Peaceful

Standing atop Goshen Pass , looking down at the river below; a gentle breeze caressing me , all I could think was how very peaceful I felt. Thankful to be alive, Thankful for my family, my history, and the calling God has placed upon my life.

 

“Casting all your cares upon Him for He cares for You.” (1 Peter 5:7)

 

Under the fast paced hectic schedules and deadlines we all face, if we lose sight of Gods unceasing care and love for us, we will also lose our peace. I think thats one thing that is wrong in America today. We just dont take time to make time to commune with God in an unhurried and relaxed manner. 10 minutes in the morning before we rush into our day is hardly quality time and certainly will never produce anointing.

 

Peter was writing to a church that could very easily have given in to the intense pressures of their day and found themselves in discontentment in their lives. As he closes his first letter to them he simply reminds them to take their burdens and problems to the Lord because He cares for them.  My dear readers, this verse in 1 Peter totally releases us from all pressure.. We can pray and we can trust God to bring about His will in our lives. Why? Because He cares about us.. God cares about everything that troubles and upsets me. He cares about even the slightest of disturbances and has a plan for each one in my walk with Him. God invites me to cast every single care upon Him.. Let Him carry those burdens while we respond to the leadings of His Holy Spirit and learn from His wisdom. That is what our ancestors did. I believe they knew the secret of trusting God!

 

The storms and trials of life will come to us all but God is very concerned about us and so when the pressure begins to mount and it seem we will be overwhelmed, we can cast those cares on Him and He has promised to bear them for us. God is more than able to bring about His solutions, in His timing and according to His will.. If we will truly trust Him in life then we will experience a supernatural result : PEACE….

 

Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.
Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.
And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.
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Buffalo

Not much is really know about my 5th Great grandfather Thomas ‘Buffalo’ Paxton.  We do know he was born in 1719 in Ballymoney, County Antrim, Ulster Ireland and that he died in on the 27th of September, 1788 in Falling Springs, Rockbridge Co. VA…. I have been to that area of Virginia many, many times and will post a pic of his Gravestone in a bit.

One written account says that he was well liked and beloved in his community and he was also a ruling elder at the Falling Springs Presbyterian Church, which I will be writing about in a future installment.. His family line produced many Clergymen of which I of course am one, predominately from the Presbyterian and Baptist persuasions.

It is stated that Elizabeth Paxton and her sons acquired vast wealth and Thomas himself kept a boatyard, had flour and saw mills as well as being a thrifty farmer. Scant records indicate that he was a man of wealth and influence. Different sections of his recorded wills state that he distributed several thousands of acres among his children upon his death and that this land is all in the Buffalo Creek area of Rockbridge County VA. Thomas is a progenitor of the North River Paxtons. There are many Thomas Paxtons on record in both the North River and their South River Paxton cousins. So Frank Paxton Jr. in his large 2 volume set on the Family history designates my 5th Great Grandfather Thomas “Buffalo” Paxton as number 26. His brother William number 64 is the line of the family which General Elisha Franklin Paxton descends.

One thing that has been driven deeply to my heart about these early settlers in VA from my family is that they were people of deep faith in God and people of courage and dedicated to hard work in  making a life for their children and childrens children. How different from the welfare mentality of our modern world. These ancestors of mine and probably your ancestors as well, were not people of entitlement who expected something for nothing. They knew what it was to work long hard days and earn wealth. They also clearly knew how to be good stewards over their wealth and relied upon the teachings of the Word of God to manage their affairs..  Many times I walk the Falling Springs area and two words always enter my mind and heart: Faithful and Diligent.

At the end of this section I will include bible verses on those two powerful words.

11194406_10203327101733091_156337414281117063_oThis is a picture of my 5th Great Grandfather Thomas ‘Buffalo’ Paxton’s  grave in a little cemetery on Forge Rd in Rockbridge County Virginia… I will be sharing more on this is another section of the ebook..

