Archive for ‘LIFE’

March 17, 2015

Life and the Craziness

Hello All,

I apologize for not writing here in a long time. I love to write, but life has been busy and you know…

My activity on Twitter is busy, so please keep up with me that way @sammm1777

So, we are in a new Church called Grace Bible Church(GBC). LOVE IT!! They do something there that’s Amazing! It’s called “Reading the Bible and Studying it.” What a concept, eh? Slight humor here as it is so refreshing to study God’s Word in Church and not focus on what the Church is doing today which is ‘Topical’ study with a verse of scripture thrown in here and there to justify the Topic. I have been enthralled with learning and being a ‘sponge’ at GBC and enjoy the preaching as well by Pastor David Dunn. We are currently studying the Book of James. We are 6+ months into the study and we are just now getting into the 2nd Chapter of the book. Tons of scripture are being read every Sunday and they are cross referenced to Old Testament as well. Heather is enjoying it as too and learning way more than she ever has. I recently bought her a new Bible and I think she is getting more into it now that she has another Bible that she can use. I pray that continues. I know that I am growing by leaps and bounds and my Faith and knowledge is growing as well. Grateful!

Personal note, we are having our 2nd Child and we’re expecting in July. 25th is the date, but Sophie came early and we expect this one to come early as well. We are not finding out the sex of the baby and have come up with a boy and a girl’s name. So when the Lord brings this baby into the world, we will name him/her then. Praise God for this blessing and we are very excited!!

Heather lost her job from Baker Hughes recently with the downturn in Oil prices. 8 years with the company, recruiting her out of college and all and they let her go. Unbelievable. God is good-All the time and we have always tried to live within our means and because of this, we are able to handle this impact to our family. We look forward to the next job she gets with another company and know that God always has something better in store for us.

It has been a up and down year so far and I do pray that it will get better for all of us.

Blessings as always.

April 4, 2011

people change & life goes on

Funny how people change, including yourself. I had dinner with some folks that I used to hang out with awhile ago, while I was single. Now that I’m engaged and have moved on from my ‘single life’, there is a difference in where I am and where they are. I think it’s funny that how I have moved on, they seem to be in the same place.

I’m thankful that I’m in the place I am spiritually and mentally. I’m glad my ‘single’ days are over and I’m so ready to get my ‘married life’ into full swing.

Thank God for His help in getting me where I am today!

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November 15, 2010

Today,

Is the day the Lord has made.  The message from Him is to be patient and wait.  So, that’s what I’m doing.  Waiting upon the Lord. That’s what He’s been saying. But, not passively waiting, but actively waiting and most importantly, prayerfully waiting.  I know that He has great plans for me & I trust in those plans and in the future He has for me. 

Thank you Lord for the future you have prepared for me that is a good and prosperous one. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

September 13, 2010

Praise God

While there is breath in your lungs, Praise Him everyday.  Time flies by so fast.  I realize that more and more everyday.  My memory gets longer and not all the days are so vivid like they once were when my memory was shorter.

It’s funny to look back at old pictures and be blown away at what you look like now compared to then.

Life is fun. I try to enjoy it as much as possible.  But for me, life without God is no life at all.  He is my everything first and foremost!

I went to a fun football game yesterday between the Texans and Colts as this was the first game of the 2010 season and my Texans won 34-24. Great game.  Heather, Kevin, Heather and myself all went. Good times spending it with family too!

My days at work are long currently. I’m going through a reorg here at work and it really sucks! Good thing is I have a few short weeks before this is all over and I can get back to doing my old job before I started this one which is IT Analyst(software/hardware support)  My job isn’t guaranteed, but my faith and hope are in God and I trust that as He has taken care of me all my life so far, He will continue to do so through this time.

The scripture that comes to mind from all this rambling is:

1 Thessalonians 5:17 – “Be thankful in all circumstances”   Not necessarily FOR the circumstances but in them.

GOD LOVES YOU!

August 23, 2010

Challenge

“He heareth the prayer of the righteous”  Proverbs 15:29

Our associate pastor yesterday challenged us as a congregation to go out this week and bless 3 other people in some way, form or fashion.  I have blessed personally 2 people already in a minor way.  I am looking for the third opportunity still.  I want to challenge you today to do the same.  Go forward this week and bless 3 people.  In by doing so, your father who is in Heaven will bless you back as He always does.

Thank you Father God Almighty for all your blessings everyday. Amen.

