A need and a praise all in one
My post today is twofold.

First our family is saying good-bye to a precious family in our neighborhood. They are moving to upstate New York to be closer to family that needs them. Their two daughters and my oldest daughter are good friends so the tears have been flowing. This is a family that has opened their hearts to children in need of much love. Both of their girls are adopted. Mike and Mary opened their home and their hearts, it has been an honor to see God work through them. I know we will always stay in touch, but physical presence here will be missed greatly. We are praying for great things in the coming years for them.

Second, today as we begin a capital campaign we are praying for God to bless each one that chooses to give back to a ministry that has blessed them in some way. We know from past experience that God always provides for our needs, so we are thanking Him in advance for the provision. Please follow this link to the today's devotion. Then we ask that you go to Proverbs 31 to send a gift to the ministry.

How does this tie in to Proverbs? Mary reads our devotions and our blogs and they have encouraged her many times. She even has Mike read them!! This family lives out what Proverbs 31 Ministries is all about; reaching out to those in need and sharing the gospel with them.

Proverbs 31 Ministries has been instrumental in encouraging women and sometimes men to be the best person God created them to be, the vision is ongoing and we need your help. Please join us in making a difference and encouraging more people and families to spread the gospel.


Taking a moment to remember
I was looking at my calendar this morning and I saw that next week I have a trip to New York City for 3 days. As I took a minute to prepare I realized the significance of this date.

On September 11, 2001 our country was attacked. There were many innocent lives lost that day. It seems that the world has moved forward as time always allows us to do; but I am sure for the families that were directly impacted by those attacks this is a solemn day.

We are preparing for another presidential election. It is a very important time in our countries history. Personally as we are in the final 40 days before the election I have decided to make and take time to fast and pray for our great nation. I am praying that God will move on the hearts of His people and guide us so we can choose His candidate for the office. I am praying for the safety of our troops that are fighting the war in foreign countries that they will be protected if there is an increase in violence before the elections. I am praying for our candidates and their families.

Will you join me and seek God to speak to us and direct our steps in the days ahead?


Taking time to meet with Jesus
One of my favorite times of year is the fall.

I came across this picture and wanted to share it with you. I imagine places like this in heaven, and I picture myself walking and talking with Jesus. Then I am convicted; I realize that I do not need to wait until I am in heaven to spend time in my saviors presence.

I have printed it out and put it in my planner, to remind me to seek Him at all times throughout my day.

As we are entering into a busy time with many events, practices, games, homework etc., that pull on us, I pray that we would take the time to slow down and sit at the feet of our Lord.


Can you hear me now?
I feel like the guy from the Verizon commercial, only it is me that has been hiding. I can not believe how long it has been since I took the time to post anything. I am very sorry. I am guilty of letting life get in the way.

Our last week before school was a complete whirl wind. I had a working trip to Washington, DC and Allan and the kids came with me. We really had a fun time. I had one day that I could site see with them before reporting to work. It was truly a remarkable day. We had a tour of the Capital set up through our local Senators office. It was on a Friday and it was the week that some of the Republican Representative chose to remain in the chambers and debate the issue of drilling for oil. We actually got to go and sit on the floor of the House of Representatives; we were the audience. My kids came away with an incredible history lesson.

The next week was the start up of school. It is now the 3rd week of school and a routine is trying to emerge. Of course we are now adding in football and cheerleading.

In preparation for ski season (yes, some in the Carolina's like to ski); Allan and I have challenged each other to 90 days of P90X. It is an exercise series created by Tony Horton. I must say it has humbled me completely. I thought I was in okay shape before, NOT!!! But after my 90 days -- Look out MOGELS -- here I come!!!

I do not have any huge life lessons to share today. With the grace of God we continue to trudge through the season of life we are currently in.

Incidently I am on my way to Houston, TX today for a quick training day and back home on Wednesday night.


About Me
I am taking some time away from speaking to glean more from God and draw closer to Him. I need to be at home more with my children for a season. I will continue to post on my blog and update you all. I covet your prayers during this new season.
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