What a whirlwind these almost 7 weeks have been! Quite of few in the family traveled, we welcomed Deborah, kept up with work and ministry, and we said goodbye to Anna and Mary. Yes, the girls are off on another summer of ministry! We’ll have a separate post hopefully later this week asking for prayer.
Summer is here, and we look forward to opportunities to minister, be with the family, work, pursue Titus2 projects, write (hopefully soon for me!), and continue with “normal” life!
Also, Dad’s health is doing great! They’ll probably do an update soon on that.
“But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.” 1 Timothy 6:6-7
Father’s Day is right around the corner, and what could be better than a gift that might impact your husband spiritually? Men these days face many temptations, and they need biblical direction and godly leadership to combat that. Steve, husband for 44 years, dad to eight, and grandpa to 14, gives dads the tools they need. We’ve created two special bundles for Father’s Day valid through June 16th, 2019.
Fatherhood Resources:Buying a House Debt-Free, Preparing Sons, and Redeeming the Time = $34.99 ($38.85 normally) includes free shipping in the United States
“I had always thought about family devotions but had failed at any attempts. Feed My Sheephas been an incredible help and inspiration to me. I am so thankful that you did this as it is such an effective means of learning for me, and I am sure others as well.” A dad
“I think every family should read Buying a House Debt-Free, and I encourage you to catch the vision for your sons.” Jim Bob Duggar
“But speak thou the things which become sound doctrine: That the aged men be sober, grave, temperate, sound in faith, in charity, in patience.” Titus 2:1
Teri and Steve are going to be at Lighthouse Baptist Church in Hartford, Alabama (way south) on June 23rd/25th and would love to meet you if you are in the area. Steve will be preaching at their Sunday services and Tuesday evening.
Sunday AM: Believer or Follower? Sunday PM: A Godly Heritage Tuesday PM: A Living Sacrifice
I had the joy of taking Deborah’s newborn photos when she was 9 days old. We scheduled it for late afternoon, and we again used the master bedroom which we also used for Benjamin’s.
Deborah definitely gave some challenges, but with newborn photos, one learns to adapt and stretch their creativity. She didn’t sleep much, and she didn’t naturally curl into a newborn position.
We know some of you love photography, and newborn photos are a way to bless families with lasting memories. To get ideas and tips, you can Google it. You’ll find ideas from what kinds of props (you really can do with just a few items) to lighting to posing. After that, practice, practice, and practice.
I used my Nikon D800 with two lenses: Tamron f2.8 28-75mm lens and my Nikon f1.4 50mm. I didn’t use a flash.
“That the generation to come might know them, even the children which should be born; who should arise and declare them to their children.” Psalm 78:6
Christopher has gifted me with a subscription to The Family Handyman Magazine for a number of years. He knows that I’m always interested in learning better ways of creating and maintaining things around the home. If moms are looking for something very inexpensive and practical for your husband, you might consider gifting your husband with it. If you go to The Family Handyman’s website, a 1-year subscription is $10 or $15/2years.
We will have some ideas later from Titus2 for Father’s Day that will be a spiritual blessing to his heart.
“Young men likewise exhort to be sober minded.” Titus 2:6
Memorial Day, Christopher’s family took Gigi to the cemetery to visit Grandad’s grave. While there, they saw a young man, standing by himself, in evident agony. Gigi went over to give him a hug and listen as he shared his story. His dad died three years ago, and he loved him a lot. He’s following in his dad’s career footsteps, and this is the first time back to visit the grave since moving.
The above picture is a beautiful example of the comforting of a young soldier by an 87-year-old widow whose husband served in Vietnam and was critically wounded in that service, almost losing his life then. May we never forget the sacrifice people have made and are making for our freedom.
Heartache and loss are all around us. Are our hearts tender to discern the needs and then empathize and show Christ’s love?
“Let, I pray thee, thy merciful kindness be for my comfort, according to thy word unto thy servant.” Psalm 119:76
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