Friday, November 17, 2017


In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
1 John 4:10

The depths of God's love we can't comprehend, we just read it and accept it as fact,
We do this by faith knowing full well what's here: from His love we cannot distract.
His love sent His Son to save us from sin and prepare us for our home up above,
And all this was done through His sacrifice great and sealed by His blood with love. (RP)

Three things changed my routine after visiting the specialists at Virginia Mason Hospital in Seattle.

1. Walking. Margie & I walked a mile a day for years. In Margie's later years, she feared I would fall if I walked alone, so I stopped. Now I resume and started yesterday.

2.Taking the blood pressure medication. As I said before, this is the first prescription medication this old man has ever taken.

3. Liquid diet. Because the mass on my thyroid is pushing all the "pipes" out of kilter, they strongly suggested I go liquid. Before, I was choking severely, causing my throat to be sore.  I must be careful. 

Any suggestions?  Did you know you can click on the "comment" link below, and send me a message anytime. If you care to put your name in the sentence, that helps me to know who sent it. Thanks so much for praying. 

Thursday, November 16, 2017


1 Peter 3:8 Finally, all of you be of one mind, having compassion for one another; love as brothers, be tenderhearted, be courteous.

What wonderful counsel is given us, in these words by Peter today,
So practical and plain and easily understood, as we walk along the way.
No one is exempt for ALL should be of one mind,
And if obeyed it is clear all who do will be kind.
Let compassion,tenderheartedness and love, rule as you do your work,
And the end result will be peace for you and your duty you will not shirk. (RP)

Yesterday I had my will updated. Several things needed to be changed now that Margie is no longer with us. I want all in order before surgery. I stopped by the new Christian book store in Lynden on way home, and also Safeway. The rest of the day I mostly worked on Friday Bible class lesson. Last night for fellowship, we had pastor Kiyle Decker and his family. They leave today for Eureka, CA.  Thank you for your prayers.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017


For I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content.  Philip.1:11

It’s hard to learn this lesson, Lord for we who are so weak,
But give us faith & courage, Your will to always seek.(RP)

We arrived at Virginia Mason in time for our scheduled appointments. The first surgeon explained how things were in my throat. NOT GOOD. The mass, growth goiter, or whatever you desire to call it, is pushing against wind pipe, esophagus, etc, etc. He thought it best to wait until the New Year to do surgery, but I must have it done. The next surgeon's nurse found an irregularity in my heart and ordered an EKG. After that I was sent to a cardiologist. She, Dr. Harper put me on blood pressure medicine and ordered a stress test, etc., in December. SO, for the first time in my 86-1/2 plus years, I am on prescription medication. So to say I am not taking prescription medication ended yesterday. I am not worried, upset or wringing my hands over these things. God allowed me to be healthy to care for Margie. Now that she is gone, it's my turn to face these issues. I take them cheerfully from the Lord. Thanks for praying. We were able to witness Jesus Christ to those who cared for me yesterday. It was rewarding. 

Tuesday, November 14, 2017


Matthew 6:33  But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you

To have the best in life  we better do things God's way,
Just listen to His Word and do what He would say.
Seeking Him and all He has for us we will win,
And He’ll give us what we should have and that's the way to begin.(RP)

This morning I drive to Rawlie's house and he will be my driver to Virginia Mason Hospital in Seattle.  At 12:15 I meet first with Dr. Bayles, head and throat specialist. At 1:30 another consultation with Dr. Kuppusamy, thoracic surgeon.  I have no idea how long this will take, but when it is over, Rawlie will drive me to his house, and I will drive from there to my place in Ferndale. All this is preceded by the words: "The Lord willing". Please pray for wisdom for the doctors and for my trip. High winds are in the forecast. Yesterday they were clocked around here at 60 mph.  Thanks for praying. 

Monday, November 13, 2017


        And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.Heb 4:13

God does not play hide and seek nor does He jest for fun,
We are exposed to His holy gaze and He will judge each one. 
Our ways our open wide to Him and we are accountable to Him,
And any one outside of Christ, hope for the future is dim.(RP)

Rawlie was with me several days last week and I deeply appreciated his help. We had coffee before Sunday School, then he headed for home. We listened to our pastoral candidate Liyle Decker in Sunday School, morning & evening services. It was a great time to get acquainted with him and his family. Today I do more red tape stuff, preparing for tomorrow's appointments, and matters relating to Margie's legal things. Thanks for praying.

Sunday, November 12, 2017


1 Peter 2:9 But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;

Believers in Christ have a job to do, God's Word spells it out for us,
To Him we are special and He tell us so in this verse we are about to discuss.
To be chosen,royal,holy and special is more than we can take,
And to think He called us from darkness to Him, why would we now forsake.
So now we proclaim Him to all who will hear, this wonderful message of light,
And urge them to surrender their souls to His care, acknowledging his power and might. (RP)

Lasts night and until Wednesday night, our church is hosting Pastor Kiyle Decker, his wife Anissa, and their children to our church. Last night a potluck meal was enjoyed by all who attended, followed by a get-acquainted time. It was a wonderful time together, and we look forward to more this morning and the next few days. Yesterday I continued working on our book, and was able to get 20 more chapters printed. Thanks so much for praying.

Saturday, November 11, 2017


Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.Philippians 4:6-7

Worry is a common ill, that seems to get us all,
And Paul here gives some help for us so that we will never fall.
Prayer is the cure for worry we know and what a joy to know
The peace and a guarded heart and mind- what more could He bestow.
So Christian, give your worries to Him with prayer and a thankful heart,

And you will experience His blessings galore and a peace that will not depart.(RP)

The first priority of the day was to get my hearing aid devices fixed. One had gone dead. That trip to the audiologist and back took 2 hours of the day. After that I dedicated the rest of the day to our book. I was able to print 80 chapters of the book to send to our friend Laurel Hicks, who is editing them.It was a tearful but happy time as I realized Margie had done all the original research, finding topics for me to make into stories and include in the book. In the mail I received the packet from Virgina Mason clinic, so today I will be filling out the forms they request before our first interview Tuesday. Thanks so much for praying.