Wednesday, May 27, 2009

He Ransoms Me Unharmed

"He ransoms me unharmed from the battle waged against me...God, who is enthroned forever will hear them...My companion attacks his friends...his speech is smooth as butter, yet war is in his heart; his words are more soothing than oil, yet they are drawn swords. Cast your cares on the LORD and He will sustain you; He will never let the righteous fall."
Psalm 55:18-22
These words ministered to me in such a deep, personal way recently as I read Psalm 55: "He ransoms me unharmed". It was the perfect verse at just the right time for me. Those words of truth just popped off the page and into my heart bringing me such peace and assurance.
He. God. LORD.
He ransoms us unharmed. That just comforts my soul, and I wanted to share it with you in case you needed to hear that today. God, who is enthroned forever, ransoms you unharmed...cast your cares on Him and He will sustain you. He will never let the righteous fall.
Ransom –verb (used with object)
1. to redeem from captivity, bondage, detention, etc., by paying a demanded price.
2. to release or restore on receipt of a ransom.
3. to deliver or redeem from punishment for sin.
Unharmed - adjective
Definition: unhurt
Synonyms: free from danger, in one piece, intact, not hurt, out of danger, out of harm's way, protected, safe, safe and sound, undamaged, uninjured, unscarred, unscathed, unscratched, untouched

He has redeemed us by paying the price for the punishment of our sin. We are free from danger, intact, out of harm's way, protected, safe, undamaged, untouched. Oh, our Redeemer's amazing love.

This passage from Psalm 55 reached deep into my heart. I just had to share it! Please share what has ministered to your heart lately!

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Family Prayer Journal

"He and all his family were devout and God-fearing...
he prayed to God regularly."
Acts 10:2

This past Christmas, Joshua and Gabrielle wrapped gifts for us (Daddy and Mommy) and put them under the tree. Our sweet cherubs had gone through their rooms and wrapped things they thought we would like to receive. "Re-gifting" is not yet in their understanding or purview, so their innocent delight in giving was truly a joy. (Call it the low-budget, frugal Christmas!)

One (re-) gift Gabrielle gave to me was a journal from the Dollar Tree that I had given to her previously. She was so excited as I was unwrapping this gift because she knows I love to keep journals at my Bible study/devotional spot at our dining room table. "Mommy, what are you going to use that journal for?!?!?" She asked me this question for several weeks after Christmas.

Because I knew she was so excited to give me this (re-) gift of a journal, I wanted to use it for something very special. I wanted to honor her back and fill its pages with something eternally meaningful. After several weeks of prayer and waiting on the Lord for His direction, I knew I should use this journal as a "Family Prayer Journal".

In the margin of my Bible (which I have had for over 20 years) I have written "FP" next to certain scriptures that I lift up as prayers to God as "Family Prayers". Truths from His Word that I desire for our family. Now, I write these Family Prayer scriptures in my Family Prayer Journal given to me by Gabrielle. While the (re-) gift of this journal originally came from The Dollar Tree (I love dollar stores!), the prayers penned on its pages are priceless to me and worth far more than precious jewels to this wife and mommy's heart.

God is so good. I "just happen" to be reading The One-Year NIV Chronological Bible (click here) this year, along with Wendy Pope (click here) and hundreds of others around the country. So, by the end of 2009, this precious Family Prayer Journal will be filled from Genesis to Revelation with scriptures I am lifting up as prayers for me and my family. I am so excited to see all that He will do! "Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful." Col. 4:2

Here are just a few scriptures that I have recorded in my Family Prayer Journal. These are scriptures that represent my heart prayers for my family. In the front of my FPJ, I wrote this little prayer: Dear Lord, please look upon these truths from scripture and receive them as my heart's prayers for my family to You. I lift them up to You. I love you. Sharon"

"I, however, followed the Lord my God wholeheartedly". Joshua 14:8

"Joshua read all the words of the law..." Joshua 8:34

" love the Lord your God, to walk in His ways, to obey His commands, to hold fast to Him and to serve Him with all your heart and all your soul." Joshua 22:5

"I have chosen the way of truth; I have set my heart on Your laws. I hold fast to Your statues, O Lord; do not let me be put to shame. I run in the path of Your commands, for You have set my heart free." Psalm 119:30-32

"...future generations will be told about the Lord. They will proclaim His righteousness for a people yet unborn -- for He has done it." Psalm 22:30-31

"...zeal for Your house consumes me." Psalm 69:9

"Teach me Your ways, O Lord, and I will walk in Your truth; give me an undivided heart that I may fear Your name." Psalm 68:11

Please share with us some things you are praying for your family!

