Monday, June 30, 2008

I know you can, because "He Can."

There is a simple saying I found a few years back when I was still out in the working world. (Not that I don't work now, but I stay at home and believe me, there is plenty to do.) But this little quote says "Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss it you will land among the stars." Always aim higher, take the higher road in life, try to do something out of reach, because even if you don't quite make that goal, you are still higher than you were before. I believe we are all capable of doing anything, and with God all things are possible (Mk 10:27). So today, when you feel like you can't, try anyway, here are some things you might say, and where you can find God's response. Not all of these have to do with trying, but no matter what you are feeling or what your current situation is, I know you can make it through with God's help.

You say: 'It's impossible' God says: All things are possible (Luke 18:27)

You say: 'I'm too tired' God says: I will give you rest (Matthew 11:28-30)

You say: 'Nobody really loves me' God says: I love you (John 3:1 6 & John 3:34 )

You say: 'I can't go on' God says: My grace is sufficient (II Corinthians 12:9 & Psalm 91:15)

You say: 'I can't figure things out' God says: I will direct your steps ( Pro. 3: 5-6)

You say: 'I can't do it' God says: You can do all things (Philippians 4:13)

You say: 'I'm not able' God says: I am able (II Corinthians 9:8)

You say: 'It's not worth it' God says: It will be worth it (Roman 8:28 )

You say: 'I can't forgive myself' God says: I Forgive you (I John 1:9 & Romans 8:1)

You say: 'I can't manage' God says: I will supply all your needs (Philippians 4:19

You say: 'I'm afraid' God says: I have not given you a spirit of fear (II Tim. 1:7)

You say: 'I'm always worried and frustrated' God says: Cast all your cares on ME (I Peter 5:7)

You say: 'I'm not smart enough' God says: I give you wisdom
(I Corinthians 1:30)

You say: 'I feel all alone'
God says: I will never leave you or forsake you
(Hebrews 13:5)

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Happy Birthday Levi and Myles!!!!

Let brotherly love continue. Heb. 13:1


Nine years ago today, we were blessed with a bouncing, baby boy. Levi Joel Marquez was born early in the morning on June 25th, 1999. What a joy it was! Then exactly two years later, Myles Jonathan Marquez came and joined his big brother on June 25th, 2001. I remember Levi coming with Javawn to the hospital that afternoon, when he got to the room he was so excited to see his little brother, and said "Myles is my birthday present."
Today we celebrate you, Levi and you, Myles! What a blessing you have been to us! You are adorable and precious. Ok, enough sissy words, You are AWESOME!!! We love you so much and are looking forward to this year(and many to come). You are both growing so quickly, but most importantly, you are both growing in your relationship with Jesus. Keep him first, and everything else will go into place as it should! With all our love, Daddy, Mommy, Elle, and Ashley Jean

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Do you remember? (In addition to my last post)

Just out of curiosity, who remembers the day/night they got the Holy Ghost? I was, as I mentioned before, six years old. I don't remember the exact date, though I think it was sometime in May. My great-grandma, Oma Ellis, was preaching a sectional Ladies Day at our church. At altar call I went up with my mom and before I knew it, I was crying and speaking in tongues. I remember the feeling, the people(including my mom) who prayed with me, and how my great-grandma came down from the platform and prayed for me too. So tell me, what do you remember?

The Sequel!!! Acts continued......

We had another fabulous service at the Rock church tonight. There is never a dull service, and tonight was no exception. Worship service was great, then we were blessed by the band Niemann Ave. Might I say, they were fantastic! I am not being biased either, even though the awesome drummer in the band also happens to be my cousin! (Musical talent flows in our family like water) Nate French did an incredible song about Calvary from Pilate's point of view, then the band did a song they wrote called "Mysterious Maker." They did a wonderful job, and I felt the anointing in their song. It makes a difference, regardless of music styles, when you sing or play in the Holy Ghost. With that in mind, we now go into the preaching. Pastor Young(who also happens to be one my favorite preachers, along with Bishop) preached about the Holy Ghost. Now this wasn't your typical "You need the Holy Ghost" message. This was "Do you realized who is dwelling in your heart and life?" God, Father, Lord, Holy Ghost, Comforter, Peace Maker, and the list goes on...they are all one in Jesus Christ. There are many scriptures that prove this, but 2 from our current study in quizzing are Gal. 4:5-6, (5) One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism (6)One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all. What a humbling thought! To put into a few words the message, and I quote Pastor Young " the Holy Ghost is Jesus Christ in you" And we are the church that was started in Acts, continued (the reason for the message title "The Sequel"). I have had the Holy Ghost now for 27 years, yes, I was 6 years old when I received it. ( So much for keeping my age a secret) The thought of God the Father, Savior of the world, Creator of all things, the same one who died for all men, living in my life and willingly guiding my life for the last 27 years amazes me. It makes me think of an old song "Jesus be the Lord of All" and that is exactly my prayer!

