Sunday’s coming

April 10, 2009 at 4:01 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Today is a heavy day. There have been so many Easter’s that have passed me by and I have not truly taken the time to think about what this day (Good Friday) means to me. Today Jesus was beaten. Today he died alone on the cross. Today he was obediant even to death. Today is the day when the wrath of God was satisfied on top of Jesus’ shoulders. Today is the day that the curtain was torn in order for us to have constant fellowship with God. Today is the day the pathway was opened for us to spend eternity with God. Today he is our only hope. Today he is the only hope for this nation. Today he is the only hope for the world.

If you have grown up in church your whole life it is so easy to just let this day pass you by. Its easy to let our hearts become numb to this story because we have heard it so many times. For me this easter it is sweeter than it has ever been. It is truly becoming the heartbeat of who I am. Everything centers around the Gospel. My marriage, parenting, friendships, living day to day as a missionary- He is the center. He is my treasure. “for I am his and he is mine; bought with the precious blood of Christ.” I feel bought today 🙂

I explained to my 5 year olds in my class the other day what Jesus taking on the punishment for our sins truly means for us. My prayer for them and for my sweet son is that one day they will see the weight of their sin and how perfect our God is. I pray that they will see their need for God. I pray that repentance will come. I pray that the direction of their life is changed. I pray that they will live their lives as missionaries- dying to tell of the change and love that God has brought to their own lives. I pray that they would find God as their only joy. Their only peace. Their only trust. Their only hope. I pray that everything would be centered around the Gospel.

I read this verse yesterday and it hit me so hard.

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.” 2 Cor 1:3-4

I challenge you to look at what this day means for you. Is it the center of who you are? Is it a story you have always heard but never paid that much attention to? Did it once mean something to you? Have you forgotten your first love? Don’t let this Easter pass you by!

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6 Great Months

April 1, 2009 at 11:56 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 10 Comments

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I cannot believe I am writing that he is already 6 months old. It really and truly goes by so fast. We have adored the last 6 months of our lives. It has been so fun. A friend asked me the other day about what our future plans were for our next child and honestly we haven’t really thought about it. We have LOVED this time with him. He is getting soo big and so funny. I think he is really stealing his daddy’s heart 🙂 It has been so beautiful to watch him adore his daddy. They have a unique relationship that August has with no one else. It is so sweet to watch his chubby cheeks smile as his eyes watch Steven everywhere he goes. There have been moments between the 3 of us that I have felt stood still. They are priceless. He is such a joy filled child and I am truly broken and humbled that God placed him into our arms! Here are some updates on our little guy!

We just went in for our 6 month check up! Our little man has been doing some growing!! In 2 months he has grown 2 inches in length (25 in) and gained 2 lbs (18lbs)!! He feels like 25 pounds!!

He has one big tooth on the bottom that has popped up and another on the way. Oh my goodness teething has not been fun. I know we have just begun 🙂 We have Tyl and homeopathic teething tablets on hand at all times!! Poor guy.

We are eating solids now. I am trying to get us up to breakfast, lunch and dinner. He has done great! He likes: peas, squash, bananas (does anybody else have to sing that Gwen Stephani song in order to spell bananas?? haha) sweet potatoes, carrots and we are about to start apple sauce!

He got his first haircut on Monday 😦 His poor hair was getting out of control. We love his hair long but half of is was curly and half was straight. It was strange. Steven used his clippers and we used the longest guard he had and trimmed it down. The texture is totally different (it feels like a little boys hair and not so soft like babies hair) and there are beautiful little curls that cover his sweet head. This is his new haircut- you can see how much shorter it is in the back!

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The other night we went to hear Steven play with the band that he travels with. It was so sweet how attentive August was. He was so calm and looked straight at the stage the whole time. I am crossing my fingers that he will love music like his daddy!!

He is trying desperately to crawl. He can’t quite figure out what to do with his stomach. He looks like a beached whale! His poor stomach stays on the floor and he is desperately swinging all limbs to try and get somewhere! He can turn from side to side and is making some good movements. Its only a matter of time!

Whenever I don’t have a toy on me I just take off his socks and he is soo excited to play with his feet!!

