Monthly Archives: March 2010

Visualizing Fruit

Can I just tell you something?

I am really excited about Illuminate, our college and young adult ministry at Knott Avenue. Dan and I have been there for 3 1/2 years and we are starting to see some amazing things taking shape on Sunday nights.

Every week we are seeing young men and women choosing Christ as their Lord and Savior. Every week we are seeing people choose true hope. True peace. True love over the brokenness and darkness that invades this present world. That regardless of their circumstances they will choose to serve the Lord.

We are seeing young men and women being submerged in the waters of baptism, publicy declaring who they serve. They symbol of dying to our sins an being raised again to life in Christ is not something I just wanted to read about in the pages of my bible. I wanted to see it in person. And God is moving and we are seeing the fruit of our ministry.

It has taken time, patience (on our end!) a ton of prayer (again us!) and us allowing the Holy Spirit to lead.

I wouldn’t change a thing. I am so thankful and humbled that God is allowing Dan and I to witness all that is happening at Illuminate. He could have very well allowed us to work hard here and then plant us elsewhere while the group began growing. While lives were being changed.

But in His graciousness He allows us to visualize the fruit of His ministry. To see His Kingdom grow before our very eyes.

I can’t wait until Sunday.

Tiff~

Tell me about your ministries. I know there are a ton of amazing ones out there experiencing the same things.

When To Speak

Unless you are living under a rock you know that the Health care bill passed.

But that is not what I am going to blog about today.

Yesterday on Twitter a friend of mine tweeted an observation she had regarding those who had rather unfavorable positions toward the bill. And her next comment made me cringe.

She said the some of the biggest Christians she knew were the ones stooping to name calling and rude behavior.

The ones who call themselves followers of Christ were the ones who were putting down others.

I have seen some ugly posts myself. And I know that I can tend to alienate others when I have an opinion about something and post it on facebook or Twitter. I am not trying to alienate, but in reality that is probably the result I get.

I think there is a time and place to speak up. There are some things in this world that I cannot help but speak up about. But I wonder if facebook and Twitter is really the best outlet for my emotions.

History tells me no. While we should all stand up for what we believe in, we should never resort to tearing each other down or bullying those of an opposing opinion.

Especialy if we say we are Christians. I hate hearing about Christ’s church being involved in mudslinging. I know I have done it a few times whenever I get so fired up about something. I don’t think before I speak….or type!

What do you think?

Tiff~

What a weekend!

This past weekend was spent moving boxes into our new home. We have not officially spent the night there yet as there is no fridge (we bought one on Saturday and will be there Tuesday) and no food. And I really don’t want us to eat out any more than we have to. So essentially we will be at my InLaws house for just a couple more days.

Then we are on our own.

I am ready to create (remember my word of the year?) a home for my family. To create memories, meals, laughter an so much more in this new little house we have.

My parents, my sister Sheena and her husband Jeremy came over to help us clean up a little bit on Saturday. My mom was so happy about the place we got. Because of the location Dan works in, it is pretty expensive in housing. Not that anywhere else in California is really cheap, but just add an Orange County zipcode and holy cow.

For awhile there I doubted we would find anything.

But can I just say God is faithful??!! Oh Yes He is! And you can’t tell me otherwise!

I have some photos of Madi and Sean so far in their new environment. It is no surprise that Madi loves her new home. She is ready to claim her domain. And Sean….he just wants to crawl and (almost) walk everywhere. He is fast the little booger.

By the way, can I just tell you all that I loathe baby toys? Especially the ones you jav to assemble? That darn bouncer took me FOREVER!

I hope you all had a beautiful weekend. What did you do?

Tiff~

What a weekend!

What a weekend!

What a weekend!

What a weekend!

Fellow PW’s

Being in ministry it is so refreshing to meet other women who are floating in the same boat you are!  I have been amazed at how many online friends I have made through this little hobby called blogging.  If you are a Pastor’s wife or you are a women in ministry, please check out these gals as I am sure you will be encouraged and strengthened and make some new friendships.  While nothing can take the place of face to face interaction, I highly recommend getting to know some gals on the internet! 

 

the mom diggity

Leading and Loving It

Life…It’s a Daily Thing!

Brandi and Boys

Life is a bowl of wedgies (Is that not the BEST title for a blog ever? I totally chuckled when I read it.)

