Today's post is for me as much as it is for anyone. Many of you know Dana, our band leader, and he is always saying "Words that hurt, words that heal...", to remind us to watch our mouths whenever the conversation turns gossipy. Our words have mighty power-for good and for bad. And we can't use the excuse that we just "can't help" what we say. If we have the power of God's spirit in us, we DO have the ability to choose how we use our words. It's about making the right choice. If we are striving to become more like Christ, we can choose to use our words to help and heal others, instead of to hurt them.
James 1:27 says: "If you claim to be religious but don't control your tongue, you are just fooling yourself, and your religion is worthless." Anyone else feel like their religion is a little "worthless" after reading that?? I do.
These are pretty strong words. James is telling us that even if we are religious in other areas of our lives, if we can't control what we SAY, our religion is worthless. He doesn't say this to discourage us from trying to control our tongues, but to remind us that if we DO, we will most likely have the discipline to control ourselves in every other way. The mouth is the hardest thing to guide, because it's just so easy... think about it today!
So sorry everyone but today was suppose to be my turn for a blog... we got in late Sunday evening, really Monday morning and I went to sleep woke up and went about my morning... It is Fall break for our kids in Franklin, Tn. and since we had been gone for several days I paid more attention to my daughter and my "list" than I did my POG responsibilities.
Hope you all understand... we however, had a fantastic time this weekend at our GOG event in Jacksonville, Fl. - the crowd was soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo energetic and gracious -thanks girls!!!
We also had a sold out crowd in Atglen, Pa... We enjoyed sharing the stage with Bob Lenz - a fantastic story teller and a huge heart for Compassion International... He LOVES kids... Bob speaks all over the world at schools educating our teenagers about BULLYING. Thank you Bob for your passion and encouragement to this generation - helping them to be who God created them to be!!
Again, I apologize for my lack of remembrance but I guess this comes with aging - forgetting! Until next time, be safe and enjoy your loved ones!!!
Today it's my turn to encourage you. Well this is what has encouraged me this week. Most of you know this scripture, but read through about 3 times in a a row. Let God's truth and love pour over you. When you are discouraged that you've messed up. Whether it's a relationship with a friend, or as a parent, or as a co-worker. Remind yourself that even in our failures, GOD LOVES US SO MUCH. Yes, we have failed. Yes, he knew that and still made a way:) Thank you Jesus!!!! So go out and "LIVE" the way he has prepared you to live. You might even want to take a listen to "THE GREAT DIVIDE" if you get a chance.
GOD’S WORD Translation (GW)
God Saved Us Because of His Great Love for Us
1You were once dead because of your failures and sins. 2You followed the ways of this present world and its spiritual ruler. This ruler continues to work in people who refuse to obey God. 3All of us once lived among these people, and followed the desires of our corrupt nature. We did what our corrupt desires and thoughts wanted us to do. So, because of our nature, we deserved God’s anger just like everyone else. 4But God is rich in mercy because of his great love for us. 5We were dead because of our failures, but he made us alive together with Christ. (It is God’s kindness[a] that saved you.)6God has brought us back to life together with Christ Jesus and has given us a position in heaven with him. 7He did this through Christ Jesus out of his generosity to us in order to show his extremely rich kindness in the world to come. 8God saved you through faith as an act of kindness. You had nothing to do with it. Being saved is a gift from God. 9It’s not the result of anything you’ve done, so no one can brag about it. 10God has made us what we are. He has created us in Christ Jesus to live lives filled with good works that he has prepared for us to do.
Be blessed today:)
Ouachita Baptist University Homecoming
Last weekend I had the joy of returning my college campus to celebrate my (a-hem*) 20 YEAR college Homecoming. I SERIOUSLY cannot believe it has been that long. As most of you know, OBU is where Point of Grace was formed, when Denise and I were Juniors. So actually, POG is 21 years old. That would be ok if we had started when we were 12.
I wanted to show you my Little Rock/Arkadelphia weekend in pictures. I sang the national anthem at the football game on Saturday. I'm not gonna say I wasn't nervous a little. The words always freak me out. I wrote a few cheats on my hand, just in case. I didn't have to use them, but it made me feel better knowing they were there.
On Friday my mom and I drove down to OBU from Little Rock. I received an Alumni Milestone Award for the class of '91. It was so sweet of them to honor me with this.
There were six of us who received the award. Friday we did a panel discussion about our experience at OBU for perspective students and their parents. Afterwards, we all ate lunch together and I got to spend a little time with Rex Horne and his wife. He is the newest president of our University and he is doing a great job. The campus has never looked better.
In between OBU stuff, I got to spend some time with lots of family members. Here is Caroline and her cousins, Grant and Davis on Friday night.
This was really special. My dad retired back in May. His clinic had a big party for him and everyone got him cards and special gifts. His head nurse, Mary, who he has worked with for years took pictures of Caroline and her cousins back in May when we were in Little Rock for his party so she could do a REALLY SPECIAL gift for him. She is an INCREDIBLE drawer and oil painter.
She has been working on this oil ever since, and Friday night she and her husband came over for dinner and the big "unveiling presentation."
WE WERE BLOWN AWAY and my dad was thrilled!!!!