"So Your servant has found courage to offer You this prayer. O Sovereign LORD, You are God! Your words are trustworthy, and You have promised these good things to Your servant. Now be pleased to bless the house of Your servant, that it may continue forever in Your sight; for You, O Sovereign LORD, have spoken, and with Your blessing the house of your servant will be blessed forever."
2 Samuel 7:27-29

Friday, May 22, 2009

I Still Do, Honey!

"You are the most excellent of men and your lips have been anointed with grace, since God has blessed you forever." Psalm 45:2

Tomorrow is our 17th wedding anniversary. I can hardly believe it. It seems like yesterday that we were planning our wedding ceremony and preparing for marriage. Blessed with family and friends, we had a bridal party of 24. My girls wore purple, which has been my favorite color since I was a little girl. Our precious mothers were escorted in by the song "How Beautiful" by Twila Paris. We played "Thank You For Giving To The Lord" by Ray Boltz when we honored our parents and our bridal party during the ceremony. "Bonded Together" by Twila Paris played while we took communion. (One very funny woman I used to work with once said to me, "Your wedding is going to be more along the lines of a concert." She was right! PS -- some of these songs are playing on Playlist for this post..turn up your volume to enjoy!) We spent months choosing scriptures, songs and special touches. Three of our treasured pastors participated in our ceremony. After we were introduced as "husband and wife", we played the Twila Paris version of "He Is Exalted" as we walked up the long aisle out of the sanctuary and into married life.

Through God's lavish love, grace and mercy, He gave me the gift of my husband, Jim. Only by His grace. Jim is an excellent husband and a wonderful father. He is not flawless and we certainly have our moments of disagreeing, but he is reasonable, gracious, patient and just. One of the things I am thankful for most about Jim (even though it annoys me at times, too!) is that he keeps me accountable before the Lord. Jim loves God. Jim loves Truth. Jim loves me. Jim loves our children.
We are two very imperfect people yielding our hearts to a completely perfect God. As one of our pastors says so beautifully, often our spouse is the sanctification tool God uses most if our lives. I trust my heart with Jim, because He wants to honor God. I trust Jim to be that sanctification tool in my life, whether I require gentle nudging or some serious re-molding. We like the book by Gary Thomas Titled: "Sacred Marriage: What If God Designed Marriage To Make Us Holy More Than To Make Us Happy" (click here).

Jim is devoted to our God and dedicated to our family. Along with working long days at a full-time career, Jim leads a Bible study in our home for some of his buddies. He leads a Bible study at work during lunch time every other Wednesday. He participates in our church's Children's Sports Ministry by coaching every sport our children play. He has led Family Life Bible studies (click here) and Love and Respect Marriage Bible studies (click here) in our home. He is a man of ministry. And he does it with excellence as unto the Lord.

God knew what I needed in a husband. Before Jim, I dated a few Christian musicians. I had been involved in the Christian music world for several years. I love Christian pop, gospel and worship music, and I seemed to blend well with musicians. God literally picked me up off a path that was not the best for me, and He plopped me down on His right path for me...and thankfully that included marrying Jim. Only by His grace.

Jim is an engineer. Oh, he played guitar a little bit while he was growing up, but he was more the chess club type. He's very bright (he can compose algorithms...I have to spell check that word for this post!). I am so proud of him and how he uses all the gifts God has given him to honor the Lord back with those gifts...whether at home or at work. He is a man of integrity and truth. I respect him genuinely and love him with my whole heart.

Jim is the perfect husband for me. God is so good. Jim keeps me level. He listens. He responds. He cares. He inspires me to want to live the best life possible by following hard after God. Our first dance at our reception was "I Will Be Here" by Steven Curtis Chapman. Jim has been here. Jim is here. Jim will be here.

