Tuesday, November 13, 2012

So what's new?!

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So What's New?!

As you can see I have been away for quit some time. I know that our lives have drastically changed so I thought I'd share with you what's been going on! 

My status went from stay at home mom to full time K3 teacher!! Yes that's right.. And it literally happened overnight! My husband and I started talking about me going back to work and less than a week later I was blessed with a job at my children's school! In fact my youngest son's classroom in right next to my classroom! I love it!! The job allows me to work while my children are at school I am close to them and they even get to come stay with me after they are done with school, start their homework in my classroom while my day winds down! And it helps to have my daughter who is a mini me help out with my students when she's done with her homework! I'm home when my kiddos are home, Mon- Fri and all holidays off.. I have been truly blessed! 

I have 9 very different students! I have my awesome days, as well as my tough days but they are so special! I love to see how they grow and learn. Everyday has been a learning experience for me! 

So other than teaching, my husband and I have begun to serve as leaders in a youth/ young adult discipleship program called Full Armor... It's a group of youth that want to seek Christ on a deeper level and are dedicating themselves to this program for 9 months. We started in September... We have a group of 13 ranging from the ages of 11 to 25!! We meet 3 to 4 times a week. It an intense group that are learning to pursue God getting to know Him in order to present Him without compromise!! It has been awesome being there watching these life's transformed.. And let me tell these people do not have easy lives!!! I thought I went through stuff at their age but wow!!! These are not all kids who are attending because their parents are there or they are forced to.. Most of these young people are the only ones in their family who even know God! They don't care if they have to walk there.. Catch a ride... Or if they are working jobs, going to school, or being faced with many issues. They made a covenant agreement to be there and they have been. They want more of God and they are willing to make the sacrifice to be there... It's awesome to have the privilege of being used by God for this purpose. 

So with work and Full Armor, my schedule is pretty packed. So learning time management especially with my own husband and children has been a priority. I'm still working on improving it. So bare with me... I have so much I have learned and experienced that I need to share with you. But I did want to explain why I have been MIA...  But tonight, I had to just stop myself from thinking about writing something and I had to just do it. So here it is.. 

I know my life has not been the only one with change... In fact it would be nice to hear some other stories about all the change taking place in your life. Maybe we should open it up to share some time management tips!!  If you have any good ones please share!
Have an blessed day!!! 


Saturday, July 14, 2012

The Football Game!

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Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God and receive from him anything we ask, because we keep his
 commands and do what pleases him.
1 John 3:21-22

Of course I use the "Shoe"... Go Bucks!

A few years ago my son Zia was struggling with time management at school. His teacher, my husband and I were doing everything we could to help him.. from charts, rewards, groundings, punishments, to dropping him off at school an hour early so he could catch up on work! We just couldn't figure out how to help him understand the importance of time management! He has always moved at a slower pace than my husband and myself. He could be the first one awake in the mornings and still be the last one ready! 

Zia is however one of the most laid back kids I have ever known! He is a go with the flow type of kid, and very mild tempered. I can count on one hand the number of times I have ever seen him upset. He is very careful with his emotions. Which can be a great thing... but can be a hard thing for a parent because its hard to measure his feelings on certain things, and the time management set back was one of those things. We just couldn't tell if he was really trying or not. 

Needless to say I was frustrated.. I remember one day I was sitting with him while he did his homework. He had 2 weeks to go before school ended, and a lot of work to catch up on. I sat there praying when God gave me a picture.. A football game! Yes thats right a football game! I scooted over and sat right next time him, asked him to put his pencil down and shared with him the picture God had shared with me. 

Zia was the quarter back!  His teacher, my husband and myself where everywhere.. we were in the stands screaming for Zia to throw the ball, we were the cheerleaders cheering him on, the coaches instructing him, we were his teammates blocking the other team from getting to him, the wind was perfect, the lights were bright, everything was in place for the perfect throw, but he had to throw the ball! Thats what we had been doing.. trying to get his attention, telling him the best ways to manage his time, but it all came down to him! In other words he had to care and believe in himself. Something about that story clicked with him because with in 2 days he was caught up and has never struggled with time again. He may still be slow in the morning but I have learned to live with that. 

