Sunday, November 28, 2010

spoken right to me....

I got this Daily Devotional called Jesus Calling by Sarah Young. Oh my everyday i read it I just melt because it ministers so much to me.
Here is today's:Rest in the deep assurance of My unfailing love. Let your body,mind, and spirit relax in My Presence. Release in My care anything that is troubling you, so that you can focus your full attention on Me.Be awed by the vast dimensions of My Love for you; wider,longer,higher and deeperthan anything that you know. Rejoice that this marvelous Love is yours forever!
The best response to this glorious gift is a life steeped in thankfulness. Every time you thank Me, you acknowledge that I am your Lord and Provider. This is the proper stance for a child of God: receiving with thanksgiving. Bring Me the sacrifice of gratitude, and watch to see how much I bless you.
-------Sarah Young

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Good to Remember...

Love Never Fails....
Joy Cometh...
Peace Rules....
Patience Waits....
Kindness Tenders...
Goodness Does...
Faith Fights......
Gentleness Bows...
Self Control Stops.......
.......adapted From Beth Moore


Ok here i go again neglecting the blog i keep saying i am going to keep up.....well i guess i will just blame it on priorities. There are a lot of things going on but not all i can say on this blog because of the nature of the issues. What I can tell you is that The McDonnell Family is going through a season of financial hardship and God is teaching and refining our hearts. This is difficult but so exciting to see how He is teaching us and the blessing that will be on the other side will be amazing. I personally am learning how to balance and say no even though my heart breaks sometimes to do it. I also have had the opportunity to volunteer at a agency in downtown Flint that serves the homeless and close to homeless. Wow what a blessing it is to serve and to have my eyes opened to a ministry i never really thought about. I have taken so much for granted and even in hard times i am so blessed!!!! I am also going to school still and loving well except for the writing papers part lol

Monday, November 15, 2010

Can't Smile Without You- this just makes me laugh....

Friday, October 15, 2010

family fun idea

This is a special savings for the Veggie Tales Live show coming to Detroit on 11/9 from 4 the 1 Ministries & Michigan Christian Events. In addition I encourage people to also "friend" these two on facebook because we will be having ticket giveaways to these shows soon.
Here's the show info:
Veggie Tales Live "Sing Yourself Silly"
The event will entertain with larger than life characters and WOW moments that guarantee fun for the whole family!
Grace Community Church - Detroit
21001 Moross Rd
November 9th, Shows at 11 AM, 2 PM & 6 PM
SAVE $3 PER TICKETS BY USING CODE: veggies4the1 when you checkout at
More info at: OR on Facebook- VeggieTales LIVE

Please feel free to repost

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

quote for the day.................

Hope is faith holding out its hand in the dark.
~george iles

just what i needed.................

I have this book called Grace for the Moment by Max Lucado.
today's devotion was this............

Looking Up
Lord, show us the Father. That is all we need. John 14:8

Biographies of bold disciples begin with chapters of honest terrors. Fear of death. fear of failure. fear of loneliness. Fear of a wasted life. Fear of failing to know God.

Fear begins when you see God on the mountain and you are in the valley and you know that you're too weak to make the climb. You see what you see what you have....and what you isn't enough to accomplish anything....

Moses had a sea in front and an enemy behind. The Israelites could swim or they could fight. But neither was enough....

Paul had mastered the Law. He had mastered the system. But one glimpse of God convinced him that sacrifice and symbols were not enough.

Faith that begins in fear will end up nearer the Father.

In the eye of the storm

Monday, September 13, 2010

Hillsong United Forever Reign with lyrics

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

think about it...

sometimes the best sermons we preach are the ones that don't use words...............

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

God's EXTRAVAGANT, Outrageous Love for YOU

just some pics....

started the summer with a broken arm:(family trip to frankenmuth

hanging with the cousins at davison campground

Flint childrens museum

Big ticket festival.....

ever growing family................

