God · God's Glory

God’s Glory

We’ve all seen rainbows. We know the meaning of the rainbow, God’s promise to never destroy the earth again.

Yesterday parts of Arizona were under a tornado warning. Including the small mountain town I live in. I wasn’t really worried, though I probably should have been, We’ve been under tornadow warnings before. But something told me to find a more secure shelter. So, being that I work in a building made of rebar and cinder block, I went beck to my store to hang out. The warning expired with no incident, thank goodness, but what i found in the calm after the storm was something so majestic. I’d never seen a rainbow so beautiful.

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God · Life · Life Changes

Life Changes

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This post has been a long time coming. A lot has changed in my life. Most of it for the good.  A year ago this month I took a serious look at my life. My living situation sucked. My finances sucked. So I decided to make some changes. I traded in my way to expensive car for my cute little Nissan Versa. I absolutely love it and the payment, which is half the price of my other car.

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I also decided that I need to do something about my living situation. My room mate had become impossible to live with. I was paying for most everything in the house. I was accused of not paying bills and hoarding money. And….I was told that I’m arrogant because I go to church, believe in the bible and Jesus Christ, cool huh.  I couldn’t go anywhere without her tagging along and if I did she would have a fit. So after doing some looking around, prayer and help from my parents I decided to buy my first home. A cute little park model mobile home. I absolutely love it. For one thing it’s all mine. I can do what I want. When I want without the Spanish Inquisition. I signed the papers and got the keys on a Wednesday and started moving. Thanks to a lot of help from my mom I got moved in 2 and a half days. To say that I wanted out is an understatement.  Mom and I have done some minor home improvement. I painted the kitchen and living room. Replaced the drapes and put up blinds in all the window. And recently I built a cute little flowerbed out front.

i-am-a-christianOne of the best changes in my life is my church. Around this time last year we, my parents and I, left the church we had been attending, due to unfortunate circumstances. You know everything happens according to God’s plan and His will.  So we tried another church, fell in love with it and haven’t left. After attending for a month or 2 we joined and became members. I am involved in an awesome, yet very…..loud, bible study group. We’re an awesome group of people. And possibly a little bitinsane. I’m just saying… 😀 So I have to say that, for the first time in my life, I am happy, content,and at peace.

Family · Friends · God · Life · Loss

My 2013 Year Review

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My year started out just like any other year. Same ole same ole. Work was going well, aside from the loss of my boss and friend. That broke my heart. Family was good. As we did the year before my niece and I started our plans for our trip to Comic-Con in San Diego. In March my volunteer work came to an end as I was kicked out of the group for reasons I am still unclear of. No big loss there really.

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In may my mom and I made a trip to Phoenix to see Chris Tomlin in concert at Grand Canyon University. Check one off my bucket list. It was a great couple of days with my mom shopping and seeing this concert. The energy in the stadium as we all praised God was amazing.

Finally July came and my niece and I were off on our road trip to San Diego.

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This trip is always so much fun. There is never a minute that there isn’t something happening somewhere in downtown San Diego. Once we arrived we hung out at the convention center for a while as we had some time before picking up our friend at the airport.

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I found this while going upstairs to pick up our badges 🙂

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Ballroom 20 line

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Inside ballroom 20

We saw the Vampire Diaries cast again

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We saw the Once Upon a Time cast

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We also got to see part of the Once Upon a Time in Wonderland pilot.

and there there were the headless horsemen from Sleepy Hollow

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The whole trip started with a midnight showing of “Psych The Musical”

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We also saw the True Blood panel…minus Alexander Skarsgard and Stephen Moyer.

I could spend hours going on about what we did and who we saw.

The Walking Dead cast showed up at the Hilton

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In at the end of August my heart fell apart and part of my world ended.  My dad passed away. I can’t tell you how it feels to be 2 states away when your parent is slipping away. That was the worst phone call I’ve ever gotten. I really had no idea what to do. I just sat here waiting for a call back that my dad made it. Sadly that wasn’t the second call I got. So I went to my moms house and cried on her shoulder.  In September I flew to Houston to say goodbye to my dad for the last time.

In the process I did get to see some family I hadn’t seen in a long time

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My favorite cousin and I

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My amazing uncle 🙂

And THEN…In October my mom and I again went to Phoenix. This time to see Stephen Curtis Chapman with Laura Story and Jason Gray.

So as you can see it’s been a good year mixed with a lot of sadness.

God · Life · Truth

Telling Lies

Today’s NaBloPoMo blog topic is “How good are you at telling a lie?”  Wow..Do I want to get into this?  Oh why not.

I think there are times in everyone’s life where we have to tell little white lies. Either to be kind and not hurt someone’s feelings or maybe to get out of an uncomfortable situation or for some other reason. Is this ok? Well that’s up to you. I’m not going to say yes or no because we all do it.

Now for real lies. There was a time in my life when I was a great big liar. I lied about everything.  I wasn’t ashamed. I didn’t think anything was wrong with it and I slept just fine at night thank you very much. Then my lies started to come out and started to hurt people. Then guilt started. Then I started to realize the reason I didn’t like going to church…guilt and conviction. That was where I needed to be and I knew it. So what did I do? I forced myself to start going back to church. I put myself into therapy and through that I dealt with issues from my teen years that had never been dealt with that had been the root of all my evil.  It took me a long time to get better. I got over my “evil” ways but I still wasn’t the person I should have been. That took a lot longer.  It wasn’t until I was in my 30’s that I finally gave my life over to Christ and said “please fix me”  Well he helped me fix myself and I am a completely different person.

So in answer to the question..No I am no longer good at telling lies. I couldn’t tell a lie to save my life.

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Deep Thoughts with Mom

I have the most amazing mom.  There are times when we have these really deep conversations.  Usually after an email or 2 about songs we’ve heard.  Sometimes I get in these moods where certain songs just bring on the tears.  Usually it’s How Great is our God by Chris Tomlin, or I Will Rise by Chris.  Today my mom mentioned his version of Amazing Grace brings on the tears for her.  There are some of us who can take the words to these songs and apply them to our lives.  Where they were, where they could have gone, where they are now and God’s amazing grace that got us where we are now.  I don’t know what brings on these moods.  I think it’s the realization that the past is forgiven.  Never to be thought of again.

How can you not love a God who is so forgiving and loves you so much.