Fleshman Family Newsletter 2016

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We’re expecting! Twins!

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Alyssa, Mary Kate, Daniel (Front Row)

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Dear Friends and Family,

Greeting in the name of the LORD Jesus! This year has been packed full for the Fleshman Flock, so I’ll try to give everyone a peek into what has been going on in our lives. We started out the year with big plans for the farm. We had sold our goats and chickens, for different reasons, but planned to get more chickens in the spring and more goats the next year. It was the first time that we didn’t have any farm animals in years. We intended to do the garden full-scale, but the Lord had other plans. On Valentine’s Day, we found out that Cynthia was expecting a baby in October. We were thrilled, but as usual, slightly cautious because of her history with child bearing. This pregnancy had problems from the start, and we ended up not getting more animals, and canceling our garden plans. In May, at 17 weeks along, we found out through a routine doctors’ visit that Michael Wayne had passed. Michael Wayne Fleshman was born on May 18. As always, the LORD carried us through the trials He lovingly allowed. We are very grateful for all of the support that we had during that season of our lives. But our awesome Heavenly Father has done even more than carry us through the trials in this situation. Three weeks to the day after Michael’s due date, we found out that we are expecting again in July! With the first ultrasound, we got the news that we are expecting TWINS! Praise the LORD for this blessing. So far there have been no complications, and we are very grateful for this double blessing. The main reason that we are late on our card and newsletter is because we wanted to be able to announce the twins, and thought that it would be good to wait a little longer.

Last year, the theme that I chose was Love, and this year I think the thing that what the LORD has been teaching not just me personally, but several members of our family, is to trust Him. Trust that He is in total control and that He works everything for good for us who love God. Rest in His loving, sovereign will.  Have the attitude of a little child who has a strong, loving Father to run to in every situation, and with every fear. He has used many circumstances this year to teach me this important lesson, and I am far from perfection, but slowly learning. My favorite verses on the subject of trust are in Isaiah. “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. Trust ye in the LORD forever: for in the LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting strength:” (Isaiah 26:3, 4) All too often, I am not in perfect peace, and the reason for that is a lack of trust. A lack of trust is rooted in a lack of confidence in God. When we are not confident in Who He is and what His characteristics are, we will not be able to trust Him. But when we are confident in His great love, power, forgiveness, and faithfulness, we can confidently stay our minds on the King of the universe, and we will be kept in His perfect peace which passes all understanding. You cannot have a good relationship with someone that you don’t trust, and it is crucial that we wholly trust Him in every situation. He is 100% worthy of our confidence, and He has proven Himself time and time again. We have no excuse to not trust Him, and no reason to miss out on the immense blessings of trusting in our LORD.

Gil (43) is an amazing husband and father. He has proven his devotion to the LORD this past year and led his family through many life changes. The changing of our church home, the loss of Michael Wayne, closing and surrendering the farm, and guiding a son through the courtship phase of life, just to name a few. I could not be more blessed to walk by this man’s side as his wife and sidekick, and our children are so blessed to have him as their father.

Cynthia (41) is the heart and the hub of our little home. She is of course, always very busy with the children and running our home. Schooling, home making, helping me try to run the farm, and the always exciting life of Christian hospitality keep her very busy. We seem to have more people in our little house every year, and not just because of having more children! We love to have people over for fellowship and to share a meal. The children also love to help her get ready for company. Cynthia is quite simply, the most amazing wife and mother I could imagine. She is always helping me in working on training our family to serve Christ. Her love for Jesus and her steadfast faith is such an encouragement to the whole family. She truly keeps our family going.

 

Sean (24) is our oldest son and the only one who no longer lives at home. He lives back in Oklahoma now but we miss him being in our daily life. Sean has two sweet little girls, Sonya (3) and Adalyn (1).

