We had Pastor Appreciation this last Sunday

You know we don’t really take the time to share our hearts with our Pastors. So often they are just “always” there, and in our minds they always will be. pastor20appreciation20007My pastors are especially close to my heart because they were our friends first and we have watched the work in progress in their lives! They have this huge heart for people, no really, they love people! Kinda weird I know!!! They have been there for us in some really, really hard times this last year. I didn’t understand the move that God had us make to Welch, it just didn’t make sense for us to drive 35 miles one way to go to church when we could drive 2 miles and be at our home church in town! But God is sovereign and He sees what is coming down the road. We needed to be in Welch during this year. The things we were going to walk through with Michael would have been disastrous if Charlie had been consumed with a building program. We would have missed things that were very important had we been so busy we couldn’t see straight. Yes, we were still very busy, but it was a different kind of busy. Because of our pastors help and intervention when we were at a breaking point and ready to give up completely, Michael made it to MNTC where he is getting the help he needed so desperately. They have stood with us in prayer, encouraging us and Michael. They have been a great help during our time of great loss with the accident and Charlies mom’s death. They were there meeting needs before we even knew it was a need! Example: I found Pastor Trudy in my bedroom ironing shirts for the funeral the next day, while I was tending to a houseful of family totally oblivious to the fact that those shirts needed to be ironed! This is a small example of just one of the many things they did for us. If I start detailing everything this post will be for to long…okay so it is already for to long! I just wanted to make it clear on my blog how much I love these two people in our life. They often say the nicest things about Charlie and I and our family, but they are truly the amazing ones! Thank you Pastors Pat and Trudy for being who you are! We Love you dearly!!!!

Things are moving on…life dosn’t stand still

Sometimes it seems that things happen so fast. We just lost Charlie’s mom to a tragic accident, but life just keeps going, we still have work, school, church, etc…the grieving process seems to come in waves. We both are grieving the loss of this woman who was such an incredible frustration to us at times but loved us with everything in her! She was more and more the child and we were more and more the parent in our relationship with her.  Now that she is gone we realize the loss of what we had! She loved not just her son with everything in her but she loved me too, her daughter-in-law, who wasn’t always the good guy with her. I was the one who had to make sure she took her bath, brushed her teeth, didn’t spend all her money before the week was out…the thing is, I miss her, she always had time for me, I miss that I could stop by at anytime and she was ready and willing to go to lunch, go to the store, or anywhere just so she could spend that time with me. I am sad that I didn’t appreciate that while she was living.  So I want to say to all those of you who are caring for an elderely parent, no matter if they are yours or your spouses, cherish the time you have, overlook the frustrations and enjoy the good times, once they are gone it is done. Tell them you love them, hug them, even if they smell funny.

Life does go on…right now is our time to grieve but there will be a time of rejoicing in our lives again. Until that time comes, please understand if we don’t “seem ourselves” at times, this is going to take some time.

From “Todays Turning Point”

Yesterday was Election Day in the United States, and perhaps today you’re feeling troubled if one of your candidates lost or if some ballot initiative that you supported failed. Sometimes we worry even when our candidates win. The political consultant, Robert Strauss, was a Washington insider who advised presidents from Lyndon Johnson to the first George Bush. He once said:   “Everybody in government is like a bunch of ants on a log, floating down a river. Each one thinks he is guiding the log, but it’s really just going with the flow.”

Lord of the Future
Therefore, to you who believe, He is precious.
1 Peter 2:7
The truth is—the Lord holds sovereign sway over the currents of history. These are troubling times, but we have a powerful and precious Savior. It’s enough for us to leave the future in His hands, being fully persuaded that He has the power to keep what we have committed unto Him against that day.
Let’s pray for our leaders, intercede for our nation and world, and trust the Jesus Christ as Lord of the future.
Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.
Corrie ten Boom