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Moments of Influence

Great things come in packages of 3…have you heard that? Maybe I just made that up because….

#1 – it’s 3 AM, I’ve been up hushing little one, and hoping good things are to come at this hour….

#2 – AbiNoelle just told me last night that she wasn’t worried because PopPop said he was sure that Jesus would come back before the year 3,000. (PopPop: did you say that?)….

OR

#3 – We had a visit from 3 very special friends last night. Oh the joy to hold little Baker Lilly Duffy and fellowship with her Mommy and Daddy. When God dips his brush into the pot of grace and paints a life story, the testimony is unmatched, and what a blessing to be a small stroke of the brush in His uniquely designed masterpiece.

IHOP Fun – (left to right) Beka, AmiJoy, Baker Lilly Duffy, AbiNoelle, Baker’s Mommy

Many times our influence reaches farther than we could ever imagine. From sitting in IHOP to, now, my 3 AM reflections, the reward of influence comes into clear focus.

Little Baker’s Mommy was a little wisp of girl who had grown up in surroundings destitute of God’s love, yet miraculously had been saved as a young child and that simple faith guided her to a back row in church each Sunday as a single young lady. Through circumstances only God could orchestrate, He led the two of us to a table in IHOP that opened the door for a faithful year of discipleship. From depression, anxiety, and many destructive relationships, God reached out His loving hand and she took hold with that same faith that had saved her as a child. Last night, as we wiped the milk dribble and strawberry syrup from little fingers while our families enjoyed each other’s company, we were able to sit back in that same IHOP and see the GREAT reward of that moment of influence – an influence – a challenge to rise up and be the best you can be for God.

Providentially, at the table next to us in IHOP sat another family we had not fellowshipped with in years. As we quickly chatted and caught up on life happenings, we were reminded of a gift we had given their teenage daughter some ten or more years ago. That Bible given to her when she could just begin to read His Word is still by her bedside being used for each morning’s devotions. That moment of influence – an influence – a challenge to rise up and be the best you can be for God – no doubt, has the potential to make a difference reaching into eternity.

A blast from the past – more friends at IHOP
Playing Violin at Yard Sale

As we said our IHOP goodbyes to such special folks (I’m sure we had put on quite the entertainment for others who had stopped to simply eat a quiet meal – after all, we had talked and talked AND taken a silly amount of pictures AND heard AmiJoy’s rendition of her Bible verses and several other songs), our friends made the point to specifically encourage AbiNoelle to keep up her hard work with violin, Scripture memory, and Tweety-Pie lessons. They told her that she may not realize just how many people were watching her, but people were watching. What helpful words were those! We all need a reminder sometimes that our influence reaches far beyond what we might realize. In recent days, for AbiNoelle, that influence has been double-sided, you might say. In several unique situations, she has been given the opportunity to play her violin and portray Tweety-Pie (a character used in our ministry to teach on the Constitution and other Biblical lessons.) From “Nothing But the Blood” at the yard sale to “Angels We Have Heard on High” at the doctor’s office and hometown parade, the sweet melody of her violin has played a clear message of blessing and promise.

Portraying Tweety-Pie at Church Conference

To our amazement, her influence on others resulted in many encouraging words from complete strangers to keep up her efforts to learn the violin. AND NOT ONLY words of encouragement but monetary donations for her violin lessons fund. She now has raised nearly $500 for her next year’s lessons. No doubt, many of those who acted upon her influence do not realize how they have been used by the Lord to encourage a little girl and meet the need to further train to be used of the Lord, but we can certainly sit back and 3 AM and smile! That moment of influence – an influence – a challenge to rise up and be the best you can be for God will not be soon forgotten by AbiNoelle (or Mommy and Daddy).

In a world so obsessed with finding the next moment of validation for what is no more than a life filled with self-will instead of the will of God, self-respect instead of respect for God’s Authority, and self-trust instead of trusting in the Lord, we are thankful for those moments of influence – real influence that point us to a higher and closer walk with God.

