Monday, December 29, 2008

Call me clingy

Yesterday I heard two of the best sermons.
Jeff Ivey preached in the morning service on Deuteronomy 30:11-20 and then Chris Plunkett in the evening service shared from Exodus chapter 33.

Both of the messages were right on target for me. 2008 was a hard year for me and yesterday morning before I left for church I prayed that God would give me a fresh word. One that I can ponder in my heart and hold on to. One that would breath a freshness in to these seemingly frail bones.

So as I listened and soaked in the words being shared here's the one verse that resounded in my heart was Deut. 30:20. "that you may love the Lord your God, that you may obey His voice, and that you may cling to Him, for He is your life..."

This year I want to cling to Him more and know more in 2009 that He is my life.
Without Him there is no life. I want to cling to His Word, His work and His side.
I am not big on New Year's resolutions but this year I want to be BIG on resolving myself to Him, my Creator, Father and King.

What are you looking for in 2009? What is your focus in your walk with God?

His clingy daughter,


Thursday, December 25, 2008

Welcome to our world.

Merry Christmas!


Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Shine Bright

One thing that I really enjoy is to look at all the stars in the night sky.
Although I don't know one constellation from another, I simply love gazing at a sky filled with the tiny glimmers against the black backdrop.

Recently, my family and I was driving home from my husband's home town. We were traveling well after the sun had set and the sky was clear of clouds. The stars were brightly shining. For a long time we would be driving between towns where it was pitch black. The only lights around was what illuminated from our car or the cars that we would occasionally meet.

As I sat in my seat looking up at the sky, I started to think about the star spoken of in the Bible. You know the one that led the shepherd's to the birth place of our King, the one that the wise men followed for a long time (possibly two years) seeking the Christ and the one we remember as we top a Christmas tree.

As traveled further down the road, I looked for the brightest star I could find. Once I found it, I began to see if we would ever come to a place where I felt we were directly underneath it. Do you know I never found that place? The further we drove; that star seemed like it never got closer. It was similar to never being able to find the end of the rainbow.

Doesn't that make you think about that star so very long ago? How did those shepherds and wise men find the exact spot where the star was pointing? How?
Only by the Creator's handiwork could that come about. He is the One that knows that star by name, the One would gave that star the privilege of leading others to His son. He was the One that allowed these seekers to find the exact place the star was pointing to.

We've been told in Daniel 12:3, "Those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the firmament, and those who turn many to righteousness like the stars forever and ever."

Are you shining brightly for Him this Christmas?

Have a Very Merry Christmas!


Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Even to cold for the Polar Bears

This morning I pulled myself out of bed to check the weather and to see if school would still be in session.

As I read through the closings, I got the biggest chuckle.
There on the screen in front of me read, "Polar bear plunge canceled due to the weather being to cold." Now that just tickled my funny bone. I mean isn't that part of the reason for it to be called the polar bear plunge.

Just the thought makes me cold. I would never take part in a polar bear plunge because although I like winter I can't stand being cold down to the bone. I've always just shook my head and shivered when someone talked of jumping into cold water. There is only one time it makes sense to me to jump into cold water and that is on a hot 100 degree day.

If you have taken the plunge, my hat is off to you.

Enjoy your day and remember that no matter how cold it is outside a nice chat with Jesus does wonders to warm the heart.



Tuesday, December 2, 2008

The River of Life

Francis Chan in the book "Crazy Love" writes:
"If life is a river, then pursuing Christ requires swimming upstream. When we stop swimming, or actively following Him, we automatically begin to be swept downstream."

This really jumped off the page when I read it. I don't know about you but when I'm not actively following God it is like I'm being swept downstream.

If you've ever been in a rolling river and lose your footing it can be hard to find a place to regain control. The current presses hard against you and you just keep getting pushed further down river and out of control. It really takes effort to regain your footing and make the trek back to where you were before the slip.

Even if you slip, it is well worth the effort to make the trek of pursuing God.

We watch a lot of Animal Planet and Discovery Channel at our house. Many times I've watch a show about Salmon swimming up stream to lay their eggs. It amazes me how they can get anywhere with that current that is pushing against them. But the ones that are determined, fight and swim with all their might to get to their destination.

When we accepted Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we were not called to a life of luxury or even complacency for that matter. We were called to take up our cross and follow Him. We are called to be determined to swim up stream with all our might to get to our destination.

What's our destination you ask? To be more like Christ!

Don't get swept downstream!
This world bombards us with the ideas of taking the easy way, get rich quick, and it's all about me. Don't let the current of the world sweep you under. Instead swim, ladies, swim. Pursue God with all your might.

