Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Day 29 & 30 - Thankful Challenge

Day 29 - I'm thankful for biscuits and gravy that momma makes. It's my favorite breakfast that she makes...that and pancakes.

Day 30- I'm thankful for my family who has been together for the few days.  I'm thankful that we love spending time together and enjoy talking to each other. I'm thankful we are blessed to not only be related physically, but also we are spiritually bonded because we have accepted Jesus as our personal Savior.  I'm thankful for the ones who haven't yet (the little ones) are getting seeds planted to help them to know that Jesus is the Only Way to Heaven. I'm thankful that it wasn't hard to count my blessings this month.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Day 24, 25, 26, 27, and 28 - Thankful Challenge

Day 24 - I'm thankful for my Sunday school class kids.  I have three boys who are normally in my class. It amazes me how much they are learning.  We have been going over the fruit of the Spirit. They can tell me each of the verses that we have learned for each fruit.  I just love hearing them tell me what they are.  My time with them is planting the little seeds of the faith. I'm amazed that God has given them to me to love.

What's even better is when I'm able to see visitors who visit family in our town.  This morning I had a little sister of a boy that usually comes to my class when he visits.  It was so nice being able to have a little girl in our class. She was only 2, but was very well behaved. I just enjoy my time with those kids. 

Day 25 - I'm thankful for Monday Zumba days. It's one of my best days for my UP band by Jawbone, but also because I get to see some really encouraging girls.

Day 26 - I'm thankful for this thankful challenge.  It has been fun "counting my blessings."

Day 27 - I'm thankful that Thatcher (son of Marisa and Adam Hock) gave me a hug yesterday. Chloe is very outgoing now and she loves to be around people and is always there to give me a hug, but Thatcher is not as outgoing.  I asked for a hug and he reached for me.  It was just nice to have him do that.

Day 28 - I am thankful that God has given me air to breathe today. I'm alive .

Day 28 - I am thankful that God has given me air to breathe today. I'm alive...therefore I should be thankful!

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Day 23 - Thankful Challenge

Day 23 - I'm thankful for "Thanksgiving with Friends." This is something that a group of my friends from church began 8 years ago. We wanted to get together and make "thanksgiving dinner" and invite friends to eat with us. Last year, I was not up to celebrating this festive time, but thankfully this year, I'm ready again to be together with some of my closest friends. 

Day 19, 20, 21, and 22 (I know I fell behind again)

Thankfully my Facebook page was kept up to date.  

 Day 19 -I'm thankful for bonus' we got this year at work.  It may not have been what it was last year, but we still got it and I still have a job.

Day 20 - I'm thankful for the Daily Bread Devotional.  Even though it's a short devotional it usually leads me to further study of God's Word.  A few thankful post ago, I quotes Phil. 2:4, today's reading has quoted it too.  Reminding us to look around to others where we can show genuine concern for others. The act of doing for others is more encouraging to me most times.

Day 21 - I'm thankful for a friend of mine who sent me some deer jerky.  I was so excited when I came home from work and had this envelope in my chair.  

Day 22 - I'm thankful for my time with my accountability partner.  We usually get to touch base throughout each week, but we make plans to actually sit down and discuss during some uninterrupted time.  I believe everyone should have someone that they can call an accountability partner. It's going to be someone who will call you out when you are being selfish.  It's someone who will pray with you.  And someone you can trust!

Monday, November 18, 2013

Day 18 - Thankful Challenge

Day 18 - I'm thankful for the ability to sing songs. I love being able to sing at church to glorify my God! He is the reason I sing. I love being able to lead music at church, sing in the choir, sing with my I:43 partners in crime (CarrieKathi, and Tim), and sing solos at church. But some of my favorite times singing is while cleaning the church when no one else is there. Sometimes singing when no one else is around are special times for me. I have always felt that music is the background of my life. I remember songs like I remember moments in my life. There is usually a theme song for each moment. Most of my music collection is Contemporary Christian, because that's what I prefer, however, I do like singing fun pop songs too (especially with my niece Madison). We belt out some really good Justin Bieber when she is visiting me. We usually have a party anytime we are riding in my car  I remember we used to get my dad to sing with us too. It was a blast and I'm thankful for those memories 

This video was done in 2009 at our Easter Music Service. Video taken by Linda Gayle Bailey.

Day 17 - Thankful Challenge

Day 17 - I'm thankful for Sunday afternoon naps. It's one of the best days to nap. I am also thankful for a new comfy chair to be able to sit in and nap on those Sunday afternoons. 

