Love the Lord your God, listen to His voice and hold fast to Him, for the Lord is your life! Deut. 30:20


Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Having Fun

These days have been troubling, haven't they?  Despite that, we chose to have fun  when the kids were here.  

Some of it was at our expense!




Of course, we had to play "Murder In The Dark!"  We turn off all the lights and a "murderer" lurks around getting his victims.  But if someone runs across a dead body, they yell "Murder in the dark!" Lights are turned on and accusations made.





They also enjoyed playing an on-line edition called "Among Us".


We enjoyed many games.

Telestration - 
Everyone first writes a phrase.  It can be anything.  Like "running in the park".  It is passed to the next person who will draw a picture of what the phrase said.  The next person looks at the picture and writes what they think it is.  Sort of like the old fashioned telephone game.

I believe the picture below had first morphed into Chewbaca climbing the mountain. 

The next person studied it and wrote down "Stacy" who is Adam's adventuresome sister.  Yep, that fits!  That girl has traveled all over the world multiple times!


Playing Guess Who? family version

 
The original game pictures were replaced by our own family photos, including pets.








Nerf Wars


Samurai Claire


Adam took the older kids to Walmart and gave them all $1 to purchase something for the best value.  When they came home, they showed us their $1 item(s) and gave eloquent speeches why we should vote for their item as the best choice!  Chocolate bar and Santa hat, whistles for all, bath bubbles and bath crayon, plate and cup.  Which would you vote for?




Fashion show



Family photos (we took another family photo when Mindy and Jason were here before Josh's arrived.  You can see those pictures here.)


Painting
Good Eats!



Lots of discussions and laughs


Claire usually woke up earlier than the others, not long after we woke up.  I found it so very sweet that she would have her own little devotions.


She uses this book. 



Psalm 119:165 "Abundant peace belongs to those who love Your instruction; nothing can make them stumble."

Isaiah 48:17
"I am the Lord your God, 
     Who teaches you what is best for you, 
Who directs you in the way you should go.
    If only you had paid attention to my commands,
your peace would have been like a river,
your righteousness like the waves of the sea."

Peace, true peace comes from the Lord.  I am so excited for the new series we will be having at our church this coming month about the importance of reading God's Word, listening to the Lord each day.  In our troubled world, He is the answer!


You can listen on-line here.  Jack showed a survey that those who spend just 4 days a week reading the Bible have less feelings of being lonely, anger issues drop, bitterness in relationships, alchoholism, feeling spiritually stagnant, pornography, all drop in significant proportion!  God meets us and fulfills our lives, y'all!!  He will help us not be discouraged!

"Have I not commanded you?  
      Be strong and courageous.  
    Do not be terrified; 
         do not be discouraged 
          for the Lord your God will be with you 
            wherever you go."
                      Joshua 1:9

Thursday, January 14, 2021

Gifting

 Gifting others is so much fun!  Receiving them isn't so bad either!

I have pictures of my grandchildren and had a # 5 alongside them.  I received a     # 6  since we now have six grandchildren! 
One yet to be born, but she is still considered our grandchild!!  And her picture is up too!

Psalm 139:13-16  The Message
Oh yes, you shaped me first inside, then out;
    you formed me in my mother’s womb.
I thank you, High God—you’re breathtaking!
    Body and soul, I am marvelously made!
    I worship in adoration—what a creation!
You know me inside and out,
    you know every bone in my body;
You know exactly how I was made, bit by bit,
    how I was sculpted from nothing into something.
Like an open book, you watched me grow from conception to birth;
    all the stages of my life were spread out before you,
The days of my life all prepared
    before I’d even lived one day.

We received homemade gifts from the grandchildren.  They are all artists!  

Al received a seedling from the Redwood forest!  We will  never live to see it grow to full height!  The oldest is said to be 3,266 years old!!


When the kids went to the Redwood National Forest, Al mentioned that they should pick a seedling up for him.  I wonder if it can even grow in Kansas?


When I wrap myself in this blanket, it will be like getting a hug from the family!


I got Al an updated phone - much needed!



I'm excited to get up-close pictures of birds that come to this feeder!


I had made a photo book for the kids of pictures taken around our lake the past 15 years. 



It was so fun to see the children's excitement at opening gifts!





Kobi was not so excited.


Most of the time, he slept, while the rest of us were having a blast!






We went together with Adam and Jill to get Hannah a guitar.  
Adam had hidden it inside his old guitar case so she wouldn't know as they smuggled it down from Wisconsin.




The older kids each bought gifts for a gift exchange game.  They drew numbers.  #1 got to pick the first gift.  After opening it, #2 could open another one or steal the one that had been opened.  So on and so forth.  Mindy and Jason participated via phone.  We will take their gifts to them - so will plan a trip to Colorado soon!


This was one of the clever gifts that Jill made using the game Guess Who, only she glued in family photos including pets and grandparents.


As I thought about the fun of gifting, I thought of the many gifts God has given us.

His peace.  I can trust Him.                                                                                       "If you are in the hands of Him Who is omniscient, omnipotent, and omnipresent, there are no legitimate reasons to worry." Elisabeth Elliot

His listening ear.  He hears me when I call to Him.

His Word, the Bible.  How I LOVE the Words of God!!  He speaks to me each day!!

The family He gave me!

And my church family!   What dear friends!!

The beautiful sky, trees, birds.  The beauty of nature!  Sunsets and sunrises.

Most of all, Himself!  He gives me life everlasting!  But this is a gift I choose to accept.  Can you imagine if one of the grandchildren would have said, "No thank you, I don't want that gift."??  Yet so many people choose not to accept the gift He has freely offered.

"Seek the Lord while He may be found; call on Him while He is near.  Let the wicked forsake his way and the evil man his thoughts.  Let him turn to the Lord, and He will have mercy on Him and to our God, for He will freely pardon."     Isaiah 55:6,7