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Sunday, December 09, 2007

Teas, Tractors, Times of Grace

I am so privileged to be married to the world's best
guy! He is amazing. Who else would stand for 4 hours and make tea for 45 women?
This is Dave and my cousin Larry, who made the TEA possible for the ladies who attended my 2nd annual Christmas tea. We were graces by the music of "The Aspen Quartet" of
The Rocky Mountain Strings who traveled from Dallas to entertain us with thier music. Their music floated through the air at the entry outside as the ladies arrived, then later was heard in the background as the ladies were served, and finally they played 3 numbers for our entertainment. As one lade said, "This is what I come for! Our 3 grandaughters, Caitlin, Haley and Tori are a part of this group along with Bethany, a friend from church.
Sue and Elaine, my friends were here for 8 hours all day as we backed and cooked and prepared the dainties for the tea. Three girls from Teen Mania came to serve and bless us. It was great to have Lisa, Kelly, and Amy here to share in this time. David was out of town which prevented Beth from being present this year.

This is Dave's latest entertainment. He is anxious to use it to "plow" up the front yard between the house and the lake... Isn't he handsome.....and..what's more..he LOVES to dance and BEGS me to go dancing sometimes twice a week! We dance at a wonderful place about 30 miiles from here- a converted Skating rink with a GREAT floor! Anyway... Last week I asked him to trim back some pampas grass so we could get down the sidewalk and into the house....- this was the day before the tea...note how the grass is kind of blocking the sidewalk....
AFTER: Note all the "white plumes" lying on the ground...ready for the fire...But...HE LOVES TO DANCE!!!! That's my guy and I do so love him!

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Good Bye Jake

This was happier days last summer...nice remembering as the COLD front moves in here in East Texas- it was 76 when we got here to Lisa and Sam's but will be 36 by tonight. BRRRR!!!
Yes, it has been a LONG time since I have visited my site and I've probably lost my 3 readers!!!

This morning we said goodbye to Jake as Dave loaded him in the truck and took him off to the Doggie Rescue Depot. After having 3 different neighbors bring him home and complain about him and then yesterday- I came home from work early and found Jake locked in his cage- so let him out- not knowing that Dave had locked him up because the new house down the street was pouring cement...anyway...he got in LOTS of trouble yesterday so today...he is probably on his way to doggie heaven.
So...we bid Jake a fond farewell and wish a Happy THanksgiving all!

Saturday, October 06, 2007

Still # 1 Helpmeet

We have had many busy days since I last wrote...that was when Jake first showed up and I wondered if I was being replaced...well, I'm happy to report that I have not! But....the dog now has a name...Jake..and has taken up residence here. He is an outside that is good. He seems to entertain Dave and keep him company when I'm gone.
Two days a week I head out early and drive down to Teen Mania- a 35 min. trip- to act as "Life Mentor" to about..maybe 20-30 girls right now...I haven't really counted. I just work the two days and have appointments every 30 min. on a bi-weekly basis and have my days about filled. I also attend a class there for 1 1/2 hours each week, plus Staff Chapel, and various other meetings that take part of my days. I lOVE my job and am so thankful that GOD is allowing this season in my life.

This is what the Honor Academy at Teen Mania is about:

Teen Mania's Mission Statement
To provoke a young generation to passionately pursue Jesus Christ and to take His life-giving message to the ends of the earth!

Our Core Values

We receive direction, provision, and motivation directly from God and His Word to take the Gospel to the world.

We are who we say we are, and we always do the right thing, regardless of expediency.

We have servants' attitudes, and we go to heroic lengths to meet the needs of others.

We dare to dream as big as God dreams and believe that, with God on our side, we can achieve the impossible.

