Saturday, December 27, 2008

Me and my MP3

My husband bought me an MP3 player for Christmas. It's so neat! (I know, I sound like a 13-year old) I can download songs to my heart's content as well as pics and videos and also have the option to listen to the radio. Now I can listen to Rick and Bubba, Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity without torturing my kids (or worrying about Rush saying a bad word every once in a while). So far I have about nine CD's worth of music on it, but no pics or videos yet; I'm still trying to figure out how to do that stuff. Also, I'm not really sure what sort of videos I want on the thing. My daughter liked mine so much that she spent most of her Christmas money on one for herself. She got a different color so we wouldn't get ours mixed up. I told her I didn't want to plug into one and hear Hannah Montana - lol! I know you're wondering what music I've chosen to put on my MP3 player, so here's the list so far:

  • Josh Groban - Closer
  • Josh Turner - Long Black Train and Your Man
  • Eddie Money - Super Hits
  • The Doobie Brothers - Extended Versions
  • Kansas - Super Hits
  • America - A Horse With No Name (and other hits)
  • Martina McBride - Greatest Hits (my husband chose this one, I don't really like it)
  • Tom Petty - Free Fallin' and I Won't Back Down (just the singles)
  • James Taylor - Greatest Hits

I plan on adding Eagles, Third Day, Celtic Women, Elvis and more. I have a coupon for one free download from Wal-Mart. I can choose from "millions of songs"! That's a bit overwhelming, actually. How am I supposed to choose from "millions"? *sigh* I guess I'll be searching for quite a while today. Any suggestions? Oh, and what did you get this year? Before I forget, I want to mention something that really made my Christmas. It wasn't a gift, but a note that my daughter wrote to me that went along with the gift she gave. She wrote, "I love you and thank you for all you do for me". That brings me so much more pleasure than any old MP3 player. My son was also sweet in that he gave me a $5 gift card to Starbucks (he used his own money). Does my son know me or what? ;0) My kids are such a blessing. God is so good!

Thursday, December 25, 2008

I made it through another Christmas

Well, there's another Christmas without Mom under my belt; that makes two now. It came and went rather smoothly. My dad and brothers came over Tuesday night. I made a couple of Mom's recipes - a chicken casserole and home-made rolls, along with sides of green beans, corn and mashed potatoes. The preparation lasted longer than the actual dinner and visiting. Later than night I cried. Christmas Eve my husband worked, but the kids and I went on to visit with his grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins anyway. Today we spent Christmas with his parents, sister, brothers and their kids. It was nice, but when my brother-in-law and his wife were leaving to go to her parents house, I cried again. Now I'm home, sharing my pity party here on my blog, watching TV and eating -again! Tomorrow my husband and I plan on taking the kids out shopping. They received money for Christmas and are eager to spend it. I don't relish the thought of waking up early again, but I don't want to be home alone, either. Even though I cried a couple of times, I will admit that this year was easier. I couldn't help but wonder if people in heaven remember those of us left here. I think so, because in Hebrews 12 it talks about a cloud of witnesses. I hope my loved ones remember me. I'm reminded of the song, "I Will Remember You".

Monday, December 22, 2008

Another reminder of why I homeschool

Last night I was watching the History Channel, one of my favorite channels. The show was called "Decoding the Past". This particular episode was discussing the Garden of Eden. Most of the time I really enjoy watching the History Channel, and for the most part I consider their information to be factual. However, when it comes to Biblical matters, they are sorely lacking. Of course this comes as no surprise, but it does disturb me. While discussing the Garden of Eden, numerous times comments were made that suggest the Bible contradicts itself. Historical myths were mentioned and compared to the Bible's account of Adam and Eve and the Garden of Eden. I have no problem with that, except when it is done in a way that demeans the Word of God. In fact, I've taught my kids about the Epic of Gilgamesh. I do so in way that helps them discern truth vs. myth, not to confuse them. Confusion seems to be the intention of this particular show on the History Channel. They made it seem as if the writers of the Bible (men inspired by God)took the mythical stories and twisted them into their own version. In fact, it was the opposite. Satan is the one who twists the Word of God to fit his needs. If a person truly studies the Bible, word for word, precept upon precept, he/she will find the Bible does not contradict itself. In fact, it's amazing to me to this day to see how the New Testament lines up with the Old Testament. The tabernacle, the feasts - they all point to Jesus Christ being the Messiah. No man, especially several men, could accurately write these things without contradictions arising - there's no way! So after watching "Decoding the Past" last night, I was reminded of why I homeschool my children - I want them to know the truth, and know how to recognize it on their own. I want them to "Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect," I Peter 3:15.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

