Saturday, September 29, 2007

Soothing Balm

Does anyone remember the old hymn, "There is a Balm in Gilead"?

There is a balm in Gilead
To make the wounded whole;
There is a balm in Gilead
To heal the sin sick soul.
Some times I feel discouraged
And think my work’s in vain,
But then the Holy Spirit
Revives my soul again.
I know the hymn is referring to Jesus as being that "balm" for our souls and praise His name, He is, and what a soothing balm He is, but may I say that I find this place, "blogville", to be a soothing balm also for this wounded soul.
As most of you know I am married to a pastor and I was wounded today in church...yes I said negative comments made about him. I did not retaliate or respond how my flesh wanted....the Holy Spirit keeps Colossians 3:12-14 ever before me when it comes to church family relationships. So after I spent some time "telling on them" to Jesus, I came here. Visiting your pages and seeing God at work in your lives is so uplifting and encouraging. In my mind, this community of "blog sistas" is what church should be like...always encouraging, always uplifting, we bear one another's burdens, we weep with those who weep, rejoice with those who rejoice, and always Jesus is magnified! Thank you girls, for ministering to me. Even when I don't get to post as I would like to, I still visit with you and gain strength and encouragement from your journeys.....your the BOMB! The Holy Spirit has used YOU and the promises of His Word to revive this wounded soul! Praise Him!
May we all live out the teaching of Colossians 3:12-14 (especially me, at this time!):
So as those who have been chosen of God , holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience; bearing with one another and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone, just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you. Beyond all these things put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity
To God be the glory!

Saturday, September 15, 2007

And the award goes to.....

As I mentioned in my last post, my "twin sis" Patty has given me the "You Make Me Smile Award". Just like her, I would like to give it to all my bloggity friends because that is the very reason I visit them all.....they make me smile! But since I can only pass it on to one, I would like to bestow this upon my sista Susanne at Truly Captivating. Since I began visiting with her I have watched her love for Jesus and His word grow more and more and it has made me smile big time! Another reason she makes me smile is because she's a dancin' Baptist just like me and we love to praise Him in the dance! I look forward to the day when she and I can get together and get our praise on! Maybe at the Siesta Fiesta?

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Continuing to go "Deeper Still"

WOW!!! What a weekend I had ! I would have posted sooner, but it's taken me the last few days just to assimilate all I experienced. I wanted to go Deeper Still and I was not disappointed (does He ever disappoint?.......NOT! or as Kay Arthur says.....DUH!) I heard the word of God taught with such power and authority, I worshiped in spirit and truth with 20,000 plus women, I met and fellowshiped with my online "siestas" who have prayed for me, encouraged me, and have inspired me with their love for Jesus, and I got to go to the event with my best friend of 25 years and...and...we traveled with a group of precious women she works with as a home health nurse. They were so much fun! We bonded immediately (that's what Jesus will do for you!). Heaven practice....that's what it was.....heaven practice! Except when we get there, we won't need the Word taught to us, we will be with the His very presence, and we like the disciple John, "will behold His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth" (John 1:14). Come Lord Jesus, come! I so want to go to Atlanta next year...trying to make that happen. If you haven't had the chance to attend "Deeper Still" go...just's so worth it!

Meeting the "siestas" was so much fun! I finally got to meet my "twin sis" Patty who, by the way, was the coordinator and T-shirt designer for the siesta meet-up Saturday afternoon. You can see our picture on her blog (I left my camera in my seat and just didn't have the strength to go back and get it!) and also on the LPM blog. What fun.....thanks Patty! I also want to thank Patty for the sweet award she bestowed upon me today. The "You Make Me Smile Award". She makes me smile too! I will be passing this award on tomorrow.

Remember sweet friends, every day is an opportunity to go Deeper Still!

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

I'm going "Deeper Still!"

Ok girls....I'm asking you to "rejoice with those who rejoice" and am I ever rejoicing! Tomorrow morning I am headed to Nashville to attend the "Deeper Still" event with Beth Moore, Kay Arthur, and Priscilla Shirer! My best friend lives near Chattanooga and I'm meeting up with her, then Friday, it's off to Nashville we go to "sit under the spout where the glory comes out!" And if that were not enough, I am going to get to meet some of our "blog siestas" there also! Ain't God good?!!!!!! Patty at Girlfriends in God has arranged a little siesta get together for us and we even have T-shirts so we can find each other! You're the best twin sis!! I have been looking forward to this for almost a year now and my heart is just beating wildly in anticipation of what God is going to do. There is no doubt in my mind He is going to do BIG...HUGE...GINORMOUS things this weekend! Oh, how I need a word from the Lord this weekend and I know I will receive it and much more! I wish you all could be there! I'm really not kidding when I say I will be thinking of all of you who I visit so often and who come to see me. We need to be making plans for the "Siesta Fiesta" so we can all get together! I have camera packed and plan to give details when I return. Pray for us!!

