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.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Taking Time Together

By Elisabeth
Recently, we were privileged to attend a Christmas Cantata by the world's best chamber choir, the Gracias Choir. They took first place in the International Choir Competition in Germany. This year, they make their tour through America as they go around the world. Their goal and purpose is to bring joy to people through the message of God's love, hope, and forgiveness in the Christmas Story. Say, it might be a bit early to start celebrating Christmas. But, like they said, Christmas should be celebrated every day. They certainly brought joy and renewed the delight of walking in love to us here in Oklahoma! The music and acts were top-quality professional, delightful, and inspiring. You should mark it down to attend one if they are ever performing near you. 

To hear Gracias Choir sing the Hallelujah Chorus, the finale of the Cantata, click here.

A few good shots of the youngest ones at home with Laura, who volunteered to babysit for this occasion. 

"Sing unto him, sing psalms unto him,
talk ye of all his wondrous works.
 Glory ye in his holy name:
let the heart of them rejoice that seek the Lord."
~ 1 Chronicles 16:9-10 ~

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Fair Days

Here are a few pictures of Student-Free day at the fair.

 We were arrived at the barnyard birthing center just in time to watch a litter of piglets be born!

The middle shelter, under the elevated truck, was actually in the terrible Moore tornado three years ago and spared the lives of four people. 

Can't be at the fair without...

...Cotton Candy & Kettle Corn :)

The animals were the big highlight! We entered a fenced area with roaming lamas, baby goats, chickens, ducks, calves, little donkeys, piglets, and even a fawn and a young kangaroo!

Where else would you find little girls? ...Looking at the candy maze.

The fellows liked the tractor display. 

This sign, posted on one of the antique tractors, especially brought a smile to everyone.

"From the rising of the sun unto the going down of the same the Lord 's name is to be praised."
~ Psalm 113:3 ~

Friday, October 9, 2015

Lead Us to the Rock

By Anna

"Our house is a mess (toys scattered everywhere, beds unmade, dirty dishes piled high and traveling back on the counter, food that needs somebody to do something with it...), and it needs a cleaning to help it smell better. We have lots of learning to do in our schoolwork and yet we are behind in our studies. We need help to understand and to prepare for our tests. We have house projects that need most of us to help with. There's other people that want us to come over and babysit for them. We are staying up late trying to stay on top of our homework and not getting enough sleep, and therefore waking up late and not having enough of our day to fix all of the above. Wow! What should, can, do we do !?" (Laura Linzey, 10/9/15)

Have you ever had a day in your life that you felt overwhelmed? When it felt like every time you tried to take one step forward, it seemed as though you took two step backwards instead? When you had too much to do at the end of the day and there was no time left to do it? When everything came upon you at once and there wasn't enough of you to go around? When all you wanted to do was wake up and it be a dream? When the urge to walk away from everything didn't seem like too bad of an idea and you could be free? 

There was one lady that we knew several years ago who had this disposition: living in trying circumstances, she would reply when asked how she was doing with a smile saying, "I'm feeling pressed to the Lord." That is exactly where God wants us. Pressed to Him. Close to His heart. Held tightly in His arms, safe and secure. 

Too often, the only times that we feel the need to draw closer to Him is in the times that things aren't going so well, or when we are drowning in the responsibilities that are placed on us. But God understands. He does not harp on us when things get tough, rather, He welcomes us into His presence with a smile and gently exhorts us, "Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart:and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light." (Matthew 11:28-30)

It's in the trying times, when we are being stretched beyond what we think we are able that God proves His grace is sufficient. When we think we can continue pressing forward no longer, His strength is sustaining. When our attitude fails and we can no longer keep a smile on our face, His love is unconditional. 

There's a quote that I have found encouraging in the pressing times that says, "Sometimes God calms the storm, and sometimes God lets the storm rage and calms His child." (Unknown) 

Life would be easier if there were no storms, no flurries, no downpours... But God is bigger than that, and He wants to show Himself strong in our behalf, all we have to do is call His name. "Hear my cry, O God; attend unto my prayer. From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I. For thou hast been a shelter for me, and a strong tower from the enemy." (Psalm 61:1-3)

This reminds me of a choral piece our church choir sang a couple weeks ago called "The I of the Storm" by Kenny Kuykendall. Pay attention to the words of this powerful song:

They didn't understand why He didn't come
As they made their way toward the other side
As they left the shore, they faced the storm
And suddenly, they feared for their lives
But upon the sea there Someone walked
On the water as they listened for His cry
And soon they heard Him call their names
And tenderly He said, "It is I."

He's the I of the storm
The center of my calm
The place where I find shelter
The place where I find warmth
The center of my ways
The keeper of my days
When I can't feel the sun shine
And my ship is tossed and torn
He's the I of the storm

They couldn't understand how the Prince of Peace
Could find them in the middle of the sea
But with little faith and God's good grace
Joy would overcome their desperate please
Now there are times in life when I face the storm
And I wonder if I ever will survive
That's when I hear Him call out my name
And tenderly He says, "It is I."

He's the I of the storm
The center of my calm
The place where I find shelter
The place where I find warmth
The center of my ways
The keeper of my days
When I can't feel the sun shine
And my ship is tossed and torn
He's the I of the storm

Do not fear when He is near
Take hold of His strong hand
Listen closely to His words
He's the Great I AM

The Great I AM still is
The heavens and the earth are His
He's the Merciful Almighty, forever Holy
In everything we must remember this:
The Great I AM still is --

The I of the storm
The center of my calm
The place where I find shelter
The place where I find warmth
The center of my ways
The keeper of my days
When I can't feel the sun shine
And my ship is tossed and torn
He's the I of the storm

"Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you." 
(1 Peter 5:6)