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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

been a busy woman

hi all. it's been a busy few days. and today will continue. i'll try and post a full detailed update after things start to calm down. just wanted to pop in and say hello!!!

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Friends Forever by Debbie Smith

Verse for the Day

Colossians 1:9
For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding.

Passage for the day: Colossians 1: 3-14

TIME has a way of defining true friends. I have discovered that passing years and growing distance are ineffective obstacles to the mutual love between my friends and me. Perhaps it is because of our common walk with the Lord that we can just pick up where we left off whenever we are together. And these are the dear ones I will spend eternity loving.

Of course, prayer is an important part of continuing that bond. Colossians 1:3-14 is and eloquent description of a Christian's prayer for her friends. Even though Paul had not even visited the Christians at Colosse, his love for them through Christ was strong and arent.

One Sunday afternoon soon after our wedding, Michael and I were getting ready for the weekly Bible study that would meet in our living room that night. It would be the final study led by Bill Jackson before he moved away. On a sudden whim, we decided to write a song for Bill. Michael went to take a shower; I sat down with the Bible and a pen. In less than an hour Michael had found a melody on the piano for the lyrics to "friends." We were happy to have something special for Bill, though it never occurred to us that anyone else would find this simple song meaningful.

God had different plans! He has used "Friends" for graduations, funerals, weddings and gatherings of all kinds. Michael and I continue to be blessed by letters from people who identify with this song and find comfort in its message. Both the Colossians passage and the song are a call to prayer for those we love-- and a reminder that God's love unites people as friends forever!

Additional Scripture Readings:
Ephesians 3:14-19; Philemon 4-7

ramblings from my mind

ok, so i normally don't do this, but i feel a tug and need to ramble for a few minutes. firstly, this passage keeps coming to me:

But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God-- having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with them.

So you are wondering why this passage keeps coming up aren't you. Well, look all around you and what do you see? I will tell you here what I see, I see the end times! I see lovers of money and contriband. I see people who are afraid to admit they love the Lord and act on the power that is given to us as CO-HEIRS WITH CHRIST. I see all of the things listed in so many places in this world around me. Most of all the one that really sticks out is the lover of money. Look at the economy. When it took a plunge what did we do? We all depended on the government to give us more money instead of depending on God to provide for us what we need. Now we have people who are depending on drugs because the money isn't working for them anymore. They are so lost, without the guidance of us believers, they don't realize that the answer to their problems is as easy and one word: JESUS! I pray that all of you reading this post are not in this category, but if you, please by all means, find someone to talk to about Jesus. If you aren't sure who to talk to, you can easily call my church.

My next rambling is this.... We all have friends here on earth. And there is a girl scout song that comes to mind when I think of the word "friends" it is:

Make new friends, but keep the old, one is silver and the other is gold.

Why does this come up? Well as I was going through my bible looking for the passage above that I posted for you a few seconds ago, I passed over a bible study titled "Friends Forever" by Debbie Smith. That whole study will be in the next post, but I feel the need to let everyone know that yes, we do have friends, some are new friends, some are old. Most are silver, and for me only one is gold. His Name is JESUS. He is here for me when I need him. He holds me when I cry. He is standing by me in good times and in bad. He loves me for me and not for what i have done. Nor for what I will become. Jesus is all you need in a friend. When we have earthly friendships, that is great, when we have sipiritual ones with him, that is the best!!! I have an earthly friend who is my sister in Christ. Angelena is the best bestie I have had (aside from Jesus). She is here for me and I for her. We can sit and talk on the phone for hours and just let God talk through us to the other and it never bores us. We were recently on the phone and talking about the above passage and we were discussing how people want more and more and more money and I said, "wait a minute, if so many people want more money, wouldn't it be awesome if we would say forget the money, I want MORE OF YOU JESUS." It was an eye opener what happened last night (I will not put that here as it is private, but God knows) and it is even more of an eye opener when people you thought were your friends stood down the street watching and wouldn't help, but a bestie walking a friend out to his car stood out and waited the right amount of time (God's timing is perfect isn't it) and then approached. Said bestie was up with her bestie unti 3 am, got her husband off to work an hour late (he was actually 10 minutes late for work) then woke up at 9 am to make breakfast for her bestie and all of the children, then took the time out of her day to watch the children so that bestie could finish taking care of things and getting some sleep. I just love you so much Angelena and I am so happy that what I could give to you was in your words "What you do for me means so much more than any amount of money would." and as you said that, I cried tears of happiness because not 6 months ago, I thought I had lost my bestie!!! Love you lots lady!!! We will get through all of our issues and find ourselves again all of us! We will lean on each other as the dc talk song Lean on Me says. We will hold each other as we cry and we will rejoice together one day in Heaven with our Savior!!!

