Thursday, July 31, 2008

BRAINWASH

Romans 12:2 "And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect." (NASB)

I need a brainwash, from my head to my soul
I need a brainwash, bring it down to my toes
I need a brainwash, in and out cause you know
I need a B-R-A-I-N double wash

Catchy lyric from the song "Brainwash" off Nicole C. Mullen's CD "A Dream to Believe in"...but such a true phrase. Our society is full...jam packed with information, but how much of this "information" is really needed. Paul stated in Romans to renew your mind. Well...it looks like I may be getting the opportunity to do this renewing in a school setting.

Yes, that's right, you read the last statement correctly. I'm thinking of going back to school. I don't know how many times I said I wouldn't go back, and I'm still having a hard time grasping it, but it looks that God's doors are opening to do this. As of now, I'm looking at a BA in Bible with a minor in Christian Education. 50 hours of my classes at Southland are able to transfer, so it's good to not have to start at the beginning. It looks as though I'll have to take a lot of my Bible classes over, but again, the Bible states we need to "study" the word of God to show ourselves approved unto God.

I hope to at least take the math class to begin with, but I may take another class that night. I really don't know about the other class...I sorta wanted to start off slowly. LOL!!!

Anyway...The chorus to brainwash has played in my head a lot since I heard it the other night...especially since I had been praying about going back to school. I sort of made the decision to go to see if the doors would close on me, instead of stay open, but they are still wide open for now. I wasn't sure my boss would be able to let me off early for the class that begins at 5:00 pm. That was the big door I thought would shut immediately...but he's pretty open to work with me on my schedule. I'm sure there may be other days eventually, but for now there's only one day I would need off at 5:00.

I would appreciate your continued prayers on this matter. It's something I have been thinking about for awhile now, and my friend Mary who is going back to school really has encouraged me to do it...at least one class to see about it. I've been out of school for a lot longer than she has, so she's trying to get me to ease my way into again.

Until next time...

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

New Music in my player...

Hey there...I went to Wal-mart tonight and happened upon the new Nicole C. Mullen CD. When I saw her in April at WOF (Women of Faith), she mentioned the new CD, but I didn't know it had been released yet...knowing the way I have been lately, it may have been out for awhile and I'm just happening to see it. Anyway...I purchased it and listened to part of it on the way home (the luxuary of having a great car stereo with a CD player...thanks to my friends).

Anyway...I have this thing about the number 6 song on CDs. I don't know why, but it seems that the 6th song on a CD seems to be one that really gets to me. Some past examples: CeCe Winans (self title CD - #6 - "No One", Thy Kingdom Come - #6 - "Waging War), Steven Curtis Chapman (Declaration CD - #6 - "See The Glory"), Natalie Grant (Awaken CD - #6 "Another Day"). It's just something now that I have come to end up liking the #6 song. Not sure why it works that way, but these are just a few examples.

So, tonight I got to the 6th song and the title got me..."Treat Her Like a Lady". The title is just something I have been thinking about when I've been praying for my future husband. I want someone who will treat me like Jesus treats me...like royalty. That is something that has become important to me over the past few months when thinking about my past relationships this is something that I don't feel had been displayed. I hate that I allowed myself to be treated in a way that was not the highest standard. I know that Jesus wants me to be feel loved and treasure because He sees me as a precious treasure of His own...So why do I allow men who date me to treat me lesser than that? Lonliness? Just the fact of wanting to be like others in my social circles? Whatever the reason was...God has been dealing with me more about this situation of what I want in a mate. I have really searched my heart so when I meet this special man, I'll know. Because I have been praying for him.

Since this is an issue I feel God has been dealing with me about, it's cool that He brought a song for me to help remember this trait in which I'm praying my future husband displays. The chorus says the following:

"Treat her like a lady, Like she was your mama's baby, Treat her like a lady, Treat her like a queen, Treat her like a lady, And I promise one day baby, That if you treat her like a lady, She will love you like a king"

Reading the last phrase reminds me of the Scriptures commanding the husband to love his wife like Christ loves the church, and the wife to submit to her husband. This is an interesting passage, and I once heard it put this way and I think I will always remember it. God doesn't command the wife to love the husband, but to submit to him...but the commandment to the husband is "love your wife..." but it doesn't stop there...there's an example given. "love your wife like Christ loves the church". If the husband loves his wife like Christ loves the church...then the wife will easily submit to her husband. I wish I could remember who spoke that message in that way...there are two speakers that I think could have said it, but I can't for the life of me remember which one it was that actually said it.

