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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Back Pack Servolution Project

As one of our Servolution projects in April, we collected toiletries for the homeless and put them into back packs.  Thousands of items were collected.  We gave away 43 back packs.  A simple way to share God’s love!  Thank you to all who participated in this worthy cause!

Thanksgiving Baskets

The Tree of Life Church donated 50 Baskets of Thanksgiving dinner food and 50 turkeys to friends and family of church members for Thanksgiving Dinner.  We ended up giving out 53 baskets of food and 57 turkeys.  It was a great partnership between Harry Chapin, and the members of The Tree of Life Church. 

An Attitude Of The Heart

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
    – Philippians 4:6,7

This is the time of year that we take a moment and think about what we are thankful for. At our dinner on Thursday, some of us will share our individual thoughts of gratitude. We’ll be thankful for our families, and our friends and the kids are always thankful for their pets. But as I was lying in bed this morning pondering this holiday of thanks, I realized that these things are simply blessings, the real source of thankfulness should be to the Provider. That was how the holiday originally started. A day to give thanks to the Lord.

It all started back in the early 1600’s. A group of Pilgrims had left England because of religious persecution. They traveled to Holland and lived with the Dutch for several years. But when their children started speaking Dutch and becoming attached to the Dutch way of life, the English felt their morals were being threatened and decided to head to America.

On September 6, 1620, 110 Pilgrims set sail for the new world on a ship called, The Mayflower. The trip across the ocean took 65 days and many folks became sick and one even died during the voyage. They settled in Plymouth, but by this time, winter had already invaded New England, and their living conditions were sparse, to say the least. The Pilgrims did the best they could that first winter, but out of the original 110 who had set sail in September, less than 50 survived. Life was looking pretty bleak, but they didn’t lose faith.

Then in March, the weather started to clear up and the Pilgrims met a fellow that changed their lives. An Indian by the name of Squanto walked into their camp. He spoke English, he had traveled to England with other sailors and learned their language. He taught the Pilgrims how to survive in this new land. As a result of those lessons, their harvest that fall was plentiful. And they had a huge celebration to give thanks to God for the provision that He had shown them.

Thanksgiving isn’t just a day to stuff ourselves with turkey or to try to get the best shopping deals.

Thanksgiving is an attitude of the heart and one that we should live out all year round.

Father, You are so faithful. Those early Pilgrims simply wanted to live in peace in a place where they could worship you. And the journey that they endured to do that was truly amazing. And yet, in the midst of their challenges, you provided just what they needed. Father, forgive me when I fuss about my little discomforts, help me to have the fortitude to endure whatever comes my way. And Lord Jesus, thank you for all the blessings you have provided for me and that I can live my life in peace, worshipping you.

I Love You Jesus.
In Your name I pray,
Amen

God’s Blessings Upon You!

Love,
Joyce

The Choices You Make Today …
Will Affect Your Tomorrow!
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Life is not about waiting for the storms to pass…
   it’s about learning to dance in the rain!

 

Harvest Fest – October 31, 2010

We celebrated the Harvest here at The Tree on Sunday, October 31, 2010.  A great time was had by all.  Between 400 -500 people were in attendance.  There were games, music, food and tons of fun!  Thank you to all the volunteers who made this day a reality and blessed so many special children and their families!

Ten Years After

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
John 10:10

Yesterday was my Jesus birthday.  One of my friends asked me if that was the day I was baptized.  Another asked if it was the day I started going to church.  And as much as I do remember each of those events, they don’t qualify as a birthday celebration!  My Jesus birthday is the day I gave my life to Jesus!  It’s the day I got down on my knees, put my hands up in the air and said, “I give up.”  It’s the day I realized that I was all messed up and I needed help.  It’s the day I realized I couldn’t do this crazy life thing on my own any longer.  It’s the day everything changed.

On September 21, 2000, I gave my life to Jesus and nothing has been the same since.

I’ve learned a few things in the last ten years:

  1. Jesus isn’t about religion – rules or regulations.  Jesus is all about relationship.  He wants to be your friend.
  2. Relationship involves communication – if you do all the talking, you are not communicating.  It’s a two way street.
  3. When you communicate with Jesus, if you ask him a question, be quiet and listen for his answer, he will give it to you.
  4. When you ask a question, be prepared for an answer you may not want, but definitely need.
  5.  The Bible is the most interesting book I’ve ever read (and I’ve read thousands). 
  6. The Bible comes alive and words leap out of the pages, right into your heart.  Really … I’m not making this up.  There is a Greek word for it … but you don’t have to know it to experience this.
  7. When you fall down, get back up.
  8. When you fall down, and can’t get back up, just sit still for a bit, until you can get back up.
  9. If you can’t get up, ask Jesus to pick you up.  He’ll carry you till you get your strength back.
  10.  You are not competing with anyone, don’t compare yourself with others.  God loves you just the way you are.  Really.  I know that’s hard to believe, but it’s true.

 There is more … lot’s more.  But it all started with a simple decision to say YES to Jesus.  I didn’t have to clean up my act.  I didn’t have to read the Bible through first.  I didn’t have to become perfect.  I didn’t have to wait for just the right time. I just gave my messed up life to him and he did the rest. 

I am so thankful for that decision … I can’t wait to see what God is going to do next!

Jesus, thank you for loving me … first.  Thank you for changing me, from the inside out.  And thank you for making the last ten years of my life the most amazing.  I am so looking forward to what’s ahead … WITH YOU!

I love you Jesus!
   In Your Name I Pray,
  Amen

God Bless You!

Love,
Joyce

The Choices You Make Today…
Will Affect Your Tomorrow.
http://www.alifedecision.org