Who I am: I am the Righteousness of God by the Blood of Jesus. Need I say more?

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I am just a girl who is madly in love with Jesus. My hubby and I tied the knot in June of 2013. I love to sing, write, and worship. I am a lover of people, and my goal in life is to ensure those around me always know and see the Love of Jesus. I'm also one of the unlucky who have experienced loss, heartache, and the realities of the complications that come along with putting a bun in that oven. It's a wild ride, it's a fun ride, and I'd do it all over again if it meant I got to walk with Jesus even closer.

Friday, August 30, 2013

The 'I' Word......

                                                       Infertility (part II)

Shortly after all the healing was complete from my previous surgery, I was referred to a different OB/GYN that specialized in fertility and high risks. I wanted to know exactly what my future held or as much information that I could. I was getting married in 3 months and I wanted to know if my (soon to be) husband and I could have kids, and I also wanted to know what obstacles we might face when we were ready to start a family.

In February of '13 I had an HSG (hysterosalpingogram) exam performed that month, and I will say that I didn't like it much. I knew once this test was performed she could tell me right away what the outcome was. After and hour of poking and prodding (when it should have only taken a fraction of that time) it was finally over. My heart was pumping so quickly and so loudly, I could feel it in my throat. I was so nervous, but, I had walked into this room fully believing and trusting that my God was a healer and everything was perfect. I fully believed this. With her hand resting on my shoulder her words felt like daggers to my heart. Both of my fallopian tubes 100% blocked. I remember watching her lips form words, saying that she was sorry. That she didn't understand, and that she wished she had better news for me. I felt like I couldn't breathe. I felt like I couldn't see. There were too many tears. My emotions that moment were not bashful.

That night I had to tell my man... Mustering up enough courage to tell the man I am about to marry that our future of kids was compromised greatly, was heavy. That night I know deep down we both mourned for what might not come to be. We prayed. At this point in time we were in our premarital counseling. We were lucky enough to be mentored by two of my favorite people. People whom I will always consider to be my second set of parents. Instead of talking marriage we decided (after debating whether we would go at all) to tell them what obstacle we were now facing . Their only (amazing) response was to lead us in communion together. It was beautiful and heart breaking all at the same time.

Isaiah 41:10
 
So do not fear for I am with you;
do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.

For several weeks I went into a cocoon. Processing. Just me and Jesus. I remember having conversations with my fiance and conversations with some of my close friends. However, I couldn't tell you what they were about or even how they resolved. I knew there was some disagreements thrown in there, and I knew there were moments of utter weakness and feelings of failure. There was this season of anger, and resentment, and hurt now in front of me. I had no idea where to begin, and how I would maneuver may way through this emotional mess. It felt like I sat down in the middle of my life and things just kept moving on without me. Bills came and went, work came and went. I even had a bridal shower thrown in there, and two baby showers that I attended. Life just coasted on by, ignoring the simple fact that I needed a moment to stop.

Journal entry

" I don't think I will ever forget a late night text from Joe..... It was a prayer that he said he had for me. This prayer was simple, and several lines of it read... ' I see you, I see you, I see you...' This rattled me to my core. Here I was thinking I was held captive by this dark. That no one could see the pain or hurting. But our father, He ALWAYS sees me. He always knew and saw how broken I was. ... And that's exactly where he wanted me."


I believe God created me as a processor. To let life pass for a little bit only to draw me closer to Him. He sat me down and helped me offer the emptiness I had and ask to be filled up by him. I wouldn't dare guess he created everyone this way. I do know for certain that He created me that way. Without those moments of utter darkness, I wouldn't have ever gone searching for the Light. I needed this process, I needed what felt like chaos in my heart. This process certainly refined me. I will not claim to have learned this lesson wholly, however, I can say with confidence it has stretched my faith, and my dependency on my Savior.

Psalm 40:2

He lifted me out of the slimy pit,
out of the mud and mire;
he set my feet on a rock
and gave me a firm place to stand.

