Friday, January 30, 2009
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
the first day of traveling we, of course, ran into a snow storm from Illinois and on......finally after fighting it...we decided to stop.......of course...the Steelers were playing (and won btw...).....that DID help to make Larry's decision....so the next morning when we got back onto the interstate, within 30 minutes i counted over 25 cars and trucks and semis in the ditch, many turned on their tops...some were literally shredded......uh......thank you GOD for the sense to stop....altogether there were over 40 accidents along the way.......
we made a stop in DesMoines where we have the dearest friends on earth...tho we did not see ALL of them, we saw a few and we had wonderful fellowship!
we ended our stay with breakfast at the ever so famous Iowa Machine Shed Restaurant! yummy.... here are a few pics from there:
Friday, January 16, 2009
“You are the light of the world. . . . Let your light shine before men.” Matthew 5:14-16
I have a lot of favorite stories, but this one has to rank near the top. My friend Paul Eshleman is the founder of the Jesus Film Project, which arguably has been the most important evangelistic outreach of the last 50 years—perhaps in the history of the church.
When Paul was strategizing how to market the film globally, he got an audience with the marketing group of a major Hollywood media conglomerate to get their advice.
The meeting provided the impetus for the international launch of the film. In fact, as of today the Jesus Film has been translated into over a thousand different languages and millions have come to know Christ as their Savior. But as significant as the extraordinary outcomes have been, God had an additional plan for that meeting in Hollywood. The marketing executive who chaired the meeting pulled Paul aside afterward and asked, “Could I talk to you for a minute?”
They went into his office and the executive began his story. “My wife and I had a child that was deathly ill. One day as I was walking down the hall, I noticed through the crack in my maid’s door that my maid was on her knees. Later I asked her, ‘Are you okay?’”
“‘I’m fine,’ she said, ‘Why do you ask?’”
“‘Well, I saw you on your knees in your room.’”
“‘Oh, I was praying,’ she replied. ‘Every day since your baby took ill I have been praying that God will heal your child. In fact, when I came here to work I started praying every day that when you and your wife leave and go out to work that you would be successful and that God will prosper you.’”
The executive explained to Paul, “After that we brought her down to the front door every morning to pronounce a benediction on us when we left. And more importantly, thanks to our maid’s prayers, our baby recovered.”
“And then,” he continued, “not long after that my wife was diagnosed with what looked like incurable cancer. One night, as she lay in the hospital, I was deeply troubled and decided to walk down the street to our synagogue hoping to talk to my rabbi. But it was bingo night so I kept walking. A couple blocks later I noticed a church with the front doors open.”
“When I walked in, the pastor said, ‘Can I help you?’ and I poured out my heart to him. He put his arms around me and prayed for me.”
“The next day I went to the hospital and my doctor said, ‘I thought you were Jewish.’”
“I am Jewish!”
“‘Well if you’re Jewish, then what was that pastor doing here all night sitting next to your wife’s bedside ministering to her?’”
The executive concluded the conversation by saying: “Paul, last week our maid died and I have nobody to get me to God. Can you help me?” And before Paul left, that executive was on his knees asking Christ into his heart.
Don’t miss the heroes of the story—three people who lit up Hollywood with far brighter lights than those on the silver screen: a praying maid, a compassionate pastor, and my friend Paul who had the privilege of turning on the light of Jesus in a Jewish executive’s heart.
And don’t miss the point of the story—you and I, regardless of our station in life, can be lights for Jesus by taking every opportunity to faithfully bring the love of Jesus to those who need it most!
Thursday, January 15, 2009
lookie!!! Scott's Emulsion is still in business!!!!! Holy Cow!.....does that mean we REALLY shouldn't be thin???????????
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
i have been dreading this announcement all day.....but have had to come to a decision today..........because of REAL LIFE , i have had to come to the conclusion that my little Etsy shop is NOT going to happen this month, and probably not next month.........and WHO KNOWS???......i am not giving up by any means.......and honestly, if i can possibly work it in.....i am still going to do a giveaway...i know just what i have been planning to do and am really excited to get it done......but alas, for now........it will not happen this week or next, certainly.
needless to say......we have imminent family issues to deal with and we will be traveling to both parents...one in Iowa and one in Pennsylvania......
Friday, January 9, 2009
Love God more than you fear hell
To sum it all up:Approach life like a voyage on a schooner. Enjoy the view. Explore the vessel. Make friends with the captain. Fish a little. And then get off when you get home.
What if you were to ask God what He wants you to change, improve, or begin this year? He might tell you to:
* Demonstrate more of the fruit of the Spirit in your life, which is “love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control” (Gal. 5:22-23).
* “Love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who . . . persecute you” (Matt. 5:44).
* “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature” (Mark 16:15).
* “Be content with such things as you have” (Heb. 13:5).
* “Walk according to His commandments” (2 John 1:6).
As believers and new creations, we can be free from old patterns and failures. We must ask God to help us live each day in the power of the Holy Spirit. Then we can shed the old and embrace the new (2 Cor. 5:17). —Cindy Hess Kasper
How can we live to please the Lord?By knowing what He says to doAnd trusting in the Spirit’s strengthTo make us into someone new. —Sper
Resolutions are easier to keep when you rely on God.
Monday, January 5, 2009
(nap time on the hearth)
(chewing on a bone almost as big as he is)
(what a DOLL)
Friday, January 2, 2009
here the little creatures are, nesting in my freezer, waiting to be eaten alive......
but let me tell you..........it LOOKS easy............and guess what???? it WAS NOT!!!!!...........of course i am not very patient with small details like this........but every time i would place the eyes, nose, tie , arms, buttons ON the dear little creature and ever so carefully place them in the freezer.......by the time i opened the freezer for the next one.......everything had slidden off the snowman!!!!!...........uh, not so fun! so i had to fuss with them a LOT.....but of course they brought squeeeeels of delight for about a 1/8 of a nano second from the grands......so that made it worthwhile...........would i do it again??? ..........
i did a kick out of when i posted it before Christmas...i got a comment from the BLUE BUNNY MAN!!! no kidding!!! how funny is that??? go down my column and see for yourself! if you click on his name it will take you to a very cute Blue Bunny Ad.........and i will say......the homemade vanilla ice cream from them is wunnerful!!!(maybe he will comment again, since i have posted the picture again....lol......hmmmm......so does that mean that all the "art" i copy and paste off different sites can be tracked back to me????...yikes)