Thursday, August 30, 2012

Fab Five Friday



If you are new to Fab Five Friday...
Every Friday we reflect on our week
and post Five Fabulous things.

Sometimes it is not always easy.
But, we do it!
We ponder on the good of our week.
We encourage you to do the same.

Share with us!!
We love reading how your week has been too!!
 
1) This week I am grateful for: 
 
Falen:  God using people to speak truth that pierces through hard hearts.

Laura:  SLEEP (what little I got!)  God's voice thru music...keeping me awake during my early morning commute...and inspiring me to persevere thru sleep deprivation and confusion!

2)  This week I enjoyed:

Falen:  The messages at church this week.  Both Lifechurch and Elevation were really good, as usualFurtick spoke to my soul, and Groeschel spoke into my marriage.  

Laura:  Meeting lots of new people at Ohio Northern University.  Law School tuition $33,000...Law School books $1,000....Law School class hypotheticals, PRICELESS!  :)

~My official ONU Law photo~

3)  This week I learned:

Falen:  Sooo much from Lysa TerKeurst's book, "Unglued."  Most recently, I quit collecting "retaliation rocks" and managed to convey my point without exploding.  I'd hug Lysa TerKeurst if I could!

Laura: TONS, but I refuse to bore you with details.  I'm gonna go with....better time management strategies.
4)  This week I accomplished:

Falen:  This is sad, but I was either on time or early to work every single day this week!

Laura:  OMG...reading and briefing 29 cases!  And I'm very happy that I accomplished staying awake in class after staying up late to read and brief all those cases!

5)  I am looking forward to:
Falen:  Joining up with Unveiled Wife, Time Warp Wife, Women Living Well, and To Love Honor and Vacuum for a series of posts on Reviving Your Marriage.  Posts will go up every Monday throughout the month of September.  Check back Monday for the first in the series.



Laura: A 3-day weekend full of SLEEP in large increments instead of a few hours here and there...and studying!  I am also looking forward to time not filled with class to just read and brief cases without interruption and without pressure of the necessity to be done by tomorrow...hoping to work ahead.  I am also looking forward to visiting family in Columbus for my nephew's 8th birthday.

We look forward to hearing from you every week.
So, tell us the positive of your week.

We love to learn about you, engage with you, and get to know you.
 
Have a great weekend!!




Linking up with:  Fantabulous Friday; Faith Filled Friday; Oh So Amelia; Favorite Things Friday; High Five For Friday; Let Them Eat Cake; The Faith Filled Life

Theme Song

I once saw this question posted on Facebook.  "What is the theme song to your life?"  A theme song is a recurring song or melody used to identify a something.  After a brief period of reflection...my mind was pulled straight to 'Draw Me Close' by Kutless...here are the lyrics:

Draw me close to You
Never let me go
I lay it all down again
To hear You say that I'm your friend

Help me find a way to bring me back to you

Chorus:
You're all I want, You're all I've ever needed
You're all I want
Help me know You are near

You are my desire
No one else will do
Cause no one else
Can take Your place
To feel the warmth of Your embrace

Help me find a way to bring me back to You


What song identifies you?  Please share with us the theme song to your life...regardless of genre...we want to hear how our listeners identify their life?
Singledou[b]t

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Into the Word

I can feel a root of bitterness wrapping tightly around me, confining me into a solitary cell of rage and anger. I'll say it:

I am furious!

I can feel the venom just behind my lips ready to spew forth and leave scars so deep a plastic surgeon could never improve. So, instead of putting myself in a position to be toxic, I went to the women's event at church that I had planned on attending for a month.

Lo and behold, guess what the topic was? Reactions! Really God?

Lysa TerKeurst spoke at my church about her new book, Unglued. A key topic that spoke to my hardening heart was taking a second to let the Holy Spirit intervene. Prior to the event, I was taking a second alright . . . to dwell on all the reasons I was right and hurt and how I would get back at the person who made me feel this way in the first place.

In all honesty, I resisted rolling my eyes through the entire time she spoke at my church. However, throughout the weekend, the scriptures she spoke on began to melt my stiffened heart.

