Friday, July 24, 2009

CIRCLE OF LOVE... meet Lauren

MEET LAUREN who pens "WALKING BY FAITH"


Lauren is a new friend to me here in blogger world. Believe me, just one visit to her page will leave you feeling pretty blessed. She has a very eye catching blog but the one thing that caught my eye the first few visits were the statements of faith and encouragement found on her side bar.

Lauren is married and mother of two precious sons living in Heaven & two foster sons who are no longer with them physically but always in their hearts. After reading this about Lauren ... I immediately realized that this is one incredible woman of faith!

Lauren's statement of faith continues on and she shares with her readers that she strives to be a Proverbs 31 woman - which can be pretty tough some days! But she is convinced that "He who began a good work in me will carry it on to completion until the day of Jesus Christ." Phil 1:6
Lauren makes a statement that she wants to live her life by faith and take it one stepping stone at a time. Though she cannot see ahead to the next stone, she knows the One who does. As she puts her hand in His, He faithfully is guiding her through all the rivers, valleys, and mountains of life.

Haven't you already fallen in love with Lauren's spirit? One of Lauren's most recent posts on her blog shared a few of her favorite things. I couldn't think of a more marvelous way to see a little piece of her heart than to share with you this recent post. (the first thing on her list linked our hearts forever because the beach is also one of MY favorite things!!) Read on and get better acquainted:

A Few of my Favorite things....

The beach! I love soaking up the sun, salt water, and sand!

Unpacking! We loaded up the moving van last weekend and put
all of our things in storage. We move into our new home in mid August… I can’t
wait! I love unpacking and setting up our home – it’s like Christmas for
me!

A really awesome sermon… like the one I heard Sunday night. WOW – it was about being filled with the Holy Spirit. How there is no such thing as being 95% full of the Spirit … it’s ALL or NOTHING! If there is 5% of your life that you just can’t surrender to God, then you are living in 100% rebellion. He doesn’t ask for a piece of us – He commands our WHOLE hearts! The word picture that came to my mind is this:You have a cup of water and a vial of red food coloring. The water is the Spirit … the coloring is that thing in your life you can’t let go and give to God; Sin, idolatry, ANYTHING that is not bowed to Him. If your cup is nearly full of pure water, but you put even one drop of coloring in it – the whole cup is tainted. The whole cup turns pink. There is no pure water left. The same is true for our souls. If we have even one thing that we refuse to surrender to the will of God, then our whole heart is
tainted.

“Throw away the foreign gods that are among you and yield your hearts to the Lord, the God of Israel.” Joshua 24: 23 Praise God for His mercy and grace … for without it we would all perish.

Let our hearts be like those who said, “We will serve the Lord our God and obey him.” Joshua 24:24

And these verses: “Speak to one another with psalms hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Christ Jesus.” Ephesians 5:19-20


WOW. What a great list of favorites! RELAXING (at the beach), MAKING HER HOUSE A HAVEN (preparing a home for her family) and THE WORD! Sounds to me like Lauren is making strides towards that goal of striving to be a Proverbs 31 woman!

Recently, Lauren shared her heart with me online and answered some questions that will help us see exactly what makes her heart beat in her ministry of writing. Come along with me and get better acquainted.

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1. PLEASE TELL US YOUR NAME AND WHERE WE CAN FIND YOU ON THE WEB?
Lauren Casper ~You can find me at my blog "Walking by Faith" --- laurenalexis1.blogspot.com

2. HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN BLOGGING AND TELL US YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT BLOGGING?
I have been blogging since January 2009. My favorite thing about blogging is that it allows me to be creative. I can get my thoughts and feelings out where I can see them. I also love that it opens up the door to a whole group of people I wouldn't otherwise know. It's a wonderful tool for spreading the gospel and encouraging sisters in faith.

