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Is God Enough? November 25, 2008

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This is off of Nancy L. DeMoss’s blog, Lies YOUNG women believe.  It’s a wonderful insight into the thoughts of young ladies (tweens and teens) and has helped me understand things that Abbie is dealing with.  There is a mom’s corner, a blog area, and so much more – I’d encourage you all to check it out…

This particular article caught my attention – Is God really enough?  I didn’t post all the girls comments, but after you read this you can go to the web page and read the rest if you’d like – I would just like to urge you to think about these young girls  (and guys) and all that they are facing in life – things we may never have had to, and possibly don’t understand, or we once faced it, but now have conveniently forgotten…. Try to see it from their shoes so you can UNDERSTAND them.  Is God enough? As a mature Christian you know He is, but to think about being 14 and understanding and believing that.  Add pressures and persuasions.  As Christian parents, we need to show our children that He is enough.  It starts at home, if they don’t see it in me, my kids may never be able to sing the song “He’s all I need”.

 

 

God is not enough

God promises to satisfy our needs (Philippians 4:19). Even so, 88% of the Christian girls we interviewed agreed with the statement “God is not enough.”

Three main things consistently rivaled God for being enough to satisfy. They were:

1. Friends
2. Material objects
3. Accomplishments

 

 

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Myrddin
Honestly …
on Friday, November 7, 2008 at 6:19 pm
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Look at the Genesis story. God created man and all was good but it was not good for man to be alone!

God is not enough. Not even he thinks so, apparent.

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sarah
Re: kay
on Wednesday, November 12, 2008 at 8:17 pm
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hey, I totally agree w/ you. I feel like I’m worthless or something if no guy likes me. I know that thats not true but its so hard when guys like all my friends and stuff but then it feels like no one likes me…do you know what I’m saying? We just really need to remember that God IS all we need. He loves us no matter what (even if no guy likes me. lol!). I hope this will help other girls who feel the same way!

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 Kay
hey!
on Tuesday, November 11, 2008 at 6:01 pm
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i think another big one that girls need ( me included !!! ) are a guys approval, from being asked to a dance , saying your pretty, going on a date , or going out ( having a boy friend ). So to every one who feels this hanging over you like a cloud , say that ” God is enough. He is perfect And holy.He’s better than any guy. ” Think about it God can’t let you down , or Cheat on you or never call or stand you up. You never think he was kidding because God is genuine.
hope this helps
kay

 

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Emily
God is enough
on Wednesday, November 12, 2008 at 9:46 am
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You know, as hard as it is to believe, God IS enough. He has given us everything we need for life and godliness. And when God says something, He means it. I struggle with this a lot, but I would encourage others who struggle in this area to believe God and not their emotions. From personal experience, God is faithful, and He’ll pull through on His promises. See 2 Peter 1:3. God’s grace is sufficient to help us when we struggle in anything.(2 Cor. 12:9-10) Walk in Him, sisters of the truth!
Em

 

the duty of a nation November 24, 2008

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Bro Austin had this on his blog, I felt nothing was more fitting to be recalled as we celebrate Thanksgiving this Thursday….

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It is the duty of nations as well as of men to own their dependence upon the overruling power of God; to confess their sins and transgressions in humble sorrow, yet with assured hope that genuine repentance will lead to mercy and pardon; and to recognize the sublime truth, announced in the Holy Scriptures and proven by all history, that those nations are blessed whose God is the Lord.

We know that by His divine law, nations, like individuals, are subjected to punishments and chastisements in this world. May we not justly fear that the awful calamity of civil war which now desolates the land may be a punishment inflicted upon us for our presumptuous sins, to the needful end of our national reformation as a whole people?

We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of heaven; we have been preserved these many years in peace and prosperity; we have grown in numbers, wealth and power as no other nation has ever grown.

But we have forgotten God. We have forgotten the gracious hand which preserved us in peace and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us, and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own. Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us.

It has seemed to me fit and proper that God should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged, as with one heart and one voice, by the whole American people. I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November as a day of Thanksgiving and praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the heavens.

