Wednesday, November 23, 2011


This time of year makes us all stop and think of reasons we are thankful. I often stop myself and think, why just at Thanksgiving? We should be thankful ALL year. God has blessed us beyond our hearts desire. My goal is to find one thing to be thankful for everyday. Not just around the holidays.

Today, I am thankful for many things. First, the glorious sound of rain that is pouring as we speak. It brings music to my ears and calms my nerves (I have my post conference with my Prinicpal at 7 am). I am also thankful for a job that I LOVE! My kids are learning and growing and I truly see God working in my life to help their needs.

I could go on and on with thanks. However, I need to get read for the aforementioned conference. Today and everyday, take time to be thankful. We spend so much of our lives rushing around and doing task. Take time to thank God for busyness and other blessings in your life.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Our God Is Greater

Oh my....what a world wind this last month has been! For starters I had the bittersweet moment of sending my babies to fifth grade. Where did the year go? It seems like just YESTERDAY they were eager newbies and now they are grown up and moving on to the fifth grade. Our God is so good. All summer and school year I prayed that God would mold me into the teacher that could effectively reach my students. God truly provided the right mentor, administration and co workers to help answer those prayers. I could not have picked a better group of teachers/administration to work with or students to teach. They all will hold a very special place in my heart! This school year was just a reminder of How Great Our God Is!

On a it bad that I have already started planning for next year? Hahaha

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Taking Up our Cross

This afternoon Matt and I decided to watch Passion of the Christ while we ate dinner. I haven't seen the movie since it came out years ago. Oh my word, after watching this movie I always walk away being amazed at what an awesome God we serve.

I have really been thinking lately about how great our Father's love for us really and truly is. He came to this earth, knowing that He would die for us. He was persecuted and tormented for us, so that through Him we would become followers. This morning I was reading in Luke about Jesus death. Not matter how many times I read these precious words I still cannot fathom how Jesus loved you and I so much that he died for us. More specifically, He died to save us from our sins. Little old me. Wow! God is amazing.

I was really moved today watching the scene where Jesus is carrying His cross to Golgotha. The scripture in Luke chapter 9 "if anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me." Jesus was truly living by example. This week try to read about Jesus death, burial, and resurrection. Think about the true sacrifice Jesus made of Himself for us. I am truly thankful to serve a risen Saviour who loved me before I even knew Him.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Everything I need

Good Chilly morning friends!

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend :) Mine was wonderful but definitely short lived. This morning while drinking my coffee, I realized it had been a while since I had blogged. Life has been super busy lately but I am loving every minute of it. Last weekend Matt and I, along with some friends, went to Winter Jam. Man, what a blessing this concert was to me. I love how God uses the lyrics to a song to touch our hearts. One of the songs that really spoke to me was Kutless' "Everything I need".

I am a huge planner but with my OCD type A personality comes lots of worry. I have really struggled with worrying lately. Mainly my worry is out of not knowing what will happen. When I cannot see Gods plan for the long run, I worry. Through my quiet time and prayer I have been learning that God really does have it ALL under control, even the future. All I need to do is rely on Him for "everything I need" just like Kutless sang about.

Philippians 4:6 do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication let your request be made known to God.

Thursday, March 10, 2011


Good morning! I hope everyone is having a great start to your day. I absolutely love the mornings. I am what my husband calls a "morning person". The mornings are my God and I time. Its really a time where I can focus and get into His word. For the past couple of mornings I have been listening to Francesca Battisteli's "This is the Stuff" at the end of my quiet time. It is an awesome song! The song really puts into perspective how much we are blessed yet complain about the present. I know at times I may find myself complaining because I can't find something, or I'm late, etc. I have really started to think about what I am blessed with and it really puts my current situation into prospective. Try thanking God for what you do have and are able to do. Also, thank Him for the trial's He sends are way. He is only trying to draw us closer to Him :)

Friday, March 4, 2011

My list

Hello Friends :) its been a little while since I posted.  Seems that life has been extra crazy since I have gotten married.  Believe me, it was already crazy before I became a Mrs....I have been reading several friends blogs and they have written down their to do list so to speak of things they would like to accomplish or change about their life before their next birthday.  These post really got me to think about what would be on my list.  Well, here is one of the items on my  "list"

Draw closer to God -at the beginning of 2011 I really had a burden to read and study and more importantly memorize God's word.  One day searching blogs, I ran across Beth Moore's Lifeway blog.  I am a HUGE fan, so I immediately started reading.  One of the post was about a scripture memory challenge.  She was encouraging women to memorize 2 verses each month.  As soon as I read this, I felt that God was saying-go for it.  It is amazing how God places us exactly where we need to be.  I decided to take Beth's challenge and have learned 3 verses so far this year and am currently learning my 4th.  These verses have really been an encouragement to me.  Many times throughout the day one will pop into my head at just the moment I need it.  God is so good to us.  He is faithful to those who are faithful to Him.

