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Friday, September 26, 2008

Just a little quirky...



Alright guys, here is 7 interesting facts about myself...as if you already did not know...but for some, this may be terrifying :)

1. If I am doing a task, I have to fully complete it before I start another. I also do this with my food. I have to finish one side before I start another. This does not help too much when it comes to homework though.

2. When driving, I like to sing at the top of my mungs with the windows down and definitely making some funny faces...I guess you could call me a driving comic.

3. I love to play softball. I played for 15 years growing up and I still love playing.

4. I am a huge football junkie. Especially Aggies and Cowboys. Not that I know all the facts, but I love watching both of them.

5. I LOVE LOVE LOVE the new 2009 Dodge Ram. I plan on getting one one day, but I am thoroughly in love with it. So much so I probably google about it 3 times a day to see if there is any new pictures or videos about it. I have to add, I usually search during my lunvh break or when I am home. :)

6. I love a good chick flick and a comfy blanket and couch on Friday night at about 10:30pm.

7. Some people do not like to hang out with their families, however, I have two brothers and a sister and I love every moment when we get together with our parents. We have A LOT of fun!!!

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Thursday, September 25, 2008

Just walkin'

So, Jonathan and I decided last night to start walking along with our diet program. So, we set our alarm clock for 5:00am and I was so pumped last night going to bed knowing that this could only speed up our weight loss. So I slept pretty good until the alarm at 5AM!!! I woke up, totally not ready to go walking and just about to say, no let's go back to sleep when Jonathan starts shaking me and telling me to get up. So I rolled out of bed...literally... and got ready. We were outside walking by 5:08. I was pretty awake and ready to walk until we ran into about three yards with their sprinklers on. Yes, we got wet. But we walked on. We made it back by 5:30 and I decided I would do some dishes from his morning coffee and make us breakfast. Diet meals of course. I then watched some news and then got in the shower after he got out. I was in the car by 7:15 and made it to work by 7:30. This is a pretty big feat considering I normally have a very hard time waking up at 7am on a normal day.
So, I guess you can call us walkers now. We are going to a running store this weekend to get shoes to fit our feet and walking style. We are actually taking this walking thing pretty seriously. We hope to build up to running and eventually, if everything goes as planned, run in the Jingle Bell run in Sundance Square in Ft. Worth on December 6th. It is to benefit the arthritis foundation. We would also like to get in somewhat good of shape to walk/run in the Leukemia and Lymphoma society walk/run in November in Frisco. We'll see about that one though.
So, please pray for us as we are doing something that I have yet dare to do in my adult life and that is exercise on a REGULAR basis. I would love to join a softball team or do something a little more active once I get done with this busy semester. Jonathan is pretty good at keeping active as he does all of the lawn work and planting stuff. I just do not like doing that type of stuff...however, I don't mind watching him do it!:)
Jonathan left for Kentucky today and so I am by myself for walking tomorrow. I will go bowling with my mother...in place of my sister for their Friday morning bowling league and then come home and walk. I know I will probably need the prayers to make sure I stay motivated to do this. Also, our dog Zoe, our Goldendoodle, does not like the leash at all. Once you put it on her, she falls over and acts like you've just spamked her or something...maybe she's playing dead, I don't know. So pray that she will become at peace with the leash and we can start taking her and Toby with us. That would be fun!!!
Until next post...Happy walking!!!

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Control

You know, sometimes I know it is hard to keep my cool and keep myself under control. However, when it comes to the workplace or out in public, somehow God grants me the wisdom and know how to keep it under control. I have witnessed, that for some people that is a little hard. Sometimes people can fly off the handle before they know all of the facts and then regret it after they come to know all of the facts. I feel for people like this as I know that I do that as well in certain circumstances. When I do not have enough sleep, or I am not feeling too well, I know what conversations, or people I need to avoid to stay in tact. I had not come across a verse that speaks to me in a way that calms me down during these rough, days when I am at my wits end however, I would take some verses out of context and use them to suit my needs. This morning, during my quiet time, God revealed to me a passage that I never looked at in this context, talking about keeping my cool and how to listen. This is how I know God is hearing my heart when it is needing some guidance and insight. It is the first verses of Proverbs.

"The proverbs of Solomon son of David, king of Israel: for attaining wisdom and discipline; for understanding words of insight; for acquiring a disciplined and prudent life, doing what is right and just and fair; for giving prudence to the simple, knowledge and discretion to the young- let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance- for understanding proverbs and parables, the sayings and riddles of the wise. The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline."Proverbs 1:1-7.

