Wednesday, November 4, 2015
Thursday, October 8, 2015
So get the biggest data plan you can, and collect wi-fi passwords at every stop. Check in at all the cool places. Share every inspirational thought you have, and every joke. Snap lots of pics. Get video clips, too, of course. And never stop uploading the whole show to the Cloud as you go.
Post everything online for the whole world to see. Pile up Likes and Friends and Followers until it’s all just one frenzied blur. Hustle until your real life exceeds your dreams. And finally, once you’ve reached the summit, I can guarantee you this one thing: your longing for more never stops. Like the latest technology, your achievements are outdated overnight.
Why? How could that be possible?
Because you were not created for earth. You were created for eternity. And there is nothing on this earth that can ever satisfy that spiritual longing you feel inside—even if you can collect it all.
When I was a teenager, years before I knew Christ, I would hear people say, “God makes a Christ-shaped void inside every person.” I remember that saying annoying me. I remember not understanding what they were talking about. But then one day I learned for myself why they said it: because it is absolutely true. Nothing outside of a living relationship with Christ can ever fill the emptiness of that ache inside your heart.
Your scavenger hunt for success will never be enough. Christ is what you’re searching for. He is your source. He is your strength. He is your sustainer. He is your joy. He is your contentment. He is your all and all. He’s everything that matters.
When Christ is all you have, you’ll finally realize that Christ is all you need.
Christ. Is. All. You. Need.
Monday, October 5, 2015
Tuesday, September 29, 2015
Thursday, July 9, 2015
Beniah James Griffin entered our lives on May 25th 2015 at 11am. I had been contracting irregularly the day before (Sunday) at Chapel while my husband was giving an illustration of Beniah in the Bible who was a lean, mean, fighting machine. :) He killed a lion...in a pit...in the snow. What?! That's gladiator stuff right there. Lol He was also a loyal warrior who feared God and served His anointed kings. Beniah (pronounced Ben-ī -ah) means: built by God. It also ends in an "ah" sound like our other two children. ;) It still is insane to think God formed three gorgeous souls in my womb to give as gifts to Stephen and I. We have three other little lambs that are already in Heaven dancing and singing with many other cousins and children. I can't wait to see them all! Stephen and I were so in love with Little B the moment we saw him. We were told by one Doc that he would be 6lbs because I was measuring small. But Beniah-the-Brave came 6 days early at a whopping 8.5lbs! We had a great experience at the Naval Hospital and I don't know if I was just starving but the hospital food was even good! Lol Did anyone else who has multiple children feel like it was a mini vacation getting to stay over night at the hospital? Lay in this bed all day? ...no problem! ;) Thank you Mom and Kayla for watching our older kiddos!! It's was so reassuring knowing they were in good hands. A huge thank you to all the friends who brought us meals and made our lives easier! Praise God for no complications and good health all around...I do not take that for granted. Thank you for the many prayers for us (please don't stop!)
We are asked a lot how we are adjusting and I feel like God is giving us grace as we humble ourselves and submit to His promptings by: choosing to praise Him for the tiny people who think 4:30am is the new awake time, being gracious in our words when we are both beyond tired after long days (and nights...and weeks!), asking for forgiveness when I don't have self control and get angry at my 2yr old, praying and asking for God's strength, energy, love, and wisdom throughout the day, and choosing to see the bigger picture of our limited time with these amazing children when all I really want to do some moments is escape in one way or another. I'm praying for God to help me give grace to myself as I constantly screw up and grace to others as they are just human as well. I desire to be a light to the world around me of the Good News...starting with my kids. I know that is not done just by knowing all the right verses but by living out those truths in my everyday life. "The world will know you are my disciples by your love for one another." Love is: "patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance. (1 Corinthians 13:4-7 NLT)" That does not describe me :) but it is the goal!
Ok, one true story before I quit. All three kids decided that they were going to wake up just after 5:00am and boycott naptime, so by 3:30pm all three children were crying out of exhaustion. I thought I was going to loose my mind. I may or may not have started crying as well. Lol ;) Out of desperation, I loaded the kids in the car and just decided to drive around until it was time to cook dinner. I was driving for maybe 5 mins when all three weans were sound asleep! So what did I do? I took a lesson out of my older sisters books and went to get an iced coffee! I sat in my blessed air conditioned car, sipped my caffeine, and listened to the silence. :) The result? A recharged mama and rested babies.
Beniah is now six weeks old! He just got to spend a week with Grandpa, Grandma, Uncle Karl, and Aunt Dee! Thank you for coming to visit us!
*photo credit goes to Linda and artwork is by Tierzah ❤️
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Sunday, May 3, 2015
He and I just went to a Credo Marriage Retreat which was wonderful. The military provides an all-expense-paid weekend for spouses of active duty service members to attend training on key points in having a successful marriage. The awesome part is that Chaplain's are billeted to facilitate these trainings and are able to combine the spiritual aspect along with the normal material you would receive on this topic.
