Thursday, November 13, 2008

Things I'm thankful for on November 13th, 2008

Today, I am thankful for...

Older, wiser, more mature friends who will go to lunch with you and later pray for you in your car!

Prayer warriors!

Sweet, sweet children who shower me with hugs, kisses and love!

New Shutters on my house.

Breakfast for dinner.

My God.

Swapping ideas, tips and encouragement with other photographers.

I'm thinking thankful thoughts today!!!!

What are you thankful for today?

Things I'm thankful for on November 12th, 2008

Today, I am thankful for...

Non-existent Seasonal Depression. This is a major praise report!!! I have suffered with this pretty severely in the past, but this year I'm actually enjoying the time change. This is nothing short of a miracle.

Much-needed repairs getting done on my house.

My mom. She is such a strong, amazing person. I love her!!!!

My friend, Cory, being born on this day.

Friends in the ministry who just "get me".

Friends outside of the ministry who love me.

My family, as always!

I'm thinking thankful thoughts today!!!!

What are you thankful for???

Things I'm thankful for on November 11th, 2008

Today, I am thankful for...

The veterans of America. Thank you so much for selflessly serving to keep us safe.

All of the wonderfully encouraging people God has put in my life.

My awesome Beth Moore Bible Study!!!! (A Woman's Heart - God's Dwelling Place)

Digging deep into the Word of God. I'm pretty much in AWE right now.

My husband - he's so goofy and fun.

Meeting friends at Starbucks and sitting in the big purple puffy chairs in the corner while solving life's problems. ;-)

Staff Meetings at church and all that come with them. We work hard but we manage to keep it exciting.

Friends who have started blogging about things THEY are thankful for - YAY!!!!! Let's start a thankful revolution.

I am thinking thankful thoughts today!

What are you thankful for???

Things I'm thankful for on November 10th, 2008

Today I am thankful for...

No Stitches!

Quality time with my husband... and Lincoln. And Abbey and Luke when I can get it!


Mondays with NOTHING on the schedule.

The few bright orange leaves that haven't fallen off the tree in our front yard.

Leftovers night.

I am thinking thankful thoughts today!

Sunday, November 09, 2008

Things I'm thankful for on November 9th, 2008

Today I am thankful...

That my Mother-in-law kept my 3 kids last night so Aaron and I could prepare for church.

That we had an AWESOME church service today!!! Thank you, God, for consistently blessing us!

For teamwork in worship today.

That people liked my curly locks, even though I wasn't sure I did... ha!

That Lincoln wasn't hurt any worse than he was after church today. Poor baby fell HARD and cut a gash in the frenulum inside his upper lip. He might need stitches tomorrow, but we've learned to just be thankful this child is alive!!!

Cheryl Linz, for telling me what that thing is called in between his upper lip and gum!!! (frenulum)

Hollie Robinson, for taking over when Lincoln had blood everywhere because I freaked completely out and was useless. And Ann Watson for getting him ice.

That I hear a little birdie outside my window right now - aw, it sounds so sweet, even though I don't care for birds.

That my husband can PREACH.

That overcast skies make great photoshoots - especially when shooting my favorite Aussie neighbors!

That in the midst of a really busy day, I was able to get all of my errands done and my soup on the stove so that I can relax for just a few minutes before those crazy young adults get to my house. Love you!!!!

For all of the neat, new people that I have been visiting our church lately!

I am thinking thankful thoughts today!

Things I am thankful for on November 8th, 2008

Today I am thankful for:

My old neighbors and forever friends, the Casanovas, coming here from Cookeville to spend the day with us. Yay!!!!

Our new-ish friends, the Taylors, for having us over for a YUMMY Mexican feast last night. Great food, lots of laughs, good conversation... and being embarrassed by our kids not wanting to leave what they called "the best house ever". Ha!

All the possibilities a Saturday has to offer!

The opportunity to do photo shoots for my friends and future friends. I love making people see how beautiful they are!

This GORGEOUS day.

Our two awesome dogs, Buster & Bianca.

Playing Nintendo DS with my kids until my arm feels like it's going to fall off, but not caring because we are screaming and high-fiving with each victory.

Laundry. That's right. Laundry.

I am thinking thankful thoughts today.

Friday, November 07, 2008

Things I'm thankful for on November 7th, 2008

Today, I am thankful for:

Pajama days.

Beautiful Fall weather.


Good friends who are secure enough in our friendship and secure enough in their beliefs that we can have a civil conversation about our differences.

Our new President-elect. He is a classy, smart, even-tempered, peace-loving man who loves his wife and his children. Thank you for the example you are to families everywhere.

My kids' teachers: Rachel McCree, Beth Shafer, Angelica Bangean and Christina Keller - you are God-sends!!! I couldn't have asked for more perfect matches for my kids.

All of the friends from high-school and college I have re-connected with!

My church family. I love you!

The world I see through my camera lens.

