Saturday, February 28, 2009
Friday, February 27, 2009
Performed by- Larnelle Harris
Free MP3 Download - "Everything You Are"by Larnelle Harris
1Everything You are Is all I'll ever need
There is not a path I take
Where You cannot lead
How can I be less
Than what You ask of me
When everything You are
Is all I'll ever need
1Lord I hate to take Your time
'Cause You've heard it all before
But there are questions on my mind
I can't find the answers for
In spite of how it may appear
You know that my heart is true
And I find the truth I'm searching for In You
In a world of compromise
It's so hard to really know
If satifaction truly lies
In what you can call your own
Father help me separate
Between all my wants and needs
Till I only seek the things
You'd have for me
Ev'rything You are
Is all I'll ever need
Thursday, February 26, 2009
- I got the news that a church friend who had to have breast cancer surgery today had come through well. She only had to have a lumpectomy. No signs elsewhere. Things went well.
- I read that a new friend's husband had a bad PET scan report. They have already been through this 3 times(?) with him and cancer with a child, too.
Talk about an emotional roller coaster, and it's not even my roller coaster. These are people that pass through my life and have children my daughter's age. We have things in common, we go to the same church, we live in the same town. But that's where the similarities end. I have never been through anything remotely as trying as these families.
I find it hard to go to sleep because of these two events of the evening. When my head does finally hit the pillow it will be with a grateful and humble heart. I will pray for these two families. I am sure that God is feeling their mixed emotions as well, and will give them a new peace for a new circumstance.
I will try to be more patient tomorrow. I will try to remember that anyone I meet on my path may be going through something unspeakable, and respond with mercy. I will try to treat my family with the love the deserve from me. I will try respond not by WWJD but what would Jesus have me to do. Yes, I lay down with grateful and humble heart.
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Monday, February 23, 2009
Our house is just normally a little Disneyfied so it's just a matter of putting it all in one place to trap our guests into the looking through all of our vacation memories. (thanks for indulging us, Jay and Alisa)
We put out all our Disney dishes and decorations to make a great table presentation.
Here we are enjoying our meal and getting to know each other. We did let them eat while we made them watch the videos of our trips. I'm telling you we can take total advantage of a captive audience.
Sunday, February 22, 2009
Pastor David spoke on the sacraments of the church and how we as a denomination may have missed the mark on some of the basics, one of those being baptism. He used the below scripture to emphasis the point of the power of baptism.
Acts 8:26-50 (New International Version)
Philip and the Ethiopian 26Now an angel of the Lord said to Philip, "Go south to the road—the desert road—that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza." 27So he started out, and on his way he met an Ethiopian[a]eunuch, an important official in charge of all the treasury of Candace, queen of the Ethiopians. This man had gone to Jerusalem to worship, 28and on his way home was sitting in his chariot reading the book of Isaiah the prophet. 29The Spirit told Philip, "Go to that chariot and stay near it."
30Then Philip ran up to the chariot and heard the man reading Isaiah the prophet. "Do you understand what you are reading?" Philip asked.
31"How can I," he said, "unless someone explains it to me?" So he invited Philip to come up and sit with him.
32The eunuch was reading this passage of Scripture: "He was led like a sheep to the slaughter, and as a lamb before the shearer is silent, so he did not open his mouth. 33In his humiliation he was deprived of justice. Who can speak of his descendants? For his life was taken from the earth."[b]
34The eunuch asked Philip, "Tell me, please, who is the prophet talking about, himself or someone else?" 35Then Philip began with that very passage of Scripture and told him the good news about Jesus.
36As they traveled along the road, they came to some water and the eunuch said, "Look, here is water. Why shouldn't I be baptized?"[c] 38And he gave orders to stop the chariot. Then both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water and Philip baptized him. 39When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord suddenly took Philip away, and the eunuch did not see him again, but went on his way rejoicing. 40Philip, however, appeared at Azotus and traveled about, preaching the gospel in all the towns until he reached Caesarea.
We as Nazarenes are not notoriously the most spontaneous worshippers. But this morning in our combined services the pastors baptised 174 people. These were people who had not experienced the power of baptism or had, but did not remember when it happened. Some were children, some were accepting Christ for the first time, some were in the middle of their lives, some were saints of the church, some of us watched from the sanctuary seats...but all of us were changed. Words cannot express the power this service had today, I have tears in my eyes even as a try to describe it.
