How many of us, when fall approaches, are glad for life to slow down a bit? That's how it was for us this past fall. We had a very busy summer with having baby number 5, remodeling Jonathon's family's farmhouse, and then moving into it. That's a job! We were so blessed with friends and family who helped us with all of these things to make it easier though! But of course then winter arrives, and well, life hasn't slowed down much. We all had that respiratory cough sickness that has been going around but have since been very healthy, and we are thankful for that! Still praying that we stay free and clear from any puking sicknesses. This will be our 5th year in a row that nobody has gotten that kind of flu. Every year I bless the Lord greatly for that!!!!!
One of the most recent parties we participated in was a Purim party at First Fruits Fellowship. I believe we all enjoyed reading and learning about Queen Esther during the week leading up to the day. So many little details in the story that can often times be missed. My favorite aspect of the story is how she so bravely went to the king with what Yahweh directed her in doing. She told the king that she was a jew, something he had no idea about. And because of her doing that, she saved her people from death. It caused me to think about whether I am brave enough to share with others the faith that I live or if I just keep it quiet and live it in my home. It challenged me to live my faith more out loud no matter where I'm at. One day it could cause someone's soul to be saved by the testimony that I live. Have the bravery to face those in higher positions or even a neighbor or family member and share the truth with them. It could vey well save a soul from everlasting death.
So, here are a few of the pictures taken at the photo booth that we set up as part of the fun.
~ A beautifully perfect homebirth. Everything I desired.
~ A beautiful baby girl.
~ A bigger home to give us more space for our growing family.
~ More space for Jonathon's business materials.
~ His business staying busy.
Recent Blessings since obeying His leading in our family-
~ Three songs that Yahweh has given us after prayer for songs.
~ Clarity in His Word.
~ Sweet moments with Him in devotion and meditation on His Word.
~ Growth in our marriage as we seek His Word together.
~ Hearing testimonies of our family being a light to those who don't know Him. That's exciting!!!
~ A buyer for our Michigan house- Yes, it's sold!!
~ A vision for our family and how we can serve God together.
~ Answered prayers in Jonathon getting more sales jobs through Hughes Net, which boosts his income and allows him to be home more. The last week has blown us away at the phone calls for sales from people we don't even know. The Father knows them though and is sending them our way.
Sometimes seasons in life are filled with trials and other times they are filled with abundant blessings. Sometimes it takes hard choices and much seeking the Father in His will and direction for us to choose righteousness, which brings blessing. His Word says in Deuteronomy that obedience brings blessing and disobedience brings cursing. We have always reminded our children of this to hopefully spare them from harm that were a result of disobedience. But when we see the results of obedience, it really encourages us all to continue being obedient no matter the cost.
So, that's a catch up in what the Lord is doing in our family and what we've been up to this winter.