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Friday, December 30, 2011


Lydia in 2009.  She was 11 at the time!
How wonderful it is that the Lord blessed us with you for another year.  You were born, the promise of a beautiful tomorrow, and as you grew, you were the fulfillment of that promise.  Lovely and graceful, playful and happy, you have graced our lives.

She was so glad when her brother called her for her 13th birthday!!

I pray that the coming years be full of the goodness of God, dedication to His service, and adventures of living for Him.  Your Dad and I look forward to seeing what God has in store for you.

Two American Girls!

We thank God for you!

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Jason Enjoys a Beautiful Southern California Day

We've been so thankful to enjoy some beautiful weather!  Everyone loves going outside!  One day, Jason and Sharon, with camera in tow, went out for a walk on the hill which was behind the bus.  

"Wow!  I can see the whole world from here!"

. . . even the cloud-kissed mountains in the distance!

"Oh! A plane!"

"I think we must be on the flight path."

Enjoy your day, folks!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

For Just a Few Moments (Tea Time)

For just a few moments, time stands still. I am no longer the busy mother – I become Lady Elizabeth, and my tea companions are no longer my little girls – they become the most lovely acquaintances to converse with: Lady Priscilla, Princess Mae, and Lady Esther.

For just a few moments, we have the most elegant tea, surrounded by the finest things to be seen. We exchange news of our travels; one has traveled to Washington and England, another across theGreat Sea to a new, strange land, and another to Michigan, to visit a Queen and her friends. We discuss the wonders of this modern era: the new steam engine and the telephone.

For just a few moments, we use the best of manners, and give each other the most lavish gifts – hand-woven silk handkerchiefs fromIndia, the most exquisite hand-painted miniature tea cups, and the finest Egyptian parchment. We have the grandest of times. We tell stories, laugh at old jokes, and revel in each other’s captivating company.

For just a few moments, I lay aside my responsibilities, and become my girls’ best friend.

Because I know that childhood is only…for just a few moments...

Remember, dear ones, you are your child's favorite toy...

Friday, December 23, 2011

Looking For the Right Thing This Christmas

Christmas is a wonderful time of year for me and, although I’m missing several family members (Jonathan is now married, and both Kathryn and her family and Stephen are half a country away), I still find much to rejoice about.  After all, Christmas is not just about family.

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I remember a Christmas many years ago when they said that the star of Bethlehem had reappeared.  Of course, this had my little brain scrambling.  "Does that mean there’s another Jesus?  Where could he be?”  I looked and looked out the frosty window, but couldn’t seem to see what everyone else around me was seeing.  None of the stars looked at all like the one on the top of my tree!  In reality, I was looking for the wrong thing.

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My brothers and sister had spotted what they called “The Star of Bethlehem,” and were pointing and laughing.  To this day, I have no idea what star it was that they saw,  but they seemed thrilled that they found what they wanted – the very Star of Bethlehem!  Or, at least that’s what they thought.  They may very well have been mistaken, but it got me thinking.

Isn’t that what so many of us do at Christmastime?  We look for the wrong thing.  No matter how much we know that happiness is not in possessions, we still get like giddy children on Christmas morning when we get just what we want.  And we can be quite downcast when we don’t get what we want.

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And then the family comes to visit, and if it’s just right, we’re so happy.  But if a tiff starts up between some siblings, or if Aunt Suzie burns the rolls, it could ruin our day!  Why?  Because we were looking for the wrong thing.  We were looking for a perfect Holiday, or some glorious Little-House-on-the-Prairie-moment, rather than a simple celebration of the Saviour coming to earth.

What are we looking for this Christmas?  Are we perhaps looking for the wrong thing?  Do those around us see it, are they pointing and ribbing each other, while we stand at the window not seeing?  Let us think carefully about our Holiday, keeping our spiritual eyes looking for Jesus, and we will not turn away from the window disappointed.

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Merry Christmas, dear ones!  I hope your Holidays are full of the wonderful things of God.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Ministry Update – December 2011

Well, we’re all gearing up for Christmas!  What a blessing it is to be able to celebrate the birth of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus!  To think that He’s MY Saviour just thrills my soul.  Lately I’ve been praying that the Lord would find me like Mary, willing to do whatever He bids me do.  Oh, what a joyous life, to live in the center of God’s Will!

This month we’ve been in the military-rich area of southern California!  Here we have Camp Pendleton, home of the Marine Corps School of Infantry, etc.  

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Not far away is the Marine Corps Recruit Depot, where all the Marines west of the Mississippi go through basic training.  A little farther south there is San Diego, a city full of Navy and other armed forces personnel.

Just before leaving for our son’s wedding, the Lord allowed us to meet a man who is a Sunday School teacher in a local Bible-preaching church, who also served in the Army Special Forces for forty years before retiring!!  His unbelievable testimony of desire to serve our country is truly humbling.  He expressed his desire to help us however he could, and so his base access will be a real help. 

