Archive for January, 2014

Happy 14th Birthday, Benjamin!!!

Jan
30

Benjamin
:Random facts about Benjamin:
Only Burnett kid born in Oklahoma
Family at Hill's Farm
Loves to play basketball, volleyball, football, baseball…
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Got to go to his first OKC Thunder game! 1662420_354664544673388_460347841_n
Is a pro at working on old houses! dsc_0474
Is full of great facial expressions and good quotes =D
Family at Hill's FarmBenjamin
Someday, he’s going to own a really slick car!
Chartity and Benjamin
Loves food!! Especially sweet stuff.
Grannys
Is great at making friends!
Bible Club 2013
Pretty competitive!
Family at Hill's Farm
Is passing up his sisters in height…FAST!
Charity and Benjamin
Plays the guitar, and writes some of his own songs!
Benjamin
:Character Traits:
Adventurous, Bold, Humble, Compassionate, Humorous, Generous, a gentleman, prayer warrior.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Little big brother! You are loved very much! <3

”But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness. Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art called, and hast professed a good profession before many witness.” 1Tim. 6: 11-12 

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A Part in HIS Story

Jan
24

I recently started meditating on Psalm 107:9 which says: “For he satisfieth the longing soul, and filleth the hungry soul with goodness.” Yesterday morning I was focusing on the second word “he”. Who does this represent? God obviously, but who is “he”? As I pondered who the One is that gave this promise, the Lord overwhelmed me with his love and mercy!

“O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.” Psalm 34:8

“He” is the God who created and sustains the entire universe, who spins the earth in space. “He” is the Alpha and Omega the beginning and the end. This whole thing is HIS story. His doing. His plan. “He” is the One who gives me each breath that I take. “He” gave me two eyes to SEE, two ears to hear, a mouth to communicate, feet to walk, a mind and heart to know and understand. butterfly zinna edited
“He” graced the flower with a fragrant perfume and put the glitter in their petals. “He” made the stars, so enormous, yet to our eyes they look like sparkles in the sky. “He” created the lovely moon and the warm sunshine.sunset
“He” created man who rebelled against him almost immediately. We deserved to be crushed by this King of Kings, yet he had mercy. “He” sent his Son to earth to pay the penalty and be the Sinbearer for our rebellion, and we spit in his face (Matt. 26:63-67). Again he should have crushed us, yet in his tender mercy he did not. Instead, he crushed his beloved Son Jesus, pouring out all of the wrath that we deserved, because of our rebellion to the Lord of all Lords. “…for the first time in all eternity He would experience the ultimate effect of sin: alienation from His Father.” -Elyse Fitzpatrick. He did this to make a way for us know GOD, the very One we rebelled against. This satisfied God’s wrath and he raised Jesus from the dead.

THEN, through Jesus he not only made us servants of the most High God, He not only adopted us as his children. In God’s story, He gave us the cherished, precious, treasured role as the BRIDE of CHRIST! This, is “HE” who “satisfieth the longing soul, and filleth the hungry with goodness.”

Remember and REJOICE in his mercy today.

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Fellowship with friends

Jan
17

It’s only half way through January and we’ve already been blessed with lots of company stopping by! Bontragers and Burnetts
Our good friends the Bontrager family, from Iowa, came for a few days last week. They tour around the country and Canada performing music and singing. Their visit was like a breath of fresh air for us. We played lots of fun games and had encouraging conversations. =)

I never knew that the Bontragers were SO competitive! =) Of course that makes the games all the more interesting!


Bring on the RAPID RECALL!!!


Fun, late night games of Ticket to Ride and Settlers!


“What should we do with our final 17 minutes???” Play an intense game of Dutch Blitz of course!


Grandpa reading to little miss Rebecca.


We enjoyed going to two of their concerts while they were here in the area and hope they come back to see us soon! =)


We enjoyed a visit from our next of kin, Dillon.  We played volleyball, games and all sat around talking for 6 hours. =)


Hymn sings are always fun! A friend of Dustin’s who came down for the wedding last April, recently got married. He and his wife came by along with 3 of their brothers who are helping them move to TX.

Charity, Caleb, Maggie, Carinna, Benjamin, Abbie
Earlier this month we got some free tickets to an OSU basketball game. We made a fun night of it and went out for pizza beforehand then went and cheered on our team!

Benjamin, AbbieMaggie and CarinnaCheryl, JOhnny, Charity, Caleb

Pizza Hideaway


J-C stays pretty busy, but we love when he can sneak a trip down to our place!

