Last week I shared with you all some of what the Lord has been showing me. ONE thing I LOVE about our Father is.... HIS Mercies are NEW EVERYDAY!! He never wants us to rest in what HE did last year, last month, last week or even yesterday but to seek HIM and experience HIM new everyday!
When I was doing hair I had this older gentleman that I loved dearly! He shared alot of the same stories over and over at times but the one story that broke my heart was the one about when he was in a car wreck some 40 yrs. back and how the Lord met HIM in the hospital and saved his life....Now, while I know that was a very pivotal moment in his life I also know the Lord desires to do things EVERYDAY in our lives!
Well, today out of the blue I got a phone call from my LifeCoach. She said I had been on her mind and heart and she just wanted to see how we were. (just so you know this is NOT NORMAL for her to do!!) I caught her up on the past year ~ yep, it has been awhile since we have seen her. We began seeing her about 7 years ago and she did some amazing work in us and then we would just see her for what she called "tune ups :)" She truly is a gift from the Lord and honestly I can't even describe what this phone call meant to me. You see, for her to take time out of her busy schedule and also be obedient to the Lord for "calling me" when the Lord put me on her heart was such a sweet kiss from her but also from the LORD. She knows our struggle with finding a church and gave me such love, amazing encouragement and WOW her prayer ~ OH MY! I just cried as she was praying over me because It was as if the Lord was speaking STRAIGHT TO MY HEART and HE truly did meet me right where I was ~ all because of someones obedience to make that phone call ♥
Sometimes as believers we experience those HIGHS with the Lord ~ it may be at a conference, or during a revival. But other times we feel as if we don't even know where God is. We feel soo far away but the truth is God isn't far away at all! HIS Word tells us HE never leaves us. Something my Life Coach told me today was this. "Loren, I have been right where you are and it is yucky ~ some days you feel like God is the farthest away HE has ever been but the very next day you experience HIM in a whole new way and ask How could I have thought HE wasn't here with me?" I agreed with her and she shared with me she calls this a "marinating season." When something is marinating it is absorbing all that it needs and while marinating it isn't ever fully cooked. Wow ~ what a thought! I have to say this spoke to me and it helped to have that "understanding" and to allow myself yet again to rest in HIM, knowing that HE truly does see me and is with me!
Thank You Lord for blessing me with YOUR Love, Your Hope, and again showing me that YOU KNOW RIGHT WHERE I AM and YOU have EVERYTHING all ready planned for me....
I also wanted to share a thank you to Sandy! I received a package today from winning her blogaversary!
She also had the most adorable necklace that says BELIEVE included but I loved it soooo much I immediately put it on and failed to include it in the picture! Thank you Sandy! I love the Apron and ADORE this necklace and I know I will get soo much out of the books you included! Thank you for your sweet friendship!
I also have to say thanks to Glenda for giving me this award! She is my new bloggy friend I met through the blog party! I felt I had a sweet friend instantly....You are such a sweetheart and I am sooo happy the Lord led me to your blog ~ You bless me with your sweet comments, each and everyone of them :)
ONE ~ Love and Appreciate my wonderful Husband who is such a good Daddy and such a sweet Papa ♥
TWO~ Love and Appreciate my Mom who helped me sooo much with the Prom Stuff!
THREE ~ So thankful my brother took such beautiful pictures of all these prom kids despite some very devastating news just minutes before he arrived to take pics!
FOUR ~ Soooo thankful my Physical Therapist was understanding that I didn't do my exercises over the weekend....unless you can count coloring Jens hair, cleaning like a mad woman, planting flowers, cooking and serving to these precious kids therapy :) because.... I sure did LOL
FIVE ~ I have soooo many books to read...I need to carry a book with me at all times to get them reviewed in time! :)
SIX~ It was cold here and rainy today and sure makes you appreciate the warm weather we have been having! Thank you Lord....can the sunshine come back now ;)
SEVEN ~ Have just loved the Gentleness of the Lord lately...I feel HIS Presence and the atmosphere is just soo Gentle...
EIGHT ~ Only 4 more Mondays of school left !! Praise the LORD!
NINE ~ Got my Rylee girl today ♥ Got her a new swing and she loves it ;) When I was little my nana used to sit on the porch swing with me and LALA so while I push Rylee in her swing this is what I sing to her.....she loves it! and well.....SO DO I!
TEN ~Pray everyone has a blessed Tuesday ~ love on your kids today, do something sweet for your loved ones, listen to the Holy Spirit ~ He may have a Divine Appt. just waiting ~ remember we could be someones answer to prayer ~ a call, a hug, a note, offer forgiveness Who KNows but you and the LORD??
