Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Family time...

I really enjoy when my family comes to visit...but something I really like is when one set of each family gets to stay with us. For instances...sometimes my brother Paul and his family come around Easter and no one else is here, so I get to hang out with Chels and David. Or...it's been awhile since this has happened, that Susan will bring Micah and Karis to visit while my brother David is at the magic conference. Well...my sister Mary and her family have gotten the opportunity to stay for a little while after the rest of the family has left. Michael, Maddie and Marc are here...and they are such a blast. Maddie has been an amazing girl and has been on a mission ... mission: organization...that is. She's amazing. I tell you I think they need to move closer so I can have her keep me in line. She's done an amazing work in my room.

Today, I had to work in Greenup...it wasn't something I was enjoying at first...mainly because I feel so out of place there. I really like it at Flatwoods, and feel like I have a place there. I missed working with Bryan and Crystal today...it just didn't seem like I was where I needed to be. Anyway...I should be back in Flatwoods tomorrow. Hopefully I'll be there the rest of the week.

Tonight, I met my friend Ginger for dinner. She had plans that cancelled and I had called her...I don't know what prompted me to call her, but she and I hadn't hung out alone in awhile and I thought I'd give her a call...she suggested we have dinner together...so we went to Peddlers'. Then headed to church for me to get the mail and check a couple of things for Cheryl. Sara and her mom were there and we got to see them for a bit. It was really nice to catch up with Sara again. I think she was happy that I had brought Ginger with me. It seems that God is really working in the lives of those in my core group. We talked about that tonight and how we have to be careful not to allow distractions to get us off focus of God and what He wants.

Tomorrow is Wednesday...I've got church that night. I usually end up going to church right after work...and get some cleaning done. We have choir practice after church. Be praying for our cantata...we have A LOT of work to do with it.

That's all for now.

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Buckeye Christmas has not died...yet

Praise the Lord! I was worried that this was going to be the last year for Buckeye Christmas. I know that the reason for our celebration is not to get gifts, but I enjoy buying the gift I choose for the person who's name I drew the previous year. I'm really thankful for the name I drew this year...I'm looking forward to finding the gift to give them next year.

This weekend has been very fun for me. I got to see my family together. We had a blast playing a game we played when I was little called "Rhythm." We also learned a new game my sister Mary's family plays called "Mafia." That was a lot of fun. I'm looking forward to playing that with my group of friends...but we will have to make sure there are more than just the core group of friends...as it is more fun playing with a group of people.

I have to head back to work tomorrow. I'm dreading it a bit...as my sister Mary and her family are still here and I would love to be able to spend a lot of time at home with them than at work.

I've had made some moves into a new direction. More on that in future blogs possibly. I just really believe that God is working in my life, and a lot of the events that have occurred in the past few weeks have been guiding me in a new direction. It's scary, but I believe that if I continue to trust that He's in control...I don't have to fear about changes.

I'm back to work tomorrow. I'm not sure how the day will be, but it may be crazy a little since we were closed after Wednesday.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

In Everything Give Thanks...

Well...it's that time of year again...when I look back and begin to evaluate my life for the year. I do this in November mainly because of Thanksgiving and looking back at those things for which I'm thankful. It's been quite an interesting year for me. Last year at this time, I had just begun working a second job part-time (which actually felt like full time). Skeetos Pizza...yes, I worked there 4 to 5 days a week...mostly 5 days. I hardly got to see my friends because of the work schedule...so first on my list this year is my new second job as CHURCH JANITOR. This past February the position of church janitor came open. I applied...and was accepted. I got into the routine pretty easily...however my friends laugh at me sometimes when I bend over to pick something off the floor. They call it OCD...I call it doing my job. LOL!!!