Abraham Lincoln – October 3, 1863

 

check out the tabs…

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I created this blog as a network for the family that’s not here, which is……..everyone but us four!! ha ha

This is my family blog and used specifically to update the family on the kids, and the church. But at the top of this page and little tabs, some say pictures, and other info. eyes-up

 The newest addition is just a page to talk about things that are important to me, or that interest me, but may not be something I want on the front page.  So please explore the different aspects of the blog…

 

80 Years Young November 21, 2008

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In 1928 the world became a little better place, welcoming into it a baby girl….Ruth. In the small Ohio town of Fremont, she was welcomed into a family as a daughter, and though she was adopted, she was treated as one of their flesh and blood.  She would grow and eventually marry a charming young farmer, Charles, some 10 years her senior.  Her life story wraps around many decades, through many trials, heartaches, happiness and love, 6 children, and pig farm.  It began the story of my life, Ruth being my grandmother.  This month she turned 80 years young.  Her story is one that captivates me, as her strength and determination is one to mimic and respect. 

Growing up, I recall many days visiting  Grandma Ruth at the pickle plant where she worked for a time…munching on crunchy dill pickles…and the smell of the tomato plant she worked at for a time.  Going to the local Apple festival with her, and going to the mall and having lunch in the cafeteria – carrying the tray to the table with such admiration that I was eating there with her.  Trips to McDonald’s with her and Lizzy, a friend of hers.  Riding the bus when she started working at the Senior Center, driving for Meals on Wheels, and having lunch with all the senior citizens.  I love my grandma Ruth.  She never spoiled me with lavish gifts or large amounts of cash, but she spoiled me in love and taught me to love others.  As a child, I idolized my grandpa Charles.  Following him around whenever we were at the farm.  When I was 11, my grandpa passed away one cold December day.  Grandma Ruth lost her best friend of so many years but never wavered and picked up the pieces, took up the rope that was dropped and kept going.  Even now she can be seen on cold winter days in her snowsuit and cap, helping uncle Dave grind feed for the pigs.  She is a woman of unfaltering strength, she teaches that you are never too good to work – that a job brings respect, no matter the title.  I have watched her in my 30 plus years of life age and change, but have never been so proud of her before in my life.  I love her, and cannot thank God enough that so many years ago, he set a plan in motion that would place me in her family. 

This week, she participated in Senior Day at the local Senior Center that she worked for, for so many years.  I thought I’d share a picture of her.  It shows her silly side. 

 

Happy Birthday Grandma. I love you.grandma-ruth-senior-day-2008

 

GROWING BY LEAPS AND BOUNDS November 17, 2008

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no… not the kids..well, yes, they are growing…Josh is closing in on me.. BUT that isn’t want this post is about.

We had a wonderful weekend. I am awestruck by the love of the people in our church.  One of the families that has been visiting off and on has fallen in to some very tough times.  Our people have rallied around them, in a way I can only say is Christ like.  Taking them back and forth to work, keeping her children until she gets off (at 1am might I add) helping out with meals and so on.  Saturday we all marched over and threw in inprompt-to birthday party for the oldest son, Juan, who was turning 17.  We had pizza and cake and just enjoyed the day.    I can’t thank God enough for the heart of his people and the love they are showing for one another, we are truly a family.

Sunday we had our highest attendance yet at the church – since we have been there. We had 28 in Sunday School (adults, the kids were off in the other classes) and 45 in morning service (46 if you count the baby… ha ha)  It was a great time of worship, and God moved.  Sunday night we had 27.  Again, a wonderful night.

God is moving and blessing in this work, we have tripled our size this year.  God is indeed working.  We are not stopping here, as we strive towards the mark, and his calling, we pray earnestly to see more hispanics come to the knowledge of Christ.

This weekend, the 22nd, we are having our Thanksgiving meal – as of Sunday night, we were told we can expect 60 or more.  We are planning for 75.  We cannot express thanks enough to God for what He is doing, we know it is none of us, and all of Him.

It’s exciting and I don’t think Tony has stopped smiling all weekend!!!

If you are in the area on Saturday, we’d love to have you stop in!!! 2134 Dup Gap Rd!!!

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Selflessness November 11, 2008

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This is an attribute lost on most people now days. I myself have my moments, shocking as it might be -that I am selfish!  It is human nature to be selfish, to want what I want, when I want it, and not worry about whom it is going to affect or offend.  Being selfless is something that is learned, something that one has to work at. 

Last night, I saw a bright light glowing in our children, and selflessness dripping from their very pours.. I saw Christ in my kids ever so much last night, and I wanted to share the story.

