Monday, June 29, 2009

LPL Stockton

This past Friday and Saturday I had the awesome privilige to attend the Living Proof Live event at the Stockton Arena to hear first hand my favorite bible teacher, Beth Moore.
The conference was amazing! The fellowship with my sisters in Christ was also sweet to my soul.

Here I am with my roomies Kay and Julie. We were quite blessed to get a room close to the event center however, we got absolutely no sleep Friday night! (partly due to the smokey conditions of the smoking room and the inability to stop talking!). It was a comfort when Beth shared Saturday morning that she did not sleep either...

Loved the yellow jacket that Beth wore on Friday night...she is always attentive to important things like hair and clothes! But never more than making sure that people get a fresh revelation from God!

A precious long time friend and some new friends....Julie, Sue, Robin, and Tracy

As Julie and I chatted over the weekend, we figured out that we've shared a close friendship for the last 11 years...I thank God for her! She has blessed my life in so many ways.

Part of our group, Julie, Cheryl, don't know this sisters name, Sue, Robin, and Tracy.

The theme was "From Bridezilla to Bride: A 7-Step Makeover".
Beth taught from Revelation 19 about the wedding feast of the Lamb. I love her teaching regardless of what she chooses to teach but this lesson impacted me so deeply. It was very personal and God spoke tenderly to my heart through Beth's messages.
Here are the 7 points on how to go from Bridezilla to Bride
  1. Have a Fresh Fear of God: Rev. 19:4 talks about the 24 elders and 4 living creatures that are praising God. We are taught to reverence God in such a way that we retain the mystery of revelation. One thing that Beth said was that God is not just into property but into people.
  2. The Thrill of Gathering: Rev. 19:1, 4, 5, 6 listed all those in attendance at the wedding feast of the Lamb. All in attendance are focused on worshipping the Lord. One interesting thing that I learned was that the redeemed are louder than the angels in the worsip and shouts. Another main point that Beth stressed on was the importance of diversity in the body. We were challenged not to get hung up on the non-essentials but rather, to embrace diversity and to guard against narcicism.
  3. The Glee of Brideship: Rev. 19: 7 Let us rejoice and be glad. This phrase is only used 2 times in the scriptures. The other occurrence is in Matthew 5:12. It is a salutation that simply means "happy". The word glad denotes excessive joy, dancing, leaping. So rejoice and be glad is joyfully greeting the body of Christ in happiness. Moreso, it is being this way with the Lord. Major truth that Beth shared that I want to remember: THIS TURNS OUT WELL!
  4. Recapture the Hope of Romance: Psalm 45:11 says "The king is enthralled by your beauty; honor him, for he is your lord." Other scriptures used that solidified this point were Ecclesiastes 3:11-eternity is set in the hearts of men, Hosea 2:14-20-bethrothal to God forever, Ephesians 5:31-32-it is a mystery, 2 Cor. 4-outwardly we are wasting away, inwardly we are being renewed day by day. Main point: THIS IS OUR FUTURE, IT IS NOT A FAIRYTALE!
  5. The Priority of Purity: 2 Cor. 6:17 says that he who unites himself with the Lord is one with him in spirit. 1 John 1:9 says that our confession of our sins will result in His forgiveness and the restoration of our purity. Beth encourages us to BELIEVE GOD ABOUT YOURSELF. And that instead of trying to regain innocence, go for integrity instead. Trust that Jesus Christ can change your habits! Remember we are pure in Him.
  6. The Anticipation of Arrival: Matthew 3:16-17. Heaven was opened at Jesus's baptism and he saw the Spirit of God. No human has seen visible manifestation of the Lord and lived. Rev. 19:11 shows us that we will see. It says that the writer of the revelation saw heaven opened and a rider on a white horse called Faithful and True (Jesus).
  7. The Power of His Name: Rev. 19:11-16-Faithful and True. He will act in justice for those who love him. Eyes like fire (burning into you like they can look into your very soul...he can). Many crowns on his head signified his power over all. Kings back in time were pictured with as many crowns on their head as empires they ruled. Our King of Kings is the head of all! He also has a name that no one knows. This is so wonderful because there is a name that he will be known by that no one can slander. Rev. 2:17 says that we also have a name that we do not know and is not associated with any of our sinful state. The Word of God (logos: pronounced lawgaus), He will overcome all evil simply by speaking. Powerful! The final name is KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS. Full representation of our adoration of him. Beth made a final point that while appreciation is biblical, adoration is for God alone.

Bethie teaching....amazing how much energy, enthusiasm, and excitement wells up in this TINY woman! It was an amazing weekend! I will be forever impacted and changed.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Michael Jackson

I just have to say that it was an utter shock to hear this afternoon, via text from my 14 year old cousin and later confirmed by every news station known to man, that Michael Jackson died this afternoon from an aparent heart attack in his home in LA.
I loved Michael Jackson's music from the time I was a little girl. I remember clearly one Christmas, (I think that I was around 10 years old), I got a book full of pictures of Michael Jackson. I loved it to say the least! I had cassette tapes and records of Michael's music. My favorites were Bad, Billie Jean, and Thriller. You guys remember those songs??!!
As I got older my love for music by Michael Jackson diminished but never went completely away. I tended to follow him and his music less and less as the years went on. Especially after I became a Christian and started listening to Christian music more than rock or country. But I paid attention to the news stories that he was always a part of. His marriage to Lisa Marie Presley shocked me, then that picture of him holding his baby over the ledge freaked me out as well as the rest of the world. The allegations and publicity about his supposed scandalous behavior at his Never Land Ranch broke my heart. I actually felt sorry for him during that time.
I don't know...having celebrity status sometimes appears to be so wonderful....we all think of the money, the fame, the attention but in the does nothing to stop the fact that we all have an appointment with facing our own mortality. Today Michael breathed his last here on Earth...I can only hope that at some point in his life he responded to the Lord's call and love for him and is in Eternity this very minute.
My prayers go out for his family at this time.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Strawberry Delight and God's Delights

This is so yummy! I had to share with you...this recipe is from my friend Julie (who got it from one of the ladies in her bible study). Thanks Julie!

