Thursday, March 31, 2011

Canada Rocks

Yes, Canada does rock!  But this blog is actually about Canada rocks!  I went to visit a friend of mine a couple of years ago in Rothesay and Saint John, New Brunswick Canada.
We saw many sites, did many wonderful things and ate a lot of delicious food.
One of the the things I think of most when I remember back is going to the Bay of Fundy (ocean) outside of Saint John.  The day that we went in the last part of April the water was a steely gray/brownish color.
The waves rolled and the cool wind blew strong and hard.
And there were rocks.
Everywhere.
Anyone who knows me well, knows that I have collected rocks all my life.
Big ones, little ones, oddly shaped ones.. etc..
This wide sweeping beach was filled with millions of round rocks.  From the size of a marble to the size of basketballs and larger.
These rocks had been in this bay area for centuries.  Rounded by tumbling in the ocean and the
atmosphere of snow and rain.
They held my utter attention.  I had to find the perfect one.
My friend and I walked many miles on the beach that day.
I'm sure she smiled inside and thought it silly of her American friend to love the rocks so much.
Our pockets were full of rocks by the time we returned to the car.
Perfect rocks.. round speckled with pink, black and white.. and black, gray and white.
When I packed up my suitcase to fly back home I had to decide on how many I
could take with me.
The choice was hard!
I choose about 6 with the largest being the size of a baseball.
When my luggage was scanned, the lady behind the conveyor belt asked me what I had
in my suitcase and for a minute I was stunned.
And, then she said "rocks maybe?"
LOL.. Yes, then I remembered I had packed them.  I was scared just
for a moment that she would make me leave them, but she didn't say anything else.
When I arrived home I showed everyone my bounty.
They all know I love rocks and somewhat understood my treasures.
Today two of those rocks sit right here at work with me on the very desk I am sitting at.
I look at them and remember....
I look at them and wonder how they started out.. where they have been..
..and about the fate that these two for such a time as this, have come to America.
I love them.
And, I remember fondly.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Birthdays!

This time of year is busy around our household.

 Birthdays start on March 27th (with middle son who just turned 21),

~next on April 3rd (my oldest son will turn 23),

~next on April 5th (my youngest, my daughter will turn 20),

~then on April 7th (my b-day and never-you-mind how old I will be!)

~and finally on April 8th (my dad will be 70.)

(I also have a neice, a brother-in-law and several friends who are April birthdays!)

So........ there will be (and has been!) a lot of cake and merriment, and cake, and presents, and cake, hugs, and cake, and love, and cake... AND CAKE!

Bible Study Tonight ~ John

Tonight we will start John and I'm so excited!  Come and join us at 7:00 at our house.

Don't bring anything but your bible.  We are going to have a great time in the Lord!




John 1 (The Message)

The Life-Light
 1-2 The Word was first,
      the Word present to God,
      God present to the Word.
   The Word was God,
      in readiness for God from day one.  3-5Everything was created through him;
      nothing—not one thing!—
      came into being without him.
   What came into existence was Life,
      and the Life was Light to live by.
   The Life-Light blazed out of the darkness;
      the darkness couldn't put it out.
 6-8There once was a man, his name John, sent by God to point out the way to the Life-Light. He came to show everyone where to look, who to believe in. John was not himself the Light; he was there to show the way to the Light.
 9-13The Life-Light was the real thing:
      Every person entering Life
      he brings into Light.
   He was in the world,
      the world was there through him,
      and yet the world didn't even notice.
   He came to his own people,
      but they didn't want him.
   But whoever did want him,
      who believed he was who he claimed
      and would do what he said,
   He made to be their true selves,
      their child-of-God selves.
   These are the God-begotten,
      not blood-begotten,
      not flesh-begotten,
      not sex-begotten.
 14The Word became flesh and blood,
      and moved into the neighborhood.
   We saw the glory with our own eyes,
      the one-of-a-kind glory,
      like Father, like Son,
   Generous inside and out,
      true from start to finish.
 15John pointed him out and called, "This is the One! The One I told you was coming after me but in fact was ahead of me. He has always been ahead of me, has always had the first word."

