Big Sandy Family Conference – 2016

by Abbie

Apr
27

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One of the biggest highlights every year for our family is attending the family conference down in Big Sandy, TX. It is a time of refreshment, conviction, encouragement and lots of good fellowship with like-minded believers. photo 1DSC_0014

Here are some of the highlights we were challenged by this year:

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Abbie – My favorite session this year was done by Gil Bates based out of the Bible story where Lot pitches his tent towards Sodom. Where we set our eyes will ultimately determine our destination. “You will end up where you are headed.” This is a huge warning to us to evaluate our hearts and lives to see what we’re fixing our eyes on and where we will end up if we keep on the path we’re on – it could be good, if our eyes are on Jesus, but if we’re focused on someone or something else we could be headed for destruction. This is not something to lightly brush off and hope everything will be okay, ignoring the warning signs flashing before us, take heed and turn your eyes upon Jesus.

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Charity – I enjoyed a lot of the speakers this year but there wasn’t a particular message that really stood out, it was more of a topic that several of the speakers briefly touched on… but something I knew was meant for me! And that was the very important and crucial practice of meditating. Everyone meditates on something. It’s what you think about, daydream about. All that says a lot about a person! Everything starts as just a thought. The passage I choose for myself this year is John 15, and a critical part of being connected to the Vine and abiding in Christ is meditating on scripture and prayer! To know Christ more, I’ve GOT to spend time with Him, and if that is truly my heart’s desire, I will choose Jesus above ALL else!

Ps 19:14 – Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.

Ps 104:34 – My meditation of him shall be sweet: I will be glad in the LORD.

Phil 4:8 – Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

Isa 26:3 – Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.

2 Cor 10:5 – Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ…

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Maggie – Like always, it’s hard to weed through all of the sessions and pick just one that meant the most! All of the sessions have such rich nuggets of truth that challenged or encouraged me, like:
Jobe Martin’s session on Creation Evangelism was super neat!
One of Mr. Bates sessions really encouraged me to take a step back and look at where my life will be 10 years from now if I continue on the same road I am now. If I am pursuing God to the depth I am now, will I wish I had strove for a deeper level?
One of Jamie Lash’s sessions really convicted me to re-discipline myself to daily meditation in God’s Word!
But I think I enjoyed Darren Myers sessions the most!!
His one on God, Morals, and Socialism has to be my favorite! I’d encourage you to check out their website here!
This past year I believe the Lord has opened my eyes (politics probably played a big part) to the situation our country is really in, where it is headed, and the evil that is creeping in to every part of our society! Darren Myers sessions were really informative and interesting! I felt like I could spend hours talking to him and listening to what he has to say! Maybe I just haven’t looked very far, but I was encouraged to hear someone speak on Socialism, Communism, what they are, and what God’s Word has to say about them, as well as how it would impact us, and how to stand up for truth! I also appreciated the statistics, surveys, and personal book recommendations that he shared! May God have mercy on us and may I/we not water down and ignore the way that Satan has snuck in and influenced so much of our culture! I pray that we will let God work through us to “…overcome evil with good.”  Rom. 12:17-21
~Psalms 2:1-12~

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Carinna – One of the topics that I was challenged by throughout the week was in the area of my words. The tongue is a small member that can cause big problems.
It has the power to dramatically alter my life, and those around me.
James 3:1-12 Prov. 26:28 Prov. 17:20 Prov.15:2 Ps 4:13 and there are many more.
The power of death is in the tongue. Prov. 18:21 “Death and life are in the
power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.” 
 
Such a small thing can be a huge problem! It can be used by the devil to tear,
drag down, and hurt others. The tongue also has the power of life!
Maybe I’m not hurting others with with my words but am I pulling others down? 
If I am finding myself complaining and grumbling, I really need to look at my heart because…Luke 6:45 “A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.”

Am I building others up with my words? Am I being an energy giver?
If not, where has my view of God gotten twisted? Where is my focus?
Where is my joy coming from? Is it rooted in Christ?
In humble gratitude for everything He is? Ps 35:28  Ps 37:30 John 15:5b…
When my perspective is where it should be, my attitude, words, and actions
will line up. Feelings follow actions. I have the tendency to say what I think when I think it. So I’ve been challenged to be wise in my conversations, to be grateful in everything, and to carefully choose my words…not just saying something, for the pleasure of saying really nothing, but being sensitive to the Holy Spirit on what needs to be said and when.

