Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Well I finally plugged myself back in last night and boy oh boy did I get zapped. I posted about "Spiritual Warfare" and once again I got an anonymous response. (Thought I had that blocked...Oh well) The response I got was very personal and explains SPIRITUAL WARFARE to a tee. Satan is trying to do everything he can to take my eyes off GOD.

At first I had let Satan win this morning. I was angry and very sad. Kenny told me to let it go and pray for anonymous. Then all of a sudden I received an amazing comment from Happily Ever After. Gigi said, "There is nothing satan wants to do more than to tear up a God believing church. If satan is working that hard, then something must be going right in the church. God is good and he will always prevail. May God put a hedge around your church, you and all those that are working to lift up the name of Jesus. Blessings." Wow! God is so Good!
He brought Gigi to me this morning to knock down those bad remarks that had been left for me.

My God is not the author of confusion, but of peace...

God is so Good!

Friday, March 27, 2009

~*~ I'M UNPLUGGED!! ~*~

I was reading blogs this morning catching up with some reading that I missed this past week and I clicked on A Warm Cup of Coffee and there was my reminder. I am not suppose to be on here. I had made a promise to UNPLUG today. So I am starting a little late but I will do it for twenty four hours from now. If you are giving up other technology things (phones, blackberry's, games, tv,...) today good luck! One of the special things that I would like to do today is spend some extra time in my Bible and with my Lord. Have a BLESSED day!

God is so Good!

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Do you know Jesus?

As I have been reminded this week that life sometimes ends way to short I have also been reminded that our work here is not done. I am praying today that you know Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior. God is so Good and He is just waiting for you to make him first in your life.

God is so Good!

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Face to Face with Jesus!

John 11:25-26
25 Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; 26 and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?"

Thanksgiving 2008

This is last Noland family picture that was taken Thanksgiving 2008. Always a lot of fun and way to much eating. Today is going to be another hard day but with all of the prayers that are being lifted for the family we can feel the arms of God around us. PRAISE THE LORD!!! I do not know what we would do without all of you wonderful PRAYER WARRIORS.

I would also like to tell you that as hard as this is on all of us here we are rejoicing that Jeremy is in Heaven with Jesus. He is there with Pa John (Kenny's dad). Pa John led Jeremy to the Lord when he was 11. It makes me smile to think that they are together praising Jesus. Amen!!

God is so Good!

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Joy to Sadness

Last night I sat down and wrote a blog about Koby and how he was going to be coming home today. I had received a text from his mommy. Courtney was so excited. Little did we know that less than twelve hours later we would be mourning the loss of Koby's daddy. Jeremy died last night in an accident. On a day that was to bring such joy we are struggling. Please pray!

Shelby(Jeremy's sister) Courtney and Jeremy

Courtney and Jeremy

David(Dad), Tracy(Mom), Jeremy and Courtney(Wife)

Monday, March 23, 2009

Today I have two things that have motivated me. One of them was in Sunday Morning Bible Study. We are studying in Romans 14. Do Not Pass Judgement on One Another. The verse that stuck with me was Romans 14:4-Who are you to pass judgement on the servant of another? It is before his own master that he stands or falls. And he will be upheld, for the Lord is able to make him stand.

This should take us all out of out comfort zones! Jesus talked to everyone from the very well to do all the way down to the beggar so why do we think we are any better. I sat in class and cried at all of my missed opportunities over the past years and yes, yes there have been many. But we must remember God forgives...Amen! He is willing to give us another chance and I am going to do my best for Him.

Another thing that motivated me was someone in my youth group. I had not been in youth Sunday morning so as I entered the youth area Sunday evening I noticed three groups of paper on the lockers. One of them really caught my attention. The closer I got to the locker I realized that they were prayer request. There was one for my daughter and her friend for safe travel, one for a lawn business, one for a sick child and the one that made me smile and cry was the one that said "Tusculum Hills" Wow! How touched I was that one of our kids was praying for the church that we had split from last year. My heart nearly busted open. Really shouldn't be proud but sorry I AM!!! God is at work and He is so Good!!!!

You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against the sons of your own people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the LORD. - Leviticus 19:18

God is so Good!

Friday, March 20, 2009

Praising Jesus in my PJ's and a Koby Update!