Abbie wants to have a luau birthday party this year.  She is determined to have the limbo bar, the tiki hut, and some sort of coconut cups to drink out of… So we developed a plan, she had this huge Barbie castle that she no longer played with and was just taking up space in her room so we decided we would post it “for sale” and whatever we got from that we would use for the birthday party.  A wonderful plan for the young entrepreneur.  So, a month passed and we still had it (althought now it was occupying space in my dining room!! LOL)  Well, last week I received an email inquiry to see if it was still available.  We corresponded and I found out that this sweet lady and family were having a hard time right now, husband was the only one working as she’d been laid off from the carpet mill.  But she wanted the castle for her girls for Christmas. I went home that day and told Abbie about their story and she looked at me and said, “well, can I give them other stuff too?”, I said, “yes, of course, but she’s only BUYING the castle” 

So last night this wonderful young lady came by the house to get the castle, and walked out of there with the castle, 6 Barbies (3 for each girl) a two horse carrige, a barbie car, a barbie RV, furniture for the castle, a gallon Zip lock bag full of clothes and accessories for the barbies, a Barbie cash register, an Easy bake oven, a box of blocks and some stuffed animals for their son who’s 2 1/2 and 2 goodies bags of STUFF.  My daughter cleaned out her room of items that she wanted these girls to have so they would have a good Christmas.  She wanted to give them more and more, kept finding stuff that they “needed”.  I am most proud of my children when I see in the a picture of Christ’s love… WOW. And Abbie has never been much of a “sharer” so to see her express this type of selflessness made my heart nearly burst.

Today as I turned on my computer I received an email from this lady, thanking us for exceeding her expectations  – this is from her email – I’m not posting this to brag on us, but the God we serve, because I know we wouldn’t be who were are without HIM in our life.   Selflessness is HIS attribute, not ours, it is one HE demonstrated on the cross of Calvary and one we humbly try to imitate.

“My husband was so surprised when he came out to help me bring the stuff in the house. He said it’s nice to know that there is still good people out there. He is so right; that is pretty much rare now days. Most people try to play off like they are good people, so it’s really nice when you finally meet the real deal.”

 

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making a list, checking it twice, or three times..or… November 10, 2008

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I always smile about this time every year…I think within every child there must be a chip or something implanted in them… they just KNOW Christmas is getting closer… its like they can almost smell it in the air… it’s coming…. and suddenly, a list appears on my side table with pictures drawn all over it and hearts… yes, its THE list.. the coveted Christmas wish list…

I love my kids, and they make me smile from ear to ear, mostly because it is about this time I can see just how different the kids are from one another.  Every year they are allowed to put not more than 10 things on a list.  They know they will not get all ten.  They know also, that they are allowed to only put on BIG thing on the list.  They know they may not get this either.  (guess that’s why it’s a WISH list..)  So, about 4 years ago, I gave them some options, they could do one of two things, they could pick ten little things, and maybe get all ten, or pick one larger item but only get one thing.  Oddly enough they chose one thing each… and thanks to the magic of Ebay, I was blessed to oblige both kids desires and not over extend myself.  Of course, these are the same kids that decided to wait to even have Christmas – I mean not to even open ONE gift until Nana and Papa were there, some 5 days after the 25th last year.  Abbie even wrote to Santa and asked him to come after they arrived… and on Christmas day, not a peep about please can we open the gifts, they were content to wait on my parents to arrive…

So I am reviewing these lists, and I notice that Abbie has broken the rules.. she has 14 items on her list.  However, she’s very clever, see.  She writes that she wants some CD’s – and underneath it puts 5 CD’s she wants.  She writes that she’d like a baby doll that looks just like a real one (apparently they have such a thing at Belks next to Libby Lou’s and they have wobbly heads and everything!! i’m impressed) underneath this, she’d list 5 accessories that every baby needs.. The list continued on….I was just giggling… Then there is the ever serious Joshua. The man with the plan.. His was 6 items.  He’s very simple to please, although as he grows so do the price tags of his items… I still don’t know exactly what a PSP is, but I’m sure he’ll tell me….are-we-done-smiling-yet

So…we’re leaving for school this morning and Abbie says, MAMA, i gotta have my list back… I said, why sweetie.. Oh, she responds, I need to add something..

uuuhhhh… I think Santa’s already got the list.. ha ha

Its funny, this girl of mine told her entire Kindergarten class there was no Santa, he didn’t exists.  Then in 2nd grade, she decided she wanted Santa to come and left him cookies, and wrote a letter to him and everything!!  I think its just fun to believe…  Makes the magic of Christmas seem even more so.

Last year we enjoyed celebrating Christ’s birthday, and not relishing in the presents and what we were going to get, it was a blessed time, one that I will treasure, and even though Nana and Papa may not be able to come for Christmas, I think it may be a wonderful tradition to keep….

Saving Christmas….for what it really is.