Monday, May 31, 2010

Greater Love_Joel Osteen

Greater Love

"Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends"
(John 15:13, NIV)

TODAY'S WORD from Joel and Victoria
Today is Memorial Day in America. It's a time to honor all those who have given their lives in service for our country. As we remember what these brave men and women did, let's honor the gift they have given us by choosing to show greater love to others.

I'm so thankful that Jesus loved us enough to lay down His life so that we could spend eternity with Him. He was the ultimate expression of love. But did you know that there are ways you can lay down your life to express your love to others? When you let go of having your own way, or when you put the needs and desires of others above your own desires, that's a form of laying down your life. Today, choose to follow Christ's example by putting others first because love is all that matters in eternity.

Father God, thank You for another day to praise You. Thank You for being the ultimate example of love. Help me follow Your example and lay down my life for others. Let everything I do bring honor to You. In Jesus' Name. Amen.

Friday, May 28, 2010


Dear Blog,
Hubby is coming home FINALLY! Yes I know he has to be away according to the needs of the Navy. Yes I know many are gone so much longer. So really this 2 weeks was a drop in the hat compared to what other families go thru. We have been thru many long deployments so its not a new thing.

With a teething baby who LOVES to scream all the time, a 3 year old who has told me Georgia is closed so daddy has to come home now. We all need daddy to come home. I really miss him.

Getting ready for this move is taking its toll. I promised myself that when we move we are NOT taking JUNK nope not this time. I have been cleaning out closets and donating clothes and shoes. I have been going thru drawers and TOSSING out TONS of just junk. I really wonder if I have some hording tendencies. The garage is going to be so much better and such a burden off of my mind. I am not sure what it will be like to really be able to use a garage. I did tell Mark we will still have to rent a small storage unit. I dont want NO BOXES in the garage unless they are up in the rafters.

God Bless

Thursday, May 27, 2010


"Courage does not always roar.
Sometimes courage is a quiet voice
at the end of the day,
saying: I will try again tomorrow."
Dear Blog,
Lord, rescue me from me! Don't let me stand in the way of your Plan today!
I really like this and I need to remeber to pray it frequently. I really do have the best of intentions when I start out my day. Somewhere I lose my grip and falter. I am so glad my God is a God of Mercy and Grace.

God Bless

Stolen Soup

Shrimp and Corn Bisque


1 lb raw, peeled shrimp *buy ez peel from HEB in blue bag (frozen) *or better yet, buy them peeled already.

1 Tbsp. butter

1 Bunch of green onions chopped

2 cloves of garlic chopped, or teaspoon of minced garlic

2 cans cream of potato soup

1 pint of half and half

8 oz cream cheese

Can of whole corn drained

Seasoning to taste (I don’t add a bunch of table salt b/c the shrimp and cream of potato soup are already salty.) – I use black pepper and Tony Chachere’s (*which is seasoned salt)

Directions: In a blender or food processor, blend the 2 cans of cream of potato soup with 1 pint of half and half set aside. Then in a large pot, sauté green onions and garlic for about a minute in butter (you don’t want the green onions to change color or wilt too much. Add shrimp. Sauté until the shrimp are almost cooked. Add soup and half and half blend to the pot. Cut up cream cheese into small pieces and add it to the soup. When it is melted, add corn and cook until corn is warmed thru. If it is too thick, add milk to thin. Serve with pistolettes (crunchy bread) & Enjoy!

I swiped this from Bruises and bow's mostly because it looks so good and I don't want to lose it. Peeking are her blog it looks pretty good and a nice place to stop awhile and drink a cup of tea.

Move past your mountain-Joel Osteen

Move Past Your Mountain

"…you have stayed long enough at this mountain"
(Duet 1:6, NIV)

TODAY'S WORD from Joel and Victoria
Let me ask you, do you go out each day knowing that favor is already in your future? Or have you gotten stuck in a rut staring at a mountain of disappointment, setbacks or difficulty?

