Thursday, December 27, 2007

He Finally Did It

First of all let me say I had a wonderful Christmas. My family and I are very blessed. We all enjoyed our time together.

Now, for the rest of the story....
The day after Christmas my sister came into my room and woke me up at 6:00. I thought she was crying. She said "He finally did it". I don't wake up easily so I wasn't processing anything. I said "Who's dead?... Who did what?" She said "Jon hit your car. I'm trying not to laugh." I said " Are you seriuos?" "Yes. He backed into your car. He wasn't paying attention.". I sat up and we both busted out lauging.

So I came downstairs, waited for daylight to fully assess the damage, and had some coffee. My car is now in the shop getting a new driver side door panel and mirror. I get to drive his Mustang for the next week. He's going to New Orleans for the Sugar Bowl so he doesn't need it. We were parked on a hill. His car needs a little touch up paint but that's about it. You can't tell it's even been in a wreck.

Welcome to my life! Atleast I wasn't in the car this time! I hope 2008 is car wreck free for me!

Monday, December 17, 2007

More Church Signs

I forgot my camera on my trip to Alabama this weekend. I would have loved to have the pictures of these but I'll pass the messages along anyway.

"We shall call him Immanuel"..... because you ran out of "E's" or what?!

"O Come All Ye Faithful Worhip 9:30".... Can you say PROOFREAD YOUR SIGN!!

"God Is.
Any Questions?".... Well, for the unsaved person driving by reading your sign I imagine they have lots of questions. They're probably not coming to your church for answers now!

Saturday, December 1, 2007

Christmas Cards

I love sending Christmas cards every year. It seems to me that people don't take the time to do that much anymore. It's such a simple thing to let people know you are thinking of them and wish them a Merry Christmas. Sometimes it's the only correspondence I have with friends from the past all year.
I keep a Christmas card address list on file so I don't have to look up all the addresses every year. For the past 2 years I have had to take names off the list because the people are no longer with us. Some marriages have ended so I have to change the names. One friend committed suicide. My cousins 3 year old was killed in a boating on Christmas Day. Some have passed on from natural causes. As I was writing cards last year I was saddened to think that next year some of the precious people on the list this year may not be here next year. Life is so short and no one is guaranteed another day or another Christmas. A family I used to go to church with keeps the Christmas cards that are sent to them and prays for the senders of the cards all year (I make sure to send them one 'cause I need all the prayer I can get!). Anyway, last year I decided to print an extra copy of my Christmas list and pray for the people on it throughout the next year. I pray that I do not have to remove names next year because of tragic losses. It is my hope that my list will grow, not shrink. Take time to tell your friends and family how much you love them and how special they are.

Monday, November 26, 2007

Thanksgiving and Shopping

Okay I know I mentioned posting pictures from Thanksgiving but I was too focused on cooking and shopping to take any.
I had a great time with my sister and her family. We stuck to our Thanksgiving schedule and got all our stuff done in record time. Her husband and sister-in-law joke about how we have this thing down to a science. We're pretty proud of our system.
After lunch we looked through the sales papers and made our game plan. I convinced her we needed to be at Kohl's at 4 AM. We usually start at 5. The stores opened earlier and we needed to be there. I wanted a lap top and Office Max opened at 6. If we started at 4 we could be there at 6. It's all in the planning! I was seriously reconsidering that when 3:15 rolled around and I had to get up. My sister was raring to go! So off we went.
We got some great deals. Most of our shopping is done. We had to wrap presents Friday night and Saturday morning instead of Saturday because her husbands boss gave them tickets to the Georgia/Georgia Tech. game. He has a box at the stadium. That was a big deal to her so we adjusted the schedule. We still got it done and had a great time.

