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The Reality of Palm Sunday

Today is Palm Sunday in the church calendar. This is a time when we remember Jesus' entry into Jerusalem before the events of Good Friday took place.   It was exciting and new. A parade was forming. The people were starting to stretch their necks to see over the person in front of them. the young children of course, crawled threw the legs of he adults to see if they could gaze upon what was happening. Yet everyone saw it. What did they see? They saw a man riding upon a donkey. And there were people racing in front of the man on the donkey throwing down palm leaves and clothes in the path of the man on the donkey. People started to shout Hosanna blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. The crowd had started to be caught up in the excitement and they began to shout and run along side of that parade that day.  As they were running someone in the crowed asked Who is this man? Why are we shouting our Hosannas? Is he a king? Another turned and said, Yes we think he is a k

Do You Believe?

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    Today I went to see one of the best and most thought provoking Christian movies today, Do You Believe?  I think that everyone needs to see it. It brings up some thought provoking questions. Do you believe in the power of the cross?   The cross is powerful. Jesus died on the cross to pay the price for our sins. That is powerful. Jesus loved the us so much that he gave his life to save us from our sins. That is some love and power. Do you believe in that power?   The cross is central to this movie. The cross is brought up multiple times in the movie. It makes you think about what the cross really stands for. It makes you think about its power.   I have never really thought about the power of the cross till I watched this movie. I always wear a cross around my neck and often have a cross hanging from the rear view mirror in my car. I even draw pictures of crosses all the time. I have never thought about the power of the cross.   John 3:16 talks about the pow

Put It In The Masters Hands

Sometimes in life we go through things that make us question why it happened. That is when we just need to stop and give the situation over to God. He will see us through. When I have hit a ruff patch of sorts then I go to the Master and he will hold my hand. Jesus will see us through the storms of life. We just have to have faith. God is good all the time. When you are going through storm have the faith to give those storms of life to God. God has us covered. He will see us through. If you have faith when you put your trust in God you will see great results. God will never let you down. He is always right there with you. That is awesome. Never give up on God cause he will never give up on you.

Broken Faith

Chapter 3     I got to school early that morning. Sue never showed up on time. I had spoken to her about it. It seemed like even thought I was the teacher and her supervisor that Sue never wanted to do what I asked of her. She always thought she knew what to do. I had been a Preschool Teacher for 10 years now and had worked with Sue for 2. I worked hard at getting along with Sue. However, she seemed to have a big mouth and wanted to get me in trouble. This was about to change.   As I sat at my desk going over my lesson plans I said a prayer. I wanted to do my best job and get along with Sue. That was something that we struggled with. I had noticed lately that when Sue was upset with me that we ended up in Principle Jones office. I never understood why she would not talk to me directly.   One thing that we struggled with was Sue knowing what was her job and what was my job. She often crossed the line and tried to do my job. This was a fact that I hated. I had tried to ove

Do You Believe?

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Do you believe in the cross? That is a powerful question for Christians today. My response is yes. Then if so what are you going to do about it? That too is a powerful question. The most powerful verse in the entire bible is John 3:16-For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son. That whosoever believeth in him shall not perish but have everlasting life. Jesus death on the cross at Easter is one of the main points of the Christian faith. To me if you don't believe in the power of Jesus death on the cross then you really are not a true Christian. Jesus died on the cross to save us from sin. That is a powerful thing. If we truly believe in the power of the cross then we need to share the story of the cross with others. We need to share with them that Jesus loved us so much that he gave his life for us that Good Friday on the cross to save us from living a life of eternity in hell. That if we have faith in the power of the cross that we will one day spend etern

Happy Birthday Kaylee

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I was blessed for 5 years to have a wonderful little girl named Kaylee as a part of my family. Kaylee's mom Allaina was my mom's goddaughter and like a big sister to me. I considered Kaylee to be my little niece. Kaylee was tragically taken from those who knew and loved her on October 24, 2009. Our lives are empty, but our hearts will always be full of the love and memories that we have of Kaylee. I have so many memories of Kaylee. She loved to play with my orange cat. She loved to sing Jesus Loves Me and Away In A Manger. We would sing those songs over and over. She loved to blow bubbles with me. She loved for me to read her books, color with her, and even play games. We had lots of fun. Today would have been Kaylee's 11th Birthday. It seems like only yesterday that we were celebrating her 5th. At the time I never realized how soon everything was going to change. I look back now and wish that I would not have taken those days for granted. My biggest memory of K

Broken Faith

Chapter 2   I woke up early that Sunday morning. I needed to spend sometime meditating before I went to church. I fixed a pot of tea, grabbed my bible, and turned on my favorite song Lord, I Need You. I needed sometime to myself before church. I needed to think. I needed to know God's will for the situation.   Before I knew it Uncle Dave was making breakfast. He was full of surprises.  Something smells good. I am glad you approve. Now sit down here and eat before it gets cold. We will soon have to go to church. You are going to need your strength.   Sunday School started at 10:00am. I taught the Adult Sunday School class. I grabbed my church bag and checked to make sure that I had put the announcements and prayer list in. I could see Uncle Dave was waiting by the car. I grabbed my sweater, purse, car keys, and headed to the car. Uncle Dave always wanted to get to church extra early.   When we arrived at church I took my bags to the Adult Sunday School room. Then I

