Friday, May 29, 2009

Dog Sitting Days Part III

Well, we are still dog sitting. Let's see, it's been 9 days since Sydney and Cole came for their "vacation" to our house while their "people" are on vacation. It is only fitting that we post pictures so the kids can keep an eye on their doggies. Not much news to post, a dog's day is kind of boring. Eat, sleep, go outside, eat some more, sleep some more, etc. So here are some more pictures just to let the kids know they are still alive and need some interaction with someone (s) much younger than us oldies :) We will be waiting for you with open paws!!!

We relax.

We chew...

...and chew some more.

We relax some more.

I prefer to relax on clean laundry.

We have amnesia.

Most of all WE MISS YOU!!!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009


"He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most high God shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty." (Ps. 91:1) “I will be a father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty."
(2Cor.6:18) “ I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.” (Rev. 1:8)

As a kid I use to watch “Superman” and think a lot about what it would be like to have unlimited powers. (“Faster than a speeding bullet – able to leap tall buildings with a single bound . . .” Do you remember?) Another way to say that would be to say a person was “almighty.” What would it be like to be almighty? Have you ever considered life without any limits to your power? Take some times in a typical life and view them if the person were almighty. No need to hire movers on moving day. You would never tire and nothing that had to be moved would be too heavy. Remember that long trip when you had to drive sixteen hours after packing the family into the car? Remember how exhausted you were upon arrival? If you were almighty you would have enjoyed the trip without even a yawn and upon arrival you would have been ready to let the vacation begin! How about that time when you were concerned for your safety and that of your family? No problem, if you are almighty, then every conceivable enemy is conquered under your great hand. Here comes some germs that carry disease, still no problem because there is no limit to your almighty ability to overcome sickness and death is impossible because almighty is life without beginning and end. No turn of events or circumstances could overcome you - you are almighty. When you speak it's a done deal! (As long as no “krypton” was found to use against you, your powers were secure - for Superman fans only)

Being almighty how would you want to use your power? Wouldn't you want to help and bless those you love? Wouldn't you want to provide for and protect your wife and children? Wouldn’t you have a concern for your nation? I'm sure you would use your power to benefit mankind in general.

Enough dreaming and make believe non-sense! None of us are almighty and in fact we are a very frail, sinful, weak thing. We come home from work tired. There is so much that we would like to do but seem helpless, weak, and unable to be all we should be or do all we should do. But wait....Don't we have access to our Almighty God?

Didn't He say, "Come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace (supernatural power) to help in time of need."

Friends our almighty God is in heaven looking down at His children going it alone and He is saying to us "Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not."; He is reminding us; “without me you can do nothing.”; He has promised us; I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

So why do we keep going it alone? Why don't we come boldly? Why don't we call daily? Why when we are so weak and He is ALMIGHTY GOD, do we not hook into Him to receive power? Here are five possible reasons:
1. Unprotected time of prayer (Matt. 6:6)
2. Underdeveloped relationship with Christ. (Jn. 15:7)
3. Unresolved sin toward God. (I Jn. 3:22)
4. Unsurrendered bitterness toward man. (James 5:16)
5. Unbelief that God is Almighty and for us. (Mk. 11:24 & Rom. 8:31)

I must be reminded on a regular basis of my great need and that He alone has the power to meet that need through Jesus Christ my Lord. So let me encourage you to reconnect to our Almighty God and come under the protective shadow of those mighty wings knowing we are weak, but He is strong....yea ALMIGHTY GOD!

Pastor Brodie

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Memorial Day Memories

So what happens on Memorial day when you get invited to a large, Godly, patriotic family cook out? I'll let the pictures express our lovely day.

Enjoying a fun moment.

Big ones eating.

Little ones eating.

Roosters get held.

Future farmer fun.

Badmitton games are played.

Kids of all ages play on the trampoline.

Hair gets cut.

Conversations centered around God, family and country.

Dear Lord, thank You for allowing us to be Americans and for the men and women who have served in the military to be used of You to keep America free so we can enjoy days like these. And above all may we never forget Your sacrifice on the cross to be free from sin. In Jesus Precious Name, Amen.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

It’s Important to Remember

Memorial Day was a special day for our family when I was growing up. We lived in a small town and there was always a “Memorial Day Service” at the school near my home. The town’s people would gather there and there would be a ceremony and speakers honoring those who had died in past wars. At the end of the service there would be a parade that would have the American Legion, Fire Trucks, floats, soldiers from National Guard or reserve units, and the school marching band.

At the end of the parade the town children could march in the parade carrying flowers. We would march through town to the cemetery. (The same cemetery where my mother’s body is buried) A good size creek runs along side the cemetery with a bridge. The parade would end at the cemetery and all the people, especially the children, would line up on that bridge for the conclusion. There would be a 21 gun salute from the cemetery and then we would throw our flowers into the creek and watch them float away followed while a lone bugler played taps. We all stood in silence, some would softly cry. When the taps were over people always left quietly and reverently. It made an impact on me as a boy. It caused me to grow up feeling a great debt of gratitude to those who had fought and died for me freedom.

As we celebrate Memorial Day Monday May 25th, we remember the cost of the freedom we enjoy today. We should take time to thank God for our nation and to pray for our leaders but especially our service men and woman. If you know someone’s family where a loved one paid the ultimate price for our country it would be very fitting for you to contact them and thank them letting them know you haven’t forgotten. We need to remember the price that was paid for our physical liberty as well as our spiritual liberty. In Scripture, God often pleads for us to remember Him. He commanded that memorials, such as the stones from the Jordan riverbed, be set up as "…a memorial to the people of Israel forever…so that all the peoples of the earth might know that the hand of the Lord is powerful and so that you might always fear the Lord your God" (Joshua 4:7, 23, 24). In a day when the enemy is trying to rewrite our history and cause people to forget our heritage it’s important we take time to remember. In particular I am remembering my dad today, who bravely fought in WW-II and the others of his generation. There are few of them left to encourage and thank. And yet the legacy of sacrificial soldiers and blood spilled for “freedom” has been part of the legacy of every generation including our current military personal. Freedom always has an enemy and will always have to be defended in order to be maintained. Freedom will never be free – it will always be very costly and require the best.

