A big Thank You to http://ashleymonterophotography.com/ for taking these pictures!
We realize that your 4-year graduation from IMI, was in November and that is why we would like to recognize you for all your diligent work.
A requirement for your graduation was to write a well researched paper. Your focus was on the “Criminal Mindset”. It was amazing what God taught you through this process. God still is in the business of blessing young people who diligently seek Him with incredible insights.
Nathaniel, we are so proud of your commitment these last 4 years. We realize that these studies have prepared you for where God has you now…(In the Florida Prisons). We trust that God will continue to bless you with His wisdom, guide you with His direction and keep you in His care.
Even though you are so far away, we will be vigilant, keeping you in our prayers and our hearts. We know God will not only teach you, but also use you in mighty ways for His glory. Thank you for giving your life to Him and your willingness to go anywhere He sends you.
Our congratulations to you! We love you!
We also want to especially thank two men that have
mentored Nathaniel. Dr. Michael Davis and
Chaplain Robert Holyfield.
*Thank you Alyssa Nickels for beautifully handcrafting Nate’s graduation gift, a mini “ two-edged sword” (a dagger). It will always remind him to use God’s word carefully for His glory.
These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.
I remember sitting in one of the few Sunday School classrooms that I attended as a child and hearing the true meaning of Joy. My teacher said Joy is J-Jesus, O-others, and Y-you. She said that if you get them out of order, you will not have Joy! Although that seems so simple, it has proved true in my life over the past several decades. If I lose sight of the pre-eminence of Jesus the Christ, service in love to others and lastly self, I miss the joy in any given day.
I am humbled and overwhelmed with the greatest gift I have ever received…my Creator, God, coming to Earth in it’s fallen state, enveloped in flesh to live among men who rejected and mocked Him. Finally, dying in my place that I might live each day walking in true Joy!
May the Joy of this Christmas season fill your hearts and lives!
~The Paine Family
Birthdays, weddings….All part of life…I apologize for the delay in posting about the highlights of our family.
Josiah turned 16 this year (July 8, 1998)…It is hard to believe that a small baby grows to stand a head taller than you in such a short time…When I have a heavy load…I can count on Joe to be the man! Happy Birthday Joe!!
Abby turned 20 (July 19, 1994) ohhh…no more a teenager…Abby is a joyful, beautiful young lady with a heart for children…she committed to another year with “In The Gap” in OKC, teaching children character in the public schools and Bible Clubs after school. We are praying for you Abby and so blessed to know that you are demonstrating the love of Christ to so many little ones. Happy Birthday Dear!
Johnny turned 12 (August 5, 2002)…His birthday consisted of a monkey/western/most wanted theme…lol…He has really been an helper around the property, offering to help with jobs. Happy Birthday John Michael !!
Nate…(August 15, 1990) Happy Birthday! We didn’t get to spend your 24th birthday with you…But you were in our prayers… at least there is cell phones and texting! Nate will be back in prison next week for another “Journey to the Heart”. And return to finish his last semester at IMI…go Nate!!!…We love you!
Danny turned 15 (September 3, 1999)…my my… He loves to fly and continues to take lessons as he earns the money… God has been challenging him in areas of his life as he seeks what the Lord would have for him in the years ahead.…Happy Birthday my Dan man! xxoo
Psalm 127… children are truly a blessing…I know that the thought that “children are a burden” mentality has infiltrated modern thinking……It is simply false….Raising them isn’t necessarily easy….perhaps that is the explanation for this trend. However, I would not trade one of them for anything. As they grow and leave home, birthdays become extra special…Yes Lord, teach me to number my days, that I might apply my heart to Your wisdom…Amen
“Whoso findeth a wife, findeth a good thing, and obtaineth favour of the Lord.” Proverbs 18:22
Thomas Hugh found “…a good thing” namely, Dakota Whitney Young on September 20, 2014. We want to say “welcome” dear Dakota! We are so excited about having a new addition to our family! We have been so blessed. Thomas and Dakota will be living in Missouri. We want to thank everyone who made the effort to attend the wedding. We saw so many loved ones, family and friends that celebrated this special day with us. God bless you , Thomas and Dakota, as you glorify and honor God with your lives together!
~A big Thank You to Libby Zellon for allowing us to use some of her pictures! http://elizabethzellonphotography.com/
The song “Freedom Sure Ain’t Free” by Lawson Bates reminds us that there is “a price” It may not be a song. It could be a monument, a plaque, a flag or uniform that brings “a price” to remembrance. The Paine Family would like to recognize the ones that we have been privileged to know that have paid “a price” (time, commitment, sacrifice, life etc.) for all that we enjoy in this great America. The following is a small list of those who deserve honor:
Thomas H. Barnhill (great-grandfather, deceased)
Richard C. Barnhill (grandfather, deceased)
Chef Harold Gross
Dr. David Hardy
We would like to personally thank each of the above mentioned (and many others) for “ the price” that they have paid for us to enjoy the American Freedoms that we have.
The 4th of July also makes us think of the true freedom from the bondage of sin bought with “a high price” of Christ’s own blood on Calvary. What a blessing to live this life in freedom from that weight and to know that we have an eternal kingdom.
Well…keeping in the 4th of July tradition, we did obtain a few “rockets red glare” and some “bombs bursting in air” =) and of course, hot dogs, ice cold watermelon, pudgy pies ( not apple…only cherry…in honor of George Washington =) ) and not baseball, but soccer/volleyball ( our two well loved family sports)
We thank God for the American values that this country was founded on. We realize that as a nation, we may have to pay “ a price” to maintain these Biblical values so that America may continue to stand….
“ ….stands one nation, under God indivisible with liberty and justice for all.”
Daniel continues to take leaps and bounds growing in many different areas of his life. Whether it’s in studying for school, acquiring more responsibility in work projects on the property, in church activities, in growth physically as well as spiritually, it is awesome to see God doing a special work in Danny’s life conforming him more and more to the image of Jesus Christ.
For this year, Danny has taken on yet another opportunity that is unmatched to anything else that he has ever experienced: FLIGHT LESSONS! The Stillwater Oklahoma Airport offers aviation training equipping a wide variety of ages in safe and effective flying. Daniel has been progressing rapidly in his flight lessons and is slowly but surely working towards his pilot’s license.
He has been enjoying this experience immensely and only looks forward to how God will use it for His glory in the future! Danny’s diligence and patience is being paid off as he learns more and more about the character and likeness of God in all facets of life. His waiting upon the Lord has not gone unnoticed as He looks to the only One who carries him through tests and trials of life.
“Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding. He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”
~ Isaiah 40:28-31~