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Finding The One…

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Did you think I was talking about a man? Ha! No, well kinda…2 years ago my family and I left the church we were attending. There was a political uprising and our Pastor was fired. Sadly the whole thing was a mess and there was another pastor waiting in the wings…not how it’s suppose to be done but that’s life. Our pastor went about things and eventually started his own church. Anyway, my family and I decided to look at other churches. Our first choice stuck. I’ve been going to church my whole life and never, since childhood, have I felt so at home in a church. The people are are amazing. Everyone is so friendly. They actually make you feel as if you are a family.  We’ve been at this church for 2 years now and I can’t imagine ever going somewhere else. Yesterday, after 2 1/2 years we voted in our new pastor. The previous pastor left to start his own church, at least that is my understanding. Pastor Heath answered the  view of call and came to preach. He was awesome. Kind of nervous, which is understandable, but his message was awesome. It was about unrealistic expectations, which I found to be very fitting. As you can imagine there are people out there who will expect the new pastor to be just like the previous pastor or the interim pastor we have had. I kind of feel like he was saying “I am me, I am not them and don’t expect me to be.” Anyhoo, after the service we had a luncheon and Pastor gave his testimony. After a Q&A session he and his family were taken upstairs and we cast our votes. It was a silent vote. We marked yes or no on a slip of paper we were given and they were counted. It was almost a unanimous vote yes.

We are all so excited to have Pastor Mike as our shepherd. His first official Sunday will be April 24th and sadly I will be out of town at a book festival.

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It’s Christmas Box Day

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Today was the day! My mom and I did our shopping for our Christmas boxes. It’s always so much fun. We go to the dollar tree and load up a shoe box size tote with fun things and some practical things.

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We always chose to do a girl so we get girlie hair things. We add fun things like note pads. Pens and pencils. Fun little games.  This year we found some fun little bracelet making kids. We also get useful things such as toothbrushes and toothpaste, soap, wash cloths, deodorant.

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It all fits 🙂

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Here is the loot. Hard to believe all that fit into the box.

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If you are interested in doing a box follow the link below. Time is running out.

http://www.samaritanspurse.org/what-we-do/operation-christmas-child/

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God’s Glory

We’ve all seen rainbows. We know the meaning of the rainbow, God’s promise to never destroy the earth again.

Yesterday parts of Arizona were under a tornado warning. Including the small mountain town I live in. I wasn’t really worried, though I probably should have been, We’ve been under tornadow warnings before. But something told me to find a more secure shelter. So, being that I work in a building made of rebar and cinder block, I went beck to my store to hang out. The warning expired with no incident, thank goodness, but what i found in the calm after the storm was something so majestic. I’d never seen a rainbow so beautiful.

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My 2013 Year Review

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My year started out just like any other year. Same ole same ole. Work was going well, aside from the loss of my boss and friend. That broke my heart. Family was good. As we did the year before my niece and I started our plans for our trip to Comic-Con in San Diego. In March my volunteer work came to an end as I was kicked out of the group for reasons I am still unclear of. No big loss there really.

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In may my mom and I made a trip to Phoenix to see Chris Tomlin in concert at Grand Canyon University. Check one off my bucket list. It was a great couple of days with my mom shopping and seeing this concert. The energy in the stadium as we all praised God was amazing.

Finally July came and my niece and I were off on our road trip to San Diego.

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This trip is always so much fun. There is never a minute that there isn’t something happening somewhere in downtown San Diego. Once we arrived we hung out at the convention center for a while as we had some time before picking up our friend at the airport.

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I found this while going upstairs to pick up our badges 🙂

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Ballroom 20 line

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Inside ballroom 20

We saw the Vampire Diaries cast again

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We saw the Once Upon a Time cast

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We also got to see part of the Once Upon a Time in Wonderland pilot.

and there there were the headless horsemen from Sleepy Hollow

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The whole trip started with a midnight showing of “Psych The Musical”

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We also saw the True Blood panel…minus Alexander Skarsgard and Stephen Moyer.

I could spend hours going on about what we did and who we saw.

The Walking Dead cast showed up at the Hilton

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In at the end of August my heart fell apart and part of my world ended.  My dad passed away. I can’t tell you how it feels to be 2 states away when your parent is slipping away. That was the worst phone call I’ve ever gotten. I really had no idea what to do. I just sat here waiting for a call back that my dad made it. Sadly that wasn’t the second call I got. So I went to my moms house and cried on her shoulder.  In September I flew to Houston to say goodbye to my dad for the last time.

In the process I did get to see some family I hadn’t seen in a long time

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My favorite cousin and I

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My amazing uncle 🙂

And THEN…In October my mom and I again went to Phoenix. This time to see Stephen Curtis Chapman with Laura Story and Jason Gray.

So as you can see it’s been a good year mixed with a lot of sadness.

Family Isn’t Just Blood

I’m a member of this AMAZING volunteer group of women. We are called The BOBArmy. What does that stand for you ask? We are the Built of Barnwood army of volunteers that help promote and spread the word about this little family owned company, but that isn’t all we do.  We also stand up for each other and protect each other. Most especially the Somerhalders and the army kids. Once your cross the line to threaten, bash or bully one of the Somerhalders or one of our kids…You better watch out because we will come after you. We are the BOBArmy after all.  One of the products Built of Barnwood produces is crosses. Really wonderful crosses. 

These are 2 of the 4 I own. I won’t go into the story of the company that’s for another post. Anyway, I along with my friend Becka run the official company blog. We post news, products and company information. Our posts go to Twitter and Facebook automatically and if we choose we click the little g+ button.  So today we find out that someone on Twitter is bashing one of the youngest owners of the company, now mind you he’s 12, saying some pretty mean things about crosses, religion and pretty much the company in general. Well then in comes one of our other kids trying to defend his friend whom he calls his “big bro”. Now this little guy is 7 years old.  This person said some pretty ugly things making our little guy cry. Really?  Ok now you’ve done made mamma bears furious.  We don’t care where you’re from. We don’t care about your race, religion or lack of , or your sexual orientation. What we do care about is our family because that is what we are and when someone hurts one of us you hurt all of us because we love each other like sisters.  That is why I say family isn’t just blood.

Deep Thoughts with Mom

I have the most amazing mom.  There are times when we have these really deep conversations.  Usually after an email or 2 about songs we’ve heard.  Sometimes I get in these moods where certain songs just bring on the tears.  Usually it’s How Great is our God by Chris Tomlin, or I Will Rise by Chris.  Today my mom mentioned his version of Amazing Grace brings on the tears for her.  There are some of us who can take the words to these songs and apply them to our lives.  Where they were, where they could have gone, where they are now and God’s amazing grace that got us where we are now.  I don’t know what brings on these moods.  I think it’s the realization that the past is forgiven.  Never to be thought of again.

How can you not love a God who is so forgiving and loves you so much.