Joy In Jesus

{We are going through a study with the kids in our Jr. Church program and I absolutely love the simplicity, straightforwardness, and practical application of it. (If you are looking for something for your own church I highly recommend it. You can find Rock-Solid Followers here.) I want to share with you weekly the main scriptures from the lessons. These kids (I teach 3-5 year olds) are soaking this stuff up and are making such an impact on me, and I want to share the Jesus love!}

Philippians 4:4, Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again—rejoice! (New Living Translation)

Acts 16:16-40 (New Living Translation)

Paul and Silas in Prison

16 One day as we were going down to the place of prayer, we met a demon-possessed slave girl. She was a fortune-teller who earned a lot of money for her masters. 17 She followed Paul and the rest of us, shouting, “These men are servants of the Most High God, and they have come to tell you how to be saved.”

18 This went on day after day until Paul got so exasperated that he turned and said to the demon within her, “I command you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her.” And instantly it left her.

19 Her masters’ hopes of wealth were now shattered, so they grabbed Paul and Silas and dragged them before the authorities at the marketplace. 20 “The whole city is in an uproar because of these Jews!” they shouted to the city officials. 21“They are teaching customs that are illegal for us Romans to practice.”

22 A mob quickly formed against Paul and Silas, and the city officials ordered them stripped and beaten with wooden rods. 23 They were severely beaten, and then they were thrown into prison. The jailer was ordered to make sure they didn’t escape. 24 So the jailer put them into the inner dungeon and clamped their feet in the stocks.

25 Around midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening. 26 Suddenly, there was a massive earthquake, and the prison was shaken to its foundations. All the doors immediately flew open, and the chains of every prisoner fell off! 27 The jailer woke up to see the prison doors wide open. He assumed the prisoners had escaped, so he drew his sword to kill himself. 28 But Paul shouted to him, “Stop! Don’t kill yourself! We are all here!”

29 The jailer called for lights and ran to the dungeon and fell down trembling before Paul and Silas. 30 Then he brought them out and asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”

31 They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved, along with everyone in your household.” 32 And they shared the word of the Lord with him and with all who lived in his household. 33 Even at that hour of the night, the jailer cared for them and washed their wounds. Then he and everyone in his household were immediately baptized. 34 He brought them into his house and set a meal before them, and he and his entire household rejoiced because they all believed in God.

35 The next morning the city officials sent the police to tell the jailer, “Let those men go!” 36 So the jailer told Paul, “The city officials have said you and Silas are free to leave. Go in peace.”

37 But Paul replied, “They have publicly beaten us without a trial and put us in prison—and we are Roman citizens. So now they want us to leave secretly? Certainly not! Let them come themselves to release us!”

38 When the police reported this, the city officials were alarmed to learn that Paul and Silas were Roman citizens. 39 So they came to the jail and apologized to them. Then they brought them out and begged them to leave the city. 40 When Paul and Silas left the prison, they returned to the home of Lydia. There they met with the believers and encouraged them once more. Then they left town.

Life Focus:

In any situation, I can praise Jesus and remember that He gives me joy.

Week One: Saved By Jesus

Week Two: Help From Jesus

Week Three: Sent By Jesus

Week Four: Loved By Jesus 

Week Five: Guided By Jesus

A Little Rest and a Recipe

After all our craziness the last few weeks it was nice to have a day off today. Technically I was supposed to be at a training for the Y all day, but yesterday morning I asked if I could reschedule it.

So that left us with a day to do nothing. Andrew hit his head Thursday night and was ordered onto bedrest and constant supervision (concussion) and I was glad to stay home and have a lazy day with the family. I did put jeans on long enough to run pick up some milk and take the kids into the yard for a bit.

Axel practiced a little tree climbing.

We didn’t exactly do nothing ALL day. The kids cleaned their rooms and I got some cleaning done too. We then grilled for supper and the kids and I baked up my favorite dessert. Chocolate Cherry Crisp. Sooo yummy, although you have to like cherries and chocolate or you won’t like this!

Chocolate Cherry Crisp

(Recipe from Easy to Bake, Easy to Make)

2 (21oz) cans cherry pie filling
3/4 cup flour
3/4 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
1/3 cup cold butter, cut into pieces
1/2 cup (4oz) chocolate chunks

1. Preheat oven to 375*F. Spoon pie filling into a 9inch square baking dish. Combine flour, oats, brown sugar and cocoa powder in a medium bowl; mix well. Cut in butter with a pastry blender until coarse crumbs form.

2. Sprinkle flour mixture over pie filling. Sprinkle with chocolate chunks.

3. Bake until filling is bubbly, about 40 minutes. Cool slightly on a wire rack and serve warm.

And may I recommend a scoop of ice cream with it?

