Verse of the day...

~ “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” ~ Isaiah 41:10

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Let Go & Grow up..............

The fleshly man....... Sadly, many Christians are stuck on this plane of existence. They try to obey the Lord, but the old "flesh" keeps emerging. Life is a roller coaster of spiritual ups and down.

Sometimes this condition is due to ignorance. There are many people who fail to realize that
1) this lifestyle is not meant to be the norm for believers, and
2) the Lord has given us everything we need to live a godly life (2 Peter 1:3-4).

However, the primary reason believers live fleshly lives is because they have not yet made up their minds who will be in control. There is something they are unwilling to surrender to God—it could be a desire, habit, or source of security or pleasure. Another possibility is that they have sensed His call on their lives but are running from Him in fear or rebellion.

The consequences of living this way are devastating. Without the Spirit's governing control, the carnal Christian is spiritually immature and ruled by his own desires, rights, and expectations. Because he has not applied previously learned biblical truths (milk), he cannot understand the deeper things of scripture (meat). The result is stunted spiritual growth.

If you find yourself here, take courage. You do not have to remain in this condition. What are you holding onto? Letting go can be very difficult, but the power of almighty God resides within you through His Spirit. Relax your grip, surrender to Him, and rely on His strength.
He LOVES you! So let Him!

hugs... love... & blessings

**13For everyone who partakes only of milk is not accustomed to the word of righteousness, for he is an infant.
14But solid food is for the mature, who because of practice have their senses trained to discern good and evil. ~ Hebrews 5:13&14**

Monday, June 28, 2010

Football Camp..............

Patrick is at Football Camp today.
He's running Quarterback today... & blessings
**For the Lord is the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. ~ 2 Corinthians 3:17**

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Our Footsteps.......

Children are keen observers of parents. Even when engrossed in some activity, they will often pick up on Mom or Dad’s behavior, speech, and thought patterns.

A huge responsibility, then, rests on parents—especially when it comes to how young ones will picture God. The way they think about the heavenly Father is largely influenced by how they relate to the earthly fathers in their lives.

If you are involved in a child’s upbringing, be intentional about modeling godliness. You can do this by:
1. Hungering for God’s Word. Parents who read Scripture every day are demonstrating the confidence that it holds the answers to life’s problems. Your love and respect for the Bible will be contagious!
2. Living in faith. Children should hear their parents talk about how they trust Jesus to provide in each circumstance. There’s no better way to learn reliance on the Lord than to watch one’s parents turn to Him when they need direction.
3. Praying daily. Kids notice parental priorities and often set the same ones themselves. Mom and Dad can model talking to God in a real way, as if they are talking with another person. This helps children understand—and want—their own intimate relationship with the heavenly Father.
Reflect upon your own childhood—did your dad point you in a godly direction or provide an unbiblical example? How has that affected your spiritual walk? And if you have sons or daughters, ask them how your life influences theirs. Whatever their answer is, memorize Ephesians 6:4 and commit to follow its wisdom. & blessings

Baseball... Baseball...Baseball.......



I love watching the boys play baseball!!! blessings

Friday, June 25, 2010

Happy Birthday mommy...........

Made this for my mom for her birthday.......... This was super easy and fun to make. I think I may make one for myself in black. :)
hugs... love ... & blessings

Thursday, June 24, 2010

When We Feel Frustrated.........

Many people have seasons of frustration in life. Some feel hindered from achieving goals. The natural reaction is to blame circumstances or individuals instead of ourselves. External forces may trigger unhappiness. Sometimes we make changes to avoid irritation like quitting a job, ending friendships, becoming distant from our family, or moving away. But we can’t find genuine peace that way

When we feel frustrated, we need to investigate the cause. Discontent has three internal roots. One is not being able to accept ourselves as we were created. Our talents, personality, and physical attributes may not be what we desire. But, they’re exactly what we need to follow God’s will for our life. Dwelling on what we lack or what we would change distracts us from service.

