Friday, November 30, 2007

Don't Cover Up the Country!

I received a phone call from a viewer this week:

"Hi Barbie. I realize you're pregnant and everything. But you are covering up most of the map of the United States. We can't see the weather. Several states are completely gone."

I'm looking forward to being in Kosciusko tomorrow speaking to the ladies at First Baptist Church. (For all of you out-of-staters, Kosciusko is famous for being the hometown of Oprah.)Here is what they have posted on their website and what they sent out to the community:
Barbie Bassett and the FBC Kosciusko Women's Ministry want you to join us for brunch!
Barbie predicts a 100% chance of Son light with a definite shower of blessings.

Date: Saturday, December 1
Time: 9:00 AM
Place: FBC Kosciusko Son Building

Tickets are $10 and include brunch and nursery with reservations. The forecast is bright! So, bring your Bible and Son glasses!

In the meantime, I'm going to work alittle harder at moving around when I'm doing the weather so I won't cover up so much of the country. But I have a feeling I'll be accused of covering up large bodies of water and continents before this is all over!

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Blessed So Much, You Can't Handle It!

When we were out shopping Monday, I noticed the bell ringers out soliciting donations for the Salvation Army. Gracie asked why people were standing around the "red bucket" ringing a bell. I explained to her that every year around Christmas, people ring bells hoping others will give money to those who don't have things like clothes and food. I gave Gracie and Will some money and helped each one up so they could drop it in the red kettle. "But why do people only give money to others at Christmas time?" she asked. Although I didn't tell her that, that's exactly what she surmised from our conversation. How true it seems that this is the only time of the year we decide to give to others.

Luke 6:38 says, "I give, and gifts are given to me; good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over. For with the measure I deal out, it will be measured back to me." When I think about this scripture, I am reminded of what happened to my brother this summer. Earlier in the year, he wanted to plant soybeans, as he always does. For some reason, it was not working out that way. He missed the deadline to plant soybeans and was frustrated. That left him with the only option of planting milo instead. Then in July, he had a massive heart attack. Fortunately, milo is self-sufficient as he would be unable to work in the fields for quite some time while he was recovering. When it came time to harvest in August, he and his workers combined around the clock for several weeks. They couldn't get all of the milo harvested! Not only that, but all of his grain bins were filled up and he was having to borrow other farmers' grain bins in order to store the milo for the processors. Each day, 18-wheelers were burning up the gravel roads taking the grain back and forth. That's what I call "good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over"! When we are consistent with our giving to the church and giving to others, God blesses us so much that we can't hold all of the blessings!

Last night on WLBT, I noticed the Salvation Army had only received $48,000 of the $230,000 goal in the red kettles for Mississippi. Although Christmas is several weeks away and there is still plenty of time to give between now and then, will the givers show? Or will we continue to walk by while others give and receive the blessings intended for us?

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Words That Are Living

I've caught Gracie doing something I've never seen her do before--standing in the window sill with a book open, talking up a storm. I asked her what she is doing. "I'm preaching, mommy," she said with conviction.

I've always thought of the Bible as God-inspired, which it is. Here lately, I've realized the Bible is God's own words! When I think of the Bible as being words directly from God to me, I am moved by just how powerful this book is. Although I may not understand everything in the Bible, I do understand the words spoken are God's words and He was speaking to/is speaking to each one of us to help us become more like His son, Jesus.

Hebrews 4:12 says, "For the word of God is living and active." Many times we think of the Bible as being outdated in some areas and ancient in other ways. Although it may be several thousand years old, God himself says His word is living. As you read it today, take a moment to truly comprehend--God is speaking directly to you!

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

When We Cloud The Picture

Technology gives me the blues. We began noticing lines in our tv picture on Thanksgiving, but didn't think anything about it. Friday we couldn't even watch tv without seeing double, not to mention, the internet was down. Comcast couldn't send a technician until yesterday. This meant I couldn't check in to work and get emails, but less communicate with the internet world nor watch what little tv we normally watch. How frustrating! I felt so behind.

As Christians, we can sometimes confuse non-believers and believers alike with our actions and words. There is nothing more disheartening than to see a Christian give missed messages. It clouds the picture for others.

As Christians, we are also set free from the law of the Old Testament. 1 Corinthians 8:9 says, "Be careful, however, that the exercise of your freedom does not become a stumbling block to the weak. For if anyone with a weak conscience sees you who have this knowledge eating in an idol's temple, won't he be emboldened to eat what has been sacrificed to idols? So this weak brother, for whom Christ died, is destroyed by your knowledge. When you sin against your brothers in this way and wound their weak conscience, you sin against Christ." Paul is telling the Corinthian church how important it is for them to watch what they do. It was a sin to eat food in the temple of idols and to eat the food that had been sacrificed to idols. Paul was telling the Corinthians that so many others were watching what they were doing and would be influenced to do the same. The Corinthians were confusing the non-believers and were causing them to sin as well.

