Friday, September 30, 2011


     I'm not stressed today, I'm actually cool as a cucumber. I just liked this lil caption to inspire this blog. Stress is a powerful thing that can consume us and be a negative example to others. If left undealt with, our bodies can literally be destroyed by it. I worked with a lady who had terrible stress at home and I'm sure the cancer she developed and died from was a consequence of that stress. Stress can cause sleepless nights that often affects our mood and health the next day. Have you ever been a snappy turtle because of stress? Oh I have been. Stress is part of life, it will come, and we can't avoid it completely. So how should we handle or react to stress? First and foremost, stop and pray about it. If you seek wisdom, you'll get it. It sure beats running around in circles trying to resolve it your own way. Second, ask yourself  'am I making a mountain out of a mole hill?'  Is it really worth getting all worked up over or is it best to just let it go? Third, I'd suggest to talk it over...calmly. Cool down before you even attempt a discussion. Stress will digress when you press with less.  The world can be a stressful place but if we put stress in its place, we can live and react with grace and peace.

Thursday, September 29, 2011


     'Count your blessings, name them one by one.'  The feedback I have gotten back from my blogs have been an overwhelming blessing to me. I look forward to reading the comments every day to see how whatever I said touched my reader's lives. The video above tells how blessings come in all different forms. Do you count 'trials of this life as His mercies in disguise?' It is a blessing that God will do whatever it takes to draw you near to Him, regardless of your pain or pleasure. I think if we could think of everything as a blessing, good or bad times, then we could see and accept our lives as part of God's plan more willingly and less of a fight. Yes, I was looking forward to going to Canton this weekend but my trial of being sick shows me that I am blessed with good medicine, praying friends and the comfort of home. That's the best bargain you'll ever find.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

One Year Ago

     Well it was one year ago today that I went into the hospital and wasn't sure I'd come out. That was a day of seeing the doctor, having a bronchoscopy, non-stop coughing, an ambulance ride and a very long night of near suffocation. I asked my doctor, 'will I ever get back to where I was before?'  He said, 'it'll be a long road.'  Well that's not only true but an understatement. God has been merciful to me by giving me this past year. He has also used me to show His strength, comfort and power thru prayer to myself and to others. I've learned alot on this journey of recovery about fear, trust, patience and His timing. No one would have questioned it if I had been called home that day but apparently I am still in His plans with work to do. What He gives, I'll gladly take and what He takes, I'll gladly give.            Blessed beyond measure every day.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

No Limits

     When I see people with fully functioning bodies just wasting away their lives and abilities, I get pretty frustrated and disgusted. So when I see someone, like Nick Vijisic, it is such a boost to my thoughts. Here's a guy with no limbs motivating a world wide audience with his testimony. How inspiring! Instead of complaining about what he doesn't have, he is grateful for all he does have and witnesses with that.
     Gripe or motivate? Is your glass empty or full or meeting all your needs? Whatever you think you're lacking in life, its not there for a reason but you can overcome it. Matthew 19:26  Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”  From the movie, Soul Surfer, in which Bethany Hamilton loses her arm to a shark bite...she says '' I don't need it to be easy, just possible.''  If we could all be as driven in our lives, imagine the possibilities??
If you use what little you may have
To serve the Lord with all your heart
You will find that He can do great things
When you begin to do your part. —Sper

Monday, September 26, 2011

FBF Prayer Requests for October

     The following prayer requests for October are from FBF missionaries. Please join me in praying for their needs.

Martin and Hansy Tuohy
1. Hansy is expecting again! Due at the end of April sometime. 
2. Still seeking God's clear direction on whether to go and serve in Mexico or stay in Denmark. Also, if so, before or after the baby?

Bobby and Namatha Avilez
1.      Please pray that we can kick the pink eye problem we have been having! Trying to get our kids to see that handwashing and not being around their sick friends will help to stem the problem.
2.       Please pray for our new staff couple from India who are in the final stages of coming over to join us. We are expecting them about the middle of October!