Monday, August 27, 2007

Can't Wait!

Feels good being here...I miss everyone!

As I have said in a previous post, my new teaching job is a 40 minute commute for me. It is great prayer time for me and also GREAT praise and worship time! CD's are scattered everywhere in my car as I try to decide who I am going to worship with each morning. Currently, Kirk Franklin and I have been getting our praise on each morning. His "Rebirth" CD is the bomb! It's been very difficult keeping both hands on the steering wheel! Between the tears in my eyes and my hands going up, my guardian angels (I just know it takes more than one for me) have been working overtime. One of the songs on the CD talks about the day we will finally see Jesus...the song says "I can't wait to see you." My heart began to race as I thought about that and I realized that really and truly, I can't wait to see Jesus. Now don't get me wrong, I'm not asking for a death wish. There is so much more I want to learn of Him and know of Him before that day, but I honestly look forward to the day my eyes finally behold the One who has loved me before time began and caused me to fall in love with Him. As the song says, "I can only imagine...." Wow!

So tell me my sweet blog sistas...who are you currently worshiping with? Let's make His praise glorious!

For You, O Lord, have made me glad by what You have done, I will sing for joy at the works of Your hands. Psalm 92:4

Sunday, August 12, 2007


I so miss being here! I'm afraid that until I find my groove with my new job, my postings are going to be few and far between....yuck! I have a 40 minute commute everyday, the early mornings are my coffee time with Jesus and by the time I get home and take care of my family and prepare for my next day, the day is computer time! Pray I learn the ropes and find my groove...soon!

In the midst of this transiton time the Lord has been reminding me about ATTITUDE! I've been studying the book of Malachi (another minor prophet with a major lesson) and the Lord God had a few choice words for His priests and His people about their lackluster devotion to Him and the slipshod way they worshiped. Words like, despised, contemptible, useless, just to name a few. They began to question God's love for them and thus began the descent into the pit mediocrity, complacency, and flat-out disobedience. People were offering and priest were accepting defiled sacrifices. The people served in a perfunctory and mechanical manner, going through the motions with no heart or conviction about what they were doing. They came to believe that offering stolen or lame or sick animals as sacrifices to God was not a problem as far as worship was concerned. They had the nerve to believe God would accept these offerings and be pleased with them. Worship was a mere drudgery, a meaningless activity they did out of habit. Their attitude toward God was reflected in their actions....are we getting a clue? I know I am! The Lord has reminded me that my actions are always connected to my actions are always set in motion by my attitude! My actions reveal what I believe about God. Some of the harshest words the Lord God utters in this book are found in Chapter 1 verse 10...."I wish one of you would shut the temple doors, so that you would no longer kindle a useless fire on My altar! I am not pleased with you, says the LORD of Hosts, and I will accept no offering from your hands." Can you imagine that kind of rebuke on our worship today? What would we think if God said, "I would rather you nail the doors shut than have you worship me halfheartedly as you do." I get goosebumps just thinking about it!

So, I have had an attitude adjustment. Just because I am experiencing some difficulties in this time of transition does not mean He still does not deserve my very best...He is God...the LORD of Hosts.....King of Kings.... the great I AM. He wants my wholehearted devotion and nothing else will do!

Sunday, August 5, 2007

Quick Note

Just a quick note to let everyone know I have not completely disappeared! This past week with my new job involved more than I anticipated and I never even got to turn on the computer! My first day with students is tomorrow and I hope things will settle down a bit after that. I have much to share and much to VENT! See you later....I hope!

Sunday, July 29, 2007

Times of refreshing....

I'm back! And so thankful for the time of refreshing the Lord gave my family. Our visit with our eldest and her husband in Kentucky was so sweet. We worshiped with them in the little Kentucky church where our son-in-law is a youth minister. The church sits right in the middle of some mountains and it was just so picturesque. Our daughter had arranged for our family to sing, something we haven't been able to do in years. They even had us listed in the church bulletin as "The Worsham Family Singers"! Do we sound professional or what?! My heart was just bursting with thankfulness to God as our whole family sang our praise and worship to Him. How blessed am I?!

There is so much I want to tell about our trip and I hope to do that this week. For those of you who prayed for us, thank you, thank you, thank you! God is faithful! For now, I have to transition back to the real world! I start my new teaching job tomorrow...actually, I have New Teacher Orientation for the next couple of days, then Staff Development and students return on the 6th. I have to get back on my "work schedule" which mans I have GOT to get to bed earlier!
It's good to be back and to catch up with all my "bloggity friends!"