The first day of spring! I looked out my door this morning as Wags was playing I saw so much new life peeping through the ground. I love spring. All of the trees blooming and flowers coming to life. This song was a wonderful way for me to start the new season. As I was standing there looking at everything in my yard Gods presence and handy work was so beautiful. Join me this morning as I praise Jesus in my PJ's.

Many PRAISES to God about Koby this week! Yesterday Granny Jan (my mother-in-law) got to hold Koby for the first time since his surgery. Wow! God is so Good! Keep praying!

God is so Good!

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Apple of His Eye

Our ladies group started a new Bible Study yesterday. When Godly People Do Ungodly Things by Beth Moore. I am very excited not only for the study but for the fellowship. Every time I go to one of these studies I get to know the ladies better and they bless my heart. There is nothing like fellowship with Godly Christian Women.

There is just one thing that I want to say about yesterday's study. I am the apple of His eye! What an amazing statement. No wonder we struggle with the world. The devil is always trying to get in the way of the ones he loves the most. His children.

For this is what the LORD Almighty says: "After he has honored me and has sent me against the nations that have plundered you—for whoever touches you touches the apple of his eye - Zechariah 2:8

Have a BLESSED day!

God is so Good!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009


Attention All Prayer Warriors

We went to visit Koby today and let me tell you everyone around that little angel was smiling. Just the mere fact that there was two empty 4 oz. bottles on his bed says it all. When I walked in his mommy was rocking him with a huge smile on her face. When I took these pictures he still had his feeding tube, oxygen in his nose, one medication in his IV and the pace maker.

As of around 4 pm today he was in a regular room with only his pace maker and an IV line in case they need to give him something. The only medications he is taking right now are vitamins to replenish his little body. When they weighed him tonight he weighed 8 lbs.- 8 ozs. The doctors and nurses can't believe that he is doing so well.

We know that it is the Great Physician "GOD" that has done this for Koby. All of the PRAISE and GLORY go to HIM!

How could you not smile when you see those bright eyes. I want to thank everyone for their prayers and for continued prayer for Koby. Wow what an amazing day for God!

God is so Good!

Monday, March 16, 2009

Your Grace is Enough!

Your grace is enough...now really think about that statement. Is it? Are we willing to give up parts of our everyday life that make us happy to do what HE asks us to do? This is kind of a follow up on my "Be Still" challenge to myself. I love that song "Your Grace is Enough" but the more I listened the more I said to myself, "I am not living this way." Your (Jesus') grace is enough! He died on the cross to appease all of the sin in the world and I have a problem with turning over the problems that I face daily. I think that most of us have this problem sometimes due to us thinking that whatever is going on is not big enough to bother God with. Well if we could just get that out of our minds and realize that if we will just build a relationship with God we can tell Him about everything. Good days, So-so days, Bad days, Spectacular days...He wants to be a part of all of them. He is that best friend that we have longed for, the friend that listens even when we ramble on and on, the friend that is there in the middle of the night, the friend that is there when there is sickness and best of all he is here when we have something good to share with Him.

And He said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for My strength is made perfect in weakness. - II Corinthians 12:9

Grace enables me to make it, no matter what. No matter who turns against me, no matter what obstacles I face, no matter how many times I fail. God's amazing grace is there to pick me up. It is never not enough and it never runs out. It never goes bad. So the question is "How am I going to make God's grace real in my life? First and foremost I need to trust Him to work things out. I need to stop working my self silly trying to fix things myself. I also need to be aware of His Spirit and where He is leading.

I must "Be Still" and realize that "HIS grace is sufficient."

God is so Good!

Sunday, March 15, 2009

My Saviour, He can move the mountains,
My God is Mighty to save, He is Mighty to Save.
Forever, Author of salvation,
He rose and conquered the grave,
Jesus conquered the grave.

Yesterday I kept singing this song and one of my friends had part of this song on her facebook status. I could not get it out of my mind so I thought I would share it along with the song as my background music today. Sunday is my favorite day of the week. I look so forward to spending time with my wonderful church family and most importantly I look forward to what the Lord has put on our preachers hearts to preach to and teach us.

Shine your light and let the whole world see,We're singing for the glory of the risen King...Jesus
God is so Good!

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Our Journey

As a child and as an adult I have always been intrigued by the story of Moses. I have always wondered how their shoes lasted so long, how they could just keep walking for all of those years and not find where they were going. Did he loose folks that just got tired of the meandering around in the dessert? How about clothes...in a 40 yr period I am sure I still wouldn't be the same size. A lot of questions that always come back to our Amazing God! He always gives us just what we need. NEED! Yes, I said need.

