Saturday, April 21, 2018

Come then Go! Just One...

Could it be that simple?
Jesus says two important things: Come to Me and then Go out to others.

We seem to get so distracted by side church issues that we lose our focus on what is most important. I think that is probably the way that the evil one crafts his plans and smirks at his success in our distraction.

Love God.
Love people.
Make disciples.

Simple and hard and so worth our focus.

Luke 10:27
He answered, "'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind'; and, 'Love your neighbor as yourself.'"

Loving God is the start. 
Be in the Word. 
Talk to Him. 
Listen to Him. 
Be led by Him.
He helps us to be molded into people with hearts that can love the world around us with unselfishness and abandon.

Most of us stop there. I sure have.

When we get to the making disciples part we slow down and shake and make excuses and look away. But, the more I dwell in His Word and gain strength and knowledge and movement of His Spirit in my heart and mind the more that I believe that I can witness to His goodness and His saving plan not only for myself but for ALL who would believe.

Matt. 28:18-20
Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

What if each of us in our humble, even scared minds asked God to just give us one person to study with and share the hope of Jesus with? 

Just one. Imagine. 
Luke 9:60- Go and proclaim the Kingdom of God.

Just one Father. Just one. I pray You show us just one.

Blessings! Amy

Monday, March 26, 2018

West Texas Beauty...

We took off for West Texas a week or so ago seeking solitude and clearing of our minds. We were looking for time to just be together while drinking good coffee and warming in front of crackling fireplaces. The sun on our shoulders in the afternoons and bare feet in sandals after the winter was a nice bonus. Personally, I was hoping for the viewing of gorgeous quiet sunrises and sunsets. 
God did not disappoint.

Finding peace and quiet and down time is so important. Putting some distance in between the craziness and concerns in our lives and stepping back to breathe deeply is healing. Time to focus on Who calms our hearts and gives meaning in a world that screams chaos is mandatory. I want to have that margin in my everyday life. Trying to find the quiet and balance in our day to day schedules is a challenge, but a must. I need to open my eyes and notice every day that our own front yard sunsets are pretty fantastic. That might be a start.

The lovely Rio Grande in Big Bend Ranch State Park. 
Tranquil little churches in small Texas towns. 

The majesty of the sun setting.
We enjoyed long conversations and breakfast in some homey coffee shops. 
This one was a sweet bonus. They served waffles. Yum.

The Ocotillo's were out and shining in all their glory. What a beautiful gift.

Sunset over the mountains surrounding Marathon, Texas.

The Gage Hotel dining room. What a peaceful place.
The Gage.

Jefe and the chief at Maverick Inn in Alpine, Texas. 
A hidden little gem you should try out sometime. Not terribly fancy but quirky western. 

Maverick Inn, Alpine, Texas
The Holland Hotel. Alpine, Texas.
Want a ghosty hotel? This is a good one.
Quiet streets in Alpine
So, I hope you had a good spring get away to clear out the cobwebs of your brain like we did. 
Laying by the pool on fake grass was even fun. :)
Here's to watching our own sunrises and sunsets in our own yards. Maybe we should put a few chairs out in the yard and our neighbors might mosey over to enjoy it with us. I like that thought. 
Blessings! Amy

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Pray for Me...

And I will pray for you.
This prayer.

What if we all diligently prayed this prayer for one another?
This would be a world changing prayer.

"I pray that you will be blessed by God that whenever you speak that He will give you the words to lovingly and fearlessly make known the mystery and hope of the gospel of Jesus." 

What a prayer. Really, what if we did?

Blessings! Amy

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Legacy of Jesus Thoughts...

Just a thought that came to mind this morning.
You are documenting hope for future generations when you write down your Jesus thoughts and life experiences and scriptures that are dear to your heart.  I have already had one of our boys ask about wanting to have his grandmother's bible someday. I pray that there will be a day that our children will treasure the bible I read from because it will have drawings and words written down that meant something to me and that helped me live the life God called me to.

I believe that the scriptures that we write down and journal will be invaluable to our children in the future. They will be a great witness to what we felt life was about and a timetable of living for God and for His Kingdom.

