The song Waterfall

Have you ever heard a song that touched your heart? I might have heard the song many times, but all of a sudden the meaning just hits me and touches my heart deeply. This has happened many times. I think its one way God has of speaking to me. The song “Blessings” has been one of those. The Lord used that song to get me through some hard times. Recently the song “Waterfall” by Salvador has been another song that I feel the Lord has touched my heart with.

Waterfall by Salvador

So many times I stayed thirsty
When all along I had Your cup
Within my reach

So many times I’ve gone weary
When there’s a water edge
Where I could rest

Renew me, refine me
Refresh me
Bring me to life

Overcome me like a waterfall
Overwhelm me, let me see You as You are
Pursue me, all of the days of my life
Let Your water fall

So many times I’ve run on empty
When all along I had Your word lifting me up
And when my life is like a desert
You’re like a precious spring that rises up within

Renew me, refine me
Refresh me
Bring me to life

I think many times we, as Christians, get into a “rut” in our Christian life. Do we actively seek God? Do we ask Him to refresh and and refine us? I know, that at times, I find myself coasting through my life. I also know that I don’t always seek God’s counsel, I try to figure things out for myself. This song has helped me to see some of my shortcomings. I love that it reminds me of God’s love and how He wants me to come to Him for refreshing. I can also see that I need God to refine me and to instruct me in be His servant. I can go to Christ with any and all problems that may come my way. This song also uses some wonderful imagery. Words like “there’s a water’s edge” and “You’re like a precious spring that rises up within”. The imagery of the waterfall is so uplifting and helps me to know that God is always here to renew my walk with Him.

I know I’m rambling, but knowing that my Father is there for me is so comforting.

Blessings!

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We had such a wonderful time we have decided to go in July on our own. If you ever have the chance to go you really should. The place is beautiful, the food is great and of course the teaching is second to none. You can find a schedule of events here.

We worked hard during the conference, but it was still great. Here is a couple of pictures of where we were set up.
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We were set up just on the left of this beautiful fireplace.

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This is our booth. We had both the information table and the recording area together.

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Jim working hard.

They had a really nice gift shop that was called Ruth’s Attic. I thought it was funny because it was essentially in the basement. I found a nice Willow Tree display. They had some beautiful ones with flowers.
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Jim got me the one with the huge bouquet of roses. It’s so pretty.

We also got dad a hat, mom an umbrella, and Abby a neat Bible and bracelet that helps in witnessing.
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I also bought some postcards with some great pictures.

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This is the Training Center building. We were set up right inside off the balcony.

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This is Shepherd’s Inn where our room was.

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This is chapel. Jim and I went in on our way home. It was so beautiful!

On our way to NC, we stopped to do some geocaching and saw this sign.
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So of course I had to stop. We bought a couple of t-shirts. Jim took some pictures and sent them to a friend that is crazy about chocolate. So on our way back we had to stop again and get her some chocolate covered twinkies. They make everything there, I tried a sample of the fudge, it was outstanding. Here are some pictures of all the chocolate.

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The chocolate covered twinkies.

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We got Abby a Chocolate and caramel covered apple.
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Chocolate covered whoopie pies.

Our trip took us an extra day to get home because of a wreck on I-40. So we stayed in Hurricane Mills. Then made it home on Friday. I took Jim to work, but he decided not to stay too long. We headed on home after I went and got papers at the Journal office. I’ve started couponing, so I’ll post about that soon.

Billy Graham Training Center – The Cove

Today we have arrived at the Billy Graham Training Center, The Cove. We are here for The Heart Cry for Revival Conference. This place is so beautiful! We are up in the mountains and the facility is very nice. But before I go into all the pictures and such, I just want to say that yesterday was a wonderful day. We were both so stress free and relaxed that I am energized and I seem to have a new outlook on life. Maybe we need to do this more often. I wonder what would happen if we would all try and de-stress our lives some, would we feel like we had more energy, would we feel more loving and kind toward others. I’m hoping this experience will follow me home!!

Ok, back to our travels and work today. We left Fairfield Glade around 8am this morning. We did stop and eat at a Cracker Barrel, I’m not sure if we have ever been on a trip that we didn’t eat at a Cracker Barrel at least once. We did a little caching today, but not much. We drove on some very curvy roads through the mountains. While it was beautiful, I’m really glad I was driving or we would never have made it (I get extremely car sick). Because of the time change, and us forgetting about the time change, we were an hour later than we had planned. We did get unloaded and set up before supper. The booth is both the information booth and the broadcast booth, so we will be a little crowded. We have a big space though so it should be fine. We also have a booth for the “Behold Your God” video series and it looks great!

The supper tonight was amazing. It was buffet style but the food was really good. We had tomatoes with basil and cheese, bruschetta, Italian vegetables, pasta, roast beef with a mango demi, and a shrimp and crab combination dish. For dessert there was Creme Brule.

So now for the pictures:

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This is our room door. After the cabin theme from yesterday, I thought this was just too funny.

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This is a view from our balcony. It’s one of the trails that you can walk here at the Cove.

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Another view from the room looking back at the Inn.

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This is a view of the room from the balcony.

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The “Behold Your God” booth with Mr. Matt Robinson.

