Monday, August 22, 2016

MUSIC Monday

Dear Readers~

Occasionally, I will post music videos on this blog meant to inspire and encourage you. This week, I would like to highlight music from Lauren Daigle's album How Can It Be  Although a majority of the songs have a upbeat tempo, the themes center around the same topic- keeping our minds on Christ and remembering His character even in the midst of trials. My favorite happens to be the track entitled "Trust In You"; I hope you find it as encouraging as I do.


Lyrics for Lauren Daigle's Trust In You

Letting go of every single dream
I lay each one down at Your feet
Every moment of my wandering
Never changes what You see

I’ve tried to win this war I confess
My hands are weary I need Your rest
Mighty Warrior, King of the fight
No matter what I face, You’re by my side

When You don’t move the mountains I’m needing You to move
When You don’t part the waters I wish I could walk through
When You don’t give the answers as I cry out to You
I will trust, I will trust, I will trust in You!

Truth is, You know what tomorrow brings
There’s not a day ahead You have not seen
So, in all things be my life and breath
I want what You want Lord and nothing less

When You don’t move the mountains I’m needing You to move
When You don’t part the waters I wish I could walk through
When You don’t give the answers as I cry out to You
I will trust, I will trust, I will trust in You!

You are my strength and comfort
You are my steady hand
You are my firm foundation; the rock on which I stand

Your ways are always higher
Your plans are always good
There’s not a place where I’ll go, You’ve not already stood

When You don’t move the mountains I’m needing You to move
When You don’t part the waters I wish I could walk through
When You don’t give the answers as I cry out to You
I will trust, I will trust, I will trust in You!

I will trust in You!
I will trust in You!
I will trust in You!

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

God is not finished with me ( or you) yet!

Welcome Back Readers~

          Our church has spent the last several weeks studying Philippians. In this book, the disciple Paul is writing to the church of Philippi from prison; despite his circumstances, his outlook is quite positive. Why? Because Paul is keeping his eyes fixed on Jesus. He is certain that no matter what is happening God is in control and is taking care of everything! He is not afraid of what the future holds, instead, he believes the work of Jesus will continue with or without him. Philippians 1:6 says, "For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Jesus Christ."
Paul reminds us that this does not happen overnight, rather it is an ongoing process of spiritual growth. It begins with God's justifying work of the cross, where he paid the ultimate price for all our sins. Once we accept this free gift of salvation, it is then that the transformation takes place.. Although we are sanctified or "set apart" by the work God accomplished on the cross, it is the circumstances of our lives that develop through character and faith. Philippians 2: 12 -13: "Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose."

In today's world, we act as ambassadors for Jesus Christ. If we are truly walking by faith, our lives serve as beacons of hope to those around us. That does not our lives will be perfect; instead we will point the way to someone who is! Paul continues in verse 14-18, saying " Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.”] Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky  as you hold firmly to the word of life poured out like a drink offering on the sacrifice and service coming from your faith, I am glad and rejoice with all of you.  So you too should be glad and rejoice with me.
With that thought in mind, I came across the following song by Matthew West. It is called "Mended"

Hope you enjoy..

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Born This Way: Season 2 Official Teaser | Premieres Tuesday July 26 10/9...

Dear Readers,

It's hard to believe it's been four months since my last post.  During that time, I've had Botox for a second time, continued with therapy, and enjoyed the rest of my summer.The therapy went well; I succeeded in getting enough extension in my left arm to get  a Seabo  Stretch device.  This allows me to keep my arm stretched for extended periods of time without the assistance of someone. Right now, I am up to three hours a day in the splint.  The only downside being, I  am limited on how much I can do while I'm in the device. Ultimately, the goal is to start wearing the device at night.

Sadly, this treatment for CP (like many others) is only temporary.  It has to be repeated every three to six months in order to maintain elasticity and stretch of the muscles.. That leaves me with the age old question: What's Next? At this point, I really don't know. I just know I don't plan on making Botox a routine event on my schedule. I had hoped that this treatment would be maintainable over time but as my doctor puts it my flexibility is like that of a rubber band- the muscles can be stretched, but the reality is they will always return to its bent position (unless they are constantly stretched). Otherwise, surgery may be my only option.

Still, I am doing my best to live a life without limits. Just like the young adult cast of the series "Born This Way".  Season 2 of the series airs Wednesdays at 10 PM

Monday, March 7, 2016

Encouragement: Tim's Place

Welcome Back Readers~

I'm sorry it's been two weeks since my last post; but here is a bit of encouragement to get your started out right...

Meet Tim Harris the first person with down syndrome to own his own restaurant. He lives in Albuquerque New Mexico and has been in business for five years. In a strange turn of events, though, he has decided to close down in pursuit of a new dream- a life with his girlfriend,Tiffani Johnson. The two met at Down Syndrome convention.

To read more about this story,
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/down-syndrome-couple-gets-their-happily-ever-after/

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Karen Kingsbury's Baxter Family novels to come to life..

Dear Readers,
Following the success of "A.D.: The Bible Continues" Roma Downey has decided to bring Karen Kingsbury's popular characters of The Baxter Family to life. This 22 book series begins with "Redemption" which chronicles the marital issues of Tim and Laura Baxter Jacobs; from the very beginning, Laura is determined to try and make it work insisting they go to counseling. But as with life, things are never that simple. For more information on the Karen Kingsbury series, go to:
 http://www.amazon.com/Redemption-Series-Baxter-Book-Karen-Kingsbury/dp/0842356223
For more  on the upcoming TV series, it can be accessed here:

http://deadline.com/2016/02/roma-downey-the-baxter-family-faith-based-novel-tv-series-1201694238/no

Friday, January 29, 2016

RISEN Official Trailer - In Theaters Feb 2016


Happy Friday Everyone~

After the Virginia area was the bombarded with snow, it took us a while to dig out. I hope any fellow readers in my area are doing well with the snow and things are getting back to normal. That was quite a storm. 

Anyway, I thought I would share with you a upcoming movie that shows the resurrection of Jesus from a unique perspective- that of a Roman  soldier. In the movie,  Clavius (played by Joseph  Fiennes) and his aide  Lucius (Tom Felton) are given the task of finding out what happened to Jesus'  body in the weeks following his crucifixion in the hopes of preventing an uprising and finally putting to rest the rumors of a risen Messiah. In the process, though, he grapples with his own questions of faith; in the end, this will affect his own spiritual destiny.

For more information on the movie, please visit
http://www.risen-movie.com/



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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

National Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Day

Hello Everyone~

Yesterday was National Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Day. Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a chronic lung disease that eventually spreads to other organs;it is a genetic disorder which causes a thick buildup of mucus in the lungs and pancreas. Approximately 30,000 people in the US suffer from CF. In fact, two of Matt Roger's own children have it. Matt is a member of the Hallmark cable channel "Home and Family" staff that appears for segments occasionally.

"That [CF] is not the banner of the Rogers household; the banner of the Rogers household is Jesus is Lord. That's my banner every single day and greater is He that is in us than all of that that's in the world.."

He continues saying,"... Because the second I put the label of cystic fibrosis on them, they're going to wear that and that's what they're going to become and I don't believe that. Faith isn't denying a problem's existence but it's denying the influence of that problem in your life. So I have this problem but I have this God that's bigger than the problem and that's where I keep my focus.."

Matt's children, Mason and Sam, require two hour daily breathing treatments. People with CF eventually require lung transplants which can cost $40,000 with insurance ($800,000 without insurance)



Christina Davidson's Foundation aims to provide support for those who cannot financially afford the cost. For more information on the foundation, please visit: TheCDFoundation.org

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