Friday, December 30, 2005
Not that the commenting matters to me . . . this is a heart rendering exercise, not a entertainment center . . . but still, sometimes it's nice to have banter. Or at least to have one's thoughts affirmed by another!
It's also hard to maintain dual journals -- one offline and one online. I dislike being redundant, and I often feel disloyal if I put something meaningful here, that maybe should have gone into my written journal. I don't know whether or not that's valid, but I deal with it nonetheless. Especially now, knowing that God has specifically instructed me to be faithful in journaling! And even so, I'm not the most faithful! I skipped nearly one week! The unfortunate part is that when I slip and slide in those quiet, private moments with God, I'm usually slipping in my observable walk as well. Or, at least, in my own observance. There's a definite parallel to a lack of quiet time / journaling and straying from a path of obedience. Knowing that, then, one would think I wouldn't DARE skip a quiet time; but pride is a bigger foe than I give credit to.
Okay -- this becomes my sacrifice of praise. When I spend time with God -- speaking, listening, worshipping & praising Him -- even though I don't feel like it. *Especially* when I don't feel like it! That's when my Jesus can really do some work with me!
Which still doesn't resolve my on/off line journaling question!
Thursday, December 01, 2005
Currently ReadingClassic Crafts and Recipes Inspired by the Songs of ChristmasBy Martha Stewartsee related
The beasts are prowling anxiously at my feet this morning. They are very restless, for some reason, earlier than usual. They *know* I won't feed them until 7:30, yet still they yowl. Especially the baby-cat; he's been particularly wild this morning!
Cookie swap is Saturday! I'm going to make six dozen, and swap two -- give one away -- perhaps send one back with Jocelyn (this is a test to see if she's reading my Xanga) -- and give one to Todd, 'cuz they're his favorite Christmas cookies, Apricot Thumbprints. Did that make six? I don't think so, hmmm. Perhaps I'll send TWO back with Jocelyn (so she can share).
I finished up The Patriarchs study yesterday -- our final DVD session is on Sunday. I have so enjoyed every single week of this Bible study. I will miss it. And I will miss Beth Moore -- she's so quirky!
I need to start another study very soon, but I'm not sure which one. Anyone have any ideas? I'd like to do a semi-short one, because I'd like to lead another women's study when they start up at church again in January. I can do two at a time, but I prefer not to. So, help!
Time to get a cuppa going. I slept until 6:15 this morning!
Saturday, November 26, 2005
I have a brief moment . . . we're getting ready to go grocery shopping, and I'm finished, but Jocelyn's not. Hmmm . . . perhaps I have longer than a brief moment! :)
Thanksgiving was wonderful. I adore this season. There's so much emphasis on family, and giving, and thankfulness -- on praise and heartfelt worship. I am such a blessed person.
We kicked off the season with It's a Wonderful Life and The Santa Clause. Two of my all-time favorites! I have to decide what I want to watch next! Probably the classic, A Christmas Story. :)
We're up to our eyeballs in leftovers. I really enjoy that, too! Less cooking time for the rest of the week! You just have to be creative in your meal planning! Chicken packets become turkey packets and chicken spaghetti becomes turkey spaghetti! Fun stuff, it is.
I'm off. No, Jocelyn's not ready, but I got to keep moving!
Saturday, November 19, 2005
I'm just updating so that I'm more current than my dahling daughter. :)
We are, once again, headed to Blue Mountain! Whoohoo! What a wonderful time of prayer the women of our church had this morning. Something about a group of women humbling themselves at the altar is incredibly moving. Or perhaps, it's the Holy Spirit's movement that causes women to gather at the altar in humble prayer. It was sweet, that's for certain. The temptation, now, is to look ahead and be excited about what's going to take place and all that God's is going to do. I need to focus on what He's doing right now, and be excited about *that*! Lord, open my eyes that I may see . . . Okay, then there's the flesh side of me that is ready to holler: ROLL TIDE!!!
Saturday, November 05, 2005
Currently Listening God of Wonders, Vol. 1 By Various Artists see related
This morning we will head to BMC for an ADVENTURE! Adventures in formal dinners and table settings. It occurs to me, unfortunately it slips away nearly as quickly. That saying, 'a mind is a terrible thing to lose,' is so true. It's a good thing Jocelyn had me *write* a list of things I needed to bring for her. I need that physical reminder. Now if I could just remember where I put that list. Hehe. I believe I have everything set and ready to go!
I think this morning will be a hazelnut coffee morning, with a side of sinus pills!
Todd & I watched, Left Behind: War of Worlds, last night. It was pretty good. I can't remember the written series, so I have no clue how close it actually followed the books (if at all), but I thought they did a great job. Lou Gossett, Jr. (sp?), was pretty darn good.
I was pondering on this the other day -- the song, God of Wonders. Well, I had garbled the lyrics, and instead of 'God of wonders, beyond our galaxy', I was singing, 'God of wonders beyond our imaginings.' After mulling this over, I've decided it was a Godspiration. I can look back over my life and see the wonders He has performed in it; and I know His was are not my ways, so it stands to reason He is a God of wonders I can't even begin to imagine. What an awesome, holy, and mighty God I serve!
Thursday, November 03, 2005
Ummm, I've been busy?
Good gravy it amazes me how fast life goes! God is WORKING! I get to go to BMC this weekend and see my girl. We do so enjoy formal dinners -- they're so much fun! *Plus* I get the added bonus of getting to meet some of Jocey's new friends. My friend/boss is in Romania on a mission trip for the next two weeks. I'm working fulltime to help cover her absence. It's my contribution to her trip (well, that and my prayers, which are actually the bigger contribution)! What am I doing? My two seconds in Xanga-land are up!
Ummmm . . . I found another second. Can someone please tell me what the purpose of a blogring is? *Please!*
Saturday, October 22, 2005
Currently Listening A Farewell Celebration By The Cathedrals
(It's actually what I'll be listening to on the drive to the Renaissance Festival, I'm sure!
