Consider the Lilies..: March 2013   

Mar 29, 2013

Any fool..


Her Son... Our Savior


Written by Stacie at She Stands

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As Easter approaches, I have been thinking a lot about Jesus' time here on earth. We have all heard of his birth,his teachings,his signs,wonders and miracles. For the most part, we have been taught his life story from those who had the honor of walking daily with him, from those who witnessed every aspect of his life here. 

However today I am seeing his life through a mother's eyes.......

Mary's eyes.....

 As a mom myself, I can feel her joy when she looked into the eyes of her precious son. The miracle that she had been chosen to give birth to. 




That sweet precious baby boy that sometimes would fall down while playing, the one that cried out to her to pick him up.....

Can you imagine looking into those beautiful eyes knowing what his true purpose was? 

As a mom, I can only imagine had I been in her shoes,how extremely hard it would have been for me to let go. ( I had a hard time just seeing my daughter off to college and the military)

 I don't believe I could have let go............

In fact I know I couldn't have..... 

Could you???

I can sense how proud Mary was of the man her darling baby boy had grown to be. The joy of a mother's heart. 

Conversations that would forever be etched in her heart.....





I believe that I would have wanted to beg God to not let it be. I would have cried out to please let the task my son was to full fill be removed. 

Selfish?.......

Yes.......

In the natural of course I would have had those feelings, as any mother would. We have a bond with our children that is indescribable. 

Mary knew from the beginning the child she bore was the son of God. She knew that this precious miracle had a destiny to full fill, the new covenant between man and God. 

She knew her son came to save the world......

As I watched the movie "The Passion of the Christ" ,the connection I felt with Mary as she watches the pain and suffering her son goes through for ALL man kind, is more than over whelming for me. 

There are actually no words to describe my emotions.

God's word tells us in 



1 John 4:9
In this the love of God was manifested towards us, that God has sent his only begotten Son into the world,that we might live through him. 

Could you give up your  only son, to take on ALL the sin of the world, every disease, every hardship and to have him die a sinners death to save the world??




I couldn't.....

But she did.......

God did.......

As Mary looks into her son's eyes and he tells her it is almost finished, my tears are uncontrollable.  My sobs rack my body as I  watch her run to her son. This beautiful, precious son,whom she gave birth to is now dying for her. 

He is dying for us all......

He is dying for a world that rejected him, scorned him, accused him. beat him and killed him. 








I can't comprehend the pain, the suffering, the anguish , the despair, the grief, and the helpless feelings Mary had to have felt as she witnessed her son's death.




I do believe in my heart, she would have taken his place if she could have. What mother wouldn't want to spare their child from this??





I admire the strength she found in God. I admire her selfless act of love in spite of knowing she would lose her son here on earth. To know that she would never see her son marry and  have children of his own. 

I admire her for paving the way for future mothers to be able to let go and allow God's destiny for their children's lives to be as God planned. 

To say that I am thankful and grateful for this beautiful man to take my place upon that cross and to bear all my sins is a understatement. There are not enough life times for me to love and cherish, worship, honor and serve  my Saviour. 



The one who came to die for me, the one that suffered a death like no other, the one who's love was and is so great that we can never grasp it's fullness in our natural minds. 

The One who came to save the world..............

As we celebrate this Easter, the life, death and resurrection of our Lord and Saviour, I encourage you to look into your children's eyes,  see them through Mary's  eyes and remember that once upon a time, many years ago, here on earth there was a mother that unselfishly gave her son, for all our sons and daughters to live!! 

His love for us is beyond words. He came to take away all our suffering and in doing so suffered for us. 

I encourage you all , do not let her son and His death go in vain

Reach to him, love him, walk with him and glorify him!!! Allow him to direct your steps and walk in the abundance of life that He has for you!!!!

Surrender your everything to him!

He has already paid the price for us all......

 After all He is our Saviour!!





John 11:25

 25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die;



Happy Easter!

Much Love~
Stacey



* Photo's from the movie "The Passion of the Christ" 

Mar 28, 2013

Thankful Thursday..

