Saturday, December 27, 2008
Dec 26 2008 7:05PM
It may be a miracle a family got out of a burning church safely this morning. A fire started in the Bismarck Bible Baptist church around 2:30 a.m.
A family moving to town was staying in the prophet's chamber (a small apartment). That's where the fire started. Their little girl woke up sick and that's when the mom noticed flames near the washing machine. The family was able to get out of the church fast enough.
Pastor Jeff Olson says that's the blessing.(Pastor Jeff Olson / Bible Baptist Church) "we don't have a total loss, someone here but no one got hurt, help was able to get here quickly, they said with the old plaster the building would have gone up quickly.
My faith is in that God protected us and took care of us, now it's a matter of following his lead ~ not ours."
The Insurance adjustor says the church is fixable. The sanctuary has smoke damage the fire damage is more extensive in the basement. An inspector described the beams as being beyond charred.
"We have a good solid core of members. I know them and know we will come together and come up with a solution of what to do in the short term."
Olson says he's not sure what the congregation will do this Sunday, however he says the church of about 35 members will move forward...
Monday, December 22, 2008
My college advisor emailed me last Thursday to let me know that I was officially done and everything for my degree has been completed. But what was even more exciting was that I graduated with honors........my GPA was 4.0!!!
Thanks to everyone who prayed for me over the last 2 years while I undertook that major task. There were times I wanted to quit, but you would encourage me to continue. I can know look back and see that it was through those prayers and the grace of the Lord that I was able to do all of that!!
Now, about my home life now that school is no longer a factor. For those who don’t know me very well, I have a tendency to get kind of obsessive/compulsive about things. So I try my best not to let that happen. In order to keep from literally working my family to death trying to get everything I want done around the house AI have gone back to one of my favorite websites ~~ FlyLady.
Through following their routine my house is starting to shine again, but I’m not obsessive about getting it there. We do small things at a time and do them in a fun way. And most importantly it is working marvelously – not that I ever doubted it, because I used to follow this method for years.
Even with a busy week ahead, I know that everything will get done in a timely manner and we’ll still have time to enjoy ourselves.
So anyone else have any special plans for the week??
Monday, December 15, 2008
The weekend was great. It was a time to get caught up on things that had been sadly neglected over the last few months. It was also a time to break out my cross-stitching. Of course, Jeff laughed because I’m still working on a blanket that I started for him when we still lived in Minot (over 10 years ago.) But some day I am going to finish that thing and then he won’t laugh any more.
On a completely different note ~ at church last night (yes, we were able to make it) a verse was read that really touched my heart and I wanted to share it here:
1 Corinthians 15:31 I protest by your rejoicing which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily.
Think about that last line....I die daily.
I had to ask myself, “Do you die to self each day in order to live as Christ would have you to live?” Sadly, many times I would have to say, NO. I get busy doing “stuff.” It isn’t that it is necessarily bad “stuff,” just “stuff” that distracts me from doing what God would have for me to do.
A perfect example for me...God lays it on my heart to call and check on someone. Now, anyone who knows me knows I am NOT a phone person. I strongly dislike talking on the phone. So, I think of a handful of excuses to not make that phone call. If I were to submit to God, die to my flesh, I wouldn’t make those excuses ~ I would make the phone call.
Friends...take time today to put your fleshly wants aside and find out how God would want you to go through your day...and then do it. You will be blessed for your obedience and you will be able to say, “My cup runneth over.”
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Currently there is a blizzard going on outside. The temperature is -11 (with a wind chill near -50). All I can say is BBBRRRRRR!!!!
We got up this morning to get ready for church when we heard that the highway patrol has banned all travel in the entire state of North Dakota. I guess this blizzard is a pretty big one.
So I guess we will, bundle up ~ keep warm ~ stay inside, where it is safe ~ and see how the progresses.
Saturday, December 13, 2008
Praising the Lord is good, pleasant and comely or beautiful.
Do you ever have days that nothing seems to go right?
Instead of griping and complaining about our circumstances, we need to choose to praise the Lord.
Can you sing praise to God in the midst of trials?
Try it; you'll like it and so will God.
