Each step of life is a journey that you choose to walk.

Each moment of life is another line, sentence, paragraph and chapter of the book called your life.

Enjoy all that life has to offer, good friends, good food, good coffee and as always wisdom and a good laugh.


17 March 2011

When you ask...

Jesus to use you, be ready! I knew when I completely surrendered my life to Christ that it would be a challenge and not easy. (Romans 7:25)

Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God’s law, but in my sinful nature[a] a slave to the law of sin.

I honestly thought that I had no comfort zone, but it seems that every time I get "comfortable", God changes the direction in which I am going or He intercedes personally by allowing me to encounter a life that is going through a struggle, and it "interferes" with "my life". So I have come to the understanding I will never be comfortable, and I am becoming OK with that. I have also come to realize that if I am in a state of being comfortable, then I am not growing spiritually. (Psalm 119:2)

Blessed are those who keep his statutes and seek him with all their heart

Last night during Bible study as we were going over the passage in Ephesians 4, I came to a deeper understanding of why we are gifted. The Word says, that He gifts us so that we can equip the saints, God's people. We are not to use the Gifts that He has given according to His Will and abuse them for selfish reasons, but to use them to help those in need, those who are seeking God, and to lift up those who are called the Children of God. (Ephesians 4: 11-13)

So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.

I have so much to learn. The most important is to continue to be less of me so that more of Jesus comes through. It is a daily struggle and when I am put under the fire, so to speak, I want to run and say NOPE! Not me! It doesn't work that way because I freely gave my life up to serve, and that means to go where He leads, and do His Will even when I don't want to. It is a daily struggle, but one that is worth it all. (John 3:30)

He must become greater; I must become less

I hope that you are encouraged today, but if not, if you are discouraged, know that you are not alone & that you will get through this uncomfortable moment. Christ Jesus will work out what it is that you are going through, if you allow Him to do so and He will work out for His Glory & His Purpose. (Romans 8:28)

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

~Peace & Blessings~

14 March 2011

Man am I...

sore! I have to say that this new journey with Mike and P90X is good, but man...I did not realize just how out of shape I really was...well am. I must say that I have been very impressed with each routine so far and I know that I like the fact that each day is a new Mike or I won't get board. AND I have watched the infomercial for P90X. I have to say that I am impressed with the testimonials that I heard. I of course found P90X on Facebook...well because it's Facebook...and I wanted to see other testimonies. My goal is to be a good example for my children, and to get more fit. Not only w/ the P90X, but also with karate, walking and of course...when I can...the gym. The best thing about this so far...Mike & I are doing this together. That truly makes me happy! day 4 down only 26 days to goal #1. One day at a pound at a time...that is my battle cry!

Oh...and I know I need to take the pictures...and I will...but I don't think I'll post them until day 30.

~Peace & Blessings~

10 March 2011

I'm sorry, what day...

is it? Oh yeah, Thursday! This week has just flown by and I want to remember all the good things that have happened this week. It seems that the days are going faster now more than before, and yet I feel like I am really just beginning to live.

Monday my beautiful daughter celebrated her 12th birthday! She is amazing and I don't want to miss a moment of her time with me. We are having a small gathering of friends over for Friday to celebrate. We are having a "Tea" with her friends. That should be a lot of fun.

Tuesday was my first day back at BNI (Business Networking International). I really enjoy BNI, it's such a great way to stay connected with other businesses and continue to make new contacts for 90.7 WAY Radio. The downside of Tuesday was I was beginning to feel congested. Something bloomed and it was causing me to cough and feel sinus pressure.

Side note...Monday the whole family began P90X. I tell you what I am still sore! My personal goal is to lose 20 lbs in 90 days. I believe this is reasonable...I'll do my best to keep track.

Yesterday, Wednesday, was crazy busy...and I have to say I was a bit under the gun, but with God's help I was able to get everything finished up. I had a promotion script to write up and get on the air, we had the band 33 Miles in the studio with a couple of our listeners that won a Facebook contest, and we had so much fun! Chris and Jason are so gracious and I really appreciated them coming in for an hour. We also enjoyed a very nice breakfast from P&D Deli. They have real good breakfast food.