That's what happened to the people of Israel. They were headed toward their promised land. They had big goals and big dreams, but along the way they hit some setbacks and had some disappointments. They got so discouraged that they gave up on their dreams and just settled where they were. One day God said to them, "You have dwelt long enough on this mountain." He was saying, "It's time to move past this and embrace the blessing in your future."

I believe God is saying that to each one of us today. You've been where you are long enough. God is saying, "This is a new day. Get your fire back. Where you are is not where you're supposed to stay." If you'll be determined to move past your mountain, He will lead you and empower you to live in favor and blessing in every area of your life!

Heavenly Father, I give to You every area of my heart. I give You my questions, my disappointments, my doubts and fears. I choose to trade my sorrow for Your joy. I choose to press past my mountains so I can embrace the promises You have in store for me. In Jesus' Name. Amen.

KLOVE Daily Scripture

We always thank God for all of you and pray for you constantly.

~ 1 Thessalonians 1:2, NLT

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

How he will fill you- Joel Osteen

He Will Fill You

"'…My people will be filled with My bounty,' declares the LORD"
(Jeremiah 31:14, NIV)

TODAY'S WORD from Joel and Victoria
When I think of being filled, I think of being satisfied. I think of having more than enough to meet my needs so that I can be a blessing to others. But it all starts with our level of expectancy. My question for you today is what are you believing for? What are you expecting? You might say, "Well, Joel. I don't think I'll ever meet my sales goals this year with the economy like it is." Or, "I don't think I'll ever get promoted. I'm not that qualified." "I don't think I'll ever get well." The problem is you're not looking for those good breaks. You're not expecting increase. You're not positioning yourself for God to fill you, and unfortunately, you won't be disappointed. Jesus said in the scriptures, "According to your faith it will be done unto you." He might as well have said, "If you've got a cup, I'll fill you with a cup level of blessing. If you've got a bucket, I'll fill you with a bucket level of blessing." But if you'll take the limits off of God and believe for supernatural opportunities, if you'll go out each day expecting far and beyond favor, you won't be disappointed. He will fill you and satisfy you with His goodness and show His favor in ways beyond your wildest dreams!

Father God, thank You for blessing me so that I can be a blessing to others. Today, I choose to open my heart and mind to You and expect that You will fill me with Your bounty. I choose to take the limits off my thinking so that You can have Your way in my life. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
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KLOVE Scripture

I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them.

~ 1 Timothy 2:1, NLT

More than enough-Joel Osteen

More than Enough

"In times of disaster they will not wither; in days of famine they will enjoy plenty"
(Psalm 37:19, NIV)

TODAY'S WORD from Joel and Victoria
We serve the God of more than enough! It doesn't matter what's happening around you, it doesn't matter what's happening in the economy, it doesn't matter what's happening in the stock market, God is able to provide for you. Notice today's verse doesn't just say He'll help you barely get by; no, it says that in days of famine His people will enjoy plenty.

The key is we have to get our minds off of this natural, earthly realm and start setting our minds on things above. Remember, there is no recession in heaven, but if you aren't investing in God's economy, you won't see the reward He has for you. Take a step of faith today and sow a seed. Ask God how you can be a blessing to others. Remember, you are a steward over His resources. When you choose to be obedient to Him, you will eat the good of the land. And when you tap into God's economy by obeying His Word, you will have His results—more than enough!

Heavenly Father, thank You for the resources You have given to me. Thank You for trusting me to be Your representative in the earth and for giving me more than enough. Show me how to handle the blessings You've given me so that I can please You in everything I do. In Jesus' Name. Amen.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Chrissie's Celebration of life

Dear Blog,
I am so glad for tecolongy. I was able to "attend" Chrissie's celebration of life which was held in TX, right here at home online. It was very nice. I cried, I smiled, I laughed, and I cried some more. It so made perfect sense when Lorraine said chrissie lived all her day's that God had planned for her. No matter where she would have been, Chrissie would have died on May 19th, because that WAS God's plan for her.
In the short time I have know Chrissie and her journey I have become closer to God, my prayer life has gotten so much stronger. I plan to keep it that way. I want for my family what Lorraine has "In" her family.
God Bless

Chrissie's Obituary

Chrissie's Obituary

Christyn Joy Patterson, our warrior princess and precious angel, began her eternal dance with Jesus during the early morning hours on Wednesday, May 19, 2010. Our beloved daughter was known around the world as Chrissie, the Serbian Sensation, who touched more lives in 4 short years than most of us ever will in our lifetimes.

