Saturday, January 17, 2009

livin' life and lovin' it

Life is good, but God is better. It's easy to get wrapped up in today's economy, and fear the worst - especially when the "media" is telling us that disaster is inevitable. Our God though is a God that is not surprised by the plummets on Wall Street or the Housing Market, our God seems; however, to be in the business of showing us his unrelenting faithfulness and his righteous work. God has recently brought new life into this world (my niece Elena) and he's taken life away (Denny G. - a gentleman from our church body). It is without a doubt though that God is actively at work in both situations. Praise be to God! Elena has two amazing parents and a little brother who absolutely love her dearly; a relationship that millions of homeless children around the world only dream of. Denny G is reunited with his wife in Heaven (Kathy passed away almost a year ago to cancer). Praise God for His plan to restore Denny's heart, and the "party" I'm sure Denny, Kathy and Jesus are having right now.
We live in Bozeman. A once small town that seems to now always be on the move with new construction and active college students. It's easy to get caught up in life here on Earth. I was reminded this Sunday at church of God's faithfulness through his Word in 1 Samuel 7:12. Samuel was protected by God when attacked by the Philistines. Samuel was thankful for God's mighty and "thunderous" provision so he raised up a stone and set it up between Mizpah and Shen. He named it Ebenezer saying, "Thus far has the Lord helped us."
God is good. He's a God that hasn't changed from the Old Testament to the New. He's amazing and wonderful. I see that most often with my son Kalen. He's a daily Ebenezer that reminds me that God has blessed me thus far. We're living life here in Bozeman, but it's because of God that we're loving it.

Some enjoyed this "jail time" more than others.

Kale loves to sit in his little green chair.

I once was put in the Garage because of the way I ate. Both my parents agreed that if I was going to eat like a dog, I might as well go be with the dog. Yeah, that only happened once. Every time though I see my son stick his entire fist in his mouth to eat, a little pride wells up. Hey, we don't have a dog...and our garage is detached from the house. Stuff away son..stuff away.


Deeapaulitan said...

absolutely fabulous!

Reese said...

That handsome boy of yours is so animated and good natured! Enjoyed your post.

Addie said...

pretty dang cute... and great post, Pete!

Anonymous said...

This is all so wonderful, sure love you guys, thanks for sharing Kale's joy! Aunt Sally ...Ebenezer, didn't know the meaning, way cool:-)

northwestharveys said...

It was cute, I showed the video to Johnny and he was like "oh wow, he's growing up, he's almost a teenager!" we sure miss ya'all!

kelsey said...

Naomi, i really want to go to Bozeman while I'm in Cody, but I just don't know if I want to do it by myself with Blake. We'll see how the transition goes when I get to Cody on Wednesday night!!! But i would LOVE to see you too!!