Thursday, May 28, 2009
I'm so excited to be reading in the book of Proverbs, from the wise Solomon himself. And just how important it is to not only hear but really listen and apply to my heart? Very. This past Sunday School lesson was on Moses' attention getter, the burning bush, and just how important it is to really listen. I struggle with that at times. I've prayed and asked God to help me to not just hear His word but to really listen to His word. So when I read the words, Lord and hate in the same sentence, it got my attention. I know as a parent I can tell when one of mine are not really listening to my instructions. I know how upset that makes me feel, so I can imagine the disappointment the Lord has in me when I don't listen to what He is trying to tell me. But I also know that I still love them, no matter what, and He loves me even through my disobedience. But the boundaries are set. The instructions are given and there are consequences to be had if broken or not followed through. Tough love.
Wendy Pope puts it way better than I can, so visit with her today and dig a little deeper into God's Holy Word with her.
If you feel like sharing your daily walk with the Lord and this journey of reading through the Bible , please do so. You never know who might be blessed with what you have to say. Reading God's word is the main thing, whether it's Chrono style or not. I'm drawing so much strength from it and from knowing others are reading along with me.
Friday, May 22, 2009
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
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His dream is to one day open up a nervous hospital in our little town. He figures that's where the money will be. JK!!!! We've got the "think positively" down pat. You have to laugh! We do!!!! Last night's ballgame was the perfect example on when to laugh.....believe me I did...and slept like a baby...no crazy dreams!!! YEAH!!!!!
As for the ear plugs...now there's an idea:)
Monday, May 18, 2009
And boy did He ever pour them out!
I have a thorn in my side called nerves. You would think after singing in church all my life that would have dissipated by now......um...NOT! After begging and pleading with some of the members of this little group I sing with, it became apparent that I was outnumbered. For what you may ask? Singing in front of, gulp, KAREN PECK AND NEW RIVER! Squealllllllllllllllllllll!!!!! Yes they were at our church yesterday and brought the house down! Click on their name above and check them out.
Here's the kicker.....Karen Peck came off the stage and started pointing and saying you two girls right there...uh...me....surely not....no...no...no...no...not me. Yes, she got Chelsea and me to help her sing, "We Shall Wear A Robe and Crown." Squealllll!!! I warned you about being a mere child again:) lol!!! Then at the end of the service they got us all, our singing group, to help them once more to sing that song. Wow! I can't believe I've sung with a Grammy girl!!
Words just can't describe the feeling I have down in my heart. It's not the fact that I actually have shared the stage with Karen Peck, well maybe a wee little:)...but that God answered my prayer. I woke to butterflies in my stomach, heart racing, etc....you know the "thorn" thing. And I started asking God to show me in some way if singing was what I was supposed to do. I need some sort of sign. Did He ever show me! I got the message loud and clear. I'm not a great singer by any means. I just prayed and asked God to help my nerves and make a way and I would answer, "Yes Lord Yes!" He did. Now it's up to me to do my part. That's all He asks. Just a willing vessel. I want God to use what little talent I have for His glory and honor. Is it going to be easy? Nope..not for me. But with God all things are possible. As for the thorn, it may always be there, but if it be God's will, I know He can kill the root.
I do not want to be a stumbling block and for God to use our little group, I need to get on board. Please pray for us, for me. That we, I, will do what He has us to. That the first words out of my mouth will be, "Yes, send me!" Pray for the new converts as they begin their life with God.
I have a new favorite song. Wouldn't you know it would be Karen Peck's, "My God Will Always Be Enough." She sang it at a wedding I attended Sat. night. Which is how we got them in the first place. This dear couple at church had connections with them and they came and sang at their wedding. It was a powerful service in itself. I'm just so full! As the saying goes, "I'm drinking from the saucer, 'cause my cup has overflowed." Many thanks to Terry and Becky for giving us such a wonderful gift, as Karen Peck and New River! May God so richly bless your lives! I know He has great things in store for the two of you.
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Thursday, May 7, 2009
I'm considering the string around my finger thing.
The sticky notes, memo boards, text messages, etc. just are not cutting it. Thing is.... I remember at the most inopportune time....like say 2 AM.....after the fact!
Now, if I can figure out how to remember why I'm wearing the string...I'll be in business. lol!
Enough of all that.
Mom is on the mend. Or at least she says she is. Still very weak, but I can see some improvement. Thank you all for your kind thoughts and prayers. I'm here to testify that I serve a living God who blesses me more than I deserve! And I will never forget the day I accepted Him as my Saviour! I know without a doubt that even in all my forgetfulness, that will never leave my mind. Mawmaw, with dementia, can remember all the gospel songs, word for word, and can always say how thankful she is to God for His many blessings on her. She gave sister C and I some advice this past Sunday, which I'll end with.....
"When you give with a giving heart, that makes it all the more special."
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
One day at a time Sweet Jesus.
May brings the end of school.
May has Mother's Day.
May means lots of decorations......that's a Sand Mtn. thing.
May has Memorial Day.
May brings flowers.
May is full of birthdays and graduations, which means I need to remember to get gifts.
So much to do.
One day at a time Sweet Jesus.
Anybody out there who's calendar mirrors mine? Give me a shout out...or better yet....do this exercise with me........inhale........................exhale......inhale..........................exhale.......inhale......................exhale....oxygen please:) lol!!
Monday, May 4, 2009
Thank you for your prayers!
Friday, May 1, 2009
Which then reminded me of this verse from a devotion I read this week.
Acts 20:24 (King James Version)
24But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.
Come stumbling block.
Glory hallelujah, I shall not be moved. Just like a tree planted by the waters, I shall not be moved!
Today if you are burdened down with life's troubles, choose not to let them move you. Instead use those stumbling blocks as stepping stones. God will supply the grace needed to climb each step.
Have a blessed weekend,