God knows we aren't perfect, although we should strive to be like His son Jesus. Let us pray today that what we say or do may not cause someone with a "weaker conscience" to sin against God; pray that what you say or do will turn someone on to Christ and not off to Christ.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Thanksgiving Break

Barbie is away for the rest of the week with her family. Feel free to browse older posts on her"Forecasts & Faith" blog. Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Count Your Blessings, Name Them One By One

The Lord has really impressed upon me the importance of giving thanks continually, not just on Thanksgiving. When I think back on all of the blessings I've received so far in my life and not just in 2007, I am overwhelmed with gratitude. I have a job (which I'll be working on Thanksgiving!), a healthy family, a car that cranks every time I turn the key, a house to keep me warm and try to keep clean with little hands and fingerprints on doorknobs and walls, a husband that is complimentary of me even when I'm sporting a big belly...the list goes on and on. When I sit down and put things on paper, the blessings just keep flowing. It reminds me of a hymn we used to sing in church:

When upon life's billows you are tempest tossed, when you are discouraged thinking all is lost, count your many blessings, name them one by one, and it will surprise you what the Lord has done.

Are you ever burdened with a load of care? Does the cross seem heavy you are called to bear? Count your many blessings, every doubt will fly, and you will keep singing as the days go by.

So, amid the conflict whether great or small, do not be disheartened, God is over all; count your many blessings, angels will attend, help and comfort give you to your journey's end.

Count your blessings, name them one by one, Count your blessings, see what God has done!Count your blessings, name them one by one, Count your many blessings, see what God has done!

Take some time this week to count your blessings and see what God has done for you!

Monday, November 19, 2007

Thanksgiving is For-Giving

This week ushers in one of my favorite holidays--Thanksgiving. It's one of my favorite because I get the opportunity to be with most of my family, which only happens a few times a year. But isn't it funny how being with some members of your family can open up old wounds? There are just some people in the family who make it difficult for you to get along with them, much less love them.

There isn't a family I know of that doesn't have "one of those" people in their family. They've said something or done something and we can't seem to get past it. We say we have forgiven them, but do our actions and our words show that we have?

Our pastor so aptly has been preaching on forgiveness. How appropriate that he ended his series yesterday, the week most of us will be around those family members. The story of Joseph in the Bible is a wonderful story of forgiveness and family reconciliation. There are other scriptures I've found on forgiveness I've been studying. Matthew 6:14 says, "If I forgive people their trespasses, my heavenly Father will also forgive me." Mark 11:25-26 says, "And whenever I stand praying, if I have anything against anyone, I forgive him and let it drop, in order that my Father, Who is in heaven may also forgive me my own failings and shortcomings and let them drop. But if I do not forgive, neither will my Father in heaven forgive my failings and shortcomings." And Ephesians 4:32 says, "I am useful and helpful and kind to others, tenderhearted, forgiving others, as God in Christ forgave me." Seems pretty cut and dry, doesn't it?"

There are families who have remained in turmoil because of deeds done to them generations ago. Forgiving the words and actions of a person who has hurt us is a big step. It isn't easy and to be honest, it isn't fun. But God didn't ask our opinion and certainly didn't ask us if we WANTED to forgive the offense. God COMMANDS us to forgive.

Getting together this week with that person(s) who has deeply hurt you won't be easy. But forgiving them will set us free. More importantly, it may even change your family tree and mine, too.

Friday, November 16, 2007

How To Handle Criticism

So often I have gotten upset over my own inadequacies, my own failures, my own stupidities, and I have thought, "If only I had...or If only I hadn't..."

As you've seen on this blog, not all of my mail consists of love letters! Not everyone who talks to me is always nice to me. Not every member of my family loves me or accepts me the way I am. And although I may try, I'm not all that I should be. I have to deal with rejection, some of which comes because of my personality and inadequacies and some because of my beliefs. How do I handle it?

By accepting what the Bible says in 1 Corinthians 15:10, "by the grace of God, I am what I am" and by believing that I am in the process of being conformed to His image. By trying to learn from my mistakes and seeking to turn from that which is not Christlike in character and behavior.

