Friday, October 31, 2008
Quinlan, TX 75474
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Things to pray for:
*Pray that her neurological state is perfect
*Pray that they can find the source of the bleeding and get it stopped
*Pray that her blood will coagulate
*Pray that she's healed completely
*Pray for the peace of her family
*Pray for all their needs to be taken care of---babysitters, meals, etc.
*Pray that as they bring her out of the coma, she responds as she should
*Pray for her children to be comforted
I'm sure God will show you how to pray. Thank you for praying. Please add this prayer request to your prayer rooms or prayer chains.
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Monday, October 27, 2008
When I got home, my repaired car was in my driveway! Woo-Hoo! My sweet husband had even taken it to the carwash. Andy told me that when he went to get the car out of the shop, the bill had been paid. My giving friends....I am blessed.
I had a busy day today which is good...because I came home and crashed! And I didn't even stay up all night at the retreat like most of those girls!
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Bless this day for all my friends reading this right now. May we know You better at the end of this day. Reveal a part of yourself that we may not understand. Draw us into Your love and grace. Give us understanding of one another. Help us to carry someone else's burden today. Give us thankful hearts---hearts full of gratitude towards You and all You do in our lives. Bless us with good friendships. Give us enjoyment and delight over the little things. Let us savor those moments. Help us to be an exact replica of You and an expression of Your love to others. Give us divine connections today. Bless us with peace. May we be blessed and may we bless others. In Jesus' name, Amen.
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Thank you for loving me---even when I whine. Thank you for a wonderful husband and 8 great kids. Thank you for my 7 healthy grandchildren. Thank you for all my friends. If I counted my wealth by family & friends, I'd be the richest woman in the world. And I do...so I am. Thank you for all the gifts you've given me....my house, my job, my car, my health, love, your friendship. Forgive me for my ungratefulness, Father. Forgive me for whining over things like my car, having to stay late after a board meeting, canker sores....Those things are nothing compared to the blessings you've brought into my life. Thank you for reminding me tonight to be grateful. I wish that was a natural response in my life. I desire it, God. Please make me into a naturally grateful person. Transform me by renewing my mind. I give it to you, Lord. Thank you for the rich life you've given me. I love you, Daddy. Really, I do!! Please speak to my heart. In Jesus' name, Amen.
Monday, October 20, 2008
The body shop sent us back to the tire store to get a new tire so that they can check it all out after the body work. We think we'll also have to take it to another shop to get a rear end alignment. Apparently, not everyone does that.
Would you just pray?
I asked him if he needed me to unload the drawers and he assured me he didn't. I had some work to do in the back...and when I came back into my office, files were strewn everywhere! He had his trusty screwdriver and was busy at work. That was 2 hours ago. The only reason I'm able to post this is because he left for a break.
WHY didn't I bring the camera to work today? (I may call Andy and have him go get it...it's that good!) So for right now, let me describe it. The 2nd drawer is hanging out. Well, it's a little worse than that. One side of it is sitting on a chair. (He was using my sculptural globe for a prop and I could see it bending, so when he left, I switched it out for a chair.) There are black prints all over the front of this drawer. It's off the roller and won't go back on. It's now bent where he's been hammering it to try to make it fit. Dings all over the front of the drawer.
Personally? I don't think it's going back together. I'm sure our insurance is going to cover it anyway, so I just think it's hysterical that he wanted to save us some money and not replace it...and now we're going to have to replace it!
What a guy! A sweetheart. But definitely not a mechanic. Good thing he's retired! Goodbye, filing cabinet!
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Saturday, October 18, 2008
But then....I was reading the book of John tonight. OUCH!! Talk about keepin' it REAL! Jesus kept it really real. Not only for himself---but he was quick to point out the realness in others. I almost said I was glad I wasn't hanging around with him then. But...he's the same yesterday, today and forever, right? I think he's still doing that. If we don't admit our realness, I think he's quick to point it out himself.
And then a new blogger (a shout-out to Julie!) wrote me and told me she read through all my blogs (bless her, God!) and appreciated my realness. I'm not sure I'm quite so deserving of her compliment, but I want to keep it real....really, I do!
So having said all that...I'm not sure where I'm going here. How real do we get? I don't think you want to hear my complaints. You don't need my opinions. Gosh! It makes me nervous to write anything now.
