Saturday, December 29, 2007

LOVE The Getty's

Check out The Getty's website...I've been enjoying their music a lot lately! (there the One's who wrote the song, "In Christ Alone") I learned this song at a conference I went to last month...read the lyrics, super encouraging! No matter how we are feeling or what we are encountering, we can trust every promise in God's Word...for every season of our soul! May He draw us to His Word and remind us of His promises that are "yes" in Christ Jesus!

Every Promise of your Word
"From the breaking of the dawn to the setting of the sun,I will stand on ev'ry promise of Your Word.Words of power, strong to save, that will never pass away,I will stand on ev'ry promise of Your Word.For Your covenant is sure,And on this I am secure—I can stand on ev'ry promise of Your Word.

When I stumble and I sin, condemnation pressing in,I will stand on ev'ry promise of Your Word.You are faithful to forgive that in freedom I might live,So I stand on ev'ry promise of Your Word.Guilt to innocence restored,You remember sins no more—So I'll stand on ev'ry promise of Your Word.

When I'm faced with anguished choice, I will listen for Your voice,And I'll stand on ev'ry promise of Your Word.Through this dark and troubled land You will guide me with Your handAs I stand on ev'ry promise of Your Word.And You've promised to completeEv'ry work begun in me—So I'll stand on ev'ry promise of Your Word.

Hope that lifts me from despair, love that casts out ev'ry fear,As I stand on ev'ry promise of Your Word.Not forsaken, not alone, for the Comforter has come,And I stand on ev'ry promise of Your Word. Grace sufficient, grace for me, Grace for all who will believe—We will stand on ev'ry promise of Your Word."

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Merry Christmas family and friends! Our Savior is born!
May we consider the goodness of God in sending His Son!


"Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore, God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father."

-Philippians 2:5-11-

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Taking Suggestions

what to do, what to do?

I'm currently cleaning houses for a lady in the mornings and afternoons, and by nights I make calls for a library collection agency. They are okay jobs and have provided for my needs the past almost 8 months, while I'm finishing up school! I know it has been the Lord's provision for me, yet lately I've been desiring differ jobs or at least one main job.

here's the options:

1. stay where I am, and persevere through it...knowing, that I will have no social life next semester b/c the way my class schedule falls is Tuesday and Thursday nights in class...which makes me work: Mon, wed, Fri. nights and sat. aka--no time for Prayer at my church Wed. night and say good-bye to Friday night social events...realizing it would only be for a semester.
2. apply, apply, apply for jobs! either Starbucks or perhaps some type of social-service job, that I would hopefully be able to practically help women and children and apply what I'm learning in my studies!

Please Pray for me in this! It's hard to know what would be Best!? Thankfully, we know He leads faithfully!

...on a side note: you should know that my collection agency job has given a 10% bonus of my earnings this year and tonight just gave me an additional bonus for my job performance! They are extremely generous! And, it's come a great time too! Praise God for providing extra surprises for me, to stir my heart in worship to Him! Therefore, I know that He will lead me to know how to spend time next semester! Just need Wisdom! It just would be hard to give up every night of the week, and not be able to use it in other ways....? What do you think?

On an AMAZING note...It's almost Christmas!! Our King Jesus was Born! We have so much to be thankful for, our Savior humbled Himself and came to earth in a form of a baby and yet is fully King!

(5 days and counting I'll be back in McKinney-DFW area--another one God's blessings that Christ has bought for me at the Cross--the joy of family and fellowship!)

Friday, December 14, 2007

Thank-you, Ms. Minnie!


