Thursday, October 31, 2013

Provision, Part 12857259

This provision part is numbered as such because the Lord's provides so many things, most of which I forget to see as provision.

This portion began one week ago (longer than that, but the outworking began one week ago).
Last Thursday evening was the event Awaken, by Priscilla Shirer. Y'all know I am BIG Priscilla fan and so love learning under her. Her Bible study this semester has been amazing and such a blessing to my heart.

So I go to this event. There was a dinner hosted beforehand by my church (who was the host of the Awaken thing too). I sit at a table with some girls I recognize from Sunday school. Being honest, a little awkward. Ok, maybe a lot. I felt like the girl who doesn't know what to say. And I don't have a boyfriend, nor am I close to engagement, and haven't  been ring shopping in the past week. Not bitter. Promise. We are just in very different seasons of life. Yep, definitely felt some insecurity creeping up. Honestly considered picking up my boxed dinner and going to a corner or finding a different table. Don't get me wrong, they were very nice people. Really.

Then sits down this sweet lady next to me. Find out she is the pastor's wife. Awesome. Have a great conversation. Then another lady sits on the other side. AND y'all, she had just moved back from Thailand after living there for 8 years! What???? Only the Lord can do these things. So we chat until it's time to go into the session. What a blessing! Our internationals experiences were incredibly different, but there was still that connection.

The Awaken time begins with some fabulous music and time in corporate worship through song. During one of the last songs, these sweet lady says she wants to pray for me. Y'all, sobbing while she prays. Only the Holy Spirit can do these things. She prayed SOOOOOOOO specifically for things I had been laying before the Lord. Things that very week I had literally cried out in prayer to the Lord. Amazing.

Priscilla's dear friend led an amazing time of worship through prayer. And one of the things was on provision! I kid you not. She asked folks to stand if they needed the Lord to provide some things and for others to  stand if they had seen the Lord provide. Beautiful. It was incredible.

Then on to Priscilla's announcement.  Her grandmother had gone to be with Jesus the week previous, so she had made a video message to give this information. I recorded part of the audio because I knew the announcement that was coming.

Did you watch it? Did you catch the announcement?

Here's a photo if you didn't.

Can you see? Not kidding, Beth Moore.

Y'all, it was surreal mostly because I have been in living rooms in Virginia, Panama, and Texas watching this woman's videos and then I was in the same room hearing her speak. So strange.

She spoke on scars and the process between a wound and a scar being healing and being marked. Do we let Jesus write His name over our scars or do we keep the people or event as the name on our scars? Super good. I could write a whole blog post on that.

I left that evening feeling many things and one was incredibly grateful.

The Lord had brought just the right people for that time, place, and moment. It was such a HUGE reminder of the Holy Spirit's presence, His care for me, that my Father hears me and loves to respond.

But wait...there's more to the story.

Until next time...

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

In Three Weeks...

...this will happen!

This group (minus Cheryl, though I'm hoping she'll surprise us and show up) will be together.
AND when this picture was taken, two little men were still waiting to be born and they are coming too!!!!

So not only will these two have a sweet best buddies reunion, so will the girls!!!

Except now, these two are much bigger little men!!! Augh!!! Can't wait to snuggle these buddies.

The thought and talk of a gathering has always been on the table, but I never imagined it would come together this quickly! AND we are going out to the White's for a day too for more re-connecting!

Yes, there are a few missing, but I'm beyond blessed, excited, thrilled, delighted, bursting, expecting, hopeful, and so much more for this time together!

So right now in three weeks, these ladies will be here in Dallas!!!

Thank you, Jesus, for this sweet gift. It's coming at an amazing time!

Monday, October 21, 2013

Well Done, Furniture Store

Advertising to me is pretty incredible. There is an art form to it.
Yes, I know there are teams of people who get paid money to come up with such brilliance, but it astounds me. My brain doesn't think that way, which is probably why I find it so fascinating and creative.

Case in point.
I am driving behind this truck the other day, astounded at this brilliance. I don't quite understand if the couch inside was being delivered or if it was to show what COULD be delivered to your home, but the concept of this was genius. Yes, I kept looking inside as I followed it.

Y'all, I don't know if you can tell, but this is a see-through truck.

There were mannequins sitting on the furniture. It was way cooler to see from the side, but alas, I had no such angle for a photo from the side.

I almost followed it, because it was so fascinating.

