Sunday, November 30, 2008


I have just realized that I haven't blogged since Thursday!! Yesterday was such a great day, I know this may sound strange but I didn't get out of my jammies all day! It was wonderful, I did a little cleaning then just chilled the rest of the day.

I honestly do not get the "Black Friday" shopping day. I hate to shop #1, #2 why would you put yourself through that! That is not to say that I haven't done it. I have went with my mom but not for the last couple of years. I do most of my shopping online and I am just fine with that! I read on Kent's blog that a shopper in New York was trampled to death in WalMart!

We had a great church service today. Pastor Dan preached on Revelation 3:14-22 and Revelation 21. He talked about the church of Laodicea being lukewarm and how we today as the church are the same way. He talked about how God would spew us out of his mouth. It was a TOE STEPPING sermon. Just the kind I like! Brimstone and fire. Too many people go to church today to "feel good". It's time to get busy church!!

Revelation 3:14-22
To the Church in Laodicea

14"To the angel of the church in Laodicea write:These are the words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the ruler of God's creation.
15 I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other!
16 So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth.
17 You say, 'I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.' But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked.
18 I counsel you to buy from me gold refined in the fire, so you can become rich; and white clothes to wear, so you can cover your shameful nakedness; and salve to put on your eyes, so you can see.
19 Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest, and repent.
20 Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me.
21 To him who overcomes, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I overcame and sat down with my Father on his throne.
22 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches."

Revelation 21
The New Jerusalem

1 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea.
2 I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband.
3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, "Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God.
4 He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away."
5 He who was seated on the throne said, "I am making everything new!" Then he said, "Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true."
6 He said to me: "It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To him who is thirsty I will give to drink without cost from the spring of the water of life.

7 He who overcomes will inherit all this, and I will be his God and he will be my son.
8 But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars—their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death."
9 One of the seven angels who had the seven bowls full of the seven last plagues came and said to me, "Come, I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb."

10 And he carried me away in the Spirit to a mountain great and high, and showed me the Holy City, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God. 11 It shone with the glory of God, and its brilliance was like that of a very precious jewel, like a jasper, clear as crystal.
12 It had a great, high wall with twelve gates, and with twelve angels at the gates. On the gates were written the names of the twelve tribes of Israel. 13 There were three gates on the east, three on the north, three on the south and three on the west.
14 The wall of the city had twelve foundations, and on them were the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.
15 The angel who talked with me had a measuring rod of gold to measure the city, its gates and its walls.

16 The city was laid out like a square, as long as it was wide. He measured the city with the rod and found it to be 12,000 stadia in length, and as wide and high as it is long.
17 He measured its wall and it was 144 cubits thick, by man's measurement, which the angel was using.
18 The wall was made of jasper, and the city of pure gold, as pure as glass. 19 The foundations of the city walls were decorated with every kind of precious stone. The first foundation was jasper, the second sapphire, the third chalcedony, the fourth emerald,
20 the fifth sardonyx, the sixth carnelian, the seventh chrysolite, the eighth beryl, the ninth topaz, the tenth chrysoprase, the eleventh jacinth, and the twelfth amethyst.
21 The twelve gates were twelve pearls, each gate made of a single pearl. The great street of the city was of pure gold, like transparent glass.
22 I did not see a temple in the city, because the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple.

23 The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp.
24 The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their splendor into it.
25 On no day will its gates ever be shut, for there will be no night there.
26 The glory and honor of the nations will be brought into it.
27 Nothing impure will ever enter it, nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb's book of life.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

My Crazy Family

Wasn't it a beautiful Thanksgiving day? Here are a few pictures from the day.

