This morning I was thinking about my prayer time. How flipant are you when you pray? Too many times my mind can wander when I pray if I’m not careful. I think a lot of times that’s satan’s way of keeping me from communicating with God, he knows the power of prayer. I know I also don’t think about prayer as being a privilege. It’s not that I don’t know it, but take it for granted. Just think, how would you act if you were going to meet the President of the United States or someone else that society sees as important? Would you let your mind wander? Would you act the same while you were visiting with this person as you do when you pray? If you were presenting a problem or idea to him, would you present it in the way you bring your prayers to God? Probably not. When we pray, we are speaking to God who spoke everything into existence, who died for us so that we would not have to spend eternity in hell. How much more important is He than anyone you can think of on earth? Yet we don’t treat him with even the respect we would someone here on earth. I don’t think you need fancy words or eloquent speech, God doesn’t need that. Simple words, grammatically incorrect, this doesn’t matter. The wonderful thing is, he wants to have a personal relationship with us, unlike the important person mentioned above. I need to give God the reverence and respect he deserves. I need to think about to whom it is I’m speaking, do you?
January 17, 2007
Picture of Noel that Heather took this last weekend.
This little stinker has been getting out of her kennel, that is 6ft high. She climbs to the top and drops to the ground. We’ve lost count how many times she has gotten out. Even after getting her leg caught about 3 or 4 times and hanging there until we found her (which we know wasn’t too long after she did it). Every time she got out she would always stay up near the house, usually on or near the porch. Yesterday morning she got out for the last time. We found her when my hubby was taking me to work on the road. The way she was hit we could tell she didn’t suffer, I won’t go into the icky details. She was so sweet, when she would get out you just called her and she would come running into your arms. I’m just thankful she didn’t hang herself and suffer. I was so afraid every day I would come home from work and find her caught on the fence where she had suffered all day.
Sorry for the depressing post. :o(
January 14, 2007
This is Heather. She was posing for Rachel on the walking bridge and then decided to make this beautiful face for me.Yesterday Rachel took Heather’s Senior pictures at Chickamauga Battlefield and in Chattanooga. The plan was to go to the art district in Chattanooga, but we stopped off at the tower in the battlefield on the way up. We had such a beautiful day for pictures. We walked across the walking bridge over to the museum and she got some shots around there.
This is Heather standing on the glass bridge that goes to the museum. I’m not real paranoid of heights, but the glass really made me nervous. I had a wonderful time, but my feet sure did hurt when we were done.
Heather and Rachel resting and thinking. She had just finished shooting a picture of Heather on this bench/wall.After we left Chattanooga we went to IHOP for lunch, we were all starving since we didn’t have any breakfast. I didn’t make very good food choices, I haven’t been to IHOP in about 5 years. Even then I was sick and didn’t keep any of it down. :o( When we finished the waitress came by and asked us if we wanted any cheesecake, to which I replied, “Oh no, no, no, no.” I noticed Rachel was looking at me kinda weird and she said yes to the waitress. I thought this was kinda weird because I thought we were all getting pretty full. Then I looked that waitress who had kind of a weird look on her face too and said, “I must have misunderstood you, what did you say?” She repeated, “Would you like this all on one bill?” I immediately started laughing and apologized explaining what I thought she had said. Then we were all laughing. Rachel said, “I was thinking goodness Chrisi, I’ll pay if it’s that big of a deal.” Rachel and I had the giggles about that for quite a while after words, a little too long according to Heather. Rachel has this way of just looking at me and snickering when I get tickled about something that makes me start laughing all over again. Which in turn usually makes her laugh too and starts the whole thing over again. Laughter is good medicine they say, I should be healthy for about a month with the laughing I did at IHOP. It was a good day.
January 7, 2007
Heather is finally home with us safe & sound. She opened her gifts from both sides of our family that she wasn’t able to see. One of the things she received was Scene It, which we were playing when her mother called. I thought I would post while we waited.
This morning we went to church in Manchester and the service was good. I knew there would be something in it I needed to hear because I really didn’t feel like going. I woke up with my back hurting and a headache. I tossed back & forth whether I would go or not and finally decided to at least take a shower before I decided. I took some medicine for my headache and then took a shower and felt pretty good. On the way to church, about 45 minutes away I had a panic attack. I’ve never felt anything like that except when I go to the dentist and they are about to give me a shot. My body felt kinda cold, a panic type cold, for no reason at all and started having trouble breathing. It went away after awhile, but that confirmed that I needed to be there. Normally I would have given into not going so I thank God for nudging me.
I’ve picked my word…….tongue. I really need to watch my tongue in a lot of areas. No, not in the sense of cursing, but things that don’t need to be said or that I need to think about before I speak. I have also decided that I would study and try to memorize James 3:1-18. I’m terrible at memorizing, but at the least I am going to study it. I’m also considering picking another word and verses in about 3 months. We’ll see how this goes, I may need more than 3 months on this one.
 My brethren, be not many masters, knowing that we shall receive the greater condemnation.
 For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body.
 Behold, we put bits in the horses’ mouths, that they may obey us; and we turn about their whole body.
 Behold also the ships, which though they be so great, and are driven of fierce winds, yet are they turned about with a very small helm, whithersoever the governor listeth.
 Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth!
 And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.