August 16, 2010

This past weekend

Was a fun one.  Heather and I went Scuba diving in a 9ft pool for the first time as an introductory course from a Groupon purchase.  Cool experience.  30 mts under water breathing through a tube in my mouth is weird, but cool!!  We will probably get certified before the end of the year and take some great trips next year together and at least one of them will be focused on diving.

Then went to some cool friends(Rick and Heather) after wedding celebration to celebrate with them and then finally went to The Bernhardt Winery in Plantersville, for a beautiful wedding between Lisa Hammond and Drew Solomon.  It was a great time and joy to see them get married.  The grounds were gorgeous and the unbearable heat was expected in the month of August in Texas(even at 7:30pm!!).  Good times with a bunch of wonderful people who were there!

Spent some great time with wonderful people who I love to spend time with.  I’m realizing quickly that the time I have is so important that spending time with people I don’t want to spend time with is not an option anymore.

Thank God for wonderful friends and times with some great people.  I’m Blessed!

May 11, 2010

What are you doing?

I was sent this in an email and it’s powerful.  Enjoy!

Five (5) lessons about the way we treat people.

1 – First Important Lesson – Cleaning Lady.

 During my second month of college, our professor

gave us a pop quiz. I was a conscientious student

and had breezed through the questions until I read

the last one:

‘What is the first name of the woman who cleans the school?’

Surely this was some kind of joke. I had seen the

cleaning woman several times. She was tall,

dark-haired and in her 50’s, but how would I know her name?

I handed in my paper, leaving the last question

blank. Just before class ended, one student asked if

the last question would count toward our quiz grade.

‘Absolutely, ‘ said the professor. ‘In your careers,

you will meet many people.  All are significant. They

deserve your attention and care, even if all you do

is smile and say, ‘Hello.’

I’ve never forgotten that lesson. I also learned her

name was Dorothy.

  2. – Second Important Lesson – Pickup in the Rain

One night, at 11:30 p.m., an older African-American

woman was standing on the side of an Alabama highway

trying to endure a lashing rain storm. Her car had

broken down and she desperately needed a ride.

Soaking wet, she decided to flag down the next car.

A young white man stopped to help her–generally

unheard of in those conflict filled 1960’s. The man

took her to safety, helped her get assistance and

put her into a taxicab.

She seemed to be in a big hurry but wrote down his

address and thanked him. Seven days went by and a

knock came on the man’s door. To his surprise, a

large console color TV was delivered to his home. A

special note was attached.

It read:

‘Thank you so much for assisting me on the highway

the other night. The rain drenched not only my

clothes but also my spirits.  Then you came along.

Because of you, I was able to make it to my dying husband’s bedside

just before he passed away…God

bless you for helping me and unselfishly serving

others.’

Sincerely,

Mrs. Nat King Cole.

  3 – Third Important Lesson – Always remember those

who serve.

In the days when an ice cream sundae cost much less,

a 10-year-old boy entered a hotel coffee shop and

sat at a table. A waitress put a glass of water in

front of him.

‘How much is an ice cream sundae?’ he asked.

‘Fifty cents,’ replied the waitress.

The little boy pulled his hand out of his pocket and

studied the coins in it.

‘Well, how much is a plain dish of ice cream?’ he inquired.

By now more people were waiting for a table and the

waitress was growing impatient.

‘Thirty-five cents,’ she brusquely replied.

The little boy again counted his coins.

‘I’ll have the plain ice cream,’ he said.

The waitress brought the ice cream, put the bill on

the table and walked away The boy finished the ice

cream, paid the cashier and left.  When the waitress

came back, she began to cry as she wiped down the

table.  There, placed neatly beside the empty dish,

were two nickels and five pennies..

You see,  he couldn’t  have the sundae, because he had

to have enough left to leave her a tip.

4 – Fourth Important Lesson. – The obstacle in Our Path.

In ancient times, a King had a boulder placed on a

roadway.  Then he hid himself and watched to see if

anyone would remove the huge rock.  Some of the

king’s wealthiest merchants and courtiers came by

and simply walked around it.  Many loudly blamed the

King for not keeping the roads clear, but none did

anything about getting the stone out of the way..

Then a peasant came along carrying a load of

vegetables.  Upon approaching the boulder, the

peasant laid down his burden and tried to move the

stone to the side of the road.  After much pushing

and straining, he finally succeeded. After the

peasant picked up his load of vegetables, he noticed

a purse lying in the road where the boulder ha d

been. The purse contained many gold coins and a note

from the King indicating that the gold was for the

person who removed the boulder from the roadway.  The

peasant learned what many of us never understand!

