Wednesday, October 18, 2017

FAMILY LIFE at Desert Springs - a place where we can share the heart of our church family; prayers, praises and important announcements.  Be sure to check-in often to see what is happening. If you have a prayer request or praise, please submit by contacting me, Laura Keener, Frontline Director at Desert Springs....760-568-3646 or lkeener@desertspringsfamily.org.

In Memory Of:
Our dear Sister, Placent Delia, who went to heaven Monday, October 16th. It was very unexpected and we will miss her sweet spirit and having her as a powerful prayer warrior. Pray that her dear husband of 40 years, Gino, will feel the peace of God during this great loss. A Celebration of Life Service is scheduled for Tuesday, October 24 at 1 PM in the Worship Center. 

Also, the following Celebration of Life Services have now been confirmed to be held here at Desert Springs:
Lucy Brooks: October 21 @ 1 PM
Glen Smith: November 11 @ 1 PM
Ron Mayle: November 18 @ 11 AM
                                                                                
Laura’s Reflection: Proud to be an American in Jesus
I’m sure, like me, you have “had it up to here” with the unpatriotic display from athletes, actors, authors, singers, politicians and perhaps relatives and neighbors. I am deeply ashamed at how “Americans” living in a land blessed by GOD are insulting HIM, our FLAG and our LEADERS.  God commands us to be respectful, love our enemies and to pray for our country and leaders. 

Romans 13:1
Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.

1 Timothy 2:1-4
First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.

What has happened to make these “Americans” so terribly unkind? The answer is … they don’t know who JESUS is. 

Scott Sauls, Senior Pastor of Christ Presbyterian Church in Nashville and author said this:

  • In America, credentials qualify a person to lead. In Jesus, the chief qualification is character.
  • In America, what matters most are the results we produce. In Jesus, what matters most is the kind of people we are becoming.
  • In America, success is measured by material accumulation, power, and the positions that we hold. In Jesus, success is measured by material generosity, humility, and the people whom we serve.
  • In America, it is shameful to come in last and laudable to come in first. In Jesus, the first will be last and the last will be first.
  • In America, leaders make a name for themselves to become famous and sometimes treat Jesus as a means to that end. In Jesus, leaders make His name famous and treat their own positions, abilities, and influence as a means to that end.
  • In America, leaders crave recognition and credit. In Jesus, leaders think less of themselves and give credit to others.
  • In America, leaders compare and compete so they will flourish. In Jesus, leaders sacrifice and serve so others will flourish.
  • In America, leadership often means “My glory and happiness at your expense.” In Jesus, leadership always means “Your growth and wholeness at my expense.”
  • In America, the strong and powerful rise to the top. In Jesus, the meek inherit the earth.

I say to all those who are ungrateful, unthankful, unkind, unjust … hear and understand:

Jeremiah 27:5
“I the LORD have made the earth, the men and the beasts which are on the face of the earth by My great power and by My outstretched arm, and I will give it to the one who is pleasing in My sight.”.

Lamentations 3:38-42
Is it from the mouth of the Most High that both calamities and good things come? Why should any living man complain when punished for his sins? Let us examine our ways ad test them, and let us return to the Lord. Let us lift up our hearts and our hands to God in heaven and say: “We have sinned and rebelled and you have not forgiven.”

Let us do our part; be thankful, pray continually and be BOLD in sharing about our God, the maker of heaven and earth.

A Proud American in Jesus!

  Laura

Laura Keener
Frontline Director, Desert Springs Church



PRAYING FOR OUR BROTHERS & SISTERS IN CHRIST

Comfort, Health, Wisdom, Strength - "And pray in the spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints." Ephesians 6:18


Ron Coffee * Rick Diederich * Eddie Hernandez * Mary Ireland * Fred Keener * Annie Leonovich* Theo Nichols * Neil Riordan * Walter & Joan Rohm 

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

FAMILY LIFE at Desert Springs - a place where we can share the heart of our church family; prayers, praises and important announcements.  Be sure to check-in often to see what is happening. If you have a prayer request or praise, please submit by contacting me, Laura Keener, Frontline Director at Desert Springs....760-568-3646 or lkeener@desertspringsfamily.org.

