Sunday, October 16, 2016

Shattered Glass

A few months ago I told you I was going to commit to having more peaceful and encouraging speech.  You do know when you make a commitment like that, you will immediately be tested.  Well it happened to me.

I'm striving to be more intentional with the words I use.  Through a recent study, I learned that I will be held accountable for every idle word I speak.  That's right, every empty or casual word you speak, you will have to give an account to God for using it.

And I tell you this, that you must give an account on judgment day of every IDLE word you speak. ~Matthew 12:36

Here's what happened - while on vacation major damage happened to our rental car.  I was in my hotel room napping (YES, I love to nap) and I received a phone call from the front desk manager.

He informed me that damage happened to my car.  I was delirious from being asleep and didn't really get it.  Finally, I woke up and went to see the car.

Sure enough this is what I found:

HOLE in the sunroof!

Glass was everywhere


Glass was everywhere.  A large object had fallen from an upstairs floor and landed right on the sunroof. YIKES!  The MANY words that came to my head were NOT uplifting or encouraging.  I was so upset.  
BEYOND upset, because this was a rental car. 

Did I take out insurance? How would I explain this? How much would this cost? A sudden sick feeling came over me. Worry filled my head. Long story short, I'm happy to say, by the grace of God, I remained CALM.

In that moment, in YOUR upsetting moments you can't always control the situation.  There was nothing I could have done to avoid this moment. 

You can CHOOSE the response you have to the situation, even an unfair, had nothing to do with you type of moment.  That phone call, that woke me from my peaceful slumber changed the trajectory of my entire vacation.  All the great memories were suddenly overshadowed by this silly event. My peaceful morning of resting by the pool was completely shattered, just like the glass all over the front seat.

As we continue through the rest of the year, we will encounter some CRAZY and unpredictable moments.  Guess what - you can CHOOSE your response.  Pray that it will be appropriate and honoring to God. (Posted by Roslyn)

Sunday, October 2, 2016

10 Things I Learned about Hawaii!

Beaches and Pools!
A couple of weeks ago, my husband and I had a chance to visit one of the most beautiful places.  We had a get away to Hawaii for a week without our kids (thanks Mom for watching them).  I really, really missed my babies but I was thankful for the alone time with my hubby.

It was divine!

I feel like I live in paradise already. In my home state I'm surrounded by blue skies, palm trees that sway beautifully on a breezy day and the ocean is only about 45 minutes away. What's great about Hawaii though, is the unity of my two favorite landscapes, beaches and mountains. The combination of the two together make for breathtaking views and outstanding photographs!

For those who haven't visited Hawaii, maybe you can live vicariously through my experience.  I wanted to share a little about the places we visited and some things I quickly learned about the island. 

Here's a list of 10 things I learned about Hawaii:

  • Birds are everywhere and they aren't afraid of us.  They will quickly fly in and steal your lunch.
The birds will eat and drink whatever they find!

  • The homeless population is plentiful and quite visible throughout Oahu (where we visited).  I was surprised by the number of tent cities throughout the city.

  • The waters in Hawaii are dangerous!  Actually while we were in town, a local musician drowned despite his knowledge of the waters.  Strong currents can make your vacation turn into a tragedy if you're not careful.

  • Colorful exotic plants and trees grow in abundance around the island.  Birds of paradise and banyon trees are just some of the ones I took time to photograph.


  • It's very expensive to live in Hawaii.  A gallon of milk is $8.00.  Most everything is shipped in driving up the costs.

  • The spirit of "Aloha" is everywhere.  The locals are friendly and laid back. 

  • When you get a chance, here are some "must" visits:

    1. Hike Diamond Head for breathtaking views
    2. Visit Lanikai Beach.  It has extremely soft powdery clean white sand.  It

      literally feels like flour under your feet.  It consistently ranks among the best beaches in the WORLD!
    3. Snorkle in Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve.  The best snorkeling I've seen in a long time right off the shoreline.
    4. Tour Pearl Harbor
    5. Take part in an authentic luau.

Our tour guides while visitng Kailua Beach.
  • Take time to learn about the island from the locals.  Most have lived on the island for an extended period of time and know all of the hidden treasures.

  • The traffic in Oahu might be worse than Los Angeles.  80% of the population lives in the Honolulu/Oahu area.  Yikes! (Posted by Renee)

Common in Hawaii: lei's and hats