Sunday, November 16, 2014

Armor, a baby shower and 9 years

"Therefore, put on the armor of God, that you may be able to resist on the evil day and, having done everything, to hold your ground. So stand fast with your loins girded in truth, clothed with righteousness as a breastplate, and you feet shod in readiness for the gospel of peace. In all circumstances, hold faith as a shield, to quench all flaming arrows of the evil one. And take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God." Ephesians 6:13-17

Ruth and Malachi happened to be studying this verse at the exact same time I was reading it during my personal prayer time. The kids have spent the last two weeks discussing this verse in school. Ruth and Malachi have come to understand it more than just the fake armor they made. They have learned what each of the words mean and the importance of them. They ask each other if they are ready for the battle. How beautiful! 
Reflecting in my own prayer time I asked myself if I daily put on the armor of God. There are many days where I either skip it altogether or I leave out some. I was trying to understand why I would leave this armor at home. Each day is a battle. Shouldn't I be battle ready always? Yes I should be battle ready always. This past week I have made a conscience effort to reflect on these verses before starting my day. Am I prepared for battle? Have I asked the Lord for all of these gifts? If I am not prepared I have to take time to be with the Lord and to ask Him to prepare me for my daily battles.  

A fun family past time- playing a game of marbles on the floor. 

On Wednesday I was blessed with a surprise baby shower. I have been blessed to be surrounded by such amazing women. It was so wonderful to rejoice in the gift of new life with these wonderful women. I had such a fun time playing games and chatting. Plus the skittles (one of my cravings) and chocolate cake was delicious. Yes the chocolate cake had skittles on it. It was super yummy!!! These amazing women also blessed me with a few essential baby items that I had yet to get. Thank you all for the party!

Taylor snapped this picture of me looking over the menu on our anniversary.

This past Wednesday Taylor and I celebrated our 9th Wedding Anniversary. I am truly blessed to be married him. God used Taylor to lead me to the Catholic Church and now together as a family we are preparing to leave for our first year in missions. As a special treat Taylor arranged with the help of some amazing missionary friends to watch the children, to take me out to dinner. We found a very nice restaurant not to far from us. While at dinner we ended up chatting with the foursome that was sitting at the table next to us. We initially started talking about technology, and then that led into when our baby was due. The wonderful people were so happy to hear that we were having twins and that they would be our fifth and sixth children. Our conversation eventually led into our testimony and our call to missions. Our conversation ended when they were leaving but they took our business cards and promised they would pray for us. Shortly after they left we had finished our meal and were waiting for our check. The waiter came by and said that our bill had already been paid for. Praise you Jesus! What a special blessing the Lord gave us on our anniversary. We want to thank the foursome for the wonderful gift!

We have another prayer request this week. Can you please pray for the rest of our Intake family. They all left on Thursday for General Cepeda Mexico. They will be spending three weeks with the poor. Please pray for their safe travels and that they may fall in love with the poor. May they be open to what God wants to show and teach them. ~


  1. Happy anniversary!!!!! Congrats. :) love the armor of God reflection.

  2. also so cool that your dinner was paid for, and that you could share your testimony.