Chrissie was born in Serbia October 8, 2005 under the name Barbara Duga, and she was adopted into her forever family as Chrissie Patterson on October 14, 2009. Shortly after Chrissie was born in Serbia, her birth family abandoned her at a Belgrade Hospital when they discovered she had several severe congenital heart defects that could not be repaired in Serbia. Chrissie spent the first ten months of her life in a hospital in Belgrade, Serbia, fighting for her life, as she was determined to one day meet her forever mommy and daddy. Chrissie was discharged from the Belgrade Hospital as an 11-month-old orphan and sent to live in an orphanage called Kolevka (which means The Cradle) in Subotica, Serbia, where Chrissie spent the next three years of her life waiting for her forever family to rescue her. In June, 2009, God announced His calling upon The Patterson Family of Wimberley, Texas, to go rescue His beloved miracle child, Chrissie. Chrissie was united with her forever family in October, 2009, when her family adopted her in Serbia and brought her to Texas where she joyfully lived for the next six months of her life, surrounded by her forever family who cherished her with all of their hearts.

Chrissie was an absolute joy to all who ever met her. She always had a smile on her face and simply loved life. Chrissie taught the world what it means to truly live! Chrissie underwent massive open-heart surgery at Methodist Children’s Hospital in San Antonio, Texas, April 19, 2010. Her talented, courageous, and committed cardiac and medical team, led by Dr. Mary Porisch and Dr. Kupferschmid, never gave up on Chrissie. Chrissie spent 31 days in the PICU of MCH, where she fought boldly and courageously for her life. God worked many mighty miracles in one month during Chrissie’s stay at the hospital, and her strong will and amazing attitude will always be remembered.

Chrissie is survived by her forever family who loved and cherished her with all their hearts: Daddy/TaTa Matt Patterson and Mommy Lorraine Patterson, Big Brothers Parker and Sawyer Patterson, Little Brother Kiefer Patterson, Big Sisters Meribeth and Mattie Patterson, as well as two more special big sisters Emily and Samantha Hall and their mom, Stephanie Hall. Grandparents: Nana Betty Immel and PawPaw Larry Immel, Grammie Kathie Patterson and Grandaddy Larry Patterson, and a very special Aunt “Shoosha”, Trisha Immel Huddleston. Chrissie is also survived by many other aunts and uncles, cousins, and friends around the world.

A royal celebration of Princess Chrissie’s life will be held Sunday, May 23, 2010 at 2:30PM at Hays Hills Baptist Church in Buda, Texas. The funeral will be available for viewing live online via the family blog at . The family will receive guests during visitation at Hays Hills Baptist Church in Buda May 22, 2010, from 3-5PM. Chrissie’s family will host a private graveside burial Monday, May 24, 2010. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to orphan advocacy at or “Abby’s Wish” at

“I will not leave you as orphans, I will come to you.” John 14:18

Arrangements under the care and guidance of Pennington Funeral Home, 323 N. Comanche, San Marcos, TX 78666, 512-353-4311. Obituary and guestbook online @

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Saturday, May 22, 2010

Did he really say that?

Dear Blog,
Yeah the old saying "out of the mouths of babes" I think sucks right now. Josiah was messing with the recumbent bike and Savvy was trying to. He made the comment don't do that! Mom has to lose about 40 pounds!! Gezz I really think I need to get a handle on this.
God Bless

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Where did my day go?

