Archive for December, 2011

I Love You

Posted: December 29, 2011 in "While The Cats Away"

1 Corinthians 13:13 And now these three remain: faith hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

My name is Greg Nereim, the favorite son-in-law of Ed and Ann Marie Peterson, who will be called Papa and Nana Marie for the rest of this blog. I am married to their daughter Brooke (who loves to be talked about in posted material). We have been married for over 8 years. My son Ethan, who is 10years old has posted a couple blogs for Papa, and is an amazing child that fills our lives with laughter and love.

When Papa asked me to cover a blog for him, I am sure he did it with hesitation on what I would write about. I am sometimes unpredictable.  So Papa, you “forgot to say I love you” when you got off the phone with me. It gave me the topic that I am going to write about. Do I know Papa loves me? Sure I do! He has shown me in his actions that he loves me. During times that I hurt or needed his wisdom, he went out of his way to get a hold of me and help my healing process through words and prayers. As a side note to any readers, if you ask Papa and Nana Marie for advice, be prepared to hear words of wisdom you may not want to hear.  Except it and challenge yourself with it!

I strive to go out of my way to make my family and friends feel loved from me. Not only thru words, but also thru actions.  Sometimes I make friends uncomfortable when I tell them I love them. After awhile they get use to it and say it back. There have been times over the years when I say the three little words “I love you” and it is exactly what  the person needed to hear. A few times that was all I could say from the news I was hearing on the other end.

Having known Papa over the years, I have been able to witness his love for people. When doesn’t he stop and listen with a loving heart. When doesn’t he answer with a loving heart?  When doesn’t he pray with a loving heart?  I have seen him share Gods love with many people that most of us would never even take the time to start a conversation with. He shared Gods love to a hostess as she was bringing us to the table one evening. I never told him, but that was cool. How many times do we pass up the greatest gift God has given us? The gift of love and forgiveness God has given us is simple, not complex and needs to be shared. Some people may laugh at you or roll their eyes, but if done with a loving heart, I guarantee you  it will leave an impact. Jesus, Paul and Peter all teach us to love one another. Now I am no hippie that runs around and sings all we need is love, but if we do follow the teachings we have from the Living Word, there would be a lot more love in our lives.

So I challenge all who read this: who can you call or tell today that you love them? Better yet, who’s life could you impact today by sharing the love God has given us thru actions that back it up? Simple question from a simple guy.

P.S. Papa I LOVE YOU

1 Peter 5:14 Greet one another with a kiss of love. Peace to all of you who are in Christ.

See you soon Papa=)

Hello,

My name is Paul Cilia,

I’ve been doing life with Ed Peterson for going on about 4 yrs.  Ed Peterson has been what I can only sum up to be one of my closest confidants and friend.  That being said he’s also wears many other hats in my life. He’s my pastor first and foremost, he’s a father when I need it (sometimes even when i don’t think I need it) and he’s a pillar of wisdom that is second to none when it comes to applying the Word to just about any situation.  To me, if you want useless information Google it.  If you want life application Ed-ify it.

Now in those 4 yrs, I’ve personally gone through a lot.  The difference in those 4 yrs vs. my other 27 yrs is that he’s walked with me.  Now I’ve been shunned, but with Ed I’ve been desired.  I’ve been disregarded but with him I have been esteemed.  I say all of this not to prop the man up on a pedestal or to polish him for a reader in years to come… but to simply be able to declare who and what exactly Ed Peterson in my life.  I am most grateful for him to be in his life and I am most humbled to write in this blog on his behalf.

As of this past holiday week I started taking into account all of the “new” colorful LED lights in all of the store displays and on all of my friends Christmas trees.  I’ve taken note of how brightly they display themselves with a total disregard to the light around them; each one can and WILL be seen regardless of where they are in the grand scheme of importance be it stuck on the bottom of the tree or hidden beneath the hedge line as they border a window.