What a wonderful evening I had last night! My Sunday School class met at the Michael's 'farm' and we had a bonfire. It was the perfect evening for a fire. It was a good blend of the two old SS classes, which meant we got to know one another a little bit better. That was very helpful. We toasted marshmallows and made S'mores and drank apple cider and hot vanilla (like hot chocolate, only vanilla). And we talked and talked and talked. :) It was a group of 40-year old women! What else would you expect?!?
I'm up and ready to head to Florence for this festival! It'll be interesting to see if it's as good as I've determined it will be! The Alabama vs. Tennessee game is this afternoon at 2:30. If the festival doesn't crack up, we can always head home early and watch the game! (I don't think my husband would mind that option one single bit!) He's such a darling to agree to go with me. :)
James is working for Heath Quick, today. He's been working an awful lot for Heath. The Quicks just brought property down the road from us, and it needs lots of work. It's 40 acres big. James will be kept busy and out of trouble for a while.
I'm very excited about tomorrow morning's announcement! I love watching God's plans unfold. But in order to do that, you've got to (1) be aware that it's God's plan, not man's; (2) not be so caught up in one's self; and (3) remember again that it's God's plan--and HIS TIMING!
Sometimes I find myself trying to hurry God along, or lend Him a helping hand. Thank goodness He doesn't need *my* help!
I woke up several times during the night with the wife of the man God's calling to our church, on my heart. I'm loving her with prayer. I look forward to putting a name to space (so to speak)! And soon, putting a face to a name!
I'm starting the day with the Prince of Wales tea. It's a leafy, bright-liquoring [nods to Ashullie] tea, from Anhui, Province of China. I wonder if there's significance in the fact that the tea wrapping is black. Who was known as the black prince of England?
Wednesday, October 19, 2005
Jocelyn told me to create a blogring for Blue Mountain Mommies, so I did. Now, it's up to daughters.
Todd got a call from Huntsville Park Baptist Church today. They decided to go with a full time man. He's very disappointed. My heart hurts for him.
Brother Pat announced to the choir today that there will be a very important announcement made on Sunday morning. Whoohooo!!!!
Gwenevere stayed upstairs last night and alone all day today. And the carpet remains dry. Praise the Lord!
Currently ReadingThe Patriarchs: Encountering the God of Abraham, Issac & JacobBy Beth Moore
Only two more days until the Renaissance Faire! I cannot wait!
I must confess: I had leftover Chinese for breakfast this morning. Nothing like General Tso's chicken to get your day going!
I also brewed a pot of Vanilla-Almond tea. Oh, it is so lovely!
Yesterday, after leaving Iron Works, I stopped by Tate Farm to pick up mums and pumpkins. I didn't realize that mums were perennial! I'm planting these puppies and spending my pennies on something else, next fall! Still, something about mums and pumpkins on the porch just make it cozy and fall. This is so my favorite time of year!
Friday night, my SS class is getting together at Denise Michael's home and we're going to have a bonfire. Then, on the 29th, Todd said we could have a family bonfire here! I can't wait! I've been telling him since we moved here that I wanted a campfire pit! This year, it begins! Next October, Julia has already said she will bring her crew down for a week or so. I'd really like for it to be in the latter part of the month -- I love the cool weather!
As much as I adore October, I abhor hurricanes. Boo to Wilma. One-Two-Three and a half, Wilma find another path! (Yeah, that's my stinkin' cheer.)
I finished The Preacher's Daughter - Beverly Lewis's newest. Her books always leave me with more questions than answers! But the Amish settings are so captivating . . .
I am so blessed in my husband's love for me. I love and cherish him deeply. God is so very good to me.
Sunday's session in the Patriarch's Bible study was quite fascinating. It was a look at Ishmael's branch, and how that branch translated into modern-day politics. I was completely caught off guard by Moore's comparison of Islam and Mormanism. Incredible. I will probably go back and re-watch that particular session. And perhaps week three -- the hair week -- also! I've never laughed quite so heartily!
Tuesday, October 18, 2005
Too busy! I've gotten too much accomplished this morning to spend too much time here! It's a beautiful day - I have so much to say - I don't want to whine - that I have so little time - to share my goings-on - and so I'll just move off and on! Lame, I know, but it suits me!
Saturday, October 15, 2005
I am slap worn out. I worked at the Farm today . . . just from 10-5 . . . it was MANIC! I loved it! There were *so* many people and children and parties! It was a crazy day! And beautiful, to boot! It was a perfect, pumpkin-patch day! Today, I floated, which was quite a lot of fun, even though it's the most tiring job I could have done (short of running carts all day, which they don't ask the girls to do). I worked in the Maze, with the bunnies, the rest of the animals, in the playground, weighing pumpkins, and at the admissions gate. Whew! The day really did fly by. I really enjoyed the bunnies (although it's a little nerve-wrecking) and the Maze! What hilarity!
The movie I'm watching? My birthday present from my darling daughter! Thank you my darling daughter! How did you know?!?!? I love you! :)
*Very* interesting day in college football. I have to admit, I cheered for Alabama! And go LSU!! I cheered for Notre Dame, too. I'd really have liked for them to have won. And GO Michigan!! Wow -- what a footballicious day!
But guess what?!? Tomorrow's Sunday!!! Yeah-rah! I love Sundays! I get so excited about going into God's house to worship Him, and to sing His praises, and to hear His Word!
I've got to go to bed, so I can go to sleep and wake up and have it be SUNDAY!!!
Thursday, October 13, 2005
It occurs to me that a getting a quality education has as much (if not more) to do with the effort put into that education, as it does with the institution one attends for that education.
How can I complain about anything, in light of all that God has done for me?
I have a growing sense of urgency to share the Light of the Living Lord.
I praise God I see that Light in my own two children.
It's hard to be anything but humble when you're flat on your face. It's amazing what Satan (and my own pride) will whisper in my ear to keep me from "hitting the deck!"
Tuesday, October 11, 2005
Some days are just too full to be able to write cohesively about them. I love days like that! My last *two* days have been like that! My God blesses me beyond my imagination.
Jocelyn, I've sent you pictures . . . will you please check your e-mail?!?
Now I get ready to lay me down to sleep . . . right after I take a peek at marthstewart.com!
