Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Help bring 2 boys home!

Hi guys! Please go to http://mattmandi.blogspot.com/2010/03/blog-post.html and read this awesome story about how God is using one family to give a home to not 1 but 2 little boys in China. PLEASE go visit them and if you can also drop by http://www.bringingdrewhome.blogspot.com/ that is their fundraiser website. They are adopting one younger child and one young man who is about to "age out" of the system. This means there would be no other chance for him to be adopted and he could end up living on the street. They need our help!


In Christ Alone,


Monday, March 15, 2010

Memorial Box Monday: LOOSED TO LIVE

Click on the picture above to go read all about what Memorial Box Monday is. This is my first Memorial Box Monday post...God has been so good to me I am sure there will be lots more of them.

Several years ago on a Sunday morning I fell as I was coming down the stairs into our garage. My heel got caught on my dress and I fell about 3 1/2 feet and landed on concrete. My husband came to my rescue and helped me up and took me straight to the ER. I didn't break anything but I was in pain. I lived in pain for over a year. My back hurt my legs hurt; I couldn't get comfortable no matter what I did. I finally went to see a doctor and they ran an MRI and I had 2 ruptured disks and 2 bulging disks. I tried several things and after almost another year of Epidurals and meds I decided to go ahead and have the surgery.

I had the surgery and lived the next 2 and a half years with NO pain! Praise God for that! Well last year for no reason whatsoever that I can think of I had a little back pain one day...and a little more the next, and by days 3 and 4 I was calling into work because I could barley walk and I yelled at really inappropriate times because the sharp pains were so bad. I would lay in bed; lay on the couch, walk and cry. I lived like this for a couple of weeks. I was so miserable. I knew I could not have a second surgery. I had no insurance and I knew that it would be quite awhile before I would be getting any. The doctor who did my first surgery told me that this would not be a permanent fix but he said I should get at least 5 years out of it. After only half that time I was in just as much pain as before and I was heartbroken at the idea of living in that pain for any length of time at all!

So Sunday morning rolled around and I woke up in pain, I had to get my husband to help me out of bed so I could go to the bathroom. I was tired. I laid back down and began to cry. I just could not even fathom the idea of having to live like that for much longer. I laid there and I begin praying and I realized that God's will was for me to LIVE my life not LAY my life away. I knew that I could not fully live my life with the chains of this pain on me.

I began thinking of all the healing Jesus did, of how people just touched the hem of His garment and were made whole; I thought of how he broke the chains of people possessed by demons and restored sight to the blind. I believed that God could do the same kind of miracle in me. I looked at my husband and said "When I get to church today I am going to have Dad (Who is also our Bishop or Senior Pastor) and our church pray for me and I am going to believe for my healing." Mitchell said something like "Well God can sure do it" and I thought for a minute and realized he was right GOD could do it! A light went on in my head and it was like, oh wow Jesus said "Your faith has made you WHOLE" so all it takes is MY FAITH and HIS HEALING TOUCH...NOTHING ELSE!!!! So I started to pray...not a little prayer like...dear father if you decided to maybe do this thing for me....I mean I felt a GODLY BOLDNESS come over me and I stormed the throne room of heaven and asked my HEAVENLY FATHER to please touch and heal my body. Well after I got done praying I laid there completely still for a minute and I realized I wasn't hurting. So I moved a little...no pain...so I SAT UP (I hadn't been able to do that without help and then it was still a process) NO PAIN. Well I just have to be honest here and say that after that I really don't remember exactly what I did according to my family I ran, skipped, shouted, jumped and just had myself a little fit all with NO PAIN! I praised the Lord all over my house I praised the Lord in the shower and I praised the Lord all the way to church and I told everyone I came into contact with about my Miracle-working, Mountain-moving, Awe-inspiring, Gasp-giving God (stole that from Linny can't help it I love that description of Him!!)

I am keeping my eye out for a Memorial Box for our home and when I find one I will put a little doll house bed in it to remind me of the time that He LOOSED me to LIVE and not LAY!!!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Blog Parade!

This is the first time I have ever joined a "Blog Parade" but I am looking forward to it!
So here goes:

1. What's your favorite time of the day, and why?
My favorite time of day is when I walk in my door after work or dropping the kids off at school (on days I am off) I love being home! (This is NOT my door but I think it is pretty and I don't have a pic of mine!)

2. If health wasn't an issue, what food could you live off of?

Chicken Cassarole...It's my favorite!

3. If you could have one wish granted (besides wishing for more wishes), what would it be?

I would love to have a house full of babies from all over the world...I want my kitchen table to look like a NATO conference...only with more smiles and less drama!

4. What's one thing that you get teased about a lot?

I didn't do this but I very well could have...I am a BAD driver...which isn't good since I commute almost an hour to work!

5. If you could choose one movie, book, or TV show to spend your life in, which would you pick? What type of character would you be?
A Walk In the Clouds..I think this movie is full of beautiful moments. I love the female lead she is strong but soft all at the same time!

6. If you could have one talent that you don't already have, what would it be?

I would love to be able to sing...like Norah Jones!

7.If money were no object, where would you go on vacation?

I would rent a beach house and lay in the hammock for a few years.

8. If you were an awesome singer, which genre would you sing?

Christian Music that sounds like Norah Jones

9. If you could have a $10,000 shopping spree to one store, what would it be?

I love, love, love that store!

10. If you could live in any point in time, when would it be?
I was born in 1980 and I fit right in!

11. If every outfit in your wardrobe had to be one color, what would it be?
PINK of course!!!

12. If you were one of the seven dwarves, which one would you be?
(Doc, Grumpy, Sneezy, Sleepy, Bashful, Happy, or Dopey)

Simply because I don't like any of the other options!

13. What's the last album you listened to?

She rocks!

14. What's something we'd be surprised to know about you?

I have a tattoo on my left shoulder...I love it and I would really like another one on my foot. It doesn't fit in with ANY of the rest of my life but I love art and I like being different.