Sunday, December 27, 2009
Some of the cool parts about this wedding were the "worship painting" that an artist was painting during the ceremony while everyone could see it. (An original work of art that came out beautiful). Also, the fact that the best man prayed over the entire wedding party during the ceremony. Also, the purity ring that the bride was able to present to her new husband on their wedding day.....just a fantastic, godly event.
8. August was my "bloggaversary" and I celebrated with a give-away. I love it when people who have never won anything win - it's so much fun.
9. September brought a trip to Disney World in Florida, with our grandson Jake. I must say that it is so much fun going to Disney World with a 6 year old. He loved it and so did we. The pic at the top of the page was from that trip.
11. November is the month for Thanksgiving. That is my favorite holiday. I have sooooo many things to be grateful for. I'm thankful for Jesus and his gift of salvation; for family and friends; and for so many everyday blessings. Thank You, God!
12. Yikes...the month I turned the BIG 5 - 0! Wow, that's hard to write. It was a great month of celebration that started at the end of November with a party of 100 of my closest friends!!! And continued right on to December 17th which is my actual b-day. Of course, my b-day is not the biggest one in December - that honor belongs to my Savior, Jesus, the Christ, who came so many years ago to this earth, lived a sinless life; died on the cross for my sin and rose again to conquer death!
Thank You, Jesus for a great 2009. I look forward to a wonderful 2010. No matter what the year may hold, I know You will be holding me so everything will be alright.
How about you? How has 2009 gone? What are you looking foward to in 2010?
Thanks to all my blog friends for making this a great year!
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Hope you have a blessed holiday season. I am thankful to have made so many new friends in the "blog world" this year. I pray that each and everyone of you will have a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Spiritually Healthy New Year!
......and to all a good night!!!
Saturday, December 5, 2009
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
1. Forgiveness - if it weren't for God's grace and mercy, I'd be in a heap of trouble!
2. God's Word - God has been speaking to me through His word and I love it!
3. Family - I am blessed to have such a great family.
4. Church Family - How wonderful to have such a loving group of friends that are really family.
5. Salvation - Thank You, Jesus!
6. Food, Shelter, Clothing - Don't want to forget these things that a lot of the world doesn't have.
7. Freedom - Thanks to our military. Don't ever want to take them for granted.
8. Hard Times - Yes, I'm even thankful for them because they help me grow.
9. Friends - How rich I am to have such great friends. (Including all of you!)
10. Music - Someone once said: "God gave us music so we could pray without words." I believe it was Martin Luther who once said something like this: "When I can't figure out what to pray....I sing!"
To God be the glory - great things He has done!
Saturday, November 14, 2009
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
This weekend (Nov. 6 & 7), twelve of us ladies from the Women's Ministry at our church will be attending the LPL event in Springfield, Illinois. We can hardly wait. We've been planning this for a long time. It's going to be a great time in the Word, with our wonderful Savior!
I am looking at it like a date with God. I borrowed that concept from a friend and fellow blogger who recently wrote about her date with God at the Deeper Still Event in Orlando. I can hardly wait to see what the Lord has to say to me this weekend. I'm going to be intently listening, hanging on His every word, as if it was a very special date night - because it is - a date with the King of kings and Lord of lords. Whew - that's an incredible concept.
I'm so pumped. I'll be sure to log back on after we get back and tell you all about it. In the meantime, look for ways that you can spend time alone with God on your special "dates" and tell me all about it! :)
Monday, November 2, 2009
Is it just me....or have they changed the taste of this all-time favorite classic?????????? It just doesn't taste the same to me as it did when I was a kid. Come to think of it, there are several other nastalgic things from childhood that just don't seem the same in adulthood...and it's a cryin' shame :) Here's my list of things that are just not the same. Add your list in the comments section!
The house I grew up in. (Drove past it a while back & it looks much smaller than I remember) The hill behind my house seemed a lot bigger as a child than it looks like now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Licorice - used to taste better when I was a kid. (As a matter of fact, all the Halloween candy tasted better when I was a kid!)
