Friday, October 5, 2007


Read Philippians 2:19 - 30

“I have no one else like him (Timothy), who takes a genuine interest
in your welfare.” Philippians 2:20 NIV

Paul loved Timothy! He was a spiritual father to this young pastor and invested much time in Timothy’s spiritual formation and growth. Likewise, we find in this passage, that Paul had a great deal of appreciation for Epaphroditus. He commends them both for their service both to him and to the church. But Paul did not lump them together – he recognized each of them for the specific ways they had proven themselves useful to God. One commentary said, “Timothy models serving the gospel by caring for the needs of others; Epaphroditus models the suffering that accompanies serving the gospel.” It is important that we understand how important different gifts are in the leadership of the church.

Have you ever noticed how different every member of our church staff is? Each one of our pastoral staff is completely different in almost every way. Each of these men has his own strengths and weaknesses. Each of them brings a different perspective to ministry and to our church. And each of them is equally called and used by God to accomplish His purpose.

It is important for us to be like Paul and be encouragers to those who are in leadership. Paul recognized something very important about how a church needs to function in order to be all that God desires for it to be – that leaders need encouragement. Paul probably had shared with both Timothy and Epaphroditus individually how much he appreciated what they did and how they served the Lord. And yet, in the midst of his letter to the church at Philippi, he again shares how important a role each of these men played in furthering the gospel of Christ.

What a powerful example for us as church members! We need to be visible encouragers to the pastors and leadership of our church. We must be defenders of their integrity, their love for Christ, and their service in our church and community. Paul models that encouraging spirit for us. We must affirm their leadership and giftedness, but we must also share how they have personally ministered to each of us.

The goal for today is ENCOURAGEMENT. Take time today to pray for each of our pastors. Lift up their families and pray for wholeness in their lives. Ask God to bless their ministries and their lives. Pray that the Holy Spirit will lead you in ways to encourage these men – both in their ministry and in how they live their lives. Commit to being an encourager of our church staff.

Pastor Tim, Senior Pastor
Pastor Scott, Associate Pastor
Pastor John, Children’s Pastor
Pastor Jessie, Student Pastor
Pastor David, Missions Pastor
Pastor Bob, Pastoral Ministries

Thursday, October 4, 2007


Read Philippians 2:5 - 18

“Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus”
Philippians 2:5 NIV

Slowly read the description of Christ in verses 6 through 11. What stands out to you? Perhaps it is the reminder that Christ IS God or the reality of Jesus being made nothing. Maybe what you see in this passage is the obedience of Christ or the glory of His seat next to God in heaven. Or, is it the amazing promise that one day EVERY tongue will confess the Lordship of Jesus Christ. The beauty of this passage is evident in every word. A perfect confession of Christ’s deity, power, and sacrifice.

But what about verse five? A specific command about our lives – that our attitude should be like that of Christ. What is that attitude that is to be our own? Look at verse 7, “…he took the humble position of a slave…” (NLT, emphasis added). Humble, humility – generally not one of mankind’s stronger attributes.

The picture of humility offered in this passage is the word “servant”. In the Greek it is “doulos” – a bondservant. This is one who places himself in the will or interests of others. Did you catch that? “One who PLACES himself” … it’s a choice. Ponder that for a moment. Humility is a choice – it doesn’t come naturally to the vast majority of us. It’s hard. It requires effort. It demands sacrifice. So, you’re wondering, what in the world does this mean to me?

Basically, it means we are called to a life of humility. If we are to follow the example of Christ, a vital component of our lives must be that we are humble. Consider this simple contrast: “Do nothing from selfish ambition …” (Philippians 2:3a, NIV) and “but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant …” (Philippians 2:7a, NIV). Selfish ambition vs. servanthood. This is the inherent battle for all of us – flesh against spirit.

The goal for today is HUMILITY. Learning to place others ahead of ourselves and seeing that trait become deeply ingrained in our nature, as it was in the nature of Christ. Consider the following passages and how Christ is calling each of us to a life of humility and an attitude that honors and models Him. Reflect on these passages and ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to you specific areas in your life where you need to show humility.

Remind the people to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready to do whatever is god, to slander no one, to be peaceable and considerate, and to show true HUMILITY toward all men. Titus 3:2 NIV, emphasis added

Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show it by his good life, by deeds done in the HUMILITY that comes from wisdom. James 3:13 NIV, emphasis added

All of you, clothe yourselves with HUMILITY toward one another, because, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the HUMBLE. 1 Peter 5:5b NIV, emphasis added

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

We're All in This Together

** Wednesday's devotion for revival prep **

Read Philippians 1:27 - 2:4

“Don’t push your way to the front; don’t sweet-talk your way to the top. Put yourself aside, and help others get ahead. Don’t be obsessed with getting your own advantage. Forget yourselves long enough to lend a helping hand.”
Philippians 2:3 – 4 MSG

Strong words for all of us in those verses. Let’s just look at each phrase individually for a moment.

