Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Part of LeAnn's Story...


LeAnn was raised on a dairy, which she said put a lot of foundation in her life, and she learned early that “you have to work for things.”  LeAnn recalled asking her dad to pay her for working at the dairy.  “We had milk hands and they got paid.  And I thought, ‘I’m a milk hand, and I want to get paid,’ and he said okay.”  After two weeks went by without receiving any money, she nervously asked her dad about it.  He told her “You did get paid last night.  You bought and paid for your entry fees at the rodeo, and you paid for breakfast afterwards.  You paid for diesel up to the rodeo.”  LeAnn thought “Alright, I get it.”
Life got a little tougher for LeAnn when she was around 13.  Her parents started having problems, “All I wanted to do was blame, and when my parents started going through a divorce I was 15/16.”  Her dad moved to Alabama, and she began to sneak out, and was getting into fights.  But one afternoon, LeAnn would experience what she called an “awakening moment.” LeAnn shared, “There was one afternoon where I really just went against my momma, and I skipped school, and I was drinking vodka.  I can remember leaving there.  I was like, ‘I’m moving out’ and mom was like ‘no you’re not.’  I did…I left.  I don’t know how she found where I was.  I wasn’t but three miles up the road at a girl’s house, and obviously I didn’t know where I was because I was wasted.  I couldn’t tell her how to get me.  Of course, I didn’t want her to come get me at that time.  But here my momma was, she found a way to get a number to call me, and she did.  I ended up thinking ‘I’m not letting her pick me up’.  And I walked three miles home that night.”  But the story does not end there.  LeAnn continued “I saw a man on the street, and I literally picked a stick up because he tried to come on to me, and it scared me so bad.  I thought I beat him to death, to be honest with you.  And I was in flip flops, and ran a mile home, and I remember sitting there just crying.  Momma had called the cops because of that man, and we went back, and there was no man there.  It was a really sobering moment for me, because you know, even though you think we have to be in church to know that’s where Jesus is, I really believe that Jesus sends us people, that God sends us people.  And I don’t even know if there was a man there.”  LeAnn continued through tears “I’ll just be honest with you, because there was a stick, but there was no man.  It was an awakening moment for me.  That was just one of many, because after that, I quit the partying.”

Another strong foundation was left by her grandparents, who sang with the Happy Goodman’s.   LeAnn knew she did not want to go to college, she wanted to sing.  So, at the age of 18, her aunt drove her to Dollywood.  She auditioned, and got a part in Paradise Farms, The Life and Times of Dolly Parton.  She graduated in 98, and moved to Tennessee in 99.  While in Tennessee she fell in the party scene for a short time, but said she never felt “fulfilled.”  She became friends with an older man, who was “like a papa to me.”  He became a mentor to her, and helped her stay away from the partying.   LeAnn later moved from Dollywood to Nashville, where she took on several jobs.  She was breaking horses at a ranch, working at Applebee’s, and cleaning stables, but she felt she just wasn’t blessing anyone.  “What sobered me up from that, and made me wake up, and say that ‘here I was working my butt off and not even using the gift that God had given me’.”  One of her jobs was working on an Arabian ranch.  She had reluctantly agreed one time to travel with the men to groom the horses.  After arriving and settling the horses in, she realized that the owner wanted her to share his room.  She refused, and called a friend, who drove 5 ½ hours to come pick her up.  That experience convinced her to move back to Sevierville.  Her decision to return to singing was reinforced by a lady named Ruth.  “I’ll never forget it.”  Ruth asked me “Are you happy doing what you’re doing.”  And I said “yeah”.  Ruth then asked “And you’re making a living doing it, right?  You’ve made it!”  LeAnn replied “You are so right.  Here I am, I’m singing every night old country music.  I love it, and it’s on the stage.”  LeAnn also enjoyed that she was surrounded by elders.  “Unlike people your own age that tend to tell you what you want to hear, elders tend to tell you what you need to hear.”  LeAnn continued to work there for almost 2 more years. 

