Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Studying and Snowing...Hopefully

Today I spend most of the morning studying and then we drove over to Spruce Pine to gather our Christmas Decorations. When will we decorate? Not sure! There will be no kids here this year, and TC will be gone for half the month at work, but we are determined to decorate and light up our little hill. It has rained all day and they are calling for snow tomorrow. Let it snow!!!

Schedules and Scripture

I was glad for TC to come home last Friday. when she arrived she was very tired and then got sick. I am glad that she has recovered and is feeling a lot better. she goes back next Friday and will be working a varying schedule until she gets on a regular schedule in a week or so. Good news, she is off on Thanksgiving so we will make it to Mom and Dad's on Thursday after all.
  It seems that the struggle progresses each day and by struggle I mean life. God never said it would be easy, but He did promise to be faithful, and Faithful He has been. While I would never share personal stories that would be offensive, I am a pastor of a Southern Baptist Church, so with that comes let call it, "certain days". I am certain that some days will be hard, long and challenging, but I am equally certain that there will be days full of joy, peace and love. Jesus said in John 16:33 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.

This pretty much sums it all up. God is good, ALL the Time!!!

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Time and Thinking

Yesterday after some morning meetings, I took the dogs and went to Ebeneezer to visit TC. We went out to lunch and let the dogs run a little bit. Smudges was so very happy to see her Mommy. Back to the office for a little bit getting some prices and preparing for the nights business meeting. Many people dread or even skip business meetings, but yet I have always enjoyed them. I do like it when we are able to make them more positive, as in what we are doing is a good thing. To live in a free country, and to be part of a church with congregational structure where every member has a vote is nothing to take for granted. More meetings and some studying to day is what's on the agenda. Can't wait for TC to come home tomorrow.

Monday, November 18, 2013

God's Will

It's been busy trying to catch up and get prepared for several meetings. TC went to work at Ebeneezer Christina Children Home on Saturday. this is a new journey for us as she will be working 7 days on and 7 days off so it will be a challenge but we believe it is God's Will. In these days we are deeply searching for God's will in many things in our lives. That is the most important thing to us is following the path that God has provided for us. I can say that it is times like this that it is wonderful to have such wonderful pastor friends and brothers. I only hope that I am being supportive as they are to me.

Friday, November 15, 2013

OWLS Beach Trip 2013

What an awesome time we had at the Senior's beach trip. Our Senior group "The Owls" had a wonderful time. We enjoyed all the shows, the meals and mostly the fellowship. such bright and beautiful faces. Here are but a few of the pics from our week....

A special thanks to Harry and especially Janie Ashley for leading our trip and to Bobby and Edith Osborne for driving and just being who they are...

Saturday, November 09, 2013

Sappers Forward- Veterans Day

A Veteran...as someone once said, I is one. I served in the 10th Mountain Division in the 80's where all we did was train for cold weather fighting and preparing to go to war with Russia. I reckon all that did some good when the 10th reeked some havoc in Afghanistan. To all Veterans who have served I salute you. I love my brothers I served with, even when we didn't like each other. Sappers Forward!

Friday, November 08, 2013

My Hope W/ Billy Graham

Like many I watched the wonderful message from Billy Graham and I was just thinking.....What an example of how to manage a ministry, not a church but a ministry. The legacy he leaves behind is incredible. Son's and daughters, grand kids even proclaiming the name above all other names. Two things: 1.) Other evangelists should take note 2.) Those who desire to support such ministries should do so with this in mind. A clear message, a loving heart and a commitment to open reviews of the ministries finances. While Franklin and Will continue the legacy, I was glad to see Greg Laurie there, who I think personally is America's greatest evangelist in modern times. It does remind me that as much as these ministries need our support, and should get it, our first fruits should go to the local church. I think it is in incredible that the message of the night was this; the best to reach people with the gospel is first hand, face to face, friend to friend, personally and physically. God bless Billy Graham.

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Grand Kids....

How incredible last weekend was. In a surprise twist we were able to pick up John on Thursday and take him back on Monday. We really enjoyed the weekend. We really enjoy spending timer with our Grandson. I love hearing, "Hey Grandpa". We took John to one of our church members who has a large farm and plenty of tractors...Her are some pics of that, riding around on the tractor and riding the wooden horse at home....What a kid!!!

Sunday, November 03, 2013