Tuesday, September 4, 2012

It's FREE!!!

 I have been enjoying reading slowly through Romans as a Bible study the last few weeks.  I read a chapter and then study it for the next few days.  One of my favorite chapters so far is chapter five. (I am only up to chapter five so I am sure there will be other favorites and I really loved 1-4 so...)
The thing that struck me is the amount of times Paul refers to salvation as a gift or a free gift at the end of the chapter.  Verse 15 he says, "so also is the free gift...and the gift by grace..." And in verse 16 he says, "...so is the gift:...but the free gift..." And in 17, "...much more they which receive abundance of grace and the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one..." And 18, "...the free gift came upon all men..." I think maybe Paul is trying to tell us something.  I was thinking about how wonderful it was and how much I take the fact that my salvation cost me nothing for granted.  What an amazing thought.  I definitely don't deserve to go to Heaven.  Yet, there is nothing that I can do to make up for what I have already done.  My Sunday School lesson was on something else on Sunday, but during the lesson the teacher said that it is as if in stead of meeting us half way, or making us go all the way, it is as if God came all the way to us, stuck His hand out, and said, "Here is salvation's gift, take it!"  Free!!!  No strings attached.  Of course, once we become saved and realize what God has done for us, we want to do thing for God.  We desire to serve Him and grow.
I thought for a long time about why the world has a hard time accepting something so simple and free.  It reminded me of something my dad said, and probably many of your dads and grandfathers and even mothers and grandmothers and teachers have said!! "Megan, nothing in life is free." We have been taught that.  It has been drilled into our being.  We have to work for everything we get in this world.  Nothing is free.  And we can take it further to, if it is free there is something wrong with it or there is a catch! How many times do I get junk mail that says, "You have won a new computer!!" And in small print it says, "participation required" In other words...IT'S NOT FREE!!  And then here we are, Christians, telling people about God, about Jesus' gift to the world and saying...IT'S FREE!! There is nothing you can do to earn it.  The only requirement is that you take it.  Believe it! People have been asking for centuries, "what's the catch." It's the reason there are so many works based religions.  Even many people that believe the Bible believe that you have to do something to gain or keep salvation.  But here Paul says over and over it is a free gift, it is a gift.  It is abundant grace that God gives us.
Grace is getting something you don't deserve.  I don't deserve salvation.  I don't deserve justification. I don't deserve Heaven.  Yet, Christ coming to earth, dying in my place, and rising from the dead pays my debt.  All I had to do was bow down and accept Christ's gift to me.  Believe that He did what He said He did.  That's it.  There is no catch.  No "participation required" line.  No small print.
If you haven't accepted this gift, what is holding you back.  Admit it, if someone really said you had won a computer and mailed it to you.  Said, "There is no catch, it's yours!" You would take it!! (I would take it if you don't!!!) Why do we hold back on something so much greater.  Eventually the computer will break, or become outdated...but Salvation is forever.  You can never lose it.  It will never need to be updated.  It will never break.  It is a free gift that insures our lives.  Gives us peace, hope and a relationship with Jesus Christ! Saves us from eternity in Hell.  It is an amazing gift.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Hope's Taco Soup

Made a very budget friendly and yummy soup today and I got the great recipe from my friend Hope.  Wanted to share!!  The only thing is it is a dump and go soup.  So I didn't measure everything!!  Just eyeball it!  Also, I did it on the stove, but you could put it in the crock pot on low and it would cook/warm up great during the day!


Hope's Taco Soup
Chicken broth
Salsa (I used about half of a jar)
Leftover chicken or ground beef (we used chicken)
Can of corn
Small can of green chili's
2 cans of Pinto beans with onions
Taco or Fajita seasoning
Sour cream
Cheese
Tortilla chips


Put all together except sour cream, cheese, and chips.  You could change things or add things.  Hope likes to put black beans instead of pinto, and she adds onion to the soup.  I don't care for black beans and the pinto tasted great!!  We thought rice might be good in this soup.  But honestly it was really really yummy just the way it was!  It is not a thick soup...  Serve with sour cream and cheese, with the chips for dipping on the side!

Monday, June 25, 2012

Re-visiting!!

Okay, so my last post was a month ago and I am just now returning to blogging.  I thought after three pregnancies I would know how to do this thing...WRONG!  I am definitely learning again how to take care of kids while being a very sick and tired pregnant woman.  I am more and more grateful for the husband that God has blessed me with.  After working all day long he comes home to a messy house, three crazy children, and a very sick and emotional wife.  He has helped clean, cook, and mostly takes over the kids when he gets home. 
I keep telling myself that I need to just "get up and get going" and then I throw up and return to the couch!! 
I am ten weeks pregnant, so with much prayer in only a few weeks I will be back to myself!  I miss blogging, but this takes a lot of thought and energy, both of which I am not very good at right now!!!