We demolish arguments and every pretension
that sets itself up against the knowledge of God,
and we take captive every thought
to make it obedient to Christ.
~2 Corinthians 10:5

Facing the reality that my thoughts had been consumed by selfishness and retaliation, I ceased the stewing and began thinking about the other verses, too:

The words of the wicked lie in wait for blood,
but the speech of the upright rescues them.
~Proverbs 12:6

Instead of reacting like a crazy person, which was what my flesh screamed out to do, I eventually bought her book on my kindle and began to read it. At this point, I could still feel the "but I'm right" thoughts buzzing.  Once I started reading, I could not put it down! Especially when I read this:
 

All this angst, bitterness, selfishness and wanting to spew had all dissolved. I'm not here to prove myself right or retaliate with poison. I am here to show the love of Christ, share His message, and glorify Him.

As I sit here now, I simply shake my head the circumstance that had me bound. Next time, I will take advantage of the opportunity to shine like never before. In Unglued, Lysa says, "A Jesus girl who rises up when she surely could have done otherwise reveals the power and the mystery of Christ at work--in her life and in the world."

Unglued by Lysa TerKeurst is a fantastic read. It has given me the tools to process my thoughts and turn them into honest and godly reactions instead of exploding or stuffing circumstances that cause me inner chaos.

Have you ever reacted harshly and regretted it later? Do you find yourself spewing venom or stuffing your feelings inside?


We would LOVE it if you linked up with a post about what God is showing you in the Word, or in your life. Please also stop by and see what God has been teaching each co-hosts this week:
Sarah at Fontenot Four
 
Tales of Beauty for Ashes


Into the Word Wednesday Blog Hop Rules


1. Write a post about what God is teaching you this week.
2. Follow the host and hostesses via GFC.
3. Grab a button to put on your blog - the more the merrier!
4. Check out (and comment) other people's blogs, and be blessed by all the sisters and brothers around the world!








Prison...wanna come with me?!

"I was in prison and you came to visit me."  Matthew 25:36

I have been blessed with the calling from God to serve in Kairos, a ecumenical Christian prison ministry.  The purpose of the Kairos ministry is to help grow and nurture strong Christian communities within adult correctional institutions.  The heart of Kairos is Agape, Christ's unconditional love, delivered to the residents through the Body of Christ.

There are a couple of ways for our readers to go into the Dayton Correctional Institution right along with me!  The foundation of Kairos is prayer.  You can sign up to pray on a prayer vigil while we are in DCI.  If you would like to sign up on my prayer vigil click HERE (just type your name in the hour you would like to pray, it will save automatically).  The name of each person who is praying will be placed on a strip of paper and made into a paper chain as a visual to the residents of the Body of Christ who is praying for them.  Just imagine...40 team members, 75 prayer slots on each vigil...even if each team member only submits one vigil...that's a prayer chain with 3,000 strips!!

We ask that you pray for the residents, prison staff, and Kairos volunteers.

Another way for our readers to go into DCI with me is "green agape".  The average total cost for a Kairos weekend is $5,000.00 for food, supplies, equipment, etc.  The average cost per resident attending a weekend is $125.00. Any amount of green agape is welcome.  If you would like to extend Christ's love in the form of green agape please email me directly at rlwaymire@hotmail.com and I will be happy to get you more information.


Would you like to go to prison with me?!?!

Monday, August 27, 2012

The Wrong Trinity

If asked my level of obedience this weekend, I'd look at the ground and hope for a new conversation topic. I'm ready to openly admit my thought life has been less than par these days. Negativity and inward tunnel vision have the familiar neon signs of "doormat" "not good enough" and "here we go again" blindingly bright.

Yet God his and his perfect timing used a sermon on purity in marriage this weekend to teach me Psalm 119:9-11.
 
How can a young person stay on the path of purity?
By living according to your word. 
I seek you with all my heart;
do not let me stray from your commands. 
I have hidden your word in my heart
that I might not sin against you.
 
