Friday, April 20, 2012

Best of Both Worlds

We've been busy. Dancer Daughter graduates next month. Amongst planning for a party in celebration, we decided to throw in a fundraiser. Smart move, eh?!

In the fall, Dancer Daughter will go into mission work. She'll have training and then she'll be placed somewhere in the world. She is excited. Very excited. God has done wonders in her fundraising efforts. God is good is an old, tired statement....but oh how true!

Here are a few highlights from the recent Zumbathon® and Shopping the title suggests, best of both worlds. [sorry for the darkness of the picutres...the lighting was poor in the building]

Happy, friendly women at the Zumba® Registration Table

Learning all about Norwex. Check it out for yourself here:  Great products!! Worth every dollar spent.

Amazing smelling and working Abundance Soaps table:
and Pampered Chef table...I love those green knives they have! My go to!

Arbonne table with a few taking a break from Zumba-ing in the background.

Whispering Prayer Bracelet table. Each bracelet is prayed over
as it is made. How cool is that?!

Starting cool down from Zumba. Only 2 showed up for Zumba
but it looked like a ton of fun out there!

...more cool down

Ahhhh, bags! One of my weaknesses.
Thirty One table:

Table full of adorably cute baby stuff.
All the ladies were oooo-ing & ahhhh-ing!

Young Living Essential Oils Table.
Many learned the benefits of essential oils.

Norwex table again...I just liked this picture! :)

The kind and wonderful Abundance Soaps owner with
Young Living Oils distributor's too-cute daughter. She brought
samples of some lemonaid with oils in it to everyone. Such a sweetie.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

A Boy and His Imagination

Maybe I'm the last person on this earth to watch this video. Apparently it is a viral hit.
Obviously, I live under a rock.

When I saw the length of the following video I about croaked. But, I was promised to stick with it until the end and I won't regret it. She was correct. I may or may not have had a tear escape from an eye of mine.

The beginning is a bit slow but you'll want the backstory. Go grab yourself a coffee, tea, or water and enjoy.

If you ever doubted the kindness of strangers or faith in humanity, you'll feel great after watching this.

Friday, April 6, 2012

What's So Good About it?

Today is labeled Good Friday. As a child, I wondered what is so good about it if Christ died. Wouldn't another name like Sad Friday or Bad Friday be a better term. Even as an adult, I have wondered at times why is it Good Friday.

So much sadness is remembered because of the cruelty of man and what happened to Jesus. An unfair trial with a mob chanting "Crucify Him". Being tormented and torchered. His identity in question. And, let's not forget the gruesomeness that happened on that cross. [Read John 19]

But, think about it. Everything Jesus did was good. He was God/Man. Good. He did cry out to God the night before asking for God to save Him from what He knew was coming (torcher) and He went through with it. Good. Dying on the cross that day is so much deeper than Him 'dying for us'. It goes all the way back to the Old Testament.

God made a covnant with Abraham. (Read Genesis 12, 15 & 17 to get the full picture) God had told Abraham to prepare a sacrifice with the blood of animals. Then, Abraham fell into the deep sleep (God had his hand in this). Long, long story short, God walked through that blood instead of Abraham. Back then, that is how a convent was made. Christ dying on the cross was the ultimate sacrificial lamb. All through the old testament, sacrifices were being made every day...until that day on the cross. Christ was the ultimate sacrifice for us. For us.

For us. How GOOD is that?! Amazing.

Let's not forget about Christ arising from the dead. Amazing. Just as He promised. Just as He said. Christ is alive and at the right hand of God. He is alive!!!!

May you have a wonderful Easter celebrating all the things Christ has done, will do and His Presence with us as we minister to others.