Bracing for the Braces!

March seems to be the month that braces will enter our family!

Kirsten will be getting braces on her teeth to help straighten and align them.

Jerard will be getting a SWASH brace (SWASH stands for Standing, Walking, and Sitting Hip orthosis) the second week of March.
The cool thing about this SWASH brace is that instead of us needing to travel up to Manila to obtain it, they are bringing it down here! What a blessing.
This brace will go around his waist and attach to his upper thighs, giving him assistance to sit up and balance better!
You can read more about it at http://www.allardusa.com/

Faith On The Rock

Kirsten is back from the Outdoor Education trip to Corregidor.
The theme this year was "Faith on the Rock."

She had a great time.

Besides seeing many sights on the island, the students were challenged to live a life worthy of Christ - on fire for him.
They had opportunity to share the gospel with kids at a local school, too.

2 Timothy 2:1-4, 15

1You then, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.
2And the things you have heard me say in the presence
of many witnesses entrust to reliable men who will also be qualified to teach others. 3Endure hardship with us like a good soldier of Christ Jesus. 4No one serving as a soldier gets involved in civilian affairs--he wants to please his commanding officer
.....15Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved,
a workman who does not need to be ashamed and
who correctly handles the word of truth.

We are thankful she is back safely. It is good to hear her share about what she's learned and seen.

I'll have her post more about her trip when she's not so tired!

Pursue.....

Have you ever looked in the concordance or word-searched such words as 'pursue' and 'seek' at Biblegateway.com? The New Testament is full of active commands for us to 'run the race', 'seek first', 'pursue'...

1 Timothy 6: 11But as for you, O man of God,
flee these things.
Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness.
12 Fight the good fight of the faith.
Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called...

Faith is active.

.......I'd love to expand this more but I have two two-year olds calling for my attention......
so.............just think about it.........Faith is Active....there is no 'easy street' or retiring in the Christian life.....and it is a wonderful journey....

More Sights at Corregidor

Here are some more pictures of sights the Middle Schoolers will be seeing this week on their outdoor education trip.

They had a great time at the Intamuros on Saturday. Kirsten is really enjoying this trip.

13th Anniversary

13 years ago today my Dad died of a sudden heart attack.

Below are the lyrics to a song I had written for my Dad the Father's Day prior to his death. I'm thankful I was able to share this song with him before he died.

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My Father used to sing to me "The Old Rugged Cross"
Tucked me in and rubbed my back and said "good night my child."
His tenor voice would fill the room with sweet refrains of hymns
And in my tender childhood days I knew I'd trust in Him

Images of Jesus' death emblazened in my mind
"Wondrous'ly attracting me to the Dear Lamb of God"*
"Amazing Grace" has saved my soul and "It Is Well"
"I Love To Tell The Story" that "Jesus Paid It All."

       As Father and Daughter we've travled rough roads
       And I never thanked my father for singing me those hymns

I pray that in his twilight years he knows I've forgiven him
Memories of good times shared far outweigh the bad
All things work together for good to those who love God
I pray his soul has answered Him and His glory forever he'll share.

So I'll cherish the old rugged cross, where my trophies at last I'll lay down
I will cling to the old rugged cross, and exchange it someday for a crown.

I'm passing on the good things to children of my own
Singing them the hymns I heard and grew to love so
"Blest Be The Ties" and "God Be With You", "I'm Going Home"
Songs rich in truth passed lovingly from him to me to them.

/To the old rugged cross I will ever be true, it's shame and reproach gladly bear/
/Then He'll call me someday to my home far away where His glory forever /
/I'll share /
/So I'll cherish the old rugged cross, where my trophies at last I'll lay down/
/I will cling to the old rugged cross, and exchange it someday for a crown./
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Copyright 1996 - All Rights Reserved :  * Line excerpted from "The Old Rugged Cross"
"The Old Rugged Cross" copyright 1913 by George Bernard. Copyright of "The Old Rugged Cross" renewed 1941 (extended), The Rodeheaver Co., owner. ** Line excerpted from "Battle Hymn of the Republic"