Friday, July 29, 2011

Flashback Friday: Hot Air Balloons

Last year was our first time to attend the Great Texas Balloon Race! To check out that blog post please click here. It may have been hot, but we had a great time going to the balloon glow. The hot air balloons are beautiful when they are lit up at night time.

I am happy to say that we are going to the Great Texas Balloon Race this year too! I had forgotten that it was this weekend until I walked out the door this morning to see hot air balloons everywhere!

These are the balloons that we hanging out over my house.

Trying to drive to work while you are busy looking up at the hot air balloons is very challenging. Many people had pulled off the road to get out of their car and take pictures.

I took this picture in the car on my way to work.

I was so excited to see the balloons this morning!! I am also really looking forward to seeing more balloons tomorrow evening!

Hope that you have a great weekend!!


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Thursday, July 28, 2011

Car Problems = A Haircut?

It has been a very weird day.

On my way to work this morning I noticed that my two back windows would not stay up on their own. This was so frustrating! I called Jon and asked him what I should do. After talking to the gentleman at the car repair shop we decided that I would leave work early to take the car in to get fixed. Jon is not in town, because he had a trip today, so I was going to just hangout and wait for my car to be fixed.

As I was driving to to shop I noticed that it is right next door to a hair salon! How convenient! I was already planning on getting my haircut this Saturday, why not see if I could get in a little sooner? I called to make an appointment and they said they could get me in!

I was so excited! I would just walk to the hair salon while my car was in the shop!

As it turned out the car problem was very easy to fix. My car was fixed in about 40 minutes and only cost me $10.00, Praise the Lord!!

However, I was expecting my car to be in the shop all afternoon. So, because I had already taken off the entire afternoon from work I decided to go ahead and get my haircut anyway.

I was so nervous to get my haircut. It's taken me almost 4 months just to set up an appointment, because I was so unsure about what I wanted to do with my hair. I even blogged about it remember? Potential Hairstyles.

Then, when I arrived at the salon I was even more nervous, because it was a guy cutting my hair. This was a first for me, but I tired to keep my cool! I was freaking out on the inside and my insecurities were really attacking me, but I just sat there and prayed. If he messed up my hair, I would just wear it in a ponytail until it grew out again.

I had nothing to worry about! This was an awesome haircut experience and Griffin did a great job cutting my hair! Thank you so much for taking to time to listen and understand what I really wanted.

Alright, here are the pictures...what do you think?

In the car before I went in to get my haircut.

Waiting for my haircut to begin!

Griffin and me! He did a great job!

The picture I took to send to Jon. I love it!!

Monday, July 25, 2011

Dance Me, Daddy

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When Jon was in China he was tried to help his sister, Rachel, find the perfect Daddy/Daughter song. The song that Jon had in mind was, "King of the World" by Point of Grace.

You see several weeks ago we attended another wedding. At this wedding they showed this video which read the book out loud to you. The book is titled, "Dance Me, Daddy" and is based on the Point of Grace song, "King of the World". After this video there was not a dry eye in the room! Everyone was moved, by such a sweet story!

Jon searched high and low for the song and was unable to find it while he was in China. They ending up choosing the perfect Daddy/Daughter song by Tim McGraw for Rachel's wedding!

Last night, Jon and I were talking about Rachel's wedding and we started listening, "King of the World" and I remembered about just how much I love this song! So, this morning I want to share both the story book and song lyrics with you.

Even if you are someone who does not have the best relationship with your Earthly father, you can be comforted by the fact that your Heavenly Father delights in you just like the Father in this book delights in his daughter.



“King of the World” song lyrics
Spinning around on the tops of his feet.
Smiles of the angels could not be so sweet.
Wide blue eyes and piggy tails swirl.
She’s her daddy’s girl.

