Tuesday, May 29, 2007
anyway, saw this video on travis cottrell's blog and thought i'd add it to mine. it's kind of a "recap" video of living proof live in boone, from this past weekend. beth moore taught on biblical happiness and the blessing of asher (deuteronomy 33); you should seriously check it out and start praying it for yourself and your loved ones. God will rock your world. He's amazing like that :).
alright, back to the vbs madness...with a happy heart...because He HAS made me glad.
Saturday, May 26, 2007
all i can think is, "wow." God is amazing and He is so personal...it amazes me that with 8,000 girls at this conference, i felt as though the message was specifically designed for me.
too much is floating around in my heart and my mind to expound on any details but i will say it again, "wow." He is good, He is so very good.
i am unworthy and overwhelmed. praise Him. it's ALL about Him...everything.
Friday, May 25, 2007
so, today i bought a new purse and am hoping that this purse will not be defiled by a bug. (pictured)
my sis and i are headed out to boone, nc, to spend the weekend with beth moore and a few thousand (guessing, here) sistas.
i'm out. :)
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
i'm a girl (i'm good at stating the obvious) but not only am i just a girl...i am a girly girl. i am a girly girl who is NOT a fan of bugs. i try to avoid making strong statements about hating things but i really do hate bugs. bugs of any kind, size, color...ewwww. i just don't like them. they give me the heebie jeebies. i don't usually scream, though. i am one of those people who GASP loudly and then freeze (which does not usually work out very well for me because i am frozen but the bug is usually moving---in my direction!).
yesterday was staff picture day at work. (trust me...the bug hating thing will connect in a moment) they wanted to take "professional" shots of us...in both a casual outfit and a formal/business outfit. for the guys, this is no problem...they just go back to their office and switch their shirts but for girls, this requires planning, lots of different accessories, make up, hair products, and some stress. i will admit that by the time i made it to my office with my outfits, accessories, hair products, etc. in tow...i was a bit on the frustrated side. :) i sat down at my desk to "begin the preparations" for the pictures; i started taking things out of my purse/tote (pictured) when all of a sudden, i saw something black run past my hand. i knew exactly what it was...there was an intruder in my bag...in MY purse. i gasped and lisa, my assistant, came running (she knows me well enough to know when i gasp like that, there's a problem). neither one of us were willing to go after the bug ourselves so my solution was to quickly remove the important items from my bag (wallet, cell phone, iPod, camera, make up bag) and then dump the rest of the contents (bug included) in my trash can. i made a decision that i was willing to part with whatever was left in my purse if it meant i didn't have to touch a bug. so, i dumped everything left into the trash can...and i watched the bug fall out with everything else. ewww. it still gives me the creeps. i sat staring at the trash can waiting, just waiting for the stupid bug to figure out a way to crawl out and possibly even find it's way over to me.........i was not in such a fabulous frame of mind. i'll skip the details but suffice it to say, God provided someone who is far braver than me (or Lisa :) who came in and dug through the trash to retrieve some important documents and loose change that were about to become trash (from my purse) and then she (yes, that's right---SHE---a woman who is not afraid of bugs) killed the ugly little varmint. now, i will tell you that the bug looked HUGE to me but she assured me that it was not a big bug and not a scary bug, either. crisis averted. i still, however, hate bugs. yuck.
on a side note, i had my pictures taken and i was pleased with the little glimpse i got to see from the photographer's camera. yay for that! :)
i realize that this lesson is as old as the hills...it's not new to me and i'm sure it's not new to you but it's truth and i think we all struggle with it at some point, to some degree. i want to feast on the manna that God has for me...today...thinking back of past lessons learned and past provisions isn't good enough. gazing over my shoulder, remembering the things of the past God has done and the ways He has worked aren't enough for today's nourishment. i won't feast on maggoty manna (you know, the manna spoiled after the day God provided it) and why would we want to feast on something that has spoiled when God is willing and wanting to provide manna for TODAY!
Lord, You know how much I want to know so much in the way of answers and explanations.
I have cried and prayed and still I seem to stay in the middle of life’s complications.
All this pursuing leaves me feeling like I’m chasing down the wind but now it’s brought me back to You and I can see again...
This is everything I want, this is everything I need, I want this to be my one consuming passion; everything my heart desires Lord, I want it all to be for You, Jesus, be my magnificent obsession.
So capture my heart again; take me to depths I’ve never been into the riches of Your grace and Your mercy.
Return me to the cross and let me be completely lost in the wonder of the love that You’ve shown me.
Cut through these chains that tie me down to so many lesser things, let all my dreams fall to the ground until this one remains...
You are everything I want, and You are everything I need, Lord, You are all my heart desires You are everything to me.