As my pastor recited the verses, I sat in the second row overtaken by conviction of an altered perspective.  My focus was not where it should have been. I was focused on the wrong trinity: me, myself, and I.  The only "seeking" I did was to look for the dimmer switch to those stupid signs. 

So, here I am. . . again. . . refocusing upward not inward.  I get myself into trouble when I take my eyes off the trinity that matters.  I am not the way, the truth, or the light. I am not the way of everlasting.  I am what God says I am, not what I think I am.

 

Does the trinity of me, myself, and I get you into trouble?  
How has your thought life been? 
What do your neon signs say?
 


Saturday, August 25, 2012

Saturday's Song


Enjoy 'Crazy Beautiful' by Chasen!!!!!!!!!!!!



Friday, August 24, 2012

Fab Five Friday

 
If you are new to Fab Five Friday...
Every Friday we reflect on our week
and post Five Fabulous things.
Sometimes it is not always easy.
But, we do it!
We ponder on the good of our week.
We encourage you to do the same.
Share with us!!
We love reading how your week has been too!!
 
1) This week I am grateful for:
 
Falen:  I am beyond grateful this week that I got to wrap my arms around my grandma.  She had no idea I was visiting Ohio.  It was a tearful reunion.  She is an amazing woman.  See more about her here.
 
 
 
Laura: Quality quiet time spent with my babies...that time is going to be hard to come by soon...I am relishing every moment! 
 
2) This week I enjoyed:
 
Falen: If you can't already tell from this post, I enjoyed spending precious time with my mom this week. She is incredible, and quite frankly we had a blast!
 
Laura:  Spending time with friends I rarely see and spending LOTS of time with my babies at The Great Darke County Fair!  And, of course, I enjoyed the LOADS of Fair Food!!!!

 
3) This week I learned:
 
Falen:  That no matter how bad you wanna fix something or someone's situation, sometimes you just have to watch the pieces crumble from the sidelines.  I'll never walk away, but I wish I could swoop you up and help you.  I love you, sister.
 
 
 
Laura:  I am on learning overload with Law School starting on Monday.  I was at Orientation all day yesterday and all day again today...and beginning First Day Assignments.  What didn't I learn?!?!
 
4)  This week I accomplished:
 
Falen:   Surprising my nephew at his first football game of the season!!  He just grinned ear to ear!! I love that kid!!
 
Laura:  Sorting and cleaning out the kids' closets for Fall.  My son finally (he hates playing outside) wanted to learn how to ride his bike without training wheels...he's 7!  I was soooo very proud!

5) I am looking forward to:
 
Falen:  The Sisters Global Event tonight with Amy Groeschel and Lisa TerKeurst. 
 
 
Laura:  Even though I am scared out of my mind, I am looking forward to finally starting Law School on Monday.  BRING IT ON!  It's time to SHINE!
 
 
 
We look forward to hearing from you every week.
So, tell us the positive of your week.
We love to learn about you, engage with you, and get to know you.
 
Have a great weekend!!
 
 
Linking up with:
 
Fantabulous Friday; Faith Filled Friday; Oh So Amelia; Favorite Things Friday; High Five For Friday

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Shine


I feel...tired, stressed, unfocused, panicked, nervous, anxious, lonely, unimportant, useless, hopeless, unloved...

But I know that what I feel isn't real!

I rarely get the encouragement and affirmation I feel that I need from others.  I don't always believe I'm making any difference at all.  I am often selfish and only think of situations from my perspective.

Pastor Furtick's "The Most Encouraging Message You've Never Heard" uses Matthew 11 to portray how God encourages and affirms his Children.  I wrote down these three Affirmations and put them in my iPhone for future reference...and I've used them often...especially today!

1.  You're doing better than you think you are!
2.  You matter more than you think you do!
3.  It's less about you than you think it is!



I know who I am IN Christ!  It's time for me to Shine...even when I feel dark...I'll Shine!

What helps you Shine when you feel dark?


Monday, August 20, 2012

Monday Momma!

Happy Monday!!

I am on vacation today in Ohio for a surprise visit with my mom.  In case you did not already know, I am such a momma's girl. I flew in late on Friday night and am having a ball!

