Thursday, June 30, 2005
Basically, the government can take away your property and give it to someone else, if that means it's going to improve the community, and enhance economic growth.
Example... Removing homes to put up an apartment complex. The Supreme Court gave local governments broad power to seize private property to generate tax revenue. This puts churches at risk, because they are tax exempt. You can sign the petition to have this stopped at www.aclj.org
Wednesday, June 29, 2005
Monday, June 27, 2005
There are 4 common types of complainers:
The "Whiner" Psalm 73:13
The "Martyr" Numbers 11:11-15
The "Cynic" Eccl 1:2-4,9
The "Perfectionist" Proverbs 27:15
How to conquer complaining
Admit it is a problem. Proverbs 28:13
Take responsibility for my own life. Proverbs 19:3
Take the attitude of gratitude. 1 Thess 5:18
Look for God's hand in circumstances. 2 Cor 4:17-18
Always speak positively. Eph 4:29
When you find yourself complaining about something, stop and think of two things you’re thankful for instead.
As the world around us continues on a downward spiral, Christian men and women need to be an example of how a person can have a positive disposition regardless of the exterior circumstances.
The Lord is speaking to me on this one. As I look over the weekend I can see how I complained about alot of things, and gave thanks for very little.
Sorry Lord that I complain about alot of things when I know that you always bless me. And sorry that I complain about people, when I know that I'm not perfect. And sorry that I complain about my circumstances when there are worst things happening to other people.
Friday, June 24, 2005
This is the song that my two dogs might have been singing in their head when I picked them up from the Animal Shelter this morning.
I'm thank God that he allowed the dog catcher to catch them, and I'm glad they are in my possession.
Thursday, June 23, 2005
With God: Guard your time with Him ruthlessly. He will help set priorities and give strength for each day. Some busy days may be a verse or two, while enjoying longer time on days off, holidays and vacation. Take a thought He gives you and integrate it throughout your day.
With Husband: View marriage as a friendship. Develop a hobby together, seek friendships with other couples, shut off the television and take a walk. Go to bed at the same time. The greatest gift you can give your children is a good marriage.
With Children: Concentrate on an atmosphere of love, support and security, being aware of each child’s love language. Multiple activities and nights out cause stress, fatigue and limit family togetherness. Sports and lessons can inhibit church ministry and relationships. Remember, the habits they learn at home will be their habits as adults.
Say "I’ll get back to you" before making new commitments. Get input and take time to pray. The prayer God is sure to answer is "Lord, what do You want me to do?" The answer may be "Wait, and I will show you." In our instant credit card society this is difficult.
Examine your motives honestly. Are you trying to please someone? Is it a necessity for success or a diversion from responsibility? Is it truly God’s leading?
Drop something before committing to more.
Limit how many errands you run.
Grocery shop only once a week — and at one store.
Let’s break the guilt of trying to live the balanced life, and seek God’s help to live according to His priorities.
2. Keep an "activity log."
3. Set daily goals. If you must commit to a date, be conservative
4. Be gentle with yourself, don't try to achieve perfection
5. Avoid interruptions.
6. Don't let other people's problems become yours.
7. When you are feeling overwhelmed, say so.
These tips can make your work more manageable, and might even reduce your stress enough to let you go back to drinking double lattes.
Wednesday, June 22, 2005
"Let him who boasts boast of this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the LORD." Jeremiah 9:24
Do you know God well enough that he could brag on you if he wanted to?
Tuesday, June 21, 2005
2 Kings 4:1-7
This is a story of a widow whose in debt up to her ears, and is about to loose her sons to slavery.
She calls on the prophet Elisha to give her a word from God.
He tells her to go and get all the empty jars from her neighbors. Take the only thing that she has, which is a jar of oil, and fill the empty jars. Then tells her to sell the jars, pay off her debt, and her and her sons can live on the rest.
God is so awesome. This lady went from an impossible situation, to retired in one day.
As I was driving home thinking about the unexpected expenses that we had incurred, I cried out to Jesus and asked for his help. As I drove up to the mailbox and opened it. There was a refund check for $168 from TXU. God is so good. I know that he only can pull us out of this situation. Not the banks or creditors. Only Him.