We demand of ourselves uncompromising quality and strive to be people who demonstrate excellence in everything we do.
The girls I visit with are either Interns, Grad. Interns, Staff or Staff Associates in the Honor Academy at Teen Mania. They are women of God who are truly interested in living their lives for Jesus and wanting to grow more in the position of becoming a godly woman. Who am I to mentor them in this? It is but the GRACE of GOD and the way HE has so awesomely worked in my life to allow me to be there. I fall on His grace each time I go and plead for HIM to speak through me to the many issues that these girls are facing in their generation. It is certainly a DIFFERENT world from that in which I grew up as a young girl in my early 20's! I pray I can be the Titus 2 woman to them. GOD have mercy on this generation!
We have been able to see all our children again in the last two weeks. Yesterday Amy and family came to celebrate Abby's 3rd birthday and spend the night and today with us. David and family and Lisa and children were able to join us this afternoon and the cousins had such a fun, fun time together as the adults caught up on each other's lives in a very relaxed atmosphere.
Dave and I are involved in teaching a Ballroom Dance class each week in a neighboring commmunity and have about 20 students in the class right now.
We are teaching Beginning Swing this month. We laugh at ourselves sometimes that WE are TEACHING dance! We would love to be TAKING more lessons but there is no such thing in the area! We dance almost weekly at a Texas Country dance where we are able to incorporate our ballroom amidst the Texas Two Step crowd!
I am in a Beth Moore Bible Study on Monday nights- teach dance on Tuesday nights-we are taking a class at our church on Wednesday nights- play cards with a church group on Thursday nights- go dancing Sat. nights- Church on Sunday...(and I work all day at Teen Mania on Wednesday and Thursday)...this is the life of retirement...any chance we get...we drop EVERYTHING and go visit our kids and grandkids! God is so good to us!

Thursday, September 20, 2007

WHO is the helpmeet???

I had my first day at work at Teen Mania two weeks ago on Wednesday, Sept. 5th. All day I was thinking about Dave and wondering if he was keeping busy at home and how he was doing. I came home to a VERY excited husband who had 3 things to tell me...what order did I want them in? The most scary, the most exciting, or the most suprising. Knowing that he does scary things like crawling around on the roof and almost cutting off his fingers with chain saws and the like- and worrying about what might happen if he got in trouble with me gone- especially with no vehicle at home and no near neighbors...I was almost afraid to ask! I chose the scary one first just to get the pain over with! He proceeded to tell me about coming around the side of the house and seeing a 5 ft. snake! Neither of us likes snakes~! I could have done without that information. I chose interestesting 2nd since he told me I'd have to wait with the most exciting until we went out to eat.... So he went to the back door and opened it and this is what awaited me.
Oh yeah! Seems this little dog just came out of no where and sat by the hot tub in the morning while Dave sat their alone and cried out for him! At this point- we are trying to figure out that IF we want a dog at we keep him or get a "real dog"??? Only problem...he has named him Jake and I think they have already bonded and he is to be the helpmeet while I am gone to work 2 days a week.
The big surprise...and this is really kind of sad...Dave caught the BIGGEST BASS of his lifetime...and no one was here to see it or even take a picture!~ He caught a 7 lb. bass off the pier- also a 5 # and 2# so he was QUITE pumped! He had a very exciting day...and I missed it all...but absolutely LOVED my first day and work and every day since!
We had a very bittersweet moment last week as we said goodbye to our 5th wheel. I remember how absolutely ecstatic we were when we bought it and had all the days ahead planned and anticipated...visiting our kids in Florida, Texas, and Montana- going to Canada with Family and friends, camping in the mountains of for almost a year our 5th wheel has sat in our front yard as we have our own "resort" out back with possibly the best BASS fishing lake in the country right out there! So..we decided it was time to sell the 5th wheel and close the chapter on that season of our life. We both stood and watched it drive off with tears in our eyes and a kind of empty place in our hearts.
Dave has had some great days of fishing in the last couple of weeks. God is good!

