Thursday, December 30, 2010

Close to the end of 2010

Happy New Year Adam! (you know because Adam came before Eve!) LOL!!

Today I went for my annual ovarian scan.  This was done in Lexington, KY at Markey Cancer Center. I participate in a research program where they do an annual scan each year and monitor to see if early detection of ovarian cancer can help. Right now, there is only a 5% chance of survival of ovarian cancer.  My aunt had it and my oldest sister is a survivor.  I'm so thankful for this research program.  It's free to me.  No worry about insurance or anything like that.  So far things are looking normal :)

On the way home, I rocked some tunes from DeGarmo & Key.  Listening to those songs brought me to remembering an amazing man of God.  I still miss Dana Key - even though I had never met him, his ministry touched my heart :)

I had another great Zumba class.  I'm looking forward to seeing what will come of doing these classes and making the changes I plan to make in 2011. 

While I was driving to class, I was listening to K-Love and heard something from Pasty Clairmont.  there was a question about changing your spouse and her answer was to do nothing to him.  She talked about her personal testimony of having an unsaved spouse.  She said that she used to try to talk to him until she was blue...then one day she gave it to God and started to ask Him what He could do to her in helping the situation.  While she began to change and show God's love, eventually her husband came to Christ.  I have been praying for my future husband.  Asking for God to show me who he is and to introduce us...knowing that God may not be finished working on me - I began to wonder maybe this year instead of praying for God to introduce me to him to just continue to grow in grace and knowledge.  Begin to do my reading schedule for the New Testament, w0rk on my new challenge of a healthy lifestyle and enjoy life to the fullest.  I'm really excited to see what God has for me this year. 

May you be encouraged to make the changes that need to bring you closer to our Creator!

Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas Eve

Today, has been a good day.  Got up this morning and went to pick up the cake I ordered for the Christmas party for Jesus my Sunday school class will be having on Sunday morning.  Then I came back home and got ready to visit with my sister.  We went to Christmas Eve service with her and her family.  It was a really good service.  The pastor performed a narrative on Simeon's part in the Christmas story. 

I have my bed ready...the boys wanted to sleep on it, but I told them Santa wouldn't come unless they were in their own bed :)

This is a special evening...I usually help my sister wrap presents...this year it looks like she got a lot done before I got here.  Right now, I'm watching "A Boyfriend for Christmas"...it's one of my favorite Christmas movies they play on those holiday movie channels. 

I'm looking forward to tomorrow and giving my parents their presents...mainly my daddy.  I won't write about it until after he sees it. 

Until next time...Merry Christmas Eve!!!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Merry Christmas Adam

I wish you a Merry Christmas Adam, because this is the day before Christmas Eve and since Adam came before Eve this day is called Christmas Adam :)

Tonight a few of my friends and I got together to exchange Christmas gifts.  I love this time of year...searching for that special gift for someone.  I was worried about one of my friends and picking out the special gift, but he did like it. 

For Ben, I got Seasons 1 & 2 of NUMB3RS and a World of Warcraft desk calendar (it's trivia each day).
For Kat, I got a messenger bag with Glee and Season 1 of Glee.
They got me a gift that hasn't made it here yet...it's a penguin hat :)

For Mary, I got Eclipse on DVD (which she received the night it was released on DVD), but to have something to open, I got her a T-shirt that was Twilight inspired.  It says "Jesus is The Light" with some passages of scripture.  I also got her a button just like it and an Eclipse calendar.
She got me an orange bear pillow pet :) It matches my bedroom.

For Ginger, I got her Flywheel on DVD (she has been looking for it for a LONG time) and made her a cookbook.  This cookbook was special because it had some pictures of her favorite cooks and a special treat for her.  She really liked it.
She got me HawthoRNe Season 1 on DVD...I love that show because it has Michael Vartan in it :)

It's been a good evening.  We met for dinner, then opened presents, I left to attend Zumba class...was the only one there, but was thankful to have it.  I'm feeling really good and worked out really hard :)

Tomorrow, I will go and pick up a cake for our party on Sunday in Sunday school.  I hope the kids like their party :)

Well...until next time.  Merry Christmas Adam :)

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Christmas shopping

Today is my final day of Christmas shopping.  My dad doesn't drive anymore and usually goes with  my mom when he needs to go somewhere.  I volunteered to take him Christmas shopping for momma so we are going today.  We asked momma to go with us so she doesn't have to stay at home alone.  Getting ready to head out for breakfast.  I'm so excited because I love spending time with my parents. 

I'm excited about getting all my shopping completed so I can wrap and finish putting together presents.  I love this time of year...picking out gifts that I think people will enjoy...finding that special gift and seeing the person's face when they open it (if able to).

Today is a work party also and I have choir practice too...it's going to be very busy, so I may have to cut out something :)

Well, I had better get ready ... we leave soon :)

Friday, December 17, 2010

A new blog

I know I don't write in this blog every week or day, but I am going to be starting a new blog about my "Biggest Loser" journey.  First of all, I'm not on the biggest loser, but I'm going to journey my way through my process.  I'm thinking that blogging about this and having it available will help with accountability.  If you happen to read this blog and want to see the journey, feel free to bookmark

http://deejaysbiggestloser.blogspot.com/

I have posted one blog to explain what I'm doing.  Just wanted to explain on this one too.

Christmas is approaching quickly.  I'm excited about it.  Happy Christmas to everyone :)

Thursday, December 09, 2010

It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year :)

I love Christmas time...I think it has a lot to do with the fact when I was 13 years old, I accepted Jesus as my Savior.  It was on Decmeber 20th - 5 days before Christmas :) I'm so thankful and grateful that I made the decision to accept Jesus' gift. Knowing that I have hope and assurance is a blessing.  I know many people during this time of year -- don't have hope. They don't know that things will not always be lonely, rough, or hectic.  God is an amazing source of strength.  When I'm weak, His strength is there to hold me secure.  It's sounds trite, but it's so true.  I can tell you many times when I have felt lost and alone, but knowing that Jesus was with me, I was able to get my focus where it needs to be ... on Him and giving Him glory and realized that my problems are not really problems at all. 

I'm thankful that my church allows me to organize an evening of Christmas music to celebrate this time of season.  There are so many songs that speak of the birth of Christ and the reason He came to this earth...and to be able to celebrate this season with a passion of mine - music is just double the rewards. 

I was able to sing with I:43 the original group and the new and improved I:43...we have asked a new guy in our church to join with us.  I am hoping that it will be a permanent part of this group and it's nice to have a fuller sound.  I also sang a song and dedicated it to my friend Ruthie.  She had asked me to sing it, so I decided to do it at the last minute :) It really went well.

I would like to close with a prayer for those who may be hurting during this time...may you be able to turn to God in this time of need...

Father God, I ask that you be especially with those who are hurting during this time of year.  I pray that You will bring Christian friends and people in their pathways so they may be encouraged during this time of year and may even be birthed into Your family.  I know that I'm thankful for that fact and know how important it is for others to know Your grace and peace.  May You get the honor and glory during this Christmas season...as it is the reason we celebrate.  Amen!

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Cooking With Todd Agnew - Turkey Salad



I love Todd Agnew as an artist, and he has decided to show us how to make a Turkey salad with left over turkey. I think he's funny when he decides which knife to use for chopping :)

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Thanksgiving / Buckeye Christmas

Today is the day that my family (the Jaynes) set aside to celebrate Thanksgiving dinner and then we gather together to exchange presents (the event that is commonly known as Buckeye Christmas).  It's a very special day...and one that I really look forward too each year.

I love this time of year, because it begins my evaluation process.  The process of looking back on the year and seeing what has happened and what I am thankful for...

I'll start chronologically because it will be the easiest way to recall what has happened.

