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This week some awesome things happened in our family.  Almost, more than my mind can comprehend.

Our granddaughter, Trinity, decided when she was three years old that she wanted to do everything.  She wanted to be in parades, pageants, collect money for the Tsunami victims, make quilts for orphans and kids with cancer and she wanted to eat ” lingua” tacos…   is that the right spelling for “tongue”?  She has always surprised us.

She is talented and loving and this week she shot her first commercial.  Erin took her to 6 Flags in the coast and she was in a commercial for “Lunchables”. This is amazing to me.  Sometime in the beginning of summer, our baby will be on TV.  Weird, exciting all together.

Our prayer has always been for her, that if the Lord thinks this is a good thing for her, then let’s go with it.  If this will harm her in any way, or if He is not honored by it, then please stop it now.  So far, He seems to be guiding and encouraging her to do this.  We are incredibly proud, not only of what she is doing, but who she is.  She is a gift.

We love her very much and only want what the Lord wants for her.  For right now we again, are very grateful for who she is and what He is doing in her.  Thank you, so much Father.

Then, now today, this piece of art will be in stores all over the country.  We know what this is,  don’t we??? the cover the the new MercyMe single, out today !! Our daughter-in-law is the artist of this. Kristin is an amazing woman, Brody tells all of us all the time and it is true.  She does so many things well. It seems appropriate that this single is from the CD coming out in May 2010, “The Generous Mr. Lovewell”.  Because Kristin does.  This is also very exciting for our family.  We again, thank the Lord for His blessings, for His guidance and for His protection.  May this CD do well, may the Lord be honored by what MercyMe is doing. May He be honored by our girls as they go forth and “love well.”

“The Generous Mr. Lovewell”

January 22, 2010 – 11:10 am 3 Comments

Mercy Me is in the process of creating their next album, entitled “The Generous Mr. Lovewell.” The idea behind it is that this fictional character, Mr. Lovewell, gets up every day and does random acts of kindness, and that kindness creates a ripple effect. I love all the videos, and ideas, that they have for the album and the tour, and the way they are visualy and creatively conveying the message.

Brody is the Art Director for the album, and he has been working so hard, and doing such an amazing job! The cover turned out awesome…

…Also, Brody asked me to paint a heart that they could use as a prop in the photo shoots. Now the heart is also on the cover of the album! It is so fun, and surreal for me to see something that I painted, on the cover of a Mercy Me album! I am grateful for the opportunity, and happy to help in a small way. Follow Mr. Lovewell on twitter, and stay tuned on MrLovewell.com for more videos, and also mercyme.org for details, songs, and information! Most importantly, Love- Well!

Okay, How proud am I ???  A sweet gal commented on this on Brody’s blog, about making it “wall art”.  I plan to do exactly that.  I am proud of Kristin for her artistic ability and equally proud of Brody for his creativity and abilities.  All of that to say……Once again, THANK YOU, LORD, FROM WHOM ALL BLESSINGS FLOW….

The Lord has impressed upon me greatly so far this year to consistently pray for our Children and Grands..

I asked my precious friend Rhoda, who is in her eighties how she prayed for each one of her grands and she gave me a book to borrow.  As I read this book, I realized I wanted one, so I could write in it and take notes and be able to use it as a reference tool as the kids grow.  Looking on line, I found it.  It was cheap, too cheap.  How could a book named, “Praying for Our Grandchildren” , only cost 1cent.  What !! Okay the postage was 3.99, but  $4.00 for reference material for such an important topic?  So, I began to look into THE book and realized its all right there.  I knew that, you know that.  I still want the book, but the Psalms are full of wonderful words to ask for these precious souls.  Again, I thank You Lord.

Psalm 25 1-15, paraphrased for my Kids and Grands.

To Thee, O Lord, I lift up my soul, O my God, I put my trust in Thee.  Let us never be ashamed and let not our enemies triumph over any of our children or grandchildren.  Indeed, as we all wait for Thee, we will never be ashamed of our faith, or what You have done for us.

Make each one of our children and grands know Thy ways, O Lord.  Teach each one Thy path and Yours alone.  Please Father, lead them in Your truth and teach each of them.  For You alone are the God our their salvation and for you we wait.  Your lovingkindness and compassion are eternal, please forget  and forgive all their sins and transgressions.  Remember each by name in Your lovingkindness and goodness, O Lord.

You are good and upright, therefore, You will instruct them in the Way.  Let each one be humble and teachable as they follow You.  All the paths of the Lord are lovingkindness and truth to those who keep Your covenants and testimonies.  For Your namesake, O Lord, pardon all their iniquities for they may be great.  Those who fear the Lord,  He will instruct in the way they choose, O Father, may they choose Your way and none other.  As You promise, then their souls will abide in prosperity and their descendants will inherit the land.

Help each one of them to know Your secrets and fear You  make known Your covenant to them.  Please, Father, let their eyes   on You and let them never be snarled and caught up in the lies of this world.

I thank You, Father for allowing me the privilege of being their mother and grandmother.  May each one walk in peace with You.

