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Not Ready To Say Good-Bye

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As I write this I have a heavy heart that is broken. My friend Jackie's daughter Jurnee went to be with Jesus today. Jurnee was in a car accident earlier this week. This is something that no parent should have to go through. I know what Jackie is going through. No, I didn't loose a child. I did however, watch my Mom die in a hospital hooked up to machines that were keeping her alive. I still remember my sister telling the doctor that we were a family of optimist and that we were fighters. We had hope that Mom was going to get better at that time. I can imagine that Jackie said about the same thing to the doctors at UVA. I am sure that she had faith that Jurnee was going to walk out of that hospital completely healed. No one ever expects to have to watch their loved one hooked up to machines to keep them alive. They expect the best outcome. I am sure that Jackie, like we did prayed by Jurnee's bed side. I am sure that she even talk to her. I remember reading

End Of One And Beginning Of A New

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Yesterday was a bittersweet day for me. I ended one chapter of my life an began a new chapter. In 2014 I made the decision that it was high time to go a buy a new car. I was driving a car that my Mom had bought my sister. That car was good, but it had lots of used parts on it. So when it finally left me sitting in the driveway I was done. So Mom took me to Moorefield to Weimer Chevy to look for a car. I was set on getting a Cruze. I liked the look of the car and I had heard good things about it. A co-worker had one and he loved it. A neighbor had one and she had nothing but good things to say about it. Both of them drove many miles a week with their cars and got great gas mileage. I had looked online and chose a Tungsten one. When I got to the dealership I test drove a black one. I was not sold on black. I did remember what my Grandpa told me. When you put your foot on the gas if it responded right away it was a great car. The car did and I got a little scared.  When we got ba

Joshua 1:9

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One of my favorite verses has brought me strength this year. It has also helped me through some tuff time. Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid. Do not be dismayed. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.  Joshua 1:9 This verse came to Joshua at a time that he needed it most. Moses had just died. Joshua was feeling overwhelmed with the task that he had at hand.  In one sense this promise is very much directed to Joshua alone. The promise that  "The Lord is with you wherever you go" is certainly a reassurance that Yahweh will be with Joshua just as he has been with Moses. This specific promise is not ours- we aren't following the line of Moses leading the people of Israel into the promised land. But at the same time this promise is indeed ours. And it is ours because of the accomplishment of the Greater Joshua. Christ has led us into the true promised land-the true rest of God (see Hebrews 5) and because he has done this he ha

Worry

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For a lot of us worry tends to be a part of our every day lives. We worry a lot about things that are out of our control. I admit that I am a Worrier. I worry about everything and anything. That is no good for my health. It has caused me blood pressure problems. For 6 years I worried about my then boyfriend. I still worry about him even though we are no longer dating. He has epilepsy and my greatest fear at one time was that he would have a seizure bad enough to die. I knew that would never happen, but it went through my mind. Now my biggest worry for him is if he is happy with his new girlfriend and is he still going to church. I worry about my job. This past year I would walk into work and worry about what was going to happen that day that was going to get me into some sort of trouble. I would worry about my church and if someone in the church that did not like me would try to get me kicked out. After my Mom died I worried about my sister. I was afraid I was going t

I Look At You

May 22, 2011 will be a day that I will soon never forget. It was the day that most amazing blue eyed man came into my life. I will be forever grateful for the 6 years we had together.  When you are together with someone for that long a time you never forget how special it was when it comes to an end. It is hard to move on with life. May 22, 2011 I received a Facebook friend request and a message from a man I didn't know. He went on to tell me that we had a mutual friend that had set us up. At first I was skeptical, but I wanted to give him a chance. For the longest time we got to know each other. We chatted on Facebook almost every day for hours. It was good getting to know him. It took me awhile to admit that I was falling for him sight unseen. He was charming and could charm me into feeling things for him even when we had never met. For the longest time that is all we did. Chat each day on the computer. I would try to make time to meet him and get to know him better, but it

Ungrateful

I know that I have not posted a blog in awhile. I have been thinking in my mind what to write about. Today a topic came to me and I felt the need to share it. As I often do I share important things on Facebook. Lots of my information is about school so that parent are aware of that is going on. They appreciate it very much since sometimes they would not get the word otherwise. Today I posted the school supply list for Preschool at my school. A person attacked me about the list. I responded to them very kindly. I was very upset about what this person had to say. They were very accusatory about things. I am sorry. I am just sharing with others the list of things that we came up with as what is needed for Preschool. You don't have to like it. In fact, I told the person that it was their right to send or not send with a child what was on the list. I also made sure to let them know that what was on the list was things that would be used in the preschool classrooms each day by studen

