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The Dream Center

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

I just heard the best description of Charlie Sheen I have heard yet. The guy that founded the Dream Center in Los Angeles said that the man has been labled for so many years that he decided to become only what others saw him as. We do it all the time and it does nothing but cause undue pain. Charlie Sheen has been labled an addict and a womanaiser. No one has looked at him with the eyes of love and compassion to see anything else. Mr. Sheen just got tired of fighting it all and decided, in his opinion, to go with the flow. This is not the first time I have seen this. People trying to get out of a life of addiction go to apply for a job and all the employer can see is their past. They do not look at the future for this person and squash any dreams that person might have had of becoming anything but their past mistakes. This, my friend, is what repels so many from our churches as well. It takes on lables like judgement and criticism. People like to play God when the postition is already filled.
This same man, Matthew Barnett, did not go about to create anything like the Dream Center. If you had asked him thirty years ago where he saw himself heading this was not at all what the picture looked like. He allowed God to do what God wanted to do and the Dream Center was born. It is a place where the broken find healing, not lables. It's a place where the church does what the church was meant to do. He laid aside his vison and took on the vision of God. He had the passion for others and allowed God to use it. They welcome people from across the country to come and be a part of the ministry there. My son was so blessed to do so when he was a student at Texas Tech. If we will only be available without preconceived notions of what God can and will do we will be blessed beyond measure as we enter eternity here on earth.

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IUHRYTR 3/10/2011 6:51PM

    It is always inspiring when someone's life takes an unexpected turn into something great and beneficial to others. What is in store for us? -- Lou

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3CATSLEP 3/9/2011 9:38PM

    AMEN, sister! I wrote a letter to my kids' adoptive parents today and when I prayed about it, I asked God, while I was out of the room where the computer was, that if He thought it wasn't a good idea, to maybe just delete it for me or something. Well, He didn't, but when I told my husband later, he said, "Well, I don't know if He would do that or not." And I said, "Hey, He can do anything He wants!" And He can! He blesses me all the time (and you too sister!)

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On a Mission with HBP

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

I look forward to the day when I will no longer need my high blood pressure pills. I wake up several days a week with a headache. I also have a hard time sleeping through the night on several occasions. It seems to me that so many times the side effects on certain medicines are almost worse than what they are trying to control. When I do not feel well it takes that much more to get me up to exercise. I am not a big fan of exercise yet. I am getting there. I love what it does to me, but the process has yet to become fun for me. Sometimes I think of all the things I could/should be doing otherwise. But then again I waste far too much time throughout my day. Excuses are just that, excuses. I know that every successful person could have made the same excuses, but chose not to. I see it in my best friend. She wants to get in shape for a Lake Havasu 8 mile hike with her son and daughter-in-law this summer. I have volunteered to go walking with her three times a week. We are lucky to get in one together. It's always too windy or she is too busy or...
I will do what I can to get my high blood pressure down by my next check up in August. I don't do too badly on my sodium. I have exercised enough to bring it down several points. I will continue to drink my 8 cups of water and to eat properly. There is a chance that it may not go down, but I am going to act like that chance doesn't exist. And I also want to look good for my son's graduation in May. Sadly, part of the reason is vain, as in to look better than my sisters :)

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IUHRYTR 3/10/2011 6:49PM

    We're in the same boat with BP meds, not sleeping well and having morning headaches. As I've lost weight, my BP numbers have come down so I, too, am hopeful I'll be taken off the pills one day soon. I hope you will, too. -- Lou

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3CATSLEP 3/8/2011 10:10PM

    I believe that you really want to get healthy and be able to share your success with them:) emoticon

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Worship as it Was Intended

Monday, March 07, 2011

Yesterday at church we focused on our worship team's goals. Our worship leader only wants to lead us into the presence of God, which is what he should do. Some people think of worship as an unneccessary evil. They do not really see the whole reason why worship is a part of our services. They grumble and complain about how long or how loud the music is and totally miss the true purpose in it. We enter His gates with thanksigiving in our our hearts and into His courts with praise. according to Psalms. I sometimes wonder if people really want to get to know God and if they even enjoy His presence or if they just want to punch the clock so to speak. There comes a point in praise and worship where you feel He has shown up and the whole atmosphere changes. There is a peace that cannot be felt in any other way. Look at the world around us, there is a definite lack of peace. If we want a little more of it then all we need to do is shift our focus off the circumstances and put them on Him. I was reading in Hebrews the second chapter before church started yesterday. In verse 11 or 12 in the Amplified Bible it pretty much says that Jesus will show up in the midst of the worshipping church. Perhaps the one thing missing in many churches today is that we have forgotten how to worship and therefre there is no life changing force at work in the rest of our services and people leave exactly as they came. So I want to challenge you, and me, to worship a little more today, when no one is looking. Your life will never be the same if you, we, do.

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IUHRYTR 3/7/2011 8:06PM

    It is such an exciting and inspiring time when the Lord's spirit comes over a gathering of believers. There is a peace and joy that reaches deep down to our soul. What an experience that is! -- Lou

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3CATSLEP 3/7/2011 6:46PM

    I love to worship and love to think of new ways to worship at any time of day. Yesterday though during worship, I was running the teleprompter in our tech room for the praise team and was training a young man who signed up to help us. As I was rolling through the song, we were both singing the song too! It was such a pleasure to hear his young voice praising the Lord without any inhibitions. emoticon emoticon

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GOSPELCLOWN 3/7/2011 11:48AM

    I used to think many came to church to be seen and enjoy some entertainment. Everything had to be 'as it was' with no fresh ideas and certainly with no spontaneity.

