VERSE OF THE DAY
4 You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.
1 John 4:4
Remember this verse as we go into the next year!
May God bless all of you, as we embrace Him and each other.
1. It’s fruitless.
2. It’s disobedience.
3. It’s taking what is not yet given.
4. It’s refusing the given.
5. It is the antithesis of trust. If you trust, you can’t worry. If you worry, you can’t trust.
6. It is a wicked squandering of time and energy.
~ Elizabeth Elliott Quotes
My note: Because we live in the area, I think this nightmare has affected us more than maybe some of you. Nonetheless, I am sure as you read this memoriam, and look at these beautiful faces, you will be unable to not feel it personally.
These victims were going to, or teaching in, schools in the Oakland Area, as I understand it. One of the victims was a student of Professor Chris Johnson at California College of the Arts. (My daughter graduated from CCA, and Professor Johnson has had a major influence in her life, and ours.)
Tragedy occurs when one least expects it. I imagine these victims were either living in this warehouse, or attending the party. I can envision them…artists, musicians, students, and educators–immersed in their life’s dream, creativity running rampant, determined to pass on the gifts they had been given by sharing their unique ability to see the world just a little differently than most.
Our hearts are aching for the losses their families and friends are feeling. Our prayers are covering all of them.
Let us remember these people–their names, their faces. We will keep them in our hearts forever.
JENNIFER KIYOMI TANOUYE
BRANDON “CHASE” WITTENAUER
So glad to be back writing and posting things I find interesting. Thanks so much to all of you who are sharing and following us. Be blessed. Until I write again, soon.
|by Max Lucado|
Paul reminded the church at Corinth the kind of love Christ offers to us– Agape love that “bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, and endures all things.” Don’t we need the same prescription today? Don’t groups still fight with each other? Don’t we flirt with those we shouldn’t? Aren’t we sometimes quiet when we should speak?
Someday there will be a community where everyone behaves and no one complains. But it won’t be this side of heaven. So till then we reason, we confront, and we teach. But most of all we love. Such love isn’t easy. Not even for Jesus. Listen to his frustration in Mark 9:19: “You people have no faith. How long must I stay with you? How long must I put up with you? How long? Until it kills me! Jesus bore all things, believed all things, hoped all things, and endured all things! Even the cross.
From A Love Worth Giving
Just wanted you to know
on this day,
and every day,
You are loved.
Not only by your creator,
but by me.
Have a blessed Valentine’s Day,
no matter what,
YOU ARE LOVED!
If you were chasing God like you chase people and things,
you’d know true love and real wealth.
I found this little ebook on Bookshout. I think it will minister to you as it did to me. Enjoy! Reflect! Know God Sees You!
“What if I fall?”
“Oh but my darling, what if you fly?”
– Erin Hanson
Many parents aren’t proud of their family trees. The harvest was taken, but no seed was sown. Childhood memories bring more hurt than inspiration. If such is the case, put down the family scrapbook and pick up your Bible. John 3:6 reminds us, “Human life comes from human parents, but spiritual life comes from the Spirit.” Your parents have given you genes, but God gives you grace.
Didn’t have a good father? Galatians 4:7 says God will be your father. Didn’t have a good role model? Ephesians 5:1 says, “You are God’s child whom He loves, so try to be like Him.”
You cannot control the way your forefathers responded to God. But you can control the way you respond to Him. The past does not have to be your prison. Choose well and someday—generations from now—your grandchildren and great-grandchildren will thank God for the seeds you sowed!
~ Max Lucado
You’re not selfish for deciding to cut someone off.
There comes a point when you got to stop
being unfair to yourself.
(Photo of the Pacific Ocean along the Hwy 1 California Coast)
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I’ve been having a rough time lately learning the lesson of “Letting Go”.
From time to time, I feel I already “know” this lesson.
But then I turn around and realize, “Letting Go” is a daily thing.
The subject of the “Letting Go” project changes,
but the lesson is always the same.
I have to let go to the right person —
and that is My Lord.
The latest lesson was to go to the Serenity Prayer
and repeat it until I let go of whatever is controlling my life.
I hope these words help someone
who is going through the same lesson.
You’ll never be enough to somebody
who can’t recognize your worth.
You can’t make them see
what they choose to stay blind to.
For God has not given us a spirit of fear,
but of power and of love and of a sound mind.
2 Timothy 1:7
It sucks the life out of the soul!
And when fear shapes our lives,
safety becomes our god.
We worship the risk-free life!
The fear-filled cannot love deeply.
Love is just too risky.
No wonder Jesus wages such a war against fear.
Don’t be afraid.
Do not fear those who kill the body
but cannot kill the soul.
Don’t let your hearts be troubled.
Trust in God, and trust also in me.
Jesus steps into the storm and asks,
“Why are you fearful, O you of little faith?”
Fear may fill the world, but it doesn’t have to fill your heart!
Hysteria is not from God.
And Jesus doesn’t want you to live there!
The promise of Christ is …
God has not given you a spirit of fear!
~ Max Lucado
The best compliment I feel I can give you, full of gratitude as you share from your heart, is to press this on our blog. Blessings, dear friend.