Sunday, November 30, 2008
Heavenly Father, I praise You because You are In Control. You know about my trip and you know about the weather. Please, help me to remain calm and trust in You. All things work together for good to those who love God...
Lord, thank You for my parents. I have so much to be thankful for. Thank You for drawing them to Yourself. You led them through their lives, You healed them when they were sick. You gave them strength when they were weak. You blessed them with Your Presence. Thank You.
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Lord, thank You for helping me to buy this last summer. It's so much less work than the real trees we've bought for years and years. Help us to remember that the Christmas tree represents life. I praise You because You are Life.
Lord, thank You for my granddaughter's. Thank You for the good times we have. Help me to be patient. Help me to set a good example for them.
Friday, November 28, 2008
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Thank You, Lord, for family.
Lord, thank You for Bella. Thank You that she's learning to read. She's a precious child.
Lord, thank You for this wonderful Thanksgiving holiday. Help us to reflect on how many blessings You have given us. Thank You, most of all for Jesus.
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Our pastor's have been putting up banners in their sermons for us to live by. They are really good...
- THERE IS A GOD IN HEAVEN...
- SEEK GOD AND LIVE...
- WE ARE ALL CREATED IN GOD'S IMAGE...BUT WE ARE ALL DIFFERENT...
- WE CANNOT HELP SPEAKING ABOUT WHAT WE HAVE SEEN AND HEARD... Acts 4:20
- YES, LORD...
We went to visit Jerry's sister today. She's doing well for 80. Afterward we stopped at Meijer's for a few groceries I need for Thanksgiving dinner, like apples for pie, etc. Then Jerry surprised me by going to Applebee's for supper! We didn't go to Logan's yesterday like we usually do. Getting sick last week has put a damper on our eating there.
I'm trying to get ready for Thanksgiving, going to Colorado to see my mom, write the next newsletter so I get it out on time (going away for a week causes a problem). So much to do...
Thank You, Lord, for good health. Thank You for our pastor's and for the way they keep us challenged. Help me to keep focused on You with the business of my days.
Monday, November 24, 2008
I love to arrive a little early because the piano and organ are always playing the most beautiful prelude. It takes me back to the days of my youth when we went to youth rallies and other services where the piano and organ played such beautiful music. My family lived in Winona Lake, Indiana for a few years and the Billy Sunday Tabernacle was the place to be, every day, afternoon and evening.
Singing with folks who who used to be part of our church but left because of some disgruntle, is the only hard part of a community sing. It's good to see them again but it's sad because, apparently they are searching for the perfect church. But there is no perfect church because churches are made up of imperfect people. I'm not in perfect agreement with all the changes in our church but I am in agreement with the doctrine of our church, and that outweighs any differences in opinion.
An interesting and fun part was being recognized by Gloria. She asked how I am and what I'm doing now! I told her I'm sorry but I don't know her but I love her singing and her piano playing. She said I do know her, from years ago when I was the caller of substitute teachers! She worked in the administration office. She heard someone say my name and remembered I was the caller.
It was fun reminiscing with her. She's very attractive and dresses nicely, and is very talented as a singer and pianist.
Lord, thank You for the beautiful music we listened to and participated in last evening. We truly worshipped You.
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Dear Lord, thank You for Annie. She's a wonderful granddaughter with so much potential. I know that You have a special plan just for her. Please keep Your Hand upon her. Teenagers have so much pressure on them these days. Help her to always live for You. Work out the plan that you have for her life. I love her so much and You love her even more!
Friday, November 21, 2008
Lord, I love You and I Praise You. Thank You for creating us the way You did with emotions. Thank You for the blessings You have given to me...to us. I know I'm not deserving but I do thank You. Help me to only glorify You.
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Thank You, Lord, for such a wonderful blessing!!!
Heavenly Father, thank You, thank You, thank You! This is truly a blessing and I thank You.
I need to back up here to tell you I have purchased tickets to go to see my mom in Colorado on Dec. 1 through 6. I'll be staying with my brother and sister-in-law, Bill and Vel. Yesterday, not even knowing I'd been sick, my younger daughter, Christy, called to tell me that she and my older daughter, Pam, have also purchased tickets to Colorado to visit Grandma! Their time coincides with mine, although I'll have a few days with Mother before they arrive, which is very good of them. They are renting a car and are staying with my niece, their cousin, Lisa. They made all these arrangements before calling to tell me! I wish, more than ever, that Jerry was going with me. At the same time, I'm very grateful that he is sending me off with his best wishes.
Thank You, Lord, for daughter's. Thank You for love which gives us the desire to visit with our mom's and grandma's. Thank You for my mom. One of these days she'll be leaving us to go to live with You. What a glorious day that will be for her! Thank You for giving her a clear mind so even in her old age she can know us and visit with us. Please give us safety traveling, and a good meaningful time with Mother.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
I know today is Wordless Wednesday but Jerry didn't take a picture of me yesterday in the bathroom! Aren't you glad!!!
Lord, I Praise You because You are our Healer. Thank you for touching me and helping me to get over whatever it was. Help me now to get my strength back.
Monday, November 17, 2008
We had Sydney and Haleigh with us but they kept each other busy. Ted and Bella came home after church, I had left soup mugs of taco soup for them. They left to go home about 4:00.
At 6:00 the folks in our small group all arrived at once! Only one was missing...John went up north hunting. We had a good discussion of the sermons from last Sunday and today. They all left about 7:45 so they'd be home in time to watch Extreme Makeover. It was about a family who had adopted five Haitian boys and three inner city boys. It was very good, I'm so glad I got to watch it. I hope you did too!
