Wednesday, February 27, 2008

For my sake... and yours

Here begins a new section to share things I have learned in my personal time with the Lord that I hope will encourage those who read.  I know most people are just interested in pictures of the family, but I hope this will build you up as well.

I spent the morning reading radio transcripts on  Today I focused on marriage, as I have been really convicted to truly live out my priorities, day by day.  I happen to believe that my marriage should be my second priority - second only to the Lord.  

Today was a great reminder to "tend to the Garden" of my relationship with Bryan.  Romans 12:1-2 tells us to not conform to the patterns of this world, but to be transformed by the renewing of our minds.  I don't know about you, but if I am not careful, there are many "weeds" that grow up in my thought life - especially concerning my marriage.  I was challenged to PULL THOSE WEEDS!!!!  Identify the wrong thoughts and replace them with TRUTH!!!  I think we are all a little scared to read the Song Of Solomon, but it is FULL of verses that can transform our thoughts about our spouses and our marriages.  For example:

Song of Solomon 5:16  "His mouth is full of sweetness and he is wholly desirable.  This is my lover, this is my friend."  

It is only by memorizing and meditating on the Word of God that our minds be transformed.  I was amazed by all the sweet thoughts I had about my husband as I meditated on this verse this morning.  

Let's go to war against satan and FIGHT for our marriages.  Will you join me??

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Monday, February 25, 2008

Levi 7 month pics

Levi is back to his normal, cheerful self! Thanks to all who may have prayed - it is so difficult when they can't tell you what is wrong.

He is 7 months old today and I am so thankful for this growing blessing in our family. As you can see, he has several new "tricks"!! So very cute!

This last picture is of Bryce on his first birthday... I think Levi really favors this brother!

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A Beautiful Day

Sunday was a beautiful day, and after Bryan was finished speaking at Frazer, we took advantage of being dressed up and posed for a family pic!

A beautiful day, means some outside play!!

Bryce is really starting to get good!

And finally a view of the front of my new house with my brand new (old) porch furniture - I specifically prayed for some like this and a sweet friend gave it to me a couple of weeks ago. I think that I will spray paint it this spring, but until then, lime green it is!!!

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Thursday, February 21, 2008

Random things in my Living room part 3

Guess what season it is around here??!!  Yes, that's a baseball tee in my living room.  Thankfully there are no bats laying around!

Oh yeah - and we are all better from the flu!  yea!  The colds still linger on, but at least there are no more fevers.  
Levi has been especially fussy the past week (possibly from thrush)  but it has been a very draining time.  He is typically such a happy baby and this is so difficult for me!  We even went in to the Dr office to check for ear infections - it is that bad.  When the Dr looked in one ear and it was clear, he said "Your other ear better look bad or you are going to be in real trouble!"  Well, it was clear as well.... and yes, he is now grounded!  If you think of it, say a little prayer that whatever is ailing him will GO AWAY!!!

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Monday, February 18, 2008

Quote Of the Day

Over the last few years, I have had an increasing awareness of anxiety, fear and worry in my life.  I am blessed to be able to walk through it with a very close friend and we are always finding new quotes and verses to encourage one another in this battle for FAITH!  So here is the latest:

"There is nothing - no circumstance, no trouble, no testing - that can ever touch me until, first of all, it has gone past God and past Christ right through to me.  If it has come that far, it has come with a great purpose, which I may not understand at that moment.  But as I refuse to become panicky, as I lift up my eyes to HIm and accept it as coming from the throne of God for some great purpose of blessing to my own heart, no sorrow will ever disturb me, no trial will ever disarm me, no circumstance will ever cause me to fret - for I shall rest in the joy of what my Lord is! - That is the rest of victory!"

-Alan Redpath

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Friday, February 15, 2008

The FLU!

Well, we didn't make it thru this season without a week knocked out by the flu.  Bryce had it first, then me.  Of course it happened during Valentine's week!  I am so thankful for the medicine though and am happy to report that as of today, no one else has gotten it.  Levi does have a bad cold, but no fever.  I am also thankful for that.  This is why I have not blogged, called anyone, or emailed.  Sorry!

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Saturday, February 9, 2008

Levi 6 month Stats

For all you Grandmothers and Best Friends out there who actually care about this kind of thing.. here are Levi's Numbers from his checkup yesterday:

Weight:  16 lbs 12 oz  (30%)
Height:  27 1/4 in (80%)
Other points of interest:
  • He still can't sit up and is not even attempting to crawl
  • There are absolutely no teeth in sight!
  • He is Truly such a combo of B and E - especially in his stats.  

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Friday, February 8, 2008

Common Ground Weekly Update

Two Special Observations


I thought I would share two things I saw this week that burdened my heart.