While we're strengthening our swim strokes, let's encourage every Sister in Christ to become active pursuers of God and great swimmers with us!

Hosea 6:3


Thursday, November 13, 2008

Oh Where is my hair brush?

Yesterday I had such a fun experience.

A friend from church has a daughter, Melinda,that is attending Beauty College. Last week I received an email from her mother that she was now accepting appointments so with my hair needing some love I set one up. Now I didn't remember that Wednesday's were half price days and I scheduled the appointment for a Wednesday. Wow I never saw so many sweet little older ladies flocking to the joint. Needless to say they were very busy.

The fun part however was watching Melinda. She is a perfect fit for this career.
I got so tickles as she opened every drawer and showed me all the combs, brushes, and every piece of equipment that she had received to aid her in learning the trade. She was so eager to share with me all her goodies that came with her tuition. I'm not even her mother but I was so proud of the excitement that she had for her career.

As Melinda worked on my hair it was so neat to watch her work. As she worked she easily talked about her training, all the people she was meeting and things in general. I had only been around Melinda on a few occasions (mainly cheering in the stands at a football game.) but she was not tense or nervous. The girl simply loved what she was doing and it was like a perfume filling the air.

The one thing that really impressed me was that Melinda wasn't afraid to ask a question to the instructors walking around the room. I would think a lot of young people would have said to themselves, "This is a friend of my Mom's I have to show I don't need help." Melinda freely asked questions. The instructors gave the answer and encouraged her. She did an awesome job. I was so pleased.

Reflecting back on the time in the chair, I started to hold it to our lives as Christians. Upon accepting Christ as our Lord and Savior we were given an abundance of resources for our walk with Him but are we excitedly wanting to share it with others? Do we dip into that well of resources and let Jesus be our adequacy as we share Him with others? We are given the freedom to ask questions to the lead Instructor, Jesus Christ, but do we shy away or think we have to show we don't need help?

I want to encourage you today to open up that resource drawer, reach for the tools God has instilled in you and share the excitement with others. May you fill the air around you with the sweet perfume of Jesus Christ.

"For we are to God the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing." 2 Corinthians 2:15

Have a wonderful day!


P.S. If you are in need of a haircut, wax, pedicure etc...Just let me know and I'll tell you how you can visit an up and coming stylist in the area. You will see for yourself how she loves her career and she would be so excited to have you sit in her chair a while and pamper you.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Onward, Christian Soldiers

Following is what as been resonating through out my very being this morning!

Onward Christian soldiers, marching as to war,
With the cross of Jesus going on before!
Christ the royal Master, leads against the foe;
Forward into battle, see His banner go!

At the sign of triumph Satan's host doth flee;
On, then, Christian soldiers, on to victory!
Hell's foundations quiver at the shout of praise;
Brothers, lift your voices, loud your anthems raise!

Like a mighty army moves the church of God;
Brothers we are treading where the saints have trod;
We are not divided; all one body we,
One in hope and doctrine, one in charity.

Onward, then, ye people, join our happy throng,
Blend with ours your voices in the triumph song;
Glory, laud, and honor, unto Christ the King;
This thro' countless ages men and angels sing.

Onward, Christian Soldiers, marching as to war,
With the cross of Jesus going on before!

Marching onward, Raising my eyes to Jehovah Nissi (God is our Banner)


Monday, November 3, 2008

5 Conversations You Must Have with Your Daughter

I know...I don't have daughters but I think it is very important that
resources for those that do are made available.
Vicki Courtney's new book "5 Conversations You Must Have with Your Daughter" is sure to be one you will want.

Vicki addresses many "Hot" issues that are influencing our young people today. I am thankful that she does not hold anything back and is on the front lines for moms.

You can also visit her blogspot for more insight on being a mom of girls.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Button button, Who helped the button?

There are somethings in life that you never expect to do.
Yesterday one of these things happened to me and my son Caleb.

As we were driving home from school, Caleb said "Mom, there was a deer stuck in that fence." A little shocked, I questioned him and his response prompted me to turn the car around to investigate more. As we approached the house, there in the wrought iron fence we saw a young deer stuck between the rails. Caleb went to the door to get the home owners but they were not home. We couldn't just leave the poor thing there. We had no idea when the homeowners would be home and we knew the life of the deer would not last long.

I called a neighbor that is a member of our Life Group and he came to help us free the deer. Thank goodness we watch a lot of Animal Planet because we knew it would calm the deer if we threw something over its head. I grabbed a towel out of the car and with a few gentle pushes the deer was freed and running for the hills.

