While Kenn and three other guys from our church are in the front room "discussing" theology, I finally watched this video.
All the talking in the world will never touch my heart as much as a church showing its love to its pastor - or one other person giving me a hug when I'm feeling lonely or worthless.
Dare I suggest that we live our faith a lot more, and talk a little less?
Saturday, May 31, 2008
While Kenn and three other guys from our church are in the front room "discussing" theology, I finally watched this video.
Friday, May 30, 2008
Hi, dear friends! Here we are at the middle of May already - can you BELIEVE it?? Where has the year gone? And as I look forward - NOT! - to celebrating another birthday in just a couple of weeks (SIGH), God keeps nudging me to remember the lessons he's taught me over the years. Here's another one: He doesn't want me to just walk in Him when I'm making the BIG decisions, but also the SMALL ones.
This is heliotrope. If you've never smelled it, you've missed a great treat. It's an heirloom plant; my dad winters ours for me, because I love it so much - and it's not easy to keep alive! But the plants are big and healthy.
One of the really unique things about these blooms are that they make up clusters. Kind of lilacs in individual trumpet shape, they make small clusters - and smaller clusters grow together to make bigger ones.
Kind of like the decisions in my life. Little decisions add up. If I don't give Him the little ones, how am I going to REALLY give Him the big ones? I want to be like Balaam - nothing he could receive could tempt him to go beyond what God commanded him to do. Living in God's commands, His will, is worth so much more than anything I could get on this earth. It's funny how much we KNOW that, but it doesn't take much to throw us off course. :)
So, that's what I'm thinking about today. How about you? What's God saying to you? I'd LOVE to hear from you - I'm feeling like I'm talking in the dark again. :D I think my next post will be an in-depth introduction of myself, because I'm finding out a lot of you don't know much about me! LOL!!!
God bless you, my dear friend. He loves you - rest in that knowledge today! :)
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
But they BOTH were willing to give their loved ones a second chance. A chance to return, and love and be loved as purely, as passionately, as boundlessly as the first time they were loved.
Two things jumped out at me from this verse selection today. First, how GREAT our God is, to continue to love us and want us to be His, even when we chase after all the carnal pleasures we think we want. It's absolutely amazing to me!
Second, how desperately WE need to be able to love this way. We're so afraid of being rejected, of not getting what WE need out of a relationship, of LOTS of things. God's put this example out there for us: second chances are NOT just FOR us, but are to be FROM us. Not the kind where we hold back, just because we've been hurt. The kind where we love as God loves us - and BECAUSE He loves us the way He does, we're able to love each other. Just the way it was when we first loved!
Saturday, May 24, 2008
Hi, everyone! So sorry that I have taken a long time to get this up; I've been trying to find my desk. AUGH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It's been a week-long project - LONG story, but lots to do before I could even start on the desk itself. :D SO. Part of finding the top is getting these scanned in and up for you.
Please note: there are some that use one or two Stampin' Up! things, and ALL images from the company are copyrighted, 1990 - 2008. Thanks. Hate the small print. :D
Anyway! There were some wonderful cards, and I cannot thank those of you enough who took the time to help make my mom's birthday special!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)
Enjoy! And take the time to bless someone!!!
Posted by Lori Stilger at 2:17 PM
Monday, May 19, 2008
Each and every day, God's love captures me. He will not let me go, and nothing can force me out of His hand. His mercies are new every morning; He loves me despite what I feel about me. His love never changes, no matter how much or little I do. He puts things into my day to remind me that He loves me. Whether my heart is shattered regarding an earthly issue or bursting with pleasure about something in my earthly walk, He loves me. Boundlessly, unceasingly, mercifully, gracefully, abundantly, deeper than I can ever measure or imagine - that's how much He loves me!
My dear friend Sparrow tagged me for this memoir meme. Here are the instructions as posted on her blog:
Instructions from Maxine to do your own 'Six Word Memoir'.
1. Write your own six word memoir.
2. Post it on your blog, and include a visual illustration if you like.
3. Link to the person who tagged you in their post.
4. Tag five more blogs with links.
5. Remember to leave a comment on the tagged blogs inviting them to play.
I'll list a couple of individuals but they are free to participate or decline. Please remember tags are always meant to be fun with no pressure.
Of course, Becky, Nancy, and Kimmie are tagged! I think I'll tag my sister, Kelli, and see if she'll have time to play in the next couple of weeks. :) And, YOU, if you'd like to play along! Just let me know you're playing - and put your blog into Mr. Linky over there at the right of this page!!! :)
I can't wait to see what y'all do. It made me think: what has my life up until now been? There are LOTS more things I can think of, but THIS is the one that God's been impressing on me the last year or so!
Have a wonderful BLESSED day!! :)
Saturday, May 17, 2008
A live feed for Greg's concert in Florida tonight (May 17) - starts at 5 our time!!!!
If you don't know Greg or his story - 3 of his 4 kids have been diagnosed with cystic fibrosis - please check out http://www.ahouseformykids.com/!
If you can't watch, PLEASE pray for them - they've been in Florida this week, and Greg didn't have much to say except things are going incredibly, and to get this to as many people as possible - so you MAY get this again. :D PLEASE PASS IT ON TO AS MANY PEOPLE AS YOU CAN!
Posted by Lori Stilger at 2:16 PM
Thursday, May 15, 2008
and I don't have much to report - but I want to say hello, anyway. :) Things continue to perk away here; Stampin' Up! is rolling right along - some days REALLY exciting, others, well.... :D I need to pray that God will help me be content wherever I am in business, as well as personal life!!!!!
