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God’s Promises

 “I have set my rainbow in the clouds and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth.”  ~Genesis 9:13

This morning, I saw a rainbow on my way to get coffee before work. I truly think that if I hadn’t taken the exit I had (shortcut to coffee), I would have kept driving on the highway and would have missed this beautiful sight.
Taking a look at my Facebook page this morning, I saw many people commenting on the beautiful rainbows they say this morning, including one who saw a double rainbow. (I am always awed by those.)

Rainbows always make me think of the Scripture listed above. In the early days of the earth, God looked down on His new creation and saw that it was thoroughly corrupt. So much so that God decided to wipe out the earth entirely and start over. But in the middle of all the corruptness, God saw Noah and his family. Noah was a man of God. According to Genesis 6:8, “…Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord.” Because of this, God chose to spare Noah and his family. God came to Noah and told him to build an ark (a very big boat). Now, I’m sure that Noah, being human, was thinking that it was a little crazy to be building a huge boat for his family and the animals…after all, they had never seen a flood before; however, what I like about Noah is that he did it anyway…no questions asked (at least according to Scripture), he just built it exactly like God said. I’m also sure that during that time, the townspeople thought Noah was CRAZY with a capital C! But if Noah is anything like I think he is…he spent every opportunity he had to tell them why he was building the ark and what they needed to do to go with him. Of course, because the world was so corrupt and the people thought Noah had lost all his marbles, they didn’t believe him. And so, on the day that the rain started, Noah and his family, along with one male and one female of every creature on the earth, climbed into the ark and shut the doors.
Now, I have this mental picture of what happens next…The rain starts to pour, Noah and his family are safe on the boat and the ground can’t hold anymore water, so it begins to flood. As the people begin to realize that Noah had been telling the truth, I can just imagine them running (or swimming) to the ark’s door and begging for mercy; begging to be let in. Unfortunately they had made their choice and there was no way on the boat.

The Bible says that while the earth was being flooded, the ark floated around the world. It says that after the rain stopped, the ark came to rest on a mountain. Noah then opened a window and sent out a bird. The bird flew back and forth but found no place to rest, so he came back. Then Noah sent out a second bird…same thing happened. Finally Noah sent out one more dove. This time, when the dove came back, it had a fresh olive leaf in it’s beak. This signaled to Noah that there was dry land again and they could get out of the ark. After departing the ark, building an alter and praising God for all He had done for them, the Lord put a rainbow in the sky and told Noah this would be a promise, a covenant between God and man that He would never again flood the earth.

Now, I know the original meaning of the rainbow is that God would not flood the earth again, but it always reminds me that God keeps His promises!

“Not one of all the Lord’s good promises to the house of Israel failed; every one was fulfilled.” ~Joshua 21:45

 Another word of proof that God keeps his promises! So just remember, when the storms of life rage around you and the flood waters rise…God promised He would rescue you and that He would never flood the earth again. He promised that He would never give you more than you can handle
Lean on Him…trust in Him. He’s there for you always!!
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Posted by on July 27, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

Adventures of a Single Mom, Part 3

I guess you could say that my whole life is an adventure! Being a mom brings all kinds of challenges into a woman’s life. Mine is no exception!

