Sunday, May 31, 2009

This Describes It!


This describes my childhood, only my dad was the pastor - get a grip on that!

This film echoes the words of James 3 - "...from the same mouth comes blessing and cursing, brethren, this ought not to be so." I say "amen" to that!

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Black Church - on fire!


Ever been to one of those all black churches? Here's one. Preach it brother! Now this is the kind of church I wish Obama had gone to for twenty years!

Friday, May 29, 2009

God is speaking to me...

and you're probably saying, "yeh, right!"

No, I think so, anyway.

He is telling me to be still and hear His voice. He is telling me to draw away from so much concern with the internet and spending more time in The Word and then maybe doing other things - things that He wants me to do with my time.

We'll see how this pans out.

P.S. God is telling me that I use the internet as a kind of opiate. I'm maybe a little too dependent on it. Can you relate?

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Susan Boyle - Again

I posted stuff about her on my Wordpress blog, and here is yet another post. She is wowing the judges on Britain's Got Talent again with her amazing singing. She gives hope to the ordinary person, because she is so unglamorous. Video is here.

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem....

Psalm 122: 6-9

"May they prosper who love you.
7"May peace be within your walls,
And prosperity within your palaces."
8For the sake of my brothers and my friends,
I will now say, "May peace be within you."
9For the sake of the house of the LORD our God,
I will seek your good.

A Little Kindness

I came into the coffee shop today, and found out someone had paid for my cappuccino yesterday. I remember it was a lady who I did a simple act of kindness to. She must have reciprocated by going and paying in advance for my cappuccino today. Wow - a little kindness goes a long way!

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

The Physical Death Of Jesus

From the Mayo Clinic. This comes from my cousin, the doctor.

Monday, May 25, 2009

God's Young Soldiers


I'm posting this for the second time: Strong Tower by Kutless. To me, they are warriors, and their guitars are their guns.

They fight a spiritual battle in the kingdom of the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Undignified


Dance!

I see they're making a distinction between young and old here. Hmmmm......there are those folks left over from the 60's who danced their hearts out.

Only about 10 years ago, I was dancing my heart out to worship music. Then I had my accident and lost a joint from my foot. Even after that I danced my heart out one night at a club, just to show the devil that I can still dance. Then I sort of gravitated away from dancing, due to my foot.

Sad.

This inspires me to dance again.

Happy Memorial Day!

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Jim Carrey - plays the liberal environmentalist


This kind of goes along with the post about the Grand Canyon film at the Science Museum.

Jim Carrey as a female bodybuilder


Feeling in the mood for some of Jim Carrey's antics!

Grand Canyon Whitewater Rafting


I posted this over at my Wordpress blog, but I'm posting it again just because I wanted to tell about a recent visit to the Science Museum in St. Paul.

Their Omni Theater, you know the 3D theater, was doing a special on the Grand Canyon featuring scenes of whitewater rafting. I thought this would be so much fun, and the scenes would be beautiful. Well, it was all this...and more. More that I didn't need.

My first clue should have been the narration by Robert Redford. He kept harping on the state of the Colorado river - all the things that don't grow there anymore, all the things that you can't find in the river anymore, how we're doomed!!!!

Then, of course, he talked about how great the Indians were.

At the end of the film, after they tainted the beauty of watching the scenes of the Grand Canyon, they gave you a "talk" on how you can change your habits and change your showerhead and things like that, to save water.

Oh brother.

Liberals! They can't stop harping on their religion, which is the environment!

You can't just go see a film about the beauty of the Grand Canyon and have fun riding along with a whitewater rafting crew without a lecture on the environment throughout the whole thing!

Oh Lord!

Don't they know that God created the earth in six days, and He can heal the earth overnight if we just put our faith in Him?

Friday, May 22, 2009

Israel Kamakawiwo'Ole 'IZ' 'Somewhere Over The Rainbow"

Israel was a huge man. He died prematurely because of heart failure (at 38) - a tragedy. Before that he delighted thousands, millions with his singing. This song has been featured on several films including "Finding Forrester." His song is so delightful I had to post it. His voice just touches me. It is sad because he died, but it is still so delightful!

He died in 1997. He would have been 50 years old this year, only a couple of days ago.

He is a reminder that God cares about weight as another thing He wants to heal.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Natalya Cardneyevna

Natalya was my High School Russian teacher. She was Russian, but I realized in retrospect that she was actually a Jew. That was the only explanation for why her family was always "on the run."

