Thursday, December 23, 2010

In Mexico

Hello Everyone!
Yes, I am back in Mexico. And let me tell you I it the ground running! Jonny and I flew to Tucson, AZ on Thursday and spent several days with our dear friends the Hawkins. Love those guys, they are the best! Then Sunday night around 8 Jonny, Jason Slusher, and I boarded a Tufesa bus and we hit the road. We stopped at the border to get our visas and to my horror they made me push the magic button. You see at the border they have this contraption that looks like a traffic light, only no yellow light, just red and green. You push a button and the light turns either red or green. If it's green you're free to go. If it's red they stop you and search everything. So, I was pushing the button for the whole bus. If the light showed green everyone would have to get off and then we'd have to unload all the luggage! It would mean adding another hour or so to our journey. OH NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I told the immigration officer, "Really, I don't want to push the button". But do you think he listened to me?!?!?!?!?!!?!?!
Anyway after all my sweating, worrying, and hair pulling I pushed the stupid button !
Guess what?????

You know what that means??!?!?!?! Ya'll were praying!!!!! I thankyou, everyone one of you, so much for your prayers. I realized afterwards that I should have volunteered to push the button to begin with. I was most definately covered with my prayer than anyone else in that bus, hahaha. Praise Jesus!

So, we got to the ranch around 6 am the next morning. I'm still unpacking. I've realized that I need more storage space, shelves maybe.
All of the ladies' studies this week are canceled because of Christmas so Tuesday morning I spent with the fish. It was good to see my old friends! Tuesday evening we were off to Tesia. It was so great to see everyone. I missed them all so much!
Wednesday, yesterday, was fish and Mezquite trees all morning. The Mezquite trees were a bit more brutal than the fish. For those of you that don't know about Mezquite they produce thorns much like the ones that made up the crown of thorns that was put on Jesus' head at the crucifiction. They're quite dangerous. Always wear gloves and long sleeves when dealing with them! They have to be taken care of though because they show no mercy on car tires! One of those babies in the tire and it's flat, fast.

So there's my first 3 days back at Rancho Maranatha everyone!
More later, God Bless!!!!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Just As I Am

I'm listening to a song by a Spanish artist named Jesus Adrian Romero right now. The song is called, "Just as I am". It speaks of the Lord accepting us just as we are. A sweet sacrifice, a precious incense to Him. It speaks of how we come to Him with nothing to give but yet we give our everything.
That is SO the truth. What do we have to give our King? What do we have that He needs? He doesn't need our wisdom or our insight, that's for sure. We know that He is the Alpha and Omega, He sees and exists outside of time, He DOES NOT need our opinion, hahahaha. He doesn't need our strength for He can calm the wind and the waves. He doesn't need our humor. I know this because He used His own sense of humor in creating me! He doesn't even need our adoration because He has legions of angels to worship and praise Him. He is perfection so why did He create us? Just so that we could mess everything up? I mean we ruined the garden of Eden, and then the world after the flood as well. And since He is omnipotent He knew what we would do before we did it!!!! SO, why, why did He place us on this piece of twirling rock in the middle of the Milky Way? Why did He create us amidst a billion galaxies each with billions of stars?????

The creator of the universe chose to step out and offer us love. He chose to create beings that desire love and affection. And because God is love He gave us the ability and the freedom to choose. We can choose whether or not we will love and serve the creator of the universe or whether we will love and serve ourselves. The logical deduction is pretty obvious isn't it? We obviously should choose to live and serve the perfect, loving, all-powerful being.

I know for most of you this is elementary stuff. You've heard it all before. You read your bible every day and are reminded of it. But please, don't lose your sense of awe. Don't forget that we are so puny in comparison to our God. This whole planet, over 6 billion people right? We are a little piece of rock among trillions that He put in the sky just to declare His handy work. Don't forget that every breathe you have is a miracle. Don't forget that it's our God, our Savior that holds everything together. He is the evolutionists' 'cosmic glue'. He is the unexplainable, the great mystery. And we, little, tiny us have the opportunity to know Him. He has called Himself our Father, our friend, our Savior, our lover.

He made us for His glory. Let Him use you for His glory however He might please. Let Him blow your mind, everyday. I am begging Him to move me beyond the trials and trivial things of this world. I've asked Him to make me heavenly minded, to see the big scheme of things. The beauty of God is that the more you see, the more you learn, the more you experience the more you realize how much more there is to know. There's no end of the road with God. He is everlasting!

Monday, December 6, 2010

Long time

I had a great time in NY! Cati and Tim's Grape wedding was a smashing hit. They are now happily married. And I'm considering the fact that I'm almost an old spinster (lol, jk)

I also spent some time with my wonderful Grandparents. They took me apple picking :)

Yes everyone, I know it's been way tooooooo long... However I have been enjoying myself immensely. It has been such a blessing to be here with my family and friends. This Sunday I spent with my CFC church family, what a blessing! I also had the priviledge to have my little bro lead worship besides my mother and I :) :) :) (teary eyed moment).

Friday my wonderful father took the family to Silver Dollar City, the best amusement park in the country (in my humble opinion)! We had a great time. We rode the roller coasters in 40 degree weather. Drank hot chocolate, ate funnel cakes, and saw "The Christmas Carol" play. We were enthralled by all the lights and stayed to watch the little Christmas parade at the end. It was a ton of fun.....

This last Saturday we celebrated Christmas as a family since Jonny and I will be heading back to Mexico on the 16th of this month. It was a blessed time :) :) :) We opened presents, ate lots of cookies, and had lots of laughs!
So I have a week and a half left with my family..... I'm trying to write a christmas card....... I'm trying to figure out how to get everything I want and need into 3 suitcases. I'm also trying to get all of my finances in order, fun huh.......
Blessing to all and a Merry Christmas :)