Through the Fire

when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you.
Isaiah 43:2

Walking into the kitchen about half an hour ago I smelled gas and noticed the oven was on to bake something but the flame was not flaming.
I had opened the oven door to check on that.

Without thinking I just pushed the reignite button which promptly resounded a loud BOOM as the ball of gas that had built up in the oven and surrounding the stove/oven ignited into a fire ball.

The hair on my head was singed;
the hair on my right arm is singed off;
my eyebrows are partly singed;
my forehead and right arm feel slightly painful....
but I am thanking God for protecting me and not having any major fire or burns caused by my not thinking.

So, I'm heading to my hair dresser this morning for him to fix my hair!

I've been very absent minded since Jerard's death. So I am thankful God is protecting me!

14th Birthday Celebration

New Hair Cuts

Ben and James recently got new hair cuts!
Handsome boys!!!!

Happy 14th Birthday, Kirsten!

Today, June 19, Kirsten turns 14 years old!

Watch over your child, O Lord, as her days increase;
bless and guide her wherever she may be. Strengthen her
when she stands; comfort her when discouraged or sorrowful; raise her up if she falls; and in her heart may your peace which passes understanding abide all the days of her life; through
Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Only in Weakness is there Strength

One of the many things God taught me through Jerard is that only in weakness is there strength.
A friend shared a quote on his FB page that expresses that lesson well.

"As Christians grow in grace they do not become more mature
in such a way as to gain more confidence in their spiritual
On the contrary, the mature Christian, becomes even more
conscious of his own frailty, and will turn unto the Lord for all his/her daily graces. It is only when we are weak, that we are strong (2 Co 12:10). In other words, if we are to be effective
at all, there must first be a consciousness of our weakness
and innate spiritual bankruptcy, as well as humility to acknowledge the only source of ALL spiritual blessings
- the Lord Jesus Christ"
~ JWH from