The second thing I want to thank God for is my wonderful FAMILY. Last year we were able to make arrangements to celebrate my brother-in-law Mickey's retirement from the Air Force. My brother-in-law served our country in the Air Force for 20 years. During those 20 years, he married my sister Mary and they had three great children (Michael, Maddie, and Marc). Not all the family was able to attend the event, but I have to say I'm thankful I was able to attend; because I learned a very valuable fact about my brother-in-law...he's a man of integrity. Not many men can have a reputation of integrity in the military. One of the statements they have while on TDY is "What happens on TDY stays on TDY!" My brother-in-law never used this statement as a guideline for his time away from his family. He continued to build a relationship with my sister and his children in the spare time he had. I was proud that I could call him my family (even if it is extended family). My FAMILY is also a family of prayer. When we each have needs we know we have people who will be praying for those needs. I have also enjoyed being from a big family...I come from one with six brothers and sisters. I have 11 nieces and nephews and a great niece or nephew will arrive in May of 2008.

The third thing I'm thankful for is my FRIENDS. I have a great team of supporters. I can't tell you how much I have leaned on them this year...especially these last few weeks. I haven't been the greatest friend to them, but they have been there for me anyway. God has expanded our gang this year. We now have a diverse group...you could call us a diverse city now. I can't thank God enough for the friends He has provided me during this year. This year our friends went on vacation together. This was an interesting trip as we went to the beach. It was such a good time, and it was nice to be together for a week, and I think it helped our friendship deepen since we were still friends when we came back from the beach. LOL!!!

I'm thankful for the GLIMPSE OF A RELATIONSHIP. However, it didn't turn out the way I would have wanted it to...but at least he and I can be civil to each other. He's a really great guy and I'm glad I got the chance to get to know him a little better this year.

I'm thankful for MY PASTOR AND HIS WIFE. I can't tell you how many times I have bent the ears of my pastor and his wife. They are such giving people and willing to serve in whatever way I need them to. I really am thankful to have Pastor's wife Rhonda help me in the music department (until you have tried to lead music acapella or with a digital hymn player you understand and appreciate the piano player). It's a gift I wish I possessed, but God hasn't given me that gift...but I'm thankful He's given it to Rhonda, because I would be lost sometimes without her.

I have a great FULL TIME JOB. This year saw a few big changes. I moved from working in the main branch to the satellite office in Flatwoods on January 2nd. That was an interesting transition. Then in August we got news that the agent working in that office would be promoted to another county as agency manager. We would be getting a new agent for our satellite office. Bryan Carroll and his wife Michelle have been a great blessing to our Farm Bureau family. I'm thankful we work well together. Another change in the office was the addition of someone to work with me each day. A friend of mine I worked with at the pizza place applied for the secretary's job in our office and Brent allowed me to train her. She's doing a great job and has really picked up on quite a few new things.

MY PARENTS are amazing people. My dad has had some health issues this year. God saw us through every step of the way. During the surgery he had this year; God provided some distractions for me to help me in getting through not being able to be there at the hospital. My parents have been the most influential people in my life. My dad's knowledge of the Bible and who Jesus is has really enriched my life. His life is an example of how to live your faith each day. I know many people who say they are Christians, but their lives don't always match up to the talk...My dad is consistent. He's not perfect, but he's consistent. I'm thankful of his example of Jesus' love for me. No matter what I do my dad loves me unconditionally. My mom is someone I admire. I would someday love to put into practice what she has been teaching me these 37 years. Her example of how a wife is to submit to her husband..."for better, for worse..." They both can press each other's buttons...sometimes my mom's buttons are pressed more (especially in the mornings at breakfast time), but she's always there...doing those responsibilities that God has given to her.

JESUS...I'm thankful for what you are showing me each day. I know sometimes I struggle with the surrendering of my life...it's not just a daily thing, nor hourly thing, nor moment thing...but a minute by minute thing. You totally see the "real me" yet You love me anyway. I love the fact that I can't do anything to make You love me anymore than You already do, nor can I do anything to make You love me any less. I love the fact You are working in areas of my life that I have tried to hide from You, but You patient wait while I slowly surrender those areas. You love me unconditionally, but You want me to be more like You so You continue to knock on doors in my life that I have closed from You...patiently knock. Not forcing Yourself in those areas. You allow me to choose to give it to You...You don't force me...or make me into Your robot, but You wait until I'm ready to open that door/area/issue to You...

