Engagement pictures (a bit late)

I know it’s been a really long time but it’s a year ago this month that Bryan and I officially started dating and I couldn’t think of a better way to voice how wonderful this has been to find this man.

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I was a pretty broken woman after my last divorce. The year after that was a turmoil of challenges and adventures. I spent 2 years crawling back to God. On hands and knees. Trying to figure out what in the world He was trying to teach me. It wasn’t just that He was teaching me but He was molding me. I didn’t know at the time. I just knew that the best thing for me was to cling to Him. Otherwise I was gonna end up so very lost and angry and bitter. I finally allowed Him to mold me. And didn’t let the world mold me anymore. Not my family. Not friends. Not anyone or anything on this Earth. Because we know this is not forever but He is. This is only a fleeting moment compared to what our very distant future has in store. Our little human brains can forget that. He put us here for only a short time. He will be back and He will see who has stayed truly faithful to Him. Not anything on the Earth.

So here I am thanking God for where I am. Not that it’s been easy. By far has this been easy. But I know that with this man forging through all the trials and adventures of life is where I am supposed to be. That the two of us together can be strong for God and even stronger as we move forward together.

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I can truly say we have a friendship that has promised to stay with each other through everything. That I hope is the example we can be now to others.

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I have to give credit to my friend Selena Wilke for the pictures. Check her out if you like her stuff. She uses the money to help her church. So it’s a two for one for those of us who hire her.

Miracle….

Four years ago today. It was a moment in time that was life changing. I had moved back in with my parents after my second husband had abandoned me only after 3 years of marriage. I was recovering from a biopsy. Yes the possibility of cancer was rattling around in my head.

I had taken the weekend to take my kids to Indy to visit my cousin, Robin, and her husband. The story is on my old blog below. It was a wonderful weekend.

http://amyatheart.blogspot.com/2012/10/my-journey-this-past-few-months-has.html

Our trip home was a hard one. The call came through. We had stopped at a restaurant to eat. That was a God thing. The call came through while I was sitting. Thank you Jesus. The call confirming I had breast cancer. The biopsy on the tumor tested positive for it.

I have to praise my son for a very calm drive home. He was just learning and he did an awesome job. I still was in a bit of denial what was coming. I just didn’t think it was gonna be that bad. Quick surgery and that’s it. But, of course, it was more than that. And in time we learned of the details.

But in that moment I felt a peace. It was a definite God given peace.

Romans 5:1 (ESV)

” Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we[a] have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Now to understand this first of all we need to know that to be ‘justified by faith’ means we have declared our faith and as a result we are promised a ‘peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ’. Through our faith in Jesus Christ we are promised a peace. It’s not something we have to strive for. We are promised it as soon as we declare our faith in Him.

Ephesians 2:14 “For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility”

Paul was writing from prison to the Gentiles and Jews letting them know that now that they have all started to worship the same God together He has given them a peace among the people. There is no more fighting.

Isaiah 9:6  “For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given;
and the government shall be upond his shoulder,
and his name shall be callede
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”

He is our Prince of Peace. It is promised to us. But only when we declare our faith and have committed our hearts to HIM do we feel that peace “that passes all understanding”.

In that moment that I was waiting on that fateful phone call and even after the news that I had cancer I had that peace. My faith in HIM had helped calm me in this storm and know I would be ok and God would take care of me and my children.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=63TTU67ka3w

“Well no matter who you are and no matter what you’ve done
There will come a time when you can’t make it on your own
And in your hour of desperation
Know you’re not the only one
praying Lord above, I need a miracle
I need a miracle”

“In your hour of desperation
Know you’re not the only one, praying
Lord above, I need a miracle
Lord above I need a miracle”

John 8

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John 8

New International Version 

but Jesus went to the Mount of Olives.

At dawn he appeared again in the temple courts, where all the people gathered around him, and he sat down to teach them. The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand before the group and said to Jesus, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?” They were using this question as a trap, in order to have a basis for accusing him.

But Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger.When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground.

At this, those who heard began to go away one at a time, the older ones first, until only Jesus was left, with the woman still standing there.10 Jesus straightened up and asked her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?”

11 “No one, sir,” she said.

“Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.”

This story has come to me in my readings alot this week. That is always my sign that God wants me to sit and study and read this so much that I have memorized it and see the whole reason behind it. Bible stories are old but they have so much we can pull from it these days that reach us where we are in 2016.

We see that Jesus is just doing His thing in verse 1. He is at the temple and sitting and teaching the people who are coming to sit with Him. He has done this since He was a young boy. But we have the Pharisees. The men who do all they can to separate themselves and try to prove they are superior and at this time they continually are trying to prove Jesus is a fraud. They are defined as being ‘hypocrites’. They see how popular Jesus is and they don’t like it.

The Pharisee come to him. They have brought a woman who was ‘caught in adultery’. How she was caught is not explained. But the Pharisees have no care for how they have humiliated her. All they want to do is come at Jesus and make Him look like a fraud. I feel for this girl.

They brought her and ‘stand her before the group’. In the King James they say they stand her ‘in the midst’. “Midst” means the middle. They made her stand in the middle of this group of people that Jesus has been sitting and teaching. All these eyes are on her. While the Pharisees point and tell Jesus this horrible thing she has done. Then they state the Law of Moses. The law that says she is to be stoned! As if they are saying ‘Jesus what are you going to do with this?!’

By now Jesus had been standing up and probably looking at this girl like everyone else was. I can see him calmly bend over and draw something in the sand. Not a clue what it is. We could make so many guesses. The Pharisees at this point are nagging him for an answer. Jesus, again. calmly stands up. And He opens a can of worms. HUGE can of worms.

You see He not only saw her sin. He saw everyone’s sin. He didn’t see hers as any more horrible than what everyone else was doing. He basically put a mirror up to their faces and made them see what He saw. Yet again He calmly goes back to drawing in the sand.

I would love to know what He was drawing.

Then when all was said and done and after everyone turned and walked away because they realized they were no better than this woman. Jesus stood up. The one man who had the right to stone her because He was without sin. But He doesn’t. He just asks her where everyone went-?? He asks her “Did no one condemn you?” What a question?!

I have to ask myself -why this question ? It was obvious. Did He just want her to see? To see that no one was any better than her? They had all sinned too. No one is any better than her. No one. Except…Jesus.

He doesn’t let her off. He acknowledges her sin. But He shows her grace and mercy. And again a strange request. “Sin no more”. Ha. But He again knows. He knows we all sin. He knows none of us are better than the other. He knows we will sin again. And again.

He loves us UNCONDITIONALLY. He FORGIVES us always. Come to Him and He will set you free. Just come.

 Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. John 8:32

About Me and why this??

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This is a dream. Although it has been something I have prayed for for a long time. God has always put a love in my heart for writing and using words to help others as I tell my story and what I have learned through the many years.

I am a special needs mom, breast cancer survivor, and newly married after two divorces and have been renewed, restored, and redeemed by God through much prayer and counseling and studying of God’s Word. I hope I can help you through much in life as we battle. We are all survivors in some form and we all need a hand in getting through this battle.

Thank you for checking in here and God Bless!!