Celebrating the Birth of Dylan

We are so very excited to announce the birth of Dylan, our 8th grandchild. Of course, he is adorable!

Expecting

I took this photo of Kristen on my birthday.  I was hoping Dylan would arrive on my birthday…sooooo, after cake and ice cream, Kristen climbed lots of stairs. But, it was not meant to be.

Barry and I had our bags packed way in advance of her due date. We wanted to be able to promptly leave if we received a midnight call that Kristen was in labor. She barely made it to the hospital in time for the last baby. I was concerned that Kristen would be like my mom and have her baby in the car.

Everything went well, thank the Lord! Dylan weighed in at a whopping 9lbs 10oz. He will outgrow his newborn clothes in no time.

To celebrate Dylan’s birth, Melinda and Jeremy came for a visit. Here are a few photos of the joyous occasion taken by Melinda Denison, our daughter. Here is the link to her new website: http://www.melindadenison.com/

Kristen and Dylan

When I visited Kristen immediately after the baby was born, she was radiant like this. Midwives brag on her.

Kristen, Dylan in our flower gardenKristen and Dylan in our flower garden

Grandma and Dylan

Being a Grandma has its perks

Melinda and Dylan

Aunt Melinda with her new nephew

Family of 7Beautiful Family of Seven

giant sling shot

What’s a celebration without a giant sling shot for the kids to shoot water balloons at….

Jeremy

Uncle Jeremy!

Sparklers for the kidsUncle Jeremy brought some sparklers for the children to enjoy~

Landon ~sparkler

 Sweet dreams

Sweet Dreams

25 Ways to Decrease Pressures In Life

Stress makes us feel heavy-hearted. Much of the stress we have in life is self-imposed. If you are like me, you will want to eliminate any self-inflicted stress. God says if we take His yoke upon us, His yoke is easy and His burden is light. His yoke gives rest to our souls.

In my Quiet Time this morning, I was reading Matthew 11:28-30: Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
I have sweet memories of our family singing this Scripture to song in church.

There are two yokes in life:

  • God’s way-take God’s easy yoke upon me = rest
  • my way-take my burdensome yoke upon me = stress

In my Bible, next to Matthew 11:28-30, I have written these notes:

Pressures in life are one of the main reasons for stress in life.

25 Ways to Decrease Pressures In Life~

  1. Pray and cast your burden on the Lord.
  2. Read God’s Word/ Meditate on God’s Word. God gives wisdom, hope and comfort to you through His Word.
  3. Get involved in ministering to others. Have a family ministry to help others. Grow closer to God and to one another in your family through ministering together.
  4. Be faithful to attend church as a family. Be encouraged by the go to church~preaching of the Word of God and encourage others by your faithfulness to be in your place on Sunday.
  5. Don’t overspend and put unnecessary stress on the family. “Better is a dry morsel, and quietness therewith, than an house full of sacrifices with strife.” Proverbs 27:1
  6. Listen to peaceful music.
  7. Exercise in the morning to get feel-good endorphins going. Mix cardio with stretch exercises.
  8. Get enough sleep and rest.
  9. Eat right.
  10. Minimize time spent with stressful people.
  11. Build family relationships by making good memories. Laugh alot.Laugh
  12. Be careful about what TV program you watch.
  13. Get outside some each day.
  14. Start a fulfilling hobby you enjoy.
  15. Meet your husband’s needs. You will gain confidence from knowing his needs are met because of you.
  16. Refuse to worry about things outside your control.
  17. Train and disciple children.
  18. Resist temptation to sin. The consequences of sin are stressful.
  19. Learn to say “no” without guilt. Overextending yourself is stressful.
  20. Teach all family members to keep a clean, organized, uncluttered home.clean house~
  21. Regularly evaluate your life and eliminate stress as much as possible.
  22. Simplify your life.
  23. Work on communication skills with family.
  24. Try to read at least a page a day of something helpful and think on what you have learned during the day.  Keep your mind actively learning something productive.
  25. Instead of worrying, trust God to do the impossible.

What? There is a King in my Kid?

Another one of my favorite posts~ We can all glean gems from the post to benefit our precious children and grandchildren.

The photo is of our grandson, Bryant getting excited about receiving a Bible for his 7th Birthday on July 1, 2012. I see king potential!

 

“And Samuel said unto Jesse, Are here all thy children? And he said, There remaineth yet the youngest, and, behold, he keepeth the sheep… ” 1Samuel16:11

 

David-shepherd boyPicture the scene:  We are just told by God that people will make decisions by looking on the outer appearance of others, but God looks on the heart.  God had already chosen a King, but the parent failed to see the king in his kid.

The parent was actually going to leave out one of his children, thinking it impossible for that child to be chosen. Maybe, the parent thought his son was way too young. Maybe the parent saw his youngest boy as just a little kid who had the lowly job of keeping sheep.  When the parent was asked if he had more sons, the parent said “behold”, which means to “look with surprise”.  Can’t you just picture this parent pointing in the distance to his son and thinking in a surprised way, “What? Could there be a king in that kid?”

What valuable lessons can we apply to our lives from this true Bible story?

1.  God loves to take the “seemingly nobody’s” and uses them for His glory!

2.  There are God-given potential and God-given talents hidden in every child.

3.  The child does not know he has “king potential” in him.

4.  The parent should be the one to help each child reach their God-given potential.

5.  Pray daily: “Lord, I don’t see my child as You do. Work in and through me to draw out each child’s God-given potential and talents to be used for Your glory.”

