Friday, July 30, 2004

Going out with my hubby tonight!  We are going to see The Village  (We love M. Night Shyamalan's stuff!) and then for supper.  Josh's 13 year old brother is going to we'll see if we have a house left when we get home.  :)  Just teasing!  He's a good kid.

Thursday, July 29, 2004

There are a couple situations going on in our family that we could really use some prayer over.  I don't feel like I can really share the details at this point, but we definitely need some guidance. Thanks for your prayers!

Tuesday, July 27, 2004

Whew, what a week, and what a weekend!  Seemed like I was swamped everyday from the time I got up until bedtime!
Bagelfest was, let's just say interesting.  I had some really odd things happen to me, that have never happened before. My good friend Danelle, reminded me that these are the people God wants to reach, regardless of whether we want to reach them or not. 
It was a good reminder.  Because all weekend I was amazed/shocked/and even angered by people's behavior and what I really wanted to do was say that I would never do this again.  It's not worth it.
How selfish of me.  God never says that about me.  It doesn't make people's behavior ok, but it does give me a bigger picture of what God is about.
So God, if you want us at Bagelfest next year, I will help put it together.  And thanks for the people who were really grateful.

Tuesday, July 20, 2004

The Crossover (my church) is passing out popsicles and doing face painting for free at Bagelfest!  (Bagelfest is a festival put-on annually in Mattoon, IL.)  We've done it in the past and it has been a lot of fun.  This year I've been discouraged by the lack of interest (or what seemed to be) in participating.  This morning I was presently surprised when 4 people showed up to help me setup the booth and decorate it!  It was so nice to work together with some other people toward a common goal.  So thanks to Jim Donnell, Robin Gardner, Nikki Greer, & Jami McCONNAHA for coming out!  (Special thanks to Jordan Ridgley, my brother-in-law who came out and helped too!)


Thursday, July 15, 2004

Ok, so I didn't go back and finish up the dishes.  I decided to check out some blogs first.  And I'm glad it did, because God whammed me upside the head (as He often lovingly does :) )
I checked out this blog that my friend Brian had on his blog and my "perspective" was definitely changed.  You'll have to go there and read the latest post to see what I mean, but I need to update my list...
Like, when your monitor on your computer goes out, you have an awesome friend who is willing to loan you another.
Like, when outlook express won't let you see your emails, you can be thankful that you use hotmail and can check your email anyway.
Like, when your children aren't getting along, it means they are in the house with you and healthy and ok.
Like, when you and your husband are just in a "blah" stage, it doesn't mean anything except that you're just both feeling "blah" and you'll get over it!
Like, when you have severe headaches because of weather changes, you know that it will eventually pass and there is nothing seriously wrong.
Like, when you have pop-up ads that drive you insane, it reminds you that you really shouldn't be surfing the web anyway, go play with your kids!
Like, when you let your dishes pile up and you have to wash them all by hand--be thankful that you have a house, with dishes, and had food to put on/in those dishes, and now you are healthy enough to wash those dishes!
Thanks for the perspective God!

Like, the monitor for your computer going out.
Like, Outlook Express not allowing you to view your emails.
Like, your children not getting along.
Like, you and your spouse, not fighting, but not really getting along either.

Like, having severe headaches because of the frequently changing weather.

Like, pop-up ads that take up your entire screen and you can do nothing to stop them. 
Like, allowing your dishes to pile up and then having to face cleaning them all--by hand.
So I'm venting.  Kill me.  This week has been filled with the "little things".  The little things which seem to set me off.  I don't know what my deal is, but these little things get under my skin and cause me to want to explode.  (maybe there really is some truth to that personality
Anyway, I'll be fine.  Really I will.  Just had to get it off my chest.  Now I'll go finish up those blessed dishes!

Thursday, July 08, 2004

Fun Quizzes!

