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Softball Champs June 26, 2011

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Yesterday was a big day for Mackenzie and her softball team.  They had lost only one game the whole season and were playing in their season ending tournament in the championship game against the one team that had beat them earlier in the year.  The team was down 9-7 going into the bottom of the last inning.  They scored 2 runs to tie it at 9 and then with the winning run on 3rd base the mighty Mackenzie steps up to the plate and delivers the game winning hit and they won the game 10-9.  So very proud of her!  Here are a couple pictures from the day!

Here is Kenzie with the first place trophy and the game ball that she was given by her coach for getting the winning hit!

Here is a picture of the entire team!  Great job girls!

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First High Point Trophy June 18, 2011

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Today at our swim meet McKenna got her first ever high point trophy in the 8 and under division, not too bad for a 7 year old.  She got first place in the Individual Medley, short breaststroke, and long breaststroke and none of the races were even close.  Here is our little champ showing off her trophy:

Perspective June 14, 2011

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Amazing how quickly your entire perspective in life can change in just a few moments.  One moment you are going about your day as if everything is fine and you are in complete control.  The next moment you feel as helpless as you possibly can.

Yesterday a pretty regular doctor’s visit for an ear infection turned into a very scary afternoon of worrying about a possible serious health scare for one of our children.   Thankfully nothing ended up being wrong.  Those few hours of waiting real test your faith in God.  It definitely revealed to me that I need to trust in God more daily and stop trying to live in control of my own life, but daily depend upon His sovereignty and providence (and also hug my kids more and give thanks for good health).

The Spirit’s Leading June 1, 2011

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I have always had a hard time understanding the working of the Holy Spirit in the life of a believer.  There have been times in which I have felt His presence so strong that I was almost overwhelmed by His power and might.  Other times it is a struggle to realize and remember that He is there every moment of every day.

Recently I was given a good reminder of His presence and leadership in my life.  One afternoon I received a phone call from a church member that his father, a long time church member and deacon, was not doing well and they were not sure how long he was going to be alive.  As I began to contemplate what I should do next, I immediately began to think to myself that I was tired and was nearing the end of a long day, I should go home and relax and I would go and visit with this gentleman and his family the next morning.

When I arrived home to relax, I couldn’t.  The Holy Spirit was instructing me that I needed to go and visit this gentleman and his family right then and not put it off.  I tried my best to ignore this leading and return to my self-centered evening.   The longer I waited, the more intense this leading became.  Finally, I got up and obeyed.  I went to the nursing home and saw this man and his family.  And I am so thankful I did because early the next morning I got a phone call that this man had went home to be with his Lord very early in the morning.  If I had waited to visit him, I would have been too late.

The Holy Spirit in many ways is still a huge mystery to me, but I am thankful He still speaks, leads, and guides His children.  I pray that next time I will not be so stubborn in obeying.