Last weekend Johnny and I were super blessed to have a chance to be together in Lodi to hear Kerri Kenyon. She is a dynamic and gifted teacher/preacher of the deep truths of God’s word. Her topic was on how God knows every single day of our entire life…that He has each of our lives memorized! What an amazing truth. She spoke of how in the Garden of Eden, after Adam and Eve ate the fruit…God went looking for them. He is the great seeker and lover of each of us. Her closing words were Back Off and Pray! We were reminded that we just need to love and pray for those in our lives that do not yet know of His amazing love for them. Then she had each of us that wished to, add our names to the scroll that ran down the aisle, as a reminder that our names are written in the book of life. She also encouraged us to place names of those that we will Back Off and Pray for. One of my favorite pictures is the one that had tear stains over the names that were written.
Here is a quote from Kerri’s website:
DO YOU KNOW YOU ARE PURSUED BY GOD?…
Your relationship with God has, is and always will be dependent on His faithful pursuit of you. He is passionate about you. He sent His Son to this earth to restore you to Himself. He has never stopped pursuing you through the power of His Spirit. He never will. His desire is for you to experience His Great Love, the love that will transform you!
You don’t have to strive or work harder to deserve His affection. Nothing you do, or don’t do, will change His heart for you. His Love is not contingent on your performance. You don’t have to live one more day under the pressure to measure up, be perfect, or hold it all together. Jesus took that burden for you on the cross.
He is chasing after you. He will finish what He has started in you. He won’t grow weary, give up or change His mind about you. No matter what. You are Loved and Relentlessly Pursued by Him!
Here is Kerri’s website.
Below, I have also added a few of pictures of our time after the service was over. We and our friends went to coffee and desert together. There was live piano music and beautiful vocals as we laughed and had some special friendship time together. Sweet fellowship for sure!
This past week was super special for many, many reasons. Mostly because it was the time of celebrating Christ’s birth. Although, Christmas’ over the years have not always been easy for me. Not because I did not always love Jesus, but because I struggled to be all that I felt that I should be throughout the season with all of its commitments and activities. For many years I was a “single” mom and I felt really like a misfit during the Christmas season. About nine years ago God brought Johnny into my life…and the Christmas season has become so much better for me since. There is now someone to share the joys of the season with.
This particular Christmas I coordinated our extended family Christmas dinner. We had it in Roseville at my niece and her husband’s home for the first time ever. That was really wonderful. They supplied their home and the drinks. We supplied the turkey.. Mom brought her yummy traditional Swedish Meatballs and the rest of the family filled in all the amazing wonderful side dishes and desserts. It worked perfectly! My sister had flown in from San Diego and we were able to take a family photo of mom and all four of her kids. (love…)
The following day we went to Grass Valley and most of us headed to the snow of Nevada City for the Victorian Christmas Fair. Before we went to the Christmas Fair, we drove up Highway 20 to the snow. I had no idea that so many grown adults (my mother included at age 87 + one teenager) could have such a rambunctious snowball fight!!!
A couple of days later Donelle, Lindsay and I had a “sweet” time together making Christmas cookies for our neighbors and pastors.
Then Christmas Eve Johnny and I had Lindsay, Mark, Bradley and Mom to our home for dinner after attending our Christmas Eve service at church.
To top it off, on Christmas Day my dear friend Luda and her husband Terry joined us for Christmas dinner. Wow! So much love of family and friends. I am smiling just thinking of all the fabulous times together. I would do it all again…well, as soon as we get the bank account happy and pounds off from this round. 😉 But believe me, it was all worth it!!!
A month or so back I had such a fabulous time with my sister and her family in San Diego and with my friends, who both recently moved to Southern California. I took planes and trains to visit them both. It was a super blessed time. The train was so over crowded though! What was up with that? The fact is, is that people were sitting in the train in all the walkways and steps. There just were not enough seats. But, we all got to know each other pretty well!!!
My sister Donelle and family just moved from the grey sky of Portland to sunny ones of San Diego. They are loving it! The picture of the family in the courtyard is of them. The view from her daughter Sara’s room was just beautiful in the wee hours of the morning. 🙂 Thank you Sara for giving me your space for a couple of days! Donelle and I had home decorating and wonderful patio visits together. Ah…I could use more of those.
The time walking and having fellowship on the beach with Stan and Robin was very special. I so miss them as our pastor and wife…Stan was such a fabulous pastor! It was great to see their new church though. And I loved having lots of coffee and visit times with my dear friend Robin. Their hospitality was very warm.
Friends and family are growing sweater and more special over the years. Knowing, more than ever, how blessed I am to have both!