Monday, September 29, 2014

Tennessee in Pictures

#1 I am not a photographer.
#2 But I pretended to be one while I was in Tennessee last week.

The weather was spectacular!  Perfect for working outside, and playing outside.

Our true purpose for this trip was to spend quality time with my brother and his family before they left for the mission field in South Sudan.  (Check it out here:  

The kids soaked up the time together.

Hay-less riders
Fort builders

It was a great time spent with family and a great time in God's creation.  
I took a blue million pictures of flowers, because I like them:

And sunsets:

It was fun playing photographer for a few days.  The photo opps never seemed to stop!

The kids' club - appropriately named.

The view


So, even though we love our "Georgia life" we will always look forward to our times in Tennessee.

Ecclesiastes 3:11

11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Our Daily Bread - I'm Stuffed!

#1 The request: "Give us this day our daily bread." -Matthew 6:11
#2 The answer: "...your Father knows what you need before you ask him." -Matthew 6:8

August 5 - First day of home school in the Smith house.
September 3 - Breaking point.  I almost made it a whole month! :)

It happens...I get tired, overwhelmed, a little stressed, and a lot discouraged.  I want to quit.
This was the day before our new home school co-op with the Rays for Christ group was set to start.  We hadn't even had our first day yet and I was already planning how I was going to drop out next semester.  Bad.

On top of that I was thinking of our ever present financial woes.  You know how people always say kids are expensive?  Yes, 'tis true.  And let me take this moment to say that the next person who says to me, "It's just $5 a kid!" is going to get a major stink eye from me.  ;)  Anyway...

When it all piles up like this I realize it's time to just lay it all down.  (It would be easier to just continually lay it down, and I try, but sometimes it piles up fast, and I forget.)  So, how do I lay it down?  I pray.
"Give us this day our daily bread."
Simple.  Complete.  Freedom.

The next day I wake the kids up, turn a loaf of bread into pb&j's, and head out for Rays Co-op Day 1.

My daily bread was waiting for me.  Not a bucket of money, or an extended spa vacation, but pure, sweet fellowship with others of "my kind".  We worshiped, we talked, we all took a little of the load, and I found the fuel I needed to keep my engine going.

The Lord new that a fat check or a get-away weekend would not have fed my soul like this special time with other believers who are walking the same narrow line as me.  He knows before we ask, and His answer is always good.
 If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him! -Matthew 7:11
His bread is good, His Spirit is filling.
13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. -Romans 15:13
I'm stuffed!