Saturday, December 31, 2011

Happy New Year's the end of 2011.  I am sitting at my friends' house playing in a wii bowling tournament.  I'm actually waiting to play because we only have a few remotes.  This is the way I spent last year.  Sitting with my friends and enjoying the end of 2010.  These people are the people who know me well.  They know my down falls, yet still love me.  They are my true friends who have seen me at my worst and still accept me.  If I didn't have these friends I don't know where I would be in my life.  It's been an interesting year that we have gone through.  In January we all had made some decisions to get healthier and lose weight.  Each of us started in a different way, but Ginger, Mary and I began Weight Watchers in February.  My friend Kathi met a major goal this year.  She has shunk almost half her size.  She has encouraged others in this journey creating a Fit and Faithful Group.  Her husband Ben has lost a lot of weight too and has been really good with running 5Ks.  

I also have an amazing family that really encouraged me in this journey.  My sister Mary who inspired me to begin my journey by her example.  Not only by the example, but also by her words of encouragement when I wanted to quit. 

I have found a new love in my life...ZUMBA!  I began a certified instructor this year to help me along my journey.  It has been a really great help to me.  Due to this certification, I have been able to help out my Zumba granny because she has had to take some time off from instructing for health reasons. 

Because this is the end of 2011...I'd like to share my resolutions for the year 2012.

1. Read my bible daily - I'd like to read through it, but I'm just going to attempt to get the daily part, because sometimes I get behind on that reading.
2. Workout - Zumba (2 to 3 times a week) and add some type of strengthening workout - yoga or Jillian Michaels ripped in 30.
3. track daily - I have not been tracking with Weight Watchers, my goal this year is to track daily.
4. drink water- at least 8 - 8 oz each day.
5. Journal in my blog - both this one and the Biggest Loser one.  I like to use this one for my spiritual blog and the Biggest Loser for the weight loss journey.
6. Save money each pay check.  I want to do better at saving and not wasting my money.

These are what I have so far.  I may add some before the end of January.  Until next time...

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Discerning the Voice of God

So I'm reading a book by Priscilla Evans Shirer. It's entitled "Discerning the Voice of God."  I have been reading it on and off for awhile, but as I read a little tonight I wanted to share something that I read about waiting.

My song of the moment is "Waiting Here For You" by Christy Nockels from the Passion CD "Wait For You." The verse was quoted in this chapter Psalm 5:3 "Listen to my voice in the morning, Lord.  Each morning, I bring my requests to you and wait expectantly."  Priscilla is telling the story of Habakkuk and how he waits for God's voice. She writes the following:

"I must admit that waiting to hear from God is difficult for me.  But I've begun to see that the process of waiting for a message from God is often just as important as the message itself. As I wait, my faith grows.  The waiting prepares me to receive the message that's coming and to respond in obedience. In some cases, the intimacy that I develop with God wile waiting is the message."  
That last line really hit me.  It's talks of an intimacy that can be developed while waiting on God to speak to us and how that can be more important than the answer itself.  I have seen that in my life.  Sometimes not getting the answer, but knowing that I can trust God to supply the answer in His time can be what gets me through the waiting process.  I know that I can trust God in that because he has done that in the past.  I'm thankful for this and to be able to see how the waiting process can help a relationship is something that I can take to other areas in my life where I'm waiting.

Praise God! He is able to be trusted!

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas

Well...Christmas Eve 2011.  Sorry it's been awhile since I have written in this blog.  Momma mentioned to me the other day about not writing in it.

I have been busy with work a lot.  We are looking for another person in my department again.  I'm praying that we can find the right fit of that position.  It's important to have people who can work well together :)

I'm excited about tomorrow being Christmas. Our choir will be presenting the cantata again.  Then I'm heading to my sisters for Christmas dinner.  Tomorrow night I'm going to sing "All Is Well" and Kathi is singing too.  I am praying for my voice, because I'm beginning to get sick.

Well...until next time :)

Sunday, October 16, 2011

United in prayer

My pastor has been preaching a series of messages on prayer for the Sunday evening services.  This has been a great series for me.  Mainly because I think my prayer life always needs improving. 

Tonight's focus was being united in prayer as a church family, but also as a body of believers.  I have an amazing family (physical).  I have two wonderful Christian parents who raised me to love God and accept His gift of salvation.  I also have 6 brothers and sisters - all of them are believers.  Those 6 siblings have married believers too.  We are up to 14.  Now, 5 of those siblings have children, and if I'm not mistaken all of their children have accepted Jesus as their Savior too.  I do have one great niece who we are praying will accept that gift soon :)  Having this amazing family is very special to me.  Not everyone has had the opportunity to see God work in many ways in their life. 

I love that God has given me this precious gift of a family.  Next month we will be gathering for our annual Buckeye Christmas celebration.  This annual celebration is one of my favorite times.  I love how we all get together and catch up on each others events and lives (even though we try to email weekly about what's happening).  I also love how we are related not only by blood (and marriage), but by God's blood too.  I can't imagine living my life without a Christian family...supporting me in unity of prayer.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Lecrae - I Love You (1080p HD) [Rehab] (Lyrics)

So I finally broke down and purchased the rest of the Lecrae CD from itunes which was cool because I got it cheaper since I had purchased two songs already. This morning while getting ready I listened to most of it, and when I heard the song "I Love You" it reminded me of a conversation at church with Jimmy Nichols. 

His wife had given me their prayer card and bookmark.  He covered his face (only showing his wife and son) and said, now if you look it this way it's better.  I had looked closer and mentioned how his son had grown into a nice looking young man.  He began to tell me that he was taller than him and they made him sit down :)  I asked how old and he told me 16.  Where has the time gone?  Anyway...I said, "well, too young." He laughed and said, "What are you now...21?" I said, "23...well really 41." He said a name of someone he knew and his wife said, "Noooo." Do you know how in one word you can get a huge picture of someone or something?  Well I heard it in that one word. I told her thank you for having my back.

