Thursday, December 11, 2014

Be the ONE

For those that have been blogging for a while...have you ever wondered if anyone reads it?  Do you remember the first comment you received on a published post?  Well, after my second published post, I received one last night.  Thank you Robbie!   I even gained another follower! :)   A comment truly makes a difference!


I  was having  my quiet time, this morning, and a thought came to my mind "Be the One".  I thought about...during this time at Christmas...how we each could "Be the One" to simply share Jesus by merely saying "Merry Christmas".  A simple smile and a COMMENT could lift ones spirits dampened by financial woes, marital stresses, loved ones battling cancer, loss of a job and and many other things that takes the joy out of the holidays for so many.   A comment last night propelled me to write another post, so think what a comment would do for someone you meet at the Walmart checkout, a Santa line at the mall, a frazzled Mom with tired kids or other places along your daily journey?  What would a comment do for you at this very moment?




Can I just say how LONG it took for me to find a way to post the above picture? :)  I will spare all the issues with text boxes and microsoft word.  I had an amazing clip art background that I never could get to work that, when I originally saw it, caused me to look at the statement "Be The One" in a different light...reducing me to tears, but I could never get it to post.  I had to use word art and text boxes to drive my point across. 

When you look at the picture above...it's merely be the one; however, when you move the 1 to the end...it becomes BETHEL.  In the original Hebrew, Bethel means "house of God".....a place to encounter God.  WOW!  If we are to Be The One...we need to encounter Him!  In the busyness of the season are you spending any time with the Lord?  In II Kings 22:1-11 you will find that King Josiah wanted to rebuild the temple that was in ruins.  During the clean up the "word of God" was found by those repairing the temple.  Bottom line:  the word of God was lost in the house of God.  I truly believe that happens to a lot of us.  Since we are a temple of the Holy Spirit, there are times that we lose the word of God in the "house of God".  Does His word abide in you?  Experience Bethel....find Him in your moment right now....Be the One to someone else, but don't short change yourself....put the word of God into your very own Bethel! 

Blessings to you and yours,

Angie









































 


 



















































































































































































































































































































































































































 

 

Learning the ropes

I have so many amazing friends that blog.  One of those friends is nationally (and internationally) known (kellyskornerblog) and she has a HUGE following. She makes it look SO easy!  I have to admit....and I don't know why, but I find it so intimidating.  Ugh!  I am a grammar freak, and if I accidently posted something wrong...I would fret about it for days.  If one of my English teachers/professors were to read this blog, they would cringe over my use of dot, dot dots (...).  I am obsessed with them in lieu of commas all the time.  I guess it's the way I talk...the pause, the southern drawl...who knows...I'm doing it again.  Lord help me!  Please tell me that I am not the only one that suffers from internet/blog fright?   I would LOVE to hear from readers/bloggers with pointers to overcome this anxiety!  I want to be me...to be authentic...to use this blog to journal the amazing life I have with my people...to share my FAITH....and to throw some occasional humor periodically for kicks (those that know my extended family knows this isn't occasional) :) 

The original intention, for this blog, was to be an "annual Christmas newsletter" in lieu of a paper one that I have sent for YEARS (decades more like it).  We chose to send a Christmas postcard, last year, and post my blog url on the card, which in turns saves on paper (earth friendly)...and if someone wants to read my blog...they can (or they don't have to as well...throwing the honesty out there).  Truly trying to save the earth, and attempting to be more "digital". 

I was updating my Christmas blog, tonight, and saw a LOT of traffic views.  I knew I didn't send that many Christmas cards last year, so I found that traffic came from a friend's blog. She posts blogs that she follows on the sidebar of her page.  Wow!!!  Does this mean I have to update more?  Is this the push that is necessary for me to put pen to paper...or fingers to keyboard?  Yikes.....

I have seriously considered this for YEARS....so I am asking you to bear with me as I charter this unknown territory.  I welcome those that stop by this way to post comments, feedback, pointers and encouragement as I "attempt" to step out of my comfort zone.  

So....here this goes...I'm about to publish this post and see where it takes me.  In the meantime...I hope you are being INTENTIONAL about this Christmas season.  Focus on the reason, the hope, the purpose, the mystery and the GIFT of that virgin birth.  HE is the reason for the season!!

