Archive for June, 2008

New Blog

Danelle has started to blog. Be sure and go check it out. However, please don’t hold me accountable for all you might read there. 🙂 It’s called Nellisms and Life. 🙂 Good stuff.

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Congratulations to our daughter Danelle. She graduated this past Friday from Dental Assistance School. We are very proud of her!

Danelle's Grad and puppy 009 Just received certificate.

Danelle's Grad and puppy 015Matt, Cassandra and Danelle. Thank you Cassandra for helping Danelle in this endeavor.

Danelle's Grad and puppy 016 Danelle and Nathan. Proud Dad.

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Isabelle Update

We have renamed our little puppy. Her name now is “QUEEN” Isabelle. She can just give you the look of “do I really have to bother with you right now?” It is quite hilarious. She is a delight though. Here are a few pics of her this week.

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Playing outside

She is really running here. You just can’t tell because she is so low to the ground. 🙂

Is that bone as big as her or what? 🙂 Thanks Danelle. 🙂

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While talking to a friend not to long ago (a new pastor’s wife), I realized that she had lost the “wonder of it all”. She was bogged down with the cares of the church and people that she felt like had not treated her, her husband (the pastor) and the saints of God right. After trying to encourage her I began to think about it and how we can allow such things to overwhelm us if we are not careful. I guess this would be especially for my pastor wife friends, however, good for everyone. 🙂 Don’t lose the “WONDER OF IT ALL”. Our relationship with God is so important. We cannot let it go. Our everyday devotions are so important. We cannot let them go. Our time reading HIS word is so important. We cannot let it go. NOTHING should be allowed to come in between our relationship with the Lord. Well meaning people cannot take that away from us or we lose “the wonder of it all”. Jesus said that he came to give life and that more abundantly. And yes, that still means for us too. Not just for the people we are trying to reach and who are in our congregations. The best thing that you can do for the people you are trying to help is keep your spirit fresh and prayed up. I still get thrilled with Jesus! I keep falling in Love with Him. He’s the best thing that ever happened to me. When I go to church I still love lifting my hands and giving Him praise. I love to dance before my Lord. He is the “wonder of it all”. If I lose that, I have lost everything. Keep the faith, ladies! Keep believing! God can do anything! He can take care of any situation! The next time you enter into your church, enter with the intention of receiving a blessing. Keep the “wonder of it all” alive and well in your life. Keep Jesus your very best friend!

The Wonder of It All!

Who can compare? Who could replace?

I’m overwhelmed by who you are. I can never be the same.

I lift my eyes to meet your gaze. Oh how you take my breath away.

I can never be the same beloved friend.

I bow down. Adore your name.

I cry out worthy, worthy.

You are God.

There is none beside you.

I have been captured. I have been captured.

You’re the wonder of it all.

You’re the wonder of it all.

(words and music: Sarah Parsons and Paul Sims)

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New Puppy

Ahhhh…..Here she is! Isabelle is her name. Danelle found her for me and Nathan said yes, I could have her. Isn’t she just the cutest thing? She is Shitzu/Maltese mix.

Danelle's Grad and puppy 002

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” Why do some people always see beautiful skies and grass and lovely flowers and incredible human beings, while others are hard pressed to find anything or any place that is beautiful?”

There is a housing project in a large city that is overrun with violence, gangs and drugs. In the midst of this despair, however, there are people who choose to see what is positive and good in the world, not what is depressing and tragic. There are parents, for example, who are attending high school with their own children, determined to get the education they didn’t receive as teenagers. They are focused on what lies ahead, and they are excited about their future opportunities and the good fortune that has come their way.

We have all heard stories like the one above. People that decide to pull themselves up by their own “boot straps”, as the saying goes. Most of you who read this post today are not in these kinds of desperate situations and yet we allow life to get us down. Here is something that may help you today:

Be sure that you are focused on possibiblities today instead of obstacles. Open your mind to new ideas that you haven’t yet tried. Nearly anything is possible if you want it enough. Instead of looking back on past mistakes and being bogged down by failure, congratulate yourself for deciding to change for the good in your life right now.

Look today for opportunities in your life and try to see what’s possible instead of what’s impossible. Being upbeat and positive may not bring you sympathy and attention, but it will open more doors and make more of your dreams come true.

Have a great day in Jesus! What better life could we possibly have?

Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me.

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Safe Trip

Thank God for a safe trip to Spokane and back. Thank you to those who whispered a prayer for us and Nila (see previous post) and the family.

I will be back up and running by Monday in the blogging world, the Lord willing. I hope you all have a blessed Sunday! 🙂

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I need for all of my friends to pray for my husband’s cousin, Nila.  Her son Benjamin passed away Saturday night and he was only 26 years old.  He has a sister, Felicia and a brother, Darian. They need the comfort that only God can bring at this time.  His dad also…his name is Bill.  There is of course extended family that is being touched by this as well.  Nila’s brothers, Darry and Danny, her sister Nolia and her mother, Tiny Beth Crossly.   Thank you for praying once again in a time of great need.

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Sunday Service Testimony

Her name, Jackie (changed). She came to our church last Wednesday Night. She had just been released from the juvenile delinquent center. Due to the ministry our church has at the center she called the director of this ministry to ask if she could come to our church. Melissa was thrilled and said, “of course you can come.” I watched her throughout the service. You could just tell she was enthralled with it all. Sunday I saw her come in again. This time a little more comfortable. At the end of the message as my husband gave the altar appeal I watched her as she came forward and began to pray. Oh how beautiful the transformation as she began to weep and then speak in a beautiful language (tongues) as God gave the utterance. Nathan had preached an awesome message, “A Branch on the Breakers”. In the after glow of the service as we were sitting and talking with someone else, “Jackie” came over to us and said, “I got that Holy Ghost”. We said, “Awesome. We are so happy for you to be here….” She was so cute when she said, “I saw that branch and I just reached in and grabbed it.” You would just have to hear the sermon to understand what that statement means. It was just so precious. There was 2 boys there yesterday from this ministry as well. They were also touched. It was a great day of praise, worship and taking yet another step higher in God.

Visit here to see other good things that happened on Sunday.

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“If people only knew how hard I work to gain my mastery, it wouldn’t seem so wonderful after all.” Michelangelo Buonarroti

All of us want wonderful things to come in our lives such as fulfilling relationships, good health, becoming widely respected for something we do well and financial freedom. But these things don’t just happen; you have to prepare the way for good to come to you. One way to begin is by doing for others. Here are some simple steps:

  • If you want to receive, give. Before buying a whole new wardrobe, give away some ill-fitting clothes to a worthy charity, like a shelter for homeless men or battered women. By thinking of those who have less, you may feel that you need less than you once thought.
  • Make choices. No one has everything at once, so narrow your goals. One woman decided that she couldn’t manage being both full-time mother and a law firm-partner. She decided to stay home while her children were small and return to work at a later date. She fulfilled her professional desires by volunteering her legal services to her children’s preschool.
  • Work toward your goal every day. If you want a beautifully decorated house but you’re low on funds, browse in stores and magazines for ideas. A clever way of arranging the furniture might inspire a no-cost renovation.
  • Be thankful for what you do have. The more attention you give to your blessings, the likelier they are to increase. When you nourish the good things in your life, they will gain strength and multiply.
  • Remind yourself that most lucky breaks are the result of patience and hard work!

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