Monthly Archives: June 2007

iPhone!

Aaaahhhh,

the big day came…

and

Brett

got his iPhone!
:)
If you have not yet had a chance

to see this technological wonder,

I suggest you check it out. 

It is beyond cool.

http://www.apple.com/iphone/buy/

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The fight.

Your fight is not against flesh and blood.

This little fact is hard to remember sometimes…

Eph. 6:12 … here’s several different translations via BibleGateway.com

(Contemporary English Version)
12We are not fighting against humans.

We are fighting against forces and authorities

and against rulers of darkness and powers

in the spiritual world.

 (New Living Translation)
12 For we[a] are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies,

but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world,

against mighty powers in this dark world,

and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.
Footnotes:  Ephesians 6:12 Some manuscripts read you.

(NASB)

 12 For our (A)struggle is not against (B)flesh and blood,

but (C)against the rulers, against the powers,

against the (D)world forces of this (E)darkness,

against the (F)spiritual forces of wickedness in (G)the heavenly places.
Cross references:
Ephesians 6:12 : 1 Cor 9:25
Ephesians 6:12 : Matt 16:17
Ephesians 6:12 : Eph 1:21; 2:2; 3:10
Ephesians 6:12 : John 12:31
Ephesians 6:12 : Acts 26:18; Col 1:13
Ephesians 6:12 : Eph 3:10
Ephesians 6:12 : Eph 1:3

(Message)

A Fight to the Finish
 10-12And that about wraps it up.

God is strong,

and he wants you strong.

So take everything the Master has set out for you,

well-made weapons of the best materials.

And put them to use so you will be able to stand up

to everything the Devil throws your way.

This is no afternoon athletic contest

that we’ll walk away from and forget about in a couple of hours.

This is for keeps,

a life-or-death fight to the finish

against the Devil and all his angels.

A bit creepy, but
ya gotta love the Message Translation!

And my fun-find for the day:
Worldwide English (New Testament) (WE)
Copyright © by SOON Educational Publications
 12So use everything that God has given you,

that you can fight when the bad time comes.

You will need to do everything

you can do

to stand!

 :)

and

another that may help:

Acts 24:16

“I myself always strive to have conscience without offense toward God and men.”

 :)

So…

as P. Jeff says, ” Do a check up from the neck up”

Sometimes when I get mad,

I have to remember that my fight is not against people,

but

against the big ol’meany,

aka

the devil.

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5 Steps to THANKFULNESS

From Pastor Jeff:

1.  Decide not to grumble and be a GRATEFUL christian.

2.  Learn to count your BLESSINGS.

3.  Appreciate the little SIMPLE things.

4.  Gain and maintain the BIG picture.

5.  In whatever circumstance, REJOICE.

He encouraged us to come out of bitterness and complaining

to a higher and vibrant faith with God – to enter His gates with praise.

:)

Phil. 2:14 

Do all without complaining…

complaining displeases God.

:)

Psalm 43:5

Hope in God…

Praise Him…

the health of my countenance

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Live as if today…

is your last.

How would you live differently?

Ummm…

This question keeps ‘popping’ up to me.

Then

my cousin calls and leaves me a message a few weeks ago about the same topic.

It’s helping her to have fun at work.

Ummm…

Max Lucado says,

you don’t have to be like the world to have an impact on the world.

and

Holiness doesn’t seek to be odd.

Holiness seeks to be like God.

1John 4:18

“Where God’s love is,

there is no fear,

because God’s perfect love drives out fear.”

 :)

I’m livin’ differently.

More free.

Are you?

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A season of rememberance.

God is soooo interesting.

My Mom called me and wants to do a memorial paver at a local park in memory of my Dad.  She wanted to put a scripture on the stone about providing.

My Dad was an excellent provider.

Mom tends to do things over the top, so she wanted to do one for my church, her church, a local church camp, etc.  It led to quite a Bible search… concordance and such, the old-school way as neither of us have internet access at home.  Thankfully a friend at church had ‘schooled’ me in using my Thompson Chain Reference Study Bible so it was a way easier task than it could have been.