I have just scratched the surface with this list. I could go on and on...which is what we are supposed to do each day. One of my favorite songs is "Count Your Blessings." Once we start counting we sometimes can't stop...and that's a good thing.

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

The weekend...this is a good one!!!!!

This is been a really good beginning to the Thanksgiving holiday (I know Thanksgiving isn't until Thursday, but it usually begins for me the weekend before...because I try to prepare myself by getting my mind on things in my life that I'm thankful for.

On Friday, the weekend began as I left work. Sara and I had made plans to hang at my house in preparation of our Thanksgiving for Friends dinner on Saturday. She had to make the Oreo dessert and I had to make cheese balls for the OSU/Michigan game. It was such a fun time. She and I usually enjoy the time we spend together...sometimes it's great spending one on one time with each friend in the group. Sara and I are a like like sisters. She and I have quite a bit in common even though at first glance it may look as though we are so different, but after spending a week with her in Mexico...I now know she's truly more like me than most people believe. LOL!!!

So, we made the stuff we needed to make cleaned up the kitchen, went to town to get some food and then back home to eat it and watch a movie. We watched "Facing the Giants"...I really like that movie and she had never seen it. It's a movie that was brought up in Sunday school last week.

Saturday was a VERY long day for me...but I had a blast. I got up somewhere a little after 6...I actually slept late...LOL!!! Left my house close to 7 and stopped by Speedway to get some cappuccino for Kat, Ben and I then headed onto Kat's house for the preparation to begin. We cleaned the house first...then got the turkey ready. The OSU/Michigan game began around noon...I missed kick off as I was getting the much needed shower and changing into my OSU shirt to support the BEST team ever. We all were a little worried throughout the game, but the BUCKS won...YEAH!!!

After the game some of the kids that attended played wii. A Wii bowling tournament was started and Supermac was winning most of the games. I decided after dinner that I'd play him. I'm pretty good at Wii bowling, but I'm better at making guys a little nervous playing by promising a reward if they beat me. LOL!!! Let's just say, I never thought I'd be able to make Supermac blush...and he was glowing quite a bit.

This year's Thanksgiving with Friends dinner was attended a little lower than the last two, but we still considered it a success. We had invited close to 40 people this year and had two or three new ones join us this year. We missed some of the regulars in years past, but sometimes plans are unable to break. Anyway, we did have a good time.

After dinner, we were able to pick up the Wii bowling tournament again...and Supermac finally did go down...yes I did beat him. LOL!!! He brought his game during the second one...but I think was really afraid I may actually "reward" him so let me win the final game. It was a really good day, even though it was very LONG.

Today is Sunday...which is one of my favorite days of the week as well...but also one of the busiest now that I'm the church janitor. I'll be heading to church hopefully by 8...to get it opened and warmed for services. I pray my voice will be able to lead the music during services...I have been coughing and hacking most of this week.

Monday I believe I'll be going to my sister's house to help her put up the tree. I love putting up the Christmas trees. My family will be celebrating Christmas on Thanksgiving this year...so I also have to shop before Thursday. LOL!!!

Well...may your Thanksgiving holidays go well. May you be able to count your blessings and be thankful in EVERYTHING. I'll write a blog later this week about those things in which I'm thankful for. I know it will be a lot...because I've got a GREAT GOD who blesses more than I deserve.

Much love to all who read this....until next time.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

New lesson...

So…I’m reading a book called “Grace Walk” by Steve McVey. It’s a book about what you’ve always wanted in the Christian life. What I’m discovering as I read it I have so much to unlearn. Our culture says “try harder” or “if at first you don’t succeed, try again.” Which are very good things to do, but in the Christian life it is Christ that is to be living in and through us. We aren’t to be doing any of the living in our own strength and abilities. We are to rely totally and 100% on Him being our Strength. Because this is something that God wants me to do I have tried to get a picture of what it’s supposed to be like. Of course there are many different analogies, but they just haven’t helped me. For instances, “God is our pilot.” I understand that when we look at God as our pilot it shows us He’s in control. Well…I can see where that can be a good analogy for people, but with me I need to put it in a situation that I can relate to…which was painted for me last night while driving home.

