For anyone who has been reading this blog for a while, you might remember a post I did last September about my neighbor's dog. If you haven't read it or don't remember it, you can read it here.....Love Your Neighbor's Dog. Back then, I thought I had a problem. I wish this one was that simple.
Well, here is an update about the house next door. Those people moved out of the house but didn't sell it. They are renting the house to a young couple with two young children. The new people living there have now gotten some dogs and to me they look like pit bulls. I have heard too many stories of pit bulls attacking people or other animals, so I am not happy about this. I know that I shouldn't be living in fear, though I also believe that fear is not all bad. We need a certain amount of fear to keep us safe from harm, but I think my fear of vicious dogs goes beyond that. I am praying a lot about this situation. There are also other things I see going on at this house next door that have me concerned. I'm really having to trust God to help me with all this. I've noticed that when someone else is going through a difficult situation, it's so much easier for me to tell them to trust in God than it is for me to actually trust God when I'm going through a difficult situation.
Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in You. Psalm 56:3
I know I usually talk about Christian bands or music, but one of my favorite secular groups is Journey. I have loved them since the 80's and now they have a new singer that sounds so much like the former singer. I love this interview they did on CBS telling how they found the new guy.
I've made it known very clearly in my blog that I believe the Bible and that it is the Word of God. Therefore, if the Bible states something, then I believe it and to me there is no controversy. Some things aren't as clear as others, but this one leaves no question in my mind when I read these verses. It is as clear as black and white. I'm not the one who said it -- I'm just a Bible believer and if God says it through his word, then that settles it, no questions asked. I am not even going to type out the verses - but please look them up yourself and leave a comment with your thoughts. I doubt if anyone will leave comments because of the nature of this subject. But I would really like to know your thoughts. You can do it anonymously if you don't want your name in there. The focus verses are Romans 1:26-28, but please read verses 18-32 to get the full meaning.
There is always hope in Christ. I am certainly not pointing my finger at anyone for their sin, I just wanted to bring to light something in the Bible that is not talked about very often in this world. We are all sinners and maybe we haven't committed that sin, but we each have our own faults and failures which makes us no better than people who've committed the sins mentioned in the Romans verses. But one of my favorite verses of hope for every kind of sinner is in 1 Corinthians 6 where it names all kinds of sins and says that these kinds of people cannot inherit the kingdom of God, but then leaves us with the hope that comes only through Jesus. Here are the verses -- I love it!
Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderes nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God. 1 Corinthians 6:9-11.
Today is my one year anniversary since starting this blog! I can't believe a year has already passed. I have really slowed down on my posts the past couple of months and I'm not really sure why. I think one reason is because I've quit doing blogging from work and when I get home in the evenings I'm just not in the mood. But I will try to continue to post at least once or twice a week. I've met some wonderful people through blogging and that, I believe, has been the very best part of this adventure. I hope that one day I can meet some of you in person!
I guess the reason we blog is because we feel like we have something to say and this is a good way to say it. I recently got the new Matthew West CD which is called "Something to Say" and it included a bonus DVD about what he recently had to go through. I guess it was about a year ago that he was getting ready to record the new CD and he began having trouble with his voice. He ended up going to the doctor, then had to be on voice rest, and then had to go through surgery on his vocal cords. For a musician, a singer whose life revolves around singing with that being his means to support his family, this was a really scary thing. If you have a chance to get the CD and watch the DVD, it's really good and you go right through the process with Matthew. It all served to draw him closer to God and to help him realize that God is the one who is in control. Go here to hear a clip from the documentary and click on "Nothing to Say Documentary" on the right-hand side of his page. Thankfully, he is able to sing again and the CD is out now.
I was able to relate to Matthew West because I am a musician. I don't know what I would do if my ability to play the piano was taken away from me. My husband could relate to him because he felt called to teach, and when he went through his illness he lost his voice and didn't know how he would ever be able to teach. So, if you have something important to say, be sure to say it while you are able, whether it is through music, speaking, blogging, or any other way. Through His Word, God gives each Christian something to say and we need to take advantage of the talents and gifts He has given us to be able to tell the world about Him.
2Co 4:13 - Show Context It is written: "I believed; therefore I have spoken." With that same spirit of faith we also believe and therefore speak...
1Th 2:4 - Show Context On the contrary, we speak as men approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel. We are not trying to please men but God, who tests our hearts.
Last week I had the whole week off work for vacation. It was wonderful! We decided not to go on a trip since gas prices have gotten so high. Instead, we got new carpet in our bedroom. It's a huge room and was a major ordeal just to get prepared for the carpet. But now the room is nice and clean, and the carpet looks great. And my closet got cleaned out because it had to be carpeted also and I had to get everything out of the way.
Saturday I went to another family reunion, this time for my mother's side of the family. It was nice -- I saw relatives that I don't get to see often and I met some relatives for the first time. This week it's back to work which hasn't been so bad. The Alabama heat and humidity have come back full blast! I'm afraid my walking outside will soon be coming to an end. I'll have to start using the treadmill which I don't look forward to. I have good news about my walking experiment -- I have lost 10 pounds which was about the amount I was hoping to lose. I didn't have to change what I was eating -- I just had to be consistent with my daily walking. Now I'll need to continue it for the rest of my life if I want to stay at this weight. I actually now weigh what my drivers license says my weight is!
I am a wife, a mother, a daughter, a sister, and an aunt. I have a degree in music education with piano emphasis, but I work in an office totally unrelated to my education. I am a Christian who is completely sincere in my faith. I have decided to start a blog just as a hobby.