Dylan (21) has had a really busy year. In August, he began courting a lovely young lady from Minnesota, Miss Dianna Dornink. We are super excited to announce that they are now engaged! Dianna is an amazing young woman who loves the LORD. Dylan has spent a large portion of his year in Minnesota as well as some time in Texas serving for the IBLP Ministry. He has been very busy working on remodeling his house here in Guthrie, and he also has recently become a Superintendent at a local construction firm here in Guthrie. Dylan is a super hard worker. It is amazing to watch him handle all the different pressures and growing pains of life, and keep seeking the LORD through them all.

Alyssa (15) is an amazing example of a Godly young lady to us all. She is a great writer, and the family’s exhorter and encourager. I appreciate her loyalty and her boldness for Jesus so very much. She gives most of the children music lessons. She recently began playing piano for Daddy as he leads music for our church’s (Calvary Bible) nursing home ministry. She leads the children in performing for the residents as well. It’s such a blessing to serve the LORD as a family.

Daniel (13) is definitely becoming quite the young man. He is strong, gentlemanly, and bold. Daniel is a firstborn leader, and he has been a huge blessing to me this year. He is maturing in the LORD, and is also very loyal. He in a wonderful example for his younger siblings, and a fun big brother. I appreciate Daniel’s sense of responsibility. Daniel enjoys hunting, shooting, taking care of his goats, playing his mandolin, and spending time with all of his siblings.

Timothy (11) has matured a lot this year. He is really becoming a man now. Timothy has a second born personality, and is very sensitive, gentle, and loving. Timothy loves animals, and claims a dog, cat, goat, and 31 chickens as his own. Timothy enjoys reading, spending time outside, sword and play gun fighting of any sort, playing army, and he is also very creative, and enjoys doing craftwork and building things.

Abigail (8), turning 9 in a couple months, is extremely mature for her age. While she is a little quiet until you get to know her, once she comes out of her shell she is fun, outgoing, and also pretty funny! J She is a homemaker and our chief breakfast cook, and I know that we will be even more grateful for her when the twins arrive! J Abby is also maturing in the LORD. It is a joy to watch her grow into a godly young lady!

Emily (6), will be 7 in January, is growing up fast! Emily has a sweet, lovable, sensitive personality, and has a strong sense of justice. She is especially attached to her buddy, Daniel, and is excited to get a new buddy next year. Emily enjoys books (and is learning to read!), dress up, doll house, and baby dolls. Emily and Hannah are good friends and playmates, and they almost always have Katie in tow playing with them!

Hannah (5) is a big talker. She could probably talk to you for hours, telling all manner of stories. It will be interesting to see how that changes as she gets older. She is sociable, outgoing, and a super sweet little girl. She has been Alyssa’s little friend ever since she was a toddler! She will also be getting new buddy this coming year, and is very excited about that!

Mary Kate (2) will be 3 is January, but she is still the baby of the family. I suppose a lot will change in her little life when the twins are born! J She loves babies though, and talks a lot about the babies in Mama’s belly, so I think that she will do well with them. But for now, she is adorable and adored. Katie enjoys playing pretty much anything with her older sisters, and gives really good hugs!

This year we hope that we have learned a little more about trusting our LORD and Savior Jesus Christ. He is worthy to be praised and trusted, for what else is there really, to trust in? For it is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man. So our prayer for each of you is that you may do justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with our God. And truly know that: He makes our soul to boast in the LORD and our heart can safely trust in Him!

Much Love and Prayers to all!

The Fleshman Flock

Ps. 107:41 He setteth the poor man on high from affliction, and maketh him families like a flock.

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Family/Farm Update May through mid-July 2015

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For Holidays and Birthdays, we write letters of appreciation to let each other know how much they mean to us. (Above is me, after reading Alyssa’s letter.)

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Daniel and Mary Katie

100_4133We cleared all the wood chips from our driveway! Thanks D!

Father’s Day

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Gramps reading his cards.

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Daddy enjoying his day!

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My 40th Birthday! Thanks to Trim Healthy Mama, I’m healthier than I’ve been in years and at my high school weight!

