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Winter.....Can we just skip it?

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I am one who hates Winter. I dread it when it gets near time for Winter to begin. One reason is that I hate the fact that it is so dark out a lot during Winter. That makes people depressed. We need more sunlight all year round. Another reason that I hate Winter is the snow. The snow makes it hard to get out and do things. You are stuck in doors for days and even weeks. I know people say that we need the snow, but I don't see what good that it will do. I just wish that one year that we could just skip Winter and go right to Spring. I love the warm weather. Makes you want to get out and do things. You have more energy. I would just like for one year to be able to sleep through Winter and wake up in Spring. Since we have started into January 2015 it seems like each week the weathermen are predicting snow. That is just depressing. I hear people all the time say how wonderful it is that we get snow. I think those are the same people that don't have to go to work in snow. I

To Blessed To Be Stressed

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    There are days when I leave work and head to my car that feel like I have been stressed to the bone. I feel like I just want to scream at the top of my lungs hoping that will make me feel better. I know that it will not. So instead I sit in my car for a little bit before turning it on and talk to God. Yes this might sound funny, but I realize that this is a better way to vent than screaming.    Two years ago I had to drive 30 minutes to work one way. Those drives to and from gave me time to myself. During that time I would talk to God as I drove. I would talk to him like a friend that was right there with me in the car riding shot gun. It felt really good. Better than screaming.   I have come to the conclusion recently that being able to talk to God at any point in the day is a good thing. It means that I am too blessed to be stressed. I should not let what goes on in life get to me. I need to just take a moment to give it over to God. No problem is too big or sma

Repent and Get Right With God......Speak For Yourself

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  Our Sunday School lesson today was on Prayer. As part of the lesson we talked about praying for others to be saved. This is something that I do often. After church this morning a fellow congregant came up to me saying "Repent and get right with God". This person continued with some unchristian statements that left me speechless. I listened to their words till they were finished. Then I responded with "speak for yourself."   I am all for helping others to come to know Christ and be saved. However, when you talk the talk you better walk the walk. That is to say that you need to practice what you preach. Don't come up to me spouting your Christian ideology and then go away doing something quite different.   I don't find it at all good that a fellow church member took it upon themselves to decide that I needed to be saved. I thank you to know that I can tell you the date in which I was saved. It was June 21, 1995.   I think this person needs t

Weather......The Science of Uncertainty

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We are in the middle of Winter. With that brings bad weather. Weather is a science of uncertainty. That means that the weatherman or the National Weather Service can tell you what they think is going to happen and then it may or may not happen. They have a 50/50 chance of calling it right. Recently the weatherman has called for 2 snow events that have turned out not as predicted. That is not the weatherman's fault. That is the thing with weather. We never know what is going to happen until it happens. Weathermen are just predicting what they think will happen. It is their job. They are not perfect by any means. We have to cut them some slack. Just cause you want snow and it is in the forecast doesn't mean that it will happen. It means that it might happen. Here is another thing. They put a % on each of the weather predictions. If it is 100% you know that it is going to happen. Anything below that and you may or may not get bad weather. Take last night for example. Th

Walking....The Lost Art

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I got up this morning after a very much needed sleep where I decided to sleep in. I do this a lot on Saturdays because during the week I tend to tell myself that I can stay up a little later and it will be ok. I will still be able to get up in the morning for work. Sleep, though it is a good thing is not the subject of this blog. I went outside to feed my cat and decided that instead of taking my car down to church that I would walk. This was due to the snow that was on the ground from the night before and the fear that the church hill would not be fit for me to drive up. I bundled up and headed down the road to the church. As I walked down the road I began to realize that walking places is a lost art. That not a lot of people do it anymore. That people would rather drive their cars than walk. That is sad. Growing up we walked a lot. Grandma just lived up the road so we walked to her house quite often. Church was down the road so we walked to it in the Summer for youth group.

Snow...Not A Big Fan

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Snow....Yes, I know that it is a part of the Winter season, but does it have to happen so often and so much. I am not a big fan of snow y any means. I would rather have rain than snow. Last winter it seemed like we were having snow almost on a weekly bases. To me that is too much snow. I got sick of snow quick. Another reason that I don't like snow is cause of my job. I work for the local school system. You would think that being with kids all day that I would love a snow day. Not so. The state of WV has passed legislation that states that now we have to have 180 instructional days during the school year. That could mean if we get enough snow days this year that we could be going till July. I would rather be in school now than school in June. A friend of mine pointed out recently that we need the snow. We need it for all the good that it will do this Spring and Summer. We need the moisture. Last year we got plenty of snow and still we had dry ground for crops. That coupled w

