Archive for June, 2007

We just got home today from our camping trip. I know some of you are wondering how it went. Well….IT WAS GREAT!!! We can’t wait for next year. My husband kept saying that he didn’t know he could be so relaxed. The weather was perfect, about 73 day and 40’s night. One day Nathan caught a couple of rainbow trout and he fixed them that night on the grill. They were delicious! Here’s a few pics to let you see the beauty of the Sierra Nevada’s and our camp site. This place was incredible because it had electricity at every site. You will be able to see the fan and a lamp in our tent. lol

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  1. Get rid of guilt.  (your sins and mistakes are under the blood.)
  2. Get into the WORD
  3. Establish a place to be alone with God.
  4. Read the stories of great Christians.
  5. Remove yourself from the company of fearful and negative people.
  6. Overcome the pride of not telling your pastor, family and/or friends that you are discouraged and need prayer.
  7. Offer up the sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving.
  8. Focus on God and His reputaion. He is a winner. He is a success.
  9. Eat a well balanced diet.
  10.  STOP thinking if I, Me and Mine so much.

Some ideas for you to help others.  When we are busy thinking of how we can BE a blessing and not always how we can RECEIVE a blessing, then we will be happy.

  • Give a good dress/suit to a new convert.

  • Sponser a needy young person for youth camp.

  • Give an inspirational book to someone who is discouraged.

  • Take magazines and literature to women’s shelters, jails and doctor’s offices.

  • Hug and compliment a child each day. (start with your own)

  • Attend  prayer meeting.

  • Send flowers to someone on their first day of a new job.

  • Stay with a shut-in, giving the caregiver the day off.

  • Give special support to those suffering from depression.

  • Invite the widows in your church and community/neghborhood to your house for a special meal.

  • Ladies, show someone how you do your hair.

  • Send  cards to the sick and shut-ins, notes to church visitors, cards for all occasions.

  • Hand out candy canes and cards at the hospitals during Christmas.

  • Give Christain Music to new converts.

  • Send a form letter to bereaved families in your city-addresses are in the paper in the                           obituararies section.

  • Clean the house of someone who has been ill.

  • Have a family picnic outing and invite your neighbors.

  • Purchase gift certificates at the grocery store and give to needy families.

  • Get a pen-pal in missions.

  • Volunteer for an after school tutoring program.

  • Teach an English class to immigrants.

  •       Start a box of testimony in which you put memoirs of blessing.  Open from time to time,                                             read and rejoice.

  • Take the time to teach a young lady the art of being a gracious hostess.

  • Do something nice for someone who will never find out.

  • EVERY DAY show your family how much you love them with your words, with your touch, and with your thoughtfulness.

  • Compliment three people every day.

  • ….Be mindful to be a blessing, especially to those of the household of faith [those who belong to God’s family with you, the believers].  Galatians 6:10  Amplified Bible

I know you can’t do every one of these things but look over the list and see what fits you.  And don’t be afraid to stretch yourself.  Remember it is ALWAYS more blessed to give then to receive.

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Twenty Three Years ago today (June 25th),  Danelle Layne Hurst made her entrance into the world.  I will never forget the moment she was born and was ecstatic that I had a little girl.  Her Dad has always called her his little “golden” girl.  When Danelle was young her hair was almost white (especially in the summer) and then it would turn golden and her skin would glow and still does today.  Danelle has always been a delight and a lot of fun.  No one can make us laugh like Danelle.  She just see’s life differently and hears and says words differently.  And I won’t go into all of that, but it can be pretty hilarious sometimes.  I have watched and been by Danelle’s side (along with her husband and our church family) this past year as she has gone through some sickness and some very bad days. I have seen her not hardly be able to put one foot in front of the other and yet she kept pressing on.  She kept holding on.  Thank God for people of prayer who continually prayed for Danelle and now we are seeing our “golden” girl begin to emerge again.  I know brighter days are ahead.  Danelle, I am proud of the way you have kept on going and now you are seeing the light at the end of the dark tunnel.  Keep walkin’ girl!  You are a winner! I’m proud to say that you are one of my dearest friends! 

When my children were little I always asked them what they wanted me to fix for their birthday dinners.  However, as they got older I ask them if they want me to cook them a birthday meal or they can choose the resturant they want to go to.  Danelle loves Benihana’s, so we took her to Benihana’s in Monterey after church Sunday.  We had a great time of fellowship and yes, laughing.  Picture is of us at Benihana.


