Kerry’s Latest Sayings

–Little Kerry is in “hot pursuit” of a fly with his fly swatter in hand. Then, he stops and suddenly says, “Come here fly, you wanna piece of me?!”

–At dinner one night, Kerry says, “I love your hamburgers, Mommy…even the black part!”

–Another night before dinner, Daddy asks, “Kerry, have you washed your hands?” Kerry replies, “Yeah, but don’t feel them” (as he promptly puts his hands behind his back).

–One morning, Kerry is sitting with me and asks, “Can Daddy still spank little children with his broken arm?” “Kerry, your Daddy’s arm is not broken,” I say, (feeling overwhelmed by his concern for his father–ha, ha!). “And don’t you remember the spanking he just gave you yesterday?” I ask. “Oh…yeah…,” Kerry says as he starts to recall, “that’s right…”

–One evening, Scott goes into our bedroom and suddenly yells out, “KERRY, have you been playing in this bedroom?” I then hear Kerry mumble, “Uh-oh!” Daddy comes out into the kitchen and asks him again, but gets no reply. “You better answer me,” demands Scott. Kerry says, “I-I-I’m thinking…I-I-I don’t remember…”

A Special Homeschool Morning

Sarah read “Wanted, Best Friend” to Kerry and I this morning. It was a cute and meaningful story about how to appreciate a good friend, while being a good friend. Afterward, Sarah took Kerry’s hand and mine and said how much she loved her family. Then Kerry told Sarah, “You’re my best friend!” I love moments like those–it was soooooo sweet!! While we were already holding hands, we went right into our morning prayer…

Well, of course, you must know all mornings aren’t quite like this, but I sure am savoring and cherishing this one!!

“God’s Light Clears Our Vision…”

Yesterday, my sister-in-law, Lisa and I had a “scare.” Our kids were through with their lessons for the day, and we were sitting talking. While the kids were playing in Sarah’s room, I suddenly noticed my loyal dog, Gracie, barking outside. I immediately ran to the back door because I knew Gracie hardly ever barks unless she senses potential danger–usually in the form of a snake!! When I peered through the glass of the back door, I saw Gracie standing on the ground in front of the deck, looking underneath, and barking. Then I heard the rustling of the leaves under the deck, that resulted in the first shiver up my spine! Lisa came out, and immediately spotted the culprit–and yes, it was a snake!! I was so full of sheer terror and fear, that now when I look back on the event, I know that I was not thinking clearly. All the things I had learned about snakes from field trips, Animal Planet, etc. “went right out the window!”

I was so concerned that it was a poisonous snake, it was if I couldn’t see the animal for what it really was! I saw a snake trying to lunge at us and bite us, when it was really just trying to get away. I even tried to remember to look for characteristics of a poisonous snake, such as a triangular head and slit pupils. However, through “the eyes of fear,” its head suddenly looked more triangular and it’s pupils weren’t “exactly” round! Even though later, I was a little embarrassed to discover that what I thought to be a moccasin or a copperhead was just a brown garter snake!

You see, often, fear distorts the truth, if we’re not careful. Fear can make an obstacle seem larger, a mountain higher; a situation impossible. But the Bible says, “…With God all things are possible.”–Matthew 19:26. When we are gripped by fear, we’re “groping in the darkness,” unable to see the situation clearly. However, when we turn to Jesus, the “all-knowing one,” He sheds His light of truth on things and dispels the fear…

Even when we really are in potential danger, or in a situation that is impossible to men, again, look to God. Mark 9:23 says, “All things are possible to him who believes.” Similarly, Philippians 4:13 says, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Of course, we are not able to deal with certain things on our own, and Jesus is waiting for us to come to Him. The obstacles that seem so beyond us are nothing for God!

But you know, also God did not give us the spirit of fear. II Timothy 1:7 says, “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, of love, and of a sound mind.” When you give into fear instead of turning to God, think about “whose side” you are choosing. If God doesn’t give us that “spirit of fear,” who does? Who nurtures the fear, builds it up, and whispers more distortions and lies in our ears? Who plays on our fears and tries to discourage, immobilize, and entrap us to keep us from carrying out God’s will? The more important question for us all, is who will you listen to today?

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Remember, there is nothing you cannot handle with the Lord by your side. Let Him guide you into all truth, clear your vision, and dispel your fears…

Elijah is home!

I just found out that Eli has already been discharged from the hospital and has gone home. Please pray for his parents as they will have to continue to remove a little of the gauze each day until the wound heals (this process can be very painful and their son is very strong and can be very resistant to things he does not like!).

However, I’m sure the family is glad to be home and looking forward to getting much better rest than they did in the hospital!

GOOD REPORT!

Aunt Teresa received a good report from the “tumor markers” results. There had been a DRAMATIC drop in the levels, which was unexpected to the doctors, and they said the results were EXCELLENT!! THANK YOU LORD!!

Of course, she’s not healed “yet,” but this was very encouraging news. Please continue to keep Teresa in your prayers, as she still may have “many miles left to go” with these treatments. Please pray that she will continue to get such great reports!!

“He Lifts Us Up…”

This morning, I was thinking of taking my kids to skating with our home school group this afternoon. I was trying to decide if Kerry was too young to go or if he would even be interested.

“Do you want to try skating?,” I ask.

“Yes, Mommy,” says little Kerry, “but if I fall, will you pick me up, so I can try again?”

My little Kerry asked this question so sweetly and earnestly, he almost brought tears to my eyes! His question really struck me, and I found myself pondering it later…

If we allow Him, doesn’t Jesus “pick us up when we fall, so that we can get up and try again?” Psalm 30:1; 3 says, “I will extol thee, O Lord; for thou hast lifted me up…O Lord, thou hast brought up my soul from the grave: thou hast kept me alive, that I should not go down to the pit.” Furthermore, Psalm 37:24 says, “Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the Lord upholdeth him with his hand.” Finally, Psalm 40:2 says, “He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock…”

So, if you feel downtrodden or if you feel like you have failed in some way, go to Jesus. He will forgive you, lift you up, and give you the strength and courage to try again. The Bible says in Psalm 103:12 that “as far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.” Not only does He forgive our mistakes, He removes them! Best of all, when we fall, He not only picks us up, but He helps us to keep going!

“Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”–Isaiah 40:30-31.

GLORY BE TO GOD!!

Praise Report

Scott can already straighten out his right hand (the one he just had surgery on) more than his left hand. He can now hold it almost straight, and the pain in his right hand has greatly decreased. Please continue to pray for his hands and other joints. He still can not close his right hand in a fist or grip anything, but the doctor said it could take up to six weeks for a full recovery (it’s only been about a week and a half).