Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Waiting For New Camera!

Hi Everyone,
I did not forget about my blog and about all of you! That's not the case but what is true is that Bobby bought his first house so he and Hannah have been moving, putting things away, and working on the yard. With their full-time ministry that leaves little time for video taping ME!! Meanwhile I went online and ordered a "Minnow" which is a very basic, and very small, high definition video camera. I am hoping to receive it today and when I do I will set it up and do my own video. I won't know how to do the back round music or any edits so you will have to grow through this next stage of blogging with me.
I do have two great things to report. First of all, Robert begins taping his new program, "Everyday Life" next Monday. We are all looking forward to an air date in the next couple of months. American Life Television ( continues to expand it's coverage nationwide so hopefully most of you will be able to watch the program. If not, go online or write your provider and request it in your area. Very soon a very sophisticated partner internet site will launch so no worries, you will be able to pick it up there as well. The second exciting thing is this: Robert's 15th book, "Leaning Into God When Life Is Pushing You Away" will be out in bookstores in November. You can go online now and pre-order it at a discounted rate. Go to and write "Leaning Into God" in the search window.
During my morning devotions I was reading E.Stanley Jones, "Growing Spirtitually." The lesson today was on Self-Control in speech. Refering to the book of James, Chapter 3, Dr. Jones shared the importance of controlling the tongue and the words that come out of our mouths. At the center of the lesson he highlighted these three things: impulse, consideration, and speech. Too many of us jump from impulse to speech and forget the consideration part. I know I have been guilty of this many times! Before you send that letter or email, sleep on it and think about the words you have written. Does it serve your motivation to create a constructive outcome? Does it encourage with honesty and directness but also patience and love? I want to leave you with this word from James verse 5: "...the tongue is a small part of the body but it makes great boasts." 6b: "it (can) corrupt the whole person, set the whole course of his (or her) life on fire." 9:
My prayer for you today is that you would use your words to encourage, motivate and praise. God is blessing you.


  1. Hi: Donna: I am very excited about reading Roberts new book. I will have to wait till it is in the book stores. You are so right about what a persons says or how they say. One of my friends prides herself in saying . I tell it as it is. That is fine maybe but you should consider how you say it. Each morning my son & I read this prayer.
    Let's echo the prayer.
    Take my lips and let them be filled with messeages for thee.
    Lord,set a guard upon my lips,
    My tougue control today,
    Help me evaluate each thought
    And watch each word I say.
    From Proverbs 13:3
    He who guards his mouth preserves his life, but he who opens wide his lips shall have destruction.
    Proverbs 21:23
    Whoever guards his mouth and tongue keeps his soul from troubles.
    Very wise words but sometime hard to follow but I try very hard that is why I read it every day at the start of the day. Thank-you so much for your wise words Donna.
    God Bless You And Your Family.

  2. You are welcome! Thank you for adding to what I said. Great advice is found in the Bible!
    BTW I got my new camera in the mail today and it is so cool! It is called a Flip Video and it is really easy to use. I am waiting for my tripod or for someone to get home so they can tape me then I need to learn how to upload and then post to my blog. I hope that's as simple as the camera so far.
    God is blessing you, Donna

  3. Hi Donna, Thank you for that message. Sometimes when I think I am being taken advantage of my mouth gets the best of me and what comes out I don't like and then it bothers me for a couple of days. From now on I will think of what you said as I am sure it will be best for me and whoever is on the receiving end which is usually my husband.

    Can't wait for Robert's new book.

  4. Wow, I am so "out of the lingo"! I thought BTW was just the Dutch version of VAT(Value Added Tax) but yes "By the way" makes sense. I guess as I knew "BTW" is the Dutch tax it got in the way of the obvious! In fact BTW has a lot of definitions and I only knew by googling BTW and then Wikipedia which gave me the definitions!

    So, your lesson is hitting home as I read your blog response with "cool...Flip Video...upload to post and BTW"! Dummy here needs to get my children to give me a course in new linguistic abbreviations! But, I do know Exxon derived its name from a search for a name that could not be another word in any known language! And Coca-Cola can be read on a bill-board in any language by everyone as we do not read the word but the unique style, the wavey line and the "dot"....more importantly,

    Cysradill, how wonderful that you read those verses each day with your son! And I too am excited to read RAS' new book. I ordered or pre-ordered from guess all the Amazon stores worldwide have it for pre-order.

    Donna, thanks for alerting us to the book and the new ALT plus internet version of RAS' program "Everyday Life". I have a google alert that will let me know any news with the program title "Everyday Life".

    I think it is great that you are going to be producing your own videos as you learn the techniques. In the meantime reading your blog is always inspirational, Donna. You put the right tone in the blog whether written or spoken.

