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Sunday, September 06, 2015

We Are What We Speak (Sunday Sermon)

Hymn: Blessed Assurance (chorus)
"This is my story, this is my song, praising my savior all the day long. This is my story, this si my song, praising my Savior all the day long."

Your Grace is Enough (Chris Tomlin)

Great is Your faithfulness oh God
You wrestle with the sinner's heart
You lead us by still waters in to mercy
And nothing can keep us apart

So remember Your people
Remember Your children
Remember Your promise
Oh God

Your grace is enough
Your grace is enough
Your grace is enough for me

Great is Your love and justice God
You use the weak to lead the strong
You lead us in the song of Your salvation
And all Your people sing along

So remember Your people
Remember Your children
Remember Your promise
Oh God

Your grace is enough
Your grace is enough
Your grace is enough for me [x2]

So remember Your people
Remember Your children
Remember Your promise
Oh God

Your grace is enough
Your grace is enough
Your grace is enough for me

Your grace is enough
Heaven reaching down on us
Your grace is enough for me
God I see your grace is enough
I'm covered in your love
Your grace is enough for me
For me

whatever may pass and whatever lies before me, let me be singing hen the evening comes
          `Blesss the Lord, Oh My Soul'


Crazy......the Lord has been speaking the word, "Grace", to me for days, weeks even......and now we've had a sermon on it. I wasn't "quite" the crazy note-taker, but really felt the Spirit impressing on me to *really* pay attention. Bringing to my heart/mind areas I could be showing a little (okay, a LOT) more grace.  

Let praise be a lifestyle
Hypocrite : actor
"They worship God with their lips , but their hearts are from me ~ Matthew 15:8
Text Points:  Matthew 15:10-20
A.) We are not defiled by unclean hands but my an unclean <3 br="" heart="" nbsp="">       Proverbs 19:14 ~ Let the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, Oh Lord my Rock and my Redeemer(words AND thoughts)
B.) Taste the fruit (Matthew 12:33-37)
Justified or condemned by our words
Joys and difficulties as a pastor (personal experience)
Out of the heart, the mouth speaks (Vs. 34)

III)  The Application

A.) The Unspeakables
It's not the words, it's the <3 at="" br="" he="" heart="" looks="">You can tell what's in a man, by what comes out. 

B.)  Ephesians 4:29 Build up, give grace
Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.
***Is it good, is it necessary, is it kind?***

-Corrupt is difficult to define
-The opposite is easier
     1. Is it good? Not bad doesn't make it good.
     2. Is it kind? \
                      -A host of scriptures
     3. Is it edifying?
     to instruct or benefit, especially morally or spiritually; uplift:Words CAN hurt
          Proverbs 18:21 "the powerful tool"
Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits.
     4. Does it impart grace?
          GRACE: Unmerited favor
Blessing, grace, life, hope
          1Peter 4:10  
               We steward grace

Lord, help me to choose my words wisely

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Skeet/Trap shooting

    About a year ago, my family and I attended an event called, "Babes n' Buck shots".  My father is involved in a "Shooters" club with a good friend of his, and one night the men of the group put on an event for their ladies; hence the name, "Babes N' Buck shots".  I found out, scarily enough, (haha!), that I love to shoot a gun.  What a stress reliever! At the end of the night one of the gentleman had talked to us (mom and I) about coming to the gun range and learning how to skeet/trap shoot. It was one thing after another, and kept getting put off; weather, health, other obligations kept getting in the way). Today, smoke was in the air due to local fires around the valley and beyond. We didn't let it deter us from a date with a clay birdie and a gun.  