Can you imagine your husband coming home tonight and telling you and your family, "We are going to follow our next door neighbor George and he is going to take us to the promise land." I can hear the screams now. Alycia would be saying, "I have plans with my friends I can't be following George!" "Where is this promise land and can I take some of my friends?" Kacey would be wanting to wait until cheer leading competition was over and wanting to know if we could take Wags. I would be wanting to know how long we would be gone and what kind of temperatures would I need to be packing for? I have been reminded this past week that the journey we have been on this past 8 months or so is like our own journey to the promise land. There has been many struggles and difficulties but there has never been anything that we needed that God did not supply. Everything that has happened during our journey has happened for a reason. The good, the bad, the happy and the sad has all been part of our journey.

This past Sunday our journey led us to a church down the road that was nice enough to let us use their baptistry. This was our third baptism service since we started Providence. The first two baptismal services were outside during the summer so getting to do it inside in a real baptistry was a treat.

I want you to know that this was the most touching service for me. I know, I know I cry over everything but something about being in a Sanctuary and using a real baptistry opened my flood gates. As I sat, cried and watched eight people be baptised I could picture where we would be in the next few years.

I am looking forward to seeing what God has in store for us and the community. Pray for GOD to be GLORIFIED in everything we do and say and that we will be a beacon in the community.
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God is so Good!

Friday, March 13, 2009

Praising Jesus in my PJ's

This is 9 minutes long but it gave me a great start to the day! Turn off the music below and take a few minutes to Praise Jesus in your PJ's with me.

God is so Good!

Koby **UPDATE**

God is so Good!

Yesterday Kacey and I went by to visit Koby. After a few tears from just the utter shock that a baby could have that many things connected to him I felt a feeling come over me that had to be God. As Courtney (Koby's mom) and the nurse talked about what everything was and how all that stuff worked I stood there and thought about how AWESOME GOD is and if it wasn't for him none of this would be possible.

Koby is doing wonderful considering all that he has been through. Over the next couple of days they are going to be trying to get the ventilator tube out and get him breathing on his own. They feel like this is going to go well. He will probably still be on oxygen but it will be through his nose. There are a few more things that he has to get rid of before he can be moved to a room but right now things are moving in the right direction. Praise God!

I appreciate all of the prayers and nice notes. Please keep praying for Koby, Courtney and Jeremy. So many hurdles cleared but many more long days to come.

Courtney and Koby

God is so Good!

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Multi Tasking?

This is something that I heard about on the news last week and today I would like to touch on the subject. First I want to say that I have a problem in this area but since the first of January I have really been trying to work on it. Well...with that said did any of you see the story about the mom that was driving down the road, talking on the phone and breastfeeding her baby? Yea, that's what I said breastfeeding her baby! Now I believe in making every moment worth while and I love to multi-task but I think this is just a little overkill not to mention illegal. This is not to say that I haven't done some pretty stupid things. Usually during these crazy multi-tasking days I am always trying to fit a prayer or a word in with God. How sad is that? I can't believe I wrote it but its true.

The American way. Work, work, work until you get it done even if it is not all done very well at least it all got done.

"Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!" - Psalm 46:10

It says be still...not be busy, work, work and work, or do everything at once and know that I am God. The American way tells us that if we have a spare moment we are lazy but our God wants for us to be still and spend time with Him. I have been thinking about ways to free up more time in my day to be with Him. This is my list...you can make your own or use some of my ideas.
  • Not spend so much time on my computer. This one is HARD! So many blogs to read so little time. See I told you this one was going to be hard.

  • Put down my cell phone. Sometimes the convenience of having a phone is an inconvenience and now I get e-mails on it so I am really connected.

  • Turn off the TV. I am not going to watch as much news. FOX News Addict! Addiction a whole new blog!

  • Put the word NO in my vocabulary. This one is the hardest! I love to do for others.

  • ??? I am sure there are many more and over the next little bit I am going to add them.
Join me in this "Be Still" challenge to myself. I think we will be amazed at what we accomplish with Him by our sides!

God is so Good

*** I borrowed the picture from Kelley one of my good friends.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Koby's Surgery

All Praises Go To God!

