Friday, February 29, 2008
Thursday, February 28, 2008
Dr. Adam...I need you!
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
It's unusual to feel this good after an adjustment, so I'm sort of in awe. I could tell right away that my neck was loose and free moving. I'm excited about what tomorrow might hold... a pain free day? There is hope.
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Monday, February 25, 2008
2/25/08 - Time For Bed?
Originally uploaded by discoveringliz
Rich went to bed early because he hasn't been feeling well with migraines for days. About 8:30 I noticed Dixie wasn't in the living room with me, and I got a little curious to know where she had gotten to. I sort of had a hunch she might have gone to her crate, so I went and took a look.
There she was! She had put herself to bed without a word spoken from me. She must have had a hard day. She rarely goes to her crate to sleep. She'd much rather lay out in the middle of the cold, hard kitchen floor. Crazy dog...
2/24/08 - Goin' To Texas
Originally uploaded by discoveringliz
Mary is a friend from church. Doesn't she have a great smile? I love this picture I took yesterday. It reflects her personality.
She's a nanny, who has been between assignments for six months. Sunday we had a farewell lunch with her to send her off to her new assignment in Texas. She's going to be caring for 3 children, and it's going to be a challenge. She's loves kids, though, and we're looking forward to hearing about all their antics.
We've been razzing her about everything she can expect in Texas. Of course, we Hoosiers can only guess what things are like there. If anything, we know it's going to be warmer than it is in Indiana. I've told her that she really needs to enjoy the rodeo, and she better get a big hat and some cowgirl boots. I'm going to be expecting a picture in her new garb once she gets settled.
Bye, Mary. We love you!
Saturday, February 23, 2008
As for the lessons I've been learning, that's where the pain and tears come in. I'm going through some spiritual changes here, and it hurts to be disciplined. There are hours when I believe God is going to make everything right. Then there are moments that everything seems so hard. Moments when I think things will surely fall apart. I can't seem to stay in any one particular place - trust or doubt. I can't even say for sure that my doubt is in God. I think my doubt is more in myself and whether or not I will obey Him. I can be stubborn.
And then there's the question, Why so many lessons at once? Do I really need to be tested in every tender place of my heart? Can't I just have one at a time? I'm feeling it from all sides: in friendships, in weight loss, physical pain, in my marriage, at work, in my church... It feels like the trials are just piled on, one after another. Still, I can't escape the knowlege that God is in control, and He disciplines us for our good. I must come to the conclusion then that if I'm being tested in all these ways right now, God planned it and I am able to bear it.
Friday, February 22, 2008
2/21/08 - Surprise
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Last week my friend Judy went to Pennsylvania for a week-long visit to see her daughter's family. Their little guy Blake is 5 1/2 mos. old, and his grandma adores him. I have been dying to meet him because I've been told he is the most precious baby EVER, so I've just sort of had to bide my time, looking at pictures and hearing grandma stories.
On Sunday morning Judy was home and came to church... with a surprise. She had brought her daughter and grandson back with her for a visit home. It was so exciting, and nobody was expecting it! Our church was buzzing with whispers of their arrival.
Blake has been making the rounds this week to try to meet everyone. He's been hitting all the good restaurants in town, too. Thursday night we went out for pizza, and I think he really enjoyed it.
It's been so fun to see them. That was the best surprise.
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Why hasn't anyone noticed that my hair color has changed? I spent a lot of time at the store last week choosing just the right one. I know it's vain of me, but c'mon. When you spend money on something like that, you know deep in your heart that you want somebody to say something, even if it's only an --oh, you colored your hair. It's a noticeable change. I went from dark brown to dark auburn. I mean, there's RED IN MY HAIR, people! RED.
Thank you. I feel much better now for having expressed myself. You may now go back to whatever you were doing.
Monday, February 18, 2008
2/18/08 - Snow Again
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Anybody else tired of snow? Seems like we've had snow every other day for the whole winter. This is what it has looked like off and on today in my neck of the woods (northern Indiana).
