What uncommon things do we want to become common?

Things like:
our children having mutual love and respect for each other.
our teenage children having love, honor, respect and obedience for their parents.
us continually becoming better friends and lovers.
our family totally trusting God in all things and putting our faith in Him to fulfill his promises.

Saturday, April 30, 2011


by: Creg

What I've Overcome
by Fireflight

I've got this passion
It's something I can't describe
It's so electric
It's like I've just come alive

I feel this freedom
Now that my past is erased
I feel the healing
I've found the meaning of grace

If only you could see me yesterday
Who I used to be before the change
You'd see a broken heart
You'd see the battle scars

Funny how words can't explain
How good it feels to finally break the chains
I'm not what I have done
I'm what I've overcome

I know I'll stumble
I know I'll still face defeat
These second chances will define me

So I'm moving forward
I'm standing on my two feet
I've got momentum
I've got someone saving me

I make mistakes and I might fall
But I won't break
I've got someone saving me

What do you do when Satan steals your childhood? Break the chains, move forward, overcome? That's easy to say. I have 3 friends who can show you.

Jason was 11 when his mom sent him to the boys ranch. At the age of 29 he was sent to prison for the 1st of 3 times. While in prison he was baptized. After his release he lived with us for several months. Now he's in the process of buying 2 homes to use as recovery houses “to the Glory of God.”

Loyd's brother got him high for the first time when Lloyd was 9. When he was 17 he spent 2 years in prison because of drugs. Upon making parole he became a traveling chef for rock groups on the road. He cooked for KISS, Ted Nugent, VanHalen & Pantera. After 35 yrs of consistent drug use his sister tied him to a bed for 2 weeks to get him sober. He's been clean for 7 years now. When a friend at a narcotics anonymous meeting dared him to go to church, he ended up at Hope. He was baptized after a Tuesday bible study and is a faithful member of God's Kingdom.

When Misty was 7 years old she & a friend started cutting themselves. At 10 she was taken to a children's home. Two years later she was sent to a juvenile detention center. For the next 5 years she was an inmate at the Texas Youth Commission. Twice she violated parole for attempted drug overdose. She was finally released when she was 18. That's when we met her. After almost a year of attending worship at Hope and going to Chelsa's bible study she was born again. (That's her in the picture with Chelsa)

Jesus loves stories with a great ending. In fact he's the reason for the great ending.

With friends like these, there's no such thing as an enemy.

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