Friday, May 29, 2009

Friday Funnies



Buddy and Edna

Buddy and his wife Edna went to the state fair every year,And every year Buddy would say,
'Edna,I'd like to ride in that helicopter'
Edna always replied,
'I know Buddy, but that helicopter ride is fifty bucks,
And fifty bucks is fifty bucks'
One year Buddy and Edna went to the fair, and Buddy said,
'Edna, I'm 85 years old.
If I don't ride that helicopter, I might never get another chance'
To this, Edna replied,
"Buddy that helicopter ride is fifty bucks, and fifty bucks is fifty bucks'
The pilot overheard the couple and said,
'Folks I'll make you a deal. I'll take the both of you for a ride. If you can stay quiet for the entire ride and don't say a word I won't charge you a penny!
But if you say one word it's fifty dollars.'
Buddy and Edna agreed and up they went.
The pilot did all kinds of fancy maneuvers, but not a word was heard.
He did his daredevil tricks over and over again,
But still not a word...
When they landed, the pilot turned to Buddy and said,
'By golly, I did everything I could to get you to yell out, but you didn't.
I'm impressed!'
Buddy replied,
'Well, to tell you the truth,
I almost said something when Edna fell out,
But you know,
"Fifty bucks is fifty bucks!'

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Friday, May 22, 2009

A Great Report!








(Pastor Eddie Long was at St. Jude to raise money, Jordan was thrilled to get to meet him!!)


We're home! But most importantly, we've brought back a good report as a result of all the testing we had done in Memphis.

Jordan's scans showed, "no evidence of disease progression".  Yeah!!!!clap

Thank you all so much for your prayers and words of encouragement. God is so good to us, and we are eternally grateful!!!smile_teeth

Going back to St. Jude is like visiting home after you’ve been away for a long time.

It was especially nice to have my hubby with us for this visit. We had the chance to catch-up with many of our old friends, and spend some R&R time away from all the pressures and demands back home.

On Sunday night, we had coffee and dessert with Mark and Mylissa from Habitat for Hope.  We also got to meet some of the new families that they are helping right now as well.

The following night, we had dinner with our friends Dawn and Mason.  There are no words to explain the special bond heart that we share with these families at St. Jude.

The following day we met two families that we have been praying for all this year, but never had the chance to meet personally.

It was so great to see little Elizabeth and Trevor. Please keep them in your prayers; they are both AML patients who need a miracle.

We are now good for another six months.  We can take some time to relax,smile_regular live and just give thanks to God for all His wonderful benefits.

Hope you have a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend.  I’ve missed visiting you, I’ll be by real soon.

Great is the LORD and most worthy of praise; his greatness no
one can fathom.
Psalm 145:3

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Graduation, Memphis and Prayers needed...




Hi Grammy…


Say cheese!


My last project!


Yeah, Uncle Joel!!


Well, the big night is officially behind us!! My baby will begin college in the fall!

My husband, Jordan and I head out for Memphis this Sunday for his 6 month check up at St. Jude. Please believe God with us for some clean scans!

I appreciate your prayers, and many words of encouragement! So grateful for your friendship!

I will thank you, LORD, with all my heart; I will tell of all the marvelous things you have done. Psalm 9:1

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Night Vision


Sometimes God doesn’t tell us why because He wants us to know who.

In Psalm 23, David goes from talking about God, “The Lord is my Shepherd,” to talking with Him, “Thou art with me.”

What happened in between?

David learned that no matter how dark the way is, the Lord is there to guide us. He discovered that it’s better to walk through the valley with God than stand on the mountaintop alone.

God doesn’t always light the path in advance, but He promises,

When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee” (Isa 43:2).

When you feel like you’re out of your depth or in over your head, claim the promise!

Job had many unanswered questions, but when he began to understand the difference between reason and relationship, he told God, “I…heard about you before, but now I have seen you” (Job 42:5 TLB).

When you can’t find the reason, trust the relationship.

God won’t fail you.

Contrary to what you may think, darkness isn’t always the work of the enemy. Sometimes it’s one of God’s best teaching tools. “About the fourth watch of the night He came to them, walking on the sea…And when they saw Him…they were greatly amazed…beyond measure, and marveled” (Mk 6:48-51 NKJV).

You get to know the Lord by going through storms with Him. The Psalmist said, “To you the night shines as bright as day. Darkness and light are the same to you” (Ps 139:12 NLT).

So instead of running from your problems, ask God to develop your night vision, to show you “the treasures of darkness…hidden in secret places”.  (by Rick Godwin)

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Monday, May 11, 2009

An Amazing Faith

“I learned that faith isn’t tested by how often God answers prayers with a yes but by my willingness to continue serving Him and thanking Him even when I don’t have a clue as to what He is doing.”…..Gary House


It is not always easy to trust God.  I like to think I’ve got everything under control and know exactly where I am going.  I like all my plans and activities to be very organized and well thought out.  I like it when I know all the facts, and get every questioned answered.

