As a Christian I say I have given my all to Christ, but have I really?

Christ doesn’t want 99.999 (hate to say 63.9) percent of my life. Without giving him everyting of my self I am unable to have everthing of Him.  I haven’t handed over fully the ropes of my life.  Everday I struggle with letting the Lord take complete control over me and my thoughts.

I have to be willing as sooon as my alarm goes off in the mornings to wake up handing the control of the day ovver to God. 

C.S. Lewis said, “All your wishes and hopes fro the day rush at you like wild animals.” Without letting God take contraol of the day as soon as I wake I am leading myself into a poth of destruction for the day. Without handing evertything over to him at that very moment I am setting myself up for a battle between Christ and myself for the rest of the day.

Luke 14:25-33 speaks of “counting the cost.”  Being a Christian there is a cost, even if oes doens’t want to admit it.  As a Christian I struggle giving up instant gratification. There are times that I have to stop and step back for a a moment. Are the things I just for me and me alone? Am I seeking pleasure for just the moment and not consideirng how it will effect me and others in the long run?

What are you struggling with today?

Elmer’s Glue is the all-time best selling glue in America.

9780633096670_l

Elmer’s has been around since 1960 and if you wherever a child I know you had a bottle (or stick) at some point in your life. 

I had a friend tell me the other day how you can use Elmer’s Glue as Biore Strips to clean out your pours.  A small bottle of Elmer’s cost less than $1, which is allot cheaper than $6 for 12 Biore Strips. I think I might have to try it. This must be fairly popular. There are several videos on YouTube and even found this disclaimer on a webpage.

Elmer’s Glue disclaimer: When using Elmer’s Glue as a beauty treatment, one should make sure they are not allergic to the product. While I don’t know the statistics of “Elmer’s Glue allergy,” there is a chance that someone, somewhere, is allergic to the stuff. Also, I would like to add that when applying glue to your face, it is not advisable to apply glue anywhere near the eyes to prevent the possibly hazardous “Glued Eye Syndrome.” Likewise for the mouth area.

What are some things you do with Elmer’s Glue besides using it for it real purpose?

  

 

 

“But the Lord is in his holy Temple. Let all the earth be silent before him.” Habakkuk 2:20

Today during Backseat Jesus  Pastor Pete spoke about “Whatever we immerse our minds in is what our minds will be full of.”  Day to Day we are feeled with the noise of this world and wonder why we don’t hear God speaking.

What is God saying to Me?

Is God really even saying anything at all?

If so, why can’t I hear him?

It is time for me to move My God that I gave my life to over 18years ago out of the child’s booster seat in the backseat of my car called life up to the front drives seat. Time for me to allow God to have full control of my life and to lead me wherever he wants me to go.  I might even let God drive without his seatbelt on. 😉

I get so wrapped up in the day to day life that I don’t spend time with what should be the most important part of my life.  Yes, I said should be, and I say that with shame. I’ve always heard that we give our time to what matters most to us, and I fully believe that.  I shamefully admit I don’t spend as much quality time with God as I should. I put him on the back burn so many time and then wonder where He is.  It is times for me to put God in front of me.  No longer behind me or beside me, but in front of me.

At the beginning of the year I told myself that I wouldn’t spend time with my friends until I first spent time with my best friend that day.  I wouldn’t hangout with them until I had spent quality time with God.  I come here today and admit I have failed. I have not spent that quality time with him and I miss it.

Starting today I’m holding myself to this once again. God is important in my life and I long to have a deep and intimate relationship with him. I long to hear is voice throughout the day.

Currently my ears are like most of these people in this video during rush hour while the greatest musician, Joshua Bell, is give D.C. Metro stop a free concert.

I want to be the lady at the end of the video. At the end of my life I want to be able to walk up to Jesus and thank him. Thank him for the wonderful concert he has given me here on earth.

So I have a few questions for you…

While watching the video did you watch it completely without doing anything else and did you catch what the lady said at the end? It is okay if you didn’t.  I lots of time doing alot of different things while I’m flipping through all of your blogs. 🙂

What is your time with God like?

What have you found that helps you find that time?

I just arrived back from a short trip to Kentucky. This was the first trip back to my home town since the ice storm in January.  Family survived it all and is doing much better.

When I got off the interstate I just started crying. The town that I was raised in looked like a war zone. No one could have ever prepared me for what I saw. It has been over a month and a half and to me it looked no one had done anything.

Here are some pictures I captured today before I left.

100_0996

100_09971

100_09983

 

All of this makes great firewood for fire pits.

Jes has a created a great little fire pit for all her friends to gather around and enjoy on Friday and Saturday nights.

firepit

So I decided to do what any good friend would do…load my trunk up with free firewood.

100_1004

This should last us awhile.

What are something you are looking forward to with warm weather knocking at the door?

What better way to start the week of by learning a little fact about your office desk…

The average office desk has 400 times more bacteria than a toilet.

Well, I know what I’m doing first thing this morning when I get to the office.

wetones20anti

Happy Monday!!! 🙂

Last week I began seeing March Flowers (a.k.a. daffodils) start popping up around town.  I have always loved them, maybe just because that is the first sign of spring and after a few months of dead winter I’m ready for spring to bloom. 

Here in Nashville, we had a nice snow fall on the first day of March.  Watching the snowflakes fall I was reminded of my grandmother saying she never saw a March Flower without a snowflake.  After listening to my grandmother tell me this so many times as a child, I still wait patiently after seeing the first March Flower for a flurry or two.

