Thursday, December 31, 2015


Matthew 6:34 
Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

Worry warts abound in the Christian ranks; it seems to be a disease, 
I have a word for them just now: could you just trust the Lord, please.
When we worry about tomorrow, it is a foolish gesture to be sure,
And to be very honest about it, it is really crazy and very immature.
Every day brings its own trouble, and sometimes nice things happen too,
So why not go with the flow, my friend, and just learn to trust God anew.
Just start all over to trust things to the Lord; He will work things out,
And in the end you will be content and in fact I think you will really shout.(RP)

Time flies, doesn't it?  Wow, where did 2015 go? There seems to be a direct connection between our age and the passing of time. Do I hear an AMEN? Yesterday we got the Christmas tree and all decorations put away. It is a good feeling to have it done. Margie baked while I did that. Several other things we did also, so I guess for old folks we had a profitable day. We trust you will also, and tomorrow things will get off to a good start. Thanks for praying. 

Wednesday, December 30, 2015


Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.
Luke 6:38

Christian giving is a privilege for every believer today, 
Generosity is the norm; this way it will always stay.
In old times measured grain always overflowed,
To the buyer this gesture was displayed and owed.
God blesses like long ago, so do not grudge to give,
Be honest in your giving; God will bless you as you live.(RP)

We awakened to a beautiful day. Last night there was an earthquake, which we did not feel, but many did. No damage was done, thankfully. Margie is baking today and when she finishes I will do some peppers. Yesterday our son found a place where the rats entered our garage before and literally started to chew up the gasket on our freezer door. Boy they are persistent. He filled the spot with foam and set more mouse traps. We hope this stops the destruction. 2015 is almost over. We are sure you remembered this. Thanks for praying.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015


2 Thessalonians 2:16-17 
Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself, and our God and Father, who has loved us, and given us everlasting consolation and good hope by grace, comfort your hearts and establish you in every good word and work.

God wants to use you Christian, so that your life will be abundantly blessed,
His grace is sufficient, and He gives hope to all, and to this you will attest.
God's comfort is given to establish us, as we work and serve him down here,
We labor for Him with love, because we know that some day He will appear.(RP)

It is a blessing to wake up and not feel lousy. This is the first in many days I can say this. I am thankful. Margie fears she may be getting a cold. I pray she doesn't and please pray she will not. We had a good day yesterday. Our son is here and today he is going to drive me to town to pick up some necessary items there. He will return home this evening. Thanks for praying.

Monday, December 28, 2015


Proverbs 11:2  When pride comes, then comes shame; but with the humble is wisdom

A proud person blows his own horn, and all can hear it well,
He boasts a lot and talks so much that his head begins to swell.
With all his pride and worldly ways, he is overcome with shame,
And when this happens he has to reflect, and only himself blame.
There are others who walk humbly in life; their story is a blessed one,
Wisdom is their portion each day and they with God's help have won.(RP)

We are going to try to make this a slow day. But already we have been to coffee with our son Rawlie and I will try to get an appointment with my doctor about my sinus problems. Margie is busy making lunch for us. The weather is good and all is well. Thanks for praying.

Sunday, December 27, 2015


John 10:14-15 
I am the good shepherd; and I know My sheep, and am known by My own. As the Father knows Me, even so I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep.

Oh what a good Shepherd He is; He knows everyone of His sheep,
He knows them all the time no matter where they - awake or asleep.
And we who own Him as our Shepherd, we also know Him very well,
We have His blessing and know that with Him we shall one day dwell.
The Shepherd knows the Father and the Father knows Him; it is great,
And our Shepherd lays down His life for us; no one this love can berate. (RP)

We look forward to church this morning there will be no Sunday School, so we start at 10:30 for the worship service. Our son will be arriving this afternoon. I am still nursing what has turned into a sinus discomfort. Perhaps the druggist will have something to suggest for relief. Yesterday was a leisurely day. We started again on chapters for our next book about Shepherds. It brings back very special memories.  Thanks for praying.

Saturday, December 26, 2015


Mt 22:42 
What do you think about the Christ? Whose Son is He? They said to Him, The Son of David.

Christmas is over and I ask you today, What do you think about Christ?
To get into the spirit of Christmas Day, did you really have to be enticed?
Does Jesus mean more to you than anything? Does he have first place?
Or do you feel more comfortable when nothing is said about His grace?
Please consider and invite Him into your life, and know the joy He gives,
In every heart where Jesus reigns, you know for sure that's where He lives.
Allow Him to control your entire life right now, by telling Him so as you pray,
The joy He gives is a fabulous thing, and in your life He will be on display.(RP)

After Christmas is usually a time for reflexion, fond memories, clean-up time, and a host of things. We had a WONDERFUL day with family and friends here. Our grandson came earlier and helped Margie with the food preparation which was a huge help for her. She was getting quite tired, and Nathan's help saved the day for her. It was a very lovely day. They left around four in the afternoon.  We spent the rest of the afternoon and evening leisurely watching some programs. We trust your day went well.  Thanks for praying.

Friday, December 25, 2015


Luke 2:9,10 
And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid. Then the angel said to them, Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people.

