Thursday, September 29, 2011

Most of these pictures, Karyss took with her new camera.. She did a nice job, I think!!

My little buggle is back in soccer!! Tooo cute!!


It's been a LONG time since I posted pictures.. Here are some from our trip to Canada

Riley and Karyss LOVED the amusement park we went to .. NO FEAR!!
It was great great great to see Papa.. Doing great at 93!
Enjoying time with Nanny.. Don't ask but he actually did shoot her with the nerf gun. I won't say where !
LOVING Grampy!!!
This is not from our trip but this is a shot of our family outside of our church.. Isn't Karyss growing up??

Friday, September 9, 2011

We are in a state of constant uncertainty and change lately. I am so thankful
to have the Lord with me. These verses have really been with me lately:
" But thou O Lord art a shield for me; my glory and the lifter up of mine head" Psalm 3:3;
" I will both lay me down in peace and sleep ; for thou, Lord, only makest me dwell in safety"
Psalm 4:8
"But let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice; let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them; let them also that love thy name be joyful in thee" Psalm 5:11

These verses have really helped me and comforted me and showed me His leading! What are some of your favorites?

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Wisdom: the principal thing

I think maybe I am beginning to finally learn.... God is concerned not with the same concerns that I have but that I am seeking Him and His wisdom!!! I have been reading in Proverbs about wisdom " my son, if thou wilt receive my words and hide my commandments with thee; so that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom and apply thine heart to understanding; yea if thou criest after knowledge and liftest up thy voice for understanding; if thou seekest her as silver and searchest for her as for hid treasures; THEN shalt thou understand the fear of the Lord and find the Knowledge of God" Proverbs 2:1-5
God has been teaching me to fully rely on Him and I am finally beginning to learn that as I start drawing closer to Him our desires are lining up. If I am asking for God's wisdom He will give me knowledge in difficult situations! He will show me the right path if I seek His way! So this is my new goal ; to keep wisdom before me and Seek God's plan and his wisdom before being concerned with the trivialities of life!
Be blessed friends!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

It's the little things

As you know, I have been spending a lot of time thinking lately and I have come to realize that the little things in life are where God is really the most evident! The laughter of my children when they are getting along and playing, the quick phone call during the day just to let you know someone is thinking of you, a hug, even a smile... These are all things that sometimes bring the most comfort in difficult times and joy when things are good... I am noticing more and more that I can be content with very little as long as I have my family by my side and God's direction in my life. I am desperately seeking His will in these trying days but trying to see Him in the little things... Be blessed my friends!

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Still thinking

So after my extensive blog about how God has taken care of us, I am still thinking about that very topic... Why do I spend or waste so much time worrying about things that may and usually do not ever happen??? I am really trying to put into practice " Be STILL and Know that I am God....." Psalm 46:10. How many times have I actually sat and listened for God's leading in the midst of my panic and worry over silly little things??? How many times have I been STILL??? This is something I need to work on....
We are in the middle of some trying times in our life in case you hadn't guessed that already.. I need to be listening for HIS voice and HIS call and I know I can't hear it if I am too busy trying to "fix things" on my own... God is still near.. He is just waiting for me...
What a journey we have had through the years and yet God has been by our side every step.. I know that. I just need to listen for His voice and be prepared for whatever answer he may give.
Help me Lord!

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

How far we have come and I still don't trust enough!!

I posted this same thing on my facebook page but I need a constant reminder so I thought I would post it here too!
As I stop and look back over everything God had brought me through in these past 14 years, I am ashamed of myself! After all God has done for me, how could I ever doubt him? What is wrong with me that I wouldn't just believe and trust that He would take care of me?
14 years ago I left my parents home and protection alone and set off to a new place to which I had never been... Joliet, Illinois. I fought that move for a full year before I finally gave in. The day my parents left and I was truly alone , I was shattered. God was watching out for me then even though I didn't know it! If I had not taken that scary step of faith, I never would have met Dan... Which takes me to the next part of my journey...
December, 1997, I accepted a marriage proposal from the man of my heart, Daniel Basham. That was a step of faith because we had NO idea where God was going to take us and what we were going to do. We searched and prayed for God's plan and in the spring of 1998 we accepted the call to Paddock Lake Baptist Church in Wisconsin..... Next part of the journey....
We didn't have much in Wisconsin but we were young and in love and we really felt God working in us! Then, the unexpected news in November .... We were expecting our first child! That was certainly faith-shaking! If that wasn't enough, 3 months later we were informed that Dan's position was being terminated.. Where would we go? What would we do? Where was God in all of this? More worry but God continued to lead and care for us. We moved to Greenville, South Carolina when I was 8 months pregnant and moved in with Dan's sister while Dan looked for work and we waited for our baby to arrive! Karyss Sofia graced us with her entrance on July 22,1999. Dan found a job and we moved into our own little place. He stayed with that job until he was terminated without a good reason... Again, Lird? Here we were dependent upon God for every step. He continued to provide for us through our wonderful family, church family and in many other ways. Three more more jobs came and went in the next two years and yet we never went hungry or homeless! Again, I was not trusting!!! When will I learn?
When Karyss was 3 years old we received a call from a Christian school on the area looking for teachers. Somehow they heard about us, we never found out how! We were nervous but accepted this as God's will and set out to teach again. It was wonderful and we loved it therebut we again were told the devastating news that they could not afford to keep us on past that year and we were jobless again!
New journey, one month later the Pastor of Dan's parents' church called and offered us positions at their Christian school. This was a long distance move but we had no alternatives and felt it was God's leading so we went. God, again, worked out every detail and yet at the end of that school year the Pastor decided to close the school! We were unemployed again! You would think by this time we would be used to it but we were blindsided each time! It was scary and worrisome and I did not have trust like I should have! We went to several churches and schools and finally wound up in garden City, Michigan. This was a rough year both financially and personally. How could we be surprised when the Pastor told us (again) that they couldn't afford to keep us on after that year? But we were . This was a longer stretch of uncertainty but finally in September of 2005 we came to Pine Grove Baptist Church in Stockbridge, Georgia. Smooth sailing ahead right??WRONG!! Five days after we moved here Dan became seriously ill and the Pastor's wife had to help me take him to the hospital! This was the most fear I have ever known! I was alone! I barely knew anyone here and yet the church people became my family and came alongside me! They should me God's presence! It was very serious and the doctors were unsure but finally were able to take care of him with a lengthy surgery! God was with me ! I never could have made it through that dark time without Him! What a way to start a new ministry!!! We have been here for almost 6 years now and we have had many ups and downs. One of our "ups" was the arrival of our son Riley in December of 2006 after many years of praying for another child. We have faced many different uncertainties both financial and otherwise.. God is faithful! He will take care of us! He will provide!! I must trust Him!
God please help me to trust you!!!