Wednesday, April 30, 2008
I gave it to the Ulms...and I won't let them to give it back.
What does work about this, is that there is always an answer!
Just like God Himself...there IS an answer.
we will get a yes, no or wait. And we can not shake Him to change it.
He hears you.
Listen for it...and remember He knows best.
Grace and Peace,
Monday, April 28, 2008
Sunday, April 27, 2008
Well, tonight led the community to the Grotto, pictured above...but picture it lit up with candles and lightning bugs-there was not an empty seat. It was a front row view of tragedy and victory at the same time. Yesterday he went next door, to the home of Joey Estrada, his mother's murderer. He went to extend a hand of forgiveness and prayer But, then he went even further...he begged us through tears, to "please pray for Joey and his family. He didn't know what he was doing"
What spoke to me, both literally and figuratively, was Louis Barrios, son of Viola. He spoke with deep passion and conviction in his faith in Christ-That is where the victory comes in...
Yesterday he went next door, to the home of Joey Estrada, his mother's murderer.
He went to extend a hand of forgiveness and prayer
But, then he went even further...he begged us through tears, to "please pray for Joey and his family. He didn't know what he was doing"
Friday, April 25, 2008
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Monday, April 21, 2008
The Battle of San Jacinto, fought on April 21, 1836, (172 years ago today), was the decisive battle of the Texas Revolution. Led by General Sam Houston, the Texas Army engaged and defeated General Santa Anna's Mexican forces in a fight that lasted just eighteen minutes.
(Thus starting the campaign, "Dont Mess With Texas")
Santa Anna, the President of Mexico, was captured the following day and held as a prisoner of war. Not long afterwards, he signed the peace treaties that dictated that the Mexican army leave the region, paving the way for the Republic of Texas to become an independent country.
So, we celebrate this in San Antonio with FIESTA- it is a 10-day party that includes all walks of life and over 100 events. Texas Cavalier's River Parade, www.texascavaliers.org/parade.aspx
The Battle of Flowers Parade http://www.battleofflowers.org/
During Fiesta all of our city and it's visitors are on the same page...eat, drink and be merry...
Enjoy life.... millions of dollars are earned and given back to the community to those who need it most. Loving our neighbors and celebrating our similarities as well as our diversities. There are men dressed as Kings and women dressed as Queen's and duchesses for the week. There are children who live for a chance to reach out and touch them-
The Real Royalty, Jesus, loves a party and loves people...I think He might like this time...where we are all on one page and just celebrating life...together...as long as we are keeping it in perspective-and remembering-this is all just pretend.
more importantly,Viva Jesus!!!
Grace and Peace
Saturday, April 19, 2008
The term passover comes from the fact that God "passed over" the Jews when he killed the firstborn of Egypt. This story is told in Exodus 12:23.
It is traditional for a Jewish family to gather on the first night of Passover, for a special dinner called a Seder, where the story of the Israelite exodus from Egypt is retold by the reading the Haggadah. (over 1000 year old book of instruction)
If you are ever invited to celebrate Passover dinner...you must go...it is beautiful and the very roots of what we believe as Christians. The food, symbols, words of Passover tell one of the greatest stories of all times.
Matzo or "Unleavened Bread" or "Bread of Affliction," are crackers made with flour in an environment that yeast wouldn't ever have time to leaven it.
This is about 18 minutes from the time the grain is ground to flour (or touches water) to the time it is placed in the oven.
It's called "Bread of Affliction" because it is the last thing the Hebrews ate as they left Egypt; it is the final token of the affliction and bondage they had been subjected to.
As unleavened bread it represents a lack of sin.
This is a Passover Coke, You will notice on the cap, the Hebrew "Kosher for Passover" text. The circled-U symbol is for the Union of Orthodox Rabbis, and marks a Kosher product.(Thank you Babby, my G-d mother for teaching me about this.)
The -P apparently signifies that it's not just Kosher, but Kosher for Passover. Made once a year so observant Jews can still drink Coke.
I love this!
Whatever God thinks we need...He provides.
Let us never forget that is where it all began.
Grace and Peace,
Friday, April 18, 2008
Thursday, April 17, 2008
We can rest assured that if we ask God for what we need to get down that path.
He will indeed deliver. And because He is walking with us...it will somehow feel smoother.
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Like I could really come across this picture and not put it on the blog-
I don't know...what it means...where it is from...
Nor do I even begin to know, what to say about this...
"Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart,
Monday, April 14, 2008
I was and still am unfamiliar with him...or his sect of Islam.
I don't even know his name.
I don't know how he treats people.
I don't know what he thinks about Allah or Jesus.
All I do know about him is that his followers were organized and there were alot of them.
The very little I do know about him, I learned by watching his followers....
This reminded me of a concept taught to me in Israel by Ray VanderLaan- He was always reminded us that most of the people watching us learned about Jesus from exactly that...
What we wore-
How we spoke-
How we treated each other and their land-
If others do not know Him...There is a good chance that all they are going to know is from us.
Now we could be in some trouble here....as Christians, we are walking billboards for God.
So what are are we saying?
What are they seeing?
Let them see Love.
For God and for each other.
Grace and Peace,
Sunday, April 13, 2008
Thursday, April 10, 2008
Jesus Who, knows the number of hairs on your head-
Jesus Who, loved you before anyone else knew your name-
Jesus Who, lived a perfect life and yet paid for all your sins-
Jesus Who, will never leave you-
"There is never a time during which Jesus is not speaking. Never. There is never a place in which Jesus is not present. Never. He is tapping gently on the doors of our hearts--waiting to be invited in. Few hear his voice. Fewer still open the door. But never interpret our numbness as his absence. For amidst the fleeting promises of pleasure is the timeless promise of his presence." -Max Lucado
"Surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age"
Jesus- That is Who.
Grace and Peace,
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
The bold (loud) and joyous mouth of Alfalfa...
The kindness and love of sweet Darla...
The patience and leadership of Spanky- trying to keep them on task...
The surprise and goodness of Buckwheat...
The peace and gentleness of what's-his-face, the little brother-
Isn't there a little Rascal in all of us?
I hope so.
God's Patience amazes me....over and over again-
Grace and Peace,
Monday, April 7, 2008
It began with my Grandfather, Con Mims, Jr. He was killed in action December 17, 1944 during "The Battle of The Bulge." He was a true American hero, (more medals than I can recount here.) More importantly to me, than the medals were the true rewards he left behind-
The love of his life-my Grandmother "Momo." She had a 2 yr old Con, III and was pregnant with my mom.
Due to the fact, that I never got to thank him, and I am not sure if anyone did, I feel a very strong call to thank who I can, in his honor and memory.
God Bless Them all.
For those who have offered the ultimate sacrifice- may they rest in peace-
I am so thankful to you, God, for the ultimate sacrifice You made on Good Friday- because what occured three days later on Easter- ensures, that I will meet and be with my grandfather. I will hug his neck and say a long overdue Thank you.
Grace and Peace,
Saturday, April 5, 2008
The goal in following a "teacher", or "rabbi", in Jesus' day was to be just like him. In order to do that you must walk very closely to him. When you walk closely to your teacher on the roads of Israel- you can not help but be covered in his dust.
I get so caught up in asking where He is going, what time we will get there, How do I know He is there? etc, etc...that I tend to forget Who I am following...
The past few months I have been reminded me of Who I am following.
In ways I had forgotten, or just taken for granted...and thought of as a coincidence. It has been said, "a coincidence is God's Way of Staying Anonymous"
I don't think of Him as trying to stay anonymous- rather, just showing His Grace and Mercy, as He waits patiently for us to recognize Him.