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Monday, January 21, 2013

Top 5 Most Popular Posts Countdown



#5  Most Popular Post

Well, actually there are two post that currently are tied at #5 with the same amount of views and they are :

  • The Father Effect     -  This post deals with acknowledging the effect that fathers (good, bad & otherwise) have on our lives.  It specifically deals with my relationship with my own father and a conversation I had to have with him to gain healing.
  • Why I Homeschool     -  Gives 29 reasons why I chose to homeschool and continue to homeschool plus a little bit of advice for those new to homeschooling or thinking about it.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Where's The Culture of Honor?

     About a year or so ago I was hearing a lot of pastor bashing.  It covered the gamut from local pastors to big time TV preachers and such.  I came home one night and because it was bothering me so much I just sat down and wrote to get everything out but I couldn't publish.  My attitude wasn't right.  I was righteously indignant but there was too much anger in it.  The post would have done more harm than good at that time.  I had to go back periodically and make a few changes.  Eventually I just left it alone but now I think is a good time to let it be heard.   But let me forewarn you... what you will read below is probably one of my most forceful posts.  It is not meant to offend anyone but is meant to get across the importance of the subject.

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     I've been seeing something that really concerns me.  It's a tendency to take to the air with our opinions and such concerning "Christian Leaders."  Now I don't pretend to have some right or authority to speak to this issue other than the "righteous indignation" that has been set ablaze in my heart.  I know that what I'm about to say is strong and some will be offended but I can't be concerned right now about how others will react to this.  It's about time we bring back a culture of honor.

God's word says "TOUCH NOT MINE ANOINTED !"
     God ain't playing around when he says this.  It isn't up to us to decide whether someone is preaching or teaching under the anointing.  It's not up to us to decide if someone is hearing from God.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

You Can STILL Do Anything...

pediatric surgery, cardiac surgery, aortic stenosis, aortic insufficiency
2007 heart surgery
My son has a bicuspid aortic valve, mild aortic stenosis, and severe aortic insufficiency.  

Bi-cuspid valve means having only two valvular leaflets.  The aortic valve should have three.

Aortic stenosis means that the aortic valve doesn't open as far as it should therefore it decreases blood flow from the heart.  

Aortic insufficiency means that the aortic valve doesn't close down all the way therefore blood leaks back into the heart.  

The stenosis and insufficiency can cause the pressure in the last chamber of the heart to rise and can cause enlargement of the heart or at least the left ventricle of the heart.  He has both.

Five and a half years ago surgeons tried to repair this valve.

In 2007, not long after my son turned 8, the surgeons felt it was time to attempt to fix his valve.  They went in expecting to repair the valve which they found was much worse than they thought.  It worked..... for the first 24 hours.  But after that it started slipping.  At the end of a weeks time everything was back to the way it was before the surgery.  It didn't work.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

It's Time to be ME

When I started this blog back in November of 2010 I was so unsatisfied with myself.  My weight has been an issue for me since my last child was born and I've been unhappy with any pictures taken of me since.  So, as I sat there trying to figure out what photo I was going to use for my profile I was at a loss.  That was until I remembered my Glamour Shot photos from 15 years prior.  Now there was some good photos of me.  But for the last two years it's been nagging me that someone would see the photo and believe that I really look like that.  I mean, I did once but it was with the help of a hair stylist, make-up artist, a good wardrobe(that didn't belong to me!) and a great photographer.  I did acknowledge back in February of 2011 in the post A Need to Feel Beautiful that this picture was not a current one of me but I still couldn't bring myself to uploading one.  But this year, 2013, I've said is my year.  I'm stepping out this year already into new ministry, new opportunities and new blessings.  It's time to shed the things that have been holding me back in any way and move forward.  So yesterday I started the process of changing over all my profile pic's on any forum or platform I was on.  I decided that it was time to acknowledge the aging process and that it may be hard to age gracefully but that I 'm going to put my best foot forward in doing so.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Passing on The Liebster Award

     Several days ago I posted a blog named Words, Agreement & their Power.  In the comment section I was notified that I had been nominated for an award and that I needed to visit this persons blog to receive it.  Well curiosity overcame me and I checked it out. The award is called The Liebster Award.  I did some research.  As it turns out it is a real award.  It's been through several changes since it was started but it is generally the same.  This award is a way for bloggers to give recognition to other bloggers and encourage them to continue blogging.

The blogger that gave me this award is Tasha and her sight is MomNstinks where she blogs about

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Words, Agreement & their Power

     Before the first day of 2013 had slipped away God had already dropped a word for the year in my heart.  It's a word for me, for my friends, for my family and maybe... it's a word for you. 

Watch the words you speak.

     It's a matter of communication.  I know I've blogged on this subject before.  In "Did you hear that?"  I dealt with "Whose responsibility is it to make sure that you the speaker are understood?"  In "What Do You Say on Facebook?"  I dealt with our conversations on public social networks and how you can't take back the words you say.  You can delete them but they have already done their damage and you may never know the true impact of your careless words.  In "Me & My Big Mouth"   I related an event where my communication skills were not really the matter of discussion so much as my heart and my need to humble myself to get help and understanding.  In "Toothpaste Sermon"  I spoke of how ignorance of the pain and injury done by our words is not an excuse and does not remove the responsibility you carry for the harm your words have done.  But today, I need to talk about what you and I speak everyday into our lives and into the lives of others and who we agree with.

     Let me explain something.  The prayer of agreement is a powerful thing.  It means two or more joining together in agreement over anything that they bring before God.  But many people don't understand that agreement in and of itself is a powerful thing and who you agree with matters.  As a society, as a people, even as those called Christians, we have become lax in considering
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