Saturday, January 28, 2006

I've Moved!!

I've moved my blog!

You can find me here.

For those who would like, I'll have an RSS feed available shortly!

Saturday, January 21, 2006

How old?

I didn't really need a quick to tell me this...Apparently I act my age! LOL

You Are 28 Years Old

Under 12: You are a kid at heart. You still have an optimistic life view - and you look at the world with awe.

13-19: You are a teenager at heart. You question authority and are still trying to find your place in this world.

20-29: You are a twentysomething at heart. You feel excited about what's to come... love, work, and new experiences.

30-39: You are a thirtysomething at heart. You've had a taste of success and true love, but you want more!

40+: You are a mature adult. You've been through most of the ups and downs of life already. Now you get to sit back and relax.

Fun!! Let me know how old you are?


Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Little things you find out at the Post Office

So, the other day I had to run to the bank and post office. This is not an unusual task for me, but this particular day was slightly different. Rain was pouring down, everyone was driving slow, the bank was busy, and the post office was frightenly busy.

I am one of those strange people that love to watch other people. I think the human race is quite amusing. I wonder at times if God gets as tickled at us as I do.

Anyway, I stood in what seemed like a line a mile long. Many different people stood in line with me. A strikingly beautiful woman walked in as she did I smiled at her. She smiled back and I thought, "how nice!".

I looked around again and noticed another lady talking to who I would guess would be her doctor. She addressed him that way anyway. She was one of those "loud" talkers. LOL We have all met or seen those kinds of people.

Another woman walked in carrying 3 large boxes. She looked like she was going to drop them, but eventually got to the counter area that was in the middle of the extremely LONG line. She was void of smiles.

LOL Another woman got "stuck" talking to a grandfather type gentleman. You know the type. They like to tell you about their children and other information that they can think of at the time.

As I turned to look another way, I saw a gentleman who seemed quite grumpy. I watched him a bit and noticed he was getting frustrated at the length of time it was taking to get through the line. He only held what looked like 2 envelopes. He kept looking at his watch, so I assume he was in a hurry to get out of there.

I had to stop and listen. I heard God speak to my heart at that moment. That gentleman was so frustrated and in such a hurry that He was missing the little moments.

Have you ever wondered why we get stuck in traffic? Why do we get stuck in a never-ending line at the post office or grocery store? What's the meaning of being late, when it's something we can't control?

I heard God in one of these moments I couldn't control. The rain was pouring, the line was long, and I found myself at peace. I was listening for whatever God wanted to share with me. Maybe you aren't in that long line of traffic or people to be tormented. Maybe it's the only way God can get you to STOP for a moment and enjoy the "little things". Maybe instead of being frustrated because the long line is going to make us late, just maybe we should stop and be still...and KNOW that He is God. It's possible he might show us some "little things" that can be valuable to us.

So that's my blog...I know...I've been extra spiritual. But I can't help it. God is moving in my life, in my business, in my church; He's moving in everything I do.

Remember to appreciate the long lines!

AM out!!

Friday, January 13, 2006

I'm pumped!

I am so pumped right now. I got my first order for Avon. Yes, yes, I've done it. I'm a new Avon Representative. Yeah! I love Avon's Products. I remember buying it with Mom WAY back; we just never had anyone here that sold it where we could buy it. Their make up is awesome. They sell all kinds of things, purses, jewelry, make up, cleansers, bath and body stuff, anti-aging stuff!! For those of you who only buy Mary Kay or such, or are a bit leary about it, I'll quote a good friend of mine, Leah, while she was looking through the catalog, "I might just have to buy something from here!"

YAH! So, anyone interested, let me know. You can even order online!

Not a whole lot has happened. Thus the reason I haven't written in a few days. Scott is in the hospital with pneumonia and some type of viral infection on top of it. He seems to be feeling no so hot, so everyone please say a prayer for him.

Been working a lot. Got lots in store for the new year, lots of goals and ideas. I'm so pumped about everything. God is moving and He's going to be doing much more than we could ever image this year. I absolutely KNOW it!

I gotta get off here and go see Scott. Then it's back to work again.

Ya'll be good and go buy some AVON! LOL


Saturday, January 07, 2006

What a beautiful thing...

It's a beautiful thing to set goals for your self and to see success come about from it.