    Recently, I have had to hold myself back from making immediate decisions on the course I should take and certainly, my initial reaction was changed with praying to God that He might put a seed in my mind that I might see the best approach and each time I wake or a few hours or days after the prayer I sense a completsly fresh good approach! Some say "You give it time", some say "You relaxed and it came clearer to you". I say "God does what we need when we ask when it is right and He trusts us if we trust Him".

    God is blessing you and yours,

    Jan-Michael (Toronto, Canada)

  5. Hi to all, I am also glad about
    Robert's new book. I tried to order one if I did this properly
    or not I don't know.
    Donna I am so glad that you have
    got yourself a video camera
    Dear Lord. Please be with Donna as she works out how to use this
    Regarding being careful what a
    person says or types in an email
    More than once I have made out an email and deleted it as I felt that what I had said was
    not the right thing for me to say.
    God bless you all. Barbie M

  6. Hi to Barbie, Jean-Michael, and Patty,
    Thank you for your kind comments and "yes" Jean-Michael there sure is a lot of slang and acronyms for almost anything associated with the internet!! Let's just keep up with the ones that are good and edifying!

  7. Do not worry Donna with shooting your videos yourself. I'm very satisfied without music. I think it's even better. Sometimes background music is to loud and then it's not easy to understand you. - Yes you are right we should first switch on our brain before we speak. Quick a wrong not bad ment word is out of our mouth. To restore everything it's not easy. With emails even worse. But it's not always an easy action. When the people are well known people/friends it's not to bad. They will see that we must have something that bothers us and we are in a bad mood. They then can comfort us. But with people we know little we can hurt more. But better we have our mouth in control. Very fast we can offend others. In this case I realy do my best and having everything in control and ecourage pople with compasion, kind and uplifting words. - Really, I hope to see Robert with American Life Television as a video online. God's blessings for his new book too! - My thoughts and prayers are with you all like always. - Rosemarie

  8. Hi Donna,
    Take your time with the blog. I admire you for learning a new skill with your video camera. I really appreciate all of your efforts. I love the last sentence of your blog... that we use our words to encourage, motivate and praise. Can you imagine what the world would be like if we all did that? Mary

  9. Hi Rosemarie and Mary,
    We all fall short of the glory of God but that's why our faith is so great. Each day we have a chance to say "I'm sorry" or "I messed up".
    Life is about change and growth. We are changing every day so it is up to us to decide how!

  10. Hi: Donna. Once again you have given us something very good to think about. And to put into action if we fall short of the Glory of God.
    I read somewhere when a daughter asked her father "Who am I"?. And he replyed. You are the choices you make and the friends you keep. That is how people will know you. And I beleive when you make the choice to follow God. And to spread his word. And talk about it. As we are doing on your blog. We have made a good choice. And following your blog is so great because you bring new thoughts about the Lord everytime you write. So I will be praying that you will keep it up wether it is a written message or a video. But seeing you and hearing you is always a special blessing. Thank-you Donna. And God Bless To All

  11. Hello Cysradill,
    I agree that we are largely "the choices we make and the friends we keep". Thank you for your input. I really appreciate it. donna

  12. My son Bobby says, "we are the books we read and the people we hang-out with".

  13. Donna: Bobby is very right. Because a lot of our choice are made from reading books and the Bible. And I quess it is cool to say we hang out with friends. I have to keep up with the younger ones.
    God Bless you and Your Family

  14. Donna: I disagree with Bobby's little anecdote... you're probably not surprised! If we believe that we are what we read & who we hang out with, then we are allowing our environment to define us. We're "in the world, but not of it." Anyways...not to get too deep... here's what I REALLY wanted to say. YAY for getting your own camera! Make it happen! I think you'll have fun with the learning curve. Love you! Ang

  15. Donna, to Bobby's statement. - We can be together with the wrong people. I mean negative thinkers, drag us down. If we are weak we are negatively influenced. If we are strong we do not care and tray to make them thinking positive. If we do not achieve we have to walk away and leave this people on their own. The same is with a book. If it's a fantasy story we read it for fun. A serious book that tells us how to live; if we find out the author is a negative thinker we have to put the book away and if he/she is the oposit we can tray to live the mentioned advices. Only with weak people others can do what they want. - The Bible is positive. We can follow the example from Jesus. People did wrong/mean things (bible) we can learn how we shouldn't do it. That's good for our life. That's about how I see it. - Blessings Rosemarie

  16. On "Books we read and people we hang out with"

    I can see Bobby's angle; that reading one on-going type of books or staying connected with a particular group of people says something about who we are!

    I do not think it was a phrase entirely meant to define a person but rather a comment on where our "head" is, if we are sticking with one group or one style of book exclusively.