‘Cause he knows the jokes that always make her laugh.
Takes her for ice cream instead of her nap.
At the end of the day by the light of moon they
Turn up the music in their living room.
And she yells, “Dance me. Dance me around till my feet don’t ever touch down.
There’s nothing better than being your girl.
And if I am your princess then, Daddy, you are the King of the World.”
It’s funny how life moves in circles of time.
To think not so long ago that face was mine.
Houses get smaller, we take different names,
But some things in life stay the same.
Some day she’ll go off and find a life of her own
And marry a good man and make a happy home.
Until she comes back and sees with those same eyes what time cannot disguise.
She walks through the door with that look on her face,
‘Cause Daddy’s brown hair has all turned to gray.
They talk for hours.
They cry and they laugh.
Watching old movies and thinking back.
Just as she turns to go, she says,
“Hey, Dad, how about one for the road?
“Dance me. Dance me around till my feet don’t ever touch down.
Dance me. Dance me around till my feet don’t ever touch down.
‘Cause there’s nothing better than being your girl. Oh, no,
there’s nothing better than being your girl.
And if I am your princess then, Daddy,
you are the King of the World,
King of the World.”
Spinning around on the tops of his feet.
Smiles of the angels could not be so sweet.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Build a Better Family Conference


Tonight and tomorrow, Jon and I are attending the Build a Better Family Conference!! I am so thankful that I was able to get off work from Weight Watchers to attend such an important conference. I have read several of Kevin Leman's books like, Sheet Music and Have a New Husband By Friday, and I am so excited to hear him speak!!

So, if you are going to be in the area and would like to attend this conference I have listed the details for you.

Date & Time
Friday, July 22, 2011 · 7:00 pm
Saturday, July 23, 2011 · 8:30am

Location
S.E. Belcher Jr. Chapel
2100 S. Mobberly Ave
Longview, TX

More Info
VOW/ Wellness Pointe presents a family conference featuring: Dr. Kevin Leman and Michael & Amy Smalley. The topics include: Making sense of the man or woman in your life, love talk, How to change your child's behavior, attitude and character in five days.

Tickets, registration and more information online at The Belcher Center.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Do I Have Anything to Offer?

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Last fall, when I taught the Me, Myself and Lies Bible study, God began to speak to me about this area of my life. The author Jennifer Rothschild said that perfectionism was often a cover for insecurity. I could not believe it, but deep in my heart I knew that her words were true. I am insecure and I try to cover it up with perfectionism!

This summer, I have been attending a Bible study called, So Long, Insecurity. Do you remember me talking about this? If not, click here.

I have not finished reading So Long, Insecurity, but here are just a few things that God has taught me so far.
- My insecurities come from deep rooted fears that I have.
- When I feel insecure or threatened I get defensive and angry. Who knew that this study could also help me with my issue with anger!
- I am one of God's most precious and prized possessions! He made me just the way I am for a reason and He loves me!!

This Proverbs 31 devotional hit home with me this week, because it relates to everything that God is teaching me through this Beth Moore book. Please take some time to read the Proverbs 31 devotional below.

I am excited to see how God is going to work in this area in my life! Please pray for me while I continue to read So Long, Insecurity and attend Bible study this summer.

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Do I Have Anything to Offer?
July 18, 2011
Glynnis Whitwer

“Moses said to the LORD, ‘Pardon your servant, Lord. I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant. I am slow of speech and tongue.’” Exodus 4:10 (NIV 2011)

When a move took my family from one side of the country to the other, insecurity surprised me. Despite being a confident woman in most areas of my life, I suddenly felt out of place and questioned my abilities.

Don’t get me wrong. The people were delightful and welcoming. It’s just that I felt so different. It seemed all the women I met were smartly dressed and spoke with charming accents. I, on the other hand, wore casual clothes and spoke in what suddenly seemed like a boring monotone.

But that wasn’t all. God placed me in a work situation with women who had impressive resumes and accomplishments compared to me. These women had also been working together for years. They knew their purpose and seemed self-assured. As a newcomer, my confidence was shaky as I compared my experience and talent to theirs.

Over time, the differences magnified as my friends achieved more success. My gifts and talents seemed insignificant. I wondered how or why God would use someone like me, a somewhat simple and straightforward woman, when there were so many beautiful and charming ones nearby.

Although my head spoke words of doubt, God was strengthening my heart with His truth. He was teaching me that His love for me and my potential weren’t tied to performance. It didn’t matter what my “resume” looked like, or what level of “success” I achieved.

He wanted me to accept His love…just as I was. This truth shouted freedom to an achievement-based woman like me.

It didn’t happen overnight, but as I learned that my value was found in being a beloved daughter of God, I realized God had never compared me to anyone. He wasn’t counting accomplishments or gauging my impact. He was simply interested in what I did with what He entrusted to me.