A second internal root for frustration is an unwillingness to deal with our past. We may have painful memories or recall mistakes that brought heartache. We need to admit their impact. Then we can confront any resulting emotional or psychological issues to move on in peace.

The final source of frustration is a refusal to deal with behaviors or attitudes that are outside the Lord’s will. Holding on to an ungodly action often makes us try to justify ourselves to our Father and others.The human solution for frustration by changing external situations will fail every time. The only way to end frustration is by relying on God for the strength to cope with its source.

Philippians 4:10-13
Hugs... Love... & Blessings

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

And it rained.................

till it flooded.
Our poor little town got hit hard by the rains. Flooded pretty good!
The front of our Co-op............

Main Street ...............

The road heading home was just opened to drive on as I snapped this picture. The water all to the right is a farmers field.......... :(

This is the left side of that road.......... wow... look at that water rush through that corn field.

No more rain for a while please!!!
hugs.. love & blessings

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

College World Series 2010........

Florida vs FSU(Florida State)..............

We had great seats.............

Florida State wins 8 - 5..................

Great Game!
I'm so glad we got to go!!!
God Bless

Monday, June 21, 2010

Crazy.... but good day.........

Father's Day for Ken.....
Day starts off VERY early heading to a baseball game for Patrick only after 3 rain delays gets cancelled. Head home ... relax... then off to a game in the afternoon for David..... also to get rained out in the 2nd inning.
So............ spur of the moment decision ........... go on an overnight get-a-way. We get a room at this awesome local lodge.... have a great Prime Rib dinner... Swim... then watch a movie while relaxing in our room.
Had a Great breakfast... then took a walk on the beautiful trails behind the lodge to let this sweet baby free. One of our doggies brought this to the house the other day and the darn thing was so scared. Ripped a little fur... but after a good night of TLC from David... he was ready to be set free.

Here is David holding the little cutie... just before letting him go into the awesome woods. The place is covered in beautiful trees and Apple Orchards all around. I think this bunny will be one happy baby! Of course safe from our doggie too .... :)
I sure hope you had a good day Ken.
Not exactly the typical "Father's Day" but at least you were with your boys :)
hugs... love... & blessings

Friday, June 18, 2010

Jesus understands........

We often forget that during His stay on earth, Jesus identified with us—not only in meeting our needs but also in experiencing His own. Although Christ was fully God, He was at the same time completely human, with all of humanity's weaknesses except for sin.

When Jesus had finished a 40-day fast in the wilderness, He experienced physical hunger and an onslaught of temptation from the Devil (Matt. 4:1-2). Later, after an exhausting day of healing, teaching, and feeding a crowd of more than 5,000, the Son of God required time alone with His Father for spiritual refreshment (Matt. 14:23). And in the Garden of Gethsemane, Christ was under tremendous spiritual and emotional pressure as He faced the ordeal of paying for the sins of mankind through His death on a cross (Matt. 26:38-39).

In each weakness, Jesus turned to His Father. The Word of God was His defense in temptation, prayer was His source of strength for ministry, and submission to the Father's will was His pathway to victory over sin and death. By passing through every difficult situation without sin, He became our High Priest, who intercedes for us and invites us to draw near to the God's throne for help in time of need.

Whatever your needs may be, you can follow Christ's example and experience the Father's provision. The Word of God is your protection, prayer is your strength, and submission to the Father is the way to victory over sin. Draw near with confidence, and let the Lord shower you with His grace blessings

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Photo Fun.............

just a good day to share some fun photos!!! :)

David enjoying a Spongebob icecream at his brothers baseball game.

Michael frying himself a breakfast steak. YUM!

Patrick and his girl ... K .......... They sure are cute!

awww.... little Guinea resting in a pile of blankies!!!! & blessings

Monday, June 14, 2010

Do Not Worry...........