Currently ListeningThe Best of the Stray CatsBy The Stray Cats I'm not really -- I'm just thinking of my cats!see related
The Tea of the Day is Irish Breakfast blend; a rich, traditional blend of small, full-bodied leaves. Robust and pungent, it hails from the Assam region of India. I enjoy this one almost as much as the English Breakfast blend.
Merlin saved me this morning. Usually (on night when Todd's on shift and Merlin can sleep in the room), when my alarm goes off in the morning, Merlin gets up and walks around me, licking my arms and nose. This morning he did that *before* my alarm went off. I just patted him down and he sat for about ten minutes, then he got up and went through the licking routine again! This time I rolled over and looked at the clock . . . 6:11! My alarm was supposed to go off at 6:00! Merlin knew what time it was -- he didn't need no stinkin' alarm clock
I had the pants scared off me this morning. Literally. I'll share later. Plus, I had a great birthday evening with James! He got me the platinum release of Cinderella! Yeay-rah! I've got to go get ready. James is heading down to the clean-up effort in South Alabama this morning.
Monday, October 10, 2005
*~*Today is my birthday; today is my birthday!!*~*
How fun is that?!? I don't think I'll ever outgrow birthdays, no matter how old I get! I got up and made cupcakes to take into work today, so everyone can celebrate with me! God is so incredibly good -- it amazes me to look back over the past 43 years and to be able to see the provision, the blessings, and the miracles that God has worked in my life! I want to share that!
My Mom and Dad sent me a scrapbook that my Mom made (and Dad helped) of the first two years of my life. How precious! I finally found out where I got the silver elephant bank that I've carried around for all my life -- it was my first Christmas present from my Daddy! How cool is that? It's a darling and sweet book, and I'll enjoy going through it for many, many years. It amazed me how several of the pictures could have been Jocelyn! In fact, my Mom was telling me that as she sorted through the "Denise" box of pictures and souvenirs, she picked up Jocelyn pictures a couple of times before realizing they were Jocelyn!
Brother Jamey Ragle preached for us yesterday morning and evening. He's got such an awesome heart for God, and such a wonderful gift for sharing God's Word! He never fails to bring the double whammy of blessing and conviction. The selections we sang in choir were pretty awesome, too. We sang Patti's song, "Through the Fire" which makes me want to jump up and down. That probably wouldn't go over very well! Anyway, praise God, it sounded wonderful to me!
Last night, the Burkett's, the Ellis's, and the McCoy's came over after church and we just fellowshipped over cake and coffee and stuff. It was fun! We need to do more of that -- we need to go to each other's homes and fellowship more and know of each other's lives. It's crucial so that we may dwell together in unity!
A special thank you to Dallas, for the birthday wishes!
Sunday, October 09, 2005
This morning, I'm having a cup of French roast coffee, with just a hint of hazelnut. Yummmmmm. Good to the last drop!
Yesterday was a good day. Work at the Farm was great! I got to work admissions **yippee!!** which is now housed in a brand new outbuilding, instead of in an open, telephone-booth thing. God is so good!! Especially since I was not dressed to be out in the elements! There were *tons* of people through there yesterday. Like, whoa. Sometimes people are really despicable. One couple came through with their daughter. The guy was prepared to pay for two adults, and then he commented that he thought his daughter would get in free. So I asked how old she was. He turned to the little girl and told her to "tell the lady how old you are -- come on, tell her" and so the little girl looked at me and started to hold up three fingers, looked at her daddy, and held up two. The dad looked at me and said, "There you have it," and I said, children who've had their second birthday pay regular admission. So they paid $15 and went on it. As they left, the mom picked up the little girl and said, "It's okay honey, you did just as we practiced--you did what you were supposed to do." I couldn't help but think they made that little girl put up two fingers instead of three, hoping they'd get her in for free. It made me a little angry, and a lot sad. But that was the only incident at the gates yesterday. Mostly, people were happy to be there! It makes me laugh -- children come running up when they first arrive, all giggles and shouts, ready to play, and they leave crying and whining, not wanting to go! It's so funny.
I put out the fall stuff yesterday afternoon! I lost a couple of things to storage mildew again. Ugh. But that's okay -- I replaced them with new things! :)
Todd and I went to LAWN CORN STAY COWS last night for dinner. Guess what I got? Chicken tenders!! They were so good! And Todd got beef tips with mushroom sauce over mashed potatoes. That was really good too! And we had a caramel apple dumpling for dessert.
What a way to kick off my birthday weekend!
From dinner we went to Linens'nThings -- one of my favorite stores -- and I picked out my birthday presents. Don't laugh, but I got a turkey roaster (it came with a rack, a baster, a carving fork and knife, and poker thingies) for $14.99. They had the SAME exact roaster without all the stuff, for $19.99, but they had $10 rebates attached to them. Well, I decided I was going for the $14.99 one with all the stuff. Then Todd read the rebate thingie, and mine was covered on it too! So in the end, I'll get all my stuff for $4.99! I love a bargain. I'm glad Todd was with me -- he looks out for my best interests! :)
I've got to get ready for church. I have more to say, but never enough time to say it all.
Saturday, October 08, 2005
This morning, I'm having a lovely cup of Earl Grey. This is a fine blend of China teas flavored with bergamot (a pear shaped orange, having a rind which yields an essential oil used in perfumery--I'm a wealth of tea trivia). The bergamot explains the mild hint of citrus. I much prefer Twining's Earl Grey to Bigelow's Earl Grey. Bigelow's has a bitter aftertaste. I spit you out of my mouth. [That's not as much fun to say if you can't type it with a French accent, Monty Python style.] I have *my* Earl Grey with a little sugar and creamer. Ahhhhhh.
Last night I went to Wal*Mart to do the weekly shop -- somewhere towards the end of my shop, I did something (like pinch a nerve, maybe) in my right leg, where it connects to my pelvic bone. It was all I could do to get through the checkout. It's still causing me to limp and make funny gasps of surprise pain every once in a while. This is what I get for joking about running.
