Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Moving Onward...

So, I had meeting a church last night with some of my friends. We were planning events and discussing the future of our women’s ministry and what was expected of each of us. As my Aunt Tootie was talking she made the comment that we needed to be able to “talk the talk as well as walk the walk.” And it made me think of a shirt that I bought when I was at Camp Ba Yo Ca many, many years ago. It had footprints going up the side and said, “Walk the walk and Talk the talk” with a scripture reference to 1 John 2:5-6. And on the back of the shirt the scripture was printed out.

But if anyone obeys his word, God's love is truly made complete in him. This is how we know we are in him: Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did. 1 John 2:5-6
Man, I haven’t thought about that shirt in many, many years (probably since Mom made me throw it out when it became too ragged). It’s amazing what the mind remembers…Or maybe it’s just me…I remember a lot of random things…LOL!

Anyways, I am really excited to see what God has in store for our women as we grow as individuals and as a team.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Matt and Haley's Graduation Party

Sunday night after church was over we had a graduation party for Matt and Haley. After the service was over everyone joined Matt and Haley in the fellowship hall for Pizza, Cake, and Homemade ICE CREAM (and of course to congratulate them).

Andrew's Gaduation Party

After the Gibbs graduation...Uncle Kenny and I went on a balloon run. I thought two dozen balloons...No problem...They'll all fit in my car...Yeah, right. The back set was completely pack with nothing but black and blue balloons. (Dang, I should have took a picture!) When we were unloading the balloons they came untied and we lost one.
Drew and his cake...that he informed us that already has a picture of him on it...But we still took his picture with it...He wasn't get out of it that easily.
Drew and Mamaw...

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Graduation Day - FINALLY!!!!

I had a busy week last week...And I'm glad it is over. I spent most of the week working on a graduation scrapbook for my cousin, Drew. I totally procrastinated and was literally working on this the day before graduation (and I still owe Matt a scrapbook). So, I guess I know what I'll be doing this weekend. Good thing I took a vacation day this week...LOL!! I was also making cards for Mamaw at the last second...Thank goodness for Heather and Jessica, they really bailed me out at the last second.

Both graduations were really nice. Saturday morning we went to Andrew's graduation and then to his party.

And then to Matt's graduation.
And Haley's Graduation.
And Natasha's Graduation.It was a long day but I'm glad they all had a good graduations.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

My Thought Closet

I started a new bible study on Monday. I went to Lifeway in search of a CD and a new bible study. As I was walking in Lifeway a poster in the window caught my eye. It was one of those that you couldn't miss it even if you tried. It was a big, red poster advertising Jennifer Rothschild's new bible study Me Myself and Lies, a thought closet makeover.

I've only done two days...But I love it so far. It has really made me think about my thoughts and I didn't realize how negative some of them were til she makes you write them down. In the second day, she has you compare the Human Thought Closet with God's Thought Closet. And the difference is astounding, it really made me think about how negative my thoughts were toward myself and what a mess my thought closet is.

I read a verse in her study that I really like. It comes from Isaiah 55:9.

"As the heavens are higher than the earth,
So are my ways higher than your ways,
And my thoughts than your thoughts."
When I was a teenager, my Mom and I use to joke about the power of positive thinking. One of her favorite books was The Power of Positive Thinking by Norman Vincent Peale. How ironic that I am reading a book about improving my thought closet...If she were her with me, right now, she would literally LOL...because I would never read The Power of Positive Thinking because I didn't think I needed too. And now I'm doing a bible study about the power of self talk. I'm looking forward to seeing what Day 3 holds for my thought closet...

Monday, May 4, 2009

Verse of the Day

This is one of the many verses I heard at the Women of Joy conference this weekend. It stuck with me all weekend long...maybe because it rained all weekend long...LOL! But we still had a great time worshipping and praising God together. So, with that said my verse of the day is
Let us acknowledge the LORD;
let us press on to acknowledge him.
As surely as the sun rises, he will appear;
he will come to us like the winter rains,
like the spring rains that water the earth.
Hosea 6:3.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

The Misadventures of Joy the Duck

During the Women of Joy Conference, we brought along a friend that brought us alot of Joy. We had a good time with Joy the duck; she went everywhere with us.

She went to eat with us...

She went to the lake...She even went to the conference with us...

Women of Joy

This weekend my friends and I attended the Women of Joy conference. This was the first conference we had attended as a group. We had such a great time worshipping God and fellowshiping together. The conference started Friday night with Travis Cottrell as the worship leader for the weekend. Travis led us in blended worship through out the weekend; One of my favorite song from this weekend was In Christ Alone. Who am I kidding, I can't just pick one song for a favorite, I loved all the music...So, I'll just say that all the music was my favorite part!
The second part of the evening our speaker us Kirk Cameron. Kirk Cameron was one of the main reasons I ended up going to the conference. Kirk had an awesome message...Once everyone stopped taking pictures...LOL!! It was like someone called the paparazzi; Their were flashes going off everywhere. Kirk encougared us to witness to others by loving others instead of letting our fear stand in the way.
Throughout the weekend we heard several wonderful speakers including Lisa Harper, Priscilla Shrier, and Carol Kent. On Saturday night, we arrived at the conference center at 5:00 (well, at least some of us did; some of my good friends had trouble getting the door locked at their cabin...LOL) to get in line for Casting Crowns. The doors didn't open until 6:30. So, anyways we waited and we waited and we waited some more. But, it was so worth it...We got seats in about the 10th row. It was the fist time all weekend we hadn't been in the back...At least all of our waiting paid off!!