Prayer ~ the Word tells us to Pray continually. To Pray boldly. Lifting our own needs to Christ, or the needs of others. Releasing our Faith believing and trusting the Lord with our petitions.
Have you ever kept a Prayer Journal and gone back to see how God has met those prayer requests? It is soo Exciting and FAITH BUILDING when we are reminded of all God has done for us. The video I am sharing today is one that was shared at a local church in my town. I saw it posted on a local website and am soo thankful to have seen it! As I watched it, tears just fell. It is a very powerful video! For me, though, it was very personal. You see, Years ago my daughters basketball coach was pregnant with her first child. She was told very early in her pregnancy that there was no amniotic fluid and that she basically needed to go home and prepare for a funeral. They gave her baby no chance to survive, let alone be carried to full term. It was a devastating day to say the least. The whole community prayed in earnest for this baby. It was nothing short of a miracle! Not only did Little Alex make it full term, but he was healthy, strong, and had no complications whatsoever! He is now a healthy young boy, an energetic 6 year old! God heard our prayers, the cry of our hearts.
In this video you might see a situation similar to what you have prayed for. Take some time and reflect on how God has worked in your life and answered prayers.....it is sooo humbling, sooo powerful and I know your Faith will soar!
I am linking with Spiritual Sundays...a place where you will find some Powerful Prayer Warriors and an Army of Believers who join together each week to share the love of Christ! to join in or read others go here
Sooo....I told you all I got a part-time job right?
Well, A few weeks ago I linked up to Facebook, read the statuses, and one status in particular Caught my Attention! It read:
Contract "champion" wanted for community Web site. This gig involves around 1-2 hours of work each day from your home. Duties include starting discussion threads, posting responses to site members, Facebook posts, contest administration and monitoring the site for offensive content. Ideal candidate would be a local blogger or someone who likes social media/networking. Must be at least 18 and live in our area. E-mail me with your qualifications if interested.
Some would call it luck. Some maybe coincidence. I say it was Divine Timing and the Lord led me to this post! The site is geared towards my community. It is a "Facebook" of sorts for everyone who lives here locally. Members are allowed to post statuses, share pics, videos etc. just like Facebook. To me, this was a NO-BRAINER! I will be able to write blogs or share posts, featuring soo many of the wonderful people in my community, start discussions, etc. AND I get paid!!! WOOHOO!!!
I went on the interview and learned more about the position, and then.....she hired me on the spot! I am loving it and just feel like the Lord is giving me creative ideas, bringing opportunities of different articles to write! I'm so thankful!
When I started my blog a couple of years ago, I never would have dreamed all the blessings it has been in my life. Nor would I believe it would be instrumental in getting a job! But you know what.....GOD KNEW THE WHOLE TIME :)
That was the question I had this weekend.....Seriously! This past week has been crazy, hectic, wonderful, tearful, & powerful all rolled into one!
We started out early last week having some landscaping done which was sooo very needed ~ I will post w/Pics SOON! I LOVE it!! I got a Part-time Job...another post COMING SOON! On Friday we celebrated Senior Night at the Highschool. All the Senior Soccer Players and Senior Athletic Trainers were honored. Walking Jen on the field and hearing them announce over the intercom all of her accomplishments and thanks to those who have been there to love, encourage and support her all these years brought so much emotion! We are soo very proud of you Jenna! Saturday was PROM! YES...you read that right! The night before Easter! I have to say ~ there are many in our town who were pretty upset about this and suffice to say I don't think this will ever happen again.....JUST SAYIN. We started early doing hair and getting all the last minute details taken care of. Here are some pics of the wonderful night....My daughters last PROM. snif snif
Dressed and ready to go
One of her beautiful friends
Jen & Ty
My Honey and One VERY PROUD DADDY
Being their Normal Goofy Selves and YES she DID wear her CONVERSE to the prom! LOL Believe me...alot of girls wished they were wearing them too :)
Aren't they so sweet!
Being silly yet again
So Proud of These Two! Such good kids!
Sunday was a wonderful Resurrection Day celebrating JESUS! As Usual Pastor Craig had such a good word! Late Sunday afternoon We hosted Easter dinner for my family. It was a wonderful day. I pray I never ever lose site of ALL Jesus did for me, ALL HE endured on my behalf. May it be ever present in my heart and mind.
As we celebrate our Risen Lord, reflecting on ALL HE has done for you and for me.