 16-18We all live off his generous bounty,
      gift after gift after gift.
   We got the basics from Moses,
      and then this exuberant giving and receiving,
   This endless knowing and understanding—
      all this came through Jesus, the Messiah.
   No one has ever seen God,
      not so much as a glimpse.
   This one-of-a-kind God-Expression,
      who exists at the very heart of the Father,
      has made him plain as day.
Thunder in the Desert
19-20When Jews from Jerusalem sent a group of priests and officials to ask John who he was, he was completely honest. He didn't evade the question. He told the plain truth: "I am not the Messiah."  21They pressed him, "Who, then? Elijah?"
   "I am not."
   "The Prophet?"
   "No."
 22Exasperated, they said, "Who, then? We need an answer for those who sent us. Tell us something—anything!—about yourself."
 23"I'm thunder in the desert: 'Make the road straight for God!' I'm doing what the prophet Isaiah preached."
 24-25Those sent to question him were from the Pharisee party. Now they had a question of their own: "If you're neither the Messiah, nor Elijah, nor the Prophet, why do you baptize?"
 26-27John answered, "I only baptize using water. A person you don't recognize has taken his stand in your midst. He comes after me, but he is not in second place to me. I'm not even worthy to hold his coat for him."
 28These conversations took place in Bethany on the other side of the Jordan, where John was baptizing at the time.
The God-Revealer
 29-31The very next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and yelled out, "Here he is, God's Passover Lamb! He forgives the sins of the world! This is the man I've been talking about, 'the One who comes after me but is really ahead of me.' I knew nothing about who he was—only this: that my task has been to get Israel ready to recognize him as the God-Revealer. That is why I came here baptizing with water, giving you a good bath and scrubbing sins from your life so you can get a fresh start with God."  32-34John clinched his witness with this: "I watched the Spirit, like a dove flying down out of the sky, making himself at home in him. I repeat, I know nothing about him except this: The One who authorized me to baptize with water told me, 'The One on whom you see the Spirit come down and stay, this One will baptize with the Holy Spirit.' That's exactly what I saw happen, and I'm telling you, there's no question about it: This is the Son of God."
Come, See for Yourself
 35-36The next day John was back at his post with two disciples, who were watching. He looked up, saw Jesus walking nearby, and said, "Here he is, God's Passover Lamb."  37-38The two disciples heard him and went after Jesus. Jesus looked over his shoulder and said to them, "What are you after?"
   They said, "Rabbi" (which means "Teacher"), "where are you staying?"
 39He replied, "Come along and see for yourself."
   They came, saw where he was living, and ended up staying with him for the day. It was late afternoon when this happened.
 40-42Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, was one of the two who heard John's witness and followed Jesus. The first thing he did after finding where Jesus lived was find his own brother, Simon, telling him, "We've found the Messiah" (that is, "Christ"). He immediately led him to Jesus.
   Jesus took one look up and said, "You're John's son, Simon? From now on your name is Cephas" (or Peter, which means "Rock").
 43-44The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. When he got there, he ran across Philip and said, "Come, follow me." (Philip's hometown was Bethsaida, the same as Andrew and Peter.)
 45-46Philip went and found Nathanael and told him, "We've found the One Moses wrote of in the Law, the One preached by the prophets. It's Jesus, Joseph's son, the one from Nazareth!" Nathanael said, "Nazareth? You've got to be kidding."
   But Philip said, "Come, see for yourself."
 47When Jesus saw him coming he said, "There's a real Israelite, not a false bone in his body."
 48Nathanael said, "Where did you get that idea? You don't know me."
   Jesus answered, "One day, long before Philip called you here, I saw you under the fig tree."
 49Nathanael exclaimed, "Rabbi! You are the Son of God, the King of Israel!"
 50-51Jesus said, "You've become a believer simply because I say I saw you one day sitting under the fig tree? You haven't seen anything yet! Before this is over you're going to see heaven open and God's angels descending to the Son of Man and ascending again."

Fickle Spring

I've always had a hard time with spring.  Just when I start getting used to 80 degree weather and wearing flip-flops and tee-shirts we will suddenly have a cold snap complete with gray skies and sheets of rain.  It makes me want to crawl back under the covers until I see the sunshine peeking out again.  Just when I take all my houseplants and put them out on the porch, just when I plant tomatoes, just when I start making the decision to buy capris this year.... cold snap!  I'm running to the porch to bring all my plants back in and I'm combing my closets for jeans and boots.  Ah, I am such a summer sunshine girl.  I could take the hot days of summer all year long.  The fresh bright sunshine and the warmth!  Yes, we need the rain and I really am glad for it, in fact I love it most days.  But today, I long for the sun to shine!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Boston Cream Cheesecake

Boston Cream Cheesecake

Cake Bottom:
1 (9 ounce) yellow cake mix (one layer size)

Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease bottom of 9-inch spring-form pan.