You are everything I want, You are everything I need, I want You to be my one consuming passion.
Everything my heart desires Lord, I want it all to be for You...I want it all to be for You. ~steven curtis chapman
Friday, May 18, 2007
Thursday, May 17, 2007
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
anyway, back to my favorites...
- food: chicken...cooked any way. i just love chicken
- candy: kit kat or crunchy m & m's
- pens: sharpies...i seriously have a very large collection of both fine point and extra fine point :) in any color you could ever want or desire.
- nickname: grace-a-licious (thanks, jodana)
- game to play: my new favorite is spoons (which, i realize isn't a new game, but it is new to me) but i still love me some mexican train/chicken foot/ak trak/j train :)
- bible verse: zephaniah 3:17
- soft drink: diet coke with lime (it's my new favorite ;)
- breakfast food: cinnamon toast and hot chocolate
- worship song: rescue by travis cottrell; over me by meredith andrews
- hymn: he lives, when i survey the wonderous cross, tis so sweet to trust in Jesus
- flower: tulips, gerbera daisies
- recent purchase: the gtxpress 101 (i am looking forward to it...it will be fabulous)
- food my mom cooks: green pea salad and oven baked chicken
- favorite part of my job: the people
- quote: "life is weird. one day, you're just swimming along...the next thing you know, you're being pulled out of the water by your lips." (it's on a t-shirt i have...long story but it's funny)
- restaurant: chuy's in dallas, tx, (the shirt with the quote listed above was purchased at this restaurant. it's fabulous)
so, there's some random information about me. not serious at all but gives you some insight into the girl who is amy :).
seriously, today is a good day. it's wednesday which means church tonight but i really enjoy seeing all the people, spending time with the kids, and talking with my paid workers. what can i say? i love talking and the neat thing is that it's part of my job on sunday mornings and wednesday nights!
have a fabulous day!
Sunday, May 13, 2007
i'm learning more and more about how people--more specifically, people that are in your life (family/friends) are not perfect...we are all such flawed people but they're special because of the relationship you have. does that make sense? i guess what i'm trying to say is that sometimes i have a "romanticized" view on relationships (friends/family), expecting things to go perfectly. the more i live (and especially in the last year) i'm learning more and more that people aren't perfect, least of all family and friends, but that's what life is about...living out this journey God gives us with our family and our friends. the journey isn't always easy but it's what life is about.
can i just tell you, though, i had fun today. church was beyond crazy (how many times can people yell at you at church?! really. i was so on the verge of tears several times today) but i really enjoyed wishing all the moms a happy mother's day. it's so fun to see all these new mommies with their babies and get to wish them happiness on their first mother's day. i got so carried away, though, that i wished the little delivery boy at outback (takeaway for lunch) a happy mother's day. he just laughed (out loud) at me...i tried to cover it by saying, "well, i meant i hope your mom has a happy mother's day." whatever. i am SO a dork :)
anyway, all in all, it was a good day. i'm thankful for my mom...God has blessed me with a mom who loves me and has shown me that it isn't perfection that's important but authenticity and living out your faith everyday. happy mother's day, mom!
Tuesday, May 8, 2007
Anyway, back to things I've learned. My experience last night at Daniel's game reminded me of lessons to be learned from little league...
- Even though I am a competitor and I am not afraid to admit that I like to win...I can also admit that it is just a little league game for kids. Some of these parents are absolutely crazy and I feel sorry for their kids.
- While winning is the ultimate goal of a game, it's just the surface level goal. The real goal is to teach and develop players...with both skill for the game and character while playing the game. I have no use for coaches who don't teach and model character and good sportsmanship.
- If you show up looking sloppy and give the impression you could care less about how you represent your team on the field, then you probably feel that way. I seriously wanted to yell from my seat, "Boys, tuck your shirts in!!" but I think my nephew would have absolutely died from embarrassment so I refrained. :)
- Be nice to everyone. Period. Even if you think they don't deserve it...kindness is incredibly under-rated.
- Park your car far away from the outfield because your windshield could get smashed with a home run or a foul ball.
- While I love and adore sports, I do not adore cold weather or bugs. I have learned, however, that you will endure things you do not adore for SOMEONE that you do adore.
- Everyone loves to be cheered for and everyone deserves to have a cheering section.
- Strike outs, biased coaches, sitting on the bench are all the unpleasant elements of baseball but you can even learn something from sitting on the bench.
Okay, enough of my list. I've thought a lot since last night about what my nephews are gaining from playing baseball and then it developed into this blog. I love that my nephews play sports and are almost always good at any sport they play (no bias here ;). Last night I left the game disappointed by the outcome but then began to reflect on what could be gleaned from playing just a silly game...I think there's a lot to be learned from little league!
