Thursday, July 31, 2008
Aquarius/Let the Sun Shine-this always takes me back to the late sixties and early seventies. I got to see the play "Hair" in London and I thought the music was great. Knowing who I am now it probably would seem strange to people that I would enjoy this. I was definitely not a hippie.
The Star Wars Theme--I love the Star Wars movies and I know there is a stigma to people that enjoy them. I love the whole good vs evil theme throughout them. My husband got me into them and Star Trek. I would have to say Harrison Ford was my favorite character.
Henry the Eight, I am by Herman's Hermits--this is another song that takes me back to the 60's. I thought it was such a darling song and I sometimes still get it locked in my head. You know the part, "Second verse, same as the first". So many pop songs are depressing now, there were lots of cutsey songs in the 60's.
Stop in the Name of Love by Diana Ross and the Supremes--My girlfriend Pam and I stood in front of her big bathroom mirror and sang this with the hand motions along with her 45 record about 8 million times. Of course, we had brushes for microphones. We were so cool. I think we called ourselves tuff back then.
R-E-S-P-E-C-T by Aretha Franklin--this was a song of my youth that had the most wonderful beat, in my estimation. I just think this is a neat song and have thought it for over 40 years. I admit it's not something you would hear in the most sophisticated settings, but it's a fun song.
I took away the one originally I had put down. It sounded braggy and that is the last thing I want to sound like. Sorry.
Now I have shared mine. Here's the rules:
1. Post the link to the person who tagged you and post the rules on your blog.
2. Share 5 songs that you are embarrassed to admit to others that you like and tell why.
3. Tag 7 random people at the end of your post.
This was fun and it took me all day to figure out what songs I would not be thrilled about others knowing I liked. You are supposed to link the songs to YouTube, but you know if you are reading this that I am somewhat computer challenged. I'm thrilled I've figured out this much.
I am now tagging, Ruthie at Just Ruthie, Sharon at Techno-Nana, Maggie at Nuts in May, Barb at French Elements, A Woman Who Is at In A Garden. Have fun!
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Sunday, July 27, 2008
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
This week our study focused on the third chapter of the book, "Twisted Sisters". It spoke of our Flesh Woman. We all know we have a 'flesh woman' within us. Joanna Weaver, the insightful author, has us looking at various scriptures to see how we handle our lower nature.
The first scripture is Romans 13:14, "Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the sinful nature." I am reminded that as a person that has always loved fashion, do I put too much emphasis on the outward appearance? Do I seek to clothe myself in what the world looks at as fashionable and not necessarily what I think is what I should be buying? I don't mean revealing, inappropriate clothing, but is a desire to have lots of clothes holding me back from seeking what God would have me be satisfied with? Is the outside woman too important to me?
I realize that in this scripture Paul is not referring to literal clothing, but it hit me that I may be trying to satisfy my 'flesh woman' by trying to put too much emphasis on appearances and maybe that fulfills something in my sinful nature. I know I don't want to look dated and pitiful, but my Mary spirit should shine through and perhaps I do focus on having more and more.
Galatians 5:13, "You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature, rather, serve one another in love." This verse says to me that I can't be self-absorbed and focus on myself, rather than seeking to serve others. Yes, the blood of Jesus has set me free, but this also gives me a responsibility to look for opportunities to share Christ's love. If I stay in my own little world, basking in what the Lord has done for me..me..me, I will not be looking for ways to help others and spread His love. I don't believe there's a certain formula for serving. I think He expects us to be open to his nudging to do what He would have us to do for others.
Colossians 3:5, "Put to death therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed." I take from this scripture that we must turn completely from those old desires. Putting something to death, to me, means expelling it forever from our attention. As Christian women we should be focusing on what is pure and uplifting, not what satisfies our old 'flesh woman'. This reminds me of a song by Nicol Sponberg, that used to sing with Selah, "Not You Again". The lyrics talk about our old self wanting to come back in the picture. The devil knows our weaknesses and he can use them to try and trap us. We need to keep our eyes on the Lord.
The author tells us that even after salvation, Flesh Woman tends to call the shots. She says it takes time and the dark corners of our heart still need to be evangelized. This reminded me that because we have become Christians we have not 'arrived'. There are corners that we may try to keep private and secretly hold old desires.
