Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Hope in the Lord

A Song of Ascents. Of David. Lord, my heart is not haughty, Nor my eyes lofty. Neither do I concern myself with great matters, Nor with things too profound for me.
Surely I have calmed and quieted my soul,
Like a weaned child with his mother;
Like a weaned child is my soul within me.
O Israel, hope in the Lord
From this time forth and forever.

-Psalm 131

I think too often we concern ourselves with "What will Heaven look like? Will it be on earth, or in the sky? Will he be there? Surely SHE won't be there...right?"
David is saying here, that He HAS stopped concerning himself with great matters and things too profound for him. We need to learn from him.We needn't concern ourselves with thngs too lofty and profound. God didn't tell us in His Word exactly where Heaven would be, or what exactly it would look like (He has given us broad descriptions, but sometimes we want more...Like 'How many houses to a street..' or 'Will there even be streets?'. He also said that only HE knows who will be in Heaven. The people we are just SURE will be in Heaven, may not be there at all!
The only thing we can do is hope in the Lord and not worry about anything too lofty for our own good.


Friday, December 10, 2010

Long time...No Blog...

Hey peeps!
I haven't blogged in FOREVER! But, I have an excuse. I've been babysitting at least 8 hours a week (over 2-3 days) and doing school and Christmas shopping and getting ready for Wisconsin (YAY!) and...and...and.... :)

Here's a couple passages for y'all.

"Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the laws my servant Moses gave to you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever we go.
This is what the Lord says-your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: "I am the Lord your God, who teachers you what is best for you, who directs you in the way you should go. If only you had paid attention to my commands, your peace would have been like a river, your well-being like the waves of the sea." "

-Joshua 1:7,Isaiah 48:17-18

Be strong and courageous in your faith, even when it's tough...and listen to God! He knows the master plan and knows what is best for us. In this passage, it says "If only you had paid attention to my commands, your peace would have been like a river..." Hmmm, what would it be like to really have peace flowing like a river?


Monday, November 15, 2010

One Solitary Life

He was born in an obscure village,
The child of a peasant woman.
He grew up in yet another obscure village,
where He worked in a carpenter's shop until he was thirty.
Then for three years he was an itinerant preacher.

He never wrote a book.
He never held a public office.
He never had a family of His own.
He never owned a home.
He never went ot college.
He never traveled two hundred miles from the place where He was born.
He did none of those things one usually associates with greatness.
He had no credentials but Himself.

He was only thirty-tree when the tide of public opinion turned against Him.
His friends ran away. One of them denied Him;
another betrayed Him.
He went through the mockery of a trial.
He was nailed to a cross between two thieves, and
He was laid in a burrowed grace
through the kindness of a friend.

Twenty centuries have come and gone.
Today he is the centerpiece of the human race
and the leader of mankind's progress.
All the armies that ever marched,
All the navies that ever sailed,
All the parliaments that ever sat,
All the kings that ever reigned,

All the great things of this world put together
have not affected ths life of man upon this earth
as powerfully as that
One Solitary Life.

-James Allan Francis (adapted)
(From "The Gospels-Jesus and His Followers" by ABeka)

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Do You Earnestly Seek Him?

Psalm 63:1-8

O God, you are my God,
earnestly I seek You;
my soul thirsts for You,
my body longs for You,
in a dry and weary land
where there is no water

I have seen You in the sanctuary
and beheld Your power and your glory.
Because Your love is better than life,
my lips will glorify You.

I will praise You as long as I live,
and in Your name I will lift up my hands.
My soul will be satisfied as with the richest of foods;
with singing lips my mouth will praise you.

Okay, soooo...Long time no blog. But no worries, I'm back :)
This psalm was written by David when he was actually in a desert. This DOES, however pertain to us.
Do we earnestly seek Him {Like we are} in a dry land with no water? We've seen His power and glory....But do we really think that His love is better than life? Are our souls really satisfied with Him as with food? Sadly, usually not. I was reading this blog post by one of the pastors at my church and it really hit me on the head. I'm usually more satisfied in self-image, gadgets, food and coffee than I am in God.

I have a LOT to work on. Do you?


Thursday, October 28, 2010

Are You Allowing God To Be In The Driver's Seat?

Last Night at MidWeek, we were talking about our futures. It really hit me hard. My plans may not even matter...God knows what my life will entail, and I need to make sure our plans are the same.

We had to fill out a sheet with what we spend time doing (like playing sports, working, getting ready in the morning) and then what our future plans are, and finally what our plans are for the end of our lives..
Then, we had to mix the papers up and get someone else's paper. The purpose of this was to realize that our plans may not work out like we think they will. The paper we picked up looked nothing like our own plans.
We really need to ask God what His plan is for our life, and how He plans to use us. Whether we like it or not, He IS in the driver's seat, and we are passengers. No matter how badly we want to "drive", He is always there, and He knows best....."For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you. Plans to give you a hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11


Monday, October 25, 2010

"Making a Covenant"

This week in my Teen CBS lesson, we are talking about God's promises and covenants to Abram (Genesis 15:7-21). Some of the questions from the book and my answers are below.

-What additional prophetic information about the future of his descendants did God give at this time? Abram's descendants would be slaves for 400 years.
-Why do you think God delayed the fulfillment of His promise to Abram for such a long time? I think He wanted to teach them/us to be patient and to trust Him
-What promise of Jesus to the Church are we waiting for God to fulfill? (Matt.24:30-31) Jesus will come back to take all Christians back to Heaven
-Why has God delayed the fulfillment of this promise? He wants everyone to have a chance to come to repentance.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Come To Me, While You're Burdened

Matthew 11:28-30 (NIV)
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke in easy and my burden is light.

When I read this passage, it has two meanings to me,(it may mean totally different things to you, depending on what you are going through in your life...thats the great thing about the Bible :D)

"Come to me,all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest."

1. We all go to Him when we are burdened and weary to accept Him as our Savior.

2. I think we also go to Him weary and burdened as Christians, because let's face it, living as a Christian in this world is not easy, is makes us weary and burdened. The world doesn't like Christians.

The awesome thing is, no matter which situation we are in, He will give us rest, and allow us to take his easy yoke, and give Him the one we are having problems with.

