Heart Check

HeartCheck

Recently, I have been studying the book of Genesis and the book of Matthew. It’s been a great study so far. And so interesting to me all the parallels in the themes from the first book of the Old Testament and the first book of the New Testament. The biggest one I have pulled out is – the heart. Since the beginning of men and women, God has always been concerned with our hearts.

Starting with Noah’s time, you read that God saw the hearts of the people and that their hearts were evil. That was the purpose of the flood. God was wiping the slate clean. However it didn’t work. Hence the need for our Rescuer.

And in the gospel according to Matthew, Jesus lays out the new laws. He makes us realize that we are not perfect. We easily can break all the 10 commandments in our hearts. We may not murder, but if we have hate for a friend than we have committed murder in our heart. Or what about thinking a sexual thought about the opposite sex? That’s adultery in our hearts, if we are married.

How does it make you feel to know that God can see into your heart? Uncomfortable, squirmy? Yeah, me too. But, it’s the truth. God can see what our heart intentions are by every move we make. Thank goodness our Rescuer came and died on the cross for our sins. If we confess that Jesus is Lord of our life, we can cross the bridge to God. Jesus makes us clean.

I don’t know about you, but I needed a Rescuer. And I’m so grateful that thought I’m not perfect, Jesus is. And I am checking my heart now…

If you are a Christ follower, when was the last time you checked your heart? 

And if you are in need of a Rescuer, send me a message or comment on this post. I would love to give you more information on freedom!

Jesus, Rock of Ages

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Every single time I listen to this song, I am comforted. It is such an encouragement to know we stand on a sure foundation. Take a minute to allow these words to wash over you. And then you can listen to the song by Christy Nockels.

I am not alone 
There’s a stone I’m built on 
There’s a love that will never let me go 
He hears my every cry 
He knows how to understand me 
He is my one defense, day and night 
I rest my soul on the rock of the ages 
And my feet stand firm on a sure foundation 
All my hope in this salvation 
Jesus, Jesus, rock of ages 
Precious cornerstone 
The one for all generations 
Laid that I would hide myself in You 
Through every trial and storm 
When all else is sinking 
There is none so faithful and so true 
When my heart is faint, my faith is small 
Oh hide me, Lord 
And when all is well, through it all 
Oh hide me, Lord

Saturday Stories – 12 Months

12Months

Feeding
Selah will eat anything you put in front of her. This past week she found a new favorite food. Roasted cabbage. Random! This girl loves food. And is not picky at all yet. I hope it doesn’t change. But you never know. For now – I just keep giving her everything and she just keeps on loving everything!
Weight
She is a solid 19 lbs and 5 oz. She is in the 20th percentile for weight. Getting close to having to change car seats!
Sleep
Selah is a solid sleeper at night. 7:00 pm to 7:30 am most days. She still wakes up randomly between 10-11 at night. But she will get back comfortable and go back to sleep on her own. During the day she’s the same as last month. Some days one nap and some days 2 naps. Just depends on our plans.
Wake Time
Selah Grace has taken a few steps but isn’t taking off yet. I know she can walk but she’s choosing not to right now.
Clothes
She is wearing 12 month clothes now. It’s so great that it’s warmer now because I love seeing her in little skirts and dresses! So cute 🙂
Fun fact
Below is a video I made of Selah’s first year. I’m so grateful to the Lord for this child.

Saturday Stories – My 31st Birthday Weekend

Ok first of all, I have to give huge props to my amazing husband. I had the absolutely best birthday weekend. I want to document it. So here it goes!

FRIDAY

 I woke up to find a note of instructions. See picture below. I did all it said and found out that both kids were being picked up in a few hours and would be gone all weekend. Then I found out that I had an appt at 3:30 for a 2 hour spa treatment. Amazing! I really enjoyed the day.20130506-055534.jpg

After I got home from the spa, he told me to get ready to go out. Before we left – he asked me…do you want to live on the edge, go with the middle, or an ole reliable? I said “i’ll go with the middle.” So I scanned the QR code and it said sushi and movie date! Below is a picture of me with our dinner – lobster!


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SATURDAY

I woke up to find another three options of QR codes. I chose to live on the edge. It said that I was going to get my nose pierced. I decided to change my mind and scan again. Then I found out that my sweet hubs was taking me to breakfast then on a shopping spree. We had a great day just spending some great quality time together at the Mall of GA.

After that we headed home to rest. G said we had reservations at my favorite Mexican restaurant for dinner at 7:00 pm. I was excited to wrap up the weekend with a yummy dinner. But when we arrived at dinner, I was surprised to find my best friends there! G is so sneaky! I had no idea! Below are some pictures from the surprise dinner party (Sad but I didn’t get a picture of me with Meriam)

20130506-055552.jpgHere’s my surprised face!!!

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Kristen and IIMG_20130505_055605The delicious Margarita drink!IMG_20130505_060525Ashley and IIMG_20130505_060911The whole crew (just missing Kristen and Meriam)IMG_20130505_061244Ashley and I

Sunday

To top it all off, we woke up and had a nice breakfast at Waffle House before picking up the kids. What a great weekend!

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Big thanks to Abba and Papi for keeping the secret from me and for taking good care of the kiddos for the weekend!

Saturday Stories – Selah Grace

Today is a special day. We are dedicating our Selah Grace at our church, Browns Bridge. We are also celebrating her first birthday with family today. I know it will be special! And I will have plenty of pictures to share later.

But, I wanted to document the day. And I wanted to declare my thankfulness for our spunky, outgoing, and beautiful Selah Grace! Can’t imagine our family without her.

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