Friday, February 13, 2009

A Bitter Sweet Valentine Day

This holiday season is bitter sweet for the family and friends of Tammy Watkins. Bitter in the heartbreak felt of her not being here with us, but sweet in the great memories she left with us.

Please visit Christina's blog for her memorial to Tammy.

I would like to tell you of the Tammy I knew. I was privileged to work with Tammy at the hospital the first 2 years of my nursing career. She was the most awesome nurse ever! Tammy was the kind of nurse you were always glad to have around. Her intelligence and kind heart gave her the qualities to provide the most excellent care to her patients.
The doctors loved her, too. They always knew their patients were in the best of hands when Tammy was their nurse. In the world of Labor and Delivery, the nurse spends so much more time with the patient during their birth process than the doctor. Sometimes the doc doesn't make it in time and the nurse delivers. This happened to Tammy many times in her career!! She was indeed the best!!!

Later it became apparent to me that Tammy's son Adam would someday be my son-in-law. I often thought about how fun it would be to someday share grandchildren. Although it is sad to know that our grandchildren will not know her in this life, I will make sure they know all the memories I have of her.

Leigh Anne

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Proud to be an ALIEN!!!!

I was at home for several years when my girls were younger. During this time I became very involved in church and spent more time in Bible study than I had previously. Once I returned to work outside the home I was in shock. I learned quickly what it was to be an "alien" in this world.

One day at work years ago, a man's comment about God literally made me sick at my stomach and brought me to cry right in front of him. I will never forget it as long as I live. I have to this day never experienced anything like it. I really felt like I was looking Satan in the face that day. I know these may seem like harsh words but it felt that bad.

Most of the time what we deal with in our everyday world is not as drastic as this experience. But we do have to love others and often hold our tongues to keep from being a bad witness. The pagans in our world are looking for us to slip up, mess up, or just completely fall.

I am so thankful for the Christian co-workers God has blessed me with over the years. How hard it would be to work each day without their support. Most of all I am thankful that at anytime I can approach the throne of my Lord and ask for his strength and grace.

Dear friends, I urge you, as aliens and strangers in the world, to abstain from sinful desires, which war against your soul. Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us. 1 Peter 2: 11-12

(Oh my goodness, just as I am writing I can hear my Manager and Sales Agent talking about scripture and the blessings of God. Praise the Lord for righteous conversation!)

Leigh Anne

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Be Holy

Sunday morning my pastor ask for the lights to be turned off and the spotlight to be placed on him. This was a great visual as to how it will be when we stand before God. As he stated, there would be no one to hide behind. Comparing ourselves to others won't be an option. It will be totally about Me, You, etc... Each individual will be alone in the spotlight!

First Peter 1: 13-25 instructs us to live holy lives. For it is written: " Be holy, because I am holy." 1 Peter 1:16

Living holy lives calls us to really examine ourselves. "Ouch"!! Verse 13 instructs us to be self-controlled. "BIGGER OUCH" !!! This is really where I struggle. Whether it's food, time, TV (anything fun) I really have a hard time controlling myself. Although my uncontrolled problems aren't "evil " they can interfere with my daily living and filter into other areas. God doesn't expect me to never have fun , but he does desire a deeper relationship with me and I believe being more self- controlled would bring me closer.

I desire more than anything to become closer to the Lord everyday. I am thankful that this is not a game of solitaire, but a team effort as I know God desires the same and will be with me throughout the journey.

Therefore, prepare your minds for action; be self-controlled; set your hope fully on the grace to be given you when Jesus Christ is revealed. 1 Peter 1: 13

Leigh Anne

Monday, February 9, 2009


Sunday morning my pastor preached from 2nd Peter. At that time I realized from the clean pressed pages and lack of notes that I had not spent much time with Peter. So now I feel compelled to read and learn from the words God spoke through him.

This morning I spent time in 1 Peter chapter 1, focusing on verses 3-12.

My NIV subtitles this section "Praise to God for a Living Hope"

Peter is writing to believers who were scattered throughout the regions of Asia Minor (now Turkey). He was encouraging them through the trials and sufferings they encounterd for being Christians and reminding them of the great hope they have through knowing Christ.

Just like us, these Christians had not seen Christ, but knew Him through faith and experienced the joy that comes from knowing Him.

We may not be persecuted today in the way our Christian brothers of that time were, but we do face many trials in our lives. We never really understand why we have to suffer the things we do, but most can look back and see how during the trial we were refined and brought to a new place in our relationship with Christ.

"In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that your faith - of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire- may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed."
1 Peter 1:6-7

It is my prayer that nothing said on this blog will ever in any way discourage or hinder the cause of Christ. It is my desire that through writing this blog I will become closer and obtain a deeper relationship with Christ and maybe write something that will encourage someone else.


Leigh Anne

( Excuse me ahead of time if I type " Christina" instead of "Christian". It is very hard for me to put that " a" before the "n"and not after. LOL LOL )