Tuesday, July 31, 2007
About 1 week ago, he presented his plans, developments, and ideas to Debra, the Executive Manager. It was questionable if she would accept the major changes and ideas that JB had created because the company hasn't had any such program.
I am so proud to announce that she excitingly accepted his proposals. She was excited and extremely pleased with his ideas and proposals. JB said that it could not gone any better.
Now the next challenge is to implement these new changes. One in which JB is excited to begin.
God continues to bless JB in this new career and this victory is just another affirmation. Thanks again to those who have prayed for JB during this career change. He is still very much excited and feels blessed in this new challenge.
Until next time, HB
Friday, July 27, 2007
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
Until next time, HB
Monday, July 23, 2007
"As a believer's life is very different from an unbeliever's, so also a believer's death is very different from the unbeliever's death. The unbeliever prefers heaven over hell; the believer prefers heaven over this earth. The unbeliever prefers heaven only over hell because he cannot imagine anything more blessed than this life. The believer prefers heaven over earth because the believer cannot imagine anything more blessed than life with God."
I would never add to this quote because it is not mine, but would like to add this thought. I have heard so many people refer to life as "hell on earth". I think you could further add to the thought above, that unbelievers prefer heaven over hell not only because he cannot imagine anything more blessed than this life but also because they cannot imagine anything worse than this life. And the reality of it is...hell is far more worse than this life. So much more that words cannot begin to describe the realities of hell. Not only can believers not imagine anything more blessed than a life with God, believers also can't imagine anything worse than hell. And know that heaven is for more splendid than this earth.
Until next time, HB
Friday, July 20, 2007
Mama and Dadda, love you CB and BB. We can't wait to see what this upcoming year brings...I know it will be more smiles, laughs and giggles.
love Mama and Dadda,
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
The cake was so cute and the presents were exciting to open and even more exciting to play with. The boys are still enjoying their Nerf footballs, puzzles, and bubble machines.
Thanks to JB's parents for their willingness to give the boys a party in order for the distant family to celebrate the boys' birthday.
Sunday, July 15, 2007
And said, "CAKE!!!"
Isn't this the way dogs and ponies eat? After all, he was just living up to our act.
Until next time, check your local listings for our next performance, HB
PS. I have posted a few pictures of us to prove that we can act civilized in public.
Friday, July 13, 2007
I would like to commend the Museum for the great exhibits they have. It is a very nice Museum with enough to keep one's attention no matter the age. It is nice to have such exhibits available in our area. They currently have a "Hunters of the Sky" exhibit which displays predators of the sky. As you will see in some of the pics below, it is an interesting exhibit.
We also enjoyed viewing the aquariums.
Hope y'all enjoy the pictures. I encourage you to visit if you have not already and if you have, return for the new exhibits.
Great horned owl.
Until next time, HB
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
However, we did end up in the balcony this past Sunday. And where my parents sit is behind the "sound booth". Every time I sit up there, I am reminded why it's not my preferred spot. It's just about too distracting for me with the sound people doing there job which requires alot of movement and sometimes having to communicate amongst themselves.
Well, this past Sunday there was added distraction with 2 teenage girls and the teenage boy who operates the lighting system in the booth. To help you understand the layout, the girls were sitting in a pew horizontal from the boy in the "sound booth". There were steps between them, thus creating a great deal of space.
It all started at the beginning of the service. I saw something tossed from the "lighting boy" (for the lack of a better description) to the girls sitting in the pew across from him. I immediately saw that it was note as one of the girls opened to read it and proceeded to write a response and toss the note back. Now, it didn't bother too much at this point because I was a teenager once and remember "talking" in church and I was willing to excuse one time. However, when it continued through the 1st 30 minutes of the service along with laughter, I became very frustrated and distracted.
In one of his attempts to toss the note back to the 2 girls, the note landed halfway between the pews. Neither of them got up to retrieve the note, instead, laughed at the situation and furthered their conversation by "mouthing their words". It was at this time, I got up, walked down 2 steps and intercepted the note. As I walked back to my seat, a man sitting next to us said, "Thank You". I sat back down and attempted to focus on the rest of the sermon.
