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My heart is heavy.... I haven't posted anything on my blog for awhile... I usually need a reason or I'm feeling quirky about posting something... today, it's because my heart is heavy!
When I left my last church... God truly showed me why I needed to go...when I needed to go...and because it was God, it went smoothly -- so I'm not saying that God doesn't call people to another church.... but it makes me sad so many are leaving their churches.... not giving their pastors a chance... PRAYING for their pastors (afterall, they're human).... praying for all the ministries of the church.
God would never be happy to see people jumping from church to church to church.... SURE if God calls you elsewhere.... GO! WITH MY BLESSINGS.
All I'm seeing lately... is certainly churches growing and others getting smaller.... people leaving angry and carrying grudges... (no, not everyone... but yes... there's some.... ok, many).
Like I said, my heart hurts. Talk to your pastor or the person you have issues with, if that doesn't work - treat it like it says in the Bible, take it to the pastor (unless it's the pastor) then go to the Board. Please talk to your pastor though, he's human.
I love the line (in the photo) from Facing The Giants ...."The Lord is not through with you yet. You still have an open door here, and until the Lord moves you, you're to bloom right where you're planted."
God has so much work He can do with us right where we're at... if we just give it a chance.
One thing I learned to do, when I was having an issue in the church - I asked God to change MY heart.... and that's exactly what He did. ♥
I'm totally just showing you the KITTY here.... soooo purrrrecious!!!!!!!
I hadn't posted anything for quite awhile and decided this totally needed to make my blog! You'll see why when you click play!
One of the comments I read on this said... "I just gave this kitty my credit card" HAHA!!!
I totally want this kitty!!! How about you?? :)
Disclaimer: not really advertising the stopcrush.org .... just the kitty.
Have a great day!! And Happy May Basket Day!! (I want this kitty in my May Basket)!
PS: give the video a moment to load if it hasn't showed up by the time you read this! :)
Turn up your volume and just listen - the video isn't even near as important as the words are!! Feel free to share this video as well.... we're havin' some church up in here!!!! This is some good stuff people !!! (give this post a chance to load, there's a video). Thanks!!
Are you pregnant?? When are you due?? When is your bundle of joy expected?? Or my favorite... "I'll be praying for you and your little one"!!
I got your attention with the title there now I hope... haha. Click the photo to the left and check out the article - then lets come back and chat about it.
I totally agree with that article, how about you? Ever had that happen? Were you actually pregnant or just "fluffy"? Well, recently (very recently) at a funeral, mind you.... I got asked by someone from across a room mouthing the words like it was a secret between her and I.... she patted her non-existent tummy and mouths the words while grinning "Are you gonna have a baby?"
..... so I mouth the words back.... "uhhh no."
Normally I'm more verbally creative than that - but she's practically family. I didn't want to be rude, considering I was at a funeral. (well we were in the foyer).
But I'd love to hear how other people would have handled that very situation or their own situation.... OR have you been the person to ask someone and find out they weren't.
Sooo .... when you go to bed... do you instantly start thinking about stuff that you don't need to think about when it's time to sleep?? Or do you fall asleep immediately??
Here's some of the random things that go through my mind....
• My Health - and this one could go forever, but I'll spare ya details.
• Job/Career/What God wants for me?? His plan for me??
and am I hearing His voice or is it mine?
• Just stuff with Carl & I like every good wife does.
• Stuff I need to do around the apartment, dishes, cleaning, etc etc.... and etc
• getting a house someday.... adopting someday....
• church stuff.
• weird dreams, why I have them, and what they mean??
• My family... my parents....
I COULD GO ONNNNN AND ONNNNN ...... what are things you think about when you should be sleeping?? Just something I wondered.... (when I should've been sleeping) LOL
End of the school year.... I don't really have much to share, but a friend shared this... so I had to on my blog! It was too funny not to. I'm not a mom nor a teacher.... but it still made me laugh!! Hope you all have a great summer!!
Sorry I haven't written lately - yup.... no excuses. Sorta been busy I suppose.... I will share with you I'll be doing CPE (Certified Pastoral Education) for Chaplaincy this fall. Looking forward to my second time through.
But that's not why I'm writing today - I'm writing because I woke up this morning and wrote this.... and wanted to share it with all of you!
It's funny the dates we remember and how they affect our lives....
Skateland in Estherville was my second home ... so when mom told me I "shouldn't" go one night, that was weird... she just didn't think I should go. But I did. (I was a teenager). It wasn't that I couldn't... it was that I shouldn't.... (she had my best interest in mind... and well, I'm pretty sure mom was tight with the Holy Spirit!)
