Big Sandy Family Conference 2017

Big Sandy Family Conference 2017

We just returned from yet another uplifting and refreshing ATI Family Conference.  The theme of this year’s conference was Trust in the Lord.  Throughout the week, we heard messages that challenged us to put our trust in Him in all things (finances, purity, relationships, parenting,  etc.).  While each sermon was centered on trusting the Lord, every message was unique in the way the speaker conveyed trust, providing for an edifying conference. 

As usual, we were thrilled to reunite with old friends and meet many new ones.  One of my highlights, was when we sang the traditional closing song of “When We See Christ”.  Though some of us are but strangers to one another, a true spirit of unity permeates each heart as we sing that treasured hymn every year.  It reminds us that we are all in the fight together with our eyes fixed on Jesus.  I think of the verse in 1 Peter that reads: “But resist him [the devil], firm in your faith, knowing that the same experiences of suffering are being accomplished by your brethren who are in the world.”   I suppose that bond of fellowshp is one of the many things that make our annual trip to the conference so special.

It will be worth it all, when we see Jesus. Life’s trials will seem so small, when we see Christ.  

One glimpse of His dear face, all sorrow will erase. So bravely run the race, til’ we see Christ!

 

Let us run the race together, “fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith”

-Katey, for the Nakatsus

When Trees Give You Lemons…

When Trees Give You Lemons…

make lemonade!! And might I add, the best lemonade you’ll ever try!  We’re so blessed to live around many citrus trees (orange, lemon, grapefruit, tangelo…).  While most of our trees produce oranges, we do have one lemon tree that yielded quite a crop this year.  Interestingly, Arizona is one of two states  that produce the most lemons.  The other is California.  Our favorite thing to do with fresh lemons is squeeze them and freeze the concentrate so that we (and other appreciative consumers) can enjoy the delicious lemonade year-round!

 

What fruits/veggies grow where you all live?

“He has made everything beautiful in its time…”

– Ecclesiastes 3:11

 

Greer 2016

IMG_6389This is my first post so leave a reply if you would like! Two weeks ago, our family was blessed to be able to enjoy some time in the beautiful White Mountains of northern Arizona. We stayed in a little town called Greer that has only a couple of restaurants and one tiny grocery store, the Lazy Trout. When we think of Greer, we think of cool weather, incredible storms, and a pretty forest.
Prior to us heading to Greer, we actually had no plans of leaving town over the Labor Day weekend. However, after looking at my school schedule, and realizing that we had taken Labor Day off, we started brainstorming what we could do for the next three days. The thought of heading to Greer came to us instantly, so we prayed about this decision and thanked God for this sudden opportunity to get away for some family fun!
We packed our bags quickly while dad made a flight plan, and then we took off. We arrived at the Springerville airport 40 minutes later and were able to borrow a car, which happened to be an old police car! ☺ Had we driven, it would have taken us 4-1/2 hours!
Once we arrived at our little cabin (called Aspen), we unloaded our things and enjoyed wearing jackets outside ☺! Later, we were fortunate to be able to move to the vacant Willow cabin that overlooked a little meadow. It was so quaint and cozy. After putting our stuff away, we took a walk around the campsite and then walked across the street where we enjoyed the swings and teeter-totter. That night, we enjoyed dinner at Molly Butler’s Lodge!
The next day was our first and last full day in Greer, as it really was a short weekend. That day was filled with walking on trails, painting out in the meadow (which was nice, but the wind didn’t help!), and me getting some experience behind the wheel! ☺ We also enjoyed spending time in our cabin together.
The next morning, we departed for home with joyful hearts after a short, but wonderful stay in Greer!

“Let the field exult, and all that is in it. Then all the trees of the forest will sing for joy” – Psalm 96:12

Family Connections 2016

Family Connections, 2016

It’s always such a joy to be around like-minded friends.  Our family especially enjoys when the Family Connections team comes to town on their annual trip across the country to teach and encourage families.  This year’s conference was no different in that we each left strengthened and inspired by the heartfelt messages and much-needed fellowship.

I love the verse in 1 Peter 5 that says, “But resist him [the devil], firm in your faith, knowing that the same experiences of suffering are being accomplished by your brethren who are in the world.”  We are not alone in our Christian walk and in our struggle against sin.  As followers of Jesus Christ, we are unified in Him, which makes spending time among brothers and sisters in the faith one of the most exciting and beautiful things to experience.

To learn more about the Family Connections tour or to find out how to attend a Connections conference in your area, click here.

“Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brothers to dwell together in unity!”

Psalm 133:1

 

 

 

Operation Impact 2016

Katey with her team

Katey with her team

Please pray for Katey and the 35 other missionaries who are currently taking part in Operation Impact. This 3 week program in Oklahoma is purposed to present the gospel of Jesus Christ to children.

The six teams will be hosting Bible Clubs for children each weekday where they will share the gospel, teach songs, lead verses, and tell missionary stories.

Please pray that many children would attend each of the Bible clubs and that they would put their faith in Jesus Christ as Savior.  Additionally, pray that each team member would stay personally connected to the Lord throughout this ministry outreach.

Operation Impact 2016

Operation Impact 2016