Remember, He doesn't say "Come to me when your life is hunky-dory." He says "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened."

Don't get me wrong, we are supposed to go to Him when life is awesome, and thank Him for it.
BUT, we are not supposed to try to work our lives out by ourselves.

So, next time you're going through a trial, remember that you are to consider it pure joy, because it tests your faith and develops perseverence (James 1:2-3) (Wait, WHAT?! Yes, consider it JOY to go through hard times)
AND, you're supposed to go to God, and trade Him your burden for His light one...


Sunday, October 3, 2010


I am currently in the book of Numbers during my Chronological Bible Reading Plan, and as I was reading some genealogy last night, I remembered what Mr Bryan from TCBS said the other night. He said something to the effect of:
"Yes, Genesis may seem boring, and you may be tempted (as am I) to just skip over the Genealogy. A good thing to think about while reading it, is 'God knows each of our names, while my name may not be in this book (the Bible) it in in the Book of Life in Heaven. God put every word of His Bible there for a reason, and therefore we should not skip over parts.' "

So, just try to remember while you read genealogy that 1) We all DID start with Adam and Eve, and then only Noah later, and we KNOW that for a fact because God has written it in His Word.
2) Our names are in the Book of Life, so we should do our best to try to at least read His Word.


Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Are you a "Real" Christian?

This was our message tonight at Midweek at FBCPville....It is so true...Thanks Matt!

Vivid:Real or Fake?
"James 2:14-26"

-What good is it to have faith with no deeds?

If someone takes on the name of Christ, they have to live like they have Him in them.

Faith is not real if there is no....

1. Transformation
-Transformation: to undergo a change

-If we have Jesus inside of us, we should be bearing fruits [of the Spirit]

2. Compassion

"1 John 3:17"
-If we see someone in need and don't reach out to them, how can we say the love of God is in us?
"Matthew 25:34-35"
-When you reach out to those who I've nothing, you are reaching out to God.

3. Demonstration

-It's impossible to demonstrate what you don't have. (Christ in your life)

"Matthew 5:16"
-Let your light shine! People will see your light, and praise God because of your light.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Show The Lord's Light While We Are In The World

"John 9:1-7"

As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked him, "Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?"
"Neither this man nor his parents sinned," said Jesus, "but this happened so that the work of God might be displayed in his life. As long as it is day, we must do the work of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work. While I am in the world, I am the light of the world."
Having said this, he spit on the ground, made some mud with the saliva, and put it on the man's eyes. "Go," he told him, "wash in the Pool of Siloam" (this word means Sent). So the man went and washed, and came home seeing.

-So, This guy was blind, and the disciples thought that it was his parent's fault, or even his fault that he was born blind. It turns out, the man was only blind because God wanted to show His work in the man's life. Jesus then healed the man, so that He could see. Even though we may not be blind, God uses our weaknesses to grow us stronger, and to show His work though us.
We are to do His work as long as it is day (or as long as we live on this earth), Jesus goes on to say "While I am in the world, I am the light of the world."
Well....The Holy Spirit lives in us, so we are to show the Lord's light while we are in the world!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

For WHEN You Sin.....

In Teen CBS this year, we are studying Genesis.
Although at first I thought, Genesis? Really? I've read Genesis countless times, I already know it all! But then, I thought, God will show me something in Genesis that I've never realized.
Guess what! It already happened in the 2nd chapter.

Genesis 2: 16-17
And the LORD God commanded the man, "You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die."

Ummm...WOW. God knew we would sin, obviously...but He is telling us that He knows, and that WHEN we eat of it, we'll surely die, not IF.

Genesis 3:8-10

Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the LORD God as He was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the LORD God among the trees of the garden. But the LORD God called to the man, "Where are you?" He answered, "I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid."

Okay, So now...the Lord was walking in the garden with them (as he is always walking with us, whether we like it or not...He always knows what we are up to.) Then, they thought they could hide from God (as we think a lot). The Lord then called to Adam, even though it could have just walked over there, He wanted Adam to come to Him, and confess. Adam was afraid and hid, as we so often are, too.

Remember, no matter how much we want to, we can't hide from God..He's always watching you, and other people are watching you as a Christian.


Thursday, September 16, 2010

Thoughts on drinking alcohol

In Biblical times, people drank water with a little feremented grape juice in it, because straight water was not safe to drink. Today, people drink alcoholic beverages:
1. to be artificially stimulated (to get high) or
2. to be artificially relaxed (calmed down) or
3. to have artificial joy (pleasureable sensations) or
4. to be accepted by others who drink alcohol.

God wants His people:
1. to get their joy (high) in their relationship with Him
2. to get their peace (calmness) in their relationship with Him
3. to get their true pleasure (not artificial pleasure) from Him
4. to get their acceptance from God and His people.

A Christian who drinks any kind of alcohol cannot be an effective witness for Christ. God calls His people to separate from the world, and judges our motives as well as our actions (1 Corinthians 3:13)

-"The Gospels: Jesus and His Followers" -ABeka

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Don't Store Up Treasures On Earth.....

— Matthew 6:19-21 —
"Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also."

Hmmm....Don't store up your treasures only here, but store up things in Heaven...Because when you store your treasures in Heaven, your heart will be there also...
I need to work on that...iPhone, Laptop, my car...vs Showing Jesus' love, Telling people about Jesus, and just being joyful...


Tuesday, September 7, 2010

The 7 "I Am's"

John gives the 7 "I Am's" of Jesus in the book of John..
I am the bread of life (John 6:35)
I am the light of the world. (John 8:12,9:5)
I am the door (to heaven) (John 10:7)
I am the good shepherd (John 10:11)
I am the ressurection, and the life. (John 11:25)
I am the way, the truth, and the life (John 14:6)
I am the true vine (John 15:1)

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

"Jesus Told The Wind To Be Quiet.."