Linking up with

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I am thankful for my pastors :)

For Les: 
Who never freaks out when he catches me in his office poking through his books and for letting me use his library, read his notes and borrow his books any time I wanted..  I could not have gotten my degree in only one (whoo hoo!) year if not for him.. 

For Jeff: 
Who is always willing to answer my endless questions, even after business hours :)

For Tracy: 
Who's patience, pursuance, and persistence (say that 5 times really fast!) finally won over..  For being my friend and letting someone else be my pastor, for being far tougher than I give him credit for and for showing me that it's really not that difficult to trust a guy..

For Dave: 
For fighting my demons, for never coddling me and always giving it to me straight, and for not even flinching when there was possibly a punch coming his way..

For Brian:
My pastor..  For being there at the right moment..  For leading me to the Father..  For convincing me of who Jesus really was..  For not running out of the building when he saw me coming, always making time for me, and never giving up on me..  For having patience with my impatience, calmly listening to my ranting and complaining that whole first year..  For looking right at me and saying "you are mean and you need to change that" and then patiently waiting while I did..  At least I hope I did?
For supporting me, praying for me, and rooting for me..  For helping me when I ask for it and for standing back when I don't..  For being proud of me when I succeed and  not saying "I told you so" when I fall on my face (even though he probably did tell me so..)

Seriously, if anyone had told me three years ago that some of the most important people in my life were going to be a bunch of pastors, I would have laughed in their face..
And now?  I don't know how I could function without them..
Funny how things work out huh?



Mar 25, 2013

He is faithful..

Your love O Lord, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies.
Psalm 36:5


A few weeks ago the lesson at Hearts (women's Bible study) was about the power of your words..  I  listened because I try very hard to pay attention to the things I say and the effect that my words have on myself and others (I fail, but I keep trying!)..  It was an amazing lesson..  The teacher talked about how we can carry around things that are said to us..  That they can change how we think, feel, and act..  At the end of her lesson she asked if anyone has been hanging on to something that was said to them in the past, and if there were, for them to come forward so she could pray for them..
At that moment my husband called so I had to step out of the room..  Plus I honestly didn't think I had anything to pray away..  But then, 2 days later I had a thought that literally stopped me in my tracks..

I need to change directions for just a second and tell you this first (it will make sense in a minute)..  Not long after my husband was saved, the presbyters came to our church..  One of them, Clark Whitten (he wrote and amazing book called Pure Grace, check it out!) saw Clay and told him to stand up..  Clark told him "God wants to bless you..  With your declaration of faith, He will bless you..  Financial blessing, cup running over, green pastures..  You are a man of faith..  Declare it, live it, and you will be blessed!"

OK, back to my story..  About a year and a half ago, someone said that I cared more about my husband's paycheck than about his safety or well being..  Now it is true that my husband doesn't always work in the safest locations and the job itself comes with it's fare share of dangers..  It is also true that he makes good money..  He's oil field..  But he's good at his job (the best in his field) and he loves what he does..

Now here's the funny thing:  I know that what this person said is not true..  I know it isn't, my husband knows it isn't, the people who know me and love me know it isn't..  I kinda think the person who said it knows it too..  I knew right away that it wasn't true..  So I let go of it..  Or so I thought I did..
But then I started to change my behavior..  If I bought a new pair of boots, or a new purse, I wouldn't tell anyone..  If someone said "I love your boots, are they new?"  I would say no..  I would say that they were old, and that I just hadn't worn them in a long time..

If my husband and I went to a nice restaurant I had already decided that if we ran into anyone we knew from church I would say that we were using a gift card to pay for it..  It got to where I didn't want anyone to know  that I had spent any money..  I started worrying that people would see things that I had and think that all I cared about was Clay's  money, and I didn't really love him..
How stupid is that?  I mean anyone with working eyeballs could see how much I absolutely adore my husband!   I knew that..  Everyone knew it!  But still...

It didn't matter that aside from our tithe, we had given away thousands in cash to people who needed it last year..  It didn't matter that because of our income we were able to sponsor a child through Compassion, or donate to the Open door mission, and Make a Wish foundation..  It didn't matter that we were able to purchase lunches and weekend meals for an entire year for 2 kids in Omaha..  It didn't matter that we were able to pay rent for people, buy their groceries, pay their electric bills, buy clothes for their kids, and make their car payments..  None of that mattered
(I'm not saying all this to brag, I'm trying to make a point)..