Well done, sofa people.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Pit Stop?

I'm convinced after this past weekend, one should never be in the car without a camera (on your phone or otherwise). Material is EVERYWHERE!

This past weekend proved beneficial for incredibly interesting things, thus giving information for 3 blog posts.

Seriously, people, carry some type of camera with you at all times!

So for the first of this photos...

Caption: Sometimes you just gotta go.

Granted, I'm sure they are taking it to be installed, but it's not everyday you see a toilet in the back of a truck.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Old Stomping Grounds

Being back in Dallas is weird because there are so many things familiar and yet strange at the same time.

A few weeks ago, my roommate and I decided to go out and do something different. We discussed going back to the Fruteria or I suggested TC Shaved Ice.
Y'all, TC was a staple in high school. I can't even tell you how many times we (sister, friends, and I) would go there on a regular basis. I talked to the kid about it (luke) and he remembers countless trips there as well.

So we went.
I took photos.

Not much has changed.

Same little building. We use to cut through the apartments next to TC to get there, but now it is blocked off.
 Same awesome sign.
This is new. Not sure how I feel about this, though I love pickles. 

Same great flavors. (Lemon is my favorite!)

Yum! For those unschooled in shaved ice, it is NOT a snow-cone, though it is a common misconception. It is the most finely shaved ice, so it melts in your mouth and is deliciousness!!

So Shannon and I took our shaved ices to the lake and walked around.
And then we were stopped by the cop who was patrolling. Totally passed us, backed up in his car, and asked if we were carrying bottles of beer.
No, sir, this is shaved ice in a styrofoam cup. Guessing it must be illegal to have open containers at the lake or maybe glass is a no-no.

Regardless, the shaved ice is still delish. Fun memories - past and present!

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Want a Lovely Lawn?

This sign was spotted in June while Roo and I were exploring Lynchburg.

Sometimes we just need things to be cute!

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

To Where, O Eyes?

Tonight was Bible Study. Well, the Tuesday night study. (There is one on Wednesdays also).

So you know how sometimes the Lord teaches you lessons and brings you back to them constantly? Yep, having some of those moments.

The past few weeks after Bible study, I've been asking the Lord for courage to say the things which come to mind and not just sit back. Last week on the way home as I was talking to Him about this, He began to reveal my hesitancy.

Have you had those moments when you say something and then you second guess, tear apart, over-analyze EVERY. Single. Word. You. Said. Ugh!
I do it CONSTANTLY! It breeds big time insecurity in my insides, thus creating fear of sharing my thoughts because of course, everyone will think I'm insane!

Don't you just love how is snowballs in our brains? Crazy.

So tonight, I go in already feeling a little disappointed in that I feel there is so much more I could glean from the homework.

Video session - AMAZING!! (This is the Priscilla Shirer, Gideon study). She kept bringing up when the Lord delivers us from places and people we shouldn't be with, we have no business returning to those things. Gideon led his troops to a place of fear (Spring of Harod) and they had been called to not fear. The Lord had the battle taken care of for them!

Enter small group time. As conversation begins to flow, I feel that pressure on my heart begin to rise. Knowing if I don't speak, I've got some repenting to do later. You know what I'm talking about?
And again, the Lord speaking into those areas of insecurity. "Abby, haven't you been asking me for this? So are you going to do it? Are you going to share about what we've been discussing and working through? Come on, daughter!"

Lessons from the past, how does it connect? In May at kid's camps, our theme was on identity and who we are in Christ. Those lessons, the study, all of it SO connected to our discussion tonight. The putting on of truth, claiming truth personally, and walking in it. Denouncing the lies of the enemy.
This is what was burning within me through the Holy Spirit to share.

It still brings me to tears to share about it. Talking to these women and being reminded of the immensity of God's truth. Wow! Amazing!

In this study, Priscilla has asked we summarize each day in hashtags (secretly love this!).
The lesson we focused on tonight, I summarized as the following...

#To Where, O eyes, will you look? In my weakness is His strength displayed.

Will I be weak? Where will I look? To whom will I listen?

How He equips. How He delivers from fears and doubt and insecurity.
How He is great. How He loves to show off.

Saturday, October 5, 2013

A Unique Vehicle

I was driving home the other day and this passed me on the road.

I have named it "The Reverse Tricycle"

If you are looking for a loud vehicle to scoot around on, this might be for you!