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I love this sweet smile

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Look at those big baby blues!!! I am so in love!

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Easy way to help a great organization!

March 27, 2009 at 9:19 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

I recently wrote a blog about my favorite purse and where it came from. There is a great organization in Haiti that is changing women’s lives one at a time. Here is a small glimpse of what they do from their website:

“Each week over 100 women come through our center as part of our various programs.  These women live day to day just trying to make it through and feed their children.  Many are just trying to survive.  Our program changes that.  Women who have never earned a dollar in their lives are now earning money as they sew.  Women who had no parenting skills are now taking better care of their children.  Women who could not read and write are now learning to.  Women who have had no prenatal care are getting the attention they so desperately need.  Women light up when they hear the sound of their baby’s heartbeat for the first time.”

These women are learning to sew and selling these great purses!

Here are 2 ways you could help….

1.) You could throw a purse party and help sell these great purses! Go here to sign up!

2.) You could also help us gather fabric and thread! Here is what they need:

“we can always use thread and fabric…..we are in need of light weight upholstry fabric with matching contrasting fabrics.  We like to have the fabric in atleast three yards or more.  For thread we need heavy duty threads (quilting) in every color you can think of….JoAnn’s has 99 cent thread.  They don’t keep it with the “good” stuff…I have had to ask for it when I am looking for it.”

I would love to be able to send a ton of supplies to these women. Does anyone have any of these supplies that they could donate? Does anyone have coupons to fabric stores that we could use? I and several other women are going to start collecting from anyone who wants to give! Can you help us get the word out? If you would like to give items please email me at marisjbush@gmail.com.

Thanks for all your help!

oh yes and this is a picture of my purse that I love so much!

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What is your top 5?

March 25, 2009 at 3:35 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Tonight I found a great online spiritual gifts test. We have been talking about them at church. I have taken tests in the past but I really wanted refresh my mind of what mine are. If you don’t know what your spiritual gifts are then how can you use them?? Sometimes I get forget what God has put inside of me and compare “what I am not” to other people. Sometimes I feel like I am all heart and no brain! It was GREAT and so interesting to see what my gifts are and to see how they are already being played out in my life without me really realizing it! I pretty much had a 5 way tie between:

Giving, Exhortation, Poverty, Leadership, Writing

I took the test twice and had the same top 5. I am very excited to have a better understanding of what my gifts are and am propelled even more to use them to love others!

If you want a better understanding of your spiritual gifts this is a great resource!

http://www.kodachrome.org/spiritgift/

Help out by buying a print!

March 23, 2009 at 8:31 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

This is from my husband Steven’s blog. He is selling one of his wonderful prints for an organization that helps out with adoption funds! Please go to his blog and order this print! Its for 1 week only!

Limited Edition Print Being Sold to Support Adoption

For one week only  my photograph, ‘The Only Magic I Still Believe In Is Love’ , is being sold on a website called www.wallblank.com. Wall Blank is donating 100% of the proceeds in order to support the wonderful ministry of Abba Fund. Abba Fund is a ministry that helps people adopt by offering them interest-free loans. The cost of Adoption can be overwhelming, but Abba Fund is there to help people like yourself and I in this process. Abba Fund makes it possible for people to make an incredible difference in the life of a child through adoption.

If you have a heart for adoption and a heart for helping…now’s your chance. go right now to www.wallblank.com and PURCHASE a limited edition print of ‘The Only Magic I Still Believe In Is Love’. They are only printing 150 prints and selling them for $25.00. Get yours while they last. After they are sold out there won’t be anymore printed anytime soon. I won’t receive any money from these prints. Maris and I simply believe in Adoption, and we want to do all we can to help other families experience this tremendous joy. These prints could raise $3,750 for Abba Fund. Let’s get this done!!!

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“This world is a dark and broken place. It is full of hurt and dying people that are imprisoned by the merciless enemy of poverty. Wars, hate, racism, religion, hunger, poverty, and greed encompass a fallen world full of fallen men. There is a lack of faith, hope, and love. There is a need for restoration and renewal. There is a need for justice and change. Many live as if there is nothing left to hope in. Many live as if there is nothing left good to believe in. I have to believe that there is good left in people. I have to believe that we can make a difference. I have to believe that we can bring change to this broken world. I have to believe in justice. I have to believe that there is hope. I have to believe in love.”