Saturday, September 01, 2007

O Lord, let me proclaim your power to this new generation

In this season of life I have been seeking the Lord and asking Him what He would have me to be doing? I have felt restless and useless at times....even though I have the job of being a Creative Helpmeet to Dave...sometimes I don't feel AT ALL creative..and being a mom to my 8 children- (including the 4 in-love's) and a grammy to my 16 grandchildren...which I love! You would think this would be plenty! But...believe it or not...sometimes I feel really bored and feel like I can't play one more Free Cell or watch one more Law and Order! (Although- now that we have high speed- I don't have to play Free Cell QUITE so often!) Several months a go...I read Psalm 71:9 and wrote "2007" in the column...I wish I would have written the date! It reads:
"Now, in my old age, don't set me aside." I was crying out to the Lord for direction in my life.
This morning, while looking for "healing" verses for a friend in Psalms, I ran across this Psalm and then was SO very Excited about the verses I found here which explain to me so clearly what I want to be doing. Next week, I will begin a part time position at Teen Mania and I believe these are the words the Lord is saying are my job description.
"I will tell everyone about your righteousness. All day long I willl proclaim your saving power for I am overwhelmed by how much you have done for me. I will praise your mighty deeds O Sovereign Lord, I will tell everyone that you alone are just and good. O God, you have taught me from my earliest childhood and I have constantly told others about the wonderful things you do. Now that I am old and gray, do not abandon me. O LOrd, Let me proclaim your power to this new generation-your mighty miracles to all who come after me." Psalm 71 15-18.
Isn't God good? I will be in a position of being available as a mentor to the girls who are in leadership there...the Core Advisors and Resident Directors...these are usually girls who are about 21-23 years old. THey have been through at least one year of the Honor Academy- generally right after high school- and are now over a group of girls in the Internship of the HOnor Academy at Teen Mania. I am SO excited that God has opened this door for me and I pray that I will be worthy in His sight to walk through it and be the Titus 2 woman for some of the women there.
I ask all my praying friends to keep me in your prayers in this new venture.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

This is WHY we have peace TODAY

This is NOT the time to have a house for sale in Florida... but we do! (This is the house last Jan...we started the process of building it in Nov. 2005...long before this crisis...but it was not completed until March of 2007!So we are asking for Prayer FROM ANYONE who reads this blog. Our peace is based on the following. All glory and honor and praise be to our Lord and Savior JESUS!

"A Christian's inner peace is never based on his ability to take the teachings of Scripture and figure it all out. Our peace always rests on the presence, power, and character of the Lord." - p. 30, Instruments of Change in the Redeemer's Hands"

Friday, August 10, 2007

Haszy, Crazy, Lazy Days of Summer

Today is to be our FIRST day of summer of 100 degrees...quite a contrast from last summer where we had 33 days over 100! This is another picture from camp....this is what summer is all about.

Monday, August 06, 2007


July 9 was my last update! To give you an idea of why I have not blogged in a month...and this is an account of GLORY to GOD for giving us the health, strength, home and lifestyle to be able to do the things we have done in the past 30 days. To GOD be the GLORY...great things HE hath done!

July 10-13...we held The 2nd Annual Grandkids camp- Pirate our house

July 14- Sam and family and Jon and family came to spend the day boating, swimming, etc.

July 15- Shower at Kelly's for Lisa Hasz

July 16, 17- Work at Amy's to help her pack to move to Dallas area (PRAISE be to one week all prayers were answered-they sold their Garden Valley house, bought a home in Little Elm- north of Dallas- and Brian got a job!

July 17-18- We kept 4 of the Smith kids while Amy and Brian finished up some business in Dallas

July 19-Invited to David and Beth's home for dinner

July 10 Went to Tyler and saw "Sound of Music" with Sam and Lisa

July 21-Babysat her with Henry and Jonah while Sam and Lisa went car shopping

July 22-Went to Sam and Lisa's for homemade icecream

July 23,24- helped Amy pack- kept Smith 6- 2 went to Dallas with mom and dad- for 2 days

July 24-26- Smith "6" kids here

July 26- Smith kids picked up at 5 p.m.-Fisher 6 from Hong Kong arrive for a week

July 27- Attend play with Sam and Lisa

July 28- Sam and Lisa visit to swim and boat with kids

July 29- Pack up Smith moving truck

July 30- Fischers still here- enjoy time with them

July 31- Drive to Tyler to visit grandbaby Bridget- born at 12:45 today.. PRAISE THE LORD..she is Sam and Lisa's 3rd child..our 16th grandchild. GOD is SO GOOD!

August 1 Take Fischer's tubing

August 2-Dave and I take Sam to Dallas to drop of "new" car for repair...Dave takes me to Amy's to help unpack..thier new home is a much bigger house to accomodate all they do with 8 children, home schooling, etc. Fischers leave to head out to Tulsa and more visitation on their summer visitation from Hong Kong.