I know how to drive. I do it everyday. It’s something that sometimes I don’t even think about while I’m doing it. I just get in and go. Last night, I pictured myself in a limo. Oh yeah…it’s a limo…I’m sitting in the kind with the divider between the driver and the passengers. God is the driver doing all the driving…and I’m sitting in the back seat, enjoying the ride. Relaxing because He knows where He wants to take me. Trusting Him that He knows where we are going, since He’s got the map. I’m chilling in the back seat with some great tunes maybe drinking some Diet Pepsi Max (my choice of beverage now). It’s all good…because He knows where to take me. I don’t even have to say, take the scenic route, or make it there in a jiffy (as He knows the time schedule since He’s never late).

So this is a good picture, but I still had a little problem with it…because once I get to where He’s taking me. I could still have a tendency to do things in my own strength and abilities once I begin to work. I have learned that God wants to BE MY STRENGTH, not just get me stronger as a person so I can still try to do things FOR Him instead of Him doing things THROUGH me. Well…this morning, God painted another picture. I work with the puppet team at church. We have got some great little guys that are so adorable and cute, but when they are in the box they don’t have a life to them. Even getting them out of the box and laying them on the chair there still don’t do anything “cute.” BUT…when one of our puppet team members put their hand in them…they come to life. They are able to do the “cute” and “funny” things. This being said, I realized that by dying to my self God is able to come into my life and live through me. Galatians 2:20 “I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.” So when we die and let Christ live His life through us…we are living again. I’m sort of like God’s puppet…but I'm not a robot...I still have a choice. I think this is going to be an interesting adventure.

On my work email I have this statement as a signature for every out going mail. It's been interesting to see who has commented on it. It came from the Daily Bread last week..."No life is more secure than a life surrendered to God."

Monday, November 12, 2007

The test...

Matthew 7:12

(KJV): “Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so them: for this is the law and the prophets.”

(NASB): “In everything, therefore, treat people the same way you want them to treat you, for this is the Law and the Prophets.”

I’m sure you’ve heard the statement “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” People call it the Golden Rule. This is a good rule to live by…but it’s also a hard rule to live by. I like the way the Message states this verse: “Here is a simple, rule-of-thumb guide for behavior: Ask yourself what you want people to do for you, then grab the initiative and do it for them. Add up God’s Law and Prophets and this is what you get.”

How many times in our lives have we been hurt by a person and instead of turning the other cheek, we try to do something to make them hurt as much as we do…if not more??? I, being a selfish person, sometimes use the golden rule this way…”Do unto others as they do unto you…if they treat you like crap it gives you the right to treat them like crap.” But I’m so wrong in that thinking. And when you have to apologize to a person for hurting them it really makes a person think about how good of a friend they really are.

This is the lesson I’m in the process of learning. Treating others the way I want to be treated. It’s a lesson that began the first part of the week, when a friend was asking me where to find “The Golden Rule” in the Bible. So I began searching the Scriptures to help her out. Well…I did some cross references and added another passage that states it a little differently (Luke 6:27-30ff). So anyway…I looked the passage up and I think I even quoted it in my hand written journal. Well, God brought a test to see if I had learned anything from my study. I hate to say this, but I failed…totally flunk the test. However, I didn’t realize I failed until Sunday morning service. Kristen shared a passage of scripture with us in Sunday school, and it was Luke 6:27-30. Then talking with two good friends of mine, I realized I allowed my selfishness and pride to overcome me and I treated someone the way they treated me instead of showing grace to this person and treating them the way I want to be treated. Flunking the test, may have ruined a good friendship…one that I may not be able to fix. The consequences of failing a lesson God is trying to teach me.