Job - I'm thankful for the job that God has given me. I believe God lead me to this job at the right time and has allowed me to share my life in it.  I also love the people with whom I work.  It's been a pleasure getting to know my co-workers and exploring new friendships.

Single Friends - In February, my single ladies (who are special friends) celebrated "Anti-Valentine's Day."  I'm thankful that I have special friends who help me during this lonely holiday.

Car - In April, I went with my brother-in-law Mike and sister Becky to purchase my first semi-new car.  We went to Lindsey Honda in Columbus to get a 2007 Honda CRV for me.  The mileage and price was something that I prayed for.  I'm thankful that God allowed this opportunity for me.

Turning 40 - I'm thankful for my 40th birthday celebrations.  I had a few of them this year.  My first was the Sunday before my birthday. My friends took me to Fat Patty's (my new favorite restaurant).  Mary had given me a birthday sash and the waiter couldn't believe that I was turning 40 :)  My co-workers, on my birthday, hung up signs all over the office wishing me a happy 40th birthday.  They also TP'd my new car :)  My final celebration happened in June.  My friends had made plans for us to meet at Ben and Kat's house to go see the A-Team.  Mary stopped by to pick me up and we went to Ben and Kat's.  I walked to the door and there was a picture of Bella and Jacob hanging on the door.  There was a message with a bubble saying that was from the book.  I took it off the door and proceeded inside.  I went up the stairs that were covered with a black table cloth and apples places on the steps.  My friends said together "DeeJay, you don't know how long I've waited for you."  I was so surprised.  It ended up that after we ate...we decied to go see A-Team because that's what I thought we were doing anyway.

Vacation - Went to the beach with friends again this year.  It was a fun week...

Roof project - Several members of the family came together to help my parents with a roof project.  The men worked and I helped with running on the ground and in the kitchen and running errands.  It was nice to be able to take a few days off work to help with it. 

Sister day at Camden Park - Went to Camden Park one night with my two sisters and their children.  We missed my oldest sister, but it was fun to be with Leah and Mary.  Leah and I rode the haunted house and I laughed the entire ride, because I was laughing at Leah - she was so funny :)

Concerts - Got to go to see a few concerts this year...Mercy Me (August), Chris Tomlin and Natalie Grant (October).

I'm thankful for the new challenges God has brought into my life that I'm implementing.  For one, I'm giving this year to Christmas missions each payday.  I hope to be able to send the gifts to at least two missionaries...depending on how it goes, maybe three :)

This year we were able to get a picture of my sisters with our mom.  It was such a sweet time getting this picture...I thought I'd post it :)

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Bruno Mars - Just The Way You Are [Official Video]


My niece Maddie loves music just like me.  She introduced me to some new songs thsi week.  One is this one by Bruno Mars.  I like this song mainly for the lyrics.  This is the type of guy I'm praying for...someone who loves me for being me.  I definitely think it's worth the wait :)

Friday, November 12, 2010

Work...I really love my job!

So it's been awhile since I've blogged, and I know my momma is wondering what's happening...even though I pretty much tell her everything that's happening, I think she likes to see it through this blog to know that I'm telling her the truth (maybe)...

Anyway...I wanted to blog about my job.  I work at a family care center affiliated with a local hospital.  I began working there at the beginning of this year.  We just went through our end of the fiscal year, and got our bonus' today.  I have to say, I wasn't expecting much - because our hospital has had a hard year.  I'm thankful first of all that I am employed.  God provided my job to me at just the right time.

I left a good company and really liked the people I worked with, but it just wasn't for me.  I was a secretary for an insurance company.  It was okay for the secretary point of it, but I really didn't like my job.  I can honestly say "I love my job!" now.  The patients that come to our office are really great...sometimes demanding, but that's understandable - think abou it - when you are sick you want to do anything to get better.

The people I work with are all amazing.  We have a great family working with us.  It's really nice to enjoy going to work :)

Until next time.

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Anthony Evans - Snacking - video blog with my commentary


So this morning, I woke up really early...not for any major reason...went to the bathroom then decided to check email.  While checking it, I went to youtube to check out my subscriptions.  Anthony Evans posted a new video blog about snacking on food how God used that illustration to show him about how he snacks on the world.  Listen to it because it's good.

While listening to it, I noticed how it went with both messages from Sunday.  My pastor spoke on the subject of Sin.  Not something very popular in this day in age, but as I have said in previous blogs, I'm thankful that my pastor preaches from the Word of God and not just sugar coats his messages.  Anyway, snacking on the world can be called Sin and when we are christians we have a privledge of forgiveness of sins.  We can confess our sin and get right with God.  I know that God has been working in my life in this area and am thankful that He uses sermons and video blogs to get us on the right track.  The evening message about about our love for God's word.  How we appreciate it and meditate on it. 

After the service, I spoke with pastor about how God had been working on me this week and how both of those sermons were just the icing on the cake of what He was doing for me this week.  I mentioned to pastor how scripture was the first thing I thought of when encouraging a friend earlier that morning.  It was the first thing I could think of.  I didn't want to give any of my thoughts, but just give the words of God for a comfort ... the same words that have comforted me in trying times. 

I'm thankful that God hasn't given up on me...that He continues to work in my life and help me to strive to be more like Him...not just leave me snacking on the world. Hope your day was encouraged too!

Saturday, October 30, 2010

October is Pastor Appreciation Month

October is pastor appreciation month.  I'd like blog a bit about what a wonderful pastor I have - Scott Jenkins.  I first met him when I was in 4th grade.  He was attending the church where my father had begun to pastor.  Eventually he began working with the youth group and by the time I was able to attend youth group he was in full swing.  I learned so much from him when I was in that youth group.  My father left the church in 1990, and Scott began to pastor that church. 

Through the years, we kept in touch.  After he left his first church, he pastored a small church in town.  Eventually he left there, and my dad recommended him to fill the pulpit for him when he became too ill to preach.  My dad actually left the church, but didn't want to keep them short-handed.  Scott filled in a few times there.  By this time, Gateway Baptist was in need of a pastor.  I prayed about this situation as there was another man who Gateway was considering.  I'm thankful to say that my prayers were answered in the way I was praying them :)  God allowed for our paths to once again join together on this journey. 

I'm thankful that Scott stands up for what he believes.  He preaches from the Word.  He doesn't water down his messages, tickling our ears...but his messages are filled with words of wisdom.

He's also a servant.  He teaches us to be servants by being one himself.  Our church has gotten special care since he's retired (some doors fixed, painting of rooms, and even our VBS decorations had some added help). 

I'm thankful that I can say that Scott Jenkins is my pastor.  He's also a friend :)

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Natalie Grant with Jason Lovins Band

Thursday night I had the opportunity to see Natalie Grant in concert.  It was brought to our area by the Jason Lovins Band.  This is a local group in the Tri-State area that is really talented.  I heard them when they opened for Mercy Me.  They are really good.  My favorite song they perform is "It Is Well."  I'm excited about the hymns project they are getting ready to release.  When they sing "It Is Well", I cry.  It's a very simple arrangement, but so powerful. 

The night was incredible.  I am so glad that Jason took on the job of bringing the concert to our area.  It was almost called off. 

Natalie was really good.  I do wish that she sang a few songs that she didn't, but it was still good.  She is 7 months pregnant.  She talked about baby
Sadie and her older sisters.  Her husband, Bernie, wasn't with her this trip.  Of course, I did bring the CD's that he recorded.  Tiffany took them back to her and she took a picture and tweeted about it. 

One of the songs she sang that I really enjoyed was "Your Great Name."  This song is on her latest CD in two versions.  The first is full band, but the last song it's an acoustic version.  That's the way she sang it that night.  That version is my favorite.  It just brings the song to a new level.

