Moody Pictures

It’s a true joy to hear from children and families who are enjoying the Moody Family Series. Often children will come up at a conference to talk to Sarah, and then she tries to get a picture with them when possible. We thought we’d post a few pictures from some of the conferences. We also receive quite a few e-mails sharing how the Moody books are having an impact on children’s lives. We received permission to use this one:

“Next to his Bible, the Moody books are his favorite books. He carries them with him everywhere. Every time we get in the car, he gets a couple of his Moody books and puts them in his book bag. I’ve lost count of how many times he has read them. I thought it might bless you to know that yesterday he asked me if I thought he could have the Moody books in Heaven to read!!”

Sarah’s desire is that the Lord will use these Moody books to draw children closer to the Lord Jesus and encourage them to be more obedient and helpful to their parents. She hopes to start writing on the fifth book (Another Summer with the Moodys) this next month.

“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, 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).

A Special Blessing

You may not have noticed the absence of Mom and I this last week, but, Mom and I went on a trip to visit some family friends in Alaska! The trip was a special surprise, so we hadn’t publicly said anything about it beforehand.

Mom and I flew out of Atlanta the same day the family left for home. We had a blessed time traveling together, although we sorely missed the family. We spent a week up in Alaska, enjoying fellowship and God’s beautiful, frozen, wintry creation. We arrived safely home yesterday afternoon, after a 2 a.m. flight back 🙂 .

I’m very grateful to the family for all the work they did. Not only did they have all of the normal home life to take care of with Mom and I gone, but they also had all the trip aftermath. A special thanks to Annie who stepped in to do what I normally do.

Waiting in the airport for our flight out of Atlanta.
Waiting in the airport for our flight out of Atlanta.
We had quite a few hours of waiting, since we went early to see if we could get an earlier flight out.
We had quite a few hours of waiting, since we went to see if we could get an earlier flight out.
Mom and I outside. The mountains in the background didnt show through due to the sunlight.
Mom and I outside Sunday afternoon. The mountains in the background didn't show through due to the sunlight.
The mountains in the background :-) .
The mountains in the background 🙂 .
The family we stayed with took us sledding one afternoon. It was quite an experience, but thrilling to be outside in the beautiful mountains.
The family we stayed with took us sledding one afternoon. It was quite an experience and thrilling to be outside in the beautiful mountains.
Lolly illustrated three of the Moody books.

Missed you all!

Only for Jesus,

Sarah

“The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork” (Psalms 19:1).

I Love Living in Kansas!

I have to confess that I have had a poor attitude at times about winter weather. On days with bad weather I would often remark negatively to the family or in small talk with someone I would meet out around town.

The Lord has been convicting me of that and I’m so grateful that He has. He has convicted me of my sinful attitude about it. Isn’t God so merciful? He is the One Who created our world and its weather. In Genesis 8:22 we read, “While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.” The Lord was committing to Noah that He would not smite every living thing as He did in the flood again. When I read verse 22 it was a reminder that God gave us the cold and the heat. I was having a bad attitude about something that God designed.

So now as I experience our Kansas winter I’m thankful for it. If it is from my Lord, it is to be received with thanksgiving. I know that in Kansas we have four seasons, none of which are too long. Then during the winter we will have days where the temperature is in the 50’s and 60’s just like this week. In the heat of the summer, we will have refreshingly cool days come along that break up the warmer days.

Repentance is a good thing and if you ever hear me complain about the weather, a gentle admonition is in order and I will thank you. Our God is so good isn’t He?

“And thou shalt rejoice in every good thing which the LORD thy God hath given unto thee, and unto thine house, thou, and the Levite, and the stranger that is among you.” Deuteronomy 26:11

Steve

Here are the doors ready to be painted.
Here are the doors made ready for me to paint them.
Joseph
Joseph is installing the basement stairs.
Mary
Mary taking a break from cleaning the basement.
Christopher
Christopher showing us his new way of carrying in doors.
John
John’s way is more traditional.
Honey
Honey in her “work” attire.
Anna
Anna organizing our tool area.
Jesse
Jesse working at organizing in the basement. It seems like it has been an endless job.

We Are Home!

