Monday, May 26, 2008

Emotions

Wow! God has given us so many emotions. Sometimes I wish He would have left out a few of them. This morning I was awakened by my dog, barking to get out of his crate, at 7:30 (anger was my first emotion). So, I decided to get on and read a few blogs. I read Aaron's blog about the rescue center, so passionate. Then I read a friends blog whose 3 year old child is a cancer survivor (YEA!) I went to the Chapman website and spent time in prayer for them. I went to Beth Moore's blog and got excited about starting a summer Bible study! I read a friend's blog and realized that at times we get down on ourselves when God so desperately wants us to see ourselves the way He sees us! I laughed at Ginger's blog and admired how she can go SO MANY days without washing her hair! This morning, I am a little anxious because Kent and Jared (and Sean) are driving back from a conference in Kansas. So many emotions this morning! Blogging brings out so many feelings. Many are hurting this morning. Many are joyful because of new births and funny things their children are doing. I love that I can see a little part of their world, and know how to pray for them. My friend Gina Butterfield, had this scripture on her blog today, and it sums up what I think God wanted to say to me today:
Phil. 4:4-9
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable-if anything is excellent or praiseworthy-think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me-put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.

So this morning I thank God for emotions. I am thankful for the opportunity to feel for my friends and know that I can take everything to Jesus, who is seated on His throne at the right hand of God, who cares about every detail of our lives and will give us peace that is far beyond our own understanding!

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Pray for the Chapmans

My heart is breaking for the Chapman family this morning as they are burying their youngest daughter. Please pray for the extended family as well. Especially pray for Will to have peace and comfort. You can go to this website to see more about Maria. www.chapmanchannel.typepad.com/inmemoryofmaria or www.stevencurtischapman.com
Please pray.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

19 Years and still in love!

WOW!! Today is Kent and I's 19th wedding anniversary! We were so young when we got married! hehe. I always thought after you had been married that long, things got, well, normal. I didn't know I would still yearn for him when he goes out of town (like now). I didn't know that I would still long for him to hold me when I don't feel well. I didn't know that I would still be excited for him to walk in the door every night when he gets off of work. I didn't know that I would still want to know everything he did every day, so that I would know him more. I didn't know that I would still love the way he looks at me. I didn't know that I would still love many things about him that I can't share on here because it would not be G rated! But...I still love it all!
So many people give up on marriage, before it gets really good! When we fell in love with each other in college, we saw past all of our imperfections. We only saw what we wanted to see. We fell in love with the good in each other. After we got married, we began seeing the ugly! We saw the parts that weren't so great. Over time we realize that we love each other in spite of our differences. Now, after 19 years, I can say that I am in completely in love with Kent including his imperfections. I love the man that God has so perfectly placed me with. I see the good and am so blessed. I don't get hung up on the things that don't really matter. Maybe I am learning to see him as God sees him.
Thank you, Kent, for loving me. Thank you for loving our children the way you do. I am blessed. I don't take that for granted. The time we have together is precious to me. I love you.

Friday, May 16, 2008

TACKY!

You're all so tacky! Some of us are busy...or too tired to blog once we get the chance. You go to bed earlier when you're old! I promise to update more as soon as I get a chance. Kent's mom is in town right now, so I'll get back next week! :) Shawnah