Thursday, August 31, 2006
V ERTICAL THINKING
E NTRUSTING HER (AND ME) TO HIS CARE
R ELEASING EVERYTHING TO THE ONE WHO IS ABLE
W ISELY KNOWING MY LIMITS AND HIS POWER
H UMBLING ACKNOWLEDGING MY NEED BEFORE HIM
E NLARGING MY FAITH
L EAVING EVERYTHING IN HIS HANDS
M ORE GRACE AND MERCY EXTENDED
E TERNALLY GRATEFUL
D EPENDING ON HIS STRENGTH
Wednesday, August 30, 2006
Often times, we have a zeal to demonstrate that "Jesus is the answer." But sometimes I think we go too far by pretending that we have all the answers too. Do you feel like being a good witness means never letting on that you still have plenty of problems in your own life? That, my friend, is being a hypocrite.
Our world is fed up with Christians trying to sell quick, easy solutions to complex problems. What the world needs to see is something very REAL in our lives! If we are ever going to break free from the snare of hypocrisy we have to admit we don't have all the answers. I know I don't have the perfect marriage, nor do I have a perfect child (that's right Pilot---you are not perfect!), nor do I attend the perfect church. I'm a sinner just like everyone else. There isn't a person alive on this planet who is not a sinner. My life will have a far greater impact when I'm willing to admit to the world around me that I blow it every day of my life. The difference is I'm not who I used to be, and I'm not who I would have been.
As I've pondered God's faithfulness over the past several weeks as I have been reading Isaiah, it is my prayer that God will deliver me, and you, from all remnants of hypocrisy. I do not need to feel the need to pretend to be someone I'm not. Neither do you. Be open to growing in your understanding of how great God is and all He has done. As you grow you will be increasingly aware that there is nothing we can add to God. He doesn't need you and I to enhance His reputation with outward displays of religiosity. God doesn't need us to turn in a shining performance for Him. Indeed, I believe God's faithfulness shines forth most brightly through our imperfections rather than our perfection. You see, it's then that people realize that Christians really aren't perfect, just forgiven. If God has accepted us just as we are then they can believe that He will accept them just as they are. It isn't a bumper sticker, friends, it's the truth. Let's live like we believe it!
Saturday, August 26, 2006
Her pain is still very excruciating but she is moving better. She was able to sit in a wheelchair today to eat her lunch. The confusion hasn't totally left, but the being in a fog, out of reality with that vacant stare, mumbling and "picking" the air has left! For that I praise the Lord!
So as Mom continues to come out of the acute delirium brought on by the broken pelvis I am much encouraged. Does she still have a long way to go? Oh my yes!! But there is hope, and encouragement as we see progress each day, even though it is in small increments. We can see the possibility of her returning to our home in the future.
Psalm 77:14 "You are the God who works wonders; You have made known Your strength among the people."
Mom, we are so proud of you and all the progress you have made in a week! We LOVE you!!!
Thursday, August 24, 2006
If you could have a free subscription to any magazine, which one would you like to have?
This is easy because I already have a free subscription to my favorite magazine, compliments of my MIL. :) It's Taste of Home.
Describe your living room (furnishings, colors, etc.).
Well, my family room (which is where we live, rather than our formal living room) has green/tan/maroon plaid couch and love seat which recline. We have a coffee table and some end tables. Out tv is on an oak tv stand. We also have our stero/cd system, a gun cabinet which my husband's grandfather made, an antique hall/hat tree which also has a seat on it. My desk is there along with 5 bookcases (floor to ceiling). Behind our sitting area we have a round solid oak table and four chairs. There is a rocking chair next to the fireplace. We have a lot of accent things from all over the world, like a ceramic elephant which holds an old oriental boat, items from Turkey, German beer steins, and Russian dolls which stack. And of course, scads of pics of our son, the pilot!
What does the shape of a circle make you think of?
Hmmm, I would have to say a ring...like a wedding ring, which symbolizes a neverending love.
Name 3 things in your life that you consider to be absolute necessities.
