From the Pen of a Maxwell Conference Attendee

October 2012

Dear Steve & Teri,

I came to the conference you had in Greenville, South Carolina, last month, and I just have to share with you what the Lord has done in my life and the life of my husband since then. I am a new homeschool mom and had never heard of your ministry before. I thought I would be getting tips on how to homeschool. I didn’t know the Lord would speak to me so directly through what you both said. We have never had a family Bible time. We’ve known we need to, but our attempts just seemed awkward. We now have a Bible time every evening. We also read Sarah’s first book most evenings – my daughter calls it “Honey time.” My husband is taking a more active role in what I’m doing with the kids. We’ve written down our goals for our family and we’re trying to make every decision in light of those goals. My husband has always been what you would call a good man, a rule follower. He is a Sunday school teacher, a former deacon, but he has always lacked a true passion for the Lord. You should hear him now! He wants to talk about the Lord all the time. He’s truly a changed man. It’s amazing what the Lord will do in us when we’re obedient.

Sorry to run on and on. We’re just excited! There are so many things we heard at your conference that just confirmed what I know the Lord had been telling us.

Thank you so much for being bold enough to follow the Lord no matter the opposition you faced and for sharing your lives with the rest of us. We pray that the Lord will continue to bless your family and your ministry.

In Christ,

Leigh

Sarah’s note: Thank you, Leigh, for giving us permission to share your testimony with others.

In addition, we’re looking forward to seeing some of you on our next trip out West!

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Another verse I read this morning in my Bible time and loved!

“And Asa cried unto the LORD his God, and said, LORD, it is nothing with thee to help, whether with many, or with them that have no power: help us, O LORD our God; for we rest on thee, and in thy name we go against this multitude. O LORD, thou art our God; let not man prevail against thee.”
–2 Chronicles 14:11

When Cute Takes on a New Meaning

Hi!

One sweet family we know is on their second read-through of the Moody Family series. They are expecting a baby in June and know it’ll be a boy. So, naturally, they’ve been discussing baby names.

One day, the mom read the chapter where Mr. and Mrs. Parker had been praying about baby names. The next morning, the mom said she really liked the name Parker for a baby boy. That evening during their Moody reading time, they read about Mr. Gibson. The next morning, the four-year-old offered, “Mommy, we need to name the baby Gibson!”

After that, whenever someone asked him what the baby’s name was going to be, he would tell them, “Gibson!”

As the family drove to the store one day, the discussion of a baby name came up again. The four-year-old reminded them: “Mommy, we already know Baby Brother’s name. It’s Gibson!”

The mom said, “Oh, son, we’re going to keep praying about the name. We have to find out the biblical meaning for Gibson, if there even is a biblical meaning to it.”

“Mommy, I know what Gibson means!”

The mom then asked what Gibson meant. The son responded: “It means animal catcher!”

Rejoicing in Jesus,
Sarah

Me with the little boys
The little boys and me with their Soul Winner’s New Testaments

Verses I read this morning in my Bible time:

“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.

Both riches and honour come of thee, and thou reignest over all; and in thine hand is power and might; and in thine hand it is to make great, and to give strength unto all.

Now therefore, our God, we thank thee, and praise thy glorious name.” 

1 Chronicles 29:11-13

Bus Work and Aunties’ Park

Our next trip is quickly approaching, and life is full of many things to accomplish. John changed Uriah’s oil yesterday, which was great.

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The little girls enjoyed playing outside at our park yesterday afternoon for awhile. One can tell when they’re here by their delighted voices. Enthusiasm abounds.

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Love,
Sarah

“Commit thy works unto the LORD,
and thy thoughts shall be established.”
Proverbs 16:3

Colorado Sunshine

These are really late, but here are a few pictures from Mary’s birthday in Colorado. For those who are experiencing winter (especially New England!), this might give you a taste of spring and summer, which are right around the corner.

Special thanks to Joseph for the photos.

Love,
Sarah

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I love those smiles!

“Rejoice in the LORD, O ye righteous:
for praise is comely for the upright.”
–Psalms 33:1

Are We Grateful?

Recently, the Lord has showed me how I lack gratefulness. There are countless things Jesus has blessed each of us with.

Psalms 107:8-9: “Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness,
and for his wonderful works to the children of men!
For he satisfieth the longing soul, and filleth the hungry soul with goodness.”

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Four things I’m grateful for today:

  • A Savior Who died on the cross for my sins
  • Rain
  • Many things to do
  • You 

Psalms 107:43: “Whoso is wise, and will observe these things,
even they shall understand the lovingkindness of the LORD.”