Monday, December 08, 2008
Wednesday, December 03, 2008
If you read this today, please take a moment to say a little prayer. This rough draft has to be turned in by 11:55pm tonight. I work until 5om and have church at 7pm. I checked to see if either of my partners responded from my emails last night and I found NOTHING!!! I could just cry.
Tuesday, December 02, 2008
I am the type of person who love’s fully, is fairly open with my emotions, trust’s with all my heart, and tries to find to good in everything and everyone. It’s just who I am. But that also means that many times I get hurt by someone. When I get hurt, it hurts all the way through to my heart. But I am also a person that forgives.
I have had things happen in my life and people have asked my, “how could you possibly forgive them for what they did to you?” My response is, “How could I NOT forgive them.”
Christ gave me the perfect example of forgiveness when he died on the cross for my sins. He was willing to forgive me long before I ever asked for forgiveness. The pain he suffered was more pain than I will ever experience in my lifetime – and He forgave....so how could I not be willing to do the same?
I’ve thought long and hard about this. If I am not willing to forgive how can I ask God to forgive me?
Psalms 25:18 Look upon mine affliction and my pain; and forgive all my sins.
Psalms 86:5 For thou, Lord, art good, and ready to forgive; and plenteous in mercy unto all them that call upon thee.
Matthew 6:15 But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
Matthew 18:35 So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses.
Mark 11:25 And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.
Mark 11:26 But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses.
Monday, December 01, 2008
1. At the end of this week I will no longer be a college student ~ I will have completed my master’s degree.
2. At the end of this week ~ Friday to be exact ~ my precious grandson, Braden Lee, will turn ONE. He is growing up WAY TOO FAST!!!!
3. At the end of this week I will NOT be getting on an airplane headed to India. Due to the terrorist acts and the country in unrest my trip has been indefinitely postponed.
Those are three really big things to happen in a week!! For the first time in a long time I have actually started to make plans for what I am going to do with myself. Here is my list so far:
The kids and I will be going to the YMCA one hour a day, 5 days a week
I am going to begin redoing one room in the house each month. The first room will be the dining room ~ new paint, a new lamp, border and anew curtain.
So ~~~ what does your week look like???
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
I have almost all major assignments done – or at least in the final stages of “done.” Now it is just a matter of putting the finishing touches on them, doing one last presentation and sending out 2 peer evaluations.
Once that is done and I return from India I get to figure out what a “normal” routine will be for me. I’m looking forward to it.
Sunday, November 23, 2008
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Monday, November 17, 2008
I must admit that I don’t really hate
Mondays. I’m probably strange, but
I actually enjoy them....they are the
Start of a new week!!!
1. Submit Executive Summary section of Business Plan (Tonight – the 17th)
2. Submit completed draft of Business Plan (Thursday – the 20th)
3. Complete detailed Strategic Plan (Saturday – the 22nd)
4. Conduct peer evaluation for draft Business plan (Monday – the 24th)
5. Submit final business plan, hard copy of plan, Powerpoint, and video presentation (In other words ~~ the completed thesis) Our group is taping on the 29th.
6. Complete peer evaluation for final Business Plan (Sunday – the 30th)
If I can stay on track I will have completed everything by December 1st!!!! Pray for me – this is a very tight timeline and a lot of major work that needs to be done to accomplish it.
I started my 2009 Bible Reading Schedule this morning ~ and yes, I do know that I’m a little ahead of the game here. I must admit that I didn’t do very well in the daily reading department this year and I want to do better. So....instead of waiting for January – and continuing to put it off – I have started today!!
Things I Will be doing Today:
Conference meeting from 10am – noon
School with kids
Racquetball with Nick at 5pm
Making beef stroganoff for dinner tonight
Get assignment turned in before midnight
Watch some football with my hubby (while doing assignment)
ALL THE NORMAL DAILY STUFF INBETWEEN
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
That is what is so odd. It seems they enjoying complaining, gossiping, saying hurtful things about others, grumbling about little things, and the list goes on and on. The Bible defines such people as “speaking evil.”
How sad!! What is even sadder is that they want those around them to be just as miserable. Well, I for one, am NOT going to surround myself with that unnecessarily anymore. Life is too short.
