Sunday, September 27, 2009

catching up...

Well, it's been awhile since I have posted anything. I have been working on a couple of projects. One being the continuous room cleaning project. My brother-in-law Mike built shelves in my closet. The goal is to get my closet organized and work out to the rest of the room. Maybe this will help me...not really sure. In doing the shelves, I also had to empty my closet, so I was able to give some clothes away to a good friend of mine...Ginger. It was nice to be able to give them to someone who I know will use them. I hope that she will get some use out of them.

My bed is still on the floor for now. I hope to be able to get the bed frame in a couple of weeks for that to get back together. For those who are out of the loop...I broke the bed frame to my last bed...so I've been sleeping with my mattress on the floor...not too bad, but when I just want to sit down...it's not too comfortable.

My friend Sammi's birthday is coming up in about three weeks. She is having a costume party. She has always wanted to have a costume party, and it's about two weeks before Halloween, so it's been easy to find something to go as. I'm planning to attend the evening as Peyton Sawyer when she went to the costume party as "The Angel of Death." It's from season three of One Tree Hill, my favorite show. I don't have the exact outfit, but I am making it into a decent outfit I can wear in public. Maybe next year I can be Sydney Bristow...We'll see...

I've got a cold...it's in the early stages of it...the aggrevation stage of just coughing up junk and then having it come up while I talk or sing and then have to clear my throat. I don't like it. In the mornings I feel like my chest is full of a lot of pressure. But as I get up and get moving that clears up some. I pray that it won't last long. I hate cold season because it does mess up with my voice a little.

Well...that's all for now. Until next time...

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Lord Move...or Move Me

Well...for awhile I have been feeling like I'm going through the motions. It's weird, because my faith is a foundation in my life. I know God has saved me from my sin...I know He's always there for me (even when I'm feeling very lonely - which is a lot of the problem for me now). I think during tonight's Bible study it finally hit me what the problem was...I'm going through this very lonely feeling. I'm feeling very disconnected with some of my friends. I feel like I can't talk to them and explain my feelings...and instead of just taking them to the Lord...I just am having a pity party. Which now I understand the problem is I'm looking to my self...not to my God - who is ALWAYS here.

One of the ladies mentioned tonight about Jesus always being with us and it was just like the light bulb came on. If I ever heard God speak audibly I would think He would have said..."Girl...that's your problem. You are looking at yourself and not resting in Me." Of course, He directed me to Scripture instead of speaking to me audibly and the first passage I came to was Hebrews 13:5. This passage in the message reads "Don't be obsessed with getting more material things. Be relaxed with what you have. Since God assured us, "I'll never let you down, never walk off and leave you,"

I love to look at cross references - because if God repeats it...it's really important. We first find the promise of God always being with us in Genesis chapter 28:15 "Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land; for I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you." (NASB) The phrase that jumped out to me was "until I have done what I have promised you." The promise to Christians today is the return of the Lord...so He's gonna be there until He returns for us.

The second reference comes from the book of Deuteronomy 31:6 & 8 - verse 6 "Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid or tremble at them, for the LORD your God is the one who goes with you. He will not fail you or forsake you." verse 8 "The LORD is the one who goes ahead of you; He will be with you. He will not fail you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed." A couple of other words for dismayed are "terror, or dread"...sorta a feeling I was having. God's word says for me to not fear or be (of terror or dread) dismayed because He will NOT fail me or forsake me. He's always there...

The third reference I came across was Joshua 1:5b which says "Just as I have been with Moses, I will be with you; I will not fail you or forsake you." What is interesting to me is that God is promising Joshua...just as He was with Moses (in the past), He will be with him (Joshua). And I can see just as He was with all those who are recorded in His word...He will be with me.

The fourth reference is I Chronicles 28:20 "Then David said to his son Solomon, "Be strong and couragenous, and act; do not fear nor be dismayed, for the LORD God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you nor forsake you until all the work for the service of the house of the LORD is finished." Again...there is a since that He will be with us until the work (our life) is completed. Another thing I saw in this Scripture was the word "act." When I get to feeling sorry for myself or feeling lonely...I have usually slipped into a life of sediment...a life that isn't doing anything but lying there. I think of putting sugar in a glass of tea. If it is lying sediment at the bottom the tea is not going to taste sweet...but once you get the sugar stirred up or moving to where it can be tasted the tea is good to drink.

