Small steps in faith

Saturday, September 30, 2006

"Come drink at the well of living water" John 4:6


I spent today "filling up" my glass of water. It was something that was long overdue.
I realized today as I spent alone time with God in one of the most beautiful places I've been, that I don't do this enough. The one thing that the speakers wanted us to take with us is that we are the church's not the building..and we have a mission to go out and advance the kingdom of God.They make a point of saying it's not a's an advance. We are walking down the aisle toward God (our groom) and we need to advance with as many as possible.
The atmosphere, the speakers,the worship were awesome but the part I really looked forward to and enjoyed the most was the prayer walk. They have a beautiful path that goes back into the woods and leads to a small wooden chapel. In the chapel were 4 small pews, a kneeler and candles and communion Along the path there were places you could sit and there were beautiful stone statues When you first walk in there was the 10 commandments in stone. There was a stone that simply said "Never alone". My favorite was a stone that read :

When God takes children from this world
so full of pain and strife
He has a special place for them
and a more abundant life

We ended singing "Amazing Grace" and with the following verse that I want those that I prayed for today(you know who you are) to take in their heart:

"For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord. "They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. In those days when you pray, I will listen. If you look for me in earnest, you will find me when you seek me"

Jeremiah 29:11-13

Friday, September 29, 2006

Create a path for others to follow

Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”

-Ralph Waldo Emerson

Thursday, September 28, 2006

A day in the life of the Edge Part 3

A day in the life of the Edge Part 2

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Video....A day in the life of the Edge by Bono

Who would honestly wear these?

I was reading a blog that had done an interview with Matthew Paul Turner. He has a humorous/honest way of writing. I copied part of the interview because it gave me a good laugh and maybe you need a laugh too :) If you want to read the whole interview it's on a blog called " The Preface" by Chris Fann

"What is your favorite & least favorite product within Christian culture? Why?

This year at CBA, a friend came up to me & whispered in my ear, "they have Jesus panties";, and then walked away. So I spent the next several minutes wandering through the booths trying to find them. Sure enough, there they were - panties with verses written all over them. They also had sole inserts you put in your shoes which had verses written on them, so you could "stand on the Word of God all day long."; There is also this website ( which has t-shirts with phrases spoken in tongues written on them. For only $37 plus $8.95 shipping & handling, you can wear some good 'ole Pentecostal expressions."

Sunday, September 24, 2006

Brett Favre He's always #1 in my heart :)

DETROIT Sep 24, 2006 (AP)— Packers quarterback Brett Favre became the second player in NFL history to throw 400 career touchdown passes Sunday.

Favre threw a short pass to rookie receiver Greg Jennings, who turned the third-down play into a 75-yard touchdown in the first quarter against the Detroit Lions.

He reached the milestone in his 228th game, one more than Dan Marino needed to throw No. 400. Marino finished his career with 420 TD passes.

Friday, September 22, 2006

Fun trivia

I was watching "Oprah" .something I don't often do, and they had "burning" questions that people wanted the answer to

Here are a few of them

1 Can dogs see only in black and white ?

2 What color are black boxes in airplanes?

3 After age 20, how many brain cells do you lose a day?

a 5,000
b 15,000
c 50,000

4 Where did the term "God bless you" come from when a person sneezed?

5 Why are barns red?

The answers ....................

1 False Dogs can see colors ; usually red,blue and yellow

2 They are bright orange

3 c. 50,000 The way to slow it down is to read and do crossword puzzles

4 People used it as a term for protection because they believed when you sneezed you lost your soul

5 Farmers used to make their own paint and used rust in the mixture which caused the paint to be red

Saturday, September 16, 2006

"Tears of the Saints" by Leeland

Phil Wing sang this song to end the service tonight. Very powerful
If you haven't heard this song you need to or at least read the lyrics..Leeland Mooring is only 18 yrs old but he has a bigger heart than most 50 year olds....he gets it.

"Tears of the Saints" by Leeland

There are many prodigal sons

On our city streets they run

Searching for shelter

There are homes broken down

People’s hopes have fallen to the ground

From failures

This is an emergency!

There are tears from the saints

For the lost and unsaved

We’re crying for them come back home

We’re crying for them come back home

And all your children will stretch out their hands

And pick up the crippled man

Father, we will lead them home

Father, we will lead them home

There are schools full of hatred

Even churches have forsaken

Love and mercy

May we see this generation

In it’s state of desperation

For Your glory

This is an emergency!

Sinner, reach out your hands!

Children in Christ you stand!

Sinner, reach out your hands!

Children in Christ you stand!

And all Your children will stretch out their hands

And pick up the crippled man

Father, we will lead them home

Father, we will lead them home

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Are you a Type D?

I thought this was an interesting article. I deal with alot of "Type D's" and to some degree I fit the category
Heart disease isn't in my family but strokes are

Are You a Type D Personality?
Posted by Simeon Margolis, M.D., Ph.D.
on Mon, Sep 04, 2006, 8:30 am PDT

For almost 50 years researchers have tried to link personality types or behavior patterns to the risk for heart disease.

We've all heard about the driven and highly competitive behavior of people with type A personalities, compared to the more laid-back, noncompetitive characteristics of type Bs.

Studies done in the late 1950s linked the type A behavior pattern with a higher risk for heart disease. But later studies failed to prove a link between cardiovascular disease and these patterns of behavior. Instead, more and more findings have associated an increased risk of heart disease with anger, hostility, surliness, and rudeness

I don't know if a type C personality or behavior has ever been defined, but you may soon be hearing more about the latest association between an increased risk of heart disease and the type D personality. (The D may stand for "distressed.")

