Wednesday, January 30, 2013

RIP Dorm 2

There goes Ashley's dorm from last semester...this is why she had to move. And so the process begins of building the new high-rise dorms around the circle. Kind of bittersweet.
'Forgetting those things which are behind, & reaching forth unto those things which are before...'
-Phil. 3:13

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Be Careful Little Ears What You Hear!

Along the lines of what I posted the other day about praising God.....I wanted to share another bit from that same book & also something neat that I experienced.
'I started buying praise & worship songs on tape & later cds. I played them in the care as I drove, in the bathroom when I was drying my hair, in the kitchen as I was cooking, through the house when I was doing housework, or at my desk when I was writing letters or going through the mail. Sometimes I would sing along to them, but other times I would just let the music play through my mind & spirit......Nothing we do is more powerful or more life-changing than praising God. It is one of the means by which God transforms us. Every time we praise & worship Him, His presence comes to dwell in us & changes our hearts & allows the Holy Spirit to soften & mold them into whatever He wants them to be.'
--The Power of A Praying Woman--
Stormie Omartian
So, I do this all the time the car, the radio is set to Spirit FM & here at home, if I'm doing stuff on the computer or in the kitchen, I have my favorite playlists on Spotify & like she says above....even if I'm not singing along, the music is playing & filling my mind. One really neat way that I found out how true this is was the other night. I woke up in the middle of the night to go potty & realized I had this song going through my head. Just a snippet of a song, mind you & what was funny was that I really didn't recognize the song.....just that it was something about 'fire'. Fast forward to this morning & I queued up Matt Redman's  '10,000 Reasons' cd on Spotify & had that playing while I was looking at art journaling stuff when all of a sudden his song entitled 'Fires' starts playing. that I'm not really familiar with....but none the less, this was what was stuck in my head the other night. Makes you really realize how important it is just what we listen to. ;-)

You will keep the fires burning [x4]

We're standing in the desert of dry bones
But still we see Your life
Walking through the valley of shadows
But holding onto light
And we're waiting, waiting on You God
And our hearts will trust, trust in who You are

God who keeps our fires burning
Burning through the darkest night
See the hope in our hearts
The faith in our eyes
You can move the highest mountain
You can keep our dreams alive
You're the joy of our hearts
You're the fire in our eyes

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Overcoming Depression

Just thought I'd share this little tid-bit from 'The Power of A Praying Woman'--by Stormie Omartian.
'When I praised & worshipped God, it was like being hooked up to a spiritual IV. As long as I had my heart & eyes lifted to God in worhip & praise, the joy of the Lord poured into my body, mind, soul & spirit & crowded out the darkness & depression. It worked every time.'
'It amazed me that confusion, opression, fear or anxiety couldn't exist in the heart of a worshipping child of God. Eventually, I got free of depression completely.'
Five Ways to Praise the Lord
1. God wants us to sing our praises to Him. --Psalm 147:1
2. God wants us to lift our hands to Him. --Psalm 134:2
3. God wants us to speak our praise to Him. --Hebrews 13:15
4. God wants us to praise Him with dancing & instruments. --Psalm 149:3
5. God wants us to praise Him together with other believers. --Hebrews 2:12

Outside My Window

I know it's been forever, but I've been tangling with blogger & not being able to upload my pictures. Still haven't quite gotten everything figured out, but decided that I was gonna post anyway. I have a lot of catching up to do....but for today, I'm using this journal prompt that I found in my browsing this morning. I thought it was cool!
*Outside my window-- I see Jonsie, our big fat rabbit, enjoying the warm afternoon sunshine.
*I'm thinking-- that I need a nice hot cup of coffee because I have a headache.
*I am thankful for-- the amazing BD celebration I had yesterday. I have THE BEST friends & family ever!
*In the kitchen-- there's a piece of Aunt Linda's BD cake that's calling my name. ;-)
*I'm wearing--jeans, an LU tshirt & a black hoodie.
*I'm creating-- a grey crocheted neck warmer & I'm trying to finish up a cross-stitch for Ashley.
*I'm hoping-- that I can get my groceries tomorrow before it starts snowing.
*I'm hearing--the ceiling fan & Tenth Ave. North--Strong Enough To Save.
*Around the house-- I have a chicken boiling so I can make chicken & dumplings for supper, I have 3 baskets of laundry that need to be folded, the wood stove is warm & cozy, the kids have done their chores & then bundled up to go on a walk.