3. WHAT ARE THE MAIN THINGS THAT YOU BLOG ABOUT?
I mainly blog about Jesus - what He's doing in my life, what He's been teaching me, what I've seen Him do in others lives. I also occasionally give little updates on what's going on in my world.

4. TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF...if you work ~where? ...have a family ~ tell us about them?
As of right now, I am a stay at home wife. I'm 25 and have been married for 4 years. We live in the mountains, but all of that is about to change! We're moving to the beach sometime this summer for my husband to attend seminary. At this time I will **hopefully** be working full time to help support hubby in his time at school. I am the mother of 4 precious boys. I have 2 sons (Asher and Cyrus) living in heaven. Alex and Avery are our twin foster boys who we love with all our hearts. They were returned to their "real parents" last year... but they'll always be my boys. Other than that, I love: music, quilting, painting, scrap-booking, violin, guitar, reading, and old musicals!

5. HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN SERVING THE LORD?
I've been serving God for 5 years. I came to Christ when I was 20 years old and have been running after him with all my heart ever since!

6. CAN YOU GIVE US A TESTIMONY OF HOW GOD HAS PROVEN HIMSELF FAITHFUL TO YOU?
Just one?? haha Well, foster parenting is a great example of God's faithfulness. He was definitely calling us to do foster care, so we started the paper work. Social services said we probably wouldn't get a child for 6 months to a year after everything was complete. We signed up to start out with just 1 child, in the age range of infant - 2yrs. We were advised not to go out and buy anything until all the paper work was complete. Well, the day our social worker called to tell us it was complete she also said "can you take a set of twins in 2 hours?" !!!!! So, we prayed (already knowing the answer) then asked for an extra hour to run to walmart, and said yes. Alex and Avery came to us with nothing but the filthy clothes on their back. They were just dropped off in our foyer and then we were left to figure it all out from there! We were at a loss. We hadn't ever been parents before. So we begged God to help us ... and He did. We took it one day at a time, and sometimes one hour at a time! I have never been so tired in my life!! But, while I was completely empty, I watched God come in and provide time after time. He was totally faithful to us for the months we cared for the twins. Then, when it was time for them to go, God was faithful once again to pour out His grace and let us say goodbye. It still hurts, but God is always there with me every step I take.

7. COULD YOU SHARE WITH YOUR CIRCLE OF BLOGGING FRIENDS YOUR FAVORITE SCRIPTURE?
"Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well." Matthew 6:33

8. HOW HAS THAT SCRIPTURE MINISTERED TO YOU RECENTLY?
As we move forward with our plans for seminary we're experiencing a lot of struggles. Our house isn't selling, we're having trouble finding new jobs, and time is running out as August quickly approaches! But, God has promised that if we seek Him first, above all, He will provide. It may not look like what we desired ... but He will always provide "all these things..."

9. WHAT ADVICE ABOUT BLOGGING WOULD YOU OFFER TO YOUR CIRCLE OF BLOGGING FRIENDS?
oh wow - I don't know, seeing as I am fairly new to the blogging world. I guess... pray and read scripture before you blog. Let your heart and mind be totally saturated with Jesus before you let your fingers hit the keys.

WOW! What wonderful advice Lauren! I love the thought of being saturated
TOTALLY with Jesus before even sitting down to the computer. I believe that we
would never have writers block if we adhered to that advice. Thank you so much
for sharing your heart and sharing the love of Christ with your readers. You are
a great encouragement to me and to all of those TAKING A STAND! -
blessings,
Laurie

Please visit Lauren today over at WALKING BY FAITH! (click here)

4 comments:

Denise said...

I enjoyed learning about Lauren.

3 Blessings said...

Yea for Lauren! She is so amazing with such a pure heart for the Lord. I am blessed to call her my blogging friend.
Amy

Karen said...

Hi Lauren. Thank you for sharing your testimony and following your heart of love.

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

Love your blog....and enjoyed reading some of your older posts also....Have a great weekend.

I am drawing for two giveaways on Monday...so hope you will stop by.