Sunday, October 31, 2010

10.31.10 so asian.

my costume for today:

a panda bear.


furry lil me posin' with kobe ;)


check out the socks i was wearing:


btw...i love these socks!

im the poster child for all things asian-y.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

10.30.10 piracy.

arrrrrrrr.

even our dog had a ball & chain on him.

he was our prisoner =]

Friday, October 29, 2010

10.29.10 table.


#Stirrups #NoComment

Thursday, October 28, 2010

if i wrote a letter in the bible.

she wrote a blog post yesterday and challenged us readers "to write and post a letter you would write to today’s believers like Paul."

now that's a lot to ask for, coz there's a lot of things i will probably say. she wrote a really heartfelt and beautiful letter.

you see, i don't have that same capacity to do that. i'm a "tell it like it is" person and the reality is, i would probably talk a lot of smack on there coz people get on my nerves [and im sure i get on people's nerves too.] so instead of writing to "strangers", i will write to someone who is dear to my heart, just like paul did to timothy. i'm gonna write my son and share 30 nuggets to live by [these are somethings that i've told him at one point or another or it's something that i tell him everyday.]

i'm hoping someone else will read this epistle and find something that speaks to them as well.


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dear christian... always remember:
  1. before you get out of bed, say thank you to God for this new day.
  2. eat breakfast. never leave house with an empty stomach [so when you get older, you never get into the habit of buying $5 coffees & $3 muffins just because you forgot to make your own breakfast & coffee]
  3. do everything excellently.
  4. obey the first time, every time, with a good attitude.
  5. make your bed, brush your teeth. change your underwear. dont pick your scabs/pimples.
  6. take the time to laugh. at least twice a day.
  7. don't do side hugs. if you're gonna hug someone, give out real hugs.
  8. take the time to have lots of fun. travel. build. don't forget to play and learn new things.
  9. credit cards are of the devil so learn to live below your means. and SAVE. money isn't everything and being rich isn't all that it's cracked up to be.
  10. always find room in your heart to forgive. don't judge. give grace.
  11. read your bible - even if it's just a verse. read it out loud and explain to me what it means to you right now.
  12. eat right. don't eat too much sweets. exercise.
  13. be careful little heart what you feel, be careful little eyes what you see, be careful little ears what you hear, be careful little hands what you touch , be careful little feet where you go. [let the motivation of your heart remain pure and holy]
  14. don't hold on to any thing too tightly. things are just things.
  15. pray for everything. i mean EVERYTHING. if there's anything that i want you to learn about our faith - it's to learn to love to pray and be in communion w/ God constantly.
  16. learn to listen to that still, small voice. that voice is going to help you make the right decisions when you're older.
  17. walk your dog. pick up his poo. you prayed for him, you wanted him, so he's your responsibility. don't ask for something if you can't handle the responsibilities that come with it.
  18. control your temper. be careful with your words.
  19. don't forget to call your grandma/grandpa, relatives and friends, even if it's just to say hi.
  20. remember to pray for the poor, the sick, the needy, the nations.
  21. take the time to read books. even if you hate it.
  22. never lose focus on Christ, even when things are hard.
  23. DREAM BIG - with God nothing is impossible. miracles still happen.
  24. take the time to get to know the Holy Spirit. you can't live life without Him.
  25. dont stare at the tv/ds/computer/phone all day long.
  26. do your daily chores.
  27. don't get frustrated if things don't work out right away. try and try until you get it right.
  28. i chose not to run after a great career. instead i chose to homeschool you, because i want you to know that i prioritize you. when you have a wife & kids, please show them that you prioritize them too.
  29. share Jesus to others. don't be ashamed of Him.
  30. love always.
i write this letter because i love you so much. please don't think these are "rules" you must live by... i share these things because i want what is best for you. i pray God's grace and peace and joy fill you always. i pray His love consumes your life and your response to His love would be to live a lifestyle of worship. you are my hero. your love has taught me how to live. know that you came into this world so loved by me and others. now go and share that love to those in need. this hurting world needs someone like you, so go and make a difference. i gave birth to a world changer, so go ahead and change the world!

love you forever,
mommy

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

beauty in death.

while walking to work, this dead tree caught my eye earlier this morning. in an instant, nostalgia hit me and i was reminded of a God-moment i had back in october of 2007.