The Lord bless and keep each of you. Ya’ll come and see us! =)

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Christmas/ New Year Update

Jan
15

Here is our yearly newsletter update! Enjoy!
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Thirty-one family members gathered in Stratford, Oklahoma to spend our first Christmas without Barbara Earlene Burnett, wife, mom, Grandma, Great Grandma, sister, mother-in-law, grandmother-in-law.
Mom really enjoyed “Christmas." She liked the focus on Jesus, Christmas carols, lights, family, food, fun. I pondered what it was like for Mom, her first Christmas without her mom.
I wondered what it was like for Dad his first Christmas without his mom. I watched Dad spend his first Christmas apart from his lifelong companion of fifty-eight years. While it was very hard, the Lord is faithful, and the Scripture remains true, "Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: the LORD gave , and the LORD hath taken away ; blessed be the name of the LORD.” Job 1:21
The Lord "took” Mom September 24, 2013. I think she probably enjoyed what we spent as Christmas Day more than ever before— she is spending all eternity with her mom, and Dad’s mom, and the hosts of heaven, “blessing the name of her Lord.” Oh that we might do the same here on earth!
While the Lord has "taken away" this year, Job 1:21 also says the Lord gives…and he has.
This year the Lord brought into our family a son-in-law, Dustin Dornink. And, the Lord has given again as he and Hannah are expecting our first grandchild. Blessed be the name of the LORD.
The Lord has given me a new place to serve Him. After 15 years with Character First/Strata Leadership, I am now serving the Lord at Kimray, Inc., the company where Character First began over 20 years ago. I am serving in the area of organizational development, charged with helping maintain a culture of good character at work and in the families of the 800 plus employees. What a privilege to be associated with Tom and Kay Hill, the founders of Character First and the humble, godly, leadership of this great company.
Our stated vision is to “Make a difference in the lives of those we serve.” Our Core Values include:
Honoring the Lord in all we do
Responsible stewardship
Strengthening the family
Maintaining a good name

Johnny and Cheryl
Cheryl was more excited about my new work opportunity than I was! I am not sure who is more excited about the upcoming grand baby Cheryl continues to be the absolute most wonderful, faithful, courageous, enduring, patient wife a man
could have. She is a gift from the Lord I do not deserve. With the passing of my mom, Cheryl (and all the kids) have wholeheartedly embraced the opportunity to bring my dad into our house and care for him. We are in the process of adding an apartment to our house for his care and until that time we are sharing caring for him with my sisters, brother, and Hannah & Dustin. We really enjoy Cheryl’s side of the family too. This year she had a wonderful trip to Maine with her mom and sisters. Her dad has kept me supplied with bees and has provided a lot of wise counsel. The verses I will be praying for Cheryl this year are verses that already characterize her life, but ones that grace must empower for the days ahead. "Love is patient, love is kind
and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth;
bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails” (1Cor. 13:4-8).
Abbie
Thoughts from Abbie: "This past year the Lord has done a lot of refining in my heart. He has taken things I have found security in, expectantly hoped for, depended on, and clung to in four main areas, and has been teaching me to surrender those areas to Him, cleaving to Jesus alone!He is the one we can find security in, expectantly hope in, depend on, and cling to. Amidst all the changes that happen in life, He will never change, leave, or forsake us. What a faithful God!” Highlights of her year include: learning to play the ukelele, being part of D & H’s wedding, sewing a quilt with Granny, trips to Minnesota (wedding reception and extended stay), Colorado to visit friends and attend a conference about caring for the aging, Missouri with the Mounts, and Nashville (Children’s Institute). She has been doing lots of babysitting, spent lots of time with Grandma and Grandpa, and was our organizer for this year’s Backyard Bible Club.The verses I am praying for Abbie during 2014 are, “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” (Pro. 3:5-6)
Charity
Charity’s thoughts: "The Lord has been teaching me this past year to abide in his presence where the greatest peace and joy of Christ come from. He is worthy to be trusted and honored in everything.” A couple of special events of the last year include spending lots of precious time with Grandma and Grandpa, getting her braces off (you should see that smile), and getting her driver’s license (what a help that has been as three older drivers are no longer in the house), hitching a ride to MN with D&H and visiting her friend up there with Maggie! The verse I am praying for Charity is: "I have showed you all things, how that so laboring ye ought to support the weak,
and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.” (Act. 20:35)

Maggie
Maggie’s thoughts: “God has used all the joyful and difficult circumstances of this “roller-coaster” year to prove to me that when my life is fully given to His loving, sovereign control, that I can be fulfilled beyond my imagination—it is amazing!” That is a pretty strong statement from a young lady who was diagnosed with Mono, and has spent many days (weeks, months) laying on the couch with no energy. She is another one pretty excited about D & H’s baby. “I can’t wait to be an aunt!” She is also very grateful for God’s grace during Grandma’s cancer and death. The verse I am praying for Maggie is, "Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.” (Rom. 15:13)
Carinna
Thoughts from Carinna about things the Lord is teaching her: “James 4:8, To grow in my relationship with Him I need to take the step closer, and seek Him with all my heart, He will satisfy. He is worth living for and will not leave or forsake us.”
Some of Carinna’s highlights for the year include spending time with grandparents, an extended time in Minnesota with Abbie, going to Nashville with Abbie, getting her driver’s permit (with Maggie), and helping D & H get moved in to their house (cleaning, painting). The verse the Lord has led me to pray for Carinna is: “But now, O Lord, Thou art our Father; we are the clay, and Thou our potter; and we all are the work of Thy hand.”