Monica and Quico Sernatinger

One week ago, we attended Sra. Sara's funeral. For several days before she died, the doctor that controlled her pain had been sharing Christ with her three times a day! PTL!!!! They believe she did go to meet the Saviour and is with Him... Her last words were "I am so happy that my heart can barely stand this happiness"  Please, continue to pray for her husband Trino, and her children and their families, Nacho y Lolita, Sara and Juan Manuel, Lupe y Gustavo, that they may continue the Bible study and be saved.

Next weekend, the Lord willing, Quico and I will be going to Mexico City to visit my brother and two of my father's sisters, Tia Finita and Tia Carmelita. Both of them were very impacted by Jamie's funeral and the testimony of his life. May we present the gospel clearly to them and may they be saved... I have been praying for them for years!

Also, I beg your prayers for a two sessions conference that I have been asked to teach in Salamanca on October 8th.  May this be of an encouragement to the believing ladies in this faithful church

Phil and Julia Zimmerman
We need prayer for our son, Jacob: his salvation, and his agreement to get the help we are asking him to get. We have gave him some choices, and one of those is to go into Teen Challenge for the life addictions he is struggling with. Please pray for the Lord's guidance for us, as well. There may be other opportunities, and we need to know what is best for him.

Ted and Priscilla Clark
Please pray for Caleb, as he begins his time away from home, studying in a secular environment. Pray that he would grow in his love for the Lord and His Word, as he begins  to live a life more  independent from us.  Pray that he would  be a powerful witness  to those around him, both in life and word.

Please pray for Chucho and Rosa and their family.  We are seeing an amazing new openness in them, since Chucho’s accident, and we feel they are very close to a personal understanding and acceptance
of the gospel.

Lesley Wolfe
Pray for her classes she's teaching at NTM training school to end well in October.
Pray for her preparations as she goes back to the Ivory Coast in the coming months.
The class I’m teaching finishes October 7th, and, after grading all their papers, I will be leaving for Little Rock on the 16th.  I fly out to Ivory Coast on November 1.

Due to the death of our village’s chief a week ago today, the elders will be choosing, from among themselves, who will be the next chief of our village.  Please pray that God will lead them to choose an elder who is worthy of respect and will  bring about good for the entire village.


Sunday, September 25, 2011

A Rose Filled Day

It is only a tiny rosebud,
A flower of God's design;
But I cannot unfold the petals
With these clumsy hands of mine.

The secret of unfolding flowers
Is not known to such as I.
GOD opens this flower so easily,
But in my hands they die.

If I cannot unfold a rosebud,
This flower of God's design,
Then how can I have the wisdom

To unfold this life of mine?

So I'll trust in God for leading
Each moment of my day.
I will look to God for guidance
In each step of the way.

The path that lies before me,
Only my Lord knows.
I'll trust God to unfold the moments,
Just as He unfolds the rose.

     Today at church Nancy H. gave me a soft, pink rosebud from her flower garden at home. Then when I got home, I had an email from Patsy that included this poem. So I'm calling today, a rose filled one. Have you ever tried to pick off a few bad petals of a rose and it all just fell apart?  The rose is made up of layers upon layers that build upon each other to form a beautiful ending. Our lives can do that too, as we learn from each layer or times that we go thru and build upon that. We must seek His word and His will because we are so fault-ridden. There is so much we do not know or understand so how can we even think about calling the shots without His guidance. He knows your future, regardless of your plans, so place your trust in His guaranteed hands.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

People Pleaser?