This post is a tribute to a God-fearing Widow, who placed her hope in God until her last day here on earth. She passed away this past Monday at 11:30am, after recovering from hip surgery, her body was weakened do to the fact that she was 94 years old! I had the joy of getting to know her this past year and I'm thankful for her Godly Example of perseverance till the end. We rejoice knowing that she is with her Savior, Christ and will experience the joy of His presence forever-more!
It's humbling and sobering and a celebration all mixed together. I'm not sure how to explain that, but we know that she is with her Maker and is without pain, sorrow, and sin! A place we all long to be one day! I am reminded of how the Psalmist warns that are days are numbered and that in fact they are but vapor. I live sometimes with the thoughts that I'm invincible and that this life will always be go on like it is now...yet, how can this be true? I'm thankful that God has better plans for us, that which do include-death b/c we are reminded that this life right now is NOT our Home, for those who have trusted in Christ for Salvation! There is eternity awaiting and it's nearer then ever!
Ms. Minnie prayed and wet her pillow with tears that her family would believe in Christ finished work on the Cross and repent and believe that Jesus came to live, conquer sin and death, and rise Victoriously from the grave! Her family hasn't not shown to have had fruit of faith and how she has longed for their salvation in tears and prayers!!
What an example!
May we follow in her example, and pray and admonish our loved ones who don't believe in the Gospel and may God grant us the grace to pray on for Ms. Minnie's behalf for her family to believe and place their hope in Christ! The Funeral was today, and our Pastor Ryan Fullerton shared the Gospel Message in boldness declaring the glories of God and and the judgment that will come on those who don't know Christ. Pray that the Lord would use the truth that was spoken in the service to pentrate the hearts who heard to turn to the Living God in repentence and full trust in Christ!!! May it not have fallen on deaf ears, but may the truth draw sinners to a faithful Savior and Father who is gracious to save many!
Praise God for allowing me to see and example of perseverance of Faith till the end in a 94-year old Widow...I love the grace that was given to Ms. Minnie because it has drawn me back to my living God, who hears our prayers and offers free grace to sinners, for which I am the worst! May we live with eternal perspective, that our days are numbered...and as a result live radical life's of Love, Faith, and Hope, for the glory of God!

see yha later...

Thanks Suisan for coming to Visit!!

I was so blessed with our time together! From checking out the University of Louisville's Master's program in social work for you to walking through randomly the Uof L's Art Museum and the security lady saying, "no pictures" to our trip to Wal-mart for emergency baking ingredients to getting our hair-cuts together to seeing the movie, "Enchanted" to late night dinner at Karma's Cafe (after i got home from work!)...and the list goes on! What a joyful time to rest and enjoy a "break" from life together!! ....Most of All, I was thankful for being encouraged in the Gospel this week, as we spoke it into each other's life throughout the time she was here! It's great that even though a year goes by, we can pick up where we left off and get to the heart of the matter and point each other to Christ! Praise God for this! Thanks you for coming, friend!! Here's our last pictures together:



(these two pics are us "shining" in the light)

Monday, December 10, 2007

Suisan's HERE!!

My Friend Suisan Walker (from my college in Texas) has come to visit me in Louisville!! She came in Last night (sunday) and we headed straight to my Care Group's dinner and she got to meet some friends from my church. Today, we went to Lynn's Paradise Cafe with Jenn and Kate...it has been such a blessing catching up on this last year I've been gone!! I am so thankful for her and her sweet heart!! God is gracious to bless me with forever friends!! We had fun eating some world famous brunch and loved Jenn and baby Kate joined us!!:) Aren't those pics adorable of her! We had fun dressing her up with some of the fun accessories this crazy cafe supplies!! More pics to come from our fun-time with Suisan!

Sunday, December 9, 2007

Work Christmas Party!







These are some pictures of some sweet friends from my church.
My friend, Athena works with me at Unique (but now she's on maternity leave, her baby in the picture was 3 weeks old that day! His name is Oliver Spurgeon) And Patti and Mike Withers are my sweet special parents here in Louisville (and my "date" that night) ! I'm so thankful for these families who have truly taken me in and encourage me so much in my walk with Christ! God is gracious to me! My other co-workers are a mixture of other seminary students at Southern or attend various colleges around the area. And the fun surprise was that we are receiving a 10% bonus from our earnings this year! This job is providing for me as I finish my master's program....though this job is not my ideal, I know the Lord is using this for my good as I learn the importance of work for the glory of God.

Saturday, December 8, 2007

old pics you will LOVE


(these are pretty old pictures!)

