Wednesday, August 24, 2016

"The Center"

When Hunter and I are traveling around in our RV on Sunday we choose a church to visit nearby the campground where we are overnighting. One such church last Sunday was "The Good Shepherd Church" in Loveland, Colorado. Unfortunately I can not remember the pastor's name who delivered the message but it was so good that I want to share his "points" from the Summer in the Psalms series he was preaching. This particular Sunday he was focused in Psalm 127. It is one of the 15 ascent Psalms, which the Jewish people would sing on their walk to Jerusalem to celebrate a holy holiday. 
This particular psalm addresses the blessing of children (grandchildren). He said there are two things our children need from us:
1. Homes built around God as the center!
We are responsible to pass along our faith to our children (grandchildren). We must teach them that they were created for God's glory. In today's culture we too often "labor in vein" to teach our children the importance of the 3 As: athletics, academics, appearances. Instead we should teach our children the importance of reading the Bible, praying to God both alone and as a family, and making church a priority. After all, what are they going to be talking about 20 years down the road: their recent soccer match, their cool jeans, their A in spelling or what God has and is doing in their life??

2. Adults who BELIEVE in them!
Are we challenging them to rise to high expectations in integrity, work ethics, character development-modeling the fruits of the spirit daily (Gal. 5:22 "love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control")? Are we teaching them to lead or are we saying "you aren't old enough or capable of this". "We don't trust that you can do it,yet." 
The psalm states that "children...are like arrows in the hands of a warrior". Arrows are weapons-right? Weapons are dangerous-right? Are we teaching our children to be "dangerously good", "dangerously courageous" for God's kingdom? Will our children be world changers, arrows not just staying in the quiver but shot out into the world??

Our homes and our lives will impact generations to come! It all starts with each of us adults as we make Jesus first in our lives and our homes!

Bless the children. They "are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from him". Psalm 127:3




Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Family Reunion



What flashes through your mind when someone mentions a family reunion? Work and fatigue? Clashing personalities? Mountains of messy food? Sweating bodies crammed into a metal meeting hall? Folding chairs and card tables? Screaming kids running through adult conversations?

OR a week of laughter, various outdoor activities with child AND adult participation, a Christian "ranch" where everyone has a bed and fields to run in and explore as well as a fishing pond and a "craw dad" creek. That best describes the Morgan Family Reunion 2016 held at Koinania Valley Ranch near Black, Missouri, with 35 in attendance!
God richly blessed our family as we gathered to remember our parents, Clyde and Rozella Morgan and the heritage they passed on to we three girls: Nancy, Marlene, and Jane Ann Morgan (Stall, Thompson, Ricmond). 


 When I think of our family I am reminded of Psalm 103:17-18
"But from every lasting to everlasting the Lord's love is with those who fear him, and his righteousness with their children's children with those who keep his covenant and remember to obey his precepts." 
I continually pray that our children and grandchildren and future great grandchildren and so on "down through the ages" will keep God's covenant and remember to obey ALL of His precepts!

Don't overlook the importance of family reunions! They establish healthy family relationships and are a means of sharing family history stories. 

Family relationships are not always easy but they ARE always important and worth the effort. 

Family traditions - such as fun family reunion activities - will make a positive difference in your family that will last for generations.

Following are some of the activities we participated in at the Morgan Reunion this year.

Fishing:


Creek exploration:


Paddle boating:


Playing with dogs and cats:


Playing outdoor games, like Corn Hole, water balloon fun, work up (baseball), paper airplane contest:



Water and sand blast:
 

Riding in trucks, buses, and float boats:
 

Running, exploring, jumping, climbing:
 

Climbing:




"Playing":

Eating, of course:

Baptizing:

To God be the glory for GREAT things He has done!