Thursday, December 31, 2009
It's hard to write down the mistakes I have made, but one huge one is that I never try hard enough to get along with other people, I continually take them for granted and take advantage of them. Many times we have conflicts with those in the family or close friends and it's hard to forgive.Many times we just don't get along because of personality conflict or we just can't stand the way they do something. And so we go through life not treasuring the person God has created and put in your life. I know I have done this. If I don't get along with someone, I'll distant myself from them and never get too close to them.
But know, because of the past years events, I have learned that life is short so treasure them. One never knows when you may lose them, permanently or just temporarily. I have learned to stop wasting precious moments over meaningless conflicts and treasure every moment. Learn to love what you didn't like about them. It's the conflicts that you have but overcome that make life interesting.
Treasure the conflicts, treasure the hard times and the good times. Treasure the people in your life for you know not how long they will be with you. God has sovereignly placed you with the people you are with because He knows you need them, even when it's hard to get along.We should go out of our way to be with those people for then we will learn to love them or see that personality which we couldn't understand before as just a part of who they are and we still can get along with them.
Every moment spent together, every moment lived is a precious memory that we need to hold onto. Treasure them all!
Friday, December 25, 2009
Thursday, October 15, 2009
As I drew near to the poor cat I realized that it was not the dead cat that moved, but a poor helpless little kitten that was snuggled up to it. The poor dear was trying to nurse it's mother. I tried to pick it up...but it scrambled away. For the next 10 minutes if you happened to be in a car passing by, you would have seen me dashing across the street countless times, fumbling my way through bushes and falling into the ditch...but at last I caught it.
I looked at my surroundings and noticed a near by house. So I walked over there...the lady at the door informed me that the mother had been a stray cat in the area for a while and that she wanted nothing to do with the kitten. What could I do? I held the adorable little girl kitten in my arms and brought her home.
She is a small, helpless, orphan. She is so cute..she's black with a white nose and paws..and she is still very little. What is to be her fate I know not yet...can you give her a home?
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Bring the whole family for-
A musical review the whole family will enjoy!
Where: Grants Pass, 111 Evelyn Theater (New Song Church) between 6th and 7th street, across from Barnstormers
10th: 2pm and 7pm,
17th: 2pm and 7pm.
Admission: Adults- $6, Children 4-12 $4, Children 3 and under are Free
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Throughout Philippians, Paul gives us many reasons why and how we can endure trials and tribulations. Paul wishes to encourage the new Church not just by words but by example as well. While sitting in his cell, chained to the wall he says “even if I am to be poured out as a drink offering upon the sacrificial alter of your faith, I am glad and rejoice with you all. Likewise you also should rejoice with me.” (Phil. 2:17-18). Paul rejoices in his present situation, no matter the agony, the pain, and the unjustness of it all, he is content to endure it for the sake of his follower’s faith, for the sake of the gospel, so as to be an example.
Not only is he enduring it with the contentment and joy that comes only from Christ. But he also considers it an honor. He takes honor and pride in being in prison.In Phil. 1:29-30 he says "For it has been granted to you that for the sake of Christ you should not only believe in Him but also suffer for His sake, engaged in the same conflict that you saw I had and now hear that I still have." Paul is most likely rotting away in a cell with the festering wounds of a whip still unattended upon his back, and yet he considers at an honor that he is sharing in the sufferings of Christ, suffering for the One who gave His life. It is our joy, our pleasure, and honor to suffer for Him who saved us from eternal hell.
Christ was the perfect and only Son of God, greatly cherished and loved. In contrast man was rebellious, ungrateful, and separated from God. We are alienated from the perfect judge of the world, and there is nothing we can do to reconcile ourselves to Him. Yet this perfect Judge gave His most beloved Son in our stead! Jesus Christ had to degrade Himself and take on flesh. He came to earth only to suffer unjustly at the hands of those whom He came to save. He took on all our sins, nailed then to the cross, and endured the wrath of His heavenly Father for our transgressions. Jesus Christ reconciled us back to God, payed our debt, and offers us eternal life with Him and the Father.
It is because of all of this, that Paul rejoices to be able to suffer, but a little, for his Savior. Christ payed the biggest debt we could ever owe, and we have no way of paying Him back. Sharing in His suffering is way of saying our thanks, of showing our gratitude for what Christ and the Father did for us. This is why Paul considers it an honor, and calls all of us to take joy in our suffering. The Savior gave His life, we can but live and suffer for Him!We as the elect, chosen, and saved, should rejoice in the opportunity to suffer for the sake of Christ. No one promises it will be easy, or without pain and tears, but we are promised to be given the strength of Christ, to make us content in whatever our situation is. We should be honored to suffer for the One who gave His life for us!