The shepherds heard the angel speak that night so very long ago,
God's glory shone brightly around and gave them all a mighty show.
The angel had a special message for these poor shepherd men,
They left the fields and the sheep, and place where they had been.
They found Mary and Joseph and Jesus just as they had been told,
And soon left the place with haste, this message to gladly uphold.
This is the message of Christmas, God's good news for all to hear,
Come to Christ for salvation;it is the best thing to happen all year.(RP)

We trust you all have a wonderful Christmas. Our family will be with us for brunch. This is a family tradition of many years. Margie is praying for strength to get it all done. We both will try to make it an enjoyable time for the family. We are blessed. Thanks for praying. 

Thursday, December 24, 2015


Psalm 32:1 
Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, Whose sin is covered.

What blessed words are these today about sin that has been forgiven,
This is because Jesus gave His life, and for our sins His blood was given.
God covers our sin with His precious blood, and we are forgiven indeed,
With sins forgiven our minds are at peace, because we have been freed.(RP)

We are glad we do not have to travel this time of the year. Just this morning we heard that a main route to the east is blocked due to snow problems. Margie is putting the last minute preparations for tomorrow's brunch in place. We look forward to our family time on Christmas. Today Margie has her hair appointment, and I will get a few items at the grocery store and pick up a prescription for her at Walgreens. We trust your day goes well. Thanks for praying. 

Wednesday, December 23, 2015


2 Corinthians 12:9 
And He said to me, My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

God's grace is a gift to us; we have need of it every single day.
God takes great delight in giving us our daily needs, as we pray.
Whatever grace He gives is sufficient for our need for right now,
And when received, we are overwhelmed and want to say wow!
God's strength is made perfect in weakness, so let us be strong,
We gladly boast when we are weak, because we won't go wrong.
May Christ's power rest upon me, because that's the place to be.
And let us live for Him so that others around us that power will see.(RP)

By the looks and sounds of things, it appears we are now in the countdown for Christmas. Margie is happy all the baking is completed, now she will direct her attention to the Christmas morning brunch here at our house. It is a yearly tradition and we look forward to it. We understand the grandchildren do too. I want to visit the bank today, get more things at the store, and vacuum the house. That should keep me busy. And I am also washing clothes this morning. It is cold and raining. They mentioned the word snow this morning but not much is forecast for our area. Thanks so much for your prayers. 

Tuesday, December 22, 2015


Hebrews 4:13 
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.

You might think you can hide from God, but you are sadly wrong,
We think we can escape His piercing view, but it will not last long.
Everything that we do down here is noticed by our Father above,
And remember He looks on with a wistful eye, that shows His love.(RP)

Yesterday I spent part of the morning working on finances. I like to keep the check book balanced also. We learn to cut back more as donors retire. We are so grateful for their support so many years. We thank God for them. Today Margie has two doctor appointments. We hope we can work them in okay. Thanks for praying. 

Monday, December 21, 2015


And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. 
2 Corinthians 9:8

Believers in Christ are to work for Him; because we love Him so,
There is much to do as we harvest, we want to help others grow.
God gives what we need as we do work for Him; this is His will, 
He promises us victory in service, as we faithfully His work fulfill.(RP)

Yesterday's services were a blessing at church. In the morning with Sunday School, then the worship hour, and last night the church choir singing "Joy! Unspeakable Joy". The message was special. There was a good attendance at last night's service. We were pleased. Our son Rawlie was here until Sunday morning, then returned to his church to participate in the program there, along with his family and others. Rawlie did several projects around our house and we appreciate it so much. Winter begins this evening and they even have the "S" word in the forecast for sometime this week perhaps.  We'll see.  Thanks for praying. 

Sunday, December 20, 2015


Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name.Hebrews 13:15

There is something we must daily do as we walk and talk down here, 
And we never should do it as a chore, dear friend, because it is very dear. 
With our lips we must always give thanks to God, and praise Him from our heart,
Giving Him glory with all we have and from this practice never depart. (RP)

We are grateful for our son's help this weekend. He fixed a plumbing problem in our shower, and installed two new utility lights in the garage. They had been defective for some time. Now it is as bright as day. We are thankful. He did work on both of their houses here in Ferndale also. So he had a very busy time while with us. We deeply appreciate his help. Margie also did a marvelous job of baking for our Christmas brunch later this week. The smells of sweet rolls, sticky buns and tea rings, filled the house. And yes, we even had some cinnamon rolls for lunch. Yummy!! Now we look forward to church this morning. Thanks for praying. 

Saturday, December 19, 2015


Your word I have hidden in my heart,That I might not sin against You. Psalm 119:1

So much that's hidden in this life is certainly not very good,
And mysterious things and sinful acts that really are not understood.
But God ordains that we hide His Word deeply within our heart,
And if we do we will not sin nor from His ways depart(RP)

Bible class yesterday was well attended and the class presented me with a nice signed card by members of the class, along with a very generous offering. How nice of them. I prayed I could get through the class because I was coming out of the cold I had for a week. Yesterday afternoon our son Rawlie came for a visit. He will leave tomorrow.  Today Margie is baking more tea rings and sticky buns for Christmas brunch. Thanks for praying. 