I know that it takes time and it is more work than pulling scripture up on your phone quickly but there is something about even just taking 30 minutes of slow dwelling with God in a Bible that you hold in your hands and taking the time to write about Him. (Even just a few words.)  I pray that when I am gone that our children and grandchildren will see truths and gain spiritual knowledge and courage from what we have taken time to write down and witness to about God.

Dwelling in the Word is indeed a grand adventure...
Maybe it is work at first. Yes. But then you see it is alive and relevant to your life.
Then a little fire ignites. You become thirsty for it. It changes your perspective on everyday happenings.  You begin to see how the Spirit that lives within you lives and moves and has it's being in you.  Amazing.
Acts 17:24 “The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands. 25 And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything. Rather, he himself gives everyone life and breath and everything else. 26 From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands. 27 God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us. 28 ‘For in him we live and move and have our being.’ As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’
Blessings! Amy

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Jan's Vanilla Almond Granola...

Good morning! I have been making this scrumptious granola for several years. It is my sister in law's recipe and so many people have asked for it that I thought I would post on here and direct people to the blog to copy.  Beware though...this stuff is quite addicting.

My sweet sister Jan...the master cook, wise nurse, camp secretary that holds all things CBH together, exemplary mama, etc. I love her.

You can see how "loved" this recipe has been. :) I hope that you can read it cause today there is no time to type it out. Sorry!! You have to work hard to see the recipe to gain the mouth watering goodness. Ha! Or, something like that. I need to make a batch of it for comfort food today as I pull out all of our tax papers to start working on them. Oh happy day. Not.
So, there you go! Enjoy!

Here is some more inspiration straight from the Word of God. Love this verse. It sure was a comfort to read this morning. God gives true joy to His people through the hope in Jesus and His story.

 This is just a sweet bonus picture. :)
Blessings! Amy

Friday, March 2, 2018

New Life...

The verse I read today from the daily Bible reading was this: 
Jesus gave us His life to save our lives. 
We also witnessed new life coming into the world this week.
 Sweet Saylor was born early Wed. morning. 
 We are thrilled with the addition of another precious granddaughter. 
There is a sweet God story that we were blessed to witness that night.  Our daughter in love was having pretty good contractions but not regular and the nurse was saying that she would have to go home from the hospital and wait it out there because she was not dilating quickly enough.  She was concerned at how she would know when to come back and was already in a lot of pain. So, our son laid his hands on her and the baby and prayed that God would please speed this up and make more happen because we felt she absolutely did not need to go back home at this point.

No kidding, she had two more contractions and her water broke probably 8 minutes after that prayer. Things sped up really quickly. God was so wonderful to hear us and we praise Him for that answered prayer.  It felt like a very thin place of contact with Him and I am thankful for all of us being blessed to witness it happen.

Prayer is so powerful and awesome. Sometimes I think we don't even think to ask for His help or blessing or comfort and I believe He is just waiting to come to our aid.  Thank you God for bringing this precious new life into the world. May she love you all her life and be a witness to Your goodness and love.
 Sister already loves her. :) 

 Sugar and spice and everything nice. 
Blessings! Amy

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Farm Life and Family

Last weekend I had a special few days with my Mom and Dad. It was their birthday weekend.  My Dad turned 85. He is still going strong and working hard. Amazes me. He survived a terrible tractor accident a few years ago and managed to heal and get back to hard work.  He sure loves the farm life. Mom turned 83 and is doing good. What a joy to spend time with them.
 I love this tin wall. I would love to use some of it in my house! So cool.
 Sugar. The best dog around.

 We love you Mom and Dad! 
Happy Birthday!
Sweet granddaughter hugs are the BEST! 

 The sun creeping out as I was leaving Sunday morning.
Always lovely viewing the sunrise on their porch.
As we are about to add more children to this big family I spend a lot of time being thankful for the heritage of faith passed down and taught by our parents and the leadership and love for God they have shown.

I pray that we can continue to tell the stories of the good news of Jesus and that our grandchildren will still be telling about Him years into the future.

Won't it be amazing to all meet in Glory some day?
Ah...what a day that will be.

The Lord be exalted! Ps. 40:13

Blessings! Amy