Mikayla and Kirsten have both been enjoying playing soccer (football) this year for the high school women's team at their school. Here are a few photos of them in action!
1Corinthians 9:24-27 Do you not know that in a race
all the runners run, but only one receives the prize?
So run that you may obtain it. Every athlete exercises
self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we van imperishable. So I do not run aimlessly;
I do not box as one beating the air. But I discipline my body
and keep it under control,...
Hebrews 12:1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by
so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us..
1 Timothy 6:12
Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life
to which you were called and about which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses
Once in a while I like to post books that I am currently or have recently read to share with you.
Here are a few of the latest:
12 "Christian" Beliefs That Can Drive You Crazy by Henry Cloud
Bounce, Living the Resilient Life by Robert Wicks
Conformed to His Image by Kenneth Boa
Ben has been working hard on his karate skills and today passed his belt testing to earn his purple belt! Way to go Ben!!!!
Wearing his new purple belt and holding the 'old' blue
belt! Proud of you, Ben!
1 Corinthians 9:25-27
Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it
to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable.
So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air.
But I discipline my body and keep it under control...
Quite a while ago my sister had sent me a CD of piano music by her church's pianist, Barb Bamberg. It is a beautiful, relaxing CD of hymns titled "Sing Them Over Again."
In 1 Samuel 16 verse 23 it says And whenever the harmful
spirit from God was upon Saul, David took the lyre and played
it with his hand. So Saul was refreshed and was well, and the harmful spirit departed from him.
I would reword that a bit to say that "when the enemy tries to discourage me to much due to many things we are dealing with at this time of our life I take my music CD of "Sing Them Over Again" by Barbara Bamberg, listen to it, and am refreshed in my spirit."
I love listening to the hymns.
Music is such a gift. This CD ministers to James too. He often asks to listen to it at night while he is preparing to fall asleep.
Barbara Bamberg, Pianist at St. Luke's United Methodist Church
in Houston, Texas.
I wanted to encourage you to get a copy of her CD if you can. I checked at Amazon but it doesn't seem available there. So, contact her at the church, St. Luke's United Methodist Church in Houston, Tx.
There have been many events the since December here making trials the path we are walking on at the moment. We are not at liberty to share to many details but appreciate your ongoing prayers for us.
Recently I purchased this decoration from a street vendor as a visual reminder of this truth: Jesus is the anchor of my soul.
As it says in Hebrews 6:18
18 so that by two unchangeable things, in which it is
impossible for God to lie, we who have fled for refuge
might have strong encouragement to hold fast to the
hope set before us. 19 We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place
behind the curtain, 20 where Jesus has gone as a forerunner
on our behalf,...
The anchor also reminds me of one of my favourite hymns - He Leadeth Me......
He leadeth me: O blessed thought! O words with heavenly comfort fraught! Whate'er I do, where'er I be, still 'tis God's hand that leadeth me.
Refrain:He leadeth me, he leadeth me, by his own hand he leadeth me; his faithful follower I would be, for by his hand he leadeth me.
Sometimes mid scenes of deepest gloom, sometimes where Eden's bowers bloom, by waters still, o'er troubled sea, still 'tis his hand that leadeth me. (Refrain)
Lord, I would place my hand in thine, nor ever murmur nor repine; content, whatever lot I see, since 'tis my God that leadeth me. (Refrain)
And when my task on earth is done, when by thy grace the victory's won, e'en death's cold wave I will not flee, since God through Jordan leadeth me. (Refrain)