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Day 16 - Thankful Challenge

Day 16 - I am thankful for my friend Sara Vanover. Our friendship has grown over the last year and a half and when I felt at my lowest during my dad's home going, she reached down to make sure I didn't totally lose it. Each day we text each other just to say hi! And sometimes once we find out the other is having a crazy day offer a pray on each other's behalf. We challenge each other, support and encourage each other. I'm thankful to have her as another single friend who's not afraid to go on adventures with me. Sometimes they are spur of the moments, but are usually fun. I'm so thankful that God placed it on her heart to make sure I didn't stay in that low point.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Day 15 - Thankful Challenge

Day 15 - I'm thankful I'm able to do things for others. It's a blessing to be a servant to others. My dad taught me how to be a servant by example. I'm thankful he instilled in me the teaching to putting others first. Jesus our greatest example came to earth as a lowly baby, and took our sacrifice. He didn't think of Himself, but He thought of us and how we couldn't pay for our sin. The payment was way to high a price for us to handle on our own. Jesus loved people. He loved being able to provider for their needs. He showed us by example how we can serve others. One of my favorite verses about putting others first is Philippians 2:4 "do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others."

Day 14 - Thankful Challenge

Day 14- I'm thankful for my Zumba zeeps! They make my Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays much brighter. They work hard even when they are tired. They make me laugh when wardrobe malfunctions happen. They are a bunch of girls who have encouraged me more than they know.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Day 13 - Thankful Challenge

Day 13 - I am thankful for my nieces and nephews. I have 6 brothers and sisters, and 5 of them have children and two of them have given me "great" niece and nephews. Each are talented have a heart to use their talent for the Lord. It amazes me the talent that is in my family. With the CPR2 boys and their seasonal videos to musical instruments and vocals they use. I am amazed to see what God has done in their lives and what He will continue to do in them. A special shout out to Micah Jayne who exceeded a request for a soundtrack to be made. I will be forever grateful for what you did in that gesture for me. So excited to get to meet my newest Great nephew Landon in a few weeks. 

(Taken in 2008)
Front Row (L-R) Nicholas, Marcus, Brock, & Jacob
Back Row (L-R) Michael, Adam, Marisa, Memaw, Pepaw, David, Chelsea, Karis, Maddie, & Micah

This picture was one of the last pictures to get all the grand kids with Peep.  My dad passed in June 2011.  

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Day 12 - Thankful Challenge

Day 12 - I'm thankful for my dad who taught me to drive in snow. I don't like doing it, but he prepared me to know how to if and when it does snow. I remember a few years ago when I was at work and he was home on pins and needles. I assured him that he taught me to go slow and how to be careful. That doesn't mean I will never get in an accident, but that I don't just drive like a maniac.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Day 11 - Thankful Challenge

Day 11 - I'm thankful for those who have fought for our freedom. Some of those have also given their life for that freedom. This freedom is sometimes taken for granted. In proud to say my dad served our country in the United States Air Force.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Day 10 - Thankful Challenge

Day 10 - I am thankful for the gospel...the death, burial and resurrection. It's the foundation of what I believe and how I live my life. It's the reason why Gateway Baptist Church will be baptizing 5 people today. It's the reason why I don't worry about my employment (even though I work for a company who has laid-off every year since I began working there). Some may ask why I don't worry about a lot of things...it's because of the gospel. You see for Jesus to come as a baby, live a sinless life, die for the sins of the world, and rise again, I'm able to trust Him with my eternity. That's a big thing. Since I trust Him with the big things...it's easier to trust Him with the little things. Every Sunday is a celebration day for Christians. Oh, we may not say every time or think it, but when we gather together with fellow believers on Sunday we are celebrating the resurrection of Jesus! Happy Resurrection Day!

Saturday, November 09, 2013

Day 9 - Thankful Challenge

Day 9 - I'm thankful for prayer. The ability to talk to God anywhere, anytime! I don't have to bow my head and close my eyes (especially while driving). I can just talk to Him like I do my family and friends. One thing I have learned about prayer...it's not coming before the Throne of God, dressed in our Sunday best. It's coming before the Throne of God, boldly...yet as a friend of God. 

I remember when I went through a lesson period where God was teaching me to pray to Him...even when I was upset with how He was working things out. He already knew I was upset. He already knew I didn't feel like praying, yet I went in prayer to Him and told him. "I know that You understand I'm upset and not happy with how you are working in this matter, but You are in control and I have to understand that I can't see the BIG picture."

When I began to praying even when I was angry, upset, sad, or selfish...my prayer life became more like ... breathing. I'm thankful for that ability to come before the Throne of God and be able to deal with sin, accept the forgiveness that He offers, intercede for others as well as myself, and just talk to Him. He's there for us. He wants us to just talk to Him.

