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The Eagle…

Do you know that when the ‘Eagle’ mates, it mates for Life?!

Do you know that the female eagle very carefully chooses said mate by testing several male eagles before actually settling on her life partner?

Girls, listen up! This is for you! A lot can be learned from the actions of a female eagle!

Guys, there is something for you to learn too! So don’t leave just yet! ūüôā

First of all let me explain to you how the female eagle chooses her mate:

When it comes time for the female Eagle to choose her
mate, she prepares herself for many suitors. She looks them over quite well and
then picks one to fly with for awhile. If she likes
the way he flies she finds a small stick, picks it up
and flies high with it. At some point she will drop
the stick to see if the male can catch it. If he does,
then she finds a larger stick and flies with it much
higher this time. Each time the male catches the
sticks, she continues to pick up larger and larger
sticks. When she finds the largest, heaviest stick
that she herself can carry (the stick is at this point
almost the size of a small log, but she can still fly
very high with this large stick) she throws it down as the final part of this test. 
 At any time in this process, if the male fails to
catch the stick, she flies away from him as her signal
that the test is now over. She begins her search all
over again. And when she again finds a male she is
interested in, she starts testing him in the exact
same way. And she will continue this “testing” until
she finds the male Eagle who can catch all the sticks.

Another test she will do is during their courtship. The female will fly to the highest heights and then free-fall to the ground. The male will then swoop down and lock talons with her. She will fall as low as she possibly can to see if the male eagle will stay with her protecting her even from death. If he passes this test, he conveys a simple message: he is committed to her.

And when a male eagle does pass all her tests, she chooses him, and will mate with
him for life.

So, girls, what do you have to learn from the eagle?!…

Well, let’s start with this:¬†¬†What qualities are you¬†looking for in your future husband….?! Do you want a man that is committed to you, until death?!¬†How well are you ‘testing’ your suitors before you give them a full time position in your life? (…and by testing I mean asking important questions…testing your ‘suitors’ loyalty to your friendship- if your ‘suitor’ isn’t loyal to you in friendship- chances are that he will not be loyal to you in love either.)

It is important to filter the men we allow into our lives. Most importantly, don’t do the filtering on your own. As you are doing your ‘testing’ remember this verse as you ‘free-fall’: “…but those who¬†wait upon¬†the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. Isaiah 40:31” Put your full trust in God and the Holy Spirit will do all the guiding you will ever need!

And guys, what do you have to learn?

Likewise you need to filter which girls you allow in to your heart. Ask God to be your guide as well in choosing which female you will prove your greatest love to! Which female you will choose to¬†pass all her tests, and which female you will lock talons with to prove to her you are her’s for life! When God directs you¬†to which girl he has choosen for you- chase her like¬†you are chasing after water in the desert!

To both guys and girls:

God has someone already picked out for each and every one of you. Someone that will love you, and cherish you until death parts you. Please, PLEASE, put your faith and trust in him to guide you to this person. Don’t let friends pressure you into thinking that you need to date dozens of people before settling down with the one he has for you. Do test your ‘suitors’ girls. Being friends with a guy is much, much different than giving your heart to him.¬†And guys, when God does direct you to that special girl- make sure you declare your devotion to her and cherish her all the days of your life.

Mom’s and Dad’s: Pray for your kids and the decisions they will make in their furture days regarding love Pray for their spouses. Even if you have little one’s like Nathan and I, pray for their spouses. It is never too early or late¬†to start!!¬†

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Posted by on July 29, 2011 in Christian

 

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God is in Control.

I’ve been listening to the “music” of a song that¬†some friends have requested me to sing for them. It’s a familiar song…I have actually sung it a couple times before. But tonight- the music became automatic and the¬†“lyrics” began to penetrate my soul.

They touched my heart so much that I just have to share them with you!

The song is called “God is in Control” by Twila Paris ūüôā

This is no time for fear
This is a time for faith and determination
Don’t lose the vision here
Carried away by emotion
Hold on to all that you hide in your heart
There is one thing that has always been true
It holds the world together

God is in control
We believe that His children will not be forsaken
God is in control
We will choose to remember and never be shaken
There is no power above or beside Him, we know
God is in control, oh God is in control

History marches on
There is a bottom line drawn across the ages
Culture can make its plan
Oh, but the line never changes
No matter how the deception may fly
There is one thing that has always been true
It will be true forever

He has never let you down
Why start to worry now?
He is still the Lord of all we see
And He is still the loving Father
Watching over you and me

watching over you..watching over me..
every little sparrow..every little thing…

Twila Paris

It is an amazing comfort to know that God is in control! Tough times happen…in fact some pretty down-right devastating times take place and yet– he has never let us down, so why should we start to worry now?!

Our human nature tells us that our first instict should be to worry and get upset when things don’t happen the way we think they ought to. Our human nature wants to take over and be in control,¬†instead.¬†Things like death, abuse, incurable illness, hurt, pain, suffering…are all incredibly hard to deal with.¬†But, if we can just go through life¬†knowing that God (the creator of ALL things) knows what is best for our life and trust him to make sure that only the BEST takes place….we will see very clearly that he is most certainly¬†in control.

