Daily Verse

"How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to your word. With my whole heart I seek you; let me not wander from you commandments! I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you." Psalm 119:9-11

Why do we try to conform God to our will? Live in His word and know true joy.

"Make me to know your ways, O LORD, teach me your paths. Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all the day long. Remember your mercy, O LORD, and your steadfast love, for they have been from of old."
Psalm 25:4-6

God reveals the truth of our time and all time to us through Scripture.

"The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul; the tstimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple: the precepts of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes; the fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever; the rules of the LORD are true, and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and drippings of the honeycomb."
Psalm 19:7-10

All the laws in all the books in all the libraries of the world are but a footnote to the law of God.

"Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways ackowledge him, and he will make straight your paths."
Proverbs 3:5-6

To know and understand God comes not through our intellect, but through the wisdom given to us by the grace of God.

"My son, do not forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my commandments, for length of days and years of life and peace they will add to you. Let not steadfast love and faithfulness forsake you; bind them around your neck; write them on the tablet of your heart."
Proverbs 3:1-3

Don't measure success by society's standards. Use Christ as your measuring stick.

"The the LORD answered Job our of the whirlwind and said: 'Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell me, if you have understanding, Who determined its measurements - surely you know! Or who stretched the line upon it? Or who laid its cornerstond...?'"
Job 38:1, 4-6

When we measure God by our limited standards, we attempt to measure the elephant by weighing one strand of its hair.

"Philip said to him, 'Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough for us.' Jesus said to him, 'Have I been with you so lon, and you still do not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, Show us the Father?'"
John 14:8-9

Christ is God made flesh. If you want to know God, you must draw closer to Jesus.








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Thursday, November 08, 2007

Our First Tragedy

The poor ducky, it is a good thing he wasn't a true living being!
Do you see the little fingerprints in the red? The kids thought it was alot of fun to play in it!
Ethan, still laughing and smiling...even though he has several battle wounds to show.
The scene of the crime. We are still in the process of thinking of little people that are mobile and ready to experiment with anything they can get their little hands (or fingers) on.
Daddy, who feels like he is ready to pull his hair out, I guess I will not be looking for him to offer to watch the kids while I go out again!

So here is the story. Every first Thursday night of the month we have FPA (Foster Parent Association) meetings that we can go to and it counts toward our credit hours that we need to keep up for our yearly foster parent liscense. Well, we tried taking our babies to the nursery back in January (Ada was 3 months and Ethan was a week old) and we were not exactly pleased with how they were tended to. We then found out that only one of us needs to attend to get the credit hours. So we started taking turns staying home with the kids. These meetings are usually 2 hours long and teach us about different things that foster parents will find useful. Tonight we learned about Meth and the effects it has on people and what are the warning signs. Anyway, I will be honest, I was looking forward to a night without 5 little people competing for my attention, though I love them all dearly. I went to the meeting, learned alot, reaffermed that I never want to be around drugs, talked to other foster parents after the meeting, and arrived home about 8:45 as usual. When I walked in I was greeted with a "be careful!" I looked down and saw chairs strategically placed throughout the kitchen and dining room and went on to see the scene as viewed in these pictures.
Jason is a wonderful person, and he has found out what we go through every day. One of the older boys had a bathroom problem and hid it from him until it was too late andthere wasmesses all over. The other boy wet his pants. Then while Jason was on the phone with his uncle trying to find out what is going on with Grandma Henry (she is failing very fast) it heard a loud noise. Ethan had gotten some jars off of a shelf and one broke, home made salsa (dad we could use another jar!) Well, our children have a strange love for peppers and spicy things so before Jason could get their they found out that the salsa tasted very good! The kept digging around and putting it in their mouth. Ada was able to walk away with no cuts at all. Ethan must be right handed, because his right hand is all cut up. I have not actually seen the hand without the bandages, Jason took care of all of that before I arrived home.
If any of you know my hubby, you know that he doesn't like to panic over things. He had just gotten on the phone with his Uncle Dave and there was alot that needed to be shared. Jason was on the phone almost the entire time that he was bandaging/cleaning/checking the kids out! Uncle Dave had no idea what was going on! After checking out the situation, Jason saw the cuts were minor and knew and ER visit was not needed.
I do not know detail by detail, as I was not home. But my wonderful husband went through alot tonight and I am very thankful for him...I am also thankful it was him!
Somehow through this entire ordeal, I ended up getting in trouble! Imagine that!
Ethan is fine, and is in bed right now playing around! (Thankfully)


Anonymous said...

Oh my word!!! I guess little people just have to explore, even if it means daddy had to end up pulling his hair out!!! I am thankful that Ethan did not get hurt bad enough for an ER visit.
Jason is wonderful, being able to handle such an ordeal without totally freaking out! I would have, as I know Ash would have too! (She is her mother's daughter!)
Give my babies a hug and kiss from gram
Love you all

Anonymous said...

After all of that, how is Jason's grandmother?

David & Kristi Flinck said...'re the man. Superman, if you will. Thanks for sharing the "incident". Love stopping by and reading more about the family. Each picture has more meaning, since we were just with you guys last week. I am trying to post on our time at Spearfish on our blog today. Look for that "blackmail" picture of Jason! he he

Chad said...

Jason is Mr. ER! I will pray little Ethan will heal quickly.

Gretta said...

When do we get to see you guys again? The kids would have SO MUCH fun together.