She told me about life in oppressive Communist Russia - about the KGB, about the lack of freedom. She described a visit back there to visit relatives and how she was being watched and someone was taking pictures of her.

She said that her family went from Russia to Germany and then fled Germany during WWII.

She was full of life and passion. She fueled a love for the Russian language. She started a Russian club, and a dance troupe. I joined the club and the dance troupe and created a costume - a long skirt that created a large flounce for twirling around.

We were in a State championship in my Junior year and we won first place. We had guys from the gymnastics team doing the break-dance type moves that are common to the traditional Russian dance for men.

Natalya would have us over to her apartment for snacks and conversation in Russian.

She left by my Senior year and it took away my interest in Russian. There was this man who replaced her - just a stolid, methodical guy teaching language in a traditional way. It made Russian so boring. Needless to say, I ended up only taking a year of Russian.

Natalya once made the observation that I was talented at everything, and would probably be a master of nothing. She was so right! That is what has happened!

I adored her! She left a lasting impression.

She was right about my lack of inspiration for developing my talents. But I didn't know that I would learn that my greatest desire would be to see God's power manifest in my life, and that my talents almost get in the way. My not being a master of anything has opened the way for The Master to form something else for His glory.


The inspiration for this post came from a post by Sherri.

1 Corinthians 13 for Mums




I can read bedtime stories till the cow jumps over the moon and sing 'Ten
little monkeys' until I want to call the doctor...but if I don't have love,
I'm as annoying as a ringing phone.

I can chase a naked toddler through the house while cooking dinner and
listening to voice mail. I can fix the best cookies and Kool-Aid in the
neighbourhood and I can tell a sick child's temperature with one touch of my
finger....but if I don't have love, I am nothing.

Love is patient while watching and praying by the front window when it's 30
minutes past curfew.

Love is kind when my teen says, "I hate you!"

Love does not envy the neighbours' swimming pool or their brand-new mini
van, but trusts the Lord to provide every need.

Love does not brag when other parents share their disappointments and
insecurities, and love rejoices when other families succeed.

Love doesn't boast, even when I've multi-tasked all day long and my husband
can't do more than one thing at a time.

Love is not rude when my spouse innocently asks, "What have you done today?"

Love does not immediately seek after glory when we see talent in our
children, but encourages them to get training and make wise choices.

Love is not easily angered, even when my 15 year-old acts like the world
revolves around her.

Love does not delight in evil (is not self-righteous) when I remind my 17
year-old that he's going 83 in a 55kph zone, but rejoices in the truth.

Love does not give up hope.

Love always protects our children's self-esteem and spirit, even while
doling out discipline.

Love always trusts God to protect our children when we cannot.

Love always perseveres, through blue nail polish, burps and other bodily
functions
, rolled eyes and crossed arms, messy rooms and sleepovers.

Love never fails.

But where there are memories of thousands of diaper changes and painful
labour, they will fade away.

Where there is talking back, it will (eventually) cease.

Where there is a teenager who thinks she knows everything, there will one
day be an adult who knows you did your best.

For we know we fail our children, and we pray they don't end up in therapy,
but when we get to heaven, our imperfect parenting will disappear.
(Thank you,God!)

When we were children, we needed a parent to love and protect us.

Now that we're parents ourselves, we have a heavenly Father who adores,
shelters us and holds us when we need to cry.

And now these three remain: faith, hope, and love.
But the greatest of these *is* love!!

- Author Unknown.

Into The West - from Lord Of The Rings


This song makes me cry because to me it is singing about the dying West - the West we are losing.


The movie and story Lord of the Rings was a beautiful illustration of the spiritual state of the West, and a prophetic message.

Lay down,
your sweet and weary head.
Night is falling.
You have come to journey’s end.

Sleep now, and dream
of the ones who came before.
They are calling,
from across a distant shore.

Why do you weep?
What are these tears upon your face?
Soon you will see.
All of your fears will pass away.
Safe in my arms,
you’re only sleeping.

What can you see,
on the horizon?
Why do the white gulls call?
Across the sea,
a pale moon rises.
The ships have come,
to carry you home.

And all will turn,
to silver glass.
A light on the water.
All souls pass.

Hope fades,
Into the world of night.
Through shadows falling,
Out of memory and time.

