Sunday, July 29, 2007
Saturday, July 28, 2007
VBS has also wrapped up. I had a total of 17-19 kids per night and I didn't have an assistant the last 2 nights so I was pretty overwhelmed. I had the biggest class out of them all. But I must have done something right because 5 little girls decided that they wanted Jesus to come into their hearts and get baptized. I was so teary-eyed!! I've never experienced that before. I am very proud of the entire class because they did pay attention and for that many 1st and 2nd graders in one room and only one teacher, they impressed me.
I am off to crop today!! Yippee!!!! Tomorrow I will finish up all the loose ends of packing up for the Youth Caswell trip. We leave bright and early Monday morning. I need lots of prayers!! I can handle preK aged kids, but teens are a different ball game. Well, I am off to crop!!
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
What if GOD couldn't take the time to bless us today because we couldn't take the time to thank Him yesterday?
What if GOD decided to stop leading us tomorrow because we didn't follow Him today?
What if we never saw another flower bloom because we grumbled when GOD sent the Rain?
What if GOD took away the Bible tomorrow because we would not read it today?
What if GOD took away His message because we failed to listen to the messenger?
What if GOD didn't send His only begotten Son because He wanted us to be prepared to pay the price for sin.
What if the door of the church was closed because we did not open the door of our heart?
What if GOD stopped loving and caring for us because we failed to love and care for others?
What if GOD would not hear us today because we would not listen to Him?
What if GOD answered our prayers the way we answer His call to service?
What if GOD met our needs the way we give Him our lives?
Monday, July 16, 2007
I miss you so much my four-legged friend, I ask myself each day if the pain will ever end.
Your loss is so hard for one person to bear
Because we were a team; an inseparable pair.
You were by my side when I got up each day
Waiting so patiently to go out and play.
You were there each night when I got home
Waiting to go to on our walk, so we could roam.
So you'd snuggle up close and try to get me to play.
If that didn't work you'd put your head in my lap
Like only you could; you had a special way.
You gave me a lifetime of memories to hold,
Through all the years ahead, till I'm gray and old.
Because you and I know we're an inseparable pair.
Friday, July 13, 2007
Thursday, July 12, 2007
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
I guess after the events that transpired here last night with the storm and my butt getting tossed to the ground by it all, I have had Roxy on my mind more than usual. I think of her each and every day, but now I really feel her fear. It started storming again last night around nine or so and the power went out. The lightning was so strong coming through the windows that I jumped immediately every time it flashed......not because I felt scared, but because it seemed to happen. And the thunder was enormous......poor Roxy was terrified of the thunder and every time it starts to rain or I hear there may be thunderstorms, I go to her grave and assure her that everything is okay and there is nothing to be afraid of anymore. And I that I will be thinking of her the entire time it storms. It's hard not too.........I probably need to be locked up in a straight jacket for all the grieving I do over her. And it's not even been 9 months yet. What a horrible feeling it is not to have her here with me. Even with Mia, Meadow and the Pugsinator, they cannot compare to Roxy. I had been searching for a headstone for her since her passing and I just couldn't find the look I wanted. So, the other day, I made her one myself. It's nothing fancy, but it has the love in it that I had for her and I just felt like she was right there with me while I was doing all the work on the side of the garage. She was always at my side when I worked outside. She still is too. No matter what anyone says. Anyhow, here is a picture of her stone. I just photographed it today so the storm got it a bit dirty last night. Sad thing is, looks like it may start to rain again here shortly. Just don't send the lightning Lord! My right arm is so tight today........I've rubbed it with BioFreeze but it's pretty tight and sore. Oh well, could have been worse I guess.......
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
Monday, July 9, 2007
"Okay sis, here's the plan.....we'll just lay here and wait for her to come out."
"Great idea Pugs! I'll distract her by dancing around while you get her from behind!"
By Melissa Taylor
“I love you Lord; you are my strength.” Psalm 18:1 (NLT)
I just finished reading an article telling me that once you hit the age of 40, you start to lose muscle. Well, recently I hit 40, so this piqued my interest. After further reading, this same article stated, “Muscle loss slows down our metabolic rate, makes it harder for us to control our weight, weakens our bones, and leaves us more susceptible to diabetes” (“Saving Muscle”, Nutrition Action Newsletter, April, 2007).
Wow, I thought. The same is true of our spiritual muscles. With the exception of the age-40 part, the same thing happens to us when we don’t exercise our spiritual muscles. You know what spiritual muscles are, don’t you?
Our spiritual muscles are our heart and mind. In order to keep our heart and mind spiritually fit, we must exercise them by reading God’s Word, praying, and keeping a godly perspective in everyday life. If we stop doing these things, our spirit grows weak because we don’t have the fuel we need to handle life free of fear, worry, insecurity, and uncertainty. I’ve learned the hard way that when I don’t exercise my spiritual muscles daily, these weaknesses creep back into my life and I forget the awesome power I once had.
As I continued to read on in this article about saving our muscles, there was some good news. It said that even if we haven’t exercised in years, our bodies will give us a second chance. “Just two months of strength-building exercises can reverse two decades of a typical person’s muscle loss.” That’s encouraging!
Guess what ladies? There is even better news for our spiritual muscles. If you make a decision to spend time filling yourself with God’s Word, drawing strength from Him, pursuing an ongoing and personal relationship with Him, you can reverse a lifetime of hopelessness, weakness, fear, or any other kind of bondage. Our spiritual muscles can be built or rebuilt. It begins as soon as your first workout!
So, if you find that busyness, work, family, or just life in general has kept you from your spiritual workout, decide to make a change today. It’s never too late! God is all about second chances. Plus, when you tackle life with strong spiritual muscles, the rest just seems to fall into place.
Sunday, July 8, 2007
Saturday, July 7, 2007
Thursday, July 5, 2007
Eric and the kids let off some fireworks last night and I stayed inside with the dogs to see how they would react. Roxy was always terrified of them, I guess it went along with her fear of thunder. I thought of her a great deal last night. Basically, I had a melt down because I missed her so much. But Pugs and Meadow watched out the bedroom window and they barked at them at first but they didn't seem to bother them at all. How strange that some dogs fear loud noises and others it doesn't phase them. Mia of course, was under the bed hiding. haha
Today, I plan on trying to finish cleaning up the bathroom area and reorganizing it after painting it last week. I need to scrap some birthday cards for some friends and do some other things. Eric's nephews are coming to see us on Saturday. They are in from Alaska and Nicole's parents also live in NC so that is a big treat for us.
Continue to pray for Cindy's mom, Gertrude. They now need 24/7 supervision for her at the hospital b/c she is pulling her IV's and such out and they can't leave her alone for a second. She doesn't understand why she is even there b/c she feels no pain. I know Cindy and Ken are wore out so there are a few of us planning on taking shifts to help them out. Maybe I can do some scrappin' then!!!