Saturday, June 30, 2012

Avoid the Impulse


     Haven't we all felt like quoting this caption with a passionate tone in our voice?  We've all got the 'I told you so' persona somewhere inside of us.  For some it may be close to the surface while others have it hidden deeply. I gave a friend of mine, who is a teacher, a sign that says ''Its my way, or the hallway.'' lol  So in some authoritative positions, this is appropriate. I can tell you from experience in losing my independent abilities, that giving that power over is not easy.  Sure I've had my routine ways of doing things and for someone else to defer from that and do it another way is not always easy to swallow.  Micromanaging tho is not a becoming feature.  It can backfire.
     We all make mistakes and hopefully learn from them.  God could certainly use this quote against us at judgement but He won't. His love carries no record of wrongs because we are cleansed as white as snow through His Son's blood.
     Let us point the Way to others without pointing the finger. Remember, we are all a work in progress within His timing.

Friday, June 29, 2012


Psalm 147; 10-11  'His pleasure is not in the strength of the horse, 
    nor his delight in the power of human legs;
     the Lord delights in those who fear him, 
    who put their hope in his unfailing love''

     This was from my daily Bible reading today.  It reminds me of the fact that God gave me all the physical strength He desired for me and that is enough.  He cares more about my heart for Him than anything my hands could ever perform on this earth.  Even tho our strength from of ourselves will fade, our strength thru and in Him should become stronger and stronger.
      I also included this caption in reference to all the battles fought in the Bible.  If God was not with them, then a defeat was inevitable.  As we attack our daily battles, we too must have God on our side.  We are as small as this chiuahua but with God, we have a firm foundation beneath us.
     Yes, ''at dawn we attack'' the struggles of each new day but His mercies are new each day.  Great is Thy Faithfulness.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

At What Cost?


     Can you relate to this caption?  I'm not talking about pet accidents at your house but an unrestrained force within you.  Sometimes our end goal of something is more important to us than the destructive path we took to get there.
     How we approach someone with advice can speak louder than the actual words spoken. There are several Proverbs on the value of a soft, kind spoken word rather than a harsh one.  Proverbs 15:1  ''A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.'' 
     Our actions without words can cause the same destructive path.  I think of car chases where innocent people are hurt because the cop won't let the criminal go at whatever cost.  There needs to be some thought put into how we handle things before we act upon them.
     Our emotions can take us on a bipolar rollercoaster path too.  As in our sermon from last night, self control and waiting for the right time can keep us from going off track.  We can get so fired up, that we can question where the words are coming from, truth or feelings?
     The means to an end has important meaning in itself, not always justifying the end.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Way Back Wednesday--Ride On


    This is me at about age 9 on my cousin, Jamie's pony--Blackie.  I remember this vividly because it was so much fun riding the pony in their front yard.  It makes me want to go ride down at Hearts n Hooves down the street right now.
     Life is like a horse.  You are riding along thinking you've got it all under control and then without warning, you're knocked to the ground.  The falls remind us of how little power we really have.  Trying to guide our lives without God's direction is like riding bareback with no grip on anything.  Your hands should be gripped on the reins of God's word.  It will guide you wherever you go.
    I hope your happy trails are guided by His light.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Chattanooga 2