Prepare cake mix as directed on package; pour batter evenly into spring-form pan. Bake for 20 minutes.

Filling:
16 ounces cream cheese (at room temperature)
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 eggs
1/3 cup sour cream

Beat cream cheese, sugar and vanilla extract at medium speed with electric mixer until well blended. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing at low speed after each addition, just until blended. Blend in sour cream; pour over cake layer. Bake for 35 minutes or until center is almost set. Run knife or metal spatula around rim of pan to loosen cake; cool before removing rim of pan.

Topping:
2 squares unsweetened chocolate
3 tablespoons butter or margarine
2 tablespoons boiling water
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Melt chocolate and butter over low heat, stirring until smooth. Remove from heat. Add water and remaining ingredients; mix well. Spread over cooled cheesecake. Refrigerate 4 hours or overnight.

Serves 12.

NOTE: Instead of chocolate topping, serve with fresh fruit.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Please Remain Calm

Please remain calm and keep all hands and feet inside the car until it comes to a complete stop.........

Err....... Hi!  I've been busy with family over the weekend and haven't blogged much.  So, without further ado, here are some beautiful horse pictures I thought I would share with you!

I wil be back tomorrow..........

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Growing Celery ~ The Super Easy Way

Buy celery and cut off the butt end and save.  If you can't plant it right away, put it in a dish of water so that water is on the bottom part of the celery. 



Once the temperatures outside are consistently above 50F, you can plant your celery into your garden. Remember that celery is very temperature sensitive, so don’t plant it out too early or you will kill or weaken the celery plant.

Just part the soil and plant in the ground as you would a bulb stalk side up.  Lightly cover with soil and water.

Unless you live in a location that is ideal to grow celery plants, you are best planting your celery where it will get 6 hours of sun, but preferably somewhere that the celery plant will be shaded for the hottest part of the day.


Also, make sure that where you will be growing celery has rich soil. Celery needs lots of nutrients to grow well.

Empty Chairs

The house was clean.

The coffee was ready to be brewed.

The first chapter of John was studied and ready to be discussed.

Seven o'clock came and went.

The driveway remained empty.  The chairs in the house remained empty.  My HEART felt empty.

Why would members of a church ask specifically to have home bible study... and then on the night that everything has been prepped and prepared.. no one shows up?

Isaiah 55:10-12 (The Message)
 8-11"I don't think the way you think.
   The way you work isn't the way I work."
         God's Decree.
"For as the sky soars high above earth,
   so the way I work surpasses the way you work,
   and the way I think is beyond the way you think.
Just as rain and snow descend from the skies
   and don't go back until they've watered the earth,
Doing their work of making things grow and blossom,
   producing seed for farmers and food for the hungry,
So will the words that come out of my mouth
   not come back empty-handed.
They'll do the work I sent them to do,
   they'll complete the assignment I gave them.

 12-13"So you'll go out in joy,
   you'll be led into a whole and complete life.
The mountains and hills will lead the parade,
   bursting with song.
All the trees of the forest will join the procession,
   exuberant with applause.
No more thistles, but giant sequoias,
   no more thornbushes, but stately pines—
Monuments to me, to God,
   living and lasting evidence of God."

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

MOG ~ Mother of the Groom

Not long now, in fact just less than 10 weeks before my oldest son gets married. 

As the days turn warmer and the flowers and leaves start budding out on the trees I am realizing how fast time goes by.  Winter, which always seems long to me, didn't seem so long this year.  Maybe because of empty nestness, wedding plans and college events.  Maybe because I'm getting older.

Maybe because my first son is getting married.

My family and I (grandparents too) have been praying for the spouses of our children since they were born.  That God would bring that "special" one to each of them.  I believe He has done that for my Zachery in Anna.  She is a bright light in my oldest sons eyes. *tears*  She is sweet, quiet and a wonderful mother.  I look forward to the years of getting to know her better and better.  She and her son Eric are and will be a shining new part to my already wonderful family.