I cannot believe i am saying this but i am soon to be a surrogate grandma!!! My beautiful surrogate daughter Audrey is having a baby in March. Please be in prayer for this young lady as she makes decisions and brings this blessing into the world. oh gives me a forever baby fix. lol

My Birthday Boy!!!!!!!!!!!

Happy Birthday Nick!

14 years ago today i gave birth to a wonderful young man. I love you Nick and am so proud of you!!! and i love that you can bring a smile to my face and so many others.

Monday, July 19, 2010


Pastor Jim knocked it out of the park today!!!!!!! In his message he gave the best definition of what sin is that i have ever heard,,, he said the "sin is ANYTHING that cools your passion for Christ"
Ouch ......Think about it!!!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

dalayed aknowledgemant

i just changed the box that says believing God for box on the left of the posts. i just realized that three of my big requests have been granted. Awesome A SECOND VEHICLE
a babysitting job.
a deep freezer. Thank you Jesus!!!!!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

More Coke

Thank you ROB!!!!!!!!!

My Brother Rob is serving in the Army and is currently stationed in Afghanistan. He will be serving in a very volatile dangerous place fighting to keep us safe from harm and fighting for freedom. I just want to say thank you to him and all our loved fighting for us. We are praying and proud of each and everyone of you.

whats new?????

lots of changes in last 6 months hope i remember them all:

We were blessed to move to Fenton and rent this home from a friend from who moved to Arizona for a job opportunity.

We were also blessed with this van that we got a God-given deal on!!!I also started babysitting this little cutie patootie, Mr W.

Other big things :

Hubby is a student at ITT Technical Institute for criminal justice. He has a 3.5 GPA.
I am a student at Spring Arbor University for Social work and have a 3.0 GPA.
We made the decision to send our two homeschoolers back to traditional school.
Noah will be in kindergarten in the fall.
Terry continues to help drive the bus for the youth at church.
I'm sure there is more but i just cant think of now but should make a another post:)

bad bad

I know bad blogger i have not been on since January. wow that is sad but really there has been alot going on. I cannot tell you how i have reailzed how much of a procrastinator and unmotivated i have been not only in blogging but in other things as well. God is refining me in certian things and honestly it hurts but really i am thankful.... We also have been forced to make and are making a few choices that are uncomfortable to say the least.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

10 years old
I love you so much!!!!

Monday, January 18, 2010

think about it Monday...

It is amazing to me how we so easily use words to express things. for instance Love. Love is a powerful word that is really used so loosely. for example people say they Love ice cream when really strongly like it it. if we really research the word love and not take the word for granted when we say it, it would mean something............
Think about it......

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

migraine go away!!!!

Ugh i woke up this morning with a migraine!!!!!! So of course my day has been completely thrown off but im feeling a bit better so i was able to work on some business stuff. So as of today i am a student at SPRING ARBOR UNIVERSITY!!!! this means Terry and i are in school. Terry has already started school at ITT tech and is doing very well with a 3.8 gpa. I start on feb 9. i am so excited and am praying that God will bring peace and we will have good balance in in our schedules. I have a real peace but i will have to make adjustments to our family schedule.

Monday, January 11, 2010

send me .......


We have been living in a home that really not an open door from the Lord but i am now realizing was a door we kicked in because we thought was the answer. Big lesson in that one. Anyway we are in a two bedroom duplex and it is not working yet I am trying be content in the here and now.I reaLLy want a house. i want some room and really feel like I have been stretched in ways that i never would had i not lived here. As much as I like linden and really do not want to move school districts again i feel like i have found a home for my family that really for us to move into has have doors open us for us to move into. i am believing God for this unbelievable home. it does not look that big but it is huge and really cute inside and everything i have asked for in a home.

4 big bedrooms
main floor laundry
It is not fancy but it feels like home the minute i stepped into it.

we are praying that the doors apen and that if they are shut that we in faith remain content where we are and know that God hAS SOMETHING BETTER for us.