The good news though…with God grace is provided…forgiveness…a second chance…a third chance…etc. He loves me just as I am, but loves me enough to not keep me that way. He loves me unconditionally. How beautiful grace is!!! How good confession is for the soul. Confession – “acknowledgement or disclosure of sin or sinfulness.” Repentance – “The act or process of repenting; Remorse or contrition for past conduct of sin”…it’s an important act in our Christian life (repent – “to feel sorry, self-reproachful, or contrite for past conduct; regret or be conscience-stricken about a past action, attitude, etc). Forgiveness – “The act of forgiving; pardon” (forgive – to grant pardon for or remission of (an offense, debt, etc); absolve – which means “to set free”). So here’s the deal…we do wrong…then we need to confess it as sin (agree with God that we have done wrong)…repent from it (turn away from it and to God)…and accept His forgiveness (because He’s already paid the price for that sin and forgiven us.)

I want to leave you with Luke 6:27-30 in the Message.

“To you who are ready for the truth, I say this: Love your enemies. Let them bring out the best in you, not the worst. When someone gives you a hard time, respond with the energies of prayer for that person. If someone slaps you in the face, stand there and take it. If someone grabs your shirt, gift wrap your best coat and make a present of it. If someone takes unfair advantage of you, use the occasion to practice the servant life. No more tit-for tat stuff. Live generously.”

My Father, may I live a life of generosity. Give me the ability to do as you have said in Your Word. May You shine through my life. When people look at me, may they see the reflection of You…Amen!

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Great Song...by Casting Crowns...

"Praise You In This Storm"

I was sure by now
That You would have reached down
And wiped our tears away
Stepped in and saved the day
But once again, I say "Amen", and it's still raining

As the thunder rolls
I barely hear Your whisper through the rain
"I'm with you"
And as Your mercy falls
I raise my hands and praise the God who gives
And takes away

I'll praise You in this storm
And I will lift my hands
For You are who You are
No matter where I am
Every tear I've cried
You hold in Your hand
You never left my side
And though my heart is torn
I will praise You in this storm

I remember when
I stumbled in the wind
You heard my cry
You raised me up again
My strength is almost gone
How can I carry on
If I can't find You

As the thunder rolls
I barely hear You whisper through the rain
"I'm with you"
And as Your mercy falls
I raise my hands and praise the God who gives
And takes away

I lift my eyes unto the hills
Where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord
The Maker of Heaven and Earth

I can't add much more to this...Thanks God for being Who You are...

Friday, November 09, 2007

Reflection of something...

Todd Agnew is an amazing song writer. You can tell that he writes as a person who studies theology and who loves the God he serves. One of his CD's is titled "Reflection of something." He stated that we all are a reflection of something...but what we Christians need to be is a Reflection of Jesus, our Savior.

After work, I had a doctor's appointment. It was just a checkup. I had bloodwork drawn yesterday and the results were being read today. I got to go to a different doctor. Things are still going where they should be...I do have some fluid in my right ear, which may be the cause of some dizziness that I've experienced. I have perfect bloodwork again. She was very impressed with the readings. I still have a few things that need to be watched, but most of all it's good. I'm below average with Cholestrol / HDL and LDL/HDL risks...so that's excellent news. I was so excited...and my friends were too they wanted to celebrate with dinner. We went to Applebees, then went to Walmart to pick up some medication for my ear fluid.

On the way home, Kat had Christmas music playing and she put on Todd Agnew's Christmas CD, and wanted Ginger to listen to the one of the songs "Did You Know?" The song has some questions for Jesus on the day He was born. Here are the lyrics...

"Were Mary’s the first eyes you saw
Or did You remember choosing that shade of brown?
Were You surprised at the shepherd’s crazy story
Or did You know You wrote the song the angels sang?

What was this life like for You?

Did You know?
Did the cross cast its shadow o’er your cradle?
Did You know?
Did You shudder each time Your hammer struck a nail?
Did you know?
How much heaven and how much earth
Were in this baby at His birth?
Did you know? Or did you wonder?