I could go on, but I won't. Jim has planned an overnight get-away for I must go pack! I am looking forward to 24 hours of "us".

Honey, I still do. I'd say "I do" all over again. I still do love you and always will. I still say "I do" to the vows we made 17 years ago. Knowing now more deeply what those vows before our God mean, I still do. Knowing God is the anchor of our souls, our marriage and our family...I still do. Loving you even more now than the day we married, I still do. Happy 17th Anniversary!

Dear God, I know it is by Your grace, mercy and love that You have blessed me with this excellent man and two wonderful, precious children. I love you. I pray in some small way my life will bring honor to You.

"Take me away with you -- let us hurry!"
Song of Solomon 1:4

"Marriage should be honored by all..."
Hebrews 13:4

"A cord of three strands is not quickly broken."
Ecc. 4:12

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

The Threshing Floor of My Heart...Where My Kinsman-Redeemer Meets Me

"This is what the LORD says— your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: "I am the LORD your God,
who teaches you what is best for you, who directs you in the way you should go."
Isaiah 48:17
I call them the Threshing Floor Seasons of life. Those times when God, in His love and faithfulness, takes us through a process of purifying our hearts. He necessarily goes through the grain of our heart, gets to the root and separates the righteous wheat from the dead chaff. I have found it to be a more effective and efficient process as I surrender my heart willingly to Him and say, “Father, please separate the wheat from the chaff in my heart so only the wheat remains.” The wheat represents the good, fruitful part of our hearts that is pleasing and useful to Him. The chaff is the dead, fruitless part of our heart that does not honor Him and cannot be used by Him. He wants to purify our hearts by ridding us of the chaff. Afterwards, our hearts are refreshed, our faith is stronger, and God is glorified. The healthy wheat has remained, and the lifeless chaff has been burned away.

Often His instrument used during this process comes in the form of a person. Someone in our lives who God uses as His tool of sanctification. Sometimes these tools are trusted, proven relationships where we feel safe to expose our hearts and have our uglies revealed.
Other times, the tool, as a winnowing fork, is someone with whom we would not choose to expose our hearts, someone who tends to rub us the wrong way…”the unlikely servants we call sandpaper people”. In her book Sandpaper People”, Mary Southerland (click here) goes on to say, “Difficult relationships have been the source of great pain as well as an invaluable conduit for God’s utmost healing for me.” I have learned to truly thank the Lord for these people as they can, if I yield my heart to the Lord, be tools used to burn away the choking chaff so that only fruitful wheat remains. In the light of God's Word, these seasons are invaluable.

I am also very aware that I am a “sandpaper person” to some people, and I don’t take that lightly. My desire is not to rub anyone the wrong way, but the fact of the matter is I do. I pray that I can honor Him even as someone’s sandpaper person, in what usually is an awkward position. When He makes me aware that I am a sandpaper person to someone, I humbly ask Him to help me quietly honor Him in that uncomfortable role. And as only He can do, He has brought about lovely relationships with people who previously were in the role of "sandpaper person" in my life. That's a beautiful thing.

Recently, as I was going through a threshing floor season and the tool was an unknowing servant, one of my sandpaper people, the Lord impressed upon my heart to do a little Bible study about the threshing floor by reading through the book of Ruth. This book of the Bible illustrates the law of the kinsman-redeemer. A kinsman-redeemer was a near relative who was able and willing to pay the price of redemption, freeing the relative by taking care of the debt/ransom price for them. By leaving His throne and coming to dwell with us in flesh through the incarnation, Jesus became our Kinsman-Redeemer. Our Perfect Nearest-of-Kin made reconciliation with God for us, while we were yet sinners.

As I read through the third chapter of Ruth, I was tenderly overwhelmed by His Word. Ruth 3:5 tells us that she went to the threshing floor in obedience. I was breathless as I read on and was reminded that there on the threshing floor she encountered her kinsman-redeemer, whom she asked to gently cover her with his garment of protection and care. How this ministered to my heart. Our Kinsman-Redeemer is faithful to meet us on the threshing floor of our hearts. He loves us and desires a pure heart in us. He tenderly meets us in that place, and we are secure under His covering of love.

