Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Memorize more scripture (Memorize at least 2 Bible verses each month - as challenged by Beth)
Be more like Jesus (Phil. 2:5....Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus...)
Extend more mercy (God has graced me with so much mercy, I want to extend that to others.)
I want to draw closer to Jesus this year and I pray that you do, too. If you are willing to take the challenge and let this be a Jesus year, let me know by making a comment on this post. I will be praying for you and each of us as we attempt to draw near to God.
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Monday, December 15, 2008
THEN HOW DOES IT SNEAK UP ON ME EVERY TIME????????
All I can say is.....
I've got cards to write,
presents to buy,
presents to wrap,
(After giving into the pressure of a 14 year old, we, or should I say "she" finally got the decorations put up, just in time to take them down in a couple of weeks!)
crafts to make,
holiday events to attend,
and the list goes on and on.........
I'm so glad that if I don't get everything done, I know Jesus will still love me!
Saturday, December 13, 2008
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
"Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out; (PTL!) that times of refreshing may come from the Lord and that He may send the Christ, who has been appointed for you, even Jesus."
Hallelujah.......Jesus has been appointed for me so that times of refreshing may come................. and they do!
Thursday, November 20, 2008
7. Christmas music (check out "Ring the Bells" by Travis Cottrell)
6. good health
5. freedom to worship
4. Hershey's "Candy Cane" kisses (have you tried them, yet?)
Sunday, October 19, 2008
I miss her but I know I will see her again someday. I'm thankful to the Lord that he has given us that promise. In the meantime, I will always remember Pam as the sweet, loving, godly woman who once looked like this little girl. How grateful she was to God for His goodness to her. She was so amazed at God's grace toward her. She spoke of it often, especially near the end. Let's all remember how much God loves us and how he sacrificed His Only Son for us. One way we can show our love to God is by loving others, so make sure to tell someone today that you love them.....better yet, show them!
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Everyone join in on the fun. Don't give the answer away, just give another hint or a little known clue about this person.
I'll give you a few hints.....
she's a good friend,
she's a fellow blogger
her favorite colors are this and this and this.
if you haven't figured it out yet, I'll give you one more hint...
her initials are S.H.
Figured it out?????
HAVE A VERY BLESSED DAY!
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
"O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is Your name in all the earth." Psalm 8:1
"Bless the Lord, O my soul and forget not all his benefits." Psalm 103:1-2
"Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord!" Psalm 150:6
I guess I really like the Psalms.What about you? What are some of your favorite "praise" verses? Let me know!
Thursday, October 2, 2008
1 You shall not put your blog before your integrity.
2 You shall not make an idol of your blog!
3 You shall not misuse your screen name by using your anonymity to sin.
4 Remember the Sabbath day by taking one day off a week from your blog.
5 Honor your fellow-bloggers above yourselves. Do not give undue significance to their mistakes.
6 You shall not murder a fellow-bloggers honor, reputation or feelings.
7 You shall not use the web to commit or permit adultery in your mind.
8 You shall not steal another blogger's content.
9 You shall not give false testimony against your fellow-blogger.
10 You shall not covet your neighbor's blog ranking. Be content with your own content!!
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Sunday, September 28, 2008
Monday, September 22, 2008
"At times, we are not going to be the receiver of love the way we’d like to be. BUT, God didn’t call us to receive love from one another. God called us to GIVE love to one another. The principle God wants us to visualize for ourselves is one of “giving ourselves away,” because, that’s the job of a servant."
It's hard to think about being more concerned with GIVING love than receiving it! Well, I decided to give it a try this morning. I GAVE love to someone today and I found it to be quite rewarding. Try it this week. Try giving love away - especially to someone who isn't acting very loving. Let me know what happens.......
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
I'm challenging all married couples (or those who may marry in the future) to take The LOVE DARE! It's a 40-day challenge to strengthen our relationships with those closest to us. It has a tip for each day on how to express love to someone else. There are helpful hints on how to keep love alive or rekindle love or just improve on an already good love story. I have several copies of the book. I am willing to give a copy to anyone who responds to this post and says they are brave enough to take the LOVE DARE CHALLENGE......so, the gauntlet has been laid....is anyone out there brave enough to pick it up? Let me know. We can all take the dare together and learn how to grow in our love relationships!
P.S....This book comes out in conjunction with the movie: "FIREPROOF" which opens in theatres on Sept. 26. I also challenge everyone to go see the movie. If you'd like to purchase a ticket for just $5, let me know. I have vouchers that allow you to see this movie at any theatre where it's playing in the first 2 weeks that it opens. We are taking a group on Friday evening, Sept. 26, so just let me know if you are interested. Hope to see you soon!