So, We had a 'Back to School Bash' Tonight at FBC Pville, and it was really awesome.
A lot of people came, and a lot of people accepted Christ...Now, onto WHY they accepted Christ!
The message was by Kacy Benson and it was about storms that happen in our lives.
Mark 4: 35-40
Jesus had taught parables earlier in the day, and then decided to go to the other side of the river with His disciples.
Jesus got on the boat and fell fast asleep, meanwhile, a storm was brewing...The waves were coming up over the boat, and the boat was about to go under (Like the whale watching tour in San Fran ;D...Long story..). The disciples go over to Jesus and wake Him up...They're freaking out because they are about to die, this storm is about to overtake them and their boat.
Jesus got up and TOLD the wind to be quiet, and everything became still. WOW....That is crazy! I probably would have just sat there with my mouth wide open. Imagine what the disciples were thinking!

Jesus turned to them and said "Why are you so afraid? Do you STILL have no faith?"

This is like the little 'storms' we have in our own lives, we get so caught up in everything sometimes, that everything feels like it's crashing down, and sometimes, it really is. But, if you ask God for help, He will come in and tell the 'wind' to be quiet, and everything will become still.



Monday, August 30, 2010


I've had this song on repeat in my car...It's SO encouraging... Remember, we are called to be different and to make a difference. No one will want to become a 'Christian' if 'Christians' are living the same life as people that don't call themselves Christians.

"Human" by Natalie Grant

Every life has a choice
To rise up to fill the void
Every heart has a mission
And we are called to be human

We gotta do better than this cuz we only got
One chance to make a difference
We gotta do better than this cuz we only got
One life that we've been given
A little love, a little kindness
A little light in this time of darkness
It'll be what makes us different
It'll be what makes us human
I'm human, you're human, we are human

We are marked with His image
And we are scarred with indifference
Maybe now we should listen
Hear the cry of God's children

Gotta do better than this cuz I only got
One chance to make a difference
Gotta do better than this cuz I'm only
Just one

I'm human, you're human, we are
We are human

It'll be what makes the difference
It'll be what makes us human

Sunday, August 29, 2010

A note for the day...

How AWESOME is it to know that God will NEVER let you fall AND He will never pass away. Literally...NEVER. On top of that, Jesus paid our debt of sin so that we can spend eternity with Him! He didn't just pay our debts, but He genuinely wants to know us. He wants to spend time with us, just as our earthly Fathers want to spend time with us.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Wanna know something crazy??

I drove. my car. by myself. yesterday.
Yes, It was quite strange, it didn't feel like it was legal, but I guess it is!
And school started on Monday...I think I will feel like shredding my Chemistry and Geometry DVDs when I'm done, but oh well :)
Speaking of which, I probably should get back to school...

Friday, August 13, 2010

My Car!!!!

I know, I know...It's been a little more than 1 day, but the pic is here now :) This is my 2004 Camry LE :) I love it...I've already put 200 miles on it!

Thursday, August 5, 2010

I got a car!!!!!!

Hey there, peeps!
I got a car!!!! A Tan 2004 Camry with leather! It's so pretty, and it only has 59,000 miles on it!
And, silly me, put pictures on Facebook early this afternoon, but didn't copy them to my hard drive. Bless.My.Heart.
Sooo, I will upload pictures tomorrow :)

Monday, August 2, 2010

Living Free-Free Choice

These are the notes I took at church yesterday....It was an awesome sermon!
Living Free-Free Choice
"Galatians 5:1-15"
-Every choice we make has a consequence.
-God wants us to make the right choices in life. He encourages us to make the right choices.
-Making the right choices allows us to enjoy the best consequences in life.
What are the right choices?
1. Choose to STAND FIRM
Jesus desires for us to have freedom. He died so we could have it! We have to stand firm in order to have freedom.
A. Standing firm means really putting faith in Jesus.
-Having faith in Jesus means more than just acknowledging that He is the ONLY God. The demons acknowledge that!
-Our faith has to involve more than what the demons have.
Faith- "Hebrews11:1" Having the certainty in our relationship, even though we can't see Him.
-We live by faith (2 Corinthians 5:7)
-The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself though love. (Galatians 5:5)
B. Standing firm means not returning to our old lives.
"Galatians 5:1b"
-Don't allow yourself to be burdened by the yoke of slavery (of sin)
-Make the choice to stand firm (in your faith)
2. Choose to RUN WELL
A. "Running a good race" means obeying truth.
"Jeremiah 17:9"
The heart is deceitful, who can understand it?
-The heart is deceitful, don't follow it, don't trust it... It'll lead you astray.
What is truth?
"John 14:6"
I am the truth.
"John 8:31-32"
If you hold to my teachings, the truth will set you free.
Where do we find that truth?
"2 Timothy 3:16"
All Scripture is God breathed, That's where we find the truth.
The Bible is the ONLY source of absolute truth.
B. "Running a good race" means continuing in Gods truth without being distracted.
C. A little bit of disobedience can ruin a really good race.
3. Choose to SERVE OTHERS
A. God would have us choose to improve conditions for others.
B. Don't use the freedom you have in Christ to cater to your own needs, but serve each other.
C. Consciously and deliberately choose to serve...

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Noah...and the Ark

Noah's story still amazes me every time I read it. Yes, it is one of the first Bible stories that you ever learn as a child, but there is so much too it.
1) It hadn't rained ever , yet Noah listened to God when God told him to build an ark because the earth was going to flood with rain (because the earth was filled with wicked people). As you can imagine, everyone laughed at him, because they thought he was crazy. It must have taken a crazy amount of faith to continue building the ark when everyone was against you.

2)God told Noah, "Go into the ark with your wife, children and their wives, and take 2 of EVERY animal with you, Oh and make it an even 14 (7 of each male and female) of every clean animal. Oh yes, and 14 of every bird, too. Once your in there, stay for 7 days, then it'll start to rain..." It rained constantly for 40 days! The earth stayed flooded for 150 days! Then, Noah sent out doves every 7 days for 14 days to see if the earth was dry, and finally it was.

So, then Noah and his family gets off the ark, and they are literally the only humans alive on the PLANET.

Wow. That is faith.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

When Peter Left The Garden.....

Hey there! So obviously I didn't blog about my trip to San Francisco, I know....I know...I'm sorry! :)

The trip was awesome and we had a lot of fun...maybe in a couple posts I can catch y'all up on it!

I went to a church camp overnight, and I really loved the sermon.

