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luvtbs


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There is a beautiful picture of him reading his Bible that would be lovely iconed.
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Only posted because the comm looks dead and thought it would be OK [20 Jul 2009|10:26am]

luvtbs


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your attention please [05 Apr 2006|12:54am]

frootloopsforme
[ mood | sad to see this go ]

Hello community members and friends:

I am leaving the world of LiveJournal, but I want this community to go on because it has a good purpose. I know there is someone here who will take it and run with it if given the chance.

Would anyone like me to transfer the community to them? Please let me know ASAP by responding here or Cross References Community will be deleted like my LJ. I don't want that to happen, so let me know soon! :)

-Lauren

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[28 Feb 2006|06:10pm]

notesfromhome
never will i leave you
never will i forsake you

hebrews 13:5
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think on this... [27 Feb 2006|11:41pm]

frootloopsforme
[ mood | busy ]

"I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen. Not only because I see it, but because I see everything by it." --C.S. Lewis

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from The Purpose-Driven Life [26 Feb 2006|04:58pm]

frootloopsforme
[ mood | happy ]

Life is about letting God use you for His purposes.

Psalm 100:3 -- "Know that the Lord is God. It is He who made us, and we are His..."

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Isaiah 55:11 (NIV) [01 Feb 2006|10:07pm]

frootloopsforme
[ mood | thankful ]

10 As the rain and the snow
come down from heaven,
and do not return to it
without watering the earth
and making it bud and flourish,
so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater,

11 so is my word that goes out from my mouth:
It will not return to me empty,
but will accomplish what I desire
and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.

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out of the silence she emerges with a faint smile [21 Jan 2006|06:15pm]

notesfromhome
i apologize for not havig posted here in forever and a day. things have been a bit... er... crazy here as of late. however, i was doing my Bible study with this guy i've been seeing and we came across something in romans that really struck us both.

Romans 5:1-8

Therefor, since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through Him we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand and we rejoice in our hope of sharing the glory of God. More than that we rejoice in our suffering knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character and character hope and hope does not dissapoint us because God's Lovehas been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit which has been given to us.

While we were still weak at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. Why, one will hardly die for a righteous man- though perhaps for a good man one shall dare to die. But God shows his love for us in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

~*~
while i was typing this something new occurred to me. I'm sitting here at Josh's computer, listening to Selah and being lovingly harrassed by his neice and nephews. The part up there about rejoicnig in our suffering struck a new chord with me though. I've had a lot of garbage going on in my life this last week or so. It's been crazy. Enough suffering to share. but Christ died for those of us who are wreched. If we did not have suffering and sin, why would He even bother? what would be the need to redeem someone who is flawless anyway? so sitting here, missing Josh, in an unfamiliar house with an unfamiliar family, i have a new feeling in my heart. I am glad I suffer. Why? Cuz Christ died and rose again just for me. :)

Just had to share that.
More soon. God Bless you all.
xo xo
Bethie.
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The Ragamuffin Gospel [20 Jan 2006|11:45am]

ravenluvslex
by Brennan Manning is awsome. At least the first 3 chapters (which I read all in one sitting) have been awsome. It's refreshing, encouraging, and humbling. I recomend it to anyone in need of grace. Which by the way means you.
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delight! [13 Jan 2006|01:46am]

frootloopsforme
[ mood | grateful ]

"Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart." -Psalm 37:4

Make it a point in your daily living to focus on this key verse. Trust in the Lord, believe in the Lord's power, lean on the Lord's strength and not on your own understanding -- He will give you the desires of your heart.

He knows you better than you know yourself, better than anyone else knows you.

You can wholeheartedly believe His best intentions for you are in mind! :)

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"My Commitment as a Christian" by Bob Morehead [18 Nov 2005|03:17am]

frootloopsforme
[ mood | sore ]

"I’m part of the fellowship of the unashamed. I have Holy Spirit power. The dye has been cast. I have stepped over the line. The decision has been made. I’m a disciple of His. I won’t look back, let up, slow down, back away or be still.

