Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Sunday, December 13, 2009
Sunday, November 29, 2009
Monday, November 9, 2009
My Nana was my babysitter when my Mom went back to work when I was a baby. My Nano was her husband. Nana and Nano were more my Grandma and Grandpa than anyone, mainly because they were present. They were more in love with each other after 35 years and just plain passionate about one another. They were always holding hands, and the love they shared was a great example to me. My Nano was diagnosed with cancer a few short months ago and lost his battle last week. It is so saddening to those who knew and loved him.
My Nano was always dressed to the nines. His son said today at the funeral, “He was the only man I knew who mowed the lawn in a suit and tie.” He always smelled of strong cologne and whenever I hugged him, I smelled of him for the rest of the day. I didn’t mind. Whenever I would spend the night at Nana and Nano’s, we would, “kick Nano out of the bed,” so I could sleep with my Nana. He lived his life giving to others. He gave love to all of those he encountered.
I am blessed to have known such a wonderful man. Watching my Nano suffer over the past few months was very hard on all of us, especially Nana. And watching her say goodbye today was even worse. I thank God for the grace he’s had in my life, especially by giving me the most wonderful Nano. Oh, how He loves us.
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Friday, September 25, 2009
Sola Aqua means “only water,” in Latin. Desert Springs has been doing mission work in Guatemala for years. We send teams to Guatemala several times a year and this October a team is heading there to help construct and repair water systems in two different Achi villages. During the month of September, we joined them as a congregation in a water fast. We were to choose two weeks during the month to abstain from all drinks except tap water. Throughout those two weeks, every time we craved something sweet or caffeinated, we were encouraged to thank God that we have clean water readily available, as well as pray that God will use the team in October to not only bring clean water from the ground, but Living Water from the Word (John 7:37-38). Also, we’re taking the money we would’ve spent on other types of drinks and sending it with the team in October.
This was a challenge for Ryan and I. We drink a cup of coffee every single morning. We also drink milk with our cereal and orange juice in the morning. He enjoys a beer every once and a while with dinner and I enjoy a glass of wine (or two) at the end of a long day as well. J We don’t keep soda in the house, so that wasn’t as much of a challenge, but home-girl needs a Diet Coke every so often on those psycho days.
It was so insightful for us to take 2 weeks off of these extra drinks and find out how much we depend on different beverages to alter our moods. In the mornings we prayed for the LORD to give us strength and energy for the day to be surrounded by children who need all of our attention. We also had to ask the Lord to take away the stresses and anxieties as the end of a horrible day at work instead of looking forward to our glass of wine or bottle of beer, (That makes us sounds like alcoholics, but you know what I mean). It was a great thing to see how much we do NOT ask the Lord for these things enough, and instead crave a Diet Coke during the end of the craziest day in my 3rd grade class. We are sinful.
I figured in 2 weeks we saved about $25 on only drinking the FREE, CLEAN water from our tap. We’ll gladly donate that money to people who have to travel miles for something we take so for granted.
Thank you, Jesus, for opening our eyes and hearts during those difficult 2 weeks. Please bring clean water and your cleansing water of the Word to the Achi people in Guatemala.