Shortly after this season my husband blessed me with tickets to my all time favorite singer/artist. Kari Jobe. The main artist playing was Chris Tomlin. I loved every second of our trip to Seattle. We got to spend some time with our favorites and enjoy a spirit filled night at the Key Arena. Kari Jobe was fantastic, and of course, I was a giddy child watching every second of her. There was one specific moment of that night where my whole direction and thought process started to change. Chris Tomlin sang a song at the piano called 'Sovereign". (To read the lyrics, click here)

These words broke through some of my insecurities regarding my recent diagnosis of infertility. It changed some of my hopes and dreams of babies and a family. It shifted my focus back to Jesus and His hopes and dreams for me. It challenged me to trust my God at all times. If He has not yet let me down, why on earth would He start now? Especially in my time of greatest need! This song rocked me to my core. Knowing full well His plans were not to crush me. His plans are not to keep me infertile and defeated. His plans for me include a full, God centered, blessed life. A life not claimed by bondage, but set free by the Blood of Jesus. I am claimed by Him. And nothing less.

I knew from that moment on, babies or no babies, husband or no husband, sickness, pain, disease, or lack there of, He was sufficient. He was always enough, and will always be enough. Period.

Lamentations 3:21-24
 
Yet this I call to mind
and therefore I have hope:
Because of the Lords great love we are NOT consumed,
for his compassion's are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
I say to myself,
"The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him."


In all this I have been promised 3 words:
1. Redemption
2. Restoration
3. Sufficiency

I am still on my journey and learning what He means, and I do believe he has granted me some wisdom and knowledge regarding these beautiful words. I also know that because of these promises I have a reason to hope, and to know that He has continuously been faithful. So why should I start doubting his Faithfulness, or His sovereignty now? My process of redemption and His restoration in me is painful, but without it, I wouldn't be so desperate for Him. My prayer for YOU, regardless what your obstacle is, that your redemption and restoration process leads you to become so desperate for Him. Desperate to feel His constant sufficiency. My prayer is that through your own wrestling with Him, you feel His outrageous, reckless love. Because, no matter what it is you're facing or how many times you express your fears and anger and anguish, oh how He loves you. Oh, how He cares for you. You are His, and He longs to give you All of Him.

This is part II, (and I repeat this because I know that some days, whether or not I feel this is true, I choose to proclaim this truth over and over until I know for certain and without second guessing) and I know this full well His plans for me (you) are good. His plans for me (you) are refinement, and allowing me (you) wisdom and knowledge about His promises. My journey through these trials and so much more to come are for His glory, for encouragement, and support. I love people. I know my purpose is to love people. This is how I have been lead to love.

xox
-Morgan B

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

I Love you Tuesday!

I Love Tuesdays because it is way easier to get out of bed on a Tuesday rather than a Monday!

I love Tuesdays because I choose to see all my fun pictures all over again from my weekend.

I love Tuesdays because it has always been good to me!

 I Love you Tuesday, Always.



I love this girl. She has BIG things in store, and a life full of adventure ahead of her.


And, I love this girl. She has a heart that mine wants to resemble someday when I grow up. 
A pure giver.


Minus myself, this is my most favorite picture ever. I'm not sure it needs an explanation. 


 

Enjoy your Tuesday!


You're Welcome ;)


Friday, August 23, 2013

Technical Difficulties

Well, This blogging world has proven to me that I will have some challenges!

I had big hopes and dreams to post Part II of my story today, and now that might have to wait until next time due to some unforeseen formatting and technical errors!

The other day I was driving to work listening to a song that has gotten me through one of the hardest seasons I have been through, loss of something I so desperately wanted.. I noticed that every time I sang this song it brought me to tears. It humbled me in a way where my moment of worship in my car was so sweet, so special.

As I pondered the lyrics, I realized the type of declaration I was singing. It melted my heart to know that the words I was singing has a profound impact on my daily life, my spiritual life, and my healing heart.

