Tuesday, October 23, 2012

the influence~

i have to give a shout out to these amazing ladies of the influence, same ladies from she reads truth.

these women have been called to reach us as daughters, friends, sisters, mamas, wives, ladies...who we are...where we are.

i have witnessed a fire storm through social media and the web of the Holy Spirit reaching women through bible studies and the first influence conference. i am sad i had to miss it but will NOT miss the 2013 conference.

i am grateful to these girls who in the midst of their own crazy lives have answered His call to reach us. i stand encouraged & love seeing women from across the country making Jesus their portion & truth.

“the Lord speaks; many, many women spread the good news.”
Psalm 68:11 (NET)
let's join these ladies in spreading the GOOD NEWS!

your fridge not cooling?


(yes, this mama put the big bag'o'cereal in the refrigerator) 



"Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today, yes and forever."

Hebrews 13:8

a few days ago i noticed our refrigerator was not cooling. the freezer worked great but our fridge just would cool. i adjusted the thermostat and we waited a day or so for the milk to start feeling cold again. well, it did. my husband turned the temp back to a normal range and of course in a day or two all our food didn't feel like it was cold.
we just had a washing machine die on us and around here if i don't do 3 or 4 loads a day our mount st. laundry grows and grows! then it would take me forever to catch up. so...we had to purchase a washer. the only thing i am thinking is that our refrigerator is now dying, our food will be going bad and how expensive the fix is going to be. we have the GE repair man on speed dial. this might be just like our washer, we call to have it repaired and end up paying a small fortune for the repair man just to tell us "time for a new washer." or in this case a new refridge. i am thankful we have a refrigerator in the garage we can use. so i am in the process of moving, smelling, & transferring our food out to the garage.
what a pain...i know what is going to happen. it will be weeks until we can save enough to get a fridge. we will constantly be going to the empty one sitting in our kitchen & then open it only to find it empty. then have to make the trek out to the garage for anything we need. how inconvenient.
as i am cleaning out and moving i could feel God whispering into my heart. "this is the work I am doing in YOU"
how many times in life does our refidge stop cooling, things don't go as we had planned. we end up with spoiled milk, and everything is going bad on our insides. we don't even recognize ourselves!
it is time we clean out the inside of our refridgerator. dump the soured, spoiled stuff on the inside and only transfer what is good. let's transfer it into the one that works...the one that is good.
yes mam! it is outside, in the garage and is inconvenient. it will be work to clean out, move, go through. but oh my sisters how sweet it will be. the fridge in  the garage will cool & keep all the good food. we might even return to that emptiness, go back to the old one. but once you see the empty "old refridge" you will need to go to the "new refridge."
if your refrigerator is not working, you feel spoiled on the inside and are ready for a replacement because you don't feel that you are even doing what you are supposed to be doing. time to clean out, dump & transfer.
i read what is copied below & wanted to attach it here...

Hebrews 13:8, You can always count on Jesus.

"Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today, yes and forever," (Heb. 13:8).
The year is almost over. At the end of the year, people often reflect on what has happened and what they want to change. It is a time of reflection and sometimes a commitment to change for the better is made.
As you look back on this year, you may remember successes and failures, joy and happiness, failed expectations and surprising accomplishments, sickness, health, and a host of other memories. Some things have prompted us to make changes. Other things have forced us to.
As time moves on we move along with it. We are constantly changing. Change is good. That is why we are here in church. We want to change. We want to become more like Jesus. We want to forsake our sins, to honor the Lord God, to be more loving and forgiving, and to let the world know what Jesus has done for us.
Change is good and sometimes necessary. But, though we may change, though circumstances may change, Jesus does not. He is always there for us, always dependable, always concerned for us.
  1. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today, yes and forever.
    1. The first part of this verse says "Jesus Christ." The word "Jesus" means savior. The word Christ means anointed. Jesus is the anointed savior. Jesus was commissioned by God to become a man, die on the cross, and bare our sins in His body (1 Pet. 2:24).
    2. He was anointed at His baptism when the Holy Spirit came upon Him and He entered into the Melchizedek priesthood to be the high priest sacrifice for our sins according to the Old Testament: Lev. 8; Num. 4; Exodus 29.
    3. But, we must remember that Jesus is still God and man, even now.
      1. Colossians 2:9, "For in Him all the fulness of Deity dwells in bodily form."
      2. Because He is God, He is holy and righteous, and His words cannot be broken.
    4. Some may ask, "When Jesus became incarnate, is this not a change in him?"
      1. No. It is not a change in what the Word was. As it says in John 1:1, 14, "In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God, and the Word was God...and the Word became flesh and dwelt among us." The Word added human nature to His divine nature in the person of Christ. Therefore, Jesus who is the Word, is still divine, holy, unchanging, pure, forgiving, humble, trustworthy, gentle, kind, and so much more ... and at the same time, He is also a man.
  2. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today, yes and forever.
    1. In the Old Testament we see the work of God through His people.
      1. We see God saving the world through Noah.
      2. We see God blessing the nations through Abraham.
      3. We see God providing the Law through Moses.
      4. We see God promising the Messiah through David.
      5. We see Jesus dying on the cross for your sins so you might have redemption and forgiveness.
    2. We also see through all of the promises, many physical appearances of God: Gen. 17:1; 18:1; Ex. 6:2-3; 24:9-11; Num. 12:6-8, compare with John 6:46.
      1. This is because God was, and still is, involved with His people.
      2. In the OT, it was the pre-incarnate Word that appeared to the saints.
      3. In the NT, Jesus was with us in person.
      4. Now, He lives in our hearts (John 14:23).
    3. In the Bible, Jesus is unchanging. In the cults, Jesus changes.
      1. Jehovah's Witnesses - Jesus is Michael the archangel who became a man and became Michael the archangel again.
      2. Mormonism - a spirit-begotten creature in the pre-existence that became a man and then became a God.
      3. In both, Jesus' very nature changed. Not so in Christianity.
  3. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today, yes and forever.
    1. This means that Jesus is here with you.
    2. If He was with the Saints in the Old Testament, helping them, and guiding them, then He is also here today with you doing the very same thing.
    3. He is involved in your life every day, today. Right now.
    4. He is not a theoretical presence.
    5. He is not only a hope for the future.
    6. Jesus said,
      1. Matthew 28:19-20, "Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, 20teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age."
  4. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today, yes and forever.
    1. Jesus was with the saints of old, as is shown in the Old Testament.
    2. Jesus is with you today because He said He would be with you always.
    3. Jesus will be with you in the future. To be with you always, means always... forever.
    4. In all of eternity, the Lord Jesus will be forever interceding for you.
    5. Never in all eternity will you have to worry about God failing, about God changing His mind about you, or about being rejected in anyway.
    6. God cannot change. He cannot break a promise. He cannot stop loving you. He cannot cast you away.
  5. Conclusion
    1. It means that you can always count on Jesus being there in your life, even when it doesn'tseem like He is. He doesn'tchange.
    2. It means that you can always depend upon his character to never change.
    3. It means that you can always know that His love for you cannot decrease.
    4. It means that you can always depend on His commitment to you in all things, at all times, in all ways.
    5. Though the world changes, circumstances change, people change, and you change, Jesus never does.
    6. You can always count on Jesus.

