Apr 29, 2012

Hallelujah! I Have Found Him!

I get such a blessing from the old hymns.
Every Sunday there is one that really speaks to me.
And often we don't pay attention to the words...
but they were written for a reason.


All my life long I had panted
for a draught from some clear spring
That I hoped would quench the burning
Of the thirst I felt within

Feeding on the husks around me
Til my strength was almost gone
Longed my soul for something better
Only still to hunger on.

Poor I was and sought for riches
Something that would satisfy
But the dust I gathered round me
Only mocked my souls sad cry.

Well of water, ever springing
Bread of life so rich and free
Untold wealth that never faileth
My Redeemer is to me.

Hallelujah! I have found Him
Whom my soul so long has craved
Jesus satisfies my longing
Thru His blood I now am saved!

Apr 28, 2012

Why I Love Ikea!

I'm not advertising for Ikea...
but I love it!
It's my favorite store...
well, at this moment.
It will probably change in the future.
They always do.

There was the Pier One phase...
The World market phase...
Hobby Lobby phase...

But right now I'm going thru the Ikea phase.

And here's why!

I love all the pretty flags outside!
It's like a parade...

I love the "sayings" all over the walls.

They have arrows all thru the warehouse...
so you cant get lost.
You just follow the arrows and it will take you thru every department
so you won't miss anything.

AND if you do get lost...or have to go to the bathroom...
every turn has maps posted...where you are now...
where you will be going...and shortcuts in case you just want
to get out. It's like a maze...hmmm...wonder what that makes me?

They have little rooms made up all thru the warehouse...
completely decorated to give you ideas.

They have a little playhouse for the kids...
so when Moms are sick of their...I mean, when Moms
are tired...they can rest and let little Tommy wreak havoc
on someone else's house for awhile.

They even have a restaurant!
I've never eaten here...kinda scared to, actually...
but I like that it's there...just in case I'm lost...
can't find a map...and am starving to death.
It could happen!

This doesn't really have anything to do with anything...
but I thought it was cute...I love bugs...
so what could be better than a bug with an Ikea insignia on the side?

I got 2 frames for 99 cents.
I got cute little vases for the church for 79 cents apiece.

You can dig change out of the bottom of your purse for that!

Apr 23, 2012


The sun is out today
and it's WARM...
read that...WARM

We're going to a mission's conference today and tomorrow...
one of our favorite things to do.
Taking Strider with us...he'll have so much fun!
Well, not to the conference...although he would love
all those people petting him...
He'll be staying at my Mom's.

And I get to see all those beautiful little girls
that i love so!
God gave me Karen's girls cause I didn't
get to have any.
Just to tie me over...til I had Elly!
God is so good!
Like, He thinks of everything!

Gotta clean the house before I go...
or I don't deserve to go!

Get to see Elly tomorrow...
my  heart leaps when I think about seeing her!

Getting a new stove tomorrow...
Well, technically not a new one.
But I don't care cause the one I have now
is technically a REALLY old one!

Going to Seattle on Thursday...
Going to Ikea while I'm there,
(My favorite store in the world!)
Going to Pike's Market while I'm there!
Throwing fish, jewelry, clam chowder AND
the smell of the ocean!
When you grew up by the ocean...
you have to see and smell it once every two or three years...
or you die!

The cord on my phone is going...bummer...

someone from Korea read my blog!

Sorry for all the random stuff...
but I had to get it all out!
Must be my ADD kickin' in!

Apr 21, 2012


This is the time of year
where we get up every morning
and turn on our computers
so we can see if the mercury is going to climb
over 50!

It's our main goal in life
during the spring.
Wondering when spring
will actually hit here.

At this moment,
there are record highs
in every section of the country
...except here...
we're lower than normal.

We plan wonderful Spring events...
and get rained out.
We take the dog for a walk...
and get snowed on before we can get home.

Today it is supposed to be 65 degrees.
This is how it looks presently:

Thinking it's not gonna happen...
Tomorrow it's supposed to be 73!


See you when it warms up...
Until then... I'll be on the weather channel!

Apr 13, 2012

Zealously Affected

So, last week us and a number of people from our church
went to a Preachers Meeting in Missoula.

If you've never been to one, here's how it goes:

You wake up unbelievably early
in order to get there on time AND
stop by Starbucks.
(That's your reward for going)

You have to be in the church by 12
or you won't find a place to sit
cause a couple hundred other people
are doing exactly the same!

You basically hear sermons for 4 hours.
One after another - all different preachers
from all over.
With incredible singing in between each preacher!
(Seriously, this is about as close as you can get
to a heavenly chorus here on earth!)

Then at 5 they feed you a super meal.
(Then you go to Starbucks again with some
friend you haven't seen since last year this time,
or at least last week this time!)

Then you go sit down,
and listen to 2 more preachers
for the next couple of hours.
(Yeah, your you know what is pretty dead by now.)

You go back to the hotel
Crash out,
Sleep in,
And get back to the church by 12
to do it all over again.


You sing your guts out,
Visit with friends,
Go to Starbucks,
(where you'll probably see lots of people from the church)
And basically have a great time!

But the most important thing -
You hear from God.

He tells you to keep going,
it'll all be worth it -

He tells you He loves you,
It'll all be worth it -

He encourages you,
It'll all be worth it -

and He allows you to cry with others
who are suffering in the ministry,
It'll all be worth it -

So here's my prayer from what I heard:

Help me to see you high and lifted up!
Help me to be zealously affected for you!
I want to be an encourager!
Help me to REST and wait!
Help me to realize you will even work good out of my sin. Rom. 8:28
Help me to remember...when people talk bad about me...it is a very small thing. I Cor. 4:3
Help me to believe...you can do exceeding abundantly above all that I ask or think!
I need to realize that:
     You are stronger
     You are wiser
     You are more graceful
     You are more beautiful
     You are faster
     You are better
     You are more powerful
   YOU hold all the records!
Help me to allow you to:
     interrupt my life,
     arrest my attention,
     sustain me,
     change my plans,
     abide with me.
I'm a zero - but a zero with a one (the One) in front of it is no longer a zero.
Help me to remember - when Jesus was in the house -
     my chains fell off,
     the light came on,
     my life was changed!
Help me to turn the tables in my temple!
Help me to have HOPE!
Help me not to dance too fast! I'll miss the song!
You are worth more than:
     Poor Folks
     A nation's suffering
     The value of my own sins
     The world population after AD 70
     The whole world.
Help me to have the attitude "It is Well!"

Everything was just what I needed...

But, you gotta be present to win!