Thursday, January 31, 2008
1. She calls her mom every day.
2. We can talk about girl stuff.
3. She's compassionate.
4. She doesn't send me text messages.....well, not many anyway.
5. We could share clothes if I was skinnier.
6. She likes to sing while I play the piano.
7. When we watch a sad movie together, there's someone to cry with me.
8. It's like having a best friend.
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
As Christians, we can and should plant seeds by telling people about Jesus. After some time, that seed might get watered and fertilized and then start growing into something beautiful. It's not our job to make it grow, because only God can do that. But our job is to plant, or maybe water and fertilize. My husband didn't grow up in a family that went to church. But when he was a teenager, a lady at his job asked him one day if he thought he would go to heaven if he died. He told her yes, he thought he would because he was a good person. This gave her the opening to explain to him that being a good person wouldn't get him into heaven and she was able to tell him about Jesus and share some Bible verses with him. The seed was planted. It made him start wondering what else the Bible had to say, so he started reading it and he started going to church. So the seed was then getting watered and fertilized. Through all this, he became a Christian. That sweet lady at his job took a few minutes out of her day to plant a seed that grew and resulted in my husband becoming a Christian. And because he started going to that particular church, he met me. It's so neat to look back and see how God works things out in our lives. I don't know about you, but I need to start planting some seeds!
I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God made it grow. So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. 1 Corinthians 3:6-7
Monday, January 28, 2008
My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken. Psalm 62:1-2
Saturday, January 26, 2008
The band is on tour with another band that is very big in this music scene, With Blood Comes Cleansing. I love what both of these bands stand for - they stand for Jesus and they say it to the audience. The audience is made up of teenagers, some who already love the Lord, but others who just love heavy music and desperately need the Lord. Most of these kids have a certain "look" or style that might look a little different when mixed in with the majority of teenagers today, but when you get them all together at one of these concerts, they all look pretty much the same. I don't even know how to describe the look, but a lot of them have the exact same haircut parted on the side and swooping down across their forehead, usually with their hair dyed black or multi-colored, and these really tight, skinny jeans, and a certain kind of canvas shoes. I guess they want to be different, but when they all get together at a show they look amazingly the same as each other. I'm just glad that there are Christian bands who feel the call to go out and proclaim the name of Jesus to this small community of kids. If I had a bunch of extra money to spend, I would love to open a venue in my city where kids could come and hang out in a safe place and listen to the music they love, and hear about Jesus.
For the fans of A Plea for Purging (you both know who you are), they put up a video on their my space page from their show two nights ago in Jacksonville. It's near the top of their page. You can watch my boy beating those drums, Andy screaming, John swinging his hair around, Lyle jumping across the stage and Blake playing some of the best guitar you'll ever hear.
Friday, January 25, 2008
This line of communication that my son chose to use just wasn't open at that time of the night. But I'm so glad that my Father's line of communication is always open no matter what time of day or night. If I wake up in the middle of the night with something weighing on my mind, I can pray right then, I don't have to wait until daylight. If I see one of my kids driving away, I can ask God to protect them and keep them safe. He is always there and always hears my prayers. And what's even better, He already knows what I need before I ask for it.
My Friday's favorite is Amel's post from yesterday, Addicted to Hubby. I love seeing people enjoying their marriage!
Evening, morning and noon I cry out in distress, and he hears my voice. Psalm 55:17
Thursday, January 24, 2008
Four jobs I have held
1. LSM operator for U.S. Postal Service
2. 3rd grade school teacher in a Christian school
3. Clerical job at a medical equipment place
4. Law firm receptionist
Four movies I watch over and over
1. While You Were Sleeping
2. The Wizard of Oz
3. It's a Wonderful Life
4. Imitation of Life
Four places I have been
1. Panama City Beach, Florida
Four places I have lived
1. The house my parents lived in when I was born (in this city)
2. The house we moved to when I was 11 (in this same city)
3. The house my husband and I first lived in (in this same city)
4. The house we live in now (same city)
Four people who email me regularly
1. My mom forwards me stuff
2. My sister forwards me stuff
3. Jo - sends Sunday's bulletin every week
4. Nobody just emails me regularly
Four favorite foods
3. chicken enchiladas
4. salsa and chips
Four places I'd rather be
1. Rocky Mountains
2. at the beach
3. Smoky Mountains
4. the Alps
Four things I'm looking forward to
1. Seeing my son's band in Auburn Friday night
2. My daughter going with us to Auburn Friday night
3. The weekend
4. Going on vacation with my hubby later this year
I haven't been divorced and I thank God for that. But from what I've seen, I know that it could happen to me or anyone. I've seen marriages that I thought would last forever fall apart. I sincerely believe that it could happen to anyone if there is not a commitment to make the marriage work and to keep it together. It takes work to keep a marriage together. But the most important thing is commitment. To anyone who may be going through a divorce right now, I am so sorry. I am not here to give advice because I wouldn't know what advice to give. I just wish that people didn't have to go through this pain caused by divorce.