     When I left you yesterday, we had finished day one of the trip.  So Friday, we went to see the Chattanooga Choo Choo.  What used to be the former train depot is now an historic hotel.  They have old train cars that have been converted into hotel rooms, 2 per car.  The Choo Choo train was the first train to connect the North to the South, via Cincinnati to Chattanooga.  
     Well while we were there looking around, we kept seeing these fancy street rod cars drive by...loudly.  There happened to be a National T-Bucket car show behind the hotel.  These are all hand-built kit cars.  One guy said you can give the same kit to 3 guys and come out with 3 different cars.
     The weather was hot, 98 average, so during the heat of the day we went to Tennessee's biggest mall, Hamilton Place.  I thought I had hit the jackpot when I left with 3pairs of jeans and 2 shirts.  Apparently, I'm too tall and too small.  I had to return 3 of the items.
     Later that night, we went to ride the Incline Railway.  It's the steepest railway in the world.  It is not handicap accessible so my dad carried me on and I left my scooter there.  You can miss out or adjust to the circumstances.  The ride is smooth and fun, it just looks intimidating.  A great view.  They say you can see 7 states from Lookout Mtn.
     Now it's 10pm, are we going to eat dinner?  We went to an italian/greek restaurant called Portofino's.  It is excellent.  My dad and I split chicken florentine canneloni..yum..and my mom had chicken parmasean.  We met another family there from Columbia, MO.  They gave us their bruschetta as they left.  It was sooo good, I had it for breakfast the next day.
      So Saturday begins with the I-75 Flea Market.  It was not impressive and literally means flea market.  Was it a waste of time?  No, I bought 3 skirts for 5 bucks each and my mom bought some dishes.
     After we returned my stuff to the mall, we cruised around downtown and went to Coolidge Park.  There is a carousel down there that was built in 1874.  It closed an hour before we got there so I didn't get to ride it.  We walked around down there for awhile, probably more than my dad's feet had in mind.
     My friend, Betsy, had told me about Clumpie's Ice Cream shop and it was down there so we went.  It was no secret that this was a good place because there was a long line.  Yes, it's worth the wait and I got a '1/2 Pint' t-shirt that called my name.  You might be thinking, I thought ice cream made her cough?  Yes, it does and it did but sometimes you just have to bite the bullet and hope for the best.
      Sunday we drove back and despite us leaving early and gaining an hour, the terrible traffic past W.Memphis got us back at 1130pm.  We all had a great time and made some good memories.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Chattanooga 1

sea dragon


    Well last Wednesday was the first day of summer so we headed to Chattanooga, TN for a summer vacation.  As always before we head out on a big journey, we pray for safety and blessings for the trip.  I can say we had a great time and no problems.
     We got off to a late start, 2pm, but that's not unusual for us.  As they say, that's the way we roll.  We arrived at 230am EST.  This was our first trip with a GPS and the guide chick is good but not perfect.  So she took us thru a trailer park in these wee hours of the morning at first instead of the rv park, a few feet further down the road.  We get to the rv park without a reservation and proceeded to trespass and take an open spot.  They didn't care the next day and even tho they were booked up, they found us a spot.
     So Thursday, we went to the TN Aquarium for four hours.  It is quite impressive with a freshwater building and a saltwater building.  Its much more than fish.  They have turtles, frogs, snakes, butterflies, penguins, jellyfish, seahorses, birds and more.  You start at the top floor then cascade down ramps to each floor with different exhibits.  My two favorite things were the sea dragons and the penguins.  The sea dragons look like the creatures from the movie, Avatar.  I'd never seen anything like it.  The penguins were so playful.  They even had a baby penguin there.
     Later that evening, we drove to Lookout Mtn to catch the sunset.  We also drove around to check out the sites on the mountain.  One of which was the Craven house.  Its a battle site where the Union took possession of a key territory.
     I'm going to continue my trip story on tomorrow's post.  I've included some pictures from this first day on here.  So see you tomorrow.

Saturday, June 23, 2012


     I want to thank all of you who read my blog.  I enjoy the feedback I get in the comments section.  Sometimes they are better than what I wrote but they always complement the blog as backup.
     This is a how-to post in case you want to comment but don't know how.  The easiest way is to click 'comments', type in the box your thoughts with your name, then select 'anonymous' under profile, then click 'publish.'  There is a security confirmation that follows.
     I just wanted to put this out there for those that have told me they have wanted to write but are unsure of it.  I'm also happy to post comments for people who email or facebook me, as I do now.
     Looking forward to hearing from you.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Seek His Face

     Are you one who likes to stick their head in the sand or do you face the music head on?   We probably all do a little of both.  The serenity prayer says it best, 'help me to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference.'  Some things in this life are just purely scary and we like to just put it out of our minds and maybe it'll go away.
     A friend of mine recently made the decision on her own to move to assisted living.  I can understand how frightening this decision was to consider and be made.  I admire her self-imposed direction in her life, instead of waiting to be a victim of circumstance.  She faced the fact that her age and strength were becoming a more significant factor in her daily life and she changed what she could to live more safely and happily.
    We must face the fact that at some point we will each die, but we can change our eternal destiny.  Be wise and seek His face.