Only take heed to thyself, and keep thy soul diligently, lest thou forget the things which thine eyes have seen, and lest they depart from thy heart all the days of thy life: but teach them thy sons, and thy sons’ sons;
How very important this verse has been to our family……………
And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.
Whatsoever is commanded by the God of heaven, let it be diligently done for the house of the God of heaven: for why should there be wrath against the realm of the king and his sons?
He that diligently seeketh good procureth favour: but he that seeketh mischief, it shall come unto him.
And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry;
Beloved, thou doest faithfully whatsoever thou doest to the brethren, and to strangers;
I encourage you to run Scripture references on these two words taking note as to how it ties in to ones heritage…….
More in our next section………..

 

The Earliest Background

John Paxton (1696-1746) was married to Elizabeth Alexander Paxton (1690-1756). These are my 6th Great Grandparents. Though records are very sparse, it is known they immigrated to Pennsylvania from Ulster, Ireland. My family were Scots planted as a community in Northern Ireland. Accompanying them in the immigration were several brothers and cousins of many different families including those of Paxton Name.

They remained but a short time in PA , 25 miles east of the Susquehanna River in Bart Township of then Lancaster County. When my 6th Great grandfather John passed away in 1746, Elizabeth and their sons, along with several of her brothers from the Alexander family went to then Borden Grant in what is now called Rockbridge County Virginia, where the bulk of my family settled the area. Several other Paxton family members were already in Virginia beginning about the year 1722.

My point in this short book is not to deliver myself or the reader over to a mass of genealogy but rather that which I learned and benefited from of a Spiritual nature through my heritage in the Rockbridge County Virginia area.

One of the sons of John and Elizabeth was Thomas ‘Buffalo’ Paxton (1719-1788). He was my 5th Great grandfather of whom I will be writing more in detail later on in this volume.

I have walked upon the rugged Virginia ground in Rockbridge County where they lived and worked and played. With my eyes I have gazed on the land they cleared with their bare hands and tamed with their spirit of freedom and hard work. Though I still have so much about them to learn, I have learned much as well and am eager to put it in print and also audio in sermon material. Bone of their bone, Flesh of their flesh, and one day dust of their dust, I bear their name proudly and only hope to not bore the reader with endless thoughts and details but rather give you a glimpse into the hearts and souls of these Scots-Irish Immigrants who are my people..

My people were a great many of occupations; Farmers, Plantation owners, Ministers, Lawyers, Soldiers, Trailblazers in every area of American life and thought. I cannot possibly cover all of that in such a short space nor am I prepared or qualified to do so. But I hope to convey how I believe God has all the details worked out from before the foundation of the World and knows the minutest details of our beings. Family is very important to God and He works in and through Generations. I believe that revelation and understanding of this is being released as we enter into these final days of history I believe, before the return of Jesus.

So, as I share whats in my heart I do pray it will be a blessing to you and perhaps, like me, you will have a desire to learn more about your ‘tribe’ and in so doing learn more of your purpose as I also have.. I am proud of the Family God has seen fit in His infinite Wisdom to place me into..

And I am honored to be able to say from the Scripture:

The lines are fallen unto me in pleasant places; yea, I have a goodly heritage.
For thou, O God, hast heard my vows: thou hast given me the heritage of those that fear thy name.
And it shall come to pass, after that I have plucked them out I will return, and have compassion on them, and will bring them again, every man to his heritage, and every man to his land.
Let the priests, the ministers of the Lord, weep between the porch and the altar, and let them say, Spare thy people, O Lord, and give not thine heritage to reproach, that the heathen should rule over them: wherefore should they say among the people, Where is their God?
We truly know in whom we have believed and are thrilled to continue to serve the Lord Jesus Christ in this my generation..

Dedicatory

This Free online book of devotions taken from my travels is dedicated to all of my faithful monthly supporters whose donations make our ministry expansion possible.  You are my best friends on the planet. Angie and I love you with our whole heart and consider our partnership an honor indeed.. It is my prayer that these devotions will be a blessing in your lives….

Pastor Len Paxton