We had a fabulous 4th of July with the Fabulous Fords.

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Fishing

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100_4341 100_4343 100_4340Corn harvesting was fun but a bit wormy. Our family eats it right off the stalk, without the worms. :)

Happy Birthday Alyssa!

Big D surprised us all with a visit from Minnesota!

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I’m out of time! I’ll try to work on this some more tomorrow!

Blessings!

All for Him, Cynthia

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Quick Update

We wanted to give everyone a quick update. My goal at the beginning of the year was to do one post a month, but then there was life!   :)

100_3807[1]Mary Kate had a birthday!

100_3862[1]Emily had a birthday!

Then there was Valentines Day!

100_3911[1]100_3912[1]100_3917[1]100_3913[1]Daniel making milk froth to go on top of the cup of hugs (hot chocolate).

100_3916[1]Hannah enjoying her cup of hugs.

100_3942[1]Daddy and I had an amazing cowboy-themed date night with lots of our oldest and dearest friends.

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Dylan bought his first house debt free. Praise the LORD! It looks like a family project to me. lol His plans are to completely remodel, and then sell it.

100_4010[1]Abigail had a birthday!

And we went to Big Sandy, TX for our ATI Homeschool Conference!

100_4064[1]Dylan taught in the Children’s Program.

100_4086[1]Along with Alyssa. :)

Daniel and Timothy served in the ALERT Cadet Challenge, pictured here with some fellow Cadets.

We all had a great time, learning and growing in the LORD!

The garden is doing great, praise the LORD. We plan on opening the farm and starting our CSA Program around May 1st. Our home farm stand hours will be Tuesday – Saturday from 9:00am to 12:00noon. Refer to your CSA Contract for CSA pick-up days and hours. If you’d like a farm tour, Gil will be available on Saturdays at 11:00am, barring Farmers’ Market Saturdays. We’re looking forward to a great viagra feminin effet yoyo summer! May the LORD bless y’all!

All for Him, Gil and Cynthia (for the Flock)

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CSA Program 2015

We have updated our CSA page for the 2015 growing season. Returning customers have until Feb. 14 to send in their applications before we will accept new customers into the program. Please feel free to contact us with any questions!

All for Him, Gil and Cynthia (for the Flock)

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January on Our Micro-Farm

100_3805[1] 100_3806[1]100_3885[1]      January may be a time of rest for the soil, but we are still busy inside the house getting ready for next Spring! Usually at this time of the year we are doing a seed inventory of what was left from last year, and getting an order ready for next season. We like to keep our seeds in a freezer over the winter in a 5 gallon bucket to preserve them. Yes we actually have that many seeds, that we need 5 gallons to keep them all! My sweet wife and daughter helped to make an inventory on the computer, which we checked and then looked to see what we would like to plant for this year. We go thru all the old packets and sort what we want to keep or give away. Most seeds will last for several years if you keep them cold and dry and in a sealed container. After going thru the inventory we are now preparing a new order so we will have what we need in order to start planting our seeds in the ground and setting new starts next month. Believe it or not, February is the time we start with our cold weather crops, planting time is already here! Visit our links page to see some of the places we like to order from. The picture above is our seed book from our friends at RareSeeds.com. An amazing resource for finding Heirloom seeds from all over the world!

We are planning on having a CSA program this year starting in the Spring when the farm opens for the season. We are looking forward to seeing all our returning customers (friends) as well as making new ones this year.

All for Him, Gil and Cynthia (for the Flock)

 

 

 

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Family Pictures

We thought we’d share our family pictures. It was a cold, windy day. Did I say a cold, windy day! The children still did great and we still got a few good shots thank to Ginger (1-405-314-9532), our photographer. Give her a call, she did great. Here’s a quick preview for the Grandparents of their Christmas gifts. :)

IMG_8807 IMG_8816 IMG_8819 IMG_8822 IMG_8826 IMG_8829 IMG_8832 IMG_8836 IMG_8845IMG_8854See sweet Mary Kate, 4th from the left between the boys. She’s so little and sweet!IMG_8858IMG_8863I love this man. :)IMG_8867IMG_8873IMG_8877The following three are buddy teams.IMG_8887Dylan, Timothy, and HannahIMG_8894

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Daniel and Emily. (This one is missing our Sean, he’s in Washington.)

