Tuesday, September 30, 2008

My Psalm 124

Psalm 124
If the Lord had not been for me,
let me say it again.
If the Lord had not been for me, 
when I was attacked & threatened,
When hurt and agony were thrown at me,
the enemy would have swallowed me alive.
The ocean would have engulfed me,
I would have drowned in the torrent.
I would have lost my life 
in the raging, fuming rapids.
BUT!  Praise the Lord!
He didn't go off and leave me!
He didn't leave me there, abandoned,
defenseless, or helpless like a rabbit in a pack of snarling dogs.
I escaped, flying free like a bird from a hunter's trap
that was broken and I escaped!
My help is in the name of the Lord,
Who is the Maker of heaven and earth.
written September 30, '08

Monday, September 29, 2008

My Psalm 123

Psalm 123
I lift my eyes to You, Lord, with longing, 
to the One who is enthroned in heaven.
Just like servants whose eyes are 
on their master, and like a servant girl's 
eyes are on her mistress, so are my eyes
on the Lord, my God, until He shows me
mercy, loving-kindness, mercy and grace.
Grace me, O Lord, Grace me!
For I am overwhelmed with 
disrespect and contempt.
I have had more than enough disrespect
from prideful and arrogant people.
written on September 29, '08

My Person

I must confess, I am a GREY'S watcher!
It's true!  
I am hooked!!!
I wasn't going to watch this season, but I am!

The more I watch, the more I look at it and think, 
Meredith needs Jesus!
But then, I guess it wouldn't be a hit TV show then 
because there would be no drama!

I just watched the premiere last night.
Meredith and Christina have been friends for a long time.
They know one another very well, dark well, if you know what I mean.

They are each other's person!

In the premiere, Meredith NEEDED to know what
Christina thought, what she said mattered and was
super important to Meredith.

The whole time I thought, "How often do I do that?"
Make what someone else thinks more important than
the Spirit living inside of me, who IS telling me what HE
thinks!!!  Too often, but I pray less and less!

The deal is friends are important!  I value my friendships!  
I miss my friends who I no longer live near.  
I cherish the new friendships I have made here in Texas over
the past 3 years!

BUT.....  friends will NEVER take the place of the Lord in our lives!  
There is a place for them, but NOT in the place that is for the Lord.  

When I begin to make them more important than the Lord, 
I am going to have some issues!

When I value their opinion more than the Lord's,
 I'm going to have some MAJOR issues!!!

Oh, if only I knew this many years ago, heartache, mistakes 
and errors would have been saved.

Yet, I know that that is how we grow!  
I'm not the same as I was when I got saved and 
God is forever changing me, growing me 
to be more and more like Jesus!
Thank You, Jesus!!!

I pray that I would always look to the Lord for advice, 
love, healing, appreciation & most importantly salvation!!!

Jesus IS my person!!!

Friday, September 26, 2008

My Psalm 122

Psalm 122
I am thrilled and excited whenever I have a chance 
to go to church - the house of the Lord - Living Hope.
My feet are planted here in College Station, a
closely knit community.
In this city, many believers of the Lord, come together
to praise the name of the Lord, following the Gospel 
at Living Hope.
There I find the Lord, full of love, grace, compassion,
mercy, hope and conviction.
We need to pray for the peace of College Station:
May everyone you know and love you be secure.
May there be peace within our city limits and
security and safety within our buildings.
For the sake of my family and friends, I will say,
"Peace be within you."
For the sake of Living Hope - the house of the Lord our God, 
I will seek for what is best for you.
written 9-26-08

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Road to Recovery - Hurricane Ike

Here is a post that I did on my other blog, but thought it fitting to bring it over here as well. 

This was written originally on the 16th.  Little did I know that within 24 hours, our shelter would be shut down and my new friends gone.

And the road to recovery begins....

Our church has been a shelter since Friday at 5:00. We are an official Red Cross shelter and currently we have 151 people still at the church.

I have had the honor of serving at the church ALOT over the pass few days. The boys have come off and on with me as well. Dakota and Kye helped prepare for the evacuees by unloading cots and setting up bedding. Weekend services were canceled so that we could get ready.

I really have lost count of my days and can't remember what day exactly, but we went from 13 to 90 in 2 1/2 hours on Saturday and then from 90 -175 in another 2 hours.

I can not tell you how blessed I have been these past 5 days. I have met precious people who I will hold in my heart forever, played with sweet children, watched as a little girl's eyes came alive when she received a brand new jacket, and I could go on and on!!!

