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We Just Need To Practice

Hey there everyone,

I hope that everyone had a safe and happy Christmas and New Year.  I most certainly did.  My oldest came home from college for Christmas, my daughter turned 17 (She is making me and the hubby old very fast.)  She also got a job right before her birthday (Which is one week before Christmas).  We all celebrated my three holidays together at home with no big hoop la.  Which was just fine with all of us.

At the beginning of each year you might be finding yourself looking back.  People like to see what if anything they got accomplished and what they didn’t.  They make new goals for the upcoming months.  They try to adopt new, better habits.  One thing I have found is that they don’t set these out on a day-to-day basis.  No they spread them out over an entire year.  Yes, I realize that there are some that may take that long.  But ask yourself when you wake up in the morning, what is the first thing that comes to your mind? Is it the tasks that need to be done? Or perhaps a soreness/pain you may have for sleeping different then you needed.  I could list a whole number of things that ; not only have I said to myself, but have heard others as well.  We are to begin each day a new. With the joy of the Lord.   Not with bitterness or need.  In order to do this all it takes is …… practice.  Practice means that you are trying each and every day with all you mind, body, and soul.  Practice means you won’t get it perfected or even do it some days.  It means you are trying.  That you are actually doing it with a good heart.  Practice mean you have taken you out of it and are doing it for the Lord.

I don’t understand why people are putting so much disgust on themselves at the beginning of each year.  They haven’t lost enough weight, gotten any healthier, saved enough money, given enough money and so on. So what?!? Do the best you can with what you have daily and let God handle the rest.  Before you know it; it will be a new healthier, happier, habit and a wonderful start to your day.  Now for those who might be keeping score, I know that I didn’t write a whole lot last year, but within that time that I did these are the words I used most.

 

Angels, Bible, Child, Children, Christ, Christian, Church, Churches, Control, Faith, Family, Glory, God, Good, Gospel, Grace, Hear, Hearts, Jesus, Kids, Learn, Lessons, Life, Listen, Lord, Love, Luke, Man, Marriage, Matthew, Mercy, Mistakes, MS, Music, ORU, Parents, Pastor, People, Religion, Speak, Spirit, Trouble, Women, Word, Work.

 

I like to leave you with a song that I heard on a CD that my sister had a long time ago.  The song might be an old one but it still holds.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wslEJVlnjRI

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Following Christ Comes At A Cost

I tell people all the time, if you don’t want to know my answer then don’t ask the question.  Well with all that has come to light with Phil Robertson, one should ask themselves what they are willing to say and or do for the name of Christ.  Every Christian knows (or should know) that following Christ comes at a cost.  Christ himself gave up his life for Gods glory.  People have been known to give up their friends and family after being saved.  Because the people that they have known for many years, the people that they have loved, supported, shared things with, and invested everything in are unwilling to tolerate their new life.  Why?  Because they are part of the world.  The world has no time or will for God.  The world doesn’t want any part of God in any way, shape or form.  They like staying blind.  They like living in sin.  They really like the false control of their lives they think they have.  The world tries desperately to get Christians to turn their faith against God.  Going through everyday life you have them attacking you from what you eat to what you wear.  From what you drive to what kind of job you have.  From the treatment of medicine you get to how you parent.  And if you stand up for your faith and go against what the world wants they call names and say that you’re the one at fault.  As if you’re the one being a bad person.  Because they have their own idea of what a Christian is and if you don’t fall into their check list of tolerance then they mock you.  Trying their best to ruin your reputation with the world itself.  They don’t understand that it is only the reputation you have with God that is important.  I was just in awe when I was on Twitter and Facebook with all the support that people were giving out to Phil.  The thing was though it wasn’t just Christians that were supporting Phil, there were also people outside of the church stating that he had the right to his opinion.  Which I don’t believe he was doing, I think he was stating his faith, what he believes in.  But I do appreciate what they were doing.   Phil quoted scripture and stated his faith.  Which in my opinion, is more than stating his opinion.  He is the true idea of a man.  Not childish groups of people who aren’t getting their way and decided to call names and throw a tantrum.  So if you haven’t yet, ask yourself what you’re willing to say to do in order to keep your faith with God.  Are you willing to give anything up?  The only thing God has ever asked for is your heart.  It is us that attach other things to our hearts.  Is your heart free for only Him?  Or are you squeezing Him out with the other things.

