Hello Sweet Cheer: January 2012

1.26.2012

Faithfulness: It's the little things

Hey guys!

     I haven't blogged in about two weeks so it's definitely time for a new post! So much has been going on lately, the Lord has laid a lot on my heart & right now I'm just incredibly OVERWHELMED with what God is doing in my life.

     I want to start off by sharing a story. Have you ever felt like maybe God doesn't hear your prayers? Have you ever prayed & prayed & prayed without seeing or hearing an answer? There have been MANY times in my life that I have felt like even if I went to the Lord with something He wouldn't hear me. That's just plain false. Satan likes to get inside our heads & try to make us think the Lord won't be there, but I'm here to tell you He will. He always will & He'll NEVER leave you.

     Lately, the Lord has been teaching me a lot about trusting Him. He's been showing me through many small occurrences that He is faithful. He is steadfast. He will never leave me.

     Recently one of my dear friends had a huge thing happen in her life. She was extremely upset & I honestly had no idea how to comfort her or what to say. I knew I couldn't comfort her on my own. I fell to my knees in prayer & asked the Lord to bring peace. I prayed that He would show up in her life & bring some sort of comfort. I had to surrender to Him & trust that He would show her the love she needed in that moment. After about 10 minutes in prayer I just said, "Okay God, hands off, it's all you!" I had to truly take myself out of the equation & trust that He would bring the peace she needed, because I sure couldn't.

I left the prayer room & went on with my day. 

     Throughout the week I continued to pray that the Lord would show her through someone, something, anything that she is loved & everything is going to be okay. Lo & behold, the Lord was FAITHFUL. As He always is. I don't know why I still wonder if He's going to answer my prayers. One of my many flaws.

     Anyway, another friend of hers simply sent her an encouraging text message that reminded her of how much she is loved. When she told me about this text message I was filled with joy. It's in the little things. Even though it was one simple text, it was enough. God is faithful in all circumstances.

     I want to point out two things. First, the Lord is constant. He is always working. We need to put full trust in what God has planned. Next, I want you to know that YOU are loved & cherished by the Maker of the universe. The God who breathed life into mankind, the God who sent His precious Son to take on the sins of man, this is the SAME God who is ENTHRALLED with your beauty. He wants to be in relationship with you. When things aren't going so well He wants you to run to Him. He wants you to praise Him in the bad times & in the good times. He wants to be who You put all your trust in & who you go to with your troubles.

     Today my prayer is that in some crazy way the Lord will use this blog for His glory. I hope this encourages you.

Peace & blessings!

"The King is enthralled by your beauty; honor Him, for He is your Lord." Psalm 45:11

1.12.2012

A New Design

Welcome to my new location!

I spent today working on getting everything from wordpress transferred over here  and I am very pleased! Hoping you like this new layout & design because I love it! More posts coming soon!

Peace & blessings!

1.11.2012

A Couple of Things to Share

What a beautiful day the Lord has made!
Today I just want to share a couple of cool videos I’ve stumbled upon this week and a blog I found too!
The blog I want to share is called Wonderfully Made. This is an incredible ministry to girls that teaches about reclaiming true value & worth in Christ Jesus. I highly recommend following their blog & watching their awesome videos. They put on conferences & provide speakers to retreats, camps, etc. I would recommend them to anyone! Here is the link to their website! http://www.wonderfullymadeblog.org/
Here are the two videos I want to share. The first is a cool, graphic showing of what is means to DISCIPLE instead of just have church inside four walls. The second is an incredibly powerful poem by a man name Jefferson Bethke. He spells out what it means to have JESUS vs. RELIGION. Have a look!
Hope you enjoyed this!
Peace & blessings!

1.07.2012

28 years & counting!

