Monday, July 16, 2007

Britains Got Talent - A Star Is Born

Terry showed this clip yesterday morning in his sermon. I have not stopped thinking about it since. He used it to show how we look to God. How we think we aren't much, but what GOD sees is THIS! It is powerful!!!

These are some of my dearest friends in OKC. (L to R: Jan, Robin, Denise, Kelly, Sandy and Michelle.) This past weekend was supposed to be our annual girls' weekend at Lake Texoma, but due to all the rain we've been having the past couple of months, it had to be canceled because of flooding. So we met in OKC at Lake Hefner and had dinner together on Friday night. It was a total blast! We ate and laughed and laughed....and laughed! We shared our favorite memories of lake weekends past. I am so blessed to have such great friends!!

Thursday, July 05, 2007

So how was your holiday?

Ours was REALLY GOOD!!! We had a really, really fun day with B. I KNOW! It was so awesome! He came over to mow and ended up washing both of our cars (and his!) and staying for dinner with a bunch of company. He was fun and pleasant. It was cool.

We had a cookout at our house and ended up with 21 people! I know that sounds like a lot, and it is, but it honestly didn't seem like that many people. The food was great (thanks, Eric and everyone who brought way yummy food!) and the company even better! Several of our neighbors had purchased fireworks, so we set up our lawn chairs in the driveway and watched them go off. VERY FUN!

We are SO blessed!!!!

Friday, June 29, 2007

So I have been tagged by the sweet Theresa. I think she does this to get me to blog! :o)

Here are the rules:

1. I have to post these rules before I give you the facts.

2. Each player starts with eight random facts/habits about themselves.

3. People who are tagged need to write their own blog about their eight things and post these rules.

4. At the end of your blog, you need to choose eight people to get tagged and list their names.

5. Don’t forget to leave them a comment telling them they’re tagged, and to read your blog.

Here we go:

1) I am a rule follower. Last week my husband told me to park behind this white car and I parked DIRECTLY BEHIND the white car! He laughed at me.

2) I love magazines

3) I didn't get married until I was 39

4) I met my husband at York College 25 years ago :o)

5) I really like Bobby Knight, Texas Tech basketball coach

6) I've been on 4 cruises, but none with my husband.

7) If I am going to any kind of get-together, I want to know what others are wearing so I am neither over- or under-dressed

8) I make my bed every morning

Even though I am a confessed rule follower, I don't have 8 people I can tag. So I tag Doug, Jeannie, Shane May and Tammy.

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

"IF you believe God is sovereign, you have to take a stance of TRUST. "
That one hit me right between the eyes!

So this week's lecture was on my favorite story in the entire Old Testament: Daniel 3, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego in the fiery furnace. The lecture started out talking about how King Neb built this huge gold image and wanted everyone to bow down to it/him. Beth Moore said, "If Babylon is about anything, it's about building an image. If you and I, in truth, are different from what we seem, we are image builders." As I am typing this, I realize this goes right with our video Sunday night at small group talking about going through the motions of "church". Does God really have our hearts? Or are we just going through the motions?

I was on the verge of tears through most of this lecture. God was speaking straight to my heart. I am an image builder. That is part of why I struggle so much with B. It just hit me!

Beth also talked about three different scenarios when people of God face a fiery trial:
1) we can be delivered FROM the fire
2) we can be delivered THROUGH the fire
3) we can be delivered BY the fire

"Full deliverance means no longer smelling like smoke." I never noticed this before, but Daniel 3:27 says that not only did Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego come OUT of the fire, they came out unharmed, not a hair on their heads was singed, their robes were not scorched and THERE WAS NO SMELL OF FIRE ON THEM. So often we make it through our fiery trials, but people can still smell the smoke on us. I don't want to be stinky. I want to come through whatever trials God will allow me to experience, bringing HIM glory and honor.

Back to that first comment about if God is sovereign we have to take a stance of trust: pray that I will do that in every aspect of my life, but especially regarding B. God is certainly not finished with me yet; why would I think He was finished with this boy?!

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Hello, Blogland! Long time,! :o) In light of recent blogworthiness discussions, I was thinking: Aren't blogs mostly for just....well, blogging? To me, blogging is sometimes serious, deep conversation and sometimes just yakking. I'm afraid, though, that I have fallen into that category of bloggers that feel you have to have something worth saying to blog, which in reality defeats the purpose. So, blogworthy or I am! :o)

I am beginning my second week in the study of the book of Daniel. WOWEE!! The only part of Daniel I have ever really studied is Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego in the fiery furnace and Daniel in the lion's den. Already, in just one week, I am overwhelmed AGAIN! how God's Word fits exactly together. It's very cool! I'm excited to see what God is going to teach me in the next 10 weeks or so. Already He is teaching me that I have bought into our culture's teaching of "it's all about me" and the smarter,more beautiful, and younger you are, the better. One comment that was made in the video today was that we need to be culturally relevant without being spiritually irrelevant. In the world, not of it.

