Sunday, December 31, 2006

~Happy New Year~

May you all celebrate this new beginning with
joy and thanksgiving to our Lord and Saviour.
May He continue to richly bless you and yours
and fill your hearts and homes with His presence,
love, grace, mercy and abundance.
"Happy New Year!"

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Saturday, December 30, 2006

~Something to Think About~

Nothing is beneath you

if it is in the direction of your life.

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson


Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Reflections of Childhood

Today, my dh and I found out that our 38th President has passed away. My dh's reaction was very somber. He said "they are dropping like flies." He was meaning many of the people we had grown to love and whom were anchors of our childhood were now dying. I told him that it was not unusual since it was their time but he thought differently. You see, it reminds us just how old we are getting when the people who were in their prime when we were children are now elderly citizens. It also means the close of an era too. Sometime ago, I had reconcile this issue within myself, therefore today's news was not a shock but a loving reminder of my past.

I remember clearly the day President Gerald R Ford took office. I remember where I was, I remember my teacher's name and the joy of being a kid. I vividly remember the election, because my maiden name is Ford and one of my classmates was Carter. Therefore, there was a mock election created within our classroom. Though the event was not very pleasant, the children were very mean especially when I (or should I say President Ford) loss. However, there was something special that came of that day ~ Carter and I became friends. Just as my hero did, I took my defeat gracefully and went home with a new friend. ;D

From that day to even now, I admire President Ford because he was willing to stand for what he believed. He didn't care what people thought of him and he remained true to his beliefs. My mind's eye has pictures of a smiling man who loved what he did and the people he did it for. His wife's, Betty, words sums up best what I feel in my heart, "His life was filled with love of God, his family and his country." Yes, it was, I saw it and felt it. Thank you, President Ford. Your life and work shall be remembered and cherished.

May the Lord continually bless his family and surround them with His peace as they walk a new path without their beloved husband, father, grandfather and friend.

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Tuesday, December 26, 2006

~ Wayward Woman ~

“If any of you lack wisdom, let her (him) ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given her (him). But let her (him) ask in faith, nothing wavering: for she (he) that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that woman (man) think that she (he) shall receive any thing of the Lord. A double-minded (woman) man is unstable in all his ways.” James 1:5-8

Well, I have found the source of my problem. It is myself. Surprise, surprise ~ I should have known it all along however, I bought the lie, hook line and sinker. Now what do you do to fix it. I am not sure but I now see that I’ve been very double-minded ~ asking God to release me from my job yet still working because I feel guilty about not having enough money to take care of our expenses. I say I trust Him, that I know He will provide, yet I’ve not let go of the job. Now how can He help me if I won’t listen?! How can He show me the way to go if I won’t stand still long enough to get direction. I have been wavering, going back and forth, making myself and my family miserable. I am tired, depressed and very angry. My body is in total rebellion. I need to exercise, I need a long nap, I need to relax and I can’t seem to do it. The pain in my back is now moving up and down my body causing other parts to ache. Ooch!, but I still haven’t quit my job. My holiday job is coming to a close and I’ve truly enjoyed that job but I don’t think I’m suppose to continue working there either. What am I thinking? One minute I long to be at home and the next, I want to work and enjoy the fun of it. Am I insane, going crazy or just trying to have my cake and eat it too?! This insanity must end and I know just what I need to do.

Lord, I humbly come before you asking for wisdom, which you give liberally to those who ask. Lord, I want to be released from this double-life, from the desire to do too much and to be more than I can. I desire to live simply, lovingly, using my gifts for your glory without pain or stress on my mind, body and family. Lord, I thank you for your divine intervention today. For I know it was by your Spirit I came to this knowledge of my double-mindedness. I yield to your will and I ask for forgiveness. I will follow wherever you lead and I will do as you desire so that I may have the desires of my heart. In Jesus’ name, I pray Amen. Thank you, Lord.

I will begin anew today. I will not make plans for tomorrow until I hear from my Lord. Are you willing to let go and let God too? Are you willing to admit that you’ve been trying to do it all and asking Him to honor it afterwards? Guilty ~ today, lets both pray the above prayer, asking for forgiveness and direction to correct our way. May the Lord richly bless you and direct your path in the way He has chosen for you to go.