Thankfully Challenge - Day 8 (I'm still behind)

Day 8 - I'm thankful for my parents. (Previously I mentioned my heritage, but this time it's more for them as my parents) some people aren't able to say they have a father or mother who loved them and cared for them, but God blessed me with a father and a mother who loved me enough to show me what life is all about...God! They have lived by example (not perfectly) but even in their imperfections I have been a witness to just how far God'd grace can reach. I'm truly blessed...and one day hope to have a relationship with my future husband that can be a shadow of my parents relationship to me.

Friday, November 08, 2013

30 days of Thanksgiving - days 1 through 7

I guess I should have started this blog 7 days ago.  I forgot that I could add this here and allow it to be an easier way for me to see what I am thankful for.

Day 1 - I'm thankful for the privilege to worship the One True God! My favorite time of worship is church cleaning time.  Let's do this!

Day 2 - I'm thankful for Jesus.  He came to earth and died for the sins of the world.  He loved me when I was at my worst! 

Day 3 - I am thankful for my heritage.  My parents raised me in a Christian home and taught me about the most important relationship in my life...my relationship with Jesus as my Savior.  My dad preached the word for over 40 years and my mom led me to Jesus one cold winter night.  I'm thankful they taught me about Jesus so that I can teach my Sunday school kids about Him too!

Day 3 - Part 2 - I'm thankful for what God is doing at Gateway Baptist Church.  We had a young lady accept Jesus as her Savior this morning, her son was saved in VBS this year, they will be getting baptized next week.  A little boy who used to be in my Sunday school class was saved this week and will be baptized next week as well.  This afternoon, we had two others who came for membership (one based on experience and one by baptism - which will happen next week). We also heard of another little girl (who was saved in the last couple of months) asking to be baptized next week too.  During invitation, we had yet another person come forward for membership to our church (based on experience). Praise the Lord for all that He is doing in our church.

Day 4 - I am thankful for the ability to go to a job that can be of help in paying my bills. God supplies my needs, this job doesn't, but God led me to the job to help in paying my bills.  I am thankful God has led me to be here and need to be remember that this where He has me for this moment in time. 

Day 5 - I'm thankful for my big family. I  love having so many brothers and sisters.  It's fun to be with them. I'm looking forward to seeing them at "Buckeye Christmas" in a few weeks.

Day 6 - I'm thankful for my pastor - Scott Jenkins.   He is a man of integrity who preaches God's Word even if it may offend people because of sin in their lives. He has said he learned a lot from my dad - Charles Jayne, which is why his teaching reminds me of my dad.  I'm thankful for his biblical advice and counsel he is will to give.  The support that he gave me and my family during my dad's illness was very special to me.

 Day 7 - I'm thankful for contemporary Christmas music.  Music is a big part of my life.  I use it in my worship time with God, I consider it a background to moments of my life.  I have always been a fan of CCM, but having an experience when I had to make the decision to NOT listen to certain artists during my education has made me appreciate it more.  Realizing it is more than just listening to the music, but listening to the words and how they can impact my life and my relationship with God.  I'm thankful for the ability to sing these songs as part of my worship to God. HE gave me my voice, and I want to use it to glorify Him with it.

Praise the Lord, He can work through those who praise Him, Praise the Lord, For our God inhabits praise, Praise the Lord, For the chains that seem to bind us, Serve only to remind us, that they drop powerless behind us, when we praise the Lord.

Day 7 - Part 2 - I'm thankful for musicians like Tobymac, Chris August, Mandisa, Jamie Grace and Brandon Heath who come to a little city like Huntington to encourage us with amazing music! Love you all!!!

Friday, September 13, 2013

Day 13 p Post something you would like to accomplish

 Day 13 - I would like to be able to accomplish organizing my scrapook area. This is a picture of it before doing the organization.  I don't even have space to work on anything. I am getting ready to work on it soon.
I hope to be able to get ideas for getting things organized, but also easy to use.  It's one thing to have a space that is organized, but if you can't work in it...what's the point? 

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Highlights from 2006

Note - I found this as a draft and ended up publishing it...notice it is SEVERAL years old :)

Well...I thought I'd give you some highlights from last year. I realized that I had not been on this site for some time.

Last year, I experienced my first mission trip. What an experience! I had not had a desire to go on a short term mission trip, but my friends had been interested in going...so I went to the meetings. I was still nervous about going to another country without knowing the language, but the more planning and preparation we did the more interested I became. We also decided to get our puppet team involved in the trip...since I'm on the puppet team I felt that it be best that I go on the trip. Our week was very busy. We left the states on Saturday, and got to our destination that evening. Sunday morning we got coffee at "Italian Coffee" on the way to church at the Penthouse. Although the service was in spanish, it was still interesting. Sunday afternoon was our shopping day.

Our mornings were filled with teaching English to students at the university. We had 10 to 13 students participate. It was a lot easier than I thought it would be.