LeAnn would continue to work in Tennessee, but would go home from January to March to Louisiana to stay with her momma.  On one of those visits, her mom encouraged her to go on a trip with some friends to Tampa, FL.  That trip would turn out to be another turning point in her life.  J.W. Hart was at the event she attended.  LeAnn and J.W. had met a couple of years previous to this, but they were both dating different people, and LeAnn recalled laughing, “We really couldn’t stand each other to be honest.”  But things were different now.  LeAnn had broken up with her boyfriend, and J.W. spotted her out of the crowd sitting in the stands.  “And since day 1, it was like that day in Tampa, it was ‘I love you’, and we have been best friends ever since.”  She chuckled “We’ve fought and thrown things, and kicked each other a bit, but we’re still best friends.”   

After some time dating, J.W. convinced LeAnn to move in together.  Again, LeAnn found herself in a situation that went against what she believed.  She can remember going home at Christmastime, and having to explain to her grandparents, “I’m sorry I’m still living in sin.”  She knew they were judging her, but she pointed out to them “You may be judging me right now, but I get judged every day by my heavenly father.  That was a really difficult thing for me because I knew I wasn’t living the right way.”  In 2005 LeAnn and J.W. got married.  “When we finally got married on the 26th of November in 2005 I was like, I can remember, I just cried when I got home.  I was like we are no longer sinners, at least in this way.” 

LeAnn will be the first to tell you that she did not live a perfect life, and she made mistakes, but her life is a testimony to the strength and continued battle to achieve what God wants for each of us.  Each story and experience has made her the person she is today.  God has molded her and made her into the LeAnn Hart that we see today that lives a life that glories God.  But there is still more to her story. 

J.W. was a bull rider, and that meant a lot of traveling.  Their first couple of years together they spent traveling and hard core partying.  Every weekend it was the same thing, and after a while it just seemed normal.  Even though LeAnn enjoyed the opportunity to meet people, the lifestyle started to become harder to deal with.  “You just get tired of that same ole feeling after a while and it got really hard for me.”  LeAnn felt again God tugging at her and re-directing her back to where He wanted her to be.  She said “In my relationship with Him [God], he puts stuff in order for us when we start bowing our heads.  We really do start seeking Him.”  She added “And He [God] was like for a really long time you didn’t seek me first, so now let’s try that out.” and “so I did, I seek Him first every morning when I get up.”  LeAnn said her husband is second and then her kids.  “You know it falls in a certain order, and I’m just glad that I had the foundation that I did.”  LeAnn feels that God brought her through the walks of her life so when someone else is faced with a storm, she is able to better relate to them in their struggles. 

If you know LeAnn, or simply follow her on face book, you will see evidence that she has done just that.  LeAnn shares her life, her faith, and her love with others, in a way that makes it extremely evident that God is using her for His glory.  LeAnn uses the voice that God has given her and sings at 3 services on Sunday in her church.  She has also led worship at several Riding High Ministry services at PBR events.  She was over the toy run and angel tree for Love County which helped over 600 children last year.  In addition to that toy run and angel tree, God gave LeAnn a vision that every child in Love County should have a Bible.  Through some work and a lot of prayer 500 Bibles were donated to the children.  LeAnn recalled “It was an overwhelming feeling for me because God was there and it was like, wow, I just gave it to Him.” LeAnn has also opened up their home to mentor girls through Bible studies and sleep overs.  She recalls the fun from her first sleepover, and how exciting it was, “I was like wow we are gossiping about God at 3 in the morning!”  She started getting calls from girls wanting to bring groups over for one of “LeAnn’s sleepovers.” 

