Tuesday, October 23, 2007

We are all Sealed....

...the Gillaspie family that is. Last night after I had eaten dinner with my parents, sister and neice and had gotten back home, I got a phone call from my sister. She said that Camryn had to tell me something...that sweet little voice got on the phone and said "I asked Jesus in my heart"! Oh...how exciting! I talked with her a little about it and the funniest comment was "Momma let me copy her" (meaning during her prayer she copied her Momma). She is excited to talk to Bro. Jeff at their church and then schedule her baptism.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

God Speaking

I have some time to reflect and focus on myself for the month of October. Like I mentioned before, I have the Mandisa "True Beauty" CD. It is WONDERFUL!
Another set of lyrics I want to share are from the song "God Speaking". Sometimes we don't understand everything that is going on around us, but do we stop to think that God may be involved and He may be trying to speak to us through all the stuff going on in our lives...good or bad? I hope that through these lyrics you will hear "God Speaking".

Have you ever heard a love song
That set your spirit free
Have you ever watched a sunrise
And felt you could not breathe
What if it's Him
What if it's God speaking

Have you ever cried a tear that
You could not explain
Have you ever met a stranger
That already knew your name
What if it's Him
What if it's God speaking

Who knows how He'll get a hold of us
Get our attention to prove He is enough
He'll do and He'll use
Whatever He wants to
To tell us I love you

Have you ever lost a loved one
Who you thought should still be here
Do you know what it feels like
To be tangled up in fear
What if He's somehow involved
What if He's speaking through it all

His ways are higher
His ways are better
Though sometimes strange
What could be stranger
Than God in a manger

God is speaking
I love you

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

One Day at a Time

"One Day at a Time"...not something I am good at, but I have learned that is the only way I can really live. You see, my nature is to plan things out so that I know where I am going and what I am doing. The problem I have found with this thinking is that life happens. When life happens, it messes up my schedule and plan. Notice, I said "my". We are only given today. We can't worry about the past, because it has passed and there is nothing you can do to change it. We can't worry about tomorrow because we don't know if we are even guarenteed tomorrow. We have to live in the moment trusting in the ONLY one who can get us through-my Savior, Jesus Christ!

I was given a Mandisa "True Beauty" CD. Track #4 - "Voice of a Savior" has spoken to me and I want to share the words of this song with you. I believe everyone of us has been at the point to where all we want is a little peace...

Some people try to listen to the bottom of a bottle
Some people try to listen to a needle in their arm
Some people try to listen to the money in their pocket
Some people try to listen to another's arms

You and I are not that different
We got a void and we're just trying to fill it up
With something that will give just a little peace
All we want is a hand to reach to
Open arms that say I love you
We'd give anything to hear
The voice of a Savior

Some people try to find it with blind ambition
Some people try to find it where no one else has gone
Some people try to find it in the crowns of victory
Some people get defeated and lose the strength to carry on

You and I are not that different
We got a void and we're just trying to fill it up
With something that will give just a little peace
All we want is a hand to reach to
Open arms that say I love you
We'd give anything to hear
The voice of a Savior

Some people try to find it in the shadow of a steeple
Some people try to find it in the back row pew
Some people try to find it in the arms of Jesus
That's where I found it, how about you?

Be Blessed with the peace that only HE can give...

Friday, October 5, 2007

Orlando Business Trip

I was in Orlando, Florida on a business trip September 23-27. It is a great conference to go to because it is always in a nice place and they always have lots of fun things to do in the evening.

Sunday - 23rd
I left on Sunday with another girl from my company (Tina). We met the other two ladies (my former supervisor, Linda, and former co-worker, Nancy) in Orlando. That day it was raining, but we forged ahead and went to Downtown Disney and ate at the Rainforest Cafe. I now have a Disney Parks Poncho because of this trip. We shopped some until one of the ladies "needed some extra special attention" (her words the next day...not mine) by almost passing out. Until she cooled off, we shopped while she sat still while eating ice cubes.

Monday - 24th
We got up early and ate breakfast at one of the restaurants in our hotel ($18 for the buffet). Then we did some shopping at an Outlet Mall. The conference started around lunch. That evening after the classes, McKesson took us all to Universal City Walk. They closed down the upstairs section just for us. We had all kinds of foods, drinks and entertainment. Tina and I enjoyed the "dueling pianos" at Pat O'Brien's.

Tuesday - 25th
Classes all day long. However, there was a time period of about 2 hours where there were no classes that were of interest and I headed to the pool with Nancy and Tina. Then went back in for one more class. This night our account rep took a group of us to an Italian restaurant for dinner. The wait staff entertained by singing. They were EXTREMELY good singers. They sang in italian and sang a few songs from different musicals.

Wednesday - 26th
Classes in the morning and then "networking activity time". This year one of our choices was Sea World for the afternoon. Since we had a rental car, we left right after our classes and headed to Sea World. After eating lunch there, we headed to the Shamu show, but they had closed it because it was full. We didn't get to see Shamu, but we did ride the "Shamu Express" in the kiddie rides section. It was about 30 seconds of fun! Wednesday evening was the big banquet and this was the 20th year for the conference. Everything was very classy looking. They had a jazz band, acrobatic guys who did amazing things (think cirque de solei) right in front of our table. After you eat they always offer several things you can do to entertain yourself. This year you could try to pick a real diamond out of all the CZ's on the table. A jeweler would tell you if you picked it or not. You could have your picture made with your friends and they would superimpose you in front of different scenes. Tina and I decided the romatic sunset or fireworks background was not for us...so we chose a background of the hotel. Well when it printed off...we look like GIANTS...I mean my head is in the sky. I'll have to scan that one in for your viewing pleasure. We had lots of fun with the Dancing Heads video...we have 3 DVD's of ourselves groovin' to the music. And last but not least they had "Butt Sketch Artists". You heard me right. I said if God wanted me to see that side of me...my head would be attached the other direction. This was not something I participated in, but the line was long for this activity. I guess after a few drinks you will do just about anything!

Thursday - 27th

Breakfast and one class - then we made our way to the airport by way of Downtown Disney one more time. It was hot and humid! And the LoveBugs were mating. Literally...you could hardly talk for fear you would get a set of love bugs in your mouth.

Tina and I parted ways with Nancy and Linda at the airport. Everyone made it back safely and we had a good time.