fear

Last year around this time I was really struggling with fear and anxiety! Re-reading some of my journal posts I thought to myself, dang girl, what was wrong with you??? haha. Except that it was so real then. I was living in fear of so much!

Today I was reading Psalm 27 aloud to my little ZJ.  She was quite pleased I included her in my quiet time, so I need to start doing this more regularly.  I’m not sure why I haven’t before now!

I wish I had read this daily during my struggles last year…

The Lord is my light and my salvation;
Whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the defense of my life;
Whom shall I dread?
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Thought a host encamp against me,
My heart will not fear;
Though war arise against me,
In spite of this I shall be confident. (vs. 1-3)

Then he goes on to talk about how he offers sacrifices with “shouts of JOY” because of the Lord’s deliverance.

You have been my help. (vs. 9)

If he’s offering shouts of joy after the Lord’s deliverance, what would be the opposite? despair?

I would’ve despaired unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. (vs 13)

When we’re not joyful we’re often despairing. As the queen of dramatic emotions, Anne Shirley, famously said, “I’m in the depths of despair!”  But instead of this guy despairing, he was shouting with joy! I’m gonna try that next time I’m falling down the slippery slope into despair.  It’ll probably scare the heck out of Mozzie and ZJ, but it may work for me!

Hope you have a good rest of the week! Choose joy!

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~e

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new year: healthier lifestyle

So who doesn’t want to be healthier with the new year rolling over? I mean, obviously, the packed gym today was evidence of the resolutions. Every single treadmill in the gym on base was filled tonight when we drove by haha. Every time I’ve ever been in there (not often) I’ve only seen MAYYYYBE 3 people running at one time.


FOR THEY ARE LIFE TO THOSE WHO FIND THEM

AND HEALTH TO ALL THEIR BODY.

WATCH OVER YOUR HEART WITH ALL DILIGENCE,

FOR FROM IT FLOW THE SPRINGS OF LIFE. (proverbs 4.22&23)

In context, these verses are referring to the words of Wisdom.  As I read through this chapter [I accidentally read chapter 4 because I was thinking tomorrow was the 5th ha! but I’m glad I made that mistake!], I realized that all of us pursuing a healthier lifestyle could stand to start here.

I think the problem that social media has created with people today is that it’s easy to spread opinions instead of facts.  Facebook is a prime example of that. If someone sees an article or meme or quote they like, they repost it, regardless of the truth or accuracy of it. I’m sure other social media sites do the same, but Facebook seems to be the most prevalent and relevant to “my people.”

But this passage is saying health to all our bodies is from listening to wisdom. so… that must mean, NOT listening to what isn’t wisdom, right? Here’s some more of the chapter:

MY SON, GIVE ATTENTION TO MY [wisdom is speakingWORDS;
INCLINE YOUR EAR TO MY SAYINGS.
DO NOT LET THEM DEPART FROM YOUR SIGHT;
KEEP THEM IN THE MIDST OF YOUR HEART.
FOR THEY ARE LIFE TO THOSE WHO FIND THEM
AND HEALTH TO ALL THEIR BODY.
WATCH OVER YOUR HEART WITH ALL DILIGENCE,
FOR FROM IT FLOW THE SPRINGS OF LIFE.
PUT AWAY FROM YOU A DECEITFUL MOUTH
AND PUT DEVIOUS SPEECH FAR FROM YOU.
LET YOUR EYES LOOK DIRECTLY AHEAD
AND LET YOUR GAZE BE FIXED STRAIGHT IN FRONT OF YOU.
WATCH THE PATH OF YOUR FEET
AND ALL YOUR WAYS WILL BE ESTABLISHED.
DO NOT TURN TO THE RIGHT NOR TO THE LEFT;
TURN YOUR FOOT FROM EVIL.

