Sunday, March 31, 2013

Springtime in Italy

Asiago and Bassano Del Grappa

Butterfly Garden

Playing School
Easter Activities


Egg hunting

Easter morning Resuurection eggs & cinnamon rolls

Family photos

(didn't want a tie-typical male!)

Having fun!

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Faith and the Tandem

Faith in Jesus Christ is the first principle of the Gospel. What exactly is "faith in Jesus Christ". 

1. It is  believing that Jesus Christ is the only literal Son of God. (John 3:16)

2. It is believing that Jesus Christ suffered for the sins of all mankind through the shedding of His blood, death on the cross, and bodily resurrection from death. (Isaiah 53:3-12)

3. It is recognizing that all mankind is born into sin. (Romans 3:23)

4. It is admitting that you are a sinner and need to be "born again". (John 3:3)

5. It is understanding that Jesus is the ONLY way to become "born again"; the ONLY way to heaven. (John 14:6)

6. It is confessing your sin and trusting Jesus as your personal Savior. (Romans 10-9-10)

Acting in faith means we trust Him.

 This little story of the tandem bike is an excellent example of how we struggle to control our lives versus trusting God and allowing HIm to take the lead. 

"When I decided to give my life over to the care of Christ it seemed as though I was riding a tandem bike with Christ pedaling on the back seat. I kept steering the bike as best as I could. It was a hard and rocky road. So I kept pleading for Christ to pedal harder to help me make it through the dangerous areas. There were treacherous corners, steep mountains, large rocks and deep holes on the road I was traveling. Because of the complexity of the path I kept crashing the bike and running off the road. I kept getting injured and I often lost hope that I could follow such a difficult path. After several serious mishaps, my Savior asked, 'Might I steer for a while?' Reluctantly, I agreed and climbed on the back of the bike and began pedaling as best as I could. I watched in wonder as to the new way that Christ maneuvered the bicycle through the obstacles on the path. He was able to navigate through every danger ahead. If I ever felt frightened He would lean back and touch me with comforting assurance. When I needed rest, He would stop pedaling to give me living water and the bread of life. He guided me to places and people who helped me gain knowledge, healing, acceptance and joy. Now I understand, the power of the tandem bike is to let Christ do the steering and when I think that maybe I can’t do it anymore, Christ always smiles at me and reminds me to keep pedaling." (Author unknown)

I pray you are "on board" with Jesus and allowing Him take the front seat!

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Counting my blessings!

There is a song I remember singing in church as a little girl titled: Count your Blessings
Although the verses are written for someone dealing with discouragement and dispair the chorus goes like this:

Count your blessings, 
Name them one by one 
Count your many blessings, 
See what God has done 
Count your blessings, 
Name them one by one 
Count your many blessings, 
See what God has done. 

Today, as Hunter and I walked along the LBJ Lake here in Marble Falls, Texas and enjoyed the warm breezes and 75 degree temps. my mind was filled with the words of this hymn. God has so richly blessed me with; access to His Word, good friends, a loving extended family, health, a happy marriage, children walking with the Lord while raising godly families, & the excitement of three new grandbabies coming this year that I could have almost "broke out in song". I didn't, thankfully for those who might have to hear my off key tones! 

It is good for each of us to daily count our blessings and attribute them to the Lord. Yours will not be the same as mine but each of us has them. 

Blessed be the name of the Lord!

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Off the wagon-permanently!

If any of you have been following my stomach issues-which have been an epic event spanning 13 years-you know I have tried everything, including all types of diets, seeing many doctors, and reading every available article on the web pertaining to the stomach! Nothing has seemed to be the correct solution. In fact last fall I was on an extremely limited diet, loosing 20 pounds in the process. I amazed myself with will power. I got to the place that I could bake Hunter a triple layer boston cream pie for his birthday and not put one morsel into my mouth! Along this journey I've learned to seek God for strength. Phil 4: 13 "I can do all things, (even going months with no dairy, no grains, no beef , and a lot of other "nos"), through Christ who strengthens me." I often referred to that verse.
If these measures had produced positive results-freedom from stomach distress-I would gladly have continued them indefinately. But there was no improvement and the stomach aches continued.

I decided to make one "last ditch effort" and see yet another gastroenterogist in the Austin area. I figured he'd want to do a series of tests, as the other three gastroenterogists I have seen in the past insisted on doing.
To my total surprise he said he knew what was wrong and it would involve no tests. He said I had a spastic stomach, a form of Irritable Bowel Syndrome, and with medication I could be free of stomach distress in a matter of weeks!! I looked at him in shock-really?? After 13 years could I really have found a DR. that was interested more in me than test results? As I left his office he said to start taking the meds, call him in a week so he could tweek them if needed and go out and eat anything and everything and gain 20 pounds!

What a bit of wonderful news! And he is right, absolutely. As long as I am on medication I can eat anyting and feel good most of the time. I can't wait to go to Italy once again without any dietary restrictions!

I'm back to baking my own aroma filled bread, desserts, and enjoying once again creativity in the kitchen. Lesson learned? Be patient yet persevere through as many doctors as you need to find one that is understanding and will work with you to achieve healing!

Thank-you, Lord, for seeing me through this tough time. Verses to help in times of frustration:

1 Peter 5:10
"The God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm, and steadfast."

Ps. 27:14
"Wait for the Lord, be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord."
Why you might have to wait for years I don't know but God has his plans and they will be accomplished in His perfect timing!!

Just remember to- "Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart."
Ps. 37:4