Saturday, August 13, 2016

My July!

July Update.....Yes, I know August is almost over and I haven't gotten the chance to give you a recent update on my life! A lot has been going on. I love being busy so the summer months are so much fun and they go way too fast! The beginning of July was quite a whirlwind of activity. Tyler and Ruth Ann came up from the 1st-6th it was so much fun having them around for a little while again! They came late Friday and I worked Sat. morning and so I got to hang out with them Saturday afternoon and evening. Sunday they left after lunch to go hang out with Tyler's good friends. Monday I worked all day then I had off Tuesday and Wed.

Tuesday Ruth Ann and I went spur-of-the-moment pool shopping and ended up getting a pass to the pool! We went swimming then came home and had grilled bbq chicken! We had so much fun! On Wed we went to Lititz and toured the pretzel factory and went out to eat. Then we went out for ice cream and went swimming again, then it was soon time for them to leave already :( I honestly think it easier being the one leaving than being the one left behind.

Kelsey was supposed to have puppies over the fourth of July and she went a week late so we decided to take her to the vet and they told us that she had a false pregnancy. Basically they got bred when they were in heat it didn't take, but their body tells them that they are pregnant when they are not and they produce milk and everything. I pitied her so badly, but Lord Willing they will be getting bred in October!!

Dorothy, my bestest friend and I have been hanging out a lot lately because she is leaving for Thailand soon and so we are trying to cram in lots of time together. I am going to miss her like crazy. So the last time we were together she wanted to get a taste of Thai food, so we went to this random restaurant in Reading and their food was actually half decently good :) We then went to visit her tiny little nephew in the NICU I had seen pictures of him but they did not do it justice of how tiny he was. We then went to the Reading Pagoda and toured that and the woods around it to find the slab of concrete with the compass (that was wrong by the way)!! We have so much fun when we are together!

The Mountain View people were around for a weekend to help fix up the unit leader's new house. I got to hang out with them all weekend. We were at Green dragon Friday evening and after that they all came to my house and hung out until like 10. It was so special to have them all here and they got to meet the dogs I always talked about :).
On Saturday I hung out here at home until the evening then I went and met them at Melissa's house to eat supper and hang out. After supper we went to the quarry to hike and watch the sunset go down. I never realized how huge of a hole they make in the earth to crush stone! It was so good to just talk and talk with these people again!
After we watched the sunset go down we headed back to Melissa's house and we sat around and sang and ate ice cream. That night I slept over at one of the girl's house and then went to church with them in the morning, and went to one the guy's house for lunch and games and fun afterwards!
The next weekend was a farewell at Mountain View. We as a family went down to Tyler and Ruth Ann's house first to hang out with them and mom and dad never saw their house since they haven't seen it since they have been married. Tyler had been working on fixing the Tahoe since I crashed it, and it was finished so I drove it from their house to MV. It poured so hard I could hardly see to drive, but I got there safely!
So that was my July, August has been crazy so far will update that later :)!
Until Next Time ~ Rose Mary

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Ambassador for Him!!

Ambassador.....A word we don't often think of ourselves being :). But what does ambassador mean? Someone who represents something ,or as the dictionary says "a person who acts as a representative or promoter of a specified activity." Aren't we all at one time or another an ambassador. We promote a lot of things. Our products, the company we work for, going to the gym, places we eat, or any random thing.

But what about being an ambassador for Jesus? The Kingdom of Heaven? The Bible says in
                               Philippians 3:20 For our citizenship is in heaven, from
                               which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus
If we as believers truly understand what being an ambassador really means or why we should call ourselves that, it should change the way we think, dress, talk, and our relationships with others.

Jesus calls us (His followers) to be separate from the world and the world's sinful nature. We are all born with that sinful nature and the love of the things of the flesh. But when we become a Christian our whole life should change. Our priorities should take a shift. Our main focus should be on bringing others to Christ

                             And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed
                             by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is
                             that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
                               Romans 12:2
You may say well this is just too hard there is no way I can change all this in my life. No, you can't not on your own. If you trust God and ask him for His grace and strength, with his help you can make the change in your life to become an ambassador for Him.

We as Christians should want to make it a very well known fact that we love God and want to serve Him with all our hearts. Just as an ambassador for a country waves their loyalty of their hometown high, so we should do the same for the Kingdom of Heaven. We should not be ashamed or scared of sharing the gospel with others! We should wave the flag of the Kingdom of Heaven high, and live the way Jesus did with love, truth, kindness, and integrity.

The Reason we should be an ambassador for Christ?
Because of what he sacrificed for us. He died on the cross so that we may one day live with Him. He was a willing sacrifice for us ,nobody forced Him to go to the cross for our sins. He went to the cross endured all that suffering and pain, and even had to take all the sins of the world on his shoulders, just so that we, His creation, could one day live in Heaven with Him.

Oh, but that wasn't his original plan. No, he created the first man and woman perfect. But because Eve chose to take that first bite of the apple did she doom the rest of mankind into sin. Sin wasn't God's plan for us. But because we choose to sin He had to make a way of escape. And that escape is Jesus.

When we think back on all that he did for us shouldn't that make us jump for joy at the opportunity we get to spread the good news of what he has done for us to all the people of the world. So then why do many of us heave a sigh of relief when that person quits asking "why do you wear that white thing on your head?" or "Why a dress that is so old fashioned?" Shouldn't we be happy to explain to them that we do this because God has called us woman to cover our heads and to dress in modest apparel
                              For if the woman be not covered, let her also be shorn:
                              but if it be a shame for a woman to be shorn or shaven,
                              let her be covered.
                              1 Corinthians 11:6 King James Version
Or maybe a simpler version:
                             For if a woman does not cover her head, she might as well
                             have her hair cut off; but if it is a disgrace for a woman to
                             have her hair cut off or her head shaved, then she should
                             cover her head.
                             1 Corinthians 11:6 New International Version
God calls us to fashion our way of living according to the Bible ,so we should know why we do what we do and have the scripture to back it up. But in order to bring the world to Jesus we need to be willing to face them and happily share the gospel with them, because ultimately that is why we were created, to bring honor and glory to God.

May God richly bless you, And I pray He brings you much opportunity to witness for Him in the coming week. Until Next time ~Rose Mary