Need some encouraging fellowship…?

by Charity

Sep
22

The ATI connections team is making their way around the U.S.

If you are needing encouragement or fellowship with other families, this is a great way to be able to connect with others in your area, get up to date with what’s happening at IBLP and be challenged with messages by Chris Hogan, Gary Fraley, the Wallers and Gabe Cleator!

Go check their schedule, see if they will be in your area, and put it on your calendar!

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We highly recommend you go, you will be blessed!

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Thinking of Grandma…

by Abbie

Sep
15

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It’s hard to believe that it’s coming up on a year (Sept. 24th) since Grandma went to heaven. If you remember from last year, Grandma was working on making each of the granddaughters a butterfly quilt…using hankies as the butterflies. DSC_0074
We have some precious memories of us all working together to stich on the butterflies in the months before she died…

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She passed away before the project was completed, but thanks to our Aunt Jackie, who took the initiative to get them all put together and finished, the quilts were all completed and presented to us at our family reunion in June.

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What a special treasure!!!

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We will hang Grandma’s own butterfly quilt in Grandpa’s new bedroom. He will be moving in, in just a couple of weeks!

We are thinking of, and missing her a lot, and as we approach the day she died, I am reminded of the words that she left us with – and that is what I’ll leave you with today:

STAY FAITHFUL! (full of faith)

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Labor Day Weekend

by Charity

Sep
08

To start the weekend off, on Saturday we were so blessed to be apart of a friend’s wedding.
Earlier in the week, we helped them bake 530 cupcakes!! We helped with the food for the wedding making sure everything stayed filled up and popcorn kept popping.
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Abbie and Maggie, along with some dear friends of ours, played music for the wedding. Abbie played her ukulele and Maggie played the Mandolin! The evening of the wedding was just gorgeous! IMG_0008
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They had fireworks during their first dance, that was pretty neat!
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I was in charge of the photo booth and had a great time snapping pictures of everyone as they “signed the guest book” by getting their picture taken!
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On Monday we had a party at our house! We took “labor day” seriously getting ready for everyone to come! We got some much needed clean up done!

Granny and Mary Ella were “neck and neck” the whole croquet game!
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Dad grilled up the burgers for everyone! Yum.
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And lots of homemade peach ice-cream! 1..2..3.. 4 bowls of ice-cream!?!?!
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Once it got too dark to play volleyball we moved inside and played games! Rapid Recall, 2 different “story games”, Spoons and Nertz. =D We had fun.
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2 Thessalonians 3:10 – … If any would not work, neither should he eat.

Proverbs 14:23 – In all labor there is profit, But mere talk leads only to poverty.

What did ya’ll do for Labor Day?

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A few days behind…

by Burnett Family

Sep
02

But a happy 24th birthday to Caleb!

A book that has influenced Caleb this past year, and one that he would recommend is: “God’s Gift to Women”-Eric Ludy

Happy Birthday Caleb! We love you!

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Eyes on Him

by Abbie

Aug
21

“…But the ship was now in the midst of the sea, tossed with the waves: for the wind was contrary.

And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea.

And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear.

But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I, be not afraid.

And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water.

And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus.

But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me.

And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?” Matthew 14:24-31

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What do we see about the wind? It was contrary and boisterous. Do your present circumstances seem contrary to your plans? What else do we know about wind? It is something you can feel. Do you feel a lot of emotions (or lack of) and heartache due to those circumstances?  Are they loud and boisterous, and seem to be all you can think about right now?

Be encouraged that in the midst of all the wind in your life right now, Jesus is speaking. Listen to His voice. “Be of good cheer; it is I, be not afraid.” He works ALL things together for GOOD to those who love Him and are called according to His purpose. (Rom. 8:28) ALL things. He is here. He is in control of the wind. He is working. Don’t be afraid!

Let’s take our eyes off of the wind and place them on Jesus. He gives peace to those who keep their mind stayed on Him, because they trust in Him. (Is. 26:3)

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