Tuesday, March 31, 2009

The Tabernacle Experience


I want to invite ALL of my friends to make a trek to Borger, TX April 18-26. First Baptist Church will be hosting a life-sized, interactive tabernacle of Moses that is traveling from city to city. It will be in Borger for a week. It will be open from 4-8 p.m. on weeknights and 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday and 1-5 on Sunday afternoon. Andy & I will be tour guides on Thursday, April 23 from 4-8 p.m., if you want to come while we're there! We'd LOVE to see you!! And please spread the word----we've heard it's an incredible experience. By the way....the tabernacle company will be asking for a $5 contribution...just so you know. I'm sure it's to help pay for the cost of transportation and manpower. It takes 50 minutes to take the tour.
Check out all the details here.

Prophecies & Headlines--Day 31


Prophecy:
The gospel will be preached in the whole world and then the end will come. Matthew 24:14


Headlines:
Gospel Communications Online Ministry (See who has visited their website in the past 15 minutes from around the globe)

Saturday, March 28, 2009

SNOW!

My towel David put over his windshield--frozen stiff!


David building a snowman


Miss Snowflake--with a snotty nose. (Love the snowflakes on her eyelashes!)


Ryan making a snowball---caked with snow!


Ryan catching a snowflake on his tongue


Snowball fight!


Ryan, Daddy & Addie with the finished Snowman

Prophecies & Headlines--Day 28

Prophecy:
People will be conceited. II Timothy 3:4

Headlines:
Conceited Quotes
How to Brag Discreetly
CIOs Should do More Bragging
Shameless Bragging Workshop
Prima Dona: A Temperamental, Conceited Person
Are You Really a Conceited Person Quiz

Friday, March 27, 2009

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Prophecies & Headlines--Day 26


Prophecy:

There will be people who worm their ways into the homes of weak-willed women. They will be forever learning but never arriving at the truth.


Headlines:

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Monday, March 23, 2009

Still Learning...

Wow! Tammy doesn't know what she started in my life!!! (Thank you, Tammy!) On Friday, I posted a blog entitled My List. On this list, I put the things I want to do before I die. Now I have to tell you that when I got through writing my first rendition of this list, I only had spiritual things on it. I felt the need to apologize at the end. And then I reminded myself that it's OK to have fun--so I went back and added the fun things in. Let me explain. When I started to do the list like Tammy had done, I realized I couldn't do it--I know myself too well. I know if I had it to do all over again, it probably wouldn't be much different. I'm a very focused person. I have a job to do. I don't play around. In fact, I don't really like to play. (There. I admitted it!) I make myself play and have fun. Is that crazy? In fact, that is the reason I surround myself with fun people. They keep me balanced. Most people would never know this because I do love to laugh! But for those who know me well, know this about me--or maybe no one really knows this, I don't know! I also don't like to spend money. Part of the reason for this is that I spent a lot of years mismanaging money, so I learned not to trust myself. And because I have a job to do, I don't like spending money on frivolous things--and especially on myself! I want to be a good steward.

So...I've been thinking on all of this for a long weekend. And God began to show me something. Remember this verse? "Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal." Matthew 6:19-20. I've tried all of my life to store my treasures in heaven. And if you know me, you know I am not materialistic. Things just don't mean a great deal to me. (This is where it gets exciting!) This weekend, I realized that storing up treasures in heaven isn't just bringing people to Christ, tithing and giving to needs, teaching Truth, discipling others, growing in Christ and all of those other godly, wonderful things.

I can spend money on things I've considered extravagant and even wasteful and be storing up treasures in heaven. If I'm investing in relationships, that's storing treasure in heaven. If I'm spending money to go on a date with my husband---that's storing treasure in heaven. If I'm spending money on a vacation with my family--that's storing treasure in heaven. If I'm spending money on going to see my kids & grandkids in Florida, that's storing treasure in heaven. And the reason this is storing treasure in heaven is because God designed these relationships. He wants us to invest in them. He has a plan for our marriages to be a picture of Christ & the church and for us, as parents, to be a picture of God to our children. These are eternal relationships. (Of course, they'll look different in heaven, but still eternal.) We're storing up treasures in heaven when we invest in these relationships. And when you invest, don't you do it wisely? You study how much and when to invest. Who knows who God has created your children to become? Isn't it wise for you to invest in them for God's kingdom purposes--with time and money? Do you know how God wants to use your husband in His kingdom plan? It would be wise to invest in him and your relationship with him. If we're not investing, we're saying that it's not important. And that's when things begin to crumble.
And where my treasure is---there's where my heart will be. I come in agreement with God for what is important---and eternal.