WARNING: This is a long blog post, but I think it’s pretty great so read on! :)
Marriage. 
Today, January 7, 2012 marks the day 28 years ago that my incredible parents vowed to a life of commitment to each other & to our Lord & Savior. No, they didn’t vow to be married as long as they were in love, they didn’t vow to fairly split their possessions when the marriage ended, & they sure didn’t vow to simply live as roommates regardless of the status of their relationship.
After twenty-eight years, my parents are still madly in love walking through life together & pursuing Christ not only as individuals but as one flesh. Last year my gift to them was a video I made in iMovie full of pictures of them & of our family over the years. They loved it & I enjoyed making it for them. This year I wanted to do something even more personal than that. This blog post.
Craig Scott Moorman was born in Beaumont, TX to Odus & Bonita Moorman on March 31, 1961. He grew up in the Baptist church, his father was a deacon there & an avid hunter. He grew up hunting deer, dove, rabbits, etc. In high school he played football for Forest Park High School & graduated in May of 1979. He went on to attend Texas Tech University until 1983 before finishing his B.B.A in Production Operations Management at the University of North Texas.
Jane Elizabeth Collier was born in Baton Rouge, LA to Robert & Claire Collier on September 24, 1960. At the age of 4 her family moved from South Louisiana to Beaumont, TX. She grew up going to the Catholic church with her mother and four siblings, while her father attended (& still does) the Baptist church. She grew up taking dance & stuck with it all the way through college. She attended Forest Park High School where she served as Lieutenant & then 1st Lieutenant for the Trojann’s drill team. She graduated with high honors in May of 1979. She went on to spend a year at the University of Texas where she did NOT enjoy it. She transferred to Texas Tech University where she was on the Pom Squad for 2 years & earned her B.B.A in Management Information Systems and Accounting.
If you haven’t noticed, they grew up in the same town & graduated from the same high school. They started dating their junior year at Forest Park & were together for 5 1/2 years before tying the knot. My mom went to UT for a year where she just couldn’t stand to be without my dad. (Not to mention she chose the wrong school to begin with.) Like I said earlier, she transferred to Tech & finished her degree there before my dad could get all his hours. They were married January 7, 1984 before briefly moving to Oklahoma for my mom’s job. They then relocated to Dallas where my dad finished his degree & they have resided in the area ever since.
My parents are incredible.
They’ve endured many trials as a couple & as a family. During their brief stay in Oklahoma my dad got very sick & had to drop the classes he was taking. Thankfully my mom got transferred to Dallas & my dad got better. They had their first child on February 2, 1988. At 10 weeks old Callie had a tracheotomy due to a strawberry birthmark blocking her airway. My sister Rachel busted her chin open in the bathtub as a toddler. My dad had a risky back surgery during Christmas of 1997. My little sister Camille busted her head open on a makeshift swing set at the age of about 6. My mom had a seizure in May of 2006. Our entire family had to deal with the death of my Grandad (Dad’s dad) in August of 2006. The summer before my junior year of high school I was bit by a snake. In all these situations they stayed strong. They cared for us & cared for each other. 
Those are just a few of the things our family has endured. My parents have been the backbone of this family. They have been seeking the Lord & His guidance through it all. My point is that with Christ my parents have been together for TWENTY-EIGHT years. They still say cheesy things to each other, my mom still laughs hysterically at my dad’s silly jokes, & every time I come home I am reminded of their great love for each other.
More than just these trials they’ve dealt with they’ve had many great times over the years. Four of which, I’d like to mention!
First, like I said earlier they welcomed their first child into the world on February 2, 1988. Her name was Callie Elizabeth Moorman & she was a firecracker. (& still is!) She is now Callie Elizabeth Payne & my brother-in-law is awesome!
Next, my mother gave birth to their second child Rachel Jane Moorman on February 11, 1990. She was the spitting image of my mom as a child & had her mind too. She’s always been the most brainy sister & we love her for it! She will soon be Rachel Jane Lott! She is engaged to be married this May.
Their third baby is me! Meredith Michelle Moorman was born on November 4, 1992. I’ve always been my daddy’s “third angel” & very much a momma’s girl too! I’ve always been the sensitive sister. Generally in touch with my feelings & loving life!
Lastly, there is Camille Elise Moorman. She was born on July 16, 1996! She’s the only summer baby & she is THE baby. She’s pretty quiet compared to her three obnoxious sisters but she’s the youngest 
& was the cutest little toddler!



Today I want to honor them with this post. They have been incredible role models for my sisters & I over the course of our lives & still are. Today my sister Callie is married to a wonderful man (2 1/2 months & counting!) & Rachel is engaged to be married to her wonderful man. I’m excited for them to have marriages like our parents have.
They brought these four beautiful ladies into the world. We couldn’t ask for more!
I am so proud to say these two wonderful people are my parents & can’t wait to have a marriage like theirs one day. Theirtestimony of Christian marriage has been a huge influence in my life & I am forever thankful to them for that.




