Archives for March 2011

Mar 17

Look Out, the Girl’s Gotta Flip Cam

And I’m not afraid to use it!!  LOL!

The video clips I’ve been posting have been so much fun for me, but I was really limited as to what I could do by only using my computer camera.  I’ve been saving some money and I finally got enough to purchase a Flip Cam!

What’s a Flip Cam you ask?  Well, it’s a little camera (about the size of a small cell phone) that takes videos.  It stores up to 2 hours worth of footage.  The video clips can be easily uploaded to You Tube, Facebook, and Twitter!  What I really love about the flip cam is that I can carry it around with me and get videos on the spot. There is nowhere this camera can’t go. Now, not only will you get the pleasure of watching me make a fool of myself tied down to sitting in front of a computer and trying to relay a message to you, but I can also easily interview others who I think you will want to hear from and meet!  I’m so excited!

To kick off my Flip Cam debut, here are a few, very silly clips for your viewing pleasure. Let me precede your viewing with letting you know that there is no value in these clips. No message. No lesson. Nothing to really take to heart. Just me and a few monkeys having some fun!

As you can see, I still have a few kinks and glitches to work out, like what is the black space to the right in a few of these clips, but I’m working on it. I’m a flip cam operator in training!

Not sure if you’ll like it or not, but I have a feeling I’ll be catching more moments on camera and sharing. Beginning this weekend at the first Women’s Wellness Weekend!

Y’all have a great weekend! Praying lots of blessings and fun will be in store for you whatever you’ll be doing!

Melissa
Mar 15

The Sweetest Blessings

To anyone whose been hanging around this blog lately, I don’t think I have to tell you that it’s been a little heavy.  While I share my heart~victories and struggles~of course not everyone will be happy and I can’t do anything about that. It makes me sad really. There are some who ask more of me than I can give them. I am only one person, trying my best to do what I do.  And hopefully for the most part I’m able to offer most of you some encouragement and hope along the way.

I’ve been immensely blessed the past few days to experience some of the sweetest blessings.  I feel like God knew exactly when and where I would need these blessings to show up.

 

~An unexpected card from a friend

~A home-made movie of family pictures and video clips of my family over the past 2 years- created, compiled, put to music, and presented by my oldest son, Blake. He’s been working on this as a surprise for our family. We watched it last night. It was awesome! I plan to watch it over and over again.

~The comment made by my 15 yr old son Hayden, to Blake after watching the movie:  “Dude, I’ll pay you to make a video like that of me with all my sports highlights.”  (so glad he doesn’t suffer from insecurity or low self-esteem!)

~A hair cut/color (still dark brown and lovin’ it!)

~The sweetest messages from 2 of my kids on my Facebook wall

~Snuggling with Hayley Grace

~A super hug from Dylan

~Cutting up 6 dozen oranges for the Providence High School Lacrosse team and then watching  them devour them all within a minute

~My husband telling me I was beautiful and he was proud of me

~Walking early this morning with my girlfriend Amy and our 3 dogs (1 golden retriever and 2 poodles) It was a hoot! You should have seen us when the rabbit hopped out of the bushes and darted across the road. I was glad I was holding the poodles.

~Encouraging words

~Talking to ladies on the phone today who are signing up for the next Online Bible Study

~The thought of having burgers tonight (I can go for me a hunk of meat! Love burgers!)

~All the “I Love Lucy” that has been on Hallmark this week!  Found it again this morning

~Friends…can’t say enough about my friends.


Yes, life is full isn’t it?  It’s up, it’s down.  It’s calm, it’s hectic. It’s kind, it’s cruel.

But through it ALL, we are blessed.

Praying you have found some sweet blessings of your own. I’d love to hear about them!

Sweet Blessings To You <3

 

Melissa
Mar 13

Never Underestimate the Power of the Word

Oh my mind has been in the battlefield the last few days.  In my last post, I disclosed that I was extremely overwhelmed and exhausted. I was very honest in my sharing and I knew what I needed.  I needed encouragement from friends and the Truth spoken to me from God’s Word.  And thanks to you I got just that. (well mostly…not everyone agreed that God’s Word could solve my problems. One person informed me in an email that by quoting Scripture I was taking the easy way out.) I respectfully disagree. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but I know different because I’ve experienced the power of the Word.  Shoot, all of us who did Made to Crave together experienced the power of the Word. (go ahead and sing it girls…. I Got Da Powahhhh!)  Smiles.

The thing about life is that it is full of ups and downs. In order to get through it joyfully, we have to learn to roll with it. Sometimes that is easier than others.

Often when life gets hard, we just need to re-evaluate what we are doing and make some changes. For instance, if the main problem is that you have too many commitments, then you could look at your priorities and decide what needs to give.  Or if you find yourself tired each and every day, you could go to bed at an earlier time to make sure you are getting enough rest. There’s a feeling of accomplishment when we can easily fix our problems, don’t you think?

But what about those issues that arise you and there is really nothing you can do about them?  When your mind gets involved and heads south letting you know that your current situation is out of your control and you are helpless?  Well that’s where I was last Thursday. The more I contemplated all that was going on in my life, the more I realized that I was not in control. And then I began to fret, worry, and fear.  And I became weak. I knew I could not get through this pit alone. The enemy was on the prowl and I let him in.  I needed Jesus and I wanted my Jesus friends to surround me.

I read every comment. Soaked up every verse you shared. With each reminder that I could do all things (ALL THINGS) through Christ who gives me strength, my strength was  renewed. Little by little as I filled up with the Word of God, my perspective of my circumstances changed. I cannot thank you enough for taking the time to post your encouragement, verses that had helped you, your stories letting me know I wasn’t alone, and your concern and love.  Thank you doesn’t seem enough.

Never underestimate the power of the words my friends. I’m glad I didn’t.

Today, I am in a much better place. Thank you Jesus. And it wasn’t easy to get here. I made a choice to get here. Made a choice to believe God over the lies in my head.

Words are my love language. Thank you for being a vessel God used to love me.  <3

 

 

Melissa