Tuesday, December 27, 2011

thoughts about this weekend

well this has been a very busy and emotional weekend. ben's grandpa passed away on Christmas Day his favorite holiday. I am so thankful we were able to go and that ben was able to see and say goodbye and that we could be a help and support to his mom. I was saddened that ben's older sister who also came didn't do anything to help around the house all she did was sit on the computer and play games or text her friends or go out to smoke. I know she has been through hell this year and so I am not too upset, but still wish she could have helped more. ben's mom kept telling ben and I thank you for all the help and that we were the ones holding everything together. I am thankful that we were able to help, but at the same time as the daughter -inlaw I felt weird about doing all that I did because I felt that the eldest sibling should have taken more responsibility and helped where needed. But what can I say what's done is done. The two services that ben's dad did were good, but man ben and I both were like we really miss Liturgy we felt like the services were incomplete and didn't have the sense of reverence or worship that we feel every time we go to the Orthodox Church. no disrespect to dad or anything because the sermon's were good, but it was like wow what a difference. our eyes have really been opened and God has been showing us things that we have never noticed or seen before and its been an amazing journey. well anyways, that's all for now. Have a great week and have a blessed NEW YEAR!!!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

New Year

well the new year is almost here and I am thinking of starting fresh just like everyone is. in this coming new year i want to be at my ideal weight 125 and i have 47lbs to go and I know that if i get exercising and eating better i can lose that 47lbs in 5months. just getting disciplined and motivated is the key and the hardest part.

Monday, November 28, 2011

thoughts

yesterday after church my hubby and I were on our way home and we started talking about our experiences with the style of services we grew up in Assemblies of God and what we are experiencing now in the Orthodox Church. As we talked my hubby told me that for the first time he was really blessed by seeing the parents taking their young children up for communion and he said as he watched the Scripture "suffer the little Children to come to me and forbid them not" came to mind. It got us discussing and thinking are we wrong in our thinking for saying that people have to be at a certain age of accountability in order to have communion or even be baptized? when are we ever at the age of accountability? then we got to think what the people that are mentally retarded and so forth that can't make decisions for themselves? Are we going to deny them communion and baptism because they can't think for themselves? Is God's grace for everyone or is it just for those that can think for themselves? The reason the Orthodox baptize infants is to show that even while they are not aware that God loves them and His grace is upon them and that as they grow up they will learn and become aware of that grace and love and want to accept Christ.Its like before we accepted Christ we were not aware of the love and grace of God until someone showed us and we discovered it for ourselves. Does that mean that God's grace came then? No! God's grace was with us the whole time. While we were yet sinners Christ died for us the Bible says. Its the same with communion the Orthodox believe that the bread and wine is truly the body and blood of Christ they don't know how it is, but they say its a mystery. I can see communion as representing Christ and i can also see it as really being Christ and I get so filled with awe every time i see the crowd of people and parents with their children wanting to go to Jesus and be partakers of him and be blessed by Him. to me it is absolutely beautiful! How can we deny anyone this? so again I ask who is God's grace for? is it for everyone? even for those who can't make decisions for themselves? or is it just for those who can make decisions and understand things? But can we really understand everything completely? Something to really think about.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

THANKSGIVING!

SO EXCITED THAT THANKSGIVING IS ALMOST HERE BECAUSE I AM SO LOOKING FORWARD TO HELPING PEOPLE IN THE COMMUNITY!

Sunday, October 30, 2011

feeling encouraged

well its been awhile since I posted last. I am feeling really encouraged right now. Just listened to an amazing testimony of someone's journey to Orthodox Christianity and i can tell you that it is so refreshing to hear from someone who has been on the journey of wanting to be apart of the real New Testament Church and to believe as the early Christians did. As ben and I continue on our journey I am being more convinced that the direction we are heading in is the right path. We are continuing to pray for guidance and direction from the Lord and I am so thankful for the direction and open doors that He has opened and the people that we have come in contact so far.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

lets pray for the Native American Children

http://abc.go.com/watch/2020/SH559026/VD55148316/2020-1014-children-of-the-plains

here's a documentary of the Children here in South Dakota.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Chapter 2

well yesterday we had our appt/consultation and it went very well. we got all the preliminary tests done and i have a couple tests that I need to do. Our next appt. will be Oct. 18th and we will find out the results and we will go from there.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Journey