I love you both so much. Mom, you’ve taught me what it means to be a woman who loves & cares for her husband. Dad, you’ve shown me what a Christian man looks like, how he treats his wife & what I should expect in a future husband. You’ve both shown me what it means to be in a marriage that seeks Christ. I’ve learned these things in the best way possible, from the two people I love the most.
Happy Anniversary. I love you!
Peace & blessings!

1.06.2012

Fear is of the enemy

Well, this morning I got my wisdom teeth taken out. To be completely honest I was VERY nervous to have the surgery done. You probably think it’s silly because a lot of people have it done & it’s a standard procedure. For some reason though, I was afraid to have it done. I had never gone under anesthesia before this morning so that was a huge fear of mine. I’ve had many IV’s & had my blood drawn a lot but going under was a really scary thought! Anyway, I had myself so scared that last night while eating dinner with my family the subject was brought up & I had to leave the room to let the tears out.
Pathetic, I know.
So I gathered myself together enough to go back downstairs & spend the evening with my family. We watched TV & slowly one by one people went to bed. I ended up staying down stairs for a while watching shows with my sister, Rachel. I was trying to keep my mind off the surgery. Around 11pm I had a snack since I was going to have to start fasting at midnight. At 11:30pm I headed upstairs to my room & started to realize how afraid I still was. I went to scripture & found some really encouraging verses that I’d like to share!
All of Psalm 23 was incredibly comforting to me. I memorized this passage about a year ago & it never ceases to amaze me.
“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not be in want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” Psalm 23:1-6
“The LORD is with me; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?” Psalm 118:6
“The LORD is my light and my salvation– whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life– of whom shall I be afraid?” Psalm 27:1
“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6
(Context: This last verse is when Moses is telling the people of Israel that Joshua will take over to lead them across the Jordan. He is telling them that the Lord will destroy the other nations for them to take possession of them, and proceeds to tell them not to fear.)
As I was reading through these verses I began to feel an incredible calmness. I was falling asleep last night & continually prayed against fear & asked that the Lord’s presence would be with me. I prayed for the hands of the doctors & nurses involved. I prayed that when I woke up in the morning I would feel calmness & comfort about the surgery.
As you probably expected, when I opened my eyes this morning I knew the Lord was with me. He had given me an incredible peace about the situation & although I still wasn’t excited about the surgery I know he was protecting me & taking away my fear.
I think the take away from this for me is two things. 
First, the Lord is FAITHFUL. He is constantly with me & He answers prayer. God doesn’t just leave us hanging. For me, that was incredible to experience. I’ve experienced the Lord’s faithfulness many times before, but each time is different & today was awesome.
Second, I have the Creator of the universe on my side, why should I fear!? I was afraid of something that God was already going to protect me through. As much as people told me I would be fine, I was still afraid. I think I was able to experience the amazing truth that God has me in His hands. Always. Daily.
I am so thankful for what the Lord taught me through this surgery. I’m also thankful for the people who were praying for me & checking up on me. I have some incredible friends & couldn’t be more thankful for their love & care for me. Mostly, I’m thankful for my parents. I’m thankful that I have a mom & dad who love me so much & are involved in my life. I’m so thankful to my mom for being my nurse all day long. She has been incredible & is a huge comfort to me. I’m thankful to my dad for being my rock & reassuring me that I would be fine all day yesterday.
Needless to say, I am INCREDIBLY blessed.
If you’ve gotten through this entire post, (sorry for such length) here are some funny pictures of me recovering. My thought is, if I’m gonna be in pain I might as well be able to laugh at myself :)



This is me right after I got home!
 
And here’s a picture at about 7pm!
As you can see my recovery seems to be going pretty well so far! Side note; I was really surprised how my smile turned out, it felt pretty normal to me but… haha
(P.S. My shirt says “SWARM Texas Tech Football” not “WARM” haha)
Hopefully this post is encouraging to you. My prayer is that through this blog & posting about the things the Lord is teaching me, you would learn something as well. If not learn something, I hope you are at least encouraged by my experiences. Thanks for reading!
Peace & blessings!
UPDATE:
Today is the 7th, the day after my surgery and here are the latest pictures! I’m still swollen but feeling pretty good!
Chipmunk!
:)