Children

257E8357-BD36-4987-AD40-E33C92EA96EB“Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth. Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them! He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate.”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭127:3-5‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Children

As my mother and her mother always reminded us, children are a blessing. With the average cost in the USA for raising a child to age 18 of about $300,000.00, it is definitely a financial sacrifice; but, there is no greater investment of money. My children have brought much joy into my life and have taught me far more than I ever imagined. Life is a struggle and one of my goals is to help my children become all they are meant to be. They have far surpassed my intellect and accomplishments educationally; and while that is so amazing, my hope is that we all stay focused on the real prize—our eternal life with God.

 

Home

140DDCAA-3560-4683-9AF2-E9CF28D57424“By wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established; by knowledge the rooms are filled with all precious and pleasant riches.”
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭24:3-4‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Home

Growing up monetarily poor seemed a severe disadvantage to me. I remember not making the basketball team because my athletic shoes were the 2 dollar ones with slick soles that slid like ice skates on the polished gymnasium floors, instead of the 20 dollar Converse ones that could turn on a dime. It is hard to compete when you are slipping on the floor while trying to play. Likewise, our home was an old farm house that my father had renovated. It literally had honey bees living in the walls and snow blowing around the window frames accumulating beside our beds. There were 8 of us living in 3 bedrooms, with one recently acquired indoor toilet. Our heat was wood initially, but replaced by fuel oil heaters that sat in the kitchen and living room downstairs. While our material wealth was below today’s poverty level, we always had plenty of good food raised and prepared by our parents. Most importantly, we knew that our parents always had our best interests in mind and they sacrificed what little they had to help us be all that we could be. From these meager beginnings, I received the most rich blessings and I believe that background has taught me to persevere through all circumstances. The life lesson that I have passed on to my children is always do what is right, always do your best, and trust in God.

Sacrifice

DE80CA3B-1070-48F8-AF49-9B5B76039381“Then I looked, and I heard around the throne and the living creatures and the elders the voice of many angels, numbering myriads of myriads and thousands of thousands, saying with a loud voice, “Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing!””
‭‭Revelation‬ ‭5:11-12‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Sacrifice

In a world full of materialism and self-centeredness, it is miraculous that many people do actually sacrifice for others. Often these extreme acts of love and kindness are overlooked. As a parent, I now know how parents often sacrifice so much for their children; but, it happens with perfect strangers as well. The ultimate sacrifice is giving one’s life to save others and while that occasionally happens in our modern day world, nothing compares to what Christ did for everyone on The Cross. He died to cover our sins and make us righteous to God. My mind cannot comprehend such love, but my heart can feel the joy of salvation.

 

Memorial Day

014AD39E-447A-43D0-B73F-D1F53FC0A89D“”For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”
‭‭John‬ ‭3:16‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Memorial Day is a United States holiday celebrating all of those people who died while serving in our armed forces. These heroes have died to preserve our freedom as American citizens. They have given the ultimate sacrifice to save us from hostile enemy forces. But the Ultimate Sacrifice was God sacrificing His only Son to protect us from evil. For that, we should celebrate MEMORIAL DAY every day.

Friend

0FBF347D-BC45-4EA8-BCC8-8C0B14290348“A friend loves at all times, and is born, as is a brother, for adversity.”
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭17:17‬ ‭AMPC‬‬

Friend

A friend is another person with whom there is a bond of mutual affection and trust. In the perfect form, being a friend is a daunting task—it requires such love and respect and sacrifice. Perhaps that is why I really dislike the term, “just friends”, which often means “not friends”; and, I believe a true friend is a precious treasure.
One of the best descriptions of a true friend is that person who walks in when everyone else walks out—they will always be there for you.

Good Friday

A7CF667C-0AF1-4FCB-9071-915AC5DC197AFor God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
‭‭John‬ ‭3:16‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Good Friday
My son (and daughters) means the world to me; so, I cannot imagine sacrificing him for others’ bad behavior. But God loves us so much that He was willing to give His flawless Son to save us from our sins. It is Amazing Grace beyond my comprehension, but the reason we celebrate Good Friday.

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