‘Tis so Sweet

Wow! This morning I was looking around the internet for some music to sing/play at church. Jenn Dwyer sang last year at the MN District Women’s Retreat and was AMAZING!  But out of nowhere as I was looking on her website, I found her blog, so I started reading and came across her posting “Ok God-I Get It”

A few of you know that our family is starting on a new adventure this fall and things need to fall into place, I want to follow God’s will, but I also want to know every step… I’m a planning kind of girl.  I like to make lists, that is the way I work.  But God is asking is to trust him.  After looking at the budget numerous times, looking it over and over, I can now look at it with God’s eyes.  We do what we need to do and he takes care of the rest.  So, here it goes…let’s see what God does with it.

’Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus,

Just to take Him at His Word;

Just to rest upon His promise,

And to know, “Thus saith the Lord!”

 

Jesus, Jesus, how I trust Him!

How I’ve proved Him o’er and o’er;

Jesus, Jesus, precious Jesus!

Oh, for grace to trust Him more!

Being Content

In the last week, Mike has accepted a new position.  With this change, we’re taking it up a step in paying off debt and cutting our budget. We’ve always kept our house much cooler, shut lights off, we’ve gotten rid of cable, etc.  But now, we’re going hard core… no eating out, (birthdays, holidays and special occasions are the exception), that means we need to be creative in making meals since we both work full time as well as being involved in our church and MOPS.  That means spending weekends, making freezer meals so the meals for the week are ready to throw together at a moments notice. 

The next step is cutting the grocery budget.  I’ve been making my own laundry soap for some time and figured it around 2 cents a load, Taco Seasoning, Cream Soup Mix, Pancake Syrup, but I’ve found more recipes for Oxy Clean, Clorox Wipes, I’ll be making some cloth napkins, rather than using paper ones and rags instead of paper towels for cleaning. Making our own yogurt and yogurt cheese (similar to cream cheese) go gurts, Instant vanilla pudding mix, graham crackers, wheat thins, cheese its, etc.

We’ve also decided to simplify… I’ve known for a long time we have too much stuff, however, trying to convince the other half of our family has been unsuccessful before now.  But now we’re on board we are de-cluttering.  Getting rid of things we don’t need. 

I’ve come to appreciate the fact that in my home growing up, things weren’t as important as each other.  It was the little things that were important.  I never knew we had no money, that we ate pancakes for months on end, mostly venison that my dad had hunted and we processed ourselves, the vegetables from the garden because that’s all we had. But we were happy, we went sledding together, we went ice fishing, we had play days with our cousins, working on the farm.  Our playhouse was an old fish house, the fort was in the trees, 

At this point in our lives, we have so much more than our families growing up did.  We want to be content with what we have and where God has put us. 

Bless Your Child Every Day

Bless Your Child Every Day

*Celebrate who they are

*Give lots of hugs and kisses

*Rejoice in every Victory

* Be ready to wipe each tear

*Slow down and listen to their hearts

*Encourage their dreams

*Pray for them

*Pray with them

*Trust them to make their own choices

*Embrace Mistakes

*Teach Grace

*Love them

*Love them some more

*Cherish your time together

*Make memories

*Remember that your child is a gift from the Lord

I know that our children don’t come with an instruction manual.  However, this list is a great place to start.  It helps to keep things in perspective when the everyday little things interfere.  I remember when Jayden was tiny, so many people told us to cherish every stage because it goes so quickly.  It’s not easy to fathom that while you’re in those moments.  But one day you turn around and they are talking, and then they’re in preschool.

If you have a child, please hug them, kiss them, tell them that you love them. We are leaving a legacy in our children, but what are we leaving?

**This poem was printed on a plaque that I found in a catalog.

Jayden Michael Severson

November is National Adoption Month… and 3 years ago, 1 month and 2 days we came home with a beautiful baby boy who we named Jayden Michael Severson. Jayden means “God has Heard”

“I prayed for this child, and the Lord has granted me what I asked of him”- 1st Samuel 27. I am so thankful that his birth mom chose life and gave us this gift.

“Not flesh of my flesh, nor bone of my bone, but still miraculously my own. Never forget a single minute, you didn’t grow under my heart, but in it.”