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Here I am...but here I go...

For you sweet friends who come by fairly often....I'm so sorry for the absence. Since returning from the retreat, life has been coming at me FAST and FURIOUS! What is it about taking a little R & R that causes life to go into a tailspin when we return? I think I recognize the work of ol' slewfoot himself! The retreat was refreshing. Although it rained most of the time, my man and I got some wonderful quality time together while being able to fellowship with other pastors and wives in our state. The Lord confirmed some things for me and reminded me that I am not in this race alone. Sometimes in ministry we feel like Elijah under the juniper tree....I'm the only one serving you Lord...just kill me now! And just like Elijah, we receive the lovingkindness, mercy and grace of our God. He is ever patient and provides all we need to carry on. Thank you, Lord!

I will be away for a while again. Friday morning we are leaving for a little vacation time in Kentucky. My hubby and I and our 3 daughters will be visiting with our eldest daughter and her husband, who are students at Southern Seminary. We have not been able to visit with them there since they moved last year. Will be gone for a little over a week and most likely will not get on a computer while gone...we're going off into the mountains while we're internet....will I make it? bet! For those of you who will pray for us, pray that God will gives us this time as a time of relationship building and strengthening. This has been a tough year for the Worsham clan and each one of us has some specific hurts that we are dealing with. Pray for healing and rest from our worries and cares. Thank you friends. I'm just blown away with the fact that I can ask this of you and know that you will intercede on our behalf. You are too much!

I want to leave you with a quote I received while at the Pastors/Wives Retreat. This is from Andrew Murray when he found himself in a place of great pain and heartache.....

First, He brought me here, it is by His will I am in this strait place: In that fact I will rest.
Next, He will keep me here in His love, and give me grace to behave as His child.
Then, He will make this trial a blessing, teaching me the lessons He intends to learn, and working in me the grace He means to bestow.
Last, in his good time He can bring me out and when He knows.
Let me say I am here,
By God's appointment
In His keeping
Under His training
For His time
And all God's people said..........

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Thankful Thursday

I have just enough time to make a short post before I leave for the event I am very thankful for today. I am so thankful....

to be leaving in just a few minutes to our state camp for the annual Pastors/Wives Retreat. I am so looking forward to a few days of renewal and refreshment with my hubby. As the Lord brings us to mind, please pray for my man who is under heaps of discouragement right now. Pray that God will give him a fresh vision of ministry and renewal of spirit.

for the beauty of God's earth. Truly the earth is full of His praises and I'm looking forward to being smack dab in the middle of it!

Have a great weekend my bloggity friends. I'll let you know what the Lord did this weekend when I get back!

Monday, July 9, 2007

Helped By Dr. Phil

I caught the "Dr. Phil Show" this afternoon and watched slacked-jawed as a husband who claimed to follow Christian principals, attempted to justify demeaning his children and wife, and verbally and physically abusing his wife. He said he was "forced" to have extra-marital affairs because his wife was not meeting his physical needs. To Dr. Phil's credit, he quickly explained the Christian teaching of being a husband and then in true Dr. Phil style, went about giving the guy "a clue." Go Dr. Phil!

I tell you all this to say.....I LOVE MY MAN! While watching this, I just fell more in love with the man God gave me and I intend to let him know it very well when he gets home this evening! I realize that sometimes I am so used to what I have, that I don't realize what I don't have.

This week I will let my man know OFTEN how grateful I am that he is obedient to God's Word in fulfilling the role of husband and father in our home and I will do my best to make that job as easy as possible for him.

Saturday, July 7, 2007

Things I Dig About Jesus!

I've been tagged by my sista Denise at Thus Far The Lord Has Helped Me to tell 5 things I "dig" about Jesus.....only 5?! Let's see.....

Here are the rules:
1. those tagged will share 5 things they dig about Jesus…
2. those tagged will tag 5 other bloggers…
3. those tagged will post a comment here with their name and a link to their “dig” Jesus list…

Here's my list:

#1. He loves me...He just flat out loves ME, just the way I was, the way I am, and the way I will be. He has no reason to, but He does, and it just blows my ever-lovin' mind! (1 John 4:10)

#2. There is not one single need I could possibly have that He cannot cool is that? (Phil. 4:19)

#3. He rescued me from a miry pit of mediocrity, defeat, and ignorance, and set my feet on a solid rock....and then He set them to dancin'! Praise His name! (Psalm 40)

#4. I love the fact He is always working for my good (Rom. 8:28). He is incapable of doing me harm...His thoughts toward me are always good and I need NEVER worry that He doesn't know what He's doing ( Jer. 29:11).