Thanks for reading my blog and know that I really really love blogging and can't wait for when I feel better!!!!!

Monday, May 21, 2012

Sorry!!

Life has been busy.  As I am sure many of you have had!  We have been running around lately trying to keep up with everything and so blogging has been placed on the back burner so to speak.  But, I wanted to write a quick update, with details later!  
April began with a BAM!  Tommy's High school band (aka large ensemble) went to Bob Jones University to compete in National Competition for AACS.  It was a fun time!!!  Then we prepared for the Spring Concert (all the while patiently waiting for the second grade teacher to have her precious baby so that I could begin subbing)!  The concert went amazing.  The set design turned out so much better than I hoped.  I can't wait to show you the pictures!
On the 14th the second grade teacher had her baby, which happens to be the same day Andy got really sick.  So they had to find a sub for the sub...LOL!  Wednesday I began subbing.
Friday was a wonderful day to celebrate our miracle graduating Kindergarten.  God has big plans for our little boy!  

Oh, yeah!!  By the way....on Monday, when Andy was sick, I took a little test and it told me.......


We are having a baby!

Our Fourth!

I am super excited and can't wait to get back to blogging all about our life, what God has been doing, and how He has been blessing us above what I deserve!

Until next week...when the subbing ends....

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

A little game of telephone!

Today I had some extra time with the sixth grade class I was subbing for.  So to use up the time, I instigated a game of telephone.  Most of you have all played before.  But in case you haven't: one person whispers something to the person next to them, they whisper it to the person next to them, and so forth until the end.  At the end the person announces what is sure to be a jumbled mess of what was said at the beginning.  I used this game to teach the sixth graders about gossip. 
It is amazing to me the way people spread news.  And as a female I see that we are the worst at it.  Men are not off the hook...I have been witness to their gossiping.  Most of the religious gossipers do it as prayer requests.  But the Bible says in Proverbs 18:8 that, "The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly"  When someone talks to us in private, as I explained to the sixth graders, you have two godly choices.  The first one is to flee temptation. If you know you struggle with gossiping, don't let people confide in you.  Be the first to admit you probably should not be told something.  The second choice is to decide to not say anything.  When someone tells you a burden, comes to you for help, or just needs to talk to someone about personal problems (which you should always give godly Bible advice); decide in your heart to not say anything.  Keep it in your heart.  We are to bear one another burdens not add to them.  By praying with people we can help bear them up, but being a gossiper only adds to their burdens.  
It was a good reminder, when the cute little tongue twister I told the first person ended up completely twisted (literally).  The kids seemed to grasp the lesson, too.  They laughed at first, but the serious expression on most of their faces as I explained about how gossip works the same as the game let me believe that some will think twice before telling.

Monday, April 30, 2012

Learning to Pray Series: "Which Art in Heaven"



The more I learn about prayer the more I realize we so often think that prayer is for us, but it is not.  Prayer is about God.  It is for God.  It is to glorify God.  And after all that is why we are here.  We were put here on earth to point others to God, to glorify Him.  

The second phrase in the Lord's prayer is "Which art in Heaven."
God is in Heaven.  He is sitting on the throne.  He is ruler over all.  He knows what is happening.  He knows what is going to happen.  He has everything under control.
I remember a message by Pastor Steve Robertson when I was in college very clearly.  It has always been one that I think about when I think about God on His throne.  It was taken out of Habakkuk 2:20
"But the LORD is in His holy temple: let all the earth keep silence before Him."

Pastor Robertson said we often like to think about our problems, but we need to remember God is on the throne.  He has everything taken care of.  He knows what is going on.  He knows our problems.  He understands them.  So "Shhhh, God is on His throne."  

Psalm 93:2 says, "Thy throne is established of old: thou are from everlasting."  
and 
Matthew 26:64 says, "...Thou hast said: nevertheless I say unto you, Hereafter shell ye see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of Heaven."

God is on His throne.  When we come before Him with our prayer requests, He already knows what is going to happen.  We do not need to complain to Him.  To worry about what we are asking.  We have no need to give it to God and take it back.