Don’t say,
We have come now to the end.
White shores are calling.
You and I will meet again.
And you’ll be here in my arms,
Just sleeping.

What can you see,
on the horizon?
Why do the white gulls call?
Across the sea,
a pale moon rises.
The ships have come,
to carry you home.

And all will turn,
to silver glass.
A light on the water.
Grey ships pass
Into the West.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

The (Scientific) Death of Jesus

THE (SCIENTIFIC) DEATH OF JESUS

At the age of 33, Jesus was condemned to death penalty.
That was then the "worst" death. Only the worst criminals could die like Jesus. And with Jesus things were worst, because not all the criminals condemned to death could receive nails on their hands and feet.



Of course, nails... Big nails! Each was 15 to 20 cm long, with a point of 6 cm. Another point was sharp.

The nails were craved into the pulses, and not into the palms, as we are used to hear.. In the pulse, there's a tendon which extends till the shoulder, and when the nails were being hammered, that tendon broke, obliging Jesus to reinforce all the muscles of his back, so that he could breath as He was losing all the air from his lungs.

In this way, He was forced to support Himself onto the nail craved in his feet, which was bigger than those craved into his pulses, for both feet were craved together. And, as his feet could not endure for long time without tearing, Jesus was forced to alternate that "cycle" so that He could breath.

Jesus endured that reality over 3 hours.

Yes, over 3 hours! Long time, isn't it? Few minutes before He died, Jesus was not bleeding anymore.

He was simply pouring water from his cuts and holes.


When we imagine Him injured, we only picture Him with injuries, but it is not enough; His wounds were true holes, made in his body.

He had no more blood to bleed, He only poured water.
Human body is composed by nearly 3.5 liters of blood (for adult).

Jesus poured all 3.5 liters of his blood; He had three nails hammered into his members; a crown of thorns on his head and, beyond that, a Roman soldier who nailed a spear into his chest.


All these without mentioning the humiliation He passed after carrying his own cross for almost 2 kilometers, while the crowd spat on his face and threw stones (the cross was almost 30 kg of weight, only for its higher part, where his hands were nailed).

Jesus had to pass all this experience, so that you can have free access to God.
So that your sins could be "washed". All of them, with no exception! Don't ignore this situation. HE DIED FOR YOU!. For you, who now read this e-mail. Do not believe that He only died for others (those who go to the church).

He died for you! It is easy to pass jokes or foolish photos by e-mail, but when it comes to God, sometimes you feel ashamed to forward to others because you are worried on what they may think about your moral.


Accept the reality, the truth that JESUS IS THE ONLY SALVATION FOR THE WORLD.

God has plans for you, show all your friends what He experienced to save you. Now think on this! May God bless your life!

60 seconds with God...
During 60 seconds, leave whatsoever your doing and seize this opportunity! Let's see if Satan can stop this.

All you have to do is:

1.
Simply pray for the person who sent this message to you:
Lord, you better know the life of _________. I ask You to bless him/her in all realms and make him/her prosper. Take care of his/her family, his/her health, his/her work and all his/her plans for this year. Lead him/her not into temptation, but deliver him/her from evil. In Jesus' name, amen.

Notice I stopped here after the part about praying for me (ha ha), even though it goes on to tell you to send this to at least 10 people, and it then guilts you into doing so, and shames you etc. if you don't. I figure you don't need to be told to send this to someone.

How To Stay Young



HOW TO STAY YOUNG

1. Try everything twice. On one woman's tombstone she said she wanted this epitaph:

Tried everything twice...loved it both times!

2. Keep only cheerful friends.
The grouches pull you down. (keep this in mind if you are one of those grouches)



3. Keep learning: Learn more about the computer, crafts, gardening, whatever... Never let the brain get idle.

'An idle mind is the devil's workshop..' And the devil's name is Alzheimer's!


4. Enjoy the simple things.

5. Laugh often, long and loud. Laugh until you gasp for breath. And if you have a friend who makes you laugh,
spend lots and lots of time with HIM/HER.


6. The tears happen: Endure, grieve, and move on. The only person who is with us our entire life, is ourselves. And Jesus!

LIVE while you are alive.

7. Surround yourself with what you love: Whether it's family, pets, keepsakes, music, plants, hobbies, whatever.

Your home is your refuge.

8. Cherish your health: If it is good, preserve it. If it is unstable, improve it. If it is beyond what you can improve, get help.

