Being Sure of His Promise

I’ve never been abandoned or absolutely needed something I could not get/have. Yeah, this morning on the way to work the temp gauge drifted to the “too hot” range. But never has it overheated while we are a one car family. Many would say coincidence but I know for certain the truth of God’s word. His divine plan and intervention is so evident in our life. The pharmacist changes my medicine and it negatively impacts me but I am able to get a new prescription and return the old? God. My husband and I share a ’96 Saturn and it works? God. D and I have friends and loved ones who share this beautiful journey of grace with us. And that I know is the sovereignty of God.

I think I have control and I begin to worry. When I know we need two cars in exactly 8 days and I don’t see how it’s possible? I remember I serve a God whom I cannot exaggerate. I remember I am the daughter of the King who gave His own Son to save me. What good thing will He withhold from me?

 

My daily prayer right now is…

Lord help my unbelief. Mark 9:24

I hope in your word! Psalm 119:114

The Lord is my portion; I will hope in Him. Lamentations 3:24

 

And I hold His promises closely…

I will strengthen you, I will help you. Isaiah 41:10

I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. Isaiah 43:1

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you. Isaiah 43:2

The Lord is good to those who wait for Him, to the soul who seeks Him. Lamentations 3:25

 

I am learning the beauty of God whom I call Abba, Father and whom I also call Lord, Master. When I approach His throne reminding myself He is both. Thankful that I am not Him but am a small vessel to be used, a small child to be loved. How beautiful

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December 16, 2014

Jacquelyn Brianne Baker,

I am engaging you, as Emily would say. I was wondering if you would continue to be my best friend, be my wife and spend the rest of your life with me.

Will you marry me?

These are the words Dillon spoke to me a year ago today. And wait for it….. I said yes! (and to think he says he was nervous)

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One year ago today Dillon asked me to become his wife. I remember waking up that morning and telling my sister, “Today would be a great day for Dillon to propose!” Oh how I had no idea he had planned to take me to the beach at sunset and had my family and friends there to meet us for dinner. From God’s beautiful painting in the sky to the random guy on the beach cheering for us, it was all perfect.
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God has the ultimate plans and I am so thankful. As I grow older I am able to look back more and more and agree in gratefulness that God’s plans prevailed over mine. Its funny how controlling I want to be when there is one in control who knows the story, who wrote the story. I am thankful for the story He has written for me. I love my dashing prince charming with his strong work ethic, his integrity and compassion. I am excited that God has given us each other to praise Him together.
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The Mrs.

Much Needed Weekend

Recently Dillon and I packed up to head to our home town for my baby sister’s baptism. When I get ready to leave the house I make sure everything is turned off, unplugged, no food left in the fridge, faucets tightened routine. Even when its only a one night trip I feel like I have to prep the house.

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Whole30 Travel Snacks: Bosc Pears & Homemade Lara Bars

 

I picked Dillon up from work and we were on our way. He suffered through two hours of my professor as I listened to lectures in the car. One my favorite things about car trips is that Dillon drives. He always does and it makes me feel safe and care free.

We got to his parent’s house after a few hours and I had made a crock pot of chili (Whole30 approved!) for us to enjoy. It was so nice to catch up and enjoy time with his mom and step-dad. Usually there is work, traveling and busyness that keeps things short but this night was filled with relaxing and catching up. A much needed evening.

After we left we went by a friends house to say hi as we had been gone for some time. Again, it was wonderful. Time of catching up, seeing how kids had grown and how life carried on when we left. I am thankful for friendships and this very night reminded me of that. The kids I used to spend so much time with were full of giggles and snuggles. Something I have greatly missed at my new job with all adults. (My new job I am too grateful for!)

In these friendships you learn from each other and share. Friends that offer a listening ear and genuinely ask questions are hard to come by and I am thankful God has given Dillon and I that in our lives.

Sunday, we spent the morning with my family in my parent’s inviting home. My mom has worked so hard to prepare it to fit all of her children and new additions as the family grows. I was able to sit down and enjoy breakfast at the table and I just watched as my family filled the kitchen, laughing and sharing life. My family, almost all of us together under one roof.

Together we left for church and to prepare as Emily was to be baptized. It was beautiful. Emily invited Tori and I up to the baptistery to help her through the service. I learned something new that day. Emily had received Christ after one of our dad’s sermons in Georgia. How neat that our dad was able to lead her to Christ.

This weekend reminded me and taught me of so much. It was the perfect retreat and getaway I needed in the midst of life’s struggles and busyness. I often get carried away by the never ending list of life when the real importance doesn’t always make my list.

Family. Loved ones. God has blessed Dillon and I will numerous blessings of support and love. God is so evident through my family and friends and I am forever grateful. This has been a great reminder for me and I hope you take time too. Enjoy the company of loved ones, and reach out to those God has placed in your life. This has been my reminder that I can be a blessing to those around me. This very sweet time of Holidays is approaching and I need to remember I can be a blessing to others.

First Whole30

I have read about Whole30, contemplated it and even started it (with much too little preparation). I was more into the hype of doing it (I’m very determined!). After a few months of doing more on-and-off research of reading blogs, watching videos and seminars, D and I have decided we are going to start our first Whole30 on October 19, 2015.

I am posting about this for a few reasons….

  1. Hold us accountable! We will need it. The temptations are out there but we know we want the best for our bodies. Our stomachs/brains just don’t always agree with that.
  2. Advice! We want to hear from you! What is your favorite Whole30 compliant meal? What are some tips and tricks you have learned and love (or hate)?
  3. Coffee. This gets its own number. I love coffee. I currently drink it with unsweetened soy milk and a dash of maple syrup. How do I make GOOD Whole30 compliant coffee? I can drink it black but I like to take the edge off.
  4. Please tell me why you love Whole30. What did it do for you? Are you continuing or was once enough?

Please leave your feedback! I would love to hear your thoughts. I am all ears. I am taking this next week to prepare for the journey.

With Love,

Jay

August in the Making

I know it is the end of the first day but I have finally taken time and written my August goals. I am really excited about the opportunity for growth this month! A new, fresh start always helps me to be motivated even when things around aren’t so motivating. Here are August’s goals:

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Intentionally grow in my relationship with God, seeking Him daily & pursuing ways to serve Him.

As I eat, ask if it will be good for God’s temple, my body, not eating out of impulse but eating and choosing deliberately.

My HUSBAND (still in awe I am married!!), my sister and I are running a marathon in February 2016 and August starts our training! My goal is to follow closely our training regimen.