Category Archives: Personal

Grandmas, granddaughters, and fireflies

Yesterday, July 4th was a big day here in Nebraska. For further evidence just see the picture of our local granddaughter Livy (short for Olivia) nestled up against Grandma after a fun filled 4th of July. Livy fought a surprising fight against Mr. Sandman but in the end the evidence speaks for itself. You can’t hear it but she is actually sleeping to the sound of neighborhood fireworks in the near distance.

Grandchildren are the crown of the aged.. (Proverbs 17:6)

Grandmas are pretty special too.

I have also included a video of something my sweet wife dearly loves to witness. The lighting of the fireflies across the lawn in the summertime. I shot this as we were sitting on our front porch. The video is a little grainy, but the fireflies can easily been seen.


Prayers have been answered – an update

Although we will miss her, my mother went home to be with Jesus Thursday morning May 22nd. She is absent from her worn out earthly body and now present with our Lord. I want to thank everyone for their prayers for our family. God is so faithful and I delight in His eternal righteousness. I just wanted to share a verse of hope for those who have ever exprienced the death of a loved one who is a believer.

1 For we know that if the tent that is our earthly home is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. 2 For in this tent we groan, longing to put on our heavenly dwelling, 3 if indeed by putting it on we may not be found naked. 4 For while we are still in this tent, we groan, being burdened, not that we would be unclothed, but that we would be further clothed, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. 5 He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who has given us the Spirit as a guarantee. 6 So we are always of good courage. We know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord, 7 for we walk by faith, not by sight. 8 Yes, we are of good courage, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord. 9 So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please him. 10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil. 11 Therefore, knowing the fear of the Lord, we persuade others. But what we are is known to God, and I hope it is known also to your conscience.

2 Corinthians 5:1-11  

And one more verse found at the end of Psalm 16.

11 You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

Holy Scripture speaks of this joy in the presence of the Lord and what is being prepared and waiting for us in heaven. If you have an unbelieving family member, please be steadfast in your prayer for them. May God draw them to Himself and grace them with the salvation only found in His Son Jesus Christ.

Mary Katherine Mauney Schneider: January 13th, 1940 – May 22nd, 2008



Prayer request for my mother

Here is a personal request going out to those who read my blog. My sister called me this morning with some awful news. Our mother collapsed and fell unconscious in her home sometime last night. She was discovered shortly after by a family friend, who called 911. She was taken to the local hospital in Ohio where they diagnosed her with pneumonia. She has since been life-flighted to a wonderful hospital in Cincinnati where they are treating her for among other things blood in her lungs. My mother’s body has been battling lung cancer for the past couple of years and she had been doing very well. Isn’t it ironic, lung cancer and she never smoked a day in her life? The latest news from the hospital this afternoon is that her doctor told my sister and her husband that percentages are against her recovering at this point. Please be in prayer for my mother. She is a believer in a sovereign God and she would tell you that she is in His hands. But also pray for my sister as she is not taking this new development well. Pray that she put her trust in the sovereignty of God as well.

Thank you.

Soli Deo Gloria. 


Posted by on May 21, 2008 in Family, Personal, Prayer


Olivia’s night out

Let me just be a bragging grandpa for a bit here. Tonight we had the privilege of keeping our granddaughter Olivia while her parents had a night out together. It was our first time keeping her without them. The first couple of hours were touch and go, meaning, one moment she would be crawling around, playing and laughing and then bawling the next. After quite some time she had become a very sleepy girl and was not about to give it up. We fed her a bottle and some cereal. That seemed to do the trick but after we laid her down she’d be right back up again. I’m sure it was pretty exciting for her. New environment without mom and dad, lots of puppy dogs to play with and all. But after some tender care by her Aunt Crysta, and the loving touch of grandma, she finally took the gentle voyage to Dreamland. At the time of this writing she is sound asleep under a pink quilt and on a soft fleece pillow. Please observe the picture for the proof. Sleeping like a real angel.

