Monday, July 21, 2014

When You Feel Like Saying "When"

Do you trust me? Look at all I have done in the past, trust me. You say that the trials keep coming like waves of the sea, you say that the heat keeps increasing like a furnace. What have I already done? Was I not already in the furnace with those Hebrew boys? Did they burn? Did they even smell like smoke? Were they singed? Trust me.

Moses was an example. Even though the desert looked bad. Even though it is hot there and everything looks hopeless and you are wondering Where is the food?, Where’s the water?  God is saying I got this –I've already walked through that desert.  I have already been there.  I know every rock and every piece of sand. I know where the water is hidden beneath the surface and I know the way out. Trust me.

These trials are a sacrifice. Like Abraham on the mountain. He has the boy –and the boy, he asks," Where’s the sacrifice father?" His father answered “The Lord will provide” even though Abraham's heart is crying “But it is you my son”. By faith Abraham offered his son as a sacrifice, his promised son. His laughter. His joy. And God stayed his hand and said,"Not so fast - Look there!", and he turns around to find a ram caught in the bushes. A perfect replacement.  

Called to sacrifice? Trust him. He has been there already. There is no desert he has not traversed, no wave he has not experienced. He has walked through it and won't let you walk it alone. He is saying, "Look, look at what I have already done! Remember. I've got this. Just trust me. We have a history. Look what I have already brought you through. Don't look at all of this around you, look at me and see what I have already done, and what I will do again if you trust me. If I was there for Abraham, I will be there for you. If I was there for Moses, I will be there for you. If I was there for those boys in the furnace when the fire was turned way up… there is no fire so hot, no desert so unbearable, no sacrifice so hard, that I won’t walk through it for you- Trust me- I've got this. Keep your eyes off the waves of what is going on around you. Look back and see what I've already done. I will never let you go.  Even when you feel like you’re all alone, don't believe it - - I am there. Keep your eyes on me.

Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the LORD will personally go ahead of you. He will be with you; he will neither fail you nor abandon you." Deuteronomy 31: 8

Over the next few weeks I have asked several guest writers share there stories with us of when they felt like saying "when" and how God brought them through and some of the things they have learned along the way. Its my prayer that these stories will encourage and bless you.

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Sunday, July 13, 2014

Bold Enough Challenge Rodeo

Presenting The Flag.
Last night Mr.Cottage took us to a rodeo that was preforming near us. I've not been to a lot of rodeos (actually this is my second, the first time was at church) but we had a great time and really enjoyed it. They started with the National anthem, a salute to all branches of the military, and a prayer before the rodeo started. It was so neat to see them honor all the vets there and God. The weather was absolutely beautiful especially for July in Tennessee, which only made the night even better. All in all it was a wonderful night right down to the hot dogs. My only regret is that is got too dark to photograph the barrel racing, team roping or bull riding and that Mrs. Cottage and Grandma Cottage couldn't make it. I can't wait until next year!

Salute to the United States Army & Marines 
Salute to the United States Navy and Air force 
Bronco Riding 

Bronco Riding 
Marshal The Rodeo Clown
How can you have a rodeo with out a clown? 
It was so cute to watch all the little kids sit around the edge of the arena to watch the Cowboys and Cowgirls and cheering on there favorites.

Sunset Last Night
Sunset Last Night

I got tons of photos last night but these were some of my favorites. Hope you like them. This is the super moon last night.
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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Prayer Request and Fundraiser

Hi everyone I have a prayer request. Our family chiropractor and an old friend of our family was recently in a really really bad car accident last week. They had to remove a piece of his skull to repair the damage, which means he is gong to have to wear a custom made helmet until his surgery on July 29, where they will install a special insert will be in to act as protective shield, a job that would have normally been done by the piece of skull that was removed. 
Today he fell and hit his head (on the side that had the piece of skull removed) while he wasn't wearing his helmet.  It began to bleed again so he was taken to the hospital. At the hospital he has been having seizures and they do not know what is causing it.  Another really good friend of our family has put together a fundraiser to try to help he and his family while he can not work. If you feel led would you donate to the fundraiser? For more information or to donate please visit here

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Pork Chops

What you need:

Organic Pork Chops
Oil (Coconut or bacon drippings work well)
Steak Seasoning 
Steak and Chops Seasonings 
Garlic Powder

Lightly fill the bottom of a large frying pan to heat. Place pork chops in the oil. Season well with salt, steak seasoning, garlic and steak and chops seasoning.
 Cook for 4 minutes, flip and season the other side well. Cook 4 minutes on that side.
Cover and pull off the heat and set for 5 minutes. We like to serve ours with peas or my sister's delicious rice and apple sauce.

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Saturday, June 28, 2014

Stepping Stones & Ocean Waves

Last week I was downloading some photos from the camera and found some that Brianna took when we went to visit Benji at the vet. I sat there and just cried. My mind just can't wrap around the fact that he is gone. Dogs are such amazing creatures. Maybe that goes for all animals...
 For those of you that don't have pets or have never lost one picture a giant wave, but where you are standing it can't touch you. You can't get hurt but instead of standing there safe you take hold of your pets paw and you step into that wave because you made a promise that no matter what you would be there for them because they were there for you. And everything in you screams that the wave is going to crush you. But slowly you creep forward with him, one step -one breath at a time. Until at some point he no longer is beside you and you finally step out of the wave and a huge empty spot is left in your heart and life. Over the next weeks anything and everything reminds you of him and more tears fall that you thought you had cried out.

Psalm 34:18 The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.

Time is a slow healer, but eventually as you take one stepping stone at a time the tears come less and less. So here is to our beloved pets that were and are there for us through it all, who when gone leave such a huge hole in our hearts. Who greet us at the door at night when we get home, or in the morning when our feet touch the floor. Who love us with all our faults and all our problems. Remind you of someone else? Maybe that's why He put them in our lives, to help us grow and to show us a little more of Him.

A Shower Of Redemption

Julia stood in the middle of the courtyard staring at the stars, tomorrow he would die. The man that had killed her Father would die. Crucified by the Romans. A bitter smile crossed her lips.  Yes she would be there; she would watch this murderer be brought to justice. Justice - the word made her sick was there such a thing? Maybe once when she had been a child she had thought it had existed but no, not anymore.

She clenched her hands into fists at her sides.

“I swear I’ll hate you until the day I die,” She swore anger boiling inside her.


Julia stood in the courtyard of the governor’s palace with hundreds of other people all-jostling for room.

"You brought me this man as one who was inciting the people to rebellion. I have examined him in your presence and have found no basis for your charges against him,” Pilate said, “Neither has Herod, for he sent him back to us; as you can see, he has done nothing to deserve death. Therefore, I will punish him and then release him."

"Away with this man! Release Barabbas to us!" the crowd shouted.

“No!” Julia shouted, “He killed my father!”

“Quiet woman!” someone shouted...

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