Tuesday, September 15, 2009

slowing down

After a two week spree of non-stop going and doing, Tyler and I are finally getting some, and I stress some, down time and rest. ESPN is also beginning to feel loved instead of neglected...we are horrible parents!, and I am finally finding time to blog again, which I find very therapeutic! We have cheered the Cardinals to a
win over the Nationals (shown in our previous post), been trained for another year as cell leaders, celebrated the marriage of two of our best friends --Woohoo Boyers!--

spent time with old friends,
and are now diving into Draw Near! LIfe has been crazy, but good, and
we are excited for the time of rest.

We met with our community group for the first time on Sunday and we absolutely love them. We had dinner and then did a prayer walk in our community, and finished the night with some Coldstone (birthday cake remix for me, but for some reason Tyler did not want to share :)!) discussing our individual experiences during the time of prayer for our community. We were able to go with my cousin, Ashley, and her husband, Stewart, to pray at the Bentonville High School. It was such a special time to spend with them and to pray for the students, teachers, administrators, etc. We know many people who spend most of their days at the high school, so it was a great opportunity to specifically pray for them as we hope that they might Draw Near to God. I, personally, am really looking forward to this intentional time of Drawing Near to Lord, as well as giving Him all that I cannot control and allowing Him to lead and guide me in His plans and His timing! We base our intent on the scripture of James 4:8 "Draw near to God and He will Draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded." As an end to our post today, I am going to write out the Draw Near theme song that was written by some very talented musicians at FBC. It is such a great prayer to cry out to God each day.

Draw Near
Break down our pride
our hearts you know.
Sinners we are
needing strength to let go.

Tear down the walls
we've built up inside;
idols we hold
give us strength to let go

Cleanse now our hands.
Turn us back again.
You are our first love,
Jesus our first love.

At the cross You gave it all,
so all we give to You.
All You are is all we need,
so all we want is You.

Draw near to us.
Draw near to us.
As we draw near to You.
We will draw near to You.

This song can be found and downloaded from the following site

Sunday, September 6, 2009

weekend of fun

We just enjoyed a great weekend with our friends and family! We were given the opportunity to celebrate with our friends, the McLellands, for their ten year wedding anniversary.

Next we headed to St. Louis to spend time with the Kenyon family and celebrate Beth's birthday by going to a Cardinals game! It was such a fun weekend and we feel so blessed to have so many amazing people in our life that we get to spend time with!

"every good and perfect gift comes from above, coming down from the Father of heavenly lights..." James 1:17