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

My theme statement over the last couple of years has been: There's a plan! Who knew? I am still having those moments where I see the Bible in a way I never have before. I guess that's why the Hebrew writer says that the word of God is "living and active". (Hebrews 4:12)

At the beginning of the year, I decided not to do BSF this semester, but I wanted and needed to do something that was somewhat structured in regard to Bible study. So I chose a Beth Moore workbook, "A Woman's Heart: God's Dwelling Place". It's about the tabernacle. I just never realized how much the tabernacle had to do with Jesus!

I have been working on this Bible study on my own and really enjoying it. This past Sunday night, Melissa Smith and I were talking about Bible studies and she told me she was doing a Bible study at Jenks that her mother-in-law was teaching, a Beth Moore study. I asked her which one and it was the same one I am doing! She invited me to come with her. I asked her where they were in the study and they were on the same week that I am! (As I am typing this I am thinking of all of the details of the tabernacle and how God spelled out every single thing He wanted them to do; and we wonder if He cares about the details of our lives?! Look at this example!) So I went this morning. It was really great. It was a variety of women. I was very blessed!

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

I'm feeling guilty for not blogging in such a long time. I am home alone tonight; my husband had a business dinner. I love giving him a hard time for eating at Mahogany's while I am at home eating a ham sandwich. :o) Anyway, I am watching Gilmore Girls and messing around on the computer. Oh...and doing Workshop stuff.

I love the Tulsa Workshop. I have loved it since the first time I got to come as an 18 year old from Iowa. WOW! So now I live in Tulsa and this is my second year to be the Workshop Coordinator. I have the BEST co-workers in the entire world! I get to work with Terry Rush and Becky Andrews, two of the most wonderful people I have ever known. We are a team. We love each other and the way we work together is what most people only dream of! And so, as planning gears up and I wonder if there is anything I have forgotten, I try to remind myself daily what a blessing it is to get to do this. As Terry would say, "I love right now!"

Wednesday, February 14, 2007


It's always been one of my favorite holidays, probably because my birthday is the next day. And I love hearts. Yet I didn't have a Valentine until I was 37 years old. But guess what? He is STILL my Valentine, my one and only love! And the best news is, he will be until the end of time. I am beyond blessed. As one of the cards that I gave him today said, he knows me better than anyone else and he loves me anyway. :o)

Yeah, I waited a long time for a Valentine; but boy, was he worth the wait!

I love you, Moto!

Wednesday, January 31, 2007

I have times of whining. I know, probably most people do. The last week or so has been one of those times for me; that is part of the reason I don't blog during whiny times. Who wants to hear that??

Things have been....interesting at our house the last week. There are things that are unknown and I don't handle that well. I am known to some as "Polly Planner". :o) This morning I was doing a Beth Moore Bible study- A Woman's Heart: God's Dwelling Place. I am only on day 2 of the second week, but it's been so fascinating! One of the things I love about Beth Moore is that she ties the Old and New Testaments together like no one else I have ever experienced. It's amazing to me how the Bible fits together! :o) The study is about the tabernacle, the place where God chose to dwell among the Israelites. Today, they had just been rescued from the Egyptians while crossing the Red Sea and then they are complaining that they don't have any water. So they get to water and it's bitter. God shows Moses a piece of wood which he throws into the water and it becomes sweet. The place of the bitter water is called Marah, which means bitter. Beth talked about how bitterness is a cancer and keeps us from living life as God has called us. She referred to 1 Peter 2:24 which talks about Jesus bearing our sins on the tree-wood that takes away our bitterness and makes us sweet again. WOW!

Apparently God is trying to make a point with me today because as I was reading blogs, I came across this sentence on Whit's blog that blew me away: "Can you hear Jesus calling us out of the boat even though it seems utterly foolish to hope that we could do such a thing? " I have been staying in the boat on the subject of B. It seems utterly foolish to me that this situation can be fixed. YET I KNOW that my God can do ANYTHING! And He will, if only I will ask....and trust Him. If my dear friends can trust their newborn baby to God, when the doctors gave them very little hope, why can't I trust Him with my teenage stepson??

I think I need to step out of the boat.

Friday, January 26, 2007


It's amazing what people will do to get you to blog! And I didn't even think it had been that long! Oh goes.

The game goes that you pick up the book closest to you, turn to page 123, go four sentences down and record the following three sentences. Please give the author, name of the book and tag three others.

"More often than not, these two women maintain a wary distance from each other. The stepmother backs her husband. If he has an adversarial relationship with his ex-wife, his current wife usually adopts a similar stance."

Encouraging Words for New Stepmothers by Jean McBride

The closest books to me are many; there's a book shelf right around the corner from the desk. So I suppose I cheated somewhat, since I looked around and chose this book. But it was interesting in light of what is going on in our lives right now. :o) It really is true that God works in mysterious ways!

So in keeping with this fun game, I tag:

1) Doug
2) Theresa
3) Clint

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

I'm kind of cranky.

Frankly, I am tired of this weather. I have been venturing out, but it's frustrating and the roads are SO bumpy!

I've been lashing out at my husband; I hate when I do that. (Sorry, Moto!) Everything seems to bug me.

And then the important things jar me back into what really matters in life. One of our missionaries and a good friend of some good friends were killed in a car accident yesterday in Uganda. Another friend lost her grandmother today.

Now why was I whining???