Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Prayers for Holy Week - Wednesday

Then one of the twelve, who was called Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests and said,

"What will you give me if I betray him to you?" They paid him thirty pieces of silver.

And from that moment he began to look for an opportunity to betray him.

Matthew 26:14-16

• There were two treacheries. Judas went out to grab his money, betrayed Jesus, and then

killed himself in despair. Peter, despite his protests, would deny his Lord; he faced his own

appalling guilt, then wept bitterly. His failure was not the end of the mission, but the beginning.

• Success is what I do with my failures. Teach me to trust in your love Lord, no matter what

I have done, and to learn from my mistakes and even from treachery.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Prayers for Holy Week - Tuesday

Listen to me, O coastlands, pay attention, you peoples from far away! The Lord called me before I was born, while I was in my mother’s womb he named me. He made my mouth like a sharp sword, in the shadow of his hand he hid me; he made me a polished arrow, in his quiver he hid me away. And he said to me, "You are my servant, Israel, in whom I will be glorified." But I said, "I have laboured in vain, I have spent my strength for nothing and vanity; yet surely my cause is with the Lord, and my reward with my God."

Isaiah 42:1-4

• God knows me intimately, even from my first moments. He has a plan for me; whatever talents I have, he can put to use.

• Do I stand in the Lord’s way, with my own plan? I worked hard, I tried my best but now I have nothing left to give. Is this now the lord’s time when my way seems blocked?


PRAYERS FOR HOLY WEEK - MONDAY

Here is my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen, in whom my soul delights; I have put my spirit upon him; he will bring forth justice to the nations. He will not cry or lift up his voice, or make it heard in the street; a bruised reed he will not break, and a dimly burning wick he will not quench; he will faithfully bring forth justice. He will not grow faint or be crushed until he has established justice in the earth; and the coastlands wait for his teaching.

Isaiah 42:1-4

• "My servant will not cry or lift up his voice or make is heard in the street… he will faithfully bring forth justice."

• That is our mission too, Lord: not by force or violence, but by gentle, faithful persistence to bring forth justice on the earth.

Sources: Beliefnet

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Holy Week Remembrance



Hosanna [Heb.,=save now; Psalm 118], an intensified
imperative, a cry, addressed to God, particularly used in the
Feast of Tabernacles, when prayers for rain were offered.
In the New Testament the crowd shouted it when
Jesus entered Jerusalem on Palm Sunday. It is used as an
acclamation in Christian worship, e.g., in the Sanctus .

Palm Sunday...
Imagine yourself in Jerusalem awaiting the coming King,
teaching us about humility as he enters this place on a donkey,
this king, this famous one of all! The man you've heard make blind
men see and bring a dead girl to life and so on.... sharing his life
through lessons of love, humility and faith! There you are waving those
palms for Him with fellow believers, singing, rejoicing, laughing,
joyful noises and dancing - celebrating the wondrous works of this
mighty man named JESUS!

The best part about this story is that we can still celebrate like this
today! In our hearts and with our entire lives - will you remember
with me this week which brings forth the ultimate sacrifice and
atonement for our sins at the end of this most Holy of weeks!

Jesus has arrived and he's about to do great battles in your life and
transform you like never before! Will you celebrate this awesome
Lord of heaven, named JESUS with me today?
I hope you will and take a moment to thank the Lord for his life that
has taught us so many things... especially to LOVE.

Looking forward to sharing more blessings with you, as this week
reaches a climactic turn of events that is truly life changing!

Lord God Almighty,
We want to see You in the light of Your glory and share
in this remembrance with others and remember to honor
You with all that is in us - waving those Palms in spirit
and in truth. Rejoicing in honor over You and what You
are about to do and what You have already done!

PRAISE HIM! Amen.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

An Awakening

My prayer for this post is that it fills you with an
immense heartfelt passion for lost souls amongst us
as well as, all of the people around our globe who
don't even know about salvation.

The Lord has been speaking to my heart and life lately
in regard to missions work once again. I find it as no
coincidence that I've been ordering books on martyrs for
Christ around the world, subscribing to bulletins, email
updates on prisoners who need Jesus and so on...

As I grow closer to Christ and in His wisdom through faith,
almost, ashamedly, I'm finding out that I have been focusing
way too much on my own (maybe some of you can relate?)
needs, my own wants, my own troubles,
my own trials (Though, The Lord cares about them, it shouldn't
take up so much of my life) and not nearly enough time and prayer
for those around me, meaning, my neighbors close to home
or down the road from me, relatives who refuse to believe,
let alone the souls that live so far away who have never
even heard of the Gospel - can you imagine not knowing
our Great Savior, or worse, refusing His name?
There ARE people everywhere who haven't!

