Tuesday, December 26

Mom with Her Favorite Son

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This picture was taken at 2:00 a.m. It is hard to believe that we are still awake. However, when we visit with the Allards, time stands still and all of us experience a "second wind". I do believe we could stay up half the night just chatting, having fun and playing scrabble.

Happiness is Acting Silly

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I tend to be a serious person, but Sunday night I was reminded of how fun it is to simply act childish and have a grand time! Here is a picture of Bryce and I in combat. (Look closely and you will see the most adorable little girl. I call her pretty princess.)

I'll cherish this Christmas memory for years to come.

Monday, December 25

Christmas with the Allards

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Today is a special day, and I want to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas!

We are spending this special day with our good friends Brian and Jana Allard. They are awesome! When we walked through the door that led to our hotel room, we were greeted by a fabulous white christmas tree! We truly celebrated a white christmas!

Jana, you and Brian are one in a million. You have made this one spectacular Christmas! Thank you for your friendship!

Saturday, December 23

What are You Sharing?

This holiday season share a little something special with someone. There is a fine art of sharing, and we need to put this simple principle to use. If you want to be lonely then do not bother sharing. However, if you share what you have, you will be happy. At every opportunity you need to share because, "happiness is not so much in having as sharing. We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give." (Norman Macewan)

Saturday, December 16

Bright Compliments

Last night, the department leaders were present at our annual planning session. We have many grand events on the calendar. I am looking forward to 2007!

Once I exited the restaurant, I noticed an antique store still open. I thought I would just peek inside. When I glanced through the door, a lovely lady kindly said, "I'm closed. I have family waiting on me." She gave me a compliment, and I complimented her on her beauty. And this is what I want to capitalize on: She said, "It is God!"

Many women are chasing the newest fades, hairstyles and latest gizmos for beauty. These women look in the mirror and only see fine wrinkles, pale complexion, sagging skin, and gray hairs or they only see their flaws. They are running, running, running from what happens naturally: the aging process. I have read articles where women in their early thirties are receiving Botox injections and every kind of body enhancing surgery around. On the beauty aisles, you can read about creams which diminish fine lines, firm your skin, and enhance your beauty. Yes, women are buying senseless products or undergoing life endangering operations all for the meritless promise of maintaining youth and beauty.

It is God who made us! God knew exactly what you would look like; He gave you the greatest gift -- YOU. There is no one else like you! You are beautiful regardless of the season of your life. If more women could grasp hold of this concept, they would experience what true beauty is all about.

True beauty begins on the inside and radiates on the outside! Beauty is more than just your skin tone, the firmness of your skin, the color of your hair or the womanly figure that graces you. "Beautiful women are happy women." You can always spot a beautiful woman because she is always smiling, she is happy, and she is a delight to be around. She is comfortable with herself!

Remember, "favor is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised. (Prov. 31:30) And let the beauty of the LORD our God be upon us . . .." (Psa. 90:17)

Friday, December 15

The Joy of Saying, "Good Morning"

This morning I was pondering on when I volunteered at Sheldon's school. I had the privilege of smiling, opening car doors, and saying good morning. What a fantastic way to begin a day.

I would have to agree with the following quote taken from John Mason: Serving others is one of life's most awesome privileges. Albert Schweitzer said, " The only ones among you who will really be happy are those who have sought and found how to serve."

This concept of serving is right. Serving others will truly bring out your best qualities. Serving does not take a great deal of time. It can be something so simplistic such as listening to someone share a heart-felt concern or it can be giving of your time. What can you do today to serve? We do not serve for recognition, but we serve others because it truly is a blessing! When serving others, I am the most fulfilled.

Wednesday, December 13

Help Someone

"Never look down on anybody unless you're helping them up." (Jesse Jackson) What an inspirational quote. Are you guilty of comparing yourself to someone and feeling superior? Everyone has their unique qualities and traits. We need to celebrate our differences and lend a helping hand at every opportunity.

Saturday, December 9

What a Lovely Evening

Our secret sisters' gift exchange was nothing short of spectacular! What a joy to see everyone laughing and having a grand time. We enjoyed the scrumptious food and fantastic fellowship. We laughed, played games, and enjoyed spending time with one another.

