Thursday, January 31, 2008

Just thinking outloud (Katie)

I have been thinking about life and how it can be so NOT what we planned. Sometimes that is a good thing. Like I never planned to have nine kids by the time I was 35, but what a blessing God has given me. On the other hand, it can not be so good. Like a dear sweet friend of mine, never planned to have cancer. I have to say that I am usually okay with the unexpected way of things, and try to remember that God works all things together for the good of those who love him. But, there are sometimes, that I just struggle with the big WHY? For example, my friend that has cancer, she is a great example of how God works though someone to love others. She is soft spoken and gentle with others. She works in a field that requires her to have great patience with others. She serves the Lord with all her heart, and she cares for her family (and they care for and love her). So, the one side of me says, see the Lord will use this to strengthen her, her family, others whom she comes in contact with, and maybe even to further the Kingdom with new soles brought to Christ. Yet, the other side of me argues does it have to be such a tough road, can't lives be changed without so much pain, sorrow, lose, and suffering. Yes, I know we live in a fallen world and these things are not of God's making, but of man's as we are decieved by the Evil one. But, God is God and he is capable of so much more than I know or am aware of. So, then my next question is if God can bring so much Glory to himself by a miraculous healing and a radical testimony of his Power, why not that way. I know, His ways are not Our ways. Some say we don't believe so we don't recieve. I have to tell you I believe! I think it is not a lack of belief in God's power to do the amazing in an instant, as much is it is a test to see if we trust him in the long run. I experience these times in my walk when I realize I didn't truly trust him to care for and protect me. I think I rely on him, but often I find I rely on my own strength to figure out how to make my budget work with such a large family. I trust my own mathmatic skills and my smart shopping skills, and I even often am proud of what I did to save money, or to stretch the funds. But, in truth, I realize it is only when I have to trust him, because there is no other way, that I lay it completely at his feet. I guess I wonder, do we ever learn to truly trust, to truly rely, to truly believe, or is it something that every morning we must ask of the Father to give us each day. I auctually have to start each and every morning asking Him to see me through the day, and at the end I am so thankful if I have made it through anothe day without forgetting to whom I belong. Just thinking out loud!

All about Rebekah

Hi! My name is Rebekah. I'm in 1st grade. I am 7 years old.I like polly pockets. I have a lot. Also I have a lot of polly pocket pets. My favorite color is yellow. My sister Tyler has a mama bunny that is pregnet. The mama bunnie's name is bugsey. The dada bunnie's name is snowball. Well that's all for today. Bye bye!

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

All About Me by Lydia

Hi! I'm Lydia. I am in third grade. It is really hard focusing. I do my school on the computer. My favorite toy is my polly pockets. I have eighteen of them. I like playing polly pockets with my sister Rebekah. Rebekah is my little sister I play with her a lot. My sisters are: Tyler, Rachel, and Rebekah. I know a verse I want to share with you it is : "All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God." Romans 3:23 I like that verse. I have black hair and black eyes and brown skin. My favorite food is french fries, and my favorite color is purple. I liked talking about myself. Well goodbye!

Friday, January 18, 2008

About Rachel

Hi! My name is Rachel. I am ten the third oldest and I'm in 5th grade. I'm a tom boy and I like to play sports. I have only been on a soccer team,so far that's it. I want to play flag football, but floor hockey sound's intresting,too. sometimes, I watch football on t.v. with my dad he like's the Denver Broncos. Well, that's all for today. goodbye!

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Being a vegetarian for a month

Hi I'm Daniel and I am the oldest. I am 12 years old. I decided to try being a vegetarian for one month. I wondered what it would be like to not eat meat. I wanted to see if I would be healthier. I starter my diet on January 1st. It was hard because I really like eating meat. Sometimes, I had to fix a separate meal than my family, because they were eating meat. I got tired of peanut butter sandwiches. Finally after two weeks, I couldn't take it any longer. My mom made chili, and I love it too much and quit my diet. I think people who don't eat meat are crazy!

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Tyler's Favorite Things To Do

Hi there my name is Tyler. I'm 11 years old and in the 6th grade. My favorite things to do are draw, sing in the choir, and play soccer. I like to draw made up creatures. I've made up "pentes" which is a creature only one inch long and one inch tall. I have a folder full of made up creatures and worlds. My brothers, sisters, and friends like to make up creatures too, for my folder. Well, that's all for now. I hope you like reading my family's blog.

Monday, January 7, 2008

thoughts from the past

Recently while cleaning out the library, I came across an old journal. In this journal from 1998, is a letter I wrote and shared with others. I thought I would add this letter to our blog.

