Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Man Cold

I thought this clip was really funny!

Give Me Jesus

In the morning, when I rise
In the morning, when I rise
In the morning, when I rise, give me Jesus

Give me Jesus,
Give me Jesus,
You can have all this world,
But give me Jesus

When I am alone
When I am alone
When I am alone, give me Jesus

Give me Jesus,
Give me Jesus,
You can have all this world,
But give me Jesus

When I come to die
When I come to die
When I come to die, give me Jesus

Give me Jesus,
Give me Jesus,
You can have all this world,
You can have all this world,
You can have all this world,
But give me Jesus

Thursday, February 21, 2008

A ministry first

Yesterday was the funeral for Joe Vermeersch. Joe was the father of two girls from our youth group, and he passed away last Saturday. I must say, this was much more difficult than I had ever imagined. I've been to funerals, obviously--most of them for family members. But it is so hard to see someone you love grieving!
We've been at Macomb for 4 1/2 years and we really love our teens. Try as I may, I can't take away the grief and pain, the confusion and anger, the frustration and despair. I can't make this all better no matter how much I want to. I can offer a shoulder, some Scripture and a listening ear.
The girls asked for Joel to speak at the funeral, and he presented the gospel clearly to a room full of mourners. Perhaps God will use Joe's death to bring someone to a saving knowledge of Christ. Perhaps this will help the girls grow stronger in Christ.

One thing I do know--as I sat there yesterday, I was so thankful that I know where I'm headed. I know that Christ died for me so that I can have eternal life. I know that I've repented of my sin (though I still do sin....) and that I've accepted His free gift of eternal life. Have you?

My heart is heavy as I listen to the song "Grace" playing in the background. Please pray that these girls and their family will have God's grace to deal with this trial.

Grace

Lord, as I seek
Your guidance for today,
I find my thought unyielding,
confusion crowds my way.
But then when I bow to to You,
the challenges You guide me through,
Your promises are ever new,
I claim them for today.

Your will cannot lead me,
where Your grace will not keep me.
Your hands will protect me,I rest in Your care.
Your eyes will watch over me.Your love will forgive me.
And when I am faltering,
I still will find You there.

Each new day's design
Is charted by Your hand,
And graciously revealed
As I seek your master plan
Keep my footsteps faithful,
when from you I go,
Return me to the joy
That your blessings can bestow

Your will cannot lead me,
where Your grace will not keep me.
Your hands will protect me,I rest in Your care.
Your eyes will watch over me.Your love will forgive me.
And when I am faltering,
I still will find You there.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Funny....and True :)

Dear Tech Support:
Help!! Last year I upgraded from Boyfriend 5.0 to Husband 1.0 and noticed that the new program began making unexpected changes to the accounting software; severely limiting access to wardrobe, flower and jewelry applications that operated flawlessly under Boyfriend 5.0. No mention of this phenomenon was included in the product brochure!!In addition, Husband 1.0 uninstalls many other valuable programs such as DinnerDate 7.5, CruiseShip 2.3, and OperaNight 6.1 and installs new, undesirable programs such as MondayNightFootball 1.3, Saturday Football 5.0, Golf 2.4, Fishing 3.2, and Clutter Everywhere 4.5. Conversation 8.0 no longer runs, and invariably crashes the system. Under no circumstances will it run DiaperChanging 14.1 or HouseCleaning 2.6. I've tried running Nagging 5.3 to fix Husband 1.0, but this general purpose utility is of limited effectiveness. Can you help, please!!!!

~Jane

Dear Jane:
This is a very common problem women complain about, but it is mostly due to a primary misconception. Many people upgrade from Boyfriend 5.0 to Husband 1.0 with no idea that Boyfriend 5.0 is merely an ENTERTAINMENT package. However, Husband 1.0 is an OPERATING SYSTEM and was designed by its creator to run as few applications as possible. Further, you cannot purge Husband 1.0 and return to Boyfriend 5.0, because Husband 1.0 is not designed to do this. Hidden operating files within your system would cause Boyfriend 5.0 to emulate Husband 1.0, so nothing is gained. It is impossible to uninstall, delete, or purge the program files from the system, once installed. Any new program files can only be installed once per year, as Husband 1.0 has severely limited memory.

Error messages are common, and a normal part of Husband 1.0. In desperation to play some of their "old time, favorite applications", or to get new applications to work, some women have tried to install Boyfriend 6.0, or Husband 2.0. However, these women end up with more problems than encountered with Husband 1.0. Look in your manual under "Warnings: Divorce/Child Support". You will notice that this program runs very poorly, and comes bundled with HeartBreak 1.3. I recommend you keep Husband 1.0, and just learn the quirks of this strange and illogical system. Having Husband 1.0 installed myself, I might also suggest you read the entire section regarding General Partnership Faults [GPFs]. This is a wonderful feature of Husband 1.0, secretly installed by the parent company as an integral part of the operating system. Husband 1.0 must assume ALL responsibility for ALL faults and problems, regardless of root cause. To activate this great feature enter the command "C:\ I THOUGHT YOU LOVED ME". Sometimes Tears 6.2 must be run simultaneously while entering the command. Husband 1.0 should then run the applications Apologize 12.3 and Flowers/Chocolates 7.8. TECH TIP! Avoid excessive use of this feature. Overuse can create additional and more serious GPFs, and ultimately YOU may have to give a C:\I APOLOGIZE command before the system will return to normal operations.

Overuse can also cause Husband 1.0 to default to GrumpySilence 2.5, Save yourself some trouble by following this tech tip! Just remember! The system will run smoothly, and take the blame for all GPFs, but because of this fine feature it can only intermittently run all the applications Boyfriend 5.0 ran. Husband 1.0 is a great program, but it does have limited memory and cannot learn new applications quickly.

Consider buying additional software to improve performance. I personally recommend HomeCookedMeals 3.0, Lingerie 5.3 and Patience 10.1. Used in conjunction, these utilities will really help keep Husband 1.0 running smoothly. After several years of use, Husband 1.0 will become familiar and you will find many valuable embedded features such as FixBrokenThings 2.1, Snuggling 4.2 and BestFriend 7.6.

A final word of caution! Do NOT, under any circumstances, install MotherInLaw 1.0. This is not a supported application, and will cause selective shutdown of the operating system. Husband 1.0 will run only Fishing 9.4 and Hunting 5.2 until MotherInLaw 1.0 is uninstalled. I hope these notes have helped. Thank you for choosing to install Husband 1.0 and we here at Tech Support wish you the best of luck in the coming years. We trust you will learn to fully enjoy this product!

Sincerely,
Tech Support

Friday, February 08, 2008

Good for a laugh

The past few weeks have been busy with basketball games, snow storms, snow camp at CoBeAc and just everyday life with 3 boys! I do have a funny story for you though.

Before snow camp, one of our teens (Little Katy) asked me if she could bring Monster's with her to camp...meaning the energy drinks. I told her that would be fine. Later on, Camden heard me tell Joel that I had told Katy that it was okay to bring Monster's to camp.

A few days after we were home (the boys didn't go to camp, they stayed with Mimi and Bapa) Camden asked, "So Mom, did Katy bring her ghosts to camp?" Puzzled at first, I replied, "ghosts?"

"Yes. You told her she could bring her monsters to camp. Did she?"

Bless his little heart. He probably thought we were all in the woods, terrified of ghosts the whole weekend!