Stephen fell asleep at a rehearsal early this year

This week Stephen has been sleeping on the couch. Last Sunday, dad and TJ took Stephens bunk bed over to TJ’s house for Tex. (Of course, Tex will sleep on the trundle bed until he’s old enough to go up to the bunk.) This left Stephen without a bed for a short while. And since I am redoing his walls this weekend, I figured it would be best to just wait until that is complete before getting him a new bed. So, he’s sleeping on the couch.
Wednesday morning was like any other morning, wake up, go to the restroom, work really hard to open my eyes and then head to wake Stephen up.I walked into the kitchen, which directly opens up into the living room, and turned on the light. As soon as I did, something immediately caught my eye and caused me to freak out. The front door was WIDE open! Now, every night for as long as I have been living outside of my parents house, I have always double checked my doors at night before I go to bed to make sure they are locked. Tuesday night was no exception. But even if I had left the door unlocked, it would not have been standing wide open. So, of course, I panicked. I immediately began searching all the rooms in the house to ensure that no one had come in, then I went back to the living room to wake up Stephen. At this point, I knew he had been sleep walking. I guess he was dreaming about going somewhere or opening the door because someone was knocking. Either way, he must have walked to the door, unlocked it and opened it. Thank God he did not go outside, or at least if he did, thank God he was back in the house on the couch asleep when I got up! If you know where we live, you know that we live on a ton of wooded land. We love our woods! However, I can gladly say that I am extremely grateful that Stephen did not end up outside! We do have wild animals roaming the woods and stray dogs are always walking around our neighborhood. Not to mention the snakes! Needless to say, we are now putting up better locks to keep Stephen inside at night!
As I stated, my life is never dull!

 
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Posted by on July 23, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

Haircuts, Busy Weekends, and Sunday Services

Haircuts

Well, this weekend has been interesting to say the least! It all started off with a conversation Friday night. I asked my mom if she knew if a new salon was any good. The salon is run by someone my family knows, so we thought we would give it a shot. So, Saturday morning, after sleeping in a little, I called the salon and was able to get an appointment for Noon. When I walked in, I knew I didn’t want the hairstyle that my stylist was sporting (which was not the person who I know that owns the salon), however, I figured that she would be able to give me the style I wanted. I explained to her that I wanted it a little shorter, but just long enough for a small ponytail (for those bad hair days or those days when it’s too hot to leave on my neck) and that I wanted layers so I would have volume. So, with my back to the mirror the entire time (which always makes me nervous), she set to cutting. I noticed a lot of hair coming off, but I’m not a stylist so I figured it was from some of teh longer layers she was cutting up a little to give me more volume. Stephen was being so good playing his video game adn didn’t seem concerned (he’s my little fashion guy and will honestly tell me if something is just ok or looks good 🙂 ). So, when she is done cutting, she starts putting gel in my hair and blow drying. Then I feel her tease the back of my hair (which would normally be good because I always try to tease it just a bit for volume). After some hair spray she asks, “Were you looking for something different when you came in today?” I replied, “A little”. The girl next to me (who was in there for a deep conditioning treatment), says that she loves it! I’m thinking, yeah, I have a cute style! Then I turn around….

This is what I end up with only no where near as cute and much higher in the back and flatter in the front! Now, if you know me, you know I like my hair mostly unassuming. The most I do to my hair is curl it or color it, but I am not a Big Texas Hair kind of girl by any stretch of the imagination. I don’t really liked the stacked look, not for me at least. It’s just not my thing. And of course, as soon as we leave, we have to go by Subway for lunch because I promised Stephen. So, I have to wait till I leave the driveway and then I immediately start brushing through it with my fingers to lay it down, all the while praying that I don’t run into anyone i know at Subway. Get home and take a shower and try to fix it myself, only now it’s too flat! Goodness, this wasn’t going well.
Wake up Sunday morning determined that somehow I am going to make this work. I wash my hair, blow dry it upside down (which I recommend to anyone who wants some extra volume) and take a straightening iron to it. Finally turns out decent. it’s still not what I am used to, but it’s getting easier to do and slowly growing on me.

Busy Weekends
After the haircut fiasco, Saturday was spent moving Stephen’s bunk bed out of the house to my sisters, buying school supplies and watching Despicable me with my son. Such a cute movie and really funny! We didn’t see it in 3D and really, except for the outtakes at the end, there was nothing that stuck out enough to warrant paying $2 extra a piece to see it in 3D. 
 
Sunday Services

All week, I have been excited about the service on Sunday because of the worship music we were planning. I was right…as Eric would say, it was “OFF DA CHAIN!” I love, love, love it when worship is just so spot on with where I am and just brings me right to the throne!