The picture on the left is me with Tiffany.  The right picture is me with Kat, Mary and Gigi.  We sat together at the concert.  My sister Leah and her son and two other friends had already left.  It really was a good night.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

5K - Run in Remembrance (or in my case ... walk)

Today, I participated in a 5K walk...this is my first participation, but I used to walk 3 miles a day about 4 years ago.  Anyway, I walked in remembrance of my grandmother Erma Hutchinson.  I called her Beball.  She is my mom's mother.  I think I was closer to her because we visited with her a lot and she actually lived with us before she went to the nursing home. 


I decided to do the race with my friends.  Ben, Kathi, Tim and Mary.  Ben ran for his grandpa, Kathi her grandma, Tim and Mary ran for Dale Bird, a former teacher and friend of the both of them.  It was nice to have them supporting me at the finish line.  Mary in my sight for most of the race, but she would run every now and then and got way ahead of me at the end.

My goal today was to walk it in an hour. I was hoping I would survive, as I hadn't really walked much before today. I should have trained better...now that I'm feeling really sore. We will see how sore I am tomorrow. LOL!


While I was walking, I had my music blasting to help with pace. I got to the two mile marker and heard what my time was 35.18. I think that was my best time for two miles. I used to walk a 3 minute mile when I was doing it regularly.

Anyway, after I got there, I began to think about the verse where Paul talks about running the race with patience. I kept saying to myself...I'm walking with patience. I looked ahead and saw where it was almost time to turn to head toward the last 5 blocks of the race. I saw my brother-in-law and sister standing there waiting for me...then were going to walk the last part with me. I can't tell you the emotion I felt when I saw them. I remember reading a scrapbook journal entry about a lady who ran a marathon and how the last mile she saw a family member there to run the last mile with her. I know this wasn't a marathon, but knowing that my family supports this was so touching. I tried to get the emotion cleared up before I saw them and think I did pretty well. We talked the last 5 blocks about times and getting to the next stop sign and then the next one. I finished the race in under 55 minutes. I was so tired and my legs felt like jello when I finished, but I was so glad that I did it. I can't say that I want to do another one this soon, but I'm thinking of doing one on Thanksgiving. There's a Turkey Trot we are looking to do.

It was a really nice morning, but I was really cold.  I'll have to remember to dress warmer, but not too warm, because your body does heat up when working out.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

UPSIDE - Trailer


Mark Hall, Youth Pastor and Lead Singer, CASTING CROWNS says "upside is an inspiring film about faith and love that challenges us all to follow the uniquepath God has for us."

UPSIDE provides a fresh look at life through the eyes of Soli (Randall Bentley, "Heroes"), a young athlete struggling to discover where he's headed, both figuratively and literally.  Viewing the world upside down is a challenge few will ever face, but that hardly is the extent of Soli's pressing concerns.

He has trouble at home with his mom, he's trying to end his relationship with his girlfriend, and he has to come to grips with a teacher that thinks he can be much more than he wants to be.  Suddenly, Soli's senior year looking nothing like he imagined it would be.

Add in Wren (Leah Sims), an unlikely love interest with a strong faith in God, and Soli must take a new look at everything he believes in.

Can Soli win the heart of Wren, who happens to be blind?  Can he believe in something he can't see?  Will he find a new direction for his life, even if his eyesight never returns to normal?

When you can't trust your eyes, you still have your voice.  This unique story is an inspiring reminder that when life gets you down, there's always an UPSIDE.


I bought this movie after seeing the trailer posted from my sister's facebook page.  She had gotten it from Casting Crowns' page. 

This is an uplifting story of a boy who doesn't know God.  Through an accident that causes his eyesight to get switched and a friendship with a believer, he accepts Jesus as his Savior.  It's not an easy road after that, but begins to learn how to lean into his faith. 

I enjoyed watching this movie.  I noticed only one word used.  I like how there are believers who live their lives unashamed for God. 

I will give it a thumbs up.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

One Tree Hill Round Table

I really enjoyed this episode...it reminded me a little of how the relationships that were built in high school survived many years.  I love how Brooke goes to Haley for advice...especially since Peyton is gone.  I also liked how Nathan encouraged Brooke too.  They were really good friends in high school.

I also enjoyed the feeling of a new beginning especially with the close of the chapters in Nathan & Brooke's lives.  Looking forward to seeing what is going to happen later this season.

1. Favorite quote - I have a funny one and one that made me say "awww..."

Nathan "It would probably mean more if you hadn't brought it from a purse." Julian "It's not a purse, it's a man bag."

Julian "You make sad look beautiful, Brooke Davis"

2. Version of the Theme Song - Hated it!  This season on OTH they are having covers of the Theme Song "I Don't Want To Be" by Gavin DeGraw.  This is something that is tough for me, because I really like the original version by Gavin, but there have been a few in the past weeks that were not as bad as tonight's.  I know a cover doesn't have to be the same, but this was TOO different. 

3 a. What comes next Nathan Scott? Nathan working with Clay - I called it last week - when he talked about walking away from the game.  I thought it would be cool for him to work with Clay as a sports agent.  He knows the game...he's been there and he will be able to see talent when scouting for players :)

3 b. What comes next for Brooke Davis? Love how she stood up to her mom.  She loves her mom and wants her mom to be proud of her, but she's not going to keep seeking for her approval.  She knows what she has done was right.  Loved how she ended the scene with "what comes next is up to you."  Sorta like saying, it's your decision if you want me in your life.

4. Crossover story line - I like how the story line of Mia & Haley travelled to Portland to perform a show.  I'm not really a fan of "Life Unexpected" but since Mia and Haley will be on it tonight, I'll be watching it tonight.

Bonus: Alex lying to Chase - did she really take the job at Tric to research for the movie? I think so, but I had hoped she changed.

Tuesday nights

Well...Tuesdays are one of my favorite days now.  I used to not really care about Tuesdays, but now my favorite show "One Tree Hill" is on Tuesdays, so they are not as mundane as they used to be. 

I just finished working out with 3 mile walk of Walk Away the Pounds.  I think it may have been the 2nd or 3rd time that I have ever completed that workout.

That's all for now.  Hope your week is going well :)

Saturday, October 09, 2010

But nothing surprises You...

The title of this blog comes from a line from "No Matter What" by Kerrie Roberts.  This song has been on my heart quite a bit this week.  I had heard some news of a friend who was having a really hard time.  The day I heard the news, I got the soundtrack for that song and the whole time I was practicing it, I was thinking of him.  How trusting God is what is needed to handle this life we live.

I also discovered that another lady I know is facing cancer.  When her husband gave the news, he wrote "God is not surprised by this."  Again...reminding me of this song. 

I'm planning on singing this song in a couple of weeks (October 24th).  My sister told me about the song and it came into my life at just the right time.  The first line of the song says "I'm running back to your promises one more time...Lord that's all I can hold onto."  Life is tough, but knowing that God is here to run to.  He's watching over me, is a comfort for me.  I don't have all the answers, but I know WHO does.  I'm glad that nothing surprises my GOD.  I'm glad that I have a hope in my life that I can face it each day. 

God, No matter what I'm gonna love You, no matter what I'm gonna need You!

Monday, October 04, 2010

Kristian Stanfill - Jesus Paid It All (Passion '06)



Jesus paid it all...can't really add anything to this, but this was my favorite song from Kristian at the concert the other night.  Hope you enjoy too :)

Saturday, October 02, 2010

2009 Dove Awards Chris Tomlin I Will Rise HQ


I love this song by Chris Tomlin.  I saw him in concert tonight...amazing man of God...a man who loves God and wants to bring praise to Him.  I really enjoyed hearing this song tonight.  I like so many.  At the end of the concert he asked for those who lead worship and are worship pastors to raise their hands.  My friends looked at me and I raised my hand.  Chris, then asked for those around them to give them a hug and to give them a hand...that was very special, because I realized that my friends really see the importance of choosing songs to help with the flow of the service.  It's not an easy job and I have to get out of the way a lot.

