Tuesday, July 29, 2008
There were some abandoned baby kittens at Steve's job site...
He told me about them yesterday but said that he was not ready for an animal.. But he had picked this one out, and said he liked him because he has a broken tail... (Because he is not perfect, like us....)
A lady was suppose to give all the kittens away, but she still had this one.
Soooo, Steve brought him home!!! YAY! We named him Fletcher...
Trent and Drake love their new little brother!
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Monday, July 21, 2008
When I think about Trent, I think: Courageous, Strong, Brilliant, Funny and Handsome... (And he will tell you that too.. He is kidding of course!)Beneath the tuff exterior he has a sweet heart.... He is alot like I used to be... (The tough exterior...) To me Trent is: my heart and strength...
He is a "go-getter", and he will accomplish anything he sets his mind to... I am not boasting, I just wish I was more like him!
He is who made me a mom, and helped the walls around my heart start to fall... I did not know what love was or how strong it could be until I had him... Thank You Lord!
My sweet boy has been here for three weeks today, and he goes back to Texas tonight... I love him so much and miss him already! But, I am going to be strong this time, and when I can't I will run to the Lord...
He is a blessing!
Anyway: he got in trouble the other day and I had given him plenty of chances to obey me... (He kept getting up from the table when he was suppose to be eating lunch.) So, I finally told him that he was going to have to sit out for ten minutes when everyone else went out to start playing... He was VERY sad about that! He begged me not to, but I knew I had to follow through... (watch my follow-through..)
I tell him to go sit on the couch with no T.V.
This is how the time went:
Minute one: silence
Minute two: Drake: "Mom, can I get out now?" Me: "No, it has only been two minutes...
Minute three: silence
Minute four: Drake: "Mom, do you know what time-out is?" Me: "Yes, and if you keep talking you are going to add to your time."
Minute five: silence
Minute six: Drake: "Mommy, I love you." Me: "I love you too."
Minute seven: Drake: "Can I get out now?" Me: "No, you have three more minutes."(I wonder if he still loves me... he he..)
Minute eight: silence
Minute nine: he starts singing... Me: (I say kind of in a joking way..) No, singing you are not supposed to be having fun in Time-Out.. Drake: "Well, I kind of am having fun.." Me: (I was trying not to let him notice how that made me laugh..)
Minute ten: Me: "OK, go out and play.."
Like I said, for the most part he does not let things get him down (even though he did it himself and was sad at first...) When he gets lemons in life, he makes lemonade!
Saturday, July 19, 2008
You're on the top floor and the building is burning. You don't know which way to go: the stairs, the elevator, the roof, a window? Which door do you take to get to a hallway that's not on fire?
With the smoke, the confusion and the sense of urgency, it is hard to know what to do. You don't know how much time you have and the wrong turn could be disastrous. Suddenly, a man shouts, "I know which way to go. Follow me!"
What do you do? If the person is a complete stranger, you won't know whether or not to believe him. If he is ignorant, it would be foolish to follow him. If the man set the fire himself, then it would dangerous to listen to anything he said. But if the man is the architect of the building and an expert on fire safety, not only would you believe him, but you would do exactly what he said because you'd know that your life depended on it.
"Go down this narrow hallway. Don't turn right or left. Go directly through the blue door that says 'Emergency Exit,'" he says with urgency. Again, how do you respond? Would you argue with him? Ask him why he knows so much about exiting the building? Tell him that you know a dozen other ways to get out?
Again, if you knew his impeccable reputation, you would know that he was attempting to save your life. You wouldn't think him arrogant, rude or cruel for telling you exactly what to do. You would probably thank him and rush to comply with his instructions. And if someone else refused to listen and died in the fire, you wouldn't blame the architect.
This is exactly how I view Jesus Christ. He is the Architect and Designer of this world, yet it's in danger. Sin is burning it to the ground. We are all trapped and there is only one way out.
"I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me," Jesus said in John 14:6. Not only does He know the way, He is the way. Do you want to live? Get with Jesus Christ!