 
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Posted by on July 19, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

Battles

“You might have to fight a battle more than once to win it.”
~ Margaret Thatcher

During a war, there are many smaller battles that come together to help one side or the other win the war. When a battle is won, the soldiers advance on to fight another battle and another until finally the war is won. 
Each one of us has at least one battle that we fight daily, sometimes for the majority of our lives. For some it could be an addiction; for others self-esteem issues. Some may fight lust and some may fight hate. Some may fight being in the center of God’s will whether at home or on the foreign mission field. Whatever it is, we are all fighting a battle every single day. If you recognize that you fight a constant battle, than the above quote by Margaret Thatcher holds a lot of weight with you. I know it does for me.
We fight and fight to try to win the war against our problem and when the battle is won, we sit back, relax and breathe a sigh of relief, only to notice the next day or two weeks later, that we are having to fight the same battle all over again. We sit and wonder, “Why am I dealing with this all the time? I am sick and tired of this! God, why do I have to continually work through this and fight my way out of it?” 
Some of our battles we may only fight for a season before we finally win the war; such as self-esteem issues or hate. Some of our battles we will fight until the day we die and that is when we will finally win the war.
Some of our wars are fought because we made a decision and are now living with the consequences. Some of our wars are fought because God is allowing them in our lives to strengthen us and cause us to rely on Him and not ourselves and to not be prideful.
Paul said in 2 Corinthians 12:7-9; “even though I have received such wonderful revelations from God. So to keep me from being proud, I was given a thorn in the flesh, a messenger from Satan to torment me and keep me from being proud. Three different times I begged the Lord to take it away. Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weakness, so that the power of Christ can work through me.”
Paul’s war was fought until death. We don’t know what the “thorn in his flesh” was, but it could have been anything from an addiction to a physical ailment. The point behind this is that there was a reason  he fought the battle. It was to keep from being prideful. 
One of the biggest battles I have faced, I touched on some in my last blog…Self-Esteem. I’m a girl, we’re supposed to be (according to society) thin and beautiful at all times. I have struggled with that for years. Over the last few years, I have been fighting hard to win this war. I am finding, with God’s help, that my individual battles are lessening and that the end of the war is nearer than ever before. I don’t care if I am a size 2 like society says I should be, all I care about now is that I am healthy.
I, like most of you, have more than one battle to fight and therefore more than one war to win…some I will fight all of my life, some I will win sooner rather than later. 
What wars are you fighting? What wars do you feel like you are losing? Just remember, you will have to fight some of your battles over and over again before you will finally (and with God’s help you WILL) win the war!
 
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Posted by on July 16, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

Guard Your Heart

“If you set out to be liked, you would be prepared to compromise anything at any time, and you would achieve nothing.” ~Margaret Thatcher
I ran across this quote this morning on my iGoogle page. It’s amazing how true this statement actually is. When I was younger, all I wanted was to be liked by others, to have friends, to be popular, to make others happy. After all, isn’t that what most teenage girls want? We are bombarded with movies and images in magazines and on websites of teenage girls and women who are skinny and popular. We see women in our own circles who are obsessed with being thin. We are sent this message that unless you are a size 2, a cheerleader or such that you are not good enough. It’s no wonder we grow up with low self esteem and so many body issues!


The Bible says that we are created in God’s image:

“So God create human beings in his own image. In the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.” -Genesis 1:27 (New Living Translation)

If God created us in his image, then we are beautiful wether or not we are a size 2 or a size 20. It doesn’t matter to Him!

“Oh yes, you shaped me first inside, then out; you formed me in my mother’s womb. I thank you, High God – you’re breathtaking! Body and soul, I am marvelously made! I worship in adoration – what a creation! You know me inside and out, you know every bone in my body; You know exactly how I was made, bit by bit, how I was sculpted from nothing into something. Like an open book, You watched me grow from conception to birth; all the stages of my life were spread out before you, the days of my life all prepared before I’d even lived one day.”
Psalm 139:13-16 (The Message)

He made us to be just the way we are. What he cares about is not on the outside, it’s what’s on the inside.  He wants us to love him and by loving him we learn to love ourselves, not in a selfish, vain way, but to love who we are in Christ and who God made us to be.

