Monday, January 2, 2017

2016 A Year to Remember!!!

It has been a long tine since I have posted and to tell you the truth I have felt that this was the right time to post.  2016 was a year that God provided beyond belief.  My two youngest daughters...Morgan and Savannah went on their first Airplane ride and boy it was an adventure! The girls worked hard for a year and a half to raise the money to go to Israel with our church.  God provided many job opportunities for them to raise the money to go.  The girls babysat, dog sat, cleaned houses, worked at church, was a hostess at several home events for members of our church. They had to raise $5,000 plus money for food and expenses while they were gone.  God really provided and it was unbelievable the experiences they had.
When people ask if I know God supplies my needs I tell them I know He does?  I watched as the girls worked hard to raise the money along with the way God provided through many friends money each and every month.  They saved their birthday money, Christmas money and every chance they had were rolling their coins to add to their savings.  God provided when I did not know how that would happen.

This year my oldest daughter, Erin and her husband had a baby boy born in September.  Erin's oldest son Luke is 8 and Ethan is almost 4 months.  Our family is growing.  Erin and Bruce have 4 wonderful children, 3 boys and 1 girl.  Heather, my 2nd oldest and her husband Eric have two great children also.  We have 6 grandchildren and we are a very blessed family.

Morgan has been working at a local restaurant, "Peter D's" since August and she really enjoys working there. She also plays keyboard for the College Praise and Worship band and has had opportunities to travel with the band and they are in the process of record their first CD.  Savannah has been working as a nanny and has started volunteering at church with the JV Infinity Worship Leader and she really enjoys doing that.

I will end this here and pick up later this week with what is happening now in our family!

Sunday, August 3, 2014

I'm in a Relationship!

Don't you just love reading everyone's post on Social Media? I especially like reading about the places my friends have been, their pictures of their family and even events that will be taking place in their lives.  Social Media is a great way to keep in contact with your family and friends. Those pictures of your childhood friend and now their children, where people are working and who is getting married or having a baby. I can remember a time where you would find out about family and friends through a letter. Yes, A Letter! No I am not that old but 35+ years ago I was still writing letters and waiting for that letter to arrive from my friends and family. Be honest, you still do like getting some good news in the mail rather than bills all the time.

Well, I guess you are wondering where the title of his blog post is coming from? I will tell you, as much as I love catching up with family and friends on Social Media, I have to say that when it pops up, "So and So has changed their relationship status", I just sit and shake my head. I must be getting old, you were either single, married, divorced, widow or widower, Not In a Relationship! What are you saying, really saying? Do you feel you can not be a complete person unless you are In A Relationship? A true relationship begins when you become a Christian. When you use that word relationship your are saying this person knows all about me. My ups, downs, failures, disappointments and even hidden secrets. The one person who knows all about you from the time you were formed in your mother's womb, is God our father. Psalm 139:13-14 take a minute and examine your life and see who you are really in a relationship with, God or man. I would rather say that my relationship status is built on The Lord Jesus Christ who gave his life for me so that I could have eternal life. So next time some one ask what is your relationship status answer boldly, I am dedicated to The Lord Jesus Christ, he hung on the cross for me and gave his life for me. So as for me, I am married to a wonderful man who pits his trust in The Lord and leads our family into a relationship with Christ our Savior.

Friday, January 24, 2014

2014 Trusting in God for Wisdom, Power and Strength

It is hard to believe that 2014 is here, I can remember moving to TN thinking how we would survive 1 year let alone almost 7 years this May. In the past 6 years we have settled in quite well. We have found a great church and have grown so much. We have learned how to make prayer and Bible reading a very important part of our lives. We have learned how to trust God for his provision, protection and guidance.

