Friday, July 31, 2009

Fix-It Friday @ I Heart Faces




Original Photo

This child is simply stunning! I wish there was a way I could have edited this better. I am still learning all the ins and outs of photography. I am actually planning on getting the Photoshop Elements soon; I'm sure that will help.

Here are my contributions below:

Photos edited using Picnik.com
(This edit was my favorite; although, I am not thrilled with the blurriness! Any suggests? I used sepia tone, cropped it, and softened the edges)


With this edit I played with a bunch of features under Effects. I used the focal B&W.



Photo edited using Photobucket.com
(This one I just cropped, softened, and added text)

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How Beautiful Are You?

I must tell you, moments of the "terrible 2's" aren't so much fun! The whining..... the incessant whining. It hurts my ears, it wares on my body, it makes me cringe. You know exactly what I mean if you have raised children, or are in the process. Oh there are very good days; but when it rains, it seems to pour.

I was talking to my 2 year old this morning. Here was the gist of our conversation:

Riley- (whining about this, that, and everything)

Mommy- "You really need to stop whining. Remember, Daddy said that there is no whining in this house? Don't you want to be beautiful for God? Whining makes you ugly. . . to be beautiful for God we need to be obedient, and have a good heart and attitude."

Riley- "Oh, okay".

Now, I wasn't telling my daughter that she was ugly; she doesn't even know what that means. But our conversation did spark a lot of thought in me.

Am I beautiful before God? Am I giving off a sweet smelling aroma in His sight? Am I being obedient to Him in the areas He is trying to "reshape", "reform", "make new" in ME?

OUCH!

Our children are mirrors into our own souls... so very many times we expect so much of them (and we should) but we forget that God desires the same things for us! The same way that our heart grieves when our children go astray, we grieve the Holy Spirit when we do the very same thing!

As women, we like to make ourselves beautiful; whatever it is that makes you feel beautiful. Maybe it is just keeping up with the normal "grooming, showering, and remembering that oh so very important thing called deodorant." For others it may include things like doing their nails, makeup, hair, waxing, etc.

But what really makes us beautiful as christian women? All of the outward things cannot change our hearts. Maybe we think no one notices; that we can hide it from others, even ourself perhaps?

We cannot. It shows on our countenance.

Proverbs 15:13
A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance: but by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken.

We have all known people in our lives that just seem to glow. Maybe even total strangers, and we think, they must be a christian! What an awesome testimony to "glow Christ" in our ordinary lives.

How can we preach to the world that Christ is everything to us, that we have purpose and meaning, when we continue to "leave Him in the corner", or treat Him like a genie in a bottle? When we ignore the Spirit's promting to change this, and change that. It is for our benefit! He is the only one that will satisfy our deepest needs.

So let's be beautiful women today! Go take a look into the mirror of God's Word.




Ask Him to show you how to be obedient to Him. Let Him purify you by confessing your sin to Him.

NOW, GO MAKE YOURSELF BEAUTIFUL!

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

A Love Letter To You!

EVERYONE,
no matter who they are, longs to be loved! Isn't that what we are all looking for? Longing to have that nagging void filled in our life. It is something we ALL have in common.
Here is a love letter to YOU(watch video below):

Have you ever accepted this love letter? Are you a child of God? If not, find out how:

What If?

What if you knew today was the last day of your life, what would you do?

Do you have any
scarred relationships that you would desire to resolve before you pass on?

Have you left a will to your loved ones?

Most important of all, when you come to the end of life's journey and you stand before a holy God at the entrance to Heaven, if God asked you,

"Why should I allow you to enter Heaven,"
what would YOU say?

You may have a
false perception of who God is. Perhaps you have been jaded by the whole “church scene" filled with a lot of hypocrisy from people in your life.; sadly, many have.

But don't let
that be the excuse you use when God asks you someday "WHY SHOULD I LET YOU INTO HEAVEN?"

FOR HE WILL ASK YOU!


Will you say that you tried to be a good person. . . that He should let you in because you made a
good attempt towards perfection?

HIS ANSWER: God's Word makes it very clear that nobody enters heaven because of their good works. It is only by God's grace (unmerited favor) that we are given God's gift of forgiveness and are saved for all eternity. His Word says, "For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast. (Ephesians 2:8-9)

Please let me tell you that after 26 years of knowing HIM personally, He has never let me down! He gives my life purpose and meaning. I know for sure that when I die I will meet HIM face to face. Wouldn't you like to have
that same assurance?

You never know when your last day on this earth will be.
Nothing in this life is for sure. Wouldn’t you like to know HIM today? Not just know about Him, but know Him in a personal way? A life-changing way!


You must admit you are a sinner. Rom 3:23 says "For ALL have sinned, and fall short of the glory of God.

