Sunday, August 23, 2015

The Story of the Immature Real Estate Agent

In small group last week, we talked about how the Lord will speak to us in the night and seal it in our minds if we have a pure heart. Well, last night was one of those nights!! I had a very vivid dream that reminded me of something my mom would have done, but then I realized it is something Jesus already did for us!

"The Story of the Immature Real Estate Agent"
A young and immature real estate agent was talking to another real estate agent about her commissions. She was bragging because she was such a great real estate agent, she got paid no matter what. The girl explained she was on a real estate team with her mom and they worked together. 

The other real estate agent said, "But, that doesn't make sense. If the closing falls through no one gets paid. The buyer even loses their deposit. That is just how real estate deals work."

The immature real estate agent replied, "Well, I am just so good, I get paid either way. I work with my mom and even she says, 'I've got it covered.'"

"Wait, your mom says that 'she has it covered'?! Don't you see? That means she is the one actually paying your commissions when the deals fall through!!! You are 'getting paid no matter what' because your mom is paying your salary out of her own pocket when the deals fall through, not because you are some amazing real estate agent!!! You silly real estate agent, you shouldn't be paid for a job you didn't finish or complete. Your mom is the one who is so incredible and generous. She is taking that burden of losing the commission and paying you."

The immature real estate agent immediately felt remorse for being so proud and then became very humble and grateful for the strong love of her mom.

The moral of the story is: 
This parallels exactly how the Lord loves us and why he sent Jesus to earth to die for our sins. He sent Him, even though we are proud, sinful and don't deserve to have our debt paid so we can have a relationship with God. Jesus died for EVERYONE'S sins. He died a tragic, gruesome, awful, painful death so we could have life with the Lord and have life abundantly!! As it is with the real estate agent, some people don't even know it or even realize the gift the Lord has given us, so please share this parable so other people can learn of God's love.

“so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him.”
‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭9:28‬ ‭NIV

Monday, August 10, 2015

Miracle of a food allergy being healed

With permission from Kelly Cavin, I share this incredible story of healing from our Lord, Jesus Christ.  This is a true story of a miracle!!

“I stopped and asked, “Holy spirit can Seth have a donut?” and I immediately heard “yes” and it brought me to tears. We went and bought a dozen for the family that night and Seth had 2 donuts and 1 the next day and has continued to eat food he usually wouldn’t and has had no reaction at all and as well no more pills or breathing treatments.”

We are celebrating the healing of a 7 year old boy who has dealt with food allergies since he was 18 months old.  Thank You, Jesus!! God loves for His children to be free from all sickness! Be encouraged today that healing is possible in any situation!

Our 7 year old son Seth has dealt with food allergies since about 18 months old when we he had a lung collapse b/c of an allergic reaction. Since that point we have had to be very cautious of what we feed him. He dealt with leaky gut which is when you can't digest food and it eats away the lining of your stomach, in turn, causes pain, vomiting and inflammation in his lungs and not being able to breath properly. He has been on an herbal regimen for a long time taking between 5-15 pills a day to help digest foods.  2 sundays ago Wes called for anyone who needed prayer for allergies to come up. We responded and took Seth and Wes prayed healing over his stomach. The next day, mid afternoon I felt the holy spirit tell me to pray for my children so I stopped and did so. In the midst of praying I started thinking of Krispy Kreme and tried to stop and focus on my prayers although i could not stop thinking of it and then it hit me, Seth gets sick every time he eats a donut. I stopped and asked, "Holy spirit can Seth have a donut?" and I immediately heard "yes" and it brought me to tears. We went and bought a dozen for the family that night and Seth had 2 donuts and 1 the next day and has continued to eat food he usually wouldn't and has had no reaction at all and as well no more pills or breathing treatments. We are so thankful and in awe at God's goodness and are excited to watch Seth walk in victory.

--Kelly Cavin


Revelation 19:10 "For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy."

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Saturday, July 4, 2015

Independence Day

When I think about Independence Day, what first comes to mind is the sacrifices our troops have made in the past, and continue to make, so we are safe and have freedom to live in peace as the United State of America. We have freedom of religion, speech, the right to bear arms, the right to protest, the right to stand trial with a jury, freedom of commerce, and freedom to elect our government officials, just to name a few.

