Archive for the ‘Challenge’ Category

Opening Doors   14 comments

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Jientje from Heaven in Belgium is hosting a new Photo Challenge called Opening Doors.  Here are the details…

The idea is to post pictures of doors, or details of doors.
It has to be your own picture, no stealing from Mr Google!
that’s the only rule!
You can dig in your archives of course, it doesn’t have to be a new one.
Be creative, and show me your doors!
Of course, I’ll show you mine as well! ;-)
It will start tomorrow up until Saturday, Saturday included!
So if you want to join in, please do!
I’ll have a new Mr Linky up every day, so you can sign in whenever you want!

Here is my first entry for this challenge:

These are the doors of the The Fourth Presbyterian Church of Chicago founded in 1871.  While I was in Chicago on a business trip, I went exploring and this was the first stop on my adventures. It is a beautiful church located on the magnificent mile.

Check out the handles of the doors. 
It appears that most people open these doors with their right hand!

The doors are open – let’s go in…

Head on over to Heaven in Belgium to see some more doors!

Posted September 1, 2008 by Lana G! in Challenge, Doors, Opening Doors, Photo, Photography, Travel

Praying for My Husband Monday   6 comments

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This prayer is from the Book  The Power of a Praying Wife by Stormie Omartian.  I have enjoyed reading several of Stormie’s books on prayer and I am now challenging myself to lift my husband up in prayer regularly.  I am going to post a prayer every Monday.  Please join me in praying for your spouse on Mondays and everyday for that matter.

Lord, Help me to be a good wife. I fully realize that I don’t have what it takes to be one without Your help. Take my selfishness, impatience, and irritability and turn them into kindness, long-suffering, and the willingness to bear all things. Take my old emotional habits, mindsets, automatic reactions, rude assumptions, and self-protective stance, and make me patient, kind, good, faithful, gentle, and self-controlled. Take the hardness of my heart and break down the walls with Your battering ram of revelation. Give me a new heart and work in me Your love, peace, and joy (Galatians 5:22,23). I am not able to rise above who I am at this moment. Only You can transform me.

Show me where there is sin in my heart, especially with regard to my husband. I confess the times I’ve been unloving, critical, angry, resentful, disrespectful, or unforgiving toward him. Help me to put aside any hurt, anger, or disappointment I feel and forgive him the way You do-totally and completely, no looking back. Make me a tool of reconciliation, peace, and healing in this marriage. Enable us to communicate well and rescue us from the threshold of separation where the realities of divorce begin.

Make me my husband’s helpmate, companion, champion, friend, and support. Help me to create a peaceful, restful, safe place for him to come home to. Teach me how to take care of myself and stay attractive to him. Grow me into a creative and confident woman who is rich in mind, soul, and spirit. Make me the kind of woman he can be proud to say is his wife.

I lay all my expectations at Your cross. I release my husband from the burden of fulfilling me in areas where I should be looking to You. Help me to accept him the way he is and not try to change him. I realize that in some ways he may never change, but at the same time, I release him to change in ways I never thought he could. I leave any changing that needs to be done in Your hands, fully accepting that neither of us is perfect and never will be. Only You, Lord, are perfect and I look to You to perfect us.

Teach me how to pray for my husband and make my prayers a true language of love. Where love has died, create new love between us. Show me what unconditional love really is and how to communicate it in a way he can clearly perceive. Bring unity between us so that we can be in agreement about everything (Amos 3:3). May the God of patience and comfort grant us to be like-minded toward one another, according to Christ Jesus (Romans 15:5). Make us a team, not pursuing separate, competitive, or independent lives, but working together, overlooking each other’s faults and weaknesses for the greater good of the marriage. Help us to pursue the things which make for peace and the things by which one may edify another (Romans 14:19). May we be “perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment” (1 Corinthians 1:10).

I pray that our commitment to You and to one another will grow stronger and more passionate every day. Enable him to be the head of the home as You made him to be, and show me how to support and respect him as he rises to that place of leadership. Help me to understand his dreams and see things from his perspective. Reveal to me what he wants and needs and show me potential problems before they arise. Breathe Your life into this marriage.

