Sunday, December 23, 2012

Simple Message In A Complicated World

Is it already here?  The date on the calendar says it's Christmas Eve, but I am still in shock.  This has been the fastest year of my life.  You are probably feeling the same way.  Did you complete all of your holiday shopping?  This time of year can be full of anxiety.  We have so many tasks to complete without enough time or money.

I look around while I am out and about and see so many discouraged faces.  Isn't this the most "wonderful" time of the year?  Many are pondering numerous thoughts:  how will I pay for these bills, how many gifts do I buy, how much money should I spend, what dish will I cook for the family dinner, or just the sheer hesitation of attending the family dinner.  

Stress, anxiety and tension seem to characterize this holiday season as our society continues to move towards materialism.  Our kids have a sense of entitlement. Some children even tag along with their parents to make sure they buy the right gift for them.  Where have we gone wrong?

The reason for this Christmas season is simple:  
Birth of Jesus Christ-Savior of the World

Why are we making it so complicated?  

Our only quest should be to praise and adore the fact that God had another plan for our lives.  We were headed for destruction, but God sent His son to Earth.  Jesus was the Messiah the world needed.  

"I bring you good news of great joy for everyone!  The Savior-yes, the Messiah, the Lord-has been born tonight in Bethlehem." (Luke 2:10 NLT)

In a world where we are fighting about gun laws and kid safety at school, one fact remains.  Jesus Christ came to save us.  Peace on earth is only through accepting Him.  The further we move away from this truth the darker our world becomes.  

This Christmas my heart prays for all those who are away or mourning their loved ones.  I am praying that God's peace will saturate this Earth. Help spread this simple message in our complicated world.  Merry Christmas! (Posted by Roslyn)

Sunday, December 16, 2012

No words...Just prayers


Renee and I have been captivated and deeply saddened by the tragic events in Sandy Hook Elementary.  We have spent the weekend, like so many, with no words...just prayers.  This has been a hard subject to explain to my own children.  They have so many questions, and wonder if it is safe for them to be in school.  Our hearts cry out to understand how something so horrific could happen.  What state of mind must one be in to kill so many innocent people/children?

In the days and months ahead many questions will be answered and some will remain.  Our prayers are with every family member and friend connected to this tragedy.  May God bring a swift breath of peace and wholeness for a community shattered into pieces.  Thankfully, God was not taken by surprise.

May each of those tiny, bright and gorgeous faces not die in vain.  Our prayer is that we find a way to keep guns out of the hands of those with ill intent.  (Posted by Roslyn)

Here is a simple prayer but has a powerful purpose:  Lord, please heal our world.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

It's Our Birthday!


 Roslyn (left) & Renee (right)


God blessed us to see another year and we praise Him for it.  If you are connected with us on Facebook, you've enjoyed us taking a stroll down memory lane.  If you missed out on the fun, visit our Facebook page here.  For the past couple of days, we've shared some of our baby photos.  Several of you took a stab at guessing who's who.  It's been amusing reading the comments on how you made your "educated" guesses. 

As promised, it's time for the big reveal.  The caption of each photo will share who's on the left and right.  We are so happy our mother was smart to write our names on the back of each of our pictures because it's even hard for us to tell each other apart in baby photos. 


Renee (left) & Roslyn (right)



Congratulations to LaFern Batie who was the 1st Facebook friend to guess correctly on this photo!



Roslyn (left) & Renee (right)



Congratulations to Verna Watson our next Facebook friend to guess correctly on our vintage family photo!

 

Isaiah 61:7 (NIV)

 

Instead of your shame you will receive a double portion, and instead of disgrace you will rejoice in your inheritance.  And so you will inherit a double portion in your land, and everlasting joy will be yours.



Renee (left) & Roslyn (right)



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