Wednesday, January 30, 2008

A blessing from the Lord

"And ye shall serve the LORD your God, and he shall bless thy bread, and thy water; and I will take sickness away from the midst of thee. There shall nothing cast their young, nor be barren, in thy land: the number of thy days I will fulfill.
I will send my fear before thee, and will destroy all the people to whom thou shalt come, and I will make all thine enemies turn their backs unto thee."

-Exodus 23:25-27-

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

60 wonderful years of marriage!

On January 8, 1923 William Brown was born.

On July 5, 1927 Mary Holmsley was born.

Then on December 23, 1947 William and Mary covenanted before the Lord and were wed.

On December 23, 2007, this same sweet couple celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary.

We love you so much. Thank you for being a part of our lives. We look forward to the years ahead.

Happy Anniversary!

The Brown Family

Friday, January 25, 2008

Common Sense

Today when I opened my email, I found that a friend of mine had sent me this story about the life of common sense. After reading it I thought, 'How true this is, not just when we take common sense out of our life, but when we remove God and His perfect authority.'


- The life of Common Sense-

My parents told me
about Mr. Common Sense early in my life and told me I would do well to call on
him when making decisions. It seems he was always around in my early years but
less and less as time passed by.

Today I read his obituary. Please join me in a moment of silence in remembrance. For Common Sense had served us all so well for many generations.


Common Sense

Today we
mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, Common Sense, who has been with us for many years. No one knows for sure how old
he was since his birth
records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape.

He will be remembered
as having cultivated such valuable lessons as knowing when to come in out of the rain, why the early bird gets the worm,
why life isn't always fair, and how, on
occasion, maybe it was my fault.

Common Sense lived by
simple, sound financial policies (don't spend more than you earn) and reliable
parenting strategies (adults, not children are in charge).

His health began to
deteriorate rapidly when well intentioned but overbearing regulations were set
in place. Reports of a six-year-old boy charged with sexual harassment for
kissing a classmate; teens suspended from school for using mouthwash after
lunch; and a teacher fired for reprimanding an unruly student, only worsened his condition.

Common Sense lost
ground when parents attacked teachers for doing the job they themselves failed to do in disciplining their unruly children. It declined even further when
schools were required to get parental consent to administer aspirin, sun lotion
or a sticky plaster to a student; but could not inform the parents when a
student became pregnant and wanted to have an abortion.

Common Sense lost the
will to live as the Ten Commandments became contraband; churches became
businesses; and criminals received better treatment than their victims. Common
Sense took a beating when you couldn't defend yourself from a burglar in your
own home and the burglar can sue you for assault.

Common Sense finally
gave up the will to live, after a woman failed to realize that a steaming cup of
coffee was hot. She spilled a little in her lap, and was promptly awarded a huge settlement.

Common Sense was
preceded in death by his parents, Truth and Trust; his wife, Discretion; his
daughter, Responsibility; and his son, Reason. He is survived by three
stepbrothers; I Know my Rights, Someone Else is to Blame, and I'm a

Not many attended his
funeral because so few realized he was gone.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

A beautiful morning in North Carolina

"Truly the light is sweet;
and it is pleasant for the eyes
to behold the sun;..."
Ecclesiastes 11:7

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Ephesians 5:19

...speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your hearts to the Lord....

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Thursday, January 3, 2008

The faithfulness of our unchangeable God

"While the earth remains,
Seedtime and harvest,
Cold and heat,
Winter and summer,
And day and night
Shall not cease."
- Genesis 8:22-