On a different note:  A dress to wear has been found finally after months of looking......... now for the shoes......

The Journey of a Thousand Miles Begins With a Single Step

It's hard when friendships change.  When we are not "allowed" to be as deep as we once were with certain people in our lives.  The change over doesn't come easy.  Especially if they were one of the main people you ran to at the end of your day.  When others take your place the pang in your  heart can't help but be felt.  When your life hasn't changed and theirs has... and when they have people to help them through that transaction and you don't...

As I've been blogging about the past week~I need to get up, turn around and start to another destiny.  Starting today.

The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.

How Can I Help You Say Good-Bye
Patty Loveless

Through the back window of a '59 wagon
I watched my best friend Jamie slippin' further away
I kept on waving 'till I couldn't see her
And through my tears, I asked again why we couldn't stay
Mama whispered softly, Time will ease your pain
Life's about changing, nothing ever stays the same

And she said, How can I help you to say goodbye?
It's OK to hurt, and it's OK to cry
Come, let me hold you and I will try
How can I help you to say goodbye?

How can I help you to say goodbye?

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Decisive Paths

Psalm 23:3  He refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake

Proverbs 1:19 Such are the paths of all who go after ill-gotten gain; it takes away the life of those who get it.

Proverbs 3:6  In all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.

Jeremiah 6:16  This is what the LORD says: “Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls.

Acts 2:28  You have made known to me the paths of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence.’

Romans 11:33  Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out!

God has been speaking to me lately about my path in life.  He will not force a path.  He will not make me turn a certain way.  He may gently nudge me or have the Holy Spirit convict me...  He is a true gentleman.  So many times we pray for our paths to change YET remain doing the same things we are doing. 

It does not work. It never has.

We will not get something for nothing.

We want a miracle... for God to just fall down from heaven and MAKE something different happen.... yet we want to stay on our couches, in our comfortable seats doing nothing.

We have to decide.

We have to choose..

We have to listen to Him.

CHOOSE your path, be decisive, be direct.  Do it.  Make changes while you are waiting for answers to your prayers.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Friday Five

1.  I am the ONLY one in the household now who has not had the 24 hour virus... and believe me, I DON'T want it!!

2.  It's Friday!  I've been tired this week due to sickness and being up late several nights in a row.  It will be super nice to sleep in a bit tomorrow morning!

3.  We are supposed to have sunshine and weather up to about 81 today!  Woohoo go God!  THAT is MY kind of weather!

4.  I have tried a new soda this morning I really like.  I have had the grapefruit version of Fresca before... but have you ever had the "peach/citrus?"... it's wonderful!  And, calorie free!

5.  Now, if I can just figure out how to make myself stay out of my own candy jar on my desk... it has Hershey's chocolate eggs and jelly beans in it... Why do I do this to myself? :-)

Why go to Church When Hyprocrites are There?

Excuse: People who go to church are a bunch of hypocrites!


Answer: Churchgoers pretend to be good for a few hours on Sunday morning but they are like everyone else the rest of the week. A common misunderstanding about church is that it should somehow make us better people. It is not the action of going to church, but the encounter with God and others that changes our lives for the better. Most people who go to church do not understand this and thus do not seek to have life changing experiences through worship and church activities.

Christians are humans who believe that Jesus is God and that He has made us acceptable to Himself by paying the penalty for our sins on the cross (Romans 6:23). Therefore, what makes Christians unique is not the outward appearance but what God has done on the inside by changing the soul and mind (2 Corinthians 5:17). Those who sincerely call upon Jesus to save them from their sins experience a spiritual birth that gradually transforms the mind and behavior conforming us to His will (John 1:12; Romans 12:1-2).

Christians can be seen to be hypocrites more easily than someone who does not profess any beliefs because Christian standards are defined in the Bible, whereas personal standards can be changed to fit circumstances or are unknown to others. The bottom line is that all humans are hypocrites because we all fail to consistently live up to any standards of behavior that are defined. The difference is that Jesus forgives the hypocrisy of believers and has sent His Holy Spirit to guide and transform those who know Him as Savior and confess Him as Lord (Romans 10:9-10).

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Close Encounters of the First Kind

When was the last time that you had a meeting with God?

...not the last time you went to church
...not the last time you heard a sermon on the radio
...not the last time you watched anything "religious" (preachers, etc..)  on tv
...not the last time you sat in Sunday school

... but the last time that you were alone with Maker of the universe...

