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Sep. 16th, 2007

Love of God/Cross

Prayer Busters!!

This was the topic of the sermon this morning at church. Here are some of the reasons identified in the Bible for unanswered prayer my pastor shared.

1. Prayerlessness: James 4:2--"You do not have, because you do not ask God." Our philosophy is often why pray when we can worry about it?

2. Unconfessed sin: Psalm 66:18--"If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me." Sin offends a holy God and separates us from Him.

3. Broken relationships: Matthew 5:23,24--"Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to your brother; then come and offer your gift." We often treat relationships with others too lightly. "If someone says, “I love God,” but hates a Christian brother or sister, that person is a liar; for if we don’t love people we can see, how can we love God, whom we cannot see?"(I John 4:20)

4. Insincere communication: Matthew 6:7--"When you pray, don’t babble on and on as people of other religions do. They think their prayers are answered merely by repeating their words again and again." Repeating the same words over and over does not guarantee that God hears our prayers. It's not wrong to bring the same request to God many times, but we need to make sure that we mean what we say.

5. Improper motives: James 4:3--"And even when you ask, you don’t get it because your motives are all wrong—you want only what will give you pleasure." We often just present to God our wish list instead of praying for His will to be done.

6. Uncaring attitudes: Proverbs 21:13--"If a man shuts his ears to the cry of the poor, he too will cry out and not be answered." When we see others in need we need to do more than just pray...we need to do what we can to help.

7. Inadequate faith: James 1:6,7--"But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord." How often do I pray not really expecting an answer, and when I don't get an answer I get what I expect!

Well, these provided me with food for thought today. I know I need to be more faithful in my prayer, and these are a few things that want to consider when I do spend time in prayer.

When we work, we work. But when we pray, God works! (Oswald Smith)
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Sep. 13th, 2007

Scarlet & Grandpa

Quick catch-up

I know it's been forever since I last posted. I been committing a lot of my time to my Facebook page. I have been able to connect with 475 folks on there, most of those former students. It has been fantastic to catch up with so many that I haven't seen since they graduated, but that does require quite a bit of time each day and my LJ has suffered. I've still been reading everyone's postings on a regular basis, but finding time to write has been hard.

I still enjoy reading your PotD rinabeana, but I know I haven't commented on any of them in a long time.

hawk_17, I'm glad you're transition to HU has gone well. I have no doubts that your will do fabulously there. One of my former students goes there as well, so if you'd like her name let me know.

heismysong, I hope your school year is off to a good start.

karen1981, I've missed your reviews of your books and various programs you watch. I think you said you were writing those on another site, but I don't remember what that was.

twilightsdawne, you did a great job on your story! I didn't comment because I didn't have any suggestions!!

ladyevidence, I enjoy reading what God is teaching you through your classes and other places. Don't lose that fervor for Him.

brooks80, I'm glad you're going to be heading home soon...you remain in my prayers!

michaelmichael, I hope you enjoy your time off and the various trips you have planned. Keep on "poking" me...it reminds me to pray for you.

And it's been nice that 4 of my LJ friends, underhiswings1, iamsitta, michaelmichael, and brooks80, have Facebook pages as well, so I've been able to keep in touch with them there as well. And if I've forgotten to mention someone above please forgive me...it's an oversight on my part, not intentional.

I thought about just stopping my LJ since I'm doing so little on it, but I have really enjoyed getting to know each of you and I don't want to give that up, so I'm going to do my best to post something every week. I may struggle with that sometimes, but I'm going to try.

Well, hope everyone is doing well. If you haven't checked out Facebook you may want to give it a try! And if you do, let me know!!

I close with a couple of recent picture of Scarlett, my granddaughter. She just turned 3 months old and is growing like a weed...she's a real sweetie!!!






Sep. 5th, 2007

happy birthday

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Happy Birthday karen1981
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Jul. 6th, 2007

happy birthday

Birthday Greetings

Happy Birthday brooks80!!! God Bless!!!
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Jul. 3rd, 2007

Scarlet & Grandpa

A Great Story!!

A friend sent me this link about a lady in Utah who paints portraits of fallen service men and women for their families...it's a wonderful story!! Enjoy!!

http://mfile.akamai.com/21772/wmv/gannett.download.akamai.com/21772/streaming/wmv/hancockportraits.asx

Jul. 2nd, 2007

happy birthday

Happy Birthday underhiswings1!!!!