LeAnn said she always craved kids.  But God had a different plan for her and J.W.  LeAnn recalled traveling to the PBR events and “everybody was always wanting to know when are you guys going to have kids.”  LeAnn soon experienced her first miscarriage, then two, three and after the fourth miscarriage, LeAnn decided that they were going to adopt.  She was so determined she said, laughing, “I would have forged his [J.W.] signature if he would not have signed the paper because I wanted a baby.”  In October of 2008 they started the process through an agency, signed the paperwork, and were chosen.  “We were told right before New Years that year [2008] that we were going to have a son in March of 2009.”  Then as one of the happiest moments was about to happen, J.W.’s mother came down with pneumonia in the hospital.  “She was really sick.  She had cancer and there was 2 weeks that I got to spend with her.  It was probably the most precious time I had ever gotten to spend in my life.  She passed away the same day Wacey was born.”  It was a difficult time for them as LeAnn had to be with Wacey and J.W. had to stay and be with his momma.  “It was a really trying time for us.  I can remember getting to Michigan with my momma, calling J.W. at 5:36 and Debbie had passed away about 5 minutes before that.  She literally hung on for us to hold that baby.”  LeAnn smiled and added, “If you knew Debbie Hart, she loved her kids, she loved her boys, both of them.  She had ‘momma of JW and Cody Hart’ on the back of her car.  She was a proud momma.” 

Because of paperwork problems they were not able to go home with Wacey for over a month.   During that time, LeAnn experienced her fifth miscarriage.  “But almost a year to that date, March 14th, we got another baby in our home, Malayla Hart.”  Now, in 2012, she recalls having another miscarriage in 2011 when she didn’t even think she could get pregnant again.  LeAnn said, “Through that miscarriage, God just kept whispering to me that God’s timing is perfect and it has been absolute.”  Since this interview the adoption of Makayla Hart has been finalized!

LeAnn has had a life of ups and downs and good and bad, but she has taken what God has taught her and the trials she has been through to reach others with love and compassion.  She has now started posting prayer requests daily on her face book page.  “Starting in January of this year I have been getting like 10 to 15 prayer request a day.”  She said “I know it’s not because people think that I’m God, but I believe with all my heart that they know that I am going to go to God and seek Him.”  LeAnn said “Whenever you start opening your door, God starts opening up His doors.  When you’re honoring Him, he starts honoring you.  When you seek Him, he starts saying come on in, come a little further.” 

Sitting and listening to LeAnn Hart share about her life, I began to appreciate her even more than I did before.  LeAnn is a person I felt comfortable around the first time I met her.  The next time I saw her she came up and hugged my neck.  God gives each of His children special gifts, and I do feel that LeAnn has been given the gifts of compassion and mercy.   She has the southern charm and smile that draws people to her.  And she does not waste the opportunity given to show God’s love and compassion to everyone she meets. 

One of the last things LeAnn shared with me was something Tim Tebow had said.  “You know we were sent here to save lives.”  LeAnn said “If Jesus Christ can’t save every single person because of that little thing called our free will, then I don’t think you or I can either, but we are going to give of Jesus because that is what we were put here to do.”

Story written by Tammie Webster

Friday, November 6, 2015

Branded in Christ

I’ve always been fascinated by the Old West. I love all those old westerns with the shoot-outs and cattle drives. I was thinking about those cowboys on their cattle drives recently and about the concept of branding. Branding was originally any visible mark that showed identification for livestock. When we become Christians, we are in a sense branded for Christ. He sets His mark on us and sets us apart. When we accept Christ as our personal Savior, He has ownership of our bodies and us. Come saddle up with me as we explore this concept using some of the objects found in the Old West.

Horseshoe –
The main purse of a horseshoe is to furnish protection for the horses hooves against abrasion and breakage. The Lord doesn’t just set us in the world and expect us to have all the friction and roughness of the world bear into us as we bump along in life. The Lord is there for us to protect us. The world doesn’t have that strong arm to lean on but we do as children of the Lord. That’s one thing that sets us apart.  

Psalm 27:1-3
 The Lord is my light and my salvation -whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life—
    of whom shall I be afraid?
When the wicked advance against me
    to devour[a] me,
it is my enemies and my foes
    who will stumble and fall.
Though an army besiege me,
    my heart will not fear;
though war break out against me,
    even then I will be confident.

