Archive for January, 2013
Brothers, both biological and within the body of Christ, are a blessed gift from the Lord.
Two events recently caused us to thank the Lord again for both categories:
A visit from two of the Barnes guys.
Though the whole family was unable to come up, Tim and Wes came for a brief but great visit last weekend. Outside work, music sessions, games, fellowship, shooting, laughter, and memorizing a portion of Psalm 20 filled the time and made for many fantastic memories.
The birthday celebration of our manly brother Samuel!
How we praise the Lord for the work He is doing in the life of such a dear brother! Happy Birthday, Herman! You bring such joy to our lives… we love you!
Today marks the two-month birthday of the newest member of the Neely Team — Valiance (German Shepherd)! She came to us through a series of unexpected and pleasurable events, including a renewed contact, a family discussion, and a shocking(!) conclusion. Arriving as a small bundle of squirming fir, Valiance brightened our day and lives with her many bright and winsome ways. We love having a puppy around again, with all of the entertainment, opportunities, challenges, and joys that she brings.
“Be of good courage, and let us behave ourselves valiantly for our people, and for the cities of our God: and let the LORD do that which is good in his sight.”
~ I Chronicles 19:13
My heart is fixed, O God, my heart is fixed: I will sing and give praise… I will praise thee, O Lord, among the people: I will sing unto thee among the nations. For thy mercy is great unto the heavens, and thy truth unto the clouds. Psalm 57:7,9-10
A few weekends ago we were blessed to take a trip down to south GA with Matthew to see Grandmama and Uncle Fudge, as well as our adopted grandparents, “Uncle” Bill and “Aunt” Peggy. Besides getting to spend quality time with these precious, godly older couples, our missions for the journey were to re-roof Grandmama’s barn, a rather daunting task when you consider that you only have two days to accomplish it, and to take some time to go hunting.
The blessing of the Lord was upon the entire weekend. Early Friday morning, Matthew had the joy of helping his beloved Amanda take two deer from the woods! Following that excitement, work on the barn began in real earnest, and the Team set in motion.
It’s amazing what a man can accomplish… when he has a hardy helpmeet by his side!
Working together, the project was successfully completed in time to drop everything, clean up, and race off to a singing commitment we had Saturday night. (Whew! ) Praise the Lord!
Before heading home, we couldn’t resist the opportunity to take a couple group shots. How grateful we are for the time to fellowship with and glean wisdom from these dear people!
The hoary head is a crown of glory, if it be found in the way of righteousness. Proverbs 16:31
He that walketh with wise men shall be wise… Proverbs 13:20
As we left Bainbridge, we took Matthew by the cemetery where Grandpapa is buried.
Grandpapa’s life verses were found in Psalm 34, and following the Lord’s abundant blessings on our weekend, they seem very appropriate. What a heritage we’ve been handed!
I will bless the LORD at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul shall make her boast in the LORD: the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad. O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together. Psalm 34:1-3
Renaissance chemist Robert Boyle is attributed to have said the following:
“The vastness, beauty, orderliness of heavenly bodies; the excellent structure of animals and plants; and other phenomena of nature justly induce an intelligent, unprejudiced observer to conclude a supreme, powerful, just and good Author.”