He was God, in the flesh. Living as we do, yet living a sinless life, conquering ALL temptation. His Ministry of Love, Healing, Teaching, and showing undeniable Compassion for those in need. HIS resurrection that allows for the Gift of Salvation. HIs Resurrection ~ removes the sting of death for you and me.
I think this anonymous poet sums up the life and ministry of Christ best:
HE who is the Bread of Life, began HIS ministry hungering HE who is the Water of Life, ended His ministry thirsting. HE who was weary, is our true rest. HE who paid tribute, is the King of Kings. HE prayed, yet hears our prayers. HE wept, but dries our tears. HE was sold for thirty pieces of silver, yet redeemed us. HE was led as a lamb to the slaughter, but is the Good Shepherd. HE died and gave HIS life, and by dying destroyed death for all who believe.
May you all have a blessed weekend and find yourself shouting for JOY.... HE IS RISEN!!! Thank you JESUS!!!
Today I thought I would share from my Joyce Meyer Devotional! Joyce tells it like it is LOL and I, for one, LOVE THAT! Thought this devo would be perfect for Word filled Wednesday BE A RISK TAKER!
MATTHEW 25:16-18 reads ~ He who received the five talents went at once and traded wit them, and he gained five talents more. And likewise he who had received two talents--he also gained two talents more. But he who had received the one talent went and dug a hole in the ground and hid his master's money.
When Jim Burke became the head of a new products division at Johnson&Johnson, one of his first projects was the development of a children's chest rub. The project failed miserably, and Burke expected that he would be fired. When he was called in to see the chairman of the board, however, he was met with a surprising reception. "Are you the one who just cost me all that money?" asked Robert Wood Johnson. "Well, I just want to congratulate you. If you are making mistakes, that means you are taking risks, and we won't grow unless you take risks." Some years later, when Burke himself became chairman of Johnson&Johnson, he continued to spread the word. Dont' be afraid of making mistakes. You will never succeed without making mistakes and possibly many of them. Making mistakes is something we do as human beings, but we are still God's children, and He has a good plan for our lives. He is long-suffering, plenteous in mercy, and filled with loving kindness.
Dear Lord, help me to use the talents YOU have given me and to not be afraid of making mistakes. Give me wisdom on how to be the best I can be for YOU. Amen What about you? Can you remember a time you made a mistake and God helped you to learn from it??
This weekend we celebrated my Sweet Hubbies birthday! My Mom and Stepdad made a FABULOUSLY YUMMY DINNER ~ roast, potatoes, salad and yummy bread! I have said it before and I'll say it again.....My Mom is an UH MA ZING Hostess! Whether she is serving dinner for her kids, her group of friends, or even some very important individuals she puts her whole heart into it EVERY.SINGLE.TIME....EVERYTHING.... Is JUST WONDERFUL!
My Honey holding BOTH grandbabies blowing out his candles! Happy Birthday to you...Cha Cha Cha
Every morning Brian fills his Tervis Tumbler w/tea and out the door he goes. One morning about 3 weeks ago, he set his cup on the back of his truck, got distracted, and drove off. When he realized what he had done, he knew ~ it was gone! To say he was sad would be quite the understatement! He looked and looked for his cup everywhere! You would have thought it was a lost dog or something LOL! Guess what he got from the kids for his birthday..... A NEW TERVIS TUMBLER....same color. same size! He was THRILLED! It's the little things in life isn't it!
Our oldest, Krista, and our Precious Grandbabies, brought us sooo many smiles and Oh THE LAUGHTER!! ♥ them so much!
My Beautiful Mom and my sweet grandson
Happy Birthday Papa! Happy Birthday Honey! We all love you so very much! You are Gods gift to each one of us. Thank you for loving God first and for loving, caring, providing and leading us! We are so blessed by you and your love.
We are in the middle of this series "Weird. Because Normal Isn't Working" and as usual, I am so appreciative of Pastor Craigs ability to teach.
This week Craig presented a question to all of us..... "What is your bowl of Stew?"
Weird huh! He is referring to Genesis 25:29-32 when Esau gave up his birthright to his brother Jacob for a bowl of stew! If you are like me, you may think "Who in their right mind would seriously give up their birthright for a bowl of stew?" You know those questions you are saving up for Heaven? This is definitely one I will be asking. I mean, seriously, How Stupid is that? Ahem, let's get back the Stew :) Unfortunately, many Normal people actually do this very thing on a daily basis. Craig shared some examples of how we are "Trading the Ultimate for the Immediate."
