This is a typical evening at our house.....Caleb, football always under his arm.....Charlie, ending up each evening in his arms.....and Trudy, pushing her way in. It is so difficult for me to believe Caleb is 15. It wasn't that long ago that I held him like he is holding Charlie now. Time flies. I am making sure to spend many moments each day just looking at Caleb. Taking in every detail of his face, his expressions, his voice, his laugh, etc. I notice his face is more mature. Handsome. In addition, he has become quite protective of me and his siblings. It seems God is preparing him to protect his wife and family some day. He hugs me tighter than he ever has in his life. I melt. Thank you, Lord. Protect Caleb all the days of his life and lead him in the way he should go----prepare his future bride, even now, to be his partner in life. Keep them both pure, and give them a love for You that will bind them together for a lifetime. Thank you so much for Caleb. Indeed, he is a tremendous blessing to me.
Now, for the book review: I started reading Francine Rivers' book, "The Scarlet Thread" last Sunday and finished it today. I am a big fan of Rivers, especially her "The Mark of the Lion" series. This book was not a disappointment; in fact, I had a difficult time putting it down. The book chronicles two stories and two women. One story takes place in the present time, and the other is a story being read from the way distant past. The book is a reminder that some things never change; whether present or past, life is full of ups and downs, ebs and flows, young and old, new life and passing of life. What remains the same, however, is our Father.....Creator.....Lord.....Savior. He uses each and ever stage of life to draw us closer to Him. Every event is purposed for our good, and nothing takes Him by surprise. If you are looking for a book that is certain to pick up your spirits, I'd highly recommend it!
Don't forget Sasha! This week, a 14 year old neighbor brought $78.00 in cash to send to Sasha, and his younger brother brought $30.00 more yesterday. It is part of their allowance money. You can go to http://www.reecesrainbow.org/ and make your contribution online. Be sure to note the money is to go to Sasha, our January baby!
"There is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every event under heaven---a time to give birth and a time to die; a time to plant and a time to uproot what is planted. A time to kill and a time to heal; a time to tear down and a time to build up. A time to weep and a time to laugh; a time to mourn and a time to dance. A time to throw stones and a time to gather stones; a time to embrace and a time to shun embracing. A time to search and a time to give up as lost, a time to keep and a time to throw away. A time to tear apart and a time to sew together; a time to be silent and a time to speak. A time to love and a time to hate; a time for war and a time for peace."