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The Trip Begins with a Little Unexpected Twist

We are in Kentucky tonight! The morning felt like a normal trip morning as we scurried around, finishing last-minute preparations. After the guys finished packing the trailer, Grandad and Grandma came over. Even though the temperatures were chilly, we gathered together outside while Grandad prayed for us. We said good-byes and headed off for church. Our dear fellowship was glad to see our family, and we had a blessed worship service. Around 11 a.m., we were officially on the road.

The 500-mile drive passed quite uneventfully, and we only made one stop for gas. Mom is a pro at making sandwiches in the van! We listened to two sermons and enjoyed talking together and watching the scenery.

After we unloaded at the hotel, Dad and John went to fill up with diesel across the street. When they came back, Dad made some comment by which I could tell we had a problem. Dad felt Jesus prompting him to look over the trailer, and he discovered an axle on our trailer is going bad, thus the tire is becoming bald. We planned on driving 800 miles tomorrow, but it looks as if our plans may change. We will need to find a place to find trailer tires. Dad will be watching the tire carefully as we drive tomorrow, and he’ll be placing a call into the trailer place in Kansas City to get their advice. A big praise the Lord is we don’t need to be in Orlando until Tuesday night, so we have an extra day. Please pray for safety as we continue: number one we want to wear the tire down as much as possible without it blowing, and number two the half-used spare might make it the rest of the way to Orlando.

Thank you for your prayers!

Sarah for the rest

The Preparations Begin!

Our family is beginning to prepare for a 2 week trip which includes 6 conferences. It is always amazing how pressures seem to come the week of a trip. Please pray for us as we work through the details that must be completed before Sunday. We will be doing our normal Sunday morning worship service at the nursing home, and then we’ll be “taking off” (aka—in our van!) for the trip.

For those who might be interested, here’s a brief look at the schedule:

Detailed info is available by clicking the cities above or on our speaking schedule.

We’ll be posting “on the road” updates, too. We are greatly appreciative of your prayers as we prepare our hearts and then as we embark on our journey, for safety and for those attending the conferences.

We hope to meet many of you!! Blessings from all of us.

Only for Jesus,
Sarah

Behind-the-scenes look at a photo session for Spring….

Today, a neighbor’s cat is acquired (with permission :-)), so our Golden Retriever, Honey, can tree it so we can photograph the scene for our artist to sketch an illustration for Spring with the Moodys….

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Cat is encouraged to run up the tree. (As a side note, we put the cat near the tree and THEN let Honey out. Of course, the cat ran up the tree, as Honey excitedly ran toward the tree!)

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Honey is encouraged to jump up and look at the cat. Hmmm… Cat climbed higher than we wanted! If you notice, the cat is way up in the fork of the tree.

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John has to go get his ladder so that we can bring the cat out of the tree.

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Heroic John to the rescue! He manages to coax the cat close enough so that he can reach her. Meanwhile, his sister is a little nervous as she watches.

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Success! Cat is now in hand as he climbs down the ladder.
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Okay, another try. We opted for a shorter tree this time. Honey had been put away and then brought back again as John put the cat on the tree and channeled it the direction he wanted :-).

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This time the cat is much closer and Joseph can get a better picture.

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Honey is put in the house, and the cat is again brought down. The hand-off from John (in the tree) to me occurs.

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The cat is safely down!!

So, just a little adventure in capturing a picture for the next Moody book!!

Only for Jesus,
Sarah

Spring with the Moodys

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Cute dog? Well, it has more meaning than just that. Last Friday, that picture and four others were mailed off to the artist to begin sketching for Spring with the Moodys. This picture of “Maple” (actually Lady in real life) will be used by the artist for her drawings. For each chapter of a Moodys book, we decide what we want for the illustration. Then we need to get a photograph of what it should look like so the artist knows what to draw.

The basic text is in, and I am working on revising and editing before the book goes to the proofreader. I’m hoping by the middle of next year that Spring will be out. Your prayers are greatly appreciated, as I’ve found this book to be the most challenging of all four thus far.

Joyfully His,
Sarah

Courage in Action

This email is shared with permission from the courageous dad who threw out the beast from his home as pictured previously. He is already starting to see the good fruit such a decision produces.