Psalm 27:7-9
'' Hear my voice when I call, Lord;
    be merciful to me and answer me.
 My heart says of you, “Seek his face!
    Your face, Lord, I will seek.
 Do not hide your face from me,
    do not turn your servant away in anger;
    you have been my helper.
Do not reject me or forsake me,
    God my Savior.''

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Way Back Wednesday---Feeling Small

   I think this picture was in Galveston, TX when I was about 4 or 5.
     Do you ever feel this small in this big world?   I do when I am in a big crowd or think of all the billions of people on this earth.  I wonder how one person can make a difference?
    Well, one person did make an eternal difference--Jesus.  He became flesh and bore our sins on the Cross.  God also made each of us to carry out His purposes on this earth in a different way.  We are important to Him and we're no small thing in His eyes.
    So don't ever feel small because you were built with a big idea in mind.  He knows all about you inside and out.     Luke 12;7  ''Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.''  As we grow in our lives, we should grow in Him.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Discuss It


     Okay, this could turn into a touchy blog but I'm going to try to keep it calm, cool and collected.  Do you have a closed mind or are you willing to at least hear another side?  I can agree to disagree on topics but I want my side heard.  Some people are more than willing to tell you what they think but then have a deaf ear and a far away look when it's your turn.  Can I just say, I hate that!  I know people like this and therefore I avoid certain subjects with them because my point is mute to them.
     I think debate is good.  I think it can strengthen your beliefs because you have to explain why you think the way you do.  Discussing things can point out false teachings.  I like things to be validated with proof and not just believed because someone said it.
     An open mind can also lead you down the wrong path tho.  Many churches have an 'open door' policy and have accepted cultural ideas that aren't biblical.
     So I guess what I'm trying to say is stand your ground but don't shut the other person out.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Starting Each Day


     I think I should tape this to the ceiling over my bed so I can awake to it each day.  It would be a wise move on our part to ask for help as we begin our day.  We humble ourselves when we recognize our weaknesses and draw strength from Him.  My friend tells me when she has a bad day, its usually because she didn't start her day with quiet time with the Lord.  The every day world, we call life, bombards us with stresses that can only be dealt with properly by the fruit of the Spirit.
     Ask and you shall receive is His promise.  When we try to handle it on our own, we are set up for calamity and failure.  Step into His Word before you step into the world.


Pinned Image

     In general I can remain calm under pressure but on occasion I can turn into 'anxiety girl.'  I probably watch the news and save it to my stored memory to recall it when appropriate.   I think this side of me only comes out when it involves somebody close to me.
     Not too long ago, before I went to bed my dad said he had to meet someone early the next morning.  Well even though I'd never met this person, I had preconceived ideas about them.  So I prayed that night and the next morning that my dad wouldn't get murdered.  I thought about going with him and I'll give of myself on about any cause, but just don't ask it of me before 10am, okay?  lol
     When our dog, Jack, goes on one of exploring escapades, I can turn into anxiety girl until he returns.   I think of how he might have been run over, caught somewhere by his collar, or stolen by research thieves.
     All of this worry has no benefit.  Be anxious for nothing, but in everything prayer and supplication.  As the song says 'Let the peace of God reign.'   We must turn over to Him what we cannot control and leave it to Him.  If I'm going to leap somewhere in a single bound, let it be my voice to His ears.