We laughed a little more about it, and with all seriousness he told me I was doing the right thing, waiting for the guy that God wants for you.  Reminded me of how God made Adam and put him to sleep then made Eve and when He woke Adam...he saw everything he dreamed of in Eve. Reminded me that this is my nap be doing what God wants of me, and when it's time God will awake me and when I see (insert the person's name) to run as fast as I can away from him. 

We all laughed, but in reality that is what I'm to be doing....sleeping. You know last night it hit me.  When I'm sleeping, I'm not thinking about what I'm going to be having to eat or getting the details of my next Zumba routine.  I just sleep, rest and dream.  I may dream of eating and doing Zumba, but it's not something I plan to do while I sleep.  That's what I'm dreaming about...

I think it's interesting that when I'm waiting on God's best for me, how it's always on my mind when I'm awake...I need to think of it that I'm sleeping.  If I dream about a particular type of guy, then I need to remember it's a dream while I'm sleeping.  The following song reminded me of the type of guy I'm dreaming about.  It's just a picture with nothing on the screen, so fill free to just play and follow the words.  Some of the descriptions he uses I don't understand, but you can get the picture of the type of Christian guy I'm praying for.  I want a guy who loves God with all his heart, soul, mind and strength :)  When God wakes me up, I'll see him...I'll see him when it's time :) 


Lecrae - I Love You

Yeah, sometimes we get so addicted to self that, you don't realize you hurting other people, specially the people you care the most about.

Girl I love ya cross my heart and hope to live to make you smile,
Cause I don't deserve for all the times you held me down,
Listen to me now. I love you girl.

Ya know I had to do a love song
To let the whole world know bout my love jones ,
Love sticks is what I told the docter,
We could be more like Sho Baraka,
But we all moors and we been that
And when I said I do, I meant that
Its trip that, you let me lead you
Cause I'm a mess and sometimes I need you
And I need you, to understand
That I'm dying everything tryin to be a better man,

I put that on my momma,
I love the way you play your part through my drama
Long nights, long flights ,trips outta town
Ya keep my head up when it was hanging down
Down like four flats on a lack
I let you down and you still keep coming back

Girl I love ya cross my heart and hope to live to make you smile,
Cause I don't deserve for all the times you held me down,
Listen to me now. I love you girl.

Out here trying to save the world,
Cant forget about my baby girl
And baby girl, you so tight its true to me sometimes I wonder why you fool with me
Cause foolishly I'm prone to hurt you,
Call you grace cause I don't deserve you
I recall cold nights, no lights, low dough nights
You ain't fussin you was there the whole night sayin its alright,

So faithful, Far as beef yeah we done had a plateful
But we ate it up and we made it up
Cause our view of the Lord wasn't great enough
No divorce cause what God brought together,
We will never tear apart, gonna fight and never let up.
And when I get up I'm back down on my knees,
Thank God my rib's the best part of me.

Girl I love ya cross my heart and hope to live to make you smile,
Cause I don't deserve for all the times you held me down,
Listen to me now. I love you girl.

All the fellas out there in the world
If your lady love God and you gotta good girl
Stay wit her, pray wit her, take her on a date
Tell her you appreciate....

How she love me, how she cares
And how shes every woman every where,
And baby I'm sorry for all the days I let you down
But I got something to say, I love you girl

Sunday, October 09, 2011

Friday, September 30, 2011

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Chris August - Candy Wrap

Went to see Chris August tonight.  I really love his music.  One of the things I like about him, is his passion about God and the songs that he sings that glorify Him....but Chris also has a humorous side.  This song shows it.  I got a shirt that was made for this song...thought it would be great to wear to my Zumba class :)

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Courageous Movie - The Resolution for Women

 So the book I'm beginning to go through for a study is "The Resolution for Women" by Priscilla Shirer.  I really like her writings because she really puts things into practical application.  I'm excited to go through this book, but also know from reading the introduction...that it's going to be a book that will challenge me to become the woman that God wants me to be. 

I'm so glad that Priscilla Shirer was the chosen writer of this book, because I have read other books of hers and she brings things to a level of understanding.  It's like she is talking to you instead of you reading what she has said.  I really think this is a book for any woman who wants to be challenged and who wants to become the woman of God.

There are 13 resolutions in the book.  They are as follows:
  1. I DO SOLEMNLY RESOLVE to embrace my current season of life and will maximize my time in it.  I will resist the urge to hurry through or circumvent any portion of my journey but will live with a spirit of contentment.
  2. I WILL CHAMPION God's model for womanhood in the face of a profeminist culture.  I will teach it to my daughters and encourage its support by my sons.
  3. I WILL ACCEPT and celebrate my uniqueness, and will esteem and encourage the distinctions I admire in others.
  4. I WILL LIVE as a woman answerable to God and faithfully committed to His Word.
  5. I WILL SEEK to devote the best of myself, my time, and my talents to the primary roles the Lord has entrusted to me in this phase of my life.
  6. I WILL BE a woman who is quick to listen and slow to speak.  I will care about the concerns of others and esteem them more highly than myself
  7. I WILL FORGIVE those who hav ewronged me and reconcile with those I have wronged.
  8. I WILL NOT TOLERATE evil influences even in the most justifiable form, in my self or my home, but will embrace and encourage a life of purity.
  9. I WILL PURSUE justice, love mercy and extend compassion toward others.
  10. I WILL BE FAITHFUL to my husband and honor him in my conduct and conversation in order to bring glory to the name of the Lord.  I will aspire to be a suitable partner for him to help him reach his God-given potential.
  11. I WILL DEMONSTRATE to my children how to love God will all their hearts, minds, and strength, and will train them to respect authority and live responsibly.
  12. I WILL CULTIVATE a peacheful home where everyone can sense God's presence not only through acts of love and service but also through the pleasant and grateful attitude with which I perform them.
  13. I FULLY RESOLVE to make today's decisions with tomorrow's impact in mind.  I will consider my current choices in light of those who will come after me.
Pray for me as I begin this journey.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

summer of weddings

This past summer, my niece Karis was married to Nate Sego, and my nephew Michael married Amanda Wilson.  It was so much fun to be able to attend both weddings.  I had the opportunity to help with both weddings in some sort of way.  For Karis' I was able to help with fixing her hair, as she had gotten sick that morning and wasn't able to make it to her hair appointment. I fixed my sister Mary's hair for her son's wedding.  I was so glad that I was able to serve in some form for both of those weddings.