Friday, December 18, 2015


For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Mark 8:36

Some mind sets are focused on money alone, and all they can get here on earth,
Their only concern is what they possess, and tell others how much they are worth.
God snaps us to attention with one verse from the Book; what profit is this for you?
If gaining the world and losing your soul is all, is there something left for you to do?
There really is something, and Jesus explains: Receive Me for life eternal right now,
And when you do this, forsaking you sin, He forgives, and before Him you will bow.(RP)

It seems Fridays get here soon each week. Of course we like that because that's the day we have Bible study. I have been under the weather with a cold all week, so am happy to get back into the schedule again. I was able yesterday to get out also which was nice. It snowed here on the hill yesterday, and that is because of the elevation. In town there was none. In just a few moments I will be reviewing today's Bible lesson, in preparation for the class at 10:00 am. Thanks for praying.

Thursday, December 17, 2015


Genesis 2:18 
And the Lord God said, It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him. 

When things started out in this world long ago, Adam was all alone,
It was not good so God made him a mate,someone he had never known.
Now married and in a beautiful spot, surely things will be okay,
Their duty was set to glorify God, and His every command obey.
Eve was now Adam's companion, and together their family began, 
History tells us this story of the first couple: a woman and a man.
Marriage is God's holy institution, and we tell our story with glee,
I am thankful for my God-given spouse; for us this is the key.(RP)

We are hoping today is back to normal. I haven't been out since last Saturday, trying to "nurse" this cold. I take Margie to the hairdresser this morning and get some necessary groceries. If that works out okay we will go to afternoon prayer meeting. Thanks for praying.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015


Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.
Gal 6:7

Remember self deception plays some awful tricks on us.
Because we think we are alone but really God sees all.
And what we do is seen by Him and what we say He hears.
Sowing and reaping go hand in hand and soon the verdict will fall.(RP)

Margie baked delicious cinnamon rolls, Christmas Tea Rings, and sticky buns yesterday.  She will do it again on Saturday only she will bake less. She was pretty well tired out, but had a good night and today is back to her normal schedule. I thought I was better but this morning felt pretty punk. I pray I will be better today. I would love to be able to teach the Friday Bible class.  Thanks for praying.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015


Proverbs 18:24 
A man who has friends must himself be friendly, But there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.

If you are looking for friends, be very sure you are a friend,
A friend is one upon whom you will always be able to depend.
We are happy in the natural world that this is possible for you,
True friends are a treasure to have; this friendship sticks like glue.
But now we go beyond this world, to realms of heaven above,
Jesus is our best friend; He's our Brother because of His love.
He died on the cross to save us from sin; we owe Him much,
And what a joy to walk with Him and know His tender touch. (RP)

Margie started early this morning to do some baking. This is a yearly project, near Christmas time. Because of age and health, she has divided this one-day job into two.  Saturday she will do the last half. I can help a little, but I have been sick so unable to be of much use around here. Thankfully, I am on the mend, it seems. Thanks for praying.

Monday, December 14, 2015


2 Timothy 3:16 
All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.

The word of God is an inspired book, and helps those who read it and obey,
He who ignores this word will lose his way quickly, and eventually go astray.
God's teaching is clearly given in His holy book; please consider it today,
Read it carefully and do not forget to meditate and set some time to pray.
This Book when read with purpose and delight, will correct, instruct and guide,
And you will know for certain that our Savior will constantly be by your side. (RP)

I had hoped to report that I am recovering from my cold, but I am still feeling punk.  Maybe today I will improve. Yesterday we did not go to church, but Margie sent gluten free cookies for the welcome room. She is cleaning a bathroom this morning. I started cleaning the other one, but I will not do much. This week Margie has planned some cooking, and we pray she will have strength to complete it.  Thanks for praying. 

Sunday, December 13, 2015


For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:38-39)

The devil will fight us tooth and nail, to take this away from us,
Thank God he'll lose, I'm sure of this; there's nothing more to discuss.
Nothing separates us from God's hold, gained when we trusted Him,
Satan can whimper and fight all he wants, but his future is very dim.(RP)

For two days I have been fighting a cold. Today I feel punk. No church for us today.  Margie made a batch of gluten free cookies for welcome time after church, but we are unable to be there. Our Sunday School teacher, Glenn, dropped by this morning to get them. Fortunately we have a slower week as far as Margie's appointments are concerned. That helps me a lot. Hope you are all well. Thanks for praying. 

Saturday, December 12, 2015


Genesis 50:20
But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive.

Because of Joseph his whole family was saved; God worked things out for sure,
And this is the reason God put him in Egypt, to make his whole family secure. 
God's providence is seen in this story so sweet, how God brought his brothers to him,
And how they were tested time after time, and for them things looked pretty dim. 
But God used Joseph in a time like this, to bring life to his family at last,
The story is tense and so beautiful, when you see how God used Him to surpass.
Joseph's brothers doubted at this point in their lives, if Joseph would really aid,
They soon found it was ordained by God, and His grace was mightily displayed. (RP)

The radio just forecast high winds and rain this morning. I awakened not feeling so good, so don't know what's going on. I thought I just had a sore throat, but maybe it turned into a cold. We'll see! Margie baked yesterday and is continuing that today. 
She is preparing for Christmas and our now customary Christmas brunch.  Thanks for praying.

Friday, December 11, 2015


Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.Matthew 24:35

Thank God the Bible is with us; we enjoy its instruction each day,
The guidance it gives us is special, and for all this is really okay.
When this world passes away, there is not much left anymore,
God prepared a place for us, and He waits patiently at the door.
His words will never pass away, but will accomplish His desire,
Eternity will be delightful, and a place where we will never tire.(RP)

We continue our Bible study today about Lot. There are many spiritual lessons connected to his life. We only have two more classes now before Jan 8, when things will get back to the normal schedule. Yesterday, as usual, was busy. We always enjoy the afternoon prayer time at church. I think it took a couple of days to "recover" from the trip to the allergist on Tuesday. I medicated for a throat condition, but today seem to be doing much better. Thanks for praying. 