Blessings to you and yours,

Angie

Isaiah 9: 6-7

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.  Of the increase of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David's throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the LORD Almighty will accomplish this.


Monday, December 9, 2013

Merry Christmas from the Slones!

Merry Christmas!!

2013 is more of a "digital" age for the Slone's.  More for Angie, that is, since Greg is way more computer/tech savvy than his bride.  For over 16 years, Angie has made a newsletter each year that she sent out with Christmas cards to update friends and family near and far on the life and happenings of the Slone family.   Angie decided that it would be more productive, and more earth friendly, to send a regular postcard for Christmas and have a link to view a "blog" for a newsletter.  This way...if you want to get an update, you can...and if you are one that doesn't like reading them...well...you won't!  :)   We are thrilled you are reading this; hence, it shows that you are one that enjoys hearing from us.  Thank you!

As this blog is being typed, on a Monday, the kids have been out of school since the previous Thursday.  Almost a foot of snow, sleet and freezing rain has made the roads an icy mess.  It was great for a few days, but the snow days are cutting into summer plans!  

So far, 2013 has been a good year.  I'll try to update as much as I can, starting with Rylie:

The beginning of High School has brought a plethora of activities, including football games, dances, basketball games, choir concerts and MUCH more!  Everything was fine until we shopped for a Homecoming dress...it's real folks...just FOUR more years!! :(   It's hard to believe that Rylie is almost 15 (in May) and is in the NINTH grade!  She has been doing a wonderful job maintaining a 4.0 average.  She auditioned, last year, and made the Women's Advanced Choir in High School.  She had never been in any organized choir outside of church and made it.  She auditioned, recently, for All Region...and out of 180 Alto 1's that auditioned, she made SECOND chair.  She was ecstatic and we were so proud of our songbird!     She's still very active in her youth group at FBC-Bentonville and summers are literally a BLUR with all the camps, mission trips and bible studies they do during their summer break.  I can see why High School truly FLIES by!!  She is SO busy...ALL the time!  :(  I just want time to slow down a BIT....thankful for the snow days right now!

Baylie turned 11 in September and started a new school as well this year.  Baylie started middle school at Ruth Hale Barker Middle School and is in 5th grade.  She is having a good year so far and is making great grades, for which we are extremely thankful!  Baylie is our athletic child and she keeps us busy YEAR round with Spring and Fall softball and basketball.  Rather than playing with Upward Basketball, we had Baylie try out for a 6th grade team and she made it, so she is playing on a competitive league and is still working on getting more "aggressive" (something she had to curb with Upward!) :)   Baylie is also active with the children's activities at church like Rylie.  It's a task to stay on top of everything; however, church is like our second home and we wouldn't have it any other way.

Greg has entered his 11th year with Walmart and it's truly been a blessing.  He has done quite well with the company and we are blessed with God's favor and blessing upon him.  Greg assists with the coaches on Baylie's softball teams, so he really enjoys that.  He continues to play golf a LOT (leagues and tournaments), and he has joined the CrossFit craze.  So glad he has found things that will keep him active and will keep him healthy for a long time.

Angie is still at home attempting to keep the Slone household running smoothly.  She started working part-time at our church preschool to get out of the house a few days during the week.  Since it is tied to school hours, she is always off when the girls are off, so it hasn't ever interfered with the goal of being home with the kids and being active with their schools.  Between all these things, Angie is still directing children choir, singing in the church choir, playing handbells, co-directing VBS and  being  active with many ministries at FBC.  It's always been said Angie is a Martha...never a Mary! :)

We cannot forget our furry children: Chloe & Zoey (our miniature Schnauzers)...they add to the Slone's Adventures.

Lastly, we hope and pray as you read this that it has updated you in ways that sometimes we can't accomplish on our own.  We are grateful for each and every one of you and we know the Lord put you in our lives for a season...some long...some short.  Make no mistake...we are better because of you.  As you enter this Christmas season...please don't bog yourself down so much that you lose the HOPE of the season....the PURPOSE of the holiday: JESUS!  May He be your peace, may He be your joy and may He be your everything!! 

With all our love -
The Slone's