9. Don't take guilt trips. Take a trip to the mall, even to the next county, to a foreign country, but NOT to where the guilt is.

10. Tell the people you love that you love them, at every opportunity.
I love you, my special friend.


11. Forgive now those who made you cry. You might not get a second chance.






Remember! Lost time can never be found.

Be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle.

Monday, May 18, 2009

No longer a Christian nation...

What does this mean? Jed Babbin explores the reality of what this means for our future. An anonymous donor sent this to me.

While I agree with him, I am starting to understand that we cannot expect to enforce our values and our faith on a people who want to stray from God and from Christian values. If this is what they want, this is what they will bring about - through the laws they create, through the people they appoint. We cannot expect to step in and place political force and stop it.

We must pray for changed hearts.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Muslim Demographics


This video was sent to me by a friend. See comments to see why this video may be fabricated information, and not the alarming reality it seemed to be!

If the Muslim population was really rising as it seems in the video, Islam would dominate the world in a very short time.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Mighty To Save


Hillsong - with lyrics

OK, I know. This song has been around a while. But it was the perfect Easter song that I let go, and it's running through my head, and it's time to worship!

A man who counted loss as gain: Ronald Reagan



"Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ."

Philippians 3:8


Following a past which many would consider boast-worthy for all of its bedazzling stardom and glittering popularity, such a legacy no longer enchanted former screen actor, Ronald Reagan; a wholly different purpose embodied his entire being. Shortly prior to his success in the campaign of 1980 and throughout his presidential conduct, Mr. Reagan proposed a single encompassing desire----that is, to reverse the daunting results spiraling from the Roe vs. Wade case of 1973.

Despite the duties before him as executive leader of the nation, Reagan’s overwhelming passion proved genuine in his efforts towards authoring a book. Published in 1984 and entitled “Abortion and the Conscience of a Nation,” its pages affirmed the concepts of inherent freedom and the God-given right to life. This inherent freedom, Reagan firmly affirmed, was not selective----but characterized every life conceived. Mr. Reagan saw clearly the importance of Life awareness, and concentrated heavily upon supporting legislations such as the Human Life Bill---which, upon its ratification, would have recognized the right to life for every unborn child. He also succeeded in proclaiming January 17, 1988 the National Sanctity of Human Life Day.

Though his ambitious goal of dissolving abortion waits to be met, President Reagan’s echoing words and actions provide a foundation upon which like-minds can continue to build. With the persevering conviction that we truly are a nation “gone under” without God http://www.facebook.com/l/;(http://www.prayeralert.org/alertarchives/alert-040602.html), our former president did not fail, but prevailed!

His life bore testimony that all to be gained is eternal, and that individual obedience to the statutes of our God is seed enough for a national revival. May we, like Mr. Reagan, be reminded that what is earned for temporary gain cannot compare to “treasures in Heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal (Matthew 6:19-20).

What is this world coming to?!!


If a man can't "piss" in the style in which he is accustomed?

Pastor Steven L Anderson of the Faithful Word Baptist Church addresses this very problem on a Sunday morning. Forget repentance from sin, deliverance from poverty and disease, Pastor Steven has more important things on his mind!


I found this over at Matt's Church of no People. Thank you Matt!! I laughed so hard, I well, almost "pissed!"

Matt was talking about bad sermons - sermons so bad you'll walk out, and he uses this one as an example.

I do remember walking out on a sermon - it was in an all-black church where they were into some kind of control, and the sermon reflected some kind of mind manipulation.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Leeland - Falling For You


From the album "Opposite Way"
This sums up my feelings about returning to the Lord.

Monday, May 11, 2009

The amazing lesson in Lazarus' story

John 11: 1-44

1 Now a certain man was sick, Lazarus of Bethany, the town of Mary and her sister Martha. 2 It was that Mary who anointed the Lord with fragrant oil and wiped His feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was sick. 3 Therefore the sisters sent to Him, saying, “Lord, behold, he whom You love is sick.”
4 When Jesus heard that, He said, “This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God may be glorified through it.”


Jesus, you said this sickness is not unto death!

5 Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. 6 So, when He heard that he was sick, He stayed two more days in the place where He was. 7 Then after this He said to the disciples, “Let us go to Judea again.”

Look at that! Jesus loved them, so he decides to delay his visit. What kind of love is this? He could heal him so he doesn't die.

