Acorns From Oakes

Seeing With Our Father's Eyes

A Dream?

Last Friday night while my wife was away visiting our daughter in Kentucky, I had a wonderful dream. I dreamed I had fallen asleep in the recliner (it is impossible for you to adequately detect the respect in my fingers as I write the word “recliner”). I had not slept for long when I seemed to have gotten a phone call. It was from my firstborn son, Doug, Jr. He told me that he and Kelly were expecting another baby and that the due date was January 29, 2009 and this was true even though their first baby (our precious Remi) was only thirteen months old.

The next morning, I realized that my euphoria was based on fact. He had actually called…and I am actually awaiting the arrival of yet another grandyoungster! Now…I wouldn’t want to brag (Would I? Would you let me get away with it?) but this means that, by God’s grace, all three of my kids are in full expecting mode at the same time…and by the end of January we will have three babies in the family all age six months and under!

This would bring the total grandchild count up to five! And it brings my spirit up to about Everest levels. I just had to let you know. I know we can’t always be on cloud nine…but it’s really a very nice place to visit. I am thanking and praising Father God for adding such precious arrows to our quiver. And I hope you too are seeing His good Hand in your life (even among difficult and trying circumstances) and that you are finding plenty of reasons to fortify your deep conviction that He loves you so much and seeks only and always your best interests. You are His beloved! And I am awfully fond of you as well.

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6 thoughts on “A Dream?

  1. Rex Boyles on said:

    Last Saturday afternoon, while Doug’s wife was visiting their daughter in Kentucky, I had a wonderful dream. I dreamed I had fallen asleep in the recliner (it is impossible for you to adequately detect the respect in my fingers as I write the word “recliner”). I had not slept for long, when I seemed to have gotten a phone call. It was from my best friend, Doug, telling me about a call from his firstborn son, Doug, Jr. He told me that Doug Jr. and Kelly were expecting another baby and that the due date was January 29, 2009 and this was true even though their first baby (their precious Remi) was only thirteen months old.

    The next morning, I realized that my euphoria was based on fact. Doug had actually called…and he was actually awaiting the arrival of yet another grandyoungster! Now…I wouldn’t mind him bragging, (Would I? Wouldn’t I let let him get away with it?) but this means that, by God’s grace, all three of his kids are in full expecting mode at the same time…and by the end of January he will have three babies in the family all age six months and under!

    This would bring his the total grandchild count up to five! And it brings my spirit up to about Everest levels. I just had to let you know.

    Even though I only have 4 grandchildren (and have no more prospect of more) … I rejoice with those that rejoice, ESPECIALLY SINCE I LOVE DOUG, AND I LOVE HIS LIKE THEY ARE MY OWN!

    Thanks for the call, Doug. I share your joy in and love for those babies. Rex

    I DID A D0UBLE TAKE WHEN I LOOKED AT YOUR COMMENT. IT SEEMED LIKE DEJA VU AGAIN. YOU ARE SO CREATIVE.
    IT IS MY HEART’S DESIRE FOR MY LITTLE ONES TO KNOW YOU AS MY CHILDREN KNEW YOU. I DON’T KNOW HOW THAT’S GOING TO BE POSSIBLE ON A FACE TO FACE BASIS…BUT I TELL YOU THIS, GOD BEING MY HELPER, THEY WILL KNOW ABOUT THE GREAT FRIEND OF MY LIFE…MY HEART…MY SOUL…WHOSE PRESENCE IN THIS WORLD IS A BLESSING NOT ONLY TO ME…TO THEM…BUT TO ALL WITH WHOM HE COMES IN LOVING CONTACT. THEY WILL KNOW OF YOUR LOVE FOR THE LORD AND HIS WORD…OF YOUR DELIGHT IN SERVING GOD…OF SOME OF THE PEOPLE WHOSE LIVES AND WHOSE DESTINIES HAVE BEEN CHANGED FOR BLESSED GOOD, BY JESUS’ GRACIOUS WORK THROUGH HIS SERVANT, REX. THEY WILL KNOW THESE KINDS OF THINGS AND MUCH MORE…IF I HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH IT.
    AND I KNOW YOU LOVE MINE LIKE YOU DO YOURS…SUCH LOVE IS A MYSTERY…A PRECIOUS GIFT…AND AN INSPIRATION TO ME…TO THIS DAY AND FOREVER. I LOVE YOU AND YOURS IN THE SAME WAY…BUT THEN…WHY AM I TELLING YOU WHAT YOU ALREADY KNOW? LATER, MY BROTHER.

