A Door into Life

Jul 25


This is something that I do everyday and I thought that I would share it with you. This will also help me in being consistant with my daily devotional readings…hope everyone enjoys.

The website that I use is http://upperroom.org/devotional/.

As all die in Adam, so all will be made alive in Christ.

Read 1 Corinthians 15:12-24

MY father had been sick for some time before he was diagnosed with lung, bladder, and prostate cancer. My six siblings and I gathered to celebrate his 75th birthday, and not long after that celebration he was no longer able to get out of bed. Daddy’s illness was a difficult time for our close-knit family. We sang to him, read scripture, laughed and reminisced. But we also began grieving the loss that was soon to come. We wanted him to walk again, to eat again, to sing again — to be active and vibrant again.

Yet, through prayer and our faith, we were reminded that Christ’s resurrection has robbed death of its destructive power. We need not fear death because in Christ, death ushers us into the full presence of God to live as we have never lived before.

God who cares for us now also tenderly holds our future. When our life is over on earth, we are perfectly and completely in God’s care and will be forever.

Sherry Brooks Martin (South Carolina, U.S.A.)

Dear Lord, we do not understand death, loss, and separation. Help us as we face them to remember that for followers of Christ, death is not the end of our existence but the beginning of unlimited life. Amen.

Thought For The Day
Christ shows us that death is the way to life.

Those facing a loved one’s death

RE: Vacation

Jul 25


We have made it back from our vacation…now it is back to the grind.

San Antonio was great as usual. We made it to Sea World and had a blast there. There is sooo much more at Sea World now than there was 12 or 13 years ago. There was a dolphin petting and feeding pool, the kids loved that. Anheuser-Busch has added a beer school and, of course, free beer samples…that was nice, I loved that. And the water park was pretty cool, literally, and Mari loved that. We didn’t make it to the water park until 40 minutes before they closed it, that wasn’t very good so next time we go we will spend more time there. The Shamu Adventure show was very cool. The Steel Eel and the Great White were very fun rides. The log ride was ok but the wait, long lines, was not worth it IMO.

We also made it to the Childrens Museum and the BuckHorn Saloon & Museum. The kids loved the Childrens Museum…lots of fun playing. We all enjoyed the BuckHorn, I would suggest that it be a stop for everyone that makes it to San Antonio.

And of course we made it to the Alamo…can’t go to San Antonio without visiting the Alamo.

Our trip to Austin was pretty good also. I really enjoyed visiting the Capital. We really didn’t do much while we were there, I guess we were already tired because of San Antonio. We took the kids out to Chucky Cheese and watched a movie…Charlie and the Chocolate Factory…very funny.

All in all, we had a great vacation. I hope to add some pictures soon.