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i sat in the middle of the field somewhere in the suburbs of chicago looking at the different colors of leaves.

leaves that were orange. yellow. red. brown.
swirling and dancing with the wind.
leaves that were orange. yellow. red. brown.
capturing my eye, as i stared at the array of colors around me.
leaves that were orange. yellow. red. brown.
leaves that once had life. but are now dead.

as i was looking at the leaves, and i felt like it was a picture of what my dreams looked like. colorful. yet dead.

a couple of months before this, my step-dad kicked me and my son out of their house. after sleeping on couches, we realized that we really had no place to go. i didn't have a job. and i felt like pressure was coming in from all sides. my parents were in the middle of intense fighting that i had to fly to chicago to try and stay away from the mess our family was facing.

it was around october when i found out the news. my mother had an affair and had made up her mind to leave my step-dad. the same step-dad she had chosen to stay with for years, even though he was abusing us. she said she's finally had enough of him. after 20+ years, she decided to leave him, but not because of the abuse that happened to us. she decided to leave him coz she had feelings for another man.

when i found out about what happened, it was like a 2nd wave of pain and death washed over my heart. after years of trying to understand and forgive and learn to trust my mom and my step-dad. after years of trying to rebuild and restore what was so broken. after years of waiting and finally starting to see glimpses of God's promise of healing... it was suddenly snatched away.

this dream for healing and restoration for my family had suddenly died. and my heart mourned for the years of sacrificing and giving up my innocence just so this family could stay together.

i cried out and asked God "why?"
why did she have to cheat?
why did he have to be so stubborn and hard headed and unloving?
why wasn't there a fear of God in these decision makings?
why did she wait this long to leave him, when it was convenient for her?
why did i waste 12 years of my life being abused, just coz it was my mother's dream to have a "complete family"?
why did it pain me so much that my step-dad wasn't going to be my "papa" anymore.
why have i not heard anything from my church/pastors & friends who were supposed to be there to help?
why was this happening all over again?


as i cried out to Him in the middle of the field, He didn't answer me with a voice or a bible scripture. instead He answered me with a picture.


leaves that were orange. yellow. red. brown.
swirling and dancing with the wind.
leaves that were orange. yellow. red. brown.
capturing my eye, as i stared at the array of colors around me.
leaves that were orange. yellow. red. brown.
leaves that once had life. but are now dead.


at that moment my heart was stilled. even if autumn and winter brought death, there was always a promise of spring. and because of that promise, i found beauty in the midst of death.

--
as i walked towards the building of where i work, exactly 3 years after that incident happened, i found myself smiling. the dead tree of dreams in my heart is now showing signs of life and vitality and light. though there is still pain in the memory, God has proven Himself faithful to provide healing and restoration and redemption. our family is far from perfect.... but we have come such a long way. and despite the agonizing pain we had to go through, we choose to forgive and love. we're in no way the "model" christian family and my parents are divorced and they still fight, but because of these trials, there has been a deepening of relationships, especially with me and my sisters. though it's almost november and we're enjoying the fall season, in my heart, spring has sprung. and there continues to be a hope of complete healing and restoration in the future. as for now, we're taking it one day and enjoying life one season at a time. coz He makes everything beautiful in it's time. [ecc3:11]

He promised me 3 years ago that spring would come. indeed it has come. im so glad He is always faithful to fulfill His promise.
[heb.10:23]

a wee bit of me v20 (halloween edition).

 http://leighashley.blogspot.com/
 
{one} have you ever seen a ghost?
i'd like to think i haven't, but maybe i have.



{two} when was the last time you dressed up for halloween?


last year - i was a pregnant angelina jolie; 
i borrowed a few kids and used them as my "props"



{three} what’s your favorite candy?
jolly ranchers - watermelon



{four} did you have a favorite costume growing up?
witch - it was the cheapest costume. i was a witch every year.



{five} did you carve pumpkins this year?
no. i did a couple of years ago & i never want to do it again.



{six} what’s your favorite scary movie?
the shining.





{seven} haunted houses or corn mazes?
corn mazes.



{eight} are you superstitious?
no.



{nine} have you ever owned a black cat?
no. i.HATE.cats.



{ten} what are you plans for this coming halloween?


it's a sunday so i'll be wearing a costume in church. im obnoxious like that.
 


 and since i dont really "celebrate" halloween..
here's to a Happy-Harvest-Festival-Reformation-Celebration ;)

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

10.26.10 ringnight.


C reppin' his lakers shirt for ring night :) yay!

Monday, October 25, 2010

10.25.10 a choice.