Why is it so hard for us to remember that God is not asleep.  That He is not busy.  I think sometimes that is how we act.  We come to God to pray over something and then we worry, or don't fully give it over to God.  I think of this when I think of my grandma that passed away.  I want to scream, "WHY!?  I needed her!"  But then I remember that God is on the throne.  He knows what is best.  He can comfort those that morn.  He can use her death to glorify Him.  I also realize that God knows what is best for me.  What is best for those whose lives were touched by her.  God wants us to look to Him and glorify Him with everything that happens in our lives.  And as hard as that is to understand, understanding that God is in control, He is on the throne, is the easiest way I have found to trust Him.  

I read some verses today while doing my Bible study that helped me.  When I think of God on His throne, I need to understand the character of God.  Know that He is a powerful and mighty ruler, but that He loves and cares for us.  What better way to illustrate that then sending His son to die a horrible death on a cross for us.  But this verse in my devotions helped also.

Psalm 147:3-7 "He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds.  He telleth the number of the stars; He calleth them all by their names.  Great is our Lord, and of great power: is understanding is infinite."
It is amazing that after reading those verses I would be tempted to try to do anything on my own, when I can go to the Lord for His help.  He certainly is a wonderful God.
Now about prayer being about God.  How do I glorify God when I pray.  By acknowledging who God is, and where He is.  He is on the throne of my life.  Or at least I want Him to be.  I must daily put Him there.  I must worship Him when praying.  Not just think of prayer as when I am in trouble, or that God is a gene in a bottle to grant my wishes.  Although God wants us to come to Him when we are in trouble, it should not be the only time we visit His throne.  Nor should we only come to Him with our selfish requests. Coming "boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need." (Heb 4:16) should not be the only time we come!  But I am glad that God in Heaven, sitting on His throne, desires us to come boldly to Him.  

So, next time you pray.  Thank God for sitting on the throne.  For being in control.  And glorify Him with your prayers.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Kindergarten is almost over.




Teddy's first days after birth.
I can't believe how fast this year has flown by.  My little boy, the one the doctors said would never make it, will be graduating kindergarten in just a few weeks. He is ever a source of energy, entertainment, and questions!  What started so quickly has ended in a whirl! 
August started with a bang!  The first day of Kindergarten is one I will never forget.  My little boy had all grown up and now was starting school.  Something that for the next 13 years would be a continuous event.  He walked into the classroom with such confidence, and sat at his desk to begin his morning paper as if he had been doing it all his life.  With a slight wave he said good bye, completely distracted by the paper.  I kissed him and walked out.  Tears steaming down my face as I drove away from the school.  The van was so quiet without him.  He seemed to be unfazed by me leaving!  
August flew by.  In September the class celebrated Apple day!  The excitement of making apple sauce and other apple activities!!! Then all to fast September was gone as we prepared for his birthday party.  He turned six on September 29th, with his school friends and Granny and Aunt Kathy!  
October proved to be a fun and busy month.  At the beginning of the month he took a trip to Michigan when Great Grandma went to be with Jesus. He was out of school for four days (and a weekend).  When he got back he found out that his first field trip was October 27.  I think he waited the whole month for it!  How excited he was as he boarded the big yellow bus to go to the Apple farm.  October was chilly but he was excited!  
Then came November.  Seeming all together to fast.  Starting with a missing ginger bread man and ending with a class program for Thanksgiving.
December was spent looking forward to a trip to the beach for Christmas with Nana and Papa. We counted down the days til the end of the year!  Teddy had his first class party.  They made adorable crafts and had a fun lunch of McDonald's happy meals.  Then school was out for break.  Granny, Grandpa, Uncle David, Aunt Alicia, and Aunt Kathy came to celebrate Christmas!  He was so excited to have them there.  Then we met Nana and Papa at Myrtle Beach for Christmas day!  We had a great week walking and playing on the beach, going miniature golfing (Teddy's first time), and playing with cousins!  School came back quickly!
On January 23rd (Andy's birthday) Teddy celebrated with his classmates 100 completed days of school!  I could not believe that we had finished that many already!!  They had a great day.  Andy did too!  
A few weeks later in February Teddy was baptized at the church.  Earlier in the year he had accepted Jesus as his Savior at sparks.  (I need to look up the date in his Bible later!!)  Then a week later Valentines day was celebrated in the class.  They had a yummy meal of spaghetti and meatballs.  
 February turned into March and along came the Spring Party.  They got to fly kites and make pots with grass hair!  Then came Spring break along with Mrs. Sutton's baby girl!  The kids were so excited that finally the baby had arrived.  He also got to spend a fun week with the family ending with going to the Coke Museum with mommy's friends, and Nana and Papa spending a night with us!  After break they came back to a new teacher!  This month has flown by.  Granny has come twice to stay with them!  One time he got to stay home to play with her.  He was so thrilled about that!
The end of April will soon turn into May.  The month of teacher appreciation, a baby shower (that had to be moved due to the early arrival of Alayna!), and finally on the 18th they will say good bye to Kindergarten with graduation.  
I am excited for my baby boy, and sad at the same time!  Does that even make sense...probably not!  He is growing up too fast.  
Oh, the places he will go in the next 13 years and beyond.  

