Graduates

Prayers for the Week – Graduates

Graduates

For our Graduates, follow the Word, and life will be more meaningful as a result!

All across the country, thousands upon thousands of college graduates are lining up, bringing their family and friends to witness their big accomplishment, and to celebrate the end of a journey that has seen them persevere through good times and bad times, times of sunshine and times of rain, but through hard work, they have reached their goal.

Congratulations to all of you that have graduated!  For my niece Stephanie, this is her second graduation from college.  She recently completed her Masters of Education in School Counseling.  For her and all of her classmates, in fact, for all of the graduates, I give you my favorite Bible verse for you to reflect upon and to rely upon when things don’t always look rosy.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.”~ Jeremiah 29:11

The older that I get, the more I realize that my dependence isn’t just with what I have studied and learned, both in school and in life; my dependence has grown over the years to the point that I realize that I need to rely on my Lord and Savior for guidance, help, and assistance through life.  What astounds me is that so many of our youth already have the foundation, that realization that life isn’t meant to be handled by yourself, that you need to have God on your side to take care of the things that you are not able to do, and even some of the things that you can do for yourself too.

My prayer to each and every one of you that have graduated and are starting your lives armed with that knowledge is this:  That you would remember all that you learned, and that you would realize, if you don’t know already, that there was so much that you haven’t learned yet, and that God can lead you in that knowledge.

Now, I don’t have any prayer requests and praises from last week for you, but please remember to go to pray for the ones that we have listed previously.  You can access all of our prayer posts by clicking on the link.  Until next week, let’s pray the prayer that Jesus taught us to pray:

Our Father, who art in Heaven
Hallowed be thy name.
Thy Kingdom come, thy Will be done,
On earth as it is in Heaven.

Give us this day our Daily Bread,
And forgive us our Trespasses,
as we forgive those who Trespass against us.

Lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil.
For thine is the Kingdom, and the Power, and the Glory,
Forever and ever. Amen.

Garden Grill Restaurant

30 Days: Garden Grill Restaurant

Garden Grill Restaurant

The Garden Grill Restaurant is our selection for #Day30 in our #DisneyWorldCountdown!

Hello everyone, and welcome to #Day30 in our #DisneyWorldCountdown!  Today we are taking a look at one of my favorite restaurants in all of Disney — the Garden Grill Restaurant, located inside the Land Pavilion at Epcot’s Future World.  This restaurant is situated above the Living with the Land Boat ride, and the restaurant slowly spins  so that you can see all of the outdoor seasons that are depicted in the ride below.  It’s a lot of fun, and my family eats here almost every trip.

I love just about everything that this restaurant represents — great food, a unique twist (no pun intended) with the revolving restaurant, character interactions with Chip and Dale, and Mickey Mouse and Pluto, and wholesome vegetables that are prepared from vegetables that are grown right below the restaurant in the hydroponic greenhouses that are part of the tour (among other places).  All in all, this restaurant is at the top of the list for me.

Garden Grill Restaurant

The Garden Grill Restaurant features Chip & Dale and usually includes Mickey Mouse & Pluto too!

As you can see, Mickey Mouse loves to have his picture taken with Guests!

Garden Grill Restaurant

As you can see, Mickey loves to have his picture taken with Guests!

Both Sophie and Stephanie had their pictures taken this year!

The menu at the Garden Grill is diverse.  Everything is served family style, with a beef dish and accompanying vegetables, a turkey dish with accompanying vegetables, a fish dish with accompanying vegetables, a great salad, wonderful warm bread with an orange honey butter, and a wonderful dessert!  Yummy!  Here is the menu in case you wish to check it out for yourself.

The Garden Grill Restaurant is also on the Disney Dining Plan, and costs just one table service credit per person.  Additionally, they do accept the Tables in Wonderland discount card as well.

What do you think of the restaurant?  Have you ever eaten there before?  Let me know in the comments, and thanks for stopping by!

Soarin'

32 Days: Soarin’ Over California

Soarin'

Soarin’ over California is our choice for #Day32 in our #DisneyWorldCountdown.

