Friday, July 4, 2014

F.F.F. - 07.04.14

Happy Independence Day to all my American readers! Please have a wonderful day celebrating, always remembering the great blessing it is to live in freedom.

1.  Of course my number one highlight is the great blessing God gave me to be born in such a great country built on the premise of freedom OF religion - not freedom FROM religion. I am thankful for this wonderful country and the benefits I enjoy.  Thank you, also, to the many many great people of the military who protect us all, including my son-in-law, Daniel.

2.  I'm also thankful this week for the blessing of family. Today, I'm sharing generation photos - three generations on Jim's side, and three on mine:

3.  This past weekend, my mom, from Florida, and my sister and brother-in-law from Tennessee were here. We had a great time yard saling together and then we went to my favorite restaurant, O'Charley's, and ate and visited for like ... oh, two and half hours.  Fun times.

4.  I had a great week at work with some challenging new stuff thrown in.  I love me a challenge!

5.  Quote of the week:  I've been reading Priscilla Shirer's "And We Are Changed," and got some great quote material that I will be sharing from time to time.  Here is one that particularly struck me:

"He is not shocked or surprised by the darkness that you find all around you. It is by His design so that you, His lighthouse, can shine for His glory."

I've been remarking that we live in dark times with all that has been in the news lately. Now is our chance to shine!

Bonus:  I've have to add that an encouraging note this week was the Hobby Lobby case where the Supreme Court ruled in their favor.  Thankful for religious liberty!

So how was YOUR week?  Leave a comment, or if you'd like to participate in Friday's Fave Fives, link up at Susanne's blog, Living to Tell the Story.


Anonymous said...

Wonderful faves, Jerri! Those twins are so sweet and still so tiny.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for mentioning the Hobby Lobby case - that was indeed a highlight of this week. Love the photos of the twins - so cute. Sounds like a fun visit with your family. I am abundantly thankful for the freedoms we have here, especially the freedom of religion.

betty said...

Sounds like a wonderful visit wtih your family! I do like that quote you shared; sounds like an interesting book; I'll have to check into it more.

Enjoy the day!


Melanie Cook said...

Wonderful 3 generation photos! I'm glad you had family visiting and had such a good time. Yes, I'm so thankful for the Hobby Lobby victory. Hope you had a great 4th of July.

Susanne said...

Look at those babies! Sweet photos of the you all! Sounds like you have a great visit with family. I'm not sure what the Hobby Lobby case is. I'll have to google it.

Stephanie Faris said...

I love O'Charley's. Is that primarily a Southern restaurant chain or is it national? Those babies are SO cute! So tiny, too.

Faith said...

that is such a great quote!! we sure do live in some dark times. I enjoyed your faves!! those babies are just so precious!! Happy Independence Day!

Karen said...

Always nice to see pictures of the babies:) Great quote, one for my quote journal.

Joyful said...

Jerralea, I had trouble with getting my GOOGLE to work Friday, couldn't get it to bring up links that I clicked on and then a busy family weekend so I am finally getting around. I enjoyed this post so much! Your generation pictures are very cool! Something to treasure!
Glad to hear you were spending time with your mom and sister!
Great quote! I am trying to be that light in the darkness!

Melissa R said...

Sounds like a great week! Such beautiful babies in your family!

I, too, have been thanking God that we can worship Him freely.

I really like that quote from Priscilla Shirer. I'd never heard the lighthouse connection. I do know that I tend to draw closer to Him in dark times, and I usually think of that as His purpose in allowing it.

Have another fabulous week!