Daily Verse

"How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to your word. With my whole heart I seek you; let me not wander from you commandments! I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you." Psalm 119:9-11

Why do we try to conform God to our will? Live in His word and know true joy.

"Make me to know your ways, O LORD, teach me your paths. Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all the day long. Remember your mercy, O LORD, and your steadfast love, for they have been from of old."
Psalm 25:4-6

God reveals the truth of our time and all time to us through Scripture.

"The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul; the tstimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple: the precepts of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes; the fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever; the rules of the LORD are true, and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and drippings of the honeycomb."
Psalm 19:7-10

All the laws in all the books in all the libraries of the world are but a footnote to the law of God.

"Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways ackowledge him, and he will make straight your paths."
Proverbs 3:5-6

To know and understand God comes not through our intellect, but through the wisdom given to us by the grace of God.

"My son, do not forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my commandments, for length of days and years of life and peace they will add to you. Let not steadfast love and faithfulness forsake you; bind them around your neck; write them on the tablet of your heart."
Proverbs 3:1-3

Don't measure success by society's standards. Use Christ as your measuring stick.

"The the LORD answered Job our of the whirlwind and said: 'Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell me, if you have understanding, Who determined its measurements - surely you know! Or who stretched the line upon it? Or who laid its cornerstond...?'"
Job 38:1, 4-6

When we measure God by our limited standards, we attempt to measure the elephant by weighing one strand of its hair.

"Philip said to him, 'Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough for us.' Jesus said to him, 'Have I been with you so lon, and you still do not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, Show us the Father?'"
John 14:8-9

Christ is God made flesh. If you want to know God, you must draw closer to Jesus.








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Monday, June 08, 2009

Memory Lane

We went to visit my parents on the other side of the state over Memorial Weekend and took a different route getting there than we normally do. This allowed us to travel through Huron, where we used to live and visit 697...11th Street...S.W. to see if our very first home was still as wonderful as we remembered it! IT WAS BETTER! I don't know who all reads this blog, but those of you that have owned a 'first home' and sold it might understand what I am talking about. There is something about that house that makes it the best house you will ever live in, at least in your mind. Now this house was a great house, and by the time we left it was an awesome seems as if the people that live there now have only continued to make it better! They did what was on our plans if we were to have stayed another summer. Siding, doors, & windows!

Anyway, with that said, here are a couple of pictures. The street sign of 11th & Dakota that we turned on every time we were coming or leaving our home!
And our beautiful house! It used to be yellow with blue trim, and they have just classed it up a bunch. That is the exact door I would have chosen, and they added the deck, we just has concrete steps up to the front door! The spirea bush in the corner by the deck we planted, and the tree to the far left of the picture we planted as well. It seems they were not much for our roses, as they have all been pulled each their own!
It was kind of funny driving up to the house, I would have never imagined me to have uncontrollable tears running down my face. (Though it is me, so is it a big surprise?) While we only lived there from November 2003 ~ April 2006, there are many MANY memories that those four walls hold for us. This is where we learned we were expecting 4 times, and also experienced the miscarriages with those 4 pregnancies. This is where we decided to start our adoption journey and had 26 phone calls saying we would be parents to have each one fall by the wayside. This is where we decided to become foster parents. This is where we really had the chance to love on each other, and where Satan tried his hardest to pull our marriage to pieces. This is where my husband caved and allowed me to get my Meshach. This is where we gave up...

Honestly, we had given up on so many things before we moved from this home...and while so many of those memories I just mentioned seem to be bad or negative, they are all very special to me. They are our story, our life, our path that God has given us. Each and every step we took in this house brought us one step closer to where we are becoming parents of Princess & Ethan! To realizing that marriage was much more difficult that we expected and learning we needed to work harder at it and in the process getting closer and truly becoming best friends.

This house will always be my favorite house, there so many things that we changed about it while we lived there and intended on changing if we continued to live there, but it really is the house that God gave us while we were setting the foundation to the rest of our lives serving him. I love this house!

***Countdown to my birthday: 16 days!