Sin

My pastor once said that “sin will take you farther than you ever intended to go, make you stay longer than you ever intended to stay, and make you pay more than you ever intended to pay.” 

Can I get an Amen?

Recap

This week has flown by.  We’ve gone swimming, to the orthodontist, looked at cars, went to see Wall E, and hung out.  Swimming was great, orthodontist was frustrating, Wall E was really cute, and hanging out was relaxing.  Looking at cars was….enough to make me homicidal!  Seriously, the car market stinks!  Unless you’re a car salesman, then all the cars sitting on the lot are very rare gems, worth quite a lot.  And your trade in is worthless!  The whole thing has made me very grumpy!  I’m praying for God’s direction, because sometimes my heart tends to get in the way.  We just want to save a little money, and I would get much better gas mileage with a mini van.  I just never thought I’d drive a mini van.  I don’t feel old enough to drive a mini van.  No offense to anyone, because I actually really liked one when I gave it a chance.  It drives really nice, the keyfob that opens the doors and the back hatch are really nice, it is quite roomy, and has the same seating capacity as my Escalade.  I took it to CVS and got a couple of things, and there was quite a lot of room in the back.  I love the Stow and Go storage.  That would be great for the Hot Wheels, blankets, water bottles and snacks that we seem to always have rolling around on the floor. 

Now it’s decision time.  Anyone out there have a mini van with some suggestions for me?

Quotations

The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago.  The second best time is today.  Chinese Proverb

If you are planning for a year, sow rice.  If you are planning for a decade, plant trees.  If you are planning for a lifetime, educate people.  Chinese Proverb

If you can talk, you can sing; If you can walk, you can dance.  African Proverb

Tell me who’s your friend, and I’ll tell you who you are.  Russian Proverb

A joy that’s shared is a joy made double.  John Ray, English Proverbs

Worry often gives a small thing a big shadow.  Swedish Proverb

Man plans; God laughs.  Yiddish saying

When elephants fight, the grass always is the one that suffers.  Swahili saying

Wherever the heart is, the feet don’t hesitate to go.  Togo saying

When you were born, you cried and the world rejoiced.  Live your life in such a way so that when you die, the world cries and you rejoice.  Indian proverb.

Visitor’s footfalls are like medicine; they heal the sick.  Bantu proverb

No snowflake ever falls in the wrong place.  Zen saying

The death of an old person is like the loss of a library.  African proverb

Danger and delight grow on one stalk.  English proverb

When “Do no evil” has been understood, then learn the harder, braver rule, “Do good.”  Arthur Guiterman,A Poet’s Proverbs

The beginning of health is to know the disease.  Spanish proverb

It is part of the cure to wish to be cured.  Latin proverb

A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor’s book.  Irish proverb

Crazy

I can’t believe it’s been over a week since my last post!  I’ll try to catch you up.  Saturday was the second dance competition of the season.  It was a good one.  Some of them have dances that look like they’re choreographed for strip clubs, but I only saw one that was offensive.  I see that and wonder what their parents are thinking when they see these young girls dancing like that.  Anyway, our group of God fearing and loving girls, and one boy scored high!  Two Golds and one Elite Gold.  They also placed in the top 5 overalls, winning $350!  That money will go to Invisible Children because we have such wonderful directors! 
Sunday was church, and not much else.  Brooke and I were tired from the 14 hours on Saturday, so we laid around and watched the snow melt.  We also worked on a scrapbook for her language project, while the boys made snowmen. 

On Monday, Brian had a small surgical procedure.  He was off work until Wednesday, so we tended to him.  Mostly he slept and I kept Matthew quiet.  It’s been great weather, finally!  The sun has been shining, and the temperatures have been in the 60’s.  Today it’s raining and dreary.  I’ll take anything over 40 right now though, because it feels like a heat wave. 

I think Mom and Dad are coming up tomorrow.  Brooke has another competition, but this one is on Sunday.  Thankfully we won’t be there all day, but we will have to miss church. 

In my 90 day bible reading, I was so glad to arrive in the New Testament.  I’m reading Mark today.  We’re right on track to finishing up on April 1st.  It’s been a great way to stay in the Word daily.  I’m also reading a book called Fasting, by Jentezen Franklin.  I feel an urgency to commit more of myself to the Lord right now with fasting and prayer, and so do the other members of my 1 Peter 3 group.  I suggested last night a 40 day fast, and the response has been good.  Pray for us as we embark on this walk. 

Prayer brings up another subject that has been on my heart.  I feel so blessed to have your prayer requests, and take them to the throne room for you.  I’m being called to pray more, in an intercessory way, and I’m learning how to do this.  I want to set up a separate page, or link, for you to go to and leave me your prayer requests.  I would love to pray for you!  I also plan on setting up a separate email account, so you can feel free to email your more personal requests to me.  Please know that I will not share your needs with anyone but the Lord.  It is my honor to pray for you.  I’m just putting this out there, because I don’t even have anything set up yet.  You’ll be the first to know when I do! 
I think you’re all caught up now, somewhat boring as my life is, but crazy too! 

Internet Growth

I was reading something interesting the other day about computers and the internet.  Did you know that….

  • More than one Billion people worldwide use the internet from their homes, offices and schools. 
  • You can search in more than 200 Million sites, and 235,000 are being added every month.
  • The reach of the internet as a source of information in the U. S. has increased from 60 to 70% of total households.
  • There are about 200 Million e-mail boxes in the U.S. and only 109 Million of those are for business users.
  • In the year 2000, more than 7 Trillion e-mails were sent.
  • Nearly 50% of the U.S. population communicates by e-mail.
  • Two out of every three Americans spend time online daily
  • The average e-mail user receives 31 e-mails per day.

So, how do you rank?  How often do you log on?  Where do you log on?  Are you quickly on and off, or do you like to browse and window shop?  How do you use the WWW.?