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Tuesday, April 29, 2008
I touched down at home just long enough to unpack, repack and leave for Michigan. I am speaking in Grand Rapids tonight and Kalamazoo tomorrow night for Epilepsy Advocate LIVE Events. Pray that the Lord will touch someone's heart through Spencer's story.
I have lots to share, but just a few minutes. I hope to post tonight. If not, join me tomorrow for Midweek Motivation at Writer Interrupted.
By the way... thanks to everyone who joined in for Then Sings My Soul this past Saturday. I love listening to all of your songs! One of my favorites this week was David Crowder by Tania at Faith Prints. I hear this song on the radio all the time, but this was the first time I truly listened to all the words, and the video really spoke to me. In the middle of all of my busyness, angels are singing "Holy, Holy, Holy" all the time. Oh that we would join with them.
Another that I really loved was Andrea's pick at Mommy Snacks. It was so powerful to see the words people used to describe themselves after being changed by God. We are certainly not who we once were. What two words would you use to describe yourself before and after Christ?
Blessings to you!
Friday, April 25, 2008
My husband has a saying. It is "After Jesus on the cross... all the rest is just the details." He is a big picture person. I am a detail person. We complement each other well, even though we drive each other crazy at times.
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
1. Let me direct you to the new button on my side bar for Epilepsy Advocate. My friend Carol's husband Alan made it for me. If you would like to get the word out about a great support site for those living with epilepsy, please copy the code and add it to your side bar. It doesn't hurt that the adorable boy pictured is none other than my little miracle Spencer. You could also just add it to your sidebar to remind yourself to please lift him up in prayer.
2. I received an email about a new movie coming out from Sherwood Pictures and Provident Films. These are the people who made Facing The Giants from Sherwood Baptist Church in Albany, Ga. It is called Fireproof and is coming out this fall. Kirk Cameron will star in this film. Go here to see more info. We need to support great family friendly, faith based movies like these.
3. Go here if you would like to see the interview Spencer and I did along with Jennifer Arnold from Canine Assistants for Voice of America. You can read the article or click on listen on MP3 at the top and get to hear my lovely southern drawl. I've been told it is melodious :)
4. I've been tagged by Andrea at Mommy Snacks and by Jenifer at By His Grace to list 7 Random Facts about me and 5 interesting things including 5 things I was doing 10 years ago, 5 things on my to do list, 5 of my favorite snacks, 5 things I would do if I were a billionaire, and 5 bad habits. I promise I will do these tags before the weekend. I just need to think about them a little more. It's one of the things on my to do list... so I only have to list 4 more.
5. I have to tell you that last night I skipped the Ladie's Spring Event at my church where Esther Burroughs was the speaker and By Design was singing. My friend Deanna sings with By Design, and I had never heard Esther Burroughs before, so I was kind of bummed. But let me tell you why I skipped it. I went to dinner with Greg Grunberg and some other Epilepsy Advocates. It was really cool. And no... he didn't read my mind... at least I don't think he did. Although he did know exactly what I meant when we had a discussion about our children and epilepsy. That is kind of like reading my mind :) He and his wife are living it too (their son Jake has epilepsy) and they can totally relate.
And I am bummed that we have to wait until September to see more new Heroes episodes. But... LOST (which Grunberg was cast as the pilot when the series aired in 2004) will return tomorrow night... as will I.
Now if I could just manage dinner with Matthew Fox (whom I have loved since Party of Five) I would be so happy.
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
"So do you have to always help yourself first with everything?" I wasn't quite sure how to respond so I made up some answer that seemed good at the moment and satisfied her.
This is exactly what I am talking about. Take time to put on your oxygen mask and breathe in the Word of God. If you do this first, you won't run out of breath before you complete all of your other task and you will be able to take care of the others in your life so much better.
Monday, April 21, 2008
You Are a Comma
You are open minded and extremely optimistic.
You enjoy almost all facets of life. You can find the good in almost anything.
You keep yourself busy with tons of friends, activities, and interests.
You find it hard to turn down an opportunity, even if you are pressed for time.
Your friends find you fascinating, charming, and easy to talk to.
(But with so many competing interests, your friends do feel like you hardly have time for them.)
