I Cor 16:14

"Let all that you do be done with love." I Cor 16:14

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Hugs and Kisses

My Annabelle hydrangeas are in full bloom.  Their white snowball-like cluster of flowers make the branches bow under their weight and are so striking against the green leaves.  As I sat in my dining room with the window and word of God open to me the sweet scent of my yellow rose bush stirred my soul.  The roses have begun to fade but it is nice the hydrangeas are ready to take over the show.

I wanted to share this passage with you today, hoping it will bless you as much as it did me.

"I will bless the Lord who has given counsel;
My heart also instructs me in the night seasons.
I have set the Lord always before me;
Because He is at my right hand I shall not be moved.
Therefore my heart is glad, any my glory rejoices;
My flesh also will rest in hope."
Psalm 16: 7-9

My flesh also shall rest in hope.

Something on which to hang my heart.

Happy Father's Day to all the dads out there!  My husband requested hugs and kisses today, nothing else.  Just a day to be loved on us through the gift of touch.

Blessings on your day friends!

Thursday, June 14, 2012

It's Official

Summer has begun when a trip to the library means Garfield comic books.

My boys seek these out like no other.

Reading about a fat, lazy cat amuses them so. 
 It's the one thing they can read over and over!

My church has started an online book study and my current read is  "A Lineage of Grace" by Francine Rivers.  It is historical fiction of 5 women in the bible who changed eternity.  I've only begun and I'm already hooked!

Are you doing any summer reading?


Friday, June 8, 2012

My Graduate

I feel like I have been living in a tunnel recently as my oldest son, Joshua, just graduated from high school.  The events leading up to it, planning a party and the actual ceremony have been sheer joy and I am so grateful to the Lord for His faithfulness.

We couldn't be any prouder of our son.  He has worked so hard throughout his school years and it has paid off for him.  He was one of 14 valedictorians at his school. My son who is so soft spoken you can barely hear him spoke with such confidence and conviction during his speech.  Sitting amongst family and grandparents we were in awe!

It is a sweet ending to a chapter in his life but there is also with it a tinge of sadness.  Do the two always go together?  Our little boy has grown up and he is excited for the next chapter of his life . . . college.

Thankfully, we still have little boys who are at home.  Boys who still need nurturing and training.  With Joshua moving out soon they are already coveting asking for his room.  I think it will be good for them to move up in the ranks.  There is a bit of competitiveness amongst them and we want each of them to succeed.  Dividing the time up evenly is challenging (if not impossible!)  My prayer is they will stay close to each other.

We were so blessed to have Joshua's grandparents with us. 

They have been such an integral part of his life and it was a proud moment for them as well!  Heaven only knows how their prayers and the time they have invested in his life have shaped him.

As if we couldn't be more elated the tv station stopped by and wanted to interview him. 

So we got to see him on tv as well.  When God pours out His love and favor it really spills over!

Amongst all of the people milling around after the ceremony Joshua's math teacher for the last 3 years stopped by to congratulate him. They exchanged some last parting comments and laughs.  My son has excelled in his classes and who knows how much this man has helped shape his mind.  My boys attend public schools and every year I always pray for God to put my boys with the right teachers because they can be so important in our children's lives.  Capturing this moment in a photo was pure icing on a cake!

So, the pages of this chapter close and the next chapter is just beginning.  As with every season of life there is excitement, anticipation and a bit of nervousness.   Normal I suppose.  But with God on his side who can be against him?

This scripture is a favorite of mine and it is a promise to ALL of His children.

"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."  Jeremiah 29:11