Thursday, December 10, 2015


And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.Galatians 6:9

We easily grow tired as we serve the Master here,
But He promises a harvest if we trust and do not fear.(RP)

We are back to our regular schedule today. This morning Margie sees the hairdresser and in the afternoon we attend prayer meeting. Yesterday we spent the day recovering from the rigors of the previous day - the trip to her allergist.  She has started her new drops and last night she did well. I was putting the final touches also to my Friday Bible class material. We thank you for your prayers.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

13-1/2 HOURS

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

Brotherly loves comes hard for some but this is what we should do,
The Spirit of God gives help from within to do things we normally eschew.
Let's be of one mind for Jesus' sake and compassionately love today,
And you'll soon find out that this mode of life is surely the courteous way.(RP)

Margie had another set of allergy tests done yesterday in Redmond, WA. The trip was hard because of the excessive traffic on interstate 405. Bumper to bumper, traffic, rain and lots of wind, made travelling a challenge. We left at 5:30 in the morning and arrived back home at 7.  I guess that is plenty for two octogenarians. We are mighty glad to be home. Margie got some good help and we are thankful. We missed yesterday's blog because there was not enough time to get it all done. Thanks so much for praying.

Monday, December 7, 2015


Psalm 92:1
It is good to give thanks to the Lord, and to sing praises to Your name, O Most High.

Some people do not like to sing; others do it with ease,
God asks us to sing praises, and do it as we please.
We should always give thanks to Him; do this today,
And your life will be filled with blessings, when you obey.(RP)

This morning Margie will see her eye doctor for a regular procedure. While in town we will pick up a few things before returning home. Yesterday was a delightful day at church. After the service we stopped to visit our friends the Borakers. Everett has not been able to attend church due to poor health. At home we had a leisurely day. It was a VERY windy day. Many people are without power. Ours flickered twice but did not go out. We are thankful. Thanks for praying. 

Sunday, December 6, 2015


1 Corinthians 14:33 
For God is not the author of confusion but of peace, as in all the churches of the saints.

People can cause real confusion, but God cannot be blamed for it,
The author of peace is God, and gives it freely to those who submit.
Thank God churches can have His direction, if they will seek His will,
And He will lead and guide each one as His word they try to fulfill.(RP)

We got a late start this morning, but are happy we can go to church. We think of many who cannot. We had a full day yesterday working on different projects, mostly related to our ministry. We had a scare during the night. Margie slipped in the bathroom, but thankfully we were able to get her up, she doing most the work to manipulate her body and get herself into bed. We are thankful. Thank you all who pray..

Saturday, December 5, 2015


But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that.1 Timothy 6:6-8

A Christian who lives in harmony with God, has much to be thankful for,
The Word of God instructs us well; there is so much we cannot ignore.
We love contentment, and God promises this; we must read and obey,
This way, we depend on Him, and for us that makes everything okay. (RP)

Today we are putting the finishing touches to some Christmas decorations. It is simple, and we are spending a lot of time on it. Yesterday's Bible class was a blessing and we had a pretty good attendance. The weather has changed to mild, and windy. Thanks for your prayer support.

Friday, December 4, 2015


But Jesus looked at them and said to them, With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible. Matthew 19:26

We mortals sometimes get mixed up, and think we can do many things,
God knows best, and so should we, that on our own we have many dings.
Man cannot save himself you know, this is a work only our Savior can do,
Lost sinners can always find salvation in Christ, and this means you too.
Impossibilities with man are made possible with God, if we only go to Him,
Take your problem to Him and leave it there; this way you'll never be grimm.(RP)

As always, we look forward to the Bible class this morning. Hopefully there will be a good group today. Yesterday went well and Margie has already started her special preparation for our trip to the allergist next week. She (and I) will be glad when that is history. She is doing so much better than before the last testing, so we know it was time to have this done again. Thanks so much for your prayers. 

Thursday, December 3, 2015


1 Corinthians 2:14 
But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

Those without Christ don't understand His ways,
Watching the Christian who reads His word and prays.
They think it all foolishness; they just don't understand,
They don't have God's Spirit; they can't know firsthand.
But when they invite Jesus into their lives,
Their understanding changes and hope arrives.(RP)

The weatherman told us there would be high winds today, and there are. Last night we had a wonderful time at Anthony's, as guests of Armond Daws and his daughter Linda and her husband, Carl.  What a great meal we had and wonderful visit. We always marvel at Armond's health. At 96 plus, he does well. Today I take Margie to the hairdresser and in the afternoon we attend prayer meeting at church. We trust you are doing well. Thanks for your prayers.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015


Then Peter said, Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk. Acts 3:6

By the world's standard Peter had nothing to help him,
But in terms of eternity,he gave something on a whim.
He had Jesus who heals the sick, and raises the dead,
Peter invoked His name; the man was raised from his bed.
The man hoped for cash that day; he received far more,
It's always this way with the Lord; He gives blessings galore. (RP)

Our Wednesday schedule is washing clothes.  We are in the middle of this project right now. Margie normally folds the clothes and irons them. When she does not have strength to iron, I take over for her. The weather moderated some, and more rain is on the way. Thanks for praying.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015


Finally, all of you, live in harmony with one another; be sympathetic, love as brothers, be compassionate and humble.1 Peter 3:8

Just get along is the cry today, so we strive to do His will,
Living in harmony with love, is something we desire to fulfill.
So make it a point to be compassionate, and do it with humility,
And please remember, dear friend, with Him this is a possibility.(RP)

Today we will attend a missions meeting and listen to a returned missionary give her testimony. This is mostly a meeting to hear requests and pray for missionaries. We always look forward to it. Yesterday's visit to the foot doctor went well and now Margie's foot is not in such pain. The weather has moderated a little and it is not as cold. We have a full schedule for today. Thanks for praying.