Anyway...I may write tomorrow about the other song that hit me pretty heavy. It's a good one too.

Until next time...

Monday, July 28, 2008

I Will Carry You

"I Will Carry You" is a song recorded by the Christian music group Selah. Todd Smith one of the guys from the group and his wife Angie wrote this song with Christa Wells (who also wrote "Held" recorded by Natalie Grant) in memory of their daughter Audrey Caroline. Angie's blog has been an inspiration to me. My sister Mary introduced me to the blog and I emailed Angie to get her permission to post the follow youtube video featuring the song "I Will Carry You." If you get a chance to stop by her blogspot there's a link on my page. I'm sure she would be honored for you to hear the story of her daughter Audrey. (The words to the song are below the video...please watch the video and then you can play again to read the words.)

The song is a demo version and has not been released on a CD yet. Enjoy...



I Will Carry You

There were photographs I wanted to take
Things I wanted to show you
Sing sweet lullabies, wipe your teary eyes
Who could love you like this?

People say that I am brave but I'm not
Truth is I'm barely hanging on
But there's a greater story
Written long before me
Because He loves you like this

So I will carry you
While your heart beats here
Long beyond the empty cradle
Through the coming years
I will carry you
All my life
And I will praise the One Who's chosen me
To carry you

Such a short time
Such a long road
All this madness
But I know
That the silence
Has brought me to His voice
And He says...

I've shown her photographs of time beginning
Walked her through the parted seas
Angel lullabies, no more teary eyes
Who could love her like this?

I will carry you
While your heart beats here
Long beyond the empty cradle
Through the coming years
I will carry you
All your life
And I will praise the One Who's chosen Me
To carry you

Sunday, July 27, 2008

5 stones....

This morning in Sunday school class we finished our last lesson in "Facing Your Giants" by Max Lucado. This lesson was an application of all we had learned in the previous lessons. I thought I'd share it in my blog.

There was a list of five things to remember when facing your giants...and you can remember them from your fingers on one hand.

Your thumb is to remember the stone of the past. Remembering the triumphs God has done in the past will help us know that He can handle anything.

Your pointer finger is for the stone of prayer. It is clear that is the way we speak to God...so we need to talk to Him about what we are facing and ask Him for guidance.

Your tall finger stands for the stone of highest priority. God is to be our highest priority. As long as we remember to look to Him in all things we will win...and our giants will tumble. The main Max Quote is: "Focusing on Giants, you will stumble; Focusing on God, your giants will tumble."

Your ring finger stands for the stone of passion. When we face our giant we are to do so with a passionate heart. When David began his fight with Goliath...he ran toward Goliath, not away. He knew God would do it.

The pinky finger stands for the stone of persistence. David chose 5 stones when he was going to battle with Goliath...not because he was preparing himself in case he missed. He was getting one for Goliath and four stones for each brother. When we are faced with a giant, sometimes we are faced with others ones right after the one before us...we need to be prepared to face the brothers too. There needs to be a persistence in our fight.

It was a really good lesson and I know I'll be facing some giants in the future. God was, is and always will be...

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Work Stuff...



Since a few days in June, I have been working in the Greenup (main) office. For over a year and a half I had been working in the Flatwoods branch, and I really miss it. I'm getting the hang of things being in the main office. The Flatwoods Office had a lot of down time. It used to be busier in the Greenup office, but I think things have settled down some...however, today during Joyce's lunch it was crazy. I was working with a customer and every chair was filled.

I remember when I was first sent up to the Flatwoods Office. I was notified that I would be working in Flatwoods effective January 2nd. It was frustrating to me because I really loved working in Greenup and felt "comfortable" there. But as I said in a previous blog, sometimes we need to step out of our comfort zones and when we don't do the stepping, sometimes God allows circumstances to get us to move. Thus what He did with moving me back to Greenup. The funny thing that I remember is how I prayed for the day for me to move back to Greenup for a long time...but when we got the new agent it was more fun in the office and I enjoyed going to work.

