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07 Oct 2008 Fruit of the Spirit part 2
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The summer of 2005 Tim and I were not dating, we were in the midst of an 8 month break in our relationship. And that same summer one of my closest friends I ever had died in a car accident. This has been the hardest time in my life to date. Tim was the one I wanted to go to and try to to grieve the loss of my friend, but couldn’t. God did amazing things with me that summer though. Kim Mister, a friend of mine through Tim gave me the devotional “A Woman’s Walk with God: Growing in the Fruit of the Spirit” by Elizabeth George (the one I’ve mentioned in previous posts). The day I found out about my friend Aaron’s death was in the middle of God teaching me real joy. I learned it! In the midst of so much pain and sadness I had a tremendous amount of joy. God continued to teach me about all his wonderful fruit and I was happy with how I was growing in God.

I feel like since then I have taken God for granted. Tim and I got back together, I could see God’s hand in that. Tim and I got married in 3 months. God’s hand was all over that! We searched for 7 months with God wrestling with where God wanted to take us next (to Minnesota) and that was an awesome experience too. I have seen God’s work in our lives many times with bringing us to the North, through people and events that have happened here. Everything has been wonderful and I feel really blessed, but I still feel like Christ should be more apparent in me and the Fruit of the Spirit hanging all over me.

I tried to start reading the chapter on joy last night. All of a sudden I got overwhelmed thinking about Aaron and what a hard lesson it was to learn joy the first time. I just started begging God to not have such a hard lesson to learn this time through, with learning about joy at this moment in my life. I don’t think I could handle a loss right now. Just thinking about that chapter and moment in my life chokes me up. I will wait another night before I try to read this chapter. Please shower me in prayers as I come before God and refresh myself on his true joy for my life.

30 Sep 2008 Fruit of the Spirit series
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Galatians 5:22-23
But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!

John 15:4-5
Remain in me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is served from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me. Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing.

James 1:2-4
Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow.

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I want to thank everyone for commenting back and emailing me about the last post I did. This afternoon on the bus was rough, and it was nice to come home to encouragement.

I have quite a bit to say about the Fruit of the Spirit and my thoughts on my spiritual life right now, but on Word it’s about 2 pages long, so I figured I’d break it up. Today you get the verses.

I absolutely love Galatians 5:22-23. I did a study on these and am constantly wondering if people can see them in my life. It is late though and I have an early morning. I’ll post more another day.

11 Aug 2008 Summer Vacation 2008 Pictures 3 of 3
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Kathryn and Laura (2 of Tim’s childhood friends) and Tim and I eating out at On the Border in the Dallas area. One of my favorite Mexican food restaurants!
My first snocone from a sno-cone stand since moving to Minnesota. I was looking forward to this moment for a while. 🙂 Banana-colada with cream. Yummm!
The Minters. Tim and I spent the night with them our first night of vacation. This family has been there for me for almost mine and Tim’s whole relationship. Debra (the mom) has been with me through so much. She means so much to me being a friend of faith.
Sarah! And her baby boy in the belly! 🙂 My favorite friend from my college days. I am so blessed for God introducing us and having us be accountable to each other in our walks with God while we were single. She is such an amazing friend! I am so glad we got to visit.
The youth and a couple leaders from Redeemer (our last church). We had a good time visiting and eating out (Mexican again). So many of them have grown up tons since we last saw them!
08 Aug 2008 Summer Vacation 2008 Pictures 2 of 3
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Some of Dad and cousin Tim’s cattle out on the farm.
Dad teaching Katelin and I how to drive the tractor
We ate lunch at the Wayman diner close by. It was fun watching Tim’s expression
as he was surrounded by our relatives in a country diner.
Something like you’d see in a movie.
Really hot days up in Oklahoma!
Tim’s first time to see and learn about salt plains.
I use to go digging out there with my family when I was little.
21 Mar 2008 It’s Still Snowing!
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I really really wanted and expected to have snow for Christmas Day this year with being in Minnesota, and especially with my family coming to visit. But right now with Easter on Sunday I was hoping to have all the snow melted and being able to see only grass even though it’s brown right now. When I woke up this morning and went to eat breakfast I noticed quite a pile on our porch, so I checked out www.weather.com to see how long this is lasting. It shows that we’ll continue to have snow ’til Saturday night! I was hoping that I’d get to see a couple blooming flowers for Easter, but instead we’re getting a white one.

My Grandma changed my view on this though this morning when I got her e-card and the first line says, “Praise Him with white for his spotless perfection.” Thank you Grandma for refocusing my mind as we get snow this Easter weekend!

29 Feb 2008 Happy 21st Birthday Grandpa!
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Today my Grandpa turns 21! It is so fun to say that he is younger than me. In fact, we were 20 years old in the same year. That was a very special year! I think I’ve told everyone I’ve come in contact about that my Grandpa’s birthday is today. It’s not very often that I can say that.

Grandpa,
Thank you for being a godly example to all of us. I love looking at the Wayman family pictures and knowing that you have raised us all to find faith in Jesus Christ and making that faith our own. I have so many memories of visiting G’pa and G’ma’s house. I think some of my favorite would include every trip out to the farm, especially the fishing we would do. I also loved it when we would go digging for salt crystals and bring them back, wash them off and be in awe of what we found. Thank you for what you have made our family into. I love you lots!
Dana

Texarkana, TX

Tim and I staying with Grandpa and Grandma as we move to Minnesota.

Grandpa and his sons with a few of his grandkids at the farm.

