Category Archives: Jesus

Every Hour…

I’m  at home right now clutching my cup of coffee as my thoughts come together, sitting in front of this computer screen, pondering the past few crazy, busy, traveling weeks…

Alot has happened.

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I could tell you about my trip to Kentucky, hosting two huge photo events, flying to Georgia for a baby shower for my sister in law and then the Pursuit Conference…. BUT. Instead of sharing what went on externally, I want to share what God has been doing with me on the inside. I want to share what God has been teaching me through all of the journeying.

I need Him. I need Him when I wake up. I need him as I walk from place to place.

When I’m faced with bad news, and disappointment.

When I am so weary I literally cannot stand.

When my heart is so filled with joy that I think it might burst. I still need Him then.

Life is a constant stream of different emotions as I go from day to day. But one thing is always the same.

I need Him.

When you start realizing and truly believing Jesus is WITH you throughout every moment of your day, EVERYTHING changes. When you start believing (and acting) like He is there every moment, all of a sudden the highs and lows of life are suddenly not so high and low anymore.

Because Jesus is there to carry the burdens you face; and He is there giving the GRACE you so desperately need in those moments. And when things are going well, He is with you still. He LOVES giving good gifts to His children! (James 1:17)

Grace…the free and undeserved favor of God, shown in the way He saves sinners, and not only saves- but HEAPS us with abundant blessings!

I need His grace every moment. I need Him. Every hour. Every second.

I’m done living in my own strength.

How about you?

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If you haven’t been living in His strength for each moment, I encourage you to pray and ask Him for faith and trust. “Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.” (James 4:10) Sweet friend, I am praying for you.

And if you don’t know this Jesus, this Jesus that freely SAVES and you want to know what all of this means, I would love to chat with you! Please email me!

Dear Jesus,

THANK YOU that you are near us, that we can ask you for help in every moment. Thank you that you never leave us. Thank you for loving us so deeply and always, always being FAITHFUL.

The Lord is righteous in all his ways and faithful in all he does. The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.                                 – Psalm 145:17-18 (NIV)

I have been living in this song, Lord I need you by Matt Maher, for a couple weeks, and I just love this line from the song.

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Thank you Sunlettering for the lettering, and Jasmine for the photo of me!

We’re Going to Honduras!

This past year has been an interesting transition for me and Lukas. Last year we traveled a ton while I was pregnant. Then having a baby. Becoming parents.

As we have been seeking God’s will for our future, the Lord has given us an awesome opportunity to  serve Him that I’m so excited to tell you about!

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In just one month, we will be leaving for a two month trip to help some of our friends at a church plant in HONDURAS!!

Our friends the Pattersons have helped plant a church in the small village of El Buen Pastor (The Good Shepherd). There are approximately 1,500 people living in this farming community, and the average annual household income is $1,300.

Just to give you an idea of what it’s like there – the homes are constructed of adobe and are usually built with two detached rooms. The first room is a kitchen with a wood burning stove made of clay. The other room is the bedroom. Everyone in the family shares this room, but it might have cardboard or curtain dividers. Usually the parents and one child will have a bed. The rest of the children sleep on the floor.

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The village just received electricity in June 2012. This year the government added classes for the children up to 8th grade. If children want to continue their education, they move to another town and live with friends or relatives.

There was no evangelical presence in the village prior to 2011 when the Pattersons and another church helped plant a church, and started teaching the Bible, and building relationships. The Lord has graciously saved a handful of people!!

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Lukas will be helping with some photo needs, carpentry, and discipleship. I’m excited to be teaching and loving on the teen girls in El Buen Pastor each Sunday. Wilder is excited to bring joy to everyone around him and serve in that way. 😉 We will also be exploring some coffee plantations and orphanages.

People have been asking us if they can donate to help with our trip or give money in some way. While we are super blessed to be able to fund this trip ourselves, we want to help raise support for a need in the community.

We would LOVE to help raise money to build a church building in El Buen Pastor! And possibly have a clinic and Children’s Nutrition Center in the future.

If that is something you would like to be a part of, you can check out their support page here!

We are looking for other ways to help raise money for this project so if you have any ideas or want to help please let me know! We appreciate your prayers.

 

5 simple steps to reading your Bible more

We’ve all been there before. On the mountaintop. Everything is wonderful, our hearts burst with gratitude, joy. We wonder how we could ever get angry at our spouse or kids because they are so amazing.

Fast forward a week, and all of a sudden the littlest thing sets us off. The spouse and kids are driving us nuts, we feel like we’re going crazy and want to just run out the door. Easily irritated so we blame it on being hangry. But really we need God to change our hearts, we need a thinking adjustment. We need to realign ourselves with what’s true.  And that’s found in Gods Word.

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Do you want to make Bible reading a habit in your life?

Do you look at the last month and realize you haven’t picked up your Bible?

Do you want to get back in the Word, or start being more consistent in devotional times with the Lord?

Here are five tried and true steps that have helped me stay in the Word over the past 10 years. Now I’m definitely NOT perfect and still sometimes struggle. But these five steps help me jump right back in!

1. Ask God to give you a hunger for His Word

“…like newborn babies, long for the pure milk of the word, so that by it you may grow in respect to salvation, if you have tasted the kindness of the Lord” -1 Peter 2:2-3 NIV

Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” -Psalm 119:105  NIV

Oh, how I love your law! I meditate on it all day long.” Psalm 119:97 NIV

2. Pick a specific book of the Bible to go through

Sometimes you sit down and want to read your Bible but you don’t know where to start. Pick one book to go through and mark where you leave off so that you can easily jump back in the next day.

Some recommendations for where to start: If you’re new to reading the Bible, the book of Luke is a great place to get to know who Jesus is, and see His life and what He has done for us. The book of 1 John is a great book to read if you’re wondering if you’re truly a Christian.

3. Set aside a consistent time and specific place everyday

I prefer spending time with the Lord in the morning before I start work,  with a steaming cup of coffee (not gonna lie, looking forward to that cup of coffee helps me get out of bed)! I know some people who read right before they go to bed. Pick a time that is best for you to be able to focus without being tired. Also find a place in your home where you can be still. I sit on my back porch. I heard of someone who had alot of kids and not much room in her house, so she had her quiet time with the Lord in her car each day which was parked outside. Pick a place that’s comfy, quiet, and where you can be alone.

4. Get a prayer journal

I use my prayer journal to jot down things I learn from the Word, or questions I might have. I also use it to write out prayer requests which is SO encouraging because then later I get to see how God is actively answering prayer!

5. Get a Bible reading buddy

It’s so much easier to meet goals if you have a friend help keep you on track! Find someone else who wants to read the Word more, keep tabs on eachother, and talk about what you’re learning about God. There was a season where I asked a good friend of mine to text me every morning at a certain time, because it helped me wake up and not skip my time with Jesus.

I hope this is helpful – remember, it’s many steps away from the cross of Christ, but only one step back!

Hugs,

Suzy