Sunday, December 2, 2012
Caregivers come in all types of packages. This is my sister, Maxine. She is a caregiver to her three kids and husband. Sure, most people would say she was "just a mom" but I see it very differently. She has totally dedicated her life to making her home a place where her family feels loved and cared for. She tries her very best each day to take care of every one's needs. She also cares for others in her neighborhood and church. I want people who are caregivers to start seeing themselves as caregivers and be proud of what God has called them to do. My sister is very proud of being a pastor's wife and mother of three and so am I! Take pride in what God has called you to do!
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
This picture was taken of Taylor and I about three years ago. I love this picture because I love Taylor. I am so blessed that I actually enjoy being with my daughter. I like her company and I have fun when we are together. I know so many people that cannot say those things about their children and it breaks my heart to hear them saying the opposite of what I just said. I understand that God "gave" her to me and blessed me by allowing me to be her mother. This blog is about the love I have today in my heart for my sweet Taylorbug and how thankful I am to my Lord for giving her to me to take care of for Him!
Sunday, November 25, 2012
This is my Grannie Minnie. Only months ago she found herself in a rest home rehabilitation unit after a terrible fall in her home. I remember going to see her and her being so depressed. I feared that she had given up. I prayed with her and tried to encourage her but I knew she had to believe before her healing could come. Friends of ours all gathered one night in her room and had a Holy Spirit prayer time and from that moment on, she was different. This year she hosted the family at her home and cooked all the family's favorites. At 85 years old, she is going strong and a living testimony of the power of prayer. This Thanksgiving was even more special because we all saw what God had done in her life!
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
My daughter and I had a great conversation the other day about Mary and how having baby Jesus was not actually part of her plan. Taylor had not thought about that. We then talked about how even though the circumstances were not the best and it was very hard, Mary was "chosen" by God to be the earthly mother of Jesus Christ, which was way cool! Let's remember that Mary wasn't just a character, she was a living breathing person like you and I. But what makes her remarkable to me is that she answered the call to "care" for Jesus. She was a caregiver! Amen!
Thursday, November 15, 2012
I love this picture because it shows what an awesome God I serve! This lovely lady pictured with me is Mrs. Tame' Lambert, who is the IPHC Women's Ministries Director. God allowed me to meet her and then use her to invite me to speak at the first ever IPHC Women's Ministries' national conference "The Diamond Experience." I am just praising the Lord today for using people, like Tame', to move our ministry for caregivers where He wants it to be. I pray I can have this same chance for other beginning ministries one day!
Sunday, November 11, 2012
I really miss this magical place today. This is definitely my escape place. When I am here, I don't worry about all the stresses that life can bring. I don't worry about Brian's health or what tomorrow holds. I only think about joy and happiness and being with the ones I hold dear. All caregivers should have a place where they can leave all their worries behind. This happens to be mine and today, I wish I were there!
Sunday, November 4, 2012
As I look at this picture of me and my dear friend, Susan, I am reminded what her friendship to me looks like. It was fun times teaching together, fun times as our families grew together and we became best friends, but then hard times came, too. It reminds me of the night Brian was diagnosed and she sat with me and hugged me. It reminds me of the days, weeks, and years that she has remained my supporter and constant shoulder to cry on. It also reminds me how God has used this woman to touch my life and my heart so many times. She is now my biggest fan when it comes to the ministry God has called me to do for Him. She believes in Him and His plan for me! That is what a true friend of God looks like!
Friday, November 2, 2012
Today ends my 40 day fast and I have to say this has been an amazing experience. It was hard. I cannot lie. When you fast something you love and depend upon each day for comfort or joy it is not easy to do without it. There were days when I wondered if it really mattered or if God really even cared that I was fasting in order to hear from Him. You know me, I am always honest. But then I would realize I could do it with His help and strength and that hearing from God himself would be more than worth all the fasting I had done. Today is the last day and I have mixed emotions. I have yet to see the answer to my prayer in the physical but God has already given me an answer in the spiritual so I can rest in that until it comes in this realm. I pray God sees my heart for Him and how much I do really love Him. I have grown closer to Him and that was really what mattered the most all along.
Sunday, October 28, 2012
As I look at this pictur of this family "in the waiting room" I remember countless times that I, too, sat and waited for that person to call my name and tell me news about Brian, my daughter, Taylor, or last year even my mom, Judy, as she battled breast cancer. They hold your heart in their words. The waiting room is a hard place to be literally and in our Christian walk with the Lord. I would love for you to share about how God has come through for you in "The Waiting Room" of life.
Sunday, October 21, 2012
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Sunday, October 7, 2012
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Sunday, September 23, 2012
Friday, September 21, 2012
Friday, September 7, 2012
Saturday, September 1, 2012
Sunday, August 26, 2012
Friday, August 24, 2012
Friday, August 17, 2012
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Monday, August 6, 2012
Today was a great day where I felt the Lord's presence in many ways! It began on my way to work as I heard great songs of praise to the Lord. Then I saw my "Driveway Missionary" lady who was holding up her scripture sign and even waved at me this morning! The day went great. My meeting with my administrator was awesome. Then after school the attacks began to come.
The enemy knew that God was doing powerful things in my day and in my life so it was time for him to try and stop it all and take away my joy. For a short time, he brought fear and doubt into my mind and heart. BUT, I then got on my knees in the middle of my living room floor and began to cry out to my Savior for help and for answers to my prayers. It was exhausting but so powerful and so refreshing. When is the last time you cried out to the Lord?
Thursday, August 2, 2012
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
I am more than excited about our ministry's new blog! This is such a great way for me to actually communicate with caregivers all over the country and even beyond. God has given me a heart for caregivers and the daily struggles that they encounter each and every day. If you are a caregiver I invite you to become a part of our blog. This will be a place to not only share your heart but also hear the hearts of others which will also bless you! God sees all that you do for others and He appreciates you when no one else does. My scripture for you is Jeremiah 33:3 today. God has amazing things in store for you that you cannot even imagine!