Monday, November 19, 2007

Cheesecakes and Traditions

First the cheesecakes: I've made 5 cheesecakes in the past 3 weeks. I made a Pumpkin Toffee Cheesecake for some of the teachers at school to celebrate fall. Plus we love to eat. Then I made Patrice my original recipe Key Lime Cheesecake when she got sick. Last week I decided to try a new recipe and made a Banana Pudding Cheesecake. I wasn't sure what I thought about that combination but I liked it and it got rave reviews at school. This week I have orders for 2 Pumpkin Toffee Cheesecakes. Two of the teachers at school loved it so much they asked if I'd make it for them to take Thanksgiving dinner. I'm a little cheesecaked out right now but 'tis the season. I'm sure there will be many more to come in the next month.

Now the traditions: Several years ago my sister and began creating the perfect Thanksgiving week. This is how it goes:
She's off Monday and Tuesday and cleans her house. I arrive Tuesday night.

Tuesday night we create the menu... some things are standard some new. We always try out one new dessert and make one fail proof dessert. After the menu is created we go to the grocery store (without the kids!)

Wednesday- Breakfast at Cracker Barrel. Then back home to start cooking. We mix all the casseroles, side dishes and make the desserts. Then eat dinner out.


Thursday - Take the food out of the fridge to get it to room temperature. Go to K-mart and shop at 7 Am because they are open. Come home by 10 and begin cooking. Her in-laws arrive and we have a great meal with too much food. Then it's time to scope out the sales papers and make a game plan. Who has what on sale? What time do they open? What do we need? Make a detailed list with all this info.

Friday- Up at 4:30. Out the door by 4:45 0r 5. Shopping ALL day long following the list we made the day before. IHOP for breakfast around 10. Starbuck's anytime we start losing fuel.
Get home around 5 or 6. Maybe go out to dinner. Preferably crash and eat left overs.

Saturday - Send the kids to the basement and have a gift wrapping party. All the gifts bought the day before get wrapped and placed under the tree. Most of the Christmas shopping is done. Occasionly there are a few gifts to still buy. I return home late Staurday for church on Sunday and a much needed rest.


We have this thing down to a science now! We look forward to it all year long. This year neither one of us are feeling great right now but we're determined to get better before the festivities begin. I'll try to take and post pictures of our adventures this year. We are a sight to see!

Monday, November 12, 2007

The Golden Compass

There will be a new Children's movie out in December called THE GOLDEN COMPASS. It is written by Phillip Pullman, a proud athiest who belongs to secular humanist societies. He hates C. S. Lewis's Chronical's of Narnia and has written a trilogy to show the other side. The movie has been dumbed down to fool kids and their parents in the hope that they will buy his trilogy where in the end the children kill God and everyone can do as they please. Nicole Kidman stars in the movie so it will probably be advertised a lot. This is just a friendly warning that you sure won't hear on the regular TV.

The author is an atheist and his objective is to bash Christianity and promote atheism. I heard that he has made remarks that he wants to kill God in the minds of children, and that's what his books are all about. He despises C.S. Lewis and Narnia, etc. An article written about him said "this is the most dangerous author in Britain" and that Pullman would be the writer "the atheists would be praying for, if atheists prayed." Pullman said he doesn't think it is possible that there is a God and he has great difficulty understanding the words "spiritual" and "spirituality." What I thought was important to communicate is what part of the agenda is for making this picture. This movie is a watered down version of the first book, which is the least offensive of the three books. The second book of the trilogy is THE SUBTLE KNIFE and the third book is THE AMBER SPYGLASS. Each book gets worse and worse regarding Pullman's hatred of God. In the trilogy, a young girl becomes enmeshed in an epic struggle against a nefarious Church known as the Magisterium. Another character, an ex-nun, describes Christianity as "a very powerful and convincing mistake." As I understand it, in the last book, a boy and girl are depicted representing Adam and Eve and they kill God, who at times is called YAHWEH (which is definitely not Allah). Since the movie would seem mild if you viewed it, that's been done on purpose.