In the evenings we had a VBS planned for the kids. Our puppets had songs and skits in spanish for the kids to listen to. We also got different crafts together for them to take home each night. It was really fun to be apart of that experience.

Day 12 - Post your Mood

Day 12 - Post your mood. I believe that today I experienced all of these moods, with the exception of "Love-struck" and "drunk."  I was "happy" on my way there, "sad" "irritated" "angry" "lazy" "lonely" and "guilty" while there.  "Ecstatic" when I walked out the door, and I was "bored" a little during lunch. I didn't experience "drunk" because I NEVER drink alcohol and I'm not Shemar Moore didn't make any contact for me to be "love-struck"...LOL!!!

All in all it was a good day though.  I'm thankful that God allowed me to live another day.  I pray that I can continue to bring praise to Him even when I experience CRAZY, HECTIC days at work.  

In other news, I have become a rep for Beauti-Control.  I use their products and am not really the sales-person type, but I joined and I get some free items if I go to a meeting on Saturday. I am meeting a friend and she will be going with me...YEAH! I hate doing things alone sometimes.  Due to the meeting my Zumba class for the weekend is cancelled :( 

The weekend looks good ... it's almost here :)

September Photo Challenge

I have been doing a September Photo Challenge for this month, and I have decided to share this challenge on this blog so I can add some detail.  To catch up, I will be posting the first 11 days in this post. 

Day 1 
Post something that inspires you. The Word of God.  This is a picture of a verse that God has been using to teach me about my words.  The verse is Ephesians 4:29.  One of my favorite groups used this verse for band name Building 429.  I love that song "Words" by Hawk Nelson.  It's important that we watch how we use our words to others around us. We need to use them to build up (even when we are giving criticism we need to use them in love). 
 Day 2 - Labor  Day activities - I spent Labor Day with a picnic with family.  My brother Tim Jayne had the family over for some really great food.  I was able to spend some much needed time with my great niece and great nephew.  We had funny goofying around with my camera.  Chloe is a joy and Thatcher is so funny...the look on his face is priceless :)
 Day 3 - Post your favorite shoes.  These are my current Zumba shoes. I really love them.  I got them when they came out in high top form.  Great ankle support :)
 Day 4 - Post a talent you have...singing.  I love to sing.  I LOVE singing for the Lord.  I don't sing just anywhere.  I have never sang in a bar or karaoke time outside of a friends house. I feel God has given me the talent of singing, so I need to use it for Him. I know others may look at that fact weird, but I believe my life needs to give glory for God in EVERYTHING I do :)
 Day 5 - Post favorite workout - ZUMBA® 
I found Zumba® at the end of 2010.  I lost 30 pounds throughout the year of 2011 with the help of Zumba®. I'm working on doing it again this year, as I put some of my weight back on during 2012.  It was a HARD year for me, and I discovered that I'm a stress eater, so I know when I need to watch what I'm eating to help me with the weight loss :) 
 Day 6 - Post your mood! - A little crazy! Day 6 included something I really didn't want to do...go to a singles gathering. I didn't mind going, it was what I would find there once I went.  My friend and I sat together texting back and forth, and finally got an out.  We went to dinner instead.  The evening turned out better than it began :)
 Day 7 - Post your weekend.  I decided to post a picture of my calendar.  It was actually filled on this particular weekend.  Notice Friday was payday and bill paying day.  Mary's birthday (my friend), the night we met for the gathering.  Then Saturday I had Zumba® and I cleaned the church that day instead of cleaning on Friday as I usually do.  Sunday school my lesson was on Joy.  Carrie Clutters sang in the morning, I was supposed to sing that night, but decided to make a change, as we are having missionary speakers for the next two weeks.  We like to give the opportunity for the missionaries to share in our service :)
 Day 8 - Post your favorite place.  Sitting in my daddy's green chair.  My dad sat in this old green chair when he was alive.  It's a security thing for me....just like having my security quilt with me. I have thought about getting a new chair because this one is not as comfortable as it used to be, but it's hard parting ways with it.
 Day 10 - Post something funny.  I had this picture saved in my phone of a conversation Ryan Gosling had about his cousin.  This cracked me up when I heard him telling this story :)  He's a very funny guy and really pretty too!

