Oct. 31 – Pray for the younger women and teenage girls to feel valued and compelled in their hearts to come. Pray for them to feel an inclusive, nurturing and mothering spirit among the women. *Song of Solomon 8: 8-9 “We have a young sister and her breasts are not yet grown. What shall we do for our sister for the day she is spoken for? If she is a wall, we will build towers of silver on her; if she is a door, we will enclose her with panels of cedar.”
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Oct. 30 – Pray that God will grow sown seeds, water seeds, keep the weeds from growing up around the seeds, and that He would tend the gardens of our hearts and minds to bring a bountiful harvest from the time at the conference. *Rom 8:26-27 “The Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us, with groans that words cannot express. And He who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit.”
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Oct. 29 – Pray for husbands of attendees and for families – especially prodigal children. Pray for marriages to be renewed and restored through God’s cleansing and healing. Pray for sensitivity, love and an understanding ear for husbands and families after the women return. Pray for those struggling with singleness that they may understand in greater measure the heart and passion God has toward them. * Hosea 10:12 “Sow to yourselves righteousness, reap the fruit of unfailing love, and break up your unplowed ground. For it is time to seek the Lord until He comes and showers righteousness on you.”
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Oct. 28 – Pray for women who are anxious, overburdened and overwhelmed. Pray that their minds and hearts are fertile ground so that the Word of God can penetrate and meet their needs. Matt. 11:28 – 30 “ Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
Monday, October 27, 2008
Oct. 27 – Pray for the willing women who are preparing for the workshops, many are operating out of their comfort zone, but not out of their gifting. Pray that their topics will be an easy work of love with meaningful, life changing effects. *James 1:5 “If any of you lacks wisdom he should ask God who gives generously to all without finding fault and it will be given to him…”
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Oct. 26 – Pray for those deciding whether or not to come, that God will stir their hearts and open the way. Pray that no weapon formed against the conference will prosper. *Mark 10:49-51 “Jesus stopped and said, Call him – so they called to the blind man – Cheer up! On your feet, He’s calling you! Throwing his cloak aside- he jumped to his feet and came to Jesus.” Is. 54:17 “No weapon forged against you will prevail and you will refute every tongue that accuses you. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord.”
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Oct. 25– Pray that women would hunger and thirst for righteousness. Pray that God will bring tenderness and receptivity to His Word and that the participants will be challenged to respond. Pray that He will receive all the glory for the work He will accomplish in hearts that are yielded to Him. * Matt. 5:6 “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness for they shall be filled.”
Friday, October 24, 2008
Oct. 24 – Pray intentionally that all participants will abound in strength, health, wisdom, clarity, direction and sensitivity to the Holy Spirit. Pray for the coordination of all details to come together for women taking responsibility for various details, with no complications or frustrations. *Ps 32:8 “I will instruct and teach you in the way you should go. I will counsel you and watch over you.” Phil 1: 9-11 “And this is my prayer – that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight that you may be able to discern what is best and be pure and blameless until the day of Christ.”
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Oct. 23 - Pray for the women to show themselves friendly, consider others above themselves, and to see relationships grow. Pray that women would feel connected to God and to each other during the conference, no one feeling alone or isolated. *Phil 2: 3-4 “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourself. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.”
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Oct. 22 – Pray that pride will be broken and that each woman will deal with her sins through repentance, seeking forgiveness. *Ps 51:17 “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit and a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.” Is 57:15 “For this is what the high and lofty One says, He who lives forever, whose name is holy; I live in a high and holy place but also with him who is contrite and lowly in spirit to revive the spirit of the lowly and to revive the heart of the contrite.”
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Oct. 21 – Pray that the Word would be presented in love, truth and boldness, bringing conviction and deliverance to those who may be unsaved or bound in sin. Pray that it would be refreshing to His daughters in a dry and thirsty place, that the Word of God would more than supply their need. *Heb. 4: 12 – 14 “For the Word of God is living and active, sharper than a double edged sword. It penetrates even to the dividing sword and spirit…judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart…nothing is hidden from God’s sight…” Prov. 31:25 “She is clothed with strength and dignity, she can laugh at the days to come.”
