Saturday, January 29, 2005


Moms and daughters, check out a new Christian teen magazine that is starting up. Two gals, one whom is a very dear friend (Tricia), have a vision for reaching young teen gals and giving them a quality magazine with a Christian focus. Check out their site and see what you think. It's Take a look throughout the different subject matters. I think you'll get excited! There's even a place to sign up for a free trial issue. What have you got to lose? If you like it, then pass the word on to your friends and your youth pastor. They are trying to reach as many different people as possible. Also, would you please pray for them? The next few weeks are extremely busy as their first issue goes to press.

Friday, January 28, 2005

James is 2nd from right. Posted by Hello

Our James is the 3rd from the left. Posted by Hello

How do you prepare?

How do you prepare for ministry? It doesn't have to be full time ministry, or on the mission field. It could be just a short project of some sort. How would you go about preparing for it? Do you put in a lot of preparation for it, or do you just fly by the seat of your pants? Well, I'm studying Nehemiah right now and I am enjoying it so much! The study guide that I am using is one of Donna Partow's called Extracting the Precious From Nehemiah. Anyway, she lists seven principles that can be pulled from Nehemiah 2.
  • "Ministry begins in God's heart. Authentic transformation, of an individual, a church or a society always flows down from above." Do you ever find yourself thinking that whatever you are desiring to do, you are wanting to do it for God, not realizing that it really is something that God is wanting to do through you?
  • "See the importance of a quiet season of preparation. Nehemiah spent time in prayer and fasting, seeking God's perspective and wisdom before doing anything else." Donna points out how for Moses it was 40 years and David waited 15 years before taking the throne.
  • "Preparation begins with prayer, but it doesn't stop there. When you begin preparations in prayer, God will bring thngs to your attention that you might have missed otherwise. You'll be more efficient."
  • "You can be bold when you've spent time with God and are confident you've heard from Him."
  • "Nehemiah knew that only fools rush in." He evaluated the situation for three full days, then he recruited, and he gave people credit.
  • "Nehemiah also discovered that even with God as the architect, it doesn't mean you won't face opposition."
  • Finally, Nehemiah publicly acknowledged God's gracious hand and that it was He alone who accomplished the task.

I have had such wonderful examples of Nehemiah's 'way' in my sister and brother-in-law who are in full time Christian ministry. They have "Pray and Plan" meetings, they are in prayer, they seek others to pray along with them, they wait on the Lord and, most of all, they give the Lord all the credit. But, I found myself looking at this from a totally different light. What about when I feel led to do something...maybe it's to do a project at church, or maybe it's to minister to another person in some way...that isn't something that I'm just 'conjuring up', rather, that is something that God is placing in my heart, from His heart. So even these "little" things should be afforded prayer and preparation. Some things may 'appear' to be 'spur of the moment', like inviting someone to share dinner with you, but if you have been meeting daily with your Savior and fellowshipping in prayer with Him, then I think you are prepared to be obedient when the Spirit leads. For example, being prepared to invite someone to dinner just means that I need to make preparation when I'm preparing my shopping keep a few staples on hand that can quickly be added to stretch things. And then, when the Lord lays it upon my heart to do something 'spontaneous' I'll be prepared.

Thursday, January 27, 2005

An Air Force C130 releasing flares to repel heat seeking missles. The pattern formed by these "decoys" is how they got their name 'angel decoy'. Posted by Hello


Praise the Lord!!! Our son just called to let us know that he has finished his first solo!!! How thankful I am that it is the Lord who is the wind beneath his wings!!!

Humorous thoughts for the day...

This has been around a number of times but for those of you who may have missed it, or might need a laugh to begin your day, here it is again.

Accept that some days you're the pigion, and some days you're the statue.

Always keep your words soft and sweet just in case you have to eat them.

Always read stuff that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it.

Drive carefully. It's not only cars than can be recalled by their maker.

Eat a live toad in the morning and nothing worse will happen to you for the rest of the day.

If you can't be kind, at least have the decency to be vague.

If you lend someone $20, and never see that person again, it was probably worth it.

It may be that your sole purpose in life is simply to serve as a warning to others.

Never buy a car you can't push.

Never put both feet in your mouth at the same time, because then you don't have a leg to stand on.

Nobody cares if you can't dance well. Just get up and dance.

The early worm gets eaten by the bird, so sleep late.

When everything's coming your way, you're in the wrong lane.