When I see someone growling in a store I am going to smile and them and point out what a beautiful day it is, when someone tries to complain to me I am going to share a blessing from the Lord with them. Here are some verses I found today to go along with my train of thought regarding evil behavior and speech and that which is good:
Genesis 50:20 But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.
Deuteronomy 30:15 See, I have set before thee this day life and good, and death and evil; (See ~ everyone has a choice every day as to which way they will choose to go!!)
Psalms 34:14 Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it.
Psalms 38:20 They also that render evil for good are mine adversaries; because I follow the thing that good is.
Proverbs 17:13 Whoso rewardeth evil for good, evil shall not depart from his house.
Ecclesiastes 12:14 For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.
Amos 5:14 Seek good, and not evil, that ye may live: and so the LORD, the God of hosts, shall be with you, as ye have spoken.
Amos 5:15 Hate the evil, and love the good, and establish judgment in the gate: it may be that the LORD God of hosts will be gracious unto the remnant of Joseph.
Matthew 12:35 A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things.
Romans 12:9 Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good.
Romans 12:21 Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.
1 Corinthians 15:33 Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.
1 Thessalonians 5:15 See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men.
1 Peter 3:10 For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile:
Monday, November 10, 2008
The countdown is really on now. If I go by the official last day of classes, I have only 30 days of school left ~ BUT.......it doesn’t look like I can go by that date. It looks like I will need to finish sooner than that.
I of my classmates that I am doing a group project with is moving to Japan on December 8th, so we wanted to get done early for him. Now it looks like I may be headed back to India on December 7th ~ yet another reason to finish early. We are trying for the 5th, which means I have 25 days of school left. For so long it seems like this time would never come, now I can’t believe it is almost here!!
Regarding the India thing...it would only be for 2 weeks this time. It would be me and another co-worker, Kristin. We have put some stipulations on it, so we are waiting to hear back as to whether they are willing to meet those. I should have a definite answer sometime this week.
Thought for the Day:
PRAISE GOD ANYHOW!!!!
This statement was made to us during out revival last week – and what a wonderful saying is it. Take some time to REALLY think about it. No matter what is going on in your life, Praise God Anyhow. This is the Biblical thing to do!!
The phrase “rejoice in the Lord” is used 9 times in our Bible. And in those 9 times, not once does it say to only rejoice when things are good. As a matter of fact, just the opposite is true:
Philippians 4:4 Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice.
Did you need that ONE word that is so important in this verse ~~ we are to rejoice ALWAYS!!
Praise and Rejoicing are wonderful things.
"Praise ye the LORD: for it is good to sing praises unto our God; for it is pleasant; and praise is comely." (Psalms 147:1)
Do you ever have days that nothing seems to go right. I think we all do – and some of those days are worse than others. Instead of griping and complaining about our circumstances, we need to praise the Lord.
Here are some examples:
Your car breaks down - praise Him that no one had an accident.
Your furnace broke – thank God for the blankets you have.
All the kids are sick with the flu – thank God for medicine to help them feel better
We could look at much worse things, but I think you get the idea. No matter the circumstances we should praise the Lord. Think of Job.
I will give one more personal example. Anyone who knows me knows that just over 9 years ago our 12 year old son died in an accident and went Home to be with Jesus. Did it break our heart...YES....Did we praise God anyhow....YES, for many reasons – the biggest one being the God allowed us to have Steven with us for 12 years. He could have taken him away earlier, or never given him to us at all. And we know that one day we will all be together again.
Can you sing praise to God in the midst of trials?
Try it, you'll like it and so will God.
Saturday, November 08, 2008
Thursday finally felt like Thursday. Then, just as soon as I was feeling normal we had a blizzard!!
That meant no one worked on Friday, the neighborhood kids didn’t go to school, and all of a sudden Friday felt like Saturday. Hopefully I can go to bed tonight and wake up tomorrow knowing and FEELING like it is Sunday. I’m ready for everything to feel normal!!
Friday, October 31, 2008
By the way, if your dog is too fat, YOU are not getting enough exercise.
Here’s a couple of verses to think about:
Colossians 2:6-7 As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him: Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.
People need to realize just saying they are a Christian or going to church once a week and sleeping through a sermon isn't going to do it. Following Christ is a daily walk ~ not a once in a week ( or every now and then) exercise.
