Monday, March 30, 2009

Motivate Me Monday!

I have really been thinking a lot about being "better" ... about being above average. I really feel like God wants us to excel at all we do. If we are going to take the time to do something, we may as well do it the best we can. At work, at home, at church... even on the ball field. Sometimes it is hard, because if you're anything like me, you just get tired of trying sometimes. Then reality kicks in and you realize that what you're doing is important. It affects everyone around you. I've been making a mental list of things I can improve on. Hmmmm, I probably should write it all down... it's a lot! =)

Be blessed!!

Friday, March 27, 2009

My Husband Rocks...



My husband Rocks because he is "taxi" all week long to our three boys. He sacrifices a lot of time to make sure that the boys get where they need to go... and so that I don't have to take them. I really appreciate him... way more than I let him know.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Who we are...


Have you ever looked at someone and thought "wow... they really have it together". I think a lot of us judge others by outward appearances more than we think. She dresses cute, she has great hair, shes thin, she has a good job, she has "perfect" kids... the list is long. But there are a lot of people that have hurts and confusion going on all the time and you don't even know it. The "look" fine. That person you think has such confidence could be scared to death on the inside. Or the one that you think has the perfect marriage, may be completely miserable and feeling trapped. No one ever really knows what is happening in someone elses life. Everyone struggles. We need to look at our friends and the people that are closest to us through new eyes. Pray for them more and be available more. I know that I get so wrapped up in my own world at times, it is hard to see others hurts ad needs. I want to be more sensitive... to see outside of the box.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Revival!

We have been in revival at my church this week. It has been awesome. Sherlock Bally is the speaker and his knowledge of scripture and end times is amazing. I have heard so many times that the United Stated is not mentioned in the Bible anywhere... but that is so not true! We are everywhere! It gave me a lot to think about. Praying for Israel and our leaders is something I haven't given much thought... but I plan to change my way of thinking.

Work this week has been good. I feel like I've gotten a lot done. It is nice when the phones aren't ringing off the hook!

Softball starts this Saturday night! I can't wait to play. I am soooo ready. I know I will hurt like crazy on Sunday... but it'll be a good pain. =)

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Moving day!

We moved Emma in with us today! It went really smoothe and things are looking good. She had her bed made before we even had the truck unloaded! =) I am looking forward to having her here. I joke about her rearranging furniture and things... but mark my words... my house will constantly be changing from now on. She loves to stay busy and move things around. Life is going to be different... but I think it will be good. We'll have a lot more company. (and chicken and dumplings) Matthew thinks Nana is here to cook for him. I am no longer outnumbered as the only female in the house. Even my dog and cat are boys! Well, I am off to the grocery store. Have a fabulous weekend! Love you!

Friday, March 20, 2009

Bring out the best...

"Anxiety in a man's heart weighs him down, but a good word makes him glad." Proverbs 12:25

When we speak... we can either lift others up or bring them down... it's our choice. Once our words are out of our mouths... they can't be taken back, even if we really didn't mean it. We should use our conversations as an opportunity to give gifts of words to our friends and family. It takes no time, trouble or thought to be critical. So how about you? Are your words presents, wrapped up with ribbon and a pretty bow on top?

I know I need to work on that area of my life. It is easy to be critical and insensitive of the ones we love the most. We should always try to bring out the best in someone. Just something to think about.

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, March 19, 2009

My day off...

It's another beautiful Thursday! I love having the day off. I get so much done. Today I vacuumed Emma's room and shampooed the carpets (getting it ready for her to move in on Saturday). Cleaned her windows and blinds. Did laundry. Rearranged furniture in Kevin Lee's room and hung up all of his clean clothes! (that he should have hung up a lonnnnnng time ago). Picked up Emma and took her to my dad's grave. Today would have been my dad's 75th birthday. We took balloons and flowers out there. Then we ate lunch at Los Hermanos and went to Smith's bakery to get a birthday cake. Yes... we are celebrating without my dad... because he LOVED pink champaigne cake and it brings back good memories for us. Anyway... Smith's was out of cakes, so we went to Green Frog Market and got one. (I did not know there was a Smiths bakery in that store!) Took Emma home and loaded my car full of stuff to move to my house. Came home, unloaded my car and have been cleaning house ever since. Whew. What a day! It feels really good to get a lot done. I know that the office is getting busier and busier every day, so my Thursdays off are probably going to come to an end soon. I will miss them! Well, back to cleaning.
Happy Birthday Dad... I miss you!

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Thank you Jesus!