What an amazing day. I never thought I would say that about this particular day. Koby went into to surgery early. There were three major surgeries that were to be done. All of them had been done many times but all three of them at the same time was very unusual. The surgery started about 8 am and ended around 6 pm. Every couple of hours there would be a phone call to let the family know how things were going. Every time a call came it got a little better. Each procedure was being accomplished and they were moving on to the next. When we got the final word that all of the procedures had been done and Koby was doing well you physically felt a sigh of relief all over the room. There were tears...but praise God they were tears of relief and joy. This is the first huge hurdle. Keep praying for Koby he has many days, weeks and months ahead of him that will be difficult but after the miracles that I saw performed today I know that God is in control and He has not let this little one go through all of this for nothing.

This morning I put the verse 1 Thessalonians 5:17-18 in my post. Verse 18 says, "Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you." When I put this verse in this morning I was not so sure how I felt about it. I knew that praying without ceasing was good but this give thanks for everything?? After today I know why we are to give thanks for all circumstances. Everything that is put in our path and we go through is for His GLORY. Even in the difficult times God will bless us. Amen!!

God is so Good!

Calling All Prayer Warriors!!!

I just received this e-mail from Jan. Please stop and pray for the Doctors and little Koby.

The Dr's came in last night and said that Koby’s aorta is too small to carry his blood and has to be reconstructed, his coronary arteries are each going to the wrong side of the heart and have to be switched and reconstructed, there are 2 vessels from these arteries (coronary) that have to be switched and they will repair the hole, which is the least of all of it. He will have to go to the cardiologist for the rest of his life and his learning will be slow. She said he does not have brain damage but will be slower to learn than normal. The Dr. said he had never seen all three of these things on one child. He said he had done each of these surgeries but on different people. The surgery will last 9 to 12 hours.

Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. - Romans 8:26

Today is the day...


Today at 6 they came to get Koby to do surgery on his heart. Probably around 8 am they will begin surgery. The surgery could last possibly 5 hours if everything goes well.

Koby in the hospital and Jeremy and Courtney his parents.

I want to ask for prayer for Koby. Pray for Jeremy and Courtney the proud loving parents of this beautiful baby boy. Also remember David, Tracey, Shelby, Jan, Courtney's mom and dad, and Courtney's aunt and uncle.

Pray for the team of Doctors that will be doing the surgery. Pray for them to be prepared and ready to face whatever they find and be able to repair this little one so that his heart will be like new.

17 pray without ceasing, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. - 1 Thessalonians 5:17-18

God is so Good!

Monday, March 9, 2009

My motivation for me this week came from the sermon that Brother John laid out before us this past Sunday morning. We have been going through a 13 week series on Providence Values. This has been a great series and very informative as well. This weeks service was titled "Missional Living."

16 Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. 17 And when they saw him they worshiped him, but some doubted. 18 And Jesus came and said to them, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age." - Matthew 28:16-20

We are commanded to "Go and make disciples of all nations" It is hard to go and make if we are not out there with the lost. Bro. John made a statement that really stuck with me. He said, " We need some heathen friends!" Yes having christian friends around you is wonderful but once their saved their saved. If we are to go and "MAKE" disciples we have to be around the lost. Wow! This is part of my mission to "BE" the church not just sit inside the four walls and be poured into. This is another lesson in "BE THE FUNNEL!!!!"

Go check out the sermons in this series they are great! Providence Baptist Fellowship

Have a blessed week!

God is so Good!

Friday, March 6, 2009

Please Pray!

Koby Powers

Here is a picture of little Koby. This is a picture of a picture on a camera of him. His grandma Tracey (my sister -in-law) had taken this of him while she was with him. I didn't get to go in tonight because while I was there they were putting in a PIC line. This way they won't be having to stick him all the time and maybe some of the other IV's can be removed. He is going to be having surgery for his heart defect on Tuesday 3/10/09. He will be in the hospital for between 2 and 4 weeks after surgery. Please keep Koby, Jeremy his daddy and Courtney his mommy in your prayers.

And he took the children in his arms, put his hands on them and blessed them. - Mark 10:16

God is so Good!