My past is redeemed, my present makes sense, my future is secure. I’m finished and done with low living, sight walking, small planning, smooth knees, colorless dreams, tamed visions, worldly talking, cheap giving and dwarfed goals.

I no longer need pre-eminence, prosperity, position, promotions, plaudits or popularity. I don’t have to be right, first, tops, recognized, praised, regarded or rewarded. I now live by faith, lean on His presence, walk by patience, am uplifted by prayer and labor by power.

My face is set, my gait is fast, my goal is heaven, my road is narrow, my way rough, my companions few, my Guide reliable, my mission clear. I cannot be bought, compromised, detoured, lured away, turned back, deluded or delayed. I will not flinch in the face of sacrifice, hesitate in the presence of the adversary, negotiate at the table of the enemy, ponder at the pool of popularity, or meander in the maze of mediocrity.

I won’t give up, shut up, let up, until I have stayed up, stored up, prayed up, paid up, preached up for the cause of Christ. I am a disciple of Jesus. I must go until He comes, give until I drop, preach until all know, and work until He stops me – and when He comes for His own, He will have no problem recognizing me – my banner will be clear!"

(These words of commitment were tacked on a wall of a young African pastor in Zimbabwe.)

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Psalm 42 [14 Nov 2005|12:30am]

frootloopsforme
[ mood | down ]

As the deer pants for the water brooks, so my soul pants for You, O God. My soul thirts for God, for the living God; when shall I come and appear before God? My tears have been my food day and night, while they say to me all day long, "Where is your God?" These things I remember and I pour out my soul within me. For I used to go along with the throng and lead them in procession to the house of God, with the voice of joy and thanksgiving, a multitude keeping festival. Why are you in despair, O my soul? And why have you become disturbed within me? Hope in God, for I shall again praise Him for the help of His presence. O my God, my soul is in despair within me; therefore I remember You from the land of the Jordan and the peaks of Hermon, from Mount Mizar. Deep calls to deep at the sound of Your waterfalls; all Your breakers and Your waves have rolled over me. The Lord will command His lovingkindness in the daytime; and His song will be with me in the night, a prayer to the God of my life. I will say to God my rock, "Why have You forgotten me? Why do I go mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?" As a shattering of my bones, my adversaries revile me, while they say to me all day long, "Where is your God?" Why are you in despair, O my soul? And why have you become disturbed within me? Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him, the help of my countenance and my God.

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[20 Oct 2005|11:48pm]

notesfromhome
[ mood | stupid happy ]

yay yay hooray!
i get to go on the retreat to pennsylvania in november!
*squeee*

i so happy.
it's been... er... a good... um... 7 or 8 years since the last time i went on a retreat... although i did go to the woman of faith conference when they were in connecticut about a bazillion years ago too...

*scratches head...*

meh.
i get to go!
*does a little dance*

i love unexpected bonuses.

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[07 Oct 2005|01:58pm]

frootloopsforme
[ mood | calm ]

I just want to encourage you in the event that you are ever persecuted for your faith in Christ Jesus. Today I was utterly humiliated in front of several people for this very reason, and honestly, it does bother me that I had to deal with it. On the other hand, I praise God that He is working so well within me that I am facing these trials.

Remember, too, that Jesus went through worse persecution than any of us will ever face. Keep the faith, be strong. When in doubt and ALWAYS, pray.