I also enjoyed hearing "Jesus Paid It All" sung by Kristian Stansfill.  I cried a few times tonight, because I realized my position...plus the fact that my pastor had told me early tonight he supports me in the music ministry I do at church.  I'm thankful that he does...because there are some people who don't get it.  I love the fact that my pastor gets it and allows God to use me in that area at church.

 

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Michael W. Smith - Wonder (music review)

I am a huge fan of Michael W. Smith.  I have listened to him since I was 13 years old.  I loved how he brought a new energy to contemporary Christian music. 

Things have changed over the years...Smitty has gotten older and has learned lessons that have changed his writings and recordings over the years. 

There are a few CD's that I have not added to my library...yet...but his new CD "Wonder" I wanted right away.  I was able to listen to it a couple of times while cleaning the church, but I really didn't pay attention to the entire CD - the first 5 songs I'd like to talk about...as well as the last song.

The CD opens up with the energy I remember Smitty having when I was a little girl listening to him.  My favorite part of the song is at the end of the second verse going into the chorus: "Don't look down...don't look down." The phrase doesn't say much, but the musicality in the song is just enough to really surprise the listener.

"Take My Breath Away" opens with some strings ... cello especially.  The first two songs really keep the energy that Smitty is known for...

"Run To You" - written by Smitty and Matthew West slows things down a little.  I like this song about surrendering to God.

"I'll Wait For You" caught me a little off guard "Morning Mr. Repo Man...give me one mroe week...and I'll be gone." I wasn't getting it, maybe as I listen to the CD over and over, I'll get it one day.  Sometimes songs are like that (I know this from experience with the song "Life is Hard, but God is good"...sang that for several years and even at my grandmother's funeral, but didn't get it until I went through a major trial.)

I love the fact that Smitty writes music that shows his relationship with his wife.  "Forever Yours" has that promise of staying with her "until death comes between us." 

The last track of the CD is entitled "Take Me Over."  This is a classic Smitty ballad.  I really enjoyed listening to this...and it's nice to have it as an ending to the CD.

I'm a credits junkie...and love to read who plays on what...and such and such.  The dedication of the CD is to his amazing wife Debbie.  Chris Rodriguez sings some background vocals...LOVE IT!!  Also showing up are a few of Tobymac's kids as part of "gang vocals." 

I will be listening to this CD for awhile...

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Homesick

It's possibly because I heard news of two pastors in the community that have gone to be with Jesus or that I'm currently reading "Choosing To SEE" by Mary Beth Chapman, but this morning I woke up with several people who have passed from this earthly life and entered into eternity with Jesus.  As I have laid in bed this morning people have come to mind from famous people like Dana Key from Degramo & Key to people I know on an everyday basis - Mike Hayes, Meredith Johnson, and a man named Vince (I can't remember his last name at the moment of writing this blog, but this man was a special guy in my church).  I'd like to share with you the impact these people have had on me.

Dana Key - even though I had never met Dana in person, I listened to his music faithfully.  My favorite was "Casual Christian."  With the chorus proclaiming "I don't wanna be, I don't wanna be a casual Christian..." I found a song that could challenge me in my walk with Christ.  Growing up a preacher's daughter, music was something that was monitored.  I know a lot of D&K's music would have been banned from the house because of the beat of the music, but seriously ... you listen to the words and you can tell it's different.  I'm the youngest of 7 so by the time I was growing up the banned music was getting weaker.  I think my parents realized that God uses the contemporary Christian music for His purpose just as He uses other things in our world to bring people to Him. I also think they learned that a lot of the bans that were put on music when I was younger was more about preference than it was about biblical restrictions.  Seriously, when I was reading of drums, cymbals and such in the Bible...could they really argue it's the beat they were playing on (seriously had a teacher tell me that if the beat is on 2 & 4 it's wrong, but if it's on 1 & 3 it's right).  I had never read THAT in the Bible.  Anyway, Dana is a man who loved God first, his wife and family.  I was most impressed when he left music and began pastoring.  I know I missed his music ministry, but the man loved God's word - and from what I read from those who knew him personally...he also LIVED God's word.

Mike Hayes - Mike was a man in my church that also was a preacher.  When I first met Mike he was pastoring a different church and I met him through my brother Tim.  Tim and I differ on certain issues and when I first met Mike I thought he, too, was like my brother in many ways, but as I got to know him.  I found he was a different guy.  Mike supported me in my music ministry. Being a girl who leads music in church is not something that is looked upon as "correct" in this area that I live.  In fact, I think some churches around us look to Gateway as liberal sometimes.  After Mike's passing, his wife Judy had told me that Mike supported me through that...knowing that now, I wish I would have spent more time getting to know him.  I know he was someone who studied God's word and was able to preach it and challenge those around us.  He's definitely still missed.

Meredith Johnson - Meredith went to be with the Lord earlier this year.  He was the husband of my good friend Cheryl and the son of one of my Bible teachers in college.  I first met Meredith when he was still married to another woman.  His marriage wasn't the best and with his father's passing, things took a turn.  After his divorce, he began pursuing not only Cheryl, but God as well.  He was such a kind man and a man who loved to reach children with God's word.  The kids in our church loved him too.  When it was close to Meredith home going, Cheryl asked me a favor...to sing one of his favorite songs in the hospital "Untitled Hymn (Come To Jesus)."  Even though I loved the song that Chris Rice wrote as a praise song to God, I had never sung this in public.  I prayed the entire time over to the hospital and began singing (while crying) this beautiful song.  After it was over, Cheryl asked me if I would sing it at the funeral.  I was fearful of singing it after I cried the entire song, but I had many people praying for me and I DID want to do something for Meredith.  The night of the funeral, I was able to sing the song through without crying.  It has been recorded so if people missed it they will have to get a copy as it isn't a song that I will probably sing again unless someone asks me to for a funeral.  It WAS DIFFICULT, but even through the difficult times in life God is there with us.  I learned that from Meredith's life.

Vince (still can't remember his last name) came to Gateway while attending Southland Bible Institute.  He was not your typical Southland student.  I say that because I graduated from there and know the cookie cutter person they usually attract.  Vince was a former biker guy...in fact at his memorial service there were a few friends of his that were bikers.  Guys he was reaching for the cause of Christ.  Vince also is remembered for his prayers during the prayer time.  Pastor has mentioned on several occasions how Vince would be in prayer meeting and somewhere in his prayer he would pray "for protection over Gateway Baptist Church."  Now I know I don't know what Heaven is like during this time we are on earth, but I know the verse that says to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord....I think Vince is in the presence of the Lord still pleading for protection over Gateway Baptist Church.  Another thing I remember about Vince was that he made good cheesecakes.  It tasted amazing.

**I look back on these men's lives for just a brief time not just because I'm sad that they have gone from us, but because I'm a little jealous.  I'm not from this world...I'm a christian and I believe that my home is now in Heaven.  I know God has me here for a reason ... to bring honor and glory to His name, to reach out to others about Who He is ... so I think I'm still here...that means my job is not yet completed.  How am I doing with bringing glory and honor to God?  How am I doing with reaching out to the lost, sick, widows, children, etc?  Can I be doing better???  The answer to the last question is yes...and I think we should ALWAYS strive to do better.  I read through some other blogs and thoughts that challenged me to look at my life.  What is my time filled with?  Am I spending too much time on things that will be burned to ashes...or am I working toward things with the heavenly rewards?  It's tough down here and I talk a lot about comfort zones and stepping out of them.  I think God is asking those who are here still in the world to step out of our comfort zone and be here a little while longer to spread His love to others and bring honor to His name.  Yes, Heaven is our comfort zone and those who have passed through are there cheering us in this life.  Let's remember to continue our stepping here on earth...the race that is here before us...and bring glory and honor to Jesus!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

The man's brain...

