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Sunday, December 18, 2011

Quotable Quotes

A woman is like a tea bag - you never know how strong she is until she gets in hot water.

- Eleanor Roosevelt


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Friday, December 16, 2011

Great Deal for Everyone!

Use this LINK to get Enjoy The City books at a huge discount!!  Each of these books contains FOUR $5 off $30 Winn Dixie coupons.  Check your store's coupon policy - you might be able to use these coupons at Publix!!  There are also LOTS of other great coupons in the books.  Here's how it breaks down:

  • One book (Four $5 off $30 coupons) - $12 - saving $8 even if you don't use any other coupons in the book!
  • Three books (Twelve $5 off $30 coupons) - $30 - saving $30 with no other coupons used!!
  • Five books (Twenty $5 off $30 coupons) - $40 - saving $60 with Winn Dixie coupons alone!!

Go HERE to get your book for Jacksonville area or Orlando area!

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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Black Friday Shopping

If you're like me and LOVE a good deal, you're probably preparing for Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping.

Check out http://bfads.net/ for the best price deals, ad scans and buying guides - all available BEFORE the sale ads hit the newstands!!

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Friday, November 18, 2011

When You're Having A Bad Day...

...bookmark this post and come back to it.

One child's appointment, although it went well, left me with four follow-up items.  The baby's been fussing all day, in between short naps.  The twins have been wrestling and goofing off the entire afternoon, to the point that they're hurting one another and getting their feelings hurt too.  I have an appointment in a week that requires not just one, but two babysitters and I just found out one of them will not be available and I'll have to re-schedule my appointment.  The baby's appointment in a few days was just re-scheduled for the third time due to scheduling conflicts at the office.  Poor little guy fell asleep in the highchair and when I picked him up to take him to bed, his little foot hit my cup and spilled my perfectly sweetened raspberry tea all over the floor of the breakfast nook.  One of the twins spilled chocolate milk all over the kitchen floor simply because the trash was too full.  The wind blew half of our recyclables all over the neighborhood today.  This, in the middle of school issues for pretty much every kid but the baby.  In addition to the normal daily duties, I'm trying to get some "work" done.  You know, that stuff I do besides being a housewife and mommy.

But, the REAL thing to remember is that all of this occurred the very day after I heard a powerful message about having peace in any circumstance.  I guess I should have expected it.  A full-on attack to test me.  A test I did not pass.  I lost my patience.  I was snippy.  I raised my voice.

Today's Promise says, "Rejoice in the LORD, you who are righteous, and praise his holy name."  There wasn't much rejoicing going on here today.  I wasn't righteous and I didn't praise his holy name.  The only song that came to mind was an old one - I can only remember two lines:  "Make the world go away.  Get it off of my shoulders."

Now, I'm off to renew my mind with a new song.  I'm sure I don't remember all of the words to this one either.  Maybe someone can fill in the missing pieces.

"Oh, rejoice in the Lord.  He makes no mistakes.  
For He knows the end of each path that I take.  
For when I am tried and purified, I shall come forth as gold!"

ChristinaLynn }i{

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Create In Me

Since you've come to this blog, you have probably figured out by now that I enjoy writing.  You may also have come to the realization that I don't spend nearly enough time writing.

I lead a busy life.  I find that my family and my physical body crave structure, discipline and schedules to be prosperous, but my mind and soul crave spontaneity, creativity and diversity to not just live, but to thrive.  Lately, thriving has taken a back seat to simply surviving.

There are times when I must force myself to take a step back and re-evaluate my goals and priorities and weed out things that are keeping me busy that are just not that important.  Usually this process begins with me feeling overwhelmed, having missed some deadlines - whether "real" or self-imposed, and frustrated, feeling like life is just too difficult and so tired of racing the salmon to the top of the stream.

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I also often come to the place where I know that some of the things I am passionate about, I am constantly being pulled away from.  I know this pull all too well and I know where it comes from.  I know that Jeremiah 29:11 says:  "'For I know the plans I have for you,' declares the LORD, 'plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.'"  Anything else is not from God.

There have been so many things that God has placed on my heart to share with you over these past few weeks that may now be lost forever.  To stop.  Listen.  Acknowledge and accept.  Then obey His will right away is of the utmost importance.  The inspiration of the Spirit is not a switch that I can turn on and off when it is convenient for me.  The frailty of the moment soon passes and the opportunity to change a life that should have been touched by my obedience may never come again.

God uses the things that I am passionate about to reach others and also to change me to be more like Him.  These passions are my spiritual gifts that were determined by God to prosper me, not to harm me, in every situation, in this generation as He saves me to the uttermost.  Not just once from the depths of hell, but daily He saves me from a life apart from God.  As Expositor's Commentary says, "...complete deliverance, no matter what the need..."

Praise God for the uttermost! 

Lord, Thank You for saving me to the uttermost as only You can!  Help me to obey Your will by acting on the passions that the Spirit ignites.  Don't let a moment pass that can be used to further Your kingdom in my life and the lives of others here on earth and for eternity.  Create in me a clean heart and a new life in You!

ChristinaLynn }i{

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Here Am I...

Missing blogging terribly.

Lots of projects going on lately, but I plan to be back blogging again very soon.

God is placing plenty of great things in mind to pen, so I know you will be blessed!

ChristinaLynn }i{

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

The Mountains and the Valleys

I was blessed to be in the house of the Lord for two special opportunities last week. First to hear teaching from a woman truly annointed by God - practical, honest, real preaching of The Word. Then, to be a part of the Girls of Grace Conference.

A neighbor and true friend invited me to the women's fellowship at her church and I was sincerely blessed! The event, the fellowship, and the message made an impact on me that I am grateful for.

I found myself, even before the message began, getting easily distracted in my thoughts and letting my mind wander. Thoughts then came to mind that I was not "feeling" what I was participating in. My head was there, but my heart was just not in it. The message God brought home through the speaker was to renew my mind in a way to insist on His presence in my daily life. Also that we have to sharpen our spiritual senses and learn to perceive the kingdom of God in our present reality. As the speaker said, this requires me to see and trust a different reality and to take an offensive posture of the heart, presenting myself for service to God in order to "rise up" in outlasting, enduring victory to overcome!