First, I was driving down our street one day at about 2:30 in the afternoon and saw seven neighborhood kids playing in the street. I knew all of them so I stopped to talk. After I realized  that school hadn’t let out yet, I asked them why they were home. Five of the seven kids had been separately suspended from the middle and high schools. The other two kids were ‘sick’, so they stayed home and played outside all day. The kids were between five and fifteen in age. I’ve also seen another fifteen year-old walking our streets all day long for about two months. He comes by my house in the afternoons to play basketball. He flashed a pistol at one of our neighbors last week when she told him he needed to quit walking the streets and go to school. As mentioned before, a recent national study gave our high school the name of ‘drop out factory’.


The second thing I witnessed occurred during our baseball practice earlier this week. We watched a police car come barreling around the outside of the center-field fence while we were batting. As the policeman parked and jumped out of his car, at least 20 youth came running from behind a building. Some of them jumped the fence and came running through the middle of our practice, and some ran away in other directions. They were gambling and smoking marijuana. During our practice times in the course of the last year we have witnessed gangs initiate their prospects (other teens) by coming together in groups of 25 and beating them. We’ve seen kids smoke marijuana on many occasions. Just yesterday, one of the guys we are mentoring told me about the aftermath of a stabbing that happened at school that day.


Our kids seem to be on a crash course with destruction. Please pray for us and the other churches in our neighborhood as we seek to see the Kingdom of God manifested in our midst. Unless godly families are raised up as light in our community…unless a new culture begins to replace the old one as we participate in the new creation in the Gospel of the Kingdom of God … it will only get worse. Obviously, I believe there is real hope for transformation. Please pray for our community.




Will you pray for our next potential decisions on a facility?


I was deeply convicted of something while attending a missions conference one night this weekI feel like I have strayed off course in some of our planning towards some ministry ‘space’ to carry out various outreach, recreational, and development initiatives. We have been thinking hard about finances, about locations, strategy, and what to include in building or renovating a facility, etc. These are all necessary and are a part of good stewardship. But, something else happened in my heartI believe that God moved us to actually seek Him earnestly in prayer over these upcoming decisions. I am asking you to consider doing this with us. Will you seek His face with us about the timing, location, type of space, and resources toward a ministry facility with us? Many of you tell me constantly that you pray for us. I believe it, because so many doors have opened for us over the last year and a half. Now, I am asking you to commit to doing it daily with us over the next two months. We have two potential options.


Our first potential option is to build on some land we already own at the front of our neighborhood. It would require rezoning, and the city would have to relax some set-back rules for this type of building. We could build office space, a full size basketball gym size floor we could use for a number of things, a kitchen, a few small classrooms, and a small computer lab. The location is great, but parking would be very limited, and we will have used all the space available. It would be new, nice, and an easier and much quicker ordeal than our second option.


The second potential option is on the west side of the neighborhood. I love the location because it’s three blocks from my house and sits between both housing projects and Washington Park . It has a number of old buildings on the property, sits on 5 acres, and is connected to 10 more acres of vacant land that is also for sale. It’s next door to the neighborhood middle school. It would be a renovation nightmare, but it has tremendous space for any future growth of our work. It obviously would be more expensive. Please consider committing to pray for us in these decisions.


We hope that God will clarify the best decision as we pray. I am so grateful for your friendship and support of our ministry. We could not do what we do without your prayers, help, and support. May God bless you and keep you until I speak to you again.



                                                                                    Psalm 34:3, Bryan Kelly

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Monday, February 4, 2008

A sad Heart

I have been so sad this week after finding out last Saturday that the husband of my best friend in high school died  suddenly and unexpectedly of meningitis . We were in each-other's weddings, and I wish I had a picture of us from high school to post here - we had such good times together.  I was able to go to the visitation and was amazed by my friend's strength and spirit.  I should have remembered,  she has always been that way.

I felt like my heart was leaping out of my chest when I first walked in the church.  I knew she was there, and there was absolutely nothing i could do to help her.  I felt 20 lbs lighter after finally giving her a hug, but I won't even pretend to think that my hug helped her feel any better.  I promised her I would be here for her, just to listen and offer a shoulder to cry on, whenever she wanted...  Lord, help me be a faithful friend.  

If you read this, please say a prayer for her and her 2  1/2 year old son.   Her husband died at such a young age, and they have a long road ahead of them without him.  Pray that her church will really step up to care for her when she returns home, and that she will listen as the Lord leads her in the next few months as she has to make difficult decisions.  

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Random things in my Living room part 2

This was laying on my coffee table when I walked in the other day.  All I know is that it is heavy and could be used as a deadly weapon between a 4 year old and a 5 year old... or if someone I didn't know came to my door... haha.  How DOES this stuff end up in my LIVING ROOM???!!!

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Sunday, February 3, 2008

What I found when I started PhotoBooth today

Bubba is so silly!!  Here he was all alone, making these silly pictures.  He is growing up so fast, I can hardly stand it.  

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