Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Romans 12:1
Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship.

A lot of times this verse is used to remind us to stay sexually pure in a world where sexual purity isn’t thought of as important anymore. To worship God with sexual purity until we are married and where God created intimacy in sex for.

However this verse also carries major meaning for how we should worship God.

Worship involves your WHOLE BODY!
Mind, Mouth, Eyes, Hands.

A lot of times I need to do a body inventory to see how parts of my body are doing worshipping God. Are my eyes worshipping God through what I decide to watch? Are my hands worshipping God through what I decide to do each day? Is my mouth worshipping God through what I say each day?

I think all of this is important. To check up on how your entire body is doing worshipping God. However I think there is one part of your body that can ultimately affect how EVERY part of your body is doing in your worship of God. So maybe ultimately we should focus on this part of our bodies.


"Worship pours from the overflow of our hearts. If you squeeze an orange, out of it will come orange juice. If you squeeze your heart, what will flow out? Will it be a love for yourself? Will it be your love for a pop band, a football team a girlfriend or a boyfriend? Will it be your passion for Jesus?"

"We all worship. Humans have been created to worship. The big question is: who or what will we worship? John Wimer once said, “Our heart’s desire should be to worship God; we have been destined by God for this purpose. If we don’t worship God, we’ll worship something or someone else.” If Jesus isn’t the number one priority in our lives, we will never fully worship Him. "

"True worship means that in everything we do, we do it for Jesus. So if our hearts are right shouldn’t the natural outpouring be an entire body worshipping Jesus?"

Questions to Consider..............

Where is in your heart today? (Spiritually strong, weak and needing some cardio, Spiritually dead?)

Because of where your heart is today what are you worshipping?

Are you worshipping God with EVERY PART of your being? (tongue, eyes, hands, mind)

Friday, October 17, 2008


In this Monday, Oct. 13, 2008 photo released by Denny's Beer Barrel Pub, Brad Sciullo of Uniontown, Pa., is seen before attempting to eat a 15-pound cheese burger with five-pounds of toppings including bun, lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, onions, mild banana peppers and a cup each of ketchup, mustard, relish, and mayonnaise at Denny's Beer Barrel Pub in Clearfield, Pa., Monday, Oct. 13, 2008. Sciullo finished the concoction in 4 hours and 39 minutes. (AP Photo/Logan Cramer, Denny's Beer Barrel Pub)

CLEARFIELD, Pa. — It took Brad Sciullo 4 hours and 39 minutes to finish a marathon. A meat marathon, that is. The 5-foot-11, 180-pound western Pennsylvania chef is the first person to eat a monstrosity called the Beer Barrel Belly Bruiser: a 15-pound burger with toppings and a bun that brought the total weight to 20.2 pounds.

The mountain of beef is the product of Denny's Beer Barrel Pub, about 100 miles northeast of Pittsburgh in Clearfield. Sciullo, 21, of Uniontown, said he was surprised he finished the sandwich Monday. "About three hours into it, things got tough," he said. When asked what possessed him to eat a burger that big, Sciullo said: "I wanted to see if I could."

The burger included a bun, lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, onions, mild banana peppers and a cup each of mayonnaise, ketchup, mustard and relish, pub owner Dennis Liegey said.

For completing the challenge in the under-five-hour time limit, Sciullo won $400, three T-shirts, a certificate "and a burger hangover, as I call it," Liegey said.


Friday, October 10, 2008

True Beauty

This year I have the pleasure of leading a middle school girls small group at my school where I teach music. Now I might be thinking "pleasure"? Yep it is a pleasure to be teaching a small group of middle school girls:) In all honesty if I had to pick my favorite age group that I teach, it would be middle school. Yes.....they can be quite an interesting and fun bunch of kids to work with.

Over the past several weeks we have been discussing things from getting along with parents to gossip. However I am very excited as this week God has lead me to share with them about beauty.....true beauty. As I began to research and prepare what I would share with them I was sadly reminded about what our society thinks about beauty.

I found the following information on an internet website.
Did you know...
• 24% of women would sacrifice 3 years of their life to be thin
• Girls as young as five have expressed fears of getting fat
• 90% of high school junior and senior girls diet regularly even though only between 10-15% are considered overweight.

In another study researchers questioned 2,000 girls from the UK and the US aged between 10 and 14 and found out that as much as 77 percent of them described themselves in negative terms. Many said they consider themselves ugly, fat and upset when comparing themselves with attractive images shown in advertisements.