Mom & Dad and their kids.... I did learn that my family doesn't fake smile very well.... lol

a semi-normal family picture

Not sure what was so funny
My sisters & I
My lil bro Jordan and I. He is too cool
Cole & Daniel

The quote of the day from from my Uncle Danny. Here is the conversation:
Me: My eyes are screwed up and it's your fault Jane.
Aunt Jane: what is wrong with your eyes?
Me: They are always dry and itch constantly.
Aunt Jane: At least you don't have glaucoma and cataracts
.....about 10 minutes later
Uncle Danny: Yep...eyeballs are important things
uhhhh yes they are. We all laughed and laughed!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008


A- America
B- Blessings of God
C- Church
D- ok I have to say Dogs even though I am getting made fun of from Garry at work! I love my Dog Chopper!
E- Ed, I am very blessed to have my lil Ed
F- Family, I have a WONDERFUL family, very diverse and well... crazy

G- God
H- Health and Home
I- Independence
J- little Joys in life
K- Kids, I have great kids
L- Love
M- Music
N- Nature
O- Opportunities
P- Parents, I am fortunate to have parents that have never divorced and are still with us.
Q- Quiet Times
R- Reading
S- Salvation
T- Terrific Friends, I have THE BEST friends who accept me for who and what I am.
U- Unity between my husband my family and I
V- Virtue
W- Work because Garry is there ( had to put that.. lol)
X- Xrays.... I'm having trouble now....
Y- Yo Mamma, to all the mammas out there (I'm grasping here......)
Z- Zeal (look up the definition)

I wish you could just hear some of the answers (maybe lol) I have heard from my co-workers. It has been comical to say the least!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Blogger Block

I am having a case of the good ole writers block. Annette always reminds me that I haven't blogged for the day! I went to work out an Andrea's tonight to help her out some. I enjoyed it! She has the sweetest family!

Basketball is in full swing. I love it! I like nothing better than watching a good ole basketball game either High School or College. Can't stand the NBA! This is a crazy week with Thanksgiving just 2 days away. Although I don;t cook it still seems really busy. My mom and Aunt do most all of the cooking. Man they can cook! I can't wait to see my little brothers and sisters too!! I miss them, Johnna, Daniel and Jordan. I was always like their protector, you don't mess with my family!

Cole's team won their last game in double overtime! It was a stressful game. They play again on December 6. Aimee's team is 3-2 so far. They have been playing well. We go back to Dr. Love on December 4 to see if she is released to play. Their next game is December 6 as well. We got her sully brace today and tried to put it on... got it halfway on but we seemed to have forgotten how to put the straps on. I guess we will take it with us to the doctor and get a remedial course!

Well that is it for now. Find something to be thankful for this week! Try to go through the alphabet and think of something for each letter you are thankful for!!

Monday, November 24, 2008

Hanging of the Greens

Last night we attended the hanging of the Greens ceremony at church. It was a good way to usher in the holiday season. We listened to many ways in which Christmas in celebrated around the world as well as sang Christmas songs, heard the bell choir, listened to the youth group sing and decorated the church for the upcoming first Advent Sunday. Mom & Dad came down and we really had a good time. It was a beautiful service.

We can get so wrapped up in the holidays with all their is to do that often times we forget just how many people are hurting. There are those that this will be their first holiday season without a loved one. Those dealing with family crises, financial strain, diseases etc... There is a multitude of things that can really cause the holidays to be sad for many people.

While we are enjoying our holidays let's stop and think about those that aren't as privileged as we are.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Busy Saturday

Last night we played Loogootee at home. It was such a good game. We won!! That is the first time in a long time we have beaten Loogootee in high school. The Junior girls Aimee, Ashley, and Dani always beat them until we reached H.S. So it was sweet to repeat the performance. It was like we won Sectional.

Today the boys & I went to His & hers to get haircuts. I always just let Amy do whatever she wants to mine. I know that is a brave thing. I now have auburn colored hair with some highlights. It is dark but I like it. It will take some getting used to. Then I went and picked up Andrea and went to a candle open house. Annette couldn't go.... boo!!

Getting ready to go to the movies to see Twilight with Aimee. We both read all the books and while the movies never compare to the books I just hope it is good entertainment. I learned a long time ago to go not expecting them to resemble the books too close and it usually works out for me that way!