"Obviously, I'm not trying to win the approval of people, but of God. If pleasing people were my goal, I would not be Christ's servant." Galatians 1:10 (NLT)

     Do you find it hard to say 'no' to a task asked of you? Do you feel bad if an event doesn't go as planned because of you? I am a partial people pleaser, we won't discuss Today I don't feel very well and my music lesson was certainly not up to par. I feel like a let down when I can't make the most of our time. I've been to events, like concerts, movies, or dinners, with people and had to leave early. The guilt is a powerful grumble inside me to not disappoint those I'm with. I often push the limit, just to stay a little longer. I'm glad I have understanding people in my life that will roll with the punches. They know its not on purpose, its just part of life.
     So this verse is not an easy one for me to swallow or to apply in my life. I guess you just have to do what you can. when you can, with whatever you can. God gives us opportunities and those setbacks help build character, test your responses, and draw you nearer to Him. You can't please everyone so just make sure God is pleased with you.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Not Getting Up

     I should probably postpone this blog till winter but this picture reminds me of the following story. We lived in DeKalb, IL so I could attend NIU for my senior year of college. My 2nd semester, winter-spring, started in mid-January. I woke up to the sounds of the weather report from my radio alarm clock. It was 30 below zero with a 70 below wind chill!  I waited to hear that school was cancelled. It never happened???  I held on to my southern weather roots and refused to even consider going. Know your limits and this was waaaaaay past mine. Turned off the alarm clock and stayed under that electric blanket till who knows The following two days of classes were cancelled. I went the 4th day but it was still cold as ever. I was raised in the south and belong in the more reasons than just the weather, too. 
Sincerely from,
GRITS... Girl Raised In The South.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Love is Give and Take

     ''The love in your heart wasn't put there to isn't love til it's given away''

    This is a quote I got from my good friend, Twylia. I'd never heard it before and thought it was great. If love did stay in your heart and was never expressed, how would you be perceived? Loving or self-centered? Love can be expressed in many ways, even if you're not a touchy feely type of person. A thoughtful note, a helpful deed, a word of encouragement, a listening ear, an unexpected surprise, a daily prayer...thats just a few ways to show someone you care about them.
     When I went to the University of Texas in Arlington for one year, I stored my scooter in the Church of Christ student center. I made friends there and attended a women's bible study there. Sometime during the year, we drew names and each of us got a secret pal. It was very cool to come to school and find something every so often on my scooter.....a candy bar, a note, flowers, etc.  It just showed I was thought of and loved. Of course, I did the same for my secret pal. That's just as much fun, to give than to get.
     As the Coke commercial goes, 'What the world needs now is love, sweet love. No not just for some, but for everyone.'

[This blog changed as I wrote it because I had a completely different tangent that I was headed toward. I think this is a better direction...more love focused.]

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Prove It To Myself

     Don't you find that things are easier to accept if you believe in its purpose? I've worn leg braces since I was 6yrs old. During the summer between 7th and 8th grade, I decided I didn't need them anymore. We are all geniuses as teenagers, right? ha.  All I needed were my blue Nike tennis shoes. It seemed to be a success around home until I went to band camp at Henderson State University. That required more walking than I ever imagined. I wasn't going to give in, I had something to prove to the doctor, my parents and myself. As the week was coming to an end, I fell and sprained my ankle. That was enough to show me that my braces were for my own good and protection. I'm grateful a sprain, not a break, was all it took.
     If you believe that everything has a purpose and is for your benefit, you will be able to accept and handle anything. Proverbs 19:21  'Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails.' 

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Weirdo Removed

     Today I went to the dermatologist and had a mole removed. The biopsy of it on my first visit came back as 'atypical cells.' So I was referred to a skin cancer specialist. He said today, it wasn't melanoma but just a weird mole that needed removed. They took a 3'' size football off of my abdomen. Dave Sanders called it a 'tummy tuck'  So far its been no big deal and painless.
     This was a very minor trial, if I'd even call it that. I've copied some truths from to help you deal with the trials you face and how to respond. 