Birthdays are good for you; the more you have, the longer you live.

Ever notice that the people who are late are often much jollier than the people who have to wait for them?

If ignorance is bliss, why aren't more people happy?

You may be only one person in the world, but you may also be the world to one person.

Some mistakes are too much fun to only make once.

Don't cry because it's over; smile because it happened.

We could learn a lot from crayons: some are sharp, some are pretty, some are dull, some have weird names, and all are different colors but they all have to learn to live in the same box.

A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour.

Happiness comes through doors you didn't even know you left open.

Have a terrific day, and know that someone has thought about you today.

Wednesday, January 26, 2005

2 Corinthians 12:9...

"My grace is sufficient" 2 Corinthians 12:9. How do you read that sentence? Do you read it just like it is written or have you ever read it, "My grace IS sufficient." Sometimes I just need to adjust my thinking and in the process I'm reminded of God's provisions anew.
  • Grace--unmerited favor. I bring Christ what I have, which is my sin. He takes my sin and gives me His righteousness. This is the meaning of Grace!
  • Is--the present, always.
  • Sufficient--enough and with plenty to spare!

Charles Spurgeon once referred to God's grace this way "To think that our little cups could exhaust the ocean of His grace."

Ta da!!!

I am ecstatic because I figured out how to do a 'link' in my blogs AND actually list something in my sidebar! Now, I understand that for many of you this is no big deal but for someone (me) who is mentally challenged by a computer it is rather a daunting task to take on something so
huge! The other exciting item is that when one clicks on the links they actually work! I emailed my nephew who is a computer genius (in my eyes and my niece's eyes) and told him that his aunt's brain cells are still functioning! You know, I am grateful when the Lord allows me happy moments like these! I notice my niece now has her sidebar lists up and going. Way to go, Claire!

Women4God Blogs

I think this will be a good thing. Check out Women4God Blogs.

Tuesday, January 25, 2005


For me, there is something immensely satisfying in having a clean home. Granted, it is work but I find joy in working toward my goal. I like to put on some praise and worship music and then, as my grandmother used to say, "Pop my coat tails!" I find that having my home clean, neat and orderly allows me to relax. It is a major stress reducer!

I'm the kind of person who finds mess terribly distracting. In fact, I cannot cook if my kitchen is messed up. I will take the time to clean my kitchen, put away things, load the dishwasher if needed, etc. before I begin to cook. I try to clean up as I go along. My mother was just the opposite when she cooked. She didn't clean up as she went along and then there was always a huge mess at the end...and somewhere in all of that I ended up cleaning the mess. *sigh* Maybe that is what made me almost fanatical about cleaning as I go along. :)

Once my home is clean I am always drawn to rewarding myself by sitting down with a good book or maybe a magazine. Today was a wonderful day to clean because it was so grey and dreary outside. We have been in an inversion (where the cold air is trapped underneath, with all the pollution, under the warm air) for weeks and haven't seen the sun. If one were to drive just a little way up the canyon in the mountains you rise above all the gunk and the sun is shining and it is quite warm. All I lack is 2 loads of laundry which I will probably do tomorrow unless I decide to do them tonight while Jim is at BSF.

I was 'talking' (emailing) with my niece's husband who is also doing Bible Study Fellowship again this year. He commented on how much he was enjoying his discussion group. Jim is too. I think this is Jim's 6 or 7th year and he has thoroughly enjoyed each study. They have asked him to be a leader several times but with his work schedule, and his home schedule he has told them it just isn't the right time. He isn't opposed to being a leader but he would have to actually take vacation time every Saturday morning to make it to the Leader's meeting. And, that would also mean he wouldn't get to bed to sleep until quite late. With only sleeping 3-4 hours on Saturday morning anyway.... He looks at it as this isn't the season in his life to do that. And, with his involvement in Evangelism Explosion he felt he would be stretched too thin.

As I cleaned today, I was reminded that working wasn't part of the Curse. Work was part of God's original plan. God himself is a worker. Jesus said, "My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I, too, am working" (John 5:17). The Curse is what made work menial, tedious and frustrating. "God is the primary worker and as his image bearers, we were made to work. We create, accomplish, set goals, and fulfill them---to God's glory" (Heaven by Randy Alcorn). Won't that be wonderful, in heaven, to find that our work will never be drudgery? That we will have a very satisfied feeling of accomplishment without bringing sin into the picture? How wonderful to know that our work will be joyful and fulfilling, giving all glory to God! It doesn't get any better than that!

