It is that time of the week!  Enter your captions for this week’s contest, and I will post winners Tuesday evening.  Have a great weekend!



This week’s winner is. . .

John D.

The Russian version of AMERICAN IDOL uses ex-KGB agents as judges. So far, they’ve sent 9 contestants to Siberia, four have disappeared without a trace, and one dropped out suddenly without explanation and defected to Canada. Last week, a dissenting judge (pictured above, seated in the middle) died mysteriously of “accidental” radiation poisoning. And people thought Simon Cowell was mean.



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Rodney Dill





It has been a tough year in many ways.  (My year begins in September, not January.)

Lately, I’ve been seeking to find peace in God.  It is where I usually go, but lately, He is the only one I can truly go to, because He is the only one that sees every facet of my life.

I was looking for some verses this evening to help me through…long, tough day.  Hope they are as encouraging to you as they were to me.

Ephesians 6:10
Finally, be strong in the Lord, and in the strength of his might.

Psalms 138:3
In the day that I called, you answered me. You encouraged me with strength in my soul.

Isaiah 40:31
But they that hope in the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall take wings as eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.

Galatians 6:7-9
Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.  And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.


Hebrews 11:1

Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.

Lamentations 3:22-24
22 Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. 23 They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. 24 I say to myself, “The LORD is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.”

I hate silence.

I leave the television on all night, I listen to music while I grade, and absolute utter silence drives me up a wall.  I need sound.  Oddly, I am a fairly quiet person.  I can handle quiet, even when I am hanging out with folks.  But complete silence?  Ugh…

There is a silence that is unnerving and comforting at the same time, though.  The silence of God.  For me, it is unnerving, because when I know I have been praying, and I know I have faith and true belief, and hear nothing but crickets…I feel like God doesn’t want to know me–like I’ve failed and that He’s just like, “Go away, now.”  Sometimes that silence just makes me sad, to be honest.  However, in a comforting way, I know “the answer” isn’t, “No.”  I know God is letting me see Him work things through and allowing me the opportunity to see Him display His power–a power that I cannot even begin to fathom.

His silence teaches me, especially lately, how to be still, how to let go of what hurts me and what causes me angst.  He is in every detail of my life and cares about EVERYTHING…from the mundane to the urgent.  I know He hears my prayers, because when He answers the ones I consider “little,” I feel it is His way of giving me encouragement regarding the things that are bathed in silence.

I’m not the most patient person when it comes to certain aspects of my life.  I’m also not good at sitting and being still.  I’m hyper.  That’s all I can say.  But, lately, God has been helping me with the ants in my pants, ready to do everything at once and just go-go-go behavior/attitude.

I’m learning to be still and to listen.

I have a lot on my mind these days.  I also have some pretty huge–in my view–(in God’s view…easy peasy) prayer requests hanging in that silent cloud over my head…waiting and waiting and waiting some more.  Yes, I struggle with it, but I know God’s timing and plan are perfect, and that He is able to do what I request and so much more–in ways that I couldn’t even begin to imagine.

That doesn’t mean I don’t have to give Him EVERYTHING everyday.  I do.  Sometimes through tears, sometimes through those little girl sobs while telling Him I know He is who He says He is…and has all of the power to do what is causing me so much angst.  There are days I fly through with a smile.  But if you know me, you know I do struggle; not with my faith, but with my own weaknesses.

(When you click on the video, you will have to click on the link to YouTube.  The song is beautiful and is worth it.)

How time flies…

You ever have one of those winters?  I’ve been realizing, lately, that I have, and have neglected some things important to me to boot.

I was just looking at my faith-related blog, Faith and Fellowship, and I realized, that despite my reminders to myself, I haven’t updated it since JUNE!


Right now, I am attempting a personal Bible study of James. However, in a few weeks or so, I will try to begin a new study for Faith and Fellowship.  Not sure on what, though. Given world events, Revelations might be in order–not sure I am up to that one.  Originally, when  I had finished with Esther, I was going to study Ruth, but I’m not sure I’m up to that one, either.  When I decide, I will create a post and link to it.  If you feel inclined to read it, feel free.

Until I get my act together, though, my study of Esther is up from last spring/summer.

Heard this on the way home, today…

Lately, I’ve been listening to my iPod when I drive around, but today, because of my stress level being through the roof by time I left school, I decided to listen to KLove (well, I do donate to them every month…might as well…ha!)

I heard this song by 10th Avenue North. Often, I deal with my past, even though I know I am beyond forgiven by God. A lot of times, I think my past has a way of knocking at my door, so-to-speak, to make me feel like crap. This song was a blessing, today, because I have been feeling like all I ever do is screw things up…too much to even go into. However, the words reminded me that I am more than all of those things….because of God. He defines me…not those “things”.

(Guess this is a Sunday song a day late. Yeah…that’s how I roll.)

Hope you all enjoy the message of this song as much as I did. (When you click on the arrow, you will have to click on the link. Sorry.)


It is time for this week’s caption contest.  Enter your witty captions, and I will post winners Tuesday evening.  Have a great weekend!  🙂


The winners. . .
Maggie Mama
I’m trying to reach 1-800-DENTIST.

Rodney Dill
“Who is this Prince Albert infidel… and what would he be doing in a can?”

This week’s winner is. . .
John D
Third World dictators know that President Obama’s telephoned warnings are even funnier in stereo.


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