LED lights are an awesome sight, they are regarded by the “experts” as the best and most efficient way to display light this yule tide season.  Another aspect of LED lights: no matter how close you get you can never observe the source of their light, it’s simply too blinding at any distance.  So in true form for the past few years I’ve been investing in this form of lighting with the intent on staying in tune with the times, and to best express my holiday cheer per the “experts” in a cost efficient manner and most importantly so that NO ONE can disregard them.

On that same token, this season I took note of some “old school” Incandescent Christmas tree lights and to go a step further some of the old C9 light bulbs (you know the big colored night-light sized bulbs) on some outdoor display I can’t remember.  My first reaction was I giggled at the big C9 bulbs knowing how old they must have been and I justified my judgement to how potentially “dangerous” they must be due to their age and overall expense to keep operating.  I allowed my flesh to go a step further to judge the newer but now considered old-fashioned basic Christmas tree lights with how inefficient they must be and how I hated how fragile they were, year after year of having to find that one bulb to get the strand working again.  I can’t recall how many times I’ve simply thrown out entirely good strands of lights out of being impatient to find that one broken bulb or to fix a simple fuse.

And then it happened…I started to observe the larger older bulbs for what they were and not what they weren’t, glowing like nothing else; giving off warmth to those around them almost to a fault.  I then noticed the Christmas tree lights, how small yet also warm they were but more profoundly how well they complimented one another and produced an intimate color that was indescribable when seen from a distance and provide a great compliment to whatever they surround.  Most importantly when observed up close the source of their fire could be seen in all its delicate beauty.  Today you can’t miss the light from the older bulbs either but it’s for a totally different reason;  I can only surmise it’s because they are content in being exactly what they are if that makes any sense at all.

A few days ago it dawned on me (which probably was God bringing me revelation) of how much of an LED light I’ve been in people’s life.  I shine BRIGHT, and in most cases according to the “experts” sometimes brutally efficient.  My light can and will be seen at the expense of all light around me, you will not dismiss me, you will see me.  My color is the most important color of all and my location regardless of actual position is and should be the central focus.  I shine so intentionally outwardly bright that you cannot and will not identify the fire that powers in me and quite frankly I like it that way.  I realize I prefer chaining up with other LED lights not so much as to compliment the other lights but as to simply garner more attention for myself.

As I’m coming to the final days of 2011, this revelation has made my heart a bit heavy.  I’ve prided myself on being so outwardly bright for so long that I can honestly say I’m unaware of what powers me.  I operate at such a low-cost (investment in myself and others) that I’ve lost touch with the warmth and last but not least, how can I glow and be viewed differently?

I consider Ed Peterson most like the C9 bulb, older but consistently warm to a fault, operating at a great cost to himself but glowing like none other.

All I can say as I’m sure glad there’s the old C9 bulbs still hanging around for those moments when those LED’s like me forget how to really burn and glow, and I’m glad those traditional lights still operate to remind me what it’s really all about.

Community.

“Wives, understand and support your husbands in ways that show your support for Christ. The husband provides leadership to his wife the way Christ does to his church, not by domineering but by cherishing. So just as the church submits to Christ as he exercises such leadership, wives should likewise submit to their husbands. Husbands, go all out in your love for your wives, exactly as Christ did for the church- a love marked by giving, not getting.” Ephesians, 5:22-25.

Hello, my name is Melissa Peterson. I am the daughter-in-law of Ed and Ann Marie. I want to take this opportunity to share with everyone how thankful I am for my husband, Jeremy. I am thankful especially for his parents who were/are the ones who have helped shape Jeremy into who he is.  I am thankful that I have a husband who believes in marriage as a forever commitment. We have some friends who recently got a divorce and it saddens me deeply. I cannot imagine my life without Jeremy. He is my night in shining armor. I thank God for him every day.

I feel so blessed to have a husband who consistently “goes all out” to make me happy.  I realize that there are many husbands out there that do not make an effort to show their love for their wife as Jeremy does for me.