2013 has been a very trying year.
I took the step and filled out a resume and actually went on a job interview. I had not worked since 2007 (in an office setting), I have spent most of my time homeschooling the girls and baby sitting but thought I would try my hand at a job interview and maybe getting a job.  I really thought that was the time for me to go back to work but it was not God's time.  For this reason I am still plugging along doing what I know how to do best...being a mom, teacher and sitter.  God has bless me with some wonderful children to watch, these children are part of our family in our hearts.  I do not have them full time so I am able to homeschool the girls, craft and attend different Bible Studies when time allows.  Morgan is working part-time at the church in the Nursery Department along with her baby-sitting responsibilities.  Savannah has branched out and is starting to babysit for a few families.  It seems that the Hawes Girls have baby-sitting in their blood.  Even our two oldest daughters were babysitters and full-time nannies at some point in their lives.  We have always had babies around and have enjoyed every minute.  Glenn and I are still hosting a small group at our church and have met some wonderful people in the last year.  God has blessed us with so many wonder friends that we know have us in their prayers.

In October 2013 Glenn had an accident at work that caused his shoulder to be dislocated and a torn labrum.  We later found out that he had torn his rotator cuff.  He was scheduled for surgery in early December but due to infection was unable to have surgery.  He was able to have surgery 2 days after Christmas to find out that they were unable to repair his rotator cuff and they had to cut his bicep muscle to that it did not stretch and cause more pain.  Glenn has been out of work since early December and we know God has a purpose and reason for all this.  Praying that our visit in late January 2014 will give us a better perspective as to what the Doctors feel the next step will be.  Trusting God for his perfect will concerning this matter and believing for healing to take place.

We are looking forward to see what 2014 will hold for us.  The girls are ready for a vacation, one day they want to go on a cruise and the next day, Disney.  It is so funny to hear their conversations on what type of vacation they want.  They have already bought their tickets for the 1 Direction concert in August now they are talking about a concert in February they want to go to.  They are so much fun to be around.  I think I would have been bored out of my mind without them.  I am so thankful for having two more daughters after the older 2 daughters.  4 wonderful girls and a wonderful husband.
God has truly bless our family. 

Until next time remember that we all have a calling, trust God to show you where you need to be and walking in His ways!

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

May 1, 2013

It has been a long time since I found the time to sit and update my blog.  Since November, we had a wonderful Christmas, with all that went on at WOC, from the Christmas programs to Gift Wrap.  It seems like it has been non stop since Christmas, we have seen God do some might things within our family in the past 5 months. 

We first started out the year with the new sermon series @World Outreach Church in Murfreesboro, TN, the Extraordinary Life through Christ.  We learned how God would take just ordinary people and make them Extra-ordinary.  Through that we heard the testimonies of many people, Angus Buchan, a potato farmer from South Africa that God changed his life and he is now holding "Mighty Men Conferences" all over the word to teach Christian Men to be devoted followers of Christ and lead their families, businesses and lives according to the Word of God.  Angus will be in Middle Tennessee on May 3, 2013 at MTSU to hold his first Mighty Men's Conference here in the US!  Hard to believe he choose Middle TN to come and share with the Men his Might Message.  Hold on to your seats ladies, if your husband's, son's and father's attend this meeting be ready for a change to take place within your home.  Angus was here last year and spoke at the church for a Men's Event and it was powerful!

Another Extraordinary life that God has changed and is using for His Glory is Raymond Berry, I have to be honest I did not know who Raymond Berry was until this study, just thought he was just another person that attended our church.  BUT, my husband Glenn knew who he was.  Glenn can remember when Raymond Berry played football for the Baltimore, Colts.  Hearing how God moved within Raymond Berry's life many years ago is encouraging.  He shared that there were things that came into his life that he did not sign up for but God chose to use him in the lives of may people. 

For us to sit and listen to the lives God chose to use in His might plan it gave us hope that through Christ he could use our ordinary life.  I pray everyday that my steps are ordered by God and I will look at every encounter as a God Opportunity.  I want my life to edify God and give God the Glory for things that take place.