When Peter was with Jesus or in the garden, he was so eager to protect Jesus (Matt 26:35 But Peter declared, "Even if I have to die with you, I will never disown you." And all the other disciples said the same.), even cutting a servant's ear off, trying to keep them away from Jesus.

Then, not long after, Peter left the garden, and no longer felt he could openly allow himself to be associated with Jesus (Matt 26:69-75 "Now Peter was sitting out in the courtyard, and a servant girl came to him. "You also were with Jesus of Galilee," she said. But he denied it before them all. "I don't know what you're talking about," he said. Then he went out to the gateway, where another girl saw him and said to the people there, "This fellow was with Jesus of Nazareth."
He denied it again, with an oath: "I don't know the man!" After a little while, those standing there went up to Peter and said, "Surely you are one of them, for your accent gives you away." Then he began to call down curses on himself and he swore to them, "I don't know the man!" Imediately a rooster crowed. Then Peter remembered the word Jesus had spoken: "Before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times." And he went outside and wept bitterly.)

Are you just like Peter, when you leave "the garden" or when you aren't around your church friends, you don't feel that you can show Jesus?


Sunday, June 27, 2010

Go to Him first

Lately God has been showing me through many people/books of the Bible that I need to go to Him first. When there is a problem in my life, I nees to talk to Him first...When something really awesome happens, I need to talk to Him first. It's great to talk to friends, but friends can come and go, while God is with you through thick and thin.

Friday, June 11, 2010

He will always guide you..if you call on His Name

'The Lord will guide you always; He will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and willstrengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail."
-Isaiah 58:11

"The sun will no more be your light by day,nor will the brightness of the moon shine on you, for the Lord will be your everlasting light, and your God will be your glory. Your sun will never set again and your moon will wane no more; the Lord will be your everlasting light, and your days of sorrown will end."
-Isaiah 60:19-20

But what does it say? "The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart," that is, the word of faith we are proclaiming: That if you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved. As the Scripture says, "Anyone who trusts in him will never be put to shame."For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile—the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, for, "Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved."
-Romans 10:8-13

Monday, June 7, 2010

Latest Travel Adventures!

Soooo, since my blog address is "kloves2travel", I guess I should fill y'all in on my latest travel adventures :)
In a couple weeks, Karen, Jenna and I are going to San Francisco for 10 days!
I haven't decided if I'm going to take my laptop or not, but I'll have my iPhone, so either way I hope to keep my blog updated with our adventures!

Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. -Psalm 119:105 (KJV)

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Do you desire to do God's will??

Psalm 40:8-17

I desire to do your will, O my God;
your law is within my heart."

I proclaim righteousness in the great assembly;
I do not seal my lips,
as you know, O LORD.

I do not hide your righteousness in my heart;
I speak of your faithfulness and salvation.
I do not conceal your love and your truth
from the great assembly.

Do not withhold your mercy from me, O LORD;
may your love and your truth always protect me.

For troubles without number surround me;
my sins have overtaken me, and I cannot see.
They are more than the hairs of my head,
and my heart fails within me.

Be pleased, O LORD, to save me;
O LORD, come quickly to help me.

May all who seek to take my life
be put to shame and confusion;
may all who desire my ruin
be turned back in disgrace.

May those who say to me, "Aha! Aha!"
be appalled at their own shame.

But may all who seek you
rejoice and be glad in you;
may those who love your salvation always say,
"The LORD be exalted!"

Yet I am poor and needy;
may the Lord think of me.
You are my help and my deliverer;
O my God, do not delay.

I read this a couple of days ago during my trek through the Bible in 90 days, and I thought "hm, 'my desire is to do your will, O my God,' Do I desire to do His will? Do I proclaim His righteousness in front of assemblies (or at least not hide the fact that I'm a Christian around certain people)? Am I a light?"

I have a lot to work on...Do you?


Friday, May 14, 2010

Inquire of the Lord

I've been reading in 1st and 2nd Kings, and I keep seeing the phrase "Inquire of the Lord". We read that and think "Ha, look at how stupid they were. They worshipped Baal and did whatever they wanted to, they didn't ask the Lord for help at times when it was so clear that things would have been easier if they would have."
That is so easy to read and see what they could have done when it's "them" we're talking about. We think that we are so much better than they were, but when we really look at ourselves, many things in our own lives would have turned out better if we had just asked God to help us make the decisions.


Thursday, May 13, 2010

Monday, May 3, 2010

He IS the Rock

He is the rock, His words are perfect and all His ways are just. A faithful God who does not wrong, upright and just is He.

Deuteronomy 32:4

His words are perfect. Think about that. Only God (and Jesus and the Holy Spirit) cna say that their words are perfect.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

God cannot tempt, He only tests

Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.
When tempted, no one should say, "God is tempting me." For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; but each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed.Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.

-James 1:2-3,13-15

In Sunday School today, I heard something that I'd never heard before. In these verses, it says "When tempted, no one should say, "God is tempting me." For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone;". God can test us, but he cannot tempt us. In order for him to tempt us, he would have to be evil, which he is not. It is the devil that tempts us through our own evil desires. Our evil desires then cause us to sin and then eventually we die (spiritually/eternally)
BUT, the cool thing is, we are to consider it JOY when we face trials because it develops perseverance (steady persistence in a course of action, a purpose, a state, etc., esp. in spite of difficulties, obstacles, or discouragement.)

SO, to sum it up, God can't tempt us, only Satan can and we are to be joyful when we are tested because it helps us develop persistence in our only Purpose in spite of all of the obstacles and persecution.

Thanks, God for testing us and never tempting us. You're pretty awesome.


Saturday, May 1, 2010

Verse of the Day

“And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.”
Hebrews 11:6

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

School's out!

Hey, Guess what!!!!
I'm done with school for the year! What am I going to do now, you might ask?
Well, I am going to do some more behind-the-wheel driving with the lovely ADS.
And, I'm going to knit my 3rd baby afghan.
And read the Bible in 90 days. I am already 10% of the way through the Bible in 10 days. :)

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Living Free-False Doctrines

These are my notes from church this week!

