Want to arm wrestle? I built up some big ol' muscles in my arms last
week. I washed my truck (big!) and camper (bigger!) AND waxed them!!!
I'm not going to say I wasn't huffing and puffing while I was doing it and
I'm not going to say I wasn't tired when I got done. I will say they needed
it and they do look nice now. I even cleaned the insides. Whew! I'm glad I
don't have to do that again for a while! Now I want to go somewhere!
About two years ago I bought a computer program to make greeting
cards. I used to buy birthday cards ahead of time. I used to buy them from
Christian book stores. Then the prices on those cards skyrocketed. I found
that for a decent card I was spending $3.00 or more. Some of the cards
actually cost $6.00 and up!
I switched to buying cards at a regular store, but the prices on those shot
up shortly afterwards. So, I bought a program to make my own. It is easy to
do, but I keep forgetting to do it until the occasion is right on top of me.
I have finally come to the conclusion that I need to sit down on a regular
basis and make a bunch of cards ahead of time, the same way I used to do
when I bought them!
When I was contemplating which greeting card program to buy a woman began
telling me about two of the different ones. She told me that she got one, a
popular one, and it was not very user friendly. So she showed me the one she
ended up with and told me how nice and easy it was. God sent her to help me
decide! Not only that, He had concern for my budget. The program I bought
was $25 with a $20 rebate!!!! Hallelujah!
I've been working outside so much the inside is needing some
attention. I'm getting stacks of paperwork here on my computer desk and also
on my regular desk. The kitchen counter has a big stack of mail as well as
some other things that need to be put away. I better spend some time in here
before I drown in paperwork.
I finally got the instruction books I ordered that will teach me how
to use Microsoft Front Page to handle my web sites. That's another thing I
have to do. I need to sit down and play with that program so that portion of
my life gets a little easier. I spend way too much time on the details and
not enough on the ministry end of it. I spent half the day yesterday trying
to fix my guestbook and working on putting together a mailing list
newsletter. It shouldn't have been so difficult, but it was.
Link to the 5/7/02 Bible study.
Oh, wow! I'm updating this week's Bible study using my new FrontPage
program. My my my, what a difference! This is so much easier! Well, it will
be a lot easier once I figure out everything it does. I'm still a bit
hesitant because I don't want to do something I can't undo!
I've worked in the html (behind the scenes codes) up till now. It is pretty
cool being able to have the program do all the work. It is much easier on my
poor brain. This program was so extremely different than what I am used to
that I bought some instruction books. I just didn't know where to start and
the teensy weensy manual that came with the program was almost worthless.
This is actually very exciting for me! I still have a lot of work to do to
modify all my pages to fit within the parameters of this program, but once I
do.... watch out! Nothing will hold me back! (Well, nothing but everything
else that goes on in my life!)
We've been having some very strange weather. The wind has been
blowing more than it ever has before. We've had a series of hot days, then a
series of cold days, then a series of cold in the morning changing to hot in
the afternoon days. The past three days we have been up in the 100's. Way
too warm for spring!
My poor potted plants! I over watered them during the days that were hot in
the afternoon. So, I stayed away from them for a couple of days. Saturday
they were fine. Yesterday they were looking very thirsty. Hopefully they
didn't get too dry! I hate when that happens!
OK, here's something silly for women to consider doing. As the only
female in my little world I have found that pink is a color I can have to
myself. For example, if I buy myself a pink pen then usually none of my guys
uses it. It has come to my attention that M&M's is having a vote on what new
color they should make. The colors are pink, purple, and aqua. I'm voting
for pink. What do you think?
Note: the link is http://gcv.mms.com/us/
I almost had this finished yesterday and I got to playing with my
FrontPage program. When I get buried in exploring something on the computer
I find that time zips by. I wonder if I will ever learn enough about the
programs I use that I won't have to do more searching and exploring. Nah.
One thing that would save me a ton of time is a dsl or other speedy Internet
connection. I have AOL and have a few of my pages there. Plus, my email
address is out there in a lot of places. I really can't change away to
another provider. In order to get AOL's dsl I "only" have to pay another
$32.00 a month on top of my regular monthly AOL fee! That's more than I
would have to pay with another company! AOL makes me mad sometimes, but for
some things they are good.
I am a stay-at-home mom. I've worked off and on over the years but,
I am basically a stay-at-home mom. When I work we are able to afford more
extra things. For example, we used to go snow skiing for a week every spring
while I was working full time. We had extra money to buy things, like our
Now we have one income, my husband's. As a teacher, his income isn't really
terrific, but we manage. I do my part to make sure it buys the things we
need. I shop the sales and use coupons. I make a lot of Christmas presents
rather than buy them. We still find ways to pay for things that are
considered extras. For example, we sold our family vehicle and bought a
pickup truck and camper. Granted, they cost more than the van did, but we
had saved money knowing it would cost more. That's what I drive.