After years of disqualifying myself, I finally accepted that God created me unique for a reason. The way I think, my personality and talents are all tools to accomplish God’s plan for me. What I saw as flaws, He saw as potential. And the more I invested in how God made me, the greater He was glorified, and the more impactful I was at work and in ministry.

The same is true for every woman. God’s design of you is intentional. You aren’t like your mother, sister or friend for a reason. Your life and ministry will never look like the manager you admire, the women’s ministry director at your church, or the woman who lives next door.

And that’s a good thing, because God doesn’t want you to be like them. He wants you to be YOU.

The challenge today is to release the expectations you’ve placed on yourself and explore God’s amazing plan for you. You’ll discover what I did: Everyone has something to offer.

Dear Lord, thank You for placing potential within me. Forgive me for neglecting the gifts and talents You’ve given me, or for wishing I had someone else’s abilities and experiences. Help me to embrace Your design of me, and to explore the incredible plan You have for me. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

WOW God Wednesday: Jon's Home

That’s right!! Jon is home!!

Monday was such a long day, however Jon finally landed at Dallas Fort Worth airport around 11:00pm. Becky, Jon, and I drove back to Longview and did not get home until about 2:00am. Needless to say I went into work a little late yesterday, because I was so exhausted.

Jon had a great trip!! He was so glad that we were able to work things out so that he could be there for his sister’s wedding.

I do not have a lot pictures for you this morning, because they are still on the camera. Sorry. It has been a busy week so far. Jon got home late Monday and has been working ever since. I have barely seen him. However, here are two pictures that Jon’s Uncle Gary emailed me this weekend.

Aric may now kiss his bride!

The original Newsham seven. What a good looking family!!

Thank you all so much for your prayers while Jon was traveling!!

Monday, July 18, 2011

Reviving My Prayer Life

I have not told you this yet, but our pastor is leaving.

I have known for a few weeks now, but it has taken some time for the reality of the situation to really sink in. Please understand that we do NOT want him to leave. He has done nothing wrong. It is the exact opposite. He and his wife feel like God is calling them to start a new church in Round Rock, Texas. They are leaving our church to be missionaries in an area of Texas that desperately needs it. His last Sunday is July 31st.

For his last sermon series Pastor Steve has been talking about the power of a praying church. It has been a great series so far and I am learning so much! However, yesterday was more convicting then I expected. Pastor Steve told us that as a church we are only as strong as our weakest link. Then he asked us to consider our own personal prayers lives and asked what kind of impact we were making for the kingdom in prayer.

Wow.

I began to think about my own prayer life and it did not take me long to realize that I could be the weakest link in our church! God has been working on me in so many areas of my life, this year. At the beginning of the year He brought me to a place where I was finally able to make my quiet time a priority. Recently, I have felt that God wanted me to make my prayer life a priority as well. I have felt like He wanted me to make this part of our daily time together.

So, during the invitation I gave my prayer life over to God and asked Him to work in my life and heart to make it what it needs to be. As soon as church was over I drove to Target on a mission to find 3x5 cards that would help me to keep track of my prayer requests!

Sunday afternoon I made note cards for Jon, my family, Jon’s family, my friends, our church, and our Sunday school class. I will keep them in my note card holder and pray for these different people throughout the week. As prayer requests are answered or the prayer requests change, I can make a new 3x5 card for that person.

In all, I spent less than $2.00 on these at Target. I think this is a small price to pay to help me to revive my prayer life and be obedient to what God is asking me to do.

I posted a few pictures for you to see what I am talking about.




How about you? What does your prayer life look like?

Friday, July 15, 2011

My Solo Weekend Plans

My hubby is off traveling around the world. He took the camera with him, so I will not have a way to document my weekend at home. Instead of waiting until Monday to tell you what I did, I am just going to tell you what I plan to do this weekend.

While Jon is gone, I am going to try and have a productive weekend. Here are just a few things that I am planning on do this coming weekend.

{Stay on Target}


When I am home alone it is very hard for me to follow my pointsplus+ plan! I get bored and find myself eating when I am not even hungry. This weekend I want to write down everything I eat even if I go over my daily pointplus+ target. I do not want to have an entire weekend full of overeating.

{Read Books}

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Currently I am reading three different books: Return by Karen Kingsbury, So Long Insecurity: You’ve Been a Bad Friend to Us by, Beth Moore, and From Anger to Intimacy by Gary Smalley. Do you remember me telling you about the book club I joined? If not, read here. I am already on the third book in the Redemption series called, "Return". I am really looking forward to lounging around and reading this book to my heart’s content!