If we are going to make a different in this world, or even in just our own little neighborhood, we will have to demonstrate a "better way" to the world. What has God done for you lately? How about sharing with me – or someone around you what God has done for you today?
"And He walks with me, and He talks with me" is not just a sentimental song. It's a way of life. Enjoy it.
Take time today to put a song in your heart and sing for joy to the Lord. You’ll have a better day.....God promises.
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
This weekend I got a chance to have a long conversation with my sister. Don't get me wrong, we talk all the time, but this conversation was special. You see, I haven't sen my sister in several years, the reason being...she is in prison over 1500 miles away from me. So for these last 3 years our conversations are through letters and phone calls once or twice a month.
But, back to our weekend call. I got the opportunity to tell my sister just how proud I really am of her. She has used this time to work on a lot of issues in her own heart. It hasn't been easy. There have been lots of tears, guilt, anger, shame...you name the emotion she has gone through it.
She gets out of prison in February - and she is scared. But I know with the changes she has made, the issues she has faced, and the love and support of her family she is going to do just fine.
My sister Margaret isn't just my sister....she is my best friend, my confidante, and as my husband says my identical twin that just happened to be born 12 years after me. (No, we don't look alike...but our brains think alike, we complete each others sentences, and we just know what the other one is feeling.)
Someday soon I hope she will see this blog and know just how wonderful I know she is!!!!
Saturday, October 25, 2008
I think I have learned to love more deeply, laugh more often, and forgive more completely just because I have spent so much time alone with God and learning more about those things than I ever did when I was surrounded by all that God had given me. Now, I love the silence and the cherish that time more than ever before because that is when I know God can speak to me and I can hear Him more clearly. I don’t ever want to lose that and I know I’m not explaining in any way that does any justice.
I won’t get all mushy here. I just wanted to share a little of what has changed on the inside. And now to lighten the mood, here are a couple of recent pictures from when my sister and her husband Josh came last weekend. They brought my gorgeous nephew Tristan and he and Braden got to play together. They are absolutely adorable together – I pray they grow up as close as I did with my cousins!!
HEY ~~~ what are these white things that hang in front of the windows????? They must be very special because all the BIG PEOPLE keep telling us NO!!!
Monday, October 13, 2008
Saturday, September 20, 2008
I am travelling with four other people and I am very thankful for their company. Today they all went to a forest to see monkeys, elephants, and tigers (in the wild) and then after dinner they were going to see a snake charmer. I stayed behind to work on my classes and write a humongous paper (that still isn’t done...maybe tomorrow.)
It has been quite an adjustment, in many ways, here in India. I wish I had time to share them all but that would take days. One thing that is very strange for me is how they wait on me hand and foot. As I was writing this I had to stop because they were bringing me my laundry – washed, folded, ironed the whole nine-yards! And they don’t want tipped for it. I have discovered that they will take American chocolate though. A good friend from work told me to bring a lot of that when I came and now I know why – they love it and think it is the biggest treat in the world.
This is kind of hard to see. I will try to get better ones later. The buildings you see in the background are the buildings we drive by as we go to and from work each day. About a half mile past this you enter what is known as Silicon Valley. Silicon Valley is where I work. It is the high tech industry. Other than the people looking different and the guards surrounding the building you would have no idea that you were outside of America.
This is another view from my balcony. This is our pool, which is actually located on a roof. It's hard to believe that looking one way I see this and looking another way I see a shack with a blue tarp.
This is the last view from my balcony. It overlooks some of the other highrises that are in the area.
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Thursday and Friday were pretty long days with working and trying to adjust to a different culture. It really is a different world here. It make me realized just how blessed people in America really are.
One thing that amazes me here is the people. They would do anything in their power to service you. I asked one gentleman if they had any magazines in the hotel and he told me he would bring some to my room. I found out he ran down the street and bought them for me, just because there wasn’t any here. They service your food, dish it up on your paper and when they see that you a re almost done they are right there ready to dish you up seconds.
I am trying many different things – food wise that is – because I will probably never get another opportunity like this again. Here are a few pictures – but I have some others that I will share later.