Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Praying Through Ramadan – July 31, 2012

For more information about Open Doors and Praying Through Ramadan visit my post here.

July 31 Pray for:

· Hope to overwhelm the fears of those who are humbly submitting to your will in Yemen and Egypt.

· Visions of Victory during the season of Ramadam.

Monday, July 30, 2012

Praying Through Ramadan – July 30, 2012

For more information about Open Doors and Praying Through Ramadan visit my post here.

July 30 Pray for:

· Opportunities for the next generations of Christians living in Muslim dominated countries like Uzbekistan and Chechnya to understand who you are and humble themselves before you Lord.


Sunday, July 29, 2012

Praying Through Ramadan – July 29, 2012

For more information about Open Doors and Praying Through Ramadan visit my post here.

July 29 Pray for:

· Those who are in prison or suffering in Eritrea and Pakistan, we pary for the strenghing of their faith in these dark times. Remind them that you Lord are already victorious over Satan and this suffering is only termporary.


Saturday, July 28, 2012

Praying Through Ramadan – July 28, 2012

For more information about Open Doors and Praying Through Ramadan visit my post here.

July 28 Pray for:

· Boldness and Strengh in Christians living in places dominated by Islam.

· Wisdom, and Compassion as these Christians interact with their Muslim neighbors during Ramadan.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Friday's Letters 7/27/12

Dear LL Bean, We love our Jackets for Alaska! I can’t believe that tomorrow will be the start of our two week countdown to fly to Seattle for the start of our Trip!!

Dear Adoption Paperwork, I’m trying to avoid paper cuts this time around. Nothing like signing our lives away for a sweet child!! Praying for God’s quick work as we continue on this journey!

Dear Macy Girl, Thank you for joining us on a trip to Home Depot while we were watching you for Mom and Dad! It’s so nice to have another girl at my house! You’re such a great Pup!

Papa Bear, Thank you for being such a strong man, who knows how to pop champagne bottles….Bubbly is my favorite thing to drink these days…and you make that possible!

Sonic Burger, Please train your employees to tell your customers NO, when ordering Carmel Milk Shakes…Im addicted…It’s a problem.

Dear VanBuren Drive In, I can’t wait to come spend some time with you tonight on our double date with some sweet friends. What a great double feature…Batman and Spiderman!!  Super Excited!! Bring on the Hotdogs and Candy and Sticky Soda!!

Praying Through Ramadan – July 27, 2012

For more information about Open Doors and Praying Through Ramadan visit my post here.

July 27 Pray for:

· Christans in Somalia and Ethiopia who are suffering for their faith. We as for the Peace and comfort that comes from only you, Lord.


Thursday, July 26, 2012

Tunes on Thursday - Featuring my Hubby's Top 25

This week I'm featuring my Hubby's Top 25 Most Played Songs Playlist on his IPhone.

1. Free Falling (Tom Petty)
2. Somebody that I used to Know (Gotye)
3. Daughter (Pearl Jam)
4. Big Empty (Stone Temple Pilots)
5. Lightning Crashes (Live)
6. I would walk 500 miles (Kenny and The Scots)
7. Yesterday (Beatles)
8. Shine (Collective Soul)
9. That's All (Genesis)
10. Creep (Radiohead)
11. All Apologies (Nirvana)
12. Falling in Love with You (UB40)
13. Prayer (Disturbed)
14. Time (Hootie and the Blowfish)
15. Iris (The Goo Goo Dolls)
16. I will Survive (Cake)
17. Sad But True (Metallica)
18. Cant get you off my Mind (Lenny Kravitz)
19. Let Her Cry (Hootie and the Blowfish)
20. Only the Good Die Young (Billy Joel)
21. Santeria (Sublime)
22. Do it Again (Steely Dan)
23. Learning to Fly (Tom Petty)
24. Island in the Sun (Weezer)
25. Friend is a Four Letter Word (Cake)

He is definitely a product of previous generations in his family...and the 1990's.