Friday, November 21, 2008

Off Track

Why have you despised the commandment of the Lord, to do evil in His sight? —2 Samuel 12:9

When I sat in my car at the start of the automatic car wash, I didn’t know that my left front tire was not properly lined up with the track. The car wash started but my car wasn’t moving, so I accelerated. That caused my tire to jump the track.

Now I was stuck—I couldn’t move forward or backward. The car wash continued through its cycle without my car. Meanwhile, cars began lining up and waiting for me. I was glad when two workers at the station helped me get my car back on the track.

Sometimes in our Christian lives we get off track too. King David did in a big way. He committed adultery with Bathsheba and later ordered that her husband be put "in the forefront of the hottest battle" and left there to be killed (2 Sam. 11:3-4,15-17). David’s actions were way out of line with how God wanted him to behave as His chosen king.

David needed help to get back on track. The Bible says that "the Lord sent Nathan to David" (12:1). He confronted him about stealing another man’s wife, and David wisely repented (v.13). Nathan took a risk to help David get right with God, even though his sin still had dire consequences.

Does someone you know need your help to get back on track? —Anne Cetas

Fellowship with other Christians
Strengthens us when we are weak,
Reprimands when we are sinning,
Helps us when God’s will we seek. —Sper

True love dares to confront.

Thursday, November 20, 2008


Can you even believe that Thanksgiving is right around the corner? Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays, right after Easter. I'm not sure why I like it so well though because I hate cold, not fond of Turkey or Football....

I do remember as a kid though, waking up to the smell of Thanksgiving dinner cooking and watching the Macy's Day Parade every year. It's the little, simple things that made things special in our house. It didn't have to be fancy or elaborate as long as it was family. We still look at it that way.

We all have so many things to be thankful for. Even in today's world where nothing is guaranteed. I am so thankful that I live in a free country where I have the freedom to worship openly without thought of persecution. That is something that I feel many, including myself, take for granted. The church is still being heavily persecuted in many places around the world, and it is just as prevalent today as in years past.

Let's not forget today to be thankful to be able to open our Bible anywhere and read it. There have been a lot or rights taken away for Christians but we are still much more blessed than most places. This is something that we all need to be praying for especially for the next generation to stand firm in their faith.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

The dreaded license branch

So yesterday I had to get my license renewed. I hate going to the license branch for many reasons!

I was in a little bit of a hurry. Never a wise thing when visiting the license branch. Of course it was busy. I did get to visit with an older gentleman that goes to our church, Joe Haseman. He is such a neat man! Let alone he is married to the great Sandy!

There was also a mennonite couple in there getting an Id card for their middle aged down syndrome son. Let me tell you I fell in love with this little guy. He was so adorable & just had that innocence about him.

They all finished up & it was my turn. I approached the desk not really thrilled about getting my picture taken. We got all the info put in, paid the outrageous 19.00 & went to stand in front of "the" curtain. They snapped the picture & said it didn't work. You have to take off your glasses. (Tell me now). Took it again. You were smiling. Well excuse me. Another flash. Your teeth are showing. You gotta be kidding me. Anyone who knows me also knows I have limited patience. I was over it. However, I tried again. Nope still not good, move forward. Ok, snap. Still not good.They went on the reassure me it wasn't me. That made me feel better...not! Finally they said this is the first day for this machine & there are things you can't do or it will not work. Whatever! By this time there was a crowd. Finally I snapped my jaws shut have the most stupid look on my face & it worked. Let me tell you it is AWFUL. I laughed so hard when I saw it. I didn't care though. I do still weigh the same as I did in 1992 though!!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Tuesday Tunes

Chris Tomlin - How great is our God

The splendor of a King,
Clothed in majesty
Let all the earth rejoice,
All the earth rejoice
He wraps himself in light,
And darkness tries to hide
And trembles at his voice,
And trembles at his voice

How great is our God,
sing with me
How great is our God,
and all will see
How great, How great
Is our God

Age to age he stands
And time is in His Hands
Beginning and the End,
Beginning and the End
The Godhead, Three in one
Father, Spirit, Son
The Lion and the Lamb,
The Lion and the Lamb

How great is our God,
sing with me
How great is our God,
and all will see
How great, How great
Is our God

Name above all names
You are Worthy of all praise
and My heart will sing how great
Is our God

How great is our God,
Sing with me
How great is our God,
and all will see
How great, How great
Is our God

How great is our God,
Sing with me
How great is our God,
and all will see
How great, How great
Is our God

Monday, November 17, 2008

Kicked in the gut again....