Things and not people? Besides food, clothing and housing? I don't know that I could limit it to three things. :) Okay, my Bible, my fan (I sleep with my fan on all year long---even in the winter, making my hubby wear a long sleeve turtleneck pullover and flannels to bed!), my computer, and I cannot leave my books behind...unless there was a fire. Then I would leave my books behind.
What was the last really funny movie you watched?
I can't remember the last funny movie. It was either Fun With Dick and Jane or Failure To Launch.
Wednesday, August 23, 2006
I hope the military personnel get tons of these cards. Do your part to let them know how much you appreciate them. And then pass on this website so others can send them, too. What a great idea!
If you go to the web site www.letssaythanks.com you can pick out a thank you card and the Xerox Company will print it and it will be sent to a soldier that is currently serving in Iraq. You can't pick out who gets it, but it will go to some member of the armed services. It is FREE and it only takes a second. Wouldn't it be wonderful if the soldiers received a bunch of these? I sent mine, now you send one too! (Some cool designs - all made by kids!)
Sunday, August 20, 2006
We were going to do lunch today with another couple in celebrating and then we were having some neighbors in for cake and ice cream tonight. But one friend, who had made the cake and decorated it, and her husband came on up to the hospital with the cake and lemonade and we still celebrated for a short while. The rest of the cake we passed out to her roommate who will go home tomorrow, and the nurses and aides on her floor. There's nothing like bribing the staff for good care, right?! LOL!!!
Of course, she feels really bad about all this happening on her birthday. She was blacked out for about an hour and then still lay there because she couldn't get to her glasses to see my cell phone number. We were in church. The awful thing is she lay there until almost noon when we could get there. We called the ambulance and they were able to get her up and on the stretcher and to the hospital.
I'll update as I know more. We just appreciate your prayers so much!
Resting in His arms...
Friday, August 18, 2006
The entire Bible consists of 66 books. The first 39 are what comprises the Old Testament which tells of God's law and holy requirement, as well as His judgment on His people for their inability to fulfull the law. The next 27 books comprise the New Testament which presents a new covenant through which God offers salvation for sin. It tells how Jesus fulfulls the law's requirement and offers Himself as the spotless Lamb of God, sacrificed for the redemption of our sins. Old hat, right?
Well, in the same way, the book of Isaiah divides quite neatly into two sections. The first 39 chapters deal with judgment for sin, while chapters 40-66 deal with the comfort of salvation.
You see, the O.T. opens with God's case against us humans because of our sin. Isaiah, likewise, opens in the same way. Look at Isaiah 1:18, '"Come now, and let us reason together," says the LORD, "Though your sins are as scarlet, They will be as white as snow; Though they are red like crimson, They will be like wool."' The first section closes with the prophecy of the coming King of Righteousness and the redemption of Israel, just as the prophets close the O.T. with the prediction of His coming kingdom.
The second section of Isaiah opens with John the Baptist, "the voice of him that crieth in the wilderness," and is concerned with the person and work of Jesus Christ (Isaiah 40:3). The N.T. opens in exact accord with this. John the Baptist, the forerunner of Jesus, is announced in John 1:6, 23, "There came a man sent from God, whose name was John....He said, "I am A VOICE OF ONE CRYING IN THE WILDERNESS. MAKE STRAIGHT THE WAY OF THE LORD,' as Isaiah the prophet said."'
Isaiah ends with the vision of new heavens and a new earth where righteousness dwells. The N.T. closes with this same view in Revelation.
Isn't that a striking similarity between Isaiah and the whole Bible? I think so. It's things like this which makes my journey into God's Word deeper, richer, and unforgettable!
Thursday, August 17, 2006
What color is your car?
If you could wake up tomorrow with full training in another occupation and a job in that field, what would it be?
This is really difficult for me because all I've ever wanted to be was a wife and mother. Ever since I was a little girl that's what I played and imagined being. I've always been fascinated with the law, so maybe a lawyer. Or maybe a research scientist. I secretly LOVE writing research papers! I know, kind of nerdy. But, truly, in college I loved to write papers. However, for both of those professions I would have had to pass certain criteria to be able to do that kind of work. Especially the research scientist. And, science was never my long suit. Ever. So I would need the brain power to go along with those professions.
