Wednesday, October 26, 2016

The Battle

We have already had some bumps in our preparation for our mission trip and this verse is a reminder that God is our fortress and strength in times of trouble.  If we are doing His Will He will provide, we not know when or how, but His Will does prevail.  At this time we have had some financial set backs due to mistakes I had made this spring and now we are searching for some interesting ways to help raise funds for the reminder balance of our mission trip.   I have also had some health issues, asthma and blood pressure, and am praying to get them under control soon so that they will not interfere with our service here in Columbia County and also in the Dominican Republic.
As part of the Short Term Missions Team, each of us is going through the book: CALLED, Mission Trip Devotions and Journal by Lena Wood.  My reading from it today was, In God's Hands, and a good reminder that the spiritual battle is worldwide not "just" in Africa, Cuba, etc...  We face the same spiritual battle here in America, online, in schools, downtown, urban areas as places we "go" to serve.  1 John 5:19 We know that we are of God, and that the whole world lies in the power of the evil one.  Satan is everywhere, our focus should not be this though but in God and HIS presence and mighty power is everywhere and within us who chose to believe in His almighty power on the cross.  Our Truth and Training lesson this week is GOD IS WITH YOU, what an amazingly encouraging Bible study I have had today as both my preparations are the same.  The memory verse for this lesson is:  Deuteronomy 31:6 Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the LORD your God, He is the One who goes with you.  He will not leave you nor forsake you. 
So as you prepare for battle along side us, remember to put on your armor of God.  Ephesians 6:13-20 Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything to stand firm.  Stand firm therefore, HAVING GIRDED YOUR LOINS WITH TRUTH, and HAVING PUT ON THE BREASTPLATE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS, and having shod YOUR FEET WITH THE PREPARATION OF THE GOSPEL OF PEACE; in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.  And take THE HELMET OF SALVATION, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.  With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints, and pray on my behalf, that utterance may be given to me in the opening of my mouth, to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in proclaiming it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.  Many of us do not have the literal chains that Paul was wearing but we have social chains of today that are not visible (do we pray or not in public, in schools? are we visible lights for God at home, school, work, within our communities? what about our social media presence, do we filter what we post or feel so we don't offend?).

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Comfort zone.... What's that?

In January Matthew and I will be going to the Dominican Republic with the short term missions team from Grace Bible Church.  We are really looking forward to the opportunity to serve God in a way we haven't before yet maybe we have.   

Our family has been involved in reaching boys and girls for Christ through teaching Sunday School, Awana, and being involved within our community and school activities.  Just by being involved and open to listening to the kids has created opportunities for us to share God's love and gospel that we may not have otherwise had.  While we are in the Dominican we will either be helping on the medical side or construction side showing God's love through our actions, reactions, and conversations.  We may not see immediately the fruits of our labor but we will be happy to plant the seeds for growth.  

A menu of rice and beans sounds okay and the restroom facilities may lack a sink, mirror, lights or toilet....  may be a bit out of our usual routine and comfort zone but loving to be challenged in new ways, camping, and loving kids will help us stay focused on the mission and on God.  

Today's lesson is on 1 Peter 1:17-21 "You call out to God for help and he helps-he's a good Father that way.  But don't forget, he's also a responsible Father, and won't let you get by with sloppy living.  Your life is a journey you must travel with a deep consciousness of God.  It cost God plenty to get you out of that dead-end, empty-headed life you grew up in.  He paid with Christ's sacred blood, you know.  He died like an unblemished, sacrificial lamb.  And this was no afterthought.  Even though is has only lately- at the end of the ages- become public knowledge, God always knew he was going to do this for you.  It's because of this sacrificed Messiah, whom God then raised from the dead and glorified, that you trust God, that you know you have a future in God."  (Message paraphrase)   What a beautiful reminder!

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Getting Caught Up

Its been 5 years since an update... What have we been doing? How are we doing? 

My husband, Scott, has made heaps of progress and hardly ever uses his cane any more, his health finally stablized and he has been hospital free for 6 1/2 years!! We are so proud of how well he has done and the progress he has made.  He takes walks varying from a 10 minute to an hour long depending on the weather and how he is feeling that day.

Our eldest son, Alex, got married March 2015 to his lovely bride, Alyssa.  I'll upload pictures from the lovely ceremony once I figure out how to tie my two Google accounts together.  They are currently living in Dayton, Ohio where they both work and its about a 30 minute drive to Cedarville University where Alex is finishing up his scholastic endeavors for graphic design.

Matthew has started his home school journey as a sophomore in high school.  It has been a learning experience for us all thus far and exciting as well.  Its amazing how much more he can accomplish when working at his pace versus the hectic pace the public school sets.  

I have switched occupations from store manager at Starbucks to grocery receiving at Wal-Mart.  I will be honest and say I really miss Starbucks and the respect they show and treat their partners with.  Wal-Mart could learn a lot from them but is more focused on how to grow bigger for less money.

