Sunday, May 30, 2010

Amy Grant - Overnight (Slideshow With Lyrics)


I just heard a new song by Amy Grant that really got me pondering more about the sermons I heard today. This morning, Pastor spoke from James 1. He talked about asking for wisdom during those trials that we are to count on in our life...and counting them as joyful, instead of being frustrated in them. Tonight's message was about turning from revenge and letting God get glory from our actions when others do us wrong. The song is called "Overnight." It's duet of Amy and her daughter Sarah Chapman. She has a beautiful voice...very similar to Colbie Caillat.

The expression "if something happens overnight you wouldn't appreciate it" is really true. I's a nice be able to get something without the trials or struggles that come with life sometimes, but would we really appreciate those things? I believe that part of the appreciation is the struggle...the ability to see what you are really made of...or in my case where my REAL strength is - GOD.

I'm finding that the older I get the more I rely on Him and I'm able to stand in the storms of life with confidence that He will get me through it...and the journey is worth it.

I have been thinking today about why I was put on earth. The main reason I was created by God is to bring glory to Him. I'm not here to make money and die. I'm not here to sing and make a name for myself. I'm here on earth to bring praise to my Heavenly Father ... My Creator. He is the reason I'm living and I'm breathing each breath I take. The struggles that He allows for me to see are things that bring Him glory...those struggles that happen days, weeks, months or even years are what makes me the person He is creating me to be.

When a trial comes into my life, I should embrace it joyfully (I struggle with the joyful part at times)...but these trials are temporary when it is in the timeline with eternity. The chorus of this song "overnight" says...

If it all just happened overnight
You wouldn't know how much it means
If it all just happened overnight
You would never learn to believe
What you cannot see
I have never seen God...but I know He's there. How??? Because I have read His word and know that He's left the Comforter with me to guide me through this life. May God show Himself to you this week...May you have the confidence to face life joyfully.
I'll leave you with the link of the song "Overnight" by Amy Grant featuring Sarah Chapman

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Happy Birthday to me!!!

It's here...I'm 40, and I'm still kicking. It's been a really good day. I got to work and opened the doors for the patients to come in and check in. The first patient said, "happy birthday" when we finished the signing in process. The next person came up and said, "Happy birthday!" I got this look on my face like, "How did you know?" but said thanks anyway. She was kind and said, "there's a sign here, but I'm not believing the 40 it says," I told her I was 40...and she said "you don't look it." I can't tell you how many people said that to me today. It helps turning 40 and not looking or feeling like it. Come to find out there were many signs well as a car that was TP'd in the lot. So much fun!

I work with a bunch of wonderful co-workers...they have made me feel very welcomed to our work family.

It's hot here though...makes me want the beach sooner....just 8 1/4 days until I'm on the beach.

My mom had made me a penguin bag/purse. Really cute! I have a cute mug and photo album from some friends. I really have enjoyed this day!

Until next time...

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Just 1 more day...

Wow! It's almost here...I'll be 40 years old tomorrow. It weird because when I was little I used to think 40 was old, but now that I'm turning it tomorrow I realize it's not that old at all. I don't feel 40, I don't look 40 and I definitely don't act 40, but yet I will be 40 tomorrow.

Today was a good relaxing day off. I worked at the church this morning to clean. It was a good day. Got a small nap...sorta. Went to Bible Study.

After Bible study I got home and my parents gave me my other birthday present. I had gotten my first one last month. It was a comforter with penguins on it. She had made me a purse/bag out of penguin material. It's so cute. I love it. I can't wait to take it to the beach when I go in 9 1/4 days.

Now it's time to go through my bedtime routine and hit the sack. Rest is gonna be needed now.

Until tomorrow.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

2 more days...

I missed yesterday blog post because when I got home I just didn't want to get on the computer. I didn't even check my facebook account. Anyway, my birthday celebration at Fat Patty's on Sunday night was so much fun. Our waiter was really nice. My friend Mary bought me a sash and crown to wear during dinner. I had a really good time. I put the stuff on and sat there and didn't care who saw. One of the other waiters came up to say happy birthday and then asked how old I was. All my friends love this question and they replied "How old do you think she is?" He got this look like, do I really have to answer, but he said late 20's, I think it was 27. I told him I was going to be 40 this Thursday. Our waiter got this shocked look on his face it was priceless. The other guy just said, "Man you are old!" I teased him and said, that I was offended, and asked for his manager, who came over and was surprised at my age too. The waiters all came over to sing happy birthday to me. The guy was still trying to dig out of the whole and said, "DeeJay is celebrating her 29th birthday." I just smiled. LOL!!! It was really a nice celebration. My friends there got me a couple of gifts. Gigi got me a photo album for the beach trip. I have already got a few scrapbooking things ready for it. Mary got me a mug and Ben and Kat are purchasing "Valentine's Day" for me. I am looking forward to seeing that movie again. The others were not able to make it with was kinda last minute, but it was really nice to celebrate.