I guess I haven't been paying too much attention to weather forecasts because I didn't know we were going to get snow today. I looked out my office window at 9:00 and saw this scene, obviously to my surprise. My first thought was, "Ugh!!! More snow?" But then my mind immediately went to my "year in photos," and if that didn't just brighten my day. I quickly ran outside to snap a couple pictures.
Yeah, I'm crazy like that.
Her blog is It's a Small World. (Yeah, we're a Disney family, if you were wonderin'.)
Sunday, February 17, 2008
Saturday, February 16, 2008
I probably won't blog about every single photo I take. In fact, I know I won't, but you will be seeing some of them. I've had fun over at flickr.com, trying to get everything set just the way I want it. I haven't really used their service before, so I had no idea what to do with everything and where the various tools were located. It took me awhile, but I finally figured some things out. The most exciting discovery was when I found the "blog this" button. I can blog on a photo, and they'll send it right to Blogger for me. Thank you, flickr!
If you'd like to read more about this photo project, you can head over to Photojojo where Project 365 is explained.
Remember the other day when I posted about my neck and shoulder pain? Well, I had been feeling progressively better each day....until TODAY. I woke up with extreme pain on the left side of my neck, and I can hardly turn my head to the right. Ugh! It's worse than before.
I may have aggravated whatever is already going on in there. I awoke in the middle of the night and discovered my left arm up over my head. I have no idea how long I had been sleeping like that. That's sure to put a kink in my neck!
So this is a picture of how my day will look - Ibuprofen and Dove chocolate. How else does a girl spell relief? It's really too bad because the sun is out, there's not a cloud in the sky, and it's not snowing. I'd rather be out there enjoying that, but I guess the Lord has something else planned for me. Remember? God is sovereign and in control of every detail of my life. (Just need to preach to myself here.)
By the way, I'm starting a new project. I will be capturing my life in photos through the rest of the year. One photo a day. I got the idea from The Gremlin Wrangler, who got it from someone else's photo blog. I think it will be pretty cool. I'll be putting up a link to my flickr page, if you care to follow along.
Friday, February 15, 2008
In order to change the heart of our communication, author Paul Tripp teaches that we need to believe some things about God. If we believe anything other than the truth of the Bible, our hearts will be full of idols and our communication will betray what's really going on in our hearts. What we're talking about is belief in the sovereignty of God in all things.
Today's reading was his third point, God rules over the specific details of our lives. That means every circumstance we face, good and bad, God has purposefully allowed in our lives. It means that every person who rubs us the wrong way, who seems to be out to get us, who we wouldn't mind if they fell off the face of the earth, God has brought them into our lives with a purpose. As much as I'd like to believe it's accidental or I was just in the wrong place at the wrong time, it's hard to argue with the reality of God's control of everything. The amazing thing is that God not only directs me specifically, He's also directing every other human being specifically at the same time. It's one of those things about God that is just so hard to fathom, yet who else but God could do that?
So why does God allow the bad circumstances and the difficult people to touch our lives? It's to refine us like gold.
Job 23:10b says, When He has tested me, I shall come forth as gold. (NKJV)As we go through the "fire" of trying, it brings to the surface the idols that are in our heart. We are so quick to think that a difficult person is what makes us lose our temper or causes us to be bitter, but in reality the pride and selfishness and bitterness was already in our heart. The situation just exposed it. Therefore, the war of words comes into play. What comes out of our mouths reveals what's in our hearts.
Luke 6:45b says, For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks. (NKJV)So as I hear my ungodly communication in the form of unkind, unthankful, bitter words, I am quickly made aware that I've got a heart problem, and it's time to get to the root. Once I see the idol that's there, I can confess it and allow the Holy Spirit to start bringing about change.
I'll end today with this quote from the book:
Maybe you have communication problems over things you think are problems, but God does not. We often focus on people and situations, while God's focus is on us. He is using the things in our lives as tools for accomplishing his work in us. (Paul David Tripp, War of Words, pg. 75)
If you're interested in purchasing the book, you can go directly to Amazon through my affiliate link in the left column. To read the previous post about this topic, this link will take you there. Who Is Sovereign?
