Andrew & Amanda LeJeune

Growing Undivided Hearts of Love for our Savior

Good To Us February 24, 2009

Filed under: General — Andrew & Amanda LeJeune @ 5:42 pm

Hello anyone out there who reads this!

Yesterday I read good stuff about fasting on-line through Campus Crusades Bill Bright. You can learn how to fast safely and effectively here. It was good stuff. Really encouraged me. I think it brought fasting to a new light for me and definitely gave me wisdom on how to fast and get the most out of it.

Andrew had an informational interview type thingy last Thursday for a Chiropractic Assistant position. We were both super encouraged by the experience. The owner Dr. Stephenson sounds like a believer…he said they would narrow down candidates and then pray over the decision! So we’re hoping to hear soon about another interview.

I’ve been encouraged by God lately so much. Finding joy in His presence and in His love. There’s a woodpecker that I hear many mornings that makes me smile. It’s a sweet little tap tap tap tap that I enjoy. I thank God for that little guy out there.

Andrew & I listen to American Family Radio most days and really enjoy the hard labor they do for the Kingdom against today’s culture. I really enjoy listening to Matt Friedeman’s show where he encourages us to be in the fight –that is the battle for the Kingdom of God to come, for our country, etc.  With me being married and now 23 I think I’m beginning to feel older and more responsible than I have before to stand up and fight for what’s righteous, good, and beneficial not only for my generation but others following behind us. If you want to listen to the Matt Friedeman show you can visit AFR @ afr.net where you can watch and listen live. They have talk radio all day long on all the current political, spiritual, and economical issues. You can also visit his Facebook page called the “Matt Friedeman Show.”

A great victory for me this weekend! I colead worship on Sunday morning through singing and playing piano and DIDN’T GET NERVOUS! Usually my hands get really sweaty and its hard for me to play because I’m in a paralyzed funk. I really felt God’s wings of protection holding me in from remembering the crowd. And this was the one thing I requested of God that morning: to be able, even if for snippets of the songs, to truly worship. That skill would come and I wouldn’t be so focused on the notes and the actual song to miss worshipping God. And God did that for me the entire time, even though we did mess up on timing and stuff. It didn’t even bother me. I just gave my efforts and worshiped him! Yippee! I feel so much more confident in my ability to lead now. I have confidence God will help me to experience him even when I’m leading.

And…. on Sunday morning God’s presence was encouraging. That morning I had read Psalm 31:19

How great is your goodness,
which you have stored up for those who fear you,
which you bestow in the sight of men
on those who take refuge in you.

I was meditating on God’s abundance of goodness and how he wants to pour it on us if we fear him.  Then in church we had a tongue and our pastor explained how in the word it says that tongues are given as a prayer from God to us, not always like “God is saying this to us…” So the tongue was spoken and someone shared the  interpretation: “God is good.” Right after that, the wife of the man recently arrested and in an addictive disease got up to share her many thanks to God and to tell us her husband’s progress. It was great. We went on the to the next song which was…haha…Good to Me which has the lines “for you are good, for you are good, for you are good to me…” After the song Steve Kessler told us that after the tongue had been shared, he had the thought of that exact song and then we sang it! I believe God wanted us to focus on how GOOD he is!

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His righteousness like a mountain; his justice like the depths. February 16, 2009

Filed under: General — Andrew & Amanda LeJeune @ 8:10 pm

Yesterday Andrew made me laugh. I was ashamed at myself over my self centered, me glorified, puffing up type motivation for wanting to engage in relationships for the gosepel. I often get “filled” enough to feel good about myself…that I am doing the work I’m supposed to be doing. Lame. I know.  And I was ashamed to see my heart so weakly loving, so half heartedly motivated to be encourage Christ in everyone. This may not make sense- that’s okay. You can ask me about it more later.

After I had shared with Andrew, he said, “Let’s call these God reminders.” Then he proceeded to say something like this in a little, this is from God, voice: “Amanda… you can’t do anything on your own. You need me. I’m glad you want to tell others about me. I love you. You love me. That’s it. Bye.” haha! I laughed. And this morning I had a little God reminder for him too 😀

Yesterday at church was SOOO encouraging. First we had our prayer time for our homegroup before church which was great. Andrew & I really enjoy these times. Then right before worship a friend of mine looked troubled. I asked her if she was okay and she said her heart was hurting for a family in our congregation. She shared the story with me and told me that the pastors were going to address the issue this morning. I cried out to God when I heard what had happened. I thought of the verses that describe God’s righteousness as a mountain and his justice like the deep waters of the ocean. He’s perfect and I just melted in tears and awe at how just, loving, dicplining, and right he is. His love is awesome. My spirit groaned I feel in sync with the Holy Spirit over many things yesterday and it was great to be connected to God.