Day 11 - Post your favorite quote.  I could have chosen any verse in the Bible as my favorite quote, but I chose this one from the season finale of One Tree Hill.  It's quoted by Brooke Davis.  Why did I choose this one?  Because during the finale, my dad's health was declining.  God was teaching me about waiting upon the Lord. This quote reminded me that life is short.  God's timing is not always our timing.  We need to live our lives in a way that will please Him.  Here is the quote:

"If you had a friend you knew you'd never see again, what would you say? If you could do one last thing for someone you love, what would it be?  Say it, do it, don't wait.  Nothing last forever." - Brooke Davis
I do disagree with one thing in this statement.  God does last forever.  He is eternal, but our earthly life on earth will not last forever, so in a sense I think this statement can be something that I would use to quote, but I would probably explain it when I use it :)  I look forward to sharing the rest of my September Photo Challenge. Maybe I can get in the habit of posting something on here more frequently so that I can use this blog as a memorial...after all it is called DeeJay's Ebenezer Stone for that reason.  

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Chris August - Unashamed of You

This is my new song of the moment.  I came across this on Chris August's Facebook.  When I first heard the song, it reminded me of my dad.  He loved the book of Romans from the Bible.  It was his favorite book.  He taught it to me in school (I got a B, but I took it again at a different school and got an A). I think I could have gotten an A with my dad, but he didn't want to do what he would do with his other students. 

My dad shared his love of the Word of God with us children.  The older I get the more I know the Bible is more than a book we need to read, but it's our life source.  It holds the key to redemption.  I love how the bible as a whole has Jesus all through out it. I am excited that I get to teach this again to the kids in my Sunday school class. I pray the children learn that Jesus loves them and wanted to be our payment for the sins we have committed.  

I hope you enjoy the song.  My favorite part is:

I will sing about Your love, I will shout it to the sky
I will tell of what You've done and when the people ask me why
I live my life this way I'll say that I am unashamed of 
The Gospel and the cross, the good news for the lost
The blood that spilled down Calvary's Hill
For what Your grace did and what Your grace does
Oh I am unashamed of Your name, Jesus!

I will sing about Your love, I will shout it to the sky
I will tell of what You've done and when the people ask me why
I live my life this way I won't deny that I've been changed
I'll point them to the one who saves, I'll say that I am unashamed of You

Mark 8:38 says "For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will also be ashamed of him when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels."

Jesus wants us to be unashamed of Him, so He can be unashamed for us :) 

I Timothy 1:8 says "Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord or of me His prisoner, but join me in suffering for the gospel according to the power of God."

Life is not easy after becoming a Christian, BUT it's totally worth it.  Jesus is with us, He's given his Holy Spirit for us as a HELPER to guide us through our life.  I'm thankful that He's always with me.

Romans 1:16 says "For I am not ashamed of the gospel for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes to the Jew first and also to the Greek."

I'm really thankful that my dad shared with me his love for God.  My heritage is a blessed one!

Saturday, August 24, 2013

good day

What a good day!  I love the fact that I don't mind going up to "famous people" to talk to them...or even post on Facebook and Twitter pages.  I got a comment back from Mandisa on a post that I made on her page.  I also got a tweet reply on a picture I posted to her.  I have to say I really love Mandisa.  She is an inspiration to me.  I know she is younger than I am, but she is still a person of influence in my life.

She, too, is single.  She has had weight struggles as well...And we both have a thing for dark bald men :) 

My first introduction to Mandisa's music was her stint on American Idol.  The courage she showed by forgiving Simon Cowell for remarks made about her weight, not only showed confidence, but also showed integrity. I love people who live their lives with integrity. I try to live my life that way too, and sometimes I strive and sometimes I drown.

I find when I let the stresses of life get to me, and I'm not leaning on the strength of Jesus that is when I struggle...but when I lean into the strength of Jesus and let Him lead me life goes smoother.  

I have been struggling lately, but today was a good day...remembering that Jesus is in control of my life :) I need to remember that all I have to do is lean on Him :)

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

All I Can Do - Mikeschair - thoughts from me :)

So yesterday I posted the link for Mikeschair "All I Can Do."  I had been thinking about stuff in my life and I think God sent this song to help me to just stop and thank Him.  I know how I sometimes get wrapped up in my life and how I wish things were different, wish I was married (or at least had a special person in my life).  Well, yesterday K-Love played this song and before they played it, there was a woman who shared how she was complaining to God about her life and how she wished it was different and she didn't have the struggles that she had, and this song came on the radio.  She immediately began thanking the Lord for giving her the life she had.  

When we look at our circumstances, we can be people who are unthankful, ungrateful, never satisfied...but when we began counting the blessings that we do have.  Even if it's just the air that we breathe...we can become thankful, grateful, and satisfied with the life that God has given us.  

Yes, we have choices, but I believe everything that comes into my life is Father filtered (meaning it's gone through Him first, then passed to me).  So the trials that I have...God knows I can get through them, with HIS strength.  I can thank Him for those trials.  So I ask for trials to be put upon me?  Never, but when He allows them to come my way, I can thank Him that He's there with me during them.  He's in the storm with me.  He's right there...holding me.  I can thank Him for being there...with me.  