Anyway, I thought I'd share this picture taken a few weeks ago. Greenup County is going to be featured the magazine from Federation. I'm not sure who gets this magazine or if anyone reads it, but we will be featured. This was one of the pictures taken that day. (Pictured L to R: DeeJay Jayne, Brent Wilson (agency manager), and Joyce Tharp).

One more work day and then the weekend is here...YEAH!!!

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Wednesday Night Bible Study

It feels good to be back to normal. Things have been pretty crazy at my church. For about the past month to two months we have been meeting in the Sanctuary on Wednesday nights for Bible Study. There's something about meeting in the fellowship hall that makes it more comfortable. No coffee yet...please be in prayer as I look for a cord for the coffee pot. During the renovations the cord has been lost.

Anyway, back to the Bible study. For the past several weeks Pastor has been teaching about the life of Elisha. It's been very interesting. I think my favorite lesson from his life is with the "Great women of Shunem" (II Kings 4:8-37) Two amazing miracles with that women. So we are now closing this study on Elisha so the passage tonight was from II Kings 13:14-21. This is the account where Elisha tells King Joash to take a bow and arrows and use them. The king only used three arrows and Elisha was very upset telling King Joash he should have smite five or six times. Elisha dies after this, but another miracle will happen. These men are burying a man, and they throw him in the sepulchre of Elisha. The man stood up to his feet after he touched the dry bones of Elisha. Sweet! He was such a man of God he was still being used to heal people even after his death.

So pastor brought this to application in today's terms. Our lives are to be used for God's service. How many arrows are we using that God has given us? Are we using them all, or just a few? When we get to heaven will God have the opportunity to tell us we should have used more of our talents for His service...or are we using everything that God has given us? Will our testimony be one that lives beyond our earthly life. Think of great preachers like D James Kennedy, Jerry Falwell, and Dr. Adrian Rogers (who you are still able to hear on the radio and internet). These men lived a life that is able to still touch peoples lives.

Is my life being lived in a way that when I pass to Heaven that people will still be able to be reached for Jesus?

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Bring It On...the original "Bring the Rain"

So...I have been listening to some old Steven Curtis Chapman songs. I have pulled out the "Declaration" CD mainly to listen to "God is God" for the VBS program...but on this CD there's a song called "Bring It On." I remember when I first got the CD, I always liked listening to it. Interesting how an older song can hit you in a new and different way after awhile. Well..."Bring It On" hit me differently last week. I was driving home from work and the chorus just hit me out of the blue.

Bring it on
Let the lightning flash, let the thunder roll, let the storm winds blow
Bring it on
Let the trouble come, let the hard rain fall, let it make me strong
Bring it on

As I listened to the chorus, I thought of another song that has been one to bring me to a place of praising God when struggles and storms are in my life "Bring the Rain" and I went back to the verses and listened closely. It's like I was hearing the message of "Bring the Rain" in a whole new way.

I didn’t come lookin’ for trouble
And I don’t want to fight needlessly
But I’m not gonna hide in a bubble
If trouble comes for me
I can feel my heart beating faster
I can tell something’s coming down
But if it’s gonna make me grow stronger then…

Bring it on
Let the lightning flash, let the thunder roll, let the storm winds blow
Bring it on
Let the trouble come, let the hard rain fall, let it make me strong
Bring it on

As I sat there thinking about the craziness of life and how storms come no matter what, I began to think of a quote I heard once. "Let me ask you something. If someone prays for patience, you think God gives them patience? Or does he give them the opportunity to be patient? If he prayed for courage, does God give him courage, or does he give him opportunities to be courageous? If someone prayed for the family to be closer, do you think God zaps them with warm fuzzy feelings, or does he give them opportunities to love each other?" This thought came to me...I've been praying that my faith and relationship with God would be stronger and I would be able to impact the lives of others. The second verse of the song continues with this thought of letting those opportunities that others may seem to be rough, hard, or evil God works for good.

Now, maybe you’re thinkin’ I’m crazy
And maybe I need to explain some things
‘Cause I know I’ve got an enemy waiting
Who wants to bring me pain
But what he never seems to remember
What he means for evil God works for good
So I will not retreat or surrender
So bring it on...

