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I went to set up our Christmas tree the other day. It is a pre-lit tree and quite simple to assemble. I got it into place and plugged it in…….NOTHING HAPPENED!!!!! Where was the glow of the lights?? I checked all of the connections and tried again – still nothing.
It was at this moment that I knew there was a decision to make; do we try to re-light the tree (which meant cutting off each little tiny zip tie – of which there were several on every single branch) or do we simply get a new tree? After examining both avenues thoroughly, the decision was made in favor of a new tree.
The old tree was removed and the new one was purchased and then set into the older tree’s spot. when it was assembled and plugged in everything worked perfectly.
As I thought about all of this, I realized just how thankful I am that God doesn’t see the removal of the “zip ties” – things that seem to keep me tied up – as not worth the time of removing and repairing. I am so grateful that He will not throw me out – like I did with the tree – but repair and restore me when I have “dark spots”. Praise God!!!!
Ephesians 5:8 reminds us, “For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of the light.”
*Helpful Diaper Bag Tips*
To make your child’s stay as comfortable as possible when you take him or her to daycare or Sunday school, you need to be prepared. Here are some helpful tips on what to take along in the diaper bag. This list is not all inclusive, as your son or daughter grows, things may be added or removed from the diaper bag.
* diapers -your child will need an appropriate amount for the time they will be in the childcare setting
* wet wipes
* a change of clothes
* plastic bag for soiled items
* bottle/sippy cup
* special food/snacks
* written instructions for feeding, special needs, medications
Who are you grateful for? After sitting around the kitchen table where LaCinda prepared a beautiful breakfast casserole for Thanksgiving, I can’t help thinking about the people that give my life meaning and joy. Thanksgiving is a day that celebrates the goodness of God, and His provision of the things and people in our lives who have paved the way for us. So, here are a few of the people I am grateful for:
I am grateful for all those who have seen a need, even when none was mentioned.
I am grateful for my sons and daughter-in-law, Stetson & Cristina (and Asher my grandson!), and Sterling, who all bring me great pride and joy. I am especially grateful for LaCinda, whose beauty on the inside and outside, has filled my life with passion, love, excitement, and meaning. Her influence is far reaching because she builds her life around others.
I am truly grateful for you, and the many Champions like you, who have served, sacrificed, supported, and stayed in love with the vision that God so graciously breathed into our hearts – and continues to do so.
I am grateful for the leaders and staff of Champion Church, both paid and unpaid, who daily lay their lives down to make a difference. I am grateful for the “Dream Team” of people who make Champion happen, from the Welcoming Team to the Production Team, to the Admin Team, the Worship Team, the Little Champs Team, the Kids Studio Team, the Service Attendants Team, the Prayer Team, the Dance Team, the Starbucks Team, and the many ministry team leaders and team members that make Men’s ministry, Women’s ministry, Youth ministry, Connect group ministry, and kids ministry happen. I am especially grateful for the Outreach Teams who go into our city taking the love and hope of Jesus to those who need it the most.
I am grateful for the Setup and Outdoor Production Teams that make our citywide events happen each year.
I am grateful for every dollar given to build God’s house because although there is a sacrifice attached to every gift, there is also God’s Blessing attached to it as well.
“And we also thank God continually because, when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as a human word, but as it actually is, the word of God, which is indeed at work in you who believe.” 1 Thessalonians 2:13
What is your Number?
My First Blog
Someone” gave me a number”. Not exactly sure what it means but the best I can figure it means I have to share 10 random things about myself. I asked my sixteen year old what it means and she said, ” I have no idea. Facebook is for old people. Everybody does snap chat now.” Whatever that is.
One of those “old” Facebook friends of mine suggested that we should all share random things about ourselves because it would help us all get to know each other better. Great idea! So here is my top 10.
- I do not have a receding hairline. My hair has always covered the same area. I just have less of it than I use to.
- I get really irritated when people doubt God’s willingness and eagerness to heal us. They say things like, “..heal me Father…if it’s your will.” Believe it! And then leave the how and when to God. But believe it with every fiber of your being.
- I was a Royal Cadet, the Jr. Chapter of the Canadian Army in Canada. It is a lot like the Boy Scouts but with a ROTC kind of discipline.
- When I get involved in a project I get really pumped about it because I can see the ultimate goal so clearly. It’s just a matter of knocking out the steps in between one at a time until it is done.
- I grew up in the big city of Vancouver, BC. Being a city kid, my favorite thing to do after school was to go to the arcades. Now, as an adult, I play Ikarim to unwind. That is the only game I play now. I don’t bother playing Play Station because it isn’t fun losing to a 14 year old all the time.
- I am amazed that it is November and I am still wearing shorts. It’s crazy. It’s awesome. I will never get tired of that…or will I? I hope not.
- Every night before I went to bed my mom and I would say to each other, “Goodnight. Love you. See you in the morning.” I couldn’t go to sleep unless we said it to each other. Shirlee and I have said it each night of our 19 year marriage. It is sure hard to go to bed mad or offended saying that. More than once we have stayed up till the early hours of the morning working things out so we could say that and mean it.
- When I was about 14 I got stuck in a chain link fence while playing football. I caught the ball and started running. Everybody was looking at me funny and I couldn’t understand why. I guess I had blood all over me. It didn’t phase me because I had and still have a very high threshold for pain.
- I hardly ever watch just TV I have to have three other things going on. I watch TV, listen to live stream sermons of podcast and do my online class all at the same time. It drives my wife crazy but It works for me. Oh, I DO NOT watch commercials. I use that time to watch other tv shows.
- I have been in poverty growing up but God always gave us food and clothes to wear. I have suffered devastating disappointments but God worked it out better than it could have ever been the first way. People have let me down, but God has always been there and never failed me, God has always kept his promises. God has always brought people into my life who have loved and encouraged. I am incredibly blessed to be apart of the Champion family, working under two of the greatest pastors in the world!
