Off I go. WITH MY CRUISE NOW SET AT 55. Yes. I am crawling.
Thursday, February 26, 2009
Off I go. WITH MY CRUISE NOW SET AT 55. Yes. I am crawling.
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
God was in that house this morning. I drove to work praying that whole scene take place a little more often.
Monday, February 23, 2009
Yes....this little peanut is talking on the cell.....if she was 15 I'd bet my life she'd be on that phone talking about a boy. Since she is not 15, I bet she was telling her mom about the cool cake. :0)
Some dads wore tuxes, some dads wore jeans. All the dads were the luckiest guys in the place.
BEAUTIFUL little girl....
Earring malfunction. Can you TOTALLY see these pictures as if it was their wedding day? Too cute!
These two were SCREAMING....DJ had just announced the Jonas Bros. coming up. I am embarrassed to say that I knew most of the words to the JB songs! :0)
THE SPRINKLER!!!!! I was laughing so hard at these girls.....dad was teaching them all kinds of moves like the lawnmower and sprinkler for sure....I was laughing so hard I had to look away. :0)
"That right there is the second most important phone call you will ever get," said smart man. "The first being the call from God. The second? The call from your wife."
This conversation really happened. There are men out there who GET what it means to be a man.
Being a man doesn't mean you work really hard and assume that just providing for her makes her happy. It means having your priorities straight: 1) God 2) wife 3) children 4) job.
Being a man doesn't mean being tough and bossy and controlling. It means seeking her wisdom and asking her opinion then making decisions based on God's guidance. He seeks God then his wife then God again.
Being a man doesn't mean she walks behind him. It means she walks beside him. A man treats his girl....like a girl. Opens the door for her, tells her he loves her, protects her and guides her. He speaks softly to her. He sees her as his friend, not his enemy. He cherishes her just as she cherishes him.
I've learned more from just being around him than I have in all my years alive. Maybe it's because I'm finally ready to learn what God's true plan is for a man and a woman. Maybe it's because I'm finally letting go of all the bad men from my past. Maybe I'm ready to love and respect and be led according to God's will. Lots of maybes but one thing I know for certain.
My man is one smart man.
"In the Lord, however, woman is not independent of man, nor is man independent of woman. For as woman came from man, so also man is born of woman. But everything comes from God."
JC is my BFF....
Friday, February 20, 2009
May 31, 2007.
Instead my world stood still.
I liked my job. I thought I was pretty good at it. I was a new believer. I was a single parent. I was ANGRY.
Careful what you pray. Careful WHERE you pray.
He said to me VERY CLEARLY.... "TELL THEM ANYWAY."
Go ahead. TELL THEM.
JC is my BFF.....
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
I soooo wish I was worry free. I'm not. I'm the biggest worry wart you will EVER meet. I don't know why, really. Mostly because of how I was raised, I think. Middle child. Only girl. Never had a chance.
But today, God told me something. He reminded me (boy....I need a lot of reminding) that He is here. Why waste my time worrying when He has it already handled? I can't handle things any better than He can so....STOP WORRYING.
I also worry about my relationship. How will it go? What will happen? I am so bad at them. Truly. But God reminded me of that too. He has all that worked out and I am learning....."A quick study" He called me. Sit back, relax and enjoy the ride, He said. He showed me a little of the path I have come down then turned me around and showed me the path down which I am headed. He is so good. He knows just what to let me see, right when I need to see it.
As of this very moment, I am ALMOST worry free. Give me a break.....I am a mom you know! I can't stop worrying about EVERYTHING but I can give EVERYTHING to God. I'm gonna let Him have it because this momma has a ride to enjoy! I will throw my hands up and scream like a little girl on this rollercoaster of a life. Why? Because God is the seatbelt that is securely holding me in.
JC is my BFF!
Monday, February 16, 2009
I'm a down looker. At least I used to be. Meaning I don't see much farther ahead of me than just a few feet. Looking down at my feet to be sure I don't stumble (literally - 'cuz I'm sorta clutsy like that) and then I only have to deal with today and the immediate future. It's so hard for me to see what and where I want to be in 5 years let alone next month. Setting goals and making a plan would mean I'd be putting myself out there for the possibility of failure.
I can tell you with 150% certainty that I am NOT the same person I was just two and a half short years ago. Why, you ask? Because God got ahold of me, that's why. God took me by the hand and led me through the thick yuckiness of my past. He showed me what to shake, what to hold on to, what to rethink and what to erase. Because of that walk through the yuckiness, I am nothing that I used to be.
I've been given a new life, a new chance, a new opportunity to make a difference. What kind of fool would not take that opportunity and act on it? I was asked yesterday where I want to be in 5 years.....I had NO clue. So my goal (yes....I have a goal!) is to figure that out. Dream ahead a little bit. Work it out. Seek God's guidance.
I know a few things already. I want to be better than I am today. I want to give of myself to those around me, investing and working out God's will. I want to be somehow using my camera to do that. I WANT TO KEEP MY HEART ON THE RIGHT PATH....
Pretty good start, I'd say. Can it be? Me.....with a goal??? :0)
JC is my BFF!
"There is surely a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off. Listen, my son, and be wise, and keep your heart on the right path." ~ Proverbs 23:18-19
Friday, February 13, 2009
I dislike the IDEA of Valentine's Day. A lot actually.
But this year.....this year is different. I am NOT a person who skips and is giddy. Trust me on this. BUT....I AM SKIPPING AND GIDDY! I am! Here is why:
His name is Mark. He has a halo. He's not perfect....but he's perfect for me.
