Monday, June 22, 2009

Moving Forward

Israel Houghton...I became a fan when a friend of mine purchased his first solo release "Whisper It Loud" (on cassette). The reason my friend purchased it was that he had discovered that my favorite guitarist in the Christian music industry had collaborated with Israel. Since that first solo release, Israel has made a name for himself as a worship leader...writing many songs that are currently sung in churches.

I had the opportunity a few years ago, to see him in concert. He was at a local church who has had him for worship conferences. This night was a concert and I took my VERY favorite CD (which I now have two copies of...) "Whisper It Loud." The look on his face was priceless. He looked me in the eye and asked, "Do you realize how valuable this CD is?" I told him, that I had two. I had purchased one on ebay and the same friend (who had bought the cassette)had found me a copy of the CD.

Anyway...recently I purchased a copy of "The Power of One" by Israel Houghton. Listening to this recording over the past several days, I have enjoyed several different songs. The first few times listening through the CD, I usually try to listen to all of the songs, but sometimes they just don't hit me at that takes a couple of times listening to it for me to really "listen" to the message of the song. "Moving Forward" was one of those songs. After the first few times, I would just skip over it until I found one of my other favorites, but now this is one of them that I like to listen to. Of course, I went to youTube and found a version of the song. The video below is sung by Steve Crawford (1 part of Anointed) who had joined the worship team at Lakewood Church. This video was the shorter version but it doesn't include lyrics. Steve does a good job, but I do like the CD version by Israel.

The song speaks about how God transforms our life and we need to follow him forward. Don't worry about what has happened in the past, "God makes all things new."

Hope you enjoy...

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Happy Father's Day

My dad's favorite color is I'm writing this blog in green today. Happy Father's Day! I really enjoy this day...a day set aside to thank the man who helped in giving you life. I know that there are people out there without a great example of a dad. I really hate that for them. People who really are troubled in their current life because their dad was a man who abused (both physically and verbally) or who they consider just a "sperm donor." I didn't have that experience. God allowed for me to have an amazing father.

My dad...Charles Jayne...was born 77 years ago. He didn't come from a family of wealth. He served our country in the Air Force. After he married my momma, he met the BEST Father...our Heavenly Father. He was a young man married to my mom with a baby girl and a son on the way. They were in a church service and when the invitation was given, he went forward and said three words..."Lord, Help me!" Since that experience, my dad grew in his faith. He became a servant of the gospel, preaching the salvation message to others. He pastored many churches over these years, and has preached at many more at one time or another. He has even helped with the teaching of others in the Bible in various Bible Schools and Colleges.

My dad, is a man of faith. When I think of him as a father, I can only be pointed to my Heavenly Father - The Father to the fatherless. My dad's example of being a father helped to point me to Jesus. (Even though it was my mom who led me in the sinner's prayer that night), my dad's messages where planting the seeds I needed for that step to take in accepting the gift of salvation.

God is good. He allowed me to have a WONDERFUL example of how a father should be. God has given me the desire to wait for HIS best...not just a guy who sweeps me off my feet. But a man strong in his faith (like my dad), a man who shares a love for godly things (like my dad), a man who loves the word of God (like my dad)...who knows maybe a man who preaches the word (like my dad)...whatever the case may be...I want to wait for the man that God is preparing for me...I don't want to settle for less than God's best. I want a man who treats me like Jesus is gonna treat me. I want a man ... like my dad.

I love you daddy...

Until next time...

Friday, June 12, 2009

Update on life in general... has been a little while since I last wrote. It has also begun the VBS decoration season...which I loving call the "crazy season." I really like doing it, or I wouldn't get myself involved. Since my last post, I celebrated my 39th birthday. It was one of the best birthdays I've had...The picture is one of my gifts. I collect penguins, and my friend Kat and her husband Ben got it for me. I named him Phoenix Wakefield. He is going to be volunteering to be apart of the VBS decorations this year. So I have been trying to keep him clean and not sleep with him like I normally would. Maybe after VBS is over, I'll be able to enjoy snuggling with him.

I have also found out that my futon is broken. I am in the process of getting my room ready to take the futon out and just have my twin bed again. I will miss having it, but then again, I didn't sleep a lot in my twin bed, because of the crazy laddar to climb. LOL!!! This past week though I have had to climb the laddar, so that I can sleep in my twin bed (with the good mattress)...I have to say my sleeping has been really good. I don't think I have woke up since my head hits the pillow...maybe one night this week I had a little trouble, but usually when I'm sleeping on my futon I would wake up several times...I think this will be a good thing to do.

Let see...I hope to post during VBS (which will be July 5th through the 10th). I will have a few days from VBS then I'll be heading to the summer wedding that I'm going to be a bridemaids in. It is sorta my vacation this year. YUCK!! Would rather be spending it at the beach.

I'm praying about a job situation. I don't know if it's time for me to change positions or not. I have been putting my resume in different places. I do hope something will open up, or that I'll be able to enjoy my work establishment again.

Bible study on Wednesday has been very good. Pastor has been preaching about the demands of Jesus. The last two weeks he spoke on humility. First week, more about pride and what that is, and then second week was more focused on humbling ourselves before God. He mentioned about us having eaten humble pie for the last two weeks...I asked him after church if we would be fasting in the next demand, he said, "not yet." I questioned him that he would be speaking on that...he said, "yup that's one of them." Great!! More conviction to come. LOL!!!

I've been making some changes since I turned 39...I have started my workout program again. I worked out three days (Wednesday, Thursday & Friday) the first week (May 25th). The second week I bumped it up to 4 days (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday). And this week I have bumped it up to 5 days (Monday - Friday). I really have wanted to make this change...and turning 39 seemed to be a good number to do it.

Well...I do hope to get back into writing more in this blog. Until next time....