"Oh come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker! For HE is our GOD, and we are ... the sheep of HIS hand." Psalm 95:6-7
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Sunday, November 15, 2009
All of mankind is engaged in worship...of one kind or another. The question is not whether we worship, but what we worship. Some of us choose to worship God. The result is a plentiful harvest of joy, peace, and abundance. Others distance themselves from God by foolishly worshiping things of this earth such as fame, fortune, or personal gratification. To do so is a terrible mistake with eternal consequences.
Whenever we place our love for material possessions above our love for God - or when we yield to the countless temptations of the world - we find ourselves engaged in a struggle between good and evil, a clash between God and Satan. Our responses to these struggles have implications that echo throughout our families and throughout our communities.
How can we ensure that we cast our lot with God? We do so, in part, by the practice of regular worship in the company of fellow believers. When we worship God faithfully and fervently, we are blessed. When we fail to worship God, for whatever
reason, we forfeit the spiritual gifts that He intends for us. Every day provides opportunities to put God where He belongs: at the center of our lives. When we do so, we worship not just with our words, but with deeds, and that's as it should be. For believers, God come first. ALWAYS FIRST!
If you will not worship God seven days a week, you do not worship Him on one day a week.
In the sanctuary, we discover beauty: the beauty of His presence.
Don't ever come to church without coming as though it were the first time, as though it could be the best time, and as though it might be the last time.
I have often prayed this prayer before:
Heavenly Father, this world can be a place of distractions and temptations. But when I worship You, Lord, You direct my path and You cleanse my heart. Let today and every day be a time of worship and praise. Let me worship You in everything that I think and do. Thank You, Lord for the priceless gift of Your Son Jesus. Let me be worthy of that gift, and let me give You the praise and the glory forever. AMEN
"But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you." Matthew 6:33
Posted by Jill McCormick at 4:48 AM
Thursday, November 12, 2009
From the time we are children, we are taught that honesty is the best policy, but sometimes it is so hard to be honest and so easy to be less than honest. So, we convince ourselves that it's okay to tell "little white lies". But there's a problem: Little white lies tend to grow up, and when they do, they cause havoc and pain in our lives.
For Christian believers, the issue of honesty is not a topic for debate. Honesty is not just the best policy, it is God's policy, pure and simple. If we are to be servants worthy of our Savior, Jesus Christ, we avoid all lies, white or otherwise.
Sometime soon, perhaps even today, you will be tempted to sow the seeds of deception, perhaps in the form of a "harmless" white lie. Resist that temptation. Truth is God's way, and a lie -of whatever color- is not.
...and ye shall know the truth,
and the truth shall make you free. John 8:32
Lord, truth is Your commandment. You instruct me to seek truth and to live righteously. Help me, Lord, always to live according to Your commandments. Sometimes, Lord, speaking the truth can be difficult indeed, but let me speak forthrightly. And let me walk righteously and courageously so that others might see Your Grace reflected in my words and my deeds. AMEN
"The man of integrity walks securely, but he who takes crooked paths will be found out." Proverbs 10:9
Posted by Jill McCormick at 5:06 PM
Sunday, August 9, 2009
Noah William McCormick July '05
(Just came home from the hospital, photo by Beth Larkin)
On July 18, 2005, God sent into the McCormick family a precious gift. That gift was a little baby boy named NOAH WILLIAM McCORMICK. He was a gift we thought we would never be graced with, but GOD knows best! After 10 years of praying and giving it all to the Lord, HE saw fit to send us NOAH! Thank you GOD....
The name Noah means peaceful, "long-lived", and comforter, this little boy is all those things. He is one of the most peaceful children you will ever meet. He loves to be a peacemaker and not a fighter. He is peaceful when he plays by his self or with other children. Comforter is what he has been to us! Dunc and I sometimes think we are not going to make it being the ages we are with a 4 year old, but in a funny way Noah always mangers to comforted us in what ever the situation is! He has been a real JOY to this family! We know because of HIS strength, he will be able to accomplish what ever road God chooses for him. That is where the "long-lived" meaning of his name comes in place.
With all this being said, our baby boy is starting school (Pre K 4) tomorrow and it is just hard to believe! It seems like the first Sunday afternoon we had him home and Aunt Beth was playing with him and trying to get him fixed just right for his picture, so she could run and get birth annoucement made for me. It seems like yesterday I was rocking him to sleep and giving him a bottle!
Now please don't misunderstand me, I am excited about him going to school. He is very independent! He is going to do fine, but he look up at me while I was giving him his bath a while ago and said "Mommy, I am nervous about going to school tomorrow!" And I am having a really hard time with it! Just knowing I can't be there to follow him around and HELP him when he needs me!
