But You, Man of God…

Well I have taken a while to post here, trying to gain clarity of thought around what might be helpful to men who will read these posts.  I am in no way the perfect man, father, or husband, so this will not be a look at me kind of blog.  This will be an opportunity for us to look at the Scriptures together and see what God would have us men do and be.  I may also, at times, look to other great men of faith, or share some things that have worked in my family, as an inspiration to all of us to press on.


Paul wrote to his young friend Timothy, “But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance, and gentleness.  Fight the good fight of the faith.  Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses.  In the sight of God, who gives life to everything, and of Christ Jesus, who while testifying before Pontious Pilate made the good confession, I charge you to keep this command without spot or blame until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ…” (1Timothy 6:11-14).  That was a high calling for this young man, and it is a high calling for us today.  I look forward to pursuing that with you.


The driving passage of our family is Psalm 37:4-6.  We will explore what it means to delight ourselves in the Lord, and to commit our ways to the Lord and trust in Him as men, as fathers, and as husbands.  It has been and will continue to be a journey full of challenges, but one in which the Lord promises rich reward.  I look forward to taking this journey with you.  The posts will begin soon, and will be at least weekly, maybe twice a week.  Thank you for joining me in the journey.

“Eraser Brownies” by Sophie

Why “eraser” brownies.  Well one bite will answer it for you! But in case you are wondering in advance, sometimes a gift of comfort plus encouragement helps us to “erase” our bad day.  When someone you know is having a bad day, make them some Eraser Brownies with a personal note of encouragement.  Include the verses Rev 7:17, Psalm 68:19, and Gal 5:1 in your note to them!  (Oh in case you are skeptical of the marshmallows…..we promise you, you will not be disappointed!)


1 box of brownie mix

2 sticks of butter

1or 2 eggs (depending on box directions)

1 bag of choc. chips

1 bag of mini marshmallows

1) Follow box directions for brownies, except replace the oil with 1 melted stick of butter. Cook in 9×13 according to box.

2.) Let cool

3.) Melt stick of butter and chocolate chips in bowl.  Be Careful not to overcook them or the chocolate will become lumpy and loose it’s gloss.  Fold in 3/4 of the bag of mini marshmallows.

4.) Spread on top of brownies. Let cool. Cut and wrap.

Honest Abe

We recently studied the life of Abraham Lincoln. Clearly a great man in history, but moreover a man of great character.  Here are some of the things the kids wanted to share with you…

“As a young man, Abe built a flat boat and other creative jobs to earn money.  In each job he had, he looked for opportunity. He looked for new ideas, new things to learn, and new people to meet. When he was working at a store he meet people and asked them to teach him new things. Abe always told the truth. Some people didn’t like that. He told the truth anyways, but he had to be kind when he did it.  I learned from Abe Lincoln to be resourceful in everything you do, and it is a good idea to ask other people to teach you things they know.  Also you should be brave to tell the truth but don’t forget to be kind about it.” written by Jacob

“Abraham Lincoln was very honest. People thought he was trustworthy.  People in town asked him to be in charge of things because they believed him. Abraham Lincoln was very smart and learned by the “littles”. A little bit here and there.  He was a hard worker with learning.  Even though he didn’t have a lot of money, school all the time, or a lot of people to teach him everyday. He still learned a lot. He was a hard worker with learning and learned things no matter what.  I learned from Abraham Lincoln that it is good to be honest so people will trust you and to work hard at learning even is it is hard.” written by Sophie

Signs from Sam: The sign for “voice” is to make a “V” with your pointer and tall finger. Start at your chin and slide the “V” down your throat.  The sign for “truth” is –using your pointer finger make the “shhh” symbol. Take your pointer, starting at your lips, go up and out in an arch symbolizing the truth coming from you lips. Put them together to sign “Voice of truth”.

“Responsible” or “Responsibility”-  All the finger tips of both hands come together. (imagine your two hands coming together to make a double arch or “M”)  Place your arched hands with finger tips together on your right shoulder.  Symbolizing the responsibility that your “bear” or pick up and carry on your shoulders.

Both of these signs are great to use everyday. Even from across the room you can sign to your siblings, children, or friends as a reminder! It is a big responsibility to speak with the voice of truth!

Black Bear, Black Bear, What Do You See?



I see a yummy trash can waiting for me!

Oh, the 1st post. Should we put up Abe Lincoln Day pictures or the black bear that just raided the trash?

Hands up!

The bear wins by a mile!

Really Abe, it wasn’t a fair fight! Maybe next time!

“The Black Bear knocked over our neighbor’s trash can. He took a bag of trash, ripped it open, and ate it up. We watched him out the window. After a while, he left. ”  written by Josiah

“Last year, the Black Bear came a lot. One time, he ate the left overs of our Easter cake that Nauna got us and my brother’s shoe. I think he likes pink frosting! One time Daddy chased the bear. He didn’t want to catch it, he wanted to take a picture  We should name him ‘Pinkie” !” written by Sophie

“In the fall Black Bears eat berries and honey. This helps them put on weight to get ready for hibernation.  They can weigh between 400 and 600 pounds. Black Bears are territorial. Our Black Bear has his own space marked by the creek, and other Black Bears in our area don’t come over the creek.  The Black Bears in our area are tagged so that scientists can keep track of them. My advise to you about Black Bears is: 1.) Stay away from them when they have their cubs. 2.) You should always watch them from inside. 3.) Take down your bird feeders during Fall and Spring because there is a loss food supply like berries and nuts.  4.) Spray ammonia or Windex on your trash can, they don’t like the smell.  ” written by Jacob

One more fact for you: You can sign the word “bear” by crossing your arms across your chest in an X and scratching your nails like a bear clawing.  The sign for “black” is your right hand in the “B” form (open flat hand with thumb tucked in) and slide it across your eye brows (similar to a salute but sliding side to side).  Now you know how to say “Black Bear” in ASL!

MartinPalooza Moments :)

Sometimes, it’s the joy of being unique, different, redefined, or maybe “un”-defined as you gather together with whoever God has blessed you with for that day!

Other times, it’s an off the wall moment of joyful chaos that makes you stop, and your first thought is- “Hey! This reminds me of  The Martins!”

 Those moments we call a MartinPalooza Moment.