Friday, July 25, 2008
I have been wondering if you are pregnant again.? You look like it on tv. Sincerely, Nancy Goodwin in McComb
Barbie, Are you pregnant again? Signed, P.Magruder
Dear Barbie, You are a refreshing breath of fresh air every time you give a forecast! We are so glad to have you back from your matenity leave. Your new hairstyle is very fashionable and your wardrobe & accessories always compliment your apparel. We are hoping that you are not having remaining problems from your pregnancy, as it is obvious that you still have alot of "belly fat" or maybe swelling of the tummy. I am not sure what your problem with the tummy is, but you still look pregnant and I decided to send you this note & let you know. Signed, Anonymous
Four weeks ago, I decided to go on the Baptist Heath Systems liquid diet. Blog readers in the metro area know all about this diet. It is drastic diet which is doctor supervised. In four weeks, I've lost 12 pounds and go to the gym 5 days a week. My personal goal is to lose a total of 40 pounds (so I have 30 to go). Losing this much weight will get me back down to my high school weight. Sure, I want to lose the baby weight so that I can wear my pre-pregnancy clothes again. But I'm also doing this to hopefully prevent heart problems like my brother has experienced over the last year.
I guess the above viewers don't realize how much time it takes to lose the baby weight, especially after a c-section. And they probably don't understand how the tv adds 10 pounds to everyone because it is a two-dimensional picture.
To be honest, I have cried more times than I can count over these emails, not to mention the constant phone calls coming into the television station. Lilly Faith is 15 weeks old now and if some viewers would have patience, I promise I will once again be the size they expect me to be.
And society wonders why our pre-teen and teenage girls have such warped body images?
So I'm going to take a break for a while and go to the Neshoba County Fair to spend time with my family. A getaway can always do the heart, and emotions, good!
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Each donor will walk out with a handfull of items, plus the chance to win $1,200 in free gas. That's worth the needle stick alone! All of this aside, there is another reason why this blood drive is important--his name is Noah Moudy from Leesburg. Noah is 4 years old and has been diagnosed with leukemia and needs blood. His 7 year old sister Jessica looks to be a bone marrow transplant match for Noah. Noah's parents have 6 children. God bless them! But for now, they are pleading with the public for blood donations. If you donate blood today at Mississippi Blood Services on Lakeland Drive in Jackson, please do so in Noah Moudy's name. Even if you don't have the same blood type as Noah, your donation will count as a "credit" for him and allow him to receive more blood as he needs it. With eyes this blue, you can see why so many people in the small town of Leesburg have fallen in love with him.
In reading Job 1:8, God asked Satan "Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil." Could it be that God picked Job for Satan to test because God was proud of Job? Could it be that God knew how Job would react to all of Satan's mental, emotional and physical barbs? I believe so.
Perhaps God was giving Job a greater opportunity to honor Him with his allegiance. If so, the testing of Job was also a greater opportunity for God to prove God's faithfulness to Job in the end. Satan's assault was ultimately on God, but it was directed through Job.
Are you going through trials, tests and uncertainty in your life? God already knows how you and I will react. That's why He chose us.
Monday, July 21, 2008
You know the story of Job. He was a very wealthy man and God allowed Satan to test him, take away his possessions, family and everything he had. Job's friends came to the rescue and told Job what all he was doing wrong; that HE somehow had caused all of this trouble to come upon himself. Meantime, Satan was trying to break Job's spirit and faith in God. In Job 1:9-11, Satan said to God "Does Job fear God for nothing? Have you not put a hedge around him and his household and everything he has? You have blessed the work of his hands, so that his flocks and herds are spread throughout the land. But stretch out your hand and strike everything he has, and he will surely curse you to your face." Satan was trying to prove to God that Job's faith would falter.
God allowed Job to be tested to prove he would be faithful. But Satan was trying to prove otherwise; that Job's profession of faith in God was a big fluke.
But this is the best part. In Job 1:12 and Job 2:6, God gave Satan specific limits. God told Satan, "the man himself do not lay a finger on him" and "you must spare Job's life". Isn't it good to know that through every trial, challenge and heart ache we go through that God has set a limit on the amount of testing? God wants to refine us, make us pure, and increase our faith in Him--not destroy us.
Knowing God has already set that limit should give us great peace.
Friday, July 18, 2008
Boy, things sure were quiet when I was away on maternity leave, so you knew it was coming--those viewer emails, phone calls and comments were sure to return with a vengence.
I was out and about last week and a lady came up to me so excited to see me. "I was so glad to see you back on tv! I missed seeing your weather reports while you were gone. But when I turned on the television and saw you, I said to myself "Aww, poor thing, she hasn't lost her baby weight yet." I smiled and made a comment about how it takes alittle longer to lose the baby weight with subsequent pregnancies. "Well," she said, "you were gone for 3 months. I figured it would've been gone by now!" (Are you shaking your head yet?)