Going to the threshing floor of our hearts is a bittersweet process. But the sweet is worth it. Our Kinsman Redeemer meets us there in faithfulness and gently covers us with His garment of protection, care and righteousness. The chaff is burned and blows away. The beautiful wheat remains and brings Him glory.
“ …for the Lord searches the heart and understands every motive behind the thoughts. If you seek Him, He will be found by you…” 1 Chronicles 28:9 (NIV)

“Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” Psalm 139:23-24 (NIV)

“Do not withhold Your mercy from me, O Lord; may Your love and Your truth always protect me.” Psalm 40:11 (NIV)

“Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.”
Psalm 51:10 (NIV)
"But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of His mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by His grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life."
Titus 3:4-7

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Cystic Fibrosis Awareness - "A Little Child Will Lead Them"

Wade Shiley and Joshua

Gabrielle with Amanda Shiley

Our Two Families

"...and a little child will lead them."
Isaiah 11:6

NOTE: THIS BLOG POST, WHICH IS VERY SPECIAL TO US AS A FAMILY, WAS ORIGINALLY POSTED IN SEPTEMBER 2008. WE ARE RE-RUNNING THE POST PERIODICALLY IN MAY 2009 AS MAY IS "CYSTIC FIBROSIS AWARENESS MONTH". For more information on CF or to make a contribution to support research to find a cure for CF, click on the link below. Thank you.
With the blessing and permission of The Shiley Family, we are humbly privileged to publish this special blog post.

Cystic Fibrosis Awareness. As with many chronic diseases, often our awareness of and sensitivity to a particular disease do not penetrate our hearts unless someone we love suffers from the illness.

Four years ago, we met the Shileys through our children being in the same classes together. It was the beginning of sweet and meaningful friendships for the children and the parents.

Wade Sr. and Cheryl are the parents of Wade Jr. and Amanda. Both Wade Jr. and Amanda were born with Cystic Fibrosis. Wade Sr. and Cheryl came to know the Lord through their children's struggle with this horrible disease. When Cheryl first shared her testimony with me, I shared Isaiah 11:6 with her: "...and a little child shall lead them". Indeed, the Shiley children are pointing many to Jesus.

While Wade Sr. and Cheryl would do anything to have their children's disease taken away, they have kept their faces and hearts looking to God and depending on Him. One of Cheryl's favorite verses is 2 Corinthians 12:9: "My grace is sufficient for you, My power is made perfect in weakness. "

Wade Sr. and Cheryl are incredibly dedicated parents, who diligently, faithfully and quietly care for their children's needs, including daily treatment regiments which can take hours. Often, they have endured days and weeks of necessary hospital stays.

Wade Sr. and Cheryl do not define their children by CF. They are doing an amazing job of having Wade, Jr., and Amanda live "normal" lives. Wade Sr. and Cheryl beautifully demonstrate that CF is not the salutation of their children's lives, rather it is the post script (p.s.). We have such respect, admiration and love for this truly special family.

Both children are gifted athletes (Wade Jr. in basketball and Amanda in gymnastics). Wade Jr. is also an amazing artist and has won several awards. They have a zeal for life and have shown incredible courage and strength.

We invite you to learn more about Cystic Fibrosis by clicking here. We are praying and hoping for a cure to this disease...for Wade Jr. and Amanda and for everyone who is stricken by it. Please join us in prayer and support.
We also invite you to please leave a comment here (below) for the Shiley Family that will encourage and bless them! Thank you!

We close with another favorite verse of the Shiley Family:

"Therefore, we do not lose heart...For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal." 2 Corinthians 4:16-18

Cheryl and Me

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Happy Mother's Day

"She gets up before dawn to prepare breakfast for her household and plan the day's work for her servant girls." Proverbs 31:15 (NLT)

Happy Mother's Day! We honor our moms today. Jim and I thank the Lord for them. We pray God's richest eternal blessings on their lives! We love you!

