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My ambitious goals for 2009

If you read my previous post, this will make sense. If not, you should go back and read it! 

My ambitious goals for 2009…

 
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Posted by on January 4, 2009 in Blogging

 

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The Power of Prayer

A little something my Pastor sent out…

I read about a small Oklahoma town that had two churches and one distillery. Members of both churches complained that the distillery was giving the community a bad image. And to make matters worse the owner of the distillery was an out spoken atheist. He didn’t believe in God one bit. The church people had tried unsuccessfully for years to shut down the distillery. So finally they decided to hold a joint Saturday night prayer meeting. They were going to ask God to intervene and settle the matter.   The church folks gathered on Saturday night and there was a horrible thunderstorm raging outside and to the delight of the church members lightening hit that old brewery and it burned to the ground.

The next morning the sermons that were preached in both churches were on the power of prayer.   But the insurance adjusters promptly notified the distillery owner that they were not going to pay for the damages because the fire was an act of God and that was an exclusion in the policy.   The distillery owner was furious and he sued both churches claiming that they had conspired with God to destroy his business. But the churches denied that they had anything to do with the cause of the fire.

The presiding judge opened the trial with theses words:  I find one thing in this cause most perplexing-we have a situation here where the plaintiff, an atheist is professing his belief in the power of prayer, and the defendants all faithful church members are denying the very same power.

 
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Posted by on January 2, 2009 in Faith

 

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God’s Wings

A little something to put things in perspective…

After a forest fire in Yellowstone National Park , forest rangers
Began their trek up a mountain to assess the inferno’s damage.

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Posted by on January 2, 2009 in Faith

 

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1958 vs. 2008

I didn’t write this, I’m just passing it along….  The sad thing is that stuff like this happens every single day, and yet at least half the country sits around scratching their heads wondering how in the world we ended up where we are.  DUH!

How stupid have we become?

 
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Posted by on January 2, 2009 in Blogging

 

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Life, Love, and Family

As school started in late August, my 18 year old cousin Katie was required to submit a short, personal essay for her English Comp 101 class. She chose to write about our cousin Graham, who passed away from Lymphoma this past May. Katie’s essay is sweet and poignant and I’m positive that Graham absolutely loved it.

Read Katie’s Essay: Growth & Loss

 
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Posted by on September 6, 2008 in Homemaking

 

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Tested

God has seen you struggling with something; God says it’s over. A blessing is coming your way.

I received that in an email from a friend Thursday afternoon, less than 24 hours after I’d been blessed beyond belief and gifted with the registration to the Hillsong United Conference. 

I had desperately wanted to attend the conference, but was unable to register after I had accepted the responsibility of helping plan a community block party that was scheduled for the same day.   Yes, I know, I could have registered and gone to the conference anyway, but I agreed to help with the block party and I felt that should take precedent as I’d given my word to be there.  The block party was post-poned due to rain, and the next thing I know, I’m being told that I’m attending the conference.  

“Excited” could not even begin to adequately describe my feelings.

Only a few people are aware of some recent struggles I’ve had with what I shall call a willful rebellion.   Prayers to my Lord to open my eyes let me to see that a few things that I had been calling a “weakness” were not a true weakness because I was not truly giving it my all to overcome them.  It was a rebellion, plain and simple.  Having acknowledged that little fact, I took it a step further and acknowledged that although it was indeed a rebellion, it was one that I was not in any way willing to give up at this time.   While I wanted to be submissive and obedient to God, it just wasn’t possible with my attitude and mentality in the position it was in.

Ouch.

Talk about a serious dilemma.  

In case you’ve never had the experience yourself, that’s not really something that you want to directly tell God.  Believe me, He’ll do whatever is necessary to set you straight.

The last few weeks have been very rough on me. I’ve had very weird dreams and a lot of restless, sleepless nights, followed by crazy days at work.  In addition to that, my family has been tested and attacked but we’ve come out stronger for it.  Did that stop my rebellion though?

No.

It made me second think my actions, but it didn’t stop me from doing what I wanted to do, knowing all the while that it wasn’t right.  I’m not saying it was wrong, because it’s not, it’s just not what I need to be doing and wasn’t going to help me become the person that I know God is moving me to be.

Flash forward to the conference.

Friday night was outstanding.  Awesome music, awesome worship, awesome message, and even better, an awesome outpouring of the Holy Spirit.  Sometime during the evening, my heart started to ache with my desire to be right with God, but still I held out.

Saturday was even better.  We rocked our socks off. We jumped and screamed and shouted and sang at the top of our lungs. We prayed and then jumped and screamed and shouted some more.  We worshipped the Lord with all that we had and then some. 

Music and worship and messages all combined to kick that spirit of rebellion right over the edge of the cliff.   God’s either gonna catch me or teach me to fly, right?  

I believe he did both. 

He caught me that morning and gave me wings.  Now it’s time to learn to fly.

I’ve already taken the first steps to do so. It’s not going to be easy and the temptations I will be faced with will be fierce – I’m certain of it.

But my God is a Mighty God. He loves me unconditionally, He will give me the strength I need to STAND FIRM in my faith and resist temptation. He will be the beacon of light in the darkness of the storm.

And now, my beloveds, it’s time I head to bed. It’s well past when I should have found myself there, but I was too excited about everything that’s happened today and I absolutely had to share my good news.  However, Sunday mornings come early in my household and I want to be at my best for worship. 

I pray everyone has a blessed day. I know I will.

 
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Posted by on August 24, 2008 in Faith

 

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Fall or Fly?

When God leads you to the edge of the cliff, trust Him fully and let go, only 1 of 2 things will happen, either He’ll catch you when you fall, or He’ll teach you how to fly!

The power of one sentence! God is going to shift things around for you today and let things work in your favor. God closes doors no man can open  God opens doors no man can close. If you need God to open some doors for you… share this with others.

 
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Posted by on August 24, 2008 in Faith

 

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