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Land mine

Walking through our home sometimes feels like a constant land mine of toys. It's not that we have them flowing out of every corner, but it's our children not yet fully grasping the concept of picking up after themselves and the importance of this. When I step over their things, get frustrated that they moved on without cleaning up after themselves, God gives me a reminder. A reminder that these little blessings are His creation. A reminder that I was at one point a tiny blessing running around leaving my things out. God gives me the reminder to continue too diligently, lovingly, and with much patience guide and direct my blessings in a way that pleases the Lord. I want my kids to see the importance of picking up after themselves. The advantages of not living with such clutter. Freeing up our time from our STUFF to give more time to build and strengthen relationships. To have more time to study God's word. More time to soak up our Savior in where He has placed us in life.  Our kids are learning we

discipline

out of love.  God has also placed these toys and "clutter" in our lives to take our eyes back to Him. To help us stop and just hug and hold our kids even when things aren't where we think they should be. Remember that cleaning time is also a time in training, correcting, discipline and love. 

Thank you God for these little reminders of blessings!

"All discipline 

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for the moment seems not to be joyful, 

but sorrowful; 

yet to those who have been trained by it, 

afterwards it yields the 

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peaceful fruit of righteousness."

Hebrews 12:11

2013

These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will

have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”

John 16:33

2013 was a year full of joy, heartache, love, tears, and growth. I could go on but I feel these are a few of my top ones. Ultimately, I have felt a tremendous amount of growth. God has been revealing Himself so much more in our lives and how to 100% completely rely on Him. To know He holds my life in His hands. To know that He created my mind, and the functions that take place inside my brain just blows my thoughts. I always can't comprehend the why's to life and many I never will here on earth, but to know my soul belongs to a Creator that never was created helps in the times when the questions "why?, How? etc" come to mind. To have faith in what His truths say and not what I want them to say. 

2013 both Dennis and I turned 30! We experienced a major loss in our family. One that is so hard to wrap my mind around and understand. Again, only through God and my family have I felt peace and reassurance. We experienced traveling to another country to help others, and as a couple what a powerful experience. We prayed to God about having a fifth and well....our little lady is due in 10 weeks! Our children are growing in the knowledge of our Saviour something that brings us such joy in seeing them see why we live for God alone!!! 

Our 2013 may have not been easy, but I know we both feel so blessed. During heartache and joy we have only drawn closer to our Saviour. 

Our lives are in God's hands. He created and formed our beginning and He has created and formed our end. One of my favorite hyms is "It is Well with my Soul" Horatio Spafford wrote this song after a downhill spiral of events that one could look at and think, "Why continue to live your life for God?" What an amazing testimony of having our Saviour be your strength. Reminds me a lot of the story of Job! I pray 2014 brings our hearts and eyes closer to God each and every day. Through the Good, and through the tough! He is our ROCK!!!!! and our SAVIOUR!!!!!! 

It Is Well With My Soul

(Original lyrics)

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When peace like a river, attendeth my way,

When sorrows like sea billows roll;

Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to 

know

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It is well, it is well, with my soul.

Refrain:

It is well, (it is well),

With my soul, (with my soul)

It is well, it is well, with my soul.

Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come,

Let this blest assurance control,

That Christ has regarded my helpless estate,

And hath shed His own blood for my soul.

My sin, oh, the bliss of this glorious thought!

My sin, not in part but the whole,

Is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more,

Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!

For me, be it Christ, be it Christ hence to live:

If Jordan above me shall roll,

No pang shall be mine, for in death as in life,

Thou wilt whisper Thy peace to my soul.

But Lord, 'tis for Thee, for Thy coming we wait,

The sky, not the grave, is our goal;

Oh, trump of the angel! Oh, voice of the Lord!

Blessed hope, blessed rest of my soul.

And Lord, haste the day when my faith shall be sight,

The clouds be rolled back as a scroll;

The trump shall resound, and the Lord shall descend,

A song in the night, oh my soul

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                        Happy New Year!!!!!!!!

                                   Love the Kramer Family