Anyway, earlier in the week, Todd purchased a new, heat-acting, steam-cleaning Bissell! I'm so excited!! It's like magic. We've got company coming over Sunday night, and since Gwenevere has been so "expressive" on my carpet, I knew I wanted it clean -- and it needed time to dry! So when I got home last night from shopping, I went ahead and did the carpet! Thank goodness there's only carpet in the living room, hallway, and the computer room. My house smells nice this morning. And Gwenevere is in the basement.
Today I am heading to Tate Farms! I don't know where I'll be working -- either at the gate or in the concessions. I'd really prefer the gate, but I'm just happy to be there! It's *such* a fun place. ****Note to Jocelyn -- you should bring some friends home one weekend and take them! We built a pumpkin cannon at Iron Works -- I got to test it -- and it is such a blast!****
Todd and James are due home around 1:00 this afternoon. I miss my guys! I hope they had a wonderful time. James is a man. He went on a men's retreat. Where has my little boy gone?
Todd was so sweet to me this week! On Tuesday, he sent me "Happy Birthday" flowers to work (even though my birthday isn't until Monday, 10/10), with a card that read, "Happy Birthday, PART ONE. Love, Todd" Isn't that sweet? Wednesday, when I got to church, there was a ceramic pumpkin, two mini-scarecrows, a balloon, and a card waiting for me in the conference room (where I was holding a meeting). Thursday, when I got home, there were bags of candy corn hanging all over the place, and on the bed he'd spelled out "miss you" in hard candies! My husband is one of God's biggest blessings for me!
Time to hit the shower. Hey -- it's SATURDAY! Whoohoo!
Friday, October 07, 2005
Is it considered bad form to leave a comment on your own entry? I need to know these things. What's the Xanga etiquette?
1) Jocelyn: I'm sending you some capital letters because it appears you've lost all yours. And I'm not *really* listening to the Gaithers -- I just liked the name of the CD. :)
2) Ashullie: The English (who made the tea I waxed so eloquently about), say "liquor" instead of liquid. There, now you've *really* learned something important while at college. Have your mom and dad send your next tuition payment directly to me.
I really need to get back to work.
ps: Jocelyn, I'm not really listening to Lawrence Welk's World's Greatest Polkas, either.
5:40 PM - 4 eprops - 2 comments - email it
Currently ListeningGod Is GoodBy Gaither Vocal Bandsee related
I want you to know (whomever you may be) that I've written entries TWO times this week, and my browser and/or ISP have hiccupped, and I lost my entries completely. These were thought-provoking (sometimes just provoking), heart-touching, insightful (inciteful) entries. I mourn their loss. Mostly I mourn the time I spent entering them -- I've only got so much spare time to write things in Xanga, you know! I've decided that from here on out, I'm going to copy my entries before I click to spell check or submit or any other thing. So there.
Todd and James left last night. They won't be back until Saturday afternoon. I hope they have a wonderful time!
Gwenevere has now had first floor access for two days now, and no accidents. Hurray!
Never set your phone alarm while driving. You end up getting up at 6:03 am, instead of 6:30 am. C'est la guerre.
One of the "lost" entries had a very eloquent soliloquy on my tea habits. I'm having tea again this morning; my favorite blend -- English Breakfast Tea. Yummm. A Ceylon and Indian tea having a lively, full-bodied liquor (which means liquid, not alcohol). I'm so excited!
I've will have worked a 45 hour week at my part-time job at Iron Works after today; I've put in 3 hours in at the Stuckey home, 7.5 hours in at Stuckey Builders, and 4.5 hours in at church. I've spent 1.25 hours driving each day, for a total of 6.25 hours. This is a grand total of 66.25 hours away from home in a 5-day span. Good gravy! There's only 120 hours in those 5 days! When you figure I sleep for roughly 33 hours in 5 days, that averages 4.15 hours per day that I'm home and awake. Two hours in the morning, and two in the evening. I need to re-think this part-time stuff, methinks.
God is good: He's gotten me through this week. He's evidenced Himself in my life through His incredible grace and strength, time after time. I do praise Him! Really, He is sufficient for me.
Monday, October 03, 2005
Sometimes, being the introvert that I am, I forget how sweet the fellowship with my brothers and sisters in Christ can be. Saturday night we (Todd and I) went to the Apples of Gold Celebration Meal and last night we (Todd, James, and I) gathered at the McCoy's for an impromptu celebration of Mike's birthday. Both evenings were so much fun! In fact, I had such a good time that I invited everyone who was there last night, to come to our home next Sunday! When it was asked who's birthday we'd celebrate next week, I said, "Mine!" Yeay-rah!
The situation with the cats is deteriorating fast. Gwenevere is now being spiteful in her random peeing, so she's back down in the basement. Merlin, for fear of getting stuck down there, isn't going into the basement at all. Well, there's no other litter box in the house -- it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that he's doing his business *somewhere*.
This is a busy week. I'm working at Iron Works a full week, because Jennifer is taking time off to be with Will (it's his fall break). So, from 27 hours to 40 hours in a single bound! Then, tonight I'd head to the Stuckey's home after work. Tomorrow I'll come home. Wednesday night I'll go directly to church. Thursday I'll do payroll and the books for Derrick, and Friday I'll come home. Saturday I'm working at the Farm! Whoohoo! And then Sunday is our celebration!
Wow. Isn't it weird that the only two nights I'm home, are the two days that Todd's on shift? That rather stinks.
I just read the above paragraph. I will definitely need my quiet times each morning. I'll need all of God's grace, protection, blessing from His Word that I can get my hands on! I'm off to see to my needs! I need to remember the grace and peace God brings to me, as His child. That was a more timely reminder than I thought!
Sunday, October 02, 2005
Currently ListeningIt's the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)see related
This picture makes me think of Jocelyn. But *don't* ask her why!!!!
Brother Gregg Morrison was our speaker for this morning's service. He did a great job, speaking on the two conversions of Acts 9. First was the soul conversion of Saul. The second was the conversion of will of Ananias. I'd never considered that before and I found it fascinating. The other thing I found fascinating was the use of the term "rise up" in verse six, and "arise" in verse eleven. The Hebrew word is the same word that is used to refer to the rising up, or resurrection, of Jesus. Which, if you think about this, is what happened. Saul arose from his dead sin nature, and was born anew. Ananias died to his self will, and arose to carry out God's will. Just an interesting word picture at what took place in that chapter.