We also heard the testimony of  Charlie Daniels and how he had to study hard to learn how to play the guitar and fiddle.  He shared how he would get to the studio early and leave late so that he could practice to be the best he could be.  Through his determination God blessed him and he has to be one of the best Country Music Entertainers I know.  I have seen Charlie Daniels perform with his band and he brings some of the best entertainment to the stage I have ever seen.  But my favorite was the year he sang at Easter at MTSU for the World Outreach Church Easter Celebration...he sang with our Praise and Worship Team and it was so anointed.  He is not just an entertainer but he is also a man who can sing and enter us into the Presence of the Lord.  Every time I hear him sing I just have to smile and stand and worship with him.  He will also be at the Might Men's Conference at MTSU this weekend, what a time that will be.  Men I want all of you to have a blessed time in the Lord this Friday night.

There were many, many others who we heard about the ordinary lives that once they gave their hearts to the Lord became Extra-Ordinary Lives through Christ.  Just think about what he do with your life if you just let him.

I guess you can see where my passion lies, I want my ordinary life to become an Extra-Ordinary life for Christ.

Let's move on to the girls, Morgan, now 15 and Savannah, now 13 have been very busy.  Morgan and Savannah both help lead Praise and Worship for the Children's Ministry at our church.  Morgan works with the 2nd & 3rd graders on Saturday night leading worship for them.  Savannah also works with the 2nd & 3rd graders on Sunday morning leading worship for them.  God had blessed us with 4 beautiful daughters and they all love the Lord with all their hearts.  One day I hope to see all 4 girls serving the Lord in ministry at the same time.  Morgan plays guitar and keyboard for the worship team on Wednesday Nights at JV Infinity for the 7 & 8 grade and Savannah sings for the praise and worship team on Wednesday Nights.  Morgan has learned to run the Pro-Presenter (?) for Thursday nights H.S. Infinity, {I had to ask what that was when I first heard it, it is the big screen with the words to the songs, announcements and scriptures on it for everyone to follow along} she also plays guitar for H.S. when needed.  Morgan and Savannah have had several opportunities to perform in big Church and that has also been a huge God event in their lives since they both love praise and worship.

Glenn is still working at Publix, he is praying that things will change and I will go back to work and he will stay at home with the girls.  We will see because we have given that to the Lord to work out.  Praying for his will for our lives. Erin, our oldest and Luke her son are doing well.  Luke is now playing T-Ball and he had his first game the other week and he was so cute in his picture with his mom.  Heather, has been married for a year and her and her husband Eric is in the process of buying their first home.  Heather is learning to pray even more than ever before, lol, she is learning first hand how hard and frustrating it is when trying to buy a home.  Dylan our other grandson is doing well, he is in school and things seem to be going well for him. 

Well, I think we are up to speed with things that are going on...hopefully I will be checking in before too long and I pray that God will use you to be that Extra-ordinary person for Him.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

November 2012

Hard to believe that it is November already.  I entered the year of 2012 stating this was a year of victories.  I wanted to see what God was going to do this year and God has done just what he said he would do...
     Joel 2:28-32 "And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh; your sons and daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, and your young men shall see visions.  Even on the male and female servants in those days I will pour out my Spirit. And I will show wonders in the heavens and on the earth, blood and fire and columns of smoke. The sun shall be turned to darkness, and the moon and blood, before the great and awesome day of the Lord comes.  And it shall come to pass that everyone who calls on the name of the Lord SHALL BE SAVED. For in Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there shall be those who escape, as the Lord has said, and among the survivors shall be those whom the LORD CALLS."

God is good and his mercies are new each day.  I stand on that promise.  We have seen God move on behalf of our family more times than we can count...from healing of our bodies to providing financially on our behalf. 

We have had the opportunity this year to hear many speakers at our church that provided such insight to what the Word of God says. 