• Don’t push your way to the front. Think about a group of children who have been offered ice cream. Everyone wants to be the first one to get it so they push and shove to be at the front of the line. Aren’t we sometimes a lot like children? We want to make sure we get to the front of the line for whatever blessing or honor or attention is available.
• Don’t sweet-talk your way to the front. Eddie Haskell – the consummate sweet-talker. People like that really drive us crazy – unless we are the people like that.
• Put yourself aside. Tough to do, huh? We live in a “ME” world where we are constantly bombarded with the message that what works best for me is the final consideration in any decision.
• Help others get ahead. Hmm, how often does this happen? When was the last time you or someone you know declined an opportunity in order to give someone else a chance – and did it not for recognition but because of a genuine desire to see another succeed?
• Don’t be obsessed with getting your own advantage. Isn’t that so like us? We want to schedule the Sunday School social on the day that best fits our calendar. We want everything to work out so that it is convenient for us.
• Forget about yourselves long enough to lend a helping hand. Church workdays. Volunteering in a community ministry or agency. Visiting a homebound member of the church. Working in the nursery. As Rick Warren says at the beginning of The Purpose-Filled Life, “It’s not about you!”

So often we are completely unaware of the self-centeredness of our lives. We don’t take time to consider how we can be investing in the lives of others, how we can be ministering in the life of our church, how we can be used in our community. We are just caught up in the “ME” mentality of our culture. But, we are called to something higher – to invest in others, to put other ahead of ourselves. Perhaps the words of Jesus say it best, “By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another” (John 13:35 NIV). When we love each other, we work together. When we love each other, we put others needs ahead of our own. When we love each other, the world will notice.

The goal for today is UNITY. Loving one another, putting each other’s needs ahead of our own, ministering to one another, setting ME aside – the result of all of these is unity. Being bound together by a genuine selflessness. Where do you stand today? Do you have a heart to see others succeed? Do you work to help others grow? Is your life marked by helpful service? Ask the Holy Spirit to show you how you can grow in love and produce unity among believers.

Big Living

**Tuesday's devotional from our revival prep packet. **

Read Philippians 1:12 - 26.

"For I live in eager expectation and hope that I will never do anything that causes me shame, but that I will always be bold for Christ, whether I live or die." Philippian 1:20 NLT

Paul's passion for the spread of the Gospel is rarely more evident in his writings than in this passage. And that same passion should be an integral part of all our lives. But, too often, it is not. Ever wonder why that is? What happens between the sermon on Sunday morning when we are ignited and ready to move mountains fo the sake of Christ adn Sunday night when we find ourselves dreading the week ahead?

What happens is simply this ... LIFE! Life happens and we forget that very compelling part of verse 21 - "to live is Christ." What would happen in your home, at your job, in your relationships if you lived all day, as the New Living Translation says in verse 22, in "fruitful service for Christ"? And, the bigger question is, why don't we even consider that we can actually do this? Again, the simple answer is life.

Too often, as Christians, we are caught up in a drab, colorless existance. We focus on the tasks at hand each day and fail to recognize the wonder of God at work in, through, and around us. Christ calls us into life "to the full" (John 10:10, NIV). Full, overflowing, BIG life! And yet, we live in smallness. A conference speaker once said that Christians should be the most joyful, victorious people in any room because we always have reason celebrate.

One commentator said of this passage, "Once can scarely miss the focus of Paul's concern, here and always: Christ and the gospel." What about us? What would be said of our focus an concern? Our goal must be to point others to Christ in all things, at all times. We mut live in the reality of "life to the full" and show a lost and dying world the BIG life that Christ offers to all of us. We are called to be bold for Christ not just in our words but in the way we live. To sum up, we hear from the Gospel of Matthew this call to big living - "in the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may SEE your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven" (5:16, NIV, emphasis added).

The goal for today is EXAMINATION. What do other see in your life? Our lives should be living examples of the grace and mercy of God. There must be a boldness in how we live that reflects the passionate love of Christ for each of us. Do you live big? Allow the Holy Spirit to guide you to see yourself as others see you. We must learn to desire to look like Christ and be willing to lay aside those things that keep us in our small worlds and move into the enormity of all God has for us.

Lord, teach me to LIVE BIG for You! I get caught up in the smallness of my life and fail to see the bigness of all that is around me. I want tht big life in You.

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Pure and Blameless

** Had the wonderful opportunity to write the preparation guide for our upcoming revival. Part of it is daily devotionals for the week preceding. Thought I'd share them! This is yesterday's. **

Read Philippians 1:1 - 11

"And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ." Philippians 1:9 - 10 NIV

Pure and blameless ... a noble goal for all of us. But, to be honest, doesn't it seem quite out of reach. After all, we know that "We are all messed up!" We don't even need our pastor to remind us of that truth each week, for most of us are acutely aware of tht reality every single day. Paul's admonition to the church at Philippi is a call to our church as well. So, what is that direction? What does it mean? And, most importantly, HOW do we follow it?

Consider first the word "pure." Pure can be defined as guileless, sincere, transparent, acting in full disclosure. Perhaps the easiest way to understand what Paul is encouraging us to be is to think about holding something up to the light of the sun and finding no foreign elements, no particles of contamination. Wow! When our heart are held up to the SON, what shows in that perfect light? In order to experience purity, we must be willing to hold up those things inside of us that are hidden to others, and let the convicting power of the Light of the World show us what is there. Being pure, then, is about what is in the inside.