Remembering God’s faithfulness while we remember those special hero’s in our land is an important part of living a life of gratitude. Remembering the godly heritage we have being “one nation under God” is of extreme importance in this day of great deceptions and dilutions of the truth in history. So, let’s be people who stand firm and remember our foundations. (If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do? Psalm 11:3) Don’t let special days like Memorial Day become forgotten in our routine. Celebrate the day with your children and teach them the wonderful truths about the price paid for their liberty. It’s important that we remember!

Pastor Brodie

Friday, May 22, 2009

Dog Sitting Days Part II

Well, we have had 2 days under our belts dog sitting. As you see by the pictures these dogs enjoy the good life. I forgot to mention in yesterday's post that when my husband took the dogs out for their walk yesterday morning he locked himself out of the house and had to call me from the front porch on his cell phone to unlock the door...pretty funny. when I answered the phone upstairs and he told me his dilemma of course I had to ask him "What's the magic word?" Where was the camera then?!!!!
We're dog tired, it's been a "ruff" day. Good Night!! Sleep tight, don't let the fleas bite :)

Ahh, a very comfy spot :)

Double snoozers! (or is it Schnauzers?)

Sydney enjoying a snooze on the living room sofa, talk about comfortable!

Cole enjoying a snooze in the sun room.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Dogsitting Days

We volunteered to watch our Kids two Minature Schnauzers while they went on vacation. We live in a townhouse and felt we could accomadate two small dogs. So far we have about 12 hours under our belt. I think the dogs are having a good time so far. They get one on one walks. Sleep when they want. Eat when they want and what they want (had to pull a dried starfish out of Cole's mouth, ugh!) and even sit where they want (see last picture). I'm sure before the family gets back from vacation we will have more pictures and stories...stay tuned!

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Sydney and Cole "on vacation".

King of the sofa!

Queen of the sofa!

Sydney just crossed the line!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

A Spring Getaway

Recently we had the opportunity to get away and just rest up for a busy summer. Larry had a special time each day to soak up God's Word and read some good books. I got some shopping in and worked on some "jumble word puzzles", something I have recently discovered I really enjoy doing. It was good to get away but it was nice to come back to reality, too.

Front porch reading.

Cooking away from the wind.

Gotta love those self portrait shots!

This crab was way too close to my chair for comfort :(

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Grandchildren's Growth Chart

We have a grandchildren's bedroom in our home where we have a growth chart on the wall where we have measured each of our grandchildren's growth over the years. Randomly we will mark their growth and see where they are on the chart. It is fun to see the growth spurts or at times we will see just a little bit of growth. Some of them have gone off the chart!

Isn't that the way with our spiritual growth? At times we have significant growth and some times sadly we have to admit we don't see much growth. But our Heavenly Father patiently waits for us to take in His Word and continue growing, that brings joy to Him and ourselves!

2Peter 3:18 But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To Him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Ocean Views

We are in Oak Island,NC for some R&R time. There is a beautiful view of the ocean from the front porch. It is amazing the different changes the ocean goes through in a small period of time. We could sit and watch it forever! What a wonderful Creator we have.

Monday, May 4, 2009

Happy Birthday Sherry!

Happy Birthday Dear Sherry...Happy Birthday to You...And many More!!!

Our precious daughter celebrated her birthday yesterday. Back when she was born things were really different. Father's weren't allowed in the labor room (her Dad would agree that would have been fine with him as he is the fainting kind :) Father's couldn't even get near their babies until they were out of the hospital... really! So we would view our baby through the nursery window. I'm glad fathers can have a more active role in the wonderful experience of bringing a new little life into the world now.

There were no pregnancy tests you could pick up at the drug store to let you know you were expecting before you visited the doctor. And ultrasound tests were not something that was routinely performed. You didn't know if you were going to have a boy or girl until you actually had the baby. When they told me I had a girl I was very surprised and very delighted.

I like the way they do things now! I was allowed in the delivery room to view one of my grandchildren's birth. What a joy that was!

Back then we may not have had the flexible birthing experiences that are availble now but it wouldn't have changed the joy and excitement we experienced when Sherry was born.

Thank you Sherry for all the love and blessings you have added to our family. May the Lord continue to richly bless you!

Happy Birthday!

We love you sweetheart!

Mom and Dad

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Running Races

She did it! Tracey, a good friend of ours who happens to be married to our Pastor, did it!! She ran from her house to ours...2.5 miles long. She left her house @6:30 AM and arrived at our house @7:00AM. Amazing! She actually sat down, carried on a conversation, drank 2 bottles of water before I drove her back home. She's a wonder woman!

Tracey is getting in shape to run a 5k race in two weeks. Talk about determination and focus. We'll know she is ready for the race when she can run to our house, drink a bottle of water and run back to her house :)

The Lord has given us a race to run. His plan for our lives is always perfect. Are we determined and focused to run that race well?

Running the race of life has it's hills, it's valleys and it's obstacles. Sometimes we feel overwhelmed and sometimes we feel like we can run like the wind. Ultimately, whatever circumstances we are in we can always depend on the One who perfectly equipts us. He is always there cheering us on to the "finish line."

May we as His children run well to finish the race that is set before us.

Hebrews 12:1b ...and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,

2Timothy 4:7 I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: