Thursday, September 18, 2008

delayed posting...

I've been so tired lately. Can't really think of a reason either. I've overslept through my alarms for about 20 minutes each day this week because I've been in such deep sleep. And weird dreams too. Sometimes I know I am dreaming but I can't, no matter how hard I try, wake up.

Ruthie and I have been making pointless videos to send to Caleb on his facebook. And they keep getting even more and more pointless. But they are fun to make, even though, its embarassing to think anyone can see them.

Tonight, my two favorite kids came over... my niece and nephew. I took Avery on a walk. It is so interesting to watch her and teach her new things. We looked at all kinds of things on our walk... including our shaddows which she kept laughing at. There was a little stretch of the road where we "ran"; I basically took big steps while she shuffled her little feet as quick as she could, laughing all the while. Then we ran through the sprinklers while she laughed some more and said, "Wet! Wet!" She is such a fun little girl and I can't believe she is almost 2! After we got back, Ruthie and I tried teaching Ethan "The Cha Cha Slide".... I was impressed because he knew how to stomp his right foot when told and so on... I love when they come to visit!

Tomorrow starts a big project for me at work. A project that I am so excited about. We are going to decorate one of our Garden Homes as a model for prospective buyers! This means alot of decorating for the next week or so. I'm excited to see what will happen. Speaking of decorating, I started painting somethings I bought at a yard sale awhile back... I can't wait to show them to you all!

(edit: This was a post I began working on last night. I heard The Office (only 6 days til Season 5!!!) coming on and I went to the living room to watch, intending to finish this when the show was over at 10. Well at 5:30 a.m., I woke up on the couch. I had slept for 8 hours... and couldn't even remember how I got there when I woke up. See, I told you I was tired!=)

Monday, September 8, 2008

let patience have her perfect work...

James 1

2 My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;

3 Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.

4 But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire,

wanting nothing.

5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.

I need wisdom right now (actually, always... but you now what I mean). I have trouble with discernment and hearing the Lord's voice. Ever been in one of those situations where you feel that the Lord is leading in a certain way? How do you know it is Him leading and not yourself? I'm reminded that I must draw near to Him, so I can hear that still small voice that He often uses.

I read this quote the other day: "Rainbows are made up of sunlight and rain". I want to be grateful for the rain.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

He speaks to me...

Do you ever have those moments that you feel like He is speaking to you directly?

I live for those moments.

This morning in Sunday school, we had some old friends come back into town and they shared with us about their summer. He read a passage that he had studied this summer and asked us what stood out.
Psalm 1 (King James Version)

1Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.

2But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.

3And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.

4The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away.

5Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.

6For the LORD knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.

For me, one thing stood out more than the rest...

But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.

And it hit me like bricks. describes the word delight like this:

a high degree of pleasure or enjoyment; joy; rapture: She takes great delight in her job.
2.something that gives great pleasure: The dance was a delight to see. give great pleasure, satisfaction, or enjoyment to; please highly: The show delighted everyone. have great pleasure; take pleasure : She delights in going for long walks in the country.

hmm... do I really delight in my relationship with Him? sadly, the answer to that is usually no. Not to say I am not thankful for my relationship with the Almighty Savior, but do I really take joy and have pleasure in it... and do I meditate in it day and night? It was one of those mornings where I was convicted of not being in my walk where I should be. I am thankful that I have a living God that is there to remind and convict me when I need it.

Then tonight at church, Paul (from England) spoke about those valleys we sometimes go through. I am happy where I am in life right now, but I have my moments... and days of struggle. It was refreshing to know that someone (everyone) goes through those periods where they struggle. Luckily, we have Him there every step of the way.

After church, I got in the car and before I turned it on, I prayed that I would hear a something from God. Now, this isn't something I usually do, mostly because I think its all coincidence. But I also believe that God can ordain something... even songs on the radio. I know God wanted me to hear the songs I did.

The song "Who Am I" by Casting Crowns was on. Not one of my favorites. So I kind of ignored it and forgot about my wanting to hear something from Him. The song ended and to be honest I was kind of happy it ended. Then a song that has challenged me to think ALOT lately came on next. "Yours" by Steven Curtis Chapman. An incredible song... Powerful, I tell you... Gives me chills every time I hear it (especially, the 4th verse he wrote after Maria was killed in May). So not only was I glad to hear that song, but I stopped to think about the songs I had heard and I thought:

"Who Am I?" and He told me... "Yours"

Incredible and inspiring. Hallelujah, what a Savior!

i'm sweepy...

Do you like having alot of things to do? I love it! Even more if they are fun things!

This weekend was one of those non-stop packed weekend. Sometimes I wish took the time to do different things every weekend, but that takes spontaneity and I am bad at that (working on it though).

Right after I got off of work on Friday, I headed to play in Atlanta. play, you say? Yes! I went to Six Flags with my old roommate and her husband. It was the first time I had seen her since her wedding in May and it made me miss seeing her everyday even more. We got to share stories of the people we work with and work for (mine, senior citizens; hers, children). I'm so glad we got to Six Flags too, because who doesn't want to be at Six Flags and rides over and over again? I know I do.

So I headed home late Friday night got to bed around 2:30 and then headed to bed and woke up bright and early at 6:00 a.m. Now folks, this is earlier than I get up for work everyday! And going on 3 and a half hours of sleep??? Well it wasn't easy. But it was worth it. Carlyle Place sponsored a yard sale for the Alzheimer's Association and so not only did I get to help with that but I found a few great things for myself! I got three board games for $2.00! And the best part is, they are practically brand new. So if you like playing Scrabble, Scategories, or Cranium... come to my house because I would love to play with you!

After about an hour break after I left the yard sale I then headed to work at the ice cream shop for a few hours and then back home for a family cookout with our friends Paul and Greg. Paul and Greg are visiting, from England and Australia, respectively. They are always fun to be around and they always make me feel like I am a little more educated on the world=) Then Ruthie and I raced to Warner Robins to get Freedom Fest, a concert sponsored by a church in Warner Robins. I didn't enjoy it as much as I thought I would, mainly because the the lack of sleep was finally starting to hit. But I did get to see some friends and walk around with Ruthie... and did I mention, use a port-a-potty!! That always makes the trip worth it. I also realized, I am not a fan of big concerts. I get very overwhelmed and tend to people watch to much for me to actually pay attention to the singers. hmm... oh well.

So that is my Friday and Saturday... check back for Sunday's in my next post!

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

I pity Diddy.

I just saw the most recent video from the rap star/designer/mogul/"humanitarian", Sean Combs... aka "Diddy".  Now, I will be honest, I wish I knew more about politics than I do.  And I am trying to learn more.  But his argument against John McCain's pick for vice presidential candidate?  


When you are trying to state your opinion on something that requires a bit of education, how about giving facts rather than blasting off the f bomb every few minutes? No thank you, Mr. Combs.

I am guessing this video was directed at "the youth of America" and as apart of this youth, I'm ashamed.  I'm ashamed that people will see this and base their vote on what "diddy" thinks.