If you think you aren’t a sinner, just take this test: CLICK HERE TO TAKE TEST

"If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us." (1 John 1:10)

The bad news is:

The penalty of your sin,
and mine, is death. Rom 6:23 says "For the wages (penalty) of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord".

But the good news is:

God sent His perfect Son Jesus down to this earth to die for the world so that you might have eternal life! Romans 5:8 "But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners. Christ died for us."

Could you ever imagine laying down
your only child for someone else?
God did ~ He laid down Jesus for the ENTIRE sinful world!

Why is Jesus Christ the only true way, the only true Savior? He is the only person that died, and rose again from the dead.

You must realize that you are going the wrong way, and turn around! This is called repentance.

Have you ever been on a trip and realized you were going the wrong way? You maybe wasted a whole ½ hour before you realized it ~ only to have to turn around and go the other way.

How long have you been traveling down this road of life only to be going in the wrong direction?

Turn around today!

Jesus said: "I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish." (Luke 13:5)

God promises to come and live inside you… to help you. He would not save you and leave you. He has left you a help called the Holy Spirit.

I know that I cannot live this life productively on my own. I cannot even
begin to come close. I desperately need His help.

Maybe you think your sin is too great for such a holy, perfect Savior? It isn't! –
He loves you just as you are. So won’t you come to Him today?

"That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved." (Romans 10:9)

"For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved." (Romans 10:13)


Pray a prayer something like this:

Dear God, I desperately need you. I am a sinner in need of a Savior, a best friend, ….
YOU! Thank you for sending your only Son, Jesus, down to this earth to die for me. I believe you were buried and rose again on the third day. I want to turn around from the path of life I have been on, and turn towards you. Please come into my life and save me. In Jesus’ name, Amen

If you prayed this prayer and meant it with all your heart, you have the
assurance that you will be in heaven someday! (1 Jn 5:11-13)says 11And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. 12He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. 13I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life.

"Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new." (2 Corinthians 5:17)

I suggest you start reading in John. Do you need a bible? Email me
(curly2880(@)yahoo(.)com) and I would love to send you one for free!

Get involved in a local church- one that is based on the truth of God’s Word and preaches the gospel.


If you have received Jesus Christ as your Saviour, as a Christian you should:

1. Read your Bible every day to get to know Christ better.
"Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth." (2 Timothy 2:15)
"Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path." (Psalms 119:105)

2. Talk to God in prayer every day.
"And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive." (Matthew 21:22)
"Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God." (Philippians 4:6)

3. Be baptized, worship, fellowship, and serve with other Christians in a church where Christ is preached and the Bible is the final authority.

"Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:" (Matthew 28:19)

"Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching." (Hebrews 10:25)

"All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:" (2 Timothy 3:16)

4. Tell others about Christ.
"And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature." (Mark 16:15)

"For though I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of: for necessity is laid upon me; yea, woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel!" (1 Corinthians 9:16)

"For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek." (Romans 1:16)


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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

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Monday, July 27, 2009

"Look At Me" - A Video Blog Hop!

Do you have a favorite video you want to share? Let's get to know one another!

1.)Post a video on your blog and then post the link (to that post only) below.

2.)Name your video in your title Post

3.)Remember, PLEASE ONLY LINK your video blog post. How do you do that? Click on your title of the post, and grab the URL and paste it below.

4.)Make sure you let everyone know where to join the fun (this very post).

5.)Have Fun!

I just had to post this video- remembering it gives me a chuckle. I hope you get a good laugh out of it too!

video


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A Soft Heart

It's time for a Mommy Monday Pick Me Up of the week!

Keep Their Hearts Soft

Written by:

NANCY CAMPBELL

Primm Springs, Tennessee, USA



“Oh Lord, keep their hearts soft and sensitive to You, and to Your precious Word.” This is the prayer I constantly prayed for our children as they were growing up, and still continue to pray. I believe now, that it was the right prayer to pray. There is something even more important than teaching God’s Word to our children. If we want His Word to penetrate their hearts and become walking flesh in their lives, we have to work hard on preparing the soil of their hearts.

We see this analogy in the parable of the sower, which you know so well. There is nothing wrong with the seed of the Word of God. It is powerful. It is alive and active to accomplish God’s purposes in their lives. However, it cannot take root unless the hearts of our children are soft and pliable to receive the Word.

Jesus’ parable tells us that the seed of the Word did not bear fruit when it was sown on the hard ground, the stony ground, or the thorny ground. The seed that brought forth thirty fold, sixty fold or a hundred fold was seed that was sown in deep, harrowed ground.

How can you make the hearts of your children to be good ground? We do it the same way that we do it in the natural. All gardeners know that it is a waste of time sowing seeds in hard, unprepared soil. In fact, the biggest task in gardening is preparing the soil. It is the secret to growing a successful garden. If you have good soil, all you have to do is throw in the seeds and they’ll bring forth a harvest! How do we prepare this soil?

