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.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Freedoms Unaware

By Elisabeth

Squirrel mannaged to find his way back into his cage last night. But, since we had already decided to return him to the wild, we took the cage out this morning and offered him his freedom. If you've ever been out driving in the country, you are probably well familiar with how indecisive these little rodents can be. It took a good while, along with extra probing to get the little guy to actually leave his confinements. He had chewed several bars in his cage and was already working on another way of escape when we brought his cage out and opened the door. But, despite his ability to wriggle his way to freedom through extraordinary measures, he could not acquaint himself with the fact that the obstacle hindering his frantic jumping around was a gaping whole through which he had but to step out. It was only when he lost his footing and tumbled out that he realized to his amazement that he was free--like really and truly free!

However, though he was now liberated, Squirrel stumbled around unsure of how to 
walk in his new freedom. The big world seemed overwhelming to him and living on 
his own was a foreign venture.  

It was just more feasible to return to captivity than to undertake such a vast responsibility. For, though he would be kept behind bars and never be able to live to his fullest potential, it was so much more comfortable to be a prisoner than to walk responsibly. And, not only did he return to his captivity, but he was also placed behind greater barriers, thicker bars that would not be easily broken. 

So many times, we as people find that we have a lot in common with Squirrel. At birth we are enslaved to sin. But God has made a way of escape through the blood of His Son, Jesus Christ. Yet, instead of simply trusting and walking through the open door to salvation, we frantically jump around in our captive condition, wishing that the gaping hole that is intruding our space as a 'hinderance' would just go away. We think we could find freedom so much easier on our own, in our own way and by ourselves, instead of through the provided door. Finally, we figuratively go through the door, but find ourselves unable to experience the freedom given to us because our trust is still in ourselves. When life gets too big and we realize that the comfort of our old life was so much more easy and comfortable, we fall back into our former slavery of besetting sins, only with much greater bars of confinement about us to be sure we do not escape again. 

So, how can we become truly free with no return? 

"Then said Jesus to those...which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, 
then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make 
you free. ...Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin. 
If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed."
(John 8:31-32, 34, 36)

The Door is open. Trust in the finished work of Jesus Christ, Who already paid for your redemption by his death on the cross and His glorious resurrection and repent of your sins, renouncing the wickedness which is keeping you in bondage. Place your faith in Jesus Christ and walk through the open Door to freedom in Him. Then, seek Him with all of your heart and He will take you by the hand and teach you how to walk in His freedom so you will never need to return to the bars of sin's prison.  

"A new heart also will I give you, and a new 
spirit will I put within you: and I will take away 
the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will 
give you an heart of flesh. And I will put my 
spirit within you, and cause you to walk in 
my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, 
and do them. And ye shall dwell in the land 
that I gave to your fathers; and ye shall be 
my people, and I will be your God."
~ Ezekiel 36:26-28 ~

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Squirrely Scurries

By Elisabeth
So, the little guy was making his place of abode under our roof--which was not to our greatest fancy. After a while of chasing him and his friends out, Joshua decided to take care of the situation in a more enjoyable manner. Setting out a harmless cage trap, and with a few eager partners at his heals, he lurked out of sight from the little rodents and patiently awaited a grand catch. It didn't take long before his anticipations were rewarded! Papa, also, was thrilled with the results of the trapping expedition and declared the furry captive as a new family pet. 

For several weeks, Squirrel was a very peculiar source of entertainment...except for the time he snatched Papa's glasses that had been placed on top of the cage and generously reformed them to his heart's content. He did manage to escape from his designated residence a couple times, and it required an all out chase for the fellows to return him to his cage. They seemed to not appreciate when he would run free in our garage, so they wisely and creatively bound the door to freedom with a wire. However, the wild-at-heart could not reconcile himself to the fact of living confined.   

Did you know that a little squirrel can brake a metal bar, twist it around making a space of 1/2'' become 2 1/2'' and then stuff his plump little self through the provided hole to FREEDOM?
Once again, our ambitious pet found himself roaming the garage once more! 

 To all of you fond animal advocates, as soon as he is caught again he will be returned to his natural habitat...but NOT the roof! So you can give your best wishes that we can now retrieve him from the abundance of stuff--which we hope does not catch his interest before the open door!

"When thou saidst, Seek my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, LORD, will I seek."
~ Psalm 27:8 ~

Monday, June 8, 2015

Pressing toward the mark for the prize...

Josiah Anthony Eugene Linzey

~ Graduate ~
Class of 2015

"Fear not, O land; be glad and rejoice:
for the LORD will do great things."
~ Joel 2:21 ~