Some of my very favorite moments with him have been driving in the car listening and watching him sing Billy Joel songs. I am actually super surprised that there isn't more than on of his songs on this list!

Praying Through Ramadan – July 26, 2012

For more information about Open Doors and Praying Through Ramadan visit my post here.

July 26 Pray for:

· Christans in Algeria and Libya to humble themselves before the Lord , and restore their hope and joy!


Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Praying Through Ramadan – July 25, 2012

For more information about Open Doors and Praying Through Ramadan visit my post here.

July 25 Pray for:

· Christians in Sudan and Northern Nigeria who have given into worldly ways due to persecution. Help in the confession of their sins, and the ability to walk forward in your Grace.

· Spiritual strength to fight the spiritual battles around them.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

She Reads Truth - Weekly Truth Week 8 Screen Lock

This week's Weekly Truth Screen Lock

I find myself rejoicing in anticipation for that moment when my toes hit the water...and I am so Thankful for that God has blessed me with such simple blessings!!

Praying Through Ramadan – July 24, 2012

For more information about  Open Doors  and Praying Through Ramadan visit my post here.

July 24 Pray for:

· Christans who experiance both physical and spiritual suffering in Muslim communities.

· Comfort and care of those Christians so that Muslims will be drawn to you during Ramadan.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Praying Through Ramadan – July 23, 2012

For more information about the Open Doors Praying Through Ramadan visit my post here.

July 23 Pray for:

· God to strip us of self reliance, self confidence, and self esteem so we can proclaim God's word in our local communities as well as in places like Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, and Iran.
· Provide us with tangible ways to share your Love, Father.

Praying Through Ramadan – July 22, 2012

For more information about the Open Doors Praying Through Ramadan visit my post here.

July 21 Pray for:

· Provide Christians living in Muslim dominated countries like Turkey, Iraq, Maldives, with opportunities to share the knowledge of Christ and his love and grace with their Muslim brothers and sisters.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Praying Through Ramadan – July 21, 2012

For more information about the Open Doors Praying Through Ramadan visit my post here.

July 20 Pray for:

·  Our hearts to break for Muslims, God Loves them and desires that they know him.

· Christians to rise up as a strong Army of believers living in countries like Jordan and Indonesia to bodly share the gospel to neighbors and co-workers.


Friday, July 20, 2012

Praying Through Ramadan – July 20, 2012

Our Family is joining  Open Doors in their initiative to Pray through Ramadan.

Open Doors  “works in the world's most oppressive countries, strengthening Christians to stand strong in the face of persecution and equipping them to shine Christ's light in these dark places.”

Excerpt from Open Doors Email about Praying Through Ramada:

Beginning this week on July 20, and continuing for 30 days, Muslims around the globe will fast and pray from sunrise to sunset. Ramadan is the holiest time for a Muslim…and the most challenging for Christians.

Open Doors is calling on Christians worldwide to unite in prayer for our brothers and sisters living in Islamic-dominated countries; praying for strength when harassed, for comfort if fearful, but most importantly to be emboldened to share the Gospel when possible.

But this is also one of the most powerful opportunities to pray for Muslims as well. As they seek God during this time, we can pray that they find Jesus!

Here is what you can do!

·         Unite and Pray

·         Get Others to Pray

Visit the Open Doors Website http://www.opendoorsusa.org/, to request a Prayer Calendar for this initiative.

July 20 Pray for:

·         Christians worldwide understand their lack of righteousness

·         Christians openly confess their sins

·         The Holy Spirit to fill Christians so that they shine in the darkness around them, especially to Muslims in their communities.

Friday's Letters7/20/12

Friday's Letters 7/20/12

Dear Child Protective Services and the Orange County Adoption Agency, thank you for providing an excellent training program for your families who want to adopt. We were filled with anxiety over the classes we are taking and you have made them a great use of our time!