So, if purity is about what is on the inside, what about being blameless? Blameless, in the context of this verse, refers to the following: Not causing others to stumble morally, not giving occasion to fall into sin, being unobjectionable and inoffensive, not creating feelings of repugnance or disgust, not being an affront. Ouch! Blameslessness is all about what we DO and how we BEHAVE. Sometimes, we manage to convince ourselves that others don't notice those "little things" we do, or even worse, that we are somehow not responsible for our behavior because "that's just the way God made me." Nothing could be farther from the truth of God's Word. We are to be "transformed by the renewing of our minds" (Romans 12:2). As we engage in our relationship with Christ, we find ourselves changing - and we must be actively seeking that transformation, not simply waiting around for it to happen. That being the case, being blameless is a serious calling in our lives and it is a calling that is seen by others.

The goal for today is EXAMINATION. Where are you today in these two areas? Are you willing to allow the Holy Spirit to move in you - to check your attitudes to move you into purity and to check your behaviors to guide you into blamelessness? Take time today to allow God to search your heart and your life and be open to what He shows you. Take action to make specific and immediate changes in both your attitudes and beahviors in order that you "may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ."

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Lesssons Learned

These past few months have been so eye-opening for me in terms of my spiritual poverty. It seems that God is continually showing me my desperate need for more of Him. I had been really struggling with the fact that I am not broken enough over my sin. I prayed that God would reveal more of Himself and push me deeper into intimacy with Him so that I could begin to understand the depth of my need for Him. What an amazing awareness He has given me in these past weeks. It had become so easy for me to guide others, to share with them what the Word says, to help them grow in their personal spiritual journey - and I am so thankful that God has allowed to me have that type of ministry of influence and encouragement for others. But in that ease (and environment of being admired and respected) I had grown complacent and lazy in my own spiritual pursuits.

God is faithful. He has answered the cry of my heart when I didn't even know what that cry was.

Friday, September 14, 2007

Friday Felicities

Okay, I need to do this today! So, here goes ... those things which bring me JOY!!

* Sharing the truth of LIFE with a client at the crisis pregnancy center yesterday and hearing her say that she wants to place her baby for adoption!!
* Going to lunch with my wonderful husband in the midst of a very crazy day!
* The start of a new mentoring group!! LOVE LOVE LOVE this one!!
* Buying a new coffee grinder today so I can finally try the coffee my pastor's wife brought me from her mission trip to Honduras
* Listening to my sweet little gir's voice in the backseat as she sings her favorite song "Fabulous" from High School Musical 2 :)
* Losing 2 pounds this week - go me!
* The power of the Holy Spirit in my life to convict me and encourage me
* Internet friends - gotta love 'em! I have made two of the sweetest friends though the world wide web and I am so grateful for both of them! (Love ya Mezzo and Louise!!)
* FOOTBALL SEASON!! Even though my Auburn Tigers lost last weekend, I am so glad it's football time!

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

A Week away from the computer ...

Can I survive? It will be a challenge, that is certain!! :) Scott is leaving tomorrow for Alabama and taking the computer with him. Casiday & I are leaving Friday when she gets out of school to meet him there. We'll be there for Labor Day weekend - back home on Monday (late!). So, it will probably be Tuesday night or even Wednesday before I'm back on the computer. I'm already dreading the lack of contact with so many people whose faces I have never seen but the connection I have with them through this great big world wide web has become a significant factor in my life. However, I know that it will be good to take a break. So, until next week

Thursday, August 23, 2007

From my "real" journal this morning ...

Scott and Chu (Casiday) are cuddled up together in his chair sleeping. It's 6:11 a.m. and the only sounds in the house are the soft snores of my husband and daughter, the gentle hum of the ceiling fan, and that comforting drip of my coffee maker. I am curled up in my favorite corner of the couch with my Bible, this journal, and my Bible study book, wearing my favorite robe. And my only thought is this - God is so good!

Lord, You amaze me. Your protection and provision. Your mercy and grace. Your love and comfort. Your joy and peace. My life is rich and full - and I praise You! Forgive me for the many times I ive without a grateful heart. Change my eyes, O Lord, to see what You see - beauty and blessing. Give me a heart like Yours - to comfort others in sorrow, to share in another's joy without envy, to love deeply and sacrificially.

Father, my Adonai, You are the one true God! Jehovah Nissi - my Banner who goes before me. Jehovah Jireh - my provider who knows my needs and cares for me. Jehovah Rohi - my sweet Shepherd who gently guides and corrects me. Jehovah Rophe - my healer of broken body, broken heart, and broken spirit. Oh God, You are MY God and I will earnestly seek You, passionately praise You, faithfully serve You. I will praise You, my Rock, my Stronghold, my King! Blessed be the name of the Lord!