I ask God, what is my oil. What can I give to someone else as a blessing, so you can bless me in return?
Friday, June 17, 2005
Thank you for being a great father to our two girls, and a great husband to me. You are my hero.
Happy Father's Day.
Tuesday, June 14, 2005
Monday, June 13, 2005
I so struggle with this.....
As I battle with this I look to the God's word for help
This is what he advises:
Keep good records, Proverbs 27:23-24 (I never do this)
Plan our spending, Proverbs 21:5 (I do this 50% of the time)
Save for the future, Proverbs 6:6-8 (I do this)
Be content with what we already have, (I do this 50% of the time)
Proverbs 21:17 he says, “Indulging in luxuries, wine and rich food, will never make you wealthy...” and in Ecclesiastes 6:9 he writes, “It is better to be satisfied—CONTENT—with what you have than to always be wanting something else.”
And give back at least 10% to God. (I always do this)
A. Well first of all we should do so as an act of OBEDIENCE because the Bible repeatedly and clearly suggests a minimum giving standard of giving ten percent back to God. For example, in Malachi 3:9 God says, “Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in My house.” In Proverbs 3:9-10 Solomon says, “Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the best part of everything your land produces.”
B. But tithing is also an act of GRATITUDE. When we give the first tenth we are saying, “God, I wouldn’t have anything if it weren’t for You. Thank you Father, for as Your Word says, every good and perfect gift is from above coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights Who does not change like shifting shadows. ( James 1:17)”
C. And then tithing is an act of PRIORITY. It’s a way of saying, “God, I want You to be number one in my life and I prove it by putting You first in my money.”
D. It’s also an act of FAITH that says, “God, I know all those promises in the Bible that say if I put You first you’ll take care of me. To prove that I believe these promises I’m going to give to you first.”
Well I have these steps. Now I need to apply the principles... Hope this helps anyone else out there.
Friday, June 10, 2005
I've thought about this... about sending in pictures of my kids. You see almost everyday when we are out in public with our kids, strangers will walk up to us and say "She is so pretty"
"That's the cutest baby I've ever seen"... This started when Isabel was born and continues on with Emma.
I don't think I'll ever enter them into a beauty contest. I want to teach my girls that what makes them beautiful is not just good genes but having the light of Jesus shine from within you.
I want to teach them that their attitude, generosily, humbleness, humor, thoughfulness, respect for others... is what makes them beautiful.
Lord help me to instill this value into my children.
I read them every so often. This morning I read an article about an lady who let her 11 year old drive the minivan to school with her in the car, of course he wrecked. If I was the judge I would make her pay a hefty fine and not allow the child to get a license until the age of 18.
I think if our laws were tougher people wouldn't do stupid stuff.
Question: Where did the phrase "Think McFly" come from???
Thursday, June 09, 2005
As her language develops more and more everyday, I start to hear my phrases echoing from her mouth.
"In a minute"
"What's up dude"
My all time favorite... "I love you" / "Amo Mommy"
Three things you like about yourself: sense of humor, generosity, nails
Three things you don’t like about yourself: diet, ad/hd, allergies
Three parts of your heritage: TexMex, Christian, Homemade tortillas
Three things that scare you: loosing my children, loosing my husband, leaving my children/husband behind
Three of your everyday essentials: car, cell phone, lunch
Three things you are wearing right now: sandles, capris, blue shirt
Three of your favorite songs: The Love Song (Third Day), Pass Me Not, Blessed Assurance
Three new things you want to try in the next 12 months: sticking to a diet, exercisizing 3 times a week, ASP.net
Three things I want in a relationship: Humor, Love, Respect
Two truths and a lie: I was rescued from drowning, I fell out of a canoe in freezing water, I've fallen through an ice rink
Three things you can’t do without: my salvation, laughter, hugs and kisses from my kids
Three places you want to go on vacation: Disney World, a cruise, Aspen
Three things you just can’t do: call in sick when I'm not, eat tripe, cartwheel
Three kids’ names: Isabel, Emma, Noah
Three things you want to do before you die: ski, see a waterfall, have a little boy
Three Celeb crushes: Sonny Corenthos (GH) , Antonio Sabato Jr., Josh Lucas (Sweet Home Alabama)
Wednesday, June 08, 2005
In the back of my mind I think to myself...as a parent I would never left my kid go off with someone they didn't know just because they said they were having a bible study. There are still naive parents out there.