Sis. Bernice's home is beautiful, festive, and comfy. My heartiest laugh was over Rebecka's "ghetto" basket. She explained how she ran out of one color of tissue wrap, and she used another color. Her gift basket was very pretty. All of us left with something just a little bit special. Thank you Philana, Rebecka and Cheryl for my gifts.

Thank you everyone for sharing this momentous occasion with us. We enjoyed meeting a new friend, Lettie--such a friendly lady. Also, we were glad to see Melissa. What a sweet young lady. God bless all of you!

Thursday, December 7

What, No Dictionary?

We are avid readers, but would you believe we do not have a Webster's Dictionary! Sheldon's homework requires him to look up a word and write down the page number. Well, since we are a computer savvy family, I thought we could just go to an online dictionary; however, when you find the word, the dictionary does not tell you the page number. I guess we will be buying a dictionary to go in our bookshelf.

The next best thing to a dictionary is a grandma in Big Spring, Texas. She pulled out the infamous Pryor dictionary, searched for the words, and told Sheldon the page number. If books could talk, this dictionary would have a lot to say about the intense Scrabble games we have played. One thing about the Pryor men, they are competitive! Thank God for caring, loving grandparents.

Tuesday, December 5

Our Christmas Tree

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Here is a picture of our Christmas tree. Just a little bit old fashioned with no particular theme, but that is how I remember the Christmas trees as a child. Each ornament has a story to tell, and that is what I like best!

What A Wonderful, Awesome, Incredible, Fantastic Husband

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When I ponder on my marriage, I am reminded of what a blessing it is to be married to a remarkable, loving, perfect gentleman. We have been married for twelve years, and my love for him has not waned; my love has only grown stronger. I am always amazed at his thoughtfulness.

Last Monday, I was fretting over returning to work after having been off for eight, relaxing days. Of course, Mark patiently listened while I explained what was going on at work. Much to my surprise, in the early afternoon, I received a beautiful boutique of fragrant, vibrant flowers along with a special note letting me know that he loves me. At every opportunity, my eyes would stray toward my lovely flowers, and I was sweetly reminded of someone thinking about me.

The journey of marriage has many twists, turns and unexpected events. Marriage is exciting and fulfilling. If I could offer advice to married couples, I would have to say that communication is vital. Words of affirmation need to be given on a daily basis. Hugs and kisses are always appropriate no matter what time of the day. I find no greater comfort than being in the arms of the one I love. Hold hands at every opportunity even if you are simply walking from the parking lot to the store. Enjoy every precious moment together!

Disagreements happen, but you should have more good days than bad. When you are wrong, simply apologize, get over it, and go on with life. You waste precious time and energy if you continue to dwell on a "fuss" that happened last week.

Simply take time for one another and stay connected at whatever phase you are in your marriage. When you are newly married, it is just the two of you. When you have children, your focus changes, but you still must stay connected and take time for one another. You need to continue to go places that just the two of you enjoy. Your family won't suffer but rather will be strengthened by this small act. "Don't ever take date night or your date for granted. Married couples - DATE EACH OTHER. The crumbiest date night is better than the best day in divorce court...."

In a nutshell, treat him like a king and he in turn will treat you like a queen. Babe, you are the wind beneath my wings. I love you!

Monday, December 4

Going All The Way

Currently, I am suppose to be baking chocolate chip cookies for my family, but I just had to stop and take a moment to jot down a simple thought while it is fresh on my mind.

Normally, I have a difficult time straying away from the songs that I am taught. However, as I was listening to a song, "Going All The Way," I sat down and began to play the chords. By the time I completed my time of practice, I was in fact playing the song! More importantly than playing the song, I began to think of the message: going all the way. In order to go all the way and fulfill the perfect will of God, you cannot hold back nor can you turn back. You must trust God, step forward, and say, "Lord, I trust you and I am going all the way. Whatever your will is for my life, I'm willing to follow. That's right, no turning back for me!" It is not time to hold back and succumb to fear, but step out in faith and believe that you are capable of accomplishing wonderful works!

