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Remembering III

My oldest, Steve, when he was 10 or so. As you can see, had a flair for fashion. 🙂

♪ ♫  “Meeemrieeees… can be beautiful and yet…”

Been scouring old journals and photographs these days. Found this picture of my oldest of three, Steve, now 21 and living on his own.

Three words to describe Steve: creative, smart, individual.

You can see his individual style choices in the photo. 🙂

Here’s a peak at his creative side from my 1998 journal:

“Steve (10) made bugs all over the house with his “no-ends”.  (“No Ends” are white plastic building toys with colorful connectors.  “There’s no end to what you can create with them.”, it says on the box.)

Steve made a giant ant, a giant spider, a fly…  The spider he put under my black exercise mat, an ant he put on the kitchen counter with its head poking into a bag of apples.  The fly’s wings were made with [his little brother] Andy’s favorite blankie…”

When Steve was little, I had to watch my step when crossing the family room floor because there’d be Steve-creations everywhere; a Lego battle here, a no-end space ship there or a cardboard brick maze set up for one of our guinea pigs to meander through.

God made each one of us with special gifts/talents to use for his glory, didn’t He?

We’re “fearfully and wonderfully made” God-creations! (Psalm 139)

Stop, Drop, and Pray!

Let’s pray: Oh, Father, thank you for loving us and creating us.  We are created in Your image, the Bible says, and, since you are The Creator, it make sense that we are creative, too!

Thank you for building good things in my life.  I know anything good in me comes from you because the Bible says so:

“Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow.” ~James 1:17

I’ve changed over the years, in good and bad ways, but You don’t change.  You are ALWAYS good, ALWAYS kind, and you ALWAYS love me.

Help me to ALWAYS love you, too. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

“But as for me, the nearness of God is my good; I have made the Lord GOD my refuge, That I may tell of all Your works.” ~Psalm 73:28

Do you know the “Father of Lights”?  Click on the updated pic of Steve to be introduced:

Steve now with girlfriend, Audrey. And 10 yr. old Steve on the mantle. 🙂

Remembering II…

My youngest, Andy, when he was almost 4, sitting with our cat, Peaches. Look how little and cute he was! Now he's tall and cute, and I have to look up when I talk to him. 🙂

Imagine Barbara Steisand serenading you as you read… ♪ ♫  “Meeemrieeees… can be beautiful and yet…” ♫ ♪

I’ve been musing over old journals and photos lately.  It’s bittersweet to remember all the funny things my 3 children (now grown) used to say and do.

I came across this entry about 4 yr. old Andy, for instance:

Kids and I were having a Bible time.  We were learning the 10 commandments, and everyone was supposed to be repeating after me, “Honor your father and your mother…”, etc,  when Andy popped out from under a nearby laundry basket where he’d been hiding, ‘Howdy, mom!  How’s it go?!”  Andy has been doing better these days, listening when we read the Bible, singing when we sing the songs, but lately he’s been slipping back into his distracted ways.”

Andy was a typical, ADHD-y kind of boy at that age.  But, no matter your age, it’s easy to get distracted when reading the Bible, isn’t it?

Our Father who art in hea–hmmm, I need to make a dentist appointment today…hallowed be Thy name...what time is it?! Oh, my! better hurry this up….ThykingdomcomeThywillbedoneAmen!

Well, before we get distracted this time, let’s get to praying.  I’ll include Bible verses, too, so it’ll be a two-for-one time saver!

Stop, Drop, and Pray!

Oh Father, thank you for your Word.  It’s full of power, the Bible says, and it’s “sharper than the sharpest knife, cutting deep into our innermost thoughts and desires. It exposes us for what we really are.” (Hebrews 4:12)

It’s worthy of my attention!

Here’s how I’ve been distracted, lately (this is where You can tell him all your worries, the nagging concerns, AND the things, like Facebook, or gaming, or TV, that maybe you’ve been distracted by.  ARE YOU PAYING ATTENTION?!  DO IT! 🙂 )

Thank you for loving me, and wanting to spend time with me, Father.  You are awesome!  In Jesus’ name, Amen!”

Do you know the Prince of Peace, the Mighty God, the One Who is wiser than Oprah, smarter than Dr. Phil, and funnier than Seinfeld?

Click on the pic below to be introduced:

Andy as the handsome prince in Beauty and the Beast last year.


Old picture of my daughter,Lizzy, in curlers, from a scrap book she put together when she was little. She wrote around the picture: "Me after a garage sale. I was sopposed to sell stuff."

Sing with me:  “Memories… can be beautiful, and yet.”  sigh…

I’ve been reading my old journals lately and looking through old family photo albums. This picture was taken when my daughter, Lizzy (now, “Liz”, thank you very much),was all of 7 or 8.

Our family had hosted a big garage with some other families all day and Liz had sold off a bunch of her old toys and stuffed animals.   But, funny thing was,  she’d managed to replace a lot of them with new toys and stuffed animals from the other family’s tables.

So, at the end of the day, she’s posing with some of her “new” finds, and I wrote in my journal that night,

“Just put Lizzy’s hair up in curlers for church tomorrow and wrapped a scarf around her head for her to sleep in.  In the morning she’ll have a new head of hair.”

Lizzy getting rid her old toys and buying new ones, and waking up with new, curly hair in the morning reminded me of this verse, which I also recorded in my journal:

“Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.”  ~2 Corinthians 5:17

I need you every hour...

Ready for something new?

Let’s pray:

Thank you, Father, that all things are new in Christ.  You’re all about new.  “Behold, I’ll do something new…” (Isaiah 43:19)

And “those who wait on you will gain new strength.  They will mount up on wings like eagles.  They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not be faint.”  (Isaiah 40:31)

Help me to have re-newed faith in You.  Do something new in my heart and life.

Help me to let go of old habits and old ways of thinking that get in the way of the new, like ______________ (list some old habits or thoughts that you think hold you back from all the good the Lord wants to do  for you.)

Thank you, Father that this old memory has filled me with new hope for all You can and WILL do in and through me.

Out with the old!  In the with the new!

In Jesus’ name, Amen!”

Lizzy now. :), Abby Riley, photographer