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Monday, February 23, 2009

The Week of the RING

This is the week at Teen Mania called "The Week of the Ring".
There will be five sessions this week designed to create a lasting impact upon the lives of the interns regarding "honor".
tonight the topic is "Honor"
Tuesday: Purity Ps. 119:9 How can a young person live a pure life? By obeying Your Word. Ps. 119:15 I will study your commandments and reflect on your ways. I will delight in your principles and not forget your word."
Wednesday: Integrity Proverbs 12:22 The Lord hates those who tell lies, but is pleased with those who keep their promises."
Thursday: Perseverance/Courage Ephesians 6: 10-20 The Armor of God
Friday: The Ring/Fellowship of the Ring I Timothy 1:5 The goal of our instruction is love from a pure heart, sincere faith, and a clear conscience.
Monday- March 2- The Ring banquet- when the August Interns will receive their honor rings- to be worn as long as they are living a life of honor.

I plan to attend all the sessions this week and be ready to learn all that God has for me...I am almost this crazy or what? I wish I had these kinds of opportunities as a is never too late...I want to press into God with all my heart, mind, soul and strength!

Below is a quote I received the other day in an e-mail. I thought it was very timely.

"Worry implies that we don't quite trust that God is big enough, powerful enough, or loving enough to take care of what's happening in our lives.
Stress says that the things we are involved in are important enough to merit our impatience, our lack of grace toward others, or our tight grip of control.
Basically, these two behaviors communicate that it's okay to sin and not trust God because the stuff in my life is somehow exceptional. Both worry and stress reek of arrogance. They declare our tendency to forget that we've been forgiven, that our lives here are brief, that we are headed to a place where we won't be lonely, afraid, or hurt ever again, and that in the context of God's strength, our problems are small, indeed."

Monday, February 16, 2009

A trip to Mrs. Lee's Daffodils

It all started because Kohl's forgot to remove a "security" device from a suit coat that Dave bought last Friday. So...I had to return to Tyler...asked Lisa to go along to take advantage of the "additional 30% off" coupon I had...and she asked me to go with them to the Daffodil fields today. What a great experience!

Mrs. Lee's "garden" is spread out over 1,000 acres in East Texas.
Mrs. Lee purchased an entire boxcar load of daffodil bulbs from Holland and they were all planted with approximately 40 workers, including Mrs. Carolyn Owens Johnson's grandparents, Mamie and Nathaniel Scott, whom worked for Mrs. Lee from 1952-1984. Mrs. Johnson is the current manager of Mrs. Lee's Daffodil Gardens.
Mrs. Carolyn Johnson greeted us at the gate and welcomed us to the gardens- we made the 4 mile drive through millions of daffodils- stopped and walked through them- watched the kids run and play and thoroughly enjoyed God's beauty and creation.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

All on a Sunday afternoon

Thanks to the 5 people who contacted me and confirmed that they check in on me at times! I so appreciate that!
We had a great day yesterday- went to Tyler and shopped most of the day. Then met up with Sam and Lisa and Jon and Kelly for movie and dinner. A special Valentine's day for us. It is such fun and such a blessing for us when our kids want to do things with us! We are blessed.
Today has been a lazy day- after church going out for breakfast then sitting home reading and checking out Facebook and lounging in front of the fire! A great lazy day!
Last Sunday Sam and Lisa and kids came up for dinner and the day. Sam and his dad spent a couple of hours constructing a kite from scratch- black garbage bags- having to cut strips off plywood with the table saw- experimenting with different weights for the tail...and then...getting everyone outside for the debut!

UP...up...up....oh...we need a few adjustments..

it looks like the tree got it but...fear was just not...something..

bring it down and try it again...and again...adjust the tail...too heavy?...up...up...up.....

CRASH! BANG!!! KITE SELF DISTRUCTS!!! SAM CANNOT CONTAIN THE LAUGHTER (Good thing that Sam said on his Facebook this week in his 25 things about himself...that his dad is his best friend!) All in a day's fun with the fam... We all enjoyed the adventure...and the guys learned some things about kite construction...Dave says they need harder wood...we'll see next time!

BEST FRIENDS...AWWWW are so good!!

What does this week hold? What does the Lord have in mind for us? We just want to be so totally submitted to HIS will for our lives! Dave is engrossed in reading Pilgrim's Progress in prep for the college class he is teaching at Teen Mania- He is teaching Great Books and Portfolio Papers- teaches 4 classes on Thursdays. I will be working 3 days meeting with girls as we discuss our lives and how to draw closer to God. What a privilege to work with young women of this generation and see their passion for reaching the world for Jesus. I am a blessed woman!

Friday, February 13, 2009

Does ANYONE look at this anymore

I am just wondering if it is time to can this...doesn't seem like anyone bothers to check in on it....

This is just a random picture of fun and fond memories- leaving for Canada with Sam and Lisa!