A recent report from the Netherlands found that type D personality was associated with a significantly increased risk of major cardiovascular events like heart attacks and strokes.

Type D individuals tend to experience negative emotions like hostility, anxiety, anger, depressed mood, tension, and a negative view of themselves. They are likely to be constantly on alert for signs of impending trouble and to overreact to stressful events. An equally important factor in the type D personality is the inability to express these emotions, which leads to feeling tense, insecure, and uncomfortable in social situations.

According to authors of the Dutch study, the difference between the type D definition and those for types A and B suggests that "how people cope with negative emotions may be as important as the experience of negative emotions per se."

We all know people who have a type D personality, and some of us may recognize this pattern in ourselves or in family members. I'm not sure what, if anything, can be done about this personality type, and more time will surely be needed to develop a thorough understanding of its importance in matters of health, especially heart health.

However, it does make sense to me to link people's negative personality traits with how they cope, or don't cope, with stressful circumstances and everyday challenges.

Monday, September 11, 2006


This is one of those days that you don't forget where you are or the emotions involved. I had just gotten to work after being at the dentist that morning. The whole day was unbelieveable. We had a prayer gathering at the YMCA with our church that night.
I felt comfort being with my family. It was heart wrenching to watch those who had actually lost loved ones. Those who lost their lives will never be forgotten.

Sunday, September 10, 2006


I love Monet paintings. One of my goals in life is to go to Paris just to go to La Louvre. In the book I'm reading "Chasing Daylight" by Erwin McManus, he talks about how Monet realizes what a moment is

"I think we need to spend a day with Monet. He had a clear sense of what was hidden in a moment. Most of us think of a moment as something that's stationary,stagnant, and unchanging. We want to capture the moment and stand in the moment. If there's a moment you want to preserve or remember, you take a snapshot.
The genius of Monet is that he saw the moment for what it really was. It was as if he actually read the dictionary and realized that the essence of the words moment and motion are the same. Monet was a master of light and movement. His paintings were blurred and obscure and yet beautiful and full of insight. If we could somehow see life as it really is. Our ability to see the world as it really is has been corrupted by the camera. With a turn of the lens or a push of a button we are able to take the blur out. We've come to see the world through still frames, whenin reality life is in constant motion."

"When a moment is missed, you have a glimse at an opportunity lost. When you dream, you look to a moment still to come. the moment that you must seize right now is the one in front of you."

How many of us live in the past....things we should have done, should have said. I know I do it alot. Our focus needs to be on the present and future You can't change your past. You can learn from it so hopefully you don't continue to make the same mistakes and live in regret. You can change your future.

Saturday, September 09, 2006

Carol Wolff 5 K walk/run

This morning my friend Tina and I did a walk for cancer called the Carol Wolff 5K walk/run. It's done yearly to raise money for cancer and part of the money goes to support The Artemis Center for Alternatives to Domestic Violence.
I did the walk 2 years ago with Kristen as a mother/daughter team.
The walk is done at Deweese Park in Dayton. It's a beautiful place to walk/run/ride bikes. They have a nice pathway and it's wooded and goes across the Little Miami. Wouldn't recommend going there at night ...not the nicest neighborhood around it.
They do such a great job in making you feel special even if you come in last place...I didn't come in last place :)
The men who belong to ORRRC(Ohio River Road Runners Club) dress up in shorts and little tuxedo tops and stand along the route giving encouragement.
They give everyone who participates a medal and have alot of nice raffle prizes (I won a pair of running shorts...Tina won an arm reflector) Cindy Garland and Deb and Gabe O'Keefe were there. They had a little race for the kids at the end ...Gabe came in 2nd :)
It was a nice way to spend a Sat morning and a good way to burn off calories.....even if we did eat at Frisch's after :)

Thursday, September 07, 2006

Unity- a good definition

The following statement was part of an article in Relevant that I really connected with This is what it means to have unity

"I am not Baptist or Presbyterian. Not Catholic or Episcopalian. Not Charismatic or Lutheran. Not Armenian or Methodist. Not right and not wrong. I am a believer in what unites us all: the God of our salvation, who reconciles us through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ and the work of the Holy Spirit—the God of all creation who gives us mercy, hope, music, laughter, wine, chocolate, sex, dancing, miracles and Himself. The God of the universe, who is a mystery we will never figure out with our limited theology and finite minds."

"Common Denomination" by Krista Barmer Relevant Magazine

Monday, September 04, 2006

It's not what you's who you love

The motivator for christian liberty is not how much you know....but who you love

Rafael Nadal is awesome :)

Friday, September 01, 2006

It's September

It's the 1st day of September and it definitely feels like a fall day.
Part of me is sad.
I like summer
1 sitting out in the fresh air and sun
2 vacations
3 grilling out
4 getting ice cream at dairy queen/graeters
5 fresh strawberries/raspberries
6 the smell of fresh cut grass
7 wearing shorts/capris/flipflops
8 flowers

but September is my favorite month and I love the fall
1 Fair food..
2 Holiday at Home/Labor Day
3 Seeing school supplies in the store
4 High school football on Fridays
5 The smell of buring leaves
6 The changing color of the trees
7 My anniversary ...Sept 28 :)
8 My kids birthdays
9 Halloween
10 Thanksgiving