Here it is:

Dear Friend,

This letter is for you from the Lord Our God.
This letter is for you, the one who feels unworthy.
This letter is for you, the one who says," well, I am a good person, so I will go to heaven.
This letter is for you, the one who feels empty like there is something missing in life.
This letter is for you the one who says there is No God, No heaven, No hell.
This letter is for you, the one who believes in Jesus, but your not sure you are saved.
This letter is also for you, the one who calls yourself Christian.
I am writing this letter to encourage, guide, and direct you into the life that God wants for you. God wants you to be happy and loved. He wants you to be a part of his family.
This message is from God to you:

Let me start by saying the Bible is God's Word and it true and it is the key to knowing and finding God and his will and plan for your life.
Now, that we are clear on that, here is a what I have found in the Bible. God sent his one and only son, Jesus Christ, down to earth from heaven, in the form of a man, to die a horrible death for all man kind. Anyone who believes that they are a sinner (a person who is no good) can be saved from death. This is how the Bible puts it, "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, so that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." John 3:16 God loves you so much that he sent his son to earth for you. In Romans 5:8 the Bible also says, "But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: while we were still sinners, Christ died for us." It is also written in Romans 10:9-10, "if you confess with yur mouth," Jesus is Lord" and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that your believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and our saved." So, Jesus did not just die for you, but he also rose from death to prove he was and is Christ the only one who can save you from death.
Now, I know some of you are saying I am not worthy or good enough to be forgiven for anything I have done. I want you to know that Jesus is the only one who can forgive you, so "Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved." Acts 16:31. You may be thinking I can't change my ways, and you are right. Only God can change a person ,as it says in 2 Cor. 5:17 "if anyone is in Christ, he is a new Creation: the old has gone, the new has come."
Maybe you don't think your unworthy, instead you think you are a good person that you don't need a savor. I am glad you are a good person, but even the greatest people need a savor. In Eph. 2:8-9 it says, "For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith-and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God- not by works so that no one can boast." God also says in Romans 3:23, "For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." and "If we claim to be without sin, we decieve ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness." 1 John 1:8-9. So, "Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord." Acts 3:19 "for the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord." Romans 6:23
Maybe you are the one that feels like something is missing in your life, or maybe you are unsure if you have recieved forgiveness for your sins. Jsus says in John 10:10b "I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full," also in John 5:24, "I tell the truth, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life." You can believe that you are Saved and rejoice in the exciting life he has for you.
Now to those who do not believe Jesus is the one and only savior, or those who believe he is ok, but everyone can believe they're own way, the Jesus says in John 14:6, 'I am the way and the truth, and the life. NO ONE comes to the father (God) except through me." "Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved." Acts 4:12 Jesus IS the ONLY way to eternal life in heaven.
Maybe you take the view of an athiest, saying there is no God, no heaven, no hell. You say the Bible is NOT the authority of God. I will not try and argue scripture with you. But, I will tell you this I have no doubt about what I believe and what my eternal future holds. Can you say you are certain in your unbelief? I have faith and hope that Jesus is in heaven, and he is preparing a place for me. I am also sure that because of his love and forgiveness I am safe from a future in hell, eternal seperation from God and love. Because God is love, and there is nothing worse than living a life without love. I have peace and assurance about my life because I know that God holds me in his hands, and calls me his child. Can you say you have peace, hope, even happiness?
Now, that you have read all these you may still not believe. You may say, "I have waited too long God won't take me now, " or "Jesus really doesn't want me." But, you are just wrong. In Revelations 3:20 Jesus says to all, "Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in." Jesus is patiently waiting for you. In 2 Peter 3:9b He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance."
Now you have the truth, that Jesus is the Son of God, and that he died to forgive you from your sins, and rose from his death to save you from eternal death. What are you going to do now? Are you going to except his gift? I hope you will, right now, cry out and tell him you are a sinner and need him. Then he will make you apart of his family. It is written in John 1:12, "Yet to all who recieved him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God."
God gave me this letter to share with you. It is not easy to step out and share this with you. I hope you recieve it in love, and that you know I want to spend eternity with you. I pray that the Lord's word speaks to you and it changes your life.
Praying and believing God is going to change your life today.

Well, I wrote this letter a long time ago, and sent it to about 30 people that the Lord led me to send it to. Since, that time my life has changed a lot, but there is one thing that is still the same and that is I still believe everything in this letter, and I still hope to that it can change lives.

Saturday, January 5, 2008

Happy New Year!

WOW! Can it truly already be 2008? How exciting that we have enjoyed another year as a family. Last month Jeremy and I celebrated our 14th anniversary. We are so blessed to have a marriage that the Lord truly reigns in. This past year was so great as a couple and as a family. We again added to our family this year, baby number nine. How blessed we are. I never would have guessed when we got married that we would have so many wonderful children already. I knew the Lord was going to give us a big family, I guess I just never expected it to be so quickly. We are enjoying this school year, even more than last. It seems every year is better than the one before. God is good and the kids are all learning and growing so much. I am excited about each and everyday that I have with these kids. It is going by so fast, and I am a bit anxious about how quickly they will all be all grown and heading off to change the world.
Well, this is our first blog entry, so I should intrduce ourselves to any readers we may have. First, I am Katie, and I am married to Jeremy. Like I said we have been married 14 years and we have nine children. They are Daniel (12), Tyler Ann (11), Rachel (10), Lydia (9), Brenden (8), Rebekah (7), Jeremiah (4), Joshua(2), and Zachery (8 months). One of our new school projects is this blog. So there will be entries from all of us at different times. We will be sharing our hobbies, interests, and thoughts here with you (whom ever you are).
SO, HAPPY NEW YEAR and blessings to you from us!