:)

She also wanted me to do a paver,

and

I choose:

God is love.

:)

People need love.

The cool part:  Two Fridays ago at church on 6-8-07 aka “Pebble Friday,”

Pastor Jeff Perry gave everyone a pebble.

A rock of remembrance…

when God has done something in your life for which you are grateful.

:)

He used scripture out of Joshua 1:1-11,

also chapter 4;

2 Peter 1:13;

&

Phil. 3:1.

He called our wee-black pebbles:

Memorial Stones.

:)

Here’s a fun verse I found this week that made me think about the wee-black pebble:

Psalm 145:3-5 NIV

“Great is the LORD and most worthy of praise;

His greatness no one can fathom.

One generation will commend Your works to another;

they will tell of Your mighty acts.

They will speak of the glorious splendor of Your majesty,

and

I will meditate on Your wonderful works.”

:)

My cousin was inspired to do Memorial Stones as her final project for her Master’s Degree and even acquired a website for people to send their stories.

I’m sure she will have a link from their site soon enough for those of you with inquiring minds.  Plus ya’ll need to go there and share your stories…

see some of mine below.

God is so good.

:)

This was the first thing I thought of when Pastor Jeff had us take a moment to think about something we were grateful for…

I’m grateful to be alive.

I was 10 years old,

and

I had stayed at home – alone – for the first time.

On Friday the 13th.

A man

high on drugs

broke through our back door

with his large hunting knife. It was still in his hand…

his bleeding hand…

from the broken glass.

While he was threatening me,

his family was in our garage

taking my Dad’s tools.

The intruder wanted the guns and the money.

Hello,

I was 10

and

didn’t know where either were located,

but

I didn’t think he wanted to hear that.

So,

I led him on a wild goose chase all over the house and even got him outside to the bridge before he dragged me back into the house.

Several times he threatened my life with his large knife.

Thankfully,

I was a spunky enough kid to reach up and hold his arm – the one holding the knife – back from my face.

I remember this led to sliding across the room,

but

he was not able to push me down or to hurt me.

God is good.  All the time.

:)

I had convinced him that what he wanted was in our basement.

I knew Dad kept one of the storage rooms locked,

and

I figured that would keep him busy long enough so I could sneak away.

I had read lots of books

and

watched lots of Remington Steele on TV

so

I was trying everything I could remember.

Then,

I heard my Mom’s voice,

sounding very distressed.

She was looking through the blood-covered glass…

of what was remaining of our back door.

I ran up the steps

yelling for her and my brother to get back into the car.

Thankfully, we were heading down the drive before the robber made it up the steps.

From our bottom drive,

we saw a police car

sitting at the next road

down the street from our house. My brother was the one who noticed. Mom drove us down to him.

The office later told us, they had gotten a call about a suspicious vehicle sitting in our driveway.

That’s God.

:)

A man who lived down the street

stopped at the company across the highway from us

and called the police

from the security shed at their entranceway.

He went out of his way…

he helped us.

He helped me.

:)

The policeman proceeded to chase the intruder down…literally, to the ground.  He ran quite a bit…

Oh yeah,

remember his family who was stealing too…

well,

they left him.

Months later, I had to testify at court.

Come to find out,

the man who held me at knife-point was an escape convict.

Nice huh.

The police told me parents that if he had found the guns, I would have most likely been killed.

My Mom did not tell me until years later that the guns had been in the locked storage room.

God is so amazing.  His timing is perfect. He orchestrated everything, and I was safe.

:)
Plus this event is what led my Dad to get us a dog.

Romans 8:28… God works all things out for good.

:)

A black lab, we named, Satin arrived Christmas Eve that year.

We heard barking from the highway as we sat down to dinner before opening our gifts.

He had been shot in the leg,

but

he found a place in our hearts.  We called him our Christmas gift from God.

He went with us wherever we went…and I do mean everywhere.

He is still the most amazing dog I have ever seen.  He already knew all the known tricks and continued to pick up any we tried…verbal or hand commands.  Simply amazing.  He didn’t die until I was in college.  He was with us almost 10 years.

