“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men” —Colossians 3:23 (NIV)
Peace family, win a free birthday party from Peace 107 and Powersports!
Your child will love all of the fun and excitement, and Powersports puts it all together for a birthday memory you and your child won’t forget!
Must be 18 or older to enter.
Party is for kids between 3 and 10 years old.
Only one entry per person.
Multiple entries will be disqualified.
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Your birthday party is good for up to 14 children ($300 value.) The party is for children between 3 and 10 years of age. Parties are held on Friday nights from 8:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m., and are scheduled on an availability basis only. For more information, call Powersports at 979-776-0018.
Winners will be announced weekly on Peace 107!
“Then Jesus came to them and said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.” —Matthew 28:18 (NIV)
“Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.” —Joshua 1:8 (NIV)
Peace family, when was the last time that you went on an adventure? You might not get to travel as much as you wish, but on the other hand, a lot of times, things that look like obstacles can turn out to be adventures!
Recently, my dryer broke and it was too wet outside to hang my clothes there, so I had to figure out how to hang them inside of my house! I ended up tying a clothesline from the coat rack next to the back door, through the kitchen, through the dining room, and anchoring the other end down through a built-in bookshelf in the living room.
When obstacles come up and we get discouraged, it can be hard to think outside of the box, but our God is a God who knows everything. He knows what’s going on, he knows what to do, and so many times when I’ve prayed for guidance in situations like this (or even problems that were simpler,) God has been faithful to help me figure out what to do.
Peace family, what challenges are you facing today? Have you had the time to take a deep breath and pray about it? Even if you end up having to go on an adventure, you have a God who can guide and help you through any and all situations. Trust him, know that he is good, and he is with you!
“He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed.” —I Peter 2:24 (NIV)
Peace family, I want to tell you about a kitten that I am fostering named Fred, who is teaching me about trust and thankfulness.
I have four different kittens that I am taking care of right now, but Fred is a very special kitten. He’s not particularly striking in his appearance, he’s not especially graceful (unlike his namesake, Fred Astaire,) and he isn’t especially adventurous or a skilled climber like some of the others. However, whenever I feed my kittens, if I pet them while I am feeding them, the other kittens often growl and some even put their paws out as though to block anyone else from the food, but never Fred. While Fred eats, no matter what I do to him, he just purrs. While the other kittens are very possessive of their food and seem to be afraid that there won’t be enough, Fred is not worried about the amount of food, or whether someone else is getting more than him. He is just happy, he trusts me, he is thankful, and he keeps plugging away.
Peace family, I’m not going to suddenly run out of cat food, and God is not going to run out of blessings, but don’t we often act like those other growly kittens, instead of like Fred?
Let’s get honest. Don’t we tend to be unkind to others whom we think have more blessings than we do? Don’t we naturally seem to fear that because someone else is successful, attractive, intelligent or blessed in some other way, that there will be less for us? Don’t we often live in fear that God will suddenly stop taking care of us? That doesn’t make any sense. Our God is the master of the universe, and everything belongs to him. His supplies are limitless. He gives us good things that we don’t even deserve, and in spite of the fact that we fail to trust him all of the time.
I will tell you, I love all of the kittens, but it frustrates and annoys me when those others kittens growl at me while I try to pet them. Peace family, let’s be like Fred. Let’s trust God, not only his intentions, but his bounty, and let’s be thankful and kind to others while we do. I think that going through life purring instead of growling will benefit everyone, ourselves included! If a little kitten can live that way, surely we can, too!
“You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you.” —Isaiah 26:3 (NIV)
Peace family, Mother’s Day brings up a lot of pain sometimes. Chaplain Gary Roe with Hospice Brazos Valley has some words of comfort for those of us who will be hurting on Mother’s Day.
Gary says, it’s true that Mother’s Day isn’t fun for everyone. Some people are grieving a mother who recently passed away, or even in the distant past and they’re still grieving. Think for a minute about the impact- when a mother passes away, we’ve never known a moment or taken a breath without her being there somewhere. What do you do with that, when it comes to be Mother’s Day? You can’t send her a card, you can’t make a phone call, you can’t show up to visit.
There’s also a whole, different kind of grief that occurs on Mother’s Day: the grief of a mother for a child. In other words, if a mother has lost a child, Mother’s Day means something totally different to them, now. We all think that our kids are going to outlive us and that we’re not going to have to bury our kids. To lose a child first is totally backwards.
There are also the secret, silent losses of children, losses that we don’t talk about much. There are losses due to abortion, miscarriage, stillbirth, infertility, and all kinds of things come with them: guilt, sorrow, pain, longing, anger, confusion, frustration and questions about faith. We ask, “Where was God in this? Why did this have to happen to me, to her, to him?”
Mother’s Day can not only be painful, it can be traumatic, and the problem is that the world feels like life goes on and you really should get over this. To a someone grieving, that’s like someone saying that your mother or your child didn’t matter. We’re hurting, and we should be hurting.
As Mother’s Day approaches, if you’re hurting, please be aware first of all, that it really is okay to hurt. You’ve endured a heavy loss, and it should hurt. God created us in his image, he wired us for relationships and to do relationships, and these are close relationships we’re talking about. We do not do separation well. It’s okay to hurt.
Second, if you’re grieving this Mother’s Day, please, make a plan for the day, even just a simple one. If you’ve lost your mom, make a plan to honor her this Mother’s Day. If you’ve lost your child, make a plan to honor him or her this mother’s day. Set up a picture. Light a candle. Write them a card or letter. Maybe have people share a memory over a meal. Include an empty chair at the table. If they had a Facebook profile, you can post a tribute there.
If you’re not grieving this Mother’s Day, just be aware that some of the people around you are. Be watchful, sensitive, loving, and accepting. Be the hands and feet of Jesus Christ to them this Mother’s Day. Weep with them, mourn with them, come along side them, and let them know in some shape, form, or fashion, even if it’s an email or text, “I’m just thinking about you today.”
If you’re out there and feel like, “I need some extra help here,” you can find some free resources at Gary’s website, www.GaryRoe.com or call Hospice Brazos Valley at 979-821-2266.
“Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.” —Acts 4:12 (NIV)