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One Moment Can Change So Many Lives

11 Mar

I recently saw a quote on Pinterest that said, “There are moments that mark your life, moments when you realize nothing will ever be the same and time is divided into two parts – before this and after this.” The home going of our preacher has definitely been one of those moments for me. We are very involved with our church. In fact, they are like family, and we lost a big piece of our family!
Along with this sadness, has come a huge responsibility. The task of making sure our church goes forward is now ours! The fact that we are moving forward does not lessen the feelings of loss, but it does prove that the God we serve is bigger than any loss! I hope I never forget that! It is important that we go forward because the job is not finished. There are still people in our area lost, people still hurting, families crumbling, children unloved, and those that are searching. We have the answer to their problems – Jesus! We must continue on! Our city needs us! The Lord wants to use us! Preacher would want us to continue the work he started here!

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Day 2 – Hawaiian Memories

5 Feb

Today we went for a 6 am swim in the pool and hot tub, followed by a dip in the lagoon in front of our motel. My nephew came, too! We saw a sea turtle! Later we walked down to another beach to look for seals. We didn’t see one, but we got some pretty pics, and we saw some fish and crabs. We toured the gardens of the JW Marriott, and saw hammerhead sharks and Hawaii’s state fish. We went to turtle bay and saw several sea turtles and a seal! We also saw several mongooses.
We visited my parents for a bit and then we drove around the mountains. We saw several Hawaiian people in a poorer neighborhood and I couldn’t help but see the need for Christ’ message to be taken to them. I remembered something the Pastor said to us on our way out on Sunday morning. He said, “Thank you for not taking a vacation from God.” The thought made me extra glad to go to church, as well as, making sure I have a personal walk with him each day.
Now it is 7:30 pm Hawaiian time and I have run out of dream. I am typing this while Mr. Wonderful is watching American Pickers. I can’t wait for tomorrow’s adventures!

The Widow’s Mite

21 Jan

Do you remember the story of the widow and the rich man’s offering? He had given a ton of money and she gave two mites (similar to two pennies) . We would have been impressed with his offering, but God wasn’t. He was impressed with hers because she gave all she had! I have always thought of this story in terms of giving offerings to God, but yesterday it came to my mind about helping others. Someone once told me if I had the money I would be helping others, and there are times I think that I could do something to help someone if i had more money. The truth is God wants us to help others, no matter what. Like that widow, he doesn’t expect us to give above what we have. Just help with what he’s given us.
Make a dinner for someone that is sick, bake some cookies for someone who is depressed or hurting, offer to babysit for a young mother. Just do something for someone, and newsflash it will make you feel better. While growing up that was mom’s answer for everything if I was depressed. She’d tell me to go do something for someone else, and then I would forget about my problems. Guess what? It works!!
This past week was the birthday of three of my favorite bus riders. I realized they didn’t get much of a celebration so I brought them a cake and a few of their favorite treats. It cost about $10. Less than what we would spend at McDonald’s, but even that small amount can be a blessing to someone. So take the time, find a need that fits your budget, and have fun filling that need. The result? A better day for you and the recipient.

Don’t Lose Today Worrying About (or Looking Forward) to Tomorrow

17 Jan

In two and a half weeks we are blessed with the opportunity to go to Hawaii! I’m super excited!! I’ve been there once before and it is like paradise! Most of my family left this past week, and will be waiting for us when we get there.
Someone asked me last night if I was ready to go, And my reply was, “No, I have two and a half weeks of my life to live.” Sure, I’m excited, but why miss out on these weeks of blessings?
What could I do for Christ this week, or how could I help someone find Him? How could I be a blessing to my husband or others around me? What tasks could I finish? What could I learn about? How could I grow as a Christian? You see there are so many possibilities to have two and a half weeks of productive blessings. Why miss out on that looking ahead. I’m going to live in the moment, and then when I get to Hawaii I’ll enjoy those moments, too!!

Out With the Old – In With the New

1 Jan

New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day are very interesting for me. I spend the first day reflecting on the past year, and the second day looking forward to the year ahead. That is 730 days of thoughts packed into 2 days.

Some of the highlights from last year:
My newest niece was born, 4 of my nieces and nephews asked Jesus in their hearts, my husband had the privilege of baptizing all of them, our 8th anniversary, our trip to Fort Lauderdale, our trip to our summer “ocean” – Lake Erie, one of the biggest bus kid big days we’ve ever had, several kids and adults who got saved because of the bus ministry, a new bus route started, countless good memories with family, the teens, and our bus route, the Lord’ s provision and blessings through it all!

Some of the low points:
No baby, our first full year without grandpa,  the death of Bro. Mellor, the month of December, a.k.a the month of the flu,

Looking forward to 2013:

Mike will finish his degree, our trip to Hawaii, making a decision as to where God wants us to go and what he wants us to do, and who knows what else!!!!

Here is looking ahead to having a better year than last year, being a better person than last year, and trying to be a bigger help to those around me.

Happy 2013 – thank you, Lord, for bringing us another year to serve you!

Christmas Isn’t Christmas For Everyone

14 Dec

Within the last week, my husband and I have attended funerals for two different men. In the middle of those, my Ukranian cousins lost their uncle to cancer. Three different men – all three left behind children. Some young, some old, but all heart broken to be spending this holiday without their dads, probably for the first time. They also leave behind parents, wives, siblings, and friends. So, if you get a chance, say a little prayer for all of these, and take a moment to hug the ones you love. Be a little kinder to all, for you never know what someone else is going through.

God’s Timing Is Better Than My Timing

10 Dec

Yesterday did not go as planned. Some things happened that caused us to get our bus route done earlier than usual. The change in schedule irritated me. I was worried about things that didn’t really matter. Because of the extra time though, my husband drove down the street he grew up on. He saw a group of kids and decided to stop and invite them to church. Five brothers and sisters came to church today. All of them got saved, and their parents are supposed to come next week, also. What a blessing a change in schedule turned out to be!
This Sunday was also exciting because my nephew got baptized! Also, a boy who had stopped riding the bus came back to church! Some people that we have been praying for got to hear the Gospel! It is a blessing to see the Lord work in our church!