I love you, Thomas Edward Knight II.  My little Teddy!!  I am so proud to be your mommy!!

Monday, April 23, 2012

All is quiet

All is quiet. 
 Both children are blissfully napping and gaining energy for the rest of the day.  
I hear the humming of the refrigerator, and the ticking of the clock, and now the clicking of the keys on the key board as I press them down.  
Now is when I can think.  
Next to me is the Bible.  For now it is closed.  It has been opened this morning.  Now it is resting, waiting for me to pick it back up.  It is calling me!
I am beginning to see that I spend so much time talking about God.  Reading books from people that love God.  And praying to God.  But I am not spending enough time listening to God.  The hum of the refrigerator and the ticking and clicking are nice soothing sounds.  But more important is the sound of the Holy Spirit.  How much do I listen to that?  
God is tugging on my heart about my daily time with Him.  It isn't enough.  Just reading the few chapters or reviewing my memory verses are not enough.  
I desire to be immersed in the Word of God.  
So why am I writing this post and not reading.  Well, mostly for accountability.  If I write it down for others to read, than I feel convicted when I don't do it!  Seems crazy that I need to blog about my conviction to read my Bible more!  But, for me this will help.  
I don't want to be a hypocrite!  I don't want to only read the small portion that is in my devotional book or the passages that go along with the Bible study I am currently reading.  
I want to read what God has for me and keep reading until I am sure that I got it!  
I want to learn to depend on the Bible like never before.  
I hope that this post will come to mind the next time I sit still or waste time!  I hope that I will encourage others to read and read and read.  
How can we grow without understanding?  I don't want to be a child in the word. "...but when I became a man, I put away childish things." (1 Corinthians 13:11b) I know that those childish things are thinking that a few verses will do.  
Well, now I am going to go read.  What are you reading right now.  How are you growing.  What is God teaching you.  Let's encourage each other!  Let's keep each other accountable.  Let's grow in the "grace, and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ." (2 Peter 3:18a)
Join me, won't you?

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Counting My Blessings

God really is so good to me.  Even though a lot of times I forget!  Today was one of those days.  The day when the daily grind and the tasks get to you.  I started focusing on the here and now of life.  The small stuff was getting to me.  Then I started thinking about things that I am blessed with.  It is definitely one of those things that gets me excited and thankful to my Savior!  I decided to make a list!!
1. My Salvation--it is definitely the most important blessing that I have!
2. My hubby (I can't say that enough)
3-5. My three beautiful children!! (they each bless me in their own unique way)
6. My home
7. Godly friends that encourage me!
8. Good health
9. Freedom to post about God!
10. Freedom to worship God!
11. A wonderful Church family
12. Freedom to own a Bible
13. A wonderful Savior
14. The peace that comes with salvation
15. The joy God gives me
16. A godly heritage
17. Teddy's salvation
18. The opportunity to stay home with my children
19. The opportunity to share the gospel (although I don't use it nearly enough...I am working on it!)
20. Food in my pantry, fridge, garage!!!
21. Personal needs are met!
22. The amazing gift of prayer (which I don't use as much as I should...working on that, too!)
23. Ability to use my gifts to serve the Lord
24. Ability to teach Puggles on Wednesday night (they are sooo cute!)
25. The Christian school Teddy gets to attend (and Danenn next year)
26. The Christian school Tommy gets to work for
27. An encouraging Pastor's wife!
28. My in-laws!!!  (What a blessing they are!)
29. The U S of A!!!!!!!!!
And the list could keep going...but I really need to get off the computer and finish cleaning!!!!
Wow!  Next time you feel discouraged or down about something, take time to make a list!  It is always so wonderful to see all the ways God blesses you!!!!  And this is not even nearly complete!!!!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Tubes!

