Monday, April 5, 2010

Vasquez Egg Hunt

What a nice day I had today!
My morning started off at church, with a great time of worship and Bible teaching. As today is Easter Sunday, we celebrated and rejoiced the resurrection of Jesus Christ!!!

After church I headed over to my Gramma's house where we enjoyed some yummy food from Vince's Spaghetti, the shockwaves from the Mexico earthquake, and an Easter egg hunt. Oh boy...I hadn't done a hunt in sooooo long! It was a TON of fun!

The 7.2 earthquake hit right after we finished up our late lunch. We were all sitting around talking when I felt like I was swaying...almost dizzy feeling. I asked my cousins, "are we having an earthquake?" which they replied, "I don't think so"...and I said "yes we are, look the bunny's ears are bouncing!". So we all ran outside and waited it out. After which I felt a little motion sick!

After the earthquake excitement, my Aunt and Uncle went outside to hide all the Easter eggs. We were all getting excited for the hunt...everyone wanted to find the golden egg!

Duana and I waiting to go on the egg huntAfter all the eggs were hidden, it was time! I loved finding all the eggs!
And I found the golden egg!
Well, not really...its just a yellow egg. But it did have money in it ($1)! I'm gonna get me a Taco Bell burrito with it this week! :)Gramma and I had so much fun!After the wasn't just the eggs that were dyed, so were my hands! lolIt was a great day! We got Gramma's house back to normal, tables and chairs put away, food mess cleaned up, and family cleared out. When everyone left, Gramma and I sat around for a few more hours talking and enjoying each other's company. Then I was getting really sleepy and decided to head home. I'm finishing this blog and hit'n the hay! I'm exhausted! But I'm going to bed filled with joy from this special day with family, and knowing my Savior lives!!

Happy Easter!

Sunday, April 4, 2010

He is Risen!

Our Lord is risen...He is risen indeed!

This afternoon we felt the shockwaves from the 7.2 earthquake that hit the border of Mexico! It lasted forever!! I actually got a little motion sick from it too!

But the earthquake was actually perfect for this Easter Sunday, as we remember the resurrection...

Matthew 28
The Resurrection
1After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb.
2There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. 3His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. 4The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men.

5The angel said to the women, "Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. 6He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. 7Then go quickly and tell his disciples: 'He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.' Now I have told you."

8So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples. 9Suddenly Jesus met them. "Greetings," he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him. 10Then Jesus said to them, "Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me."

God’s Simple Plan of Salvation
My Friend: I am asking you the most important question of life. Your joy or your sorrow for all eternity depends upon your answer.
The question is: Are you saved?
It is not a question of how good you are, nor if you are a church member, but are you saved? Are you sure you will go to Heaven when you die?

God says in order to go to Heaven, you must be born again. In John 3:7, Jesus said to Nicodemus, “Ye must be born again.”

In the Bible God gives us the plan of how to be born again which means to be saved. His plan is simple! You can be saved today. How?

First, my friend, you must realize you are a sinner. “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).

Because you are a sinner, you are condemned to death. “For the wages [payment] of sin is death” (Romans 6:23). This includes eternal separation from God in Hell.

“ . . . it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment” (Hebrews 9:27).

But God loved you so much He gave His only begotten Son, Jesus, to bear your sin and die in your place. “ . . . He hath made Him [Jesus, Who knew no sin] to be sin for us . . . that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him” (2 Corinthians 5:21).

Jesus had to shed His blood and die. “For the life of the flesh is in the blood” (Lev. 17:11). “ . . . without shedding of blood is no remission [pardon]” (Hebrews 9:22).

“ . . . God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8).

Although we cannot understand how, God said my sins and your sins were laid upon Jesus and He died in our place. He became our substitute. It is true. God cannot lie.

My friend, “God . . . commandeth all men everywhere to repent” (Acts 17:30). This repentance is a change of mind that agrees with God that one is a sinner, and also agrees with what Jesus did for us on the Cross.

In Acts 16:30-31, the Philippian jailer asked Paul and Silas: “ . . . ‘Sirs, what must I do to be saved?’ And they said, ‘Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved . . . .’ ”

Simply believe on Him as the one who bore your sin, died in your place, was buried, and whom God resurrected. His resurrection powerfully assures that the believer can claim everlasting life when Jesus is received as Savior.