Our First Family Pictures

Our First Family Picture

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Blessings

This past weekend I had the great opportunity to attend the MN District Bridging the Gap retreat and it was AMAZING, I just don’t know how else to describe it.  But God moved, I’m not sure completely of the next step, but after some words from the Lord and a talk with my husband, we feel like God’s putting some puzzle pieces together, some we can see and some we can’t.

However, it’s been a long and trying summer… ok, so not just summer, it’s been going on a while.  We weren’t completely sure where God was taking us, like we are just in one of those cheesy snow globes and just for kicks God picks us up and shakes us just when we thought we were starting to settle.  There are things that we’ve been praying about for a very long time that we seriously need a breakthrough or I’m going to break down.  I’m sure I am not the only one that has been there.   The first time I heard Laura Story’s Blessings on the radio, I sat in the car and cried my eyes out before I went into the gym and I’m sure some of the people there thought I was crazy.  I got the opportunity to sing at our church this weekend and I really had felt like I was supposed to sing that song, since I love it and I could get the music, I set that into motion.  Not realizing how things were going to fit into place.   As we left on the retreat, I listened to the other women talk in the bus about different things going on in their lives and how everyone’s had difficulties and it’s been a really rough summer.  I just kind of tucked those things in the back of my mind and went on with the trip; or so I thought.

As the retreat started, they introduced Thelma Wells and for the first session she talked about Joy in Being… and one of the verses she talked about was Psalm 139: 7-12 “Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your Presence?  If I go up to the Heavens, you are there, if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.  If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.  If I say, ‘Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me, even the darkness will not be too dark for you, the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you.”

We can’t get away from God.. now for someone who is running from God, that may not be very good news,  but to me, I found comfort in it… it was a reminder to me that regardless of what we had gone through, and would continue to go through, he’s right there with us.  This verse came back to me again this morning as I was singing, “What if your blessings come through raindrops, what if your healing comes through tears, what if a thousand sleepless nights are what it takes to know you’re near and what if trials of this life are your mercies in disguise?”

Through it all, has he brought healing?  Yes.  Have we seen blessings?  Yes, Yes and Yes…things we never thought we would see, we have.  We’ve drawn closer to God and I don’t think he’s done.  He has more in store for all of us if we’re willing to be obedient…I started this weekend feeling ready to throw in the towel, stop praying about it and giving up, because NOTHING was happening.  But on Friday night there was a word that stuck right to my heart…. DO NOT GIVE UP!  Have things changed in the natural?  Nope, not in the least, but it has changed my outlook and given me hope,  and through Thelma Wells and Laura Story and Jenn Dwyer, I know God’s not finished with us yet.  He hasn’t given up on us, but I’m going to continue to pray and know that God is with us right in the midst of it.

Moral of the Story: Don’t Give Up!!! Keep praying and God’s right there with you, life just plain stinks sometimes but let our disappointments, tears and trials lead us closer to God.

Shonna

 

 

This Little Light Of Mine

As Jayden and I were coming home from the Y tonight, we had Psalty playing and we were singing along to his fabulous rendition of “This Litle Light Of Mine” and it got me thinking about something Pastor said last Sunday.  In Matthew 5:14-16, Jesus is telling us “You are the light of the World.  A city on a hill cannot be hidden.  Neither did people light a lamp and put it under a bowl, instead they put it on it’s stand and it gives light to everyone in the house.  In the same way, let your light shine before me, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in Heaven.”

Our Pastor said something that stuck with me last Sunday, if we went to a really great restaurant, wouldn’t we go tell everyone we knew aboout it, then they could have the oppportunity to experience it?  Why don’t we do the same thing when it comes to Jesus.  Do we tell everyone about the amazing things he’s done in our life and then give them the opportunity to experience it?   Ouch, it really made me think… not that I’m hiding my faith however, am I sharing as much as I could, am I taking every opportunity, as though it were my last?  No, I have to admit I’m not.

It’s going to take a conscious effort on my part-to take every opportunity to let His light shine through me.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cHn4H2bK7XY

PS- I love Psalty!!

 

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