Saturday, August 18, 2007

I am the coolest mom!!! LOL

The HSM2 party was a HUGE success. All the girls LOVED it (and so did their moms >wink<)! We had the high school dance look going and it was so cute. When the girls arrived, they came in on a red carpet (made from the $1 red plastic tablecloths) that covered my sidewalk up to the front door. I interviewed each girl - asked about her dress and what she was excited about in the movie, etc. They loved that.

Then we took their pictures next to a poster of Troy (everyone should now sigh .... aaahhhh!). Then they did their talent show which was so fun. I videoed all of it, of course. After that part, we cranked up the HSM music and Hannah Montana music on my iPod which was hooked up to this really cool disco ball that spins faster when the music's tempo is faster and gets brighter the louder the music is. They were having a blast! All of us were dancing and laughing.

Then they changed into their pj's and got their food ready (a true kid's dream - popcorn and candy!) so they could watch the movie. They LOVED it all. Afterward, we watched the preview of Ashley Tisdale's new cartoon and the Hannah Montana episode with (yes, sigh again ...) the Jonas Brothers. By that point, the girls were exhausted but very hyper from the candy and adreneline .... so we said good night and sent them home. One of the moms stayed to help me clean up and we sat down to talk at the kitchen table while our girls were completely GONE on the couches. I got pics and video it all. Once I get the pics back, I'll post them - and if I can figure out how to post a video of them dancing, I'll do that too.

Friday, August 17, 2007

It's finally here ...

Tonight's the night!

High School Musical 2!!

Yea!! We're having a "World Premiere Party" for DD and some of her friends. My house will look like a high school dance - streamers everywhere, homemade "Wildcats Rule" posters, etc. I hope they have a blast.

I'm not sure who is more excited! (Okay, I do know - I AM!!)

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

First day at new school ... whew!

Casiday loved it!!! I am so thankful. She had a great day and is looking forward to tomorrow. A wonderful answered prayer.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

School starts tomorrow!!!

I am so excited! Casiday is so excited. It's been a LOOONNNNG summer for us. Busy but long. She's going to a new school and she's not the least afraid. We had one moment of anxiety on Sunday afternoon before Open House but since then she's been great.

I have a coffee date at 9 a.m. with my neighbor across the street who I have not spent any time with this summer. Sad but true.

The rest of my day will be filled with a few errands, planning a menu for the next two weeks, and finishing up some cleaning. All without hearing any of the following ...

"I'm bored."
"Can I watch my shows?"
"Can I go outside?"
"Can I go see if Emily is home?"
"I'm hungry."
"Can I have a snack?"
"When is lunch?"
"Where is Daddy?"
"What are we going to do today?"

Silence never sounds so good as on the first day of school!!

Friday, August 10, 2007

Feeling lonely!!

I can't believe the Fishbowl is down!! I didn't realize how much I depend on "checking in" with these sweet sisters traveling along the PW road! So, girls, if you are reading this little blog ... I miss you!

Thursday, August 9, 2007

How's your mouth?

I've been studying the book of Judges for the past couple of months. And right now I'm reading in chapters 10 & 11 about Jephthah. Lots to learn there but one thing has really stood out to me.

Jephthah made a rash vow - for those who haven't read this particular section of Scripture, here's the gist...

Jephthah went into battle and promised God if he won, he'd sacrifice to God the first thing he saw upon returning home. Well, he won the battle and when he arrived home, it was his only daughter (his only child!) who was running out to greet him. And so he kept his word to God.

Now there is some debate about whether he actually sacrificed his daughter or if she was just never allowed to marry and therefore Jephthah had no heirs. Regardless of which is true, for me, the issue is that vow.

Did he really need to make the vow? I believe it was a rash promise to God - trying to make a deal. And, while I would love to say that I've never done such, deep inside, I know I have. I've promised God so many things - because of emotion or situation. I think we all do that at times. But I'm wondering, how many times we just say things that we shouldn't. We make promises we can't (or won't) keep. We speak with so little thought about the significance of the words we say.

Yesterday I was talking with a wise friend and we were sharing on this general topic. She mentioned that Elizabeth George talks about our words being like feathers released from a pillow - they can never be all put back. (See "A Woman's High Calling" by Elizabeth George) I've been thinking about that since we talked. There are just countless verses in the Word about our mouth, the tongue, speech, etc. Why did God have so much to share about this area of life? I believe it's because it is such a real area of struggle for all of us. Whether you are like me - lacking that filter that keeps you from saying things you shouldn't - or have another issue - such as coarse language or gossip - learning to "bridle the tongue" is a big deal in the walk of a Jesus follower.

I'm still sorting through what God is showing me - and how He wants to change me through this process. But one thing I've certainly begun to grasp - I don't want to be like Jephthah and just speak. I want my words to build up, to encourage, to minister, to serve. My life verse is Psalm 19:14 - May the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be pleasing to You, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer. My heart's desire to that the words I say and, even more, the heart behind what I say and what I don't, will be pleasing to my Father.

So, what about you? How's your mouth?

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

One more week ...

Just one week left until school starts! Yea! Maybe I'm not a good mom, maybe I'm too selfish, maybe my child drives me crazy sometimes, maybe a lot of things .... all I know is she's ready to go back and I'm ready for her to go back! One week from tomorrow is the first day of school and everyone in our house is very excited.