Our pastor then shared the tragic situation that has just recently fallen on our family members. The husband is in jail, fixing to be taken to a drug rehabilitation center in Georgia, far away from his children and wife; she may have to go back to work instead of homeschooling. Ray read the wife’s letter to the church regarding the situation and the long painful struggle with fighting an addiction and calling us to pray.  Many of the leadership had known about his struggle and he’d taken so many actions to fight against it.  Just recently he fell and he was arrested. I could hear so many, including me crying out and tearful of the news of what had happened. They are really great people. We all cried out together on their behalf.  My heart, I felt, was grieving in tune with the Spirit. It was truly humbling and sobering.

We really appreciate the love, openness, leadership that our local church holds out.  We really feel like family and I’ve been so blessed and thrilled to be apart of this sweet fellowship.

We had our friend Benji come over and share with us some thoughts regarding financial decisions to make or think about, how to achieve our goals, etc. It was good, but afterwards I just melted into Andrew’s arms. I’m so thankful for a friend by my side. I am thankful we are journeying together in all these new challenges.  There are so many “money factors” to think about;  if I’m not careful I will start to panick or get worried about the future. Will we be able to pay for our children’s college tuition? Will we have anything to live off of if something were to happen to one of us or both of us…etc. The list goes on.  But I’m not alone. God will hold me fast to himself. He will give me faith to believe in Him I have all I need and he knows what I need.

His righteousness is like a mountain. It is a firm foundation.

 

Season Opener: January February 4, 2009

Filed under: Pictures,Travel — Andrew & Amanda LeJeune @ 6:43 pm

This past weekend Andrew & I went camping out near Lake Somerville at a place called Nails Creek State Park. We were practically the only ones there camping besides the couple in their RV and potted plants they brought with them!

Camp Fire Cooking

Camp Fire Cooking

We took the trip to reflect on last year and to set goals and pray over this coming year. It was also a time for us to get away together. It was a good weekend. We did reflect and did set both fun goals and spiritual ones. For example: We would like to do something cool for our 1st Anniversary. Another goal is to continue memorizing Romans 8 and to have it finished by next year –it’s going to take a while.

We also got to fish for a little while, something Andrew absolutely loves!

Fishing Fun...we didn't catch anything though

Fishing Fun...we didn't catch anything though

Deer where everywhere

Prancing Deer in the early morn

I felt the Lord pressing on my heart to use more of my free time and mental free time at work and at home to memorize more scripture. As I was reading through Psalm 139 on Saturday morning, the verse where David exclaims, “How precious are your thoughts O God! Were I to count them they would out number the sand….When I awake I am still with you.” This struck a chord in me. It correlates with a little book I’ve been reading called Our Jealous God by Bill Gothard where he encourages us in loving God with all our hearts by means of meditating on God’s words day and night. He shared how meditating on the word at night produced a new intimacy during the night with the Lord through spiritual dreams, and then in the morning awakening with the sweet aftertaste of being with the Lord and having his mind tuned into the Lord already because of where his heart had rested that evening.

Beautiful Sunrise on Our Campsite

Beautiful Sunrise on Our Campsite

This passage paired with reading Psalm 139 anew God used to urge me in storing up  good in my heart so that out of the overflow of my heart, my mouth will speak good things (Luke 6:43-45).  This was the other area that recently God has encouraged me to pursue more carefully, the usage of my speech. I can be so flippant in this area.  So I am excited to spend more mental and physical free time in meditating on the word, being filled up with good stuff, and seeing the fruit through my speech.

Andrew is getting to read a lot of scripture through his New Testament class, which he says is enough Seminary for him 😀 It’s a mind challenging class in many ways. Andrew is keeping faithful to studies and working really hard. My prayer is God blesses him for his efforts. He’s still looking around at job opportunities that may arise. Change here we come!

Date Nights are on Friday now! This week we are going to cash in our Double Dave’s free pizza rolls and take up a Cold Stone 2/$5 coupon and have Pizza and Ice Cream Date Night! Whoop. I love my hubby and LOVE spending time with him.

I’ve been doing more couponing work too, trying to find really good deals. We are fixing to talk to our friend next week, he’s an economist.  It should be interesting to get some of his financial advice. We are growing in wisdom on how to use our finances well.