Double Dig

I have to confess that when I prepared my garden this year, I didn’t do this, although I know it is the very best thing to do. You are meant to dig your soil about one foot deep to loosen the soil. I did this! The second step is to lay the one-foot of soil aside, and dig down another spade’s length to loosen the soil underneath. I didn’t get to do this part. I’ll try next year.

How do you dig the soil of your children’s hearts? By daily training and discipline. You can’t let behavioral problems go unchecked. You have to constantly watch over your children’s souls. It’s not enough to deal with the outward misbehavior of disobedience and rebellion; you need to also watch for what is going on in the inside of their hearts. This takes effort and constant watching. You have to be on the job, not off somewhere else doing other things. It’s not for the lazy. Digging natural soil is hard work too, but it’s the only way to get the soil soft and aerated.

(1 Corinthians 7:1) says, “Let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.” There’s more to training children than dealing with the obvious things that we see in the flesh. We must also watch for the sins of the spirit. It is often these habits and sins that cause the heart to become hard, and yet often they go unnoticed. If the seed is sown in shallow soil, it may last while they are children, but it won’t be enough to keep them when they leave home and face the world. The soil must be soft enough for it to be able to take deep root. Jesus explained that the seed that was sown in stony places became scorched with the sun because there was “no deepness of earth.”

It takes constant watching and digging to keep the soil soft. That’s why children who are left in day-care have far more behavioral problems than those who are constantly and tenderly watched at home by their mothers. Although a caregiver will physically care for a child, they will never have the same intense concern to watch over their souls and spirits. My goal in mothering my children was from Paul’s prayer in 1 Thessalonians 5:23 where he prayed, “I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” I longed that my children would not only be kept pure in their bodies, but in their souls and spirits. Mothering is a full-time job. It is more than caring for their physical bodies – we must constantly watch over their souls and spirits too.

Fertilize

The next thing we must do after digging is fertilize. You can’t grow good plants in devitalized soil. I love to make compost and add it to my garden. Oh I am so proud of my compost that I made this year. Well, I can’t take the credit for making it. I just kept adding everything to my pile and when it was big enough I started turning it a few times every day – and watched it become beautiful rich compost. It’s quite amazing.

I believe the compost that we must add to our children’s hearts to keep them soft is encouragement. Encouragement makes rich soil. You can teach your children the Word of God all day, but if it is done in legality and “the letter of the law” it will only harden their hearts. It must be seasoned with loads of encouragement. Children thrive on encouragement as a garden thrives on compost. As you daily encourage and inspire your children, they will rise to unbelievable heights. They will do things that you could never imagine they could do. They will rise into the destiny that God has planned for them before the foundation of the world. In an environment of encouragement their hearts will be kept soft.

(Hebrews 3:12-13) says, “Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing form the living God. But exhort (encourage, come along side and comfort and inspire) one another daily, while it is called Today; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.” Did you notice that God says that we must encourage one another to keep one another from becoming hardened?

Do you encourage your children every day? Or are you always nagging, always harping, often shouting demands, or even screaming threats? Dear mother, you’ll accomplish a lot more by encouraging! Make a checklist for yourself. At the top of the page, write the days of the week. Down the side write the name of your husband and the names of each of your children. At the end of each day, check yourself. Take time to think about it. Did you encourage your husband and each one of your children today? Make a note on your checklist. Keep doing this until you are encouraging each one in your family every day and it becomes the habit of your life.

Water the soil

If the soil doesn’t receive rain, it will become hard and impossible to work with. Dear mother, we have to pour on the rain. I believe the rain is prayer. Prayer releases the presence of God into your home. Prayer releases the power of the Holy Spirit to work in your children’s hearts. You can’t make them soft by yourself. It is only the power of the Holy Spirit. This happens as you pray.

I believe that lack of prayer is one of the greatest deficiencies in motherhood. Mother, intercede for your children. There is no one who will have the heart to cry out to God for your children like you. I know it’s hard to find time when you have little ones all around you. In these days, you can call out to the Lord in the midst of your daily activities.

As your children grow, and especially as they are in their teen years, spend time aside praying for your children, perhaps an hour. Jesus said, “Can you not watch with me one hour?” (Matthew 26:40) Can we not spend one hour watching over the souls of our children? It is when you pray and listen, that God will reveal to you things about them that you would not notice unless you spent time in the presence of God. It is when you pray, that God will show you how to deal with problems in their lives. It is prayer that will soften the hard places in their hearts. Prayer will accomplish more than hours of counsel. It takes more than a silent prayer. Many times you will need to cry out aloud to God.

Pull out the Weeds

When do I pull the weeds out of my garden? After the rain! Oh it is so easy after the rain. I don’t even have to pull. Dear mother, this is the time to pull out the bad habits and attitudes, and the hard stones from your children’s hearts – after much prayer and seeing the anointing of the Holy Spirit in their lives. They will come out easily. But if you try to pull them out when their hearts are still hard, it’s a nearly impossible job. And even if you try to pull, the root of the weed will still often be left.