After viewing and researching some of the staggering statistics
about Christian church missions field work and how so few are
funded, let alone, really sharing the Gospel (about the personal
prayerful relationship we can have with Jesus) out there, I'm
appalled and angered with myself and others here in the US who so
freely live at ease and comfort with our basic necessities cared for
and tended to every single day and who have the Power of the
Gospel and who have heard of Him, who have freedom that exists
from the Lord himself yet, some (correction, MANY) are STILL living
in disobedience, rebellion, rioting for selfish reasons, picketing for vain
and immoral causes, for so-called "rights" (are you kidding me?)
and privileges, killing babies for profit and selfish ambitions
(God have MERCY on us, forgive us) and even more terrifying to me...
our own fears of rejection or embarrassment, more sadly, the
possibility of suffering persecution (tough pill to swallow) in reaching
others for our Savior and the list goes on... Are you one of them?
I was convicted to tell the truth today, that I have been one of them.

Lord, break our hearts, help us shed tears for these people and
to always be ready to witness for you along the way...
I pray that you will be moved as I have been after viewing this
presentation to begin a prayer team, or go out and physically
reach out to others somehow, someway even with our small
abilities and resources and to continue the Great Commission
we were ALL commanded to by God.

If you're like me, it is sometimes difficult to reach those whose
beliefs are centered and rely on "another" god or "gods", however,
if you are looking closely,
their eyes reveal another struggle (one that you can relate to them
about) one with no hope or a "false hope" and self reliance that has
them blinded to the Truth of God's Word, The Holy Bible...
John 14:6
If you are saved, then you know the struggle you once had, but, you
also have the Victory to share with them!


We can be that LIGHT of the world, Jesus can help us reach them,
if we're willing to be His vessel. Will you go?

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Monday, March 22, 2010

Spring Training


REMEMBER THIS?

SPRING has FINALLY arrived... See Spencer practicing in
the dirt, lol - The boys have begun baseball practice for UMBA.
They are on the PHILLIES... YAY, Our most favorite team!

Tony coaching the boys during practice at Walker field.

Josh was practicing his napping patterns, looks like he's got
the technique pretty good!

Spencer going in for the "wind up" during pitching practice
GOOD JOB, SP!

Charles is ready to "bring the heat" during pitching
practice too!! WAY TO GO!


Ahhh... now wasn't that refreshing!

Friday, March 19, 2010

Josh is Crawling @ 11 mos!

video

Josh started crawling this past weekend on his
11th month mark, just as mommy predicted!
YAY, He finally did it... now, the fun begins
as you'll see him getting "into" things around
the house now, lol.

Enjoy as he explores new territories with us!

We will also host his ONE YEAR birthday
party on Sat. April 17th (dob:4/16), just a few more
weeks away already, I can't believe how quickly a
year passes. I'll have more photos and videos then too.

Josh sends his hugs and love to you all... See you soon!

Monday, March 15, 2010

A New Language


Native American resorts and spas Santuario de ChimayĆ³ Explore ghost towns and movie sets in New Mexico
Tony and I, are on a new adventure to discover
some of Latin America's heritage, exploring in the U.S.A
Mexico and its neighbor, New Mexico in the comforts
of our home at moment. Hoping to travel eventually.
Photos above are from the Tourism website to
Native Indian area, Hispanic and Western locations from
the South in New Mexico (what a beautiful place)
It's also referred to as the Land of Enchantment!

We are presently learning the (Spanish language)
in the comfort of our home via various audio CD's,
computer technology and eventually classes featuring,
espaƱol!
We are also open to home studies with anyone
who knows this language well enough to comfortably
teach us too!

We thought this would be beneficial in so many ways,
not only as an opening to expand our own world,
and disciplines, rather, to reach out to the
aliens/natives among us as we are instructed by God to do.

I thought this statement put it more clearly
(sources: urbana.org)
...the current immigration debate is very political.
And the role of the church is not always the same as the role
of the state. It is difficult to know where to stand.
But the Scripture seems to be clear on how
we should treat the strangers who are among us. We too,
are only sojourners in this world; we exist by the graciousness
of a merciful God. How can we not be moved with compassion
for the plight of those, who like our forefathers and mothers,
seek only a better life for their families? For are they not like us:
made in God’s own image?
Welcoming immigrants, illegal or otherwise,
is like welcoming Jesus.
Do we not have something they need?
Isn’t there enough to go around,
really? Have we not ourselves been brought out
of Egypt?

Talk about awesome opportunity to witness (for all you
closet evangelicals out there - let's go and make disciples,
isn't that exactly what we're instructed to do?)

Also, we thought it to be a unique challenge for us as a couple
to connect with something significant together as well as
recognize and appreciate how frustrating it must be in trying
to communicate to us in English through a Spanish speaking
background.

So, we're setting out to put ourselves in the shoes of
the foreigners among us!