Friday, October 17, 2008
What do you think this says about our society? You should see my address book!! I started using white-out because my kids' numbers changed so often. In fact, I'm surprised they still sell address books. How do they make any money? Or maybe it's a lucrative business because people change addresses and phone numbers so often.
But seriously. I think there's something to this....
Thursday, October 16, 2008
13Be submissive to every human institution and authority for the sake of the Lord, whether it be to the emperor as supreme,
14Or to governors as sent by him to bring vengeance (punishment, justice) to those who do wrong and to encourage those who do good service.
15For it is God's will and intention that by doing right [your good and honest lives] should silence (muzzle, gag) the ignorant charges and ill-informed criticisms of foolish persons.
16[Live] as free people, [yet] without employing your freedom as a pretext for wickedness; but [live at all times] as servants of God.
17Show respect for all men [treat them honorably]. Love the brotherhood (the Christian fraternity of which Christ is the Head). Reverence God. Honor the emperor.
Honor the Emperor. Wow! We may all need to do a history study on the Roman Emperor. From what I remember, he was not a godly man. Do you realize how few government leaders in history have been godly? Yet God tells us to honor them.
So where does that leave us in American government....when we have an opportunity to vote? PRAY. Hold the candidates up against the Word of God. And then honor.
Here's something that gives me great hope: Isaiah 9:6
"For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given,
and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace."
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
So I began trying to think back and remember all God has done for me---and to thank Him as I remembered. Let me name a few:
1. He chose a wonderful husband for me.
2. He has delivered us financially over and over when we least deserved it.
3. We saw a miracle of rain in China when we asked God to prove who He was to the people.
4. We saw a girl healed of seizures.
5. I've seen the miracle of my children's salvation.
6. I saw God bring in godly spouses for my children. He protected them.
7. God has protected our ministry over and over.
8. We've seen God's miraculous provision 100's of times.
9. I've seen God change my heart.
10. God has delivered us from the attacks of the enemy.
11. I've seen God deliver marriages.
12. I've seen God deliver from addictions.
...More to come as I remember today.
Let's remember together today. What has He done for you?
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Ever since my grandkids started losing their baby teeth, I've wanted to tell my favorite "Tooth Fairy" story. Tonight's the night.
Monday, October 13, 2008
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Last night, Caitlin wanted to light up her jack-o-lantern again. She didn't want to put it ouside for fear of it being stolen. (Does that make you want to repent, sons?!?) So we lit it up. About 30 minutes later, I went in to check on it and stood over it to look at the candle. When I did, I got a good whiff of candle burning pumpkin....and oh my! What a nostalgic moment. I love that smell! It almost made me want to go in and dress up like a hobo. (We didn't have exotic costumes in my day!!)
Saturday, October 11, 2008
Friday, October 10, 2008
Caitlin came to see us tonight. Isn't she beautiful? She's 9 years old now and I can barely get my chin on top of her head. We had a Sunday School party in our plans, but she was game to go with us. And she loved it. Of course, she was the only child there among all us grandparents---and got all the attention, I might add.
We had a pumpkin carving contest and Caitlin was the judge. I'm afraid she may have been corrupted---a couple of groups tried bribing her! But she chose the pumpkin that was carved laying on it's side that was "puking." Yep. It had pumpkin seeds and pulp coming out it's mouth. Quite a statement by a bunch of grandparents!!
Then we went inside and sang around the piano. And being the age we are, we sang hymns. You know, we're really the borderline generation. We began learning choruses in high school. In fact, some of the songs we sang tonight were from a musical we sang way back then. (He's Everything To Me) I like to think we're the open-minded generation---we like hymns, choruses, praise & worship music, etc. Or at least, I do.
But tonight, I was kind of sad as I watched 9-year-old Caitlin trying to sing along with us. She knew none of the hymns. And it made me sad to realize these songs are going to be "lost" with our generation. And I'm not a hard-nosed person who thinks that we need a hymn for each worship song we sing. But tonight, I really listened to the words of some of the songs we sang. They were extolling God, calling us to worship Him and to give testimony to the great things He has done in our lives. I know the debate that praise songs are "to" God and most hymns are "about" God---but we need both. Tonight, I saw the hymns in a different light. It was one generation telling the next generation about the God they serve----and why.