Monday, October 22, 2012

the s baby bump~

this is one very special baby bump to me. the beautiful mama is my youngest cousin. she is going to be the most amazing mother & that is going to be one beautiful baby!




Monday, October 15, 2012

the h family~

this family is very special to ours. upon our release from levine children's hospital our libby claire was not really drinking fluids. she was re-learning how to eat & drink. one thing she loved at the hospital was the "pellet" ice. she would chew on it & therefor get her fluids. we called around everywhere to find this special ice...to no avail. someone in our small town mentioned the fire department had that special ice. sure enough they did! chris {the dad} works as a fire fighter for our fire department. he was our hook up for the ice! and lynn {the mom} would bring the ice in huge coolers by our house whenever we needed it. sounds like a small thing, but this pellet ice kept libby claire from getting dehydrated & also was perfect for her oral sensory after her traumatic brain injury. read more here. they always been supportive & encouraging to our family.
thank you h family & the fire department~

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

to be like ruth~

yesterday morning i took a special lady to the billy graham library for her to experience it for the first time. she at one point in  her life watched the billy graham crusades and came to know the Lord through his ministry. that was years ago & now leads a life full of fruitful ministry herself.

i love ruth graham, i feel a connection to her...pastors wife, five children, and things much deeper than the obvious. i have studied her, read about her, long to be more like her. i mentioned this to my sweet friend as we approached the memorial garden for ruth. she is buried there on site. as i spoke these words, "oh if i could only be more like ruth" she interrupted and said, "God says, oh I want you to be just like elizabeth."

yes, yes He does! why have i always tried to live my life like someone else? as a child i wanted to be a grown up, as a pre-teen i wanted to drive a car, kiss a boy, wear make up, then as a high schooler i always wanted to be someone else. someone with better hair, better clothes, a better laugh, bluer eyes, no freckles. the list was endless! i never knew He loved me just the way He made me. that in those moments i was elizabeth. i was not created to be or act like someone else.

even now as a believer i struggle with this. the "if i could be" always creeps up on me. if i could be more like her as a mother, if i could be just like that wife...

my husband has a favorite verse & uses it often.

ephesians 2:10

for we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

my husband breaks down the part of We are His workmanship, other translations say masterpiece. i am a masterpiece, created in Christ Jesus!

{a selfie...in the graham home}

a masterpiece!

i am elizabeth~ a masterpiece in Christ Jesus!

you are too!


the a family~

 this precious family is now a family of five~
 a house full of boys!

Monday, October 1, 2012

a birthday to remember~

i was honored to join the A family as they welcomed baby L into the world. the sweet mama delivered at home & i was thrilled to be there to see the birth. it was an all nighter but was totally worth it. here are just a few from the marathon birthday~



 labor is the hardest thing ever but oh how seeet the result is. welcome baby L!

libby claire update

i should have written this friday but i took our oldest daughter to charleston for a cousins baby shower, so fun!

friday we took libby claire to see dr. matthews. i know he thinks she looks great & is doing great...but he is a man of few words {and great might not be one of them} but she really is doing great!

once again, her bone is growing slowly so no surgery for now. yay! we also have no scans as of now. yay! we will go back to dr. matthews and see him in feburary. so that means a whole fall, all the holidays with no doctor appointments. so thankful!

please continue to pray for her! she has started big girl school and after our first few weeks of major anxiety we have all settled in to the new routine. kryponite {the prostetic material} in libby claires head is still not widely used on the medical market. please pray for that material in her body. libby claire is still in speech and will now get speech 3 times a week. awesome!!

thank you for checking in on her & for lifting our family up~



ps. this weekend while my husband spoke at a church in charlotte a lot of you asked if i will start writing again. i will so check back here.

senior J

i got to photograph j for his senior pictures. i love how they turned out! so thankful for this young man...he is one to watch. i am talking world changer in our midst!

meet j~



the w family~

that time is here...Christmas card time. i met up with this family which had to be planned to the tee. they had children flying in, driving home from college and we literally had a two hour window for a photo session. it rained! oh no~ well we then had to shoot in full sun the very next day. tricky, but it all worked out great!

i am sure this Christmas card will be merry & bright :)

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