#5. I absolutely LOVE His word and I love to "dig" into it! It is His revelation of Himself to me, and I just love getting to know more of Him through it's pages. His word is life. It saved my life and gives me life. It is pure unadulterated truth and gives me the security I have longed for my entire life. I, literally, could not live without it (Hebrew 4:12; Psalm 119:50).

Now, I am tagging the following sistas...let me hear what you dig about Jesus girls....

1. Jennifer at Savor The Master's Blend

2. Xandra at Heart of Service

3. Amy at Purpose Driven Wife

4. Sue at Praise and Coffee

5. Alida at Black Purl's Knitpickings

There is none like You, O Lord! You are great and great is Your name in might. Jeremiah 10:6

Thursday, July 5, 2007

Thankful Thursday

It's been a stressful week and I'm thankful for this directed time of thankfulness! With much praise to our God, I am thankful for...

a job! I've been hired as a JUNIOR HIGH choral music teacher! I've been teaching High School for the last 7 years so this is going to be a whole new world. Between their adolescent hormones and my pre-menopausal ones it's likely to be a toxic mix! Help us, Lord!

Blogville! I know I've probably said this before, but this whole blogging thing has turned out to be one of the things I look forward to each day. I have been so encouraged, and have learned so much from all of you out there. I love seeing how God is growing you and I love your transparency. It makes me feel not quite so alone at times.

time away! My man and I are going to be attending a pastor/wives retreat sponsored by our state convention next week. The theme of the week is "Living Life in the Fishbowl". I'm looking forward to a few days out of it.....glub, glub!

a house full of college kids! My 2nd born will be celebrating her 21st birthday Sunday and being the family socialite that she is, we will be having 6 of her college buddies over for the festivities which begin tomorrow night! Yes....go ahead and say that prayer....strength and endurance, Lord! I really am looking forward to it. All these kids love my Jessica and they love Jesus and have been serving Him in various ways throughout the summer. It is going to be good to hear what all God has done in their's going to be a praise party!

the stability found in our God! He never changes. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever! Truly He is a rock of continual habitation (Psalm 71). Don't you just love Him?

Monday, July 2, 2007

Still Workin' the Thing Out!

My man and I sometimes tease each other about our marriage...we jokingly say, "We've been married 26 years and it's been 12 of the happiest years of our lives!" After reading what Christine said about the comments she has received from women who are struggling with this challenge, I just wanted to say, I've struggled too. This challenge has made me realize how much I take my husband for granted. I've been surprised at how consciencously diligent I have had to to be at working on my goals instead of it just coming natural. From my previous post in this challenge, I would not want to give the idea that things have ALWAYS been good...far from it. Just because I'm married to a pastor doesn't change the fact that he is still a ordinary man. I married that man, not his calling, and we have had and still have the same struggles as most of you. It's been hard...REAL hard....but God had captured both of hearts before we captured each others and HE is the reason we are where we are today...still together, still in love, and still working the thing out!

If you have not been to the Living Proof Blog and read Beth's comments on the survey she conducted with some "blog husbands" (June 30th post) you need to take a trip over there. It will be well worth your time. I think it is so appropriate for those of us who are involved in this challenge. It will give some helpful insights.

Hang in there girls! Your comments and ideas have been such a help and blessing to me!

Thursday, June 28, 2007

An Award....Me?

I got a Blogging Award! Is that not a hoot n' a half? Not only that, but I got it twice! My sweet sistas Sharon at Sit With Me Awhile and Patty at Girlfriends in God both graced me with the honor! As I told them, this whole blogging adventure has turned out to be more than I bargained for and I mean that in a good way. I only started so I could keep up with our precious Bible teacher, Beth, and it has taken on a life of it's own! I like to think it is part of the "abundant life" that Jesus promised us! I have been so encouraged and so blessed by all I have come in contact with through this has truly strengthened me and given me the endurance I need in my walk with the Lord.

Sharon, my heart is so encouraged by your tenacity and the way you "work the thing out" with the Lord! Hang in there sista! I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will complete it! (Phil. 1:6)

Patty, I agree with you, you must be my long lost twin! No one in my family has the same "the early bird gets the worm" attitude as I do or the same penchant for coffee...where have you been all my life?! I love your love for Jesus who obviously has been your rock and refuge in times of storm. Keep shining girl!

If I understand correctly, I now get to bestow this award on at least five deserving sistas...where do I begin? I've been blessed by so many.....

I would like to pass this award on to Susanne at Truly Captivating. You will love visiting with her. I can see her love for God's word growing each! The fact that she's a praise dancin', hand raisn', Baptist is merit alone to receive the award from go girl!

To Sue at Praise and Coffee....the name of her blog alone is enough to make me want to visit! Her sweet and gentle spirit just oozes from her blog. She always has a good word. You will enjoy your time there.