We are a country of underdogs who can make something out of nothing and become successful through hard work, sweat and tears. Think about our odds of becoming independent from Britain as a group of colonies. Britain was mighty and had every resource to fight against us to keep us part of their empire. Somehow we found a way to come together to fight and beat them to be free and autonomous, one Nation under God.

They key phrase is we came together. Now 239 years later, we still need to come together. We need to unite to make this country even better. Americans are strong. We know what this country needs. It takes hard work and that is what we, Americans, are good at doing. 

We take pride in doing things the right way, and we don't quit until the job is done and done well. We innovate. We are pioneers. We are not afraid to try something new. We create and we continue to make improvements.  We have a love of life and laughter. We know how to dream and we go after it with all we have. We dream big because that is the only way to dream. 

But most of all we have the right to pursue happiness and we do. I think our founding fathers would be very proud of where we are and where we are going!! We are the UNITED States of America and I want to wish us a very Happy Independence Day. 

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Disney World and Cocoa Beach

Disney World. It certainly is the happiest place on Earth!!! It's Magical.  It's Adventurous. It's Cultural. It's Futuristic. Going to Disney World was one of my favorite trips. Going to Cocoa Beach was also a great highlight. As I mentioned in my previous blog post before, Kyle, James Kyle, my dad, my brother and his family all went with me.

We stayed at Summer Bay Resort. Kyle, James Kyle and I had a two bedroom condo and my dad and brother's family shared a three bedroom house. Summer Bay had three pools with poolside bars, tennis courts, activity centers, and it was also set on a couple lakes. Disney World was only about 15-20 minutes away, which was really convenient too.

Monday we all went to Magic Kingdom. Since it was Kyle's first time too we wanted to do the adult rides. My dad and brother took turns watching James so we could ride the rides without James. James did the Tea Cups. He was happy watching all the people, the characters and the parade. I look forward to returning when James is big enough to do more rides. He is so little. When he is bigger he will also remember more.

We spent Tuesday at the resort, resting and spending a lot of time at the pool. James was such a natural in the water and loved playing in the pool with us. That was his first time in the water, except for baths of course! Then we went to the T-Rex restaurant in Downtown Disney for dinner.  Every 15 minutes the lights went low and all the dinosaurs lit up and moved around.  Then there were a lot of birthdays and the staff clapped and sang. That was the first time James started clapping too. It was really cute!

Wednesday we went to Animal Kingdom, where James was more able to do more things than at Disney World. We did Expedition Everest right before they closed. We saw the Finding Nemo show, It's a Bug's Life, and we rode the Safari and lots of other attractions! I think James liked the Safari the best. He kept pointing to all the different animals and was waving at them too! Animal Kingdom was Kyle's favorite.

Thursday we went to Cocoa Beach, which was only about an hour away. The first stop was to the famous Ron Jon's Surf shop. Then we went to a hole in the wall restaurant on the beach that was yummy. Then it was off to the beach. Kyle took James' left hand and I took his right and he walked out into the water while he was wearing his little blue crocks. As he was getting splashed by the waves he laughed and made the sweetest noises. It was the type of moment Kyle and I will both never forget. Then we built a big sandcastle and James loved playing in the sand. It was special for me to build the same sandcastle we built to announce I was pregnant almost two years ago.

Friday we went to Epcot. We did everything with James. He liked riding in the boat on Living on the Land, the Lion King show and many others. We met Mickey, Goofy, and Minnie. Minnie ignored me and wouldn't give me a hug. I was hurt but it's ok. :) Then we had an awesome early dinner at the Biergarten. It was in the German area of the World Showcase. They had all the famous German entertainment, including alphorns, Alpine bells, singing, and dancing.

Then Saturday we ate lunch with our friend Sean at Bubbalous Bodacious BBQ. It was delicious! Best sweet tea in Florida. Then we hung out with my dad at the pool. My brother and his family left and we stayed until Sunday. My dad stayed the extra night with us. James did so well the whole trip, especially at Disney World. He didn't even have one melt down or temper
tantrum. He is our little angel baby. Over all it was an awesome trip and I can't wait to go back!!!