~ Be Blessed ~

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Monday, December 25, 2006

~ In Honor of My Lord ~

The First Noel, the Angels did say
Was to certain poor shepherds in fields as they lay
In fields where they lay keeping their sheep
On a cold winter's night that was so deep.
Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel
Born is the King of Israel!

"Merry Christmas"
May your day be filled with joy and thanksgiving
as you celebrate the birth, life, death
and resurrection of our Lord and Savior,
Jesus Christ.

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Friday, December 22, 2006

~ Christmas Symbols ~

I stumbled across a post today at Keeping the Home and thought it would be wonderful to share here. It was such a beautiful reminder of what the symbols, that are near and dear to my heart, truly mean in the light of the Lord's love for us.


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Wednesday, December 20, 2006

~ Comfort Cafe' ~

Yesterday, I found a new site over at my friend Victoria's blog, that has given me lots to ponder, some words of encouragement and so much more.

I want to introduce my blogging friends to Comfort Cafe'. "Our mission is to bring hope, help, and healing to women facing difficult life circumstances.”
Stop by and browse the various resources, read the wonderful articles and visit the store, all specifically designed for women. Join the
forum and bring your friends. Looking forward to seeing you there.


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Fall Reading Challenge 06 ~ Update

The challenge is almost over ~ tomorrow to be exact. I'm not even finished but thats okay. I've manage to read most of my list and there are only 3 books left. Maybe I'll get to finish them this weekend but no promises since I'd like to start on my classics reading while I crochet. I'll post reviews of the books after Christmas, for those who are interested in knowing what I thought of the books I finished.

Have a great day!

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Tuesday, December 19, 2006

"In Other Words"

"Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind.
To cherish peace and goodwill,
to be plenteous in mercy,
is to have the real spirit of Christmas."
~ Calvin Coolidge ~
Former President of the United States

Very interesting quote, don't think I had really thought much about this before. I've always said "Jesus is the reason for the season." You know, Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays ~ which I must say at work (another post in itself). But when you stop to ponder what Coolidge is saying, it makes you wonder what really has happened. There is much to be said about what he wrote here, alot to comtemplate because he hits a strong point most of us are not willing to face. Lets take a full look at what he is saying.

Christmas is not a time or season, but a state of mind.

In our modern world, Christmas has rapidly developed into a time of year and a season. You hear people say its the christmas season or its christmas time again. They are all referring to the point after Thanksgiving. Well some, the retailers are pushing it after Halloween trying to promote sales and get people into the "holiday mood." However, if you are a Christian, then it really isn't a time or season, but a state of mind that lives in your heart. Christmas is about the birth of our savior, the gift of love from our Heavenly Father, and the message of hope, peace and goodwill to all. This leads us into the next part of his quote:

to cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy,
is to have the real spirit of Christmas.

Oh, what a wonderful thought, that as I walk in the fulness of the grace that the Lord was born for me to have, I am living the spirit of Christmas which is the very Spirit of the Lord himself. Remember He came that we might have life and life more abundantly, but it wasn't for us to keep to ourselves. We were to share it with those around us. We are to be the light in a very dark world declaring peace, goodwill and mercy to all. Leading them to the source of hope that was born to set them free. Remember what He said in Luke 4:18,19:

The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
because he has anointed me to preach
the gospel to the poor;
he has sent me to heal the brokenhearted,
to preach deliverance to the captives,
and recovering of sight to the blind,
to set at liberty them that are bruised,
to preach the acceptable year of the Lord.

The real spirit of Christmas is about sharing the love, liberty, hope, and message of God, every minute of every day. Won't you join me in committing ourselves to do this.

Lets pray:

Lord, thank you for the reminder of what we are suppose to do as Christians. Thank you for your loving kindness and longsuffering as we sort out what Christmas really means and how to share that in our world. Thank you for equipping us, demonstrating for us and shining through us as we daily walk in the Spirit of the Lord. I commit my life to be a witness, a testimony and a vessel for your use to fulfill the great commandment to love the Lord with all my heart, mind and soul; and to love my neighbor ~ sister, mother, brother, husband, children and the world ~ as myself. May You be glorified by my actions, words and life. In Jesus name, Amen.

