Monday, June 30, 2008
My thoughts as Susan Hill at 8:51 AM
Friday, June 27, 2008
My thoughts as Susan Hill at 2:06 PM
Thursday, June 26, 2008
Well, babe, did you ever think that you would be 44 and this good looking? Sure like the gray~silver! It certainly does become you! You have been a wonderful husband and daddy to my girls! I hope that you have the most wonderful birthday ever! Now I've got to get you to look at my blog so you will see this!!!!
Oh, by the way, Cherish and I are making a "Happy Cake" as she calls it. Here is her very own clip wishing "Daddy" a happy birthday!
My thoughts as Susan Hill at 9:32 AM
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Col 3:2-3 “Set your mind on things above, not on the things that are on earth. For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God.” Col. 3:2-3
1) Our hearts long to be hidden (safe, adored, secure) in something or someone.
2) And the thought of a man seeking God to know our heart is so tender and precious, and would leave any woman feeling extremely loved and cherished. Fulfilled
Fulfilled adjective: Completed to perfection
fulfilled adjective(of a person) satisfied, having achieved everything he or she needs to have and to do
Yes, our hearts long to be hidden in someone who will protect, love and cherish us immensely for who we are and who we are becoming. But to many women, this quest to be hidden in someone ends in broken hearts, consuming emptiness, and wasted lives. Take a look at the culture around you. What are most young women “hiding” themselves in? Boyfriends? Appearance? Clothes? Diets? Drugs? Sadly, the answer is yes. Sinful human nature will lead you right to these for satisfaction and happiness. A woman’s identity in this world is based on her man, body, and status. If you don’t have these, you will stand out - in a negative way.
As a result of this unbiblical mindset, young girls are cast into the world scrambling to be hidden in something just to fit in, and to find their own happiness. How cruelly they are deceived when a boyfriend doesn’t make you feel safe, your image changes, and at the end of the day you are still fighting that awful, gnawing hunger for something more in the core of your soul.
Dying to the world and it’s ways (Being hidden in Christ, burying ourselves) , we can set our hearts on Someone else. Self has died - and life is hidden in Christ! This word “hidden” can also be translated “planted”, like a seed that is buried in the earth. How astounding that we who have died to sin are like a seed, dead in itself; yet in Christ hidden and buried we become alive and fruitful! We are safe and secure in the refuge of Christ, and our hearts are finally at peace and satisfied in His transforming and fulfilling presence. Our hearts are hidden in Christ alone and this is where we belong.
But we must be prepared to realize that we will not “fit in” by the world’s standards. This quest for a hidden heart in Christ results in a set apart lifestyle that is lived differently than those who are in the world. We don’t (shouldn’t) act, dress, talk, or behave like the world, because we don’t seek the things the world seeks. We seek that which is above - that is Jesus our Lord and the virtues He bestows.
And what blessings this hidden life brings! We have Christ and His Word to comfort and encourage, urging us to press on, stay hidden in Him, and live for Him; conforming to His image and persevering in our sufferings. It is in this set apart life lived for Jesus alone that we embrace the hidden heart and it’s pleasures forevermore.
Benefits that come with being hidden
3 And I will give thee the treasures of darkness, and hidden riches of secret places, that thou mayest know that I, the LORD, which call thee by thy name, am the God of Israel.
1 Corinthians 2:7
7 But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory:
Our hearts seek no one else for the happiness we find in Jesus. And if it be His will, He blesses us with an earthly man who can represent to us Christ Himself in many ways. For the woman whose heart is truly hidden in Christ is favored to receive a man seeking after God’s heart in all his ways - including finding her.
Psalms 32:7 Thou art my hiding place; thou shalt preserve me from trouble; thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance. Selah.
Psalms 27:5 For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock.
Monday, June 23, 2008
Today, June 23, is Adam & Misti Wiley's 1st Anniversary! You guys have made it a year!! You have made a beautiful couple and we are so proud of you both! You were obviously made for one another!
We love you both! Mom
Friday, June 20, 2008
This picture is a year old on Monday. However, it is one of my all time favorites of Cherish. She was 18 months old that day, it was HOT 105 degrees, her sissy had just gotten married, she was in her wedding dress all day and I looked up, someone had pulled her dress off and was pulling her around like that. They expected me to be mad, but no way, I was thrilled for her. She was just about ready to pass out from exhaustion. Just thought I would share it.
My thoughts as Susan Hill at 7:09 PM
Thursday, June 19, 2008
Be sure to hit the arrow above to watch this clip!!
We just finished Vacation Bible School at Pentecostal Tabernacle. It was a huge success. We had a great showing of children from the community and visitors on Sunday because of it! It was a blast, although we were all exhausted afterwards. Cherish was in the Toddler section. My sister, Candi, was the lab leader for them, so we have lots of pictures of her fun. She put together this darling clip of them. We did wacky hair, sang a lot, and after every memory verse we would say, "Aha!" There were tons of older children in the other classes, but we are spotlighting Cherish and her friends in this one! I wonder why?
My thoughts as Susan Hill at 11:56 AM
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Monday, June 16, 2008
I love the rest of my extended family and friends dearly! I just thought that I should start this blog with my immediate family. I want to say a little something to each of you now.
Stephen, our 23 years have really been wonderful! How could I ask for a better husband, friend, father to my girls, father-in-law to Adam, and for a better pastor? I love you, babe!
Misti, you have grown into a beautiful, godly, lovely young lady. As I watch you with your father, husband, baby sister and with our church, I sit back as a "Godly Proud" mommy! God has truly answered my prayers for you from the time you were born! I love you, doll!
Cherish, you are mommy's little doll. I am so thankful that God saw fit to let you be mine! You are gorgeous and I love you dearly!! Mommy's little goose!
Adam, I have prayed from the day I found out that I would be having Misti that God would send her a Godly man that God would fashion the man after Himself and that he would love her and live for Him. I know that He answered that (Even if you didn't smile in this picture!) I love you!
These are the most "Cherished!" I am truly blessed! We all have family, born into or married into. We don't all feel that we have received the most wonderful in these things. I, however, have been more than blessed with the ones given to me!
All my love, Mom