Monday, October 27, 2008

Prayer...The Greatest Resource

Today one of my best friends, Dawn, will be going to the doctor for a CTScan. On Friday, she went for an ultrasound due to speculation of gallstones. Instead, they found a mass on her liver.
You can read more detailed information here. What I am asking is that everyone who visits this blog today stop reading and lift up a prayer for Dawn and her family....right now! As my pastor quoted in his sermon yesterday: "Prayer is the one resource we neglect that promises the greatest return." So, as you pray, please also pray for Dawn's husband, Russell, and their precious, soon-to-be 4 yr. old son, Isaac. This morning I lift up Psalm 20: 1-5 as my prayer for Dawn as she undergoes testing and anticipates answers:

Dear Lord, We come to you today in a time of trouble.
Please answer our cry. Please keep Dawn safe from all harm.
Please send her help from your sanctuary and provide her strength from you. May she remember all your gifts and how you have so wonderfully blessed her. Please grant her your heart’s desires and make all her plans succeed. Dear Lord, we know you are in control of this situation. May we all shout for joy when we hear of your victory and raise a victory banner in the name of our God. Lord please answer all of our prayers! Amen

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Mommy Date

Yesterday Mackaylan and I had an official "Mommy Date!" We enjoyed lunch at one of our favorite spots...Chick-fil-A and then we headed to see High School Musical 3 Senior Year. I hate the fact that my "baby" is getting older, but love that as she gets older we can enjoy more and more, movies, music, etc. I think Mickey is in for BIG trouble! :) Here are some pics from our wonderful day!

Aunt Martha came down to take our picture before we headed out on our "date." We thought it was worthy of documenting since this was Mackaylan's first trip to the theatre!

Eating at Chick-fil-A at Westgate Mall!

Mackaylan with her HSM friends...Troy, Gabriella, Chad, Ryan, Sharpay, and Taylor!

Waiting patiently for the movie to begin. Popcorn, Reese's pieces and a Coke made the movie experience complete!

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Thursday, October 23, 2008

Mickey's Birthday!

Mickey's 29th birthday was on October 12th! We celebrated all weekend long with many of our family and friends! Below is a slideshow of various pictures from our fun weekend. Enjoy! :)

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Thursday, October 16, 2008

Life's Lessons....

Phillipians 4:11-12 reads, "Not that I was ever in need, for I have learned how to be content with whatever I have. I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little. "

Over the past few weeks I have really been struggling with contententment. Last night during adult Bible study/prayer meeting one word kept coming to mind...contentment. It was as if I felt the Lord saying, "Lana, wait on Me! I have you where I want you right now. Remember I see the entire puzzle while you only see one small piece." I can't really explain the sense of peace that filled my heart. What I can explain is how God is SO good!! He has blessed me beyond belief!!! I have a job that I really do enjoy. I am able to work with teachers at all grade levels and subject areas, have the chance to know many, many students and am fotunate to be able to attend lots of professional development opportunities that keep me current on best practices in education! He has expanded my territory and I need to take advantage of this opportunity and use it for His glory! I have a nice house, clothes to wear and food to eat. I have a wonderful husband and one beautiful daughter. I am able to serve in many capacities at our church esp. with the kids and MP3 Children's Choir. I AM BLESSED!!!! So, as you go through your day today take advantage of where God has placed you. He has you there for a reason. We just have to be open to hear Him speak and then to act accordingly. As our pastor said last night, "The BEST place to be is in the middle of God's will!" Are you?