After all the excitement we went home and Caleb was diligently doing his homework when out of the blue he said, "Mom are you proud." I knew he was working on thesis statements and wasn't sure where this was headed so I replied, "In what way are you meaning. Are you meaning am I proud you are working on your homework? Or are you implying that I am prideful?" He giggled and said, "No mom, are you proud that we helped that deer today?" My reply was "Yes and I am so thankful that you wanted to make sure it was ok." Such a sweet tenderhearted young man I have. (Of course I would have to mention that this is the same young man that earlier that morning he did see a full grown buck in the back yard and wanted to grab a crossbow.) But deep down he loves animals and hates to see one suffer.

I thought more about that event and realized that we are so many times like that little button buck. Stuck in a rail, rut or habit needing help to get out. As that little buck struggled and the very life was being zapped from it, it is the same with our lives. We can be threatened by the very thing that has us ensnared. Thankfully our God knows and is able to free us. Just as that deer had to trust that we were helping free him, we, too, simply have to trust in God's hand. Whether by His own hand or the use of others, He is so worthy of praise for His love knows no bounds!

Psalm 40:1-3 "I waited patiently for the LORD; and He inclined to me, and heard my cry. He also brought me up out of a horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my steps. He has put a new song in my mouth--Praise to our God; Many will see it and fear, and will trust in the LORD."

Keep an eye out for those that are stuck and need a hand.
Have a great day in the LORD!


Friday, October 24, 2008


Amy Ivey shared this with me Wednesday night...
from the book "Woman of Influence" by Pam Farrel.

Jill briscoe spoke with a woman from the killing fields of cambodia. The woman had lost many of her family members as victims of genocide. "you in the West, when trouble comes, say, get this off my back, God. We in the East say, strengthen my back to bear it , God."

Ouch! This is a perspective that I am guilty of not always having. I really had my toes stepped on. So many times I just want it gone, not something to be strenghtened by, but rather deliver from.

May we seek the strenghtening to bear the burdens we face.

Isaiah 40:29 says, "He gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might He increases strength.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Goodbye for Now

Yesterday afternoon, my husbands 97 year old grandmother was ushered into the arms of her LORD.

The matriarch of the family lived life to the fullest. She had the priviledge to walk on the soil where Jesus walked, she lived a geniune faith much like the one that dwelled in Lois the grandmother of Timothy and she cherished her family.

We enjoyed so many times sitting and listening to her stories of her childhood or how she fell in love with a strapping young man who happen to have the most beautiful saddle in the county. Those times will be missed but remembered fondly.

The chorus of the song "Goodbye for Now" by Kathy Troccoli
voices our comfort that one day we will laugh, smile and praise our Lord together.

...but There Will Be A Time
when I'll See Your Face
and I'll Hear Your Voice
and There We Will Laugh Again
and There Will Come A Day
when I'll Hold You Close
no More Tears To Cry
'cause We'll Have Forever
but I'll Say Goodbye For Now

so We'll Wait...For Now

We love you Nannie Maudie!


Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Well You Ain't Got A Thing, If You Ain't Got That Bling!

If you know me, you know that I am not a glitz and glitter kinda gal.
Hubby and I are both more of an antique lovers type so when our boys came along we assumed that they would be the same. Yeah the joke is on us.

Ever since our boys were little the glitz and sparkles have always caught their attention. If we were walking through a home improvement store a side trip to the Chandliers was always in order. I promise if we were to have built a log cabin tucked way back in the woods, we would have had a fight on our hands to give in and hang a light fixture with the biggest and largest count of crystals you could find.

I even remember on a vacation to Washington DC, I gave each boy a disposable camera so they could each take pictures from their views. It was such a riot to see all the pictures taken by 7 and 4 year olds. We laughed as we viewed headless statues, the feet of Abraham Lincoln but most of all, the many different Crystal chandliers throughout the Great Halls of our Nation's Capitol and surrounding buildings.

Fast forward to today...With Boy 1 rapidly approaching his final year in High School it has come time to create and order his Senior ring. Oh the choices. We had a hard time figuring out the order form and sent up a quick rejoicing praise when we realized that we could design the precious bauble on line. Of course true to nature, there was a slight amount of dazzle incorporated into the final creation.
Definately will have some bling going on.

Once the real ring was designed and the order form filled out the playing began.
Even Boy #2 got into the action. After a while the announcement came that the "dream ring" was designed. I about flipped when even from the computer screen, I was blinded by the glare of all the glitz that was added. Not to mention the price. It was such a site to watch my boys express their likes which is so totally opposite of their parents.

As I smiled about their fancy for the shine, I can't help to think about the total amazment that will be on their faces when they walk through the gates of Heaven.
Revelation 21 describes for us in the words of John what the New Jerusalem will be like, all the precious stones, the Crystal sea and the streets of Gold. As we all stand in awe of God and the home He has created for us, no Crystal chandelier on this earth reflecting the beautiful sunlight can even compare.

