Thursday, January 29, 2009
Not sure what is going on with me....but lately I don't feel like I have a whole lot or anything of any merit to write about. I seem to have a blogging block and I just need to take a bit of break I guess. In case, I am not around for a bit you will know what is going on. My hope is that this is short lived. I am on Facebook so feel free to look me up there. Sometimes it is easier for me to write a sentence than a post. Would love to add you to my friends list. When doing your search to add me as your friend, use the email addy firstname.lastname@example.org
I am dealing with some personal family issues, so if you think of it when your praying....please pray for me and my family.
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
When the house lights dimmed and the concert was about to begin, the mother returned to her seat and discovered that the child was missing Suddenly, the curtains parted and spotlights focused on the impressive Steinway on stage.
To her horror, the mother saw her little boy sitting at the keyboard, innocently picking out"Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star." At that moment, the great piano master made his entrance, quickly moved to the piano, and whispered in the boy's ear,"Don't quit .. .. . keep playing."Then, leaning over , Paderewski reached down with his left hand and began filling in a bass part.. Soon his right arm reached around to the other side of the child,and he added a running obbligato.
Together, the old master and the young novice transformed what could have been a frightening situation into a wonderfully creative experience.
The audience was so mesmerized that they couldn't recall what else the great master played.Only the classic," Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star."Perhaps that's the way it is with God. What we can accomplish on our own is hardly noteworthy.We try our best, but the results aren't always graceful flowing music. However, with the hand of the Master, our life's work can truly be beautiful.
The next time you set out to accomplish great feats,listen carefully. You may hear the voice of the Master, whispering in your ear, "Don't quit .. . . Keep playing."
May you feel His arms around you and know that His hands are there, helping you turn your feeble attempts into true masterpieces.
Remember, God doesn't seem to call the equipped, rather, He equips the 'called.'
Life is more accurately measured by the lives you touch than by the things you acquire. So touch someone by passing this little message along.
May God bless you and be with you always and remember ,
Don't quit . .. . Keep playing."
Monday, January 19, 2009
Yesterday, we finally got things back in order in the house since the holidays. You know, moving things back to their assigned spots (if there is such a thing). Basically I had to make about four furniture moves to get my computer back down to it original spot. So with all that movin and shakin going on, I was pretty tired last night. Calgon, take me away. We took the time to vacuum and dust things real good while we were in the process, and my body just isn't equipped like it was when I was younger. Can you say aches and pains. Well anyway, I had them last night. But I am NOT complaining because I am glad it is done.
Since I have today off I have several errands that I need to do. My car is having a few problems, so I am going to take it into the shop and pick up a rental for this week. I also plan to meet my friend and have "our Christmas". With our schedule we didn't get a chance to do it yet. I'm also thinking about hitting the antique shop and getting my hair cut. I need a new look. So that is a few things I want to do today. That is if I can stand the cold weather long enough.
Once I get back home I want to do some reading, I have to get caught up on a bible study as well as some reading for my own pleasure. I am so glad that we cooked a big pot of chili yesterday, because we will having leftovers tonight.
This week my goal is to find my Valentine goodies and start decorating the house a wee bit. Now where are those boxes? Do you have any decorating ideas for the holiday? Got any plans with the hubby?
As you can see I have lots going on today. How bout you?
Sunday, January 18, 2009
Thursday, January 15, 2009
An Award, for me (blushing)
Tracey at Buttercup Hill has given me the Proximidade Award. Thank you, Tracey!
This blog invests and believes the PROXIMITY - nearness in space, time and relationships. These blogs are extremely charming. These kind bloggers aim to find and be friends. They are not interested in prizes or self-aggrandizement. Our hope is that when the ribbons of these prizes are cut, even more friendships are propagated. Please give attention to these writers! Deliver this award to eight bloggers who must choose eight more and include this cleverly written text into the body of their award.”
I am passing this award on to:
Danna - Living Between the Lines
Pam- The Country Homemaker
Nicole - Our Cozy Nest
Shannon - Bless our Nest
Elise- Nest Sweet Nest
Carolyn - Cranberry Crossings
Kathi- Feathering My Nest
Lea- Farmhouse Blessings
Please take the time to check out these lovely ladies. They really are some of the sweetest gals on the net.
