Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Monday, September 29, 2008
Saturday, September 27, 2008
Friday, September 26, 2008
Thursday, September 25, 2008
So to bring nature into my every day environment of my office, we have plants. Now, as much as I love nature, I do not have a green thumb. Not my talent. I know some people have some amazing & beautiful plants & flowers that they take care of & it blows me away. Steph had a plant that Ryan now has possession of that was her Great Grandmothers!!!!! Imagine the life in that plant....if it could talk!
Now, my job is to water these plants - but I tend to forget. I even posted about it here almost a year ago. (that's weird......I just looked - its EXACTLY one year ago.....that's VERY ODD!!!!)
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
There was an AWESOME example in the Bible of how Jacob worked the 7 years for Rachel - got Leah for his wife, worked ANOTHER 7 years for Rachel again & then married her - but the cool thing - Jacob worked for ANOTHER seven years even after he married his love....he kept persuing her!! (Genesis 29:30) - I never ever noticed that....what a great picture of love....
Remember when you were first dating & all the stupid stuff you did for love? It was great hearing some examples of everyone, but it was funny because I think EVERYONE did the late night phone calls. Know what I'm saying? Those phone calls where you were on the phone & didn't want to hang up.
"You hang up first"
"OK - love you - click (saying the word "click")
"You didn't hang up"
"I know - I couldnt - I love you too much" - (Gagging yet?)
But you know you've done that too! How funny is that to look back on? Ricky & I would fall asleep on the phone talking & then the bad thing, he wanted me to call him in the morning before we took off for work - this was before the world of cell phones - & his line would be busy where he was still sleeping & had the phone off the hook from the night before. Oh the stupid things we did for love.
We were challenged to do the things that we did for each other when we first started dating. I told Ricky to go in the other room, take his cell phone & we'd call each other & talk to each other as we slept.....he just told me - we'll burn our batteries up in our phones.......so much for that plan! :-)
Anyone do anything completely goofy for love? We got keep working at it - gotta keep being goofy in love!
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Its the shortest line in the Bible, but man, those two words say so much to me. Especially because, I've admitted before - I'm such a crier! I cry when I am happy when I laugh so hard that my eyes just well up with tears. I also cry when something is so sweet that it just touches my heart. The kids in the youth can say or do things that just make me tear up in a heart beat because its just so darn cute! I cry when I'm angry & so mad that I want to throw my fist through a wall - but that's not very lady like, so instead, I'll just cry! Angry tears aren't fun! And then of course, I cry when my heart is broke over something that is just so sad or when my feelings get hurt, or when life's burdens just wear me down. My name is Rebecca - & I am a crier!
But how comforting to see that Jesus had those same emotions. I think sometimes we think of him as such a SUPERMAN - which He is - but we forget he was also human & had the same emotions!
Look at the lines before the famous two word line:
"When Mary reached the place where Jesus was & saw him, she feel at his feet & said, "Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died." When Jesus saw her weeping & the Jews who had come along with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in spirit & troubled." - John 11:32-33
How many times in our lives do we fall at Jesus feet in sadness & yell the same thing? "Lord - if you had been here!" - we feel like we get lost or don't feel his presence when bad things happen sometimes - don't we? But look at how Jesus felt when he saw her despair. He was deeply moved in spirit & troubled!
And then Jesus wept.
He weeps along with us when we are hurt - He wants us to know He's there with us always, through every turmoil in our lives. He hurts when we hurt. And through it all, He loves us!
OK - I'm ready to cry now myself....happy tears!
Monday, September 22, 2008
It was not a half hour later, there were 5 other ladies who were right on it & said, Count me in! Now, this was going to be a quick visit, a quick Happy Birthday Hug & not alot to it, but everyone was so willing to help out & make this little girls birthday.
So Saturday comes & we load up the car (which was quite interesting with all the HUGE dresses) & went & visited the little girls for their birthday. It was just too cute because they were speechless - just staring in awe. There is nothing like the face of a little girl who is looking thinking "They're real!"
But the most amazing thing that is coming out of this......the children's minister of our church is the one who originally thought of the whole Princess Tea & got everyone started with the concept - well, she is now even thinking broader!!! She suggested that we go visit hospitals & children that are sick - or just make visits where needed & turn this into a ministry opportunity. The plans are still being worked out on that - but can you imagine my excitement? I told Ricky, "A world where I can minister in my Belle dress? How good is our God!"
