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Sunday, July 17, 2016

"Do Life Big"

It seems every day this past week, I've heard of an accident, death or shooting. There were local deaths and deaths across the world in France and elsewhere in the world. It can be disheartening to hear about over and over and over. As a Christian, I wonder what God is doing, what is He trying to show us. It seems that the world has gotten farther and farther away from God even just during my lifetime (40 + years). While I don't understand it all, I know God is in control. I believe with all my heart that there is something He is doing in all of it. All of the chaos, the loss of life, the head-shaking stories of accidents. He is working.

I've had this song rolling around in my head all week, so I will share it with you now. It's message struck me last week. I want to love, serve and give to God every chance I get, I want to "do live big." I hope many others that I know will desire to do the same. Maybe this will impact a change in your life or heart, I really hope so. I have considered getting off of Facebook and even to stop blogging this past week. The world doesn't need more media. More time to stare at a screen. I need to look into my children's eyes and enjoy the time I have with them NOW. Time really is fleeting. I feel it so with my teenage daughter. She is 17, and I really don't know how that happened. I know I've lived each day of her life with her, but it is kind of a blur at the same time. There are other songs I may share about that message at a later time. I hope my rambling is making sense. I have so much on my heart today. I am happy in my corner of the world, but there is also sadness mixed in too. Part of me wants to shield my family from the world, but I know God wants us as Christians to be a light in the lost world for Him. I hope you will join me in doing life BIG!




"Do Life Big"

I gotta slow down,
Stop for a second,
Take a look around,

And I gotta take time,
To hear that little voice inside,

Saying I came to give you life,
So spread your wings and fly,
I've got a secret to share,
You are enough to change the atmosphere,

So go and do life big, big
I wanna do life big, big

Break out them blue skies,
I can feel my heart beating inside,
Yeah, it's like a new day,
Woke up to hear You say,

I came to give you life,
So spread your wings and fly,
Now go and show no fear,
You are enough to change the atmosphere,

So go and do life big, big
I wanna do life big, big

Oh, I wanna love, wanna give every day I live,
I wanna do life big,
I wanna love, serve, and give every chance I get,
I wanna do life big,
Oh, I wanna love, wanna give every day I live,
I wanna do life big,
I wanna love, serve, and give every chance I get,
Oh I wanna do life
I wanna do life big, big

I wanna do life big, big
I wanna do life big, big

I wanna love like You,
I wanna give like You,
Oh, I wanna do life big,
I wanna serve like You,
Lay down my life like You,
I wanna do life big...

I wanna do life...
I wanna do life...
I wanna do life big.
I wanna do life...
I wanna do life...
I wanna do life big.


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You can listen to this song on Youtube here. Go listen to it, it's a catchy song!

Now GO and show no fear, YOU are enough to CHANGE the atmosphere! Let us all be the hands and feet of Jesus in the lost world!


Romans 1:16
For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile.

John 13:1
[ Jesus Washes His Disciples’ Feet ] It was just before the Passover Festival. Jesus knew that the hour had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end.

2 Corinthians 13:14
May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

Galatians 5:6
For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision has any value. The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Getting glasses...

Several months ago, I got new glasses that I had to wear ALL of the time. I had originally gotten glasses when I was 21, but I mostly wore them to drive and see far away. Last year, I started noticing closer things getting blurry, and I was not happy about it. After a few months of trying to read my Bible and squinting, I got my eyes checked. Sure enough, I needed a new prescription. I got glasses online from zennioptical.com, and I have really liked the frames that I got.

Here are a few things I have learned since getting glasses full time...

1. What it feels like to open the hot dishwasher and not be able to see for a moment, because my glasses got steamed up.

2. How annoying it is to have fingerprints (or nose prints) on them, and that a good glasses cleaning cloth is needed in my pocket or purse at all times.

3. The times where I need to change from sunglasses to glasses and back, and forgetting my glasses in the car several times...sigh.

4. The feeling of glasses sliding down my nose, ALL day long. My nose is greasy, and yes they are adjusted well, they just slide.

5. How my glasses fog up when going outside in the cold.

6.  My eye makeup does not get seen very easily anymore, even my hubby can hardly see my eye shadow. Good thing I don't wear it too often!

7. When I take my glasses off, my kids tell me I "look weird."

8. Glasses in the rain are just not fun. Spots, spots, spots...

9. Taking flash photos with them on always leaves a little reflective glint.

10. I still forget to put them on in the morning, and occasionally forget to take them off when I need to!

11. Crying with glasses is an experience... off, on, off, on, okay, I'll just leave them off!

I know I could get contacts, but I really don't like putting my fingers in my eyes. So for now, I'm rocking my glasses!

My Dad tried them on too! haha 


Genesis 33:10
“No, please!” said Jacob. “If I have found favor in your eyes, accept this gift from me. For to see your face is like seeing the face of God, now that you have received me favorably.

Mark 8:23
He took the blind man by the hand and led him outside the village. When he had spit on the man’s eyes and put his hands on him, Jesus asked, “Do you see anything?”

John 12:40
“He has blinded their eyes and hardened their hearts, so they can neither see with their eyes, nor understand with their hearts, nor turn—and I would heal them.”

Thursday, July 7, 2016

My brother's wedding!

Recently we travelled to our old hometown for my younger brother's wedding! We had a great time with my immediate family (parents & siblings) as well as extended family. It was a great celebration and a nice wedding. We are so excited for the newlyweds!

 At the rehearsal...
 The centerpiece at the reception...
 My older brothers giving a speech together at the reception...
 My sister and I enjoyed sitting together and chatting...
 My sister and brother... 
 The newlyweds with me...
 Our family hanging out and chatting...
 The girls ready for the bouquet toss...
 The bride tosses the bouquet!
 My daughter talking to my parents...
 My hubby and me...
 My cute niece in her princess dress...
 Sharing the cake...
 The first dance as man and wife...
 My four siblings and I haven't been ALL together in several years... we had a great time being together!
 The kids had lots of cousin time!

 We enjoyed staying near this beautiful lake outside of town...
My hubby enjoyed fishing with the kids, until it started to rain!


John 2:1-11   Jesus Changes Water Into Wine

On the third day a wedding took place at Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, 2 and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. 3 When the wine was gone, Jesus’ mother said to him, “They have no more wine.”

4 “Woman, why do you involve me?” Jesus replied. “My hour has not yet come.”

5 His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”

6 Nearby stood six stone water jars, the kind used by the Jews for ceremonial washing, each holding from twenty to thirty gallons.

7 Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water”; so they filled them to the brim.

8 Then he told them, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the banquet.”

They did so, 9 and the master of the banquet tasted the water that had been turned into wine. He did not realize where it had come from, though the servants who had drawn the water knew. Then he called the bridegroom aside 10 and said, “Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have had too much to drink; but you have saved the best till now.”

11 What Jesus did here in Cana of Galilee was the first of the signs through which he revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him.
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