What a WONDERFUL and Full Day everyone had! I am just going to show you all the pics and tell the story along the way :)
Took Jen to get a pedi and nails on...She HATES pedicures because she doesn't like people to touch her feet so she exactly enjoy this part....
Kenny MY Favorite Nail guy in the whole world!
Before hair updo
Isn't it GORGEOUS!!! RACHEL did an AMAZING AND BEAUTIFUL JOB!!
Ok so we were to meet all the kids and parents @5 at the specified location for pictures.....At exactly 4:45 as we were heading out the door it began to POUR!!! We had prayed alll day asking for the Lord to keep the rain away...but it came down HARD! We texted everyone and just had them meet here at our house and my brother took some beautiful pictures. It did stop and then start again but we worked with it...came up and took pics on both our front and back porch...No one really got wet at all! Thank you Lord!
Jen and TY
Taylor and her Best Friend Drake
Kristen and Austin
Halie and Logan
All their pretty flowers
The Beautiful girls
The whole group
Here is the Dinner table ....It turned out so pretty! The Prom Theme was A Night Under The Stars and these were the colors. My Mom and Jenna's friend Devon were here to help serve and my Uncle surprised us and came to town to pick up his girlfriend at the airport and her plane was delayed so we got to see Him and he helped us as well! It was such a treat and Brian and I were soooo very appreciative for their help! The kids enjoyed their dinner and had the sweetest compliments :) about everything! We were sooo honored to be able to have them here in our home!
Now Finally ~ they all had a wonderful time @ Prom dancing the night away and headed out for the Progressive After Prom Party. They played games at one house, went swimming at the 2nd house which woke them up :) but then they got in the hot tub and got really tired so by the time they arrived here at our house @ around 5a.m. they were exhausted!!! We asked them if they still wanted have breakfast and they said yes. So we put in the Comedy Video of Tim Hawkins and began cooking. I didn't hear much laughter and had an inkling that they may be asleep :) YEP, they were out!!!
Taylor and Drake
Devon stayed here with us so we woke her up when the kids were on their way back here!
Logan and Halie
We eventually woke them up and they ate breakfast and went home around 7am. It was a wonderful evening for all!
Happy Monday everyone ~ Pray you have a blessed week!
Though the Mountains be shaken and the Hills be removed, Yet MY unfailing Love for you will Not be shaken nor My Covenant of Peace be removed, says the Lord who has compassion on you. Isaiah 54:10
Nothing on earth seems as enduring or immovable as HUGE, MAJESTIC Mountains. When you stand on their heights ~ breathing in the rarified air ~ you can almost smell eternity. Yet, MY Love and Peace are even more enduring that the greatest mountains on Earth!
Think deeply about MY UNFAILING LOVE. One of the meanings of "unfailing" is: inexhaustible. No matter how needy you are or how many times you fail ME, MY supply of Love for you will never run low. Another meaning of "unfailing" is: Constant I do not love you more on days when you perform well, or do I love you less when you fail miserably. My LOVE is more perisistent, invariable, and steadfast than you can comprehend. Open your heart to receive this amazing gift in FULL MEASURE!
MY COVENANT OF PEACE is a sovereign gift of grace, and it is utterly secure. I can no more withdraw this blessing from you than I can stop being God. Moreover, I MYSELF am your Peace. So the more intimately you know ME, the more you can experience MY unfathomable Peace. Take time, take time to draw near ME; seek Me in the moments of your life. Come freely into MY PRESENCE even when you are feeling bad about yourself. Remember who I AM ~ THE LORDwho has compassion on you.
Sometimes throughout the day Krista our oldest daughter will send us pictures of Rylee ~ I cherish each and everyone... This week I have to say are some of my favorites but also the ones that have made me laugh the MOST :)
Isn't she just the most precious baby doll !! I love this picture!!!
Today Lynn is asking us to share our Sweet Moments in which we have seen Jesus this week....
Actually I have seen Him in his beautiful flowers blooming ~ all the amazing colors. The flowers that I would have thought died in my front flower bed, yet they bloom out again in their beauty and splendor ~ it just amazes me!
But as I pondered on what spoke to me most this week it was in the book I was reading. I took a little break from reading books for review and read a book of my choice ~ Karen Kingsbury's book "Take Three" As usual it was soooooo good! I laughed, I cried, and of course I couldn't put it down but there was ONE LINE in this book that I will remember for a long time to come and found it fitting for this post:
"Our job as believers is to be an answer to someone's prayer ....every day....as long as we live"
Years ago when the Prayer of Jabez became a phenomenon people purposefully looked to bless others and actually sought the Lord each day for those "Divine Appointments." But like most things, people get excited and then as time goes on we lose enthusiasm and each day those request are fewer and far between. Do you know what I mean?
