The Saturday Celebration!

Saturday was Chris’s sister, Emily’s, birthday! HAPPY BIRTHDAY, EMILY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

So to celebrate, we went to play volleyball at one of the churches that we had visited before. There were so many people, we played 8 games of 9 on 9! Crazy fun stuff!

Chris and I had been looking for a home church for four months now. I know some people spend years looking, and God bless them for their perseverance, but when I have been getting a little discouraged. We go to one church and we like these things about it, but then their are some negatives which usually are big enough negatives to become the deciding factors of “this church is not our home church.” Sunday after Sunday of searching…and thanks to Emily’s birthday, we believe that we may have found our home (church)!

After playing 8 games of volleyball, getting to know the pastor a little more and some of the congregation who came to play, we realized “wow, this is some good fellowship!” And it was genuine! No one was being phony or pretending to be happy that we were there playing…which was awesome because almost the whole Dehnart family came, and just in size, that can be overwhelming!

To continue the birthday fun, the Dehnart family went out to eat at Bob Evan’s for dinner! We all brought gifties for the birthday girl (who turned 23). It was a great night filled with laughter, joy, fellowship, new friends, a wonderful family, and lots of love! We got to celebrate the life of Emily, thus far! And while we’re on it, let’s say some things about that birthday girl! Emily is a deep thinker, an observer, and a very wise young woman who loves the Lord and seeks to follow Him in all she does! She is inspiring and she is very diligent. She lives out Colossians 3:23 “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.” Whether it’s drawing some artwork, entertaining friends, or doing the dishes, Emily does it with all her heart. I am proud to call her my sister!

Happy Birthday, Emily!

The Busyness, the Breath

It’s been a little while. Busyness can take a lot out of you. Especially for a newly wed couple.

Between the everyday work schedule, taking care of the dogs during flea season, keeping the house clean, family and friends  birthdays and weddings, cooking, trying to get our home to a way we want it since we’ve moved in, planning to make things to sell, raising money for a mission trip to Uganda, entertaining guests, having somewhat of a social life, searching for a home church, planning things for the upcoming holidays, sleeping, hygiene, and all that jazz….it’s hard to get a breath in sometimes!

But it is always important to take that breath.

Sometimes, it is SO EASY to get caught up in all of the busyness that we forget the point. What are we doing this for? Or more importantly…WHO are we doing this for? The Bible is clear on WHAT and WHO. And it’s time like these that I have to remind myself of these truths. So if you find yourself in the same boat I am in, and life is crazy busy, just sit back, take a deep breath and read these verses for reminders and encouragements!:

Reminder #1: Call on God to bring peace in your heart and in your life. You can still be super busy and have peace, too! It’s quite possible and doable, but only with the Lord’s help! 

Psalm 4:3 “Know that the Lord has set apart the godly for himself; the Lord will hear when I call to him.”

Psalm 55:16 But  I call  to God, and the Lord saves me. Evening, morning, and noon I cry out in distress and he hears my voice.”

Philippians 4:12 “I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.”

Philippians 4:19 “And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.”

Reminder #2: Put the calm to the down and ask God to give you strength….with such a busy schedule, you’re going to need it, but there is no way you can get through on your own strength!

Psalm 18:32-35: “It is God who arms me with strength and makes my feet like the feet of a deer; he enables me to stand on the heights. He trains my hands for battle; my arms can bend a bow of bronze. You give me your shield of victory and your right hand sustains me; you stoop down to make me great. ”

Psalm 34:4 “I sought the Lord and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears.”

Psalm 55:22 “Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall.”

Philippians 4:13 “I can do everything through him who gives me strength.”

Reminder #3: Remember WHO and WHAT you are doing these things for. 

Psalm 19:14 “May the words of my mouth and meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my Rock, and my Redeemer.”

Psalm 25:4-5 “Show me your ways, O Lord, teach me your paths; guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.”

Psalm 46:10 “Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”

Psalm 37:7 Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; do not fret when men succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes.

Psalm 51:10 “Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.”

Reminder #4: It isn’t over yet and it may not be for a while, but in the meantime, persevere, endure, and wait.

Psalm 27:14 “Wait for the Lord, be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.”

Psalm 31:24 “Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the Lord.”

Psalm 34:19 “A righteous man may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from them all.”

Philippians 2:14 “Do everything without complaining or arguing.”

Colossians 3:23 “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.”

Reminder #5: It will be well worth it in the end! Remember everything that the Lord has already accomplished in you, for you, and through you, and then, PRAISE HIM FOR IT!!! It’s REALLY hard to be discouraged when you remember all of that! Phew! Makes me want to jump for joy and sing and dance all at the same time just thinking about it! Hallelujah and AMEN! 

Psalm 30:2 “O Lord my God, I called t o you for help and you healed me.”

Psalm 30:11-12 “You turned my wailing into dancing; you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy, that my heart may sing to you and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give you thanks forever.”

Psalm 31:7-8 “I will be glad and rejoice in your love, for you saw my affliction and knew the anguish of my soul. You have not handed me over to the enemy but have set my feet in a spacious place.”

Psalm 32:5 “Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord”–and you  forgave the guilt of my sin.”

Psalm 34:8 “Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in him.”

Psalm 40:1-2 “I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on  a rock and gave me a firm place to stand.”

There are so many more, this blog could last forever. I just wanted to take a breath, remind myself of these truths and encourage you as well.

Hope it helped!

God Bless You!