Tuesday, April 24, 2007
Saturday, April 21, 2007
Growing up I always had a strong faith in God. I never felt many of the pressures that youth face, whether it be drinking, cursing, smoking, drugs, sleeping around, etc. I was raised in church from the beginning of my life. Being raised in church for me wasn't a burden. My parents showed Jesus to me in their daily lives as well. Therefore, being raised in church was a support to the life that my parents were already teaching me to live. As a matter of fact, I was Saved at my bedside after a Wed. night service. I was shown a love for God's son Jesus and for the Living Word of the Lord. I pray that I can do the same with my future children.
This entry is for the youth out there today. Some of you may have had a similar upbringing as me. Some of you may have never entered a church door. Some of you may have heard the name Jesus, but you may not realize the importance of turning your life over to Him.
Youth, I want to share with you a well known Bible story. I want you to read this and really pay attention to the sections that I have emphasized in red. These are the verses that show what this young boy named David spoke boldly about his faith in God. Also, notice the end of the story. God uses this young, small boy to defeat a huge, strong giant. "Why didn't God just provide a massive, strong army?", you might ask. Well, would anyone have remembered this story? Probably not. God uses those that aren't anything major in the world's eyes to accomplish much for Him. This proves that it is not what we can do for God, rather what we allow God to do with our small lives.
If you are a young person, my prayer is that you realize just how great of an opportunity you have to let God use your life. If you aren't a Christian, you need to become one. Why? Is it because everyone thinks that is the correct way to be? Or because it would make your grandparents happy? Maybe because folks think you are this horrible person, right? WRONG. You need to become a Christian because you desperately need God to guide your life from your youth on. No matter what you may have done, or what you have been through, God loves you and wants to take you in as His child.
1. Pray and tell God that you realize that you are a sinner(We all mess up each moment of each day.)
2. Ask God to forgive you of your sins.
3. Tell God that you believe that He is our creator and that He sent His Son Jesus to die on an old, rugged cross to pay for all the sins that we have committed and will commit in the future. 4. Ask Jesus to come into your heart and to Save your Soul.
That's all it takes! If you prayed that prayer or need someone to pray with email me and I'll be there for you!
I SAMUEL CHAPTER 17
1 Now the Philistines gathered together their armies to battle, and were gathered together at Shochoh, which belongeth to Judah, and pitched between Shochoh and Azekah, in Ephesdammim.
Sunday, April 15, 2007
My niece's birthday was on Easter Sunday this year. Michael got off work a bit early and we left for Louisville to get to her birthday party. She looked soo cute and we had a good time (despite me being sick)! Here's some pics from the event!
Here are some pics from Gavin and Jessica's two trips down this week. They came on the 9th to celebrate dad, mamaw, and Edie's bday and then on the 10th to pick up a free pc that Billy got for her. Hopefully Jess will be bloggin' before long! I have such a wonderful daddy! He has always been the Godliest man that I know! HAPPY BIRTHDAY DADDY!
Sunday, April 08, 2007
The Old, Old, Legend Of The Dogwood
Two thousand years ago, few trees in the Middle East were not big enough to construct anything. However, one tree was valued above the others for its thick trunk and fine, strong wood.When the Romans came to rule over Jerusalem, their government used this same timber to build the crosses for executing criminals. A group of workers were assigned to gather wood for the crosses. Before long, every Roman official knew the best wood came from these gatherers of execution wood, so those workers became popular.
One day, the wood gatherers received a special request. An officer of the Roman court came and said, "The King of Jews is to be put to death. Deliver an extra-large cross made from your finest wood." So, a fresh tree was cut from the forest of the trees with thick trunks and fine, strong wood. An extra-tall (and extra-heavy) cross was quickly made and delivered. Three days after the death of Jesus of Nazereth, the chief wood gatherer got alarming news. "All of our finest trees are withering!" the messenger whispered. The wood gatherer hurried to the forest and saw that it was true.
Several years later, the chief wood gatherer heard that, every spring, many people visited the old forest that had once made his job so easy. Despite his advancing years, he set out to discover why. He saw the remains of forest, now like a salty bottoms, with only a few trees still standing tall,baked, lifeless and rotting.
But what was this? As he drew closer, his feeble eyes could make out the people walking among thousands of beautiful, flowering bushes. Seeing one of his own workers there, the old man said, "No one could ever make a cross out of this twisted wood. Our finest tree has gone to the dogs!" He noticed the beautiful white flowers, each blossom looking as if it had been burned from the touch of a miniature cross. So...an old and beautiful legend has it that, at the time of the crucifixion, the dogwood was comparable in size to the oak tree and other monarchs of the forest. Because of its firmness and strength it was selected as the timber for the cross, but to be put to such a cruel use greatly distressed the tree. Sensing this, the crucified Jesus in his gentle pity for the sorrow and suffering of all said to it: "Because of your sorrow and pity for My sufferings, never again will the dogwood tree grow large enough to be used as a gibbet. Henceforth it will be slender, bent and twisted and its blossoms will be in the form of a cross -- two long and two short petals. In the center of the outer edge of each petal there will be nail prints -- brown with rust and stained with red -- and in the center of the flower will be a crown of thorns, and all who see this will remember.
Legend of the Dogwood in a Flash movie . . . here.