Monday, January 24, 2005

A conversation...

We were together with friends of ours this weekend and we had an interesting discussion. Please pray for her because I could see a light begin to come on. My prayer is that the Holy Spirit will open her eyes to understand what I was sharing from the Bible. Our discussion centered around faith and works. I have another friend who just had a conversation along these same lines with the father of her friend. While she was visiting the story about this little girl and a new bicycle which she wanted was told. I'm copying and pasting it into this blog.

In this story, written by Stephen E. Robinson, a young girl approaches her father about the possibility of buying her very own bike. Her father explains to her that having a bike is a very big responsibility and that a bike would cost a lot of money. However, he hugs her tightly and tells her that a goal is a good thing to have. He encourages her to try to earn what she needs to buy a new bike. The young daughter begins sweeping the porch, helping her mother pull weeds in the garden, and clean her bedroom in earnest. After working hard, she comes to her father with the money she has earned, hoping to be able to buy a new bike. Her father responds, "Let's go see what we can find out." When they enter the bicycle shop the young girl sees the most beautiful bike she could've ever imagined...but when she sees the price tag she begins to weep. When the little girl settles down, her father wipes her tears away and says, "How about this? How much money do you have?" "Sixty-one cents," she answers. "Then I'll tell you what," he says. "Let's try a different arrangement. You give me everything you've got--the whole sixty-one cents--and a hug and a kiss, and the bike is yours. I'll make up the difference." This little, heartwarming story honestly and truly makes my heart...sick! You see, this parable describes exactly the way my LDS friends believe they will be redeemed. They believe that they need to meet Christ half-way with their sixty-one cents...

My friend, too, mentioned this story in her explanation. I shared how the New Testament consistently emphasizes that salvation (eternal life) comes by placing personal faith in Jesus Christ. There are close to 200 times in the New Testament where salvation is said to be done by faith alone, with no works in sight. I'll list just a few: John 3:15, John 5:24, John 11:25, John 12:46. Jesus explains the 'works' of God in John 6:27-29.

I am in agreement that works are important but they do not save!! Christians work from salvation, not for salvation. We do good works not to receive salvation, but because we have already received it (salvation). We are saved by faith but for works. Works are not the condition of our salvation, but a consequence of it. James 2 tells us we are saved not by works but by the kind of faith that produces works.

I will not argue, but when the Lord presents an opportunity, I need to be obedient and share, in love, the truth from His Word. Again and again, I share how important it is for anyone who believes they are following truth, to check it against the sure foundation of God's Word, just as the Bereans did in Acts 17:11, "...They received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the Scriptures daily, whether those things were so."

You see, since God is outside of time, then there isn't any way that He can contradict Himself on down the line. Any "new" commandment will always line up with what He has already stated in His Word. If it doesn't, then one can be sure that it is false, leading one away from the truth.

The Trinity...

I was listening to the third talk which Ravi Zacharias gave when he was here in Salt Lake City. Jim and I were able to attend the first two but not his last. We purchased the DVD which has all three talks on it, plus the question and answer sessions, as well as audience comments. But, I digress. He gave a wonderful illustration for the Trinity, one which I had never heard before. He began with one dimension. In dealing with one dimension you get a straight line. The straight line can go from right to left, left to right, up or down but it is still a straight line. When you add a second dimension it's not just lines but one gets figures, such as a triangle, a square, etc. When you add a third dimension you now have objects and depth. With each added dimensions, the basic dimension still remains intact. With each dimension added you add the possibility of complexity without losing its simplicity. Ravi went on to say, "I believe if you take an uncaused being who is eternal, an infinite being who lives beyond time, and you take one who is the Creator of the universe, you have added so many different dimensions to infinitude that it is not at all impossible for Him to be one, in one sense, and three in another."

Sunday, January 23, 2005

Isaiah 9:6

"For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace" Isaiah 9:6.

I've used this verse many times in witnessing to my mormon friends, mainly in discussing the names of Christ. "The mighty God" and "The everlasting Father" show how Christ is God, not one of three gods. But, something else struck me the other night from this verse in particular. Christ has always other words, he was never born, being eternal. So a baby was born, but a son was given. In other words, Christ who has always eternally existed was given to wasn't Christ that was born. I think this is a very important distinction, especially here in the area in which I live.