The Lord wonderfully opened the door for us to endorse him to start a Bible Study on Camp Pendleton!  The other day, he and My Beloved went out to Camp Pendleton, and the Lord allowed them to come in contact with the Command Chaplain, who was very receptive to Eagles’ Wings Military Ministry.  So, Lord willing, come the first of January, there will be another Military Bible Fellowship on another military installation!!  Pray for God’s protection for this man, and that the Lord will expand the ministry here.

Also, the Lord allowed us to come in contact with some folks who have just started a military wives’ fellowship, and we were able to meet them for dinner and exchange ideas.  The director of the Military Wives’ Fellowship has been invited to start a ministry on March Air Base.  Pray that the open door there will remain open, and that the Lord will strengthen the workers there.

Now we are spending the Christmas time at Yuma, Arizona, where there is a Marine Corps Air Station.  If we are able, we’d like to try to do something here, as well.

Thank you so much for praying for us, folks!  Because of dedicated people like you, we are able to keep rolling on for Jesus!

Monday, December 19, 2011

Looking Ahead to 2012: Next Year's Blog Theme

(our family in March 2010)

I hope you all are enjoying your Christmas preparations!  For myself, I was so busy getting ready for the wedding, I entirely forgot about Christmas!  So I have to kick it into high gear and really get a move on this week.  Christmas is always a very busy time, but a wonderful time, as I think of God Himself sending His only Son here to earth, wrapped in love and a blanket, born to die.  Let’s take some extra time to reflect on God’s goodness and love to us!

One of the other things I’ve been busy with is preparation for next year.  I’m really excited about blogging in 2012!  There are so many great things going on, and lots to write about!  Let me briefly share with you what we have planned for LisaRaub.com this next year:  

2012's theme will be Stewardship.  God has given us a wonderful gift and that’s called LIFE.  It has been said that "Life is God’s gift to us - what we do with it is our gift to Him."  To help us better steward our lives this year, we’re going to carefully go through the many facets of our lives and make some practical applications of how we can be better stewards of the wonderful life the Lord has given to us.

Lord willing, in January we’re going to talk about stewarding ourselves.  We’ll cover the principles of intensity and variation, and give practical ideas on nutrition, exercise, weight management, time management, Bible study tips, marriage boosters, child training tips, and more!

In February, Lord willing we will talk about stewarding our marriages.  Using the principles of intensity and variation, we’ll write about communication, handling irritations, and expressing love.  We’ll also include more child training tips, and try to cover some thoughts about expressing love to our children as babies, kids, young people, and young adults.  After all, they don’t stop needing us just because they leave home! 

That’s just the tip of the iceberg!  Lord willing, it will be a great year of learning, growing, and loving.  Come join us!

Note from Sharon (blog designer/site coordinator): Also this next year we are planning to move the blog over to Wordpress!  It will help navigation (so sorry if that has been an issue for some of you!) and improve the whole site overall.  We will let you know if this means a temporary change of address at some point.  Thank-you so much for bearing with us as we work on the website!

Friday, December 16, 2011

7 Ideas to Build Your Marriage

“Every wise woman buildeth her house, but the foolish plucketh it down with her hands.”

This week, like a knife in the gut, I learned that a friend had gotten a divorce. 
The strangest thing about it is that the husband is a fine Christian man, and they had a desire to serve the Lord.

How can two people who love the Lord get along so badly that they get a divorce?? 
My husband and I have been talking at length lately, discussing the road so many people travel which leads to divorce.  It appears as though a pattern ultimately lead to the demise of the family.  

For now, however, let’s talk about:

              {How a wise woman can build her house}

Imagine a man building a wall.  Brick by brick, piece by piece, he lays down first the foundation, and then the first layer, and the second, and so on.  He works with a smile, knowing this is for his family, whom he loves dearly.  It may not be perfect, because he’s only young and has never done this before, but his heart is in it, and it is his own personal labor of love.

Soon his wife appears.  He looks at her with a grin but stops when he notices her frown.  Striding to the wall, she points at it and sneers, “What’s this?  A mess??  What are you thinking?!?  I can’t believe you would try to build a wall using those bricks!”  She begins pulling at the blocks, berating him at the same time.  He drops his head and slowly walks away, shoulders drooping.

That woman is fast on her way to tearing down her house, and living in low-income housing with no protection whatsoever.

How can this marriage be saved?  What can be done to help this situation?
Here are some ideas my husband and I thought of for building a strong marriage:

1.        Don’t tear down the wall your husband is trying to build.  Simply have a little self-control and keep your  mouth shut.