In Memory Of:
Our dear brother, Glen Smith, went to heaven last week. It was very unexpected and we will miss his sweet spirit. Pray that his precious wife Barbara will feel the peace of God during this great loss. We will keep you posted if and when a Celebration of Life service is scheduled.
                                                                                

Laura's Reflection: Each day is a gift…
Waking up Monday morning to the terrible news of the Las Vegas massacre literally made me sick to my stomach.  I thought so much about the 50+ who thought they were attending a night of great country music and it ended up a night that they either met their Savior or not.  It was like a time bomb went off in my heart prompting me to get with it! Tell those you love, you love them. Tell those who don’t know Jesus, about Jesus! Don’t wait, it could be their last day or yours. I don’t want this to sound ominous but it’s reality.  In just one week there were killings in Paris, Canada & Vegas.  Time to wake up and use these tragedies to grow our belief in the sovereign will of God and strengthen our relationship with Him.  There is a wonderful book “Daring to Hope” by Katie Davis Majors and in it she says:

“He loves me and SO He allows me to feel pain that draws me to Him. And in the midst of the pain, He weeps with me for a world that is not as He intended, for sorrow that He did not design.
I can sing because I know what is coming.
I can hope because I know who is coming.
In the dark of the night, I have seen His face.
I want to be brave enough to hold out the hope of the Gospel to a world that is hurting and alone and afraid.
Not a hope rooted in the absence of pain or heartache or suffering.
Not optimism that looks for the best-case scenario or happy ending.
A true hope that rises from the full assurance that our Savior is on His way.
It’s not light yet, but I know Him, the One who is the Light.
And so in the dark, I will sing.”

Katie said what’s on my heart, so no more words are needed except the Word of God …

Psalm 90: 12 “Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.”
Psalm 90:17 “May the favor of the Lord our God rest upon us; establish the works of our hands for us. Yes, establish the work of our hands.”

Our Hope is in Him,
Laura
Laura Keener
Frontline Director, Desert Springs Church



PRAYING FOR OUR BROTHERS & SISTERS IN CHRIST

Comfort, Health, Wisdom, Strength - "And pray in the spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints." Ephesians 6:18


Ron Coffee * Rick Diederich * Eddie Hernandez * Mary Ireland * Fred Keener * Annie Leonovich* Theo Nichols * Neil Riordan * Walter & Joan Rohm * Jim & Curtis Zeilenga

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

FAMILY LIFE at Desert Springs - a place where we can share the heart of our church family; prayers, praises and important announcements.  Be sure to check-in often to see what is happening. If you have a prayer request or praise, please submit by contacting me, Laura Keener, Frontline Director at Desert Springs....760-568-3646 or lkeener@desertspringsfamily.org.

In Memory Of:

Our dear brother, Dick Bornac, went to heaven last week. It was very unexpected and we will miss his sweet spirit and helping hands at the 8 am service each Sunday.  Pray that his precious wife Shelby, who suffers with her own illness can feel the peace of God during this great loss. We will keep you posted if and when a Celebration of Life service is scheduled.


 Laura’s Reflection: Disconnect to Connect

We live in a world with 24/7 connections— iPhone/iPad/email/text/twitter/Facebook and on and on. Demands on our time from family, friends, job and on and on. The result is feeling burned out and overwhelmed but if we keep our priorities in line with God’s commands we can experience the PEACE of God that passes all understanding. Here is what God is teaching me:

1. Spend Time DAILY in Prayer, Reading the Word and Praise
The daily discipline of prayer, reading God’s Word, praising Him and thanking Him is the key to peace and unwavering confidence in knowing that God is in control. 
Philippians 4:6-7. “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand.”

2. Be Present in Every Situation
Disconnect to connect. Remember …  people first, tasks second.  This constant connection to texts, newsfeeds and emails means we are never truly present anywhere. When you are with other people, put the phone away. Engage in conversation. Be persistent.
Philippians 2:4 “Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.”

3. Get Organized
The problem with making lists is they often shackle us instead of release us. We have so many “to-do’s” on our list, it is overpowering. I just learned a new technique. Write down all the tasks that come to your head throughout the day. Big, small, insignificant, important. Then look at what must be done today and complete the three most important tasks. Celebrate your successes, but stay flexible.
Proverbs 16: 3“Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.”

4. Take Time for Yourself & Give Yourself Space to Unplug
Even Jesus spent time away from people and teaching (Luke 5:16; Luke 4:42; Matthew 14:23). Rest isn’t an option; it’s essential and part of God’s design for your body and mind. Make time for activities that nourish you; cooking, painting, reading, golfing, spending time with friends. Don’t feel guilty about resting and nourishing yourself.
Mark 6:31 “Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he (JESUS) said to them, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and rest.”’