How many times in your life have you had the flu or something similar?
Oh my goodness. I have no idea. Maybe ten times? I certainly have had my fair share of illnesses which always seems to turn out to be some weird or exotic or near extinct illness but the flu? Not too many times.
What is something that has happened to you this week that you didn't expect?
Oh, this is so easy! We had a phone call just yesterday from dear friends in Scotland wishing us the best on our anniversary! :D
How old were you when you had your first kiss?
I'm sure I wasn't very old at all before my dad kissed me!!! ;)
A holy man was having a conversation with the Lord one day
and said, "Lord, I would like to know what Heaven and Hell are
"The Lord led the holy man to two doors. He opened one of the
doors and the holy man looked in. In the middle of the room was a large round table. In the middle of the table was a large pot of stew which smelled delicious and made the holy man's mouth water.
The people sitting around the table were thin and sickly. They
appeared to be famished. They were holding spoons with very
long handles that were strapped to their arms and each found it
possible to reach into the pot of stew and take a spoonful, but
because the handle was longer than their arms, they could not get
the spoons back into their mouths. The holy man shuddered
at the sight of their misery and suffering. The Lord said, "You have seen
They went to the next room and opened the door. It was
exactly the same as the first one. There was the large round table
with the large pot of stew which made the holy man's mouth water. The
people were equipped with the same long-handled spoons, but here the
people were well nourished and plump, laughing and talking.
The holy man said, "I don't understand." "It is simple" said the Lord, "it requires but one skill. You see, they have learned to feed each other. While the greedy think only of themselves.. "
A friend is someone who reaches for your hand, and touches your heart.
Sadly, I'm afraid the Bible is very clear what hell will be like, as well as what heaven will be like. I pray that you would seek out and learn what Christ has to say about both. It is my heart's desire to see each and every friend of mine in heaven because I will most assuredly be there!
Tuesday, August 15, 2006
Today we celebrate
Friday, August 11, 2006
After a very lengthy discussion in which we discussed many, many spiritual things it was winding down. But before he left he desired to meet with us again at the beginning of the next week. He was leaving right in the middle of a talk about people becoming gods. One of our criteria that we had all agreed on was the Bible would be our final source of authority. Both sides needed to show how their position lined up with God's Word. If it didn't then there was no point in going further down that path.
Well, on Sunday, L was sitting in her church listening intently to her sermon. At the exact same time I was sitting in my church, also listening intently to my pastor's sermon. Our sermon touched on this very verse. I sat there stunned. It was as if the Lord had sent me my own personal message marked: "Read this, Claire." I could hardly wait to get home and call L and tell her about this verse.
In the meantime, L's pastor preached out of Revelation 21 and also touched on verse 7. She too thought she had received a personal message from the Lord. She raced home to call me after church. We were both so amazed how God confirmed for both of us, using the exact same scripture verse, in churches across the city from each other.
We were able to meet with the young man again and shared our scripture verse with him, even sharing our story on how the Lord gave it to both of us on Sunday morning. We met a few more times with this young man and then he went on his way.
I'm very grateful for the friends which the Lord has given me. He has even widened my friendships through my blog. I never ever dreamed that I would develop friendships with people in Canada, Scotland, Finnland, England, Australia, and all across my own great country. What I love about the friendships which the Lord has blessed me with is they support and strengthen me in difficult times. They laugh with me in the good times and come along side me in the difficult times.
These friends are all different denominations. Like my friend, L. I read something a short while ago which suggested it would be helpful to get to know my future neighbors. I did a double take to make sure I read that correctly. It went on to say not the ones I always hang out with but the ones who are different. Maybe their worship services are a little more robust or contemporary, or too loud or too staid. Their services may be more charismatic or not charismatic enough. Maybe they are a different skin color and worship in a much more vibrant way. These are the different ones I should get to know. Why? Because I'm going to be worshiping side by side with them one day in heaven. And on that day, no one's going to be debating denominational differences! Can I hear a Hallelujah?!