Then, the Girls of Grace Conference Saturday was a blessing for myself and my daughter. So many special speakers and worship music! I learned how to be a Wildflower for Christ with the three C's: Clear out the contamination, Cultivate with the Son and Water of Life, to become a new Creation! I learned how I reflect God uniquely through His beauty and His mystery in Psalm 17:8, 45:11 and Zephaniah 3:17. I learned that breaking free means having balance and balance means having the right amount of concern, not too much and not too little. Balance brings respect rather than judgement.

My daughter's eyes were opened to the "Wait for Steak" campaign that taught her that there isn't a man on the planet that can complete her, don't look for one and don't expect it from one. This was presented in such a great way to make an impact on teenage girls not to settle for a boy instead of waiting for a man and really detailed what qualities they should be looking for in a man, knowing that manhood is a CHOICE!

I was also blessed to be with friends! I think we sometimes take for granted, or just ignore the need for female companionship, mentoring and accountability that we so desperately need in this life.

And I have truly experienced the unfortunate battle from the enemy since Saturday.

Lord, I pray that You will remove the distractions and competing priorities that are taking me away from Your Word and Your Will. Make my focus Lord, on God and family first!

ChristinaLynn }i{

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Notable Nuggets

"When it's darkest in the tunnel, it's a great time to be selling flashlights!"

Notable Nuggets are quotes or tidbits acquired through previous sermons, fellowship or instruction gleaned at Creekside Christian Church.


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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Lifting Your Husband Through Prayer - Week 6

From a "prayer card" published by FamilyLife. Use this opportunity to lift your husband through prayer, concentrating on God's Word and hiding it in your heart.
 
Lord, I lift my husband to You today and pray, according to Your Word, that:
  • You will protect him physically, mentally, and spiritually (Psalm 28:7-9; Psalm 41; John 17:15; 2 Thessalonians 3:3).
Psalm 28:7-9 (NIV)
7 The LORD is my strength and my shield;
   my heart trusts in him, and he helps me.
My heart leaps for joy,
   and with my song I praise him.
 8 The LORD is the strength of his people,
   a fortress of salvation for his anointed one.
9 Save your people and bless your inheritance;
   be their shepherd and carry them forever.  
 
Psalm 41 (NIV)
For the director of music. A psalm of David.
 1 Blessed are those who have regard for the weak;
   the LORD delivers them in times of trouble.
2 The LORD protects and preserves them—
   they are counted among the blessed in the land—
   he does not give them over to the desire of their foes.
3 The LORD sustains them on their sickbed
   and restores them from their bed of illness.

 4 I said, “Have mercy on me, LORD;
   heal me, for I have sinned against you.”
5 My enemies say of me in malice,
   “When will he die and his name perish?”
6 When one of them comes to see me,
   he speaks falsely, while his heart gathers slander;
   then he goes out and spreads it around.

 7 All my enemies whisper together against me;
   they imagine the worst for me, saying,
8 “A vile disease has afflicted him;
   he will never get up from the place where he lies.”
9 Even my close friend,
   someone I trusted,
one who shared my bread,
   has turned against me.

 10 But may you have mercy on me, LORD;
   raise me up, that I may repay them.
11 I know that you are pleased with me,
   for my enemy does not triumph over me.
12 Because of my integrity you uphold me
   and set me in your presence forever.

 13 Praise be to the LORD, the God of Israel,
   from everlasting to everlasting.
            Amen and Amen.


John 17:15 (NIV)
My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one.

2 Thessalonians 3:3 (NIV)
But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one.
ChristinaLynn }i{

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Lifting Your Wife Through Prayer - Week 4

From a "prayer card" published by FamilyLife. Use this opportunity to lift your wife through prayer, concentrating on God's Word and hiding it in your heart.


Lord, I lift my wife to You today and pray, according to Your Word, that:
  • her agenda and tasks today would go smoothly and that she would accomplish much (2 Thessalonians 2:16-17; 3:1-4, 13).
2 Thessalonians 2:16-17 (NIV)
May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word.

2 Thessalonians 3:1-4, 13 (NIV)
As for other matters, brothers and sisters, pray for us that the message of the Lord may spread rapidly and be honored, just as it was with you.  And pray that we may be delivered from wicked and evil people, for not everyone has faith.  But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one.  We have confidence in the Lord that you are doing and will continue to do the things we command.  And as for you, brothers and sisters, never tire of doing what is good.

ChristinaLynn }i{

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Notable Nuggets

"You'll never go wrong doing it God's way."

Notable Nuggets are quotes or tidbits acquired through previous sermons, fellowship or instruction gleaned at Creekside Christian Church.


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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Lifting Your Husband Through Prayer - Week 5

From a "prayer card" published by FamilyLife. Use this opportunity to lift your husband through prayer, concentrating on God's Word and hiding it in your heart.


Lord, I lift my husband to You today and pray, according to Your Word, that:
  • he will be quick to hear, slow to speak, and slow to anger (James 1:19).
James 1:19 (NIV)
Listening and Doing



My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.
ChristinaLynn }i{

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Lifting Your Wife Through Prayer - Week 3

From a "prayer card" published by FamilyLife. Use this opportunity to lift your wife through prayer, concentrating on God's Word and hiding it in your heart.


Lord, I lift my wife to You today and pray, according to Your Word, that:
  • You will release her from worry or guilt over things she is not responsible for or in control of (Matthew 6:25-34; Luke 12:22-32).
Matthew 6:25-34 (NIV)
Do Not Worry



25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?


28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
ChristinaLynn }i{

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Swagbucks

Don't forget to sign up for Swagbucks!  Use this link and code BIGTIMEBUCKS to get 100 bucks when you sign up!

Search & Win

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Coupon Jackpot!

Today is definitely the day to get extra copies of the Sunday paper! In addition to the four coupon inserts we found out about here for SmartSource (SS), RedPlum (RP), Proctor & Gamble (PG) & Pepsi Moments to Save, I also received General Mills (GM - over $18 in coupons) and Take Time to Play ($61 in coupons)!