Marks of a True Christian

March 18, 2009 at 3:27 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Is this just good advice for us? Is this reality in our lives? When reading this do we question if our lives look like a “true christian?” This is pretty convicting!

Romans 12: 9-21    “Marks of the True Christian”

9 Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. 10 Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. 11Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. 12Rejoice in hope,  be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. 13Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality.

14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. 16Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight. 17Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. 18If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. 19Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” 20To the contrary,”if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” 21Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”

Passage from biblegateway.com

Family

March 17, 2009 at 7:35 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

I just recently took a trip to Nashville and had some great Q.T. with the fam. I was able to take August to meet my 2 living grandparents for the first time. It was a very special time for me!

Here is my sweet sweet grandmother meeting him- everything she said he laughed at!

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4 Generations!

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I love this woman! 🙂

This is my grandfather meeting him for the first time! His name is Henry, my dad’s real name is Henry and August is named after both of them. August Henry Bush 🙂

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And of course we had great time with my parents and brother! Its hard living so far away but the time we do have is so precious. We had lots of fun with the little man!

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Nana and her favorite little guy!

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Pops/Budro with his little man! I love this picture 🙂

Fun times in Nashville!

My Favorite Purse

March 17, 2009 at 4:01 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 3 Comments

A while back I bought this purse:

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I LOVE this purse! I bought it to support the Heartline Woman’s program in Haiti. Aaron just wrote about the impact that this ministry has on these woman’s lives.

“These women then sell their purses (through Heartline) and are able to make a personal profit off their products. They end up owning a sewing machine, keeping a portion of the profit and saving some in a personal banking account. In every practical way, they are learning skills and crafts to provide income and savings for themselves and their families. And they are incredibly skilled at it.”

I really love this program. They are empowering women by teaching them life skills. They have a website that you can check out here.

Inside of every purse they attach the name of the artist who made the purse. I always look at her name and think about her. Well tonight as I was looking around the Haitian Creation website and I found her!!

World meet Suzanne!

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“I am 33 years old. I am married and have two sons – six and three years old. My husband’s name is Menes Abellard, my sons are named Sumens and Menes Junior. We live in an area of the city called Pernier. I was born in Cayes, in the southern part of Haiti. I have three brothers and one sister. My whole family moved to Port au Prince in 1980, but then moved back to Cayes in 1987 when the city became too dangerous. I finished High School and then returned to Port au Prince for more education. I have attended trade schools for secretarial work, language, pastry cooking, and some sewing. I would like to become a business woman. I attend church in Port au Prince called Church on the Rock. Through all this I realize that in Haiti only God can make you realize your goals. I know someone who is older than I but never found work anywhere so they are not able to make anything for their family yet. I have been blessed! Even if we are suffering from something else God will take care of that, for He said I’m with you until the end.”

I love supporting these women! Please go to http://www.haitiancreations.com and support the women who are making these beautiful purses!! I am trying to talk Steven into letting me support Suzanne again!! 🙂 🙂

The Story

March 15, 2009 at 11:46 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 5 Comments

“No, the Bible isn’t a book of rules, or a book of heroes. The Bible is most of all a story. It’s an adventure story about a young hero who comes from a far country to win back his lost treasure. It’s a love story about a brave Prince who leaves his palace, his throne- everything- to rescue the one he loves. It’s like the most wonderful of fairy tales that has come true in real life!

You see, the best thing about the story is- its true. There are lots of stories in the Bible, but all the stories are telling one Big story. The story of how God loves his children and comes to rescue them.”

-Sally Lloyd Jones from the Jesus Storybook Bible

My amazing husband

March 11, 2009 at 5:28 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 7 Comments

My amazing husband took these tonight! I have been dying to see his skills put to work on our little man. I am sooooooooooooooooooo excited about these pics and will probably always consider these as my favorites! Thank you Steven sooo much for such a sweet gift. This is August at 5 1/2 months old!

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I am so in love with both my boys!!!!!!

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