Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Brazos River Multi-congregation Baptismal Service

What a day this was.  Beautiful scenery, great friends, wonderful music, tasty food, heart-warming baptisms and a God that never fails.   A total of ten people were either baptised for the first time or rededicated their lives to Christ.
A beautiful friend of mine who has been a Christian for years just never baptised chose to join me on this memorable day.  You know the type of friend I mean...I have only VERY casually known her and her family for less that 2 years.  Just in the last month did we set aside the time to get our families together and get to know each other more.  There are some people God gifts into your life that you just IMMEDIATELY feel love for and a connection with.  We truly do have brothers and sisters in Christ.  Amber is for sure my sister.  I love her and her family dearly--immediately.  I was blessed to have them with me on this special day.
In addition to sharing this experience with a dear friend I also got to have one of the most moving experiences of my life.   I got to see my husband submit to the Holy Spirit and obey what God was commanding him to do.  Jason was excited about the services--I was getting re baptized.  He had felt the tug to rededicate his life as well but he didn't act on it.  We had talked about it.  After the fact, he even admitted to me that on the way to work that very day he had actually cried because he felt the Spirit leading him but he just did not want to obey. 

I was the last of the nine ladies to be baptized by Bro. Jeff.  Jason had driven the shuttle down from the elementary school since there was not allot of parking at the ladies' house where the baptisms were being performed.  He had no change of clothes, no towel and NO intentions of getting in that river!!!
If you know me, you know that I am unbelievably (even comically) clumsy.  There was a steep bank to climb to get out of the river, it was muddy, my shoes were wet and I was drenched.  Jason raced over to offer his hand to me and give me a kiss.  He wanted me to know that he was proud of me.  He went to reach out his hand....and in that very moment he chose to obey that tug he had felt for more than a week. 
Jason handed me his keys, phone and wallet and said "I am going in".  Bro. Jeff had opened up the baptisms to anyone who felt moved to participate...and Jason was!!!!  It was a beautiful sight to see pastor and man embrace in an emotional hug.  When Jason turned around to the crowd it melted my heart to see a tear on his cheek.  At this moment I was so very honored to have him as my husband.  He loves hi family, provides for our needs, protects us and most importantly LOVES THE LORD!!!! 
What a beautiful sight for our two young girls to witness....the humility of their earthly father to jump in the river an be baptised in front of 100 or more people and be so emotionally moved--not something most men would allow themselves to do.  He even managed to shuttle people back up to the school after the dinner--wet clothes and all!!!! What a great day!
Praise the Lord for salvation!!!!

Monday, May 30, 2011

A review of Six Ways to Keep the Little in Your Girl by Dannah Gresh

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We live in a society full of lies. This world does not value young women, their purity, their innocence, nor the gift they have to give their husbands upon marriage. Girls are pressured to be sexy, sensual, promiscuous, and even voyeuristic. Music today places fulfillment and value solely in relationships with the opposite sex. Television pressures younger and younger girls to have boyfriends and relationship drama not even appropriate for healthy adult relationships. Parent’s raising young girls today find it harder and harder to locate modest clothing, appropriate entertainment and safe places to play. What is a parent to do?
According to http://www.parentstv.org/ptc/facts/mediafacts.asp:
  • A study of 1792 adolescents ages 12-17 showed that watching sex on TV influences teens to have sex. Youths who watched more sexual content where more likely to initiate intercourse and progress to more advanced noncoital sexual activities in the year following the beginning of the study. Youths in the 90th percentile of TV sex viewing had a predicted probability of intercourse initiation that was approximately double that of youths in the 10th percentile. Basically, kids with higher exposure to sex on TV were almost twice as likely than kids with lower exposure to initiate sexual intercourse. - Study Conducted by RAND and published in the September 2004 issue of Pediatrics.
  • 46% of high school students in the United States have had sexual intercourse. Although sex is common, most sexually active teens wish they had waited longer to have sex, which suggest that sex is occurring before youths are prepared for its consequences.

While it is difficult to educate and protect our daughters from these powerful pop-culture influences it is not impossible. Christian parents can find an ally in best-selling author and speaker Dannah Gresh.

