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February 24, 2010

On My Mind: Absolute Surrender

Do you have any books that you enjoy reading again and again because you just can't get enough from them? I love to pick one book a year to re-read and slowly go through it without a deadline.

This year I choose Absolute Surrender by Andrew Murray. This is a classic devotion-like book based on a series of sermon the pastor/evangelist Murray in the 19th century.

There are so many books out there that talk about the power of Holy Spirit, how to live in his power, etc. but this one in particular is very personal and convicting.

Murray does a very personal appeal to leave behind the carnal Christianity that we so easily get trapped in if we are not living under the power of the Spirit. He shows you from scripture how to tap into the power source that lives in us! He covers Pentecost, Jesus teachings and the lives of Peter and Paul as examples.

By God's grace, I can say that the Lord is teaching me to yield my life to the Spirit daily. The question is not whether I have all of the Holy Spirit but instead does the Holy Spirit has all of me.

I really believe that the enemy wants us to believe it is impossible to obey God and His Word. This is simply not true. In our flesh, yes, impossible. But in the Spirit it is possible to have lasting freedom and closer fellowship with Jesus. Often we put the "I'm not perfect"..."I'll never be that way" as an excuse not to pursue holiness. What a shame! Jesus wants us to experience abundant life. But how can we enjoy this promised new life if we continue to gratify the flesh?

The spiritual life in Christ is hard work, I don't deny that. But so worth pursuing it! We spend so much time working hard for a job promotion or loosing weight or learning a new skills, or keeping our yard nice, etc. But when it comes to pursuing sanctification we are satisfied with so little. I say this only because this has been me in the past. I pray for people around me that God will fan a flame in their hearts, a passion for His name and His Word that will not dye.

In the introduction Murray already tells the reader that "if you read this book as a scholar, merely to gather truths into notebooks you will likely be very disappointed. But if you read it as one who desires deliverance from sin, you will very likely be blessed".

This is so true! The first time I read this book I thought it was profound but didn't dig into it as much and looking back I know it was the condition of my heart at the time. I did not want to put in practice the total surrender God requires. But this year, especially after our church went through a series on revival, this book was perfect!

I couldn't possibly give justice to Murray's teachings in the limited time I have to write about it at this moment but let me just say that if anyone reading this post is in need of deliverance of sin in their life. If there's something that you held for too long inside and want to be free, READ THIS BOOK!....and take his advice and obey God's Word.

February 23, 2010

On My Mind: Haiti

It is so great to see so many wonderful relief organizations asking for donations to help the people of Haiti and I do hope that everyone will choose at least one to continue supporting.

Our family is choosing to support Churches Helping Churches. You can read all about their efforts by visiting their site. In the media section you can hear to powerful messages by James MacDonald and Mark Driscoll speaking about their visit to Haiti.

As part of their beginning efforts, to help restore the churches in Haiti, Jason Ingram wrote a song called "Who Will Rise Up?" You can hear the song on the clip below, sung by Lindsay McCaul. Lindsay is a truly gifted singer-songwriter worship leader of our church in Chicago.

SOME RAW IMAGES IN THE VIDEO SO PLEASE DON'T WATCH WITH YOUR LITTLE KIDS NEAR! You can download this song for free at Churches Helping Churches website.

Who Will Rise Up? from Harvest Bible Chapel on Vimeo.

Sarah- 13 months

With colds and busy swimming schedule I've had no time to blog but hoping to catch up soon. Just realized I have not shared any of our FIAR adventures since early January! I'm also looking forward to blog about what God is teaching me through the Word.

But for now.....here's precious Sarah latest shots. For all the uncles, aunties, cousins and grandparents in Chicago and Puerto Rico.


February 07, 2010

Firehouse Tour

A few weeks ago the boys had a chance to be part of a firehouse tour with other local homeschooling families. The Katy firefigthers were wonderful with the kids. They took the time to answer a lot of questions. They boys got to ride both the ambulance and fire truck as well.

This tour coincide with our study of Katy And The Big Snow so it was a perfect field trip for our week! We focused our week on learning about how a city runs and all the different community helpers that make it possible for us to live orderly and have our needs met.



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February 02, 2010

Aware Of Little Blessings

"Oh taste and see that the Lord is good."
Psalm 34:8

How often do we forget to stop and see the goodness of the Lord in our lives! I know I get so caught up in all the demands of the day and not stop to see and enjoy the goodness of the Lord around me. I've been asking the Lord to help me "see" those little blessings that I can so easily miss.

Our kids are growing so fast! I want to spend more time watching and giving thanks for everyday things they are learning to do. Some little blessings the Lord allowed me to be aware of the past few days....

Blessed to see Sarah learning to feed herself...and make a mess.
Blessed to see Noah excited to play in the yard but forgetting to put on his clothes first!
Blessed to see Noah and Sarah cuddle after naptime.
Blessed to see Caleb start his school morning enjoying birdwatching in our yard.
So how are you seeing the goodness of the Lord in your life this week?
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Blog Award


Jen from Adventures In Unsell Land has given my blog an award.




Thank you, Jen. You are such an encourager and great inspiration to us newbie Homeschool moms.




In order to accept this award I have to answer the following questions with only ONE word....so here it goes:



1. Where is your cell phone? charging


2. Your hairy? oily


3. Your mother? loving


4. Your father? busy


5. Your favorite food? Indian


6. Your dream last night? none


7. Your favorite drink? milk


8. Your goal? surrender


9. What room are you in? kitchen


10. Your hobby? singing


11. Your fear? lost


12. Where do you want to be in 6 years? slim


13. Where were you last night? home


14. Something you are not? quiet


15. Muffins? pass


16. Wish list item? SPA!


17. Where did you grow up? Caribbean


18. Last thing you did? biked


19. What are you wearing? jeans


20. Your TV? TiVo!!!


21. Your pet? gone


22. Your friends? praying


23. Your life? Redeemed


24. Your mood? cheerful


25. Missing someone? mom


26. Vehicle? van


27. Something you are not wearing? shoes


28. Your favorite store? Target


29. Your favorite color? Green


30. When was the last time you laughed? earlier


31. Last time you cried? yesterday


32. Your best friend? Brad


33. A place that I go over and over? church


34. Someone who emails me regularly? Facebook


35. Favorite place to eat? Chicago