Community Event Downtown: Worship on the River

 

Worship On The River

Worship On The River

 

If you are looking for something to do on this beautiful Sunday afternoon, then please join us this evening,  April 26 at 5:00 pm in downtown Alexandria at the Riverfront Amphitheater as the Central Louisiana community comes together in praise and worship!

“What you think of me is none of my business”

Goofy Me

Goofy Me

That is probably the most interesting thought I have heard so far this year.  It is extremely true and a very fresh and fascinating concept.  Actually, I guess it is not THAT fresh.  A book with this title was published in 1988 by Terry Whitaker.  I have not read this book and am not endorsing it, but I definitely admire the title.  We, especially Americans, worry more about what people MAY be thinking about us than enjoying the life and opportunities we have been given.  If you ponder it, this is a very logical concept.  My thoughts are not public domain and I am entitled to them.  So, why are people so worried about my private musings which may or may not include them as a subject?

I guess I have never been one who really worries about what other people think or say about me, I mean, come on… I live in an old house, in an old neighborhood, don’t have caller id, am using folding chairs in my dining room, googled a recipe tonight on how to make your own laundry soap… do you really think status bothers me?  Nope.  But, I hope that by posting this, all my friends, family and acquaintances will know that I like you just the way you are.  You don’t have to be ‘SOMEBODY’ to be a somebody to me.  You don’t have to impress me, you don’t have to lie, you don’t have to aggrandize your comings and goings, you don’t have to worry what I think…I love you just the way God made you.

Andrea

***On a side note, what would have happened if she cared what people thought about her?  Check out the audience frowning and laughing…they all judged a book by its cover: Susan Boyle, Britain’s Got Talent 2009.  This also reminds me of another story where a man was judged by his looks and meekness, Paul Potts sings Nessun Dorma, yet he blew the audience away.***

Easter Pictures

Before I drift off to sleep for my annual Easter Sunday nap, I thought I would post some pictures from our day.

Happy Easter Everyone!

May the glory
and the promise
of this joyous time of year
Bring peace
and happiness to you
and those you hold most dear,

And may Christ,
Our Risen Saviour,
always be there by your side
To bless you
most abundantly
and be your loving guide.

Andrea

Nana and Vivian

Nana and Vivian

Vivian Easter 2009

Warren Family - Easter 2009

This is one of my favorites, Vivian snuck into the picture and smiled

Warren Family - Easter 2009 2

Vivian and her cousin, Reece

Vivian and her cousin, Reece

Counting her bounty

Counting her bounty

Nanny, Vivian and Poppy

Nanny, Vivian and Poppy (my parents)

How much salad can you eat?

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As our 21 day fast is concluding at the POA, I find myself in a contemplative state.  I am thanking God for His many blessings and revelations and, on the other hand, I am thanking Him that my fast is drawing to a close!  I decided to do the Daniel Fast.  For those of you not familiar with these terms, I will explain.  Fasting is doing without something whether it be food, media, or whatever you find favor in.  In the Bible, Daniel ate only fruits and nuts and abstained from the “king’s delicacies” and did not eat meat.  As I said before, I decided to do the Daniel Fast.  I mean, doing without meat, sugar, butter, artificial flavoring, preservatives and eating all natural food for 21 days….how hard can that be?? Right?

🙂 Oh the naivete. 🙂  I only have four more days to go and I would do just about anything to have a: hamburger, steak, coke, ice cream, nacho and buttermilk biscuit!  You never really understand how spoiled you are until you have to do without.  I have eaten a salad just about every way you can fix a salad.  For example: With tomatoes, without tomatoes; with an avocado; with almonds and green peppers; with red onions and avocado…need I go on?  I thought salad was pretty cool until I ate it almost everyday for 21 days.  Yesterday, I started feeling like this:

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Just hook me up to the tractor boys!  [You have to imagine me saying this in my best southern accent]

It seemed that last year on my 21 day fast, it started out rocky but ended fine.  This year is different.  I felt fine for the first two weeks, but this last week is killing me!  Ha!  I will just have to remember not to do what I did last year.  The day I broke my fast, I went through the drive thru at Wendy’s to pick up lunch.  I only had a few minutes to get back to the office so when the lady garbled “you want the [insert uninteligible word here] special today?” through the speaker, I said “Sure”.  In my quick thinking little brain I thought …’they should have plenty of those made up and I will be outta here in no time’….  I drive up to the window and the lady handed me a bag and I drive off.  Halfway back to work, I pull it out to see what lucky sandwich is going to break my fast and out comes a double stack, jalapeno burger with pepper jack cheese. Whoa!  Despite my better judgment, I took a bite to see how much that bad boy would bite back.  This isn’t bad….I thought.  By the time I arrived back at work, I was horrified to see that I ate the whole thing!  I was so ill that I did not eat for two days after that!  See, there is a justification.  Maybe I should have a double stack jalapeno burger now so I can make it through the last few days of my fast without eating!  Hmm…sounds good to me.  You think that would fly?  Probably not.  Oh well.

Anyway.  On a more serious note.  It is hard to explain, but there is something about disciplining yourself through a fast that makes the world a little brighter, it makes God’s voice a little clearer, it makes friendships closer and your body a little healthier!  I guess it is when we put off self and stop filling our lives and our mouths with stuff that we are able to sit back and think about the really important things in life.  Fasting never made sense to me until I started practicing it corporately, with my church, and personally.  Sometimes the things that God calls us to do don’t always make sense, but He makes sense out of them and gives it back to us in perfect order and we think: Why did I not see it that way before?  If you want to know what I am talking about, I invite you start your own personal journey with Him and implement prayer and fasting in your life.

Andrea

PS: Here is a post from my friend Deb regarding her thoughts during the fast.

Tomorrow Night – YMCA

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YMCA (Young Married’s) invites you to join us for our “Four Keeps” series February 8-March 1 as we explore the four things you must keep in your marriage.  From dealing with communication and handling conflict to seeing the Creator’s role in marraige and exploring your questions, this series will be an exciting journey into some of the most frequently occuring issues in marriage.

If you have been married 0-10 years, we invite you to be a part of our class, which meets on Sunday mornings at 9:30 am in the Family Room (located in the GA Mangun Center).  In addition, we will have two Wednesday night sessions (February 11 (this is tomorrow night!  Come out and join us!) and February 25 at 7:00 pm) for further exploration of these topics.

We hope you will join us as we work together to build strong marriages and families God’s way!