I received this email from an anonymous viewer:
A few phrases I've noticed over the years of watching your broadcasts are irritating and redundant."At this present time" either "at this time" or "presently" would suffice. "Currently" would also work. "Rain showers" by definition, rain is showers and vice versa. Used together, the phrase is redundant.
(When people wake up on the wrong side of the bed, why do they feel the need to rub it off on everyone else?)
Then just a few days ago, I received this message on my voice mail.
"Barbie, I love that blouse you're wearing tonight. The colors look so pretty on you. But, your bosoms are sagging. You need to do something about that."
Ok, I'm a mother now. Does she know what these "bosoms" have gone through?! (Rolling eyes)
Thursday, July 17, 2008
James tells us in James 1:9 that we should be "quick to listen and slow to speak". Isaiah 50:4 says, "The Lord God has given me the tongue of a disciple and of one who is taught, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him who is weary. He wakens me morning by morning, He wakens my ear to hear as a disciple." Isaiah said that the Lord had given him the tongue of a disciple, a learner or one who is taught, so that he would know how to "speak a word in season" to the weary.
Do you see any discouraged, tired people in the Body of Christ? Of course. We have serious problems in the world today. But there are also many born again Christians who are needy. Nehemiah 8:10 say, "The joy of the Lord is my strength". Joy is not found in our circumstances, it is found in Christ who lives within us. We are learning to find our joy in Christ alone. Speaking words in due season to one another will keep us from growing weary. We need to train ourselves to keep one ear tuned to God.
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Moses had brain block when it came to speaking. Exodus 4:10 says, "And Moses said to the Lord, O Lord, I am not eloquent or a man of words, neither before nor since You have spoken to Your servant; for I am slow of speech and have a heavy and awkward tongue." When God called Moses to be His spokesman to Pharaoh and the Israelites, Moses told God he wasn't eloquent enough to do what God wanted. God's response in Exodus 4:11 was, "Who has made man's mouth? Is is not I, the Lord?" We think sometimes that God does not know about all of our weaknesses, but He does.
In Exodus 4:12 God told Moses, "Now therefore go, and I will be with your mouth and will teach you what you shall say." The next time God tells you to do something for Him or to speak for Him and you get fearful or anxious, remember: if He has sent you or called you, He will be with you. The doubt must go before you can go.
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Some people have difficulty getting over their past. Satan will try to convince us that we can never be healed, set free, or of any value to God. If we let him, Satan will control our emotions so much that we will be haunted by our past, have regrets and send our emotions into a tailspin. So how do we deal with this?
First of all, we must recognize them as lies. Any thought that takes us back to our life before Christ is not from God. God always looks as us as the new creatures we are in Christ Jesus. But Satan wants to focus our thoughts on the past so we cannot concentrate on what God has set before us. Paul wrote in Philippians 3:13 that we are to "forget what lies behind and reach forward to what lies ahead." Our healing begins with the understanding that God is in control and we are a part of His plan.
It has been said before that God never wastes a hurt in our lives. Job said it best in Job 42:4, "I know that You can do all things, and that no purpose of Yours can be thwarted."
Monday, July 14, 2008
In the book of Mark, we read where Jesus had to chide His disciples. Mark 4:39-40 says,"And He arose and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, Hush now! Be still! And the wind ceased and there was a great calm. He said to his disciples, Why are you so timid and fearful? How is it that you have no faith?" Jesus calmed the storm, but He rebuked the disciples for their lack of faith. Why? Because it is vital to our future that we grow in faith which is trust and confidence in God. If Jesus allowed us to continue to live in fear and calming every storm for us without correcting us, we would never learn how to press on to the other side.
Not only must we speak our faith outloud when things aren't going the way we planned, but we must act and move on. Hebrews 10:23 says it best, "So let us seize and hold fast and retain without wavering the hope we cherish and confess and our acknowledgement of it, for He who promised is reliable and faithful to his Word."
It is time for us to ride out our storms, knowing that God has His eye on everything, including us and the storm.
Friday, July 11, 2008
In Numbers, the Israelites got an evil report from the Hebrew spies about the land they were to go to and it was pretty discouraging. Number 13:32 says, "So they brought the Israelites an evil report of the land which they had scouted out, saying, The land through which we went to spy it out is a land that devours its inhabitants. And all the people that we saw in it are men of great stature."
Not only are we not to talk negatively about our circumstances, as the Hebrew spies did and came under the Lord's correction; we are also not to talk negatively about other people. Let's face it, there is no perfect church, perfect people, perfect workplace, perfect house, or perfect family.