Monday, November 30, 2015


Your statutes are my heritage forever; they are the joy of my heart.Psalms 119:111

The fount of joy is the Lord Himself; he gives it to His own,
His word is our heritage, and we know we are not alone.
The statutes of God enrich us; they are food for the soul,
To hide them in our heart is our persistent and joyful goal.(RP)

Margie's regular appointment with the foot doctor was to be tomorrow, but they ache so badly we changed it to a day earlier. In fact the doctor returns from his vacation today, so this is the earliest she could get in. She will be glad when this trip is over. We plan on doing some shopping after the appointment which is at 9 AM.  Yesterday was a blessing at church.  Ron Buchinski, head of Bellingham Lighthouse Mission, preached. He is a member of our church. Pastor was away on vacation. This week things return to more normal, so we will be in the countdown preparation for Bible class and the book of Genesis. Thanks for praying. 

Sunday, November 29, 2015


Psalm 147:1 
Praise the LORD! For it is good to sing praises to our God; For it is pleasant, and praise is beautiful.

Why is it so hard to praise the Lord and thank Him for all He has done,
Is it because we are lazy,and our heart is wrong, and this wonderful thing we shun?
God says praise is pleasant to Him and us, if we would just practice it now,
So why not start,and praise the Lord and at His feet humbly bow.(RP)

We wonder how your thanksgiving was. We had a good one. And we remembered to thank the Lord for all his blessings.  We trust that this morning at church, your heart will be blessed as you study God's word and worship. It was 29 degrees here this morning. I'm glad and thankful we have heat in the house. Thanks for praying.

Saturday, November 28, 2015


How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity!Psalms 133

A cry from the Psalmist to all who will hear; this message is the best,
And God-fearing ones should quickly align; none should really detest.
Living in unity is ordained from above; nobody should ever decline,
Unite with others,depend on the Lord,and then your light will shine.
It is good and pleasant to be unified as your serve the Lord each day,
So give it all you have by trust in the Lord, and His word faithfully obey(RP)

We were pleased to be able to spend almost the entire week working on chapters for our future Shepherd's book. As I refine the documents, Margie proofreads them and sends them back to me. Then I make the corrections she has found and put those chapters in a file we call "to edit."  That will come later when our finances permit. We are not in a hurry and I would like to add more chapters to what we have written already, but that will take another read of our journals, trying to find more subjects about which we can write. Margie and I are pleased we can work together on this enjoyable project. Thanks for praying.

Friday, November 27, 2015


2 Thessalonians 2:16-17 
Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself, and our God and Father, who has loved us and given us everlasting consolation and good hope by grace, comfort your hearts and establish you in every good word and work.

Today we need encouragement as we work and toil for the Lord.
And we find it here in words so plain nothing can be ignored.
Jesus who loves us and gives us so much,consoles us and gives other things,
By His grace and comfort He establishes us and to us His joy brings.
God does all this to help us work,and speak for Him every day,
And surely we can do this day after day keeping Jesus by our lives on display.(RP)

We wonder how your Thanksgiving was. Our was a blessing, spent with family in Stanwood.  Margie made her well-liked Jello salad, and sweet potatoes. Gina and Nathan did the rest, and they did a good job of it all. We had an enjoyable time. then returned home around 4:30, arriving before it was dark. Margie prefers it that way.  Thanks for praying. 

Thursday, November 26, 2015


1 Thessalonians 5:18
In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

Prayer is acceptable always, and thankfulness ranks very high,
And as we pray, to our Father we always to our Lord draw nigh.
His will is for us all to give thanks in everything we always do,
And obedience to this always brings us joy through and through.(RP)

We give thanks to God on this designated day for all His blessings to us. There are many. We plan to be with our family for an afternoon Thanksgiving meal. We look forward to it.  The weather report is about the same: cold clear, and some wind. Temperature should be 46 today. At 7:30 AM it is 32 degrees. We trust you all have a great day. Thanks for praying.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015


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

How thankful are the Christians, the ones for whom Christ died?
Are they living close to Jesus and in His safety securely abide?
It is easy to forget to give thanks for all things; did you forget?
It is much easier to pray when with problems we are beset.
Today give thanks for All things when you go to Him in prayer,
You'll find sweet consolation and know that for you He will care.(RP)

We worked almost the entire day on Shepherd stories for the chapters. Margie also dedicated her time to proofreading. Together we got much done. Today we will be repeating that process.  It is a cold clear brisky wind-filled day thus far. It did not snow as predicted yesterday. I also was able to get some more done on our Genesis study also.  I enjoy working on it. Yesterday Margie made a delicious meat loaf which we enjoyed much. I think we will repeat that menu today. Thanks for praying. 