People like this make me sick. SHE should be left in a car in the hot sun with the doors locked and never let out. I wish stoneing was still in effect.
Tuesday, June 07, 2005
Eddie: "Did you change their diapers?"
Me: "Yes, I changed Emma's twice this morning"
Eddie: "Oh cause Emma pooped alot. I'll find to find somewhere to change her here in the store"
Do they have diaper changeing stations in the men's restroom? If not there should be.
I'll be praying for him today.
Monday, June 06, 2005
Well that's exactly what happened this Sunday. See Isabel became that little David, and she had a bone to pick with her Giant (our Pastor)... and he really is a giant, even for me... he's over 6 feet tall), so for Isabel you can imagine that he looks like a Super Giant... But that didn't scare my tough little girl...
As the story goes....
There was a little boy names Andres (only 3 months younger than Isabel)... He was playing with a fuseball... The mean o'l giant, came and took the ball away, causing the little boy to cry....
Here comes Miss Isabel to the rescue. With a mean look, she points and starts shaking her finger at the Giant, yelling at the top of her lungs, for the mean Giant to hear....
("Blah, Blah, Blah, da, da, da, BALL, Andres.... Okay".....
Wow... no one has ever talked to the Pastor, I mean Giant, like that.... not even his wife....
Needless to say, she won the heart of Andres, and her parents won a (wink wink) custom sermon series next week entitled "How to raise respectful kids"......
"See, eating bubble gum, candy... that's what you FORGET Isabel, see"
I totally started laughing....
"J, that's not how you say it... you say that's what you GET FOR eating candy..."
"No, you're wrong, you're wrong....." He interjects...
I know I wasn't very good in English as a child, but I THINK I'm right... don't you?
Our friend Steve won for the guys. He was Micheal J. Fox to the T. I can't wait until our next party in October for Eddie's Birthday.
Friday, June 03, 2005
Sixteen Candles (Jake was so cute)
Pretty in Pink
Breakfast Club (I have the poster)
Ferris Bueller's Day Off (Bueller... Bueller)
Girls Just want to have fun (Jessica Parker and Helen Hunt)
and the list goes on....
Tomorrow we're having an 80's party, it's going to be so much fun. Complete with a Rubik's Cube cake, and neon colored plates. From Nerds to Pop Rocks (Candy that pops and fizzles in your mouth). Listening to 80's Hip Hop to 80's Rock. Can't wait.
You know you are a child of the 80's if...........
You wore a banana clip or one of those slap on wrist bands at some point during your youth.
You wore French rolls on the bottom of your splatter painted jeans.
You owned a doll with 'Xavier Roberts' signed on it's butt.
You know the profound meaning of ''Wax on, Wax off.''
You have seen at least 10 episodes of Fraggle Rock.
You fell victim to 80's fashion: big hair, crimped, combed over to the side, and you wore spandex pants
You wanted to be a Goonie - (hey u guyz!!)
You could break dance, or wished you could. (I said hip hop....)
You remember when ATARI was a state of the art video game system. (Remember Pong)
You actually spent countless hours trying to perfect the care-bear stare.
You had Wonder Woman or Superman underwear.
You Believed that ''By the power of Greyskull, you HAD the power''
You thought that Transformers were more than meets the eye.
Partying ''like it's 1999'' seemed SO far away!!!!!!!!!!!!
Thursday, June 02, 2005
Moses said to the people, "Do not be afraid. God has come to test you, so that the fear of God will be with you to keep you from sinning." Exodus 20:20
I sought the LORD, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears. Psalm 34:4
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. Philippians 4:6
Lord, I cast all my fears and worries upon you.