I also want to give this award to Jennifer at Savor the Master's Blend. She's just getting started and she needs encouragement! She wrote an awesome post on describing God (see her June 10th post)...that girl's got a good head on her shoulders (Ok, so she is my daughter, she still deserves it!). Give her a'll be glad you did!

Ok girls...I know this award is the "Rockin' GIRL Blogger Award" ....but...(you may need to put on your heart of forebearance and forgiveness here... Col. 3:13) I want to give this award to Travis Cottrell. He so deserves it (you know he does)! Any man who works with women the way he does, who leads us in worship at all of Beth's events, and endures being submersed in "all things women" for weekends at a time, plus has a ROCKIN' blog, deserves it! Oh, I can hear the naysayers now.....he might not want the award, it's too...."girly!" Are you kidding? I believe Travis is secure enough in his masculinty to proudly display his award! (Travis, if you read this, don't make me regret my a sista out here!) His blog is such a blessing. Believe it or not he does have a life outside of LPL and God is using him in mighty ways. The fact that he shares himself with us is very humbling to me. Travis, I don't know about anyone else, but, YOU ROCK MY FACE OFF! (just learned that little endearment from my college-aged daughter and it has come in quite handy lately!)

Oh, this is so much fun! To anyone who finds their way here, may you be blessed, but most of all....may God be honored and praised!

Monday, June 25, 2007

Honor Your Husband

I have to admit that fulfilling my goals for last week was not that hard. My man is a husband that most women would die to have. He is attentive, romantic, fiercely protective of our marriage and family (very important as a pastor), loves his daughters, loves me, and loves his Lord with all his heart, soul and strength. I'm a high school teacher, and I tell young men all the time..."you want win the heart of Christian girl? Love Jesus! Live out your life in Christ, and she won't be able to resist you!" That's what did it for me!

Here's my goal for this week....RESPECT. Oh, I respect my man alright, but I want to be more demonstrative and vocal about it. The scripture says that we are "to see to it." A deliberate focus.

For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and shall be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh. This mystery is great, but I am speaking with reference to Christ and the church. Nevertheless, each individual among you also is to love his wife even as himself, and the wife must see to it that she respects her husband. Eph. 5:31-33
Let me share something that the Lord just recently convicted my heart about. Did you know that our marriages as Christians are to be representations of Christ's relationship with the church? I have read the Apostle Paul's mandates on marriage (Eph. 5:22-33) umpteen times and it has never hit me until recently. I think I have so obsessed over the "S" word (submit) that I failed to see the big picture! The mystery that Paul speaks of in verse 32 of Christ and the church is unfolded before the world in the relationship of man and wife. Wow! What are telling the world about our Lord through our marriages? What are we telling our God?

Friday, June 22, 2007

Words of Encouragement

As I was finishing up my study with ol' Hab today, I read this quote from Matthew Henry. It encouraged my heart so, that I just have to share it with all of you. Referring to the last chapter (Ch. 3) he says....

"Habakkuk who begins his prayer with fear and trembling, ends it with joy and triumph. And thus, faith in Christ prepares for every event. The name of Jesus, when we speak of Him as ours, is balm for every wound, a cordial for every care. It is ointment poured forth, shedding fragrance through the whole soul. In the hope of a heavenly crown, let us sit loosely to earthly possessions and comforts, and cheerfully bear up under crosses. Yet a little while, and He that shall come, will come, and will not tarry, and where He is we shall be also."
That just makes me want to shout, raise my hands, dance a jig....I might could even jump a pew! What about you?

Wednesday, June 20, 2007


I am really treasuring my study with the minor prophets these last few weeks. Joel, Nahum, Obadiah, Habakkuk.....where have you guys been all my life? (I do know the answer to that question, just wanted you to see how convicting that was to me!) These guys reveal some awesome things about our God and His character. Most of their messages were referred to as "oracles" with the Hebrew meaning "burden," a load carried by beast of burden. I can so relate to that as a pastor's wife. I've seen the burden of the messages God has placed on my man. Some burdens pleasant to carry and deliver, some not, but must be delivered in obedience to God. What an overwhelming tasks our pastors must undertake, and yet there are those who think they have such "easy" jobs! Thank and bless your pastor today! (Sorry, but I just had to chase that rabbit for minute!)

I've been spending time with Habakkuk (or as I like to refer to him...Hab) this week. The whole book is just a conversation between him and the LORD God. I was so touched by his candidness. Fed up with the wickedness of his people he ask God what He's going to do about it. God responds and tells what He has made plans to do, but it's not exactly what ol' Hab was hoping for. Boy, does that scenerio sound familiar! God tells Hab He will raise up an enemy to defeat them and carry them off into captivity. Not only will He use the enemy to exercise discipline on His people , He will then judge the enemy for what they did. Lesson learned?......God can do what He dang well pleases! He is Sovereign God! He is at work in all things, no matter where they come from. He reminds Hab that "the righteous will live by his faith" (2:4). He is in control, He can be trusted, He knows what He is doing.

