Friday, September 5, 2008

Strangers Here....

These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. Heb.11:13

Seems this truth is becoming more real, the "world" is so turned around, what is right the world calls wrong and what is wrong it is looked at as right. All these thoughts come from from my grocery day, being out amongst folks. One fellow says," hey, you home school don't you?" I said for us there is not another option, as we feel it is our responsibility according to the scripture. " Don't you have 19 year old?" "Yes we have two 21 year olds." "Are they still home?" "They are and its a blessing." He said something about work and I said we have our own business and then he asks,"how is that working out?" I said its a vision my husband, family has had and it is happening and he likes working with his sons and being with them all day." Now at another store, a check out lady says about home school, "I do not see how you do it." So if I take all these questions and thoughts and add them, you get for the most part, parents sending their children away, they can not understand and believe that a dad and sons can work together and like it, and why would 21 yr. olds be at home and not "out" on their own and living life! We, believers in the Lord, washed in his blood, are just pilgrims here. We are on a journey, to the celestial city, the New Jerusalem! I do not want to sound morbid but I am so looking forward to the place where we will not be strangers anymore! It really is something to look forward to! I have already said how I think of heaven so often, what a day it will be when we are there together with our loved ones!!

The guys have been in Enid working and they are suppose to be back this evening, Lord willing. Tonight we are going to a rodeo and we have a few that will participate. The last time we went to this arena, Joel was with us. (sigh) I remember it like yesterday! This was Elijah's big night of first time bull riding in 06. Memories are really painful right now as we move closer to their birthday and then to Oct. as I think of all that was about to happen with the fevers starting up. (06) The months ahead are the most painful with memories and seeing Joel's body become weaker and weaker. I will say my phrase tonight as I sit there and remember.... "I am going to believe You."

Tomorrow we are having a wiener roast with several families, many of them we have met through our neighbor, David. The Naylors, possibly the Wilson's and the Thompkins and then some we know and they live close to us, the Gellenbecks, Fleishmans and Norwoods. Some volley ball tournaments, food and fellowship!! I gotta get those guys up early to straighten up this place!!!!

Sometimes it just "seems" like the Lord is distant, I am going to continue to search and expect to hear in his word, I know more now than before all this happened with Joel that he is ever so near, as before I would have likely gotten sad with the Lord and maybe turned my shoulder a little but now I see in a greater way how I need him.

Gotta go.....their gettin' ready for the rodeo!!



Mandy said...

I love the new picture you put up of you and Bro. Terry. You guys look great! Having 13 kids sure agrees with you!

I started a blog, just about our day to day lives. Check it out if you get a chance! You should be able just to click on my name to find my blog.

Have a great time at the rodeo!

tigerlily's gift said...

And Have Not Love . . . . .

If I live in a house of spotless beauty with everything in its place, and have not love-I am a housekeeper not a homemaker.

If I have time for waxing, polishing, and decorative achievements but have not love, my children learn of cleanliness, not godliness.

Love leaves the dust in search of a child’s laugh.

Love smiles at the tiny finger prints on a newly cleaned window.

Love wipes away the tears before it wipes away the spilled milk.

Love picks up the child before it picks up the toys.

Love is present through the trials.

Love reprimands, reproves, and is responsive.

As a mother there is much I must teach my child, but the greatest of these is LOVE.

I am working on writing one about the love of a father..... Giving up his World Centered Goals for the Love is God, his Beautiful Wife and His MANY Children!!!!!

kjvbaptist said...

just wanted to say that we influence when we dont even know we are doing it. this blog influences people that you will never meet. it will help them and encourage them and you will never know it. Just like you did me.
I was a new believer and new to ati. we had went to the Indy conf. one year and then we went to bigsandy in 2005. we had just started going to a ind. fund. babtist church. we have a very stronge family driven pastor (Dr. S.M. Davis) i was new to this all. my parents went to bigsandy with us and my mom thinks its an occult. anyway, at the time i was up in the air about the king james thing, and didnt know what to really think. i was sitting right behind you at the bigsandy conf. when the young lady was quoting and acting out some chapters in matthew. she said that she decided to memorize the kjv. you were the only one who stood up and with Bible in hand said "Aman"....i've never looked at another Bible since. We did talk a little, not about that but about what piano course your family used to teach piano. anyway as we were watching joel's journey the other day, my lips started quivering and i said thats the man. thats that family. my wife knew exactly what i meant and we just looked at eachother. Influence brother. its powerful, almost more so when we dont even know were doing it. God Bless.

paul yates said...

my family says God Bless too

kjvbaptist said...

im kind of new to this. kjvonlybaptist and paul yates are the same.

Anonymous said...

This family could sure use some prayers right now...
Praying for ya!
Emily P.