5. Don’t Say Yes to Everything
One reason we are overwhelmed is we are doing too much, again this isn’t God’s plan. Jesus didn’t say yes to everyone. He didn’t cave in to the pressure of healing or discipling the entire world. We can’t do it all, we just can’t. Pray about what you are being asked to do and take God’s direction.
Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. Commit all your ways unto Him and He will direct your path.”

Maybe this reminder will help you to disconnect and experience more peace.  Satan wins when we are overwhelmed and over-stressed because we are not trusting in our Lord.  

Disconnect from the noise. Restore your life. You can do it!

Staying Connected by Diconnecting!
    Laura
Laura Keener
Frontline Director, Desert Springs Church



PRAYING FOR OUR BROTHERS & SISTERS IN CHRIST

Comfort, Health, Wisdom, Strength - "And pray in the spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints." Ephesians 6:18


Mike Burbs * Ron Coffee * Rick Diedrich * Dorothy Ferro* Eddie Hernandez * Mary Ireland * Chevelle Johnson * Fred Keener * Dorene Kunkle * Theo Nichols * Della Nielsen * Neil Riordan * Walter & Joan Rohm * Violet O'Leary * Curtis Zeilenga

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

FAMILY LIFE at Desert Springs - a place where we can share the heart of our church family; prayers, praises and important announcements.  Be sure to check-in often to see what is happening. If you have a prayer request or praise, please submit by contacting me, Laura Keener, Frontline Director at Desert Springs....760-568-3646 or lkeener@desertspringsfamily.org.

In Memory Of:

Our dear brother, Carl Brooks, went to heaven last week. It was very unexpected and we will miss his sweet spirit and helping hands at the 8am service each Sunday.  Pray that his precious wife Lucy, who suffers with her own illness can feel the peace of God during this great loss. We will keep you posted if and when a Celebration of Life service is scheduled.


Laura’s Reflection: I am turning into a hoarder. Want to join me?

Definition of a hoarder (noun): a supply or accumulation that is hidden or carefully guarded for preservation, future use, etc.

Now most of you are probably mortified at my admittance of being a hoarder, but let me tell you what and why I am hoarding. Here’s a hint, “I have hidden your word in my heart Lord, that I might not sin against You.”  That’s it – I am hoarding scriptures, passages and complete Psalms. For almost two years I have been memorizing verse after verse and now almost daily repeat over 150 Scriptures. It’s not with pride I am sharing this with you, it’s because it has become such an important part of my life and I want to encourage you to do the same. I’m gaining wisdom and power, seeing things more and more the way God does, drawing ever closer to the Lord and I proved to myself that I am not too old to do this!

The benefits are wonderful as I share verses to encourage others, to teach, comfort and sometimes even admonish in love. Daily, when I recite the attributes of the Fruit of the Spirit living in me … LOVE, JOY, PEACE, PATIENCE, KINDNESS, GOODNESS, FAITHFULNESS, GENTLENESS & SELF-CONTROL, I am more mindful of my Christian walk and how I represent Christ.

Also, I believe that God commands us to memorize Scripture:
·         “If you remain in me and my WORDS remain in you…” John 15:7 
·         “Let the WORD of Christ dwell in you richly…” Colossians 3:16
·         “Do not let this BOOK depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night…” Joshua 1:8
·         “Keep my WORDS and store up my commands within you…” Proverbs 7:1

Pastor Chuck Swindoll said this: “I know of no other single practice in the Christian life more rewarding, practically speaking, than memorizing Scripture. No other single exercise pays greater spiritual dividends! Your prayer life will be strengthened. Your witnessing will be sharper and much more effective. Your attitudes and outlook will begin to change. Your mind will become alert and observant. Your confidence and assurance will be enhanced. Your faith will be solidified.”

Amen and Amen to that! So, jump on this life changing practice with me…you won’t be sorry.

Together in His Word!

  Laura Keener
Frontline Director at Desert Springs Church


PRAYING FOR OUR BROTHERS & SISTERS IN CHRIST

Comfort, Health, Wisdom, Strength - "And pray in the spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints." Ephesians 6:18


Lucy Brooks * Ron Coffee * Rick Diedrich * Dorothy Ferro* Eddie Hernandez * Jenny Hodges * Mary Ireland * Chevelle Johnson * Fred Keener * Theo Nichols * Neil Riordan * Walter & Joan Rohm * Violet O'Leary * Ruth Sixtone Wells 

Thursday, June 8, 2017

FAMILY LIFE at Desert Springs - a place where we can share the heart of our church family; prayers, praises and important announcements.  Be sure to check-in often to see what is happening. If you have a prayer request or praise, please submit by contacting me, Laura Keener, Frontline Director at Desert Springs....760-568-3646 or lkeener@desertspringsfamily.org.

