Sunday, September 28, 2008


Psalm 127:1
Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.

Friday, September 26, 2008

teen literature review (for Christian parents)

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i just found this great site that has Christian reviews of books that appeal to tweens & teens! i love that God gives ideas to others & we can all reap the fruit of one another's labor. i posted the link to the site over to the side bar. take a look at the "rating scale" they use for better understanding! enjoy...

crisis or opportunity...bitter or sweet...


my mom used to say about every situation, relationship, or decision i faced, "just pray about it." i would get so frustrated, of course, i wanted something to DO! but what words of wisdom they turned out to be, and now they are my more natural tendency..."just pray about it" - oh, that leaders in Washington would follow her advice - but even though few may, we can!

I Chronicles 12:32 "...the sons of Issachar, who had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do..."

Lord, raise up sons of Issachar to lead our nation, to advise our leaders & to be in positions of influence.


"one man with beliefs is equal to a thousand with only interests." - John Stuart Mill

Lord, bless our nation, however undeserving, with leaders who BELIEVE.


"if you read history you will find that the Christians who did most for the present world were those who thought most of the next. the apostles themselves, who set out on foot to convert the Roman Empire, the great men who built up the Middle Ages, the English evangelicals who abolished the slave trade, all left their mark on earth, precisely because their minds were occupied with Heaven. It is since Christians have largely ceased to think of the other world that they have become so ineffective in this one. Aim at Heaven & you will get earth "thrown in." Aim at earth & you will get neither." - C.S. Lewis


Lord, give us "other worldly" minds! keep us hopeful and praying without ceasing!



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Wednesday, September 24, 2008

at the foot of the cross...


today at CBS, i talked with 2 other mom's who don't like busyness anymore that i do! right after that, we had the worship time & we sang "At the Foot of the Cross". The busyness of our schedule this year compared to years past doesn't seem right. could you really have called us to all this, Lord? yes, was His answer. just trust me...as i sang along with the beautiful music, i remembered the verse He gave me this past spring when He put this plan together.

Matthew 11:29-30
Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.


He is so good! and i know He will give us the energy to go through this year. i will continually lay this "burden" of homeschooling at the foot of the cross! thank you for reminding me, Lord!

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

words, word, words


Words, words, words
Be this, do that, achieve
Push, step on, hurry
Gain more than I need

But His words are words of life
Love others, peace, abide
Freedom, mercy, justice
These are the call as He walks by my side

So what does that mean for me?
How does that look each & every day?
It looks like paying attention
Hands reaching out that say

You’re important. Your life matters.
The God of all has a plan just for you.
He offers hope, purpose & meaning.
It means seeking what He’d have me do.

“If you seek Me, you will find Me
when you seek Me with all your heart.”
He makes me that promise
It’s of that plan I want to be a part

*jb*

Saturday, September 20, 2008

my friend Gesner...

A note from my friend, Gesner, who was an interpreter for our mission group that went to the Dominican Republic. He spoke English, Spanish & Creole so he helped us share the gospel with Haitian refugees working on the sugar cane farms there. I asked him what he knows about slavery in the D.R. & in Haiti. I also told him about Sam's guitar teacher & his wife who recently adopted 3 little girls from Haiti. this is his response...




Hi Jennefer,
It is such a relief to know that THose children have someone that cares for them. I am familiar with this, cause i have seen how hard it is for those children. You know most of the time those kids are taken from there parents with the hope that they gonna have a better life, well not only the kids but , also the adults.
I am telling you that cause in Haiti many have fallen in that trap.
You know some family accept to give out their kids because they can not provide to their basic needs.
Jennifer, it is hard. I am now covering the schooling of a couple of kids. One of them her father is dead and her mother just can not help her. I get some young guys around my neigborhood that had been taken to the D.R by a so called organization to work for a company when they got there they were forced to in a sugar cane field for nothing. One of them escaped and beg for money in the street and went back to Haiti.
To make a long story shorter, yes i am familar with it i read in books and see it withmy own two eyes.
By the way, I now teaching Couple of months ago i Worked with world vision and ITLA(Which is the institute i work for) in a batey (The same kind of place we worked together when you were in the D.R)in community mainly Haitian Dominican. I am now in the Dom. Rep.
And next month i am gonna be father. THe baby is a girl her name is Widgina.
Well, I pray that God give the opportunity to visit the Island again.
My regards to you family and may God bless you there in Arizona.
I am thinking about visiting the US at least for a week i just do not know when yet.
Dearly yours,
Gesner

elle-belle


our sweet elle got glasses this week. she's growing up...a new haircut, glasses, changing classes at KEYS...my prayer - that she will "be known for the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God."
I Peter 3:4

Friday, September 19, 2008

just courage

please pause my playlist before viewing!




Thursday, September 18, 2008

brave or safe?


Rescued victims soak in their first few hours of freedom in the safety after their rescue from commercial sexual exploitation in Svay Pak, Cambodia. International Justice Mission worked with local authorities to rescue 37 girls as young as 5 years old in a single day.