These things He said, and after that He said to them, “Our friend Lazarus sleeps, but I go that I may wake him up.”
12 Then His disciples said, “Lord, if he sleeps he will get well.” 13 However, Jesus spoke of his death, but they thought that He was speaking about taking rest in sleep.
14 Then Jesus said to them plainly, “Lazarus is dead. 15 And I am glad for your sakes that I was not there, that you may believe. Nevertheless let us go to him.”


He purposely lets him die. Why? Jesus, you're nuts! But no. He said, He did it on purpose, so that you may believe! Look at that!

20 Now Martha, as soon as she heard that Jesus was coming, went and met Him, but Mary was sitting in the house. 21 Now Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died. 22 But even now I know that whatever You ask of God, God will give You.”

Martha is a feisty female. She has no question about her place as a woman in the kingdom. She goes right into the face of the Son of God and demands answers. She's the one who complained to Jesus when her sister wasn't helping her with her domestic chores.

23 Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.”
24 Martha said to Him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.”
25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. 26 And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?”
27 She said to Him, “Yes, Lord, I believe that
You are the Christ, the Son of God, who is to come into the world.”


She also has faith. She believes in the resurrection. She believes Jesus can do anything.

Then Martha calls her sister Mary to Jesus and Mary makes the same complaint to Jesus - that if he had been there, Lazarus would not have died.


This is where, when Jesus sees her weeping and the other Jews weeping, he weeps also.

37 And some of them said, “Could not this Man, who opened the eyes of the blind, also have kept this man from dying?”

Yes, He could have! He purposely let Lazarus die! This is the whole point!

They brought him to the tomb, and Jesus told them to roll away the stone.

Wait a minute, not so fast! Martha is in His face. She's a realist. She's not living in a dream world. Lazarus is dead!


“Take away the stone.”
Martha, the sister of him who was dead, said to Him, “Lord, by this time there is a stench, for he has been dead four days.”
40 Jesus said to her, “Did I not say to you that if you would believe you would see the glory of God?”


Jesus is saying: Ok, so he's dead. I said BELIEVE! EVEN IF HE'S DEAD. BELIEVE!

Jesus, you're not asking for much (yuck yuck!) Four days dead. Every cell, gland, muscle and bone has begun decaying! And I should just believe!


41 Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead man was lying.d]">[d] And Jesus lifted up His eyes and said, “Father, I thank You that You have heard Me. 42 And I know that You always hear Me, but because of the people who are standing by I said this, that they may believe that You sent Me.” 43 Now when He had said these things, He cried with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come forth!” 44 And he who had died came out bound hand and foot with graveclothes, and his face was wrapped with a cloth. Jesus said to them, “Loose him, and let him go.”

This, no matter how you look at it, is an amazing story in what it is telling us.

How many things have died in your life?

How many dreams and hopes have died?

How many things on your body have died? (I have lost a joint in my foot!)

How many relationships have died?

How many business prospects or financial possibilities have died?

So you understand that God has willed that these things should die so that He might reveal His glory?

Did He not say that if you believe you will see the glory of God?

God cannot turn a table that was not set against you. (See recent post on Beth Moore)

You see that we limit God because of our unbelief. If He says to even believe in the raising of a dead body that has begun to decay for four days, then we can believe in any miracle from the hand of God.









Sunday, May 10, 2009

Bad Turned to Good!


I was going to a public laundry to wash a large rug for my mom in a commercial washer. I realized I had forgotten the clothes detergent and I was irritated and in a hurry. I quickly turned into a parking lot I came to and all I wanted to do was turn around. Sometimes I'm careless in looking behind me when backing up. I didn't see someone who was backing out. I backed into her.

First good fortune:

she was driving one of those old trucks with the hard bumper that doesn't get damaged in a bump. She said there was no harm done and I could drive away - no insurance information needed.

Now all I needed was to repair my car.

I immediately went to the body shop and got an estimate and it was $587.00.

Second good fortune:

I went to work later in the day and a young, Christian guy told me he could probably fix my car. He stuck his hand behind the bumper and pushed it out - making it almost like new. He sprayed some WD40 on the part that had paint left from the bumper of the truck I hit, and I wiped it off. Now all that remained were some scratch marks you could hardly see. It was almost like new!!!

I didn't need to go to the body shop.

God redeemed that situation.

I was feeling awful about it, wondering why I had done another stupid thing to hurt my car and what was wrong with me. God resolved it!

Beth Moore says....

"God can't turn a table that was never set against you."

