Thursday, March 06, 2008

Free to fly award!

Thanks Diane for the award!!

It reads like this:
I have wanted to be able to make an award that I could share with some of those blogs that consistently make me laugh, make me think,and inspire me to grow and to reach.The types of blogs that do this for me have a few things in common.Like a butterfly becomes beautiful,by living a quiet life, hidden for a season,while beauty develops on the inside.That same butterfly has to go through a season of struggle before it is Free to Fly!Once it IS Free to Fly,that butterfly NOW has a beauty we all are blessed to see.Everywhere the butterfly goes,it spreads pollen and makes it possible for flowers to bloom and fruit to be developed.You could say it leaves a trail of life in its wake!What a beautiful thought!Butterflies don't go around trying to be beautiful.They don't say "hey, look at me".They just ARE, they just DO, they just LIVE.All that time spent hidden in a cocoon,was not wasted.The time and effort spent struggling to get out of the cocoon made the butterfly strong and ABLE to fly!I have been blessed to find many women through blogging,who have allowed the struggles of a hidden life,serving in ways that are often unseen and seemingly inconsequential(judging from their lack of entourage, paparazzi, and assistants!That IS what our culture uses as the standard for recognizing importance, right?)to make them strong, make them able to find the humor,able to see the big picture and to find the purpose in the everyday matters of investing in the lives around us.Their ability to focus on the things that REALLY matter,and to allow the struggles of life to strengthen them,leaves everyone they come in contact with a deposit of "pollen".A little dose of the grace that is unique to them,which adds wisdom, humor, truth and just a little whiff of the fragrance of Christ that is unique to them!They are some wives or mothers, grandmothers, daughters, and nieces.They fulfill all sorts of roles in and outside the home.In their church and outside their church.The world is a more beautiful and abundant place because of the daily choices they make.There are two scriptures for this - they work together:"He has made everything beautiful in its time.He also has planted eternity in men's hearts and minds[a divinely implanted sense of a purpose working through the ages which nothing under the sun but God alone can satisfy],yet so that men cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end."Ecclesiastes 3:11&John 10:10"The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy.I came that they may have and enjoy life,and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows)."
Now I need to pass it on to 5 wonderful people who inspire me:
Actually it will again be more than 5 so I am sending this award to all the women in my first post!!!

You make my day!

Cheri game me this wonderful award! Thank you!!

"The rules for the “You Make My Day” award are to re-present it to 10 people whose blogs bring you happiness and inspiration and make you feel happy about blog land. Let them know through email or by posting a comment on their blog so they can pass it on. Beware you may get the award several times, and if you do, consider yourself really, really loved. So to pass it on and keep the love going."I'm passing this on to:
Yes I know that is more than 10! However these women reallly make my day!!

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Stress Part 2

I feel much better today! I think this weekend just wore me out. Part of it was I had a sick husband on top of things. We also spent the day yesterday watching Haiti videos that we received on Sunday from on of the team members. See the Carribean really did wonders for me! LOL
Seriously. Nikolas has a mood ring and I put it on and it was completly black. After watching the Haiti videos it went to completey green. Which means calm. It was quite comical. Hard to imagine that a country torn up such as Haiti can make me feel so calm.

Thank you for all the wonderful verses!! I love them and it it is so good to be reminded that God is indeed in control ALL the time!! I love that because there are times I do not want to be in control and I can jus rest on His wings!!

I also had a very good friend, Tammy, remind of something in a book we are all reading or have read.

It is called the Heavenly man. It is a wonderful, powerful testimony of a man who they call Brother Yun. He was a leader in he house churches in China and has been persecuted many, many times for his faith. I reommend this book to everyone.

Anyways this is what Tammy reminded me of and will give me lots to think and pray about.

We were talking about the Heavenly Man book where Brother Yun is told that he needs to put Christ first, then his family, and THEN his ministry. I think that's a tough one for a lot of us. Ministries (or "programs") kind of take priority sometimes.

Thanks for that reminder, Tammy! I know I cannot do it all. I know I need to ask for help!

By the way, Tammy, what are you doing next Monday! LOL its time time set up the next kingdom cove rotation!!! :)

May you all have a blessed day!!

Monday, March 03, 2008


I cannot seem to figure out why I feel so much stress lately. I do NOT have seasonal depression. I am very happy to stay in my warm little house. I would love to see how warm weather but I just think that life has just been too busy with too much on our plate. We had a talk about this at home group last night.
I think back to this past weekend and how much I crammed in. It was all wonderful stuff. It was all stuff that was glorifying to the Lord. However how much is too much. I had not one minute to spare this entire weekend.
What are some ways that you are all able to really truly de stress. One of my favorite ways is to take many hot showers!! :) They have to be HOT!! Anyways if you could all share with me some of your favorite bible verses that help you to de stress I would be grateful!! I know I have a few good friends out there that can use this as well.