"We're holding on to the pain coz that's all we have left... 
But we don't have to. We have a choice" 
- C.B. #GG

Sunday, October 24, 2010

10.24.10 wash.


purify me from my sins, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow. [ps51:7]

Saturday, October 23, 2010

10.23.10 one.


Q: How many people does it take to make a difference?


A: one. - YOU!

be the one that makes the difference in your 
family, friends and community today. :)

Friday, October 22, 2010

10.22.10 bangs.


"Can someone please tell my master to cut my bangs. I can't see nothing! I want a faux hawk!" - bambam

Thursday, October 21, 2010

10.21.10 bombermen.


dsi party.

what's YOUR story?


i absolutely love hearing people's stories and testimonies. there's something powerful about hearing the way God has undeniably changed a person's life in that moment He becomes real to them. hang around me long enough and it's inevitable that i will ask you my favorite question: "what's' YOUR story?" i believe that everyone's story is important and unique. i believe that each story has power to change and touch someone else's life. i believe that each person's story is carefully written to give praise to the Author of Life.

i love sharing my story as well. sharing my testimony is so important to me that i try incorporate even just a snippet of it when i teach in my smallgroup or  in different classes at my church. a few months ago, i asked the ladies who attend my  smallgroup to share their own personal stories and struggles and how God changed their lives. it was so beautiful to be able to hear how God has healed and redeemed each woman from their own personal pain and give them purpose for their heartbreak.

just the other day, we had the same experience in another one of the bible studies that i attend. we had several people share their testimonies and their stories and it was so raw and powerful to hear the things that God has done in the lives of His children. then yesterday tyler perry shared about his journey about being abused as a child and it made me want to publish this post even more.

i was suddenly reminded me of a twitter experiment that someone did around this time last year. he asked us to summarize our story in 140 characters or less. there were quite a number of people who participated in this experiment. check out their stories here, here, and here. this is what i wrote:

abused. rebellious. singlemom. extremely hurt. overwhelmed by Gods love. redeemed. restored. renewed. my pain now has a purpose. #mylifein140

it was such an innovative way to share our testimony. in light of the recent events of people around me sharing their story, i would like to give you (my friends and readers) a chance to share YOUR testimony on here. (that is if you feel comfortable to do so) now i know not everyone is twitter savvy and compressing your testimony into 140 characters is hard...so feel free to write 1-2 sentences if you need to. 

like i said... i've written a part of my story  here before and i would love to hear yours. i want to read and see the great things God has done in and through your lives so please feel free to share YOUR story in 140.

They overcame the enemy by the blood of the Lamb, the word of their testimony and not loving their lives unto death - rev. 12:11 (niv)http://twitter.com/freshairpoet

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

a wee bit of me.

a wee bit of me on my humpday lunch break.
http://www.myleighashley.com/
 
{one} have you ever crawled through a window?
yes. all the time when i was a teenager. 'nuff said.

{two} what’s one subject that you wish you knew more about?
*just like katy  - biblical history / jewish history

{three} who’s your favorite villain?
hannibal lecter

{four} have you ever hit a jackpot on a slot machine?
no. i wish i did.

{five} what is your favorite disney movie?
disney movie: lion king
disney princess movie: mulan.

{six} if the whole world were listening, what would you say?
there is a God who is madly in love with you and longs for you to fall in love with Him as well.

{seven} if you could choose one song to describe you or your life, what would it be?
a remix of twila paris' warrior is a child and cece winan's alabaster box

{eight} your desk: messy or organized?
an organized mess. (story of my life)

{nine} have you ever had surgery?
yes.  a few. removal of  tonsils. gall bladder. c-section

{ten} if you could have any animal as a pet, what would you have?
a dolphin.
 
how it's YOUR turn. tell me a wee bit about you =]
 

happy wednesday to you! 
 #CupsUp

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

10.19.10 lotion.


i WISH i could afford to buy la mer or la prairie products to use on my face. 

but i can't.

since i can't afford those magical and expensive facial moisturizers... 

i opt for these instead.(and i LOVE these products)

dramatically different moisturizer by clinique during the day time 

and a thick slab of cetaphil cream on my face at night. :)

what facial moisturizer do you use?