Heavenly Father, thank You for yesterday; for the good service first thing, then for giving us such good food and fellowship; for our time with Ted, Sydney, and Bella; and for our small group and our good meaningful discussions. Thank You for giving us strength to make it through the day. I love You, Lord.
Our good friend, Harold, took this picture of this pair of Eastern Blue Birds just last week in his back yard. He said there were five or six bluebirds and they were here for about a week! They were probably on their way south and stopped off to rest for a few days. He sent this picture to me with permission to post it.
Thank You, Lord, for the beauty of Your Creation!
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Lord, thank you for questions that tell me folks are interested in my simple life. Life would be pretty dull without friends. Thank you, Lord.
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
I've listed here men, just in our family, that have served in the armed forces.
Louis H. - Army WWI
Richard A. - Army WWII
Bob A. - Army WWII
Roger B. - Navy WWII
Harry S. - Army WWII
LJ W. - Army WWII
Richard W. - Army Korean
Jim A. - Army Korean
Bob G. - Army Viet Nam
Jerry A. - National Guard Viet Nam
Roger B. - National Guard
Sean B - Army
Woody W. - Army Desert Storm
I know there are more and I'll add their names as they come to me. We love each of these men. One was killed - Louis, in WWI. Richard lost his legs in WWII. Bob contacted a disease in WWII.
But they all suffered in one way or another so we could have freedom. We love you. I heard a report today that in the month of October there were no American GI's killed in Baghdad... Thank you, Lord.
Thank You, for our servicemen/women. It's so hard to see them go and then when they are injured or killed, it's so hard. Sometimes they suffer but no injuries are apparent. Please be with them all. Thank You for our country.
Monday, November 10, 2008
Lord, thank you for Ted. We know that You are In Control even when things don't turn out the way we think they will. You have a plan for him. You love him. You are Love.
Saturday, November 08, 2008
Thursday, November 06, 2008
Anita, the prayer you quote on your blog is not by Billy Graham. It was by Joe Wright. The story is below. Thought you would appreciate the facts. Love, bro.
Pastor Joe Wright’s Shocking Prayer
Not what the Kansas Legislature expected
This event took place in the Kansas state House of Representatives in Topeka on January 23, 1996. Joe Wright, pastor of Central Christian Church in Wichita was guest chaplain that day and was asked to open the session with a prayer. Everyone was expecting the usual bland prayer, full of generalities and fluff. But instead, what they heard was a prayer of repentance written by Bob Russell, pastor of Southeast Christian Church in Louisville, Kentucky. The legislators were not ready for what they heard. This is the prayer.
Heavenly Father, We come before you today to ask your forgiveness and seek your direction and guidance. We know Your word says, ''Woe to those who call evil good,'' but that's exactly what we have done.
We have lost our Spiritual equilibrium and inverted our values. We confess that; we have ridiculed the absolute truth of your word and called it pluralism; we have worshipped other gods and called it multiculturalism; we have endorsed perversion and called it an alternative lifestyle.
We have exploited the poor and called it the lottery; we have neglected the needy and called it self preservation; we have rewarded laziness and called it welfare. We have killed our unborn and called it choice; We have shot abortionists and called it justifiable,
We have neglected to discipline our children and called it building self-esteem; we have abused power and called it political savvy; we have coveted our neighbor's possessions and called it ambition.
We have polluted the air with profanity and pornography and called it freedom of expression; we have ridiculed the time-honored values of our forefathers and called it enlightenment.
Search us, O God, and know our hearts today; try us and see if there be some wicked way in us; cleanse us from every sin and set us free. Guide and bless these men and women who have been sent here by the people of this state and who have been ordained by you, to govern this great state of Kansas. Grant them your wisdom to rule and may their decisions direct us to the center of Your Will.
I ask in in the name of your Son, The Living Savior, Jesus Christ.
The response was immediate. One member of the legislative body walked out in protest and others were very critical. The controversy didn't end there. Later, in the Colorado House, Republican representative Mark Paschall angered lawmakers by using Joe Wright's prayer as the invocation. Some members there also walked out in protest.
Newscaster Paul Harvey aired the story and the prayer. He got such a large response that a special phone number was set up to handle the calls. He's aired it a couple more times since.
In six short weeks, Central Christian Church logged more than 5,000 phone calls of which only 47 were negative.
Isn’t it amazing how refreshing the unvarnished truth can be?
Adapted from news reports
As it came to me:
'Heavenly Father, we come before you today to ask your forgiveness and to seek your direction and guidance. We know Your Word says, 'Woe to those who call evil good,' but that is exactly what we have done. We have lost our spiritual equilibrium and reversed our values. We have exploited the poor and called it the lottery. We have rewarded laziness and called it welfare. We have killed our unborn and called it choice. We have shot abortionists and called it justifiable. We have neglected to discipline our children and called it building self esteem. We have abused power and called it politics. We have coveted our neighbor's possessions and called it ambition. We have polluted the air with profanity and pornography and called it freedom of expression. We have ridiculed the time-honored values of our forefathers and called it enlightenment. Search us, Oh God, and know our hearts today; cleanse us from every sin and Set us free. Amen!'
Commentator Paul Harvey aired this prayer on his radio program, 'The Rest of the Story,' and received a larger response to this program than any other he has ever aired. With the Lord's help, may this prayer sweep over our nation and wholeheartedly become our desire so that we again can be called 'One nation under God.'
Lord, thank You for letting us get city water. We've had well water for 44 years! We thank you for our good water but we're more thankful for our city water.