Thursday, September 24, 2009
I have always loved many of the key verses in Philippians, but as I read through the whole book and understood the context, it opened up a whole new meaning for many of those verses. I was able to understand the situation and attitude from which Paul was writing.
In Phil. 1:12-15, Paul writes "I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me (being imprisoned) has really served to advance the gospel, so that it has become known throughout the whole imperial guard and to all the rest that my imprisonment is for Christ. And most of the brothers, having become confident in the Lord by my imprisonment, are much more bold to speak the Word, without fear..."
Here is a man who has been thrown in prison unjustly, and the prisons back then mostly consisted of being underground with no light, and no way of letting out the horrid smells...you shared your bed of straw with who knows how many other earthly creatures, and yet this is the situational in which he finds himself and he rejoices. Paul sees something positive about it.
He is glad because the advancement of the gospel is taking place. He is content to be there, because Christ is being shard.
Even further on in my reading, Paul confirms this when he says "I am hard pressed between the two (living or dying). My desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better. But to remain in the flesh is more necessary on your account.." (Phil. 1:23) Paul would love to be united with His Savior, but instead of choosing deliverance, he would rather endure so as to share Christ with the lost and to direct the new found sheep.
Just before saying this, Paul states, "Christ will be honored in my body, whether by life or by death. For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. If am to live in the flesh that means fruitful labor for me. Yet which I shall choose I cannot tell." (Phil. 1:20b-22). I have always loved this passage, but knowing it came from a man who is content in prison, gives it a whole new perspective. Paul is showing us that living for Christ can mean many hardships and trails, but it is worth it, as long as you get to share Christ with others. But once we pass from this life there is but more gain and treasure...we have a living hope.
This all also relates to Paul's earlier statement in Phil. 1:6-"And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ." Paul is encouraging his brethren, while he is in prison! Paul knows that God has given us the treasure of a living hope, the promise of being resurrected and conformed into the perfect image of His Son.
Paul displays someone who is perfectly content in whatever situation he finds himself. But how can he? How can Paul be content and rejoicing in his present situation, sitting in a dingy, dark and smelly cell? He tells us later on in his letter...
Phil. 4:13 says "I can do all things through Him who strengthens me." Many times we take this passage out of context, interpreting it to mean that we can do anything with Jesus on our side...we can win any battle, or achieve a financial goal, or any goal that we have set for ourselves. But if we look at the context of the passage, it's meaning is that we can be content in whatever situation we are, because of Christ.
Going back two verses it says "For I have learned in whatever situation to be content...I can do all things through Him who strengthens me." Paul is content in his cell, because Christ has given him the strength to be so.
It matters not what our situation is, as long as our eyes are fixed on Christ and our strength comes from Him, we can be perfectly content! It was when Peter looked at the waves around him that they started to consume him. But when our eyes are fixed on Christ, the waves are oblivious to us, it's not that they are gone, we just don't notice them because Christ is our all in all, and we are eventually able to conquer the waves because of Christ!
Paul is writing this to all of us while he is in prison. He is content because of Christ's strength. He is rejoicing because the gospel is being shared. No matter our situation, Christ gives us the strength to be content!
More to come....
Monday, August 10, 2009
Last night was a memory making moment. Karissa, Destiny and I were at Grandpa and Grandma's, sitting in their living room contentedly sipping organic hot chocolate and looking through thier wedding album, listening to all the details and the story of their lives. Grandma sure had a nice wedding and it was so much fun hearing about it. We learned stories we had never heard before, we loved learning stuff from Grandma.
It was indeed a memory making moment. Every know and again we need to remember to make a memory!
Friday, July 31, 2009
This past week there has been a song that is constantly playing in the house, ( I won't say who keeps playing it:)), but we all sort of like. The beat is very catchy and fun, so we sing along. But today instead of just dancing and singing to it I actually listened to the words and they set me thinking on this subject. Here is the chorus:
Don't let your fire burn out.
Somewhere somebody needs a reason to believe.
Don't be afraid to stand out...
That's how the lost get found."
Scripture calls us the salt of the earth, the city on a hill, the light on a candle stick. As the elect chosen of God, we need to stand out, we need to be the light of a dark world, we need to show the world that we have been chosen and set apart unto holiness.
Matt. 5:16- "...let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven."
We don't win the world over by being like them, but rather by standing apart from them. Why would they want to come to Christianity if it looks no different than the life they already live?