(LOOK ABOVE AT OLD PICS in the SLIDE SHOW, i couldn't figure out how to combine the two post!! still learning about this blog-world....hahahhaha:)


...these are some old pics of my family and some friends...from my facebook pictures! i really need to start taking pictures again...i miss having recent ones of fun events going on in my life! i will totally work on that! ...for sure tonight i will be taking some fun pics b/c i'm going to my work's Christmas dinner party! it's a sit down dinner at the holiday inn! my "date" is the Withers (Patti and Mike!) i figure that since they are my *parents/mentors here in Louisville, they totally should come!!:) ...i'll update w/ pics of tonight, Tomorrow!! stay tuned...

(p.s. it is a PLUS that i have a job that i can write post and be on the Internet in between calls...
oh Lord, make my heart thankful for your provision and grace in every detail of my life, may You grant me a heart of thankfulness for your Sovereign Control, Love, and Wisdom in giving your Son, Christ...Amen!)

Thursday, December 6, 2007

...is it 11pm yet?

I'm ready to go home...it's been a long day, still at work! ...I need more grace and patience!

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Pictures
















video

Dancing Elves!

Want to see some cute Dancing Elves that are Sisters?! Check out the site (thanks to my sister, Aimee!) and click on the link...it takes a sec to load up!
Super funny!

Thursday, November 29, 2007

"that was so nice of God!"

I will be posting some recent pics in the next day or so...stay tuned!
...on other news, I'm at work making calls for a collection agency for libraries...and I just left a message for a lady named "Precious Unique Loving"....WHO names a kid that?! ...pretty funny, at least my job makes me laugh sometimes!
...only 40 mins left for the night, which ends my day of work from 7:40am till 11pm (disclaimer: had a 2 and a 1/2 hour break between my two jobs today to eat and rest a little--played with baby kate and talked with jenn and chandler-God's providence for me, to be refreshed with friends in the midst of a LONG day!)


...THANKFULLY, tomorrow (fri) I have off from work! Lord Willing, I will get to Enjoy Tomorrow by:

1. Clothes Closet (a mercy ministry through my church to provide clothes, lunch and the Gospel message, and great opportunity to meet people that I would not naturally get to meet, with hopes to share the good news of Christ by connecting with them in relationships and meeting some practical needs!)
2. Hopefully, time will allow--to visit our widow in our church who is in the hospital-Ms. Minnie, she is such a dear lady and a great example of perseverance of faith till the end. She is 94 years old and is proclaiming the Gospel to her family and asking them to believe before the Lord takes her home...apparently she has been soaking her pillow with tears at night as she prays for their salvation! What a godly example of a women who hopes and trust in God till the very end! Praise God! When we visited her last, we sang some hymns and had the nurses talking about our singing!!
2. Resting and Reading
3. Cleaning the kitchen
4. Meeting up with a friend for coffee in the later afternoon
5. Friends are going ice skating at night, which I plan to make an appearance for a little while...
6. and after that, Sleep-over with some ladies from my church! Great idea of getting some ladies together, from all season of life (some with children, married, and singles) to share a girlie night of fun and fellowship! (need make chocolate cookies to bring!)

...to conclude this post: I LOVE looking forward to fun-filled day of resting and fellowship...it makes the days of work all the more worth it!

"For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven."

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

ONE more day to go!

It's hard to believe that this semester will be OVER by TOMORROW (wed)! God has been so gracious to me to carry me through! I have been in school since the age of 5, so almost 20 years!! Which is crazy to think about b/c school has never been "my thing"...for purposes unknown to me, God sees this the best fit way to sanctify me for His glory! Therefore, though it has had its hard patches...I see it has been for my good.

So, looking ahead to my J-term class (3 day class from 8am-8pm in January!) I got excited to see what books I would get to buy and read for it! I LOVE to read and I LOVE to collect books for my library, (so maybe that's why this school thing has been working for me for so long!?)

The class I'll take is called, Gender, Marriage, and Sexuality w/ my professor Dr. Scott(click on his name). Which I must say, I am very thankful for his teaching! He makes it so Christ-center and practical!

