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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Judah's 1st Birthday

Today we celebrated baby Judah's 1st ever birthday. We had so much fun and are grateful for his life. We never imagined that we would learn so much and our family would be strengthened by Judah's life. He is a true blessing to everyone.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Nathan is 7

Sweet Nathan turned 7! He had his whole day planned out what he wanted to do for his birthday. We woke up and opened presents. Went to McDonald's for breakfast. Stopped by Target to buy his new scooter from his grandparents. Went to a movie at the movie theater and had Chili's for lunch. He ended the day at church with his small group. It was such a neat day. Nathan is a huge blessing to our family and so many others. I sure do love this kid and love being his mommy.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

How can we Pray for you?

I'm so looking forward to starting our 21 day fast tomorrow. We as a family have chosen things that we will be giving up for 21 days so that we can focus more of our time with God. We would love to pray for you and your family during this time. What can we pray for? (One of the things we will be fasting from is facebook and twitter so please email us and let us know how to pray.)

I love what Jentezen Franklin writes about Fasting.

Fasting is one of the most powerful weapons God has ever given us for our daily lives. We all go through times when we feel like we are not living up to our full potential. Sometimes we lose our energy and our spiritual sharpness . . . this causes us to lose our edge.

What does it really mean to lose your edge?

When a lumberjack keeps swinging away at the tree without sharpening his ax, the ax will soon become dull and ineffective. In much the same way, that can happen to us.

Going through our daily routines in our own strength wears us down. Little by little, we lose our closeness to God. Without that closeness, we become ineffective for the purposes His has for us.

Fasting can help you get back your passion! It can recharge you!

Although fasting lasts for a short season, it brings long-term results, which sharpens us, enabling us to face the challenges of life in His strength. Through fasting, you can experience spiritual renewal and direction for your life . . . restoration of relationship . . . healing . . . release from bondages . . . and so much more!

We begin each year with 21 days of fasting. Fasting in January is much like praying in the morning to establish the will of God for your entire day. I believe that if we will pray and seek God and give Him our first and best at the beginning of the year, He will honor that sacrifice and bless our ENTIRE year! “But seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you” (Mathew 6:33).

But when you make fasting a way of life, you get even closer to God and grow in your spiritual walk like never before. Making fasting a lifestyle is like a lumberjack who takes time to rest and sharpen his ax periodically to be able to effectively finish the job set before him.

Fasting can help you Recover Your Passion, Recapture Your Dream and Restore Your Joy!

Fasting is a principle that God intended for everyone to practice. It is not a punishment; it is a privilege!

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