Friday, February 25, 2011

ATTENTION EVERYONE! Calling ALL People!! Read This!



TEXT YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY...TELL THEM TOO!!! (JK) :P
http://changeofheartdotcom.blogspot.com/
Hello! Okay so, I've got 4 blogs I'm juggling now! :) I felt God leading me to create another website. To see what that website is all about, please click on the link above. Thanks everyone! I hope you enjoy my new website! (Just to inform all of you) *THIS IS STILL MY HOME BLOG* My main one. So...don't worry readers! I will keep it up to date, as well as my other blogs. Who says I can't juggle? LOL. Now this new website only has one post so far -it was just created today so, give it time...and I will have some more posts up in the near future for all of you to read if you are interested! i'm excited about the new blog and I hope you are too! Go check it out! =]

-Tina

PS: Other links you might be interested in:
http://thewholejourneyttc.blogspot.com/
http://theepoettree.blogspot.com/

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

With Spring Comes Changes


"So okay, I know it's not Spring yet but, why not?"
My Husband and I are thinking about doing some gardening today in our front yard! the weather is looking really nice and all so we just thought why not! It needs some SERIOUS maintenance! But, that's taken care of, my Husband Jon pictured above :) Is the man for the job! He's gonna' do great! I just wanted to openly appreciate my Husband in this post.
Jon is an outstanding man of God. He is an inspiration. ever since we came back from the conference it has been like a night and day difference in our marriage! When problems arise, he better understands how to solve them. He has just been doing a wonderful job at applying all that we learned at the conference. Thank you Jonathan for being such a sweetheart...even when it's not Valentines Day! And thanks for making me feel special by calling me your, "Bride and Joy" ;) I love you! Many many changes have been going on in our marriage, good changes. More and more I can see these changes unfolding and more and more I can see how we are benefiting from them in a positive way! When I speak of changes, I mean mostly, Spiritual. God has been doing a marvelous work in our marriage all along, I guess it's just now that I am finally beginning to realize that! I can't quite explain how I feel, but I feel good! For those of you out there who know me or just like to keep up with my blogs -news news...Well...news is usually NEW lol...BUT, this is something that many of you know...Jon and I are still trying to conceive and we are continuing to feel the prayers of His' people being sent our way! We just wanted to thank all of those who are, we can't thank you enough! Well, we aren't expecting as of right now. But we have just adopted a very valuable little something called FAITH! Lol...by the grace of God, through these ups and downs of TTC, our faith has grown. Not only has it grown but it's here, with us and in us...Jesus has given us and placed inside of our hearts -what feels like the first time- this unshakable, unwavering faith! We are both so grateful for. I know some of you may be thinking...that's it? Just faith? Have you not had that all along? Well, the answer to that is yes...BUT, we just didn't know what it really meant to truly believe. We didn't...(well, I didn't)...REALLY know how to have faith, and how to put feet to my faith...and God spoke to me about how faith without works is DEAD! And so, that really helped me more fully understand how to have faith, what faith means, and how having faith and a Spirit of total surrender to God can drastically turn things around in life, for the better. I don't really know how to explain it but, all of these new and positive changes, and now the refreshing feeling I have when I choose to surrender and hand my plans over to God it's just, it's very freeing. Just, knowing that God is in total control of my life, and that He has plans to not harm me but to give me hope and a future...I find security in knowing that and in knowing He knows! :) So have faith today! Jesus hears your cry! And He understands your tears! The moment you feel like giving up on God DON'T -because if you keep going strong even if you feel like there is just no hope...that is when God will pick you up, dust you off, and will set you on a path to freedom. You will never want to go back to your old life again. God wants to KNOW you, He wants to heal you and set you free! Will you let Him do that today? Christ is always speaking to us in someway....it's not Him that is slowing us down...it is US that is slowing us down. Christ is ALWAYS there...He is not out of reach! If we just call out to Him and choose to listen to Him...He will give us what it is we are searching for. It may not always be what we want but, it is what is best for us. What we want isn't always what we need. Trust God and have faith! Dive into His holy Word, fill your self with Scriptures so that when you need them, they will be right there, written upon your heart's memory. God Bless You!

"Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded." James 4:8

"These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts." Deuteronomy 6:6

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For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11

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In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead." James 2:17

Because of Jesus,

-Tina

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Promoting :)

So I just finished writing a poem entitled, "Meadows Mark" and the reason why I am posting this poem on this blog is because the blog that I wrote and posted this poem on (The Poet Tree) I felt I needed to promote it because it has little to no readers SO yes...I do have another blog called, "The Poet Tree" also, I've got another blog called, "TTC: My journey". Yes, This is my main blog...however I do keep the other two blogs I've got, up-to-date regularly...just like this blog anyway. SO lol...sorry that sounded a bit confusing, hope you understand! If you want to read more poems of mine make sure to check out "The Poet Tree" blog, or if you are more interested in hearing about infertility feel free to visit the "TTC: My Journey" blog. Thanks!


