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Thursday, November 23, 2017

The Tie That Binds

Blest Be the Tie That Binds
John Fawcett, pub.1782
Hosea 11:4 I drew them with cords of a man, with bands of love: and I was to them as they that take off the yoke on their jaws, and I laid meat unto them.
1 Corinthians 12:25 That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another.

Blest be the tie that binds
Our hearts in Christian love;
The fellowship of kindred minds
Is like to that above.

Before our Father’s throne,
We pour our ardent prayers;
Our fears, our hopes, our aims are one,
Our comforts, and our cares.

We share our mutual woes,
Our mutual burdens bear;
And often for each other flows
The sympathizing tear.

When we asunder part,
It gives us inward pain;
But we shall still be joined in heart,
And hope to meet again.

Tim always had us sing the first verse of this song after we observed the Lord's Supper.  The song speaks of the tie we Christians have to one another in Christ.  It is the blood of our Savior that binds us together as part of the family of God!

As families gather together to celebrate Thanksgiving, it is our blood that binds us together in family love.  I pray that the bind is even deeper and that besides being family by blood, your family is bound by the blood of Christ.  Most, if not all of what is said in the few, short verses of this song can be applied to the family.

Those of you who may have dissension in your family, do what you must to mend the discord.  Swallow your pride.  Allow the tears to flow.  Apologize.  Forgive!  Whatever it takes!  Life is too short and eternity is long!  

Today is Thanksgiving with part of the family.  Elisabeth and Brad and family have been in WV this week with Brad's family.  They drove the 2 hours to Jessica's and are spending the night.  They ate lunch with us.  We had ham, green beans, cheesy potato casserole, and Hawaiian rolls.  Tonight is pizza.  Brad and Terry have gone shopping!  We won't see them the rest of the night, probably!

Tomorrow Tim's brothers Jon and Jeff, his sister, Jennifer, his mom and dad will be coming.  Our son, Nathanael and his daughter, Addy will join us, too.  Our son, Michael and family will not be here as they host Thanksgiving at their house in Alabama for Jessica's family.  But, we will see them Christmas.  I love that everyone will be together.

Today's loveliness:
Jessica did most of the food prep while I helped keep the kitchen cleaned and the dishes washed.

Sally chillaxin'

Sally covered Liz up.  What a big dog!  Good thing she is done growing!

Enjoying some chit chat

Rosey enjoying the sunshine and warmer temps today

Terry helping with the ham

The 12 of us celebrating Thanksgiving Day

Afternoon fun

Hannah chillaxin'

Brad trying to settle in for some chillaxin' after shopping with Terry

More ping pong

Remember the project I started when I first got here at Jessica's?  This is the finished product.  Ear warmers.  The top is open.  It is for Jessica.  I like it!  Gonna have to make one for myself now!

Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving day!  We sure did!  Thank You, Lord, for my family!


My heart is filled with thankfulness
To Him who bore my pain;
Who plumbed the depths of my disgrace
And gave me life again;
Who crushed my curse of sinfulness
And clothed me in His light
And wrote His law of righteousness
With pow’r upon my heart.

My heart is filled with thankfulness
To Him who walks beside;
Who floods my weaknesses with strength
And causes fears to fly;
Whose ev’ry promise is enough
For ev’ry step I take,
Sustaining me with arms of love
And crowning me with grace.

My heart is filled with thankfulness
To him who reigns above,
Whose wisdom is my perfect peace,
Whose ev’ry thought is love.
For ev’ry day I have on earth
Is given by the King;
So I will give my life, my all,
To love and follow him.


Thankfulness.  It's easy to say you are thankful, but what do your actions say?  Daniel continued to give thanks to the Lord three times a day just like he always had even though a new law had been passed that everyone was to pray to the king only.  It didn't matter that the consequences of disobeying this law was being thrown to the lions.  He obeyed God rather than man.  And God chose to honor that decision by protecting him from the lions.  (Daniel 6)

Thankfulness.  It is done in humility.  There is no boasting like the Pharisee who prayed in public so he could be seen and heard by the crowd, unlike the publican who humbly bowed his head.  (Luke 18)

Thankfulness.  It is a way of life.  Colossians 3:17 - "And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him."  Don't take things for granted!  Especially your loved ones!  Be thankful for every second you have them!  Tell them you love them.  Lavish your love on them!  Hold them every chance you get.  Do special things for them.  Treat your husband like he is the king.  Fix his favorite meals.  Wear your hair the way he likes it.  Dress up for him.  Put extra effort into your relationship.  Treat your loved ones like there is no tomorrow with them.  You never know!  There might not be!

Today's lovelies:

I treated Michael to lunch at Olive Garden today.

Tonight's church service began with a pizza feast before moving into the auditorium where we sang Count Your Blessings and Give Thanks.  Then those who wanted to gave a testimony of what they are thankful for.

I'm thankful my sweet husband is healed and no longer battling melanoma.  What a sad day when it started taking over his beautiful brain!  He will certainly be missed through the holidays this year.  Thank You, Lord for making a home in heaven for us who are believers!

Have a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving!

Sunday, November 19, 2017

The Love of God

The temperature when we left for church was 39.  Jessica said that was to be the high for the day!  We did see a little bit of snow this afternoon!  Fortunately, just a few sprinkles and no accumulation!