Champions! I’m giving you a number. Your number is 3. Yes, it’s a small number but It’s a start. Share three things about yourself with someone else this week. Get to know each other. Let’s do life together! I’m so thankful for each and everyone at Champion church we are so blessed to be a part of a incredible family and look forward to see the great things that God has in store for all of us. We have only lived in Yuma for about 5 months how and it feels so much like home. We truly have come home to a great family.
Have you ever wondered if you are truly making a difference in what you are doing?
I found myself wondering if I was really making a difference in the lives of these wonderful children entrusted to me every week here at Champion. You know, when you feel like perhaps what you are doing isn’t enough. Then, one day while I was shopping I heard, “Mrs. Kim!” squealed from across the store. The next thing I knew, I was enveloped in a running hug from one of my small friends. This has happened several times. It makes a difference in my day and in my perspective. It also makes a difference in the lives of the people the kids are with – especially if they don’t know me. It gives me a chance to tell them and others around what I do and where.
When this happened I realized I must be making a difference. I don’t ever want to stop learning to be and do all that God has for me to do. I want to continue making a difference in the lives of these children and their families.
I realized just spending time with them and loving them makes a difference. In Matthew 19:14 Jesus says, “Let the little children come to Me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to such as these.” NLT. I couldn’t find a better reason to love on and grow with these kids!
Helpful Nursery/Preschool Tips
If you have never left your child with anyone, leaving them alone in the Church’s nursery/preschool for the first time may be traumatic for the both of you. Making sure your child and teachers are prepared and have what they need can truly make a good difference in how your child responds the first few times you leave them.
The first thing that you can do is be calm. This will help make the experience a happy occasion. If your child seems upset, stay with the child for the first couple of visits and help with the class. It may prove to help you too.
One thing that helps many families is preparing their anxious child by having someone babysit them several times, so their child is used to them going away and returning again.
To help the teachers at any daycare or at Champion, have a list of ‘special cries and actions’ – I’m wet, hungry, tired…. This way the teachers will know them. Bringing a special comforting toy, blanket or whatever that he/she likes can help to put your child at ease.
If you are comfortable and you know the child isn’t in any real trauma, don’t be afraid to leave your son or daughter if they are crying. If they are having a difficult time, we will page you to come back.
Come in before your child’s first day in the nursery/preschool and see what we are doing, fill out the info card and get a copy of the handbook. We’d love to show you around and make you feel comfortable too!
Following these simple tips can make a huge difference in helping you to prepare your son or daughter and yourself when getting them used to going to church. When they realize how much fun they have, they won’t want to leave!
I know from experience that leaving your precious little ones can be very difficult, but the benefits my children and I received from following these tips made it so much easier. I thank God for the wonderful people He surrounded our children with when we started to leave them in Sunday School, He is Awesome!
So, to say I’m pretty excited about “Miss Sisterhood Yuma” is a HUGE understatement! I feel like my heart is about to explode with so much joy and passion!
Back in June of this year, Pastor LaCinda and I were in my office just catching up and somehow in the stream line of conversation we begin to say how we wish we could do something for the Jr. High and High School girls of our church and city.
Well at Champion we really don’t sit around wishing and hoping on what we could do….WE ACTUALLY DO IT!
So why “Miss Sisterhood Yuma”?
Young girls are so much more than a cute face with a cute outfit. They have real thoughts, real feelings, and real challenges that differ than any other generation. They are trying to navigate this season of their life and discover who they really are and why they were put here on this earth. One thing I have discovered about this age group is they are HUNGRY to belong and make their life count for something.
We are Sisterhood!
Love, Hannah Tovar xoxo
“Do what you love, and you will never work a day in your life.”
In these past twelve months, there has been so much change that has occurred- in the church, the dance school and my own life. Thankfully I can say it all was for the better. Although I might not have been so confident in what God was doing at times, the outcome was an answered prayer and a true blessing! Read More
It’s Refreshing to be Refreshing
Refreshing - Pastor Stephen and myself have gone to Living Word Bible Church this weekend to attend their Leadership, Pastors, and Worship conference called ‘FX Rise 2013′. It’s always great to be able to take some time to get a refreshing trip away for a few days and get your heart realigned with your visions and passions God placed in your heart. I have found that you can easily find yourself living in a bubble in life. I remember being in college a couple years ago in Australia and being surrounded in what we called the ‘Hillsong bubble’. Our bubble consisted of Church, Home, and Coles; the local grocery store. Luckily for us, Read More
We stand on the shoulders of giants, who have paved the way, and made God-sized dreams possible.
I am so motivated to expand the kingdom of God and take new ground when I think about people like Billy Graham (Video: Billy Graham Paved The Way). God put William Randolph Hearst in one of Billy’s early meetings in Los Angeles, and being touched by the message, Mr Hearst who was the leading newspaper mogul in the country, decided to promote Billy Graham through his newspaper. By the end of that crusade, 350,000 people had attended which was an unprecedented number in the 1950′s. Over the past 60 yrs, Billy Read More
Using your social influence for Jesus.
I remember reading a while back that the United States became a leader in the global economy during the 1900′s because it capitalized on cross-country commerce and communication through the transcontinental railroad. It was the information superhighway of it’s day.
Zip forward to today and the same concepts are at play. Countries that are looking for an advantage in our changing world are placing a priority on the internet. It’s today’s way to communicate and do business online. Virtually everyone I know has a smartphone with the internet built in. Statistically I know they will spend a double-digit amount of time online on any given day. I think it’s a safe assumption that a high percentage of that time will be spent on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. People spend their time on Social media. It’s the most communication oriented thing to do online. Read More