August 4- Dave comes to Dallas to pick me up

August 5-Jon, Kelly and Jordan, Sam, Lisa, Henry, Jonah, Bridget and Mary (Lisa's mom) come for the day for swimming, fun and fellowship.

So, you can see, there has just been NO time for blogging...but...oh, much time for praising God for His goodness to us. We have loved every minute of being able to serve our family-immediate and extended. We loved having the Fischers here from Hong Kong. What wonderful house guests they were! We hope to get to Hong Kong some day and visit them and see their ministry up close and personal. goes our life...Thank you FATHER GOD for your kindness and goodness to us!

Monday, July 09, 2007

Let freedom ring...and ring...and ring...

4th of July...with family....what could be more fun? Sam and Lisa had invited some of the staff and interns from Teen Mania for the afternoon and evening...David and family came too...great time was had by all. Steven-one of the staff provided us with QUITE the fire works display! We were all impressed as he and Sam lit one after another and lit up our skies to celebrate our freedom.
We spent the next 3 days packing and moving David and Beth. They exchanged houses with themselves...long story....exhausting move!
Now we are ready for camp to begin tomorrow. Be sure to check in on my camp blog site on the side bar here. We will try to post daily. Even though we've been busy moving...getting ready for camp...Dave still finds time to fish...yea! That is why we're here...well, besides our kids and grandkids...well...mostly the kids and grandkids and the fishing is an added bonus! ( Well, I"ve been waiting for 40 min. for the next picture to post...the joys of living in the middle of no where TX where there is no high speed internet available!!!) Good more pix!

Saturday, June 16, 2007

The Boat Dock

Okay...this is for John, requesting pictures of the boat dock...this is in varying stages...we have to go out in the boat one of these days and take some shots from the lake is hard to get it all from land! Here Sam, Lisa and Dave have probably just put the boat in the slip for the first

time- quite an exciting and long awaited day.
The lower picture was taken the day the construction part of the dock was completed- before it all was stained and the boat lifts were in- that was sometime in May.

Below is the

picture of how the kids appreciated the WARM wood of the dock in early May- when the water was cold! Now...the water is more like bath water and the kids are loving swimming and having a great time. I'll try to get some photos of that next time!

The rest of the story

The rest of the story....
Tori registered the catch for the day! Yes, Josiah! So....we called Amy...she very calmly said, take him to the DR. in Mineola-we'll meet you there. Josiah was very calm, this is his second hook in I think the same ear. We all loaded up and went to the DR- all being Haley, Tori, Josiah and us. It cut the fishing day very short- much to all the fisherman's dismay!
Since then...we've had all the family here to eat, swim and fish several times...taught Vacation Bible School for a week and packed and sent off Dave for a week in Canada on the fly in fishing trip with Jon, David and Sam. They should be up there by now and are probably fishing away! I pray for lots of fish and good weather and fellowship----and not too many Ding Dongs, Ho Ho's and Twinkies so they can all survive the week!

Thursday, June 07, 2007

Family time together

yep...that is his office! This is where he arranges for most of the family gatherings, does his business...and ...generally drives Sam nuts when talking to him because he has to hang up to land a fish!

June is just a really crazy month for the Hasz household. We have 13 birthdays and 2 anniversaries..Father's day...Vacation Bible School and the Hasz boys Fly in to Canada Fishing trip.

In just this past week we have had 3 family gatherings with all 25 of us present! Isn't God good? We love having our family so close together that we can celebrate life together.

Last week Dave helped David, Jon and Sam host the First annual Teen Mania Track Meet with abouat 700 participants! That was a great event- perfect weather-fun to be a part of it.

Over Memorial Day we hosted the Family Campout here. THings didn't materialize quite like we'd planned- Amy couldn't get their camper to work so the 5 oldeset kids spent the night here in tents and Amy and the little ones "comuted". It was fun to have them here! Sam and Lisa found a problem with their 5th wheel when they went to pack it out from home so Dave and Sam spent much of Sat. repairing. How great that they can do things like that!

Everyone enjoyed the great weather, the new dock and boat house, the great fishing and swimming. We were able to grill out down by the lake and spend much time just enjoying the kids and each other. We are so grateful to God for allowing us to live here and have a place that our family can enjoy.