Thursday, February 14, 2008
I heart my little blog, and I've only been at it for a few months. It didn't take long to become an addict (much like that Peppermint Mocha gig, but I digress). I can't wait until I celebrate my one-year bloggiversary, just like Amanda.
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Uuuuh...I thought it was Friday. Obviously I've really been paying attention. But the good thing is that I saw a commercial for Walgreens tonight, and they advertise they have everything I need for my valentine. I'm so glad there's one right on the corner across the street from where I work.
Monday, February 11, 2008
I managed to get to all church services and keep my duties at the piano. Although, Monday I woke up to the same amount of pain, so I stayed home from work and spent the morning hours in bed because that was the most comfortable. Gotta love that! It was also bitter BITTER cold outside, so it was another good reason to stay home. Today I'm feeling much better, but I'm only at about 80% yet. I did get to work today because, unfortunately, I learned that being in bed all morning is not the most exciting thing to do day after day.
And for one last update on the Girl Scout cookies... Rich went to the council office near his job this afternoon, and they are still taking orders for cookies, which will arrive during the first week of March. He put in an order for me. What a guy!
Saturday, February 09, 2008
Keep your heart with all diligence, For out of it spring the issues of life.If I don't nip a heart issue in the bud, my mouth is going to tattle on me.
Only when I submit to the rule of God, who has a perfect plan and is in complete control, will I begin to live and speak as he has purposed....When my heart is more controlled by a desire for the creation (a person, possession, position, or experience) than it is by a desire for the Creator, I will seek to control my world (and the people in it) to get what I want.... But when we understand God's sovereignty and submit to his rule, we can live and speak as God has designed. This is the polar opposite of living and pseaking according to our plan, for our control, and for our own glory.
I haven't seen a cookie yet, though.
Friday, February 08, 2008
Wednesday, February 06, 2008
I entered my email at the website for somebody to contact me about how to get my hot, little hands on these babies, but I haven't heard a peep. Not a peep!
In order to more fully understand the urgency here, I need to tell you that for like the past 5 years I thought I had an allergy to flour, which I don't, and I haven't had a Girl Scout cookie in years. Years, people! THIS. IS. VERY. URGENT.
My favorites are the Thin Mints, and I would easily order 5 of those precious, little green boxes. (You too?) I would also be happy with a box each of Tagalongs, Samoas and Peanut Butter Sandwiches. Oh my! What's a girl to do?
Then I was reading over at Musings of a Housewife, and (ugh!) she's got cookies, too! Stashed in her car! Oh, the tragedy of it all. I need cookies!
Tuesday, February 05, 2008
I chose a bootie pattern from my book today, and I started working it with some leftover yarn I have from the blanket I never finished. From the few rounds I have already completed, this seems to be a winner. I'm pretty excited about it! This could open a whole new world for me in crochet. I'll let you know if the booties turn out well.
Monday, February 04, 2008
How many times do we think about the streets of gold, the mansion He's preparing, no sickness, no death, no more tears, seeing our loved ones who have passed away, only to neglect the most treasured gift of Heaven? All those things are incredible and and have been promised to us to enjoy, but I believe they are only the fringe benefits.
Seeing Christ in all His glory and being able to embrace my Savior who reconciled me to the Father is what Heaven is. If there were no golden streets, or mansions, or loved ones, it would still be Heaven if it were just me and my Lord.
He is my delight. He is my hope. He is my joy. He is my reward.
Sunday, February 03, 2008
The critical question for our generation - and for every generation - is this: If you could have heaven, with no sickness, and with all the friends you ever had on earth, and all the food you ever liked, and all the leisure activities you ever enjoyed, and all the natural beauties you ever saw, all the physical pleasures you ever tasted, and no human conflict or any natural disasters, could you be satisfied with heaven, if Christ were not there?
- John Piper, God is the Gospel
Saturday, February 02, 2008
Friday, February 01, 2008
If you found out that you were allergic to your pet, would you find a new home for your pet, or would you deal with it and cope with allergy shots and medication?