 Laura's Reflection: Be All You Can Be by Gary Morland

Our family was not destined to a straightline repetition and payment for one person’s sin.

Your family isn’t either.

The consequences of what happened upriver have altered our family, but they have not trapped us into a destiny.

Your parents and family are in the boat with you.

You get into a family that’s already flowing. They had parents and a family too, and on back it goes.

If we can blame our mom or dad or anyone else in our immediate family for how things turned out, they can do the same. If we pass something upriver, they can too. And on back upriver the blame goes.

Much of what our families become is because we’re part of what has gone before. We can’t escape it:

“I may __________, but so did my dad; I learned it from him.” True.

“My parents never taught me __________.” True.

“My mom never showed me __________.” True.

“My dad never __________; he always just __________.” True.

“My uncle __________ me, and so now I’m __________.” True.

These things are all true, and they may have affected us and changed the course of our lives.

But if I blame my family, and push responsibility for who and what I am onto them, the blame can go all the way upriver.

It goes downriver too.

From Brenda and me, through Myquillyn and Chad and Emily and John, through their kids and families, and their kids’ kids and families, the river flows. Each of them could pass the blame back to Brenda and me.

Most of us probably don’t consciously blame previous generations for how we turned out. But it’s a very subtle temptation because it gives us an excuse for our faults and failures.

It takes a lot of courage to face who we are and a great deal of responsibility to deal with it.

Blame lightens the load a little bit, doesn’t it? Saying to yourself “If only this hadn’t happened” sometimes makes life more bearable.

But blame is irrelevant. It only matters if you want an excuse for not taking responsibility for yourself.

It is helpful to understand the things that have contributed to your story, to what happened in your family upriver. These things may help to explain who you are today.

But it is your fault alone if you allow those circumstances to keep you from being all you can be.

You can stop the chain reaction.

Accept your family (or lack of one) as within God’s overall will for you, and accept His ability— and promise—to use it for good. Then let Him.

My dad’s dad (Pop) was an alcoholic. My dad was an alcoholic. I am an alcoholic. My children are not alcoholics.

If God can stop that chain with me, He can stop whatever is plaguing you with you.

All we have is our part of the river, right here, right now.

We put a canoe into this family story when we are born, and our canoe pulls to shore when we die.

But what we do while in the river—our actions, attitudes, words, values, accomplishments—will roll on.

They are our legacy.


PRAYING FOR OUR BROTHERS & SISTERS IN CHRIST

Comfort, Health, Wisdom, Strength - "And pray in the spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints." Ephesians 6:18


Lucy Brooks * Ron Coffee * Rick Diedrich * Dorothy Ferro* Eddie Hernandez * Jenny Hodges * Mary Ireland * Chevelle Johnson * Fred Keener * Theo Nichols * Neil Riordan * Walter & Joan Rohm * Violet O'Leary * Ruth Sixtone Wells 

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

FAMILY LIFE at Desert Springs - a place where we can share the heart of our church family; prayers, praises and important announcements.  Be sure to check-in often to see what is happening. If you have a prayer request or praise, please submit by contacting me, Laura Keener, Frontline Director at Desert Springs....760-568-3646 or lkeener@desertspringsfamily.org.


 Laura’s Reflection: SINNING without Knowing?

My daughter wrote me a very thoughtful and loving note for Mother’s Day. She was over the Friday afternoon before, with her 3 little girls (OUR beautiful, perfect granddaughters) to swim and eat grapes and goldfish crackers! See picture of my tribe in the pool.  I was a bit tired I must admit and not filled with energy that I usually have or at least pretend to have. Oh, I was very happy to have them over and I knew it wasn’t lack of sleep or exhaustion, it was mental weariness. Why did I feel like this? AGAIN. In my daughter’s note she said ” Mom…I’m worried about you. I sense some sorrow or heaviness upon you…”and then she went on to say she is here for me and praying for me.

I’m usually good at masking my aching heart so I don’t trouble my husband, kids, friends. Guess what?  I didn’t do a good job of that on Friday.  I felt ashamed that I allowed things I can’t possibly fix to show outwardly and remove JOY from my heart. We even had some encouraging reports and doctor’s visits for Fred last week; yet I want to see results. I carry my family and friend’s problems too close to my heart. I ache for those battling disease or broken relationships. Face it, I like to fix things. But really? Who do I think I am? GOD?

