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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Thursday, October 21, 2010


So even though we have had 4 {FOUR} ultrasounds and 4 {FOUR} home pregnancy tests, not to mention other doctors appointments and tests that confirm there indeed is a baby (almost 17 weeks) growing in my belly it has been something hard to wrap my mind around!  After working with fertility doctors and hearing 5 different times "you do not ovulate, you will not conceive more worrying about miscarriages!" it is hard to just trust that this happened "on its own" {really it was all about God} and it is working! 

As many of you know I started the IDP diet on January 1st (not a new years resolution, just the timing of it) and from then to the end of May I lost 50 lbs!  It felt AMAZING, and then in the end of June beginning of July all progress went out the window...some weeks I was seeing a slight increase!  That was getting discouraging, until we found out the reason was Grasshopper. 

Now you can see that for 16 weeks the picture shows me HUGE!  I feel huge, and it was yet another mental struggle to get through for me.  After working my bottom off (literally, so my hubby says) and to just all of a sudden be excited for weight gain, it has been a little say the least!  But my amazing Handsome has been such a good supporter, he keeps telling me that we will do whatever we need to allow Grasshopper to go full term and be born a healthy, happy baby.  I plan on nursing, so cannot go back to my diet until after Grasshopper turns one, but will go back!  I still had just under 30 lbs to go from where I was and plan to get there sooner or later.  But I do know that there will be working out and working hard after Grasshopper is born and before I can start back on my diet.

Anyway, all these mental difficulties are starting to get easier to take with each change in the pregnancy.  I obviously look pregnant, and it isn't like my just too big is harder and more shaped than before.  The ultrasound pictures are fun too...but last Friday night (10.15.10) when Grasshopper gently tapped me from inside for close to a half hour, that is the most real that it has all felt!  He/she did it again on Sunday night while we were at Bible Study.  My husband was teaching the Bible Studay and with my smile on my face he knew what was going on!  Tuesday night we went to bed early and after laying there for a few minutes I got one solid little tap as if to say "hey, this is too early Mama!" 

I look forward to the tapping turning into kicking, to the point that Handsome, Princess, and Boo can feel Grasshopper on the it can be more real for them! 

There are so many things that this pregnancy has brought to our lives, but thankfulness and excitement are on the top of the list at this time.  We have just over 3 weeks until we are half way and just under 4 weeks until our big ultrasound where {hopefully} we will know if Grasshopper is a boy or girl!  Cannot wait!

Thank you Lord, for the privilage of having this baby grow inside of me and getting to know how 'most' moms become moms.  HOWEVER, we are thankful for our Princess and Boo and looking forward to whom you bring into our family through adoption again...and what that little ones story will be!  We are blessed!