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A glimpse into the life of Daniel and Jaynee Lockwood and their 12 precious blessings. Thank you for visiting; we pray that what we share here may always bring glory to our wonderful God and Saviour. May you praise the Lord with us for the great things He has done and continues to do as we serve Him sharing the gospel here in the little town of Cuidad Insurgentes, BCS Mexico. He alone is good and faithful!

Monday, August 24, 2009

The best part of the day

The end of one busy blessed week and the beginning of another. How good the Lord is! I am always so humbled and amazed at how much He cares for us! I have so many "best" parts of each day...family Bible time each morning and evening, teaching my children, cooking with my girls, reading to my little ones, playing, working, cuddling, laughing, talking with my husband each night, visiting with our neighbors...oh so much. But the very best part of my day is that first hour when I alone meet my sweet Lord. How weak and undeserving I am. How I need His strength, grace, and wisdom each and every day. And how wonderful it is to begin my days asking Him for all He so willingly and freely offers.
Often times I am convicted of sins or areas I know I need to change. The longer I hold on to those things, the more bogged down I become. How free it is when I go to Him like a little child telling Him how I've been wrong and asking Him to change me. It makes me want to cry and sing all at once! :)
Monday I spent a good part of my prayer time praying for our new school year. While I have now been home schooling for over 8 years and thank the Lord daily for the blessed privilege of teaching our children day and night, I often have worries or can get discouraged over a certain area of our day.
I was particularly concerned over one of our children as he has struggled more than the others in most every subject. We have taken it slow and given lots of praise balancing it with teaching him the importance of being diligent, but this child was just especially on my heart. Much of that morning I asked the Lord to help me in teaching this child and to give him understanding and a desire to learn.
I told Daniel that nothing short of a miracle happened. This child's worst subject by far was spelling. We have tried everything and while we could get him to remember a few words one day, the next he couldn't recall them. Last week he was so excited to learn his first list. He had them down perfect...PERFECT...all on his own with little to no help from me by Thursday!!! He even memorized 3 extra Bible verses in his free time and taught them to one of his younger siblings. The look of sincere pride and joy on his face was priceless! And I instantly remembered what I had prayed.
Thursday morning, little Samuel woke up a bit earlier than usual...4:30 am to be exact. That wouldn't have been so bad if I had gotten to bed before 1 am the night before. :) Some things in the ministry came up and we just ended up getting too bed late. Since it took Samuel until 5 am to finish eating, I didn't see the point in trying to sleep for another 30 minutes as I usually wake up wwaaayyy more tired when I do that. So I got dressed and thanked the Lord for the extra 30 minutes I could have with Him. I asked him to give me extra grace and strength that day as I knew I hadn't had much sleep and we had a long day ahead. I knew I could ask Him this as He has done this so many times before. It's not so much not wanting to feel tired that bothers me but the grumpiness that can come when I am tired :) And how thankful I was to really feel good all day long.
Great is His faithfulness!

Daniel heads back out to the village tomorrow. It's been very hot and humid the past few days. September and October are usually the months the hurricanes come. Uncle Samuel has been a tremendous blessing with all the help he daily gives with the work here and how we enjoy his fellowship as well. The children love having an "older kid" to play with and to throw them around a bit. :)
This coming Sunday we have 4 people wanting to get baptized and we will be having our first church wedding.
Work for the night is coming....So many needs, hurts and heavy burdens the people here bear. How wonderful to see one seek the Lord and watch their heart soften as the come to know the one who sets them free! Thank you for praying for our family, our church, and the people here. How the Lord loves to hear and answer prayer!


  1. Hi Jaynee~ Wow, that all looks like fun~ I love to see the kids working on their projects or even walking down the street together. I'm sure it's always an eyecatcher :-)

    You encourage me with every post!


  2. Praying each day for your ministry and will be praying for Daniel as he goes out each Tuesday to the village.

  3. Hi, I just wanted to say that i found your blog through veronica @ love my quiver full of arrows....
    I think you have an absolutley gorgeous family and i have loved looking around your blog and i find you and your family an inspiration... I hope that one day i am just as blessed with as many children as you :-)
    I hope you dont mind if i add you to my blog roll
    Many Blessings
    cassandra xx

  4. Love the photo of your daughter concentrating on her sewing skills! Would love to see some of their finished work!

    I notice that your girls always wear long dresses. Is that because of your religon? Are they allowed to wear pants or shorts too?

    Lovely family you have. Enjoy reading about them!

  5. Love the photo of your daughter concentrating on her sewing skills! Would love to see some of their finished work!

    I notice that your girls always wear long dresses. Is that because of your religon? Are they allowed to wear pants or shorts too?

    Lovely family you have. Enjoy reading about them!

  6. Jaynee,
    You are always so encouraging! I am in the midst of struggling to have my time with the Lord. I was wondering if you could share some ideas to get started again. Do you read pick one book of the Bible to concentrate on for a period of time? Do you use any other Bible study to supplement?

    You have a beautiful family and we are so thankful that Samuel is doing well. We prayed for him many times!

    Jennifer inTX

  7. I just love your family to pieces, Jaynee!

    I'm praying many blessings for you and those you serve.


  8. I love hearing about your family and think of you daily.

    Susan in TX

  9. Hello,
    We've never met, but I have greatly enjoyed your blog. Love the work in the ministry that you and your husband are doing. Especially love how you all are involved in the ministry with him at his side. What a blessing and encouragement you are. I have added you to my prayer list and pray for you all. Thanks for taking the time to post and giving us a glimpse of your life with your family and on the mission field!!


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