Prophecies & Headlines--Day 23

Prophecy:
People will be unholy. II Timothy 3:2

Headlines:
Wow. All I did was type in "unholy" on Google and 6 1/4 million sites popped up---most of which I would not send you to!
President Obama Appeals to Leaders of Iran but Ignores Their End Times Theology
The Hidden Imam
Unholy Row Threatens Holy Sepulchre
Ahmadinejad's Beliefs...

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Prophecies & Headlines--Day 21

Prophecy:
Children will be disobedient to their parents. II Timothy 3:2

Headlines (Do we really need headlines?):
Children of the Affluent
Children With Oppositional Defiant Disorder (new name!)
School Violence
Violent Kids: Warning Signs
Are Internet-Addicted Kids More Violent?
Violent Kids' Mean Gene
Violent Kids: What Can We Do?
Parent Abuse: The Silent Crime

The interesting thing as I researched this is that no one is talking about simple disobedience. It's much more violent than that now.

Polyble

My friend, Julie Simmons (Jody Simmons' wife for you Borger people), has started a new dictionary and I wanted to help her out with one new word. This dictionary is made up of those random word verifications when you post a comment on someone else's post. So here is a new word for you, Julie. And I encourage everyone to help add to her dictionary!

Polyble (pronunciation: po-le'-bla)
A possiblility, less than a probability. This may happen in your future.
Use in a sentence: I polyble may design an awesome background for my blog like Emily Sims has.

Friday, March 20, 2009

My list

Tammy Hubbart wrote a blog (right) that has inspired me. I absolutely loved reading her blog of what she would have done differently if given the chance. I tried to write my own list, but was stopped by my overanalytical nature. Do I wish I had done things differently? Absolutely. But instead of trying to figure out if my temperament would have allowed me to do things differently and how I could have, I just decided to make a different kind of list. Here is a list of what I want to do before I die:
  • Develop a deeper friendship with God--I want to know His secrets!
  • Accept differences in others more readily
  • Consistently honor and respect my husband
  • Enjoy my children and my grandchildren
  • Be more grateful
  • Give myself freedom to spend money on me. In fact, I'd get someone who understands fashion & comfort to help me buy a new wardrobe--and this is because I need it!
  • Laugh a lot
  • Make a budget and stick to it
  • Learn from others who have qualities I desire
  • See victories in lives I've prayed for
  • Get a great camera and learn how to use it well--without effort (ha!)
  • Invest in Israel
  • Not judge
  • Enjoy life!
  • Not stress over unreciprocal relationships
  • Take time out for me
  • Love deeply and unconditionally
  • Respond differently
  • Get a Mac laptop
  • Do what God has called me to do and not feel compelled to do all those other things
  • I want to see what a marriage in perfect unity can accomplish for the kingdom of God!
  • Share what God has taught me to young women
  • Live a guilt-free life
  • See lives changed at Living Water
  • Walk more
  • Embrace who I am
  • Give extravagantly
  • Learn how to submit
  • Go to Israel again and learn more about the places I'd visit
  • Write a book
  • Get a housekeeper!
God continually teaches me new things about myself. After I wrote out this list and studied it (my overanalytical nature...again) I realized it's hard for me to do things for me. I'm very demanding of myself. I wonder how different things would have been in my past if I'd been kinder to me.
But this is what I want to do before I die! In fact, I'm not even going to be too hard on myself. I've loved and laughed alot. If I don't accomplish the above list, I can tell you...I've loved my life. I'm so grateful God has blessed my life with my family---and you!

Prophecies & Headlines--Day 20

Prophecy:
People will be abusive. II Timothy 3:2

Headlines:
Child Abuse on the Rise in Illinois
Report: Brand Abuse on the rise
Drug Abuse on the Rise in Gaza
Food Stamp Abuse on the Rise
Child Abuse on the Rise in Botswana
Elder Abuse on the Rise
UK: Spousal Abuse on the Rise in the Workplace

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Can you tell....

