Sunday, August 26, 2012

Greater Is He

Tonight I was downstairs working out and Doug was working at the kitchen table when Evelyn came out of her room, asking for me. Doug asked what she needed.

"I can't sleep. I am having some bad thoughts", she said.

Doug probed a bit more.. then this:

"I feel like the devil is trying to get in my heart."

Before I go on, I should give the small back story to this. Her Sunday school class has been doing a  weekly devotional and last week the topic of discussion was about temptation, the devil, and how to do our best to avoid them. We haven't had deep conversations about satan with Evelyn. She knows about sin, about the "sneaky snake" and the first sin, and how sin separates us from God. But the whole concept of the evil one is not an easy one to explain to a 5 year old, especially my smart, deep thinking, and easily worried one!! I struggled with her many (and good) questions about it as we went thru her devotional. I mean really struggled. We got thru it, but I was sure I had left her with more questions than answers. And apparently I was right!

Doug took her into the living room and they had a very real yet sweet talk about it. He told me some of what he shared with her, and I do so wish I could have been there to see and hear the entire conversation. I was moved to tears as he told me about their time together. Doug shared verses from his heart that I know were applicable and comforting to her. One of which was 1 John 4:4:

"...greater is the One that is in you, than the one that is in the world."

He reminded her that she indeed has Jesus in her heart.. and the devil doesn't stand a chance against that!

After their talk she went back to bed and was asleep soon after, no doubt more at peace thanks to God working through her awesome daddy.

"Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it." ~Proverbs 22:6

Praying that as we teach and train our kids about hard stuff like this, that we can do it in a way that is gentle yet true, and in a way that makes them not worry, but be excited about the power of Jesus and what He did on the cross.

Greater is HE.. indeed!!

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Birthday Celebration

Doug turned 42 (I know.. he looks and acts a lot younger!!) last week and we had our annual family birthday bash last weekend. Lots of family, lots of good food, lots of fun celebrating my sweet husband!!

 He was really excited about all the attention, can ya tell?

My sis Michelle came down from Idaho, which was so awesome! We are sad, tho, because the last third of the Tierney Girl Triad, little sis Laurie, decided to go to Seattle instead. Sigh....

Don't worry, tho... we got over it after a few drinks! (Kidding!!)

My pensive nephew Curtis...

Not sure what all the fuss is about...

Abbers.. my sweet niece.

Aunt Michelle loves her "MaaMoo". That is how he used to say his name. Now, he kindly corrects her and says, "No, ma naame izz Mayew Donud Mordis!!". So cute!

Abby pushing baby niece Lilly in the swing.. she was in that swing forEVER.. and loved it!

Evelyn and Lilly are the only grand-girls on the Morris side.. they had lots to talk about!

Doug had a relaxing time chatting with his dad.

The Morris nephews.. hanging down the hill. 

Ben, the oldest, being the cool cat he is!! HA!

Guess what made an appearance? Sigh.... (if you don't know.. don't ask!)

Matthew and Grandpa Doug doing what they do!! Matthew adores him!!

I made cupcakes and home made blackberry ice cream. It was so yummy!!

Enjoying the serenade!

The candles blew out before we got to him, but he made a wish anyway!!

Love these two!

Enjoying his cupcake

Evelyn watching the boys play with their beyblades.

Matthew and his diggers... its a beautiful thing!

Chatting it up with the family...

Happy Birthday Doug!
I love you more than words can say and can't wait to see what God has in store for you this year!!