Makin’ Me Smile…

Some things just  make your days better. This is my list.

Starbucks WHITE Chocolate Peppermint Mocha in a Christmas cup while reading this…

Or talking to him…

Or This one…

I also enjoy….

While listening to him

ohh I cannot get enough.

Or reading this

Eating this I wish I had a Greaters so I could eat this everyday, but then I would have to do this….

which I enjoy, so it wouldn’t be a bad thing.

And, let’s never forget… The jumping beans!

My alltime favorite jumping beans picture

In and Out of the Desert

I am really struggling right now. If I have anybody who reads this, I covet  your prayers in my life right now. I am in such a dark dark place.  This is all that I can say right now….

The Desert Song Lyrics

Verse 1:
This is my prayer in the desert
And all that’s within me feels dry
This is my prayer in the hunger in me
My God is a God who provides

Verse 2:
And this is my prayer in the fire
In weakness or trial or pain
There is a faith proved
Of more worth than gold
So refine me Lord through the flames

Chorus:
And I will bring praise
I will bring praise
No weapon forged against me shall remain

I will rejoice
I will declare
God is my victory and He is here

Verse 3:
And this is my prayer in the battle
And triumph is still on it’s way
I am a conqueror and co-heir with Christ
So firm on His promise I’ll stand

Bridge:
All of my life
In every season
You are still God
I have a reason to sing
I have a reason to worship

Verse 4:
This is my prayer in the harvest
When favor and providence flow
I know I’m filled to be empited again
The seed I’ve recieved I will sow

Praise the One, risen Son of God

Well, I am out of church today with a nasty case of pink eye <insert gross picture here.> We have lots of pregnant mommies and kiddos so I laid out so I don’t spread it. My sweet sweet husband called me during service so I could be there. After two songs, though, it was all muffled and I couldn’t hear. They sang a mighty Fortress. Man, I love that song. What truth and battlecry! So, I’m having my own service on my couch in my jammies with coffee of course. I haven’t even gotten into God’s word yet but am loving  my extended time with Him.

Right now, I am thinking about my dear friend. When I met her she was a crazy high school girl, more concerned about her image and boys than most other things in her life, typical high schooler right? As I got to know Staci as her Young Life leader, I saw God’s transforming power in her life. I saw a passion develop in her that was fresh and beautiful, full of God’s grace. Now, almost 5 years later, I continue to meet with her weekly and “mentor” her. But I think most of the time, she does more of the inspiring. Sure, she may ask my opinion on things that many college students wonder about–female pastors, tongues, predestination/free will. You name it, we’ve probably talked about it over Starbucks or on my couch. But she inspires me so much to continue running this race that God set before us and tell those in my life about God’s grace and mercy towards us. They just might turn out like her and be a force by God in this world. I am so proud of her and how far she’s come.

All this to say, it’s to God’s glory that my friend or me, Cliff or my mama, hopefully you can come before His throne and praise Him. God did not have to make a way for us; He didn’t. But He did and He loves us infinitely. We can never comprehend the love and grace God has toward us through His son Jesus Christ. We are made clean by Him. One of my favorite Jesus stories is the bleeding woman. A woman who had the faith to touch her and be made clean. Jesus responds to her, “your faith has healed you, go in peace.” (Read about it in Matthew 5. Starts around verse 25) What a beautiful picture. He wipes us clean and heals us. I don’t deserve it; you don’t deserve it. Please please take it and LIVE it. Here’s a song about God’s place and ours. One of my faves, my best friend Sam sang it at our wedding… Man can he sing! And so can these guys!

I can’t watch/listen to this without crying. Shew

Prayer

A dear dear friend of mine asked me for prayer the other day. Then she called me her “prayer warrior” and thanked me so much. One of my FAVORITE things to do for a person is intercede on his or her behalf. Whether it’s a sick baby, medical tests, need of work, a humbled heart or salvation of a loved one.

I.

LOVE.

PRAYER.