The bridge is my prayer...people may think that I'm trying to be a hero, but I just want these storms to bring me closer to God and His service.

Now, I don’t want to sound like some hero
‘Cause it’s God alone that my hope is in
But I’m not gonna run from the very things
That would drive me closer to Him
So bring it on

Bring it on
Let the lightning flash, let the thunder roll, let the storm winds blow
Bring it on
Let the trouble come, let it make me fall on the One who’s strong
Bring it on
Let the lightning flash, let the thunder roll, let the storm winds blow
Bring it on
Let me be made weak so I’ll know the strength of the One who’s strong
Bring it on
Bring it on

My favorite line from "Bring the Rain" by Mercy Me comes from the bridge of the song...
I am yours regardless of the clouds that may loom above
because you are much greater than my pain
you who made a way for me suffering your destiny
so tell me whats a little rain

What God has done for me...dying in my place so my sins can be forgiven...I just ask "what's a little rain that I must face during this lifetime?" I remember saying during one of the trials I faced this past year, "I may not understand what God is doing, but God doesn't ask me to understand it, He simply asks me to trust Him..."

May God bring continue to bring me closer to Him...no matter what it takes..."Bring It On..."

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Wrap up to VBS week



Picture is of the 5th & 6th grade class, before singing "God is God".

Well...it definitely has been an excellent week. Pastor talked this morning during the service about VBS and how he thought it was the best in all the years he had been pastor. I know I thought it was a good one.

We had 96 registered students...of those registered there were 42 who had perfect attendance. We are very excited that there were 8 kids to accept Jesus as their Savior. Now I'm really glad I waited to write this blog because of the amazing thing that happened today. Our Sunday school was packed. Four of the kids who accepted Jesus this week were here for church. There were 18 kids in Junior church grades 3 - 6 (but I think two of them were getting ready to head to the 7th grade). The workers for that class said they were very well behaved, and the regular class members mingled with the new ones. They are planning a trip to Kings Island in three weeks and they have invited the news ones to go with them, but they do have to be there for the next three Sundays.

Back to the VBS update...our missionaries for the week were Jim & Connie Jeremias. They are missionaries with Rock of Ages Prision Fellowship. The Jeremias' have a need for Bibles for those in prison in Lithuania. As of Thursday night, the offering for that was $280.34, but we still have to count for the Friday night total. I know that there is at least $25.00 more.

We got most everything back to order at church. There is still a few heavy things to move, but hopefully they will be moved tonight.

All in all it's been a very good week. Yes a lot of us are tired, but we definitely feel it's worth it. I am thankful I had the opportunity to work with the music and memory verses. I think it helped me to remember that I can memorize verses even though I'm A LOT older than some of the kids.

Thanks for the prayers of those who were able to keep this week in prayer for us. I know it was appreciated...and the accomplishments wouldn't have been possible without those prayers.

Until next time...

Thursday, July 17, 2008

5 down...and now all that remains is the VBS program and cleanup...

Hey there...well, I've just finished my fifth day of VBS. It's been a really great week. Before I get the main part of the blog, I'd like to say something about the church where I'm a member. I first want to thank God for being able to serve in a church that has a vision for the future...reaching kids, and really putting forth the effort for a week. Our pastor is great when it comes to kids, and I think having two younger kids...as well as two adult kids is what helps keep that vision alive.

I sat to talk with the group of 5th and 6th grades class. We sat and prayed for the program and I told them I really wanted them to know why they were singing in the program. It wasn't because we wanted them to be heard, but it was because we wanted to Praise the Lord. Before tonight there were 5 kids who had accepted Jesus as their Savior...and those 5 came from that age group. The difference in these kids lives has been noticeable. They are participating not only in singing, but also memorization of verses. And tonight when I was talking to them, I wanted them to know those who had gotten saved this week, that we as a church would be praying for them. It's not going to be an easy road at school this year. I'm sure that Satan will be there to test their faith...but we will stand behind them praying for them. Praying for the opportunity for them to talk about what has happened to them. I'd love for them to be able to continue to come to church. I'm not sure if they already have a church home, and if they do we will still continue to pray for them...but if they don't have one already, I pray they will be able to come and continue to grow in that faith.