Mom, what happened to the back of my clothes??
Andy got tubes in his ears today!  He did great!  A little grumpy after he woke from the anesthetic.  I am so glad that we got them done.  I debated back and forth deciding if it was the right thing.  But when the ENT said that he had hearing loss, I knew it was the right thing!  We already have noticed a difference in his hearing, today!!!!  God is so awesome that he has given man the knowledge to do such a simple procedure to help in such a powerful way!

Isn't he so cute!!!!!

Ladies Fellowship

 Titus 2:3-4 "The aged women likewise, that they be in behavior as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things; that they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, to be discreet, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed."

I am so blessed to be part of an amazing Church family.  One of my favorite benefits is Ladies Fellowship.  What a blessing to gather with sisters of Christ once a month to learn how to be more beautiful in God's eyes.  It is truly a Titus 2 thing!  When I go to the ladies meetings I get the opportunity to rub shoulders with some of the most faithful, loving, and godly women!  I get to learn from a Titus 2 lady!  Who would want to skip that!??  

Tonight was no exception.  As I continue to learn to really pray, I was excited that tonight's devotion was on The Garden of Prayer!  Isn't God so faithful to give us what we need to hear.  I am going to continue to meditate on the lesson tonight, given by a godly missionary wife.
As I post this I hope that you will remember  
Hebrews 10:25 "Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together."  

But as a warning when you assemble remember to focus your hearts on Christ, and learn from the older, godly women that the Lord places in your life!  It is fun sometimes to get together to have a good time, but put Christ first.  I find it is a much better time to be had by all.  Also, we younger women have a tendency to exclude the older, or mature, women.  Don't!!  God wants us to learn from them.  They have so much experience and godliness that we can learn from!!  
Okay...I will get off my box!

I hope each of you that are reading this are in a church body that you can learn and glean from the Titus 2 ladies there!  If not, find a Titus 2 lady you can shoulder up to, and gain wisdom from her years.  And as you do that, you can become a Titus 2 lady to someone else.  Most of us are older than someone else!!  We could be the only example of Christ someone has.  

Now I know that this was a rambling post!! LOL!  But I hope that it encouraged some of you!

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Learning to really pray

"Next to the wonder of seeing my Savior will be, I think, the wonder that I used so little of the power of prayer" D.L. Moody

I have always struggled with the business of prayer.  I never grasped the importance until I was in college and from there I struggled be consistent.  I guess we probably all struggle with something when it comes to spiritual growth.  It is one thing that I really want to grow in.  One thing that I want to become more strong.  How many times have I heard people say that their mom was a "prayer warrior."  I want to be a prayer warrior!  

 I decided to study the Lord's prayer and write a verse for each section of it.  Starting with "Our Father."  Because God is my father I can come to Him in prayer.  He loves me and takes care of me.  

Romans 8:15 "For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear, but ye have received the spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father."

How amazing that we can call our Heavenly Father, Abba, which means Daddy.  I think of my children when I think of this verse.  When they cry Daddy, Daddy runs to take care of them.  He stops what he is doing to help.  Just now my husband was mowing the lawn while the kids were playing outside.  My daughter fell while running and I heard her cry out, "Daddy!" He stopped the mower and ran to help her up.  How much more our Heavenly Daddy wants to, and can, help us.  

Luke 11:13 says, "If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask Him."

God loves us so much more than our earthly fathers.  Sometimes that is hard for me to think that someone could love me more than my earthly father and mother.  They took such great care of me while I was young and continue to show me love now that I am grown with my own children.  But my Heavenly Father loves me so much more.  

Our Father.  He is our Father.  We can come to him for anything.  We can come to him to sit and talk about life, it's heartaches, and it's joys!  We can learn from Him and grow closer to Him, and eventually we will see Him.  Our Father.
God is so good to me and I am so weak.  I fall and falter.  I fail Him over and over again.  Yet, if we are His children, if we are saved by God's grace and Jesus' blood, we can cry out to Him and He will pick us up 

Psalm 40:1-2 "I waited patiently for the Lord; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry.  He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings." 

Our Heavenly Father loves us so much.  He never gives up on us.  He never throws in the towel and says, "What is your problem!" Although He probably could so many times.  He is so patient and loving.  Just keep thinking of that.  Our Father.  When you pray tonight or tomorrow morning, start out by thanking God for being Our Father, our heavenly Daddy!  Thank Him that He loves us and cares for us so much.

As I continue to learn to pray, to use the power of prayer that God gives us, I hope I can strive towards being a prayer warrior.  To come boldly to the throne of grace.  To ask and knock and continue to knock!  

"Mind how you pray.  Make a real business of it. Let it never be a dead formality." Charles Spurgeon