A visit from a portion of the Dunn family was an added highlight to our summer!
If you have never met this dear family before, we must tell you a little about them.
Joyful. Enthusiastic. Continually attentive to the needs of others. Thoughtful. Kind. Servant-hearted… far above and beyond the call of duty. Bubbly. Energetic! Christ-focused. Loving.
In one simple sentence, they are radiant with the light of our Savior… and thus, He uses them to impact and encourage many.
It was a tremendous blessing to have them in our home… they were truly a delight to host… and we can’t wait for the next time!
A fun little project for dessert one evening… Dirt Dessert!
The Lord has given us a beautiful summer. How quickly has it flown by! The days have been full of projects, birthdays, trips, music, beginning the new school year, sweet visits with company, late nights of work at the office, continued entrepreneurial endeavors, abundant blueberry production, and much more.
Perhaps more than ever before, the Lord has been reminding me of the necessity of making the most of every moment, of treasuring the people and circumstances He has put into my life in this season, of being productive and fruitful, using the here and now to prepare for the future.
I am reminded of the beautiful prayer in Psalm 90:
So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom… O satisfy us early with thy mercy; that we may rejoice and be glad all our days… Let thy work appear unto thy servants, and thy glory unto their children. And let the beauty of the LORD our God be upon us: and establish thou the work of our hands upon us; yea, the work of our hands establish thou it.
Now is the season for seeking the Lord. For taking Him at His Word and expecting Him to perform wondrous works in our lives. For trusting Him to fulfill His promises. For pressing on with joy, even when the way seems difficult and discouraging. For waking up each morning with a confident trust in His goodness. For enjoying sweet moments together as a family.
Now is the time…
So teach us, oh LORD, to number our days.
What a joy it was to spend some time getting to know the Vaughn family recently! After “officially” meeting Dr. Vaughn and his sweet team at a harp recital this past spring, a broken arm caused us to contact him again for medical advice. So, following our appointment at his office two weekends ago, we accepted their gracious invitation to join them at their lake house for a couple days. The time together talking about things of the Lord, laughing, enjoying delicious meals, and, of course, spending time on and in the water… was truly delightful. We came home physically and spiritually rejuvenated.
With water-play being the main activity, we didn’t come home with multitudinous files of pictures, but here are a few for your enjoyment.
Thank you, Vaughn family, for allowing the love and light of Christ to flow freely through you. We look forward to future times of fellowship together.
Until then, may the rich blessings of the Lord rest upon you, strengthening your hands to labor for His glory and encouraging your hearts through His Word.
July 20th is National Lollipop Day!
While on our way to VA last week for a family reunion with Mom’s side of the family, we stopped at Sam’s Club to buy the last-minute items for the weekend and, at the suggestion of a sweet, younger member of the Team, we also picked up a couple of boxes of Blow-Pops…
Have a Blow-Pop, anyone?!
Take time today to rejoice over the little things of life. Don’t pass up an opportunity to make memories with those you love… you won’t regret it.
And, by the way…
Happy National Lollipop Day!
“I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty; it ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires and illuminations from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more.” – John Adams
“Indeed, it is an indisputable fact that all the complex and horrendous questions confronting us at home and worldwide have their influence in the single Book [the Bible].” – Ronald Reagan
“Children should be educated and instructed in the principles of freedom.” – John Adams
“The philosophy of the school room in one generation will be the philosophy of the government in the next.” – Abraham Lincoln
“Hold fast to the Bible. To the influence of this Book we are indebted for all the progress made in true civilization and to this we must look as our guide in the future.” – Ulysses S. Grant
“A primary object should be the education of our youth in the science of government. In a republic, what species of knowledge can be equally important? And what duty more pressing… than … communicating it to those who are to be the future guardians of the liberties of the country?” – George Washington
“Whenever you are to do a thing, though it can never be known but to yourself, ask yourself how you would act were all the world looking at you, and act accordingly.” – Thomas Jefferson
“A government big enough to give you everything you want is a government big enough to take from you everything you have.” – Gerald Ford
“It is the responsibility of the citizens to support their government. It is not the responsibility of the government to support its citizens.” – Grover Cleveland
“Public virtue cannot exist in a nation without private virtue, and public virtue is the only foundation of republics.” – John Adams
“It is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favors.” – George Washington
Hello to our family, friends, and followers!
You may be wondering what we are thinking, as far as what our plans are for these two websites.
The purpose of theneelyteam.com is simple: to encourage other families and believers to press onward for the glory of God in the race that He has set before them. The purpose of this site has not changed. We plan to continue posting about day-to-day life, encouraging thoughts/tidbits we come across, news about family happenings, etc., just like we’ve always done.
The vision for neelymarketplace.com is simple, as well, though entirely different from theneelyteam.com: to make high-quality products and services available to the public, while striving to encourage and point others to Jesus Christ. While this seems like a broad goal, there are many plans behind it which we hope will prove to be useful to you.
If you have questions, comments, or suggestions, feel free to drop us a comment. We love hearing from our readers. After all, you are the whole reason why we’re doing this. May the Lord bless you, and draw you closer to Himself in the days and years ahead!
Rejoicing in our Lord,
The Neely Team
… a little late! More details to follow soon, Lord willing…
“Happy is that people, that is in such a case: yea, happy is that people, whose God is the LORD.” Psalm 144:15