If you have been reading these last several blogs you have gotten memory verses in them. A few of them have to do with "Praising the Lord." Tonight's verse has that same them. It comes from Psalm 107:31 "Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men." As I explained to the kids what this verse means, I divided it into three sections...the first section was that we (as people) would praise the LORD. Then there are two reasons listed in this verse as to why we need to praise the LORD. The first for his goodness. I asked several of the kids to share how God is good to us. Then I explained the second reason, "for his wonderful works to the children of men." Again I asked for them to give descriptions of what wonderful works God has done for the children of men. They came up with several ways...and it's good they are seeing that God is good and that he does wonderful works in their lives (daily).

Tonight's totals were 70 kids, and I'm not sure the number of workers, but Cheryl gave me a rough estimate of 36...so with that number it would be around 106. We had two saved tonight. One was in the 5th and 6th grade class, and the other was in the 3rd and 4th grade class. It's been a very blessed week.

It's definitely been a GREAT week. My friends were all standing around tonight talking about what a success this week has been. We have been amazed to see the work God is doing in 7 new brothers and sisters of the faith.

I really am excited that I was able to be apart of this week. At the beginning of the year, I wasn't for sure I would be able to be here this week. This was the week I was hoping to compete in a music competition, but GOD has shown me that I'm right where I need to be. I'm serving Him in my local church and able to impact the lives of kids in my area. That's a great feeling.

I will try to write about tomorrow hopefully by Saturday. Tomorrow night after the VBS program and the carnival, the gang is heading to see "Batman Returns". I probably will be late coming in, but I'll blog as soon as I can to share with you all...

Until next time...

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

4 Down...

Well...it's been a really good week. I have really enjoyed myself even though it's very tiresome...especially after working so long and hard on the decorations, I didn't think I would be able to have enough energy to make it through, but I've been able to do it...the kids give off some of their energy and they are able to help me leave work and the things of this life behind with their smiles and special times.

Tonight I worked with each class on the song and verse they would be doing for the program. They really seem to be coming along. I wish there was a way for me to express the incredible sense of fulfillment working with these kids. It seems that the kids attitude is different this year, and they are really excited to be here. I mean there are those you have to call down some, but those seem to be the ones you love.

Totals for tonight was 70 kids and 36 workers for a total of 106. Two kids accepted Jesus as Savior tonight...they were from the 5th & 6th grade class. Those kids are the ones working on the song "God is God". These kids are the ones who are too young for the songs from the VBS music selection, but they are also too young for some of the more "older" songs (for lack of a better word). I chose the song "God is God" by Steven Curtis Chapman for two reasons. My favorite line comes from the second verse...

Can I form a single mountain? Take these stars in hand and count them? Can I even take a breath without God giving it to me? He is first and last, before all that has been beyond all that will pass.

My favorite part is the question..."can I even take a breath without God giving it to me?" We are living because God has a purpose for each of our lives. He's giving us the breath we need to live. When He's finished with our lives, that breath will cease. Until then, I need to be serving and living my life for Him, because God is God, and I am not.

Tonight's Bible verse I think helps to bring home the point that God is God. It comes from Isaiah 40:8 "The grass withereth, the flower fadeth, but the word of our God shall stand forever." Things around us will die, and the flowers will wilt and fade away, but God's word stands forever, because it's TRUTH! God is God...that's all there is to it.

I'm really looking forward to tomorrow night, our last night, and I'll be working on getting the songs on poster board. I'll need to go to Walmart tomorrow pick up supplies to do that. Hopefully I can work on them tomorrow afternoon or even tomorrow.

I wanted to add a youtube video of the song sung by Steven Curtis Chapman (mom sorry I don't have the words printed out, but I'm sure you will forgive me).



Until next time...

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

3 Down...



Well...day three of VBS has finished. It was a great evening. We were down in attendance tonight, but it was still a good evening. We had 67 kids and 37 helpers for a total of 104.