Sunday, June 17, 2012


     Happy Father's Day to my Dad.  Yes, I admit I'm a spoiled daddy's girl.  He does his best to provide me with everything I need or just want. He used to go on many business trips and always brought me something back.  One time, I think from Denver, he brought back on the plane with him a life size Papa Smurf.  I bet that got a few looks, lol.  I can say he was strict enough for me to never consider sneaking out my easily accessible bay window as a teenager but generous enough to teach me about the joy of giving.  We are alot alike in that we are few on words, think over things too much at times, have a humorous wit and we are both genetically earmarked.  I love you, Dad.

Saturday, June 16, 2012



     Most of my church is leaving for Rock Haven church camp tomorrow.  The kids look forward to it every year.  It is a chance to get away from the hum-drum of everyday life.  It is also a chance to learn more about God's word and apply it in daily life.  Even tho friends are there, it is different to be with each other for a whole week.  I think this frog reminds us to not let little arguments get out of control but to let things go.  We must pack wisdom to take with us on trips, as well as clothes.   Remember, you may be the only Bible some people ever see.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Truly Live

Live like someone left the gate open

     Some people think that living a Christian life means a mundane, boring, and restricted life.  That is certainly not the case.  I would ask 'what sin is it you don't want to give up that is worth risking eternity for?'  I'm not saying the Christian's life is sin-free but instead forgiven.  With our Savior by our side, we are freer to experience the joys of life and handle the hardships.
     I had a discussion with a friend about this very topic.  According to her, the life she has is self built and self attained.  She is uncertain of eternity and feels this life may be all there is.  She wants to live it up in this life with her rules as her guide.  Well that's foolish thinking.  Hebrews 11;1  ''Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see.''  Everything comes from God or He allows it to draw you to Him.  As the ant prepares for harvest, we too must use this life to prepare for eternity, not selfish gain.  God has prepared a place for believers but are you prepared to go there?
     You can live to the fullest with less fear when your burdens are laid at the Cross.

Thursday, June 14, 2012



     Do you know people who embellish the truth?  It makes you doubt some of the things they say in general.  Now did this little rabbit see a real giant carrot, a plastic carrot, a carrot grown in Alaska or is it a carrot he dreamed up?  I wonder if he's trying to rally the other rabbits into Mr. McGregor's garden with his impressive tale.
     When we are known to be truthful, people will take you at your word.  Exaggeration tho can lead to distrust.  Is exaggeration an attempt to get attention?  I'd rather hear your story, even if it's boring, in truth than with false embellishments.
     There is also the 'one-up' factor.  Some people feel the need to tell their better story as soon as yours is over.  I hate that.  It gives the impression that you didn't even care about the first story but that you just want to tell yours.  The Bible says do not boast on anything but the Lord.
     Just tell it like it is and say 'and that's that.'  No more and no less equals out to be just enough.

     Proverbs 12;19  ''Truthful lips endure forever, but a lying tongue lasts only a moment.''

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Way Back Wednesday---Happiness

     What a way to wake up!  I wish I could say this is how I get up each day but that is not the case.  I can say that this is how I envision the happiness I will feel when I get to heaven.  I was probably about 4yrs old here with not a care in the world.  I didn't care about a fancy bed or room, but was humble enough to be happy to wake up to loving parents.  Was that the age for me to not yet know the ugliness of this world?  Children at this age are often trusting, forgiving, and oblivious to the dangers of this world.  When we come to know our Savior, we too can turn to Him to regain these characteristics.
     Matthew 18:2-4  ''He called a little child, whom he placed among them.  And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever takes a humble place—becoming like this child—is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.'' 
     My desire is to be like this little girl again, who is filled with love.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012


So cute!

Psalm 130;3-4  ''If you, Lord, kept a record of sins,
    Lord, who could stand?  But with you there is forgiveness,
    so that we can, with reverence, serve you.''