Be thou my vision, Be thou my Joy.
My providence and my Reward.
Be thou the wisdom that I employ,
To trade my worth for Yours.
Be Thou my refuge, be thou my strength,
Should my confession err.
My heart shall whisper a Sure Amen,
And TRUST your every word.
Be Thou Exalted,
Be Thou Exalted, Jesus, forever!
Be Thou Exalted forever.
Be Thou my Passion,
Be Thou my Zeal, That I may offer thee.
No Great procession,
or vain appeal, But my sincerity.
Hallelujah to the name of all names
Hallelujah to the God be all Praise.
Ever Holy, Worthy,
Be thou exalted Always.
These words that I casually sang every morning went unnoticed for a while. But, as time went on, I couldn't help but feel comforted, and thoroughly known in the depth of my being. During my time of greatest need, my time of greatest brokenness my Lord decided to place a song in my heart to declare his Greatness, and His consistency. Most importantly, he placed in me a desire to sing words I didn't want to accept with out even knowing it. He placed a song in me asking for Him to be what I simply could not be.
You see, this season it has proven to be a time where I choose to worship and I chose to love God. I am not ashamed to say that it has been a struggle to accept that He is who He says He is. So, to claim:
Be Thou Exalted ( Be Noble, be held in My Highest Regard.) 
and to shout out:
Hallelujah ( God be Praised! Rejoice!)
has brought me to my knees in humble adoration, and comfort without even knowing it until now,
is simply God.
Moving in me.
Working in me.
Healing me.
It's not always fun, but to know that even still, in some of my rebellion, he cares after me, and protects me.. I am eternally grateful.
My challenge is to ask my Father to open my eyes to the works he is doing, that I am still unaware of! It's changing my life. I hope it changes yours.
-Morgan B


Tuesday, August 20, 2013

VBS... BVS, and BBS

Which are all the same in one! There was a veriety of names for what we call Vacation Bible School. Between the adults and the kiddos no one quite knew exactly what order they went in, or what the actual letters were. I am now very fond of these new names!

Monday through Friday was a whirl wind! Each morning packing a bag of snacks, lunch for work, snacks for after work, extra clothes, extra shoes... You know the whole 9 yards!
Monday and Tuesday were filled to the max with crazy kiddos learning how to serve their family and their friends. Snacks, games, crafts and bible stories filled up our short 3 hours! 

Monday started our memory verse for the week! 
Mark 12:30-31
Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.
The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’There is no commandment greater than these.

By Wednesday my head hurt, my body was tired, yet God was faithful and surprised me with enough energy to last through the evening!  The kids learned about serving their neighbor. Which we all learned a neighbor could be anyone! 

Thursday we learned about serving our community! We had a few guests such as a nurse, a police officer and a wild fire fighter! I know the kids loved this! One cutie of a kid decided that the nurse actually worked with Jesus.


They were both in the healing industry, so logically why wouldn't she?!
Psalm 147:3
He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.
I will say each and every day there were God stories these precious children just had to share. Their joy and excitement over Him was so uncontainable and so contageous! I knew when I walked in that building I was going to be overcome with peace and utter joy. Our days, as leaders and volunteers, were outrageously long. You could tell by Thursday and Friday we were all ready for a nap that never ended! God was truly faithful. Our energy and stamina was amazing! I am so blessed to have learned so much from these kids! Their faith and reckless worship is what I desire for my own life and what I pray seeps into my friends and families lives!
Friday, Finally! Serving Jesus is what we talked about and how each of our other lessons was a beautiful way and example to serve Jesus! These kids had it down. 

My proud auntie moment was when one of my favorites saw one of her new friends hadn't got a sucker yet. She generously gave away her prized sucker out of pure, genuine love! She did it, not because she had to, but she gave a gift to a friend because she wanted to! Little things like that melt my heart and make me want to be a better giver!
After Friday rolled around I knew we were all due for that serious nap! However, when the glow sticks and kids worship songs came on I had to put on my pirate hat and bounce around to celebrate the goodness of God in each of these lives.
Matthew 5:16, Let your light shine before men, that they may see your fine works and give glory to your Father who is in the heaven.

"This little light of mine, I'm gonna let it shine"

I'll never forget this week! I never want to forget this week! My God taught me what it takes to love Him and serve him better. And all it requires is my heart, willing and ready, with a childlike faith! 

-Morgan B

The kids made bags to give food to give to those who are in need!

Friday, August 16, 2013

The ‘I’ word..........

                                                    Infertility (Part I)

There is no delicate way to introduce a heavy topic. There is no delicate way to expose some of my most deepest sorrows, triumphs, and victories. Of this I am certain, I was not created to be shy of the miracles in my life, and I was not created to contain or hide my story of Redemption, Restoration and My Fathers Sufficiency. So here I go, tearing the band aid right off, and letting many in to some very treasured life lessons....

