Nov 30, 2009
I can sense a season of change approaching, and while I laid in my bed this morning not wanting to get up, I could make a check list of all the things I would like to change and not change and what I could do better and perhaps not do at all! I am sure though that I am going to seek the Lord desperately in the coming year! That is the one thing I am most excited about! I don't know much else the Lord has in store, I just know that in order to be prepared and equipped to do whatever He has for me I much make sense of the world that I am called to here in the home! That includes parenting, marriage, schedules, schooling, seeking my God! Everything else is going to have to wait and be placed on hold for a little while! I need to get back to the basics and make sure the Lord is ordaining these steps of mine!
Do you ever just take a step back and re-access your life and make sure it is as the Lord is wanting it to be!!?? I need to do that every so often because I can get so comfortable in my "routines" that I am not walking in His best for me! So I am reevaluating and looking forward to what is in the "next" of my life! Some things may not change...I will just have to wait upon the LORD and see His direction!
I do hope to blog more...because I treasure the blogs I read and hope to be a treasure to someone as well!
Have a blessed day,
Sep 16, 2009
I am reminded as speaking with a sweet sister this morning, and I was fired up again about my purpose on this earth! So many things in our political climate that are changing, so many freedoms that are at stake...In our nation have a responsibility to speak forth and exercise our freedoms, and we have the freedom to hold our government accountable, and vote in leaders and out leaders that will uphold our values and protect the freedoms that the blood of our soldiers testifies of. We are seeing so many things happening and changing and they are scary and uncertain, history repeating itself in ways that did not bade well, and ended in disastrous casualties...all the things the Bible speaks of in
2 Timothy 3:1-7,
Dear friends, this is now my second letter to you. I have written both of them as reminders to stimulate you to wholesome thinking. 2I want you to recall the words spoken in the past by the holy prophets and the command given by our Lord and Savior through your apostles.
3First of all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires. 4They will say, "Where is this 'coming' he promised? Ever since our fathers died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation." 5But they deliberately forget that long ago by God's word the heavens existed and the earth was formed out of water and by water. 6By these waters also the world of that time was deluged and destroyed. 7By the same word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men.
3As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately. "Tell us," they said, "when will this happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?"
4Jesus answered: "Watch out that no one deceives you. 5For many will come in my name, claiming, 'I am the Christ,[a]' and will deceive many. 6You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. 7Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. 8All these are the beginning of birth pains.
9"Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me. 10At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, 11and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. 12Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, 13but he who stands firm to the end will be saved. 14And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.
Listen, I am not saying I'm not a bit worried about things that "could" happen over the next years...I am a mom with kids completely focused on spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ, I know what prophesies say about persecution in the last days...I just know this, I have a burning in my soul to preach Jesus Christ...
1When I came to you, brothers, I did not come with eloquence or superior wisdom as I proclaimed to you the testimony about God.[a] 2For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. 3I came to you in weakness and fear, and with much trembling. 4My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit's power, 5so that your faith might not rest on men's wisdom, but on God's power.
Whew, if ever there were words of my own, these are mine right here...
I am not qualified to do this thing that I do, but what I do, I hope to do in the power of the Holy Spirit...
I challenge you to know that we are called to love the Lord our God with everything we are and we are to love others as we love ourselves...If you love God with all you are, you know the best way to love others is with the mind of Christ...in the midst of a hurting and desperate world, one which may meet their Creator sooner rather than later I sure hope to preach Christ in love with the power of the Holy Spirit and see a lost and hurting world begin to heal from the inside out because of Christ Jesus!!!
I love you friends and readers, more than you could know!!
Sep 13, 2009
I want to keep it up because of the sweet friendships I have developed because of it, and I so enjoy reading others blogs, so I want to keep y'all updated, but I'm not sure during this EXTREMELY busy season in my life where it fits! But don't give up on me, I really do want to keep my friends from afar updated on our going ons...
As for today, I have been up since 2AM and finally got out of bed at 5 and have been just doing what ever and getting myself organized and ready for the week ahead..
This weekend has been rainy and in the (wait for it) in the 70's....oh my it was a wonderful Sat of painting and crafting...I am redoing my daughters room for her 10th birthday, so I'm going completely all out! It's going to be darling...Yes, I plan on showing the finished product when it is done!
Today I am going to be seeing my brother for lunch, which I'm so excited...he has been a tremendous asset to my journey of founding a non-profit ministry. Not too much further in the process, but getting closer! I have a lawyer to do the legal stuff...so that is something..there are so many profound decisions that seem scary to me...positions to be filled with people who share the same heart and passions(not paid of course) , and all the words that must fit into sentences just so to articulate the purpose and mission of our ministry...I know how the heart beats to serve, but to place that in business type terms with out it losing it's umph seems, well, HARD!!