This mom would get the biggest kick if God would grant me the honor of seeing the expression on my boys faces when they arrive in heaven. No doubt it will be like they were 4 and 7 again. No, not in a hurry to go but know it will be such a joy when that day arrives.



Thursday, October 2, 2008


Today I got to have so much fun. It was my turn to feed the linebackers of the Varsity football team. I took my turn last year and had so much fun cooking up a feast for these guys. This year was no different. Some even came into the house asking if I made the same thing that I made last year. When I answered yes, I received a "Aw right!" That of course just made my night and I was ready to refill their drinks and serve up some big ol' chocolate cake. Yep, these gentlemen are welcome to my house anytime. They are truly gentlemen and each parent should be proud of the men they are raising.

After my job was done I cleaned the kitchen and then did what was expected of me...disappear. Oh I didn't go far because I loved hearing the chatter and laughter but they didn't see me. I was quick to listen for comments like needing more ice or where something was but for the most part I was not seen to my guest. That was just how I wanted it.

Isn't that how it is in a lot of our lives. Jesus calls us to serve but sometimes to step out of the view. I was sent this video recently and wanted to share it with you. We must always remember that if we seem invisible to some we are never invisible to God. He is using everything unseen to glorify Himself and His Kingdom.

What are you building when no one sees?

Keep working towards building your cathedral, Because God sees.


Thursday, September 18, 2008


"Then Jesus said, Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest." Matthew 11:28

We all have some. Many times we choose to disguise the baggage we carry with decorative coverings. Whether it be bright colors, paisley or polka dot patterns, the baggage we sometimes hold on to is very heavy.

I ran across this video and was so touched that I had to share it. It is a few minutes long but it is well worth it.

Trade these ashes in for beauty.
Lay every burden down at the foot of the Cross.

In His tender grip.


Thursday, September 11, 2008

Days of Praise

Psalms 8

O LORD, our Lord,
how majestic is your name in all the earth!

You have set your glory
above the heavens.
From the lips of children and infants
you have ordained praise
because of your enemies,
to silence the foe and the avenger.

When I consider your heavens,
the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars,
which you have set in place,
what is man that you are mindful of him,
the son of man that you care for him?

You made him a little lower than the heavenly beings
and crowned him with glory and honor.

You made him ruler over the works of your hands;
you put everything under his feet:
all flocks and herds,
and the beasts of the field,
the birds of the air,
and the fish of the sea,
all that swim the paths of the seas.

O LORD, our Lord,
how majestic is your name in all the earth!

Have you praised HIM for who he is today? It might just keep our hearts exactly where they are supposed to be.

Have a wonderful day with our LORD today!


Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Few of my favorite things

I was so excited this weekend to see that one of my favorite movies, "The Sound of Music" would be on T.V. Of course I own it on VHS, but I was going to get to watch it in HD. Big deal in a house of males outnumbering mom.

My guys had been out of town and when they arrived home the house was alive with the sound of music. It has never taken much for me to embed the tunes of "doe a deer a female deer, ray a drop of golden sun" into the minds of my strapping young men. I bet you are thanking me right now for the tune that will be playing through out your day. I take my bow and say "You're Welcome" with a smile.

One of my favorite parts, really I can't narrow down which is my all time favorite, but one of them is when the children run into Maria's bedroom frightened by the storm. She teaches them the song to sing about their favorite things. You know the one, "Raindrops on Roses, whiskers on kittens....brown paper packages tied up with strings, these are a few of my favorite things." The song goes on to say, "when the dog bites, when the bee stings, when I'm feeling sad I simply remember my favorite things and then I don't feel so bad."

That got me to thinking while Gustav was sending rain our way, it being a Presidential election year and the fact that Satan is in full battle mode for us and our children, what are a few of my favorite things.

So here's a list of a few in no particular order of importance:

1. Being upstairs while the rest of the family is downstairs and hear a outburst of spontaneous laughter from the whole crew. Always brings a smile to my face.

2. Seeing a red Cardinal perched outside my kitchen window and watching the deer play in my back yard.

3. Spending time on the lake with family and friends.

4. Hearing my youngest son challenge his father and older brother, stating he can take them on. The would be opponents sitting with smiles and heads shaking back and forth.