Now that the weddings are over, it's time to focus on getting my Zumba instructors license.  I'm excited about getting that.  It's something that is going to help me in my weight loss journey.

Well...that's all for now.  I hope to get back to the song a day when everything settles down :)

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Day 16 - A song that you used to love, but now you hate - When did you fall in love with me + Lyrics - Chris Rice

It's not that I hate this song, but I don't love it as much as I used to :)  This was a song I liked during one of my relationships, now I think of that guy when I hear it, and it's not a HAPPY memory. 

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Day 15 - A song that describes you - Francesca Battistelli - This Is The Stuff (Lyric Video)

When I first heard this song, I didn't really like it, but after listening to the words...I know that is who I am.  I lose my phone and keys at least once a day.  I also sometimes see the lights of a police car in my rearview window, unfortunately.

It's a fun song, and there's another reason I like it now.  At one of the Winter Jam concerts, this past Winter. I met a guy Clint, who couldn't stand this song.  Everytime they played it during the breaks as the commercial, I would look back at him.  I told him that I would always remember him because of this song :)

Thursday, July 07, 2011

Day 14 - a song that no one would expect you to love - Grupo Treo - P├ęgate [Official Music Video]

This is a song that we dance to at Zumba.  It's one of my favorites.  I'm not a fan of music that is in another language, but I really like how this goes together.  I did check out the words online and it's pretty interesting!

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Day 12 I'm skipping / Day 13 A Song that has a great music video - MercyMe - I Can Only Imagine

Day 12 was A song from a band you hate.  I don't want to post anything by a band I hate...if I don't like them, why would I want to junk up with that stuff :)

Day 13 - A song with a great music video.  I love this song, but the video is really cool.  With the empty frames of people who have passed.  It's a great tribute to those people who have left us a great legacy.  I love how Michael Tait is in the video.  He's the lead singer of my favorite band :) And he's just adorable!  I think it's great how Bart and the boys recorded this in memory of their dads who have passed.  It's just a great honor :)

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Day 11 - A song from your favorite band - Newsboys - Miracles

Hearing this LIVE is really fun.  This is one of the songs they play when they go through the audience on their platforms.

Monday, July 04, 2011

Day 10 - a song you that makes you fall asleep - Michael O'Brien - The Lord's Prayer

This song doesn't make me fall asleep, but it's easy for me to go to sleep to.  I love how this song is so peaceful. I love his version of this.

Saturday, July 02, 2011

Day 9 - A song that you know all the words to - Kerrie Roberts "Savior To Me"

This is a new song taht I sing at church.  I really like it, because it has the salvation story from the beginning. I really love how it talks about Creation and how God knew we would need to have His son Jesus to pay our debt.  It's a beautiful song :)

Friday, July 01, 2011

Day 6 - a song that reminds you of a certrain event - Arise My Love - by Newsong

This is one of my favorite songs that reminds me of Easter.  To listen to this group sing this LIVE is amazing!  I remember the first time I heard it with a friend of mine Gigi - she had never heard the song and she went crazy!!  It's just a song that makes you want to SHOUT!!!  It's worth going to a newsong concert for just this song! 

Hope you enjoy!

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Day 6 - a song that reminds you of somewhere - Hallelujah by Newsboys

This is a song that I play on the way home from any place I'm travelling.  It's a tradition that began when going to concerts with my friend Carrie Duty.  She and I had so much fun going to many contemporary Christian concerts back in the day :)  We would play this song when we hit a certain town on the way meant we were close.  Once I would drop her off, I would play this on repeat until I got home, because it was a great song to keep me awake :) 

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Day 5 - a song that reminds you of someone - Lecrae - Background Ft. C-Lite

This is a special song because it reminds me of my niece Maddie.  She is a special girl in my life.  Very inspiring and so much fun to have around me.  She's an encouragement and someone who loves music as much as I do.  I am so thankful that she is in my life.  She introduced me to this song and it was introduced at just the right time, because I needed the reminder that God is in control of my life and I want to do what He leads me to do.  My niece Maddie has this desire and I'm thankful of her life encouraging me to persue this too :)
I love you Maddie!!!

Monday, June 27, 2011

Song Challenge Day 4 - A song that makes you sad - Pam Thum - Life Is Hard.mpg

This song is known as my signature song for me to sing.  Anytime people have heard me sing it they request it more.  At one time that wasn't a big deal for me, but now it's a really hard song for me to sing.    In fact I couldn't figure why people enjoyed hearing the song so much, but finally God allowed for me to get hit with a big storm in my life where I knew what life being hard and knowing that God was good was all about.

Since that storm this song is hard for me to get through without crying.  Mainly because I do know that God is good even when life is crashing it's storms on me.  Knowing that He is in the midst of it, helps me to know I can make it through it. 

Hope you enjoy :)

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Song Challenge - Day 3 - A song that makes you happy - MercyMe "Move" LIVE

So I skipped Day 2 for this challenge because it was of a song that I didn't like.  If I don't like a song, why would I post something for it to be played????  Didn't make sense to me, so I skipped it. 

Today's song is "Move" by Mercy Me.  It's a song that makes me happy :)  I love this song because it makes me smile and want to move.  I think it's a great song to change a mood.  Plus it's has a Bee Gee's sound at the bridge :) 

Hope you enjoy :)

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Song Challenge - Day 1 - My favorite song - Because of Love

Over the next 30 days I'm going to be sharing some different songs. 

Day 1 - My favorite song.  I struggle with choosing a favorite song, because I love music.  Music is a big part of my life and it's hard for me to choose a favorite song, but this song by Natalie Grant is a favorite of mine.  I have liked it since I first heard it. 