Have a blessed Friday.
My morning started off with delayed school openings, and my typical 1.5 hour commute into work in this morning ended up taking 2.5 hours...so needless to say I am looking for a little fun. So a friend sent me this yesterday and decided I would post it here. Feel free to grab it and play along. If you do, let me know so I can read your answers.
TYPE ONLY 1 WORD, IT'S HARDER THAN YOU THINK.
1. Where is your cell phone? car
2. Your significant other?Michael
3. Your hair? Long
4. Your mother? Louise
5. Your father? Grover
6. Your favorite thing? reading
7. Your dream last night? none
8. Your favorite drink? Tea
9. Your dream/goal? Heaven
10. The room you're in? Office
11. Your fear? sickness
12. Where do you want to be in 6 years? Kentucky
13. Where were you last night? home
14. What you're not? Mad
15. Muffins? Blueberry
16. One of your wish list items? balance
17. Where did you grow up? Kentucky
18. The last thing you did? Smoke
19. What are you wearing? Clothes
20. Your TV? Off
21. Your pet? sleeping
22. Your computer? Compaq
23. Your life? Full
24. Your mood? good
25. Missing someone? no
26. Your car? Volvo
27. Something you're not wearing? frown
28. Favorite Store? Book
29. Your summer? Hot
30. Your favorite color? Red
31. When is the last time you laughed? Today
32. Who will/would re-post this? Everyone
33. FOUR PLACES I GO OVER AND OVER:
A. work B. Wal-Mart C. Home D. Meetings
34. FOUR PEOPLE WHO E-MAIL ME:
Mom,Michael, Anne, Don
35. FOUR OF MY FAVORITE FOODS:
A.Mexican B. Shrimp C. cheese D.Wings
36. FOUR PLACES I WOULD RATHER BE RIGHT NOW?
37. FOUR PEOPLE I THINK WILL RESPOND:
A.Mom, B. Michael, C. Terri, D. Rachel
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Monday, January 12, 2009
When I finished reading my bible in a year at the end of last year, I decided it would be a great idea to have a bible on audio so that I can listen anytime that I want too, plus continue to read along at that same time. But I was running into a problem, you see, I could only find either the OT/or the NT, but not both. And both is what I wanted. In comes my new toy, let me share with you a bit about the product.
Sunday, January 11, 2009
The weekend is almost over, and I can't believe it. I sure would love to have a three day weekend this weekend. I had a wonderful list of things that I should and wanted to do this weekend, some I finished and others will have to wait until next weekend.
I have been doing laundry and waiting on it to finish so that it could go into the dryer. A girl has to have her jeans for work, right? Anyway,while I was waiting on that, decided I would tell you what I have been doing this weekend. I guess by now, you noticed that I have a new header for my blog. What ya' think? I am not sure if I will keep it, or if I will work on creating something else, but I wanted to take the Christmas header down.
I have worked this weekend, on updating and changing some of my content on my blogs,adding some new backgrounds. I also updated by Facebook (added some wedding pictures and honeymoon pictures,with alot more to do) and Plurk accounts. On the right sidebar you can find a link to follow me on Twitter. I decided at the first of the year I wanted to get myself organized online and put a system in place (posting system)but still haven't come up with anything definite yet. Those are a few things that I have done on the web.
I also have spent time cleaning my kitchen. It needed it from top to bottom. I even organized my fridge. Don't laugh! It actually looks good but you know it will not last very long.
I spent time today reading and study my devotionals, which is what I want to spend my Sunday's for. I really do want to reserve Sunday's for quiet time and family time. No more working on the Sabbath. Just as it was intended.
Well guess I will close, Tomorrow is Simple Woman's Daybook, so check back with me to see what's up.
Hey are you ready?
Friday, January 9, 2009
1. Suit yourself
Pick a course of study that suits you and stay with it. There are many excellent daily devotionals and study guides available. To find one, ask your friends or pastor to recommend their favorites. Also, salespersons at Christian bookstores are happy to help you make a selection.
Spike and I rely heavily on Barclay's commentaries for our teaching. I also find myself returning time and again to Oswald Chamber's My Utmost for His Highest for meditation. It never fails to challenge me to do deeper with God.
