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{experiencing Joy} and my week in review…

9 Jun

It’s amazing to me the joy our Heavenly Father provides in every circumstance.

I just wanted to share with y’all that the past two weeks have been really emotionally draining for me. There are a few, very dear, people in my life who are currently facing unimaginable circumstances. On the other hand, I have a couple close friends who are currently experiencing some of the most joyful experiences life can offer.  I feel that the Lord has given me a spiritual gift of empathy, and when people, especially my friends, are hurting, I can feel their emotions. I can empathize in a way that just seems to linger in my heart. ( I think this is one of the reasons I have a heart for orphans.)

The same goes for the happy times too.

We are not only told to FIND JOY in all circumstances, but BE THANKFUL in all circumstances.

This week, my children were so hard to discipline. The newness of summer has worn off, and the “oldness” of mommy has set in. As a lot of you know, my husband is usually gone for a large chunk of the week, and by Wednesday night, I had reached the breaking point. With everything going on, I found myself losing my joy.

Just a day with Hoke… (not her worst work)

When Jarrod returned home  Thursday, he was received by a weepy, exhausted, and frustrated wife.

This week I appreciated his homecoming even more than I normally do, just finding comfort in my husband’s presence.

(He, after seeing me, probably wanted to turn right around and run back out of town!)

All 3 of the Boyd girls are thankful he’s home! (If you can see, we’re all mauling him)

I’m thankful to know the power of Jesus. Everyone has hard days. Everyone has hard weeks. It’s in Him that we find our peace, our joy.

I just started a Beth Moore study of James, and on the first night of the study she said, ” The power of the resurrection means that nothing but the tomb is meant to be empty.”

I’ve let the comfort of those words wash over me since hearing them.

My go to verse this week was Romans 5: 3-5….

“More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.”

With all that being said…

This week was Hen Hen’s ballet camp at church, and our garage sale! Look at all our going-ons 🙂

Ballet Camping

Day 1 of ballet camp

Garage Sale-ing

Hoke and Bear

Trying to keep the two terrorists entertained…

Can’t put a price on that cutie!! (Wilson)

All I think when I see this is “baby Moses” hahaha

Trying to give my most welcoming smile…  I look a little like the garage sale creeper…

Told y’all it was gonna be a party… cornhole 🙂

A Steward is inspired…

1 Feb

Steward Home Rotator

Jarrod and I were out of town at the wedding this weekend, and we had to miss church for the second weekend in a row!  For the last 4 weeks I’ve been posting links to our church’s study on being a steward. I haven’t mentioned that Dave Ramsey goes to our church, and we are currently doing a 13 week church wide  Financial Peace University Class. Church members signed up to take the class and become “in control” of personal finances. We’re learning how to be better stewards through taking responsibility in our financial lives. Dave and his company served our church body by donating all of the materials for the classes to our church!

 This past Sunday Dave Ramsey taught the lesson in the church services. I’ve heard that it was an excellent service. As soon as I post this, I’m going to start listening. You can listen to it too by clicking here…

A Steward is Ready…

24 Jan

Steward Home Rotator

Since I was living it up with Honey and Papa this weekend, I missed church, and therefore I missed week 3 of our study on being a Steward. Lloyd taught the lesson, and it’s my joy to invite you to watch with me as we learn of God’ s intention in our lives as stewards.

Fellowship Bible Church. Week 3. A Steward is Ready.

A Steward is FREE from worry…

18 Jan

I worry, a lot. Just in general, I worry. I can’t let things go, and like a lot of people, I find myself worrying all the time … It used to be about friends, then grades, then graduating, then money, then marriage, then money, then babies, then money…

This past Sunday, our church, continued our study on stewardship. We’re only on week two, and my assumptions about this study have been completely thrown out the window… I thought being a steward was just about taking care of the things God gives you.

Last Sunday, Bill Wellons, who some of you may remember married Jarrod and me, gave a powerful lesson on a steward’s freedom.