Uncle Sam wanted his picture with the DAR duo!

AbiNoelle and I have had the privilege of tracing our heritage back to the days of the American War for Independence and in doing so, have been accepted into the DAR and CAR, respectively (Daughters of the American Revolution and Children of the American Revolution). While not an explicitly Christian organization, its foundation has been built on Biblical principles with its motto being “God, Home and Country.” The President General of the DAR is actively promoting the theme Rise and Shine for America! I like that word Rise. It indicates an upward, continual motion. I Corinthians 8:9 says, “But take heed lest by any means this liberty of yours become a stumblingblock to them that are weak.” Certainly, here in America and as a 21st Century Christian, we have many liberties not even imagined by those gone before. It is our duty, our responsibility, and should therefore be our passion to not abuse those liberties resulting in a backward motion or digression in faith and practice, but to use those liberties to pursue a higher, closer walk with Him. It is not admirable to validate people where they are, but only to encourage them to reach, to strive, to rise above where they are and be the best they can be for the glory of God. Many say, especially in the wake of shootings and other tragedies, that what the world needs is Jesus. But the truth is that the world will not see their need for Jesus or the difference that He can make in their life if someone doesn’t Rise. Surely, there are critics and naysayers and names will be called – goodie-two-shoes, holier-than-thou, better-than-something, one-up, better-than-your-betters, etc. Regardless, the call has been given to Rise up and Shine…whether that be in the patriotic sense for America…or in an eternal impact for our Saviour. Rise in your voting, serving, working, dressing, looking, talking, studying, witnessing. In all that you do, do all to the glory of God.

And doing, we have, which we pray has been all to the glory of God…

Our NEW BOOK!

The Constitution Defender

IT’S HERE!! Tweety-Pie’s first-ever, one-of-a-kind, you’ve-got-to-have-it, BOOK – THE CONSTITUTION DEFENDER!

If you know anything about our family, you know that we love God and Country! Ministry and learning is a priority in our house. Today, we are excited to expand “Tweety-Pie’s” teaching efforts through this full-color, 32 page book designed to give an easy overview of all seven articles of the U.S. Constitution. God’s fingerprints are all over history, especially the founding of America. In this concise format, you will see His influence in the founding of our country and the writing of the our nation’s most important document. Use timelines, pictures, biographical sketches, and spiritual heritage facts to broaden your understanding…

AND

become

THE CONSTITUTION DEFENDER

today!

We look forward to sending you a copy of our new book. You can request it at www.thevoiceinthewilderness.org when you give a missions offering of $8 or more. (Check out our ministry vimeo channel for more details on our missions efforts.) Click the donate button to immediately give and receive your copy of The Constitution Defender!

Front and Back Cover Images (Don’t you just love the artwork! A former student of ours created the Tweety-Pie cartoon images used throughout the book. AbiNoelle thinks it is pretty neat to be a cartoon:)

Author Pics

Steve Lilly
Growing up in an Christian educator’s home meant taking learning-centered vacations that, to many, would be labeled “boring,” but, to Steve, proved to be inspiring. Memories are filled with taking afternoon drives, a weekend jaunt or a vacation to battlefields, museums, monuments, and other historic venues. This early appreciation for times past led Steve to pursue a History Major at Christian College. Today, his knack of remembering unique tales of history enrich his teaching opportunities, whether in a classroom or church setting, and his simple lessons given to his growing daughters. What joy to be able to repeat those history “vacations” now with his own family.  Truly HIStory has come alive for Steve from boyhood to adult.

Rebekah Lilly
“Carschooling” for many of her grade school years added depth to learning not experienced by most. Geography, people, and stories all brought a greater appreciation for those who have gone before to build the land we love today. With a desire to create a love for learning just as she had been given, Rebekah completed an Education degree at Christian College. A Master’s in History stretched her first-hand knowledge to include more details and deeper philosophical background, while her current pursuit of a doctorate enhances and further secures a strong foundation in Christian Education. Yet, by far, the most challenging has and will continue to be for some time, the homeschooling of her own children. As a Daughter of the American Revolution (DAR) member, Rebekah loves to research American history, and with an almost giddy intensity, she insists upon sharing her findings with the family. Americana, learning and an appreciation for all that God has given are contagious in the Lilly house.