But guess what!!! The Lord NEVER loses HIS enthusiasm for YOU or for ME! We are HIS body and each and everyday HE has a plan for us to be HIS spokesperson....May we be reminded to seek how we can be a blessing to others in HIS HOLY Precious Name!!
I really miss doing the Pursing Love posts so while Marsha in on blog break the Lord has been showing me a few things: Please understand this is not a poor me post this is just what I have recognized over the past couple of weeks through the Grace of God and the prayers and concern of friends!
In Ecclesiastes 3 you find
There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven: 2 a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot,
3 a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build,
4 a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance,
5 a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain,
6 a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away,
7 a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak,
8 a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace
Last week, On two different days, I had a surprise visit from two of my closest friends. I was so happy to see each one and yet I could tell something was heavy on their heart.
The message from both to me was this "what have I done? you don't call ~ you don't respondHave I done something to you Loren?
I had no excuses whatsoever....I have shared with you all here in the past how I had pulled away from many things and that I wasn't intentionally trying to hurt anyone but I just was going through the grief of losing Daddy. As I sat with her there, listening & sharing I was able to share what the Lord had shown me..... One day I was having a hard time and the Lord showed me that I wasn't just dealing with the death of my Dad but also the death of many other situations in my life. Church, ministry, friendships and in some ways my relationship with HIM. As I told her these things she immediately looked at me and said she felt this had been a" Supernatural release" and began praying over me. I had such a release and the Lord met me in that very moment. After she left I knew I had to go deeper with the Lord in regards to these things we had discussed. It was a powerful time with HIM to say the least but little did I know that two days later I would have yet another friend knock on my door unexpectedly.
As my friend began to share, I heard the same words again....what is wrong? Have I done something? Because I had this awareness and had the time with the Lord I was able to be very honest and clear that my friend had done no wrong and that I was responsible for the disconnection. Repentant to say the very least. It became more and more clear that while I was grieving I also had allowed the enemy to keep me from those who love me and wanted to help me during this difficult time.
The most difficult thing I had to realize was that while my friends felt disconnected and pushed away, they weren't the only ones I had pushed away. I had even put the Lord aside to a degree. It still hurts to even type those words. I was so hurt by losing my Dad and not being allowed the time with him while on this earth to know his heart towards me and many other things I don't need to go into here but suffice to say ~ sooooo many things got in the way and consumed me and my emotions.
When my friend prayed over me and then I had that time with the Lord after HE made soooo many things clear to me but mostly HE showed me how HE had put so many things in my path to help me along the way. Those things I didn't recognize because I was too lost in the grief that later turned to anger and withdrawing from so much.
As the days have gone on I have been able to speak to other friends and share my apologies with them and with each one I feel yet another burden being lifted. The Lord has been by my side each day leading and guiding me and I am able to see HIS hand on each day. I don't have all the answers but praise HIM for the relationships that are being restored. I don't know which church we will be attending but HE does. I don't know if our ministry will be with kids or if we will go another direction but HE does. I am LEARNING to be ok with that, taking one day at a time
For now, I am just grateful to know that the time to grieve season is a little lighter and at least I am not withdrawn from those I love and most importantly from my Heavenly Father! Thank you Lord for loving me too much to leave me stagnant in my grief!
1) Rylee arrived last night and brought us sooo much laughter yet again! Isn't it just the most precious thing watching a sweet baby fall off to sleep!! Jenna was able to rock her to sleep last night and it was just soooo sweet! Praise you Father
2) This weekend is PROM!!! Can you say....BUSY!!! Jen has asked us to serve dinner to her & her boyfriend, along with 2 other couples here at our home We will be serving ~ Shrimp cocktail as the Appetizer Dinner will be Steak, Baked Potato, Green bean bundles along with a House Salad Desert will be Chocolate Heaven
After prom we will be having a Progressive Afterprom Party ~ They will go Glow bowling from 12 -2 am then to one house for games 2-3 am, then indoor swimming at another house 3-4 am and then back here to our house 5 am for an outdoor movie and Breakfast! We will put up a big screen and projector in our back yard for them to watch hopefully the video they took of their night! They are going to have a Blast!! Watch over them Lord ~ Please
3) I got 3, yes THREE new books in the mail yesterday to review :) Don't think I will be starting those this week ;) Help me Lord to use my time wisely
4) I had a friend come over for a visit and we prayed together. I felt the Lord lift so much pain and grief! Thank you Lord for loving me sooo much and bringing me into a New Season
5) Had the BEST session to date at Physical Therapy yesterday :) Thank you Lord!
