Thursday, September 27, 2007

SOAP

S - The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field. Luke 2:2

O - There is much work to be done, and few to do the work of God

A - This week in my Beth Moore study, she brought out this verse. It was a great week in that study - something that is very near and dear to my heart. The fact that God desires to use us ALL in His Kingdom work. She talked about how God directed Moses to have the Israelites give an offering to Him. They gave and gave, everyday until they had enough. Then, the Lord told them to stop giving. I thought about this a lot this week. I wonder what it would be like for our pastors and elders to have to say to the congregation "stop giving!" We have enough. We don't need your time, your talents, or your treasures. We are full of all we need. That is not usually the case. The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few.

P - Lord help me be an example to my fellow brothers and sisters in Christ. Use me Lord to show them their value in you. Lord, help me be excited to serve you and to make that excitement be contagious. Lord, the Israelites gave because their hearts were stirred with a desire to be a part of what you were doing among them. Stir the hearts of the Christians today to see that you are moving in our world, and desire to be a part of the work you are doing. Open my eyes Lord to see the work you are doing around me, and help me to be a part of all that you have for me. I love you Lord. Thank you for all that you are doing! In Jesus name, Amen.

Mom Update

Well, here I am in Sunny Arizona. More like so-hot-i-can't-breathe Arizona.
They tell me that it's cooler now than it was before.

Mom lives in a retirement trailer park here in Arizona. okay...there's like a zillion of those so I'm not giving away my location to some internet stalker at all.

Things are going very well so far. I am happy to say that Mom is getting better every day. She got out of the hospital yesterday and we are taking very good care of her. Each day is an improvement and she has the best nurses in the world. My sister and me.

It turns out mom had a second ulcer that began to bleed. They clamped it off and gave us some yummy internal pictures. okay, not so yummy. that's a lie. After four days in the hospital and a very nice doctor, they released her to my sister and my care. It has been nice to have two of us here to keep each other crazy sane. We have a new diet, new medications, and a home health nurse to do the really bad stuff on the wound.

We have four doctor appointments next week and Tammy is leaving on Tuesday morning. So, I will have one more week here with mom before I go home. I hope that will be enough time to get her well and able to do more things for herself. Two very serious surgeries in one month is a lot for a 66 year old.

I have now discovered the public library. I hope each day to be able to utilize this nice facility to send news home to my family and friends. It is nice and air conditioned but probably the loudest library in the united states. yeah, pretty much is. yep.

Perhaps when I have time, IF I have time, I can give you all some nice cactus pictures and prove to you that it is very very hot indeed.

Have a super day!

Sunday, September 23, 2007

I'm leaving

I am leaving... I know I haven't mopped my floor in three weeks. I realize my bags are still packed from the last time I was gone. I also am fully aware of the fact that there are dance lessons, and musical practices, and dinners to make. I also know that I have two jobs that I can't really afford to take time off from.

But, my mom is in the hospital. She lives on the other side of the country and I am leaving tomorrow to be with her.

She's been ill for some time now, recovering from an ulcer surgery three weeks ago. But, the recent turn of events has been that she is bleeding internally and they aren't sure why. I have decided it's just time to go to her.

This morning as I was thinking about it all.. and praying for her... it struck me how important the family unit is to God. He designed it. He calls us his children, he is our father, family is important to God. As a matter of fact, He is the grand designer of the family unit.

And even though I have small children at home, and many responsibilities, this didn't take God by surprise. He is not caught off guard. And He is not powerless to bring strength and love during this season in our lives. This is a circumstance that was clearly in His plan...and I trust that He will make His spiritual strength available to me at this time.

My husband is a gem.... truly should win the husband of the year award for his tenderness and support to me.

I'll keep you all posted, as I have hijacked Shawn's laptop for the long trip! :)

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

another crazy meme....

1. Black and White or Color; how do you prefer your movies?
color... definately. Pictures are okay in BW but movies are just drab and boring.

2. What is the one single subject that bores you to near-death?
Actually most things are interesting to me... it always depends on my mood. I could be bored by lots of things at certain times in life.... I could better list the things that absolutely never bore me like lipsticks, eyeshadows, eye liner, and the new MAC Line... oh and Shawn. He never bores me. unless it's late at night, and he's talkin a lot... and I'm tired...really really tired. sorry about that honey.