Everything in this world is going to be imperfect. In the Bible, Paul tells us that when Jesus comes back to receive us, we are going to take off the corruptible and put on the incorruptible. But as long as we are here on this earth, we are always going to have to contend with corruption including other people.
We all are a "mixed bag". We have some good and some bad in us. God doesn't want us to magnify the bad in others or in ourselves. He wants us to magnify the good. I Peter 4:8 says, "Love covers a multitude of sins." That's what you and I are to do. We are go cover, not expose, people's imperfections. When we do so, we'll see them the way God sees them.
Thursday, July 10, 2008
A righteous walk with God will always manifest itself in our relationships with other people. It can be demonstrated in our treatment of one another. Jesus calls us to walk as He walked. How is that done? Matthew 7:12 says, "In everything, therefore, treat people the same way you want them to treat you, for this is the Law and the Prophets." Most people call this the "Golden Rule" in that we should "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you."
We all need and want unconditional love. Because of that, we should treat other people in precisely the same way we want to be treated! This is the Law and the Prophets. This is fulfilling the Law. So if we want to follow Jesus, we must keep the highest good of others before us, doing unto them as we would have them do unto us.
Just imagine how different the world would be today if every Christian lived like that...
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
She smiles! Her dimples and blue eyes just make you want to eat her up! She'll "coo and goo" for several minutes, acting like she knows who I am. Does she care that I've just gotten in from work only a few hours before? Nope. She's still smiling.
I read an article this morning which said when a mother sees her baby smile, her brain produces dopamine, the same chemical rush that occurs when a person uses cocaine or heroine. And I believe it.
1 John 4:16-19 says, "And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God and God in Him. There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, becaue fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. We love because God first loved us."
Lilly Faith has an idea that I love her. I'm up with her in the early mornings, I feed her, change her and bathe her. Besides a few hours in the afternoon when I'm at work, I'm right there every time she wakes up. Lilly Faith can't say she isn't loved!
And God is like that with us. When we make Him proud, imagine Him getting all mushy inside. Imagine His heart just melting when we minister to someone else or when share the love of Christ with others. Yes, even though we don't always get it right, He is there with us every step of the way.
You can't say you aren't loved!
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
There were several people in the Bible whom God wanted to use, but they had a problem with their mouth that God had to correct. One of those people was Jeremiah. God called Jeremiah "a prophet to the nations" and Jeremiah started saying things that God had not told him to say. So God had to straighten out his mouth before God could use him.
In Jeremiah 1:4-10, he said "Then the word of the Lord came to me (Jeremiah) saying, 'Before I formed you in the womb I knew and approved of you and before you were born I separated and set you apart, consecrating you; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.' Then said I, Ah, Lord God! I cannot speak, for I am only a youth. But the Lord said to me, 'Say not, I am only a youth; for you shall go to all to whom I shall send you, and whatever I command you, you shall speak. Be not afraid of them, for I am with you to deliver you,' says the Lord. Then the Lord put forth His hand and touched my mouth. And the Lord said to me, 'Behold, I have put My words in your mouth. See, I have this day appointed you to the oversight of the nations and of the kingdoms to root out and pull down, to destroy annd to overthrow, to build and to plant.'"
When God calls us to do something, we should not say that we cannot do it. If God says we can, then we can! Many times we verbalize out of our own insecurities or what other people have said about us. Therefore, we need to say about ourselves what God says about us.
No one is ever used without preparation. That means that God must deal with us and that we must submit to His dealings.
God is fine-tuning us. A piano will play without being tuned. But in order for it to make the beautiful melody it was made to do, it must be tuned just right. In that same way, God has been working in our lives in general ways for years, but now its time for some precise final adjustments so that we can be used by Him.
Monday, July 7, 2008
There was another group of people who complained: the Israelites. When the Israelites went into the wilderness, one of the problems God had to repeatedly deal with them about was complaining. It was an 11 day journey from Egypt to the Promised Land, but after 40 years the Israelites were still wandering in the wilderness of death and destruction. Proverbs 21:23 says, "He who guards his mouth and his tongue keeps himself from troubles." Proverbs 13:3 says, "He who guards his mouth keeps his life, but he who opens wide his lips comes to ruin."
When Jesus went into the wilderness, He did so with a great attitude. Jesus continued to praise God no matter what, refusing to complain, and as a result God raised Him from death to new life. That should be a lesson to us. We should guard against the temptation to complain and grumble and instead purposely choose to give God praise and thanksgiving.
In reading the Israelites' story, I could see their mistakes and not make the same ones. They complained and faced death and destruction. We should heed their example and not follow their pattern. Praising and giving thanks will open the door to life.