She gave the analogy that Flesh Woman is still our roommate, but as Christians she will not run the house. I believe having the awareness that she is there is vital. She can no longer control us, says the author. I find that exciting. I want to be Christ-centered and He will show me what He would have me do and where I should put my energy.
Monday, July 21, 2008
Tomorrow I will be doing my once a week study on Having a Mary Spirit. I am so enjoying this book. I hope everyone is starting off with a good week. I have had a sleepy Monday and I pray I will rest better tonight. I will be on-call all this week so they can call me any time day or night until Monday morning the 28th.
My friend, Jeannie, should be getting back from Africa later this week and I can't wait to see how she is doing and what kind of experience she had. I plan on having her and the doctor give a talk on what they got to do. I will keep this short tonight, as tomorrow's post should be longer covering my study for this week.
Thank the Lord for all His blessings!
Sunday, July 20, 2008
Saturday, July 19, 2008
First of all, I want to thank my loving blog friends for their prayers. I do feel much better and not so overwhelmed. It's so good to know I have friends that will pray for me and care. I have tried to focus more on the positive and give the rest to the Lord. I cannot change other people. It's hard enough to change myself.
I have been doing my study on Having a Mary Spirit by Joanna Weaver and it has really helped me. This next week I will be writing about how we have this battle raging within us and going over it this week has helped me to put some things in perspective. I have always had a tendency to want to help people even when they really didn't want me to.
When I was in kindergarten I had a little boyfriend named Donnie. He was so cute with olive skin and big green eyes. We were five but liked each other and held hands when we walked to the lunch room and outside for recess. At the end of every day we had to fold our mats a certain way. We used these mats to rest on for our nap. One afternoon Donnie was having a very difficult time getting his mat to fold up right and he had tried numerous times. I tried to get him to let me help him. He refused. We were the last two children left in the room with the teacher. He started crying and I started crying. I wanted him to let me help him. He was determined that he could do it himself. The teacher let us try and work it out and the tears kept coming. Finally our mothers showed up to pick us from school.
They hugged us and of course, the tears really got going. That was a very stressful situation for two five year olds. As I look back I was beginning a long history of trying to help someone that I am more worked up about helping. than they wanted to be helped. It is not a wonderful thing. It is draining, heart wrenching, and has taken me many years to figure out. Of course, figuring it out doesn't always been I don't fall back into old habits.
When I was in social work I experienced so much frustration. I am much better in the field that I'm currently in. I'm still helping people but I am more removed from the person I'm helping. That's a good thing for me. Again, I thank you for all your prayers and know that I do appreciate it so much.
I wanted to share Avery's new blooms. She loves gardening and has been watering and caring for, and I must add, talking to her flowers for months. She now has new geraniums on the horizon. It thrills her and I am so proud of her new skills.
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Since I was a little girl I have called out to the Lord to help me when I am in crisis situations. He's been there. I can't help but think of the scripture, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." (2 Corinthians 12:9) This is a promise that Christ has given us and I am clinging to it. I am weak and I need to focus on His love.
I am thankful that He is changing me in many ways. I suppose change is always stressful, but I have never been one to be too afraid of change. I look forward to what He has in front of me. I was telling my staff the other day that I remember back over 50 years ago going to the dentist was much different. As a child the smoke from the drill and the terrible sounds were so frightening. I had to go through the drillings, but I prayed the whole time. Tears would run down out both sides of my face. I held the arms of the chair so tight I had to have been white-knuckled. I knew I had to go through this time to get to a better time. Maybe that's where I'm at now. It's hard, but He won't leave me nor forsake me and I will keep running my race.
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
I am participating in a wonderful study with several people. The study was originated by Susanne at Truly Captivating. She is a dedicated woman that plants churches with her husband. This is their calling and she decided to do this study. We are using the book, "Having a Mary Spirit" Allowing God to Change Us From the Inside Out by Joanna Weaver. We know the story of Mary and Martha and their focus. I was interested in going into this study and I'm so glad I have.
This week as one of the study questions we were asked to read Philippians 3:12-14. I have read this passage many times, but after reading in the study about others struggling to know God in a deeper way, these verses really jumped out to me. Paul said in verse 13, "Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead. I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus." NIV.
I think of how Paul had been through so much tribulation and he decided to 'strain' towards what is ahead. He realized that he couldn't focus on the past and the pain. It takes a lot of energy to dwell in the past, living in the things that have hurt us, words that have hurt us and sometimes people that have hurt us to our core. Paul made the decision to strain and focus on what is ahead. God gives us hope and He gives us a purpose to live our lives. When we have dedicated ourselves to Him we, no not we, but Trish, I need to focus on the future and what He would have me to do.