Blessings to everyone!

Fleshmanflock

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We Love Homeschooling!!!

We just finished Wisdom Book 47.

Prayer Requires Effort

Mat 7:7-11 KJV

(7) Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:

(8) For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.

(9) Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone?

(10) Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent?

(11) If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?

Our character quality was Resourcefulness – Wise use of that which others would normally overlook or discard.

The LORD gave us the perfect life classroom. You see, while doing chores one morning a snake slithered up in the goat yard. Daddy killed it, and then the children dissected the snake, complete with labeled worksheets.  100_3284[1] 100_3300[1] 100_3302[1] The younger ones enjoyed reading about snakes from all over the world, and then they had a great time making paper snakes.100_3314[1] 100_3316[1]The above pictures are of us studying waves.

Alyssa wrote a paper on how seeking the LORD is affected by our heart attitudes.  I thought I would post it as an encouragement to other young ladies.

Seeking the LORD by Alyssa Fleshman

What does it mean to seek the LORD?

Psalm 27:8 says, “When Thou saidst, Seek ye My face; my heart said unto Thee, Thy face, O LORD, will I seek.” In Hebrew, the word seek means “to search out…to strive after: ask, beg, beseech, desire, enquire,,…(make) request, require, seek (for).” In Webster’s New World Dictionary seek means “to try to find; search for, look for…explore…”

 

How do we seek the LORD?

“I love them that love Me; and those that seek Me early shall find me.” (Proverb 8:17) We must seek the Lord early in the morning. He must be first in our lives.

“Seek the LORD and His strength, seek His face continually.” (1 Chronicles 16:11) This is not a one-time deal. We must keep seeking Him.

“But if from thence thou shalt seek the LORD thy God, thou shalt find Him, if thou seek Him with all thy heart and with all thy soul.” (Deuteronomy 4:29) We must seek Him with all our heart, which in this verse means “inner man, mind, will, heart, soul, understanding.” This verse also mentions that we must seek Him with all our soul, which means, soul, self, life, creature, person, appetite, mind, living, being, desire, emotion, passion.”

 

Why should we seek the LORD?

  • David sought the LORD when he said “One thing have I desired of the LORD, that I will seek after; that I may dwell on the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to enquire in His temple.” (Psalm 27:4)
  • David sought the LORD because of fear. “I sought the LORD, and He heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.” (Psalm 34:4)
  • David sought the LORD when he desired to see God’s power and glory. “O God, Thou art my God; early will I seek Thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land where no water is; To see Thy power and Thy glory,…” (Psalm 63:1,2)
  • David said to seek the LORD for strength 1 Chronicles 16:11. “Seek the LORD and His strength, seek His face continually.”

 

How does each negative heart condition affect how we seek the LORD?

 

