Friday, October 24, 2014

our salvation is sure

"God has told us quite plainly that
 He has a great plan and scheme and purpose of salvation.
He formed it,
He planned it before the foundation of the world.
There are steps and stages in it,
and God has told us what they are.

He set His heart upon us in eternity,
and predestined us.
Then He calls us,
 and separates us,
and goes on with His work within us
 through all the steps and stages from justification to final glorification.

Such is God's announced plan and scheme of salvation.
God purposed it in Himself
 before man had ever been created,
leave alone before he had ever sinned.
God has announced it and set it into motion.
It cannot fail
because God is God,
and His purposes are ever sure.

But that is not all,
Here is the most outstanding and astonishing thing of all.....
to bring this to pass,
did not even spare His only begotten Son,
but 'delivered Him up for us all.'

That, dear readers,
is an absolute guarantee that the rest is going to follow.
It is inconceivable that this
righteous God,
who has all power,
should even deliver His own Son up unto death
 for us and our salvation,
and then allow anything to stop it or frustrate it.
It is inconceivable!"

Martyn Lloyd Jones
Romans 8

Tonight I thank You God for my salvation.
Set my heart with a burden
 for those who do not know You.
Remind me to pray for them diligently
that You would open their hearts so that they may know
the joy of salvation in Christ Jesus.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

forever friends....

....the ones who hold you up
at the most important times of your life.

I had lunch with Beverly and Sandy today.
When I got home I had an extremely wonderful
e-mail from my friend Lou,
on the right side.
On Monday I had lunch with my cousin Trish,
second from the right.
These are my forever friends,
life-long girlfriends
who are forever faithful.

The little girl pulling up my garter is my sister Teri.
Yep, she is thirteen years younger than I.

A lot of stuff has happened since the day
that picture was taken.
We are all grandmothers now,
(except for Teri).
But through it all, we have stayed close.

I thank God tonight for my friends.
We need them.
We share our joys and sorrows as only girls can.

Thank you all for blessing me this week!!!
I love each one of you.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

rest to the soul

it is not your hold of Christ that saves you.....
it is Christ.
It is not even faith in Christ,
though that be the
it is Christ's blood and merits that save you.

look not so much to your hand
 with which you are grasping Christ,
as to Christ;
look not to your hope;
but to Jesus the source of your hope;
look not to your faith,
but to Jesus,
the author and finisher of your faith.

We shall never find happiness by looking at
our prayers,
our doings,
or our feelings;
it is what Jesus is, not what we are,
that gives rest to the soul."

Charles Spurgeon

If I could ever just learn this truth!!!!!!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

there'a a little boy from china....

....who doesn't have a clue 
about what in the world we are talking about.
The subject is Halloween,
and he has never experienced Halloween before.

Lucy is going to be Hermione,
and Harry a spy....
Gus hasn't made up his mind yet,
 Jake will be Spiderman,
and Eli is Steve of Minecraft fame.

Archie doesn't understand what we do on October 31,
so it is hard for him to visualize.
He will need some help this year,
but after that....
Halloween will be one of his favorite times of the year.

He called me just now.
This morning he had to be at the hospital very early.
He had an MRI
to determine the success of his surgery back in July.
He got a great report!
But what he called to tell me was,
the doctor said he could swim now.....
now that the days are shorter,
and now that the temps have cooled
and the pool water is cold,
he can swim.

Bubba and I are working on it!
We will find a heated pool,
or maybe we will have another hot day.
Just know this....
the boy from China and his grammy will go swimming soon.

Thanking God tonight for answered prayer 
for this little boy,
his healed spine,,
and that he will be with us to celebrate his
first Halloween.

Monday, October 20, 2014

for my memory book......

.....a few more birthday pictures
of the cutest little four year old around.

We played football ring toss in the front yard.
Archie won.....
He got all 3!

Gus opened lots of presents.

He got a coat to keep him warm when winter comes.

A great time was had by all
as evidenced by Eli's reaction in the background.
(worked up into a frenzy)

Saturday, October 18, 2014

out at the soccer field.....

.....this afternoon.

I cannot even begin to say
 how wonderful 
these last three days have been.

Beautiful fall weather,
celebrating Gus's birthday,
Jake, Eli, and Amanda here with us,
time at the beach,
all of these most wonderful blessings 
from the Lord.
Sweet, sweet, fellowship....
it just doesn't get any better than this.
Thank You!

What better day to play tag football on the beach.
The Falcons and the Big Dogs
battled to the end.
The winners?
Everybody won!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

happy birthday gus

Our youngest grandson Gus turned four years old today.
We just celebrated with a very fun party.
He was so excited the whole evening....
flashing his megawatt smile in every direction.

We have had Gus for three and one half years.
He has been such a joy and delight.
I have never seen a little boy so filled with passion.
Whatever he does is done with gusto.
He is very loving and thankful.
He loves football,
singing "Let it Go" at the top of his lungs,
and his family.
He is beautiful inside and out.

Happy birthday Gussie B,,,
Love you to the moon and back.

Notice there is a conga line in the background.

Eli summed up the day best of all
when he said this as we were putting him to bed....
"God sure blessed us today."
He sure did little guy!