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. Psalm 40:2

Chaps –
Chaps were leather coverings for the legs of the cowboy. They were usually made out of sturdy leather and made to protect the legs. It was something that was needed because of the shrubs and vegetation that tore at the cowboys legs. God gives us wonderful protection by providing His Word for us as His children. When the world starts tearing at us and reaching out to grab us with all it has to offer, we can be refreshed and cling to the Word of God and find peace and comfort there. This sets us apart as Christians. Those without Christ don’t have the comfort of God's Word to rely on.

Cowboy Hat –
The cowboy hat was used for protection from the sun, but it was also useful and functional to the cowboy. On their cattle drives, the cowboys could signal with their hat and also use it to dip water out of streams when they were thirsty. It’s such a wonderful thing that the Lord is always there to shade us if we just stay close to Him. We can be shaded and dip into His Word and into the power of prayer and be refreshed in Him.

He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High
shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. Psalm 91:1

Saddle –
Saddles were originally used for working cattle ranchers. As Christians, we are set apart to work. We have a job to do. We are not set apart to be idle but we are here to carry out the Great Commission. God sets us apart from the world by making us His ambassadors. We represent Him. We need to be in the saddle so to speak, evangelizing and spreading the gospel and the love of Christ in our daily lives.

And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world,
and preach the gospel to every creature. Mark 16:15

By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples,
if ye have love one to another. John 13:35

Tumbleweed –
Tumbleweeds are plants that were abundance in the Old West. Although now they are kept under control for the most part, if you live in the Western United States you may be familiar with them. They are plants that break away from their roots. The wind can pick them up and carry them with great force usually carrying lots of dust as they go. Tumbleweeds can be troublesome because they tend to push other vegetation out and take over.

The interesting thing about tumbleweeds is that they carry seeds everywhere when the wind blows them and more grow. They typically have around 250,000 seeds. They don’t all scatter in one spot, as tumbleweeds don’t release all their seeds at once. Isn’t that so like the fiery darts of the devil? They keep on growing and coming at us as Christians. The Lord knew that the tumbleweeds of the world would come rolling by in our lives as His children. Those tumbleweeds make us rely on Him more. The world doesn’t have that reliance on the Lord like Christians do when trials and tumbleweeds come. Having the knowledge that God is completely in control of every situation is something that sets us apart as Christians.

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you,
saith the LORD, thoughts of peace,
and not of evil, to give you an expected end. Jeremiah 29:11

And we know that all things work together
for good to them that love God, to them
who are the called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28

Spurs –
If you are not familiar with what a spur is; it is a sharp metal piece attached to a cowboy boot. A spur is used for the purpose of goading a horse. It’s an incentive to make the horse move forward. Christ left us with the Holy Spirit to be our spur. The Holy Spirit is there to prick and guide us as Christians. When we are sensitive to His leading, we move forward in the direction that the Lord would have us go. This sets us apart as Christians. The world doesn’t have the Holy Spirit to guide and direct them.

But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost,
whom the Father will send in my name,
he shall teach you all things, and bring all things
to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. John 14:26

Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace
in believing, that ye may abound in hope,through
the power of the Holy Ghost. Romans 15:13

I love the fact that the Lord brands us with His touch. There’s so much He gives us as His children. The things mentioned above are just a small helping of what God gives us when we accept Him as Lord of our lives. Have you heard that saying before? “It’s not important who you are but Whose you are”. There’s so much we are given when we become Christians but we have to remember Whose we are. We have to live our lives according to how the Lord would have us because “we are not our own” as it states in 1 Corinthians 6:19.

I wonder if I stand out and people can see Whose brand is on me. As Christians, we are to shine in a dark world. I hope I’m doing that. I want to be identified for Christ.

So, Whose brand are you wearing?

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

KCCC Christmas Play

Kiamichi Country Cowboy Church will be putting on their first annual Christmas Program on December 20th @ 10:30 am.  Bring your family and friends!

