Costa Rica Journal – Not Me God!

I experienced the most amazing time on my first mission trip to Costa Rica.

I’ve shared my story in this journal. 

Just click on the link below.  It does have pictures, it may take a few minutes to download.

Costa Rica Journal

Enjoy!!

Blessings To you!

Joyce

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No Plan B

When a man makes a vow to the LORD or takes an oath to obligate himself by a pledge, he must not break his word but must do everything he said.
Numbers 30:2

Legend has it that when Spanish explorer, Hernando Cortes, landed in Mexico, on the Yucatan Peninsula, in the 1500s, he ordered his men to burn the ships that had brought them there, to remove the possibility of doing anything other than going forward into the unknown.  He was there for a purpose, to take control of this country’s treasures.  He was committed to a victory, there was no backup plan, no Plan B.  It was all or nothing for his soldiers.  If they wanted to get home, they had to conquer the soldiers of the Yucatan and take their ships.  And so they did.

So many times in our lives we live with a Plan B, a backup plan.  If our marriage doesn’t go the way we want it, we get divorced.  If our job isn’t to our liking, we quit and move on.  If our pastor says something we don’t like, we go to a different church.  If God doesn’t do want we want him to do for us, we give up on him.

Joseph was a following of God who had no Plan B.  He had dreams as a young child of his family bowing down to him. His older brothers didn’t think much of this idea and one day they decided it was time to get rid of him.  They sold him to a group of traveling gypsies and off to Egypt he went.  He was sold as a slave to a guy named Potiphar, who was the captain of Pharaoh’s guard.  One day he was falsely charged with rape and thrown into prison.  Life wasn’t really going so well for Joseph, he went from bad to worse, yet he never cursed God nor turned his back on God.  One day Joseph was brought before the Pharaoh and he interpreted his dream and the Pharaoh was so impressed with Joseph that he put him in charge of all the land of Egypt, second only to himself.  Joseph ended up saving not only Egypt during an intense time of famine, but also his family, including his brothers who began this chain reaction of pain so many years before. God honored his commitment of faith.

We live in a society that lacks commitment.  But as a follower of Jesus, we need to be different.  The Word tells us:  Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. (Romans 12:2)

I have a couple of questions for you to ponder; do you have a Plan B?  Is it time to burn your boat?

Father, thank you for teaching me how to be committed to you.  Thank you for the examples of commitment that you give us, the greatest being your love for us.  When I am ready to give up, give me that burst of encouragement that I need to stay just a little bit longer. 

I love you Jesus.
In your name I pray,
Amen

God Bless You!

Love,
Joyce

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April Living Stone – Keith Harris

Keith Harris  – April  2011   Tree of Life Living Stone

Keith Harris lives by the motto:  Do The Next Right Thing.  And the next right thing for him  is to serve The Lord!  He faithfully sits at the computer each Sunday morning and runs the screens for the service.   He is also involved in the Food Pantry Ministry, helping with unloading the truck twice a month and distributing the food on give away day!  Keith has a great attitude with life and we are so grateful to honor him as our April Living Stone!

As you come to him, the living Stone—rejected by men but chosen by God and precious to him— you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.
   I Peter 2:4,5

February Living Stone – Jerry Stevens

Jerry Stevens – February 2011 – Tree of Life Living Stone

Jerry Stevens has a heart to serve.  His desire to serve God is so deep, that he actually left his home and his job in North Carolina, and moved to Naples to help us here at The Tree!  Jerry has been busy since he arrived, helping out with the video and the sound system, and anything else that needs his attention.   Jerry is an “anything I can do – use me” sort of guy and for that  we thank and honor him this month as our Tree of Life Living Stone!

As you come to him, the living Stone—rejected by men but chosen by God and precious to him— you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering  spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.
   I Peter 2:4,5

Living Stone – January 2011 – Miranda Williams

Miranda Williams  – January  2011 – Tree of Life Living Stone

Miranda Williams loves kids.  And she loves Jesus.  It’s simple.  Amanda is fifteen, works in the nursery and is part of the Straight Up Youth Group.  She spends most every Sunday in the nursery  loving  on our little ones.  Her favorite people are under the age of one … one of the unique character traits that make Miranda so special.  She gives up her Sunday nights to come watch the kids while the moms spend time in Ladies Group.  Any event      needing childcare … Miranda is there.  Miranda … you are a true example of a Living Stone.  You Rock!

As you come to him, the living Stone—rejected by men but chosen by God and precious to him— you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.
   I Peter 2:4,5

Living Stone – December 2010

Kristie & John  Sills  – December  2010 – Tree of Life Living Stone

Kristie and John Sills have made The Tree of Life their home church while they are in Naples for several years now. With a home in Massachusetts, they have gone back and forth between the two, but are hoping to make Naples their permanent residence in the future.   Kristie and John have a heart to give.  They joined the Finance Committee last year and have been a big part of helping secure the finances here at The Tree. 

They help count the money on Sunday mornings  and John has been working on putting together the budget for the church for 2011.  Anything  that is needed, John and Kristie are quick to jump in and help and because of  their heart to serve Jesus, we honor them as our Living Stone for December!

As you come to him, the living Stone—rejected by men but chosen by God and precious to him— you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.
   I Peter 2:4,5

 

 

 

 

Delivering Fleece Blankets / Gifts to Goodlette Arms Apartments

The Tree of Life Church partnered with Kris Murphy and Mary Reeve for an Outreach to Goodlette Arms Apartment Residents for Christmas this year.  260 fleece blankets were made by the ladies and youth of the church, along with some friends and family.  The outreach is in memory of Chelsey Murphy and Stephanie Reeve, two young girls who passed away at too early an age. In their memory, the blankets and gift baskets and a Christmas Party was given to the residents of this assisted living facility.  What a blessing it was to bless these folks and remember these two special young ladies!