Mark 6:31-32 We need to learn to spend more time with Jesus, reading, praying and most of all listening to what God is saying to us.  We need to be still so that we can hear his voice.
There was one question that was asked during one of these sermons that really made me stop and think, "Why does the 'church' walk so close to the world?"  We are in this world but not of this world.

If you have some time check out these two websites...
Angus Buchan and Lance Lambert
these two men were at our church this year and the words they spoke were what the children of
God needed.  Take the time to listen to their messages and you will be blessed. 

It is time to be thankful for what God has done in our lives and most of all what God has done in the lives of our friends and family.  Think about how God has blessed you this year and be still to hear what he has in store for you in the next two months and most of all be sure to Trust Him to meet all your needs.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Spring is in the Air!
It is hard to believe we went from a very warm winter...(only seen snow on the ground once this year and that was a dusting,) to summer. This month, March,
should have been the month where we had nice day's in the 70's to cool nights in the 40's and instead we have had warm day's in the 80's to nice nights in the 50's. I have to say that this is really nice weather...I love having the windows open, (my allergies do not like that) being able to go out side and see the flowers in bloom and the trees budding. Just the other day we seen a mother Killdeer sitting on her nest. We were at an event where they had pitched a tent and it was just about 10 feet from this mother's nest. Anytime someone got close to the nest that mother would make some loud calls and flap her wings like she was ready to attack. Very protective of her nest. I loved the fact that she did not leave the nest and she made sure no one came close to her nest.
That has made me think how the Father above watches over us and protects us from danger. I am glad that we have the Father there to lead and guide us. I have read over the story of Job several times in the past two weeks. I am amazed how God the Father gave the Enemy (Satan) the permission to test Job because he knew he was an honorable man of God. God told Satan he could do whatever he wanted except touch his soul. God knew that Job would stand ture to the Father above.

Monday, January 2, 2012

2012 A Year of Victories

I can not believe it is 2012, where has the year gone. I look back and I see where God's hand was in the whole year and I am anticipating to see where His hand will lead us this year. I was praying the other week, (in 2011) and I started to look back at the year and God gave me the word
"VICTORIES"! I pray that this year will be the year of Victories not only in my life but in the lives of my loved ones. I know that God has a plan for this year and I want to walk in His plan and see His Victories for the year.

We are only 2 days into the new year and I can already see where God is moving within our family. The week before Christmas my 2nd oldest experienced her first surgery, minor but serious. She had to have her appendix out. As minor as it is they had to cut her open which will require a longer healing period and she does not like to rest or stay home so this is very trying for her. Two days after her surgery her husband had to have a re-occurring surgery done so for Christmas they both were laid up. I told her God was trying to say something to them and that she needed to read and ask God what he was saying. I know that God will show her if she will just take the time to sit and hear His voice.

My oldest has been such a great example of how God moves. She has been separated for 1 year and her and her son are truly blessed by God. She often calls to share how God has provided for her and her son. I thank God that she knows where her provisions come from, these are not just by accident. I know that because she has learned to trust God this year for a lot of her provisions that He will see her through to the end. Not too sure where 2012 will lead her but I know that she is in God's Hands and He will see her through.

I was sitting taking a break today and was watching one of favorite sports movie, (and believe me I am not a sports fan by any means) "Replacements". I love the fact that they took a bunch of has been sports guys and made football players out of them. I think it is because they are the under-dog that I like that movie so much. When they start to play they give a little background of some of the players and they label them as un-educated, losers, a bunch of misfits. Well I was watching this movie I started to think how God picks people who come from unique backgrounds and uses them for his kingdom.

In the Bible He had a real sense of humor, He choose individuals that were out of the ordinary to
share the Good News of the Gospel.

A harlot, a tax collector, fisherman, a shepherd boy, and many more. Think about where you were and where God has brought you from. What your background was and how God has brought you into his wonderful family to feast on the Good Things of the Lord.

Let us not dwell on things of the past, (last year) but let us dwell on the goodness of the Lord.

Look for your Victories in 2012 and see what the Lord can do for you!