Loved By Jesus

{We are going through a study with the kids in our Jr. Church program and I absolutely love the simplicity, straightforwardness, and practical application of it. (If you are looking for something for your own church I highly recommend it. You can find Rock-Solid Followers here.) I want to share with you weekly the main scriptures from the lessons. These kids (I teach 3-5 year olds) are soaking this stuff up and are making such an impact on me, and I want to share the Jesus love!}

Romans 8:39, No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord. (The New Living Translation)

(Acts 14:8-20 New Living Translation)

Paul and Barnabas in Lystra and Derbe

While they were at Lystra, Paul and Barnabas came upon a man with crippled feet. He had been that way from birth, so he had never walked. He was sitting  and listening as Paul preached. Looking straight at him, Paul realized he had faith to be healed. So Paul called to him in a loud voice, “Stand up!” And the man jumped to his feet and started walking. When the crowd saw what Paul had done, they shouted in their local dialect, “These men are gods in human form!”  They decided that Barnabas was the Greek god Zeus and that Paul was Hermes, since he was the chief speaker.  Now the temple of Zeus was located just outside the town. So the priest of the temple and the crowd brought bulls and wreaths of flowers to the town gates, and they prepared to offer sacrifices to the apostles. But when the apostles Barnabas and Paul heard what was happening, they tore their clothing in dismay and ran out among the people, shouting,  “Friends, why are you doing this? We are merely human beings—just like you! We have come to bring you the Good News that you should turn from these worthless things and turn to the living God, who made heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in them.  In the past he permitted all the nations to go their own ways,  but he never left them without evidence of himself and his goodness. For instance, he sends you rain and good crops and gives you food and joyful hearts.”  But even with these words, Paul and Barnabas could scarcely restrain the people from sacrificing to them. Then some Jews arrived from Antioch and Iconium and won the crowds to their side. They stoned Paul and dragged him out of town, thinking he was dead.  But as the believersgathered around him, he got up and went back into the town. The next day he left with Barnabas for Derbe.

Life Focus:

Every day I can see evidence of God’s love for me.

Week One: Saved By Jesus

Week Two: Help From Jesus

Week Three: Sent By Jesus

Help From Jesus

{We are going through a study with the kids in our Jr. Church program and I absolutely love the simplicity, straightforwardness, and practical application of it. (If you are looking for something for your own church I highly recommend it. You can find Rock-Solid Followers here.) I want to share with you weekly the main scriptures from the lessons. These kids (I teach 3-5 year olds) are soaking this stuff up and are making such an impact on me, and I want to share the Jesus love!}

Romans 12:10, Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other. (The New Living Translation)

(Acts 9:23-31 New Living Translation)

After a while some of the Jews plotted together to kill him. They were watching for him day and night at the city gate so they could murder him, but Saul was told about their plot.  So during the night, some of the other believers lowered him in a large basket through an opening in the city wall. When Saul arrived in Jerusalem, he tried to meet with the believers, but they were all afraid of him. They did not believe he had truly become a believer! Then Barnabas brought him to the apostles and told them how Saul had seen the Lord on the way to Damascus and how the Lord had spoken to Saul. He also told them that Saul had preached boldly in the name of Jesus in Damascus. So Saul stayed with the apostles and went all around Jerusalem with them, preaching boldly in the name of the Lord.  He debated with some Greek-speaking Jews, but they tried to murder him. When the believers heard about this, they took him down to Caesarea and sent him away to Tarsus, his hometown. The church then had peace throughout Judea, Galilee, and Samaria, and it became stronger as the believers lived in the fear of the Lord. And with the encouragement of the Holy Spirit, it also grew in numbers.

Life Focus:

When I have problems and need help, one of the best ways Jesus helps me is through His followers.

Week One: Saved By Jesus

Passing the Time

We’ve been doing our best to entertain ourselves the past few days. The poor kids had a long car ride followed by two days sitting at the hospital and then a day of pouring rain. I’m hoping for a nice sunny warm day tomorrow. Maybe a picnic at the park.

We Found A New App on My Phone

Lots Of Time For Snuggles

We Brought Cold MN Weather Down Here With Us

Evangeline is so funny with my phone. She walks around with it on her ear saying, “blah blee blue blah. Blah blue? hahaha!” Then she holds it up and says, “cheese,” and then looks at it and says, “awe.” lol. So she took a picture of daddy and then daddy took one of her.

Happy New Year!

I’m not really into the New Year’s Eve celebrating. Andrew doesn’t get it, but it just isn’t a big deal to me. I did however end up with a few guests this year and we threw together a last minute bit of fun.

my house guests and beautiful sisters

snowball punch and silly straws

cousins praying in the new year

the whole crew

Then, today we spent the day in our jammies and I have been reading sewing blogs and tutorials all day! I pray all of you have a safe, happy and healthy 2011!

27

This is the magic number.

I had an assignment once in Jr. High or something and was asked the question of what I thought the perfect age would be. I decided it would be 27.

Back then I decided I would be happily married to my tall dark and handsome, have 2 beautiful children and be a happy stay at home momma. I think I had a maid too but the gloriousness had to stop somewhere right?

I am so excited. I have decided that this will be my year. I have an amazing husband, two of the most beautiful children in the world (with a bonus one on the way) and am living in a beautiful home. Andrew and I both love what we do and are crazy in love with each other.

What will I do with the year? I’m not sure yet. I have lots of ideas. Bible studies, home groups, wild barbecues, lots of time with my family… I even treated myself and took Fridays off! A three day weekend all summer long.  I am praying that I will be able to best use my excited energy for God’s glory and my families happiness!

Happy Birthday To ME!

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