Sunday, September 28, 2008

The Quotes alone....

Church was awesome today! It's only the 3rd week of the Mentality Series and it has helped me so much! I mean the quotes alone could help anybody!

Week 1 - You can’t change what you don't acknowledge!
Week 2 - 70 Days of Ridiculous Miracles AND Tomorrow about this time, something's gonna change!
Week 3 - It's in the grapes, dummy! AND God is not in the problem, He's in the PROMISE!!!!

Its amazing how one thing in a message can change your whole outlook. Something to the effect of "Believe in your miracle even though you can't see where it's coming from" I have always been this logical thinking person. I can usually see or at least picture how I think God is going to bring someone out of a mess. Where I have trouble in my mind is when I CAN'T see or at least picture a way out. Well not anymore! HELLO Kelley, what's the definition of miracle?!
Because of this sermon series, I am changing the way I think! It's not easy but it will get easier as long as I "diligently seek him!" My eyes AND thoughts are on my promise!

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Here's a 1st for Me

Wednesday Night Recap!

Wednesday night service was awesome!!! That's something you don't hear very often about a mid week service! NVMC is ready for our 70 day of ridiculous miracles!
It had been such a good day, all day everyone was "twittering" about how excited we were for church! That in itself is exciting!
During church there was just an excitement in the air. (can I use the work "excite" one more time?!) We heard some of the miracles that have already happened! I can't wait to hear and TELL all the rest!

After church we had church on Twitter!

Tomorrow about this time, Something's gonna change!

I have trouble spelling words like ridiculous with out spell check!

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Coincidence? oh I think NOT

Just making sure we remember what we're learning @ is from TODAY's Grace for the Moment. With these thoughts from Mr. Lucado he always gives a scripture reference; TODAY's - Proverbs 23:7! Um, have we heard that somewhere before???

To listen to our vocabulary you’d think we are the victims of our thoughts. “Don’t talk to me,” we say. “I’m in a bad mood.” As if a mood were a place to which we were assigned (“I can’t call you. I’m in Bosnia.”) rather than an emotion we permit.
Or we say, “Don’t mess with her. She has a bad disposition.” Is a disposition something we “have”? Like a cold or the flu? Are we the victims of the emotional bacteria of the season? Or do we have a choice?
Paul says we do: “We capture every thought and make it give up and obey Christ” (2 Cor. 10:5).
Do you hear some battlefield jargon in that passage—“capture every thought,” “make it give up” and “obey Christ”? You get the impression that we are the soldiers and the thoughts are the enemies. Our assignment is to protect the boat and refuse entrance to trashy thoughts. The minute they appear…we go into action. “This heart belongs to God,” we declare, “and you aren’t getting on board.”

Monday, September 22, 2008

Looking forward to ridiculous miracles!!

NV was awesome yesterday! Every week when my friends that come for second service walk in, I almost can’t wait to tell them what they are in store for. Yesterday was the same, I was so excited after the 1st service, I just told them, "You’re in for a treat!" The funny thing is that the second service, even though it’s the same, it’s always different! And yesterday was no exception! I am so excited about the next 70 days! I feel like a kid on December 1st! The anticipation of what God is going to do is just so great!!! I can’t wait to hear about all the miracles! I can’t wait to tell all about mine! It’s gonna be RIDICULOUS!

As I was saying our declaration yesterday before giving, I couldn’t help but think: I wish the CEO of the company that I work for new how much God blesses this company JUST because people like me tithe. There are a lot of people @ NV that work for different large companies across town – They have no idea how blessed they are going to be JUST because of the ridiculous miracles we are going to see. Seems to me they are blessed just by association!

Thursday, September 18, 2008


I LOVE Failblog!

but this is the first win! I have to watch out when I'm looking at these at work because I sometimes find it hard to keep in the laughter

fail owned pwned pictures

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Single and Disease Free

I guess for a little bit now I’ve been struggling with being single. I struggle with the fact that everyone I know seems to be married and in love but as soon as something is said about me wanting to be married, everyone says “oh you don’t want to be married! Enjoy the single life! I wish I had your freedom!” (etc, etc, etc) I read a blog the other day and after I read it I was like “yeah, THAT’s how I feel!” I think the blogger summed up my feelings when she said this, “I am content, I love my life, I mean really enjoy my life. I have some stellar friends, a great church and ministry, an incredible job, etc. etc. I’m happy, but that doesn’t mean that I’m complacent about my single state” I think the entire blog sounds exactly like my life, well except for the 9 weddings – I’ve only been in 6!
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Sunday, September 14, 2008