Hab gets it and in the final chapter responds to God with these profound words:

"LORD, I have heard of Your fame. I stand in awe of Your deeds, O LORD. Renew them in our day, in our time make them known, in wrath, remember mercy.

Though the fig tree should not blossom, and there be no fruit on the vines, though the yield of the olive should fail and the fields produce no food, though the flock should be cut off from the fold and there be no cattle in the stalls, yet will I exult in the Lord, I will rejoice in the God of my salvation. The Lord God is my strength, and He has made my feet like hinds' feet, and makes me walk on my high places." Hab. 3:2, 17-19

Hear this my sweet bloggity friends......WHEN ALL IS GONE, GOD IS NOT GONE! God is not to be be worshiped merely because of the temporal blessings He has bestowed, but for His own sake...who He IS! He is all we need.....and I hope you have found this to be true....He is enough!

Monday, June 18, 2007

Honor Your Husband Challenge

Ok, sistas, I want to encourage those of you are married to join our sista Christine in the Honor Your Husband Challenge. I know this meme was heaven-sent. The Lord has really been dealing with me about how I take my man for granted. One of my man's love languages is words of affirmation, and I really fall short meeting this need in his life. So....

My goals for this week are... give an affirming word to my man every day. ask about his day, then listen, really listen. ask him for specific ways I can pray for him.

I'm really looking forward to joining with fellow sistas in this. I need the accountibility! So how 'bout it? Are you with me?

Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: "Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all."

Friday, June 15, 2007

Funny Friday

It's obvious I'm from the south...this is such a hoot! Wanted to start your weekend on a funny note...a merry heart is good medicine! (Prov.17:22)
Have a wonderful weekend!

Sunday, June 10, 2007

Enjoying God

My pastor preached the best message this morning...and I let him know it by planting a big kiss on him (You get to do that when your married to him)! His message came from Psalm 16:11...

You will make known to me the path of life;
In Your presence is fullness of joy;
In Your right hand there are pleasures forever.
The whole premise of the message was based on this question....Are you enjoying your relationship with God? There are many Christians out there who are not and quite frankly who don't think a relationship with God is something to be enjoyed. How deceived we can be!
So, my friends in blogland, here's what I want to know. How do you enjoy God?
Here are just a few of the ways I enjoy Him....
I enjoy Him as I read of His marvelous exploits in His Word.

I enjoy Him as I drink my coffee and watch the birds, squirrels, and other critters from my sun room each morning.

I enjoy Him in my personal worship as I sing, dance, pray, weep, rejoice before Him.

I enjoy Him when I worship with my fellow brothers and sisters in the Lord.
I enjoy Him when I'm blogging!
I enjoy Him when I see my children loving and serving Him.
I enjoy Him when I am hurt/discouraged over someone's hurtful comment.
I enjoy Him when I am in desperate need.
I could go on....and on....I just plain ol' ENJOY GOD! As Beth Moore has said...."God just does it for me!"
So tell me. How do you enjoy God?

Thursday, June 7, 2007

Thankful Thursday

I'm thankful for the call I got this morning about a teaching position. I interview next week!

I'm thankful for my son-in-law, who has a new blog James 1:22 and loves my daughter and is taking very good care of her.

I'm thankful for coffee...need I say more?

I'm thankful for my cat Callie. You'll hear more about that later.

I'm so thankful for the stability of God's Word. When all else seems to be shaky and unstable, His Word is a sure foundation.

I'm thankful for flip-flops... they are cheap, easy to put on, and come in every color you can there any other shoe wear in the summer?!

I'm thankful tomorrow is the last day of VBS...been fun...been a blessing (2 children came to know Jesus!)...but I'm pooped!

I'm thankful for phone calls from my two eldest who have flown the coop. It's so good to hear from them!

What are you thankful for?

Sunday, June 3, 2007


Been studying the book of Joel this week in preparation for the Sunday School class I teach. Wow! Minor prophet with a major lesson....the joy of repentance! Oh, the lengths God will go to bless His children and to assure them of Whose they are! Whether God sends adverse circumstances our way as result of His judgement or discipline, He offers an amazing invitation...

