Tuesday, March 20

Good news Tuesday!

Just a little bit of good news

~My legal last name is officially Rivera!! woohoo~
When I went in to the social security office there was a guy sitting a couple seats down from where I sat. He tossed a ticket over to me and said here is a ticket, I have two. Turns out the ticket was next in line! I waited no more than 5 min and my NEW number was called. And on top of that it was free! #winning 

~There are still 5 days of spring break left :)~
Lots of time to have lots of fun!

~ I get to see my brother tomorrow night <3 ~
He's in an all boy program called Teen Challenge. It is a place for guys to go to get cleaned up and   back on track with God (Micah wasn't into any drugs or anything just hung out with the wrong friends and could have easily gone down that track). We get to see him on Wednesdays for church and sunday for lunch :) I will write more on this later but for now he could use all the prayers he can get!

~Hunger Games count down: 2 days!~

~I ran 20 minutes today and my foot didn't hurt at all (although I did feel super out of shape!)
Just two weeks ago the trainers thought I had a stress fracture!

ok ok Here is juicy

This weeks epiphany 
Last week something so special happened... Derek totally made a HUGE step to becoming closer to God. We are both christians and go to church every sundays but we are both guilty of falling into our most prized worldly loves (Not necessarily "bad" sins, just ones that shouldn't come before our time with Jesus). Anyhoo Last sunday evening a couple friends got together and we prayed for Derek to receive the Holy Spirit. Such a precious and intimate thing! I couldn't have been happier. 

Next thing you know we are fighting. I'm nit-picking and he is instigating problems! We couldn't get along to save a life! We didn't understand why this was happening but it wouldn't go away. We would resolve the problem, say we're sorry and 10 minutes later we're arguing about something else. Neither of us could stand it but neither of us could seem to stop it either. 

And then it hit me like a slap in the face! The enemy (dirty satan) was coming against us and he was coming FULL FORCE! Ugh that guy makes me sick. I was so upset and couldn't believe that I didn't see it sooner. Satan HATES nothing more than two souls joining together before God and serving Him fully. Here's the confession: Derek and I hadn't read our Bibles together in a couple months (sadly we were totally living a lukewarm lifestyle). So Satan is saying "I don't need to bother them, they aren't doing a thing to further the kingdom of God." and then the day after we read and pray together he attacks! 

Derek bought a marriage devotional on his phone and we read and prayed tonight :) Take that satan! We focused on Ephesians 5:21-33. Submission to one another. Me submitting to Derek. Derek loving me like Christ loves the church. 
This part was the most profound for me. We were reading verse by verse and I said "do you love me like Christ loves the church?" WOAH! That is intense. Of course no man can love his wife to that amount but to strive for that is what counts. I mean Christ loved the church so much he DIED for it... I can't fathom the love, I just know it is for me :) (and you!). 

Now that Derek and I see the root of where our problems come from we can cut right to it and dig it out, praise Jesus!
Do you guys know of any great devotionals? (men, women or married:) We would love it if you say a prayer or two for us. 
If any of you need prayers you can comment or email and i'll add it to my prayer list!



  1. amazing post :)
    best wishes on your new blog!


  2. Great post! If we lived in the same town, I'm pretty sure we would be having ya'll over for dinner!
    I've heard from so many wives that "Power of Praying Wife" is an amazing devotional. I haven't read it yet, but plan to start it this week. Also "Power of a Praying Husband."

    1. Thanks so much Allsion! :) I will look into those devotionals! After looking around at all the different blogs the only thing that makes me sad is that you girls are all over the country! Haha kinda makes it hard to have a get together!!
      Thanks for the comment :)

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  5. congrats on your name change...exciting!

  6. I hate it when that happens. Nearly every time I think to myself 'Josh (my hubby) and I are getting on really well at the moment - marriage is great!' we'll end up having a massive row the next day (or even 5 minutes later!). Satan really loves to get into our marriages and mess things up.

    It's great you were able to pray about it though, and praise God that he has the victory and Satan has no power over us. Woo!

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