1. God is in full control of the timing and intensity of your trial and will not allow it to go beyond His boundaries.
2. He has a specific purpose for your suffering which you may not understand until it is over.
3. This trial will prove to be profitable if you submit to God and trust Him through it.
4. Trying situations are opportunities for faith to prove genuine and grow stronger.
5. When you endure extreme pressure with unexplainable peace and joy, the Lord will demonstrate His sustaining power to a watching world.
6. Your difficulties are used by the Father to produce Christ-like character.
7. God will walk with you through all trials.
8. The Holy Spirit will enable you not only to survive but also to come out a conqueror.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Its On Me

     Some friends of ours recently went to the Peabody Hotel's restaurant, Capriccio's, for their anniversary dinner. My dad brought up the memory of the time I took them there, back when it was the Excelsior Hotel, so I thought I'd share it with you.
     I'd say I was about 12, when I decided to take my parent's out for their anniversary. I had saved up money from selling vegetables on the side of the road in front of our house. I wanted to take them somewhere special and where they'd never been before. In the eyes of a 12 yr old, the Excelsior was a fancy and ooh la la place. We made reservations and went. I stuffed four 20 dollar bills in my pants. I was so excited and probably felt too big for my britches, lol. I told them to get anything they wanted, and don't just get a salad either, I had it covered. We had a great meal........until the bill came. My dad told the waiter to give it to me, not him. I reached in my pocket, NOTHING? the other pocket, NOTHING? Get up, look all around the table, NOTHING!!  I had lost my 80 bucks. Disappointment as my dad paid for the dinner is an understatement. We left our phone number with the restaurant in case they found it.  Yea right, how likely is that? Well, they called and had found four 20's in a wad. Amazing that they're are still honest people out there. Yes, I paid my dad back even tho he said I didn't have to. ''Yes I did, it was my treat and it's on me.''
     Generosity will last a lifetime especially if taught and shown by you at an early age. Giving to others is a great expression of joy with a priceless reward in return.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Whatcha Thinkin'?

"For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he." Proverbs 23:7a (KJV)

     Are you a dweller? I can be, especially if something is bothering me. Our thoughts are often a reflection of our hearts. If we think about what we're going to say to get back at the person who has offended  us, it shows our heart is in a dark place rather than a forgiving place. If we think about how to make someone's day extra special, it reflects a joyful, giving heart. People often lose sleep because of thoughts running thru their heads. Turn it over to the Lord in prayer and get a good nights sleep. A restful heart is a peaceful heart.

 Philippians 4:8, "Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things." (NIV) 

Saturday, September 17, 2011

It's a Beautiful Day

     I was looking up another song to post for this beautiful day and found this one. I think the words are so encouraging. Today IS a new chance for you to make it a positive, rewarding day. We don't know what God has in store for us today but with an open heart and mind, we can accept it with a grateful attitude.
'This is the day that the Lord hath made, let us rejoice and be glad in it.'  Go out and enjoy it.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Till The End

     I saw something on the news last night that I found disturbing. Pat Robertson, the tv evangelist, had a caller phone in a question on marriage. 'My wife has end stage Alzheimers disease and I wana know if its okay to see other women since she's unaware?' Pat's response was 'It would be better to divorce her first.'
I'm no preacher but I know that's not biblical. There are two biblical reasons for divorce, adultery and abandonment, but getting sick is not included. I thought both the question and answer were appaulling. The news reporter suggested talking this over early in your marriage so you'll know what to do. Umm, wasn't that discussion covered under 'for better or worse, in sickness and in health, till death do you part.'
     Be sure if you ask someone for advice, that the answer given is backed up by scripture. Thats how Satan works, he twists the Truth.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Proving Yourself