"Return to me with all your heart, and with fasting, weeping, and mourning. And rend your heart and not your garments. Now return to the LORD your God, for He is gracious, and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in lovingkindness, and relenting in evil." (Joel 2: 12-13)

Our repentance is based on WHO HE IS not on our ability to get our act together or be sorry enough, or, or, for cryin' out loud to do anything! He is GRACIOUS, it's based on His goodness, not ours. He is COMPASSIONATE. This word is derived from the Hebrew word for "womb", a place of nurture and protection for unborn babies. It points to God's loving care and nurture for helpless people. He is SLOW TO ANGER. A Hebrew idiom meaning "long of nostrils". It takes a long time before God's wrath results in actual judgement. How long? Long enough to give His children abundant time to repent. He is ABOUNDING IN LOVINGKINDNESS. Overflowing covenant love that is dependable at all times, under all circumstances. RELENTING IN EVIL. Based on His character and in response to His children's repentance, God can change His mind! Praise His name!

When we need to repent of something, why do we resist? Why do we wait? What are we afraid of? Whatever the answer to those questions are, we have bought what the enemy has been selling for ages. They are lies. I should know. The Enemy and I did business for years and I paid dearly for those lies when I could have been experiencing freedom and restoration at no cost. That's one of the things I love about repentance. It ALWAYS bring restoration...

"Then I will make up to you for the years that the swarming locusts have will have plenty to eat and be satisfied and praise the name of the LORD your God, who has dealt wondrously with you. Then my people will never be put to shame. Thus you will know that I am in the midst of Israel, and that I am the LORD, your God, and there is no other, and my people will never be put to shame." (Joel 2: 25a - 27)

Restoration has glorious results! We will be SATISFIED. We learn to be satisfied with Him and Him alone. He is all we need. We will PRAISE HIM. We won't be able to help ourselves! He has dealt wondrously with us! We will NEVER BE PUT TO SHAME. Our faith grows. We are confident (the opposite of shame) that God IS who He says He is and that He can do what He says He can do!

Don't you just love Him?

Friday, June 1, 2007

My Mighty Women of His Word!

My first-born, Jennifer & my son-in law, Brandon at their wedding last June.
They are now in seminary at Louisville, KY studying to teach and preach God's Word.
She just set up her own blog, sistas, so go by and say Hi! I've been telling her all about my blog sistas, so I want her to meet you. Visit her at Savor the Master's Blend.

Daughter #2, Jessica, Daughter #4, Jordan, & Daughter #3, Joy Beth at Jordan's 13th birthday party.
Jess is a senior at Blue Mountain College (one of our Baptist colleges in MS) and is Asst. Camp Director for our State Baptist Youth Camps this summer. Biblical studies major.
Joy Beth is a senior in High School... owns more commentaries than me and wants to be the next Beth Moore!
Jordan is the psalmist of the bunch. Plays the guitar beautifully and writes praise and worship songs.
Am I blessed or what?!

Thursday, May 31, 2007

Thankful Thursday

What a day! God has been so faithful and mighty in my behalf today! I am so thankful....

for His provision for my every need, that He meets our needs according to His riches in glory! (Phil 4:19)

for all my newfound blog sistas. Jesus looks so good on them! They are so much fun and I'm learning so much from them. Keep it up girls!

for praise music! I've got Travis' Alive CD cranked up right now and as soon as I finish this entry, I'm going to dancin'! (I'm not kidding, I'm home alone!)

for a my man who loves Jesus and loves me better than I deserve.

for the sweet church my husband and I serve....give us hearts to love you, Lord!

for (and I mean this with all my heart) all the difficulties my family is experiencing right now. God is teaching me so much.....give us endurance, Lord!

for 4 daughters who love the Lord Jesus and are serving Him. They are beautiful inside and out (I'll post a picture, as soon as I figure out how to do it!)...also thankful for my sweet son-in-law!

for the love that I have for God's Word. I thought it could not be possible! Keep me hungry and thirsty, Lord!

for God's calling on my life. Never in a million years would I have imagined myself doing what I do. Who'd have thunk?

for Jesus.....The One and Only.....My One and Only!

Praise the Lord! Oh give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, for His lovingkindness is everlasting. Who can speak of the mighty deeds of the Lord, or can show forth all His praise? Psalm 106:1-2

I sure want to try!

Wednesday, May 30, 2007


I've been tagged by my blog sista Patty. Never been tagged before...not quite sure I know what it means, but I'm going to answer the question. If you're reading this, consider yourself tagged!

So my question to you all is - What are your dreams? Not things that God has promised you, but things you dream about or things that you whisper in His ear. What are you believing God for? Be bold, Be Honest, Be courageous

1. I am believing God for a job!

2. That I, my husband, our 4 daughters, and son-in-law, would love God with all our hearts, mind, soul, and strength.

3. God would send godly, Christ-honoring, husbands for our 3 younger daughters just as He did with our first-born.

4. To lead worship in women's events.

5. To be debt-free.

6. To sing with all my girls.

7. That my girls would be mighty women of the Word!

8. That all my extended family would come to know and love Jesus.

9. I am believing God for a mighty outpouring of His Spirit and power on the church my husband pastors.

10. That my marriage would be a reflection of Jesus and His Bride (the church).

11. A trip to the Smokies!

Go's your turn!