I am available to help my family when they need it. I am home when they need
me to be home. I am able to keep the house and yard decent looking and
The main reason I am not working at a job that generates income is God knew
you would come visit this website. That's why it is here. That's why He told
me not to find another job after the last job I had. He wanted me working
for Him. I find it utterly fascinating how God puts things together. He gave
me the burning desire to put together a website and gave me the time to do
it. He gave me material to put here and now He is drawing the visitors!
I often have people ask me, "What do you do?" This is the way you are judged
in society. . . by your job. You ought to see the looks people give me when
I tell them I have an Internet ministry. They don't understand what I mean.
So, I see that I am rambling now. Enough is enough! On to the Bible study!
Link to the 5/14/02 Bible study.
My husband and I have been looking for a new church home. We have
gone to quite a few different churches in the past six months. We are
finding that you cannot tell anything about a church from the name of the
church, from how many cars are parked there, or from the denomination of the
We have been to churches that aren't even serving the milk of the Word. They
were serving up personal opinion and warped versions of actual Bible
Other churches are lukewarm in their relationship with the Lord. We see no
passion for the Lord. The people just sit in their seats and sing the songs
as if they were singing "Happy Birthday" to someone. They listen to the
sermon and zip out the door when the service is over.
There are a few basic principles for a church service. The worship portion
of the service should consist of the entire group giving worship to God.
Songs that have words similar to, "God makes me happy," are not giving
worship to God. Many songs are songs that emphasize what God does for us.
They take the focus off of giving to God and onto our own selves. Those
kinds of songs are not bad, but they are "self" songs. A true worship
service will cause the people there to feel God's presence as He comes to
receive what is being offered.
An anointed worship leader will be sensitive to what God desires during the
worship service. Even if the list of songs was bathed in prayer prior to the
service God might change the songs. The worship leader must be prepared to
flow in whatever God directs.
The worshipful attitude that ushers in the sweet, heavy presence of God then
should be allowed to remain for the rest of the service. Often God may
change the order of service or the topic of the sermon. The leaders of the
church must be sensitive to what God wants to do, just as the worship
leaders must be sensitive to what God wants during the worship service.
There are a lot of churches that have a bulletins that list the hymns and
songs to be sung, when the announcements will be read, the topic of the
sermon, and more. God needs to be given the service and allowed to have what
He wants. Over and over I've felt the sweet presence of the Lord during
praise and worship only to have Him "dismissed" in order for the week's
announcements to be read.
Three things are important in a church service: The leadership be sensitive
to what God wants, God be the only focus of the praise and worship time, and
the truth of the Word be given.
It sounds easy, but it isn't. There generally isn't one person who is able
to do all those things. People are gifted in different areas and all are
necessary for the fully-functioning Body of Christ. The leadership must know
how to delegate based on each person's giftings and calling. A worship
service that focuses totally on God usually takes many people doing many
things. Even those in the congregation might be more than just singing
along. Some might be warring against the enemy. Others might be praying for
the worship team. Each person should be listening for what God would have
them to be doing.
To sum it up: Every church must learn how to LET GO AND LET GOD and every
person must learn how to be used by God!
The weird weather continues. It is cold enough for a sweatshirt in
the mornings and hot enough to make you wish you were wearing a t-shirt and
shorts in the afternoon. Yesterday it was overcast, as it had been most
mornings the past few weeks, and all of a sudden.... the wind began blowing
really hard and it began pouring down rain!
I was putting up an extension on our chain link fence to keep my dog from
jumping over it. I grabbed my tools, grabbed the clothes off the
clothesline, and ran for the house. The sun came out later in the afternoon.
Have you noticed that the weather is getting weirder every year? It used to
be fairly predictable. All right, who is messing with the weather??
My truck was in the shop yesterday. It didn't run smoothly. I guess
you could say it had a hitch in its get-along. Some mornings, when I started
it up and put it in gear, it jumped around like a bucking bronco. Now it is
happy and so am I. The only one unhappy is my husband when he has to pay the
Tomorrow I have an appointment to get the rest of the warranty work done on
my camper. I took the camper off so my son could drive the truck to the prom
a couple of weeks ago. Tonight I need to put the camper back on. It's been
kind of fun driving the truck without the camper. I didn't have to slow way
down to take the corners. I guess it is a trade-off. Now I will be taking my
portable bathroom with me. :-)
I've found the cutest thing. Microsoft has a little help wizard that
looks like a paper clip. If you have Word, Excel, or another Microsoft
program you probably know what I'm talking about.
They have additional helper characters on their site. I downloaded a cat. It
is so cute! It acts like a real cat except when it is typing or mailing
letters. I leave it open all the time. It washes itself, naps, scratches,
and does other cat-like things. It even sounds like one of my cats every
once in a while. My cat, Bug, (yes, his name is Bug) meows with his mouth
closed. That's what it sounds like.
