Sunday, May 30, 2010
The expression "if something happens overnight you wouldn't appreciate it" is really true. I mean...it's a nice thought...to 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...
Thursday, May 27, 2010
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
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.
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
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.
Sunday, May 23, 2010
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
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 tomorrow...as the countdown continues.
Friday, May 21, 2010
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.
Thursday, May 20, 2010
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 too...so 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
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
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 book...it'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...
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 mother...so 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
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.