Thursday, January 23, 2014

Update On Our Grandson's Missionary Journey...

Today I was checking some more photos of our grandson and his Missions Team. You may remember that Tim is part of a group from YWAM (Youth With A Mission) that is on Mission Outreach to Thailand and Cambodia. The group is in Cambodia. I'd love to post a few photos, but there really aren't any except one or two that don't show the people they are ministering to. I agree with the team that the photos of the children and others don't need to be posted. It really is treating folks the way we'd like to be treated.  

I can't tell you how wonderful it is to read blog posts and hear about the wonderful work this Team is doing. The Team is now in Cambodia working with kids at risk. So many of these young children are sold into human trafficking. The team shows them how special and precious they are. They tell them how God created them and loves them and that alone makes them special and important. The team is teaching art, and hygiene among other things. They also have Bible studies with the parents. It's just so wonderful to hear of the love they are sharing with all those they meet. 

I'm inspired by their willingness even in the midst of all they see, to share the love of Christ unconditionally. I think I see our Tim growing older not only in appearance but in ways we didn't realize he would. I am so proud of him and all he is doing. The Joy of the Lord is really what motivates all of them.  I hope you will join me in praying for the Team.  you can click here to see my first blog post about the teams journey. Below you will see a few photos of our Tim and a few of the team members.  

Friday, January 3, 2014

Shake Like You've Been Changed...

wow,  I love this song by "Mercy Me"..  Being a girl who has always loved to dance, this one grabbed me right away. This is dancing around the house, in your car, at the store, right out in public kind of dancing music. 
 It's "I can't even dance, but I'm dancing " music. 

Love the Lyrics and the Message more.. How God has changed me. When I realize that God loved me just like I was and I couldn't do a thing to make Him love me more. Well, that changed me. That Love and sacrifice changes a person, and that Change makes you want to Dance.. Or as the song says  "Shake"..  

You can enjoy the song and dance by clicking Here.

Here are the Lyrics 
Let's just Shake like we're changed. 

 just can't believe
Where my life was at
All that I know is that my heart was broken
And I don't ever wanna go back

Ain't no explanation
How I saw the light
He found me and set me free
And it brought me back to life

Blame it on the transformation
Changed down to the core
His love is real
And I can't sit still
Cuz my name's not shamed no more

Great God Almighty, gonna change this
Great God Almighty, He gonna change me

You gotta shake, shake, shake
Like you're changed, changed, changed
Brand new looks so good on you
So shake like you've been changed

Come on and shake, shake
Shake like you've been changed
Shake, shake, shake like you changed

Maybe He came to you
When everything seemed fine
Or maybe your world was upside down and hit you right between the eyes
No matter when it happened
At 7 or 95
Move your feet ‘cause you are free
And you've never been more alive

You gotta shake, shake, shake
Like you're changed, changed changed
Brand new looks so good on you
So shake like you've been changed

Come on and shake, shake, shake
Shake like you changed, changed, changed
Shake, shake, shake like you changed
Brand new looks so good on you
So shake like you've been changed
Come on and shake, shake, shake
Shake like you changed, changed, changed
Shake, shake, shake like you changed
Shake, Shake

Great God Almighty gonna change me
Great God Almighty, He gone and changed me
No matter when it happened
At 7 or 95
Move your feet, ‘cause you are free
And you've never been more alive

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

New Year A Fresh Start....

Happy New Year !   

I can scarcely believe that 2013 is over and we are starting fresh and new. I like millions of others are contemplating what our New Year resolutions should involve. If you are like me, I fail miserably making resolutions. I want to change so much about myself that I quickly become overwhelmed and give up.

If I wrote my resolutions down every year they would look something like this..
** No fear family I don't drink or smoke and I don't have an ex. or a job.  LOL  

 I've come to realize a major fear I have. I'm afraid to fail. I don't know how to explain it in a better way. I've been afraid to fail in a lot of major areas. I'm afraid I'll fail as a friend, as a wife, as a mom, as a grandmother, as a Christian. 

As a child I never learned how to roller skate, ice skate, snow or water ski, swim, climb trees-gates-or fences, jump off porches or from the back of truck beds. As I would attempt to do these things fear rose up in me. It froze me in place and gripped me. 

As a teenager I never joined in after school events. I didn't try out for the cheer leading squad or the tennis team. I didn't try out for a part in one of my favorite musicals. What if I couldn't do it. What if the other kids laughed at me. What if I failed. 

I quit going to college. What if I flunked out. 
What if I failed. 
What if I could never get a job. 
Fear ruled over me. 

I am setting goals this year. Goals that are attainable. 

I am going to ask God to help me overcome my fear of failure. I know it's OK to fail. 
I have family, friends, and a God that love me. 
The Bible tells me 365 times to "Fear Not" I want to Fear Not. 

I know those of you who know me well will see my 2nd goal is a biggie.  
I want to talk less and Listen more. 
OK, you can laugh here. 
I'm waiting for you to finish laughing. 
OK that's enough. You can stop now. 

I want to love myself more by 
doing some things that will be good for me. 
I want to eat less processed foods and
 drink more water. 

I want more family and friend time
more pictures
more dinners
more silliness 

I want to put God first in Everything. 
I want to Value God's word by Studying more. 
I Want to Know God more intimately.
I want to share God's great love and Christ's sacrifice. 
I want to take a few minutes everyday to be still and Listen 
for His voice. 

I talk a lot to Him too.. and then forget to listen for what He has to say. 

I want to give more. 
Laugh more. 
Appreciate more.
Smile more.
I want to celebrate more. 
I want to Love more. 

Some goals I will struggle with. Some will be a breeze. 
I love taking pictures and being with friends and family 
Those will be easy. others will be more of a struggle. 
I am confident that putting God first will be the key to all the rest.

I'm praying for you as the New Year begins. 
I'm praying that you will begin 
or renew your relationship with God. 
He is the one that has plans for you, 
and He'll help you achieve success..