Sunday, May 6, 2007
well, i had that kind of morning. there is just something about church where people seem to lose all common sense. really, most of the time, the children are never the problem but it's almost always the adults that have most of the issues. anyway, like i said, it was a "wheels comin' off day." some sundays i think, "gosh, it was so crazy today...there's no way it could ever be this crazy or chaotic again." wrong. it usually is...the following sunday. if you've never worked in a children's ministry, you may be thinking, what in the world is she talking about?! my church is never crazy or choatic. i do know from experience that craziness and chaos is not just limited to my church on sundays...almost every children's ministry in america experiences this common phenomena. from parents dropping their child off throwing up, sick, with a rash, a 3 yr. old ending up in a 2nd grade class, teachers not showing up, parents not volunteering, etc. But, there are moments, glimpses of hope where you remember what ministry is all about and why you show up every Sunday morning at 7 am...because it's your passion, your calling, and a gift. I had a few of those moments this morning; nothing does your heart good like a toddler or a preschooler waving frantically and shouting your name at the top of his lungs or being given the opportunity to minister to and love on a mom whose heart was breaking. I walked away from that mom with a fresh perspective on my Sunday...the craziness and the chaos is worth it. It was worth it for that one mom to feel loved, supported, and encouraged...it's worth it for her daughter to feel safe, loved, and cared for in our special needs Sunday School class. Sometimes I wonder why in the world God has me where I am because most days, I feel incredibly unworthy and so completely unprepared. I'm thankful, though, for the moments I am reminded of my calling and I am even more thankful that it's not about me but it's about Him. This is His ministry, I just get to play a part---a small, insignificant part where, hopefully, I am doing nothing but giving Him the credit. It's all about Him.
Thursday, May 3, 2007
i'm too surrounded by blessings and amazing things that the Lord has given me to be down and frustrated about something that is truly out of my hands. i'm putting a stake in the ground of my heart today and declaring that because of the Lord's great love, i will NOT be consumed!! He is faithful...He has proven faithful in my life time and time again. i will trust, i will hope, and i will live joyfully because of Him.
praise Him for new days, new beginnings, new mercies, and His unending faithfulness. praise Him.
Wednesday, May 2, 2007
my heart has really been burdened lately because there are all of a sudden so many people around me (maybe not necessarily close in vicinity but who are close to my heart) who are experiencing loss, difficulty, and tragedy. it breaks my heart to think of a lady i have "met" through other friends who just found out she has a brain tumor, my friends who just lost their 2 yr old, my friend who lost 2 fellow officers a couple weeks ago in a senseless crime, the tragedy at va tech, and now a friend of mine who is experiencing a such a horribly difficult time with her daughter and her family. in light of all of this, i've been reflecting about what really matters.
i'm thankful for...
- my faith
- my parents
- my sister (who is my best friend) and my brother-in-law
- my nephews
- my niece
- my friends
- my health (crazy big toe and all :)
- my job...i get to go to work and do something that i love
i'm going to take some time in the coming weeks and let the people in my life know that they're rockstars in my book. everyone needs to know that they're loved and important to someone...i was thinking this morning about how great it would be to have a "fan club"; a group of people that when you're sad, down, insecure, lonely, etc. that you could call and they'd instantly remind you of your strengths and the good things about you. (don't get me wrong...i know that my identity and my security of who i am comes from my relationship with Jesus) but then i realized that i do have a fan club...i have a family who loves me and friends who love me and see past my issues. so, i've decided that i'm going to try harder to let those people know how great i think THEY are! :)
i'm determined for today to be a better day...i'm praying i have a better perspective.
Tuesday, May 1, 2007
-i'm tired of crying
-i'm tired of my eyes being puffy and sore
-i'm tired of being sad
-i'm tired of waiting and hoping that a certain situation will be okay
-i'm tired of feeling like i screwed up
i'm just tired.
ever have one of those days? well, it's been "one of those days" for the past 4 days and i'm not sure the outlook for tomorrow will be any better. oh well...i'll press on and i'll be okay...eventually.
anyway, i digress...i thought i'd try my hand at blogging and see what happens. the thing about all this blogging madness and nonsense is that some people share intensely personal (in my opinion) information about themselves...just throwing it out there in cyberspace for anyone to read. that's really not my style, so, you'll just have to stay along for the ride and see what becomes of my blogging career. i can promise you this: sometimes crazy and quite out of the norm things happen to me so, i can say that i'm sure, at times, it will be interesting and quite possibly even funny.
oh, and for anyone who may ever read this, leave me a comment or two ;) it will make me smile and encourage me in my day.