You excel in: Inspiring people
You get along best with: The Question Mark
The dog in the pictures is Carly. She belongs to one of the trainers. They have several dogs that travel for their publicity events. We will meet the dog that will be selected for us when we attend training. They match the dogs with you based on personality.
Sunday, April 20, 2008
Saturday, April 19, 2008
He is everything. Everything I have ever needed and everything I will ever need. He has known me since before I was born. He has been present in every event that has transpired throughout my life. He will be present in every event that is yet to come.
This song speaks to that...
"I Am" by Nichole Nordeman
To check out other information about the "I Am's" of God... visit here.
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Ecclesiastes 4:10 If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up!
I also got to visit with a lot of my old friends from ERBC, whom I miss and love dearly... and I got to see my sister and mother in love Judy and Liz. BTW... today is Liz's Birthday! HAPPY BIRTHDAY LIZ!! I miss them and love them very much, and it was great to see and fellowship with them too.
I am so blessed to have godly friends and family!
As if all this wonderful girlfriend time wasn't enough... we got to hear Carol Kent Speak. She is incredible. If you have never heard her testimony, I encourage you go buy her books "When I Lay My Isaac Down" and "A New Kind of Normal." They are both wonderful. And she and her husband Gene were so nice. They stayed until almost 10pm, making sure to sign everyone's books and taking time to speak to each person individually. They poured out hope and love on everyone there.
Yes... I have even more exciting news to share!
If you have been reading my posts for very long... you may remember this post about one of Spencer's seizures. In this post, I talked about deciding to apply for a seizure response dog and leaving the rest in God's hands.
Well... we did apply. And we prayed. And we got a phone call a few days later. And guess what?!If you can't read this... it says... On April 16, Spencer is getting a new best friend!
God is so good! He always meets us right at our point of need. I can hardly contain my excitement. We are flying to Chicago today for a press conference tomorrow about Spencer being selected to receive a seizure response dog from UCB and Canine Assistants.
We will actually receive our dog hopefully this summer when we attend a two week training camp. I will post more details soon. Just know that whatever your need is... take it to Jesus. He is sure to meet it.
Now that I have told you all about my friends and Spencer's new friend... I'm off. I've got to catch a flight. I will try to post more tomorrow but if I don't get to post, be sure to visit me at Writer Interrupted tomorrow for Midweek Motivation.
Sweet Blessings to you!
Saturday, April 12, 2008
Do you ever wonder if God is speaking to you? How do you know it's Him? How do you distinguish His voice from the other voices you hear? Can you tell the difference between the voice of the accuser and the voice of the Father?
A few years ago, I took the study Experiencing God by Henry Blackaby. If you have never taken it, I highly recommend it. In this study, Blackaby says God speaks by the Holy Spirit through the Bible, prayer, circumstances, and the church to reveal Himself, his purposes and his ways.
Then about a year ago, I took the study God Speaks to Me by Priscilla Shirer. This study, like Experiencing God, was life changing. It finally helped me to understand God has a message specifically for me. I just need to listen. Sometimes it is hard to know when God is speaking to us. We all get so busy in day to day life, we sometimes can't hear Him. Or if we think we do hear Him, we second guess it and wonder if it is really Him.
Priscilla has a follow-up study called Discerning the Voice of God. In it she talks about how to know God's voice. She answers the question "How can I really hear God speaking to me personally?" here in her frequently asked questions on her website. This study is also excellent.
Just today, I was listening to the radio and there was an advertisement for John Eldridge's new book "Walking With God." I haven't purchased it yet, but he has a website up with video classes for the book. I started watching them today, and they seem great so far. Here is the link if you are interested. In this book, he talks about knowing the voice of God and understanding how he speaks to you through everyday circumstances.
John 10:27 says "My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me."
Mandisa talks about some of the ways God may be speaking to us in this song. Listen to the words carefully. It is a beautiful.
God has a message for you. He is speaking to you. Are you listening?
Friday, April 11, 2008
In case you are in the mood to clean too, here is a clip with some good websites.
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
"What if the family turned to Jesus, stopped asking Oprah what to do?"
Me, Spencer and Mary Lyndsey in front of the Lincoln Memorial.
