Tuesday, August 28, 2001

What a great band. What conviction!

The best cure for wanting to be the boss is to become the boss.

Sunday, August 26, 2001

We have three days of rain in the forecast! I love waking up to a rainy morning! And a Sunday no less!

Saturday, August 25, 2001

This is an interesting article about current religious best sellers, including the Prayer of Jabez. The author correctly states that what would be better than reading this book, would be to read anything from the book of Psalms. You've got to realize that although the author (Bruce Wilkinson, whom I respect and admire) has some good points, NOTHING can replace the Scriptures.

One other point the article's author states is this: "What makes these bad best sellers noteworthy is what they tell us about the spiritual marketplace. Millions of seekers are looking for religious nourishment, but they can’t tell authentic loaves of bread from the congealed mush put out by self-serving hustlers. It’s a seller’s market." One thing I have always tried to shy away from is petty Christianity. It has to be MEATY to meet my approval. In other words, "God's Little Book of (fill in the blank" would NOT, I REPEAT, NOT be a good gift for me.
Great spot for Artist Links for Christian artists.

Wow, this has been a week. On Sunday I started a Bible study class by Beth Moore entitled "Breaking Free." We did the first lesson Sunday, and it will be about breaking our chains of captivity in this life. More than just freedom from sin (a.k.a. salvation), but also freedom from whatever is in our lives, from childhood or what-not. The study is based on the book of Isaiah, and it's gonna be really good. I've already done all the homework this week, and it's already fantastic. God has really spoken to me already. I didn't think I had things binding me up, but apparently so. Depression seems to be at least one area that Satan really tries to use in my life. I struggled with that just yesterday and today. (Oh, yea, pride too). Anyhoo...the first four days of the study dealt with the kings during Isaiah's life. About 1/2 were good kings, but still dealt with issues (such as pride.) One king (was it Hezekiah?) was such a good king throughout his life, but then in the end, he developed a prideful attitude, and was stricken with leprosy. When he died, he was not buried with his ancestors, because of the leprosy, and all people said about him was how he had leprosy. It's quite amazing that pride could be that devestating. I dealt with that even last night and today...as well as depression. I knew it too, but didn't want to deal with it...(too hard). Finally, I cried out to God, just weeping, and asked Him to help me. I thought...I'm a terrible mom, wife, and supervisor. Yet, God has put me in all of those positions at this time in my life. I want to scream "Why me, God? I can't do all this?" (sounds like someone I remember in the Bible...oh yea, Moses!). Anyway, I told hubby this, and he said "Maybe God doesn't want YOU to do all those things. Maybe He wants to do those things THROUGH YOU." (Moses...) Well, I'm rambling once again....but God has done so much for me. And honestly, I didn't feel like talking much to Him yesterday or today. Isn't He good...that even when our sinful selves don't want Him, He still reaches out to us? I'm in awe.

Monday, August 20, 2001

It has rained 5 days in a row!!! Woo-hoo. Thank God He answers prayer!

Saturday, August 18, 2001

I tried to say that my Grandma was a missionary withWycliffe Bible Translatorsin Mexico. She's a very Godly woman.

We've had 3 days of rain!! God is good ALL THE TIME! Soon the Rio Grande will reach the ocean again I trust!

Hubby had a prayer breakfast this morning, and he came home, preferring to spend the day with the family since he doesn't have school. He and the kids cooked breakfast this morning while I slept in. Life is good!

I was sharing the other morning with the kids about the gospel. My thinking was that the more I share with them, the more likely they are going to be to accept it someday. I told them how they could ask Jesus into their hearts. The next morning my four year old son told me he asked Jesus to come into his heart the night before. Is God awesome or what? I told him the angels are singing now!! I know many of you are as well! My eyes are filled with tears right now. I doubted it for a while, but Jacob understands enough. The theology and all will come later, but praise Jesus he'll be in heaven with us!! Then I thought about what Jesus said...Suffer the little children come unto Me. God is so good!

Friday, August 17, 2001

Okay what I was trying to say in that last post was that my Grandma was a missionary with posted by Lorri at

Thursday, August 16, 2001

My verse of the day: 2 Timothy 2:22 (In the New Living Translation): Run from anything that stimulates youthful lust. Follow anything that makes you want to do right. Pursue faith and love and peace, and enjoy the companionship of those who call on the Lord with pure hearts.

My dear sweet Grandma sent me a book for my birthday. Just got it today, but it's called "The Christian's Secret of a Happy Life" by Hannah Whitall Smith. Now, if I were in a bookstore, that title would throw me off, and I'd just keep on looking. But it's a classic book, by a woman who died in 1911. I have a feeling if my Grandma sent it to me, it's with good reason! She was a missionary with posted by Lorri at

Today's reading by Spurgeon is so fitting for today. God has sent rain upon our land, and it has rained all night long. God deserves all the praise and glory for that...and for the rain that He will continue to send. Where would we be if not for the grace of God? Starving and thirsting to the point of death. I am so desperate for God's grace and mercy in my life, both physically and spiritually..I think the rain is a foretelling physically of what He will do spiritually in me. Thank you Jesus for your blessings!

I forgot to mention another blessing I received yesterday...I came home to find that not only had my husband cleaned the house, but he had also gone to the grocery store and stocked up the house...before coming home from work. What a wonderful husband he is!!

Wednesday, August 15, 2001

My Hawaiian name is Lolina!
That's twice now I've done a long and involved post only to be kicked out. Oh well, I'll just try again. This week has been full of blessings and stresses. I can only think of the blessings though!