Living Free-False Doctrines
"Galatians 1:6-10"
We only want to embrance Christ's greatness-nobody else's!
-Any discussion of false doctrine needs to begin with the TRUE doctrine.
1. True Gospel
A. If it's not the gospel of grace, it's not the gospel of all!
Grace Acronym
B.Salvation comes by God's grace alone through faith in Christ alone.
C. Sanctification comes by God's grace alone through Christ alone.
"Galatians 3:1-3"
They were foolish by attempting to gain sanctification by doing works, when they saw Jesus being crucified with their very eyes.
We will not be charged ANYTHING for our salvation and sanctification.
Jesus already payed the price.
2. False Gospel
A. Any gospel that adds to or changes the simple presentation of the gospel is false.
B. It's hard to get where you want to go if you have wrong information.
There are many doctrines that people have made up that are not in Scripture.
There is ONE true gospel, and many false doctrines.
3. Our Gospel
A. What are we going to do with this marvelous gospel?
B. What are we going to do with this powerful Savior?

We've become way too sophisticated. The gospel has become ordinary to us bcause we've heard it so many times. It's not ordinary! It's magnificent. What are we going to do with it? Are we going to allow it to influence us?
Do we really want to allow it to be just ordinary? Embrace the Gospel and Savior!
It'll change your life!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Reading the Bible in 90 days!

A couple days ago, I thought to myself "There is NO reason I can't be reading the Bible every day. I am going to read every day like I have before." Then, I started looking at the reading plans on my YouVersion app on my phone, and I decided to read the Bible in 90 days.
I've told myself many times that I don't have time to read the Bible. Then I think about what I just said. I really don't have time to study the ONLY reason I am on this earth? Think again, Kathleen.
Check out the other plans that YouVersion has to offer!

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Living Free-Firm Foundations

These are my sermon notes from today....Is He your firm foundation?

Living Free-Firm Foundations
Dr Steve Washburn
"Galatians 1:1-5"
We need to understand the foundations upon which our faith rests.
1. The Father's Work.
A. He authored a plan to rescue us through His Son's death.
B. He raised Jesus from the dead.
-Why is this important?
If Jesus' death on the cross paid the sins of all men, can't I come before the Father without Jesus having to die?
Nope, if you go before God, and Jesus hadn't lived again, we would stay in the grave.
C. He gives us grace and peace
-We want to be recipients of grace to wash us and peace to calm us.
Only God can give it!
Gold sure doesn't buy grace or peace!
2. The Savior's Work
A. He gave Himself for our sins
My sins require someone to die. Either me or Jesus.
God is so blindingly holy that even the smallest speck of sin can only be blotted away by blood.
-Jesus loves me enough to wash my sins away with His blood rather than mine.
B. Jesus came back from the dead.
-He was bodily ressurected from the grave.
Do I really believe that Jesus was risen from the grave?
If you don't believe that, there is no point in calling yourself a "Christian".
C. He offers to rescue us from this evil age.
He has provided an opportunity to gain escape and be rescued!
Many people reject His offer and stay in this evil age.
3. The Apostles' work
-They were sent by Jesus (verse 1)
A. They are the spokespersons of Jesus Himself to us.
"John 17:20"
He wasn't praying only for the apostles, but also for the apostles messages to us!
B. Their writings (the Scriptures) are the foundation upon which we build our lives.
God is strong enough to prevent people from changing the words of the Scripture.
The Bible is a firm foundation!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

FREE COFFEE!!!!!!!!!

Mmkay, So, of course after being so deep in my last post, I had to blog about coffee :) Thursday (The 15th) if you take a reusable cup into Starbucks, they'll give you free brewed cofffee!! I'm in!

Monday, April 12, 2010

Stand FIRM!

It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.

-Galatians 5:1

Guess what? Satan's joy is to try to make you stumble, and many of us fall into that trap. We need to stand firm and remember that Christ has covered our sins and we are no longer burdened by that.

My Bible Curriculum in school is pretty cool and I've learned a lot from it, like this:

How to Overcome the Wiles of the Devil and His Demonic Host.

1. Realize that Satan is more powerful than you are. (You aren't going to overcome Him without the strength of the Omnipotent One)

2. Pray daily for God's help against the enemy.

3. Work constantly at maturing in every area in your Christian life (Ephesians 6:10-18)

4. Know the Bible very well. (Every time Jesus was tempted by the Devil, He responded with Scripture, Satan also quoted Scripture but took it out of context and misapplied it)

5. Guard against your areas of weakness and be sensitive to the circumstances which bring temptation to you.

6. Ask God for the power of the Holy Spirit in your life.

**This post was inspired by Teen CBS .....Next week is the last week until August, and this year, we studied Romans. Our "themes" this year were "Dig Deep" and "Do not be ashamed of the Gospel!"
I've seen examples and I know, that if you are not dug firmly into God and don't have His words buried in your heart, Satan is going to jump at the opportunity to get the best of you.
Always remember that God is for you, not against you!


Wednesday, April 7, 2010

I have nothing to blog about....

I know, sad day.
I have nothing really on my mind.
(Except for Julius Caesar, that is...Not very happily, might I add...)
Hopefully I will think of something inspiring/exciting to blog about soon!

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Every Spirit that acknowledges that Jesus has come..

Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.
This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God: Every Spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming and even now is already in the world.

-1 John 4:1-3

Sunday, March 28, 2010

He who holds his tongue is wise....

Lazy hands make a man poor, but diligent hands bring wealth. HE who gathers crops in summer is a wise son, but he who sleeps during harvest is a disgraceful son. Blessings crown the head of the righteous but violence overwhelms the mouth of the wicked. When words are many, sin is not absent, but he who holds his tongue is wise.

-Proverbs 10:4-6,19

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

I caved.....again

Anyone remember this post?????

Well....I may have caved again. Not from the detox, but from my pact of not going to Starbucks. Oops. I guess it's okay because it was free pastry day, right??????? :D


Monday, March 22, 2010

You are IN the world, but are not to be OF the world

Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
-Romans 12:2

Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
-1 John 2:15

You adulterous people, don't you know that friendship with the world is hatred toward God? Anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God.
-James 4:4

Okay, SO, I have been hearing a lot lately about how it's okay to consciously sin, knowing that you will be forgiven. I honestly don't believe this is true. We have forgiveness because Jesus died on the cross, but if we are truly in love with God, we should be wanting to please Him and not consciously sinning.