Well...after the party, Caitlin talked Pops into going and getting her a pumpkin so she could try her own hand at carving. Why, you may ask, does a 9-year-old have a knife in hand, doing her own carving? Because she's being overseen by a fussy grandfather who guides each stroke of her knife and constantly reminds her not to slit her wrist. Seriously. She's very proud of her first pumpkin. She says it's a tradition in her family that her daddy carves the pumpkins. Gee....I wonder where he gets that???
Thursday, October 9, 2008
But aren't my mums lovely this fall?
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Several years ago, Clara was diagnosed with the worst kind of arthritis. She has been in excruciating pain for years...but you'd never know it. She has maintained her sense of humor in the worst of situations---and she has a wonderful sense of humor!! She's an amazing woman. Someone I admire and want to be like. I only hope I could have her attitude if I were in that kind of pain. How do you do that?
Because of her arthritis, she's had to have help this past year. And recently, she's had even more help. My mom has gone to stay with her some evenings and this past Tuesday evening was one of those times. When my mom got there, she found Clara in the bathroom floor. She'd fallen and thought she'd broken a hip. She had on a medic alert---but it didn't work! They took her by ambulance to Amarillo and found that she'd broken her shoulder and not her hip. She knows she's going to have round-the-clock care now, but it hasn't deterred her sense of humor. She told Andy & I last night that she knows they can't do surgery--she wouldn't survive. And then she told Andy he better not get out of the country---she wants him to sing at her funeral. Her parting shot as we walked out of her hospital room was this, "If you're not there to sing at my funeral, I'll come back to haunt you!!"
What a lady---a funny lady!
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Monday, October 6, 2008
Let me tell you about it....
My day started out with Andy getting up before daylight to do a good deed for me---he went to speak to some teachers on behalf of Living Water. What a guy! Then a precious little boy opened my door and climbed into my bed and said, "I can't sleep, Guh." So we turned on the tv and watched Little Einsteins.
I got to hand out funds this morning to some needy, deserving people. I was blessed to get to share Jesus Christ with each of them and see 2 people come to Christ!! They were both so broken. One lady told me she'd been praying...but when she realized she really didn't know Christ, she was eager to receive His free gift to her. Amazing. I'm amazed anytime I see a baby being born---physically or spiritually!
Mid-morning, I was excited to see 2 cute little kids come in to Living Water bringing lunch to share with me. It was a hoot later to peek into the chapel and see them standing at the front, singing and preaching together.
And then I came home to a clean house!
You know what? I had a great day!
Then I got to Living Water and discovered some wonderful soul left about a dozen boxes of clothes at my front door over the weekend----which were now soaking wet!!! (Thank you, God, for the rain!) Fortunately, Gib was still here and he began helping me get them to the dumpster. The boxes were falling apart as we tried to haul them. THEN as I got around the corner, I realized they'd FILLED UP my back door with more stuff---probably 25 boxes there! AAARRRGGGGHHH!!!!! So frustrating!! What? They didn't hear the weather report?? (Thank you, God, for the rain!) And the sad thing is....it was probably nice clothing. But there's not much we can do with soggy clothing.
I can only hope my day gets better....(Really, God, thank you for the rain!!)
Sunday, October 5, 2008
1 Granny Smith Apple, peeled, cored and cut into 8 slices
1 Can of Crescent Rolls
1 stick of butter
1 cup of water
1 cup of sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon
Grease an 8x8 dish. Roll one slice of apple in each crescent roll. Arrange apple rolls in pan. Add other ingredients to a pan and cook on stove until the butter is melted. Pour over the apples. Bake at 350 for 30-40 minutes. At the last 10 minutes, I basted the apple rolls with the sauce. These are great served a la mode!
Saturday, October 4, 2008
In the meantime, I've gotten to play with Captain Hook and Tinkerbell. So here we go with the pictures.
Friday, October 3, 2008
But tonight, I heard some pundits talking on MSNBC about the vice-presidential debate and all the pieces fell into place for me. Here's what they said: "It all boils down to economics."
So what fell into place, you ask?
"No servant can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money."
We're in trouble. Our nation serves the wrong master! I think it's imperative that we repent and cry out for God's mercy.
2 Chronicles 7:14
if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land."