Happy 6th Anniversary, Christopher and Anna Marie!

Happy Anniversary, Christopher and Anna Marie! It’s hard to believe six years have already passed since that beautiful, autumn, rainy day in Washington when you became husband and wife.

Christopher and Anna Marie on their wedding day! (Joseph did an incredible job with their pictures.)
Christopher and Anna Marie on their wedding day! (Joseph did an incredible job with their pictures.)

Christopher, I’m grateful for you as my older brother: for your faithfulness to Jesus, your love for your family, and your diligence.

Anna Marie, I’m grateful for you! You are a radiant mommy, you love the Lord with your whole heart, and you find a sparkle in all the little things in life.

Happy Anniversary!


Christopher and Anna Marie Maxwell celebrating six years!
Christopher and Anna Marie Maxwell celebrating six years!

“And it shall come to pass, if ye shall hearken diligently unto my
commandments which I command you this day,
to love the Lord your 
God, and to serve him with all
your heart and with all your soul, That 
I will give you the
rain of your land in his due season, the first rain

and the latter rain, that thou mayest gather
in thy corn, and thy wine, 
and thine oil.”
Deuteronomy 11:13-14

County Fair Report, Part 2



As parents, Steve and I were very blessed by our family’s county fair ministry because it wasn’t our project but our children’s. They are the ones who pursued getting a booth of our own this year. They paid for everything, and it was costly considering the booth fees, banner, coupons, balloons, face paint, tracts, and candy. They invested their time planning, practicing, praying, and being at the fair.  Steve and I were merely willing helpers working with the ministry team of our adult children.

Many of you are in the trenches with your young children. It is hard for you to picture a day when your children would be leading your family in ministry, with you as the helpers not the ones in charge. May we encourage you to stand steadfast and persevere. “And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.” Galatians 6:9

Trusting in Jesus,




“I have no greater joy than to hear
that my children walk in truth.” 3 John 1:4

Debt-Free Series: Is Anything Too Hard?

Trying to live a debt-free life without Christ is empty and much more difficult than one who lives debt-free IN Christ. Remember Philippians 4:19? “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” Isn’t that a beautiful promise? Think about the phrase, “according to his riches in glory.” The One Who owns the cattle on a thousand hills, Who made the earth and hung the sun, moon and starsHe is the One Who provides for our needs. WOW. He has the means. Do we have the faith and depth of character to receive it?

We certainly don’t abide in Christ so He will provide for our needs. We abide in Christ for blessed fellowship with the One Who loves us and died for us. “As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love. If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love” (John 15:9-10).

Providing for our needs is a blessing of abiding in Christ. It’s as natural as the vine giving nourishment to the branches. It is like parents providing for their children. As you raise your children, you aren’t keeping track of everything you spend on them so they can repay you when they are on their own. You provide for them because you love them.

The Psalmist said, “The idols of the heathen are silver and gold, the work of men’s hands” (Psalm 135:15). Likely that is why it’s been said that “anything we turn to to meet our needs is a competing god.” Are we content in Christ Who will supply all our needs? Does the reality of our day-to-day life—the decisions that we makeprove to those observing us that He is our God, Whom we trust and live for? Who/what are we looking to for our needs?



 “For every beast of the forest is mine, and the
cattle upon a thousand hills.” Psalm 50:10

“Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh:
is there any thing too hard for me?” Jeremiah 32:27

Works of Darkness

We all know what’s approaching: Halloween. 

Why is it that crime scenes and graves are used in yards to “decorate” them? What would the owners think if the crime scene was real, and one of their loved ones was the victim? They’d be horrified. Then why would someone glorify wickedness, evil, and demons?

In a world where sin is glorified and pureness is mocked, may we as Christians stand boldly and without waver. May our hearts be broken for our country, and may we use opportunities during this month to pray for those who glorify wickedness. And if our hearts break for those who need Jesus, think how much more His heart breaks. After all, He died for them. “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8).

“… whatsoever things are pure,
whatsoever things are lovely,
whatsoever things are of good report;
if there be any virtue,
and if there be any praise,
think on these things.”
(Philippians 4:8)


“And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works
of darkness, but rather reprove them.”
Ephesians 5:11

Apples … Everywhere!


Nathan and crew have been making applesauce lately with bushels of apples. Don’t you just love fall? Those crisp days, vivid blue skies, and apple-pumpkin-salted caramel everything?

Nathan was very creative and set up most of the canning process in the garage and used a camping stove for the canning. This was their second Saturday canning, and to date, they’ve canned 120 quarts. Way to go, y’all!

They still have some apples left, and they’re hoping to can apple pie filling. Anyone have an awesome recipe? If so, please leave a comment below.


Mary washing apples with Bethany.


Melanie worked in the kitchen cooking the apples until they were soft.

“He that gathereth in summer is a wise son:
but he that sleepeth in harvest is a son that causeth shame.”
Proverbs 10:5

County Fair Report, Part 1

((Sarah’s apologies due to the lateness of this.))

While we had a brief county fair report, we wanted to give you a more detailed one. Our family spent much time preparing for the fair with family prayer meetings, banner design, balloon twisting, and face painting practice. For several weeks before the fair, Anna was daily twisting balloons, and Mary was heading over to practice face painting on nieces and nephews.


Anna had learned some complex balloon animal twisting so it often took her as long to make a balloon as it did for Mary to do a face paint. Mary got to where she could do most face paints in 3 minutes and more complex ones were up to 6 minutes. We had a bulletin board with the children’s options for face painting.


As Anna twisted balloons, she talked to children. After each balloon animal was finished and each face paint, the children were sent off with a child’s evangelistic tract. If they weren’t old enough to read, they were encouraged to ask their parents to read it to them.

One family came back a second night and told us they had begun to read the tract to their daughter until the grandstand noise had become too loud, but they were planning to finish it.

Each night, we would go out into the fair grounds and hand out coupons for a free face paint or balloon animal. Then we would go back to our booth and watch the line. When it began to diminish, we would go back out again. Usually that was only necessary two or three times an evening, and then the line would remain.


The girls were busy from 5:00 to 10:00 p.m. Tuesday through Friday evening and from 1:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Saturday, except for a late afternoon half hour dinner break on Saturday.



While the parents were in line waiting for their child’s turn, we would talk to them and give them a Gospel tract too.

Some of the other vendors in our building told us that they really liked having us in that booth because we drew so many people to the building.

We are praying for spiritual fruit in people’s lives from that outreach ministry.

Trusting in Jesus,


“So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.” Isaiah 55:11

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