Meadows Mark

The owl sits and waits, and watches.
The birds all take their place.
The forest is blooming with flowers galore.
It's such a beautiful place.

As I walk through the trees, I raise my head up high and I look towards the sun.
With my feet firmly planted I breath in the scenery.
I melt in God's nature, as I bask in the glory of His handiwork.
I feel as if I am floating high above the clouds.

I imagine myself way above the earth, soaring with the angels.
My heart is joyfully beating, and I feel free as an open road.
My mind is clear, and I am here in the midst of God's precious gifts.
I begin to walk further on this dirt path through the trees.

The soil beneath my feet is rich, and warm.
My soul can almost not bare the sight, sounds and smells of this mystery.
As I quiet my Spirit, summer rain begins to fade into the earth around me.
The rain feels delicate and warm as it trickles down my face, I stand in awe.

I find comfort in this stillness.
I raise my hands toward Heaven, and let out a shout.
"I'm Alive" I say.
My cry fell off my lips and slipped into a stream beside me.
There was waves and ripples showing off in the water, they grew and grew.

The little fish were flustered by the sudden shift in their home.
Soon those tiny creatures, went safely back to calm.
I walked on.
Further and further I went, darker and dimmer it got.

I quickly found a dry grassy meadow to escape to nearby.
As I lay dreaming in this soft grassy meadow, the sun politely, is waving goodbye.
I wave back, and cry.
This day is done, I've enjoyed it so much, I am going to miss it for, I'll never get it back.

I reassure myself, "There will still be days like this."
I pray a quick little prayer to my Lord above.
Then, I lay my head down against the earth.
I close my eyes.

I turn off my mind.
I mutter, goodnight world, as I fade in and out of sleep.
I dream of the joys of God's creation, and how it brings me great peace.
I've never felt closer to Jesus.

The night sky fell gently upon me, like a blanket.
I pretended the stars marked the number of journey's I have yet to take.
I sink deeper and deeper into the grassy meadow.
My body's asleep but, my heart is wide awake.

I fall deeper still, now I'm finally dreaming.
Or was it that, all of this was just a marvelous dream?
Sometimes reality is so wonderful that it almost doesn't seem real.
Whether a dream or not...I hope to never wake up, it's just that marvelous.

This meadow...left it's mark.

-Tina R.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Who's Blog is in the Spotlight THIS Week?



By now you should be familiar with,
"The Duggar Family Blog". Creators of the blog are above. The names as you see are, Lily and Ellie. They are a mother daughter team working together to make their blog enjoyable, exciting and fun. On their blog you will find up-to-date information about the Duggar family! Now if your a hardcore Duggar Family Fan like I am...your happy about those instant updates and other great stuff! Their site is packed with awesomeness! I don't even know if Lily and Ellie even realize how big of an impact they are making with their blog! God is sure using those two, to God be all the glory! The Duggar family blog is truly taking off! The news is spreading about this mother daughter team! Everyday...it seems like more and more people go to read it! It's phenomenal! Speaking of phenomenal, it's not only the Duggar family's fans that are taking interest in their blog -The Duggars themselves have also taken interest!! On a recent radio interview (Living The Dream Mom on http://toginet.com/ ) Lily and Ellie were given the privilege by radio host Nina Frye, to interview Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar! The show was VERY well recieved, and many tuned in to listen. There was even a excerpt of the radio interview on one of the recent episodes of the Duggar's hit TLC reality show, "19 Kids and Counting"! Talk about amazing!! To learn more about Lily and Ellie please visit their blog! Once you do, you'll be hooked! Don't forget to subscribe so YOU can read and watch ALL the latest news on the Duggar Family! Become a faithful follower today! You won't regret it!

Links you may find interesting:
http://toginet.com/shows/livingthedreammom/articles/1381
http://toginet.com/podcasts/livingthedreammom/?s=livingthedreammom
http://duggarsblog.blogspot.com/2011/02/visit-to-tontitown.html
http://duggarsblog.blogspot.com/p/duggar-photos.html

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

It's my party & I can blog if I want to, blog if I want to, blog if I want to



T
hat's right! It's my 20th birthday today! Just wanted to say have a happy birthday to all of you who are also turning 20 today!

Monday, February 14, 2011

Best Trip Ever! Part 2


So we had a really great time the next day too! My Husband took me out to the Northwest Arkansas mall, and he had seats reserved for us at the game. They were the seats right behind the bench so, it was exciting! At the lady backs basketball game we had fun yelling, "GO HOGS GO!" "WOO PIG SOOIE!" and "DEFENSE"! [=

At the Northwest Arkansas mall, they had the coolest setup in the center of the mall I guess it was, they actually have trees growing out of the ground inside of the mall like in the eating area...it is awesome! So, we made sure to get some photos of that too. A piano player was playing there as well which was really unique and cool! Close by they also were giving free massages. Those types of things I have never seen in a mall before so it was real neat.




