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Friday, January 30, 2009

Let the Little Children Come



When I was a little girl, my grandmother started a children's church on Sunday afternoon in a very impoverished section of town. The children were unable to get to the services on their own so my aunt (my grandma's baby girl) took her station wagon and zipped all around the neighborhood picking up the little ones. Grandma had homemade puppets, flannelgraph stories and great songs. She always ended the service with prayer and handed out one piece of candy to each child.

When my grandma was diagnosed with a terminal illness, many of the children - now grown - lined up beside her hospital bed to bid a final farewell. I'll never forget one young man who came with a single long-stemmed, red rose in his hand and planted a kiss on Grandma's cheek. He thanked her for all the haircuts she had given him and for the many times Grandma had fed him when he was hungry.

Watching my grandmother minister to the poor children instilled in me a love for little ones and compassion for the less fortunate. When my husband and I felt a Divine call to start a Christian school in our little village we realized there were many families who couldn't afford Christian education. It was a leap of faith. Lighthouse Academy was started in 1988. You must realize that the rural community we live in - Floyd, Iowa - has a population of 350. Lighthouse Academy has 52 students this year. Many of our families can't afford Christian education, but we hear the WORDS of our Lord.... "Let the little children come and forbid them not..." It's been a walk of faith, but we feel we are changing the world one child at a time.

Monday, January 19, 2009

One Noble Journey




The illustrations are finished for my latest children's book - One Noble Journey. Kim Sponaugle has once again captured the heart of the story.
I just had to share a few of the pictures with you.

Shaping small souls,
Dixie

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Book Cover




Kim Sponaugle is illustrating "One Noble Journey." Here is a picture of the cover. It's so exciting to see the book come to life.

May the Lord use it for His glory and may Journey's story help shape small souls.

Writing 4 little ones,
Dixie

Saturday, January 3, 2009



Paul and I took a road trip to Arkansas to see some of Paul's family. We had a wonderful time, but as we all know.... THERE'S NO PLACE LIKE HOME!

We love the little village of Floyd, Iowa! It is truly the land of our calling.

We have served the congregation of the Gospel Lighthouse Church for the past 27 years. God has been so faithful! The lyrics of that old song are true........

Little is much when God is in it.
Labor not for weath or fame.
There is a crown and you can win it.
If you go in Jesus name.

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