Sunday, March 30, 2008

Send-Off Sunday

Today was Send-off Sunday. We sent off over 160 people to plant a church...Grace Community Church that is. It was really hard to see lifelong friends up there today and know that I won't get to see them as often but it was neat to think that they are a part of something bigger...the spread of the gospel. It was pretty hard for me...seeing everyone who is leaving. I think its really cool the sacrifices these folks are making for the spread of the gospel. It will be really neat to watch Grace Community Church grow through the years just as CrossWay has. So today has been filled with great joy and sadness. Seeing my friends leave is sad but knowing that the gospel is advancing and spreading is exciting and something to be joyful about! I'll miss my friends but as Mr. Connolly said, "Mission requires sacrifice...for those going and those staying and everything is worth it for the gospel" I appreciate what these guys are giving up to go. Who knows what the future will bring but through it all praise God! I'm excited to see what God's going to do.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Quick Post


I am so blessed...for everything I have. I complain so often but my complaints are unwarranted! I don't understand how I can complain when I have a roof over my head. There is a song called Thank You Lord For Your Blessings sung by the Easter Brothers that goes like this:
Verse I
As the world looks upon me, as I struggle along
They say I have nothing, but they are so wrong
In my heart I'm rejoicing, how I wish they could see
Thank you Lord, for your blessings on me

Chorus
There's a roof up above me
I've a good place to sleep
There's food on my table
And shoes on my feet
You gave me your love Lord
And a fine family
Thank you Lord, for your blessings on me

Verse II
Now I know I'm not wealthy, and these clothes , they're not new
I don't have much money, but Lord I have you
And to me that's all that matters, though the world cannot see
Thank you Lord, for your blessings on me

Repeat Chorus, then:

Thank you Lord, for your blessings on me

I AM SO BLESSED!!!!!!!!!! Thank you Lord!!!!!!!!

Monday, March 24, 2008

Happy Easter!!!

He is Alive!!!!!!!!!

Idol

ok I've got a new favorite!!!! she moves to number 2 instead of Ramiele. Her name is Carly Smithson and she is singing Blackbird...amazing!!!!!!

Friday, March 21, 2008

Easter Songs


Here are some of my favorite lyrics that convey just how amazing God's love for us is:
Janet Paschal (as part of a Gaither Homecoming show) sings Written In Red:
In letters of crimson God wrote His love On a hillside so long, long ago
For you and for me Jesus died And love’s greatest story was told
CHORUS
I love you, I love you That’s what Calvary said
I love you, I love you I love you written in red
VERSE 2
Down through the ages God wrote His love With the same hands that suffered and bleed
Giving all that He had to give A message so easily read
CHORUS
I love you, I love you That’s what Calvary said
I love you…
Oh precious is the flow That makes me white as snow
No other fount’n I know Nothin but the blood of Jesus
CHORUS
I love you, I love you That’s what Calvary said
I love you, I love you I love you written in red

Glory Revealed - By His Wounds Lyrics
(Feat. Mac Powell, Mark Hall, Steven Curtis Chapman and Brian Littrell)
Isaiah 53:5

He was pierced for our transgressions He was crushed for our sins
The punishment that brought us peace was upon Him
And by His wounds, by His wounds we are healed

He was pierced for our transgressions He was crushed for our sins
The punishment that brought us peace was upon Him
And by His wounds, by His wounds we are healed

We are healed by Your sacrifice And the life that You gave
We are healed for You paid the price By Your grace we are saved
We are saved

He was pierced for our transgressions and crushed for our sins
The punishment that brought us peace was upon Him
And by His wounds, by His wounds we are healed

We are healed by Your sacrifice And the life that You gave
We are healed for You paid the price By Your grace we are saved
We are saved

He was pierced for our transgressions He was crushed for our sins
The punishment that brought us peace was upon Him
And by His wounds, by His wounds we are healed
And by His wounds, by His wounds

What can wash away my sin? Nothing but the blood of Jesus

"On My Father's Side"
You may remember the account from the Bible of the time when Jesus was twelve years old and tarried in Jerusalem while Mary and Joseph returned home, only to find that He was not among their caravan. When they returned to the city, "they found him in the temple" in the midst of the teachers, "both hearing them, and asking them questions. And all that heard him were astonished at his understanding and answers" (Luke 2:45-49). Here are some of the questions they might have asked, and the answers He might have given.
What is your name?
On my mother's side, it is Jesus. On my Father's side, Emmanuel.
Where are you from?
On my mother's side, I was born in Bethlehem. On my Father's side, I came from the portals of glory.
How old are you?
On my mother's side, I am twelve years old. On my Father's side, I am from everlasting to everlasting.
What religion are you?
On my mother's side, I am a Jew from the house of David. On my Father's side--before Abraham was, I am.
Do you think you will ever amount to anything?
On my mother's side, I will be despised and rejected. On my Father's side, I will, throughout eternity, be worshipped and adored.
What are your plans?
On my mother's side, I will go to the cross and die. On my Father's side, after three days in the tomb I will burst forth.
How will we know you?
On my mother's side, you will see the nail prints in my hands and feet. On my Father's side, I will be seen as a Lamb standing as if it had been slain, and riding a white horse with many crowns upon my head.