Yesterday was a crazy day at work...we had a lot of walkin's for drug screens for work. It was really busy. After work, I went with Kat to get some summer clothes for her. She saved some money too. We ate at Moe's afterward.

I came home and got some stuff done here, and then went to bed. Not really too exciting.

Until tomorrow...

Sunday, May 23, 2010

4 days and counting...

Well...birthday plans have changed once again. We are going to Fat Patty's tonight after church to celebrate with friends my birthday. I think I honestly wouldn't mind if we waiting until later to just have dinner with everyone, but all my friends are insisting that we do something this week. Don't get me wrong, I don't mind celebrating my birthday, it's just that this week is REALLY crazy and there is so much going on with people getting out of school, working overtime, it's just hard to get everyone's schedule worked out. I wouldn't mind just waiting until things get a little settled before trying to celebrate.

This morning was a good morning in service. Pastor spoke on James 1:2-4. He reminded us that we need to "count on" the fact that there will be trails and tribulations in our lives, and to "know" that we have a God who is with us through those trials and that we need to "let" those trials make us stronger in our Christian walk. It was a really good message and a reminder that we will fall into trials...just remember that God is with us through those trials.

It's time to get ready to head back to church...Until tomorrow...

Saturday, May 22, 2010

5 days to go...

Well...there are 5 more days until the BIG 4-0...I think we have finally made the decision of my birthday celebration with friends. As of now, the plans are to go to Fat Patty's after church on Sunday, May I work 12 hours on Saturday and Friday not everyone is able to go. There will be one person who won't be able to make it at all, but we usually have dinner together on Wednesday before church.

Today began with working on VBS stuff. I really didn't get a lot done today...not sure why. But I did get the paper labeled and where it needed to go in the Sanctuary for the back drop. I hope to get started on the back drops the week after we get back from the beach. I will have to get my painting completed before the final work week as I will have family in town and will probably be very busy with those in town.

Also today I have been going through my beach attire. Making sure I have everything that needs to be packed on a list. I have also been putting clothes in the closets and drawers. There is still some more work that needs to be completed, so I better head back there to finish it.

Until the countdown continues.

Friday, May 21, 2010

6 days and counting

Today was a good day, but very long. A friend was having a procedure done this morning so I was up praying for her this morning.

Work today was okay...still missing Jessica...there will be 12 days until she comes back. Yes I'm counting them down.

After work, I went to the church to do some cleaning. There are a ton of flies in one of the rooms. I'm not sure if they are building a nest somewhere in the window sills where we have them blocked upstairs or what...but they are huge!

I got home and order pizza...didn't want to cook anything and my parents are out doing something with my brother.

Evening at home alone...gonna watch some tv then head to bed early...I like to sleep...I think it has to do with getting older.

Until tomorrow...

Thursday, May 20, 2010

7 days to the BIG 4-0!

So...I know I just wrote about being blue...possibly due to my birthday, but I still am excited about turning 40...sorta. I think it's more because I don't look 40, but I'm gonna write a blog for each day as a count down.

Tonight I was working on VBS decorations. My job tonight was aging our scroll paper for the memory verses to hang in the Sanctuary. You would be surprised at how many songs I was singing about fire tonight. I was hyped up on Mountain Dew freeze that probably wasn't helping. Plus I think the paper we were burning was causing some weird smells too. LOL!!!

Friends are also in the process of getting my birthday celebrations plans in concrete. We really aren't sure what we are doing or when, because I actually work on Saturday after my birthday for 12 hours at the clinic. If it wasn't for us having to fill-in for both 12 hour shift girls I wouldn't have to work, but we are short one 12 hour person already and the other one is on vacation for 14 days. I really miss her.

So until tomorrow...

Monday, May 17, 2010

I'm so blue...

I'm not sure what is causing my blue-ness. I wish I could put my finger on it. I have thought of a couple of ideas, but really don't know if it is the cause either.

1. My 40th birthday is coming up in 10 days. I am thankful that I am still having birthdays, but maybe it's the number that is in the back of my mind causing the blue feelings.

2. Maybe it's the fact that my favorite show has it's season finale...and the future of the show is still in the balance. Rumors are flying, but it's not really decided yet.

3. I'm so ready for vacation and I'm counting down the days, but it's not soon enough.

4. My co-worker is going to be gone for about two weeks and I'll be working with some strangers again.

It could be either of these things or maybe I haven't hit the nail on the head yet.

