The Family of God

There’s a Bill Gaither chorus that starts with
“I’m so glad I’m a part of the Family of God”
One of the beautiful parts of our current lifestyle/journey/adventure is the blessing of our enlarged Family. Each month as we work a project we are joining with fellow brothers and sisters in Christ that we would not have met (in all probability) were we not part of SOWERS. As we visit churches around the country we are continually struck with the Family connection we feel when we come together to worship. Tonight we were part of a wonderful illustration of that Family as we joined our Waco kids for their annual “Friendsgiving”. There were about 7 couples and maybe 57 children. (OK, so that number might be a little high, but oh, my, there were bunches of beautiful kiddos! So much lovely chaos!)
Let’s also say that the food was pretty fine, too!

So today I can say that I am so very thankful to be part of the Family of God! And that in His providence, He continues to grow it!

I’m so glad I’m a part of the fam’ly of God!
I’ve been washed in the fountain,
Cleansed by His blood.
Joint heirs with Jesus as we travel this sod,
For I’m part of the fam’ly,
The fam’ly of God.

Five Thousand Two Hundred and Twenty Eight

Days that is. Days since August 1, 2004 when we set off on this great adventure.
5228 days. I cannot say that every one of those 5228 days has been excellent. But the roads we’ve traveled, the friends we’ve made, the ministries we’ve served (even if it involved cleaning toilets) and the opportunities we’ve had to see our Great God in action combine to make days for which I cannot thank God enough.

The Friday after

There’s so much to be thankful for the Friday after Thanksgiving, right?

Bargains galore, packed parking lots and long check-out lines only scratch the surface of the shopping mayhem that is known as Black Friday.  Though we didn’t start our shopping until close to noon, I confess to partaking in all of the above mentioned activities. And it was quite a successful afternoon, I’m happy to report.

But what I was most thankful for today was being able to enjoy a sweet breakfast with these two handsome dudes –
This Gramma’s heart was doing a little happy dance!
(There was a handsome (older)dude sitting across from me too, but I couldn’t fit him in the frame!)

Whether you were shopping or napping or working on that impossible jigsaw puzzle Aunt Suzy brought, I hope your turkey sandwiches were delicious and that leftover pie scrumptious!

Seeing the country……Serving our Lord!