Monday, March 31, 2008
Friday, March 28, 2008
*Everytime I hear the song "Never Thought" by Dan Hill - it takes me right back to my wedding - that was our first dance song.
(OHHH - look what I just found - I went on You Tube to try & find the video for "Never Thought" & what did I see right on the front page? A video with that song & clips from BEAUTY & THE BEAST - THE TV SERIES!!!!!! Isn't that funny! If you've never saw that show - its, of course, one of my all time favorites! It was fantastic! And I love - his name is Vincent - hello! HOLLA! Who did I meet years later - a man who's name is VINCENT? I can't help it - I'm a hopeless romantic!)
Thursday, March 27, 2008
Madi on the other hand - I love it - she's in her pink dress & didnt want to take it off at the end of the night, yet, all she wanted was "Spiderman" stuff! She's the best of both worlds - a girlie girl & a tomboy!
I still can't believe how big their getting - it seems like yesterday we were sitting in the hospital waiting for my brother to come around the corner to tell us they were here! Where does the time go?
(Don't ask what Sophia is doing - she's in a stage now where she just can't look into a camera without posing or doing something with her face! Again - I have no idea where she gets this from!)
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
"And the Lord said, "Simon, Simon! Indeed, Satan has asked for you, that he may sift you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail; and when you have returned to me, strengthen your brethren" -Luke 22:31-32
The Greek for "sift" actually means - an inward agitation to try one's faith to the verge of overthrow" - WOW!
So this all brings up a few questions & thoughts to me...
*Does Satan have to ask permission to "sift" everyone from God? How much constant contact is there between Satan & God? Satan also spoke with God when it came to Job too. Wouldn't you love to hear those conversations?!
*Jesus didn't look to Simon Peter & say, "Let's just bind up Satan & rid you of all these troubles that you may go through." Instead, he said, "I've prayed for you that your faith not fail." So he's allowing these trials knowing that its going to make him the person he will be - a faithful follower of Christ.
*Jesus also says, "when you have returned to me..." - I love that! Jesus knew Simon Peter would go through turmoil & a time where he even denied his friend, his Savior, but He also knew the end result. That's so comforting to me! Its like God likes to tease Satan - like he's saying "Sure, test my people", knowing all the while that His true followers will return to him & making all the other Christ followers stronger in their faith as well!
*Also, when I look at the picture of something being sifted - like people sifting water or dirt to find gems or stones - the stuff that isn't needed goes through the bottom of the sifter, its garbage. The things that matter to people, the things that are of substance are left behind to see clearly, without the gunk all over it. What an image of us coming out of a "sifted"-sort of trial!
*And the meaning of "sift" - to the VERGE of overthrow! Man, does that ring a bell with some people. How often do we get to the end of our ropes & scream, "Where's God?" - we get pushed right to the edge of our limits. Next time that happens - think of this story & know that Jesus KNOWS you're going to return to him, stronger, more dedicated, & having more faith in Him!How exciting are those simple two lines of the Bible now?
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
What 3 words express who you are - where life is at for you - that explains you! I was thinking about it all last night & tons of stuff ran through my mind for me:
*Jesus is Life
*Knitting Warms Souls
*Friendship is forever
*Guilt holds tight
*I'm God's Daughter
*Shake it off
*Laughter Heals Things
What 3 words come to mind for you?
Saturday, March 22, 2008
(This is me portraying the "Sick Woman" for the Easter Women's Lenten Breakfast. Once again - the cross is right there!)
Happy Easter everyone!
Friday, March 21, 2008
*"Believing" in Jesus & "following" Jesus are two completely different things - & the conversations that ensue on that topic can last for HOURS!
*The forecast says cold for Easter - with all the global warming going on - when are we going to have a warm Easter? Its been cold for like the past 7 years!
*I learned that Sophia wants a "Princess" Easter Basket & her twin sister, Madilyn wants a "Spiderman" Easter Basket - do you think their alike or not?
*The flu is STILL going around - get Spring here so we can get fresh air in these buildings!
*Question - How did Good Friday get the name of "Good" Friday? What was so good about it at the time? Isn't that just an odd name for i?. I can see it being Bad Friday/Good Sunday. I guess that's why I'm not consulted on the names of Holidays.*I SCORED big time on yarn this week! I went to find some Easter goodies for the twins, when I did a double take - then another double take! I was at Big Lots & they normally have some yarn, but sometimes, its just not the best stuff! What did I see? - the same yarn that I just took the time to take out stitch by stitch of a purse - which has since been made into the cutest hat! It was on sale for $1.50 a skein!!! Then I looked at the label & saw it was for felting as well! I ended up loading up - & got 3 more skeins of a different brand for $1.00 a skein - this is the same yarn I spent $6.99 a skein for! So for 15 skeins of yarn - I spent $21.00!!!! Dave Ramsey would be so proud of me!
Look at all that glorious yarn! What a way to end a Friday!
Thursday, March 20, 2008
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
Genesis 29:31 "When the Lord saw that Leah was not loved....."
Wow - that's harsh, isn't it? Here she is in a marriage with someone she probably had feelings for - fighting jealousy of her sister & man, the Bible even takes note of it - she was not loved. What did that mean? Did her own sister not love her? Did her husband pay her no mind at all? He did stick her at the end of the caravan when they had to move to & they were on their way to meet Esau, who wasn't very fond of his own brother - so an attack could have been possible - & she gets stuck in the back! Again - harsh!
But I guess if you finish that verse - it goes like this:
"When the Lord saw that Leah was not loved, he opened her womb...."
Because of the children she bore, they included Levi & Judah, who was an ancestor of David & his royal line & ultimately of Jesus!!!! How cool is that! She may have felt unloved, may have lived a life full of wanting & loneliness, but God saw her, & gave her a legacy!