We have the video session of week 2 of the Patriarchs this afternoon. I need to go fill in my answers and get ready!
Currently ReadingLittle Lord FauntleroyBy Frances Hodgson Burnett, Donada Peterssee related
So much to say, and so little time to say it.
One cat, two cat; old cat, new cat!
A husband is a most wonderful thing to have. I am *richly* blessed.
Coffee and a blueberry bagel is the bestest breakfast.
I had a sweet potatoe casserole last night that was superb. I need the recipe.
I know potato is not spelled with an "e" at the end; it's my nod to former VP Quail.
Speaking of which, it's quail season. I think.
I don't know what I'm going to wear to church this morning. It's easier to get the whole morning process started when you know how it's going to turn out. It's hard to get motivated if there's no final product envisioned. Or perhaps that's just me.
I like it when my Merlin cat licks my nose to tell me it's time to get up.
Smiley faces are underrated.
Fashion magazines are overrated.
All next week I will work 8:30 - 4:30; James will be gone all the following week.
Monday will be the last afternoon/evening that I will go to the Stuckey's house and watch the kids while Derrick is gone.
For almost the whole month of May, Todd and I will be by ourselves -- both the kids will be in Europe.
In less than two years I will have no teenagers. :(
I gotta GO!
Thursday, September 29, 2005
Currently GamingThe Game of LifeBy Atarisee related
I think, perhaps, that the only reason for doing this is so that Jocelyn can read it and make a pithy comment. I need to go into syndication. Let's go back . . . pithy. What a great word, that one hardly gets to use. It's my word of the day!
Time to shove a pill down Gwenethvereth's throat. Yippee.
Wednesday, September 28, 2005
* * UPDATE * * * * UPDATE * * * * UPDATE * * * * UPDATE * *
I'd like to make several observations:
1) I feel very strongly that "V" should come _after_ "W" in the alphabet. Let's get working on that, hmmm?
2) I feel *very* strongly that there should never, ever, NEVER be an ad for Chinese take out on the same page as the veterinarian listings in the yellow pages.
3) Gwenevere will be seen by the vet at 8:45 this morning. God is good.
Yesterday was a busy day. It started with the last Apples of Gold session. Reda did a great job discussing hospitality! It's so easy to forget that I'm just a manager of all that God has blessed me with, and I'm to use the 'things' to His glory!
Today, I will be taking a vet-trip. Gwenevere has spent the last 24 hours in the basement, and she's definitely NOT happy about it! She sits on the top step and throws her body into the door . . . BANG . . . BANG . . . BOOM! A couple times yesterday, she was able to dislodge the trap door so she could get back up.
Yep, to the vet we go.
This afternoon I will go from work to pick up Tristan at daycare, and spend the evening with the Stuckey children! Yippee!!! That should be a fun afternoon! I probably will not make it to church, but I will hopefully make it to choir practice.
Sunday, September 25, 2005
I don't feel well this morning, at all. Yuck. There's been a stomach virus floating around work/church . . . I do believe I'm an involuntary traveler on that particular float. Blech. May I just state for the record that I really dislike vomiting? Thank you.
Something is not quite right with Gwenevere. She's peed, on the kitchen floor, twice in the last 24 hours. Right there in front of everyone. Makes me think there's a kidney infection. At least she's moving to the kitchen floor, and not letting loose on the carpet. Poor cat. I sent her to the basement. I will call a vet tomorrow, and see if we can't get her seen.
James and I went to the mall last night. It was fun! We went into Kirklands, William & Sonoma, Pottery Barn, and some new 'rich kid' gadget store. We sat in recliners that massaged your back and legs. Wouldn't it be nice to come home to one of those?!? Then we went to Wal*Mart (I know, twice in one day), where we both had a hard time finding something on which to spend our money. Anyway, James & I don't get out together much -- we had a good time chatting and joking.
Winds are picking up here. It's muggy and hot and breezy. It's an icky combination. I feel like I have hardly anything positive to say -- must be because I don't feel well. It's time, I believe, to look at all the blessings. Yeah, I may not feel well, but I have a home and a comfortable bed that I can take rest in -- I have a family who will take care of me -- and I have the means to seek medical care, if I need it. God is so very good to me.
Saturday, September 24, 2005
I did not have to do *any* thing today. Well, except go to the grocery store. But that was it!
It's been really nice to finally have a day that was my own, and not dictated by an agenda.
So, I slept in until 7:30 (which is really late for me), got up and had a cuppa and watched the weather and looked at a magazine. Then I got dressed and went to Wal*Mart, where I had a good grocery shop. I came home and decided to get meals as ready as I could for the whole rest of the week! I baked a chicken and picked it for Monday's White Chile; I baked rolls for tomorrow's pot roast; I made the spaghetti sauce for Tuesday's dinner; and I'm baking Italian bread for tonight! The house smells . . . like food.
I watched Alabama play it close with Arkansas. Sorta. Close, I mean. I think that was the most times I've heard Todd say, "Good gravy," in one sitting. Hehe. Ole Miss plays tonight. Go REBELS!!!
It's all been good -- no pressure. I like it like that. I watched Paula Dean on the Food network while I was in the kitchen. She's a hoot. No, really. And I'm not really reading her cookbook -- but since I was watching her on TV and there's no way I can *pictorially* share that, I chose the book---strictly for the image---instead.
While I was at Wal*Mart, I got the makings for a really cute scarecrow wreath. I mean, he's darling! He will also be hanging from my door by the week's end!
I heard from a friend I haven't seen in ages. She was actually the matron of honor at my wedding -- Nandy! I sent her some piccies and caught her up on my life; I hope she reciprocates!
I'm going back to the kitchen now. Adios!
Friday, September 23, 2005
Currently ListeningHymns from the RymanBy Gary Chapmansee related
I started, yesterday, a 90-day program (which I will probably turn into a 120-day program) that is scary. It's an exercise program!
Today I am Sore. Soar. Sure. Right.
Fonts are fun!
People might think I have nothing meaningful to communicate! I'm not sure I do.