Second grade ... how did that happen? Seems unreal to me that she could already be in 2nd grade. Of course, she acts like she's going into high school. She's obsessed with High School Musical 2 and all things Disney Channel. She's a part of the "Hannah Montana Club" she and her friends have started. Each week one of them is "Captain Hannah" with all the honor and duty that entails. >grin<

Dance also starts back next week. That's a partial yea. She loves it and I love that she does it; but, it's a pain at times. I'm afraid I'm not a good dance mom. I hate sitting there listening to the mundane conversation about absolutely nothing significant between the mothers while our children dance. I usually leave the studio and go do something - anything - else. Unfortunately, the only real place to go during that timespan is Big Lots - which is not always very exciting. This year we are adding Jazz class. She took a combination ballet/tap class for two years and last year did just ballet. She loves Ballet. But, I felt like it was time to add a little more. So, since she hates Tap - Jazz it is. We'll see how it goes. First semester is all about "The Nutcracker" anyway. So, the focus will be on Ballet, I'm sure.

Sunday, August 5, 2007

Home again ...

Home sweet home. It is so good to be home. Yes, we enjoyed all our time with family. But it sure is nice to sleep in our beds and go to our church. Dance starts this week, school starts next week ... and we are no where near a school-year schedule! Bed time is a joke here. Methinks this week will be a little tough.

I cleaned out my laundry room today. I know, weird thing to do on a Sunday afternoon; but, I didn't want to take a nap and it was actually kind of therapeutic to get a room in order. :) So, now I feel like I'm ready to get busy with the rest of the house. I also made a LONG list of the things I need to do this week. Everything from finding out when Casiday's jazz class is to taking all our extra uniforms back to her old school so someone else can use them. I also need to go to the cleaners, buy dance shoes, and finish getting school supplies. And we are starting our "eating better routine" (others might say diet but we don't like that word!) tomorrow.

Busy here - all good things, of course. Normal, simple, just a part of life things. It's good, really. I'm thankful. After all this year has held for our family, a touch of normal and routine is a real blessing.

Friday, July 27, 2007

Momma's House

There's just no place like it!! We got here yesterday. This is our first trip to Missouri in two years. We will be here until Wednesday when we head back to Georgia. It is so nice to be here. Living so far away is becoming more and more difficult. I see so many ways that I could encourage and support my mom if I lived closer. Of course I try to be an encouragement to her via the phone -but it's just not the same as being close enough to give her a hug or a hand.

I was honestly not even sure I wanted to make this trip -because I didn't want to deal with the reality of how far away we live from each other. It's kinda easier to ignore when we talk on the phone but when we spend two full days driving to get here - I KNOW that we live a long way apart. But, I am glad Scott insisted. Just being here makes me feel like I can help her - just little things like cleaning the bathrooms, etc. But things I know make a difference to her.

Thursday, July 19, 2007

VBS's Thursday night and only one more night of VBS. It's been very good but VERY exhausting. I'm ready for next week - we have ABSOLUTELY NOTHING on the calendar. I'm so excited. We rarely have weeks like that. It's going to be so nice to just "be."

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Sleep Patterns

Okay, so I am SOOO messed up! I am all out of whack. Up waaaaay too late at night and napping during the day - it's a vicious cycle. So, here it is 12:30 a.m. and I'm writing blogs, messing with Casiday's Webkinz stuff, and surfing all my favorite message boards. Of course, in a few hours it will be time to get up and get busy - as I have about four thousand things I need to do tomorrow, not the least of which is LAUNDRY! - and I will be too tired and therefore very grumpy. Good grief. I'm a grown woman and should know better. But, here I sit, typing away...

Tuesday, July 10, 2007


Okay, I corrected the spelling for the URL on my mentoring blog. (Actually, I did not know I could do that but a friend suggested it - thanks, Pattie! - and I found out I could, so yea me!)

It is now ....

Sunday, July 8, 2007

New Post on Writing Blog

Just a few thoughts on LIFE ABUNDANTLY! Read it, leave comments, share your experiences. Thanks!

writing blog link is

Friday, July 6, 2007

Bridal Bash!!

Tonight we are having a bridal bash for our sweet Caitlin! Okay, well maybe BASH is too strong a word. Judy, Valerie, & I are hanging out with her at my house. We're eating junk food and watching "The Father of the Bride" - yes, parts 1 & 2!! Oh and we're going to watch all the wedding episodes of "Friends." It's going to be fun slumber party!!

Scott & Big Jay are entertaining WIlliam (her fiance') and Jason for the night. I have no idea what they are going to do. Watch "Prison Break" probably!!

Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Yummy Four-Berry Cobbler Recipe

Since it was SOOOO yummy and Aunt Norma asked what was in it, I thought I'd post the recipe.

I used strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries. Fill your dish about 2/3 full (I used a corningware oval dish) after you spray it with Pam! (Trust me - that cooking spray is VERY important!!)