Well tomorrow starts the most awesome journey my hubby and I will take and we pray that the result will be bringing home a baby next year. I am so excited and nervous all at the same time about this new adventure of going to the Fertility Clinic.

on a sidenote
I found this article yesterday and I felt it was very knowledgeable and made very good points in favor of headcovering during church time.
http://www.gracealone.com/files/HeadcoveringsinPublicWorship.htm

Monday, September 12, 2011

thoughts again

well today I've been wondering where in the Bible that Christians get the idea that we have to have a personal relationship with God. I've been searching and all I can find that Jesus said was in order to be saved was to believe in the One who sent Him and what he was saying. Yes I accept and believe what Jesus did for us on the cross and what He taught. But I wonder what does all of this have to do with in order to get to Heaven u have to have a "personal relationship?" I know he also said that we must be born again. but do we truly know what he meant by that? the Greek word gennao which means to become the father of; to bear, give birth to; to be conceived, born: begat, born, begotten, bare, bear, brought forth, conceived, delivered, gendereth, gender, made, sprang. The Greek word anothen which means from above; from the beginning; again, anew;- from above, again, top, from beginning, from the very first. These words are used when Jesus says, "Ye must be born again." so given these definitions what is Jesus really trying to say here? Just because we accept something doesn't mean we have to have a personal relationship with it. It seems like the more that I think about God, the Bible and trying to figure out what the Truth is, the more confused I get. I know Jesus said seek and ye shall find and I'm seeking for God and I want to find and know Him. but I can't seem to find Him. I feel so lost. Well anyways these are just thoughts rolling through my head today.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

thoughts

I've been thinking a lot lately on how can a Christian soldier justify being in the Army or Military knowing that they will mostly likely kill someone who may not know about God. Doesn't Jesus himself say to love our enemies and pray for those who persecute and despite fully use us? How is killing someone loving our enemies or praying for them? How is that showing Christ's example and character to the world? Jesus could have called a legion of angels to kill those that hung Him on the cross, but instead He chose to forgive them. Shouldn't that be how we as Christians should be towards the terrorists? how can we as Christians who say we value life when we are supporting the war knowing full well that thousands of people are going to hell without knowing the love of God because they were not given a chance. How can we as Christians sleep at night?

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

thinking

I've been thinking so much lately that my brain is fried!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

struggles

going through alot and trying to figure what i believe and why.

Friday, August 12, 2011

life

last night my hubby and I canned 12quarts of dill pickles!! it was fun! also i am trying to get a routine established of what I should get done every week around the house and what i should get done once a month. I just need to stay motivated.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Chapter one

we have an appointment set up for october 4th for our consultation.

Monday, August 1, 2011

NEW CHAPTER IN MY LIFE

starting very very soon, my hubby and I are starting down a new chapter in our lives and we hope and pray the end result will be with me becoming pregnant and sometime next year a baby will be born. that's right we are going to be making an appointment for a consultation at a fertility clinic. Please be praying for us as we begin this new chapter in our lives.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

weight loss

its been a some what easy journey,but I am happy to report that I have now lost 19lbs!!! 1lb to go and I will be at the official loss of 20lbs!!! Praise God!

Friday, July 8, 2011

So True!

this is an awesome sermon by Zac Poonen
True Holiness

Zac Poonen

In Joel 2:15-17, we are encouraged to call all of God’s people to fast and pray as a
church - the elders, the children, the bridegroom and the bride, everyone. And let them
all pray saying, “Lord, spare Your people. Don’t let us become an object of mockery among
the heathen”.

