Saturday, October 17, 2015

Where Did Summer Go

Anyone who knows me very well knows that I'm not a big fan of Arkansas summer's, but this one really flew by fast. I don't really remember having the time to complain about the hot humid weather too very often this summer. For one thing, I had Aiden and Chloe during the day this summer. That should be "nuf said" in itself. ;-)


Saturday, May 2, 2015

An Anchor of the Soul

I was reading some study material thing morning, and I felt led to post this. I'm so thankful that I have God to hope in. There have been times in my life when I didn't hold onto him, and I remember the despair and emptiness that I felt. The crazy thing is, God was there during those times too, I was just being like a stubborn rebellious child who refuses to take his parents hand, thinking they can do things by themselves even though they aren't ready.

Although we experience pain, difficulties and confusion, we have an Anchor of hope that keeps us from drifting into despair. Hebrews 6:19 calls this anchor "both sure and steadfast," which means our hope is certain and provides stability even in severe adversity. The verses before 19 show the reason for this confidence: God's unchanging nature and unfailing commitment to fulfill His promises.


So He encourages us to lay hold of the promises in His Word, which requires patience, perseverance, and a focus on Him. In other words, keep your eyes on the prize.

Unless anchors are dropped into the sea, they're useless. In the same way, we must take hold of the hope God offers and use it as our source of stability.

When we focus on our troubles, we're tossed about without a firm foundation. But when we concentrate on God's character and promises, we'll remember He always works situations out for our good -- even when we don't understand or see how. So whether we're facing an uncertain outcome or a situation we cannot change, knowing God is faithful lets us stand firm.

Our trials will be over when we stand before the Lord in heaven, but until then, take hold of our anchor of hope and stay focused on the One who always holds His children steady.




Monday, March 16, 2015

Sixteen Years?

Seriously, where does the time go? Sixteen years ago Randy and I became grandparents for the first time.



Looking through all my photo's today has made me a little melancholy. I remember the times when everywhere Brittney went, she had her "baby" with her. She even made sure her baby was in a proper carseat! And her babies were always clean, because they usually took a bath with her too. 
Such a good little mommy!


Pretty as a picture! Oh wait, this is a picture ;-) She has gone through many phases and had many interests. We have made countless trips to the library to get books on dinosaurs, tadpoles, insects, and so many other things. Her mind is full of all kinds of information that she has filled it with. 



She has been very long-suffering too. Many times she has had to pose wearing various things that I have knit for her! She always did it with a smile on her face. If I haven't said it before, thank you Brittney.



Brittney and her pal Ritzy. She has loved this horse since she was a yearling. The horse was a yearling, not Brittney ;-) She and the horse have grown up beautifully together.


Our little ray of sunshine. 


We have been so privileged to watch her grow up, and be a part of her life so far. She is beautiful inside and out. In the past year we have also watched her grow in the Lord. Last year she received the gift of the Holy Ghost, and it has been a blessing watching her faith grow. 


We are so proud of you Brittney, and can't wait to see what the Lord has in store for the rest your life. Already He has used you to bless your family. We love you, and hope you have a wonderful birthday and coming year. 



Saturday, February 28, 2015

Winter?

What a strange winter we have had this year Most of January and part of February felt more like spring. Now that spring is almost here, we are being blasted with winter. This is what it looks like outside my door this morning.

We have been busily planning for our garden's this spring, and are longing for the time we can sink our seedlings (and our hands) into the dirt.
I have cauliflower, onions, Chinese Pepper, broccoli, tomatoes, and a few other veggies and flowers growing into little seedlings right now. 



Randy has two huge garden areas plowed up, and covered with mulch and compost. We are ready. Stephanie and her family are ready too. Bless her heart, I think she has seedlings all over her house. Next year, Lord willing of course, I'm dreaming of a green house or something. :-)