P.S. In case you are wondering, yes, I still baked the cookies. When a sweet little boy asks, "Mom can you please bake cookies?" How can I resist such a kind request. During the winter months, weekend cookie baking is usually going on in the Pryor household. I love treating my awesome husband and child to homemade cookies! Umm, there is nothing like the smell of cookies as they are baking in the oven! Such a sweet, tantalizing aroma!

Sunday, December 3

Blessings on Our Way

We are unable to express an adequate appreciation for the preached Word of God. When a message comes forth, oftentimes it is very timely. Tonight, our guest speaker Pastor Wilmoth preached from the following passage of scripture: "I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living." (Psa. 27:13) As a church family, we do not have time to succumb to weariness, doubt or disbelief. We must continue to trust God and believe that He has great blessings in store for our church as well as individual families. Hearing Pastor Wilmoth share his experience was motivating, encouraging, thrilling and nothing less than miraculous!

Indeed, God knows just where we are at in life's journey. Incredible, miraculous blessings are coming our way. Let these words ring loudly: We need to continue to trust God and "not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not." (Gal. 6:9) Let's take the challenge and not become defeated, but let's continue to stay encouraged, reach for lost souls, and impact our wonderful city. Therefore, "Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass. (Psa. 37:5)

Friday, December 1

And the Blogger Tonight Is None Other Than Sheldon!

Here is Sheldon's story:

One night there was a star much brighter than the others. Joseph and Mary were trying to find a place for baby Jesus to rest. It is great to have a King like Jesus! He gave us salvation, food, rest, water, land, and love. Wow, what an amazing story!

Saturday, November 25

Our Thanksgiving Blessing

Thanksgiving in the Pryor household was indeed very special. We were blessed to have Mom and Dad visit with us. Our pre-thanksgiving service was wonderful. Mom is an awesome organist and piano player; we enjoyed hearing her play and sing. Dad is an inspiring speaker. We were blessed to be able to sit and listen to various life-changing instances that commenced in Dad's lifetime.

Mom and Dad also surprised Mark and I with a new table! There is something warm and cozy about a kitchen table. The table is a place were families indulge in enjoyable recollections of past events, talk about future dreams, or simply share life experiences. I know our special table will be cherished for years to come!

Last but not least, we were all able to share Mark's 40th birthday together. This remarkable event was fun. We were honored by the best church in all of the world! We feasted on spaghetti loaded with Sabrina's infamous sauce, homemade meatballs, and Sis. Cochrane's homemade yeast rolls.

And, as I sit hear typing, my son just walked through the door with his first "spiked" haircut! Yikes, I am just a little shocked, but I'll have to say the haircut looks cute. Oh, the joys of being a parent. As long as Grandma thinks Sheldon's haircut is cute, I guess it will suffice.

I'll end my thankfulness with this one thought: "In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you." (1 Th. 5:18)<

Monday, November 20

Life's Joy, Friendships

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This weekend we were blessed to spend time with our friends, the Allard family. Brian's elegant messages, the greatest love story and the greatest gift you can give your family is forgiveness, were inspirational. Jana and Bryce are amazingly blessed with a God-given talent, singing. It is always a joy to hear Jana and Bryce sing. To cap it all off, Bryne and Blake sang!

Most importantly, it is always refreshing to spend time with friends. We were simply able to chat while the kids went ice skating. With the help of Bryce, Sheldon learned how to ice skate! Bryne and Blake are natural ice skaters. It was fun watching the kids ice stake. I am thankful for the simple occurrences of life as they make indelible memories!

Last but not least, fourteen guests visited our church! The Lord's unseen hand is definitely at work. I am reminded of the scripture that says, "Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it . . .." Psa. 127.1 Our labor is not in vain! I truly believe the Lord is honoring every endeavor we make as we witness to people that we meet a daily basis. If we continue to witness, the Lord will continue to draw people to the church.

In conclusion, here is a scripture to meditate upon: The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him. (Psa. 28.7)

Monday, November 6

Burning Desire

I was pondering on the subject of quitting. Here is what I found. When you choose to quit, you "leave, vacate, exit, depart from, withdraw from; abandon, desert." It is boldly declaring that you have grown weary of your current position, therefore, you'll just quit.