Friday, January 21, 2005

God and the alphabet...

Every so often I like to work through the alphabet to think of words relating to God, or His attributes, etc. It's one of my favorite ways to lift praises to Him, acknowledging my need of Him, and reminding myself of my proper place before Him. No two times are alike and I am only hindered by my lack of vocabulary.

A - Awesome, adoring, amazing, All-Sufficient, Adonai, Alpha, You arrayed the heavens

B - Beyond my comprehension, brave, you bind the brokenhearted, your banner is over me, bountiful, blessed, beautiful

C - Comforter, Conqueror, caring, Creator, covenant God, Christ, Cross

D - Delightful, destroyer of evil, Designer of all

E - Eternal, exalted, Elohim, El Elyon, my everything, enthroned above the heavens, you did not excuse us but provided the way of escape

F - Faithful, forgiving, a fortress, freedom, you fulfill your promises, you first reached out to us

G - Great, good, you gather us to you, giver of every good and perfect gift

H - Holy, humble, Higher than the heavens, highest praises are yours alone, healer

I - I Am, you intended for us to have a relationship, integral part of us, interaction with us on a daily basis, we are free to inquire of you

J - Jehovah Jireh, Joy, you will dwell with us in the new Jerusalem, Justifier

K - Kind, Kinsman Redeemer, King of Kings

L - Lord of Lords, loving, loyal, lavish, you look out for us in our ignorance

M - Majestic, mighty, meek

N - Name above all names, we are nothing, you are all we need

O - Omnipotent, over all, omnipresent, one of a kind, Other

P- Promised One, precious, Peace, perfect will, praiseworthy, priestly, powerful

Q - You alone are qualified to be our Savior, quiet

R - Royal, ruler over all, Redeemer, redeeming

S - Steadfast, sufficient, Savior, sanctifier, Shepherd, Self-Existent, Holy Spirit

T - Triune God, There, tomb could not hold you

U - Unequal, unwavering, unchanging, utmost, uplifting, unique

V - Victorious, virtuous, no varying

W - Wise, wonderful, thank you for your written Word, you alone deserve worship, worthy

X - (words that sound like 'x') Exalted, extol your virtures

Y - Yaweh, You alone, You above all,

Z - You bring zest to my life, may my zealousness for you be tempered with love and humility, covered in wisdom from Your Word.

Wednesday, January 19, 2005

A great day...

Like my niece, Claire, I too, dislike change. I love being in a routine and getting things accomplished. Today was just one of those great days! The sun was shining and we were warm (unseasonably) so my errands were a joy to complete. I came back to a neat and tidy house so I didn't feel 'ugh' when I walked through the door. I also got my hair cut which is the next best thing to getting it permed when you are one or two weeks overdue for a you know the feeling I'm talking about? Now, Claire, with her naturally curly hair, has no idea but it is a wonderful feeling to think your hair doesn't look all droopy, limp or shaggy. It is a wonderful day to praise the Lord and to thank Him for the joy of my salvation!!!

Tuesday, January 18, 2005

Blog titles...

I've been doing a little more thinking, Dan, regarding new Blog names... Texas Loco, Dallas Trading Post, Texas Roundup, Dallas (or Texas) Jukebox, Big D Roundup. Have you had any great ideas?

Monday, January 17, 2005


My heart is so very heavy after a phone call which I received today. My cousin's husband died Saturday, very unexpectedly from a heart attack. The funeral will be Wednesday. Now, what is especially grievious to me is that a few years ago my Aunt informed my Mom that her daughter and husband had joined the mormon church. After living here for twenty years you can imagine my shock and horror when I heard that news! I grieved and mourned for days, weeks. I began praying immediately for believers to come across their path, that they would see the errors in the mormon theology. I also called and talked with my sister. There was a time when my sister
was able to stop and visit briefly with them on one of their travels. They hadn't seen each other in years. Of course, that visit was covered heavily in prayer, however, there wasn't any opportunities to speak of spiritual things. I have been to many LDS funerals and they are so cold, lifeless and hopeless. Oh, they talk about what a great person he was, and what fun, etc. They list all the good things that person has accomplished and tell stories about his life. They honor the person. But how different a believing Christian's funeral is! We have assurance of where our loved one is. We know that we will be united again with them in heaven. Not some heaven where one can become a "god and have their own planet with their spirit wives to procreate their own little world." No, we will be united with God Almighty, our Lord and Savior, the God of heaven, the great and awesome God who keeps His covenants, the Lord who created EVERYTHING, heaven, the earth, the billions of galaxies, mankind, and our tears. My sister and I talked tonight about how to reach out in love. Distance is such a terrible thing during a time like this. However, I will write and share about finding comfort in the arms of God, sharing biblical verses that meant a lot to me when my own father died so unexpectedly 3 years ago. Then I will pray that the Holy Spirit will take what I share and use it to bring her to Him, not the false god of mormonism. Everyday I am reminded more and more how important prayer is and how I fall short. I would call myself a praying woman and others have called me that too. But, when I really examine God's Word, the truth truly shines back at me and I see clearly my need for improvement.