6) I have a bloggy friend who has been on an amazing journey with the Lord in Jerusalem! It has been sooo powerful and exciting to see all HE has done in and through her and can't wait to hear more and more! Please pray for her as she travels home today!! Thank you Lord for all you have Provided, Anointed and the Breakthroughs have only just begun! We Praise you Father!
7) I love being able to sit with my precious Rylee on my lap and read to her ♥ I cherish these days Lord, thank you
8) Going to go for a walk in the beautiful sunshine today and work out in my front flower bed! Thank you Lord for your beautiful creation and beauty in all of the wonderful flowers! Such Joy and Wonder you have provided for us!
9) 6 weeks of school left!!!! BRING ON SUMMER :) Thankyou Lord for the different seasons you give us!
10) I pray everyone has a blessed Tuesday! Give a special Touch today Father to each person who reads these words, YOU and YOU alone know what each one needs, their hopes, their hurts, their circumstances .... Meet them right where they are LORD! Praise YOU!
Saturday was my DH's birthday. We had a fun morning and afternoon together and then our oldest daughter and family joined us for dinner. Sadly, my Mom and Stepdad were out of town so they couldn't come over. Normally, on anyones birthday we have a house full but in this case I think it was just as it should be. Just our kids and our precious grandbaby ♥
We had my husbands famous "salsa burgers" and his famous quacamole and salsa! OOOO LA LA! He is such an AWESOME cook and well, I offered to cook for him but the kids wanted him to make dinner and to be honest ~ It pleases him so much for him to cook them their favorite, even if it is his bday and he should have the day off :) He is so sweet that way!
Here are some pics from Saturday
Krista and Rylee
Silly pic of all of us :)
Papa blowing out his candles with Rylee helping! :) She loved it!
We got him an IPAD....HE loves it! Thank you all for so many of you wishing him a happy birthday on Facebook! It just means so very much to experience not only your prayers but your love and friendship! You are just amazing friends! I love you so much!
I have to say a Happy Birthday to my friend Darcie who shares the exact birthday as my husband :0) No wonder I love you so much!! I hope you had a wonderful birthday and you were spoiled rotten!
My friend Clif posted this on his blog the other day and I thought it would be perfect for this day! Please pray for our nation and encourage all you know to do the same! The Lord will hear our cry! Visit this site here
I pray you all have a blessed weekend and experience the Lord in a powerful way!!
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Since we are in the final hours of the party I hope those of you who are visiting will go visit my friend Kim! Today is Friday Funnies at her place and since she is SUCH a COFFEE LOVER I couldn't resist this video! :)
You know.....I would say I was late most of the time but WOW this is really late! LOL This party started over a week ago and ends tomorrow but HEY ~ I'm here :)
Better late than never so if you want to join in go here
Let me say ~ I am sooo happy to have you visit "The Magoos News" I am a Mom to 3 WONDERFUL kids! Although they would not like that term "kids" they will always be my babies :) Our oldest, Krista, is married to Casey and does hair. She blessed us with Rylee our Precious Grandaughter a little over a year ago!
Then there is Jen. Our Athletic Trainer. She is our Princess :) She is a blogger herself and has such a beautiful heart! She has an incredible eye like her Father for Photography and such compassion for people! I can't wait to see where the Lord leads her in these next few years!
Our youngest is Jantz. He is growing up so quickly and is just the sweetest young man you will meet! He is full of humor and loves to learn just like his Father and GrandFather! He has his own company making dog treats and has done so well! He recently purchased himself a Mac and now has his eye on an IPAD :)
My wonderful husband and I have been married 20 years this May! I could never express how blessed I am to be married to Brian. We have grown over these years in ways that only the Lord could do. Transforming us in HIS ways, teaching, pruning, breaking off generational things and growing us closer to HIM and to each other! I love him more now than I did when we first dated and look forward to many long years together! As our children grow and prepare for lives on their own, I pray we have done all the Lord desires for us do..... teaching them to Live Lives that glorify HIM. I cherish each new season that I am blessed with and to walk beside my Best friend. Where ever he is.... that is HOME.
Come join the party everyone! There are lots of prizes you can win! I would love to win the Visa gift card or the Hotel gift package, any of the jewelry or Moms gift baskets :) Seriously these are GREAT PRIZES so you won't want to miss out on the opportunity but mostly you get to meet new people! Isn't that what this is all about in blog World?? Meeting more believers!
If you love to read ~ I also have a book blog so please go check it out here I would love for you to follow me there!! (so would the publishers ;()) !!!! )
I pray everyone has a blessed Thursday and I hope to see you at the Party!!