I like to listen to Dr. David Jeremiah, host of Turning Point, on the radio. He's doing a study of the Book of the Revelation. It's quite fascinating!
I learned today (on a completely non-related subject) about the Michi's ladder. It's a food tier. If we ate from only the top two tiers, we'd have a near-perfect diet. Something to ponder. I'm willing to bet *none* of my favorite foods are on the top two tiers!
I love my daughter, and I love my son. They are really wonderful people. I am blessed.
Today is FRIDAY!!! No plans for this weekend!!! No entertaining; no guests; no place I have to be or things I have to do! Mmwaaahahaaaa!
This is the school marm font. James needs to get on and get his school work done!
Have a supercalifragilisticexpealadocious day!
Wednesday, September 21, 2005
Sometimes you just need a place to let your hair down.
This is *not* one of those places.
The prior entry "en francais" (not Spanish) was written so as to hide my sentiments of the moment. I'm now over that. We will now continue "en anglais". Hold your applause.
God truly humbled me today. I went to work feeling all, "I wish I didn't have to work." And then at least four women called today asking if the position we had open was clerical or administrative. I hated having to tell them, "I'm sorry, it's for a welding position." I realized how _grateful_ I should be that I have not only a decent, well-paying, with as few or as many hours as I want -- but that my employers are also a brother & sister in Christ! It just doesn't get much better. I had tears in my eyes as I realized how much I take for granted; the greatest things God blesses me with!
My youngest sister, Laura, and her husband spent the day boarding windows, filling up gas tanks, waiting in line to withdraw money from the bank and other such things one does when one is preparing to evacuate their home due to a hurricane. They (along with Ali and Jasper and the cats) live in Corpus Christi. Laura told me that there are approximately 10,000 refugees from the Katrina storm in Corpus that also have to evacuate. I simply can't imagine. I do believe, however, that my next spot would be waaaaaaay inland. On a mountain somewhere. As far above sea level as I could get and still breathe.
I think I may go read a magazine and have a cup of Vanilla Cream. Yummm!!
Currently ListeningWOW Worship: GreenBy Various Artistssee related
Et maintenant, je choisirai d'écrire mon entrée en français. Naturellement, ce ne sera pas un long paragraphe, parce que j'ai peu à dire. Je dirai que mon mari peut tenir une rancune presque aussi bien que n'importe qui que je sais ! Telle est la vie. De nouveau à notre jour régulièrement programmé. L'extrémité.
Tuesday, September 20, 2005
Okay Jocey, you said I could do this! I'll be verry, verry qwiet.
Today, I taught in our Apples of Gold Bible study. The subject was purity. Since it was my week to do the lesson, I also got to set the tables. I used white linen tablecloths, dressed them in white tulle, used lots of tall, clear candle holders and white candles, tossed pretty, silver and glittery hearts on the tulle, and put the lavender sachet favors at each place. It was very pretty and *pure* looking!
I enjoyed the lesson. I used the prettily wrapped present analogy for purity; and I used the honey bun in the machine at work for the "temptation, contemplation, activation" analogy. The ladies laughed at me -- but I could see the honey bun desire in their faces. Then, when I got to work this afternoon, there was only one honey bun in the machine, and it looked yucky. And I said so.
I'd like to mention that I am reading Elizabeth Elliot's, Passion & Purity, however, I am not reading it in Spanish. Or any other language other than this one right heah. But it looks much more interesting in Spanish (and they didn't have it listed en anglais)!
Tuesday, September 06, 2005
I made white bean chili for dinner tonight -- it was mmmm, mmmm good!
I think I want to make a fruit cake for this holiday season. I really like fruit cakes -- I found a nifty recipe for a fruited bread, which I'm going to try. It's actually for the bread machine, which I really enjoy using. Maybe I'll do it for Saturday brunch or sumpin.
I've spent the day going back and forth between cookbooks, my Beth Moore, "The Patriarchs" Bible study, and Intimate Issues. I'm really liking my trip through Genesis. It's fascinating.
I also took a nap this afternoon. I feel better than I have since Saturday. It was nice to wake up and feel good, for a change. Tomorrow it will be back to the same-o, same-o. Hurrah! There's something to be said for same-o!
Later that same day . . .
Currently ReadingThe Patriarchs: Encountering the God of Abraham, Issac & JacobBy Beth Mooresee related
It was a dark and stormy night . . .
But it seems that most of that mess has passed us on by and we should be in the clear for today. Now, if only we could get temps down into the 50's during the night hours, all would be well. I'm ready for FALL! It is the 26th of September, for crying out loud's sake.
I'm still not feeling 100%. Of course, I'm not sure what it would take for me to feel 100%. Probably a new body. Harrumph.
Gwenevere is licking my toes. *Squish*
The last session of Apples of Gold is tomorrow. The session is on hospitality. It will be a lot easier to enjoy, since I've already taught mine. I need to be seriously praying for Reda, since it's her lesson and she doesn't teach a whole lot. I know how nervous I was, and I'm a teacher! I even teach adults! It was ridiculous! Especially since I knew God was the pilot -- I was just hanging on for the ride!
I looked over at my clock this morning and it read, "6:47". This is of particular significance to me, because it's the first three of my parent's phone number. I decided some time ago, that whenever I saw "647," I'd make it a point to pray for my mom & dad. I see it a lot, which is kinda weird, because it's a weird number. I see it a lot on Friday when I enter timecards and do payroll. It's God's way of letting me know He doesn't want me to get complacent about praying for / honoring my folks.
It's late; time to get this day thing rolling.
Monday, August 08, 2005
The old Roman Road . . .
LOL! I have always imagined that Roman Road to be rocky and secluded and somehow precarious and dangerous! It's rather refreshing to find an image of it with dogs and children cavorting along its path!
Anyway, I *did* promise that I would outline yesterday's sermon. Here it be:
Sunday, August 7, 2005, Morning Worship Service
Flint River Baptist Church
Brother Terry Bryant
Springboard text: Romans 7:24-25 -- Who will set me free from me?
Wretched man that I am! Who will set me free from the body of this
death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, on
the one hand I myself with my mind am serving the law of God, but on the other,
with my flesh the law of sin.