Sunday, June 05, 2011

Background - Lecrae (feat. C-Lite) - lyrics on screen

So my niece wrote a quote from this song on her facebook and I looked up the song.  Really enjoyed it.  Thought I'd share with you :)

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

The birthday celebrations continue...

Today I met up with two of my friends to have lunch and get a couple of more presents :)  I joined, Ashley (my zumba instructor) and Kathi for lunch today.  They got me a Zumba bag and a Zumba shirt :)  I'm so excited. 

We went to Casa Grande and they sang happy birthday to me and gave me a dessert.  I have a feeling those pounds that I gained are going to have some more, but I'm going to do my best this week to get them off. 

I also had a piece of new york cheesecake.  It was amazing!!

Friday, May 27, 2011

Happy Birthday to me!!!

Today is my birthday :) A few years ago I got the nerve to ask my favorite artist to sing "happy birthday" to me.  He wasn't able to call, but he did send me an mp3 file of him singing it.  I still listen to it the morning of my birthday :)  It's so great that he did it for me, and thought I'd share it with my readers :)

This has been a really good birthday. I took the day off, and had biscuits and gravy for breakfast.  Then I met up with two people to help with hanging a sign for VBS.  We got together with a couple of more people for lunch.  I came home to hang out a bit.  Tonight I am going to meet up with some of my friends for pizza and fellowship :)

Tomorrow I weigh in at Weight Watchers...which will have a gain I'm sure...with all of the food I have eaten these last few days.  I will get over the weigh in and begin anew tomorrow :)

Monday, May 23, 2011

Nicole C Mullen sings Kingdom Come w/ lyrics.m4v

Yesterday, Pastor preached on Jesus' return.  With all the news about the rapture being on Saturday, he wanted to encourage us and challenge us to be looking for his return.  While he was preaching, this song kept playing in my head.  He told us to be watching, while we are watching we should be worshipping and then since we are worshipping we should be serving until He comes. 

Jesus taught us to pray. 

"Our Father who is in heaven, Hallowed be Your name.  Your kindgom come, Your will be done, On earth as it is in heaven.  Give us this day our daily bread.  And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.  And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil.  For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever.  Amen."

Nicole C.Mullen has released a new CD and the song Kingdom Come (recored with Michael O'Brien - my favorite singer) is a reminder of how we should be praying until Jesus returns. 

My favorite part begins when they sing, "Let it...Come, come, come, let it come, come, come, let it come"  Then she brings parts of our lives where we need to pray that the kingdom come "In our home, let Your kingdom come, on the jobs, let thy Kingdom come, in our churches, let thy kingdom, In our Government, in our relationship, in our schools, in our marriages, let thy kingdom come..."

I just really like how that song reminds me that I need to pray as Jesus taught me to pray :)

Monday, May 16, 2011

Holy Captivated - Nicole C. Mullen - My new song of the moment

Captivated - –verb (used with object), -vat·ed, -vat·ing.

1. to attract and hold the attention or interest of, as by beauty or excellence; enchant: Her blue eyes and red hair captivated him.

2. Obsolete . to capture; subjugate.

I'm captivated by Jesus Christ.  The opening track from Nicole C. Mullen's CD "Captivated" is a great song.  It's become my song of the moment.  I love this worship song.

After hearing last night's message about everything we do be for Jesus only...not for our boasting or for us being seen, but so that we can point people to Jesus.  If we are captivated by Jesus...this is how we should live anyway. 

Below is the lyrics of this song...hope you enjoy :)

When I behold the beauty of your many wonders
 and I'm captivated by your majesty
O my soul rings out a sacred Hallelujah
Back to the Source from whence it came
And when I'm searching for the face of the Invisible
I reach to hold the hand that formed my being
All of a sudden everything that lives within me
Blesses your name
Again and again

Crying -
Holy is the Lord God Almighty
Worthy is the Lamb who was slain
To receive our greatest adoration
Jesus, Son of God is His name

When I'm overwhelmed by all that is around me
And the tears that flood my heart run down my face
I'll remember that your heart also was broken
And even in pain
You're worthy of praise

Crying -

Holy is the Lord God Almighty
Worthy is the Lamb who was slain
To receive our greatest adoration
Jesus, Son of God is His name

When I contemplate the day of our reunion
And I anticipate the One who calls my name
There's a yearning rising up from deep within me
To be swept away for'er and a day
Cause I can't wait to see the ones who've gone before me
Hear the  music, taste the laughter, walk the sea
But the moment I will live and I will die for
Is to hear His voice welcoming me, and I'll cry

Holy is the Lord God Almighty
Worthy is the Lamb who was slain
To receive our greatest adoration
Jesus, Son of God is His name
May God be glorified in my life :)

Monday, May 09, 2011

Stronger by Mandisa (From the Upcoming Album "What If We Were Real")

My new song of the moment..."Stronger" by Mandisa.

The other day while working on VBS decorations, my friends mentioned that I should get this song to sing.  I hadn't recalled the song...even though they play it all the time on K-Love, so I downloaded it from itunes, then listened to it this morning on the way to work.  It was just what I needed to encourage me this morning. 

Psalm 27:14 says, "Wait on the Lord and be of good courage and He will strengthen your heart, Wait, I say, on the Lord."  This verse is something that has been on my heart for awhile now and I realized while listening to this song I'm getting stronger due to the waiting on the Lord.  It's tough a lot of times...when I see others getting things that I'm praying for...and it's not that I'm not happy for those others who are getting those things...I am happy for them, but there's still a hurt feeling that I'm still ... WAITING.  But this morning this song reminded me that while I'm waiting, I'm getting stronger.  I love the line from the bridge ..."He knows how much it hurts, and I'm sure that He's gonna help you get through this..."  I believe that and am thankful that I do have a God who cares what I'm going through...who's there with me in the storm...who's there for me to fall into His arms. 

Hopefully you will be encouraged by this song too...