Worship leading of a group is a challenge, to be sure!

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My Future

Saturday, March 05, 2011

How do we handle set backs? Some of us choose to become bitter, disappointed and give up altogether. Some do not like the fact that sometimes life just isn't easy. Not everything in life has to be a struggle. Sometimes we just need to adjust our thinking. If we will just look at things from a little different perspective, sometimes things just don't look the same at all.
What if I told you we choose to be successful or we choose to be defeated? Would you believe me? We really can choose whether or not we feel we are cursed at every turn, or that life's blessings just seem to fall at our feet. Every reaction to every circumstance determines the next. Things do not just happen. Yes, there will be some things that cannot be controlled in life, but not as far as we are concerned. Happy people are sick less often than grumpy people. Successful people are positive people. Love produces life.
We cannot now or ever control another person. They become grumpy on their own :) They can make us grumpy, but only if we give them permission to do so. Each person has to make their own choices in life and not all of them will be good. Not all of them will be bad either. Just about every prisoner in every jail or prison has someone who loves them and misses them. Someone found something worth loving in those that society rejects. Sometimes all it takes is someone looking for and finding the good in another for them to blossom and grow. Again, though, we should never blame another person for us being where we are in life. They are not responsible, we are. The sooner we take charge of our life, the sooner things will change for us. We are the only ones that hold the keys to our future. It never has and never will be someone else.
So today rather than choosing to get upset at little things, I will take charge of my life and I will see that they are just that, little things. I will decide to do something about my weight and I will exercise and choose not to eat those things that I know I shouldn't. I will choose to avoid negative people today for they rob me of my successful future and when I must be around them I will shower them with kindness and smiles. I will take every negative thing I face today and find the positive in it somehow, somewhere. I will believe that the sun shines behind every dark cloud I encounter today.

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IUHRYTR 3/6/2011 8:27PM

    True, we can react to others in a negative or positive way. If their actions and statements were done and made when we weren't around, we would never know about them and so they would have no effect on us. That is how we should think when we're tempted to take others' words and deeds personally and let them sour our day. There will be sad times but, like you, I choose to be positive and try to surround myself with uplifting people. Stay happy. -- Lou

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3CATSLEP 3/5/2011 10:18AM

    Boy, I needed this. Hubby is home and he has had this irritating sinus infection and cold where he is clearing his throat, sniffing, snorting, coughing, blowing, spitting, etc. I told him last night that he sounded like a bag of bodily noises! I said, "Yep, he doesn't say much, but he sure is loud!!!" Then he turns up the TV so he can hear it, and I turn it down. I say he needs a hearing aid, and he says no. This is going to be a long weekend..... BUT he did get up early and go to the men's prayer meeting at 7 a.m. and make coffee for me. I also know he pays the rent and all the bills for me and does a very good job of keeping us out of debt! Otherwise he leaves a mess wherever he goes (I call him Messy Marvin). OK - so you see the pattern. I needed your blog today to help me focus. I have lots to keep me busy and out of the house today too:)

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I Choose

Friday, March 04, 2011

Along the lines of yesterday's blog where I mentioned about how family members know how to push your buttons, I have had yet another encounter with my sister. We shared a room growing up and I had my little corner and she had ninety per cent of the room's space.She has very strong opinions and they always seem to be a one eighty from mine. I guess mom and dad raised us to have an opinion! It seems that everything I say makes her mad. We can never have a healthy conversation and stimulate each other with our differing ideas. It seems to be my opinion is always right and you're always wrong with her. So much is missed in life with this kind of an outlook. It's okay to know what you believe and I think we should, but sometimes opposition only makes us stronger. I wonder if she is afraid she might be persuaded of something if she listens to me. Or perhaps she felt so wronged by others who may have held some of my beliefs that I am equated with them now for the rest of my life. I look forward to a day when we can have a conversation. We don't have to yell or ruffle our feathers. I miss having what others have in their sister. It hurts me to be so shut out of her life at every turn. The sad thing is that her negativity has also been directed at my children to no fault of their own. She would like them if she ever took the time to get to know them. Even my neice won't have much to do with me. That is all such a tragedy to me. I will not let it hold me back from enjoying life, but so much is missed when we live our lives angry. I will learn from my sister's negative example and I will choose to forgive and listen to opposing views and I will choose to love in spite of our differences. I choose to not miss one thing that there is in this life that is good. I choose to not let the negative people in this world stop me from being a positive force. I choose to be happy.

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    I read somewhere that at family reunions (or holidays), we revert to our "roles" in the family. Someone is typecast as a "the smart one", so the "pretty one" doesn't get respect as intelligent. Sigh. Wish we all lived in the Kodak moment or Disney families.

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3CATSLEP 3/4/2011 6:02PM

    I am so glad that you are YOU! I'm beginning to think that all sisters actually DON'T get along. You both sound so much like me and my sister who is 7 years older than me. Our last visit wasn't too bad although it was all centered around her visit with my mom last weekend which I'm just glad she spent some time with her! Again, I am glad that you are YOU!

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NEWMAC2011 3/4/2011 11:04AM

    I agree. It's sad when people are so negative but it only brings us down. It's great that you're keeping your positive attitude.

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WORKINGSTIFF 3/4/2011 10:55AM

    What a great attitude to have. What kind of world would it be if we all thought the same way? I find myself being opinionated and then stopping myself. I have to remember that everyone has experiences along the way in life which influence them. Listening is a skill that few people develop and really use.

I hope that your feelings toward your sister are like the proverbial "water on rock." Eventually the water can smooth the rough edges on the rock. It just takes continual action and time.

My best to you!

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