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Melisa Loyola, Brenda Loyola, Brad Claxton 2008 before Brad & Brenda started dating. They’re an old married couple now expecting their first child in August

One of my favorite summertime locations is Waterfront Park in Charleston SC.  I especially love the fountains where children young and old can play in the water. I have great memories of my kids, and me, getting soaked there on a hot Saturday afternoon.


Brad, about 10 yrs old


Lydia, about 8 yrs old

Ephesians 1:3-8 NIV

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will— to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us …….

The word translated lavish has a very interesting definition: a person who lavishes is – generous, liberal, bountiful, open-handed, unsparing, free, extravagant. As opposed to scant, frugal, or meager. It comes from an Old French word lavasse which means “deluge of rain.” From Paul’s original Greek word perisseúō it means to give abundantly beyond and exceeding what is required or expected.

Like a fountain that never runs dry and soaks you from head to toe.

That’s God’s grace ….. lavished on us ……..

I hope you get soaked today. Mugs up!

All verse quotes courtesy of biblegateway.com