How beautiful...are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, "Your God reigns!"
Isaiah 52:7

Here is a picture of my mom ("Nan Nan") with her two oldest granddaughters (who belong to my brother Paul and his wife Ronni, who live in Texas): Stephanie and Lindsey. My mom has consistently shown us all her unconditional love. Even in times of hurt or disappointment, her expression of love for us never ceases. Her heart is filled with eternal hope, and she loves the Lord. She loves her grandchildren with passion and purity. She would do anything for any one of us. She makes every day special. When I was growing up, she would say to me, "There are certain things you won't understand until you are a mother." She was so right. I appreciate her diligence and commitment as a single mom (which she was for a good part of our childhood) of four children more than ever. Nan Nan is 100% Irish and loves her green heritage. We love you, Mom!
This picture was taken at my brother PJ's wedding in December 2007.

Here is Jim's mom ("Nana") and dad ("Pop Pop") with our cherubs this past Easter at their retirement dream home in the Pocono mountains. Jim's mom is devoted to her family and her faith. We are so thankful that she and Jim's dad are blessed by enjoying their retirement years in their dream-come-true home. Nana has a shirt that says "Home is Where My Grandchildren Are"...and she means that. And Nana loves when their home is filled with the laughter and noise of their five grandchildren. The roots of her love for her family go very deep. Her generosity, kindness and thoughtfulness towards those she loves expresses the depths of her love. Nana is 100% Italian and she is an excellent cook and baker. The wonderful childhood memories in my husband's heart have grown from the love of his parents. Happy Mother's Day! We love you!

"But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart." Luke 2:19

"How Beautiful" by Twila Paris - Lyrics

How beautiful the hands that served
the wine and the bread
and the sons of the earth.
How beautiful the feet that walked
the long dusty roads
and the hills to the cross.
How beautiful
how beautiful
how beautiful is the body of Christ.
How beautiful the heart that bled
that took all my sin
and bore it instead.
How beautiful the tender eyes
that chose to forgive
and never despise.
How beautiful
how beautiful
how beautiful is the body of Christ.
And as He laid down His life
we offer this sacrifice
that we will live just as he died:
willing to pay the price
willing to pay the price.
How beautiful the radiant Bride
who waits for her Groom
with His light in her eyes.
How beautiful when humble hearts give
the fruit of pure lives
so that others may live.
How beautiful
how beautiful
how beautiful is the body of Christ.
How beautiful the feet that bring
the sound of good news
and the love of the King.
How beautiful the hands that serve
the wine and the bread
and the sons of the earth.
How beautiful
how beautiful
how beautiful is the body of Christ.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

National Day of Prayer

"...if My people, who are called by My name, will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land."
2 Chronicles 7:14
"When he takes the throne of his kingdom, he is to write for himself on a scroll a copy of this law, taken from that of the priests, who are Levites. It is to be with him, and he is to read it all the days of his life so that he may learn to revere the LORD his God and follow carefully all the words of this law and these decrees and not consider himself better than his brothers and turn from the law to the right or to the left." Deut. 17:18-20
In my prayer journal, I keep a section of verses that I offer up as prayers to the Lord for the United States of America and for all the nations of the world He has created. On this National Day of Prayer (click here), let's pray according to His will and His word. Here are a few scriptures I am praying for President Obama, his administration, all of the leaders of national and local governments, and all kings and rulers around the world. Please feel free to leave a comment and share how you are praying as well.
"Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord." Psalm 33:12
"Make vows to the LORD your God and fulfill them; let all the neighboring lands bring gifts to the One to be feared. He breaks the spirit of rulers; He is feared by the kings of the earth." Psalm 76:11-12
"All the nations You have made will come and worship before You, O Lord; they will bring glory to Your name. For You are great and do marvelous deeds; You alone are God." Psalm 86:9-10
"May all the kings of the earth praise You, O LORD, when they hear the words of Your mouth. May they sing of the ways of the LORD, for the glory of the LORD is great." Psalm 138:4-5
"The nations on every shore will worship Him, every one in its own land." Zephaniah 2:11
"Let them know that You, whose name is the LORD— that You alone are the Most High over all the earth." Psalm 83:18
"Exalt the LORD our God, and worship at His holy hill; for the LORD our God is holy." Psalm 99:9
"But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness. Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses. In the sight of God, who gives life to everything, and of Christ Jesus, who while testifying before Pontius Pilate made the good confession, I charge you to keep this command without spot or blame until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, which God will bring about in his own time—God, the blessed and only Ruler, the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone is immortal and who lives in unapproachable light, whom no one has seen or can see. To him be honor and might forever. Amen." 1 Timothy 6:11-16
"I will bow down toward Your holy temple and will praise Your name for Your love and Your faithfulness, for You have exalted above all things Your name and Your word." Psalm 138:2
"Each one had a harp and they were holding golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints." Revelation 5:8

