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Thursday, January 21, 2010

It's A Boy!!!

Well, yesterday wasn't quite the appointment I expected. We thought it was just the normal check the heartbeat and measurement appoint, so Mr. Goodbar decided to keep Junior Mint at home so I could go and get in and out. We will have the detailed ultrasound in 3 weeks to check all the anatomy and measurements of the baby! But, while I was in there, the doc wanted, what he called, a peek ultrasound. It was a very short and just enough to make sure the baby looked good and to see what the sex was...and I did!! As soon as she glided across my belly I knew, there was NO guessing involved. We are welcoming another little boy in June! I think of how wonderful it will be for Junior Mint to have a little brother to play with that is close in age...plus I guess I already know how to handle a boy! : ) Junior mint is excited, he keeps saying he's going to be a "Bubby" and he's getting a "brudder". Plus, he is soooo cute when he tries to say his name!! We've gotten a lot of compliments on the name, which is always a good thing too! ; )

Here's the new baby boy...


Thursday, January 14, 2010

Don't think you know me....

Don’t think you know me because I am a mother, don’t think you know me because I am a wife and CERTIANLY don’t think you “know me” because I am a CHRISTIAN!!!

People have some serious misconceptions about Christians, but it isn’t their fault. Christians have caused these misconceptions and will continue to foster the false ideas that so many Christians have given people!

I’ve always noticed this off and on, but lately I’ve come to realize how WRONG some Christians have it, even how wrong some churches have it!! Mr. Goodbar and I are lucky enough to be part of a church that can seriously foster the right attitude towards our community and the people in it. Our pastor doesn’t shy away from the “taboo” issues that a lot of churches are (for lack of a better word) scared to discuss!!

What gives Christians the right to misquote the Bible or twist its words to suit them? What gives them the right to only accept part of the truth and not the whole truth? What gives them the right to sit by while other Christians loose their way and not try to help them? Then all the sudden the Christians who stand up against this or try to help others get “a bad name”.

I’m so tired of people acting like I am “one of those Christians”…the kind that will talk down to you or condemn you for your life/beliefs. First, I’m not the one that condemns, God is!!! Second, I believe all people falter and all people fail….if we didn’t what would have been the point of Jesus Christ coming to Earth? All people sin, sin is separation from God and the penalty for sin is death…that’s just the way it is. Why can’t Christians tell people that? (Now, I do understand there has to be compassion and tact) Why can’t I tell someone they will go to Hell if they choose not to accept Jesus Christ as their savior?

Secondly, I am not “one of those Christians” that will idly stand by while you choose to live a life not becoming of a Christian but claim to be one! That doesn’t make me less of a Christian or bad Christian nor does it make me a poor disciple of Christ! I don’t understand why Christians have sat by and let the world be overcome with non-Christians or (in my opinion even worse), false Christians or luke warm Christians!

I believe that not being a Christian is one thing and a person will have to answer for that, but claiming to be a Christian when you lead a life contradictory is another, and a person will have to answer for that too; as will the person who makes them think it is okay to do so!! I believe that there are Christians who claim to be Christians that are only that in name…or as I have pointed out before they wanted a “get out of Hell free card”. You can’t choose to live a life contradictory to the Bible and firmly believe that it is okay to do so (or twist the Bible to be what you want) and think that is okay with God.

God wants a relationship with you…not a one time commitment! If I got married then lived every day as if I didn’t know “the rules of marriage” and not committed to that marriage, what kind of marriage would I have? Why would I take on such a HUGE commitment if I wasn’t willing to live inside that marriage and work daily to make it better? Just the same, why would someone become a Christian, make that commitment, yet not live in that commitment daily? Why would a Christian allow another Christian to make that commitment and yet not help them see they have to live in that commitment daily?

What kind of pastor would our pastor be if he spoke with someone about salvation but told them that he can’t tell them how to live and they need to change their lives to live FOR God, not AROUND God?!? I’m sure most Christians believe that pastors should feel that way….however why are pastor held to a different level of responsibility than every other Christian? We are all called to serve God, live for God, so why are we not telling people the same thing?

1 Timothy 6:11-12
But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness. Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses

If you are a Christian, first, think of your walk with Christ. Are you living by his word….every part of it, or are you “finding ways out” because it’s a “gray area” or it doesn’t spell it out? Second, think of your attitude. Are you accepting criticism with a Christ-like attitude or are you constantly defending your stance? Are you open to other Christians who are trying to help you grown in your walk? Third, think of how you are with other Christians, especially those who you know aren’t right in their walk. Are you allowing them to believe their way of living is okay? Are you side-stepping things so you don’t hurt their feelings? Are you choosing not to say anything because you don’t want to get involved? You are involved…God has placed you in the path of certain people for reasons unknown to us. How do you know your purpose isn’t to help them change their lives around to live FOR God?

James 2:14-26
What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save him? Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to him, "Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed," but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. But someone will say, "You have faith; I have deeds." Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by what I do. You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that--and shudder. You foolish man, do you want evidence that faith without deeds is useless? Was not our ancestor Abraham considered righteous for what he did when he offered his son Isaac on the altar? You see that his faith and his actions were working together, and his faith was made complete by what he did. And the scripture was fulfilled that says, "Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness," and he was called God's friend. You see that a person is justified by what he does and not by faith alone. In the same way, was not even Rahab the prostitute considered righteous for what she did when she gave lodging to the spies and sent them off in a different direction? As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Packing up the Suitcase...