Every obstacle presents an opportunity to improve

our condition.

5 – Fifth Important Lesson – Giving When it Counts…

Many years ago, when I worked as a volunteer at a

hospital, I got to know a little girl named Liz who

was suffering from a rare & serious disease.  Her only

chance of recovery appeared to be a blood

transfusion from her 5-year old brother, who had

miraculously survived the same disease and had

developed the antibodies needed to combat the

illness.  The doctor explained the situation to her

little brother, and asked the little boy if he would

be willing to give his blood to his sister.

I saw him hesitate for only a moment before taking a

deep breath and saying, ‘Yes, I’ll do it if it will save

 her.’  As the transfusion progressed, he lay in bed

 next to his sister and smiled, as we all did, seeing

 the color returning to her cheek. Then his face

 grew pale and his smile faded.

He looked up at the doctor and asked with a

trembling voice, ‘Will I start to die right away’.

 Being young, the little boy had misunderstood the

doctor; he thought he was going to give his

sister all of his blood in order to save her.

Most importantly…’Work like you

don’t need the money, love like you’ve never been

hurt, and dance like you do when nobody’s watching.’

My faith demands I do

whatever I can,

wherever I am,

whenever I can,

for as long as I can,

with whatever I have

to try to make a difference.

Be Blessed.

April 13, 2010

I’m moving

This weekend and excited to start a new chapter in my life.  I have been at my old apartment for over a year since my separation and divorce.  It’s time for new scenery and a new change for the better.  Here’s to new beginnings…again…

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March 22, 2010

Beseech thee…

I would ask for all of your prayers for me and my family.  It seems that trials and tribulations abound.  This year not looking any easier than year’s passed.  I have family members with financial difficulty, to say the least.  I have a job that I must reapply for or post out of.  Parents that need help in many ways.  Strenuous relationships between me and family members.  It just seems that things all pile in on at once.  I thought this year was going to be better than last year, since I got divorced last year.  It doesn’t seem to be that way.  My 2 best friends I have are, for the short-term, in different cities too!

Positive thing is, God is near me and loves me no matter what.  I do know this and this keeps me comforted, daily.  I do have wonderful friends in my life too, which is a blessing, thanks ya’ll.   I just wanted to rant on where my life is now, as this is my intimate and personal journal of my life and my thoughts and feelings on my life, as well as other topics too.

I just ask for prayers from you please for me and my family.  

I do know that you all are having issues and difficulties as well and I get those prayers from some of you too.  If you have a prayer request, please post yours on this Post and I will life you up as well.  I’m not asking for words of encouragement from you either though, as I am fine and OK.  No suicide notes from me as I would never do that!  Just tell me your prayer request and I will life you up in prayer as you lift me up in prayer.

Prayer WORKS.

How much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him? – Matthew 7:11

March 10, 2010

Sharing

A friend of mine shared this with me and I really like it so I’m passing it on to you.  It made me think about what we are all doing at different times in our lives and how we all are dealing with things/stuff at different times and how we all need to be sensitive to that.  Remember, it’s not about you, but about giving back.  Blessings!

“Life is not a series of non-sequiturs, not a bunch of unrelated happenings. You are on a journey, and as soon as you realize that, you will have a whole new perspective on your present situation.
Once you realize that you are on a journey, life begins to take on new meaning. When you begin to accept that all things have purpose, and that experiences come and go in our lives for a reason, you can learn how to say, “this too will pass.” I have learned to ask myself, “What can I learn from this experience?” I have become more patient with others, knowing that since I am on a journey others must be on journeys as well. Since I am not the author of my journey or the journey of anyone else, I cannot be judgmental about where others are on their journey. Maybe we are on similar journeys but at different points along our way, and so, instead of being judgmental, maybe I ought to encourage others along the way.
Recognizing life as a journey helps me to avoid getting stuck in any particular moment of life. I can enjoy the moment, but I shouldn’t get stuck in the moment. I can hate the moment, but I should not let the moment define me forever. It is God’s intention that you enjoy your journey; you really are supposed to enjoy life. There is something wrong with always being angry and always being distressed. If you let everything that happens to you rock your world, you are in for a rocky existence! Bless God, even in difficult times.
Doing this is possible only if we understand that we are on a journey, and the journey is the will of God for our lives.”
-Dr. Elyn E. Waller