Do you know that Christians are an object of mockery among the heathen in most countries
of the world? There was a meeting recently in a city in India where a Christian preacher
claimed to be able to heal the sick. They had advertised the meetings saying, “The blind
are seeing, the lame are walking and the deaf are hearing…”, etc. Some anti-Christian
people brought a doctor and some sick people (with problems much less than blindness) to
the meeting, and asked the preacher to heal them. Of course, he couldn’t heal any of
them. Then they rebuked the Christian preacher and his team and told them not to deceive
people with false claims, when they did not have the power to heal anyone. I must say
that I agree 100% with what those people said. We must not deceive people by making false
claims. That is why the Name of Jesus is being mocked today. Let us not claim to have
gifts which we don’t have. If you have the gift of healing, go ahead and exercise it –
and people will be genuinely healed, as Jesus healed people. But don’t go around claiming
that you have a gift when you don’t have one. Jesus didn’t go around advertising His
healing gift. He did not have to advertise, because He actually healed the sick, and soon
everybody knew about it, without any advertisement.

“Then the LORD will be zealous for His land and will have pity on His people” (2:18).
When we sincerely repent and confess our sins, the Lord will be indignant for the honour
of His name and will answer us. And how will He answer us? He will pour out His Spirit
upon us. “I will pour out My Spirit on all the people, and your sons and daughters will
prophesy and your old men will dream dreams” (2:28).

This was the verse that Peter quoted as being fulfilled on the day of Pentecost. 120 of
them fasted and prayed in the upper room for ten days, repenting, seeking God and saying,
‘Lord, don’t let Your people be the object of mockery here in Jerusalem’. And the Spirit
was poured out on them and they went forth and the Lord’s Name was glorified where it had
once been dishonoured.

So let me encourage you to blow a trumpet and call a fast and get people to seek God -
people who are concerned that the Name of Jesus is being dishonoured in the land today.
What a word of prophecy Joel has for us today! Seek God now. Very soon the day of the
Lord will come. Today, you and I must call God’s people to repentance, to turning from
their idols and to seeking God in fasting and prayer.

The burden of all the prophets was holiness: Give up your idols and put God first in your
life. True holiness is to have no idols at all in our life. Holiness is to have God
filling our whole heart. Our calling is to proclaim that today so that the church can be
a place where God dwells with delight.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

update

well its been awhile since I posted. lot has been going on. went to NY to visit my family and my youngest sister graduated from high school and that was a very busy but fun time. My husband and I decided once and for all to not go back to the Holiness Church and have our own for awhile. we've started two Studies. One is The Writings of John and the second one is Living By The Spirit. We just finished lesson one of Living By the Spirit and its really got me thinking. maybe I will share my thoughts on it later.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

SUMMMER!!!

I love summer time because its garden season and I love planting flowers and watching things come up. we picked spinach from our garden today and it was so yummy!!! We bought 2 blueberry bushes to go with the one that got a few weeks ago and I can't wait for some yummy blueberries!!!! Also got some more petunias they are so gorgeous! O and I got a hydrangea bush for $5 @ walmart!!! I'm just so excited! Made pretzels today and they are to die for!

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

3YRS!

Wow! I can't believe that I have been married already for 3 years today!! it has been wonderful!

Saturday, May 14, 2011

hello again

well its been a few days and it looks like we will be staying put for awhile at the church we have been going to. I don't know what it is, but I feel that maybe the Lord has us there for a reason and that we will be influential and helping the people open up more to the community and reach out. I don't know but lately I have been getting restless and wanting to do more with my life than just the day to day stuff. I want to minister to people and help people and bring them to God, but I want to do it with my husband, but he says he doesn't feel called to go into the ministry and I don't know why I have a hard time with that. I guess because growing up I always had an idea that who ever I married would be in the ministry and that we would do great things for God and hearing my husband say he doesn't feel called into a particular ministry or anything like that I fee like my ideas and expectations are shattered and I just have to trust that God knows what He is doing. Also I am learning the true meaning of submitting to my husband and realizing how far I have come as a person and wife since I started covering and I am just so thankful to the Lord and how He's been teaching me and showing me how to be a wife. I know I have a long way to go and I know that I won't always have it right, but I know that God is with me and I can trust Him no matter what.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

hello

well its been a little since I've blogged. here's an update. Ben and I have left the church we were going to. Due to what was being taught and we didn't agree with and felt that we couldn't continue going and have a clear conscience. I am so thankful for God and keeping us in check and in line with His Word. We are continuing in prayer and study for wisdom and direction. I keep having this feeling that I need to be more serious about praying for others. I keep having this stirring in me for Tibet, India and England. I am also feeling the urge to cover more everyday like I used to and not just for going to meetings and fellowshipping with believers. I just have so much stirring inside me that I feel like hot soup or something on a stove boiling and getting ready to boil over. Twice now I've had a dream about a huge house that had rooms in it that were like furnished like apartments and they were just as big as a house. I will continue to think about Proverbs 3:5-6 and keep trusting in the Lord. blessings to you all!

