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11/19/16 Judah Update

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I haven't been updating much about my sweet little man, because not much has changed - which is a good thing! He is very stable, healthy and maintaining his weight. He's hovering right under 13 lbs. His new medication that we started a few weeks ago has been such a blessing. His muscles are relaxed and he is so content. 
We have found a pediatric hospice that has been such a blessing compared to our last experience. I haven't had any new revelations regarding his care. We are just settling into this great possibility that he might stick around for awhile. I'm no longer planning his funeral in my head or worrying about days when he doesn't eat much. He's just a blessing that we are thoroughly enjoying. He has the ability to calm me down and cheer me up when the other 7 kids are driving me nuts. ;) Everyone he "meets" falls in love with him, at least the ones who aren't afraid to hold him and risk being hurt when he does leave us. 
I encourage you …

11/18/16

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Psalm 112
Praise the Lord! How joyful are those who fear the Lord and delight in obeying His commands. Their children will be successful everywhere; an entire generation of godly people will be blessed.
They themselves will be wealthy, and their good deeds will last forever. Light shines in the darkness for the godly.
They are generous, compassionate, and righteous. Good comes to those who lend money generously and conduct their business fairly. Such people will not be overcome by evil.
Those who are righteous will be long remembered. They do not fear bad news; they confidently trust the Lord to care for them.
They are confident and fearless and can face their foes triumphantly. They share freely and give generously to those in need.
Their good deeds will be remembered forever. They will have influence and honor.
The wicked will see this and be infuriated. They will grind their teeth in anger; they will slink away, their hopes thwarted.

11/17/16

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"How amazing are the deeds of the LORD! All who delight in Him should ponder them. Everything He does reveals His glory and majesty. His righteousness never fails. He causes us to remember His wonderful works. How gracious and merciful is our LORD!" Psalm 111:2-4
17 years ago today, I began allowing the LORD to direct my life. I gave Him my life and sought His face for a few years. My roots were shallow though and I lost my way after having children and became consumed with parenting. I'm so grateful that He is so merciful and never left me even though I was self-centered and stubborn. 6 years ago, I experienced the LORD in a way that I never had before... I sought Him with all of my heart and began to obey His commands, no matter how scary they seemed. He is faithful to answer His promise that when you seek Him with all of your heart, you will find Him. (Jeremiah 29:13)  I consistently spent time with Him every day, reading His word and praying for guidance. My roots gr…

11/14/16

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"Has the LORD redeemed you? Then speak out! Tell others He has redeemed you from your enemies." Psalm 107:2
"What understanding do you have of the salvation of your soul? The work of salvation means that in your real life things are dramatically changed. You no longer look at things in the same way. Your desires are new and the old things have lost their power to attract you. One of the tests for determining if the work of salvation in your life is genuine is— has God changed the things that really matter to you? If you still yearn for the old things, it is absurd to talk about being born from above— you are deceiving yourself. If you are born again, the Spirit of God makes the change very evident in your real life and thought. And when a crisis comes, you are the most amazed person on earth at the wonderful difference there is in you. There is no possibility of imagining that you did it. It is this complete and amazing change that is the very evidence that you are save…

11/13/16

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"Search for the LORD and for His strength; continually seek Him. Remember the wonders He has performed, His miracles and the rulings He has given." Psalm 105:4-5
The weather has been amazing lately and we have been trying to take a lot of walks with the kids. I got a fancy camera and am thoroughly enjoying taking pictures of my babies. We started a "beautiful things" challenge with them several weeks ago. They are to search for God's beauty in everything and I will take a picture of it and they can make their own photo calendar for 2017 at the end of the year. It has been a lot of fun and helps us look at all He has made with new eyes. 




Reviving the blog

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Facebook has been my writing outlet for a year now. It was the easiest way to keep everyone updated on Judah and has also been an amazing platform to share God's glory. Once again, we feel like our life is more focused and joyful without it, so we say goodbye for now. I am compelled to share scripture and all that God does, so I am planning on transferring that to my blog. Thank you for reading, supporting and encouraging us so faithfully.

I am currently reading through the Old Testament. I just finished Judges. What a mess that book was. I'm learning so much reading through it all book by book. This resource is helping tremendously - The Bible Project. It has short, 8 minute, videos that give a great overall explanation of the book of the Bible and how it ties in to everything else. I have been watching the video, reading the book and then watching the video one more time. It has increased my understanding greatly.

Psalms are so restorative to me, so I like to read at least o…