Church Chat

Tuesday, May 31, 2005

The President's on Every Channel

Well, it's another beautiful day today here in Michigan, and I think it's supposed to stay that way for a while. I must say that I'm really enjoying the sunshine and the fresh green that surrounds my house. This past winter I really felt burried by the snow, but that was still quite the sight. I love the snow, but I really appreciate the warmth that is now moving in! Yay God!

I decided to take this time, this opportunity, to journal a little because the president is on...every channel this morning talking about the big issues with social security. He's really driving the issue home and that wasn't his first intent. He was talking about something completely different but when he opened up the floor for questions, the news crews kept asking about social security. I know that it's an important issue, but he was talking about another issue. I know he's gotta be frustrated with that. I would be. I mean, I hate it when my bible study changes the topic we're supposed to be talking about to something way off topic. It's not fair to the person who prepared the lesson. I dunno, I guess that's why I feel bad for the president. Social security is a big issue and it does need to be talked about. According to the stats he presented about it, by the time I'm 63 the social security system will be dried up and bankrupt. I know that's why people were curious. The real funny thing is that no one cared until the Pres kept bringing it up and driving the issue. He doesn't want future generations, my generation, to have to worry about it. It should be there. Well, any way, I didn't know I cared so much but I guess I do. You go, President Bush!!

Well, now that I'm off my political soap box....:o). Today should be a real nice day. I have a lot of things to prepare for this week. Graduation Sunday, Youth Leader's meeting, and one other very special event is in the works. Please pray for me this week as I plan and prepare. I will pray for you, too. God bless and lots of love!

Crazy Church Lady

Saturday, May 28, 2005

Back in the Swing of Things

Well, vacation is definately over. This Sunday will be my first Sunday back in my church since my vacation/holiday to Dallas TX. It was a much-needed time and I do feel spiritually refreshed from taking that time off. That's all good and I'm thankful. Also, this weekend is part of a vacation for me because it's Memorial weekend and it's a short holiday for many many people...and I'm feelin' it, let me tell ya. It's my first Sunday back and I'm going to be all alone up there on the stage. All my musicians are gone for the holiday, and I didn't know it until just a little while ago. My scheduled pianist called me this afternoon to let me know she wasn't going to be there to play because she's going to camp. Well, ok then. I have to get up to the church and grab my music so I can transpose all the hymns for my guitar. I can do it, there's no problem there, but I didn't want to be alone my first Sunday back. I was real excited to see everyone but the holiday is very commanding on serious campers, and I know that. If I could, I would be camping right now too, but I can't. It's ok, though. Not even Pastor will be there because he's on his scheduled vacation. The retired minister from my church is going to take over, and that's cool. God is going to take care of everything and I have no reason to worry about a thing. I'm glad that I thought about taking my guitar home with me to play around with. I didn't know that I would be playing for practice, too. :o) God is good, and I know that something good will come out of all of this. I only have a morning service because of the holiday. All evening activities are canceled and so that means no youth. Well, it wouldn't matter even if it wasn't canceled because it's a holiday and none of them are around any way. Ah, and that's how it goes. Sometimes I can get real down on myself about feeling pretty useless to those kids, but I can't control it if they aren't there, can I? Nope, not even a little bit. Today, besides practice for tomorrow, I plan to be a great day...not just have a great day, but make it great. I have lots to do with it to make it good, and just being in the presence and the will of the Lord makes it good no matter what's going on. Well, I think that's it for now. You all have a great day, and make this day great by bringing yourself to the feet of our Lord. Time is much better spent at His feet than anywhere else! :o)

Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Sleep, I Never Get Enough

Aaaahhhhhggggghhhh!!! I don't know what's wrong with me sometimes, but there are nights where I just cannot go to sleep to save my skin. Grrrr! I was really tired last night, but I couldn't shut my mind off. I mean, I was on the phone until 3:30 this morning, but I thought for sure I would be able to go to sleep after that, but nooooo! I didn't fall asleep until after 6:00, and I don't know why. Grrrrr! I get so mad at myself when that happens. Maybe I was too tired or something, I dunno. I know I'll sleep real good tonight and I need it. I couldn't sleep the night before I left April's house, but I know what my problem was there. I didn't want to leave, and all my responsibilites where running through my head for when I got home. I'm not any good on very little sleep, so I hope I make it through today with no problems. I'm sure I will, I just need to stop being angry at myself and rely on God's strength because I definately have none at the moment.