Thank goodness they haven't changed the taste of Snickers Candy Bars! Hallelujah!! lol
Okay, now it's your turn.....go!
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
1. What is your favorite thing to snack on while blogging?
What else? Chocolate is ALWAYS my favorite thing to snack on!
2. What is one thing you wouldn't want to live without?
My unspiritual answer would be COFFEE! (Of course, these days I'm drinking decaf. I love the taste of coffee!)
3. Beach, Mountains, or Farm?
4. What's your least favorite chore/household duty?
I HATE them all! But I guess I would have to say bathroom toilets!
5. Who do people say you remind them of?
A couple of people have said Sandra Bullock, but most people say my sisters/mom.
6. Prefer parties and socializing or staying home with the fam?
What can I say? I'm a party girl, although lately, I've been liking staying at home!
7. What's your all time favorite movie?
Probably either Anne of Greene Gables or Elf.
8. Do you sleep in your make-up or remove it like a good little girl every night?
I am way too tired at night to remove any makeup.
9. Do you have a hidden talent or a deep desire to learn something that you've never had a chance to learn? What is it?
Deep Desire: Ballroom Dancing or even Disco Dancing or Hip-Hop
10. What's one strange thing you're really good at?
Playing the nose flute!
11. What first attracted you to your spouse?
His good looks and sense of humor!
12. What is something you love to smell?
COFFEE & CHOCOLATE - what else is there? (Actually, I also like the smell of baking bread and cinammon. Come to think of it, I also like roses - who knew?)
13. Tell something about you that you know irritates people.
I talk a lot and I'm quite dramatic. Also, I can be passive/aggressive and sometimes OCD.
14. When you have extra money, what's the first thing you think to do with it?
Do something that I usually feel guilty spending money on - like eyebrow waxing, or hair coloring or nail polishing.
15. Are you a silent laugher or a loud laugher?
Nothing I do is silent, so I'll let you guess the answer to that.
16. Where is your favorite place to shop?
Goodwill or some kind of re-sell it shop or consignment shop.
17. What's one thing you'd do more often if you had more time?
Read more. I love books!
18. Are you a big spender or frugal?
My family would say I'm frugal. Can I help it I just don't like going to the grocery store or places like that?
19. Who is your favorite character of all time?
"The Little Mermaid." (What a great voce!)
20. Would you want to be famous?
I would not want to be famous because it seems like you would be hounded by other people and not be able to go out in public and be yourself.
Okay, now that I've taken the challenge, leave me a comment with your answers to some of these questions!
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Don't you just LOVE this cooler, fall weather!! What kinds of things/events do you have coming up? Do you have any "outdoor" plans? We roasted marshmallows the other night outside with some of our neighbors. It was such great fun! What about you? What kinds of things do you like to do outdoors in the fall?
Our family likes sports! It's so much fun to sit outside on a cool evening, huddled together under a blanket, to watch a football game.
Have a blessed weekend and a blessed autumn season!
Monday, October 19, 2009
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Ok, so now's your opportunity. Tell me what you like about fall - GO!
Thursday, October 1, 2009
Four places you go to regularly: Church, Work (which is also church), Sarah's sports games, taking Sarah places like to school (just gotta love being a taxi-driver to a 14 year old! :)
Four favorite smells: Coffee, Chocolate, Bread that is baking, Cinnamon
Four favorite foods: Coffee, Chocolate, Donuts, Freshly baked bread or rolls like Cinnamon rolls
(and in the fall I love Caramel Apples! :)
Four favorite pasttimes: Reading, Music, Bible Study, Being with family, church family & friends
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Friday, September 25, 2009
Friday, September 18, 2009
I've been memorizing scripture and doing a lot of praising God - in the good times and in the bad times. I can tell you one thing for sure. Phil. 4:6-7 is true: "Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God and the peace that passes all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus."
It's so true. There isn't any explanation for why my "episodes" are gone, except for the peace that passes all understanding.
