Back To Houston

We have made it back to the States and have transitioned into our new home. After being back a month I can tell you that we miss some things about living over seas. Our friends that we have made over there, the weather, the travel, the family time, ect.  But…There is so much that we love about being back as well. Being close to family and friends, understanding labels without having to look up words, everybody speaks your language and you can understand one another. It’s a lot of little things that make us glad to be home. We are loving our new home and neighborhood. The kids will meet their new teachers tonight and see what their new school looks like from the inside. We are really excited about this new phase in our lives.

Yesterday, I was going back and looking at my journals that I wrote when I was 12 and reading about what a new school year was going to be like without my big brother Rob around to help walk me through the rough days at school. Luckily that’s where my other Older Brother Scott came in. He told me that I could call him whenever I wanted to get advice about anything at all. He was very understanding about all my concerns. Going into a new school year as the girl that everyone knew had lost her brother was a scary transition for me. Now as I see my kids going into a new school with such transitions as being the new kids in class that no one knows a thing about. I see their excitement and I shared with them some of the advice that my brother Scott gave to me…Other than the typical big brother advice of tell them you have another older brother that will kick their butt if they try to mess with you…LOL he said that he would always be there and we could talk about anything. If someone did say something mean he said to think that they may be going through something and don’t know how to express their true feelings about what is going on in their own lives. I wrote down in my journal that day that I am one of the luckiest people in the world who has such a caring and loving brother to look out for me. I miss both of them everyday!

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Norway

It’s not what I expected it to be…But to be honest I don’t know what I was expecting.

I am glad to be taking pictures for just me again. No pressure and I get to play.

There are many things that I pray about. My kids fitting in and not being picked on. Which all 3 of them seem to have adjusted in that aspect. They all have new friends and are always wanting their new pals to come over to play. Which I am so happy that they finally have friends where they feel comfortable enough to invite people over. It’s a blessing. Now only if they could get with the academic side of things that would be great!

As for me well here are some of the pictures that I have been taking:Norway King of the Mountain Paris by Night St. Patrick's Day 5th Birthday Italy Playing in Mom's Wedding Dress

Feeling Anxious

So as I am starting this new journey to Norway. I am starting to get anxious about several things. Moving, being lonely, missing the family, ect. I am ready to give all my anxiety to the Lord.

Matthew 11:28-30
“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.”

Jesus asks us to yoke up with him in our hard times. for he will help carry our burdens and when I picture this I picture one strong horse and one weak horse held together by a harness. Yet when they work together the stronger one helps the weaker one and they get through the job together. I must let Jesus be the stronger one to get me through the anxiety. He will always be there for me and help guide me.

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

This verse is strong because not only does he take our anxiety away but he will give us peace! Wow! How strong is that? We can always use more peace! A sense of peace is powerful. Just to know that he has our back and calm any situation. This means more to me right now than anything else in the world.

With all my thoughts going in circles I must remember that through the word and prayer I can have all the things that he promises to me. I must remember all these things over the next few weeks and months!

Lost

Lost

Alone

Lost in Translation

Lost in work

Lost in time

Lost in the transition

Lost in the world of our children

Alone in the world

Giving up!

 

But being a christian we are never Lost! Praise! The reason we are never lost is because God is with us always. We should always lean on him even when we feel lost and never give up! God wants us to go on and thrive within him. I will go in the strength of the Lord GOD; I will make mention of Your righteousness, of Yours only. Psalm 71:16

 

It’s hard not to feel lost. But we can all know that because we are Christians and we are called to share the faith. And when we want to give up on that God calls us to persevere and march on. He wants us to spread his love and share the gospel as much as we can.

 

As part of Five Minute Friday. I invite you to come join us! The word today is Lost!

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Five minute Friday word is Release

So I am joining a new twitter party for bloggers who like to write and the word of the day is Release!

 

Wow, ok So I have a lot to release. I need to release a lot of anger and frustation into the hands of the Lord. I am not a happy person for the hurt that has been done to me. I am a christian who was hurt by another christian. I thought I could count on this person but as it turns out I was only there for what they wanted to use me for. And as soon as I filled my purpose for them I was tossed aside like garbage. It made me not want to go to church anymore or trust half the people that I was friends with from that portion of my life. So now as I begin the RELEASE process with this person. I will pray for them and that they don’t hurt another person in such a way. I am a better person without the hurt of a fellow christian on my heart. Yes we can hurt one another and even though we think we are doing the right thing. God uses those people that hurt us to build up our confidence in him. He asks us to release all our worries and concerns to him. The all mighty. I feel that even though this person has hurt me so. I will show this person love through all the bad. Because that is what God asks us to do.