Practice for our play will be on Wednesday nights at 6:30 pm.  Kids of all ages are invited to join in (even "older" kids! ;-) )

Soon we may be needing help with props, music, organization etc... please feel free to ask to help.

If you have any questions, please contact Felecia Brannon.

2015 KCCC Play Day Buckle Series Banquet

Kiamichi Country Cowboy Church will be having it's Second Annual Play Day Buckle Series Banquet on Saturday, November 7th @ 7:00pm.  We will be having a nice spaghetti dinner along with all the fixin's and then later in the evening passing out awards and buckles.  Please invite your friends and family.

Our buckles this year came from The Corriente Buckle Co..,  and they are ti-colored gold, rose gold and silver on a black background- they are beautiful!

A lot of hard work has gone into our play day series this year.  We are still under construction in our arena, but we were very grateful to be able to start this year with a play day series no matter the obstacles.  A huge thanks to all of those who have helped on the scene and behind the scenes, you know who you are!

If you are interested in helping with our banquet decorating or food, please let us know- we won't turn anyone away.  There will be plenty for everyone to help out with.

We are thanking God that all riders and horses made it through this series without any physical harm.
Lord, all honor goes to You!

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Welcome from KCCC!~

Welcome!  This is an old blog that I have had for years - feel free to look back through it if you want to- I have changed the name of it from "Created for His Glory" to "Kiamichi Country Cowboy Church."  (The former writings may or may not have anything to do with church.) This will be the place to get extra information concerning Kiamichi Country Cowboy Church and what we are currently up to.  We will have future posts on events coming to KCCC like our Play Day Buckle Series Banquet and our Christmas Program to name a few.  I also plan on posting something soon that tells of our history of the church - where we came from and where we are now.  For interest, I plan on featuring people from our church on occasion in order that we get to know each other better.  If you you would like something posted, please contact me. 

What denomination is Cowboy Church?

Although Cowboy Church is affiliated with the American Fellowship Of Cowboy
Churches and the Baptist General Convention, we function as an  
interdenominational fellowship.

Do I have to be a cowboy to attend Cowboy Church?

   Absolutely not. Although many cowboys, cowgirls, and other horse enthusiasts   
   attend Cowboy Church, our members come from every background and walk of
   life. If you would rather wear jeans than dress up, if you enjoy country or blue
   grass gospel music, if you like rubbing elbows with plain down to earth people,
   and if you want clear simple sermons you can actually understand, you will love
   Cowboy Church.

What happens at a Cowboy Church worship service?

   A typical Cowboy Church worship service consists of the singing country praise
   songs, country style, performances by one or more of the Cowboy Church bands,
   a time of special music and testimony provided by a soloist or guest band, and
   the preaching of the Word of God. In addition, it is not unusual to have baptisms
  during a service.

What time are the services?

   Cowboy Church currently has Sunday School @ 9:30 and one Sunday service @10:30 a.m. 

   Wednesday night Bible Study 6:30 pm

   Our church is located at 1000 Gloryland Rd., McAlester, OK.

How should I dress at Cowboy Church?

   The majority of people at Cowboy Church will wear boots and jeans, many will   
   wear hats or caps, some will wear shorts, and a few will wear suits or dresses.
   All of these are appropriate. The bottom line: wear whatever is comfortable to
   you. There is no pretense here. The person in shorts and a ball cap is as welcome
   as the one in a suit, and the really neat thing is, no one will notice the difference.
   At Cowboy Church we make ourselves at home with God and each other.

What does Cowboy Church believe?

   We believe the Bible is the word of God.
   We believe in one God that exists in three persons. God the Father, God the Son,  
  and God the Holy Spirit.
   We believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God who died to save men from their 

   We believe that men are saved by grace alone through faith in Jesus Christ.

