I Need You!

Several years ago, there was a young woman who was struggling on many different levels. She found out she was pregnant for the first time but few days later she miscarried. She and her husband worked long stressful hours on different shifts. They worked, slept, ate, socialized, etc. at different times. They eventually became like room mates who hardly ever saw each other. As her life was falling apart; she sank into a depression. She was good at hiding it though. She smiled in public and cried when she was alone. Her heart was breaking and no one seemed to notice or care. One day as she was driving to work; she listened to a song she had never heard before on the radio. Tears poured from her eyes as the words echoed in her soul. When she was able to track down the name of the song; she bought the cd that it was on. She copied the lyrics into her journal and the song became a prayer for her. Throughout the years the song reminded her of her sin and faults but also about God’s forgiveness and grace.

This morning, the woman sang the song in church with one of her close friends. As only God can do; He matched the song perfectly with the pastor’s sermon on Prayer. She barely made it through the song without crying because of how personal it was to her. Later during the alter call; she knelt and whispered the lyrics to God. She thanked him for all He has done over the years to bring her closer to Him. She squeezed her husband’s hand as the pastor prayed over the marriages and families in the church. She was grateful that God kept them together through all the trials they had faced.

Tonight, she tucked her girls in bed. With tears in her eyes, she prayed asking God to make her a better wife for her husband and better mother for her children. And above all, she thanked Him for continually being her Comfort and Strength.

I Need You–By: The Swift

My heart is restless in me
My wings are all worn out
I’m walking in the wilderness
And I cannot get out

I need You, oh I need You
Blessed savior come
I need You, oh I need You
Fill the every longing of my soul

Oh how I need You Lord
I need Your perfect word
With tearful eyes I see
The sin that I afford
I need to weep and pray
For all the thousand ways
That I have failed You just today

And my bed is soaked with sadness
My sadness has no end
A downward spiral of despair
That I keep falling in

I need You, oh I need You
To You my soul shall fly
I need You, oh I need You
Yahweh how I love you more than life

Oh how I need You Lord
I need Your perfect word
With tearful eyes I see
The sin that I afford
I need to weep and pray
For all the thousand ways
That I have failed You just today

Your silence is like death to me
So won’t You hear my desperate plea

Today my soul is soaring
Way over mountains high
Though I can see the valleys
They are all just passing by
Its not that I am stronger
Look at my feeble wings
But I’ve been lifted higher
Yahweh’s lifted me in His own strength

Oh how I love You Lord
I love your perfect word
With tearful eyes I see
The God who always will endure
Now I will celebrate
For all the thousand ways
That you have shown me grace
And made my heart in grace to stay

You made my heart in grace to stay
Lord, make my heart in grace to stay

I need You, oh I need You

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By The Swift / Flicker Records

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“He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” Isaiah 40:29-31

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Cinderella

Until several weeks ago; I had never heard Steven Curtis Chapman’s song “Cinderella.” Our church worship leader sang it as a special on Father’s Day and I am pretty sure he had all of the dad’s and mom’s with girls tearing up. It didn’t help that he kept looking down at his little girl as he sang the words to the song.

Steven Curtis Chapman wrote the song as a tribute to his oldest daughter (Emily) who had grown up. You can read the full story here. In an unfortunate turn of events; this song took on a new meaning when his youngest adopted daughter (Maria) was tragically killed in an accident (see here for that story).

May I never forget that each moment with my children is precious. If you have daughters; grab a tissue before clicking on the video link.

Cinderella–by: Steven Curtis Chapman

She spins and she sways
To whatever song plays
Without a care in the world
And I’m sitting here wearing
The weight of the world on my shoulders

It’s been a long day
And there’s still work to do
She’s pulling at me
Saying “Dad, I need you

There’s a ball at the castle
And I’ve been invited
And I need to practice my dancing
Oh, please, Daddy, please?”

So I will dance with Cinderella
While she is here in my arms
‘Cause I know something the prince never knew
Oooooh, I will dance with Cinderella
I don’t wanna miss even one song
‘Cause all too soon the clock will strike midnight
And she’ll be gone…

She says he’s a nice guy and I’d be impressed
She wants to know if I approve of her dress
She says, “Dad, the prom is just one week away
And I need to practice my dancing
Oh, please, Daddy, please?”

So I will dance with Cinderella
While she is here in my arms
‘Cause I know something the prince never knew
Ooh-oh ooh-oh I will dance with Cinderella

I don’t want to miss even one song
‘Cause all too soon the clock will strike midnight
And she’ll be gone

She will be gone

Well, she came home today with a ring on her hand
Just glowing and telling us all they had planned
She says, “Dad, the wedding’s still six months away
But I need to practice my dancing
Oh, please, Daddy, please?”

So I will dance with Cinderella
While she is here in my arms
‘Cause I know something the prince never knew
Ooh-oh ooh-oh I will dance with Cinderella
I don’t want to miss even one song
‘Cause all too soon the clock will strike midnight
And she’ll be gone

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By Steven Curtis Chapman / Thomas Nelson

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God has blessed me with two beautiful girls. Here are my Cinderella’s and their Daddy:

This was taken several months ago before Audrey had teeth. Shane kept surprising her with tickles so she was bracing herself.

