Saturday, April 26


Friday, April 25

Are You Committed?

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The difference between a commitment and a passing fancy is, "Commitment unlocks the doors of imagination, allows vision, and gives us the "right stuff" to turn our dreams into reality.” ( James Womack)

Tuesday, April 22

My Fantastic Day Of Rest

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Wow, talk about relaxing and fun. Today was just that. Mark and I had a great time playing golf. I have to say playing golf is much more challenging than what I thought. The funniest part was when I hit the ball and it looked as if it was heading straight for a man that was standing at the second hole. Thankfully, the ball hit a palm tree, then it flew back and settled safely onto the ground. We did not keep score, but I assure you that my score was very, very high. Oh, and I only lost two balls. I guess that is not so bad considering this was my first game ever. I am looking forward to our next game.

On a positive note, I gained new knowledge concerning how I should practice at the golf range. I enjoy seeing the balls fly, but I now know that what is really important is form. I have a ways to go, but this journey sure is fun!

Your Personality Test

Your Personality at 35,000 Says...

I found this test on Tara's blog. It is kind of interesting. Take it and see what happens. Here are my results:

Deep down, you prefer spending time alone to spending time with others. You enjoy thinking more than talking.

You are good with your place in the world. You are confident and comfortable with who you are.

Your gift is having a way with words. You know how to express yourself well.

You are inspired by what is possible. Real life is often too ordinary for you.

It's very easy for you to feel happy. You can find peace with any situation.

Thursday, April 17

Personal Thoughts Concerning Time

Praying Together
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Everyone experiences that feeling of simply being tired, but why is it that I am the most tired on a church night, i.e. Monday night prayer or Wednesday night Bible study. Funny how that works. There are nights, due to that ugly feeling of tiredness, when I am ready to stay home and then I realize once again that it is important that I give God my very best. What is even more amazing is that I may walk through the church doors tired, but when I leave I am refreshed. Amazing, huh. When you add it all up, it simply does not make sense, but it is true. Time with God equals great refreshing and renewed strength! I cherish those moments because I know that God is always there giving me strength!

William Penn said, "Time is what we want most, but... what we use worst." Time, time, we all want more, but let me pose this question, are you a wise steward of your time? We expect God to perform great miracles, but are you willing to make great sacrifices concerning your time? Are you willing to set aside your precious time so that you can invest time on your knees in prayer or take time for someone that is in need? Time is quickly passing, but it is up to you how you choose to use it. Brian Tracy said, "There is never enough time to do everything, but there is always enough time to do the most important thing." Balancing your time can be a personal juggling act, but always remember to utilize your time wisely.

Tuesday, April 15

Gentleness is an active trait, describing the manner in which we should treat others. Meekness is a passive trait, describing the proper Christian response when others mistreat us. (Jerry Bridges)

Tuesday, April 8

As we were driving home from the golf range, we were talking about work, and Mark said, "If you want people to give you their best, you have to treat them like they are the best." This is a great thought. People will always go the extra mile if they know that they are appreciated.

Saturday, April 5

Getting Reacquainted With Child-Like Fun

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Want to know what is going on today? Mark is at a business meeting and Sheldon and I are at home enjoying our morning. Today is the day, the day that I go roller blading with my son. Sheldon is trying to improve his skate, and mom is attempting to overcome her fear.

So, I bravely put on my rollerblades for the first (well second) time. Before we venture outside, I practice for a few seconds to make sure I have my balance. Then it was to the kitchen floor, everything okay here; I can skate back and forth. Next, onto the patio, for more balance practice. Yep, I can stand without falling.

Now, opening the door. Standing on the porch--still everything is okay as I am still standing. Okay, I take the plunge and push off, glide for less than a second, run into a bush, desperately try to maintain my balance, but despite my best efforts, I fall. Now, laughing and crawling as I am trying to gracefully stand up with no success. I crawl to the grass and somehow manage to stand once again. Sheldon and I are continuing to laugh. If someone saw this magnificent fall, I am oblivious to their laughter, but I assure they are rolling on the floor laughing. Now, we head out to the sidewalk area. I am very shaky, and I anticipate my next fall. Will it hurt? Oh, now I am gliding back and forth and gaining my confidence with every glide. Wow, this is fun and I believe I have the hang of it. No more falls for me (at least not for today). We are now rollerblading!

I am immediately drawn back to the first time I tried on a pair of roller blades. It was six years ago! I had the rollerblades on and said, "Oh, this is easy." I fell and landed so hard that I bruised the palm of my hand. What is even funnier is that we hadn't even left the store. The salesperson tried hard not to laugh, but I truly was a sight. Despite my fall, we purchased the rollerblades. However, before we left the mall, doubt and fear prevailed, and we returned the rollerblades. Mark and I still laugh about this little episode. Every since that day, I developed a healthy aversion for roller blades, and I was not in any hurry to buy another pair.

Thanks to my husband, I received a pair for Christmas. As you can tell, it has taken me quite sometime to work up my courage to try roller blading again. After our little adventure, I feel as if I have been reacquainted with the little girl that loved to roller skate. I am glad to say that even though I fell, there was no way I was going to give up. I was going to conquer my fear, and I succeeded! Even though we skated close to home, it was still great fun. Sheldon and I are looking forward to taking it to the park. Yes, I believe I can fly! Now, we are off to play with his science kit. Hopefully, we will not blow up the backyard!

P.S. Now for the update. We took our rollerblades out for a second time and glad to report no falls, but I still have a ways to go before I am completely confident.

Thursday, April 3

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It is not hard for the Lord to turn night into day. He that sends the clouds can as easily clear the skies. Let us be of good cheer. It is better farther on. Let us sing Hallelujah by anticipation. -- Charles Haddon Spurgeon

Tuesday, April 1

Playing The Game of Tag

Thanksgiving Dinner
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I have been tagged by Tara. Here are seven things about me.

1. I believe my family is one of the greatest gifts that God gave to me. I cherish every moment we have together. I have learned that the house cleaning can wait, but my family cannot.

2. I enjoy hanging out with friends. I like having people come over and simply sit around and talk. Essentially, I like being around people.

3. I love going to the beach. In the summertime, this is one of our favorite family outings.

4. I have recently found a new sport: playing golf! Mark bought me a golf bag that sat in the garage for over a year! Now, I put it to great use as we always have fun at The Islands hitting golf balls.

5. I have a difficult time waking up the morning. I tend to hit the snooze button quite often.

6. I like to buy coffee cups. If I had more space, I would probably have cupboards filled with coffee cups. Starbuck coffee cups are my favorite!

7. I like to write. I have three journals that I keep and someday I'll share them with my grandkids!