I have to thank again all my AWESOME friends who didn't think twice about giving of their time to do this birthday weekend! That these ladies would put their lives on hold for a few hours, take the time to get ready, & just give of themselves....I've said it before - I'll say it again - I have some awesome friends in my life!!!!!
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Wait - by Russell Kelfer
Desperately, helplessly, longingly, I cried....
Quietly, Patiently, Lovingly, God Replied.
I pled & I wept for a clue to my fate...
& the Master so gently said, "Wait"
Wait? You said wait? My indiginate reply
Lord, I need answers, I need to know WHY!?
Is your hand shortened? Or have you not heard?
By faith I have asked, & I am claiming your Word!
I'm needing a "yes" - a go ahead sign
or even a "no" to which I'll resign.
You promised, Dear Lord, that if we believe,
we need but to ask, & we shall receive
Lord, I've been asking & this is my cry:
I'm weary of asking! I need a reply!
Then quietly, softely, I learned of my fate,
as my Master replied again...wait....
So I slumped in my chair, defeated & taut,
& grumpled to God, "So I'm waiting for what?"
He seemed then to kneel & his eyes met with mine,
and He tenderely said, "I could have given you a sign"
I could shake the heavens & darken the sun
I could raise the dead & cause mountains to run
I could give you all you seek & pleased you would be
You've have what you want, but you wouldnt know Me.
You'd not know the depth of My love for each saint.
You'd not know the power that I give to the faint.
You'd not learn to see through the clouds of despair;
you'd not learn to trust just by knowing I'm there.
You'd not know the joy of resting in Me
when darkness & silence are all you can see.
You'd never experience the fullness of love
when the peace of My spirit descends like a dove.
You would know that I give, and I save, for a start
But you'd not know the depth of the beat of My heart.
The glow of My comfort late into the night,
the faith that I give when you walk without sight.
The depth that's beyond getting just what you ask
From an infinite God who makes what you have last.
You'd never know should your pain quickly flee,
what it means that My grace is sufficient for thee.
Yes, your dearest dreams overnight would come true,
but, oh, the loss, if you missed what I'm doing IN you!
So, be silent, my child, and in time you will see
that the greatest of gifts is to truly know me.
And though oft My answers seem terribly late,
My most precious answers of all is still "WAIT"
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Everything in the frig is now a goner & ice is like gold around here - if you can find it, you've hit the jackpot - so dinners are any take out that is open or whatever you can scratch up without needing any sort of cooking. And thankfully, friends are offering homes that have power for showers so we are making it!
Its funny how different the world feels without power all around though. Driving to work, the darkness is just everywhere. There's just a stillness in the air. Kids aren't able to go to school so there's not a hustle in the air, there are no tv lights blaring from windows, there are no lights anywhere. Gas stations are closed - no grocery stores open - just stillness. Its an odd sensation if you're not used to it.
I'm preparing a lesson for Sunday with the Jr. High & I went home to work on it - all without help from the internet which makes life so easy to type in a topic - but this had to be the old fashion way. But let me tell you - I'm really finding God in the stillness. I got a topic & the thoughts were rolling & the ideas & the scripture & its funny - I think it was the fastest lesson I think I put together.
Just reading scripture with no distractions around you makes so much difference. You're mind seems more open to it - you're focus seems to be on God & what he has to say. Its just funny how you don't really notice the distractions until they are gone.
So all you who are blessed with power at your home (And I am still jealous of you!) - I urge you to find some stillness in your life - find a moment of the day where its just you & God & listen to nothing but Him & His word. It's really amazing.
Monday, September 15, 2008
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Friday, September 12, 2008
Speaking of Isaac, I told her she's got to put this in his baby book - his first Hurricane - & look, its a take off his name!!! She said she has a picture of him standing in front of the TV with "Hurricane Ike" clearly seen right next to him. Aahh, the memories you wish you didnt have to deal with!
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
I went back to the doctor yesterday, & that day, I didnt take my knitting in with me (GASP - what?) - No, instead I took my pocket Bible with me & was reading it. When the doctor came in the room while I'm sitting there in a lovely paper gown ....& speaking of which, they make some neat ones - they open on the sides & not in the back! That would have make things less embarrassing for me last year!.....but the first thing she said to me "Where's your knitting?" - I just sort of looked at her - didn't even remember the incident of last year until she said that. I just stared laughing & asked why - she said, "We have new nurses this year that wanted you to show them how to knit!"....I had to laugh - I must be known at the "Naked Knitter!"
I did tell her though, "No, I just have my Bible - I cant show you how to knit, but I can talk to you about God"! Now - again - another weird comment to make when you're sitting in a paper gown!