The Love of God
Frederick M. Lehman, 1917
v. 3 by Meir Ben Isaac Nehorai, 1050
v. 3 tr. by Anonymous/Unknown

The love of God is greater far
Than tongue or pen can ever tell;
It goes beyond the highest star,
And reaches to the lowest hell;
The guilty pair, bowed down with care,
God gave His Son to win;
His erring child He reconciled,
And pardoned from his sin.

Oh, love of God, how rich and pure!
How measureless and strong!
It shall forevermore endure—
The saints’ and angels’ song.

When hoary time shall pass away,
And earthly thrones and kingdoms fall,
When men who here refuse to pray,
On rocks and hills and mountains call,
God’s love so sure, shall still endure,
All measureless and strong;
Redeeming grace to Adam’s race—
The saints’ and angels’ song.

Could we with ink the ocean fill,
And were the skies of parchment made,
Were every stalk on earth a quill,
And every man a scribe by trade;
To write the love of God above
Would drain the ocean dry;
Nor could the scroll contain the whole,
Though stretched from sky to sky.

Frederick Lehman tells us that verse 3 “had been found penciled on the wall of a patient’s room in an insane asylum after he had been carried to his grave.” While it is only supposition that he was the one who adapted the Jewish author’s poem to leave us these well-known lines, if the account is true it shows in any case that he highly esteemed the message.

I would add to this that anyone who wrote V. 3 could NOT have been insane!  That was Tim's favorite verse!

Jessica's pastor at Calvary Baptist Church in Lancaster, OH, Brother Matthew Nihiser, preached today on the love we are to have for and give to one another from 1 Corinthians 13:4-8:
4 ¶ Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,
5 Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;
6 Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;
7 Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.
8 ¶ Charity never faileth: .......

The love that is spoken of here is Agape love or divine love.  It is the kind of love God had for us sinners.  He gave knowing He would get nothing in return.  But, even more than that, He gave without expecting anything in return.  He gave out of love.

I give love, sometimes, because I want or expect something in return.  I don't always know that is what I'm doing, but I'm sure it happens.  That is not God's kind of love.  Verse 4 explains what love is and the rest of verse 4 through verse 6 explains what love isn't.

It IS:
1.  patient - passive - not retaliatory in nature but emotionally calm in provocation.
2.  kind - active - moves actively to bestow blessings
1.  envious - wanting what another person has (Proverbs 27:4 - Wrath is cruel, and anger is outrageous; but who is able to stand before envy?)
2.  boastful - self-display; show off
3.  arrogant - self-inflation or exaggeration of self
4.  rude - seek not to offend
5.  insisting on its own way - doesn't demand its own rights
6.  irritable - grumpy or crotchety
7.  resentful - doesn't keep a record of wrong-doing.  Can remember and still forgive.
8.  rejoicing in wrong-doing but in truth - not tolerating sin.  We don't rejoice when someone "gets what they deserve."

I was convicted that a lot of times, I don't have God's kind of love towards others!  Thank You, Father, for showing me some areas I need to work on!  I want to love the way Jesus loved!

Tonight was an evening of celebration for the church.  There was a meal before hand and then a time of watching a slide show of happenings throughout the year, followed by a time of testimony of what being a part of the Calvary Baptist church family meant to you as an individual.  That was followed by observing the Lord's Supper.
Watching the picture show from the past year.

Early to bed for everyone tonight!  Thank You, Lord, for the blessings of the day!

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Just Plain Silliness

Another busy Saturday in the Jones household!  I told Jessica this was exactly why we didn't let her and her siblings do sports, etc.  Just too much activity!

I took Araya to gymnastics because Jessica attended a memorial service for a baby who only lived 16 minutes.  Please pray for this family as they grieve!  Terry took Thad to swimming.  Later in the afternoon Jessica took Chance to gym ninja and then to a birthday party.

Tonight we played silly games.  The first one was "Say it, don't spray it!"  The second one was "Loopy something or another" which was like pictionary but you had to draw using distorted glasses.

The "Say It, Don't Spray It" game

A cute foam decoration for Thanksgiving we put together tonight

Another week went zipping by!  Have a great Lord's Day tomorrow!

Friday, November 17, 2017


I love making connections with Tim's family members.  We all have a special place in our hearts for him that is now filled with only memories!  But, memories are good!  My mom died without her memories because she had Alzheimer's.  What a sad disease!

Today, I connected with Tim's mom.  I picked her up and we went thrifting.  She goes to "hers" regularly and everyone wished her a Happy Thanksgiving in case they missed seeing her before that time.  After we went to a few, we met Jessica for lunch at Applebees.  It was nice to just sit and chat.  We will be gathering at Jessica's for Thanksgiving.  Tim's whole family will be there.  It will be a hard day.  Tim's mom told us today that she enjoyed talking about football with Tim.  This year she is not even interested.  She said, "what's the point?"

I took Tim's mom home after we ate.  She always takes a nap in the afternoon.  Jessica had to go back to the job site to pick up her things and then we met and did some more thrifting together.

Tonight we worked on the Christmas tree.  Jessica wanted to have it up for Thanksgiving.

Connections.....Make sure the holidays do not interfere with your spiritual connections!  Don't leave the Lord out of your holidays!  Celebrate the season with Thanksgiving to the Lord for the blessings you enjoy as a child of the King of kings!  And then worship Him and praise Him for coming to redeem you from your sin!

Thank You, Lord, for Your blessings on me!