This song helps me to look at my life in a different way and with a different perspective.  I had a really rough day today...but I am thankful that God has given me the life I don't deserve, thank Him for the grace that I don't have to earn.  He's given me proof of His love :) Praise God!

So if you are struggling and need strength to get through that trial you are walking through...remember to be thankful.  Thank God for the life He has given you, for the strength He has to help you through it....and remember to thank Him for praying friends.  Because God has given us people who are prayer warriors for us.  

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Father's Day

So, this morning, my pastor spoke on "How to be a godly father."  I knew I needed to be in church today, because my dad taught me to assemble together with other believers.  It's hard now that he's gone, but I know he would want me to continue in my journey in the faith.  

Anyway, I sat there thinking about some of the more recent men that have come into my life in the pursuit of dating.  I sat there, and seriously could have seen they were not the kind of guys that would be in this category, but in that moment, it took a little while.  Sometimes that's because men don't show everything at once...but some could be because I do want to find a man who will love me and treat me the way that God loves and treats the church.

Anyway, I know that this message was good for me, in my search for a mate.  This was the outline.

I. Model God's GRACE
a. Give - Proverbs 22:6
b. Respond - II Corinthians 12:9
c. Allow your children to be honest with you - Hebrews 12:15
d. Communicate - Ephesians 4:32
e. Express your love consistently and abundantly - I Corinthians 13:4-8

II. Instill God's purpose in their life - Deuteronomy 6:6
- Keep the word of God, study it.  Show your children you love God's word!
- Show them how to spend their time and talents for the Lord.
- Remind them who is God and they are not!
- Your family is the greatest treasure you have...show them that you love them, but don't sacrifice not giving them the Word of God.

III. Actively work in reconciliation - II Corinthians 5:13, 18

IV. Build character in children - Proverbs 6:20 
What does it mean to have faith in God?
What does it mean to have integrity?
to have poise - look people in the eye, manners, open doors for women, live like a godly man, teach them to wait until marriage for sex, teach them financially - don't go into debt, save money, etc.
Do your children see you reading God's word? 

The last question, pastor brought to us brought memories of me seeing my dad read God's Word.  He was in it daily - and several times throughout the day.  A lot of people may say it was because he was a preacher and he needed to know the word because of his "job," but it was more than just a job.  It was because the Bible is a living book.  He knew that and knew the power and guidance the Bible had.  

When I read the bible, I think of my dad and the example that he gave me to want to read God's Word! I'm thankful for that heritage.  

I may have sad feelings as I sit here thinking about the times I won't get to share with my dad, but I'm thankful for the time that I have gotten with him.  I'm looking forward to meeting the man God is preparing for me as a future mate :)

June 15, 2012 - a day I will always remember

June 15th - 2012, was a Friday.  That morning on the Today's Concert Series Justin Bieber performed.  I was off work part of that week, because my dad was getting ready to leave this world and head HOME! In fact, that evening would be his home going.  

Let's begin with Monday evening 11th of 2012.  I worked a full 8 hour day, and headed to Cabell Huntington Hospital.  They were getting ready to transfer my dad to Community Hospice House.  Within a few hours, my mom, my brother, my sister and I were headed in separate cars leaving the hospital for the last time and arrive at the Hospice House to spend the last days of my dad's life.  

I remember as my mom, sister and I got there, we all were very sad, because we knew this would be the last few days of his life, but we were thankful for all the help he had been given up to that point.  I remember doing something very stupid to try to make my sister laugh as we walked into the building awaiting my dad to get there by ambulance.  Mom had paperwork to complete and we finally got to go in to see him in his new room.  Mom was able to stay with him in the evenings and I went home to get ready for work the next day.  

Tuesday, I worked another 8 hour day, my sister was there with my mom.  Family was beginning to come in and be with daddy for his last moments.  It was a very nice atmosphere.  The Hospice House staff were great to daddy and my mom.  

Wednesday, I went to work, but after a few hours, decided to leave, because I just wanted to be with daddy instead of at work.  This was one of his best days.  He was very talkative, had visitors, and was able to visit with them.  It was a really good day.  That night, I had forgotten my phone charger in the room, and when I got home, I called mom to make sure it was there.  Told her I would come by the next morning before work to get it.  

I arrived on Thursday, and went in to see daddy.  He has asked for coffee that morning, but I couldn't understand him.  I spoke with momma in the restroom about how he sounded and asked her if I would take the day off or not.  She said to ask the nursing staff.  I went out and spoke to them.  I remember Tim's answer - "I can't tell you he's going to go today, but it's close."  The other nurse said, "If you want to be here, then you should be here." I immediately called my boss, and asked her for the rest of the week off. I thought it was going to be close.  She said, "no problem." 

