Monday, August 31, 2009
Sunday, August 30, 2009
Mandisa is one of my favorite Christan singers. I loved her on Amercian Idol and still do. I think she has an amazing voice and is truely gifted. I love all her songs, they really inspire me. This is one of her newest ones. I think it's so precious and just a beautiful song. I hope that it will bless you and encourage you. No matter if you what you are going through in your life right now.
Before I begin, this summer I went home by myself twice to visit my family. (It was during the week so Kevin couldn't come). The second time, I was running around doing some errands and I was stopped at this light. (Now, as you are aware, the "newest" thing is to have your car show your personality (like with the some version of the palmetto tree or inital stickers). People have all different types of stickers, etc. to make their car "their own". The car in front of me had this bumper sticker that I read it, then had to read it again and it has just stuck with me. It said
"We Must Be The Change We Wish To See In The World". I thought about it, and I was like, yes, we have to change first, before we can expect other people to or before the world will. I felt like this went along with what Lee spoke about this morning.
"A Changed Life" -Acts 2:14-41
Lee began talking about if people knew you before you were saved and before you were changed, then they can see a difference (at least you hope they can.) Once you have committed your life to Jesus, there is a change, in everything you say, do, and think. You are a new creation and a new person. I feel like that at times we only focus on what Jesus did for us on the cross just at Easter time. We need to be constantly reminded of it but even then we have come so complance to it, that it doesn't have an affect on us anymore. One of Lee's points this morning was "The RESURRECTION separates Jesus from the pack. Meaning all other leaders or starters of every other "religion" has died and is still dead and is still in the ground. Only Jesus died, was buried and on the 3rd day arose. There was a verse this morning that I had never heard before. (and yes I am sure there are many, but I know I had never had this one brought to my attention.)
"And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen asleep( meaing death) in Christ are lost. If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are to be pitied more than all men. " ~ 1 Corinthians 15:17-19
Meaning that, had Christ not been raised from the dead, our faith would be in vain. We have not been cleansed from our sins. Our faith would be just like all those others. Jesus knew the person each one of us would turn out to be, He knew the sin we would commit, and He knew that He would be sent to the cross to pay our debt, yet He still created us. Wow! I know I couldn't be that forgiving.
The next point was that "The RESURRECTION reveals the need for repentance. Romans 6:23
Most of us never call out to God unless we are in the mist of something that we feel like we are drowning in sin or in trouble. Lee used the example of a life jacket. We don't wear a life jacket unless we are on a boat and are in danger of the boat going down or it we think we might me in danger. Some of us, only "wear" God when we need Him. We need Him every day. I couldn't do my job as a teacher without Him. When I was deciding on my major, there was an afternoon my sophomore year that I was alone in my dorm room and I was on my knees praying for direction in my major. I felt like it was education, but I prayed if that was it, that I knew I couldn't do it by myself and I asked God to help me. Every morning on my way to school and at night I pray for my students and myself that I will be about to teach them to the best that I can. We need Him not just when we are drowning, but when we are still standing on the shore. "For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing (those that don't think their sin is that bad and those that don't think they need Jesus) but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.)
1 Corinthians 1:18
And the third point was that the RESURRECTION gives us HOPE. Knowing that Jesus did rise on that third day, is the reason we have hope of eternal life in Heaven with Him. Lee said "God doesn't want you to simply change your behavior, but to change your boss." You can "pretend" that you have changed or you can "act" a certain way around people, but unless your heart has been changed to where you listen to Jesus and try every day to be more and more like Him, you will fall. But He will pick up back up if you repent and realize you need Him and He needs to be Lord of your life. Only you and God know the "true" state of your heart. Thank Him today for loving you know matter how often you forget Him and bring shame to His name. If you know that you have never accepted Him as your Lord and Savior, don't wait until you are in need of a "life jacket" do it before you get on the next boat. There may only be one "life jacket" on board and you may be too late.
