Friday, February 20, 2009

... A balanced life ...

NO NO NO NO NO --- No Good!

I woke up bright and early this morning to neighbors fighting in an ungodly manner at an ungodly noise level.

None of you have every stayed the night with me, but if you knew how I prefer to wake up, that was most definitely as far opposite as it gets.

I had to remind myself that the enemy comes to kill, steal and destroy. Nobody ever has an issue that the enemy is not a part of. Just as God orchestrates the great things in our lives, the enemy plans destruction. The sad thing is, is it stole something I hold very valuable. (REST)

I'm debating on putting in a complaint, seeing as how I heard them till 2am and woke up again because of them a little before 7. 

I know there's a child involved... I cannot stand an adult that hasn't enough self-control to speak with respect-- regardless the circumstance. It really upsets me.

Please pray God works a miracle in their family. Nothing about violence is of God. He is love, and that's what our families are supposed to reflect.

"You are my witnesses," declares the Lord, "That I am God. Yes, and from Ancient of Days I am He." -Isaiah 43:12-13 (NIV)

(From my daily devotional-)

When she was in second grade, my daughter Amanda illustrated a truth about the centrality of God. She was telling me something she had prayed over at school that day. I said, "Oh, Amanda, do you know how much it means to Mommy for you to make God part of your day?"

I'll never forget her answer: "You're so silly, Mommy. You know God made the day. I'm just glad He made me part of His."

I was stunned. She expressed through her childlike faith the meaning of God's wonderful name, the "Ancient of Days." -Beth Moore

Incredible, huh?

What an awesome blessing it must be as a mother to hear your child say such a thing.

I am truly thankful God has made me a part of His day.

I'm also grateful that He's made each and everyone that reads my blog a part of mine.

For the 20th day of the month, I encourage you to "Live a balanced life..."

"... they have made me a keeper of the vineyards, but my own vineyard I have not kept." -Song of Solomon 1:6

Are there areas of your life that are not "kept" because you are taking care of everyone else? If you're always on the go, constantly working and never taking time for yourself, you will end up stressed out and overwhelmed, and you won't be able to enjoy life the way God intended. Living a balanced life brings peace, joy and health.

The person speaking in Song of Solomon was good at taking care of everyone else-- his family, his friends, his work. He made sure everyone else was happy, but in doing that, he neglected to take care of himself. Are you living like that today? Do you spend all your time on other people, but not any on yourself? Eventually you will burn out. Decide today to begin investing in yourself. Take time to relax and rejuvenate yourself. When you are refreshed emotionally, physically, and spiritually, you are able to give to others more effectively. As you bring balance to your life, you will begin to enjoy every day to the fullest-- just the way God intended! -Joel Osteen

Prayer For Today-

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for giving me the wisdom to make right choices and bring balance in my life. I make decisions to put You first in all that I do. I purpose to take time to invest in myself so that I may be more effective in sharing and giving to others. In Jesus' name... AMEN!

Blessings, my friends!!!


Thursday, February 19, 2009

Friends, have a HAPPY day!

To the pit of hell-- yes, writer's block, I'm addressing you!

I cannot stand how creative I want to be. 

I think the want to be creative lately is prohibiting the creation of more than one creative thing.

How do I get past the want? Will the want become a need I won't be able to fulfill?

Nonsense, Kaci, now you sound worried. Stop the fretting. Stop forcing it. Just fall asleep. And by all means, quit talking to yourself.

Do you guys speak aloud the things you write down?

Do you go as far as to announce you're deleting something when you hit delete on your fingerboard? (keyboard) Made up my own word. Like it?

Just curious if I'm alone on this one. 

Cheers to a weird night. xx

-- This morning, I've not felt 100%. My upper back has been bothering me a bit the past couple of days. Michael used his magic hands to attempt adjusting it back to par before leaving for OC last night, but I have to sadly state it was only a temporary relief. I don't like taking medication, so maybe a hot bath will help. ?

I joined the choir at church about a month or so ago. We have practice tonight at 7, but the day is free. I don't know what to do with myself. I'm normally so busy-- praying for time to breathe. I honestly don't know how to draw the line between what I should do and what I could do.

I have a BIG list of the "could dos." My camera needs to be fixed, but that would involve driving to Beverly Hills. If I decide to do that, I could go see my momma at work. Also, I could talk to my hairstylist about his schedule and see when he's available to do my hair for a photo shoot we're trying to coordinate.

On the other hand, it's a beautifully sunny day. I've not been to Malibu in a while. I could take one of the books I've been trying to find time to read and grab a hot green tea at the Coffee Bean. If I choose to do this, I know Missy would enjoy the ride with the windows down.

Speaking of coffee, a friend I haven't seen in a while is going to Urth Cafe off Melrose and has asked me to come. I'd love to see her, but I'm not dressed yet.

Right, and speaking of friends I haven't seen in a long time, I've another one in from Miami I need to call.

Maybe I'll start with my hot bath, drive to Beverly Hills and go through Malibu (the really long way home) and get back just in time for practice at 7. I'll be finished by 9:30, so I may find some time to see the friends then. Yes, but there's a birthday boy that's going to be out of town recording on his birthday that I may try to see tonight as well.

... ? hmm I guess it'll go how it goes.

Friends, have a HAPPY day!

I'm sure I'll write about mine when it's over.



Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Teaser... (more pics coming soon)

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The PEACE of God

The peace of God, which surpasses every thought, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. -Philippians 4:7

(From my daily devotional)

I decided to bring home the impact of this passage by paraphrasing it from a negative standpoint, turning this prescription for peace into a no-fail prescription for anxiety. My result looked like this:

"Do not be calm about anything, but in everything, by dwelling on it constantly and feeling picked on by God, with thoughts like, 'And this is the thanks I get,' present your aggravations to everyone you know but Him. And the acid in your stomach, which transcends all milk products, will cause you an ulcer, and the doctor bills will cause you a heart attack, and you will lose your mind."

I really had to stop after this one. 
I think it wise to really seek the peace of God. 
Talk about PERFECT timing... 

Be Blessed!


My camera must be jacked...

Hello Hello!

So I'm a little bummed. I had a photo shoot last night that didn't end till 3am. I made a video blog while driving home to share with you guys. However, the mic on my camera must be jacked. I DID drop it in Little Rock in a bathroom one night... hmm

Hopefully I'll have copies of the pictures to post for you guys by the end of the week
I'm excited to see so many followers so soon. 
Thanks for your comments-- your love & support!


-K xx

Tuesday, February 17, 2009