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Preparation Sunday


As our little ones gear up for the coming of Christ, we were visited by the angel Gabriel as he spoke great words to Mary. Oh how soothing this all is to know the story of Christ’s arrival is so anticipated by our smart first & second graders!

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Psalm 19

Psalm 19:1-14 NIV84

The heavens declare the glory of God;

the skies proclaim the work of his hands.

Day after day they pour forth speech;

night after night they display knowledge.

There is no speech or language

where their voice is not heard.

Their voice goes out into all the earth,

their words to the ends of the world.

In the heavens he has pitched a tent for the sun,

which is like a bridegroom coming forth from his pavilion,

like a champion rejoicing to run his course.

It rises at one end of the heavens

and makes its circuit to the other;

nothing is hidden from its heat.

The law of the Lord is perfect,

reviving the soul.

The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy,

making wise the simple.

The precepts of the Lord are right,

giving joy to the heart.

The commands of the Lord are radiant,

giving light to the eyes.

The fear of the Lord is pure,

enduring forever.

The ordinances of the Lord are sure

and altogether righteous.

They are more precious than gold,

than much pure gold;

they are sweeter than honey,

than honey from the comb.

By them is your servant warned;

in keeping them there is great reward.

Who can discern his errors?

Forgive my hidden faults.

Keep your servant also from willful sins;

may they not rule over me.

Then will I be blameless,

innocent of great transgression.

May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart

be pleasing in your sight,

O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.

psalm 19

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Oh My Soul

I’m not sure about anyone else, but I have dark days where being upbeat is hard, and joy is difficult to spell. On those days I don’t want to forget the Lord and his good, so I go to Psalms. If ever there was a book on emotions, this would be it. David is the most prolifict writer but I would say he had the most reason to write. Psalm 31 is also a hymn if you want to look it up & a favorite of mine. It’s for the days when life is just hard & being joyful comes only from pure obedience, not the emotions associated with joy.

In you, O Lord , do I take refuge; let me never be put to shame; in your righteousness deliver me! Incline your ear to me; rescue me speedily! Be a rock of refuge for me, a strong fortress to save me! For you are my rock and my fortress; and for your name’s sake you lead me and guide me; you take me out of the net they have hidden for me, for you are my refuge. Into your hand I commit my spirit; you have redeemed me, O Lord , faithful God. I hate those who pay regard to worthless idols, but I trust in the Lord . I will rejoice and be glad in your steadfast love, because you have seen my affliction; you have known the distress of my soul, and you have not delivered me into the hand of the enemy; you have set my feet in a broad place. Be gracious to me, O Lord , for I am in distress; my eye is wasted from grief; my soul and my body also. For my life is spent with sorrow, and my years with sighing; my strength fails because of my iniquity, and my bones waste away. Because of all my adversaries I have become a reproach, especially to my neighbors, and an object of dread to my acquaintances; those who see me in the street flee from me. I have been forgotten like one who is dead; I have become like a broken vessel. For I hear the whispering of many— terror on every side!— as they scheme together against me, as they plot to take my life. But I trust in you, O Lord ; I say, You are my God. My times are in your hand; rescue me from the hand of my enemies and from my persecutors! Make your face shine on your servant; save me in your steadfast love! O Lord , let me not be put to shame, for I call upon you; let the wicked be put to shame; let them go silently to Sheol. Let the lying lips be mute, which speak insolently against the righteous in pride and contempt. Oh, how abundant is your goodness, which you have stored up for those who fear you and worked for those who take refuge in you, in the sight of the children of mankind! In the cover of your presence you hide them from the plots of men; you store them in your shelter from the strife of tongues. Blessed be the Lord , for he has wondrously shown his steadfast love to me when I was in a besieged city. I had said in my alarm, I am cut off from your sight. But you heard the voice of my pleas for mercy when I cried to you for help. Love the Lord , all you his saints! The Lord preserves the faithful but abundantly repays the one who acts in pride. Be strong, and let your heart take courage, all you who wait for the Lord ! (Psalms 31:1-24 ESV)

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The wonderful cross

Sometimes this is all you need to start your morning off right. Happy Sunday!

