Monday, December 31, 2007

Happy New Year!

Just thought I'd jump on the Internet machine and wish you a Happy New Year! Looking forward to a great 2008. Chat with you all again soon.

Friday, December 28, 2007

Photo editors, how did you miss this one?

This has to be photo of the week (actually last week). I don't know how in the world this didn't get run all over the place. This is what I call "a strong photo." It sort of looks like a scene from a David Lynch picture.

This guy looks like he is jamming!

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Perhaps you're looking for yet another good book to read

I stumbled on a great book this past year that clearly spells out the purpose of our humanity. The book, "It's Not About Me," by Max Lucado, really impacted me, and I highly recommend it.

The book challenges Christians to look at their lives as conduits of God's glory, and recognize that everything in their lives, the pleasures and successes, the losses, the problems, the distresses...everything, is ultimately designed to demonstrate God's glory here on the Earth.

It's a concept that all believers should be aware of: that we are not our own and everything in our lives works together for our good and His glory. At times, however, I think we have the inclination to forget it (at least, I get my eyes off that idea at times).

Lucado writes: "Your pain has a purpose. Your problems, struggles, heartaches, and hassles cooperate toward one end--the glory of God. 'Trust me in your times of trouble, and I will rescue you, and you will give me glory.' (Psalm 50:15 NLT)."

This book isn't just about the tough times or challenges. He points out we should recognize that our victories and times of blessing are all about Him as well. These are gifts from Him to reflect his glory and power on the Earth.

Just like the time Moses beheld God's glory and that glory reflected from his face, our very lives should reflect God glory to those we come in contact with. This should be our ultimate goal.

Struggling to understand your current situation? Don't know what purpose God could be carrying out in and through your life right now? What is the purpose of your humanity, no matter what your situation?

"Reduce the human job description down to one phrase, and this is it: Reflect God's glory," Lucado says.

Let's make it our goal this coming year to remember that our number one mission is to reflect God's life-changing glory to the world around us. Nothing more. Nothing less. Renewing this perspective could change everything around us.

Monday, December 24, 2007

Merry Christmas everyone

I just wanted to drop a note to wish you all a very, very Merry Christmas tomorrow!

I'm planning on spending Christmas with my brother and sister. Christmas will be different this year because it is the first Christmas since our mom went home to be with the Lord, and I have family (sister, brother-and-law, niece) that have moved out of state this year.

It may be a smaller crew here this year but it is still Jesus' birthday, and we will celebrate as such! You all be blessed as well.

Chat with you later.

Sunday, December 16, 2007

He could do stand-up comedy

The Astros, under Ed Wade, will apparently look completely different next year.

The proof of his success will be in wins and losses, but I'm looking forward to seeing how all these changes pan out for the Astros next year.

I found an article on the Chronicle's Web site, and I got a good chuckle from Chad Qualls quotes. Qualls is going to the Arizona Diamondbacks next season as a result of Wade's changes.

Here are his remarks:

"It's a tough pill to swallow," he said. "I just bought a house in Houston, I just got married this offseason and my wife is from Houston. It's hard to take her away from her family.

"I think it's going to be tougher for her than it is for me. We're going to get through it together, and she's behind me and supports me. Hopefully Arizona brings me good things."

My goal is to never be critical here...but is he kidding?

Do you think it is possible, at times, that these folks forget what they do for a living?

Even if he's paid the league minimum, he's going to get several hundred thousand dollars a year to play catch a few innings a week.

Sounds like Arizona is going to bring him some pretty amazing things. Thank goodness he has a dedicated wife to help him through these difficult times. As torturous as a move to Arizona may seem now, I have a feeling they'll get through it together just fine.

It just goes to show you, these people live on another planet.

Anyway, go Astros!

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Linkpost | 12.11.2007

'Luv Ya Blue' Oilers honored at Reliant this past weekend -- John McClain should never let go of the past, but he should adjust the volume on his microphone very soon.

Fresh turkeys in Long Beach -- No frozen supermarket turkeys for Thanksgiving at this store. Let's just say it like it is: Mahammed Hassam will hook you up. It's going good, people are happy, and when he sees people are happy, he's happy.

'Noelle' released Friday. Gordon Robertson of the 700 Club calls it "wonderful" -- That should be all the reason you need. Showtimes are available through the site.

Prostate getting a tad too big? You might need a Botox injection -- Dr. Chris Smith is at it again. I call him Dr. Botox. No one wants a "decreased force of stream," whatever that is. Go see him and get your shot.