     This was one of the verses in my daily Bible reading today and I thought this caption went well with it.  I think this verse not only points out our sinful nature but the forgiving nature of God.  There is no one but God that is good so we need His saving grace.  His love for us keeps no record of wrongs.  We want that kind of forgiveness for ourselves but do we give it to others?  I read yesterday that 'forgiveness is a promise not to use the sin/hurt against them in the future.'  Woah, now.  I've forgiven people of things but to never ever recall it to them.. hmm, can I do that?  How can we ask for what we're not willing to give to others?  You can't.  We are to forgive just like God has forgiven us.
     We are like this little kitten.  We know what we've done and the guilt can hold us back.  Forgiveness can free us from those burdens.  Aren't you glad that with a repentant heart God will not turn from us in continued anger?  Have you ever thought  'well sorry, just isn't good enough.'  We can never repay our debt of sin ourselves with good works, good behavior, or good words.  The Law in the Old Testament could never be lived up to.  Only one way was our debt paid, Jesus' death on the cross.
    Acts 13;38  “Therefore, my brothers and sisters, I want you to know that through Jesus the forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you.''

Monday, June 11, 2012

Don't Give Up On It


     Okay before I begin this story, let me preface it by saying my professor wasn't terrible.  I took Physics in high school so I wasn't too worried about taking it in my first semester in college.  Well it was a whole new ball game at college level and some courses are to weed out the weak.  Well my first physics test was humbling to say the least.  My test score was 20, yes out of 100.  ACK!  How could one recover with a start like this?  Well it was comforting to know that my score was the average for the whole class.  The professor put his ego in his pocket and took part of the blame for the low scores.  He retaught the material, retested us and we all got  dramatically improved scores.  I respected the teacher for doing this and took his class for physics 2 also.
     Failure is a given in this life at times, even when we try.  Should we give up at the first opportunity?  No.  It is our chance to learn and improve from our mistakes.  I certainly had some classes that it would have been easier to drop and try something else but I never did.  I'd rather have a hard earned C than an easy A, if it involved not quitting.
     Don't give up when the waters get rough, just keep paddling thru it.  ''Some thru the water, some thru the flood, some thru the fire but all thru the Blood.  Some thru great sorrow but God gives a song, in the night season and all the day long.''

Sunday, June 10, 2012



     There are times in our lives when the sense of urgency leaves no time to explain.  Sometimes we just have to   trust and act on instinct.  I'm going to share one of those stories with you today.
     After I moved back here, I could still transfer independently from my scooter to a chair.  One day my parents were outside and I attempted to get in my recliner to watch tv.  I put my portable phone on the chair, just in case.  Well the case turned out to be that I got stuck in mid-air between seats.  My foot got caught on the bottom of the scooter.  So I assess the situation, I can't swing back to the scooter seat and if I just fall then my leg will not give and break.  So, I called 911 with one hand while bracing myself with the other.  The 911 operator couldn't hear me so I just hung up and redialed over and over.  The cop soon came in our driveway and told my dad 'someone keeps calling 911 from this address.'  My dad took off running for the basement with no further explanation needed.
      One day there will be no time left to explain the importance of putting your trust in Jesus.  Your time will be up and your name will be in the Book of Life or not.  God will not permit you to explain why you never chose Him.  He will just say 'I never knew you.'  The urgent time is now.

Saturday, June 9, 2012


A face only a mother could love.

     Okay some of you may not agree with my choice of captions for this blog but it's to say all babies are precious and beautiful.  Personally, I think this little one is cute as ever.  I had a stuffed animal named Baby Hugo that it reminds me of.
     Mothers are very protective of their young and want the best for them.  When reading of the mother in the Bible whose baby had died and she swapped another mother's baby with hers, I am glad Solomon had the wisdom to know how to reveal who was the real mother.  The real mother would sacrifice her desire to raise the baby in order to save the baby's life.  She had protective wisdom too.
     Solomon was already wise when he was able to ask anything from God and yet chose discernment.  Is wisdom more precious to you than silver or gold?  I've heard it said  ''You can know the price of everything but the value of nothing.''  By learning wisdom thru God's Word, we can make right decisions, see our mistakes and stay on our narrow path.
     Psalm 110;11  ''The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; all who follow his precepts have good understanding.''