Worn

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    Have you ever been at the point were you just feel worn? I have had days like that. Days were I feel like I just can't go on. Tenth Avenue North's song Worn  goes through my head at times like this. When I feel broken I listen to that song and I realize that no matter how broken I feel God will put me back together and use me for a greater purpose.   Jeremiah 29:11 says For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Eternal, “plans for peace, not evil, to give you a future and hope— never forget that. That verse says that God has a plan for each and everyone of us while we are here on this earth. That is a fact. God is going to use us for a greater good. We just have to have faith in that.   Philippians 3:12-14 says I’m not there yet, nor have I become perfect; but I am charging on to gain anything and everything the Anointed One, Jesus, has in store for me— and nothing will stand in my way because He has grabbed me and won’t let me go . Brothers and si

Jason Crabb.....His Music Has A Powerful Message

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In 2009 I was going through a ruff patch. My Grandpa Rittenour had passed away in May and then two people that I dearly love were murdered in October. That left me questioning my faith in God. I was at the point that I wanted to give up on God. Then one Saturday Night I was watching Classic Gospel on WVPBS. This show was all about the Gaither Homecoming. As I watched the show I saw a singer by the name of Jason Crabb who sang the song  Through The Fire . That song just blew me away. The message behind the song says that no matter what we are going through in our lives that God is always with us. That song has been my favorite from that point on. I just couldn't get enough of it. That song reminded me of the bible story of Shadrack, Meshack, and Abednego. Jason's music has a powerful message. I know that when I need a lift or just wanting to praise the Lord that Jason's songs will be what that I go for. They are so powerful. Another song that I reach for in my Jason

Its The Little Things That Divide A Church

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In our Sunday School lesson this week there was a little devotional about how two churches in a community wanted to become one church. Both churches on their own could not and would not be able to survive in the community. The plans were in place to become one church. That was until it came down to how the members would say the Lord's Prayer. The one church said debts and debtors while the other church said trespasses and trespass. They couldn't come to an agreement so they didn't join. It is the little things that divide a church. So often Christians get hung up on the little things that go on in a church. They stew and fret over things that mean nothing to the work of the church. These things are incidental. In time these things mean more to some in the congregation than others. They end up making mountains out of mole hills. Those people loose sight of what really matters when it comes to the work of the church. These people stir up trouble in the church that ends

Retirement....Saying Good-Bye to special people

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In everyone's life there comes a time when they think about and then decide to retire. They have come to the age and stage in life when it is time for retirement. Webster's dictionary defines Retirement as the act of ending your work or career. Recently some people I know have decided to take the step in life of retirement. It is sad, but it has to happen. I wish them the best in the rest of their life as they move on into the retirement stage of life. They will be missed, but they have left a lasting mark behind. Mrs. Reva Miller has been a waitress at the Kac-Ka-Pon Restaurant as long as I can remember. She always had a smile on her face. She got to know the regular customers. I can remember going there as a kid and Reva already knowing what I was going to order. She served me wing dings and fries many times. She was always so kind to everyone who she waited on. She is a wonderful Christian lady. I know that I am going to miss her. I wish her all the best. Mr. Funkho

The End of an Era

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As 2015 begins it seems that a few things in our community that have been long time institutions are coming to an end. That is sad for those of us who have lived in the community for a long time. I guess that change has to happen. On December 31st, South End Grocery closed its doors. The store had been opened for 35 years here in Lost City. It is sad to see it close, but it was going to happen sometime. JP and Jeanie are ready to retire. Their store had a little bit of everything in it. In the Spring and Summer you could go there and find fresh fruits and vegetables. They had homemade sandwiches, hotdogs, ice cream, and so much more. The store will be missed. Green Valley Clinic will close its doors this month. Dr. Gehman and staff have been a vital part of the community for decades. The staff makes you feel part of the family. They are very carrying of all the patients. Dr. Gehman made you feel comfortable. I know that when I have had to see him when I was sick I knew that he

God Is In Control

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    So often I seem to make a mountain out of something that is truly nothing. I get frustrated to easily and loose sight of what I really should be focused on. When things get me down I need to just stop and give it over to God. He will see me through it.   Philippians 4:13 says I can be content in any and every situation through the Anointed One who is my power and strength. That says that we should not worry about anything in life because God has it in control. Nothing is too big for him to handle for us. He will see us through.   Jeremiah 29:11 says For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Eternal, “plans for peace, not evil, to give you a future and hope— never forget that. That says that God has a plan for everything that happens to you. He is not going to leave you either. He is going to be right by your side always.   I have learned to just say over and over when something is bothering me that God is in control. It makes me feel better. I realize that G