It is quite an awesome feeling when you know God is speaking right to you. Now I know how to handle a situation in which I feel like all hope is lost and I am just going to explode. I will commit myself to memorizing these verses and remember that a listening ear is a learning ear. I vow to not take things at face value until I understand all of the ins and outs of the situation.

I am not blogging about this because I went out of control and I need to apologize to somebody, just the opposite, it is because I wanted to know what the Bible said about people getting to that point as I sometimes feel I could get there rather quickly.

What are your thoughts on people getting to the point of self explosion? Do you think God is speaking to this situation with these verses, or is it just that God is telling people to listen to His instructions? If you read on it tells you what will happen if you do not adhere to His teachings, but in Chapter 2, He talks about what happens if you look for wisdom. I don't know, maybe I am taking these verses out of context, but then again, God works through His words and I believe He gave me these verses to comfort me when I do go into a "mood" like that.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Amazing

It amazes me how some people believe they are above the law of God. Tonight during our evening service, our pastor spoke about the 10 commandments and he showed a clip of a man using "The Way of the Master" witnessing tool. This guy on the clip did not think that God was so black and white. He could not see or even fathom that God would judge him on the little white lies he told, or looking at another woman lustfully or even stealing something when he was younger. It only makes sense that if God created the law, He must judge them by it. This guy thought that God would have sympathy for him and allow him "through" so to speak. So the interviewer asked him if a robber or thief took the stand against a judge and the evidence was mounted against him and everyone saw him steal and he admitted to it, would the judge just let him go? NO!!! God is the same way, every sin we commit must be punished and therefore God had to send His son to pay the price for our sins so that those who believe can be saved. I can picture it now. God says..."Holly Page" I would say, "Sir" "Did you commit these sins against me?" "Yes sir I am guilty as charged" (crying I might add). Just then, Jesus walks in and says, "Father, I have paid the price for her sins and she is clean before you today." God would then say. "Holy Page, please come I have been preparing a place for you." I would walk through His pearly gates and worship Him for all eternity.

It amazes me that all we are asked is to believe in Jesus and that He died for our sins. Sins that could not be paid for other than the atoning sacrifice, pure sacrifice. All I have to do is Confess my sins and believe with all my heart and Jesus writes my name in the book of life. AMAZING!!!

Back to this guy, even after he admitted to his many sins, he did not see a need for God, he had created His own image of God, which by the way is the second commandment..."do not bare any graven images of me. (God) I thought that was funny, because right in the conversation after admitting to breaking three of the ten laws, He breaks another saying that the God that he serves is not jealous and will not judge him for these things (a graven image=thought or picture of a god that is not the God of the Bible).

People, I am here to tell you that God is a jealous God and He loves you with all of His heart. He wants to be with you for eternity. He has given everything...His only son in order that we may have life more abundantly and free in heaven with Him for eternity.

I pray that if you do not know Him, that you would seek out a minister, or a Christian that you know would guide you to Him. If you do not know anyone like that, please open you Bible and read the book of John and then Ephesians. Study His word!!!

Please do not conform to this world...study the word for yourself and come to know the saing knowledge of Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and savior. Come to know the One True God!!!

"I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you." Psalm 119:11
In Him,
Holly

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Lessons in marriage

I know I have not been married as long as some of the people reading this, but I have to say that I have learned a lot since Jonathan and I got married. Like, just as I am sitting here writting this, Jonathan is rubbing in my face the fact that he got something right and I got it wrong. Well, other than the fact that you have to make them think they are smarter than you are, I have learned a few other things. I learned that it really is tough to go to bed and wake up next to the same person every night. Who knew that when you go to bed next to a handsome, breath smells good, man, you wake up to a guy who's breath smells as if the dump truck emptied it's content in his mouth, :) (hehe) and his chin is very scratchy. I have learned that in order to get what I want, I have to make him think he thought of it or somehow it benefits him. He constantly asks me if he looks hot which I guess is good because he wants to take care of himself. I guess I could stroke his ego a little bit more. He likes to argue for the sake of arguing, but then again, so do I. He has some of the most annoying habits. However, I learned how incredibly caring he is. He will help clean the house and do the dishes and do the laundry without me having to even ask him. He takes incredibly good care of our lawn and it always looks the best on the street. He loves me without a shadow of a doubt. I know I am not exactly the easiest person to live with, but he puts up with me everyday. He is there for my highest highs and my lowest lows. He sees me when I am angry, when I am sad, and when I am in the best mood in the world. He loves me just for being me, and I love that about him. I love that he is so incredibly smart. He can light the room up with just his smile. When he looks at me I know he sees me, he is not looking beyond me or judging me. He means more to me than anything in this world and I am so glad that God brought him into my life.
So, Jonathan, if you are reading this, I love you with all of my heart and I am so thrilled that you are my husband. I love walking this highway called life with you. You have grown so much spiritually and emotionally. I love watching you work and play. You are an amazing man of God and I can't wait to see what God has in store for us. You are my one and only and I love you so much!
Love,
Holly

