Friday, June 26, 2009
Well my first born turned 17 yesterday. Today I feel very old. :) I am also thankful for the mercies God has had in my life. To be a young mother, unwed, in sin and to have a son turn out the way Peyton has I am forever thankful. Now, this road has been bumpy and had a few hairpin turns as well, but through it all God has been there and we've learned so much. He is now a young man so close to adulthood. We aren't done yet as parents and continue to guide him and impart in him the words of the Lord. I pray they go deep so when he is out on his own it will speak when needed and he will respond in obedience. He knows how much we love him and what we've gone through to walk with the Lord. He knows the times we've fallen, but got back up because Christ is WORTH IT! He see's the realities and yet Christ is put in the center of them all. His boundaries are secure and set in place from times of personal death to self, humility when wrong and a life set apart for Christ. I know that the Lord will do what His Word say's and when Peyton is old he won't depart from Him. I know that Christ will call him, just as He called us. God is Faithful!! So Happy Birthday my sweet son. I am not sad, but so very happy for what is ahead for you. If you will just be obedient to HIS WILL for your life. We love you sooooo much!
Saturday, June 20, 2009
HAPPY FATHER'S DAY TO THE LOVE OF MY LIFE!! Scott is the Dad of the Year! I am so thankful for the man God gave me over 11 years ago. He was an instant dad since I had a 5 yr old. For someone that was in his twenty's he did a great job. He has grown into a dad that is giving, supporting and loving. We have three beautiful kids and each one loves their dad for all that does for them. Scott is truly a dad that is training his kids up in the Lord. He not only speaks the Word into their lives, but he teaches them Godly character. He wants them to be responsible and be able to make wise decisions. He works hard every day in the heat to provide a roof over our heads and food for our mouths. He doesn't complain "much" when I know it is super hard work. He is up every morning reading his Word and praying for his steps to be lead of the Lord. He handles the pressures of life so as to be an example to his kids. He is honest and forthright when he struggles, but is faithful to get up every time. Honey, you are a wonderful father and I pray this day is one of joy and memories for you. Your family: Kellie, Peyton, Grace and Haven!
Thursday, June 18, 2009
"The Church exists for nothing else but to draw men into Christ, to
make them little Christs. If they are not doing that, all the
cathedrals, clergy, missions, sermons, even the Bible itself, are
simply a waste of time. God became Man for no other purpose."
Sunday, June 14, 2009
Friday, June 12, 2009
Well it has been 11 yrs. today. I love Scott more today then I did when I excepted his proposal. God has been faithful. He has tried us through and through. He has broken us and molded us again to be ONE. We have learned so much in the last 5 years then the 6 prior. Those 6 years were full of immaturity and thinking we knew it all. We were unteachable. The last 5 years have been one of growth and loving the wisdom shared with us in order TOO grow. I would much rather be teachable than full of pride thinking I can handle this on my own. I am thankful for the loving hand of God that makes the two become One. Now, may our love be a light to those that sit in darkness, that they too may see the LIGHT and be free. As the marriage is a picture of the Church (bride) and Christ (bridegroom), may our marriage testify of His will for His Body. Thank you honey for loving God more than me and staying in the fire so that Christ is living in our home. I love you more than words can say. I look forward to the many years to come walking in the Light together, seeing our kids safe in the arms of the Lord and one day going into eternity to be with our Savior. Forever your bride, Kellie
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
I was behind in reading the New Testament from our daily reading. I started in Hebrews chapter 1. As I was reading through something stood out to me in chapter 3 that I would like to take a minute to share.
Hebrews 3:6 say’s….but Christ was faithful as a Son over His house whose house we are, if we hold fast our confidence and the boast of our hope firm until the end.
It repeats in Hebrews 3:14….For we have become partakers of Christ, if we hold fast the beginning of our assurance firm until the end.
That word IF stood out to me and UNTIL THE END. I did a word study on it and here is what I found.
The word house in verse 6 is talking about us being the temple where Christ is supposed to dwell (1 Corinthians 3:16) as well as house of God which is the church and the word church is not a building but a people/called out ones “Ekklesia” (1 Timothy 3:15).
Here are the If’s:
1. IF…..We Hold Fast
2. IF…..We’re Confident and Rejoice or Boast
3. IF…..We Hope Until the End
I broke it down even more and looked at each one.
1. We Hold Fast
a. Romans 11:22 Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward thee goodness, if thou continue in his goodness: otherwise thou also shall be cut off. We need to hold fast to His goodness. If you read the context of that scripture it talks about His goodness and how we were grafted in. It is His kindness that leads us to repentance.
b. Hebrews 3:14 For we have become partakers of Christ, if we hold fast the beginning of our assurance firm until the end. We need to hold fast to the beginning of our assurance where we became partakers of Christ.
c. Hebrews 4:14 Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. We need to hold fast our confession of Christ and to Christ. Christ being the Chief Priest of our confession.
2. Confidence (trust) and Boast (rejoicing)
a. Ephesians 3:12 In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by faith in Him. Our faith in Him should give us confidence to have boldness and access.
b. Hebrews 4:16 Let us therefore draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and may find grace to help in time of need. We should have confidence to draw near to the throne of grace.
c. Hebrews 10:35-39 Therefore, do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward. Don’t throw your confidence away. Put it this way…Don’t throw your Trust in Christ away, because there is a great reward.
3. Of our hope firm (true, faithful, sure, trustworthy) until the end.
a. Hebrews 6:11 And we desire that every one of you do show the same diligence to the full assurance of hope until the end. We are to actively and effectively (not slothful) minister to the saints through faith and patience.
b. Hebrews 7:19 For the law made nothing perfect, but it was the bringing in of a better hope, by which we draw near unto God. A better hope (the redemptive blood of Christ) where we can draw near to God.
c. Hebrews 10:23 Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; for he is faithful that promised. We should hold onto the hope of the promises of God, for He is faithful that promised.
d. Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Faith is NOW! What we hope for in Christ we can have now, even though we can not see it.
e. 1 Peter 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to His abundant mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. Say’s it all! We have a hope through the new birth where we die to self and resurrect a new creature in Christ.