Tuesday, October 30, 2007

lyrics...

Its been a long time coming
since I saw your face
Since we held it down
Since we were in the chase
It was the road less traveled
The path less formed
A skinny trail
It was barely worn
But we kept walkin'and slippin' and talking'
And runnin' and fallin'
And cryin' and crawlin'
We were in the trenches
On top of the world
Young refugees but we were momma's pearls
Where you been dog?
Where you been?

I thought you fell off the face of the earth
I thought you fell, I thought you fell
I thought you fell off the face of the earth
I thought you fell, I thought you fell

Its been way too long and we've come too far
For you to drop out of my life like a falling star
Right off my radar
Not a sign or a trace
You know I had love for you that's Bigger than mistakes
Now Hope Road is calling
Let's pack you up and move'
Cause real friends are willing to intrude
So I'm gonna push you in because I wanna love you well
Let the ghosts of your past rest

Open up the door
This is the first day of the rest of your life
What are you waiting for?
This is the first day of the rest of your life
Open up the door
To life ...
Behold I stand at the door and knock
If anyone hears my voice and opens the doorI will come in ...

What a promise God gives us when we totally lean on Him during the trouble times we face. I'm thankful I have put my faith and trust in a Savior who cares and loves me. Who doesn't leave me when I'm struggling...Who brings specific people in my life to encourage me...Who not only loves me unconditionally, but also likes me.

I'm learning that in the face of trials and struggles in our lives...God is there...How do I know??? Because of the great examples recorded in the Bible, David, Abraham, Moses, etc. Because in my own family...God has proven Himself time and time again. I'm thankful my parents allowed me to see where God stepped in and totally took control of the situation and trial we faced. It helps me to know that I can trust because I've seen Him come through in another situation.

A friend of mine left a quote for me in an email. It said, "I wish my bra was as supportive as my friends." LOL!! It was a good quote, but seriously...I have great friends...they support me when I'm down...they rejoice in my accomplishments...they are real. I'm so thankful to have great friends in my life.

As for the rest of me...I'm not feeling to well. I came home from work early with an upset stomach and headache. I don't have a fever, so I'm not sure if I'll stay home tomorrow or not. I may if I still have this queasy feeling...I don't think I'm contagious since there is no fever, but I just don't feel well when having to sit up at work.

Continue to pray for my friend. I haven't heard from him and am leaving Him in God's hands.

Until next time...

Monday, October 29, 2007

Quote...

I have started a journal...actually writing journal. I keep it with me everywhere I go. It's packed full of prayers mostly, some sermon notes that have really been helpful, also quotes I've seen, and song lyrics that have been encouraging. Well...last night after church, I was driving around Ironton and came across a church sign. Since I have started changing the sign at my church, I have been reading more church signs in the area to see what sort of encouraging words are on them. Sometimes it's really good...but other times it's so corny I couldn't imagine being the person to take credit for them. Anyway, I saw this quote yesterday evening, "The trial will not exceed the strength that will be given to bear it." How true and encouraging that statement is...There's a song I have sand in the past by The Martins "It Came To Pass." The song lyric says, "it didn't come to stay it came to pass, the Lord will move that mountain if you'll ask, the trials that we see today won't last, no...it didn't come to stay it came to pass." We will get through the trial we are facing...there is joy in the morning. Last Thursday I began reading the Daily Bread after my Pastor mentioned something that I said that reminded him of something he had read. I stated how trials will make us grow in our faith...it hurts, but it's important for us to grow. That reading for the bread that day was about how when a tree doesn't grow ... someone hits it. It tramatizes it and causes grow. Just as the gardener will cut off the dead pieces to allow the beautiful flowers to grow...so we must be cut back to allow Christ to shine in us.

I have a friend who is struggling through a valley. I really don't know exactly what he's facing as he hasn't confided in me...but what I do know is his father's birthday is this Friday or Saturday...he's really missing him. I've told him I would be praying for him...and ask the prayers of others. May God be glorified in his life...and may be walk through this trial an incredible man of faith.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

God is in Control...

It's been awhile since I've posted anything. I have had a song in my mind for about a week. It's an old song, but still rings true. I thought I'd post the lyrics here. It's by Twila Paris entitled "God is in Control." Since I am the one to change the sign at church, I thought I'd put that statement to remind me that He is in control. Enjoy...

