MERRY CHRISTMAS 2017

May it be the best Christmas and Year Ever

                                       

Our Family would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas from our Home to yours!!!!

May it be the best Christmas and Year Ever

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Whatever your life’s journey or wherever you find yourself this Christmas, remember God love’s you so much He came down as a baby. Jesus, lived, grew in wisdom and stature, died for your sins, and rose from the dead, so that you might have life and life more abundant, eternal life. He was tempted in every way as you are but without sin. (Hebrew 4:15) May He encourage your heart and help you remember what’s important even when things may not be as you expected or would like. You are blessed to be a blessing. 

Our Christmas’ have changed since my husband and I’s first one together 37 years ago, but one thread has been a constant for us, to seek to emulate Christ to others around us. For example let me share three thoughts: Patience, Lowering our Expectations, and Memories with Extended Family.  A free gift at the end. (more…)

I DON’T LIKE TENNIS!

We Plan But God Directs

“The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.” (Proverbs 16:9 (ESV)

When you were young was there a sport or hobby, or a skill you were made to participate in or develop that you didn’t like? Or something you were working hard on but it didn’t turn out the way you felt it should have, wasting all of your time?    

When I was young, tennis was something my grandmother and aunt played and desired for me. It was the known game of the “elite” (those with more financial means, usually those with power and influence or privilege). I didn’t consider myself “those people”. I thought, to be “one” of them meant you weren’t friendly to others less fortunate than you.

But because I loved and was taught to respect my grandmother I took the tennis lessons she paid for. I learned the basics of tennis but never really developed my form. Oh how my grandmother would be smiling today if she were to see me. Presently, Jim and I play several times a week. I’ve come a long way since those formative years. (more…)

THE BABY SHOWER

Teaming up with God

     I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. 

(I Corinthians 3:6)

Indie, horrified that she gave birth to a Down Syndrome baby girl, now carried the burden of what people might say about her. On our island, generally the Filipino’s believe if a baby is different in any way it is because the sins of the parents have been passed down to the child. Many parts of the world believe this too.   

So when their little girl was born with Down Syndrome, people seemed to talk in the community. They said it was because of Indie’s sins, that God was angry and was passing judgment on her and her family. She was now being ostracized by her own culture.

How would one move in, team up with God and share Christ and His love in this context?  (more…)

GOD’S MASTERPIECE

Created for Purpose

“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.”  Ephesian. 2:10

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What is one question you often ask God? Is it, “God do you have a plan for me?”

Each of our lives is a beautiful piece of artwork. Unknown to us, God has been painting our canvas, long before we were even born. Psalm 139:14 tells us “we were created and fearfully, wonderfully knitted together even before we were conceived.”  

He has a plan and purpose for all of us. Often people separate who God is from what He does. It is the same! It is seamless. For example:  When we say “God is our creator”.  We are saying He is God and He is our Master Artist. We can’t separate one from the other.

He is God the Creator:  Of all the things He created, we are His masterpieces. He chose us as His signature artwork!. We belong to Him and He is our God.  (refer to Ephesians 2:10a above)

He created us for a purpose:  First we have to accept and learn God is our loving eternal Father, who loved us so much that he sent His son to die on our behalf, for our sins, and was raised from the dead on the third day in order that we might have life, eternal life. (Easter made alive) He then wants us to live for Him because He has a plan and purpose for our life. (refer to Ephesians 2:10b above)   (more…)