Archive for October, 2008

a devotional for your day

From Streams in the Desert, today:

“All your waves and breakers have swept over me.”  Psalm 42:7

“Stand firmly in the place where your dear Lord has put you, and do your best there.  God sends us trials or tests, and places life before us as a face-to-face opponent.  It is through the pounding of a serious conflict that He expects us to grow strong.   The tree planted where the fierce winds twist its branches and bend its trunk, often nearly to the point of breaking, is commonly more firmly rooted than a tree growing in a secluded valley where storms never bring any stress or strain.

The same is true of human life.  The strongest and greatest character is grown through hardship.”

Here  you go.  May your trials of this day make you stronger.  blessings.


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some great music

I am just going to copy the email from a dear friend – he is a worship leader, and has a new cd coming out real soon – you will want to check this out! His name is Roger Cullins.   I’ve loved this guy for a while now, and you will too.  My husband and I love love love to worship under his leading.  Go ahead, and download these, then plan on getting his new cd!  Have a great great day in the Lord……

p.s.  The tree trimmers let the dogs out, a neighbor called me at work to tell me.  However, before I could leave to go home, she called back, telling me they had returned!  Truly, a modern day act of God!  (and what a great neighbor!)

love you.

 Hey friends!
Happy Tuesday to you! Wanted to let you know that we are giving away 3 free songs from the new album “Songs of the Savior”!
(To be released locally in Houston Oct.31/Nov 2 weekend)
I’m really excited about how the album turned out and expectant to see what God’s purposes are for this music!
You can sample and download it by going here:

(If you cannot click on the link above, copy and paste the URL into your browser)

Feel free to pass this along to as many people as you like!
Hope you enjoy the songs and please pray that “Songs of the Savior” will breathe hope into many lives!





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dvr this one!

ok, so I have this friend.  Really really dear friend.  Her name is Courtney, and she is amazing.  Totally.  Well, I could go on and on, but you will meet her if you see this new show – it’s called “Revolve: Rockin’ the Road”, and you can see it on the Gospel Music Channel on Friday and Saturday nights.  It played last night (Friday) at 10 and 10:30.  It’s a reality show, so know that it comes with all the fun and drama you can imagine, and it follows the bus tour of these Revolve personalities.  Not only is my friend Courtney one of the “stars”, it also involves music from my son’s record label, Brave New World.  Imagine my delight, watching the taped show last night (we were at the high school football game during the show) and listening to my friends, Deas Vail, playing in the background! The Wedding plays on it as well.  (they even thank my Mark on the credits – sweet!)  Seriously, it was so so fun to watch – so tune in.  Or tape it.  Whatever, just watch.  So, I think that’s it.  Blessings to you.

*oh, and by the way, Courtney – you are AMAZING, and I love you so!!!

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is it too much to ask?!!

I’m just wondering…….after my drive home from work this afternoon…….just a thought…….


Is it too much to ask to USE YOUR BLINKER WHEN CHANGING LANES???!!!!!!


that’s all.  have a nice weekend.

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Joy ahead

In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. Though you have not seen Him, you love Him; and even though you do not see Him now, you believe in Him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls.”  1 Peter 1:6-9 NIV

Oh, how I love the body of Christ!  Honestly – big love.  I love people.  I especially love my people.  My family people, my friend people, my neighbor people…..well, you get the idea.  But, I tend to carry their burdens.  I tend to over think their traumas, over obsess, over pray (well, maybe not over pray!).  But as I read this today, it reminds me that this life is hard, but it will be worth it.  Even now.  We tend to just hope for, long for heaven.  A place where we will have no more sorrows, pain, or challenges.  And, yes, I am ready for that.

But here, Peter reminds us that our faith in Him, even now, will give us “inexpressible and glorious joy”.  I am pretty sure this joy is real, cause I’ve known it, and I love it.  absolutely love it.  And it is available now.  Not holding out for heaven.  NOW.  Even in the midst of the challenges.  Especially in the midst of the challenges.  To glorify Him.  Oh, how I love Him!!!

 “So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you have to endure many trials for a little while.  These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold—though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world. You love Him even though you have never seen Him. Though you do not see Him now, you trust Him; and you rejoice with a glorious, inexpressible joy.  The reward for trusting Him will be the salvation of your souls.”  1 Peter  1:6-9 New Living Translation

So, be truly glad.  I love you, friends.

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Seriously, I began my morning with a wonderful wonderful run in the fall air.  Such a blessing to not face humidity first thing in the morning.  Anyway, I return to find the dogs had escaped our lavish fencing improvements.  for. the. love. again.  I’m not gonna lie to you – I’m growing weary of this.  I traveled by bike, car, and foot for the next two hours searching.  Many had “seen” them going this way or that, but I never could find them.  I returned home, hoping they had returned, and heard the neighbor dogs doing their “barking convention” like they do with Turbo and Bear – and sure enough, there they were on the other side of the neighbors house, but when I called them, they did not come.  ??!!!!!!  After traveling around looking for them, I give up.  just flat out give up.  I’m done.  I called the City Hall, and the vet, and went to take a shower.  The day’s work must still be done.

After getting ready I went out and stood on the patio, and to my delight and dismay, they came running!  They were in the yard!  They, again, did not apologize, but begged to be petted, and given a treat – what?!!  For LEAVING AGAIN?  I don’t think so…….