How cool is that God loves us that much - that He be the one who comforts us & makes our lives important!
I'm anxious to meet Leah in Heaven & ask her how much love she feels now!
Monday, March 17, 2008
I'll just give you this - the main part of the movie - if you can't see it, hear it or touch it - does it really exist? I'm telling you - its a great movie!
A great line from the movie - just to get you REALLY interested in going - "My world is a place where you eat rainbows & poop butterflies" ...... yeah, some of the movie isn't supposed to be looked at with Spiritual eyes.....but its still good!
Friday, March 14, 2008
What's been hitting me so hard? The word OFFENSE! Let me start from the beginning. Ryan had told me about a book he wanted to read & I immediately went on one of my favorite sites & found it - it is called "The Bait of Satan" by John Bevere. I had to surprise Ryan with it & went ahead & ordered me one as well. When I got it in, I was in the middle of another book & then after the intensity of that one, I just needed a nice fun novel (it was a KNITTING murder mystery - how fun!) - but I picked up this book & have just been devouring it lately! The book touches on how Satan uses the trap of offense to get to Christian's hearts. Its very eye opening & thought provoking & makes you realize how easily people are offended.
Said something funny to someone? - they might be offended. Didn't say something to someone? - they may be offended. Look at someone funny? Make a joke about something? Drive in the wrong lane? Wear an outfit you like? - anything can offend people. Its how you handle these offenses that really lets you grow in Christ.
This morning, I was listening to a message by Mike Servello called "Forgiving from the Heart" - and the main part of this message - yep, its was about how people are offended! There it is again! I hope you get the change to listen to it - it's a long one - about a 58 minute sermon, but its well worth it!
Thursday, March 13, 2008
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
For me, I just really took it as saying the dreaded G-D word - which I dispise more than anything. But when people say that, they dont realize - they are asking God to Damn something - do they realize that? For God to damnize someone or something is to put them apart for Him forever? How serious is that???!!! That's darn right scary to me! Someone said, when you hear someone say G-D - you need to go up to them & say, "You must be a righteous person saying your prayers out loud for everyone to hear" - could you imagine the reaction you would get?
Matthew 12:36-37 says "And I tell you this, that you must give an account on judgement day of every idle word you speak. The words you say now reflect your fate then; either you will be justified by them, or you will be condemned"
OUCH! The big key in that for me is "IDLE word" - the words you dont really even think about! The "Oh my GOD! when someone scares the living life out of you - or the 'Jesus Christ - did you see that pass that guy made" during a game....those things you say without even thinking. You will give an account for those words - the idle words! They reflect your fate....Pretty scary & thought provoking stuff! I can bet you one thing - if those idle words are that important to God - I'm going to be sure they become that important to me!
Sunday, March 09, 2008
Friday, March 07, 2008
*Excitement for the Casting Crowns concert this weekend is like the day before Christmas! CAN'T WAIT!
*Having jr high girls come up & ask to talk to you & have you pray with them - its such an honor & blessing!
*Spiritual warfare is real, true, scary & can be overcomed with prayer & prayers from others!
*Mandarin Oranges are the cutest little fruit ever to eat! And oh so yummy!
*That the "pigtail mafia" can really make a group of guys mad by beating them at bowling! And that during all this, you can get an ab workout from laughing!
*That a neighbors dog being sick can upset me like its my own doggie!
*That our pastor needs more prayer than ever as he leads our church
*Having a day or two where you don't need a winter coat, really makes me want to have Spring roll in & STAY!
*My boy Christian ROCKED the runway & pulled out the win for Project Runway - FIERCE AND FABULOUS!
Thursday, March 06, 2008
I just wanted to share the video that we showed to them last night. It was so powerful & it just worked perfectly with the message that was given. (Thanks Jennifer for passing it on to us!) And I'll warn you - it will probably get to you also. I think its a message that will make you stop & think no matter what your age is. Think of the people you love, the people you care about - the people you know. Now think about how often you mention the name of Jesus to them.
Wednesday, March 05, 2008
During Thrive, Christy did a great skit on showing how to give it all over to God - packing it all away in a box labeled specifically for this purpose. In it, she put her finances, her job, her studies, her childhood - everything that makes her up. What a great message. Then last night, again, the talk was about "Surrender" & what are we holding back that we should offer to God.
In a video that goes along with the series, Steve Arterburn gave the example of his daughter who earned a metal running a 5k race with her dad. She was so proud of this metal & thought it was the world (I would too if I finished a 5K race). But she saw another young lady who had some physical disabilities running this race & this little girl could see the struggle that the lady was having. She later saw her after the race & felt it in her heart to give her her own metal that she had received. It touched the father so much to see his daughter give up something that she cherished for someone else. The concluding point was - what could God do with you if you gave things over to him? How much more can be accomplished for His purpose if we are willing to give things over?
Then - on my drive into work - I pop in the newest Steven Curtis Chapman CD (yeah, I know - a shocker) & then a song comes on that I listened to - but I guess never really LISTENED to. The song is called "Yours". There are some beautiful words that just keep repeating - "Its all Yours God"....there it is again - surrendering, handing over, giving it all.
I found this video on YouTube that had the words & I think its a beautiful video - to see all the beauty in creation that God created & is His. But I think it goes further than that - even the ugly & sick & dying - its all God's too. The struggles that people endure, the hardships of life - they're all His too if we'd hand it over & let Him control it instead of ourselves. I know a beautiful video couldnt really grasp all that - & who would want to watch that? - but I hope you enjoy watching it - & really listen to the words.
So - what do you need to surrender to God? What do you need to give control over to God of? Remember - everything you have is because of Him? Use it to glorify Him & His name!