One of the focuses of our training was to take the Myers-Brigg personality test. We have done this several times before and already knew what our results would be; however, I still felt discouraged while checking off my answers to each question. "Man, I am not a very soft person," I thought to myself. "I don't like doing these tests...the truth stings." I put my pen down sadly and looked over at my adorable husband who was smiling and feeling liberated while checking off all his answers without hesitation. Ugh, the results were in and as expected it was an ISTJ for me and ENFP for my honey. Celebrities with my personality are: George Washington, Eisenhower, and a Roman Emperor. Meanwhile, my dashing husband's celebrity matches are: Walt Disney, Robin Williams...and Snoopy! :) The title of this part of the training was, "Not Wrong, Just Different," and we clearly could not be any more opposite from each other.
For instance, when we first got married, I could plan an entire weekend of chores and "to do's" to accomplish. Each task was complete with a little box just waiting for the glorious moment of being checked off! I'm actually getting super excited right now just thinking of checking off a task. Lol! Nerd alert. To my ISTJ (Introverted, Sensing, Thinking, Judging) self, this would be an ideal and "obviously" most logical and responsible way to spend our time. Meanwhile, my ENFP (Extroverted, Intuitive, Feeling, Perceiving) husband, was spiraling into a depressed state just looking at ALL my boxes that needed to be checked...and to think that not one of them was going to be FUN! I could see the joy deflate as he gently tried to explain the need for some recreation on at least one of our days off. :) At the time, I was even younger and even less bright than I am now, and pridefully/stubbornly thought that I was right most of the time and refused to humble myself to see how neither of us were wrong...we were just reeeeeealllly different. God is pretty stinkin awesome, though! After 8 short years ;), He has been transforming, humbling, and guiding me into a new person. Thank God that He doesn't leave us they way he finds us! I don't like humbling myself but I'm just barely learning that when God is working out a kink in my life, the process is WAY easier when I stop fighting and just allow Him to chisel away.
That just reminded me of my wild son, Micah, and how he hates getting clean. Almost daily he dumps full buckets of dirt on his head and looks at me with a brown face, big mischievous blue eyes, and grins with shiny white teeth. I probably wouldn't care as much if I wasn't 9 months prego and bending over to give baths is a work out these days. Lol Anyway, he kicks and thrashes when I wipe his face or hands that sometimes I have to hold him tightly to get him clean. I imagine that's what I'm like sometimes when God is trying to "create a clean heart and renew a right spirit within me." I have to learn to trust that He is for me and sanctification is a lifelong process. So while I am naturally a more Introverted, Factual/Sensing, Thinking/Logical, and Judging/Planning person, that does NOT give me a license to say "that's just the way I am, I've always been this way, or Sorry...not sorry cause I'm just gunna do me!" Lol The Chaplain encouraged us to know and work on the areas that we are weaker in, and to view others as uniquely different than ourselves...we are not superior to one another (shocker, I know) ;). This reminder really helped me to value Stephen's (and other's) differences and to allow him to teach me through his life how to work on the strengths he possesses naturally. I remember our pre-marital counselors telling us that we will be learning in our relationship for the rest of our lives. That's encouraging to know that we have hopefully 45+ years of time to be perfected. ;)
I've been writing about my marriage relationship but the most important is our relationship with God. If you haven't ever heard that Jesus did what no one else could do by laying down his sinless life to be crucified for our sins and wrong choices...than you have no idea what you are missing out on. There's no greater love than that of Jesus' for you. He formed us in our mother's womb, he designed us perfectly, and knows us better than we know yourselves. He willing paid the price for our sins, laid down his life on the cross, was buried, God raised Him from the dead, and Jesus now sits at the right hand of God in Heaven where he makes intercessions for us. Even now he fiercely pursues us out of his great love and desire that "no one should perish, no not one." The Bible says in Romans to confess with your mouth and believe in your heart that God raised Jesus from the dead and you will be saved/rescued. The decision to make Jesus the leader of your life is in your hands. Eternal life is a free gift that is yours for the taking...just reach out to Him, the One who paid for it. ❤️
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Saturday, March 28, 2015
Tuesday, January 13, 2015
She was so excited to be in this picture announcement. We just got home from her Ballet/Tap dance class.
Micah isn't too concerned by what is happening. Lol He's content eating dirt, playing with his cars, and chasing bugs. Little does he know that a partner in crime is being made just for him. ;)
This is what happens when we try to do pinterest inspired photo sessions. We nail it. Haha! Just kidding. Never mind the child crying with his pants falling off in the background. :) I love them.
We couldn't have asked for a cooler Anniversary gift today! We have been married for 8 short years and owe everything to the grace God has granted us. Honestly, I'm not just saying that because it's a nice Christian thing to say. ;) We have been on some incredible mountain tops, through some really dark valleys, and God has carried us through it all. I'm thankful for the encouragement that we have receive from His Word, from family and friends, for the godly counsel from those who invested in us, and wise teaching we have been blessed to hear throughout the years.
The picture above was taken this past weekend when my Mum watched our kids so we could escape to San Fransisco! It was a memorable trip and such a fantastic gift. ❤️ Stephen, I love being your wife, friend, lover, and partner in sharing the Good News. You are my hero. Thank you for being my #2 as we strive to seek the only #1 together.
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