Monday, October 20, 2008
Oct. 20 – Pray that Pastor Scott Ball and the worship team would be in one accord as they prepare to usher God’s daughters into His presence. Pray for clear direction as the songs are chosen and rehearsed, and that the Holy Spirit would lead our times of worship together, bringing glory, honor and praise to our Heavenly Father. * Is 57:14 “Build up, build up, prepare the road! Remove the obstacles out of the way of my people.” Is. 62:10 “Pass through, pass through the gates. Prepare the way for the people. Build up, build up the highway, remove the stones. Raise the banner for the nations.” Rev. 4:11 “You are worthy, our Lord and God to receive glory and honor and power.”
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Oct. 19 – Pray that our keynote speaker, Jan Aldridge, would draw close to the Father’s heart and that He would put His words in her mouth. Pray that God would reveal His perfect will to her as she seeks after Him. *Is. 61; Jer. 1 “The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is upon me, because He has anointed me.
Saturday, October 18, 2008
Oct.18 – Pray for all those involved in the preparation and orchestration of the conference that they will have the mind of Christ so that we would operate in a spirit of unity. Pray that nothing would be done in the flesh, but in the power of the Holy Spirit. Pray that there would be no division, that all would be perfectly united in word and thought. *Phil. 2:5 “Your attitude should be the same as Christ.” Eph. 4:3 “Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.” Is 11:2 “The Spirit of the Lord will rest on him, the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and of power, the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord.” Zach 4:6 “…not by might or by power but by My Spirit says the Lord Almighty.”
Friday, October 17, 2008
This is our second day of prayer for our upcoming Women's Conference.
Oct. 17 – Pray that God would draw women of all backgrounds, ages and across denominational lines to attend this conference. Pray that God would move in the hearts of area pastors and women’s leaders to encourage their women to come. Pray for God-appointments and boldness for women to personally invite friends, neighbors and co-workers. Pray for God to provide the finances for all those who desire to come. *John 6:44 “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him.” Matt: 6-8 “Your Father knows what you need before you ask Him.”
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Oct. 16 – Pray that our eyes are fixed on Jesus Christ during all preparation, and that nothing would compete with His Lordship in any way. Pray that the motive of our heart is to see Christ glorified in all that is said and done. *Heb 12:2 “Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith.” Col. 1:18 “He is the head of the body, the church; He is the beginning and the end...that in everything He might have supremacy.”
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
- If the girls feel like they're falling out, they probably are.
- Don't get too excited when wearing a front closing bra or the girls just might jump out and say hello.
Thursday, October 09, 2008
Wednesday, October 08, 2008
Each day we are awoken by the Lord and given a fresh chance to live the life we have always wanted to live. We get the opportunity to make wrongs right, to start over, to try something we're scared to death to do. Whatever each day holds for us is a wonderment, to be certain.
God gives His children good gifts. When we stand for Him through the dark times of life and tell the world, "I HAVE to believe!" God's gifts far exceed anything we could ever ask or hope for. He loves us and longs to spoil us with His goodness. Wow! What a thought that is!
Is has been a struggle for me these past few months to continually stand and declare that I DO BELIEVE and I TRUST Him with my life. When all the circumstances surrounding me seem to say life is coming apart, that is when God says, "Will you still stand and trust me COMPLETELY?" That is all He asks of us. It sounds so simple and easy, but I am telling you today--it takes guts to stand against all that this world has to offer. But I stand and hold fast to His Word because I know that in the end, it will all be worth it. He will make it worth it. He is the only one who makes life worth living. I am holding on to that with all my might.
Tuesday, October 07, 2008
Yesterday we received a $100 Lowe's gift card from when we bought our washer and dryer. So last night we went shopping. I really wanted to get new light fixtures for the kitchen because the other ones were sooo ugly. Scott had some other really great ideas, but when it came down to it, he said, "whatever you want Honey," (like a good hubby). We had always talked about putting a fan and light combo in the kitchen, but the more I thought about it, the more I wanted to skip the fan. You see, I wear contacts and they dry out easily if there is any sort of fan blowing. Even in the car I have to have the air point away from my face. When we lived on River Road in Ringle, we had a great little ceiling fan and I loved to use it when I was cooking. The kitchen always got hot and the breeze was nice, but every time I turned it on, I had to go take my contacts out because I couldn't see. So that's why we ultimately decided to skip the fan.