Jeremy is the most amazing father to our two young boys. I had no idea before having kids how much they would change our life and our marriage. People can try to explain it to you. But you can’t really understand until you have experienced the lack of sleep and constant chaos yourself. I thought life with kids would be all cuddles and giggles. I had no idea the amount of frustration and anxiety I would experience with being a mother. Again, I am so blessed to have a husband who listens and understands.

I love the above verses from Ephesians. I think one way to support my husband is to respect him. I once read a book called “For Women Only” by Shaunti Feldhahn. The book taught me that my husband needs respect in the same way that I need love. In other words, if I disrespected him it would be equal to my husband telling me he doesn’t love me. That was the most shocking thing I had ever heard. I cannot imagine Jeremy saying to me, “I don’t love you”. My heart would break into a million pieces. So I try to remember that analogy. I try not to ever intentionally embarrass or make fun of my husband, especially in front of other people. It just makes me cringe when I hear a wife make fun of and laugh at her husband in front of a group of people. I realize that I am human, and not perfect. But these are the things I strive for so that I can have a happy and forever marriage. And most of all, return the love and respect to my husband as he does for me.

Patience is Key

Posted: December 26, 2011 in "While The Cats Away"

Hello again, my name is Ethan Lucci and I am here to talk to you about patience. I am Papa’s grandson, and most of you met me in my last blog.

A couple of days ago, I wanted to play the Wii video game with my mom. We played and then mom got phone call after phone call interrupting our game. I was not very patient and kept begging and begging for mom to come play but that didn’t make anything any better because as long as a call is..is as long as a call is. This did not make things go any faster. I have also not been very patient in waiting to open my presents. That is when mom read me my last blog and reminded me again of the TRUE meaning of Christmas which is Spending time with family celebrating Our LORDS BIRTH. A few weeks ago, we had a Christmas party with our friends and I made a birthday cake for Jesus. Some of our friends did not understand why I made a birthday cake.

When my papa called me, and said he wanted me to do a blog while he was away so I told him okay and prayed about what I should say. A couple of nights ago when I was sleeping in my dream I heard a deep voice saying “Patience is Key”.

Next time you are having a hard time being patient, sing this little song, or have papa or nana marie sing it.

Be patient, be patient, don’t be in such a hurry. When you get impatient, you only start to worry. Remember, Remember that God is patient too and think of all the times that others have to wait for you.

Merry Christmas to ALL !!!

GONE HOME

Posted: December 23, 2011 in "While The Cats Away"

“You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trust in you”  Isaiah 26:3

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart I have overcome the world.”  John 16:33

I am Ed and Ann Marie’s friend, my name is Kathy Thorn.  They have been a blessing to both myself and my husband in so many ways, they are truly good friends.  Ed is witty and sharp in his writing, I somehow feel a little unworthy to write on his blog but it was his request, so here I go….

Today I have been thinking about my mom she passed away this year.  I know she is no longer suffering; her aches and pains are gone and God is giving her a complete healing of her mind and body.  Although it is hard that she is not here with me I know she is SOOO HAPPY!!!   I have the peace  and comfort of the savior knowing that I will see her again.

Although I will miss her call on Christmas morning (she lived out of state) and her homemade cookies, I know she would want me to be at peace.  Christmas was her favorite time of the year and always a big event in our family.  There were always Christmas pageants, choir practices, Christmas Eve services, lots and lots of baking candies and cookies.  I know that her life was busy during this time of year but her most precious time was spent daily in prayer and study of the word.   As a child she would always make sure dad or she would read the Christmas story of Christ birth on Christmas morning.  So I may feel a little sad and miss her, there is so much more to be thankful for,  the peace that Christ can only give has been given to me.  I trust in Him and know it is all in His plan.