I was reading James today and as usual I got a whammy again.....

James 3:3-10

3 We can make a large horse go wherever we want by means of a small bit in its mouth.
4 And a small rudder makes a huge ship turn wherever the pilot chooses to go, even though the winds are strong.
5 In the same way, the tongue is a small thing that makes grand speeches.
But a tiny spark can set a great forest on fire.

6 And the tongue is a flame of fire. It is a whole world of wickedness, corrupting your entire body. It can set your whole life on fire, for it is set on fire by hell itself.
7 People can tame all kinds of animals, birds, reptiles, and fish,

8 but no one can tame the tongue. It is restless and evil, full of deadly poison.
9 Sometimes it praises our Lord and Father, and sometimes it curses those who have been made in the image of God.
10 And so blessing and cursing come pouring out of the same mouth. Surely, my brothers and sisters, this is not right!

This seems to be one of my hardest things to control. Surprise Surprise! It is so true though we sing God's praises one minute then "curse" others the next. I do not necessarily curse people but anger in God's eyes is the same as murder. Ouch! That is why we must guard our hearts against evil and clothe ourselves with righteousness. What we feed our hearts and minds is what we will put off.

What are you emitting to others' today??

Friday, November 14, 2008

Here we go again....

The picture above has some girls that don't play anymore and some that have moved. Ah, those were the days. Some of our best memories come from AAU.
L to R: Heather Tinkle, Danielle Turpin, Shaelin Adams, Ashley Taylor, Aimee, (behind Aimee) Whitney Allbright, Paige Dobson, Maggie Sanders, Mandi Witt, Sarah Richardson and Rachel Harder.

This picture was taken February of 2006. We were in Salem for an AAU basketball tournament. Aimee fell and fully dislocated her shoulder. It was the most painful thing without blood that I have ever seen. We went next door to the emergency room. They reset it then we went on that Monday to Dr. Love in Jasper. (I do believe he has a wing in his house named the Farhar wing). She was out for several weeks and had a lot of therapy and had to wear a sully brace for a year. Which is not comfortable. She even tried to protest after about 6 months of it!

Well last night at Bloomfield you guess it... Aimee was on the floor going after a loose ball and she dislocated it again. It was only partial this time but still bad enough. We went to see Dr. Love today. They took xrays and examined it. He came in and said it was dislocated (duh) but there are no tears. Then the next question out of his mouth was "Do you intend to give up sports?" I laughed out loud (don't think he appreciated that) she looked at him with a puzzled look on her face and said no. He said well in that case if it happens again, surgery is imminent. The end verdict is that she has to do therapy 2 times a week, play no sports for at least 3 weeks, and wear the sully for another year! She was bummed because we play Loogootee this week. But with Thanksgiving right around the corner this makes her only miss 3 games. Coach Sowders was less than thrilled and her travel softball coach was even less thrilled. Actually his comment was this is why I hate basketball. He takes softball VERY serious.

We are home now and just hanging loose. Got the sully out and it was way small so they will have to order a new one. However, it could be worse. That was the saga of this week!!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

No time today....

My sister and Annette got me an early birthday present..... Creative Memories Storybook Creator Plus!!!

I just downloaded it & I am going to try to figure it out!! More blogging later......