No More Pumpkin Spice!

No More Pumpkin Spice!.

A collection of hand selected articles by Gil Burgos from And He Gave Some

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Is Any Of This Sounding Familiar?

I used to love listening to Paul Harvey.   I find it not so amazing that he knew all of this even back then.  The devil has been trying these things since his beginning .

Where Are You Looking?

Just dropping a little note…….  

No matter what is going on in your life, keep everything on the positive side of Heaven.  When we look there first, we can see whether it’s important enough to express your opinion. Or whether you should leave it to God to handle.  

What has been going on and on and ……

Well I fell of the “World of Blogging” again.  To just give everyone a little update, I have decided to post a lot of pictures to tell what has been going on.  When last we talked we were headed to Ok to pick Joey up from college.  The trip over was done in one day.  Yes, it seemed like it was a long day however, we had the younger boys with us this time and our time was spent showing them the sites as well as talking.  My mother-in-law had given us some car bingo game boards and wouldn’t you know it, I left them on the coffee table when we left.  I was so upset with myself.  But we had fun playing the license plate game and our version of car wars. May 04 2012_3693    May 04 2012_3708    May 04 2012_3674    May 04 2012_3672The weather was not the greatest as it rained all the way there and back.  But at least there wasn’t storms.  I will have to remember to always have umbrellas with us on trips.

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 We picked up a couple of souvenirs at the huge white cross in Effingham, IL.  I still can’t get over just how wide Missouri is.  It seem like it took forever to get through.  And all along the way the same billboard, which was done different on everyone but none the less for the same place.  And when we first starting reading them it sounded fun, but after a while it was a real turnoff.

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Finally, we got to the hotel, and all any of us wanted to do was to go to bed.  Well ,all of us except Joey.  Good thing the hotel was just across the street and all he had to do was walk over. Aug 12 2011_1824

So the next morning, we all got up, had breakfast and went over to get Joey and the rest of his stuff.  He was at least smart enough (thanks to his dad) to get a storage unit that he is splitting with other ORU students so that we don’t have to keep toting everything back and forth.  After showing the boys around the campus, and seeing the inside of ORU’s new “Hammer” building we took to the road again. May 05 2012_3568  May 05 2012_3579  May 05 2012_3583    May 05 2012_3596

Although I brought a lot of snacks we really need to get lunch so here is where we stopped at.    May 05 2012_3634

    If you look closely, you can see that you can drive right under it.  The kids and I thought it was pretty neat.  However, it could use a makeover.  Again the drive was long, but we decided to go back in two days as opposed to one, like we did getting there.  I think Sam enjoyed staying at the hotels the most.  I could see the excitement in his eyes.  The newness of the towns the way people do things and then to have a place that had beds that they didn’t have to make up or the free breakfast just down stairs that he didn’t have to wait on.  Well that was just the best!  We did make one stop on the way home that everyone wanted to see when we saw a sign for it.    May 05 2012_3644

  Yes, it was a little off our track, but who else can say that they have seen the world largest rocker.  Now we can.  The had a little shop next to it and some of the stuff in there was a little creepy and neat.    May 05 2012_3658

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  Believe it or not, but that sign was in the ladies restroom along with other items that are less than appealing when you need to go.    Well now we are home and we are back to the usual of taking Joey back and forth to work while still home schooling the boys and Sierra is studying for finals.  I can’t believe that next year we will have a sophomore in college, a junior in high school and a freshman in high school, plus a 6th. grader.  This Friday I am getting three of my sister’s kids as they are in the process of moving.  I told her she wasn’t getting any of them back.  I just love them to death.  They are the sweetest and some of the smartest littles that I have seen.  (Bragging Aunt here)   Well now you’re caught up.  Until next time gang.

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