All I know is when I have the opportunity to teach the Word and love people for the sake of Christ, everything is right in my world. Other people in ministry seem to complicate all those things and that is the most frustrating part I have found as pursuit of ministry has been more intentional..
I have to be honest, why do we complicate the simplicity of Christ? He is truly what life is about, and I am confused how so many in ministry and leadership seem to think it is their responsibility to critique and complicate...I am not polished yet I'm teachable, I am not eloquent, yet my speech is filled with love and grace...I see the heart of a people who want to go deep into relationship with the Lord and are overwhelmed with programs and "perfectly structured" fill in the blanks.....________________!!
I know my calling is to Love the Lord my God with all my heart soul mind and strength, and to love others as I love myself...(simple concept)
My heart is broken from some things I have seen lately in ministry...ministry is about serving others, loving others, leading others to Christ...not personal agenda's..
Yeah I am founding a ministry, and you may ask well, don't you have an agenda...the answer..
YES!! My agenda is what the Lord desires! To teach His Word to who ever will listen...Paul says he didn't have eloquent speech or persuasive words, yet he reached multitudes, he was unpolished and rough, yet the Lord esteemed him to do great things for the kingdom. There is a lost and hurting world out there and I desire to love them and serve them like nobodies business!! Whew..
When I knew for sure the Lord was calling me into full time ministry, there was one thing I knew for sure...I am not qualified for this!! However, my heart before the Lord, you say in your word you use the foolish things of this earth to confound the wise, there is none more foolish than me, so i am going to trust you can do what You say You can do in me...I am amazed at what the Lord has shown me in the last 5 years, talk about an education...one thing is for certain, He Is the Lord and I am amazed...
I'm not sure how to close this post because it is a culmination of scattered thoughts, so I will close with prayer..
Lord Jesus, you are the one and only! How I ache to serve You! How I desire to see Your return and to see Your bride as spotless and beautiful as You see her! I love you so...
Give me a heart to love You and to know You more than anything else on this earth, You are so worthy!
Jun 17, 2009
Jun 15, 2009
So when we were out at the awards ceremony, they were just picking and picking at each other so I allowed them to enjoy each other's company by way of holding hands. Josh cried and Jaden egged him on, but after a good 30 minutes they pulled it together and had a great day! Praise the Lord!
Jun 14, 2009
I just have to share that in our kids bathroom has had a tragic loss! We haven't got the courage to discover what else may have been it's demise...Inside we found a plastic hanger and a bouncy ball. I think after these two items and the adventure of having to saw the screws in order to remove it from it's base my father and husband decided not to go digging for anything else...
Jun 4, 2009
Some blogs are memory makers....
Some blogs are devotional style...
Some blogs are scheduled and diverse...
My blog is an eclectic collection of me..I am a goofy, driven, struggling, passionate, loving, ministry minded believer trying to make sense of all the seasons of my life in a way that honors the Lord..
I will probably go back to more goofy stuff on the blog and "sitcom" moments that constantly occur in our home, but for today, I'm going to bare my heart...
Well thanks to the world wide web, and facebook, lots and lots of friends from the past have been resurfacing. I love it! However, while some connections are amazing to have, others have taken me back in time to memories and insecurities that have been left un-dealt with. Mostly stuff from my childhood...
Some may ask why oh why would you subject yourself to that?? Well let me tell you some things I've learned since those days...
~Most every one deals with some form of insecurity from their past and present...
(so I choose to face it and get over it rather than run and hide from it)
~I desire to deal with my past failures and allow the Lord to heal my heart!
~I serve and surrender to a huge loving God, who has given me life and purpose regardless of my past, and in fact He desires to use it...I trust Him in that, and so I'm excited to see what he has in store.
~While I am disappointed that I am not the tiny girl from day's past, it does not change my value and my sweet loving Jesus has opened doors to live my passions and for that I am more than humbled!
~I'm totally forgiven!
Do you struggle with insecurities from your past??
Jun 2, 2009
I have pictures on here of my kiddo's...
Jaden is so fun I love her so!
Could you just eat them up?? I'm such a proud mama!!
My passionate, imaginative, baseball loving dude!
Apr 25, 2009
Apr 21, 2009
I have recently had a great moment of discouragement and glory to His Name, I'm not going to relive it here and describe it yet again! Every time I go back to the place, the tears come flooding my eyes and heart...but not I am just saying I theoretically fell hard in something I desperately wanted and worked hard for and fell in fact in front of some people I greatly respect and love! What a lesson I will have learned once it is all said and done! But, I am choosing to get back up and try again, but not until after I allow the Lord to tend to some hurts and broken places that I certainly am aware of at this minute!! LOL, don't you love the vague-ness of this post! Sorry, it is a bit of therapy!