6. Model humbleness.  Only the humble will reach king potential. David was in a lowly position of keeping lowly sheep.  There is no room for “big heads”! It is the little things, little places, little people that God can use for His glory.

What do we want for our children? Fame (Popularity) or Fortune? Please say, “No”.

Let us choose what is most important to God for our children! There is king potential in every child. Let us choose to praise our children for good character, integrity and godliness! Children will desire to live up to the praise we give them!

crownDaily let each child know they are special.  Let us ask the Lord for spiritual eyes to see the king potential in each of our children and let us take the needed action to draw that potential out!

And don’t be surprised when you find out “There is a king in my kid”! 🙂

Don’t Stop Blushing!

One of my favorite posts! May we never lose our blush! May our children never lose their blush!

O be careful little eyes what you see.

There’s a Father up above

And He’s looking down in love

So, be careful little eyes what you see.

The song goes on to say: Be careful what you hear, do, where you go and what you say.

What a sweet song for little children, but what an incredibly strong message for all of us from the Word of God.

In Ezra 9, God’s people had lost their blush.  Sin didn’t disturb them anymore. God’s people were hanging out with the wrong crowd and had learned their ways. They had forgotten God was watching, or maybe they didn’t care.

What did one man do? “I fell upon my knees, and spread out my hands unto the LORD my God, And said, O my God, I am ashamed and blush to lift up my face to thee, my God: for our iniquities are increased over our head, and our trespass is grown up unto the heavens.” Ezra 9:5, 6 What a prayer of humble repentance! “Lord, let this be me.”

Whenever we had a standard in our home, we made sure our children knew the standard was because “God said it, that settles it, we will do it”.  A bunch of rules without reason sets a child up for rebellion. Children will become weary hearing, “Because I said so!” Teach children, “God loves you and has a wonderful plan for you.  As we get to know God through His Word, He sends us His message, so we can apply it to our lives.”

Families are in danger of losing their blush! Why? Ezra 9:1 “The people…have not separated themselves from the people of the lands, doing according to their
abominations…”

Monitor the TV~
Monitor the TV~

1.  Is our family losing their blush because of what they see on TV? I am not advocating taking the TV in the backyard and beating it with bats into a million pieces, then burying it.  The solution may be to monitor the TV and invest in a TV guardian and Clearplay.

2.  Is our family losing their blush by hanging out with the wrong crowd?  Even Christians can become worldly. Brandon, our son said that the main reason he did not go through teen rebellion was because we made sure he had good friends.  “Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners (morals).” 1Co 15:33

3.  Is our family losing their blush by what they view on the computer? One way our family solved the computer issue was by placing the computer where all could see what the person using it was doing.

Nothing was done in secret in our home. Brandon and his Dad, together made a covenant with their eyes. “I made a covenant with mine eyes; why then should I think upon a maid?” Job 31:1

4.  Is our family losing their blush by listening to inappropriate music? When the people of the Bible cleansed their home, revival took place, and people were saved.  Our children were saved before the ages of seven, praise God.  Sure makes it easier on Mom and Dad when children have the Holy Spirit living within. It is the wise parent who daily prays for the salvation of their children.

Let us all be careful about what we see, hear, and do.  Let us all be careful about what we say and where we go.  Why? Our Father is watching, and we want to live to make Him smile.

Don’t stop blushing!

A Christian Without Wisdom Is Like An Owl Without A Wing

I hope you do not mind if I repost an article from last year.  Our new grandbaby is here and we are celebrating. Plus, we are giving our daughter a break by keeping their other four children. Praise the Lord for babies!

Recently, our son and daughter-in-law witnessed a National Geographic Scene in their own backyard. Jodi was taking pictures of an owl perched on a low branch in a tree.  The owl’s wing was hurt.  Just as Jodi was taking the photo, a turkey flew up into the tree attacking the owl and knocking the owl down.

A Christian without wisdom is like that owl without the use of his wing. She is left vulnerable to all kinds of attacks. The owl was rescued just in time by Brandon and Jodi, then taken to a bird rehab center. We all need wisdom from the Lord to protect us from the attacks of worldly thinking. We need wisdom from the Lord to come to our rescue.

  1. We need wisdom to rescue ourselves from thinking, “This is logical.” We might think something is logical, but God’s ways are much higher than our ways. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.” (Isaiah 55:9)  Logic can be misleading.
  2. We need wisdom to rescue ourselves from thinking, “Everyone else is doing it, so it must be alright.” Following the crowd seldom turns out well.
  3. We need wisdom to rescue ourselves from emotional decisions that feel right. Feelings are flighty and untrustworthy.
  4. We need wisdom to rescue ourselves from thinking, “It was always done this way.” Tradition is not necessarily wise to follow.

There is a flip side to the National Geographic Scene that took place in our children’s backyard.  Why did the turkey attack the owl?  The turkey attacked the owl because she was protecting her young. A parent without wisdom is like a turkey who does not watch out for her young.

  1.  We need wisdom to watch out for our children. The devil does not think, “Oh, how cute that little child is right now.  I am going to wait until he is much older before I begin to trip him up.”

God said wisdom is first place and we need to get it. “Wisdom is the principal (first) thing; therefore get wisdom…”  (Proverbs 4:7)

How do we get wisdom?

First: We must be in God’s Word to know God.

Second: We must ask God for wisdom.  I daily begged God for wisdom. I was a desperate mother. I desperately needed God’s wisdom to be a wise mother! While we are asking, let us also ask God for wisdom to be a wise wife.

The most wonderful glorious thing is that God promises to give wisdom generously if we ask Him! Now, how easy is that! Thank you, Lord!

If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.” James 1:5