What an amazing thought tomorrow, 2008 years ago...He is Risen To think that God would willingly give up his son for ME the worst of them all (i don't care what Paul said) How can I comprehend? Wow Amazing Grace!

Jesus can you show me just how far the East is from the West
cause I can't bear to see the man I've been Rising up in me again
In the arms of your mercy I find rest
Cause you know just how far the East is from the West
FROM ONE SCARRED HAND TO THE OTHER!!!!
~Casting Crowns

The Story of Edith Burns


Happy Easter!
Edith Burns was a wonderful Christian who lived in San Antonio, Texas. She was the patient of a doctor by the name of Will Phillips. Dr. Phillips was a gentle doctor who saw patients as people. His favorite patient was Edith Burns.

One morning he went to his office with a heavy heart and it was because of Edith Burns. When he walked into that waiting room, there sat Edith with her big black Bible in her lap earnestly talking to a young mother sitting beside her.

Edith Burns had a habit of introducing herself in this way: “Hello, my name is Edith Burns. Do you believe in Easter?” Then she would explain the meaning of Easter, and many times people would be saved.

Dr. Phillips walked into that office and there he saw the head nurse, Beverly. Beverly had first met Edith when she was taking her blood pressure. Edith began by saying, “My name is Edith Burns. Do you believe in Easter?”

Beverly said, “Why yes I do.”

Edith said, “Well, what do you believe about Easter?”

Beverly said, “Well it’s all about egg hunts, going to church, and dressing up.” Edith kept pressing her about the real meaning of Easter, and finally led her to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.

Dr. Phillips said, “Beverly, don’t call Edith into the office quite yet. I believe there is another delivery taking place in the waiting room.”

After being called back in the doctor’s office, Edith sat down and when she took a look at the doctor she said, “Dr. Will, why are you so sad? Are you reading your Bible? Are you praying?”

Dr Phillips said gently, “Edith, I’m the doctor and you’re the patient.” With a heavy heart he said, “Your lab report came back and it says you have cancer, and Edith, you’re not going to live very long.”

Edith exclaimed, “Why Will Phillips, shame on you! Why are you so sad? Do you think God makes mistakes? You have just told me I’m going to see my precious Lord Jesus, my husband, and my friends. You have just told me that I am going to celebrate Easter forever, and here you are having difficulty giving me my ticket!”

Dr. Phillips thought to himself, “What a magnificent woman this Edith Burns is!”

Edith continued coming to Dr. Phillips. Christmas came and the office was closed through January 3rd. On the day the office opened, Edith did not show up. Later that afternoon, Edith called Dr. Phillips and said she would have to be moving her story to the hospital and said, “Will, I’m very near home, so would you make sure that they put women in here next to me in my room who need to know about Easter?”

Well, they did just that and women began to come in and share that room with Edith. Many women were saved. Everybody on that floor from staff to patients were so excited about Edith, that they started calling her Edith Easter; that is everyone except Phyllis Cross, the head nurse.

Phyllis made it plain that she wanted nothing to do with Edith because she was a “religious nut”. She had been a nurse in an army hospital. She had seen it all and heard it all. She was the original G. I. Jane. She had been married three times, she was hard, cold, and did everything by the book.

One morning the two nurses who were to attend to Edith were sick. Edith had the flu and Phyllis Cross had to go in and give her a shot. When she walked in, Edith had a big smile on her face and said, “Phyllis, God loves you and I love you, and I have been praying for you.”

Phyllis Cross said, “Well, you can quit praying for me, it won’t work. I’m not interested.”

Edith said, “Well, I will pray and I have asked God not to let me go home until you come into the family.”

Phyllis Cross said, “They you will never die because that will never happen,” and curtly walked out of the room.

Every day Phyllis Cross would walk into the room and Edith would say, “God loves you Phyllis, and I love you, and I’m praying for you.”

One day Phyllis Cross said she was literally drawn to Edith’s room like a magnet would draw iron. She sat down on the bed and Edith said, “I’m so glad you have come, because God told me that today is your special day.”

Phyllis Cross said, “Edith you have asked everybody here the question, “Do you believe in Easter” but you have never asked me.”

Edith said, “Phyllis, I have wanted to many times, but God told me to wait until you asked, and now you have asked.”