   We believe that baptism is the means by which people are to publicly profess 
   their faith in Christ and identify themselves with His death, burial, and
   resurrection. For more about our beliefs concerning baptism click here.
How is Cowboy Church organized and how does it conduct business?

   At Cowboy Church, we believe that those who get their hands dirty should also
   be the ones making the decisions. Toward that end, Cowboy Church is organized
   around a multitude of ministry teams. .

Does Cowboy Church have programs for my children?

   Yes. We currently have Children's Church and just started a Youth Group.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Runner Competition

I love this... because running for me (and most people) isn't about trying to beat the next person, but in beating your last best time.  With this knowledge, the pressure is off - you only  need to push yourself to do the very best for yourself.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Justifying Compromise

A difficult environment never justifies compromise.

One definition for compromise is:  Accepting standards that are lower than is desirable.

 When people and things become difficult - that is the time to hold on tightly to what you truly believe.  When squeezed, what comes out you?  Do you bow down and compromise when it comes to God's Word, ways or truths?

Hold fast with faith, confidence, mercy and LOVE.  Be kind.  Be gracious.  But HOLD TIGHT and don't compromise.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Why Are We Here?

"When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers … what is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him?" (Psalm 8:3-4).

Why did God make us? To answer that, we need to know three things:

First it wasn't because he needed us: "The God who made the world and everything in it … is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything" (Acts 17:24-25).

And he didn't make us because he was lonely. Long before we were here, God already had "company" with his Son and the Holy Spirit, referred to in Genesis 1:26, "Let us make man in our own image."
And he didn't make us because he needed his ego fed. It's not like God made us to satisfy some craving to be worshiped. God is totally secure in who he is—without us.

Second, despite not needing us, God chose to create us anyway, out of his great love: "I have loved you with an everlasting love" (Jeremiah 31:3). Yes, God loved us before he even created us. It's impossible to get our heads around that idea, but it's true; that's what "everlasting" love means.
God is love (1 John 4:8), and because of that love and his wonderful creativity, he made us so we can enjoy all that he is and all that he's done.

Third, God created us to fulfill his eternal plan. I could write pages and pages about this, but suffice it to say that God, in his infinite wisdom, chose to make us a part of his eternal plan.
What part do we play in this plan? Well, the Bible is full of instructions for how we should live our lives. But here are a few key verses to remember:

1. "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength" (Deuteronomy 6:5).
2. "Love your neighbor as yourself" (Matthew 22:39).
3. "We are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do" (Ephesians 2:10).

We're also part of the war between God and Satan, and God's ultimate plan to defeat Satan. By putting our faith in God, we can defeat Satan and his lies (see Ephesians 6:10-18).

Finally, perhaps the most important part we play in God's eternal plan is to point people to eternal life with God—through his Son Jesus Christ. The Bible calls this our "ministry of reconciliation" (2 Corinthians 5:18-19).

That's why we're here. But it's also important to note that we have a choice in all of this. When God created us, he didn't make us pawns in some cosmic chess game. We're not his toy soldiers. God gives us freedom of choice.

Bottom line: God may not need us, but we certainly need him. I hope you've made the choice to put your trust completely in him—and play an exciting part in his loving, eternal plan.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Press on Towards the Goad

Forget what lies behind...

Strain forward to what lies ahead...

Press on toward the goal...

For the prize... the upward call of God in Christ Jesus...

This scripture found in Philippians 3:13-14 tells us that we must STRAIN forward to obtain the prize.

It is not easy.  It is not pleasant.  It taking dying to self and it takes sacrifice.

Forgetting what lies behind is a choice.  A tough one.  To leave those things we must consciously move forward with purpose and intention.  It is only then, when we continue running, way after we are tired, after feeling that we must stop but don't,  that we gain strength and endurance to finish the race.

