Food For Thought Friday

Food For Thought: Are you a Light or a Flicker?

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Wanna know something funny?

This Facebook post:

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…received 40 likes.

This one: Blog.3

…received 35 likes and 5 comments.

But this one, on the other hand:

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…received one ‘like’.

And this one…Blog.1

…only got “one”, as well.

So why am I mentioning this? Do I really care about how many “likes”, comments, shares, or re-blogs we have?

Not in the least.

But I do find it ‘funny’ – and not in an “LOL” way – that we are so quick to “like” a ‘pretty’ picture, “share” bad news, or comment on a post about fashion or friendship…and yet, we stray away from sharing, posting, liking or remarking about our faith on social media.

Craig and I certainly don’t author this blog for the income it provides (read: zero). We don’t share our faith because we desire fame, or tons of “likes” or “followers”. This blog is up and running today not because I have a wealth of time to write it, but because Jesus calls us to stand up for him!

In a world where violence is rampant; evil is portrayed as ‘good’ and normal, and the name of Jesus is a dirty word… We are called by him to shine like a light on a hill:

 “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that[a] they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”  Matthew 5: 14-16

How are you interpreting that scripture? Do you think being a LIGHT for all the world to see means fading into society so that no one out there knows your beliefs? Do you think it means hiding your faith? If that is how you’re living, you aren’t truly being a Christ-follower…

Now, listen. I am not here to judge, nor am I judging. But I love you people. I pour my heart and soul out to you weekly, and have (on and off) for almost three years. I write to you because Jesus has called me to do so, and because I love Him and long to follow Him more closely, I must obey.

Trust me. I am not perfect, nor am I claiming to be. I am a sinner. I mess up every single day, but that doesn’t stop me from striving to be the daughter of the Risen King I know I am.

Don’t shy away from sharing your faith – from letting others know what you believe and WHO you follow, and WHY. If you truly love Him, then don’t you want others to know the indescribable joy with which He fills you, in spite of all circumstances?

Be different. Shine like a light in the darkness. Do you know how many people have said to my face, behind my back, or behind the mask of a computer screen that I am a Jesus Freak? That I am “taking things too far”? That we take this “church thing too seriously”?

So. What.

It doesn’t matter what anyone else says, but Him.

Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; Depart from me, you who practice lawlessness.’ Matthew 7:21-23

So, therein lies your ‘food for thought’…Are you shining the light of Christ for all to see? I don’t care if you “like” my posts or share them or comment on them. But I do hope that you will never be ashamed of or afraid to reveal your faith.

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TTC Tuesday

Joy

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You may or may not have seen this verse posted on our Facebook page this morning. The Holy Spirit has been guiding us to read a selection of devotions from the devotional by John MacArthur called “Drawing Near”, and the devotion for yesterday – which didn’t get read until today… 🙂 led me to the verse above.

It’s amazing how the Lord will direct you if you allow Him.

We have been through ups and downs and trials and tribulations over our lack of a child. This time last year, I didn’t go more than a day or two without crying and sobbing and feeling depressed about not being able to give my sweet husband a baby…This year we are rejoicing in the joy of the Lord.

Baby Jonah already has a blanket and several sweet little outfits at home. As soon as we have finally moved into our new home, we will begin working on her nursery. The Lord has brought us a promise and such happiness in the faith and knowledge of His plans for our little family.

James 1:5

If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking.

The song below (which you will need to watch within a browser) describes the joy of the Lord and the grace He provides so well: “Exceeding Joy” – Hillsong

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TTC Tuesday

Standing On His Promises

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God has been really using the middle of the book of Isaiah this month as I have read His Word. It seems Isaiah is everywhere I turn – Mass, Jesus Calling, One Year Book of Hymns Devotional, blogs we read, and just this morning on the Mentoring Moments For Christian Women Facebook pageWhat a beautiful thought.

And as it turns out, God may (just maybe!) have a reasoning for pushing me to look at Isaiah more closely. Just take a look at chapter 54:

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The Fertility of Zion

54 “Shout for joy, O barren one, you who have borne no child;
Break forth into joyful shouting and cry aloud, you who have not travailed;
For the sons of the desolate one will be more numerous
Than the sons of the married woman,” says the Lord.
2 “Enlarge the place of your tent;
[a]Stretch out the curtains of your dwellings, spare not;
Lengthen your cords
And strengthen your pegs.
3 “For you will spread abroad to the right and to the left.
And your [b]descendants will possess nations
And will resettle the desolate cities.

