Monday, July 29, 2013

New Update!!

I'm back!! I had an awesome trip, which I will be posting about later.  Right now, I just want to let ya'll know that I added new couples to my courtship stories post!  I was so excited when I started reading Iris' blog, it was encouraging to find another couple who have decided to court! And I was very happy for Maggie when she started courting, too!!
Have a great week!

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Takin' A Trip

Today I flew from Chicago to Dallas to New Orleans. Once again we attempted to surprise Rachel with a trip to Alabama. This time she wasn't very surprised. This is the third year we've surprised her, and I think it's wearing off. 
Anyway, I'm looking forward to a week's vacation with my friends. 
Until I get home, have a great week! 

Monday, July 15, 2013

With All My Heart

If ever I loved thee, my Jesus tis now. 

In this quiet place with you, I now before your throne. I bear the deepest part of me to you and lay it down. I keep no secrets for there is no thoughts you have not known. I bare my best and all the rest to you, and lay it down. 

With all my heart, I want to love you, Lord. And live my life, each day to know you more. All that is in me, is yours completely. I'll serve you always, with all my heart. 

You faithfully supply my needs, according to your plan. So help me, Lord, to seek your face, before I seek your hand. And trust you know what's best for me, when I don't understand. And follow in obedience in every circumstance. 

With all my heart, I want to love you, Lord. And live my life, each day to know you more. All that is in me, is yours completely. I'll serve you always, with all my heart. 

Friday, July 12, 2013

...And the Last State of that Man...

Last night we had the opportunity to go to Parker Memorial Baptist Church to hear Dr. Phil Kidd. It was a blessing, and the sermon was amazing! He preached on Matthew 12:45 about how "the state of that man was worse than the first."  Then he went through and gave three points describing different men who had died in the Bible. 
1) The Fool- Abner died a fool. 
2) The Failure- Demus died a failure
3) The Fake- Judas died a fake. 

What if the flowers that will be placed on your grave are already in the flower store? What if your casket you will be buried in is already in the funeral home? 
If you were to die today, what would the end of your story be?  

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Value Your Heritage

Jesse and I sang this song last Sunday in honor of the fourth. I had never heard it before she showed it to me and I really liked it. 

Faith of our fathers, holy faith. We will be true to thee. 

Value your heritage, of days gone by. Hold fast the memory of pure and holy lives. Who held the bloodstained banner, of Jesus Christ, God's son. The truth has been preserved for us through victories they have won. 

Value your heritage, hold doctrine dear. Brave ones who died in faith to keep our message clear. Burned forsaken martyrs, saints who've paid the price. Procure for us the word of God, a willing sacrifice. Whose faith and wisdom follow, stand firm and boldly be the future of tomorrow, a heritage to see. 

I pledge allegiance to the flag if the United States of America. And to the republic for which it stands: one nation, under God, with liberty and justice for all. 

Value our heritage, in God we trust. Forefathers signed their names- securing life for us. To live and breathe in freedom, they fought for liberty. And took a stand, each boy and man, I make our country free. 

My country tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing. Land where my fathers died. Land of the pilgrim's pride. From every mountain side...

Cast of the works of darkness, shine forth a life laid down. Our cause demands we give our all, to gain a heavenly crown. Our cause demands we give our all, to gain a heavenly crown. 

Monday, July 8, 2013

Happy Birthday Mom

Today is my mom's birthday. She wanted to go back up to my grandparent's cottage up near Lake Michigan. So far it's been a good time with only *ahem* slight injuries :). Some 19 year old girl around here has a tomboy/risk taker streak in her. Usually ending up with some sort of something like this:
Beautiful, right?? 


Saturday, July 6, 2013

It Is Good...

It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes

Psalms 119:71

Praise God that even in hard times there is a reason for everything. I saw this verse just tonight and it was a great encouragement to me!! 

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Happy Fourth of July!!

(At the parade this morning)

Hope everyone has a great holiday weekend! 

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Just Had To...

Share a picture of this little guy :) 

Isn't he a cutie?? 
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