This is no time for fear
This is a time for faith and determination
Don't lose the vision here
Carried away by emotion
Hold on to all that you hide in your heart
There is one thing that has always been true
It holds the world together

God is in control
We believe that His children will not be forsaken
God is in control
We will choose to remember and never be shaken
There is no power above or beside Him, we know
God is in control, oh God is in control

History marches on
There is a bottom line drawn across the ages
Culture can make its plan
Oh, but the line never changes
No matter how the deception may fly
There is one thing that has always been true
It will be true forever
He has never let you down
Why start to worry now?
He is still the Lord of all we see
And He is still the loving Father
Watching over you and me
watching over you...watching over me..
watching over every thing..
watching over you..watching over me..
every little sparrow..every little thing...

Monday, October 22, 2007

Weekend...

Weekend for me began on Friday. I took the day off to have a mental health day, but it ended up I worked quite a bit. I started at the church and cleaned my butt off. I hadn't gotten to do it at all on Thursday night, so I think since I was off my routine, it took me longer.

I came home and rested for a bit and then headed back out to meet up with my friends Kat and Mary to shop for Family Day stuff. We got part of the stuff, but we all had things to do that night and Kat and I decided to just meet early on Saturday to finish.

Mary and I then headed to Moe's to get something to eat before heading to conference. It was a good time for us, and she was keeping me busy throughout the weekend. After conference on Friday night, we went to my friend D33's house to watch a movie. It was a good time with some new friends as well as some of the support system.

Saturday began quite early and I met Kat and we headed to Wal-mart to get the rest of the stuff. When we finished I had to run a few errands to finish up Sammi's birthday present before meeting her to head to her dinner. She, Christina and I drove up to Mary's house and then Mary drove us to Olive Garden for dinner. We met, Supermac, D33, Ben and Kat there as well. The dinner was good ... I got to have ravioli de portabella. After dinner a few of us went to the movies. I would have rather gone to take a nap...the movie was horrible. Anyway, after the movie, Sammi, Mary and I went to Wal-mart. I just realized that I went to Wal-mart twice in one day. It was a good and long day.

Sunday was Family Day at church. That morning I:43 sang "Everything To Me." It went well. I almost didn't make it through my verse, but I did get through it. That afternoon some of us stayed to get ready for the festival we were having. We had two inflatables, and some different contests. Then we had a special speaker that evening. It was a good time for everyone involved, but again it was a long day. There was one person who was saved that night. That was great news. After service, since we didn't have choir practice, we went to Ben and Kat's to watch "Transformers." I endedup going home early, because I was falling asleep, but by the time I got home, I was awake again...so I got online to check some things out.

Today was back to work. It was a hectic day as the phone lines are messing up. I called the phone company, but they didn't get to it today...so I have a feeling tomorrow may go crazy too.

Until next time...

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Sermons put into actions....

So, the preacher prepares a sermon for Sunday morning/Sunday evening/Wednesday evening Bible Study and maybe questions to himself, "Is this really going to impact people?" "Is what You have given me to study, really what I need to speak to the people?" Sometimes at the moment of the sermon has been given - a decision is made...while other times it's simply planting of a seed to later blossom into something beautiful. Well, I was the result of a seed being planted to later blossom for growth.

The sermon was delivered last Sunday. Today while driving into town, I was playing my ipod from my stereo system and had it a little loud and was singing along (at the top of my lungs) a song called "Additive Love" by BeBe & CeCe Winans. This song has a very special place in my heart because it brings back good memories with my sister Mary. Anyway...while I was singing, a thought from the message on Sunday came into my mind. Pastor had spoke on The Keeper of the Prison. This is one of my favorite experiences recorded in the Bible about Paul's ministry. He and Silas had been preaching and were arrested...and while they were in prison, Paul and Silas began singing praises to God.

Pastor asked a few questions to us..."How does the world see you when you are going through struggles and trials? Do they see you as being joyful even though those circumstances are rough? Or do they see you as being without hope?" I sat that and evaluated my past trials...I have seen both ways...sometimes I was able to praise Him during the storm...while other times I was barely surviving.