Friday, June 8, 2012



      When I saw this caption, I felt like it was so me.  Often times I'm not in a position to have a conversation with someone even though I'd like to.  It might be too noisy, I might have my air mask on or the other person may always have trouble hearing me.  Regardless of the situation, I like to let the person know I see them and show a friendly gesture, like a smile and a wave.
      Sometimes people don't want to talk, they just want an acknowledgement of their presence.  Southerners have a knack for smiling and waving as we drive down the road.  Sometimes if I can't get my hand up in time or don't recognize the friend in time, I feel guilty and hope they don't think I was being rude.
      As a kid, I remember giving the big rig drivers the honking sign thru the car window.  They would often smile and wave at me before they blew their horn for me.  I think they got a kick out of it as much as I did.
      It doesn't take much to shine a little light into someone's path.  Just a smile and a wave can make someone's day.

Thursday, June 7, 2012



     Okay, I just have to say this first about this caption... I prefer, no I insist, that all of my helpers have clothes  This picture also reminds me of Marge Nosek for some reason.  She liked hot tea and I often saw her at her dining table.
     Helping others is a way to show God's love to others.  One day we will all be defined as old, like me, by what the Bible says...John 21;18 ''Very truly I tell you, when you were younger you dressed yourself and went where you wanted; but when you are old you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will dress you and lead you where you do not want to go.”  I think aging is part of the transformation of ourselves into Christ's image because it takes patience, humility, kindness, self-control, and more patience.
    I can tell you if those helping hands aren't motivated with love, they aren't as much help.  I saw a sign yesterday while shopping that said,  ''If things get any worse, I'm going to ask you to STOP HELPING!''  We've all heard it or said it after a disaster occurs, ''I was just trying to help.''  We can't say love wasn't intended because accidents do happen but there are those times when you rush the help just to get it done.  Not so love motivated, huh?
    1 Corinthians 13; 1-8  ''If I speak in human or angelic tongues, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.
    Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.  It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.  Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.  It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
Love never fails.''

Let all that you do be done in love<3

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Way Back Wednesday---Stuffed Animals

     This picture was taken in February 1980 in our home in Stuttgart, AR.  I was 8years old here.  I have always been a fan of stuffed animals. I was never that much into dolls.  This bear looks so big but when I went thru my collection, not too long ago, he didn't look the same as I remembered...he shrunk!  My bedroom used to be what is now the office.  The ceiling was once covered with stuffed animals hanging from fishing line.
     My largest stuffed animal was Gordy. [ yes, they all had names]  He is a large gorilla that I won at Libertyland amusement park in Memphis.  It was the game where you throw rings on milk bottles.
     Some of you may not understand this but as an only child, my stuffed animals were like my 'chosen' siblings. I talked to them and shared with them both my joys and frustrations of childhood.  Don't get me wrong, I was never one who wanted or longed for a sibling.  My parents asked me at age 10, if I'd like a brother or sister?  I didn't even have to think about it.. Nope!  I'm sure some will say I don't know what I'm missing but I'm okay with that.
      God gives us all what we need in life.  I have friends that are my true sisters and brothers in Christ.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

So? What About Me?


     Have you ever came home to this kind of greeting after a bad day?  Your kids or your spouse meet you at the door with 'their' list of needs that need attention right this very second?  All you need is five to ten minutes to collect yourself, right?  Locking yourself in the bathroom seems like a reasonable option.
     So let's say you do get those few minutes to yourself, what's the best way to use that time?  Recount all the bad things that happened that day?  No.  Prepare your outlash remarks for when you do come out?  No.  Take the time to pray for a peaceful disposition, a righteous attitude and a forgiving heart for those you felt wronged you that day?  Yes, most definetely the best use of your time.
     For those waiting at the door ready to ambush you with requests, Patience.  Timing can make a world of difference in the response you get.
     We all have responsibilities that must get done but when we think and care about each other's needs first, it can be done alot smoother and peacefully.