Next time you are anxious about something, say scripture over and over to yourself and see if it helps! Anybody else find that to be true?
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
First we are going to Orlando and then to Tampa.
We are surprising our grandson, Jake, by taking him to Disney for his 6th birthday. Hopefully we will have some good pics to share.
"See" you in a week or so!
Monday, August 31, 2009
If you would like an opportunity to perhaps win a quilt made by one of my BFF's "Miss Wanderlust" just go to her site at http://www.twocrazykidsinlove.blogspot.com/.
She is quite the quilter queen and I thought you might like to know about her. She is an elementary art teacher extraordinare!! I was just over at one of her pupil's house and when I mentioned her art teacher she went to her room and brought out all of her wonderful art masterpieces that were created in Janel's classroom. Janel is so super creative and generous. She is going to make a quilt from the above materials (I LOVE these colors). And then she is going to draw one name as a winner. You can find out how to register for the drawing by going to her blog at http://www.twocrazykidsinlove.blogspot.com/.
Best wishes to all my friends.....(but, I hope I win!!! :)
Sunday, August 30, 2009
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
"People will forget what you said. People will forget what you did. But, people will NEVER forget how you made them feel."
Friday, August 21, 2009
Well, after I got home I said: "Honey, I have a surprise for you." He said: "I have one for you, too!" He had bought me something and he was hiding it in the bedroom. So, he went back to the bedroom and came out with this:
Can you believe it? Do great minds think alike or what? We both got a laugh. I guess that's what you get after being married for 29 years. Who would have thought.....all this just because two young college kids fell in love!! ♥
Monday, August 17, 2009
"On the mic I am a queen so listen to me sing...he wants a number 3 supersized with onion rings.......
Are you getting loud with me? Do not get loud with me..........
Welcome to king burger where you can have it your way, but don't get crazy."
Guess who this famous quote is from........
Thursday, August 13, 2009
"One of the signs that you may not grasp the unique, radical nature of the gospel is that you are certain that you do."
"God's reckless grace is our greatest hope, a life-changing experience, and the subject of this book."
And those two quotes are just in the introduction!! Here's some more:
Keller says that a lot of us fall into either the "younger brother" syndrome or the "older brother" syndrome. He describes the two sons in Luke 15 as both being prodigals. He shows us how we sometimes fall into playing the role of either one or the other of these two kinds of persons.
"Jesus's purpose is not to warm our hearts but to shatter our categories."
"Because sin is not just breaking the rules, it is putting yourself in the place of God....there are two ways to be your own Savior....one is by breaking the rules, the other is by keeping all the moral laws and being very, very good."
The next part really got to me. He was talking about the older brother who wouldn't seem to forgive his younger brother. The older brother acted like he never did anything wrong (he acted kind of self-righteous). Then Tim Keller said this:
"It is impossible to forgive someone if you feel superior to him or her."
I'm only about two thirds of the way through this book, but you might want to check it out for yourself. It's definitely enlightening.
"Lord, please help me to love others with the radical kind of love you have shown me!"
Monday, August 10, 2009
Friday, July 31, 2009
Monday, July 20, 2009
Monday, July 6, 2009
Without their help, I wouldn't be posting right now because I would be so far behind schedule for VBS. With their help we have decorated half the church and tomorrow we will hopefully finish up or at least come close to finishing up! Woohoo!!
Isn't it great to have friends who will help you? I love how God designed our friends and our church family to work together and use their gifts to serve the Lord Jesus. I thank God for my friends and family and church family!
(P.S....Thanks also goes to my wonderful hubby for helping, as well!!!!!)
Saturday, June 20, 2009
In the meantime, "Via Con Dios!"
Monday, June 15, 2009
Anyway, I pray that all three of you who read this blog will have a very blessed week. I, for one, will be having a wonderful time down south. "See" you when I get back.