Some trade purchasing those shoes that go with that purse and of course, the hat too (the immediate) in for having Financial Freedom, and the peace that comes with that. This would/could possibly allow us to be so very generous, going above and beyond in our tithe. (the Ultimate)
Some trade in immediate gratification with food, satisfying our flesh instead of the having self control. The Ultimate, being blessed with a healthy and active lifestyle and treating our bodies as the temple God says they are.
For some, The Immediate is giving in to Lustful desires. Allowing the eyes to look upon someone other than their spouse, or even worse seeking sites on the computer that are sinful and addictive. This is clearly Trading the Ultimate for the Immediate!
I have never really considered how many of us are just like Esau. Trading the Ultimate for the Immediate. Taking that soup and satisfying our Flesh. We want what we want NOW ... NOT LATER! At times we even think, "Gosh, if I can't have that NOW, I am going to DIE!" I know it has been said we live in a Microwave world...Fast food, immediate replies via text messaging or emails. We are sooo accustomed to "The immediate" but as is always the case with the LORD, HIS WAYS are NOT Our Ways!
We must renew our minds, change our thoughts and ways. Weird people Know.... "LATER is often better than NOW"
Proverbs 16:32 NLT tell us:
"Better to be patient than powerful; better to have self-control than to conquer a city"
We must Seek God until Gods desires become our own desires! Not allowing our sinful nature to rule and reign our desires but to allow the Holy Spirit to lead and guide us in all we do! Galatians 5:16-17 NLT says:
So I say, let the Holy Spirit guide your lives. Then you won't be doing what your sinful nature craves. "The sinful nature wants to do evil, which is just the opposite of what the Spirit wants. And the Spirit gives us desires that are the opposite of what the sinful nature desires.
Soo....What is your bowl of Stew?
Thank you Charlotte and Ginger for hosting Spiritual Sundays! To join in and/or read other Spiritual Sundays go here
The Warm Weather and Bright Sunshine the Lord has blessed us with leaves me smilin'
Receiving a note from my Sons teacher "just because" telling me how much she thinks of him and what a great kid he is. How thoughtful of others he is as well as being an example to others. Sniff sniff, makes this Momma Sooo Proud and leaves a BIG SMILE on my face!
Having Wonderful New Neighbors move in next door and finding out they love Jesus? Oh ya!! Big SMILE :)
Getting my hair cut and colored today....SMILES INDEED
Being able to help someone in need, yep sweet smiles on my face and in my heart!
Thinking of what we have planned for this weeks Friday Funnies~ Oh ya a smile and a a laugh ready to burst
What about you? What has brought you a smile this week???
You ever have one of those weekends that flies by so quickly that you can't believe it really even came ?? Well, this weekend, we had one of those!
My daughter had her senior pictures this weekend and she did awesome, despite the fact that the wind was an absolute battle! She had requested some pictures taken in water so our photographer took us to one of our local lakes and let me just tell you...The wind was blowing like crazy. Her assistant and myself were standing in the water (which was freezing by the way LOL) holding a Shield, to keep Jenna from squinting from the sunshine and WOW!! It took every single bit of body strength we had! Then she took us a an open field and jenna took some gorgeous shots. These pics were very special because she wore My Daddy's cowboy hat. When he passed away that was something Jenna wanted of his so to see these pics just brought tears to my eyes. The next place was a cool little part of town with some awesome architecture and Jenna put on her Beautiful Prom Dress and get this....her pink hi-tops! She was DARLING!!! I can't wait to show you guys these pics!!
Church was another 'Weird" week! And that's a good thing and a compliment! Pastor Craig's new book "Weird, because normal isn't working" is available for all of those who are interested! It has been awesome so far!
One of my most dreaded household tasks is changing out closets from winter to summer....but I did it!! I don't enjoy it but I am ALWAYS SOOO HAPPY when it is complete!!! Note: These pics are taken from the Internet and are NOT my closet :) They do however, reflect the chaos it was in and now it is in order!! WOOHOO!
This week I will be reviewing some really awesome books next week on my book blog! Come over and check them out if you want!!