Left to Right:  Matt, Danelle, Me, Nathan, Nathaniel, Patricia and Gary. 

Happy Birthday Danelle!  I love you and am very proud to say you are my daughter!

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 This is an excerpt from an article I read by Joan Boyrsenko, PhD.  Although I don’t agree with all of her teachings, I think this makes a lot of sense.

Evidence suggests that intimate friendships help banish stress and improve mood.  English resarcher Tirril Harris studied the effect of having a confidante on 86 depressed women.  After a year of regular meetings with “befrienders” who were assigned to them, 65% of the women recovered from their depression, compared with only 40% of those who’d been assigned to a waiting list.  The positive effects of friendship were comparable to those of antidepressants or cognitive therapy. 

When women get stressed, our instinct is often to find a friend and talk things through.  Both touch and talk release the hormone oxytocin (yes, it’s the same stuff that initiates labor in pregnant women and then the flow of milk).  Oxytocin is profoundly calming—a powerful balm for body and mind.  No wonder we feel better after talking to a friend.  The ongoing Nurses Health Study conducted at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston reported that the more friends a woman has, the less likely she is to develop physical impairments with age.

I’m Too Busy

Although friendship reduces stress, sometimes we feel too stressed by time pressures to nurture relationships.  Here are a few tips for nurturing friendships:

  • Aprreciate new distances.  If an old pal moves across the country or now travels in different social circles, she could be your most trusted confidante–and the best source for unbiased advice or a fresh perspective on your life.
  • Embrace technology–and I don’t mean just e-mail.  Sharing online photo albums, greeting cards, and personal Web sites with your entire group of friends is a fun way to stay involved in each other’s lives.
  • Double–book your schedule.  If you don’t have time to catch up with friends who’ve slipped out of touch, fit them in during chores or exercise.  Cook dinner together over the phone, or meet up for brisk evening walks.
  • Create an ongoing tradition like themed pot-luck dinners.  Take turns planning and choosing each event. 

You can see why it is important that we take advantage of getting together for fellowship.  When your ladies group has an outing, dinner, baby shower, bridal shower, work day at the church, etc.  Be sure and go and participate.  Have you ever noticed that the happiest people in your congregation are usually the ones who are the most involved?  Even the Bible talks about friendship in many differant passages.  One of my favorite is,   Acts 2:42 And they continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.  This lets me know that not only is the doctrine right and important but fellowship and breaking bread together (not just the Lord’s supper) is just as important because they were steadfast about it. 

Call a friend today.  It may be someone you haven’t talked to in awhile.  And be sure and stay connected to your old friends.  Family is also a great source for friendships.  Oh and don’t forget JESUS!  He’s a friend the sticks closer than a brother!  Those things you can’t tell to just anyone……well you can always tell Jesus.  He’s a great listener and advice giver.  His word is incredible.  READ IT!

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Summer is Here

Summer has arrived.  I think I am finally getting adjusted to Summer in Hollister.  I have to remember to grab a sweater before I leave the house.  Especially if I will not be home before around 4:00 in the afternoon.  It gets chilly.  For instance, the weather forecast for today is, “A mix of clouds and sun this morning with more sunshine this afternoon.  High 76F. Winds WNW at 10 to 15 mph.”  High 76!  Tomorrow is to be, “partly cloudy.  High 74F. Wind W at 10 to 20 mph. and Tomorrow Night: A few clouds. Low 47F.  Winds WNW at 10 to 20 mph.”  Have you ever heard of such a thing in the summer?  That WNW wind is straight off of the Monterey Bay and it’s cold.  lol  Some people think that our weather here in Hollister is like the San Joaquin Valley.  Not so!  Our summers are mostly like I described above.  The best time for warm weather here is September—–November.  That’s when it’s best in Monterey and Carmel too.  It’s nice and warm then.  I can get to warm/hot weather very shortly if I so desire.  Just a few miles (12) into Gilroy, today it will be 80F.  If I go over Pacheco Pass to the east in Los Banos (28 miles) it will be 92F.   However,  if you ever head this way (Monterey Bay Area) in the summer be sure and bring you a light jacket or sweater or you will be cold.  I hope you all enjoy your summer vacations.  Have a great one.

