Notes of Love

Yesterday, I received a delightful envelope filled with Moody letters. It melts me when I read (or see ;)) children’s love for the books. Ten years ago, I began writing the books (where does time go?!). Although the journey of writing has had its challenges, the Lord has clearly led me down this path. I am so grateful He is using the books to encourage children across this nation.

Joyfully His,
Sarah

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“But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them
not, to come unto me:for of such is the kingdom of heaven.”
Matthew 19:14

Responding to Naysayers: Part 1

We receive comments on occasion with questions that appear not to be sincere or that might have an agenda. That’s okay. However, we know that you may encounter similar questions from others with a different “world view.” We thought that perhaps if we responded to some of our “naysayer” questions here, it might be a help to you.

Below is a recent blog comment followed by Joseph’s response.

“Since Joseph owns his own home, why can’t he live in it? He doesn’t have a wife and kids to support, so his expenses would be low.”

I (Joseph) always enjoy a small chuckle with myself whenever my dad shares comments like this with our family. The reason is the use of the word “can’t.” “Can’t” indicates that the writer thinks this decision has been made by someone other than me. It hasn’t. Dad and Mom provided solid, Biblical guidance for my life when I was younger, and as I have grown up, they have taught us to think critically with the Bible as our foundation.

There are three main reasons why I chose to continue living at our home after I purchased my own house: financial, accountability, and family. Let me explain.

Financial

While, yes, it is true that living by myself in my house before I am married would be less expensive than it will be when I have my own family, there still would be significant additional expense, such as food and utilities, that I don’t incur while living at home with my parents. It takes little to realize that living with my family is even less expensive than living alone—almost zero. As a result, I can place what I save toward long-term goals, immediate improvements to my house, and giving. I am very grateful for Dad and Mom’s willing and accommodating spirits to let us live in their home without charge as income-earning young adults.

Accountability

When the Lord brings me to begin talking with a young lady’s father about courting his daughter, I will approach that father in total honesty. If I was living by myself, I would have no one to back up my word. In my opinion, if I was living alone and said, “You’ll just have to trust me,” that would lend less credibility than the accountability I have welcomed in our family. Living with my family, and having my parents as my accountability partners, I am very grateful for the ability that I have to provide references to my integrity throughout discussions with a father. I believe Jesus gave a precedent for this when He sent the disciples out two-by-two.

Family

Accountability segues into this one very nicely. I love my family. I love spending time with them. We have a great time together! My family members are my best friends, and life would be rather boring without my best friends around me. If/when the Lord brings along the young lady for me, my family’s “best friend” status will transfer to her and my children. Sadly, many in the world cannot comprehend a family model like this.

For a Scriptural basis for this thinking, I look no further than the first family that God created—Adam, Eve, and eventually their children. Genesis 2:18 says, “And the Lord God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.” A very practical secondary application in this verse is that it is not good for me to live alone.

My desire is to live a life pleasing to Jesus and a life that is in obedience to His Holy Bible. I hope this makes it understandable and clear as to why I am choosing to live with my family until I am married.

In Christ,
Joseph

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“But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always
to give an answer to every man that asketh you a
reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear.”

1 Peter 3:15

A Great Way to Wrap Up the Trip

We experienced a “first” on this trip: the first time meeting in a store-front church. Due to the limited individual rooms, we also used the church next door for sessions. It worked out perfectly!

Friday afternoon went quickly, with the usual set up, practice, and family Bible time. We enjoyed having a number of guests for our Bible time.

We were delighted to see quite a few people we knew along with meeting many others. Our conference coordinator attended Mt. Airy last year and felt led to invite us to give a weekend conference in Roanoke. I am so grateful for our coordinators on this trip. Each one had a heart for the conference and an anticipation in seeing what the Lord Jesus would do. Thank you for your enthusiasm, hospitality, and love for families.

We had families driving in from various distances, Florida, southern Georgia, Washington DC, North Carolina and of course Virginia. It’s exciting to see lives changed for the glory of God! I’m so grateful for a family who is “…not ashamed of the gospel of Christ..”

Friday and Saturday’s sessions went quite smoothly. As I sat in the back of Mom’s, I delighted in seeing how she is such an encouragement to the ladies. She is so practical and open, and by the ladies’ response, it’s obvious they are blessed. I was in Joseph’s, Who Is Jesus to You? session for a few minutes, and I love seeing his heart for the Lord. He’s filled with an intense love for Jesus, and it just flows right from his message. Dad’s guys met in the kitchen, and although a bit of a tight fit, it was great.

May we each serve the Lord Jesus with every breath He gives us.

Joyfully His,
Sarah

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A peek into our Friday afternoon setups.

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Jesse does an awesome job of making sure things are set up and working properly.

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Renelle and I have known each other for over ten years, and she and her husband drove 4 1/2 hours to come on Saturday. It was a delight to see them, along with meeting their precious little girl.

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I couldn't pass by this picture at the lunch hour. These little guys looked to be a bundle of, well, life ;).
I couldn’t pass by this picture at the lunch hour. These little guys looked to be a bundle of, well, life ;).
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Mary with our friends the C. family! It was so good to see y’all again.
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Anna with some of the P. family’s children. You all are a blessing!

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Liberty and I
Liberty and I

“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman
that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”
1 Timothy 2:15

Waynesburg

We left late morning for Waynesburg last Tuesday. The drive went smoothly, and we didn’t hit any slow downs which was a blessing considering on this trip we have observed some huge slowdowns in the opposite direction. One involved an overturned cattle hauler which resulted in the interstate being closed for many hours as they cleaned it up. This is also the time of year for a lot of road repair and resurfacing. So with less time to travel and no slowdowns we were grateful.

We arrived at the church about two hours before the conference. There was really only one place we could have parked, and it was available! Our coordinators provided a delicious dinner, which we enjoyed with their family.

The Lord brought a great group of homeschoolers, and it was a delight to have the opportunity to share and get to know many new friends.

Serving Jesus,
Sarah

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Rachel drew a beautiful picture for our family.

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“Except the Lord build the house, they labour in vain that build it:
except the Lord keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.”
Psalms 127:1

Many Hands Make Light Work

Last night, after dinner and Bible time, some of us went to Joseph’s house for a quick work party. The reason for the party? Dad and Mom will be writing at Joseph’s house soon (exciting!), and because of ongoing construction projects, the house needed a bit of cleaning. We wiped down walls, floorboards, door frames, and cleaned the floors and bathrooms. It was awesome to work together ;).

Joyfully His,
Sarah

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“The hand of the diligent shall bear rule:
but the slothful shall be under tribute.”
Proverbs 12:24

We’re Home!

Sixteen hours and nine minutes after we left Roanoke we pulled into home sweet home! We are grateful for the Lord’s protection through a storm and night driving. Mom and Anna were great to be the “keep the driver alert” buddies. Now to unpacking and settling in! Conference reports later! Joyfully His, Sarah

“This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalms 118:24