Because of the blue-ness, I'm posting a song that has been going through my head. This was the only version I could find, but it's the one I've been singing. Hope you enjoy!

Sunday, May 09, 2010

Happy Mother's Day

Mother's Day...a day set aside to bring honor to a woman who helped in bringing to the person.

Proverbs 31:10-31

A good woman is hard to find,
and worth far more than diamonds.
Her husband trusts her without reserve,
and never has reason to regret it.
Never spiteful, she treats him generously
all her life long
She shops around for the best yarns and cottons,
and enjoys knitting and sewing.
She's like a trading ship that sails to faraway places
and brings back exotic surprises.
she's up before dawn, preparing breakfast
for her family and organizing her day.
She looks over a field and buys it,
then, with money she's put aside, plants a garden.
First thing in the morning, she dresses for work,
rolls up her sleeves, eager to get started.
She senses the worth of her work,
is in no hurry to call it quits for the day.
She's skilled in the crafts of home and hearth,
diligent in homemaking.
She's quick to assist anyone in need,
reaches out to help the poor.
She doesn't owrry about her family when it snows;
their winter clothes are all mended and ready to wear.
She makes her own clothing,
and dresses in colorful linens and silks.
Her husband is greatly respected
when he deliberates with the city fathers.
She designs gowns and sells them,
brings the sweaters she knits to the dress shops.
Her clothes are well-made and elegant,
and she always faces tomorrow with a smile.
When she speaks she has something worthwhile to say,
and she always says it kindly.
She keeps an eye on everyone in her household,
and keeps them all busy and productive.
Her children respect and bless her;
her husband joins in with words of praise:
"Many women have down wonderful things,
but you've outclassed them all!"
Charm can mislead and beauty soon fades,
The woman to be admired and praised
is the woman who lives in the Fear-of-God.
Give her everything she deserves!
Festoon her life with praises!

This passage of Scripture is a description of my momma. Of course...she's a humble woman and would probably say that she doesn't live up to this woman who is mentioned in the passage, but in my's her. My mom is an amazing woman.

Both my parents played a huge role in my life in shaping my relationship with Jesus, but my mom was the one who lead me to Jesus one wintery night in 1983. At the age of 8, I knew I had to become a Christian, and I went through the motions, but I really don't believe that at the tender age of 8 that I fully accepted Jesus' gift of Salvation. I do, believe that I became a Christian at the age of 13 in our living room, with my mom explaining the scriptures to me. I believe that was the night that I gave my heart to Christ, and fully excepted His gift of salvation for me.

My momma's favorite hymn is "Blessed Assurance" and I know why it's her favorite hymn...because there is a blessed assurance in knowing that you are in right relationship with THE Creator. Tonight in our evening service, I was able to share testimony of how much I appreciate my mom...and how this song is very special to her. We sang the third verse of it which I think is something I'd like to share here...

Perfect submission all is at rest
I, in my Savior am happy and blest
watching and waiting, looking above
filled with His goodness, lost in His love
This is my story, this is my song
Praising my Savior, all the day long

It's something special to have a person in your life that is an amazing example of a godly woman. I know that there are some who have not experienced it, or some who have lost their godly I wanted to express my thanks to my mom in this blog today...Happy Mother's Day...thank you for being a woman that I want to model my own life after...I love you!

Saturday, May 01, 2010

We are Family...

I have really enjoyed these past couple of weeks. My sister Mary from Nebraska has been visiting here. She came to be with my mom for her 75th birthday. We had such a fun celebration. On her birthday we went to Stewarts Hot Dog...that was her choice, but on Saturday we got a few more of the family together and had another celebration with some cake. It was a fun day then too. We played a game of hide-and-seek tag. I haven't ran that much in a long time. I was glad that I was able to get on base before getting tagged a couple of times.

My sister was supposed to leave to head back home on Monday, but ended up getting to stay an extra week. And it has been really nice to have her here without distractions from other areas of life. Last night we went to Chick-fil-a and then to Wal-mart, which Marc showed me the toy area again (I have now been to Wal-mart's toy section both times that I went to Wal-mart with him). It's interesting how much different the boy toys are than girls. Dolls were so much more fun for me than the guns, swords, and other stuff.

All in all it was a really nice visit...we have a couple of more days together...and I'm already looking forward to her visit in the summer.

I do want to post about two sermons I heard this past week, but I don't have the notes from them to get it all straight. But last Sunday night, we had a very powerful service with everyone coming up front to share our giants so that we as a church family could be praying for each other. God has blessed me not only with a WONDERFUL family of two parents, and 6 brothers and sisters, and 6 in-laws with lots of nieces and nephews...BUT also with a VERY SPECIAL church family with many prayer warriors to help me and challenge me in my daily walk with Jesus.