies are trying just to keep us from being diseased, sick, and broken. Have you ever noticed that when you are not eating well, not exercising, overworking, and over-stressing, you seem to get sick a lot more? Maybe you stay sick?
I was very sick... but God healed me! This last year has been such an eye-opener, and such an inspiration to me, that my life went from "I wonder if this is going to be it... if I am destined to be crippled for the rest of my life?" to "I HAVE EVERYTHING TO LIVE FOR!!! AND IT DOESN'T MATTER IF I HURT TODAY!!!!!!!" I had to take a healh and fitness class fall term, because it was going to be required to get a degree from PCC. There, I got back into stretching, and into regular cardio, endurance and strength training, and I felt so much better. I thank God for rescuing me from an evil workplace (literally, a lot of folks who work there were either wiccan or Christian haters, etc.,).
I thank Him that my new job is to learn about Him, to learn about people, and to share the message of Jesus Christ with people. I thank Him that I had to take that health class, so that I would have a jump-start back into regular exercise again, after physical therapy earlier in the year. I thank Him that I always did home exercise videos after giving birth (Tae-Bo after Adrian, and Yogalates after Millena), and walked, so that I would know it makes me feel better, to have regular exercise and stretching. I thank Him that after Millena, I was obsessed with losing baby weight; as a result, I learned how to enjoy eating raw and whole foods, so now this change back to whole foods is an easy transition.
I am thankful that last April, when I began reading the Bible, I stopped by the book section in Goodwill one day, and found "The Prayer of Jabez", by Bruce Wilkinson. I am thankful that God taught me to ask for my blessings, because that is what I've been doing ever since I read this verse:
"Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, 'Oh that Thou would bless me indeed, and enlarge my coast [territory], and that Thine hand might be with me, and that Thou would keep me from evil, that it may not grieve me!' And God granted him that which he requested." 1 Chronicles 4:10
Now, the book even says that you might not be able to handle praying the prayer every day. Some days I feel like that. Not that I don't want more blessings, but territory can get overwhelming :/. However, I love this verse, because it shows that even for a man who only starred in a few Bible verses, Jabez knew how to touch God's heart; Jabez figured out that if he asks God for what God wants to give, then He will. God is faithful!
Just now, I got done exercising. I started doing the Yogalates video again, last month. I realized that I don't have to be so rough on myself, trying to do all of the fitness things I want to do, right now. Notice how I said "I"? God is faithful. God is my strength. I know God can do more wonders on my body than any video, so I know that I can trust Him to make me strong again, by just being faithful to do the video. There are four exercises, about 12 minutes each. I don't have to commit to doing them all, every day. I just need to do one, on three days. If I get in to do one, I will usually do three. And when I regularly exercise, I usually want to do it every day. If I will just do a little bit, God will do a lot.
As soon as I was done with the video I came to plug my phone in, next to my bed. I nearly fell to my knees, the need to pray was so strong! As soon as my hands were folded, head bowed, my ears were filled with muffled static... like a buzzzz but only wwsshhhshshshhhsh. I couldn't hear anything. I couldn't think anything. I could only think that God is here. God is going to speak. I didn't know if I needed to pray for someone, so I got about two names out before it was clearly not that.
"Blessings". Who needs blessings? Yes, I prayed blessings over the house, the family, the kids, Rico... all of this today, this morning already. "Blessings. Your blessings." MY BLESSINGS! YES, LORD, PLEASE BLESS ME!!! PLEASE BLESS ME TODAY, LORD!!!
As soon as I spoke those words: Bless me today, LORD, the sound stopped. The prayer was prayed. Now I am here to share the message. I am so excited too, because my first thought was: YAY something to blog about!!! Instead of posting the Jabez verse on FB ;).
God is good. Amazing. Amazing isn't even good enough. Supercalifragilisticexpialidotious. And then some. He's Heavenly. He's my Dad :D.
|Posted by Mimi on March 2, 2011 at 3:23 PM||comments (1)|
I've been busy the last few days, but oh so good and blessed. I finally finished that computer assignment that had me in a funk for a week. After I told Satan it didn't matter even if I failed the course, I would happily take it again, then I got the instructor's responses. I was able to fix the assignment and the next one (which I was sure would be late by default), and now have had a happy break from programming. Although, on Thursday, after working hard to get the computer labs done, I woke up sick, sick, sick. I slept all day, and Rico even stayed home, which was nice. Thursday also happened to be the snow day, so I didn't have to deal with the kids, or miss class! Thank you Jesus! Friday was a little better. We didn't do much this weekend, and Sunday night I started in on the ecosystem project, in earnest.
This is a whole term project, mind you, and every time I had set aside time to work on it these last nine weeks, the time was eeked away by something else more pressing. Homework time would be decimated by an untimely need, unexpected waits and interruptions, and I thought about stressing. Instead, I asked God for His help. I didn't even want to begin stressing, I am already ready for the term to be over... I didn't need to be clock watching on myself... so when I sat down to write, I asked for the strength to just move through completing the assignment.
Folks, I never wrote a 15 page paper that fast! When I sat to write, the words were there. When I had to research, I had the right terms (cause you know, using Google is hit or miss with research... usually miss, lol). One page would lead to the next page, as if to say "Here I am. I was waiting until today, because I knew that today would be the day you would use *that* search term." I didn't have time to perfect it as I might like. The bibliography was hastily created, only one graphic included, no time for a proof-read and I even forgot to include a section. But it got done, and all I have to get is a 70% to keep an A in the course.
Oh, did I mention that between Sunday night and Tuesday at noon, when the paper was due, I also slept Sunday night, went to Millena's song presentation at school, completed another programming assignment, went to Stats class, and to an exclusive OMSI night (for Lewelling and Ardenwald Elementary schools) on Monday, and slept another 4 hours Tuesday night?!?!
God helped me focus. He helped with the search terms. He helped with my attitude. He restored my body with little sleep. He does everything I need, and more, because He loves me. God is good. In addition, I am preparing to register for classes this Friday, and have learned that I will only need to take four courses, not five as I was told. This just keeps getting better and better!
Thank You LORD Jesus, for being so good to me. Thank You for loving me as I am. Because of your love, I am able to love myself for who I am. I am able to look past my own imperfections, because I can see how much you mean to me, too. I look at what I have done with my life, and the only thing I ever made of it was a mess. But when I ask You to help me with my life, you come in and do such wonderful, amazing things, I cannot deny that it is Your work and not mine. Who but You, LORD, could take a situation that should have been a struggle, and turned it into a wonderful blessing, into a dream made reality? None, but YOU, My God! How could I worry about my future on earth, about future financial stability, when the King of Kings is guiding my way? Faithful God, thank You for your mercy and grace, and for opening my eyes more and more each day. It is my honor to bring you glory. Without You I would be lost. Thank you for saving me, and for loving me. Thank you for your Spirit to guide my heart. Please guide my path, keep me from evil, and use me. Just, use me, LORD Jesus. Amen.