Well...recently I've gotten the opportunity to experience a patch in the road of Life that is an uncertainty. It's not been a major rough patch, but it hasn't been good paved road, I enjoy travelling. Anyway...I was driving to town today with my ipod playing through the stereo system, and I was singing right along with it, a great classic BeBe & CeCe song "Additive Love," when I realized "I'm singing...and I'm not really at a place where I would normally be singing...the circumstances in life are situations that cause pain and questions, but I'm actually singing. Then the words of my Pastor were brought back to my mind...how does the world see you when you are faces situations that are tough? I began to cry...but not sad tears for the situation I was in...but happy tears because I was able to rejoice in the Lord in the trial He has allowed me to experience. What a blessed thought! Growing in the grace and in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. It's what we are here for...to bring praise to God. We were made to praise Him in everything ... we are commanded to give thanks in everything (not just the good times, but also the bad times...the rough times...the uncertain times...IN EVERYTHING.) Hallelujah!!

I'm excited about tomorrow now...getting the opportunity to sit under my Pastor's teaching once again...and be challenged in my growth. God is good...all the time...all the time...God is good.


Friday, October 19, 2007

New Song of the Moment

The new song on my myspace profile (www.myspace.com/deejay672003) is one of my favorites from the group Anointed. I think it's becoming my song of the moment now. I honestly thought I was heading for a Christmas song for my next song of the moment, but since life has a way of throwing us curves, I have decided to use this song as my song of the moment. May I continue to place my life in God's Hands.

It's In God's Hands Now
I've done all I can to please you
But I can't wipe away that frown
I'm letting go, that's how much I love you
It's in God's hands now
I gave you my heart forever
And I will keep that solemn vow
But I can't put us back together, no
It's in God's hands now
(Chorus)
Lord knows I cried and cried
Cause I don't want to lose you
Oh I've tried, yes I've tried
But if I'm not the one who moves you
I won't hold you down
My head is in a cloud of sorrow
But my feet are on the ground
There's hope for us as long as there's tomorrow
It's in God's hands now
(Repeat Chorus)

Monday, October 08, 2007

Christian music ... in Hollywood

Anyone who knows me...knows how big music is in my life. Now...the interesting thing is it's Christian music that is my passion. Music can bring so many emotions. When you hear a song sometimes you can be taken back to a moment in time when either that song was playing...or maybe you just remember something that you experienced from that songs message...

I think it's great how many Christian artists are getting played in the movies and tv of Hollywood. I've heard shows like Wildfire from abcfamily played some tobymac...Dawson's Creek had a Six Pence none the richer song in their show...even my favorite show One Tree Hill played a song by "Across the Sky" during one episode. Even though it wasn't used in the movie a song by Tobymac was played during the movie trailer of "Transporter 2." It's just really great to see many artists...and I have only scratched the surface in mentioning just the ones here.
Anywho...I was at the movies on Saturday...watching "The Game Plan." I didn't expect to hear one of my FAVORITE artist in the movie, but there it was...TOBYMAC being played during a scene in the movie. The cool thing it has a really cool beat, but the words in it are praising God...the way T-mac is able to do.

TOBYMAC - Feelin' So Fly lyrics
You got me feeling so fly
There ain't a day that goes by
A supernatural high
Oh my goodness - people I can't deny
You got me feeling so fly
Uh oh, here we go again
Talking about that thing that so genuine
Uh huh, gonna make it known
So a freak like me get his cover blown
Can't help but glorify my Adonai
Gotta testify
Uh oh, here we go again
Talking bout His love so genuine
This ain't no fire drill
It hits like Holyfield
Break out your freak appeal
You think you know the deal
I'm gonna show you what's for real
There ain't a day that goes by
That I'm not singing Your praise
There ain't a day that goes by
That I'm not lifting your name
A supernatural high
Your love is simply insane
You got me feeling so fly
So fly when it's You and I
And the way we hanging in the morning time
And it's so dope I can barely cope
When you make my joy go and overflow
I can't help but glorify my Adonai
It's so fly that it's blowing minds
So fly that they can't deny
There ain't a day that goes by
That I'm not singing Your praise
There ain't a day that goes by
That I'm not completely amazed
A supernatural high
Your love is simply insane
You got me feeling so fly
Knock, knock
Who's there?
Well it's me, TMac
Feeling fly as a kangol hat
Insecticides can't steal this shine cuz
The fly I feel is straight divine
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May we be able to praise our Father in heaven in our lives...

Until next time...

Thursday, October 04, 2007

Dads...

For those of you who read this, I wanted to share with you about my wonderful family. A few days ago I shared with you about mothers and how I wanted to applaude them for a job well done. Well, I have a great dad as well. When I was younger he was a pastor. Now that I'm older he's had to change the way he serves God. Now he teaches at a local Bible Institute (the one from where I graduated), and also serves in filling the pulpit when other local pastors are needing a break.