With each passing day, we get one day closer to our vacation!  I am so excited I can hardly stand it!  As we start getting into the smaller numbers, you will hopefully see an increase in the number of E-Ticket attractions that we profile in our countdown.  Today we are taking a look at Soarin’ Over California, the ride that takes us on a visit across many of the absolutely incredible features of the state of California!  This attraction is so lifelike that I used to get sick — not physically, but certainly wobbly — as we rode it, and it took me a long time to warm up to it as a result.  However, now, this attraction is one that I look forward to each and every visit to Epcot!

Soarin'

Cindy, Sophie, and Stephanie pose for a picture before we rode Soarin’ on September 30, 2011.

We rode this on September 30, 2011, and Cindy, Sophie and Stephanie posed for a photo in the queue as we were waiting in line.  Who can tell me what September 30, 2011 is memorable for (or perhaps more importantly, the day after September 30, 2011?)

Soarin'

The queue for Soarin’ is like walking to a futuristic airplane!

The queue to get to the attraction is really neat in my opinion.  There are games to play on these big screens, and while they never seem to do much for me, they are a distraction.  Additionally, the colors and wavy screens do really seem like an advanced hangar type loading area.

Unfortunately, I do not have any ride photos to show you because my camera is always under my seat.  However, I did find this video of the ride that I hope you enjoy.

Rumor is afloat that changes are going to be made to Soarin’.  Many people saw special helicopters flying over the Magic Kingdom with cameras attached to them, and it has a lot of us wondering if the ride is going to be redone in the near future.  What do you think?  Is it destined to change, and will it be great when it comes back?  Let me know in the comments, and thanks for stopping by!

Tomorrowland Speedway

34 Days: Tomorrowland Speedway

Tomorrowland Speedway

The cars come racing around the track at the Tomorrowland Speedway! Image courtesy my friend Neal.

The Tomorrowland Speedway is a Magic Kingdom original attraction, although back then, it was known as the Grand Prix Raceway.  This has always been a child favorite because it gives youngsters the idea of what it is like to pretend that they are driving a real car — and as everyone knows, Walt Disney World is all about imagination!  Personally, I don’t think that the Speedway is all that good anymore.  The smell of the gasoline engines, in particular, is something I don’t like, and it is just too slow…but then again, I’m not a kid anymore, and to a kid, being able to drive a car and pretend you are in a race, well, that’s all there is to it.

Tomorrowland Speedway

A view from above the track at the Tomorrowland Speedway!

You can get good vantage points of the track from several spots on the TTA; here you see the starting/loading and unloading area of the track.

Tomorrowland Speedway

Look Mom, no hands — only possible at the Tomorrowland Speedway!

Evidently, even 20 year old girls are kids at heart, and like to show off for the camera, as my niece Stephanie did back in 2010…don’t try this at home, kids!

So what do you think of the Tomorrowland Speedway, folks?  Like it, skip it, or never tried it?  Let me know in the comments below, and thanks for stopping by today!  Stay tuned later today for more Tomorrowland Speedway facts and figures as part of our #DisneyTrivia segment!

Our Mothers

Prayers for the Week – Our Mothers

Our Mothers

My mom sitting with Sophie in Minnie’s House back in 2006.

Hello everyone, and welcome to this week’s Prayers for the Week post.  Today, I would like to join everyone else in wishing my Mom — and all of our Mothers across the world — a very Happy Mother’s Day.  When it comes to the Bible, there are so many verses that honor our Moms for what they mean to you and me, but to me, this passage speaks directly to the heart that my Mom possesses.

26She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue. 27She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. 28Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: 29“Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all.” 30Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. 31Honor her for all that her hands have done, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate. ~ Proverbs 31:26-31

As is often the case, today we take the time to praise our Moms for who they are: loving, caring, kind, and generous.  However, far too often we end up praising them on one day, and, much like Jesus, ignoring them on the next day.  Why do we humans tend to take advantage of those we love so much?  Why do we appreciate them one day, and not the next?  My friends, I truly don’t know why we do this — why I do this sometimes.  The only answer I have is to remember your Mom in prayer each day, to not take anything for granted, and to remember that, as long as life might seem to you, it is gone in an instant, so make the most of each day.  Talk to your Mom, tell her you love her, and do this often.

