Thursday, February 26, 2009

A Shout Of Praise!!!

(by Helen)

I want to thank all my friends for praying for my green card situation. "Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them." (Mark 11:24).

I want you to know today that your prayers have been answered. Yay! My green card interview is scheduled for April 7th (a few days before my passport expires). God has been faithful to me.

Thank you for supporting me in prayer and lifting my name up before the throne of God.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Searching for princesses

(by Bryan)

For the last several years Metro Ministries has had the opportunity to throw a Princess Tea Party for some of the girls who attend Sunday School. This is no small event. A church in California sponsors the event and rents an elegant banquet hall to host it in. A queen is present as well as all of your favorite Disney Princesses. The girls get to meet each princess and have their picture taken with them. They also hear an encouraging message about how they are princesses in God's eyes. This year Helen and I once again have the opportunity to select some of the girls who get invited to this spectacular event.

One thing that struck me though was a girl we invited who didn't want to go. Her mom said it was ok but for some reason she did not want to take advantage of this opportunity. Maybe she didn't understand how big of a deal it was. Maybe it was outside of her comfort zone. Whatever it was she missed out. That made me think how we are often that way with God. God often places things in our life to bless us, or grow us, or teach us - but we refuse. Maybe we too don't understand how great these opportunities really are. Maybe we can't get past our own insecurites. Whatever the reason may be, we miss out. We need to remember to keep our eyes open for the wonderful opportunites God places before us.

Helen posted a couple of pics from last year's Princess Tea Party. To see them click here.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Change Is Good

(by Helen)

Just so you all know - this blog will be a family effort now :)
I was reading through Bryan's blog from 3 years ago and was quite impressed...
I have asked Bryan to contribute to this blog and help me out to keep you posted on all the great things that are happening in our life - and he graciously agreed... yay!

With each entry we'll sign it so you know who wrote it and do not get confused with "I did this" and "on my job" and stuff like that...

Valentine Day 2009

So it is Valentine Day... ahhh
We took it easy and stayed at home most of the day. In the evening we went to a Friendship Dinner at church and watched "Fireproof" (good movie for married couples). It was a nice evening.

Today we decided that every day should be Valentine Day... so Bryan kicked me out of the house to go grocery shopping with my friend and made some chocolate chip cookies and chocolate fondue. Here're the photos:

Oh yes - must show you my beautiful Valentine "flowers"/ spring / decoration item...

Monday, February 9, 2009

Quick Update

So what have we been up to recently?

Still settling into our new apartment. Well, it's been 2 months, you might say... but we're taking it easy, making improvements as time and money allows. We bought 2 wardrobes from Ikea on Thursday so now we should be able to finish our bedroom during this week.

I've been busy at the ministry writing lessons for this upcoming year. It is a lot of research and a lot of fighting for your words. On Saturday I finished writing a lesson "Resist the devil with the Word of God". It always amazes me how much you think you know about God until you have to explain it to a child in simple terms.

I hope the weather is nice today. I want to go for a walk.
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