4 “Fear not, for you will not be put to shame;
And do not feel humiliated, for you will not be disgraced;
But you will forget the shame of your youth,
And the reproach of your widowhood you will remember no more.
5 “For your husband is your Maker,
Whose name is the Lord of hosts;
And your Redeemer is the Holy One of Israel,
Who is called the God of all the earth.
6 “For the Lord has called you,
Like a wife forsaken and grieved in spirit,
Even like a wife of one’s youth when she is rejected,”
Says your God.
7 “[c]For a brief moment I forsook you,
But with great compassion I will gather you.
8 “In an [d]outburst of anger
I hid My face from you for a moment,
But with everlasting lovingkindness I will have compassion on you,
Says the Lord your Redeemer.

9 “For [e]this is like the days of Noah to Me,
When I swore that the waters of Noah
Would not [f]flood the earth again;
So I have sworn that I will not be angry with you
Nor will I rebuke you.
10 “For the mountains may be removed and the hills may shake,
But My lovingkindness will not be removed from you,
And My covenant of peace will not be shaken,”
Says the Lord who has compassion on you.

11 “O afflicted one, storm-tossed, and not comforted,
Behold, I will set your stones in antimony,
And your foundations I will lay in [g]sapphires.
12 “Moreover, I will make your battlements of [h]rubies,
And your gates of [i]crystal,
And your entire [j]wall of precious stones.
13 “All your sons will be [k]taught of the Lord;
And the well-being of your sons will be great.
14 “In righteousness you will be established;
You will be far from oppression, for you will not fear;
And from terror, for it will not come near you.
15 “If anyone fiercely assails you it will not be from Me.
Whoever assails you will fall because of you.
16 “Behold, I Myself have created the smith who blows the fire of coals
And brings out a weapon for its work;
And I have created the destroyer to ruin.
17 “No weapon that is formed against you will prosper;
And every tongue that [l]accuses you in judgment you will condemn.
This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord,
And their vindication is from Me,” declares the Lord.

Isn’t that something? “Shout for joy, O barren one, you who have borne no child“,  because God says, “For the sons of the desolate one will be more numerous than the sons of the married woman,”.

We are called to ‘enlarge our tents’, and to me, this is our call to put our full trust in the Lord. It’s like saying, “Lord, I trust you. You have promised in your Word we will be blessed with children, so I will lay that ‘concern’ in your Hands. I will prepare my heart, my soul, my marriage for this blessing, and in the meantime, I know that YOUR timing is perfect.”

Craig & I have started praying for His timing, and His Will to be done in our waiting for our child. It has given me a sense of peace, of an almost relaxation. Craig & I are putting our full trust in God, and devoting our energy – instead of to worrying & frustration – to our relationship with the Lord and with each other.

As my blogger friend & fellow PCOS girl, Elisha said, ” If He can cause a virgin teenager to get pregnant and give birth, then He can cause you to get pregnant and give birth, even with all of your short, long, non-existent cycles, and crazy up and down hormones.  Just believe.”

Well friends, I have a ton of e-mails to respond to and a new guest post to begin writing (Stay tuned!)… If you didn’t have a chance to read yesterday’s guest post at The Veil of Chastity, you can here.

We will see y’all tomorrow for What’s Up Wednesday! In the meantime, follow our blog and “like” us on Facebook (see the Follow widgets in our left sidebar)!

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Food For Thought Friday

Free Blessings!

Friday2Happy Friday Y’all!!!

I haven’t been this excited for a Friday in awhile, but between the fact this week has seemed a few extra days long for some reason, and that my husband is going to be home today, I am ecstatic!!! Ladies, if you have the privilege of spending every evening with your husband, or if you are dating and have the pleausre of seeing your significant other on a daily basis, consider yourself blessed and say a quick prayer of thanks right now.

Someone recently said, “Oh, it must be nice to have a break from each other!”

No ma’am, that is not the case. Spending 3-4 days apart at a time every single weekNot fun.

But I digress… (per usual). 🙂

Today, we have a bit of a surprise for you! This is going to be an even happier Friday than you may have thought! Look what I found for free:

Click on the picture above to be taken to the site with the links to download these 16 FREE BOOKS FROM BETH MOORE, PLUS TWO FREE MUSIC TRACKS FROM CHRISTIAN ARTIST COTY SLOAN!

If you’ve never seen or read or done a devotional by Beth Moore, boy are you missing out! Check out the video below – sound on and watching with undivided attention! (I just sounded like an elementary school teacher, huh?!?) 🙂

Oh my goodness, that story has me covered in goosebumps and tears every single time I hear it! What an awesome God we serve!