Edith Burns took her Bible and shared with Phyllis Cross the Easter Story of the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Edith said, “Phyllis, do you believe in Easter? Do you believe that Jesus Christ is alive and that he wants to live in your heart?”

Phyllis Cross said, “Oh I want to believe that with all of my heart and I do want Jesus in my life.” Right there, Phyllis Cross prayed and invited Jesus Christ into her heart. For the first time Phyllis Cross did not walk out of a hospital room, she was carried out on the wings of angels.

Two days later, Phyllis Cross came in and Edith said, “Do you know what day it is?” Phyllis replied, “Why Edith, it’s Good Friday!”

Edith said, “Oh, no, for you every day is Easter. Happy Easter Phyllis!”

Two days later, on Easter Sunday, Phyllis Cross came into work, did some of her duties and then went down to the flower shop and got some Easter Lilies because she wanted to go up to see Edith and give her some Easter Lilies and wish her a Happy Easter.

When she walked into Edith’s room, Edith was in bed. That big black Bible was on her lap. Her hands were in the Bible. There was a sweet smile on her face. When Phyllis went to pick up Edith’s hand, she realized that Edith was dead. Her left hand was on John 14:2 “In my Father’s house are many mansions. I go to prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am there you may be also.” Her right hand was on Revelation 21:4, “And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes, there shall be no more death nor sorrow, nor crying; and there shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.”

Phyllis Cross took one look at Edith’s body, lifted her face toward heaven, and with tears streaming down her cheeks, said, “Happy Easter, Edith – Happy Easter!”

Phyllis Cross left Edith’s body, walked out of the room, and over to a table where two student nurses were sitting. She said, “My name is Phyllis Cross. Do you believe in Easter?”
When I first heard this story, I cried. This is such a powerful story...and I gotta ask...do you believe in Easter?

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Spring Cleaning

Well, its almost that horrible time of the year...spring cleaning. But THIS should make it a little better :P

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Speechless

It seems that I don't have much to write about these days. I almost feel as if I'm in a rut...a routine. I'm not one for routines (which drives my parents absolutely crazy)and to realize that I have a routine is crazy. Every day, I get up, do school, go where I need to go, do what I need to do and go back to bed. Every once in a while there is some variation and that's a good thing. But the day to day stuff is so...normal...there's really not much to write about.

Today I went to the movies with Janelle and that was totally fun...it was a last minute thing that we arranged an hour before the movie started lol! I love being spontaneous...it was spring break this week for CPCC students so I've been trying to think of something absolutely crazy to do with my friends...still haven't thought of anything yet and the week is almost over! My first spring break and I can't even think of anything crazy (I must be mentally challenged)

Anyway...it's time to find out who got voted off of American Idol!!

Monday, March 10, 2008

Idol

Okay so I know this is a little delayed but here are my pics for Season 7 of American Idol...great show by the way. Click their names to watch one of their amazing performances.

1. David Archuleta


2. Ramiele Malubay


3. Jason Castro


4. Brooke White

Friday, March 7, 2008

haha


ok I totally laughed when i saw this...nothing like a good laugh to relieve stress :)

my dad has finally started his book...yes his BOOK. most of you have heard his philosophy "Eat Dirt And Live" and him joking about writing a book for all the germophobes to read lol...well he finally started it, and its sooo good! he tells his stories about growing up and talks about the biblical basis for his idea. its pretty cool how it all ties in together...speaking of books, i finally got my laptop back so the work on Marisol's Rose is starting up again YAY!!! maybe this time I'll actually finish it :)

anyway...thats all for now, pray for me tomorrow!!! (I came down and asked mom if I could just admit that I'm retarded and skip the whole SAT thing...she said no lol but this test might prove it lol)

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Anxious

Lately I've been thinking about the grace of God evident in my life. Things that happened long ago are being revealed day by day as God's grace. I constantly have to remind myself that God knows what He's doing and He knows that I'm going through something tough or that I'm celebrating an answered prayer. One thing I struggle with a lot is being anxious. My dad said the other day that by the time I admit that I'm afraid or fearful of something, its gotten to the point where I'm anxious about it or worry about it whenever I think about it.

This Saturday I have to take a practice SAT...yes its a practice and therefore not as big of a deal as the real thing but its a test and the phrase 'SAT' strikes "fear" into my heart. Its a test...I don't like tests...and its a big test too. I don't want to disapoint my parents or myself by not doing well and I fear the thought that I might not finish my essay in time or that I would completely flub up the math and science portions of the test. I know that God will be with me while I'm taking the test but for some reason that thought isn't all that comforting...but why is that? The Bible talks a lot about being anxious and how its quite silly to worry because not even the birds worry because they know that God is taking care of them...so why is anxiety such a big problem for us? It doesn't make any sense! So thats something I've got to work on...that and remembering how to solve for X and the chemical formula for sodium :P
Night yall!