Especially when faced with criticism, I have to remember that I am God's bond-servant--not man's--and He is the one to whom I am accountable. Galations 1:10 says, "For am I now seeking the favor of men or of God? Or am I striving to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a bond-servant of Christ."

You and I must remember to let this truth daily guide our words in 1 Thessalonians 2:4, "Just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, so we speak, not as pleasing men, but God who examines our hearts."

Thursday, November 15, 2007

From A Distance

I enjoy astronomy. If there is a meteor shower expected, I usually try to stay awake and look for it. It just fascinates me how God thought all of the planets, stars, and constellations through when He created everything. Not one single thing was left undone. When I saw this picture of the Earth-rise over the Moon this week, I had to gasp. This picture was taken by a Japanese spacecraft of the Moon's surface, near the Moon's north pole. The areas shown on the Earth are of the Arabian Peninsula and the Indian Ocean. How tiny we look! We all fit on this big Earth. Even more mind-boggling--God knows each one of our names and what each of us is going through.
Psalm 145:3 says, "Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise; his greatness no one can fathom." How true! Even looking at this photo brings to mind the awesomeness of God and His unshakable love for us. It wouldn't make sense to create something so intricate and NOT love it.
Even though each one of us is one in several billion walking the Earth and going about our own business, isn't is neat to know God knows your name?

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Faith = Miracles

I've read the story of Jesus feeding the 5,000 countless times, but I saw something today I had never seen in that scripture. The people had gathered along the hillside because they heard Jesus was nearby. They followed him everywhere he went. Jesus couldn't seem to get away to a solitary place and rest. When he saw the crowd, the Bible says he had compassion on them and went to see them. By this point, the disciples are worried because it is getting late and the people won't leave. The disciples ask Jesus to make an "announcement" of sorts and tell them to go home to eat. Then in Matthew 14:16, "Jesus replied, 'They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.'" Jesus knew the disciples were lacking faith, but he wanted to give them a chance at exercising it anyway. But the disciples whine anyway and say in Matthew 14:17, "We have here only five loaves of bread and two fish." Another words, they were telling Jesus that same old line little Arnold used to say on the hit 80s television show, "What you talkin' bout, Willis?" Jesus knew what they were thinking and in verse 18, Jesus tells the disciples, "Bring them here to me."

Some people say miracles don't happen anymore. I disagree. I've witnessed too many of them. Granted, there have been some miracles I've prayed for that God didn't see fit to perform. But in reading the above scripture, God wants us to exhibit our faith FIRST. When He sees our faith, He is more likely to answer our prayers.

Whatever God has brought your way today, show your faith FIRST, then just wait for the miracle.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007


I was driving to a recent speaking engagement and my mind was racing. As my mind was racing, my body was tired and I was mentally shot. With the various speaking engagements, responsibilities at work and home, motherhood, and an aching pregnant body, I felt overwhelmed. I needed a break....a BIG break. At that very moment, Steven Curtis Chapman's song "Be Still" came on the radio. For the first time, I listened to every lyric:

Be still and know that He is God. Be still and know that He is holy. Be still, oh restless soul of mine, bow before the Prince of Peace. Let the noise and clamor cease. Be still and know that He is God. Be still and know that He is faithful. Consider all that He has done, stand in awe and be amazed. And know that He will never change. Be still. Be still and know that He is God. Be speechless. Be still and know He is our Father. Come rest your head upon his breast. Listen to the rhythm of His unfailing heart of love, beating for his little ones, calling each of us to come.....Be still.

Sometimes in order to hear someone speak to us, we have to HUSH. So be still.

Monday, November 12, 2007

The Whys of This World

Thanks to all of you of sent emails and posts of sympathy over the last week in the loss of my husband's mother. We have appreciated your kind words of support and encouragement during this difficult time.

We explained things as best we could to Gracie just as we did when my husband's grandmother, KK, passed earlier in the year. Surprisingly, Gracie took it well considering two great losses in just a few short months. I explained how God had healed her "grandmudder" (as she so lovingly referred to her) and she was enjoying her new body in heaven with God, Jesus and all of the angels. Gracie has been learning about Elijah in Sunday School and even suggested "grandmudder" was in heaven playing with Elijah (hope Elijah knows how to play tea party, as that was their favorite thing to play!). Then Gracie asked, "Why couldn't God take grandmudder to heaven, heal her, then bring her back down here to us?" What a great question.

How many times have I suggested to God how He should handle a situation for me or solve a problem? If God would only do this, it would make it alot easier. If God would only answer this way, the situation would be solved. Some things can't be explained and some answers won't come to us here on earth. But faith answers all of our questions because we are forced to rely on God's sovereignty. Hebrews 11:6 says, "Without faith it is impossible to please God and those who come to Him must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him."