     Have you ever felt the need to prove yourself worthy to others? I think it's a common theme in teenagers lives. Peer pressure drives our need and desire to be accepted. There are a few out there that want to be different and set themselves apart from the 'norm.'
     I had to switch schools in 10th grade because Sylvan Hills High School had 3 floors with no elevator, only stairs. I had just had back surgery that summer so I went to North Pulaski that was one level. I knew one person that went there. I had changed schools before but it's never easy. I don't know how military kids do it all the time? Well, I had a World History class with Mr. Fincher. The way he prepared us for a test was to play Jeopardy on the material the day before. We divided up into two teams. As the 'new' kid, of course, I got picked last. I thought, 'I'll show them not to pick me last.' Let's just say I did well enough that time at answering questions to get picked first the next time.
     Did I really need to prove myself to them? No. I just wanted to be accepted and used whatever means I had to try and get rid of 'the new girl' stereotype. I'm not saying you want to fit in with everybody because you shouldn't. It only counts when you fit in with the Lord. Find your own niche in the world with what God gave you. You only have to prove yourself to you.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Changing Weather

     If you've lived in Arkansas, you know the weather can change on a dime. Today the high is 90 and the high tomorrow is forecasted to be 73. I'm not complaining, I think it just gives you a taste of the near future. Its wise to watch the weather so you're not unaware and caught out in it.
     One of our favorite places to fish, while in MO, was Lake Springfield. Its like a very small river that opens up to a small lake. One beautiful, sun shiny day we loaded up to go fish for awhile. The boat, the poles, the dog, the CD player and we're all set. It was a great day so we decided to go down, for the first time, to the large open part of the lake. We fished along the way. To the west is a large cliff that hinders any view past it. After getting to the open area, we see a huge dark cloud headed our way. We decided to fish just 5 more minutes, then we'll head back. Well that cloud was on us faster than a tick on a coon dog in July. I was on the high seat in back with no life jacket on and there was no time to get me down. Marc had one hand on the wheel driving and one hand holding on to mine, so I wouldn't fly out. The winds were blowing and we saw a whirlwind in the park to the east of us. We couldn't make it back in time! We headed for the trees on the other side so we could get outa the boat. Marc jumped out into waist deep sludge. As he was trying to get me out, the tree in front of us started to crack. With the high winds, we thought it was gona fall on us. So, back in the boat..not that we had gotten far, the sludge was thicker than wet concrete. We raced across the lake to the boat launch and huddled under a tree until it was over. As we drove home, soaking wet and covered in mud, we saw trees down all over Springfield. There had been 80 mph winds that day. If that's not mercy, I don't know what is.
     Who knew? We sure didn't. Looks can be deceiving, even with the weather. Be smart, be aware. The weather can catch you off guard, just like that.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011


     Today my respiratory team is bringing me a new machine with the hope that it will improve my breathing endurance. They came out last week for me to consider whether to try it or not. It was kind of like a Rainbo vacuum sales pitch with all the bells and whistles that sounded just too good not to try. I'm hopeful but not dependent on the outcome.
      When I was young and dumb, I saw on the news a new surgery on the vocal cords to make your voice louder. I was newly married and chose to stay out of school the first year. I thought this surgery would change my life profoundly and it backed up my reasoning on missing school. My hope in the surgery was beyond measurable. They did one side of my vocal cords and gave me too much anesthesia. With devastating effects, I almost didn't make it. I recovered but no change in my voice but weaker lungs now. So here's the stupid part, I decided to do the other side of my vocal cords. Hit me once shame on you, hit me twice shame on me. In hindsight, its probably my worst mistake ever. The results of the second surgery were no improvement in my voice and having to use a breathing assisted machine to sleep at night.
     Trying new things is worth a shot but be cautious. The results can be beyond your expectations, good or bad.