There are certain things in life that requires we do something.. acts of obedience that God expects from us. It could be praying for someone, calling someone, reading His word a little bit longer so He can show us the answer we have been seeking. Not to mention living according to His guidelines and not the worlds. I sometime picture myself as the quarter back and I imagine how many times God has been everywhere putting all the pieces in the right place and making sure the wind is in my favor. How many times did He wait on me to get it, they way I waited for my son? 

Can you think of a time when you were the quarterback?  Where the only thing left was for you to take the step of faith in order for something amazing to happen and take place?

I don't think the AHAAA moment comes from us knowing the outcome of the throw, but understanding that God does and having the faith in God that He has already equipped us with the ability to win the game, because He has already won the Super Bowl!  

Beloved, our Father is our coach, our cheerleader, our water boy, our teammate, our trainer, our chiropractor, our play maker, and our biggest fan. He is everything.. But in order for His will to be done he requires us to be bold and take the step of faith and throw the ball! 


Jesus answered and said unto them, Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done.
Matthew 21:21  

For he was a good man, and full of the Holy Ghost and of faith: and much people was added unto the Lord.
Acts 11:24 

And this is love: that we walk in obedience to his commands. As you have heard from the beginning, his command is that you walk in love

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Do You Love Me?

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Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.
Isaiah 43:18 

I heard this read on the radio once back in Ohio and I hate to admit that I had to pull over to cry.. ok ok.. uncontrollable sobbing is more like it. (You had to be there!). I can't remember what was going on in my life that this hit me so hard but it did.. and I told everybody I saw about it for weeks.. I don't think any further introduction is needed... 

The Pearl Necklace
Author unknown

The cheerful girl with bouncy golden curls was almost five. Waiting with her mother at the checkout stand, 
she saw them: a circle of glistening white pearls in a pink foil box. 
"Oh please, Mommy. Can I have them? Please, Mommy, please!"

Quickly the mother checked the back of the little foil box and then looked back into the pleading blue eyes of her little girl's upturned face.
"A dollar ninety-five. That's almost $2.00. If you really want them, I'll think of some extra chores for you and in no time you can save enough money to buy them for yourself. Your birthday's only a week away and you might get another crisp dollar bill from Grandma."
As soon as Jenny got home, she emptied her penny bank and counted out 17 pennies. After dinner, she did more than her share of chores and she went to the neighbor and asked Mrs. McJames if she could pick dandelions for ten cents.
On her birthday, Grandma did give her another new dollar bill and at last she had enough money to buy the necklace.
Jenny loved her pearls. They made her feel dressed up and grown up. She wore them everywhere--Sunday school, kindergarten, even to bed. The only time she took them off was when she went swimming or had a bubble bath. Mother said if they got wet, they might turn her neck green.
Jenny had a very loving daddy and every night when she was ready for bed, he would stop whatever he was doing and come upstairs to read her a story. One night when he finished the story, he asked Jenny, "Do you love me?"
"Oh yes, Daddy. You know that I love you."
"Then give me your pearls."
"Oh, Daddy, not my pearls. But you can have Princess--the white horse from my collection. The one with the pink tail. Remember, Daddy? The one you gave me. She's my favorite."
"That's okay, Honey. Daddy loves you. Good night." And he brushed her cheek with a kiss.
About a week later, after the story time, Jenny's daddy asked again, "Do you love me?"
"Daddy, you know I love you."
"Then give me your pearls."
"Oh Daddy, not my pearls. But you can have my babydoll. The brand new one I got for my birthday. She is so beautiful and you can have the yellow blanket that matches her sleeper."
"That's okay. Sleep well. God bless you, little one. Daddy loves you." And as always, he brushed her cheek with a gentle kiss.
A few nights later when her daddy came in, Jenny was sitting on her bed with her legs crossed Indian-style. As he came close, he noticed her chin was trembling and one silent tear rolled down her cheek.
"What is it, Jenny? What's the matter?"
Jenny didn't say anything but lifted her little hand up to her daddy. And when she opened it, there was her little pearl necklace. With a little quiver,she finally said, "Here, Daddy. It's for you."

With tears gathering in his own eyes, Jenny's kind daddy reached out with one hand to take the dime-store necklace, and with the other hand he reached into his pocket and pulled out a blue velvet case with a strand of genuine pearls and gave them to Jenny. 