The Smith kids (the 3 oldest) spent the night here on Monday...asked if they could go early morning fishing...and we said 'yes" provided you don't wake us up! About 6:45 there is a knock on our bedroom door...."grammy....." "Yes" Josiah needs you. to be continued when Blogger will download the next picture....

Saturday, May 12, 2007

Happy Mother's Day...I hope all of you who are moms and who have had a mom! will find time to go to this site sometime today or soon. I sent this little poem to my mom every year from the time I first had a child- 1966- until the time that she went on to heaven- in 2005. I pray it will be a blessing to you too.

My mom..Edith Snyder Tessman 1910-2005

She was the one who lavished each of us 5 children with her love and taught us each about Jesus, our Savior. She tiredlessly drove us to school- and picked us up from school- sometimes over 30 iles each way-she worked in the "store" which mom and dad ran, then picked me up from work- or came to football or basketball games to cheer our school on and watch me twirl baton- she drove me to choir and picked me up- all these driving things were for me- one of 5- so she was doing lots of other driving too!- She listened when I had problems with my current boy friend- stayed up late sewing me dresses to wear to whatever dance-attend
ed my plays, helped me pack for camp and then wrote letters and visited on weekends-helped me pack in just a few days when I was accepted to college- late- and then drove me to Illinois to college- wrote faithfully and supported me in every effort of life. She helped me have a beautiful wedding- she sewed all the bridesmaids dresses- helped plan the food and reception- cooked and served the rehersal dinner- Mom was always there and such a hard and cheeful worker. She was there to enjoy each of our children and many of our grandchildren. Mom slipped away gradually with Alzheimer's Disease- but even to the end-her love for children was so evident- we miss her but rejoice that she is home with Jesus- probably holding a baby!
How I THANK GOD this mother's day for the children of my children!

Friday, May 11, 2007

(Grand)Children are a heritage of the Lord..

This is the weekend that we are enjoying the 8 Smith kids while their parents are at the Home School Conference in Dallas. Wow! They kept us hopping all day and they are still wide awake but Dave and I are both ready for bed! All the little ones are bathed and in bed...the older ones are watching "Battle Cry" from Virginia.

We spent much of the

And swimming...

Then laying on the dock and warming up after swimming..And playing in sand...running up and down and up and down and up and down the hill from the lake to the house! It was a beautiful day and we Praise GOD for His goodness to us and allowing us time to enjoy our grandkids!

Thursday, May 10, 2007

The Boat House/Dock/Arbor

It was started last summer- when Dave and Sam began construction on the arbor- which is adjacent to the sea wall down by the water. They put in the posts, had the concrete poured, then constructed the arbor over it. Then....due to the drought on Lake Fork ( a 3 year drought) and the water being down 7 feeet! We had dredging done out in front of our property- thus the BIG hill of dirt- there all winter- even after the boat house was almost done.

Now- the dirt is leveled out- the boat house is done- but we are still waiting on electric work and boat lifts to be completed.

We were able to enjoy our family out there last weekend- the kids swam and fished and had a great time...we look forward to many fun times out there and the completion of the project...well, I don't know if it will EVER be completed. Dave and Sam keep coming up with other things to get done- and me. Like the sand beach- the lawn or grass to cover all the dredged area on the hill between the house and lake..minor details.

Now this is what is all about!

I love having a husband (and sons and son in law) who love to work and build and do projects like this. Never a dull moment around our house. There is always another plan, another project...another day. We praise the LORD for each day.

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

I'll post this today and hopefully have an update tomorrow so you can compare what has been going on at the lake front here on Lake Fork, Texas. THis was the beginning of the boat house back in March...and we have been SLOWLY progressing ever since...inching closer to the time when we can actually have a BOAT in the water at the lake!

We are being blessed by seeing our children/grandchildren on a weekly basis and having them nearby for fun, companionship and counsel. Funny how we need THEIR counsel at times in our lives. This has been a challenging week for us and we are thankful for the input of children and their spouses who are tuned in to what God is doing here on planet Earth.

This weekend we get to have the Smith "8" here for a few days while their parents go to the Home school conference in Dallas. Last weekend we got to spend time with the three boys and their families as they will all be out of town this weekend at the Teen Mania event in Virginia.

We look forward to the weekend and times ahead with our children and grandchildren.