And last but not least, my hunky hubby and my mind-bogglingly amazing kids.

I'm thinking thankful thoughts today.

In honor of Thanksgiving month...

I am attempting to write a blog every day of the month of November in honor of Thanksgiving.

I would love to hear what you are thankful for!!! Leave me a comment!

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

A few thoughts... off the cuff

I'm just going to type. I'm not going to edit and I'm not going to try to be politically correct. I'm just going to type what's on my heart. I'm typing as a person, not a pastor's wife, ok? Ok.

Congratulations to Barack Obama and all who supported him. He has a hard road ahead and I pray - sincerely pray - for this man and his family.

I am so proud of John McCain. He is a true American hero in so many ways. His speech made me proud. He had a hard job to step out from President Bush's shadow. He may be old and may not be the great debater or the wonderful orator that his challenger is but he has served this country for more years than I've been alive and I thank him.

Now, here is what troubles me: In my mind, the Christian community (as I see it) has had a wake-up call in the past week. Why? Because here are some of the statements I've heard from people:

"I've never been more excited about anything in my life"

"There is hope in the world now"

"I've never been more proud to be an American"

There are more statements, but I think you get my point. How sad is it that people are more excited about an election than they are about the God of the universe? Pretty sad and pretty sobering.

I'm not disputing that there is reason to celebrate if you were one of the millions who supported Obama throughout this campaign. But when people begin to hang their hopes and general happiness on one man and that man is not Jesus Christ, that - to me - says more about the ineffectiveness of evangelical Christianity than anything. We are worried about foreign missions (and when I say "we" I say "me" because yes, I am passionate about it) and yet our brothers and sisters next door have to wait on a presidential election to be more excited than they've ever been in their lives.

Christianity has gotten a bad name of late, and I think we've earned it. To be a Christian is to be a Christ-follower and I'm not seeing a whole lot of evidence that the vast majority of people who call themselves a Christian know Christ well enough to pull that off. For too long, we've relied on occasional church attendance and an icthus sticker on the back of our car to change the world.

It ain't working.

And as far as the abortion issue goes, let me be clear: Overturning Roe vs. Wade is not going to save the unborn. I won't go into it any further than that right now because I have a little munchkin pulling on me to "come cuddle", but there is more to say. Well, ok, I WILL say that as a pastor (of sorts), I have "counseled" and prayed with people devastated and torn apart by the pain and regret of abortion. I've yet to run across ONE person who does not painfully regret the decision to abort.

Do you understand that? Legislation is not the hope of the world. Barack Obama and John McCain and Sarah Palin are not the hope of the world. Jesus Christ is the one true hope of the world. I believe that with all of my heart.

And let me just touch on the issue of homosexuality. The hatred and fear that Christians are purporting towards the gay community is not working for us. Sorry. It sure isn't drawing anyone to Christ. I'm gonna say something that is going to make a lot of my Christian friends very uncomfortable: I love my gay friends. I do. They know where I stand and what I believe - but they also know that I love them. I'm more interested in them KNOWING Jesus Christ than I am in exiling them. Because you know what? He's worth knowing.

And as far as the economy - man, I really don't want to be a socialist nation. I used to be a fierce democrat because I was such a blindly compassionate person. Then, one day my friends John and Lorna Pyka said "yeah, that's great to give money to the poor from all o these programs, but where is the money coming from?" "Why, from the government, of course!" was my reply. Ha! It comes from the working Americans. Ok, ok - according to biblical principals, we SHOULD be feeding and clothing the poor. But I believe it should come from the church and from individuals. I don't want the suits in Washington deciding who and where my money goes to, ok? I want to be led by the Spirit of God about that. I want to have enough of my paycheck (whenever I start making money again, ha ha) left over to be able to bless people as the Lord leads. I agree wholeheartedly with my husband that a legitimate third party needs to emerge, because neither one of the 2 main ones is cutting it for me right now. If you work, you should be able to keep most of your money. The church needs to do it's job but it can't if no one is able to give to the church because the government has all of the people's money. Make sense?

Here's the way I see it now. I have an opportunity and it's a golden one. Instead of relying on legislature and a leader who doesn't even know I exist to make decisions on my behalf, I can wake up and start making a difference right where I am. The ripple that my life creates right here will become a gnarly wave elsewhere. When I walk in LOVE and walk in the Spirit, I can be a salve to a hurting heart.

So, I am not downcast - I am encouraged. God's Word will not return void. He will do what He said He would do. I can either be a part of it or I can complain and moan. I can either be a part of it or I can look to a man-made leader to legislate my beliefs.

I encourage anyone and everyone to read my husband's blog:
It's wonderfully written and he's really smart. :-)

I love you all. I really do. We may not all agree on every issue, but that's ok.

God bless.

I just realized I left out something very important. Other comments that troubled me, but on the other side of the coin:

"We are all screwed"
"Life is over as we all know it"
"The sky is falling"

Yeah, those aren't helpful, either!