And God does too! It is all over His word (we’ll take a look in a moment.) In my opinion, and I have nada to back this up, it’s the most selfless act of love if done with a pure heart. It takes time to pray for people. A lot of times they have no idea you are praying for them so you receive no recognition for them. God’s really the only way to change someone or something.

Here are some prayer tips that have helped me along the way:

1. Start a prayer journal or notebook. I have a little notecard flip book that I record my prayer requests in. I used to have a homemade journal given to me by a dear friend…I ran out of space!

2. Record what God is doing. Give yourself (and the devil) proof that God is working! Believe me, when you come to a point in life where all hope is lost and you something to remind you of what a powerful God you serve it will be like a sunny spring day after 3 months of bitter cold winter.

3. Set aside time each day to pray. I do my bible reading in the morning. Shew 6:15 comes early and I hate my alarm going off! But, at 7:45 I have a fresh spirit leaving for the day.

4. I break my days into subject. I.E. Monday is my day to pray for all you servants out there serving God with your lives. This includes missionaries we support, friends on Young Life staff, ministers, all the DRG staff. They need our prayers! I have a day set aside to pray specifically for those who don’t know the Lord. Yet. I pray in faith that He will draw them to Himself.

5. Take a day to pray just for yourself and your spouse if you have one. Sunday is my Allie and Cliff day. I miss my Sunday more often than I’d like to admit. But this is such a vital day. We need the Lord and we need to let that need known. It’s not selfish to ask God to change you for His glory or to provide for you when you’re in need.

6. Take advantage of times when you aren’t interacting with others.

Turn off the radio. When I was  YL leader in college, one of the most special times of my week was driving to club or bball games, anywhere really. I had a 20-25 minute drive ahead of me and used that to pray for those girls I would be encountering.

Running. I literally speak to God like I’m speaking to a person when I jog. Some people may think I’m crazy. It serves two purposes: prayer and breathing. I run so much better when I speaking.

Doing the dishes. Taking the dog for a walk. As you are going to bed. In the shower. Yes, in the shower…why not?

Why should we pray?

This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us – whatever we ask – we know that we have what we asked of him” (1 John 5:14-15).

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7).


“…The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective” (James 5:16)

Jesus did it. HOw often do we read that Jesus went out early to seek his Father. Whoa buddy! If Jesus needs it so do we!

Love to you all,

Allie

Hello world!

Hello world! It’s me Allie!

I did it; I finally did it…I started a blog. Will I update said blog? That is yet to be seen, but I don’t think I did for anyone but me.

You see, I’m a social person and love being with people I love.  Lately I have felt so disconnected from those who I care about and those I thought cared about me. Maybe it comes with growing up; my dear Aunt Rhonda told me that once you get married you begin spending time with couple friends rather than individuals. Perhaps I have changed in a big way and don’t realize it, maybe they did. Either way, I need a way to get everything out there, a way to get reconnected.

I never thought I would be one to do something like this rather than being with people. There are too many people to be with. I can’t do it but I want to! I miss the flexibility of college. The schedule that had wide open spaces in the middle of the day. You go go go so much in college but have so much energy. Where did all of that go? I work until 4:30 and come home exhausted.

I am waiting, I wish I could say patiently, on the Lord to restore to me the joy of salvation. I know it will come; I know my God has not left me and yet I feel so alone sometimes. I don’t know how or why these feelings come. But I do know that contentment is not something I am or have ever been good at. I am always wanting more, something better. I am never satisfied with anything…my personality, the way I look, my marriage, my relationships with my friends, my job, my home.  I am realizing that these thoughts are straight from the devil, straight from my enemy.

Lord, continue to sustain me and grow me into your likeness. Teach me to hear your voice and weed out those that are not of You. Help me to love Your children in a way that makes you proud of me, daddy. I want to love you with all of my heart. Thank You, God, for giving me a husband who loves me inspite of how I treat him. Thank you for his desire to serve me and provide for our family. He shows me You love me.