Now, please take the time to read and pray for our prayer requests and praises.  This ministry is built upon your prayers, and I thank each and every one of you every day for the faith you show in lifting up the prayers of those you don’t even know to our Lord and Savior.  Thank you, and God Bless You.

Prayer Requests and Praises…

  • My friend Lin asks for prayer requests. She is trying to figure out where God would lead her in her career, and doesn’t seem to be getting any direction at the moment. Here is what she wrote:I could use a lot of prayers right now. I’m really, really struggling with what I am doing as a career, and I feel very sure that it is NOT the right thing. The problem is, while I feel that God is making clear that he does not want me where I am, he is not making clear to me where he wants me to go. The very thought of trying to step out into something new is terrifying me because it is completely directionless. I feel I could take a leap of faith if I had a general idea of where that leap was aimed, but I don’t. A leap without even idea of a next step seems like the wrong move. I’m hoping/praying that God speaks to one of you in regards to me, and that someone can shed some light on what my purpose is. Thanks in advance.Please pray for her, and for God to speak to her heart in a way that she can determine where He would lead her. Thanks everyone!
  • Last night I learned that Martin St. Louis’ Mom passed away suddenly from a heart attack at the young age of 63. St. Louis is one of the players for the New York Rangers hockey club, and growing up a Washington Capitals fan, I know how hard it is for the Caps when they play the Rangers.  Despite that, my prayers go out to Martin St. Louis and his family in their grief.  May God’s Peace, Comfort, Strength, and Love descend upon them in their time of trial, and may they know that their loved one is in Heaven right now, rooting on her Rangers as they play today in the playoffs.
  • Today I give praise to all of the mothers out there — from my Mom pictured above, to my wife Cindy, who is Mommy to our daughter Sophie, and now our dog Regan.  To my Grandmas, both of them, now in Heaven, to Cindy’s Mom, who is also in Heaven, I wish I could have met her.  There are billions of Moms out there — chances are pretty good that most of you reading this are Moms, so if you are and you’re reading this, then I give thanks to God for you too.
  • Today I give praise to my sister Robin, another Mom, but I don’t give praise just for her being a Mom — I give praise to God for the woman that He molded her into, a woman of faith, a woman of honor, a woman who loves her family, loves her Lord, and loves all of those that are less fortunate.  A woman that God has led to be an educator after many years — a woman who teaches special needs children, but doesn’t just teach them; she loves them like they are her own kids.  Thank you Robin for all you have grown into.
  • Today I also give praise to my niece Leslie, who is celebrating her first Mother’s Day as her and Matt’s daughter develops in her belly.  I love you Leslie — look to your Mom for guidance, and you won’t go wrong.
  • I also give praise to my wonderful niece Stephanie — Stephanie, who graduated yesterday with her Masters of Education in School Counseling.  Stephanie, we love you, and know that you are going to do great things for the kids that you counsel to in your new school!

My friends, thank you for continuing to pray for our prayer requests and praises.  Your prayers have worked, and helped many people who were struggling and those that continue to struggle.  The comment I get back time and time again is how much Peace those that you pray for feel knowing that you are praying for them.  So I thank you for praying for all of us.  Do you need any prayers lifted up for you?  If you do, please let us know what they are so we can lift you up to the Lord.  He will hear our prayers, and if you are afraid of giving all the details, you don’t need to — we don’t need to know all the facts.  We know that God knows, so we’ll leave it up to Him and He will take care of it.  Now, please pray with me the prayer that Jesus taught us to pray:

Our Father, who art in Heaven
Hallowed be thy name.
Thy Kingdom come, thy Will be done,
On earth as it is in Heaven.

Give us this day our Daily Bread,
And forgive us our Trespasses,
as we forgive those who Trespass against us.

Lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil.
For thine is the Kingdom, and the Power, and the Glory,
Forever and ever. Amen.