Now is a great time to see how God can use couponing to help you prosper!

ChristinaLynn }i{

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Notable Nuggets

"God doesn't call the equipped, He equips the called!"

Notable Nuggets are quotes or tidbits acquired through previous sermons, fellowship or instruction gleaned at Creekside Christian Church.

ChristinaLynn }i{

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Lifting Your Husband Through Prayer - Week 4

From a "prayer card" published by FamilyLife. Use this opportunity to lift your husband through prayer, concentrating on God's Word and hiding it in your heart.

Lord, I lift my husband to You today and pray, according to Your Word, that:
  • he will love You with all his heart, soul, mind, and strength and hate evil (Mark 12:30; Psalm 97:10)
Mark 12:30 (NIV)
Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.

Psalm 97:10 (NIV)
Let those who love the LORD hate evil,

for he guards the lives of his faithful ones
and delivers them from the hand of the wicked.

ChristinaLynn }i{

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Lifting Your Wife Through Prayer - Week 2

From a "prayer card" published by FamilyLife. Use this opportunity to lift your wife through prayer, concentrating on God's Word and hiding it in your heart.


Lord, I life my wife to You today and pray, according to Your Word, that:


  • her physical health will be strong and her stamina high (Isaiah 40:28-31).

Isaiah 40:28-31 (NIV)
28 Do you not know?
Have you not heard?
The LORD is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary,
and his understanding no one can fathom.
29 He gives strength to the weary
and increases the power of the weak.
30 Even youths grow tired and weary,
and young men stumble and fall;
31 but those who hope in the LORD
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.

ChristinaLynn }i{

God Will Make A Way!

Excited to see what God has in-store for me today!    The appointment that was going to take me away from Ladies Bible Study today was postponed for a few days.  

Now I wish I had done my homework!!

ChristinaLynn }i{

Monday, September 26, 2011

Time For a Tune-up

Ladies and Gentlemen, it's time to take a look at our challenge to pray for our spouse. 

Have you been dilligent in your prayers for your spouse since we began?

If you have missed days here and there or gotten side-tracked, don't worry!  I have missed days too, but I take comfort in the knowledge that I am praying for my spouse more now than I was just a few weeks ago! 

I don't believe God expects us to be perfect, only that we continue striving for Him and His will daily.

Keep up the effort.  Maybe set a reminder on your phone, or a post-it on your mirror, you could even leave yourself a voice mail.  Whatever you do to help remember things.  Start back fresh this week and watch God do amazing things in your marriage!

ChristinaLynn }i{

Please Bear With Me...

I am making some changes to the layout of the blog, please bear with me as I add new things.

Thank you!

ChristinaLynn }i{

Sunday, September 25, 2011

New Blog Buttons!

YAY!  I'm very excited to share with you that I learned how to create my own blog button and also learned how to add someone's blog to my page!  Please help me spread the word and feel free to tell me about blogs that you would like to see here!

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Thursday, September 22, 2011

Notable Nuggets

"Get on your knees and fight like a man!"

Notable Nuggets are quotes or tidbits acquired through previous sermons, fellowship or instruction gleaned at Creekside Christian Church.
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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Lifting Your Husband Through Prayer - Week 3

From a "prayer card" published by FamilyLife. Use this opportunity to lift your husband through prayer, concentrating on God's Word and hiding it in your heart.

Lord, I lift my husband to You today and pray, according to Your Word, that:
  • he will be a wise steward of our finances and all we possess, remembering that all things are Yours and entrusted to us for Your purposes (Matthew 6:19-21; Luke 16:10-13).
Matthew 6:19-21 (NIV)
Treasures in Heaven
19 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

 
ChristinaLynn }i{

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Lifting Your Wife Through Prayer

Here's the first in a series of prayer card posts I promised you to pray for your wife.  The information here is taken from a prayer card my husband received many years ago and is published by FamilyLife.  Let it minister to you!

Lord, I lift my wife to You today and pray, according to Your Word, that:
  • she will know Your will for her life, pleasing You in all respects and bearing fruit in every good work (Colossians 1:9-10).
Colossians 1:9-10 (NIV)
For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God.
ChristinaLynn }i{

Monday, September 19, 2011

Praying for Your Wife

My husband also has a prayer card to help husbands pray according to God's Word for their wives.  So, I'll borrow this card from my husband and you can expect to see these posts on Tuesdays.  Let your husband, brother, father, son and the other men in your life know to look for Lifting Your Wife Through Prayer and don't forget about Lifting Your Husband Through Prayer on Wednesdays.

This is a great opportunity to apply God's Word to your life in a practical way.  Read the prayers and included scriptures and pray the fruit of God's Word into your spouse throughout the week.

Don't have a spouse? 

Pray for your future spouse.  Pray for your parents.  Pray for your children and their spouse or future spouse. 

Let God lead you.

ChristinaLynn }i{

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Lifting Your Husband Through Prayer - Week 2

From a "prayer card" published by FamilyLife. Use this opportunity to lift your husband through prayer, concentrating on God's Word and hiding it in your heart.

Lord, I lift my husband to You today and pray, according to Your Word, that:
  • You bless his work and show him daily how to honor You in his attitude and spirit; confirm the work of his hands unto Your purpose (Psalm 90:16-17; Daniel 6).
Psalm 90:16-17 (NIV)
May your deeds be shown to your servants,
your splendor to their children.
May the favor of the Lord our God rest on us;
establish the work of our hands for us—
yes, establish the work of our hands.


Daniel 6 (NIV)
Daniel in the Den of Lions

1 It pleased Darius to appoint 120 satraps to rule throughout the kingdom, 2 with three administrators over them, one of whom was Daniel. The satraps were made accountable to them so that the king might not suffer loss. 3 Now Daniel so distinguished himself among the administrators and the satraps by his exceptional qualities that the king planned to set him over the whole kingdom. 4 At this, the administrators and the satraps tried to find grounds for charges against Daniel in his conduct of government affairs, but they were unable to do so. They could find no corruption in him, because he was trustworthy and neither corrupt nor negligent. 5 Finally these men said, “We will never find any basis for charges against this man Daniel unless it has something to do with the law of his God.”