Monday, May 4, 2009

Pure and Faultless Religion

"Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says...
Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress..." James 1:22, 27
God has given our Gabrielle a sensitive heart for orphans and children wanting to be adopted. For her birthday outreach this year, in lieu of a birthday gift for Gabrielle, she invited her guests to bring an item for orphan babies with special needs. We prayerfully chose to team up with The Starfish Foster Home (click here), whose mission is to save the lives of Chinese orphans with special health needs. We chose this organization because, rather than just requesting cash donations, they suggested certain items to donate that will help them care for the babies. This gave Gabrielle and her family and friends the opportunity to shop for items that would go directly to help nurture a special needs orphan baby.

We will be packing up the items and shipping them off to Starfish in the name of the Lord Jesus and for His glory. Gabrielle will be writing a letter and we will include a picture of Gabrielle with all of her friends at her birthday celebration. As unto the Lord. We pray that each baby who is diapered, or who receives medication, or who is fed with one of these bottles comes to know the saving love of Jesus.

Gabrielle's family and friends were so very generous! Look at all of the items we are sending Starfish in Jesus' name. We thank you, and we pray He blesses your hearts to overflowing! We pray for these precious orphan babies, that God may place each of them in the family that is just right for them. And mostly we pray God is glorified!

"'I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for Me.'" Matthew 25:40 (NIV)

"Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven." Matthew 5:16 (KJV)

Sunday, May 3, 2009

I'm I'm I'm I'm I'm I'm I'm 7!

"From birth I have relied on You;
You brought me forth from my mother's womb.
I will ever praise You."
Psalm 71:6

That is what Gabrielle was singing this morning in the bathroom. "I'm I'm I'm I'm I'm I'm I'm 7!" I could hear her song of glee all the way in another room. She was enjoying the afterglow of her 7th birthday party with her friends and our families. Her heart was filled with love, and we are so thankful.

Gabrielle's theme was "Strawberry Shortcake". Straw-ba-ba-ba-ba-berry -- sing it!

For her birthday outreach this year, her guests brought items for infant orphans with special needs. Gabrielle has a heart for orphans and those needing to be adopted. Praise the Lord -- we have a crib full of new items (specifically requested by the organization ministering to these children) for these precious babies: diapers, bottles, medicine, diaper rash cream, Baby Vapor Rub, etc. More on this later in the week. Gabrielle's guests were so generous and enthusiastic. Thank you!

Gabrielle invited her cousins, all the girls in her class and some other special girlfriends. Here are just a few...OK, more than a (I only post pictures when I am sure I have the parent's permission. So, only pictures where I know I have the "OK" from parents are here. In the fun-filled busyness of yesterday's party, I didn't ask all of the class moms. All of our guests pictures will be in Gabrielle's Creative Memories scrapbook pages from yesterday.)

Gabrielle lost her 5th tooth today!

Here are pictures from yesterday.

Gabrielle's first gift of the day...upon wakening...was from Joshua. Notice the Strawberry Shortcake "Best Friends" wrapping paper. Joshua wrapped it himself.

Nothing like girls in party dresses and birthday party finery

rolling down green grassy hills!

Thank you to everyone who celebrated with us!
Gabrielle loves you!
We love you, Gabrielle!
"...let the light of Your face shine upon us, O LORD."

Psalm 4:6

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Happy Birthday, Gabrielle!

"But may the righteous be glad and rejoice before God; may they be happy and joyful.
Sing to God, sing praise to His name, extol Him who rides on the clouds -- His name is the Lord-- and rejoice before Him."
Psalm 68:3-4

We love you, Gabrielle! We are excited to celebrate God's gift to us of YOU today!

Happy Birthday!

We rejoice in the Lord for YOU!