Benjamin

Benjamin’s thoughts: “I was honored to be in my sister’s wedding and am very grateful for Dustin in the way he encourages me in my walk with the Lord and growing in manhood. I have been privileged to work with Dustin on several jobs. I have also enjoyed a new friend that moved in the neighborhood.” I have relied on Benjamin on several occasions to help me with the “man stuff” around the house. Muscles developing, voice changing, and all that good stuff is going on too. During 2014 I will be praying the following verses for Benjamin: “Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being lead away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own steadfastness. But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To Him be glory both now and forever. Amen.” (2 Pet. 3:17-18)

D&H + 1
Hannah & Dustin. They are still quite the “love birds.” The Lord is using D & H by ministering in our lives, serving my dad, and reaching out to their community. I am blessed to spend some one-on-one time fellowshipping and praying with Dustin early on Saturday mornings as the schedule allows. We are so glad they are close. I will be praying Pro. 31:30 for Hannah, “Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain, but a woman
who fears the Lord, she shall be praised.” I will be praying Col. 3:23-24 for Dustin, “And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance; for ye serve the
Lord Christ.” And for baby Dornink, “For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise Thee for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are Thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.” (Psa. 139:13-14)

JCCaleb
John-Clay & Caleb are still living in Shawnee. JC has been all over the US, and even the world, striving for excellence as he helps others communicate Truth through media. Caleb went through training and is now a machinist at Kimray; he has been attending a church in OKC. Both of these sons are blessings to our family in their own special ways even though they are out of the household. Being young men living out of the house, I pray for both of them to “Be strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might. And put on the whole armor of God, that they may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.” (Eph. 6:10-11)
I will be praying “And let us not be weary in well doing; for in due season we shall reap if we faint not. As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them that are of the household of faith.” (Gal. 6:9-10) for John-Clay. And for Caleb, “Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.” (Rom. 12:21) Dad has been a blessing. He is so grateful for the care and attention, he is not a picky eater, and so willing to cooperate with schedules. He misses mom, but delights to spend time with family and help in any way he can.

The verses I am praying for Dad are, “And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.” (Mar. 11:30) "Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed
on Thee: because he trusteth in Thee." (Isa 26:3)

Finally, consider a special application of Job 1:21, "Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: the LORD gave , and the LORD hath taken away ; blessed be the name of the LORD.” God the Father gave Jesus, the Son of God, who came naked into this world, born of a virgin, to live a perfect life that He might die, naked on a cross, taking away our punishment for sin by taking it upon Himself. The question is, will we join with Job in saying, “blessed be the name of the LORD”?
Praying we will recognize the blessing of the Lord during 2014,
Johnny Burnett Family

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Christmas at the B’s

Jan
04

Christmas at Grandpa’s house.

GRandpa
On Christmas eve our whole family and every member of our extended family gathered at Grandpa’s house to celebrate together. This was the first time in 8 years we had ALL been together.

games
A fun game of Balderdash.

Grandkids and grandpa
All the cousins with Grandpa. =)

JOhnny, Janis, Grandpa, Jolena, Jimmy
This year was different and hard without Grandma being with us for the first time. We missed her! But the Lord is so faithful to gave grace through it all.

Christmas Eve Candlelight service

dee, Maggie, Abbie

candlelight
We had a nice evening at church with lots of music and a thought provoking devotional by Dad.

Celebrating at Granny and Granddad’s house!

great grandchildren nativity 
With Benjamin being the youngest grandkid, it is so fun to have lots of great-grandkids coming now! There are now enough of them to re-enact the birth of Jesus!

Tracy and Hannah, both pregnant
Hannah and our cousin Tracy are due within one week of each other. Lots of baby-talk going around. =)

Benjamin, JC, Caleb

Abbie, Hannah, Charity

Johnny and Oliver

Dad loves babies and is getting warmed up to be a grandpa. =D

Twins, Maggie and Natalie, Carinna, and Nick
Twins with the twins. =)

games
We are definitely enjoying our new game of Rapid Recall that D&H got us for Christmas!

Charity and NatalieAbbie, Natalie, Nick
Lovin’ on the little people. =)carols

Clay crew
Grateful for all of our family!dsc00453(rev 0)

Joey, Benjamin
Benj. should win the “most valuable player” award! The great-grands LOVE to play/wrestle/tackle all over him, he is a great sport! =)

Happy new year! May the Lord bless each of you. Give all to Jesus, hold nothing back, He is the only One worth living for!

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