THANK YOU!!!!!!!!

That seems really inadequate to describe the depth of gratitude I feel for each of you that sent cards/letters to me during my Emmaus Walk! I mean all I can really say is WOW. I knew I had good friends (and family) but those letters I will treasure forever (I already have them in a nice binder with all my Emmaus stuff so that I can save them)!

The intent of the walk is to develop Church leaders and to strengthen your witness for Christ.

I have been pondering what in the world to tell you to adequately describe the walk yet not reveal any of the surprises that I want you to experience on your walk. Honestly, I don’t know if I completely know what the walk meant to me yet- weird I know! I think over time my feelings will change and at different moments I will look at myself and realize that a certain change in my character/walk with Christ changed as a result of the growth I experienced on my walk.

I missed Keith and the girls and my life horribly (being honest)! I never thought I’d have any trouble “disconnecting” but I did. However, I sincerely wanted to devote 72 hours to HIM and HIM alone. When in your lifetime do you get to do that?? Besides, with #3 on the way- I Knew I needed some spiritual rejuvenation 🙂

Back to the walk, the most significant thing I experienced was the depth of God’s Grace, Mercy and Love in a way I’d never known before. For me, the walk was emotional, unbelievable, and unforgettable. Should you decide to go on a walk (I hope you do!) your experience may be different. I think everyone’s is- depending on where you are in your relationship with Christ and what He knows you need at that time.

Again, thank you for the kind words that you sent! However, I can’t go without saying that much of what you said is just not really true. I do strive to glorify God in all I do, but I am no trophy wife OR mom! I know the real me. The rebellious sinner who is eternally grateful for a savior that lets me start over every day.

If you are considering going on the Walk to Emmaus and want more details, please call me. I’d love to talk with you about it!

Great Listen!

Colossians 1:15-20

He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by HIM all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.

This is way cool! The video is about 10 mins long.

A funny story.. as I watched this on a “friend’s” blog, Emma is sitting with me and she inquires, “Mom, is that a church man?” Yes baby he’s called a preacher. Em says, “And he’s talking about God?” Yes baby he is. Lilly Kate interjects, “Momma, that God? that is God??” NO baby this is not God, this is a preacher. Emma says, “Yeah Lilly Kate that is not God because that is not heaven.”

LOVE these girls!! and the privilege I have to introduce them to the REAL God!

THE Rescuer

Well, Apparently Amanda (Beth Moore’s daughter) received the “gift” of writing because this am she posted this on the LPM blog. Hope it blesses you as it did me! What encouragement for the day!!!!

Good morning, siestas. Today is the day my Curtis comes home and I want to thank you for praying for us. I know he had a very powerful experience in India and I can’t wait to hear all the details. I’m sure he will want to share his experience with you, too. Jackson and I did great. We had one 48 hour stretch that was pretty tough, but other than that we did better than I thought we would. God was faithful to meet our needs every day.

I also want to share something that I wrote yesterday. Up until a few days ago we were one of the families with a missing loved one from the Galveston area. Praise God, our loved one has been found. Then I had a dream two nights ago that I was one of the people who didn’t evacuate the island in time for Hurricane Ike and it was so upsetting. God used those things to burn this on my heart.

The National Weather Center issued the stern warning to those living on the coast:

“Those living in one or two-story single family homes must evacuate or face certain death.”

It was debated whether the wording was too dramatic. For some, maybe it was, but the words were sadly appropriate for what may amount to hundreds of others. Unbelievably large numbers of people did not heed the warning. They wanted to stay with their homes and be able to protect their belongings after the storm. What they didn’t consider was that there would be nothing left to save, regardless of their presence. The hurricane would not make landfall until Saturday, but they didn’t plan on the storm surge reaching the coast as early as Friday afternoon. With the sun still shining, the gulf waters began overtaking Bolivar Peninsula, making a last minute evacuation impossible for hundreds of people. They drank in the sight of water covering the roadways and were forced to swallow the bitter pills of regret and dread. They called for help, but only a fraction could be rescued before the winds became too strong for the helicopters. They called their loved ones and said, “I made a mistake. I’m really in trouble here.” They were helpless. And their loved ones are left traumatized. Emergency operators would receive countless calls for help during the storm. They would not be able to offer any hope. It was too late. In complete and utter darkness, people were swept to sea in their own homes. Their broken, swollen bodies are currently being recovered all along the coast amid debris, alligators, water moccasins, and swarms of mosquitoes. The Houston Chronicle reports that hundreds of people are unaccounted for. You can go to their web site and search the names and faces of missing fathers, mothers, grandparents, aunts, uncles, sons and daughters. It is horrifying.

