Friday, October 2, 2009

what would you want?

**** Tulsa State Fair Update***** Along with the first place and reserved champion I mentioned at the bottom of this post, they also placed 2nd, 3rd and 4th in one class of 13 which we had three goats in, another class of 14 Bethany placed 1st place and then they take the 1st placers and out of those she got Grand Champion. She mentioned a few more wins but I was not able to get all the info on those!!!! Thank the Lord and way to go, Besh and goat girls:)

****Farm update**** Micah and the little's just went out and picked tomatoes again.......83 pounds of them.......what am i gonna dooooooooo??????????

When Jesus mentions a mother or a woman in scripture, I am always interested. I am thankful that He gives us particular attention. Like the mother of the sons of Zebedee, it says she was "desiring a certain thing of him." (Matt.20:20) He knows we are the weaker vessel, he knows we "run" by emotions many times, he knows we tend to desire requests that in our thinking we really need or want and yet he lovingly protects and provides what is good in his sight for us. I am so thankful for the privilege that we can "ask" him, but what if He were to "ask" us like he did with the two blind men, And Jesus stood still, and called them, and said, " What will ye that I shall do unto you?" ( Matt.20:32) What would we say?

would we want more money?
a different job?
live in a different place?
better health?
healing of an illness?
a vehicle?
more friends?
taller, skinnier, change personal features?
more children?
travel here and there?
a tractor? :)
resources to finish ALL projects? :)
degrees and status?
a wife? :)
new furniture?
* and we could just go on and on...........

Many of these would be of eternal value, some pleasures, some convenience and some it will not matter in eternity at all. What a great Jesus we have that we can make our requests known. But even of these, it would not compare to the request and desire of these two fellows that were blind and the implication of the spiritual need. They wanted a physical healing and Jesus granted and had compassion on them. But as I thought, the greatest thing that we can ask for in this life is," that our eyes may be opened, like they requested in the scripture. First we need Jesus in salvation, to see our "need" for him, forgiveness of our sin, then secondly we need to see Jesus in His Word, that our eyes be opened to his truths, commands and promises. Along with the other requests, lets ask him to "open our eyes" to his fullness, his wisdom, his majesty and sovereignty and all of Who he is!

I thought it would be encouraging if you make a comment and tell us when the Lord "opened you eyes" and saved you. If you remember a date, or your age, or anything about when Jesus saved you! You need to leave your name because I am going to take all the names and draw for a giveaway for a gift. We'll go through Mon. the 5th at noon.

School, cleaning, figuring out dinner. No pictures, Anna is gone to goat show. We did make cookies!! And they dashed out the door and said "thank you!!!" Made me think if the 10 lepers and one was grateful, it makes my heart happy when something so small is said, not because I deserve it but because they are learning to show gratefulness to others for investing in their lives, we need gratefulness if we are young or old!!

*****Terry just called and said Bethany got First place in one class!!!!!!!!!********* And Reserved Grand Champion!!!!!

Oh.....Happy Ist Anniversary to Dave and Kate!!!!


-stephanie- said...

I was in my mid 30's, going nowhere fast. I knew there was God and Jesus, but I ran my own life. One night, heavy with all the burdens I was going through, (I don't know what made me do this, since I didn't have God in my life at all), but I called out to Him and said "take's all yours". I instantly felt a huge weight off my shoulders and began my walk with the Lord. Slow, baby steps, but I kept on. Eyes wide open at times and closed other times. What would I want from Jesus? More of Him!

Hannah Burnett said...

What a great idea to have everyone share their testimonies of salvation!

The Lord saved me when I was 6 years old on October 6th. Even until just 1 or 2 years ago I struggled with doubts about my salvation, because I couldn't remember much about when I was saved. But He is faithful and true even in my confusion, and He HAS confirmed His saving work in my heart and mind and I am so grateful!

By the way, your giveaway will be on my physical birthday and the day before my spiritual birthday! :)

Hannah B. said...

Oh, and CONGRATS to my wonderful friend Bethany!!!!!!! Wahoo, I'm SO super excited that you got GRAND!! Praise God!

Anonymous said...

My name is Amy and I love your blog! It's so encouraging, and I love to read about how much you love your children and husband, and God.

I was saved on November 11, 2002, a month after I got married to my wonderful husband. Our pastor was preaching about repentance. I realized that while I knew about and believed in Jesus, there was nothing like Biblical repentance in my life. God showed me that I was a sinner and had broken God's law, and that He was just in sending me to hell. Anyway, I am so thankful for the faithful preaching of the Bible that allowed me to see this, and I got saved that day.

Amy in Minnesota

Chad and Jessica's Family said...

I got saved when I was in 7th grade. I went to a Baptist church camp just to "play with friends" and the Lord had other plans. I accepted Jesus and have not looked back. I was from a broken home and knowing Jesus helped me so much and it has been wonderful. I am blessed and I am so glad I get to pass Jesus to my future generations. God is so good.


Emily McDonnell said...

I have been following your blog for a while now, and I really like it! You guys look like an awesome family.