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Family let’s you down sometimes

Our Sunday Sermon discussed the sellout of David by his relatives, the Ziphites, part of the Judah tribe. This was a trust in the sovereignty of the Lord. So if you feel sold out… David can empathize.

1 Samuel 23:19-24 ESV

Then the Ziphites went up to Saul at Gibeah, saying, “Is not David hiding among us in the strongholds at Horesh, on the hill of Hachilah, which is south of Jeshimon? Now come down, O king, according to all your heart’s desire to come down, and our part shall be to surrender him into the king’s hand.” And Saul said, “May you be blessed by the Lord, for you have had compassion on me. Go, make yet more sure. Know and see the place where his foot is, and who has seen him there, for it is told me that he is very cunning. See therefore and take note of all the lurking places where he hides, and come back to me with sure information. Then I will go with you. And if he is in the land, I will search him out among all the thousands of Judah.” And they arose and went to Ziph ahead of Saul.

Now David and his men were in the wilderness of Maon, in the Arabah to the south of Jeshimon.

The Related Psalm:
Psalm 54:1-7 ESV

O God, save me by your name,

and vindicate me by your might.

O God, hear my prayer;

give ear to the words of my mouth.

For strangers have risen against me;

ruthless men seek my life;

they do not set God before themselves.  Selah 
Behold, God is my helper;

the Lord is the upholder of my life.

He will return the evil to my enemies;

in your faithfulness put an end to them.

With a freewill offering I will sacrifice to you;

I will give thanks to your name, O Lord, for it is good.

For he has delivered me from every trouble,

and my eye has looked in triumph on my enemies.

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How to Keep Your Mother Happy (& Avoid Debt) This Mother’s Day

How all Mothers feel when they have ‘alone time’

I post that in jest… but actually, in all seriousness…

I’m not sure how many times my mother has uttered this statement… but it’s been said at least once. She didn’t bite Barbie heads, but I think she used the lock on the door to keep herself in not to keep us out.

So if your Mom is anything like my mom, the thing she treasures most is her sanity. I’ve got a few things that could reboot her sanity (and keep you from taking out a second loan).

How to Keep Mom Happy (AND YOU DEBT FREE):

Techie Gifts:

  • Buy a webcam and set up video chatting, that way your mom can avoid the embarrassment of video recording herself trying to call you
  • Digitize all her photos that way she can order reprints of your first bath for your boyfriend’s viewing when he comes over for Memorial Day festivities.
  •  If she’s a recipe hound help her set up all her recipes on her phone or computer through some creative apps and websites to make it easier on her for those last minute items.

Outdoorsy Gifts:

  • Plan a Picnic in the backyard, give Dad the grill and spread a blanket. Offer up a word of Thanks and a wand of bubbles for Mommy & Me time.
  • For a little more adventurous time, grab an inner tube, grab your Mom (Sunblock too), pack an ice chest, and head to the River and share favorite moments you’ve had with her.
  • Plant a tree or bush and have a small plaque done up in love for her.

Introverted Gifts:

  • Make little gift goody bags to celebrate her the whole week, an item (such a rubber ducky with a poem about how she’s the one for you), a note & simple I love You.
  • Spend the day reading around the bookstore (like Barnes & Noble) picking favorite books, pictures, and gaggle at image books.
  • Make a homemade rice bag heating pad. Buy a little lavender, get a nice, NON USED tube sock, fill with uncooked rice/lavender, tie in a knot, and let mom enjoy a soothing back heater whenever you next stress her.

Extroverted Gifts:

  • Go Karaoke, and give a Tribute to Your Momma with some funky Motown Classics, or ham it up with some Dion or Houston.
  • Plan a big tea party for multiple moms and collaborate with her best friends so that you and their kids can toast Moms everywhere.
  • Arrange for dance lessons, and if they run a little high for your budget, rent a video from the library. Then once skilled, take her out for a spin.

Young Kid Gifts:

  • Coloring page coupons for free hugs, no tear room clean ups, booger free dinners, or dress up nights.
  • Make a crown and scepter, and pronounce her Queen for a Day, and all commandments were to be said in Queen Mommy Says…
  • Have the adult cut out a door hanger, or buy a foam one at Hobby Lobby/Michael’s and have decorate so Mom can claim silent time.