They are hoping that unsuspecting parents will take their children to See the movie, that they will enjoy the movie and then the children will want the books for Christmas. That's the hook. Pullman says he wants the children to read the books and decide against God and the kingdom of heaven.
I googled a synopsis of THE GOLDEN COMPASS. As I skimmed it, I couldn't believe that in a children's book part of the story is about castration and female circumcision.
Origins: The Golden Compass, a fantasy film starring Nicole Kidman that is scheduled to be released into theaters on 7 December 2007, has been drawing fire from concerned Christians. The film is based on Northern Lights (released in the U.S. as The Golden Compass), the first offering in Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy of children's books, a series that follows the adventures of a streetwise girl who travels
through multiple worlds populated by witches, armor-plated bears, and sinister ecclesiastical assassins to defeat the oppressive forces of a senile God.



Sunday, November 11, 2007

STRESSED!

I'm living in the land of stress right now. School is crazy. New mandates from the state and federal governments are causing us to change some things we do mid-year. Teaching is stressful enough without all the changes. My two best friends both have some medical issues going on. One of them is moving soon and needs to find a new job. It's a good thing. Her husband has accepted a new position. It will put them a little closer to their parents and me! I'm also planning/directing a wedding for New Year's. Every week there has been a new challenge. On top of all of that I've been really sick and unable to sleep. I'm finally feeling a little better. I pretty much lost my voice for about two days but it's back now.

I'm looking forward to next weeks Thanksgiving break. No school. Time with my sister and her family. A break from all the craziness. Shopping! Food! Family! What can be better than that?!?

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Crummy Church Signs Book

Today a new book releases from Humor-Blogs.com! It is entitled Crummy Church Signs Volume 1 (2004 - 2007). Taken as a "Best of..." from the popular Crummy Church Signs website, this book includes pictures of some of the worst church signs you'll ever see (poor grammar, bad theology, silly jokes, etc) along with the author's hilariously snarky commentary!

The best part is...I'm in the book! A picture/review I submitted was used in the book, so if the side-splitting content isn't enough to convince you to buy a copy, perhaps the inclusion of yours truly will tip the scales for you.

For a limited time only, the book is $10.99 with free shipping, and the author will autograph it! After Nov. 6, the price will rise to $12.99 plus shipping (and no autograph), so be sure to place your order now. VISIT THE HUMOR-BLOGS.COM STORE NOW and place your order! The book is 178 coffee-table sized pages, and contains church signs from over 35 states and several different countries.

The author, Joel Bezaire, is also donating ALL of his proceeds to Compassion, a charitable organization that places underpriviledged kids with sponsors around the world. So not only will you enjoy the book, some of that money is going to a great cause!

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

anointed one

Here's a really, really encouraging blog from Leonard Jones:

"I have a dear friend that is the most amazing worship leader I know. He has
stopped doing it because he says he has no more anointing for worship
anymore. Here's my question; when has that ever been a qualification for
leading worship? I never feel anointed to lead worship, NEVER. I do not let
that stop me from this calling though. Most of the time, I don't feel a
thing when I lead except maybe inadequacy. It's not about me, it's about
Jesus, his very name means; "anointed one". So what! If you are not
anointed, he is.
LEO"

Thursday, October 11, 2007

I'm off to rehab...

My rehab weekend consists of going to see my best friend. We are both in desperate need of a girl's night/weekend. We used to go to dinner once a month when she lived closer. It was good for both of us in order to talk and just hang out. We really are each other's sanity. So I'm off for a best friends weekend of rehab and stress relief. Her husband is keeping the baby for a few hours while we go to dinner Friday night. He's a great guy. And I think he knows we need this!
I plan on teaching Drew to say Ray Ray before I leave on Sunday (he's 5 months old now). I think he should definitely be able to babble something that resembles that with some intense instruction! I am a teacher after all! :)

corn dogs, cyclops, and concert

I'm fall breakin' it this week. I went to the fair with my friend Karen last night. Our second fair this week. (Now you know what teachers do with their time off! HA!) Of course we had to have a corn dog because it's the fair. After that we headed to ride the cyclops. The sign said "Do not ride if you are prone to nausea". Well, probably not the best option after eating corn dogs and onion rings but no none got sick or even thought about it (thank goodness). Then we were off to the big event. The Charlie Daniel's Band! Yep, that's right. Nothin' like "The Devil Went Down to Georgia" performed live! It really was great. I also rather enjoyed his rendition of "How Great Thou Art". It was a fun night.

