Tuesday, July 29, 2008

I've been thinking

I know it's a dangerous thing when I start thinking, but I've been doing it again.
I have certain things that I struggle with on a regular basis.  The apostle Paul would call them "weaknesses".  I hate the fact that I have these flaws/weaknesses.  I hate that I can't keep myself under control.  I hate that I hurt my relationship with Christ when I fall into the traps of my weaknesses.  It's DISGUSTING.  I mean, think about it...when we do things that we know are wrong, we sin.  So what?  Well, not just sinning, but we're breaking God's heart each time.  I put it into a perspective that I can understand.  It's like doing something that I know intentionally hurts Claude.  That thought cuts me to the core and that is how I'm looking at my sins.  I mean, how many of us intentionally want to break our loved one's hearts?  I think about how proud my parents are of me and sometimes I wonder if they'd be so proud if they knew my weaknesses and could see into my heart.  Don't get me wrong, I know they would love me anyway, but I am glad that only Christ can see into our hearts. 
So, I claim Romans 7:15-25NLT.  

v15 I really don't understand myself, for I want to do what is right, but I don't do it.
v18b I want to do what is right, but I can't.  
v22 I love God's law with all my heart.
v23 But there is another power within me that is at war with my mind.  This power makes me a slave to the sin that is still within me.
v25 Thank God! The answer is in Jesus Christ our Lord.  so you see how it is: in my mind I really want to obey God's law, but because of my sinful nature I am a slave to sin.

THANK GOD INDEED!  I'm so glad He gives mercy to my weak, sinful nature.

Friday, July 11, 2008

Crazy week!

It's been awhile since I blogged, but my family has been here and I've been having too much fun with them to stop and blog!  
Family left Wednesday & Thursday mornings respectively.  I was a bit sad, but I am keeping in mind that I will be down there at the end of July and then a couple of friends are coming up to stay for a bit!!!  The hectic pace has been worth the time with family and friends!
My parents left Thursday morning and Randy's parents came in Thursday night (for Ella's upcoming 1 year birthday!)  We are so happy to have them with us (Randy's house is full due to his brother living with them!).  Paul and Theresa are sweet folks who always have wise words to share.  It's a treat for us to be able to spend a little time with them!  

We have our lock-in with our youth, Crosslink, tonight.  We are hooking up with another church, Wilson Community Church, for it and will be staying at the Boys & Girls' Club for the night.  I must say that I am NOT looking forward to sleeping there!!!!!  I've seen the bugs during the daylight hours, so I don't want to know what comes out at night.  Claude says I HAVE to stay because we need the female leaders there.  We will have lots of pics for it and for green springs tomorrow!  Until then, I'm outta here!

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

I'm so excited...I just can't hide it...!

My birthday present is on it's way to NC!  My Mom & Dad (along with my niece, Rose) are heading to NC today!  They should arrive sometime tomorrow!  OH I CAN'T WAIT!  Then, either tomorrow night or Thursday, my brother & sister-in-law (along with the rest of the crew!) should be here!  I've been searching for cheap/free things to do with the kids!  I know I'm gonna have a major withdrawal when they have to leave, but I won't think about that right now!