"I hate divorce," says the Lord God of Israel..... Malachi 2:16
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
I realize that you live in a "text messaging" generation and that sending texts is like second nature to you. And while I love to hear from you in any form, I hope you will understand the difficulties I have with texting. First of all, as you know, I need my reading glasses to read anything, and especially anything on the little cell phone. Therefore, if I receive a text message when my reading glasses aren't readily available, I might not be able to see what you're telling me. But I will try squinting until the words come into focus hoping that no one around sees me because I look pretty funny trying to read without my glasses -- I know this because I've accidentally taken so many pictures of myself with this camera phone while squinting to find the right buttons. And then if you need a response from me, the answer may be quite delayed as I must first find the reading glasses, then figure out how to write a message back, in which I always make a mistake. While trying to figure out how to "backspace" I then lose everything I've already typed in and have to start from scratch again. After about fifteen minutes of trying to text a message back to you, I'll probably just give up and call you. You might want to try that sometime -- it's a great thing these cell phones can do. You can dial a number and actually TALK to the person on the other line and you don't have to do all that typing into your phone and waiting for a response! Works for me 'cause I still have my hearing. It's a great invention -- what will they think of next?
Monday, January 21, 2008
All things work for our good though sometimes we can’t see how they could.
Struggles that break our hearts in two sometimes blind us to the truth.
Our Father knows what’s best for us; His ways are not our own.
So, when your pathway grows dim, and you just can’t see Him,
Remember you're never alone.
God is too wise to be mistaken. God is too good to be unkind.
So when you don’t understand, when you don’t see His plan,
When you can’t trace His hand, trust His heart.
He sees the Master plan. He holds the future in His hands.
So don’t live as those who have no hope. All our hope is found in Him.
We see the present clearly, but He sees the first and the last.
And like a tapestry, He’s weaving you and me to someday be just like Him.
He alone is faithful and true, He alone knows what is best for you...
God is too wise to be mistaken. God is too good to be unkind.
So when you don’t understand, when you don’t see His plan,
When you can’t trace His hand, trust His heart.
This award originated from Ann, who elaborated the meaning of this award as such:
"Most of us know who and what cheers us up- what we don't know is how we cheer up others or if we're making a difference in their lives. That's because we let too much time go by without telling those we appreciate how much they mean to us, until it's too late and the opportunity slips away."
"The bloggers I nominated cheer me up like Charlotte from Charlotte's Web, a box of Peanut Butter Panic from Blue Bunny Ice Cream, and a copy of a picture I have in my home of Lucy and Ethel on the job at a candy company."
And Warren Peace gave me this next award.
Here is what he had to say about it...
In keeping with the guidelines of the award, here are three descriptors that I consider key to powerful writing. Honesty, Humility and Honor.
Here's how the award works:
Distribute this award to those people who have blogs we love and can’t live without, blogs where the writing is good and powerful. I thought interested members could kick things off by publishing the award on their own blog, naming five people they would like to give it to, and accompany the image with three things they believe are necessary to make writing good and powerful. The recipients then do the same, passing it on to five other people, and so on.”
I pass this on to everyone listed as my blogger friend!
Sunday, January 20, 2008
Saturday, January 19, 2008
He's coming back. We've been told and warned. We have the information at our fingertips to study it and learn from it. Our pastors have been to seminary and studied the prophecies. We've had time to get ready and believe. There are signs all around us that the time is getting closer. Some believe, some don't, and some just don't care. He's coming back, but we have not been given a date. Have you prepared? Are you ready? The believers will be ready. The ones who didn't care will wish they had cared. The non-believers will finally believe, but it will be too late.