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Turn the Other Cheek

 “But I tell you, Do not resist an evil person. If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also” Matthew 5:39

To turn the other cheek is neither humiliating nor retaliation. It is rather a response of strength that says, “I will not seek revenge because I am stronger than that”. It also says, I will not respond in shame because I have dignity in Christ. My dignity is not found in if I can hit you back and hurt you. My dignity is found in Christ and I will respond in just the way He would respond.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Born for this - Mandisa

Full-time Ministry

Full time ministry - a pastor's wife... I sit and stare at the words and my heart skips a beat.  So much to think about and to do.  Tie up loose ends and tighten others.  Breathe in... breathe out...  It is so amazing the places that God takes us in our lives.  It's amazing what he can do with a lump of clay that is so undeserving.  Yet and because of  the grace of God go I!

I want to share with you a prayer that I found online for pastor's Wives.

For the Pastor's Wife. . .
. . . I pray for authentic, loving, non-judgmental, supportive friendships
. . . I pray for grace beyond understanding when she must share her husband with those who are unkind to him
. . . I pray for freedom from guilt when she is unable to do ALL that is expected of her from dozens and dozens (or maybe even hundreds or thousands) of people
. . . I pray for happy surprises and unexpected blessings on a regular basis
. . . I pray for strength when her husband walks away again to care for someone other than her
. . . I pray for understanding when her husband speaks gently and patiently to those he counsels but becomes frustrated with her for needing similar counsel
. . . I pray for creativity and energy in loving her husband well in order to minimize his stress and make him happy
. . . I pray for tender moments with her Savior that remind her that her ministry is for His sake
. . . I pray that she will represent Christ well even when she just doesn't feel like doing so
. . . I pray against doubt when her ministry is difficult and Satan tries to convince her this means she is making a mistake (as though God never calls his people into difficult situations)
. . . I pray for supernatural amounts of energy at times when she needs it most but has nothing within her human strength to draw from
. . . I pray for a husband who understands that he shouldn't sacrifice his family on the altar of ministry
. . . I pray for Scripture to come alive inside her heart during moments of temptation
. . . I pray against bitterness and resentment
. . . I pray against laziness and selfishness
. . . I pray that the sanctification she recognizes in her own heart will bring incredible encouragement
. . . I pray for rest
. . . I pray for a faith that is far greater than her limited human imagination
. . . I pray for forgiveness--that she will ask for it willingly, give it freely, and receive it graciously
. . . I pray that she will get to witness miracles and recognize them as such
. . . I pray that she will always believe herself beautiful no matter what her physical condition because she is created in the image of God
. . . I pray for a common primary vision with her husband so that they are consistently working toward the same goal
. . . I pray against gossip, whether it be from her lips or against her or her husband
. . . I pray that her husband will treasure Christ and ONLY Christ more greatly than her so that he can treasure her well
. . . I pray for relationships that sharpen and support simultaneously
. . . I pray for fun
. . . I pray for biblically grounded mentors and Christ-centered, wise counsel
. . . I pray for quality time with her husband and children when quantity isn't possible
. . . I pray that every day will bring a deeper understanding of God's unfathomable, unconditional, unchanging love for her, and that she will not just *know* about it but truly *believe* it
. . . I pray that the approval she has in Christ will be ENOUGH when her work tends to go unnoticed or unappreciated by those around her
. . . I pray for abundant happy days, but I pray for all-surpassing joy even on the not so happy days
. . . I pray that she will be respected but not elevated
. . . I pray that she will be proud of her husband but not idolize him
. . . I pray that Hebrews 1:3-4 will overflow her heart with hope
. . . I pray for freedom in Christ
. . . I pray against guilty feelings when she does get to relax from time to time
. . . I pray that her memory will trap moments of love and laughter like a vice grip and release moments of worry and distress like water through a sieve
. . . I pray that the ultimate cry of her heart will always be to honor Christ and that she will remain on the path to a long obedience in that direction even though she will fail and take a few steps backward at times
. . . I pray for rich community and fellowship among solid believers firmly rooted in Christ
. . . I pray that the words Abba Father will mean more to her heart than to her head
. . . I pray that she will always know that Jesus Christ is under her as her foundation, in front of her as her shepherd, and within her as her righteousness
. . . I pray that she will be eternally fascinated and astonished by the Gospel and that it will transform EVERY aspect of her life

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Outside my window.... The sky is gray and cloud covered.  It has been pretty gloomy since the tornadoes in Moore, Shawnee and Little Axe last week - with only the slightest hint of sunshine bursting through every now and then.