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Benjamin – The main thing that stood out to me was meditating on God’s word. I had heard people talk about it but didn’t really understand it. After one of the student sessions they had us practice it,  it finally made sense. I also enjoyed talking to some friends and playing lots of volleyball.

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We really enjoyed the opportunity to sing “Brighten the Corner Where You Are” as a special music.DSC_0016IMG_1150 …of course along with all that that all good fellowship I mentioned earlier, comes a lot of laughter…

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…homemade cookies and milk… =)

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… and a few rousing games =)

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“But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only deceiving your own selves.” James 1:22

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Happy 24th Birthday, Abbie!!

by Burnett Family

Apr
16

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Abbie Grace – She is very loyal and dependable. She has been faithful to be a light in the dark work place she has been in for the past year, and has been given the nickname “Sunshine” by several people. She can be very spontaneous and eager for an adventure! God has given her a heart for nursing and caring for others and she is planning to start LPN school in July to further her medical training. She has mastered  the ukulele and violin! And she has amazing curly hair and a great personality!

We love you so much, Abbie! Happy Birthday from all of us!!!

Leave her a comment of birthday cheer everyone!!

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Charity’s 22nd Birthday!

by Burnett Family

Apr
13

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Happy Birthday dear sister! Charity is a quiet blessing to our family. She spends most of her time caring for grandpa here at home. She and Carinna also clean a few houses together. If I could pick one word to describe  her, it would be faithful. She’s quick to help, tag along, and offer to do anything for anyone. Her bright smile brings cheer to everyone around. We love you girl!

Please feel free to leave a comment to wish Charity a very happy birthday! =)

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Easter 2016

by Carinna

Mar
30

1 Corinthians 15:3-8
“…how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures: And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time.”

He is RISEN!!! What a wonderful reason to celebrate! For Easter dinner we had a few aunts, uncles, and cousins over after Church.

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Charity and I made this lemon coconut cake. It took some time to make, but it was worth it! We also had a chocolate trifle and meringues.
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1 Corinthians 15:55-58
“O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.”

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Super Tuesday…

by Carinna

Feb
27

“Which candidate do you like? Who are you going to vote for? Where does this candidate stand on this subject or that subject…what about that candidate?”

Oklahoma’s primaries are on March 1st…just around the corner.
Politics is definitely one of the top conversations around here! If you are questioning whether or not to vote, here is a video explaining some reasons why this election
is so important.

Don’t worry, I’m not going to try and convince you who to vote for.
Even as a family we don’t all agree on the same candidate…but I do want to encourage you to pray and seek God on who HE wants you to vote for.

How do we know who we can trust, who is telling the truth?
Instead of starting by asking questions like, “Who can make America great again?” or “How are they going to solve illegal immigration…etc.?”
What if first, we asked, “What makes America great to begin with? Is there a candidate who is grounded morally? Who fears God? Who has the character of Christ?”

It is very clear that God’s standards for a leader aren’t stature or the most charisma, but godly character! Self-control, humility, gentleness…etc.

Our nation doesn’t just need fixed, it needs fixed morally, which begins with a personal relationship with Christ, then the family, and the Church. The president can’t fix the moral problem in our country but with that being said, as Christians, we have the opportunity to elect a man who will uphold Biblical standards. One who will protect and defend our nation’s structure/constitution, our Christian foundation. Someone who will not continue to cause our country to spiral away from God, so that as Christians we will still have the freedom to live out our faith. 

Don’t get me wrong, the other topics are important! Go look at the candidate’s past record, that tells a lot about them…but what good is it if we have
a president that will lower taxes or rebuild our military…etc. if we don’t
have the blessing of God?…if we as a nation don’t heed 2 Chronicles 7:14?
“If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray , and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
We don’t need a president who says he’ll do the right things, but someone who
seeks God first, then we can trust that God will lead him make the best decisions for our country.

Now, I told you I wasn’t going to try and convince you which candidate to vote for, but I will give you a link that describes concerns about Donald Trump.
Please take a couple minutes to read this!

Also, here is a link that shows some comparisons between candidates on
different topics. If you want more information on a certain candidate…
let us know and we’ll see if we can help you out.

So again, I encourage you to pray and seek God on who he wants you to vote for. Don’t vote for someone because everyone else is, think it through and ask Him.

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