Thanks Girls!!!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Wednesday Words

As morning dawns and evening fades
You inspire songs of praise
That rise from earth to touch Your heart and glorify Your Name

Your Name is a strong and mighty tower
Your Name is a shelter like no other
Your Name, let the nations sing it louder
'Cause nothing has the power to save
But Your Name

Jesus, in Your Name we pray
Come and fill our hearts today
Lord, give us strength to live for You and glorify Your Name

Your Name is a strong and mighty tower
Your Name is a shelter like no other
Your Name, let the nations sing it louder
'Cause nothing has the power to save but Your Name

Your Name is a strong and mighty tower
Your Name is a shelter like no other
Your Name, let the nations sing it louder

'Cause nothing has the power to save but

'Cause nothing has the power to save but Your Name

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Toe Stepping

Tuesday Tunes will have to wait to be Wednesday's Words because I have a confession to make! I was having a really crappy day at work this morning and was quite angry. I was listening to 88.7 when Focus on the Family came on. I generally listen to it daily. The last 2 days has been about Protecting Teen Girls From Lies. It has featured Nancy Leigh DeMoss and Dannah Gresh.

We were cruising right through the broadcast when low and behold... Ouch!! I got my toes smashed! One of the presenters was talking about how in their home they do not tolerate disrespect. I nodded and thought check. She went on to say however when you have teenagers you WILL have disrespect. Yep... check.

Then out of no where she said for 7 years I was to blame for the way my kids treated my husband. Uh.... She went on to say that the respect or disrespect we show out husbands will be mirrored by our children. Whoa! Talk about a punch in the gut.

The kids are usually pretty good BUT they sometimes do and say things to Ed that they wouldn't dare do or say to me. We have noticed it but I just thought they were just more scared of me than him. Not until I heard this did it ever occur to me that I could be the blame for this. There are times when I am not submissive to Ed and can be disrespectful.

I owe Ed an apology for the way I have treated him for the last 10 years. I sent him a quick text message and will talk to him more when he gets a break. Apologizing for a long time of behavior can be hard but I know my lil Ed still loves me. It will be hard to change but I will make an effort to do so.

If you get a chance go to Focus on the Family website and listen to the broadcast!

Monday, November 10, 2008

This was the Upper Room Devotional for today.

Jesus said, "Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will never enter it."

-Luke 18:17 (NRSV)

EXTREMELY heavy wind had blown all the autumn leaves off the trees. With the withering leaves hurled into heaps around the garden, the whole area looked neglected and a mess.

The schedule for my busy day was bulging, but I knew I would have to spend precious time clearing up leaves. Matters were not helped when my three-year-old daughter, Lucy, came out and wanted to help me. With little grace, I found her a small broom before rushing back to my own task. After only a few minutes, I turned around to find Lucy slowly picking up leaf after leaf and examining each one closely. As I opened my mouth to complain to her, she spoke first: "Look, Mummy. Pretty!" She handed me a perfect specimen of a golden leaf. Then she rushed around picking up leaf after leaf - yellow, red, purple, pink, and golden brown - exclaiming over each one's beauty and tracing its irregular shape with her tiny finger.

I stood still - and ashamed. I had seen in the leaves only another task in an already over-full day, but my daughter had seen beauty created by God. Lucy had opened my eyes to our loving God's work.

Isn't it amazing when we look at things through the eyes of a child how exciting it can be? I wish I was more like this when it came to studying the Bible. Sometimes I make it seem like a chore which defeats the purpose totally. I will try to do better!

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Dark at 6:30

I tell you, my body keeps telling me it's time for bed. I looked at the clock and it was only 6:30. It seems like it is much later than that!!

Ed & Cole were all pumped up today. It is the first day of coon season. They left around 6:00 and won't return until well after midnight! Cole loves to coon hunt which surprised me when he first started going but I am glad because it is something he & Ed can do together without the girls around =)

Aimee is at work and freezing! She keeps texting me letting me know how cold it is. So, here I sit believe it or not...BORED! Annette & I went to Odon to the craft show today. We didn't buy much at all but we had a good time. She is one of my bestest and I enjoy her company very much!

This upcoming week kicks off basketball games. We have 4 this week. I still cannot believe it is November already!!

So, I will watch my usual Cops & America's Most Wanted then off to bed!

Friday, November 7, 2008

Right Living

I was reading in Titus 2 today and came across the following scripture.