The family still came in that evening we all sat around enjoying the company and daddy loved it when the family was together.  We had everyone there but my brother David.  He was on his way on Saturday.

Thursday night, I headed home, thankful not to have to work the following day.  The Today Show had their concert series going on and Justin Bieber was to perform.  Daddy would usually watch The Biebs on tv when I couldn't, because he knew Madison and I really liked him.  He would watch other people too... The Jonas Brothers, New Kids, etc.  It was neat to have him tell me about what they talked about and sang about while on the show he had watched. That Friday morning, I got ready and was going to watch Justin Bieber with him, but he was asleep a lot of the day.  He was tired.  

As the day went on, the nurse came in and saw more signs that the time was coming to an end.  Mom was out to dinner with my sister Leah and her family and when they got back, we began gathering by his bedside and singing, quoting Scripture, comforting each other with the words my daddy lived by.  Remembering moments with him...serious and funny.  He was a VERY special man to each of us. 

In those last moments, I remember us watching each breath he would take...wondering if he was with Jesus or not.  Finally, we knew...Tim came to check on him and confirmed.  We left while they prepared the body.  We came back and sang one more time and went home.  

A year later...mom, my sister Becky and I go to the grave.  We think about how fast this year has gone, and wonder how long it does seem.  We know He's HOME with Jesus and are looking forward to joining him soon.  

Today I knew would be hard.  I wanted to be with my mom so bad, but also knew I needed to get away too.  I made plans with a very good friend of mine.  God has allowed our friendship to grow regardless of this loss.  Today I was able to slip away from realty...sorta like I did while watching Justin Bieber last year.  

Tomorrow is Father's Day.  Last year, it didn't seem as hard for me, because he had just been gone for a little over a day, but this year, it's been a little harder for me.  Walking in the card store and seeing the Father's Day cards displayed in a prominent place and reaching for one, only to realize I don't need on this year.  I could get bitter about this, but I'm not going to.  My daddy wouldn't like that for me...he definitely didn't teach me to respond to life with bitterness, so how am I going to spend my Father's Day????

I'm going to do as my dad would want me to if he were here with me. Serving Jesus.  Teaching my Sunday school kids about Jesus and his love for them.  Showing them that Jesus loves them by loving them too.  Being in my pew listening to my pastor speak from the Word.  Taking my mom out to dinner as we do each week.  Enjoying an afternoon nap (hopefully), and then going back for evening service to hear more from God's word.  My dad lived a life full of service.  He is the one who taught me how to serve.  He led by example.  He lived his life as a picture of Jesus.  He wasn't perfect, but his goal was to be Christlike...and I believe he achieved his goal.  

I don't remember the times that I didn't get along with my dad, I remember those times that he was patient with me.  Those times where he would joke with me about my "zumba" money.  I think the best way you can keep memories alive is to talk about them. 

This past week, I had to do something for my mom that daddy would have done if he were here and healthy enough to do...clean the gutters out.  My mom handed me the broom and I said "Thank you, honey" in the same way that daddy would say it.  It's remembering my dad in those moments that make me able to continue to live my life.  To keep going each day.  Is it hard? Oh yeah, it is! But thankfully I have a heritage that strives on life being hard...and knowing that God is good!

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Madison Jayne Knipp

Well...I am sitting in Nebraska at my sister's house. We will be leaving to head home tomorrow morning. My niece Madison (aka Maddie) had a big weekend. She had her 18th birthday on Saturday. I got to spend the day with her that day while she was at her recital dress rehearsal.

On Sunday she had her dance recital. She was beautiful when she danced. I was so proud of her. She was in beginning point ballet, and did a really good job.

On Monday she graduated from high school. I was again proud of her. She did a good job on her speech. She made me cry because she remembered daddy. He would have loved to be here to see her. I miss him so much. 

It was precious when Mary and the kids quoted Romans 12. They did a good job. It inspired me to begin working on my memorization. I have been wanting to memorize I Thessalonians 5:12-20.

I will be working on this and hope to be able to share it with my church family.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Mother's Day

So Natalie Grant (one of my favorite female vocalists) requested stories on her wall about mom's, so I decided to write her and tell her about my mom.  Here is my submission.

I am the youngest of seven children.  My mother taught me several things, but my few lessons I want to list are: how being submissive isn't belittling to women, how to be a positive influence in your husband's ministry and how to be a women of integrity.

My mother became a Christian at the age of 10.  However during her teen years, she left herself drift along with life and slacked in her testimony.  My mother began her married life at the young age of 18, soon after that she had her first child, a little girl.  Soon after my dad decided to go to church after being a pall bearer at a funeral of a man who witnessed to him several times before his death.  He began a Christian in 1954.  He had no idea how to accept Jesus' salvation, but he knew he needed help, so he said, "Lord, help me" (in his testimony he would pause and say "...and He did").