As children of God we are made in His image. We are broken, and separated from God, but by grace we are saved through Jesus. When worry creeps into our minds, that’s a result of our doubting God. When we worry, our faith is lacking.  Bill said something on Sunday that really put things in perspective; worrying allows us to make  ourselves false prophets. Our worry is essentially  an act of predicting the future, what could happen, what will happen. Instead of trusting God’s plan for us, we are lacking faith.

I want to invite you to watch the service from this past Sunday (1/15)

 Click here to watch Week 1 and/or Week 2 online. I promise you will love it.

“And do not seek what you will eat and what you will drink, and do not keep worrying. For all these things the nations of the world eagerly seek; but the Father knows that you need these things. But seek His kingdom, and these things will be added to you. Do not be afraid little flock, for your Father has chosen gladly to give you the kingdom. Sell your possessions and give to charity; make yourselves money belts which do not wear out, an unfailing treasure in heaven, where no thief comes near nor moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Luke 12 29-34

Being a Good Steward

11 Jan

Steward Home Rotator

Have you ever read scripture that you’ve read  before, but this time you feel as though it’s speaking to you differently?  There’s a term for this called “rhema”. The Greek meaning for rhema is “utterance” or “things said.” Christians view rhema as “Christs’ words.”  This past Sunday our church started a series on stewardship and what that means as a Christian.  Michael Easley taught a lesson that’s had me thinking ever since I walked out of the service . I always talk about “deals,” donating, and being a “good steward” of our money, but while listening to this message the Lord spoke to me about stewardship in ways that had never occured to me.

RHEMA.

I would like to invite you, Christian or not, to watch the service from this past Sunday. I am convinced it will speak to you too. Since we’re just starting the series, you haven’t missed anything. You can follow our series online, or visit one of our many church services. If you would like to visit our church, please feel free to contact me for more info!

Watch the first message from our series here- Fellowship Bible Church- “A Steward is on Guard”

Veggie Tales Deals- Henley’s Nativity Scene

29 Nov

Only two days remains in the Veggie Tales Sitewide Christmas sale!  You can find amazing deals on the Veggie Tales website! Everything is 40% off! Shipping is free on any orders over $30! It is time to load up.

I ordered the  Nativity Toy, originally $24.99, for only $14.99 – $5 rebate = $9.99!!.

She hasn’t stopped playing with the Nativity Set since it arrived!

 

We also ordered the Veggie Tales Bible, originally $24.99, for only $14.99.

 

We added a Christmas ornament onto our order to make our total over $30 (so we could have free shipping). The ornament has become a fan favorite!

There is a $5 VT rebate available HERE. Buy any 1 of the participating 5 items, and get $5 sent back to you in the mail!    We got $50 of VT gear for only $25!

Chick- fil-A and Veggie Tales have teamed up to offer FREE Dvd’s to children! There are 5 to choose from, although some are sold out, and all you have to do is pay $3.99 shipping!  Click here to see the site! This is a great item to stock up on for birthday parties, Christmas gifts, or to DONATE to your church, or to the Graceworks Christmas Manger (Gracework’s store that allows families to purchase Christmas gifts for a minimal price).

147 Million Orphans

14 Nov

For those of you who know me, you know that I have a passion for orphans. Jarrod and I have known for a long time that adoption is in the Lord’s plan for our family. When both of my babies were newborns I felt  this powerful love for them that can’t be described because words are too limiting. With this love came an intense sorrow in my heart for the children that  didn’t have a mother. I would sit in the nursery at night, holding Henley or holding Hoke and just cry. I know  the emotions I feel about orphans are sent straight from the Lord. I’m so excited to see what He has planned for my family and our future!

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I want to tell you about two AMAZING women Gwen and Suzanne who share a love for the Lord, a love for orphans (between the two families they have adopted 7 children!!), and a love for their business! Together they founded 147 Million Orphans, a company that provides support to orphans, communities, and families who are adopting.

