Sunday, March 31, 2013

Have a Blessed Easter, for He is Risen...

Christ The Lord Is Risen Today:
Christ, the Lord, is risen today, Alleluia!
Sons of men and angels say, Alleluia!
Raise your joys and triumphs high, Alleluia!
Sing, ye heavens, and earth, reply, Alleluia!

Love's redeeming work is done, Alleluia!
Fought the fight, the battle won, Alleluia!
Lo! the Sun's eclipse is over, Alleluia!
Lo! He sets in blood no more, Alleluia!

Vain the stone, the watch, the seal, Alleluia!
Christ hath burst the gates of hell, Alleluia!
Death in vain forbids His rise, Alleluia!
Christ hath opened paradise, Alleluia!

Lives again our glorious King, Alleluia!
Where, O death, is now thy sting? Alleluia!
Once He died our souls to save, Alleluia!
Where thy victory, O grave? Alleluia!

Soar we now where Christ hath led, Alleluia!
Following our exalted Head, Alleluia!
Made like Him, like Him we rise, Alleluia!
Ours the cross, the grave, the skies, Alleluia!

Hail, the Lord of earth and heaven, Alleluia!
Praise to Thee by both be given, Alleluia!
Thee we greet triumphant now, Alleluia!
Hail, the resurrection day, Alleluia!

King of glory, Soul of bliss, Alleluia!
Everlasting life is this, Alleluia!
Thee to know, Thy power to prove, Alleluia!
Thus to sing and thus to love, Alleluia!

Hymns of praise then let us sing, Alleluia!
Unto Christ, our heavenly King, Alleluia!
Who endured the cross and grave, Alleluia!
Sinners to redeem and save. Alleluia!

But the pains that He endured, Alleluia!
Our salvation have procured, Alleluia!
Now above the sky He's King, Alleluia!
Where the angels ever sing. Alleluia!

Jesus Christ is risen today, Alleluia!
Our triumphant holy day, Alleluia!
Who did once upon the cross, Alleluia!
Suffer to redeem our loss. Alleluia! 

I love that song for Easter, but we so seldom get to sing it, that I decided to put it here.

He is risen, indeed.

We wish you all an Easter blessed beyond measure...we have all been blessed beyond our own imaginings when the Son of God, who never sinned, gave himself as a sacrifice for all of us who are, who ever were, and who ever will be. No greater love has ever been shown. Go love on those who have been entrusted to your care and demonstrate our Father's love to them, so that they will see Him through you.

God bless you all and Happy Easter.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

A Heartfelt Thank You to All Who Sponsored Operation Homefront Home Makeover

To all of those who worked so hard and graciously on our home makeover:

Words cannot express the depth of our gratitude for your part in the restoration of our home. Along with the generous work and materials you provided which have made our house safer, warmer, and larger, you have enabled us to pursue our dreams of being able to foster/adopt a teen (we were approved at the end of February and are in the process of looking for the new member(s) of our family) and to serve the homeschooling community by opening a home educator's resource library (The Lifetime of Learning Library will be opening in the fall). Thank you so very, very much. We all pray that the Lord will richly bless you and your families for your kindness beyond your wildest dreams and expectations...the same way you blessed us.

I don't know if anyone ever told you, but the past 23 years of Naval service have been very demanding on our family. The toll on both me and the children has been great, not to mention the long hours and years away from us my husband has had to spend both in the office and out to sea. Honestly, just before we found out we were the ones to be blessed by winning this prize, I was ready to encourage my husband to get out of the Navy as soon as possible. Because you have removed virtually all of the difficulties we'd been facing in trying to renovate this older home (which we chose to give our children the chance to grow up in the fresh air and open spaces of the country), I am happy to say that I can encourage him wholeheartedly to continue his service until retirement at 30 years. Thank you so much for helping bring peace to that situation as well.

It is amazing how God provides. He knew all along that we needed help and that there would be unexpected situations in the future that would make it difficult for us to manage if we did not receive that help at the right time (my teenager's accident and surgery, my own injury and surgery, my recent illness and hospitalization) and He provided you as the means to provide for us. Thank you for being His willing instrument. You have enriched the lives of our children and relatives and friends in ways you will never know. Even people I barely know seem to brighten up and believe in possibilities more when they hear our story. So thank you for making dreams come true and for helping put hope back in the hearts of have been a remarkable and memorable example and inspiration.

Praying for God's blessings on you all,

The Blessing Farm Family (especially Heather)

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