Friday, December 30, 2016

This One, Life-Changing Discipline

Do you make New Year's Resolutions? Goals? 

I don't know about you, but the beginning of a new year always feels like a fresh, new start. The mistakes and failures of the previous year are behind us and the future stretches out in hopefully anticipation. 

2016 was an interesting year for our family with many highs and lows. We had some exhilarating mountaintops and some uniquely challenging valleys. The Lord has stretched us in new ways and made us once again recognize our daily dependence on His grace. 

And now, as we look ahead into 2017, we'd like to share with you the most essential, critical, and rewarding daily discipline that has impacted every member of our family. It has been the action step which has enabled our family to grow together in harmony and forgiveness for over 36 years. It has steadily nudged us to shift our focus from selfishness to humility. 

Are you curious yet?! 

Get in the Word!! Yes. That's it! 

Individually and as a family. Choosing to read, study, memorize, and meditate on God's Word has completely revolutionized our lives. It is the gateway through which we deepen our knowledge and love for God. It teaches us to walk in the 'way everlasting', investing our lives in eternal purposes. (Ps 139:24) It comforts. It instructs. It corrects. It strengthens. (Hebrews 4:12)

And this year we're embarking on a new dynamic for our Bible times. We're going to be reading through the Bible together in 2017! Each person will be using the same reading plan individually for their daily devotions starting January 1st. We're excited to track each other's progress and compare notes and insights as we move through the Scriptures together.

Have you considered reading through the Bible in 2017!? Would you join us?!

It only takes 12 minutes each day.
Reading 3 - 4 chapters.

You can find yearly Bible plans on, Biblica, or, there are a variety of charts to print out here. 

Do you already have a Bible reading plan? What works for you? We'd love to hear!

This year our family in embarking on a new reading plan -- reading through the entire Bible as a family! One of our recent discoveries has been the A LAMP UNTO app -- which allows you to create a customized Bible reading plan. But the BEST part?! You can invite friends to join your reading plan and track each other's progress all year long! How great is that?!

So invite a few friends!

Print out a plan or download the app!

And ask the Lord to teach you from HIS Word in 2017!

Is this all new for you? Do you have questions -- or don't know where to start?! Please email or contact us via Facebook!! We always love to hear from you and would welcome the chance to be in touch with you personally!

"For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, 
piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, 
and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart." 
Hebrews 4:12

Friday, December 16, 2016

Photo Booth Fun

"Time spent with family is worth every second."

"Behold, how good and how pleasant it is
for brethren to dwell together in unity!"
Psalms 133:1

Monday, December 12, 2016

Good Christian Men Rejoice

Merry Christmas!!! 
We hope you enjoy our latest music project.

"Now ye hear of endless bliss, 
Jesus Christ was born for this!
He hath ope'd the heav'nly door
And man is blessed forevermore!"

Friday, December 02, 2016

Everett William

Welcome to the world Everett William Beasley!!

// December 1 // 9lbs // 21 1/4" //

We love you already and can't wait to meet you!

"I will praise You, O Lord my God, with all my heart,
And I will glorify Your name forever."
Psalms 86:12

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

10 months old

Just in case you need an extra smile in your day...

The last ten months have flown by so fast. 
We love you Kendrick!

"My soul shall be joyful in the Lord;
It shall rejoice in His salvation."
Psalms 35:9

Friday, November 25, 2016

New Drivers!!

1 drivers license & 1 learners permit -- all in one momentous day!
Can you believe these two are old enough to drive already?!

"Blessed be the Lord,
who daily loads us with benefits."
Psalms 68:19

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Ready for the Baby

These two are looking forward to meeting their new little brother any day now!!

"So you shall rejoice in every good thing 
which the Lord your God has given to you and your house."
Deuteronomy 26:11

Monday, November 14, 2016

New CD!

Wow. We're launching our 15th Music CD. FIFTEEN! We are so grateful for God's faithfulness and for all of your support and prayers!

