Thursday, January 31, 2008

memories

Here is a picture of my mother and her two sisters Gladys and Bessie. Uncle Scoop has passed from this life into a better life that awaites and we said Goodbye to him yesterday and celebrated his life and the good memories that we all were able to share with him. One of my favorite memories was of the whole family getting together at Christmas time and making candy canes and not just any candy canes but these made the store bought kind taste like flavorless crap. They had the best candy canes you could have. They had cinnimen flavored ones which were my favorite and the others as well. They also would weave the candy into basket shapes and then fill the baskets with home made chocolates...Yummy! The tradition has since faded but their youth group at church still makes some for fundrasing which is cool. I will have to get some next time around. Uncle Scoops house was the first place I ever saw color television in my youth as well. We had a 25" black and white Philco at home which got the old standard free channels of 2 5 7 9 11 and if the weather was good you could get 32 and 44. If you wanted to change the channel you got up and changed it yourself. So we always watched the same channel from the start of the show till the end of the show commercials and all so that we wouldn't have to get up and change the channel. We had no channel surfing so even now to this day channel surfers drive me crazy. Just leave it there and watch one show at a time not 7 shows. I could never understand that, how can you find out the plot of the show if you are constanly changing the channel?
but anyway, We were over at Uncle Scoops house and the wizard of oz came on. We had watched the wizard of oz at home before so what was the big deal. it started off looking just like the one we saw at home. it was also in black and white, that was until Dorothy landed in oz. Dang! it was in color! that just blew us away because we had never seen color television before. it was just too cool.
Another good memory was of my Grandpa who live right next door until he could no longer take care of himself and then he lived with Aunt Gladys and Uncle Scoop. Grandpa was my favorite, mom tells me when I was still real young I would love to just sit on his lap and listen to him tell us stories. This seems to be a past time that is rapidly disappearing. Hopefully I can learn to slow down and learn to talk again.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

psalms 15

Psalm 15 (The Message)

Psalm 15

A David Psalm
 1 God, who gets invited to dinner at your place?
   How do we get on your guest list?

 2 "Walk straight,
      act right,
         tell the truth.

 3-4 "Don't hurt your friend,
      don't blame your neighbor;
         despise the despicable.

 5 "Keep your word even when it costs you,
      make an honest living,
         never take a bribe.

   "You'll never get
   blacklisted
   if you live like this."

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

...Give me words to speak

Aaron shust has a song being played on the radio that just speaks for itself. It is titled give me words to speak.  I can so relate to that, I will be trying to talk to God and just can't seem to grasp at what I want to say even though He already knows.
The lyrics to the song go like this:

Verse 1:
Calloused and bruised/ dazed and confused
My Spirit is left wanting something more
Than my selfish hopes/ and my selfish dreams
I'm lying with my face down to the floor
I'm crying out for more

Chorus:
Give me Words to speak
Don't let my Spirit sleep
Cause I can't think of anything worth saying
But I know that I owe You my life
So give me Words to speak
Don't let my Spirit sleep
 
 
Verse 2:
Every night, every day/ I find that I have nothing I can say
So I stand here in silence awaiting Your guidance
I'm wanting only Your voice to be heard
Let them be Your Words
I just don't understand this life that I've been living
I just don't understand (x2)
I just don't understand these lies I've been believing
I just don't understand (x2)
 
 

 

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Perfect storm

Chris has been teaching us in a series titled the Perfect storm, A series to help us understand that though God does not cause the calamities and troubles in our life, He can use them to grow us and make us better and more and more like Christ. I was thinking about this this morning while I was getting ready for work and this song popped into my noodle so I just had to google it and here are the lyrics (I imagined God singing it to us):

When it all goes crazy and the thrill is gone
the days get rainy and the nights get long
when you get that feeling you were born to lose
staring at your ceiling
thinking of your blues
when there's so much trouble that you want to cry
the world has crumbled
and you don't know why
when your hopes are fading
and they can't be found
dreams have left you waiting
friends have let you down
just remember I love you and it'll be alright
just remember I love you
more than I can say
just remember I love you
and it'll be alright
maybe then your blues will fade away
when you need a lover
and you're down so low
you start to wonder
but you never know
when it feels like sorrow is your only friend
knowing that tomorrow
you'll feel this way again
when the blues come calling
at the break of dawn
the rain keeps falling
but the rainbow's gone
when you feel like crying
and the tears won't come
then your dreams are dying
then you're on the run
just remember I love you
more than I can say
just remember I love you
and it'll be alright

God is still in control even when we can't see anything good that can come out of whatever circumstance we are in. We must remember that God is not limited to the same constraints we are limited to. Just read about some of His attributes and you will see, and then think about just how much He loves you.

God is not limited by time, He made time
God is not limited by circumstances, He can make new ones
God is not limited by space, or lack of money, or lack of manpower, He can speak things into existence.
God isn't even limited by whether or not we are going to like the outcome of the circumstances we are in, but He does want us to trust him.
He is limited though by doubt and disbelief (James 1:8-11 msg)...

If you don't know what you're doing, pray to the Father. He loves to help. You'll get his help, and won't be condescended to when you ask for it. Ask boldly, believingly, without a second thought. People who "worry their prayers" are like wind-whipped waves. Don't think you're going to get anything from the Master that way, adrift at sea, keeping all your options open.
When down-and-outers get a break, cheer! And when the arrogant rich are brought down to size, cheer! Prosperity is as short-lived as a wildflower, so don't ever count on it. You know that as soon as the sun rises, pouring down its scorching heat, the flower withers. Its petals wilt and, before you know it, that beautiful face is a barren stem. Well, that's a picture of the "prosperous life." At the very moment everyone is looking on in admiration, it fades away to nothing.