Dear OC Fair, Thank you for all of your yummy treats!! Next Time I will make sure to take some Pepto before eating your Yummy Goodness…Or at least add some protein to the mix. French Fries, Cotton Candy, Little Perfect Fried Doughnuts OH MY!!

Dear OC Fair Carnival Employees, YOU SUCK!!!Enough Said…

Dear Hubby, Thank you for cooking such a yummy dinner!! You really made my evening. It was so nice coming home to something hot and delicious to eat!

Dear Amazon and my new camera Lens, I am so thankful for such a great shopping experience, for a new lens for our upcoming Alaska Trip (Which is 23 Days away), and the finances to be able to afford it at this time! Feeling totally Blessed!!
Dear Sweet Baby Conner, I can’t wait to spend some time with you on Sunday and Photograph you in these first couple weeks of life!!


Thursday, July 19, 2012

Tunes on Thursday - Housekeeping Playlist

Im going to be spending most of my weekend coming up, cleaning house and getting ready for some house guests.
Thought I would share my Housekeeping Playlist....I find these songs worthing of spinning my broom around the dance floor..

1. Drink it up Men (The Dubliners)
2. Somewhere Over the Rainbow (Isreal Kamakawiwo'ole)
3. Black Horse & The Cherry Tree (KT Tunstall)
4. A Bushel and a Peck (Betty Hutton & Perry Como)
5. Witchcraft (Frank Sinatra)
6. Jump in the Line (Harry Belefonte)
7. Fever (Peggy Lee)
8. Car Wash  (Shark Tale Mix)
9. Canned Heat (Jamiroquai)
10. Footloose (Kenny Loggins)
11. I want to Take You Higher (A Knights Tale Mix)
12. Were Dancing (PYT)
13. Take me or Leave Me (Rent)
14. Crazy (Aerosmith)
15. Ill be There for You (Bon Jovi)
16. Slow Ride (Foghat)
17. Margaritaville (Jimmy Buffett)
18. Dancing Queen (ABBA)
19. Hot (Avril Lavigne)
20. Raise Your Glass (Pink)

What songs do you like to listen to when cleaning your house?

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

She Reads Truth - Weekly Truth Week 7 Screen Lock

This week's Weekly Truth Screen Lock

There is just something about the nails and the worn wood from this old piece of Pier that reminds me of the Sacrifice and Grace of God!!

Friday, July 13, 2012

Friday's Letters

Dear Sweet Baby Conner, I feel so very honored and blessed to have celebrated your Happy Birthday with your Mom and Dad! I can wait to spend some time with you behind my camera lens next Sunday! You are so very loved!!  
Dear Mr. Schaaf, Thank you for cooking dinner. Your constant love and willingness to help out around the house really touches my heart! You are a Man among Men!

Dear Sweet Mother In Law, Happy Happy Birthday! We Love you!

Dear Macy, You sweet dog, you bring so much joy and laughter to my parents!! We just love that you are part of our Fuzzy Four Legged Family!!


Thursday, July 12, 2012

Tunes on Thursday

Whats been tweaking my music fancy this week....Looking into my recently added list on my Iphone.
We Found Love (Rihanna) - I really liked the version that played on So you think you can Dance two weeks ago. I couldn't find that version, so went with the ever so Popular one.

The Proof of Your Love (for King and Country) - One of the blogs I follow had this song on her page (wish I could remember which one) . Fell in love with it!

White Flag (Feat. Chris Tomlin) and Sweetly Broken (Jeremy Riddle)  - were found in the comments here at She Reads Truth regarding Surrendering your life to the Lord.