    I am more moved by Bobby's question, "Who are we really if we say we really believe what Jesus taught us to do but we do not put into "works" what we say we really believe is what Jesus taught us to do?" ( My apologies to Bobby if I have not exactly got his words correct)

    With the spirit of His Love,

  17. Hi.
    I am an enthusiastic person. I can get so excited sometimes about different things, the ocean, beautiful clouds in the sky, a flower, a person.. ..
    Like some weeks ago. I have no desire to watch hop anymore , it just doesn’t feel right at all. However, I read in my TV guide that there would be an interview with Anthony. I called my friends and told them to better watch this time. It was so good to see him and I felt a sort of proud that he was here in The Netherlands. Robert and Donna’s son! A man with a mission!! A handsome guy too!!
    Please heavenly Father, bless and protect Anthony in Australia!
    I also wanted to share this with you Donna on your blog. But the minute after I posted I realized that it might be painful for you. And you were emotionally exhausted from the healing seminar ..
    This really is my trap, I should be more careful before I send my comment. Like you say, sleep on it and think about the words you have written.
    Good to hear that you ordered a video camera. I hope that you have more patience than me to go through the instructions!! I hated that part. But you’ll soon learn, it is not that difficult and you'll enjoy it.
    I hope that we are able to watch Robert program. I have to find out how..
    I’m going to order Roberts new book . Will there be a Dutch version as well Donna?



  18. Thanks Ria for the nice words regarding Anthony. Have you seen his new blog? The photo on his home page is in the tulip fields in Holland!
    All of Robert's previous books have been translated into other languages about a year after they are introduced here in English. I am fairly sure that the same will happen with this book. I appreciate your comments on my blogs so please keep it up.
    God is blessing you, Donna

  19. I already posted on Anthony's new blog. He is doing great work for the Lord.
    Cute to know that the photo is made in Holland.
    Anthony and the tulips make good match!!
    God bless you and keep you in his care.


  20. Hi, Donna,
    As you know we are praying for Robert's new TV outreach. I, too, look forward to reading his new book.
    Yes, the tongue is a powerful tool...the scripture tells us "there is life and death in the power of the tongue." It is our choice.

  21. Local Denton news with link address for photos etc

    ‘Quaint’ setting draws TV series

    Show with a message sets up base in Denton

    12:28 AM CDT on Saturday, September 19, 2009
    By Rachel Mehlhaff / Staff Writer
    Despite Friday’s rain, a film crew finished shooting the pilot of a new television series that will be based in Denton.

    The Rev. Robert A. Schuller’s Everyday Life began filming in Denton on Monday at a private residence and continued filming around the city throughout the week.

    DRC/Barron Ludlum
    A film crew shoots a scene for the Rev. Robert A. Schuller’s Everyday Life on the downtown Square on Friday afternoon. The new series will be based in Denton and aired on the AmericanLife television network.
    View larger More photos Photo store It is a show that will be message-driven, said Aaron Norris, executive producer. Norris also produced Walker, Texas Ranger, starring his brother Chuck Norris, which filmed a few episodes in Denton.

    Aaron Norris said he hopes people can learn and be entertained at the same time.

    On Friday, filming took place at the Courthouse on the Square and down Hickory Street by the railroad tracks.

    Denton was picked because the whole series revolves around a small town, director and producer Alin Bijan said. One of Bijan’s most recent films was Bells of Innocence, starring Chuck Norris.

    Aaron Norris said he liked the “quaintness of the town and all the wonderful people.”

    The show is narrated by Schuller, formerly a co-host of The Hour of Power, the Crystal Cathedral’s long-running television show.

    Everyday Life centers on the lives of different people in the town.

    Norris compares it to the play Our Town by Thornton Wilder, in which the action is narrated by the Stage Manager.

    The characters will not necessarily be the same each week, said Dee Evans, one of the show’s producers.

    Each episode will follow the story of a different character’s life.

    The pilot episode focuses on a man who has made work his first priority in life, Norris said.

    “His priorities are off and his perception is off,” he said.

    The pilot episode will include Steve “Sting” Borden, a professional wrestler, and actor Brad Hawkins, who has made appearances in Prison Break, CSI and Monk. The scene filmed by the railroad tracks shows Borden and Hawkins yelling at each other from their vehicles.

    The series will premiere on the AmericanLife television network, which is owned by Schuller and his son-in-law Chris Wyatt.

    Norris, the president of development at the network, said this is the first show made specifically for AmericanLife.

    He said the goal is to make AmericanLife into a family channel.

    “We want to be a true family network,” he said.

    Everyday Life episodes will continue to be filmed in Denton.

    “We love Denton, the look and feel of it,” Evans said.

    RACHEL MEHLHAFF can be reached at 940-566-6897. Her e-mail address is


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