I pulled the info from their “about us” page on their website, and included it below.  I would ask that you check out their site, and see what they’re all about!

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“We are two moms who love orphans! We met six years ago as we were both going through our first adoptions (one domestic and one international) … Thirteen kids and seven adoptions later, we are bound together through faith and mission. We love “doing life together” and accepting the call to speak up for orphans everywhere. We want to help as many people as possible to see the 147 million orphans as scripture calls them, “…those who have no voice.”   We want you to see YOUR PART in helping change the life of an orphan. Could it be adoption, sponsoring a child, volunteering for orphan care ministry, rocking babies at an orphanage, financially supporting someone adopting, or buying these products?”

Where We Give

Two Families “Doing Our Part”:

**Helping FEED children in Uganda, Haiti, Honduras, China and Ethiopia with each product purchased (Donating 50%+)

**Educating and encouraging families about the HIV+/Aids crisis along with financially supporting several ministries that care for these children.

**Offering Adoptive Families wholesale products to sell (100% profit from fundraising for families)

**Helping Local African Refugees earn a sustainable income from handmade products

**Working with Ugandan women in Africa on sustainable income from their handmade necklaces

**Encouraging other adoptive families on their journey

**Partnering with churches to help grow their Orphan/Adoption Ministry

**Speaking Up For Those Who Do Not Have a Voice

Chasing Our Calling,  Gwen & Suzanne

STATISTICS … DON’T GET CAUGHT UP IN THE NUMBER, BUT IN THE CHILDREN !!!!

  • Did you know there are hundreds of millions of  children worldwide who have lost one or both parents.
  • Every 14 seconds an AIDS death leaves another child orphaned.
  • Approximately 88 million orphans live in Asia.
  • Approximately 45 million orphans live in Africa.
  • Approximately 14 million orphans live in Latin America & the Caribbean.
  • Approximately 1 million children live in public care in Central & Eastern Europe
  • More than 800,000 children pass through America’s foster care system each year.

These statistics do not even include the UNKNOWN children living orphaned both here and abroad that go uncounted, unnoticed and unloved.

James 1:27 “Pure and lasting religion in the sight of God our Father means that we must care for the orphans and widows in their troubles  and refuse to let the world corrupt us.”

What’s on my Heart today (Hillsong-Hosanna)

14 Jul

I’m feeling particularly moved today by a song that we’ve been singing in my church for years.

The part that really speaks to me are the lines: “Break my heart from what breaks yours/Everything I am for your kingdom’s cause/As I walk from earth into/Eternity

This is such a powerful reminder for me that I was not put on Earth to live for myself, and my time on Earth is only a fragment of what my future holds. Jarrod and I have always talked about adopting, and it’s something that we are planning on pursuing in the future. The lines that I just mentioned always make me tear up because  it makes me think  of all of the babies that don’t have a mother to love them and how much this breaks our Father’s heart. It’s definitely something that breaks mine. I know that in James 1:27 we have been called to, “to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” I know that the Lord has put adoption on my heart so I can pursue his “kingdom’s cause” in that way.

I just wanted to share this with you. If you haven’t seen it, I hope you can take something from it. If you have seen it, then I hope this is a reminder to you of God’s power, and His promise to us.


I see the King of glory
Coming on the clouds with fire
The whole earth shakes, the whole earth shakes
I see His love and mercy
Washing over all our sin
The people sing, the people sing

Hosanna, hosanna
Hosanna in the highest

I see a generation
Rising up to take the place
With selfless faith, with selfless faith
I see a near revival
Stirring as we pray and seek
We’re on our knees, we’re on our knees

Heal my heart and make it clean
Open up my eyes to the things unseen
Show me how to love like You have loved me
Break my heart for what breaks Yours
Everything I am for Your Kingdom’s cause
As I walk from earth into eternity

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