Saturday, September 29, 2012

Innocence Lost

I'm sure you know this world is corrupt. I'm sure you know we have an enemy, Satan, who lurks about deceiving people & blinding them to the truth. He also tries to hurt God's children & cause them to fear life & turn from God. Many times our life moves along so smoothly that we forget our enemy is there. But I'm here to tell you that he is real. He wants to destroy families, pervert the innocent & cause us to blame God.


But, (I love that word!), God is bigger & stronger & has already won the war! God is truth! And the truth will prevail. Even when we face our biggest fear, God is with us! And if He is with us, who can stand against us? As we face our fear, we can already praise God & thank Him for standing with us through it!

If you saw your children playing like this, wouldn't you be a proud parent. Your kids love each other & are getting along. They even tell each other "I love you."
Now, add to that a bad attempt at a wedgie. Totally inappropriate especially in public, but totally innocent, right?
But when seen by a man who doesn't know you or your family dynamic, it turns into your worst nightmare. He saw this all as perverted. He called the police!
What followed was a very stressful evening of waiting followed by CPS & police interviews. Thanks to prayers, the truth was seen & the case closed. God was so merciful & provided us with very skilled & professional men to deal with who protected our kids' innocence.
I'm thankful for this incident because it opened our eyes to how unsafe the world is & how foreign & rare a loving family is these days. It also reaffirmed what an Awesome God we serve who comforts us & answers prayers.
I also pray that God will use this situation to bring glory to Himself and use it to maybe help some other family.

Friday, September 28, 2012

Week of 9/22/12

Our week in pictures! As you can see, we are enjoying our time in Tawas City, MI.

We tried to fly kites.

Look at those clouds.

The wind kept dying & changing directions.

You could get the kites to fly low but it was rare to go high.

So we gave up on flying kites.

David stacking logs to build a fire.

Jess had tripped on the slide & was between a laugh & a cry.

The Trumpeteer Swans came back.

One of the rare days when the lake was calm.

Rainbow after the storm. I posted about this earlier.

Playing together.

Jamie trying to decide if her kite will fly this time.

So far, so good.

This time she actually got it in the air!

David's favorite place to play is at the end of one of the docks.

Jessica flying kites with a friend that was here for a few days.

Beautiful sky at sunset.

Kids on beach at night.

Beautiful moon!

Playing on the beach.

Gathering seaweed.

Just walking.

Just laying & looking at the sand crystals.

Not sure what she was up to.

The moon reflecting on the water. I can never capture the full beauty of this.

The moon!

I have loved watching this beautiful tree change colors.

Jess with her Lalaloopsy Doll.

Jamie with her Lalaloopsy Doll.

Both girls. Jamie drew the pictures & they each colored their own.

David excited because the eagle was back.

Not sure who will win this fight.

To our surprise, I captured a 2nd eagle landing.

What a blessing to see 2 eagles together like this!

Watching the eagles.

David was fascinated with the seaweed.

Notice that David has seaweed tied on his legs, arms & head!

We are enjoying the time here in Tawas City. This is our last weekend here so expect lots of pics!


Saturday, September 22, 2012

Rainbows in the Night

Today we saw a beautiful rainbow over Lake Huron after dark rain clouds moved through. It made me think of a song by David Meece.

Lyrics to God's Promises / Rainbows In The Night :
God's promises are rainbows in the night
Shining hope inside when shadows cloud my eyes
His promises are rainbows in the night
Guiding through the darkest times
God's promises are rainbows in the night
Looking back on all the roads I've known
The echos of the songs I've sung
Looking back there's a thread of love and grace
Connecting each line and space I've known
And all the years I thought were lost
On empty searching without clues
Now trace a journey to the highest truth
God's promises are rainbows in the night
Shining hope inside when shadows cloud my eyes
His promises are rainbows in the night
Guiding through the darkest times
God's promises are rainbows in the night.

Deep within this darkened heart of mine

The Word of God still shines with hope

Deep within this frightened life I live

A voice so soft and still grows

And when the sun is hidden

And shadows cloud my starless skies

Amazingly I turn and see a light

Enjoy the pics!