     It hit the first four targets, WAHOO! (As my back/arms got tired from holding the gun, I gradually became worse at shooting)   The instructor said to me that not many can do that.  The gun was a bit heavy, and my back wasn't very strong due to my scoliosis and sitting in a wheelchair, but what arms strength I had helped.  And I had FUN!!! It's not so much vision that was a factor , but timing, and with practice I KNOW that will improve.  In fact, I am seriously considering taking lessons from him once a week or so and investing in equipment so that I can do this at home or out camping.  The gun can be modified a bit with my short stature. I found it difficult to lean my head into it so that I might better aim for the target. With a shorter "butt"  (the part that rests in your shoulder  when you shoot) I wouldn't have so much trouble reaching nor holding it up

Is it really bad that I reeeeally enjoy shooting something....whether it's a pistol, bow and arrow, or shotgun?   HAHAHAHA!!!  (Evil grin)  I scare myself sometimes =D

Sunday, August 09, 2015

Lee Stroble ~ "Our Words"

  • What is hindering my prayers from being "effective"?
  • What "seed" 's am I sowing into the kingdom, my family, my mind?
  • Am I being "fruitful"? (in word, deed, thought, etc.)
     These are the questions that are popping up as I sit here pondering today's message by a member of our church.  He shared that these words were rolling through his head as he was preparing today/s sermon on , "Our Words".    
     Other thoughts he shared
  • Don't overlook the seed  (in which you plant, or is planted in you)
  • The little things matter
  • The things of the Kingdom are not always immediate
This last point really spoke as I have been rather impatient with the process of seeing God moving in and through me. 

Hebrews 11:3 ~ The worlds were formed by the WORD of God

(Matthew 15)   Matthew 12:34 ; Luke 6:45) out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks

Proverbs 18:21 ~ The powers of death and Life are in the tongue

The crux of his message was found in James 3, but what stood out to me was verses 2-4

      ~ For we all stumble in many ways. And if anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle his whole body
Get my words under control , the body will follow 
Submit them to God (I am doing this very thing as I type)

     "Line me up with Your Word , Lord!"  
Don't "manage" your sin, start *agreeing with* / *speaking* the Word

3 If we put bits into the mouths of horses so that they obey us, we guide their whole bodies as well. 4 Look at the ships also: though they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the will of the pilot directs.
Your mouth steers your life! (*Anyone besides me hearing bells, whistles, sirens,  seeing flashing lights, neon signs?)

I am setting my course with my tongue
(Lord, here's my tongue. I give You control)

A little spark can get out of control

L'shon Horah (sp?) the poison also hurts you

We cannot change our tongue, but .....GOD CAN!

Speak LIFE/BLESSINGS over others

Line up your words with THE Word

I can't/I won't = Bondage

No longer a slave to sin, but to CHRIST

Philemon 1:4-6I thank my God always when I remember you in my prayers, because I hear of your love and of the faith that you have toward the Lord Jesus and for all the saints, and I pray that the sharing of your faith may become effective for the full knowledge of every good thing that is in us for the sake of Christ.

Romans 8:12-13

12 So then, brothers,[a] we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. 13 For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.
Start Professing Truth

Joshua 1:8This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.

Jeremiah 31:5
Again you shall plant vineyards
    on the mountains of Samaria;
the planters shall plant
    and shall enjoy the fruit.

Saturday, August 08, 2015

Breathing New Life into an Old Pastime

All excited about the blog when I first started, now the past couple of years excitement seems to have waned. After encouragement from a dear friend,  I am trying to go at it again, this time with a bit more vim and vigor.

Ideas!   I love to write, but have difficulty finding what to write ABOUT! But sometimes get bored with a topic.  Or get part of it down and then forget about it as I get busy.  I will try to write as things happen. This way, FB doesn't monopolize ALL my time. 

Events of the day
Life's ponderings
What I am reading/watching

might try my hand at poetry/short stories again. 

Someone once said it was wrong to blog about blogging.  But sometimes, writing gets the ideas flowing, ya KNOW?!  =D

I welcome ideas too!

Observing a Speech Therapy Appointment

This Post has been MONTHS in the making

Since becoming a Para-educator, the usual route of interview and hiring has proven most difficult, I decided to take a different approach.
The employment endeavor has become quite frustrating....to a point where I felt I would be old enough to retire before ever finding *any*thing! Volunteering was taking forever and everyone seems to have enough volunteers anyway.  (Besides, who wants to hire someone with a wheelchair and service dog?)

I found out about working with "G" by word of mouth through my mother. She happened to be taking with his mom at the tennis court and mentioned me wanting to work. "G" needed one on one time outside of school/speech therapy with someone and would I be interested.  Of Course!!!  