5. Cheering for my guys in whatever sport they are playing.

One of my other favorite things is when God redirects my reading of His Word. You know the times that others say is a coincidence, to that I say "Yeah right". These are the times I think I am turning to the correct passage by instead find myself in a entirely different one. This happened just recently. I thought I was wanting to read Psalm 68 but instead I was looking for Psalm 16. Thinking I was in the correct chapter, I read through Psalm 68 and found so much. The part that really was an "Ah-hah" moment was verses 7-10. Maybe with the rains headed our way and the title of this blog that has rain on my mind but as I read I couldn't help but be amazed at God's provision.

God led the people out of Egypt and marched them through the dry wasteland. As the earth trembled and heaven poured down rain before God, he sent abundant rain to refresh the weary land. I was intrigued so I looked in a commentary for a deeper understanding. This is what I found, "This is not meant to be a literal rain, but rather a shower of blessings, i.e., manna, quail, water out of the rock, innumerable victories, protection from the enemies, etc." I am learning so quickly that I have often put God in a box. Sometimes reading the word rain as just that, the watery substance that falls from the sky. Even though it can literally be that it can be so much more. It can be His provision for big things as well as the little things. The victories that He led me to and even those favorite things from my list that happen just when I need. Our God is a god that loves to send a plentiful of rain even to our dry weary land. Praise Him!

The next few days looks to be filled with the rain from the skies but will you look for the blessing rains from God and think on your favorite things? Please let me know a few of your favorite things.


Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Final NOGS week

Here we are at the end of our study, can you believe that we have come to the end? To tell you the true I am a little sad. This has been a unique way to get with ladies and study God's Word together. Believe me we will have another study through this format again in the near future.

I have learned and been encouraged by each and every post. I loved the realness that was shared. We all(especially me)have those areas where we have to let go of those false idols and make room for God. Thank you for traveling this road along side of me!!!

This last week was great! The intro to Session Eight was so powerful and dead on. Revisit the testimony about the married friend realizing she needed to get rid of the cards, letters and emails from the first guy she ever loved. Another friend shared a similar story with Kelly that she references on p.178. We can hang on to all sorts of things from the past besides old boyfriends and, often, until we really say goodbye, we can’t say hello to something wonderful God has for us. As Kelly’s been telling us for weeks, we’ve got to make ROOM. Discuss a time you came to a similar conclusion and acted on it. OR, if you haven’t let go of something but you know you need to, feel free to share with us to hold you accountable and pray for you to have courage to follow through.

I loved Day Three! Revisit Kelly’s first paragraph on p.173. What is the “bridge between the old and the new”? THEN, take a good look at Deuteronomy 6:23 in the margin of that same page and note Kelly’s abbreviation of it in the second paragraph: “He brought us out…to bring us in.” Girlfriend, I need that written GREAT BIG on a card to keep in front of me at all times! Why is it so critical to keep that concept in mind?

The last two days of study out of the Book of Ruth were so good. Didn’t you love the last line of Ruth 1 (V.22) where we learn that Ruth and Naomi, devastated and grieved, entered Jerusalem, just “as the barley harvest was beginning”? Read John 15:8. As we draw our journey to a close, having moved out some idols to make room for Christ, I want to encourage you to believe God to move in powerfully and purposefully.

Ladies please remember “Your harvest is just beginning!”

This has been a great study. I am so glad that God used Kelly in a mighty way!
It has been a pleasure digging into God's Word with you!

Love you all!

Monday, August 18, 2008

We interupt this program...

I just had to share something other than the Bible study right now.
Last night we dedicated the new Edge building to God for our youth.
I was challenged personally and for the women's ministry as I listened to Lee and some of the youth share what God has taught them over the summer and how to pray
for them this school year. Some shared about unity, reaching others and how it is their desire that the film of their lives doesn't end up in the deleted scene sections of the Kingdom's movie.

One of the most powerful challenge was through a song. I want to share this with you and
pray that you will also be challenged that great things are yet to come for the women in this city.

Greater things are yet to come in this city!



Tuesday, August 12, 2008

NOGS Week 7

Can you believe it? Here we are completing week 7 of this study. Summer can sometimes be hard to dig into the Word but that is why we are doing this in the first place. We sure didn't want to take a break and slide into a pit because we vacationed from His Word. Psalm 119:162 says, "I rejoice in your word like one who discovers a great treasure." For those of you that were at the simulcast remember...treasure the wonder. Let's stay the course together as we travel the road ahead.

Here's our discussion for the week.

On the bottom of p.148 and in the context of promised blessing, Kelly writes, “Sometimes the Lord immediately replaces what we have left [as in, said good-bye to], and other times we are left feeling empty for a time.” At several very important seasons of my own life I believe God deliberately let me feel that empty space for a while before He filled it…even with Himself. If you’ve had a similar experience, share it and discuss what purpose God might have had in it.

Friends this has been so much fun! One week left so stay strong and stick with it to the end.


