Monday, September 20, 2010

My Love/Hate with Apple right now!

I love gadgets. The newest latest phones, cameras, laptops, etc. thrill me. I love reading about them and offering my opinions to those that are asking.

My latest love is the new Apple iPod Touch. 
My first iPod was a mini (first generation), it was pink and so cute. It lasted me 3 years before the battery lost it's ability to hold a charge. So for my birthday I received the first generation iPod Nano. So cute. Then of all things, Apple comes out with the Touch! Ughghgh I was dying from the envy of it.  Then my mom (who is slightly technologically challenged) received one for Christmas. When she saw all the things it could do it overwhelmed her and she offered to trade me!  Who was I to refuse that offer?

The following Mother's Day I had a new stereo installed that came equipped to play my iPod without an FM transmitter and 1 year later my first generation iPod Touch DIED!!

I think I may have cried over my loss.

I finally was able to replace my iPod touch with the generation 4. It's amazing. It has a camera and HD video capabilities! I immediately get home and plug it into my trusty iBook G4 (yes it's old, but it has been faithful and I hope to replace it for Christmas). Buzz...iTunes bounces open....Beep....error...WHAT?!?!?!  I have to have Mac OS X 10.5 or newer.  Sadly, my iBook is incapable of upgrading.

Why didn't anyone tell me about this? Why didn't I think of asking? Ugghghgh!

Did I give up? No Way!! I used family members' computers. While I don't have my own music choices, I have some great Elvis Live songs and Celine Dion classics. It'll'll do...FOR NOW.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Book Review: Out Live Your Life by Max Lucado

This book was written to challenge us as Christians to take on the message of the Gospel to a new level. A level outside ourselves and into the world in which we live.  Lucado poses the question to the reader, "Might it happen again?" in reference to the common people of Jesus' day, who changed the world around them.

How I loved this challenge. We all think we are doing our job by going to church, paying our tithes and listening to Christian music. But how is that affecting our world or even our circle. John the Baptist wasn't afraid to speak up to the people who were doing those things but little else in their hearts. Why should we be afraid?

There are billions living in poverty while our children whine over the latest craze.  We feel like we don't have enough to help, aren't smart enough to tell someone about theology. In his book, Lucado reminds us not to forget the basics. If we love, we can help. People will be open to the truths of the Gospel if we love them first. Jesus used the simplest of men just as He's called us for the same. 

The discussion and action section at the end of the book that correlates with each chapter is a HUGE springboard to any person or group that's ready to "Out Live" their lives!

Monday, September 6, 2010

Eyes have been Opened

I love how God confirms things.
This won't take long, but I must share...
We live in a two BR home with one bathroom and 6 people. It hasn't always been this way. We moved here after selling our 3br/2bth rather quickly. A temporary move but a significant one.
I love having company. Making dinner or coffee and dessert and sharing it with others. For some reason I didn't do it often. Whether lack of confidence in my cooking or lack of space to "entertain."
Now that we live in our humble home, even less do I feel at ease to invite anyone in.

A friend called and asked to spend the night. I laughed and asked, "you know where I live, right?" She laughed and said. "yes."
Who was I to say no. She just need a place to "crash" for the night. She didn't care if my four children shared a room or that the conversation in the kitchen could be clearly heard in the bathroom. She didn't care that the shower turned cold when I washed my hands from the kitchen faucet. She just wanted somewhere safe and comfortable to rest, visit.

What resulted was a lot of laughter and fun for everyone!

Then I read Max Lucado's "Outlive Your Life" His chapter on being called to hospitality struck a chord.
I can't put it into words, that's Mr. Lucado's job. Just go buy the book and see if your eyes will be opened as well.
Oh by the way...Happy Labor Day.

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