Thursday, April 28, 2011

weight

I am super excited that I have lost the most weight I have ever had since being married 14lbs!!! I'm so excited to be on this journey and hopefully by august will be 125.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

sigh

I really want to hear from God. I am getting so confused about things and All I want is for God to reach down and show my husband and I what we need to do. I was able to find a book that the pastor of the church we are going to wrote about what he believes and its shocking. My husband and I are going over it very very throughly reading every Scripture reference and praying that the Lord reveals to us the truth. I just want God.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

hi

well things have been going better. I have dug myself deeper into prayer and the Word and I have been feeling refreshed and encouraged. Blessings to you all this weekend!

Sunday, April 10, 2011

not much

lately I've have been feeling really down. I don't really know why but I just have been. It doesn't help that the weather has been really gloomy and rainy. Today I was watching a Documentary on China and it was so beautiful with all the wildlife and history and culture. My favorite part was on Tibet and I just felt such a stirring in my soul to do something more with my life than what I am doing. I want to do things that have meaning and be part of the action of ministering and helping people. I want to do so much more than just the everyday of getting up and doing this and that. My husband and I have so much to offer and I just don't know where to begin. Its hard because I feel like my husband really doesn't have a passion to do something different. I don't know maybe I'm wrong. I just need to pray more and ask the Lord for direction.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

just don't know what to do. I'm at my whits end.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Excited!

I am super excited for what the Lord is doing and the door He has opened. Starting Monday I will be volunteering and training to be a monitor at the Christian School that my church has. I am just so happy to be doing something completely new and fresh!!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

something to think about

I stumbled across this quote today and its making me think about what is true Holiness? what do you think?

"Holiness does not consist in not making mistakes or never sinning. Holiness grows with capacity for conversion, repentance, willingness to begin again, and above all with the capacity for reconciliation and forgiveness." - Cardinal Ratzinger now Pope Benedict XVI

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

this week

today is my last day of work, the inlaws have been here since last thurs and will be leaving tomorrow, and this thursday I have oral surgery. its been a rough weekend and will be a rough week. I am really stressed out. pray for me. thanks.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Music

I recently got the Cd Woven and Spun by Nicole Nordeman and wow everytime I listen to it I just feel like I'm going to cry. The simplicity of the message of this CD is just so powerful. YOU can definitely tell that it is anointed. I highly recommend this CD to everyone! I wish we as the church will be reminded that the Gospel isn't complicated and we shouldn't make it complicated or try to doctor it up, but just keep it simple. This Cd is a great example of how simple the Message of God's love really is.

Monday, March 14, 2011

belief

things have been going through my husband and I's heads lately. what do we really believe. its just so hard to sift through all the stuff that we hear around us. All growing up we just believed what our parents told us to and now that we are on our own and reading and studying the Bible and we wonder what do we really believe in? We don't just want to believe in whatever everyone says we have to believe in. We want to know the TRUTH. Then another question pops up what is Truth?There is so much noise in this world and its so hard to hear God sometimes and we just want to block out the noise and hear the voice of God. Lead us Lord and reveal to us what is Truth.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

hello

well. I'm sitting waiting for my husband to come home for lunch. I've been pretty busy. working quite a bit this week and in a couple of weeks I will be no longer working at the Donut Shoppe. In a way I'm sad to leave,but I am so ready to be learning a couple of new things and have something different. Starting April 4 I will be volunteering at the Christian school that my church has until may 13th because the school will be out for the summer. Also I will be starting window washing job. It feels so awesome to be getting out the rut that I have been in for so long. I truly believe that the Lord has been guiding me this whole time even though have been times I have doubted and wondered where God is. I know despite all that He is with me no matter the storms.