"Therefore do not worry, saying, ; What will we eat?' or 'What will we wear? For it is the Gentiles who strive for all these things; and indeed your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.But strive first for the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. ( Matthew 6:31-33)

"Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat, or about your body, what you will wear. For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing. Consider the ravens: the neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn, and yet God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds!" ( Luke 12:22-24)

"So do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring worries of its own. Today's trouble is enough for today." ( Matthew 6:34)

"And can any of you by worrying add a single hour to the span of life?" ( Luke 12:25)

"Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid." ( John 14:27)

Jesus says, look at the birds, look at the grass: God takes care of them. Aren't you more important than a bird? God is going to provide. Now, that doesn't mean that we don't have to work. Obviously we do. The birds have to gather all their seeds, and make their nests, and do other bird chores, whatever those are, but they don't worry about it. When was the last time you saw a worried bird, wringing its little wings in worry? You never see that. Because bird brained though they are, they seem to know more than we do, that God is going to provide for our needs, maybe not all our wants, but everything that we need. I have had several people tell me stories about being in tough financial times and wondering how they were going to make ends meet only to see, usually at the last minute, an unexpected raise, or they find their expenses were less than they thought, or they discover they didn't need as much as they thought they did. Jesus is saying we live in an economy of abundance. There's more than enough to take care of everybody: God's going to provide. Sometimes he does that directly, and sometimes he does that through other people. Many of you have heard the statistic that there is enough food in the world to feed everybody, but the reason that some people don't have enough food to eat is that some people aren't sharing what they've got, or there are wars, or bad governments, that make distribution hard. God gave us everything we need to meet everybody's needs. Our job is to distribute it. Do you know that there is $15 billion of loose change just floating around America? Talk about an economy of abundance: $15 billion sitting in people's piggy banks or behind our washers and dryers along with all the missing socks. What would happen if every Christian turned in all of their coins to go for job training for the poor? Jesus is saying we live in an economy of abundance and God will provide, either directly, or through other people.
So why do we worry?

hugs... love & blessings

Friday, June 11, 2010

Show & Share in baseball colors.........

My new project............ I will be making a granny ripple with these colors! They are the colors of the boys baseball teams.

David up to bat................. go little 73

Michael Bunting..............

Patrick getting ready to send it out there.......................

You probably all noticed the boys all wear the #73. Thats for their grandpa (my daddy)
He was the 73rd heart transplant paitent at the hosiptal he was at. It became one of his lucky numbers. We were so very blessed to get 10 more years with him due to his new heart!!!
So the boys all carry grandpa around with them. Its definately a lucky number!

Hugs... Love & Blessings

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Its more than just one special day...

The other day....I overhead a lady talking, commenting how she had carefully chosen her wedding dress, the cake and the color of the bridesmaid’s dresses. I thought she had it all planned out until she exclaimed; “Now I just need someone to marry!” Apparently she had made plans for everything except the most important thing – the husband! I was surprised by her comment, but understood her desire for a fairy tale wedding. As a young girl, I also dreamed of my wedding day and remember spending hours browsing the pages of bride’s magazines.

However, once the honeymoon was over, real life happened! We had to go to work every day; pay bills; stick to budgets; do housework; repair the car; change diapers; and handle parenting issues. As a result of real life occurring, we began to complain about work; quarrel about child rearing; accuse each other of not doing their fair share; fuss over money management; and exhibit little tolerance for each other’s habits. I came to realize that all those elegant pictures in the bride’s magazines didn’t portray marriage at all - they only portrayed a picture of one special day. I had been unknowingly persuaded by the media into thinking that the primary focus was planning for a great wedding, instead of planning for a great marriage.

Our culture today seems to put more focus on that one special day than they do the years that will be spent together. On the other hand, the scriptures say almost nothing about weddings, but they do say a great deal about marriage and the importance of Christ-centeredness. God desires that we reach for His book to plan for our marriages, long before we reach for trendy magazines to plan our weddings. Although in God’s Book we won’t find any suggestions for tropical honeymoon destinations, we will find recommendations for how to love our husbands when real life happens. We won’t find fancy pictures of white gowns and flower arrangements, but we will discover pages that are filled with romantic love stories, advice for being a loving wife, and tools for building a Christ-centered relationship.

