From His Word

Joshua 24:15
"If it is disagreeable in your sight to serve the LORD, choose for yourselves today whom you will serve: whether the gods which your fathers served which were beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living; but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD."

Prayer and Praise

  • God's Perfect Provision
  • Allow us to teach our children His ways
  • His pefect plan for children (brothers & sisters?)

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by Rachel

August 31st, 2014

Hooray for downstairs interior walls done! Thanks to our neighbor Thomas for the help!

This shot is in the corner of the great room/dining room looking up at Marand's man Cave on top of the steel beam, and the family room (look-over) over the wooden beam.

Ready for electricians and plumbers to come on Tuesday! 

God's Word will not return void, but it will accomplish that which He pleases!

Thanks for praying for us - life it a bit 'packed up' right now.....

Oswald Chambers

by Rachel

August 29th, 2014

The Unsurpassed Intimacy of Tested Faith

Every time you venture out in your life of faith, you will find something in your circumstances that, from a commonsense standpoint, will flatly contradict your faith. But common sense is not faith, and faith is not common sense. In fact, they are as different as the natural life and the spiritual. Can you trust Jesus Christ where your common sense cannot trust Him? Can you venture out with courage on the words of Jesus Christ, while the realities of your commonsense life continue to shout, “It’s all a lie”? When you are on the mountaintop, it’s easy to say, “Oh yes, I believe God can do it,” but you have to come down from the mountain to the demon-possessed valley and face the realities that scoff at your Mount-of-Transfiguration belief (see Luke 9:28-42). Every time my theology becomes clear to my own mind, I encounter something that contradicts it. As soon as I say, “I believe ’God shall supply all [my] need,’ ” the testing of my faith begins (Philippians 4:19). When my strength runs dry and my vision is blinded, will I endure this trial of my faith victoriously or will I turn back in defeat?

Faith must be tested, because it can only become your intimate possession through conflict. What is challenging your faith right now? The test will either prove your faith right, or it will kill it. Jesus said, “Blessed is he who is not offended because of Me” Matthew 11:6). The ultimate thing is confidence in Jesus. “We have become partakers of Christ if we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast to the end . . .” (Hebrews 3:14). Believe steadfastly on Him and everything that challenges you will strengthen your faith. There is continual testing in the life of faith up to the point of our physical death, which is the last great test. Faith is absolute trust in God— trust that could never imagine that He would forsake us (see Hebrews 13:5-6).


Sadie Dog

by Rachel

August 28th, 2014

Isaac is really getting a kick out of Sadie dog, who we get to pet-sit for a few days:

 I think Sadie is getting a kick out of him too :)

Verses on the Brain

The Free Offer of Mercy

55 “Ho! Every one who thirsts, come to the waters;
And you who have no money come, buy and eat.
Come, buy wine and milk
Without money and without cost.
“Why do you spend money for what is not bread,
And your wages for what does not satisfy?
Listen carefully to Me, and eat what is good,
And delight yourself in abundance.
“Incline your ear and come to Me.
Listen, that you may live;
And I will make an everlasting covenant with you,
According to the faithful mercies shown to David.
“Behold, I have made him a witness to the peoples,
A leader and commander for the peoples.
“Behold, you will call a nation you do not know,
And a nation which knows you not will run to you,
Because of the Lord your God, even the Holy One of Israel;
For He has glorified you.”

Seek the Lord while He may be found;
Call upon Him while He is near.
Let the wicked forsake his way
And the unrighteous man his thoughts;
And let him return to the Lord,
And He will have compassion on him,
And to our God,
For He will abundantly pardon.
“For My thoughts are not your thoughts,
Nor are your ways My ways,” declares the Lord.
“For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
So are My ways higher than your ways
And My thoughts than your thoughts.
10 “For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven,
And do not return there without watering the earth
And making it bear and sprout,
And furnishing seed to the sower and bread to the eater;
11 So will My word be which goes forth from My mouth;
It will not return to Me empty,
Without accomplishing what I desire,
And without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it.
12 “For you will go out with joy
And be led forth with peace;
The mountains and the hills will break forth into shouts of joy before you,
And all the trees of the field will clap their hands.
13 “Instead of the thorn bush the cypress will come up,
And instead of the nettle the myrtle will come up,
And it will be a memorial to the Lord,
For an everlasting sign which will not be cut off.”

Just thought I'd show you a cool rock I found at the side, and the other.....

cool huh? May your day be filled with Focused Worship of our Great God!


Home Sweet Home

by Rachel

August 25th, 2014

What a great trip we had to VA. Super-dooper thanks to Papa Don and Grandma Shirley for sharing their motor home with the boys and I.

We did a small cave tour.....

that the boys even got to lead us through!

lots of I-pad time.....and snacks...

We even got to do a motor-home/Jeep wash because Pa found some wet yellow road paint somewhere along the way! Thankfully it was only on the one side, and it came off fairly well. Please note that we even had the BRIDE out there....washing a jeep with her wedding nails done and everything! Becky isn't in this photo....maybe she was in eating bon-bons??!! Who knows....


and it's pretty hard to get a good photo of these two goof-balls these days....but I tried....

John David and Ariel's wedding was just lovely - We were blessed by being there.

Thanks for praying for us - praise God for safety, for wonderful time with family, for stand-by tickets home, and for all Marand's house build progress while we were gone....He gets the super trooper award! 

It was a bit dark when we left there tonight...but the roof is all on and 'dried in' and we got two windows done tonight! Hooray!

The 'stand by' airline tickets were pretty the grace of God we got on the first flight we tried for, so no excess waiting in the airport - praise God! And I got to find out how brave, trusting and cooperative my 6 year old and 3 year old were! Jacob sat in seat 27b, I sat in seat 11b, and Isaac sat in seat 4a! We were a bit separated on the plane (only for the times the pilot had the fasten seatbelt sign on - I had Isaac move to sit on my lap for the middle of the flight), but we did just great. I got comment after comment on how good my boys were. Coming off of waking to leave for the airport at 3:30 in the morning, their behavior was nothing short of a miracle of my Almighty God. I'm grateful!





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