Easter 2017

This year, Resurrection Sunday was very special to me, more meaningful because I finally understood the ultimate price Jesus Christ paid for us. 
As some of you may know, I have been attending BSF bible study and we have been studying the gospel of John this year. I have read the bible from cover to cover before, but to take time to study one book for 9 months in meticulous detail was very eye opening to me. I learned new things every single week, and that is a lot to say because I grew in a Christian family, but I learned more in the past few months then I did in my whole life. 
I think this is because I approached bible study with a open heart. I admitted to God that I don't know everything. I admitted that I am confused and I need guidance. Once my heart, eyes and ears were open for the truth, He began to show me and guide me. 

The words: Jesus said “I am the way, and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6)  had new meaning to me. I saw that in this statement Jesus declares the reason for His birth, death and resurrection - to provide the way to heaven for us (sinful humans) We could NEVER get there on our own. No amount of good works & keeping the Commands (laws) could ever get us into heaven. I felt instant relief after finally understanding this.  Before, I wasn't sure weather or not I was saved, because I never felt that I was good enough. 
But through bible study and the group of amazing, God fearing women, God showed me that I am human. I am never going to be good enough. That’s the whole reason He died for me. He became the ultimate and final sacrifice for my sins as well as yours.

On Easter, we celebrate Jesus Christ’s death and resurrection, as well the complete verification of all Jesus preached and taught during His three year ministry. If He had not risen from the dead, then he would have just been considered another teacher or rabbi. However, His resurrection was proof that He really was the Son of God and He had paid the price for our sins. 

On Saturday we attended a Easter service, where the pastor preached about the meaning of Jesus’ death and resurrection. I couldn't help but nod and smile as tears filled up my eyes. I felt the Holy spirit working and I was so thankful to finally get it. I finally understood everything Jesus did for me. As people may say, It finally clicked. During the worship songs, I couldn't keep the tears of joy from flowing down my face. I was so thankful for everything my God has done for me. 

On Sunday, We had an easter egg hunt for the kids (the eggs were filled with some coins //for their piggy banks// and some chocolate coins) I also bought them metal buckets (which will be used for berry picking this year) which I filled with some chocolates and small gifts. I know this is completely unnecessary and has little to do with the true meaning of Christ’s resurrection, but Holidays bring us together. We have time off work and I love organizing and prepping fun things for us to do. I loved seeing the joy on their faces as they ran around outside.

Thank you so much for visiting.



Trusting God through our seasons of life

Last week we took a road trip (do you call an hour drive a road trip?) to a tulip farm. 
I adore tulips. Probably because they are one of the first spring flowers to bloom. Something so beautiful pushes it's way through the cold, hard dirt and within a 2-3 weeks they are bursting with different colors signaling to us that the season has changed. 
Did you know that tulips need to be in the cold dirt for at least 15 weeks? You can’t just plant tulip bulbs in February and expect to have them bloom in March. That’s not how it works, tulips require a long period of cool temperatures to spark the biochemical process that causes them grow strong roots and flower. This reminds me of our lives. Sometime we have to go through some “cold” times in order to flower. 

God is omniscient. He knows exactly how much rain and sunshine we need to get. He knows exactly when to change the seasons over in nature just as he does in our lives, because not only do seasons happen in our climate, but they also happen in our lives.
We may need to go through some hard times (winter) where we may feel desperate and tired and wonder how much more “cold” can we endure. But God knows your capacity. 
Winter will end and spring will come. 
You will see all kinds of growth and blessings in your life. You can’t rush the next season to come, just as you can’t stay in one season forever. 
You need to trust God because he knows you. He knows what is best for you. 

For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven.” (Eccl. 3:1).

 I am so encouraged to see God's grace and blessings in my life.
When I learned (well, still learning everyday) to trust God, I felt a heavy burden lifted from my chest. I don’t have to carry this burden with me anymore. God knows exactly what I am going through, and I have learned to trust His timing and live by his strength and grace just as I hope you can to. 

Thank you for visiting my friends, 

Welcoming spring with open arms

Such a sweet word. Especially after the brutal winter we have had. I have lived in the NW for 25 years, and I believe that we have had a record breaking winter. Wettest, Coldest and snowiest. 
Well that is over and done with now and I am so thankful. 
After all the rain and snow, we are experiencing the most beautiful spring. As the trees awake from their slumber and spring flowers begin to bloom, it makes my heart sing with joy. 
How great is our God!

We started our spring break with a trip to the capital of Oregon, it is surrounded by the most beautiful cherry blossom trees. We strolled the grounds, the kids ran wild and free and we went out for lunch. 
It was such a beautiful day. We are so excited for the upcoming warmer days. Hopefully we can pack our winter coats away for good and pull out our sandals soon. 

We are tourists in our own back yard. There is always so much to see. 
 As good as a trip to a sunny island somewhere sounds right about now, it is just now doable right now for many reasons,  so this spring break, we will go on little trips near us whenever daddy can take a few extra hours off work, and we are pretty happy about that.