Monday morning, I took my kids to daycare (as usual), but had a surprise waiting for me this day. One of the godliest women I know (Silly) is going to be teaching my children in montessori! I called Jim when I got to work and said "we're blessed!" God wants me to work, I know that for sure. What better blessing could He give me than to have Silly teaching my children. I can't think of someone I'd rather have doing that! God is so good, all the time!

Next was prayer meeting tonight, and that's always awesome. After I usually go to choir (been doing that for as long as I can remember). But for some reason God has been calling me away from that. So I didn't really have anywhere to go after prayer. Last week I went to a Bible study about John, and that was really good (isn't the book of John awesome!). But this week, God led me to four other women who were going to visit folks who had visited church on Sunday. That was a blessing! These are some of the most Godly women I know (and yes, Silly went too!). God is so good! I think that's what I'll be doing on Wednesday evenings from now on! Woohoo! Does God provide or what!??!!!!

When we got back to church, the youth band "Barefoot" was playing my favorite song "Let My Words be few". And, it was raining! So God is blessing richly!

Tuesday, August 14, 2001

Turns out I have some famous birthday-mates. It's cool that Steve Martin's birthday is same day as mine, although a few years before me! :)

Monday, August 13, 2001

Here's a great site for worship, prayer, and praying for our college students. These guys know how to worship I tell ya! It's called:: Passion Network ::. More tomorrow....which is my birthday coincidentally! :)

Sunday, August 12, 2001

Happy Birthday to my MOM!!! She's just a couple of years older than me! I love you mom!
Oh, I found a great site for listening to worship music. Check it out...listen...you'll love it.

Wednesday, August 08, 2001

I got a letter yesterday from my cousin Tammy. She and her husband are both English teachers in a country that does not allow missionaries. They are on sabbatical here in the US. She's probably in her early twenties. She was telling of their friends they had made, and how they are sharing Jesus. People are responding, going to church, etc. It's illegal there to go to church. I complain all the time about my job and how bad it is when someone doesn't listen to me...about my house and how dirty it is...about how my church isn't singing the kind of music I'd really like for them to sing...that my kids might not get to go to Christian School...and then you hear about someone in another country. My cousin and her husband would probably pay with their lives if someone found out that they are sharing Christ. I heard of two women in Indonesia who were arrested and thrown in jail (just the other day) because they were sharing the faith. Then, in Indonesia, it's now against the law to be converted. Talk about convicting. I pray that God will help me remember these situations every time I want to start whining that I don't have enough money to go to Taco Bell for lunch today.

Tammy was also telling that they had miscarried this past year. Then she said they just found out that they are expecting again. People had told her not to tell about the new pregnancy yet. Here's what she said "If we wait to spread this news, we will miss out on all your prayers. We and our baby need all the help we can get these days. Yes, we are a bit nervous in wondering if this baby will go full term, or if we will lose this one as well, but God is tenderly looking over us. He has us, our baby, and our hearts in His hands. He will take care of us." Maybe I need to go to a country where Christ is illegal...how much she has grown!!

Jeff was just talking about this today. He was telling how God sometimes prunes us, which makes us grow more fruit. It's usually painful, but we grow so much more when God has pruned and dealt with us.

Tuesday, August 07, 2001

You said it...girlfriend!
Here's a new view about Halloween that I hadn't thought of before. Interesting.
This is a cute site. I had fun reading and singing along to the new lyrics...someone has put Christian words to lots of tunes...including Gilligans Island, The Flinstones, and others.

Sunday, August 05, 2001

Some great articles and information here. I enjoy listening to Chuck Colson...he has some surprising viewpoints.
This is the wallpaper I use on my computer. It's really cool, you should try it.

I was thinking more about the Harry Potter debate, and another verse came into my mind...Romans 12:1-2 - Be not conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Just another thought!
I know, it's been a while, but it's been hectic around here. Work was really bad not only Thursday, but Friday as well. Things have been really tense lately and that's not good. It's been stretching my faith, though. I'm learning to trust in God to help me do the right thing, no matter what people at work might think. I have to go home and look myself in the mirror at the end of the day. I have to face my husband and my God and say, "I did my best today." If I can't, then I'm doing the wrong thing.

I might have told this story before, but indulge me. I heard Greg Laurie giving an illustration once about a shipping company trying to ship fresh fish to a restaurant. They tried killing the fish, freezing it, and sending it. But it would arrive stale. Then they tried keeping it alive and shipping it. Then, it arrived dead, but not very fresh. Then once they put the fish in an aquarium with a catfish (it's enemy), both alive. They shipped the fish this way. The restaurant then received the fish ALIVE and WELL. It's amazing that the fish had to have the enemy in the aquarium with it to be alive. I think work is my catfish right now, and I'm coming out alive and well (I only hope!). And only with God's help.

I've been reading some debates about the Harry Potter books. Here's my opinion. I don't like them. They are filled with witchcraft and the occult and I don't wish to participate in such things. I feel the Holy Spirit has convicted me that these are wrong. I always use Phillipians 4:8. If you can read that book right after reading that verse, well then maybe God hasn't convicted you in the same way that He's convicted me. And that's okay. Just because I don't think it's right, doesn't mean you can't think it's right. But I would also use the other verse (I'll have to find where that is) when Paul says "All things are lawful, but not all things are profitable." Because of God's grace, we can do just about anything. But, what would be the gain? Just some thoughts of my own...

I'll try to work on the comments...something happened and they don't quite work. :)

Thursday, August 02, 2001

Work is really terrible today, so those of you who know what's going on, would you just keep me in your prayers? After an awesome prayer time yesterday, too. Satan's such a jerk.