Sunday, February 12, 2006

Dad's Memorial

Mom with her rose for Dad.

All of us after the service at Jack and Marianne's.

God was so good to us that day. The weather was beautiful and there weren't a lot of people around. We got down to the beach aound 11:30 am and waited for everyone to arrive. My mom passed out roses and at the end of our time some people threw them in the waves and others kept them. Time actually felt like it stood still for the 3 hours we were there but the most amazing reality in the midst of our loss was that my Dad was in heaven at that moment with our Savior. I cannot express the overwhelming joy and peace that brings to me daily. I am not reminded of his suffering during the last weeks of his life or how he looked right before he died but his salvation and eternity with Christ. Our days are numbered and our lives truly count for nothing unless we have Christ. My Dad taught me to ride a bike, to boogie board, to be sacrificial, and to work hard but; the most important thing he ever taught me was to the love the Lord with all my heart and to live each day with the joy of our eternal life with Him.

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Heaven or Hell...

I read morning devotions at and author Brent Riggs had this to say about Hell, "Jesus had much more to say about hell than heaven. Hell is a grim reality that is virtually ignored by Christians today as being too harsh, unloving or uncomfortable. We don't want to scare people away with talk of hell, so we simply ignore it, or give it a quick passing mention before moving on to more friendly subjects. That's a shame because our friendly intentions won't count for much to those who find themselves in eternal torment."
(Read more at: More often than not we stand in the way of the gospel message rather than give it full force. I am encouraged to press on and share faithfully with my friends and family who are unsaved. Let us not forget what we were saved from and persevere even in the midst of opposition. I had a great time talking and praying with Jenna last night at Starbucks. We also saw Jennifer Webber there which was a happy surprise.
"What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ..." Phil. 3:8