This is where a direct line to God is really wonderful!  You may not be able to say anything to anybody, but does that mean you have to leave it festering inside?  Of course not!  Does that mean that nothing will ever be done about the situation??  Of course not!  Why not take your frustrations too the Lord, who can turn the rivers!  (see Proverbs 21:1)

2.        Decorate the wall!  Make the most out of a less-than-perfect situation!  So your man wants to start up a new business, and you have to sacrifice to help come up with the needed money.  You may even think he will fail!  The wall seems crooked and out of fashion.  That’s ok; make the most of it!  Support your husband, be his cheerleader!  Determine that you will be happy, no matter what, because happiness is not in happenings, it is in the Lord.  Decorate that wall, crooked though it may be, and your good taste and cheer will be the driving force behind his success.

3.       Admire the good that he does – out loud!  (And don’t forget to feel his strong muscles every once in a while!)  J   It sure does add some honey to the romance.

4.       Praise for effort, not performance.  Thank him for his hard work on a job or around the house.

5.       Support him by making good meals and greeting him nicely dressed.  No hair-rollers when hubby comes to the door!

6.       Visit him while he’s involved in his projects; sometimes you can even co-labor with him.  For example, you could bring him iced tea while he’s mowing the grass. 

7.       Ask the Lord to help you build up your marriage and not tear it down.  Marriages do not fall apart in a night, and they do not get built in a night.  Be willing to take some time to work on it and wait patiently for the rewards. 

The rewards may be long in coming, but they will come!  After all, where will you be in ten years?  Determine that you will be happily married (to the same man, of course!). 

Let’s do what we can to build up our marriages.

Jonathan & Brooke -  December 10, 2011

"I now pronounce you man and wife"
Keep the home fires burning!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Family Photos (& More Wedding Pics!)

Here's the whole extended Raub clan: Jon & Brooke are in the center, of course, my husband and I are beside Jonathan.  Lydia, 12, is beside me, and my Dad is on the far right.  Kneeling in front of Dad is Stephen, and beside him is Jason.  Sharon (17) stands beside Brooke, and Johanna (11) is beside her.  Kathryn (25) and her husband Matthew have their three little kiddos: Matthew (4) was ring bearer, Emily (3) is the smiley one in red, and Luke (4 months) is hiding behind his dad's head. 

                My Dad at the wedding, enjoying a laugh with his girl, Eunice

Their cake was BEAUTIFUL!!

Just before this picture was taken I heard Brooke say to Jonathan, "OK, now we shove cake in each other's faces."  And that's exactly what they did!!

We caught Jason eating his cake!

The wedding party did a wonderful job decorating the car.

Running and popping bubbles was probably Emily's favorite part!

The next day we took Matt to see the Gulf, since he had never seen an ocean before.  Matt had just written "I <3 Kathryn in the sand, and of course, got his reward!  Little Matthew is not paying any attention, though.

Matt, Kathryn, and Emily

...but you'll never guess where Matthew was when the others were posing so  nicely for their picture!  He's a waterbug!  Never mind the fact that the air was probably about 45 degrees!

I'm so thankful for the Lord's blessing!  God has been so good to me!  Thank you also for all your prayers for a safe trip.  

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Jonathan and Brooke's Wedding!!

Jonathan and Brooke's wedding was truly a beautiful event!  It's so hard to believe that now there's another Mrs. Raub!!  Yikes!  In spite of the usual mishaps and forgotten items, everything went very smoothly.  I actually had a good deal of my family participating in the wedding itself, and that was a real blessing to me.  Kathryn and her family were there as well, and she played the piano for the wedding.

Here are a bunch of pics, and next time I post I will put on more!

My son Jonathan has the white tie, and my grandson Matthew, the ring bearer, is in the vest standing next to him.  His best man was Stephen, my second son.  Then there is Mark and Brooke's two brothers, and on the far right is my youngest son Jason.  What a good looking group of young men!

Jonathan and Stephen have always been the best of friends.  It was great for them to be together again after so long a time.

April, the Maid of Honor, is in the red dress.  My daughter Sharon is behind her, Cheyanne, Brooke's sister is beside her, and Jessica is in the right rear.  Laura, Mark's girl, is to the right of Jonathan.  I loved their dresses!

Brooke's dress was also quite pretty!  That black sash ties everything together.  See the flower girl?  Her dress had a sprinkling of flower petals freely distributed in the tulle!  It was so cute to watch her shift the petals around during the ceremony.

Beautiful girls on a beautiful day!

Sharon and I

My Beloved watching Matthew, our grandson coming down the aisle

"For better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, 'til death do us part."

You may now kiss the bride!  

The Happy Couple!

Oh, how time flies!  Wasn't it just last week that I was holding Jonathan's hand as he toddled with unsteady legs?  Didn't I just teach him how to read a few days ago?  It feels like only yesterday that we were all together, singing.  

To you who are lost in the forest of little children, remember, it will be only a few days and they will be gone.  But, oh, how blessed you will be as you watch them go out on their own to live for the Lord!

To God Be the Glory!
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