Something stretching me out of my comfort zone (as I had been praying for)

 I observed a session of his speech therapy at Community Medical Center.  I really tried hard to remain silent during this time. but caught myself saying an encouraging word here and there or making a comment to his therapist. (I hope I wasn't too disruptive).

My favorite part of the afternoon; His speech therapist pulled out her list of questions to ask while he had a picture in front of him.   His reply ...."Holy. holy smokes! There's a LOT of them!"  I chuckled....I couldn't help myself. But I encouraged him with an "I think you can do it".

V -sound 
WH- questions
CH-sound  (thinks we should work on SH- sound first)

This was interesting, working on the SH- sound.
He used a straw, placing his tongue underneath a straw while he said the word "shoe'. (this helped him with tongue placement. Children with downs syndrome have an enlarged tongue/ and often split palate so their speech is not always clear.

Also working on pronunciation of his 'S' sounds. (as in the word 'Cardinals'
I learned a new term today, called "lateralizing". That's what 'G' does.  When he speaks, often times the air comes out the sides of his mouth rather than the front.

So, academically speaking, the stuff he needed help in just didn't jive for me. Not so much the speech help either, but it is still something we strive to do, even though all we do now is respite, ..... We play his favorite game of all time :YAHTZEE!!!!   I have had to give him pointers. He goes for the same rolls all the time, and it affects his scores, so I tend to beat him a lot.   He IS improving!  He has beat me on occasion, but rarely.  I sometimes have a hard time remembering the rules, its  game I grew up on, but I AM getting older, lol! 
On occasion, he will bring a new game. One of our sessions together, he brought over his Sno Cone machine, and we made sno cones. YUM!   =D

The summer is almost over now, but one thing he enjoys doing is riding his bike. WE talked about going riding , but whether or not that will happen is a mystery to be solved. Life kind of became crazy for all of us.  Some of us having surgery, me falling and injuring my left leg (more than once)

I will share more as we go on   (HE loves to beat me at games, and BOY does he call me on it when I make a mistake or forget something, LOL! ) . 

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Sunday, March 29, 2015

Poignant and Powerful

Today's Preschool Sunday school lesson did not go as planned,  but after today's message from our Pastor in the adult service, I was somewhat okay with that.
     It mostly had to do with worship

Three crafts and a Bible story to tie it all together.  That is what we are supposed to do.  I have to learn that it is okay if we do not get through all of them. What is most important is building relationship with children, because that is what Jesus would want to do. 

I was excited about one craft, making a dough from flour, water and salt, and forming it into a heart to hang from a string around our necks.   I did that very firs thing so that we could set it aside to dry/harden while we did two other crafts.  I made way too much.  The lesson book had a recipe that was for more that one child.  I made a sandwich bag full for EACH child.  I misunderstood....apparently.  I guess we could have made little hearts for each child out of that one recipe. I don't know what I was thinking.  Well, it took up all of our time for the other two crafts ..... I let it get to me. I left class frustrated. 

My mind still spinning, I went into service. the pastors wife passed by me greeting me and I shared a bit of my frustration.  "Sometimes that happens", was her reply. then, today's message. 

But the comfort came not so much from today's sermon, but from worship. 

"I'm coming back to the heart of worship, when it's all about You, it's all about You Jesus. I'm sorry Lord for the thing I've made it, when it's all about You, it's all about You Jesus."
God's way of telling me...., "Tryna, stop trying to be a perfectionist, and just , breathe. It's not about You, but ME

Ha! What is the next song?

MWS "Breathe"
 ~ This is the air I breathe, Your Holy Presence living in me." 
His reminding me He is 'El Roi', the God who sees" and He understands

Next up was a video about inviting unchurched people to church. One line stood out to me .....

"It may go as planned, it may not"

Me,  Ms. Perfectionist

Next up, these words in a song called, "The Stand", by Hillsong united
You stood before my failure
And carried the cross for my shame
My sin weighed upon your shoulders
My soul now to stand

So what could I say?
And what could I do?
But offer this heart, Oh God
Completely to you
I'll stand
With arms high and heart abandoned
In awe of the one who gave it all
I'll stand
My soul Lord to you surrendered
All I am is yours 

 MESSAGE (what stood out to me) Matthew 13:31-32 ; Matthew 20 ;  Eph. 4: Philippians 2.