mark of the celebs

Let's see if I can verbalize here what's going on in my head today after reading a bit of "news". There was an article about celebrities and their tattoos. So many of them have tattoos these days. Not only celebs, but your average Tom, Dick and Harry, oh and Jane, Suzy and Cindy, too. I know, that's not news, is it? One of the celebs had a bar code tattoo on the back of her neck - a bar code? Weird. I couldn't help but think of the mark of the beast. I know, you're probably thinking I'm weird, but that's what came to my mind. In years past when I would hear about or read about the mark of the beast and how those who don't have it will not be able to buy or sell life-sustaining food and drink, I pictured in my mind how those WITH the mark would definitely stand out. I mean, not long ago having a tattoo was considered taboo (he! he! that rhymed, I always tickle myself when I rhyme). These days so many people have tattoos that one hardly takes a second glance. So, if in the days of tribulation one doesn't have a the mark of the beast, will it be as obvious as I used to think? Of course it will be noticed to an extent, after all people will be checked, but - oh I don't know what I'm trying to say.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Whirlwind Weekend

Whew! What a crazy weekend it was for me. You see, I was on a search committee for our church to find a children's minister. Friday afternoon I went to purchase the items we needed for Saturday's church-wide pancake breakfast, which we held so the church members could come meet the candidate and his family. Friday night was a dinner for the candidate, his family and the church staff to meet. Saturday morning was the pancake breakfast. I awoke at 5:30 a.m., which is EXTREMELY early for a night owl like myself. I was there for the prep, the breakfast, the Q&A time and then clean-up. Then I had to be back at the church that evening for a Christmas party for the AWANA workers. Sunday morning rolls around and it's the day of the vote, so I was a bit tense. We have two church services and I was there for both. All went well, however, and we now have a new children's minister! Praise the Lord! But today I feel like the guy from the 80's Dunkin Donuts commercial (this video has an annoying message on it that won't go away). You know, he would be all sleepy-eyed and moping around, tired from having to do the same thing day after day, "Time to make the donuts" he would mutter. Yep, that's me. I'm so physically and mentally tired today that I couldn't even comprehend my Bible reading this morning. I'll have to go back and read it again later when I'm more clear-headed. Tonight I have ANOTHER Christmas party to attend at my husband's fire station. I'll be so glad when this Christmas is over. Whoever called it the "most wonderful time of the year" was demented. I know, I know, I shouldn't feel this way. Afterall, it's the celebration of the birth of Christ. Well, it doesn't feel like that's the reason for the season to me. It appears to be all about gluttony, commercialism and greed! No matter how hard I try each year not to get caught up in that, I still do. It's like a riptide - you just can't fight it. There are a few things I've managed to enjoy so far, though. Our worship leader at church has introduced a couple of old Christmas songs that I've never heard before, and they are becoming new favorites for me. One is called "Sing We Now of Christmas". You can hear the song from this link. We aren't doing the "noel" echo, thankfully! It becomes tiresome to me. Also, the arrangement is different, but you'll still get the idea of the song's "flavor" for lack of a better word. The other is "Pat-a-Pan". You can hear a snippet of the song with this link. However, I noticed the lyrics are not all the same lyrics we've been singing, but the tune is the same. I will warn you that once you hear one or both of these songs you might be singing them in your head all day long.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

"turning 40"