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Fears

Fears are a funny thing. They can change monthly, weekly or even daily. There are many things to fear in this world like snakes, spiders, well for me, amphibians of any kind. However, there are also daily fears that do not seem to consume our daily minds, but are still there such as "Will I make it to work?" or "Did my husband make it to work?" I guess you could actually call these things worries, but for this post, we will call them fears since that is the title. Personally, fears for me may be a little different than most. I fear that I will not be able to have kids, I fear that my cancer may some day come back, or that due to having cancer, I may not live as long. Fear, sometimes can be a crippling thing. I can find myself having doubts about having kids because I may not be around, or that I don't want to try because I fear failure and not being able to give my husband a child.
However, whatever fears I may have, God tells me not to fear. Isaiah 41:10 says "So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Proverbs 29:25 says "Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the LORD is kept safe." These two verses tell me that I should not fear the things of this world. There is one thing and only one thing that I should fear and that is God. This brings me to my life verse of 1 Samuel 12:24 which says "Fear the LORD and serve Him faithfully for consider what great things He has done for you." As most of you know, I was diagnosed with cancer 4 years ago this November 12th and ever since then I have held tightly to this verse. God has given me the gift that some do not have and that is a testimony that can help others and bring them closer to Him. If I had to suffer for a while in order for others to come to know Him, I can definitely say to God thank you for using me. In my worldly mind, I know I would've rather not gone through the pain, treatments and hair loss, but who knows how God has used this illness to bring others to Him. This verse in 1 Samuel also serves me today in that it tells me to serve God no matter what I may be going through because ultimately He gets all of the glory.
So, when Jonathan and I decide to step into another phase of our lives as far as children are concerned, I would like to say that I only fear God, but that is something God is working on with me because I cannot seem to give up these thoughts of failure. so whoever may be reading this, I ask for prayer.
Well, as far as health is concerned, I just received a clean bill of health this past August. Everything is still clear and running smoothly. I go back in November for a PET scan and full blood work. I love my oncologist in Southlake. She is a great Christian lady and I feel as though she would tell me the truth and not just what I want to hear. She really is a very personable person.
Well, now that I am done rambling and spilling my fears, I do have to say that I am grateful for this blog and the opportunity to let out some thoughts and things weighing on my heart. I am sure you guys now know more than you wanted to but thank you for reading:)

In Him,
Holly

Monday, September 8, 2008

Our First Page

Hey guys!!! Welcome to our blog! We decided to enter the new phase of communication with a blog page and without a doubt, this will prove to be a challenge to update regularly and probably something I could get addicted to just like Facebook. These pages will soon fill up with posts from both Jonathan and I but before we get started, I would like to give you all a little update as to what has been happening for the past three years. Yes, that is correct, Jonathan and I have been married for three years as of August 20th. We have moved from Abilene to Haslet which is in North Fort Worth and are loving living back in the metroplex. Jonathan is a contracting manager for FAA which has brought him a lot of happiness, success and busyness over the past four months that he has been there. He loves the people he works with and the hours. The best part is that his job is only a 7 mile commute. Jonathan is also the director of our Sunday school class at church and does a wonderful job of directing and planning events. Holly is working at First Baptist Keller as the Children's Minister and is learning and growing each day as she seeks the Lord's guidance. She is also working on her master's in Childhood Ministry at Dallas Baptist University. We have a cat named Gracie and two dogs. Zoe is a goldendoodle (golden retriever and poodle mix) and she is about 7 months old and Toby, our dachshund is 9 months old. Life is a lot of fun but yet, it seems so busy. That is all I have for now, but stay tuned to the next page!!! :)