Make me a new person, Lord. Give me a fresh perspective, a positive outlook, and a renewed relationship with the man You’ve given me. Help me see him with new eyes, new appreciation, new love, new compassion, and new acceptance. Give my husband a new wife, and let it be me.

Amen!

 

Spring Reading Thing 2008 Begins!   16 comments

 

Welcome and happy Spring to you all.  I am so glad you came by to check my list of reads for the Spring Reading Thing 2008!  It is always so fascinating to see what’s on everyone’s lists and I’m sure my list will be getting longer as I visit all the other participants!  I think that is what I love so much about this challenge – finding new books to read!

Here’s My Spring Reading List:

Non Fiction:

Living the Cross Centered Life by C.J. Mahaney

Humility – True Greatness by C.J. Mahaney

A Gospel Primer for Christians by Milton Vincent

Fantastic After 40! by Pam Farrel

A Quest for More by Paul Tripp

Fiction:

Voyage of Slaves: A Tale From Castaways of the Flying Dutchman by Brian Jacques

The following 5 books by Dorothy Sayers:

Gaudy Nights

Busman’s Honeymoon

The Five Red Herrings

Murder Must Advertise

The Nine Tailors

Carrot Cake Murder by Joanne Fluke

The Silver Needle Murder: A Tea Shop Mystery by Laura Childs

Sisterchicks Go Brit! by Robin Jones Gunn

Disclaimer!  This list is subject to change on a daily basis! )

Now, head on over to Callapidder Days to see what everyone else is reading this spring and if you have not signed up yet, what are you waiting for?

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Posted March 20, 2008 by Lana G! in Challenge, Fun, Reading, Spring, Spring Reading Thing!

Spring Reading Thing 2008   2 comments

YIPPEE!  Spring Reading Thing starts in 2 weeks (March 20th)!  Spread the word and check out Callapidder Days for all the details! Oh time to think about what I am going to read this spring!

Posted March 6, 2008 by Lana G! in Books, Challenge, Reading, Spring, Spring Reading Thing!

Know & Tell Friday   5 comments

 

Questions:
1. Do you read or study best in silence or in a place with background noise? Why? Usually silence, but I can also read with classical music in the background – no words!  I lose my concentration otherwise.

2. If you were to write a book about your life, what would it be called? Above the Clouds – Talks with Jesus at 40,000 feet.

 
3. (This question is a deep one…I know it should be a bonus, but I already have a few bonus questions chosen for this week) Why do you think divorce is so prevalent? Because people go into it with the notion of if it doesn’t work I can just leave mentality. They forget the for better for worse part of the contract.

4. What’s the best way to resist peer pressure? To work on biblical self esteem. To be sure of who you are in Christ.  To bathe yourself in truth so that you can discern what is right.  Take a minute and visualize what your decision’s outcome might be – can you live with that?

5. What is the most serious illness or injury you ever faced?  Supraventricular tachycardia    

 

What is supraventricular tachycardia?

Supraventricular tachycardia (SVT) is an abnormal fast heart rhythm that starts in the upper chambers, or the atria, of the heart. (“Supraventricular” means above the ventricles, “tachy” means fast, and “cardia” means heart.)

Basically, I had an electrical problem in my heart.  I had a procedure done called Ablation Therapy and I am fine now.

Non-surgical ablation, used for many types of arrhythmias, is performed in a special lab called the electrophysiology (EP) laboratory. During this non-surgical procedure a catheter is inserted into a specific area of the heart. A special machine directs energy through the catheter to small areas of the heart muscle that causes the abnormal heart rhythm. This energy “disconnects” the pathway of the abnormal rhythm. It can also be used to disconnect the electrical pathway between the upper chambers (atria) and the lower chambers (ventricles) of the heart.

Source: Webmd

Bonus Questions
6. When was the last time you felt like you had a laugh with God? Every single day of my life!  We laugh a lot – mostly at me!


7. What do you say to someone who is going through a tragic or hard time?  What I say is wordless.  What I say is all in action: a hug, hand them a tissue, let them talk, rant, rave whatever and say as little as possible.  Just basically be there to listen. Sometimes it’s okay not to have words.

For more Know & Tell Friday answers head on over here.

 

 

Posted February 22, 2008 by Lana G! in Blog, Challenge, Heart, Know & Tell Friday