This is so good! I got this from her Esther study. This has been an amazing study of an amazing story about an amazing woman!

Her short phrase says that God will use the things which the enemy meant for harm for good (Romans 8:28) but how can you have anything turned around unless it was turned against you in the first place?

The things that go wrong in our lives, the things which have been evil are the things by which God can show Himself strong, and can make us rise up and be strong. How can we ever be strong if we never have troubles? We don't want to hear that, but it's true.

She asks the question about those of us in the West: are we strong or just spoiled?

Are we actually overcomers, or are things just easy and we're finding it easy to overcome?

Which would you rather be?

Sometimes, she really hits home!

Friday, May 8, 2009

National Day of Prayer

Did you know yesterday was the national day of prayer? I think it's a fantastic idea and I always forget about it.

I was praying yesterday at a bible study, but we didn't pray about our country. Lord, help us.

I am posting this today as a prayer, especially about the recent decision by the Senate to protect most types of sexual deviations under a Hate Crimes bill.

God help us!





Enjoy this video of Steve Crowder that Helen just turned me onto!

Note: Obama, breaking with tradition, didn't hold a ceremony for the day of prayer! Some Christian!

My Wonderful Mom!

For the upcoming holiday - MOTHER'S DAY!

I got this idea from Sherri - to bring in a post from the past about my mom.

From my old blog, from December 27, 2006:

She's the cutest thing that ever was!

I was headed for New Mexico in the spring with the idea that I would never burden my parents again (my parents had been taking up the slack when my finances weren't quite making it when I owned a house.) I would strike out on my own and survive by faith. Then a series of unfortunate circumstances planted me right back in Minneapolis. Now I even live with my folks.

This has given me the opportunity to realize more than ever what a wonderful mother I have.

She loves her archiving. She takes many photos of our family and spends hours placing them in albums along with lots of Creative Memories' decorations.

She lives around the clock. She has everything scheduled out, in her retirement, and does everything at certain times consistently. She washes her bathroom and kitchen floor every Friday before going to her hairdresser. She makes supper every evening at about 5:00PM for my dad and sometimes for me. She washes clothes every Monday morning.

She loves to cook and bake, and makes plenty so she can give some to her children and grandchildren. She makes Lefsa at Christmas, a very slow process taking hours, and then puts some aside for all her family members, and sometimes for friends. She makes cookies that take plenty of time as well, and gives them away to family and friends.

For a local charity she made a bunch of egg salad sandwiches, and for church events she often cooks or bakes.

She has a handicapped friend who she invites over for special events. She takes this woman shopping, out to eat, and in general, becomes like a second mother to her. This woman has been neglected by family.
(Now this woman is deceased)

She likes to read true stories, and stories of faith.

She is on a prayer chain at church and is part of a woman's prayer league.

She keeps in touch with missionaries and keeps them in prayer.

She reads the paper and keeps up on current events avidly.

She loves baseball, football and basketball and has been teaching me how to enjoy them as well.

She loves to garden and keeps a yard that flourishes with flowers and at one time, vegetables.

She loves the outdoors.

She keeps in touch with people by mail and by phone, especially her beloved brothers and sisters.

She is always thinking of others. I have a cousin whose parents are both deceased, and who lives alone, and she is always trying to get him over to join in dinners and family events.

She is the classic 50's mom because she actually was a 50's mom. She was a stay-at-home mom who cherished her kids and home above vanities. She has been devoted to my father in spite of the cost. She is too gentle to reject him or to assert herself too much. In that sense she has been trampled on too, but she has undying love and commitment in her blood.

She has been absolutely loyal to me too, at all costs. She has befriended me in life through lots of tribulation, and absolutely never stops having faith for me or for any of her other kids.

One by one her children have been returning to faith in Christ. She prayed and believed for many years for that.

I have
one great mom!

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Something cute for ya!


Meet Sonya!

Wisdom for our day - do not trust in man!

Psalm 146: 3,4

Do not put your trust in princes,
Nor in a son of man, in whom there is no help.

His spirit departs, he returns to his earth;
In that very day his plans perish.

Translated:

Do not put your trust in presidents (Obama)

Church Chuckles

See Church Bloopers, from Go Free Now.

These are similar and come from a book called Church Chuckles. I've taken creative license and edited a little. I didn't take to the author's writing style.

*Child praying the Lord's prayer: "Our Father who does art in heaven..."