  • If we have a foolish heart, we will not glorify God as we should, and we will not be thankful. (romans 1:21) If we have a wise heart, we will have a proper fear of the LORD (Prov. 9:10), thus giving glory and praise to our Heavenly Father. This will directly affect how we seek God.
  • When we have a deceitful heart (Jer. 17:11), we will not be stable. We will go our own way instead of God’s. When we have a sound heart (Prov. 14.30), we will be firmly rooted in God’s truth, and no one will be able to overthrow us. When a person with a deceitful heart seeks God, he develops a sound heart.
  • If we have a fearful heart, we will become faithless and will be drawn away from the LORD because of a lack of faith. (II Tim. 1:7, Isa.35:3, 4). A understanding heart will consider a situation from God’s point of view, thus avoiding fear.
  • Someone with a proud heart might seek the LORD, but they value their own opinion just as highly as they do God’s. A proud person thinks too much of himself, whereas a contrite heart is humble. A contrite heart realizes how little we are in the sight of our Heavenly Father. God will resist the proud, but give grace to those who are humble. (I Peter 5:5)
  • “A backslider in heart will be filled with his own ways…” (Prov. 14:14) He is obviously not filled with the LORD’s commands, he has fallen away from them, and likely will not even seek the LORD. However, a perfect heart is mature. One with a perfect heart (II Chron. 16:9) is totally open with God, hiding nothing from Him.
  • A person with a double heart is “unstable in all his ways.” (James 1:8) He has many conflicting opinions and agendas. He is therefore not firm in his belief in God’s Word. In the Book of James there is clear instruction for those who are of a double heart. “….Cleanse your hands ye sinners and purify your hearts ye double minded.” (James 4:8) A pure heart has no other motives. It had been tried, and only those with a pure heart can stand in the presence of a Holy God.
  • They that are of a forward heart are an abomination to the LORD: but such as are upright their way are His delight.” A forward heart is stubborn, and will not listen to God’s instruction. However, an upright heart in trustworthy, it is reliable, and has been approved by God. (Eccl. 7:29”
  • A perverse heart is crooked, it turns from that which is good and cannot stand for the truth. A clean heart is morally pure, it is free from iniquity and impurity. It is both needed to seek the LORD and comes from seeking the LORD. (Prov. 12:8; Ps. 51:10)
  • A hard heart is stubborn, cruel, and stiff-necked. A broken heart is repentant of its sin. A broken heart is…well, broken. God often has to use extreme things to break our hard hearts. How can we expect God to hear us if we are not repentant for disobeying and grieving Him? “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, Thou wilt not despise.”(Psalm 51:17)

A lot of information about the different heart conditions are taken from Wisdom Booklet 47.

 

What rewards come from seeking the LORD?

 

He will not forsake us if we seek Him. “And they shall know Thy name that put their trust in Thee: for Thou, LORD, hast not forsaken them that seek Thee.” –Psalm 9:10

We will praise the LORD. For me, this is very encouraging to think that if I seek Him, I will be able to praise Him better. “The meek shall eat and be satisfied: they shall praise the LORD that seek Him:…” –Psalm 22:26

If we seek Him, He will provide. We will not lack any good. “The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they that seek the LORD shall not want any good thing.” –Psalm 34:10

We will joyful in Him. Similar to praising, we will magnify the LORD “Let all those that seek Thee rejoice and be glad in Thee: let such as love Thy salvation say continually, the LORD be magnified.” –Psalm 40:16

After looking up Hebrew definitions, I found that when we seek the LORD, our heart, (mind, inner person) will live (be kept alive, will be restored or nourished) “The humble shall see this, and be glad: and your heart shall live that seek God.” –Psalm 69:32

If we seek the LORD with our whole heart, we will be happy and blessed .“Blessed are they that keep His testimonies, and that seek Him with the whole heart.” –Psalm 119:2

May the LORD bless you as you teach your children the ways of the LORD.

All for Him, Gil and Cynthia (for the Flock)

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Happy Birthday Sarah

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October 1, 2006 – November 3, 2006

Sarah’s story is a long one that I do not have the emotional strength to type right now but I didn’t want to let her birthday pass without sharing what a blessing her life was, ever so short as it was. (You can read some about this season of our life on our testimony page.)We are more grateful for the children we have and each other because of her sweet little life. Thank you for those of you who remembered her and us today. I count it a privilege to be a mother, an honor to shape and share this life with my children.  I am ever grateful to my husband for being content with less, living on one income so I can stay home and care for our family. The LORD’s ways are amazing. The more I honor and respect my husband, the more he loves and cherishes me. The more we invest in our children, the more blessed we are to see who they are becoming. Life is good. God’s gifts are precious. Take time right now to stop and kiss your little ones, your husband too for that matter. Being grateful and thankful for the time we have with them, making every moment count. May the LORD richly bless all of your families as you strive to follow Him.