I love going to the movies! So when a movie comes out that we can go to as a family, well...I am in heaven. Friday is the opening day for the Movie~ Soul Surfer, the true story of Bethany Hamilton. In 2003, Bethany was attacked by a tiger shark and lost her arm. The Lord has walked her and her family through this tragedy and they are bringing glory to HIM through it all! As believers I love to support films like these and have already heard good reviews via Friends Facebook Status'.
I know how many come to Spiritual Sundays and just thought this was a great way to spread the news to support this film! Below is the interview with Bethany and how God brought her through this very difficult time!
NOTE: I am not sure why this is posting the video twice but you only need to watch one...they are exactly the same & not a continuation :) p.s. I know this is a tad long but I promise it is worth it!
Thankyou Charlotte and Ginger for bringing us together week after week allowing us to encourage one another and share the Love and Hope of Christ with all of those HE leads to our blogs!
It's Friday!! WOOHOO :) I don't know about you guys but we have had some absolutely BEAUTIFUL weather this week. The evenings especially have just been sooo nice! You know, the kind where you just want to sit outside...talk with neighbors, work in the yard, take a walk, ride a bike, plant some flowers...whatever strikes your fancy! God has just blessed us and I am so thankful!
So in looking for a funny this week I saw my brothers Facebook status read : DO WHACKA DO and then I saw this video....Yep, got stuck in my head, so of course, I had to share the WHACKA DO with YOU ~ mmmhm, I'm nice that way ;)
They Just don't sing songs like this anymore do they!!
Happy Friday my Friends! What soap is to the body, laughter is to the soul.
T= Today's H= Heavenly A= Anointed N=News... K= Kindness and F= Faithfulness are U= Undoubtedly GODS L= Love Language that N= Never E=Ever S= Subsides S= Soooo...... Lets Spread the Good News and Bring Glory to our Lord
I have shared with you all before that I am a HUGE fan of NBC'S reality show, Biggest Loser ~ No Pun Intended ;)
This Season has been, in my humble opinion, far different than any other season I have watched. One of the biggest surprises for me, and I believe a first for the show, was when 54 year old twin brothers, both of whom are police officers from Oklahoma decided that Biggest Loser was not for them. They made the choice to throw their weigh in (by eating behind clothes doors) and they were eliminated within weeks of one another. I can't even imagine having this kind of opportunity and throwing it all away! Soon after they were gone, the other contestants revealed some really ugly alliances and game playing. No doubt this game play has existed in prior seasons, but NEVER to the degree seen this season.
By far, this season has some of the heaviest contestants to date. The heaviest male is Arthur. A 34 year old stay at home dad. He weighed 646 pounds before going to the Biggest Loser but did some weight loss at home. When he weighed in for the first time at the ranch, an astounding 510 pounds.
Then there was the heaviest femaie, Courtney. A sweet 22 year old girl who met Bob (one of the trainers) at a Finale one year. She weighed over 400 pounds when she met him and she looked into his eyes and told him...."I am going to be the Biggest Loser one day" She landed a place on the Biggest Loser ranch the following season. But prior to coming she lost a 112 pounds ON HER OWN AT HOME! She weighed in for the first time @ 323.
I have experienced a myriad of emotions this season. I have thrown things at my TV, I have yelled at the contestants as if they can hear me, and last night I was a blubbering idiot at the elimination of one of the contestants. It was THE MOST HEARTBREAKING elimination I have ever seen.
A few weeks ago, Arthur was eliminated. I yelled at the contestants, I was sooo disgusted. I told my husband "this is it. I am done with this show! It's not about losing weight anymore, it's just a bunch of game play for these people. He reminded me, this is a game AND a competition ~ Arthur had to go home because he fell victim to dirty play tactics. The contestants who were voting didn't view the situation as "He is the heaviest man ever on this show and his life is literally still in danger if he doesn't continue to lose this weight" NOOOO, they got rid of him because of their "family alliances" This episode was a huge lesson in people reaping what they sow. Arthur had made a HUGE mistake a few weeks earlier and it came back to get him. I wonder though, all of those that voted him off because of their game play ~ how will they reap in their choices?