Any who, I didn't want to get on here and complain about my lack of sleep. That's definately not my intention. God is good and I'm real glad it's such a beautiful day today. It's soooo green right now, and everything blossomed around my house, around Michigan, while I was in Dallas with April. It's so beautiful and I love how full the trees are around my house are. Also, I am glad I was up until 3:30 this morning on the phone (but not until 6, that's just nuts), because that convo was a huge blessing and a much-needed one. :o) I am also very thankful for the time I was able to spend in Dallas with April. She and I are so close and it's hard to be so far apart from eachother. Our friendship is unlike any other I've ever had in my life. She is my sister and God gave her and this friendship to me, and I don't know what I'd do without her. She's my best friend. :o) K, now that I'm all choked up again by saying my blessings....yep, God is good despite me. I'm so glad that God loves me with all my insecureties and crud that I have inside. I am thankful for the salvation He has freely given me through His grace, and the love I feel whenever I think of Him. God is so good!


Yeah, I'm a bit emotional right now, so I think I'm going to go for now. God loves you all and so do I. I hope you feel blessings from Heaven today and that you share them with everyone you talk to today. God is good and He loves you so much!

Thursday, May 19, 2005

The Force is Strong With This One...

How can anyone not love Texas? I mean, c'mon, you have cowboys, cactus, humid mornings where the birds are very vocal, blue skies with huge billowy clouds, and sweet southern accents that make you feel alright. I love being down here, and I love the Dallas area. If you haven't figured it out, I'm in Dallas Texas right now on vacation. I haven't been to this part of Texas in 8 years, and I have really missed it. I, at one point in my young life, lived in Livingston Texas, and I hated the fact that we had to move back to Michigan. What a bummer. I didn't miss the snow at that time, but now that I have it back, I love it again. I mean, you have to have snowmobiles, and bundled up snow bunnies. I enjoy icy cold weather, but right now the heat is very fine.

Last night, April and I went and saw Star Wars; Episode III and right now I'm still playing it out in my head. I gotta say that Yoda kicks major butt! :o) There were so many people there last night at the first showing and we had to arrive 2 hours early to get a seat. It was very much worth it to me and to April. We are a couple of Jedi freaks, so it's ok. You will go and see this last installment of the Star Wars series **waves hand at face**. LOL, it's great, and I know that everyone that goes and sees it will love it sooo much.

Well, I'm going to go now, but I hope that everyone that reads this has a blessed day. God be with you, and go in peace...may the force be with you! A good day today is! :o)

Wednesday, May 11, 2005

It's Been A While

Do you ever have those days where you only feel like staring out the window and not really think about anything? Well, that's where I'm at today. That's what seems to me to be the most comfortable thing to do in my current situation. I'm not having a bad day or anything, but I am real busy. I'm getting ready to go on vacation and so that means getting a lot of things tied up and set before I leave. BLAGH!!! I almost hate that part more than packing and I HATE packing. I know I'm using some pretty strong words, but I guess I need to get some stuff blown off before I get this day really rolling. It also seems to me I'm in a more cozy cuddly mood today because it's been raining since I got up this morning. I heard the storm coming in last night before I fell asleep (it was actually about 3am when I went to sleep, but who's keeping track), and so I knew I'd sleep real well. I seem to sleep better when it's raining anyway. Everything is very green and wet, and it looks a little chilly. So, with all that, my schedule for the week and the weather, I don't really want to go anywhere today or do anything that would take more energy than what I feel like projecting. I already worked out this morning so I don't care to do anything else. I sound a bit like a hermit, but sometimes I am. I don't really have anything profound to share at the moment, but I wanted to write something so I didn't feel like I was slacking off on this. I love writing and sharing with people, so this is a good out for me. I should go, however, because I do have to go to work today eventhough I'd rather not go to the office and stay right here and do my work. I know that's not a bad thing, but it's a little hard to answer the church phone from here. :o) Buh bye for now!!

Tuesday, May 03, 2005

I Will Love You...

**Sigh** I have one more wedding to sing for this summer and one more to stand up in and then I'm done until November...I think. It has been a good time doing this for my friends and I'm glad I have the talent to do things like this. It's been a blessing to see each of my friends get married. I swear, though, they're dropping like flies. There aren't going to be many single ones left! LOL. It's not that bad, though. I have a cold today, and so I don't feel the greatest. I wanted to take some time and put something here to let everyone know I am alive still and thinking of you all. I love you and may God kiss your eyelids tonight as you sleep!