Friday, August 11, 2017

A Small thing :)

We woke up one morning to find that a wasp nest had formed in one of our flowering crab trees overnight...that was fast and unexpected. How often do we go through life and let little things creep into our lives, thinking that we can handle it or that it really does not matter. A sharp tone of voice, skipping devotions just once, letting others cover your work now and then, stretching the truth ever so know yourself what it is that you let creep into your life! A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump. Galatians 5:9 Don't let Satan decieve you and make you buy into the lie, " oh, that sin is really not that bad"!! Why did Jesus have to die?? It was because of SIN!! If we don't take care of this little wasp nest it will grow bigger, no doubt about it!! Another interesting thing that I learn from this, is that the wasp nest will hurt others if I don't get rid of it. When we let sin grow in our lives, it not only hurts us, but it hurts others as well. Don't think that you can waste time, yell at others, think bad thoughts, boast and dominate conversation ect. and others won't be affected. Today if you are one of those who is compromising and letting sin in your life, cry out to God to forgive you and to start out anew. "If we confess our sins he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. I John 1:9 Praise Jesus we find forgiveness at the foot of the cross. 
Wow, I don't think that I will ever look at a wasp nest quite the same anymore! I hope that this encourages you as much as it encouraged me! 

Signing off: Elizabeth

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Sister Love and Summer Fun.

Summer is always a wonderful time of year. A time to work hard, play hard, sleep hard, and all the while making memories with family and touching other peoples lives for Christ!

July is a busy birthday month for us...I remember ten years ago when I was turning 13...Mommy was having quite a few false labor alarms, making her pretty tired. The night of my birthday we celebrated and then my sister and I slept downstairs. I woke up the next morning to my daddy gently shaking me and telling me that Mommy was going to have her baby now, and we needed to get up to go to Grandma's house!! I asked Dad "Is this for real now?" and he said "Yes!!" Several hours later Esther was born.
Esther is still my favorite birthday gift!!
 This year on Esther's birthday, I had to have my wisdom teeth taken out...So she came with Mommy, JoAnna and I to Grand Forks.
We didn't celebrate until the weekend so all the family could be with us (minus Ben, Emily, Cedric and Reuben.)
 To help celebrate Esther's birthday we had ice cream cones when we came back from GF.
Isaiah 41:10 - Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.

 On the weekend we headed to Zipple Bay. So thankful that God decided to make water!!
 Playing of Esther's new gifts.
 Some people got chilly from the wind...covering up with sand sure fixed the problem :):)
 Early on in July our family was able to help prepare and serve the food at Back Home Days. Back Home Days is a reunion of all those who attended Williams School, which is no longer in use. Here is the first batch of potatoes that we are waiting on to boil so that we can mash them for mashed potatoes.
Here is just two of the five buckets of potatoes that we had to cook.

 All the seasonings to make the potatoes taste good.
 Marie helping wash out the potato buckets.
 JoAnna helping dry the buckets. We also helped make the meatballs, and helped serve the mashed potatoes, meatballs and gravy, coleslaw, jello salad, buttered buns, and pickles...a big shout out to all those who helped serve with us! And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily as to the Lord and not unto men. Colossians 3:23
 Matthew cutting down unwanted brush trees.
 Mom and Matthew discussing which trees to keep and which trees should go. Mom had been enjoying clearing out a clearing in the woods...soon we will be able to camp out in our own camp ground in the woods!
 Summer would not be complete without a couple picnic meals!

 How do you spend your summer days? We could not hope to tell all the things that happen in our summer. What really matters is, if we are drawing closer to Jesus and sharing the love of Christ with others. Our lives are compared to the life of a flower. What a short life span a flower has, and yet our lives in comparison to eternity is also very short! What will you do with your life?  Turning twenty three this year caused me to do a lot of thinking. Am I doing what I want to do? More importantly, am I doing what Christ wants me to do?

Psalm 103:15-17

As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth.
For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; and the place thereof shall know it no more.
But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children's children;

Monday, July 24, 2017

Happy Birthday Daddy!!

Father's Day wasn't very long ago...but I wanted to take a moment to recognize the birthday of a pretty special guy!!  (even if it is a couple of days late!!)

29 Seest thou a man diligent in his business? he shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before mean men.

The day before Dad's  birthday we went to town and had a special meal at the park. Matt was on call for the EMT's and we wanted him to be able to help us celebrate. After the meal we played a rousing game of Bocce Ball!

Such a warm and beautiful day at the Point.

And the winning team was...Mom, Dad, Marie, and Rachel.

On Dad's birthday we opened a few gifts before we had some people over for cheese cake. JoAnna has gotten quite famous for wrapping her gifts in many layers of paper and lots of tape!! This particular gift took about 1 and 1/2 hours to wrap, due to the fact the she used newspapers as wrapping paper! If you have an extra minute please share a scripture to bless my Dad!!

Friday, July 7, 2017

Birthday Blessings to a Twenty One year old!

Rachel, Happy 21st Birthday!! You are such a blessing in our lives. Just like that smile, your whole countenance radiates Jesus!! Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above and , and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness nor shadow of turning. James 1:17 You are definitely a good gift from God the Father.
We definitely appreciate your thoroughness, love for God's Word, and it's so nice that you handle practical jokes, because you are just such an easy person to tease :) Fear thou not, for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness. Isaiah 41:10

There are so many good memories of is just one of them. When she was just one year old , we moved from Canada to Minnesota. Rachel was a little shy of a lot of her "new" relatives...all except her Great Grandpa Everett. She would let Grandpa hold her and play with her,  she was all smiles with him. I think God let Rachel enjoy her time with Grandpa,  because just a year later Grandpa passed away quite unexpectedly!

So a question for our readers, what do you appreciate about Rachel!! Let us know below!

Something that you might not know about Rachel is that she chose to become a child of God at our Vacation Bible School. Our Grandma K explained the way of salvation to her.

Some memories of Rachel, that are especially favorite ones of mine, are late night talks, practicing music together, working at the Good News Cabin together, Having a Bright Lights Group that we lead together, and especially helping quiz you for Nationals...BF's for 21 years, and I pray that we continue to be BFF:)  Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost. Romans 15:13 Some memories of Rachel, that are especially favorite ones of mine

Happy Birthday sweet girl....keep striving to live for Jesus first and foremost!

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Enjoy Today!!

For the beauty of the earth, for the beauty of the skies, for the love which from our birth

Over and around us lies, Lord of all, to thee we raise, this our hymn of grateful praise.

For the beauty of each hour, of the day and of the night, Hill and vale

And tree and flow'r, sun and moon, and stars of light.

Lord of all, to thee we raise, this our hymn of grateful praise,

For the joy of human love, brother, sister, parent, child, friends on earth, and friends above,

For all gentle thoughts and mild, Lord of all, to thee we raise, this our hymn of grateful praise. 
In this life it is easy to get so busy, caught up with all that God has for us to do...but do we remember God? Take time today to praise God for who he is. Take a walk outside and enjoy his creation. Find time to spend alone with God and pour out your heart to him. The Great God loves to hear YOU talk to HIM!! You will find yourself refreshed and energized, really ready to tackle whatever God has for you to do! God has designed us with spiritual bodies too, ones that need to be fed from God's Word and ones that need time spent with God alone. I know that you have a big to do list...we all have those. But don't let that list become more important then time spent with the Lord and with family. Cherish the moment of today.

Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.
Psalm 46:10