  2. Congratulations Doug. You are so good to those grandyoungsters that God keeps bringing it on.

    I love to hear about your full heart. I will continue to pray for you and yours.

    THANK YOU FOR REJOICING WITH ME, PAIGE. I WISH ALL MY FAMILY COULD MEET YOU. SHOOT…I WISH I COULD MEET YOU TOO. BUT, EVEN THOUGH I DO NOT KNOW YOUR FACE, I KNOW YOUR (DARE I BE SO PRESUMPTUOUS AS TO SAY IT) KINDRED SPIRIT. THE FRAGRANCE OF THE NAZARENE IS WONDERFUL, POWERFUL AND FAMILIAR WHEREVER IT SPREADS ACROSS THE WIDE WORLD.
    I WANT TO TELL YOU THAT YOUR THOUGHT ON THE WEEDS AND THE WHEAT ON REX’S FSO BLOG ALSO STRUCK ME. THE THOUGHT OF THE TERRIBLE WHAT MIGHT HAVE BEEN HAD YOU (WE) BEEN PULLED UP WHEN WE WERE WEEDS IS A POWERFUL ONE. YOU WONDERED IF YOU MIGHT BE MISINTERPRETING THE PARABLE. LIKE REX SAID…I ALSO DON’T KNOW ABOUT THAT…BUT I KNOW THIS…YOU ARE NOT MISINTERPRETING THE HEART OF THE ONE WHO SO LOVES THE WORLD THAT HE WANTS ALL TO REPENT AND BE SAVED…WANTED IT SO MUCH THAT HE GAVE THE SON OF HIS LOVE FOR US ALL…WANTS IT SO MUCH THAT HE WILL NOT PULL UP THE WEEDS YET THAT EVERY POSSIBLE OPPORTUNITY MIGHT BE EXTENDED.
    PAIGE, I HAVE ABSOLUTELY NO DOUBT OF HIS DELIGHT IN YOU. AND THANKS FOR SHARING THE OVERFLOW.

  3. Gail on said:

    Great Balls of Fire, It is like an explosion of a good kind. Doug knows and his kids how much we all love them. Doug told Mom in her Mother’s Day Card “See what you started”. Precious little children, ain’t it sweet.
    God is a Sweet God to let us be with these babes. Another Priviledge.

    DEAR SIS,
    SOMEONE ONCE SAID THAT BABIES ARE EVIDENCE THAT GOD HASN’T GIVEN UP ON THE WORLD YET. I’M INCLINED TO BELIEVE THAT. I NEVER KNEW THAT ONE HEART COULD HOLD SO MUCH GLADNESS. BUT HE HAS MADE ME GLAD. HIS GIFTS TO ME HAVE DWARFED MY WILDEST IMAGINATION. AND, OF COURSE, THEY ARE NOT AT ALL IN LINE WITH WHAT I DESERVE (WHICH IS LESS THAN NOTHING). HE IS THE ONLY EXPLANATION FOR HIS GOODNESS. BECAUSE HE IS WHO HE IS…GOODNESS COMES. EVEN WHEN IT LINGERS, PERHAPS EVEN FAR FROM VIEW, IT COMES SURELY. IT MAY NOT BE ALL THAT COMES, BUT IT OVERCOMES ALL. AND FOR THAT I AM GRATEFUL. IT IS A PRIVILEGE TO BE LIVING IN A WORLD WHERE WE CAN SEE, EVEN IF THROUGH OUR TEARS, THE GOOD HAND OF OUR GOD UPON US. AND WE HAVE SEEN THAT IN SO MANY, MANY WAYS. NOW…THREE MORE GRANDBABIES!!! YOU WILL BE A GREAT-AUNT FIVE TIMES OVER. I LOVE YOU, SIS.

