Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Sunday, March 2, 2008
After only a few weeks over here at blogger, I now remember WHY I went to Wordpress! So, call me crazy but I am going BACK to Wordpress! Yes, I am asking you to follow me back to my "other" blog! The URL is the same as it was before, http://toliveischrist.wordpress.com! I promise that I will not move again for a loooooooooooooong time!
Saturday, March 1, 2008
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Friday, February 29, 2008
OK, I've got few things for freaky friday this week! First, I know haute couture is supposed to be more like art than ready to wear fashion, but these fashions are freaky!
Next, you might think twice before sending your kid overseas for a "year abroad" after you read this story! Freaky!
And did you hear the one about the mom who gave birth to her baby in a train toilet, the baby fell onto the tracks (this happened in India where the toilets empty onto the tracks-eew!) AND the baby survived!!! (thanks mom the heads up on this FREAKY story!)
Hope your friday isn't too freaky!
Thursday, February 28, 2008
Yesterday my 7 years old daughter said this to me...
"Mom, what if our house was Chuck-E-Cheeses!"
You can imagine my response...
Sunday, February 24, 2008
I like to run. I didn't really start running until I was in high school. I took a jogging class for P.E. And as my mom says, like Forrest Gump; one day I started running and I never stopped!
Running is a bittersweet endeavour. I like to run because it gives me energy. It reduces my stress and anxiety and I sleep better. Of course, I have to admit that it also helps me maintain my girlish figure. But there are some down sides to running. Sometimes it hurts. Yes, if I don't run for awhile, my lungs burn, my muscles hurt and I have to psych myself up to endure the pain until I get back into shape. Another down side is the possibility of injury. I have been blessed not to have experienced any major injuries in my running career. But one time I did fall and twist my ankle. It didn't break it, but it was pretty swollen for a few days. Running, like any exercise requires endurance and perseverance. The saying, "No pain, no gain" is so true! If I didn't push through some pain, I would never experience any of the advantages to running. My brother, who was a distance runner in high school, once told me of a mind game he played with himself while on a long run. He would say to himself over and over again, "the pain won't last." I've done that, and it really does help. Endurance and pain are an inevitable part of running and exercise.
So, you are probably beginning see where I am going with this. Many times I have been on my daily run and thought to myself, "this so much like the Christian life." Paul really knew what he was talking about when he likened the Christian life to running a race. "Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes in to strict training. They do it to a get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get crown that will last forever. Therefore I do not run like a man running aimlessly; I do not fight like a man beating the air. No, I beat my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize." I Cor. 9:24-27. Discipline is a part of running and is also a vital ingredient to the spiritual life of any Christian. There are so many times that I just don't feel like going for a run. But I push myself. And like running, there are so many times in my spiritual walk that I don't feel like reading my Bible or checking my motives or controlling my sinful desires. But in order to finish the race and get the prize, I must train myself to run the race in a way as to get the prize.
And what is the prize? Paul tells us in 2 Timothy 4:7-8 "I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day-and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing."
There are so many parallels with running and the Christian life that I could go on for a good long time! Pain is just another parallel. When I run it hurts. It doesn't always hurt, or I wouldn't ever run. But just like in life we experience pain. But we must run through it. Yes, maybe we slow down, but we must never stop completely. We must never give up the course marked before us. Jesus is our example. He ran the race and finished with victory! Hebrews 12:1-3 says, " Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles us, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart." I don't know about you, but this gets me psyched up to run the race! It makes me want to run through the pain, to get up when I fall and to finish with a prize! Thanks for reading!
Saturday, February 23, 2008
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Friday, February 22, 2008
As if the celebrity morphing wasn't freaky enough...Okay, this morning my mom and I saw 7:11 on the clock, which brought up the subject that I often see patterns of numbers on the clock. For example, very frequently I see 9:11 on the clock, many times at both the am and pm hours! Yikes! And I see my birthday, which I won't tell you for privacy reasons. But, just wondering if ya'll see creepy, freaky number patterns on the clock or in everyday life! Other patterns could be 1:23, or 4:56. Please, help me know that I'm not going crazy!
Thursday, February 21, 2008
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Wednesday, February 20, 2008
I just read a heart wrenching post on Radical Womanhood. It is entitled "Wannabe Soccer Mom"I highly recommend reading it as it describes one mom's struggle with working and putting her kids in daycare. I can't judge this mom (as it wouldn't be "PC")...and I happen to babysit a kid who's mom works. But is disturbing to me on more than one level. Is it worth it in our culture to have, have, have, buy, buy, buy...all the while only spending a few hours with your kid(s)? I understand that some women do not have a choice, and that is even more unfortunate. But, for a woman who basically works just to have the big house, the nice car, the Disneyland vacation, the boat, the everything! I just can't shake the sad feeling I get for her and her children. Read this article, you'll get what I'm saying! I know this all seems random, I haven't quite organized my thoughts, I just know that staying home with the kids does require some sacrifice, of which I am familiar with, so I do have a voice in this issue. If I wanted more "stuff" I could go to work, but I don't, cause I realize that my children need me at home. Yes, I understand that there are situations where some mom's are forced to work, but in the case of working just to have the "American Dream", I just can't relate. And I think this mom in "Wannabe Soccer Mom" makes my point.
Tonight there will be a lunar eclipse! How cool is that? Most of our country will be able to view it! So, if you want more info on this awesome show, click here!
The main event begins at 9:01 p.m. ET, when the moon is completely covered by the darkest part of Earth's shadow. That translates to 8:01 p.m. CT, 7:01 p.m. MT and 6:01 p.m. PT. The total phase of the eclipse lasts 51 minutes, and the moon starts coming out of the darkest shadow, or umbra, at 9:52 p.m. ET. (taken from above link)
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Thanks to the recommendation of a fellow blogger, Just A Mom, my husband and I watched the documentary, The Untold Story of Emmett Louis Till. It is the true story of a 14 year old young man who was brutally lynched in Jim Crow Mississippi. In 1955 young Emmett traveled to Mississippi to visit family. Being raised in Chicago, he was not accustomed to the Jim Crow laws or the severe racism that existed in the South. One summer day he whistled at a white woman and would later pay with his life. Later that night two white men showed up at the home where he was staying, dragged him out of bed and took him away. They savagely beat him (beyond recognition) and threw him in a river. In a joke of a trial, the men charged with his death were found not guilty, by an all white jury. This documentary is a must see. I highly recommend it. You will be moved and educated about the ugliness of racism and the injustice that African Americans lived under and still encounter today. For a list of Jim Crow laws click here.
Saturday, February 16, 2008
Last night's concert with Jeremy Camp and Toby Mac was amazing! Loud, but amazing! My husband and I really appreciate Jeremy Camp and his heart for the Lord. It really shines through in his live performances. This was our second time to see Jeremy Camp in concert, and both times, he totally gave God the glory and credit! His music is so worshipful and Christ-focused/centered.
What can I say about Toby Mac? Energetic! He is an amazing performer and the Diverse City Band is amazing! Toby Mac's dedication to the Lord is also apparent. We really enjoyed the evening. If you have a chance to see these two in concert, do delay!
Have a great weekend!
Posted by Angela at 11:51 AM