Most of the Wayman clan.

07 Oct 2007 Adoption from Haiti
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I received an email update from a friend to check out their blog and find the progress on their adoption. They adopted a little boy in the states about a year ago, and now are adopting another boy from Haiti. Their family story is amazing reading the progress of how God is putting them together. Jamie and Aaron had their first son together then felt God calling them to adopt after that.

Here’s the link to their adoption website:
http://savingdowensky.wordpress.com/

And here are two blogs from the women that work at the Christian Recovery Center that Jamie and Aaron are adopting their little boy from. A warning, they put pictures up of some of the cases that come to them. Reading their experiences are amazing and they always talk about how God is working.
http://www.xanga.com/haitinurse4life
http://www.xanga.com/no_Im_not_a_nurse

19 Aug 2007 Nice Relaxing Day
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Here’s a picture of our group that went to MUUUCE (pronounced moose).

Tim and I went to sleep around 11 last night and slept until around 10 this morning. It was so nice to sleep that long. I have felt really sleep deprived lately, and today I felt really refreshed. It was funny ’cause one of the youth this morning said that he was still really tired, and he had slept for 13 hours! I was surprised that I felt rested. Today was rainy so we didn’t have any events going on. Tim and I had a quiet Sunday afternoon and evening together, which I can’t remember the last time that has happened. We were able to work on our budget and figure out how Quicken works better. I’m excited about us doing a budget, now we have to be disciplined and stick to it. I’m going to try even harder to find a cheaper place for us to rent so we can get out of debt and save up for a down payment to buy a house.

This week will be pretty busy for us. Tomorrow and Tuesday night we’ll have the youth leaders over for a training from 6-9 both nights. Then Wednesday and Thursday we have youth group from 7-9 at our house too. I’m not sure how much work I’ll have this week. They should have had the machines going Thursday and Friday while I was gone, so depending on how well they’re running will determine how much work I have. I am definately bringing a book to help pass time if needed. I might not write much this week, unless something happens I can’t help but to write about. We’ll see. Writing also helps me relax and focus.

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04 Aug 2007 Random Entry
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You know the game Frogger? Where you’re a frog and you try to get from one side of the road to the other without getting ran over? Well, I know where they got the idea! Driving home tonight from grocery shopping I saw tons of frogs lined up on the side of the road and when I got near enough to see them in my headlights they would jump into the road! I couldn’t believe it! I also saw one jumping back away from the road (smart frog!). I just hope those frogs won at the game instead of my car.

I went and did our monthly grocery shopping at Wal-Mart tonight. It’s the cheapest place in town. Our fridge, freezer and pantry were pretty much bare except some pizza and random veggies. It’s weird doing a months worth of groceries, I’m still trying to figure out what all we need to last a month so I’m not going ever week. We still get milk and bread about once a week though.

Anyways, there weren’t many check-out lanes open, so I got behind a lady whose buggy was as full as mine, and it went fast! I was having a hard time keeping up with putting my items on the conveyor as I had room. Then the checker was really fast at getting all my stuff through too and for me to pay. After I got all my bags and paid I told the lady “You are really good at this job!” I seriously am impressed…I’ve never been impressed checking out anywhere. So when I said that she said, “Then go tell customer service for me.” At first I didn’t take her serious, but as I was about to walk away I asked for her name and said I do want to give her a compliment. So I went and waited about 5 minutes before I could speak to someone, and turns out they do recognize their employees who are complimented on doing a great job. So thank you Linda for being so friendly and great at your job!

Update on our Total Money Makeover. I finished the book this morning, and Tim is 1/3 of the way through it, starting this afternoon. We don’t have TV anymore and took our credit cards out of our wallets thanks to Tim. Tim canceled Rhapsody today so we don’t have our free music, but God has already blessed us. There is a free downloading music thing (Tim blogged about it.) that Tim has been waiting to become available, and it did today! Thank you God! Tim listens to music all the time at home, so I was impressed they he volunteered to turn it off. And we thought we would get the basic channels on tv at least…I tend to watch a lot of TV, but we don’t have any TV at all right now, but I have some shows recorded from before it was turned off. My fitness membership isn’t canceled yet ’cause no one was at the desk today, so Tim will have to go during the week during office hours when someone is available.

It is so nice that Tim and I agree on finances. And it is so exciting to know that we will be debt free soon!

02 Aug 2007 The Total Money Makeover
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Everyone needs to go out and buy “The Total Money Makeover” by Dave Ramsey. Tim and I met with a financial adviser in our church this morning, and I am so excited! He told us to read this book and then we’ll meet again. Today was a very busy day at work for me, but I still got to page 79 in here. The other girl called in sick, so I had double the work to do, which today the machines weren’t running smoothly, so I actually kept busy. But this book is so good I was reading it every chance I got.

We are putting off buying a house. We’ve only been married for one year, so we can stand renting for a while longer. But I started calling around tonight when I got home for other rent homes we can move into with lots cheaper rent. Turns out we’re renting for about $200 more than we should be if we want to get out of debt. We don’t have hardly any debt compared to most of America, but any debt is not good, and we want to get rid of it. So we already agreed on a couple monthly payments that we don’t need, and will cancel. And we’ve got a plan on how to pay off our credit card and car note and student loans.

Last night when I was thinking renting for cheaper would be helpful I wasn’t looking forward to moving so soon, but now after meeting with the financial adviser and reading this book, I am very excited. ‘Cause the sooner we do this the sooner we can stop worrying about interest rates and save up to buy a house!