Tuesday, October 23, 2018

PHYSICAL & SPIRITUAL HEARING

James 1:19  So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath;


Hearing is a God-given gift, and we must learn to use it well,
Some are blessed with perfect pitch, and hear as clear as a bell,
Many  are able to hear what is said but with  dullness in their ear,
They hear, but don't really hear, whether the source is far or near.
Science comes to the aid of these, with devices called hearing aids.
So now people hear what they missed for years, maybe even decades.
The spiritual side to all of this is that God wants us to listen to Him.
So please read the Bible, pray, and live His Word, and not be dim. (RP)

I have a hearing deficiency and use devices to help me. I have a loaner pair right now that I am returning today. My "old" ones are only 5 years old, but technology advances so quickly, they are now old. But that makes no difference, because I can have them tweak the old ones, and keep hearing the best I can without a huge expenditure of money.  Thanks for your prayers. 


Monday, October 22, 2018

STILL WAITING

And they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus. Acts 4:13 


Help me to live for You today in such a special way,That others will know without a doubt in my life, that He is on display. (R.P.)

I am asking you to pray that the medical referral will be released as soon as  possible, so I can have my stomach tube checked. It was supposed to be checked and or replaced every 11 weeks. It has now been with me for 10 months, and never looked at. I was  never told about this maintenance program. Normally the balloon inside my stomach on the end of the tube, prevents it from falling out.  It almost invariably deflates, and the tube comes out. I told the responsible people that without knowing any of that, I always hold the tape securely by tape. He said that may have prevented a collapse of the tubes usefulness. I pray so.  Thanks so much for praying. 

Sunday, October 21, 2018

THIS IS THE DAY

This is the day the LORD has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24

Each day is a gift from God, how we thank Him for it today,
As we move about our business, let's never forget to pray,
Thank God for all your blessings and be glad for what He's given,
And most of all give praise because you are saved and forgiven. (RP)

I trust you are glad for this day. What an opportunity to be able to attend church and study God's Word and study, and have fellowship with others. I pray it will be a good profitable time for each of us as we worship today. I had a wonderful day yesterday, preparing for next Friday's Bible class. How I enjoy studying the Word. Thank you for your prayers.

Saturday, October 20, 2018

MALAWI, AFRICA

Joshua 1:9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go."

Each day we are challenged by foes from without, trying to upset our way,
God gives us here, words strong and clear, with courage and strength for today.
His strength gives courage as we live for Him, and he removes our fears,
And as we look back over His leading us, we see it's been this way for years.
So stand tall dear Christian for the Lord today, 
He is with you all the way,And that means His word can be relied upon, today and every day.(RP)

(Margie's clothes going to the mission field of Malawi, Africa)


Dear friends, Hans and Caroline Shauer, go to Malawi, Africa quite often.  I asked them about Margie's clothes, and they were more than willing to take them for the people in the area where they work.  So last Thursday, Caroline came and took 9 boxes of clothes I had folded and placed in boxes. you see them in the photo above.  It was a year ago last  night, Rawlie and I went to the hospital to get Margie's things. I was so very glad for his help to me during those tender moments and still today. God is good and His comfort and grace are without measure. Thanks for praying.

Friday, October 19, 2018

MARGIE'S ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY HOME GOING.

MARJORIE POULSON
(07-16-1930 -- 10-19-2017)

Psalm 34:3 Oh, magnify the LORD with me, And let us exalt His name together.

How sweet these words roll off the tongue; they teach me precious things.
In '54 we said our vows; this verse in our hearts, and on our fingers, rings. 
My mind goes back a year ago, when I said goodbye to her, on my way to "work."
At the church, I talked and prayed with folks, my duty I did not want to shirk.
When I said goodbye to Margie, she mumbled some unknown words, because she was having a stroke.
I called the paramedics; they took her to St. Joseph E.R. She never again spoke.
My heart was heavy as she tried to talk,and say some words; the stroke had taken its toll.
Her condition grew worse and they tried everything; I knew the countdown was there.
Heart monitors were removed, and eating stopped, and of the result, I was fully aware.
I sat for hours holding her hand, trying to sing through my tears, as my heart broke,
But down deep inside, there was still God's peace, giving grace, just like He spoke.
Her hospital room was her Hospice House, graciously provided by the staff.
And it was touching indeed the care received, and love given on their behalf.
My family and friends and her doctor were there, to spend time by her failing side,
But I know way down deep in her heart, by her Savior she wanted to abide.
On October 19, at 8 pm, after 12 hours with her that day, I had to rest.
Two hours later I received the call: she died at 10:15. She had done her BEST.
Now with Jesus, in her heavenly home, we rejoice that her long battle was won,
I think when she met Jesus and knelt at His feet, she heard His words: WELL DONE. 
Thank God He allowed me to live with her for sixty-three wonderful, special years,
And the memories are great of those precious times; I'll see her again when He appears. 

(Written October 18, 2018, 7:00 PM – Ralph Poulson)



Thursday, October 18, 2018

APPRECIATION

Joshua 1:9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go."

Each day we are challenged by foes from without, trying to upset our way,
God gives us here words strong and clear, with courage and strength for today.
His strength gives courage as we live for Him, and he removes our fears,
And as we look back over His leading us, we see it's been this way for years.
So stand tall dear Christian for the Lord today, He is with you all the way,
And that means His word can be relied upon, today and every day.(RP)

My son Rawlie and his wife Gina, and my grandchildren, have always been attentive to Margie and me. Now by myself, they continue that loving care. Rawlie and Gina and two of the grand children came last Saturday, but Rawlie stayed here until yesterday late afternoon. It was so nice having his company. Even though he spends the entire day at his work in the dining room, he is here and occasionally we can talk. The evenings are more free for time to visit. But the main thing, is his desire to be here to give me company. I deeply appreciate it especially as I approach the one year mark of Margie's passing. Thanks so much for praying. 

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

MORE ABOUT THE BOOK

By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to the place which he would receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going. 
Hebrews 11:8

God looks for his people who will walk by faith, obeying His every command,
Taking them to places He chooses, following faithfully what is planned.
By-faith walkers go,not knowing end results; they are only asked to obey,
At the end of the journey an inheritance stands, all because they did not delay.  (RP)

I was amazed at how quickly the publisher handles things. When I returned the draft copy of changes I desired on the front and back cover of the book, they had it back to me yesterday with all corrections made. I was impressed. Who knows, by the way they are doing things now, maybe the book will be published before Christmas. That would be nice. Thanks for praying.