Tonight's memory verse was "I John 4:9, In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten son into the world, that we might live through Him." Wow! I just checked to make sure I put all the words in it, and I was right. This was one of the more difficult verses. That word manifested had some of the kids struggling. I told them it meant "revealed or shown to us." It always helped me to understand the "big" words. I reminded them if they had probably heard the word "begotten" when they learned John 3:16. Which a few of them had added to this verse tonight. Some of them were able to say it, but there were still a few that didn't quite get it.

We had two kids accept Jesus as their Savior. Tonight's lesson was on forgiveness. The kids seem to remember the lesson from each night. I'll ask them different questions sometimes during music time. We have narrowed down the songs they will be singing for the program, so we are now just trying to work on each song and verses. I'd like for each group to do a verse, and then maybe have a couple of volunteers to do the ones the classes are not doing.

Well...two more nights to go as far as class evenings and then the program on Friday. I've got one more work day this week, as I'm taking Thursday and Friday off as vacation days. I'm definitely ready for a couple of vacation days.

Until next time...

Monday, July 14, 2008

2 down...

"We're dig, dig, digging for the truth, truth, truth in the word, word, word of God." Yes that's what I have been singing all night. That's the theme song for the week. The kids seem to like it. I think the pre-schoolers and Grades 1 & 2 really like it. Grades 3 & 4 do pretty good at singing it, but I think they are beginning to get out of the feel for it. Grades 5 & 6 are really liking the song for their program night. It's the second night and they seem to be catching on...and they don't have words to hear because it's an actual track we edited.

Last night I didn't have the exact total, but I was able to get it. We had 62 kids and 38 helpers (for a total of 100). Tonight we had 77 kids and 34 helpers (for a total of 111).

We had a girl in the Grades 5 & 6 class to get saved. Praise the Lord! The kids seem to be doing well with the memory verses. I have been going over the verses in music time to help them get some practice time.

Tonight's verse is one of my favorite verses. Genesis 1:31 "God saw everything that he had made, and behold it was VERY good." Several of the kids said the verse during the time to get a "dino dollar" for the store at the end of the week.

Well...that's all for now...until tomorrow night.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

1 Down...

First night of Vacation Bible School....wow!!! It was fun...but I'm worn out. I began the day early...my alarm woke me at 6:15...and I got a shower and began getting dressed for church. I got to the church around 8:00. Since the electricity had gone out yesterday (a major transformer), I hadn't gotten finished cleaning the church. So I was taking my mom's cordless sweeper, and going to do some minor cleaning in the sanctuary. The good thing...the electricity came back on at church sometime before I got there. So I was able to use the "real" vacuum. I got the sanctuary cleaned and then headed over to the house and started vacuuming there. It was still needing a good sweeping from the decorations.

After morning service, Cheryl and I headed to lunch and then we came back to the church. Cheryl and Sharon worked on decorations upstairs and I worked on offering chart and missionary board. The young adults began drifting in getting stuff ready for their areas. It feels good to have the first day down. It was a little different beginning on Sunday night, but I think I like it.

Tonight's memory verse comes from Psalm 150:1, 2 "Praise ye the Lord...Praise Him for his mighty acts, Praise Him for his excellent greatness." In music time we are working on the memory verse to help the kids learn the verse. I know what good can come from Scripture memorization. There are still verses I remember from my days in VBS...I believe they are words of comfort when I need them.

Until next time...

Thursday, July 10, 2008

I just had a thought...

Genesis 1:31 "And God saw every thing that he had made, and behold, it was very good."

This is one of our VBS memory verses for this coming week. It's one of the verses I use when I see a really good looking guy. Because my friend Ben says I'm lusting, but I'm saying I'm "appreciating God's creation." I'm sure it's a little of both. LOL!!

Anyway...I was thinking about this verse and the fact that image is a big thing with girls (maybe some guys...but mostly girls). How we will look at other girls and compare ourselves...maybe we say someone is skinnier than another girl. Or sometimes we just look at our own body and want to make so many changes. I'm not saying that I'm perfect because I know there are some things I need to change for health reasons, but sometimes Christians get caught up in this image thing. Instead of listening to what the world says we should look like...we need to focus on what God thinks. God created each of us in our mother's womb. I love this picture...Psalm 139 (my favorite Psalm) says in The Message, "Oh yes, you shaped me first inside, then out; you formed me in my mother's womb. I thank you, High God -- you're breathtaking! Body and soul, I am marvelously made! I worship in adoration -- what a creation! You know me inside and out, you know every bone in my body; You know exactly how I was made, bit by bit, how I was sculpted from nothing into something. Like an open book you watched me grow from conception to birth; all the stages of my life were spread out before you, The days of my life all prepared before I'd even lived one day."

