Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Goals

Well it's that time of year again...the time that some people take to evaluate where they have been and where they are going and what they want to change about it. I have been doing some goal setting. I don't really like to call them resolutions, because just the idea of a resolution it sometimes get a bad rap because people don't keep them.

Here are a few goals that I have made for 2010.

1. To drink at least 8 8oz glasses of water. I think I will get this to 9 glasses though, as I do have three bottles I fill and use for measuring...it equals to 9 glasses if I drink all three bottles.

2. To weigh myself each week and record my progress with my accountability partners. The idea of having people see what I weigh I think will help me stay more accountable.

3. To measure myself one a month. I'll probably do this the same day I weigh...just in the evening.

4. To watch portions and what I put into my mouth. I may do this by keeping a food journal. I haven't decided yet how I'm going to do this, for sure, but I think staying accountable is the key. This journal, may be something that I incorporate in later in the year, if I'm struggling with the weight loss.

5. My sister Becky made this goal and I like it. To eat something raw each day (either fruit or vegetable). I think that will help me to make better choices.

6. To attempt to read the Bible through in a year. I have made attempts in the past, and each year have gotten further, but I still get lost in that Old Testament at times. This year I'm going to try to read books in a different order. I have a checklist for daily reading and I'm going to try to work on completing a book before I head to the next section.

Those are a few of the goals I have, I do hope to succeed in them.

Until next time...

Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas...and Happy Birthday Jesus. I'm so glad that God sent his son for us. This year I was introduced to a new song from Anthony Evans. I really like it and found that he made a video for it. I was trying to upload it to this post, but am having a little difficulty doing it. I do want to share the thought...

Emmanuel, Our God is with us,
yes He is with us still.
Emmanuel, He has not left us,
and he never will....

Merry CHRISTmas...

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas Eve

Merry Christmas to everyone! It has been a very special Christmas for me. This year one of our friends gave us an idea to help others during this season. A few of us got together to help a family that we know through one of our group. We delivered presents to her and her two boys this morning. It was such a special time.

Ginger sent a text message to us who went that said, "After you all left, Matthew said, "Gigi, you have nice friends. They are Santa's helpers you know. He loved that Santa called him..." One of our friends dad called his house to let them know that his helpers were coming by to bring their presents.

It was such a joy to be apart of that activity that I was able to apart of something that didn't have any benefit for me. The fact that God gives me these opportunities is very special. He gives us people in our lives that we can make a difference...that we can show His love to them. Christmas is all about Him...the Everlasting Father.

I do have a couple of more stops to make for Santa...it's really nice to be able to do all this...

Merry Christmas again...

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

So much has happened in these past several weeks

I haven't been the best at blogging this year. I really like blogging, but when I'm on the computer I just don't have the thoughts to complete something or it just doesn't seem like it's important.

Anyway...to catch up. I quit my job at the Bureau last Wednesday. I have off until January 4th when I begin orientation with the hospital. Pray for me as I begin this next phase of my work life.

Things at church have been busy. I'm running sound for the children's Christmas play. I ran it for the time the young adults performed the Charlie Brown Christmas play, so I'm getting the opportunity to do it again.

I also painted backdrops and got some things ready for scenes. It should be a good play, but be praying for everything to go smoothly...especially with the sound.

Today is Christmas Adam...because Adam came before Eve...LOL!! I know lame joke, but hope this Christmas season is a good one for everyone who reads this blog. Also I hope that remember the real reason we celebrate Christmas...because Jesus came as a baby and grew up and became the sacrifice for our sins.

Until next time...

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Christmas Music Service

I love Christmas! It's the most wonderful time of the year! My favorite activity our church does is our annual Christmas music service. My church has many talented people who enjoy singing about Jesus' birth. I'm thankful they are willing to use their talents for Him.

This year we had some new stuff included...a saxophone solo and a person who chose to sing for the first time at our church. It was a great celebration.