Monday, September 12, 2011


     We were reminded yesterday of the panic that struck the U.S. ten years ago. Panic can also strike us from within. If you've never had a panic attack, I know it sounds silly, irrational and unexplainable. I agree but it is also a real and all-consuming fear with a paralyzing effect.
     This happened to me while driving during 1998, I think. I had heard on the news the danger of airbags killing people. As I drove home from work on the freeway, the thought of this happening scared me and I decided to not take the freeway to and from work anymore. So driving home through town had its own challenges. After working 8 hours, I was pretty tired. It became increasingly difficult, in my mind at least, to stop and go thru all the traffic and stop lights. My 20 minute drive home soon became a 2 hour drive. The fear of not being able to brake was like a pressure cooker building with steam. I had to pull over every lil bit and calm myself with deep breathing, regroup and go again. This went on for 2-3 months. Sure people asked where I was and I just said I made a few stops along the way. True, in a skewed kinda way. I didn't tell a soul because what would I do if I couldn't drive???  One day I came to a busy intersection in the middle of town and I literally could not move. My fear-stricken face must have been visible from far, far away. Before I even had a chance to consider what to do, a man from the adjacent street got out of his truck and asked me if I needed help. Normally I would never, but in this case, I scooted over to the passenger seat and let him drive to the Pizza Hut parking lot at that intersection. Sure a million bad things could have happened to me at that moment but I think it was a Good Samaritin moment sent from above. I finally told someone and was asked 'why didn't you use the hand controls?' My fear was so powerful over me, I never thought of that and it was there all along. My mom came up that weekend and helped me practice driving with the hand controls. I drove safely and comfortably for the next 5 years.
     Don't let fears of anything consume you. Talk it over with someone. The solution may be right at your fingertips.

Sunday, September 11, 2011


     Tonight at church after standing up and singing 'Stand Up For Jesus', my friend, Charlene, sat back down. As she did her long shirt got caught on my wheelchair's joystick control, which was powered on at full speed. My chair started turning and pushing her chair with her in it across the floor. Yes, this was during Luckily, she got her shirt loose before any major damage was done.
     It reminded us both of being in Cozymel, MX. I was using my old scooter and got stuck in the sand. After some guys carried the scooter to the sidewalk, my dad put me back in it. At full speed, I started driving and soon realized the throttle was stuck and I couldn't stop. This was at our resort and people were everywhere. Yelling? pointless. All I could do was hold on, weave thru the people and aim for the shrubs. Thoughts were 'MOVE' and 'This is gona hurt.' With strength from above I'm sure, I was able to flip the power switch off with my right thumb. WHEW..that was close.
     So make way if you see me at full speed anyways.  Really I'm a good driver.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Friday, September 9, 2011

Not Now?

You think your word or deed is very small, That what you say will hardly count at all;
But God can take the seed that you have sown, And nourish it until it’s fully grown. —Hess

     I went to a memorial service yesterday for a woman who was known for sharing the Good News with whomever she met and wherever she went. I have a friend, Nancy, who is also a diligent spreader of the gospel. She talks with people, passes out tracts, been a Teen Mission leader and gone on numerous mission trips. I've been with her at times where she starts sharing with someone and I must admit thinking 'not now, Nancy.' One specific time was at Saddlecreek restaurant and the waiter was trying to take our order. Nancy started asking him questions. I thought 'now, Nancy, really?'  It was a selfish thought because I had food on my mind. I do know he received a Bible later that week but God took it from there. The seed was planted. The harvest is His.
     Good for Nancy in being an example to me and the others at the table. There is no wrong place or time to share with others the choice for eternity. So if not here, WHERE? if not now, WHEN? if not you, WHO?

Thursday, September 8, 2011

No Fear

 Proverbs 3;25-26  ''Have no fear of sudden disaster or of the ruin that overtakes the wicked,  for the LORD will be at your side and will keep your foot from being snared.''