This was taken a few days ago. Shane and Kendal were up late watching the World Cup.

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Drink Green!

If you are a vegetarian or totally into healthy eating you may have heard of drinking a green smoothie. To someone (like me) who is not a vegetarian and does not eat particularly healthy; this may be a totally new concept.

Last week, I decided that I was going to start eating a healthy diet. Not because I need to loose weight but because I want to be a good example for my girls. I pulled out my old “boot camp” (an intensive 12 week exercise & nutrition program)* diet from 2 1/2 years ago and started buying things that were on the list. I had forgotten how expensive it is to buy healthy food! Anyway, I did not follow the diet exactly but was using it as a guideline for portions and daily intake of certain foods. Since I don’t eat six meals a day (as the boot camp diet plan suggests); I made smoothies to help get my fruit and vegetables down in a shorter amount of time.

Later in the week, a friend was drinking a tall glass of bright green juice when I arrived at her house for a play-date. A few of us moms were curious as to what exactly she was drinking 🙂 To our surprise she said that she had put fresh spinach in her smoothie! In my mind, that was going too far to achieve making a healthy smoothie. My friend insisted that you can’t taste the spinach if you also put a banana in it. I was still not convinced but when I walked through the grocery store today I decided to pick up a bag of spinach.

Gather your ingredients!

There are many recipes on the internet for smoothies using greens. Based on what I had available in my kitchen; I used the following:

1 Cup Fruit Juice, 1/4 Cup Plain Yogurt, 1 Cup Fresh Strawberries, 1 Banana, Approximately 2 Cups Fresh Spinach, & 5 Ice Cubes.

Generally, I keep some or all of my fruit frozen so that I don’t have to use ice cubes. Since this was a spur of the moment experiment; I did not have time to freeze the fruit this time.

Put ingredients in blender!

I put all ingredients, except for the ice cubes, in the blender and blended until smooth. Then, I added, crushed, and blended the ice cubes to get the cold smoothie effect.

Pour in a glass and enjoy!

My verdict?

I love it!

I really could not taste the spinach. In fact; I think it is one of my better smoothie concoctions. Although my 3 year old daughter would not taste it; my 1 year old daughter liked it enough to have a cup of her own. I had my husband close his eyes (before seeing the color) and taste it. He said that he liked it but then looked shocked after I showed him the color and told him there was spinach in it.

I plan to continue being more conscious of what I eat. I don’t think I can stick to a strict diet with nothing bad in it because I love food too much. I am watching my portions though. I think the key is moderation of the not so good stuff and an increase of the healthy stuff. Ask me in a few weeks or months if I’m sticking with it. I hope I am!

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*[In case anyone was wondering; I did the 12 week-daily boot camp program several months after having my first daughter. I reached my goal of getting back to my pre-pregnancy weight. Except for the occasional walk; I have not exercised since (even since having my second daughter). I think the boot camp scared me for life. I hate exercising!]

Bringing Up Girls

As a mother of two girls; I am always reading parenting books and listening to other moms who have kids older than mine. Even though I know how girls work; parenting a girl is a completely different perspective than actually living as a growing up girl.

I am currently listening to the audiobook on CD–Dr. James Dobson’s new book “Bringing Up Girls: Practical Advice and Encouragement for Those Shaping the Next Generation of Women” (For those of you who have boys he has a “Bringing Up Boys” book also). I am half way through listening and am really pleased with the insight he gives. I am planning to write a more detailed review as soon as I finish the book. I just couldn’t wait to let you all know that I highly recommend it!

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Bringing Up Girls: Practical Advice and Encouragement for Those Shaping the Next Generation of Women

By Dr. James Dobson / Tyndale House

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Fortify Your Facebook Privacy Settings

I am on Facebook daily and I have almost 700 Facebook friends. About half of them are people that I know personally and the other half are gaming friends. As a military wife and a mother; I try to be very aware of who sees different things on my profile. I block people I don’t know from seeing information, statuses, and pictures when I don’t think they need to see them. Lately; I have had a few people question me about Facebook’s security. Although I am aware of my privacy settings; most people are probably not.

Neil over at Eternity Matters posted important instructions for setting your security on Facebook. If you are on Facebook; I highly recommend you reading it!

As a CPA I get a subscription to the Journal of Accountancy (Motto: As boring as it sounds!).  This month they actually had a useful article titled Fortify Your Facebook Privacy Settings.  Facebook makes it difficult, but with a few steps you can significantly improve your security. I’m surprised more people haven’t had security issues with FB.  If you aren’t careful, strangers can see your profile and know when you are out-of-town or even just o … Read More

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Birthday Blessings

Growing up with a June Birthday has had its good points. As a child; I hated that other kids could have their parents bring cupcakes to the classroom and get to have a party during the school year (I think I did have one or two teachers who celebrated my birthday at the end of the school year). But overall, it was nice not to be in school on my birthday most of the time (on occasion my birthday did fall into the extended school year because of snow days).