6 So these administrators and satraps went as a group to the king and said: “May King Darius live forever! 7 The royal administrators, prefects, satraps, advisers and governors have all agreed that the king should issue an edict and enforce the decree that anyone who prays to any god or human being during the next thirty days, except to you, Your Majesty, shall be thrown into the lions’ den. 8 Now, Your Majesty, issue the decree and put it in writing so that it cannot be altered—in accordance with the law of the Medes and Persians, which cannot be repealed.” 9 So King Darius put the decree in writing.

10 Now when Daniel learned that the decree had been published, he went home to his upstairs room where the windows opened toward Jerusalem. Three times a day he got down on his knees and prayed, giving thanks to his God, just as he had done before. 11 Then these men went as a group and found Daniel praying and asking God for help. 12 So they went to the king and spoke to him about his royal decree: “Did you not publish a decree that during the next thirty days anyone who prays to any god or human being except to you, Your Majesty, would be thrown into the lions’ den?”

The king answered, “The decree stands—in accordance with the law of the Medes and Persians, which cannot be repealed.”

13 Then they said to the king, “Daniel, who is one of the exiles from Judah, pays no attention to you, Your Majesty, or to the decree you put in writing. He still prays three times a day.” 14 When the king heard this, he was greatly distressed; he was determined to rescue Daniel and made every effort until sundown to save him.

15 Then the men went as a group to King Darius and said to him, “Remember, Your Majesty, that according to the law of the Medes and Persians no decree or edict that the king issues can be changed.”

16 So the king gave the order, and they brought Daniel and threw him into the lions’ den. The king said to Daniel, “May your God, whom you serve continually, rescue you!”

17 A stone was brought and placed over the mouth of the den, and the king sealed it with his own signet ring and with the rings of his nobles, so that Daniel’s situation might not be changed. 18 Then the king returned to his palace and spent the night without eating and without any entertainment being brought to him. And he could not sleep.

19 At the first light of dawn, the king got up and hurried to the lions’ den. 20 When he came near the den, he called to Daniel in an anguished voice, “Daniel, servant of the living God, has your God, whom you serve continually, been able to rescue you from the lions?”

21 Daniel answered, “May the king live forever! 22 My God sent his angel, and he shut the mouths of the lions. They have not hurt me, because I was found innocent in his sight. Nor have I ever done any wrong before you, Your Majesty.”

23 The king was overjoyed and gave orders to lift Daniel out of the den. And when Daniel was lifted from the den, no wound was found on him, because he had trusted in his God.

24 At the king’s command, the men who had falsely accused Daniel were brought in and thrown into the lions’ den, along with their wives and children. And before they reached the floor of the den, the lions overpowered them and crushed all their bones.

25 Then King Darius wrote to all the nations and peoples of every language in all the earth:

“May you prosper greatly!

26 “I issue a decree that in every part of my kingdom people must fear and reverence the God of Daniel.

“For he is the living God
and he endures forever;
his kingdom will not be destroyed,
his dominion will never end.
27 He rescues and he saves;
he performs signs and wonders
in the heavens and on the earth.
He has rescued Daniel
from the power of the lions.”

28 So Daniel prospered during the reign of Darius and the reign of Cyrus the Persian.

ChristinaLynn }i{

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Priorities

Have you ever had one of those moments where you had to make a decision about what would make "the list" today and what would just get bumped? 

I had one of those moments today.  Even though I thought when school started back things would calm down and give me a little more time to get things done, I have been running from one appointment to the next for the past three weeks and today was no exception. 

As I was readying the little ones for preschool and gettin the baby fed and changed, I was reviewing my day in my head.  Open house tonight for the older two kids, two different schools but at the same time.  Well, I can't be in two places at once.  Have to pick up a few things at the drug store.  Need to make a grocery shopping list with coupons to complete before the sale ends tomorrow.  Finish laundry that was started late yesterday.  Oldest son has a doctor's appointment in the afternoon, so daughter will have to wait after school until I get back.  So the question creeps up:  Do I really have time to go to Ladies Bible Study this morning?  Well no, honestly, I do not have time to go.  It's the first meeting of the fall session, maybe they won't be doing much except going over the layout, routine, etc. 

I drop the twins off at preschool and start heading down to the church, then pull into a parking lot to make sure I have some cash for the book or if I'll need to run back home to get my checkbook.  Ok, cash is there, time to decide.  The Still, Small Voice speaks to me:  "Go, God will provide." 

No arguing with that.  I'm on my way. 

I arrived a few minutes early and decided to check my phone for any news or messages.  Started out of the car, unpacked the stroller and I over hear someone referring to my business.  Exciting!  She wants to book with me.  As I went into the sanctuary, it was refreshing to be back in the fellowship of other women.  I was able to spend some time with our Children's Minister who has been diligently praying for and checking up on our baby who's been having some medical challenges.  It was nice to see some familiar friends, some I've known for years and some I've just met.  It was also nice to meet some new women who've recently joined our church or who are visiting.  Even though it was the first meeting of the fall session, it was a full lesson.  A refreshed video study, A Woman's Heart:  God's Dwelling Place by Beth Moore.  The audio wasn't working on the overhead screens, so we had to view on a small TV on a cart.  I didn't have the exact amount for the book and there was no change, but our Children's Minister was able to make change for me.  The baby was being loud and wanting to pull everyone's attention to him.  A very sweet lady helped me rock and soothe the baby.  I'm sure it was nice for him to see anyone other than me for even just a few minutes.  Another friend helped soothe a baby, giving the mom a quick break. 

I was truly blessed to be in the house of the Lord today and so touched by the encouragement and support of such godly women.  Now, to carve out time for the daily homework that is part of the workbook study because the Voice has returned, "Do it, God will provide."

When we set our priorities in-line with God's will, He will fill our cup to overflow.  That's not to say there won't be challenges, but that those challenges will be met with a means of fulfillment that can't be matched.   