I am not going to get into my opinions on the following, I am just going to quote the Bible, because I don't believe that the Bible was given to pick apart parts that "feel good" but, that the book as a whole was given as a "road map" to life.

Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit.
-Ephesians 5:18

“Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.”
-Ephesians 4:29

**By this time, I know a lot of you are thinking "Yup, she's saying all this because she thinks she's perfect. That is not at ALL why I am saying it! I'm quoting the Bible and what I believe that it says we all need to work on in order to be examples to those of the world, because really, if we are doing what the world is doing, we are no different than them. We are supposed to be DIFFERENT. Non-believers look at many of "us Christians" and think "Wow, they're doing THAT and they claim to be a 'Christian'? I do the same things and I'm not a Christian. What's the difference?"

Thursday, March 18, 2010

I know, I know...

I haven't blogged in forever...
I've been busy.
I had surgery on my left hand on Tuesday to remove a ganglion cyst. My arm had to be in a sling until yesterday and I can't get it wet until tomorrow.
It is sore, and it hurts a little bit, but it's all good.

(I know that isn't an excuse for my lack of blogging, I will try to do better)

I hope you have a great day!!


Thursday, March 11, 2010

By Your Side...

Why do we worry?? He will ALWAYS be by our side! Look to Him!!

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Day 2 of Jenna's Vacation

(Jenna's blog is here)

It's already almost 7:15 tomorrow morning in Israel!
Tonight they will stay in Tiberias, Israel and tour Mt. Carmel, Elija’s Cave, Meggido, Haifa: Bahia Garden, Nazareth Village Church of Annunciation, and Cana. (According to the Itinerary)
I'm sure she is having a great time, but we haven't been able to talk to her. We've gotten 2 emails, I think...
Sadly, she is having issues with the WiFi on her iPhone AND the calling card that she took!
So, she hasn't been able to call us or Skype us, yet.
She says she is having fun, but is very tired with the 8 hour time difference.
Please continue to pray for the group's safety and that they would learn as much about Israel as they can!

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Day 1 of Jenna's Vacation...

So, yesterday Jenna left for Israel,
This house is SO empty already without her.
She is going to have so much fun and learn so much over there...
Gracie (our dog) has been sitting on MY lap (she doesn't really like me) and just sits in the middle of the floor looking pitiful, I think she misses Jenna.
I miss her too.
The sad thing is, we dropped her off 24 hours ago, and she won't be back for another 176 hours. Not that I'm counting or anything :)

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

His love NEVER fails!

"Your Love Never Fails" by Jesus Culture

Nothing can separate
Even if I ran away
Your love never fails
I know I still make mistakes
But You have new mercies for me everyday
Your love never fails

You stay the same through the ages
Your love never changes
There maybe pain in the night but joy comes in the morning
And when the oceans rage
I don't have to be afraid
Because I know that You love me
Your love never fails

The wind is strong and the water's deep
But I'm not alone in these open seas
Cause Your love never fails

The chasm is far too wide
I never thought I'd reach the other side
But Your love never fails

You make all things work together for my good

I know, I know, I'm back to the lyrics, and you're all probably sick of them...but I really like the messages in songs.
Think about it, really think about it.
NOTHING can separate us from God, even if we run away, He's ALWAYS there.
No matter what we do, He loves us! That love NEVER changes.
I really don't have to be afraid, because He loves me and He's always with me!

Maybe it's just me, but I think these are quite powerful lyrics when you actually think about them!

Monday, February 22, 2010

Matthew 6:1-7 thoughts from ReMix

Matthew 6: 1-7 thoughts- You can read the whole chapter here.

Verse 1: Be careful not to do acts just so people can see you doing them, for there will be no reward in Heaven for you.
Verses 2-4: When you give to the needy, don't do it just for show. Do it in secret, doing it because you want to, and the Lord will reward you.

Verses 5-7: When you pray, don't pray like a babbling pagan (which means someone who doesn't know what he's doing). Don't pray on street corners, just so people can see you. It's okay to set an example, but don't pray just so people can see you.

Bottom line: Don't do things just for attention, do them because you want to and you will be rewarded in Heaven

Friday, February 19, 2010

100th...er..101st post!!!

Okay, so I was trying to think of a cool 100th post, then signed into Blogger and realized my last post was my 100th. Oops.
Ha ha...So, my 101st post:

Dear Bloggers,
Thanks for reading my randomness and commenting...
Especially on the difference between homeschoolers and doing school at home
My hope with this blog is that I might inspire you with one of my posts, or make you laugh with another.
Keep reading!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

A little Proverb or five

A fool spurns his father's discipline, but whoever heeds correction shows prudence. The house of the righteous contains great treasure, but the income of the wicked brings them trouble. The lips of the wise spread knowledge; not so the hearts of fools. The Lord detests the sacrifice of the wicked, but the prayer of the upright pleases Him. The Lord detests the way of the wicked, but loves those who pursue righteousness. Stern discipline awaits him who leaves the path; he who hates correction will die.
-Proverbs 15:5-10 (NIV)

Mmkay, Here's a little vocabulary for ya that I didn't really know:

Spurn: to reject something disdainfully
Disdainfully: feeling of contempt for someone or something regarded as unworthy or inferior
Heeds: to pay attention to
Prudence: the ability to govern and discipline oneself by the use of reason.

In todays terms, :verse 5 "A fool rejects his father's discipline as unworthy, but whoever pays attention to the correction trying to be given to him, shows that he is able to govern himself by reason.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Random post

#1 I am now 2 posts away from 100 posts! (Never thought that would happen)
#2 I have realized I'm way too addicted to coffee, and I'm okay with that.
#3 I find it amazing to know how small I am and how big my God really is.
#4 I am blessed with my amazing family and friends.
#5 I was reading through my blog the other day and realized how random I am.
#6 I think this is the most random post yet.
Have a great day, everyone!

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Do not boast about tomorrow...

Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring forth.
He that conceals his sins does not prosper, but whoever confesses and renounces them finds mercy. He who rebukes a man will in the end gain more favor than he who has a flattering tongue.

