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Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Kicking it with Beth Moore at Siesta Fiesta

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Over the weekend a few girlfriends and I spent what seemed to be an eternity trying to get to San Antonio to see Beth Moore at the Alamodome. We got lost 3 times . . . once in our hotel! Did you know there are two fourth floors at The Menger? We had some odd experiences there, but like the adventurers we are, we loved it. They say the place is haunted so we spread around as much Holy Ghost as we could. 

Beth was phenomenal. I loved every minute of it. She spoke of our inheritance as Christians being God's presence, His people, and property. Mostly, what I took home was that had no reason to lack confidence in Christ Jesus and if anything is to be done, God will be the One to do it. During a season of total reliance on God as we are seeking to build Gomer's House, the Lord reminded me that He was at work. I just need to pick up the shovel when He says to start digging. 

I loved the after time that she opened up to us fellow bloggers, Siesta Fiesta! My highlight of the weekend was a simple moment of prayer that happened on the way to the potty! I found it on the video at 50 seconds. Thank YOU, Lord God, for a moment to steal away with You...to weep and worship. You bless me. 

I just want to thank my close girlfriends for being relentlessly kind and loving the Lord. I love that you want to talk about Him all night and even after the conference at Taco Cabana. You can't stop talking about Him! I love it. You encourage me. 

Take a moment to evaluate what you say to others with your attitude and actions. 
Who are you telling them Christ is? 
Who do you believe you are?

ps my daughter grew a foot in the two days I was gone!!!!




"The worst sin an heiress can commit is to be boring." - Paris Hilton :O) 
(did I seriously just quote Paris Hilton?)

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Play Hangman to bolster your vocabulary.

Hangman




Tuesday, August 19, 2008

The Music Man

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Is it raining where you are? I am loving the rain on the tin roof! We are on a a few day rest after being on the road since May. Praise God for doing nothing!!!

I am just here pondering what God wants us to do next and where exactly God wants us to go. I feel like God is calling us away from a few things so that we can pour our hearts into something beautiful. Learning patience is not an easy thing. 
What is God teaching you?


I saw these quotes on Justin Childer's blog and thought I would share. 

"Nobody is ever envious of others who is not first proud of himself."

"Before we can begin to see the cross as something done 
for us, we have to see it as something done by us."





Do you realize the depth of your sin and pride? I think our society calls sin a flaw and elevate ourselves above others. We blame others for our own insecurities. The problem is that people are not meant to meet our needs. People are not meant to control how we feel. We all let it happen when we take our eyes off of the glorious gift of Christ and worship our neighbor. If they don't meet your needs or make you feel good about yourself, cut them some slack. They are not meant to. Who are you looking at to meet your needs today?

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So, my husband and I had an anniversary on the 9th. We were at camp and in the middle of no where. We ate at a converted fish house called The Hen House. It was "interesting." I don't think I can tell you the story on this public forum. So, feel free to ask me.

The Denbigh and I took a few days this past week and saw some Texas sights. We went through some adorable towns with adorable boutiques!! I will be highlighting them on my blog in the next few weeks. 

One of my favorite things we did was go to the Granbury historic district. The town is about 30 minutes south of Fort Worth. 

We saw The Music Man at the oldest opera house in Texas. (My grandmother took me there as a child.) We also ate at the Nutshell. I had a fabulous sandwich I am going to try to reproduce here soon. Denbigh had the John Wilkes Booth burger. The folks in Granbury say JWB wasn't killed, but escaped after he killed Lincoln and came down to Granbury. True or not, it's a fun story and a fine burger! 

The town was voted to have one of the best downtown squares in the US. If you'd like a great weekend getaway, I highly recommend it. Stay at the Nutt House- the downtown hotel.
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Crucifiction
vs 
Crucifixion

One might suppose that this common misspelling was a product of skepticism were it not for the fact that it most often occurs in the writings of believers. The word should make clear that Jesus was affixed to the cross, not imply that his killing is regarded as a fiction.




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Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Come Home to Your Calling

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The clouds have looked like buttery chiffon to me quite a bit lately. The other evening on my drive into Austin, I watched God throw a fancy dress party in the heavens. 

It inspired me to throw a fancy dress party right here on my blog. 

Go ahead and cancel your cable. We have brought you a little Food Network, a little History Channel, a hint of TBN . . . and today I offer you a touch of the Travel Channel. Prepare yourself to be excited beyond words.

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Last week, at Shiloh, I was allowed to present a word to my sisters in Christ. It came to me as I was studying about Isaiah. 