Sunday, May 08, 2011

Happy Mother's Day

My momma is the best!  How many of us believe that and know it's true!  I'm so thankful that God had chosen my mom (and dad) to be my parents.  I know I am who I am because of their teaching.  My daddy preached the messages that taught the foundations for me to know I needed to be saved, but my momma was there to lead the way to Him that Tuesday night in December.  I still remember how God used her as she lead me through Scripture to answer those questions I had asked her.  I knew them,  but she helped explain them a little more and it seemed to be what I needed to hear, because that night was the night that surrender was there to accept the FREE gift of salvation.  I'm thankful for the little lessons momma taught me along the way. The most important was the one of my true identity. The one where I know I'm a child of the king...I know who's girl I am...I'm Jesus' girl!  I am royality.  No matter what happens to  my parents, I know that I'm secure in Jesus.  I will ALWAYS be His girl!

Thanks momma....

Monday, May 02, 2011

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Resurrection Day

It has been a VERY long day for me...actually my weekend was really busy and for some odd reason I woke up at 4 am yesterday morning.  I tried going back to sleep and was going in and out for about 2 hours.  Mom called for me around 8 am, so I did get a bit of sleep.  After that, I was awake until almost 2 am this morning.  I went to bed and overslept an hour...woke up at 5 am.  Got ready for sunrise service and was able to enjoy a great day.

Pastor thought I had some coffee to help me with my hyper-ness, but I think it was chocolate overload from seeing Michael Tait last night.  Had a really great time at the concert. I loved taking Leah and Nicholas.  Mary had gotten sick and Kat and Ben had decided not to go, so we gave the tickets to some friends of mine that I had ran into last weekend at the Big Daddy Weave concert.  It was a really good time.

I got nervous around Michael Tait and ended up wishing him "Merry Christ..." He was funny.  Duncan was sweet, he wished Mary to get well...which she did.

This morning at Sunrise, I sang a new song..."Savior to Me (Sing Glory)."  I was thankful that God provided the voice for both sunrise solo and the solo in the cantata.  We had great services all day and Mary and I went to Mamre for their cantata.  It was a great evening :)

God is good and allows us to be reminded of important details of His message throughout history.  Before the world began...God had a plan to send His Son Jesus Christ - to PAY IT ALL!!!  His sacrifice is the acceptable sacrifice.  God created us and wants us to be with Him, that He made a way for us to be with Him.  He did this for me...for you.  I believe that our job is to bring glory to Him.  He is worthy of the praise and honor and glory :)

Sunday, April 17, 2011

a difference

Here is side by side pictures of me before in December (31st) and today April (17th).  I'll probably add one next week too with my new Easter Dress :)

Thursday, March 31, 2011

update's been awhile since I posted.  Life has been crazy for me. At work we are doing some remodelling and we will be adding a new person in my department.  Pray for us as we make this transition of a new person coming into our family.  I know she is nervous about it.

VBS is soon approaching.  We have a meeting scheduled for this Saturday, but I'm not sure I'll be able to make it.  I've got A LOT to do this weekend.

Zumba is still a love of mine.  I love the cardio workout that I get with it.  I love how the stress leaves my body after I finish a class.  It's just a really great workout.

I am singing a solo in the Cantata for Easter.  We will be having another Easter Music service on Palm Sunday evening.  I'm excited about that service.  I love getting those services together :)

Well...that's all for now...I think. I'll try to get back with my picture project soon.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

a good day

Today was a really good day for me.  I'm so glad that I was able to enjoy a good day.  It was busy, but we got a lot done at work.  Tonight, I'm working on getting some clothes put up.  I have a lot to do, and I'm working to get it done, but it seems the process is slow.

I'm excited about watching the Biggest Loser tonight.  That show is an encouragement to this process of mine. 

Well...that's all for now :)

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Fallen behind...

I have fallen behind on my picture project.  My momma made sure to remind me that I needed to get that boys bottom off my blog :)  It was interesting that she said something, because I made a scrapbook for the people from Winter Jam to sign and one of the pics I used was that one that Michael Tait shaking his butt. He was laughing at it and Jody was teasing him about it. It was so cute :)

Ginger, Mary and I had a really good time, but it was a long day and a VERY short night.  I was glad to be able to go and would do it again :)

This morning's service was very good.  Pastor spoke on the elder brother of the prodigal boy. It was really good and brought out a lot of things that I'm thinking about.  I know I have been like the elder son before - and now in some areas of my life.  I'm thankful that I have a pastor who understands what I say - without using a lot of words.  He and I discussed it a bit after church and he totally understood :)

God is good and He's given all of us more than we deserve, because we deserve...Hell. But God gave us His Son, Jesus - who came to earth as a man.  Jesus lived as we do, but without sin.  Then He gave His life for us (me and you).  I'm thankful that He paid the price...HE PAID IT ALL!!! Now I don't have to live eternity without Him.

Until next time :)

Day 22 - a picture of something you wish you were better at - YOGA

I like a DVD called "Praise Moves" it's a person who took moves that are in yoga and put a biblical spin on it.  I don't like all types of Yoga - but when Bob Harper teaches it on the DVDs that I have, I'm able to do it like "Praise Moves."

Most yoga classes and DVDs talk about getting out of your body and focusing on cleansing your mind and getting everything out of it.  That is a dangerous thing because Satan can trap a person. 

When I approach yoga, I focus on my breathing...which is something that God has given to me.  I also focus scripture (even when doing Bob's yoga) because I know focusing on the things of God, I'm able to withstand Satan's attacks.  It's something that I have to be aware of, because I want to thank God during my yoga time.  Get that focus of what God has given me.  After all, he created me for HIS glory.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Day 21 - A picture of your favorite night

Seeing Michael with the Newsboys.  He adds a really nice touch to the group.  I love his energy.  It makes for a really good concert :)

Day 20 - A picture of a place you would like to travel

Australia.  I have never been to this place, but I love to hear people from this place talk.  They have the coolest accents :)

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Day 19 - A picture of when you were little

I love this picture of me and my brother Paul.  This shows the place I loved in the kitchen.  We had a bar in the kitchen and I used to sit and stand on it.  (From what my sister Mary says, I still like dancing on tables  - supposedly she has a reliable source who says I still do this).

Most of the pictures of me when I was a kid have me in these pajamas :) I loved them. 

