Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Salamanders

Saved from an untimely "death-by-lawn-mower" accident

For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities, his eternal power and divine nature. Romans 1:20

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Gabe is 13!

Gabe is 13 today.  Thirteen years ago he was given to us by God and he has blessed us from the very start.   He has brought so much joy into our lives and we thank God for him every day.

Son, you are growing into a young man and I am proud of your gutsiness and the fervour you bring to all that you do.  You are a kind and patient older brother, a true and loyal friend and a loving and gentle son.   Love, Mom.

Gabe - Age 6
Gabe - Age 13
Prayers for my son:


1.    Create in my son a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within him (Psalm 51:10)
2.    May my son walk after You, God, and fear You and keep Your commandments and obey Your voice. May he serve You and hold fast to You (Deuteronomy 13:4)
3.    May my son be strong and courageous and not fear or be in dread, for it is You, Lord, our God, who goes with him. You will never leave him or forsake him (Deuteronomy 31:6)
4.    May my son walk before You, God, as King David walked, with integrity of heart and uprightness, doing according to all that You have commanded him, and keeping Your statutes and rules (1 Kings 9:4)
5.    Like Timothy, may my son be an example to believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, and in purity (1 Timothy 4:12)

http://proverbs31.org/devotions/devo/five-scriptural-prayers-for-your-son/




Toast to Gabe ....... apparently shirts are optional at Birthday Tea.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Happy Birthday Essy















Essy, we are so glad you were born six years ago.  The angels picked you out of all the little girls in heaven to be our sweet daughter.  We could not love you more.  You are a loving, strong, capable little girl and I pray God will protect you and grow you up in His perfect strength.  

Happy Birthday, Sugar.   Love – Dad, Mom, Gabe and Cole

Birthday Tea - 2016  - Essy, 6 years old



Toast to Essy



Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Life and death, and chickens....

We spent Saturday slaughtering our meagre flock of five doomed cockerels at a very kind friends' house.  Welsh Hill Farm http://www.welshhill.com let us come alongside for their slaughter day and we learned the ropes under some gentle tutelage... mostly Jason learned the ropes and I stole the new baby and fussed in the kitchen.  There was blood and feathers and innards.  When we left, we had our naked birds in ziplocks for the freezer.

I am not a vegetarian.  But I am also not an avid hunter, trapper, dissection-ist either.  I don't get a kick out of ending their little lives, but I increasingly feel that the further we are from the food we eat, the less "real" this loss of life becomes, the easier it is to put death "away" in all the cupboards of our minds.  

It is Satan's oldest lie, "Surely you will not die," he said to Eve in the Garden, Genesis 3:4.  But surely...certainly, we will.... Praise God that when my life is laid bare in front of God, when I am called to "give and account of ourselves" Romans 14:12, I will thank God that I have a High Priest in Jesus Christ who will intercede on my behalf and hold up His likeness before the Face of God and say, "Not by her works, but by My Righteousness: This is a Daughter of the King."

Heidelberg Catechism: Question 60.
60.Q.

How are you righteous before God?

A.
Only by true faith in Jesus Christ. 
Although my conscience accuses me that I have grievously sinned against all God's commandments, have never kept any of them, and am still inclined to all evil, 

yet God, without any merit of my own, out of mere grace, imputes to me the perfect satisfaction, righteousness, and holiness of Christ. 

He grants these to me as if I had never had nor committed any sin, and as if I myself had accomplished all the obedience which Christ has rendered for me, if only I accept this gift with a believing heart.