Monday, May 18, 2009

TSEGE'S SAWYER

Brenda and Bob McDonnel gave our Sunday School class an opportunity to love and honor our Ethiopian friend, Tsege. About 7 months ago, she became a grandma for the first time and this called for a celebration!


It was a joyful time, full of thanks, eating and sharing gifts. Brenda shared a little about grandmothers from the Bible - one from the OT and one from the NT. In the OT,
Ruth gave birth to a son [Obed]. The women said to Grandma Naomi: "Praise be to the LORD, who this day has not left you without a kinsman-redeemer. May he become famous throughout Israel! He will renew your life and sustain you in your old age.” Ruth 4:14

In the NT Paul said to Timothy, “I have been reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives in you also.” 2 Timothy 1:5

Shows you how great importance God places on Grandparents! We know Tsege will be praying as much for her grandchildren as she did for her children.

Tsege is a fantastic prayer warrior and has taught our Sunday School so much about prayer. Many times she stands and prays in her native tongue, taking us to God too, helping us to feel God's presence globally.





This precious gift was given to Tsege 7 months ago, her first and only grandson!






Tsege, Askedom, Sawyer, erin, Maheret, Hintsa and sister/>












PROUD DAD!






FRIENDS WHO WELCOMED SAWYER WITH LOVE AND GIFTS!!














AUNTIE MAHARET







AUNT MAHARET and UNCLE HINTSA and Jan Bensen


























BRENDA McDONELL with SAWYER











TSEGE'S SISTER, SAWYER AND TSEGE















TIM AND NANCY BOTTS















AUNTIE LOVIN ON SAWYER!














NANCY BOTTS with SAWYER

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

SPLISH SPLASH

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Elation and Dread

ELATION and DREAD
As the 2008 election process has taken place, I've never felt more interested.
There have been times of elation and also dread, the later putting my stomach in a knot. When I discuss it with people of varying opinions/convictions, I promise myself I won't ever discuss it again.

And then the inevitable happens. Someone says something very profound and I am forced to listen....really listen and do more thinking. The someone I'm referring to is my
son, Jonathan. He said Jesus came to minister to the poor.

So, I started thinking about all the things Jesus came to do.
He came to serve, not to be served.

He healed.
He sacrificed.
He saved,
He raised from the dead.

This should move us into action for His kingdom today.
What kind of action?
Saying YES to God.
Doing His will as is told in His Words found in the Bible.

That is the only way I can find any peace or freedom from all this
chaos that the world and it's system brings.
"Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free"

Therefore, I have decided I've not been thinking right.
I need to believe Jesus when He says things in His word and then leave it up to Him
to accomplish His will.

He makes good out of evil.

Jesus said "I will build my Church and the gates of Hell will not prevail against it"

So, will I be a pacifist?
NO!
I will still PRAY
BE INFORMED
and
VOTE!!

Sunday, May 10, 2009

MOTHERS DAY

My heart is full and overflowing with joy! Mothers Day was a fantastic time filled with love. It started with Jonathan & Callie and David & Nickie coming to pick me up for Church. I felt so happy sitting in the middle of these two wonderful couples. Then we picked up our food and dogs and went to Christie's, to meet Derrick (Nickie's brother who biked most of the way from Chicago)and grill. The fare was delicious: chicken and beef kabobs, grilled veggies, jello, potato salad, rice/chicken casserole with strawberry shortcake for dessert.

After eating, we went back to my house where the men put the picnic table together, we played with the dogs - er dog (Abbie watches!) and Callie did some yard work and planning for their garden which their going to plant here this coming weekend. So come back folks for some more pics.

Callie and Jonathan gave me a picnic table, Nickie and David two gorgeous geraniums and Christie some plush white towels and Botanic nature soap.


I will bless the Lord at all times. His praise shall continually be in my mouth.
Oh, magnify the Lord with me, And let us exalt His name together. Psalm 34: 1 & 3









PIANO RECITAL 2009