Sunday, December 15, 2013

My Christmas Letter

I used to send Christmas cards out every year.  Eventually I even added a letter.  Over time though, I stopped.  Things just happened, I’d forget stamps, one year I even forgot to mail them!  I miss sending them, but the time just seems to get away from me as the years go on.  The newspaper today said I’m not the only one who doesn’t send cards.  And the card industry has sold fewer cards than ever!  I also miss going to the mailbox to see who I would get a card from.

So here’s my Christmas letter, “e” style, or in my case, blog style.  I’ll make it short, even though it’s been over 10 years since I have written one…

Bill and I are still married, 24 & 1/2 years now!  We still live in the same house we moved to when we left Pleasant Hill.  He works for the county of Sacramento, has been just over 7 years.  We are grandparents!  We have a 3 year old grandson named Brayden and an almost 1 month old granddaughter named Rayna.  Both belong to my oldest daughter, Brittani who by the way is 24!  She is currently staying home with her babies, not sure what she has planned for later.  She lives out in Wilton, about 35 minutes away, with her boyfriend Rusty.  Rusty is a contractor and LOVES being a dad!  Being a grandparent is truly the 2nd most amazing moment of being a parent. 

Vince, who is 22 in 5 days, is looking for a job.  Got to experience the wonderful world of getting laid off due to budget cuts.  The timing is tough because most places have hired for seasonal work and aren’t looking for any more employees. 

And Nicole, my youngest, will turn 11 January 3.  She has challenged me in so many ways over the years and has been a blessing to us all.  OK, OK, ALL 3 of my kids have been a blessing.  I just mean that we never thought we’d have more kids and her she comes.

All these details most of you know if you follow my facebook at all.  So what do I really want to say?  I want to remind you of the reason for this season.  It’s about Jesus and the fact that He came to earth for you and me.  We are the reason He came.  Whether you believe or not, He is still the reason we celebrate Christmas.  I encourage each and every one of you to find out about Him, trust in Him.  He truly is the answer you are looking for, even if you don’t believe you are looking.  We all are looking.  We all want answers.  Jesus IS the answer.  It doesn’t mean all your troubles will go away.  BUT, He will carry you through the difficult times and fill you with an amazing amount of peace, and give you a HOPE.  Trust in Him today.  Don’t wait.  And if you already do, trust in Him more and tell others the GREAT news of the day!

                                   Merry Christmas from the La Mars!!!

Monday, September 16, 2013

New book coming out October 1st!

In less than 2 weeks, on October 1, a book is going to be released called Let Hope In by Pete Wilson.  I have the opportunity to read this book now and give a review.  But, before I do that, one thought from the book continues to stand out - Hope changes everything.  It does.  The dictionary defines hope as (1.) the feeling that what is wanted can be had or that events will turn out for the best. Or, (2.) to look believe, desire or trust.  We put our hope in a lot of things, and when we do, it gives us something to look forward to.  Hope is a good thing. This book, in my opinion, shares a real hope, a hope that will never fail us, a hope that really does change everything. I encourage everyone to get their hands on this book.  You can watch the book trailer at and even pre-order it. I will post my review of the book later, but for now #LetHopeIn

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Sticks and Stones

       You know that old saying "sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me.?"  Well, it's a lie.  I mean seriously, being called mean things hurts.  And sometimes people believe what they hear about them - slut, worthless, stupid, fatty fatty 2x4, queer, you'll never be anything.  These words and many others can cause us to loose our true identity.  We begin to believe them about ourselves, about others.  Sad but true, "what we think about ourselves is how we live."  If we don't discover our true identity, nothing will change.

        We have GOT to realize who we truly are!  If we don't, we are leaving ourselves devourable.

        I am ________________.  I KNOW this BECAUSE my Papa tells me so!  It is not about arrogance.  It is about God saying who we are and us, as believers, walking in greater confidence and BELIEVING it!  It is HE that gave each of us gifts and abilities, not so we can shy away from them but so we WALK confidently in them!        

We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. 
If a man's gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith. 
If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach;  
if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; 
if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully.
Romans 12:6-8

Friday, May 24, 2013

Looking for answers

Throughout life we look for answers.  Anywhere from what is 2+2 to what will I do when I graduate to who will I marry and THOUSANDS of others.  It's a longing inside of us to know, to learn, to seek.  A desire that longs to be satisfied.  Often we will do whatever it takes to quench that desire.  We will do things, buy things, go places.  And for a moment, we will feel satisfied.  This feeling may even last awhile.  Over time, however, the emptiness returns.  So, we do or buy something else.  It could be anything-food, books, alcohol, drugs, sex, hobbies, movies, chocolate, clothes, marriage, tools, cars, traveling.  We even turn to cooking or baking, cleaning & organizing, serving others, even exercising.  They all seem harmless, yet when it comes down to it, none of this is keeping that inner desire satisfied.  We keep trying new things or more of what we already do.  We even become oblivious to what we are doing, convincing ourselves we are fine.  

But we aren't fine.  Deep inside, our body knows we aren't; it knows something is missing.  We keep trying to satisfy, even to the extreme of hurting ourselves or damaging and destroying what we love.

You might be thinking, "I'm OK, there's nothing missing in my life."  Yet, if you really take a moment to listen, to feel, it's there, deep inside something is telling you there is more.  And then, one day, one step, one decision brings a satisfaction you never knew.  One day you realize all the "things" you did hoping to find satisfaction weren't what you were missing.  And best of all?  It LASTS.  

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

And just stuff...

New prayer request, just stuff.  What will people think when they read that?  Will anyone ask?  Lost connection, weary, ready for better things, ready

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Let your light shine!

The ONLY reason light doesn’t shine in darkness is because the light was turned off.
“I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness.” ‘When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life."’  “Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness?” “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.”  “God is light; in him there is no darkness at all.” 
LIVE AS THE LIGHT!  It is IMPOSSIBLE for it to be dark if your light is on!