Sunday, April 24, 2011

A very special girl

Today is the birthday of our one and only niece! She is our little princess and such a special girl to us. It's hard to believe that she is turning 9 years old today!! It seems like yesterday that I became an aunt for the very first time and the joy I felt as I held her in my arms. We love you Jessica!! Happy Birthday from Aunt Nana & Uncle Luke!

What a reason to celebrate!

What does Easter mean to you? Is it a time to get together with family and friends, have an Easter egg hunt, open up the Easter baskets, eat chocolate bunnies, sit on the Easter bunny's lap.....? Or is Easter the celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ?

Sadly, for many in our world today, their Easter celebration consists of the first scenario. They tell their chidren that the Easter bunny left them this basket full of goodies and toys. What a twisted view of Easter! For the Christian, Easter should be one of the happiest times of celebration! The Savior is ALIVE! Christ's story doesn't end at the tomb. He triumphed over death and hell and rose again with victory! What an awesome thing to celebrate!!

This Easter let's concentrate on the REAL meaning of the season, and not allow the world's view to distort it. Celebrate our Risen Savior!!

Monday, April 18, 2011

April Teen Night

It was our privilege to have our Church teens over for a youth night on friday. We are working with a group of girls right now at this point in our Ministry so that has been exciting! :0) We pray that each one of them would come to know Jesus as their personal Savior. Danielle, Shannon, Cindy, Melody, Me, Nataija Help us hold these precious souls up to Jesus in prayer!

"Camping at Sinai"

We recently started a new theme in Junior Church titled "Camping at Sinai" in which we are teaching the Ten Commandments. Sis Crystal Hodak is our Junior Church leader and the brains behind it all. Sis Kate and I just help set it all up and teach every 3rd week! What a blessing and a load off of my mind that has been!! We are all three back there every week with the children taking turns doing the memory verse, leading the singing, and teaching the lesson. It makes things run so much smoother when you don't have to do it all yourself! Our "Mt. Sinai"--notice the stone tablets on display.... :0) Sis Crystal in the character of "Moses" for the first week of the theme :0)
Nick was the little Israelite who "wandered through the Wilderness" with Moses

They had to have tents to live in right? And of course you can't forget the pack donkey! :0)

Monday, April 11, 2011

Happiness That Money Cannot Buy

Many people believe that as long as they are rich they will always be happy. What a sad mistake. While it is possible for you to be happy and be rich at the same time; money does NOT buy happiness. Riches have the potential of tying one down to the things of this world, putting you in bondage to those things, and making you miserable. So what does bring true happiness?

True happiness is knowing the joy of Salvation. The words of this song by the Mark Trammel Trio says it so well... "Real happiness is following Jesus. Happiness is serving the Lord. Real happiness is knowing the joy of Salvation! And you'll never know real happiness 'til you know the Lord." There is a void inside of each one of us that can only be filled by Jesus Christ. He has designed us to NEED Him in order to be truly happy. It isn't a drudgery to serve Jesus and to do what pleases Him, because He fills us with a joy and a peace that we cannot find anywhere else. He makes it more that just "worth it" to serve Him!

Riches may last for a short time, but the joy that Jesus gives us will last for eternity. But let's not just hoard that joy and enjoy it for ourselves. We need to share it with the lost and dying world around us. They need to hear that Jesus can satisfy the longing in their soul and that He can give real joy and happiness. Let's determine to share Jesus with those we meet so that they too can have real happiness in serving the Lord.

Monday, April 4, 2011

26 years and counting...

Today is my sweethearts 26th birthday. Since he prefers I leave him out of my "blogging" as much as possible, I will just keep it simple... Happy Birthday honey!!