I love my mom!


I love that my mom rocks blonde hair.  That's where I get my love for lighter locks.

I love that she keeps her cell phone in her shirt.  You see it in the picture?  She cracks me up! 

I love that her heart is as big as the state.  I have watched as she has answered her cell phone and genuinely listens to people, speaks with respect and integrity, and usually giggles over something with everyone.



I love that she does not wait for anything.  If something needs to be done, she does it.  If she randomly thinks a thought worth discussing, we are chatting about it.  She is a doer!

I love her laugh.  We have the same humor and can laugh at almost anything.

I love that she loves me.



So, that is what I am up to this weekend.  I know it is Monday, but since I am in Ohio vacationing with my precious momma it is still the weekend for me.  

How was your weekend?  How is your Monday going?

I will be Oklahoma bound first thing in the morning.  
So off the blog I go until Into the Word Wednesday.





Linking up with: Covered in Grace; YOLOMonday; Monday's Musings; The Better Mom Monday's Link Up; Mom's Monday Mingle

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Saturday's Song


It's that time again...Saturday's Song!  This is an EPIC weekend for both Falen and I.  So I'm pretty sure that I can speak for both of us when I say we are both totally feeling this song!!!  Share in our JOY and Enjoy  'Oh Happiness'  by David Crowder Band!!!!!!


Friday, August 17, 2012

Fab Five Friday



If you are new to Fab Five Friday...
Every Friday we reflect on our week
and post Five Fabulous things.
Sometimes it is not always easy.
But, we do it!
We ponder on the good of our week.
We encourage you to do the same.

Share with us!!
We love reading how your week has been too!!

1) This week I am grateful for:

Falen:   Amazing friends who pick you up when you faint, literally.  That same friend made me laugh all day yesterday at work.  I just love her.


 
Laura:  The downtime I am having with my children before the stress and busyness of law school bombards me.

2)  This week I enjoyed:


Falen:  Women of Faith, of course, Wednesday night lifegroup, and Fritos.  I haven't had Fritos in a quite a while, and I really did enjoy them.  Ha!

Laura:   Spending time with family that I do not see often enough...water balloon fights, swimming, park visits.  We did it all!
3)  This week I learned:

Falen:  That the summer went by too fast, who my kids' teachers were this year for school, and that I'm "good to go" according to my doctor, my blood work, and my EKG.


Laura:  That my kids learn from me more than I think they do.  Surprisingly enough they actually do hear what I say.  And when I don't "practice what I preach"...they remind me of it very quickly!

4)  This week I accomplished:

Falen:  Visiting every blog that linked up for Into the Word Wednesday, tearfully dropping my baby boy off for his first day of junior high, and a lot of productivity at work this week.
Laura:  Lots and lots of random tasks including school shopping, cleaning, taking care of a few medical things before law school, cleaning out kids' closets, and listening to Pastor Furtick's Confessions of a Pastor series.

5)  I am looking forward to:

Falen:  10:21 p.m. Central Standard Time.  

Laura:  The Great Darke County Fair begins today!!!!  The next 3 days will be spent with my kids and 3 of my greatest friends in the whole world.  I couldn't be more excited for this weekend if it was Christmas!  Pics are sure to come!  10 days till Law School...30 days till Illumination...34 days till my Kairos weekend...

NEXT FRIDAY WE WILL BE TAKING A BREAK FROM FAB FIVE FRIDAYS FOR A SPECIAL POST.  HAVE YOU EVER WONDERED HOW FALEN AND LAURA KNOW EACH OTHER?  I MEAN, COME ON.... ONE LIVES IN OKLAHOMA AND THE OTHER LIVES IN OHIO.  STAY TUNED FOR "OUR STORY".
We look forward to hearing from you every week.
So, tell us the positive of your week.
We love to learn about you, engage with you, and get to know you.
 
Have a great weekend!! 


