Friday, April 27, 2007

One of a kind..three of a kind

There is something about having a friend that you can share everything with. A friend you can argue with; yet love even more because of it. A best friend you can tell your secrets, your sorrows, and share your joys. Few can find a true friend that is there no matter what life may bring, who is not only there to listen, but there to walk with you and go through the storm by your side to ensure you make it out strong. I am so proud to have two incredible sisters who have been there through thick and thin. We have laughed together, fought each other, and in the end have learned to cling to each other. Ayla...Tamsen....Thank you for being such incredible lil sissys'! I am so proud of you both!

"Sisters, Sisters, there were never such devoted sisters!"-White Christmas

*photo taken in Mom's limo for her 40th birthday, sparkling cider anyone?

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Free at last!

After 20 months of wires, colored ties, pain and manipulation of the jaw, April 25th, 2007 will forever be a monument in my life! Though there comes a sorrow with the loss of a close "friend" I will forever be indebted to my nearly two year companion and orthodontist. At 8:40am this morning I was free of my chains called braces! WOO HOOO!! I am very much excited about the change and am pleased with the results! I just want to give a public thank you to Dr Gregory Adams DDS and his incredibly talented staff! You make me Smile! =0)

Monday, April 16, 2007

Got a riddle for you!!!

What king can you make if you take

~the head of a lamb
~the middle of a pig
~the hind of a buffalo and
~the tail of a dragon?

If you think you know the answer please don't hesitate to let me know!

I would like to know what you believe the answer is!

Hint:Think out of the box, or "in" the box.

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Your secret place...A Psalm 91 Experience

Have you ever looked into the mirror and noticed how odd the world you stand in looks in that object of glass? It reflects your present world, yet everything is different, the left is now the right, and the right becomes the left. Have you ever imagined yourself drifting beyond the glass and entering that reflective world and looking back? What an experience that would be! This adventure would, in a spiritual sense, "mirror" the presence of God. The Bible states we see through a glass darkly. We see our present situation, and know God has a plan and a purpose, but we don't see the purpose nor the true expected outcome. But when we come into the presence of the Holy God, things that looked dark and dreary, become purposeful and grow bright. In the presence of God; we are still in our same room, the tangible things are still within our reach, yet the world takes on a new and different light. The storm around us still rages, but we have a protection, the eerie darkness surrounds us, but light illuminates our souls, fear reaches to grasp our minds, but a powerful existence binds and gives peace. It is here you have not only stepped into the world beyond the glass, but into an intimate place of peace and love, your own secret place with the most high.

Psalm 91 clearly proclaims that, "He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most high, shall abide under the shadow of the all mighty!" What a time of refreshing~ Have you visited your secret place today?

a.rose 2007
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*******"The Secret Place" *******
written by A. Lombardo and K. Horton

Friday, April 06, 2007

Happy Easter!

Many German writings streching back to the 1500s express the origin of the easter bunny we now display in windows and in local grocery stores; announcing the beginning of the Spring season. The hare and the rabbit are known as one of the most fertile animals alive and serve as a god to many religions as the symbols of new life. Americans were first introduced to the easter bunny by the Germans closer to the 1700s. The arrival of the "oschter haws" was considered to be "childhood's greatest pleasure". Each year the children would build a nest in a secluded place in their home or surrounding gardens. There the boys could be found neglecting their best caps, and girls their precious bonnets, to return chasing away the field bunnies to find that the "oschter haws" had layed a glorious, beautiful nest of colored eggs. The eagerly awaited chocolate bunny, first made its appearance in the 1800s, made simply out of pastry and sugar. The easter bunny has became a beloved character amoung children and elders alike.

But the true story and celebration reaches far beyond the 1500s and begins in a time we have only been able create from buried artifacts. The history of Easter reaches far back to the days of the Romans mighty rule and the Jewish sacrifices. It is there that the Easter story was birthed. In a secluded stable a virgin gave birth to a humble man child. This child grew and displayed the ultimate sacrifice of unconditional love. Jesus marveled the listeners and charmed the children, yet was beaten and hung upon a splintered cross, envisioning far beyond his present situation and looking directly into the eyes of a simple Californian girl. Knowing the pain life would bring, not only to her, but to those surrounding her, he died to save her soul. Hebrews 9:22 states"...without [the] shedding of blood [there] is no remission." He gave His life so we could have the opportunity to be born again. He not only saw me, and gave me hope, but he saw each one of you who read this. In essence that is the whole reviving feeling of new life that spring has given to us each year. Flowers bloom and turn their heads to the out reaching sun, and frozen stagnant waters become rushing rivers of life. I am so thankful on this beautiful Good Friday! "For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in Him shall(promise) not perish but have everlasting life" John 3:16

In the hustle and bustle of colors, pretty grass, and chocolate bunnies, take time to stop and reflect on the true meaning of our celebration. Consider who has given you the breath you breathe and the lives you now hold in your arms. God Bless you on this Glorious weekend, and may you always be filled with the refreshing life only a God as amazing as Jesus Christ can bring. Happy Easter!

Sincerely Yours,

Thursday, April 05, 2007

Please Pray!

Bro Jeff Hoffer's daughter, Bre from Bro. Bertram's church near San Diego, has just been diagnosed with cancer. They didn't catch it until now and its in the final stages according to the doctors. She is only 13, I believe! She will be having a bone marrow transplant today at 4pm. They are good friends to many of us. Please help me pray that all goes well... This little girl needs our prayers today!
Thank you all...