p.s. The cowboy hat was borrowed! :)

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Book List

I love to read. I am usually in process of reading 2-4 books at a time. I try to balance my fiction reading with non-fiction. Here's a list of books I've just finished/I'm working on/ I'm getting to soon.

Recently Finished:

Facing the Wall by Don Potter

The Ragamuffin Gospel by Brennan Manning

Right People Right Place Right Plan Discerning the Voice of God by Jentzen Franklin

90 Minutes in Heaven by Don Piper

Worship His Majesty by Jack Hayford

Skin by Ted Dekker


Currently Reading:

The Thunder of Heaven
by Ted Dekker

The Worship Warrior by Chuck Pierce

Worship 365 by David M. Edwards


Getting to soon:

In A Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day by Mark Batterson

Sunday, October 7, 2007

Another church sign!

"Who's for dinner?!?"
They should be more careful about posting "clever" (HA!) sayings along with upcoming events! The two make an interesting combination!

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Staggering Statistics

I received an e-mail with the following statistics recently:

  • Fifteen hundred pastors leave the ministry each MONTH due to moral failure, spiritual burnout or contention in their churches
  • 70% of pastors do not have a close friend, confidant or mentor
  • 85 % of pastors say their greatest problem is dealing with disgruntled leaders and members
  • 80% of pastors wives feel left out and unappreciated by church members
  • 80% of pastors wives feel pressured to do things and be something in the church the they are really not.
So what does all this mean? Well, here's where I think we can start to help:
October is Pastor Appreciation Month. We should be praying for our pastors and leaders ALL the time. It's important to take the time to let them know that they are loved and appreciated.

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Out of Control

Hey everybody...I have to share a story with you that I heard the other day. I am SO not into sports but this story caught my attention because the guy was such an idiot. But it got me thinking. Anyway, there is a baseball player who got aggravated at an accusation that an umpire made at him. He accused the player of throwing his bat at someone....An accusation that was not legitimate, and unsubstantiated, so I'm sure you can guess what happened, the puffed up baseball player explodes into an argument with the umpire and totally.

We've all seen it, two people arguing their point, and truly believing that their side of the story is the ultimate reality. I suppose I could understand a heated debate over a life and death issue, or something that will actually have an effect on your life, but something so foolish? Come on! The guy got so mad he ended up tearing his knee up while pushing up on the umpire to argue, and will miss the end of the season. All over an accusation and opinion of another person that was not even true! He listened to the voice of the accuser and let it get him all bent out of shape, LITERALLY!

You know where I'm goin don't ya? How many times do we spend the breath that God gave us to Praise Him disagreeing over things that DO NOT MATTER?!! Listen, I understand the need to defend yourself at times regarding accusations that are illegitimate (believe me, I have shut my mouth when I had every right to open it WIDE!!), but why not save those times for situations that carry weight? Just refuse to argue over foolish things...period. You will end up getting your emotions out of alignment, which will end up causing other areas of your life to suffer and become injured, just like the baseball player.

One foolish disagreement led to an injury that took him out of the rest of the season. It took him out of his calling, out of his profession, out of the thing that he loved to do, play baseball. Who knows, he may have hit a homerun in tonights game, but he will never know. He is out. He is finished. And I guarantee you if you asked him "was it worth it", he would say no way! Foolish confrontations will take you right out of the rhythm of your life. Emotional misalignment will force you into pain that you do not want to endure. So the next time that special someone pushes your buttons, tell them your argumentative, easily adjitated side is "OUT OF ORDER." Spend the emotion on something that will make a difference, and not hurt you. Don't let the voice of the accuser send you spinning out of control!