Anywho, here's my list of books I need for the class (click on the book if you want to check it out on amazon for yourself):


I have only 1 of those books already! So, looks like I've get to hit the bookstore soon! I better start this reading and planning for the class this coming week! We have some assignments that will be do at the start of the class (January 22nd)! ...I must say, I am thankful for this time the Lord has given...that He has called me to study and better understand Him and learn how to point myself and His people to Christ! I must praise God for this time He has sovereignly planned for me...don't you hate it when you start to forget that His purposes are Higher and Far better than mine!? I have to admit, eariler today I was forgetting this truth and being a little complainer!

Oh Father, Help my unbelief! Let me be thankful for every season you bring and find rest that you know what is best!

Here's a nice Hymn...May this be our Prayer:

"Guide Me, O thou Great Jehovah! Pilgrim through this barren land! Iam weak but thou art mighty. Hold me with thy pow'rful hand. Bread of heaven, Bread of heaven, Feed me till I want no more.
Open now the crystal fountain. Whence, the healing streams do flow. Let the firey, cloudy pillar. Lead me all my journey through. Strong Deliv'rer, strong Deliv'rer, Be thou still my strength and shield.
Feed me with the heavn'ly manna. In this barren wilderness. Be my sword and shield, and banner. Be my robe of righteousness. Fight and conquer; fight and conquer, All my foes by sov'reign grace.
When I pass through death's dark shadow. Bid my anxious fears subside. Death of deaths, and hell's destruction. Lead me safe on heaven's side. Songs of praises, songs of praises, I will ever give to thee."

Saturday, November 24, 2007

free rice

check out this site....a fun game, that is a little addicting, but expands your vocabulary!

(got it from my friend Jill's blog, thanks jill! it's a great game to play, if you have a job like mine!)

Friday, November 23, 2007

Happy Turkey Day!


Happy Thanksgiving! May the Lord draw you to Himself and remind you of His Love and Grace because of Christ! We have TONS to be thankful for! We have a Sovereign God who cares for His people! And He will be exalted in all the Earth! May our hearts see it as joy to Praise Him!
Psalm 148
Praise the Name of the LORD

"Praise the LORD! Praise the LORD from the heavens; praise him in the heights!
Praise him, all his angels; praise him, all his hosts!
Praise him, sun and moon, praise him, all you shining stars!

Praise him, you highest heavens, and you waters above the heavens!
Let them praise the name of the LORD! For he commanded and they were created.

And he established them forever and ever; he gave a decree, and it shall not pass away.
Praise the LORD from the earth, you great sea creatures and all deeps,
fire and hail, snow and mist, stormy wind fulfilling his word!
Mountains and all hills, fruit trees and all cedars!

Beasts and all livestock, creeping things and flying birds!
Kings of the earth and all peoples, princes and all rulers of the earth!

Young men and maidens together, old men and children!
Let them praise the name of the LORD, for his name alone is exalted; his majesty is above earth and heaven. He has raised up a horn for his people, praise for all his saints, for the people of Israel who are near to him. Praise the LORD!"

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

when painful surprises, turn me to the Lord....grace upon grace

Today has been hard. Perhaps what I'm about to share is too honest for the blog-world...yet I will share my little story...the purpose being that it shows God's grace and providence all over in the events of this day! And, that brings true encouragement to my heart in the midst of frustration! So, in all reality...today asked the question--Do I really believe that God is fully in control, my provider and support...and is faithful to make me into the image of Christ? What I wrote on yesterday's post...Will I believe and take heart in Christ, in the midst of my own frustrations and limitations? And smile at the future?

So here it goes my little story:

I took my room-mate, Chandler to the airport at 3:45am (after going to bed at 1am!) she was headed home to Delware for Thanksgiving. this is a picture of Chandler---isn't she cute!? I'm blessed that God has placed her in my life! This pic is her loving me, by doing some dishes...


After the airport trip, I feel straight back to bed till my boss called me at 7:45am, saying she was running a little late and would meet me in 15 minutes! (for those who don't know, my second job is cleaning houses for a lady who owns her own cleaning company.) Needless to say, I ran out the door in a huge hurry and made it! We cleaned a million dollar home for about 3 hours...