A current favorite of mine is a small volume of daily meditations on the four Gospels entitled Becoming Fire. In it, author Jeanie Miley draws the reader into each New Testament drama as an on-the-scene participant, relating our own thoughts and struggles to those of the Bible characters.
2. A fresh word
Try reading a favorite passage of Scripture in a translation you are not used to. See how fresh insights spring to life. Try, for instance, reading 1 Corinthians 13 in the J.B. Phillips translation: "Love has good manners and does not pursue selfish advantage. It is not touchy." The meaning here is so accessible! (Overall, this is a beautiful and poetic translation of the New Testament--worth adding to your library.)
Pam, my Bible teacher, teaches from the Amplified Bible, which is excellent for providing additional adjectives and expanding meaning.
Or try one that our whole family is enthusiastic about, the Bible paraphrase by Eugene H. Peterson entitled The Message. Though a paraphrase is not meant to replace a translation, it can bring invigorating new insights to familiar passages.
3. Praying your way through the Scriptures
"Pray your way through" a chapter or book of the Bible. This is one of the best ways I know to appropriate the truth of God's Word for our everyday lives. Verbal or written prayer can be used (I prefer to write). Here's how it works:
As I read through whatever book of the Bible I'm studying, I stop at every verse that speaks personally to me and write out a prayer pertaining to that verse. I try to make these prayers as personal and relevant to my own life as I possibly can.
Here's an example, using Romans 8. First, read the verse or verses:
For those who are according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who are according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace (Romans 8:5-6).Next, write a prayer in simple, conversational words of your own, pertaining to what you have read:
Lord, it's real easy to tell when I'm living "according to the flesh" by what my thoughts keep returning to--what my mind keeps dwelling on. If my thoughts return time after time to anything other than You, I'm usually not "in the Spirit." Sometimes I get totally stuck on shopping for clothes, or redoing the house or something like that. Then, before I know it, I have squeezed You right out of my mind. There's nothing wrong with clothes or wallpaper-- I know that. It's just that when they take over my brain like that, they start competing with You. Father, teach me to live "according to the Spirit." Everything else is dying. Only You are life and peace. Those are the qualities I hunger for! Amen.4. Character study
Do a study of one particular Bible character. Trace that person's life in Scripture. Read other books and commentaries on his or her life. Try to "get inside this character's head" and figure out how he thought and why he did the things he did. In what ways is he or she like you? Different from you?
5. The acts of your life
Realize that though the Bible is complete, the Book of Acts (the story of God's church) is still being created in the lives of each one of us who follow Jesus. Write out your own story. Who are you and how is your life affecting the coming of God's kingdom on earth? Don't over glamorize yourself, but try not to be too hard on yourself, either. Make your story as factual and complete as possible. Someday you will be asked to give your testimony, "to give an account for the hope that is in you (1 Peter 3:15), and you'll be prepared!
6. Consider the benefits
Go through Psalm 119 and make your own inventory of the benefits mentioneed that are available to the man or woman who studies God's Word.
This tips can be found at Christian Woman Today
Thursday, January 8, 2009
I am very grateful. I still feel that it is one of the best things I ever did for me. Basically I just thought if there was anyone out there that is contemplating it I wanted you to know that after one year I am still happy with the results. For the first time in my life I have 20/20 vision, instead of seeing everything like this....
I can see everything clearly. What a gift!
If there are any questions feel free to ask.
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
This is what I woke up to this morning. I'd say Winter has arrived!
That is how I feel. I don't really know where to start. Here we are in a new year 2009, and I can't seem to get my thoughts down. I have been taking things a bit slower and also starting a new system. I guess you can say that is one of my new goals for this year. There are many things that I want to achieve and work on this year that will benefit me and my family. Most of which are simply personal. Here is a small portion of some of the things that are rolling around in my head.
- One, being a better blogger buddy. I haven't been doing all that great. Life seems to have a mind all it's own.
- More quiet time with God.
- Spend time with God daily in prayer.
- Digging deeper in my study of the Word/bible study.
- Reading more spiritual books for guidance/resources purposes that allow me to dig deeper
- Focus on the simple things in my life and be grateful.
- Spend more quality time with my family and friends.