Friday, May 04, 2007

On Raising kids

All who are interested in reading some good counsel on child sure to click on my side bar...Metro Moms. I wish I'd had some of this kind of advice when I was raising my four. God is meet us where we are. My lack of counsel is my excuse for all of you girls and one guy who are living with my mistakes! Love you all! You are all so special.

Memo from our Boss

I was sent this in an e-mail today and it is really meaningful and inspirational. Only the diligent will do this. I can't figure out an easier way to get you to this. You have to click on this and then at that site click on Memofromourboss. Enjoy!

Saturday, April 28, 2007

Off to Kansas

"The good men perish; the godly die before their time and no one seems to care or wonder why. No one seems to realize that God is taking them away from evil days ahead For the godly who die shall rest in peace. " Isaiah 57:1,2

Wanda Schmidt, age 54, Kelly Hasz's mom- Wanda had an aneurism in her brain which ultimately led to her death this past week. The funeral will be on Monday in Witchita.
All our family is planning on driving up their on Sunday to be there with Jon, Kelly and Jordan. We appreciate your prayers for Kelly and family and for safe travel for all of us.
We are praising the Lord for the 5 weeks that Wanda came and spent here with Kelly after her wreck. It confirms that there are NO accidents with God. Our faith and trust is in Him.
It is with joy that we can picture her at the feet of Jesus, in her mansion, but with heavy hearts that we want to support the family that is left behind at this time.
You can access Kelly's blog on my side bar for her thoughts about her mom.

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Teach us oh Lord to number our days!

This picture was from just a few weeks a go as Kelly, my daughter in law, her mom, and I had spent the day sewing flags for Battle Cry. We had a great day together, laughing, sewing and enjoying each other's company. Kelly's mom came and spent several weeks with Kelly as she was recovering from a fractured vertebrae after her car wreck. It was a time of blessing for all of them to have this time together.

Little did anyone know that in just a few weeks, Kelly's mom, would suffer a brain aneurism and tonight is in critical condition. She had an encouraging day yesterday- the day Kelly posted on her blog but today the news is not so good. Please pray for Kelly, her dad and the rest of the family.

You can see Kelly's blog on my side bar for more updated information.