Then I headed to the bank to deposit some long over due paychecks (3 to be exact). This is where it gets interesting...the reciept the teller gave me said my current balance was -$68 dollars!!! I freaked out and of course there was tears...went back inside to the teller to get some clarifications about the matter! She said I was over-drafting my bank account since November 12th! A whole 10 days I have gone without even knowing that I was in the hole! I got no notifications from the bank and was left with fat charges over $400 dollars worth! Now its freak out time! The tears began to roll and wouldn't stop...the lady said they could waive 50% of the charges (total gracious of God) and then i closed my savings account by adding the amount in my checking!! As you can tell, this was A COMPLETE SHOCK to me!

I immediatly felt frustration to anger to shame and then to self-pity!

This resulted in talking to my dad and he is gracious to help me in this trickyness once more (confession: this isn't the first time i've over-drawn, but to my credit it's been over a year, since my last time...I am a slow learner!) He said he would pay next months rent for me, so I won't be in trouble with other finances that come up! Praise the Lord for loving, supported parents! Thanks Dad and Mom, for always being a picture of grace to me--pointing me to our Great God who has lavished us in mercy and grace through His Son!

Learned THREE things:
1. I tend to put my trust in how much I have in my bank account and not in God, who ultimately is my Provider.
2. I must trust the Lord's providence, even in the details of life! I had some immediate questions of how I was going to make ends meet. The Lord is the answer, He used my parents to provide some immediate help, my savings account (though only 100 dollars, that's better than nothing), even down to the sillyst thought i had, "i need to buy another noise stud b/c my fake dimand fail out of it, how am going to do that?" Well, later in the day I found another nose stud on my bathroom floor! I know that sounds silly, but that's something I asked the Lord to take care of. There are other questions that come to mind. What about Christmas gifts, getting my hair-cut, other thoughts...if God can take care of providing a little nose stud for me and next months rent, then how could He not provide grace for what He sees fit in the future?
3. Practically speaking, I've got to cultivate discipline in my finances and learn a way in keeping up with money. Anyone have any suggestions? I'm open! I desire to do so for the glory of God. I desire to be a good steward of what He has given me. I must continue on the pursuit of cultivating more Biblical disciplines in my life! May His grace enable me to do so! I do feel motivated and ever more knowing, how dependent I must be on His grace!

but ultimately...the heart questions is: Who do I trust? Is my hope in myself, or in God?

Thankfully, we are all a work in progress...He is preparing us for glory. Why am i surprised when I see myself fail? My problem is that I don't really understand the grace He has given me in Christ. Therefore, this may skew how I can give grace to others. If you are like me, be encouraged...Christ kept a perfect checkbook and never bounced a check! He came for sinners alike, that His life might count for ours! THIS IS MY HOPE! Praise God, for not giving up on me, but for using this to draw me to Himself and see my need for a Savior!

(a special thanks goes out to Jenn and Nick for encouraging me today by edifying me through my tears of frustration and pointing me back to Christ! And, for Patti Withers for encouraging me with words of truth too! And, for my family who sees all my faults and still loves me! Thank God for the Body...He is gracious to take care of us through the edification of Believers!)

At Prayer tonight, we read Psalm 13...it describes David's depression and how He turns to the Living God for releif! May this be my response, all the days of my life (no matter what tomorrow holds, for we know "He had dealt bountifully with me", by Redeeming me through His Son):

1 "How long, O Lord? Will you forget me forever?
How long will you hide your face from me?
2 How long must I take counsel in my soul
and have sorrow in my heart all the day?
How long shall my enemy be exalted over me?

3 Consider and answer me, O Lord my God;
light up my eyes, lest I sleep the sleep of death,
4 lest my enemy say, “I have prevailed over him,”
lest my foes rejoice because I am shaken.

5 But I have trusted in your steadfast love;
my heart shall rejoice in your salvation.
6 I will sing to the Lord,
because he has dealt bountifully with me."

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

new seasons, new beginnings...

Thanksgiving is in TWO days and it's hard to believe that it's already this time of the year again...before we know it, it will be Christmas!

I love this time of year because it reminds me of the new beginnings that are approaching, along with new mercies. Makes me excited to see what the Lord has instore this upcoming year! Trusting His providence!

