Fearless

300 plus feet high on a glass floor? No problem for our little guy,…his attention was too centered on the view!

And what a view!

Joshua 1:9

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

“…wherever you go.” – be it top of a pyramid, a job interview, a doctor’s appointment,…across town for groceries, down the street to school,…the depths of the ocean,…the outer reaches of outer space,…God will be with you.

2 Corinthians 4:18

So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

❤️

Butter Up

Working on shaking butter into existence this afternoon! It’s a great two-fer project science and history!

Snuck in a swim session at the YMCA with my little guy,…we had to burn off those lunch time pancakes smeared with homemade butter!

Seriously it’s kinda crazy how so simple it is to make butter. Just shake that jar until all the fat molecules join up in a delicious clump! Pssst,…the leftover buttermilk makes AMAZING ranch dressing!

Never forget,…even while you are making butter that God loves YOU!!! ❤️

Luke 1:37

“For no word from God will ever fail.”

The Dream Came True

31 years ago our oldest son Teddy was born,…truly a dream come true! Theodore means: Gift of God,…and our Teddy has been the gift that keeps on giving!

Obviously I.I. adores his big brother and we do too for his kind and gentle strength, legendary patience, full hearted generosity, bountiful creativity, spot on intelligence, and incredibly dry humor!

“Fearfully and Wonderfully” made is our Teddy,…and so are YOU! God created you “fearfully and wonderfully and incredibly unique.” That’s something to celebrate! We’re celebrating Teddy today,…incredibly grateful the LORD thought the world needed him,…because we do,…and the world does too!

Psalms 139:14

I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;

your works are wonderful,

I know that full well.

Monday Mornings

Do I dare confess I love Mondays? Another day,…another chance to make a difference,…what’s not to love?

I know, I know rainy days and Mondays are suppose to get you down,…but what a waste if that were so. It’s gotta rain sometime for plants to grow and Mondays roll around each week,…rain or shine.

No rainy Monday here today,…it’s actually crisp and cool with a golden glow shining through the trees. The rest of Monday is promising to be hot with record temps! 98 degrees for September? Seriously!

However the afternoon is hours away and I am not about to let the threat of those temps rob the joy in this moment! Deliciously cool with the day unwritten,…even as I tap this post out upon my smartphone!

Isn’t it nice how the Lord eases us into each day with majestic skies, bird song in glorious chorus, and a tranquil peace only broken when our “business” kicks into gear?

That’s been an added blessing of having a puppy in the house,…lots of early mornings, and some late nights, too with starlit skies and ever changing moon.

Notice how the sun NEVER changes? It’s always hot in September from our geographical angle on earth! Mondays always roll around, too,…don’t they?

Busy day ahead, school, appointments, never ending tasks,…but that’s okay,…it’s just another Monday! And pssst,…we don’t ever have to face Mondays alone! ❤️

Psalms 54:4

Surely God is my help;

the Lord is the one who sustains me.

Do You See?

Do you see what I see?

“Ahhh,…a bunch of shirts,” you might reply, but there is always more to a story than what meets the eye.

My father-in-law lost his battle with cancer this past Thursday. These were his shirts, an evocative symbol of his hard working life.

Very few “town” shirts crowd the closet, most are work shirts limp with use. The favorites are faded and mended and stained with sweat and toil, but never ever discarded.

The colors are a little drab, but they never looked drab on the owner! One-of-a-kind individual, his personality transcended clothing. Perhaps that’s why I noticed these shirts so particularly when I was helping to clean this past Thursday.

I saw the shirts, and immediately equated them with my father-in-law’s hard working life. He is gone, but they remain,…like us.

Life goes on,… some of these shirts will be passed on to others, some will find new life in the form of a quilt,…and a few, no doubt will be tucked back into a closet,…speaking in eloquent silence the life of a hard working husband and father,…gone but never forgotten.

One of the advantages of growing older is that there are life lessons that have become ingrained such as,…Never Assume. Always try to see beyond first perceptions,…there is always more to a matter,…especially with people.

People are tender, and too often the harder a person seems on the outside,…the more they are hurting on the inside! Kindness is always appropriate for you never know what silently desperate battles a person may be contending with!

Our world needs more kindness, more gentleness,…life is precious and tomorrow is not guaranteed.

Thankfully God’s love is guaranteed!

John 3:16

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

My father-in-law is enjoying his new life in heaven,…every tear is gone, health restored for eternity,…and we will miss him here on earth, but best news of all is that we’ll see him again! Do you see? Death is not the end!

2 Corinthians 5:17

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!

God bless!