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"a loss for words" by charles billingsley [01 Oct 2005|06:27pm]

frootloopsforme
[ mood | nervous ]

I've prayed in the silence felt your presence near
I've walked in the garden found you waiting there
I stood with the masses to lift my hands in praise
I've knelt there all alone and called your name
Yet today I'm just not sure what I should say

(Chorus)
I am empty
You are Holy
Come and fill my soul with who You are
In my silence You still hear me
In the quiet of this moment I am heard
I'm overwhelmed that a loss for words

I've cried in my weakness for strength just to believe
I've searched for a reason why you would die for me
How could the lamb of glory choose to take my place?
And with open arms of love offer grace
Still today I'm just not sure
What I should say

(Chorus)

You are Holy
You are Worthy
The blessed Son of God the Morning Star
You are Glorious
You are Marvelous
But there's so much more to who you really are
To who you really are

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chin up. [28 Sep 2005|01:16am]

frootloopsforme
[ mood | awake ]

"Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day. For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison."

--2 Corinthians 4:16-17

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Held- Natalie Grant [19 Sep 2005|10:03pm]

notesfromhome
[ mood | uplifted ]

this is a really popular song on the christian radio here.. it's a real wrencher... i always feel like crying when i hear it but the chorus is really uplifting.... it's a really easy song with a sweet piano riff for the track with great strings... *tears*

"Held" (Natalie Grant)

Two months is too little
they let him go
they had no sudden healing
to think that providence
would take a child from his mother
while she prays
is appalling

Who told us we'd be rescued?
what has changed and
why should we be saved
from nightmares?
we're asking why this happens to us
who have died to live- it's unfair

This is what it means to be held
how it feels when the sacred is torn from your life
and you survive
this is what it is to be loved and to know
that the promise was that when everything fell
we'd be held

This hand is bitterness
we want to taste it and
let the hatred numb our sorrows
the wise hand opens slowly
to lilies of the valley and tomorrow

This is what it means to be held
how it feels when the sacred is torn from your life
and you survive
this is what it is to be loved and to know
that the promise was that when everything fell
we'd be held

If hope is born of suffering
of this is only the beginning
can we not wait for one hour
watching for our savior?

This is what it means to be held
and how it feels when the sacred is torn from your life
and you survive
this is what it is to be loved and to know
that the promise was that when everything fell
you were held

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try this. [19 Sep 2005|05:11pm]

frootloopsforme
[ mood | good ]

Here's a fun activity to do, one that will both inform you and challenge you.

Write down the names of 5-10 people you look up to most...it doesn't necessarily have to be people you know personally.

Under each name, write the top 3 characteristics you most admire in his or her personality.

Look at the traits once you are through -- know that you wouldn't admire these things if there weren't seeds of them in yourself.

Now read Philippians 1:27-2:4. Think about how you can use those traits that God has so generously blessed you with in order to strengthen the unity of the body of Christ.

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EEEK!! [07 Sep 2005|09:41pm]

notesfromhome
ok here's the deal--

let me set the scene a little;
i drive me a big honkin' dodge intrepid. it's my baby but it guzzles gas worse than a horse drinks water. SO i have to replace it. *pout* but at least then i can give this one to my fiance and he'll have a car in which he can come visit me!!! *jumps up and down with glee* :)

i drive 38 minutes to monticello to get to work ... over the mountain. now at the moment, other than the gas bit, it's not too rough but come winter, i'm dreading the drive.

THUSLY, i have sent my resume to some places here in middletown hoping for a job. i heard back from someone this morning. working through occupations, inc i could be a house manager or a residential counselor or a mental health peer (advocate) which is more or less what i am doing now in monticello. the pay for the manager's position is uberspiffy and the other two slots are the same pay i'm making now and all three have free benefits.

i have an interview on tuesday at 11:30 if ya'll could pray for me that everything goes well and i can weasel decent pay... cuz i am also hoping to be out of the rathole i refer to as home and into an apartment with my maid of honor in december.

thanks muchly and i will keep ya'll posted.

xo xo
bethie
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[07 Sep 2005|09:39pm]

notesfromhome
i heard this on the radio tonight on the way home from class:

"peace makers drain their motes" - pastor jack hayford

yay! chi alpha pizza party tomorrow! and i get to introduce my maid of honor to my pastor! wOOt!

:)
xo xo
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