My father always says to me, “Nancy, you can’t grow weeds and plants in your garden.” Don’t let the weeds grow too big. Pull them out when they are little.

This is God’s plan for the new covenant. In Ezekiel 36:26-27 God promises, “A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments and do them.” What is it that will cause our children to walk in God’s ways? The power of the Holy Spirit - raining upon them, and reigning in their hearts. This will happen as you pray.

Make this your priority, dear mother. When you sow the seed of the Word of God in soft hearts, you’ll bring forth a mighty harvest for the kingdom of God. Your children will come forth from your home to lift up the standard of God’s truth and be a light in the nation. They will stand strong in God’s principles no matter what persecution they receive or what the rest of the world is saying. You may weep in prayer now, but the day will come when you will greatly rejoice as you see the hundredfold harvest.

Snap Shots From Our Trip



Tim and I had a wonderful time away together this past weekend. Friday night we stayed in Cleveland, Ohio. Tim price lined a nice room at the Double Tree.



Friday evening we walked down to the harbor. It was SUCH A beautiful evening; nice, crisp dry heat! The sun felt so wonderful! (something that has been very few and far between in Rochester,NY this Summer).



Friday night we had a nice dinner at the Longhorn Steakhouse.




Saturday we spent all day at one of our favorite places,



Here are some of the rides we rode on:


THE MILLENNIUM FORCE


Consistently voted the "Best Steel Coaster in the World!

You climb the 310-foot-tall lift hill smoothly and quickly and dive towards the earth at an 80-degree angle at speeds of 93 mph!





THE MAVERICK


The NEWEST of Cedar Point's roller coasters..... a wild ride filled with twists, turns, low-to-the-ground maneuvers, an amazing 95-degree first drop and an exhilarating launch through a 400-foot-long tunnel.





THE MANTIS


This is Cedar Point's only stand-up roller coaster- it turns riders head over heels four times during it's two-and-a-half minute adventure.

At 145 feet tall, Mantis is one of the tallest coasters at Cedar Point and was the tallest and fastest stand-up coaster when it opened in 1996.






THE RAPTOR






THE POWER TOWER


This one is the scariest for me! I don't even know how I get on this thing. It is so so so high! Imagine being on a elevator on the outside of a building and FREE FALLING!

It is a 300-foot-tall, state-of-the-art adrenaline factory that features two towers which launch you up 240 feet and two towers which blast you down at speeds of up to 60 mph! Built in 1998, the $10 million Power Tower debuted as the tallest ride of its kind in the world.




But nothing could even come close to this:


THE TOP THRILL DRAGSTER


This amazing speed machine is one of the tallest and fastest roller coasters on Earth. Climb aboard unique dragster-style trains and inch forward to the starting line. The engine revs. Your heart pumps. The tree lights count down to green and you're launched to speeds of 120 mph in less than 4 seconds.

The ride's just getting started as you climb 420 feet into the air, crest a massive hill and spiral 270 degrees as you speed towards the finish line.

















I'm just glad it didn't do this when we were riding it




There is a sign while waiting in lining stating "this coaster occasionally does not clear the top of the hill!"


Even after the thrill of the DRAGSTER, I still hadn't faced my ultimate fear! What you may ask?






Thursday, July 23, 2009

Freebie Friday Blogging Secrets!

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Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Treat Yourself Tuesday!

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Thank you Christy for sending me this great find!


Sunday, July 19, 2009

Meet Wyatt

Blogging has allowed me to meet a very special person; her name is Danielle. While being pregnant with her 3rd child, (Wyatt) she found out he had Thanatophoric dysplasia; a lethal form of dwarfism. He was given a 30% chance of making it to term, and she and her husband were told he would die within the first 24 hours of birth. His odds of survival were reduced every time they went in for another ultrasound. They unknowingly picked a very appropriate name for their son. They chose Wyatt because it meant "little warrior"...

Update from Danielle:

"Since writing this post, our sweet Wyatt has gone on to his eternal home in heaven. He made his way into the world on June 1, 2009 and graced us with his presence here for 2 minutes before leaving his earthly body. We are so proud of our little boy for fighting his way into this world! He weighed 4 pounds 0.6 ounces, and was 12.5 inches long. We miss him dearly, but rejoice in knowing he is in a better place."

Meet her son Wyatt: "Beautiful Moments" Post

God Must Have Been Sleeping post ~ testifying of how God carried them through their dark time.

A precious story about Wyatt's real due date

Why am I posting this information about my new friend Danielle that you don't even know? Because I feel her heartache and ask you to pray for Danielle and her husband Joseph often! Pray that God gives them His perfect strength!






Thank you!