MY SON, GIVE ATTENTION TO MY WISDOM,
INCLINE YOUR EAR TO MY UNDERSTANDING;
THAT YOU MAY OBSERVE DISCRETION
AND YOUR LIPS MAY RESERVE KNOWLEDGE.
FOR THE LIPS OF AN ADULTERESS DRIP HONEY
AND SMOOTHER THAN OIL IS HER SPEECH;
BUT IN THE END SHE IS BITTER AS WORMWOOD,
SHARP AS A TWO-EDGED SWORD.
HER FEET GO DOWN TO DEATH,
HER STEPS TAKE HOLD OF SHEOL.
SHE DOES NOT PONDER THE PATH OF LIFE;
HER WAYS ARE UNSTABLE, SHE DOES NOT KNOW IT.

NOW THEN, MY SONS, LISTEN TO ME
AND DO NOT DEPART FROM THE WORDS OF MY MOUTH.
KEEP YOUR WAY FAR FROM HER
AND DO NOT GO NEAR THE DOOR OF HER HOUSE,
OR YOU WILL GIVE YOUR VIGOR TO OTHERS
AND YOUR YEARS TO THE CRUEL ONE;
AND STRANGERS WILL BE FILLED WITH YOUR STRENGTH
AND YOUR HARD-EARNED GOODS WILL GO TO THE HOUSE OF AN ALIEN;
AND YOU GROAN AT YOUR FINAL END,
WHEN YOUR FLESH AND YOUR BDOY ARE CONSUMED;
AND YOU SAY, “HOW I HAVE HATED INSTRUCTION!
AND MY HEART SPURNED REPROOF!
“I HAVE NOT LISTENED TO THE VOICE OF MY TEACHERS,
NOR INCLINED MY EAR TO MY INSTRUCTORS!
I WAS ALMOST IN UTTER RUIN
IN THE MIDST OF THE ASSEMBLY AND CONGREGATION!” (proverbs 4.20-5.14)

So, correct me if I’m wrong, but it sounds like if you give in to the adulterous woman (which is taking the opposite place of wisdom), you’ll not be healthy. You won’t have health in all your body, but, in fact, you’ll just begin feeling worse and worse until you eventually die. Another translation says, “But it won’t be long before she’s gravel in your mouth,  a pain in your gut, a wound in your heart… You don’t want to squander your wonderful life, to waste your precious life among the hardhearted.  Why should you allow strangers to take advantage of you?  Why be exploited by those who care nothing for you?  You don’t want to end your life full of regrets, nothing but sin and bones saying.. “My life is ruined!  I haven’t one blessed thing to show for my life!” {https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Proverbs+5%3A1-14&version=MSG}

The first step to healthy living is filling your life with healthy thoughts and healthy thoughts come from pursuing wisdom.  Don’t just pursue a healthier looking body, but pursue a healthy mind, a healthy body.  The holistically healthy lifestyle that you should seek for will begin in the word of God.

Join with me in putting behind us the unhealthy habits of our past. I want to make a point to get in the word not just weekly, but d a i l y.  I want to make a point of focusing on the words of the Lord, and biblical teaching, and christian influences, wise friends, instead of focusing on the o p i n i o n s of others.

I want to make a point to not dwell on social media as much as before.  My husband and I have decided to completely devote at least few hours of each day to focus on only each other and our kids. A few years ago this wouldn’t have been such a problem, but for some reason it’s ridiculously hard to put down our phones these days. It’s not even like we’re talking to important people! For the month of january we’re starting out small instead of making an unreachable goal, but ultimately, we want to spend more time with our ZZs and less time with phones.  Tuesdays and Thursdays this week will be “unplugged.”  If someone needs me, they can call my house phone, or just wait till after my daughter goes to bed.  It won’t be easy, unfortunately, but it’ll be totally worth it when the habit is created. Join with me if you like, or encourage me to stay on track!

Here’s to a healthier lifestyle!
Here’s to a healthier me!
Here’s to a joy-filled year!
Here’s to exuding happiness to my family!

➳ e // 1.5.16

Z’s a She!

So, it’s official: the news is out.  Team Davis is getting a new player come next spring 🙂 After taking care of lots of other people’s babies, this girl is getting her own! I’m pretty excited about watching my hubby take care of his baby.

Wanna see the gender reveal photoshoot? My friend with Mystical Photography did an awesome job.