Us and Them

Posted: December 22, 2011 in "While The Cats Away"

1Peter 5:5 

5 In the same way, younger people should be willing to be under older people. And all of you should be very humble with each other. 
    “God is against the proud, 
       but he gives grace to the humble.” — Proverbs 3:34

 

My Name is Manuel Kladakis, I live Life with Ed and Ann Marie Peterson.

 

Us And Them

The hardest part of being young and knowing truths is the older generations not thinking you’re old enough to know any truths that can help them, as well as yourself. And the other hardest part of  being young & knowing truths is not thinking you’re better, younger & smarter than the older generations & rising up in rebellion &  not listening to their wisdom & knowledge. Now a part of the hope I have is in the verse above(1Peter 5:5) To be Humble with each other & respect one another & for the young to trust the older people & be willing to be under them. Another hope I have is for the older people to not be too proud & wise to hear the younger generations & the truths God speaks to us. This is why my goal as the leader, chosen by God, over my group of people & a son of my spiritual father can not let that ever become the case. I’ve been blessed by God, to have Leadership that listens to my young & inexperienced words, seeing past all of it & choosing to listen to the truths I have in Me.

I see too many influences leading my generation into what they call something God is doing, But without the older people there. And I see too many Older people doing the same, just the opposite. God will not separate the two.

1Corinthians 1:10,12-13….  10 I beg you, brothers and sisters, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ that all of you agree with each other and not be split into groups. I beg that you be completely joined together by having the same kind of thinking and the same purpose. 12 This is what I mean: One of you says, “I follow Paul”; another says, “I follow Apollos”; another says, “I follow Peter”; and another says, “I follow Christ.” 13 Christ has been divided up into different groups! Did Paul die on the cross for you? No! Were you baptized in the name of Paul? No! 

So, since we all worship the same God and are apart of the same body, We should not separate into Old and Young, But come together so Gods will can be perfected in our lives. I follow Jesus the Highest Leader and He has given me and others earthly leaders to be under and respect their leadership and we together follow Jesus. How can a person say he Loves Jesus and follows Him, But shows no respect or appreciation to the older generation and what they have to say? You can’t be a fish and live on land.

I know God wants to bring the old and young together because we need each other & We are apart of the same body old and young.This is not just a seasonal thing, This is, as long as there is Today. So, Since We are all the same body, We should press in and work for it. It won’t be easy, but I believe it is Gods will and our Blessing.

“The reason people find it so hard to be happy is that they always see the past better than it was, the present worse than it is, and the future less resolved than it will be”

There was a church in Africa and everyone was excited to welcome a very well know guest speaker who was scheduled to come this Sunday. The songs were sung, the announcements made and then came the introduction of this great minister. He walked over to the piano, sat down and began to sing “I will.” That was it, simply “I will.” Over and over he sang the words, “I will, I will, I will. After some extended time one person joined in, “I will, I will, I will.” then another and another and another until everyone had joined in singing, “I will, I will, I will, I will.” Then he stopped and silence filled the church. He stood up and announced, “Okay now that we have all decided that we will, God, what would you like us to do?”

Moral of the story is that i need to be in the place of saying, “i will” long before i expect God to tell me what it is He wants me to do. i really like this a lot! It was a confirmation to where Ann Marie and i are right now. “we will!”

“Love is as much of an object as an obsession, everybody wants it everybody seeks it, but few ever achieve it, those who do, will cherish it, be lost in it, and among all, will never…never forget it.”

PLEASE… Trust me on this one. Please read it over and over and over and when your done reading keep repeating it to yourself and at some point today or tomorrow you will understand. You can even hum it to a made up tune. You can sing it out loud. Get the idea or better yet the attitude of “i will” into your body, soul and spirit. To the degree that you put into this you will receive.