The painting looks JUST like them. We told Mary (pictured) that she could make thousands of dollars doing this.The picture above the fireplace of me, my sister, our husbands and dogs (before children) was quickly removed to make room for the new stars of the show-the grandkids. We're ok with that.
Saturday we went to the game. I had to get the kids OBU shirts. Don't they look so cute. Caroline said on the way home she might go to OBU, they had a blast there and everyone was so nice to them...I guess I WILL be moving back to Arkansas if that happens!! :0)
These are some friends we saw on campus that day. I went to school with Scott Snider (gray shirt) and we always had lots of fun together. He is hilarious! We both found our spouses after we left OBU. This is his sweet wife Mary and their three kids. Aren't they a great looking family?! He said he needed to sign a release to be in my blog...haha
These sweet people have not aged ONE single bit. Bart, Kimberly, Kelly and John. They all dated in college and went on to get married and have beautiful kids. Kimberly (gray shirt) and I were in the same class and pledged Chi Delta together. I swear she still looks 20. I'm just laughing to myself right now, because in these two pictures of friends I saw, you are looking at perhaps three of the wildest, craziest boys that went to OBU during my time there...Scott Snider, Bart Ferguson, and John McQuistion. They were ALWAYS up for the party. Or throwing it.
So good to see everyone!
This is Caroline with the current Miss Arkansas, Kristin Glover. She is an OBU grad, will compete in Miss America in January, and received the same award I did for the class of 2011.
We were the only two girls. Nice. 20-something beauty queen and 42 year old....something.
I LOVED standing by her in photos. NOT.
Here I am at halftime receiving my award. Seriously, those cheerleaders look 12. Did we look like that in college?? I just don't think we did.
Also, my dad and husband were most impressed with the '01 recipient to my right. Brent Gambill. He is the executive producer for Major League Baseball on the Sirius Satellite network. Yep. My dad asked if he needed anyone to carry his bags to all those games!
Everyone was so sweet and it was neat to feel the unique loyalty and connection that all OBU grads have with one another.
Thanks to everyone at OBU for making me and my family feel so welcome. It was good to be "home."
Fourteen!!!!!! Is it really possible? I can't believe it. My first born is 14! Why does 14 sound so much older than 13? I know..... it's sad, I'm sitting here typing and crying at the same time. My heart is full of joy at what both of my boys bring to my life, but I can't believe that I have less than 5 years with him at home under my roof. It would be God's timing that in my Bible study this week we were studying Abraham and how he was willing to give up Isaac as an offering because God asked him to. When it comes to our kids it sure is hard to "let go and let God" do His work within them. That is what I'm trying to do though. I want to learn how not to parent in fear. I'm so fickle though. One second I will try to take a deep breath and calmly talk about things, then the next minute I blow a fuse because he didn't get the grade I expected him to get. Yuck on me.
Here he is.... the birthday boy. At the 8th grade recognition. I had a better official picture, but couldn't figure out how to make my scanner work.
He had a few friends go bowling the other night after our Homecoming Football Game. Yes, there are a few girls in the picture. Supposedly they are just friends:) Stu says I'm overprotective!!! They are sweet girls though. We call them the A's because all of their names begin with A. Anna, Abby, Allie, and Audrey. I'm still having to get used to the idea. I don't understand why girls aren't ugly in 8th grade. Anyway, it was fun watching them all interact and be silly.
Can't I just keep holding him? No of course not. So what do I do instead? Make his favorite meals. lol
This morning I got up at 5 to pre-cook some of dinner because I don't have time this afternoon. He wants our Creamy Chicken Enchiladas from the Cookbook w/ Spanish rice and of course Shelley's Mom's salsa and chips. So at 5 a.m. I'm sauteing onions and cooking salsa. It didn't really smell that appetizing at the time. Then he wanted cinnamon rolls for breakfast. Thank goodness that he doesn't mean homemade rolls. Pillsbury does just fine:) He ate the whole can besides 2. One for Price and one for Stu. Later on I'll be picking up a big cookie from "Great American Cookie Co". I'm going to have to run a lot of extra miles to participate in today's events. For lunch he wants me to bring him a footlong Meatball Sub from Subway. Can you tell he is on a growth spurt?
Anyway, I say this to Spence. You are so special to me. I'm proud of the young man you are growing into. You love God and it shows by the way you care about your friends, teachers, coaches, parents, and sometimes your little brother. lol. I know that you are going to make some mistakes along the way, but I want you to know that we will love you. Like that book I used to read you says, "I love forever, I like you for always, as long as I'm living my baby you'll be". Happy Birthday my sweet Spence.
Okay, moving along. It's also "Boomer's" Bday as well. He was actually born in August, but we brought him home on Spence's birthday 6 years ago.
Well enough of birthdays, but when I think of birthdays, it makes me think of cake and ice cream, which makes me think of this.....
Have you tried it?uhhhhhh it's sooooo delicious. haha we talked yesterday at our "fun and fit group" about eating clean. Well this isn't on the menu. But is sure is good! I'm loving all of the fall flavors, smells, and decorations. I haven't even come close to carving a pumpkin yet. Good for Leigh!!
Well have a blessed day. Enjoy the moments. They go so fast. (sniff sniff) - still crying.