To many beauty is all about who we are on the outside. Be honest when presented with the question "Who do you think is beautiful?" where does your mind automatically go? Angelina Jolie, Kate Moss?

True Beauty, the beauty we should really be reconizing is so much more. A beauty that can be seen in a friend willing to sit for hours an listen to the struggle you are going through, a beauty that can be seen in the way your spouse loves you more after you've gained a few more inches here and there, a beauty that can be seen in the sacrifice of one for another.

It is my hope and prayer that true beauty will be seen by these girls next week. And that others will start to see beauty more in the way it was intended by God.

1 Samuel 16:7 - "The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart."

Friday, September 19, 2008


Shevach - To adulate and adore

Adulate - to praise or admire excessively; fawn over
Adore - to regard with deep, often rapturous love

I have recently been doing a study on worship with my students at HCS in which we are looking at all of the words for worship in the Bible and what they mean. The other day we looked at the word Shevach.

Out of the three Hebrew words we have looked at so far this one has really challenged me the most in my worship lately.

May this word from the Lord challenge and ecourage you today in your walk with God.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

The Garden

So a few months ago Troy and I headed up to an empty garden to try and plant some seeds to see what the summer would bring. Troy told me not to go to overboard with planting since it was our first summer to try this. So I tried to control myself and I would say that we went small but I have a feeling we are going to be getting quite a harvest from the garden. Just today I picked 6 zuccinni and there are a ton of small ones that will soon be here and a ton of little cucumbers on the way. Plus the cantaloupe, watermelon, tomatoes, peppers and lettuce. So here are some pictures to enjoy.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008


So I've been thinking recently about change and the whole process of it. I used to hate change. I liked everything to be in order. I liked knowing what was coming. I liked living and knowing that things were safe and steady. But recently I have begun to see the beauty in change.

As I sit typing this post, Troy is busy working away on a wall in our living room. We recently removed some horrible wood paneling from the wall and have begun the process of changing it. When we first took off the old paneling it looked horrible. There were a few holes in the wall, some ugly old wallpaper in a few spots and cracks in some of the corners. I had to wonder and worry if it would ever look good. Why did we even take the wood paneling off?

But the process of change has begun. The holes have been covered. Drywall has been put up to cover up that horrible wallpaper. And with just a little paint this wall is going to be beautiful.

Seeing the beauty of change happen before my eyes with this wall makes me think of the beauty that can happen in the changes in life.

Many times change comes and doesn't look so good. It can be ugly. It can hurt. It can look like there is nothing good to come. It can even make us question where God is.

But just like the changing of the wall these changes that occur in our lives can bring about amazing beauty and good through the hurt and ugliness. God is there working amongst the bad to bring about something even greater.

I encourage you today if you are going through change don't dwell on the possible hurt and pain of the now. Look for the beauty that God will reveal or is revealing through the process.

Monday, April 7, 2008

A Beautiful Day

The day could not have been anymore perfect or beautiful. I think every girl looks forward to that day when she gets to dress up like a princess and walk down the aisle to the man of her dreams. And that perfect day for me was almost 2 weeks ago - March 29th, 2008. I was blessed with a beautiful ceremony, reception, great friends, and a sweet man of God to spend the rest of my life with. I offer thanks and praise to God for giving me such a beautiful day and for all of the beautiful days to come with the one He created for me.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Friday, February 8, 2008



Monday, January 28, 2008

"Today is a gift from God.
How you use it is your gift to Him."

I have this little bookmark I use in my Oswald Chambers devotional "My Utmost for His Highest". It is kind of worn and has teeth markings in it from my cat who always seems to want attention when I am having quiet time. I'm not sure but she might have a little bit of the devil in her:)

Anyway I was reminded again last night why I keep this bookmark. The phrase is something I need to be reminded of daily. It is easy for me to remember that each day is a gift from God but the second part of the phrase is hard for me to grasp most days.

The choices I make each day, the attitude I have towards others, and my actions are all ways for me to glorify and praise my Lord. And no matter what the day brings how I live in it is most important.

Monday, January 7, 2008

Keep Your Lamps Trimmed And Burning

Keep your lamps trimmed and burning,
the time is drawing nigh.

Children, don't get weary,
til your work is done.

Christian journey soon be over,
the time is drawing nigh.

Keep your lamps trimmed and burning,
the time is drawing nigh.