It's like I always believed in sharing my faith with others that they may know the Lord but it didn't really hit home how fragile life was until my brother was killed in 1988. I looked at his body and thought how a short while before, 30 years of age seemed old, and I was 34 at the time. But, when I looked at his body I realized that 30 years wasn't any time at was a mere speck in light of eternity. It was at that exact point that I realized how important it was to find out where people stood for eternity. And, if there was any way that I could be used of God to help bring them into His kingdom, then praise the Lord!!! Now you have to understand that I am a very shy and reserved person. So, when I speak out for the Lord, I know it isn't me but the Holy Spirit that is leading, guiding and directing. Sometimes I am so surprised what comes out of my mouth. But, you know, that brings immense comfort to me because I don't have to worry about what to say, or how to say it. I know that the Lord is in control of all of that. Meanwhile, I turn to my Bible..."He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty" Psalm 91:1.


Have you ever read Nehemiah's prayer in Nehemiah 1? If you haven't I would highly encourage it. It truly is a model for us as believers. If we only had this one prayer to study and learn from it could actually make any other books on prayer obsolete! This prayer is rich in its awareness of God's character and His promises. He begins by acknowledging who God is and His position then Nehemiah moves on to confessing his sin and also the nation's sins. Finally he presents his request based upon the principles and promises of God's Word. I am a firm believer in being specific in my praying. I think that Nehemiah was specific and bold without being outcome based. Now, I don't mean specifically how I want the Lord to answer my prayer but to list the specific requests. It's exciting when one has a personal connection with God. It opens up whole new vistas as He responds to you in such a personal, caring way. We need to be open with laying out our requests before the Lord, but then we need to allow Him to handle the details as He sees fit.

Thursday, January 13, 2005

Birthdays and other 'stuff'...

It's arrived...I can't believe it, and actually, it isn't so bad. No it's not the big 50, it's the next one, the 51! I would like to think that I have acquired more wisdom, which that statement assumes that I have some wisdom to begin with. If one goes by the amount of gray hair then I am not nearly as wise as my dear sister. And for that matter, even if she didn't out do me hairwise she has always been much wiser than I am. That's one reason I love her so.

I am slipping a little (and I am sure that the "pilot" would tell me it is exactly because of my age) (and he would do it with a sly smile) in that I usually begin celebrating several days before and go for several days after. But, I did not actually begin celebrating until the big day yesterday. It is continuing through tonight as well as tomorrow night.

I have been reading a book on Heaven. The Lord constantly reminds me that I need to keep my heavenly perspective...forever focused upward, vertically, rather than horizontially. When I am focused on the eternal then everything that happens to me takes on new meaning. Even when it would seem like just a "chance" meeting with a stranger. (Look what transpired with a chance meeting with a stranger...Phyllis came to know that Lord!) That means when I am home alone with just Jim and Nana, my interactions will be having eternal consequences. Now, I've known isn't new to me but often I need to be reminded and how thankful I am that He is faithful to remind me. I certainly can't take anything physical with me when He calls me home but there are many things that I will be able to take with me, things that I am storing up ahead of my arrival, so to speak.

Bible study began again today. What a privilege to study God's Word! To dig deep into it and glean new truths, to be reminded of old truths, to be convicted in areas that need improvement and fellowship around the binding Word. I am excited about this new study. It's also encouraging to see how God has answered prayer over the holiday break for so many of the women! Our prayer time today was one of praises to the Most High God! And how encouraged our newest member, Phyllis, was to see the Lord's faithfulness in answering prayer---her's included. Hers involved making sure that she would have Thursdays off from work so she could attend.