Have a Happy Birthday Cannie!!!! God Bless!!!
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Jun. 17th, 2007

I'm not wierd!

Britain's Got Talent

I have to blame my friend underhiswings1 for getting me started on this because she posted a performance of a 6 yr. old girl in a talent search contest in Britain that was fantastic! When I went to Youtube to watch it I found several others that were outstanding as well. I don't know if you'll enjoy these as much as I did, but I thought I'd post a few of them.

The first is the one mentioned above...6 year old Connie singing Somewhere Over the Rainbow.






The second is 14 year old Dominic Smith who sings Unchained Melody which was made popular by The Righteous Brothers.





The last is from South Wales...his name is Paul. He is a mobile phone salesman, but here sings the aria Nessum Dorma from the opera Turandot by Puccini...what an unbelievable voice!

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Jun. 14th, 2007

happy birthday

Birthday Greetings!!!

Happy Birthday stillrandom
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May. 31st, 2007

Love of God/Cross

One more day...and then exams!!!

It's hard to believe that I only have one more day of classes and then exams next week with graduation on Friday night. I am sooooo ready for the break!!

I finished reading Job today. There are a lot of great passages to comment on, but here is just one of my favorites. Job receives news in Chapter 1 that all of his children and possession had been destroyed. And what was his response?

At this, Job got up and tore his robe and shaved his head. Then he fell to the ground in worship and said: "Naked I came from my mother's womb, and naked I will depart. The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away; may the name of the LORD be praised."(Job 1:20-21)


Job's first response was grief, but the next is worship. It's hard for me to imagine the loss of my entire family in one day, but I don't know if this would be my response. It's times like these when we see how strong our faith really is. May we place our trust in Him completely...not just for eternity, but for today!
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.(Romans 8:28)

May. 20th, 2007

Ellie 7

End of the school year madness!!

I just checked my journal and couldn't believe it has been 2 weeks since I last posted!! I have been reading my friend's journals each day, but haven't had the time to write myself.

I haven't been able to do much reading the last few weeks. I'm on schedule with my Bible reading...I've finished Nehemiah and Esther and am about a third of the way through Job.

I managed to pick up 9 National Geographic Society books the last few weeks, five at a local antique store and four at the local library sale table, all for only $12!! They are all about 200 pages and are filled with marvelous photography. I've finished Clues to America's Past which explores several archaeological sites throughout America, from various Indian sites to Yorktown and Antietam...even though it was published in 1976 it was fascinating! Currently I'm nearing the end of Still Waters, White Waters: Exploring America's Rivers and Lakes. The author spent a year canoeing in a variety of places...the Boundary Waters Canoe Area of northern Minnesota, the Suwannee River in Georgia, and the Noatak River in the Brooks Range of Alaska to name a few. Again, a very enjoyable read even though it was published 30 years ago.

I've also finished listening to The Sugar Camp Quilt by Jennifer Chiaverini. My friend karen1981 has recommended this and other books from Chiaverini's "Elm Creek Quilts Novel" series and I must say she was right on! This was a wonderful book to listen to on the way to work. It dealt with a family in pre-Civil War Pennsylvania, their involvement in the Underground Railroad, and a quilt that had worked into it's design the directions from their station, the sugar camp, to the next stop on the way to freedom. I'm definitely going to be reading or listening to more of this series. This one was excellent!!!

Well, I don't know when I'll get to write again. There are 2 more weeks of school left and then exam week and graduation. Wednesday is the all-school picnic and yearbooks are distributed, and Friday is Junior/Senior(Prom). Next week we're off Monday for Memorial Day and the rest of the week will be spent reviewing for exams, collecting books, etc. Add in all of the end of the year sports tournaments and the myriad of open houses to attend and there will be no shortage of things to do. The girls track team won their regional competion, so they will be heading to states in 2 weeks...the guys didn't win their regional, but several individuals qualified for states. The baseball team is expected to do well in states as well...hoping to make it to the finals in Battle Creek as they did 2 years ago.

Oh, and my daughter is feeling like the grandchild may be arriving sooner than the end of June!! :) Will the excitement never end!

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