Do you ever stop to consider the affects of quitting? You might say, well, someone better will fulfill that position. What will it matter if I abandon those around me? What will it matter if I cease to teach that particular class? No one will miss me if I leave. However, there is more to it than just your outlook. Quitting stems from a deep-rooted, unfilled desire. You quit, not because you truly believe someone better will come along, you quit because you have withdrawn from your lifeline.

You might ask, what is a lifeline? Well, it is what keeps your life centered. If I chose to, I could QUIT playing the piano, but I won't even consider giving up because I have an unrelenting, burning desire to give my all for the furtherance of God's kingdom. Learning a new instrument is challenging, but fulfilling. Sure, I experience weariness, but the Bible does say, "And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not." I choose to move forward!

Tuesday, October 17

To My Mother-in-Law

I just received an e-mail from the world's best mother-in-law. Thanks, Mom for letting me know that you appreciate my blog. And by the way, I am blessed to have a Mom like you. You are a pillar of strength, and I always enjoy sharing Sheldon stories with you. I only wish the distance was not so vast. We think about you and Dad often. We love you!!!

Monday, October 2

It's Starting to Feel Like Home

It has taken a great deal of time, but one year later, our humble abode is beginning to look like a home! We built bookshelves (well, Mark did) and cleaned closets! We have pictures, shelves, and new accenting candles. It was a lot of fun simply staying home and decorating.

Oh, and I have to mention that September 6, 2006 officially marked our one-year pastoral anniversary. On this momentous occasion, we were honored to receive a gift card to one of our favorite restaurants and a beautiful scrapbook. We also reflected on the last year as we viewed a marvelous video presentation. A great deal of personal change has commenced, but we are excited to be a part of a revival church!

Thursday, September 7


Today is a special day; it is Sheldon's birthday. We are blessed to have a remarkable son! As time marches on, we will always remember the spectacular day when we first held our son who weighed in at 9-1/2 pounds! Sheldon, we love you; HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!

Thursday, August 24

The Rose

The majestic beauty of a rose is priceless. When God designed the rose, He must have known just how much mankind would appreciate its innate beauty. Roses are appropriate for many occasion. Whether a rose is bestowed as an act of love or a kind gift of gratitude, it is symbolic of tranquility and thoughtfulness. A rose is not grown overnight. Each petal must gingerly unfold day by day. Once the bud blooms, it is wonderful to observe the pureness of the rose.

Where am I going with this thought? I don't actually know. However, I can remember a time when my pastor spoke these words to me, "Like a rose, you must let God unfold your life." At that time, I had no idea what path that I would travel down, but God knew, and He has been faithful. God continues to unfold the rose, and each rose in my life is different. It is symbolic of every victory I have ever experienced. I cannot afford to become withered, overburdened, or useless in the Master's hand. I must strive to be more like Him.

I am thankful to be traveling down this journey of my life. As a pastor's wife, I have endeavored to give it my very best. I have a wonderful husband who guides me and encourages me along the way, a son who brings laughter and joy to my life, a church family who is awesome, family and friends who provide words of inspiration!

I'll end with this, "When God unfolds the rose, he always gets it right!"

Monday, July 31

Give It Your All

Consider the woman with the alabaster box. She poured not just any oil, but the Bible clearly states expensive oil. In otherwards, she gave her very best. Instead of people embracing what she did, they mocked her. How could she do such a thing? The pivitol point here is that she gave her very best. You have to be willing to give your all even when people won't embrace what you are doing. People won't always give their all in return. However, it's imperative that you do.

Saturday, July 29

The Steeping Process

Have you ever found yourself caught up in things that cease to matter? You are so busy focusing on negative issues that you fail to recognize the needs that are around you. You desire more of God, but only if it does not take away from what you want to accomplish or if the need does not add something to your full schedule. Could it be that God is asking you to "steep yourself in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions." If you steep something, you are trying to "extract its flavor or soften it." (Webster's Dictionary) Steeping is a process that if done correctly, allows you to enjoy the full intensity of the experience. You could never enjoy a cup of tea if you had not first steeped the tea bag! It is the steeping of the tea bag that allows you to appreciate the intensity of every delicate, tantalizing spice.