ChristinaLynn }i{

Sunday, September 11, 2011

An Honor Received

My post, My Utmost, was recently published in a not-for-profit online Christian magazine.  I am honored to be able to share this with you!  Check it out at http://www.gracesabarus.org/.

ChristinaLynn }i{

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Lifting Your Husband Through Prayer

**I received a "prayer card" many years ago, created by FamilyLife.  I plan to share a portion each Wednesday throughout the next several weeks.  Use this opportunity to lift your husband through prayer, concentrating on God's Word and hiding it in your heart.  I have been using this prayer card almost daily since I found it cleaning out my bookshelf for donations to a library my church is forming.  I am once again amazed at how God works in my heart as I reach out to pray for others.  I hope it will minister to you even more so. 

Lord, I lift my husband to You today and pray, according to Your Word, that:
  • You give him strength to lead (Joshua 1:7), time to know his family (John 10:14) and a passion to manage his home (I Timothy 3:4).
Joshua 1:7 (NIV)
“Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go.


John 10:14 (NIV)
“I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me—
1 Timothy 3:4 (NIV)
He must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him, and he must do so in a manner worthy of full respect.


ChristinaLynn }i{

My Utmost

 Several months ago, I began a journey though I didn’t realize it at the time.

My Mother-in-law had passed away a few months prior and I had recently given birth to my fifth child. It was time to re-evaluate life. My husband has an excellent work ethic and we knew God would provide financially. I love my kids and enjoy being a stay-at-home mom. I needed to find a way to be a woman again, mentally as well as physically. Take the opportunity to have lunch alone or with friends, or “splurge” on a pedicure, sans kids.

Ironically, it was through my kids that I found my sponsor for Thirty-One Gifts. I had only purchased two items at the time and had never been to a party, but the more I looked at the catalog and reviewed the information, I felt God leading me to make a decision. Then, I found out there would be a temporary freeze to join as an Independent Consultant. On the last day before the freeze, I sent in my information and decided that if I didn’t make the deadline, it would mean there was a better opportunity for me down the road. I found out two days later that my application had been received and I would begin my new career!

I had my first party weekend and exceeded all expectations I could have had. I had thoroughly enjoyed meeting all of the women, showing all of the products and all of the wonderful uses, and seeing everyone’s faces light up when they heard the special for the month!

The next month proved to be just the opposite and I found myself wondering if it was all going to be worth it. How was I going to keep this going?

My husband would see my discouragement and remind me that we had decided that if it became too stressful for me, we would walk away. I enjoyed it so much; I wondered how I would ever be able to walk away. But, I couldn’t stand the disappointment in myself. Finally, I gave up control and left it in God’s hands. I knew that if He led me to this, He would provide a way.

As soon as I allowed God to have control, I began to see improvements again in my business. Over the next few months, I went along this “yo-yo” path.

My first six months as a consultant taught me more than I could have ever imagined. My Mother-in-law used to tell me that I had moxie. I never quite knew what she meant until this journey led me to the Merriam-Webster definition.

mox•ie \ˈmäk-sē\

1: ENERGY, PEP active strength of body or mind

2: COURAGE, DETERMINATION strength of mind to carry on in spite of danger;

3: KNOW-HOW knowledge gained by actually doing or living through something;
I have learned that I have more energy than I ever thought possible and the pep I had from long ago has returned. Some would say that I am courageous to speak publicly the way I do in small or large groups. Many say public speaking is their number one fear and yet it seems God has blessed me with this talent, for which I am grateful. The knowledge I have gained is truly priceless and I could never have leaned it without living through the beginning stages of this new career nor without the strength and encouragement of my sponsor and fellow consultants.

One of my favorite aspects of this business is that I am able to give so much away. Fundraisers specifically designed to donate products or cash, hostess benefits pre-determined by Thirty-One Gifts, donations and additional incentives and giveaways that I provide on my own; it is such a blessing to be able to give back to my community, those in need, and those who make this dream possible.

I am continuously being taught that the more I rely on Him, the less stressful life becomes. The more my husband sees how much I enjoy this, he wants me to keep going too!

I understand that in order for me to give Him my utmost, in order to see my husband pleased in me, and for me to see myself as enterprising, I have to give up control to my Lord and Savior. In His hands, I can have simplicity and success. In His hands, my worries seem so small!

ChristinaLynn }i{

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Not for the Squeamish

About a month ago, we were taking a 6 day vacation in South Florida & the Florida Keys.  We had taken the camper and parked it in a state park midway down the Keys and drove during the days up to Ft. Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, Miami and down to each of the islands to Key West. 

One of the days, had been much like the others.  We had spent the day out and about and it had started to rain as we were heading back to camp.  We stopped at a gas station to fill up the tank, hubby and I took turns for a bathroom break.  As I was returning from the restroom, hubby had completed gassing up the tank and he was handing me the keys as I was walking back to the van.  It was an exchange we have done often, never wanting to leave the kids in the car in an unfamiliar place without an adult. 

This time was quite different.  I missed the inital exchange and as I turned to reach back and grab the keys my feet slipped on the wet concrete and I fell down on my wrist, elbow and hip - hard.  I was lying there on the concrete, in the rain, in pain and embarassed.  A complete stranger came over and helped my husband lift me off the ground and walk me to my car. 

I sat in the car and assessed my injuries.  Would there be an out of town, late night hospital visit?  My wrist was hurting the most.  I was trying to stay calm and focused enough to determine if it was broken.  There was a knot on one side, but it didn't hurt to touch it.  I was able to reset the bone, realizing it was displaced.  It started feeling better within a few minutes. 

Next was my hip.  Already having arthritis in my hip, I did not want to have any further damage to it.  It hurt terribly and felt badly bruised but showed no signs of a topical bruise so I assumed a soft tissue injury needing rest. 

Lastly, my elbow.  I could bend my arm and rotate it, so I didn't think it was broken.  It just hurt so much!  I rested it on a pillow through the night and planned to make a day trip to a local hospital if it wasn't any better.  While it was better and the remaning two days of our trip continued, it is actually still bothering me.  Ocassionally if I rest it on a table or even gently bump it, it burns deep into my bone.  I assume that I cracked the bone and probably should have had it x-rayed even though I don't know if anything could have been done for it other than keeping it immobile. 