That is exciting to me. I think about when I was a little girl and I would create something in art class. It may not have been the "greatest" to other people, but in my eyes it was amazing. That's how God sees us...as amazing creations. He knows us inside and out. I love that thought...when I'm down and I don't understand why I'm feeling the way I am feeling...there's a comfort knowing that God understands...He's there waiting to hold me in His arms and comfort me....all I have to do is just allow Him to do that. To take a break and crawl in his arms and just rest there. Let Him take all the frustrations of the world and all the stuff I carry that I really don't need to carry and just rest in Him.

So the next time you may be feeling down about yourself...remember these words..."And God saw every thing that he had made (this includes you), and behold, it was very good."

Until next time...

Is it over yet???

Wow! I'm completely worn out. Tonight we had another work night for VBS decorations and also cleaning things up night. We are in the midst of renovations in the fellowship hall/kitchen/office area. It's been a nightmare actually. Tonight we got some more things done with the decorations. I still have some more stuff to do in the front area. Mary, Ginger, Sara worked on getting the Registration area decorated. Kat hung signs and helped with the registration area. I cleaned some in the back...painted signs and will finish the rock (part of the volcano) Saturday...the paint had to dry. Saturday we are going to be pretty busy. Ginger and I will be getting up early to go shopping at Sam's. Depending on what time we get finished there, we may head to church and then to Wal-mart. Either way we will be shopping at both Sam's and Wal-mart.

Later that afternoon we are meeting up to celebrate D33's birthday. We are going to dinner and movie. YEAH!!

Sunday evening we begin VBS. I'll probably grab something to eat at church and then head back to church to get anything else ready before we begin at 6:15. Man I can't believe it's finally here.

Tonight we found out what next years theme may be...if we do it...we are already thinking of ideas to do with the decorations.

Well...I'm ready to sleep...it's getting close to my bedtime...actually past it. Thankfully I know what I'm wearing tomorrow morning. I think I may iron my shirt...but then again...maybe I'll get up and iron it. Too bad my sister-in-law isn't here...she offered to iron my shirt when she visited...man I do miss her. LOL!!!

Until next time...

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

My genius of a friend Ben & prayer requests

So...if you have read this blog since I began posting for frequently you have read about my genius friend Ben (blog posting from June 2007). He recorded the CD for me that I gave to my dad for Father's Day last year. Well...he's at it again. This Sunday we are beginning Vacation Bible School. He and I will be doing the music again. He runs the sound and I sing and teach the songs. Well...this year's music is quite young sounding...and our wonderful 5th and 6th graders I'm afraid are going to have a hard time showing excitment for that type of music. I have picked a couple of the "older" sounding songs, but I still wanted to have a song they could use for the program that was geared more for the older age, than the young kids songs. Well...I chose "God is God" by Steven Curtis Chapman. The thing is...the song is sorta long, and plus the second verse is what I wanted them to sing anyway.

Well...here's where I call on my trusty friend Ben. He took the song, recorded it on the sound system, and began editing...and what an amazing editor he is. He was take the first part of the song (intro and 1st verse) and paste it with the last part of the song (2nd chorus and bridge to the end). It sounds GREAT!!! Really great! If you didn't know what he was doing with it, you wouldn't be able to hear that it had been cut.

I'm so thankful that God has blessed our church with people who can do these things in honor of Him. Pastor was reminding us tonight about how much work had been done at the church...new carpet in the sanctuary, new sound system, new a/c (no more window air conditioners). Now we are just finishing the renovations to the fellowship hall, kitchen and office area. The floor will hopefully be finished tomorrow, and by Saturday we should be able to be prepared for VBS to begin Sunday night.

Please be in prayers for that VBS week. Pray for the children coming, that God will prepare their hearts to bring them to the knowledge of Him as Savior, or to bring a child closer to Him. Pray for the attitudes and health for the workers (that we will be a smiling face to brighten...everyone else in attendance...not just the kids, but also the other workers.)