The boy in the front of the picture is Paul my brother.  He was a great playmate.  When he got older I used to play with him...he was the Incredible Hulk (without the green makeup) and I was the bionic woman.  It was so much fun playing together. 

Day 18 - A picture of your biggest insecurity - being lonely

I'm a Christian, so I know I have the Holy Spirit and that I'm never alone, but I'd love to have someone with skin to share my life.  I'm thankful that I don't have a family who pushes me to get married or asks me why I'm not married and all the other awkward questions that other singles get.  I do have a family that knows I have a desire to be married and to have a special person in my life.  That is helpful with being single.  It's tough sometimes though when we are all together and there's me.  Thankfully I do have nieces and nephews who like to do things with me and I can have lots of fun with them.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Day 17 - A Picture of something that has impacted your life recently

Zumba - Even though Zumba is a movement that has been around for awhile, but a lot of people still don't know what this is.

Zumba is the name of a dance fitness program, created by dancer and choreographer Alberto (Beto) Perez in Columbia during the 1990's.   The program combines Latin and International music with dance in n effort to make exercise fun...and fun it is!!!

I was introduced to Zumba a few years ago, but only went to one class and just about died. I didn't feel that the class was fun, just showed me how uncoordinated and out of shape I was.

The second time I took a Zumba class I was at a moment in my life where I wanted to get into shape and make a difference. My sister Mary met a Zumba instructor and wanted to take her class in South Point.  I work about 5 minutes from where she teaches the class, so I waiting around after work and met my sister with another mutual friend who took Zumba at another place.  This time around it was different.  The music was not just Latin, but also brought some hip hop and remix stuff that was fun to workout too.  The class is to most Latin, but a portion can be the fun more up-to-date music, but I prefer the more up-to-date music :)

After that class, I was a new Zumba addict-to-be.  Lisa, the instructor, told my friend and I about a class that was beginning at a local Firehouse about 3 miles from my house.  My friend was up for going and wanted to have someone to keep her accountable.  I invited a few other freinds of mine and the addition was fed.  I not love Zumba...almost as much as I love Bob (Harper)!  I have never heard Bob talk about Zumba, but I know he would approve...because I'm up and moving.  I actually enjoy working out now.  I used to say I wouldn't workout in the evening because it made less time in the evenings...and yes it does, but it's a sacrifice I'm willing to make.  I'm thankful for the fact that I have the opportunity to take this class.  I'm thankful for my new Zumba teacher well as my personal trainer Lisa (who was my first Zumba instructor ... that helped me to love the workout).  It's been a big help to the new journey I've been on...

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Day 16 - A picture of someone who inspires you

Lisa Irish is a new friend to me.  I was introduced to her by my sister - who wanted to visit her Zumba class.  I was not excited at all about it, as I had taken a Zumba class before and barely survived. 

Anyway, after taking this class, I had made contact with an old friend who was really wanting to have someone to join her in Zumba classes.  Once taking Lisa's class, I was ready to give Zumba another try.  Getting to know Lisa has been a joy.  She has encouraged me in ways that she may not realize.  A smile during class, a text message, or even inviting me to a master Zumba class.  It has been a pleasure getting to know her and learning to love Zumba. 

She is also my person trainer. She recently became certified so it's official too :) It's amazing how God brings people into your life.  Lisa has introduced me to my Zumba instructor Ashley Harper.  I wanted to post a picture, but my phone is not working at this moment, so I'll add it later :)

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Day 15 - A picture of something you want to do before you die

The thing I'd like to do before I die is get married.  My favorite proposal scene is from the movie "He's Just Not That Into You."  It is when a couple who has been together for 7 years, but hasn't gotten married decides to propose.  It's very sweet!

The thing is...I don't want to just get married to just any guy.  I want someone special :)

Friday, February 18, 2011

Day 14 - A picture of someone that you could not imagine your life without

My family is my main support.  My sister share a special bond that is an anchor to me.  I can't imagine my life without them.  I love my brothers too, but there is something about sisters that is very nice. 
This is one of the latest family pictures we have...There is still someone not pictured, but she is's Chloe (my niece Marisa's daughter).  This family was specially made for me.  We are a crazy bunch of people and really enjoy spending time with each other when we are all together.  I wish they all lived's tough sometimes not having them close to me :)

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Day 13 - A picture of your favorite band or artist

This is always hard for me to narrow down.  I love music and there are many artists that have influenced my life.  Here are the top 3.

- Michael O'Brien.  He is a solo artist that has vocals smooth as butter
 He joined the group Newsong for a short stint, but is back doing music as a ministry.  His latest recording is a work or worship.  Really great music to play while reading the Bible or meditating.  Michael's testimony is full of God's grace and well as the forgiveness of his wife.  He loves her with all his heart and encouraging other couples to live a life of purity in their marriage.
 Natalie Grant is my favorite female vocalists. Her integrity speaks volumes in her testimony. She's very personable and down to earth. Her heart goes out to youth women - wanting to influence them in their walk with God - which is why she's involved with Revolve Tour (A teen girls Women of Faith conference)
Michael Tait began his career as 1/3 of DC Talk. His soulful vocals provided a new spin of rap music.  He recently joined the group Newboys as lead vocals and I have to say...I love the addition of this change.  It was going to be hard at first, because I thought of it as a new "Tait" band, but after seeing them in concert I saw Newsboys in a new light.  It's not a new "Tait" but a new "Newsboys."  I do miss Peter as lead vocal, but appreciate his heart to pursuing the new ministry.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Day 12 - A picture of something you love

I have said this before "I love Bob!" There is something inspiring about this man.  When I workout with him, I may be frustrated that he's asking me to do something, but I still do it, and while I'm doing it, I say "I love Bob!"  It helps me to make it through.

If I were to ever get the chance to meet him, I'd really enjoy it.  I would probably ask a lot of questions.  I definitely would take a lot of pictures, because he's very FINE!  It definitely makes working out easier when there is a really nice looking guy to look at :)

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Day 11 - A picture of something you hate

I like vegetables, but I hate brussel sprouts.  I have never tried them, because I can't get passed the smell. 