This is how your Mom could be during ‘alone time’

Just remember, tell her you love her and that you appreciate all she does, ALL YEAR ROUND.

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Awake My Soul

A song I get stuck in my head- & it’s not a bad thing:

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Palm Sunday

Good afternoon all. I led front this weekend for the 1st & 2nd grade Sunday school. I may have played a goofball but I knew exactly what was going on this Sunday. Today was Palm Sunday.  Today was the day that the Son of God was praised by all the people as the King most high! Hosanna! Hosanna!

He fulfilled Zechariah 9:9 by riding in to the city on the back of a colt bringing salvation. No greater gift given.

I hope that the kids got the promise & hope from this triumphal entry of Christ on the week of his greatest gift being done. May the Lord bless you & keep you until next week.

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Weekend Extravaganza!

So, some of you know I’m nerdy. But I don’t believe most of you know to what extent. See, I like Star Wars, read old DC comics (Ka-Pow!!), in band in high school, & probably have way too much fun hosting themed parties.

But very few of you know what I’ll be doing this weekend. I do it every year, & ever since I was on TV at this event, I’ve worn make up there. (Maybe it’s maybelinne)

See… I go to the Hilton in Grapevine, Tax to the dank, dark, oddly lit by artificial LED lights full of disconnected whirling & dinging noises overlayed by popular 80s music.

Yes, that’s right, the Texas Pinball Festival.

(Cue nerdy music now)

Oh I know, even A-Kon isn’t subject to the basement of a massive hotel. But as one of the seminars states, we’re a lost pop icon. Hmm. Depressing.

Opens 5pm Friday the 23rd officially but the soft Tournament opening starts at 10. New machine is picked & tournament play begins! The cool thing about friday is that with the tournament soft opening you can see what of the 225 pinball machines available for play are going to be this year.
Saturday the swap meet starts out front of the hotel at 8 am sharp. The downstairs opens at 10 am & goes until 2 am. If you had children under 12 years old and they are 1 of the first 50 kids on saturday, they will receive a cowboy hat from the festival. The theme this year is a space cowboy pinball. (I love getting a shirt there every year!) on Saturday you can sit in on 1 of the following seminars:
Jack Guarnieri of Jersey Jack Pinball
Alan Lewis Bumper repair class
George Gomez pinball designer
Gerry Stellenberg & more!
Sunday 8 am playoffs for the tournament, 9 am open to the public, and on Sunday it closes at two thirty pm sharp.

Got swag? Go to TPF for shirts, goodies & limited edition hats.

Location: Hilton DFW Lakes Executive Conference Center, Grapevine, Tx
Dates: March 23-25, 2012
Price: weekend pass $40 adults/$30 kids 5-12; 0-5 free. Individual day wristbands available at door.

Look for me on Saturday participating in a lost pop icon, the girl wearing makeup.

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How to Write Your Story

My pastor a few years ago was so adamant that everyone know their story of salvation that we spent one  Sunday with a piece of computer paper and a pencil as he walked us through the process. I was one of those people that just didn’t know how to start writing my story, but it really wrote itself once we covered these 10 parts of Sin.

1) Ignorance (it isn’t bliss, I promise)

2) Self-righteousness (who isn’t self-righteous?)

3) Pride (we think way too much of ourselves)

4) Worldly values & ambitions (Money, power, Fame)

5) Rebellion & pleasure (hedonistic lifestyle)

6)  Error (We all make mistakes)

7) Fear (Fear of man, unknown & future)

8) Bitterness (How dare he, it’s not my fault, etc)

9) Intellectual questions (How could God allow hatred and anger?)

10) A Child (the fact of faith)

Here’s the 4 Questions you’ll answer when writing your story:

Question 1) Why were you not a Christian? How did you find out about your sin, when did this become important to you? What was your life like before Christ?

Question 2) What were you like? Did you learn & how did you start to apply it?

Question 3) How were you saved? Explain how God spoke to you. Where did God’s lightbulb light you up? What was your big moment of peace and relief?

Question 4) How have you changed? What in your life is so different after God stepped in?



**Shameless plug: One of my favorite stories of redemption is in this biography: And God Came In the story of Joy Davidman; the wife of C.S. Lewis.

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