:)

God is so good.

Dad also decided I needed to be able to take care of myself and got me training in:

guns,

martial arts,

etc.

I think I’ve already written about most of that fun stuff.

:)

After college, my Mom showed me letters they received from the man who had threaten my life.

He had become a Christian and asked for forgiveness for scaring me.

I also came to learn,

the family who robbed us lived a few houses away from us further down the highway.

God restores.

God redeems.

:)

Another pebble …

My cousin and I were discussing Memorial Stones,

and

she reminded me of how far I’ve come since my Dad died.  The anger…the stress… to now:

giving to others,

no health problems,

and one of my friends even calls me “Peaceful Peggy”

God is so good.

:)

I wrote these into one of my Bibles:

Celebrate Life.

Gratitude to God.

2/05:

Mom received supernatural healing on her spine while on mission trip in Jamaica and did not need surgery as the neurosurgeon wanted to do before we left.

4/97:

Letting my Dad die in the way he wanted…not in a hospital…and not a slow death.

8/86:

Allowed to see angels guarding us.

80s:

Multiple car accidents… no major injuries that were not repairable,

but

my Mom lost her favorite feature.

Yet,

she was only worried about us.

One ‘almost’ accident

with an older cousin on  back roads:

We were running an errand for her parents,

and

she was driving so fast

that we went airborne as we crested hills.

There were several cars stopped in the opposite lane just after the crest of one of the hills…

so

we could not see them until we topped the hill… while we were airborne.

Unfortunately,

one car

was trying to go around the lineup

and

over half of that car was in our lane…

leaving no room for us on the road.  There are no shoulders on this curvy, hilly back-road.

My cousin cried out the name of Jesus,

and

I don’t remember anything from that point until we ‘landed’ further down the road pass the pile up of cars.

We were so grateful, we praised God quite a bit that afternoon.  It’s good having believing family.

:)

Also in the 80s:

Received Christ,

water baptized,

and

received the baptism of the Holy Spirit.

God ROCKS!

:)

March ’01-March ’02:

First time ever read the Bible completely through in one year!

:)

Prayed in October’06 for a co-worker’s family member…

something they have been waiting for and believing for … for 13 years!

and by May’07, God answered the prayer.

:)

2006:

Vision improving for the first time ever!  Been wearing corrective lenses since the 3rd grade.  Want to wake up one day and see 20/20!
:)

June ’07:

First summer didn’t work since I started working when I was 15.

Aaaah

:)

Time to read everyday.

Beautiful and comfortable car.

Wonderful flowering gardens at home.

A family that serves God.

Prosperity.

Health.

God is so very good.

:)

 

Ya’ll have to check back and see if I’ve added anything…

I think I wrote a few more in a different Bible.

:)

Update:

1-6-17

Pondering & realized

I don’t need Memorial Stones as everywhere I look I am reminded of the goodness of God,

Him answering my prayers,

Him meeting my needs & desires…

He’s such an AWESOME God!

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Based on location…

what translation would you choose?

Desert island = Thompson Chain Reference Study Bible

Coffee shop = New Living Translation

 Bus Station = New Century Version

 Airplane = Bible on audio

The beach = The Message Bible

At work, on break = NIV

At church to follow the preacher = NASB

Home = NKJV

Library = AMP

…and where would you be reading the God’s Word Translation my dear Katie?

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Too helpful?

This last year, I’ve asked my cousin to tell me when I am being “too helpful” with people.

Ya know,

any good thing can be taken to the extreme and become a bad thing.

Balance is beautiful.

I have not ‘arrived’ yet.

:)
Today in Ezekiel I read a scripture that helped me with the above:

34:11

“This is what the Lord GOD says:

I, Myself, will search for my sheep

and take care of them.”

aaaahhh

God’s got it covered.

I don’t have to help everyone…

Ok, now I’m exaggerating.

:)

 By the way,

today is the first day of summer,

and

Lauren’s birthday!
:)

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