So, I have signed up for eharmony and don't understand how the man's brain works.  It cracks me up because I'll be emailing  a guy on the site then all of a sudden, it becomes a closed match.  Weird...yesterday the guy didn't say anything about a problem, but today I happened to see that it was closed.  Weird.

Anyway...I am looking at this differently. I have made it clear to the men on the site that I will not be making the first move, and if they are interested to feel free to contact me (through the site).  I do like the fact that it does take time to get through to the communication process, but some of those questions don't really show the "real" person.  I think after these four months are over, I'll stop with it though. I just really don't want to meet the guy via the internet. I really believe that God can bring him to me in person.  I was weak at a moment and decided to join, so we will see what happens.  I know God can use the internet, but I just don't know about it.

Be praying for me.

Monday, September 20, 2010

26 Letters

My nephew David Paul is in college (away from home). Bless his heart, it's the first time he's been away from home for a LONG time of period.  He's begging for letters, packages...anything.  I have been to be a good aunt (his favorite at this point), because I have been able to get a letter and a package.  The package was my favorite to put together.  I got a picture from faceinhole.com and was able to put his face with a picture of Demi Lovato.  Bless his heart, he really liked it.  The frame I did some work on.  I got it at the dollar tree, and it had four blocks with the letters L-O-V-E.  I covered the blocks and added my own letters and put D-E-M-I and it looked really cute.

I also put some gum, candy, some school supplies.  I think I'll send another letter, then work on an emgerency kit.  Bless his heart, he's learning to do laundry (he's been there almost a month and only done laundry twice.  He's got his heart set on getting married so he'll have someone to do his laundry.  Funny how many people have told him marriage doesn't stop the launrdy doing. LOL!!

Well...I'm going to get back to writing my letter.  Hope the week is going well with those who read this.

Until next time :)

Thursday, September 16, 2010

selah--wonderful merciful savior

I love this worship song, and Selah does a great job with it. 

Hope you enjoy it too :)

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

so excited tonight!!

Okay, this may not seem big to anyone else, but I love ONE TREE HILL....and tonight we have the premiere of Season 8.  Wow!  Nathan was just doing push ups with Jamie on his back...then he rolled him in a blanket and did some weight lifting...how totally cool!

Okay, back to watching and enjoying the show.  I hope you all have a GREAT evening too!

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Song of the Moment - Natalie Grant - Song to the King

I have a new song of the moment.  This is a beautiful song that I would love to get the piano music to have someone play for me.  This is an amazing song.  Give it a listen...I think you will like it too!

Choosing to SEE

I recommend anyone reading this blog to go out and purchase the book "Choosing to SEE" by Mary Beth Chapman.  She is the wife of Steven Curtis Chapman.  Their life changing moment of losing their youngest daughter Maria in 2008 has touched many lives, but Mary Beth is so honest when she writes...
When people ask how we are doing, the first thing I always say is, 'I want Maria back.  I want my son Will Franklin not to have this as a chapter in his story.  I want my children to be healthy, my family secure.  I don't really care whose life has been touches or changed because of our loss.
I can't imagine the road that God has led them, but to see the grace and hope that is being shown from their lives has been encouraging. 

I am really glad that Mary Beth included background of their life together.  Reading about how she and "Steve" met was delightful.  Seeing the differences between them and how they work to keep it together.  I'm touched at their story of love, hope and healing.

Check it out if you can...

Thursday, September 09, 2010

Thinking back about the beach...

What a great memory from this past summer.  I love the beach...and this past summer some of my friends went together to enjoy a week there.  It was so relaxing and so much fun.  The last night we were there, we did some of these jump shots.  It was so much fun.  We had a blast getting just the right pose.  Some of them are good, others not so good. 

I'm in the process of finally getting my beach pictures printed.  Tomorrow I will pick them up and be able to get them in my scrapbook/photo album.  My friend Gigi, bought an album for them and I'm going to do some scrapbooking too, because part of keeping these memories is using the journalling option.  I'm excited.  I think it would be really fun to do a crop party.  It's been awhile since I have been to one.

Anyway...today's post is just going down memory lane.  Enjoying that last night at the beach with some great friends :)

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam - "Introducing Me" - Nick Jonas (Full Scene /...

This is my favorite song from Camp Rock 2...sung by Nick (My favorite Jonas). Anyway, I wanted to share this song on my blog, because I think it's adorable. This is actually the scene that it's comes from, so it doesn't start right away.

I love Nick's facial expressions at the beginning of the song...he's adorable!!

I think why I like this scene the best, is because this boy is shy and doesn't really know how to express himself around a girl that he likes.  His brothers encourage him that since he's a Rockstar, that he just simply sing it...so this is what he comes up.  I think it's cute!

Monday, September 06, 2010

Atmosphere - Tobymac

I am an odd mood today.  There is a song by Tobymac that I listen to when I'm in this mood...I've had it before - it's the mood that I get when I'm feeling disconnected.  One of the lines from this song hits the way I feel when I'm in this mood.  "I know you're all alone in a crowd of your friends, I can see it in your eyes that your fading again, Checking out moving into your hole, Where the light can't tough any part of your soul."

When I first heard this song, I was glad that I was able to have a way to describe this feeling.  It doesn't always last long, but when it does I just feel really .... LONELY. 

Here are the lyrics to the whole song...


I know you keep a journal and every page is rippled
From the tears that you cry, ain't no meanin' to your scribble
Cause words can't describe what you've been feelin' inside
It's like thousand foot walls, and they're still on the rise

But look up to a beautiful sound
And see for yourself you're not that far down
And know this, I cannot love a little
My promise to you is unconditional

And I'll keep the light on for you,
Just keep the course, you can weather the storm
I'll keep the light on for you,
You've come this far, don't you ever lose heart, now

Just turn around and I'll be there
I'm moving into your atmosphere
Just turn around and I'll be there
I'm moving into your atmosphere

I know you're all alone in a crowd of your friends
I can see it in your eyes that your fadin' again
Checking out, moving into your hole
Where the light can't touch any part of your soul

But hold up and let the river rush in
You can turn around and start living again
Cause your life is a beautiful bloom
In the image of the one that created you

And I'll keep the light on for you,
Just keep the course, you can weather the storm

I'll keep the light on for you,
You've come this far, don't you ever lose heart, now
Just turn around and I'll be there
I'm moving into your atmosphere

Just turn around and I'll be there
I'm moving into your atmosphere
I'll be there
Said I'll be there, said I'll be there
Said I'll be there always, forever
Just turn around and I'll be there,
I said I'll be there always forever
I'm movin' into your atmosphere

Saturday, September 04, 2010

Settling for less than God's best???

I'm starting to read a book with the title of this blog.  It's written by Elsa Kok.  It's been a good reminder of what I should be looking for...not just in a mate, but with my life period.  One of the subtitles is titled "The Truth About Desire."  There is a desire within us that is based on two truths (Brent Curtis & John Eldredge from The Sacred Romance) --the hero really has a heart of gold and the beloved really possesses hidden beauty.

Elsa writes "I had it all wrong.  My longing for a man...was wrapped and twisted and intertwined with the longing God creates in each one of us - the longing for Him.  God is the true knight, the one and only, the lover of our hearts and souls."

Scripture to back this up can be found from the following verses...