By mid day I was feeling lousy...just awful...I don't like being "sick". We made it to church and Pastor Scott did such a great job with teaching Ephesians 4: 1-6.

Well here it is, Thursday afternoon, and it was a slow start of the day. I did not have a voice this morning so I did not go into work. Kind of hard to talk for a living and have no voice. So I stayed in the bed until 10ish and I took some more meds. Feeling a bit better, but time for another Halls. I want so much for my throat to feel better. I have a small get together going on this evening and I think that will be fun.

Mike's been working a lot more lately. He has 6 catering jobs this month and is working on 4 drafting jobs. I am so thankful that business is picking up. We have been praying for more work to come in and we are just praising God for the work we have.

So Friday is the birthday party & then Saturday is karate...I don't know if I'll get a chance to blog again, but I wanted to make sure that I preserve these memories for years to come.

~Peace & Blessings~

07 March 2011

12 years ago...

was a Sunday. I remember that day well & pray I always do. I remember not going to church that morning. I was tired & having contractions. I remember wanting my 3 dogs clean! And I remember at 1pm my husband took me to the hospital, because I knew that it was time. 12 years ago at 8:06pm I was blessed by God with a daughter, my only daughter. I remember my father-in-law & my step mother-in-law being there in the room with us. I remember being very very tired, but overwhelmed with a love that I had never experienced before and that was the day that I first got just a small glimpse of God's love for us, for me.

Though I try my best to be a good mom, I know that I fall short. I see it, but she loves me. I have done the best that I can with equipping her with truth and love and to know who Jesus is. She has accepted Christ as her personal Lord and Savior and I have watched her grow more at 12 then I did, and that is an amazing sight.

As a parent, I have been convicted to teach my children the truth of who God is, and to allow God's Spirit to work within her.

Luke 1:47-49 (Amplified Bible) says, "And my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for He has looked upon the low station and humiliation of His handmaiden. For behold, from now on all generations [of all ages] will call me blessed and declare me happy and to be envied! For He Who is almighty has done great things for me--and holy is His name [to be venerated in His purity, majesty and glory]!

It is hard to watch my children grow, and for my daughter who is now a true pre-teen, my thoughts are of when "I was that age", and I pray that she makes wiser decisions than what I did, but I know that God has a plan for her life & I am excited to see where He is taking her. Happy Birthday, Nichole, I love you.

~Peace & Blessings~

01 March 2011

New Releases

I am so excited about the release of Francesca Battistelli's new CD Hundred More Years, Francesca has had a fun, fast paced ride on life's roller coaster the last few years. Her debut music album, My Paper Heart was a major hit(not to mention my daughter loves every song on the album). She was awarded as the 2009 GMA Dove Awards Female Vocalist of the Year. She's married and this past September gave birth to a beautiful baby boy. She's on top of the world and is ready for a second album entitled, Hundred More Years. The first single from this album, This Is The Stuff, will be released to Christian radio and will be available as a music dowload on iTunes.

Tenth Avenue North Live: Inside And In Between Listen to your favorite Tenth Avenue North songs from their 2010 year of tour. Experience live versions of fan favorites including "By Your Side", "Hold My Heart" and "Healing Begins". Much more than a concert video, this live CD/DVD set includes a 45-minute visual journey showcasing the very heart of Tenth Avenue North.

Have you been missing Audio Adrenaline? Me too. After a three-year departure, Audio Adrenaline lead singer Mark Stuart and bassist Will McGinniss return with some of their favorite emerging voices of worship as the Know Hope Collective, a ground-breaking initiative that combines worship music with stories of hope and inspiration. The Know Hope Collective will be an ever-changing group of musicians from a variety of backgrounds who come together to create worship music and share their unique experiences and testimonies. The group introduces new cuts, including "Attention" and "Jealous God," and reworks some Audio A hits like "Ocean Floor," "The Good Life," and "Hands and Feet"

~Peace & Blessings~