As you can see most of my goals are of spiritual nature but I feel a strong push toward this this year. Last year my goals were oriented around organizing and even though I didn't master that, I still plan to work on it. Believe me, there is ALWAYS something to organize at my house. I also wanted to start journaling my simple pleasures so I joined Peggy at the Simple Woman's Daybook. You can check out my new blog for my Journal. I think it makes it easier to just recognize the simple things that we are grateful for. This is a just a fun way to remember.
I am running a bit short on time at the moment, but wanted to let you know that I hope to get my blogging pattern down soon. Since the holidays and getting the Christmas Decorations down, I have kinda like that "sparse" feeling....so I have carried that over to my computer time as well. I am decluttering my blogs, making some changes, and cleaning and better organizing my computer files. My inboxes look better than they ever have, and I set myself up a system on responding to emails that I need too, so that things don't get lost. One of my other helpers, and it is a big one for me is my day planner, I couldn't do anything without it. Everything goes in there, from appts, what's going on with Tori and with whom, dinner ideas, shopping ideas, even blog ideas, I use it for everything. I also use one on the computer so if I need to, I can print it out and go.
Possibly soon, I will blog about some of the resources I like to use to keep me on task...but until then, I should go. I didn't mean to write a book, but it has been awhile since I have posted. I will try to get around to visit with you all soon.
BTW, I still haven't gotten Christmas pictures off my camera, but once I do...I will post them. Most likely I will post them to my Christmas Blog and then direct you there to see them if you want.
Sunday, January 4, 2009
You are a Doris -- "I must help others."
Dorises are warm, concerned, nurturing, and sensitive to other people's needs.
How to Get Along with Me
* Tell me that you appreciate me. Be specific.
* Share fun times with me.
* Take an interest in my problems, though I will probably try to focus on yours.
* Let me know that I am important and special to you.
* Be gentle if you decide to criticize me.
In Intimate Relationships
* Reassure me that I am interesting to you.
* Reassure me often that you love me.
* Tell me I'm attractive and that you're glad to be seen with me.
What I Like About Being a Doris
* being able to relate easily to people and to make friends
* knowing what people need and being able to make their lives better
* being generous, caring, and warm
* being sensitive to and perceptive about others' feelings
* being enthusiastic and fun-loving, and having a good sense of humor
What's Hard About Being a Doris
* not being able to say no
* having low self-esteem
* feeling drained from overdoing for others
* not doing things I really like to do for myself for fear of being selfish
* criticizing myself for not feeling as loving as I think I should
* being upset that others don't tune in to me as much as I tume in to them
* working so hard to be tactful and considerate that I suppress my real feelings
Dorises as Children Often
* are very sensitive to disapproval and criticism
* try hard to please their parents by being helpful and understanding
* are outwardly compliant
* are popular or try to be popular with other children
* act coy, precocious, or dramatic in order to get attention
* are clowns and jokers (the more extroverted Dorises), or quiet and shy (the more introverted Dorises)
Dorises as Parents
* are good listeners, love their children unconditionally, and are warm and encouraging (or suffer guilt if they aren't)
* are often playful with their children
* wonder: "Am I doing it right?" "Am I giving enough?" "Have I caused irreparable damage?"
* can become fiercely protective
Have fun and take your test here.
Thursday, January 1, 2009
Just One RequestDear Master for this coming year
Just one request I bring:
I do not pray for happiness,
Or any earthly thing—
I do not ask to understand
The way Thou leadest me,
But this I ask: Teach me to do
The thing that pleaseth Thee.
I want to know Thy guiding voice,
To walk with Thee each day.
Dear Master make me swift to hear
And ready to obey.
And thus the year I now begin
A happy year will be—
If I am seeking just to do
The thing that pleaseth Thee.
- ► 2011 (61)
- ► 2010 (132)
- I'm still around
- The Concert
- So glad that I have
- A little something I threw together this morning.
- I know what I did 25 years ago today. Do you?
- I need a little fun
- Laughter is great medicine
- New Christmas Toy!!!
- My weekend has come and gone.
- Studying the Word of God
- You Decide
- It's been a year
- Where to start?
- Are you a Jackie or a Marilyn?
- Happy New Years
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- ► 2008 (112)