I got saved when I was 11. June 5, 2004, My dad talked with me and I realized that I needed to get saved. Then the next Sunday evening I got baptized! It's something I'll never forget! :)

Sharon said...

One evening when I was four years old I had been told to get my pj's on and go to bed. I delayed. When my Daddy addressed my disobedience, I told him I was afraid to go to bed. He asked me why. I told my Father that I was afraid to go to sleep because if I died in the night, I would not go to heaven to be with Jesus. He took me into the dining room of our home and showed me - again - how I could be a child of God and be with Jesus when I died. That night I knelt at a dining room chair and poured my heavy child-heart out to Jesus. I knew I was a sinner and I knew I wanted Jesus' forgiveness.
There was so much more to learn about my dear Saviour, but it has been such a blessed journey since that night. Thank God for faithful parents who spent the first four years of my life making sure I understood the simple truth of the Gospel.

Jennifer Eastland said...

I was nine years old when my mom was going through an evangelistic witnessing class at our church. She asked me to "test her" on her scripture memory and I listened as she went all the way through the plan of salvation. Not only did she get all the verses correct, but she helped me to open my eyes to what Jesus did for me on the cross! She prayed with me right there and I asked Jesus to come into my heart to be my Savior. I got baptized a couple of weeks later! Since then, I've grown up, married a preacher, and now we have 5 children (four of whom have also accepted Christ). Our youngest has a while to go...he's only 19 months old!

jeni said...

I was 6 years old when God saved me. My first grade teacher at the time talked about Jesus knocking on the door of your heart. I couldn't bear the thought of Jesus knocking and not "opening the door." She also said that we each have a throne in our hearts and that Jesus could sit on that throne. I also remember crying so hard that it was my sin that nailed Jesus to the cross. I prayed the prayer and asked Jesus into my heart. In my little girl mind, I closed my eyes and pretended to decorate His throne in my heart with all kinds of jewels and sparkly glitter and was so excited. :)

As an adult, I am still amazed at the restoration He has done in my life and how much He loves me. I am so thankful for who He is and what He has done in my life. I want to honor Him always.

jbowlin93 (at) embarqmail (dot) com

Leanne said...

I just got home and didn't get on the computer much yesterday or today....

When I got saved: It was 1986, I was 13 years old. My mom moved us from CA to WA, to what I thought was the end of the earth. I was heartbroken about leaving my childhood friends and I hated WA. I thought it was full of rednecks who, all they did for fun was get drunk and kill animals.....My brother had gotten saved and brought me and my mom to his church and someone told me I was going to hell and I needed to repent. I had never ever been in a church in my life, never seen a Bible and never heard about God or Jesus. I thought it sounded good and kneeled at the alter that night.

I've been trying to serve the Lord ever since.

Oh, and I love WA now, wouldn't trade it for CA for anything! Lol!

MP said...

I prayed the prayer of repentance and acceptance when I was 8...but did not give my life fully to Him until I was 26. It was 1988. My husband and I both felt a drive/desire to start attending was soon after we started going to a Baptist church. The pastors wife gave my husband and I an NIV bible...I took it home that night and opened it and started reading and I was overwhelmed with His word. I could not believe the bible 'made sense' and spoke directly to my life. I could not get enough! That summer we were baptized. I have not stayed perfectly on the path but he is always patient and merciful. He loves and guides! I am so thankful he came knocking at my door! Thank you Jesus...You truly are Lord!!!

MP said...

Praise the Lord for the abundant blessing of the fruit of your labor in regards to your garden and to Bethany's Goats! That is fantastic!

Jessica said...

I grew up in a family in which my father did not go to church most of the time. My mom took us children often enough and a seed was planted. I had many wayward years as a teenager, and finally made a commitment to follow the Lord in my early 20s. I got married a couple of years later and my husband and I always went to church on Sundays, but we've grown in the Lord by leaps and bounds ever since we left the institutional church (and began fellowshipping in a house assembly). I praise the Lord for a man who is willing to think and live outside the "box."

Emma and Mommy said...

I am a bit late on this one, been offline recently doing other things, but I wanted to add my story.

I was saved and baptized when I was 16 years old. After my dad died, my mom stopped taking us to church, but I went with my older brother and my twin sister on a bus the church sent. I remember looking out that day I was baptized, and seeing my mom sitting there, so very proud of me. It was nice, and I think God touched her in some way that day too

As some people do, I led a good Christian life for a while, and sadly "fell off the wagon" so to speak. Not something I am proud of, I never stopped believing, I just didn't act very Christian like sometimes.

My true salvation and love in Jesus and life changing moment happened in the early morning hours of Jan 26, 2005. My 3 month old daughter, who had been born severely disabled, flatlined and we had to do CPR on her. For a few moments, she was gone. I remember crying and begging God to spare her life. It was the most gut wrenching, screaming begging, pleading, most honest prayer I have ever made. A true miracle happened that night before 911 arrived, God saved my baby girls life, and mine. To witness something no short of a miracle like that, just changes you forever. At the hospital, I vowed to always be thankful for what he has given me, my life and my family and to live my life in honor of him, and for him. I know its because of him that I am here, and he is blessed me with so much in life. I will live my life in thanksgiving to him always