Mix 3/4 c. each - sugar, self-rising flour, and milk - and cover berries. Place baking dish on a cookie sheet (just in case the fruit bubbles over) and bake at 375 until its golden and bubbly.

Serve warm with ice cream. YUMMMMMMYYY!!

NOTE: you can make this with any kind of fruit and can increase the amount you make - just keep equal portions of sugar, milk, and flour.

Monday, July 2, 2007


I'm in a little bit of a yucky mood and I'm not sure why. Nothing bad has happened today. In fact, it's been a pretty good day. I'm just in a funk right now. However, I am choosing to NOT be grumpy!! As of this moment, actually.

I'm cooking supper - skillet corn, greens & cornbread, fresh green beans, dressing, and fried ham with four-berry cobbler for dessert.

Well, Scott just walked in so I need to finish supper. At least I'm in a better mood now. :)

Friday, June 29, 2007

Doing absolutely nothing

Ever had a day when you did nothing? I mean - NOTHING! I did fix Casiday lunch and wash a few of the dishes (not all, of course, that would have meant I completed a task today).

But since then - not one thing accomplished. I've piddled on the computer, watched sitcoms on TBS with Scott, and eaten some junk food.

Of course, now it's 5:30 and Scott wants to go to Sam's this evening - so I am going to have to get up and do something with my hair that I let dry naturally so it's super frizzy and not very attractive. Bummer...this is messing up my "Day of Doing Nothing."

Oh well, maybe there will something cute to buy at Sam's.

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Favorite foods

I'm fixing taco salad for supper and was thinking that it is one of my favorite meals. Then I started thinking about other foods I love . . . like my mom's spaghetti, Olive Garden's sald, corn chowder, DREAMLAND RIBS!!!! (my very favorite!), queso dip from Chili's, filet mignon & broiled tomatoes from Ruth's Chris, Mama's chocolate pie . . . good grief, I guess I pretty much like all food. :)

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Now in Public School

Well, Casiday will be officially enrolled at Satilla Marsh Elementary by Monday or Tuesday. Wow, I can't believe we've moved her to public school. I know there will be lots of adjustments for all of us - not the least of which is the size of the school. BCA has 200ish students in K-12, SME has 680ish in K-5. WOW! We toured the school today - Casiday is very excited about the Art room and the playground. :)

No more Rosie

Well, Rosie's family has her back. Casiday cried. But she understood that "Baby Girl" (the dog's real name) needed to be with her family just like we would want Charlie to be back with us if he got lost.

So, we're back to one Bassett. A very spoiled and overweight one but just one!! :)

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Back Home...

Wow...after two weeks of travelling it sure is nice to be home. I've got loads of laundry to do and I still haven't completely unpacked - but we are home.

We have a new dog. Rosie joined our family last night. She was found by a family in our church and since we are total suckes for Bassett Hounds, she ended up here. :) She's a little older than Charlie and Casiday just loves her. They both slept in Casiday's bed last night. It was so cute.

That's the biggest news I've got. Life is still slow and simple. Just the way I like it.

Gotta go - Senior Adult Bible study this morning. Casiday & I are still in our PJ's!!

Happy Tuesday!

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Heading to Sea World

So, we've been back in Brunswick for about 24 hours and are leaving for Orlando in a few minutes. We are taking Casiday to Sea World - her favorite place in Orlando. She's very too. I LOVE Sea World! And the Shamu show and the dolphin show are both new since we were last there. Also, they do a free upgrade on one-day ticket purchases for Georgia & Florida residents so we will have passes through the end of the year. That means - we get to go back!!!!!!!!

And so the reality is that we only have 2 days left of vacation. Kinda sad. It's been such a good week and a half. Lots of rest. We've thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and I hate to see it all come to an end. Real life - yuck!! Well, actually our life is very good right now. So, I can't complain.

Better go - get all those last minute details done so we can hit the road. Splash zone, hear we come!!!

Monday, June 18, 2007

What in the Webkinz World???

Webkinz . . . the cross between Beanie Babies and Tomagotchies. Gotta get the stuffed toy, register it online, and then allow your seven-year-old daughter enjoy her new toy, right?

WRONG! Once you've registered it you have to keep it healthy, happy, and fed. And, of course, because Webkinz World is just like the real world - you've gotta fix up your room, get a yard, have cool clothes, accumulate lots of decorations and furnishings, the list goes on!! So, how do you acquire all of these things - playing games like "Wheel of Wow" and my personal favorite "Cash Cow 2."

It's a crazy world - but now we're in it. If you're there too - we can be friends and visit each other. If you're not it it - well, enjoy the free time you have. If you need me, I'll be playing "Cash Cow 2" trying to get some more outdoor toys for our yard.

Sunday, June 10, 2007

vacation here we come ...

We leave early tomorrow morning for Alabama. We'll be there for about a week on vacation. We are very excited about this time to just do nothing!! We have some friends we will see, places we love to eat, etc. but mostly -we'll be just doing nothing!

We'll leave Alabama next Monday (the 18th) and will head to Atlanta to spend a couple of days with some friends there - doing more nothing!! (Thanks, Andy & Jada!) And we'll be back home that Wednesday & Thursday. Then we leave again for Orlando to go to Sea World with some friends for a couple of days.

