Andrew & Amanda LeJeune

Growing Undivided Hearts of Love for our Savior

Overwhelmed by the spirit September 28, 2009

Filed under: Spiritual — Andrew & Amanda LeJeune @ 6:36 pm

Yesterday I was overwhelmed by God’s spirit in such a deep way.  Have you ever been in worship and then feel as if you have to just fall down?  That you feel the weight of God that you almost can’t stand?

Yesterday was such a sweet one for me.  I was wide awake at 7am on Sunday and got to spend few hours with the Lord reading lots in the word.  Then when I got to church we sang African style worship songs! It was so fun.  And then we sang a song that I just loved.  We’ve sang it before but yesterday it ministered to me so much.  The song was written by Aaron Strumpel called “Twenty Three.”  As God continues to teach me, I was able to this song truthfully. My eyes flooded with tears,  I was heaving and could barely sing and kept crying out to God.  It was so intimate and I loved meeting with God.  He is so near.  I pray I don’t miss him. Here are the lyrics:

Arise, O Lord, lift up your eyes

Don’t forget I’m helpless

Arise, O Lord, lift up your eyes

Don’t forget I’m helpless

Oh you lead me to waters and pastures so green

Oh you pour out your oil and choose goodness and mercy for me

No I will not be in want

No I will not be in want

You are with me

I will not fear

You comfort me

I will not fear

Everything I’ve ever wanted I have found in you

Everything I’ve ever wanted I have found in you

I could run away

You would never leave

You will always stay right by my side

The italicized parts are the ones that ministered to me the most.  I was overwhelmed by G0d’s love and his choosing me and how near he is to, how much I need him, and how he is the satisfaction of all things my soul longs for.

EVERYTHING I HAVE EVER WANTED I HAVE FOUND IN YOU!! Singing this brings me to tears.  I love to meditate on this truth.

If you’ve never heard it before, you can listen here.

 

Coupon Holder Giveaway September 24, 2009

Filed under: General — Andrew & Amanda LeJeune @ 8:30 pm

couponorganizerCome enter to win a super cute coupon organizer from Surviving The Stores! http://bit.ly/1tmpZN @survivingstores

 

Awaiting his return

Filed under: Spiritual — Andrew & Amanda LeJeune @ 2:40 pm

Last night Andrew took me to Pizza Hut and then went to Sweet Eugenes to share a hot chocolate (Andrew’s favorite)…yumm OOO! I’ve been craving pizza like crazy lately. Not sure why, but nevertheless I got my fill last night.  It was fun.  We colored on the sheets they had on the table and then asked each other the questions that they were encouraging families to have fun with:

What if you had a million dollars, how would you spend it?

Andrews answer: probably invest like half of it in an interest bearing account and then pledge to give the interest made on it to certain organizations, pay for kids schooling, build a home.

Amanda’s answer: probably have at least one Starbucks cup of coffee & a pastry every week for the rest of my life, which we tallied up (haha. over the course of 60 years you’d spend about $21,000!), I’d invest it in interest bearing accounts, pay for my children’s college expenses if they wanted to go, build a home, travel all over the world serving and site seeing.

What if you could have any wild animal as a pet, what would it be?

Andrew’s answer: white tiger

Amanda’s answer: elephant

What if you were President for a day, what would you do?

Andrew’s answer: tour all the latest technology we have in the military, ride on Air Force One

Amanda’s answer:  slip in slide all over the White House in socks, go out on the town seeing all of the cool monuments and sites, ban abortion forever and ban debt from hereon, saying you can’t buy it if you don’t have money to pay for it (these are if I could say something and it went just because I said so).

This question Andrew made up: What if you could ask God one question and he’d answer you now?

Andrew’s answer:  How do I fellowship with the Lord in every circumstance? (like knowing how to live in freedom with him in each moment)

Amanda’s answer: When is the exact time you’re coming back?

So those were fun questions that we did.  My last answer though allowed me to see into my heart.  See I know the reason why I want to know when he’s coming back:  so I can know how I should live.  As if, if God’s not coming back till after I’m gone, I can live this way, but if God IS coming back in my time, then I need to get my act together.  It sounds awful to say it out loud, but I know my heart goes there.

So this morning I went onto BibleGateway and looked down to see the verse for the day. Hebrews 10: 35-36

35So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. 36You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.

I recently read through Hebrews 10 and surrounding areas.  When I clicked to expand the passage it says this:

32Remember those earlier days after you had received the light, when you stood your ground in a great contest in the face of suffering. 33Sometimes you were publicly exposed to insult and persecution; at other times you stood side by side with those who were so treated. 34You sympathized with those in prison and joyfully accepted the confiscation of your property, because you knew that you yourselves had better and lasting possessions.

