A beautiful view across the rolling fields of a farm owned by a dear elderly couple in Madison County. What a blessing it was to join most of the Wilkes Team for a visit to this couple’s home. The dear gentleman, now in his late 80s, has been diagnosed with a lemon size tumor that is malignant. The future of his physical body is unknown but he has a peace that to be absent from this body is to be present with the Lord.
Seeing the joy of this man as he shared of God’s goodness to Him, recounted the story of his salvation (while milking a cow…), reminiscing of old time tent revivals, and singing his heart out to the Lord left an impact upon us. I desire to be like that dear saint and to come to such a precious state of blessedness in my old age – the peace and joy that exuded from his wearied body rejuvenated our spirits and was a precious picture of a life in harmony with Christ.
Following out glorious encounter with this precious child of God, we had the joy of accompanying his grandson to look at a two month old calf. Another first for Josiah!
Having Josiah nearby as we work on our projects is a joy! Whether a plumbing project or mixing together a favorite recipe, the precious sounds of our little one as he curiously examines the new world around him bring a smile to our faces…
…… a hearty laugh!
Over the recent months, we have heard several dear parents comment on how fast little ones grow and so the importance of cherishing the moments of raising children. The years tick ever so quickly by.
How easily do the seemingly urgent matters of life crowd out the important moments. Phone calls can be made later, emails can wait….for time does not stop. Today our little one is in our arms but the tomorrow will come when he holds his little one for the first time. Taking the time to make investments into the lives of our children and grandchildren and siblings will lay up eternal rewards. Walks to go on, special outings together, a word of encouragement, the passing on of a legacy gift, reading together, planning the future, praying for our dear ones.
Now also when I am old and grayheaded, O God, forsake me not; until I have shewed thy strength unto this generation, and thy power to every one that is to come. Ps. 71:18
Oh the joy of a hearty day of work followed by a relaxing drive through the beautiful Virginia countryside….especially in the Spring.
Have you considered recently the spectacular diversity which with God created the world? He could of made all flowers the same color or all birds to sound the same but chose rather to display His abundant glory through the world around us. And yet….even all the breath taking intricacies of Creation pale in comparison to the glory that shall be revealed when our faith is made sight and we are eternally in the presence of our Creator, Jesus Christ.
Consider though but an aspect of His majesty: the perfect symmetry of a flower – the varying styles of petals, the distinct scents, the complementing green stem and leaves….oh how much we overlook and simply take for granted. And then to step back and realize the great gift you have in being able to enjoy the beauty of Creation. The more we mature in our relationship with Christ, the greater will grow our awareness of God’s glory in Creation and in the lives of His children. His children are daily being conformed into His image – this is a work we should rejoice for in the lives of our brothers and sisters in Christ.
A roadside scene that we just had to stop by and take pictures at….
Praise ye the LORD. Praise God in his sanctuary: praise him in the firmament of his power. Praise him for his mighty acts: praise him according to his excellent greatness. Ps. 150:1-2
How grateful we were for a cheery team of eager workers that arrived at our house Thursday morning for a memorable day of working in our yard. Amidst a full schedule with many pressing matters, the greater part of the Wilkes Team along with two wonderful representatives from the Stelzl family came to serve.
In just a few hours our potatoes and onions were planted, gardens edged, weeds removed, mulch spread, and insulation repaired in our crawl space. A true labor of love. Thank you Wilkes Team and Stelzl family! We are so grateful for you.
Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.
The Lord has blessed me beyond measure through giving life to my precious wife. How grateful I am for her love for Christ, her passion for being my helpmeet, and her joy in being a mother.
How special it was to be able to go away for a night together over on the Eastern Shore of Maryland.
A beautiful bike ride just before sunset…so refreshing
A wonderful breakfast at a little Bed & Breakfast on Solomon’s Island was the perfect start to a great day!
Happy Birthday Sweetie!