Vacation, vacation!

He who runs errands is now running to class instead!  We took our vacation (actually it’s the first real vacation we’ve had in 8 or 9 years) at the same time we took our youngest to college.  It’s his first year (Freshman) and because our two oldest also live in the same city it was a no-brainer to make it a vacation for us!  It was great to be with family and also to see our youngest well adjusted to “college life.”   I didn’t take one picture — don’t know what’s up with that–brought my camera, but everything was so casual and normal . . . relaxing that it just slipped my mind until the last of seven nights!!  DUH!

BTW–instead of feeling empty nest syndrome, my cup is FULL knowing that my son is where God wants him to be and so are we (though it took some drugs and handcuffs to get me back in the truck to leave–lol).

So back to the old grind this week–time to gut the house and do some deep cleaning and back hoeing in the son’s room . . . that ought to keep me busy until Thanksgiving 😉 !

By The Par Family

Strays and Ticks

Last night my son brought home two strays (no not the boys, they’re his

cousins–he brought them home that morning for a long weekend before he goes off to college).

They were working in the woods clearing out or getting it ready for hunting season and these two little puppies came up to them. The little white one is VERY weak and sickly, the dark one seems fairly healthy but both were TERRIBLY INFESTED with ticks. Oh, such awful little blood suckers perfectly happy sucking the life blood out of these sweet little puppies. (I wonder why Noah had to bring two ticks on his boat!!) So our gal Sal has two little puppies to take care of tonight and then tomorrow we’ll have to take them to the Animal Shelter. My son and his cousins painstakingly picked off hundreds, literally hundreds of ticks off those two little ones and gave them baths, fed them, took care of them. One day they are going to make GREAT daddy’s!!! They were seriously working hard on those two little puppies from 8:30 PM until 3:00 AM.

Update:  This afternoon we were finally able to get up with the Humane Society for our county and they were able to take them.  They’ll be taken care of now–and get the medical treatment they need–I wish we were rich,  lived on a farm and could have kept them ourselves. They were pretty sweet little doggies and didn’t even run away last night.

I was a stray once and had a bazillion ticks but Jesus rescued me.  Thank you Lord for taking the time to care for me, painstakingly pull out the ticks in my life and allow me to follow and obey you.

By The Par Family

How to Combat Worry

Today’s Sunday School lesson was just too good to not share


Everyone has at one time in his life or will some time . . . worry—pretty much a fact of life. Even Paul was worried about Titus not being in Troas when he arrived (II Cor. 2:12-13)—“I had no rest for my spirit, not finding Titus, my brother.”  Since it’s a given, how do we combat it when it creeps in?

Number one:   Confess it—it’s a sin to worry. It’s a cancer that should be gone after aggressively! When we worry we are letting our emotions control us when it should be that we are controlling our emotions.

Number two:   Change your unbiblical thoughts by:

  • Praying intellectually to God with requests AND pray with thanksgiving LISTING your blessings!!
  • Program your mind, your thinking–Philippians 4:6-9
  • Is it spiritually true?
  • Is it honorable to God?
  • Is it just, right—not sinful?
  • Is it pure, decent, moral?
  • Is it lovely? Sacrificial for the sake of others?
  • Is it of good report? Admirable
  • Does it have virtue? Morally excellent?
  • Is it worthy of praise?

Verse 8:    THINK

  • Present tense (active)
  • Middle voice (passive)
  • Imperative mood


  • God’s sovereignty
  • God’s care
  • God’s music
  • God’s Word


  • Tapes/literature
  • Bible reading
  • Memory verses
  • 3×5 card reminders
  • Christian Biographies
  • Fellowship of saints!!

Verse 9:   DO — Practice (habitually) Biblical obedience

Number three:   The result will be that God will send peace to your emotions.

By The Par Family

Happy Sunday!

A new day in the Lord, for the Lord! And to get you in a worshipful mindset here is a link to enjoy a new hymn posted on Strength for Today’s Sunday Hymnary. Totally BEAUTIMOUS!

Psa 7:17 I will give thanks to the LORD according to His righteousness And will sing praise to the name of the LORD Most High. (NASB)

By The Par Family