No, I haven't lost 20 pounds. LOL BUT, one of my goals this year is to draw closer to the Lord, to know Him better than I ever have. What is beautiful about this, is that I'm learning to take time out, even if I'm really tired, to spend some time in prayer and the Word. It's so hard, because come 4:00 am, I am ready for bed. BUT, He has not ceased to amaze me the last week.

As most of you know, Chris and I are involved in the TNT group (Twenties and Thirties) of his church. Now, this group used to be full of all kinds of single peeps. That is, up until this past year. Everyone decided to find a mate and get married. So there are only a handful of single people left now. Admittingly, it has been quite depressing. LOL Chris' pastor's wife (whom we shall call Mrs. Pastor) wanted to meet with all of the single girls this past week.

I was skeptical. All I needed at this moment was for someone to remind me how single I am and then tell me "your time will come, God's just not finished with them yet." LOL Come on, anyone who is or has been single, knows what I'm talking about. However, it was different. It was very enlightening and exciting. I didn't feel lonely at all. In fact, I left feeling quite excited about what I had learned and what God was about to do in this little group of 10 or so single girls.

That being said, I left with a pretty anxious heart. I wanted God's blessing NOW. But as we learned at the meeting, we must WAIT upon the Lord (wait meaning to SERVE). On the way to help Dad paint a house the other day I became so overwhelmed with everything that I NEEDED in my life. Earlier, Chris preached at me, telling me that we've never seen God fail us yet. I knew that, I just didn't want to hear it because I couldn't SEE Him providing what I needed at that moment. I broke down, and the Lord spoke to me in that still small voice. "Why don't you ask me for help, you never ask, you think you can do it all on your own?"

"Wow...ok God, I hear ya," I cried. "I'm asking for your help." I went on asking for ALL the things I needed help with. Afterwards, I stopped crying and went to work with a peace that passed all my understanding.

Later that night, as I was studying His Word (I often reflect to The Message), I found this scripture:
Proverbs 30:5 (This is what I read in The Message)
The believer replied, "Every promise of God proves true; he protects everyone who runs to him for help.

Proverbs 30:5 (This is what it says in KJV)
Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him.
Isn't that amazing...the very thing God spoke to me in the car, is the very same subject of the scripture I read that evening. It was a reassurance that God was real and cares about us.

I love it. I love to hear from God, it makes all things "add up".

Just thought I'd share that with you. Maybe you need to ask the Lord for some help.
James 4:2
"...Yet you do not have because you do not ask."

Friday, December 30, 2005

Happy New Year and all that jazz!

Right now I'm sitting at the Beauvais' house. I'm supposed to be house sitting. Don't tell them, but I'm actually making myself at home! ;-) Although this big ole house can be quite intimidating at times, especially at night when all the lights are off, I love the freedom of being here alone. No brothers buggin me, no puppies sittin at my feet (their dog, Angel sits in her own little corner, only to come out when I hollar, TREAT!), no phone calls for work, no phone calls from friends who call at all hours in the morning KNOWING I'm still asleep! haha

It's nice and just makes me want my own place even more. Some day when I become rich from Southern Gospel! haha It doesn't bother me a bit, I love my job, I love my parents, I wouldn't trade any of it at this moment in time.

Christmas was absolutely wonderful. Not counting the allergy problem I dealt with, I had a blast. Christmas Eve we spent the evening with the Beauvais', eating LOTS of food and playing "Catch Phrase". We talked shop, then went home to get ready for Christmas. "Santa" still had to visit the know, stockings to stuff, mobile desks to build, etc.

I must say I was very happy with all my gifts. "Santa" left me cool stuff in my stocking, such as, miracle grow capsules (put them in water and they turn into a sponge animal), magnetic letters for the fridge, some body butter (ice cream flavors! yum!), and my fav, a little tiny - itty bitty - little blue pony with LONG hair that you could brush and comb. LOL Before you think I'm crazy, we've made it a tradition now, that instead of the 'Rents filling all of the stockings, us kids (I mean "Santa") fill them with fun stuff that reminds us of our childhood, and lots of good candy (absolutely NO fruit). LOL

For Christmas I got:
2 skirts
1 sweater
2 tank tops
1 make up bag
1 make up set
Movie - Never Been Kissed
Cow Chime
a Mary Moo Moo (which they are going to stop making)
1 magic scarf
1 cross necklace
1 pair of pajama bottoms with lipstick kiss marks all over
1 dinner with my friends Leah and Tosha
1 movie night with popcorn and everything
1 picture frame holding the pic of all of us on Halloween
too many lotions and body butters...soaps, etc to count
a hat with pretty green/blue flowers
a make up brush set
and gift certificate for a day out with my best friend (including pedicures, manicures, shopping, dinner, and a movie)

I'm so blessed!! I know I've forgotten something.