Regrets and Wishes

At some time in our lives we have all had times that we regretted something that you did or a decision that you have made. We look back on times like this as a stepping stone to something much better. Recently I ended a 6 year relationship. As I look back on it I regret having broke things off. I wanted to stay in the relationship, but circumstances would not allow it. I wanted to make things work. I was in love and I was so happy. Then things went horribly wrong. I tried to salvage it, but it just did not work out. I realize that this is just a stepping stone to something better that God has in store of me. This came a week after we broke up that my ex had already found someone else. I began to think that may be he had someone else on the side during our relationship. I started to think that God gave me a sign that I did the right thing by moving on. Then it comes to wishes. As a kid I would wish for lots of things. I would wish for a brother, wish for a pet, wish for all sorts

David and Goliath

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I remember once asking my ex-boyfriend Jeremiah what his favorite passage in the bible was. To this day I still remember him telling me that it was about David and Goliath. I remember asking him why this was his favorite and he told me that it was a story of power and strength. A story of the little guy being victorious over the big one. David and Goliath is just that. A story of power and strength. 1 Samuel 17 is where we read all about this story. The just of this story is that Goliath and his friends were attacking the Israelites and would not stop. King Saul and his army were powerless to defeat Goliath. In comes David who saves the day. David was just a young shepherd boy. No one had any faith in David defeating the giant. But David did defeat the giant. The Veggie Tales Series has a great movie all about this story called  Dave and the Giant Pickle . I know this is a faith based cartoon series for children. However, they have some good cartoons with good meanings behind

Jeremiah 29:11

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So today I wanted to start off by writing about one of my favorite verses. For I know the thoughts that I think towards you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope Jeremiah 29:11 (NKJV). This verse came into my life at a time that I was depressed and ha lost sight of what God had in store for my life. It was a verse that over the years I began to read more and more. As I studied this verse I came to realize that this verse does not mean at all what we typically think that it means. The heart of this verse is not about escaping our lot in life, but rather thriving in it. At the time that Jeremiah was a prophet the Israelites were in exile, a punishment from God as a result of their disobedience. Jeremiah confronts the false prophet, Hananah, who had boldly proclaimed that God was going to free Israel from Babylon in tow years (this never happens). Jeremiah calls out Hananiah's lies, and then states the promise we read in 2

Daily Bible Reading

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Most every Christian owns a bible and we all have read one in one part or another. Some of us only bring out our bibles when we are going to church for Sunday Services or a bible study. Most of the time the bible sits on our shelves and gathers dust. Not a good thing. I have many different translations of the bible. Most of them are for reference , but some I do read. I have one or two that I use to read on a daily bases.  Daily bible reading helps you to learn and grow your faith. One of the first things I do each day is read my bible. My dad just doesn't go right if I don't read my bible. I have a bible plan for the year that I follow. Reading the bible each day is a great way to get in tune with God. If you read your bible God can show you things that you may not get otherwise. I love  to read a passage and then take time to listen to what God has to say to me about the passage. I learn so much. I find that daily bible study helps me to understa

Prayer

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I grew up being taught that Prayer was very important. That through prayer you could move mountains in your life and the lives of others. When I went off to college I slowly drifted away from church and prayer. It was not till I had finished college and moved home that I began to see the power of prayer again in my life. I grew up believing that my Mom had a direct line to God. It seemed that most of her prayers got answered. She would wake up in the middle of the night with something on her heart and pray about it. She would later tell me about what she had been praying about or who she had been praying for. My Mom has since passed away (July 2015) and I feel that I have become her. I too wake up in the middle of the night praying about something or someone that has been put on my heart. Sometimes I will have a dream about someone and it will wake me up to pray for them. I was taught as a child to close your eyes when you pray. That is all well and good. As an

Daily Habits

We all have daily habits. For some it is having coffee first thing in the morning or a certain routine of how we get ready in the morning for work. Do you make Jesus a daily habit? I sure do. Back in January I started a new morning routine. I decided to get up extra early for work. So I was getting up at 5:00am. This was to allow time for a new habit that I was making for myself. That was to take time each morning to spend with Jesus. I wanted to start my day out with him. I also stated a new routine in the evening. I take time before bed to spend time with Jesus. Taking that time each day to spend with Jesus has really changed my life. I have learned to listen for his voice more. I am finding that I see his blessings on me more. He has become a bigger part of my life. A friend of mine told me once that the simple act of saying Good Morning God and Good Night God lets God know that you are thankful for the day. When I get up in the morning I spend time reading my bible, devotions

Starting Fresh

It has been awhile since I last posted. During that time I have been busy thinking of new ideas and how to freshen up my blog. During that time I helped out at church camp. That was an exciting and blessed week for me. It was during that week at camp that I got my idea for the direction that I want to take this blog in. Ree Drumond of Pioneer Woman fame has made a life out of her blog. She basically wrote about things that she knew about. She writes about her daily life. Other famous people have blogs in which they too write about things that they know and care about. So too I need to write about things that I love and care about. That is why I am going to start fresh. Re-invent this blog. I started to write this blog about Faith in God and that is what I need to get back to...Faith. I need to write about my faith and write about faith. I want to use this blog to bring others to know the love of Jesus Christ. If I can bring one soul to Jesus through this blog than I have done what