Thursday, September 29, 2011

Please pray

click on the link below for an update. So happy they were able to remove more of the tumor. Please continue to pray for this sweet family.



Please pray for our friend, David Tucker. He is having surgery today, 9/29/11.

http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/davidthomastucker

Thank you so much.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Gabriella



Perhaps my biggest blessing in August was meeting precious Gabriella. I was given the wonderful invitation of being present in the delivery room when she arrived. Seeing the arrival of this precious baby girl, is a gift I will treasure for a lifetime. God's miracle of birth is truly amazing. He is good!!!



Her sweet parents were in our newlywed class several years ago and we are still very good friends with them. Kristi and I have begun hanging out several times a month and always have such a good time. One thing for sure, that girl can make me laugh. :)











Waiting on Gabby





She is here!








Daddy holding his baby girl for the first time.







Yes, those are the proud grandparents!




This past week, Gabby began having a little trouble with her stomach. You know, the baby gas thing. She was not sleeping well at night and sleep was hard to come by for her mom and dad. Kynn and I invited them to come spend the night with us this past Friday night. It was our hope that they could get some sleep and be refreshed for the weekend. They said, "OK!"


We had a great visit with them and baby Gabby slept in the room with us. When she woke for her middle of the night feeding, I took her to her sweet mom. After her feeding, back to our room for a good burp and another several hours of sleep. As you would predict, she was an angel baby. She did not fuss. Ah, babies. Who can understand them?




What do you mean? This baby does not cry!




Mac came with them too. Daisy was fine with Mac, until Kynn started playing ball with him. Daisy did not like that at all.







It was a sweet spend the night party. We hope to do it again soon.








Thursday, September 22, 2011

Scripture

Be renewed!

The Lord is my chosen portion and my cup; you hold my lot. The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance. Ps. 16:5-6

Monday, September 19, 2011

Work!

I love how the Lord orchestrates certain devotionals reading or Bible Study lessons to speak specifically to a request or need in my life. No, it does not happen every day, but when it does, it is such a spiritual high. As Beth Moore says, "There is no "high" like the MOST HIGH!"

Speaking of Beth Moore, this past January she encouraged readers of her blog to memorize 24 scriptures during this year. On the 1st and 15th of the month, a new scripture of your choosing, would be added to your memory work. (I am joined by several special ladies, Beckie, Cynthia, Patty, Jennifer, Lisa and Debbie) It is great having the accountability of not only Beth's blog, but these ladies as well.

My scripture for March 15

Let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us, and establish the work of our hands for us, yes, establish the work of our hands. PS. 90:17

This morning before my feet hit the floor, I was praying this scripture. Kynn and I, along with Cynthia, teach a young couples class at the 8:45 am hour at Shandon Baptist Church. Yesterday we began a new class for this church year. I was specifically praying for our class and the direction that God may lead it. I was asking God to establish the work of our hands, the work that He has for us to do. We are open to his leading. We want to join him where he is at work.

I am currently working through a devotional book called, A 30 day walk with God in the Psalms by Nancy Leigh DeMoss. Wouldn't you just know it! My lesson today was Psalm 90. Yep! That was the verse I was praying this morning.

Nancy DeMoss walks the reader through the whole Psalm. God is our dwelling place, we are frail and will return to dust, we are to number our days, and it ends with establish the work of our hands.

After working through this psalm, I felt an even more urgency to pray, Establish the work of our hands,.....MY hands. Verse 12 reads, "So teach us to number our days, so that we may gain a heart of wisdom."

Two questions that she asked in the application part of the devotional included,

1. Calculate approximately how many days you have already lived. If God gives you a lifespan of 70 years (25,550 days), how many days do you have left on earth? How do you want to live those remain days? (ok, I know for the young peeps (lol) out there, this does not mean much, but for older peeps like me, :) well..............) I DID the math! Gulp.

2. What practical difference would it make for you to live your life "in the light of eternity?"

2 Peter 3 says
"But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance. But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a roar, and the heavenly bodies will be burned up and dissolved, and the earth and the works that are done on it will be exposed."

Our works really do matter here on earth. They will be exposed and judged one day by God.
Whatever your work is today, may it be for God's glory.

Father, I pray today, that you will establish the work of my hands, that it may make a difference for your kingdom, that I will not waste my time, but use it wisely. Help me to be mindful to number my days. Thank you for bringing your word to me. Amen.

(If anyone would like to join the scripture memory, it is not too late. Just let me know and we will add you to our email each 1st and 15th or join in on Beth Moore's blog)




Friday, September 16, 2011

Happy Birthday Spencer

A Birthday Celebration!







It was time to celebrate Spencer's birthday. We had one problem. Two of our favorite people were not at home. That would be Christopher and Jamie. So, this year, we decided to meet halfway between Columbia, Anderson, and Tigerville. We landed in Clinton, SC for our dinner celebration. The cool thing is that it was 1 hour for all of us. PERFECT! One more cool thing is that Bobby and Marlene joined us and then drove 20 minutes to spend the night with her mom.







We ate at the Blue Ocean Seafood Restaurant. After dinner, the party moved to the parking lot for more celebrating. It was a fun, fun night. It's hard to believe that Spencer is 24. He is currently working at Allstate Insurance Company and likes his job. We are so proud of him. Happy Birthday Spencer Lee. You are such a blessing to us.






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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Giving Thanks

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Sunday, September 11, 2011

Daddy

James Manville Patterson
June 10, 1026 - September 12, 2009

Daddy enjoyed cross stitching and made many beautiful pieces. He began cross stitching while he recovered from open heart surgery. It was his therapy. He was very good at it.

We miss his love of having fun. This was a shark's tooth that he found when we were at the beach. He taped it to his face and pretended that he had a nose piecing.





We especially miss him on his special days....Father's day, his birthday.






There is just something about not having your father here on earth with you.









For those of you have lost a parent, you know just what I am feeling today. It seems like it was yesterday that he died, but it also seems like a lifetime since I have talked to him. I am so thankful for our memories. I am thankful for the laughs my family can share when we talk about him. And, I can promise you one thing. If he was visiting me in my home today, there would be a new penny hidden in a very special place. That makes me smile.