Don’t you love people who claim they “hand everything over to God” but their lives show differently? This is something I’ve thought about for a few days now. I read a lot of blogs and a lot of Facebook posts and I even catch myself doing it!!! It’s that thing we, as Christians, probably ALL do at some point or another.

“I’m handing ________ over to God and leaving it in his hands”, however how many of us pick that back up right after we say amen and try to fix it all on our own? There is an author that talks about unpacking your suitcase and leaving it at the feet of Jesus but when you are done you pack everything back up and take it with you again! Like I said, we ALL do that at some point. I personally think that God understands that, it’s human nature to want to fix it on our own; the problem comes when that is what you are characterized by.

How many times do you talk to a person and they said “God will handle it” or “I’m not going to worry about it anymore” then not long after they are talking about the same thing again? You know…People need to have MORE FAITH!!! I personally believe that when this becomes what you are characterized by; meaning this is the norm instead of the exception, you need to have more faith, trust God more!!

I have people still say “I’m sorry” about loosing the baby or ask if I’m okay, my response is always “its okay, I’m good” and I mean that. Then there are the people who look at me like I am a cold-hearted you know what when I say that…but really people, I AM OKAY!!! Yes, I have bad days and yes, I will probably fall apart a few times come Feb. 5th but I AM OKAY!! I am okay because I gave it to God and I didn’t pack it back up in my suitcase and carry it around with me!! I’m not saying that everyone who has lost someone should be okay with it…I’m saying if you hand it over to God, it will be okay!

Before you get mad at me….I do understand that there are things that will always hurt and will never “go away” but you don’t have to do it alone! When you leave it at the feet of Jesus that doesn’t mean you won’t be confronted with it again…it means you get your strength to handle it through Him, you don’t have to carry that suitcase all on your own!

So….pack up your hurt, pain and worry and drop the suitcase at the feet of Jesus and let Him carry it for you! There is NOTHING too big or too complicated for God to handle. The biggest challenge is leaving it there. If you give something over to God and then find yourself worrying about it or blogging about it or Facebooking it over and over…you didn’t leave it. Just start over, be honest with God. He knows you didn’t leave it with Him!! Trust Him….he will never leave you nor forsake you! Remember the line from a famous poem,

“The times when you have seen only one set of footprints in the sand, is when I carried you”

HUGE Milestone...

Just wanted share a HUGE milestone for Junior Mint and every child in America, if not in the world!!!




HIS VERY FIRST HAPPY MEAL!!

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Interesting way to look at things...

I read this on a friend's Facebook page and thought "how interesting"! Take a moment to really think about it!!! It is so true that we never know what comes next....

Once upon a time, twin boys were conceived in the same womb. Weeks passed and the twins developed. As their awareness grew, they laughed for joy, “isn’t it great that we were conceived? Isn’t it great to be alive?”

Together the twins explored their world. When they found their mother’s cord that gave them life, they sang for joy, “how great is our Mother’s love, that she shares her own life with us!”

As weeks stretched into months, the twins noticed how much each was changing. “what does it mean?” asked the one. “It means that our stay in this world is drawing to an end, said the other. “But I don’t want to go”, said the other, “but maybe there is life after birth.” But how can there be?” responded the other one. “We will shed our life cord, and how is life possible without it? Besides, we have seen evidence that others were here before us and none of them have returned to tell us that there is life after birth. No, this is the end.”

And so the one fell into deep despair, saying, “If conception ends in birth, what is the purpose of life in the womb? It is meaningless! Maybe there is no mother after all?” “But there has to be,” protested the other. “How else did we get here? How do we remain alive?”

How you ever seen our mother?” said one. “Maybe she lives only in our minds. Maybe we made her up because the idea made us feel good?”

And so the last days in the womb were filled with deep questioning and fear. Finally, the moment of birth arrived. When the twins had passed from their world, they opened their eyes and cried for joy. For what they saw exceeded their fondest dreams.

What purpose is there for man to be here on earth if our Lord and God didn't have a purpose for each and every life? God created us to share the good news that He is real and will bless your life if you let Him enter in.

Just like the twins in the story, they had to believe in life...in our case it's life after death. What joy will fill our own hearts if we just believe in God, we too will open our eyes to Jesus' face and cry with joy when we get to Heaven.

Friends, if you don't claim Him as your personal Savior you are missing out on a God of Love and Blessings...but most importantly, eternal life through His shed blood......

I did copy this from her page, it is NOT my own thoughts! (However, I wish it were)


Friday, January 1, 2010

Welcome to 2010!!!

Well...it's here, a whole new decade. A whole new year to do something good! What will you do with this year? Is your goal to loose weight, quit smoking, have less stress...etc?? What about God in 2010? What is your resolution for him?

We often make resolutions for ourselves or sometimes even our families, but what about God? Shouldn't we be offering more to him than we do? What about spending more time in his word or trying to truly seek his will for our lives?

How about instead of worrying about our weight or stress or even debt, we spend time focusing on God and praying for guidance and wisdom? Everything else will fall into place if you put the right focus at the top...GOD! Truly seeking God's will can never lead you wrong!!

"The will of God will never take you

where the Grace of God will not protect you."