Chris and Terri were waiting for us when we got home last night. Chris seemed to think he knew what he was doing so he helped Scott get the light up in the kitchen. (This morning we re-did it. Sorry Chris.) He also helped Scott put in a dimmer switch for the chandelier. Yeah--he forgot to tighten something and when the power was turned on it blew out the dimmer. So this morning Scott took it back. He successfully installed the new one when he got home and we installed the chandelier ALL BY OURSELVES! Can you believe it! I didn't even call my dad, in fact, it never even crossed my mind to call him. You have to understand that while my husband is an incredibly gifted musician, he doesn't fancy himself a handyman. I on the other hand think I am the Handy Lady, but have never really done anything yet. I have just watched ALOT of HGTV, Discovery Home, and DIY. Plus I've always had a dad that could do pretty much anything. So, it was a learning project, but it was really fun doing it together. It wasn't as easy as it looks like when Chico does it for Candace, but it was our first time. We'll get the hang of it.
Anyway, I just had to share a few pictures of our first home improvement project....
But first a picture of the old light fixture. It's nasty twin was above the dining area.
Our BRAND NEW chandelier...
In the background your can see our new curtains for the kitchen. I finally hemmed them and got them up this week. I pulled one side closed to show you what it looks like, but we normally leave them open. The wall color will be pretty much that exact color.
This is the light in the kitchen. I didn't use the flash because it made it look all sterile.
And this is our wonderful dimmer switch Scott installed for the chandelier. It's really cool. Growing up my parents always had dimmers on everything. I have really missed that living in rental places.
Monday, October 06, 2008
So last night we were at the mall and Scott decided he was sick of his long hair. (I personally like his hair longer.) So we went to Penny's and Scott asked how long the wait was. The lady said it would be about 5 minutes. So I headed off to Williams-Sonoma (a virtual heaven on earth as far as I am concerned!). I was standing at the checkout just getting ready to pay and Scott called. He didn't say anything, all I heard was background noise. Finally he says, "Oh my gosh, I think I just did a really bad thing! Oh my gosh!" He met up with me a few minutes later and was breathless. So I finished paying and as we were walking out he began to tell me what happened.
It went something like this...
Scott was sitting there waiting his turn for a haircut and saw a "guy" came out from the back salon. He went behind the counter and talked with the receptionist. "He" was dressed from head to toe as a women. He had a skin tight v-neck sweater and a short skirt on. His hair was fashioned in a short bob. He carried himself very femininely in spite of his five-o-clock shadow. Sooo...Scott, being the discerning person that he is, knew the moment he saw this "guy" that he would be the one to cut his hair. Without thinking he stood up and took off. As he walked away, the guy called out "Scott?" "Scott Ball?" But Scott Ball was all ready halfway out the door of Penny's and wasn't looking back. That was when he called me.
The way a person dresses and carries themselves says alot about who they are (or at least who they want people to think they are). Scott felt horrible and relieved at the same time. He was ashamed that he just walked out on the guy, but relieved that he didn't get his hair cut by him either. I couldn't believe it! How could you do that? How could you be so judgmental and prejudice? But then he asked me what I would have done if it had been me waiting for a haircut. Whoa...That's a good question! I honestly don't know what I would have done. I don't think that I would have had the quick reflexes or courage to just walk away like Scott did, but yet, I would have had a hard time letting the guy cut my hair too.
Pastor Alan has been speaking from the 23rd Psalm lately and just last week spoke on leaving behind goodness and mercy wherever you go. So I asked him, "did you leave behind goodness and mercy?" It's a hard call. The guy never met Scott. He didn't know if Scott had to leave for an emergency or maybe just didn't hear him call his name. But it doesn't really matter what the guy thought. Isn't it a heart matter for the believer?
So I ask you, what would you have done? Was Scott totally out of line? Did he leave behind goodness and mercy?
Sunday, October 05, 2008
Thursday, October 02, 2008
2. My fat baby
3. My Girl
4. hearing my children laugh
5. laughing with friends who really get me (If you understand how funny it is to go to a "board" mtg, you're a friend who gets me!)
6. clean sheets
7. going shopping alone
8. coming home ... from anything
9. great music that makes me wanna dance
10. The Office
11. friends who have known me forever and love me anyway
12. a tidy house
14. Bravo reality shows
15. Beth Moore
16. decaf hazelnut skinny latte
17. Library books
18. preschool days
19. Dr Pepper
20. haircut and highlights
21. Blogging-Reading, Writing, Creating, etc., etc.
22. a bra that fits--lifts, tucks, and perks up the girls
24. My DVR
25. The Music Man