As you can tell by my facial expression I was SHOCKED that we got such great seats number one, number two I was shocked that we were even there about to watch my favorite team play! It was wild! ESPN was there filming the game too. It was a really fun time. Unforunatly however my team (AR. Lady Backs of course)...lost! =[ It was a fight! The score at the end when it was all said and done was Arkansas 50 Auburn 54. It was a close game...very intense to watch in person! It was really neat, I am so glad I got to see my favorite players in action! It's way better than watching it from the computer or what not. Jon is even getting interested in basketball now! =] It's real nice to have joint interests.

The picture of me by the fence above was taken at the U of A campus. We tried to get the "A" sculpture in the background..but obviously it didn't workout lol.


Below are the the pictures we took at the Northwest Arkansas Mall in Fayettevill! It was a ton of fun! Shopping and just having a blast. [=










































Have YOU ever been to the Northwest Arkansas Mall in Fayettevill? Quick Trivia: In which episode of 19 Kids and Counting was this mall filmed?
A: Donating Duggars ?
B: Duggar Day Out ?
C: Duggars Take A Dip ?
D: Testy Duggars ?

Best Trip Ever! Part 1

So it was a snowy weekend in Northwest Arkansas but the trip was well worth it! My Husband Jon and I had a wonderful time. We got to fill our hearts with the wisdom that only God can give. Gary smalley (the speaker at the event we went to). was amazing! He had so may great things to say as well as his son, and others. We learned many things and got some great tips on how to have a more effective marriage, and also how to have more effective friendships with others. I would recommend any married couple to go to the Gary Smalley we love healthy marriages event! There you will renew your marriage and spark a fire it your marriage that will keep on growing! Speaking of growing, I was blessed enough to have been able to snap a photo of the Duggar Home as we drove by...little Duggars were out playing in the snow...they were eyeing our car...lol...I think it was little Jackson who was out there using the, "Vote for Jon-David" sign to sled around with. I couldn't tell exactly which little Duggars were out their but, they sure looked like they were having a blast!

At the event we met Josh and Anna Duggar from the hit TLC show, "19 Kids and Counting". I couldn't believe they were there! It was a miracle! There were 1400 people at the event and we just so happened to bump into them! My Husband and I are HUGE fans of the Duggar family! A day prior to meeting them at this event my Husband and I got stuck at Champion Motor Cars the snow was piled heavy...as well as the traffic! But it was still neat! Anna was gracious enough to allow me to take a picture with her. For those of you who think that Anna is snobby or snootie....YOU ARE WRONG! This girl is SO kind and selfless...she even took the time to engage in conversation with me. It wasn't just a quick photo and that was that! She is genuine, real and full of Christ! As well as her Husband Josh, my Husband approached Joshua and told him what a wonderful influence he and Anna have been to us in our lives, and how we are so proud of them for staying so strong in there faith, and for doing so many great things and so forth and so on and...all Josh said was, "Wow...well, praise the LORD." They didn't draw any attention to themselves, they are very personable and humble. It was an honor and a blessing to have met them.

This weekend is a weekend my Husband and I will never forget! It was the best trip ever! I would just like to openly thank my wonderful Husband for taking the time to honor our marriage, and for being so thoughtful and wise! He planned this trip so perfectly! I thank you LORD as well for the many blessings poured out! And for all the wisdom we have obtained. Thank you for keeping us safe as well! We are young and in love! And now even more in love than before thanks to God working through this wonderful conference! I know we we weren't the only married couple that left changed! And revived! Now it is time my Husband and I apply what we have learned in our daily lives! I am so grateful to God for all the people that he had put across our path during the trip! We were deeply inspired, encouraged, renewed, refreshed and truly blessed!



I think it is very vital for every married couple to attend a marriage event once a year! My husband and I have decided that is what we are going to do! For Jon (my hubby) and I, we feel this conference has given us a whole new perspective on marriage. Marriage is more than just a commitment, it's a calling, it's an honor, and a privilege. [= I love you Jonathan! Happy Valentines Day baby! I pray we can celebrate many many more to come!!

Have YOU ever met a Duggar? Tell me about it!

*Don't forget to read part 2*

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Roadtrip!



So it's almost V Day and I am very x cited...lol! YAY! For this V Day my hubby and I are planning a nice trip for him and me...it's been stressful trying to plan and things but we are finally starting to relax for the trip YAY!!!!! It's the marriage conference thing I told you about it one of my older posts. BUT BUT BUT...I got NEW news! :) My Hubby is ALSO taking me to an ARKANSAS RAZORS GAME! YAY! (It's an Arkansas girls basketball game). YAY! I hope I can get some autographs or something...also, I hope we can go because we are covered with snow here...so..HOPEFULLY it will clear up!!!!!! Before the trip. Anyway, sorry I am a little hyper today...Just thought I would post about this...I know most of my posts on here are usually very serious and things...but why not be at least a little layed back right. La la di da....well I hope all of you enjoy your V day's...God Bless!

-Tina

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