"Here is one choice that our Father wants us to understand as Christians – and I believe it is the choice of our age. Do we want to be brave or safe? Gently, lovingly – our heavenly Father wants us to know that we simply can’t be both."— Gary Haugen/CEO of International Justice Mission





-visit http://www.ijm.org/



did you know there are 27 million slaves in the world?





God is stirring more than just my heart! i will wait on His timing...His plans not mine!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

for christi...





blessing
trusting
seeking
yielding
loving
sharing
praising
learning
leaning
hoping
expecting
inspiring...
blessing!

Monday, September 15, 2008

give me Jesus


this morning when woke up, my first thought was "give me Jesus"...what a wonderful way to wake up. sam & elle have another longish day of classes at KEYS. i will spend my time again quiet, waiting...i feel like i am wasting time. it's hard to be still, but i really think it's what i'm supposed to do right now. we'll see what happens...i will not give in to the temptation to come back home and be busy...not yet anyway!

Friday, September 12, 2008

change...


wednesday was our first day at CBS this year. elle & i got up & got ready to go, & for the first time since we've been homeschooling, we left sam behind. i guess i was a little "blue" the whole time we were away. it just wasn't the same with him not there! when we returned home, he had finished much of his school work. he's growing up. becoming more responsible. i'm so proud of him, but still my heart aches...change, even good change is hard. i watched him walk into teen CBS last night. i just dropped him off. he didn't need me to walk in with him, but as i watched, there were still little reminders of younger years...my little boy is becoming a young man...change, even good change is hard.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

remembering...

this memorial was erected at the crash site of flight 93 in shanksville, pa. it was made from the beam from the WTC and the base is shaped like the pentagon. i can't believe it's been 7 years...

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

haiti on my heart...


when i was a little girl, i attended a school where we took some very elementary french classes. i loved it! & much of what learned has stayed with me - funny now b/c half the time, i can't remember why i just went from upstairs to downstairs! - anyway, a few years ago, i took french lessons with a sweet lady at her home in waynesboro, pa, soon after that, our family moved back to TN and i went with my church on a mission trip to the dominican republic. while there, i had the chance to share God's love with many haitian refugees working on sugar cane farms. the living conditions were horrendous, but the smiles of the children and adults alike will never leave my mind...what is God stirring in my heart? i don't know yet, but i will keep praying He puts the pieces together.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

my question...



from Captivating by john & staci eldredge...

"He knows what takes your breath away, knows what makes your heart beat faster...i felt silly in asking for i knew the truth - that God had already proven His love for me. He had sent His only son, Jesus, to die for me (Jn.3:16)...do you love me?..(but) God delights in revealing Himself to those who will seek Him with all their hearts...i got up off the sand and continued to walk. it was early spring, waves crashing, seagulls crying. the northern coast of california is rocky, and as i picked my way through, i rounded a corner and came upon a starfish, a beautiful orange starfish. and i knew at once it was God's gift to me, His kiss...He answered my question. yes. He loved me. i thanked Him for it, then rounded the next bend and came upon sight i will never forget. there before me, behind me, surrounding me, were hundreds of starfish. zillions of them. there were purple ones and orange ones and blue ones, all sizes. i burst into joyful laughter, my heart exploding inside me...He LOOOOVED me!"

my question is not can He do anything...i know He can do whatever He wants...my question is will He do it for me? will He use me?

Monday, September 8, 2008

time : time


our sweet dog sits outside
just waiting for some time
when I’ll slow down a bit
from my busy, daily grind

she’s not mad or even sad
she just waits with constant hope
i’ll turn aside from my busyness
and give her back a stroke


the minute i step out
she jumps right up with glee
throw the ball! run around!
come & play with me!

her love is not dependent
on the time that I spend
she’s just glad for the visit
for me to treat her as a friend

well, our Father’s like that too
waiting patiently for time
and the more I spend with Him
the more He is mine

His love, neither, is dependent
on what I have to bring
because it all starts with Him
He is love, that’s the thing!

so, it doesn’t really matter
what “great” things I may have done
He’s just waiting, He wants time
and for us to move as one
*jb


John 15 “I am the vine, you are the branches…
abide in Me & I wll abide in you”

Sunday, September 7, 2008

beauty...


elle & i went to petsmart to look at the fish
yesterday then over to in & out to pick up
burgers for dinner. she took this picture
with my phone as we passed through the
drive-thru...beauty is everywhere, we just
need to slow down a minute & take notice!