In January, Matthew and I will be on a short term mission trip to the Dominican Republic as part of the team from Grace Bible Church which partners with Solid Rock Missions.  This past week the Dominican and Haiti were hit hard by Hurricane Matthew.  Here is a link of some of the photos:   Please pray for all those who where impacted by this hurricane and that Matthew and I will be a positive light of Christ to all those we reach.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Wheew.....what a beginning of our Summer Vavation

This past weekend was to be a fun filled relaxing weekend celebrating the beginning of our boys summer break and the graduation of friends and family.

Friday I picked up our youngest, M2, from school then went to the high school band room to pick up our oldest, Alex. There we heard his band teacher call the UW Pioneer Band Camp director to ensure that Alex would be able to play bari sax but if he couldn't due to the number already signed up than Alex is great with the tenor and alto sax as well and a class A player. You talk about end the year on a good note!! My son was all smiles as he heard this conversation as he knows his teacher well enough the she only says what she believes.

From the school we headed home for down time before heading to Sauk for my niece's graduation. It was a beautiful ceremony and also a very warm one, they moved it indoors due to rain and there is no air conditioning in the gym. Afterwards we took pictures then headed to my sister's where we were staying over night so we could head to Race for the Cure together Saturday morning.

Upon getting to my sister's I recieved the tragic news that while my brother and his friend, were working on a tractor, there was an accident, my brother was ok but his friend did not make it.  Both famillies were there at the time and witnessed the accident.  Please keep them in prayer.

Saturday morning we awoke to do the Race for the Cure, that was an experience and a half. I have walked a few 5ks before but never amonst 12,000 people. Needless to say the pace was somewhat slow but fun. We accomplished our goals, which was to simply finish and have fun for our first crowded walk. My husband, Scott, and M2 did their 1 mile fun walk and did well. Saturday afternoon while Katie and family were closing down the 4H rootbeer stand Scott and I bought some things for supper and chilled at the farm. The afternoon and evening were somber as we vegged not even watching what was on tv and chatted. It was an earlier night than most for all of us.

Sunday we awoke refreshed, gathered our things and headed from my sister's to my brother's . We had lunch, listened, played with our niece and nephew's, and then brought one of my nephew's home for the night. We watched some Scooby-Doo before heading to bed. 

Monday morning found us at Roxanne's for horseback riding, mule driving and barn cleaning.  Then we headed back to Ben's for a late lunch and to stay with Alex and the kiddos while Ben and Kate spent time with Andy's family talking and finalizing preparations for his services.

We are still heading to Door County for the weekend, it will be a day later than planned so we may all go to Andy's funeral.  I think we are all looking forward to it as it'll be a quieter setting hopefully more peaceful.

Friday, May 14, 2010

My May Day 2010

So I'm still figuring out how to link all my sites into one easy for everyone to follow format so please be patient with me as I'm sure to goof up a time or two.

But if you follow this link it should take you to my daily updated Spark Page where I track not just physical health but emotional, spiritual, and mental health as well.

Happy Blogging!

Where Have I Been?

Wow, its been awhile since I've been on here, almost a year to be exact.

So what have I been doing over the course the the last 11 months?

Well the picture on the left is on of many taken Easter Sunday (April 4, 2010) of Scott, Alex and Matthew at our favorite spot. Devil's Lake State Park (unfortunately it was a short visit as it was cool, windy and a storm was on its way)

This past year has also marked
  • me stepping down to be shift supervisor instead of store manager
  • Scott staying out of the hospital for a year, his health has stablized and he's been walking around our block (a 3.1 mile walk)
  • Alex is almost done with his sophmore year and its been a no running year due to his growth spurt, he also had 6 events at district solo/ensemble all receiving highest score possible 3 moving to state 2 out of 3 getting a 1st at state
  • Matthew is almost done with 3rd grade, he has improved is reading from being 14 months behind to 4 months ahead in skill and comphrension, his spelling is only a month behind, math is now his sticky (or icky as he would say) subject
  • We are all still active in our Awana program, Scott and I as commanders, Alex a leader-in-training, and Matthew as a help and T&T clubber
This year my goal is to lose 100 pounds by next summer!! Not impossible but hard, I am following the Spark diet (which emphasises lifestyle change - excersize and food tracking vs starvation) and sticking to my quiet time to stay positive.
We do have some camping planned for this year and a short visit with my bestest friend, keep watch for pictures.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Time to set new Goals

This is me 51 weeks ago, I haven't lost or gained any weight since then. Which for awhile was my goal, to maintain and stop gaining. Now my current goal is to lose 3 to 5 pounds every 2 weeks while keeping up with my nowrmal activities. I will be doing this via Wii Fit, walking, balance ball, and taking huge steps to eat alot healthier. Its already driving my boys crazy as we have been having them do the same.
My other goal is to get my Shaklee business up and slowly building. I am really excited about their products, their goals, and the fact they are over 50 years old and have always been green.
So now its time to relax.