“Never forget what Jesus did for you. Never take lightly what it cost Him. And never assume that if it cost Him His very life, that it won't also cost you yours.”
~Rich Mullins

Apr 30, 2014

Wednesday Randomness

Feeling lazy tonight, so I just pulled out the next five from my quotes folder :) :) 

Apr 25, 2014

Remember Today

Who else loves this scene from the extended version of The Two Towers?

After lots of fighting and death, the men have driven the enemy out of Osgiliath, and have won a great victory. Standing there surrounded by cheering soldiers in the middle of the city that they have given so much for, Boromir turns to Faramir and says, 
"Remember today, little brother. Today...life is good."
At that moment, they are oblivious. Oblivious to all the horrors that are to come. So much hardship lies ahead, so much more death, their family crumbles, the fate of their world hangs by a thread, but Boromir chooses to disregard all of that for one fleeting, blissful moment, and just enjoy that that day, all was right

Last night at our house, life was good.

Around 9:30 last night, this beautiful little girl entered the world. Our last baby for 2014! The mare is Jessie's absolute favorite, and she is just tiny, so I've secretly been dreading this birth for the past 11 months. Because of her size, the risks were high, and I was terrified that we were going to lose her.

But we didn't. And she had a filly for us.

And life is good.

And God is good.

After everything was over....the baby was dry, the mare was asleep, the friends were gone....I walked through the dark barn, and told myself over and over,
"God is good. God is good. Remember tonight, remember this giddy and elated feeling you have...because the hard times are going to come. The questions and the whys and the things that don't make sense....all the struggles and troubles that come with our life in this world, but through it all, I have to remember that God is good."

It's crazy how I am surrounded by so many good and wonderful things, how over and over again God proves Himself faithful and true, and yet when something happens that I don't understand, I immediately question.
"Why, God? Where are you? Do You not care.....are You not listening?"

Stupid, stupid me.

How can I doubt? How can I be so blind? How dare I question Him and have so little faith? And yet I do.

But He graciously, kindly gives me moments like last night when He reminds me....
"Lisa - I'm here. I'm watching and caring about the little things in your life...I love you, and I'll always be working for your good - even when you can't see Me. Just remember this.....I hear everything, and I see everything. Nothing can happen to you without My permission, and nothing will happen to you that I am not using to shape and grow you into something so much better than what you were before."

So today..............every day, life is good. God is good. No matter what happens, no matter what the storms of life bring, I am protected and loved by Someone who knows me so well, and who wants nothing but the best for me.

And I can rest completely satisfied in that because He is faithful and true to complete what He has started.

Apr 17, 2014

Joy and Gratitude

Gratitude has the ability to change my entire outlook on life.......

I have found that a grateful heart can't be angry....it can't be discontent or sad....and it definitely can't be self centered. 

No, a grateful heart forces my eyes off of myself, and onto the One I am grateful to. It puts my situation into perspective and my attitude in place. 

And it most certainly makes me joyful......because it makes the little sweet things the important things, and the big scary things, well, not so scary.

“Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
~1 Thess. 5:16-18

Apr 15, 2014

From Introverts to OCD

Bunch more random ones today! I love hearing which ones are your favorites!!! 

Yep, totally, totally me.

This one really speaks to me because I tend to be slightly adverse to change. I have to constantly be reminded that change is good....change means growth....and change is part of God's will.

The romantic side of me swoons.....

This is literally the motto that my piano teacher lives by. She has so revolutionized the way I play!!! 

Just too funny :) 

I tend to be less on the ADD side, but got a chuckle out of this anyways.

So, so true. This quote has helped me make many tough decisions.

My co-dependent tendencies needed this one :)

Yep, yep, yep. If a man can laugh at himself and life, he's bound to be a good one :) :)

Apr 14, 2014


Waiting......it's something that's hard. It's something I'm not good at. It's a necessary part of life, and yet one of the hardest to accept.

It's so tied into contentment, another weak spot of mine. 

I want to be married....
I want to move out of Phoenix.....
I wish I was shorter.....
I wish bad things didn't happen.....
I get discontent with my discontent.

And then I remember verses like these....

"Be still, and know that I am
 God" Ps. 46:10

"I am the Lord, and there is no other;There is no God besides Me." Is. 45:5

"The Lord has appeared of old to me, saying:
“Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love;
Therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you." Jer. 31:3

 “Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble." Matt. 6:31-34

After reading those, the waiting, and the worry, and the discontent always get slapped in the face, and my priorities are set straight again. 

So thankful for God's Word and the comfort, conviction, and encouragement that it brings!!!!!

Goodnight, my dear friends xoxo

A Man And A Woman

Lots of late nights over here.......we have a mare who we're pretty sure is going to have a rough birth, and so someone is awake 24/7 watching her. (So thankful for dear friends who come help us take shifts!!!)

During my shift the other night, I kept myself awake by watching some John Wayne movies. Yes, I'm totally obsessed with him a slight fan of his. One of the ones I watched is the classic "McLintock". Now there's problems with this movie, and some of the girls could use a little wardrobe adjustment, but there are some amazing moments. 

Like this scene.

I hadn't watched this movie in a while, and I'd completely forgotten about this conversation, but it quickly turned into my favorite scene from the whole movie. 

"All the gold in the United States Treasury and all the harp music in heaven can't equal what happens between a man and a woman with all that growin' together. 
I can't explain it any better than that."


Apr 9, 2014

Horse Quotes

Since I'm stuck at the house watching three *very* pregnant mares, I have a slight case of horses-on-my-mind. (I know, I know.....what else is new?) As such, here's a bunch of horse quotes. 

On a more serious note, we would love prayer for these upcoming babies. My mare is at 353 days today, and the average gestation is 336. Jessie's mare has been testing ready to foal for over 48 hours now, and no baby is here yet. When we've had that happen previously, it's always been a trouble birth. In other words, we're starting to get a little worried and would love prayer for safe deliveries as well as strength, presence of mind, and wisdom for us.

Happy Wednesday! xoxo

And one non-horsey one.....just for kicks.....

Apr 6, 2014

Thoughtful quotes

The next onslaught of quotes are all a bunch more thoughtful ones.....which means there's quite a few CS Lewis gems in there :) :) :)

Apr 5, 2014

God's Will

We recently had good friends move back who had been gone for about 4 years....they are military, and have been in Germany and other parts of the US. The other night, they got to come over for the first time in a long time, and it was so wonderful to see them!!!! But it made me start thinking back to where I was in life four years ago.

Wow, a lot has changed.

A lot has happened.

I don't even feel like the same Lisa. 

But it's good. Looking back, it's very good. And that's what I need to remember in my day-to-day life......that God is always, always taking me somewhere better.