{Deep Clean My House}

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Okay, so for the most part my house manages to stay very tidy. But, there comes a point in time where even my shower needs a good scrub. This weekend I hope that I can at least get the bathroom and kitchen cleaned. maybe I will even get some vacuuming done too. As an added bonus I can earn activity pointsplus+ to compensate for any overeating that might occur.

{Weight Watchers}


Saturday morning, I will be leading my Weight Watchers meeting. It will be the same topic that I taught on Tuesday night. Then at some point after my meeting, I need to prepare my flip chart for my meeting next week.

{Relax}

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This next one might not be “productive”, but I am going to add it to the list anyway. In order for me to really be able to relax it might mean that I will not get all of my cleaning done. It might also mean that I spend a lot of time reading or going to bed early. That’s fine with me, as long as I feel refreshed by Monday. It will be nice to have the house all too myself and I really want to make the most of my time.

I hope that you have a great weekend!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Pray for Jon


This past Sunday in church our pastor preached about the importance of prayer. One of his main points was that we need to share with other believers when and how they can be praying for us. He encouraged us to tap into the power of prayer in our lives. So, I am trying to do just that this morning, because we need your prayers!

This morning marks the start of Jon’s journey to China. Do you remember me talking about how Jon gets to go to China for Rachel’s wedding? If not, click here to catch up on how God is providing for Jon to go on this trip.

Last night, I drove to Dallas to drop Jon off at the airport, with his Uncle Gary’s tickets Jon is flying space available to his sister’s wedding in China. We are so thankful to Jon’s uncle for generously letting Jon use these tickets. They are much cheaper then I regular plane ticket would he been. I wish that I could go and be there with Jon’s family, but that is not possible this time.

Please keep Jon in your prayers today.
Pray that Jon will be able to get on a flight, make his connections, and get to China in time for Rachel’s wedding.
Pray for Jon’s family as they are busy making final preparations for the wedding!
Pray that the Lord will take care of us financially.

Thank you so much for being faithful to pray for us! God is hearing those prayers and really working in our lives!

"Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus." - 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Wordless Wednesday: A Beautiful East Texas Day


Even though we are in the middle of a heat wave here in Texas, the Lord has still blessed us with some incredibly beautiful days.

Monday, July 11, 2011

So Long Insecurity Group Experience

Last night I started a new Bible study!


After much debate, I have decided to participate in a new Bible study at church called, "So Long Insecurity Group Experience" by Beth Moore. I am doing the group experience, which means that each week I will read a certain number of chapters in So Long Insecurity. Then, I will work through the Group Experience workbook and attend Bible study. At Bible study we will review our answers from the workbook and talk about what we are learning.

I missed the first week, but yesterday I decided to join in on week two. I was so glad that my friend Elise decided to do this Bible study with me, because it is nice to have someone you know with you at Bible study.

I have had the joy of participating in two other Beth Moore Bible studies. The first study I ever did was Esther: It's Tough Being a Woman and the second was called A Heart Like His: Seeking the Heart of God Through a Study of David . Beth is an incredible woman of God who always has such rich biblical truths to share. She is also real and easy for me to relate to.

I am insecure and I think that God is going to teach me a lot about myself through this study. I have only read the first three chapters, but I can already see that this is an area in my life that I really need to work on. If you struggle with insecurity, like the majority of us do, please get this book and read along with me!

Here is a quote from the book that I really liked this week.
"Insecurity refers to a profound sense of self-doubt--a deep feeling of uncertainty about our basic worth and our place in the world. Insecurity is associated with chronic self-consciousness, along with a chronic lack of confidence in ourselves and anxiety about our relationships. The insecure man or woman lives in constant fear of rejection and a deep uncertainty about whether his or her own feelings and desires are legitimate."
- Beth Moore (So Long Insecurity: You've Been a Bad Friend To Us)

Friday, July 8, 2011

Flashback Friday: Jon Takes Bryan Flying


I blogged about our 4th of July weekend earlier this week. What I forgot to tell you was that Jon went flying Saturday, July 2nd!! Jon is always flying, which is why I did not think much of it. However this time was special, because Jon took his friend Bryan flying with him for the first time.