One last thought to leave you with. This came from the accts News ( There was a small little blurb mentioned that gave me pause to think. Quote...A Matter of Perspective
Are you having a good day? Whether it's a good day or a bad day can be just a matter of perspective. Lt. Paul Galanti, who was a prisoner of war for 6 1/2 years in North Vietnam, has stated, "There's no such thing as a bad day when there's a doorknob on the inside of the door." End quote.

Wednesday, January 12, 2005

Choosing a new blog name....

Personally, I think since one particular person is getting ready to check out of the Hotel California I think it is only fair that he post some of the new names he is thinking of for when he moves to the Big D. Then we could have imput on the choices that are available or come up with a choice for 'witw' to consider. What do you all think? I'm sure there are others out there, that aren't family, that would want to give 'witw' some new BIG Texas names to ponder over.

Monday, January 10, 2005


When our son was a baby I thought I never wanted the 'baby' stage to end. I loved to snuggle and cuddle with him. There is just something about that baby smell...all powdery and clean after their bath. Then, there was almost an imperceptable thought that began to arise...wouldn't it be nice if he could just sit by himself, unattended. Not long before I never wanted the baby stage to end. Once he sat, I could not imagine wanting anything more...this then became my 'favorite' stage. And, once again, when I couldn't even hardly think about moving on, there came the thought, won't it be neat when he can walk and toddle around? How I loved the toddler years! How expressive they are with their face and the excitement in their voice! Never would I believe that I would be excited for him to begin school. This pattern continued all the way to "now." I found that I loved each stage of child rearing enormously! Each stage brought different elements, but that was okay. Just when I thought I couldn't stand to leave whatever stage I was in, the good Lord always readied me for the next stage, so that I embraced it as I went into it. It is kind of reminiscent of Pslam 119:105 which says, "Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path." God illuminates just so far ahead. A lamp doesn't show what is way on down the path in front of you, but rather, just what is ahead. Enjoy where you are right now and allow the Lord to ready you for what is ahead and when the time comes and the light exposes whatever is there, you will be ready for it.

Saturday, January 08, 2005

No Christian is greater than his prayer life...

The church has many organizers, but few agonizers; many who pay, but few who pray; many resters, but few wrestlers; many who are enterprising, but few who are interceding. People who are not praying are playing.

Two prerequisites of dynamic Christian living are vision and passion, and both of these are genereated in the prayer closet. The ministry of preaching is open to a few. The ministry of praying is open to every child of God.

Don't mistake action for unction, commotion for creation, and rattles for revivals.

The secret of praying is praying in secret. A worldly Christian will stop praying and a praying Christian will stop worldliness.

When we pray, God listens to our heartbeat. Hannah's "lips" moved, but her voice was not heard (1Samuel 1:12, 13). When we pray in the Spirit, there are groanings which cannot be uttered (Romans 8:26).

Tithes may build a church, but tears will give it life. That is the difference between the modern church and the early church. Our emphasis is on paying, theirs was on praying. When we have paid, the place is taken. When they had prayed, the place was shaken (Acts 4:31).

In the matter of effective praying, never have so many left so much to so few. Brethren, let us pray. --Author unknown

Friday, January 07, 2005


I am totally amazed when I see God work in such a personal way in one's life. And, by His working in one particular person's life it ripples out and affects others. When there is a need, a call goes out asking for prayer...then that is followed immediately with prayer requests going out to other faithful prayer warriors, and the throne room is stormed on behalf of this individual. When the prayers are answered, everyone's faith is strengthened. They have participated in putting aside their needs to pray for another.

It is such a vivid reminder that we should be "praying without ceasing!" There is nothing wrong with "quickie" prayers lifted upward at a needed time. However, I am more convinced than ever that sustained prayer is the foundation that is needed. How fragile is everything in our life...even the most common things that we take for granted. And, then something so "simple" can change everything in an instant.

Sometimes whatever is happening may be the Lord's way of redirecting a person in to a new direction. But, when the signs have been so clear, actually, quite miraculous, that one has been placed in the position one is in and you know beyond a shadow of a doubt that it is because God alone has placed you there, then I think there is some other reason the Lord is allowing this "trial." One reason is to make sure one understands that it is God alone who controls our destiny. He has a plan for each of us. And His will, will be accomplished through us. Also, I think He allows these trials so that we know and understand that we are completely reliant upon Him. When we understand that, our humility grows by leaps and bounds. He is the one who gets ALL the glory because we understand that we arrive where we need to be only because of Him!!!

"Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen. " (1 Timothy 1:17)

Thursday, January 06, 2005


Without exceptions God has called every Christian to a holy life. He hasn't called me to be like other people but to be like Himself. To be holy means to conform to the character of God. All of His thoughts and actions are consistent with His holy character. Oh how I wish for that consistency!! But, I do not always act consistently with my character. Holiness is God's crown. It is the perfection of all His other attributes. His power is holy, His mercy is holy, His wisdom is holy. Because of who He is He demands that I be holy in all that I do. I need to cultivate in my own heart the very same hatred of sin which God has. God's holiness is an exceedingly high standard, a perfect standard, but it is a standard that He holds me to. He can do no less. Praise the Lord that He does accept me solely through the merit of Christ, but His standard for my attitudes, affections, and actions is, "Be holy, because I am holy."

Tuesday, January 04, 2005

Praying for the areas hit by the tsunami

This from my niece which I am passing along to those interested....

Praying for the areas hit by the tsunami
We got this email from our friend Bruce with Operation Reveille who is a former missionary to Indonesia. If you are unsure how to pray for the areas hit by the tsumani, he gives some direction. Dear friends, I want to share with you what you aren’t getting in the popular media about the recent tsunami disaster in Indonesia that I perceive from having lived on Sumatra for nearly seven years. Aceh is to the country of Indonesia what the city of Falusia has been toIraq, what the strip of Gaza has been to Israel, and what the country of Afghanistan was to the world before 9-11. The Indonesians call Aceh “the veranda of Mecca.” Since the democratizing of Indonesia’s government with the downfall of former President Suharto, Aceh has been much more than just Indonesia’s most fundamentalist Muslim province. As Indonesia’s only province under sharia Muslim law, it has been an inspiration to the extremist movements which are cleansing villages on the islands of Ambon and Sulawesi of their Christians, and it has been a safe haven for Taliban style training of Indonesia’s own insurgency. I would never say that this natural disaster falling upon Aceh is a “judgement” from God, but the unreported reality staring us in the face is how this “act of God” will forever change the exportability of extremism from Aceh. Pray not just about the delivery of aid to this stricken region but also about the lasting spiritual and social changes that will come. As you give, consider the advantage Christian organizations have for stimulating these kind of changes over secular ones. -Bruce Sidebotham Director, Operation Reveille Here are some organizations he recommends: Asia Harvest: International Mission Board (Southern Baptist): Lampstand Partnership: Mission to the World (PCA):

Sunday, January 02, 2005

Check it out...

I was perusing the news items today and came across this interesting article. Thought you all might enjoy it, especially Dan. Check it out...

Focus on Friends...

The whirlwind of Chirstmas is behind us now. Hopefully you survived...everything in tact! One of my favorite parts of the holidays is the time I get to spend with friends, whether it's going to a party, taking in a special event together or just catching up with those who live far away via telephone calls or our Christmas letters. Friends play an important part in our lives and, in my opinion, they are one of the precious gifts God has given us!

I'm sure you can recall many moments in your life when the words, gesture or actions of a friend made all the difference in the world to you. Our friends have the power to help us and heal us through the ups and downs of our lives. I do beleive that God puts specific people in our lives at very specific times. If that's the case, then it's also true that God puts me (or you) in somebody's life at a specific time. So then we have to ask ourselves..."Who is it that I need to be a friend to, right now?"

Friendship is a precious thing and if we're not careful, despite all of of our good intentions, it can go by the wayside. Before the "busy-ness" of 2005 takes over, I want to encourage you to look for ways to strengthen your friendships. Tell your friends how important they have been and/or continue to be in your life, write them a note expressing your appreciation to them or pray for them on a regular basis. But let's not stop there! I want to challenge you (as I'm challenging myself) to intentionally look for ways to bring new people into your personal circle. God may have a new special friend out there for you, but you may have to take the initiative to nurture and develop the relationship. Most importantly, God wants us to share with those around us how they can find the "ultimate" friend--through a relationship with Jesus. Think about who in your life needs your friendship and the friendship of a loving Savior!

On a more personal note, thank you for your friendship to me. You continually minster to me through your thoughtful words, actions and prayers and because of that I am a rich woman indeed!

"I thank my God at every remembrance of you" Phillipians 1:3.