Friday, August 28, 2009
This one is my favorite. I did get one good outside picture. As you can see had just finished raining heavy.
Abby and her new string ball.
Sunday, August 23, 2009
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Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Sunday, August 16, 2009
This is part 1. Trust me, it's worth watching all 5 parts. You will be rolling, laughing. Enjoy!
This is part 2.
This is part 3.
This is part 4.
This is part 5, the last video.
Saturday, August 15, 2009
Okay, yes I just had a conversation with myself, but......See last year, there had been 3 different teachers in my classroom over a period of 2 years. When I walked in last year, (wish I had taken a picture) the walls were yellow, I mean mustard yellow! Awful! So the school painted over it with their lovely choice of this tanish-orangish, beige. It made the room look dirty, and old. And yes,the school is old, but it made it worse. I had so much junk to sort through and basically just moved my stuff in. So this summer I had the chance to really clean my room and get it like I wanted it. Since it's so old, they don't mind if you paint. I painted it white with dark blue trim. The room looks so much brighter and cleaner! Plus, I did go through and clean it, so I know it's clean. It takes so much time to get a classroom ready for the beginning of a new school year. Even if I didn't have to paint and change everything up, it still takes a lot of time and effort..that is if you choose to do it right. At my school you can go up there on the weekends and work and throughout the year last year, there were some Saturdays, even Sundays that I went up there. And there were always at least 1 other teacher there.
Monday morning is less than 48 hours away. I still have lesson plans to finish for the rest of the week and other things to do.....A teacher's job is never done and there is always something to do. Kevin asked me last night, "what more can you possible have to do?", but then again, there is always something for him to do on the farm and his work is never done.
Anyway, enjoy the pictures. The older pictures were taken during February, I was taking pictures of some projects that my kids had turned in, they were at activity, so it looks really junking more so that it would have if I had taken a picture of it from the way it was at the beginning of last year.
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Thursday, August 13, 2009
I showed Kevin this video tonight. Since the Bride and Groom were Jill and Kevin (and the bride was similar looking with the skin and hair color and the groom was with Kevin), I think that in 10 years we need to renew our vows and recreate this. It was a lot more upbeat than our original ceremony, so I think it would be a great way to start off our next 10 years. So.... those that were apart of the wedding party, get your dancing shoes on and start practicing.....you have 9 years to be ready.
Oh by the way, this is the real deal video too, it's not actors. This couple has been on lots of different morning talk shows. Here's the link to watch one, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5WVI1Xc6Z2Q the couple talks about their now famous entrance.
Monday, August 10, 2009
Here are some typical Abby things:
1. Loves to chase a tennis ball. If we could afford a tennis ball machine, we would. She is like the energizer bunny.
2. Her inside toy is a rope, that she loves to chew on. She also has a special glow in the dark ball that my aunt Susan gave her. (She's not allowed to bring her tennis ball in the house. She will tear all the fuzz off it, and it makes a big mess.)
3. She sleeps in the bed with us. (Not our original plan) She likes to be in the middle. When Kevin gets us, she moves to his side and sleeps with her head on his pillow.
4. She will always run to the window to see who is outside or what is going on if she hears a noise.
5. She can jump into our arms flat-footed and we don't have to bend over.
6. She enjoys going for a ride, doesn't matter how short or long or in what, she just likes to ride with you.
7. If you sit in our green chair (you can see a picture of my dad and her on the slide show) doesn't matter who you are, she will sit with you.
8. She likes to drink water from the shower. We have glass doors that slide, and she drinks the dirty, soapy water from the sliding tray. Gross!
9. Her treat is a milk bone. We don't feed her any people food. What she gets is crumbs off the floor or she will go into a trash bag if left unattended.
10. Yes, she is very spoiled, but we love her and wouldn't have it any other way!
I put together a slide show of some highlight pictures of Abby over this past year. Enjoy!
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