Sunday, July 27, 2014

Today is a Good Day

Today is a great day!
Today my Brother and Sister in law/Best Friend/Mentor/Awesome Chic fly to a far away land to get my nephew.
Mark and Laura have been waiting patiently on the Lord for years, and this is the week that our family's dreams come true.

Here is my absolute favorite picture of Mark holding Riette (his favorite niece ;).




At some point in the future we will be able to post pictures of our new nephew and the land from whence he came. But for now we wait and we pray.
There is a bit of an odd thing going on right now with visas. Please pray for a smooth process with that and with all of the things adoption has in store.


Here is another great pic of both Mark and Lala, as we call her.
This is right after they helped us move to TX.




So today is a great day in the Braley family!
If you would like to follow their journey Laura has a very cool blog.


God Bless y'all,
Summur

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Book It

Oh my long neglected blog, so sorry friends. I have been living a crazy life of moving from TX back to CA, finishing up homeschooling, my husband looking for a job (he got a job and hasn't started yet), moving again, family and church obligations, a new nephew coming very soon, family illnesses, and all the things these entail.
     We have been living in the country and may be moving back to the hustle and bustle of city life....if you can call Modesto a city.
     My girls are actually going to be going to school, well it's Not A School. It's a tutor led form of homeschooling thru a charter that is actually called Not A School. So kinda a homeschool co-op. I always thought I would homeschool them. But each year we pray and weigh the options. We hope this is the best move for our family, like all parents hope.
      What will I do with all of my "free time"? Well I am glad you asked. ;-)
I will be a consultant for Usborne Books and More.  Please tell me you have heard of usborne books. They are just the best educational, fun, cool, and entertaining kid books I have ever read. I am so excited to get to work with these books. Children learn so much by reading. It is truly a lost art. We spend so much time infront of screens and I feel it's vital to teach my girls the importance of books.
    So that's what's up with me. The Lord has been showing me that life is not about what I do for Him, it is about a relationship with Him. I feel like the last few years I have lost sight of that necessary truth. He is the way the truth and the light! I hold onto that today.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Bad Words

I was just thinking about how when you're a new believer you really don't understand all the Christian norms or Christian speak. This morning I noticed that Patches had a dog bowl out that we had given to him for Christmas one year. On the inside of it it reads "lucky dog". I remember hesitating to buy it because the word lucky in Christianese is a bad word.
When I was a new  believer in Christ, I recall hearing someone say "No you are not lucky you are blessed". And I felt bad that I had used the word lucky and filed it away in my brain not to say that word again. Now I don't know if it's wrong or right to say lucky,I think it's actually more of a heart issue. But over the years, I think it's been about 10 years now I've been a believer, I have also corrected people in such tones.  'You aren't lucky, you're blessed. You should pray rather than worry.' The list goes on and on.
But really what is the point to say these things off the cuff to people? If we feel convicted about our speech, change it. Do we really sense the Lord giving us a peace about saying all these judgemental, unbiblical cliché s to people?
Something to ponder.
And if you ever met Patches, you would agree he is one Lucky Dog.

Friday, February 7, 2014

Change

As many of you know we are moving back to CA. This decision was made with a lot of emotions, on my part . Matt had emotions too he's just the more practical of the two.

Back in August Matt started to feel a tug to move back to CA.  When he shared this with me I was in shock.  Surely we were meant to be here for life. I love TX and the friendships I have made here. There was no way I was going to go back to Modesto. Surely there was nothing more we could do with our lives then to serve at Gospel For Asia. No, we are never going back to Modesto.

But God has a funny way of turning our nevers into yeses.

God showed me near the end of August thru a bible study to stop obsessing over my future.
 
In September He showed me thru Exodus how Aaron built the calf because he didn't wait on the Lord, that I was not waiting on Him too.

He showed me in October through Leviticus how our sacrifices are examined, not through us but through Jesus Christ.

In November I heard Charles Stanley on the radio talking about the fear of the Lord. How we need to trust His plan and not fear anyone else, just God. That freed me from fearing what our friends and family would think. Through this message God encouraged me not to fear man, He was in control.

In December I was really freaking out because our lease was up in February and Matt didn't have a job. But God gave me the verse that is written on our wall 'Be still and know that I am God'. Was I being still?

In January I was finally coming to terms with moving back home but still a bit worried for our future and one day Rie ran up to me and gave me a memory verse card and said "here mama this is for you". The verse was Isaiah 45.2 "I will go before you and make the crooked places straight. "

Wow I am so thankful I have Him to lead me in this life and to trust that His ways our better than mine.

As I have been saying goodbye to so many cherished friends here many of them are saying " I am so excited for you". When I first started hearing this I was puzzled. But now I am thankful that I can be excited for my future, not afraid.

Even though Matt doesn't have a job yet, and we are most likely going to be living with family. (THANKS Mark and Lala) This change will grow us and He will use us.
Yes I am sad to say goodbyes , but happy to say Hello to what God has for us.

( and if you sang Hello in your head like the Lionel Richie song you are awesome)

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Phone Post

Hello my long lost friends!
I was blessed with a new phone, a new free phone can't beat that.
Anyway I am hoping that I will blog more now that I can do it from me phone.
(That was not auto correct, that wasy pirate voice)

Today we went on a playdate at Preston wood and here is a pic of the girls with their friend Ben.

Peace!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Frozen

We have been stuck in the house for the last 5 days, snow and ice.The roads are really dangerous. I can not stand driving in harsh weather, it is actually one of my fears.
The girls and I have been listening to the Frozen soundtrack over and over and over again.
It has been helping me process all we have been going thru lately.
My dear friend has just been diagnosed with cancer.
It has been very hard to be far from her.
But this music has inspired me to write a poem, I just sat down in the chaos of life and felt I needed to write.
I have only written a few poems in my life, and they have been in highly stressful times.
I am thankful He gives us these outlets to help us cope thru hard things.


Feeling Frozen

stuck
while the world keeps on feeling
trying not to think
holding it all inside
He is good
trusting
 thinking

feeling frozen, feelings frozen

He is still good
why am i mad inside
still a selfish sinner
with great pride
i want my friend
want her here forever

feeling frozen, feelings frozen

knowing forever is only for heaven
stuck 
heaven can't come soon enough
wanna go first
no one i love ahead of me
self loving pride
me

feeling frozen, feelings frozen

all that is left is to have
hope
faith
and
just 
wait




I have decided to follow Jesus, no turning back.....
Summur

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Will I Walk By Faith?

Yesterday one of my best friends called me, she had news,really bad news.

She has cancer...................................................................................................
the words after that were a blur................
the end of the conversation seemed to have ended with a hundred "I love yous", and crying out to God.
Please pray for my dear friend, Matt's cousin who is more like a sister to him. She is a mother, a wife, a daughter, a sister, a friend, and she loves Jesus.
The lyrics to this song are for her, and her family, and me, and you.............



Walk By Faith
Jeremy Camp


"Would I believe you when you would say
Your hand will guide my every way
Will I receive the words You say
Every moment of every day

[chorus]
Well I will walk by faith
Even when I cannot see
Well because this broken road
Prepares Your will for me

Help me to win my endless fears
You've been so faithful for all my years
With one breath You make me new
Your grace covers all I do

yeah, yeah , yeah, yeah, yeah, ya

[chorus]

Well I'm broken- but I still see Your face
Well You've spoken- pouring Your words of grace

[chorus x2]

Well hallelujah, hallelu
(I will walk by faith)
Well hallelujah, hallelu
(I will walk by faith)

I will walk, I will walk, I will walk by faith
I will, I will, I will walk by faith"




He is still God, and He still loves you!
Summur