Titus 2:3-5 (New International Version)

3Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good. 4Then they can train the younger women to love their husbands and children, 5to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God.

I like to use several different versions when I am researching scripture, because let's face it sometimes it is hard to understand! So here is the Message version of that same verse.

Titus 2:3-5 (The Message)

Titus 2

A God-Filled Life
1-6 Your job is to speak out on the things that make for solid doctrine. Guide older men into lives of temperance, dignity, and wisdom, into healthy faith, love, and endurance. Guide older women into lives of reverence so they end up as neither gossips nor drunks, but models of goodness. By looking at them, the younger women will know how to love their husbands and children, be virtuous and pure, keep a good house, be good wives. We don't want anyone looking down on God's Message because of their behavior. Also, guide the young men to live disciplined lives.

Women who were new Christians were to learn how to have harmony in their homes by watching older women who had been Christians for some time. We have the same need today. Younger wives and mothers should learn to live in a Christian manner-loving their husbands and caring for their children-through observing exemplary women of God. If you are of an age or position where people look up to you, make sure that your example is motivating younger believers to live in a way that honors God.

I am sure we can all think of someone who has been this for us. That influence that taught us how we are supposed to live our lives. There are many people who come to my mind as I was growing up. I am very thankful to have been blessed with these women in my life. I can think of a few present day as well. Take the time to thank those people in your lives that have led by a Godly example for you to follow!

Thursday, November 6, 2008


Andrea was released from the hospital today after several tests were ran, and with a monitor. Please continue to pray for a solution (hopefully painless and quick recovery) to this problem.

I stole this from Angie Smith's blog ,so if you read her as well I apologize but it was too good not to share.

1. When they wake up: "Let the morning bring (child's name) word of your unfailing love, for she has put her trust in You. Show (her/him) the way (she/he) should go, for to you (he/she) lifts up her soul." (Adapted from Psalm 143:8)

2. When they are getting dressed: "Therefore, as God's chosen child, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourself with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Lord, help (him/her) bear with others and forgive whatever grievances (he/she) has against others. Help (him/her) forgive as the Lord forgave (him/her). And over all these virtues, help (him/her) put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity." (Adapted from Colossians 3:12-14)

3. While they are eating: "Teach (child's name) the secret of being content in any and every situation whether well-fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. Teach (him/her) that (he/she) can do everything through him who gives (him/her) strength." (Adapted from Philippians 4:12-13)

4. When they go out of the house: "(Name of child), do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is-His good, pleasing and perfect will." (Adapted from Romans 12:2)

5. While they are taking a bath: Lord, give (name of child) clean hands and a pure heart, and let (him/her) not lift (his/her) soul to an idol or swear by what is false. Let (him/her) receive blessing from the Lord and vindication from God (his/her) Savior. Let (him/her) be part of the generation of those who seek him, who seek your face, O God of Jacob. (Adapted from Psalm 24:4-6)

6. When they are going to bed: "The Lord Your God is with you; he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, be will rejoice over you with singing." (Zephaniah 3:17)

7. While they are sleeping: "I pray that (name of child) will do everything without complaining or arguing, so that he/she may become blameless and pure, a child of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which he/she shines like a star in the universe as he/she holds out the word of life-in order that he/she may boast on the day of Christ that he/she did not run or labor for nothing." (Adapted from Philippians 2:14-16)

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Please Pray

One of my Ya Ya's, Andrea, was admitted to the hospital today with a potentially serious condition. Please pray for her as well as her whole family. I know she will appreciate all prayers that are said! Thanks!!!

The Fairness Doctrine

This is one thing that really concerns me. According to The Fairness Doctrine basically is: The policy of the United States Federal Communications Commission that became known as the "Fairness Doctrine" is an attempt to ensure that all coverage of controversial issues by a broadcast station be balanced and fair.

This doctrine grew out of concern that because of the large number of applications for radio station being submitted and the limited number of frequencies available, broadcasters should make sure they did not use their stations simply as advocates with a singular perspective. Rather, they must allow all points of view. That requirement was to be enforced by FCC mandate.

