February 12, 2012

Happy Valentine’s Day God!


Valentine’s Day is a time when we celebrate the love that we have for our significant other. As we make our plans for this day, let’s remember to celebrate God’s love for us and our love for Him!

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” John 3:16

It’s Valentine’s Day from worshiphousemedia on GodTube.com.

This is a great thought for us to ruminate on as we approach Valentine’s Day!  Print it out and use it as a post it note – a love note from God to you!  Happy Valentine’s Day!

February 6, 2012

Find you on my knees

When we are weak, when we are lost and searching, we can always find Christ – He is there for us!

January 29, 2012

Your Love Never Fails!!!

My friends are going through a very difficult time.  One of their two super awesome daughters has been battling cancer for ten years now.  We have prayed and it went into remission but this past year, it has come back with a vengence.  We have gotten on our knees, we have prayed, asked for healing, layed hands on her, cried with them, hugged them, held them silently, talked about the raw pain of seeing their beloved child loose her sight, words and ability to walk. 

In the midst of this, she silently indicates for her hand to be held high in worship and she seeks God with passion and intensity.  She loves God wholeheartedly and inspires the rest of us to build a stronger relationship with Him.  This Christmas, she chose a verse for us which we cherish deeply:

That is why we never give up.  Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day.  For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long.  Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever!  So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, let’s fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen.  For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.  2 Corinthians 4:16-18

We sang this song at a time of prayer we had with the family two weekends ago and it has been with me ever since.  “Your love never fails, It never gives up, It never runs out on me…”  I feel led to pass that word on to you dear reader.  You are not alone.  You are loved by the greatest, most wonderful love of all…the love of God!

 

December 19, 2011

Captain Sun Comic Book Giveaway

‘Holy priceless collection of superheros Batman!’  Recently in the media, there has been an influx of superheros and superheroines.  From Superman to Spiderman, and to Marvels ‘The Avengers’ coming out in March, there is always another hero here to save our figurative day. However over the Christmas season, as we tell our children tales of the ultimate superhero who came to earth and died to save us all so we can spend eternity in heaven, it’s nice to find resources to help us as Christians to share the ‘good news’ in such an exciting way with our family.

We all know that ‘with great power comes great responsibility’, so Pastor Bryce Morgan has used his power of the knowledge of Christ to create a totally awesome superhero named ‘Captain Sun’. "Rescue Me! What Superheroes Can Teach Us About the Power of Faith" is not a simply a ‘Christian’ comic/graphic novel. It’s a classic superhero story that kids of all ages will love. Also, it’s more than a comic book/graphic novel! Each comic chapter is followed by a short kid-friendly lesson that connects the theme of that chapter to the timeless truths of God’s word. This is a great resource for any child, and is available for purchase on Amazon.com, direct from the publisher, or in special edition format from Lulu.com.

You can learn more about the book, see a preview edition of the book, and find information about buying the book here at the official Captain Sun website. You can also stay updated by subscribing to that site or by following Captain Sun on Facebook at www.facebook.com/itscaptainsun.

The winner of this awesome giveaway will get one free copy of "Rescue Me! What Superheroes Can Teach Us About the Power of Faith". This contest is open internationally and there is no age limit…’Shazam!’

Signing off from your Friendly Neighborhood Epic Mom. Have a wonderful Christmas with your families, and a Happy New Year! Now ‘up, up and away’ to enter this awesome giveaway.

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"In brightest day… in blackest night, no evil shall escape my sight! Let those who worship evil’s might beware my power!" quote from Green Lantern

 

November 30, 2011

Kids can help heal the world

It is important for me to teach my kids about being good stewards of the world we live in. I want them to be aware of the global disparity between the haves and the have nots. I want them to be interested in coming alongside others, empathizing with the downtrodden and doing their best to contribute to a better world for all. To me, it is not enough to sit passively and lament the issues facing our world. We need to take action, mobilize and do something about it. Clearly I have a heart for advocacy. I always knew I wanted to share this part of my life with my kids but I didn’t know how long I would have to wait to introduce it, or even how to do it in an age appropriate way. The perfect opportunity presented itself this winter. As we were shopping for Christmas presents, I had the opportunity to share with my two year old daughter about kids as young as she is who wouldn’t be able to get a Christmas present this year. She thought about it and said, “Well Mommy we should get them a present!”  A week or so later, our church launched its annual hand out of the operation Christmas Child boxes.  I thought, “Lord, that’s a great idea!”  We were too late to get an Operation Christmas Child box (I was stuck in the nursery that day), so we decided to make our own.

Brie chose to get a gift for a little girl between the ages of 2 and 4. She was so ecstatic to go shopping for presents for her ‘friend’. When we got to the store I encouraged her to pick out things that she thought the little girl might like. Well, she’s clearly got my shopping gene because that child shopped till she was ready to drop. The next day, I wrapped a shoe box for Brie to put the gifts into and I realized we were going to need another box. She was so excited because she was going to get two of her ‘friends’ presents not just one. She joyfully packed their gifts; her little brother even tried to help. That’s when it hit me. It’s never too early to teach your kids about loving and caring for the people in their world. She learned that it is good to give. That it’s rewarding to share our resources. That she brightened someone’s day by thinking of them. When I looked at her, I saw the beatitudes manifested right there in her actions and her joy. And I learned that even a toddler can do her small yet significant part to help heal our world. 

Please consider donating to a charity this Christmas.  You can still pack an Operation Christmas Child box online, just click here.  Or check out World Vision’s gift catalogue here