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.  For I am conviced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.  -- Romans 8:37-39
Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you. -- Hebrews 13:5
How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called the children of God! -- I John 3:1
And my favorite passage ... one that is special to my heart (because it's from I:43 scripture of where we got our name)...
When you pass through the water, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you.  When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.  For I am the LORD, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior. -- Isaiah 43:2-3
God's desire is to be with me...my desire should be the same.  In fact, He created for me to desire Him.  It's good to know that He wants me :)

Monday, August 30, 2010

organizing

Yesterday, after working in Grayson all afternoon, I went by church on my way home.  It was nice to see some of them before they walked out to go home.  I locked up too...glad I was able to still do part of my job (even though I miss most of the day with my church family because of my regular job).  Anyway, I had gone to the back in the fellowship hall and found my Sunday school material for next week. I really enjoy getting the new material.  I can go through it and see what I can use and what I need to do at searching for other supplies.

I got the handwork books, activity, & take-home sheets divided, and all of different pictures and flannel graph needed for each lesson. 

Yesterday the kids seemed to do okay...the little girl was having a rough day, but she did well anyway.

I also got a chance to pick up my CD that Ben made for me of the services that I missed.  I was able to listen to the mornings message on my way to work and on the way back home.  I'm glad I don't have to miss church every week, because it is weird for me to not go.

Until next time...

Saturday, August 28, 2010

curls for the evening...and playing around with my web cam

Just some pictures of my curls for the evening...and playing with my webcam...

I like this border...with the looking like a picture from a camera.

The Coffee House

The group I sing with (I:43) is singing at a Coffee House in Kentucky.  I'm excited about it, because it's a new location we will be singing.  The guy who began this Coffee House used to run the one at First Baptist Church in Ironton and we sang twice at that one.  He called a couple of weeks ago and we tried to get everything together.

Our orinigal group has been going through some adjustments.  One of the girls has left and we were working with another one to fill her spot.  But this Coffee House will be just Kathi, Mary and myself. Our new girl has some other obligations.  We had to work a few kinks out on Thursday and we hope that we should be able to run the songs before tonight. 

Pray for us if you read this before 5:30 pm.  Coffee House begins at 5:50 with sound check at 5:00. 

I'll post pics tonight if I get a chance to take any.

Until next time...

Friday, August 27, 2010

K-LOVE - MercyMe "Move" LIVE

Mentioned how I went to the Mercy Me concert the other night.  I have been listening to their latest CD like crazy...probably because I don't have Natalie Grant's or Kerrie Roberts' new ones.  Getting them today though :) Payday!!

Anyway...a friend of my share a link of this video on her facebook and mentioned in a comment that she thought I'd appreciate it...I DID!!  I love this song not just because of the fast pace or cool sound, but because it's a great reminder of how I need to live as a Christian in the world. 

It's (past) time to get ready for work.  Must close this blog to finish (start) getting ready and get to work on time.

Until next time...

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

All Of Creation

Tonight I went to see Mercy Me with my sister Leah, nephew Nicholas and friends Kat and Mary.  We had an amazing time tonight.  I love how Mercy Me is about praising God in their concert...yes we had fun and danced crazy, but when it all came down, it was a very special night of praising God.

My favorite song "Alright" was sung.  It's my favorite song because it has the message of "Bring the Rain" but more upbeat attitude (in other words, I dance during it, than cry like I do when I hear "Bring the Rain").  My favorite part of that song is the tag at the end..."count it pure joy when the world comes crashin', hold your head up and keep on dancin'" Such a great message and encouragement for Christians.  It actually reminds me of how I was when the hole situation with the layoffs at work.  I remember one of my co-workers who asked me, "why are you not worried about this?"  It was a great opportunity for me to share my faith in God and how I trust Him with my future.  I think this opportunity came to help me speak up about my faith.

I bought their new CD, because it was only $5.  I really like a few songs on it, but the one I posted is dedicated to my sister.  She wrote on my facebook wall "As soon as they start singing "All of Creation" and he drops that word "separated" you know what's coming next...get those hands in the air and start praising for me too..."  I miss my sister and am thankful that we are able to worship with each other in spirit.  I really wish she were here or at least lived closer.  It would have been fun to have her with Leah and me at the concert.

Until next time...

Monday, August 23, 2010

Thankful (with lyrics)


So, on the way home from work today, my sister brought up a point.  I was telling her about my job and how things are crazy.  She asked, "are you thankful you have a job?"  I answered her with a yes...and I began to think about it.  The hospital that I work for last month laid off many...thankfully I still have a job (for now).  And even though the past two times I worked alone in my department and through my lunch, I do have an amazing group of people that I work with who really help me out when I need it.

Thanking about being thankful...had me thinking of this song by Caedmon's Call that I saw live.  It was my favorite song they ever recorded.  Hope you enjoy...and that it helps you to remember to be thankful for what God allows to come our way...the good and the ugly.  LOL!!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

One Tree Hill DVD Season 7

I'm in happy mood today.  My favorite show released the Season 7 DVD...One Tree Hill.  I began watching the first episode already ... it feels like it's been longer than just a year since it was first on the network.  I had forgotten how much I liked the character of Alex Dupre.  She was funny at the beginning of the season, but later got on my nerves.

I'm looking forward to Season 8 beginning, September 14th.  They had some really good cliff hangers, so I'm looking forward to the first episode. 


Sunday, August 15, 2010

pic of the day - shelf in room

This is my shelf in my room. I re-painted it orange and white and added some pictures.  On top of the shelf is a picture of my momma when she was a senior.  The doll is the one I carried EVERYWHERE as a little girl.  The next thing, is a gift from a special friend.  The penguin is one of my gifts from my sister Leah.  The pictures are from left to right - one of the jump shots from the beach, a picture of the penguins that my niece took, and then a picture of me and Maddie.  I really like this shelf especially since it's matching my room now.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Improvements

I teach the pre-primary Sunday school class and most days I want to quit after Sunday school ends, but I feel were are improving things.  I have two kids who come regular to the class.  They are cousins to each other.  One is a boy the other is a girl.  The little girl seems to do pretty well with behaving, but the little boy struggles sometimes.

This past Sunday though, I walked into class with them and said, "what are we going to do today?"  And the little boy said, "be good." I was a little surprised he said it, but said, "I'm so glad to know that." Then while I taught my lesson, he listened...after the lesson was over, I began to ask questions about lesson, and he answered them all correctly.  I was so happy...I think I may have a special surprise next week :)

I have changed some settings on my comments

Due to some bad comments that are spam being posted, I have had to change the comment setting.  I hate this because I know that some people may like their comments to be shown right away, but because of this situation, I must do this. I do like to hear what people think of my posts, but due to this spam content of comments I must do this.  I apologize for any inconvenience this may cause anyone wanting to leave legit comments.

Monday, August 09, 2010

Kerrie Roberts- No Matter What **With Lyrics**

No Matter What...

"Your testimonies also are my delight; They are my counselors." Psalm 119:24 (NASB)

My pastor is going through Psalm 119 on Sunday nights. He is taking 8 verses each week. He began three weeks ago. He has challenged us to take one verse from the passage he preaches from and meditate each day of that week. The above verse is my verse for the week. His outline for the righteous (or upright people) is the following:
1. The upright desires life - they want to live in God's plan for their life
2. The upright desires light - they are illuminated by God's Word
3. The upright desires learning - they don't ever quit learning and studying God's word
4. The upright have a longing - they are drawn (like a magnet) for God's word

He ended the message with our challenge...when we don't have the answer for what we are facing in life we are to look in the Word. Just as we sometimes google things to find out the answers to those odd questions we have...we should search God's word for those answers. Verse 24 is a good summary for this passage is it states "Your testimonies also are my delight; They are my counselors."

