Posted by Nate June 18th, 2014
As the season of summer approaches, responsibilities, tasks and opportunities continue to unfold for our family to both serve and fellowship in together. Our schedule for this year so far has been very full and includes many exciting activities to participate in! Whether it is working together on our property, enjoying the fellowship of church activities, working on school, learning medical skills 101, picking weeds in the garden, playing sports or having fun at an amusement park (lol), these special times provide priceless moments that our family can not only enjoy with one another, but also with others in the Body of Christ.
Here are some photos and videos of the Happenings at the Paine’s Household…
Fellowship and Fun…
Clearing the pipeline…
Activities on the Home Grounds…
“Praise ye the LORD. Blessed is the man that feareth the LORD, that delighteth greatly in his commandments. 2 His seed shall be mighty upon earth: the generation of the upright shall be blessed. 3 Wealth and riches shall be in his house: and his righteousness endureth for ever.”
~ Psalm 112:1-3 ~
Posted by Nate June 12th, 2014
“Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her. Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all. Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised. Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates.”
~ Proverbs 31:28-31 ~
The value of a virtuous woman can never be measured, for her worth exceeds every treasure known to mankind. This untold worth is not wrapped up simply in the woman, but in the virtue. Her virtue is not hers but her Maker’s. This is why the virtuous woman’s worth is “far above rubies”!
“Mom, you have exemplified the virtue of Jesus Christ in and through your life. This eternal impact on our family, for God’s glory is immeasurable and surpasses human understanding. Because you have humbled yourself and taken the position of servant in our family, your Heavenly Father has exalted you in Christ Jesus at the right hand of God.
Your strength, courage, and faith are a living proof of your personal relationship with Jesus Christ which is eternal and something that no man can take from you. It takes first place in your life and is a testimony to our family of the highest success that a man can ever find. It is through your love and sacrificial giving that our family is still together and is pointed to eternal Life…Life in Christ!
We love you and pray God’s richest blessings upon you as you continue to reflect His image to the entire world!”
Dad, Tabitha, Chad, Erin, Thomas, Nate, Hannah, Abigail, Brielle, Josiah, Danny and John Michael
…that last forever!
Posted by Nate June 11th, 2014
Posted by Nate June 2nd, 2014
“And the apostles gathered themselves together unto Jesus, and told him all things, both what they had done, and what they had taught. And he said unto them, Come ye yourselves apart into a desert place, and rest a while: for there were many coming and going, and they had no leisure so much as to eat. ”
~ Mark 6:30-31 ~
Many times we as humans get caught up in the business of life and forget to take time for the important things. We run here and there from work, to school, to sports, to our friends house and even to church activities forgetting about the most important things. Many times” good” finds itself to be the enemy of the “best”….adding to the confusion of what is really MOST important.
The Lord blessed our family with a wonderful opportunity to get away from the business of life and to spend time alone together with the Lord and with each other. As I reflect back on this, I am humbled that we had such an opportunity. Many families are not able/have the opportunity to do so. During our time away, we drove through multiple states visiting beautiful places in Tennessee and Georgia.
It was not only a refreshing time to rest, relax and reflect, but also to spend time in prayer and refocusing on the ultimate meaning of life: Abiding IN Christ. This is where true joy, happiness and peace spring from, a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. This is what binds our family together and makes it possible for us to fellowship having one mind and one Spirit.
Posted by Chad April 14th, 2014
We celebrate Valentine’s Day because it reminds us of the word, “love”. We know that the greatest expression of true love is Christ unconditionally laying down His life that we may have life eternal. (John 3:16, John 15:13) We are also reminded that love is about others that we meet; friends, family, co-workers, neighbors, etc. We are so thankful that God put us in a world of others to consider.
Thomas came home for 1 week and we put him to work =)… instead of chickens, it’s trees. =D That’s a joke. Years ago Thomas had the wonderful job of caring for our laying hens! =) He just loved it!! haha… Now he has gone on to higher heights in life… He climbs trees for a living… No, really it is a dangerous job… he cut down several dead trees for us and some live ones that interfered with the growth of others. On 26 acres, there are quite a few to tend to. THANK YOU Thomas! (and assistants!)
In the Gap…
It was such a joy and encouragement to our family to have some fun with the “ In the Gap” staff. These young people work long and hard sharing character and the love of Christ with the children of OKC’s public schools. ( Of course, we are just a little bit biased since Abby is part of the staff this year. =) )
It has been a few years since we had a “true garden.” I suppose one plant could constitute a “garden.” Well the climate is a whole lot different here in Oklahoma than it is in Indiana… not to mention the soil. But we try to be diligent and ask God to bless it. We all have had fun getting it ready and planting the seeds.
Thomas & Dakota!…
As you may already know, Thomas asked Dakota Young if she would marry him at the end of March … And … she said “YES!” We are all excited about an upcoming wedding late summer/ early fall. Dakota was just recently licensed as a Certified Nurse Assistant. She really has a heart to reach out to people. We are thankful for her and her love for the Lord… and for her testimony.