Recently, while sorting through some old papers, Teri discovered what we called “nickel sheets.” We used the concept to help a child, old enough to read, develop the daily habit of time in the Word. They would read a passage, usually a chapter, then write down a portion of the passage and a brief application for it in their life.
It provided a degree of accountability that they were reading during that time. The goal was to encourage reading Scripture with an understanding of application to their lives. Reading the Bible with that purpose in mind is a valuable lifetime benefit we desire our family to have.
“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed,rightly dividing the Word of truth.” (2 Timothy 2:15)
Our passion and joy is to encourage, exhort, and equip families in the Lord Jesus. It thrills our hearts when we hear from readers that we have succeeded in doing that.
Here are a few snippets from a mom’s recent email (with permission) because she affirmed our core passion and purpose:
Reading aloud is one of our favorite things to do, but finding good quality material is a very difficult task in this day and age. Your book (Summer with the Moodys) is a picture of genuine people loving each other and following Jesus. It is also a glimpse of hope for the awesome things God can do in the hearts of any of us sinners when we walk with Him.
My heart has been so blessed to watch my daughter listen intently to your story and pick up on all the little Christ-like examples of character you have woven throughout the book. We have read the bible together as a family for several years, but since reading Summer with the Moodys aloud to my children, my oldest daughter has developed a zeal and love for the Word. She gets out her Bible to have Bible time alone in her bedroom. She asks her dad to read the Bible to her out of the blue. She sings praises to God while she is folding laundry. When asked what she would like for her birthday, she said a Bible case and Bible highlighters like I use. She’s five years old! Praise the Lord!
I can’t express my gratitude enough for how God has used your book and relatable children characters to water seeds we have planted in our daughter for years. We planted, your book watered, the Lord caused to grow. A Mom
Makes our hearts happy.
“Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world.” (Titus 2:12)
Last fall when his renters left, Jesse decided he wanted to remodel his house and sell it as a flipper. He worked on it until late March when it sold.
Jesse and Anna are renting an apartment in Kansas City. Their plan is to do that for a year. They wanted the experience of living in an apartment and felt like the first year of marriage would be the best time. They will also use that time to see where they would like to eventually buy a house. They decided they wanted to join a church in Kansas City that they like.
We will miss having them right here in Leavenworth, but they plan to come back for Sunday family lunches and other family events, so we’ll still enjoy seeing them and having them around.
“The mighty God, even the LORD, hath spoken, and called the earth from the rising of the sun unto the going down thereof” (Psalm 50:1).
Happy Father’s Day, Dad! We’re grateful for you and your faithfulness to the Lord Jesus and our family. You love to share Christ and look for those opportunities, you’re quick to serve, you invest in dads’ lives as God opens the doors, and you are an amazing role model for your sons and grandsons.
As the five brothers (Nathan, Christopher, Joseph, John, and Jesse) grew up, you taught them valuable life skills that established them for successful manhood and fatherhood. They truly have reaped from your investment!
We girls (Sarah, Anna, and Mary) also have learned so much from you, and we’re grateful for that and your never ending love for us.
A special Happy Father’s Day to my brothers: Nathan (w/6 kiddos), Christopher (w/6 kiddos), Joseph (w/3 kiddos), and John, the new dad to 2 kids! What an incredible heritage.
“And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to observe and to do all his commandments which I command thee this day, that the Lord thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth: And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God” (Deuteronomy 28:1-2).
Last week, we Maxwells pitched in for a blitz-Gigi’s-yard-and-Christopher’s to put down about a hundred bags of mulch. Christopher once again coordinated the effort. Although we were almost two months later than normal, God gave us an incredible evening with cooler temps and a north wind! Many Maxwells descended upon the yard, filling it with laughter and fellowship. It was beautiful to see some of the littles work alongside the adults.
It only took about an hour to get all the mulch down, and we ended with a pizza party.
We love you , Gigi!
“Man goeth forth unto his work and to his labour until the evening. O Lord, how manifold are thy works! in wisdom hast thou made them all: the earth is full of thy riches.” Psalm 104:23-24
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