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Jake is just the sweetest thing. Sometimes he will say to me (out of the clear blue): "Nana, I'd like to give you a kiss and a hug." Melts my heart into a puddle on the floor! It's so hard to get onto him for something he's done bad, when he looks at me with those big eyes and LONG eye lashes! He is just so stinkin' cute!! (I am totally aware that the "cuteness factor" can and is used as manipulation - and, might I add, it sometimes works!! lol :)
Monday, June 8, 2009
Like I said, she is amazing. Right now she is doing a giveaway so you will want to "wander" on over to her blog and check it out! It will inspire you!!!
Monday, June 1, 2009
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Friday, May 15, 2009
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
In our Women's Bible Study class at church, ("Me, Myself & Lies") we've been discussing the destructive self-talk we, as women, have a tendency to engage in. Well, this new book I'm reading is also talking about similar things. (Is somebody trying to tell me something?)
Anyway, here are a few nuggets I've gleaned from this book so far (I'm only on Chapter 5!):
"We cannot underestimate the effects of what we think about. Garbage in...garbage out. Out of the abundance of our hearts, our mouths speak...our minds churn....our lust burns....our lives overturn."
Instead, we need to think on Phil. 4:8 things....like excellence, truth, purity and righteousness.
I'm glad you asked!
We need a NEW MIND!! (a B-R-A-I-N double wash - to borrow a phrase from a Nicole C. Mullen's song). Scripture memorization is one way we get that new mind.
Here's another way we get it - by "taking every thought captive and making it obedient to Christ." (II Cor. 10:5).
Joanna Weaver puts it something like this, on page 44 of "Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World": "Instead of being led away by fear or an anxious thought, I took a second look at each thought as it came. Many were incognito, disguised to look like ordinary emotions. But instead of entertaining them, I handcuffed the intruding thoughts and took them to Jesus. Together we interrogated them, asking these two questions:
1. Where did you come from? (What is the source - it is real or imagined?)
2. Where are you going? (Will this thought draw me closer to God or farther away?)
If I didn't like the answers to the two questions, then I took the problem to Jesus and turned them over to His custody."
When Jesus said to Mary's sister...."Martha, Martha....you are worried and anxious about many things..." He was speaking to me as well as to that lovely, hospitable lady of Bethany.
He says to each one of us: "Come, My love, sit at My feet and chase fear, anxiety and worry out the door! Come find everything you've ever longed for. Come find a love so perfect that it covers all your faults and pronounces you 'not guilty.' Come find peace for your soul."
I can just hear him now....."Janet, Janet....."
Is He calling your name, too?
Let's trade our "many things" that make us anxious, for His "one thing" that calms our hearts and fears.....HIMSELF......The Prince of Peace.
Please come with me.......to take our concerns to Him!
Thursday, May 7, 2009
Friday, May 1, 2009
Feelings can be unreliable. Truth is more reliable. Truth is what I want to base my actions on - not feelings. Don't get me wrong - feelings can be good. Feelings are important. Feelings can even be accurate. BUT, feelings need to concur with the truth in order for them to be worthy of our actions.
I know this is easier said than done - believe me - I know (since we are such emotional beings)! I'm continually working on this. I want to have healthy responses to situations. Here's an acrostic I learned a long time ago that has helped me.
T - Trigger
R - Response
U - Unhealthy or
T - Truthful
H - Healthy
When a "Trigger" event happens (that is something that causes you to feel sad or angry or lonely or any kind of negative emotion), try responding with a healthy "Response" - not an "Unhealthy" one. Remind yourself of the "Truthfulness" of the situation and respond with a "Healthy" attitude. Tell yourself that no one can make you angry.....it's your choice.
So, the next time you are feeling mad or anxious or down, remember to check your feelings with the truth of the situation and make sure they line up. Otherwise, remind yourself that feelings come and go, but truth is reliable. Feelings should serve to strenghthen us, not deplete us!!
Thursday, April 23, 2009
....and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my strength & my redeemer." Psalm 19:14
This is the verse we are memorizing in our new Women's Bible Study at Dorsett Village Church.