Romans Chapter 6 shows us the *principle* of the victorious life in Christ, through three key words:
1) KNOW v. 3, 6, 9
First, I have to KNOW that I'm dead with Christ to sin!
2) RECKON v. 11
Next, I need to start each and every day by RECKONing myself dead to SIN!
3) YIELD v. 12-13
Finally, I need to YIELD all of myself as an instrument of righteousness!
Romans Chapter 7 reveals to us the practice of the victorious life in Christ, through two struggles we all deal with:
1) Struggling with the WORD. v. 7-8--the benefit of the Law is that it shows me my sin. (Great! Just what I wanted to see! NOT!) Knowing what I am supposed to do isn't the problem; the struggle is *doing* what I know I'm supposed to do!
2) The ultimate struggle . . . with my FLESH! Yeah, it's true! Read what good ol' Paul says in vs. 15-18:
For what I am doing, I do not understand; for I am not practicing what I would like to do, but I am doing the very thing I hate. But if I do
the very thing I do not want to do, I agree with the Law, confessing that the Law is good. So now, no longer am I the one doing it, but sin which
dwells in me. For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in
my flesh; for the willing is present in me, but the doing of the good is
Paul was quite the eloquent speaker. And he nails this one. My stuggle is not knowing what is right. My struggle is doing what is right! The thing is, I've already learned from Chapter 6, that I'm not enslaved to sin! I'm DEAD TO SIN. Which means when I sin, it's by MY CHOICE!
Then, in Romans Chapter 8, we get the *power* of the victorious life in Christ!
I cannot say no to sin; I can't overcome it. But the Christ living WITHIN ME can!! Christ supercedes the Law like the law of aerodynamics supercedes the law of gravity!
Free at last, free at last! Praise the Lord, I'm free at last!
Sunday, August 07, 2005
Remember to journal here more often?
Keep my mouth (and tongue) in check long enough to give great thought to what I'm proposing to say?
Keep my mouth closed long enough to contemplate what I'm getting ready to put in it -- and how much damage it'll do the rest of my body?!
Get busy on Jocelyn's dress?
We had a great day today. Brother Terry, to my great relief and pleasure, preached an awesome sermon today. I'll outline it here tomorrow. (Yeah, right, you say!) Then he and his two companions came and had Sunday dinner with us. I learned some incredibly interesting things about Haiti. He (Brother Terry) really is quite fascinating.
Tomorrow it's back to work, work, work! :) Good thing I enjoy my job, non? SI! Which reminds me -- I need to put up a translation of, "Turn your paper in!" in Spanish. Ha.
I think I will go get busy on Jocelyn's dress!
God is so good to me.
And I adore my husband. Again, God is *so* good to me!
Monday, July 18, 2005
God is so good to me. Even when ~~ especially when ~~ I don't deserve it!
At each point today, when I felt overwhelmed or uncertain, I called on the Holy Spirit. It makes such a huge difference! Praise God!
Then this evening, I quit. I'm so foolish. I gave over to the flesh, and didn't seek the Lord. No wonder I have such a hard time staying on WW in the evenings. It's not like I left God at my workplace! Silly, foolish child I am.
Fiddle-dee-dee. There's always tomorrow to get it right. God? Tomorrow, please remind me that YOU are the one in the driver's seat.
Sunday, July 17, 2005
The WW thing is going fairly well, so far. Part of my problem is that I want miracles to happen, overnight! I know this isn't possibly -- I know that the weight I've put on, I've put on over the course of several years, so it's going to take at *least* several months to take it off -- but still, I want instant results. Perhaps this is a lesson in patience; knowing that the God who began a good work in me, will see it through to the final result. Am I willing to wait? I HAVE TO BE!
Brother Terry preached another great sermon this morning. Prayer life. Wow. I know I leave a lot to be desired in my prayer life. Something he said really caught my ear. A Christian with a weak prayer life will have a weak walk. A person who has a nonexistant prayer life will have a nonexistant walk. And a person who has an insignificant prayer life, will have a walk that reflects the same. So, if my prayer life is less than to be desired, than my walk must also be a less than desirable walk. Oh God, forgive my lack of prayer. Where my treasure is, there will be my heart be. I suppose, where I am willing to spend time is a reflection of where my treasure is. Lord, I want my treasure to be in YOU. I want to come before you fervently in prayer; to allow the Holy Spirit to move within me. To be usable by You, O my Lord, my KING!
I keep thinking of one of the verses I read this week, in James, chapter five, verse sixteen:
In the King James version of the Bible, it replaces "effective" with "fervent". I like the word fervent, it sounds fun, coming off the tongue. But I wasn't quite sure what it meant. It sounded a little more passionate than effective. Sure enough, when I looked it up on M-W.com, it has far more meaning than just effective. The main definition is, "very hot: GLOWING". WOW!! That's some word picture, right there. The very hot, GLOWING prayer of a righteous man accomplishes much. The second definition given was, "exhibited or marked by great intensity of feeling: ZEALOUS". Either way, it works. God acts on GLOWING and ZEALOUS prayer! He moves in the prayer life of a righteous one who is passionate about what she prays!
Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so
that you may be healed The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish
I had to go back and add "righteous" up there. I know I've passionately prayed about stuff that was NOT in God's will. He can't move on that! Wow. Glowing and zealous. Fervent prayer. Awesome stuff.
I need to get to work on purity. I'm so excited to have the opportunity to teach in Apples of Gold! It is such a wonderful ministry! I need to be fervent in my prayers for the class, and the prospective students, and all who will be teaching and leading throughout the Bible study! Abba, USE ME!! Let me make myself available to YOU!
Tuesday, July 12, 2005
I don't really have anything more to say, but I did want to see if this was possible. This is the arrangement I made on Friday, with flowers (and plants) out of our own yard (and down the street on the cat tails)! Purty. The only bad thing about using day lillies is that, well duh, they are only pretty for a day! Luckily these each had several blossoms on each stem, and it's rather self-sustaining.
Interesting day. Food wise it's been fine, although I am now at the stage that is most difficult. I've eaten dinner, I know I'm full, yet I'm not satisfied. I at a sugar free cream saver. Hopefully that will help! Along with my water, of course. Perhaps I'll go back to the bedroom and read for a bit. Hehe.