This past week, I was introduced to a new song, "No Matter What" by Kerrie Roberts. This song came at just the right time for me. It talks about how we run to God when life is not always going our way. My favorite line is in the bridge:

anything I don't have you can give it to me,
but it's okay if you don't,
I'm not here for those things,
the touch of your love is enough on its own
...no matter what, I still love you,
and I'm gonna need You.

There are times that I have asked God for things and He has chosen to not give those things to me, but I have to remember I'm not here on earth to get things, I'm here to bring glory to God. By loving Him even though I don't get everything that I ask for, is a GREAT way to bring glory to Him. I can say, "No matter what, I still love God, and I'm gonna need Him. His testimonies also are my delight...they are my counselors."

I have posted the link to the song and there are lyrics with them. Please listen to it...and remember that God loves us, and no matter what, we should love Him too.

Until next time...

Thursday, August 05, 2010

Pic of the day - new sheets




So this past month I have been working on getting a color scheme for my room. I love penguins and have been decorating my room with them all over...gifts and presents from friends, family and people who know I like them. It's been really fun getting things together, but I still hadn't decided what to do with the accent color. I had blue from the last time, but I really wasn't liking it. My mom bought me a comforter for my birthday that had light blue (one of my favorite colors), but I still hadn't gotten anything to go with it.
The other day I went to (The) Wal-mart just looking at different stuff for VBS. Well...I had seen this orange throw (blanket) that was really soft and thought I'd really like to have it. Orange is my second favorite color. Anyway, I didn't get it that first day I saw it...but had some extra money and thought about it again. Wal-mart has the college stuff in stock and I found the orange sheets on sale (they are a microfiber ... which are softer than most sheets out there). Well...I put them in my cart, then I found this pillow for sitting up in the bed that was orange. I put it in my cart too. I finally thought if I can find that blanket I know it's meant to be...well, I looked in every bedroom stuff isle (twice), and was about to put the stuff up, but I rounded the corner and found on a end cap the blankets...and one was orange. YEAH!!! It was meant to be.
I have a quilt that my mom made when I was little. I remember watching her make it and somehow I ended up with it for several years. Now that it is getting older (and very worn), I decided that it may be a good idea to get a new "security" blanket. The penguin comforter that my mom bought would be really good to use this, with the exception that the backing of the comforter had a weird texture. I bought a queen size orange sheet for my mom to sew on the back of it...that way my orange accent would have a base of where it started. It looks really good and it is so nice. I think I will keep the old quilt for awhile...especially in the winter time when I have about 3 to 4 blankets on my bed (no heater in my room by choice, because I like it colder in my room)...that way I'll still have my "security" blanket with me.
Now...you may be wondering...why does a 40 year old have a "security" blanket? Well...I'm single....enough said :)

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

pic of the day - day 28


I know that I have not been doing as well with this pic of the day, but I realize now my life is not as exciting as I thought...I mean I had good idea for pics of the day, but nothing happened during this month.


Anyway...tonight my sister Mary got to come to church with me. When she visits, she usually goes to church with my parents or her in-laws church. It was really nice to have her visit with me tonight.


As we get older, we have become not just sisters, but friends. I love her!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Pic of the day - day 21


During the drama tonight, I got sprayed with silly string...later the skit, the boy who sprayed me dresses up like a mummy and tries to scare me. I scream and pretend to hit him. I got him on the ground and got a shot of it. Hope you enjoy...

Sunday, July 18, 2010

pic of the day - day 18


first day of VBS....and first battle scar. Was counting pencils that were just sharpened. Crazy how a pencil can stick into a person's hand. It hurt like crazy and my friends just laughed...I laughed and cried...began another break down. I will survive this week though.

Friday, July 16, 2010

pic of the day - day 16


Well...I haven't been posting any pics of the day...mainly because I have been very busy getting the power point ready for Sunday mornings dedication service for VBS...last night I got the timing completed, so I took tonight off. I went to Camden Park with two of my sisters and their kids. We had a blast, but I'm beat. I almost got sick...which wasn't good...but we did have a good time. Here is a pic of me with the niece and nephews that went tonight.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Video of the day...Day 12

Okay, so I have changed things a bit. I'm actually going to have a video of the day for today's picture of the day...since my friend actually posted on facebook, I feel it's okay to share with you. Even though the video is of me, we are going to have a power point of the VBS decoration construction for our dedication this Sunday. I wasn't sure if she was going to wait to show it then or if she was going to post it before the dedication.

One late night (or possibly early morning, I was painting and listening to my ipod. Playing on it, was "Veggie Tales Rocks." My favorite song is Skillet singing "Stand Up" from Rack, Shack and Benny. Love this version of the song...well, I was singing it while painting and my friend asked me to sing it again. What I didn't know was that she was recording me...hope you enjoy it...

video

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Pic of the day - day 11


So I missed a day...sorta. I didn't get home Friday night to upload, so I used Friday with Saturday too. Here is the pic of the day for today. The past two nights have been a BIG push to finish VBS decorations. Last night / this morning was doing the finishing touches. We got it all completed except for the water in the fountains, but before the evening service I was able to get the water to finish it.

Here is the final product...we think we have topped last year.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Pic of the day - day 9/10


Gigi just drank some Starbucks...she's ready to get back to work on VBS decorations

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Pic of the day - Day 7


The picture of the Day is of my nephew David. This is him on the third day of the roof project. I think we wore him out. He was a little upset that I posted this, but it was so funny.

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Pic of the day - Day 6

Day 2 of the roof project...these guys worked really hard, but they were on a break at this point of the day. It reminds me of a picture during the mission trip to Mexico I took. It brought back memories of that trip. These men and boys are a blessing to my family. I'm thankful to call several of them family members.

Monday, July 05, 2010

pic of the day - day 5


Pic of the day - hamburgers to be made into chicken nuggets.
So we have this work crew working on our roof, and last night my parents church had a picnic and left over food....they gave the food to my parents to feed our workers. We had three packs of these hamburgers left over. Well, my sister Mary says to us that we could reuse them. Becky agrees and says "yes, you can crumble them up and make sloppy joes." My brother-in-law Kessinger says, "maybe we can make chicken nuggets" because that is what my three nephews eat everywhere they go out to eat. Well, Mary picks up on this and says, "yeah, I can make them into chicken nuggest for you." My sister Becky who is literal with everything that is said, gets this confused look on her face and says, "you can't make hamburgers into chicken nuggest." Mary says, "yeah, I can do that." Becky really didn't get it as a joke...even with us all laughing. So funny!
We love Becky though. She's just so much fun to tease with...

Sunday, July 04, 2010

Pic of the day - day 4


Well...it is official, the hanging of the back drop for VBS has happened. That means we are only down to one week to get the rest of the decorations up. It's going to be crazy, but I think we will be able to do it. Here's a picture of the finish product.

Saturday, July 03, 2010

Pic of the day - day 3


My sister Leah was able to meet up with me today. She brought my birthday presents. One of my nephews picked out the skull (it's a change purse) - I have a skull and cross bones on my bowling ball. It was funny that he saw it and "just had" to get it for me. The two penguins are from her old collection. She used to collect penguins and now they are just in the building. The watch is a "gift with purchase"...funny how she had to explain why she got the gifts for me. She also got me a ticket to see Mercy Me in August. That is my "real" birthday gift.

Friday, July 02, 2010

Pic of the day - day 2


My niece and I completed the My Trainer Bob strength DVD tonight. It is very intense, but we both survived. My sister did the cardio DVD this morning. I think she was impressed...it really kicked her butt.


Thursday, July 01, 2010

Pic of the day


My sister is coming to visit for a month. She's gonna try these workouts with me....maybe she will help me get motivated again. Can anyone say ouch???