Dear Blog,

Where did my day go? It went by so fast and I did not get anything done at all. I did make an appointment for Sailor today (its for tomorrow). She has had a cough since she had 2 seperate choking incidents last week where I had to turn her upside down and pound on her. Those moments are so scary when you look into her tiny face and YOU KNOW she is choking... I am wondering if she may have inhaled something, who knows maybe its just a normal littl cough. Its better to err on the side of caution, besides we have good insurance.

I feel so bad for hub's he is working 18 hour days, poor baby working hard, I know he's not eating right and he has no days off either. Good ole military gotta love it and sometimes not.

Have you ever looked at your kids and just wonder when did they grow taller, when did they start looking more grown up. I often wonder what is running thru their minds, they are so smart these days.
God Bless

The Tongue of the Wise-Joel Osteen

The Tongue of the Wise

"Reckless words pierce like a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing"
(Proverbs 12:18; NIV)

TODAY'S WORD from Joel and Victoria
It's easy to see how words can be used as a weapon. We've all either been "cut" by the words of others, or we've used words to put someone "in their place." The truth of the matter is when we use words recklessly or in a way that cuts others, we are not being wise. The scripture tells us that the tongue of the wise brings life and healing to others.

Today, look for ways to be wise. Find something nice to say about someone or share an encouraging word. You never know how you can bring healing to a person's heart by sharing a kind, gracious word. And remember, words are like seeds. When you plant words of life and blessing into others, you're sure to reap a harvest of blessing in your own life in return.

Heavenly Father, today I choose to be wise. I submit my tongue to You and choose to use it for good and not for evil. Show me ways to be a blessing to others. Help me find creative ways to encourage the people You have placed in my life. In Jesus' Name. Amen.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

My heart is broken today.

Dear Blog,
Today my heart was broken when I woke up, turned on the computer to check on Chrissie from All Are Precious In His Sight. She passed away this morning after a LONG valient fight after having major heart surgery. I know for a fact Chrissie has received her total healing in Christ, I know, she has looked into the eyes of Jesus as she sat on his lap.

When I first started to follow her journey, I learned she was adopted from Siberia. God MOVED mountains, paperwork, and people and her adoptions was expidited at an amazing speed. Thru Chrissie and her mommy's blog my walk with Christ has become strong. My prayer life has exploded. I think part of God's plan was for this dear sweet child was to bring more into his flock, and from what I have read I KNOW she has.

So this is not only a time for mourning but for a time for joy in the knowledge that Chrissie is not in pain, she dancing and playing, laughing and not short of breath, she can play all she wants now!!!! Praise God!
God Bless

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Frittered the day away.

Dear Blog,
Today I had the best intentions of getting things done. I only got the top of the fridge cleared. LOL the kids asked me where everything went, gosh its not like I have a ton of things up there.

I did my mini ride and did just over 2 miles. I did break down and go and buy some of my peppermints. I feel better haveing a mint or 2 after meals.

I was playing with the baby tonight, she made my heart melt when she was belly laughing. That is such music to my ears. I am losing hearing bit by bit but I havent lost that so far and for that I am so very thankful for that.

I am really not trying to wait till the last minute for downsizing for the move like I have one for every other move. Mark has finally agreed to lose all the ugly chairs and junk in the garage. Thank you Jesus I will finally have a real garage for the first time in many years. Even when we had a storage unit we still had a massive amount of boxes in the garage. Well this will not happen in the new home.

God Bless

Today's Word with Joel Osteen

The Position of Power

"Good sense makes a man restrain his anger, and it is his glory to overlook a transgression or an offense"
(Proverbs 19:11, AMP)

TODAY'S WORD from Joel and Victoria
Every day, we have opportunities to get upset, be frustrated, or get offended. Maybe you had plans that didn't work out, or someone was rude to you at the office. Maybe you were doing something that should have taken one hour, and it ended up taking three. Life is full of inconveniences; but even though we can't always control our circumstances, we can control our reactions to those circumstances. I heard somebody say, "Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you respond."

