I’m a Believer

…blessed is she that believed… -Luke 1:45

Believing the Truth – Part 1 May 25, 2008

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This is part of the first message I taught at our Ladies’ Beach Retreat during our first session. Sorry it took so long to get it posted – I know I’ve disappointed tens of loyal blog fans. ¬†ūüôā¬†¬† The notes I write for a preached message have to be changed quite a bit to turn them into something suitable for others to read, so that’s the reason for the delay. That, and the end of school! Happy summer!

I plan on adding all the sessions over the next week or two.

 

Believing the Truth – Part 1

Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. John 8:31-32

In this portion of scripture we have Jesus talking to the Pharisees regarding the truth of who He is, the truth of His message to the Jews, and the freedom-giving power (more…)

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New Blogger!! May 18, 2008

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My friend Rena has a great new blog… check it out.

http://www.insertgracehere.wordpress.com

(She’s getting this plug because she thinks I’m a bloggy genius…shhhhh don’t tell her I’m not!)

I’m a Believer!
Laura

 

What Parents Should Buy for Their Children May 14, 2008

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Here is a message that my husband preached on May 4 when he filled in for our Pastor.  I pray that it blesses you and encourages you in your parenting.

http://sermonplayer.com/senttofriend.php?clientid=3792&sermonid=88912

I’m a Believer!

Laura

 

Rising up to call her blessed… May 13, 2008

I don’t know that a Mother’s Day post 2 days late is ok, but if my mom knows me well (and she does!), she would expect nothing less from her procrastinating daughter.¬† I’ve been thinking a lot about motherhood lately.¬† Mostly because I have a teenage daughter & 2 younger girls, so I’m looking at women who appear to be older than me to see if I really am going to survive these next few years!

In talking to moms of all ages, I have encountered many different opinions of motherhood, being a mother, having a mother, and wishing they never were a mother.  From my personal perspective, with every single day of motherhood that passes, I appreciate more and more the mercy and grace my mother showed me and the sacrifices she chose to make for me.

Wedding Day 12-21-1991One thing in particular I was reminded of was my wedding gown preparation.¬† In planning for my wedding, I was having my dress made.¬† The lace that I wanted was beautifully beaded with seed pearls and sequins.¬† However, it was far too expensive to buy it already beaded.¬† We decided to purchase the same lace, but without the beads.¬† Mom & I would bead the lace by hand in time for it to be given to the seamstress to put on the dress.¬† With me being the busy 21-year-old “woman on the go” with a job and a fiance, I didn’t seem to be able to find the time to¬†do something so¬†tedious as gluing beads and sequins.¬† “I will, I will!” I continually promised.¬† So, while I really wanted that beaded lace, I was simply not willing to pay the price for what I really wanted.¬† I was neither mature enough nor capable of doing what it would take to have what I desired.¬† My mother, however, with a 4-year-old toddler and two rotten (just kidding – only one was rotten!)¬†teenage sons, selflessly, painstakingly embellished the wedding gown, so that her self-centered, immature daughter, would feel beautiful on her wedding day.¬† Mom was willing to pay the price for what I was too immature¬†to take care of.¬† I’m so grateful.¬† My gown was beautifully beaded by Mom’s loving hands, and just what I had dreamed of.

The Bible tells us a bit about our wedding garment, as the bride of Christ:

Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready.  And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.  Revelation 19:7-8

The two things I noticed about the wedding garment is that it was “granted” to the bride and that it is the “righteousness of saints.”¬†¬†It was given to her as a gift, it was not formed by her own hands.¬† The Bible tells me that in myself, I have no righteousness, I have only the righteousness that has been given and prepared for me by Jesus Christ.

I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for He hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, He hath covered me with the robe of righteousness. Isaiah 61:10

So, our gowns, our fine linen robes of righteousness, have not been prepared by our hands, because we are incapable of paying the price for that which we so desire.  Jesus had to pay that price.  He paid that price, and extends the gift of the wedding garment to each of us.  We only need accept it.