Before he was born Aunt Beth spent a day in his nursery painting my favorite verse for a child on the wall and right now that is what gives me comforted:
"Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it." Proverbs 22:6
Noah William McCormick June "09
(4 yrs. old t-ball, photo by Cowart Photography & Simply)
Posted by Jill McCormick at 3:46 PM
Sunday, July 19, 2009
Okay, hang on my mind is going in nine hundred directions and I just need to vent! You ever had a really GOOD day and the ole devil just did not like it! Well, maybe this is what this is, who knows!
Great weekend, my baby boy turned 4 years old on Saturday. My baby girl came home from being gone to M fuge youth camp all week! Noah had a happy birthday, Anna had a blessed youth trip, great worship service at church this morning, as for me and Dunc life is good, so all is well! Hmm?
Next week is going to be crazy! VBS at FBC of Bude every night, Baby sitting for Anna all week on top of Monday thru Friday Soccer practices and her trying to work at VBS. As for me and Dunc work and long nights of VBS and making sure Anna gets to where she needs to be! Whew.. My Daddy is having back surgery on Wednesday morning, my Mother is trying to take care of him and my baby boy! Oh, did I mention she thinks she is trying to get a Kidney stone? I can't go to be with Mother during Daddy surgery because Noah William has his 4 year old check up with Dr. Chris Charles Wednesday so that he can finish up on his school shots. Never fear my wonderful husband is going to be with Mother while Daddy is in surgery. Life is moving so FAST! No time for rest, No time for nothing but being in and out a car going, going and going!
Life is a crazy ROAD! I try really hard to put GOD in the driver seat, but the devil sure likes to hitch a ride.
Do we truly have TRUE friends? People are always out for their self! They don't really care about you and what is going on in your life!! It is about what they can do to make their self look good. Have you ever seen a person that calls himself (herself) a friend, a son (daughter), someone you can talk too and all along that person is just befriending you to get information,to make fun of you or just to say look what I have done for them or I know more then you do about their situation! Come on people let's get REAL! I am sick to my stomach to have to come in contact with people like this everyday of my life!
Have you ever really heard GOD calling you to do something and couldn't? COULDN'T because there are those people out there that are dragging you and your word down to better them selves! Why does life have to be this way? I pray for my self daily not to be one of those people and sometime because of life I don't like what I see!
I love the LORD! I am a Christian! I love people! I want to be TRUE! I want to be a good friend, Mother, daughter, sister! I don't want to be a FAKE! Please join me .....
Posted by Jill McCormick at 7:57 PM
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Wow! Where has summer gone...
It has been busy this summer. It is hard to believe it is almost over. I have not had much time on the computer this summer, we have been very busy! Soccer camps, soccer practices, vacation to the mountains, M fuge, 4th of July, t-ball, I could go on and on, but I think you moms know what I mean!
Today I spent the day with my baby boy SCHOOL SHOPPING! That is so hard to believe! We did hit the JACKPOT in Jackson and now I can say I am finished with not only clothes, but school supplies for Noah! We did all this while "Sissy" (Anna) was at youth camp. When she gets home I will have to take her shopping.
This picture at the top of the page is of my favorite three! We traveled to the mountains this summer and had a blast! Anna Marie, Noah William and my third child Emily on the way up the Mountian to Cherokee, NC. We all had a blast and it was a cool vacation.
Posted by Jill McCormick at 9:10 PM
Thursday, April 30, 2009
Noah William's first T-ball game April 25, 2009 (3 yrs. and 9 mths.), He is playing for LARKIN VET CLINIC
Noah #23 first time to ball! (GO, NOAH!)
He makes it to 1st base! Yay! Ms. Vicki is there to get him to 2nd base...
Ms. Vicki gets him to 2nd base and Sissy (Anna) is there waiting to get him to 3rd base! (YOU CAN DO IT! GO NOAH!)
He makes it HOME! (but he doesn't know the run don't count) That is okay! WAY TO GO NOAH!
Saturday, April 25th was Noah Williams' 1st T-ball game! He had a ball! We were very proud of him. He had no ideal what he was getting into or what a baseball field was, but he sure did a great job! HE loves it! That is all he has talked about this week. "When is the next game, Mom?" He is one of the youngest ones on the team, but I think he is going to be really good a baseball! (I am his Mom, though!) lol Thanks to Dr. Pat Larkin for being the team sponsor. They are all having a great time!
Posted by Jill McCormick at 10:41 AM