Saturday, June 21, 2008

Liberty Classic Spring 2008

Saturday, June 14th was our Spring Liberty Classic. We had all of our current classes come together to compete at a cheerleading competition. It was a great day!

Our new Belles squads performed for the first time before several hundred spectators. Our Angels (the special needs program we began in Maple Valley) performed for the first time together too. I WAS SO PROUD of the efforts each young lady made.

One little girl (who is only 4) was tearful just before her performance. With encouragement from mom and coach she braved the performance floor. Through her tears she began her dance and by the end was smiling and confident. I know each time she performs she will learn to overcome the anxiety and embrace courage. Each time will be easier.

My hope is that each of the girls who performed on Saturday will recall that process, overcoming anxiety and embracing courage, throughout their lives. That is the crux of my business!

"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. " Philippians 4:13 (NKJV)

Pictures coming soon...

Monday, June 09, 2008

In season

Mark 11:12-14
Now the next day, when they had come out from Bethany, He was hungry. And seeing from afar a fig tree having leaves, He went to see if perhaps He would find something on it. When He came to it, He found nothing but leaves, for it was not the season for figs. In response Jesus said to it, “Let no one eat fruit from you ever again.” And His disciples heard it.

These scriptures are cautionary in the use of our words. Be careful what you say because words are powerful as demonstrated by Jesus cursing this tree.

My pastor used this scripture on Sunday as he was teaching on faith. As he was teaching I noticed a piece of the scripture that I have never "seen" before. "For it was not the season for figs" Jesus walked over to the tree EXPECTING to receive fruit to eat even though figs were not in season at that time.

Right now the season of our economy is such that one should expect lack and shortage - high gas and grocery prices, a sluggish real estate market and fear running rampant in consumers. However, being formed in the image of Christ, we should have the same expectation - fruit to be available to us even when the "season" isn't right.

We should expect to have more than enough because GOD is our source, our businesses should be growing and thriving, our pantries should be stocked, our investment accounts should be holding. We can expect it just as Jesus did.