As a child I learned that God was my Heavenly Father. This is a great picture of God to me, because of my earthly father He allowed me to be born to. My dad is a man of God who lives by example of what he's studied. He doesn't just read the Bible, he lives it out. I have talked to people who know of a Christian who doesn't live like a Christian at home or in private, but when they are in front of a crowd display a "perfect" example of a life. My dad was real ALL the time. He's not a perfect man, he does have flaws, but that is what is real. He doesn't try to live a life that is all put together. He knows that God is still working on him.

The interesting thing about my dad is that when I was little he wasn't always home for us to "get to know" him. But as I grew older, he seemed to be around the house more. It seemed to change when we moved from the little town of Oak Hill to the small town of Ironton. And then even more when he resigned the church he had pastored during my middle school and high school years. He went from being a pastor of a church that was in the area to pastoring a church that was about an hour away. When he resigned that church things were even more changed, because we all went to a church where my brother pastored. That didn't stay the same though...because he began to do a lot of preaching for other pastors due to his position at Southland....which eventually allowed him to pastor a church in the back of Ashland. Now that he's had to take a break from pastoring...he's around the house a little more. It's fun to do things with him that I didn't do as a child. We really enjoy watching "Amerian Idol" when it's on...the commentary he does for that show is hilarious in itself. LOL!!

Another memory as a child I had of my dad, was when I would go with him to hospital visits. It wasn't my favorite thing to do with him, but because of the encouragement of my wonderful mom who would suggest that I do with him...I would end up going and actually learned things about my dad. One special memory I had with him was going to the VA Hospital in Huntington with him. I wouldn't actually go into the rooms with dad...I was waiting in the waiting room while he would visit. I would take my cassette player (yes, I didn't have a CD player and ipod wasn't even thought of back then...LOL) and I would listen to music while he would do visiting. On our way back to the car one time, he pointed to a building on that property and said, "My class did a program there." He proceeded to tell me things about his childhood. As we drove home we went a different way and he showed me where he swam as a kid, and other stories. I really enjoyed that day and it still is a day I look back on with fond memories.

I'm thankful for my dad and his example of fatherhood he gave me. Because of the way he lives...he shows me that my heavenly father is easily accessible and wants me to talk to Him daily. He shows me that He wants me to talk to Him about my problems and that He cares for me. Since the picture of an earthly father is so kind...it's easy for me to see my Heavenly Father as someone I can go to...for ANYTHING.

Thanks dad...I love you...

Until next time...

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Mothers...

Yesterday was a tribute to mothers for me. It started out with watching an interview with Ann Curry and Jenna Bush. Ann had asked her about her mother and Jenna had only praises for what a great mother she has. When that got me to thinking about my wonderful mother. She has been a great wife to my dad...as well as an example of how a wife should be. Then when I went to work, I was talking to two women and the first one was telling me how her sister gave her a car and they were able to get it fixed, and now she was getting insurance on it. She continued to tell me that she has 6 children. I was amazed a girl my age had 6 children already. I began to talk to this women and made sure I let her know she was doing a great job raising her kids. This women actually homeschools her children. I also wanted her to know that being a mother is an important job. Well...a few customers later and I was talking to another women who had ... 6 children. Again I wanted to applaude her for being a mother to her kids and how she had an important job doing that.

So many women today get criticism for being (and I hate this statement) "just a mom" or "stay at home mom"...When I was a little girl my mom didn't work outside the home until I was in third grade...that was a rough year for me. She used to be home when I got off the bus and suddenly she was working at a job in the next city. It was an adjustment, and I remembered how hard it was for me. I loved having my mom home.

As a kid, when most kids are thinking about what they want to do when they grow up, my dream job was to be a mom. I haven't been able to fulfil that dream, but I do try to spend lots of time with my nieces and nephews my siblings have given me. It's a blessing to be able to impact a childs life...and for those mothers out there who fill as though there are people in the world that don't appreciate what you do...I want to thank you for your effort in raising your children. I also want to give honor to my mom, sisters and sisters-in-law (Garnet, Leah, Mary, Tonda, Susan, and Cindy) who have taken on the responsibility God has given them in raising their children. And to my sister Becky who is a wonderful aunt to our nieces and nephews...may you and I be able to support those mothers out there.

Until next time...