The prophet Isaiah was allowed to do some amazing things in his life. He prayed and hundreds of thousands of blood thirsty Assyrians died outside Jerusalem in the night. He told Hezekiah that the shadow of the sun would move backward and he would live 15 years longer. Those things happened. He had such a close relationship with God that when Yahweh determined that it was time for the people to hear about the Christ, He looked at Isaiah and said, "You can tell them." Isaiah was entrusted with the most beautiful task on earth.           What glory!
His story doesn't stop there. Historians tell of more. Manasseh, Hezekiah's son, decided Isaiah was a conspirator because he kept talking about someone (Jesus) coming to sit on the throne of David (his throne!). He thought Isaiah put a curse on his father because he pronounced the day he would die. At the ripe age of ninety years old,  Isaiah was taken out and Manasseh had him slowly sawed in half. The remarkable part is that the historians record that Isaiah was at peace during this time as though it were not happening to him. People looked on him and saw Yahweh.


How close he must have been to God to trust Him in death. He had perfect peace. 

My challenge is to come home to your calling. Come home to the place God called you into. Come home to the intimate fellowship that God created you for. Know God. We are meant to know God in the way that is says in the Bible that "they knew one another and then had a child."
We as women are meant to know God in such an intimate way that we birth things. It is what we were made to do. What is keeping you from that?
Come home to your calling.

What painful situation are you resisting that God wants to use in your life to bring healing and use to glorify Himself?



                                                                       









 My beautiful husband and I celebrated 5 years of marriage on Saturday. I will tell the story of our crazy anniversary antics next week. I just wanted to celebrate him today. He is terribly interesting. 
 
Once, after playing at a tiny church in Fairy, TX, they put an article about him in the Baptist Standard. The article said "The Denbigh" had played at the church to a packed house. I laughed. I bet the editor thought surely that couldn't be his name. It must be the name of his band . . . except he was alone. It stuck! 

I celebrate The Denbigh today! Going along with this, every where we go people always tell me how amazing it must be to be married to my husband and how lucky I am. We both find this really funny. So, be jealous, world. I am so lucky to celebrate five years of marriage to The Denbigh. 
Eat your heart out. :O)

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In 1877, a little town outside of Giddings, TX became known as Dime Box for it's unique box in the city. You could leave mail and a dime in a wooden box to get mail delivered to Giddings. They are the only town known to have unanimous participation in the March of Dimes. They kicked off the March of Dimes fundraising drive in 1945 along with New York City. I decided to veer off the path on my journey home to Austin the other day. Here is your personal tour of Dime Box, TX





I got a new 12.2 megapixel Canon Digital Rebel XSi. Watch out world. 
I am coming to take your photo and I'm going to put it "on the line." 

This week, you can comment or email for a chance to 
win a Walmart gift card!

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Obligations of a Sister Saint

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I am thankful for the handful of friends that I have who love the Lord and love me. I know I have a ton of people in my life who do one or the other really well. It is a rare gift to find someone who does both. Today, I celebrate you! 

It has taken decades of continual cultivation for me to understand what God calls us to in the love of the sister saints. Kindness. Kindness is not just about bringing meals when you are sick or have a baby. Neither is it just being nice to you when your around. 

Authentic kindness to me is a deep level kind of thing that we have lost sight of.

When someone hurts you or does something you don't like, your sister obligation is to tell them so that they can seek repentance and healing. I will admit something here. If I think you are bothered by me and don't tell me but tell someone else, I will avoid you like a plague. Real friends are concerned with the spiritual well being and growth of the people around them. 

God is calling us to step up to the plate. He is raising the bar for you. Will you stand on the side of self and continually pick apart and evaluate or will you share life giving words with people?

Just for a moment ask God to help you lose sight of your carnality of thought and see the beauty of those around you. What do you see? 

Our Promised Land

I was recently reading the account of the Israelites entering the promise land and something new stood out to me. They had to overcome discouragement from their own people before they could enter the land. Do you recall the scouts they sent out telling them that the people were too big to fight? God had already assured them victory and they were discouraged! Once they entered the promise land, there were still battles to fight. I think we believe that our promise land will require no warfare and we question God's faithfulness. 


"They will recognize you (sistas
by your love for one another." John 13:36



________________Street Reporter______________
April Mawson took us to see the house of the man who founded Kyle, Texas on Sunday. Here are some pics. The Denbigh and I saw Sam Houston's house in Huntsville, Texas a few weeks ago. I know, I am quite the historical buff. (smile). There is a fried chicken fundraiser there the last weekend in September if you are interested in that kind of thing. 
Chicken or history.
I love you ladies! God bathe you in his renewing spirit this week!!!!!




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