Saturday, September 13, 2008
"The Lord is good. A refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in Him." (Nah. 1:7)
I have experienced these two verses in the last couple of days. God is guiding me and taking care of me and watching out over me and my family. If you get a chance, check out the song: "Watch Over Me" by Aaron Shust. It's a great song (all of his songs are great!) and it expresses exactly how I feel.
I can say, along with the Psalmist, He indeed is good. Thank You, Lord! He woke me up in the middle of the night, just to let me know He cares for me and is in control of my life. That makes me want to surrender even more to Him. He is so trustworthy. He can be trusted. He is faithful, even when we aren't. Oh, praise His name.....Lord, You are good!!
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Monday, September 8, 2008
A. "According to my earnest expectation & hope....For to me, to live is Christ & to die is gain." Phil. 1:20 & 21 (Our sister Pam's favorite toward the end of her life here on earth.)
B. "Be still & know that I am God." Psalm 46:10
C. "Cast your burdens on the Lord...." Psalm 55:22
D. "Don't worry about tomorrow...." Matthew 6:34
E. "Every good and perfect gift is from above." James 1:17
F. "For by grace you have been saved..." Ephesians 2:8
G. "God is our refuge & strength; a very present help in times of trouble." Psalm 46:1
H. "He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds." Psalm 147:3
I. "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." Phil. 4:13
J. "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever." Hebrews 13:8
K. "Know this, that if anyone among you is suffering, let him pray....." James 5:13
L. "Let us not grow weary while doing good...." Galatians 6:9
M. "My grace is sufficient for you...." II Cor. 12:9
N. "Now abide faith, hope & love; and the greatest of these is love." I Corinthians 13:13
O. "Our Father, who art in heaven...." Matthew 6:9
P. "Pray diligently, stay alert, with your eyes wide open in gratitude." Colossians 4:2
Q. "Quench all the firey darts of the wicked one by taking up the shield of faith." Eph. 6:16
R. "Rest in the Lord and wait patiently for Him." Psalm 37:7
S. "Seek first the kingdom of God...." Matthew 6:33
T. "Trust in the Lord with all your heart..." Proverbs 3:5
U. "Unless one is born anew, he cannot see the kingdom of God." John 3:3
V. "Victory that has overcome the world - our faith." I John 5:4
W. "Without faith it is impossible to please God." Heb. 11:6
X. "I will eXalt You, my God...." Psalm 145:1
Y. "You shall receive power..." Acts. 1:8
Z. "Be Zealous (filled with the Lord.)
Thursday, September 4, 2008
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
In the meantime, the inhaler and steroids seem to be helping....at least the coughing fits seem fewer and milder. Alas, we shall see in time! I just wanted to let you know what was going on so you didn't wonder!! LOL
Friday, August 29, 2008
I go today to have tests done to see what is bringing on the asthma attacks which I always called "coughing attacks" but I guess it has more to do with the bronchial tubes than the throat itself.
Live and learn.....I always thought this was what I called a "familial" cough because my sister coughs and my mother coughs. Good news - mom and sis - we may have found the culprit. I'll let you know!
I'll be back in a few days to keep you informed....I'm sure everyone is on pins & needles to find out - ha!
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Monday, August 25, 2008
Friday, August 22, 2008
I'm in SA with my BFF, HM. We are going to the LPL event to see our BFF, BS teacher, BM. We are missing our other BFF, MW :(
Anyone who can properly discipher the above message is going to get an extra special gift from her BFF's when they get back from SA! And why are we doing this?.......BWC!!
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
1) Blogging had not quite become an idol to me, but I'm glad I took a break so I could find that out.
2) God is so good. He satisfies my every longing and desire! I don't want anything to come between Him and me.
3) My friends are the best....they are supportive & sweet to me.....of course, I already knew that before!
I'll end this blog with one of my favorite scriptures:
"That I may know Him, and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His suffering, being made conformable unto His death."
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
P.S....You may as well not leave any comments on this blog because I won't be checking them for a while. Thanks for understanding!!
Friday, August 8, 2008
47% Right-brained, 52% Left-Brained, 42% Auditory Learner, 57% Visual Learner
Let me know what you think of the following synopsis of me.
"You are a well-rounded person, distinctly individualistic and artistic, an active and multidimensional learner. At the same time, you are logical and disciplined, can operate well within an organization, and are sensitive towards others without losing objectivity. You are organized and goal-directed. Although a "thinking" individual, you "take in" entire situations readily and can act on intuition.
You sometimes tend to vacillate in your learning styles. Learning might take you longer than someone of equal intellect, but you will tend to be more thorough and retain the material longer than those other individuals. You will alternate between logic and impulse. This vacillation will not normally be intentional or deliberate, so you may experience anxiety in situations where you are not certain which aspect of yourself will be called on.