I have since spent more time in prayer, reading God’s word and asking for help (“Cast your burdens on the Lord, for He will sustain you; He will never let His righteous be shaken.” Psalm 55:22) and He spoke to me. A truth I didn’t want to hear.

I lost JOY because I was sinning by losing the right focus. My focus should be on my loving relationship with Christ and HIS love, HIS power, HIS faithfulness, HIS plan, thanking HIM in EVERYTHING & in GLORIFYING HIM.  Listen, I don’t believe I was intentionally SINNING, I didn’t even see that.  But focusing on the things of the world and the problems in life is disobedience that robs your JOY.  Scripture commands us to “think on godly things.”

“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.” Philippians 4:8-9

So how can we have JOY during trials?
·         Focus on your faith and salvation! “Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious JOY, for you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls.” 1 Peter 1:8-9
·         Focus on eternity; trials are brief in comparison to eternity. “For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.  So, we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4:17-18
·         Focus on God’s sovereignty and purpose in trials.   “Consider it pure joy, when you face various trials; for the testing of your faith produces endurance…” James 1:2-3
·         Focus on our relationship with Christ; trials can bring deep intimacy with Christ. “Blessed is the man who perseveres under trials, because when he has stood the test, he WILL receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love Him.” James 1:12

Another lesson learned and another trespass forgiven.
  
Focusing on Christ & Eternity!
  Laura
Laura Keener
Frontline Director, Desert Springs Church
760-568-3646 

PRAYING FOR OUR BROTHERS & SISTERS IN CHRIST

Comfort, Health, Wisdom, Strength - "And pray in the spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints." Ephesians 6:18


Lucy Brooks * Rick Diedrich *Dorothy Ferro* Mary Ireland * Chevelle Johnson * Fred Keener * Theo Nichols * Neil Riordan * Walter & Joan Rohm * Violet O'Leary 

Thursday, May 11, 2017

FAMILY LIFE at Desert Springs - a place where we can share the heart of our church family; prayers, praises and important announcements.  Be sure to check-in often to see what is happening. If you have a prayer request or praise, please submit by contacting me, Laura Keener, Frontline Director at Desert Springs....760-568-3646 or lkeener@desertspringsfamily.org.


Laura’s Reflection: Missing Mom

It’s only fitting that as we near Mother’s Day we take time to reflect on our mothers. My mom went to heaven just 6 years ago. There’s still a hole in my hearts that aches for her conversation, her wisdom, a warm hug and the taste of her Sunday pot-roast dinner. I walk by a bakery and see lemon meringue pie, mom’s favorite and another memory stirs. It’s these precious memories that we carry for our entire life and I am so thankful for them. I know many of you have been through the sorrow of losing your mom too, so you understand. It never goes away, does it?

Sadly, there are those who never experienced a godly, selfless, mother’s love, care and provision. Perhaps your mom left you for “another” life or battled an evil illness or addiction that stole her from you. If this is the case, I sincerely pray you have forgiven her and found peace in God’s perfect love. For GOD IS LOVE. GOD IS YOUR PROVIDER. GOD IS YOUR COMFORTER. I pray God filled every void you ever felt as you went to Him in prayer and looked to HIS word for direction and wisdom.

When I look back now at my mom, I know that she desired one thing only for me and that was that I walk with the Lord. When I strayed or tested God, and YES I did … I know she was on her knees. And you know the only thing I desire from my children? Is that they walk with the Lord. And if they stray? And they have. I am on my knees. If there is ever a calling for a mother (or father) it’s that … get on your knees and NEVER stop praying for your children (and grandchildren) and hold on to your HOPE. Remember, once they ask for God’s forgiveness, His word comes to pass “as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.” Our children move forward, we move forward. Thank you, mom. Thank you, Lord.

Proverbs 6: 20-23:
My son, keep your father’s command
    and do not forsake your mother’s teaching.
 Bind them always on your heart;
    fasten them around your neck.
When you walk, they will guide you;
    when you sleep, they will watch over you;
    when you awake, they will speak to you.
For this command is a lamp,
    this teaching is a light,
and correction and instruction
    are the way to life…

 Walking in His Love,
   Laura

PRAYING FOR OUR BROTHERS & SISTERS IN CHRIST

Comfort, Health, Wisdom, Strength - "And pray in the spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints." Ephesians 6:18


Lucy Brooks * Rick Diedrich *Dorothy Ferro* Mary Ireland * Chevelle Johnson * Fred Keener * Sharon Nelson * Neil Riordan * Walter & Joan Rohm * Violet O'Leary *Serena Williams son-in-law Steven