Monthly Archives: February 2010

Help Haiti Live, February 27

Shaun Groves and his amazing team have been working for a month around the clock to pull together this fantastic event to raise funds for Compassion International’s ministry in Haiti following the devastating earthquake. And since his writing is more eloquent  than mine, I’ll just link you to him. Click Here.

Check it out and make your plans to attend one of the two concerts or watch it through live stream at  Help Haiti Live.com.  But more than that, ask God what part He would have you take in Compassion International’s ministry to the precious people of Haiti in their season of great need.

Thank you and God bless.

1 Man + 27 Years = A Really Good Thing!

Twenty-seven years ago today it was a very wet, cold, gray day. But I didn’t notice or mind too much. I was merely hours away from changing my last name forever.

A lot of water has passed under the bridge since then. There have been ups and downs, wonderful and trying times, celebrations and hissy fits. But there has never been a day when I honestly regretted making my vow with God and my husband.

In honor of twenty-seven years of marriage I want to share twenty-seven reasons I still love him. Some are fun, some are serious and some are just too personal to totally share. Here’s to you, Terrill…

  1. I love you because you had the guts to ask the question, “So, whadaya think? Should we get married?” (Soooo romantic!)
  2. I love you because you were never scared to change a diaper or get up in the middle of the night with the kids. (Even when I kinda tricked you with the “My foot’s asleep” routine.)
  3. I love you because you have always taken your responsibility to provide for your family seriously.
  4. I love you because you can (and do) fix my car.
  5. I love you because you taught me how to change a tire.
  6. I love you because you always know how to answer the question, “Honey, can you please help me move this heavy [fill in heavy word here]?”
  7. I love you because you love and support my family, even in the really tough times.
  8. I love you because through your eyes I still look like I did twenty-seven years ago.
  9. I love you because you always put the safety of others before your own.
  10. I love you because you love my cooking.
  11. I love you because you know how to clean up the kitchen really, really well.
  12. I love you because you are a true fan of Alabama football – you are consistent no matter if they win or lose.
  13. I love you because you’re not as tough as you look.
  14. I love you because you’re a great hugger and back rubber and foot rubber.
  15. I love you because you know how to operate the vacuum cleaner.
  16. I love you because you support me no matter how ridiculous my idea is.
  17. I love you because you actually let the girls live through their teenage years.
  18. I love you because you know how to shoot a gun but you don’t make me do it.
  19. I love you because you remember to take out the trash (most of the time).
  20. I love you because you have interesting taste in music and movies.
  21. I even love you because you have a slightly warped sense of humor.
  22. I love you because you don’t leave the bathroom in a mess.
  23. I love you because your tool box is organized like a surgeon’s table.
  24. I love you because you don’t like hockey.
  25. I love you because you are a man of integrity.
  26. I love you because you serve God by serving others.
  27. But mostly I love you because you love me, too!

Happy Anniversary, Hon! I love you!!!!!

Sex, Lies, and Religion by Randy Elrod

I don’t know what I was thinking when I agreed to read and review Sex, Lies and Religion. For some reason I found myself clicking on that button. “Sure, I’ll read an advanced copy and post a couple reviews for you, Randy!” After all I felt like I was part of the process. I had taken the survey. I voted on the cover art. So why shouldn’t I review a preview copy of the book and post it on my blog? Well, because my co-workers and my Mom, my daughters and my HUSBAND read my blog! Now I’m sunk. One of my top strengths is responsibility. If I tell you I’m gonna do something, I’ll do it or die trying! So I’m writing this review…even if it kills me.

I will tell you that this book and I got off to a rocky start. However, I have found one of the best ways to learn something new is to listen to people that you don’t agree with one hundred percent. So I continued to read with an open mind.

I think one challenge in reading this book will be that it forces people into uncomfortable territory. How do you discuss such a personal topic while still respecting the privacy of individuals and couples? How do you determine what is dysfunctional, unhealthy or just personal preference? There seems to be at least one fine line exposed here and I think “religion” has erred on the side of ignorance (ignoring the subject altogether) versus balance (freedom within faith). I don’t feel that I was taught by “church” that sex is bad, I think the silence on the subject implied that it was. How do you deal with not knowing what you don’t know? Especially when no one talks about it?

That’s exactly what Randy Elrod has had the courage to do in writing Sex, Lies, and Religion. He has unwrapped and revealed some of the precious treasures of God’s intentions for humanity – treasures long hidden and thus forgotten. This book shines new light on words and concepts as well as their implications that you may never have considered.

I think one of the most practical pieces of advice Randy shares can be summed up in the following quote from the book:

“Perhaps it’s time to utilize the Bible as our sex manual. And for those aspects where it is silent, we should then depend on an open dialogue with those we trust.”

And as is true with most great advice, it sounds much easier than it actually is. But who doesn’t need a little challenge now and then? Read and learn.

I received this book free from cre:ate 2.0 Publishing to read and post a review on my site. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255

Party in the Valley…

If you’re going to celebrate, it will most likely be in the valley, not on the mountain top.

Allow me to explain.

Think about how you get to the top of a mountain. You have to hike, climb and sometimes pull yourself up the hard way. Getting to the top of the mountain is the tough part. It requires the work.

When you arrive you can usually take a breather and enjoy an exquisite view – for a moment. But there’s no living on the top of the mountain. Once you begin your descent the pace picks up considerably. There may be a little sliding, a stumble, and you could even find yourself tumbling head over heels down the other side of the mountain.

Pretty soon you find yourself in the valley. It seems like a terrific letdown from the mountain top experience but I’ll present the argument that it may be a blessing.

Time in the valley is to catch your breath and adjust to your rapid descent. It’s time for the wounds you suffered on the trip down to be taken care of. But don’t sit around too long. You’ll get stiff. You’ll start to concentrate on disappointments and failures. Pretty soon you’ll feel you haven’t the ability to move at all.

This is the time to celebrate. Remember the glorious view from the top. Remember the feeling of accomplishment. Even remember the strain and hard work of the final phase of the climb. Celebrate the One who gave you the strength!

That’s what valleys are for. But we’re not meant to stay in the valley either. Once we’re restored, it’s time to climb the next mountain. So let’s gear up and get going.

1 Peter 5:10

What about you? Have your celebrations been sweeter on the mountain or in the valley?