We left the Atlanta hotel this morning at 6:15 am and arrived home tonight at 7:30 pm. Officially it was around 850 miles and God gave us a very pleasant ride. It was sunny and at times a bit windy, but we were blessed.

I had not been looking forward to I-70 Sunday night traffic which can be quite heavy. However it was wonderful. The only thing I would attribute the lack of traffic to was the Super Bowl. Sadly, as we drove by churches, their Sunday evening services looked to be very light crowds.

Thank you for praying. Now to begin putting things away and getting caught up.

Our hearts are very full and blessed in the Lord allowing us to share with so many who had a desire to be challenged and encouraged. We loved our time of fellowshipping with those who attended.

The Lord is so good.

Thine, O LORD, is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty: for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is thine; thine is the kingdom, O LORD, and thou art exalted as head above all. 1 Chronicles 29:11

In Christ Jesus,

Steve

Atlanta Conference Report

Thursday night in Savannah, Georgia, was a late night due to the conference there. The next morning we were up early and rolling by 7:15 a.m. on our way to Atlanta. Dad knew the traffic in Atlanta can be a problem and wanted to make sure we had plenty of time in case of a slow down.

The weekend conference in Atlanta was held at a very large church, in a part of the building that was similar to a convention center. Below that were large classrooms that worked perfectly for the break-out sessions on Saturday.

As usual, Friday afternoon was spent setting up the book tables and preparing for music that evening. The sound setup turned out to be very challenging! But the Lord blessed the music session despite the challenges.

Sometimes people will ask specific questions about an instrument after the music session, and we always enjoy visiting with others who play the same instruments!
Sometimes people will ask specific questions about an instrument after the music session, and we always enjoy visiting with others who play the same instruments!

We so enjoy the opportunity to share, and as we sang and gave testimony to the Lord Jesus Christ, it was with the realization that it was our final evening of sharing on this trip. Afterwards we enjoyed visiting with quite a few of the families that were able to attend.

Saturday morning started early (we left the hotel at 7:15 a.m.!) and was a full day with lots of sharing packed into a very small amount of time proportionate to how much and what is shared. Hearts were receptive and it was a very blessed day. I (Christopher) remember talking with one father during a break in the sessions who shared how good the day had been for him and for his family, even though some of what was shared was heavy!

A photo of Dad sharing the Preparing Sons workshop, through the window in the door (so as not to cause a distraction by going into the room to take the photo).
A photo of Dad sharing the Preparing Sons workshop, through the window in the door (so as not to cause a distraction by going into the room to take the photo).

We are so grateful to the home school group that hosted the conference. They worked very hard to prepare for the conference, and went out of their way in providing meals and even a Georgia-themed gift basket for us. Thank you!  

Dad and Mom sharing Friday night after the music session.
Dad and Mom sharing Friday night after the music session.

Today we were up and rolling by 6:05 a.m.! But it didn’t feel quite as early as the past few days because we were in bed (very) early last night! We are planning to (Lord willing) drive the approximately 850 miles from Atlanta to home today. As we’ve been driving through Kentucky we have been seeing vast amounts of broken trees from the ice storms. We’ve even seen a number of power lines that were down.

We are looking forward to being home and seeing Grandad, Grandma, Nathan, Melanie — but especially Abigail! And Grandma mentioned in an e-mail that she hasn’t told Honey (our aging Golden Retriever) about us coming home tonight, as she doesn’t want Honey to spend all day panting with excitement!

Psalms 107:8
Oh that men would praise the LORD
for his goodness, and for his wonderful
works to the children of men!

Reviewing books at the resource table.
Reviewing books at the resource table.
Anna with a friend who reads our blog and who stayd to help us with tear-down Saturday afternoon.
Anna with a friend who reads our blog and who stayed to help us with tear-down Saturday afternoon.
Two young people who attended the conference, and whom I enjoyed visiting with!
Two young people who attended the conference, and whom I enjoyed visiting with!
There are usually a number of mothers with their babies at the back of the room during sessions.
Mothers with their babies are often at the back of the room during sessions.
Anna with yet another friend from the weekend.
Anna with yet another friend from the weekend.