As for the future of this ministry venture???!!! I am pressing on toward the goal of Christ Jesus! However He leads me, I will go! I an heading into His sweet presence for a season, I am taking the summer for intense study and time with Him...no leadership, no ministry(other than family and friends) I have a great outline of some studies I would like to complete and some straight through some different books of the Bible! I am so excited! Time alone with my savior! Oh what a delight!
As for the sweetest blessings, there are some amazing friendships the Lord has placed in my life, some that I wouldn't even have known had I not stepped out in faith as we changed churches a year ago! I am so thankful to the Lord for that! I am so thankful His Word is truth and how He says so perfectly that the Truth shall set you free! And whom the Lord set free is free indeed! I want to be free! Praise the Lord! I have one very dear friend the Lord has taken the sweetest of circumstances to develop! Praise the Lord for He has shown me that there are sweet lasting friendships to be had! I almost had given up on that thought...not a poor me, I just so have desired that and have had it taken from me so often! I love godly friends! Oh my and the world of blogger friends that are being sweetly developed whew...I love that there are some precious friends that are around the country studying the Word together and being real with one another and loving together and laughing together and hurting together and praying for one another...Oh my how I see the Lords creative use of this technology thing and using it for His sweet glory and purposes! What a sweet delight! Worship is a great delight! What a motivator and time of conviction and blessing to worship the God of creation!
I told you this would be a rambling...
I have found that I don't blog often because I am a relational person and since so rarely do people comment I don't really know if anyone even reads my blog or even cares...LOL, not a poor me thing, just I formed this blog for friends and family to follow what we are up to since we are so long distance from EVERYONE, I don't even think family reads it...LOL.. so that is the reason I don't really blog very often! I should do a better job of daily life blog entries, because we are a hysterical bunch with goofy things happening everyday...
OK well, I'm going to head off my kids are getting a bit demanding and I need to attend to them... I love you all.....
Apr 17, 2009
Well, it is noon and we have arrived at the day of the event! Oh my is it raining! Oh my is it just coming down! Last night the Lord gave me such scriptures that would encourage my heart! We have prayed for this event for so many weeks, for me it has been months and months...We are going down in faith the Lord has a plan and a place for us!
Give ear O heavens, and I will speak;
And hear I earth, the words of my mouth.
Let my teaching drop as the rain,
My speech distill as the dew,
as raindrops on the tender herb,
And as showers on the grass,
For I proclaim the name of the LORD
Ascribe the greatness to our God
He is the Rock, His work is perfect
For all His ways are justice
A God of truth and without injustice
Righteous and upright is He.
Whew...what a word! I Pray that the Lord will use my mouth like clay and mold is how He sees fit! That all praise and all glory be unto Him alone, I have been touched and blessed and quickened and changed by the message He has to speak!
LORD, You are holy and just! You are the ONE we love and adore! We come to serve You and lift you up!
As to the interactive radar, the storms look to be moving out of the area with in an hour or so! Dry ground Lord...please give us dry ground, yet the hearts of the people Lord would be fertile ground for the planting of the seed of Your Word!!! Oh that the hearts of these students would be drawn to the hearing of Your Word tonight! That we would have such favor...super natural favor in the hearts of students as they plan their evening draw them Lord draw them! That the people in Common Grounds would be drawn to enter Your Holy Presence as we worship and adore You! Let not one leave unchanged for Your glory! You Lord it is all about You and we are so privileged to serve You! Let the sound be with out glitch Lord bless the Worship team and their hearts as they lead us into Your sweet presence Lord that You would richly abide in our midst tonight and throughout the ministry at Baylor! Loft up the whole team tonight, what a sacrifice to get down there and time away from families and Lord I ask you to bless the families! Bless my family Lord as they are sharing me for the furtherance of Your amazing Gospel! Lord God you are everything to me and to us...
For His Glory
Mar 6, 2009
I got a swivel chair for my study! My rear kept going numb from the dining chair that I was sitting in. I'm not sure hubs was thrilled I chose this paycheck to purchase in, but I assure you, my rump is thrilled and not feeling the least bit guilty.
My husband is slowly becoming a master griller! We love to BBQ and I'm so thankful we have moved past the everything jerky stage! YUM!!!
Oh and I'm going to the LPL conference in Memphis this year! I am sooooooooooo excited to meet up with all the Siestas and learn and laugh and eat and you name it we are going to have a blast. That isn't until October, and we have a lot of living to do before that takes place!
Last thing, 6 weeks exactly until Baylor "live"...that is 42 days!!
OK, so this has been a fabulous week indeed. I had my brother here Monday-Thursday and we had the best time.. one thing about Johnny, he never changes, his humor gets me to the gut every time! I have to say, in the stage of life that I am in (creating a non-prof ministry) he was right on time! God's time! What a blast to have the Lord open my ears and my understanding to hear some of the advice he had to give...