I am thinking... I'm tired.  I woke at about a quarter to four this morning and finally got up when I realized I wasn't going to be able to fall back asleep.

I am thankful for... So many things.  Today I am thankful for knowing that I am going to be getting off work just a bit early.  I am really in need of a vacation and just can't seem to get the "want to get away" feeling off of my chest.

From the kitchen...  Last night I made a wonderful rice stir-fry with snap peas, carrots, turnips and onions from the garden!  It was so tasty.. and so pretty!

I am wearing... Scrubs

I am creating... Hmm...

I am going... To start trying to draw our ladies group at church closer together.  We are doing Secret Pals.. and I think the next step may be the Beth Moore bracelets.

I am reading...   A Terry Blackstock book... can't remember the name right now!  I have read way to many of her books back to back to back! Ha!

I am hoping... That the sunshine comes out and stays out soon!

I am hearing...   I am listening to a Big & Rich CD.

Around the house... Things are clean and tidy. For the moment anyway~!

One of my favorite things... Working in the garden.  There's just something therupetic about getting your hands in the dirt.. pulling weeds, gleening and fussing. I love it!

A few plans for the rest of the week... Just a couple more days and then the weekend!  Off to a hog roast with some friends from a former Cowboy Church we used to go to.  I can't wait!

Is trying to remember... God's Word tells us that if we will acknowledge Him in all our ways He will direct our paths.

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Gardening 2013

I believe that my garden for this year is complete!

Snow peas
Valida Onions
Green onions
Brussell Sprouts

Green beans
     Cherokee Yellow Wax Bush
     Contender Bush
     Kentucky Wonder Pole
     Straight Eight
     Tasty Green
     Boston Pickling
Yellow Squash
Banana Peppers
     Fooled You (unhot)
Bell Peppers
Black-Eyed Peas
     Big Boy
     Early Girls
     Golden Globe
     Rainbow Heirloom
     Mortgage Lifter

I am ready to can, freeze, chop, eat and pick!  I can hardly wait!

Friday, March 29, 2013

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Forgive and Give

Luke 6:37-38  Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven; give, and it will be given to you.  Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap.  For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.

We often hear “Judge not” from people who feel condemned.  It’s one of the few quotes they have heard from the bible that they remember… but, most of the time it is taken out of context.  The main jest, is that the person quoting it is saying that we have no right to judge whatever it is they may be doing (that we consider wrong.)  God does tell us to judge people by their fruits, but that’s a subject for another time…. Notice though, the scripture does not end with “judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not and you will not be condemned”… it goes on to say “forgive, and you will be forgiven~ give, and it will be given to you!”  We should not take half of a scripture and use it to the advantage of what we want, and not apply the rest of it as well.  If you are feeling condemned about something and telling people they shouldn’t be judging you… choose to forgive them, and give to them, and work things out with them peaceably..and goodness will come back to you.
Judge not, condemn not, forgive and give….

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Gateway Worship - O The Blood

O the blood
Crimson love
Price of life's demand
Shameful sin
Placed on Him
The Hope of every man

O the blood of Jesus washes me
O the blood of Jesus shed for me
What a sacrifice that saved my life
Yes, the blood, it is my victory

Savior Son
Holy One
Slain so I can live
See the Lamb
The great I Am
Who takes away my sin

O the blood of the Lamb
O the blood of the Lamb
O the blood of the Lamb
The precious blood of the Lamb
What a sacrifice
That saved my life
Yes, the blood, it is my victory

O what love
No greater love
Grace, how can it be
That in my sin
Yes, even then
He shed His blood for me