Tuesday, November 24, 2015


Romans 10:17 
So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

It is by grace we are saved through faith; God tells us we get faith one way,
Faith comes by hearing God's word, which is forever with us on display.
So we must get His word to the world, so all will hear His message plain,
And receive the faith that only God gives, so that the lost, salvation will gain. (RP)

Today Margie starts preparing the things she plans to take to Thanksgiving meal with our family in Stanwood.  We are glad we are able to be home, because a cold front is moving in and the winds are picking up already. We are supposed to get a sprinkling of snow also, they said. We are taking advantage of the extra time to work on the Shepherd book chapters. We have 50 ready for editing, and are working on 116 others.  It all takes time. Thanks for praying.

Monday, November 23, 2015


Now may the God of peace... make you complete in every good work to do His will. Hebrews 13:20-21

Our God of peace does miracles still, and we love to watch Him work,
And every believer should heed these words, and never a duty shirk.
God desires to help us work for Him by helping us always to do His will,
So begin right now and be determined to obey, and for you it will be a thrill.(RP)

This week we have a change of pace. I will not have to work extra time getting ready for the Bible class, because Friday the Senior Center is closed. Instead Margie will be gearing up for Thanksgiving by preparing the things she has been asked to bring to  the afternoon meal at our son's place in Stanwood.  We look forward to that. The weatherman says it probably will snow here tomorrow but it will be very light at best. I continue this morning with more chapter reviews for our next book.  Thanks for praying.

Sunday, November 22, 2015


Galatians 6:7  
Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.

Sometimes we may think that God does not know; we are so deceived,
He is sovereign Lord of all, and because of this with our sin He is grieved.
God is not mocked by the actions we take; He knows each thing we do.
For Him all our words, and thoughts, and intentions are open to His view.
So be careful fellow traveler down this road you are taking just now ,
You will reap whatever you sow, and what you do God will not allow.(RP)

We are pleased with a surprise  visit from our son yesterday afternoon. It is nice when he takes the time to drop by for a few hours. He will return this afternoon later. Yesterday I worked almost the entire day refining chapters of our next book. Margie also did proofreading on them. Together we will get the project complete some day. We are investigating publishers, because we do not want to use the same one that did our first book From a Canoe to a Chevy. This morning we look forward to Sunday School and church. It is very cold outside (for us old folks). We are thankful for a heated house and do not take it for granted. Thanks for praying. 

Saturday, November 21, 2015


Luke 6:12 
Now it came to pass in those days that He went out to the mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God.

Sweet music to our ears, when we hear of our Savior's prayers,
He teaches by example and believe me He really cares,
Just think that He spent the night in that mountain top to pray,
And this is how He prepared Himself for the duties  next day.
It is hard for you and me to spend a much less time in prayer,
Let us come to Jesus now, and learn how to leave our burden there.(RP)

For a long time, I used to prepare bell peppers every Saturday and keep some and distribute others. We finally had to slow down that project. Today I will prepare 8 peppers. Two we will have for lunch, and have enough for 3 more meals. Our Bible class went well yesterday. The class participation is great and we all learn as we go in the wonderful book of Genesis. It is cold this morning and all the roofs are snow white with frost. The sun is shining brightly so that will soon change.  We are processing more chapters in our future book on Shepherds. It all takes time, but is enjoyable as we recall the wonderful experiences of those years on the road representing that place. Thanks for praying. 

Friday, November 20, 2015


And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him,who have been called according to his purpose.Romans 8:28

Some may think they have it rough; nothing works for them,
But in this verse is a treasure of truth; this is a golden gem.
For those who love God, everything in life is worthwhile,
And all things work according to His plan; so now we smile.
God called us for a purpose, and we can thank Him for that,
And His plan will always surpass; it will never, ever fall flat.(RP)

We always look forward to the Bible class. It is a joy to teach the class. Margie takes the attendance. It is COLD this morning. I believe it is the first freeze of the season. Tomorrow will be colder, they say. As far as I know, Margie had a good night. She is sleeping as I write this. I will wake her up at 7:00. We trust you all have a good day. Thanks for praying. 

Thursday, November 19, 2015


Oh, that men would give thanks to the LORD for His goodness, and for His wonderful works to the children of men! Psalm 107:21

To give thanks to God is what we wish men would do,
If they did, we also know God would be pleased too.
God is so good and men should praise him for this,
If they do not, we only conclude that they are remiss.
He has really done such wonderful works for his own,
In eternity we will thank Him for the love He has shone. (RP)

We are so pleased Margie had a wonderful night. Sleep is taken for granted by many, but for Margie it is a continual challenge. We are thankful she had a great night. Today she has her hair done and we attend the prayer meeting in the afternoon. We put the last touches to the Genesis study today before the class tomorrow. I have to work ahead in order to prepare study sheets for the class members. This is an enjoyable exercise. Thank you friends for praying. 

Wednesday, November 18, 2015


John 8:36 
Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.

