Tuesday, July 12, 2016

WORK > Handouts...

Good morning. I see these thoughts in our millennial age Americans right now. Not all of them of course, but lots. Praying for revival of work ethic and sane thinking and teaching coming from parents and mentors.

God's way described in the verses below is the best way to think and work and live. I especially love this one because it gives the why about working. To help others.

Anyone who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with their own hands, that they may have something to share with those in need.

This excerpt below comes from James Whiddon, who wrote a book called The Old School Advantage. It helps us remember timeless tools for every generation.
His website is:theoldschool.cool
2237 DANGER OF SELF-ESTEEM “I recently took a photo at an American public school of a flowery poster with the words “Dream until your dreams come true.” That’s bad advice. That advice cultivates a self-righteous sense of entitlement. Better advice might be, "Work until your dreams come true." That might not sound as good, but it would be one notch closer to reality. A truer statement, possibly suitable for framing, would be, "Work in pursuit of your dreams, but realize that life is what happens while you are making other plans. Tomorrow may never come or may be unrecognizably different."
Self-esteem at age 15 is setting her up for disappointment and resentment at age 25. I have witnessed this trajectory many times. Soaring self-esteem in childhood and adolescence, carefully nurtured by parents and teachers, predictably leads to a crash after college, typically about 3 to 5 years after graduation, when it slowly dawns on the young adult—the same adult who had been so talented as an adolescent—that she’s actually not as talented as she thought. She discovers that just because she was repeatedly told that she is amazing does not mean that she is, in reality, amazing.
Put bluntly, the culture of self-esteem leads to a culture of resentment. If I am so wonderful, but my talents are not recognized and I’m still nobody at age 25, working in a cubicle—or not working at all—then I may feel envious and resentful of those who are more successful than me.
Many parents confuse self-esteem with courage, just as some parents tend to confuse humility with timidity and cowardice. To be courageous means that you recognize the risks and your own limitations, but you find the resolve to move forward anyhow. The young person with bloated self-esteem, unaware of her own deficiencies, is unlikely to do well in the job interview. But the young person who is genuinely interested in what the recruiter has to say is more likely to get the job.” Excerpt From: Sax, Leonard. “The Collapse of Parenting.”

Colossians 3: 23
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters,

May the favor of the Lord our God rest on us; establish the work of our hands for us— yes, establish the work of our hands.

All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty.

One who is slack in his work is brother to one who destroys.

 Proverbs 21:25
The craving of a sluggard will be the death of him, because his hands refuse to work.

Do you see someone skilled in their work? They will serve before kings; they will not serve before officials of low rank.

Those who work their land will have abundant food, but those who chase fantasies will have their fill of poverty.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Red, White and Blue...

It was a hot Independence Day celebration but a good day filled with lots of family time.
       The red bows and the blue eyes are so pretty in the pic above...
I think this little sweetie loves her granddad- Chief. :)
I have been trying to stay in the Word everyday by reading the One Year bible that my folks gave us all for Christmas.  It has really helped me to have this journaling bible with lots of room to write out the verses that stand out to me. I have had fun trying to illustrate or draw reminders with the verses sometimes too. I'm not a good artist but have learned as I have gotten older to embrace just doing what I am moved to do and not worrying too much about if it is good enough not to be embarrassed by it.
I hope you have a wonderful rest of the week.
Stay cool if you can. These dog days of summer are a little oppressive.
Fall will be here before we know it. You will be able to see us doing a happy dance when the first cool front sweeps in. Ahhh....But, I am so thankful for today and for summer and for everyday blessings from above.

Friday, June 17, 2016

CBH 2016

This Christian youth camp experience gets sweeter every year. This was our 14th year to leave the hot temperatures of home and head into the mountains of New Mexico where sweatshirts and jackets are welcomed in the mornings and evenings. God feels so incredibly close and active here.  It is such a thin place for us. (A place where you feel so close to God.) I think that is because we are so intense and focused on helping our campers see Him clearly and draw near to Him.  I laugh sometimes about how much we thought we could bring to our campers when after all these years we truly see that it has blessed us far more spiritually and friendship wise than it probably has the campers. 
What an incredible life time blessing.  

 Sweet Sam the camp cat. He can sleep anywhere...
This precious girlie enjoyed a week of meeting new people and being loved on...
 My one and only teaching bible class.
Long hike to Lookout mountain.
About did these to 50 plus year olds in.
We did celebrate that we lived through it!!
 Enter to worship...leave to serve. Sounds right doesn't it?

 All of our memory verses for the week were out of Philippians.

So, it has been our blessing. Thank you Father God for allowing us to be a part of this powerful place.

Here is a great link about living year round as if we never leave camp...
Great advice from one of our fellow CBH teachers and friend, Rusty Tugman.
Ten Ways to Make Everyday Like Church Camp...

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Random Fun...