If you’re unfamiliar with Coty Sloan’s music, check this out:

This offer apparently ends today so jump on it and be blessed with this freedom! {Nice play on words, if I do say so myself! 😉 }

In other news, we want to THANK YOU for taking the time to vote this week! You voted, and we answered! The Newlywed Lefebvres have a second home on the internet now – on Facebook! If you enjoy blogging with us Monday – Friday, stop by & “LIKE” our Facebook page at The Newlywed Lefebvres on Facebook!

We’ll be posting pictures, videos, links to some of our favorite things on the web – We hope you’ll comment and share what’s going on in your lives with us! So “Like” our page and share it with others! How many ‘followers’ we have isn’t of concern. How many people we touch with the love of Christ? Well, that’s paramount.

Let’s take the world by storm for Christ!

All Our Love & Happy Friday Excitement,
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What's Up Wednesday

Antiquing, Appointments & (Not) Alot More

WednesdayI feel like y’all have been robbed of What’s Up Wednesday posts for the past two weeks, being that both Christmas and New Year’s Day fell in the middle of the week. Unfortunately, our lives aren’t that exciting – 😉 – so today’s post just reverts back to that of a typical “What’s Up Wednesday”.

So what’s up?

Well, for one, I have been working on our home decor – as usual, and so, while Craig was away for work, I spent last Saturday afternoon perusing Dupre’s Antique Market on the Marietta Square… Folks, oh. my. goodness. gracious. I love love love a good antique store. Seriously, other than Goodwill, antique stores are my favorite places to shop – and for the same reason I love Goodwill shopping: You just never know what you might find. (And I love discovering a treasure underneath a pile of junque {that’s fancy junk, in case you were wondering}.) What makes most antique shopping even better than Goodwill? You can barter down their pricing!

Dupre’s has everything from fine china to local original artwork.

The next time you’re in the Atlanta area, you really have to visit this place…

We have been in the market for an occasional chair to “finish” (ha, ha) out our great room, and (under a pile of genuine junque) I came across this:

wpid-20140107_223124.jpgA gorgeous grey French barrel cane chair – vintage, of course!

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While scouring Dupre’s from top to bottom, I also found a great set of drapery panels for our kitchen.

wpid-20140107_222919.jpgCraig was pretty surprised when he returned home from his trip that afternoon I had hung these babies on my own! 😉 Little did he know his wife was handy with a cordless drill! 😉

wpid-20140107_222801.jpgBetween the gorgeous chargers I found at Goodwill last week, and these draperies, our little kitchen/breakfast room area feels really warm and inviting! Interior design for your own home is always the most fun! 😉

In other news, 2014 is going to be the year of the physician visit. Between Craig and myself, this year alone has already meant our gracing the offices of 4 doctors. Ugh. I can feel our HSA Account groaning! But, this is a good thing! Items we have been putting off are being taken care of – namely, my 90-year old right knee, as we affectionately refer to it.

The Scene Of The Crime

Since the dreadful skiing incident of (early) 2012 when I hit a mogul and fell face first down the mountain…My knee has been in bad terrible shape. For the first 3 weeks, I couldn’t move it at all. It was swollen up like a sausage, and the pain…Oh, I can’t even describe that. It was excruciating. Well, even now – 2 years later – my right knee creaks loudly when I bend it, and it is still unbearably painful to do any sort of ‘high-impact’ exercise (which is why I switched to Pure Barre). If I put any strain on my knee, or walk too far (seriously), I pay for it for the next week. Craig is all too familiar with the look on my face that says it’s time for Aleve and Ben-Gay.

Now that the insurance stars have aligned, I was finally able to see a Sports Medicine Specialist/Orthopaedic Surgeon…who told me he was pretty sure I have been dragging around a torn ACL for the past 2 years, and it (shocker!) has not healed correctly.

No wonder it hurts so much, huh?

Now to wait for the results of the MRI. Stay tuned.

Otherwise, we are awaiting our inaugural appointment with the Atlanta Center For Reproductive Medicine. Fingers are crossed for better care than we’ve been given at Horrible OB-Gyn of Nameless Town In Georgia.

Prayers, please.

Now that y’all are allllllll caught up on the lives of the Newlywed Lefebvres, I have one little question for you?

Let us know. Your answers will be shared only with us and are completely anonymous. We just want to know how YOU feel!

Thank you to http://waitingforbabybird.com/ for this awesome reminder!

Until Tomorrow,

All Our Love,
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