My Little Sarah Beth

I came across this picture of Sarah the other day. I think she was about 3 years old at the time. Check out those curls! Isn’t she just darling?!

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Thank God For Kids

I may start to get down now and then, but I sure can’t stay that way for long–with these precious youngins around!

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Thank God For Kids

by: The Oak Ridge Boys

If it weren’t for kids have you ever thought
There wouldn’t be no Santa Claus
Look what the stork just brought
Thank God for Kids

We’d all live in a quiet house
Without Big Bird or a Mickey Mouse
And Kool-aid on the couch
Thank God for Kids

Thank God for kids there’s magic for a while
A special kind of sunshine in a smile
Do you ever stop to think? or wonder why?
The nearest thing to Heaven is a child

Daddy how does this thing fly?
A hundred other where’s and why’s
You really don’t know but we try
Thank God for Kids

When you look down in those trustin eyes
That look to you, you realize
Its love that you can’t buy
Thank God for Kids

Thank God for there’s magic for a while
A special kind of sunshine in a smile
Do you ever stop to think? or wonder why?
The nearest thing to Heaven is a child

When you get down on your knees tonight
To thank the Lord for his guiding light
And pray they turn out right
Thank God for Kids

Thank God for Kids

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And he took a child, and set him in the midst of them: and when he had taken him in his arms, he said unto them, Whosoever shall receive one of such children in my name, receiveth me: and whosoever shall receive me, receiveth not me, but him that sent me. –Mark 9:3637

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…Jesus said, “Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 19:14

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**Note: You may listen to the song here.

A Tribute…

Well, to tell you the truth, I’ve been avoiding this post–BIG TIME! …Not because I don’t want to make this tribute, but because I don’t want to face the pain. However, I sense that making this post will help me move on, and that I am supposed to share…

Monday, July 16th, 2007, my dad and I were traveling back home from out of state. We had just been to see Aunt Teresa in the hospital. Dad was driving, when I pulled out my Bible and Our Daily Bread devotional. I felt led to read the given passage aloud. The scripture reading came from Psalm 103:

1 Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name. 2 Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: 3 Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; 4 Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies; 5 Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

6 The LORD executeth righteousness and judgment for all that are oppressed. 7 He made known his ways unto Moses, his acts unto the children of Israel. 8 The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy. 9 He will not always chide: neither will he keep his anger for ever. 10 He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities. 11 For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him. 12 As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us. 13 Like as a father pitieth his children, so the LORD pitieth them that fear him. 14 For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust. 15 As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth. 16 For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; and the place thereof shall know it no more. 17 But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children’s children; 18 To such as keep his covenant, and to those that remember his commandments to do them.

19 The LORD hath prepared his throne in the heavens; and his kingdom ruleth over all. 20 Bless the LORD, ye his angels, that excel in strength, that do his commandments, hearkening unto the voice of his word. 21 Bless ye the LORD, all ye his hosts; ye ministers of his, that do his pleasure. 22 Bless the LORD, all his works in all places of his dominion: bless the LORD, O my soul.

While I was reading, Dad and I both began to weep. We both felt in our hearts that was the last time we would see Teresa on this side of glory, and indeed it was…

You know, I didn’t get to see Aunt Teresa very often in more recent years, yet she still had such an impact on my life. I knew of the many, many encouraging email messages my aunt sent to my mom over a period of years, before she got sick. In fact, Mom often shared the messages with me… Mom also imparted to me the fact that so often, when she would feel a little down, she would get a sweet, uplifting note from Teresa. My aunt did not let the miles of distance keep her from encouraging my family…

Even after Teresa’s first surgery in January of this year, she continued to email my mom and I from time to time… Over the course of several months of great sickness and trial, she would still make the effort to stay in contact. Teresa would send such precious messages–asking about each member of the family…

The last time I saw her, she was very sick, weak, and had been in a lot of pain. However, Aunt Teresa still had some special, encouraging words just for me. Best of all, she still shared that sweet smile of hers…

I love you, Aunt Teresa. I thank you for the impact you had on my life and the life of so, so many others. I know I will see you again one day… Until then, I will continue to seek, serve, follow, and emulate our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ–The One in whom you patterned your life…

Long Black Train

 

Long Black Train

(Artist–Josh Turner)

There’s a long black train
Coming down the line
Feeding off the souls that are lost and crying
Rails of sin, only evil remains
Watch out brother for that Long Black Train

Look to the heavens
You can look to the skies
You can find redemption
Staring back into your eyes
There is protection and there is
Peace the same–burn in your ticket for that
Long Black Train

‘Cause there’s victory in the Lord I say
Victory in the Lord
Cling to the Father and His holy name
And don’t go ridin’ on that Long Black Train

There’s an engineer on that Long Black Train
Makin’ you wonder if your ride is worth the pain
He’s just a waitin’ on your heart to say
Let me ride on that long black train

But you know there’s victory in the Lord I say
Victory in the Lord
Cling to the Father and His holy name
And don’t go ridin’ on that Long Black Train

Well I can hear the whistle from a mile away
It sounds so good
But I must stay away
That train is a beauty making everybody stare
But its only destination is the middle of nowhere

But you know there’s victory in the Lord I say
Victory in the Lord
Cling to the Father and His holy name
And don’t go ridin’ on that Long Black Train

I said cling to the Father and His holy name
And don’t go ridin’ on that long black train

Yes watch out brother for that long black train…

The devil’s a drivin’ that long black train.

–Album Lyrics: Long Black Train [2003]

–Photo courtesy of Flickr

**Note: You can listen to this song here.

 

Prayer Request

Aunt Teresa is with our Lord in Heaven today. Her pain is gone, but that of the family endures… Please remember the family in your prayers.

My Sweet Little Kerry

A little while back, the kids were outside playing. I was busy with housework, when the doorbell started ringing over and over. I knew it was Kerry, and I started to get a little irritated. However, when I opened the door, I had such a precious view…

There was my little Kerry–looking up at me and smiling from ear to ear. He was holding out two small yellow flowers for me. He said, “These are for you–that’s why I was ringing the doorbell. I love you, Mommy!”

A-h-h-h!!

Praise Report!

A couple of days ago, I emailed a few friends and family about my little Kerry being sick. Praise the Lord, he seems much better today! I am still waiting on some test results–it can take as long as next Tues. to Thurs. However, hopefully, it won’t matter, because he will be “over it” by then!