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Wednesday, December 13, 2006

~ Wordless Wednesday ~

Poochie's two favorite things
"rawhide & naptime"

Join in the fun ~ get the code here.

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Monday, December 11, 2006

Upgraded ~ finally ;D

I got to upgrade my blog today to the new beta version of blogger. Yeah! I'll be working on it for the next day or two, making changes here and there. So far, it seems to run smoother and I can't wait to try out the new template features. Need to fix some of my links and codes but thats okay.

Gotta run now, need to finish making homemade sauce and working on my sites. Talk w/you soon. Have a great night.

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Wednesday, December 06, 2006

~ Wordless Wednesday ~

King Neptune ~ Va Beach, Va

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Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Here I Stand Knocking

"One response was given by the innkeeper when Mary and Joseph wanted to find a room where the Child could be born. The innkeeper was not hostile; he was not opposed to them, but his inn was crowded; his hands were full; his mind was preoccupied. This is the answer that millions are giving today. Like a Bethlehem innkeeper, they cannot find room for Christ. All the accommodations in their hearts are already taken up by other crowding interests. Their response is not atheism. It is not defiance. It is preoccupation and the feeling of being able to get on reasonably well without Christianity."

This is so true of us today even those of us who have accepted Jesus as our Lord. We still are pre-occupied with the things of the world and we sometimes, more often than we care to admit, miss God. I remember as a child being told that Jesus stands at the door of your heart knocking, will you let Him in? As I reflect on the fact that this quote has so much meaning and so many different things you could talk about, I still can hear in my heart one defining truth for us all.

What is the condition of your heart? Are you allowing Jesus in to do what He promised? Or are you trying to still be the Lord of your life though you have accepted Him as your Saviour?

Oh, I am not pointing fingers, don't misunderstand me. I am speaking to myself more than to any of you. I am that innkeeper ~ working, cleaning, thinking, tired and too pre-occupied to spend just 15 mins, let alone 1 hr at the feet of the Master. I have too much Martha and not enough Mary going on.

This is the time of year we all say "Jesus is the reason for the season," but it seems hollow this year. Its as if we have missed Him and His reason all year long and now we are trying to cram it into one day at the end of the year. I don't know about you but I really need to start cutting away things that keep me so busy that I miss a visit from the Lord. I need to be diligent and consistent to take time to wait for His arrival and then just be when He shows up. I need to stop being so concerned about this and that, and start focusing on who I am in Christ and how to become more like Him every minute of my day.

So, I challenge you and myself ~ will we stop being so busy and take the time to stop, open the door and let the King of Glory come in and dwell among us? Lets start today and make it an everyday occurance so when He sends someone along our path that needs to meet Him, we can invite them in too.

~ Be Blessed ~

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*Reader Fun*

What Kind of Reader Are You?
Your Result: Obsessive-Compulsive Bookworm

You're probably in the final stages of a Ph.D. or otherwise finding a way to make your living out of reading. You are one of the literati. Other people's grammatical mistakes make you insane.

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Book Snob
Fad Reader
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Saturday, December 02, 2006

Attitude Check

"For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.
But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak,
they will give account of it in the day of judgment. For by
your words you will be justified, and by your words you
will be condemned."
~ Matt 12:34b, 36-37

Friday, December 01, 2006

My Mother's Mantra

Choose your battles wisely ~ give patience
where patience is due, and continually ask
God for wisdom in discipline.

This has been my stance for quite sometime. However, it has been tested more in the last year than any other time I've known. I am so grateful that the Lord does this with me, therefore I have a wonderful example of how to do this.

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Snow ~ yes lots of it too

Here are more pics on our lovely snowfall. I'll post the pics from the front of the house later.
Please be praying for the families in Ok who have experienced losses during this storm. Btw, we even broke a record for snow accumulation ~ we got 10.4 inches.

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