Amen.

Not that it doesn’t always, but sometimes more than others.

This picture was taken a while back of Trinity, and basically has nothing to do with what I want to say here, but I like it.

First, two songs we did today were songs Brody had sung when he was in the Worship Team here.  As I stood there I could see him, barefooted, playing his guitar and it always brought us joy.  I missed him greatly today.  Though, that again, was one thought I had…”oh, God let us be a generation that seeks, your face, oh God of Jacob.”

That brought peace to my heart, that my son and my children and grands were singing that.  It did again today.

What I pictured most today was this…. ” in Your arms of love.  Holding me still, holding me near  in Your arms of  love…”.  The picture God gave me today in this song was our dear friends, Jim and Kristi Galbraith.  Jim, having inoperable cancer, in the hospital with an infection and Kristi standing my his side.  They are holding fast to each other, but mostly to their Father, who loves them.  A loving Father who knows they are scared and hurting.  We are right there with them and their children and grands, holding fast to the hope set before us, holding fast to the love and comfort of a mighty God.

My prayer for them today….Psalm 61:1-4 —-“Hear my cry, O God; Give heed to  my prayer.  From the end of the earth I call to Thee, when my heart is faint; Lead me to the rock that is higher than I. v3 –For Thou hast been a refuge for me, A tower of strength against the enemy.  v4 – Let me dwell in Thy tent forever; Let me take refuge in the shelter of Thy wings.”

Thank You, Lord.  Jim and Kristi, and kids and grands…we love you….

Happy New Year, everyone.

I know it has been a long time since I posted anything.  I have missed it terribly.  I hope to become faithful to my blogging and writing this year.

This is the view from our porch during the snow we had early in December.  It was beautiful, cold and fun.  Mostly, it was beautiful.

As the year changed, I realized that I have not.  I may be a little lighter, a little more in shape, that’s for later talk.  When it came to resolutions, they were the same as last year.  So,  here we go…repeat…I just still feel the same.

Resolutions??????? Nah…

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I have thought a lot about the word “resolutions”.  I have never done them. For me, it is sort of setting myself up to fail.  I can always find an excuse for not doing what I should.  I am really good at that.

This year though, the Lord has impressed upon me this….I just want to be better.  I want to be a better daughter of the King, a better wife to Michael.

I want to be a better mother and grandmother and friend.  I want to be more quiet and listen.  The list goes on and on.  Again, I wonder, am I setting myself up to fail…the Lord says “no”.  This time it is in His hands.  I will not be all these things at once, but in His hands, little by little I can change into being what He has planned for me.  I can trust that !!!!  So this year, I want to claim for myself and my family and friends…..

“These are the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, Plans for  welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.”  Then my part…..”Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you.  And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart…..”  Jeremiah 29

Now that’s what I want for the New Year….

Grad.Spring2009 057We knew it was coming.  We didn’t want to think about it, but we had to. She had cancer all through her little body.

Gracie came into our family about 13 years ago.  It was before Erin and Brody  left home, before any grandchildren had been born.  She was my baby.  She was strong willed, spoiled and contrary.  She didn’t like to be hugged or loved and she whined at the table.  It’s true, I spoiled her.  I gave her the last bite of everything I ate.  Mike, didn’t like that, the kids didn’t like that, but I didn’t care.  She embarrassed me a lot when people came to dinner.  I didn’t care.  I loved her.

She was great company to our Sookie and the Toby, the cat.

We miss her terribly.  People have asked before, “Will there be dogs in heaven”?  Some people have said, that theirs would be.  I  hope there are some.  I hate to say it, but for Gracie, probably not.  She was a stinker…but I loved her.

Anger………

x11738307It’s been a really long time since I have been on here.  I miss writing and I miss my blog friends very much.  So the fact that I am writing right now is a surprise even to me.

I don’t get angry very often.  Usually when I do, it comes as a culmination of  a lot of things and takes time to bring me to this point.  It has been a difficult week.  That is  not the reason for this post.  The reason for this post right now, at 2:30 a.m. is this.  I am angry.

I am angry that I cannot sleep, I am angry that it’s still 82 degrees in mid-October.  I am angry that my grandchildren do not have the freedom I had as a child because lunatics lurk around and we have to be afraid.  I am angry that we have to censor television, because a lot of it is crap.  I am angry that there is a  woman I know that cannot treat their children right, and pretend she does.  I am angry at the selfishness I see daily and at men that won’t grow up.  I am angry that I cannot watch half of my grandchildren grow and learn and play because the economy is bad and can’t afford to see them.   I am agree at a generation of  young people at church, who will stand and watch 85 year old men tear down tables to put them away with no respect for the man or his age.   I am angry, probably at myself , because I feel like I must not deserve any praise from those close to me, because I have to  ask or sometimes feel like I must beg for a positive encouragement.

After saying all of this and getting it off my chest……I  am a dirty, rotten sinner and I am angry more because of that.  I confess, I do, to my Father and to you.  I am also grateful, grateful that God is still on the throne and gratefully I am not.