Monday, October 18, 2010

10.18.10 top 5


i took this "test" a few months ago... but wanted to post the results on here so you can understand me a little bit more (understand why I act and think the way I do)... Here are my top 5 6 themes from strengthsfinders: (i took the test a 2nd time and got all top 4 strengths the same but my last one changed from belief to positivity. i guess my convictions aren't that strong after all. LOL)

1. Activator
- "When can we start?" is the recurring question in your life. You prefer doing things than talking about doing things, and you want to get others doing things also. You make things happen because you believe that action is the best device for learning and growth.
- Potential Dark Side: Impatience with necessary discussion, or with people who are too slow to act. Doing things with little or no advance planning. A tendency to impulsive decisions.

2. Maximizer
- You are interested in excellence and strength and love to transform something strong into something superb. You set high standards and goals and have to do the very best you can do at all times. You see strengths in others and want to help them develop their talents and cultivate their strengths.
- Potential Dark Side: Might tend to avoid weak people or those who continually need help. Uninterested in fixing things that are broken - even when they need to be fixed.

3. Woo
-You enjoy the challenge of meeting new people and winning them over. You have a refined sense of social intelligence and are rarely at a loss for words in initiating conversation with strangers. You are happy to make a new connection and then move on. There are new people to meet, new rooms to work, new crowds to mingle in.
- Potential Dark Side: May be able to dazzle people but not deliver. May tend to avoid close relationships. 

4. Communication
- You need to talk, and you often do your best thinking while talking. You are a good conversationalist and that enables you to make connections with people. You like to bring ideas to life with the perfect phrase, word pictures, or story.
- Potential Dark Side: You may talk too much and overwhelm the people around you.

5. Belief
- Your beliefs motivate and energize you to work hard and to endure difficulty and opposition. You have a clearly defined purpose and strong core values that are the foundation for everything you do. Your work must be meaningful; it must give you a chance to live out your values.
- Potential Dark Side: Stubbornness and inflexibility. Judgmental of the beliefs of others.

6. Positivity
- You lighten people’s spirits with your contagious enthusiasm and elevate the performance of others.
You inject drama into every project and find ways to make everything more exciting.
You are always on the lookout for the positive in the situation and are rarely dragged down, even after personal setbacks
- Potential Dark Side: May tend to avoid the truth if it is too negative or bleak.

in other words...i am a crazy, active, on the move, launching, networking, conversationalist machine with really, really strong positive beliefs. =] 

God has wired me to be this way and think this way and i embrace this unique package of my strength. there's only one patricia with this kind of strengths mix and im glad God made me this way.

what are your top 5 themes/strengths? help me get to know you better.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

10.17.10 hilarity.


vegged out with my sis R after church and watched these shows. living color's men on cooking and modern family made us laugh out loud literally. this weekend was a very relaxing weekend for me! i give it two snaps up in a circle ;)

what was some of your favorite tv shows from the 90's? and what are some of your favorite tv shows now?

i go first:
90's: 90210, FRIENDS, living color, that 70's show
now: 24, anything bear grylls on discovery, modern family, gossip girl. family guy. that's it.

your turn.....

Saturday, October 16, 2010

10.16.10 i love today.


my saturday: brought r&c to LAX. they're gonna be in europe for 3 weeks and all they brought is one carry on and one backpack each :) pretty cool! 

then i got the chance to sleep ALL afternoon (which is such a RARE treat for me).

then we went to pray for our new church building. to wrap it up, we ate some yummy pho for dinner and my sister-in-law is sleeping over! yay!
i loved today! it was a very restful sabbath :)

Friday, October 15, 2010

10.15.10 paris in the morning.


today: they look at lil mini replica of the eiffel tower that christian built a few years ago.

tomorrow: r&c leave for france in the morning and will see the real tower. *le sigh*

next 3 weeks: i get to play house. :) who wantsa come over for movie/game night????

Thursday, October 14, 2010

10.14.10 FB credits.

facebook credits for $15?!?! what the???? 
i can't believe someone actually buys this stuff! 
*shaking my head* 
guess we're not in recession after all =/

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

10.13.10 dog spelled backward is God.


he's always so happy to see me... whether i've been gone for the whole day or for just 5 minutes, his reaction when he sees me is always the same. he wags his tail and gently lays his paws on my legs to try and catch my attention. he'll maybe bark a little, then run around for joy coz he's so happy that i'm by his side. and as if that was not enough to show how much he loves me, he follows me around everywhere i go... whether i'm in the kitchen washing the dishes or when i'm chillin' watching tv...he's there lingering in my presence. 

but me being in the room isn't even enough for him. he will always lay down close enough to where i am so that if i suddenly move, he's aware of it. this dog will do anything i ask of him to do; whether it's sit, stay, play dead, roll over, shake, stop, etc. with one command, he obeys. he does it because he knows that i care for him. i feed him. i rescued him. i have given him a roof over his head. and me and my son show him lots of love. and his natural response is to want to linger in my presence, remain loyal to me, obey my commands and show us lots of love as well.