*Announcement from the pulpit: "The ladies leaving the sanctuary will have some hot buns for us after the service."

*Help wanted ad in the bulletin: Part-time secretary needed to answer church phone and give massages to the Pastor.

*"Grandma, was Noah's wife called Joan of Ark?"

*Single mother workshops have been canceled until father notice.

*Kid explaining the gospel: "Jesus used to fly on an airplane, and Pontius was the pilot!"

*This afternoon there will be a meeting in the south and north ends of the church. Children will be baptized at both ends.

*Reverend Hal asked, "Do you Robert, take Melinda to be your awful wedded wife?"

*Wednesday at 5PM there will be a meeting of the Little Mothers' club. All wishing to become Little Mothers, please see the minister in his study.

*We also need a few more volunteers to help with monthly potlucks due to the large members attending.

*Latecomers are asked to use the back entrance because church members are disturbed.

*A little boy's prayer: "Dear God, please take care of Daddy and Mommy and my sister and brother and me. And please take care of yourself, God. If anything happens to you, we're gonna be in a big mess."


Tuesday, May 5, 2009

I Hope You Dance

I got the idea for this from my blogger friend Sherri. I love this song and couldn't resist putting it on my blog. This is a video of Lee Ann Womack singing. It makes me think of all I've lost because I lost the joint in my foot. How long it has been since I have truly danced.

It seems that I almost dream only of heaven to someday dance, because I have so wearied of waiting for my miracle of healing. When I first heard this song, it was like God telling me to dream of dancing again. And now it's been how many years since this song came out? Oh, it's hard for me to hear this song again and dare to dream again of dancing.

Go here for the video.

Pray-Reading John 14:12-14

This is my own attempt at pray-reading as Herb Mjorud did.

Jesus, you said to your disciples, “Whoever believes in me will do the works I do – yes, he will do even greater ones, because I am going to the Father.” John 14:12

So I know that if I believe in You, the works You performed while here on earth will be performed in and through me, because You have gone to the Father and have made Your power accessible to me from where You are.

You can cause me to restore withered flesh, as when You restored the man with the withered hand , because I believe in You. Luke 6:6-10

Anything diseased or lame can be made whole by believing in You.

You can cause me to grow back something that is missing, just as you restored the centurion’s ear. Luke 22: 50, 51

You can cause me even to raise the dead as you raised Lazarus from the dead with every cell, gland, muscle and bone defective.

Whatever I ask for in Your name You will do so that the Father’s glory will be shown through the Son. If I ask anything in Your name, You will do it, so I asking for complete healing of this malady that is afflicting me, in Your name Lord Jesus. John 14: 13, 14

Why God Made Moms.....

Why God made moms - from the mouths of babes . . .

Enjoy the answers given by elementary school age children to the following questions:

Why did God make mothers?

1. She’s the only one who knows where the scotch tape is.

2. Mostly to clean the house.
3. To help us out of they’re when we were getting born.

How did God make mothers?

1. He used dirt, just like for the rest of us.
2. Magic plus super powers and a lot of stirring.
3. God made my mom just the same like he made me. He just used bigger parts.

What ingredients are mothers made of?

1. God makes mothers out of clouds and angel hair and everything nice in the world and one dab of mean.
2. They had to get their start from men’s bones. Then they mostly use string. I think.

Why did God give you your mother and not some other mom?

1. We’re related.
2. God knew she likes me a lot more than other people’s moms like me.

What kind of little girl was your mom?

1. My mom has always been my mom and none of that other stuff.
2. I don’t know because I wasn’t there, but my guess would be pretty bossy.
3. They say she used to be nice.

What did mom need to know about dad before she married him?

1. His last name.
2. She had to know his background. Like is he a crook? Does he get drunk on beer? Does he make at least $800 a year? Did he say NO to drugs and YES to chores.

Why did your mom marry your dad?

1. My dad makes the best spaghetti in the world. and my mom eats a lot.
2. She got too old to do anything else with him.
3. My grandma says that mom didn’t have her thinking cap on.

Who’s the boss at your house?

1. Mom doesn’t want to be boss, but she has to because dad’s such a goofball.
2. Mom. You can tell by room inspection. She sees the stuff under the bed.
3. I guess Mom is, but only because she has a lot more to do than dad.

What’s the difference between moms and dads?

