Thursday, September 9, 2010

Scoundrel to Saint

(I read this on a blog last week and just really loved it. It makes me think of this verse " For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast."Ephesians 2:8-9 and reminds me that apart from Jesus I can do nothing.)

I am a scoundrel
by nature--unworthy of life.

Like Adam my father—I was a sinner by choice.

Like Cain my brother—I was a sinner by birth.

Like Rahab the Harlot—I was a whore.

Like David the King—I was an adulterer and a murderer.

Like Jonah the prophet—I was a runner and a rebel.

Like Peter the rock—I have denied my Lord.

Like Paul the Apostle—I am still the worst sinner I know.

Dead in the guilt of my sin…

Bound in the shroud of my disgrace…

Buried in the grave of my choices...

Sealed in the coffin of my hopelessness…

Forgotten in the despair of my helplessness…

I was dead in my sin—unable to respond.

But God, through the deep love and mercy of His compassion, for His own glory, granted repentance and faith in the gospel of Christ. And by the sacrificial exchange of the Savior on the cross…

I have been raised from the dead!

And Like JesusI am righteous!

In Him I am transformed—from scoundrel to saint, from prostitute to bride, from adultery to faithfulness, from murderer to rescuer, from running to standing firm, from rebel to obedient follower, from rejecting Christ to heralding the gospel, from worst of sinner to best of example…undeserving of it all.

This is grace!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

An Anniversary Story...and fun with Mr Potato Head parts

Today Ryan and I have been married for 4 years! I was excited for the day when I woke up but since we are planning on celebrating tomorrow night I didn't really gear up for any substantial anniversary festivities at all. Little did I know.......that my husband had something else in mind.

Here's the scene: It's 7am and the kids were still tucked away in bed as I quietly begin to assemble Ryan's lunch when he says to me:

"You don't have to make me a lunch today because.......I took the day off!"


I actually cannot explain how much joy this gave me. A whole extra day with my love?! Are you kidding me, talk about speaking my love language. But he didn't stop there. The next words out of his mouth were:

"And you have a hair appointment at 9am to get a cut and color."


To be completely honest I haven't had my hair done since December and I have literally been dreaming about a few hours in that chair to recharge and feel feminine again. Thank you Mr. Singletary, you are seriously speaking my love language now. If this wasn't enough he then comes at me with :

"Oh and I'm off tomorrow too.!"

Oh my word. BEST ANNIVERSARY PRESENT EVER. The hair is nice icing on the cake but seriously, a four day weekend with my love. Oh man he's good....he even contacted a friend of mine and my sister who I had plans with today and let them in on the secret and canceled our date.

So off I went for many hours of girl talk with my new favorite stylist to be pampered and prettied (Not a real word but I'm going with it) while my sweet husband played with the kids all morning long.

Tonight I am a very happy, very blonde, girl who got a day of pampering and time with my guys that included a whole lot of silliness. Here are some shots from the night..... fun with Mr. Potato Head parts.

Oh and Will is standing up on everything this week! It's really cute, I swear he'll be walking tomorrow.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Happy Birthday Papa

We love you so much Papa and are so thankful that you were born. Here's a little present for your birthday.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Beautiful Day

Today has been a beautiful day.

Will said Mama for the first time (!!!!!) and my day with the boys was just so, so joyful. I literally had to sing my praises to the Lord at one point today and stretch my arms up to the sky thanking Him for the life and the family that He's given me. I know that everything in my life is not my own doing but His and for that I am so very thankful. I can take no credit, it's all the Lord and it's all because of Jesus.

Saturday, July 31, 2010

It's been awhile....

We have been crazy busy (mostly for good reasons) lately which means I have not had any time to post pictures or blog at all, sorry folks. So here are some pictures and a couple videos of what we've been up to.