I think back to just a few days ago as I was painting my kitchen. I flipped on WMUZ, the local christian radio station, and heard one of the most amazing testimony’s I have ever heard….

¬†A lady by the name of¬†Miranda told her life story. She was born to a drug addict mother, who delivered her on the streets and kept her there until police stepped in and brought her to the hospital where she was found to be in severe drug¬†withdrawl. She was hospitalized for the first 7.5 months of her life where she was moved into foster care requiring a lot of medical assistance. She lived with several families, getting tossed around from home to home because they couldn’t keep up with her medical needs. Eventually a family did adopt her but her adoptive father beat her on an almost daily basis. After enduring hardship after hardship she went to Sunday School one morning¬†when she was 9 and gave her heart to Christ. She prayed and believed with¬†great faith that she would be rescued from the abuse¬†and¬†that the state would find her a home that she would really be loved in the way that God intended her to be loved. The way that he loved her.¬†Long story short,¬†her adoptive father was caught beating her by a neighbor and was sent to prison just 13 days after giving her hear to Christ. She was immedietly put back into foster care where she went to live with a family who cherished her exactly the way that¬†she prayed.¬†2 years after being placed in that foster family’s home, she was offically legally¬†adopted.¬†Today she has a clean bill of health and she¬†works as¬†a counsellor at¬†her local¬†elementary school. She has¬†helped thousands of children with issues exactly like hers because she¬†has “been there”…. ¬†And this is the most amazing part- she THANKS God for her ‘misfortune’!!! She says she knows that beyond a shadow of a doubt that God was with her, protecting her, throughout her childhood. Sure, it was a little rougher than that of her friend’s childhoods however she knows¬†that God¬†was and is in control.¬†And, through her life story he is saving SO many souls and lives today! WOW!!!

It’s hard to wrap your mind around this story!

God doesn’t stand back and “watch” bad things happen, friends! He is holding our hands, carrying us through each hard time! He was, is and always will be in control because he is an all powerful and amazing God! If you are going through a trial- be assured that he is taking good care of you. Know that during this time you are being held very high in his favor.

God is in Control. Period.

 
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Posted by on March 25, 2011 in Christian, Uncategorized

 

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Day 2: Couch to 5K

Walkin' partners!!!

Here goes day 2!

Well, I knew that starting a “fitness program” would show its difficulties…but today….I mean…. COME ON!!!

It is SUPPOSED to be spring, people!! How can it be 14 degrees celcius and¬†bright sunshine¬†one day and then 0 degrees with snow flurries and HAIL the next day? It just doesn’t make sense!

Make up your mind “Mama Nature”!!! I mean, really!!!

Today Sarah and I¬†planned to do our walk/jog¬†day two because Wednesday`s are¬†extremely hectic for the both of us already. (remember our routine calls for every other day so technically day two is supposed to be tomorrow)¬†So, we planned for 6pm¬†with a change of location to her neighborhood.¬†This plan¬†felt and sounded like a great idea to the both of us when we were discussing it yesterday….

Then we woke up.

I can`t speak for Sarah, but¬†please¬†let me explain that when I woke this morning I felt the side of the bed for bed rails because I thought for sure I¬†was hospitalized…. the way I felt, I thought I¬†must have been run over by a car or something… I am not exaggerating. My body ached from the hair on my head to the toenails on my toes. When I actually rolled my 27 year old body out of bed (may I add here it felt like a¬†NINETY-seven year old body) my hips clicked and clacked as though I had just had a hip replacement.¬†Sheesh…I just went for ONE run!! Not to mention the fact that both of my ankles felt like they were going to shatter at any given¬†moment.

Enough complaining. I can do this.

Sarah called at 5pm to confirm our 6pm meet! If it would have been myself making the decisions….calling the shots… I would have called it quits right then and there. But, we have a goal, and we have each other,¬†so we kept our date!!!

I pulled into her driveway at 6pm just as the SNOW had started to fall. SNOW. In SPRING!!!! I was wearing my workout gear which consisted of my stretchy capri`s, and zip-up sweater…. Yes, I said capri`s… In the snow. Oh…..but, it get`s worse….Sarah and I set off on our journey as planned and before we even walked 500m down her road, I fell and broke my ankle.

I kid, no ankle breaking happened- but it certainly did feel like it could have¬†ūüôā

But seriously, in addition the the snow falling all around us…. it began to HAIL. I mean really,¬†WE CAN`T WIN, FOR LOSIN`!!!

No more SNOW!!!!!

Sarah`s parents and my dear friends even drove around the block trying to lure us into their vehicle out of the storm. But, we denied the easy way out! Yay for us!!!

If you ask us, we call THAT determination! ūüôā We have a goal in mind, and we are running for the prize!

Day 3 of week one will be on Friday! So- be sure to stay tuned for more Couch to 5K adventures.

