Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Landen is HERE!!!

I have a new baby brother!!!

I was hoping and praying that my Aimee (my step-mom) would have her baby either before I came home or while I was home, and he was born today at 2:01 PM.

His name is Landen Edward Walsworth. I was SO wanting my parents to name him Landen, and to my surprise they did!

Well, here is a picture of the cute lil' guy.

And here he is with his mommy and daddy.

(Wow! My dad, uh, looks really scruffy in this pictures.)

And here he is with his 2nd oldest big sister, Rachel.

I am so excited to see him! I'll post more pictures when I get back from break.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

"17 The Lord hears his people when they call to him for help. He rescues them from all their troubles. 18 The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those whose spirits are crushed."

Psalm 34:17, 18 NLT

Friday, November 21, 2008

My Treasures

My most treasured possesions are my books. I love books! You can learn from books, be entertained by books, get help from books, find information in books. Books are just wonderful things.

My most favorite books, however, would have to be my marriage/relationship books. I'm studying to be a marriage counselor, and for the last year I've been collecting books for my personal library. So far I have about 50.

I decided to do a photo shoot and take some pictures of my books. The lighting in my room is horrible so they didn't turn out quite like I wanted them to.

Here is my entire collection except for a few.

Here are a few of the books that I've either read already or am in the middle of reading.

I have A LOT of reading to do!

Monday, November 10, 2008

Praise God from Whom ALL blessings flow

To tell you the honest truth it has been really hard for me to find positive things to write about lately. Everything seems so dismal and dreery in my life at the present moment. It feels like the only thing that is keeping my head above water is the merciful hand of God. But what better way to fight pessimism than by praising Him?

I praise God for allowing me to wake up each morning, for allowing me to be here at GBS, for a bed to sleep in, clothes on my back and food in my stomach.

I praise God for the spiritual mentors I am surrounded by, for the freedom to serve Him, for the opportunity to minister to others who do not know Him.

I praise God for the many wonderful, encouraging books available to me, for the ability to sing songs of praise unto Him, for the ability to learn more about Him each day through my classes.

I praise God for His Word, for the promises therein, for the Holy Spirit who helps me to know and understand these promises.

I praise God for His correction, for without it I would be lost.
I praise God for His grace, for without it I would be damned.
I praise God for His mercy, for without it I would get no second chances.

I praise God for His redeeming, sacrificial love, for it gave us the cross.
I praise God for the cross, for by it I know I'm saved.

I praise God for His Son Jesus Christ, for with Him I have life, with Him I have security, with Him I have acceptance, with Him I have joy, with Him I have a Friend, with Him I have...all I ever need.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

I will never cease to be amazed at how much God loves us. Each day I find that I need Him more and more. When people all around me fail to give the comfort and love I need I know that I can turn to God and find peace and security in Him.

I was surfing the internet the other night and found this interesting, well, I don't know what it would be called. Anyways, here it is:

It is my desire to lavish my love on you. (1 John 3:1)
Simply because you are my child and I am your Father. (1 John 3:1)
I offer you more than your earthly father ever could. (Mat. 7:11)
For I am the perfect father. (Mat. 5:48)
Every good gift that you receive comes from my hand. (Jam. 1:17)
For I am your provider and I meet all your needs. (Mat. 6:31-33)
My plan for your future has always been filled with hope, (Jer. 29:11)
Because I love you with an everlasting love. (Jer. 31:3)
My thoughts toward you are countless as the sand on the seashore. (Psa. 139:17-18)
And I rejoice over you with singing. (Zeph. 3:17)
I will never stop doing good to you. (Jer. 32:40)
For you are my treasured possession. (Ex. 19:5)
I desire to establish you with all my heart and all my soul. (Jer. 32:41)
And I want to show you great and marvelous things. (Jer. 33:3)
If you seek me with all your heart, you will find me. (Deut. 4:29)
Delight in me and I will give you the desires of your heart, (Psa. 37:4)
For it is I who gave you those desires. (Phil. 2:13)
I am able to do more for you than you could possibly imagine, (Eph. 3:20)
For I am your greatest encourager. (2 Thes. 2:16-17)
I am also the Father who comforts you in all your troubles. (2 Cor. 1:3-4)
When you are brokenhearted, I am close to you. (Psa. 34:18)
As a shepherd carries a lamb, I have carried you close to my heart. (Isa. 40:11)
One day I wll wipe away ever tear from your eyes. (Rev. 21:3-4)
And I'll take away all the pain you have suffered on this earth. (Rev. 21:3-4)
I am your Father, and I love you even as I love my Son, Jesus. (John 17:23)
For in Jesus, my love for you is revealed. (John 17:26)
He is the exact representation of my being. (Heb. 1:3)
He came to demonstrate that I am for you, not against you. (Rom. 8:31)
And to tell you that I am not counting your sins. (2 Cor. 5:18-19)

This paraphrastic compilation of Scripture spoke to me so deeply in a time when I really needed it. I love how it sounds like a letter written by God specifically to me. Maybe it will encourage you as it did me!