An Update on our Family and Ministry

October 3, 2017

Hey everyone! I want to let you know that I haven’t forgotten about you over here and I hope you haven’t forgotten about this blog.

My desire is still to encourage you in the Word here and my prayer is that you always seek the Lord and His guidance.

We all know how distracting social media can be. The comparison can steal our joy/passion if we are not careful.

My friend and I talked on how the Bible says we must guard our hearts! “It is the wellspring of life!”

My friend reminded me that these passed couple of months have been an effort to guard my heart. My family and I have been facing some serious spiritual battles this way and I needed some extra me and Jesus time so I took a total break from social media.

The battle is strong, but we have to fight! I know Who holds the victory and I praise God, through Jesus we can overcome sin and death!

Also, we have had much heartache within our family. Through it all, God has been doing some great things this way and I cannot wait to share.

In August my uncle passed away and my grandpa hasn’t been in good health. My husband and I are not far from 30 years old and we are starting to truly see just how precious our family is to us. Every one of our grandparents has had some type of physical ail that has brought us to our knees this year. We know many that do not know the Lord and it breaks our hearts.

I praise the Lord we can come to Him. He is our Healer and Strength!

The same day we mourned with a family in our church over the loss of their son-in-law and children in our youth, their Father, we found out we are having a baby girl. Oh God, you give and take away. Our hearts are filled with joy for another blessing in our lives and our hearts are heavy for those who have lost loved ones.

Please be in prayer for our families and this family in our church.

Where there is sorrow there is also joy. We finished recording our first EP this past week, as husband and wife! I cannot wait for this cd to come out. My husband, with the help of some amazing friends, has wrote some beautiful worship songs.

Our desire is to help support our missionary friend, Jimmy Mercado in the Philippines so he will in time, have enough money to purchase the land he needs to build a church there.

Please pray for him in this endeavor. I will be sharing more regarding his ministry and how you can purchase a cd before long so keep a look out!

Another update, our house will be on the market the end of this month. So we need your prayers there as well, that God would show us the next step. He always provides and we know He will show us the way.

God showed us some chains we needed to let go of to draw closer to Him. We have said “God, where ever you call us, we’ll go!”

Points of prayer: we have family in desperate need of our Savior, heartbroken, and dealing with physical illness, we are parenting two young boys while I’m expecting a girl, working on/selling our home, and recorded a cd.

Our hearts are ablaze right now because we see His hand at work through all of this!

Thank you to all those who continue to encourage, pray and support us in service to our King. It truly does take a village!

Please post in the comments how we can pray for you!

A Letter to Precious You 

That day you were all I could think about. God has such a plan for you. I woke up that Monday morning with a feeling that I had to know if this was real. Your Daddy and I planned to wait until Tuesday when his project at work was finished, I think we already knew. 

I took your brothers to the store. Landon and Ezra could not wait to get treats and check out the cars. As I checked out, I thought about going home and knowing that first sign that your arrival would be in the next year. Oh, how my heart sunk. What a blessing. God, thank you for your blessings on us. 
On my way home thoughts of joy and thoughts of fear came over me. As the boys drift off to sleep, I sing, “You are faithful, God You are faithful.”

We get home and I couldn’t wait any longer. I pray, “God, may Your will be done. Whatever Your will is, is what’s best.” Chills. All over. The Holy Spirit reminded me of the scriptures I wrote down just days before. “Do not be afraid. And do not be anxious.” 

“Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.”‭‭Joshua‬ ‭1:9‬ ‭
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7  

“This is why You showed me so clearly that I am to live a fearless life!” Wow, thank you God for Your Word.

 I pray again, “Your will Lord, Your way. Give me the strength that only comes from you.”

There it is, two pink lines. My heart sunk. I feel joy, I feel fear…. “God, with you I have nothing to fear.” I go to our bedroom and fall to my knees. “God, please help me. Please help me. I can’t do this without you. I don’t want to fear because I know you are near.”  In Isaiah 41:10 he tells us, “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” 

 I cry tears of joy and still shocked. Your Daddy and I knew that I was craving Cookout chicken nuggets and Barq’s rootbeer for a reason. Haha And Mommy has been so tired. 

  But then ever so faithful and true… I’m covered by thoughts and feelings of

His peace, 

His love.

 “Peace is what I leave with you; it is my own peace that I give you. I do not give it as the world does. Do not be worried and upset; do not be afraid.” John 14:27

I can feel you near God. I know You are there.
His love sings over me. Tremendous peace. Praise His Holy Name!

Jesus! 

“The LORD your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.” Zephaniah 3:17

I’m in awe of the peace He gives us. He is always with us. 

I go and look at the pregnancy test again on the sink. In our bathroom we have hung on the wall, Psalm 46, I begin to pray this out loud;

“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling.” 

So, here is the start of our adventure together, my precious baby! You are my third baby! I’d have to say, you are quite the surprise. I cannot wait to meet you, hold you and tell you all about Jesus. I know your brothers will adore you and I cannot wait for them to meet you either. 

Your Daddy was surprised and overjoyed to hear about you. He said, “God has blessed us so much. He is going to take care of us.”

God designs everything for a purpose. Don’t ever forget you are beautifully and wonderfully made. We are all loved by Him.
Only by His strength, 
Your Mama