Isn't that a grand thought! It made me smile. I have been meeting my "future" neighbors. One way has been through our Christian Chapter Chat. (It's not too late to sign on board!) And now we have more new neighbors joining in on our discussions. I'm glad. Because until I actually get Home to Heaven, I'm catching a glimpse of it right now and I am able to participate with a small taste what Heaven will be like. Thank you to each one of my blogging friends. You are all very special to me.
Thursday, August 10, 2006
Tell about a toy you remember from your childhood.
For Christmas one year (I think I was 4) I got a doll with beautiful long, silky, black hair which could be washed. She came with her own shampoo, styling brush and mirror etc. I was so excited. When everyone went upstairs to fix breakfast I immediately took my new doll into the downstairs bathroom and proceeded to wash her lovely, long, silky black hair. Of course, I had no idea how I was supposed to do it since I couldn't read the instructions. And, no one in my family thought I would go IMMEDIATELY into the bathroom and try it without a little supervision. Well, she lost most of her hair. What was left was kinky, tufted hair that stood out about an inch or so from her head. I went running upstairs to show how WONDERFUL my doll looked after her
If you could make one thing in the world absolutely free for everyone, what would it be?
Well, there is already something that is absolutely free for anyone and that is eternal life with Christ. He is the one who has provided it. So it isn't technically something that I can give but I can share the good news with any and all who are interested in knowing more.
If it was within my power to do so, I would make the world a democracy. At least have other countries out from under ruthless dictators who treat their citizens horribly.
Approximately how many times per day do you think about your significant other?
Oh my goodness! I think about him all the time. It's hard not to because he sleeps during the day and I don't want to wake him up unnecessarily. (I will wake him up for
What is something you believe in 100%?
My favorite verse (well, one of my most favorite) in the Bible. It's the greatest assurance a person can ever have: "For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us [me] from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord" (Romans 8:38-39).
Name one thing you have done this week that you would consider a "good deed."
I took my Mom to get her glasses adjusted and then we went to a sewing/craft store and I pushed her around in her wheelchair so she could look at all the new pretty things on display. Afterward we went out to eat together.
Kim from "Can You Hear Me Now?" was the first to sign up.
Chris from "His Unfinished Work" jumped in last night.
Gayla from "Journey of the Heart" claimed a space this morning.
Dave from "Dave's Place" is our first gentleman to join the group!
Wednesday, August 09, 2006
After checking it out and you decide you would like to participate in the reading club then let either myself know or email Jules at Heyjules@att.net. We will be starting either Monday the 21st or Monday the 28th, depending on member's schedules.
Once we know whom all will be participating then we'll decide what schedule works best for putting up posts about the chapter we will currently be reading.
Now, some of you might be asking what is so special about joining Christian Chapter Chat. Well, I'm just going to copy and paste what Jules wrote on her blog about her association with the other participants (men as well as women are welcome to join). I quote, " What made reading a book as an online bookclub so great last time around? I'd have to say that it taught us so much about each of the other members. It really drew us together despite our different beliefs and backgrounds. By the time we finished the first book, "Moments with the Savior" by Ken Gire, we had become accountable to each other in various stages of our Christian walk. We also shared personal revelations about ourselves and we were amazed at how God used each of us to open the hearts up of the other members. It was really an amazing experience!"
So there you have it. Go buy yourself a copy and read along or jump in and post your thoughts along with the others. Let Jules know...or me....and we will get you added to the website over at Christian Chapter Chat!
Thursday, August 03, 2006
Name an actor or actress you think is totally underappreciated.
John Cusack. I don't know why. His name just came to me.
Impress us by using a big word in a sentence.
Periodically 'verdigris' shows up on my copper floor lamp requiring me to take action.
What is something inanimate that you've given a name to (such as a pet rock)?
We have named our cars in the past. Two of our cars have had the same name: Chort.
What color would best represent your personality and why?
Definitely green. It is very soothing and restful to me. Calming. I think my personality is a lot like that. I'm mellow, not easily perturbed.
Fill in the blanks: ____God________ is so ____Good________.
Good morning, Lord. I'm hear to plan our day. You alone know what my day holds for me. May I have victory in You throughout my entire day....
