Sunday, December 4, 2016

Advent-Jesus Arrival into the World

Do you struggle to keep your focus on Jesus' birth during Advent?

This year I decided to try harder to keep my eyes on Jesus. Many of you know we're in the process of trying to sell our home in Kentucky so I can join Tim in South Carolina where he took a new job. It would be so easy to stress over the house not selling and lose focus on what this season is all about.

In my quest to focus more on Jesus, a few days ago I attended "Journey to the Manager" presented by Asbury University Equine Center. It was a cold night but well worth attending.

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. John 1:14 NIV

This week I've also done a little Christmas decorating.

I've turned the TV off and listened to more Christmas CDs.

I also attended the children's Christmas program at church that focused on Jesus' birth. There were shepherds, angels, sheep, stars and kings.

I'd love to hear how you focus on Jesus during these busy days.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Bass Harbor Light Station

Years ago I became fascinated with lighthouses and began to collect different things with lighthouses. There are over seventy lighthouses in Maine, and this year I visited Bass Harbor Light Station.

The lighthouse is along a cliff in Acadia National Park. It was built in 1858 and still stands today. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places on January 21, 1988. The lighthouse belongs to the U.S. Coast Guard.

Bass Harbor is the only light house on Mount Desert Island and is automated. While visiting Maine, we heard locals pronounce Desert like desert and like dessert. Either way, I love the name.

In my opinion, Bass Harbor Light Station is a national treasure. I didn't get to go inside the lighthouse, but I found the area to be inspirational. I'd like to share a few pictures today.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Third Day - Your Words

We are coming up on some of the busiest days of the year. It's ironic that the season of Thanksgiving and Christmas, when we should be focused on Jesus, we're caught up in the world's business. Today I'd like to share this song by Third Day with you.

Happy Thanksgiving. I'm thankful for you my dear friends and family.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Grateful Heart

Because this is November, I want to share some scriptures on being grateful.

“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” (1 Thessalonians 5:18).

“Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!” (2 Corinthians 9:15).

“I will give thanks to you, Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds” (Psalms 9:1).

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God” (Philippians 4:6).

“And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him” (Colossians 3:17).

“Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord!” (Romans 7:25).

Psalm 95:1-6 – O Come, let us sing for joy to the LORD; Let us shout joyfully to the rock of our salvation. Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving; Let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms. For the LORD is a great God, And a great King above all gods, In whose hand are the depths of the earth; The peaks of the mountains are His also. The sea is His, for it was He who made it; And His hands formed the dry land. Come, let us worship and bow down; Let us kneel before the LORD our Maker.

Sunday, November 6, 2016

November, a Time to be Thankful

Do you remember your blessings in November, or do you start scrambling to prepare for Christmas?

I know we're already a week into the month, but I'd like to share something to encourage you to be thankful.

I'm thankful for you, my friends. For the rest of the year, I'm going to scale back my blog posts. I appreciate your prayers as we try to sell our home and move to South Carolina. Bless you!

“Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever” (1 Chronicles 16:34).

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Earthly Home

2 Corinthians 5:1 For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands.

Some have asked Tim and I how we can sell our beautiful home. We've been blessed with good homes during our marriage, but I've never felt tied down to any one of our homes. I will always have wonderful memories our our current home that won't disappear just because I move.

Philippians 3:20-21 But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself.

My time on earth is short, and heaven is my real home. So if you should wonder how I can leave my earthly home, my answer will be this is only my temporary home.

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Time for Change

James 1:17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.

A few weeks ago, Tim was offered a job in the great state of South Carolina. His first response was he could only think of maybe three reasons to take the job and move and hundreds of reasons to stay in Wilmore.

Over the years, we've dreamed of living at the beach. But we always agreed we had a good life in Kentucky. Our family and friends are here, we have a good church and good jobs. Why would we consider moving?

If this was not a God thing, we'd be staying. But God has other plans.

At first we each found God saying, "Follow me," through our devotionals, through our Bible readings, and through comments from friends.

Tim led a finance meeting at church, and in the parking lot Cathy Miller called out, "Tim Layton, you have the gift of administration." The new job is in administration instead of development.

Tim turned in his resume on a Monday, and on Wednesday he flew to Myrtle Beach for an interview. Our good friends, Willie and Melissa Lee, live in Murrells Inlet and picked Tim up from the airport.

(Here are Willie and Melissa at Scott and Kellianne's wedding.)

I stayed home and prayed while Tim met with two wonderful men in his new company. The three men immediately clicked, and Tim got excited.

Melissa and Willie prayed with Tim and gave him godly counsel. Before Tim left on Friday, he was offered a job.

Over the next few days, we lost sleep, we prayed, we felt nauseous more than once, we prayed some more, we cried and we listened and watched for God's answer. God continued to give us signs, and Tim still struggled. Scott asked how many more signs Tim needed, and he said one more. The next day, God gave Tim three more signs, and he said yes to the job.

We never thought we'd leave Wilmore and our beautiful family, but God has other plans. We're not sure what they are, but we feel blessed beyond measure to be called on this adventure.

Now begins the journey of selling our home and actually moving. We'd appreciate your prayers in the weeks ahead. Thanks so much.