I'm going to make my husband take me out to dinner tonight. I wore
myself out. I washed my truck and camper again. When I put them together I
can't get up to the front of the camper and I can't get in between the truck
roof and camper.
I was working on this early this morning and our electricity went
out. It was out for over two hours. We have an awful lot of incidences of
our electricity going out. When we were having black outs last year our area
wasn't supposed to be shut down because we are on the same grid as a fire
station. We end up having it out for a couple of hours every month it seems.
I had bought a back up battery before I knew we weren't subject to black
outs. It is a good thing I did. There have been quite a few times when I
would have lost things I was working on had I not had it.
I was talking to a friend who lives about 2 miles from here. Hers doesn't
ever go out. Good grief!
Link to the 5/21/02 Bible study.
We were busy yesterday. Yesterday morning we attended a Memorial Day
service at a cemetery. The high school band my son is in provided music.
This was my son's last performance with the band because he is graduating
The service was really nice. The best part, other than getting to listen to
the band, was the two long prayers, one at the beginning and one at the end.
Both pastors emphasized how the only sure thing, the only thing that we can
depend on is God.
There are a lot of people who know that deep down in their hearts, but if
they feel they don't need God then they ignore Him. Maybe that is why God
allows bad things to happen. Maybe it is to cause us to do what we should
have been doing all along, acknowledge Him. I don't know.
I have a long list of things I need to do today. I am washing and
hanging clothes. Come to think of it, most of the rest of the things on my
list have to do with our animals. I had to spray the yard with bug spray
because our dogs are getting ticks and fleas. I have to go to the grocery
store because the iguana is out of greens. I have to go to the vet and pick
up more medicine for one of my cats. The only other thing I have on my list
is clean the house. Of course, that needs to be done whether I have pets or
Wait a second! The main reason I have to vacuum is because of the cat hair
floating around! So it is pet-related!
All right, that does it! No more free rides! I'm going to teach the dogs how
to tend my roses. The cats can learn how to clean bathrooms. Hmmmm, what job
can I give the iguana? I know. I'll have him answer the phone like that
gecko does on the TV commercials. Tee hee. Yeah, right!
I keep coming back to this in between doing other things. I guess I
better sit and get it finished before I go do anything else or I may not get
it done today.
I still haven't gone to the grocery store. I like to go to the grocery store
early in the morning to avoid bad traffic and shopping rush hour, but I have
another plan. I will go tomorrow morning. The iguana can wait for his food.
I didn't go to the grocery store because the cat's medicine won't be ready
until this afternoon and our vet's office is in the same direction as the
grocery store. The vet used to be really close to our house, but the place
next door to them had a fire and they are still rebuilding. In the meantime,
I have to drive over 10 miles in a direction that usually has ugly traffic,
especially in the afternoon. I try to only go there in the mornings, too. My
cat just won't get his medicine first thing in the morning, but that will be
Whew, that took a load off my mind. I just have to get moving a little
earlier in the morning tomorrow and I can still make it to my prayer
partner's house by 9:00AM. Thanks for helping me figure that out!
I have a busy schedule, yet can't explain it to people who ask me
what I do with my time. I have three different prayer groups each week,
sometimes four. I work on my web pages a lot, too. Then there is the yard.
My dogs take time as they need to be brushed and played with. There are
always dirty clothes and dirty dishes.
Now, if I was working at a full time job I would pay someone to clean my
house and I would probably have a gardener, too. I wouldn't clip coupons or
shop the sales because I would have more money. I wouldn't spend time
mending things, I would just buy new ones.
God has shown me that it is important that I be available for my husband and
my son. He also has let me know I am to spend time on these web pages. If
God doesn't want me working outside the home, then I better not. I have had
to get over feeling guilty when I cannot explain where my time is spent. It
isn't important for me to impress anyone. It is important that I be
listening to what God wants me to be doing.
I don't have to cook tonight! Yippee!! It is dollar taco night at
our favorite restaurant. There is no spring football on Tuesdays so my
husband doesn't have to coach late. It works out perfectly.
I just don't like to cook. Actually, I do like to cook, but I don't like to
do it alone. Plus, it just seems like it was a waste of time when the things
I spent hours on are gone in five minutes!
Can you believe that the year is getting close to being halfway
over?? Saturday is the first of June! That is just amazing! Why did it go so
slow when I was a child and now is going so fast when I need it the most??
Speaking of being fair, that made me think of something I used to tell my
sons. Every once in a while they would complain about something being no
fair. If I gave one a larger piece of cake than the other I would hear the
plaintive cry, "No fair!" I would simply tell them that life was not fair
and they needed to get used to it. I told them that unless there was a good
reason, I would never treat one of them with favoritism over another.
Throughout their lives they could plan on encountering many situations that
seemed entirely unfair. So, they had an opportunity to get used to it!
Link to the 5/28/02 Bible study.