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Set-Apart Girl Conference

Jun
22

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We had the wonderful opportunity to host the Set Apart girl simulcast at our house this month! It was a wonderful conference for girls/women held on the Ellerslie campus in CO, that we got to watch live in the comfort of our own home.

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It was so much fun planning fun food and snacks for the weekend, there were lots of willing helpers in the kitchen.

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All gathered around and cozy upstairs…we were so blessed to have some of our dear friends join us, along with some newly made friends – a mom and her daughter, who we’d never met, saw there was a Simulcast host near their location (us =) and were able to join in and even spend the night with us! We thoroughly enjoyed sweet fellowship and discussions together.

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Fun food and drinks. And there may or may not have even been a quick trip to Sonic just once – for fun ice-cream. =)

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Mom’s flower gardens are gorgeous this year! I went outside to pick some flowers and felt like I was at a flower buffet. =)

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Maggie was a tech-specialist for the weekend and Charity our coffee/hot drink connoisseur.

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We had our own time of worship Saturday evening.

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Our sessions were filled with many good messages reminding us that Jesus is faithful, encouraging us to be intentional in our relationship with him – including purging our schedules and lives from things that distract or hinder our fellowship with him, and to TRUST him fully, He will never fail!

He has called us to be IN the world but not OF the world. The world will reject the message of the cross, but we are not to live to please them, we are here to shine Jesus and live for His applause alone. LORD help us.

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Big Sandy Family Conference – 2016

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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Super Tuesday…

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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Family Connections Tour coming to OKC!!

Aug
25

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Desiring to be more connected with other families who have similar goals and vision? Looking for some encouragement from God’s Word and fellowship with other believers? Register today for a Family Connection event in a city near you!

 

Last year our family enjoyed this tremendously! The team will be in OKC on Saturday the 5th and will be speaking and fellowshipping with our church on Sunday morning the 6th.

If you would like more information about Sunday please contact us, we would love for you and your family to join us!!

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Part 2 – Birthdays!

May
27

Alrighty folks! =) This next idea we snatched was from a couples’ Valentine dinner that Dad and Mom attended. Each couple filled one of these little papers out for their spouse. We liked the idea so much we adapted it to fit our family for each persons’ birthday!

So all the kiddos at home, minus the birthday person of course, collaborate together to fill out the following “statements” and read them aloud to the special someone at their birthday celebration.Cheryl 55DSC_0379maggie and carinna

Here are the statements below, I’ll fill out several of these, and tell you whose they were. =)

You make us laugh: (Abbie)
When you are so focused on something you end up embarrassing  yourself…
With your new favorite words (at least for the first week)

You inspire us by your:

We appreciate: (Caleb)
Your heart to help other in need
Your love of the outdoors

You encourage us by: (Benj)
Your sweet surprising “I love you” presents

We admire your: (John-Clay)
Passion for Truth.

You are super good at/with: (Charity)
Being dependable
Gardening
Living up to your name

Without you: (Carinna)
We’d have a tick-infested, spoiled-rotten, disobedient and lazy mutt! =)

You make us smile when you:

We couldn’t do without your: (Maggie)
Happiness and cheerfulness =)

One of the things we like best about you: (Mom)
The way you take care of people in need.

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Our family has been really encouraged by this and hope yours will be too! =)

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