Things I'm looking forward to(Lord willing) apporaching the New Year:
1. A friend is visiting me! My dear friend, Susian Walker is coming--December 8-11th...she was in my bible study and she became so dear to me, we met for several years weekly and was challenged and encouraged by her friendship!
2. Visit my family--December 23rd-30th in dallas and ft.worth area! Lots of time with family...which is long-over due!
3. Visit Lubbock (college) friends--Decemeber 30th-Jan.2nd! I'm in Marla Lees's Wedding (one of my college room-mates)! So I get to celebrate the New Year with old friends...so fun!
4. Completing my First YEAR of living in Louisville, come January!
5. Completing 23 credits(almost half done) towards by Masters in Biblical Counseling, by end of January!
6. My sister April's 2nd baby boy due at the end of February!
7. I turn half a century (25 years old!), come the last day of March!
8. Training for my 1/2 marathon...this spring I want complete this goal! keep me accountable to this!

And knowing that the Future is the Lord's! I want to laugh at the future, like the Proverbs 31 woman, knowing confidently God holds it! Therefore, whatever He see's best fit for me (come joy, pain, struggle), I pray that I'd have grace to believe that it's because of His love for me in Christ...is Why. Nothing more I need to know!
...like in Habakkuk 3:17-19!

For His glory, let this be my prayer and heart too:

"Though the fig tree should not blossom,
nor fruit be on the vines,
the produce of the olive fail
and the fields yield no food,
the flock be cut off from the fold
and there be no herd in the stalls,
yet I will rejoice in the Lord;
I will take joy in the God of my salvation.
God, the Lord, is my strength;
he makes my feet like the deer's;
he makes me tread on my high places."

Monday, November 19, 2007

Can Women be Theologians?


I was challenged by Carolyn Custis James (author).
She spoke at the CCEF conference I went to begining of November, and was totally blessed! I know this looks long, but READ the interview below, it's really challenging and true! Tell me your thoughts on this!

We are called to be thinker's of God's Word. And can NOT leave it for the "experts" to handle it. This is a picture of Carolyn James up-coming book...which I plan on reading once school slows down!

Check out her interview:

"The following is an candid conversation between author and speaker, Carolyn Custis James and President of New Growth Press, Karen Jacklin Teears:


Karen
: In your work with the Whitby Forum, you state that part of your mission is to encourage women in their pursuit of a deeper relationship with God. You also state that "theologian is simply another word for Christian." For the everyday woman, why is the word theologian, as it applies to our everyday lives, necessary? Don't we have enough buzzwords around our faith? Isn't it enough to just be a Christian?

Carolyn
: Using a strong term like "theologian" jars us out of our complacency and compels us to consider what I believe is one of the most serious issues facing women today. We live theological lives. We're called to live by faith in a God we can't see, in a fallen world where our heartaches, losses, and tragedies make no sense to us. Trouble brings out the theologian in us. As I wrote in When Life and Beliefs Collide, "The moment the word 'why' crosses your lips, you're doing theology." There's no way to avoid it.

J.I. Packer describes the person who neglects the study of God as "stumbling and blundering through life with no sense of direction and no understanding of what surrounds you." I don't want to do that myself and I don't want to sit back while my sisters in Christ try to survive on fluff.
We need a wake-up call. We need to get serious about getting to know our God. By self-consciously pursuing a deeper understanding of God, we fortify ourselves for the challenges and difficulties that will inevitably come our way.

Karen: Your teachings on women and gender roles have ignited substantial levels of debate amongst theologians. Did that come as a surprise to you? How have you dealt with the seeming backlash of criticism from many in evangelical circles?

Carolyn: I have three brothers, so I can't say I'm surprised by criticism. However, I will say, there's a big difference in the criticism that comes from people who love and want the best for you and the criticism that comes from those who don't.

It's flattering to think my work has "ignited substantial levels of debate." If that were true, I'm sure it would be good for book sales. To be honest, I think that's overstating things. Yes, my work has been criticized, but actually the biggest surprise has been the wonderful support I have received.

Many Christian leaders have written on the theme of the importance of theology for Christians. But no one has taken up the importance of theology for women."

*Taken from The Gospel of Ruth by Carolyn Custis James. Copyright 2008. Used by permission of Zondervan