In the midst of this, while many in this region remain mercifully unaware due to lack of power and/or cable TV, our country is on the verge of financial disaster. And while the coast is still cleaning up, we will elect a new president and proceed to change administrations in the middle of a war. Simply put, it is all very scary.

People, look around and see that the storm surge of Hell is rising around us. It is lapping at the Sea Wall. It is beginning to flood the only road off the island. We stand on the decks of our fancy beach homes built on sand and watch the water rising, submerging the pillars we trusted to keep us safe. We’ve already been warned of disaster. Scripture says “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). And “The wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23). Our sin – the thing inside us that makes us do wrong – has earned us spiritual death, an eternity apart from God. Indeed, an eternity in hell. The hell on earth around us now is only a shadow of what is to come when we will reap the terrible harvest of the sin we sowed on this earth. It is a dire message. A terrible thing to have to hear. But true.

My friends, the good news is that we still have time to call the Emergency Operator and ask to be saved. While the Bible says that we deserve death, it also says “But the gift of God is eternal life in Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 6:23). We can call upon Jesus to save us – from ourselves and from the unquenchable fire of hell that is eager to overtake us all. There is a way out, but there is only one way. “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12). Call on Jesus.

“Therefore [Jesus] is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them. Such a high priest meets our need—one who is holy, blameless, pure, set apart from sinners, exalted above the heavens.” (Hebrews 7:25-26)
Jesus made a way for us to be saved when He came to earth and lived a perfect life. He was fully man and at the same time fully God. He was completely without sin. He laid down His life for us while we were still doing everything wrong and spitting in His face. He loved us that much. He was tortured, then nailed to a cross and died. On that cross He bore the wrath of God for all of humanity’s sin. He suffered and died in our place.

He was resurrected on the third day and appeared to many men. This is one of the most well documented facts in history. All of time revolves around His resurrection. At this moment He sits on a throne in Heaven next to God. He waits for us to call upon Him for salvation, to surrender our lives to Him, to put our hope and trust in Him. Romans 9:10-12 says, “That if you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved. As the Scripture says, ‘Anyone who trusts in him will never be put to shame.'” He waits with open arms for the Saved, the Forgiven, the Rescued to enter into the splendor of an eternity with Him. There, the foundation is solid and there is no fear. There is only joy and the fulfillment of every need of your immortal soul in the presence of the One who created you.

Just like the hundreds of people who died needlessly when they did not heed the evacuation orders on the coast, we will suffer in hell needlessly if we do not take Jesus Christ up on His offer of salvation. What? You think you don’t deserve to be rescued? Well no one does. It is all by grace, no matter how “good” you seemed or how “bad” you were. What? You want to stay in your house and protect all that you’ve gathered for yourself on this earth? It will all be destroyed anyway. What? Your husband won’t go with you? You’d rather stay behind with him and ride it out? How foolish. Take your children and go. Call upon His name before it is too late.

Hurricane Hell is in the gulf. It is churning. It will certainly make landfall for each of us, but we are not given a forecast. We do not know when it will hit, but we do know that it brings with it “certain death.” Will we say the warning is too stern? Or will we call upon the Savior and be rescued?


ME & My sweet MOMMA
Last weekend mom & I had a mother/daughter weekend away and attended the Deeper Still Conference in Atlanta. We did some serious eating (well tried, due to the volume of women there we were more succesful at times (when we had reservations) than others) and some light shopping in Virginia Highland. Thanks for the tips Tara! Murphy’s was yummy 🙂

As much as I love eating & shopping, it was really neat to be able to attend this event with mom! She is the one who introduced me to Christ & prayed with me as long as I can remember. Mom, THANK YOU for living out your faith, & for showing me the joy, peace and contentment comes from a relationship with HIM. I hope that my girls see in me the kind of mom I was blessed to see in you!:)

Video from the conference. Probably more than you want to watch (we aren’t in it :), but I think it depicts how SpiritFilled the place was & what a “hoot” Kay Arthur (at 74!!), Beth Moore & Priscilla Shirer were!

DeeperStill – Atlanta from Rich Kalonick on Vimeo.

If you ever get the chance to attend one of these conferences, I recommend it!!