Scripture makes clear God desires marriage to be a lifetime commitment. When real life happens, however, the enemy can persuade us to think that breaking our commitment would be easier than hanging in there. God yearns for us to understand that we can find happiness and contentment in our marriage – though it may not look like the pages of the bridal magazines – if He remains our focus.

Genesis 2:24, “Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife; and they shall be one flesh.”
In this verse , the word “cleave” means “to adhere to.” So, in other words, we are to hold together – through the special days and the not so special days. This isn’t always easy, but Christ can be the glue that holds us together.

Marriage is not a fairy tale wedding, it is real life. A successful marriage can’t be built from a bride’s magazine, but from God’s book. We can win the battle against the enemy who wishes to destroy our marriages, if we cling to the Bible as our instruction book for marriage. Whether you are a bride-to-be, or have been married forty years, pick up God’s Word today with excitement! Browse through the pages, searching for the beauty that a Christ-centered marriage can offer. A marriage offers so much more than one special day.

Dear Lord, please help us to honor our commitment to marriage, despite the challenges that we face. Give us the courage and strength to deal with challenging relationship issues and a passionate desire to build a strong Christ centered marriage. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

hugs... love... & blessings

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Forever Captured..........

My beautiful daughter has decided to try and turn her favorite hobby into a nice little business.

She has herself a blog with some pictures of her lovely work. If you get the chance.. please pop on over and take a peek! Just click on the logo above.

She will except photos you already have and do her little bits of magic on them to make them fun.

Thanks for reading through my proud mommy commercial! :)

hugs... love.. & blessings


Sunday, June 6, 2010

MVP Awards.........

This weekend the boys were in a Tournament. It was alot of baseball playin' for them!!!!
Medals and Trophies were handed out afterwards. One of the boys on Patricks team was given an award for MVP in a game. Patrick was given an award for MVP of the entire Tournament! What an honor!!! Way to go boys!!!
Patrick is in the back row... third from the left.

hugs... love... blessings & a proud mommy

Friday, June 4, 2010

Romans 12........

Living Sacrifices to God

1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

Serve God with Spiritual Gifts

3 For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith. 4 For as we have many members in one body, but all the members do not have the same function, 5 so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another. 6 Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, let us prophesy in proportion to our faith; 7 or ministry, let us use it in our ministering; he who teaches, in teaching; 8 he who exhorts, in exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.

Behave Like a Christian

9 Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good. 10 Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another; 11 not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; 12 rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer; 13 distributing to the needs of the saints, given to hospitality. 14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep. 16 Be of the same mind toward one another. Do not set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own opinion. 17 Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all men. 18 If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men. 19 Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written,

“Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. 20 Therefore “ If your enemy is hungry, feed him; If he is thirsty, give him a drink; For in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head.” 21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. & blessings

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Hold on............

"O LORD, how many are my foes! How many rise up against me! Many are
saying of me, "God will not deliver him."

But you are a shield around me, O LORD; you bestow glory on me and lift up my head.

To the LORD I cry aloud, and he answers me from his holy hill.

I lie down and sleep; I wake again, because the LORD sustains me." Psalm 3:1-5

. . . Remember - the joy of the Lord is your strength and an ever-present help in
time of need! & blessings

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

More Prayers needed...........

for my little Super Hero Michael and the family!
He caught a cold over the last couple weeks and he was showing outward signs of a possible relapse. Ken took him in for blood work and tests results confirmed a relapse. He's back on prednizone. Edema isn't bad.. but there.

Any and all prayers for Michael would be very much appreciated!!! & blessings

** But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed. ~Isaiah 53:5**

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Prayers for my family...............

as we mourn the loss of my dear sweet Aunt Lorriane. She passed away Sunday morning ~ 30 May 2010 ...after her courageous battle with cancer. She was a beautiful 70 year old woman that gave so much of herself to others. She loved her crafts and her family!

I love you Aunt Lorriane.......... I wish we could have been in better contact!

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light. ~Matthew 11:25-30

hugs... love... & Blessings