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When I started blogging 1 year and 9 days ago I didn’t really know what I was doing.  🙂  However, as I began to write and tell about life, the work of God, raising kids, going to conferences, good church, good preaching and myriad other things, I have come to thoroughly enjoy myself.  I have met a lot of good blogging friends from across the country and around the world.  I have also been able to keep in contact with family and friends and renew old acquaintances.  Thank you to all of you who read my blog.  It has been fun and will continue to be so, I hope.  May God’s richest blessings be poured out on you all.

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Today was an incredible day of Faith.  My husband preached a message entitled, “The Eyes of Faith”.  WOW!  As he preached, it was if you could see the “lights” go on in people’s head.  “Don’t look at the circumstances around you, but instead, lift up your eyes and see through the eyes of faith.  This is not a escapest mentality.  It is only learning how to see things as Jesus sees them.”  I saw men receive blessings today like I haven’t seen in a long time.  I saw one man fall to his knees and worship and worship.  Another was shaken under the power of the Holy Ghost.  I watched as 3 men began to pray for one another with their hands on each other’s shoulders and then watched as they began to dance.  They danced and danced until I thought surely they can’t dance anymore, but they did.  It was awesome.  I watched as fathers prayed for sons and daughters and vice versa and how the power of God touched them.  One of the most precious sights for me today was watching my natural children (grown now), as God moved in their lives.  Both of them with hands upraised and tears streaming down their faces in praise and worship to a God that never fails.  What better father’s day present could there be then for this kind of out pouring on God’s children.  God, our heavenly father visited us today in a mighty way.  There is strenghth in this kind of atmosphere.  God is GREAT and He is GREATLY to BE PRAISED!

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A—Always trust them to God’s Care

B—Bring them to Church

C—Challenge them to high goals

D—Delight in their achievments

E—Exalt the Lord in their presence

F—Frown on evil

G—Give them love

H—Hear their problems

I—Ignore not their childish fears

J—Joyfully accept their apologies

K—Keep their confidence

L—Live a good example before them

M—Make them your friends

N—Never ignore their endless questions

O—Open your home to their friends

P—Pray for them by name

Q—Quicken your interest in their spirituality

R—Remember their needs

S—Show them the way of salvation

T—Teach them to work

U—Understand they are still young

V—Verify your statements

W—Wean them from bad company

X—eXpect them to obey

Y—Yearn for God’s best for them

Z—Zealously guide them in biblical truth

Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old, he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6



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Go here to see this incredible girl play the piano.  She only has four fingers but you would never know it by the way she plays. The post is titled, “Overcoming the Odds”.  Check it out!

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Just another little tidbit about my Dad. Enjoy!

Daddy had an incredible love for young people. When he was young he was the Youth President of the Western District, U.P.C.I. I hear stories even today from pastors and their wives in the Western District of how much Daddy and Mother meant to them as teenagers going to camps and conventions, etc. When he pastored in Fresno, California back in the sixties, he was driving in town one day and saw a young “hippie” boy on the side of the road. He said that his first inclination was to say, “go get a haircut and a job, boy”. However, when he had that thought he said that God spoke to him and said, “why don’t you try to see that boy through my eyes”? And he began to weep. He later preached a sermon entitled, “Seeing the Lost through the Eyes of Jesus”. It was a great sermon. He also experienced great revival with just those kind of young people. Well over 100 of them received the Holy Ghost and was baptized in Jesus Name. Some of them are in ministry today and some are still in the church there in Fresno and in various congregations around the nation. God led Daddy and Mother from Fresno to Houston to Rialto, CA to Mesquite, TX to traveling for 5 years and then going to be the leader of the Lighthouse Ranch for Boys in Louisiana. Everywhere they went they impacted young people! I just wonder, when the rewards are handed out in Heaven how many jewells will be in their crowns?

Daddy had an incredible love for my mother, Lila Marie. I remember as a girl when Daddy would leave to go pray for someone or just take care of business in town, that he would stop at a pay phone and call Mother just tell her that he loved her. We would get tickled about it but it left an impression on me that I will never forget. He treated Mother with utmost respect, and she returned that to him. I believe that the greatest gift you can give your children is that you love one another. There is security in that for kids.

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