  4. Doug that is so good!! Another little baby to be brought into a loving family…a baby that will be raised knowing about God’s love…seeing it firsthand in his/her Poppa’s eyes!

    I am praying that all are healthy and all stay that way.

    Rex’s post made me laugh…and doubt my sanity just a little bit!!! hehehe

    REX’S COMMENT HAD ME GOING TOO. I WAS LIKE, “WHERE HAVE I HEARD THIS BEFORE? IT SOUNDS SO FAMILIAR?” BUT THEN, MAYBE HE PUSHES ALL OF US TO THE EDGE OF SANITY FROM TIME TO TIME…OR MIGHT THAT BE THAT HE CALLS TO ALL OF US TO JOIN HIM THERE IN THE TWILIGHT ZONE? BUT IT’S ALL GOOD. I LIKE HIS KIND OF CRAZY. YOURS TOO!
    THANK YOU, VERY MUCH, FOR YOUR PRAYERS FOR MY UNBORN GRANDBABIES. THAT MEANS SO MUCH TO ME. I DO SO WANT THEM TO BE RAISED IN THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOD’S LOVE. I BELIEVE THEIR PARENTS WILL SHARE THAT TRUTH WITH THEM EVERY WAY THEY CAN. AND I PRAY THAT GOD WILL SURROUND THEM WITH PEOPLE OF LIVING FAITH WITH HEARTS LIKE JESUS CHRIST WHO WILL ALSO HELP GUIDE THEM INTO THE WILL OF GOD.
    NOW…WHEN ARE YOU GOING TO GET TO TEACH AGAIN, SHERRY? GOD BLESS YOU…YOUR KIDS…AND ALL THE OPEN FAMILY OF GOD.

  5. How TOTALLY AWESOME!!! 🙂 As you know I can relate to how precious those grandbabies can be!! You really don’t have to try to catch up with us all at one time but hey……just 1 more and we’re even 🙂 LOL
    I am so happy for you all. Talk about an awesome family for them to grow up in!!
    We love you!

    DEAR LAURA,
    THANK YOU FOR SHARING OUR JOY. I LIKE THE FRIENDLY COMPETITION WE HAVE IN THE NUMBER OF GRANDKIDS OF WHICH WE BOAST (AND BOY DO WE EVER BOAST). BUT THEN HOW COULD WE HELP IT?
    THANK YOU FOR YOUR KIND COMMENT ABOUT OUR FAMILY. WE FEEL THAT WAY ABOUT YOU GUYS TOO.
    P.S. I SPOKE WITH MARK YESTERDAY…SO YOU WILL KNOW WHAT I MEAN WHEN I TELL YOU THAT YOU ARE IN OUR HEARTS…AND THAT WE ARE KEEPING YOU CONSTANTLY IN PRAYER…AND THAT WITH ALL OF OUR HEART, WE LONG FOR GOOD NEWS. WE LOVE YOU.

  6. Uncle John on said:

    CONGRATULATIONS Doug and Vicki!

    I wonder how many grandbabies we will be blessed with when Nancy and I get to be your age (ha)…

    I CAN’T BELIEVE YOU PLAYED THE “AGE” CARD. FOUL! FOUL! VERY FOUL! JUST REMEMBER, IF YOU DON’T HOLD MY AGE AGAINST ME, I WON’T HOLD YOUR YOUTH AND INEXPERIENCE AGAINST YOU EITHER! (HAHA!)
    AND REGARDING THOSE GRANDCHILDREN…I HOPE YOU HAVE A HUGE PASSEL OF THEM (DOES ANYONE KNOW WHAT A “PASSEL” IS…OR, FOR THAT MATTER, IF I SPELLED IT CORRECTLY).
    THANKS FOR STOPPING BY, YOUNG-UN!

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