Unfortunately, what I like and how life really goes are two worlds apart.

Wouldn't it be so much easier if we did not have to trust God so blindly? If God would simply tell us in advance about all the good that would come out of every difficult situation?  If we could know that in the end, all of our trials would be turned to gold?  Surely then our walk of faith would look so much different, and our testimonies would bring so much glory to God. Right?

Yet in reality, hasn’t God actually told us these very things? In Romans 8:28 we read,

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose”.

Many of us are familiar with this verse, and can probably quote it verbatim, but do we really believe what it says?

The test is not what we are facing, but rather how we face the test. In Hebrews 11:6 we read,

“But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.”

The Bible is full of the testimonies of great men and women who in the midst of adversity did not abandon their confidence in the living God. These stories and their lives are pictures for all us to understand what true faith really looks like.

Many of the great hero’s of faith even died still believing, yet without receiving the things God had promised to them!

This is what true faith in God really is about. It is a faith that never waivers, and I believe it is exactly what our quote suggests today.

One of my favorite passages is found in the book of Habakkuk chapter 3:17.  It is also one of the greatest proclamations of faith ever written. 


Though the fig tree does not bud
and there are no grapes on the vines,
though the olive crop fails
and the fields produce no food,
though there are no sheep in the pen
and no cattle in the stalls,

Yet I will rejoice in the LORD,
I will be joyful in God my Savior

The story of Habakkuk begins with a “why”, but ends with a “Yes and Amen”. What always stands out the most to me in verse 18 is the word, “YET”.  It does not say,

"When things get better, then I will celebrate”, or “After I see the answer to my prayers, then I will be joyful”.

No, Habakkuk says, “No matter what may come, still I will rejoice and be joyful in my God”. Even when we are not sure how things will ultimately turn out, will God still hear our songs of praise?

I want my life to be a proclamation that says Jesus is sufficient and always more then enough!  I want to be able to give thanks in ALL THINGS, which really is our statement of faith, and brings honor to His name.

Our simple prayer only needs to be…

“Lord teach me to trust you....”

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Friday, May 8, 2009

Friday Funnies/Mom of the Year!

A precious friend of mine sent me this video this morning.

Feel free to pass this  on to someone special in your life.

Many times as mother’s we don’t feel appreciated or noticed for all we do.

Just for a moment enjoy all this recognition.

Happy Mother’s Day!

(Please remember to mute my music first, thanks!)



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Thursday, May 7, 2009

National Day of Prayer



Prayer For Our President

Most High God, Blessed and Wonderful Savior, Ever-present Holy Spirit, Precious Lord, our Governor, Whose glory is in all the world, We commend this nation to your compassionate and merciful care As we are guided by you providence, may we dwell secure in your peace.
Grant to the President of the United States, your wisdom and strength to know and to do your will.
Fill the President with the love of truth and righteousness.
Make him ever mindful of his call to serve this people in your fear.
In the name of the Wonderful Father, Most Beloved And Precious Son, and Ever-present Holy Spirit upon whom we can rely.  In Jesus name,

Some samplings of personal and public prayers of our former Presidents:


George Washington
A Prayer for Guidance

O eternal and everlasting God, I presume to present myself this morning before thy Divine majesty, beseeching thee to accept of my humble and hearty thanks, that it hath pleased thy great goodness to keep and preserve me the night past from all the dangers poor mortals are subject to, and has given me sweet and pleasant sleep, whereby I find my body refreshed and comforted for performing the duties of this day, in which I beseech thee to defend me from all perils of body and soul....

Increase my faith in the sweet promises of the gospel; give me repentance from dead works; pardon my wanderings, and direct my thoughts unto thyself, the God of my salvation; teach me how to live in thy fear, labor in thy service, and ever to run in the ways of thy commandments; make me always watchful over my heart, that neither the terrors of conscience, the loathing of holy duties, the love of sin, nor an unwillingness to depart this life, may cast me into a spiritual slumber, but daily frame me more and more into the likeness of thy son Jesus Christ, that living in thy fear, and dying in thy favor, I may in thy appointed time attain the resurrection of the just unto eternal life bless my family, friends, and kindred.
--An undated prayer from Washington's prayer journal, Mount Vernon


Thomas Jefferson
A Prayer for the Nation

Almighty God, Who has given us this good land for our heritage; We humbly beseech Thee that we may always prove ourselves a people mindful of Thy favor and glad to do Thy will. Bless our land with honorable ministry, sound learning, and pure manners. Save us from violence, discord, and confusion, from pride and arrogance, and from every evil way. Defend our liberties, and fashion into one united people, the multitude brought hither out of many kindreds and tongues. Endow with Thy spirit of wisdom those whom in Thy name we entrust the authority of government, that there may be justice and peace at home, and that through obedience to Thy law, we may show forth Thy praise among the nations of the earth. In time of prosperity fill our hearts with thankfulness, and in the day of trouble, suffer not our trust in Thee to fail; all of which we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

--Washington D.C., March 4, 1801


Abraham Lincoln
A Prayer for Peace
Fondly do we hope, fervently do we pray, that this mighty scourge of war may speedily pass away. Yet if God wills that it continues... until every drop of blood drawn with the lash shall be paid another drawn with the sword... so still it must be said that the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.