By the 1980s, many things had changed. The "scarcity" argument which dictated the "public trustee" philosophy of the Commission, was disappearing with the abundant number of channels available on cable TV. Without scarcity, or with many other voices in the marketplace of ideas, there were perhaps fewer compelling reasons to keep the fairness doctrine. This was also the era of deregulation when the FCC took on a different attitude about its many rules, seen as an unnecessary burden by most stations. The new Chairman of the FCC, Mark Fowler, appointed by President Reagan, publicly avowed to kill to fairness doctrine.

By 1985, the FCC issued its Fairness Report, asserting that the doctrine was no longer having its intended effect, might actually have a "chilling effect" and might be in violation of the First Amendment. In a 1987 case, Meredith Corp. v. FCC, the courts declared that the doctrine was not mandated by Congress and the FCC did not have to continue to enforce it. The FCC dissolved the doctrine in August of that year.

However, before the Commission's action, in the spring of 1987, both houses of Congress voted to put the fairness doctrine into law--a statutory fairness doctrine which the FCC would have to enforce, like it or not. But President Reagan, in keeping with his deregulatory efforts and his long-standing favor of keeping government out of the affairs of business, vetoed the legislation. There were insufficient votes to override the veto. Congressional efforts to make the doctrine into law surfaced again during the Bush administration. As before, the legislation was vetoed, this time by Bush.

The fairness doctrine remains just beneath the surface of concerns over broadcasting and cablecasting, and some members of congress continue to threaten to pass it into legislation. Currently, however, there is no required balance of controversial issues as mandated by the fairness doctrine. The public relies instead on the judgment of broadcast journalists and its own reasoning ability to sort out one-sided or distorted coverage of an issue. Indeed, experience over the past several years since the demise of the doctrine shows that broadcasters can and do provide substantial coverage of controversial issues of public importance in their communities, including contrasting viewpoints, through news, public affairs, public service, interactive and special programming.

Ok, after all that, what concerns me is that according to this doctrine, my favorite station is 88.7. I listen faithfully to it. I stopped listening to secular radio a long time ago and it truly has changed my attitude and mindset. However, if they enact his policy again which has been on the forefront of this election, then for every program they run with Christian values they have to sell airtime to opposing views. That is huge.

With that being said, whether you like the candidate that won or not. GOD'S GRACE IS STILL THE SAME! We are in God's plan and if we do not have our faith and trust in the Lord then we will have no hope. We have to have hope in our Lord, he has us in the palm of his hand. I do think we need to get on our knees and keep praying for those who do not know the Lord. Also we need to continue to keep an eye on Israel and pray for that nation as well.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Tuesday Tunes

NEEDTOBREATHE - Washed By The Water

Daddy was a preacher
She was his wife
Just tryin to make the world a little better
You know, shine a light
People started talking
Trying to hear their own voice
Those people tried to accuse my father

Said he made the wrong choice
Though it might be painful
You know that time will always tell
Those people have long since gone
My father never failed

Even when the rain falls
Even when the flood starts rising
Even when the storm comes
I am washed by the water

Even if the Earth crumbles under my feet
Even if the ones I love turn around and crucify me
I won’t never ever let you down
I won’t fall
I won’t fall
I won’t fall as long as you’re around me

Monday, November 3, 2008

Emmaus Road

Luke 24:13-32 (New International Version)

On the Road to Emmaus

13 Now that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem.
14 They were talking with each other about everything that had happened.
15 As they talked and discussed these things with each other, Jesus himself came up and walked along with them;
16 but they were kept from recognizing him.
17 He asked them, "What are you discussing together as you walk along?"
They stood still, their faces downcast.