Well, that's enough rambling for now, more is sure to come as I work on finding myself. Loads of love to all of my fans!!! And lastly, here is a lyric that I just can't leave you without!!!


Ocean Wide-- The Afters

A couple of years ago, I had a cd by The Afters this song has stuck with me since that cd. It has since been scratched and I don't know if I can find it anywhere anymore, but I felt like I needed to share the lyrics with you all. A situation occured last night and this is what I feel God is telling me to share with those involved in the situation that happened.

Look outside
It's already light and the stars ran away with the night
Things were said, words that we'll try to forget
it's so hard to admit I know we've made mistakes
I see through all the tears but that's what got us here

If love is an ocean wide
We'll swim in the tears we cry
They'll see us through to the other side
We're gonna make it
When love is a raging sea
You can hold on to me
We'll find a way tonight
Love is an ocean wide

I'll stay right here
It's where I'll always belong
Tied with your arms
Days like this I wish the sun wouldn't set
I don't want to forget
What made us feel this way
You see through all my fears
and that's what got us here

If love is an ocean wide
We'll swim in the tears we cry
They'll see us through to the other side
We're gonna make it
When love is a raging sea
You can hold on to me
We'll find a way tonight
Love is an ocean wide.

Love is an ocean wide enough to forget
Even when we think we can't.

This song speaks volumes to me!

Friday, September 24, 2010

A Word

God has been giving me words more lately. I love it when He speaks! Today, he gave me Psalm 139.

Here is what the New Intenational Version sounds like:

>1 O LORD, you have searched me
and you know me.

2 You know when I sit and when I rise;
you perceive my thoughts from afar.

3 You discern my going out and my lying down;
you are familiar with all my ways.

4 Before a word is on my tongue
you know it completely, O LORD.

5 You hem me in—behind and before;
you have laid your hand upon me.

6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
too lofty for me to attain.

7 Where can I go from your Spirit?
Where can I flee from your presence?

8 If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
if I make my bed in the depths, a]">[a] you are there.

9 If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
if I settle on the far side of the sea,

10 even there your hand will guide me,
your right hand will hold me fast.

11 If I say, "Surely the darkness will hide me
and the light become night around me,"

12 even the darkness will not be dark to you;
the night will shine like the day,
for darkness is as light to you.

13 For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother's womb.

14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.

15 My frame was not hidden from you
when I was made in the secret place.
When I was woven together in the depths of the earth,

16 your eyes saw my unformed body.
All the days ordained for me
were written in your book
before one of them came to be.

17 How precious to b]">[b] me are your thoughts, O God!
How vast is the sum of them!

18 Were I to count them,
they would outnumber the grains of sand.
When I awake,
I am still with you.

19 If only you would slay the wicked, O God!
Away from me, you bloodthirsty men!

20 They speak of you with evil intent;
your adversaries misuse your name.

21 Do I not hate those who hate you, O LORD,
and abhor those who rise up against you?

22 I have nothing but hatred for them;
I count them my enemies.

23 Search me, O God, and know my heart;
test me and know my anxious thoughts.

24 See if there is any offensive way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting.

He also gave me a song to go with this. Today the song is Rebecca St. James Psalm 139. You can scroll to the bottom of the page if you wish and then select it off of my playlist, but here are the words:

You search me
You know me
You see my every move
There's nothing I could ever do
To hide myself from you
You know my thoughts
My fears and hurts
My weaknesses and pride
You know what I am going through
And how I feel inside
But even though you know
You will always love me
Even though you know
You'll never let me go
I don't deserve your love
But you give it freely
You will always love me
Even though you know


This speaks volumes to me as I am going through some stuff I would prefer not put here for the world to know, but just know that I am putting God first in my life and that is the way it will be from now on!!!

This is all I am posting today as my first day not centering on me and my family and focusing on God and what he is doing in my life.

Monday, September 13, 2010

I just had an eye opening experience...

So, I have been doing the yo yo thing when it comes to dieting... I'll do the healthy food thing for a while and then not. Well, a friend of mine suggested that I do this website that is a food journal thing. Well, it suggests that to be at the weight I want to get to, I need to loose a pound a week. That's entirely healthy. So, I started journaling my food today, and even with making a bowl of homemade veggie soup (with ramen noodles in it) I still have to find a way to get up to 1870 calories per day. This is going to be a challenge for me as I don't eat breakfast on a regular basis. I know that my body is in starvation mode, and I have to coach it out of there. I will do this!!! I will be doing a weigh in on Wednesdays at 10 am. This way I can kind of keep track of my weight better and see where I need to improve. In addition to a food journal, this site also does an exercise journal, I am going to be taking advantage of that too. In fact, I am finishing up my bestie's laundry for her, getting dressed in shorts and a t shirt, and then heading to the park with her for some walking time. I need to get in 1/2-1 hour a day 5 days a week. Hope that within a month I can up it to jogging/running. Any tips you may have that might be helpful are welcome!