“But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name” (John 1:12).

“For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Romans 10:13).

Whosoever includes you. Shall be saved means not maybe, nor can, but shall be saved.

Surely, you realize you are a sinner. Right now, wherever you are, repenting, lift your heart to God in prayer.

In Luke 18:13, the sinner prayed: “God be merciful to me a sinner.” Just pray: “Oh God, I know I am a sinner. I believe Jesus was my substitute when He died on the Cross. I believe His shed blood, death, burial, and resurrection were for me. I now receive Him as my Savior. I thank You for the forgiveness of my sins, the gift of salvation and everlasting life, because of Your merciful grace. Amen.”

Just take God at His word and claim His salvation by faith. Believe, and you will be saved. No church, no lodge, no good works can save you. Remember, God does the saving. All of it!

God’s simple plan of salvation is: You are a sinner. Therefore, unless you believe on Jesus Who died in your place, you will spend eternity in Hell. If you believe on Him as your crucified, buried, and risen Savior, you receive forgiveness for all of your sins and His gift of eternal salvation by faith.

You say, “Surely, it cannot be that simple.” Yes, that simple! It is scriptural. It is God’s plan. My friend, believe on Jesus and receive Him as Savior today.

If His plan is not perfectly clear, read this tract over and over, without laying it down, until you understand it. Your soul is worth more than all the world.

“For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world and lose his own soul?” (Mark 8:36).

Be sure you are saved. If you lose your soul, you miss Heaven and lose all. Please! Let God save you this very moment.

God’s power will save you, keep you saved, and enable you to live a victorious Christian life. “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, Who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it” (1 Corinthians 10:13).

Do not trust your feelings. They change. Stand on God’s promises. They never change. After you are saved, there are three things to practice daily for spiritual growth:

Pray -- you talk to God.
Read your Bible -- God talks to you.
Witness -- you talk for God.
You should be baptized in obedience to the Lord Jesus Christ as a public testimony of your salvation, and then unite with a Bible-believing church without delay. “Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord . . . .” (2 Timothy 1:8)

“Whosoever therefore shall confess [testify of] Me before men, him will I confess also before My Father which is in heaven” (Matthew 10:32).

Copyright: Robert Ford Porter, 1991


Tonight I was invited over to my Gramma's house to dye some Easter eggs with the Vasquez family. We had a great time of fellowship with each other while coloring and designing our eggs. We enjoyed some very tasty pizza and pepsi, worked on the eggs, and laughed a lot! What a fun family I have!

Working hard on our designsThe CousinsDuana, with her AWESOME bunny designed eggThe girl's tableThree of my eggs...I think they're pretty good for my first time doing more than just dipping them in the dye! Can you tell I like pink?? LOLMe and Gramma with our eggsMy Gramma, Uncle Duane, and Aunt BeckieGramma with everyone's eggs

Saturday, April 3, 2010

My Big Yard Sale

This last week I CLEANED HOUSE....
The kind of cleaning house where you get rid of stuff, not necessarily clean the dust and dirt. It was time to simplify!

I have been feeling a bit overwhelmed in my house with all the stuff I have. So I decided to sort through things, purge, and get ready for a yard sale. Oh the decisions!!! Its hard getting rid of things because I still like them and would like to keep them...but I decided my sanity is worth more than the things of this world! So I just had to let go! With the help of my sweet friend, Thiam, I got rid of WAY more clothes and shoes than I planned...but I'm so glad I did! She was awesome to push me, and help me make some decisions, and I'm so very thankful! What a great friend!!

Yesterday and today I had a yard sale. It was a great success compared to the last one I had. Particularly because I had some very wonderful helpers this time! A few months ago I had a yard sale, but did it all by myself. Oh dear, is it way too much work for one person! This time I had my friends Charley and Thiam who offered to help me out. They were so great!! Because of their help, it was organized, advertised, and profitable!

I made a total of $543.42
(random amount in change...weird)

The two days were a complete success!!
I'm so happy that I had the sale,
but even happier that its all over!
I'm exhausted!!

Here are a few pics from our two days...

The BIG SaleCharley, passing the time enjoying his bookCharley & Thiam's kids getting so much joy out of the big boxAnnie got lots of attention!