Wednesday, March 30, 2011

WOW God Wednesday: My Bling

Do you remember my free bling? Check out the story here.

This is the free bling God provided for me!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Our NCAA Brackets

For the last few years, Jon and I have been filling out NCAA brackets. This year we made no exception! Jon got copies of the bracket so that we could each make our picks.

This was something that I wanted us to do together. So one night we sat down to fill out our brackets. I thought that we could talk about our picks and make the best decision together. However, that's not how it works. You see when it came to making our picks Jon would not let me look at his bracket! He did not even want to talk about it until my bracket was completely filled in. I was all on my own.

Jon and his completed bracket.

Me and my bracket that I did all by myself!

Many of the picks that Jon and I made were wrong, which is no surprise. After all it isn't called March Madness for nothing. This morning, I even heard on KLOVE that out of the 5.9 million people who submitted brackets at ESPN.com, only two people predicted that these four teams would make it to the final four. That's insane!

In case you are not into the whole March Madness thing, I will help you out. Kentucky, Connecticut, Butler, and Virginia Commonwealth University all made it to the final four. They will be playing in Houston on Saturday.

I am a UCONN fan and always have been, at least as long as I can remember. I am very excited that they made it to the final four and hope that they win on Saturday!!

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Friday, March 25, 2011

Flashback Friday: Third Day Concert

Originally, this was going to be a regular blog post. However, I completely forgot to post these pictures! So, I have decided to use them this week for my Flashback Friday blog post.

On February, 19, Jon and I were able to attend the Third Day concert. The show was sold out and I am glad that we bought our tickets very early. The show was made up of Third Day, Revive, and Trevor Morgan. It was an incredible show!

We have been to several concerts in the last few years and this was possibly one of my favorite concerts ever! Third Day did not just put on a concert, but they invited us to worship God with them!!

I took a bunch of pictures and here are some of my favorites.

Before the concert

Jon and I waiting for the concert to begin!

Third Day's lead singer, Mac Powell welcomed us all to the concert.

Revive opened for Third Day.

They even went into the audience and had a man sing part of their song!

THIRD DAY!!

Mac Powell

Third Day

Third Day

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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

WOW God Wednesday: Financial Provision



We listen to KLOVE constantly. Every Wednesday Scott & Kelli have listeners call in to share stories about what God is doing in their lives to WOW them.

I like Wordless Wednesdays, however God has really put it on my heart to be intentional to share about what He is doing in our lives. For this reason, I have decided to mix it up a bit and start WOW God Wednesdays!

Our WOW God moments often come in the form of God's provision over our finances. Let me share a few of the ways God has provided for us in the last several weeks.

WOW #1: Jon and I both got raises from LeTourneau, which will begin in July.
WOW #2: I (Jen) got a part-time job with Weight Watchers.
WOW #3: Jon has been able to do extra jobs outside of LeTourneau that have provided some extra income and flight hours.
WOW #4: Jon and I have been able to carpool more often, so we can save gas money.
WOW #5: Tonight, I start teaching a new bible study called, Made to Crave. Please pray for me over these next seven weeks.

What has God done to Wow you this week? I would love to hear about how God's working in your life.

Don't forget to be on the look out this week for more Wow God moments!

Monday, March 21, 2011

The Way To Freedom

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"For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery. " - Galatians 5:1

All year I have been learning about freedom. God has been working on me and my heart to show me how to live a life that is truly free. Galatians 5:1 says that Christ has set me free. I am no longer a slave to sin. That is a burden that I do not need to carry.

I thought that at some point along this journey that I would suddenly, divinely feel free! I was expecting a kind of big "ah ha" moment where I would be able to wrap my mind around how my life is supposed to be now that Christ has set me free.

I have yet to have my big moment. However, God has been giving me jems of truth along the way. My most recent "jem" is something that I learned when I read a Proverbs 31 Encouragement for Today, When I Am Free. The author, Lynn Cowelll, talks about how, "In order to be free, I have to be free of me." I have to let God work in each area of my heart to set me free from myself! I never thought about freedom this way.

I am beginning to understand that I am on the road to freedom. I cannot fully understand a life of freedom, because all I have known are the chains of sin. I need God to help me comprehend such an incredible truth and reality I have in Christ.

Do you remember the Chilean minors? There were so many painstaking hours put into their rescue. For days, people tried to come up with a good solution to rescue those 33 men. When they came up with a plan that would work, it was decided that the best time to perform this rescue was at night. The experts did not want these minors to rescued during the day light. The minors had spent 40 days underground and they needed time to gradually transition back into real life, so that they did not freak out and go into shock.

God does the same thing with us and our freedom! Freedom is a reality for anyone who is in Christ. But if we experienced that freedom in one fail swoop it would be overwhelming and possibly put us into shock. God knows that He must show us our freedom gradually over a period of time, leading us out of the dark prison and taking us into the light!

Along the way, God will remove the chains and anything else that is trying to keep us from the light.

Wow! God is awesome! Thank you Lord for loving us enough to show us the way to true freedom!

Are you living in the freedom that Jesus died to give you? Are you like me and you are on your freedom journey?

I pray that you will give God permission to show you the way to freedom!

Friday, March 18, 2011

Flashback Friday: Chocolate Cake

This morning, I want you to laugh with me! I want to give you just a glimpse of some of the most joyful times my family ever had.