My point is, that I allowed something someone said to me, something that was completely untrue, and something that was only said once in a moment of anger, to affect me for almost 2 years..  And I didn't even realize it!
But then a couple weeks ago it just hit me..
I believed a lie..

GOD promised us financial blessing..  God PROMISED us financial blessing..  God promised US financial blessing..  God promised us financial BLESSING..
Yeah, I really did have to repeat that to myself 4 times..

God is making good on his promise and here I am acting as if I am ashamed of it??
Because of God, my husband is incredibly gifted at what he does..  Because of God, my husband is successful..  Because of God, my husband is quite happy and safe working in Libya of all places..  Because of God my husband makes a good salary..  And because of God, we are able to help a lot of people..

I allowed the enemy to push that stupid lie in my head, and I carried it with me for far too long.. 

We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.
2 Corinthians 10:5

It's true..  Hold every thought captive..  Every single one..  Think about it and decide if it's something you really want to hang on to, or if it's a thought that has no place in your memory..  If it doesn't, throw it away..

God is faithful..
We are blessed..  I'm not ashamed of that..
God is faithful..



Linking up with The Beauty in His Grip.
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Mar 24, 2013

Just a thought..


Mar 23, 2013

What I'm thinkin'...

  • A Jewish Seder meal is really long but really interesting..
  • If you make it a point to smile throughout your day (even if you don't have a reason to) it makes your day so much better..
  • If you smile at everyone you see, more often than not, they will smile back, and you have brightened their day a little :) 
  • The hardest part about being in need is asking for help..
  • It is so much easier to give help than to receive it..
  • You can drive yourself crazy looking for the answer only to find that it was right in front of your face the whole time..
  • Sometimes someone can do the stupidest thing with the best of intentions..
  • If it's wasn't meant to be hurtful, don't let it be..
  • You can tell yourself whatever makes you happy..  You can believe whatever you want to believe..  But that won't make it true..
  • Let them think what they want to think..  It doesn't have to change who you are or how you think..
  • When comparison happens, envy is usually involved..
  • It is amazing how much God can tell you when you shut up long enough to hear Him..
  • If you expect the worst from someone, the worst is all you will see..
  • It's easier to quit smoking than it is to quit chocolate..
  • I don't really want to quit chocolate :)
  • Nothing can be an issue for you unless you let it..  That goes for people too..
  • I've decided to be issue free..  So far so good!
  • There comes a time when you just gotta let go, step back, and see what happens..

I read it..

I finished the book, Friendships for grownups by Lisa Whelchel..


To be honest, I didn't really enjoy it..  It sort of seemed like she victimized herself through most of the book, as if (intentionally or unintentionally) she blamed others for her inability to maintain solid friendships..
It seemed like she was saying "If she hadn't done this, or said that" I could have been a great friend to her..  Or "If she would have done this or said that" we would have been close friends..

I didn't like how openly she wrote about the failed friendships in her life..  I am assuming that she changed the names, but she was very detailed in her description of the situations..  I'm sure if these people chose to read it they would know she was writing about them, and I'm pretty sure their friends would too..
Though I appreciate her honesty and her willingness to be completely open about herself, her 'poor me' style of writing made me more annoyed with her than sympathetic..

I know that anyone who has the same problems as she did with making friends or keeping friendships would relate to this book and find it truly helpful..  I guess what I mean is, if you are going to read this book, you should need to read it..  You know?  Don't just read it because you saw her on Facts of Life (or because you won it in a giveaway)..


Mar 22, 2013

Gratitude linkup..

I'm linking up with Ms Redo's gratitude weekly link up today.. 




 I know that everyone almost always chooses their family when they talk about what they are grateful for..  Well this morning I am no exception..

Lets start with Clay..  What an amazing man..  Selfless, strong, ambitious, motivated, kind, wonderful father..  The kind of guy who will give you his last dollar, will bend over backwards to help you, but won't take you-know-what from anyone :)
He sent me pictures from work (he works in Libya)..  He said this was his view on the way to the job site..