Wednesday, August 6, 2008

NOGS Week 6

Summers getting close to the end and so are we to the end of this study. I want to encourage you to keep pressing onward, you will be rewarded with you diligent work.

Here's our discussion for this week. Please feel free to include any other thoughts from the week.

Turn to p.125 and reread the excerpt Kelly included by Charles Spurgeon. What are a few things we often try to do rather than refer our doubts straight to God?

Then, read John 2:1-5 and note how Mary approached the pressing problem.

Take time right now to pray out loud simply stating your need or problem to God in one statement, something like this: “Lord, there is no more _____________________.” Or, “Lord, I am ____________________________.” Then simply tell Him that you’re trusting Him to do something about it. Try to resist fretting over it this week but keep watching for Him to turn some water into wine.



Wednesday, July 30, 2008

NOGS Week 5

Wow are you just loving this study? I am for sure!

This week we looked at "Saying Goodbye". Boy I needed that! I have never liked saying good bye. Too much hurt and sadness so I could really relate to Kelly's story regarding her trips home.

We didn't have to wait long to dig into some meat. Day 1 showed us that false memories can be a stumbling block for making room. Can anyone else relate here? I mean sometimes I can go fast through the coulda, shoulda, woulda's. Sometimes I think my memory is shot when I start longing for something that is from my past that wasn't good for me. I am so thankful when God reminds me. Ok, whether it be gently or not, I am still thankful in due time.

So here's our discussion question for the week:

Take a look at the top of p.108 under “Personal Reflection.” I loved this line of discussion starting with this question: “Have you ever tasted or brought back fruit from a future promise that had not been fully realized?”

Also what is your thoughts from the "Your Take" section?

Oh my friends I am so glad you are going through this study with me. I know that some have gotten a little behind due to summer vacations and stuff but I applaud everyone of you for staying with it.

I think we need to have a time to meet together in person. Are you ready to enjoy a few of the recipes and discuss some of the study in person? I'll get the plans in motion!

Love you all! It's a joy to study God's Word with you!


Tuesday, July 22, 2008

NOGS Week 4

Hey Bible Study friends,

Can you believe it? We are halfway through this study. I pray that you are letting God do a work in you and you are making room for God in your life. I agree with one comment that it is like Kelly is sitting in my house and writing based on what she has observed.

The definition of idolatry on page 81 was an eye opener. It's taking a good thing and making it an ultimate thing. The phrase that it is attached to everything really made me think. Is God my ultimate thing? Sadly there are times that my words say yes but my thoughts, actions and preoccupations say no. I so don't want to be like Rachel "grasping for gods near the end of her life."

Here's some discussion items for this week. Can't wait to hear your thoughts.

Reread the first couple of paragraphs from Kelly’s intro to Week Four on p.76 concerning people-gods. Then, look up Phil. 1:9-10. How can these two Scriptures become a huge help to us in finding the balance between loving people and idolizing them?

Lastly, review p.87 and reflect on the whole Leah and Rachel madness. Reread the bold-print section at the top of the page. What are a few costs of desperation that you yourself have paid? And what is the solution?

Pat yourself on the back! You've been working hard and sticking with the study!
Keep it up. A blessing is waiting for you as you make room!!!

You are a treasure!

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

NOGS Week 3

Here we are in Week 3. I gets so amused that there is one day each week that really speaks to me. The amusing part is that it is always the same day each week.

So many are letting me know that the study is really meaning a lot to them. I am so glad because it is really touching me and getting my attention in so many areas.

Here's this weeks discussion questions.

1. On p.62, Kelly quoted Michael Wells: “Satan will tell us what’s true, but he never tells us the truth.” Let’s have some examples of that. How has Satan ever told you something that was true but wasn’t the truth?

2. Kelly’s discussion about King Hezekiah and the attack on his faith on p.66
A quote from the devotional classic, Streams in the Desert. “Genuine faith puts its letter in the mailbox and lets go. Distrust, however, holds on to a corner of the envelope and then wonders why the answer never arrives.” (p.168) What envelope have you been most prone to hold the edge of?

Stay strong with the study and keep His Word in the fore front of your mind.

You are doing great!!!


Tuesday, July 8, 2008

No Other Gods Week 2

Wow...the comments for week 1 are great. Isn't it an eye opening experience to realize that we have idols in our lives even though we don't know who or what they are. Let's keep up the great commenting and feel free to visit back to read others comments and reply to them. We can keep some type of discussion and encouragement going.

Following are our discussion points for week 2. Feel free to throw in some other things that were important to you throughout the week.

1. Turn to p.39 of your workbook. Kelly had us read 1 Peter 2:9-12 and reminded us that we were meant to be peculiar people. Reread her words.

