Sunday, March 18, 2018


Psalm 46:10  Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!

A wise word from the Lord is here; may we heed what He has to say,
You and I know that we hustle about and hardly have time to pray.
So in a simple command the Lord comes and says "be still,"
And He does this so we will know Him and always do His will.
When we truly do as He says, our lives will count for Him,
And He will be exalted and our joy will be filled to the brim.  (RP)

Every year it still takes me by surprise. I'm talking about Spring. At the grocery store the flowers were freshly on display. When I drove to Lynden. a tree was completely covered with beautiful pink flowers. Then I came home and the rose bush which I had intended to prune, had green new leaves. The grass in our lawn needs cutting, and my yard man will come and do that soon. Spring, that intriguing time of the year that happens near Easter, to remind us of new beginnings and the resurrection of Jesus. I trust you will have a blessed day worshiping at church. Thanks so much for praying.

Saturday, March 17, 2018


Ephesians 5:20 giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ...

In a way, it is easy to be thankless; we demonstrate it every day,
We are all so busy, and life is fast, and we just go about our way.
How nice it would be if Christians thanked God in a word of prayer,
Letting Him know from time to time that for His kindness you do care. (RP)

I am sure you notice all the time how busy we get. Now, in my recovery, and the fact I can drive again, I have so many things to do. Yesterday I was on the go all the time. I have to stop and remember I am in the recovery mode, therefore must rest from time to time. My infusion duties (eating) take about four hours a day. I must combine them with constant swallow techniques I am being taught by my speech therapist. By the time you take four hours out of your day, you really have to plan, to work everything else in. I am learning, and appreciate so much your prayers for me. Thank you. 

Friday, March 16, 2018


Romans 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.

Doing things God's way is always the best for us.
We better get in line with Him, and forget the fuss.
In Christ, no condemnation, what a record to hold!
So why not do what is right and join this joyful fold.
When one is truly born again, new life is his lot,
And all the blessings that come, cannot be bought. (RP)

Referrals are what I have to request from my family doctor if I want a specialist or special doctor to treat one of my health problems.  He in turn petitions my insurance company. None have ever been fully denied, although they don't always pay the bill either.  Since Margie died, I have had a lot of them. One by one I am trying to get back in shape so I can get back in service for the Lord. My next appointment is to see a doctor in orthopedics. My shoulders have been keeping me awake some at night, and I want to get some relief. Oh my, these bodies do require attention. I have had my share of mine. But one nurse who checked me in at the E.R. once said there was hardly anything in their computer system on me. Thankfully up until now, I have been in good health.  Thanks so much for praying for me during this time of recovery. I appreciates it. 

Thursday, March 15, 2018


John 12:32 And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all peoples to Myself.

In an ego infested world, where each one wants his own way, 
No wonder things are in a mess and the world in a state of decay.
Jesus promised something great in these words spoken long ago,
So I trust we pay attention, and learn something we should know.
If Jesus is exalted and preached, things happen all over the place,
People all over the world pay attention and are saved by His grace. (RP)

I was blessed yesterday by receiving a report from a former member of our church who is presently in missionary work. This man and his family have been gone for many years from our church. It is so special through modern media, to be able to communicate this way. To hear his testimony of what God is doing in his life, thrills me.  The same happens to me via Facebook where many Brazilian friends and former students have "found me", and are telling me about their lives. A great group of faithful prayer warriors has arisen, which has helped me much during my surgeries and recovery. Thank God for friends and ways to maintain communication.  Thanks, dear ones, for your prayers. 

Wednesday, March 14, 2018


Psalm 73:28 But it is good for me to draw near to God; I have put my trust in the Lord GOD, That I may declare all Your works. 

God gives us directions so plainly today; it is hard to miss the cue,
I trust that all will see it now, and gladly obey and follow through,
We first draw near to God; this is where we should always abide,
Next we trust him with all our heart;  it is great to be on His side. 
When you do this the result is sure: then you will declare His works,
And for all who faithfully comply, there are loads and loads of perks.  (RP)

At my therapy session yesterday, I started putting things in my mouth and I frankly was uncomfortable. Having failed 5 swallow tests, I was not interested in putting any food item there for fear it would land up in my lungs. The "food" they use is called "heavy". It is exactly that. Ice cream that does not melt away to a watery level is an example. Other things are thickened by using a xanthan gum. Cooks are acquainted with this product. I have been using tiny bits of water for the therapy sessions at home, but proper preparation precedes each therapy session. I brush my teeth and my tongue 4 or 5 times a day. The specialists tell us that in this way, the water that does go into the lungs, will not cause pneumonia.  But the solid or thickened items, I am still leery about. I certainly do not want to come the road I have traveled for a few weeks with all the victories, to end it with pneumonia. Please pray and I thank you sincerely for helping me this way.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018


John 14:13 And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.

What a powerful resource in prayer is granted believers today,
Imagine the wealth of God's promise; obviously we should not delay.
Asking for something in His name, means we are related to Him,
And our prayers should be thoughtful and wise, not done on a whim.
Each thing requested in prayer should be done with one thing in mind,
We want to honor our Lord, and keep the name of His Son enshrined.  (RP)

Today I go for my second appointment with the speech therapist. I have done thousands of therapies at home since my first assignment from her a couple of weeks ago. The human body is so complex, but I am curious how my surgery last week interacts with the swallowing therapy routines I am presently doing. Everybody says my voice is stronger, now I want to know if the swallowing techniques will help me some day be able to eat normally. My surgeon told me the procedure done last Wednesday is temporary. I am asking God if it is His will, maybe He could turn it into a permanent fix. I want His will in it, of course. Thanks so much for praying.

Monday, March 12, 2018


John 10:27 My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.

God's wonderful care of His sheep, is indeed a marvelous thing,
We hear His voice as He speaks to us; and in our hearts we sing. 
Because we know our Shepherd, it is natural we want to follow,
We talk to others of Him, we are sure this message is not hollow.
Come, follow Jesus, you who are burdened down with your sin,
He will save you, and forgive your sins, and gladly welcome you in. (RP)

What a treat we had yesterday at our Missions Conference during Sunday School and the morning service. Ethan and Melissa Molsee and the their 4 boys were with us. Their report was encouraging from Mango, Togo (Africa). Our church supports them.  For me the day is occupied mostly with "infusion meals" and doing special therapy routines, in the attempt to some day, God willing, eat food normally. This week I have a session with the speech therapist in Bellingham. It was she who gave me these routines to help  and develop the swallowing muscles in this complex throat God graciously created. It is a marvel, and we praise Him because we are fearfully and wonderfully made. Thanks for praying.