At this point in the worship service, I was so distracted and frustrated I found it hard to pay attention. Thoughts of how to handle this situation after the service was over were running through my mind. Should I read the note? Should I give it to the youth director? Or should I give it to the person over the "sound and light production"? Let me inform those who do not know---the youth are not supposed to be in worship at this hour, so I don't know why these 2 girls were. Maybe they are not members and they only come to flirt with this boy, I don't know. But for whatever reason, they were very distracting to the congregation around them.
Needless to say, they did not toss anymore notes nor did they converse with each other to the extent of before my interception. I approached the girls after the service and gave back their note. I did not read the note but simply told them..."I didn't read your note and don't care to. I hope what is written is not dishonoring to God especially in His house. But I will say, girls, that your actions have been most distracting and furthermore, dishonoring to Him during this time of worship. And I ask that any conversation to this extent be taken care of before or after the worship service." To which they replied, "Yes, Mam". (boy, did that make me feel old, with the 'mam'). I didn't see myself being that much older than they. I then approached the "lighting boy" and told him the same. To which he replied, "Yeah, ok". I don't think he was as sorry as the girls appeared to be.
I think I may need to sit in the first couple of pews on the floor. They are usually empty and will be less distracting. However, that may be too close for comfort...maybe less distracting but more convicting.
Until next time, HB
Monday, July 9, 2007
For those who are not members of my church, this is another post that may not interest you nor will you fully understand the situation. However, I encourage you to read regardless. To bring you up to date, July 1st, our church voted on the proposals presented by the "Vision Team". To recall the proposals, you may read My Conflicts, Concerns, and Comments blog archived in June. So to update you as to where we are, the results of the votes were revealed this past Sunday. And in order for a proposal to be implemented or passed, 75% of the members who voted had to vote "YES".
For those who are members, you should be well aware of the situation that our church is currently experiencing. And I am sure you are now aware of the outcome of the vote. However, I will post them for those who do not know.
*Requirements for Membership (12 week class)---45.1% (for) 54.9% (against)----overwhelmingly NO
*Children's Program/Small Groups (Sunday Schools would be moved to Sunday and Wednesday nights with a dramatic change to the Children's Ministry)----70.5% (for)
29.5% (against)----close but NO
*Community Impact Team----81.9% (for) 18.1% (against)---overwhelmingly YES
*New Welcome Center Area----72.8% (for) 27.2% (against)----close but NO
As you can see 2 of the proposals were a close "race". And because they were so close to the 75% requirement, the Vision Team approached our pastor asking him to consider "pushing it through" (for the lack of better words). After much prayer and consideration, our pastor deferred the decision to the deacons.
Let me 1st say, that I respect our pastor for not making the decision himself. I do not believe that a pastor should have that much authority in a church, hence, the reason for deacons and other leaders.
However, I will state that I do not believe this issue should even have to go before our deacons. In our church's By Laws it is stated that a proposal needs 51% of a "yes" vote to pass. However, our pastor made the decision early-on to forgo the 51% requirement and setting 75% as the needed requirement. The members of the church voted with the impression and understanding that 75% was needed in order for the proposal to pass. And to "change the rules in the middle of the game" is just wrong, regardless of how close. The Vision Team and our church staff had enough confidence in the members of the church to allow them to vote what they felt was God's will. And to now consider passing the proposal without the 75% requirement, is undermining their ability to represent themselves for God's will. I believe that that this sends the message that your vote doesn't count and we are not confident in what the church as a whole voted. The members are now being encouraged to call the deacons and voice their opinion as to rather the proposals should be passed or should remain. As one member told me, he shouldn't have to call the deacons to represent him; he represented himself with his vote as he was originally asked to do. The person now feels that his vote and belief of what he thought to be God's will is not good enough and is inadequate. I can honestly understand his view; although I do not feel the same.