Thursday, April 19, 2007

On the Horror at Virginia Tech

Finding Eternal Hope in Present Sorrow

By Douglas W. PhillipsApril 17, 2007
Today, the nation mourns the senseless murder of thirty-two men and women who were gunned down in cold blood. The slaughter of students at Virginia Tech constitutes the largest campus killing spree in American history. The murderer was a fellow student, twenty-three-year-old Cho Seung-hui of South Korea. Though little is currently known of his motive behind the murders, it is clear that his plan was calculated and carefully executed. The assault was premeditated and thorough. Doctors report that not a single victim had fewer than three bullet wounds.
Thousands will be deeply affected, probably for the rest of their lives. The most serious pains belong to the mothers, fathers, and sisters and brothers of the murdered victims. What shall we say to them? What are we to learn from these events?
First, we must remember the answer to the question “why?”
When people ask: “Why does God allow bad things to happen to good people?” or “How can such a terrible thing happen?”, we must point them to the fundamentals. First, all of us deserve death and all of us will die. The only question is when will we die, and what will be the state of our eternal soul at that time. Every breath is a gift of God. None of us deserve it. We have no rights or demands we can make to our Creator. In fact, apart from Christ, we stand condemned to a fate far worse than physical death — eternal punishment. And there is a reason for all of this. God is God, and we are His creation. Understanding the distinction is everything. He sets the rules. He determines what is just. And His plan is always good, even when we do not understand it. Not only is He a loving and kind God, but He is also infinitely just. This justice has implications for man. It was God who created the world and man “very good.” But man sinned against an infinite and holy God. The penalty for this sin was physical death. Because of man’s sin, all of creation became subject to death. Our bodies and the world around us die and groan as a reminder and a punishment for our rebellion before the Lord. Everything would be supremely hopeless, but for one important truth: Though the wages of our sin is death, the gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus. It took an infinite, perfect, and holy sacrifice to atone for our sin against an infinite, perfect, and holy God. Christ was that sacrifice. This means that all whom the Father calls, and who repent and believe in Christ, shall not perish but have eternal life.
Thus, the question is not, “why did God allow the tragic death of these students,” but rather, “why does He allow any of us to live.” We deserve death. Every breath of life is a gift. It is only by His grace and mercy that we live and breathe and have our very being. He is our Creator and He is just to determine the beginning and the end of our existence. Beyond this, we must remember that even the tragedy of death is part of the eternal plan of God to bring glory to Himself. The fact that we do not understand the infinite purposes and counsels of the Triune God only means that we are creatures and need to trust Him. That is why He has given us His Holy Word. The Bible is the revealed mind of Christ for man. It reminds us that all things — including the murder of the innocent — work together for good to those that are the called of God. It cautions us to flee to God while we yet have life. It reminds us that the victory of Christ is greater than the grave itself. It warns us that without Christ there is no hope whatsoever. When we see the horror of death, we must be convicted of sin and flee to God. We must be emboldened in our sense of urgency to communicate to others the only source of hope from death. We must treasure the preciousness of life as God’s sacred gift, and we must wisely invest in meaningful Kingdom work this brief whisper of an opportunity called — our life.
Second, we must acknowledge that the rise of community violence is a judgment of the Lord. Our nation has broken covenant with the God of our fathers. We have forsaken the law of God and have worshipped before false idols. We have sacrificed our children, not only spiritually and intellectually to the high priests of a new secular religion in our government schools, but have quite literally sacrificed baby boys and girls to the gods of convenience in the abortuaries of America. One out of four Americans is not here because they were aborted by their mothers.
The modern trend toward school killings must be considered in terms of the hopelessness and evil which is being communicated to the children of this generation through the music culture, the entertainment culture, the sexual culture, and the intellectual culture of evolution and meaninglessness — all of which converge in modern schools. Our children are being taught the Gospel of evolution and man. It is a religious faith that ultimately teaches that transcendent truth does not exist and that life is meaningless, being the product of chance. Why are we surprised when the present generation acts upon the logical implications of this false gospel? If we do not see the connection between this false faith and the culture of death, we are blind bats, or willingly ignorant. The answer for us as a people is repentance and restitution, which begins by turning from our sins and reclaiming the ancient paths of the Lord wherein there is hope.
Third, the worst response to school murders that our politicians could make would be to further disarm the American citizenry. The heavy death toll may in part be attributed to past legislation making it difficult for citizens to carry side arms. If even one of the students in that university had been armed, Cho Seung-hui could have been stopped. A strong case can be made that in a violent society like our own, it is the duty of every Christian man to be armed such that he is ready, willing, and able to come to the immediate aid of his neighbor in the face of the ruthless behavior of lawless men. We have one of two futures — a police state full of regulation and controls, where only the state and criminals have access to guns, thus leaving most women and children defenseless to evildoers, or an informed and well-armed population, which is, to my mind, the surest safeguard against lawless men.
Fourth, every tragedy is an opportunity God gives to reflect glory and honor to Him. We give glory to Him as we reach out to others and lead them to the great Comforter. Now is the time for Christians to reach out in love to those who are in unimaginable pain, as well as those who are just shell-shocked by the horrible news. There is a time to mourn with those who mourn, and this is that time. Let us mourn, love, and encourage — and let us give God the glory in everything — even death.
This was sent to me by Vision Forum....I pass it on ...

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Seasons of hot tubs

It all started back in 1993- that is when we spent the day- a heartbreaking day for us- as we bid farewell to Amyand Brian as they left for Spain. They were with YWAM and were headed off to school in Spain. just so happens that they took our ONLY grandchild with them! Dave was so very sweet and understanding as I cried and blubbered almost the WHOLE day and many days afterward. We took them to the airport then took the rest of the day off from school to recover. We went to the mall where Dave bought me some new clothes...and then we visited the Hot Tub displays out in the mall. Now you have to understand something about Dave..he HATED hot tubs...I could NEVER get him to go in one at a hotel, etc. But...we ended up buying the hot tub you see in the upper right hand picture. By then it had moved to the second home it would have with us. The great thing is...that Dave LOVED the hot tub! We spent every morning- well almost every morning- VERY few exceptions- for the next 10 years- talking, praying, and enjoying God's creations and creatures. Winters were the best...we were able to watch deer, fox, geese and in the summer golfers on the golf course. That hot tub lived with us to see 8 of our grandchildren enjoy it with us. We left it behind in Denver in 2003 when we moved to Florida.