18 One of them, named Cleopas, asked him, "Are you only a visitor to Jerusalem and do not know the things that have happened there in these days?"
19"What things?" he asked. "About Jesus of Nazareth," they replied. "He was a prophet, powerful in word and deed before God and all the people.
20 The chief priests and our rulers handed him over to be sentenced to death, and they crucified him;
21 but we had hoped that he was the one who was going to redeem Israel. And what is more, it is the third day since all this took place.
22 In addition, some of our women amazed us. They went to the tomb early this morning 23 but didn't find his body. They came and told us that they had seen a vision of angels, who said he was alive.
24 Then some of our companions went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said, but him they did not see."
25 He said to them, "How foolish you are, and how slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken!

26 Did not the Christ have to suffer these things and then enter his glory?"
27 And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.
28 As they approached the village to which they were going, Jesus acted as if he were going farther.

29 But they urged him strongly, "Stay with us, for it is nearly evening; the day is almost over." So he went in to stay with them.
30 When he was at the table with them, he took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them.

31 Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him, and he disappeared from their sight.
32 They asked each other, "Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?"

What we do know here is that the two believers were headed away from Jerusalem. What we don't know is why. Their heads were swimming with the events of the past few days. Jesus Crucified, The women saying his body was no longer in the tomb. Can you imagine what they must have been thinking??

Then they're on the road to a village called Emmaus Jesus came up and started to walk with them and talk. Why do you suppose they didn't realize who he was?? In my Life Application Study Bible it suggests that they missed the significance if history's greatest event because they were too focused on their own disappointments and problems. WHOA!

Think about that, how many times have we been SO focused on our disappointments and problems that we missed a blessing from God?

To make the problem worse they were walking in the wrong direction-away from the fellowship of believers in Jerusalem. We are likely to miss Jesus and withdraw from the strength found in other believers when we preoccupied with our own issues!

Only when we are looking for Jesus in our midst will we experience the power and help he can bring.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

They're killing me!!

Today has been a beautiful day! Chang & I went to church while Ed & Aimee had to leave at 5:00 a.m to get to the tournament. I had to stay home today and it kills me to miss it!

Ed has kept me posted all day. Defensively Aimee has played great but her batting was struggling. He called me and said they moved her to the left side and it got better. They have played 10 games in 24 hours! I am sure she is exhausted. They made it to the championship game, we were down 4-2 in the bottom of the 6th when Aim hit a 2 run double to tie it up then scored the go ahead run! We won 7-6 in extra innings!! The good thing is there were college coaches there too! A couple of junior colleges a several universities. I hate it that they didn't take my camera!

Ed took a camera with his phone that I will attach! Not the best quality but better than nothing!

Cole & I had a great ride home from his Dad's. The first thing he said to me was boy I missed you! That always makes me feel good. We talked the whole way home about life in general. He is pretty open (for now) which I really enjoy!

Have a great week!!

Here are a few I took on Saturday!

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Trick or Treating and Bigfoot!!

My Dad at this best!!

Thursday night Andrea, Becky & I took the boys toilet papering. We had a great time. It was inocent fun. My dad always took me corning and toilet papering as he dressed as a woman!! I thought he had gotten over it but as you can see from above..... lol

Friday night Ed & I had to work the Family Festival at church. They have all these games set up and open it up for kids to come in to play and win prizes. It was a lot of fun.

At one point this couple came in with 3 or 4 kids and I busted out laughing. They had on shirts with a picture of bigfoot on the front that said "Got Bigfoot" and on the back it said S.I.B.R. (Southern Indiana Bigfoot Research) I was telling Shirley, Dianna, and Pam how I always say that Ed is a bigfoot enthusiast. They got a big kick out of it.

I went back to working my game when I looked up & saw that guy talking to Ed!! I about died! Ed was giving me the evil eye. Well, come to find out Shirley told that guy that Ed was very interested in the program. It was the absolute funniest thing. He was telling Ed all about it and even said he would let him know if they got more shirts!!

Today we had to leave for Terre Haute at 5:45 a.m. for Aimee's last fall tournament. We got home around 8:00 p.m. We are pooped. She played 4 games today. She had a good day and almost hit one over the fence!! She was so excited then let down. She & Ed will be going back tomorrow. I am staying home so I can sing in the Praise Team and go to get Cole.

Ready to go back to work to relax!!!