Grandchildren

Psalm 112:1 Praise ye the Lord. Blessed is the man that feareth the Lord, that delighteth greatly in his commandments.2 His seed shall be mighty upon earth: the generation of the upright shall be blessed.
Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.

When me and Arlene started our family we were “foolish” enough to believe that the Bible was God’s Word and we could trust it to teach our children.
Some sociologists say there’s a “five generation rule” in the raising of children. The way you bring up your child impacts not only him or her, but four generations that follow.
Princeton scholar Benjamin Warfield tested the rule by comparing descendants of godly Jonathan Edwards to those of atheist Max Jukes.
Edwards’ progeny included 13 college presidents, 65 professors, 30 judges, 100 lawyers, 60 physicians and 100 pastors.
Jukes descendants numbered 310 paupers, 150 criminals, seven murderers and more than 100 alcoholics. Happiness is on the side of those who reverence God.
It does matter how we raise our children and it will effect our grandchildren and their children.
Keep the faith and don’t let a few set back keep you from staying faithful.

Happy Father’s Day

A Father’s Role

A father is the leader of the family God gives to him,

Just to have that role is a great honor deep within;

He spends every day to care for, love, & guide;

With his heart finding a sweet sense of pride inside!

A father watches over the things his family needs,

He is there at all times, our safety to oversee;

Working hard each day is one thing he will do,

Because of the deep love he has for me & you!

A father instructs us in the path we ought to walk,

He teaches right & wrong in the way we should talk;

God gives wisdom in the care he needs to provide,

For the ones He blesses into his heart & life!

A father protects us in every possible way,

In strength & love, our family he will embrace;

Yes, father does many different things for us,

And he deserves our heart’s loyalty & trust!

Karen Icenhour 6-12-12

Oreo

Job 12:7 But ask now the beasts, and they shall teach thee;

Job was going through a very hard time in his life, he knew that we can all learn for God’s creatures, most of us called them pets.

Last night the family pet died, Oreo,was a small poodle that we got from a man standing out in front of a Waffle House 11 years ago. She was all black except a small white spot under her neck, the people who had her called her Oreo, we kept the name. Arlene called her “my baby” and sometimes I think Oreo though she was. Everywhere she went Oreo was right behind her, a true friend. I would have a lots of fun picking at her and playing catch with her stuff toys. I would say “I got your baby!!” she would run up and down the hall getting the toy and bringing it back, just to repeat the same thing over and over. Finally she would get tired and take her”baby” to the backroom, with “baby” in mouth and head held high she would strut out like the Queen.
It didn’t take the grand kids long to play the same game with Oreo. Tennyson was the first, she would stand on the sofa and call to Oreo “I got your baby!!” and the games would began. Of course when Moreland came up she wanted to to the same thing. The girls always wanted Nana to put the Drama Queen dress on Oreo when they came up. I don’t think Oreo enjoyed it as much as the girls did. Then Eli came alone and it wasn’t long before he too was playing the “I got your baby!!” game.
The years went by and the black turned to grey and the running became less times before getting her baby and heading for the other room.
For the past few months Oreo has been sleeping more than normal and wanted to be held more than normal. She would come over for me to rub her head and then lay down for a tummy rub.I guess she just needed a little loving.
I will be the first to say that you love people and like animals. But it was impossible not to shed tears when I got word that she had died. She will be missed.
I thank the Lord for allowing Arlene and Me to get to keep her for 11 years and the blessings and comfort that she brought to our family. A lots of good memories and lots of times I would talk to her about things that others may not understand, she seemed to. It may sound silly but sometimes I think she knew what I was saying and understood.
I am thankful that God knows we get comfort for His creatures, we call pets, and it helps us to better understand unconditional love.

Picture from Christmas 2011

Happy Papa

This is a copy of a post my son Alan put on Facebook.
Eli has been reading his children’s Bible all day. He started in Gen 1 and is now reading David and Goliath. He’s read 180 pages of God’s Word. He said that he wanted to read the Bible so he would know how to live. I am a blessed dad!

Proverbs 1:8 My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother. 9. For they shall be an ornament of grace unto thy head, and chains about thy neck.

Soul saved

It was lesson 8 of a Bible study on a Wednesday night. The lesson was a little hard to teach and I felt a little dry. It seem like this had been a hard week for me to get my study time in. One of the members had a death in the family and where I work we got a new boss. It was almost seven p.m. when I finally got the pass out sheets printed and ready to go. I felt that it was not going to be a easy service but the Lord reminded me that He honors faithfulness.
After the service a young lady came up and told me that she wanted to be saved. I happy to take the Bible and show her.
1. All have sinned.
2. The wages of sin is death.
3. The gift of God is eternal life.
4. Confess your sins and ask forgiveness.
5. Believe God for salvation.
She prayed and asked the Lord in her heart! Praise the Lord! A soul saved.
Thank You Jesus!