Sunday, December 30, 2012

A Prisoner In Your Own Mind

Being a pastor's wife has some very rewarding moments.  Many Christians partake in the joy of seeing a life change-the heavy burdens lifted, the feelings of hope restored, and new, never before experienced joy happening in the lives of people we've prayed for, spoken with, and encouraged.

Sometimes, though, the pastor and his wife see much more than the casual observer will see. Sometimes we are blessed to see deliverance from fears that no one ever knew about.  Or to see the battle won over something that threatened to destroy a child of God.

But sometimes we also bear the heavy burdens of the heart that are hidden.
Sometimes we see the hidden scars that have never been healed, and the deep secrets that have never been shared publicly.  We're often reminded how cruel the devil really is.

Recently we had a woman call who is a prisoner in her own home.  An elderly woman living in fear.  Desperately needing hope, and desperately needing someone to care.  She shared that she is ashamed to leave her house because she is so ashamed of her looks-because she feels she is so ugly.

Can you imagine the sadness that we felt, hearing this?  Needless to say, we are not going to let the story end this way.

We're living in such a day and age that youth is worshiped, and if you are in your 70's, and you don't look like you are only 50, you feel shame.

Ladies (and gents!), this OUGHT. NOT. TO. BE!!!

I'm in my 40's, heading for 43, and guess what!  I'm not crazy about getting wrinkles, but it's part of the aging process!  I have not worn make-up in over 25 years-since I was a teenager.  This is my every day face:

Yes, I'm getting wrinkles. Yes, I have a scar or two that I wish would disappear.  No, I don't look 20.

But should I be ashamed of how I look?


And neither should you.

A big part of our problem is that we allow Hollywood to define beauty to us.  Don't forget that many of these women look just like we do, when they have no make-up on, or have not been surgically altered.

Just like those of us who are not famous, there are those who age well, and have barely changed since they were 20, and then there are those like me, who look my age.

But if my face looked 20, and I was stunning in my appearance, what would that be worth if it was all I had to say for myself?

Cleanliness, proper grooming, clean, ironed/non wrinkled clothes-these are all things I consider important, and speak to others how I feel about me..  And these are things I think all of us should care for.  But staying 20 forever is not.

The real achievements of beauty we should strive for are the things that are pleasing to God--a pure heart, a meek and gentle spirit, compassion, love for mankind, being His faithful child, and many other things that eyes alone cannot see.

Don't ever become a prisoner of your own home because you feel like your appearance is a burden to society.  If you have more to offer than your face, please come out and be a part of society!  We need folks that are willing to give a word of encouragement to the discouraged, to lend their skills to a friend in need, to show the younger generations how it is done.

Don't let glamour magazines and movie stars set the standard.  I would rather be an Abraham Lincoln, who changed the lives of MANY, than the most glamorous women on television who has had 2 bad marriages and has nothing to offer to society, except a bad example of how to live everyday life.

Won't you join the rest of us?

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Hoping that.... all had a wonderful Christmas, and wishing everyone a wonderful upcoming 2013!

Monday, December 17, 2012

Make Money Online: Use Fiverr to Make $1000+ A Month: Kindle Book Review

Have you ever heard of Fiverr?

This is my book review of "Make Money Online-Use Fiverr To Make $1000+ Per Month" by Stacey Davidson. 

This is a website that they call the "ebay of services".  Most people are not selling items.  They are selling services, which the website calls "gigs", and each service is sold for $5, no more, no less.  The seller keeps $4 of it, and Fiverr keeps $1.

Some of the gigs are unusual, and are not highly sought after, but if you are computer savvy, you may find yourself able to make a nice little bit of extra money from Fiverr.

It sounds like you can't make much money at only $4 earnings a crack, but after reading the Kindle book, and researching the website, I found that there are people who really are doing quite well selling their services.  

This was an easy to understand Kindle book, and it has some very good information to help a Fiverr seller to do well.

I will say that it seems most of the best gigs have to do with writing, SEO, and other computer related skills.  If that is you, this book may be just what you have been looking for to make some extra money!  Voice actors seem to be pretty popular also, as do those who can share the buyer's websites to large Facebook and Twitter followings.

The book lays out quite well how to find which gigs are making money, and the author shares with you how to get your gigs to gain in popularity.  I learned several things from this book, and would recommend it to those who want to make some extra money, along with having the skills mentioned in the above paragraph.

You can click on the picture of the book if you'd like to check it out!  Or click here:

Make Money Online: Use Fiverr to Make $1000+ A Month

Have you tried Fiverr?  What do you think?

Friday, December 14, 2012

When My Heart Is Overwhelmed

Tonight, a nation sits around with heavy hearts, asking why.

Those of us on the outside cannot even begin to fathom the grief that has struck a small town in Connecticut.

Young parents who have presents waiting under the tree for their precious babies-gifts that they will never see them open.  

Mothers who have lost not only their child, but who have also seen their best friend just lose her child.  

Fathers who can come up with solutions for any family problem, except this one.

Brothers and sisters who just lost their favorite little buddy.

When this world turns up another horrific tragedy, I am so thankful that I am not the biggest thing in my universe, because my heart cannot handle these things on my own.  So often I think of "When my heart is overwhelmed".  Psalms 61:1-4 says (Amplified):

Hear my cry, O God; listen to my prayer.
From the end of the earth will I cry to You, when my heart is overwhelmed and fainting; lead me to the rock that is higher than I [yes, a rock that is too high for me].
For You have been a shelter and a refuge for me, a strong tower against the adversary.
I will dwell in Your tabernacle forever; let me find refuge and trust in the shelter of Your wings.Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]!

