Sunday, January 22, 2012

"Consider it Pure Joy"

In theme of New Beginnings I have decided to start a "new" bible study AND take up running??    Let me explain...and then pray for me!
My sweet Granny and Papa Jack gave me this bible study for Christmas!  You know I'm a sucker for Beth so I considered it an exciting opportunity to get into eventually.  And since I'm certain nothing happens by accident I was NOT SHOCKED but excited to find out my new church had this very bible study starting (last Tuesday) AND MY Allison is doing it on TUESDAYS in her town AND I just found out my Aunt Maggie is doing - get this ON TUESDAYS too!!  LOVE IT when God makes it fun to study His word by including two of my favorite people in the world to do it with!!  I am, however, going to still need your prayers though because I have no doubt the very reason God gave me two very precious people to go through this with is because He knows this is going to be a DOOZY!  In this bible study of James - the book written by Jesus's half brother, Beth and her daugter Melissa challenge you to memorize THE BOOK OF JAMES!  (because all three of us have nothing but time ;) I have already nearly memorized verses 1-4 and I can not tell you how excited I am about that but I know (especially with my lovely memory challenges) it will be such a challenge to memorize IT ALL!  Funny, my sweet fisherman is memorizing multiplication tables right now too - so we can encourage one another - and I can actually have him help quiz me like I am quizzing him ;) he'll love that! 
Okay, about the running thing.... my friend found an app on our phone that's called "couch to 5k" and she said she wanted to do it!  I am not exactly known for saying no very well so that may be the real reason I got on board but second to that little "issue" I also have gained some unwanted weight back and in Florida Summer is like a week away!  (it's 77 here this week!)  and I have a willing friend that is meeting me at the park from 6-7 and we just push the start button and the app tells us what to do - ie walk for 5 mins, run for 30 seconds, walk for 90 and so on!  I did just read that there is a Princess Marathon at Disney next January!!  Wouldn't that be the coolest Christmas present ever if I was ready to run that thing and did it IN DISNEY!! I think it'll be fun to see Cinderella run a marathon in one glass slipper!  lol! 
Okay, so I have just started both of these very new challenges in my life and had to share so PRAY I can finish this little race - literally and figuratively!  I do have to share too that today in James verses 2-4 say this, "Consider it PURE, JOY, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops persevereance.  Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, no lacking anything." LOVE That since I do so feel like these past two years particularly have been times of testing for me and since I do feel as though in most these challenges I have persevered may I please be a little closer, Lord to maturity and completeness in YOU! 
I Do consider this sweet relationship with my Savior PURE JOY and in hindsight I can see all the work He is doing in my life....
May you find PURE JOY today too!! 
Love you all!!

~ before I go I know you'd probably kill me if I don't share kido pics too ;) make no mistake I know that is really what you came for!!  I just couldn't resist taking advantage of an opportunity to ask for support and prayer too!  hee!hee!

here's they are....Pics with the new camera of last weeks game....I am disappointed that the pics aren't as bright as I expected but evidentally this is a better outside camera than inside (i'll read my manual and hope for better ones this week! ;) 
for some reason i can't get my video to download but I'll work on getting some to you in the future - they are super cute! 

Have a Blessed Day!!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Here's to new begininngs AGAIN!

Well, here we are again!
 I have to admit I have really missed this and can't wait to get back into it !
The first time I was "a blogger" it was  for my parents and out of town family primarily but now it's for all my out of town peeps  -  we are totally living "out of town" from everyone !    Wow!  This is what it feels like! LOL!  It  does give me a new perspective on people with a military life!  Man my respect for them has grown like I can not express to you!  In the beginning it was much more difficult but you learn to adjust and thankful ly God made me the kind of person that eventually jumps in and joins a Bible Study or something and I have and we all have gotten involved!(That and a few sweet friends that have done this many times before to encourage me thru...don't know what i would do with out you!)  We pretty quickly found a church and I am actually working there now too as the Assistant Director of the Children's Ministry!  I LOVE IT!  We have already  made sweet friends and Mr. Wonderful is loving his new company - although the first year is pretty difficult getting going with so much to learn and do and SO MANY products!  He is super busy!  The Fisherman is starting basketball - first game was Saturday morning  and my new camera was not working right! I have replaced it and next game I will record!! The Songbird is cheering for the basketball teams at our church - she gets to cheer for him some  mornings too! I can't wait to show you how cute they both are!!  Both in matching blue uniforms!!
Ms. Creative is starting her second semester at UTK and rocked the first semester!  She's in the Architecture Department and is very challenged but she too is just getting used to living somewhere that is completely away from all family and friends!
So I have to post pics from Christmas to start the new year because it sort of ends last year and starts us with a new one - plus our Song Bird was stinkin cute as an Angel in the Christmas play at church and I gotta show everyone since you couldn't be here to love it too!!  She's the little tiny angel in front left of screen ;)
video

So as you can see I am really excited about a new camera that will record way better than my iphone!
Hope you are all having a blessed New Year and I look forward to catching up with you all!!
PS!  My Christmas Cards were lost - by the company so please know I meant to send one to ya - I'll take a picture of it and post it :)  lol!  That is such a good example of my life in general I just have to laugh!! 
Talk to you soon!!  Happy New Year!!