Our guests are far from home.

Many have lost everything.

Many don't know when they will get to go home
and what will be there when they arrive.

And yet...

they are so kind,




It has made me stop and look at me.....

would I be acting like this if I were in their shoes?

would I be friendly?

would I be able to smile?

would I be thankful or complaining?

I have been up at church ALOT like I said, and even now as I type this my eyes are swimming in tears, because I can't explain, but I feel compelled to be up at the church. I love our guests. I want to be there serving and helping ANY way I can!!

To hold Braylen!
To get some clothes for Maurice and Wanda.
To receive a bear hug from Christopher!
To hold a sweet Spanish speaking little girl who doesn't know where mama is.
Drive to The Med so Red Cross Randy knows where he is going.
To get to love on and hug these precious children of God.
To rejoice when 2 come to know the Lord at 3:00 AM.

I have been blessed.

Overcome with emotion.

Thankful for all that I have.

We are still days away from being done. Who knows right now when all of our guests can go home or to a shelter closer to home? But I'm honored and thankful to be apart of Living Hope and that I have been able to volunteer.

Lessons from Ike - Intro

I have thought often about starting a blog for myself.  One that I could write about whatever I had on my heart.  But I already had a blog so I really didn't need another one!  So even though my blog was supposed to be about my 3 boys, I would take occasional liberty to write about some of mu musings that I had.

Well, then 2 weeks ago, Hurricane Ike came to Texas.  For almost 1 week my life was completely consumed with it.  Our church was a Red Cross shelter that officially opened on that Friday, Sept. 12th,  when the storm was to hit the coast.  We didn't get too busy until Saturday and eventually had 175 people staying there.

I spent the good part of my weekend at church helping and then into the next week as well.  We were officially shut down on Wed. the 16th.  I got to know some of our guests well, the Lord just drew me to some and after all of that....  I didn't know what to do.

The Lord was at work in me and I needed to process.  I needed to get it outside of myself for myself.  After posting a few posts about Ike on the boys' blog, I decided it WAS time for me to begin one for myself.  I'm not even sure if I'm going to give this address out much.  I really just want to write this down and blogging seems to be the easiest way to do it and I can add some great videos, music and whatever else I decide to put on this!

So the next few posts are going to be about lessons that the Lord has taught me through Ike and working with my new friends at the shelter.  It's going to me processing this supernatural experience that I had 2 weeks ago, especially before I forget what I saw, felt, smelled, touched, experienced.

There was a purpose to it all.  I don't know fully exactly what, but I know the Lord had me there for reasons that some He has revealed to me and others will be revealed when its His timing!  All I know is that I'm not the same as I was 2 weeks ago and I don't ever want to be the same again.  

I want to be different.

I want to be transformed.



For His glory!!

Here is another post on another blog from a Houstonian who doesn't want to be the same either and to learn through this ordeal, but not only learn, be changed forever!

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Card Board Testimonies!

Go down and turn off the music to hear this!

My Alliteration Psalm

Shout and sing praises to our
Sovereign Saviour who 
Shepherds and saves His sheep.

written 9-23-08

My Psalm 121

Psalm 121
I lift my eyes up to the hills 
and I know where my help comes from.
My help comes from my Lord, who is
the Maker of heaven and earth.
He will not let me fall because He
always knows where I am because 
He never sleeps.
He watches over me all the time 
because He never closes His eyes.
My God protects me; He is my covering 
that wraps around me like feathers on a wing.
My Lord keeps me from all harm; 
sun, moon, evil, Hell - everything! 
He guards, protects, watches over my life! 
My Lord knows about and watches over me 
wherever I go ALL THE TIME, now and 
Forever and ever!
written on 9-22-08

My Psalm 120

Psalm 120
Lord, I call out to You in my worry
and I know that You hear me.
Save me Lord, from those who hate You 
or are being stubborn against You.
What will the Lord do to you, you 
who stay hardened?
Your only reward will be one of 
burning forever and ever.
Woe to me that I dwell here and
live among the tents on an unbeliever.
I have lived here a long time with those
who hate peace, hope, faith and love.
I am for Christ, for peace, for hope, for faith, 
for love; but the more I am for You, Lord, 
the more He turns against You!
written 9-18-08

Monday, September 22, 2008


Scroll down and pause the music to hear this wonderful praise song!