So, that's my lesson learned from a sports story. There may be hope for me yet!

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Happy Fall!

Today is the first day of fall. The weather last Sunday was more fall like today than today's was. I'm looking forward to the crisp autumn air, leaves changing colors, and all the other wonderful sights and smells of autumn. I went shopping with a friend yesterday and bought new air fresheners for my home in fall scents. "Spiced Cider" will soon replace "Honeysuckle". Gevalia will be sending me "Pecan Torte" coffee. It's a a seasonal favorite of mine. It smells amazing and tastes even better! So Happy Fall Ya'll!

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Birthday

Here's a quick rundown of my 31st birthday.

*Turning 31 was much easier than 30. No drama this year.

* I had a serious stomach ache at the end of the day. Why? Because I had 3, yes 3, birthday cakes. I was feeling VERY loved. I usually make birthday cakes for everyone else. So apparently this year everyone felt the need to return the favor. I had a German Chocolate (my favorite), an Oreo Cheese Cake ( a close second for favorite), and a Chocolate Cake with two kinds of Chocolate Icing. THEN I went to a wedding shower. I mindlessly took a piece of cake and started eating. After the first bite I looked at my friend and said "why am I eating this?". She laughed. I stopped eating. Miki assures me that I'm exempted from the "gluttony is a sin" rule on my birthday. It's a good thing!

* I got a Starbuck's gift card! YIPPEE!! I love me some Starbuck's!

* I got some other great gifts, lots of cards, e-mails, and phone calls. I am feeling very blessed and very loved.

I think I'll go eat some more cake now.... ;)

Sunday, September 16, 2007

A baby divided....

It's college football season. My best friend Miki is an Auburn Tigers fan. Her husband is a Georgia Bulldog fan. In the past they have co-existed somewhat peacefully during football season. This year they have a four month old son. The deal last year when she was pregnant was that the baby would wear the team colors of the team that won the Auburn/Georgia game. At her baby shower in Alabama (where they currently reside) I gave her Auburn socks and an Auburn pacifier. At the shower in Georgia I gave Wade Georgia socks and a Georgia pacifier. They recently took this picture of Drew's feet:

I've heard of a house divided but they have a baby divided!

He's a happy little man either way. He'll probably grow up and be a Florida fan!

Monday, September 10, 2007

Spare Clothes

When I taught pre-school and kindergarten I required my students to keep a spare set of clothes at school in case of an accident. Sometimes my second graders have had to go to the clothes closet to get clothes because they've torn them or gotten them wet on the playground. Today I was the one in need of a spare shirt! I spilled coffee all down the front of my shirt because I was trying to hold my coffee, two bags, and unlock the classroom door. The massive stains on my shirt were too much for the Tide Pen I keep in my desk drawer. So I frantically went in search of a light weight jacket to cover my stains until my best friends husband brought me one of her shirts to change in to. Definitely not the way I wanted to start my Monday morning. The rest of the day was much better!

Monday, September 3, 2007

Labor Day

Happy Labor Day! This is known as the unofficial end of summer. For me summer ends when school starts back. I don't travel nearly as much once school is in session. Weekend trips are sometimes more exhausting than relaxing so it doesn't seem worth it. This weekend I went to see my sister and her family. Had a great time. My sis and I went shopping and had loads of fun. I had to cut the long weekend short to get back to COTN to lead worship on Sunday. The choir and band were awesome. I'm so blessed by the great team of people we have. Today I'm writing lesson plans, catching up on some housework, and then I'm off to party with the Womack's and Patrice's family. All in all, it's been a good weekend. It's back to work tomorrow...

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Revelation Song - Indiana Bible College

I love this song! It's so awesome and anointed!

Friday, August 17, 2007

Emergency Exit....