Did you remember the brightness of Your glory Or did You just notice it was cold and dark here?
Did You know Your name or did you have to be told?

Were You just a baby or were You as old as time?

What was Your life like?"

Kat shared her favorite line was "Did you shudder each time Your hammer struck a nail?" Jesus was afterall a carpenter by trade. It's a question I probably would not have thought of, but a person can wonder what was going on Jesus' mind. My thought for the evening...Jesus was 100% God and 100% man. This is called "The Hypostatical Union" (this is what I learned in my Theology class.) But since Jesus was 100% God...and God knows everything...while He was hanging on the cross dying for the sins of the world...including mine. I was on his mind. My brother Tim sings a song called "When He Was On The Cross...I Was On His Mind." I have heard him sing that song many times...but tonight, thinking about the fact that Jesus thought about me...that maybe sometimes when He got away from the world He was in to commune with The Father...did He talk about us? Did He think about all the people He was here for? When He was in the garden praying to the Father "O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless, not as I will, but as thou wilt." (Matt. 26:39) He knew the reason He was here...He knows those who are going to accept this free gift of salvation...each of us are the reasons He came...and even for those who reject them...they have the opportunity to accept, but by not choosing to accept the gift, they reject it.

I can't imagine being a person who doesn't have the hope that we Christians do. To go through life...even the "good" days in my life need to have a HOPE. And yet there are people who will continue to reject Jesus. This Christmas season has me reflecting a lot about how I live my life. How much time I waste and not use in furthering the kingdom. May I change my ways...May my eyes be opened to those who need to see Jesus in my life...May I be a reflection of Jesus and His love to all the world.

I Will Not Be Moved (lyrics to song of the moment)

I haven't figured out the lyrics to the bridge but this is the verses and chorus. It has been requested that the lyrics be posted...so here you go mom. LOL!!

I have been a wayward child
And I have acted out
And I have questioned sovereignty
And have my share of doubts
And though sometimes my prayers feel like
They're bouncin' off the sky
The hand I hold won't let me go
And here's the reason why

I will stumble
I will fall down
But I will not be moved
I will make mistakes
I will face hard aches
But I will not be moved
On Christ the solid rock I stand
All other ground is sinking sand
I will not be moved (no, no)

Bitterness has plagues my heart
Many times before
My life has been like broken glass
And I have kept the score of all my
Shattered dreams and through it seemed
I was far too gone
Amazing Grace helped me to see
It's Grace I'm standing on

I will stumble
I will fall down
But I will not be moved
I will make mistakes
I will face hard aches
But I will not be moved
On Christ the solid rock I stand
All other ground is sinking sand
I will not be moved

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Am I Settling???

So last night I was at church working with one of the choir members who had a solo for the Christmas Cantata. The song is called "We Settle." It's the Inn Keeper who sings it and he's talking about how he sometimes is perceived as the villian of the story, but if we are all honest with ourselves...we sometimes turn God away in our lives by settling for less than God's best.

As I sat there listening to Rick sing, God began to speak at my heart...pointing in certain areas where I may have settled because I wanted something (that may not have been bad,) but it wasn't God's best for me. Sometime I can be so stubborn that God is trying to get my attention to show me where to go next, but because I'm distracted with other things, I end up settling.

I have read the story and I'm sure maybe you have too, but while I was sitting there thinking about how I have settled for something so frivolous when God our Father wants to give us HIS best. In case you wanted to read the story I have posted it below.

I also wanted to share with you my new song of the moment. There is a video clip on my profile page with Natalie Grant singing "I Will Not Be Moved." I think the song will be included on the CD not yet released. After the experience with God last night about settling, I listened to the words of this song and they have made an impact on me. I'm so thankful I have an identity in Christ and that the foundation for that identity is upon a SOLID ROCK. Hallelujah!!

Beautiful Pearls

Jenny was a bright-eyed, pretty five-year-old girl.

