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Thursday, January 28, 2010

A Lot Going On

OK, first today is my birthday. I have already gotten several birthday greetings from my family, friends, and business I do business with. I am glad so many remembered.

Tomorrow, I will be leaving the place that I have called home for the last four years. My landlords are going to do some well needed remodeling. I have not found a place to settle yet. A friend from my church is suppose to call me and talk about sharing a place with him. I hope to find a little cottage near town to stay in until we can get everything setup. The only draw back I will not have Internet access at home, so my number of post to this Blog will be limited for the time being. I will post when I can using my friends' computers and Jo Anne will continue to post. I hope this period of time will be short.

I am continuing my search for a job. In February, I will be checking into programs to help me find a job or get my own business started. This is the slow time of year for work where I live. I have not received any call of job offers. I plan on making some business cards advertising my service that I offer. Services I offer are helping people move furniture, teach basic computer skills to adults, and a couple other things.

Things have been tough for me lately, but I continue to trust God to provide as he always have for my needs. Of late the old saying that goes "It is darkest before the dawn" has been running through my head.
And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. ~ Philippians 4:19 (ESV)

And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work. ~ 2 Corinthians 9:8 (ESV)

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Michelin On Main

On Friday, my mom and I went down to Greenville, South Carolina. We visited with my sister Mary who lives in Greenville. After spending time with Mary and my nephews and niece, we went to Michelin On Main.

Michelin in at the intersection of Main Street and Camperdown Way in Greenville. In the store you can buy merchandise with the Michelin man and logo on them and also learn about the company's history. Also, the local television station, WSPA Channel 7 films two daily shows there during the week. Your Carolina with Jack and Kimberly and Scene on 7 filmed in the morning at Michelin On Main. Michelin On Main is one of many attraction in downtown Greenville and will worth a visit.

Photo Of The Week: Rayna Enjoying The Bed

Rayna enjoys visiting my mom's house since she gets to come inside the house. Her favorite thing to do at mom's house is to lay on my mom's bed. She looked so cute laying of the bed I had to take a picture to share with you.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Maximizing God’s Given Talents

”Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.” 1 Peter 4:10

“Maximizing God’s given talent” is our theme last Sunday on our church 93rd year anniversary. Maximize means giving the highest level or to the fullest. Everyone has received different gifts from God, the Bible says at Romans 12:6-8 “We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man’s gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith. If it is serving, let him serve; if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leading, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully.”

On one chapter of the book The Purpose Driven Life, it is said each of us was uniquely designed, or “shaped”, to do certain things. God formed every creature with a special area of expertise and each of us has a particular role to play, based on the way we were shaped by God. He planned exactly how he wanted us to serve Him, and He shaped us for those tasks. God made us by His purpose and for His purpose. Let us admit that sometimes we fail to use our gifts for His glory because we didn’t surrender and submit our lives to Him. God deserves the best. He doesn't want us to worry but instead he wants us to focus on the talents/ministry He has given us to use. The best use of our life is to serve God out of our shape and develop it to its fullest potential.

I thank God for the gifts I had and I want to used it for His glory. It is a great blessing for me that I can use my profession in the ministry that God wants me to do. I long on the day that Daniel and I will serve the Lord together through the ministry He will entrust us.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Jump Off Rock

Yesterday, I took a trip up to Jump Off Rock in Laurel Park, North Carolina. Take ten minute drive on Laurel Park Highway out of Hendersonville. From Jump Off Rock, you can enjoy great view of the mountains and surrounding area. You can see Asheville, Biltmore Estate, and the Blue Ridge Parkway. You also have a choice of walking three hiking trails which I did not walk yesterday due to the snow and ice left on the ground.

Photo Of The Week: Lake Osceola

Lake Osceola is one of my favorite places to go walking. This is a picture of the bridge over the spillway. You can see the lake froze over due to the cold temperatures over the past couple weeks.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Haiti Earthquake

My thoughts and prayers have been with the people of Haiti since I first heard about the earthquake. Many member of my church have been on mission trips to Haiti. Mr Revis a missionary form my church was in Port au Prince at the time of the quake. He saw a five story building collapsed in front of him. Thousands are feared dead including the Roman Catholic archbishop for Haiti.

Several organizations are already helping in Haiti and organizing relief for the people of Haiti. Here is a list of organizations with information on how you can help.

Compassion - Disaster Relief Fund
International Mission Board - Helping Haiti
Samaritan's Purse

Many people are given money, material things and even going to Haiti to help. Please pray for the people in Haiti.