Here are some of the verses I have been learning and what they have meant to me :)

"And my God will supply every need of yours according to His riches in Glory in Christ Jesus." Phil 4:19--My,oh my, has this verse been an encouragement to me.  God wants us to rely on Him to supply our needs.  He is to be our guide.  There are so many times when I am not patient and let my will take over.  This is sin, plain and simple.  We are to let go of our will and follow God.

"You crown the year with Your good blessings, and You leave abundance in Your wake." Psalm 65:11--Such a precious verse to me.  God blesses us and then when we are troubled we have those blessings to focus on.  I use to find myself saying "why me" or "why not me" however, now my perspective is to think about what God has blessed me with not those negative thoughts.

"You have multiplied, oh Lord my God, Your wondrous deeds and Your thoughts towards us; none can compare with You. I will proclaim and tell of them, yet they are more than can be told." Psalm 40:5--Wow! God thinks of me.  Little, old, Kristin from Pitt County, NC! What an amazing thought.  The God of the Universe who made the heave, moon, stars and everything in between thinks of me.---Amazing.  Sometimes I sit back and think about all the attributes of God. I even wrote them down one day in my journals.  Our God really is indescribable as Chris Tomlin sings.  I am so glad that he loves me and forgives me when I fail Him.

Have a wonderful weekend friends!

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Daughters of the Most High

Wow! What an amazing weekend.  Yesterday, I attended Daughters of the Most High a ladies conference at Unity (my home church).  We were blessed by two amazing speakers: Reba Bowman and Darmaris Carbaugh.  Both ladies were used by God to touch my hearts core. Throughout this conference, I had several eye opening moments.  One such moment was when the question "are you a follower of Christ" was asked.

Well, obviously my initial answer was "yes...I'm saved and in His word daily".  As the day unfolded I was really convicted of how much more there is to following Christ then simply those things.  It is a daily surrendering of ourselves to our Lord.  We must deny ourselves so that God can work through our lives to impact others.  One of the speakers really convicted me with, when we do not deny ourselves we are disobeying Christ. We as Christians were made to bring honor and glory to Christ.  We must decrease so he must increase (John 3:30).  As a true follower of Christ we have to learn to get behind Him and allow Him to lead and guided all of our decisions.   All God wants is for us to be like Him and to serve others with whatever means he has gifted us to do so.

One of the things about being a true follower that really convicted me was a daily surrendering.  We must consciously surrender to His will on a daily basis.  This is not some project we are starting on that "oh, I will just get to it when I can". This is our Heavenly Father and The King of Kings! We should begin our day with a  prayer of total surrender to whatever His will is for our lives.  God has never asked to much from us.  He has always been there for us and has NEVER quit.  Begin your day my laying down yourself and picking up your cross.  That way God can receive all of the glory that He is due.

I definitely was blessed by going to this conference.  It was a time to refocus on how to surrender to the Lord, and now I am going to react by daily taking up my cross and following Him!

:) Kristin

Friday, February 25, 2011

Made to Crave

"Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you will I wait all the day long" Psalm 25:5

This year I have had the desire to increase the amount of reading I was (or wasn't) doing.  I especially wanted to increase my Bible reading but also read more books by Christian authors.  One day I was listening to K-Love while working in my classroom. In between singing at the top of my lungs (thank the Lord the rest of the school could not hear me, lol) the radio announcers began discussing a book they were currently reading: Made to Crave.  The title immediately caught my attention.  Their discussion centered around how we as Christians have the ultimate support system in our strongholds, GOD!  As I worked and listened, the more I wanted this book.