It burdens me to tears that there is even consideration to override the majority of the vote. I believe that if the proposals are passed regardless of the majority vote, the members were lied to, mislead, and deceived; thus, undermining their ability to vote as a church member what they feel is God's will. I know those are harsh words but the church has "spoken", regardless if you or I disagree or agree with the outcome. I am bothered that there are members who want to use the 51% By Law requirement as a reason to pass the proposals. If this were the case, then all but the Membership proposal would pass regardless of the 75% requirement that was originally presented to the church members. And even then, the Membership Requirement should go ahead and be passed because with 45.1% of "yes" votes, it's close enough to the 51% that would be needed to pass. The 51% By Law is not an issue nor should it be a factor in this case as it was forgone and presented to the deacons before the proposals were even presented. As I wrote earlier, members were told what the requirements were before voting and to change that after the fact is deceiving.
At this point, I do not mind telling you what I voted. I voted "yes" to all but the Membership Requirements. And I must admit that I was disappointed with the outcome; however, not to the point that I believe the votes should be overridden. And after processing this tonight through prayer, writing, and talking with JB, I believe that God can use what did pass, the Community Impact Team, to change our church and this community like no other church has. Does that mean that I believe that there is no need for change nor should there be change within our church, absolutely NOT! I am merely saying that with 81.9% of the church members believing that we can impact our community for Christ....let's do it. Let's put our vote into action---another blog coming soon concerning this proposal.
On another note, I have heard that some have given the "Vision Team" the nickname of the "Division Team". And if that be you, you should be ashamed. And such thoughts toward any member of the team is totally unChristlike. I don't know any person on the team in a personal manner, but I do know that neither their goal nor their heart was to cause a "division". And the division that has occurred, is because of a "heart matter" not the persons or the team itself.
I will end this blog asking that you pray for our deacons, staff and members of my church. And if you are reading this because you know me personally and do not go to my church, I ask that you pray for JB. He is a deacon in our church and has a burden to do the right thing. He has his convictions but has asked that I not share them at this time which I respect and honor his request. However, I have asked JB that at some point to share with you his thoughts about this. He said that he would consider after all is done but not before the Deacon's meeting. I hope he will share with you, because like me, I think you will find them to be honoring and humble before God.
Until next time, HB
Saturday, July 7, 2007
Wrong bird. Instead he looks more like this one:
This bird has a brown head instead of red like his infamous cousin. I don't know the name of this bird or how many there are. And at this point, I don't care. He had his warning but didn't heed to it.
However, the first bird may still be around and is now in disguise with an alias. In that case, the 2 above pictures will be useful when searching.
So again, I am putting out another hit on the woodpecker. Open season, my friends.
Until next time, keep your eyes open, HB
Thursday, July 5, 2007
I cheat you of your God given destiny...because you demand your own way.
I cheat you of contentment because..."you deserved better than this."
I cheat you of knowledge because...you already know it all.
I cheat you of healing because...you are too full of me to forgive.
I cheat you of holiness because...you refuse to admit you are wrong.
I cheat you of vision because...you would rather look in the mirror instead of out the window.
I cheat you of genuine friendship because...nobody is going to know the real you.
I cheat you of love because...real romance demands sacrifice.
I cheat you of greatness in Heaven because...you refuse to wash another's feet on earth.
I cheat you of God's glory because...I convince you to seek your own.
My name is Pride. I am a cheater. You like me because you think I am always looking out for you. UNTRUE!
I am looking to make a fool out of you. God has so much for you, I admit, but don't worry. If you stick with me, you'll never know it!
I heard this through a Bible study that I participated in several months ago. This description of pride is so accurate and convicting (at least to me), I thought I would share it with you.
Until next time, HB
Tuesday, July 3, 2007
1 stick of butter
4 oz. Italian dressing
1/3 cup lemon juice
1 T. garlic salt
Melt butter in pan. Add Italian dressing, lemon juice, and garlic salt. When contents begin to brown, stir in shrimp. Saute for 5 to 8 minutes. Turn occasionally. Serve over your favorite pasta.
Rating: * * * * * (5 stars)
Bon Appetite, HB