Earlier I felt yucky...like I was just going through the motions, but after reading these passages...I see it wasn't God who moved...it was me. That thought reminded me of a song by FFH. I looked for a video with the lyrics, but couldn't find one...so I'll just post the video for you to listen to the song. My prayer now...is "Lord, move...or move me"...to which I think the answer will be that He's gonna move me because I'm the one who stopped moving.





Until next time...

Who is my One Tree Hill boyfriend???


This is one of my favorite characters on my favorite show. Nathan is one of the guys that has really good moments...and even though he has faults, he strives to be the better man. Of course...that has been in past seasons...we'll see where Season 7 is taking him.

My mom thought it may be the little boy who plays his son...which Jackson Brudage (who plays James Lucas Scott) is adorable...and if I were 5 or 6 I would definitely be into him. LOL!!!


Sunday, September 13, 2009

Praise Wars...My Tribute

I just heard this term "Praise Wars" from an interview with one of my favorite Worship Leaders - Israel Houghton. The interviewer asked Israel...how do you deal with "Praise Wars" where we are now separating our praise services - one being traditional, one being contemporary - how many churches are having trouble getting a balance. Israel, who I believe did an amazing job bringing this balance with his recording "My Tribute," said his Spiritual mentor encouraged him to use what is known as a sandwich theory. Where you take something traditional and sandwich it with something contemporary. On his latest release "The Power of One," Israel included "My Tribute" which he sings the incredible Andre Crouch song "My Tribute" and puts a little Chris Tomlin "How Great is Our God". Israel has learned the sandwich theory and is doing a good job bringing that to us. Just wanted to share this with you all...




It is about bringing praise to God.

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

I'm Singing...

Hi there...I survived my first day of Joyce's vacation. I knew it was going to be crazy...but I tried to approach it with a new attitude. I had a few lapses, but overall it was a pretty decent day.

I got home and was checking out some YouTube videos...and came across a great song for this week. It's called "I'm Singing..." by Kari Jobe. I was introduced to her music by my brother David. He had heard the song "The More I Seek You" and told me to check it out. Since then, I have been checking out stuff by Kari. I really like her sound. She's a great worship leader.

For a YouTube project she asked people to send in ways they are singing. I thought it was nice, but you can't hear the song throughout the video...so I'm attaching the video with lyrics. I have ordered a track for me to sing at church...but this song is definitely going to be my song of the week. When I get a little frustrated, I'll just remember I'm singing to the God who brings redemption to the nations...singing to the God who wrote the book of salvation..." That's what it is all about...bringing praise and glory to His name.

Enjoy...


Thursday, September 03, 2009

Expect the Unexpected

I'm a tweeter! I don't send a lot of tweets, but I do like getting tweets from some of the people I'm following. One person I am following is Priscilla Shirer. She is Dr. Tony Evans' daughter. She is also an amazing Bible teacher. This morning she sent a tweet that read...

"God doesn't fit in boxes. He is predictable in His character but unpredictable in His activity. Expect the unexpected."

Growing up as a preacher's daughter, I believe I've had the privledge of seeing those unexpected things that God can do ... and yet each time it happens (even in my adult life) it still surprises me. When I pray for a specific thing and the prayer is answered to the T...I am amazed. Why is that?? Because I don't expect the unexpected.

God gives us examples of his unpredictable activity. Abraham and his promised son Isaac...in the birth as well as the special sacrafice request. David even after his sin, became a man considered highly in God's favor. The different people and things He used to get attention. He even used Hosea's wife Gomer to show Israel what they were doing to Him. Imagine God using a prostitute to make a point...it's not something we humans would ever do.

The God I serve...is a God who is the same yesterday, today and forever in His character...but his activity is something I'm looking forward to see in the near future.

Until next time...