Saturday, October 31, 2009

Spiritual Sundays

We were able to have a short but sweet visit with our oldest daughter, son-in-love, and two grandchildren this week. They drove 5 hours one way to visit with us for 24 hours and then headed back home. We are so thankful they were willing to make the trip! We played games, ate a hearty fall meal, and had a "candle" campfire on our porch. Grandpa lite his lantern and several votive candles. Everyone gathered round and told stories. Before they left we were being silly and took this photo with the grandkids.

We usually see our children and their families only a couple of times a year, making the memories of when our children and grandchildren visit extra precious. Those memories stay with us, bringing us joy whenever we return to those special times in our minds. Can you feel the smile on my face??!!

I Thessalonians 5:16 "Be joyful always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus."

Joy! There are 216 verses in the KJB that have the word joy in them! Seems like God is sending us a message about how important joy is to have in our lives! It is there for us to embrace ~ whether in a candle campfire, a silly picture or the many other blessings God anoints us with on a daily basis! What brings you a bursting-at-the-seams kind of joy?

Have a joy-full Spiritual Sunday!!
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Beautiful pear tree lane said...

Oh! Renee, I wish you could see the smile on my face, this brought back so many wonderful memories as we don't get to visit with our family that often. thank you for sharing this wonderful memory of yours and the scripture also.

Lisa Buffaloe said...

I'm so grateful you were able to have a great visit with the kids and grandkids. What a joyful blessing! Thank you for sharing the precious photo. :)

RCUBEs said...

That's great that you had a wonderful time with your daughter and her family, especially with your adorable grandchildren. May God bless you and have a great weekend. I love that verse you shared because it reminds me that "to be joyful" is what the Lord's will is...for His children.

Jan Lyn said...

What a terrific photo! Thanks for sharing your joy.

Ginger said...

I'm so glad you got to spend some time with your loved ones.It's kinda sad how life takes our loved ones so far. My daughter and her husband are thinking about moving 5 hours away with our two grandsons. My prayer is that they need to be where the good Lord sends them.
God Bless,

Cathy said...

Loved your picture ~ Yes, grandchildren are blessings.

Denise said...

Such heart treasure moments, bless you.

Mary said...

Renee, that is a beautiful photo of you and your family enjoying each other! To be together, no matter how often or how far apart, it is such a blessed time...I'm so glad you had this wonderful visit, and that you will keep it in your heart and memory forever.

God bless,

A Little Of This And That said...

I've not had the privilege of being a grandmother yet, but I'm looking forward to the day. What a special treat for your daughter to drive so far, only to turn around and return, but what a special treat for her and the children, as well.

Debbie said...

Oh Renee, my heart so agrees with you, grandchildren are one of life's biggest joys...I'm so glad you got this time with your family. And your grandkids will carry the memory of your candle camp out in their hearts forever. What a fun idea. Thanks for sharing this. Blessings, Debbie

Regina said...

Lovely post! Thank your for sharing.

Have a wonderful week.

Jean Stockdale said...

What a wonderful truth. Thanks for sharing about JOY. It is the birthright of believers. We need to receive it and reflect it!

Thanks for stopping by and commenting on my post about Jason and Patti's engagement ring. How kind of the Lord to remind us that we are in a legal relationship and a love relationship with Him through Jesus Christ.

Debra W said...

What a wonderful photo! It is so nice to see grandparents cherishing their grandbabies!