Since Christmas has passed I've been in one of those "single" moods. You know the moods "single" people get into when they get a little lonely for their "other half". LOL Bringing in a New Year alone can be quite depressing, but I refuse to let it get me down. My life is going well, I have a successfull business, a beautiful family, beautiful friends, beautiful friends' children whom are always willing to give me hugs and kisses when most needed. This new year can only bring more good things.

We are singing tomorrow night. I've been sick the last week, then dad got a bad sinus infection, so please pray for us. We will be with the Frost Brothers and the Stephen's Family here in Murfreesboro. I know it will be a great time. We will have to miss the service at our church, River of Life. Pastor Johnny always puts on a great music ministry during these holidays. I'm sure it will be great.

I've decided not to make New Year's Resolutions. Only prayers:

Prayer for Safety for all my clients, my friends, and my family.

Prayer for HEALTH for all my clients, my friends, and my family.

Prayer for Blessings for all my clients and their families and ministries, my friends and their families and ministries, and my family and our ministries.

Prayer for my business. That the vision Chris and I see in our minds and hearts would become a reality. That our minds and hearts would be full of wisdom and knowledge that can only come from God himself. That we would NEVER make a step without prayer, fasting, and HIS guidance.

Prayer that I can "drop a few pounds"! LOL More that I have the ENERGY to drop a few pounds! haha

Prayer that I may write a few GOOD songs. Songs that I know I have in my heart, but have yet to peak through all the gunk I carry around.

Prayer that I can learn and feed from the Word and all it gives. That I would learn more to let God be light in the darkness, my sword and my shield, my comfort in lonely times, my joy in sorrow, my peace in the storm, and my "other half" when I feel I can't go on without one.

And lastly, prayer for MIRACLES - big or small! I cannot wait to see what God will do in 2006!!

I must go for now. I rented a few sappy romantic movies, and I must get back to watching them. LOL I'm not done crying out the old year and laughing and giggling the new one in!!

MANY blessings to all my blog readers. I know I haven't written much on life in SG lately. I've been extremely busy and when I come to write, sometimes I just want to get away from it. Thank you to all of you for allowing me to ramble on. Thank you for coming back to read...and for sending me comments JUST when I really need them.

All My Love to all of you!!!


PS...just to share, I've re-designed Jonathan White's site. Just got it up right before Christmas. Check it out let me know:

Friday, December 23, 2005

Christmas is almost here!!

Today is the offical "off" day for SSE. We are taking today through the 1st of January off. Just so everyone knows! ;-) It's nice but really WEIRD not having things to do. Even my "pending" box is empty (except for one thing).

I've still got so much to do before Christmas! I've got to go out and get a few final presents. I've been hit with some allergies and it's really irritating. The last 2 weeks I've just felt horrible. I really don't want to feel bad for Christmas. I've got too much cooking to do.

Tonight I will be having dinner with some special friends...and Christmas Eve we will be heading over to the Beauvias' for a Christmas party! yeah!

Christmas morning will come and we will do our usual stuff: Look through our Stockings to see what Santa has left us, open presents, fix and eat Chicken Enchiladas, and then play games. We almost always get some kind of new game for Christmas and have to play it. I can't tell you what the game is right now, cause that would spoil it! haha

Kym and her family may be coming over for Christmas. This year marks the 1 year anniversary of her father's death. I miss him and I know she and Mom B miss him even more. Thank God there is a hope for us, that our loved ones are NOT gone forever!!

On that note, I'm leaving with Joy and Christmas Spirit! I have to continue my rounds around town wishing all the employees of the stores I shop in a "Merry Christmas"!

So, to you...Merry Christmas and God Bless. Be Safe in your travels and for some...your cooking! ;-)

Feliz Navidad!! Merry Christmas!! Happy Holidays!! Joy to the World!!