He had them all the time. He was just waiting for her to give up the dime-store stuff so he could give her genuine treasure.
What are you hanging on to?

Wow those words "what are you hanging on to?" turned my life upside down that day! It made me really think, and ask God to search me, and help me release the things that I was holding on to. things that where hindering God from being able to bless me with the genuine treasure. 

As a mother I only want what is best for my children, because I love them so much! My heart aches when I watch them settle for less. So I can only imagine how my Heavenly Father longs to bless us with the best.. but we continue to hold on the the dime store stuff.. what are we holding on to...

Our will... over His?
Our dream... over the dreams and desires He has designed us for?
A relationship we know we should not be in... over the real love He has in store for us?
A friendship we should let go off that may be holding us back... Over His plans?
A job that we hate.. when he has a better one in store?
Material things we think make us happy... over the true joy He has for us?

LET IT GO AND LET GOD!!! Whatever it is that we are holding on to let it go!! He wants nothing more than for us to say "Lord it is yours and whatever you have in store for me I want it.. I accept it, over what I feel I should have!".  

But even through all this, this is what God is really asking is: 
Do you Love ME? 
Do you trust me?
Do you not have faith?
Do you believe in me?

Do you love Him enough to let go! If you haven't let go yet He is waiting. just like the father in the story He still loves her and sweetly kisses her goodnight.. all while secretly holding on to that box in his pocket waiting for the moment when she said YES I LOVE YOU ENOUGH TO LET IT GO! 

Wow! I pray this moves you to evaluate yourself. And I am praying that if you find something... that you will be able to let it go. God Bless you..

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Sunday, June 24, 2012

Music that moves me..

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 They shall lift up their voice, they shall sing;

For the majesty of the Lord

They shall cry aloud from the sea

Isaiah 24:14

For those of you who really know me, you know that I love music!!  I don't know if it came from being a dancer, because I was exposed to all types of music through it, but either way I love music. So I thought why not share some of it with you, and maybe share with you why some of that may be good or bad for our children and us..

Now if you are a music lover like me, you probably experience the same music timeline I do..

YOU  KNOW.....  the timeline where you can go back and trace what songs you were listening to during what era or period of your life.. Here's a few examples

  • How I would Jam and sing into my brush when Mirah Carey's "Someday" first came out. I was about 12 or 13..
  • How I would listen to Marc Anthony's old school music with my HS besties around 1996 in the dark and turn it up really loud!!
  • How my collage room mate would listen to a greek pop artist she loved, or, she would have Titanic's "My Heart Will Go On" because after seeing the movie she decided she was going to be an actress.When she wasn't around I would listen to Celin Dions "To Love You More" on repeat!
  • How I was listening to Mya's "Fear of Flying" in the car on the day of my first date with my husband.

I have hundreds of these.. but I have to guard my heart and the hearts of my children. What I mean by that is, I can't listen to 90% of the music I use to listen too anymore. Because attached to the music are certain feelings. Sometimes, usually when I am in a restaurant or shopping and I hear and old song.. I realize I will start singing it with out even thinking about it, and all of a sudden I am back to that time in my life. Remembering the feelings attached to that period of my life are there as well. Crazy I know... But there is sooo much more to this. I mean it, I can go on and on when it comes to this subject. But I can only graze the surface on it here, or this would be the longest post ever.

So why do we have to guard ourselves... well here are just 2 of the reasons..

#1. I as a child of the most High God, I am a different person now. I am renewed, so why would I want to reminisce of a time where I was not in the will of God, and living an ungodly life. I don't know about you but I can't go back there! To take it a step further.. if it doesn't glorify God, it's secular music therefore it is glorifying the world and we do not belong to this world but to His Kingdom!

#2. If we know we should not listen secular music why would we want to expose our children to it?
Most secular music talks about heartbreak/"breaking up", an ungodly lifestyle, drinking, drugs, pre-marital sex, and so on. SO why allow our children to hear these things.. just as we speak life into them.. this music also plants a seed that these things are ok. Nothing warms my heart than to hear my kids sing songs that worship God and glorify Him, and trust me on occasion where they do here something secular they are full of questions as to why they are singing certain things.. Children are listening and the are very aware of what is being said. 