All for Him, Cynthia (for the Flock)

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Friends and Birthdays

For birthdays at our home, we try to let the birthday person know how much they mean to us. We give gifts, but our favorite thing to do is write letters. When D asked Alyssa what she wanted for her birthday this year. She said, “another long letter.” Some times the letters are funny but they are usually encouraging the birthday person to follow harder after the LORD the coming year.

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(I promised not to post any tearful pictures but I promise there are lots of tender moments filled with tears on birthdays at our home.)

 Many times I have thought about posting the letters because they are so encouraging but also very personal. Recently D wrote a birthday letter to one of his good friends, so I asked permission to post it.

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Greetings Elijah,

Here is a little encouragement for you on your birthday. You have been a great blessing to me and your walk with the Lord is an encouragement to me. The Lord has grown you mightily in the last couple of years and He will continue to grow you. I look forward to what the Lord has in store for our friendship. Short of Dillon, you and your brother are the closest friends that I have. I thank you for being a true friend to me. You have not been afraid to tell me when I am wrong and to correct me in the Lord and for that I am grateful. That is a true friend. You are like a brother to me. I am grateful to the Lord for bringing our families together, (even though I may not have been on the first day that we met!) The Lord has been so good to me. I want to encourage you to fight the good fight. It is a tough world out there and it is not getting any better. This world needs young men like you and me to grow in the Lord and in the power of His might. To walk in the ways of the Lord and to shine His light to this dark and dying world. The Lord has put us on this Earth for a reason and the chief end of that is to glorify Him, it is how He wants us to glorify Him that we must figure out and then do. Christ tells us that if we love Him, then we will keep His commandments. He commands us to go and spread the Gospel to all nations and make disciples. We must take this role seriously and do what we can to fulfill the Great Commission. I would be the first to say that I have a long way to go on improving in this area. My charge to you is to stand strong for Christ. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw nigh unto God and He will draw nigh unto you.

My next thing is in the area of our spheres of influence. I want to encourage you to live Godly in Christ Jesus and set the example for the next generation. Not only do we need to set the example for the next generation of what a Godly man is, we need to propel them further. We must not be content with how far our parents have gone in the Christian walk, we must endeavor, by the grace of God, to go farther. There are many people out there who are looking to you as the example of what a Godly young man looks like and they are not defined by age. Older and younger alike look at you and the example that you set. Many people see you and your walk with Christ and they want it. Right, wrong, or indifferent, we do not have a choice about how others look at us. Our ultimate focus must be on Christ, but we all look at other people and think that they have it all together. It is part of our sin nature. The key is to realize that people do that about us. We must do what we can to set the example for the next generation. Also, not only do other young men look at you as the example of what a Godly young man looks like, but many young ladies do as well. I know that you probably don’t want to think about this, but it is true. We must take this fact into consideration when living the life that the Lord has given to us. This fact hit me very hard when one of our elders told me. I had never thought about it before. We are showing them what a Godly young man looks like in our day and age. Are we truly representing Christ? Do we treat our sisters in Christ with the honor and respect that they deserve? Are we endeavoring to keep them pure and not cause them to stumble by our actions, words, or attitudes even if this means that we do or don’t do certain things? These and others are questions that we should always be asking ourselves. The biggest thing to remember is that we should not live life for ourselves. First, we must live our lives for the Lord and accomplish the will of God, whatever that may be. Second, we must live life for the next generation and truly realize that life is not about us. Here is what I mean by that, we cannot live life right now and think that the decisions that we make right now will only affect us. The decisions that we make today, can and will affect the next generation and many generations thereafter. They will also affect the people that we are around today. We must bear this in mind as we live our lives in the service of our King.