1. Moms work at work and work at home, and dads just got to work at work..
2. Moms know how to talk to teachers without scaring them.
3. Dads are taller and stronger, but moms have all the real power because
that’s who you got to ask if you want to sleep over at your friend’s.

What does your mom do in her spare time?

1. Mothers don’t do spare time.
2. To hear her tell it, she pays bills all day long.

What would it take to make your mom perfect?

1. On the inside she is perfect, on the outside some kind of plastic surgery.
2. Diet. You know, her hair. I’d diet, may be blue.

If you could change one thing about your mom, what would it be?

1. She has this weird thing about me keeping my room clean. I’d get rid of that.
2. I’d make my mom smarter. Then she would know it was my sister who did it and not me.

Pick Your Favorite Part

If you were being forced to tear a part of the Bible out, say, you are on the run and have to store part of the Bible under your belt or in your purse, the question is: which part would you choose?

What book would you choose? Pick one from the New Testament and one from the Old.

What chapter would you choose? Pick one from the books that you chose.

And what passage would you choose? That could be one verse or a set of verses. Pick just one, and not necessarily from the books or chapters that you chose.

Here are my choices:

From the Old Testament:

Book: The Psalms

Chapter: Psalm 103

Bless the LORD, O my soul;
And all that is within me, bless His holy name!
2 Bless the LORD, O my soul,
And forget not all His benefits:
3 Who forgives all your iniquities,
Who heals all your diseases,
4 Who redeems your life from destruction,
Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies,
5 Who satisfies your mouth with good things,
So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

6 The LORD executes righteousness
And justice for all who are oppressed.
7 He made known His ways to Moses,
His acts to the children of Israel.
8 The LORD is merciful and gracious,
Slow to anger, and abounding in mercy.
9 He will not always strive with us,
Nor will He keep His anger forever.
10 He has not dealt with us according to our sins,
Nor punished us according to our iniquities.

11 For as the heavens are high above the earth,
So great is His mercy toward those who fear Him;
12 As far as the east is from the west,
So far has He removed our transgressions from us.
13 As a father pities his children,
So the LORD pities those who fear Him.
14 For He knows our frame;
He remembers that we are dust.

15 As for man, his days are like grass;
As a flower of the field, so he flourishes.
16 For the wind passes over it, and it is gone,
And its place remembers it no more.[a]
17 But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting
On those who fear Him,
And His righteousness to children’s children,
18 To such as keep His covenant,
And to those who remember His commandments to do them.

19 The LORD has established His throne in heaven,
And His kingdom rules over all.

20 Bless the LORD, you His angels,
Who excel in strength, who do His word,
Heeding the voice of His word.
21 Bless the LORD, all you His hosts,
You ministers of His, who do His pleasure.
22 Bless the LORD, all His works,
In all places of His dominion.

Bless the LORD, O my soul!

From the New Testament:

Book: Matthew

Chapter: 6

“Take heed that you do not do your charitable deeds before men, to be seen by them. Otherwise you have no reward from your Father in heaven. 2 Therefore, when you do a charitable deed, do not sound a trumpet before you as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory from men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. 3 But when you do a charitable deed, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, 4 that your charitable deed may be in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will Himself reward you openly.[a]

The Model Prayer

5 “And when you pray, you shall not be like the hypocrites. For they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the corners of the streets, that they may be seen by men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. 6 But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly. 7 And when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do. For they think that they will be heard for their many words.
8 “Therefore do not be like them. For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him. 9 In this manner, therefore, pray:

Our Father in heaven,
Hallowed be Your name.
10 Your kingdom come.
Your will be done
On earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us this day our daily bread.
12 And forgive us our debts,
As we forgive our debtors.
13 And do not lead us into temptation,
But deliver us from the evil one.
For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.[

“For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

Fasting to Be Seen Only by God

16 “Moreover, when you fast, do not be like the hypocrites, with a sad countenance. For they disfigure their faces that they may appear to men to be fasting. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. 17 But you, when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, 18 so that you do not appear to men to be fasting, but to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.[d]

Lay Up Treasures in Heaven

19 “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; 20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

The Lamp of the Body

22 “The lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore your eye is good, your whole body will be full of light. 23 But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in you is darkness, how great is that darkness!

You Cannot Serve God and Riches

24 “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.

Do Not Worry

25 “Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27 Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?
28 “So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; 29 and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30 Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?
31 “Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.


Passage: Romans 8:1,2

There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.

For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.