A Preacher’s Wife

 

 

My Wish

Today I got a little emotional while watching Madi sprint around the big tree at her grandparent’s house.

It all started when my FIL was asked to attend his other granddaughter’s Father and Daughter dance. He wants to go….as long as he doesn’t have to dance! I laughed and asked Dad what he would have done if he had all girls instead of all boys.

He said God knew he didn’t dance either.

And then I looked over at my beautiful almost 4 year old and the tears sprang to life in my eyes. And I prayed that God would allow me to grow old. For my children to grow up healthy and happy, to marry a man and a woman who love Jesus. That they would give me grandbabies to spoil. That Dan would get to dance with Madi at her wedding.

These are the kind of far off dreams I find myself longing for.

And I know that just because I want this doesn’t mean I will get them. We live in a fallen world. But even so, I trust that God is still God. That He has my best interests and that He holds my heart in the palm of His hands.

But I do long for those memories. What Mommy doesn’t want her babies to give her grandchildren?

What do you dream for your children?

Tiff~


My Wish

My Wish

Today I got a little emotional while watching Madi sprint around the big tree at her grandparent’s house.

It all started when my FIL was asked to attend his other granddaughter’s Father and Daughter dance. He wants to go….as long as he doesn’t have to dance! I laughed and asked Dad what he would have done if he had all girls instead of all boys.

He said God knew he didn’t dance either.

And then I looked over at my beautiful almost 4 year old and the tears sprang to life in my eyes. And I prayed that God would allow me to grow old. For my children to grow up healthy and happy, to marry a man and a woman who love Jesus. That they would give me grandbabies to spoil. That Dan would get to dance with Madi at her wedding.

These are the kind of far off dreams I find myself longing for.

And I know that just because I want this doesn’t mean I will get them. We live in a fallen world. But even so, I trust that God is still God. That He has my best interests and that He holds my heart in the palm of His hands.

But I do long for those memories. What Mommy doesn’t want her babies to give her grandchildren?

What do you dream for your children?

Tiff~


My Wish

Warning

The following image may cause you to want to think about reproduction as I was attacked by a drooling and curious creature.

Have you ever been attacked by an 8 month old?

I have. And I lived to tell about it ;).

Have a great day friends!

Tiff

Warning

Mommy Was All He Needed

Last week I noticed that Sean had two teeth breaking through the surface of his gums. Needless to say he was not a happy camper. On top of that he got a cold.

So….as you can imagine…..my week was filled with nursing and comforting a sick and cranky little guy. All he wanted all week was his mommy. He cried for me, clung to me for dear life and only sought solace in my arms while he tried to get over the pain of his new teeth and a cold that stuffed up his tiny little nose.

Pitiful.

Yet I found myself reflecting on how much we are so much like little children. When we are in pain, scared, tired or weary we cling to God. We seek solace in His Word and in His promises. We can look just as pitiful to those on the outside of faith. To those who don’t understand why we trust something we can’t see.

I can’t just easily explain away faith to people. I have to live it and have tried to live it out this past decade since I bece a Christian. I do know though that I want to be like Sean. Always seeking and clinging to my Father in heaven. The One who can bring comfort to my soul in time of torment and pain. And One I can being a new life to my heart as He reveals His plans for me.

Sean is feeling much better now. An I have no doubt that during his little cold he felt comforted and relieved that he had his mommy there to comfort him.

I am relieved that I have my Father to cling to.

Tiff~

Mommy Was All He Needed

Our New Home

I apologize for the lack of posts this week. The Harper family has been busy. Thank you to everyone who gave me suggestions for blog posts! They totally helped me in my writer’s block, so come Monday I will finally be back on track.

I love my readers!!!!!

So we finally have a place of our own. After nine months of living with my InLaws….Dan and I spotted this adorable little 3 bedroom townhome for rent about 15 minutes from the church. We applied for it, not exactly sure we would be approved. So we prayed and put in an application.

Praise The Lord we got it!!!

We got the keys on Friday and we will begin moving in on Thursday.

We are so excited! It is perfect for our little family.

So over the next few weeks I will desperately seeking advice about design….because I stink at it.

Here are just a few photos of our new place.

I hope you all have a great weekend!!!!

Tiff~

Our New Home

Our New Home

Our New Home

Our New Home