“‘Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward, ‘ or a reward from God. He gives children, not as a penalty nor as a burden, but as a favour. They are a token for good if men know how to receive them, and educate them. They are ‘doubtful blessings’ only because we are doubtful persons. Where society is rightly ordered children are regarded, not as an incumbrance, but as an inheritance; and they are received, not with regret, but as a reward. If we are over-crowded in England, and so seem to be embarrassed with too large an increase, we must remember that the Lord does not order us to remain in this narrow island, but would have us fill those boundless regions which wait for the axe and the plough. Yet even here, with all the straits of limited incomes, our best possessions are our own dear offspring, for whom we bless God every day.” – C.H. Spurgeon
As we focus on our Savior, Jesus Christ, may the season be filled with silent wonder…
“Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.” Luke 2: 10-11
… simple joys…
“I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness… For as the earth bringeth forth her bud, and as the garden causeth the things that are sown in it to spring forth; so the Lord GOD will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all the nations.” Isaiah 61: 10-11
… and treasured memories.
Our Great Savior
Jesus! what a Friend for sinners!
Jesus! Lover of my soul;
Friends may fail me, foes assail me,
He, my Savior, makes me whole.
Hallelujah! what a Savior!
Hallelujah! what a Friend!
Saving, helping, keeping, loving,
He is with me to the end.
Jesus! what a Strength in weakness!
Let me hide myself in Him;
Tempted, tried, in Him confiding,
He, my Strength, my vict’ry wins.
Jesus! what a help in sorrow!
While the billows o’er me roll,
Even when my heart is breaking,
He, my Comfort, heals my soul.
Jesus! what a Guide and Keeper!
While the tempest still is high,
Storms about me, night o’ertakes me,
He, my Pilot, hears my cry.
Jesus! I do now receive Him,
More than all in Him I find;
Christ in me, the Hope of glory,
I am His, and He is mine.
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As part of the celebration for our first anniversary, the Lord allowed us to take a trip north to Amarillo, TX, to spend a few days together! Such a joyous, blessed time, remembering what God has done and looking forward to what He plans to do in the future.
A few highlights included visiting the Palo Duro canyon, enjoying the sweet fellowship and incredible hospitality of our dear friends, the Kerr’s, eating at the Big Texan and Abuelos, stopping by the Cadillac Ranch, and just spending time reading, relaxing, and seeking the Lord together.
“Oh give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.” Psalm 136:1
Yes, it has been quite a while since you have heard from us! While we apologize for the silence, our hearts are deeply grateful to the LORD for the exciting changes that have taken place in our lives over the past couple months. He truly is GOOD; His MERCIES are abundant.
There are so many things to update you on, but we’ll start with the biggest one… the arrival of our precious little blessing from the LORD! More pictures to follow, but our little man has brought unspeakable joy to our lives already.