Let's see if we can do an acrostic of the word "peculiar" based on various ways Christ has set us apart. In other words, come up with one word that begins with a "p," then another that begins with an "e," "c," and so on.

2. Turn to p. 41. Recall our reading out of Genesis 21:1-6. Listen to verse 6. I especially love the New English Translation: "God has made me laugh." Share something with the group that God has done for you that brought you such joy or such a turnaround that it was laughable.

3. Lastly, turn to p. 49 for what I thought was one of the most powerful moments of the entire second week. Kelly said "Fear protects our idols"! How? Let's discuss that!

Ladies, I am having a blast with God this summer, I hope you are too! Stay in His Word, seek Him until He rains righteousness down on you!

Can't wait to hear from all of you.


Tuesday, July 1, 2008

No Other Gods Week 1

Oh Ladies, there is nothing like jumping right into the meat of the study with week one.

I heard joking regarding what this study would convict us of or how we would have to change from our chosen lifestyle. Little did I know that words would jump off the page and apply to my life so quickly. I think the author of the study, Kelly Minter, was so wise in defining our terms so quickly in day one. Please reread the definition on page 13 by Ken Sande.

What new thoughts did this definition bring to your understanding of a false god or idol?

I personally never thought of an idol being anything other than a material object, well maybe I did but just didn't want to admit it. It really hit hard when the definition stated "something other than God that we set our heart on." I never thought of it even being a relationship or the lack of one. That is an area in my life that can master or motivate me. I never entertained the notion that that could be an idol in my life.

What did you find regarding a functional God in your life?

How did you compare the difference between a professed god versus a functional god?

Ladies I can't wait to dig deeper with you as we learn together. Please make a big effort to participate in this way of studying together. That's the only way this will work.

Love you all!


Monday, June 23, 2008

eBible Study Kick off

Hi Ladies,

I am so excited about this Bible study. The books are in and ready to be picked up if we ordered one for you. Please be ready to start our discussion of homework for week 1 on July 1st.

Before we get started I would like to find out how we can lift each other up in prayer. You may feel free to answer this question anonymously, we will pray for each other with full assurance that God knows the author of the comment. So, Please share what you perceive to be your biggest challenge toward walking victoriously with God this summer. House full of children? Heavy work load? Difficult season emotionally? Just had your heart broken? Just feel far from God?

Again I can't wait to jump into the study and see what God has in store for each of us.


Tuesday, June 17, 2008

One of Those Days

Have you ever had one of those days? You know where it seems nothing goes well.

Well today was one of those days for me. It started out well enough, got son #2 off to church camp without incident, but when I got home things went crazy. The phone rang and as I picked it up something went haywire. I couldn't hear a thing but LOUD static. Since I had caller id I could tell who called so I tried to call them back on my cell phone all the while they were calling me. It took several minutes to finally connect with each other. Once the phone conversation was concluded, I started trying to figure out the phone and wound up calling the company. They walked me through some trouble shooting steps and after unplugging all my phones I could finally make a call. As I started plugging the phones back in the problem started again. I finally quit working on them for a while and started my work on the computer. (Haven't tried again yet)

After I logged onto the system where I do my work and something called me away from my desk. After a few minutes of sitting idle the system then disconnects the user, which is exactly what happened to me. This isn't usually a problem I just log back on but I simply couldn't remember the password. I get three attempts before it locks me out. Guess what? I used all three attempts and was locked out of the system for 5 minutes. That really wasn't so bad but I did it 3 more times. Yes I locked myself out 3 times within 20 minutes. I had to swallow my pride and call for the password. I was ready to pull my hair out.

On top of all of this I have just had one of those sad days. I am sure that you women can relate to that, at least I hope I am not the only one that just has sad days. Our God is so cool! He gave me a word right here on this blog. You may have noticed the Snippets from the Word on the side bar, well today's simply hit the spot!

Job 8:21 "He will yet fill your mouth with laughing and your lips with rejoicing."

Don't you just love Him! He is always so faithful to give you what you need when you need it!

Getting ready to laugh with God!


Thursday, June 12, 2008

Worth the Fight!

Proverbs 28:4
If you desert God's law, you're free to embrace depravity;
If you love God's law, you fight for it tooth and nail.
(The Message)
In what ways did you fight for what was right this week?
Where did you see Christ going ahead and fighting for you?
It is my prayer that you will fall deeply in love with God's word and fight for it daily.
Enjoy a special time in the Word today, I promise you won't regret it.

Monday, June 9, 2008

These are the days!

