Sunday, March 25, 2012

Happy March Madness!!!!

So many people are watching college basketball these days, myself included, and I think it is fun watching all of these young men working so hard to win.  As with most people, I love the underdog teams who take down the top teams!!!  It reminds me of David and Goliath. I wonder if these top seeded teams go into the game thinking that it will be easy only to have a 13 seeded team roll over them to victory!  How small we are, but with God we are bigger than Goliath!!!  I am not saying that the sports underdog is the one that God is watching out for or that God watches basketball, specifically.  (Of course, God watches everything)  I am saying that we need to be like David or like these underdog teams and give our 110% in everything that we do.  My motto is do our best and let God take the rest!!!  Know that God will be bringing the victory and we just need to obey His call and accept His help!!!

Imagine our father lifting us up to reach the places that we would never be able to reach on our own!  He is there not only to lift us up, but to protect us if we fall!  Aren't we so blessed to have such an amazing God!!!  Isaiah 40:31 says:

            Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall, but they that                 wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they               shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

As we continue watching college basketball's "March Madness", let's reflect on our own David and Goliath story.  What is it that you were supposed to lose, but God brought you through?  The announcers said you would fail or maybe the doctors said you were supposed to die.  When were you in a spot that you couldn't reach the goal without God lifting you up to it?

Oh, and just one more you know what comes after March Madness???  The celebration of the ultimate victory.  You know, the one that Christ won on Calvary!!!!  Happy March Madness everyone :)

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

New Year...New Reading

Happy New Year...Yes, I am late as usual, but better late than never, right?  I have been enjoying my God, my family, my friends, my food, my crafting and the weather a little more than writing and doing schoolwork...teeheehee!!! I can't believe we have been in Kansas for over a year now!!!  It has gone by so fast, but it has been one of the most amazing years of my life and I am so thankful that God has brought us here! I don't know what the next year will bring, but I am ready for God to do His Work in me and intend to show His love more than I have in the past.  

I have been catching up on reading lately and want to mention a "sweet read" that you may love:

I really enjoyed this book which consists of three different stories of Amish romance.

The first story is called "A Choice to Forgive" and follows a widow named Lydia who must try to forgive the man that she was supposed to marry so many years ago.  The man was her husband's brother and she struggles with forgiveness and feelings that she tries to stifle. 

The second story is called "A Change of Heart" and it is a great story about a young unmarried Amish woman, Leah, and her relationship with each member of her family.  She is not the typical "holly homemaker" type and would prefer to write stories all day long rather than participate in housework.  An Amish boy in town, Aaron, has feelings for Leah and they begin a friendship that takes everyone by surprise!

The Last story is called "Healing Hearts" and follows a husband and wife who have been separated for a year.  This story was probably my favorite because it dealt with the emotions that each family member had to go through in order to forgive their father/husband who had left. 

All of these stories take a big look at forgiveness and remind us that it is a choice to forgive and God will bless us when we do.  I recommend you take a look at it if you are interested in a sweet read about forgiveness.