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Monkey see, Monkey do....

Monkey was a handful at the eye doctor too! And by monkey, I mean Ashley Jean! I decided to make eye appointments for all 4 of my kids, on the same day. Thinking that if they saw each other getting their eyes examined, it would be easier for them. Well so much for doing my own thinking! First I must say, that I am a stickler about such things as the doctor visits, (i.e. well baby visits, annual shots etc)and the check-ups at the dentist every 6 months. But I forgot all about how important eye health is. Being nearsighted myself since I was 15, you would think I would be on top of this. So anyhow, thankfully I didn't wait too long, they are all healthy. But the routine appointment turned into a comedy act with a solo comedian! Levi, Myles, and Elle did very well with their exam, they were very polite and did exactly as they were told. Well then we got to Ashley. Keep in mind Ashley is only 2 but talks very well, so they begin her test with some letters(sorry folks, but I haven't gotten that far with her education). She looks and says "abcdef...." and begins to sing the alphabet. The lady then realized that she wasn't quite to that level yet. So she showed her two pictures, both of the same car but one had wheels that was a complete circle, the other ones wheels were not. We covered one eye and she began to determine which one had the "broken wheels". Well this went well for a second until we realized she was only pointing to whatever picture was on her right. And she changed to the left. Then we figured out that when she covered her right eye, the "broken wheels" were on the left and visa versa, get the idea? Then off to see the doctor, for the real exam. She was pretty good for the most part (of course she was sitting on my lap and couldn't go anywhere)until it got to the picture part. There was a picture of a bike, and bird, an umbrella, a birthday cake, bananas, and an apple. The doctor asks her "what do you see?" And she promptly replied "Toys", I knew we were going nowhere fast. Then the doctor looked in her eyes with a few different lights, and then had her cover her eyes again with a large spoon-like object. Well this turned into a game of peek-a-boo. To distract her, the doctor started asking her questions, by question #3 my kids lost it. Doctor asked "What color eyes do you have?" Ashley replied "Green and Red!" Apparently proud of herself, she then declared "I'm done." The doctor encouraged me to wait another year before scheduling her another appointment. Hummm...I wonder why?

Monday, June 16, 2008

Frogs, Snails, and Puppy Dog Tails...

That is what little boys like to collect! We now are the proud owners of a pure white dove, courtesy of Levi and Myles and my ruggedly handsome, yet sensitive husband Ron.( Umm, where did that come from, this is what I get for leaving my blog post up for a minute and walking away from it). Last week, it was a baby cottontail rabbit. The same day the rabbit was discovered, they also tried to house an enormous bull frog(toad). Then before that it was a pigeon. My kids seem to think we are animal rescue clinic. Myles caught the pigeon and it was hurt, he nursed it back to health and set it free. My nephew, Terraine, caught the frog. The next morning it was MIA, and the only one that was near it at the time was Ashley, she must have felt sorry for the poor creature and set him free. The rabbit wasn't so fortunate :(. Being a wild rabbit it wasn't used to being held, and with so many children wanting to hold the little critter, I think it might have had heart failure or something. The kids scared it stiff(literally). It was sad though, Levi cried. They get attached to these animals very quickly. Then this last weekend we went from catching animals to babysitting them. We got to keep Spanky, the Sargents cat. I am thankful it survived, Ashley thought it was a babydoll. She wrapped it in a blanket, carried it in a car seat, tried to give it a bottle, funny thing, it let her do it! Then Levi took it swimming, and you know what? The cat actually swam. Now I don't know if it was swimming to save its life or if he was enjoying it, but I decided to put a stop to it right away. Clayton and Ronnie even enjoyed having the cat here, I caught both of them playing with him, and to my surprise Ronnie wasn't even tormenting the little thing!

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Happy Father's Day!