i will, i will, i will, i will, i will, i will, i will, i will, i will, Please don’t stop,

i will, i will, i will, i will, i will, i will, i will, i will, i will, i will,

i will, i will, i will, i will, i will, i will, i will, i will, i will, i will, Please don’t stop,

i will, i will, i will, i will, i will, i will, i will, i will, i will, i will,

i will, i will, i will, i will, i will, i will, i will, i will, i will, i will, Please don’t stop,

i will, i will, i will, i will, i will, i will, i will, i will, i will, i will,

i will, i will, i will, i will, i will, i will, i will, i will, i will, i will, Please don’t stop,

i will, i will, i will, i will, i will, i will, i will, i will, i will, i will,

i will, i will, i will, i will, i will, i will, i will, i will, i will, i will, Please don’t stop,

i will, i will, i will, i will, i will, i will, i will, i will, i will, i will,

i will, i will, i will, i will, i will, i will, i will, i will, i will, i will, Please don’t stop,

What Would i Do?

Posted: December 19, 2011 in Wandering Thoughts

“People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.” – Zig Ziglar

A group of people are standing at a river bank and suddenly hear the cries of a baby. Shocked, they see an infant floating–drowning–in the water. One person immediately dives in to rescue the child. But as this is going on, yet another baby comes floating down the river, and then another! People continue to jump in to save the babies and then see that one person has started to walk away from the group still on shore. Accusingly they shout, “where are you going?” The response: “I’m going upstream to stop whoever’s throwing babies into the river.”

What would i do? i am saddened by the number of Christians floating down the river. What if there is no one to pull them from the current. I can’t go there. What would i do, try to stop believers from being in the river in the first place. IF… if i believe and act upon the word i won’t be floating down the river waiting to be rescued of preparing for death.

Romans 8:38 For I am persuaded beyond doubt (am sure) that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities, nor things [a]impending and threatening nor things to come, nor powers, Nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Floating down the river and needing to be rescued sounds a little different from that verse.

The word says that when God designed a plan for my life, he used careful and loving advanced planning. In Jer 1:5, God says “Before I formed you (advanced) in the womb I knew you, before you were born (Advanced) I dedicated you, a prophet to the nations I appointed you.” God knew Jeremiah before he was born.

God’s advanced loving and careful plan is confirmed by Rom 8:29-30 where Paul says: “For those he foreknew he also pre-destined to be conformed to the image of His son, so that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.” The same idea of foreknowledge is revealed in Paul’s letter to the Ephesians, 1:3-4: “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavens, as He chose us in Him, before the foundation of the world, (advanced) to be holy and without blemish before him.”

Love requires advanced planning.  God’s plan for life began before the world was made. So, what would i do, i would rather use advanced planning and help people stand rather than pull them from the water. That may sound harsh but many people chose the water rather than the plan God made for them long before they were born. BUT…. in reality, i suppose we do can use BOTH direct service, teachers, training AND advocacy volunteers, those who will stand in the water rescuing! i realize that it may also be advanced planning to those who are waiting in the water, but to me it’s seems like a back-up plan to God’s original plan. But… that’s just me.

Out Of The Box…

Posted: December 16, 2011 in Wandering Thoughts
“Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

In a very small town there was a priest and a protestant pastor. Over time they became close friends in spite of their different beliefs. The priest went through some difficult health issues and the protestant pastor spent every day with him in the hospital and for some time after when he finally returned home. Then one day the protestant pastor suddenly died. The priest went to his higher-ups and asked that the protestant pastor be buried in the churches cemetery. His request was denied and he was saddened. After some thought he decided to bury the pastor just outside the cemetery.

A couple of weeks later the priest and a friend were walking in the cemetery when the friend stopped him and asked, “i thought you were told you couldn’t bury the pastor in the cemetery. Aren’t you going to get in trouble?” The priest replied, “They told me i could not bury him in the cemetery, but they never said i couldn’t move the fence.

Sometimes i have to think outside the box when dealing with others. i might have to think outside the box to love someone, to be kind to someone, to be at peace with someone. Love is not the answer, but it is the assignment. The priest ran out of answers and then turned to the assignment and that took him outside the box.

When i feel like giving up, i just need to remember why i held on for so long in the first place.