A while ago when he called I asked him how his day was..  He replied "pretty good, I got caught in a sandstorm and I ate a camel"..  So in other words, a typical workday :)
We celebrated our 17th anniversary a few days ago (well as best we could with him in a different country)..  The time has gone by so fast..  And it's been quite a ride!

And now my daughter Sky..  I just don't know what I would do or where I would be without this girl..
My beautiful girl..  Don't let the dress and her tiny frame fool ya, she is one tough little girl!  Well, not that little  She will be 17 this year..  I'm telling you, she is TNT (tough n' tiny)..  She doesn't back down from anyone, she's fearless, confident, knows who she is and likes who she is..  
She starts college next year, welding..  Yup, this little person is a welder, and a darn good one too..  The best in her school..  She even teaches beginner welding :)

I am so amazed by this kid..


Joshua 24:15

But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your forefathers served beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD."

Mar 20, 2013

Life..

There comes a time in life, when you just need walk away from the drama and people who create it..
Surround yourself with people who make you laugh, forget the bad, and focus on the good..
Love and pray for the people who treat you right..  Love and pray for the people who don't..
Life is too short to be anything but happy..



Anger and frustration weakens the spirit..  It keeps you focused on yourself and not on God..
Incredible change happens in your life when you decide to take control of what you have power over instead of craving control over what you don't..
Some people believe holding on and hanging in there are signs of great strength. However, there are times when it takes much more strength to know when to let go..




When we think we have been hurt by someone in the past, we build up defenses to protect ourselves from being hurt in the future.. So the fearful past causes a fearful future and the past and future become one. We cannot love when we feel fear..




Saying 'I can forgive, but I cannot forget' is just another way of saying, 'I will not forgive'. Forgiveness ought to be like a cancelled check - torn in two, and burned up, so that it never can be used again..
Strength of character means the ability to overcome resentment against others, to hide hurt feelings, and to forgive quickly..  Forgiveness is not always easy. At times, it feels more painful than the wound we suffered, to forgive the one that inflicted it. And yet, there is no peace without forgiveness..
If you dwell on it, you have not forgiven..  There is more to forgiving than just saying the words, but it's a start..


Jesus said "My peace I give to you"..  So don't worry..  Don't let 'what-if' control your life and keep you in fear..   What will happen will happen..  It's how you handle yourself while it's happening that matters..



 Life is messy, it's not always perfect, but it is what you make it..
So be happy, let everything you do glorify God, do nothing that doesn't..  Watch what you say, how you say it, and who you say it to..   



Remember that nothing is permanent, this too shall pass..  God knows you better than you do, and He loves you anyway..  He loves who you love, and He loves who you don't.. 




So love what God loves..  




Count your blessings every day..  




Pray hard..   




Be happy..



Mar 19, 2013

Wings of a dove..


"Oh that I had the wings of a dove!
I would fly away and be at rest.
I would flee far away 
and stay in the desert."
~Psalm 55:6-7




Mar 17, 2013

Author Interview~The Greatest Book Ever Written

From my friend Celeste at Celestial Perscriptions

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I don’t normally do author interviews on my blog, but this is one Author that had to be recognized.
This is an interview with the author of THE MOST IMPORTANT BOOK EVER WRITTEN. 
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I am the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. I do not faint or grow weary; My understanding is unsearchable. (Isiah 40:28)
I am the Alpha and the Omega, who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.(Revelation 1:8)
I am the Lord. The true God. The living God and the everlasting King. At my wrath, the earth quakes and the nations cannot endure my indignation. (Jeremiah 10:10)
I made the earth by my power. I established the world by my wisdom and by my understanding stretched out the heavens. (Isiah 44:6)
I am the Father, from whom all things a all people exist. (1 Corinthians 8:6)
I am the Lord, who made all things, who alone stretched out the heavens, who spread out the earth by myself. (Isaiah 44:24)
I am the Lord, and besides me there is no savior. (Isaiah 43:11)
I gave my one and only son so that no one who believes in him should ever perish, but have everlasting life. (John 3;16)
I am the cleanser of all sin, the forgiver of all unrighteousness to those who ask. (1 John 1:9)
I am the God who works wonders. (Psalm 77:14)
I am the Father of all mercies; the God of all comfort. (2 Corinthians 1:3)
I am the Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. (Isaiah 9:6)
I have plans for you. Plans to prosper you, not to harm you. Plans to give you hope and a future. (Jeremiah 29:11)
I am  love. (1 John 4:8)
The Love of God
What do you do when you are not writing?
I am always at work with my children. I pursue a constant loving relationship with them that is real and personal. I invite them to become involved with me and my work through my writing. I communicate with my children constantly, though they do not always listen or hear. Besides my writings, I reveal myself to my children through works and prayer. I am everywhere, always. My favorite thing is to see what my children accomplish through me, in my name.


