JoAnna’s Journal

Shopping with JoAnna

Shopping with JoAnna

A beautiful day on the Monterey Bay ….

Irene and JoAnna were out early this morning, making the shopping rounds at several stores.  While they were out, I was able to get in a long bike ride.  Irene relaxed this afternoon before celebrating JoAnna’s 24th birthday at Café Cruz for dinner.

Irene is fatigued and very nauseated but continues to defy the challenge by engaging each day to its fullest with hope and optimism and a smile!!!

We are …. walking with faith,

Dave

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Waiting for Victory

Waiting for Victory

I know absolutely nothing about sports, especially basketball, but today at the APU Christmas party the speaker was telling us a story which included a description of basketball nets. He said that when a team defeats its archenemy/rival they cut the net. When he said this, I saw the curtain in the holy of holies being torn. I thought of how when Jesus defeated his archenemy, Satan, the holy of holies curtain was torn in half – taken down because Jesus was declared the Winner. He was (and still is) the Conqueror. We don’t understand why things are happening the way that they are; we don’t know what the future holds, but I’m so glad that Jesus holds the net. He already declares victory over the enemy. We are still playing the game, but the winner has been chosen. Sometimes Satan tries to viciously take out one of God’s team members; but Jesus already declares that we will always be part of his team, this game will be won, and we will end as champions. When Jesus hung on that cross, Satan thought he had risen victoriously; but Jesus is the one who rose victoriously as He conquered the grave, and now He reigns forever. Don’t ask me why God gave a music major a sports analogy, but He did. We trust in and wait for His ultimate victory.

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Happy 50th Birthday!

Birthdays. Christmas is actually a birthday party. I remember when I was a child I always used to wonder why we didn’t have birthday cake on Jesus’ birthday. Sometimes the child in me still thinks of how ridiculous a cake would look with over 2,000 candles. But I am so grateful for the person we celebrate on Christmas day. Whether we celebrate with candles and cookies, turkey and pumpkin, or trees and presents, all of the additional traditions that we have come to know and love pale in comparison to the One whom we celebrate every year.

Tomorrow, December 6, 2007, there is another person we celebrate. This celebration does not include a manger and a cross, but, rather, Portuguese meat, pickles, French bread, and, of course, presents. This person never walked on water, made the lame walk, or redeemed the world, but he has had impact none the less. This website is a prime example. Tomorrow is my dad’s birthday. And it’s not just any birthday; it’s his 50th birthday. This year he did not give his life on a cross, but he gave his life in other ways to help support my mom and to continue to support our family. So, if you feel like it, share with my dad what he means to you and help make his day ultra special.

Happy birthday, Dad!

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