After purchasing the book, I immediately dove right in.  The message behind the book is to not let food, weight,working out or our skinny jeans be our stronghold.  If we try to find happiness in those things we will set ourselves up for failure.  When we let failure get root in our hearts and minds we are letting Satan win. This was one of those WOW moments for me while I was reading.  The author, Lysa TerKeurst write that we are made to crave however "we'll have to redirect our cravings to God.".  Mark 8:34 "If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me." Lysa adds "with Jesus, if we want to gain, we must give up. If we want to be filled, we must deny ourselves.  If we want to truly get close to God, we'll have to distance ourselves from other things."  This was such an easy read.  It will definitely change your perspective on making sure God is the center of your hearts desires.

I really loved this book.  It is amazing all the lessons God can teach your through a book designed to give you a biblical perspective to healthy living.  I really learned that I had a stronghold with certain friends in my life. I really had to pray and seek Gods face to know whether or not they should be in my life.  Instead of having my pity party of one I had to rely on God's strength to follow His will. While following His will in this situation I have left myself feeling weak however, "weakness is hard, but doesn't have to mean defeat.  It is my opportunity to experience God's power firsthand."

This book was eye opening.  I am so glad that God identified the strongholds in my life and is still doing so.  It is a daily battle to not let Satan win.  I must daily get up "take up my cross, and follow Him."  My prayer this year has been "Lord, use me".  I pray that by letting go of the strongholds in my life, that will be true.

:) Kristin

Tuesday, February 22, 2011


"And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:19

Right now I am listening to Chris Tomlin's "Indescribable", what an awesome description of our Saviour. He is "Indescribable, uncontainable,You placed the stars in the sky and You know them by name. You are amazing God".  Lately, I have been reflecting on how good God has been to me.  It is crazy when I think about how He has brought me to where I am at in life.  I have always been a planner but friend, God is THE ultimate planner.  Every time I think my plan is wonderful God blows me away with something I would have never considered.

This has been on my mind since starting Beth Moore's study on David.  David must have been blown away by God's plan for his life.  Here he was a simple shepherd boy, performing his daily duties and all of a sudden he was being anointed to be the future king! Wow, talk about plan altering.  One thing that has stuck out to me so far in this study (we are only halfway through) is David's relationship with God.  Every time David was planning to do something he consulted God.  He made sure that The One who anointed Him and knows everything was the FIRST place he went. What many times do I fail to go to God first with my plans?  

The verse above is one of the 2 that I am memorizing this month.  It truly is a reminder that I can go to God with any plan I have because He is the ultimate supplier.  

Have a wonderful day friends!

Kristin :)

Monday, February 21, 2011

The Blog Bandwagon

Sooooo... I finally jumped on the "blog bandwagon".  I have been considering it for a while but finally took the plunge this morning.  I want this to be a place where I share my heart for God.  I really want to have a heart that seeks to please Him and am striving to daily.  I am currently studying David with a group of ladies from my church and it is AMAZING. One of the lesson this week is about finding strength in the Lord, not in others.  Its crazy how we all, myself included, seek encouragement of others first then, when they cannot meet our needs (or how we would like them to) we finally go to God.  He should be the one that defines us, not those around us.  I am striving to seek God first and find strength in Him. (1 Samuel 30:6).  There are many days that I fail at this, however with consistent prayer, studying the word and accountability my heart will be molded to please only God.

I know this is short....I am so not a writer.  More to come soon :) Any suggestions of topics would be great!

Here is Barlow Girls, Mirror. The lyrics and video are posted below.  Take time to watch and listen.  I hope God blesses you all with a wonderful day!

Mirror, Mirror on the wall, Have I got it?
'Cause Mirror you've always told me who I am
I'm finding it's not easy to be perfect
So sorry you won't define me
Sorry you don't own me

Who are you to tell me
That I'm less than what I should be?
Who are you? Who are you?
I don't need to listen
To the list of things I should do
I won't try, I won't try

Mirror I am seeing a new reflection
I'm looking into the eyes
of He who made me
And to Him I have beauty beyond compare
I know He defines me (Yeah)

Who are you tell me
that I'm less than what I should be
Who are you?
Who are you? (Yeah)
I don't need to listen
To the list of things I should do
I won't try, no, I won't try

You don't define me (You don't define me) [x4]

Who are you to tell me
That I'm less than what I should be
Who are you?
Who are you?
I don't need to listen
To the list of things I should do
I won't try, no, I won't try

Who are you to tell me
That I'm less than what I should be
Who are you?
Who are you?
I don't need to listen
To the list of things I should do
I won't try, no, I won't try