What Faith Can Do

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Recently some things have happened that have upset me. At the time I wanted to cry and scream about it. Basically act like one of my students. So instead of all that I took a few minutes to give the problem over to God. It made me feel better. It was like a weight was lifted off of me. I felt so good. The thing is that when something upsets you, you need to give it over to God. You have got to have faith. Faith can move mountains. It reminds me of the song God On The Mountain. When things go wrong God will make them right. God is God in the good and the bad times. You just have to let God lead you during times like these. The song Daystar  talks about this. It is a song about letting God's love shine through us. We need to be a light in the world for Jesus. We need to show Jesus to others. Bring more lost souls to Christ. So when things are getting you down just turn to the master and let him take control. He will hold your hand and see you through.

Bloom Where You Are Planted

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Recently things have been going on in my church that have upset me. I keep asking God why does this have to happen to me. I wonder when God is going to work in the situation. Then I realized that God is going to use me in the situation. He wants me to bloom where I am planted. I am a child of God and I need to let his light shine through me. I know that the things that are going on are unfair, but I know that if I change to do God's will instead of letting the situation get to me then things are going to change. I know that things are unfair right now. I just have to bloom where I am planted to get a change to happen. I have been told that I need to leave the church and let it go down the path of destruction. That is a great though, but I know that by leaving that means that I am giving in to what those in the church causing the problem want me to do. I know that I can't change the people of the church. Only God can do that. There is a person in my church that every Su

Broken Faith

I have always wanted to write a book. So I recently decided that instead of a book that I would write my story here on my bog. So I am planning to once a week (or more) write a new chapter of the story. I hope that you will enjoy it. Chapter 1   It had been raining since 2:00 the previous afternoon. The wind was howling so bad. My cat Donnie had scrambled under the covers cause he was scared of the wind. I couldn't sleep. I heard a noise down the hall. Uncle David couldn't sleep either. He came down the hallway to my room. Annabelle are you awake? Yes Uncle Dave I am awake. Is something wrong? I rose up from the bed. I could see that Uncle Dave had his bible with him. He always had it with him these days.   Can I come in? Sure you can. Your chair is ready for you. Uncle Dave had moved in with me about six months ago after we got the word that he had cancer. Uncle Dave had lived alone for most of his life and I knew that he could not go through this alone ever though

Broken Church

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    I know that every church has problems and that no church is perfect. That is why when problems arise that you need to seek God through prayer. That is hard to do, but if we do it and ask for God's will in the situation then things will in the end turn out for the good of all.   Recently a situation has arisen at church to were the elders feel that one of our members needs to no longer do their duties at the church. That this member should no longer represent the church. This member was told that they were a detriment to the work and life of the church. That they needed to get counseling for their problems and that the church would pay for the counseling. This member of the church was not allowed time to respond to the elders or ask questions. This was a done deal. This member was basically told that they could no longer come to church there.   The elders believe in a since that by getting rid of this member of the church that all their problems will magically go

Seek God's Will

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Recently some things have happened in my life that have made me question my faith. I wonder why in the world that God could do this. That why that Jesus who died on the cross to make the ultimate sacrifice for me could let me walk this alone. I am so tempted to believe that God has failed me. Then I hear Jason Crabb's Through The Fire  going through my head. I love that song and it has a great message behind it. I know that that song says that no matter what we are facing God is right there with us to see us through. Then I hear another song in my mind. Kari Jobe's I Am Not Alone says that no matter what we are facing that God will never leave us alone. He is always there with us. God will fight our every battle. I have done a lot of praying in the last week. More than I have done normally. I have also done a lot of soul searching and meditation about what is going on. I have been seeking God's will in all of this. I have to remember to put his will first and not my

Cancer Sucks

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    Recently my Dad's brother Uncle Pat was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer. Though we are not close this makes me sad to know that he is suffering with this dreaded affliction. I have had family in my life that have battled cancer. I can remember when Grandma Webster battled cancer. It was awful to have to watch her fade away. I still to this day remember walking into her house after the funeral, standing in the living room where her bed once was, and crying.   Cancer is a bad word to me. It makes me mad when someone that I love has to deal with it. I feel helpless. I know that right now my Aunt Joem and her daughter Rebecca feel the same way. This is the time when I turn to God. I go to him in prayer and ask him to work in the situation.   I have done a lot of praying lately. I wake up in the middle of the night not able to sleep and I pray. When I pray I talk to God like he is right there with me and that he is my friend. I also read my bible. It helps to sooth me.