I don't have all the answers.  I have no great words of wisdom to make everything a little better.  But I can go to the Lord when my heart is hurting, and the heaviness of this world weighs down on me.
This song is one my heart feels.

When you hug your babies, your teenagers, your nieces, nephew, grand-babies and your best friend's children, say a prayer for the families that have lost some of the greatest gifts they've ever had in this life-their babies.  For the little community in Connecticut, and for all families who have had to face the horrible tragedy of losing a child.

And be thankful.  Extra thankful.  Grateful that you got to hug your family today.  That your holidays have not been shattered.  That tomorrow is another day to show your loved ones how much they mean to you.

A Question And 5QF!

Here we are, coming up on the end of another year!  I'm the type who almost always sets goals for the next year, how about you?

If you've read my blog in the past, you've seen that I have written mostly about humorous things that have happened in my life, such as the time I accidentally stole some elderly man's shopping cart.  Or the time my daughter's friend asked if Pennsylvanians hunt with machine guns.  Ah, the good times!

Over time, I ran low on stories, and there was a time I hit major brain block, and felt no inspiration.

And then, life took on some great changes, and my hubby and I and our children (the two who still live at home) moved to a new city and started a Pentecostal church.  I decided to change the theme of my blog, and share more things that are relevant to real life, every day living.  I have a few posts in draft that I plan to start posting in January.

I've found that one of my greatest desires in life is to write.  I've thoroughly enjoyed it.

I'm hoping my fellow bloggers can help me out here because I do have a question:

How do you continue to have fresh ideas? 

This is the fear I face-that I'll begin to blog again, but will quickly run out of ideas.  I started this blog just about four years ago.  At one point, I decided to quit blogging, and took about a year off.  A few months back, I decided to blog again.  Have you had any similar experiences?

I would really love to have some input, and I thank you in advance.


1. If you bake during the holidays, what is your favorite thing to make? I don't normally do any special baking for the holidays, but this year, Amber and I are getting together with friends (a lady and her daughter) to make cookies!  

2. Present giving: Gift bag vs wrapped box?  I usually wrap things. Gift bags are great for those odd shaped things tho!  

3. What do you keep your thermostat on during the winter/summer in your house?  In the winter, 72 to 73 is good in this house.  I know that seems just a touch high, but it is most comfortable there, and Dan feels the same, which is unusual.  It's probably has something to do with this house that we are currently renting.  It's an older home, and maybe just doesn't hold the heat in as well.  For summer?  The thermostat is off, and the air conditioners are on.  Not sure what temperature is most comfortable tho.

4. When thinking of your "Christmas to-do list" what percentage "done" are you? Oh.....I'd say I'm about 30% done.  Dan and I will probably go out together someday soon to get our children their gifts.  I do have a few things, but need to finish up.  I'll admit-I'm having a hard time figuring out just what to get for my 14 year old son.  He's not much into video games (thankfully!), and it seems the choices are limited for his age group!  Any ideas for me?  

5. Do you do the "Elf on a Shelf"? If so, is your Elf naughty and what shenanigans has he gotten into?  I am not sure if I had even heard of Elf on a Shelf until this year!  So no, can't say that I do it.  I have seen a few pictures of other people's Elves tho.  Some have been cute.  =)

Well, my friends, thank you for stopping by!  I do appreciate comments, and am really hoping you all will leave some for me with your helpful ideas.  Have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, August 9, 2012

What's YOUR Band Name? and 5QF

This crossed my fb page, and wanted to share with you all! (Skirts count too, y'all!) band name is currently Blue Pretzels!!!  If pronounced just right, it can sound like a French Blues band!  If pronounded with no accent, it sounds more like a Teen Pop group! 

What is yours? Please put it in the comments!

We should be moved to our new place next week.  I've been sorting, decluttering, breathing exasperating sighs in my brain over all this STUFF I've accumulated in 3 short years!  When our house burned, I started from nearly SCRATCH!  (Click here to see what I mean!  The pictures show you I'm not exaggerating!)  Pinterest and my addiction to thrift stores have been absolutely no help in keeping my home clutter free!

On to 5QF!

1. Thunder storms- love them or hate them?  The truth be known, they kind of scare me.  Especially when I'm in a car.  And the lightning is fierce.  I do okay if it's a small storm.  Severe storms are my problem. 

2. Do your kids get back to school clothes?  Well, this year they are!  My daughter is looking to dress up her wardrobe a bit, and my son is just growing so much, he needs them!  Exciting for us is that we are moving super close to Target, Ross, the mall, TJ Maxx, and much, much more!  It will be much easier to finish our shopping, instead of living 30-60 minutes from almost all clothing stores, and coming home disappointed because we only had so much time, and barely anything that was tried on fit right!  I can't wait!  =)

3. Do you golf? Do you watch it?  I don't watch golf, and I only putt putt every blue moon. 

4. Showers or baths? Showers. 

5. What's the strangest meal you ever ate?  Hmm....I don't know!  I'm pretty basic, and if it's out of the ordinary, I tend to pass.  I'm thinking I may try chocolate covered bacon someday, even tho that isn't a meal.  =)
Thanks for stopping by, and may you all have a great weekend!  Don't forget to share your band name in the comments section!