A lot of people want to stop and argue. They want to convince you that any exit will do, as if they can see through the smoke. Some will tell you that it doesn't matter what you do because nobody gets out alive -- the building will burn and we will all die anyway! A few will tell you that the building is not even on fire, despite the fact that they're sweating and people are dying all around.
If you don't think that this world is on fire, just look around. Death and destruction are at your door. Evil abounds. Nobody is immune from pain. The real question is this: Who is Jesus Christ? Is He really the architect or is He a fraud? Perhaps He was just a nice guy who didn't really know what he was talking about.
C.S. Lewis addressed this when he pointed out that Jesus was either "lord, liar or lunatic." If he was a delusional cult leader who really believed he was God, then he was crazy and we need not bother with him. If he was a crafty, egocentric deceiver, then he was more akin to the devil than God and must be exposed. But if he was neither of these, then He can only be what He claimed to be: the Son of God sent to make a way for us to live eternally with our Heavenly Father. He lived a perfect life, setting the matchless example while conquering sin and the grave.
In this burning building called Earth, we must all decide: Who is Jesus? Obviously, the best way to answer that question is to get to know Him. We do that by reading His words, attempting to dialogue with Him and talking to others who know him (although this can provide mixed results, since people are fallible.)
We don't know how much time we have, so it's urgent that we decide whether to follow Him or plunge into the confusion on our own. If He really is the architect, then we must believe Him when He claims that there is only one way to life. Otherwise, we discard him as crazy or deceitful. If we choose to not follow Him, we can't blame Him when we find ourselves at a dead end or surrounded by flames. And we can't call Him unkind or unmerciful when other people don't listen to Him. His instructions are clear, but it's our choice to heed his words.
I believe that Jesus Christ is the real deal. He knows the building (our lives), knows the nature of fire (sin) and the only way out (Himself). I'm following Him down that narrow pathway and I know I'm safe. I hope you'll follow, too.
Friday, July 18, 2008
1. to save, keep safe and sound, to rescue from danger or destruction
a. one (from injury or peril)
b. to save a suffering one (from perishing), i.e. one suffering from disease, to make well, heal, restore to health
a. to save in the technical biblical sense
c. to save from the evils which obstruct the reception of the Messianic deliverance
I had prayed in 95' to ask Jesus into my heart... But, I still had one foot in the world.. Then about a 2 years later something very traumatic happened in my life... I still haven't wrapped my brain around it... But, instead of turning to God, I turned to pills and alcohol... The pain was so great, I just wanted to be numb... I really did not know that the Lord could help me through this, so I went down my own path...
Anyway - this does not even scratch, the scratch of the scratch, on the surface: of where I have been or what HE has done in my life... But, I just wanted to share... Maybe, it will be an encouragement to someone or for someone who has somebody in their life going through the same struggle...
Jeremiah 29:11-14 (New International Version)
11 For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. 12 Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. 14 I will be found by you," declares the LORD, "and will bring you back from captivity.
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
1 You should know this, Timothy, that in the last days there will be very difficult times. 2 For people will love only themselves and their money. They will be boastful and proud, scoffing at God, disobedient to their parents, and ungrateful. They will consider nothing sacred. 3 They will be unloving and unforgiving; they will slander others and have no self-control. They will be cruel and hate what is good. 4 They will betray their friends, be reckless, be puffed up with pride, and love pleasure rather than God. 5 They will act religious, but they will reject the power that could make them godly. Stay away from people like that!
20But how is it to your credit if you receive a beating for doing wrong and endure it? But if you suffer for doing good and you endure it, this is commendable before God. 21To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps. 23When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly.
Sunday, July 6, 2008
I think the Lord is trying to say something to me... :)
Friday, July 4, 2008
I am excited about blogging!
One of my best friends (Kellie) started doing this and got me interested...
My goal is to share whatever the Lord places on my heart, whatever I might be going through: good or bad, and do it without a mask!