Through the ups and downs of the day, we must have faith to keep on keepin' on, and know God's ways are always higher and greater.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Away on Funeral Leave

Barbie is away this week for the visitation and funeral of her mother-in-law. Barbie will return on Monday.

Feel free to read her earlier blog entries.

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Death & Life

Yesterday morning, my mother-in-law passed away. She had emphysema for several years which made breathing difficult. She was 66 years old. Over the next few days, I will be away as we prepare for her "Send Off Party" (if you don't know what that is, check out my blog entry from February 2, 2007 entitled "The Send Off Party"). I know my husband would appreciate your prayers at this difficult time.

In the meantime, I was scheduled to have a diagnostic fetal sonogram today. The purpose is for the doctor to see if the baby has any abnormalities and to hopefully find out what gender this one is. My husband and I discussed whether we wanted to keep this on our agenda for today considering the circumstances or try to reschedule. After much thought, he insisted we go today for the sonogram as I'm sure his mother would've wanted us to. Assuming the baby isn't "hiding", I will announce tonight at 6pm if this baby is a he or a she.

During this sad time for our family and anticipation of a new birth, I am reminded of Psalm 30:11-12, "You have turned my mourning into joyful dancing. You have taken away my clothes of mourning and clothed me with joy, that I might sing praises to you and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give you thanks forever."

Monday, November 5, 2007

Looking Back

This weekend, I got the chance to reminisce. Saturday night I emceed the beauty & beau pageant at Benton Academy in Benton. Traveling on lonely highway 16 reminded me of some of the back roads I grew up on. Sunday night I spoke at First Baptist Church in Yazoo City and drove through Flora. I smelled something that was so familiar to me and I had to roll down the window--the smell of cotton defoliate. Driving through these small towns brought back memories of a slice of Americana many people will never experience. When I was a teenager, all I wanted to do was to LEAVE home and move to the big city. After all, there was "nothing to do" in Marks, Mississippi. My daddy once told me, "You're going to miss this one day," and I would always roll my eyes at his wisdom.

My parents were always diligent in teaching us about God's Word. When I was told not to do something, I usually got a mini-sermon from my mother explaining what the Bible said about that particular subject. It reminds me of Deuteronomy 6:7, "Impress my commandments on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up."

Not all memories of growing up are fond. But isn't it funny how some of the things you didn't enjoy as a child are some of your fondest memories now? And isn't it amusing how many of the rules and regulations you were given by your parents you have passed them down to your own children? My, how things have a way of coming back to us all...

Friday, November 2, 2007

Trapping God Inside

We were out running errands Monday morning and Gracie noticed the moon was still out. "Why is the moon still shining, Mommy? It's daytime, not nighttime." I explained the moon is always out, but the sunshine is so bright that we don't always see the moon. "The moon is kind of like God--He is always with us but we don't always see Him. But we know He is there," I told her. She paused for a few seconds trying to make sense of what I said. "Yep, and our skin keeps God trapped inside of us so He can't get out and leave us!" Gracie proclaimed.

Genesis 28:15 says, "God is with me and will keep watch over me with care, take notice of me wherever I may go." Although Gracie may not have fully understood the concept of God always being with us, she knew God couldn't get out if He was trapped inside. As you go throughout the events of today, have you let God live inside of you? Throughout the troubles and frustrations of the day, is it evident He is alive in you? If not, perhaps you need to "trap" Him inside!

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Record Breaking Day

Yesterday's blood drive at Mississippi Blood Services in Jackson was another record breaker--350 people came out to donate blood! This is the most people MBS has ever had donate in one day and I was so honored to be a part of it all. I was moved by the number of people who gave their time to come sit in line and wait to donate. This success could not have been possible without the contribution of Clarion Ledger editorial cartoonist Marshall Ramsey. His t-shirt design was a hit and many came out just to get his t-shirt. Thank you, Marshall, for being such a sincere contributor to our community and for being a friend I can always count on! Here is a picture of Marshall and I just before our LIVE television interview on WLBT (Marshall gave blood for the first time in 6 years since being diagnosed with melanoma).

When I got back to the television station to prepare my forecasts, a viewer had sent me a letter. Here is what she wrote:

"Please watch the maternity clothes you wear. Your bosoms are very large and need to be covered up."

I've seen girdles for covering up tummies, hips, thighs, buttocks, etc. But does anyone know where I could find a "bosom girdle" so I can cover mine up? Geez......