...the One Who gave His life for you...

When?

Happy St. Paddy's Day~!

Saint Patrick, was said to have used the three-leafed shamrock to illustrate the Holy Trinity. He explained in his sermons that the clover represented how the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit were all separate parts of a single entity. His followers adopted the custom of wearing a shamrock on his feast day, March 17.

The Wearing Of The Green
Legends tell of the young Bishop Saint Patrick, who plucked a simple, humble shamrock from the ground somewhere on the lush green hillsides of County Armagh back in the year 432 AD. He used it to explain the Mystery of the Blessed Trinity to the Ancient High Kings of Ireland, making the Shamrock an important symbol as Ireland's National Emblem. It is also said that Saint Patrick drove the snakes from Ireland into the sea. St. Patrick is named the patron Saint for bringing Christianity to Ireland, and introducing the Irish people to Baptism.
That is why March 17th is now celebrated as the "Feast Day Of Saint Patrick", when Irish people from all over the world traditionally wear the shamrock on their chests, hence the phrase "The Wearing Of The Green". Saint Patrick's death on March 17, in about 461, has been observed in America since colonial days.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

You Will Always be my Baby

It has been years since I have been up with a sick child all night. My daughter called just as we were settling into bed last night.  She is home from OBU on spring break and had gone to her boyfriends house 20 miles away.  She was sick.  Very sick... throwing up and unable to hold anything down or even leave the bathroom... would we come get her?  We got back out of bed and got dressed at 11:30 and went to pick her up.  Once we arrived I could see that she was very sick.  Her boyfriend was sitting in the bathroom floor cradling her head in his lap as she laid in floor...  We were there for maybe close to an hour as we tried to find a "pause" in things to drive the 25 minute drive home.  I drove her car and she rode with my husband laying in the back seat.  Immediately after arriving back home she went straight to the bathroom again sick to her her stomach.  She settled into bed about 1:15 and we did too.  Three more times in the night as she ran down the hall to the bathroom she would tap on the door to our room... each time I would get out of bed and stand with her and hold her hair and hand her warm wash clothes to wipe her face with.  Finally at about 5 a.m. she settled in on the bathroom floor with a blanket and pillow and I went back to bed... when I woke at 7:10 she was back in her bed again.  This morning I am having flashbacks of a little girl who is 5 and not almost 20... who needed her momma whenever she was sick... and her momma dragging all day because of being up all night... and I realize... it's not age that makes her my little girl.......... It's because she just is.

It's okay though. I love her... and she will always be my baby..

Monday, March 14, 2011

Monday Music~ There is Nothing Greater than Grace / Point of Grace

What do you say to someone who feels like they've lost it all
over the edge with no one there to break their fall
and what do you say to someone who feels so unloved
giving themselves away a little bit every day just to be good enough
and what do you say to a hopeless soul who can't remember their way home
and everything is out of their control

Chorus:
There is no valley, there is no darkness
there is no sorrow greater than the grace of Jesus.
There is no moment, there is no distance,
there is no heartbreak He can't take you through.
So before you think that you're too lost to save,
Remember there is nothing greater than grace.

What do you say to someone whose life is on the line
and they're unsure what happens after their last breath in time
what do you say to someone whose built a wall you can't break through
and it's so hard for them to hear the truth

There is no valley, there is no darkness
there is no sorrow greater than the grace of Jesus.
There is no moment, there is no distance,
there is no heartbreak He can't take you through.
So before you think that you're too lost to save,
Remember there is nothing greater than grace.

So don't lose hope, don't let go
don't give up, you are not alone

There is no valley, there is no darkness
there is no sorrow greater than the grace of Jesus.
There is no moment, there is no distance,
there is no heartbreak He can't take you through.
So before you think that you're too lost to save,
so before you think that you're too lost to save,
Remember there is nothing greater than grace.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Green with Envy

Something for nothing.

Have you noticed that these days when you go to a county fair that everyone that draws, shows animals, cooks or paints.. receives ribbons for their efforts?  Whether you have won anything or not.  I heard a speaker last weekend at the Extraordinary Women's Conference in Tulsa. She talked about how "In her day" awards were only given for first through third place... after that, no one else was awarded.  That started me thinking...  Today, things are different.  So as to "not leave anyone out" ribbons are given out to everyone.  So that, even if they didnt' win a position, they still receive a ribbon. How is that fair?  I believe that awards should only be given to those that win.  When we are taught we get a reward regardless of the quality of  our work~ we are sadly doing ourselves a diservice.  Today's world is tough.  We will walk away from many things in life without reward~ even when we have done our absolute best. 