That's it from here. I may post from the trip - I may not. The posts would likely be very boring. Something like . . . "Today we were at the pool. Then we got showers and went out to eat. It was good."


Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Tuesday is done . . .

Well we played Moe's trivia tonight. Last week we came in 2nd place - this week, not so great! But we have fun and that's what matters.

Casiday's haircut was today. She is loving it. She said she looks 18 now. Well, she doesn't look quite 18 but she does look older. We've decided they cut the shyness off with her hair - and all that is left is ATTITUDE!! She is hilarious - prancing around, shaking her head and her bootie like she is ALL THAT.

We also went to the St. Simons Lighthouse today. Climbed all 129 steps. There were 24 kids from our church who attended this year's first Terrific Tuesday. We all thought that was great. And...I didn't have to eat a picnic lunch because Casiday & I went with the senior adults to my very favorite restaurant - Barbara Jean's - where I got my very favorite meal - crab cake & salad. YUMMMMMMY!!!

Today was a good day. A very good day. I could get used to this ...

Sunday, June 3, 2007

The week ahead ...

Sunday's over. I hosted a baby shower for my sweet friend Donna and her precious baby, Grace Anne. It was a pretty good turnout. She got several nice things.

Church - this morning and tonight - was good. We've started a sermon series called "Mythbusters" and it was great this morning.

Tomorrow Scott has to go for jury duty. We are praying he gets out of it - since we are supposed to leave for Alabama next Monday. So, we'll see!!

Tuesday we have senior adult service and Casiday has Terrific Tuesday. If Scott has jury duty I'll lead the senior adult service and Valerie will go with Casiday to the lighthouse.

Wednesday is, of course, church. And we have to go to the library and turn in our books since we are going to be out of town next week.

Thursday I'll be a Care Net. I love Thursdays!!! I don't know if Casiday will go to work with Scott or spend the night with Karen after church on Wednesday and stay with her. I have to get my hair cut and colored that afternoon. Oh man - I need to make an appointment for Casiday to get her hair cut this week. Better add that to Monday's list!! :)

Friday Austin's Bridge is coming through town and so I have to make sure that Casiday gets to see them.

Saturday - REST!!!!!!!

Sunday - Austin's Bridge concert at night!!! Yea!!! Check them out here!

Monday - LEAVING FOR ALABAMA!!!!!!!!!! Vacation...aaahhhhhh....

Happy Endings . . .

Does everyone love happy endings as much as I do? I'm sitting here watching the final episode of "Friends" with a couple of our college kids from church and it's almost to the very end where Ross & Rachel end up together. I love that.

Today (Saturday) was also Casiday's second dance recital (the first was last night). She did great - a wonderful ending to a great year of dance. I am so proud of her!

Friday was Scott's & my 11th anniversary - I know that's not really an ending, at least I HOPE it's not, but I feel like since Scott & I have been together, my life IS a happy ending!

This was just a really good day. Nothing really spectacular - but we just had a great day. Scott is feeling so good - that is certainly a happy ending for us, after a long few years of sickness. He was SO himself - cracking jokes, making fun of me, all the things I have so rarely seen over the last few months.

Happy endings just make me smile. I guess because I always think that happy endings are really happy least in real life. For Casiday, she's beginning to feel so much more confident. It's amazing to see her coming out of her shell - dancing like no one is watching and loving it! Earlier I was passing her room and she was just twirling and leaping - it was absolutely one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen. Being around her is just amazing and I am so thankful to be her mom.

For Scott and me - all I can say is - THANK YOU, LORD! Scott is the most wonderful, amazing person ever. There are moments when I look at him and I can't even breathe. And, over the past few weeks, as he has been feeling better and better - it's like God has restored all the joy and promise that we felt on our wedding day 11 years ago. Scott brings so much to my life.

First, he brings stability. He is truly a rock - and, while his lack of emotional expression is perhaps the most frustrating thing to me, it is that solidness in him that is not ruled by impulse or emotion that fills me with a sense of absolute assurance and confidence.

He also brings laughter to my life. So often, I get caught up in my lists and demands and I forget that life is more than what I accomplish and do. Life is meant to be lived - and lived fully. Scott helps me experience the reality of Christ's promise of "life abundantly." If it were not for him, I don't know that I would understand the fullness of JOY in my life.

Perhaps the most precious of all things that Scott has given me is a love that I could never have imagined. In a card he once wrote me he told me that his heart had never really beaten until he first saw me. As for me, I don't think I ever really felt anything until I was first loved by my precious husband. I have tried and tested his love, time and again, but never, not once, has Scott wavered in his commitment to me. I am humbled and awed by the depth of his love for me. And, while I am not always the best at expressing myself to him, I love him with all I am, all I have, all I dream, and all I will ever be.

So, here's to happy endings and to the man who is my happily ever after!

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

The Joys of Dance

Wow, I could say so much right now. But instead. here's a list of the top ten things I love (okay, loathe!) about being a dance mom!!!