Through it all, I have often thought back to the nice lady who stopped what she was doing in the dark, pouring down rain, along a travel route to help someone she didn't know.  Would I have done the same?  I would like to think I would have, but in today's environment it is really a gamble.  Too many times, I have heard horror stories about the "good samaritan" who stopped to help someone only to be mugged or murdered.  It has truly tainted my nature.  Either way...

God bless her, whoever she was.

 ChristinaLynn }i{

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Life Happens

I am always amazed by the "ups and downs" of life.  Days like today, where nothing seems to go my way and everything is a struggle.  Just about the time I think about giving up on a certain project that just doesn't seem to be very consistent, God brings something new to the table to get me excited about it again.  I have to believe that He is in control and wants me to continue to perservere or the doors would continue to close. 

As Christians, we were never promised a life of rainbows and roses - or, maybe we were - rainbows don't come without rain and roses always have thorns.   We must not only survive the low points and the biggest challenges, we must thrive in order to make it to the soft petals of the rose and beautiful colors of the prism. 

I think the biggest challenge of all is recognizing the petals and the prism when we come to them.  Appreciating them both while they are occurring and after they have passed.  Cherishing those times that God has brought us to the mountain top and being grateful for the journey that led you there.

ChristinaLynn }i{

Sunday, August 7, 2011

I was listening to today's sermon, one of a series about running the race with passion.  I heard Pastor Chuck say, "Things don't move from disorder to order unless God is involved."  While he was referring to the theory of evolution and how it couldn't possibly be true, God had a different plan for me this morning. 

He brought a verse to memory, although I couldn't remember it exaclty and I couldn't think of the reference.  So, as I was searching through my Bible's concordance and previous sermon notes, God brought me to these verses:
  • James 5:16a - Confess your faults one to another.
  • I John 1:9 - If we confess our sins, He is faithful & just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
I did eventually find the original verse, but it was quite an interesting path.  The verse I was Matthew 5:23-24:  So if you are standing before the altar in the Temple, offering a sacrifice to God, and suddenly remember that a friend has something against you, leave your sacrifice there beside the altar and go and apologize and be reconciled to him, and then come and offer your sacrifice to God. 

You see, I have a friend that believes she has something against me.  Even though what I originally did wasn't wrong, she was hurt by it.  I have apologized for the hurt.  I have asked God's forgiveness for hurting her.  Then, believing I could "clear the air" with all parties involved, I hurt her again.  I was concerned that I would be offering my sacrifice to God with something in my heart and life that would make my sacrifice unacceptable to God.  God continually brought me to verses to show me that I've tried to do everything I can to make the situation right.  

Unfortunately, it does not work like a giant eraser. There are still hurt feelings on both sides.  There is still quite a bit of awkwardness.  It is something we will both have to work through.  And, I know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to his purpose.  Romans 8:28

God is good.  All the time!

ChristinaLynn }i{

Thursday, August 4, 2011

C.S. Lewis said, "Unless Christianity is wholly false, the perception of ourselves which we have in moments of shame must be the only true one."

Aren't you glad God doesn't use that as His perception of us once we are covered by the blood of JESUS?!

Truly, the worst possible perception of us doesn't even come close to how awful we are.  That's why we need salvation.  That's why Jesus had to die on the cross.  To make a way for us.  Without Him, there is no way.

Once we are covered by His blood and enjoying a relationship with Him, He sees the love poured out on the cross! 

Isn't that AMAZING!

ChristinaLynn }i{

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

When Life Gives You Lemons

Everyone will tell you to make lemonade.  Are you familiar with lemonade?  It really isn't an easy drink to make from scratch.  It can easily be too sweet or too tart, too strong or too weak.  But, my favorite part is that it is always better the next day. 

That's often true with life.  Most things in life are better the next day.  When we are able to step back from the situation, things are not quite as charged.  Emotions.  Aggravations.  Stresses.  Things don't seem quite as intense when you've had a chance to "sleep on it." 

And then, some things are just as strong no matter how many nights' sleep you've had.  These are often the things that truly matter.  It can put things into perspective to know that if you allow enough time for things to settle, you can see what is really important.  There's nothing you can do about a flood until the river crests.  The butterfly has to stay in its cocoon until just the right time.

Just like the message I received a few days ago:  "God wants you to know that all is well.  All is going according to plan.  Trust that there is a bigger picture.  Trust that life is unfolding as it should."

ChristinaLynn }i{

Friday, July 29, 2011

Seeking a Sign

My devotional today was again an interesting one.  From Luke 11:29-30, Jesus talks about people asking for a sign from God and He says "The Son of Man will be a sign for the people of this time."

We have to be clear here, Jesus was talking about a sign or proof to the doubters.  Phile Ware says, "Let's believe, trusing that what Jesus promises is just as true as God's promise was to send Him!"

I believe this can not only be applied to those seeking Christ, but also to those who know Him, but are struggling in their faith.  We may not receive a sign or a miracle.  The author tells us, "The faith hurdle is to trust when all looks hopeless and the miracle we desire does not happen before our eyes and on our time schedule."   

Mark 9:24 states, "I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!"

Even when we believe, we still have unbelief.  How much we believe and how much unbelief we have may vary at times.  As one goes up, the other goes down.  So, the daily life application here is to figure out what makes our belief rise and our unbelief diminish.  It's a truly personal answer and may vary greatly through our circumstances.

"Lord, help my unbelief!  Help me to find the ways that cause my faith to increase.  As I decrease, You increase and my relationship with You grows!" 

ChristinaLynn }i{

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Cleaning Out the Bad

I just read an interesting devotional based on Luke 11:24-26.  These verses refer to the time when Jesus cast a demon out of a man.  Jesus went on to say that the demon was cast out, but still existed and was searching for a place to rest.  When the demon could find no suitable place to rest, it went back to the person it had left and found that the person had removed all of the bad, so now there was plenty of room for seven more evil spirits, more evil than even it was, to live inside the man.  Now, the man has more trouble than before.