Click on the photos to go through a slideshow.

Please keep us in your prayers as we embark on our greatest adventure! We can’t wait to go [my] home to Texas for Christmas this year.  Can’t wait to see my family and everyone meet my baby’s daddy! Our last trip as a couple…

Love to all!

SURPRISE!!!!

SURPRISE!!!!

Liza

Remembering Gerald Sseruwagi

Ever since I was a kid, I knew how to spell Sseruwagi.  Even typing it now, I remember sitting at the table spelling it out in my head…. Gerald has been in my life since 1989.  He was a student at His Hill Bible School – where my life story began too.  I don’t even know how to begin to share about his life, so I think for now, I’ll leave it to those who already wrote it.

I will say this, if you’ve never heard this man preach, you need to download a sermon or two of his. Here’s one to start with: http://boernebiblechurch.org/images/MP3/8-15-10_Sermon_Gerald_Sseruwagi_1_Pet_4_7-11.mp3

Anyways, here are two links to two different tales about his short, but Christ-lead life.

http://impactglobaloutreach.org/rwanda/gerald-sseruwagi-rwanda/

http://theaquilareport.com/tributes-to-a-faithful-african-friend-and-minister-suddenly-called-home-to-glory/

For those also impacted by this man, and who live in Texas, there will be a memorial service at Maranatha Bible Church on July 25 at 7 pm.  They will be setting up a fund for Robina and his four children, so they ask that you come prepared to contribute.

To Him be the glory forever and ever, Amen,
Liza

 

It’s been a While

I guess I need to post more, judging from the views on the blog since my last post… I do apologize for being out of the loop.

It’s been another hard semester, due to working almost full time, and going to school full-time, and having to live in a place filled with college-kids who don’t care about their eduction or the mess they leave in the kitchen – but just on how much time they have to party and socialize.  It’s been frustrating because I don’t have time to socialize, much less even have friends.  

My job has been going great.  I can’t complain about it — besides the potty training fails :p 

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This past weekend, she and I ran a 5k together (and I woke up unable to stretch out my arms due to their soreness.  I now know what it’s like to go on a ruck march — with 60 extra lbs to carry.  Unfortunately it wasn’t in a backpack, but hey at least I know I could finish.)  She loved the “rainbow color run” and it made me happy to see that she’s overcome so much in the past two years.  [For example, two years ago she would’ve cried so hard she would make herself throw up because she was “dirty”.]  After our run, we went to the grocery store and I tried to rescue a bird who apparently had lost it’s bearings.  When i went to shoo him outside he flew into my shoulder and grabbed my shirt for dear life.  I couldn’t even pry him off.  Finally he relaxed and I tried to set him on the trash can so i could make him fly away [to which gogo anxiously said, “elizabeth throwing away bird!! elizabeth stop!!”] but instead of flying away he flew back to me and grabbed onto my finger.  After many attempts, we decided to take him home, since he had apparently adopted me.  All the way home he kept his eyes closed, but when we got there, before anyone could do anything he flew up into a tree and our rescued bird was free!

[oh the adventures i find myself in]

It was a long winter — we got snow this month even! But i believe it’s finally spring.  Right now I can hear the lawn mower guys outside my window and that means the grass is growing [it also means that they are making ruts because it just rained… hmmm]

It’s that time of yeah when my days off that aren’t spent in this sick bed here are spent on the side of the mountains where I live… hiking, reading my bible, and ultimately breathing in the refreshing glory set out there from our Creator.  

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Earlier this month i was reunited with my roommate from EXCEL, which was back in 2006 (wow!).  We had a great time.  She lives in Greenville, SC right now going to nursing school.  It was so good to catch up with her. 

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I have one more day of class (Tuesday) and then I have 2 exams and I’m done with Appstate.  It’s been a good run, but i am convinced it is time to move along.  I have no idea where I’m going, but I’m at peace with it — for the first time in my life.  I feel like the world is at my fingertips.  Who knows, maybe I’ll pull out that passport of mine and run away to far off country for a sabbatical on life! 😉  jk. 