Sunday, June 3, 2012


     For those of you who didn't see my video at the recital, here they are.  'In Christ Alone' and 'Day by Day' are the two songs I've been working on with Phillip.




(1)  Sometime this month (June) I hope to make a trip to Liberia to take 15 chapters through the next step of the translation process.  I’ll be working in Exodus with Isaac (an animist) and in Mark with Joe (a true believer).  Pray for our time together, that God will speak to these two men through His word as we work together.
(2)  Pray for the “Felix family” --- Felix is an elder in our village, and an animist.  His 5 sons, however, attend the Assembly of God church in our village.  Pray that God will have His way in the lives of these five young men:  Kwia (32 yrs old), Kuro (30 yrs old), Francis (28 yrs old), Michael (24 yrs old), Kwamle (19 yrs old); plus his grandson, Caesar (16 yrs old).


We have our Parents in Action camp.  Please pray for enthusiasm among the families, and that this would result in a zeal
among the parents to work diligently with their children, teaching them the ways of the Lord and studying the Word with
them daily.

Continue to pray with us for Lourdes and her family, who come faithfully to church, but we are uncertain
as to their commitment to Christ.


1. As we continue to wait for clarity on whether or not we should go to Mexico, please pray that God would fill us with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so that we might live worthily of the Lord and please Him in all respects...Col 1:9b-11
2. Blessings on the new Bible study in Romans, may it stimulate great spiritual growth in those who attend.
1. Continue to pray for Guille and her daughter Nancy. After the extortion, they have not come back to the ladies meeting. May the Lord strengthen their faith in His goodness and faithfulness, and may Antonio, Guille's husband, come to know our Lord Jesus Christ as his Savior. May the Lord give us the wisdom as a church how to reach out to them in love and compassion.

2. Baptisms: Praise the Lord! Juan (who was picked up by the federals a couple months ago, thanks for praying!) and Erika are getting baptized this Sunday! Please, continue to pray for their marriage and their spiritual growth. Erika has been too busy to make it to the ladies studies, but Juan continues to faithfully attend the men 's study, and helps to serve the Lord's supper. Also, Laura is taking this step of obedience after 16 years of having confessed to be a believer (she was one of the reasons that brought us to minister here in Puruandiro 14 years ago). May her husband Jose, her two teenagers Rafa and Reni, and her daughter Diana, experience her sincere love and gratitude for her Lord and Savior.  

Friday, June 1, 2012

Call It What It Is


     Good grief, I hate the promotion of socialism here in the US.  I am referring to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg wanting to ban super-sized soft drinks available at restaurants, arenas and movie theaters. Any sugary drinks larger than 16 ounces would be prohibited in this new law.  If it begins here, where does it end?  If they make you drink less, then surely they'll limit how much toilet paper is on a roll next, right?  Will the Seinfeld line 'Can you spare a square?' become a reality of daily life?  Yes, it sounds ridiculous but so does the idea of making me buy two drinks instead of one to get the desired amount I want at double the cost.  Why aren't people outraged at the mere thought of limiting our freedoms?  Why aren't the avid recyclers balking at creating more waste?  Oh sure, they claim it's for our benefit.  The media is even promoting it as an effort to curb obesity in society by telling us how many calories and grams of sugar are in a certain amount sized cup.  I've also heard that they are shrinking the size of candy bars too.  Let's call it what it is!  It's government control of your individual rights!
     A missionary friend of mine now lives in the Ukraine.  He and his wife had to go two weeks this winter without hot water because it is government controlled.  Is that what you want from your government?
     If I could say one statement to Bloomberg, it would be ''Don't try to make decisions for me and DON'T MESS WITH MY SWEET TEA!'