That I've been home alone and I've had time to play with my blog???
I absolutely LOVE this picture of my 7 grandkids and nephew (I forget he's not one of them!). It expresses each of their personalities so well! And they truly are the Best of Becky!!

Prophecies & Headlines--Day 18

Prophecy:
People will be lovers of money. II Timothy 3:2

Headlines:
AIG Asks Execs to Return Bonuses
Fannie Mae to Pay Bonuses of up to $611,000 for Four Execs
Madoff's Accountant Charged with Fraud
Madoff Claims He's Entitled to keep $7M Manhattan Apartment
How to Get Rich in America
Test: Do You Have What it Takes to Get Rich?

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Prophecies & Headlines--Day 17


Prophecy:
People will be lovers of self and utterly self-centered. II Timothy 3:2

Headlines:
Stampede Results in Injuries, Arrests at 'America's Next Top Model' Audtions
The Most Self-Centered Generation Ever?
Have We Raised a Generation of Narcissists?
TV Egos Unbound
Just for kicks, I googled "my point of view" and came up with 267,000,000 sites. "I think" turned up 710,000,000 sites. I googled "my" and came up with 5,090,000,000 sites. I tried "I" and the returns were even larger: 9,590,000,000. I think we like to talk about ourselves out here, don't you? Of course, we probably don't have old statistics to compare this to so we can see how much more self-centered we've become. (And of course, with this post alone, I've increased those numbers!! ha!)

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Prophecies & Headlines--Day 14



Prophecy:
Nations of the world will be gathered against Jerusalem. But Jerusalem will be an immovable rock and any nation who comes against it will injure themselves. Zechariah 12:1-3

Headlines:
Father, I pray for the peace of Jerusalem! In Jesus' name, Amen.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Prophecies & Headlines--Day 12

Prophecy:
False Christs & false prophets will appear and perform signs and miracles which will deceive many--even the elect, if that were possible. Matthew 24:24

Headlines:
Crack Team to Stamp Out False Miracles
Oprah Labeled 'False Prophet'

Essays (You decide!):
Why I Left the Prophetic Movement
Strange Fire in the House of the Lord
False Miracles by False Prophets--(I found Mark Dinsmore's comment on this sight interesting)

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Prophecies & Headlines--Day 11

Prophecy:
You will be persecuted, put to death, and hated by all nations because of me (Jesus).
Matthew 24:9

Headlines:
Father, I ask you to turn Israel's heart to You through Jesus. Reveal Yourself to them--uncover their eyes to truth. I pray for the peace of Jerusalem. In Jesus' name, Amen.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Prophecies & Headlines--Day 10

Prophecy:
There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. Matthew 24:7

Headlines:

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Prophecies & Headlines--Day 8


Prophecy:
Israel will experience a time of security (even in the midst of wars and rumors of wars).
Ezekiel 38:8

Headlines:
Poll finds Sense of Personal Security 'Surprisingly High'
Honestly, there isn't a lot of this in the headlines yet---but keep watching! (Or maybe it's already happened!)

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Caitlin Turns 10!!

Caitlin Nichole Turns 10!!

The birthday girl wanted an ice skating party. I think everyone loved it---even the big kids!


Alexis (or Amy Jr.) steps out onto the ice.


Caitlin comes up to talk to the Grandparent Galley.


Zach & Shanna drove up from Lubbock for the big occassion!


Ryan all decked out to skate for his very first time.


"Hey" helps Addie skate.


Ryan finally got over his fear of skating and enjoys going around with Mom & Uncle Casey.


The Grandparent/Great-Grandparent Galley.


Matt, Caitlin's daddy.




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Prophecies & Headlines--Day 7



Prophecy:
Israel will build up significant wealth. Ezekiel 38:11-13

Headlines:
World Wealth Report: People in Israel Get Richer Faster
Want to be a Millionaire? Move to Israel

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Prophecies & Headlines--Day 5

Wailing Wall in Jerusalem

Prayers placed in the cracks of the Wailing Wall

Prophecy:
Jews will return to their homeland of Israel after being scattered to many nations. Ezekial 37

Headlines:
The Jews Return to History
Christian Ministry Helps Jews Return to the Holy Land
Iran Affairs: Iranian Jews Come to Israel
Jewish Immigration to Israel Up in 2005

Father, Please continue bringing Your chosen people back to their homeland. And bless Jerusalem with peace. In Jesus' name, Amen.