One day when she and her mother were checking out at the grocery store, Jenny saw a plastic pearl necklace priced at $2.50. How she wanted that necklace, and when she asked her mother if she would buy it for her, her mother said, "Well, it is a pretty necklace, but it costs an awful lot of money. I'll tell you what. I'll buy you the necklace, and when we get home we can make up a list of chores that you can do to pay for the necklace.

And don't forget that for your birthday Grandma just might give you a whole dollar bill, too. Okay?" Jenny agreed, and her mother bought the pearl necklace for her.

Jenny worked on her chores very hard every day, and sure enough, her grandma gave her a brand new dollar bill for her birthday. Soon Jenny had paid off the pearls. How Jenny loved those pearls. She wore them everywhere to kindergarten, bed and when she went out with her mother to run errands.

The only time she didn't wear them was in the shower. Her mother had told her that they would turn her neck green!

Now Jenny had a very loving daddy. When Jenny went to bed, he would get up from his favorite chair every night and read Jenny her favorite story.

One night when he finished the story, he said, "Jenny, do you love me?"

"Oh yes, Daddy, you know I love you," the little girl said.

"Well, then, give me your pearls."

"Oh! Daddy, not my pearls!" Jenny said. "But you can have Rosy, my favorite doll. Remember her? You gave her to me last year for my birthday. And you can have her tea party outfit, too. Okay?"

"Oh no, darling, that's okay." Her father brushed her cheek with a kiss. "Good night, little one."

A week later, her father once again asked Jenny after her story, "Do you love me?"

"Oh yes, Daddy, you know I love you."

"Well, then, give me your pearls."

"Oh, Daddy, not my pearls! But you can have Ribbons, my toy horse. Do you remember her? She's my favorite. Her hair is so soft, and you can play with it and braid it and everything. You can have Ribbons if you want her, "Daddy," the little girl said to her father.

"No, that's okay," her father said and brushed her cheek again with a kiss. God bless you, little one. Sweet dreams."

Several days later, when Jenny's father came in to read her a story, Jenny was sitting on her bed and her lip was trembling. " Here, Daddy," she said, and held out her hand. She opened it and her beloved pearl necklace was inside. She let it slip into her father's hand.

With one hand her father held the plastic pearls and the other he pulled out of his pocket a blue velvet box. Inside of the box were real, genuine, beautiful pearls. He had had them all along. He was waiting for Jenny to give up the cheap stuff so he could give her the real thing.

So it is with GOD. He is waiting for us to give up the cheap things in our lives so he can give us beautiful treasure.

Isn't God good?

This made me think about the things I hold on to and wonder what God wants to give me in its place.

May we not continue to settle for less than God has in store for us.

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

New Song of the Moment

I heard this song today...I think it may become my next song of the moment. It's a little rocky, but the words are amazing...I don't them written out, but if you listen closely I think you will be able to understand them.


Saturday, November 03, 2007

First Love...

I was reading a friend's blog on her myspace page about God, relationships, and dating. While reading it I remember a really good song by Avalon entitled "First Love." Thought I'd share the lyrics with you all.

I used to be the one
Who would long to hear your voice
A child who sought to win his Father's heart
But as I carried on
Life got a hold on me
Now here I am, a child so far from home

Tell me when did I lose my first love?
Where did the fire and passion go?
Burn in me Your holy fire
Give me back my lost desire
And restore in me the love I felt for You

Can I remember how it felt
When they looked into my face
And they saw the love of Jesus in my eyes
When I look back on my life
And question where I've been
Can I really say I've done my best for you?

Oh, where did I go?
(I've lost my way, I've lost my love, I'm all alone)
Oh, I'm lost and I'm alone
Oh, help me please
Lord, lead me home

Father take me back
And let me start again
Lord, I've failed and I've fallen in my pride
But lead me back to you
Where my life began
Revive in me the yearning that has died.

May we draw back to our First Love...He's the One who is ALWAYS with us. Thank you, Jesus....