I'm a texture eater and I don't like mushy stuff.  I struggled eating spinach that was cooked, but as long as it's mixed with some pasta I can eat it, but brussel sprouts have a horrible smell...and I can't bring myself to eat them.  That's why I hate them!

Monday, February 14, 2011

Day 10 - A Picture of the person you do the silliest things with

My girls - Ginger, Mary and Kat.  I love them! (Ben is taking the picture and he's a lot of fun too...I can be very silly around these people.  These four are the people who know me the best (outside of my family).  I have put my foot in my mouth many times with them...and they know how my brain works.  We have fun anytime we are together...even in church!

This was taken at our New Year's Eve party...which is a tradition for us.  We have found the older we get the shorter the evening :)

I don't know what I would do without them...They are an amazing group of friends who support AND challenge me.  I love them! (What a good picture to post on Valentine's Day)

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Day 9 - a picture of the person who has helped you the most

My dad is an amazing man.  He not only had been a great father to me, but His example of God's love is something that I was able to learn because of him. 

I still remember what he wrote in my high school graduation card - "failure is not final."  It has been a phrase that has gotten me through my adult life.  He also was my first pastor and my favorite :)  The consistent life that he lead the church and our family allowed me to see something real - and not a fake Christian life.

He has loved my mom is a way that demonstrates God's love for us as His children.

Day 8 - A picture of something that makes you laugh

This is a picture from college. The guy kissing my foot is Tommy Hall. He is so funny and I can't think of any other guy willing to do this than he was.  I don't get to see him much now, but I used to call him my "little brother."

Friday, February 11, 2011

Day 7 - A picture of your favorite thing

My favorite color is orange and my favorite animal is penguins.  This is a picture that shows my new sheets (orange) and my build-a-bear friends.  From left to right is my bear Nathan Scott, my penguin (not a build-a-bear) named Phoenix, my first bear Michael Vaughn and my penguin Smakar. 

My friends bought me Smakar and named it after themselves (Sara, Mary, & Kat).  My other penguin was bought by Kat and Ben for my 39th birthday.  I know it sounds crazy to get a stuff animal for a birthday in my 30's, but I'm so young at heart and it's a favorite animal of mine. 

My conforter is my penguin comforter that my mom sewed an orange sheet to so I would enjoy being under it.  I'm very picky when it comes to blankets.  I love the first quilt that my mom made because it's made with a sheet as the backing.  It's something that I call my security blanket.  Now I have a new one, but still get to use my old one too :)

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Day 6 - A picture of someone you wish you could switch places with for a day

My new favorite show is Criminal Minds.  I love Derek Morgan (Shamar Moore), but there is something about Dr. Spencer Reid (Matthew Grey Gubler) that makes him someone I like.  I know he's a character and I want to trade places with the actress who kisses him - in his character :)

He's adorable and geeky and so funny.  I've watched all of the first 5 seasons and have grown to just love his character with each episode. 

My mom asked me "Why do you always want to kiss married boys?"  I told her he wasn't married... to which her reply was "Is he a Christian?"  I told her he's a character on a TV show and he's a fake person.  She then asked "why do you want to kiss fake people?"  My answer (but I didn't tell her) least I would be kissing someone then :)

I don't want to a boyfriend just to have a boyfriend.  I want a man who will challenge me in my walk with Christ.  One who will pursue me and love me as Christ loves the church.  I have given my "wish list" to God, but He knows who He is preparing ... and the more I think about the guy...I think He's preparing Jesus for when he returns for His bride...ME (well, I'm one of them)

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Day 5 - A picture of your favorite memory

My favorite memory (or one of them) was meeting Natalie Grant for the first time.  She is my favorite female vocalist, and a really sweet lady.  She is someone I admire - not only because she is an amazing singer, but also because she is a woman of integrity.

This was also the day I met Mark Hall, her road manager (at the time since her husband Bernie was traveling with her).  Mark was single at the time, and a cutie (unfortunately for me - he's married now).

I also enjoyed this day because I shared it with my friend Carrie (Newsome at the time).  She and I had the opportunity to see so many artists.  She was a great concert buddy :)

My hair was blonde back then :) I liked this hair was taken from CeCe Winans style. 

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Day 4 - A picture of something you wish you could forget

The picture that I wish I could forget is a broken heart.  The picture is a cartoon of a girl getting her heart broken.  I have been there...a few times.  I think that's one of the reasons that I don't put myself out there hurts.  I know that God has comforted me after my broken heart and I'm thankful that He's always with me.  Even after time has passed, it still is hard. 

Monday, February 07, 2011

Day 3 - A picture of your favorite show

First of all I have two favorite shows.  One Tree Hill is in it's 8th season...I love all the seasons...even the ones that people are not big fans of...

The second show is my new favorite show - Criminal Minds. I just started watching it, from the seasons that I bought. I haven't see the current season yet, because I was still catching up.

Sunday, February 06, 2011

Day 2 - a picture of me and someone I used to be close with

This is a picture taken at a wedding for my friend Carrie. She and I used to hang out together all the time. We used to be professional concert attendees. Most of my concert memories have something to do with Carrie. We had a blast.

Due to crazy schedules our friendship doesn't get the chance to allow us to do a lot together, but I still think she knows me very well. She and I used to joke that we shared a brain.  She will still tell me that she has let me borrow it every now and then.

I loved this dress ... I think it's my favorite of the dresses that I wore to be in a friends' wedding.

(Pictured from left to right: Emily (Carrie's sister), me, Carrie (the bride), Amanda (Carrie's sister), and Erica (Carrie's friend).