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The buffet from tonight. If this is what the food is going to be like the entire week, I’m in trouble or at least my diet is in trouble.

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The dessert table. I did eat half of one, Matt ate the rest.

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I’ll leave you with a view from the training center building looking over the mountains.

Blessings

Traveling

Yesterday Jim and I left a day early on our way to Asheville, NC and Abby left for a mission trip to Jackson, MS with We Will Go ministries. So we are all traveling this weekend. Abby will be back home tomorrow, but Jim and I will be gone for a week.

We are in Fairfield Glade TN. This place is gorgeous! It is a big golfing community, but the area is very pretty and serene. Today has been wonderful. We didn’t have an agenda, we weren’t in hurry to go anywhere, and it was a very stress free day. We had so much fun just being together. We started with a nice breakfast at a place called The Log Cabin. Which we then decided to go back and rest. It had been such a long week, Jim was exhausted. We went back into town around 2:30p. We stopped at The Custard Cabin and had some frozen custard that was very good. It was like very smooth ice cream. We then went Geocaching until almost 6pm. We found 11 caches in all. We are now up to 418 caches. Jim wants us to get to 500, but I don’t think its going to happen on this trip. We ended our day at The Catfish Cabin, do you see a theme? This was one of the best catfish and hushpuppies I have ever eaten. I could only eat two pieces of fish, they were so big. The rest of our evening we will be resting getting ready to finish the drive to Asheville.

Here are some pictures of our trip so far.

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This is the fireplace, gas logs, and the TV in the condo.

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The is the jacuzzi. This was in a room all by itself and there was a skylight above it.

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This was taken right outside on the balcony. There is a little creek, but I don’t think you can see it in the picture. You could hear though.

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This is one of the cache sites. I’m not sure if it is a crypt or just a memorial.

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This was at the same cache site, I just thought it was a beautiful tree.

I’d also like to give an update on our garden. Mom and I planted three rows of Okra, five yellow squash, five zuchini squash, two tomato plants, and three rows of butter beans. Here are a couple of pictures.

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Well that’s all I’ve got for right now. Blessings!!

Menu Plan Monday ~ I know its Tuesday

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This week is going to be a little odd. American Family Radio is having their Spring Share-a-thon, so we will be there two nights this week.

Monday – last night we had Dirty Rice.

Tuesday – We will be a Share-a-thon.

Wednesday – Spaghetti, salad, garlic bread

Thursday – Share-a-thon

Friday – Another crazy day – Abby is leaving to go on a mission trip to Jackson, MS and Jim and I are leaving for our Asheville trip.

Next week we will still be in Asheville, so I won’t post another Menu Plan Monday until April 29th.

Hope everyone has a great week.

Old School Blogging, April

I’ve been reading a lot of different blogs lately and I’ve found some great ideas for my blog. This idea came from The Miss Elaine-ous Life. She calls if “Old School Blogging” and has started a meme that she will be posting once every month. Here is this month’s meme post. If you would like to join in post in the comments. I’ve put her button at the bottom of this post.

What were you doing 10 Years Ago?
I was going back to college to complete my degree. I was a mother of three and was living in Pontotoc, MS.

What 5 things are on your to do list?
Work on Literature curriculum
Make Chocolate pie (sugar free of course)
Plant okra seeds in seed cups
Make weekly lesson plans
Two loads of clothes

What are 5 snacks you enjoy?
Diet coke & peanuts
Special K 100 calorie chips
Apples & peanut butter
Jell-o (I know weird)
Almonds

Name some things you would do if you were a millionaire?
Build a house on land with enough room for a cow.
Buy a nice car.
Give a lot to various charities
Invest and save for kids education/future
Travel all over, mostly to Europe

Name some places you have lived.
Hattiesburg, MS (where I was born)
Gulfport, MS
Tupelo, MS
New Albany, MS (Ms is it, sad!)

Name some bad habits you have.
Nail biting
Interrupting
Forgetting things
Staying up too late
Overeating at night

Name some jobs you have had.
Teacher
Waitress
Data Entry clerk

Okay, so now that you know more about me, it’s YOUR turn!

P.S. There will be a new meme every month so get ready for even more Old School Blogging!

Me First!!

As Christians we often find ourselves neglecting ourselves and putting others first. Well we are suppose to put others first. But I think there are times when we need to take care of ourselves. As many of you know, I am trying to lose a lot of weight, more than 100 pounds. So I’ve decided that I’ve got to do some things for myself. One of those things is to change the way I eat and snack. My biggest problem is at night. I do pretty well during the day, but at night I want to snack…and snack…and snack. So I’ve got to work on that. I’m also trying to eat better. Better food, better snacks and even better drinks. I have never liked drinking a lot water, but I’m trying very hard to drink water. I’m starting with two glasses and going to work up to 8 glasses. But to get back to my snacking. I want to eat better snacks. I was reading a fellow blogger and she was talking about putting aside snacks for herself. She decided to make baskets with her snacks in it. Here’s some pictures:

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She has one basket for the cupboard and one for the fridge. I’m going to do these baskets for myself and really work on my snacking at night. With my 5K training and working on my eating, I’m hopeful that my weight loss will continue.

Is there anyone else trying to lose weight or improve their health. I’d love to hear from you. Encouraging each other can really help.

Blessings!

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