Friday, September 26, 2008

It is a MUST See

Outstanding! Kudos to all involved with the movie, Fireproof. I had the opportunity and privilege to go on a "family" date to see the movie this afternoon and I was moved and inspired. The comic relief in the movie while paralleling the differences between men and women is precious and had the entire theater laughing regularly through out the two hour movie. More importantly, Fireproof does a fantastic job of tackling some serious real life issues that daily challenge marriages in our society. Yet, at the same time we are reminded that marriage is a covenant (before God..for better or worse, for richer or poor until death do we part) - not a mere contract. Though many are on the brink of divorce all around us, this movie clearly reminds us all that there is always hope no matter how desperate you think your marriage may be.

Bravo and much thanks to the writers, producers, actors and volunteers who put their efforts and resources into this movie. The gospel of hope through Jesus Christ is clearly stated. In a day and age where Hollywood bombards us with trash in the theaters, this movie is a light in a dark industry. I encourage everyone (married or single) to support the Christian efforts of Fireproof by going to see this movie.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Fireproof The Movie

It's almost here.....just a few more days! I can't wait to have a date with my man this weekend to see this movie! (and Jordyn wants to see it, why not? We will make it a family date). In case you are not familiar with Fireproof, Click to go to the Fireproof web site for more info.
I am praying this movie will top the box office at number one this weekend.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Happy Birthday Jim!!!!

Happy Birthday to my man (you cute thing you!!) I LOVE YOU!!!!

Monday, September 15, 2008

I wanna grow old with you...

Did that picture make you laugh? Made me laugh! Did you see that hair? Jim's mullet and my piggy-back perm.

Yep, yesterday was Sunday September 14th and that is a special day for us... Jim and I celebrated 18 wonderful years of marriage. Where has the time gone? Some much has changed (especially the hair-dos!) yet, so much has remained the same (in a good way).
We didn't do anything special yesterday but today my man took me out for a lunch date. We dropped Jordyn off at her Humanities class in Richmond and off we went:
  • took a tour of the new Whole Foods Market in Richmond. (I may have a new favorite grocery store. Sorry Ukrop's!).
  • Lunch (thanks to my amazing secret sister who blessed my socks off! Whoever you are -- THANK YOU!!)
  • a trip to...none other than....(drum roll please.....) MAGGIE MOO's. (If anyone knows the dude or dude-etts that own Maggie Moo's....I think they should consider me as a spokeswoman. It is the best ice cream EVER!!) Oh and get this...they had buttered popcorn flavored ice cream. Of course I had to try a sample spoonful (Elena, you'd like it...I think.) It was an interesting flavor however, I stayed with my normal. One scoop of Dark Chocolate and One luscious scoop of Better Batter. No mix-ins. Okay..I better stop b/c I am drooling on my keyboard.
  • We walked around C28 (love that place).
In the past week Jim and I were reminded stronger than before how quickly this life fades. No guarantees. Every moment is precious. Sure, Marriage is hard work. Jim and I have had our ups and doubt. Marriage is not a 50/50 investment but 100/100 from each person. It is so worth the effort. Yet so many quit. Be sure to take time to carve out for each other and invest in your marriage. A wise woman once told me, "One day your kids will grow up and leave home and you don't want to be left looking at a stranger". Great advice. Don't quit. Keep loving with all that you have. Go the extra mile even when you don't want to do it. Be quick to forgive. And as our friend Ray reminded us last week, "never let the sun go down on your anger". Tell your spouse you love them. Leave love notes around the house, in their lunch, in the car. Surprise her with flowers (to any male readers of this blog....other than my husband). Go for a walk. Hold hands. Last but certainly not least: Pray together.
Happy Anniversary to my best friend! I love you!
I Will Be Here (Steven Curtis Chapman)
Tomorrow morning if you wake up and the sun does not appear
I will be here.
If in the dark, we lose sight of love
Hold my hand, and have no fear'
Cause I will be here
I will be here
When you feel like being quiet
When you need to speak your mind
I will listen
And I will be here
When the laughter turns to cryin'
Through the winning, losing and trying
We'll be together
I will be here
Tomorrow morning, if you wake up
And the future is unclear
I will be here
Just as sure as seasons were made for change
Our lifetimes were made for these years
So I will be hereI will be here
And you can cry on my shoulder
When the mirror tells us we're older
I will hold you
And I will be here To watch you grow in beauty
And tell you all the things you are to me
I will be here
I will be true to the promise
I have made to you and to the One who gave you to me
What a fun day!

Monday, September 08, 2008

In Memory of my friend, Jennifer

We love you and will miss you Jennifer!

Jennifer Lynn Davis Langston
July 18, 1975 - September 8, 2008

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Throwing Stones? Not Me!

But Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger. 7When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, "If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her." John 8:6-7

I simply can not be quiet a second longer. Give me a BREAK! Wasn't it not long ago that the media was celebrating with glee Jamie Lynn Spears pregnancy? But now, some are throwing an entire family under the bus, and even blaming the mother, because of teen pregnancy? A mother can give her life to her child, raise her in a Christian environment, teach her right from wrong and even sacrifice her career, but ultimately the daughter makes her own choices in life. Some right...some wrong.

I know this for a fact. I have been in Bristol's shoes. I was raised by a dynamic family who taught me right from wrong, took me to church, loved me unconditionally ...but guess what...I still made my OWN bad choices. One choice that landed me in the same shoes that Bristol is currently wearing. And oh do I remember the stone throwers ready to pound me. But, I also remember a loving family who was hurting along with me. The best memory of all? A gracious, merciful, Heavenly Father who never rejected me or disowned me. Thank you sweet Jesus. (I owe Him so much).

Why do we so quickly want to throw stones?

My heart goes out to Bristol and her family. I am sure this young woman is confused and scared. I must say that I, personally, admire this young woman for choosing life for her baby.

We never fully understand until we are in the other person's shoes. So, put the stones down and pray for this family.


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