Therefore, keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come.....So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him. Matthew 24:42, 44
Friday, January 18, 2008
I don't mean to take away from my Friday Favorites, but I just got really excited when I saw this weather report! Read below for Friday Favorites.
He will yet fill your mouth with laughter and your lips with shouts of joy.
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
But with all that information I can get from the sitemeter, it's nothing compared to what God knows about me, you and every person in this world. He knows where we are every minute of the day, He knows what we're doing right and what we're doing wrong, He knows every thought in our minds and every emotion in our hearts, He knows how many hairs are on our heads and He knows when we'll take our last breath. It's comforting to me to know that God is always with me and He's watching my every move. He created us and He loves us.
Lord, you have searched me and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue you know it completely, O Lord. Psalm 139:1-4
It's great to be me because....
1. I know Jesus and He knows me
2. I am going to spend eternity in heaven
3. I have a husband who loves me more than I deserve to be loved
4. I have two great kids
5. I was raised in a Christian home by loving parents
6. My parents are both living and well
7. I have three wonderful sisters
8. I have a home, vehicles and more material blessings than I can count
9. My husband and I both have good jobs
10. I have a God-given musical talent
11. I go to two great churches
12. My two dogs are the sweetest dogs in the world
13. I am a happy and content person
If you'd like to do this meme, I encourage you to join in. It really makes you stop and think about all the good things in your life.
Monday, January 14, 2008
Is there a reason you chose your blog's title?
The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness. Romans 1:18
Saturday, January 12, 2008
Now, I would like to take this opportunity to thank my blogger friends, Cliff of WIXY's Gone Bananas and Warren Peace of Peace of My Mind. They have each so graciously passed this award, Bloggers of the World, on to me and I just want them to know that I really do appreciate it. So, thank you guys for this award!
Now I would like to award "Bloggers of the World" to some people whose blogs I read every day and who have truly blessed my life! Thank you for writing!
Thursday, January 10, 2008
Have a great weekend!
And we also thank God continually because, when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men, but as it actually is, the word of God, which is at work in you who believe. 1 Thessalonians 2:13
This morning I was still having these feelings of inadequacy to the point where I could have just cried if I would have allowed it. But almost as soon as I felt like crying, I started asking God to help me change in this area and to help me learn new things. Now here's the great thing about having scripture stored away in your memory; as soon as I started praying, verses about His strength being made perfect through my weaknesses started pouring into my mind as if God himself was talking to me. He said in these verses that his grace is sufficient and that when I am weak, then He is strong. I am so thankful to have the Word of God to comfort me at times like this. After that, my thoughts became more positive and I decided not to let this steal my joy. I'm going to take it upon myself to learn some new things and become good at making at least one frilly recipe that would be good at bridal showers. And then maybe I'll learn how to make one of those bows that you hang on the door for a bridal shower. Maybe I'll get a part-time job with a catering service to learn some things about making food look pretty on a table. I don't know what I'll really end up doing, but I thought of a lot of things I could do to improve myself in this area.
I do want to mention also that when I got home last night, I told my husband how I was feeling and he was so sweet. He hugged me and told me about all the things that I do well -- to him, it doesn't matter whether I can do those frilly things or not, he just loves me the way I am. I thank the Lord for my wonderful husband!
And He said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness." Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ's sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong. 2 Corinthians 12:9-10
Wednesday, January 9, 2008
My youngest sister is 12 years younger than I am. When she was a preschooler and I was a bratty teenager, my other sisters and I would tease her mercilessly anytime she would watch Mr. Rogers on TV. Because we were older and so much wiser (ha!) we thought the show was so silly and ridiculous. So, we deprived her of watching something that she probably really liked as a young child because we were so mean. But then when I had my first child, guess what show he liked to watch? He loved watching Mr. Rogers! By that time, I was more mature and I didn't tease him or deprive him of watching the show. And later on after he grew up, he told me that Mr. Rogers always made him feel so peaceful. I know now that it was a great and educational TV show for children to watch. So, Angie, if you are reading my blog, I apologize for teasing you and depriving you of watching Mr. Rogers when you were a little kid. I wonder if you would have turned out different if we had let you watch it. Here is a fun Mr. Rogers website you can let the kids try out.