What you must first understand is that the men in my family are always trying to get people to laugh. I even married a man who is just like Dad and brothers. Most of the time this annoys me, because if I am angry I just want to be left alone to pout! However, my Dad and brothers, Kyle and Jake, refuse to let me have my way. It's as if they make it their mission to get a smile out of me.

Growing up my family loved to laugh together. My brother Kyle was so funny that we could watch a silent movie with him and his fake commentary of the movie would have us on the floor laughing! Those were good times!!

This is me and my silly Dad the last time we were together in July 2009.

Hands down, my Dad's favorite comedian is Bill Cosby. My Dad owned Bill Cosby as Himself on DVD and he would watch that it over and over again! It never got too old for him. Dad loved that both he and Bill Cosby had five kids. Bill was a man that my Dad could relate to.

I think that most of my family would agree that our favorite part on that entire DVD was Billy Cosby's skit about the chocolate cake.

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This skit would have us on the ground laughing so hard that we were crying, because as a family we could completely relate to what he was talking about!! He was describing our family!! We loved this skit so much that we would even quote Bill Cosby and sing, “Dad is great give us the chocolate cake!”.

There are times when I get really sad, because my parents are now divorced and our family has changed so much. However I am so thankful for memories like these that I will always cherish. Bill Cosby will always hold a special place in my heart, because he brought my family together through laughter.

Thanks Bill!

Here is a video of the skit I am taking about. I hope you enjoy watching it!


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Thursday, March 17, 2011

Birthday Pictures

I want to start by saying...
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My birthday is so close to St. Patrick's Day that you would think I have had a St. Patty's Day themed party, however this is just not true. I haven't even liked the color green until the last few years. Maybe next year I can combine my birthday and St. Patrick's Day. I guess you will just have to wait and see.

Here are a bunch of pictures from my birthday that I wanted to share with you. Let me just start by saying that I have the most amazing husband! You will come to agree with me by the time you finish this blog post, at least that's my goal.

Jon made this invitation for my birthday party. He did such a good job! He knows that I am crazy about the Elephant and Piggie books! Jon sent this invite out to our friends telling them to keep this a secret from me.

I had to work all day. I got home to find Jon cooking and there were flowers waiting for me on the kitchen table. They smelled so good!

Jon had gotten off work and rushed home to start making my birthday dinner of Chinese food. He told me that we had guests coming over! I was so surprised!

I am madly in love with this man!

Brenda and I work together and she was one of my many surprise guests! We decided to make our NCAA picks while Jon was busy cooking up a storm.

Jon chopped up these very spicy Chinese peppers, so that he could add them to his food. I am a baby and cannot tolerate many of these in my food, so Jon makes two separate dishes.

Our friend Bryan, Tabitha, and Wyatt showed up next with a birthday present for me. Isn't it beautiful!? They are so sweet and I just love it!

Tabitha, Wyatt, and me...Jon and I are really love this family.

Now it's the guys turn for a picture. Wyatt and Jon are matching.

Jon did an incredible job on dinner. He made all of my favorite dishes!

I just had to take a picture with my food, because it was so good!

For months I have been telling Brenda about Jon's Chinese food and this time she got to see for herself, just how good it is!

We went with Peanut Butter Rice Krispies treats this year. They were good! Oh I am holding on the my birthday tea light candle.

I was going to label my cup, "Birthday Princess", but thought that would be taking it too far.

Michael stayed later than everyone else, so we played the game of Life.

I was a teacher making $90,000 a year!

Jon was a police officer making only $30,000 a year.

By the end of the game I had 5 children! I had twins (a boy and a girl), then I had a baby girl, and then I adopted twins (a boy and a girl). There wasn't enough room in my small car for everyone.

It really was a great birthday party!! I had so much fun visiting with friends. I was showered with love and I am so thankful for that. Jon did such an incredible job, didn't he!?

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Fun Birthday Facts

Today is my birthday!!

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I thought it would be fun to share with you some birthday facts about me!!

1. This is my 5th birthday that I have celebrated since we moved to Texas.

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2. I have been at my goal weight for my last two birthdays!

3. March 15 is also known as the Ides of March, this date is best known for being the day Julius Caesar was killed in 44 B.C.

4. My birthday normally falls during Spring break.

5. The first birthday I spent with Jon was before we were even dating and he made me Chinese food for dinner, that was six years ago.

6. I was born 5 days late, my due date was originally March 10.

7. My favorite birthday cake is chocolate cake with rainbow chip frosting! Yummy!

Chocolate Cake with Rainbow Chip Frosting

8. This year I am not eating chocolate, so I will not be having my usual cake of choice. Instead, I have chosen to have Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treats. These are also very delicious!!

9. I was born at 4:02 in the afternoon.

10. I share my birthday with our seventh President of the United States, Andrew Jackson, whose face just happens to be on the twenty dollar bill!

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11. In our family we sing "Happy Birthday" twice...once in English and again in Chinese! I always look forward to that!

Don't worry, I will be taking pictures through my birthday to share with you later this week!

Friday, March 11, 2011

Flashback Friday: 25th Annual Feminar 2011

Feminar 2011, "Inside Out"

Phillips, Craig & Dean

Debbie, Janet and Bob celebrating 25 years of Feminar.

Lysa TerKeurst

We had a packed house full of women seeking the Lord!


Jeff Allen, comedian. He was hilarious!

Laura Story lead worship Saturday morning and she was incredible. I am so thankful for her taking me to the throne room of God.

Lori Salierno

Lysa TerKeurst

Janet White

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