Patrick Johnston family Blog

By Elizabeth Johnston

As my family was camping a few weeks ago and seated around a campfire, you couldn’t help but notice. While the neighboring campers were drinking beer and gloating in their sin, our 14-year-old daughter was writing a love song to Jesus as she intermittently stoked the coals of the fire.

I got to thinking…

“A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.” (Luke 6:45)

It’s true. What’s in our heart comes out of our mouth. We can try our best to hold our tongue, but eventually, what is important to us will come bursting forth out of our mouth like a turbulent geyser. Most of us are not gifted songwriters.  But we should all have a song in our heart.

“O sing unto the Lord a new song, for He has done marvelous things!” (Psalm 98:1)

What is in your heart?  I hope it’s a love song to Jesus.

Here is Anna’s campfire geyser.  I love it!  I hope it blesses you as much as it has blessed our family.  Anna is really new to this, so if you like her song, leave her a comment of encouragement. 

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niki
niki

Anna, 


I'm  a homeschool mom of 3 and am so inspired by your song. My youngest is showing some musical talent and I hope that I can do as good a job as your parents did of passing on my faith and passion for Christ. And I hope to hear such beautiful music from him one day! Awesome job Mom and Dad. 

Shirley Fuller
Shirley Fuller

Anna...such a beautiful song, risen up from a heart full and running over with Jesus. Thank you for sharing your heart and your song. Truly lovely! I am confident that as you stay tuned to His voice…to His leading in your life…He will surprise you over and over with such abundant joy in Him that it cannot help but spill over into more and more songs! God bless you.  [And God bless your brother with his superb accompaniment on the guitar, too!]

Shirley Fuller

Kelly Loper
Kelly Loper

This is great, Anna!! You are so talented. Keep writing those love songs for Jesus. He's worth it! ;)

JaniceAbbott
JaniceAbbott

Very good  You  are very good for your age. You have a beautiful voice. Keep it up You are a lovely girl.  Janice




















CrystalDusenberry
CrystalDusenberry

Beautiful Voice with Awesome lyrics! There is something Amazing about a song from the Heart! Great Job!! Keep pushing forward n can't wait to hear what is given to you next!! God Bless!

trish
trish

Wow!  Amazing!  A beautiful song, sung by a beautiful girl, with a beautiful voice, that matches her beautiful heart which belongs to her Savior. Your shining bright Anna. 

Our fun family song went viral with over 50,000 shares on facebook! Check it out.

For several years, we have been singing this song that we found on YouTube by Susan Harrison.  Someone captured it on video in North Carolina and posted it on their facebook page.  As a result, we were interviewed by media, and a production company contacted us about a potential reality show. Our 15 minutes of fame was fun while it lasted.  Enjoy.

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V Fletch
V Fletch

I love that song and video!

JRambeck
JRambeck

So much fun! You guys are so creative.

by Dr. Patrick Johnston

I planted the watermelon seeds myself in the basement a month ago. I watered them daily, gave them broad spectrum light, "hardened" them by taking them out a little in the sun every day for a week before I planted them. Planting our 40 plants was a family affair, with four of the kids helping. 

But in as little as 24 hours, most of the plants were destroyed! The leaves were eaten by yellow-and-black cucumber beetles. 

It made for a great spontaneous teachable moment in the garden. You guys are like these little plants, I said to them. You're just getting started in life. Your Mom and Dad and your Father in heaven have cared for you and loved you, just like I have these plants. But look how a young little plant can be destroyed mercilessly by these beetles in one day! Sin is no less deadly, kids. "Even a child is known by his doings, whether his work be pure, or whether it be right." "Exhort one another daily, lest ye be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin." Abstain from sin like your life depends on it - because it does! How do you stay out of sin? (I break out the container of "Seven" pesticide powder.) "I will hide His Word in my heart that I might not sin against God" - I say as I sprinkle the powder on the half-eaten plants. "Pray that ye enter not into temptation." "Take the shield of faith, that is able to quench every fiery dart." Kids, God has given you the weapons to fight the devil and the faith to have victory, but if you don't use them, you won't bear fruit, and if you don't have fruit, if you are an unprofitable servant, the Bible says that you'll be cast out where the worms that eat at your flesh will never die and the fire that burns your body will never be quenched.

It was a brief conversation, but I imagine much more memorable than simply reading a few Bible verses to them! Then today we went out and saw that 10 to 20 beetles had died under each watermelon plant! Take that, cursed cucumber beetles! Hooray for pesticide! I know, all my organic readers are gonna' hate on me now.

Remember Deuteronomy 6's admonition. Teach your children the Word, when you wake, when you play, when you work and when you lay down. "From a child thou hast known the Holy Scriptures, and they are able to make you wise unto salvation." It's one of the most important things you do every day, Dad and Mom.

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