Jeremiah 17:5-8
5 Thus says the LORD:

“ Cursed is the man who trusts in man
And makes flesh his strength,
Whose heart departs from the LORD.
6 For he shall be like a shrub in the desert,
And shall not see when good comes,
But shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness,
In a salt land which is not inhabited.
7 “ Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD,
And whose hope is the LORD.
8 For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters,
Which spreads out its roots by the river,
And will not fearb]">[b] when heat comes;
But its leaf will be green,
And will not be anxious in the year of drought,
Nor will cease from yielding fruit.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

just silly...

Here is what happens when i want a few good pics of just me and hubby...

our words impact...

This year I sharing in the theme of living simple and in that I have really been thinking about ways to improve communication and issues within our family that we struggled with personally and as a family. One of those things for me is setting priorities and communication. This morning i was listening to the radio and they were talk about positive things you say to your kids. here is the list they put on their website:
Nineteen things to say to your children...

  1. I love you! There is nothing that will make me stop loving you. Nothing you could do or say or think will ever change that.
  2. You are amazing! I look at you with wonder! Not just at what you can do, but who you are. There is no one like you. No one!
  3. It's all right to cry. People cry for all kinds of reasons: when they are hurt, sad, glad, or worried; when they are angry, afraid, or lonely. Big people cry too. I do.
  4. You've made a mistake. That was wrong. People make mistakes. I do. Is it something we can fix? What can we do? It's all over. You can start fresh. I know you are sorry. I forgive you.
  5. You did the right thing. That was scary or hard. Even though it wasn't easy, you did it. I am proud of you; you should be too.
  6. I'm sorry. Forgive me. I made a mistake.
  7. You can change your mind. It's good to decide, but it is also fine to change.
  8. What a great idea! You were really thinking! How did you come up with that? Tell me more. Your mind is clever!
  9. That was kind. You did something helpful and thoughtful for that person. That must make you feel good inside. Thank you!
  10. I have a surprise for you. It's not your birthday. It's for no reason at all. Just a surprise, a little one, but a surprise.
  11. I can wait. We have time. You don't have to hurry this time.
  12. What would you like to do? It's your turn to pick. You have great ideas. It's important to follow your special interests.
  13. Tell me about it. I'd like to hear more. And then what happened? I'll listen.
  14. I'm right here. I won't leave without saying good-bye. I am watching you. I am listening to you.
  15. Please and Thank You. These are important words. If I forget to use them, will you remind me?
  16. I missed you. I think about you when we are not together!
  17. Just try. A little bit. One taste, one step. You might like it. Let's see. I'll help you if you need it. I think you can do it.
  18. I'll help you. I heard you call me, here I am. How can I help you? If we both work together, we can get this done. I know you can do it by yourself, but I'm glad to help since you asked.
  19. What do you wish for? Even if it's not yet time for birthday candles and we don't have a wishbone, it's still fun to hear about what you wish for, hope for, and dream about.

we can never realize how much our words impact our kids or anyone around us.
one of my best friends had this for her status on facebook the other day and it is so true.

Four things you can't recover: The stone...after the throw. The word...after it's said. The occasion...after it's missed. The time...after it's gone. ♥

think about it...........

spoken to

This song really spoke to me this morning.

its called Sweetly Broken by Jeremy Riddle

At the cross You beckon me
You draw me gently to my knees, and I am
Lost for words, so lost in love,
Im sweetly broken, wholly surrendered

What a priceless gift, undeserved life
Have I been given
Through Christ crucified

Youve called me out of death
Youve called me into life
And I was under Your wrath
Now through the cross Im reconciled

Monday, January 4, 2010

love this quote

God is most glorified in us when we are most SATISFIED in Him...... unknown

its been to long...

okok I know I have been seriously slacking and I know that i really need to get on the ball with so many things. I have been in a slight state of depression for some unknown reason and through the holidays. Yuk. But i have to say that we did have a wonderful Christmas despite the fact that it was different not having Aunt Wendy here to celebrate with us. We were so blessed this year yet again. The kids were spoiled as usual. unfortunely I didn't get very good pics this year (sorry mom:()