35So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. 36You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised. 37For in just a very little while,
He who is coming will come and will not delay.
38But my righteous one[f] will live by faith.
And if he shrinks back,
I will not be pleased with him.”[g] 39But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who believe and are saved.

It says in the amplified bible vs. 37: For still a little while (a very little while), and the Coming One will come and He will not delay.  The point being, he’s coming soon.  This was written a long time ago too and it was said that he’s coming soon.  I need to be reminded that God’s time is not our time.  He’s not bound by years, seconds, months.

This passage tells me the truth and tells me where to be setting my heart.  He is coming soon BUT the righteous live by faith.  We need to persevere in awaiting his return and as the amplified says: “My righteous servant shall live by his conviction respecting man’s relationship to God and divine things, and holy fervor born of faith and conjoined with it.”  This servant will stand firm to the end and not shrink back and will be saved.

I’m reminded to not shrink back; to live by faith and to persevere in living well to be one day rewarded.  Those who shrink back and don’t live as awaiting the soon coming of Christ do not please God.  It pleases him for us to endure to the end in faith and we will be saved.

Wanted to share those thoughts. Any thoughts on this?  Have you ever wrestled with this? Or how has God taught you about his coming and how we are to live in light of this?

 

New Life on the Scene! September 23, 2009

Filed under: Baby,Family — Andrew & Amanda LeJeune @ 7:49 pm

Josh and Allison are expecting a wee little one come late May/early June time!! AHH! I’m so excited for them.  I can’t wait to spoil their new little child when I get to meet him/her.  I have so many ideas bouncing around in my head on cute things to sew and how to help her decorate her nursery (that’s if she wants me to help of course!).  I’m going to be an aunt!

We’ve had so many new babies popping on the scene in our church and this last Sunday a couple from our homegroup told us they were 7 weeks pregnant!  They are so excited.  Fallon can’t wait to be a mommy.

Children are a blessing.  They are so precious.  Yay, sister’s going to have a baby!

 

Choffy Giveaway!

Filed under: Miscellaneous — Andrew & Amanda LeJeune @ 7:26 pm

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My friend Rachel is giving 2 people 2 bags of Choffy.  It’s like coffee only from Coco beans instead. You brew it like coffee but don’t get the caffeine effects, though it’s supposed to give you a better kind of energy.  I’ve wanted to try it and hopefully will win some…you can win too if you want some 🙂 In her post she’ll tell you a few things about Choffy.

Go to her site here to enter and win!

 

Shade drapped cardigan giveaway! September 16, 2009

Filed under: Miscellaneous — Andrew & Amanda LeJeune @ 8:45 pm

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Go here to post a comment and possibly win this cute cardigan!

http://www.aroomsomewhere.net/2009/09/shade-clothing-giveaway.html

 

God is faithful

Filed under: Spiritual — Andrew & Amanda LeJeune @ 5:59 pm

Hey all.  Wanted to tell you that God has been faithful to Andrew as he prepares for becoming a teacher.  He told me last night that he has seen God’s hand in the small things like passing his practice test that he felt like he didn’t do well on at all.  It surprised him and felt God’s favor from it on his journey to being a teacher.  He said he knows that times will be hard during teaching and so it really encourages him when he sees God’s faithful hand at work in this.  Please pray for him this Friday! He’ll be taking his content test and if he passes can already start to look for a job, which would be great.  It would be great if he passes this week, mainly for financial reasons.

G0d has also been so sweet to me this past week.  I was telling a girlfriend a little while back about how I was wrestling through a lot spiritually and felt so void of faith and unsatisfied with where I was with God.  This was probably due to unconfessed sin in my life and my need to really humble myself to God.  G0d has heard my cry.  He answered me.  He’s come alongside me and lifted me up.  I don’t deserve it.  He is so good.  He loves me.  He really pursues me.  I love him for that.  Before I was loosing my desire and hunger for his word.  He has shown me life in his words.  He’s cleansed me and has restored my desire for holy living.  He’s been so faithful to me and where I’m at with him.  And I’m so thankful.  My heart has been overflowing with thankfulness over his love and delight to not leave me where I am.  I’m so grateful to Jesus.  I owe him everything.  Nothing good in me has come from me;  he is the benefactor–giving me everything.  Christ within is my boast.  I read this verse and have really enjoyed how it reminds me that all goodness that I portray is Christ’s work in me.

Psalm 4:6 ” Many are asking, “Who can show us any good?”
Let the light of your face shine upon us, O LORD. “

I can’t even boast in my own walk with the Lord or how he’s changed me…that’s HIS work, not mine.  If people see me do good, that’s Christ in me.  I’m so hopeful in Christ’s power within me. AAAAHHH…..I love Jesus.

That’s all I got.  God is doing great things in Andrew and I’s hearts and lives.  To him be the glory for all that he does for fallen man!