Live camera at Wailing Wall in Jerusalem (They will even put a prayer on the Wall for you!)

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Prophecies & Headlines--Day 4


Prophecy:
Israel will be the center of attention in the last days. And more specifically, Jerusalem. And even more specifically, the Temple Mount. Isaiah 2:2

Headlines:
Israel: Iran: Israel a 'Cancer,' Holocaust 'A Big Lie'
Jerusalem: Qureia: War For Jerusalem Has Started
Temple Mount: Top Islamic Leader Arrested at Temple Mount Protests

The reason I started blogging about Prophecies & Headlines in the first place was because I suspect there are a lot of people like me. I was looking at the world through the lense of America. If you're like me, we've thought America was at the center of the world. The first time I realized we weren't was when I went on my first mission trip out of the country. I was astounded to realize the world wasn't holding it's breath to see what America was doing 24/7. Start listening to the news. You'll hear a lot about the Middle East and about Israel in particular.

Father, this morning I am praying for the peace of Jerusalem. In Jesus' name, Amen.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Prophecies & Headlines--Day 3


Prophecy:

A coalition of forces will be assembled to come against Israel in the War of Gog & Magog. Begin watching for these countries to join the coalition: Gog (Czar of Russia), Magog (Russia), Persia (Iran), Cush (Ethiopia and maybe Sudan & Eritrea), Put (Lybia and maybe Algeria & Tunesia), Gomer (Turkey or maybe Austria & Germany), Beth-Togarmah (Phyrgians, Turkey & Armenia), Sheba & Dedan (Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Oman & Kuwait). Of these forces, Russia will be the leader. These interpretations of the countries come from several Bible scholars. Ezekial 38:2-7, 13


Headlines:













Monday, March 2, 2009

Prophecies & Headlines--Day 2


Prophecy:
Israel will become a nation once again. (Ezekial 36:8, 38:8)
Headlines:

Father of Abraham, Isaac & Jacob, I pray you will continue to bless Israel and protect her from all of her enemies. I pray for peace for Jerusalem. And Father, I pray America will always be a friend to Israel. In Jesus' name, Amen.

"Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: 'May those who love you be secure.'" Psalm 122:6

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Prophecies & Headlines--Day 1

I have to confess: I've had my head in the sand. But God has gently and graciously been pulling it out. Honestly, I don't know where I've been! And maybe it's not been so much in the sand, but I've certainly been concerned with a small part of the world instead of looking at the global picture. But recently, one book after another, one DVD after another have been placed into my hands about Bible prophecy and the last days. And now I'm stirred up. I also realize when you bring up the last days, it can kill a conversation faster than anything. Why is that? God told us we'd be blessed if we were watching for Jesus' return. And how do we watch without understanding? What do we look for?
That's why I'm blogging Prophecies & Headlines. I'm not a prophecy expert. But there are some people I really trust who have studied and researched this subject extensively. So I decided to spend 31 days talking about what is going on in our world and how it's beginning to look like things are preparing for Christ's return. So...I'll share a prophecy and then a headline that goes along with that prophecy so you can see how things are shaping up in our world. I hope it excites you like it has me. I believe Jesus could come any day, so I don't know how much of this we'll get to see. But Jesus told us, "So also when you see these signs, all taken together, coming to pass, you may know of a surety that He is near, at the very doors." Matthew 24:33

Prophecy:
Revelation 18 says that in the last days, Babylon will become a very rich city, full of luxuries that the rest of the world will lust after. And in the end, when Babylon falls, merchants will weep and mourn.

Headlines:
"Babylon's Future Written in its Ruins"
"U.S. Backs Babylon Heritage Project"
For nearly two thousand years, the city of Babylon, located about sixty kilometers south of Baghdad, has been all but extinct. This has led to speculation that the Babylon described in the book of Revelation actually refers to New York or Washington or Rome or Moscow. How could it refer to an Iraqi city that doesn't exist? Except that now it does.


The main thing I've been overwhelmed with as I read about prophecy is how much God loves Israel. I hope you'll pray with me every day for the peace of Jerusalem. "Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: "May those who love you be secure." Psalm 122:6
Father, please bless Jerusalem with peace! Protect them and draw Jewish men and women to yourself. Reveal yourself as their Messiah. In Jesus' name, Amen.