Tuesday, November 30, 2010


of issues.
would y'all please just pray?

It ain't pretty.
I know the Lord is working in my heart.
But, my heart is hurting.
Hurting for people I love.
It hurts.

I am choosing to take it to the Cross.
I am laying my burdens at the foot of the Cross.
Forgive me Lord when I want to hold on to them and fix.
It is not my job.  It is Yours and You do a great job.

I trust You, Jesus.
I trust You, Jesus.
I believe Your promises.
I am clinging to Your promises.
You are good.
I love You.

Monday, November 22, 2010

take 2

i just have to keep shouting out my praises today.

230.  an absolutely beautiful day to drive.
231.  a big bare tree in the center of trees covered in beautiful colored leaves.
232.  singing praise music at the top of my lungs and sticking my hand out of the sunroof.
233.  my momma teaching me how to make homemade banana pudding.
234.  talking with my daddy as the sun sets.
234.  reading this has stirred something in my soul.
235. hugging my momma.
236.  soul talking with my momma.
237.  the prospect of making this

can you tell i am happy to be with my parents?

Thank you, Lord.

"This is the day the Lord has made.  Let us rejoice and be glad in it."  Psalm 118:24


218.  winks from my boy just when i needed them.
219.  make believe war with a shower curtain rod.
220.  football in our new big back yard.
221.  adventures in the stream next to our new home.
222.  laughter.
223.  the best friends a girl could ever have.  
224.  the sweetest email from my dear friend, Maia.
225.  watching the leaves fall from the trees.
226.  the opportunity to spend some time with my parents alone.
227.  a husband who is making the above happen.
228.  "When you experience the glory of God, the demands of discipleship become blessings that carry you along in joyful obedience."  Warren Wiersbe.
229.  "Obedience equals happiness."  John Rosemond

holy experience

Friday, November 19, 2010


A little over a year ago I met this awesome girl.
Her name is LO.
She rocks.
The Lord knew I needed a friend just like her.
She is beautiful. fun. inspiring. encouraging.
Now, she is moving.
I am sad.

Happy for their family and this awesome opportunity.
But, sad for moi.
She is not the only friend moving.
One moved six months ago.
One moved four months ago.
Another is moving.

I know moving is a part of life.
We have moved four times in our eleven years of marriage.
But, I just feel like throwing a big ol' tantrum.
You know the ones like your kids throw?
Maybe I will just go and do that and possible I will feel better.
Or better yet, I will take this to the Lord.

Ephesians 4:30 (The Message)

 30Don't grieve God. Don't break his heart. His Holy Spirit, moving and breathing in you, is the most intimate part of your life, making you fit for himself. Don't take such a gift for granted.

Romans 12:12 (English Standard Version)

12 Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010


He will yet fill your mouth with laughing, and your lips with rejoicing.
(Job 8:21)

201.  fall leaves.
202.  family turkey project.
203.  fancy nancy books.
204.  eating dinner as a family.
205.  having food.
206.  having a home.
207.  having heat.
208.  having blankets.
209.  redeemed marriage.
210.  uncontrollable giggles from my children.
211.  light butter popcorn.
212.  finding a picture of Mac when he was 6 months sitting on top of pumpkins.  his head was as big as some of them;)
213.  seeing his fat baby fingers.  i remember them like yesterday.
214.  i love you's....
215.  sidewalk chalk.
216.  good times with friends.
217.  tic tac toe with my girl.

Monday, November 1, 2010


183.  thankful for the quiet in the early morning.
184.  thankful for excited kiddos on Halloween.
185.  thankful there are no twix in my house.
186.  thankful to God for all of our many blessings.
187.  thankful for our house closing today.
188.  thankful for our new home.
189.  thankful to be able to see God's Hand in all that has happened over the past four and a half years.  Good and Bad.
190.  thankful that the good far outweighs the bad.  
191.  thankful for His mercy and grace.
192.  thankful that He keeps whispering to me, "Allison, you do not have to fix everyone's problems.  Trust Me."
193. thankful for the times when I say, "I trust you, Jesus."  And the Peace that comes over me.  It is pretty amazing.
194.  thankful for His constant wooing me to Himself.
195.  thankful that my children have a different life than I had growing up.
196.  thankful for the life I had growing up because He used it to draw me to Himself.
197.  thankful for Jasper (our dog.)  we have put him through four moves in his eleven years.
198.  thankful that he won't have to climb stairs anymore.
199.  thankful for the friends who are helping us out this week while we move.  
200.  thankful for Jesus.  sweet and precious Jesus.  thank you.