Friday, August 28, 2009

Have You Ever Seen Such A Thing?!?

Yesterday, while at therapy, the therapist put the above contraption on my foot/ankle while she had the brace off. The texture is much like a fabric band-aid. The large portion was placed on my leg and the "arms" stretched down my leg to my foot. Supposedly, this is to reduce swelling. Huh? This combined with the brace makes for some funny stares and comments. Oh, well! Whatever it takes to get this foot/ankle well. Only in the life of Jana! I live drama-to-drama.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Words From A Friend

by Mark Condon

Around the country I am often approached by people in my conferences and seminars who have a desire to move their ministry, music or life in a forward motion. I want to help you today do that very thing with this one idea! This morning I was in the airport and I needed to get to the other side of the airport in a hurry. So, I took advantage of the people mover (it is like a flat escalator) and was walking at a normal speed when I quickly passed up some people who were expending the exact amount of energy as I was but they were not going anywhere near the speed that I was going. You see, they were walking on the floor next to the people mover. They were so close to success but yet so far! I am not sure why anyone would take the regular floor route when you could get there twice as fast with the same amount of energy. The thought quickly came to mind that this is how life is for so many people. Some people seem to be doing the same thing as you are but for some reason they are getting to their destiny quicker than you are. I want to give you a "people mover" idea that will allow you to move your ministry and life in a forward direction quicker than 90% of everyone you know! This may sound elementary but it really is the base for which EVERYTHING needs to be channeled through. Excellence! Yes, I am asking you to be a person of excellence and a person of character. This may seem common but I really feel that it is something that many of us do not apply often enough on a consistent basis. Diligence is where it is at!!! Hint: DEVOUR Proverbs. I am referring to all of the small things like:

1. Picking up papers that are laying on the floor that you maybe didn't put there. How about when you go into a grocery store and pick up an item but later realize that you do not need it so you just put it down anywhere instead of putting it back where it belongs. How about making your bed every morning or cleaning up the kitchen after you use it. How about making sure your paper towel actually goes into the wastebasket in public restrooms. Do the things that most people will not do and you will quickly find yourself receiving the things and opportunities that most people do not receive.

2. Keeping very good care of what you have. For example: cars, house, apartment, closets, garage, and bills. How do we ever expect God to give us more when we do not adequately honor and respect what He has already given to us. How often do we try to get a little more out of someone, store or friend because we are just downright cheap. What would happen if we would go overboard and bless someone or some business. How often do we go off on some fast food attendant because they made a mistake or are slow? Why not be an example of excellence and go overboard with kindness. How about being cheap on tipping? How about being honest on copyright, discounts or things that you just may get away with but yet you know it is not right?

3. How about paying your bills on time and not spending more than you know is right for your family budget. How about being early and stop coming in at the last minute or worse, arriving late! I really think that 90% or more of people do just what it takes to get by and that is why the majority of people live a very average life. The people who go overboard are the ones who get to enjoy the true blessings and the finer things of God! I really want to encourage you to step onto the "People Mover" of God's plan and position yourself to move faster than ever. Pay attention to the details and always say it is unto God that I do this. Do what almost no one else will do. Step out and enjoy the kind of life that is so rewarding!

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Hmmm, Hmmmm, Hmmmm.....

Had a song going through my head...

...You can't knock me down,
when I'm already on my knees...

Monday, August 17, 2009

Walk In Truth

Ten Commandments or Ten Suggestions?
Convictions or Preferences?
Morality or Immorality?
Truth or Lies?
Honesty or Deceit?
Buy the truth, and sell it not;
also wisdom, and instruction, and understanding.
- Proverbs 23:23 KJV
Direct my footsteps according to your word;
let no sin rule over me.
Psalm 119:133 NIV

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Courage and Critics

Whatever you do, you need courage.
Whatever course you decide upon,
there is always someone to tell you you are wrong.
There are always difficulties arising
which tempt you to believe that your critics are right.
To map out a course of action and follow it to the end,
requires some of the same courage which a soldier needs.
Peace has its victories,
but it takes brave men to win them.
- Emerson
Have enough courage to live above your critics.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Trials Only Make Us Stronger

The gem cannot be polished without friction,
nor man perfected without trials.
- Chinese proverb

Sunday, August 9, 2009

More Camp Pics

My favorite redhead - Bryn-Anika
Another darling redhead - Chloe Tredway riding with her daddy on his golf cart
Jr. Campers playing ball
There were jean skirts, and more jean skirts and more jean skirts
One of the exhibits was this tantalizing bakery.
This booth specialized in girls clothing and accessories.
While on exhibit, they custom wrapped this van with extreme graphics. Quite an interesting way to "paint" your vehicle.
Brian Kinsey speaking at an evening service
Although half of W.A.Y. Choir was in Nashville at Youth Congress, the remaining members brought the house down Thursday evening.
Apostolic Tabernacle of Merced - Need I say more??? There's nobody like 'em. They tore the roof off!!!
Part of the crowd. (The blue carpet is the middle aisle so this pic represents about half the crowd.)

Now that the Western District has now become two separate districts (SoCal and Western), we felt as if we were starting over and not sure what to expect. Our expectations were exceeded! The Camp Meeting had an outstanding attendance and was able to function "in the black" with monies already in reserve for next year. Gaylen Cantrell was the Camp Meeting director and Brian was his adminstrator. They are overjoyed with the success of this Camp Meeting. This year's exhibit hall featured a great variety of products. Pentecostal Publishing House of St. Louis, Missouri set up a large book store, there were several booths of ladies clothing, purses, shoes, tapestry wall hangings, various artists with their CD's, a bakery, and a booth that had fried pies, homemade ice cream, cookies, etc. I suggested they make half the exhibit hall into a food court next year. The daily Bible teacher was Dr. James Hughes and the evening speaker was Rev. Brian Kinsey. What an incredible team!!! The CD's can be ordered through Putting whip cream and a cherry on this camp was the gorgeous weather. I love camp time.

Saturday, August 8, 2009


Dost thou love life?
Then do not squander time,
for that's the stuff life is made of.
- Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)
Ever wish there was a way to buy more time or slow it down?

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Motorhomes, Tents and Trailers

Pictured above is our rig and Bryce's tent. Bryce has a queen size air mattress with a mummy sleeping bag and he loves it. He told us he stays warm in the bag but loves having a cold face and breathing the cool air. As for me, I like being inside. Camping is part of the fun at Camp Meeting.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Shopping at Walgreens

I had to make a quick trip to Walgreens for some hydrogen peroxide to clean Bryn's scraped knee and came across these silly hats. Of course, Bryce and Brian struck poses for me. LOL

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Honda? Toyota? I'm Confused!

While driving to the famous Splash Cafe in Pismo Beach, we came upon this truck. What??? It is a Toyota truck that is an apparent company vehicle for Honda. Does Honda not trust their own truck?