The Choo-Choo Lodge…

In the rolling hills of Georgia, tucked away underneath a canopy of green summer life resides a quiet place called the “Choo-Choo Lodge”. It is here where our family spent half a week together resting, being rejuvenated and fellowshipping with one another. The woods, wildlife and scenery made it all the more a blessing to our family.

Ping-Pong, pool, air hockey and other games we enjoyed playing together as a family along with swimming and relaxing in a hot tub! We were able to not only enjoy each other but also stop and realize how much God has truly blessed our family. We cannot even begin to take in to account all that God has done for us and how He has poured out His mercy and loving-kindness upon us… GREAT IS HIS FAITHFULNESS!

 

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Family Adventures in the Southern States…

“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.

 

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The Beginnings of 2014…

                                  

    

Valentines…

 

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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.

 

 

Tree Work…

 

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  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…

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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. =) )

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Gardening…

  

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.

 

 

 

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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.

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Fun Times with Family and Friends!

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A Special Day…

December 31st commemorated Hannah’s 21st birthday at the Paine family household!!! God has graciously blessed our family with Hannah and her many talents which she uses for the glory of the Lord. Whether its designing cards, teaching harp and piano lessons, helping babysit younger children or just being at home enjoying fellowship with the family, we are indebted to God for such a wonderful treasure.

For each individual person, God has a purpose and plan that is wrapped up in the beautiful framework of a relationship with Jesus Christ. It is within this relationship that one finds their meaning and significance in life. Hannah has found this awesome relationship with her heavenly Father through Jesus Christ and continues to walk in it’s brilliant light.

We love you Hannah and pray God’s blessing upon you as you ABIDE in the Light as He is in the Light! <3

 

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