Saturday, January 31, 2009

Coming Soon......The Star Spangled Banner!!!!

As soon as I can get to a high-speed internet connection, I am going to post a movie of yours truly singing our national anthem. Since I was only eleven years old, I don't sound the same as I do now (at least I hope!). It may take a few days from now, or a week, but it is coming soon. There will be rules to follow while watching it, like no laughing, but I will post those with the movie.

God Bless,


Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Update On Jonathan

For those of you that do not know, my mom took a few of my brothers and sisters to the doctor for a bad cough yesterday. Normally we do not go to the doctor for little things like that, but since they were coughing for at least a week and a half, she thought it might have turned into bronchitis, or pneumonia. Unfortunately, the person who was coughing the worst was Jonathan, my youngest brother, who is only seven months old. After listening to his breathing, the doctor sent Jonathan to the hospital to be checked for RSV and pneumonia. The others just had a bad cold. Since the only people with her were Amy (13), Sarah (6), and Jason (4), and the rest of us were gone, she dropped them off at home and drove to the hospital in Port Huron. After hours of waiting after the x-rays and tests, the results came back negative for both RSV and pneumonia. Praise the Lord! Jonathan does have an upper respiratory infection, but thankfully the doctor said he should recover soon. I hope and pray he does, along with the rest of us who are coughing.

In Christ,


President Obama.......What Did You Expect?

If you have doubts on whether President Obama will push for Socialism, doubt no longer. This explicitly shows what the democrats want. Socialism! You know, like spreading the wealth......Bad! This is the person that lots of Christians wanted for their president. It's ridiculous! But, since he is now our president, we will have to deal with it, though we don't have to agree with it.
The FOCA? Bad! Funding of Oversea Abortions? Terrible! It's really population control in disguise. Homosexuality? Just plain wrong! But don't you dare say a single word against them, because we "need to be tolerant". WE NEED TO BE TOLERANT? Unbelievable.
Just some thoughts.

In Christ,

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Our Pilgrim's Progress

Pilgrim’s Progress. An allegory of Pilgrim’s journey to Celestial City, written by John Bunyan (not to be mistaken for my ancestor, Paul Bunyan;). He must have been inspired by God to write that book. So many of the things can be used in our Christian walk. For example, Pilgrim was told by Evangelist to “keep his eyes on the Light”, and he would not stray from the path to Celestial City. When he did take his eyes off the light, there were consequences, like the Slough of Despond. To me it is very encouraging to read something like that. If we fix our eyes on Jesus, we will not want to stray from the Narrow Way because we will have our eyes fixed on the prize that the Lord has promised us. Like Pilgrim, we do stray from time to time even though we love the Lord. Thankfully, our loving Savior forgives us of our faults, when we confess and repent them to Him. The point is, if we don’t look left nor right, and keep walking in the Spirit towards the Light, we will never stray from Him.

In Christ,


Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Our 44th President

Inauguration day, January 20, 2009, Barack Obama, the first African-American to become president of the United States of America, is sworn into office. It’s amazing to think that just 50 years ago, he would not have been allowed to drink at the same drinking fountain as a white person, yet now he can rise to the highest position in the U.S.A.. Do I agree with a lot of his positions? No, I don’t. Laws regarding same-sex marriage and abortion will now be passed under his authority. But whether you agree with him or not, he will be our president for the next four years.

A month or two ago, I read a paper where somebody asked if Christians were praying for Barack Obama. Have you? I haven’t. He brought up an interesting point. We should be praying for our country’s leaders, whether we agree with them or not. I pray that our 44th president will look to God before making any decision in the White House. I pray that he will remember that our country was founded “Under God”, and that passing the laws he intends to pass will pull our country farther away from God, not closer to Him. Nevertheless, let your will be done, Lord.

God Bless America!!

Monday, January 19, 2009

A Few Random Pictures

Here are some pictures I thought I would post.

Ryan can't you wait till after the picture is taken to eat?

Where's the Harley, Jason?

Nice mohawk Jonathan!

Thursday, January 15, 2009


In my devotions this morning, I randomly decided to read in Philippians. As I was reading, I came across this verse. “Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.(4:11)” But how? How can I be content? In answer, two verses later I read, “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” It hit home. That was exactly what I needed to hear. I can’t be content without the help of Jesus. I thank and praise the Lord for having me read those verses on this particular morning. I pray to the Lord to give me the strength to be content.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Sin Is Optional

There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it. 1 Corinthians 10:13 KJV

I find that this verse is very encouraging. Sin is optional. I don’t have to let Satan trip me up. I don’t have to slide back into the flesh. But there is always a way to avoid sin. I know this is kind of obvious, but sometimes I need a reminder. Often I find myself so blinded by my flesh I don’t see the way of escape, or even think to look for it, until after I have sinned. You know the saying “Think before you act”? Well, too often I “Act before I think”. I need to remember to think ”What Would Jesus Do?” before everything I do.

Off-topic, I have been thinking about character flaws too. I wish they didn’t exist. I’m finding that all I can do is fix them temporarily. The only way to fix these flaws is to give them to God with an open heart and let him change you. It’s so hard to do. I wish it was as simple as it sounds. I pray that the Lord will help me. With the Lord’s help, may we all get closer to Him, with every passing day.


Friday, January 9, 2009

What A Weird Dream!

I had a really weird dream last night. I had died and was waiting to get into Heaven. Then Peter came up and told me I had to write all the sins I had ever committed on a huge wall off to the side. I turned and looked at a 20 foot wall with ladders leaning up against it. A loud groan escaped from me as I turned to start on the grueling task. Peter pointed to the pencils I was to use. I turned to him in disbelief. These things looked more like logs. They were about 6-8 inches in diameter and around 6 feet long. I walked over and hoisted one up onto my shoulder. Then I walked over to one of the ladders and started climbing up. Suddenly, someone stepped on my fingers. I looked up, and, to my surprise, I saw Levi. “Levi, what are you doing?” I asked. He answered, “I’m coming down for another pencil.”

Well that wasn’t a real dream but I thought I’d write it anyway. Sorry Levi, I had to use somebody for the part, so I picked you. My Grandpa told it to me a few years ago and I thought it was hilarious. Thought I’d pass it around.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

The Whole Heart

I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.(Galatians 2:20) KJV

The life we live as Christians is by faith in Jesus Christ. Our life is no longer our own. We have committed our entire life to him. We have died, and Christ reigns inside our hearts. But I find it easy to keep a corner of my heart for my own, not giving him all. This, of course, leads me to stumble later on, because I can’t handle my own life. God didn’t ask for part of my heart. He didn’t ask for most of it. He asked for my whole heart. I know I need to look and make sure I have given him my whole heart. Because when I’m at Heaven’s gates, I want to hear my Lord say, “Well done, My good and faithful servant.” To hear Jesus, the Lord of the universe, say that to me (you?) would be incredible. My prayer is that those I come in contact with will see the light of Him, shining forth from me.