I've joked that the trunk in my new car is large enough to fit a couple of bodies. I noticed the emergency latch in my trunk has a picture of someone jumping out and running away. It made me laugh. My old car just had a latch that said "emergency pull" or something similar. Then I realized it was glow in the dark. So if I get locked in the trunk (or stuff a body in the trunk... ) the latch will glow so it is easily seen. Micah decided he was willing to try it out the other night. So he crawled in... let me lock him in the trunk (he's brave)... while locked in the trunk yelled that it glowed really bright and it was really roomy... then pulled the latch and let himself out! He assures me there was room for another person in there with him. Now I know.

Monday, August 13, 2007

My New Car

I bought a burgundy '06 Ford Fusion, and I got a great deal!

Saturday, August 11, 2007

I'm Getting a New Car

It's official.... My car is totaled. Gotta say I'm kinda glad. I think it might be cursed (LOL). I've been wreck free (with the exception of an altercation with a stump in college....) my entire driving career. Then 3 wrecks in 7 months. So my credit union has a car buying service. They do the shopping and haggling. Then they bring the car to me to let me test drive it. It's a beautiful thing. So my car guy is shopping for my car this weekend. Hopefully another Honda Accord, Ford Fusion, or something like that. I told him 4 doors, air condition, key less entry, CD player, no leather. He asked if I cared about alloy wheels. I told him I don't know what they are so apparently not. He explained what they were and I still didn't care. I told him that 's why he was doing the shopping. He said "so you want the best car for the best value". Yep, that 's about it. :)

I'll let you know how it turns out. He said give him a day or two. Insurance pays for the rental through Thursday. Two people have offered to give me rides to and from work. One co-worker has an extra car and offered to let me drive hers if I need extra time. I have prayed for things to go smoothly and quickly. God has answered that and so much more. I am so blessed with great friends. Oh, and I'm getting about $3,400 more than I owe for my car to put toward my new one! Another answered prayer!

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Terrible Theology


Christ was the one “who gave himself for our sins” (Galatians 1:4). Or, as Peter put it, Christ “bore our sins in his own body on the tree” (1 Peter 2:24).

Saturday, August 4, 2007

They Call Me Crash! :)

They say things happen in three's. Last night on my way home from Liberation Athens I was in my 3rd car wreck this year. So now I'm done! A car pulled out in front of me leaving me no where to go. I T-boned them. My car spun around a few times and the airbags deployed. I walked away with very little injury. I'm bruised, sore, and my wrist is burned from the airbag. It is but by the grace of God! The people in the other car cleaned out some of their stuff and ran away on foot before I could get over to them. There was a witness who stopped and helped me. He was also helpful in talking with the police about the other people in the car. By the time I left they found 1 of the 4. The girl said she didn't know the driver he was "just some dude" she got in the car with.... RIGHT!. Anyway, she was in the back of the squad car when I left. The police were still looking for the other 3. I'm so grateful no one was seriously injured. He are some pics:





Thursday, August 2, 2007

Prayer for Our President

I received the following in an email from the Elijah List this morning. It is a prophetic word that I believe we must take seriously. It's a little lengthy but worth the read.

-Rach


"The Lord showed me that the intercession for our President and nation has holes in it!"

Whether we as a nation have a Republican, Democrat, or Independent as President--- does not matter. What DOES matter is that our Nation's leader needs to be covered in unquenchable prayer, because no matter if the President is male or female, black, white or any other person of color, and no matter the party affiliation, God loves our nation and the nations of the world.

We should be praying for those in power in ALL nations so they will either continue to serve God or so that they will change and decide to serve God.

The bottom line is that we want leaders throughout our nation and the world to seek God for their own country.

With that in mind, let's read this word by Joni Ames and amp up our prayers!