     This is for my friend who is leaving for a trip to the Grand Canyon on a motorcycle. Trust in the Lord and His protection are the most important things she is taking with her. His control over all things is a reassuring, comforting thought as they travel so far from home. The prayer circle of friends petitions for their safety on the trip as well as for things being okay at home while they're away. They are not alone on that bike. God is in the invisible sidecar, right at their side, guiding them all the way. Have fun you two. See you soon.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011


    James 1;19 '' My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak''

     I copied the following from one of my devotionals today, which inspired this blog. ''Talking is sharing but listening is caring. Take a tip from creation.  Ears aren’t made to shut but the mouth is. Put away your sermon, save your advice and just listen. Sometimes the best gift a friend can offer is a listening ear.''
     People often have to listen closer to what I'm saying because I talk so softly. In general tho, are you a good listener?  I think eye contact is a very important part of listening. It shows you are focused on what the speaker is saying. Are you really listening or just waiting for them to finish, so you can say your two cents worth? Proverbs 18:13 'To answer before listening—that is folly and shame.'  I know I'm guilty of this, especially when I don't agree with what's being said. I could probably respond better in all discussions if I would listen to the whole thing. Sometimes though, no response is needed or wanted, we just want to vent. That's when a good phone call or visit with a friend is the best solution. Saying 'I know what you mean' or 'I understand' is all you need to hear.
     You can close your eyes and close your mouth, but the ears are always open. So listen up but with that being said, be careful what you listen to also.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011


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Let It Shine

"In the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world."
Philippians 2:15


     The dark is scary. How comforting it is to a child to just have a little night light to go to sleep at night. It's not much but they know its there. We, too, have a little light inside each of us that comforts, guides and protects us. How brightly we let it shine in our lives is up to us. I do think we have an aura around us that can project a sense of light or darkness.  Darkness is everywhere and if you block the light, it shows itself in the form of a shadow. God's light will shine through you if you accept Him. Sharing how God has worked in your life is a bright light to others. John 8;12    'Jesus said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”  One day there will be no more darkness but until then, don't hide in the shadows,  let your light shine brightly.

Monday, September 5, 2011

40th party

Here are a few pictures of my 40th birthday party for those of you not on facebook.  It was a great time of 32 friends, barbeque, cake, and music. If I'd known 40 was so great, I'd done it a long time

Friends Change

     'You don't have to change friends if you realize friends change.'  Have you heard that before? We all change hopefully as we mature and grow into new stages of our lives. For example, whether you've been over time blessed with a family of your own or been struck by sickness or injury, we must be accepting of that change. Thoughts like 'geez, can't you go out alone?' or 'its just not like it used to be' can be detrimental to a 'true friendship.'
     Two friends, I'll call A and B, that I grew up with are an example of this. Friend A has accepted my physical changes over the years but yet can talk to me as if I hadn't changed at all. I see her kids as just an extended part of her now. Friend B lived down the street from me 9 of the past 10 years and yet hasn't stopped by once, with invitation. Through talk from others, I know how her life has changed. I'd rather not be friends than to be fake friends.
     I know its easy to grow apart and distance can sometimes interfere but I encourage you to stay in touch with your true friends. Realize tho their demands in their lives may have changed, be understanding and accomadating to those needs.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Fine at Forty

Psalm 139;14   I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.

     Well I made it thru the night and the transition went smoothly, I made it to 40.  Alot of people may think I don't look 40 but unlike Obama I have the birth certificate to prove it, ha. I see people on television and think 'good grief, I'm older than them?'  I know that God made my small frame and weak muscles with a purpose in mind and not just to make life more challenging for me. My strength is not physical but is from Him and that's all I need to keep this 40yr old spirit going.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

30's End Today

     Well today I am 39 for the last time, tomorrow is the big 4-0. My thirties have certainly been one of change, growth and maturity. The start of the decade was rough but overall its been good. I've met people, now friends, that I wish I'd known sooner but it feels like I have known them forever. I've gotten to travel... Mexico 4 times, Las Vegas, Nashville, Branson, and Texas many times. Many memories made. [pictures at the end] I've become a member of a church that I consider a big part of me. I have lost 3 pets along the way but gained 3 more.  As my disease is progressive, I have become physically weaker but stronger spiritually. To quote John Piper, “Only one life, twill soon be past, only what’s done for Christ will last.''   So heres to the next decade, may it bring glory to Him in what we make of it together.