Can't wait to see what they expect me to doing when they walk into the doctor's office next year!
Tuesday, September 09, 2008
Sunday, September 07, 2008
Friday, September 05, 2008
I am going completely out of my element this weekend! Its technically being called "Wilderness Experience" & its a weekend that is designed to get the younger kids that are moving up to Junior High or that will SOON be moving up (the next year) - to get them familiar with the new leaders & just for a great time to get to know each other & to study about God in a fun environment. Well - I say fun - it all depends on who you are asking! That's why I'm calling it FEAR FACTOR WEEKEND!
First - let me tell you - there is no electricity or running water at this place!!! Our showers will be in a waterfall - at 7:00 AM!!!! How cold is this water going to be???? And no running water? Oh, we have the lovely out-house for our "needs" - Everytime I think about it all - I get a little panic-y! Dont get me wrong - I love nature - but I'm not a nature girl! I love my AC & soft bed & BATHROOM FACILITIES!!!!! (I can do this...I can do this....I can do this....)
Then add on the part that makes it all about FEAR! There are some "happenings" going on. One being rock wall climbing - OK - that sounds intersting & so what if I get maybe 2 feet off the ground - I'll try it! But there's also a ZIP line! I actually have that down as something I would like to do before I die - but now that I'm faced with doing it - Hmmmm, I may change my mind! Plus there is a "giant swing" that is supposed to be similar to the Pirate Ships that you find at amusement parks. Reminder - I throw up in car rides on a straight, flat road! And the best, a "HIGH WILD WOOZY" - WHAT????? Its some sort of contraption where you are 80 feet up & its a rope & you & one other person have to support each other to get across. Is someone going to carry me because that's what I'm envisioning as support to get across!! All the while my eyes are closed!!! (I can do this....I can do this...I can do this....)
Ironically, the theme for the weekend is actually on Fear! Oh - I find humor in that alone! I keep telling the kids - they're going to be having too much fun making fun of me for anything else!
And no one understands how clumsy & awkward I am at things - remember me - the girl who was out of commission for 2 months because of ONE trip down the slip & slide? Ricky immediately said, "you're going to die - aren't you?"....thanks honey!
But - I'm keeping my eye on the prize - the point of getting the kids comfortable with each other & to really let them see what its like to have some devotion time with God & to teach them. Being someone who was afraid to teach at first - that's nothing compared to everything else! I think I'll be coming back from the weekend a little high, wild & woozy myself!!!!
So anyways - pray for us this weekend! There are 13 kiddos going & its sure to be an adventure! I'll post some pictures when I get back - to my home that has electricty & Running water!!!!!
Thursday, September 04, 2008
Wednesday, September 03, 2008
Its funny because I know people who just can't forgive for things done to them or even things done to others. And maybe even the worst, people who can't forgive themselves for things. There are people who can have someone hurt them to the core & they can forgive them, but if they do something wrong, they hang onto that & let it eat them up like nothing else ever could.
I was just thinking about that all last night & even this morning & I immediately turned to Peter in the Bible. I so appreciate Peter's story & can only imagine how he felt - traveling with Jesus - seeing the miracles that he performed - being his close friend!!! And then for Peter to deny Christ & for the realization to hit him - it just breaks my heart because I can see how he took that unforgiveness upon himself.
Luke 22:61-62 "The Lord turned & looked straight at Peter. Then Peter remembered the word the Lord has spoken to him: "Before the rooster crows today, you will disown me three times". And he went outside & wept bitterly"
Can you imagine how the unforgiveness of self was right there with Peter? Especially to have Jesus look straight at you? The pain must have been too much for Peter to go right outside & to weep bitterly.
Have you ever done that? Wept bitterly for something that you've done to Christ? I know I have. And the words that says the Lord looked straight at Peter - haven't you felt that too? When you've done something wrong - you can feel the eyes of Christ looking straight at you? That is enough to break the heart - isn't it?
But the awesome thing is where Jesus asks Peter after he's been resurrected "Do you TRULY love me?" - (John 21) he asked him three times - the same number of times that Peter denied Christ. It was like Jesus was letting Peter know that he understood & with Jesus reinstating Peter, He wanted Peter to let go of the guilt he may have felt - Jesus was not concerned about the past, but the future, telling him to go & "Feed my sheep".
Is there someone you need to forgive? Something that happened in the past? Don't let bitterness take root in your heart. And look deep because sometimes the person you need to forgive is yourself.