Downton Abbey...Season 5 Episode 1

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Downton Abbey......I have been a fan of it for awhile now. I ran across it one Sunday Night and then had to catch up on what I had missed. I was hooked on it from the first moment that I saw it. I was in fact hooked on the Mary and Matthew story line. I so wanted them to be together and when they did get together I was shouting from the roof top. Now we are into Season 5 and I am quiet excited. However, I wish that the UK and USA would show the show at the same time. I know that the UK is where the show is set and filmed so they should show it first. I just would like to be able to see the show before it is out on DVD. However, I am considering purchasing the seasons on DVD so that I can watch them over and over again. Season 5 Episode 1 begins with Lady Edith seeing her child that she has secretly had and given to a family in the village. How long is that going to go on before someone finds out about the child? Then there is Daisy. She wants to learn math so that she can go liv

The Last Supper.....Holy Communion

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As they were eating, Jesus took some bread. He offered a blessing over the bread , and then He broke it and gave it to His disciples. Jesus: Take this and eat; it is My body. And then He took the cup of wine , He made a blessing over it, and He passed it around the table. Jesus: Take this and drink, all of you: this is My blood of the new covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. But I tell you: I will not drink of the fruit of the vine again until I am with you once more, drinking in the kingdom of My Father. Matthew 26:26-29 (The Voice Bible)   Today at church we did as we always do on the first Sunday of each quarter (January, April, July, October) we have Communion. This is a sacred and solom time. It is a time to reflect on the huge sacrifice that Jesus made for us.   This morning before Dwight gave Communion he said some very beautiful words about this holy institution. You can hear his words at  http://youtu.be/U8riJmUMevw . As Dwigh

Blessings

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    Blessings......Have you ever really thought about them? Have you really experienced them? I believe that blessings happen when you least expect them. They happen when you need them. God gives you a blessing when he feels you need on.   Jeremiah 17:7-8 says But blessed is the one who trusts in Me alone ; the Eternal will be his confidence. He is like a tree planted by water, sending out its roots beside the stream. It does not fear the heat or even drought. Its leaves stay green and its fruit is dependable, no matter what it faces.   That says that if we trust in God alone he will see that we are richly blessed daily. What a wonderful thought that is! The thought that we will be blessed daily is a great thought. God is at work in our lives each day.   We need to have faith that we will see blessings happen. If we have faith and let God take control good things happen to us. We need to not look for blessings each day. We need to just let them happen. Unexpected ble

Thank God for Great Friends!

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    I am so blessed in so many ways. When it comes to friends I have some great ones who know me better than I know myself. I thank God everyday for those friends. God puts people in your life who he knows that will be there for you when you need them. God knows just who is the right fit for your life. He has a plan for you.   In my life I have great friends. One of my best friends is Andrea. She knows me better than I know myself. She knows that I love butterflies. So for Christmas she got me a butterfly pillow that is very beautiful. Once before she got me a hobo handbag that has a butterfly on it. I love them both. Andrea is a very unique person who is always positive no matter what life has to throw at her. I wish that I could be that positive all the time. Andrea is so out going. She would be the life of the party. She makes everyone feel special and important. She doesn't care what people look like cause she likes everyone. She is the best friend that I could ev

Overwhelmed

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Overwhelmed....in a recent post by Sara, she said that the song Overwhelmed by Big Daddy Weave has been the song that captures this whole journey with Isaac for her. I can see that. Check the video out at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BiGb14tTaH4. Sometimes things in our lives can be overwhelming to us, but with God by our side we can get through it. I know that there are times that I have just had to stop and talk to God before I did or said something that I couldn't take back and that I would regret later. God is always there when we need him for anything that we need him for. God is great. He is an awesome God. He will help us through anything. We never need to feel overwhelmed about anything. God has it under control. So when you are feeling overwhelmed by life just turn to God and give him what is bothering you. God will see you through it. He will take away the overwhelmed feeling in your life.

Happy New Year! Time for New Beginnings

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Happy New Year......2014 has past and 2015 has begun. This is a new year and a new slate. The old is gone and the new has begun. It is a time to let new things happen. I wish everyone the best year possible. Everyone has made New Years resolutions I am sure. This is one year that I really did make a new years resolution. I want to read my bible and pray more. I want to worry less and give things to God more. I want to be more positive and less negative. I want to have more faith in God and less questioning of His power. Lastly, I want to do some act of kindness for someone each day in 2015. I hope that the new year brings you everything that you are looking for. May your New Years resolutions come true. May this be a year of blessings and miracles for you. In 2014 the Ludwig Family got a miracle. Baby Isaac got the heart that so many people had been praying for for him. It was the faith of his mother Sara and the faith of so many others who prayed for him that God heard. God i