Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Who me?

I did NOT
stay up till 2am last night even though I knew I needed to be up in the morning cause i am working 12 to 8 every single night this week (except friday which will be 1 to 9)
nope nuh uh NOT me

During the time I did NOT
actually get into my room (Me and Jen had some sister sister bonding time complete with tears AND laughter. sniff, my little sister is growing up!) until after 1am
nope nuh un NOT me

I did NOT
find my cat on pillow and ,instead of kicking her off, just leave her there cause she looked so incredibly comfortable
nope nuh uh NOT me

I did NOT
proceed to grab the peanut butter m&m's and eat them because everyone knows you never eat chocolate after 1am in the morning
nope nuh uh NOT me

I did NOT
get wide awake after eating the peanut butter m&m's and start playing around with my new camera
nope nuh uh NOT me


Here is what I did do:
I really did have a great time with Jen last night :) I had a wonderful time with the Lord. I actually went through and counted all my prayer journals since 2004 (that is when I started journaling) and I have completed 10 and have one that is really old but I still count it that makes 11 and then I am working on my 12th. Ok, that is kinda sad! :) What can I was 12 journals in 4 years...that is pretty good! And it is my outlet (I think that is what you call it!). The best thing about it is they are all prayer journals that I use to write letters to the Lord so I was happy to finally get them all out and count them!
I am starting a study in the book of Mark. Why? Well, Pastor Mike challenged me and Jen to go through the gospels and I decided that I would start in Mark. It is as simple as that! :)
Well...besides work and stuff...hmmm...that is all for now folks! Oh I am including a devotional that my friend sent me the other day. I thought it was good, you may not but hey it is my blog (I sound like a 2 year old!) and you don't have to read it! lol :) Blessings!

Nestled in His Arms

by Dr. Paul Chappell

“And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that we perish? And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. And he said unto them, Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith?”
Mark 4:38–40
The only place to find peace in the midst of a storm is in the Maker of the storm.
Long ago, a man sought the perfect picture of peace. Not finding one that satisfied, he announced a contest to produce this masterpiece. The challenge stirred the imagination of artists everywhere, and paintings arrived from far and wide. Finally the great day of revelation arrived. The judges uncovered one peaceful scene after another, while the viewers clapped and cheered.

The tensions grew. Only two pictures remained veiled.

As a judge pulled the cover from one, a hush fell over the crowd. A mirror-smooth lake reflected lacy, green birches under the soft blush of the evening sky. Along the grassy shore, a flock of sheep grazed undisturbed. Surely this was the winner.
The man with the vision uncovered the second painting himself, and the crowd gasped in surprise. Could this be peace? A tumultuous waterfall cascaded down a rocky precipice; the crowd could almost feel its cold, penetrating spray. Stormy-gray clouds threatened to explode with lightning, wind and rain. In the midst of the thundering noises and bitter chill, a spindly tree clung to the rocks at the edge of the falls. One of its branches reached out in front of the torrential waters as if foolishly seeking to experience its full power.

A little bird had built a nest in the elbow of that branch. Content and undisturbed in her stormy surroundings, she rested on her eggs. With her eyes closed and her wings ready to cover her little ones, she manifested peace that transcends all earthly turmoil. Have you ever noticed the calming effect of nature? There’s nothing like taking a walk through a field, admiring the beauty of flowers, or sitting under the canopy of a large tree. God’s creation has a peaceful aura to it.
Sadly, sometimes nature’s peace can be disrupted by outside factors. But one place that is always peaceful is in the arms of God. No matter what storm or trial is going on, God always provides peace and rest.
When trials or storms come into your life, where do you run? Do you seek refuge from a friend, a certain place, or somewhere else? The disciples discovered that the only person who could calm the seas and give them peace was the Maker of the storm—God.

I don’t know what trial or storm you face today, but I do know that God is willing to give you peace. Just as the mother bird stretched out her wings to protect her children, God wants to stretch out His arms and give you peace. Take time now to seek the peace of God. Refuse to worry about the trial, and let Him fill your heart with the peace that passes all understanding.


leanne said...

So you got what, 4-ish hours of sleep? Sounds a bit like me last night. I got 5 hours because I was studying for an exam. I just got back from taking it and it's only 8:24 in the morning! I have the whole day ahead of me yet.

Nice pictures. :)

Kelly Bryant said...

Pretty darn cool devotional! My brain is numb! Too many numbers! AHhhhhhhhhh!

Kelly Bryant said...

Oh, btw, I have resolved to wear a helmet if I am doing any serious trick-type biking. What brought this on? I crashed. Check out my blog to find out the whole story...