There are many ways freedom is expressed; this is the one Christ gives,
When lost sinners come to Him to be saved, He their sin forgives.
Freedom in Christ is the best you can have, so why not seek it today?
When you do you will have joy indeed, and contentment along the way.(RP)

Even though much rain and very windy, we made it through our shopping trip yesterday.  Margie was able to shop in three stores which is a first for her in quite a while. We know the allergy treatment is helping and we are thankful.  Today is wash day so we will be doing that for several hours in between our other planned tasks for today. It was colder this morning and the sun is shining. The weatherman says things will be a little better the rest of the week.  I must get busy and get the church prayer sheet worked up for the Sunday bulletin and the Thursday prayer meeting. 
Thanks for praying.  

Tuesday, November 17, 2015


Matthew 11:28 
Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

Jesus calls the weary to rest; in Him is there only true rest,
In this marvelous Person one can truly be spiritually blest.
He calls you today to come to Him; there your heart will abide,
Rest and peace you will receive, because you are at His side.(RP)

Hopefully Margie and I will do some necessary shopping today. We will go easy and she will only go where she doesn't have to do much walking with the roller walker. Yesterday we had a pretty busy day. She cleaned one of the bathrooms and I the other. I continued doing corrections on our Shepherds book and she proofread them. I also was able to make more progress in our Bible study lesson on Genesis. I had a serious computer problem and did some research on it, then consulted our son, Rawlie, who thought the procedure would work. I tackled it, and thankfully it worked and now all is fine. Thank you all for your prayers. 

Monday, November 16, 2015


Do not sorrow, for the joy of the LORD is your strength. Nehemiah 8:10

When we are weak, God will give strength; what He promises He will do,
His plan for strength is not what we would think; it is joy that gets us through.
So don't be sorrowful dear Christian; God will help you in times of need, 
When the Lord is your strength because you have joy in Him, you will succeed.(RP)

We received word yesterday that more high winds are expected this week. It said winds to 75 mph could be expected in some places today. I am glad we have a generator, but would be happier if we didn't have to use it. Margie had trouble getting to sleep last night but finally settled down. The night before she did not do well and had to rest yesterday afternoon before lunch, after we got home from church.  But she is doing better in her food digestion since the new medication started. We are pleased about this. Thanks for praying. 

Sunday, November 15, 2015


Mark 13:22-23 
For false christs and false prophets will rise and show signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect.

The enemy wants to defeat us, and does everything to make it so,
False christs and prophets abound, and they are always on the go.
With signs and wonders they try to deceive those who are the elect,
But believers must always be on the ball, and never their duty neglect.(RP)

I was asked to teach one of the adult classes this morning at church. I enjoy doing this and will continue my study in the book of Jude.  It is a windy wet day, but we look forward to going. Margie, as far as I know right now, had a good night. The new allergy medications she received a week ago have helped her tremendously. She is even surprised how much difference it made in her health. We are grateful. Thanks so much for the prayer support. 

Saturday, November 14, 2015


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

God's sheep, the Christians, hear His voice as they listen to him,
He never leaves them without recourse - or way out on a limb.
I am so thankful that He knows us; He always knows and cares,
And is attentive every day as we come to Him with our prayers.
We follow Him our great Savior; what joy to daily have Him lead,
Because with our heart in tune with Him, we know we will succeed.(RP)

We always enjoy the Friday Bible class in the book of Genesis. After the class Margie's brother, Spud, and his wife Margaret, went to Bellingham and brought their sister Barb to our house. We invited the Stewarts also for the meal at our house where each one brought something for it. We had such a great time.  They left at different times but we were still visiting at 5 in the afternoon. We thoroughly enjoyed it. Margie had another good night for which we are grateful. Thanks so much for praying. 

Friday, November 13, 2015


Psalm 40:1 
I waited patiently for the Lord; And He inclined to me, And heard my cry.

Patience pays off when you walk with the Lord; see what it did here,
When David waited for God that day he discovered that He was near.
It is special when God inclines toward us, and He does it all the time,
So wait for the Lord patiently, and to new heights you will soon climb.(RP)

The forecasters call it a wind and rain storm. It is indeed. Many people are without power in our county. We pray it will not happen to us, but if it does, we have a generator. It is noisy, but keeps our place warm, helps cook the meals and the  cold stuff keeps cold. In a couple of hours we will go down the hill to Bible study and we always look forward to this. After class we will have a fellowship time at our home with family and friends. Margie is doing much better already on her new allergy medications. We are pleased and thankful. Thanks for praying. 

Thursday, November 12, 2015


Job 37:5-6 
God thunders marvelously with His voice; He does great things which we cannot comprehend. For He says to the snow, 'Fall on the earth'; Likewise to the gentle rain and the heavy rain of His strength.

God's handiwork of nature is a wonder to behold,And skillfully enacted and by His hand controlled.
His voice like loud thunder, rumbles in every storm,
When He commands, the snow and rain perform.
Through these things His strength is readily shown,
His children know so well, that He is on the Throne.(RP)

I could hardly believe it when I detected a pile of plastic and rubber at the base of the freezer door. Inspecting it more, I discovered that a rat had tried to eat through the gasket. I guess it was after the food in the freezer. Thankfully the damage was low enough on the door not to hinder insulation. Only one attempt to rid ourselves of this nuisance may have paid off. We have never found, or smelled, the rat or the trap. It was the kind of trap that when stepped on has a powerful adhesive, so that the animal can't release itself from the sticky stuff. Now to another subject. Marge had a wonderful rest last night. The new allergy drops she brought back apparently are helping her. We are thankful. Thanks for praying. 

Wednesday, November 11, 2015


John 13:34  
A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another.