This thought was inspired by the following passage of scripture:

"Don't fuss about what's on the table at mealtimes or if the clothes in your closet are in fashion. There is far more to your inner life than the food you put in your stomach, more to your outer appearance than the clothes you hang on your body. Look at the ravens, free and unfettered, not tied down to a job description, carefree in the care of God. And you count far more.

Has anyone by fussing before the mirror ever gotten taller by so much an inch? If fussing can't even do that, why fuss at all? Walk into fields and look at the wildflowers. They don't fuss with their appearance--but have you ever seen color and design quite like it? The ten best-dressed men and women in the country look shabby alongside them. If God gives such attention to the wildflowers, most of them never even seen, don't you think he'll attend to you, take pride in you, do his best for you?

What I'm trying to do here is get you to relax, not be so preoccupied with getting so you can respond to God's giving. People who don't know God and the way he works fuss over these things, but you know both God and the way He works. Steep yourself in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. You'll find all your everyday human concerns will be met." (The Message)

Saturday, July 8

Sheldon's Pulled His Tooth

Here's an update in Sheldon's life. When Sheldon bit into his juicy plum, he noticed something in it. He pulled, what he thought was a seed, only to hold a tooth in his hand! You can imagine his surprise. At first, he was shocked, but once he realized he was okay, his shock turned into excitement. He then jumped up and down repeating, "I pulled my tooth." Sheldon explained, "Mom I thought it was a seed, but it was my tooth." All this happened on our wonderful Fourth of July!

Just a Thought

I am in the process of finishing a fantastic book, Twelve Extroadinary Woman (John MacArthur). Here is a quick nugget that you may enjoy:

"Contrary to popular opinion, the most important characteristic of a godly mother is not her relationship with her children. It is her love for her husband. The love between husband and wife is the real key to a thriving family. A healthy home environment cannot be built exclusively on the parents' love for their children. The properly situated family has marriage at the center; families shouldn't revolve around the children.

Furthermore, all parents need to heed this lesson: what you communicate to your children through your marital relationship will stay with them for the rest of their lives. By watching mother and father treat one another, they will learn the most fundamental lessons of life--love, self-sacrifice, integrity, virture, sin, sympathy, compassion, understanding, and foregiveness. Whatever you teach them about those things, right or wrong, is planted deep within their hearts!"

Powerful thought! If you haven't already, take time to show your husband just how much you love and appreciate him. A loving husband is a priceless treasure from the Lord.

Saturday, June 10

Your Garden

Gardening is relaxing. As I water, prune and admire my plants, it gives me an opportunity to simply slow down and ponder on just about anything. Today, as I was pulling the dead leaves off of my pansies, I realized this is a painstaking process. When I remove the tattered, withered leaves, I have to be careful and not harm the vibrant leaves. It is impossible to rush through this process, it definitely takes time. The end result is seeing a majestic plant free from dingy, brown leaves and lifeless, colorless flowers. After I complete this task, sure the flower box looks a little empty. My gratitude comes when I return the next week and behold new growth!

Repentance is much the same way. No, repentance cannot be done once a week, you must repent daily. It takes time to search your heart and remove bitterness, envy, bad attitudes, but by repenting you allow the Lord to plant new seed. It is through repentance that you gain fertile ground. Without repentance, a bad attitude can fester into a habit of habitual wrong doing. A pang of envy against a fellow saint can turn into jealousy. Jealousy will then ruin any chance of friendship that you may have experienced.

Every individual battles different situations, but I have found that it is best to take time and address what is bothering you before it festers out of control. If you take time to examine your emotions and the various situations in your life, you will definitely find areas where you can make a change. By going through this simple process, your life is enriched, and the end result is worth it all!

Thursday, May 18

Words You Can't Live Without

One simple pleasure of life is GRATITUDE! When you express your appreciation to someone, you are imparting valuable words of wisdom. More importantly, it only takes a few seconds to say, "Thank you," but the lasting effects of such simplistic words linger on for hours or perhaps even days. Therefore, "Thank God no matter what happens. This is the way God wants you who belong to Christ Jesus to live." (1 Th. 5:18, The Message)

Thursday, April 6

Something to Think About

"Sometimes we wonder, "What did I do to deserve this?" or "Why did God have to do this to me?" Here is a wonderful explanation! A daughter is telling her Mother how everything is going wrong, she's failing algebra, her boyfriend broke up with her and her best friend is moving away.