What is the conclusion then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will also pray with the understanding. I will sing with the spirit, 
and I will also sing iwith the understanding.
1Corinthians 14:15

I must be honest and admit I was one of those teens growing up who though adults where crazy when they tried to explain this to me. However My role models  at the time were all guilty of this too. But now that I have a personal relationship with my Heavenly Father I understand.. think what you may, I know it sounds old school.. but it is... it's in the bible.. do the research. I dare you.

Please if you have any questions Please Please Please ask! No question is silly! I was once there and had to do my own research and I praise God I had the Bible and the resources to help me though it. email me if you need to at    5blessedkings@gmail.com

So now I want to share with you some of the music that has touched my life in someway.. So in other word my New Music Time line... enjoy!

Everlasting Love When I first surrendered my life this song gave me hope.
How He Loves by Jesus Culture I mean whats not to love about this.. HE LOVES US REJOICE!!
Open Up the Sky by Deluge I want nothing but Him.
 Waiting Here For you by Christy Nockels  What a voice!
Make Me An Answer  by Ricardo Sanchez A call to Ministry.
Moving Forward by Ricardo Sanchez Who would ever want to go back after listening to this!
My Nation Healed by Ricardo Sanchez and Israel Houghton Not much of a video but close your eyes and just listen you will never be the same!
Broken Man By Unspoken These Guys are awesome! If you ever get the chance to see them live the are amazing!!
I've Got Joy by Unspoken Love their grove it's like no other!!!!
The Healing Has Begun by Matthew West Song he wrote on the topic of abortion. For women who have had one. I was listening to this when God told me it was time.. Time to glorify Him with my testimony. 
Come In My Courts by Deluge He calls us to worship and bask in His presence
Mesjesty (Here I Am) by Delirious Moves me
Heart of Worship by Tasha Cobbs Worship
Amazing God by William Murphy III Love, Love, Love this!

 “The Lord was ready to save me;
Therefore we will sing my songs with stringed instruments
All the days of our life, in the house of the Lord.”

                                                              Isaiah 38:20

Honestly I could go on and on, these are just a few but ENJOY!!

Friday, June 22, 2012

Answering the Call

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In his heart a man plans his course, but the LORD determines his steps. 
Proverbs 16:9

Wow!! It's officially summer. It has been a year since my family made the move to Florida. I still look around sometimes and wonder how on earth I got here, every once in a while I see a palm tree and it hits me all over again. As soon as it does I still have a  plethora of feelings that hit me.. Homesickness... (if thats even a word) I miss my wonderful family and friends. Then a moment of realization where I think of everything we have been through this last year.. then excitement because I have Gods word.. and the word He gave us about why He called us in FL.. for ministry. 
Sooooo I sat and waited for a little while waiting for God to just hit me over the head with what it is that He wanted me to do. (Silly I know, but seriously I can't be the only who has ever done that!!). As I dove into Gods word searching for a map He began to reveal things to me that that he had already revealed but I guess I had forgotten. In my very first post (Click here to read it!) I shared a small part of my testimony with you. I also shared that my Heavenly Father showed me that my child's death would not been in vain and that I would glorify Him with this.  Of course I still have my moments when I still want to plead with God and I beg Him to let me keep this hidden. 

It is of the Lord's mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.
They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.
Laminations 3:22-23 

There is a reason that His mercies are new everyday.. Then I have the moments of clarity that reveals His plan, and my testimony is so much greater than me. So I take a deep breath pray and take another step. 

So I know I have been MIA from the blog for a little while. May was an awesome month where we focused on My other Blog, one that I do with  a dear friend Light For A Woman's Path. But I have been taking notes and there is so much I have to share with you! 

So in the last month I have had several meetings with different organizations and ministries. I am currently training to become a counselor at a pregnancy center, and the training has been mind-blowing! I consider it a privilege that God would choose to use me.. of all people, in this way.  Next month I will also be completing training to lead Post- Abortive woman through the same counseling I went through, and to publicly speak about my child. I have the honor of being used by God to introduce the love and forgiveness that is available to them through the blood of the Lamb. 