Next week some of my family will be working on my parents roof. My brother is calling it "raise the roof party." Cracks me up.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Getting to know a single 40 year old woman...

I'm lonely...as I sat here at home on a Friday night, I decided to search one of my favorite author's websites...Priscilla Shirer. Her ministry is called "Going Beyond." The first book I read by her was "A Jewel in His Crown." Loved the book and really encouraged me in my walk with Christ...to not compromise my values in what I am looking for in a mate. Well...lately I'm getting into that pity party mode and realizing that is just Satan's way of trying to discourage me I decided to see what Priscilla said about singleness. I follower her on twitter and saw that she had some interviews with people who were single (and a few that took stands as a single person, but have gotten married since that stand).

Those videos encouraged me some enough to decide to write about my thoughts...and also answer some questions she had asked some single people.

1. How old am you? and do you still desire to be married?
I turned 40 last month. Most times in my life my desire to be married is strong...however, there are few times (mainly after Sunday mornings Sunday school class it's not as strong -- I teach the pre-primary class and have two adorable and wild little ones in my class).

2. If so...what are you looking for in this stage in your life?
This has changed over the years. When I was younger my dream guy was Kirk Sullivan from 4Him. As I grew older my dream guy was Michael Vartan, but now he's engaged, so I have moved on from him. But seriously now on my "wish list" I have a few items that are non-negotiable.
a. Must be a Christian
b. Must encourage me in my relationship with God
c. Must love and treat me as Christ treats the church.
d. a man of intergrity
Other qualities that are important - that he would not have been married (I know at my age this is hard to find, but I believe all things are possible with God), takes a stand for what he believes, pursues me, enjoys spending time with my friends, wants to pray with me and for me, wants to spend time with me, calls me just to hear my voice, good with money, and musical (either sings or plays an instrument)
3. Why do you think you have never married?
I think it is because God hasn't opened his eyes to me yet. I don't know if I have met my "future" husband yet, or if we are still strangers. I would love to meet and be friends at first, but I don't have a lot of single guy friends. LOL!!

4. What is the part you appreciate most and the part you appreciate the least about being single?
Most - freedom. I can do things without having to check plans with someone else.
Least - the lonely feeling...it comes in those dry times of activity. LOL!!

5. How can other single women encourage each other?
pray for one another. I have a core group of friends of about 8 people who are my "support system." 4 of those 8 are married. The rest of us are single girls. We go through times of discouragement and prayer is a big thing for us.
Also being there for each other to do single stuff together. We love the girls who are married in our group, but now that they are married they have a partner that is important in their life. Having those single girls who get you ... and know the lonely feelings is really helpful.

6. What are some things to never say to single women?
You know the typical things like asking "why we aren't married yet?" is something that is not fun to answer...or when at wedding events making comments to us (or behind our backs) is a struggle. My mom is great about not pushing me to date or get married, but some parents push their single daughters too quickly into a marriage that really shouldn't be happening, just to have their daughter "happy." Marriage does not make a single girl happy...marriage is a difficult life too - just as singleness can be. If I can't be happy in my single life, how can I expect that to change with a marriage certificate. Only God can complete me...not some other guy.

7. What do you think are the top two (unhealthy) struggles with single women?
I can't really say for all single women, but my struggle is staying positive about being single. I know with the question above it looks like I know in my head that marriage is not a cure all, but my heart sometimes thinks it is.
The second unhealthy struggle I think single women can face is the life of purity. I'm thankful for parents who taught me purity so well, that it's engraved. I have always liked the quote from "Clueless" when Cher is talking about keeping her virginity "you see how picky I am with my shoes and they only go on my feet." Earlier she states when a girl asks her if she is a virgin "You say that like it's a bad thing."

8. How do you feel about online dating?
I have tried twice with eharmary. Two times I have met guys and they seemed like good guys, one I'm actually still friends with on facebook, but online dating is not for me.

I was at a Women of Faith conference and heard Lois Evans speak. She made a comment about looking for men on the internet and she said something about stop looking for men yourself and let the Man of Galilee lead him to you. I wish I could remember the exact statement, because it really impacted my life and opened my eyes that I was the one searching for someone special instead of allowing God to lead the man He knows He has for me.

I feel sometimes with online dating the girl pursues the boy. In my past relationships I have jumped the gun at times and allowed myself to be caught up in the romance of it all and compromise my old fashion values and pursued the boy. I don't want that...I want a guy that wants me. I read a non-Christian book "He's Just Not That Into You", but God allowed it to show me that even written from a secular point of view, there were values that I was raised to learn and those values were still good.

9. How do you protect your heart and still date?
This isn't one I can answer yet...right now I'm just protecting my heart. (I haven't dated in a few years.) If I were to go on a date now...I would make sure that my devotional time was devoted to this area of protecting my heart. One thing that I have done, is stopped pursuing boys. Yes, I will talk about guys who I find attractive, but I don't pursue. If they are into me, they can ask me out. I also want to give room for them to chase a little too.

10. Are single women supposed to sit and wait for God to bring them a man?
I am speaking as a single Christian girl and if you read the quote I mentioned earlier from Lois Evans it sounds like that is true that you should just sit and wait for the Man of Galilee to bring him, but it isn't...I believe that we as single women, need to be pursuing God and building that relationship. Living our life...enjoying activities. You never know when you will meet your future spouse...it may be at the grocery store, gym, work place, church, or even on vacation,but there are places that I don't go for meeting guys because those are not the guys that have the qualities on my "wish list". God has the power to allow two peoples paths to cross...sometimes our faith isn't as big as He thinks.

11. Do you approach them?
In times past, I would say yes, but I'm trying something new...I'm trying to be pursued by someone who wants to be with me...not because I'm doing the work, but because they enjoy my company. I personally was raised that girls do not ask guys out or pursue, but I have called boys in the past and probably rushed the relationship. It is a fine line and it's hard to wait, but a verse that has been on my heart lately is Psalm 27:14 "Wait on the Lord and be of good courage and He shall strengthen your heart...wait, I say, on the Lord" Waiting is a difficult thing to do, but I believe the prize in the end is going to be worth the wait.

12. What keeps you grounded and confident in the Lord?
My personal relationship with God...my devotional time is important to me...I can tell when I'm not spending enough time with him by the choices I make. That's when I have to evaluate what I'm doing to build it.

I hope this blog has encouarged you. It has helped me get my perspective back to where it needs to be. I'm not as lonely as when I started it, because my perspective is back on God and not on me. Life is all about perspective...God showed me a lot about perspective at the beach. One of my friends who is a little fearful about going into the ocean too far, stated one day the waves were really rough. My other friend and I went out a few moments later...I looked at them and said..."I don't think they are too bad...let's go out." But as we walked we began getting closer to where the waves were breaking over and it looked to be pretty high...the water was at our waists and I began to think, maybe she was right. But then I took a step and the water went down to my calves and as I walked closer to the breaking waves, it was at my ankles, I began to get past the breaking waves and it was smooth sailing...(so smooth that we saw a sand shark...LOL). God showed me with that illustration that I can face the rough storms in my life when I'm looking at Him and not at the storm. I can face the dry desert times in my life if my perspective is on Him.

Until next time...

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

A new project for July

Well...I'm preparing to do a new project in July with my facebook, but I think I will add it to my blog too. I'm going to have a "Picture of the Day."

I saw this idea from one of my favorite bands facebook page. Newsboys has a really cool feature where they post a "Picture of the Day." Some of their pictures were of them, but some of them were just something that they found unique in creation...or unique about their lives.

My goal is to do better with documenting my memories. I think God has given us so many things that we sometimes over look those simple things or even just don't see the really incredible things.

The project will begin on July 1st...next Thursday. I am really excited about this project and am looking forward to what God will show me in this.