As I reflect on Jesus’s preparation of our gowns, and my mom working tirelessly to make something beautiful for me when I couldn’t do it myself, I see such a parallel.¬† What a beautiful Christlike gesture my mother demonstrated to me –¬†such grace for both of them to give me what I didn’t deserve and couldn’t accomplish on my own.

I’m reminded of the Proverbs 31 woman:

She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness. She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness. Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her. Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all. Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised. Proverbs 31:26-30

And so, today, two days after Mother’s Day, I rise up and call her blessed.¬† And while I’m at it, I’ll call myself blessed for being being her daughter & learning how to be “Mom” from one of the greats!¬† Thank you¬†Mom¬†for your continuous demonstration of the kind of mother I want to be.¬† I love you!

I’m A Believer!

Laura

To read about my Daddy, click here.

 

Beach Retreat 2008 May 10, 2008

Some of my favorite people, the ladies of River of Life<————- These lovely ladies are some of my favorite people in the whole world!¬† Aren’t we cute in our matching tshirts?¬† ūüôā They are the girls from church who were brave enough to accompany me to the beach for a time of relaxing, refreshing, renewing, and restoring reSNORING.¬† We had such a great time again this year, and as always, God was faithful to bless our time together.¬† I told someone regarding the retreat¬† that if I can just go once a year and have God reveal His plan and His hand as plainly as He has to me for the past few years, my faith will continue to increase in ways that I never knew it could.¬† He has had such divine appointments for us each time.¬† I’ve enjoyed building a retreat team that works together as smoothly as we did this year.¬† I’ve got great friends and ministry partners!

You may not be able to tell from the picture, so let me clear up any doubts you may have…these ladies are NUTS – Absolutely crazy about Jesus & crazy about each other, and just plain crazy!¬†

All ages, shapes, sizes, backgrounds, and life-stages were represented in our group of 16.¬† Our unifying factor was the fact that we all belong to the Body of Christ.¬† There were times of laughter, times of tears, even a few tense moments when I wondered “Ok, since I’m the ‘leader’,¬†what am I supposed to do about this?”¬† It was at these times that these ladies, my sisters,¬†proved themselves to truly be followers of Christ as they prayed, embraced, forgave, encouraged, interceded,¬†and showed humility and tenderness.¬† I’m so grateful and awed at the provision that God makes in placing us in His family.

But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name:¬† Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. –John 1:12-13

I’m so glad I’ve been born of God.¬† If you’ve not become a son of God, it’s my prayer that you will receive Jesus, and believe on His name, so that you, too, can be born of God (and I can be part of your family!).

I’m a Believer!

Laura

 

Humorous Levitical Laws for Children May 5, 2008

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I’m back from our ladies’ beach retreat, and I need¬†to recover!¬† Actually we had a wonderful time, and I will be sharing some things in my next few posts.¬† But until then, I thought I would post something that makes me LAUGH OUT LOUD.¬† Seriously, this cracks me up.¬† EVERY. SINGLE. TIME.¬† Enjoy…

Levitical Laws for Children
taken from an episode of A Prairie Home Companion

Laws of Forbidden Places

  • Of the beasts of the field, and of the fishes of the sea, and of all foods that are acceptable in my sight you may eat, but not in the living room.
  • Of the hoofed animals, broiled or ground into burgers, you may eat, butnot in the living room.
  • Of the cereal grains, of the corn and of the wheat and of the oats, and of all the cereals that are of bright color and unknown provenance you may eat, but not in the living room.
  • Of quiescently frozen dessert and of all frozen after-meal treats you may eat, but absolutely not in the living room.
  • Of the juices and other beverages, yes, even of those in sippy-cups, youmay drink, but not in the living room, neither may you carry such therein.
  • Indeed, when you reach the place where the living room carpet begins, of any food or beverage there you may not eat, neither may you drink.
  • But if you are sick, and are lying down and watching something, (more…)