I am blessed to have met amazing people and mentors in this process.. and blessed with an incredible support system that God has provided that spans from Ohio to Florida and New York to Texas!!  I also get to see my children begin to stand on Gods word too. To hear my beautiful daughter pray for the end to abortion. I get to see my oldest stand tall next to me because he knows the pain and has seen my tears and he understands Gods plan. I am Honored to have such a supportive husband who with the grace of God was able to see through my past and has accepted Gods call to protect me and Love me even on my rough days. I also have a little guy who may not fully understand why I cry sometimes, but who God has given the ability to sit in my lap wipe my tears away and tell me I am beautiful even when I have my  Rudolph red nose. 

So now I ask you.. what is it that God has spoken to you.. What is it that He has called you to? Now if your sitting and waiting for God to hit you over the head.. stop!! There are hurting people in this world who need to hear your testimony now, or who are waiting to hear something that only you can say!
Remember that for some people out there we will be the only bible they ever read!!!  God is calling you all to be Jesus with skin on, we have the Holy Spirit living in us.. and we have the advantage of knowing how the book ends!! :) can you imagine if we all answered that call!

Now if you are unsure if your hearing from God test yourself!! 

1. Does it exalt Christ? (John 16:14)
2. Is it Scriptural? (Proverbs 30:5-6)
3. Do other Christians confirm it? (Proverbs 15:22)
4. Does it produce good fruit? (John 15:1-16
5. Does God bring it to pass? (Isaiah 55:10-11)

I may elaborate more on this in a future post ;)



Friday, May 18, 2012

Knock me over the head please!!

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 Have you ever heard something that hit you so hard you felt like someone knocked you over the head with a bag of bricks! Well it happens to me quite often. I am about to share one with you so please prepare yourself incase it hits you like it hit me!

A few weeks ago one of our Pastors said, "Why are we surprised when life happens?" 

As a woman and a mom, I have for years strived to have the perfect day!! A day when all the kids wake up, get dressed go to school on time, and NOT ONE of them forgets to pick up their PJs and toys from the night before so their room is not a disaster.  A day when you clean, do laundry and your finished early so you cook a fantastic gourmet meal.. that I don't have to google. Where the kids get home and do all their homework in perfect penmanship. A day when your husband gets home and you all enjoy a fantastic dinner together, we laugh, and play, until bed time comes and you have some alone time with the hubby.... *sigh 

Instead my days end up more like this...

The kids wake up on time but move on the slower side.. my daughter decides wearing bright pink leggings, and a neon green sweater with black winter boots in the FL 93 degree weather is a great idea. My oldest son remembers he forgot to make a cardboard car for school.. while I discover my youngest is still sleeping after he snuck into my bed to snuggle!! So the kids end up being 3 minutes late to school! I get home and I start on the laundry only to discover that I am out of detergent, I google the perfect recipe for dinner only to discover I don't have the main ingredient, I accidentally call my mom while calling my husband to ask him to stop on his way home to get the missing ingredient, to then have my mom talk for what seems like forever and the next thing I know my husband walks in and dinner ends up being sloppy joes.. again... and just when I want to just crash and cry I remember I have to run to the store for detergent or my youngest won't have a clean school uniform for the next day! Ahhhhh!! 

Ok so maybe they are not that bad.. at least it hasn't all happened on the same day! BUT I think you get my point!  

What do you think of when you see the words tribulation, anxious, trouble & worry?
Their definitions are 
Tribulation- A cause of distress, a state of suffering or distress
Anxious- Full or mental distress or uneasiness because of fear, danger, or misfortune
Trouble- To disturb the mental calm and contentment of: worry: distress: agitate, annoy
Worry- To torment with cares, anxieties.

Lets see what God has to say about all these...

Call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify me.
 Psalm 50:15

 I have said these things to you, thatin me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.
John 16:33

 Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
                                                              1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 

Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. 
1 Peter 5:7

Our God clearly states that we will have troubles and tribulations.. however, we often think of the big things only.. 
Loss of a loved one
Financial difficulties
our families dealing with sin

we often forget that the little things can affect us too..
I can tell you from personal experience that a mountain of laundry, or a flat tire, or an illness has brought me distress a time or two. 

So I now ask you the same question... Why are you surprised when life happens??? 

