Sunday, September 26, 2010
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Saturday, September 18, 2010
Friday, September 17, 2010
That is my Bible in the Discovery 2004 book cover. My mother-in-law (or should I say mother-in-love) gave that Bible to me for a Christmas gift in 1994. It is literally held together by that book cover. I don't want a new Bible. I love this Bible. There are dates written in the margin and things are underlined and highlighted.
ok - back to 4:30 - it is still really dark outside!! I usually get up at 5:15 on work days and I've noticed in the last few weeks that it is dark outside for a long time. I love days where we have daylight from about 5:00 a.m. until after 8:00 p.m.
Anyway, this morning Beth Moore challenged us to find a NEW word from God in an old familiar passage. Luke 1:26-38 You know this story - a virgin pledged to be married . . . and a visit from the angel. I never noticed this before - the angel didn't leave until Mary agreed. Beth Moore also compared/contrasted this scripture to the scripture where the angel appears to Zechariah. Both Mary and Zechariah "questioned" the angel . . .but Zechariah was unable to speak after the visitation. I never thought about that before. Was Mary's just the questioning of a young girl - explain it better to me? How can this be? Was Zechariah's question, "How can I be sure of this?" more of a statement of disbelief. I've been pondering that all morning.
Then I continued (had started earlier in the week) reading the new Max Lucado book. It is good. I hope that God will give me the words on Sunday to express my excitement and my "ah ha" moments to the class. Look at the picture. See all those little purple sticky notes - those are things that I've marked that I think are important. I'm doing the little Bible Study along with it. Max (sounds like I know him, doesn't it? I would like to - he seems like a neat man) starts the lesson for day two with this question. "How do most people around you define success? What is your personal definition of success?" Those are two pretty powerful questions. Success from a worldly stand-point . . .a job with a six figure income (or more); a big preferably new or remodeled house decorated beautifully; two new cars and a pick-up truck for hauling stuff (sorry - the southern girl in me); a lake or beach house or maybe both (also decorated beautifully); owning your own prosperous business; being able to buy anything we want. What else? How does the world define success? Now how do I define success? One side of me says all of the above. Yes, I won't lie. I want all of those things. Not on a daily basis but sometimes. Sometimes the "jealous Lisa" wants those things (but I don't really want all that upkeep). But in my heart of hearts - in that place where Jesus resides - that part of me that hungers for God's word . . .I know that is not the definition of success. Success for me would be knowing (or maybe not even knowing) that I have helped one person find Jesus . . .that maybe I have been instrumental in leading one person into a closer relationship with Jesus. Success means that each day I get up and I fail miserably at many things BUT that I count on Jesus. Success means that I am surrounded by friends who love me for who I am, not who they want me to be. Success means going to Mouat Chapel and spending half an hour in prayer yesterday for the ministries of our church and for the folks on our prayer list and for my own friends and family. Success means spending over an hour in Bible study this morning. Success means making a whole BUNCH of teeny tiny diaper shirts for those babies in the NICU. Success means starting a ministry for young adults in our home and that folks are still coming and we are now on our third session. These things that I call success have nothing to do with me. Nothing at all. The true success in life comes from Jesus Christ himself. Today I know this. Today I am confident in the grace of Jesus Christ. You might need to remind me of this on another day :-)
****This addition . . .came to me just now in the shower so I had to jump back on here and add . . .I do have much for which I am grateful (and these things fit into those worldly successes) - we have a home that is just right; we both are gainfully employed (and I LOVE my job no matter the salary), we (actually Mark and his family) have a farm that includes a lake for fishing; I can buy all the groceries I want - even enough to feed others, etc. etc. - but my definition of success above still stands ******
So how do you define success? I would love to know.
Thursday, September 16, 2010
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Here are the lovely ladies - Rhonda, Lynn (who moved to Texas yesterday- we are going to miss you- come home soon!!), Phella, Butch and another Lynn. Husbands were glued to the game - they were all sitting in the other room! If they weren't watching the game, they were talking aboug guy stuff!!
This bucket was on the porch with Mark . . .a few cold drinks on ice.
(yes, I know that this post started out as one thing and ended up as something else - but I guess since it is my blog that is ok :-)
Here is Mark with one of his fish. This lake and fishing (actually, it is "catching") makes these men very happy!!
Here is a close up of one of the bigger shirts. These diaper shirts are for a ministry called Baby Love (I've done a whole post on this - maybe last spring??). This is a larger shirt for possibly a baby born full term with a heart condition. I pray for those babies as I sew.
The bottom row of shirts is for 3-4 pound babies - preemies. They have Velcro on the shoulders so the nurse can Velcro the shirt around all of those tubes, etc. Last night, I cut out a bunch more and pinned the ribbons in. I'm having so much fun. My Labor Day labor is extending into Labor Day week!!
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
We told everyone to wear their team colors. Not everyone did but we did!! Here is Laura in her cute Auburn shirt and Mark with his new Auburn tie. (Laura gave it to him for his birthday a couple of weeks ago.) We have lots of different schools represented. We have graduates from University of Tennessee and some folks who graduated from Birmingham Southern. We have Mississippi State fans. We have folks from Florida. As a momma, I think it is so neat that these young adults making their way in the world (some of them far from home) want to come together and study and learn more about their own faith.
Monday, September 6, 2010
Friday, September 3, 2010
Don't ever depend on a brand new camera for an important event. Lesson learned!! Thank goodness that Brad was taking pictures also and I can get copies. I LOVE my new camera but had no idea that all my pictures from Auburn's August graduation . . .that included my son, Glenn and his fiance', Lauren . . .would be so horrible. I actually knew it as soon as I took the first one and previewed the picture and it was so incredibly dark. After about five photos, I remembered "turn the flash off" and after I did that I got a few decent ones but no excellent photos. I also didn't take the big camera lens because I just wasn't sure . . .also a mistake. Once again, lesson learned. So this picture is ok . . .here we are waiting on graduation to start. On the back row, we have Mark and his mama and Laura. We were so excited to finally meet Lauren's brother, Bradley - he is in front of Mark, then Ann (Lauren's mama) and her Uncle Creighton (who is not in the picture for some reason)
Here is cute sweet Lauren with her hands up in the air . . . seconds after receiving her diploma. She is already working in Mobile - she has a fellowship for one year working with autistic children. Her degree is applied behavioral analysis (or something like that). They are both smart young adults who we know will go far in this big old world! We are proud of you both!!
One of the foods they served was wings. Mark had on his nice shirt and was eating something or other and one of the wings on his plate fell down the front of his shirt. Now those of you who know us well . . . know that usually happens to me - not Mark. Someone commented and said, "Mark, that means you are getting old." He looked at me and said, "Well, she must be 105 then." Then he said with his dry wit . . ."My wing took flight." I immediately laughed and said, "that sounds like a blog post title." So here it is!!