Saturday, February 28, 2015

Snowy Days Make Us Sing

As many are, we had lots (according to Okies' definition) of snow here in Oklahoma. Since all three of us Dillon girls (Danette, Destiny, and myself) were together this weekend we decided to have a little fun and record a very amateur recording of a worship song we all love. You may know it, so feel free to sing along with us!

"Love Came Down"
as recorded by Kari Jobe


Friday, February 27, 2015

Accepting visitors

 Helloooooo Friday!

I hope you have all had a good week... But even if you didn't have such a hot week, I hope you find a reason to celebrate this weekend. 

I posted over on the Kyrie Coffee blog (www.kyriecoffee.wordpress.com) today with A Friday Photo Prompt post. I would love for you to stop by and check it out. You know, drop me a line if you want... Let me know you came by. :) 

/// Here is my photo for my photo prompt on the Kyrie Coffee blog (www.kyriecoffee.wordpress.com) #somethingtocelebrate






Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Inspired by a prayer



This morning on my drive to work I found myself in deep conversation with God, specifically lifting up individuals I know whose jobs are up in the air. I reminded Him of His promises, as if He needs reminding. I spoke scripture over their situations, which He knows very well. I prayed for provision, peace, direction... Then I said, "God, bring security to their situation."

/ / S I D E B A R / /

Security. 
We all want it. We all need it to some degree. Who doesn't want a confidence that if they were to fall there would be something underneath them to catch them, even if it is just pavement. Security brings a confidence. It brings with it a peace that even the worst case scenario is bearable. Security; we all want it. 

In regards to my prayer, I found myself asking God to bring security to my friends' lives... through a job. Sure, job security is great. It is a weight off your shoulders to know you have a job from day to day. HOWEVER, everything on this side of heaven is TEMPORARY.

Based on that statement nothing is secure, but there is someONE who secures us. I prayed for God to bring security to a situation, but He Himself brings security in any situation. While my prayer is the same for these friends- security, but I pray they are made aware of their security that has not been compromised based on employment- their security found in God. 

"You light a lamp for me.
The Lord, my God, lights up my darkness.
In your strength I can crush an army;
with my God I can scale any wall.
God's way is perfect.
All the Lord's promises prove true.
He is a shield for all who look to him for protection.
For who is God except the Lord?
Who but our God is a solid rock?
God arms me with strength,
and he makes my way perfect.
You make me as surefooted as a dear,
enabling me to stand on mountain heights.
Psalms 18:28-34

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

It's here!

Wanted to share this news with you!
Brian Nhira Music has once again released an inspiring and completely challenging piece of art. The new single EXAMINE is so different from any song Brian has released previously, but the message is so clear. Those who are the wealthiest may be the poorest when you EXAMINE their heart. Those who are truly rich have much more than worldly possessions and fame, they have the Creator of the world within them.

E X A M I N E

Download YOUR copy today! Here is the link for the song on Itunes: http://bit.ly/1GsCDXr

Comment below and let me know when you get your copy and what you think of the song! Awesome, right???

Oh, and go ahead and give Brian Nhira Music a like on Facebook to stay up-to-date on all that he has going on.


Tuesday, September 23, 2014

This is not a Facebook status... I promise.

Does competing for who's the busiest or who has the craziest life make you feel more accomplished? Busyness does not make your life fuller... it makes it less fulfilling and have a lack of quality, because when that busyness and craziness is gone, what is left?

This is a Facebook status that I attempted to post... but didn't. Why? Because I didn't think it was encouraging, but could be viewed as rude, mean-spirited, and pointed to someone or someones in particular (which it wasn't... or was it? lol). I realized it would not be encouraging or helpful for anyone to read, so instead of posting that status I decided to make this post to discover the real problem beneath the symptoms.

THE PROBLEM:
We associate busyness with productivity. When you have more to get done you feel like you have accomplished more. But many times the things that we busy ourselves with, in reality, do not matter. So we are spending our time and ourselves doing things that are unimportant, irrelevant, unproductive, and sadly... do not matter.

We associate craziness with importance. For some reason in this day and age sanity is viewed as ordinary, boring, and ineffective. If you have time to work out regularly or read a book you obviously don't have anything better to do. Reading a book or spending time journaling is a luxury rather than a good use of time. People with an important job, or with kids, or with a large family, or with a full life just don't have those kind of options (or do they?).


SOME SUGGESTIONS:
Let's focus on what matters, not how to fill our day planner. I am human and a women, so I know the satisfaction of making a huge long "to-do" list and getting to mark off all that I have accomplished. It is a wonderful feeling! But I am also human enough to realize that a lot of times the things on that "to-do" list can get marked off and we still haven't accomplishment much of anything. We can get so wrapped up in our lists, schedules, and appointments, that we completely miss what is between the lines. There are opportunities, things to be done, that aren't written in our lists. I like to think they are written between the lines... it is God's list. There are things that God has written in... people to talk to, old ladies who need help loading their groceries, a smile that needs to be given... and they are between the lines of our ever so long to-do lists. But when we get so caught up in our lists, schedules, and appointments, we may mark everything off our list, but God's list is left untouched. I fear that we may be so busy, we simply have no time left to do anything truly productive.