Blessings,

Steve Shultz
THE ELIJAHLIST

Those who know me know that I'm not a "political activist" and that I believe we should vote for and elect a person because the Lord says to, and not by political party. So, this is not a political statement. That said, let's go on... The Lord showed me that the wall of intercession around our President and our nation has holes in it. The holes were created by the wagging of the tongues against our President and our nation by those who were supposed to be watching on the walls. Some have been disappointed, thinking the President should have done what they felt he should do by now. Others are ramping up for the next election.

Whatever the reason, those posts became spots where those word curses put a hole in the wall, instead of the wall being guarded. I saw terrorists look through those holes and begin to try to climb through. Then I heard, "Tell My people to repent, break the power of those word curses, and repair those holes--then get back on the wall in the right way."

Whether anyone agrees with the President or current elected officials is not the point. The point is that we, as Christians, are admonished to pray for those in authority. I encourage you to go to the Intercessors For America or President's Prayer Team websites for specific directives, if you have none (You can do a web search to find the exact web addresses).

But let's not leave holes in the wall on our watch! For our own sakes, for the protection of our nation, and our families and friends!

Words have power, and we need to guard them, so that they guard and not curse our nation.

Blessings,

Joni Ames
A.C.T.S. Ministries
Email: joniames@aol.com


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Monday, July 30, 2007

The insanity continues...

It seems I have caused my friends to be more aware of the ridiculous church signs that are all around them. I love the fact that people are e-mailing and telling me the crazy things they read. Here are two from this past week:

Thanks to Debbie for this one:

"STOP,DROP, AND ROLL DOESN'T WORK IN HELL"

My friend Jana sent me this one. We are both a little confused about the message(more than usual):

"THE CHURCH IS NOT A BUILDING. IT IS A GROUP OF PEOPLE COMING TOGETHER BEING THE PRESENCE OF CHRIST."

My first instinct was to laugh, but I wasn't sure if the mistakenly missing word made the saying more profound or if it made it ridiculous. Maybe you can help me. They forgot the word "in."
- Jana

Friday, July 27, 2007

St. Patrick's Day Controversy

My friend Miki likes to send me random news stories she reads on the internet. She was really fired up about this one! It made me laugh. Miki wants to know who they think they are trying to change St. Patrick's day to suit them. I say let's just celebrate twice! I like green... reminds me of Starbuck's.... and I REALLY like Starbuck's!

Monday, July 23, 2007

One More Day

Well, I have one last day of freedom before I must return to work. Yep, I have pre-planning starting on Wednesday. The students return on August 1. It's really early but we get a lot of breaks. So I'm hoping to sleep in and totally enjoy my final day of summer vacation. "Summer Rachel" is about to go away and "School Year Rachel" will be returning. (These names have been given to me by those who notice how much less stressed I am in the summer.) Maybe I can keep up the smiling stress free summer Rachel for a while longer!

Church Identity Crisis?

Saturday, July 21, 2007

Worship Lyrics

I started to title this "Top Ten Worst Worship Songs" however I realized that most songs on my list are not ALL bad. They are just victim to some poor lyric writing. I am not trying to be overly critical .I'm just stating my observations and opinions. I do not write songs because they would probably suck and be on this list. So offer your insights and opinions but don't tell me I'm going to hell because I don't like somebody's worship song. 'KAY

Also note these are in no particular order.

1. "I will not forget you" - the line that says "a huge bell I ring". I don't get it. I understand that ring rhymes with sing but come on...

2. "I Could Sing of Your Love Forever" - I have 2 issues with this one. First of all I COULD do a lot of things...doesn't mean I'm going to. When I lead this one I change it to "I Will". Secondly, "Oh I feel like dancing" ...NO I DON'T! The music does not fit the lyric. I have to give props to my band and especially Larry the drummer from Cathedral of Praise. One day I said "play it so I feel like dancing" and they rocked it out!

3. "In the Secret" - I love this song when it is done slow. The fast version doesn't work for me. "In the secret.. In the quiet place" doesn't work with drums pounding and guitars wailing.

