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Ultimate Blog Party   96 comments

Ultimate Blog Party 2008

Hello and welcome to my blog! Thanks for stopping by. My name is Lana G! I am a MCWWNK (married Christian woman with no kids). I have a wonderful husband named Steve and we will have been married 20 years this July. We live in the state of Washington and I work in the state of California. This puts me on a plane two times a week, hence the name of my blog – Above the Clouds.

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The fun part of this Ultimate Blogging Party is that today is my Blogging One Year Anniversary! Time flies when you are having fun! I must admit that I started blogging out of curiosity because of my sister Ellen. She started blogging and I found it fascinating and tried it out on the sly! But then I was hooked and I absolutely love blogging.

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I really did not have a particular goal for my blog when I first started and now the following verses that Paul writes about in Philemon 4-7 are what I would like for people to experience here:

I always thank my God as I remember you in my prayers, because I hear about your love for all his people and your faith in the Lord Jesus. I pray that your partnership with us in the faith may be effective in deepening your understanding of every good thing we share for the sake of Christ. Your love has given me great joy and encouragement, because you, brother, have refreshed the hearts of the Lord’s people.

I want you to experience all that here and most of all that your heart is refreshed in the Lord! The way that I hope to do this is not only through what is written and shared here but also by my photography. That is why 99% of my posts include a photograph. I am not a professional by any means but I really enjoy photography.

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One of my favorite things to do with my photos is to make collages as well as Bible verse photos. I do not go anywhere without my camera. I even take pictures at the grocery store! This makes for interesting photos to match a verse to and it also has allowed me to appreciate all the wonders of creation!

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Blogging has blessed my socks off. I am so encouraged by the different blogs I visit. I love participating in several different memes and photography challenges during the week. Blogging keeps me up to date with friends and loved ones and they in turn are up to date on what is happening in our lives.

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So, feel free to peek around my blog and I hope and pray that you will leave here refreshed and blessed!

Click here to see the other Ultimate Blog Party participants and join the fun!

Refresh   4 comments

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I hope these pictures are doing this for you…

Proverbs 11:25b – he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed.

Philemon 20 – I do wish… that I may have some benefit from you in the Lord; refresh my heart in Christ.

Word for today – Refresh

 

Posted February 28, 2008 by Lana G! in Bible, Encouragement, Hawaii, Relaxation

Additions to the Christmas List   2 comments

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The pastor’s e-mail this week: 

Dear Church Family: 

I’m sure that most of you are scrambling to complete all of your Christmas tasks. As you work through the list of gifts to give this season, let me suggest a couple of things you might add.

Why not give the gift of mercy?! The dictionary defines mercy as…”compassion or forbearance shown especially to an offender or to one subject to one’s power…also lenient or compassionate treatment in general.” God knew that we would be so in need of His mercy that He not only extended it to us once for all on the cross, but He also gives us a “fresh dose” of His mercy every day. Who do you know that could use a gift of mercy this Christmas? Don’t wait for them to ask for it. Just give it.

Why not give the gift of affirmation?! Let me provide an example. One of our small groups put together a statement of affirmation for one of their members recently. What an incredible statement of a life well-lived….and he’s still living it!

A Tribute To A Man of God:

This is a man who is gentle and kind, yet bold in sharing his faith.
Failing in eyesight, yet having great insight into God’s Word.
He’s much older in age, yet so young at heart.
A child of God who enjoys God’s unlimited resources.
Patient in time of trouble as he rejoices in the Lord.
When persecuted he continues to trust in the Lord.
Instead of judging others, he accepts and forgives.
Instead of worrying, he turns it over to the Lord in prayer.
This is a man, who enjoys life but says, “The best is yet to come.”
This is a man who radiates God’s love and is loved by God.

For many people in our lives, affirmation is the best gift you could give this year.  I love this quote by Martin Luther. It fits the “spirit” of our discussion this week.

~”I have held many things in my hands, and have lost them all; but whatever I have placed in God’s hands, that I still possess.”~

Posted December 10, 2007 by Lana G! in Christmas, December, Encouragement, Giving, Holiday, Life

Spurgeon   3 comments

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WHOEVER BRINGS BLESSING WILL BE ENRICHED, AND ONE WHO WATERS WILL HIMSELF BE WATERED.
Proverbs 11:25

We are taught here the great lesson that to get, we must give; to accumulate, we must scatter; to make ourselves happy, we must make others happy; and in order to become spiritually vigorous, we must seek the spiritual good of others. In watering others, we are ourselves watered. How? Our efforts to be useful bring out our powers for usefulness. We have latent talents and unused gifts that become apparent by exercise. Our strength for work is even hidden from ourselves until we take our stand and fight the Lord’s battles or climb the mountains of difficulty.

We do not know what tender sympathies we possess until we try to dry the widow’s tears and soothe the orphan’s grief. We often find in attempting to teach others that we gain instruction for ourselves. What gracious lessons some of us have learned in visiting the sick! We went to teach the Scriptures, and we came away blushing that our knowledge of them was so poor. In our conversation with humble saints, we are taught the way of God more perfectly for ourselves and get a deeper insight into divine truth. So watering others makes us humble. We discover how much grace there is where we had not looked for it, and how much the humble saint may outstrip us in knowledge. Our own comfort is also increased by working for others. We endeavor to cheer them, and the consolation gladdens our own heart. Consider the two men in the snow-one massaged the other’s limbs to keep him from dying, and in doing so kept his own blood circulating and saved his own life. Remember the poor widow who supplied the prophet’s needs from her own meager resources, and from that day she never experienced need again. Give, and it will be given to you-good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over.

(Reading from Morning & Evening  by Charles H. Spurgeon – Morning August 21)

Posted December 3, 2007 by Lana G! in Bible, Devotional, Encouragement

The “Teen” Commandments   7 comments

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Posted October 27, 2007 by Lana G! in Challenge, Encouragement, God, Life, Thoughts