September 7th was the day that I had decided to change things. For myself. I had had many doctors from a very young age make decisions for me. Telling me what I should and shouldn’t do. Things that they made sure to remind me that they were the experts.

The months leading up to this surgery I did all the research I could to find natural ways of dealing with some of the unpleasant side effects of Endo. I found different diets, what to avoid, what vitamins can help (all accompanied by weekly exercise) and I decided that some of these tips and hints could be helpful. I was going to take charge of my body, and really fall back into trusting God’s word and his promises of making me whole, in whatever means He felt would show His power. I knew the surgery was the right thing to do, and I knew that this would be my last.

This surgery consisted of countless procedures that I need not go into detail of, many of which are routine for laparoscopic surgeries for endometriosis. Once this surgery was over I knew that it was the right choice for me, personally, to remove myself from any form of birth control (as it was not necessary for prevention of pregnancies), and let my body do what it naturally needed to do. 

This was a longer procedure than I've experienced in the past, and there were no known complications. I was sent home after several hours of observation to rest and recover. The recovery process was normal, and to be expected.

In late September I went in for my routine post op appointment. My doctor informed of all the minor details surrounding my surgery. Routine, normal conversation. Then the room was all of a sudden filled with that lingering word, But...
But, something didn’t go as planned. Something didn’t happen the way it was suppose to. But.... Something changed my life. The words that spilled from her mouth never made sense to me. I was lost in the first sentence. 



Journal Entry
“What happens when it - Life - feels empty? What happens when the words don’t come?
What happens when His voice is so small you’re not even sure it’s there anymore?...... What happens when you have nothing left to say,
but a million things to feel? Where is He then? Is that where we find our “cry” for God.. In rambling, written on faded papers of loss, confusion, heartache, joy, thankfulness and sorrow? This must be what it means to cry out. This must be where he promised to meet us right where we are.” 



This catapulted me into a frenzy, into a bit of emotional chaos and numbness.
 How do I trust God? How do I heal, how do I forgive?
 This changed my direction of faith completely. For the better, eventually. Every day it was a battle to lay these concerns at His feet. But every day, I did. My Father did glorious things in me. He made me weak and so strong all at the same time. Weak enough to keep me flat on my face before Him, but strong enough to come crawling into His arms. Sometimes His presence was the last place I wanted to be, but at that same moment, I knew that was the only place I could be to find the wholeness I needed, and was searching for. 


Isaiah 54:10
“Though the mountains be shaken and this hills be removed, 
            yet my unfailing Love for you will not be shaken
 nor my covenant of peace be removed”,
            says the Lord
 who has compassion on you. 


This is just part I, this is a journey that has prayerfully been considered to be shared. I know full well His plans for me are good, and His plans are to refine me and allow me wisdom and knowledge about His promises. My journey through these events, and coming posts about my experience are for His glory, encouragement, and support. I love people, and I know my Purpose is love People. Right now, this is how I am choosing to Love. 

xox

-Morgan B

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Hello Tuesday!

Tuesday, I love you because you are much kinder than Monday. I love you because snapshots and memories from my weekend are still freshly embedded in my memory, and I love you because it’s good to know my week has already been underway…. 

Friday, a wonderful hour and a half was spent in the car with my beloved Husband. We drove to Ione, WA to soak up some sun and some much needed R&R. Reflection, rest, and relaxation were waiting for me! Waiting for us! And oh was it lovely! We had a 3 hour nap, church on the river, and an afternoon in a kayak watching bald eagles, birds, and soaking in God's beautiful creations!






 I found a treasure on the fridge, my twinsie and favorite Auntie many many years ago!



 This week starts our first annual VBS at my home church. It is an honor to be hanging out with these kids each night. Watching them serve, dance, sing and worship Jesus is definitely something I can learn from. 



Sunday I was reminded that my favorite started 3rd grade on Monday morning! My goodness time flies, I am so excited to see what she learns this year, and how God uses her! I am certain there are humongo plans ahead for her. 