I realized I didn't post too many photos from when we were in Paducah; I took a lot, but I now don't find too many of them exciting - except for the ones I took of Kenn, and I'm not sure how many of him YOU want to see! :D But THIS photo IS NOT KENN. ROFL!!!!
Some of you may know that there's an elk & buffalo preserve in the Land Between the Lakes area in Kentucky; we drove through, and saw many buffalo - no elk, though....
Anyway. It's a face only a mother could love, and I saw enough of them while we were there to last me a while. LOL!! There WERE a few calves, but they were lying in the grass - it was VERY hot the day we were there. So, no CUTE ones to show you.... :D
Well, I'm procrastinating; I need to be working, cleaning my stampin' area for my party tonight, and doing other non-fun things. :D
One more thing: I'm thinking of starting something like Kelli's Show & Tell (see previous posts!), but doing it on another day, and more about what you CHERISH - people, animals, things, whatever you have that you want to share. If you have a suggestion for a name, please leave it in a comment - and, if I pick your name for my sharing day, I'll send you a prize!!! :D
OK, I'm off to find something else to procrastinate with.... :D Have a wonderful, BLESSED day!!!!!!!!
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Monday, May 12, 2008
Thursday, May 8, 2008
Good morning, dear friends! How are you today? It's rainy here today, kind of gloomy - the BEST kind of day for snuggling down into your bed and sleeping all day. :D Is that what I'm doing?
NO!!!! :) I've already taught one class today, and have another this evening - so I'm having to be alert and oriented. ;D
Please go read this post from Lysa:
Now, come back and tell me: are you as CONVICTED by her post as I am? It's SO hard for me, in my relationship with Kenn, NOT to keep a record of wrongs. There are days when it all piles up, and I just want to scream ENOUGH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! GO AWAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Then something comes along, like Lysa's post, and I am so convicted I can't sleep.
Monday, May 5, 2008
Wow. What a GLORIOUS day it is here! The sun is shining, the breeze is blowing, and God is on His throne. I am SO blessed!
Yesterday was my friend, Angela,'s birthday. Last year I kind of started something - if you've followed my stampin' blog, you saw the results! :D - of getting to choose whatever we wanted to do for our birthdays, and Angela chose a mani/pedi party at a local salon with some dear friends who do that as a service.
Well, let me tell YOU! What a party we had. There's one person missing - Jennifer - who had to leave early and go to church. But the ones in the pink aprons, April and Melissa, are the ones who do the whole shebang. Then, to finish the top row, is Ang and Lori P. - whose birthday is the 13th of this month. Amy's kind of the middle row, and that's me and Cris P. on the bottom. SPA pedicures, followed by maincures - and all accompianied with petit-fors, brownies, muffins, and CHOCOLATE, coffee, and punch. Whew!!! The girls did SUCH a wonderful job! My toes and fingers all match! :D
After that, the five of us who HADN'T been working :D left for dinner, and I drove. One of Ang & Cris P.'s college friends, Ron, was working at Carraba's - so off we went. He treated us all like QUEENS!!! We had a great appetizer - thanks, Cris! - and a leisurely meal - and THEN Ron brought out a dessert for us to share, compliments of him. There were three different desserts on this one plate!! :D And the plate itself was covered with choclate and caramel. Do you think we enjoyed it? :D LOL!!!! And MY birthday is next. Decisions, decisions!!!!
OK. So, it's MONDAY. We're supposed to be sharing what we learned yesterday. It was a wonderful day at our church; it was Seniors Day, and they were honored in different ways - like getting to sing some of the OLD hymns, including one *I* had never heard before, but really like now, "Little Is Much, When God Is In It". We had a guest pastor whose sermon was titled that, and our music minister taught us the song. WOW, was it appropriate!!! The gist of it was: if GOD is in whatever you're doing, NOTHING is too small. One of his examples was the little boy who had brought his lunch when he came to hear Jesus speak. Five little barley loaves, and two little fish. A boy's lunch, nothing big definitely. But when Jesus blessed it and distributed it, it fed over 10,000 people, and there were LEFTOVERS!!!!!
I think I'd grown ambivilant about some of the stories. Yeah, it happened. But hearing it applied in this way - WOW. I never thought of it THAT way. It sure puts a lot of things into a different light. Each year, about this time - about a month before my birthday :D - I usually start feeling like my life isn't going anywhere, that I'm stuck in a rut. But you know what? I may not be doing GRAND things, but that doesn't mean my God can't MAKE them grand. All He wants is for me to give even the little things to Him to use and bless!
Sunday school was about Joseph again, this time about what his story has to say about relationships with others. I maintain again and again - and feel this is a GREAT example of what I say! :D - that you cannot change or prevent most things that happen TO you. The chance for SIN to enter is when YOU CHOOSE HOW TO RESPOND. Joseph could have been vengeful - he had over 20 years to think about what his brothers did to him - and he had a lot of opportunities, while he walked the plan out about bringing Benjamin to him, when he could have said, "Too hard. I want to PUNISH you for everything that's happened to me!" But he didn't. He's a very interesting character study, ladies!
OK. I've REALLY written a book today. :D I hope you had a great weekend, and your week is starting off beautifully. Go enjoy this moment that God has given you - and PRAISE Him for it!!!!
Thursday, May 1, 2008
You Are A Peanut
You are popular, even with people who tend to have picky taste.
Kids love you, as do dogs. From rednecks to snobs, most people have a place for you in their hearts.
As popular as you are, there are some people who can't be near you.
Don't take it too personally. There's just a few people you rub the wrong way.