this dog is teaching me a thing or two about my relationship with my Master and King. bambam is reminding me to remain overjoyed when i am with my God.. that i should long to linger in His presence and lay at His feet to worship Him, so much so that i will be able to sense His every move. This lil' mutt is also reminding me about the importance of taking God at His Word and obeying His commands promptly, not because of fear but because of love. my very motive in life should be to make Him happy and please my Master.

what a great revelation from my four-legged friend. :)

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

10.12.10 one day.


my brother in law and my sister are going to europe this weekend. they have maps laid out on the table to plan their trip. one day, i'll get to visit europe too :)

Monday, October 11, 2010

10.11.10 canadian.columbus.goonies.


One canadian was celebrating "happy canadian thanksgiving day". The rest of the americans were celebrating "happy columbus day" and I was celebrating the 25th anniversary of the goonies and the day the indians had no idea they were going to lose their own territory day! :) grub-a-dub-dub!

Sunday, October 10, 2010

10.10.10 stars.


my son is a ninja. these are his ninja stars. :)
he made it himself.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

10.9.10 celebration.


celebrating with my sister at the golden gopher. she's finally done with her masters in public ad. she's now considered a smart person ;) LOL (by the way - the tables at this place are older arcade games).

Friday, October 8, 2010

10.8.10 awareness.


"there are more slaves NOW than in any other period in history". - a representative from unsilenced pictures sharing awareness about human / trafficking. become aware of the ugly truth and statistics of human trafficking. make a change. let's do something to stop modern day slavery.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

10.7.10 pick.


my son trying to pick my nose for me :)

confession session.

hi. my name is patricia and i have a confession to make: i don't have it all together. i know that you know that. i know that too. im a pretty confident person (sometimes too confident) but there are days when i like to remind myself of my flaws and insecurities. i know it sounds harsh but i do need to hear it. we ALL have an ugly side... today you get to know a little more about mine. welcome to my confession sessions.
  • i hate moving and i hate packing. right now i'm moving again. i've moved so much in the past 3 years that i've developed an allergic reaction to the word "moving". in fact my eye twitched as i typed those words. im.so.over.my.situation. on good days im little miss sunshine about my life...but catch me on a bad day and my tears will rain down like a storm. i can't seem to catch a break when it comes to a permanent place to live.
  • more often that not, i look at the mirror and i hate the reflection that is looking back at me.  sometimes i feel like i've let myself go physically. and it's not just with the weight. it's the way i dress.  my health. the way i carry myself. the way i take care of myself. i am confident..but if im honest...it sure doesn't seem like im loving "me" at this moment.

  • i have a smart mouth. and i can be mean when provoked. like really mean. i find it funny and ironic that one of my top gifts and strengths is encouragement coz God sure does know how to turn a weakness around. they say your greatest strength can be your greatest weakness as well. i have the tendency to spew out hurtful words  and crush a heart if im caught at a really bad time. just like moses - this is my achilles heel and it's something that God is  slowly but surely transforming in my life. (truth be told..some people really need to hear some of the things i have to say). ;)

  • i stress out internally. when you see my face stressed out, it probably means im going through something that would break "normal" people down. and i have the tendency to carry my burden & other people's burdens by myself.

  • iLust and im not afraid to admit it. i lust after people's lives who have it better than me. i lust for nicer cars. a nicer place to live. a bigger ministry. a book or a blog post that i could've authored. a hot boyfriend like chuck bass... (remaining celibate isn't exactly the easiest thing in the world to do).   iLust after other people's answered prayers as i cry over my dead dreams.  iLust over something as nice as an hermes bag or something as small as a starbucks coffee that i can't afford to have.

  • it takes a lot to frustrate me, but when im frustrated, im not afraid to show it. you see, my top 5 themes on my strength finders test are activator, maximizer, woo, communication and belief. i like to activate/maximize things and people to live lives to their fullest potential. i talk and can win people over in a blink of an eye. and my belief system is quite unshakable. so when i see me or people around me live a life less than what they could or should be living, it breaks my heart. when im not given the chance to use my strength to woo and talk to people, i get bored. and when that happens, my tendency is to show my frustration and/or completely slack off. i don't know how to turn it off, because it's how God made me to think and process things. so if i suddenly stop being involved...it clearly means im frustrated. put me to work by challenging me to use my strengths and i will love you for it.