His hair says it all (I will say I am uber jealous of the nap that created this stylish do). He’s a spitfire full of humor! I just love him!


Last but not least, these songs were what filled my head through the weekend. Remembering at all times, He is faithful, He is the only one able to revive a broken spirit.



Fully knowing that if this song is my prayer, He will always want to be all this for me and through me.. For my Good and his everlasting Glory.




Friday, August 9, 2013

Mawwage, Mawwage. . . .

I find it fitting that after 2 months of marriage (as of yeaterday) that I would share one of the most exciting and God centered moments of my life.


While we were young we spent about a whopping month together, holding hands and going to bowling parties! At some point we even played together on a team for Hoopfest! I would bounce with joy if I ever found those long lost pictures! In all honesty, I couldn’t remember any of this if I tried! My husband has been majorly blessed with an excellent memory. Whereas mine, is not so great! I have to say, he was the one who informed me of these memories!

Once those days of major crushing ended, we went our separate ways. He moved on, I moved on…. Low and behold he found my sister… my twin sister!

Here is the happy couple Freshman Year of high school:

 

Aren’t they cute!?

And the cycle continued! We all moved on. Found our way through endless days of school, sports, choir, and life.

It’s hard to believe (or maybe not so hard to believe, knowing the social media influence we all can’t seem to ditch) that our reuniting came about over Facebook. On occasion we will joke and say we met each other online! I will spare you the tiny little details and jump straight to our first “coffee date” at Forza Coffee, where I shockingly spilled out my detailed boundaries and expectations of a relationship. After a few hours of utter humiliation of the words flowing freely, he asked if I was hungry and I couldn’t believe he wanted to spend another minute with my crazy self!

Little did I know that hour or two of coffee changed both of our lives. Forever. For the Better. This coffee date was April 9, 2012.

He asked me the most important and most exciting question of my life on November 17, 2012.

On June 8, 2013 I became Mrs. Brooks.

This was a part of my story that my Father had not let me know. After a few failed relationships I decided that I had to put my ideas, thoughts and desires of a Husband, being a wife, and a wedding at His Feet. This was the only way I could ever find full satisfaction in my most important relationship ever, with Jesus. Being obedient lead me to meet a man who loved Jesus, and will love Jesus more than he will ever love me. That is my husband’s most attractive quality. Being obedient also lead(s) me to loving my Husband better too.

I want to say that our story is a fairy tale, and in some ways it just might be, I do know for certain that we are not aiming to be a fairy tale story. Our story isn't without flaw, and there are definitely some parts that are not so fairy tale-like. We saw some major heart ache in the months leading to our wedding. We were met with major opposition (opposition that you will come to learn in coming posts), and fought tooth and nail against the world. As two lovers of Jesus we were called to abstain, and we are proud and honored to say we waited and because of that I know we were able to fight as hard as we did one, because of Jesus, and two, because our communication had to be on point all the time. It was worth every hard moment of temptation, or frustration! Every single second of it!

So all this to say, our wedding was filled to overflowing with joy, Jesus, and love.  

-Morgan B


 




                                                         

 I was able to wear my mothers dress and also surprised her with it! She has no idea I had it. Such an honor.            



My First look with my Father.



My best friends and Bridesmaids, and favorite niece ever!



Our first look.


My beautiful flower girls!


The Bridal Party! We love every single one of them, a lot!


My dear hubs, so excited he jumped the gun and tried to kiss me before "You may now kiss your bride"


 

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Just the Begining. . .

Well, here I am. Finally! This blog is something I have dreamed about, and prayed about for a long time. There have been multiple seasons the past year when I came close, but I just knew that it wasn't quite time yet.

After a series of events I could hear a small whisper, "It's time". I have no specific agenda, but I can give you a hint that this will be filled with emotion, love, passions, dreams, goals, and just plain life.

So, who am I?

I am just a young girl. Recently married to a fantastic man (and a stud of a man if you ask me). I love Jesus with everything that is in me, and He will always remain my main focus. I love to sing, and I am very involved at my home church. I have seen some major up's in life and have experienced loss and disappointment. However, my main purpose is to serve, and encourage and love those around me. I pray that this blog keeps me on my knee's before my Father, and that you find Him in every word typed and every picture taken.






-Morgan B