Friday, November 7, 2008, i guess i need to update:). um...well whats been happenning? well im supposed to go help out with Coats For the Cold tomorrow. and hopefully i'll get to go with Tyler and his fam to see Madagascar 2!!! i really hope i can go. um.....we had trunk-or-treat @ the church on halloween and we dont know how many came through, but im gonna guess that it was more than last year. it was really awesome, i had a now im about to watch Kung-Fu Panda, and that movie is HILARIOUS! i love it.....uh....did anyone hear about Phil Fulmer resigning at the end of the season????? i think thats just too funny. mama figured out that who ever she dresses up for on halloween something bad happens to them, like last year she dressed up as Dog-The Bounty Hunter's wife, Beth, and then a few days later, his show got discontinued for a while. this year she dressed up as "Phat Phil" and he's now resigning!!!...wonder who she'll dress up as next year?? any suggestions? well im out.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

A Teenagers View of Heaven

17-year-old Brian Moore had only a short time to write something for a class. The subject was what Heaven was like. "I wowed 'em," he later told his father, Bruce. "It's a killer. It's the bomb. It's the best thing I ever wrote.." It also was the last. Brian Moore died May 27, 1997, the day after Memorial Day . He was driving home from a friend's house when his car went off Bulen-Pierce Road in Pickaway County and struck a utility pole. He emerged from the wreck unharmed but stepped on a downed power line and was electrocuted. The Moores framed a copy of Brian's essay and hung it among the family portraits in the living room. "I think God used him to make a point. I think we were meant to find it and make something out of it," Mrs. Moore said of the essay. She and her husband want to share their son's vision of life after death. "I'm happy for Brian. I know he's in heaven. I know I'll see him." Brian's Essay: The Room...
In that place between wakefulness and dreams, I found myself in the room. There were no distinguishing features except for the one wall covered with small index card files. They were like the ones in libraries that list titles by author or subject in alphabetical order. But these files, which stretched from floor to ceiling and seemingly endless in either direction, had very different headings. As I drew near the wall of files, the first to catch my attention was one that read "Girls I have liked." I opened it and began flipping through the cards. I quickly shut it, shocked to realize that I recognized the names written on each one. And then without being told, I knew exactly where I was. This lifeless room with its small files was a crude catalog system for my life. Here were written the actions of my every moment, big and small, in a detail my memory couldn't match. A sense of wonder and curiosity, coupled with horror, stirred within me as I began randomly opening files and exploring their content. Some brought joy and sweet memories; others a sense of shame and regret so intense that I would look over my shoulder to see if anyone was watching. A file named "Friends" was next to one marked "Friends I have betrayed." The titles ranged from the mundane to the outright weird "Books I Have Read," "Lies I Have Told," "Comfort I have Given," "Jokes I Have Laughed at ." Some were almost hilarious in their exactness: "Things I've yelled at my brothers." Others I couldn't laugh at: "Things I Have Done in My Anger", "Things I Have Muttered Under My Breath at My Parents." I never ceased to be surprised by the contents. Often there were many more cards than I expected. Sometimes fewer than I hoped. I was overwhelmed by the sheer volume of the life I had lived. Could it be possible that I had the time in my years to fill each of these thousands or even millions of cards? But each card confirmed this truth. Each was written in my own handwriting. Each signed with my signature. When I pulled out the file marked "TV Shows I have watched", I realized the files grew to contain their contents. The cards were packed tightly, and yet after two or three yards, I hadn't found the end of the file. I shut it, shamed, not so much by the quality of shows but more by the vast time I knew that file represented. When I came to a file marked "Lustful Thoughts," I felt a chill run through my body. I pulled the file out only an inch, not willing to test its size and drew out a card. I shuddered at its detailed content. I felt sick to think that such a moment had been recorded. An almost animal rage broke on me. One thought dominated my mind: No one must ever see these cards! No one must ever see this room! I have to destroy them!" In insane frenzy I yanked the file out. Its size didn't matter now. I had to empty it and burn the cards. But as I took it at one end and began pounding it on the floor, I could not dislodge a single card. I became desperate and pulled out a card, only to find it as strong as steel when I tried to tear it. Defeated and utterly helpless, I returned the file to its slot. Leaning my forehead against the wall, I let out a long, self-pitying sigh. And then I saw it.. The title bore "People I Have Shared the Gospel With." The handle was brighter than those around it, newer, almost unused. I pulled on its handle and a small box not more than three inches long fell into my hands. I could count the cards it contained on one hand. And then the tears came. I began to weep. Sobs so deep that they hurt. They started in my stomach and shook through me. I fell on my knees and cried. I cried out of shame, from the overwhelming shame of it all. The rows of file shelves swirled in my tear-filled eyes. No one must ever, ever know of this room. I must lock it up and hide the key. But then as I pushed away the tears, I saw Him. No, please not Him. Not here. Oh, anyone but Jesus. I watched helplessly as He began to open the files and read the cards. I couldn't bear to watch His response. And in the moments I could bring myself to look at His face, I saw a sorrow deeper than my own. He seemed to intuitively go to the worst boxes. Why did He have to read every one? Finally He turned and looked at me from across the room. He looked at me with pity in His eyes. But this was a pity that didn't anger me. I dropped my head, covered my face with my hands and began to cry again. He walked over and put His arm around me. He could have said so many things. But He didn't say a word. He just cried with me. Then He got up and walked back to the wall of files. Starting at one end of the room, He took out a file and, one by one, began to sign His name over mine on each card. "No!" I shouted rushing to Him. All I could find to say was "No, no," as I pulled the card from Him. His name shouldn't be on these cards. But there it was, written in red so rich, so dark, so alive. The name of Jesus covered mine. It was written with His blood. He gently took the card back. He smiled a sad smile and began to sign the cards. I
don't think I'll ever understand how He did it so quickly, but the next instant it seemed I heard Him close the last file and walk back to my side. He placed His hand on my shoulder and said, "It is finished." I stood up, and He led me out of the room. There was no lock on its door. There were still cards to be written. "For God so loved the world that He gave His only son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life."-John 3:16.
"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."-Phil. 4:13.
My "People I shared the gospel with " file just got bigger, how about yours?