  • i really enjoy the fact that im not married. i don't know if i'll ever desire it. i fell completely in love with being a mother. i just don't buy into the idea that i need to become a wife. truth be told, the celibacy thing the only thing that's making me think twice about never getting married. kudos to those of you who dream of finding your knight in shining armor. i dream of flying out into the world and preaching God's word and adopting more kids. i can't picture myself married. and it annoys me when people think they know me better. let me say this now: NO THEY DONT. i despise it when people make it a project to find me a husband. i hate it when people say: but christian needs a dad and therefore i need to find a man. please shut up.  God says i have all i need at this moment.  if a man is one of them then it will come along if He really wants it to happen.

  • with that said - parenting solo is really hard. i have to learn to bottle up certain emotions inside of me so i can remain strong.. but it doesn't mean that im void of emotions. i just choose not to share it. but if you want to know... yes it does get lonely. sometimes very lonely. i wish i could let someone in my head for a day to understand the weight of all i face. i wish i could show someone how heartbreaking it is when my son is able to accomplish something great and i have no one to share the joy with. i wish i could count the tears that have stained my pillow in the night because life just becomes tired and overwhelming. if you are or have been a single parent for some time, i know you know what im talking about.

  • i don't study my bible as much as i would like to everyday. i don't spend as much time with God as i should. instead of praying in the wee hours of the morning, i will deaden my mind by listening to music or watching tv. i love God and i love His Word and being in His presence fills me with so much joy. but it also requires vulnerability. and sometimes it's heartbreaking to stay vulnerable. because it hurts so much to face my weaknesses, heartbreaks and pain and present them to God. and it hurts to feel the pain of others (see bullet point #4)
i'm not afraid to share the uglies about myself. coz i know that the uglies and the insecurities in me will one day boast of God's power. only He can take the bad in my life and turn it into good, as long as i  obey and stay faithful to Him. i know that because most of my weaknesses 10 years ago have been turned into my strengths. and i know im not the same person anymore. 

embracing my weaknesses reminds me that i am a work in progress. recognizing where i fail reminds me of how much i need my Savior and His amazing grace. my weaknesses show me that i have a Father who chooses to never give up on me but fashions and molds me more and more into the image of His Son. and knowing that truth strengthens me to continue to keep the good fight of faith, knowing He will perfect that which concerns me.[psalm 138:3]

“My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong. -  2Corinthians 12:9-10 

If you are brave enough....take part in this discussion and share some of your ugly confessions. =]

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

10.6.10 fall.


fall is here. =] 

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

10.5.10 cheers.

Monday, October 4, 2010

10.4.10 glisten.


the rain glistens and rests on the window pane.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

10.3.10 take the lead.


take the lead dinner - where the pastor of our church invited the staff, leaders and the people who have faithfully been serving at this church for years. he took the time to encourage us to continue to  take the lead in serving the church and in giving for this new season as well. 

the youth/ONE group served us food and decorated the place. (soraya did such a wonderful job). it was a great night and it feels really nice to be acknowledged and valued and even being served like this from time to time. (just keeping it real.)

side note: leaders...know the value of the people God has put along side of you and don't be afraid to acknowledge the greatness inside of them and help launch them into their God given destinies. just like a parent does to a child, my job isn't to raise my child to think small but to grow and mold him to dream bigger dreams than i have and do more than what i possibly could. i think the same thing for people in my smallgroup and in my church. don't be afraid to recognize the gift in people and teach them to fly... even if they fly out of your church and move into a new one. one plants, one waters but it's God who makes them grow.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

10.2.10 passion for freedom.

 doing his part to help fight modern day slavery.

 christian getting a "batman" tattoo.

 team passion for freedom.


 the group gathering around to hear more info about
how to help stop child trafficking.

on this rock...He will build His church.

some of the "prizes" my son got for raising $ for this event.


he was the top fundraiser in SoCal for SCTNow Walk

thanks again to those of you who gave to christian & i and the rest of our team.  you guys rock! fundraiser is still open till november 3 so keep spreading the word!

it is for freedom that Christ set us free [gal 5]

Friday, October 1, 2010

10.1.10 sky.


Sing to the LORD with thanksgiving; make music to our God on the harp. He covers the sky with clouds;  he supplies the earth with rain and makes grass grow on the hills. He provides food for the cattle  and for the young ravens when they call. [psaml 147:7-9]