Our Family Mission Statement

We are a real family seeking to serve a real and living God. Our desire and mission is to magnify and glorify God in our everyday life at home, church and abroad. Our goal is to help families understand what their purpose and design is in regards to the family; recognize the enemy for who he is and what he is doing; and to point families, both saved and unsaved, to Christ as to become living pictures of Christ and His bride and of God and His children. As families are strengthened the church will be strengthened, therefore, being a brighter light to a dark and hurting world.

Monday, July 22, 2013

"Rescued"

Just a week ago, our family had the privilege of being a part of a small country church's VBS in Arkansas for the last evening. One of the sessions for the 3rd through 7th grade class was focused on Creation and how dinosaurs came about… and how they disappeared. At the beginning of the lesson they showed a video clip of an old English legend in which St. George rescued a princess from a dragon (dinosaur). According to the version of the legend that we heard, St. George refused any gift, but instead won the whole kingdom to Christ. This inspired a poem Elisabeth wrote this past week. We hope it will be an encouragement and reminder of the great love Christ has for His bride.

"Rescued"
The story is told of a village of old
Inhabited by a king and his realm.
The town was at peace, yet fear did increase
For nearby a fierce dragon would roam.

"To this terrible creature," folks asked the good teacher,
"What offering to subdue should we give?"
"A goat or a lamb, a cow or a ram
Will suffice so the people can live.
But if, after time, such gift is not fine,
A person must go in it's place ~
Kind or wild, noble or child ~
In exchange for the fierce dragon's grace."

So day after day the offering was made,
A lamb was fed to the beast.
Yet as time progressed, the dragon distressed
And his hunger only increased.
A goat, then sow, and finally a cow
Was given in hopes to subdue.
But nought could avail the beast to repel,
A person would have to do.

The lot was cast and as time passed
It fell to one most fair;
The king's own daughter the beast would slaughter,
So the kingdom could be spared.
This sorrowed the king, he tried everything
To spare the princess from death.
No silver or gold, nor treasures he sold
Could deliver his daughter's last breath.

So, one fateful day, a crowed made their way
To the outskirts of the town.
Dressed as a bride the princess, beautified,
Was offered to preserve royal crown.

***

With surge of valor he donned his armor
And mounted his noble steed.
With confidence, through forest dense,
He hastened with all speed.
   He soon caught glimpse, yet never winced
At sight of the dragon fierce.
His courage rose without repose;
Such night as he was scarce.

Then, just before that dragon roared
to lunge at princess fair,
No thought for his life, the knight rushed in to fight;
The princess' life for the spare.
He fought so bravely, never wavering,
Waged war with the savage beast.

Then, finally, in victory,
He won and the dragon ceased. 
"What shall I give thee for this noble deed?"
The king, astonished, asked. 
"No gift I require, but this I desire
That all become Christians at last."

***

Such fable is legend, most likely is fiction,
Yet I couldn't help but apply ~
For deep in my spirit, it seems I can hear it,
As history profoundly replies.

There once was a dragon who roamed near my town
And haunted me day after day.
In vain was the offering of lambs for slaughtering;
But that dragon demanded more pay.
You see, he was Satan, an angry beast fearsome,
My life he sought to destroy.
No jewels or silver, nor wealthiest river
Could rescue my soul from his ploy.

Dressed as a bride I trembled and cried
And followed the road to my death.
This my only choice, and that with great force,
To be scorched by the dragon's hot breath.
But, lo! Ere the dragon had lunged at this pagan
A Knight appeared on the scene!
Not just a knight, but Prince of great light,
Jesus, the King of all kings!

 He fought with great power throughout darkest hour
And conquered sin and the grave.
He took Hell's black keys and won victory!
Yes, this maiden He saved.
Now all that He asks is that I would rest
In His omnipotent grace,
And let my heart sing in praise to my King
While humbly seeking His face.

Copyright © Elisabeth Linzey 2013
  

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Kitchen Renovation!


We Remodeled our Kitchen!!!
It has been in desperate need of redoing for a couple years now and the Lord provided the funds for us to finally do something about it! Even though it is still on the small side, we feel like we have added a few square feet of workspace in the kitchen and it is positively affecting the whole house! We thank the Lord for the McDowell family and their ever-so-wonderful help as it would have taken us a lot longer to accomplish the remodeling process were it not for their skill and availability! 

Here are a few pictures of before, during and after the remodeling procedure :) It was quite the experience, but it was very well worth the days of no kitchen, doing dishes outside, drinking from the bath tub, Elisabeth and I digging through piles of dishes in our bedroom to find serving utensils and sleeping in the living room because of our beds being used as cabinets, chaos and excitement all at the same time, and a trip in the middle of it all! But we made it with the Lord's help, and are so thankful for good friends to share this memorable experience with us!       

















We still have a few more touchups that need to be done, but Lord willing that will be taken care of in the near future. Praise the Lord for His provision and protection through the whole process! We are so blessed and are looking forward to using this new kitchen for the honor and glory of God! 

Monday, July 15, 2013

A Trip to Arkansas

Friday saw us heading toward Arkansas for a quick, but enjoyable trip of surprising some folks at a little, old country church for their last day of VBS! We had a wonderful time of fun and fellowship.





Saturday we went canoeing at Flint Ridge, a place where Papa made many boyhood memories. A few friends were able to join us and we all had a blast! 


Riding on the bus from the office to the river

         

Getting set up to head out



We all divided up into teams of two and launched to paddle around for a little bit until Papa joined us after taking the youngsters on a short ride.



Papa and Joshua ready to join the rest of the clan already out on the water



When Papa left, Joanna and Caleb took over and did a fabulous job of manning the canoe by themselves around the area that Mama and the little ones stayed to swim and wade.





Daniel (pictured on left) thoroughly enjoyed experiencing the water! He splashed and played and absolutely loved it much better than grass for sure


As the majority of us we looking for fossils, Josiah and Joshua couldn't resist the urge of getting all the way into the water… and there just happened to be a rope swing down the river a little ways which, after persuading a few people to join them, they headed over and had an absolute blast swinging and dropping into one of the deepest parts of the river! The rest of us got a kick out of watching them for a while :)







After the boys got done swimming, two of them decided that they wanted to try getting into their canoe from the swimming hole. They did a great job and accomplished the goal!

















It was kinda funny in that we docked just as the pickup bus was driving out of sight… so we all spent the next two hours wading and swimming :)  That was about as fun as the canoe trip!
When we finally did get picked up, we met up with Mama and the younger ones at a nearby park and dove in for a much needed but late lunch. The kids enjoyed playing while we ate, and then we all headed over to a close waterfall and enjoyed playing, talking and singing before heading back to where we were staying.







A few candid shots of Anna and Elisabeth taken by Laura that turned out to be pretty funny :-D





Our beloved Parents! We are so thankful for their investment in our lives and for showing us that we can have fun simply by enjoying God's creation and spending time with each other!