Now for the rest of the family: maddie was feelign ill yesterday, but is on top of her game today. kenzie went to school. who knows what she will be doing today. ryan is doing good. and that's about it for now... see you all later!

Saturday, September 11, 2010

A day with Dee Dee and Dave; Gillian and Chase too

Yesterday, we had a great day!!! We got to see Dee Dee, Dave, Gilly, and Chase. It was the first time we have seen them since Grandma's Surprise 80th Birthday Party! Here is a recap of the day.

7:00 a.m. Dawn wakes up and Kenzie gets up too.

8:00 a.m. Time to wake Ryan and Maddie up.

9:00 a.m. Take Shaun, Seth, and Deborah to Calusa on our way to Roy and Carols.

11:00 a.m. Leave in 2 cars to go to Clearwater Beach. While on the way, Ryan drops a pill... Then Ryan and Dee Dee switch cars incase there was seperation. On the trip, we took a wrong turn, but we all got there at the same time so we are good right! Time for swimming, sunbathing, building sand castles, and burying the kids. It was a good time! Kenzie even got to see dolphins for the first time. (See, the beach we usually go to, you don't get too many dolphins surfasing, but at Clearwater you do.).

2:50 p.m. Load up the cars and see who can get back to Trinity first LOL! We all made it at the same time!

Carol and I then started working on getting dinner done while Roy, Dave, Ryan, and Dee Dee sat on the patio and played catch up! The kids all got along very well. For dinner we had pulled barbecue and cheesy potatoes with a salad. Gilly had made buckeye bars the night before, so those were dessert! We stayed long enough to watch "The Rock" starring Nick Cage and we brought Maddie home. Kenzie will be getting home within an hour and a half.

NEWSFLASH: my adapter to the camera is broke, so I can't upload the pics til I get a new one, but they are coming!!!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

wow has it been a week already

since i last posted... well here goes: last thursday, i posted the challenge lo that i did. I have since then done 2 more challenges. they are on another forum and they can't be posted here yet. not because the rules say that but because i don't want them put here just yet. so here's the update:

friday: ryan worked and kenzie went home with yaya from school. maddie and i got cc from the bus. we all three then cooked chicken broccoli spaghetti alfredo and garlic toast. it was soooooo good!!!

saturday: we watched isabel for angelena and took her to yaya's house so i could print the bible verse that i needed for bookmarks i made for my church am womens group. i'll be uploading the pics and doing another post about that. kenzie, kaylie, and maddie got in the hot tub and isabel swung on the hammock. i am not sure, but i think she was scared of the jets in the hot tub.

sunday: we went to first/second services at church. i have to say the special was wonderful! then we had an early labor day because ryan and kevin had to work on monday, so we had a cook out on sunday. yummmy!

monday: kenzie didn't have school and we just hung out. it wasn't a good day. we were at each other's throats, but we are trying different strategies now to see if we can't fix that.

tuesday: kenzie went to school, when she got home, we went for a ride with angelena, cc, and isabel. maddie stayed home with daddy. at the end of our ride because the girls were good, angelena took them to 7-11 and bought them a slushie. kenzie being the big sister shared hers with maddie. we then went to big lots and walmart to just "window" shop. kenzie was really good about not buying anything and just adding things to her christmas list instead! it was quite cool of her! then we came home, i was cooking and kenzie was doing her homework with daddy and i when i let the mashed potatoes over boil LOL but that is fixable right...

wednesday: that would be today. kenzie's at school, ryan is at work. maddie is talking my head off, and i have gotten some projects done... lets see what else i can get done today!!!

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Workout #27

So, here's the challenge. And above, you can see my entry. Kenzie had done crosswords or circle a words (I can't remember) with Gigi and I snapped a pic of her doing it. I absolutely love the design of the sketch we were supposed to use for this lo. It allows for a simple, yet stunning layout. It allows room for journaling as you can see that I added as well as plenty of negative space! And the breakdown goes like this, picture was taken from my collection, background paper was from k and company the best of k and company pad, the circles were literally just picked out of my scrap box. I didn't even look at the papers, i just did a random pick. the lettering was taken from an old sheet of alphas i had and I think they worked out great!!! Simple yet Stunning! Thank you Scrap Fit for the challenge.