"O sing unto the LORD a new song: sing unto the LORD, all the earth. Sing unto the LORD, bless His name; she forth His salvation from day to day. Declare His glory among the heathen His wonders among all people. For the LORD is great, and greatly to be praised; He is to be feared above all gods" (Psalm 96:1-4).
Is this true, LORD? I'm feeling nothing....
"O come, let us sing unto the LORD: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation" (Psalm 95:1).
Truly, LORD, I have gone through my morning....is it possible? Is today the day? I almost hold my breath in anticipation...
"It is a good thing to give thanks unto the LORD, and to sing praises unto thy name, O most High: to shew forth thy lovingkindness in the morning, and thy faithfulness every night" (Pslam 92 1-2).
"O LORD, how great are thy works! and thy thoughts are very deep" (Psalm 92: 5).
Thank you, LORD, for my lunch with my young friend, G. It still is almost too much to hope for, LORD. Why do I doubt?
"So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom" (Psalm 90:12).
Thank you, LORD, for every breath you give me. Even with pain, I praise You...
"Give ear, O LORD, unto my prayer; and attend to the voice of my supplications. In the day of my trouble I will call upon thee: for thou wilt answer me" (Psalm 86:6-7).
Truly, LORD, I am beginning to have hope....
"For thou are great, and doest wonderous things: thou art God alone!" (Psalm 86:10).
LORD, it's me again. I'm still free. I've hoped for this day. I've prayed for this day. I was content if it never arrived. However, I rejoice with my heart and soul that today is my first day being pain free since the night of June 17th. Hallelujah! Then sings my soul.....
"Thou art the God that doest wonders: thou hast declared thy strength among the people" (Psalm 77:14).
"I will meditate also of all thy work, and talk of thy doings" (Psalm 77:12).
Oh yes, Lord! I will gladly tell people what You have done. I now begin my one month countdown....trusting You that the nerve pain will not return.
Wednesday, August 02, 2006
2.... I stress over heights. I get vertigo very easily. In fact, on hubby's and my 2nd date he took me climbing at the Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs. Over and over I told myself it was mind over matter. I could do this. Nope. When it came time to come down he was blithley walking and talking but I was seated on the ground trying to scoot my way down. And just think, we will celebrate our 31st anniversary on August 16. (That part doesn't stress me!) ;D
3.... I stress whenever I have to get up and talk in front of a group of people. No matter how much I practice it before hand everything goes out of my mind. I'm left with nothing but notes and a red face.
4.... I stressed over buying our home when my parents came to live with us. My mother is a perfectionist and to buy a home taking into consideration our tastes and their tastes was a little daunting. And, to think, it was sight unseen for them.
5.... I stress out when my kitchen is in disarray. I can't stand to work in a messy kitchen. It drives me nuts.
6.... I can stress over having to do something outside of my normal routine, especially if I'm having to do it by myself.
8.... I dislike going to large parties where I know very few people. I much prefer to talk one on one or at least be in a smaller group.
9.... I hate snakes....and bugs...and spiders...and BIG moths. I know I'm bigger and smarter than they are but I still do. not. like. them. one. iota. They stress me when they are in my home.
10... Cooking for my mother (who lives with us) stresses me. In her old age (90 this month) she has become much more finicky than I ever remember her being when I was growing up. In fact, I don't remember her ever disliking anything. Now, I on the otherhand, was very finicky while growing up. Isn't it funny how the roles reverse?
11... I used to stress over if anyone liked me. Especially in high school. I struggle with low self esteem. It got better once I came to know the Lord. My value in His eyes is the most important thing to me now. However, every once in a while that old self esteem issue tries to slip back in.
12... When my dad died very unexpectedly in 2001 my sister was here visiting at the time. It bothers me to think I'll be here by myself when the Lord takes our mom. I have to constantly remind myself that when the time comes, and if I am alone physically, I'm not really alone. Christ is right here beside me and will give me grace to deal with it.
13... Even with AAA roadside service it still stresses me to have car trouble by myself. I much prefer to have hubby along with me if anythng is going to go wrong. :)
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