GrandGrand reminded me today that it isn’t quite spring yet. 

I love you and miss you.

daffodils

A few months ago, my cousin entered her husband, Kermit, in Redbook’s “Hottest Husbands” contest. 
Last week they received a call saying he made the finals!  It’s been narrowed down to the top 25 and they are selecting the winner from online votes. Please go here and vote for Kermit A.

kermit1-sm1

Here is the artical:

35 years old

Nashville, TN

CEO of PowerCard, a restaurant marketing company

Married 2 years

The business trip that bought Kermit to Nashville four years ago quickly turned into one for pleasure when he met his future wife, Lindsay. “Kermit happened to visit his uncle’s lake house when he was in town,” remembers Lindsay, 28. “My friends have a boat on the same lake, and we actually tied our boats together and started talking.” The two exchanged business cards and discussed their life and career goals: “That first conversation really stuck out to me. I sensed Kermit’s ambition and could tell that he was really grounded for his age. I found that really sexy.” But Lindsay learned that this businessman also had a soft side. “Kermit has a beautiful heart, and he treats everyone with respect,” she says. “He always opens the door for me, he takes care of his aging mother, and he’s even taken my parents on vacation.” Perhaps his most romantic gesture was throwing her a surprise wedding. “Planning for the big day really stressed me out,” Lindsay says. “One weekend, Kermit suggested we go to Florida. When we woke up in the hotel the next morning, my wedding dress was laid out on the bed, and we were married that day on the beach. It was just the two of us, and I’ll never forget walking in the sand and seeing Kermit standing barefoot in his suit. It was perfect.” He’s been her dream man ever since. “I’m his missing component, and he is mine,” Lindsay says. “I’m spastic, and he’s calm. I’m rash, and he thinks through decisions. We fit together like a puzzle.”

Please go vote for Kermit if your husband didn’t make the list this time. Maybe next year! 🙂

Since I’ve been going to CrossPoint I have been involved in several small groups and last fall I began leading.  The Devil really discouraged me and I had made up my mind that I would take a break this winter from teaching.  But God kept telling me I really need to lead a group this time around. Finally, I said I wasn’t going to let my discouragement let me down and I would lead again this winter. 

I have to say God knew what He was doing to have me open my home up to some amazing women of CrossPoint.  Yesterday, God reminded me through Blake how

important community is.  He preached on the second part of our mission statement, Irrevocably Committed to One Another.  In the past when I needed support I always knew I could count on my community group/women’s Bible study class/Sunday School to be by my side.

After the message God laid on my heart to call a lady that signed up for my small group but hasn’t been able to make it out. She is 9 months pregnant and having her first child as a single mother. I finally slowed down last night around 8 I gave her a call to see how she was doing.  When she answered she said she was so happy that I called.  She had been having contractions all day and hadn’t got out of bed.  We talked for awhile, and I tried to giver her encouragement from one woman that has never been through this to one that is scared to death.  She promised that she would keep me posted, so now I wait by my phone to hear that she is either on her way to deliver or is a mother to a beautiful baby girl.  We joked that we might have to move our small group to the maternity ward tomorrow night.

I have already seen through this group in just the past 3 weeks the following…

 

 

 

“Carry each other’s burdens…” Galatians 6:2

  • “Encourage one another and build each other up…” Thessalonians 5:11
  • “Be[ing] completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.  Be kind and compassionate to one another – forgiving each other…” Ephesians 4:2,32

I believe this is true community. God has done some amazing things in this group.  I can’t wait to see what He has in store for the next 6 weeks of our study and beyond.

How have community groups/small Bible studies affected or changed your life?

Well, it looks like there will be little chance that Nashville will be hit with a big snow storm for 2008-2009 winter but I thought I would let you in on a little fact about snow. 

An inch of rain was is equivalent to 15 inches of dry, powdery snow.

Wow…I guess I just need to be thankful that I live down South and all the precipitation that we receive fall as rain not snow.  Sorry all you northern folks.

What do you like the 15 inches of snow or the 1 inch of rain?

I’m setting here with my make up all done ready to go out for the night and catching up on reading blogs.  I just came a cross a blog I read often from a wonderful woman and great Christian mother that I can only hope to be half as great one day. 

I got to this entry and now my makeup is going to have to be redone but it is well worth it.

Back in 2003 God called me into Children’s/Family Ministry and throughout the years I have either taught Sunday School or a Children’s Minister.  I currently teach 3-5 year old at Cross Point.  I love seeing these kids every Sunday but I have to admit at times I wonder if they really gather what I’m teaching or they just enjoy spending time playing with their classmates.  Lately, I have been contemplating on taking a break for awhile but after reading this blog I have gotten a new boost of energy to teach until this guy gives his teachers a summer to recharge.

I love teaching and I stress to my class that; God loves them, He will always  protect them, and that He is with them everywhere they go.

Quote from this woman’s blog…

“Wait Mommy, we have REALLY got to get brave about this”……[Mommy]asked, “but how do we get brave?”…. “God, (mommy), God is with us everywhere!”

I love this!  This is beautiful. My kids are getting what I’m teaching.  I can’t wait to see and hear what God has plan for every child I have had the opportunity to minister to. 

Now I’m off to write Thank You notes to some great teachers I have had in my past.