Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Calming the Storm

Some people love the howling winds, flashing lightening and crashing thunder during a storm. Other people cower in fear. It's easy to look at others reactions when you feel safe. But when your security is gone and you're staring destruction in the face, it's not easy to be courageous.
I think of the disciples in Matthew 8... They were in great danger. Their fear was not unfolded. When we hit "sudden" storms what do we do? We all face furious test. Some are more dangerous than some but some are out of our control. I have found that Jesus sleeps until we ask him to help. I see so many times in my life where I "bailed" water if you will before I woke Him and handed it to Him. I often wonder how people around me calm their storms? Do we immediately turn to God or do we carry it alone. In terror the disiples wake Jesus. "Lord save us" . In our personal storms how much are we like the disciples? Do we sit in secret and wait for the storm to pass. I am guilty of both.
I am amazed at each time Jesus steps into the waters and calms my storms. Notice He usually doesnt step in until I have called Him. And most of the time He ask some questions if we will listen, Are the waves still sweeping over the boat? I don't know about you but it is so easy to trust and be calm when the storm has passed. My God has asked me in the last week to TRUST HIM in the storm. I don't ever want to wavier or surprise God, I want HIM to know I will and DO TRUST HIM!
~~Fear is a normal human reaction. But it is not how we should live our lives, even when we are walking through a storm. When I am afraid I pray I can do as David did. He says, When I am afraid I will TRUST in God. Psalms 56:3
I believe (and am being tested) that fear is an opportunity to expand our faith in God. It is an opportunity to run to the Lord as your shelter, WE find refuge "under His wings". (Psalms 91:4)
I know that when we bring our fears, anxieties, and concerns to God, the only ONE who is fully able to calm your storms and defeat the giants that come against you and your family.
Be blessed today

Monday, November 29, 2010

Thank you Father!

So today started like any other day. Getting three kids up for school hitting doctors appointments and well just life. We here in the Taylor house are really learning to appreciate the little things. What I didn't take time to do this morning is pray over the girls. Maddison has been going through a lot lately. With her changing schools 3 weeks ago she is a little uncertain. When I realized I had not prayed with them I prayed immediately. Throughout the day I said a few extra prayers for her. She had band practice after school, so when I picked her up at 5 here was our conversation.

Me: Hey babe. Did you have a good day?
Maddison: Mom it was good.
Me: PTL. Well what happened today that made it better than before.
Maddison: Well today I realized you forgot to pray with us before school. It is ok. I know you have been stressed lately.
Me: Baby I am so sorry. I am never too busy to pray with you.
Maddison: So when I got in class I prayed for you mom. Then I asked God to be with all us girls at school today. And you know what Jesus heard me and I had a great day!
Me: Maddison I am so proud of you and how you are learning to lean on Jesus.
Maddison: Mom that's what happens when you let the holy spirit in. Now I know why you find comfort in him, mom. I am telling you I got the Lord now I will be okay mom.

What you guys may not know is Maddison went to a youth retreat 2 weeks ago. She for herself had an awesome experience with God. She got filled with the holy ghost and wow what a change I have seen in her.
Thank you father for touching my girl. And reminding me that she is YOUR GIRL!

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Black Friday Shopping are you serious???

And here we are. We left at 10pm Thanksgiving night. I have to say it was unexpected but I had a good time. My stepmom, sisters, g-ma, aunt, & cousin. It was great. The pictures say it all.
Good memories made and hey who knows I may do it again next year.... NOT!

Thanksgiving at Oma's

Thanksgiving at Oma's (Jackie my step mom) was a great day. These pictures are of me and my sisters. There is one of me and Molly and Cale Michael & I. I absolutely am so blessed to be with them during this season of our lives.
Thank you Father for my family.. More pictures on facebook. Check them out!

Thanksgiving 2010

Thanksgiving Day we spent with both sides of my family. It was a bittersweet day so I am going to stay on the positive and leave the negative. It started with going to my aunt Cindy's. (moms side)I love seeing my family. Lately family has become more important than ever.

My favorite part of being at Aunt Cindy's was seeing my cousin Kim. It has been a long time since we talked and we both admitted it had been too long. Kim looked great and I was very grateful to see her.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Good Morning Wednesday

This morning has come early but oh well who needs sleep. I hope and pray each of you have a wonderful Thanksgiving. Life is way to short to not be thankful.
I am thankful to God for touching my life and turning it around. Living for Him is something I will never regret or get tired of doing.
I am thankful for Brian, Maddison, Hannah Jane, & Mikel Briann. I am even more grateful for the times that God has been there in a way that without a doubt you knew it was Him.

Be Blessed and Have a wonderful holiday with the ones you love!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

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Hello Again!

It has been brought to my attention that I haven't been blogging! Duh I just realized tonight it has been a yr!!! WOW!!!
So I have kept up with you all but well, really there is no way to catch you up so we will keep up as we go. Got it! Got it!

It is almost Thanksgiving and I am most thankful for my family. My sweet family has grown a lot this year. Brian and I have been married 13 years, Maddison is 12 in the 7th grade, Hannah Jane is 10 in the 5th grade and Mikel Briann is 9 in the 4th grade.

We have taken a cruise this year, girls have gone to church camp. Mommy has done Ladies Retreat and Daddy takes vacations with us when he can. I think some of my foundest memories are when it was just us doing what we do.

There are oh so may things to catch up on. I will do my best to blog daily.

As we approach this holiday season all I would ask is for you to remember what it's about. God has truly blessed us all and there is plenty to be thankful for.