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Please Pray for Koby

I would like to ask for special prayer for Kenny's brothers grandson. Koby is 2 months old and has been admitted to Vanderbilt Children's Hospital. Today during a visit to the doctor he was sent on to the hospital. They were not sure what the problem was but they knew that something wasn't right with his heart. Tonight they have found that there is a problem with the valves on the top of his heart. One is suppose to be on the left and one on the right. Both valves are on the left side. It is causing a problem called blue blood. He also has a hole in the middle of where the valves are suppose to be. At first the Doctors were planning on doing surgery tomorrow but they now have decided to put off surgery until he is stronger. Please keep Koby, Jeremy(Dad), Courtney(Mom), David(grandpa), Tracy(grandma) and the rest of the family in your prayers. Also pray for the Doctors and nurses that are taking care of Koby.

13 Then little children were brought to Jesus for him to place his hands on them and pray for them. But the disciples rebuked those who brought them. 14 Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these."
Matthew 19:13-14

God is so Good,


Just a short story this morning to give anyone that is a coffee lover a smile. I guess I should say an addicted coffee lover a smile. As the alarm was going off this morning Kenny says to me did you get coffee yesterday. Ahhhhh No I didn't know that we were out. Well...don't know how it is in your house but we don't do so well without coffee in the morning. (Understatement!!!)

I jumped up and put my clothes on, brushed my teeth and headed out the door. Right behind us is two gas stations that open up early so maybe I won't have to go to the grocery store. First station is not open yet so I go across the street where I see lights. I fly through the door and go to searching. I must of looked panicked because when I finally asked where the coffee was the young man behind the counter come out to show me. As we went down the isle and he realized what I had already knew he got a funny look on his face. I must of looked wild. He took me around the corner where they have their coffee pots to see if they had any on that side...NOTHING. By this time my heart is pounding. I have decided that I am going to buy one of those huge insulated mugs and that should get us through until we can make it some where to get some this morning. The nice young man turns and says to me "How about if I just give you some of ours to get you through until you get to the store?" Wow! I couldn't hardly believe how nice he was. As I left there with my little baggy of coffee and a smile on my face a lady that was dressed very nicely kinda looked me up and down. I thought to myself ,"I know I look terrible."
Little did I know...as I was getting into the car I saw something in the rear view mirror...MY HAIR!!!! I hadn't brushed my HAIR!!!! All I can say is thank God I put my clothes on or this could of been an incident you heard about on the evening news.

Have a great Day!

God is so Good!

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

This morning as I am on my way out the door I was needing a little pick me up. It has been a long week so far and there is still a lot more to come. I know that I posted this song sometime in January but this morning I needed it and I thought it might lift your spirits also.

Have a blessed day! And remember to be the funnel!!! You can't be stagnant listening to this song.



Once again Sunday was a WOW!! Day! God spoke LOUD and CLEAR! HE has been using my Sunday Morning Bible Study teacher (Jeff) to beat me to death here lately. We were in Romans Sunday morning and I can hardly explain the red flag that was waving at me.

Let me start in December with this story. I started looking for a verse or group of verses to challenge myself with this year. I say challenge because I wanted to do something that I had never done before. I wanted to take a verse or group of verses and really try to apply them to my life. Romans 12 was the chapter I decided to work on this year. Well you know "they" say be careful what you ask for because God will give it to you. He has put this on my heart and this has been a struggle for me daily. It seems like everything we have been studying lately has come back to these verses. Even our DOXA weekend made me step back and look at how I do things. Well...Sunday morning I was a little late to Bible Study and as I was sitting down Jeff said we were going to be in Romans. I can't get away from it! God has got my number and He is going to keep on me until I do the things that I am needing to do. Obviously you don't know what I am struggling with but let me tell you this struggle is going to come to an end. I only have to be told once (ha ha!)...more like twenty times what to do! Right now I feel like one of my kids after I have told them a dozen times to pick up their dirty clothes or take out the trash. It would of been so much easier if I had just done it the first time.

We are all like our kids. We are a work in progress and we are all still learning. I guess until the day that the Lord takes me home I will be a work in progress. I am just so thankful that he does not give up on his children.

God is so Good!

Romans 12
A Living Sacrifice

1 I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. 2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
Gifts of Grace

3 For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned. 4 For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, 5 so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. 6 Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; 7 if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching; 8 the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads, with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness.
Marks of the True Christian 9 Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. 10 Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. 11 Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. 12 Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. 13 Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality.
14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. 16 Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight. 17 Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. 18 If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. 19 Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, "Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord." 20 To the contrary, "if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head." 21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.