Monday, July 23, 2012

Brain Dump

We are having so much fun in our Sunday School Class at church.  We had 2 couple visiting this weekend.  It's exciting to see what the Lord is doing .  It is just amazing the difference it has made.  We had a social on Saturday night at one of the members home and it was so much fun!!!!!

We are studying the book of Acts and the start of the New Testament Church and it is so very exciting.  You can't help but not wanting to miss what we will be talking about on Sunday.  Our schedule is typically nuts.  We hit the ground running on Saturday morning and don't stop until Sunday night.  I have to say that even in the midst of the busy life, I wouldn't miss Sunday school for anything.  There is something new. There is something to share.  There is that Ah-Ha moment it seems every week. 

One of the thing that has amazed me is that how what we are talking about in Sunday school will roll over into the worship service.  Whether it is what Pastor Rick is preaching about or the worship songs that Dennis has chosen.  It is just nothing short of being powerful. 

We have started having a Contemporary Worship Service.  We have guitars, drums, singing, clapping, hand-raising and a sense of freedom in worship.  My love of contemporary Christian music and even the old gospel and old hymns, this is just perfect.  If for some reason, I am in need of the Traditional, that is an option.  It's interesting because when the Contemporary Service started, I really wanted to go to that particular service but Bo was more the Traditional and I agreed that would be fine.  I'm excited to say that he said on Sunday that he really likes the Contemporary.  I could have just shouted right there in the truck.  We love it!!!!!

We talked this past Sunday in Sunday school about being sold-out, in-tune, and listening to the Holy Spirit.  How sometimes we go off on our own little tangent.  Sometimes the Spirit will lead us to say something to someone and we don't say anything.  We just go about our way and we don't speak with boldness.  It really made me examine my life and my words and thoughts.  I realize that this post is a little choppy but I just needed to share it with you.  He is speaking and I have a choice.  I can listen and obey or I can listen and go another direction or worse, I can choose to ignore Him and think I can handle it.  I know what I am to do.  What about you?  Where are you at?


Thursday, July 19, 2012

Pinterest Post

My friend, Sarah, over on her blog posted a bunch of great "sayings" that she had found on Pinterest.  Of course, that got me thinking and I have decided to follow her lead. Not only on this blog but also on my other blog of fitness as well. 
These are just some of my favorites that I have seen and put on my boards.  They are encouraging and something I like to go back read and read.  Hope they encourage you today!!!!!!

Be encouraged today!!!!!!!!

Saturday, July 14, 2012


"If God can bring blessing from the broken body of Jesus and glory from something that's as obscene as the cross, He can bring blessing from my problems and my pain and my unanswered prayer. I just have to trust Him." -- Anne Graham Lotz (Billy Graham calls Anne, the best preacher in the family!)

I saw this on Facebook and could help but share it!!!!  One of my favorite speakers!!!!!

Thursday, July 12, 2012


This morning was one of those mornings.  I received a text.  I was shocked. I was so broken.
The song that has the line in the lyrics that says...."break my heart for what breaks yours".  I felt like I was experiencing it this morning full force. 

This week I was on Facebook and received a message from a sweet friend that her husbands brother had taken his life. No one saw it coming. No one had any idea.  They were at a loss. His 14 year old son had found him.  They did find a journal and evidently he had been planning this for a while.  The precious family and all of the questions that surround such a situation as suicide, I can not imagine. That precious young man who found his Dad. Oh, I just pray for them.  I was just heart broken.

I went on Facebook last night and one of my BFF's from high school had changed to "divorced".  I have been praying and praying for her family and so hoping it would not come to such but it has.  Oh, my goodness what a gut wrench it was.  She has 2 sweet and beautiful children.  I'm just praying for healing and strength.

This morning I was dropping off Kaleb at school and received a text.  Another sweet friend from high school.  His wife said she wasn't happy and it was over.  He's hurt and angry. My heart just ached for him.  It was just a shock. I had been praying for his marriage as well.

As I sit and write this, I'm overwhelmed with hurt. I don't have a clue about the suicide and how to even come close to praying for them but the Lord knows my heart. For my friends, D and T, I hope they know that I will be praying for them in the coming days.  The Lord is in control and just pray that they will rest in Him.  I will be praying!!!!!! Love Y'all!!!!!


Tuesday, July 10, 2012

My Heart Shared with Ben and Brittney

I have been knee deep in training and learning new computer programs for the hospital.  Training and training and more training to the point of dreaming about it.  Yesterday was a day I had been waiting for.  Ben and Brittney were scheduled to meet their little girl Lila Grace. 

They had arrived at the hospital a little after 6am.  I was actually still at work on third shift at the hospital.  I stopped in to see them before I left to go and take Kaleb to school, change clothes and head back to the hospital.  They were all smiles and ready to go.  Brittney of course looked as beautiful as ever and Ben was doing what Ben does.....working.....(that goes back to Parker's birth..haha).  I explained I would head home and be back in about an hour or so.  Nurses were getting everything settled.

I received a text that they broke her water and we would wait and see if Lila would do this on her own.  About an hour later, she had chosen to stay put.  Not going anywhere.  Her nurse, Jen, was awesome!!!!!  She came in and started the pitocin.  Brittney had done this before and we knew what was in store.  Brittney did what she had to do. Ben supported her in every aspect.  At times, I wondered if I should be there because they were so in-tune with each other.  It was just beautiful to watch.

We brought out the ball.  She bounced. She relaxed. She bounced. She relaxed.  It was her time. It was their time.  Lila was on her way.  We succeed at using the ball for a while.  The nurse even came in at one point while Brittney and Ben were in their zone and quietly stood the side of the room and said nothing.  Just stood there and watched.  It was amazing and I was so grateful and thankful for her respect for Brittney and Ben.  Brittney opted to get get checked and we were 6 cm and she had chosen an epidural this time.  They were just about waiting outside the door and it was placed so very quickly. 

I returned to the room and she was resting comfortably.  Jen, the nurse, was checking her BP and making sure she was comfortable.  Ben and Jen rolled her on her side.  She was resting for about 5 minutes and then I saw that look.  That look on a Mom's face that says...."Oh something big just changed".  Pressure.  LOTS OF PRESSURE!!!!  We let Jen know and sure enough.  IT WAS TIME!!!!  We called family and texted family.  Lila Grace was on her way. 

Lila Grace- 7 pounds 11 ounces and 20 inches long- Pure Blessing

For Ben and Brittney- There are no words on this planet that can thank you enough for the joy and privilege of being allowed to be present for the birth of ALL 3 of your children.  I am so very richly and truly blessed.  Even though, I am not able to attend deliveries like I have the past 3 years, this was an amazing way to close out my career.  I will forever be grateful!!!!!!  I wish you all of the best and can't wait to see what the Lord has in store for your beautiful family!!!!! 

Labor and Love,