With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation's wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow and for his orphans, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and a lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations.

--Second Inaugural address, March 4, 1865


Franklin D. Roosevelt
A Prayer in Dark Times

Almighty God: Our sons, pride of our nation, this day have set upon a mighty endeavor, a struggle to preserve our Republic, our religion and our civilization, and to set free a suffering humanity...

Lead them straight and true; give strength to their arms, stoutness to their hearts, steadfastness in their faith. They will need Thy blessings. Their road will be long and hard. For the enemy is strong. He may hurl back our forces. Success may not come with rushing speed, but we shall return again and again; and we know by Thy grace, and by the righteousness of our cause, our sons will triumph...

Embrace these, Father, and receive them, Thy heroic servants, into Thy kingdom. And for us at home--fathers, mothers, children, wives, sisters, and brothers of brave men overseas, whose thoughts and prayers are ever with them--help us, Almighty God, to rededicate ourselves in renewed faith in Thee in this hour of great sacrifice... Give us strength, too--strength in our daily tasks, to redouble the contributions we make in the physical and the material support of our armed forces.

With Thy blessing, we shall prevail over the unholy forces of our enemy. Help us to conquer the apostles of greed and racial arrogances. Lead us to the saving of our country, and with our sister nations into a world unity that will spell a sure peace--a peace invulnerable to the schemings of unworthy men. And a peace that will let all men live in freedom, reaping the just rewards of their honest toil.

--D-Day, June 6, 1944


John F. Kennedy
A Prayer of Gratitude

Let us therefore proclaim our gratitude to Providence for manifold blessings--let us be humbly thankful for inherited ideals--and let us resolve to share those blessings and those ideals with our fellow human beings throughout the world.

On that day let us gather in sanctuaries dedicated to worship and in homes blessed by family affection to express our gratitude for the glorious gifts of God; and let us earnestly and humbly pray that He will continue to guide and sustain us in the great unfinished tasks of achieving peace, justice, and understanding among all men and nations and of ending misery and suffering wherever they exist

--Thanksgiving Day, 1963

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

The Power of Two




Edward Farrell said,

Listening is rare. There are certain people to whom we feel we can talk because they have such a deep capacity for hearing, not just our words, but hearing us as a person. They enable us to communicate on a level we’ve never reached before. They enable us to be as we’ve never been before.”

We will never truly know ourselves unless we find people who can listen, who can enable us to emerge, to come out of ourselves, to discover who we are.

We cannot discover ourselves by ourselves. Note the words “there are certain people…who enable us to be as we have never been before.  Those are the people you need most. Consider these questions:

 Who coaches you? What older, wiser, and more experienced person stands on the sidelines of your life and watches with the big picture in mind? A coach doesn’t try to run the race for you. No, he sets the standard for the race and makes a judgment on your performance.

Who does this for you? Who stretches your mind? Who makes you wince as they expose the many faces of your ignorance; who will not let you get away with spiritual and intellectual superficiality. Who listens to and encourages your dreams? Dreams are not intellectual propositions that must be proven.

They are the work of visionaries; they are out-of-the-box, frequently awful and occasionally good. These are the folks who, when others laugh and say you’re trying to build castles in the air, remind you that God “calls those things which be not, as though they are” (see Ro 4:17).   (By Rick Godwin)

These are the people you need!


wordfilled WednesdaytagPlease join us today over at Amy’s 160 Acre Woods for more encouraging words and pictures!

Friday, May 1, 2009

Friday Funnies!


Haircuts-The difference between men and women:



Woman 1: Oh! You got a haircut! That's so cuuuuute!

Woman 2: Do you think so? I wasn't sure when she gave me the mirror. I mean, you don't think it's too fluffy looking?

Woman 1: Oh no, it's perfect! I'd love to get my hair cut like that, but I think my face is too wide. I'm pretty much stuck with this style, I think.

Woman 2: Are you serious? I think your face is adorable. And you could easily get one of those layer cuts - that would look so cute on you. I was actually going to do that except that I was afraid it would accent my long neck.

Woman 1: Oh, now that's funny! I would love to have your neck! Anything to take attention away from this two-by-four I have for a shoulder line.

Woman 2: Are you kidding? I know girls that would love to have your shoulders. Everything drapes so well on you. I mean, look at my arms - see how short they are? If I had your shoulders I could get clothes to fit me so much easier.

Woman 1: Do you think so? Oh, you're just saying that!

Woman 2: No! Really, I mean it....



Man 1: Haircut?

Man 2: Ummhmm.


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