Jeremy~Bonnie~Maci Rose ~ & ~ Carter

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Spring Break Part 2

My grandmother turned 75 in March and we threw her a big party to celebrate. All of her 5 siblings and their children, & their children, & their children live in MN. So the MN relatives arrived mid-day on Thursday and that's when the partying started & it lasted until Sunday afternoon when they left. I'll let the pictures do most of the talking...

 My cousin Colleen owns her own salon called "The Perfect Touch" in MN and every time she comes down we all get our hair done, cut, color, etc.

 These were a huge hit! Gummy bears soaked in birthday cake vodka. They were so good!

 Maci Rose and McKenzie
 Uncle Woody, Aunt Betty (one of my grandmother's sisters), & Tucker the dog.
 Getting ready for the DJ to start

 Family shot
 And we went to a Mexican Restaurant after church on Sunday to say our farewell's before they left. We literally took up the whole patio of the restaurant!!

Thank you all for coming! It was a blast as usual and we can't wait to see you all again soon!

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Religion Kills, God Saves

We passed a guy the other day who was wearing a shirt that said "Religion Kills, God Saves". Jeremy and I just looked at each other strangely and said "true". But then I really got to thinking about it. How does religion kill? I could think of a million different meanings to the saying however, Monday morning I was reading my daily devotional that pretty much spoke right to me about the message.

It said, "Religion tries to force people to follow laws to make them perfect, like pots without cracks. But if a light is put within a flawless pot and then covered, no one is able to see the light inside the pot. Perfect pots are not able to reveal internal light to illuminate the ways for others."

"God chooses to shine through imperfect, cracked pots. People are blessed when our cracked pots let the light of Jesus shine through. Choose to be a glory-filled, cracked pot rather than an empty, pretty vessel".

Growing up Catholic in a Southern Baptist state I've realized this, denominations need each other! I have learned more about my religion because other people question my faith. I believe that when we get to heaven, we will learn the truth about our differences. We will learn that all of us were right about some things and wrong about others. But even the things we were right about won't matter. God wants us to get along, to stop fighting with everyone over what is wrong and right and to begin to find the things we all can agree on. Practice looking for ways to agree with other believers, and then watch what God does through the unity of faith!