Celebrating Jesus today...the Light of the World
Merry Christmas...now let your light shine to bring Him glory
As they have gotten older their responses have grown with them:
Perhaps out of all these ideas, the greatest thing we can do in response to God's greatest gift is to receive it ourselves. God gave us the gift of Jesus, to save us from our sins so we could live forever with Him. It isn't enough that He gave the gift...we have to receive it, to take it, open it, and claim it for ourselves. If it stays unopened under the tree, our destiny will not be with the One who created us and loves us.
In John 3:16 it says, "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life."
This Christmas it is our prayer for you that you will open the gift of Jesus and receive the gift of eternal life that God has for you!
Portland 2 Nov 20-22, 2009
Commitments to Christ 4
Asked to be filled with the Holy Spirit 79
Recommitted family to Christ 69
I came by myself for the first two days. My husband had left home earlier in the week. Because of what I learned the first two days, when my husband showed up at home Sat night, I was able to just love him through my hurt and he joined me for the Sunday sessions.
Student, married 2 years
We really considered divorce before this conference. Now my husband found God and we’re re-kindling our relationship.
Teacher, married 11 years.
It is always great to spend quality time together. We have a healthy, loving and vibrant marriage—it is exciting this is even more loving and holy afterwards!
Wife, married 6 years
I got way more out of this conference than I thought, learning to work with—not against my husband. After 33 years my parents separated and I hadn’t realized how much their fighting and bitterness affected my marriage. My husband is not my enemy, he is my best friend and a gift from God. Amen!
Office manager, married 5 years
Knowing God’s design and purpose for the gift of marriage before saying, “I do” gives so much peace and confidence to the adventure.
Office Manager, Engaged
My husband’s letter to me and opening lines of communications [was the highlight]. Also, Brian’s prayer with us after my husband shared about us putting our 13-year separation to an end. A truly spiritual event and an answer to many prayers. We could not afford to attend, but won free tickets from KPDQ. What a blessing this has been. We’re looking forward to being a testimony to our children, grandchildren, and many others as to God’s faithfulness.
Wife, married 45 years
I thought being a Christ-centered couple that we had it all and our marriage is doing really perfectly…but I learned more about being a better wife and gift to my husband and treat him otherwise.
Wife, married 5 years
The speakers were funny and shared touching stories from personal experience. We went to a marriage conference with another organization last year and this was 100% better because of the speaker’s delivery, content and transparency. I really enjoyed [the separate men’s and women’s session]. I appreciated the great selection of quality books. I like how every session started and ended on time! [The effect the conference was that] it reminded us to continually reconnect with the Holy Spirit’s power to help us to have a Godly marriage and to become Godly parents when we have twins later this year J.
Teacher, married 5 years
[The highlight of the conference was] a talk between my husband and I at the break—where after 26 years of marriage—he finally put me first place in his life and closed the door to all “the others” and “things” that have held his heart. This is an absolute miracle! An answer to the years of my desperate cries to our Father God!
Wife, married 26 years
.The engaged talk with Dave and Peggy [was the highlight] when we separated into boys and girls groups. The sexual intimacy talk was significant. Our relationship has deepened even more and we have prepared ourselves even more for our future marriage and how we should treat each other. Through the conference my fiancee and I redefined our purity.
You can pray for:
Here are the top ten comments chosen from the first Seattle Weekend to Remember Conference. Out of 354 people in attendance, 46 prayed to receive Christ! To God be the glory!
1st two quotes from a husband/wife couple…
Him: “Opened my eyes. Showed me that I need to change my life and the way I think about things.”
Her: “We were over. We had destroyed each other beyond repair we thought. Through some friends here we are and we are committed to have a great marriage and family.”
“Huge swings in emotion. Could feel the spiritual struggle. We packed our bags twice to leave. But we committed to stay and we grew closer. Many tears and yet we communicated and grew. Thank you for setting us on our way. We want to come back and feel our marriage is great.” Wife
That God is in control of my husband (not me ;) ) and me. I need to remember that and let Him do his work/plan.
We learned how to talk to each other with so much more respect for each other! We rearely spoke to each other w/depth and understanding, until this weekend.
We both realized what we are missing and what we need. This was an excellent step in our marriage. Thank you.
A loving gentle reminder to live out a great marriage not just a good one.
We are blessed to have been a part of this conference. We are separated right now and have been on the verge of divorce for the past year. We feel a sense of hope and renewed strength.
We now have practical tools to success and grow in our marriage instead of just living together.
Refreshing. We have attended many marriage events over the 28 year period of our married life. This one was way up top of the list. We realized just how in love we are. Thank you.
That gives me a better idea of what it means to wait upon the Lord...rather than thinking of being deprived it gives a picture of eager expectation.
"Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord." Psalm 27:14
A surprise shower celebrating our first home in Wenatchee
A summer ski trip at Mt. Bachelor
Preparing our hearts to Welcome Jesus~It's almost Christmastime!
Welcome Baby Isaiah!
Tom and Isaiah at Alex & Riann's wedding
Family Camp at Tall Timber
Welcome Baby Benjamin
All loaded up for our move to Little Rock as we joined staff with FamilyLife
2400 miles later we arrived at our new home...and had our very first meal...a pizza dinner on the floor in our kitchen...all our stuff was still packed away in the truck!
Caleb joins the Clifton Family
Fall of 2003
What we are really like...
2004 Brought Joys and Trials
Courtney and Isaiah both got baptized on Easter Sunday
We welcomed Whitney Grace into our family on October 31st...if only we knew the challenges that God had in store for us...
Courtney finally got to hold the sister that she had prayed for...
Just a few hours after Whitney was born she was in the NICU at Baptist Hospital with respiratory failure. This is her picture before being transfered to Children's Hospital.
Whitney Grace at Children's Hospital. She spent 5 weeks here and it was almost 3 weeks before we could hold her. She had PPHN (Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension of a Newborn).
Finally...I get to hold my baby!
5 weeks old and Whitney finally got to come home...with an oxygen tank!
The Clifton Kids at Christmas, December 2004
Fall of 2005
Tom's parents stayed with our children during the conference. 2007 was another CSU year. We drove to Rocky Mountain National Park and took a hike in the beauty of God's creation.
MaryElise decided to "surprise us all" by arriving 3 1/2 weeks early...while Tom was in Alaska! God provided two special people (Teena and Renee) to help me through labor and delivery. It was an incredible blessing. God is so good!
Tom got home as quickly as possible. He got to meet MaryElise in the NICU. She was doing great but had to spend a few days there before coming home.MaryElise was only 5 pounds when she was born and very tiny. Here she is next to Whitney's 15 inch doll!