We began our service with a congregation song. I had to finish practicing the song I:43 sang, so we began the service with Pastor leading "The First Noel." It was nice to be able to see the crowd that gathered. After our fellowship time, Penny sang "Thou Didst Leave Thy Throne" as it was requested by one of our members. Renee, then read a Christmas story she reads to her kindergarten class room. Grace played "O Come, O Come Emmanuel" on her little harp. She is really enjoying that gift. For her first performance at Gateway, Carrie sang "Breath of Heaven." It's one of my favorite Christmas songs and she did an amazing job on it. Gary & Connie blessed us with "New Star Shining"...this is one of the many songs I love to hear them sing. Kat changed songs this year and chose "Do You Hear What I Hear?"...the arrangement was Todd Agnew's...it's a good one too. Ginger chose to read the story of how Silent Night was written, and then Thomas played it as a solo on piano. After our offering, we had Felicity play "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" on her new saxophone. It was the first time she had played her sax at church and she did a really good job. Those who chose not to participate in a solo performance was able to join us in a congregation song "O Come All Ye Faithful"... my favorite Christmas song. Scott and his daughter Kristen were accompany by his wife Rhonda on piano with "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day." Sammi sang "Bethlehem Morning" and hit it out of the park. Mary brought the light out with "Born in Bethlehem" literally after she sang, a light popped out. Kristen sang "Mary, Did You Know?"...she is the only person I really enjoy hearing to sing this song. I'm not a fan of it, but yet she does a beautiful job on it. Ben sang my favorite song that he sings "Joseph's Lullaby." I really love to hear him sing anything, but that song is very special to me. This year I chose the song "As the World Slept" originally recorded by NewSong. It's one of my favorites from their Christmas CD "Christmas Shoes." I really enjoy singing songs about Jesus' birth. After I finished, I:43 came up to sing "O Holy Night." Then we heard a message about Mary's Christmas song by Pastor Scott.

It was really a great night, and Ben was able to record the entire service. He thought he had lost part of it, but was able to find it again. I'm so thankful he is able to run the sound in this service...it makes him a little nervous, but he does a really good job and it runs very smooth that you don't realize he is back there running it.

Of course, with the start of our Christmas season also brings the craziness to come. We have a Christmas Dinner, Christmas Cantata, and children's Christmas program to come.

Let's rejoice this Christmas...be sure to remember the TRUE reason for Christmas....JESUS!!!

Sunday, December 06, 2009

I'm Still Yours

Last night, my friend Mary and I went to see New Moon. I was really sad because my sister Mary and her family left yesterday. I just really wanted to see Jacob Black and have him cheer me up. It didn't work as much as a song that she had me listen to. A couple of weeks ago, a friend of mine uploaded the new Kutless CD "It Is Well" to my ipod, but I haven't had a chance to listen to the entire CD. Well...the last song is AMAZING! It reminds me of the songs "Bring the Rain" by Mercy Me, "Bring It On" by Steven Curtis Chapman, and "Praise You in the Storm" by Casting Crowns. It's called "I'm Still Yours." It's the last song on the CD.

As I sat there listening to the song, I realized I wanted this song to be my song of the year for 2010. I have been making some changes to step out of my comfort zone....both at church and personally. At church, I volunteered to step in as a sub teacher for the pre-school class. This is a very rough class at my church...even though there are only 2 kids most of the time. They are cousins and very active. The first week I taught, I had to put one of the kids in the corner. I felt bad, until I talked to the regular teacher who told me she's in the corner every week. LOL!!! :)

Anyway, personally I'm stepping out of my comfort zone by changing jobs. I was recently hired to work at KDMC. When I told my boss, he offered me more money (didn't give me an amount), but I told him the easy thing for me to do is stay here, but I felt God was leading me to move out of my comfort zone and rely on Him to lead me in this direction. This is exciting and a little scary for me. I know God is in this move and I'm thankful that I listen to His leading. But this song really is a good reminder to praise Him even with life gets really rough.

The words are below the video I'm posting of the song. The video is just a picture...so you don't have to keep watching it just read the words while it plays.





If you washed away my vanity
If you took away my words
If all my world was swept away
Would you be enough for me
Would my beating heart still sing

If I lost it all
Would my hands stay lifted
To the God who gives
And takes away
If you take it all
This life You've given
Still my heart will sing to You

When my life is not what I expected
The plans I made have failed
When there's nothing left to steel me away
Will You be enough for me
Will my broken heart still sing

If I lost it all
Would my hands stay lifted
To the God who gives
And takes away
If you take it all
This life You've given
Still my heart will sing to You

Even if you take it all away
You never let me go
And take it all away
Will I still know
That I'm Yours
I'm still Yours
I'm Yours
I'm still Yours


I'm still Yours