Ever feel that way?  You got rid of one bad thing only to have seven more show up at your door? 

I know I have!  Sometimes it feels as though we can never win.  We can never get ahead.  Like we are getting rid of the bad, only to have more and more bad take its place.  My husband says regularly that we have too much stress in our lives and we just keep adding more.  And he's right.  So, what do you do?  How do you stop this vicious cycle?

The teaching here is to replace the bad with the good.  Phil Ware says, "We must replace the old bad things with God's presence, power, and purpose in our lives. Let's pursue Jesus and the character and concerns of His kingdom, letting the Holy Spirit fill and empower us and make us truly instruments of grace in God's Kingdom."


"...instruments of grace..."  What does that really mean?  I've often heard the acronym, God's Riches At Christ' Expense.  Merriam-Webster defines grace as unmerited divine assistance given humans for their regeneration or sanctification and goes on to say:  approval, favor, privilege, reprieve.  The thesaurus also says that grace is a quality that gives something special worth.  Christ's death on the cross certainly gives us special worth.  I believe God expects us to treat others as though they have special worth as well.  After all, He died for them, just as much as He died for us.  Treating others as if they have God's grace, helps further His Kingdom.  But, we must also remember to treat ourselves as if we have special worth.  Filling our hearts, minds and bodies with things that support and encourage that grace. 

You see, if we simply clear out the dust, dirt and cobwebs from our homes we leave room for the dirt, dust and cobwebs to return - along with much more.  We have to add the air purifiers, fresh flowers and scents to make our homes pleasant.  We must continue with daily cleaning and maintenance to keep the dirt and cobwebs from coming back.  We must "pledge" the surfaces to keep the dust from sticking.  The same applies to our hearts and minds.  We must fill our hearts and minds with the things of God to keep the evil from returning - and bringing its friends!


ChristinaLynn }i{

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

An old Cherokee told his grandson, "My son, there is a battle between two wolves inside us all. One is Evil. It is anger, jealousy, greed, resentment, inferiority, lies, & ego. The other is Good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, humility, kindness, empathy, & truth."

The boy thought about it, and asked, "Grandfather, which wolf wins?"

The old man quietly replied, "The one you feed."


ChristinaLynn }i{

Sunday, July 24, 2011

It was great to be in the house of the Lord today!!  Pastor Chuck delivered a message titled Run With Passion:  Stoke the Inner Fire based on I Corinthians 12 & 13.  I was blessed to receive this message!

Many of you who have been around the Christian circuit for a while have heard about agape love.  Many of you will say that agape love represents God's unconditional love toward us.  Did you know that our word "agony" comes from the word agape?  Alan Redpath defines it as "the actual absorption of our being in one great passion."  The same work is used to describe man's love of sin and the world in John 3:19 and I John 2:15. 

As Pastor Chuck explained it today, when you look at it that way - we all need a heart transplant and a blood transfusion!  The infections of our heart - anger, envy, pride, jealousy, selfishness - can not simply be removed.  The heart must be opened up.  Each infectious part must be cleansed and the heart allowed to heal before it can function usefully again.  We know that only God's love has the healing power to make this happen.  It's that love that we then need to express to others.  It must live in every crevice of our heart, replacing the infectious, rotting flesh of our sin in order to shine through us to others. 

We know in I Corinthians 13 it says Faith, Hope and Love, but the greatest of these is Love.  I ask you:  Can you have Faith and Hope but not have Love?  Of course you can!  Many who do not believe in God have faith in other people and things.  They still have hope for their uncertain future.  But they can never have the agape love that God uses to heal our hearts.  That love that exudes from those who fully trust in Him and allow Him to slice open their hearts and cleanse them with the love His Son poured out on the cross.  That love doesn't exist without Him.  Without the Faith in an everlasting Messiah.  Without the Hope of an eternity at His feet.

What infections have you been harboring in your heart?

Lord, I have been selfish with the time and resources You have allotted me.  At times this selfishness has led to laziness, anger, envy and jealousy.  Please help me to adjust the microscope of Your Love to focus fully on You.  Remove the infections of my heart through the cleansing power of Your blood and replace it with the Faith of The Messiah who rose again, the Hope of an eternity with You and the agape Love of an all-powerful Saviour!

ChristinaLynn }i{

Friday, June 17, 2011

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Restocking the Pantry

Very recently, we've had two large families in need of supplies from our church's pantry.  In an effort to restock, I'd like to give an example of how far a dollar can go.  Actually, about $70.  A few of the items in the first picture were donated by a very gracious lady here in town.    



Most everything else was purchased at Publix, CVS and Target over the past 10 days.  Here is the tally:
  • 23 canned goods
  • 4 bottles of lotion
  • 6 "Huge" rolls of paper towels
  • 24 double rolls of toilet paper
  • 4 bars of soap
  • 3 body wash
  • 2 shampoo
  • bread crumbs
  • 2 jars of peanut butter
  • 1 box of popcorn
  • 1 bottle of olive oil
  • 5 boxes of pasta
  • 3 boxes of cereal
  • 2 cans of cooked chicken
  • 2 large bottles of pasta sauce
  • 2 air freshener sprays
  • 1 package of pantiliners
  • and a reusable shopping bag
What about you:  how far can you stretch $70?

ChristinaLynn }i{

Monday, June 6, 2011

Great Song!

Heard a great song yesterday at church, as sung by Quarter's Road.  Here's a snip-it:

My God's not dead
He's surely alive!
He's living on the inside
Roaring like a lion!

ChristinaLynn }i{

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Inviting Comments

My sister recently posted an interesting item on Facebook and I would like to continue it through my blog to get additional comments and perspective.  I don't think she will mind since curiosity of the spirital nature is the subject matter.  Here is what she posted:

"Comment heard on the radio last night: 'It's okay to go to God and beat on His chest and question Him--as long as you're facing Him: don't turn away.'

Comments, thoughts, observations?"

So, tell me.  What are your comments, thoughts and observations regarding this? 

