Monday, September 28, 2009

Thursday night blessing

This past Thursday night Dr. David Jeremiah came to town. I have been looking forward to this event for months now and what a blessing it was!

Dr. Jeremiah is the Senior Pastor at Shadow Mountain Community Church in the San Diego area of California. He is a gifted teacher, author and speaker and my Sweet Hubby and I enjoyed watching his televised "Turning Point" every week. I still do...

Here is a snippet of what he delivered Thursday evening:

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Dr. David Jeremiah at The Ted, 9/24/09

The focus of Dr. Jeremiah's talk was how we should be living as we wait for the return of our Savior, Jesus Christ.

  1. We are to watch vigilantly!
  2. We are to war valiantly!
  3. We are to walk virtuously and...
  4. We are to wait victoriously!

He spoke of salvation...

PAST salvation ~ I have been saved (from the penalty of sin)
PRESENT salvation ~ I am being saved (from the power of sin)
FUTURE salvation ~ I will be saved (from the presence of sin)

He spoke of sin and how the Bible tells us to RUN from four things:
  • idolatry
  • youthful lusts
  • materialism
  • sexual immorality

Two natures beat within my breast;
The one is foul, the one is blessed.
The one I love, the one I hate;
The one I feed will dominate.

He advised us to "Pray to God, but row away from the rocks!" In other words, avoid the things we know will hurt us! Rely on God for our strength in all things, but especially when we are being tempted!

I could have listened to his counsel for days and days...the event was "sold out" (even though the tickets were free) and there was literally standing room only. I arrived early and was so thankful I the time to begin drew near they announced that traffic was backed up for 20 minutes in all directions! Dr. Jeremiah graciously extended the worship music to allow as many to arrive as possible! Hallelujah!!

The evening kicked off with wonderful praise and worship music led by Charles Billingsley who currently leads worship at Thomas Road Baptist Church in Lynchburg, Virginia as well as Joi Bolling from Shadow Mountain Community Church. We were introduced to a new song - written by Liberty University student Travis Doucette. It's a beautiful song based on the first chapter of Colossians...and it's today's Music Monday feature. I wish I had a better video to offer, but it's please bear with this one!

"He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation." Colossians 1:15

God of the Ages ~ Charles Billingsley

And here's one that Joi sang...

Through the Fire ~ Joi Bowling

What a voice! Dr. Jeremiah said she is working on a CD - that's one I'll buy for sure!

I wish I could have packed you all up and taken you with was quite a night.

"And do this, understanding the present time. The hour has come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed."
Romans 13:11

Monday, September 21, 2009

The beginning of it all

Yesterday was the anniversary of our first date. We began as friends...and praise God, we remained the best of friends throughout our marriage. At some point, my Sweet Hubby asked me out. I told him it was not a date, rather an outing. Crazy, right?! He said he didn't care what I called it as long as he could pick me up and take me to a movie! And so it began.

He truly was my best friend. Outside of work hours, when you saw one - you usually saw the other. Rarely did we do anything apart. We just preferred each other's company over all others. Which makes all of this now so very difficult. But you know? I wouldn't change one second of what we had. It was a great love and I'm so grateful, so thankful to the Father that He blessed us with the life we shared. The love we was a gift.

It was the best "outing" of my life.

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I Will Be Here ~ Steven Curtis Chapman

"The voice of my beloved! Behold, he comes leaping on the mountains, skipping on the hills." Song of Solomon 2:8

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Special Delivery

Finally. After months and months of looking and planning. Followed by yet more months of's here. Finally.

This is a view of the reverse side...I'm not comfortable posting a picture of the front since my blog is open to the public. But I can tell you it turned out beautifully.

I was at the cemetery for the installation and the two gentlemen who installed it couldn't have been more painstaking. I had no idea what was involved, but it was alot and they were wonderful - through my tears and all! Once the stone was in place they stayed to be sure I was satisfied with everything. I was. I am. Except that it has to be there at all. I would so change that if only I could...

One thing I can change - and that's my mind! Here's a little peek at a bit of the front.

Forever...then Rome. I'll save that for another day.

"But if it is preached that Christ has been raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? If there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised." 1 Corinthians 15:12-13

Friday, September 18, 2009

Pulse check

Thanks for your comments and emails of concern. I'm still here. Still alive and kickin'.

Something good is supposed to be happening today...I'm not going to share it just yet in case it doesn't come through as planned. But perhaps tomorrow. Same time, same place!

"I thank God, whom I serve, as my forefathers did, with a clear conscience, as night and day I constantly remember you in my prayers." 2 Timothy 1:3

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Another milestone

And I so appreciate those of you who remember along with me. God bless...

10 months with the Lord...missing you and loving you always.

"I thank my God every time I remember you." Philippians 1:3

Monday, September 7, 2009

Waiting upon Him

Sometimes it's the hardest thing to do. But I am determined...

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Everlasting God ~ Lincoln Brewster

"Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint." Isaiah 40:28-31

I wish you all a happy and safe Labor Day holiday.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

A special day

Happy Birthday Sweetheart. I love you.
Always, Your True

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Just two words...

Thank you. You have no idea what your loving support means right now - truly you don't. So...thank you.

"Call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify Me." Psalm 50:15