August 28, 2016


This gorgeous girl turns 21 today!  Wow!  It blows my mind that she is already an adult, with a big girl job, and adult responsibilities.

I remember being 3.5-4, and wanting a sister so badly.  I must have really pestered my Mom because after sometime, she said to me "well Abby, let's pray for you to have a little sister."  And so, in my childish ways, I prayed simply, that God would give me a baby sister. 

When she joined our family I was THRILLED!  I remember coming home and seeing her for the first time.  What a shot of joy went through my heart.  We gathered around Mom's bed, and "ooed" and "awwwed" over her.  When the midwife pricked her little toes, and Phoebe began to cry, I reached over and stuck my pinky into her mouth, and she calmed down. 

Phoebe, you have been my best friend since that first moment I laid eyes on your sweet little face.  Through the years we have grown closer, and done almost everything we could together.  You have been to me, in many ways, a big sister, and I have leaned hard on your strong shoulders through tough times in my own life.  God made you a bright and radiant light, and a gracious gift to our family, and to the world. 

A lump rises in my throat when I think about you being a kind, intelligent, godly and independent young lady, who any good man would be blessed to have as their wife... not because I don't think you are ready, but because you are more than ready, and I know that day is coming, fast.  I was sad the first day of your first job, because you wouldn't be here for me to chat with, or smile at across the room whenever I wanted to, though I was glad you had a job. :)

I am SO proud, so pleased with all that you have allowed God to do in and through you over the years.  You are patient, kind, smart, talented, gracious, wise, discerning, compassionate, generous, bold, steadfast, ambitious, and the list goes on and on. 

God has amazing things in store for your life, and as you continually seek His will, you will never go astray. 

I love you and I want to say God bless you and Happy Birthday as you celebrate 21 years of life!!

July 28, 2016

I Surrender - All Sons & Daughters

My favorite worship band, All Sons & Daughters is getting ready to release their newest album (Poets and Saints), and they have made one of their songs available which makes me really happy because it means I can share it with you!

July 20, 2016

Relationship status

This is something I wrote in my journal a couple of weeks ago, and wanted to share with you my readers.  I hope that it encourages you as you seek Jesus.

Marriage is not the only key to the only door to service in God's kingdom.  It is a key to a door, but not the only one.  

If you are single, serve Jesus.  If you are in a relationship, serve Jesus.  If you are engaged, serve Jesus.  If you are married, serve Jesus.  If you are divorced, serve Jesus.  If you are widowed, serve Jesus.  The only relationship status that really matters is yours, with Jesus. 

If you're not a Christian, then you've got a need.  Not one to be met by another human, because humans will let you down.  You need a relationship with the definer and creator of relationships, the real love expert: Jesus.  

His love for you will never fail, never cease.  As in any relationship, there will be seasons of plenty, and some of lack, but underneath it all is a steadfast, never-ending love which will give you the kind of stability and security no man or woman can give. 

Because - His love is the only truly sacrificial kind.  So, be satisfied with it, no matter your relationship status.  

July 18, 2016

Family Pictures

L-R - Phoebe, Jaden, Claudia, Caleb (holding Haylie), Julia (Mom), David (Dad), Joel, Christine, Abby (meeeeee) and Jo
L-R - Jo, Phoebe, Claudia, Christine, Abby, Joel, Caleb, and Jaden

July 13, 2016

A life quote

A wise man once said, 
"get a job, and within two weeks 
you will come into some money." 

June 21, 2016

Are we willing?

My mission in life is, has been, and will be to help others, but especially the hurting, the abused, the neglected, the outcasts of society. 

And, if my involvement with such people requires me to be "poor" or to live in an "unsafe" part of town; if it means I might become more "rough" in my appearance, or that I hang out with the people who society, and sadly, even the church has rejected, if all of that means we can't be family, or can't be friends anymore, please take a look at your heart. 

I am not going to change into someone I am not, just to satisfy someone's desire to control.  If I am sinning, tell me, otherwise I am who I am, and if you don't like the real me, I'm sorry.  I just can't stand to have other people planning my life and spitting on my dreams, because they won't make me rich, won't mean I'm safe, won't bring the family pride over my accomplishments.  My life is going to be shaped by the vision God has given me to serve Him in this scary world. 

As a matter of fact...

God has called all believers to be involved in ministry.  Our very existence is to be ministering to those who need Jesus.  Inside of the "church" and outside.  If we think that our little time spent in "church" on Sunday mornings or on Wednesday nights is all the ministering we "need to do," we've got it wrong.

Our lives are to revolved around sharing Jesus.  Our homes should be centers of grace as we share meals (and the gospel) with our yet-to-be-saved relatives, neighbors, and co-workers.  We should be known as the best party-throwers, the kindest hosts, the most generous neighbors, the most humble employees, the most patient uncles, aunts, cousins, brothers, sisters, sons and daughters. 

Why?  Because Jesus was all of those things as He interacted with the "tax-collectors and sinners."  And we are called to look like Him, to be like Him.

So, Lord, ignite our hearts so that we are no good for this world.  May our hearts blaze with one flame, one passion, one vision - to see Your name exalted in our homes, neighborhoods, workplaces, schools, government agencies, and churches.

Because loving You, and loving others in Your name is all that really matters. 

"Later, Levi held a banquet in his home with Jesus as the guest of honor. Many of Levi’s fellow tax collectors and other guests also ate with them. But the Pharisees and their teachers of religious law complained bitterly to Jesus’ disciples, “Why do you eat and drink with such scum?”
Jesus answered them, “Healthy people don’t need a doctor—sick people do. I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners and need to repent."

Luke 5:29-32 

June 20, 2016

Favorite quotes

To round out the final post of the "quote tag" (thank you S.F.), I thought it would be neat to share with you all some of my favorite quotes which I have collected over the years on my Pinterest

This reminds me of the verse where Jesus says there are only two ways - the way of Life, and the way of death.  We can either choose life (Jesus), or death (Satan).  It's really that straightforward. 

Two powerful promises from God's precious word. Take them in. Believe them. Act upon them.

 For those of you who know me personally, you know how much I love to talk.  I have been prodded by the Lord to be a better listener.  Sometimes the biggest thing another person needs in a patient listener.  That is one thing I am working on becoming. 

"Fearing people is a dangerous trap,
    but trusting the Lord means safety."
Proverbs 29:25
 This is a lesson I am still learning.  

Relinquish control