The 53 Places to Go in 2008 -- A fantastic travel idea resource, which could be a good tool for the Princess to determine places she might want to visit someday (in addition to Griffith Park, of course).

Drama King Tony Romo destined to be a Super Bowl Competitor? -- The sooner the better, I think.

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Saturday, December 8, 2007

Secret recipe for catching a husband or wife

"The eyes of all look to you, and you give them their food at the proper time. You open your hand and satisfy the desires of every living thing" (Psalm 145: 15, 16).

Hi, angel. I think you're probably discovering that we're going to have to be knee deep in the Word, constantly, before God opens the door for us to be together.

Stay strong and hang in there!

Thursday, December 6, 2007

How are we doing with that code?

Are you having any luck with our code from two posts ago?

I have a feeling someone took a guess. :)

Princess, do you mind if we visit this place someday?

I've never been, and it looks like an interesting spot.

I wonder if you have any places you'd like to visit?

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Princess, we're going to have to dig our heels in

"And that about wraps it up. God is strong, and he wants you strong. So take everything the Master has set out for you, well-made weapons of the best materials. And put them to use so you will be able to stand up to everything the Devil throws your way. This is no afternoon athletic contest that we'll walk away from and forget about in a couple of hours. This is for keeps, a life-or-death fight to the finish against the Devil and all his angels.

"Be prepared. You're up against far more than you can handle on your own. Take all the help you can get, every weapon God has issued, so that when it's all over but the shouting you'll still be on your feet. Truth, righteousness, peace, faith, and salvation are more than words. Learn how to apply them. You'll need them throughout your life. God's Word is an indispensable weapon. In the same way, prayer is essential in this ongoing warfare. Pray hard and long. Pray for your brothers and sisters. Keep your eyes open. Keep each other's spirits up so that no one falls behind or drops out." (Eph. 6:10-18 Message).

This is the Message translation of some familiar verses in Ephesians. I have read those familiar scriptures for years, and I have never been more convinced of their absolute truth than I am now.

We struggle not against flesh and blood. It sure seems like we do at times, but make no mistake. This is spiritual.

Sweetie, there is nothing I want more than for us to be able to begin the life God has for us together. But I've come to realize that "us" is a reward on the other side of the trial I'm going through.

My heart longs to meet you and get started on our life together. But I realize the importance of the season I'm in. I have no choice now but to wait on God and trust in Him.

Psalm 27:14 says, "Wait on the Lord; Be of good courage and he shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the Lord!"

Write it on an index card and hang it up somewhere if you need to.

Sometimes we complicate the spiritual battle we're in. The enemy's strategy is very simple. Wear the people of God down. Continue to hold out until they simply can't wait anymore, and they give up.

Here's the strategy God has given me: Don't quit, ever.

And you know how he gives me extra incentive not to give up?

He's puts me in a situation where I can't give up. Where everything is dependant on me standing and seeing the salvation of the Lord.

So I stand. And I pray for you every day. I can't wait to meet you, whoever, and wherever you are.

Be blessed, angel, and give yourself fully to the gifts and talents God has given you.

Talk to you later.

Saturday, December 1, 2007

Never, ever give up

"Remember those early days after you first saw the light? Those were the hard times! Kicked around in public, targets of every kind of abuse—some days it was you, other days your friends. If some friends went to prison, you stuck by them. If some enemies broke in and seized your goods, you let them go with a smile, knowing they couldn't touch your real treasure. Nothing they did bothered you, nothing set you back. So don't throw it all away now. You were sure of yourselves then. It's still a sure thing! But you need to stick it out, staying with God's plan so you'll be there for the promised completion.

It won't be long now, he's on the way; he'll show up most any minute.

'But anyone who is right with me thrives on loyal trust; if he cuts and runs, I won't be very happy.'

But we're not quitters who lose out. Oh, no! We'll stay with it and survive, trusting all the way." (Hebrews 10: 35-39 Message)

Not that I have any doubters that read this blog, I just thought it might be important to reestablish God's view on any situation you might be facing today.

You and I aren't going to quit on God.

He's on your side. Well, He's on my side, too.

If you're facing something today and it doesn't appear the answer is coming as quickly as you'd hoped, rest assured, the answer is on its way. No quitting. No giving up on what God has promised you.

Do you feel you've been waiting a long time? Join the club.

The greater the promise, the greater the fight. No retreat. Stand fast and watch God do the impossible in your life -- in His timing.

"Don't drag your feet. Be like those who stay the course with committed faith and then get everything promised to them." (Hebrews 6:12 Message)