May 18th, 24 years ago... I fell and shattered my left wrist at the skating rink. Well... mom was right. I'll never say she wasn't. ;)
There happened to be a nurse there to look it over. One of the staff offered to take me to the ER. I ended out at 3 hospitals that night with my dad - Estherville, Spirit Lake and Spencer.
Dr Wilkerson did surgery on my wrist the next day. I was told how it could heal.... and I told the Dr what I wanted to be when I grew up but that excuse me that's just not going to work out for me.... soooo I would sit in the typing classroom, and I would type away and cry because I WAS GOING to strengthen that wrist.
I was thinking of that today when I woke up and realized the date.... why haven't I taken that same urgency with my back... most of my friends all know just how bad that is and the situation with my back currently...
A pastor shared this story once in church that never left me... about a man sick with cancer who lived in the mountains alone. God visited this man and told him to "PUSH THAT ROCK" the big boulder outside in front of his home. THAT was what God wanted him to do... so as asked, he went outside without question everyday and would push on that rock. He'd stop long enough for meals and then go again till the sun went down.
A year went by and finally he asked God what the point of all that was -- the rock hasn't moved and he's just done !!!! He fell down on the ground in front of the rock and sat there.
God told him... "I never told you to move the rock, I said to push on it." He then explained how the man hadn't bothered to notice that in the year his health had completely improved, his cancer was GONE, he was toned, tan, and healthy now... it wasn't about that rock.
I share that story often because it was a big impact on me....
when I shattered my wrist - typing was my rock... I wanted my wrist HEALED.
(nevermind the fact, the next January I broke the right wrist.... yea yea yea) ;) ... also... at the skating rink.
Today - this date just reminded me I needed to use the same urgency I used on my wrist(s) as I do with my back (and other areas in my life).
I guess I felt like sharing this on here today because I figured I can't possibly, be the only one going through SOMETHING similar.
I have been dealing with anxiety over a few areas in my life lately which is SOOO not me. I know God has a calling on my life, I'm just not being very patient about it because I don't see it in the natural.
But God has promised me and confirmed to me SOOO MANY TIMES that it is coming and to hang in there.
I need to be focused on being ready.
Do we have that urgency in our lives?.... To do whatever it is that God has called us to do by any means necessary.... even if it seems so very menial at the time. Focus on scripture that reminds you of the promise that God gave YOU and hang on to it.... keep a tight grip, Satan is gonna try and steal, kill and destroy - and boy has he been trying with me lately!!
I was reminded again this week... if I'm not where I thought I'd be ...where God has called me and the doors haven't been opened yet - to just keep praising Him in the hallway. ♥ Join me in the hallway!! ♥
EDIT: 5/30/13 - well.... back to the hallway.... (drawing board)? Last week I was told that no infact I won't be able to take my CPE .... Seriously having a tough time with that... but a friend told me that God maybe was keeping me safe or held back for a reason. I'll hang on to that I suppose. God has His reasons for everything.
I know I know... I haven't written in here since New Years... I can't say it's because I've been HUGE busy necessarily. More recently I have been I suppose.
Our Pastor was talking about reading the Bible... whether it's the actual print Bible, on your smart phone, your Nook, your tablet.... etc, but to read it !! Don't just read it, let it sink into you.
This link over here to the left... is from the CBN website... it's a 21 day habit... it'll help you with reading scripture and such for 21 days and hopefully in that time it'll become a habit for you that you'll continue and branch out into other studies etc.
The reason I wanted to share it is I know there's many out there that simply don't read the Bible, or it sits on your table all week till you go to church again. I'm not here to judge you... I'm just here to share something with you to help you... and help me. We can always stand to grow in our relationship with the Lord can't we??
A lot of people really like the electronic version of the Bible, being able to pull it up on their Nook, or other tablet like the Ipad or something.... or even your smart phones....
The one that gets used the most I think... and the one I love a lot is from "YouVersion"
Go into your apps on your phone and look up the Bible. It looks like the one in this picture, just the front one. OR Click on the picture of the Bible... I have it linked directly to the YouVersion site where you can download the app for your phone - either online or from your phone. If you have any questions about how to do this... feel free to message me on here under contact me, it goes to my e-mail and I'll get back to you ASAP!
I love this version because it has sooo many translations of the Bible you can use... and for instance, on my Ipad, I can have 2 translations side by side. There's studies on there and such. Our church keeps notes in the "Live" section... so we can follow along in church or for the youth ministry as well.
About the Author...
My name is Stephanie. I'm from NW Iowa.