Saturday, January 09, 2010

Photo Of The Week: Road Less Taken

It has been three weeks now since the snow and the driveway is still covered with snow and ice. The temperatures are suppose to get warmer in a couple days. I hope it gets warm enough to melt the remaining snow and ice. At least, I am able to get up and down the driveway.

Friday, January 08, 2010

Planning Future Day Trips

For those of you who have been following this Blog for awhile, you know I like to take day trips. Yesterday, I went to the Visitor Center in Hendersonville, North Carolina to get some ideas for upcoming trips. I picked up several pamphlets for different places of interest that I am looking forward to sharing here on Mountain Highs and Valley Lows. I have a list of museums, wineries, and other sight-seeing spots that I want to check out this year.

When my mom and I were visiting my aunt on Monday, my aunt talked about coming down to see her in the spring and summer. While we are visiting her, we will visit some on the places around Marion, North Carolina. And of course, I hope to go back to the Philippines this year to bring Jo Anne back to the United States when her Visa is approved.

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Oh Baby, It Is Cold Outside!

For the past week, it has not been above freezing here in Western North Carolina. This is the longest cold snap in over twenty years. I have been staying inside where is been warm as much as we can. The wind chili has been below zero degree Fahrenheit (minus eighteen degree Celsius). The wind is what makes it bad since it makes it feel colder plus the wind cut through some of the layers of clothing. While the good news is in a couple days the weather service is calling for it to warm up.

Winter is my favorite season but this cold is a little to cold for me. I love the snow but the little snow that is left is hard a rock now. The water at my house has froze. But the good things about the cold weather and the problems that come with it is you see the blessings that God has provided. I have been taking my showers at my mom's house. I think mom enjoys having me around.

I am starting to long to head to the Philippines to spend sometime with Jo Anne. It is some warm there. The cold weather will most likely be the biggest adjustment she will have to make when she gets here. I will make sure sure she has plenty of warm clothes to wear and a warm home to come home too.

I hoping when the weather warms up a little bit to go out and do some exploring around the area. I trying to think of some places to share about here on Mountain Highs and Valley Lows! I hope you all keep warm out there.

Sunday, January 03, 2010

A Blessed Sunday

Today is the first Sunday for this year 2010. I went to church with full excitement after I missed all the activities last Christmas and New Year. I had two weeks vacation at work to enjoy the holiday season but I got sick and was advised to take a bed rest. I thank God that I am healed now from Parotitis and my face is not swollen anymore. After two weeks of spending time at home, I got a chance to go out today to attend the Sunday Worship service. I am so blessed on the message delivered by our Pastor with the theme of “New Commitment for the Year 2010”. He got the passage on Philippians 3:12-14 (Pressing on Toward the Goal).

"Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus."

I want to share the three important things he pointed out on his message.
> Commit yourself to forget your failures
> Commit yourself to give up our grudges (Colossians 3:13)
> Commit yourself to restore your relationship

In order for us to move forward, we need to forget our failures. God’s word says we must not allow ourselves to be bogged by our past. We should give up also our grudges because it is an unforgiving spirit that leads to unforgiving actions. It is dangerous because they are destructive. One quotation said, "Unforgiving servants always end up in prison" (prison of anger, prison of guilt, prison of depression). To restore our relationship we must allow the word of God to shape our thinking, attitude and value. As we start year 2010, let us replace all our worries with faith and live with full determination so we can press on toward the goal.

"Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:6-7

Saturday, January 02, 2010

Goals for 2010

With the beginning of the year, it is time to set some goals for 2010. I had two goals for 2009. The first was to pay off my car, which I did get paid off in December. The second goal was to finish reading the whole Bible by the end of 2009. I did not finish reading it. I even lose my check list.

My first goal for 2010, is to found a job or jobs that will pay enough money to start working on getting Jo Anne's Visa. It want a job that I will enjoy doing and feel like I am helping people. I would like a job that I can stay at for several years.

My second goal for 2010, is to save enough money for three to six months in my emergency fund. This will be to help Jo Anne and I get off to a good start in our life together. It will also make it easier for me to get the rest of my debt paid off.

My third goal is to start my own business. I have always wanted to have my own business. I plan to use my business to start my ministry that I have talk about on this Blog before to help people get out of poverty.

I will work harder on achieving these goals then I did for my goals for 2009. I will post about my process here on Mountain Highs and Valley Lows.

Photo Of The Week: Snow Still Here!

I has been two week since the snow storm that left eight to twelve inches of snow in Western North Carolina. This is the longest I see snow stay on the ground here. Of course this storm hit early for a snow storm of its size. Normally, big snow storm come in March in Western North Carolina.