Monday, December 17, 2012

A Recap of Aaron's 8th birthday

I surprised Aaron, by making him a baseball themed cake. He was only expecting a chocolate cake with chocolate frosting.
We invited a couple of his friends over for a "make your own pizza" dinner and birthday cake.

He got a book from one of his favorite book series.

A Webkinz caterpillar.

Money from Mamaw and Papaw.

Money (and an awesome frog book) from Nanny and Pupup.

Aaron has been saving his money since this past summer ... so he mostly got gifts of money. He's not quite to his goal yet. (He wants to buy an ipod touch) He'll get there eventually.

He chose pasta, sauce, and meatballs for his birthday dinner and Daddy took him to the Olive Garden for his special father/son birthday lunch.
I can't believe he's 8!!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Happy 8th Birthday, Aaron!!!

Happy Birthday, Aaron!

It's so hard to believe that you are 8 years old! We are so proud of you, Aaron! I am so thankful for your sweet spirit and loving heart. I love how much you care about others and think about how you can help others. You make me smile each and every day! You have a special God-given gift in encouraging others with your words. I am constantly encouraged by your kind words toward me.

I love you, sweet boy!!

Friday, December 7, 2012

I got my first deer

We hit a deer the other was not fun. Thankfully, no one was hurt (unless you count the deer). It could have been much worse. I was going 55 mph when I hit it.
The minivan is being fixed...and I might even be able to drive again at night...although right now it's a little too fresh.
Martin saw it and was in the process of warning me when it happened. Aaron had the hardest time with it. He is so tender hearted and was devastated that we hurt the deer. Jonathan was not at all upset...he's a tough boy. Rosalie didn't see anything...and was fine until we got home and she saw the damage to the car. She started crying at that point.
I'm so thankful for God's protection over us. It could have been do much worse!

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Martin's Testimony

As promised, I am going to share Martin's Testimony. These are his words straight from his mouth. I only did the typing.

It started 3 years ago when I told my Mama and my Daddy that I wanted to be like Jesus. Everyday since then, I've been struggling with whether God existed or not. I wanted to believe it for myself and not because Mama and Daddy told me to believe it. I told Mama that if God would show me a miracle I would believe. 
On Wednesday, November 14, 2012, we were listening to the song Power of the Cross, in the car on the way to the church building. While we were listening to the song, I heard a voice in my head saying, "Believe it now, Believe it now!!!"I told Mama about it and she stopped the car and we prayed together. During those 3 years, I had no peace because I was struggling. Now that I have become a Christian, I finally have peace.

Mama told me later that day - that the day before I became a Christian, she had spent time praying over the song, Power of the Cross. She prayed that God would use it to move me and speak to me, so that I would become a believer. That's when I realized that God had given me my miracle.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Intellect vs. Heart Part Three

I mentioned that Martin said that he just knew that he could believe that God existed if God would give him a shout. I told him that in my experience, God has always spoken to me through His Word and through gentle whispers. He still insisted that he needed a shout. I am so thankful that we serve a God who is not limited to my experience. It wasn't but a couple days later that God gave me a shout.
The worship pastor at our church called me one Saturday night to ask me if I would sing lead on a song the next day in church to fill in for someone who was sick. I said that I'd be happy to do that. So, I put the children to bed and went to my room to practice the song. I sang through the song one time and then began to have a quiet time of prayer. I prayed that when I helped lead in worship the next day that it would be all about Him and not about me. I prayed that God would increase and that I would decrease. I finished my time of prayer and then began to practice the song for the next day. 2 minutes later, I was completely unable to sing a single note. My singing voice was gone. Strangely enough, I could still talk ... I just couldn't sing. Of course, my first thought was ... THAT'S NOT WHAT I MEANT!! Clearly, though, God was trying to teach me something, so I calmly drank an entire glass of water and went to bed. At that point, I just needed to trust that God would restore my voice by the time that I needed it. (especially considering that I was already the back-up!)
The next morning my voice was still all out of sorts, but by the time I needed to sing in the first service my voice was fully restored. 
Was that God's way of sending Martin a shout? I shared the whole story with Martin and while he thought it was absolutely amazing ... his reply was, "That is pretty amazing, but I really want the shout to happen to me ... and that happened to you!"
Okay. I will not be discouraged!! God is faithful and will see us both through this process. I was humbled to see God's mighty hand working in my own life in the area of trusting Him. I knew that He was busy working on Martin's heart!
A few days later, I got all the music for the Thanksgiving service at our church and was listening to it and learning the songs that I didn't already know. The one new song in the set that I didn't know was called The Power of the Cross by Shelley Johnson. The song deals with the contrast of being in Christ and being without Christ. ("Once in darkness, now in light. Once bound, now free, once a sinner now a saint... That's the Power of the cross ... see the chains fall")
I read through the words one time and immediately started praying over the song. I prayed that God would use that song to move Martin ... that He would reveal Martin's great need for the Power of the Cross!
The very next day as we were driving down the road, I played the song for the children for the first time. We got about half way through the song when Martin said, "Mama, Mama I have voices in my head saying, BELIEVE NOW, BELIEVE NOW!!!"
I said, "Are you serious, Martin, because if you are serious, I will pull over right now!!"
He said, "Yes, I am serious!!"
So, I pulled over, put on my hazard lights, got Martin out of the van and we kneeled down on our knees in the Lowes Foods Parking Lot and he prayed that God would save him.
I am humbled. I am grateful. I am amazed at the AWESOME God that we serve. 
God wasn't only SHOUTING into Martin's life. He was SHOUTING into my life. Tomorrow, I will share Martin's testimony. He wrote it last week and the words are all his and from his perspective. His words are precious! 
All glory to God for his hand in our lives. He cares about the details of our lives. He doesn't always work in ways that are predictable. He can do far more than we can imagine. Martin has struggled for a long time, but now he is at perfect peace. He told me a couple days later that he finally has peace. 
God won Martin over for His kingdom and now I am praying that Martin will be an instrument in His hands.