Tuesday, October 16, 2012

At the Top of My Lungs....

I can shout - there is no doubt if you have ever sat anywhere remotely near me at a sporting event.  Particularly one where my boys were part of the team.

At times - this is how I remember them best...

The frame between their pictures has the scripture from Isaiah 40:31.  I remember buying that print so long ago - probably when those class pictures were taken.

They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles...

So while we wait.......

One of my favorite ways to "wait" is by listening to Christian music - particularly in my car.  That started oh so many years ago - not so much in our cars but in our churches.  For me being a part of a Christian lifestyle has forever been who I am.

My mom keeps a bunch of stuff - and I am so Thankful.  I have this box under my bed and she gathered the items just for me.

Yes that is a CB radio mic - LOVE IT!  but also notice the Bible....and in the back of the Bible I wrote:

Top of My Lungs by Phillips, Craig, and Dean - You tube link for the song....

Words of worship
Rise like a river within me
Thoughts to express are so many
I want to bless you God
Can't be silent,
I think of the mercies you show me
My lips begin overflowing.
Great is your Love
Such gratitude, for all that You do.
Jesus to you

At the Top of My Lungs
I will sing Hallelujah
you're the one who saved me
The one who gave me
This life I live
For Evermore.....

I'm not ashamed. 
I'll praise your name
let the whole world know!!
I love you Lord, I love you Lord!

I am saving stuff for Lance and Corey too.  I hope they will find as much joy as I have opening boxes years after I used those items on a daily basis.  I was baptized the following Sunday in my church in Perrin.  I loved growing up in church - I love church.

But most of all....

I need him (you) so,
I don't care who knows
from the depths of my soul,

At the Top of My Lungs

Always, May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all. 2 Corinthians 13:14.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Just a Little Exercise!

My text message to her:
It's all about Jesus - I haven't always done a good job of listening to him but I know what I should do.  I just have to have Him in my life - I like the confidence of knowing whatever comes my way He will provide care for me.

Her response:
I want reassurance!

My last thought:
It's there you just have to exercise the faith!

Studio 12 was not exactly what I was referring to when I mentioned "exercise" - we will get to the text conversation in a moment.

But today I did decide to exercise.

And do you know I have NEVER joined an exercise group before?

I know I am surprised too.

Really I haven't.

But today I did.  This is because of "she".  I her in front of a group of people that I wanted to join Studio 12 as soon as it opened.

I am only about a month late.

She encouraged - she taught - she demonstrated.  She is my friend and I feel honored and blessed to have her as a part of my life.  You should join - it is so much fun!

So why did I really decide to exercise?  Here are some thoughts:

1. I need to exercise.
2. I am healthier when I am exercising.
3. I have the confidence that I am in better physical condition.
4. I am prepared for whatever the season. (oh side note - she and her husband go to Vegas in the summer - sit by the pool - and enjoy the desert air - Us?  we go to Vegas in the winter - cover up all those layers (or is it cover up with layers...) - anyway I mentioned I would NEVER go to Vegas in the summer without first getting rid of some of my layers!)  
5. I enjoyed the time with others who are interested in exercising.

I know there are more reasons - but those will do for now...

So back to my text message...

I need to exercise.  2 Tim 3:16  All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right.

I am healthier.  Psalm 119:11 Your word I have treasured in my heart, That I may not sin against You.

I have the confidence.  Phil 1:6 And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.

I am prepared.  Romans 8:28 And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.

I enjoy the time with others in the same spirit.
Hebrews 12:1-2 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sign that so easily trips us up.  And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.  We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith.

I challenge you to EXERCISE!!  Yes - do both!  Just for "her" so you can tell her about that confidence that you have - how many "hers" have you come across - don't you enjoy telling them about your faith - telling them about how you exercise?  And then "she" is waiting for you!  She and her friends would love to have you at Studio 12.  Come join us!    (Like them on Facebook too!)
Studio 12


Always, May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all. 2 Corinthians 13:14.