Friday, March 4, 2011

life

well things have been rather interesting lately. We have a house guest for awhile and that is going to be fun! I'm going to be quitting my job at daylight donuts here in a couple of weeks and going to be washing windows and volunteering at a Christian school. I have to have a few fillings, and a night guard for my TMJ and in a couple of weeks I am having oral surgery. SO over all life is good and God is great!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

thoughts

As I wonder about what does it mean to live for Christ, I am finding out more and more that its not about what we do, where we go to church or what denomination we are affiliated, but its about how we act. Sometimes I think that we that say we are Christians are not worthy to be called that because we act and do things that the world does. For example a church wants to have a new carpet put in the sanctuary but the congregation can't agree on a color and so because some people don't get their way they divide the church and start a new one. IS that having brotherly love and being a good example to those who are on the outside? I think not! Another one is when another believer thinks your in a cult because u meet in a house and not a actual building designated for having "church" and they make fun of you and ridicule you. IS that how a follower of Christ should act? if that is so then we are no better than those that are out in the world that don't know Christ. We forget that the building we meet in is not the church, but the people who are inside the building that are the church. We need to take a better look at the Character of Christ and examine our own lives and ask how are we living? Does our lives reflect the Character of Christ? Read in Galatians the Fruit of the Spirit and that will give us an idea of how our lives should look. We need to pray that the Church, the Bride of Christ will wake up and realize that we need to clean up our act and be a better example to the world so that others will want to follow Christ. If we don't many souls will be gone forever. Church wake up because time is running out.
blessings,
Julia

Monday, February 14, 2011

Lord, I just want to be more like you. Help me today to be a light and an encouragement at work today.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Love this song!

DELIGHT MY HEART


SO MANY PLANS SO MANY DREAMS
SO MANY HOPES IN ME
SO MANY GOALS TENDING TO SCHEMES
WHAT AM I MEANT TO BE
LEAD ME BACK INTO THE SIMPLE TREASURE I ONCE KNEW
I WILL REST HERE IN THE PERFECT WORTH OF KNOWING YOU


I WILL DELIGHT MY HEART IN YOU, O LORD
I WILL DELIGHT MY HEART IN YOU
ALL OF THE JOY YOU GIVE IS WHAT I LONG FOR
I WILL DELIGHT MY HEART IN YOU


ALL THAT I WANT, THINK THAT I NEED
WHERE IS THE PURE DESIRE
IF I LOOK UP INTO YOUR EYES
I COULD REGAIN THE FIRE
OH RETURN ME TO THE SIMPLE TREASURE I ONCE KNEW
I WILL LIVE HERE IN THE PERFECT WORTH OF KNOWING YOU


I WILL DELIGHT MY HEART IN YOU O LORD
I WILL DELIGHT MY HEART IN YOU
ALL OF THE PEACE YOU GIVE IS WHAT I LONG FOR
I WILL DELIGHT MY HEART IN YOU


HOW CAN I FORGET THAT NOTHING LESS CAN FILL ME
WHEN THE MORNING STAR HAS COME TO LIVE INSIDE
LIVE INSIDE ME


I WILL DELIGHT MY HEART IN YOU O LORD
I WILL DELIGHT MY HEART IN YOU
ALL OF THE LOVE YOU GIVE IS WHAT I LONG FOR
I WILL DELIGHT MY HEART IN YOU
OH I WILL DELIGHT MY HEART IN YOU



TWILA PARIS

Friday, January 28, 2011

Lord, I need you!

Monday, January 17, 2011

prayer

I need prayer!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

NEW YEAR

well its a new year and fresh start. This year my hubby and I have set some goals. 1. Organize the whole house. 2. paint the room that will be the baby room. 3. eat right and exercise. 4. get pregnant. 5. paint the master bedroom. 6. paint the upstairs bathroom. 7. the last coat of paint in the kitchen. 8. Continue to seek wisdom from God and what He wants for us. these are just a few and I'm sure as the year goes on there will be more goals. God bless!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

new job

well I applied for a new job. its a part-time baker/fryer position at the grocery store and it pays more than what i'm getting at the donut shoppe. so please pray that I get this new one.