Today is my 40th birthday. WOW! I never saw myself being 40 years old. My daughter doesn't understand why I'm making such a big deal out of it. I guess I am making too big a deal, but it just feels weird, is all. When I think of 40, I think of my mom, not me. I've been teased by a few friends, which is fine, I can take it (I can dish it out well enough, so I'd better be able to take it). Then there are those who have tried to encourage me and remind me to be thankful God has given me another year. My grandmother always made the comment, when speaking of her age, that God had been good to her by letting her live so long. I know that's how I should see it, too, but I've always leaned more toward pessism. Well, anyway, as a 'Happy Birthday to Me", I've posted a Mark Lowery skit. He made me chuckle, which is always a good thing. Enjoy.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Second Guessing the Holy Spirit

Well, I have another confession to make. Friday when I went to meet some friends at Starbucks, I felt the prompting of the Holy Spirit to buy coffee for the man standing in line behind me. I told my friend this, and then I started getting nervous, you know, second guessing the whole "conviction" thing. I felt awkward and I worried whether the man would think I was hitting on him or something. Then I saw him talking to a lady beside him and thought that she might get upset with me (you know, if he was her man and all). So, I talked myself out of buying the guy's coffee. I told my friend that later on in the day I would "share the love" with someone else. Well, I didn't. I didn't see another opportunity that day.

Last night our church had a deacon ordination service. The men being ordained were up front and their wives were seated across from them. The leading pastor requested that all other ordained men in the congregation come and pray over the men who were being ordained. While this was going on, I again felt the prompting of the Holy Spirit. This time I felt that I needed to go forward and pray over the wives (my husband is an ordained deacon). Well, once again I didn't do what I felt the Holy Spirit telling me to do. This time my rationalization was that I wasn't invited to go forward and pray over the women as the men were, so since I'm a woman, I'd better not do something like that. Instead I prayed for the women where I was seated. So why am I second guessing the Holy Spirit? I pray so often for God to speak to me, so when He does, why am I ignoring Him?
I'm currently reading through the book of Hebrews because a friend of mine, Ninfa, is reading through it as well. I thought it would be nice for us to read it together, even though she is way south of me now since she recently moved. Anyway, today I read in Hebrews 3:7 "So as the Holy Spirit says: 'Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as you did in the rebellion, during the time of testing in the desert, where your fathers tested and tried me and for forty years saw what I did'." Again in verse 15 it says, "Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as you did in the rebellion." I feel like crud because I didn't obey Friday or yesterday, when it was my "today". I really hate that I hardened my heart. Thankfully, God is merciful and kind, and will give me another chance. I guess I shared these things because hopefully whoever reads it will be encouraged to listen and obey "today".

Monday, December 1, 2008

Hot Topics

Lately there have been a few blogs that have opened the doors to what I consider to be "hot topics". Now, I'm all for a great debate, but recently for some reason, just reading these posts has been stressful to me. Maybe it's because the holiday season has begun against my wishes, or maybe it's because I've tried to implement a budget at the worst possible time of the year, or maybe it's because I'm about to turn 40 years old. I dunno! But hot topics stress me out these days. So, what are these hot topics you ask? Well, I'm not sure I even want to tell you. That's how stressed it makes me! OK, I'll tell you, but remember that I'm only sharing with you what I've read, and I'm not personally opening the doors of discussion regarding these topics on this blog. If you care to join the debates, I'll share the links with you and you can go to those sites. The first blog hot topic is regarding the recently released DVD "Expelled", which broaches the subject of Intelligent Design vs. Evolution. I didn't comment on this subject because simply reading the other comments physically made me tense. I couldn't mentally relax enough to join in on this discussion this time around (I've shared my views on this before). The other hot topic that was opened up just today is on Santa Claus. Enough said, right? And then there's the potentially hot topic of using i-phones in church. Now, like I said earlier (at least I think I said it), I'm usually not one to run from a great debate. However, for some weird reason(s) I'm just not up to it of late (hey, that rhymed!). What about you, do you jump in or do you run from a 'hot topic'?