If your pastor ever says "do not miss this service" to your congregation...Do Not Pass Go...Do Not Collect $200...Be there! (and bring a camera)
Friday, February 20, 2009
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Monday, February 16, 2009
We love to eat at Chili's, the one at NW Expressway and Rockwell, where the tornado came through. We probably eat there once a week, sometimes twice. We meet friends there almost every weekend. What would we do without Chili's?? I know we could drive to another one, but it's not the same.
We met friends there just Saturday evening and I felt the sigh of familiarity come over me as we walked in the door. The place was hopping, (Valentine's Day). We had called ahead but we still had to wait. We were seated at a table that was too close to another and the tables are just too narrow. When they seat seven people at a table for six, you can't help but be crowded. We ordered chips and salsa (that's what we always do) and there is never enough room at the table. Our server refills our chips just as our meals arrive and there is no place to put the huge (half the width of the table sized) plates. We get everything situated, balancing plates and glasses in ways unimaginable...I think Allyson might have been actually seated on only half of her chair the whole meal, and we enjoy the favorites that we order weekly. I'm sure you're thinking, "Why do they go to the Chili's if this is their weekly experience?" The answer:
This is what I love...I love regular, consistency, known entities, order, familiarity, control, home, symmetry, etc.. So meet me at Chili's (NW Expwy & Rockwell), but if you have a party of seven, say "8", you'll have a little more elbow room to enjoy your meal.
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Growing up Nazarene meant a lot of things to those of us who had the privilege. It sometimes seemed a life full of "don'ts". We didn't drink, go to movies, go to dances, where jeans to church...you get the picture! I will have to admit that some of my don'ts were self imposed. If I didn't particularly want to go to a dance because I didn't want to go with the person who asked, it some how seemed nicer (or more convenient) to just say I couldn't go because of my religion-- whatever the heck that meant. But I will have to say that my brother did go to some movies and he did go to dances so I'm sure had I wanted to go I would've been allowed. I digress.
Anyway... one of the don't's (besides the fact that I can't dance at all) that has seemed to stay prevalent in my life is the fact that my family did not play card games with traditional cards. We played Rook. Rook cards do not have the "sinful" playing card symbols that are attached to gambling and such, these cards are just colorful number cards. No matter that my family played with as much seriousness as any gambler might have when it came to winning.
We play all the cards games that you play with traditional cards such canasta, rummy, nertz, etc, it's just that we adjusted all the rules to play with Rook cards. My family actually played Rook with the Rook cards also but I never managed to learned to play that one.
So tonight we get to get together with some of our best friends to play cards, Book Rook (our name for canasta). Of course we'll have a sustaining meal to prepare us for the battle, and there will be polite dinner conversation and we may even remember that the kids are part of the meal but...when we leave the table to adjourn to the playing area it will all be about the strategies and about which couple goes home the winners. Let the games begin!!
Happy Valentine's Day!!!
Friday, February 13, 2009
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
The new promotion for Disney Parks this year is "What will you Celebrate?" If you are in a park on your actually birthday they will give you a free park pass. We never seem to be near the parks on any of our birthdays. We have sometimes come close with Jim's if we happen to be there during Thanksgiving, but not during this promotion. Jenna and I are trying to decide what we are going to celebrate this trip.I know that they have a button for some one's 1st trip to Walt Disney World so I'm sure that we will have to celebrate with one of those for Savanna. We think maybe we need a button that celebrates "Going to Disney with a Friend," "Showing Disney to a Newbie," "A button with a space to write in the # of times you've visited," I think I might need some kind of generational button, maybe "Celebrating the third generation of Disney goers." Whatever we decide to celebrate I know it will be great fun.
I kind of imagine it becoming the "thing" of this trip. Our trips always seem to have a "thing." Whether it be Jim pointing out the "Tree of Life" every time we could see the top of it from the car, needing two lines to get on the tram to the parking lot, warning Tonya every time we might get wet, or the "no bad dancing" signs. I imagine that we could "celebrate " every little step we take especially with someone who has not been . This may actually have to have a special section in my next scrapbook. Look for the results of the "What will you Celebrate" challenge.
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
His sons spoke with individual voices of the same father that had touched their lives and the daughter wrote eloquently of the difference her father had made in her life and the lives of others. And many others expressed their feelings of love and loss.
What impact are we leaving for our Lord and our families? This was a great reminder to me of the things that really matter now and things that leave a lasting impression on those that love us and those we love.
(I am so far from a romantic it's hard for me to even recognize romance anymore.)
Monday, February 9, 2009
I was re-reading some of Grace Rules by Steve McVey tonight and came across somethings that helped me. It has been a kinda strange couple of days in my life. I think I'm struggling somewhat because another friend has lost a parent, which seems to happening all too often.