20 Questions to a Better Personality

Wackiness: 26/100
Rationality: 30/100
Constructiveness: 30/100
Leadership: 48/100

You are an SEDF--Sober Emotional Destructive Follower. This makes you an evil genius. You are extremely focused and difficult to distract from your tasks. With luck, you have learned to channel your energies into improving your intellect, rather than destroying the weak and unsuspecting.

Your friends may find you remote and a hard nut to crack. Few of your peers know you very well--even those you have known a long time--because you have expert control of the face you put forth to the world. You prefer to observe, calculate, discern and decide. Your decisions are final, and your desire to be right is impenetrable.

You are not to be messed with. You may explode.

20 Questions to being a better person

Your score as a human being is 35.55.

Good Lord. You have some severe deficits of people quality. Who do you hang out with? Who do you date? What is your deal? I hope at least your grooming is good.

There is hope for you, of course. Rededicate yourself to the greater good. Plant a tree. Volunteer at a soup kitchen. Anything, for the love of Pete.

Self-esteem is good, but without other-esteem it doesn't get you very far.

Jung Typology Test

I took this test with a Star Wars twist a month or so ago. I got a different result this time. Last time I was a ENFP. Go figure :)

Provider Guardians [ESFJs] take it upon themselves to arrange for the health and welfare of those in their care, but they are also the most sociable of all the Guardians, and thus are the great nurturers of established institutions such as schools, businesses, churches, social clubs, and civic groups. Wherever they go, Providers take up the role of social contributor, happily giving their time and energy to make sure that the needs of others are met, that traditions are supported and developed, and that social functions are a success.

Providers are very likely more than ten percent of the population, and this is very fortunate for the rest of us, because friendly social service is a key to their nature. Highly cooperative themselves, Providers are skilled in maintaining teamwork among their helpers, and are also tireless in their attention to the details of furnishing goods and services. They make excellent chairpersons in charge of social events. They are without peer as masters of ceremonies, able to approach others with ease and confidence, and seemingly aware of what everyone’s been doing. And they are outstanding hosts or hostesses, able to remember people’s names, usually after one introduction, and always concerned about the needs of their guests, wanting to insure that all are involved and provided for.

Providers are extremely sensitive to the feelings of others, which makes them perhaps the most sympathetic of all the types, but which also leaves them rather self-conscious, that is, highly sensitive to what others think of them. Because of this Providers can be crushed by personal criticism, and will work most effectively when given ample appreciation both for themselves personally and for the service they give to others. This is not to say that Providers are afraid to express their own emotional reactions. They are quick to like and dislike—and don’t mind saying so—tending to put on a pedestal whatever or whoever they admire, and to come down hard on those people and issues they don’t care for.

In their choice of careers, Providers may lean toward sales and service occupations. They have such pleasant, outgoing personalities that they are far and away the best sales reps, not only regularly winning sales contests, but earning seniority in any sales group within an organization. Observing ESFJs at work in a sales transaction reveals clearly how this type personalizes the sale. They are visibly—and honestly—concerned with their customer’s welfare, and thus the customer is not simply buying the product, but is buying personally from the Provider. This same characteristic causes them to be good in many people-to-people jobs, as teachers, clergy, coaches, social workers, office receptionists, and so on. Providers seldom become a source of irritation in the workplace; on the contrary, they are unflagging in their devotion to their company, and show such personal loyalty to their immediate superiors that they make invaluable personal secretaries.

Guess I have some work to do huh? lol :) Thanks to Brian for the links!

Tuesday, July 06, 2004


I don't like feeling helpless. I have done everything that I can think of over the years to learn how to deal with every situation that comes to me. I've learned how to lean on God to get me through the tough times and to give me the wisdom I need to make it through. But there are still times when God just allows me to suffer through, and not to be able to solve a problem or help in any way.

I'm there now. There are 3 situations that have occurred in the last week that have made me feel so helpless and confused as to what the next step should be. So I'm waiting, impatiently mind you :), and hurting.

I'm not saying this is a bad thing. I have complete faith that God will use this time for whatever He purposes. But it still hurts.