We should always go out each day with a positive attitude, full of hope and expecting God's favor. But at the same time, we should recognize that most days are not going to go exactly as we planned. Remember, we were created to live in peace. Peace is our position of power. If you get stressed because you got off schedule, or got upset because your child wouldn't eat his breakfast, or frustrated because somebody offended you, what you're doing is giving away your power. Instead, make the decision to release those offenses and disappointments so you live in peace and move forward in the power and victory the Lord has for you!

Father in heaven, today I release every care, concern, offense and disappointment to You. I choose to keep the peace that You have given me knowing that with You my best days are ahead! In Jesus' Name. Amen.

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A glad heart makes a happy face; a broken heart crushes the spirit.~ Proverbs 15:13, NLT

Monday, May 17, 2010

One Hundred Push ups challange

Dear Blog,
I have lost my mind again. I found this idea from a blog I like to frequent We are the Culbertsons. I have no idea how to link it here or I would. I am going to take the One hundred push up challange, its a 45 day deal where you work your way up to 100 push hundred push ups
For me this is a GRAND idea, as I can no longer do a REAL push up. I am resigned to doing GIRL push ups. Well its in my mind set now. I am working out and watching everything I eat. I am guessing after I get this done, I am work on the 100 sit up challange and the squat challange. Who know's maybe there is a skinny body in here some where.
God Bless

Its NOT that EASY

Dear Blog,
I started the diet today. I so ate on the plan. I did what I was to do. How in the world did I gain a stinkin pound??? Well I know I put spices on my chicken and turkey when I roasted them, a little bit. I am thinking its the sodium. I always have a issue with "Salt". That and my body is so not used to drinking the massive amounts of fluids I have been (prepping for FL) I am on a water pill for my BP so maybe I dont need to over load on the H20.
I rode 2 miles this morning and 2 tonight on the bike. I think I may go for 2 1/2 tomorrow twice also and see what happens besides my legs feeling heavy and aching a bit.
I have done real well with not bringing soda in the house for the last week. I ate my last beloved peppermint yesterday I am not drinking I dont smoke so whats left?? I would say sleep but Mark is gone for a few weeks so thats out...

God Bless

Since I like Joel Osteen I am sharing his post.

Listen to Your Heart

"The heart of the wise teaches his mouth, and adds learning to his lips"
(Proverbs 16:23, NKJV)

TODAY'S WORD from Joel and Victoria
Choosing your words is very important. The scripture tells us that life and death are in the power of the tongue. You can bless your future with your words, or you can curse it. God Himself spoke the worlds into existence by the creative power of words.

There are many influences over our words. In the heat of the moment, we can let our emotions tell us what to say. We can listen to what others say and allow them to influence our words. We can even be influenced by what we watch on TV, the internet, or read in the news. But notice what today's verse tells us that a wise person does—a wise person listens to their heart and lets their heart teach them what to say. As a believer, when you listen to your heart, you are tuning in to what the Spirit of God is saying to you. You are coming into agreement with Him.

Today, listen to your heart. Take time to be still and quiet before the Lord. Allow Him to teach you what to say. As you submit your words and ways to Him, He will direct your path.
Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad? I will put my hope in God! I will praise him again - my Savior and my God!~ Psalms 42:11, NLT (KLOVE)

Sunday, May 16, 2010

It's been so LONG

Dear Blog,
Oh how I have neglected you! I am so sorry but I am ready to be friends again. Now is the time. The time to really go on a diet and lose some weight. I have NEVER been this heavy even being PG with the last 4 children. I am starting (again) the 6 weeks to a better body diet. I just made all my chicken/turkey I need for my protiens bagged them with my carb (a small tater). Then I will just add my veggie or salad to the approiate meals and get this party started.
Starting weight 212. mesurements I wont even go there, its hard enough to see my weight in type. The "D" starts offfically tomorrow, as for tonight I am making fried taco's.

We will be leaving in 2 months or FL. We have a nice house we will be renting, the schools are close by. My sister will fly the 3 older kids at the end of July and we will just have the baby across country, then she is staying for a bit to help me get settled in. I am so ready for the move for the change, for a real home church as we haven't found a church we liked since our pastor left the church.
God Bless