I left “home” and came “home”

In Uncategorized on April 7, 2008 by tarapowers

This weekend Dave and I (along with Stormie and Tristan) were in New York ministering to about 100 young adults. God is so good and merciful and allows us to be His servants! His presence did some amazing things! Dave is staying in New York to minister to Youth Pastors for two days and I came back to Colorado to be with the little man, Hunter.

I’m here at my house, with my computer, my bed, my comfort and yet it is not home. I had this realization that HOME is the people you are with and not the place you are staying. My home is not this house, or Colorado even. My “home” is fast asleep beside me, my precious son. My “home” is my husband thousands of miles away in NY. My “home” is my family, my friends, the people that God has me serving, God is my HOME! I don’t have to be in this house to be home. My comfort and my home are found in God and in the people God has placed in my life!

“Where thou art – that – is Home. ”                                                                                                                                                            Emily Dickinson

“I have been very happy with my homes, but homes really are no more than the people who live in them”                                                                                                                                                                                                          Nancy Reagan

“Where we love is home, Home that our feet may leave, but not our hearts.”
Oliver Wendell Holmes

God, thank you for my “HOME” in you and in the people surrounding me. It’s good to be home.



Why’d you have to be so cute?

In Uncategorized on March 31, 2008 by tarapowers

The first kiss…..March 2003

I think Imogen Heap describes the night so well for me: “Oh, why’d you have to be so cute? It’s impossible to ignore you. Must you make me laugh so much? It’s bad enough we get along so well.”

It’s supposed to send you to the moon, make your knees weak, etc. which is what our first kiss did but it also sent a chill of guilt and remorse at the same time. Dave and I had been getting to know each other as friends for the past 5 1/2 months. He was in an internship and wasn’t allowed to date and I had just gotten out of a bad relationship. At the time we knew we wanted to date after he got out of the internship which would end just 1 1/2 months later, in May. One evening he was at my parents’ home and it just happened. THE KISS. (da na na *musical effects make it way better!) It was wonderful, as I said but it felt like it was the WRONG timing! He had to go to the leader of the internship and confess and after many other crazy events, (that you will have to ask me about in person) Dave felt a release from the internship and we started dating the next day. (beautiful history) When we look back at this event we are so grateful that God had him where he was so we could be friends first.

David Michael, if you wouldn’t have been so cute and wonderful that kiss might not have happened and what a tragedy that might have been! I’m so glad we kissed that blessed night 5 years ago.

Lord, thank you for that first kiss and all the kisses that have followed. Let my worship to you be these kisses for the rest of our lives together!


Wordless Wednesday

In Uncategorized on March 19, 2008 by tarapowers


Photo # 1-My niece. Averi Jadyn. Doesn’t she make you want to yawn? SO cute! I love when I get great pics like these!

Photo # 2- My niece, Guinivere Eden. Dave came home from Philly and she loves DP! I love this pic because it is very rare that we get Guini in a full smile for the camera!

Photo # 3-My niece, Gemma May. She is our smiler. I got her to laugh right after this picture. AWESOME!


The song of my heart.

In Uncategorized on March 15, 2008 by tarapowers

I love that families have their own traditions, games, inside jokes, and special moments together. My family could sit around the dinner table for hours laughing and reminiscing of all the great moments in our lives growing up. I have absolutely loved having my own family now and creating some of those long lasting memories that will be dear to my heart for eternity.

One of the moments we share is precious to me. I can’t even tell you when or how it started but I love it. Dave and Hunter and I will listen to each others hearts and tell one another what song is playing at different times. Sometimes, Hunter will tell me my heart is singing different songs such as: I love you, Lord or Hosanna and sometimes it is even the ABC’s. I am always interested in what he hears! I am pretty sure DP has told me that my heart sings, I love Dave a lot! ( I think it does!)

“The good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth what is good; and the evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth what is evil; for his mouth speaks from that which fills his heart.” Luke 6:45

“I will bless the Lord who has given me counsel; My heart also instructs me in the night seasons.” Psalm 16:7

“As in water face reflects face, so a man’s heart reveals the man.” Proverbs 27:19

“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.” Matthew 5:8

God, I pray that my heart will always be singing your praise. I want my heart to adore you and to worship you because Your Word says that what is in my heart, comes out of my heart.  Be the song of my heart!


Wordless Wednesday

In Uncategorized on March 5, 2008 by tarapowers

Gavin and Hunter…Oops I mean Batman and Superman?

I didn’t even ask them to pose for this picture! Super Heroes to the rescue!


“Screw you, Daddy.”

In Uncategorized on March 5, 2008 by tarapowers

I never knew this quote could be said with such love and purity until my 3 year old son said it to my husband. We were helping my mom-in-law hang up a map the size of an entire wall (christmas gift we gave) and had to use some screwdrivers to take an outlet plate off of the wall. Hunter was playing with a little tool box with a bunch of little screw drivers inside of it and he was walking around “fixing” everything in sight. He approached Dave at one point (wanting to “fix him”) and placed the screw driver on his leg and proceeded to say in the most loving, bubbly voice, “Screw you, Daddy.” We tried to contain our laughter but I know he detected something was going on.

I love being a mommy. Lord, help me remember these times when I’m at my wit’s end. Bring me back to laughter!



Open hands

In Uncategorized on March 5, 2008 by tarapowers

Yesterday I was reminded that my freedom comes with laying down my rights. That doesn’t sound right does it? Giving up something that is mine is freedom? Opening up my hands and giving Hunter, my marriage, my choices, my ministry, my gifts, and my life back to God is freedom! Freedom from worry, mistrust, lies from the enemy, etc.

Lord, I lay down my rights again. The rights that you have so freely given to me. I give them back to you. Show me when I’m holding tightly onto something so I can open my hands again to release it to You. Open hands=Freedom