3. MP3s, CDs, Tapes or Records: what is your favorite medium for prerecorded music?
CDs - I'm a bit on the 90s side of music technology at the moment.

4. You are handed one first class trip plane ticket to anywhere in the world and ten million dollars cash. All of this is yours provided that you leave and not tell anyone where you are going ever. This includes family, friends, everyone. Would you take the money and ticket and run?
Depends on if I get to come back - is it just a trip or is it a leave forever type of thing? Cuz if its a leave forever type of thing, no I couldn't take it. But, if it's a go-on-a-trip-see-you-next-week type of thing, well... I might be able to...

5. Seriously, what do you consider the world's most pressing issue now?
The world needs Jesus. There it is.

6. How would you rectify the world's most pressing issue?
One life at a time.

7. You are given the chance to go back and change one thing in your life; what would that be?
It would have to be the clothes in the 80's. I would definately change that without a doubt. I would introduce a whole new clothing line in the 80's that look nothing like the 80's thus changing the 80's altogether.

8. You are given the chance to go back and change one event in world history, what would that be?
I should probably choose something really political or meaningful here.

9. A night at the opera, or a night at the Grand Ole' Opry” which do you choose?
uh... considering I leave for Nashville tomorrow, I still choose The Opera. Oh man... I hope they don't kick me out of the state! Do you think it will be written on my forehead or something and they will all point and whisper and stare....

10. What is the one great unsolved crime of all time you'd like to solve?
Wow, this is a really philisophical serious meme... maybe I should not have agreed to do this. Note to self. read meme entirely before agreeing to do it.

11. One famous author can come to dinner with you. Who would that be, and what would you serve for the meal?
Famous author... great, this is where the world sees the real me. Quick... google famous authors... who is there? Steinbeck - I read East of Eden, really. It was a great book. Dr Seuss. - hey I could serve green eggs and ham... but to be perfectly honest and not listen to google, I'd have to say Sophie Kinsella. Okay, so is she really that famous? I mean, she's British right and so that makes her even WORLD famous. But, I'm slowly working my way through to reading every one of her hysterical books. Along with every other sixteen year old in the USA... does that make me younger? So, yeah, it would be her. And I 'd have to serve Bon Bons for dessert. But, I could probably serve canned soup or something because I don't think she knows what a home cooked meal is. Wait a minute... she might! But, her characters in her books don't for sure.

12. You discover that John Lennon was right, that there is no hell below us, and above us there is only sky - what's the first immoral thing you might do to celebrate this fact?
I wouldn't. Actually, I know John Lennon was wrong, if he ever really said that. I don't really know him.

13. If you could be anywhere in the world as you are answering this, where would that be?
Italy... I've always wanted to go there. But, my secret fear is that if I actually go someday I might hate it. So, then I would have to say in Germany with Julia cuz I miss her. :)

Okay.... so, if you feel like playing along, do it! Come on Mel, Heth, Judy, Chris, Amy, Amie, Haleigh, Linds, Nate, Shera, Natalie, Mary, Angie, Theresa (I know you read this!), Shawn (revive that blog boy!), Angela, Matt (you need an update!), Sarah, Danielle, Bill, Momzie (I want you to have a blog! that would be so great to read!) oh man... I hope I didn't forget anyone. Hey! If I have that many bloggers on my site, why don't you all comment? oh,.. and all the anonymous too! can you participate? speak up.

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

the Number Game

As you know, I'm somewhat intrigued by the idea of turning 40 soon... so I've been doing some checking on the life expectancy in the USA.

On September 1, I officially became age 39.25

Did you know... the average life expectancy in the USA today is 77.7? That means, when a person is 38.85 - they are halfway there... in today's words, they are at the top of the hill. So, me at age 39.25 am actually OVER THE HILL!

That is a shocking realization because all along, I have been believing that I would not be over the hill until after I was 40. That is stupifying! Simply ghastly!

The only good news is this: If a person actually lives to be 65 in the USA, they automatically get to add 18 more years to their life... because these special people are so healthy that they have an average life expectancy of 83, which is 5.3 years more than the overall average.

So.... if I could see into the future and know that I would be healthy enough to hit the 65 mark, THEN... I wouldn't actually be over the hill until after I am 41.5 years old.. which is good news!