What we’ve done:

Removed the TV from the Living Room and placed it in the garage. It’s rather large (as you could see from the picture) so it’s not something the trash people will take without prior arrangements. It sat in our living room until Thursday night, when I had a friend over who could help me move it. It felt like a weight was lifted. Since the TV weighs 220 lbs, a weight was lifted down 2 flights of stairs, much easier than UP I can tell you. It was a constant source of temptation in the house (I can fix a cut cord easily, and I can remove/replace a simple plexiglass clear screen that was written on as well). Now that it’s in the garage, we get no more questions from the kids about wanting to watch TV.

Started daily devotions. We’re starting in John and finished Chapter 3 tonight (8th day of devotions). I’ve also started reading a Psalm at the end of the devotions. Some have been very difficult as we’ve been on the go a lot lately due to pre-existing commitments and we were doing them without naps on occasion, but they have been done each day without exception.

Removed all video games (ouch €¦ from someone who has been playing them for 30 years) from the house except the Game Boy because it was given to me by a friend and he may want it back. It hasn’t been touched however except to move it out of the way. Cancelled Cable, ESPN Insider, Blockbuster online, File Planet (Video Game demo and patch download service), GameTap and XM radio. Rough cost savings per month = $150.00.

Started removing non-edifying media. Edifying is defined as Christian media and secular non-fiction (biographies, textbooks, etc). More to do here, but it’s happening in time.

Dismantled the entertainment center and reconfigured for stereo/cd use only.

Started Bible memorization with the boys. My three year old son has memorized 3 scripture verses and my two year old son has memorized one. Joshua 24:15 (both), Deut. 6:4 and Matt. 22:39
 
Challenges

It’s tough not even paying attention to things you did before. I am finding it difficult to not check football scores on Sunday (and failing today) and not to get caught up in things that had my attention before.

It is a lot tougher to supervise a 2 and 3.5 year old when you have no other help and no TV to pawn them off on. We have started integrating them into getting some chores done, but that has its own set of challenges. Right now, trying to clean up the mess we’ve made has prevented getting a new schedule really worked on (nights and such are spent cleaning up all the stuff that was around before) and the chore pack definitely comes after the schedule.

Effects

For the first time since our oldest was 3 months old (or thereabouts) we were able to sit through a singing worship service at our church AND ENJOY IT! Praise the Lord. We took our boys out for pizza as a reward.

Devotions are rough, but getting better.

I’m actually trying to put God first in what I do. We have a morning schedule where we both get a half hour with the Lord before breakfast each day. We have not faltered from this since the conference.
 
To Do’s

Work on the vision statement and goals. The vision statement is pretty much done but I’m scrapping my work with goals so far as I don’t like it. Praying for some insight as I feel stalled. I might resort to using your goals list in Keeping Our Children’s Hearts as a template and customizing it for our family.

Hammer out a schedule. My wife is handling this and we have a temporary one in place but it needs more refining. Finish clearing out the trash and reconfiguring the house. The garage is packed as well and needs to be cleared out.
 
Thanks for listening and holding parents everywhere accountable for their actions!

To Him be the Glory!
 
What a guy! I hope that encourages you as well.

Steve

One Courageous Dad

Uriah is one of my favorite men of the Bible. He lived in such faithful service to his king. He was willing to for-go the pleasures others thought were acceptable because he was called to serve. That is the desire of my heart. Oh Lord Jesus, may I be busy about Your work. Those God has given us are our first responsibility to disciple. As this month’s Dad’s Corner encouraged, being entertained by the TV will win out over feeding our families the Word of God EVERY night. Dads will occasionally write, sharing, that they are taking that responsibility seriously and taking bold action.

This brother was willing to throw out $10,000 worth of “trash” to put his family on the right course. The Lord will pour out blessings into the lives of his children such that even if what he discarded had been valued at $100,000, it would still be worth it. When we eliminated TV, I didn’t throw out that much “trash” but the dividends in my children’s lives are priceless to me. I praise God for this brother, and I’m confident his wife does also.

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One “beast” bites the dust