All it is is 1 container of marshmallow cream whipped together with 1 block of lowfat cream cheese (got to go with the lowfat because you can really eat way to many of them! tummy kind of hurts now..have not been able to get off the cream cheese even though I am slightly lactose intolerant!)

This is a little yard decoration that is in my back yard. Very good reminder for me that we do not walk by sight...but by faith! Lord, help me to remember.

My newest pics to go into my God's Delight book...I absolutely LOVE getting these types of photos. It helps change my mood when need be...

This pretty flower is my makes me think of my mom because it is called an Hortencia in Portuguese and Spanish (I think)...that's her name :)

These next 2 are already in my little book but I was playing around with my Memory Manager 3 program and figured out that I could add and delete color! That program is so much fun!

Friday, June 12, 2009

Muffins, Snails, and Dirty Little Feet I have not been around for a few days! I have been reading all of your blogs as I am lazying around the house enjoying my first week home on summer vacation! This is one of the BEST perks of being a teacher!

What follows is a photo story of what I have done over the last 24 hours....My nephew, now to be referred to as Bean in order to protect his anonymity, spent the night with me last night and we had so much fun! I love having him over because life is just different through the eyes of a 3 year old!

So the first pic is what we did this morning...that would be making banana chocolate muffins! (I will post the recipe at the end of this is SO EASY!). They are soooo yummy! But of course Bean is a little bit picky with his eating habits so Aunt Bethi had to eat them by herself!

Here Bean is pointing out which muffin he wants to eat....Did he eat it? Of course not! Thank you God that he LIKES his gummy vitamins....the way that child eats, he needs them! (Course...banana chocolate muffins are not the healthiest choice for breakfast either but I'm the aunt not the mommy!)

Last night Bean was checking out a leaky spot by my water is hard to see but there is a snail that he was playing with in the water....he was fascinated by it but funny enough, he also was a bit afraid. I tried to get him to touch it but he kept saying " bite me". I tried to tell him that snails don't have teeth (as far as I know....I've never been bitten by one) but he would have nothing to do with the whole thing! At one point he did say that he wanted to kill it! I said "no, the snail is one of God's creatures!". It was so cute!

And this my a photo of the ridiculously dirty feet of my little string Bean! I got him these new flip flops and a pair of cool sunglasses to match at the Disney Store....(great buy: 2.99 for the flip flops and 3.99 for the glasses!) He lived in these flip flops the entire 24 hours (somehow he came to me with 3 pairs of flip flops for only a 24 hour visit!) and would not take them off! I had a pair of brown ones that matched better with his outfit today and I TRIED to convince him to wear those but he INSISTED on wearing the "owenge" ones!
Another highlight of the little visit is that Bean stayed dry the entire 24 hours that he was with me! YEAHHHHHHH!!!!! He is trying to get potty trained so that he can go to preschool and is doing pretty good (except for thinking that poop is supposed to happen on his back patio). I only had to wash poop out of his superman underwear 1 time last night (and hose him off in the front yard...what a sight!) but then he stayed dry and poop free!
Okay ladies...I hope that you have a wonderful weekend!
Praying for you and asking the Lord to work mightily in your lives!
Here's the recipe for the banana muffins :)
One Pan Banana Bread (Courtesy of my friend Robin)
1/3 cup vegetable oil (I use olive oil and it works out fine)
3 large mashed bananas
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
3/4 cup egg beaters (or 3 eggs)
2 1/3 cup bisquick
1 cup sugar
1/2 bag semisweet chocolate chips
Heat oven to 350*. Grease loaf pan or muffin pan. Stir all ingredients until well blended. Bake 55-65 minutes for loaf. Bake 25-30 minutes for muffins. Remove and let sit for 5 minutes. Remove from pans and cool on baking racks. Enjoy warm!

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Last Weekend in Pics

Pics of my Marc, me, Grandma C., Lorie, and Ashley
The Cortez sisters and brother: Irma, Mary, Jr., Hortencia, and Olivia

Cole took this picture of me and my Grandma C. Not bad for a 3 year old!

Kendra made this BEAUTIFUL and yummy fruit basket...isn't it lovely?! I told her that she shoud take orders and sell them!

The following pics are just fun things that I shot while waiting for my family to return from the cemetery....

My moms wine barrel water fountain...I love this thing, it is so peaceful to sit near it and hear the water running. Funny thing, my nephew Cole was washing his face out of it on Sunday!
My parents place is full of old, large oak trees. Here is one that I was awed by because of its enormous size....this pic will definately get into my God's Delight book.
I'm constantly on the lookout for cool little creatures or beautiful flowers to document the delight that God brings me in His creation. I had been thinking this particular morning that it would be so great if I could get a pic of a lizard but wasn't sure if I'd see one. In God's amazing timing, and because of His great love...He caused one to crawl right in front of amazing!

This pic was one that I took Sunday morning....had some trouble sleeping so got up to see the sunrise....
Pretty flowers....God never fails to delight me in the beauty of his flowers!