For a limited time we're throwing a ***PRE-RELEASE SALE!*** Now purchase "I Am Thine", a collection of instrumental hymns, for only $10 *PLUS* receive a 15% discount on our entire store! (Most of our CDs are less than $11!) 
It's our way of saying THANK YOU for talking this journey with us. Order before December 1!

"Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands!"
Psalms 100:1

Wednesday, November 09, 2016

New Project!

A new project is about to launch...we may be a wee bit excited! 
Stay tuned for more details!

"I will praise the name of God with a song,
And will magnify Him with thankgiving."
Psalms 69:30

Friday, September 30, 2016

Making Music at Old Threshers

A major part of Old Threshers for our family is...

...the music!!

We sang a total of 9 times in 5 days. 

Since this was our sixteenth year sharing a the Midwest Old Threshers, many guests and friends here have literally watched our family grow up. In the early years, we'd set up a play-pen on the edge of the stage for our baby & toddler to play in during each concert. Now those 'little ones' are all grown up and are an integral part of the music group. How quickly time flies! 

Since some of the married siblings were with us, we had a few practice sessions to brush up on some of the older songs. Even the grandkids got up on stage and sang "Fret Not".

The little ones grow and change so quickly that everyone tries to make the most out of each opportunity to spend time with them.

"I will be glad and rejoice in You; 
I will sing praise to Your name, O Most High."
Psalms 9:2

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Little Moments

Special moments and memories from Midwest Old Threshers 2016:

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Saturday, September 24, 2016

Midwest Old Threshers

A highlight for our family is singing at the annual Midwest Old Threshers Reunion in Mount Pleasant, Iowa. This is such a special event for a number of reasons. Not only did our mom come when she was a little girl but this year marked our 16th consecutive year singing at the reunion. 

Not only do we get to camp next to our grandparents for the week, but usually a bunch of the married siblings try to make it over as well! This year as we were packing and preparing for the weekend we didn't know for sure who all was going to make it. 

You can imagine our squeals of delight when during our first concert someone said there was a guy that would like to join us on stage for a song. And into the tent walked Andrew and Kori!!!! They surprised us by flying up from Florida to spend the entire weekend!

As the weekend went on Alan, Rachel & Kendrick, Ryan & Ruth, Josiah, Joanna & Asher were all able to make it! It was absolutely wonderful! 

This little guy loved watching everything and fit right in with all his little farmer-man gear.

Walking around the grounds is like watching American history come alive! We love going to the Log Village and watching them create things from wood, thresh with horses or old steam tractors, getting to watch the old printing presses run and so much more!

This year we all enjoyed a ride on the steam train -- which made for some big smiles on the grandkids' faces.

How many Wissmanns can you spot?

Driving tractors is always a "must do" while there.

This year Alaythia greatly enjoyed participating the Sweet Sixteen program.  Dressing up, volunteering for hours, making new friends, answering questions, and getting crowned made for an unforgettable year.

More photos coming soon!

But let all those rejoice who put their trust in You;

Let them ever shout for joy, because You defend them;
Let those also who love Your name
Be joyful in You.

Psalm 5:11

Friday, September 09, 2016

A Quick Preview

Another Old Thresher's Reunion has come and gone. And with it came some of the best surprises, sweetest memories, most meaningful conversations. 

We're looking forward to sharing photos and stories! But right now the dozens upon dozens of photos are still loaded on Kori's camera. She is finishing the process of editing all of Ryan & Ruth's wedding photos before digging into the new stack of pictures. It's such a blessing to have photographers in the family! 

So, as we wait for the photos, here is a brief preview of some of the highlights from the weekend. Stay tuned for more...! 

Kendrick's stage debut

Alaythia participated in the Sweet Sixteen program, an annual event which is geared toward volunteerism and serving as hostesses for the reunion. We were thrilled that she was honored with a placement in the Old Thresher's court. 

Alaythia participated in the Sweet Sixteen program, an annual event which is geared toward volunteerism and serving as hostesses for the reunion. We were thrilled that she was honored with a placement in the Old Thresher's court. 

What a blessing to share these moments together. 
God's gift of family is beautiful. 

"Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good;

Blessed is the man who trusts in Him!"
Psalm 34:8