Saturday, October 22, 2016

Character Counts

Emery has started her 5th grade year off very well. We were all a little hesitant, wondering how she would adjust to her new school. But so far, things have gone fabulously.
She has made good friends. She has done great academically. And even more impressive, she won the Joe Henderson Elementary Character Counts award for the first month of the year for her class.
She won a free book with it too. Great job Emery! We're very proud of you!

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Philippians 4:19

I do my best to communicate the glorious riches in Christ, but boys will be boys sometimes...
Philippians 4:19
And my God will supply are your needs according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Isaiah 53:4-6

Praise God for Christ's substitutionary work on the cross for us. Isn't it amazing that anyone would suffer for us let alone the perfect Son of God?

Isaiah 53:4-6

Surely our griefs He Himself bore, And our sorrows He carried; Yet we ourselves esteemed Him stricken, Smitten of God, and afflicted. But He was pierced through for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; The chastening for our well-being fell upon Him, And by His scourging we are healed. All of us like sheep have gone astray, Each of us has turned to his own way; But the Lord has caused the iniquity of us all To fall on Him.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

1 Corinthians 10:13

This is a favorite verse of many. What a promise of God for us who still sin!
1 Corinthians 10:13
13 No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Lee Family Retreat 2016

For the first time ever, the Lee Family Retreat was held with every member of the Lee family! This year, Emery and Matt joined us as we reviewed what God did for us this past year. The retreat wasn't quite the same with them joining us!
 What a year 2015-2016 was! Some of the highlights included: Andrew's baptism and great 8th grade year including his being chosen to be a finalist in his school citizenship award, Matthew's great 5th grade year and soccer and drums, Emery's last year of homeschool and violin playing, we all served together at church with Children's Church and we hosted 5 Safe Families children in 3 hostings, just to name some.

God was gracious as usual in using our trials and joys to show us more of how magnificent and glorious He is this past year. We got back on track with verses and memorized the following verse this year:
  • 1 Corinthians 2:1-2
  • 1 Timothy 4:12
  • John 3:36
  • Romans 14:7-9
  • Hebrews 11:6
  • 2 Corinthians 4:17-18
  • 1 Peter 2:24
  • Isaiah 53:4-6
  • 1 Corinthians 10:13
  • Philippians 4:19
  • Acts 4:11-12
  • 1 Peter 4:16
  • Psalm 91
  • 1 Peter 5:6-11
  • 2 Timothy 1:7
  • Philippians 4:11-13
  • Proverbs 6:20-23
  • Galatians 5:22-25
  • Luke 12:32-34
  • Deuteronomy 6:4-7
  • Ephesians 4:29, 31-32
  • Psalm 86:11
  • Psalm 103
  • Romans 15:1-2
  • Psalm 16:11
  • Romans 10:13-15
  • Isaiah 40:8
The boys and girl have so many verses they have memorized and that we continue to review it's crazy!  They memorized 92 verses this year. In addition to that, Andrew has already memorized 238 verses bringing his total to 330 verses! Matt and Emz have 161 additional verses bringing their total to 253 verses! This is the fruit of years of disipline as they practice daily, and we review these verses regularly. I can only hope that they continue this practice and recall these verses for the rest of their lives.

We also read through the following books of the Bible in our family Bible times:
  • 1 & 2 Kings
  • Mark
  • Proverbs
  • 2 Samuel
It was a year of more healing for me. More progress on that front. It was a great year for our family. I was very proud of the boys and girl for how seriously they took this retreat and how well they did this past year in growing in maturity. We also had plenty of fun as you can see. Praise God for another good Lee Family Retreat!
And we even got some good family volleyball in! Emery didn't get a bump in on this shot, but she did great too!

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Emery's concert and recital

Emery has had a busy summer with her violin. She played in an "orchestra" concert in town.
She was the lone student playing the violin 2 part, but the conductor played the part with her.

Emery has improved quite a bit since last year.
Here she is from her recital just a few weeks ago.

Monday, September 5, 2016

Acts 4:11-12

It's a terrible thing to reject the only One who can save.
Acts 4:11-12
11 He is the stone which was rejected by you, the builders, but which became the chief corner stone. 12 And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved.”