Yesterday Bro. Ronnie preached a sermon entitled "Finding Real Food in a Fast Food World".
We were reminded that our Bible is a precious source of truth, power and growth. He also outlined ways to use the Bible in our lives. We should embrace God's Word by hearing, reading, studying, memorizing, meditating and applying it.

Not only did we get taught great Bible truths, we also worshipped God with wonderful songs. I was so excited when the instruments began playing "Days Of Elijah". This is one of my all time favorite songs!!! So this morning, as I was having my quiet time, I wanted to hear the words again but I ran into a slight problem. I couldn't remember the words. (hint hint Bro Tom, we need to sing it more!) So I did what anyone would do...I googled them. So excited I began singing, however in a low volume so not to set the dog to howlin' and wake the kids. Then it happened, I got to one line and I stopped. Intrigued, I set out searching the meaning of the phrase. I started reading material about the subject and as I sat with my chin hitting the floor, I craved more. As I dug deeper, the more interested I became. Then wouldn't you know it, my son rounded the corner with a "Hi Mom, what's for breakfast?" so I sat my reading aside, hugged and fed my growing young man. Although I had to be taken away from my studying, believe me I will be returning to that subject. I am consumed by it. Once I have a better handle on my topic of study, I'll try to post something.

God has placed me on a new journey learning about Him and His Word, care to join me?

Behold He comes, riding on the clouds!
Shining like the sun! At the trumpet call
Lift your voice! It's the year of Jubilee
and out of Zion's hill salvation comes!

Today, God whetted my appetite for His Word by using a line in a song so what are some ways that God intrigues you to study and search His Word?

Diggin' for more today!


Friday, June 6, 2008

Gonna be His hands, Gonna be His feet

Tomorrow morning a group from our church will leave the comforts of home to join another group from church in Nicaragua. I want to encourage you to pray for them as they make a journey to another country and share the love of Jesus. Please pray for their travel safety, their health, and their families they leave at home. Mission work is so exciting and I pray that each person on the team experiences God in a fresh new way and have the opportunity to plant seeds of hope to everyone they meet.

Here's a list of those that are either currently there or heading out tomorrow.
Erin, Rachel, Rae, Elizabeth, Mary, Amber, John, Daniel,
Jane, Joshua, Greg, Christa, Aubren, Amanda, Cody, Rachel,
Vicky, Brooke, Trena, Raye, Bobby John, Todd

Thank you team for answering the call to be an Acts 1:8 team. May you be clothed with Jesus and know those at home are lifting you up in prayer.

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Magnificent Reputations

We all have a reputation whether we want it or not.

According to Webster's Dictionary the word reputation means the overall quality or character as seen or judged by people in general. Reputations are placed upon us by the choices we make or even reflect the paths we've walked down through life. They can be acquired by one act or by a series of actions or attitudes. Many people work hard to obtain a certain reputation while others work just as hard to change the one they have.

The best reputation that we as a Christian woman can obtain is that of "she glorifies God!"
What a wonderful thing to be said about us for that is what we are created for. According to Isaiah 26:8 this should be our heart's desire.

What about you? Is this your heart's desire? To have a reputation of glorifying God?
If you are on the path of gaining this reputation, I want to encourage you to keep up the good work. If you have found that you have somehow gotten on to a detoured path, it is never to late! Seek the Lord and let Him direct you back to the right path.

As said earlier, we all have a reputation. Even God has one. In the 63rd chapter of the Book of Isaiah, we find the Israelites remembering what God had done for them. They remembered how He brought them out of Egypt, across the Red sea, across the desert and into a peaceful valley for rest. I love how the New Living Translation reads at the end of verse 14, "You led your people, LORD, and gained a magnificent reputation."

So here's what I would like to hear from you. How has the LORD led you and gained a magnificent reputation in your life?

Can't wait to hear from you!

Hosea 6:3

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Because we sing...

Because we sing...ok it would be better to say "Because we blog".

Why are we starting a blog? That's a great question. This blog is primarily to link the women
of Greenwood's First Baptist church together online. The name of the site is "Desiring the Rain".
No not the physical rain (it would seem we've had a full abundance of that) but rather this was chosen based on Hosea 10:12. The more we seek the LORD, share our lives and encourage each other, the further we will live our part in advancing the Kingdom of our LORD and enjoy the rain of righteousness only He can shower on us.

On this blog you will find devotions, encouragement, upcoming announcements, reflections on events and of course lots of fun. Who knows you might even find a recipe every now and then.

You are invited to join our online community where it is our prayer that we will not only be a blog but an added reason to sing! Even if you are not a member of Greenwood FBC you are welcome to join us on our daily walk with Jesus and each other.

Look forward to meeting you here again soon,

Desiring the Rain