The quote I listed in the beginning of this post says, If you set out to be liked, you would be prepared to compromise anything at any time.” This is so true. I have seen it time and time again and I have even made compromises because I wanted to be liked.

Casting Crowns wrote a song called “Slow Fade”. The chorus states:

“It’s a slow fade when you give yourself away
It’s a slow fade when black and white have turned to gray
Thoughts invade, choices are made, a price will be paid
When you give yourself away
People never crumble in a day
It’s a slow fade, it’s a slow fade”

When we want to be liked, we don’t immediately say…I’m gonna try that drug because I want them to like me…or…I’m gonna sleep with that guy, because I want him to like me. These are not the first thoughts in our heads. We start off small…I won’t say anything to my friend who is doing drugs…or…I’ll let him kiss me a little longer. It’s small, it’s slow until one day we are at that place where we have made every compromise we can and have hit the bottom.

Proverbs 4:23 states: “Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.” (New Living Translation) We have to guard our hearts from anything that is not in God’s will, if we don’t, we are in for great heartache and possibly even greater consequences.

I will leave you with the words from a Steve Green song:

“Guard your heart
Guard your heart
Don’t trade it for treasure
Don’t give it away
Guard your heart
Guard your heart
As a payment for pleasure
It’s a high price to pay

For a soul that remains sincere with a conscience clear
Guard your heart”

 
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Posted by on July 13, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

Wedding and A Soldier

Wedding

This weekend was my cousin Daphryne’s wedding. It was a beautiful event and she married the perfect man for her! The wedding took place at a place in Weatherford, TX called Clark Gardens. It was a beautiful ceremony! It had been raining all weekend and didn’t look like it would let up. The day of the wedding, it was raining a little bit but the wedding party didn’t let it faze them! Instead of switching to the tent, they chose to stay outside and have the wedding they had dreamed of. I am so happy for my cousin. She has waited a long time for her Prince Charming to come her way. They are now settled into the Atalntis resort in the Bahamas and I am sure they are having a blast!

A Soldier
Last week I joined a program called Adopt a Soldier. Friday I received his information. I cannot give you my soldier’s name or his location, but I can say that I am excited to be able to encourage a soldier in this way. To let him know that there are people here who care about him and what he is doing. I was able to email him today and almost immediately heard back from him. He has been in the Army for 9 years and is serving overseas at this time. Please pray for him and his family and pray for all those soldiers who are serving to keep our country safe and to keep us free!
 
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Posted by on July 12, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

