Sunday, November 7, 2010

I had a wonderful baby shower! Here are a few pictures...

These are adorable invitations
My new diaper bag that i'm very excited about!
My nephew logan and I :) had to slip that one in

Everyone signed with a suggested name either goofy or serious
Most creative? 'LaDarren' haha

24 weeks! Where is the time going? I am treasuring this pregnancy everyday.

Well I have some time to sit down and write and a heart filled with things I want to share with you! If you have time to read that would be great but i understand if not! (My posts can get lengthy at times)
These are four verses from the Bible that were given to me by my grandmother as a reminder of the kind of mother God wants me to be. In each of these verses the writer is not directing it towards mothers specifically but it can be applied for a mother.

1 Peter 3:3-4 (New King James Version)
3 Do not let your adornment be merely outward—arranging the hair, wearing gold, or putting on fine apparel— 4 rather let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God.

1 Corinthians 15:58 (New King James Version)
58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.

1 Timothy 4:12 (New International Version)
12 Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.

Proverbs 31:26 (New King James Version)
26 She opens her mouth with wisdom,
And on her tongue is the law of kindness.

If my son observes these qualities of faith in me, he will be blessed! He will be a sponge as he observes my attitude, reaction to different situations, my actions, faith, and my relationships. As i think of this side of motherhood and it's significance I ask God, 'And all this on top of taking care of his physical needs?' haha and God responds with a 'yes!'. This baby has made me look closely at my relationship with God and how I live my life as a christian. There is no riding the fence between God and the world as I raise him. It's either one or the other and whichever road I take will ultimately effect this boy. I am raising this boy to be a man of God. That is why God entrusted him to me. He will sin and fall short just as we all do, but it's my prayer that he recognizes all that God is offering him through acceptance of His son Jesus. Forgiveness of sin, Grace to walk with him, the gift of spending an eternity in Heaven with him, and so much more.
A prayer for myself is that God would provide the strength to live in such a way that I have an unmovable faith.
Do you know what I will never be able to forget? How sweet it tastes to be walking with God. Honestly, the times in my life that I am walking upright in righteousness life is sweet! Grace is flowing down and covering me and I'm not the same as I was. It is always annoying to me when I go my own way. But today a light bulb came on after something my pastor said. He talked about how we reap what we sow. I have heard this many times in my life! haha but it's something that hasn't clicked.
I can't live two lives. If I want a harvest of God then i need to be sowing God into my heart. This is done by studying the Bible, praying, and serving Him. If I stop these things then surely my heart will be closed to God.
When God came into my heart there were many changes that He made for the better. I am often straying and doing my own thing. This breaks my heart because like paul says, I don't understand why I do the things I don't want to do. I am at times starving for Christ and want to know more because there is a deep longing for God. Knowing Him has filled every lonely bone in me! He pours love into my life through relationships, blessings, and discipline. He loves me and that i'm sure of. I've never experienced anything as amazing as this Almighty God. From the beginning to the end He does not disappoint.
I watched a clip of Jesus falling with the cross on his back. It broke my heart but that's not all it did..It made me feel incredible special. That this man who knew me and everything that I would do was willing to show an act of love that is beyond my comprehension. To die in my place and take all of my sin up to the cross. He paid the horrible cost of my sin, and why? Because He loves me. No one has ever given me a gift like this, can you understand the joy of having Jesus' spirit reside in my heart and how i'm able to converse with him daily? I have never tasted something so sweet in all my life.
Darren and our son are not mine to keep. They are each God's and have been given to me to love and take care of. It's awesome that I find my best friend is Darren and that a sweet baby is on his way!
A long time ago I made a choice to serve God in all that I do. That means no matter praises for him will come from my mouth.
In a month God is moving me to a new state, community, and home. It is all bittersweet because leaving family and friends is hard but this is God's plan. Right now awaiting Darren and I are opportunities to serve and be a light for Christ. Virginia will be our missions field and we'll find a church that serves it's community and is growing together. I am excited to see what God has planned for us being there! We will come in contact with many military families and it's my prayer that we'll be an encouragement to them. Please pray for us as we make this transition and our baby boy is born there.
Alright, well this seems to be a good stopping point! I hope this was an encouragement to you tonight. Thank you for reading :).
I want to leave you with a song that's been playing in my head all day. I hope it's a blessing to you.

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