When did you first start writing and when did you finish your first book?
I began writing my words on the heart of Moses nearly 3500 years ago, and continued to impart my spirit on those who actually wrote down my words for 1800 years. I revealed the last book of the Bible to my Apostle, John, 70 years after my son’s crucifixion, which took him  approximately 25 years to complete.
Where do you get your ideas?
That’s simple. My ideas come from truth. All of my writing is for the purpose of teaching, reproof, correction, and training in righteousness. (2 Timothy 3:16) All of the stories in my word are true— for the purpose of teaching my children in the ways that are right and just, and to prepare them for things to come.  (John 16:13)
Can you tell us about your challenges in getting your first book published?
There was no such thing as a printing press. All of my writing was hand written in scrolls. But in the 1450′s, Johann Gutenberg invented the printing press and the first book to ever be printed was the Bible, in Latin. Since then, it has been translated into the english language and has been printed in many versions. Somewhere between 2.5 and 6 billion copies have been sold.
How do you market your work? What avenues have you found to work best for your genre?
Word of mouth.
And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” 

 (Matthew 28:18-20 ESV)

And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation. (Mark 16:5 ESV)
Is anything in your book based on real life experiences or purely all imagination?
How did you come up with the title?
The word Bible comes from the Greek work “Biblos,” which is translated “book.”
What project are you working on now?
I am constantly working in the lives of my children to expand the boundaries of my kingdom. Simply put, I’m knocking on the heart of each of my children so that everyone might spend eternity with me in Heaven.
What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author? What has been the best compliment?
People say that the Bible contains too many supernatural events to be true. But if you believe in Me, the creator of the universe, then why is it so difficult to believe in miracles? Celeste can tell you. She experienced one of my miracles first-hand.
The best compliment is for one of my children to let me into their heart to be their Savior, then let my light shine through them.
Do you have any advice to give to aspiring writers?
Of making many books there is no end and much study is wearisome to the flesh.
 (Ecclesiastes 12:12b NKJV)

You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.
 (Psalms 139:16 NLT)

My heart is overflowing with good news. I will direct my song to the king. My tongue is a pen for a skillful writer.


(Psalms 45:1 GW)

Now go, write it before them in a table, and note it in a book, that it may be for the time to come for ever and ever.


(Isaiah 30:8 KJV)

Oh, that my words could be recorded. Oh, that they could be inscribed on a monument, carved with an iron chisel and filled with lead, engraved forever in the rock. “But as for me, I know that my Redeemer lives, and he will stand upon the earth at last. And after my body has decayed, yet in my body I will see God! I will see him for myself. Yes, I will see him with my own eyes. I am overwhelmed at the thought! (Job 19:23-27 NLT)
Is there anything that you would like to say to your readers and fans?
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. (Proverbs 3:5 ESV)
Is there a message in your book that you want readers to grasp?
“Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And the second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.” (Matthew 22: 36-40 ESV)
Can you share a little of your current work with us?
Though the Bible was completed years ago, it still lives today. It lives through my works every single day. Though the state of the world saddens me, I have already overcome it (John 16:33). I work every second to inspire, encourage, and empower my children to be bold, and be a light in the dark and final days.
Therefore you must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect. (Matthew 24:44 ESV)
What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Knowing that not all would choose Me, and be doomed to a fate worse than they could ever imagine.
But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.” (Revelation 21:8 ESV)