I think it would be silly for me to tell the story of about their adventure, because I was not there. Thankfully, Bryan is a blogger, who blogs at JohnnyBGamer. Please click the link to visit Bryan's blog post about his Saturday morning flight with Jon.

We hope that you all have a great weekend!


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Thursday, July 7, 2011

Learning About My Anger Issue

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Sometimes it is hard to talk about what God is teaching me. This is one of those times.

For the last several weeks God has been dealing with me and my anger. Yes, I struggle with anger. There I said it. I have struggled with it for a long time. It is what was modeled for me in my home growing up. Please do not misunderstand me. I am not here to blame my parents for my actions. I take full responsibility for my anger and the trouble it’s caused. Passing the blame off to my parents is never going to allow room for God to come in and change my heart.

Not only that, but my anger has been a way to protect myself. I was deceived into thinking that anger would protect me from all the hurts in life. I get angry and my walls go up. In the process I hurt those around me. These walls keep out God and the people who love me. I am trying to learn to let the Lord be my protector and let Him fight my battles for me.

Where is all of this coming from? Well, I read Lysa TerKeurst’s blog post today, which reminded of the fact that I am a reactor and not a responder. Do you want to know what you are? Click here to find out.

I might be a reactor now, but that does not mean that I will be like this my entire life. I have been reading From Anger to Intimacy, because I am tired of letting anger rule my life. I want God to be able to have full authority over this area of my life, even if it kills me!

I have been reading through Proverbs in my quiet time. I am so glad that God uses His word to tell me exactly what I need to hear. I really like Proverbs 15:1 that speaks about gentleness. “A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.” I’ve been trying to live this out, but it takes a long time to unlearn one habit and replace it with another.

Please pray for me and that God will continue to work in my life to make me a responder instead of a reactor. Pray that He will give me a gentle spirit that honors Him.

That's what God is teaching me, what is He teaching you?

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Our 4th of July Weekend

Good Morning!! I hope that you all had a great 4th of July weekend!! Our weekend was busy, but I tired to take pictures of everything to share with you.

Friday evening after work Jon and I had dinner with our friends Bryan & Tabitha. Tabitha made us Crock Pot Enchiladas which were so good! We had a great time talking and playing a new game called Pass the Popcorn.

Saturday I up bright and early to lead my Weight Watchers. After my meeting I was so tired that I came home and took a nap! I do not normally do this, but I knew that it would be a late night.

That afternoon, Jon and I had plans to hang out with our friends, John & Elise and Michael & Becky. It was John's birthday (not my Jon, the other John) and we were really looking forward to going to his party!

John's wife Elise made a Mexican fiesta! The food was great!

After dinner, I remembered that it was my turn to bring breakfast for Sunday school the next morning. Becky helped me make my breakfast, while Elise worked on making brownies for dessert.

Beautiful Elise.

The birthday boy....John.

My Jon

Michael

The guys

Elise and Becky

Me and Elise

The Ladies

Becky and I decided to make Fruit Pizza. It was not Weight Watchers friendly, but it was good!

We made it look like a cross, because we love Jesus and we were making it for Sunday school!

After all the baking was done, we all sat down to play our favorite game....Shadows Over Camelot.

Fun times!

We lost both times, but we still had fun playing the game together!

John showing off his Merlin card.

Sunday, Jon and I went to Sunday school and church. After church Jon took me out to eat at the restaurant of my choice. I chose Jason's Deli for lunch. Yum!

Jon and his huge sub sandwich for lunch.

Me and my favorite Turkey Wrap with fresh fruit.

After lunch, Jon took me shopping to get a few new summer clothes. We came home and took a nap before we hung out with John & Elise and Michael & Becky again.

On our way to Michael & Becky's house we drove past a snow cone stand that we could not resist! I was so hot outside, so we decided to get snow cones for everyone,

It was so hard to pick which flavor to get.

We ate dinner and played Shadows Over Camelot. Our goal was to just win once.

During the game, Becky served us up some very yummy Strawberry Shortcake for dessert.

After winning two games of Shadows we switched to the Fury of Dracula.

Isn't this a cool board? I love that it's a map.

Monday was a holiday! Jon and I were able to sleep in a relax Monday morning. That afternoon we went to Becky's parents to go swimming.


We had such a fun weekend! It makes me tired just talking about it!

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