Life is not life with out the daily mishaps and happenings. We may come close to a few of those really great days.. but how would they be great days if we had them everyday? The highs and the lows are all part life, but it is how we react that separates us from the world. 

So lets embrace these moments.. when one of your children falls and scrapes their knee.. take the moment to love on them.. hug and kiss them to comfort them. How many more of those moments will we be blessed with. 
When our husbands get sick, take the time to care for them and be compassionate and thank them for everything they do.. 
and in those hard times of loss and distress its a wonderful opportunity to  worship God! Because He is in control!!  We need to rely on him 100% of of the time. Let me wrap it up with this..
Lets make an effort to wake up each morning and spend time with our Father, to ask Him for help in those moments when we feel rocked by life.. so that we may rely on Him for support and not miss the opportunities to worship Him. 


Can you remember a time when things didn't go your way.. and did you learn anything? Share it with us! 

Saturday, April 28, 2012

For You...

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I have a very odd way of remembering things that truly impact me. It could be 10 years later and if I remember something in great detail it is because it was either a turning point in my life, something that held great meaning to me at the time, or just something that sticks with me and no matter what I can't shake it or forget it. Tonight one of these memories is has come flooding back and I feel led to share it with you because I believe one of you needs to hear this right now. 

When I was about 19 years old I was reading the newspaper.. (Don't ask me why because that has never been a habit of mine!) I think I was reading the "Dear Abby" colum... At least that's what I think it was, please correct me if I am wrong.. It was either dear Abby or Dear Nancy? But I am leaning towards Dear Abby! Either way, I remember it was a reprint of this poem, apparently she had printed this poem many years earlier and someone was requesting she print it again, and so she did. I read this poem that day and it has always stuck with me, so I decided to Google it tonight and there it was on more than a dozen sites.. So I thought I would share it with you.

 Welcome to Holland 
By Emily Perl Kingsley 

 I am often asked to describe the experience of raising a child with a disability - to try to help people who have not shared that unique experience to understand it, to imagine how it would feel. It's like this...... 

 When you're going to have a baby, it's like planning a fabulous vacation trip - to Italy. You buy a bunch of guide books and make your wonderful plans. The Coliseum. The Michelangelo David. The gondolas in Venice. You may learn some handy phrases in Italian. It's all very exciting.

 After months of eager anticipation, the day finally arrives. You pack your bags and off you go. Several hours later, the plane lands. The stewardess comes in and says, "Welcome to Holland."

 "Holland?!?" you say. "What do you mean Holland?? I signed up for Italy! I'm supposed to be in Italy. All my life I've dreamed of going to Italy." 
 But there's been a change in the flight plan. They've landed in Holland and there you must stay. 

 The important thing is that they haven't taken you to a horrible, disgusting, filthy place, full of pestilence, famine and disease. It's just a different place.

 So you must go out and buy new guide books. And you must learn a whole new language. And you will meet a whole new group of people you would never have met.

 It's just a different place. It's slower-paced than Italy, less flashy than Italy. But after you've been there for a while and you catch your breath, you look around.... and you begin to notice that Holland has windmills....and Holland has tulips. Holland even has Rembrandts.

 But everyone you know is busy coming and going from Italy... and they're all bragging about what a wonderful time they had there. And for the rest of your life, you will say "Yes, that's where I was supposed to go. That's what I had planned." 

 And the pain of that will never, ever, ever, ever go away... because the loss of that dream is a very very significant loss.

 But... if you spend your life mourning the fact that you didn't get to Italy, you may never be free to enjoy the very special, the very lovely things ... about Holland. 

 I know that Emily wrote this poem to describe what it was like to raise a child with a disablity but I believe it applies to so much more. I pray that tonight we reflect on all of our plans.. Weather they be for children or for spouses, for ministries, to where you are living. And think of all the times you heard "Welcome to Holland". How many times have we felt our lives turned upside down to sit back and remember its not about us and our plans but the plans that our God has in store for us. His plans are always the best even of we don't understand them. I know personally I have landed in "Holland" a few times, but looking back I see God purpose for the trip. So my question to you now is, have you ever been to Holland, or are you in Holland now?

He says, "Be still and know that I am God;  I will be exalted among the nations,
    I will be exalted in the earth.” 
Psalm 46:10