Ok, jk.  I did give them a treat.  I couldn’t help myself.  Relief again had overwhelmed me.  (by the way, my wonderful neighbor had seen them down the street and returned them to me, and also secured the fencing.  I’m definitely going to bake him something!)  So, there you go.  Please Jesus, may part 3 be it!  I am not sure how much more of this I can take……(not sure how  much you guys could stand, either!)

Look at this – words of this great hymn kept going through my mind this morning, as I’m sure the Lord was reminding me of how I’m prone to wander.  I DON’T WANT TO WANDER!  Not from my Jesus.  My dogs may continue to wander – to escape and seek out the thrill of life unencumbered, but I want the safety, security of my Christ.  Today, and every day.  Don’t you?

Come, Thou Fount of every blessing,
Tune my heart to sing Thy grace;
Streams of mercy, never ceasing,
Call for songs of loudest praise.
Teach me some melodious sonnet,
Sung by flaming tongues above.
Praise the mount! I’m fixed upon it,
Mount of Thy redeeming love.

Sorrowing I shall be in spirit,
Till released from flesh and sin,
Yet from what I do inherit,
Here Thy praises I’ll begin;
Here I raise my Ebenezer;
Here by Thy great help I’ve come;
And I hope, by Thy good pleasure,
Safely to arrive at home.

Jesus sought me when a stranger,
Wandering from the fold of God;
He, to rescue me from danger,
Interposed His precious blood;
How His kindness yet pursues me
Mortal tongue can never tell,
Clothed in flesh, till death shall loose me
I cannot proclaim it well.

O to grace how great a debtor
Daily I’m constrained to be!
Let Thy goodness, like a fetter,
Bind my wandering heart to Thee.
Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it,
Prone to leave the God I love;

Here’s my heart, O take and seal it,
Seal it for Thy courts above.

O that day when freed from sinning,
I shall see Thy lovely face;
Clothed then in blood washed linen
How I’ll sing Thy sovereign grace;
Come, my Lord, no longer tarry,
Take my ransomed soul away;
Send thine angels now to carry
Me to realms of endless day.

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Yes, I’m sure you really want to hear more of this fine saga!  Well, I’m going to try to sum the last few days up for you.  As we left off, the doggies were home, and exhausted from their “day out”.  The wide wide world is really big, and they had no idea. But apparently, something out there was drawing them, wooing them away from their haven here at home.  When I arrived home Friday from work, they were gone.  again.  As my evenings often are, things were really busy for a while – I had the wonderful gift of my college son home (so happy!), and also blessed with a visit from another college boy who is like a son to me (so happy again!).  Catching up with them, I was preparing to leave to search the neighborhood. again.  All of a sudden, our friend says – there they are!  As we look out the back windows, they are walking up to our gate – out the back is our lake, so they were out on the lake side this time.  At that point, we obviously go let them in, then ask them again WHERE they are getting out!  They still do not answer.  

I notice on Bear’s leg, he has quite a gash – seriously.  He still doesn’t tell me what happened, but he’s obviously in pain.   (And, at this point, we still cannot figure out how they are getting out).  We bandage up Bear’s leg (vet office already closed) and make plans to call the vet in the morning.  

Saturday morning I had an activity with Sara early, so Mitch makes an appointment for the puppy – and takes him in early.  He indeed will need stitches, so Mitch leaves, and returns home.  To find Turbo OUT of the fence!  The neighbors have him.  Whew!  How in the world is this happening?!!!  Much yard work is done, so the dog does not escape again.  Until……

Sara and I go to pick Bear up – he’s all bandaged up, stitched up, and you should have heard the total on the bill!!!  Ohmygosh – I asked the technician if Bear could work there to pay off his debt!  For crying out loud……anyway, we tenderly take the injured pup home, Sara lovingly lays him down on the patio, goes in real quick for a soft cushy towel for him to lay on, comes back outside, and the DOGS ARE GONE.  NO WAY!!!!!  Y’all!!!  We all run out, looking for them and see them just a few doors down the street.  Do you understand that the puppy did not even walk out of the vet’s office, and he has now run halfway down the street?!!!  I station the husband and daughter at each side of the fence, to wait their next escape attempt.  Finally they find the opening – we have an iron fence along the front and part of the sides of our home.  There are three inches between the posts, so we knew they could not get out that way.  However, in the corner, on the neighbor’s side, there is one opening probably 4 inches wide.  That was it.  Finally!

My man runs off to Home Depot, to gather supplies, and quickly and efficiently fixes the problem.  We hope.  They are still in the yard – at this moment.  Yes, I’m sure.  

I’ve thought a lot about all this – why would they leave, when things are really so great for them here?  Do they not know that the boundaries we have in place are for their own good?  And certainly for the puppy who just went through such a painful ordeal, wouldn’t he “learn” from his mistakes?!!   I had to remind myself that they are animals, that is the way they are, and I am not able to reason with them.  Honestly, I didn’t know whether to laugh, or cry at times during all this!  

What should I learn? What good comes from such trying experiences?  The Lord actually reminds me of my very own tendency to waywardness. Even now, if I just try things on my own.  Also, that His very own boundaries are for my good.  That when I’ve been hurt in the past, I should learn from that.  And that each time I return home, He is there to welcome me.  With open arms.  I am confident I don’t ever want out from the protective covering of my God.  I sure pray that the dogs feel the same way!

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