 
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Posted by on March 22, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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Running for the prize…

Weddings are so much fun! Especially when you get to be a part of the couple’s special day! Fancy dress, professional make-up, super-amazing hair-do… It’s like prom all over again for the bridesmaids ūüôā And, I have the priviledge of being a part of Brandon Cousineau and Nancy Nardone’s special¬†wedding in just 3 days shy of 17 weeks!!!

Thats exciting- but there is a lot of work to do before then! I have heard of so many workout plans over time but I think I have FINALLY found one that will work great for me! 

Sarah Cousineau (sister of the groom and fellow bridemaid) is doing this program called “Couch to 5K” with me. The objective of the program is to work our bodies into shape enough to run 5k! I know, I know it seems crazy… but we’re on the journey together- holding each other accountable, keeping each other strong ūüôā

We downloaded the “couch to 5K” app onto our iPod’s and used them for our first day. It switches songs on your own playlist¬†to let you know when a new action is required.

Today was day one. Here is what today required:

Brisk five-minute warmup walk. Then alternate 60 seconds of jogging and 90 seconds of walking for a total of 20 minutes. Brisk five-minute cooldown walk for an overall workout time of 1/2 hour!

I am not going to lie…if Sarah wasn’t with me I would have thrown in the towel after the first 60 seconds of jogging! I can’t tell you how badly my lungs were screaming at me for putting them through such torture… If I were alone I would have hauled out all the excuses….I need to pee….I need a drink of water….I’m going to die?!….

But,¬†Sarah encouraged… and she¬†pushed….. and we finished today’s task! And….suprisingly it feels good ūüôā She was a trooper, I picked a good partner ūüėČ

Tomorrow will be day two because Wednesday’s are horrible for busy-ness! (You are supposed to go every other day.) So, look for an update on our journey soon! And, if you are intrigued by this idea…send me a message and I can tell you all about it!

For Sarah and I…. we have a¬†goal to walk/jog towards…. it looks a little like this…

….Feeling better about ourselves for that day we celebrate Brandon and Nancy’s love with fancy dresses…. professional make-up….and super-amazing hair-do’s!

What are you jogging/walking towards?!

 
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Posted by on March 21, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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Saying Goodbye to “Aubrey”…

This isn’t going to be an easy post for me. However, please bear with me as I write because it will likely bring a little more healing to a very raw broken heart.
 
Nathan and I recently found out that we were expecting baby number 3. Our previous difficulty to conceive means that news like this is none other than ELATING! We were already making plans for this new little love. Considering baby room reno’s, tossing baby names around, wondering what Ben and Sophie would be like with another little baby in the mix…..
Bottom line: we fell head over heels in LOVE!
Saturday night we went out for dinner with a large group of friends. After dinner we went back to our friend Nancy’s house to have some dessert and continue our visiting. After returning home (in a crazy snowstorm), I noticed while getting ready for bed that some bleeding had started…. Long story short, after a legnthy stay in emergency overnight we were told the very worst news we have ever had to deal with as parents….we lost our precious baby.
This week has brought many emotions to the surface. While we never met our baby- we were already very, very¬†attached. We mourn the reality that we will never hold her. We mourn the reality that her brother and sister will never get to know her. We mourn the reality that we will never watch her grow, see what she could have become, know what talents she would have posessed….
On the flip side, we have felt that God has certianly been our comfort these past couple of days and feel as though he is certianly giving us peace.
Whether that be through our many great friends and family¬†and the many ways they have blessed us this week: (flowers, meals,¬†treats, cards, encouraging emails/calls/mail, housecleaning, laundry, visits, and lots and lots of hugs!!!) ….or through scripture we’ve been seeking¬†that gives us such hope. Either way, we feel¬†his presence so much.
We are going¬†through the process of grieving. We have¬†given¬†the baby the name “Aubrey” so that when explaining her¬†short life to her brother and sister in the days to come, they will have a name¬†to identify her¬†by. I have¬†collected up things such as pictures, pregnancy tests and cards¬†to start a small scrapbook to keep her memory. ¬†
We know that for some reason God knew she was needed in heaven more than here with us. We are comforted by the fact that her death is not final- that we will indeed meet her one day when we join her in heaven.
Revelation 21:4 says “He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” We look forward to the day when there will be no more death, no more pain, no more crying…and we are so grateful that Jesus has given us this hope to hold on to¬†ūüôā
 

Our "cake" announcement ūüôā

We aren’t angry. After having Sophie, we know better than to believe anything but “everything happens for a reason.” We just need some time to process our saddness. To grieve our loss. And…we are attempting to do that as healthily as we possibly can.

Please pray for us! And if you have been one of those people who have majorly blessed us this week (you know who you are)…THANK YOU! We pray you will be blessed double what you have blessed us!

Positive!!!

One final image that is truly healing my heart- ūüôā

"Aubrey"

¬†She is resting in his hands! How wonderful ūüôā

 
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Posted by on March 9, 2011 in Christian

 

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