Some Facts about Spanish Language:
With 329 million native speakers, Spanish ranks as the
world's No. 2 language in terms of how many people speak
it as their (first language). It is slightly ahead of English
(328 million) but far behind Chinese (1.2 billion)
(Source: Ethnologue)

Spanish has at least 3 million native speakers each in 44
countries, making it the 4th mostly geographically spoken
language behind English (112 countries) French (60) and
Arabic (57). (Source: Ethnologue)

Missionary Presence

Early in the century the Mexican Revolution, in reaction to

Roman Catholic political dominance, led to the creation of a

secular state. Measures to thwart hierarchical influence

(including closing the country's doors to foreign religious workers)

meant no legal entry for evangelical missionaries for about

seventy years. This did not, however, discourage those entering

under other classifications.

Given the lower missionary profile, dynamic autochthonous

movements developed - those with no roots in foreign missionary

efforts. Such Christian groups accounted for 57.4 percent of

Mexico's Protestants in 1982. (1) Strong national leadership has

developed.

Changes in church-state relationships now permit the entry of

missionaries. Who will respond to Mexico City's call? Hopefully,

those not only willing to be exposed to its smog and crime,

but also willing to cooperate with the church already there.

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We are hopeful to learn the language successfully to be able to
communicate to our neighbors (To reach them for Jesus Christ)
in our area, our new church (which we just found out has 30
nations represented within AND this church is in Audubon, PA!)
and eventually become... Traveling Missionaries?
(if that is what the Lord would have us do).

Our boys are enjoying the new language around our house as
Tony and I (presently) sound like lunatics from another
PLANET (LOL) it's quite humorous and I will work on video
taping us at some point, so you can cheer us on and get a chuckle
out of it or maybe, some inspiration to explore new languages
yourself!

It's "supposed" to be one of the easiest languages to learn,
however, having to re-train our mouths all over again is sure to
be a challenge.

Our boys aren't exactly excited about learning with us just yet,
they are still mastering the English language and would rather
play and laugh at mom and dad right now! (lol)

Although, Joshua may be able to pick up on this new language
and become bi-lingual along with us.
He'll have a head start in the work place...
FYI: Knowing and speaking another language is considered
to be a high credential in seeking employment too, above
"degree level"education, in some positions.

Please pray for us, as we pursue to explore the Native Indian/
Hispanic/Western cultures in breaking the language barrier
that keeps us from truly knowing our fellow brothers and
sisters in Christ.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Wedding Updates!!! On The Knot

Hi Everyone...
Here is the link for my sister and soon to be brother -in-law's
website they've created about their big day!

Enjoy.

TheKnot

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Bible Readers Beware!


I like the "Skit Guys", they seem to have an animated,
impactful way of getting to the crux of the matter through
dramatic presentations and humor - that real life "junk"
that can get in the way of seeing
the bigger picture God meant for us.

Ironically, I've been having a problem with reading
my Bible. Sometimes, I actually become intimidated
by its length, maybe some of you can relate? excuses...
I know.

Quite honestly, sometimes I'm just lazy about soaking
in the Word. Later on, I find myself, condemning myself
for this lack of interest and then I have the wrong motivation
of a "guilt trip" in receiving my daily bread.

Refreshing news... Every day, every second, is a new
beginning and the choice is ours. Aren't we so blessed
to have a God that WAITS for us? I mean,
think about it? Who are we?
He's an almighty Holy God... and He's ALWAYS
calling to me and (us) He even forgives me (us) as long as
we keep in step with Him and admit these sins.
You can't buy LOVE like that!

I'll even put it in this fashion...
I've been like the rebellious student who refuses to
read/study before that important test and crams in
all the information right before the finals expecting
an easy A (while its fresh on my mind), how well did
that ever work out for ya? For me,
not so good! Usually failed and I don't want to be a
failure in God's eyes.

If you've succumbed to these lowly depths
from time to time, say this with me:
Lord, forgive me for this lazy attitude and lack of reading
and trusting in Your Word more often, I want to know more
of YOU, help me, shape me, teach me how to read and live
out Your Word more truthfully, I am nothing without You
and Your Word. Amen.

God has been showering my life with favor for so long, I should
know better I have become stifled and comfortable.
This is what I've been talking about in some of my previous
posts. I fall prey to this behavior too folks! Ugh.

Sometimes, I even think that PRAYER and my
good words for the day is enough as long as I'm sincere
right? wrong. We can't pick and choose which Christian
value we will do for the day, we must get into His
Word way more than we do to help us really live
faithfully to truly Honor our Holy King.

It is such a personal discipline and solely a Holy Spirit
led determination to actually read and live out the
Words of the Bible. I readily admit, my need to grow
seriously in this area of my own life.

I would also pray to you (readers), that you would begin to
open the pages of the Word of God set before you, pull them
off of your shelves and off of those coffee tables or
out from underneath a pile of "advice" books and truly
soak into His Word today! It's a grand adventure.
What are we waiting for?

Let us no longer take advantage of
the Lord, using our activities (even
church ministries) or computer time or chasing the kids
around with all our busyness as an excuse not to take time
to soak up the Word of the Lord. HAPPY READING!!!