              

Linking up with: Fantabulous Friday; Faith Filled Friday; Oh So Amelia; Favorite Things Friday; High Five For Friday

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Into the Word Wednesday

Into the Word Wednesday is a link up and blog hop where fellow Christian bloggers share something they have learned this week while Into the Word. If you are a Christian blogger, feel free to connect and follow other bloggers who are sharing their recent steps of their walk with the blogosphere! If you are not a blogger and you are interested in reading more biblically based posts, scroll down and click until your heart desires.


Last week, I shared about my church home, LifeChurch.  I also shared how I did not sit alone during a series on Marriage:




This Sunday, he went again!

Last week, we learned to pray together daily.  Are we?  No.  Not every day. However, I'm not giving up on that issue.  At the same time, forcing the issue is not only counter-productive, but has the potential to be disrespectful. 

Anyway, this past Sunday we learned to "Fight Fair."

Everyone should be quick to listen,
slow to speak and slow to become angry,
for man's anger does not bring about the
righteous life that God desires.
James 1:19-20

We learned to stop and listen carefully.  (the quick to listen part)  Considering a lot of the time I just want to be heard, this was pretty convicting.  Sometimes what I am more concerned about what I want to say to make my point that I am not hearing what is being said to me. 

A fool finds no pleasure in understanding
but delights in airing his own opinions.
Proverbs 18:2

In the same light, we learned to guard our words faithfully.  (the slow to speak part)  For me, the more comfortable I am around you, the more I'm gonna let my guard down.  So, with my husband, who I have certainly known longer than anyone in the state, I sometimes get a case of verbal diarrhea.  It is at that point I do not even process the words that fly out of my mouth, and usually this is when I have held something in and bottled it up so much that it spews out of my mouth.

Pastor Craig gave us this tip:



For the girl with the broken filter a lot of the times, I reallllly liked this.

Buzzing around with a gigantic grin on my face because he actually went and even took notes, we walk out of the auditorium area and saw they were selling t-shirts.  By his prompting, we bought shirts!



I learned a lot and by sharing with you, I hope it helps you too.   




We would LOVE it if you linked up with a post about what God is showing you in the Word, or in your life. Please also stop by and see what God has been teaching each co-hosts this week:


Sarah at Fontenot Four
Becky at Tales For Ashes
Tales of Beauty for Ashes


Into the Word Wednesday Blog Hop Rules:
1. Write a post about what God is teaching you this week.
2. Follow the host and hostesses via GFC.
3. Grab a button to put on your blog - the more the merrier!
4. Check out (and comment) other people's blogs, and be blessed by all the sisters and brothers around the world!
 
 
 
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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Talitha Koum


Unlike Falen, I attend a small-town country church in Ohio...Ansonia United Methodist Church.  My church is a great combination of contemporary and traditional worship...which is why I Love it!  This past Sunday our Pastor's message was "Jesus IS: Our Healing".  The scripture reading was Mark 5:21-43...the story of Jesus raising a dead girl and healing a sick woman.

My pastor spoke on how these people went about receiving healing from Jesus.  The father of the little girl begged and pleaded for Jesus to come heal his child.  The sick woman simply touched Jesus in faith that she would be healed.  One begged...one simply took hold of what she knew was there for the taking.  This was a very powerful message for me.  Jesus Heals!  We can beg, but we do not have to.  We only have to take hold of the healing he offers.

And then it hit me.  Sitting there in church I could not stop thinking about the little girl...the little girl was lying on her death bed...unable to beg for healing...unable to reach out and grab hold of Jesus.  But her father begged for her.  Her father brought Jesus to her so that she would be able to touch him and be healed.

He took her by the hand and said to her, "Talitha koum!"
(which means "Little girl, I say to you, get up!")  Mark 5:41

This little girl did nothing but lay there and die and Jesus simply said to her "Talitha Koum!"  When we are paralyzed by sin or don't even know that we need healing...others can intercede for us.  This is one way Prayer is so very powerful.  My prayers are able to intercede for others who are unable or unwilling to pray for themselves, and I know my life has been changed by the prayers of others interceding for me.


Do you know anyone who needs healing?  Have you prayed for their healing?  Have you prayed that Jesus would say to them "Talitha Koum" ?



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