Jesus gave a commandment that is a very practical tool,
Any who reject it today can be rightly identified as a fool.
He expects us to love Him first, then others you'll also love.
And all this because His love has come to us from above.(RP)

I listened to a moving program to honor the veterans this morning. It is produced by a man who is a believer and his Christian touch to stories is refreshing. We have a quiet day planned for today. Margie is on her new regime of allergy drops and already feels better. There is still more testing to do but she doesn't know when she will return for those. The predicted high winds arrived last night and more are on the way. This week end we should have plenty of rain. Thanks for your prayers. 

Tuesday, November 10, 2015


Ephesians 3:12  
In whom we have boldness and access with confidence through faith in Him.

God is available to all his children, every single day,
Through Jesus we can go to Him, there never is delay.
We should boldly go to Him; he sweetly calls to us,
With confidence enter His presence; there is no fuss.
We praise Him because He is accessible; I am so glad,
To His gracious invitation there is nothing we have to add.(RP)

Yesterday was quite a day.  We arrived at the allergy doctor's office 10 minutes before our appointment time. The new "toll road" got us partly there, but we confess it was confusing. Margie was tested for only 5 items yesterday. They take a long time. She had violent reactions to three foods.  She will have to return for more testing, because they were unable to complete the process. Margie laments this due to the high price of testing, but I assured her it must be this way. As I write this she is still in bed. I believe she had a good night. I know she was exhausted when we arrived home. Thanks so much for praying. 

Monday, November 9, 2015


 John 16:33 
These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.

Most people experience hard times in life; this is the lot of us all,
Jesus brings us His peace; it is given to those who upon Him call.
He told us we will have tribulation, but tells us to be of good cheer,
The world He overcame, and we take comfort because He is near(RP)

We leave shortly for the trip to Redmond, WA where Margie will have more allergy testing. Our main concern is the travel to and from there. A new carpool lane system has been started which appears to be complicated and we are not sure what we are getting into. We have always enjoyed this privilege, but now it has changed. It is a toll road and entry and exit of the lanes sounds difficult, with checkered lines for entry and curved lines for exit. If done incorrectly there is a $136.00 dollar penalty. Our car will be photographed so they know we are on the highway. We'll see later and report to you. Thanks for praying. 

Sunday, November 8, 2015


Mark 10:45 
For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.

Jesus came into the world to serve; He also came to save,
Lost sinners came to Him, and all their sins he gladly forgave.
He gave His life to save lost souls, all who come to Him will be free,
Come to Jesus and be made whole, the resulting joy you will soon see. (RP)

We are home today. Yesterday Margie started to feel the symptoms of a cold, so she thought it best to stay home today. She wanted me to go to last night's special service with Dr. Tom Hoyle, but I dare not leave her for too long, so stayed home. Today will be the same. We will watch several church services via the TV and listen to others on the radio. The reason for this extra caution is because we are supposed to leave in the morning around 7:30 for Redmond, WA where Margie is scheduled to have allergy testing done. We ask you to pray about our trip and the testing. Thanks so much. 

Saturday, November 7, 2015


But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.
Matthew 6:6

Help me find the secret place Where I may pray to You,
And surely find your blessings Which I know will not be few.(RP)

It is raining and windy today. This is a good day to be inside. Margie did not have a real good night, but finally did get some sleep. Yesterday's Bible class went well and there were 35 present. We were pleased. Tonight at our church Dr. Tom Hoyle will be presenting a science and Bible message. He is always good. We will say more about it later. We appreciate prayer for our trip to Redmond, WA Monday morning, to take Margie to the allergy doctor for re-testing.  Thanks for praying. 

Friday, November 6, 2015


For whom the LORD loves He chastens, and scourges every son whom He receives. 
Hebrews 12:6

Kids never like a whipping; I never found any who thought they were any fun,
Parents do it anyway because it is their duty; what joy when they were done!
God's love for us is divine, and we know His discipline is hard for us to take,
His scourges and chastening are based on His love; He never makes a mistake.(RP)

We are always glad for Friday to arrive. The Bible class is a blessing. The attendance varies because with a wide-range of students, that's the way it is. Genesis is a rich book and the class is learning it contains so many spiritual lessons.  Margie continues her preparations for allergy testing next Monday. Before the test she is supposed to eat food items she normally avoids. This will help in the test to determine to what degree she is allergic to each food. We appreciate your prayers for our trip to Redmond, Washington on Monday. Thanks for praying.

Thursday, November 5, 2015


Proverbs 3:9 
Honor the Lord with your possessions, And with the firstfruits of all your increase; So your barns will be filled with plenty, And your vats will overflow with new wine. 

When we honor God with what we have, we know His blessings come,
It is so much better than hoarding goods, and to selfishness succumb.
Learn, my friend, to give Him His portion first of all the money you make,
Because He will bless you immensely when you of this principle partake.
If you do this from the heart, a new world of blessings will come to you, 
You will soon see that you have enough for living, as you His will pursue.(RP)

Margie had a good night. We are thankful. This morning she gets her hair done. She would do it herself but her arms don't work that well to finish the task. In the afternoon we go to prayer meeting. Last night we were honored again to have an invitation from Armond Daws and his daughter Linda and son-in-law Carl for a delicious meal at Anthony's in Bellingham.  What a treat and delight to be with these dear friends. We trust you all have a good day. Thanks for praying.