I have no idea why I just wrote a post about Mr. Rogers. Maybe I just needed to ease my guilty conscience for teasing my sister. But on a truly important note, today my daughter starts her next semester of college. To my praying blogger friends, I would really appreciate your prayers for her as she starts her classes. She is plagued with anxiety, but I know that God can heal her from this and help her through.
Monday, January 7, 2008
As I was opening my Bible to read in the book of Matthew, a verse I had underlined in red (in the Psalms) caught my attention. It said, "In the morning, O Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation." I like that it mentions praying to God in the morning. But I wonder.....after I present my requests to the Lord in prayer, do I really wait in expectation? What does it mean to wait in expectation? Some might say that it means to expect God to answer the prayer the way I want it to be answered. But I think it means that after I present my requests to God, that I know He has heard me and I trust Him with the outcome to be in His sovereign will. And because I know that He will do what is best for me, then I can wait in expectation of seeing God's will worked out in my life. That's totally my own interpretation. I'd love to hear your thoughts on this verse.
The Bible I use at home for my Bible study is one that I would recommend for anyone who wants to dig a little deeper as they read, or for someone who might need a little help with clarifying some of the verses. It's called the Life Application Bible, and mine is in the New International Version. It's really big and thick because there are a lot of footnotes that go with a lot of the verses. I don't take this one to church with me because it's pretty heavy for carrying, but it is perfect for home use when you really want to study the Bible.
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But I cry to you for help, O Lord; in the morning my prayer comes before you. Psalm 88:13
Saturday, January 5, 2008
1. Food lasts a whole lot longer and you only have to cook for two.
2. The house stays neater and cleaner.
3. You can have the house quiet or listen to whatever music you like.
4. You can walk around the house in your P.J.'s or whatever.
5. You can use the computer whenever you want because it's always free.
If all those advantages are so great, then why am I missing making food for a bunch and having to keep running to the store for more, in a really messy house, and not being able to use my kitchen or computer early in the morning because someone is sleeping in the den?
Apparently, I must prefer my house to look the way it looked earlier today...
Thursday, January 3, 2008
Speaking of changes, I believe that people often think they have to change bad habits or bad behavior in their life before they can start having a relationship with Jesus, or before they can start going to church or seeking help from Christians. However, it's really just the opposite. Jesus doesn't expect you to change anything before coming to him. Any changes you make on your own would probably be like my attempt to change my living room around. Yes, it looked different but it wasn't a good look and it ended up just being temporary. Jesus wants people to come to him as they are, bad habits, bad behavior and everything, and then let him clean up the mess. The only real changes that will last are the ones that He, our real Interior Decorator, makes. If you need to change something in your life in 2008, come to Jesus just the way you are and let him do the work.
But you know that he appeared so that he might take away our sins. And in him is no sin.
1 John 3:5
Tuesday, January 1, 2008
I didn't make any New Year's Resolutions, but I woke up this morning with a strong desire to read my Bible and to be more consistent with my daily Bible study. I've noticed that my blog posts are the best when I've been studying the Word. I still plan to write about my life and my family, but I want everything I say and do to always be seasoned with the Word of God. We are so blessed in the U.S. to have free access to Bibles and to churches, yet so many do not take advantage of this. If you don't read the Bible, I would like to ask why not? I think most people would answer this question with the reason of, "I don't understand it when I read it." My response to that is, read it anyway. The Bible is not like any other book. We can't rely on only our own intelligence or knowledge to understand this book. That's because the Bible is not just a book....it is the holy and inspired Word of God. God's Holy Spirit reveals to us the meaning of the Bible as we read it, and as He chooses to reveal. I believe that the more I read it, the more He will reveal the truths that are in the Bible. It doesn't all come to you the first time, or the second time. Just read it and yes, concentrate on what it says, but allow God to show you through his Word what He wants you to know.
No resolutions for this year, but a couple of my resolutions for life are in the verses below.
You are the salt of the earth.....You are the light of the world....let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:13, 14, 16
Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone. Colossians 4:6