I need to finish nursing school, but I also need to find a happy place of being less stressed, and being an adult. I’m really tired of living around teenagers.  I can’t stand it when my roommate won’t clean off the counter, and I just am ready for the childishness to be over.  I work a real job, and pay my real bills (sometimes……), and I also go to school with kids.  It’s a hard place to be in.  Therefore, I need to finish this school business, and go back to only working.  Perhaps adding a family in there instead of studying for a test.  

Nevertheless, I’m here for the next couple weeks, and I have lots to do before I can go anywhere.  I daily ask for guidance, wisdom, and peace since I can’t change what’s happening around me (I can only change my attitude).  I’m praying that I finish the semester strong, and that I work hard at my job – even when my kid throws a tantrum.  I hope to enjoy the benefits of living in the mountains as long as i can, and I don’t take for granted the beautiful weather we get here.  

I can’t wait for my mom to come visit so we can enjoy it together.  I’m excited for my vacation to go see my sister, before buckling down for a long working month before everything starts to change.  

God is good.  All the time. 

I am so grateful for His choosing me.  I’m so grateful for the church He pointed me towards.  I am grateful for the time He’s given me here.  I am grateful for the peace He’s given me about leaving.  I’m so glad that He saved me.  

He is risen! Just as He said!

elizabeth

17 January

Today is an eventful day. 

 

First of all, it’s my dad’s birthday!! 

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Happy birthday dad, wishing I could be there to help celebrate.  Hope you have a wonderful day and a year drawing ever closer to Jesus!

 

Second of all, twenty-five years ago my last name went from “Doe” to “BUSSHAUS.”  I have officially been part of my family for a quarter of a century! 🙂 Don’t have words for that… 

Happy January 17th.  

On another note, I’m heading to Atlanta, as soon as I get up out of bed, to go join thousands of other Christians for the Passion conference!! Pretty excited about that!

 

O Church, Arise

We sang this in church today, and I thought of my mom… Such truth in these words.  Read them slowly, and let them sink in.  
What stood out to me today, that i’ve never noticed before were the words, “Our call to war, to love the captive soul,
But to rage against the captor” and then “Come, see the cross where love and mercy meet, As the Son of God is stricken; Then see His foes lie crushed beneath His feet, For the Conqueror has risen!”

So good!!

O church, arise and put your armor on;
Hear the call of Christ our captain;
For now the weak can say that they are strong
In the strength that God has given.
With shield of faith and belt of truth
We’ll stand against the devil’s lies;
An army bold whose battle cry is “Love!”
Reaching out to those in darkness.

Our call to war, to love the captive soul,
But to rage against the captor;
And with the sword that makes the wounded whole
We will fight with faith and valor.
When faced with trials on ev’ry side,
We know the outcome is secure,
And Christ will have the prize for which He died—
An inheritance of nations.

Come, see the cross where love and mercy meet,
As the Son of God is stricken;
Then see His foes lie crushed beneath His feet,
For the Conqueror has risen!
And as the stone is rolled away,
And Christ emerges from the grave,
This vict’ry march continues till the day
Ev’ry eye and heart shall see Him. 

So Spirit, come, put strength in ev’ry stride,
Give grace for ev’ry hurdle,
That we may run with faith to win the prize
Of a servant good and faithful.
As saints of old still line the way,
Retelling triumphs of His grace,
We hear their calls and hunger for the day
When, with Christ, we stand in glory.

“O Church, Arise”
Words and Music by Keith Getty & Stuart Townend

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lnlHIz9AfnE

Number 88 for Someone Great!

Today is my grandfather’s birthday.  He’s now 88.  He’s seen so many things change in his lifetime, I can’t even imagine!

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Without any other grandparents, I am so much more grateful for Gramps!  He’s always so sweet to me, and I wish I lived closer to him 😦

Happy Birthday, Gramps! May the Lord be ever closer to you this year.

I love you, dearly.

Your,

Elizabeth

A person who is obsessed is characterized by committed, settled, passionate love for God, above and before every other thing and every other being.

~Francis Chan