Thursday, August 20, 2009

birthday party

we had a birthday party for cousins Micah (1), Mackenna (1), and Joelle (3). we had a super yummy dinner consisting of chicken on the grill, corn on the cob, and yummy homeade mac n cheese... here's emma enjoying her corn, an iowa girl at heart. and also some pics of the birthday kids!

happy! sad :(

i think you actually have to go to my blog to view video: ENJOY!

garage sale success!

so emma and i had a little excursion today to a garage sale in mooresville... i'm glad we went! I only had $11 and change on me, figuring I wouldn't find much... well, i got bed rails for when emerson moves to her toddler bed and this super sweet bedding that the lady said her daughter never used!! i had already kind of planned to make emmas "big girl" room green/pink, so this is EXACTLY what i had in mind :)

malachi was not left out either. we walked away with these 8 onesies for his big debut for 25 cents each! they look brand new, never worn :)

now, if only i could figure out why emma has been fighting her naps and get all the laundry done and clothes put away, it'd be a GREAT day!

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

i'm a stupid sheep

I surrended my life to Christ as a junior in high school. It was then that God saved me from myself, my sins, and ultimately an eternal death of torment and punishment. Nothing I did then or could ever do would be enough to merit the eternal reward and salvation imputed to me through Christ's death on the cross. It was then that I could truly say, "The Lord is my Shepherd," as quoted in the familiar passage of Psalm 23.

The Bible says, “All we like sheep have gone astray” (Isaiah 53:6). That’s what sheep do; they’re prone to wander. Along with the fact that the Lord is my shepherd is the implication that I am one of His sheep. Well, the thing about sheep is that they are dumb. They are stupid. They are foolish. They have no sense of direction. They are dependent. They NEED a shepherd. Frankly, that sounds about right! Left to my own devices, I am lost with absolutely no true sense of direction. I NEED a Shepherd. To be able to say that Christ is my Shepherd, I must remember that I belong to Him. I need to listen to His voice. I am His sheep. With this, He can then be that role of Shepherd. He is always watching out for me and it is His job to care for me. As a follower of Christ, I can rest in that provision and protection.

However, if the Lord is not your Shepherd, if you don’t have that relationship with God through Jesus Christ, then:

You can’t expect guidance through life.
You can’t expect that your soul will be restored when it’s weak or weary.
You will fear evil.
You will not have comfort when you go through the valley of the shadow of death.
And you have no hope—for this life or for the next—if the Lord is not your Shepherd.

The choice is yours to make. The invitation is there. Follow self or follow Christ? I choose to follow Christ.