Steve McVey writes in this book:
There is a tragic lack of joy in the lives of many believers today because they are willing to settle for happiness. Happiness depends on happenings. A person is happy when the circumstances of life are to his liking. While pursuing happiness is the primary goal for many Christians, it isn't a high priority to God for us to be happy. He wants to give us joy. Happiness depends on external circumstances; joy runs much deeper than that. Happiness comes from outside into us, but joy comes from the inside out. It is a pleasure that flows from our innermost being--an inner sense of well-being and contentment produced by an awareness of our union with Jesus Christ. Joy is unaffected by our surroundings.
Joy has no relationship to happiness. Consider Paul's time in jail at Philippi. He wasn't happy to be there. Jail was no thrill for him. Yet the theme of his letter to the Philippians was that of rejoicing. He wonderfully demonstrated that a person can experience joy without happiness.--
I got robbed of my joy today. I let my circumstance get the best of me. These words have given me something to put ahead of my circumstances this week. Seek the Joy!
Sunday, February 8, 2009
Saturday, February 7, 2009
Friday, February 6, 2009
With all the connections of facebook to old friends it really makes you stop and think. I still think of Beavercreek, Ohio as my hometown but I've actually been away from there longer than I lived there. I think back when someone makes a friend request --was I nice to that person? I know everyone has changed-- but man-- If I knew then, what I know now.
This brings me to explain my blog title, I can be right or I can be happy.
I follow about a million Disney sites and boards, I mostly just lurk to see what plans people are making or what new rumors are floating around. There is always a thread somewhere about the funny things people overhear at Walt Disney World. Things like "What time does the 3:00
parade start?", "This is costing a small fortune, stop crying and have a good time", and someone told a story of a heated discussion between a husband and wife that ended with the wife saying "Honey, you can be right or you can be happy, your choice!" I laughed while reading the many examples but that last one kept coming back to taunt me. Looking back I'm sure the taunting was the Lord poking me on the shoulder.
I needed to be right to be happy, what a waste of energy. Not only did I need to be right, I needed others to be wrong. I needed to persuade everyone that my way was the only way. We're talking little insignificant things to huge things that really mattered. My way or the highway. I was so tired and so offended all the time.
This little humorous story that was really only meant to be mildly funny started to change my whole perspective. What if I stopped challenging everyone and every situation. What if I realized that everyone did not need my opinion on everything? What if I started to try to see things from someone else's vantage point? Oh My Gosh!!!!
2009 is already proving to be a more challenging (good and tough)year than I imagined. More control over spending, hoping my car will make it til the end of 2009, paradigm shifts with good friends, new friends to look after and care for, unstable job situations, daughter on the brink of teenagerdom, unstable economy and many others things I'm sure all of us face. But this year I don't need to control every little thing, I don't always need to prove how right (or not) I am.
This year I am a woman on the verge of figuring out That I Can be Right or I Can Be Happy!
" 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind' ; and, 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' "Luke 10:26-28 "And, "as my daughter says, "the rest will take care of itself." (out of the mouths of babes).
Thursday, February 5, 2009
Here's the Rule, highlight somehow the things you've done & post on your blog!
1. Started your own blog
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyland--Walt Disney World too many times to count
8. Climbed a mountain
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sang a solo
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown your own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitch hiked
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a Marathon (or HALF!)
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught yourself a new language
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied...(I think this one's too tricky to answer.)
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David
41. Sung karaoke
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had your portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies
62. Gone whale watching
63. Got flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma.
65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten Caviar
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Kissed a stranger at midnight on New Year's Eve
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone’s life
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club
93. Lost a loved one
94. Had a baby
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a law suit
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee
Now Tag 3 Different bloggers to post this :)
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
Monday, February 2, 2009
Sunday, February 1, 2009
I will have to say that sometimes I am still a reluctant member but I really enjoy the people that make up our group. It really is never a bunch of people wanting me to share things that I don't want to share, I've never had to do meditation or chanting or any kind. So far their expectations of me have been very realistic and I seem to be functioning without any major meltdowns. These are great people that I really do have things in common with, some I knew well, some I knew in passing and some I didn't know well at all. But now I count them on my list of friends. If they facebook me to be my friend I will not ignore them, I will confirm any of them right away.
So we had a Super Bowl Party. I don't really watch football but I do like to play most table games and I love to eat, and these people bring great food. I made my group pose for pictures and promised to make them famous by posting them on my blog.
Here are my friends from my small group (minus a few who I will get the next time around). Any resemblance to someone famous or to someone you may know is purely a coincidence. Enjoy!