Tuesday, February 27, 2007
Monday, February 19, 2007
Saturday, February 17, 2007
Holy City Jerusalem
Sunrise over Bethlehem
Thursday, February 15, 2007
OK......... SO I COULDN'T WAIT. HERE'S THE THINGS I GOT HIM! I LOVE MY HUSBAND! THE PIGLET THING IS AN INSIDE JOKE ABOUT SOME PINK PJ'S! THE LIL DOG IS THE CLOSEST THING TO A PET HE CAN HAVE RIGHT NOW. THE SOUR CANDY BRACELETS ARE ONE OF HIS FAVORITE THINGS TO MUNCH ON!
Sunday, February 11, 2007
Ever heard of a blog? Some of you may have absolutely no idea what I am speaking of. A blog is defined by Wikipedia as “…a user-generated website where entries are made in journal style and displayed in a reverse chronical order.” In layman’s terms, a blog is simply an online journal about a topic of interest. Granted, blogs can be more complex, but for the majority of folks it’s all about expression and interests.
Why am I writing my brothers and sisters in Christ about something as silly as a blog? Good question! I actually found an old friend through a web search that turned up her blog. Kristi is a year older than me and was my Vacation Bible School teacher as a teenager. She was one of the most awesome Christians that I had ever met and we bonded over our last few years of high school and first few years of college. As life teaches us, it is often hard to maintain long distance friendships as we grow older. That said Kristi and I lost touch with each other. Imagine my surprise when I found her blog! I found countless pictures of her husband, children, and a very pregnant photo of her. The most interesting part of her blog, however, was that of her connections to Christ.
By reading her blog and others linked to it, I realized that blogging is an amazing way to worship Jesus!
My journey began at www.blogspot.com , where I created a username, password, and blog title. I then began to “blog.” I didn’t really get moving a lot until a few months later. Now, I can’t imagine not having my “Shine 4 Jesus!” blog to go to and speak my praises to my precious Savior! I can’t imagine not being able to share prayer requests with others and speak of my personal convictions. The more I have prayed and thought about the opportunity I have been led to by God, the more I want to promote it.
So many of us are good Christian people who would love to share Jesus with our family and friends, what better way than to reach folks than to write exactly what you wish they could hear and invite them to read it? What an opportunity! In no means do I want to discourage you from witnessing daily with your testimony and the words you speak, however, this is just an added avenue to reach others for Christ Jesus.
There are so many immoral websites and “antichrist” images on the Internet these days. Think of how just by sharing your thoughts and speaking the name of Jesus online can help. Maybe there will not be flocks of people running to your blog, but if you can touch just one life, isn’t it worth it?
Jesus, himself, gave us the Great Commission and I know me, along with a lot of other Christians, slack too much on this commandment from our Savior. Read these famous verses from Matthew 28: 18-20 KJV: “Then Jesus came to them and said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.’" What a blessing we can receive from obeying Jesus’ commandment! So, my charge to you is this: Blog For Jesus!
Friday, February 09, 2007
Jessica, Monica, Gavin, and my bro Billy
Me, Jess, Mon, Gavin, and Billy
Me lusting after Baby Gavin ... I feel the itch again haha
Jess and Me (First Cousins, 4 days apart)
Mon holding Gavin
Baby Gavin getting some milk from mommy!
Looking just like his momma when she was a baby.
Baby Gavin, getting tired of the flashes.
Jess and baby Gavin posing.
My beautiful momma holding baby Gavin with my goofy brother in the background.
Gavin's lil legs and feet!
Gavin's itty bitty body!
Jess exposing his little body to the cold air..... he gets a little mad right after this pic.
Jess and her son Gavin.
Jess smiling at Baby Gavin!
Billy holding Gavin and saying he is super tiny!
13For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother's womb. KJV
( For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb. NIV)
Usually, I don't quote from anything but the KJV, however, I thought I would use this verse to supplement my KJV one.
God is so wonderful. Its amazing how He fashions these little people just so that they can come into our lives. What we have to realize is that we have to, in turn, give them back to Him. Pray His will for them daily and Pray that He gets all the glory in their lives for everything that He does. We have to let Jesus guide us in the molding and shaping of these little people and their minds. What an awesome job! I can't wait to be blessed with my own children and be able to share my Heavenly Father's love with them. I hope that my children can read the following verse and say "That was me in my mommy's belly!"
