Monday, February 28, 2011
Thanks for giving me such joy this morning Beth!
This is beautiful to watch and if you feel any stress with getting things done or not having enough time, this will make you appreciative of all we have!
Turn up your sound too! Enjoy!
I have turned off my blog music for a few days so that it can not be heard along with this video.
When you have a few minutes to view the video, click on the link below.
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
My chains are gone, I've been set free.
I have been learning a lot about slavery and bondage and being set free in the musical I am now taking part in. It is the story of Huck Finn and his friend, Jim.
Jim is a man of color, and he runs from place to place trying to stay free. He is held in chains for part of the production. He is treated as a slave for part of the show, and, for a greater part, he is treated as a man, a simple, ordinary man, separated from his family, desperately trying to be reunited with them. Songs such as "Do Ya Wanna Go to Heaven?" and "How Blest We Are" and "Free at Last" are some of my favorites. "I wish by golly I could spread my wings and fly and let my grounded soul be free for just a little while. To be like eagles when they ride up on the wind and taste the sweetest taste of freedom for my soul. And be Free at last, free at last. Great God Almightly I'd be free at last".
Most Christians assume that freedom means freedom from obligation and the hard work of obedience. But freedom in Christ is not described that way in the Bible. We are not given a license to do whatever we wish. Christians are no longer held as slaves to sin. We are free to obey. We are enslaved to God to serve Him and love Him.
The problems arise when we replace our slavery to God with slavery to anything else. God wants us enslaved to nothing and no one besides Him.
Are you enslaved to something other than God?
“For whatever a person succumbs to, to that he is enslaved.” 2 Peter 2:19
I am so blessed to be a part of this musical production, "Big River" and I can certainly say how very fortunate I am to be free, free, free at last!
Monday, February 14, 2011
Whether pretty or plain you see,
When I’m all dressed up or in PJs,
You just keep on loving me.
Other times grumpy and sad;
Your absolute love never wavers,
Whether I’m grouchy or glad.
And sometimes I criticize;
But I feel something melting within me,
When I see all the love in your eyes.
However I choose to be;
Having my love makes you happy,
So you just keep on loving me.
Whatever else I do,
One thing is sure; no matter what,
I’ll just keep on loving you.
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
My mind has been on Tripp lately. I have followed the stories of a couple of babies who have a condition called Junctional Epidermolysis Bullosa.
I have followed his story and prayed for him and his parents as they struggle with his disease called Junctional Epidermolysis Bullosa. He faces a life of painful blisters, hair, nail, and major teeth issues, as well as the possibility of respiratory involvement.
JEB is an autosomal recessive condition. This means both parents are healthy carriers. Healthy carriers are non-symptomatic and will never develop the illness. When each parent has a copy of the altered gene, there is a 25% or 1 in 4 chance the child will be affected by Junctional EB. Unfortunately, there is no test to detect carriers for JEB. We are made aware that the parents are carriers after the child is born.
Pray for Tripp with me. Pray for his parents. I CAN NOT EVEN IMAGINE THEIR PAIN. THEIR BABY WAS BORN, SEEMINGLY PERFECT, AND IN 2 YEARS, THIS IS WHERE THEY ARE AT:
This is a part of statements written by his mama...
"I worked as a nurse in geriatric/psychiatric. I loved and miss my job, but now that my precious boy is born, I am a 24/7 stay at home Mommy. I dedicate every second of my life to Tripp and I treasure every second that we have together. Though caring for him is a very tough job, I would not trade any of it for a second. Tripp has taught me true love, patience, respect and selflessness. Being a Mommy has changed my life, but being TRIPP'S Mommy has brought so much joy and happiness into my life. I am entrusting Tripp's life into God's hands. He knows best. May His will be done-not mine. "
A Special Child
And God was well aware,
You’d need a caring family,
With love enough to share.
And so He sent you to us,
And much to our surprise,
You haven’t been a challenge,
But a blessing in disguise.
Your winning smiles and laughter,
The pleasures you impart,
Far outweigh your special needs,
And melt the coldest heart.
We’re proud that we’ve been chosen,
To help you learn and grow,
The job that you have brought us,
Is more than you can know.
A precious gift from Heaven,
A treasure from above,
A child who’s taught us many things,
But most of all- “Real Love”
Wednesday, February 2, 2011
Marissa painted this for me. She printed words around the pansies:
I thought of you with love today, but that is nothing new. I thought of you yesterday and the day before that too. I think of you in silence. I often speak your name. All I have left are memories and a picture in a frame. Your memory is my keepsake with which I'll never part. God has you in His keeping. I have you in my heart.
"Love You Forever."
I do, you know.