10. Moms who are living vicariously through their daughter's dance. Ugh - get a life!
9. Trying to put a lycra dance costume on a sunburned seven-year-old.
8. Dance rehearsals on Saturdays - that last three to four hours
7. WHITE dance costumes - long pants and long-sleeved leotard - for seven-year-olds. Who thought of that?
6. Ballet buns on tender-headed children.
5. Along the same lines but a little MORE frustrating - having to do the aforementioned ballet buns on other people's tenderheaded or dirty-haired children!
4. Dress rehearsals, part 1 - Dress rehearsals that do not start on time.
3. Dress rehearsals, part 2 - Dress rehearsals that half the performers do not attend.
2 Dress rehearsals, part 3 - Dress rehearsals that last FOUR times longer than the actual performance.
1. Dealing with the other dance moms who are seriously overestimating how cute, talented, and precious their children are - especially compared to my prodigy!!

So, that's the scoop! Oh yeah...Casiday's recitals are on Friday night & Saturday afternoon. And, then - summer begins!!!!!

Friday, May 25, 2007

School's OUT!!!

It's officially summer!! Yea... we are so excited around here. Lots of summer activities, of course; but, not many early morning activities.

And, I've decided to start a new blog. Well, actually, it's not going to be MY blog. I'm going to put all of Casiday's writings on a blog - and her drawings too. Maybe even a book list also...hmmm... I think she will enjoy it and I'm hoping our family and friends will as well.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Women in Ministry - A Small Rant (or Hissy Fit!)

I'm on this message board for pastors' wives and there has been so much discussion lately about women in ministry. I have to confess that I haven't posted too much because I am not sure how much of my belief I'm willing to put out there. :) I really struggle with the idea that women are somehow less able or less called to ANY ministry than men are. I just don't believe that God gifts ALL of us and then says to SOME of us - "Okay, you have this gift, this ability, and this calling; but, since you are a woman you can't use it fully." To me, that's what we are saying when we say there are ministries or positions a woman cannot hold.

I know the reasoning - "Husband of one wife" - blah, blah, blah... by that standard, only a married man can serve in those positions and even the most conservative of theologians do not espouse that mindset. And, let's not even touch all the other "requirements" listed in that passage - you know, like having your family in order. Geez, if we actually applied that stipulation then any time a pastor's child was not obedient, etc., that MAN would have to give up his position. It's absolutely ridiculous to me that we choose to hold that ONE small part of the passage higher than any other. Basically, the church (especially the evangelical church) has chosen to interpret HUSBAND as MAN and, for the most part, ignore the rest of the guidelines.

I guess this is one of those "Hot Topics" for me. I have a daughter who is bright, intelligent, and articulate (for a seven-year-old). And, when I tell her that God can use her and wants to use her - I don't give any stipulations because I don't believe that there are any. If God calls her to pastor a church or to preach - I want her to fulfill that calling - regardless of what the mindset in our church or any other is. Following God's direction is the most important thing - and I don't ever want her to feel that she is less able or less useful because she is a "girl." I've been there - it's the worst feeling ever. That God has gifted you in an area and for no reason except your gender, the authority over you says, "Nope, you can't do that." It's appalling to me that it is done in the name of Christ - who was by far the most empowering leader for women in all of history.

Monday, May 21, 2007


Okay, so tonight is the season finale. I am addicted to this show. Honestly, if I had known it was a "comic book" type show - I would never have watched it to start with. But, I haven't missed a single episode and I am so anxious to see what happens tonight.

Cool trivia - My RA from college is first cousins with the actor who plays Peter Petrelli.

Spiderman 3

Saw it yesteday afternoon and LOVED it! I highly recommend it. We did not take Casiday; but, she could watch it on DVD when it comes out. Not a lot of language - mostly just a great story of reconciliation and forgiveness.

Saturday, May 19, 2007


The tea party is over. Yea. It was fun but it was a lot of work. We had planned to go see "Spiderman 3" tonight - but we're both exhausted. The price of getting old, I suppose. :) We may go tomorrow afternoon or - more likely - one night next week.

Casiday gets out of school next Friday! I am so excited - so is she. Her dance recitals are June 1 & 2. She'll be dancing one number in the Friday night recital which is the older girls' recital. And then she'll do one number on Saturday as well. That's about it for us.

We are all ready for summer - we like the lack of schedule - at least the lack of bedtime and getting up time. :)

Friday, May 18, 2007

Tea parties and stress . . .

So we've got this tea party at the church tomorrow. I've known about it for MONTHS and yet, here I sit, the day before, with NOTHING ready. I didn't even decide on decorations until yesterday - still figuring out the food for my table. This is crazy. A real sign I need to get it together!!

I guess today will be filled with preparations for tomorrow. What I really want to do is curl up in my bed and sleep for a couple of hours. I am so tired! I feel like a bum. Guess I'll get up and get moving!

Thursday, May 17, 2007

I think I'm switching to Blogger . . .

Much to my husband's dismay. He doesn't like change. I love change - well, easy change, that is. Anyway, for now I'll post duplicates on Xanga and here. But I really like this site better. So . . . I think my time at Xanga is rapidly coming to an end!