Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Jane and Dillard

Hello All, just wanted to let you all know that my in-laws, Jane and Dillard Wilbanks have been hit a little hard today. Their house has flooded so badly that they needed to be rescued by the fire department. We believe that everything will be a loss,( even their cars) but won`t know for sure until they are able to get back into the home.
We PRAISE GOD that they are safe and unharmed.
I know many of you know them and may want to help so I have set up a flood relief fund for them through Pay-Pal. The button is above the pic on the left side of my blog screen.
Please pray for them as these next few days may be rough, but we all know God`s provision will see them through. Blessings to you all for your prayers and gifts-Kristi Wilbanks

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Psalm:1 I waited on the Lord; and He inclined unto me, and heard my cry. 2 He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay. and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings.
This verse is so true for me. As my anniversary approaches I always want to reflect on my life with Wade. What a journey our marriage has become. I find it so interesting and exciting to see how God has changed me and continues to do so. When I married Wade I expected much less actually, than God has blessed us with. I thought we`d have a few children, own a house, a dog ( we have the dogs) :), but I never really expected to be blessed the way we have been. God pulled me out of the muck, and set my feet on His path, it is a wonderful thing to know you are in His will. What a Rich life I live and could Never deserve. I often wonder WHY, why would God do all that He has done for me and all He continues to do. This is the true meaning of His Grace. He loves to bless us and show us His love for us. Sometimes the hard part is actually humbling ourselves to accept it. We have got to take God out of our little box, and acknowledge how great He is, in order to fully experience Him in our lives.
There have been some questions and concerns that have been brought up to me about our newest blessing and I`d just like to address them here.
I know some people may think I push my ideas on my husband, but this is not the case. I can appeal to him, but in the end it is left up to him to decide. It has been a wonder blessing to see my man step up and trust God in this area of our lives. It has been a leap of faith for both of us and we want to give God the Glory. How good is our God, that He would trust us with a new life, that He ,who created all ,would allow us to partner with Him, to bring forth a new person. What an awesome blessing and responsibility, and we do not take it lightly.
You may say, how will we pay for this new baby, Wade will work himself to death just trying to make ends meet, but I say this is wrong thinking. God will provide just as He has with all of our children. As a matter of fact, we always tend to be doing better when we have a new baby.
There are always those who will worry and wonder," what could they be thinking" and I don`t wish to change people, that`s God`s work. My goal here is to help those wondering about our hearts and motives understand our point of view.
God`s word is clear; Psalm127:3 Lo, children are an heritage of the Lord: and the fruit of the womb is His reward.
We want to always look upon God`s gifts as just that, gifts from a loving, Gracious God, who does mighty things in our lives, when we allow Him full rein. His thoughts are not our thoughts, His ways are not our ways, but if allow Him in more and more, we can get closer toward that goal.
This is truely the goal for our lives and the example we want for our own children. And so, we gladly welcome this new baby, how ever long God decides to bless us with him in our lives. May the Glory Always go to Him. Amen.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Praise The Lord!!

Psalm 113:9 "He settles the barren woman in her home as a happy mother of children. Praise The Lord." NIV
God is just so Good, isn't He? Who can praise him enough? I read this verse in Psalms the other day and just had to share with you all, the way it touched me. For so long I was that barren woman, barren in my soul. But God saved me, literally lifting me out of the depths and has settled me in a happy home. I love being a wife and mother, so much so that I wonder what my next stage of life will bring. I am more blessed than I could have ever asked to be. Why does God bless me so greatly? I am nothing but a wretch, a sinner. Yet He continually blesses me with His love and Grace. There are days, of course, when I don`t want God`s blessings! ( blasphemy to think much less write, but true none the less) I would rather go to the gym, or have coffee with friends, or spend hours uninterrupted, doing crafts. Yet, in my heart of hearts, I know this is not what I want, nor is it what God has given me. I can always tell when I have started to try to do things on my own, because this is the thought process I begin to have, poor, self-rightelous me. If I were to spend my time doing these things, I know I would miss out on, not only eternal blessings, but a chance to further Christ`s Kingdom. Not that these things aren`t important to some extent, we all need a little time to our selves, but every time I see Gabe learn a new word, Matilda sing to Eli, or the girls learn a new skill in the kitchen, I am filled with a sense of awe for Christ`s Creation and that He would bless me in being a part of His plans. I am forever greatful to my wonderful husband as well. He has truely taught me so much about dying to self and living for others. Every day when most people are still snug in their beds he drags himself out of bed and out of the house, to earn a living, that I may stay home with our children and be blessed by them throughout my day. Praise The Lord.... for so many things, too many to name.
P.S. in this video, Matilda is singing a song about God she made up"if you see a rainbow, you see God`s hands" notice the baby in the backround, and the vaccum cord. Just a day in the life... :)