 For every kind of beasts, and of birds, and of serpents, and of things in the sea, is tamed, and hath been tamed of mankind:
 But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.
 Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God.
 Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be.
 Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter?
 Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive berries? either a vine, figs? so can no fountain both yield salt water and fresh.
 Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom.
 But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth.
 This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish.
 For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.
 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.
 And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.
January 6, 2007
That’s it, we have decided that Heather is never flying again. We have secured her room with steel vault doors, an intercom system, a computer and web cam. We will be able to communicate through the intercom and she can finish high scool via web cam, then take college courses on-line.
Ok, so we’re not going to do that. I would however be happy if she decided never to fly again. Yesterday her flight was to leave for Portland at 2:10, BUT they were running late. This wouldn’t be a huge deal except the flight she was supposed to catch in Portland headed to Denver was a tight fit anyway she only had 20 minutes to get to the gate. Well the delay caused her to arrive at the airport about 5 minutes after the Denver flight left. We started calling while she was enroute to Portland trying to get them to hold the flight since it was so close, they wouldn’t do it. She (being a supervisor I finally talked to)said they could not hold the flight. I even tried to envoke Rule 240 that we had heard about from John Tesh which says that they have to put you on a flight of your approval even if it’s a different airline. She told me the flight had to be 1.5 hours late, which I think I found out is false, it had to be a 2 hour flight. When we checked on-line there were no better options than the one they switched her to since they would not hold the flight. We tried all kinds of combinations, even her flying into Indianapolis so my mom could pick her up. We spent an hour trying ot resolve it, but nothing could be done. Side note: When I flew to Arizona, on the way back our flight was late and they held a connecting flight for one of the gentlemen on our plane. They let him off before the rest of us so they could rush him to the plane. So, I know they do this, I just don’t know if there were other circumstances that prevented them from doing it. Quite frankly, I was so freaked out about it, I didn’t care at the time. When she got to Portland she had to wait for a flight at 11pm, that is after getting there at about 4:45pm. That flight took her to Chicago and then Nashville at 8 something this morning! She was supposed to arrive in Nashville at 11:11pm last night. She is now exhausted but safely with her pawpaw in Manchester, TN. We are going to go to his church tomorrow and bring her home then. He doesn’t see her much and wanted to spend some time with her. Originally she was coming home today, but she needs that time with her pawpaw.
Whew!! I’m so glad that is over!!! She is going to make an old lady of me yet. *sigh* :o)
Thank You Lord for Heather’s safe arrival. Not the way we wanted, but exactly how you planned.
January 5, 2007
I subscribe to The Generous Wife Daily Tips I highly recomend it. Today’s tip is a GREAT idea.
Last year, I read an article that suggested choosing a word or a phrase to focus on for the year. For example, if you feel that you have a character trait you need to work on, you might choose something like “patience.” Or if you want to focus on your family more than one work, maybe it would be “family,” etc. The idea is that it isn’t a resolution per se, but a focus point that points you in the direction you want to go. When you have to decide whether to bring work home or go out with the family, maybe your “family” focus will remind you of what’s most important. If you’re struggling with a particular person or issue, maybe remembering that “patience” is your word would help.Last year I chose “peace,” and this year, “family.” I didn’t remember to focus on it all year, but I tried to keep coming back to it. Visual reminders help, like posting it on a bulletin board, the computer desktop, or the bathroom mirror. I’ve shared this idea with a number of people because I think it’s more positive than most failed resolutions for the new year. It allows you to be humanly fallible, but to recover, and to keep making good choices as you try to move toward that focus.
I’m thinking about what my word should be, the problem is I think I need like 50! :o) That seems to be my problem with a lot of things in life, I want to tackle them all at once or not at all. I need to learn to work on one thing at a time so I don’t get so overwhelmed. I need to think about the one word, I’ll let you know. I bet you can’t wait huh?
January 4, 2007
Happy New Year!
2007, a fresh new start. I don’t make “resolutions” but I would like to make a new start in 2007.
* Read God’s Word More
I don’t think you are ever at a point where this would not be something that could be improved upon.
* Pray More
Another area I don’t think you could improve too much.
* Lose Weight
I’m going to make a fresh start against the battle of the bulge. I need to get my acid reflux back under control too. This falls into place when my eating habits improve.
* Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff
I know this is a common catch phrase, but I really need to do this. I get so worked up about things, but when I calm down and look back I realize how dumb it was to get upset and then I feel bad and sometimes stupid.
* Get My House Under Control
I need to have a routine for housework, right now it’s just chaos. Part of this will be organizing my Household Binder that I’ve started. Another part is downsizing the clutter. I think our lives will be more pleasant with less clutter.
We went to Indiana this past weekend. My uncle from Arizona flew in and was also there until today. This was the first time I had seen him since I was like 12 or 14. He is the half brother of my dad who died when I was 4. I don’t know much of his side of the family because they lived so far away when I was growing up. My mom really did try to get us together with them as much as she could, Arizona is a LONG way from Indiana. We had a good visit. I got to see more of my brother this weekend than I think I have seen since I moved to Georgia. There were some rocky times but overall it was a good trip. I really hate that I didn’t get to see everyone I wanted to see. I hope we get to take a longer trip soon.
January 3, 2007
To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk.
–Thomas A. Edison
Could someone please tell my husband? *Giggle*