Wednesday, April 27, 2011

A Women's Bible Study

Lately, I have felt God at work in my life. I feel so incredibly blessed by what He is doing for me. In that, I keep asking Him to show me what I can do to give back to Him in some small way- though I know it won't compare to all He has given me!

My heart is craving a women's ministry. I recently put on facebook that I was seeking one out, but someone posted a comment that if I started one- they would come. That has got me thinking... God blessed me with the beautiful house- one with lots of room- and a couch big enough to seat many! What if I hosted a Bible study?? I don't know yet if I am at the point of "leading" one- but does any true study have a leader, other than God? We could allow Him to lead... I have a teaching backround and know how to prepare a lesson- it wouldn't be much to prepare something once a week in the evenings.

So that's where I am- I am going to begin to pray about if this is the right decision. This was not where I was going with this, but it's where He has lead me to think on.

I also ask- Charleston and CRBC friends (women), as you read this- would you be interested? Would you come? If so, what day and time and what would you want to study??

So many questions I am facing and have to pray about and let God decide for me.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

"I got chills... they're multiplying!...

...'Cuz the power, You're supplying... it's electrifying."

OK- I promise this post isn't an ode to Grease- this is really about chills I am experiencing. Chills I am getting from my Precious Savior for all he is doing for me. I am so completely blessed and so undeserving. I am overwhelmed with great people in my life and I can't even begin to comment on them all, so in fear of forgetting someone, I'm not going to. I am going to say thank you to a mighty God who just continues shed His grace on me.

Before you think this is a bragfest about things, that's the amazing part-- it's about the wonderful people and peace God is continuing to give me. I am so thankful for the ability to just talk to Jesus any time I want, and know He is listening-- to ME! Little(ish), insignificant ME!! I can stop what I am doing at any time and just say a quick work to Him and He answers. It's not always what I want- but in the end, I know it was right. But He always answers me with the peace I get inside and the chills and tingles I get from knowing He's there in my heart.

It's an amazing feeling! I love you sweet Lord!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

So much to do... so little time!!

Oh me oh my! I am so overwhelmed right now! Overwhelmed with excitement, sadness, happiness and about 10 different other emotions.
In one week from right now I will be with my awesome family, who are volunteering (some more willingly than others), and we will be loading up a uhaul for my MOVE. Hence the reason I haven't been as blogging as much as I'd like. I have so many things I want to share- but I am only going to touch on them at the moment. 
I am so excited! I'm getting nervous about the move, but I know it will all work out! (Even if I have to be reminded)

I have really been thankful for all that God is doing in my life and those around me! My dad made it back from his trip and while, things didn't work out as planned, they worked even better! Praise God!
I can't wait to talk more about this- but really want to sit down and make sure I've got it all in there! :)

Even more exciting than moving is Easter Sunday is coming up! Why am I excited? Not only to celebrate the reason we are able to be Christians, but that we will be taking that gift and putting it in action.
My cousin, Annie, had a wonderful idea for our family this year- we will be heading downtown to have Easter Dinner with the homeless. I cannot tell you how awesome this is going to be! God is surely working in all of our lives!

God, we are yours! Use us!!

Thursday, April 7, 2011

2 Weeks

That's all-- in 2 weeks I will be:
1) extremely tired and barely able to move
2) all packed up or almost all packed up into the U-Haul for the move into my new house the next morning!

I cannot tell you how excited I am! I am excited because this house is such a blessing and true answered prayer. I am working on a blog to describe how much God answered this prayer- but I really want the words to be right.

So for now, I leave you with....

2 WEEKS!!! :-D

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

With Tears In His Eyes...

Last night I hit a milestone with my dad. If you know anything about me and my dad- we have not always had the best relationship. He has made some major mistakes and I have not been perfect--close, but not perfect! :) Well, unfortunately, things have not gone well for him. After he and my mom's divorce, he lost his job and financially continued to go downhill. Well, a few months ago, it got worse. After a long, drawn out process (thankfully), the bank foreclosed on his house. He lost so much of the things in his home- some from being forced to give away, some from having to sell and even some being stolen. He is currently living in a garage- but is technically, homeless. That is one of the hardest things to say- my father is homeless.

The one thing that my dad made sure he held onto was his tools, trucks and truck parts. He was lucky in having friends letting him store his items at their properties, but alas- things do not last forever. He is having to sell or find a new home for his things. So this weekend he is going to Charlotte to a swap meet to sell 80% of the items he has!

I say this mini back story to explain last night. He came by my house for a bit and we got to talking. He has been collecting these items over the last 35-40 years. He, in a way, idolized these items. And this weekend he is getting rid of them. That for one- I am so proud.

The next bring chills to me again. As he was leaving, I got the nerve to do something I have never done with him, other than before meals-- pray. I asked him if I could pray for him and his trip and he was so willing to have me pray. I put my hand on his arm and we began. I spoke of given him and the men going a hedge of protection, that God would bless this trip and that my dad would be able to start over fresh and most important that he be able to remember to see God in all that happens, even know daddy has been knocked to his knees.

As we opened our eyes and I looked into his- there were tears. He left soon after to not show too much emotion, but before he did he said "Stacy, I may have lost it all and even thought about putting a gun to my head, but I have never lost my faith in God" and with that he hugged me goodbye and left.

It was one of the most precious moments we have ever had. I have prayed with my mom often, cried with her and can share any and everything-- but God let me see into my dad's heart last night and I know that with continued prayer- he will be able to turn his life around.

So with that, I ask that God keep that hedge of protection around them and give them travel mercies, and when they return, I ask that God continue to tug at his heart and allow him to truly give into what God has in store for him!


I really enjoy blogging. Some people may give me grief or not understand- but I do! It's an outlet for my thoughts and even if no one ever reads it- I enjoy writing it.

I've been thinking alot about the direction I wanted this blog to go... I first heard of blogging from my cousin, Annie. She use to blog a lot more (hint hint) but then the convenience of Facebook and daily life got in the way-- I totally get it. I can't tell you how many times I've thought lately, "I'd like to write a blog about that"- but then life happens and you don't get a chance. See already off course trying to tell you the direction... I thought about making this blog like others, a look into my life and my happenings-- but that's kinda boring! Not because I don't like a blog like that, but it's just me! No guy, no kids, I do have my pups, but how many posts can I do on them-- wait, don't answer that! If When I get married and have kids, I will make this more about pictures of them and our happenings, vs. just what it's going to be now.

I want to really use this blog for prayer and thankfulness. I have been soooo very blessed lately and I want to really show the awesome things God has done in my life. I want to allow others to e-mail me and I will pray for them, publicly on a post and privately. I have really seen the awesomeness of prayer in my life lately and I want to share that with others.

Don't get my wrong- there will still be posts about what's going on in my life and sometimes a "need to vent" post. But I really would like to make this about God's glory!

Hope you enjoy and please let me know if I can pray for you! I don't need to know you, I can still pray for you!

I'll also post a little "widget" somewhere once I figure out more about that!
I'm really excited about this!

"This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us - whatever we ask - we know that we have what we asked of him" (1 John 5:14-15)

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