First and foremost, he is a Believer. Then, he is so many things I am not.
He is sweet. He is so stinkin' funny....I laugh until my side aches almost daily. He is quickly becoming one of my best friends. He is very cute. He has tattoos that represent his love for God and he is not afraid to tell you who saved him. He is a dad to a 15 year old daughter....I'm learning he is the dad I wish I had growing up. She is VERY lucky to have him. He faithfully and fully gives of himself to our church - working in the 3rd and 4th grade kids ministry classroom, facilitates "Financial Peace University" and anything else they may ask him to do. He doesn't like black olives but is ok with my obsession with them. He sees my ADD not as a bad thing....."full of energy" is what I think he once called me. He touches my face in a very nice, soft way. He sees me for who I am....not who he wants me to be.
He is the "round peg" in a world FULL of square ones.
We started out as friends, ya know. Not interested in anything more than that....just enjoying each others company. But God had different plans.
So today.....and everyday that I get to be lucky to call him my man....I will thank God for the answered prayers. I will keep learning everyday how to show Mark my heart. I will give of myself in ways that I cannot even imagine how to do. I will continue to seek God first in all things, this relationship included. I will be faithful and not fearful and love 'til I have nothing left. What happens after that, only God knows.
Happy Valentines Day to my Sweet Valentine, Mark. U da bomb, baby. Fo sho, fo sho.
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
He also has shown me how to keep moving, looking for the open door. God directs our steps, allows choices....what we do with those choices and what steps we take belong to us. Seek Him first and the choice will be clear. Seek Him second and the choice will almost always be one with more consequences than we anticipated.
(Virginia Beach sunrise - July '08)
"Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble, and he brought them out of their distress. He stilled the storm to a whisper; the waves of the sea were hushed. They were glad when it grew calm, and he guided them to their desired haven." ~ Psalm 107:28-30
JC is my BFF.....IS HE YOURS?
Monday, February 9, 2009
A) First list 10 honest things about yourself - and make it honest (hence, the award 'Honest Scrap'), even if you have to dig deep!
So I can honestly say that:
3) You must earn my respect. It does not come automatically. Right or wrong, that's how I see it. I do give it pretty quickly, but once it's lost, it's lost for a very long time. And I can honestly say at this point in time, I really only respect a handful of people.
4) I haven't laughed this much in nearly 6 years. God has helped me release most of the yuck in my heart and as a result, I GIGGLE. I've discovered that my laugh pretty much annoys me. :)
5) I am totally clueless about most things happening around me. Why? Because I choose to believe that the world I live in is safe and loving and warm and wonderful. I don't watch the news much because my world would be shattered in the first 15 seconds of the newscast. I just chose to believe the best when maybe I should try to accept and understand the worst.
6) I've learned to be brutally honest about my feelings and opinions. It once in awhile gets me into trouble but at least people know where I stand and I hope that people respect that about me. I try not to offer my opinion unless it is asked for.
7) I PINK PUFFY HEART the feeling I get when I am reminded by God that He restored my feeble and broken soul for His purpose.
8) Point of Grace Church in Waukee, Iowa is where my heart lies. Even through the tough economic times and some tough decisions that have been made, the thought of leaving my church for another has never crossed my mind.
9) I can honestly say I was very lucky as a teenager and believe with ALL MY HEART God was watching out for me. Things could have turned out drastically different. I could have been a teenage mother addicted to drugs and alcohol. But I wasn't. See number 7 (THANK YA JESUS). :)
10) I can honestly say I love my life and the people in it. I thank God for each of them at least 10 times a day.
So now I tag 8 fellow bloggers to list ten honest things about them. Please check out their blogs. I adore each of them.
Sonia....And the Pursuit of Happiness
Angie.....Bring the Rain
Maggie....The Grinstead Family
Heidi....The Zawisza Tribune
Sarah....God's Not Finished With Us Yet
Travis....The Blundering Discoverer
JC is my BFF!!!!
Thursday, February 5, 2009
"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans for good and not disaster, plans to give you a future and a hope....when you pray I will listen. If you look for Me wholeheartedly, you will find Me."
Now I don't know about you, but when I first accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior, I thought everything would be easier. Ha. Life really hasn't been any easier....BUT....it has gotten easier to be ME. To know who I am and why I'm here, why God created me....I could only do that with God's help.
I don't know why all these bad things happen. I don't know why life is the pits sometimes. I do know that through it all we can still LOVE, and LAUGH, and BE FILLED WITH JOY. I do know that through the yuckiness of life there are so many things to be thankful for. The laughter of a child. The love of your life kissing your back. The hands that we get to hold. The tears that we wipe away.
And that, my friend, is God's plan too.
JC is my BFF.....
Monday, February 2, 2009
So I have a blogging buddy, Travis at The Blundering Discoverer. Travis is a writer (obviously....duh) but far more than just a blogger. I recently purchased his book "When Love Calls" and it was FANTASTIC. I loved all of it and couldn't put it down. If you know me at all you know that is a miracle. ADD doesn't allow me to sit still long enough to read a book unless it's really good. And this one was.
"When Love Calls" is a classic love story. The best kind too. Strong, faith-filled boy meets girl of his dreams. They marry. She dies. He grieves. He meets another girl of his dreams. All with twists and drama and laughter. Can't say much more than that without giving it all away. Darn good book, if I do say so myself. I would HIGHLY recommend it to anyone who likes a good old-fashioned love story....you can order his book here. Now, Travis.....I want the sequel!!!! You are a wonderful writer!