I never had huge birthday parties. Not because my parents didn’t want me to; but they generally couldn’t afford it. Generally, just my family and a few close friends attended my parties. I remember having sleep overs, pool parties, and joint parties with friends who also had June birthdays. Sometimes people put together surprise parties but I generally figured it out before the actual party. I remember some of the gifts that I received from friends and family; books, flowers, clothes, toys, cards, etc. The thing I remember most is that I always had people who cared about me.

As an adult; birthdays don’t scare me like they do for some people. I am not afraid of getting older and I don’t dread getting closer to certain numbers. Instead, I feel blessed that God has allowed me to live life. My prayer is that I will continue to grow in wisdom as I face life’s ups and downs. I want to continually better my life so that I can be a good example for my children.

Speaking of children; Kendal is at the age where she understands what birthdays are. After celebrating her birthday this year; she asks frequently if it is her birthday again. Or she tells her daddy and I plans for our birthdays. Several weeks ago; I showed her on the calendar that my birthday was coming soon. Every few days we counted how many days are left until my birthday.

When my birthday came; it got off to a bad start. I had to wake up at the crack of dawn (I am NOT a morning person) and rush out the door to drop of my girls at a friend’s house. Then I had to patiently sit in the dentist office waiting until someone was able to see me (to follow up on a problem related to a dental procedure several days before). After over an hour at the dentist; I went to pick up the girls. After talking for awhile with my friends; I drove around base to do errands. They argued, cried, and threw tantrums during most of my errands and I had a migraine by mid morning. Shane was home from work by the time we got home. He and the girls presented me with gifts then he went to bed for the day since he had to go into work in the evening. I helped Kendal make a cake (Shane would have done it with her if he didn’t have to sleep). The girls continued their arguing, crying, and tantrums throughout the day and pretty much made my day miserable. When Shane woke up; we lit candles, sang happy birthday and had cake and ice cream. Then he left for work and I got the girls bathed the girls. When I put Kendal in bed;

She gave me a big hug, held my neck, and sang happy birthday to me.

This made up for everything bad that happened during the day.

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Kendal insisted that I have a blue cake (since blue is my favorite color).

Shane got pink and purple flowers because those are the girls favorite colors.

They got me a pale pink crystal necklace. I love it!

“I will sing to the LORD all my life; I will sing praise to my God as long as I live.”

Psalm 104:33

Praying Scripture: 1 John (Ch. 2)

Read: 1 John–Chapter 2


Key Verses: 1 John 2:15-17 “Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For everything in the world—the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does—comes not from the Father but from the world. The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever.”

Dear Heavenly Father, I praise you for forgiving me of all my sins. Thank you for sending Jesus to pay my penalty on the cross. Help me to honor you by obeying your commands. I want to obey your word. Jesus, help me to love others and to forgive others as you love and forgive them. I want to live in the light and allow you to shine through me as a beacon in a dark world. Lead me away from the world’s temptation so that I do not fall into sin. Thank you for your promise of eternal life with you. Lord God, help me to be aware of false teachers so that I will not be lead astray. Thank you for the truth that you have placed in me through the Holy Spirit. Amen.

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***My prayers are based on the whole chapter not just the key verses.

***The Prayer is in black, and the Scripture (NIV) is in red.

***Related posts: Biblical Virtue PrayersPraying Scripture Index

I hope that you are inspired or encouraged by the scripture I used and my personal prayers. If you have positive comments or feedback about this post; please put them in the comments section of the Praying Scripture Index. If you have negative comments or feedback about this post; please e-mail them to me at:  hearttreasurescontact@yahoo.com

Kimono Memories

Both of my girls were born here in Okinawa, Japan. I wanted to do something for them that would be a lasting memory for them to look back on. Since they are both very young; the best way to do that is to give them pictures of that memory. So, we splurged and got pictures of the girls dressed in Kimonos.

Kendal was very excited! I kept telling her that she was going to be a Japanese Princess. She did really well with posing; but she focusing so hard on posing that she didn’t smile in most of her pictures (these were the only ones where she smiled). Audrey did not like being in the Kimono and started screaming the moment the mamasan started to dress her. She calmed down when Kendal was getting her pictures taken. They attempted to get them to pose together but they kept walking toward the camera. After a couple of shots; Audrey started screaming again. She would not calm down unless I was holding her. So, I finally told them to take a picture with me holding her (the reason why I am not wearing a Kimono is because I never intended to have my picture taken). I leaned as far out of the shot as possible for the top picture of Audrey.

Overall, I am pleased with the pictures and glad that we got them done. My husband was put out by the price but I made up for what I spent by posting things for sale the following week. I hope that the girls will like having them when they get older.

***I took pictures of the photos in order to post them. This is why they are a little blurred.

***Original photos were taken by Ageda Photo Studio-Okinawa, Japan