4. "I'll Let My Words be Few" - I really like this song until the end when the worship leader sings "I'll let my words be few" 12 times. After the first 2 or 3 I imagine God saying "I wish you would.." It makes me laugh when I'm singing it.

5. Any song with la,la or na, na... Especially na, na! La, la can be justified that your singing with "a child like faith". Na, Na... not so much.

6. "Worthy Is the Lamb" (Hillsongs) - I received an e-mail from a friend asking about the line "the Darling of Heaven crucified". Some people hate it, some don't care. The jury is still out.

7. "I Feel Like Praising Him" - I didn't used to have an issue with this one. And I really like the song a alot. But one Sunday I was pretty sick and was singing this in the choir and I assure you I didn't feel like praising. My flesh felt like going to bed. My spirit was good with praising. I was caught between the two. I chose to press on and praise because it's what I'm called and created to do... It's not about feelings!

8. "Mercy Is Falling" - I've never loved this song but I would sing it. Then I went to a worship conference in Atlanta. The speaker said they can't sing this song in his neighborhood because of the chorus..."Hey ho I receive your mercy". It was ruined for me. I can't sing it with a straight face.

9 and 10. For those who attended Cathedral of Praise before I became the worship leader... "Feed My Sheep" and "Cain't nobody"- No it's not misspelled. That's how they sang it. And the verse to "Cain't nobody" that goes "not my brother, not my sister/ not my dog and not my cat/ cain't nobody love me like that". I am not making this up. It was used in actual worship sets. Farm animals and household pets should not be included in adult worship songs..EVER!

I'm sure there are more but I'll stop for now. If you've ever wondered what was going through my head while I'm on stage worshipping now you know. Opinions and additions are welcome.

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Who's Donald?!?!


My friend sent me this ridiculous church sign. I usually crop out the name of the church to protect the identity of the guilty but I had to keep this one because it leaves me wondering, "Who's Donald?". Please note that he is not the pastor. But Pastor James is very concerned about the well being of his dog... forget the rest of the PEOPLE they could be ministering to now if they weren't use this sign for such a ridiculous message now!

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Confessions of a Hillsong Fan...

If you know me very well at all then you know I am a big Hillsong fan... actually I'm more of a Darlene Zschech fan but she is the Hillsong worship leader. Anyway, I got the new Hillsong CD Saviour King in the mail last week. (US release date is the end of this month. I got it early cause I'm a crazed fan!) I've listened to it for over a week now and I gotta admit I don't love it (gasp). It has some good lyrics within songs but there is not one whole song that I have just fallen in love with. My Hillsong days may be in the past....

In other news... Free Chapel in Gainesville, GA has released a new CD. It's wonderful. If you like Lakewood, Israel Houghton (he's actually on the recording), and Hillsong you will most likely enjoy this CD. It has a great mix of upbeat praise and sincere heart cry worship. There is a prophetic song called My Nation Healed that brings me to a place of intercession every time I hear it. There are a couple of songs sung in both English and Spanish. I love the mix of cultures. It's awesome to "hear the sound of the nations" in their worship.

Friday, July 13, 2007

Alabama Church Signs

In my travels I have found that Alabama churches have some of the best church signs. Here are the highlights:

"Recycle Prayer's It Works" - Wow, all this time I've been coming up with new prayers and I could have been recycling someone else's! Such a waste.

"You will never be found until you realize you are lost" - Profound don't you think? My friend Jana said, "I hope that if I'm ever on a hike in the woods and I wander off the trail and I hit my head and become unconscious, therefore not realizing I am lost, that someone would send a search party to look for me anyway. Ha ha. :-) "

"Shoes Optional" - This is necessary to get good attendance in Alabama. I'm surprised it didn't say "tooth optional"!

And my personal favorite:
"Come Check Out Our Prophet Sharing Program" - But I don't want to share the prophet! I want my own.... How long did they sit in staff meeting thinking this one up?

Next Week: The Faithfulness of Fried Chicken