When God speaks

We’ve had many conversations with the kids about how God speaks to us. They love Jesus but are still a little too young to completely grasp the concept of God “speaking”.

Caleb will say, “But I don’t hear anything Mom.”

I’ll tell him that God speaks to our heart and he’ll give me the Mom you are crazy look.

But I know I’m not crazy. Well at least about God speaking. Because He does and it’s such an amazing, overwhelming experience when He clearly speaks.

I had that experience Wednesday night.

One of my co-workers is struggling through some things and Wednesday night I sent her a text that said, “Praying Philippians 4:6-7 for you…”

A little bit later Wednesday night I was talking to my sister on the phone and we were talking about some of the struggles we were going through. She had some things going on yesterday that were causing some fear and anxiety. At the last minute of our phone call I told her about the verse I shared with my co-worker. I asked her to read it and that hopefully it could give her peace through her situation too.

She said, “Oh my gosh, hang on. That verse is in my journal.”

Side note:

A few weeks ago we were talking about the struggle of life and faith and she told me that she had committed to reading her bible and journaling about certain verses that spoke to her. She encouraged me to do the same thing and so we’ve been trying to hold each other accountable through that.

End side note:

So she grabs her journal and she says, “Yep, it’s on the very first page. Philippians 4:6-7 – Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

Wow. Thank you Jesus. I’m pretty God was wanting me to clearly see and hear the promise from that scripture too!

For the Word of God is alive and active. Hebrews 4:12

I’m finding myself at a loss for words And the funny thing is it’s okay The last thing I need is to be heard But to hear what You would say

Word of God speak Would You pour down like rain Washing my eyes to see Your majesty

To be still and know That You’re in this place Please let me stay and rest In Your holiness Word of God speak

I’m finding myself in the midst of You Beyond the music, beyond the noise All that I need is to be with You And in the quiet hear Your voice

Word of God speak Would You pour down like rain Washing my eyes to see Your majesty

To be still and know That You’re in this place Please let me stay and rest In Your holiness Word of God speak

Word of God speak Would You pour down like rain Washing my eyes to see Your majesty

To be still and know That You’re in this place Please let me stay and rest In Your holiness Word of God speak

I’m finding myself at a loss for words And the funny thing is it’s okay

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Uncle Jim is undermining my authority

My brother Jim arrived in beautiful sunny South Dakota yesterday (Tuesday) late morning.

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This dude lives in Florida. As in this Florida:

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I have no idea why we aren’t visiting him. Well actually I do, it’s because flying four people to FL is not cheap. So we made him come here.

He loves it though.

He got to ride for 3 hours through crazy blowing snow to the coldest place in the state. (Aberdeen) And then he got to watch The Little Mermaid with his niece and nephew.

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Fun times.

So before we left for Aberdeen on Tuesday we met my other brother for lunch at Pizza Ranch. The kids asked for money to play the games or get candy or something. I said no.

Guess what Uncle Jim does? You guessed it. He gives them some money so they can buy the ridiculously large gum balls .

And then today we were in Aberdeen at the mall. We were at the play land and the kids were once again asking for money. Once again I said no.

I’m not always this mean. Just saying.

Meanwhile Jim was getting a pop and came over to us as he was putting his cash back in his wallet. The kids went running over to him and he said, “Get away from me you little piranhas!”

Hahaha!

Finally. He’s gonna stand his ground with them.

By the way that was exactly what my dad would have said. It was cool. In a sad sort of way.

So yeah, Jim was finally not giving in to the kids.

Until 20 seconds later when he walked over to them and gave them some coins.

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Yes. Yes those are more ridiculously large gum balls.

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Uncle Jim has been constantly undermining my authority.

And I really wish he lived closer so he could do it more often!

What we do at Aunt Nellie’s

Well first we drive to Nellie’s of course.

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We pick up Nellie and drive to the hotel. We go to the restaurant for supper. Best mac-n-cheese ever!!

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We have dinner with our friends Lisa, Gunner, Oliver and baby Sullivan.

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And then after supper we run down the hall to our room. And when I tell Caleb that Oliver is staying over he says, “I can’t believe it. My very first sleepover!” Haha.

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We go swimming!

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We go back to the room, put pj’s on and have a snack!

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We actually sleep all night. And when I say “we” I mean the kids.

The next morning we are up in a flash, pj’s off and swimsuits on!

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We have more swim time!

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We check out of the hotel and go back to Nellie’s house. We get to see Charlie!

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We hang out and then we go get a tattoo. And when I say “we” I mean “Nellie”.

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We get bored. So we go to the library.

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We go back and pick up Nellie. We see her amazing tattoo.

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We go back to Nellie’s house. We color our hair. And when I say “we” I mean me.

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We sit on Nellie.

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We do our nails.

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We have awesome fun. We can’t wait to come back!

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Beloved

Oh great God give us rest

I could listen to this song over and over.

Oh great God.

Give us rest.

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