I am also going to release the anger I have towards family members. We are taught that Family is important no matter what they may do. So even though words will hurt us we have to raise our chin and let it go. I am stronger than the hurt words and even though they hurt I know that it is God that will help guide our tongues and words as we talk to these hurtful family members. So with this I release the hurt of the words.

 

God asks us to release all things to him. So I write today in order to RELEASE all pain and frustration.

Why I believe the Bible is credible and why I believe in God…

I am reading this book right now entitled “Defending the Faith” by Mary Jo Sharp. In the first chapter she asks this very question. So that got me thinking Why do I believe in God and why do I find the bible credible. I have also done the bible study that goes along with this book entitled “Why do you believe that?” by Mary Jo Sharp as well. Although that was last summer so I thought a little refresher would be appropriate for what I am trying to accomplish in my blog. Asking the “Hard” questions. The reason I think we should all be asking these questions to ourselves and others is because we are the light of the world and it is our honor to show the love that we have received from God. I do feel like it’s hard to be honest with others without knowing what believe is true is true. For instance if I told someone that I believed in something but didn’t know why I believed in it, it would be hard to convey that I really believed in what I believed. So we must ask ourselves this question Why do I believe in God? Or is the bible really true? How is it that we can claim it’s truth when we don’t investigate the truth for ourselves?

 

Growing up in a christian home I was always taught that Jesus loves me and that he would answer my prayers as long as we asked. Now when I came to Christ in 6th grade after the death of my first brother I never thought about what it truly meant and why so many people in church would always say I’m good and put on such a happy face when asked How are you today. Without being honest with me or with themselves. There were so many times that I wished I could just scream I am not fine I need help! But then that wouldn’t be the “christian thing to do” but the reality of it was they would probably have said it’s ok let’s pray together and let me know how I can help get you through this together. God works through people to get things done and we can all ask him for his guidance and ask him to show himself to us. Especially in our times of need. You see after my first brother passed away I had a hard time with it. I was mad and angry with what was going on. But I had a friend who cared deeply about me and who brought me to church and had my eyes opened to what being with Christ really meant. Carrying him around with me all the time. Living out his word and sharing it with others. I am beyond thankful to her for getting me out of the dark place that I was in. It’s not just about believing in God. It’s about knowing why I do.

 

I should answer the first question of do I believe in the bible? I do believe that the bible is true because Jesus’ resurrection is a true event there is actual evidence that supports he died and was in a tomb and then the tomb was empty! That was huge. there is an actual tomb in Israel that is empty because he is not dead! So through that I believe that the bible is true. And because I believe that the bible is True I believe in God. That he is the creator of all the land and universe. There is a video by Louis Giglio that talks about How Great is our God. Here is the link to that video:

Luke 24:6-7

He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee:  ‘The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’ “

Our God is so great that he sent his son down to us to die for our sins. WE are all sinners in this world.

What I believe about Drinking…

I personally don’t drink often or much. Mainly because I have had a lot of conflict with alcohol in the various tribulations in my life. For instance my brother was an alcoholic and had a car accident in which he lost his life to. Same for my other brother who was out camping and lost his life by passing out on train tracks. So I choose not to drink unless it is at my own house or somewhere where I will be staying for the night. Some call that being a prude I call it being smart.

As far as the bible goes about drinking I mean one of Jesus’ first miracles was to turn water into wine. So therefore I don’t think it’s a bad thing. I just think that you should not do it to get drunk. And to act like a fool of sorts. So a glass of wine with dinner fine. A margarita at a restaurant fine. But not in excess. We are better at condoning the word of Christ when we are sober and can express his love for us. Share the truth. Be Christlike.

John 2:1-11

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Jesus Changes Water Into Wine

On the third day a wedding took place at Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. When the wine was gone, Jesus’ mother said to him, “They have no more wine.”

“Woman,[a] why do you involve me?” Jesus replied. “My hour has not yet come.”

His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”

Nearby stood six stone water jars, the kind used by the Jews for ceremonial washing, each holding from twenty to thirty gallons.[b]

Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water”; so they filled them to the brim.

Then he told them, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the banquet.”

They did so, and the master of the banquet tasted the water that had been turned into wine. He did not realize where it had come from, though the servants who had drawn the water knew. Then he called the bridegroom aside 10 and said, “Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have had too much to drink; but you have saved the best till now.”

11 What Jesus did here in Cana of Galilee was the first of the signs through which he revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him.

Proverbs 26:9

New International Version (NIV)

Like a thornbush in a drunkard’s hand
    is a proverb in the mouth of a fool.

 

Proverbs 1:7

New International Version (NIV)

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge,
    but fools[a] despise wisdom and instruction.

 

So my take on drinking is this. I’m ok with it just don’t do it in excess. We want to be wise in our ways and not foolish.