Saturday, September 6, 2008

justice...



seek justice,
rescue the oppressed,
defend the orphan,
plead for the widow. (isa. 1:17)

if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry
and satisfy the needs of the oppressed,
then your light will rise in the darkness,
and your night will become like the noonday.
the Lord will guide you always;
he will satisfy you needs in the sun-scorched land
and will strengthen you frame.
you will be like a well-watered garden,
like a spring whose waters never fail. (isa. 58:10-11)


ok, i just finished Just Courage today (see post below!). anyway, i'd like ANYONE who visits this blog to please answer the little poll i'm taking about the awareness of slavery in our world today. if you have questions about this topic or if the Lord prompts your heart to learn more, please search the internet using these words: National Geographic, September 2003, Slavery

also, please feel free to send this blog address (wwwjencrew.blogspot.com) to your friends. if more of us know, how can we help but do something!?!

thanks so much!


*also please go to http://www.ijm.org/ for more info

a little more fear...



i was reading today in Deuteronomy. over & over again as God was giving direction to moses about taking possession of the promised land, He would say - do this, do that, tell the people to live this way, to react to evil or injustice in this way - & then He would say - this is so the people won't become arrogant - this is so the people will fear the Lord.


a wise pastor (dr. bobby moore), who spoke at my church in memphis, once explained "fear of the Lord" like this: the fear of the Lord is not a dread of what God might do to you, a fear of His crushing hand coming down on you if you act in disobedience. true fear of the Lord is the motivation to act obediently, stemming from our honor & love for Him, because we have a healthy fear of His removing His hand of blessing from our lives if we continue in diobedience.


o that God will raise up Christian leaders in our time - like elijah - who will call all Christians to a healthy fear of our all-powerful, all-knowing, always present God - who is full of both anger & love, justice & mercy, strength & gentleness all at the same time & in perfect holy balance.

He is truly a God to be feared!

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Providence...

Daniel 2:20-22 "Praise be to the name of God forever and ever; wisdom and power are His. He changes times and seasons; He sets up kings and deposes them. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the discerning. He reveals deep and hidden things; He knows what lies in darkness and light dwells with Him."


John Cavin said, "Gratitude of mind for the favorable outcome of things, patience in adversity, and also incredible freedom from worry about the future all necessarily follow upon this knowledge...ignorance of providence is the ultimate of all miseries; the highest blessedness lies in the knowledge of it."

George Washington in his first Inaugural Address: "...it would be peculiarly improper to omit, in this first official act, my fervent supplications to the Almighty Being who rules over the universe, who presides in councils of nations and whose providential aids can supply every human defect...No people can be bound to acknowledge and adore the Invisible Hand which conducts the affairs of men more than those of the United States. Every step by which they have advanced to the character of an independent nation seems to have been distinguished by some token of providential agency."


Wednesday, September 3, 2008

"stay home" days...


when i was a senior in high school, a friend a few years older than i was gave me a graduation gift. it was a little framed cross-stitch piece that she made. it had a Bible verse on it that read, "oh, that i had wings of a dove, i would fly away and be at rest." ps. 55:6.

when she gave it to me, i thought...is she crazy - fly away? be at rest? i was ready to jump in the game!

i don't know why those words stuck in my mind like they did, but all these years later, i understand so much more the desire of the writer of that verse. with all the pressures today to be involved in so many things - even good things - i pray for wisdom to know when to say yes & when to say no.

busy days make me cry out with the psalmist,"oh, that i had wings of a dove..." calmer, "stay home" days make me grateful.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

restless



I'm reading a really good book.
It reminds me of Do Hard Things,
but maybe more for adults. It's
called Just Courage & it's by Gary
Haugen, the president & CEO of
International Justice Mission. It
has left me restless. What will
God do with that?


I am a restless Christian
I sense You calling me
To what, I do not know
What do You want me to be?

Limited by my own thinking
“Rushing in” is so often my way
Help me Lord to wait on You
To listen throughout the day

I want to do something
Please, give me something to do
I’m tired of monotony, mediocrity
What can I do for You?

But how can I know, Lord?
What is it You planned for me?
I’m waiting with great anticipation
Will You show me? Will You set me free?

You created me for a purpose
Would you use me as a light in this world?
Show me Father! Show me!
I want to be a priceless pearl

So I’ll look, I’ll wait, I’ll listen
I’ll step out, take a chance, I might fall down
Just please, please let me see You
Make clear the way You want me bound

Oh! I am a restless Christian
There’s more, I just know there is
Pull harder, Lord, on my heartstrings
My prayer is “not my plans, only His”

*jb*

Monday, September 1, 2008

labor day

This is AMAZING! I am having so much fun putting this blog together. What a great thing to have the opportunity to express oneself like this! I can't wait to see what my children will put together. Today I'm going to work on choosing songs for my playlist. We'll also be studying a little Biology and History for KEYS, and I guess I should try to make it to the grocery store sometime so we'll have some food in the pantry. I could just sit here and play with this blog all day! Thanks so much to Gwenn for introducing me to the whole idea! Oh! and we Braggs will be watching the University of Tennessee vs. UCLA game tonight! I think BBQ chicken nachos will go well with that! Happy Labor Day! We'll be thinking of and praying for gulf coast families today, many of whom have made their way to our hometown of Memphis.