The Value of Life

People gathered Sunday in our city as part of a national awareness to show our love for the pre-born. Vehicles driving by showed their support by honking and plenty of waves. It’s called Life Chain Sunday, held the first Sunday of October.

We believe every life is valuable, and just because a child is small or can’t be seen doesn’t make their life less worth while. Sadly, in the United States alone, 3,000 babies are killed every day. In the name of choice and rights.

Will you stand up and be a voice for the voiceless? It takes compassion and love for these precious babies and their parents. My heart breaks for both: for the baby who should be in the most protected place in the world, and for her mama, who is drowning out her conscience to take her child’s life, the one made in God’s own image.

Before I share pictures, I can’t help but give you Anna’s plea for life. If you are new to the blog, please watch it, and if you’ve watched it already, please re-watch and let it sink deep in your heart.


“Thus saith the Lord that made thee,
and formed thee from the womb,
which will help thee …”
Isaiah 44:2

Building A Father and Son Relationship

Today it’s our joy to bring you a guest post by my brother, Christopher, dad to four. We hope it encourages families in working with your sons on projects.

Joshua (5) loves equipment. He talks about equipment, and he thinks about equipment. A lot. Some nights I’ll talk with him as he’s in bed ready to go to sleep and every time the discussion turns to equipment and projects.

Grandpa Maxwell gave him a front-tine roto tiller a few years ago that needed a new carburetor, and we had a great time replacing that carburetor. Joshua didn’t mind at all that the first carburetor we ordered was the wrong oneit was just one more exciting step in the adventure. Occasionally, when I’m mowing the yard Joshua will pull the tiller out of the shed and horse it around the yard a bit (engine off). He has to work REALLY hard to get that thing moved around, yet he has a blast doing it. And, by the way, we are careful to run the engine dry/out of gas anytime we actually run the engine (while Joshua would love to replace the carburetor again, I’d rather not).

A neighbor was throwing away an electric blower, and we picked it up for Joshua. We plug it into a 25’ extension cord (I handle plugging the cord in), and then with safety glasses and hearing protection, he has a great time blowing leaves and debris off the back porch. At this time of year, oak trees in GiGi’s front lawn are dropping acorns on her drivewayto the point where they can be a safety hazard. With a 100’ extension cord he can take care of her whole driveway. While it does take me a bit longer to mow the yard, it’s a perfect project for him to do while we’re outside.

And while Joshua loves equipment, I love working on projects with Joshua. I always want to be interested in and have time not only for Joshua, but also the things that he’s interested in. And I always want to encourage him in areas that are beneficial for him right now, as well as areas that will benefit him in the future.

In Christ,

“And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children,
and the heart of the children to their fathers,
lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.”
Malachi 4:6

Money is Cheap

Today I’m re-sharing something. Some of you guys are on my dad’s Seriously list and received this as an e-mail Wednesday morning. The response was amazing; it must have struck a tender chord.

All of us would do well to consider how important time is. And if you’re a guy (dad or not!), please take a moment to sign up for the Seriously e-mail (you can use the blue button on the right side bar that says Receive Seriously or go to this link). It’ll come every Wednesday morning, is a short read, and is packed full of godly encouragement and advice.

Many have it upside down today. When they think of how much something costs, they think in terms of dollars. In reality, they should be thinking in terms of time. We can always get more money, but we only have a limited amount of time. That scarcity makes time invaluable.

Most have heard the expression, “I’m spending my children’s inheritance.” They usually mean that they are spending their savings themselves, and there won’t be much left for the children after their death.

Here’s another perspective for you to consider. When Dad or Mom don’t invest time in the lives of their children, might they be spending their children’s most crucial inheritance? How prepared your children are for life, their character, their walk with Christ—isn’t that far more important than any amount of dollars they might inherit?

Child-raising years are priceless, and there are no second chances. No amount of money can replace what is lost in the child’s life. You who are heavily investing in your children’s lives are making the best choice. That investment is an inheritance they will benefit from for all eternity.


Time with your children is precious.

“Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the
fruit of the womb is his reward. As arrows are in the
hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth.
Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them:
they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with
the enemies in the gate” (Psalm 127:3-5).

What Do Face Painting, Balloon Art, and Photography Have in Common?

The answer is the Maxwell sisters! The Lord opened up doors to minister with a local church Sunday at an event doing those three items for them. We love working together as a team, and this day was no exception.

The church invested a lot in making it a great time for families and kids alike. I really appreciate their hearts for others.


The church graciously found a spot in the shade for Mary, which ended up to be the porch of the church office. Perfect!

Talk about a cute pair! And wow, what an adorable balloon creation.
My primary lens was enroute back from warranty work, but the Lord blessed even without my mainstay!

“Trust in the Lord, and do good;
so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.”
Psalm 37:3

What Are You Grateful for Today?

There’s something so beautiful as sitting outside, reading Psalms, and watching the sun cast its first rays through the morning skies. It’s a new day. Another sign of the Lord’s tender mercies toward us! Have you thought about what it would be like if the sun did not rise?

I love Psalm 103. The first two verses especially:

“Bless the Lord, O my soul:
and all that is within me, bless his holy name.
Bless the Lord, O my soul,
and forget not all his benefits.”

Isn’t it easy to forget what the Lord has done for us? So I’m taking a few moments to say how grateful I am to the Lord for His abundant mercies, for the ability to share Him with others and proclaim Jesus, for His blessings of health and family, of many things to do, and for His guidance. What can you bless the Lord for today? I’d love for you to leave a comment below!


A gorgeous sunrise
A blog reader sent this to me and gave permission for me to use her picture, so I wanted to add it on!

Random Life

Life is full of sweet times. From ice cream with a sister-in-law, to picking apples and then processing them, to walks with the nieces and nephews, to ministry with family–we are abundantly blessed.

May we treasure each moment the Lord has given us!


Summer walk with lots of great company
Celebrating Melanie’s birthday

Apple processing!
Cleaning the slide
Grandpa and Drew playing trains
Jesse’s birthday
Talk about lots of little helpers!

“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for,
the evidence of things not seen.”
Hebrews 11:1

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