Friday, September 12, 2008

ok, i know i promised pictures but im to lazy to bother with that so if you wanna see pix then you can go to my mom's blog. like mama, i really hope you're reading this cuz i REALLY wanna go!!!!!

please please please please please!?!?!?!?!?!??!?!?!?!?!?!

Sunday, September 7, 2008

IM 15!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! IM 15!?!?!?!?!?!? i can not believe it. i have had an AWESOME day. awesome time @ church.....awesome time @ RED LOBSTER (yes, awesomeness) awesome time @ home. and more awesomeness later on @ church. not only because i am turning 15, but also because i get to spend the day with Tyler :D. ill put pix on later.

Friday, August 15, 2008

wow. its been a long time since ive blogged :D. um, i went to co-op yesterday. had a great time. we had crazy clothes day, not many kids knew about it though, so it was me, Becca, and my sisters & mama that was dressed in crazy clothes. cant wait till next week. dunno what clothes we're gonna wear then. here's some pix of it.........they're kinda mixed up, ya go

Monday, July 21, 2008

Your Hands

Your hands are precious.
Your hands are scarred.
Your hands are torn.
Your hands bled.
Your hands are holy.
Your hands comfort me.
Your hands love.
Your hands carry me.
Your hands stretch out to me.
Your hands hold my heart.
Your hands protect me.
Your hands healed the blind.
Your hands raised the dead.
Your hands turned water into wine.
Your hands hold me.
Your hands wiped my tears away.
Your hands catch my tears when they fall.
Your hands pull me back up.
Your hands break my many falls.
Your hands had nails driven through them.
And with each pound of the hammer on those nails,
You thought of me.
Your hands bled for me.
Your hands are always there.
Your hands restore me.
Your hands are so precious.
Your hands..........they hold mine.

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Thanks Kimmy

i thougth this was a really cool email that i got.

The ex-cheerleader (age 19) in the picture below was watching a road that led to a NATO
military base when she observed a man digging by the road. She engaged the target, and
she shot him. Turned out he was a bomb maker for the Taliban and he was burying an IED
that was to be detonated when a US patrol walked by 30 minutes later. It would have certainly
killed and wounded several soldiers.

The interesting fact of this story is the shot was measured at 725 yards. She shot him as
he was bent over burying the bomb. The shot struck him in the butt blowing him into the bomb
which detonated. He was blown to pieces.

The Air Force made a motivational poster of her. (See below) Her name is Kimmy. To you, Kimmy, we say, HOO-AH! Thanks for your service. :-)

Jim ReedMunitions & Explosives Safety Specialist, NTC

Ft. Irwin, CA