-Proverbs 27:1,28:13,23

Tuesday, February 9, 2010


Prayer is the soul's sincere desire,
Utter'd or unexpress'd
The motion of a hidden fire
That trembles in the breast.

Prayer is the burden of a sigh.
The falling of a tear;
The upward glancing of an eye,
When none but God is near.

Prayer is the simplelst form of speech
That infant lips can try;
Prayer, the sublimest strains that reach
The Majesty on high.

Prayer is the contrite sinner's voice,
Returning from his ways;
While angels in their songs rejoice,
And cry, "Behold he prays"

Prayer is the Christian's vital breath,
The Christian's native air;
His watch-word at the gates of death;
He enters heaven with prayer.

The saints in prayer appear as one,
In word, in deed, and in mind,
While with the Father and the Son
Sweet fellowship they find.

Nor prayers is made of earth alone;
The Holy Spirit pleads,
And Jesus, on the eternal throne,
For sinners intercedes.

O Thou, by whom we come to God,
The life, the truth, the way!
The path of prayer Thyself hast trod:
Lord, teach us how to pray!

-James Montgomery

Monday, February 8, 2010

Footprints in the sand

This has always been Jenna's favorite poem...It's comforting to know that the Lord carries you

Footprints in the Sand

One night I dreamed I was walking along the beach with the Lord.
Many scenes from my life flashed across the sky.
In each scene I noticed footprints in the sand.
Sometimes there were two sets of footprints,
other times there were one set of footprints.

This bothered me because I noticed
that during the low periods of my life,
when I was suffering from
anguish, sorrow or defeat,
I could see only one set of footprints.

So I said to the Lord,
"You promised me Lord,
that if I followed you,
you would walk with me always.
But I have noticed that during
the most trying periods of my life
there have only been one
set of footprints in the sand.
Why, when I needed you most,
you have not been there for me?"

The Lord replied,
"The times when you have
seen only one set of footprints in the sand,
is when I carried you."

-Mary Stevenson

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Sunny with a high of 75

I'm sunny with a high of 75,
Since You took my heavy heart and made it light.
It's funny how you find you enjoy your life,
When you're happy just to be alive.

-"High of 75" by Relient K

***The picture is NOT mine. I love Google Images. :)

Thursday, February 4, 2010

There IS a difference between a 'Homeschooler' and 'doing school at home'

Okay, So, today, I had to drive with a driving instructor and I was to observe this other high school student after I had driven. He was a homeschooler. I'll give you the difference.

A 'Homeschooler':

-Has a comb over
-Never leaves the house
-Doesn't know how to socialize
-Has enormous glasses
-and dresses like this:

While, a person who is homeschooled:
-is normal
-has no problems having a normal conversation
-is conscience of how huge glasses make you look
-is social.

There is a big difference. I'm homeschooled in case you were wondering :)


Sunday, January 31, 2010

If you do these things, you will receive a rich welcome...

For if you posses these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
But if anyone does not have them, he is nearsighted and blind,and has forgotten that he has been cleansed from his past sings. Therefore, my brothers, be all the more eager to make your calling and election sure. For if you do these things, you will never fall and you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

2 Peter 1:8-11

I have to memorize this! AHH, but so much truth in it!

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Now that we are on the Childrens song kick....

"The fruit of the Spirit's not a coconut (Hit your head twice)
The fruit of the Spirit's not a coconut (Hit your head twice),
If you wanna be a coconut, you might as well hear it,
You can't be a fruit of the Spirit cause the fruits are: (Deeeeeep breath)
Love, Joy, Peace,Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness
and Self-Controoooool, Love,Joy..."

How funny is it that I actually can only remember the fruits of the Spirit if I sing it? Ha ha..
But, are you really showing fruit? Are you loving, joyful, peaceful, patient? I'm not always. I keep a sticky note on my desk, and when I look at it, I am reminded to try to show more fruit.

Hey, If kids songs help you remember important things from the Bible, who cares!


Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Rise up and walk

One day Peter and John were going up to the temple at the time of prayer—at three in the afternoon. Now a man crippled from birth was being carried to the temple gate called Beautiful, where he was put every day to beg from those going into the temple courts. When he saw Peter and John about to enter, he asked them for money. Peter looked straight at him, as did John. Then Peter said, "Look at us!" So the man gave them his attention, expecting to get something from them.
Then Peter said, "Silver or gold I do not have, but what I have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk." Taking him by the right hand, he helped him up, and instantly the man's feet and ankles became strong. He jumped to his feet and began to walk. Then he went with them into the temple courts, walking and jumping, and praising God. When all the people saw him walking and praising God, they recognized him as the same man who used to sit begging at the temple gate called Beautiful, and they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him.

-Act 3:1-10

Whenever I hear this passage, I think of the children's song, " 'In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk', and he went walking and leaping and praising God, walking and leaping..." No? There really IS a song, even if you don't know it :)

But, think of being lame, not being able to walk all of your life, then two men walk up to you and say "In the name of Jesus Christ, stand up and walk", and you immediately can! That must have taken a lot of faith. Then, instead of just walking around, the Bible says the man was praising God! Some people would have been too overjoyed that they could walk, to not even give credit to the person who gave it to Him!



Let me introduce you to this place....This is Dazzle. The coffee is WAY better than Starbucks, and pretty close to passing KafeKathleen (ha ha...) I think this is the coolest idea for a coffee shop.
Future KafeKathleen? What do you think??

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Do you consider temptations joyful?

Count it all joy, my brethren, when ye fall into manifold temptations;
Knowing that the proving of your faith worketh patience.

James 1:2-3 (ASV)

You may recognize the verse better like this:
Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.
James 1:2-3 (NIV)

I like the ASV on this one... God tells us to count it as joy when we fall into temptations, because the proving of our faith develops patience.

Are you joyful when you are tempted, because you know that it develps patience? I'm usually not. Work on it with me


Monday, January 25, 2010

A tidbit from Remix last night..

When you say you'll pray for someone, don't forget about it! Pray right then and there, even with them!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Not Guilty Anymore

“Not Guilty Anymore”

“It doesn’t matter what you’ve done,
doesn’t matter what you’re coming from,
it doesn’t matter where you’ve been.
Hear me tell you, I forgive.

