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Rant

I am sitting  in the hospital room of my 85 year old grandmother who suffered two heart attacks on Thursday. They had to go in and put three stints in her artery to open it up. She seems to be doing well at this point, but the thing that really makes me angry is that if we were under Obama’s Health care plan, we would be burying my grandmother. They would have decided that a 85 year old woman with heart disease would not be worth saving. Who in the world gets to make that decision other than God. That is what is going to happen if we do not continue to fight this health care thing. Do you want the gov’t deciding who is worth saving and who is not? That is exactly what happened during the holocaust. The eldery and infirm were the first to go under Hitler’s regime. We are quickly headed that direction under our Socialists, Marxist President.

Well, that is my rant for today…..what a way to come back after a long sabbatical. It just really makes me angry that my grandmother could be dead instead of alive and well and talking to her family.

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It’s Been a Year….

Today, exactly one year ago, I began the blogging adventure. I wasn’t sure what I find when I embarked upon this journey but I have to say that I am glad I was along for the ride. I have gotten to know some really awesome people and even had a chance to go to a blog party in November in Atlant. I really enjoyed meeting people face to face. I have laughed and cried, been encouraged, and challenged by this adventure called blogging. Anyway, I decided to link some of my favorite posts over the past year.

You Know You Are In A Pentecostal Church When-This is a funny story about something that happened to me at church

Adventures in Residential Treatment-The night we waited out a tropical storm at work

Bull In A China Shop-The time I fell off the fence

Don’t Just Live There….Do Something-This was part of a month of posts for making a difference in our part of the world…this was my contribution

I Love Jesus but I Drink A Little-Hysterical video from Ellen

The Simplicity of the Gospel-How we make things harder than it is

Mess Up to Step Up-My favorite quote from Grey’s Anatomy


Christmas Makes Me Cry

Christmas can be a bittersweet time of year for people. Although it is a time filled with laughter, fun and family, it reminds people of what or who they missing. For many people this will be there first Christmas after having lost a loved one this year. For some, they may have a loved one across the sea fighting for freedom and can’t be here with them. for many, it is a reminder of mistakes they have made and the things they have lost along the way.

The great thing about Christmas though, is that is a time of hope and thankfulness. Christmas is a celebration of the birth of Christ. The One who came to earth as a baby to be born in a manger. Who lived a life like me, yet was without sin. The Perfect Lamb that gave His life for me on a cross and then rose three days later to give me the hope of Eternal Life. That my friend, makes me cry. Me, the unworthy sinner for whom He came to save can have the hope of a life that never ends. We celebrate His birth because without the birth there would have been no sacrifice for our sins.
Everytime I hear this song, it makes me cry. There are tears of sadness for loved ones who are no longer on this earth but also tears of joy that they are in Heaven anxioulsy awaiting my arrival. There  are tears of sadness for those who have no family and do not know the joy that Christmas time can bring, but also tears of joy that they too have the hope of a better life and future. There are tears of sadness for those who are away fighting to bring peace to earth but also tears of hope that there can be peace in our own hearts this season that is given to us by the Jesus, the One sent from Heaven.


Divine Appointments

I live 35 miles from work and with this impending storm, I decided the smart thing for me would be to stay close to work just in case. I called one of my friends that I used to work with and she took pity on me and let me crash on her couch! This has been a really crazy, draining emotional week here at work, and I was empty when I got there. We sat on the couch eating Captain Crunch, catching up on each other’s lives since we had last seen each other. We started talking about what God was doing in our lives and what God has been showing us and it was amazing. The really cool thing was, we both confirmed things for each other that God had been showing us. It was during this conversation, that I knew my crashing on her couch was not a random act spurred by an impending storm but a divine appointment. It was an opportunity that God used to encourage and uplift. We both had an opportunity to pour into each other’s lives and to speak truth. We stayed up way later than I normally do on a work week, but then again this week has been anything but ordinary.

This passage of scripture in Phillipians 1:3-6 sums up our friendship.

3-6Every time you cross my mind, I break out in exclamations of thanks to God. Each exclamation is a trigger to prayer. I find myself praying for you with a glad heart. I am so pleased that you have continued on in this with us, believing and proclaiming God’s Message, from the day you heard it right up to the present. There has never been the slightest doubt in my mind that the God who started this great work in you would keep at it and bring it to a flourishing finish on the very day Christ Jesus appears.(The Message)


Never Let Go

Sunday night I had a rare night home from church and decided to watch a movie. I watched The Guardian with Ashton Kutcher and Kevin Costner. It was a really good movie. I do not want to give away the plot of the movie but at the end, the Senior Chief dies and they never found his body. The very end of this movie really caught my attention. Here is what is said, “There is a legend of a man who lives beneath the sea. He is a fisher of men. The last hope for all those who have been left behind.” I sat there stunned for a moment. Would somebody say that about us? Are we as focused on saving those who are drowning in the sea of sin and despair, like those Coast Guard Rescue Swimmers are about saving those who are drowning. They may not save them all and we may save all those we come in contact with, but have we tried? Have we given it our best try? I was challenged to focus more on being a witness to those around me. The closing song of this movie was “Never Let Go” by Bryan Adams

Can you lay your life down, so a stranger can live?
Can you take what you need, but take less than you give?
Could you close every day, without the glory and fame?
Could you hold your head high, when no one knows your name?
That’s how legends are made, at least that’s what they say.

We say goodbye, but never let go.
We live, we die, cause you can’t save every soul.
Gotta take every chance to, show that you’re the kinda man who;
Will never look back, never look down,
and never let go.

Can you lose everything, you ever had planned?
Can you sit down again, and play another hand?
Could you risk everything, for the chance of being alone?
Under pressure find the grace, or would you come undone?
That’s how legends are made, at least that’s what they say?

We say goodbye, but never let go.
We live, we die, cause you can’t save every soul.
Gotta take every chance to, show that you’re the kinda man who;
Will never look back, never look down,
and never let go.

Never let go, Never let go, Never let go

Gotta take every chance to, show that you’re the kinda man who;
Will never look back, never look down,
and never let go.

We say goodbye, but never let go.
We live, we die, ‘but you can’t save every soul.
Gotta take every chance to, show that you’re the kinda man who;
Will never look back, never look down,
and never let go.

Will never look back, never look down,
and never let go.

Never let go, Never let go, Never let go


Confessions

Okay….so I have a confession to make. Probably the biggest issue that I have to deal with on a daily basis is people. I am by nature an introvert and I am perfectly okay to be left alone. I can be extroverted when I need to be but sometimes it can be very draining for me. That is when I go into my introvert shell. Anyway, there is a person that I am really struggling with. Her attitude and negativity really get to me. She pouts when she does not get her way, and is often catered too by people in leadership positions. I have really had to pray this because I do not want my attitude to be affected. I know that my reaction is my responsibility. I have learned that when I have a conflict with someone, the best thing that I can do is pray. First I pray that God will change my attitude toward that person and then I pray that God will bless them. This is not always easy for me to do. I am a take you or leave you person. There is not much in between for me. I either like you or I don’t. This is one area that God has really had to do some major refining in my life. I do strive to see people the way that God sees them. When I give them over to God, then it is no longer me trying to fix them but God doing the work that needs to be done in both of our lives.