~People over estimate what they can do in a year, but under estimate what they can do in ten. Perhaps this is old news to you, but to me it was a huge challenge!
~As I head into this ministry I need a business plan, normally I would have rolled my eyes and smiled politely, but I am going into a world of chaos and I definitely need a clear plan.
~Set the bar high!! It will determine how far you can go! Normally this would be like nails on a chalk board to me, but in all actuality, after the past two years of ministry with people I can see the value of this! Not perfect people, intentional and consistent. Indeed gifted in the area's they are called to serve in...hmmm food for thought!
~ I think I even agreed to read some books on business***gasp*** if you know me at all you know that I am VERY selective of the things I read! Has to be God!
We were undoubtedly disappointed to see him go! But since he is going to be serving Texas in his job from time to time, we shall see him a lot more! My kids need their Uncle Johnny, so I am VERY VERY thrilled with this arrangement!
Today we are going to go to the zoo. The kids and I are going to head over after the field trip kids leave and enjoy a few hours looking at animals and playing around. Since we are going to have a windy 80 degree day, I think it will be lovely! I'm charging the camera battery as we speak.
I'll check in with you later and post about the zoo and other stuff that is going on in our world! To anyone who is out there reading...BECAUSE I NEVER HEAR FROM ANY OF YOU!!!! UGH!!!
Mar 4, 2009
It is 8AM in our home, the dogs are fighting and Jake and I are hanging out...in a few minutes he will help me clean the kitchen and we will head off to his school! The two younger kiddo's are still sleeping. I know this post is riveting, but Jake thought is would be interesting to see how this blogging thing works!
Jake does say "HI" perhaps he will come up with something far more insightful for the next time we post together! Blessings from the the Morse Family!!
Mar 3, 2009
I was floored and completely blessed by this web site!! I kept seeing Jason Castro's picture on this billboard around town with the web address, I wanted to check it out and now today through a face book post of a friend, I checked it out and I was completely blessed!
Feb 27, 2009
So this year the Lord has led me to Baylor University to disciple a group of girls, which I will continue to do as he allows, but in addition to this wonderful ministry the Lord has led me to put on a "live" event. Crazy!!! As most of you know I am completely administratively challenged, it is simply not my gifting and so this has been an adventure to say the least! But Glory to the Name of my Lord Jesus...and after much faith whew...we are booked for our very first For His Glory event!! How on earth I am privileged to be able to lead this ministry in that direction is beyond me, but nonetheless, it is happening. I didn't sleep a wink last night, my mind was racing and racing...who knows if anyone will show up, but now we actually get to advertise and proactively plan...
I am so excited and blessed and floored and nervous and ...you name it I'm going crazy! Those of you who know me well I am an over enthusiastic exclamation mark of a person...Crazy in love with Jesus! I just can't believe I get to really do this thing...
Feb 6, 2009
Then to top it all off, the Lord has given me the most amazing Word for my Baylor discipleship group. I hope to share some of it, if you want to hear please comment, or I will forget to post it!
A big shout out to my dearest friend in the whole world Kara who gave me this Giant coffee mug to enjoy this morning...
Jan 31, 2009
Jan 28, 2009
So I've included pictures here but my text is not going to necessarily go with it so I will at least give you the run down in this paragraph...We now have two puppies! Chloe we got two months ago, is the sweetest animal we have ever known. she is tender and obedient and smart, however, we desire to have some extra protection since we live in an area that while it is beautiful, is unpredictable in the times in which we live. So we got another pup yesterday to provide some companionship and extra security.
"Preacher" is his name. He is so little, smaller than Chloe was when we got her...he is 8 weeks old today while Chloe is 17 weeks...
My kids are getting older and so stinking fun.
Jake will be 11 in March and is just simply a delight. He is excited for some baseball. He is totally enthralled with the guitar and practices on the electric guitar nonstop. I have to say I do love it and do not mind. I can totally tune out the nonsense of loudness if I have too.
Jaden is 9 and loves singing and hip hop. It is so cute! I love to watch her concentrate as she learns a new combination and then as she works to learn it. It's fun to watch your children apply themselves don't you think? She may play softball this spring, which will be fun, baseball genes run deep in our family so...
Josh is 7 and baseball all the way...star wars and light savers..and
As some of the pictures might elude, we are in the process of changing the house up a bit! I'm painting the house a grey color and will be using black and red to accent..I was so tired of looking at stained carpet so I ripped it out, why not?? Now we look at the messy concrete slab, which honestly I don't mind at all!!! Perfect for training puppies! Dust has gone down and now we will get our wood back!