You’re not guilty anymore.
You’re not filthy anymore.
I love you, mercy is yours.
You’re not broken anymore,
you’re not captive anymore.
I love you, mercy is yours.

Can you believe that this is true
. Grace abundant I am giving you.
It’s cleansing deeper than you know.
All was paid for long ago.

You’re not guilty anymore.
You’re not filthy anymore.
I love you, mercy is yours.
You’re not broken anymore,
you’re not captive anymore.
I love you, mercy is yours.

There is now therefore no condemnation
For those who are in Jesus.

You’re not guilty anymore.
You’re not filthy anymore.
I love you, mercy is yours.
You’re not broken anymore,
you’re not captive anymore.
I love you, mercy is yours.

You are spotless.
You are holy.
You are faultless.
You are whole.
You are righteous.
You are blameless.
You are pardoned.
You are MINE!

You’re not guilty anymore.
You’re not filthy anymore.
I love you, mercy is yours.

You’re not broken anymore.
You’re not captive any more.
I love you, mercy is yours.”

This is one of those songs that I've heard 1,0000000000000 times, but then I looked at the lyrics.
You're NOT GUILTY! God loves us, and Mercy is ours!
Can you believe us? All of our filthiness, the Creator of the world wanted US to be his children! He could have said 'Nope, they're not worth it..' But He didn't! He LOVES us

My school curriculum picks the best verses to memorize

For we know that our old self was crucified with Him so that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin.
In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus.
Do not offer the parts of your body to sin, as instruments of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God, as those who have been brought from death to live; and offer the parts of your body to Him as instruments of rightousness.
-Romans 6:6,11,13

We (Christians) are no longer slaves to sin! We are dead to sin, but ALIVE in Jesus! How awesome!

Monday, January 18, 2010

Adam and Eve

So, of course we've all heard the story of Adam and Eve thousands of times, but I was just reading my Bible lesson for school today, and I learned something..
The Bible says that God said "Don't eat of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil or you will surely die".
Yeah, whatever...But, then they DO eat of it and they DON'T die! We all know that God is not a liar because He is perfect, so what happened?
Their body and soul did not die, their Spirit did. When their Spirit died, they were immediately separated from God.


Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Does your faith rest on God's power

For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you, except Jesus and Him crucified.
So that your faith might not rest on man's wisdom, but on God's power.
The man without the Spirit does not accept things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot yet understand them, because they are spiritually discerned.
-1 Corinthians 2:2,5,14

I resolved to know nothing but Jesus while I was with you, so that your faith might actually rest on God's power and not on man's wisdom...Hmmm..
Does your faith rest on God's power

Sunday, January 10, 2010

The End IS actually coming.

When is the last time you really thought about 'The End'?
When I was younger, I just thought, "Yeah, we all die, and go to this Heaven place.."
But, If you think about it, it will be NOTHING like this world! None of what is in this world is worth anything. Only God! "The End of the World" sounds like a movie title, but is not like the end of a story/movie. It is real, It is going to happen to your actual life, not just in a movie.

It gives me goosebumps to think about it, because I have no idea what to expect, but God is going to be there waiting for me in Heaven when I die.
Are you ready?

Thursday, January 7, 2010

I caved.....

Okay, So, I've been telling myself all week 'You can do this...You can do this' Then, Central Texas gets this cold front, and it's in the 30's! You just CAN'T drink only water! So, Jenna and I drove on over to Starbucks with our Christmas gift cards and ordered 2 NON-FAT (That makes it better, right?!) Raspberry White Mocha Lattes......Then, the bill came... $8.23! ARE YOU CRAZY?!?!?! KafeKathleen can make millions! By the way, I would have made my own if we had had any milk in the house.

SO, I am going on strike. No Starbucks without giftcards...(Dazzle is an exception) :)


Wednesday, January 6, 2010


So, My family and I started de-toxing on Monday.....My Dad and I drink at least 1 cup of coffee a day, and my sister and mom drink at least a soda a day. So, This week, We decided.....
-No Caffeine
-No Dairy
-No Meat
-No White Bread
-No Sugar
AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! We are all going crazy. We've all had headaches since we started..My Mom caved, and the rest of us are just crabby because we want Starbucks and Chipotle. Ha ha
Don't even worry...
We'll probably make it..


Monday, January 4, 2010

How is your walk with God?

Last year, while I was sitting in the car on the way home from Wisconsin, I thought to myself "I have this new iPhone, I have nothing to do, and I don't read my Bible enough. I'm going to read 10 chapters a day until I'm done with it" So, I downloaded the YouVersion app. I read the GOD's Word translation, and finished in a couple months, so I then went back with the NIV and read 10 chapters a day again, I finished the Bible twice by September. Then, I realized I had been reading and taking notes, but hadn't really been studying it. So, I started the New Living Translation, and I read 5 chapters a day, but then I got off track, and I ended up 'catching up' reading 20 chapters some days. I really wasn't studying it.
S0, this year, I've decided that I'm going to follow this plan on the YouVersion app on my phone. It shows you to read a couple chapters of the Old Testament and a chapter or two of the New Testament.
I challenge you to become closer to God through His Word this year. It really is amazing how much closer you are to Him when you spend time with Him and really learn what He has done. God made all this world for US, then, He sent His Son, knowing He would die, Then, He left the Holy Spirit with us, so that we could live forever with Him.
He must really love us!


Sunday, January 3, 2010

Choosing Sides...

I know, I know, I haven't blogged in a long time...:)
Today my pastor preached on 'Choosing Sides'.
We have to delibrately choose to be on God's side! When we submit ourselves to things other than God, we are opposing Him. We need to consciously choose him.
We need to wash our hands, or rather ask God to wash our hands of our guilt.
We need to purify our hearts by adjusting our attitudes and we need to resist the devil.
When we resist the devil, he will flee from us (How awesome is that?!)
We need to stand our ground against the devil!

The moral is, we can't be on the fence, we can't live double lives. We have to choose our sides, because this IS what is happening! It matters more than anything in this life. God is the ONLY thing that stands forever. EVERYTHING else will pass away. Make sure you are on God's side!