The world can't see Christ in us if we're just like them. They can only see Christ if we're like Him, and He was a man who stood out and left His mark on this earth. Yes, He did mix with the commoners, but He did not try to fit in with them, by dressing like them, acting like them, doing the same things they did, He ministered to them, out of love, by being different from them.
How should we live? We can't be afraid to stand out, because that's how the lost get found.
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Last Saturday, Mom, took us all to the fair, plus Destiny, so that we could see what place we got in all the different stuff that we entered. Plus we happened to be there the same time that the Emmons Sisters were playing :). Anyways we had fun walking around looking at stuff, eating samples, trying on nail polish, and buying $20 flip-flops (I really needed them :)...Good memories!
Monday, July 27, 2009
I thought it was pretty fun, seeing that he is growing up with five sisters and already has his take on woman.
Saturday, July 18, 2009
Last night was just great! We had a fun time performing "A Night of Music" with all our friends involved and some watching...and then we had a fun time fellowshiping in the parking lot of Mickey D's!
So in conclusion nothing beats the combination of friends, music and ice cream!
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Friday, June 5, 2009
The other day, me and Esther went to pick up some milk, since we were a little early, we decided to walk around this little private park and I shot some pictures! I just want to say that it was a special time with a wonderful sis, and I only hope that I can enjoy and appreciate my siblings more, because they are pretty cool!
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
"Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He take away; every branch that does bear fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit."
At first I just passed over it, but then when I read it again I started thinking about pruning. What exactly is pruning? Well I thought back to my Uncle Hugh, and how he would come and cut back all our rose bushes saying he was pruning them, so that when Spring came they would bloom even better than they had in the past. After that, I was thinking about the plant that was being pruned and what was going through their minds. I mean, image if you were a full grown bush, you had just reached your pinnacle and all was good. You were fully grown and had just reached a nice size, and then comes along this gardener and he hacks away all your branches, everything that you had just spent all your time to grow!
Sounds pretty depressing, but that's was God does to His elect, for a reason. When we face trials and tribulations, what God is really doing is He's pruning us. He cuts us back, gets rid of everything that we had stored up and makes us start over.
But there's a reason to all this pruning. The verse goes on to say "that it may bear more fruit". God prunes us so that we can learn from our experience and grow back twice as strong and productive. So that we can become better fruit bearers for Christ, and be better witnesses for the kingdom of God.
1 Peter 1:6-8 says- "In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ."
We go through trials, only to be strengthened. We go through hard times only to find that our faith is stronger. We're pruned because we're loved!
So as children of God, expect to be pruned, but also expected to bear more fruit, and to be strengthened by Christ.
Don't complain when God's got the scissors...He's pruning you, so that when the next season arrives (or the next trial), you'll be ready!
Monday, June 1, 2009
Saturday, May 23, 2009
Well, in walks Karissa with a gift bag. I noticed that she was holding it a little weird, I just figured maybe it was glass or something. When I opened the gift, to my utter surprise and astonishment, there lay the cutest little Chihuahua! I had NEVER in my wildest dreams expected that! I have always loved and wanted one, but Dad has vowed that we would never get a Chihuahua, and Mom most defiantly didn't want another dog....so I never expected such a gift, though I really wanted one.
He is a smaller type of Chihuahua, and most adorable! I decided to call him Zorro, because of the dominant black on him :) He is like 10 weeks old right now and was born around Easter. He is tiny and fits right in my hand and in one of Dad's shirt pockets :)
I am forever grateful for this WONDERFUL present! Today, Zorro went with me to my guitar lesson, then we went shopping for a carrier for him! He just slept in my arms as I roomed the stores today.
When we got home, I introduced him to Phineas, who just adored Zorro! They are going to be great buds :)
On top of all this Grandma took me shopping yesterday for my birthday, so I also now have a bunch of new clothes! She is a wonderful Grandma, and is getting good at finding stuff that I like :)
My blessings are abundant!
p.s. sorry the picture is blurry...he doesn't like to stay still :)
Friday, May 22, 2009
Monday, May 18, 2009
Life is moving on....
p.s. stay tuned for my graduating "speech"
Friday, May 1, 2009
Yesterday, I was able to take Destiny, David, Alex and my sis, Karissa, out for some photoshooting. I'm trying to compile some pictures for my portfolio for when I start a photography business! They were so wonderful and did a great job smiling, posing and whatever I asked them to do. These are just a few of the 600 pictures that I took. I posted some more on my facebook page, so you are more than welcome to go there and look at them...just click here
All in all we had a fun time and made some good memories!