Of Arms & Ocean (Jeremy Riddle) Trying to find a song from a Vampires Diary Episode. Not the song on the show, but I'm still diggin it.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

She Reads Truth - Weekly Truth Week 6 Lock Screen

This weeks She Reads Truth Weekly Truth is Romans 4: 20-21

Here is the Screen Lock I created for this week on my Iphone, Ipad, and Laptop Background

Friday, July 6, 2012

Friday's Letter

Dear Mr. Schaaf, Tad, Chris, you guys have added so much laughter and good times to my life. Don’t change, Ever!
Dear Lisa B, I am so happy you we got to celebrate sharing another year of life together as friends!! You are such a special Lady in my world!!

Dear Story Teller Restaurant at Disneyland, what fun we had enjoying your surroundings for my Sweet Aunt Nancy’s Birthday.
Your food is pretty terrible, and it’s a even worse value, but we loved making her Happy, so Thanks!!
Dear Mom and Dad, Thank you for sharing the 4thof July with us! We had a most wonderful time and felt so Loved!!

Dear Opie, You are the sweetest Laziest dog in the World, and I love every inch of you, even your death breath!!
Dear sparkler Fireworks, You are so pretty and Fun! I enjoyed our time together so much…Next year…might I ask that you don’t Burn my fingers…


Thursday, July 5, 2012

Tunes on Thursday

This week’s installment of Tunes on Thursday is all things Country!

Below is my list of top 25 country songs per my IPhone Playlist!
1.       All Your Life (The Band Perry)

2.       Tough (Kellie Pickler)

3.       No Hurry (Zac Brown Band)

4.       Godspeed (Dixie Chicks)

5.       Barefoot Blue Jean Night (Jake Owen)

6.       Dirt Road Anthem (Jason Aldean)

7.       Wildflower (The Jane Dear Girls)

8.       Run (Sugerland)

9.       Even if it Breaks Your Heart (Eli Young Band)

10.   Old Alabama (Brad Paisley)

11.   Hell on Heels (Pistol Annies)

12.   Banjo (Rascal Flatts)

13.   God’s been Good to Me (Keith Urban

14.   Take a Back Road (Rodney Atkins)

15.   Stuck Like Glue (Sugarland)

16.   Country Girl (Luke Bryan)

17.   Knee Deep (Zac Brown Band)

18.   Faith when I fall (Kip Moore)

19.   Smoke a Little Smoke (Eric Church)

20.   Shakin that Tailgate (Trailer Choir)

21.   Walk in the Country (Scotty McCreery)

22.   Lover Lover (Jarron Niemann)

23.   Angel Eyes (Love and Theft)

24.   Days go By (Keith Urban)

25.   Bait a Hook (Justin Moore)

My Thoughts about this List:

1.       I find lots of love for my hubby in country music…I have a hard time making the same connection in other styles of music. “ All your Life”, “Run”, and “Stuck Like Glue” remind me almost daily of how much I love that man!!

2.       Girl Power Music…nothing better than a little country twang in songs like “Tough”, “Wildflower”, “Hell on Heels” to help me connect with my inner boot stomper.

3.       Girl Appreciation Music…not to be confused with those mentioned above, there is just something special about a cute ole country boy singing about love while strumming his guitar. Some of my personal favorites are “Country Girl” and “Angel Eyes”.

4.       Country Music about Country livin…it’s a life style that this California Girl wishes for…  “No Hurry”, “Barefoot Blue Jean Night”, “Dirt Road Anthem”, “Old Alabama”, “Banjo”,  “God’s been good to me”, “Take a Back Road”, “Knee Deep”, “Smoke a Little Smoke”, “Shakin the Tailgate”, “Walk in the Country”, and “Days go By” are often playing when I am driving home from work in bumper to bumper traffic. I play them loud and proud, often with the windows down feeling the wind on my fingertips.

5.       “Goodspeed” – A lullaby…I will sing this for my son someday…He will grow up knowing its tune…I adore this song!!

6.       “Faith when I fall” – This is a new song on my playlist…I touches my heart…grips my soul….good stuff

7.       “Lover, Lover” and “Bait a Hook”…are just guilty pleasures…their rhythms and lyrics just reside in that gooey part of me that just likes to smile!