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

I have need of endurance

For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God, you may receive what was promised. Hebrews 10:36

Yep, that's what I need!

To all my friends and sistas who find their way here, I would appreciate your praying this over me and my family right now. Pray that we will...let endurance have its perfect result, so that we may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing (James 1:4). God is so at work in us right now...seeing to it that we BELIEVE HIM! I do not ask that He deliver us from all that we are experiencing (although I would certainly not refuse it!), but I do ask for the ability to endure and to not miss a single thing He is teaching us, for I know JOY COMETH!

Monday, April 16, 2007

His Word, My Help

In the wake of the recent tragedy at VT and all the "stuff" that's going on in my own life at this time, I have felt complete inadequacy to even articulate words to utter to the Father. Thankfully and to His great glory I have His.......

Blessed be the Lord, who daily bears our burden, the God who is our salvation. God is to us a God of deliverances, and to God the Lord belong escapes from death. Psalm 68:19-20

Your God has commanded your strength. Show Yourself strong, O God, who have acted on our behalf. Psalm 68:28

The Lord also will be a stronghold for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. And those who know Your name will put their trust in You, for You, O Lord have not forsaken those who seek You. Psalm 9:9-10

For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us. Romans 8:18

You are my hiding place. You preserve me from trouble. You surround me with songs of deliverance. Psalm 32:7

For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God, you may receive what was promised. Hebrews 10:36

And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. James 1:4

Ah Lord God! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and by Your outstretched arm! Nothing is too difficult for You. Jeremiah 32:17

Monday, February 26, 2007

Send a Great Revival to My Soul

REVIVAL......I don't know what images that word conjures up in your mind, but to this Southern Baptist, Southern born, Southern bred, Mississippi girl, that word is synonymous with.......ACTIVITY! Preparations for visiting evangelists, visitation, prayer meetings, meals at the church, choir practices, making sure everything is in place and just right for the church to have REVIVAL! For all us "Martha's" it's our time to shine! By the time the first service starts we are slap worn out and we can't concentrate for trying to remember if all the members of the Dorcas Sunday School class were contacted about bringing food to the church for the next night. Can I get a witness?! Now don't get me wrong, I don't mean to make light of those type of preparations, they are needed, but I'm afraid that so many times in the past I have forgotten to make the "main thing" the "main thing". The "main thing" being that God and only God can give revival to "hearts" that are prepared to receive it. Oh, that we would be as diligent in the preparation of our hearts as we are in the physical preparation for revival.

To my Living Proof sistas who happen to find their way here.......please pray for the little Mississippi church my husband pastors as we are meeting together next week (March 4-7) to seek revival from our Faithful God. We are desperate for Him! There will be some in atttendance who will come for business as usual....pray that God will absolutely astound us! I want to see His may scare me to death, but I want our little flock to know we have such a HUGE God. My heart physically aches for them. I am so jealous for them to know Him as the God of Wonders! Pray that the walls of the boxes we have enclosed our God in will come crashing down. He is so much more than we have ever imagined! Pray that God's Spirit will fall mightily and that hearts will be tendered to Him. Pray that God will frustrate the plans of the enemy.

Thank you, girls. What a blessing to be able to reach out to sisters in Christ I have never met. Such love and esteem is only possible through Jesus! Don't you just love Him?

Monday, February 12, 2007

Having a HUGE GOD mentality....

For the Lord your God is the God of gods, and the Lord of lords, the great, the mighty, and the awesome God who does not show partiality nor take a bribe. Deuteronomy 10:17

Who is like You among the gods, O Lord? Who is like You, majestic in holiness, awesome in praises, working wonders? Exodus 15:11

Through God we will do valiantly and it is He who shall tread down our adversaries.
Psalm 108:13

Praise the Lord! Oh give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, for His lovingkindness is everlasting. Who can speak of the mighty deeds of the Lord, or can show forth all His praise?
Psalm 106:1-2

Anybody wanna say Hallelujah?!

Friday, February 9, 2007

Newbie in the house!

I'm fairly new to this blogging thing. The main reason I'm even attempting this is because I have had so much fun reading Beth Moore's blog page at Living Proof ministries ( and I want a way to stay in touch with all those precious women who comment on her blog. We are having so much fun! So to any of you who find your way here.......welcome! "Let us encourage one another and build up one another, just as we have been doing." (1 Thess.5:11)