The Lord has given us many people that we can minister to and speak into their lives for His glory, including our siblings and others within the Church. We must take these opportunities and use them to advance the Kingdom of Christ. Maturity does not come with age. We must draw closer to Christ, and He promises that He will draw near to us. The Lord does not say that we need to be a certain age before He can use us. He can and will use at whatever time and age He wants to. The older you get the more wisdom you will have, but the Lord can use young people as well. We must remember this as it is easy for some to fall into the trap of saying that the Lord can’t use them because they have not learned this or that or because they are too young and the older men know best. I think that as young men we need to mature up and grow in Christ and become men of God. If we see an area that we are lacking in, we need to do what we can to fix it by the grace of God. We must not sit by in idleness. Christ has called us to be doers of the Word and not hearers only. Our works are a byproduct of our faith but they are a necessary part of it. I am not saying in any way that a young man knows everything or that he should in anyway disrespect those who are older in some way because he knows better. Older men are wiser and deserve our respect and honor whether or not they are right, but especially if they are right.

I feel that the Lord has laid on my heart to try to encourage other young men to stand up for Christ and quit cowering under the influence of the world. I see so many young men out there who are throwing away their lives for mere pleasure here on earth. There is so much more to life than our pleasure. We must take pleasure in Christ and then the things that bring Him pleasure, will bring us pleasure and the things that He hates, we will hate. I see so many young men who are so downcast all the time and have not the joy of the Lord in their lives and yet they are growing up in Christian homes. We must do what we can to change this. I am seeing so many people in my generation fall away from Christ and destroy their lives and if I want my children to live a life with the same liberties that I have, I must do something about it. Where are the young men who are willing to stand up for Christ? He has called us as young men to stand up and stand strong for Him. That is an order, not a suggestion and yet so many people treat it as a suggestion. We are called to lead our families in a God honoring way. We are called to raise our children in the fear and admonition of the Lord. The Lord has given me a passion to try to help the next generation and by “next generation”, I mean young men and women around your age and my age. We will endure persecution for standing up for Christ, but what better thing to be persecuted for? Christ is our all in all. He is all that I need. He will protect us. I was just reading in Proverbs where Christ says that no evil thing shall happen to the righteous. Everything that happens the Lord either allows or causes to happen. It is all for His glory and for our good. It does not matter what happens to me, He has got me in His hand and none can take me out, that is enough for me. That is all that I want to be assured of. We must look at everything as a character building opportunity. Christ is conforming us to His image and what a wonderful thing that is. He is preparing us to be His spotless bride. We are spotted right now and must become spotless and there is only one way to change, and that is to be purged of our sin. We must remember to be humble in all of this. We are doing what we are doing for the glory of God and not ourselves. He is our ultimate goal.

Well, I have said enough. I hope that some of this is a blessing for you. There is so much that I could talk to you about and try to encourage you with, but this is what the Lord has laid on my heart. I pray that the Lord blesses you and gives you the courage to continue to stand up for Him. He has great plans for us all, but we must be willing to be used and prepare our hearts for His work. He will do a mighty work in and through each and every one of us if we will let Him. I am thankful to the Lord for the friends that He has given me. You are a big blessing in my life and I praise the Lord for you.

Blessings to you and Happy Birthday!

Looking to Christ,

Dylan Fleshman

That got me to thinking about the children’s friends as I know that is a common concern of homeschooling. Our goal is for the children to be each others best friend first, but of course they have lots of friends. I think of Grandma Duggar who says, “show me your friends and I’ll show you your future.” So we encourage our children to choose their friends wisely, knowing that they are either influencing someone or being influenced.

Here’s a few pictures I came across from this year. A tribute to friends……

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 I was going through the year posting pictures and my computer locked up. Too many pictures! We are so grateful for all our sweet friends!

All for Him, Cynthia (for the Flock)

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ATI will be having a one day Family Connections conference on Saturday, September 6! Please refer to their website for more information!

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All for Him, Cynthia (for the Flock)

We’ve always been blessed beyond measure by every ATI event we’ve ever attended!!!!!

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