Archive | January, 2008

God is Amazing

23 Jan

Rick & Bubba 

I wanted to share the YouTube video of Rick speaking at the memorial service for Bronner.  It is in three parts…it is amazing and all of the Glory goes to our awesome God for the strength of Rick Burgess and his family.  I hope we all take his challenge that he has given to us.

Part 1:

Part 2: 

Part 3: 

Prayer Request

20 Jan

Rick & Bubba

 I am a semi-faithful listener to the Rick and Bubba Showin the mornings on the way to take kids to school and on my way to work.  This morning I received an email from the Facebook Group “Rick and Bubba Fanatics” — Rick Burgess lost his 2 year old son yesterday to a drowning accident.  I do not know any more information than that, and don’t need to.  The thought of losing a child is enough to bring me to tears….please pray for him and his family.  They are strong believers and use their radio show to witness to people around the states and the world.  The little boy’s name was Bronner Burgess, aka “Cornbread”.

Family Worship

14 Jan

This year our church family is going to focus on Family Worship.  Our husbands are encouraged to lead each family in a time of family worship each week.  The staff is helping by giving us some Family Worship suggestions each week.  We did not attend worship last week and therefore did not receive the first week’s suggestions, but we did receive this week’s.  I wanted to share this, and will do this from time to time….in an effort to encourage my friends and family to lead their families in a time of worship within their homes.  We have found it a blessing to worship in places that are not within the 4 walls of a sanctuary….we can worship our Lord anywhere, and we should teach our children to be open and comfortable in their faith.

This week’s Family Worship:

This is my Father’s world, and to my listening ears
All nature sings, and round me rings the music of the spheres.
This is my Father’s world: I rest me in the thought
Of rocks and trees, of skies and seas;
His hand the wonders wrought.

This is my Father’s world, the birds their carols raise,
The morning light, the lily white, declare their Maker’s praise.
This is my Father’s world: He shines in all that’s fair;
In the rustling grass I hear Him pass;
He speaks to me everywhere.

This is my Father’s world. O let me ne’er forget
That though the wrong seems oft so strong, God is the ruler yet.
This is my Father’s world: the battle is not done:
Jesus Who died shall be satisfied,
And earth and Heav’n be one.

by Maltbie D. Babcock, 1858-1901

Suggested Catechism Questions:

Q: Who made you?

A: God made me.

Q: What else did God make?

A: God made all things.

Q: Why did God make you and all things?

A: For His own glory.

Day 1

Read: Genesis 1:26-31

Key Thought: God created mankind in His image

Older Children: In what ways did God create men and women in His image?  Why do you think God said that it was all “very good?”  Younger Children: What are some animals that God gave us to rule over?  Prayer Suggestions: Praise God for graciously creating you.  Confess any of your sins in failing to rule the creation as God himself would rule it.  Ask God to help us to treat other human beings as fellow images of God.

Day 2

Read:  Psalm 139:1-24

Key Thought: God knows and governs our lives from birth

Older Children: How should verse 2 effect the way we live our lives?  How is the all-presence of God both a comfort to believers and a terror to the wicked (v. 7-8)? What do verses 13-16 mean?  Younger Children: Are you thankful that God made you? Prayer Suggestions: Ask God to help us to walk in the knowledge of His presence and of the fact that He governs our lives from beginning to end.  Ask God to teach us His ways and marvel in His greatness.

Day 3

Read: Acts 17:22-34

Key Thought: God is the source of all created things

Older Children:  What is the wrong way to serve God (v. 25)? What do you think is the connection among creation (v. 24), repentance (v. 30), and judgment (v. 31)? Younger Children: What did God make?  Prayer Suggestions:  Pray for grace to worship God rather than creation.

Suggestions for Grandparents:  Thank the Lord for creating your grandchildren.  Ask God to help you be a good example of faithfulness to Christ for them.  Find an opportunity this week to talk to your grandchildren about God’s creation.

Losing a Friend…

11 Jan

Blacksmith working

Being in the family of a family owned business is wonderful.  There are perks to it and there is more stress than can be imagined.  We have a close knit family at our business…my daddy is the owner, my brother is the sales manager, my dh is the CAD designer, a very close friend from high school is the general manager….then we get into some more extended relationships….the general manager is married to the office manager…the office manager’s mother and sister both work in our finishing department…their cousin works in our glass room….the cousin is working with her sister-in-law whose husband is our plant manager.  Let’s see…are there any more???  I’m sure there are, and I just don’t know about the relations!  We are southern in our business, we greet you with a smile that can be heard on the phone hundreds of miles away…we call our customers “Honey” or “Darlin'”.

Yesterday we got news that was very disturbing to us, especially since we truly consider ourselves a family.  We lost one of our own….Billy Hollon, the owner of the Forgery.  He was our blacksmith that made all of our ironwork for our beautiful entryways.  He was from Troy, AL….and we even took our kids down to visit him so he could show them how he made the art that he did.  He was truly an artist…and like some artists, he had his demons….it is my fear that he decided he could no longer battle his demons.

I will miss Mr. Billy.  He was my friend, and I am grieving over the loss of him.

Monday – Menu Planning

7 Jan

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Beginning of a new year…and many “resolutions” to begin to follow through on.  Once again, I’d like to organize my family and my life more….and one of the ways to do that is by menu planning. 

Posting my menus on my blog allows me to be accountable to myself and share any ideas I may have with others.

If you would like to look at other Menu Plans, visit Laura, the Organizing Junkie!

Monday – homemade Alice Springs Chicken

Tuesday – pork chops, unsure how to cook them

Wednesday – dinner @ church (Spaghetti night!)

Thursday – Breakfast for Dinner – eggs & livermush

Friday – my first attempt at my Mother-in-LOVE’S homemade chicken & dumplin’s!

Saturday – Chili dinner with friends

Sunday – ???

We have normally gone out to dinner on Friday evenings, but I am hoping to only do that every other week….we’ll see how that goes!

My prayer is that everyone has a wonderful week!