I am praying that He will show me the path He wants me to follow. I cannot, in my own power, accomplish what He wants me to do. I admit that I have dedicated a lot of energy on "what is behind", this I want to let fall away. I pray for the wisdom to see where He wants me to go and what He wants to show me.
This is a deep rich study that I am thoroughly enjoying. The author introduces the information in a way that is thought provoking and has helped me to look at certain areas of my life that I feel the Lord wants to deal with.
This afternoon several of my co-workers and I will go to the funeral home for the viewing of one of my employee's father. He unexpectedly passed away last week and this has brought us all closer. Vanessa was the daughter that had taken care of her daddy for the past couple of years, but he was doing good living on his own now and this was a shock for her. I thank the Lord that I have such wonderful people around me that have rallied for a loved one and helped her to try and get ready to entertain out of town relatives and prepare for all that comes with a loss.
May the Lord bless you today and may we all 'strain toward what is ahead." God is good and He gives us so much.
Sunday, July 13, 2008
Saturday, July 12, 2008
Friday, July 11, 2008
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
Monday, July 7, 2008
It's very difficult to choose 3 out of the several dozen that I read, but I would like to pick the following at this time:
Sharon at Techno Nana is a loving mother and grandmother that shares great pictures of her family and always has such uplifting posts. She's truly got the Gift of Encouragement. In fact, she wrote about encouragement today and it's so typical of her style. Why don't you hop over and check her out?
Vee at A Haven for Vee is a sweetheart that's up in New England. She has gobs of gorgeous flowers. She seems like someone that would make you feel right at home at her haven. She recently had a toothache and I could sense the caring that fellow bloggers had for Vee. She is a great writer and has a variety of subjects I always enjoy. Wander on over, you'll be glad you did.
Judy at My Front Porch is one of my Canadian friends that has a fun site. She has great photography and travels all over the place sharing her wonderful adventures. She lives on a dairy farm and seems to always have the best time. She recently had two of her blogging friends over to share a new swing in her yard. Now, who wouldn't love swinging with friends and looking at such an awesome countryside.
These are some of my favorites, but there are so many. I would like to pass this award along to them as I always enjoy seeing awards and I learn about new sites and new friends with the announcement of the awards. I treasure my award and thank Miss Lavinia Ladyslipper. What a very special person!
Sunday, July 6, 2008
I must tell you that I had a great weekend with Avery. Yesterday we were riding along and she asked me about musical instruments that I learned to play. She is taking piano lessons and her daddy bought her a guitar and she is teaching herself to play it. She wants her own band someday and she writes songs so the guitar playing will come in especially handy.
Anyway, she asked me about my experiences with instruments and I must put this in at the beginning......If you play or love accordions, then please don't be offended. This was just my little experience. It was 50 years ago and I was eight years old. My parents loving Mr. Lawrence Welk, wanted their little girl, Patty, to be an accordion player. I was meek and tended to want to make my parents happy...so I went along with this whole dream for them....for a while.
I would go to this neighbor's house for lessons and the woman told me I could take the accordion home and practice with it to decide if this would be for me. I can't imagine how my face must have looked when she brought it out and I saw this huge instrument with silver decorations all over it. It was gigantic for a child. Plus, it had this odor like it had been sitting in the carrier for a long time. I still can smell it if I close my eyes. Of course, I don't try to think of how it smelled because it makes me want to swallow a lot to keep from vomiting. Well, for three weeks I went to the neighbor's house and struggled with holding this monster accordion and I didn't get very far with it or very good. All that business with the pulling in and out while playing keys was just too much for my brain.
Three weeks after my introduction to the world of music I broke my arm. Yes, I fell off my bike and had a compound fracture. I remember telling my daddy that I just didn't think this was all going to work out and he looked so sweet when I told him. He didn't get angry and thinking back on it, he was probably sick of lugging it back and forth.
Avery and I laughed about my short musical career, that I hadn't thought of in years. That's a special thing about grandchildren...they help you remember awkward and humorous times in your childhood. Who knows, if I would have stayed with it maybe I could have been a famous accordion player in a polka band? or not.
Did you have any false starts with musical instruments?