…Her titles include And the Bride Wore White and 2010’s best-selling CBA youth book, Lies Young Women Believe co-authored with Nancy Leigh DeMoss. She says the most important book she has or will ever write is What Are You Waiting For: The One Thing No One Ever Tells You About Sex, which traces the Hebrew language of sexuality from Genesis to Revelation answering every question a heart could ask. She has long been at the forefront of the movement to encourage tweens and teens to be modest and to pursue purity and is the founder of Secret Keeper Girl a live tour event for tween girls and their moms.

One book in particular is a great first step for concerned parents to take/read. “Six Ways to Keep the Little in Your Girl Guiding Your Daughter from Her Tweens to Her Teens” is a delightful and eye opening read for aware parents everywhere. The book, and whole series, is scripturally based and explains the beauty and importance of saving the gift of sex for marriage. Dannah offers specific techniques and strategies to begin helping your daughter make good decisions, value her purity and look forward to the day that she marries the man that her ‘gift’ is intended for.
The 158 page book published by Harvest House Publishers offers prayers to pray for your children, lists great resources to add to your parenting toolbox and even give you activities to help engage your children. Once the book is read, readers have a unique opportunity to join an online community at www.purefreedom.org to begin a dialogue with other parents, register for conventions and events, and even learn more tips to help raise a wholesome, modest, godly daughter!

See what others have to say about Dannah and her work:
"Dannah Gresh's ministry to this generation is strategic. When it comes to our kids being at risk in an environment of no-holds-barred sensuality, we as parents, pastors and educators are in desperate need of help. Both in style and content she is a perfect fit and a capable partner in the cause of purity!"
Joe Stowell,
President, Cornerstone University, Grand Rapids, Michigan

"Dannah is just such a great communicator. I had the chance to look around at the girls while she was teaching, and their eyes were locked!"
Geoff Safford,
New Hope Church (formerly Crystal E Free)
This book earns 5 of 5 stars--great read and great product!!!. Pick it up today!

Friday, May 27, 2011

New Coupon record!!!!

Just got back from our twice monthly HEB trip and I managed to top my own coupon savings record!  WhooHOOOOO!  Here goes the break down!
Store brand savings: $9.99
On Sale Savings:  $7.72

TOTAL:  $107.36

What a rush that was! Before savings the total was staggering...$384.55.  We definitely did not have that type of money to spend.  We are usually pleased with a total bill of $300 or less for a 2 week period.  That is $150 a week for all of our consumer goods.  We don't 'shop'.  We get what we need on our grocery trip and no other shopping in between.  So that averages $150 per week for a family of four.  With the economy like it is, I am not pleased with that but it is a reality.
Well today we paid $297 for nearly $400 worth of items.  We doubled up on body washes and shampoos with great coupon and sale deals so we wont need them the next 2 trips.  There were also quite a few great surprises with unadvertised combo locos on items I was already planning to buy. For instance I had a coupon for $1 off lunchables with fruit and no drink.  There was a combo loco for corn nut chips free when you bought those lunchables..so I got lunchables for like 89cents each plus a free snack that I seperated out into snack sized ziplock bags and made like 6 servings out of for snacks for the girls.  There was also a great Revlon deal for $3 off and a wonderful bargain on HEB brand muffin bars.  We got more than we needed for this 2 week grocery period, enough for a memorial day BBQ, a 12 pk beer, pull ups, 2 weeks of meals, and food to take to a friends house...JUST TONS OF STUFF!  I am so very excited.  The people in line were in awe.  MAN THAT FELT GOOD!  Keep clipping girls, over time it gets easier and easier to save!

Saturday, May 14, 2011

HEB shopping trip coupon savings 5/12/2011

So I made the list and I checked it twice! I combined sales, combo locos, meal deals and coupons for a grand savings this time of $70.03. That feels pretty good!!!
I took advantage of deals such as $4 off mens razors plus a buy one get one free for the same brand. I also had several coupons for a free 2L soda with purchase of a couple bags of sun chips. I needed some new blush and covergirl had $3 off two plus in store there was a $1.50 off each..super good savings!!! There are some good deals out there right now!
The breakdown is as follows!
Store brand savings $7.04
on sale savings $3.76
free/coupon savings $59.23

happy couponing!!!