Monthly Archives: January 2011

Sunday Worship

"And you were dead in the trespasses and sins

in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience—

among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind.

But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which He loved us,

even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ-by grace you have been saved-

and raised us up with Him and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,

so that in the coming ages He might show the immeasurable riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.

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.

For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them." 

Ephesians 2:1-10 ESV

Sweetness

Today, I finally was able to really get out of the house and walk around. The swelling in my food had gone down and I was feeling less miserable from my rash.

Ahhh, how I just love allergic reactions. Not.

Today my family and I walked around the mall. We didn’t buy anything, but just enjoyed each other’s company.

My favorite moment came when a sweet little guy who is normally running at one hundred miles per hour fell asleep in my arms.

My heart burst into a billion confetti pieces as I cradled and rocked him. He hasn’t let me rock him to sleep since he was about eight months old.

How I miss those precious baby stages. Thankful I got to relive a small piece of it.

It almost makes me want to have another baby.

Almost.

Have a blessed weekend friends. And thank you so much for your prayers. I am feeling a million times better.

Tiff~

Sweetness

An Awesome Start To My Week

For the first time in a long time I had to miss Illuminate on Sunday.

I was really sad.

But I kind of have a good reason.  I somehow became exposed to something I am allergic to. Only, I have no idea what.  I didn't even know I was allergic to anything. 

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You can't really tell in my photo, but my arms, legs and even my neck and part of my face are completely covered in a rash.  An itchy, disgusting rash.

And it itches like CRAZY!

I had to go to Urgent Care on Monday morning as my left leg began to swell. Lovely.  

So now I am on medication, had to get two shots (just guess where…I definitely felt like a five year old), had blood drawn and we are now a couple hundred dollars poorer.  Ha!  

Medically this has already been an expensive 2011!! 

So prayers that this crazy rash goes away soon and that I stop itching would be greatly appreciated.

So…how has your week been so far ;).

Blessings,

Tiff~

Sunday Worship

"Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God." Philippians 4:6 ESV

This week, this very piece of scripture has touched me in ways you can't imagine. 

Or maybe you can.

I am a girl who loves Jesus. Who battles trust and anxiety and tries so hard to surrender it all daily at His feet.

I fail often.  More than I care to admit actually.  But my family sees my failures. And so does God.

I am thankful for His grace. Grace for this sinner.

May you worship in thanksgiving friends.

Tiff~

Bloom Where You Are Planted

“Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with an attitude of thanksgiving; praying at the same time for us as well, that God will open to us a door for the word, so that we may speak forth the mystery of Christ; for which I have also been imprisoned; that I may speak it clear in the way I ought to speak.

Conduct yourselves with wisdom toward outsiders, making the most of the opportunity. Let your speech always be with grace, as though seasoned with salt, so that you will know how to respond to each person.” Colossians 4:2-6 NASB

This bouquet did not choose where it would end up. However, even in a vase it creates beauty right where it is, making the most of the opportunity to showcase it’s beautiful petals and give life to a drab dresser.

May you do the same today.

Make the most of every opportunity in sharing the gospel of Christ with grace.

Tiff~

Bloom Where You Are Planted

Runner’s High

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Lately, I have been incorporating a routine of exercise in my week.

It is all part of living with Thanksgiving.

I am thankful for this body that I have. A body that has all four working limbs.

Arms to wrap around my husband and rock babies to sleep.

Legs to chase running rascals all around the house.

Eyes that can see, ears that can listen, a heart that beats life blood and a mouth that can speak gracious and loving words.

I downloaded this app to my iPhone a couple of weeks ago. 

I have come to enjoy running.  30 minutes for me to pound out the stress of the day on the pavement. To think.

To pray.

To express my gratitude.

And to be honest, to just get away for a little bit. 

I am experiencing a sort of runner's high.

And I am thankful.

Tiff~

Jesus Doesn’t Need Any PR

A quote from Dan last night at Illuminate.  

'Just let it be about Jesus." Jesus doesn't need any stinking PR."

When we cease to put the focus on Jesus.

When we make it all about the programs, the music, the "experience".

When we are too afraid to share the Gospel, the message of hope. 

Then we have missed the boat my friends. 

Then we don't truly understand why Jesus came to the earth.

""For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost." Luke 19:10 ESV

Programs, music and experiences are just add-ons. And they can be very beneficial add-ons.

But they cannot save souls.

Only Jesus.

Tiff~

I Am Pro Single Mom Part 2

I had an experience when I was about 25 and Madi was a little more than a year old.

I had gone to visit an old church I used to attend.  My husband was working at our current church, but felt that it would be good for me to visit with some old friends and worship the Lord there. So I went, ready to hear God's word preached in a different setting.

Sometimes, a little variety is good.

I went to the nursury to drop off Madison.  I had to wait for five minutes until someone finally approached me so that I could sign her in.

As I handed my smiling baby to the woman I could feel the heat of her gaze on me, looking me up and down.

"Are you Mommy?", She asked, somewhat shocked.

"Yes, I am", I replied, and I said it firmly.

"Hmmm, well I'm not going to say anything." And with that she took my baby into the nursery, shaking her head.

I was appalled, hurt and to be honest, this close to giving her a piece of my ever loving mind.  

I knew I looked young. But I didn't deserve her judgement. I was happily married (and still am) and I chose to visit a church I loved.  

I can just imagine how young, single mommies must feel. 

To feel the eyes stare at them as they walk by…just looking for the ring on their finger, guessing their age and with a "tsk, tsk", they move along with the rest of their day.

But at Illuminate, that will not happen. 

Not if I can help it.

Beginning February 13th, Illuminate will be launching our Single Moms Ministry.  

It will be an environment where you will find encouragement, hope, prayer, and instruction on how to raise your children to love the Lord.

Because whether you are a single mommy, or even a married one, God has specific instructions on how we are to care for our little ones.

For those of us who have found ourselves pregnant and without a spouse…you are also welcome.  In fact, please join us.  So that we can love you and pray for and over you.

Please be in prayer for these special women. I am so excited and yet very humbled and challenged by the thought of leading these beautiful mommas.  

Blessings,

Tiff~

I Am Pro Single Mom

Sean

I am Pro Life.  I believe in the sanctity of life and preserving it.  There is something so beautiful about a little baby entering into this world.  A tiny person with tiny fingers and toes, coming to us through the body of a woman that God designed. 

It truly is a miracle.  

I am fortunate that I have a loving husband. That he adores me and adores our babies.  That we came together in love to create a magical and special human being.

But not everyone is as fortunate as I.  

Because of our own actions or quite possible the actions of others, we become single moms.  Moms who have to both mommy and daddy to our children.

Or perhaps we are still very young.  Made a decision that resulted in a consequence and it will forever change our lives.

And we hear the chants from others saying "Keep the baby." Anti-abortion rhetoric ringing in  our ears and we wonder….

"If I do keep this baby. This life. Then what."

I am Pro Life. The life of the baby. 

And the life of the mother.  

If as a church, we proudly hang our pro life banner, and yet pass judgement and criticism on the woman who carried the child alone. Outside of marriage or however it happened.

Then we cannot possibly be for life.

We are just for babies. 

Which is why Illuminate is going to change that.

More on how tomorrow.

Tiff~