Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Be encouraged

It has been a long hard year, but God has been presently there EVERY SINGLE TIME. In fact,

"Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see." -Hebrews 11:1

Do it again Lord. Teach me and stretch me, and when I'm to my breaking point and learning, do it again.

I love God. In fact, he's my very best friend.

"Those who know your name will trust in you,
for you, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek you." -Psalm 9:10

Monday, September 28, 2009

"The Lord has done great things for us and we are filled with joy." Psalm 126:3

Monday, September 21, 2009

Things that may my Monday:

1. I read my cousin Jami's blog who admitted to being born into the 20th century but unfortunately belongs in the 19th. She is a hopeless romantic and I find it absolutely charming. She needs a Mr. Darcy and a really good ball to attend.

2. I just attempted making homemade hot chocolate, which yes, would have made this a splendid fall eve even more perfect, but I added 2 tablespoons of baking cocoa and 4 tablespoons of sugar instead of teaspoons, which is QUITE a bit different. It was utterly impossible to consume. I thought of all the times I had tried making--and failing at--something in the kitchen, and then I got a fresh new wind. My mom is an amazing cook. She always reminds me that you shouldn't get it right the first time. Mistakes make you pay attention. She's right. I used some soymilk I had in the fridge and fixed it right up---all 15 gallons of it. Just kidding.

3. Fall is tomorrow. I'm just warning you in advance that I'm going to be in a great mood. There is NOTHING that can beat the first day of fall. Oh Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, hurry.

4. I got to talk to my dad on the phone.

6. The trash service successfully picked up our trash today for the first time in 2 weeks.

7. It's only 4 days until I get to hug my mom.

Mmmm, seven seems like a good amount. I'm pretty happy with that--with today. Seems pretty good for a Monday.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

A Gentle Whisper

Sometimes the Lord speaks with a booming voice, and sometimes he speaks with a gentle whisper.

I had a garage sale last weekend, and made some money with a lot of my good friends. We split up all the procedes afterward and I had made about $250. I was really excited about this extra cash because first of all, it doesn't come around all that often, and second, because I had specifically been wanting an iphone. I had enough to buy it now. Well, I went to church last Sunday and David had been talking about Nehemiah. Nehemiah was a cupbearer for the king, but he had a seriously broken heart for the broken down walls of Jerusalem. Only because of God's mighty hand was he able to go to the king and request to rebuild the walls of the city of his father. The king said yes and he went, getting everyone involved. Last week's sermon specifically talked about how Nehemiah had people working on the wall right where they lived. They worked on the section closest to their house because that was the section that they cared most about. It makes sense doesn't it? If someone was attacking, wouldn't they want to know that their section was built the best that it could be built? Well, I got a lot from this. People were doing their own part to help where they were. So I began to think, what about Bethany, Oklahoma?? What am I doing to help here? What can I do with what I have been given?

Then I heard it. I heard that still small voice. "Michelle, give it away. Michelle, you need to give your money away. Let it go. You don't need it, and someone else really does."

I heard this and, of course, contemplated this voice because that meant no iphone. I wanted to make sure that it wasn't just my imagination. But no, it was God, and I was sure. "Sure God. I'd love to. Who did you have in mind?" I was really excited now. He was using me in His plan!!
Well, Jonathan told me that he watched to match this money and then I got really excited. Wow. I love how God uses measly little humans like me. I felt needed and loved. It's amazing how giving away money that you thought that you needed is so uplifting. I didn't need an iphone in the least little bit. I didn't need anything I would have bought with that $250. I probably would have bought more stuff that I would sell 3 year down the road in the next garage sale anyway. God always provides. I know that I know that I know that you CANNOT outgive God. I have been a recipient of his love and faithful mercies since I can remember, and it's true. You just can't keep what you don't give away.

So I called up this lady who God had very clearly put on my heart with a very clear use for the money. I told her that I had $500 for her and explained why I wanted to give it to her and specifically what it was for. She became silent on the phone and all I could hear was sniffles. "Michelle," she whispered, "but how did you know?" In a crackly broken voice she continued on. "That is the exact amount that we needed. I was afraid I was going to have to leave my kids and go get a job to pay for that this month and I just cannot believe how God has used you. Thank you so much, Michelle. You just have no idea." I began to cry too, and then I realized once again, that God was stretching me, using me, and molding me for something even greater.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Reminding myself

A post worth repeating: September 23, 2008

In a new day with new challenges, I have to ask myself, "What is my purpose for today?" Is it to accomplish things? To make money? To help the world economy? Does it really need me anyway? No. No. 

Love others Michelle. Be Jesus to someone Michelle. Be a light, no matter how small, in a very dark world. 

"What does the LORD your God ask of you but to fear the LORD your God, to walk in all his ways, to love him, to serve the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul..."
Deuteronomy 10:12

...and then I realize, "Oh. I can do that." 

I've come to the realization today that the masterpiece of my life should be the shadow that my love leaves behind.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

I miss Alaska.

Second order of business--Jonathan's out tonight running with the Thunder crowd as they have their hype team auditions at Broadhurst. Woohoo! I'm kind of glad the season is getting back into the swing of things. I was beginning to miss the NBA? Yes, I think I actually was. 

I just recently saw some pictures of Amy Jackson's house renovation! Go Amy and Brian!! Way to update that whole house in like 2 months!! Wowie!

Can't wait for America's Got Talent to come on tonight.

My dog has admitted that she is a squirrelaholic. She's jumped out of the backyard twice today (who knows HOW?!) to chase them.

I'm pretty much feeling boring and empty of words today, so I'm just gonna leave it at that.

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