Jojo's Baptism

baptism1There are moments when working for Christ with family are overwhelmingly full of joy! Father and Son, together in the baptism pool. Father and son together, immersing those who have chosen to live for our Savior. It was truly a moment of beauty!

I truly believe that family is of extreme importance. God placed us within this unit to give Him glory and to demonstrate His unconditional love to this world. It takes a God kind of love to keep believing in the same people who’ve let you down over and over again. Only God’s type of love can keep a unit of people together even after facing difficulty after difficulty together.

He uses those hard places we face together to grow us as one. He uses the weakness of our behaviors and attitudes to make us strong if we make Him our focus. When He is our reason for sticking it out, He comes through in amazing ways.

This picture of father and son proves that God aligns us.

wpid-wp-1440854983520.jpegOur precious Jojo was baptized by his grandpa and his dad last week! It was such a special moment. Three generations in the pool together. The procreation of the older down to the younger, together proclaiming Christ!

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Grandma and mom were not far behind! Jojo couldn’t get out of the pool until we were done praying. We know how easy it can be to forget what was learned while growing up, so we wanted him sealed!

Join us in praying for Jojo. At 14 years old, he still has many years of testing to face. Pray that he will overcome.

Today I Choose Peace

peacePsalm 29:11 The Lord gives strength to His people; the Lord blesses His people with peace.

Life is full of storms. Conditions beyond our control or problems we create surround us. God knew that we would walk down the road we walk. He had a plan designed for our circumstances before they arose. Allow His peace to envelop you.

The storms of life don’t have to control you.

Make a choice today to be at peace. Decide to be calm. Sit back, relax, trust Him. He won’t let you down.

Isaiah 26:3 You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in You.

PRAY: Father God, I give every worry to you now. The problems that I face and the difficulties that seem to surround me are now yours. Please pour out your peace upon me now. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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Choose to FOCUS on the Good!

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And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. Romans 8:28
It takes work to focus on the good things in life. Difficulties oftentimes surround us and we spend hours pondering on what isn’t right. Good is everywhere if we choose to see it. Why spend so much time looking into the negativity of any situation when we could find peace by focusing on the positive?
He is the giver of all good things, so when we look for what is good, we find God’s presence.
Today I choose to seek out the good in every situation I face.
I will sing to the Lord because he is good to me.Psalm 13:6
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A Short Visit With Jose

It all began with hugs and laughter. After two years Jose was home. We smiled as we watched him walk down the stairs to the immigration booth. We then rushed to wait at the passage way where he would appear. Our hearts were filled with excitement as we anticipated his arrival.

My camera was ready. My heart was overjoyed. My husband held back his tears of joy. My other children shrieked with gladness as they awaited their brother. My in laws were even there to gather the grandson now turned Airman!

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We had a wonderful time together!

In so many ways, he was still our Jose. In other ways, he’s changed. He’s a man now. He is funny and not willing to keep his opinion to himself. I think he got that from me! He was most definitely a joy to be around.

We enjoyed his company at the beach. We worked together at our children camps. We relished our time together at home looking at old family photos or just talking on our porch. He blessed us during devotions and never feigned about his own walk with Christ, he allowed us to join him on his voyage of faith.wpid-wp-1440102656918.jpegwpid-wp-1440102614623.jpeg

My wonderful body guard, confidant, introverted (like his mom), whimsical, special quality time person left two days ago. He’s not here for me to kiss all over the face. He’s not here for me to take a walk with down my favorite path. He’s not here to tell me that I’m driving him crazy when I talk back to much to dad! He’s not here for me hear him say, “Ya’ll gonna learn today”.

wpid-wp-1440102569664.jpegHe boarded a plane back to his new home. His departure was different than his arrival. This time there were no smiles. No laughter. No excitement. Just sad faces and tears.

Yet, we are grateful for the moments we did share together. We are overjoyed with the new opportunities that await him. Plus, we know that we will see one another again.