Thursday, January 29, 2009
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
2. I love the show CHUCK! Jason and I were bummed the first season was sold out @ Walmart. We even made a Chuck Mii!
3. I gave away my wedding dress to Debbie the first friend I had the privelage of leading to the Lord.
4. My neighbor and I exchange Christmas gifts each year even though she took me to court to try to get a restraining order that totally fell thru.
5. I no longer watch House.
6. I love having my picture taken sometimes, but would rather be behind the lens.
7. I actually look forward to morning sickness because I can't wait to be pregnant again and I am hoping for healthy babies and short labor.
8. I went to a Baptist Church that required a statement of faith in order to become a member and got really nervouse with all the men on the board of Elders[very safe&healthy]. (guy issues-date rape) But my friend Kyla was with me and that helped.
9. I still grieve the loss of my first unborn child.
10. I love the beach and listen to beach sounds to soothe me to sleep @ night.
11. My favorite song is "Flood" by Jars of Clay.
12. I just got a new digi!!! It's teal, I love it!
Thursday, January 22, 2009
I hope all is well with everyone, Jason and I are looking forward to getting the Wii! Wii'd love to have you have a character! Drop by soon to design your own Mii on our Wii! I think we can somehow just transfer your Mii if you own your own Wii already. We also look forward to being completely free from credit card debt as well. I also look forward to getting started on etsy very soon! I get a four day weekend with my husband for my birthday weekend. This is so needed for our marriage since he is still working on his Masters and we have limited time together. I hope this year you have and then bestow many blessings on one another. I leave you with this scripture for the weekend: "Therefore, encourage each other and strengthen one another as you are doing." 1 Thessalonians 5:11
Question: What has been your strength through the tough times and what are the little details that might inspire another?
Unquestionably it has been my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. As the story below demonstrates God is not only interested in our lives He cares deeply for our joys and sorrows. Only He could be both my strength and my peace in my every day life. The scriptures say ". . .Do not be grieved, for the joy of the LORD is your strength." ~Nehemiah 8:10
Our fullness of joy comes only from the Lord. And that is what this little post is about. While I had extremely high hopes of being pregnant, finding out for the umpteenth time that I was not was devastating this time because of the sonogram from my OBGYN (even with the statement that he didn't want to raise false hope) it had shown a small form appropriate to what the development should look like if I were pregnant at the time. Knowing it will happen in God's timing has been very difficult to cling to at times. But I praise Him for He is good and I know He has good plans for me and my children. These encouraging words from Jeremiah 29:11 "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." have encouraged me greatly. Even though it was not my expected end of the situation this is still a beautiful little snippet of writing I jotted downtown a short time ago.
Not having my digital camera has forced me to look around and describe the feel of my days in words without images. As I rest my aching muscles on this beautiful bench I notice the forest green of the lampost reminicient of a time past long ago decorated beautifully with the shimmering of metallic navy blue snowflakes reflecting the suns afternoon light. The intricate details make me smile inwardly as I think on the possibility of a little life growing inside of me. The unlit twinkle lights look like mini icedrops on the slender limbs of the barren trees. Soon I feel the biting cold and I'm grateful for the arrival of my transport home. I lug the heavy parcels from a day of shopping and reflect on the thoughts stirred deep within me after a hopeful visit with my OBGYN. I ponder the image of the small form on the sonogram. It has me wondering if it's my child. The scripture that I rest upon today is : "This is the day which the LORD has made; Let us rejoice and be glad in it."
While each day we're granted breath to enjoy our loved ones and the many blessings God has given us this memory of a bittersweet moment in the long journey to becoming a mother is yet another reminder that our joy is from the Lord and it is not based on our circumstances. He is the one, the only One who can grant us the "peace that surpasses all understanding". I hope you're encouraged and blessed in whatever situation He is taking you through.
Love in Christ alone,
Tiffany Renee Phillips
This is my prayer and hope for you as well. That thru Jesus Christ, regardless of circumstance may you experience the deeply satisfying peace and grace to make it through each day.
"And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your heartsand your minds in Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:7
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
This is the very first "Attitude of Gratitude" meme! : http://attitudeofgratitudememe.blogspot.com/
I look forward to seeing what it is He's inspired so many others to do! Philippians 4:6 is my inspiration.
This is the motivation for my new meme blog (not listed as a question). Just bonus reading! :)
I fell across one of God's grateful gals @ http://laurenstoenescu.com/2009/01/142/comment-page-1/#comment-2993 and she mentioned how grateful she was for their beautiful weather and it inspired this reply:
It’s wonderful that you’re able to enjoy such nice weather! We’ve had about 30 inches of snow up here in Washington! While plenty of us have cabin fever (hence more frequent blogging) there are still many things to be grateful for. I firmly believe an “attitude of gratitude” is a matter of the heart and not circumstance. I’m grateful that my husband makes it safely to and from work and our roof hasn’t collapsed as have so many around us. It still is nice to hear of someone grateful for the blessings they do have though instead of griping or grumbling. Have a fruitful and productive New Year! Praising Him all the Time in 2009!!!
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
3. "The Secret Things of God: Unlocking the Treasures Reserved for You" by Henry Cloud
4. "Become a Better You" by Joel Osteen
Through trial and tribulation my trust truly is in God alone!
As far as "Disneyland" goes the Lord truly will teach us how to remove "Disneyland" expectations from relationships and strengthen us each as we put our trust solely in Him. With that I leave you with these verses:
Psalms 4:2 "How long will you people ruin my reputation? How long will you make groundless accusations? How long will you continue your lies?"
Proverbs 26:20 "Without wood a fire goes out, and without gossip a quarrel dies down."
Psalms 7:15-17 "They dig a deep pit to trap others, then fall into it themselves, the trouble they make for others backfires on them....I will thank the Lord because he is just; I will sing praise to the Lord Most High."
Psalms 15:1-3 "Who may worship in your sanctuary Lord? Who may enter your holy presence on your holy hill? Those who lead blameless lives and do what is right, speaking the truth from sincere hearts. Those who refuse to gossip or harm their neighbors or speak evil of their friends."
Psalms 2:11,12 "Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling. Do homage to the Son, that He not become angry, and you perish in the way, For His wrath may soon be kindled. How blessed are all who take refuge in Him!"