Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Tell me 3 things that have made YOU who you are ....

That was a statement I had to complete today while I was filling out some paperwork.  I wish that I had saved it or copied and pasted it to a word document because it was thought provoking.  I am going to try and recreate my answers here ...

What a loaded question first of all.  There are so many things that could be said.

1.  First and of the most importance I am defined by the scars on Jesus hands.  I have been rescued out of the domain of darkness and transferred into the Kingdom of HIS beloved Son in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.  I no longer have to walk in darkness but I get to be in the light!! I think its no coincidence that I love the sunshine.  I am to wear this rescue every single day in my relationships, interactions with others, etc.  I have this utmost need to constantly shed my depravity and take on His righteousness living in grace.  This is no easy feat.  Thank goodness its not about me.

2.  When I was six years old my dad died from what is now a very common skin cancer.  He was 30 years old.  He left behind my very pregnant mom. myself and my younger sister and soon to be brother.   I have now lived seven years longer than he got to.  This is thought provoking to me.  There's probably so much I could say about this but my mind is just looking for how to put it all in words so I will just say this has for sure shaped me.

3. Adoption it rocked my world..... in good and bad and yes the good outweighs the bad, but there is HARD none the less.  Becoming a mama is a life changing event in the first place.  Bringing home a child or two who were once orphans is hard business, add on top of that their medical needs and just neediness period that was a whole new ball game for me.  I had three healthy not super needy boys, I was the queen of involvement in lots of areas.  I was being stripped .... and oh how this was soo good for me.  My perspective on so many things is so different now.  I have seen Christ in such a way as I hope to never forget.  This is an ongoing journey more like a marathon or two ... and I am pretty sure I won't see the finish line on this side of life.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

starting at the beginning

Oh it has been far too long since I sat down to write on this sweet little site of mine. Like over a year!!  I think about it every now and then and I actually write out whole posts in my head but they never seem to make it to the screen.  Funny thing is I am sitting here staring at this screen wondering what in the world I should blog about.  I am not a writer by nature not even the slightest, I wish I was.  I often wish I could write like some of the other bloggers I read.  They are so eloquent with their words and I so often feel encouraged when I finish reading their posts.  Who knows maybe I will learn a thing or two and just maybe I can get in the habit of blogging regularly even if it is just for my own sake.  I have stories and I want to remember them.  I want to remember where I was and where I have come. We are often reminded in the Old Testament of how God wanted events to be written down and passed down from generation to generation.  Now I am certainly not a Bible scholar but I feel pretty good saying that I think HE desired this so we would remember HIM and what HE's done for us.  So we are constantly reminded of HIS faithfulness.  My sweet husband says I should write a book not because of my writing skills he knows I have a love for run-on sentences, sentence fragments, incorrect punctuation usage, etc.  What he does know is I have stories and he thinks they just might matter to other people and most importantly they are a reminder of God's faithfulness to us. He might seriously be biased and truthfully I don't even know where to start. As I just wrote that .. a quick phrase from a song from "The Sound of Music" came to mind .."lets start at the very beginning a very good place to start..." What I do know is that I feel this tugging from the Lord to do something I even bought this book "Lets All Be Brave - Living Life With Everything You Have" so maybe it can give me some encouragement on whatever it is the Lord is calling me to do. (I'll keep you posted on how it turns out)  Because I do have a story a few actually, and I do have a desire to encourage others in whatever journey it is that they are on - marriage, parenting, adoption, fitness you name it!   Most importantly I desire to make HIS name known to whoever will listen and in whatever form He calls me to do so.  I only have a story because HE gave me one.

So (my favorite word) here I am ... My name is LeighAnn. I am 37 years young :-) The most important thing you can know about me is that I am a chief of sinners who has been redeemed and been given the right to be the daughter of the most high King Jesus Christ.  I'm married my prince charming and we have five children.  We've adopted twice and continue to walk the road with all that brings.   We have children who have special needs. I am one year away from having a teenager in my house!!   Anger is my sin of choice plus a bunch of other things.  I struggle with good eating habits - did you say chocolate, pizza, cookies?  I love to run and workout.  My favorite clothes are workout ones. I am passionate about lots of things :-)  I want to encourage others.  I want to serve others.  Christ embodied servanthood,  and my husband has been the best earthly example I can think of - I have learned much from him.  So [again :-)] here I am ready to tell some stories and hopefully encourage and inspire others along the way.   Lord please use me and this sweet little blog site for Your glory.