ChristinaLynn }i{

Monday, May 9, 2011

Life

As my oldest child turns fifteen (wow, fifteen!  Really?  Fifteen?), I stand in awe at my family.  Each of my children is so uniquely special and loved.  They each have their own personalities, strengths, needs and wants.  From my fifteen-year-old who thinks she is ready to get her learner's permit, to my eleven-year-old who is growing into a young man much too soon for me, to the twins who are so much alike and yet so different, to the newest addition who is growing like a weed!  They each need me and their dad in such different ways.  They each show their love for us in different ways. 

I can't imagine a Mother's Day without a single one of them.  And yet, I found myself yesterday thinking of people I know who no longer have a "mother" in their lives and it saddened me deeply.  I missed my mother-in-law terribly yesterday.  But I was strangely comforted in the fact that I still have my mother and my grandmother to call and wish a Happy Mother's Day to.  I don't want to think of the days when I will not have anyone to call on Mother's Day. 

I'm no Super Mom, but the single comment I hear most often is, "Christina, I don't know how you do it!"  Honestly, I don't know how I do it either!  I never, ever pictured myself as the mother of five children.  I never pictured myself as a stay-at-home mom.  I really never pictured myself with three children under the age of five! 

I really don't "do it."  Not the right way, anyway.  We do super cleaning when people are coming over and we live in toys and clutter when they're not.  We never feel comfortable with someone just "stopping by" because we actually do live here - 24 hours a day!  We have friends of the kids who come over a few times a week to hang out and we don't even notice.  Every day, around 3:00 pm (and again at 4:00 pm, then again at 5:00 pm), I hear, "Mom, what's for dinner?"  Then, I start thinking what I might have in the freezer that won't require too much defrosting.  The dishes pile up in the sink because the dishwasher is full and hasn't been unloaded yet.  My beautiful master bathroom with the dual sinks, water closet, and deep, oval garden tub and separate (too-small) shower is "decorated" in hooded towels, step stools and squirty tub toys.

I really am not a "stay-at-home" mom because I am always on the go.  My children have learned to behave when we are out because we are always out.  Except on those wonderful days when we wear our pajamas all day.  There are days when I wake up and all I want to do is stay in bed or at least stay in my pajamas all day, but I can't.  I have to get up and go to one appointment or another, pick up one child or another and shuttle them to one place or another.  Then, there are days where I can't wait to get out of this house and I can't seem to get anyone else out of their pajamas! 

But then.  Every once in a while.  There are those perfect days (or at least a few hours!).  Where we have cooperation.  We work together.  We get out and about and things aren't completely crazy.  We haven't forgotten something necessary at home.  There isn't too much stuff in the car.  Errands get accomplished. 

Oh, wait!!  That was that recurring dream I keep having!  HA! 

Seriously, I wouldn't trade it for the world!

Thank You, Lord for such a wonderful family that needs me.  Thank You for a home that is a strong shelter for our family.  Thank You for a loving husband with a good job and for continuing opportunities.  Thank You for blessing me beyond what I could have ever asked for.  But mostly, Thank You for loving me so much and for teaching me to love with Your unconditional love!

ChristinaLynn }i{

Thursday, April 21, 2011

OMG! Where have YOU been?!?

Ok, so it has been a long time since I made a regular post on here!  Hopefully, I will be able to make a come-back :)

For anyone who hasn't heard, in addition to having a new baby in our family, I started a new business!  Nothing like adding more to the chaos, right?!?  You can check out my new business here or hereThirty-One Gifts is a wonderful company that I am an Independent Consultant for.  They are a faith-based company, built on the teachings of Proverbs 31, where they derive their name!  And you know how I LOVE Proverbs 31!  We have so many beautiful items such as purses, wallets, totes, organizers and so much more.  And, many of our items can be personalized with your initial(s), name or favorite saying.  With four boys, it lets me share a little girly-ness with my daughter again!!

Now, back to my handsome new bundle of joy!  We welcomed our newest baby into our family back in November and he is just adorable.  Although it means a few more years before I can get back to earning my degree and catching up my retirment fund, it also means many more years of Santa Clause, the Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy :)  I am one of the lucky ones!  I expect to total about 25 years of the wonderful magic of childhood!  When the time comes that my youngest has decided that it is me or dad making all of those things happen, maybe I'll have a grandchild or two to share the magic with.  Did I ever tell you how I cried the day my oldest "found out"?  Ugh. 

You all also know how I LOVE couponing!  I was recently asked to come to a place of business for a "Lunch-N-Learn" to teach some ladies the art of saving through the couponing system.  What do you think?  I am the first to admit, I am no expert!  But, maybe I can share what I know to help other struggling families.  Should I do it? 

As always, I'm taking your requests.  What do YOU want to see on this blog?  More coupon strategies and success stories?  A new Bible study?  Book reviews?  More about my new business?  Something else?  Reader's choice!

ChristinaLynn }i{

Thursday, March 17, 2011

My Chains Are Gone!

My chains are gone,

I've been set free!

My God, my Savior has ransomed me!

And like a flood His mercy reigns.

Unending love, Amazing grace!



The Lord has promised good to me,

His word my hope secures!

He will my shield and portion be,

As long as life endures.

By:  Chris Tomlin
 
ChristinaLynn }i{

Thursday, January 13, 2011

God Speaking

This touches my heart every time I hear it.  I know it will touch yours too!

Have you ever heard a love song
That set your spirit free
Have you ever watched a sunrise
And felt you could not breathe
What if it's Him
What if it's God speaking

Have you ever cried a tear that
You could not explain
Have you ever met a stranger
Who already knew your name
What if it's Him
What if it's God speaking

Who knows how He'll get a hold of us
Get our attention to prove He is enough
He'll do and He'll use
Whatever He wants to
To tell us, I love you

Have you ever lost a loved one
Who you thought should still be here
Do you know what it feels like
To be tangled up in fear
What if He's somehow involved
What if He's speaking through it all

His ways are higher
His ways are better
Though sometimes strange
What could be stranger
Than God in a manger

God is speaking
I love you

Written by Ronnie Freeman, performed by Mandisa

ChristinaLynn }i{