Meanwhile, her Mother is baking a cake and asks her daughter if she would like a snack, and the daughter says, "Absolutely Mom, I love your cake" "Here, have some cooking oil," her Mother offers. "Yuck" says her daughter. "How about a couple raw eggs?" "Gross, Mom!" "Would you like some flour then? Or maybe baking soda?" "Mom, those are all yucky!"

To which the mother replies: "Yes, all those things seem bad all by themselves. But when they are put together in the right way, they make a wonderfully delicious cake!

God works the same way. Many times we wonder why He would let us go through such bad and difficult times. But God knows that when He puts these things all in His order, they always work for good! We just have to trust Him and, eventually, they will all make something wonderful!

God is crazy about you. He sends you flowers every spring and a sunrise every morning. Whenever you want to talk, He'll listen. He can live anywhere in the universe, and He chose your heart."

I am so thankful that God is in control of my life. Like this young girl, I have often wondered "what did I do to deserve this?" God truly knows what is best. God understands when no one else does. God is marvelous, and He will continue to lead and guide me as I walk this journey of life.

Monday, March 27

Happy Anniversary!

I am blessed to be married to the most MARVELOUS man in all of the world. I am blessed to have a remarkable husband. Mark is my best friend, and I am his biggest fan! We just celebrated 12 wonderful years of marriage. Thank you, Babe, for your faithful love and support. There have been many times that I have leaned on you, and you have never let me down. Your faith still amazes me. I love you!! You have greatly enriched my life. Because of you, my days are filled with joy! I have many fond memories, and look forward to what the future holds for us! I love you!

Follow-up to One More Chance

Just have to say that my plant is a survivor. It has survived a great fall, but it has come back victoriously. Amazingly, it now has a white bloom to remind me once again of grace. The moral, even when someone has failed, there is always room for rejuvenation. The crestfallen individual, with a great deal of care, can once again be a vessel of honor in the Master's hands. We have a responsibility to restore those who, for a season, have been defeated. There is always hope for someone who is willing to get back up and try again!

Words are Powerful

"Always think of the power words have. Because everything you hear and read will affect your actions!
Therefore: ALWAYS be....POSITIVE!" Let your conversation always be seasoned with good will.

Saturday, March 18

One More Chance

Today as I was watering my plants, I noticed that one of my potted plants was missing. I just happened to look behind the fence, and much to my surprise there was my plant! Mark put Sheldon behind the fence, and he was able to retrieve the plant. By this time, the neglected plant looked pathetic. There were no vibrant blooms, and the tattered, withered leaves were wilted. My first thought was to simply toss it and put a new plant in the pot. However, I just did not have the heart to up root it and throw it away. I was willing to give the plant one more opportunity to survive because I knew what it once looked like. I was saddened by the condition that I found it in. However, I now have hope that in the upcoming weeks, it will thrive once again. There is potential for this plant to grow, but I will definitely have to give it some tender, loving care. I will not lose hope.

I realize I am writing about a simple plant, but could it be that we as Christians are too quick to give up on people who have lost their way. We need to have more compassion for people who have failed. No one is perfect; therefore, we cannot become critical and judgmental. We need to allow our Heavenly Father to gingerly reshape and mold every person's life. Thankfully, many churches are full of people who were once downtrodden, but now they are greatly used by the Lord. Thank God for compassionate pastors who are willing to invest their energy and time into people who have lost their way. We must always be willing to give every person who walks through the church doors a second chance to make a commitment and thrive once again. The Bible boldly states, "Rejoice not against me, O mine enemy: when I fall, I shall arise; when I sit in darkness, the LORD shall be a light unto me." (Mic. 7:8) Never lose hope and always trust and believe that the Lord can work the miracle and change an individual who is willing to make a new commitment.

Monday, March 13

More on Happiness

She asks, "When you get to work in the morning, is it where you want to be? And when you go home at night, is that where you feel good and safe? Being able to answer yes to both questions is the key to happiness and success.