Until next time...

Monday, July 07, 2008

No completed pictures yet...

Sorry for not having any pictures of the final mural at the front of the sanctuary yet. My friend Kat hasn't posted them on the internet for me to steal yet. LOL!!! We had hoped to get finished way before we did, but of course, as always things got re-constructed at the last minute.

We met around 10...most of us were late. I was late because I needed to pick up my medication for my blood pressure. I had ordered it in plenty of time, but kept forgetting to pick it up...that's what happens to me when working in Greenup...I'm not close to Ashland, and by the time I get to the Russell bridge, I'm ready to just head over to Ironton and get home.

Anyway...we all got there, and began working again on what we were doing when we left from Thursday night/Friday morning. We broke for lunch at Toro Loco, then headed back to continue to work. We began running out of green tissue paper, so we thought we may want to get some more elsewhere, but everywhere in Ironton was out. I don't know if we will have enough for the rest of the stuff we need to do...we may have to run to another area to find some.

Let's see we broke for dinner I'm not sure what time...but we came back after dinner to finish our idea for the waterfall...the original idea didn't really go with the rest of the wall, so we had to re-vamp...and re-construct. I'm not allow to say what time we stay til, but it wasn't as late as last year. LOL!!! It was 3 in the morning on Sunday morning last year.

I will say that Sunday morning, I didn't do well with leading any of the songs...and I had special music, which thankfully I didn't mess up on...but the rest of the songs, man I messed up words and everything...the invitation song I didn't even know ... except for the chorus. I did make it through...and decided to go home and nap instead of going to a movie that afternoon. I was glad for the nap, because I felt more refreshed leading the music.

Well...I hope to get some pictures before the end of the week. So you all can see the "finish" product. We begin our Vacation Bible School Sunday night at 6:15 pm. This is our first year to begin on Sunday, we will finish on Thurday with a program and carnival on Friday. Clean-up will be Saturday and a lot of help...Hopefully!

Until next time...

Friday, July 04, 2008

Countdown to DinoDectives...

9 days until our VBS DinoDectives...Digging for God's Truth. Last night we had another work night. We met after 6...we had some delays. Kat, Mary, and Ginger were planning to eat at a restaurant close to the church. Sara had to go to the hospital to visit her grandma, and Cheryl was just coming back from visiting her mother-in-law at the hospital. Well...I had planned to eat pizza at the church, so I ordered my pizza. On the way to church, Ginger had a wreck on the bridge. Kat called Mary at her office (she was just leaving then) and mentioned she may want to take an alternate route. Dinner plans had changed from there, so I went to get my pizza with Kat and she went to Buffalo Wild Wings, and the Dollar Tree. While Kat was getting her food, Mary called to see if I could order her pizza from Pizza Hut, so I took care of that for her. We got back to the house and Ginger had finally made it...a little shaken up, but she wasn't hurt...PTL!! Sara made it, and Mary finally made it with her food. Cheryl made it and we were finishing up our eating.

While the volcano was constructed by Mary and Kat, Sara and Ginger finished up the registration signs. Our A/C was out in the house where we have been working, so we moved to the fellowship hall. Still a little dusty back there, but we were able to get some painting done too. Mary hung the paper for under the rock wall, and then hung the water fall. I was painting the rock wall while she got that part hung. I started working on the greenery side of the sanctuary while the other three got to working on how to get the dinosaur to stay in the baptistery.

We actually left by 12:30...YEAH!! I think we should be able to finish up earlier on Saturday...I hope. Next week we should be able to work on the rooms for upstairs, and hopefully next Saturday work on the fellowship hall since the floor will hopefully be done by then.

That's all for now. As soon as I get some pictures of the sanctuary I'll post them. I'm excited about this VBS. I think it's going to be great this year!!!

Until next time...

Fireproof trailer...



I mentioned a few post back about being excited about the new movie from Sherwood Pictures (the makers of Facing the Giants and Flywheel). Well...I just wanted to let you all see the trailer. So looking forward to seeing this movie.

Also...Happy 4th of July! Thank you, troops and veterans for keeping our freedom strong.

Until next time...