Our next hot tub in Florida- started out to be a nightmare- we bought it at a Home Show in Daytona Beach from a less than reputable dealer and had real problems actually getting it delivered...but once we got again became a haven for us in the jungle. We didn't think we'd enjoy it much in Florida but were pleasantly surprised that we spent almost just as much time in it as we did in Denver- we were gone from Florida much of the summer so that explains part of that.

Then the move to Texas last year found us once again saying goodbye to our hot tub and we spent almost a year without one. We have really missed it.

Here we are again...with David and family being the first family to enjoy our newest hot tub. This has truly been one of the greatest blessings to our marriage and makes life such fun to wake up and look forward to sitting in the yard with the birds and wonderful sights now of Lake Fork and the trees all around us. We love talking, praying and reminiscing about how God

has blessed us. God is good. Our hot tub is now installed to the left of the house as you see it in the picture. We are so thankful to God for all HE has done for us...MUCH more than hot tubs...This pretty much sums up what we really deserve

"What am I? Well, here is what I am. I am the worst sinner I know. And by the grace of God I am doing better than I deserve. For I deserve the righteous wrath of God because of my sin. I deserve to be punished eternally. But in the mystery of His mercy, God sacrificed and crushed His Son on the Cross--as my substitute--so that I might be forgiven of my sin and know God as my Father rather than my Judge. What am I? I am truly amazed by the grace of God. That's what I am." ~ C.J. Mahaney Together for the Gospel Blog

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

April 4...back from March 18

SOooooooooooo much has happened since I was last here! But...God is faithful and it is HIM that we trust!

We got to have all 8 Smith children here for a couple of days while Amy and Brian were in Dallas. That was So much fun! The weather was beautiful and we got to fish, (and ALL the kids caught a fish off our "dock", play games, have a fire and roast hot dogs and jsut spend fun time with them. They are such great kids and we always love to have them here- as we do ALL of grandkids....we just don't get them enough!

Following that weekend, though, the Teen Mania crisus hit the Smith family and Brian was laid off. It has been a hard time for all. We know that God is faithful and has a job and home for Brian and Amy and is building faith in all of us.

The family gathered the day after that happened to celebrate Dave's birthday. We met on Tuesday because we told Dave that David and Jon had an Emergency TM meeting on Wed. and couldn't make it on his actual birthday. Haley had planned a GREAT treasure hunt at their home in which everyone took part. She did such a good job in planning it.

All the kids and grandkids were there to help Dave celebrate. The following day, Sam called, and he and Lisa wanted to take us out to eat. We were all for that...since it was his REAL birthday and we had planned to go out to eat on our own. (I knew what was going on but Dave didn't have a clue!) We met at Sam's and proceeded to Tyler and to Red Lobster. When they took us to our table...there sat all the adult kids! Dave was SO suprised. We had a wonderful time...many of our friends and family and sent special greetings which were read to all. Then the 3 boys- Sam, David and Jon, presented Dave with his gift- The trip of a lifetime...the card read....a Canadian fly in for the 4 of them in June. Dave was overwhelmed and they all haven't stopped talking about it since.

Ever since we got back from Denver- on March 11-we have watched the steady progression of the building of the dock and boat house- a project Dave has planned and longed for since we moved here. It is ALMOST done...they put roof on today- and we are SO excited. It has been a huge project-starting with the building of the sea wall last spring- then the dredging of the lake in Dec. and all that dirt piled up down by the lake! The bulldozer was here again today...still moving the "clay" around. I wonder if it will all get done?

I have finished a 12 week Beth Moore study on Daniel. FABULOUS! I learned so much. I've also been attending a ladies' Tues. morning prayer and Study and have helped to stuff 10,000 plastic eggs for the Easter Egg outreach in the city park on Sat.

We celebrate the REsurrection this Sunday then on Thursday or Friday we will fly to Detroit to participte in the Battlecry there.

That is a thumbnail sketch of what is going on here. What is going on in your neck of the woods?