Have you noticed, first place is blue, second is red and third is white, fourth is pink, and fifth is yellow..... but participant is GREEN?? I had to giggle when my husband said "hmm... greeeeeen.... green with envy?"  I believe, he has a point!

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Mexican Deviled Eggs

Here is something you can make when your chickens are giving you more eggs than you know what to do with!

Mexican Deviled Eggs
8 hard boiled eggs
2 tablespoons sour cream
1 teaspoon mustard
1/2 cup salsa, hot, medium, or mild
4 slices bacon, cooked crisp and drained
Chili powder or paprika for garnish

Peel eggs, cut in half, and place yolks in a mixing bowl. Mash the yolks and add the sour cream, mustard, and salsa. Blend well. Finely crumble 2 slices of the bacon and stir in. Fill the whites. Sprinkle lightly with chili powder or paprika. Break the other slices of bacon into 8 equal pieces each. Place a piece on top of each egg.

All Things are Possible?

1 Cor 10:23  23 “I have the right to do anything,” you say—but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”—but not everything is constructive.

With God all things are possible..... we have the "right" to do anything.. but not everything is beneficial or constructive.

1 Cor 10:13  No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.

God gives us a way out of those things that are not beneficial or constructive.  He tells us that He will provide a way out for us.  Not that He will "magically" do it for us, or pull us out of those things... no, that WE will be given choices.. and then WE can choose the way out.

Is there something you need to choose your way out of today?
 
Friend don't delay... If you are somewhere you shouldn't be in your life right now make the right choice and make the proper changes.  He won't do it for you... but He will give you the strength and the courage to remain strong in your journey.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

2 Timothy 9 “He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time,” -

Not because of anything that we have done... but because of His own purpose and grace.

Grace~ it is so hard to wrap our minds around this subject.  Yet, whether we feel it or not, it's there.  God has chosen to give it to each of us before the beginning of time!  It's not something we deserve, earn or can get rid of. 

I have watched many of my church friends scared to death after salvation about making heaven.  They believe that if they have road rage on the way to work and die in a car wreck with malace in their hearts that they won't make heaven.  I cannot imagine this kind of relationship witih God.  The kind where you have to remember everything at the end of the day to ask for forgiveness,  hoping you don't miss one thing... because that may be the one thing to take you to hell if you leave it out while confessing your sins.  Our God is SO much bigger than that!

Yes, we should do good works and constantly strive to live better than the day before... but it's not by works that we are saved... but through faith.

Allow God's grace to fall on you today.  Freely accept it.  He loves you.  He is not standing over you to punish you... but to pull you in and embrace you.

You can live freely and assuredly knowing that you are heaven bound...





Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Heaven is Real - Book Review

For a quick, delightful read be sure to pick up Heaven is for Real by Todd Burpo.  It's a beautiful book written from a father's perspective about his two year-year old son who had a heavenly experience and lived to tell about it.  A real page turner.. I promise you won't want to put it down~!

But, Those Who Hope In The Lord...

Isaiah 40:28-31

Do you not know?
   Have you not heard?
The LORD is the everlasting God,
   the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary,
   and his understanding no one can fathom.
29 He gives strength to the weary
   and increases the power of the weak.
30 Even youths grow tired and weary,
   and young men stumble and fall;
31 but those who hope in the LORD
   will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
   they will run and not grow weary,
   they will walk and not be faint.

Just Sayin'

I love how God works things out despite our circumstances.  When people try to keep things from you and God causes someone else to call you with the information.. All I can do is stand back and smile.... and marvel how He keeps those who love him in the "know."   I was told no one would be working in my place when I left a recent job~  yet I was told by someone else in the middle of last week that they would be starting that coming Monday!  :-)

LOL... So, actually I knew way before you thought I did.... and it wasn't any secret..

Just Saying...

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Becoming Real

‘What is REAL?’ asked the Rabbit one day, when they were lying side by side near the nursery fender1, before Nana2 came to tidy the room. ‘Does it mean having things that buzz inside you and a stick-out handle?’