A few years later my dad was called into the ministry as a pastor.  My mother's reaction to this was "whatever the Lord wants, you need to do."  She supported my dad during his ministry as pastor for over 40 years.  My dad's health declined a little and he had to stop driving because of his condition.  Even during the time was the driver for them both...she never complained.  Even when he wanted to go to town just to go and she needed to mop the floors, she would stop what she needed to do and take him to town.  She knew that he had lost a sense of control when he wasn't able to drive and needed to rely on others...she wanted him to still have the ability to choose to do something when he wanted to.  It was such a special thing to watch them together.

Last year, my dad's health really took a turn for the worse at the beginning of 2012.  He spent many days in the hospital, yet my mom never left his side.  She would sleep in the hospital room on a fold out chair or sofa bed, whatever they had for her to sleep on.  We would encourage her to take a few hours to head home while one of us kids stayed with him.  He passed away on June 15, 2012.  The night he went home to be with Jesus, my entire family was there (except one brother and family who was coming the following day).  We remembered stories, quoted scripture and sang songs while he went to be with Jesus.  His favorite song was "Higher Ground" and my mom's "Blessed Assurance." Both songs were sung many times during those last few days and moments of his life.  Even now, they are still comforts to us as we continue to grieve.

My mom still loves her husband.  Even death hasn't parted that love.  She continues to live her life as a Proverbs 31 woman.  Her children rise up and call her blessed! is truly a statement that can describe Garnet Jayne's children.

When I met you Natalie, you were the first Christian artist who was a women that I could consider a women of integrity...Why?  because you displayed attributes that my mom had taught to me.  That's why I really am thankful you are a Christian artist who inspires young women.  We need more women like my mom and you to influence these girls :)
This is one of the last pictures with all of the family (at that time).  There are 4 more additions and one on the way.  My niece Chloe is in the picture you just can't see her because she was one of the additions :)
 This one was taken at Buckeye Christmas a few years ago.  My mom is seated.  Standing from left to right: Leah (5th), Becky (1st), Mary (6th) and me - DeeJay (7th).  This is one of our favorites that was taken.  It's amazing how much  my sister and I look alike...we are not twins :)
 This is my dad's tomb stone.  My mom and I visited it on her

The last picture is my mom with my dad before he went to Heaven with Jesus.  She was by his side until he passed.  She is still a faithful wife.

Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Wow! Didn't mean to let a whole month go by without a post

I have not been very good about posting.  I apologize for that.  I'm sure it's just laziness, however, I really wanted to write a blog post tonight.  Tonight was our ladies Bible study. I have not been attending lately - another problem with laziness.  But tonight I went.  We began a new study and I really wanted to do this study.  

We began tonight this series "How Do You Walk the Walk You Talk?" This one was put together by Kay Arthur.  I really like Kay's inductive Bible study process.  It is really a good way to get a clear understanding of the passages being studied.  

We began Ephesians 1:1-8 

1 - Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, to the saints who are at Ephesus and who are faithful in Christ Jesus. 
2 - Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
3 - Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with EVERY spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, 
4 - just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him. In love
5 - He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will,
6 - to the praise of the glory of His grace, which He freely bestowed on us in the Beloved.
7 - In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace
8 - which He lavished on us.
We first read just the first verse and answered the following questions.  

  • Who is writing? Who is he? How did he get to be that way?
  • To whom is he writing?
  • Where are they?
  • What are they called?
  • How are they described?

Then we read through verses 2 - 8 and marked the words "us" or "we."  Next we read through it again and marked phrases "in Him," "in Christ," "in the Beloved."  Lastly we marked the phrase "according to." 

My thoughts from what I learned tonight.  We are blessed by God the Father of Jesus with EVERY spiritual blessing from heaven.  God chose us in Him BEFORE the foundation of the world.  In LOVE he predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Himself - according to "the kind intention of His will."  He does this all "to the praise of the glory of HIS grace...which he FREELY bestowed on us..." We have redemption through HIS blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses...accordingly to the riches of HIS grace.  He lavished all this  on us.  

The word lavished - means expended or produced in abundance...THAT'S A LOT.

We discussed the reason we live the way we live is not for approval of others, but to honor God.  Whether, therefore, we eat or drink or whatsoever we do ... do all to the glory of God.  Carrie made a comment that I really liked.  She said "I don't go to church for anyone's approval but God's.  I get a blessing by being in the presence of those who are with me.  I mentioned "they are the whipped cream on the ice cream sundae."  God has lavished these riches upon us.  

It was such a really nice study that I'm really looking forward to next month's lesson.