Some Days You Just Feel Defeated

Some days you just feel defeated…

Today is one of those days. I spent yesterday afternoon taking my son to the doctor for his school checkup (he’s going to a new school this year), getting his hair cut, getting a nice mani/pedi, grabbing a couple of things at Walmart, having dinner at Logan’s Roadhouse and then heading to my parent’s house to fix the internet connection. Stephen did great all the way up until the last 30 min. of my mani/pedi, then he started getting out of control, disrespectful and disobedient. So, as a result of having to call him down one too many times, he ended up taking a 10 minute time out as soon as we got to my parents. Now, for those of you who really know me and my son, you know that there is really no discipline that works for Stephen. I have tried everything from spanking to time outs to taking things away. He never flinches. I have even tried to discuss with him how hurt and sad it makes me and especially God when he disobeys and disrespects me…doesn’t work. So, as you can see, he’s not easy to discipline…he’s actually almost impossible to discipline. BUT, we were heading to my parents, which meant he would get to spend some time with Moi while we were there. So, a 10 minute time out would be a punishment that might work.
We get to my parents, Stephen says hello to all and then I place him in time out in a room where he cannot play. He does well, praise God, and when he’s out, he does really good. I, on the other hand, am not doing good on the computers. I figure out the first problem and get it fixed, but then I am having trouble figuring out how to fix the problem of getting the router to broadcast the signal correctly for the other computers to find.
Pause to take Stephen home, give him his medicine, get him in the shower and get him in bed. Dad comes over and watches TV (more like falls asleep LOL) on my couch and I head back to my parents house. (For those of you who don’t know, my house is located on the same piece of property as my parents, so we walk back and forth.) So, it’s now almost 10pm and I finally figure out how to fix the problem and get all the mobile computers back on the network so everyone can access the internet! YEAH ME!! Next, I explain to my mom what I did and spend a bit chatting with her. (I haven’t been able to really talk to my mom for a couple of weeks because they have been redoing floors and cleaning house and she has been laid up because she hurt her back, so we haven’t been able to do our almost daily chats like we usually do. So, this few minutes last night was nice and needed.)
At this point, it’s 11pm. I get home, exhausted and get ready for bed, not even bothering with the shower because I’m too tired and if I take a shower, it will “wake me up”. (Now c’mon moms, you know you’ve been there, done that. When we are just too tired to move, we don’t bother with the shower and just deal with it the next day…so I know I’m not alone here. LOL) Of course, I can’t get straight to sleep because I’ve been working on computers. I expect it to take about an hour to wind down…it takes 2!!!!! This means that I don’t go to sleep until around 1am…
If I were a stay at home mom (which I so wish for these days), this would be fine, I would be able to sleep in a little and make up the time I lost last night. No such luck. I’m a single mom so I have to work. So, I wake up (a few minutes later than usual) at 5:20am. I literally drag myself out of bed. I go to wake up Stephen (who is always a little difficult to wake up) and head for the coffee pot. Thank goodness I decided to leave the dogs in the kennel last night because I don’t think I could have handled them under my feet this morning. We start getting ready for the day and it’s a bad hair day (because I didn’t wash it last night). Hair pulled up, I pull out the electric razor to shave my legs (Again, moms, you know what I’m talking about here. We go as long as possible without shaving our legs because we are usually just too tired to take the time when we are taking our showers) so that I can wear a dress because the dress doesn’t have to be ironed and my pants do. Lord knows that I don’t have the energy to iron this morning. At this point, it’s time to tell Stephen to get his clothes on and brush his teeth…he decides to drag his feet. This is nothing new of course, but I am not in the mood. As I tell him for the third time to get up and get his clothes on, he starts with the attitude. So not even going to deal with this! Punishment ensues…TV off until clothes and teeth are done. That motivates a little more and he begins to move a little quicker, praise God.
Fast forward a few minutes…attitude returns! Now, with four hours of sleep, this is not what I want, nor what I am prepared to deal with. So, of course, more back and forth ensues. We finally get out the door and get in the car. After dropping Stephen off at daycare, I start the drive to work.
Coffee…I need more coffee…and some breakfast. So, it’s a quick stop at Rao’s (Starbucks has the better coffee, but Rao’s has the better breakfast! LOL)
I get in to work and I know that I am going to have to desperately try to keep up my spirits and keep myself awake! I have invoices to work on, a discussion question due tonight for my Project Class, credentialing work due for my part-time job at the surgery center and youth tonight (if mom is up for keeping Stephen). It’s a lot to do, but at the same time I am worried the day will creep by.
I am currently listening to KSBJ, trying hard to stay in a right mind. I am eating the Blueberry Strudel I got for breakfast (YUM).
I am taking it one step at a time.
Scripture…I need Scripture…

Psalm 18:30 (New Living Translation)

 30 God’s way is perfect.
      All the Lord’s promises prove true.
      He is a shield for all who look to him for protection.

Psalm 18:30 (The Message)

 30 What a God! His road
      stretches straight and smooth.
   Every God-direction is road-tested.
      Everyone who runs toward him
   Makes it.

 The last part of that verse…”He is a shield for all who look to him for protection” “Everyone who runs toward him makes it.” Praise God!!!
The following songs are so powerful and is really uplifting to me this morning. I am convinced that reading the Word of God, singing and listening to songs that lift God high and praying hard when I feel like this, will lift me up. I am already feeling better!!!
Enjoy these beautiful songs…

 
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Posted by on July 7, 2010 in Uncategorized