Psalm 22:10 (Whole Chapter) I was cast upon thee from the womb: thou art my God from my mother's belly.
Mamaw with me and Jess as babies! I know she thinks lil Gavin is adorable and of "good stock" because of his full head of hair!
Uncle Bruce...... Mon and Jess' dad.... Lil Gavin's Papaw.... I know he would love dressing him in camo and taking him hunting!
Thursday, February 08, 2007
Just stopping in to speak to my beloved blog. I love having my only spot on the web to use just for myself and my thoughts about my beloved Savior! It's so frustrating to constantly hear that you can't "express" your faith at work and in other situations. Praise God, I can praise as loudly ... errr.. AS LOUDLY AS I WANT TO ON HERE!
Today my cousin Jessica had her little boy. He weight 7 lbs. + and his name is Gavin Michael. I am in shock just because it is so wild for her to be having a baby. We are four days apart and I never thought I'd be the last one to have a child. I am so tickled for her though! She is at a good point in her life and I am so happy that she is. I can't wait to meet lil Gavin tommorrow after work. I've heard that he looks just like her! Too cute! Her daddy would be so excited..... what am I saying... I'm sure God already let him in on it.
You know, its wild. I get the "itch" for a little one and then I get so stressed out that I talk myself right back out of that itch. Of course if I ended up pregnant right now, it'd be ok. But.... I'd rather wait until school is over for me (May 2007) and I'd like to tie up a few other loose ends first. I know God has the future for Michael and I in His hands and when its time for a baby, He'll bless us with one. So, I think I am just going to keep waiting it out for now.
Why did I title my entry "I'm Chillin'.... No Really I Am!" ? Well probably because I am sitting here in my apartment freezing from lack of heat. It's a cold one out there tonight and I didn't get home much earlier than Michael. Usually I try to get in first and crank up our heaters but not tonight. Too much drama. I got home and barely got in the shower and out before he walked in with dinner. So needless to say....... I'm chillin'.
I also wanted to mention something that I neglected to mention a few weeks ago. On a Sunday night a few weeks back, I missed a phone call from my cousin Monica (Jessica's sister) who is in college right now. I have had her and Jess on my heart for a long time. Monica and I had had a big discussion about Salvation on MSN a few weeks earlier and I was praying so hard that something would give in her life. So, I missed her call that Sunday evening and she left a message. On my way to church I listened to it and could barely understand her because she was screaming. To sum it up, SHE GOT SAVED! I was so excited for her. She has always made me so proud but to hear that she made the biggest decision ever? Wow... awesome! God is soo good. So I wanted to tell the world that she is now living for Jesus and I am so proud of her. Keep her in your prayers and thoughts. As with any Christian, a new Christian especially needs lots of extra prayers for strength and courage. It's hard enough when you are seasoned, let alone just starting out and facing satan. I know that God will bless her for her hunger for Jesus and His word. I love you Mon! (And I am so positive that your dad and mamaw are so proud and thrilled for you....... probably pretty excited to see you in Heaven, too).
Wednesday, February 07, 2007
Just thought I would let you know that yes...... I am still kicking. Life has been pretty stressful here lately, even though we've had some snow days off. I am juggling my last 2 classes, work, after school tutoring, planning for a unit review at work, helping my hubby get better, and communing with God. Amazing how 24 hours never seems to be enough.
I found something very cute on Kristi's page. Click here for the Top Ten Reasons to Quite Your Job. Her added comments are adorable also! So many times people dismiss the duties of a housewife/mother. Hats off to all of you who are! My mother was a stay at home mom until about 3 years ago and I know she worked a lot harder than some people do at their outside jobs! I admire the fact that she was able to do that because I love that we spent all that time together and I know my brother does, too. Now, she works outside the home just because she wants to. I am so proud of her!
I also wanted to take the time to remind everyone to visit Hannah's Hope, the new ministry for Hannah Sobeski's Hope, Jesus Christ! This is a new site and is great. You can also order cds, bracelets, etc. I urge you to read the blog. It never ceases to touch my heart!
I will do my best to post again asap. I miss my blogging, however, I am so sleepy that I can barely form sentences. God Bless you all!