I interviewed with New Market Ironworks. I start work tomorrow! I'm sort of excited, and sort of anxious. It looks to be a big undertaking, but I believe I'm up to the challenge! Sondra, the other office worker, didn't seem to be too enthusiastic about me being there, but Jennifer is, and that's what matters!
I tried to do the payroll taxes for Derrick today, but couldn't get the numbers to match up. I e-mailed the whole shebang to Tina, hopefully she can make the numbers make sense.
I have blisters on my heals. Yuck. I can't let that deter me from walking.
I'm going to take a 30-minute power nap. Yawn!
1) Two difficult things (for me) with lifestyle changes to my eating habits:
a) being honest as I track what I eat, and
b) resisting temptation.
I know it's possible, through Christ, to resist temptation. James (the book of) tells me so! All I have to do is resist the devil, and he will flee. Sometimes he's a little more persistent than I am in the eating department. My prayer today is that God will allow me to hold fast to Him, and that I will submit my body to His authority, and not hand it over to the lusts of my flesh. Meaning, I don't want to give in to the cravings today!
2) This is the day to begin. Not tomorrow, not in a week, not next month. Today. Right now. Change needs to begin the moment I recognize that it's necessary.
3) The tongue is a dangerous weapon in more ways than one. James speaks of the tongue also. I use my tongue to do a lot of verbal damage. But I also use my tongue (in fact, my whole mouth, but the tongue already gets such a bad rap) to taste every single thing I place in my mouth. Sometimes I cater more to my tastebuds than to anything else! It's actually a conspiracy between my mind (which tells me it's hungry when it's not) and my tongue (which tells me I have a taste for something when I don't). Hear me now: You both need to just back off! :)
I have to admit, with the exception of the pain in my heel, I really did enjoy my walk today. It felt productive. I read, I drank my water, I listened to Sonic Flood, and I walked a mile! Hooray for me!
I head to the Burkett's place of business today. God, grant me wisdom.
Wednesday, June 15, 2005
Yesterday, Todd and I celebrated our 9th anniversary! We had a lovely evening. We first went to see the movie, Madagascar, and then we went to Outback for dinner! I've wanted to go there for forever. Glad I can check that one off my "to do" list! Anyway, we then spent an hour browsing in Books A Million, and then we headed to our favorite place in the whole world, WalMart. Todd needed some new things for summer, so we shopped for Father's Day and got him decked out decently. :)
I got a call this morning. Evidently, Lori Dorning resigned as chair of the Women's Ministry Team several weeks ago. I'd like to go visit Lori. She's really been on my mind here of late. Both she and the WMT. Sometimes I feel like we have several different groups of women. It's strange. God's really been speaking "unity" to me for several weeks. I wonder how that comes into play. I need a verse for this aspect of my life and my church's life . . . Romans 15:1-7.
Now we who are strong ought to bear the weaknesses of those without strength and not just please ourselves. Each of us is to please his neighbor for his good, to his edification. For even Christ did not please Himself; but as it is written, "THE REPROACHES OF THOSE WHO REPROACHED YOU FELL ON ME." For whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction, so that through perseverance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. Now may the God who gives perseverance and encouragement grant you to be of the same mind with one another according to Christ Jesus, so that with one accord you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, accept one another, just as Christ also accepted us to the glory of God.We are supposed to meet tomorrow night and pray and discuss the next steps. God, I want to hear Your voice on this. Please show me how You would have me to particpate.
More later. Whole house to clean!
Monday, June 13, 2005
Last night he started a series on "Laying the Axe to the Root." He started with the root of bitterness. The man is definitely a student of God's Word!
Jocelyn and I had a nice evening, just the two of us. :) We watched movies and ate chili con queso. Yum.
Today starts the craziness before the vacation! I need to make out a list of things I want to accomplish before leaving. That way I won't be beating myself up for something I forgot to do all next week!
Lord, I lift this day up to You. Father, I need Your strength to accomplish this day's tasks. I need Your wisdom and discernment in discovering what today's tasks should be! And I need Your humility in accepting the path You set before me today. Treat me as a little child. Love me when I need encouragement; discipline me when I stray from Your will. Thank You for the beauty of Your creation. Allow me to see it today, to marvel at it, and to give *You* all the honor and glory for it! I love You, Lord!! Let me walk through this day with Your song in my heart! Praise You, Lord!! I praise You!
Saturday, June 11, 2005
I do know that it's an area in my life that is not pleasing to God right now. Lord, I need for You to show me ... direct, lead and GUIDE me. I don't feel capable of working fulltime, taking care of a home and family, plus ministering to a Sunday School class the way they need to be ministered to. HELP! I want to be in Your service; I want to do all that You assign me, to the best of my ability. I just don't know how.
I've just finished looking over Todd's plan for revitalizing Sunday School at Flint River. He makes some wonderful points. As much as I originally spoke against going from two to one Sunday School, it makes good sense. First of all, it would take the burden off of people who are teaching who are teaching because they feel like someone's got to, not that they are called to by God. Second, it combines classes that right now may only have 2-3 people each, into 4-6 people each. It's hard to teach a class of 1 or 2 people. The only major difficulty I see, is where you have a class combined and both sets of teachers wish to teach it. I see that as a big problem in the youth department, particularly. Great care would have to be given to the selection of teachers, were we to go in this direction.
I don't want to be a shallow Christian. I don't want my faith to be found lacking by my Creator. I want to grow stronger in Jesus. And I don't want to just say the words that make me "sound good." I want it reflected in my life.
Lord, I need Your guidance in the area of a job. Where would You have me to work? I lay my life in Your hands. I know You are in control -- You know where You want me. Please enable me to be receptive to Your will for my life. Lord, I do love You. Please give me the ability to demonstrate that love for You through service in Your Kingdom.
Saturday, June 04, 2005
It's been an incredibly busy, but productive and happy week! God was so faithful, when I asked for His input on the Sunday School lesson. I was really wowed by the whole process. I'm excited about life! Thank you GOD!