No reason. Just for your cuteness viewing pleasure. 
Some mischief and laughter in those eyes. 
 Yes, I am going with this grandma name. Sentimental to me. 
Silly, but maybe she will change it to something cute.
 Two of the sweetest kiddos (Well not really kiddos. Just hate to admit everyone is so grown up.) got engaged last weekend. Congrats to Jess and Case. Love em. May God bless you with an abundance of love and laughter and joyful work for His Kingdom and glory all of your days!
 Family times around sweet celebrations are truly treasured. Thankful.
Missing this boy but hear he is having the time of his life. 

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

2 Down. Graduation Fun...

The world moves on and yes, time flies.
Both our boys/men (and lovely daughter-in-law) have graduated from Texas A&M.
We are proud and so very happy for them.

Celebrations these days always include little precious girl snuggles.
And...pizza on this day.   :)

So quickly everyone hits the road. 3 days after graduation our youngest gentle giant has flown off to South America on a mission trip for 6 weeks. His big bro went to Peru this week three years ago on study abroad and mission. God is so good to allow them to experience other cultures and His glorious beauty while speaking the marvelous truth and hope that Jesus brings. It was 28 years ago that I went on a mission trip with Aggies for Christ and it changed my life spiritually and in it's direction. I met the man God has blessed me to love and be loved by on that trip. I am sentimental now as I look back at the footprints of all of our lives. So thankful that Jesus lives in our hearts and minds and that we have been blessed to be His all these years through hard and sweet and all of it. 

We appreciate your prayers for our youngest gentle giant for the next 6 weeks of the summer. Please pray for his spiritual growth and learning to be guided by the leading of God's Spirit living in him. Please also pray for the group and of course their protection but most of all for them to make a lasting impact on the people they meet for Jesus.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Birds, Butterflies and a Baby...

Here is the bird feeder. Here, seeds and crumbs.
Sprinkle them on and see what comes.
One cardinal, one chickadee, one junco, one jay.
Four of my bird friends are eating today.

A wee bit of heaven

A wee bit of heaven
drifted down from above-
A handful of happiness,
a heart full of love.

The mystery of life,
so sacred and sweet-
The giver of joy
so deep and complete.

Precious and priceless,
so lovable, too-
The world's sweetest miracle,
baby, is you.

-- Author:Helen Steiner Rice

Little bird, little bird, fly around,
Up to the sky, down to the ground.
Little bird, little bird, flap your wings.
Open your beak and sweetly sing.
Little bird, little bird, fly to your nest.
Now it is time to take a rest.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Rock A Bye Baby...

From this baby announcement picture last August above to this lovely little girl miracle picture below.
Being a grandparent so far is precious beyond words.

Wow. This is some emotional stuff going on here. Being a grandparent.
When your own child has a child it is it is a different emotional heart filled experience.
Near to bursting your heart.

I have always prayed for our children, of course, but now the need and urgency to ramp up the prayers is strong. Seeing your own child learn about how much deeper and bigger his heart for someone could become is a sobering and incredible thing. I realize I am not making much sense but truly, making sense of these feelings and putting into words is hard.

This new little beautiful life is theirs to love and take care of and imprint the love of the good, good Father on her own little heart. What exciting and lovely times ahead no matter the heartache or problems or whatever. Lord willing she will be around long after I am gone fighting the good fight as a mighty warrior for the Lord. I pray she will love the people around her with kindness and compassion as she spreads the saving news of Jesus. I pray that all she does and says and lives will be great glory for God and for the Kingdom.

Welcome into the world little one.
You are already so loved.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

The Colors of Spring...

We took a fast trip to our ranch a few days ago. Sometimes the need is so great to just get out of town and the hustle and bustle and walk into the quiet and peace of the countryside.  We need to remember that in the busyness of life that our souls and minds need to unplug and be still and quiet.
I think it is a practice and we need to figure out ways to be still and quiet even in the midst of our busy lives without having to go somewhere to feel that.
Ah, but the times we can...what a blessing.
I have joked that I want to call our ranch the "Red Bird Ranch" because there are so many Cardinals everywhere out there. All of the men in our family stomp their feet and pound their chests in protest saying that it is too feminine of a name. Not tough enough. Oh well, whatever. It is still Red Bird Ranch to me and someday, Lord willing there will be a Red Bird Ranch Bed and Breakfast on the back side of the property with yours truly running it. Dreaming...
When our kids were little the mama's, poppa's and young ones always referred to this outcropping of rock as "Pride Rock".  Can't you just see Simba up there being held high by Mufasa?
Yes, we were really into The Lion King back then.
 So lovely...

Spring is coming on strong and I am thankful. On my way back to the cabin I walked by these fierce mean looking thorn bushes.  I could not help but think about how these might be the like the thorns that were woven together and harshly stuck on the head of our Lord, Jesus. "Thank you God for sending your Son and for Him enduring such horrible treatment and pain for the saving of our lives!"
Blessings on your day!!
Enjoy these lovely spring days.
Never forget what has been lovingly done for us through Jesus Christ.