Let's focus on quality, not quantity. So when did running around like chickens with our heads cut off become the new normal? When did that become the lifestyle of choice? I believe there are a couple of reasons for this. First of all, I truly believe that when people are living that kind of lifestyle they do feel a sense of importance. Again, going back to the busyness, we feel like if we always have somewhere to be, something to do, etc. we are in demand, we are important. Secondly, we may feel that the more we can handle the stronger and more efficient we are. If we can multi-task cooking a meal, getting kids dressed, cleaning a room of the house, doing laundry, calling the cable company about an issue, emailing a teacher, and putting on lipstick, is there anything we can't do?! Finally, I think people opt for a crazy life because they can't handle being still. The art of silence, just thinking, meditating on the Word of God, and listening to the voice of God, is one that is desperately in need of reviving. Even now there would be people who read that last sentence and thought,
"Boy would I love to have time to do that."
No you don't. If you are not making time to do those things it is because you don't want to or you don't think you need to.
"No, it's because I can't. When would I do that?"
I'll tell you when you would do that, when you decide to.


We need to stop focusing on the quantity of life, the number of things we can do or be involved with, and start focusing on our quality of life. Are we doing things that matter? Are we really living and enjoying the important things? It's not about seeing who is the busiest or who has the craziest life. It is about who has a solid foundation. Who has a life that they would still enjoy living 10 years from now? Live a life that you can love... and others can love too.








Tuesday, September 9, 2014

LET THAT SINK IN


#truth #letthatsinkin

Don’t you just love it when God’s word confirms itself to you? God’s word is consistent & completely true, but I love it when God seems to line up the message to fit perfectly together in a way that challenges & teaches you. As I read my bible today it seemed to do just that. I have been reading the Proverb that coincides with the day (so Proverbs 9 today) along with other books. Today I was also looking at Micah (I decided to go back to the minor prophet books because they seem to get a little forgotten). Honestly I was not expecting to get anything super challenging or revolutionary from Micah… don’t judge me, my expectations were just low (hehe). Proverbs 9:7-9 made me stop… think… digest… and read it again. “Did I get that? Hmmm…”

Whoever corrects a mocker invites insult; whoever rebukes a wicked man incurs abuse. Do not rebuke a mocker or he will hate you; rebuke a wise man and he will love you. Instruct a wise man and he will be wiser still; teach a righteous man and he will add to his learning.

At first glance, I thought, “That makes so much sense. People who are acting dumb (mockers, fools, wicked men, however you wish to refer to them) don’t like to be told they are acting dumb. People who are living out of the will of God don’t want to be told they are living outside of His will. They want to pretend like everything is good, like they are good. Then I kept reading; rebuke a wise man and he will love you. Instruct a wise man and he will be wiser still; teach a righteous man and he will add to his learning. Hmmm, I want to be wise. I pray for wisdom. But I don’t necessarily love it when someone rebukes me, especially when I need it. That can be a tough pill to swallow. Some times it hurts, but to gain wisdom and understanding it apparently is necessary.

Fast forward to Micah. I read on about how Micah is prophesying & people want him to shut up. The king, other prophets, the priests, all people of supposed wisdom are trying to keep him quiet, why? Because he is saying things that they don’t want to hear. Here is Micah, standing in the place for God speaking wisdom and understanding to people who refuse to listen. Micah 3:5-7 says,

This is what the Lord says:
As for the prophets who lead my people astray, if one feeds them, they proclaim ‘peace’; if he does not, they prepare to wage war against him. Therefore night will come over you, without visions, and darkness, without divination. The sun will set for the prophets, and the day will go dark for them. The seers will be ashamed and the diviners disgraced. They will cover their faces because there is no answer from God.

They didn’t want to hear what God had to say, so God stopped speaking. Wow. Now that would be scary. This concept made me think about myself. Am I allowing people to speak correction into my life? And more importantly, am I allowing God to speak correction into my life? I would hate to wake up one day to find that because I didn’t want to listen to what He had to say, God had stopped speaking. I have written out 5 non-negotiables for my life, things I will not budge on, and one of those is “His voice is the one that I will listen to,” and another is “To always be teachable, moldable, and humble.” Those are things I want to live by always.

Today’s truth reminded me if I want to seek wisdom that is going to mean hearing the difficult truth some times. It will mean receiving rebuke and correction from God and from God-led people. Don’t reject it. Don’t get defensive. Accept it. Embrace it. Love it. And I would challenge you to do the same.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Baby J


Meet baby James! 
Born May 27, 2014.

After 2 1/2 weeks, I finally got to meet my new nephew. I of course took some pictures and thought I would share some on here since he is the newest edition to my life. I am already looking forward to the fun kid-talk conversations we will have and all the adventures we will go on. All the stories we will read together and other stories you will write for your own life. And most of all I am excited to see how God uses your precious life; how you will grow in your love for the Lord and how His love will grow in you. But for now, stay little. No need to grow up too fast. 
Love you Baby J!