Celebrating Pastoral Staff

Today I would like to give honor to Pastors Steven & Andrea Webb (and that’s “ON”drea, like the light switch!). Pastors Steven & Andrea are our new Youth Pastors and let me tell you – We (Radiate) are very happy about that!
Isn’t it amazing how God works? When Steven & Andrea came to NVMC they had no intentions of becoming our next Youth Pastors. Isn’t it also amazing how God is always on time? This summer, for our students, has not been typical and for the entire summer we all have been praying for God to send us who he had for us. It seemed as if it all just happened at once! I remember the very first time Pastor Steven spoke in Radiate – it was almost like he had an instant connection with the students. They had been praying for their new Youth Pastor and some even heard from the Lord Pastor Steven’s name! I’m sure it was no surprise to them when they were announced as our new Youth Pastors last week! Even though we haven’t known Steven and Andrea very long you can already see the difference in Radiate! Our Radiate students already respect both of them very much and you can tell that they really listen to him and are interested in what he has to say. We’re pretty sure that he may have learned a lot from John the Baptist since he speaks to the students barefoot!
In just the few meetings we’ve had with them, everything they have talked about falls right in line with how we, as Youth Leaders, feel about our students. It was amazing, in one meeting, Andrea talked about something she wanted to work on and it was EXACTLY what another Youth Leader had been praying about and working on this summer! We can already tell that they both love the students and they are ready to take them to the next level!
We also know that both of them don’t mind goofing off with us and the students. And from what I hear they are big pranksters! I think I may have heard Pastor Steven say “Revenge is sweet” but don’t quote me on that…
I think I can speak for all of Radiate (Leaders & Students) in saying that we are very excited to see what God has in store for us with Steven and Andrea as our new Youth Pastors. We are thrilled to have them and feel honored to work with them in this ministry!
Today I would also like to honor Pastors Curtis & Charmaine Bridgeman. Pastors Curtis & Charmaine are absolutely the BEST music and worship leaders I have ever sat under! Not only are they super duper singers & song writers, they also know how to lead us into getting our praise on! Before I came to NMVC, even though I’d grown up in church, I never truly knew what it meant to “get my praise on”. I think that being in the choir and learning from Pastors Curtis & Charmaine helped me know how! When we practice on Tuesday nights, we don’t just learn the songs. Pastors Curtis & Charmaine teach us how to sing the song by making sure we make “ROOOUND SOOOUNDS”, and making sure we properly pronounce words like “PRAISE” instead of “PRAAIZE”. They show us how much feeling to put in the songs by telling us if they were in sitting in the crowd this is what they would look like…Pause for a mental picture (picture Pastor Curtis sitting barely clapping his hands, no emotion on his face, saying “oh that’s a lovely song”). They show us their keen sense of fashion by coordinating our colors each week! They get our minds ready for worship by bringing forth the Word during practice (seriously we practically have church sometimes!) and also by sending encouraging emails during the week. As you can see, they do way more than just “lead the singin”. I think I could probably speak for everyone at NVMC – Thank you Pastors Curtis & Charmain! Thank you for all you do for NVMC! We love and appreciate you! And I know for me personally, it’s an honor to be a part of your ministry!

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Where were you?

You know I think that I will always remember where I was, what I was doing and everything about today back in 2001. I can remember exactly how the morning went. I don't have an awesome story to tell, but I just will never forget that day, as I'm sure most of us won't. So where were you?......

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Think before you speak...

I was reading my Grace for the Moment book the other day and Max Lucado states “patience always hitches a ride with understanding” How true is that! What a profound statement! Wouldn’t it be nice if everyone you knew lived life knowing that statement? How many times have we been in a situation where we fly off the handle because of something and then later find out why that something was happening, then realize “yeah, I probably should have flown off the handle like that!” I’m not perfect but I like to think that I usually try to find out why something is happening before I get upset and loose my temper. So lets all try to remember Proverbs 11:12 (NIV) “A man of understanding holds his tongue” and to also quote Mr. Lucado “before you blow up, listen up.”

Monday, September 8, 2008

Catching up

Well my “staycation” is over! I didn’t make enough money at the yard sale to quit my job so I had to rejoin the working world this morning. Of course when you come back from vacation you have to get caught up on everything. I’m still in a haze! I found out that my manager is moving departments. Apparently a lot happened while I was out! My co-workers are not happy about it. They are also not happy about our new manager. I’ve never worked for her and really don’t know her so I really have no opinion at this time about her. I’ve been bombarded with a lot of negative comments about her and have been told of her negative reputation. So this morning as I was worrying about all of it, I decided to stop and change my “mentality”! I will not let all these negative people sway my opinion about this woman, I don’t even know her! And besides, I can pretty much get along with anyone!

I must mention our service yesterday! Another awesome service! We sang some “new to us” songs in the choir. We loved it! I love my church! We had a wedding, oh yeah that’s right I said a WEDDING right in the middle of service yesterday! Pastor started his new sermon series “Mentality” and it was awesome too! And you can see from above that’s it’s already helped me today!

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Not a fan of...

If you read my profile above you will notice that I'm not a fan of politics. But this year I've watched more news and politics than I have in my entire life. Normally, in an election year I haven't really put to much thought into who I was voting for.(I know shame on me!) And you would definitely not find me watching the DNC or the RNC! This year I'm putting a lot of thought into it - I think I owe it all to my twitter peeps! I still don't know everything about each candidate, but I will say I am more informed this year than I've ever been going into an election - and it's not even November! Thanks Twitter Peeps!