This morning during my quiet time, I realized how very blessed I am to have a God that loved me so much, He gave His son for me. He made it easy for me... compared to what Moses and Aaron and the Israelites had to do to get forgiven. All of those sacrifices... that was a lot of work! Reading Levitcus is not easy, but it is eye opening to me... showing me how truly amazing God is. I need forgiveness often, for silly things I say/do and thoughts I have. Thank goodness I don't have to scarifice a goat or a dove every time I fail. Thank you Jesus!

I am reading the book "It takes so little to be above Average", and in the chapter I read today, it talked about self image. As a child, I hated the way I looked. I had crooked teeth, thick and unruly hair, hand me down clothes. I had a very negative attitude about myself. As an adult, I have realized that there are things I can change... I had a gap between my teeth, so I had the dentist fix that. I was overweight, so I started eating better and lost it. I learned how to use a flat iron and now my hair is straight and managable! =) I think I dress quite cute now too... but I had to learn how. I read lots of magazines and watched a lot of What Not To Wear. There are still things I do not like... like my thighs... but I can exercise and work on that too (or get lipo! Just kidding... sort of). There is very little we can't change, with a little work. I also realized that a lot of what I thought, came from what others said. No one can change your thoughts but you. Don't let negative people tell you who you are. You are fearfully and wonderfully made... by God! He loves you and wants only the best for you. He has a purpose and a plan for you! Be the best that you can be because you never know whos life you are going to impact. Speak life, not death.

Have a BLESSED day!!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Thankful Tuesday...

Things I am thankful for today...
  • Goals... I love making goals and seeing them happen!
  • My green shirt... no pinches for me!
  • Fresh & Easy... great store!
  • Online banking... it makes my life so much easier
  • Good books... I love to read, especially a book that motivates me
  • My husband... he loves me even when I am unlovable (often!)
  • Facebook... I love keeping in touch with my family and friends
  • My job... I am so blessed
  • Comfy jeans... Love em!
  • Drive thru car washes... my car would never be clean without them
  • Pictures... they help keep memories alive
  • Hot tea... especially London Fog from Starbucks
  • Softball... exercise and fellowship with friends... it's the best!
  • Papermate Extend Pens... they write so good (blue ink!)
  • New clothes... it is so fun to wear something that makes you feel good
  • Texting... I love being able to tell people things instantly
  • My Bible... for keeping me in line! God is so good and speaks to me clearly through His Word.

What are you thankful for today? Leave comments! =)

Monday, March 16, 2009

It takes so little to be Above Average...

It's Motivate Me Monday time! And I am motivated!! The past couple of month's have been a struggle for me. I lost my focus and let myself slip into a place that was foggy. (Being from Bakersfield... that term makes sense!) Well, I am back! I've got my head on straight, my heart in the right place and most importantly... my mind is focused and ready to take on a new day. I read a book years ago called "It takes so little to be Above Average" by Florence Litttauer. It is a book that motivates and encourages you to be more... and that is exactly what I want to be, I want to stand out from the crowd and to shine... to be Radiant! (That's a plug for the LIFT Conference) =) I am passionate about my family, my job, my ministry... so that needs to shine through in all that I say and do. When others look at me or hear what I have to say, I want them to be inspired, encouraged and motivated. Here I am Lord, use me! I have a lot of "stuff" going on right now, mentally and physically... but I am not going to step back and let the enemy steal my destiny. I KNOW that I have a call on my life and that God has big things in store for me. I am excited to step into that "dream" and enjoy every moment of it. Pastor Mark said that God uses our "stuff" to push us forward sometimes. If we never went through anything... would we move from where we are to where we're suppose to be? Our problems can be a springboard for us. So don't give up! Don't stop believeing in yourself... get up, dust yourself off and move ahead... Be Above Average! Don't settle for anything but the best... you're worth it!

To read more Motivate Me Monday Posts... head over to Sarah Mae's blog at... http://likeawarmcupofcoffee.blogspot.com/ and enjoy!

Friday, March 13, 2009

Things I am passionate about...

Pastor has been preaching on what we are passionate about so I decided to make a list...
  • I am passionate about my relationship with the Lord. When I think about all that God has blessed me with and who He is to me... it makes me smile.
  • I am passionate about my family. I love being a mom especially. Yes, the teen years are harder than the toddler years, but I still adore my babies and can't wait to see what God has in store for them.
  • I am passionate about Women's Ministries. I love the planning and the joy I see when the ladies enjoy something. It is a topic I do not get tired of talking about.
  • I am passionate about my friends. I think I have the best friends ever! I have LOTS of friends... each one special and unique in their own way. I am blessed!!
  • I am passionate about my church. Celebration Church is awesome! We have a vision for our community and I can't wait to see how things unfold in our future. We also have the best pastor's ever.
  • I am passionate about food... clean eating has changed my life and I love telling others about it...when they want to hear it. =) I've lost 40 pounds as of today!
  • I am passionate about my quiet time... I try to guard that time, so that I can spend the first part of my day with the Lord. It is so important to me.