To my dear sweet husband, Happy Father's Day! You are an incredible daddy and husband, and I love you! I am blessed to have the opportunity to be a stay at home mom, for that I am thankful to you. You work hard for your family and we appreciate you. Levi, Myles, Elle, and Ashley Jean, say "I love you and Happy Father's Day Daddy!"
Also a great big Happy Father's Day to my Grandpa Norm! You are precious to me and my family and we love you very much. Hope your day is blessed!
To my little brother Jeremy, I love to see you with your boys. You are such a wonderful daddy to them. I can't wait for you and Dani to have more kids!!!!
There was a time in my life when Father's Day didn't hold a special meaning to me. From the age of five until fourteen, I was among the many fatherless children. Not that it mattered too much when I was young, but as I got older, I realized how important a father could be. The Father/Daughter dates, someone who could explain boys, someone who could tell me how beautiful I was, completely different than a mom could, could teach me how to drive without having a heart attack, could be the rock in my life through all the ups and downs of teen-age hood(if that is a word?), could bring down the walls around my heart with his gentle yet persistent love, someone who could be a Godly example of a dad, husband, mentor and leader. So God, in his infinite love and mercy, place such a man in my life, Blaine Carlson, who I lovingly and with much respect, call Dad. Thank you, Dad, for being the man you are, and being willing to sacrifice your time(and sometimes money:) to be a daddy to this little girl who is now grown up with children of her own. I am so thankful God gave you extra room in your heart to love me! Levi, Myles, Elle, and Ashley are so blessed to have you for a Papa!! Have a wonderful Father's Day, (I wish we were there with you). I love you!

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

School's out! Summer's here!!!

Ok, now on to the rest of my life! School's out, summer's here, time to relax. Yeah right! That is how it used to be. I remember when I was a kid( a long time ago), the day school got out until the day school started in September, it meant freedom. Freedom from schoolwork, from getting up early, going to bed early, from any rigorous schedule we had. Now it seems as if there is no break and no summer vacation. Every kids school schedule is different, year around, traditional, traditional with summer school, where is the break??? Well, we aren't going to follow the rigorous schedule all summer long, we are gonna have fun and sleep in if we want, or stay up late, or play outside all day, whatever we do, we are going to have a summer vacation.
So now that I've said that, does anyone have any good ideas or suggestions to make it a fun summer? I have a few ideas rolling around in this brain of mine, but I can use some more! My kids are pretty simple, they like to play outside, ride bikes, play in water, go to parks, spend time with friends, have picnics. It shouldn't be hard to please them. So what are some fun things you did as a kid? Did you have a memorable summer vacation?
Well, while your thinking, I have a funny Ashley story. Sunday mornings we march to give in the offering and then we head out for Sunday School( Thank God for Sunday School Teachers!!!). Well right before we were going out, Ashley said "Mommy, I have to go to the bafroom". So I told her we were getting ready to march and I'd take her on the way to Sunday School. So we get out there, I take Elle to her class and then Ashley to the bathroom. Finally we get to her class and I put her over the wall to go to her teacher, as I am signing her in, I over hear her tell her teacher " My mommy made me late!" And she is only two!

Monday, June 9, 2008

The Wonderful World of Bible Quizzing

We, The Rock Church, were honored to host the Southwestern Summer Invitational for this year. In this tournament, we had four teams, all of which came from our church. The break down was: Sac 1: Delaney and Darilyn Reighard, Sac 2: Karlee Horton, Katrina Ezell, and Levi Marquez(my son of course) Sac 3: Josh Gideons, Riley Madsen, and Oriana Pelton, Sac 4: Isabelle Noriega, Cali Madsen, Rainy Madsen, Kayla Horton, and Myles Marquez(my other son). Ironically, that is exactly what order of place they took as well. It was a very good tournament, and Levi's team went undefeated until the very last game. This is the beginner division which includes ages 5 to 8. These little guys(and gals) will know 184 verses by the next tournament which is in July. Most adults don't know that many verses!!! Not only do they know them, but you can ask them one word in a verse and they can locate it and quote it! Throughout this year, they are learning some very important principles, for example, the fruit of the Spirit, unity in the body of Christ, putting on the whole armour of God, and these are only a few. It isn't always easy to motivate and keep the kids interested. But as soon as we have a tournament, it seems to inspire them and they are eager to learn. I am posting a few pictures from this tournament, these pictures were taken by Elle, my resident photographer. (A few were taken by me)