Happiness begins on the inside and radiates on the outside. Happy people are confident and are excellent leaders! Most individuals are drawn to happy people. If you find yourself having moody, desolate days, you need to check your happiness barometer. Life is too short to be unhappy.

Tuesday, February 14

Happy Valentine's Day Babe!

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Just want to wish my best friend Happy Valentine's Day. Mark, I love you. You are AWESOME!

Sunday, January 29


My focus of my blog is simply just to write. Every now and then, I like to share a personal story, and that's exactly what I am about to do. Last week, I was given a new song to learn how to play. After coming home and trying to practice the song, I just could not put it together. My first thought was, well I'll have to go to my lesson and explain to my teacher that I cannot play the song. Instead of getting frustrated, I went on to play the song I learned last week. Finally, on Saturday evening, I decided to sit down and make one more attempt at the song. Thankfully, in just a matter of minutes I learned the chords, remembered the melody, and played the song! Do you want to know the secret to my success? Determination.

This brings me to my next thought. It takes determination to accomplish anything in life. If you lose your determination, you become lethargic and lose your focus. You begin to go through the motions of everyday life. Instead of having passion, you compromise and settle for the mundane. Life is too precious to merely settle. You must strive to do great things otherwise, you will never experience the sweet victory of success!

Saturday, January 21

Prayer Is Still The Answer

A certain conference preacher had a dream.  In the dream, he was in heaven.  The Lord was showing him his mansion.  Words could not describe the spectacular beauty of his mansion. He was speechless.  Interestingly enough, right next his mansion, there was a mansion that was even bigger.  The preacher  turned to the Lord and asked, "Whose mansion is this?"  He wasn't envious or jealous, he simply wanted to know who lived in the mansion.  Was it king David, Apostle Paul, Abraham?  Who?  The Lord reminded him of a lady who prayed the entire time he preached.  The preacher didn't know what she prayed, but it went something like this:  Lord I cant' preach words of wisdom.  I'm not an eloquent speaker.  I can't travel to faraway places.  I may be of little value, but I promises that I will pray for this preacher.

The story concludes that this wonderful lady's dedicated, faithful prayers brought the anointing upon the preacher's ministry.  Awesome!  We must remember that prayer is powerful.  We have a direct line to our Heavenly Father, and we need to utilize it daily and not just when it is convenient.  We must make a commitment to pray, because I sincerely believe the Lord is just waiting to speak to us.

The other day as I was praying, I received an answer to a perplexing situation. I was thrilled because once again, I was reminded that the Lord hears our prayers, and He chooses to answer them at moments when we don't even expect an answer.  Make a commitment to prayer, and your life will be greatly blessed!

Sunday, January 15

Life's Rewarding Friendships

I love those moments in life when you receive an unexpected phone call or e-mail from a childhood friend. You immediately ponder on those carefree, childhood days. The memories from your shared friendship come to the forefront of your mind, and you cannot help but to smile. Thanks, Tiffany, for the e-mail. I am thankful for your friendship.

When I was a child, Tiffany's family always made sure I had a ride to church. There were many Sunday afternoons that I went home with them! It was awesome to be around a wonderful family. More importantly, they prayed for me. My life has been enriched by this family.

The next time you think your small acts of love are not significant, remember that you may be impacting the life of someone. It doesn't take much, it is the simple, insignificant deeds that matter most.

Sunday, January 1

Happy New Year

Amazingly, another year has past. I am thankful for everything the Lord has done for us. Last year, definitely was a time of great change. God's unseen hand was gingerly molding our lives and getting us ready for greater blessings. It was a season of unconditionally trusting God. I can honestly say that if you can trust God even when the dark, dismal clouds are hindering the golden ray of sunshine, you will be a conqueror, an overcomer, one who posses great faith because you know God is in control of your life's destiny!

Hebrews 11:6 states, "But without faith it is impossible to please Him: for He that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him."

GOD is magnificent; He can never be praised enough. There are no boundaries to His greatness. (MSG Psa. 145:3)

Happy New Year! "Dare to dream. Dare to reach. Dare to believe. Dare to inspire." (Mark Pryor) Let 2006 be the year of greatness where awesome miracles happen because of your unwavering FAITH!