‘Real isn’t how you are made,’ said the Skin Horse. ‘It’s a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves you, then you become Real.’

‘Does it hurt?’ asked the Rabbit.
‘Sometimes,’ said the Skin Horse, for he was always truthful. ‘When you are Real you don’t mind being hurt.’

‘Does it happen all at once, like being wound up,’ he asked, ‘or bit by bit?’

‘It doesn’t happen all at once,’ said the Skin Horse. ‘You become. It takes a long time. That’s why it doesn’t happen often to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don’t matter at all, because once you are Real you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand.’

‘I suppose you are real?’ said the Rabbit. And then he wished he had not said it, for he thought the Skin Horse might be sensitive. But the Skin Horse only smiled.

‘The Boy’s Uncle made me Real,’ he said. ‘That was a great many years ago; but once you are Real you can’t become unreal again. It lasts for always.’

The Rabbit sighed. He thought it would be a long time before this magic called Real happened to him. He longed to become Real, to know what it felt like; and yet the idea of growing shabby and losing his eyes and whiskers was rather sad. He wished that he could become it without these uncomfortable things happening to him.

Boiling Frog Syndrom

The boiling frog syndrome: If you throw a frog into a pot of boiling water, it will jump out. But if you place a frog in lukewarm water and gradually turn up the heat, it will boil to death.

Many more times that I care to admit, I have been that frog. The sad reality is that although the frog in the analogy had been thrown in the pot, I have willingly ran to it and climbed over the side.

After being in the boiling water for a while I was able to get out~ God and His grace carried me... but, before I knew it, a second time I was stepping over the side and back into the pot again.

Sin will take you further than you want to go. It will keep you longer than you want to stay.
 
When we finally walk away from the boiling water, the sin, we look back and realize that most of the time we have gone farther than we thought we would go... and we stayed much longer than we imagined we would.

The most painful part aside from separating ourselves from God, is the fact that we sometimes hurt other people in our experience.  When we turn aside and choose to say no to getting into the pot we sometimes leave others in the wake that we are leaving. 

We need to repent to our Abba Father.... ask forgiveness of others and then choose to walk in His ways.

It's not easy, and sometimes not even what we really want to do.  But it's best.

1 Sam 15:22 To obey is better than sacrifice.



Thursday, March 3, 2011

Extraordinary Women Conference Starts Tomorrow!

Tonight after work I leave for the Extraordinary Women's Conference that starts tomorrow morning!  I am pretty excited.  Last year I wanted to go, but the women in the church I was attending all backed out and I didn't want to go by myself... this year it's a totally different matter~!  New faces, new names, new friends and new experiences!  If you are close to the Tulsa area please join us tomorrow and Saturday for a wonderful time in the Lord!

 

Friday, March 4th

6:00pm – Doors Open
7:00pm – 10:15pm Conference
Angela Thomas with Casting Crowns in Concert


Saturday, March 5th

7:30am – Doors Open
8:30am – 4:15pm Conference
Michelle McKinney-Hammond, Lysa TerKeurst, Michael O’Brien in Concert, Carol Kent and Chonda Pierce

I just have to share a little icing on the cake of this day... Several days ago I received an email from Extraordinary Women's Conference that there would be a couple of pre-conference seminars on Friday morning and afternoon.  The email went on to say there would be seating only for one hundred ladies in each session.  And, they were FREE.  I quickly contacted those who I am going with and told them to get on their emails and try to get enrolled before the sessions fill up, after all, there will be thousands of women sent the same email.  Well, we made it!  Praise the Lord!  We will be going to the pre-conferences at 9:30 and 1:00 on Friday... and then off to the big extravaganza that starts at 7:00 tomorrow evening. God is sooo good.

Everything IS going to be alright!


Come now Lord, Jesus.  Fall on me now and prepare my heart for the days to come.  Fill the seminars with your truths.  Open new areas in the lives of all the women that attend.  Be near!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Page Change Again!

Yes, you are on the right blog! LOL...Sorry to keep changing my page background... I am trying to find something I just love and will stay with.  For right now I think I'm really liking this!

Say What You Mean~ Mean What You Say

"Then you should say what you mean," the March Hare went on.  "I do," Alice hastily replied; "at least - at least I mean what I say - that's the same thing, you know."