So... what are you passionate about? Share your comments with me! Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Spring Cleaning...

Ugh... my house is a mess. It is time to think about Spring Cleaning. (OK... it is beyond time!) I need to take each room and clean from top to bottom. I am so tempted to hire Merry Maids to come in and just get it done. I think once Ryan has his bedroom moved out of my sitting room, it won't look as bad. I have had his "stuff" sitting there for almost a month now. So anyway... I am going to make a plan... and stick to it! Room by room I am going to clean sweep my house. Time to de-clutter and freshen things up. I'm sure my family will appreciate it.

I have Thursday off... so I will start then. I am going to start with my bedroom, because usually it is the last place I start. It needs some TLC. I've been good about going through my clothes and getting rid of things that I don't wear or that don't fit. (And really good at buying new stuff that does!) There are stacks of things that I have no idea what to do with. Goodwill, here I come again! I give Mr. Goodwill so much stuff! Yet, I never run out. OK... until tomorrow... Hugs.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Rests


This was sent to me in a card when my dad passed away. The cool thing is, the person that sent it had no idea that my dad had a background in music.
God does not write the music of our lives without a plan. Our part is to learn the tune and not be discouraged during the rests. They are not to be slurred over or omitted, nor used to destroy the melody or to change the key. If we will only look up, God Himself will count the time for us. With our eyes on Him, our next note will be full and clear. If we sorrowfully say to ourselves, "There is no music in a rest," let us not forget that the rest is part of the making of the music. The process is often slow and painful in this life, yet how patiently God works to teach us! And how long He waits for us to learn the lesson. John Ruskin

Monday, March 9, 2009

Motivate Me Monday!

Hello!! I'll bet you thought I was going to skip another Monday... LOL... I almost did! I still don't know what I am going to write about. Quiet times have been hard lately. I don't know if it is because I am reading Leviticus... and that is SOOOOO hard to get through at 6am... or if it is because I just feel numb. Nothing seems to be getting through. What do you do when you can't feel anything? Motivate me... I need it!

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Thoughts for Tuesday...

Me and Aunt Linda

OK... so I totally didn't have time to post my Motivate Me Monday post yesterday. Yes, I know, You're all bummed. Well, here is my thought for the day... or actually, my verse for the day...

Proverbs 3:5-7 (Message)

"Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don't try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for God's voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he's the one who will keep you on track."

I cannot begin to describe to you the peace I feel right now, even though it seems like I am being pulled in many different directions at the same time. I have GREAT friends that I KNOW are praying for me. Prayer works. I don't understand why things are the way they are... but God knows. When I think about my dad, I try not to dwell on the sadness of him being gone. I picture him in Heaven and I just imagine his face when he looks at the Lord. Especially the first time he saw Him. It makes me smile.

So... I have this gigantic picture of my dad now (thank you Aunt Linda). I need to get it framed and hang it somewhere. The only wall big enough is my hallway or the garage! LOL... it is BIG! But I love it. My dad would think it was just the right size. You should have seen my face when my Aunt said let me show you the picture I got for your dad's service. She thought it was the same size as the one she got for my sister's service a few years ago... but it is about 6 times bigger! She laughed and said remember I had an anorism and lost my memory for a while (good excuse). =) I have enjoyed being with my family so much. I plan to keep in touch better and cherish the times we have.

My sweet cousin Kelli sent me flowers yesterday. They are so pretty... and my favorites... wildflowers. (in a purple vase!) I am going to take them to work today and enjoy them all day!

Well, have a blessed day and be a blessing to someone else!

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Time to move on...


Yesterday was my dad's memorial service. It was exactly the way he would have wanted it. It was so good to see my family and friends... there were so many people that came. That just shows how much my dad was loved and respected. I miss him so much and I know that there will be good days and bads days... but it is time to move on and accept the change. My step mom is moving in with us soon. We are getting her room ready and looking forward to having her with us.
Today is my oldest sons 19th birthday! I can't believe I have a kid that old. =) We are going to go to church and then take him to Tajoe Joe's for lunch. Tonight we have church again. the youth are doing a dessert auction and my middle son is speaking! I can't wait to hear him... his subject is faithfulness and legacy. It is fitting for this time.
I'll get back on track tomorrow with my Motivate Me Monday post. ((hugs))