Photo credit goes to Aunt Crysta.

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Posted by on January 27, 2008 in grandparents, Olivia, Personal


A question of self-control

I first want to apologize for not posting anything for a few weeks. I have been in the midst of a personal struggle that hasHand Stand affected my family and I dramatically. I will not get into the details in this forum but I would ask for your prayers. I would ask that we would seek God and His strength as we all get through this season of hurt and healing. As a friend once told me, no matter what the question is, Jesus is the answer, and I believe that.

With that being said, I would like to begin posting again with the fruit of the Spirit. In particular the attribute of self control. Our associate pastor Erik Raymond did a sermon on this very attribute recently and I would like to share some of my notes from it. I have since gone back with re-newed interest as of late and it is really great stuff.

What is the need for self control?

Ephesians 2:1-3 says this:

1 And you were dead in the trespasses and sins 2 in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience— 3 among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind.

Ephesians tells us that we were once dead in our sins and that we once lived in the passions of our flesh. I love the verse 4 that follows these mentioned above. God, who is rich in mercy, and loved us even when we were dead in our sins, made us alive with Christ. We need to rely on the Spirit in our self control because we were woefully condemned and enslaved to sin. Were being the keyword here.

How do we strengthen our self control?

Lately I have been hearing this expression, “preach the gospel to yourself” and this is especially true in the case of self control. Galatians 4:4-7 is a great place to read for preaching the gospel to yourself.

4 But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, 5 to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. 6 And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, Abba! Father! 7 So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God.

You see that God has made a provision for us who were once enslaved to sin. He has adopted us as sons and joint heirs with His own son Jesus Christ. If we live in utter dependence on our Abba Father for His grace, then we have the hope of overcoming those the sins of losing our self control. Ephesians 2 and Galatians 4 have become very special passages for me lately. I pray that you will also read and meditate on them.

If you’d like to hear the wonderful message presented by Erik Raymond click here.

Sola Gratia!

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Posted by on October 26, 2007 in fruit of the spirit, Personal, self control


I pulled it off …. sort of

This past Saturday we celebrated my wife’s 50th birthday. Yes, Robin is older than me but don’t let on that you know it. I started planning for this party weeks ago and was able to keep her from finding out about it until the very day of the party. It is a feat to be sure. Keeping a secret from my wife is like trying to keep the paparazzi away from Lindsay Lohan, impossible, but I pulled it off…. sort of.

As the day of the party approached I was finding it difficult logistically to get Robin to the party without letting her in on it. We live about 30 minutes from Omaha and most of our friends which are mostly folks we have met from our local church and previous church. In order to get a good turn out to her party I needed to find a place to party locally. My mother-in-law graciously scheduled for us to use the clubhouse of the apartments she lives in which is closer for everyone I had invited. Now I just needed to get Robin to it. Unfortunately my pea brain could not come up with a believable excuse to get my wife to her mom’s clubhouse for the party. So, the morning of the day of the party I approached Robin with a dilemma that I had. It was a bit comical to see me trying to come up with the right words to let her know of my problem and her trying to figure out what was wrong and growing more concerned the more I hemmed and hawed. I finally blurted it out and much to her relief she smiled and then laughed. She could not believe I kept this from her for so long without any suspicions what-so-ever.

The party was a great success and she was indeed honored by it, which was goal. My intention was for the party to be a celebration of her birthday so I used bright colored decorations and a brightly decorated cake. I wanted to stay away from the traditional dirge, you’re getting old, style of birthday party. I think that was appreciated. Many of the folks I had invited came. It was good to see some friends that we had not seen in quite awhile. God is awesome and His grace was evident with the success of the celebration.

Her official birth date is July 25th, so if you are reading this please take the time to go to her blog site here and wish her a happy birthday. 

Thank you.

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Posted by on July 23, 2007 in 50th Birthday, marriage, party, Personal, Robin


Happy 4th of July!

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Posted by on July 4, 2007 in Personal