With a slight preference for visual processing, you tend to be encompassing in your perceptions, process along multidimensional paths and be active in your attacking of situations or learning.
Overall, you should feel content with your life and yourself. You are, perhaps, a little too critical of yourself -- and of others -- while maintaining an "openness" which tempers that tendency. Indecisiveness is a problem and your creativity may not be in keeping with your potential. Being a pragmatist, you downplay this aspect of yourself and focus on the more immediate, obvious and the more functional."
If you want to take the test go to this website: mindmedia.com/braintest.html
Thursday, August 7, 2008
So, here goes:
Ever since our last NOG meeting, I've felt convicted to be a more positive person. Siesta Janel (miss wanderlust) encouraged me to be grateful, even for the little things. She reminded us to concentrate on the things we can be thankful for, even in the midst of the "bad" times.
Eph. 4:29 says:
"Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen."
The rest of chapter 4 is also excellent, challenging us to be kind, compassionate and forgiving.
Here are 10 things I am thankful for this Thursday:
future hope & plans God has for us
the fact that I get to impact my grandson in godly ways
the love of Christ
the love of family & the family of God
friends who are sooooooooo supportive and encouraging
the Word of God
Have a thankful Thursday!
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
Thursday, July 31, 2008
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
liquid advil (it goes to work faster!)
sunshine on a cloudy day (hey, that would make a great song :)
technology (without it I wouldn't be blogging right now)
sunrises in the morning
sunsets in the evening
date nights with hubby
eye-brow waxing (it beats plucking!)
chocolate (the darker the better!)
cool, crisp weather
direct access to God
the atoning work of Christ
the filling of the Holy Spirit
a good education
Beth Moore bible studies
gardens (especially other people's)
pets (especially other people's!)
memories of my sister, Pam
a terrific grandson
3 wonderful daughters
one handsome man
Godly parents & in-laws
eternity in heaven
abundant life with Jesus
the presence of the Holy Spirit
revelations from God
someday seeing Jesus face to face
The Mercy Seat
The Blood of Jesus
Krispy Kreme Donuts
did I mention chocolate?
Monday, July 28, 2008
Serendipity: An unsought, unintended, or unexpected discovery or occurrence, made by accident or surprise.
Epiphany (feeling): the sudden realization or comprehension of the essence or meaning of something.
Some people blog every day, some people blog every week, I blog when I stumble onto a "surprise revelation!" (in laymen's terms: when a light bulb goes on over my head! :)
Saturday, July 26, 2008
Yesterday, my husband and I celebrated our 28th wedding anniversary. It seems impossible that it was 28 years ago when we started this journey called marriage. Sometimes I think to myself: "What happened to that young bride?"
I'll tell you what happened - she grew up (okay, she got older!) Seriously, though, when I think about the journey of the past 28 years I have lots of fond memories and realize that the rewarding times far out-weigh the hard times.
So, here's to all you brides and future brides out there - the journey is full of joy, mixed with a little bit of pain, but rewarding and fulfilling, especially when you go with God!
(P.S...If you want a really cool date night, try what we did. We called it a "Progressive Dinner Date." We started at one restaurant and had an appetizer (we split one). Then we headed to another restaurant and had our main course (again, we split one). Lastly, we had our dessert at a different restaurant. It was a lot of fun!)
Friday, July 25, 2008
The other day I was reflecting on past Vacation Bible Schools and I realized I have been a VBS director for over 15 years now. What an incredible calling to watch children learn God's word. Many lives have begun their journey of following Christ as a result of VBS. My middle daughter came to Christ at Vacation Bible School many years ago. Others have become Christ followers, as well. This year, 15 children at our church made the decision to follow Christ. For me, that's what it is all about.
I'm so exhausted that I can't even sleep. I'm writing this post at 3:30 in the morning. I'm going to be tired later today, but it will be a good tired. When we take all the decorations down from this year's VBS, I will already be thinking about next year!
Monday, July 14, 2008
I tell you what - he is the smartest, cutest, most lovable character I have ever known.
Well, Jake - Nana loves you, too~
Good night....and sweet dreams!
Saturday, July 12, 2008
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
Are any other siesta's out there having a hard time narrowing their "gods" to just one?????
We are getting fortified through The Word. I just keep repeating Jude 1:24-25 to myself, over and over.
Also, another good verse is Psalm 86:11 (which is the Lifeway VBS theme verse this year.) It's one of my favorites: "Teach me Your ways, O Lord, that I may walk in your truth. Give me an undivided heart, that I may fear Your name."
Memorizing scripture is a great way to renew our minds.
Good night for now! Sweet dreams!!