AbiNoelle Lilly (a.k.a. “Tweety-Pie”)
Talking since she was born, a learning-lover, an avid Bible Memory student and all-around reader, AbiNoelle soaks up all that her Mommy and Daddy can teach. Following in her parents’ footsteps, she loves to travel, visit unique places, make new friends, and teach her little sister, AmiJoy, all she knows. Her PopPop (Dr. Ronnie Williamson, Evangelist for The Voice in the Wilderness) dubbed her “Tweety-Pie”, and now folks from all over follow her adventures on the Tweety-Pie Vimeo Channel, are challenged to memorize God’s Word with her, and are fascinated to learn the Truths of History in her Junior Tutor Classroom.

AmiJoy Lilly – Special Contributor through cooperation! Her “Joy” and energy is contagious.

SO MANY PEOPLE HELPED…

Special Thanks
Much time, proofing, research, critique and review have been given by many, including Mr. Jeffrey A. Cobble (Attorney at Law), Dr. and Mrs. John Reese (Pensacola Christian College History and Education Faculty), The Eric Johns Family (Our dear friends and homeschoolers), and Miss Scarlet Jernigan (Ph.D. Candidate and friend). To them, we say a special “Thank You.” Additional thanks to our former student, Laurel Owenby, for using her talents to create the cover artwork and “Tweety-Pie” illustrations. We would also like to acknowledge the inspiration found through the ministry of Dr. Chuck Harding, Pastor T. Michael Creed, Dr. Ronnie Williamson and The Voice in the Wilderness, and a book greatly utilized and recommended, The Constitution Made Easy by Michael Holler. And, to all those revisionist, children’s history books, “thanks” for giving us the burning desire to send out the TRUTH.

You won’t be disappointed! Request your copy today!

Visit: www.thevoiceinthewilderness.org for more information.

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Abeka Academy 2nd Grade Cross Stitch Lessons

What an important time! In the midst of life and ministry, we were chugging full steam ahead to finish up AbiNoelle’s 2nd Grade school year. (The beautiful weather was calling us outside!)I was busy and she came running in saying, “Quick, Mommy, I need help finding my special paper…Mrs. Chappell is teaching us cross stitching today.” My head immediately popped up and I turn full view to say, “Cross Stitch? Are you sure? What kind of special paper are you talking about?” My mind was quickly rushing through the days assignments and coming up with NADA for Cross Stitching. “Oh Mommy, you know, in writing, we’re going to take a word and write it down our paper [Light was beginning to dawn on me and a smile was creeping across my face] and then we come up with a word to go with each letter.”

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KJV Card Designer with a Cherry on Top!

The assignment was given! The young people were challenged to complete an at-home project creating a hand-made Christmas card that shared the gospel message. ANDDDD she was off! – Not to the races, but to her creation station. Cardstock, glue, glitter (YIKES – says Mommy), markers, pens, and a few ideas from Google and you’ll never guess what happened!

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The Genealogy thrown away!

Guess what she said on her birthday! It was a wonderful day to praise the Lord for the years of precious life He has granted. What a miracle it was for us to be given such a special gift just “7” years ago. After fostering-to-adopt four children and enduring miscarriages, we thank the Lord daily for looking upon us with grace and the blessing of AbiNoelle (and the answer to her prayer for a sister, AmiJoy). In our family, this is the season of birthdays, beginning with Daddy and AmiJoy in September and Mommy and AbiNoelle in November. AmiJoy is on the move and showing her personality more and more each day. When her words come, no doubt we will have content overload in our house, but, for now, AbiNoelle maintains the lead in that area. On her birthday morning, she said, “Mommy, I kept waking in the night so excited for today…why I’ve been waiting a whole year to be seven!