Mary Lyndsey in front of the Reflection Pool looking at the ducks. The Washington Monument is in the background. This was taken from in front of the Lincoln Memorial.
The fam in front of the Jefferson Memorial. We had a private tour around Washington and the tour guide took this picture for us.
This was taken at the FDR Memorial. The Cherry Blossom trees were in full bloom while we were there. They were gorgeous.
Sunday, April 6, 2008
For such men are false prophets, deceitful workman, masquerading as apostles of Christ. And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. It is not surprising, then, if his servants masquerade as servants of righteousness. Their end will be what their actions deserve. 2 Corinthians 11: 3-15
Ok... so I've read several sites recently and received several emails about Oprah, and I have to tell you that I am just plain mad. And at the same time I am sad. Sad that she is so deluded and that she is confusing so many people. I'm sure many of you have already seen this video:
Did you know that in addition to Oprah doing webcast classes on Eckhart Tolle's book A New Earth on her book club, that Marianne Williamson's A Course in Miracles is also being offered on her XM Satellite radio show? The only miracles I am interested in are the ones that Jesus Christ, the Son of the Living God, the Holy One, the Alpha and Omega, the Almighty God my maker performs. And the only new earth I am interested in is the one that God himself will create as He says in Isaiah 65:17 "Behold, I will create new heavens and a new earth. The former things will not be remembered, nor will they come to mind."
Oprah has been deceived. And now she is deceiving and leading others astray. But before we are so quick to judge... let's not forget how easily we can be deceived too.
God's Word says that Satan himself masquerades as an Angel of Light. We sometimes have difficulty discerning between the true Light of the World and the fake light that Satan tries to trick us with. This is why it is so important to know the Truth. Not just part of the Truth... all of the Truth. Satan will take parts of the Word and twist them to suit his purposes and he wants you to do the same. Don't fall for his tricks. Know and be able to distinguish the voice of the Father from the voice of the accuser.
Colossians 2:6-8 says "So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in Him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness. See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosphies, which depend on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ."
The notes in the NIV Life Application Bible on these verses say: "Paul uses the illustration of our being rooted in Christ. Just as plants draw nourishment from the soil through their roots, so we draw our life-giving strength from Christ. The more we draw our strength from Him, the less we will be fooled by those who falsely claim to have life's answers. Paul writes against any philosophy of life based only on human ideas and experiences. Paul himself was a gifted philosopher, so he is not condemning philosophy. He is condemning teaching that credits humanity, not Christ, with being the answer to life's problems. That approach becomes a false religion. There are many man-made approaches to life's problems that totally disregard God. To resist heresy you must use your mind, keep your eyes on Christ and study God's Word."
It certainly seems to me that Eckhart Tolle and Marianne Williamson fall into the category of preaching false religions that credit humanity as the answer to life's problems. People who are not rooted in Christ will fall for their false claims.
In my Angela Thomas study this week she focuses on weak-willed women. The passage of scripture she highlights is 2 Timothy 3:1-9. It says: "But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God - having a form of godliness, but denying its power. Have nothing to do with them. They are the kind who worm their way into homes and gain control over weak-willed women, who are loaded down with sins and are swayed by all kinds of evil desires, always learning but never able to acknowledge the truth. Just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so also these men oppose the truth - men of depraved minds, who as far as faith is concerned, are rejected. But they will not get very far because, as in the case of those men, their folly will be clear to everyone."
As Angela Thomas says in her study... we can all be weak-willed women at times. We must stay in God's Word rooted in Him so we are not deceived. We as Christians should pray for ourselves to be strengthened in our faith and we should pray for those who are lost. We should not attack Oprah and Friends but pray for them.
I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone - for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all men. 1 Timothy 2:1-6
Saturday, April 5, 2008
2 Corinthians 3:17 Now the Lord is the Spirit and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.
Galatians 5:1 It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.
This week as we have toured around Washington DC, I couldn't help but be reminded of freedom over and over again. All of the monuments and memorials that pay tribute to those who died for our freedom as Americans are so moving. However, when I think of the One who died for my freedom above all, it so makes my soul want to sing... and it makes me want dance!
Remember to not let yourselves be shackled again. It is for freedom that He has set us free.