Saturday, February 05, 2011

Day 1 - a picture of yourself with 15 facts about yourself

1. I am a Christian.
2. I am in my 40's (however I don't look it).
3. I collect penguins - I love them!
4. I love the color orange.
5. I recently have made a lifestyle change to become a healthier person.
6. I want an iphone.
7. I love contemporary Christian music.
8. I have a new show that I like to watch "Criminal Minds", but I still love my favorite "One Tree Hill."
9. I was a huge fan of the show Alias - it is where my love for Michael Vartan began.
10. If I could date a television character it would be Dr. Spencer Reid from "Criminal Minds."
11. I recently inherited a personal trainer.
12. I love working out with Zumba and my instructor Ashley Harper. (when I get a chance with Lisa Irish, too!)
13. It's weird, but I love working on VBS decorations.
14. I can be a little OCD (or CDO) - due to this - I put my CD's in their cases with the picture or writing straight.
15. My two favorite songs from Glee are "Umbrella/Singin' in the Rain" and "I've Had the Time of my Life."

30 day picture project

I have decided to do another picture project, but it's going to be a little different. I have a list of pictures to post. So I'll post the picture then write a blog about it :)

Hope you enjoy!!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Newsboys :)

I love the Newsboys...even with Michael Tait as the lead singer.  He has really brought a new energy to the group.  I love Peter Fuller, but am really glad that they got a really great guy to step in...

The Newsboys have this long cat walk between the center isles...and Michael Tait knows how to walk that cat walk :)  He is hilarious to watch...dancing and shaking his butt down the isle.

 I really am glad that Jody is back in the group.  He left for a little while, but now is back and is rocking it amazingly.

 In that cat walk there is a platform that's amazing in person to see it.  Jody and Jeff also are on platforms that take them out in the audience.  It's really incredible to see...and makes for a really great show :)
 Duncan Phillips - the drummer.  I have named him "Duncan Monkey Man" ... why?  I think it's because once when we met him he smiled a goofy smiled that made it look like a Monkey.  So funny!!
 Seeing the spinning drum set live is amazing.  I have seen this several times, but it never gets old.  I really love this part of the concert...and am glad that they still do it :)
I was able to get my picture with two guys from "Our Hearts Hero" (formerly known as "Fireproof").  This is Nick (the lead singer) and Jeremy (the drummer).  It was neat to be able to get pictures with them too.  Nick went to school with my niece so I have known him before he became a big shot group with Gotee Records :)

Sunday, January 09, 2011

Winter Jam 2011 - Charleston, WV

Yesterday, I went to Charleston, WV for Winter Jam 2011 with two other friends of mine - Mary and Ginger. We had a blast.  It was a long day though.  I was able to get some pretty decent pictures. 

While we were waiting to get into the auditorium, Chris August came out and Ginger wanted to get her picture taken with him. He was really nice.
Winter Jam is hosted by the group Newsong.  They had a desire in their hearts to be able to bring together artists for one evening and not charge a lot at the door.  Last night's concert was $10.00 and most of the CD's at the table were on sale for $5. It's a great thing Christian artists to do for those who don't have a lot of money.  I love the fact that many artists are willing to do this for the public :)

Mary was in heaven while David Crowder was on stage.  She loves him :) I actually enjoyed him while he was on stage.  I didn't realize how much I liked his music.  Most of the time I hear his stuff on the radio it's not something I enjoy, but I really did enjoy the concert.

I will write more about the concert when I get the rest of my pictures uploaded.  My battery died as I was trying to get them uploaded.  It was a really nice evening.

Thursday, January 06, 2011

Zumba - my new love :)

Wow! I never thought there would be an exercise out there that I would absolutely love to do, but I have found something...Zumba.  This is an amazing workout to burn a lot of calories in just an hour...and a lot more with afterburn :)

I was introduced to Zumba through a friend a few years ago, and it was quite difficult for me.  Maybe it was the teacher, but I didn't think I would make it through the class.  This past November my sister, Mary met a Zumba instructor who has a class in South Point (which I work in South Point), but there is another one she told me about and it's about 5 minutes from my house.  I went to the one in South Point and it was so much fun.  An old friend had joined my sister and I, and she encouraged me to try the class closer to home.  I was so excited to have another person to go.  I still wasn't sold yet, but now I am.  I love it.  I love reconnecting with old friends through this form of exercise.  In fact, in tonight's class I got to see a high school buddy and another acquaintance from my past :)

Tonight's class was really crazy.  I burned over 1000 calories in the class along, but with afterburn it was over 1100 :) I am doing well with my calorie intake. It's actually fun and challenging to me.  The big part is going to be Saturday...I'm going to a concert and I'm sure we will be eating out so I pray that I'll make healthy choices :)  I'm taking my food journal and calorie book which will help.

Continue to pray for me in this journal...and if you can find a Zumba class and join :)

Monday, January 03, 2011

Positive outlooks

I'm a bubbly person.  Most people notice my smile, but I really love my eyes.  I love the color brown they's not just a brown, but it's a chocolate brown :)

Anyway, today was a very positive day for me.  I weighed myself at the beginning of the year and today was our official weigh in day for our "Burlington Loser" and I've lost 2 pounds :)  I know it's just 2 pounds, but it's 2 pounds less.  I am so excited about this process.  I know that calorie counting is not hard, and I have a great workout that I love to do - Zumba :)

I'm doing this process because I want to look nice for two weddings this year.  Plus I just want to become more healthy.

My goal for Bible reading is reading the New Testament in one year.  I have tried many times reading the entire Bible. I have read all the books of the Bible (for classes at Bible school), but not all in one year.  I want to try just the New Testament.  Once we finish that, I may try to do the Old Testament - then I'll try both...I'm just going to keep trying - getting further than I have gotten before :)

Until next time...

Saturday, January 01, 2011

Happy New Year!!

Happy New Year!!!

I spent New Year's Eve hanging with some of my closest friends. We had a good game night.  Mary's brother and sister-in-law came by too.  It was really a fun evening of just hanging out and playing games.  We played Pictionary on the Wii, Encore, and Scattigories.

We ate some really good food, and it was probably the last time we will have that for awhile as most of us are changing our eating habits.

Today, I was still working on my room.  I'm getthing things organized and thrown out.  I'm really glad that I'm weeding things out, because it's going to help I think.  I know there is a lot more to do, but I think doing it slowly will help me to get rid of more stuff. 

Looking forward to seeing how God is going to work in my life in 2011.