Too funny! – Waiting a whole year to be seven! Life is precious and exciting! But life can also bring difficulties. In our prayer list, we are praying for

….a friend who just lost a baby and one who is expecting to bring one home soon. 

…a missionary’s family who is resting in God’s comfort after his tragic death at the hands of unrest in their country.

…a pastor’s wife who watched her father take his next step into the presence of the Lord.

Life is important and must be used effectively and carefully for His service.

I was just speaking with a friend whose husband works in genealogies. Shockingly, he recounted how many times, a family member has walked into the genealogy library with a box of family records only to state that the “heritage” of records was unwanted by their family. While a treasure for the genealogy society, but what a sad moment in that family history, to think that someone’s years of research was boxed up and so quickly handed over to strangers. 

Family and heritage can have such influence and impact on our lives – for the good or bad. The cycle of divorce, drunkenness, and all others many times is passed from generation to generation. Most foster children look back in their history to a trail of brokenness. Yet the Bible reminds us of a goodly heritage that we can all strive for – breaking the cycle of sin and passing on the amazing, life-changing difference of a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

AbiNoelle and I had the special privilege of attending a Mother-Daughter Retreat. This intentional togetherness left us no doubt closer and more understanding of each other. The speaker challenged the Mom’s to be “Women of the Word” and the daughters were also taught to exercise purposeful kindness everyday. One important take-away gem from a lesson was that families should create a “Mission Statement” to be learned by all members and exemplified to all watching. What a great way to emphasize the importance of life, family, and heritage! Just the other day, I heard a  preacher lamenting the fact that statistics show that millions of Americans attest to living under a Biblical Worldview, yet a test of their Bible knowledge proved that only a small fraction understood the Bible that they said they lived by.

Mother-Daughter Retreat Craft time.
Mother-Daughter Retreat

Our prayer is that we might raise our family to live intentionally for the Lord and that those watching might see great evidence of God’s Truth growing us, leading us, guarding us day-by-day.

Family Moments

Don’t forget to check out AbiNoelle’s latest Tweety-Pie, Junior Tutor Lessons on Vimeo.

Abeka Seatwork and Why we start at 7AM!

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It’s Back to School and all those cute little pics are blowing up your feed. Our “posed” shots are coming soon, but the reality is that AbiNoelle is actually four weeks into her second grade year with Mrs. Chappell and the Abeka DVD program. Let me just say, this school year is off to a great start! So great that I wanted to share it with you all. It’s all thanks much in part to our routine change in two areas. I know, many of my homeschool friends are ready to faint at that word “routine,” but it works for us, and just maybe a few quick details might inspire you. Continue reading “Abeka Seatwork and Why we start at 7AM!”

A View of the Bar

Yes, you are correct. A view of the Bar? Bar means BAR! – as in beer, drunk, Asheville, NC. Our beautiful Asheville, NC, set in the Great Smoky Mountains has been quite overtaken by the liberal left and become the prime spot for Craft Beer and Breweries. “Oh be careful little eyes what you see?” song ditty has turned into “Oh be careful better close your eyes for sure” every time we venture downtown for a mail run. On this day in point, we rounded the corner from the Post Office and stopped at a traffic light. Right outside AbiNoelle’s window was a old mechanic shop turned beer joint and with a quick gasp she looked and said,  Continue reading “A View of the Bar”

Why we’re singing “Joy” to the World in September

Early this morning, Mommy was preparing for the day, Daddy had already kissed us goodbye, and AbiNoelle was stirring from bed. Before Mommy knew it, an urgent knock came to her bedroom door. It was followed by an emphatic, “Mommy, Mommy!” and soon she was singing “JOY to the World” all over the house.

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The NOT first day cheer and challenge!

All around everyone is in the hustle and bustle of the first day of school, but not in the Lilly house! We’re doing the “NOT first day cheer and challenge!” That’s right! This, our third year of A Beka DVD school, is Continue reading “The NOT first day cheer and challenge!”

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