Last night found me in tears .... Courtney was automatically eliminated based on her weight loss percentage not being enough to save her. When Courtney came to be a contestant on the show, I don't recall ever seeing someone so positive, so determined, and so very precious to all of those around her. She NEVER EVER got involved in the game play. She literally inspired soo many of the other contestants and was doing an amazing job losing weight. Over the past 3 weeks though, Courtney's body hit a plateau and her weight loss started to level out. Her team member was sent home last week which meant she was the only remaining red team player. This allowed her to have her trainer all to herself. To say he worked her hard would be an understatement. He killed it and Courtney let him take her to new levels, pushing her to dig deep. When she stood upon the scale she only needed to lose 2 lbs. That's it..... 2 lbs. The scale seemed to tick FOREVER and it finally stopped and what it said broke my heart. Courtney lost 1 pound. Just 1. No one could believe it. Not her. Not the trainers. Not the other contestants. No one. I am pretty sure if you could have seen every one across America who tuned into the Biggest Loser you would have seen every mouth on the floor and heard countless gasps.
There have only been a few times I've wanted the beg and plead for the rules to be bent for a contestant. To PLEASE allow them to stay. Arthur was one. And without a doubt, Courtney is the other. I wasn't the only one in tears. A big portion of the remaining contestants were also crying and so did a couple of the trainers. Why? Because this girl has the heart of gold. A smile that captured the hearts of many and a determination that hasn't wavered no matter what has been thrown her way.
These two contestants have been labeled as Season Favorites....They were just 2 ordinary people. Two People who were very obese, yet they both made decisions to change their behavior and ultimately save their lives. They both began their journey at home and were successful. I am certain they will continue on and reach their goal at home now. I would have liked to see them in the Final Round but I hope they know what an inspiration they have been even if they didn't win the Title of "Season 10's Biggest Loser." They played this game with integrity and character and they can hold their head up high and be soo very proud of all they have accomplished within themselves and for all of those who watched their journey to a healthy life.
I wonder..... if I was put on a National Show where camera's were on me, day in and day out, would I encourage all of those around me AND those who tuned in each week? I would like to hope so but I know One thing for certain.... it would be through the Grace of God and by the power of the Holy Spirit in me. Afterall, Through Christ ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE right :)
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The weekend brought us Much Joy, Some Excitement, Warm (a high of 88'!! we tied the record that was set in 1965! WOW) and Oh SO VERY WINDY Weather and some Cherished Family time!
We had asked if our grand-daughter Rylee could come and spend the night with us not just so we could see her but to give her a little one on one time. Sooo, Saturday evening Jenna was at work and Jantzen had gone to see a movie with his friends so we were able to really have some one on one time with Rylee! We took her to the park and played, watched the ducks and her favorite is the swing! She could swing for hours on end if you let her
Rylee and I watching the ducks swim in the pond ~ she was just mesmerized!
We started a new series at Church titled "WEIRD ~ BECAUSE NORMAL ISN'T WORKING ANYMORE" Pastor Craig Groeschel has written a book and this is going to be yet another AWESOME SERIES!!
Mid-day Sunday we heard a horrible sound. We ran outside to see what it was and saw a HUGE tree laying on the ground. The wind was blowing so incredibly hard but we had no idea it was that bad! WE COULDN'T BELIEVE OUR EYES! There on the ground was a 40 FOOT TREE! Gone just like that! We pulled it to the firewood pile and will be chopping it up for next winter :)
Shortly after this happened our oldest daughter came over with our grandson and we spent the day together as a family. We sat outside enjoying the warm air & had dinner together. Jenna had to leave to go to work around 7. She works at a place that serves frozen yogurt in which you can choose your own toppings and let me tell ya....IT IS DELICIOUS!! So we ended our day by going to have some delicious yogurt! Was a perfect ending to a very perfect day!
How about you guys? How was your weekend? Hope you all have a blessed week!
Besides being a Captain on the Fire Department, My Brother owns and operates a Tint Business. He has been soo very successful and early this year he actually hired a friend (Devin) to help him keep up with all the business he was getting. Alot of the time, the guys are in the shop tinting cars while other times they are out and about doing commercial jobs. On this day however, they were in the shop working on a Ford Edge and decided they would take advantage of the cars "Voice Prompt" and listen to the radio of their choice.
Devin who is Vietnamese decides he will "Instruct" the car and what station they would like to listen to. For some odd reason the car WILL NOT register his commands but then as you will see, My brother ever so calmly directs the car and viola' it works. This happens yet again & again & again LOLOLOL.....Poor Devin! Listen to what she tells him when He says "Go back" Oh my!!! we have laughed and laughed!! Hope you will too!
Happy Friday my Friends and remember to visit KIM for More Friday funnies
Laugh at yourself first before anyone else can. Elsa Maxwell