Sower = God
Seed = His Word
Ground = My <3 br="" nbsp="">Tares = Sin

Matthew 13:31-32
Believe = Trust

The small seed , may be small, but it can grow to do great things

The kingdom of God is not normal
     not based on pride, prestige, dominance,

Matthew 20

Ephesians 4

***The mustard seed signifies small beginnings
This is where I felt His Spirit speaking directly to me " Leave the outcome in God's hands"

Ending the service with  "In My Life Lord, Be Glorified today"
and another song (I forget which) with the line, "He took my sorrows and made them His own". 

........And whatever crafts we did not get to in today's lesson, my helper said we can go ahead and do those next week. 

Friday, November 09, 2012

Thursday 11/09/2012

I awoke to the sight of light snow falling on my birthday =D !!!

Sunday, August 26, 2012

It's A Rollercoaster Ride of Life......and it's all so surreal

I am moving back to Montana after leaving for three years. It all seems so surreal. "Nobody pinch me, I don't want to wake up!" (It's been a deram of mine for as long as I can rememeber to live in horse country, with other animals)

I haven't been able to secure employment. Gastro-intestinal migraines get in the way, excuses about my having a servicedog also leave me discouraged. Qualifications too! Believing He has anything for me is difficult, I sit here ......wondering.

Nothing about being back in So. Cal. makes any sense. I can't even find work here, all for the same reasons. My best friend and I aren't even as close as we used to be. Fifteen years has taken it's toll.

Then one day my dad decides that he wants to move back to Montana. THAT didn't even make any sense to me (as excited as I was about the prospect). "We'll probably be back in two or three years", was my thinking. I just want to feel planted somewhere. I am getting to the point that moving is become very old. I am done! All my friends are scattered across the U.S. As I type this, dad is in Montana looking at property. He's found a few places that look promising.

This past Sunday mom and I were in adult Sundayschool. It was a guest speaker who came and gave a message, and sharing about his missionary endeavors (to where, I now forget). It was powerful! Both mom and I were feeling confirmation about this move to Montana. The fact that we were both feeling it made it all that more exciting, more real! "That's What Faith Can Do' by Kutless plays on the radio as I type this. Haha, and now, "My Hope Is In You", by Aaron Shust. I just looked at the sermon archives for our church, the past Sunday's sermon ~ 'Hearing the Voice of God'. I will have to listen later.

But back to Sundayschool....... ~
"Being Friends with God"

*Hebrews 11:8-11
John 15:13-16

Hebrews 11 `faith of Abraham'
John 15....greater love hath no man than this, that he lay downb his life for his friends.

Abrahams actions
He obeyed (vs. 8)
He enaabled (vs. 11)
He trusted (vs 17)

His thought process (Faith)
*He looked forward (vs. 10)
He considered God's faithfulness (vs. 11)
*He reasoned that God could (vs. 19)

Obedience based of faith
no leap in the dark
Romans 10:17
Abraham heard God's messsage
Genesis 12:1.7,8,
Ch.'s 14, 15, 17, 18, 19, 20
*** God's Communication: Faith = Relationship
James 2:23
God saves through His provision
*****Faith ~ Personal application of God's provision to my heart
Obedience ~ loving response

vs. 1-9 Branches (fruitfulness)
9-17 Fellowship
18-27 Faithful

branches - purpose
friends - priveledge

John 15:13-15
Jesus calls us to be His friend
I am not His 'slave' but His 'friend'.
Angels - servants
WE are his friends

***Genesis 18:17
confidence regarding God's plan
servant - what
friend - why

Psalm 25:14

Psalm 103:7
servants, yes
friends, yes

John 13, 14
comforter, Holy Spirit

Luke 11:5-8
Prayer = fellowship with God
??? Am I available to Him when He calls ???

Friend = priveledge

Ephesians 3:17-19
God is at home in your hearts as you trust Him
His power working in us

"Saddle up Your Horses....We've got a trail to blaze......" ~SCC (email from friend Patti Allen.

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