Sunday, December 17, 2017

THANK YOU, LORD!

Revelation 3:20  "Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.


Jesus stands at the door of my heart, seeking to enter in, 
His knock is a reminder He desires my fellowship to win.
It's up to me to open the door as my Savior gently knocks,
I always pray I will open the door and have only a door without locks.
Fellowship with Jesus is the sweetest hour of the day,
And he promises this to all, if they will just let Him have His way.(RP)

I am so thankful for answered prayer concerning my health. Many of you have prayed and I thank you. I feel so much better today. I look forward with joy to the Sunday School class this morning. I pray your day will be blessed also. Thanks for praying.

Saturday, December 16, 2017

READY FOR TOMORROW

Proverbs 3:13-14  Happy is the man who finds wisdom, And the man who gains understanding; For her proceeds are better than the profits of silver, And her gain than fine gold.

God promises happiness, to those who wisdom seek,
And he will give it to all, whether they are strong or weak.
When God gives understanding it's because it has been sought,
And those who gladly find it have something better than they thought.
God's wisdom and understanding are more precious than silver or gold,
Those who possess such treasures, are blessed more than ever has been told.(RP)

Spiritually it is also good to be ready for tomorrow, but to do that one must make decisions TODAY.  Well, I am ready for tomorrow's Sunday School class too, and am pleased. The book of Joshua has many names, and numerous spiritual lessons in those names. I have enjoyed the study. The Bible class went well yesterday. To help my energy level after being out of commission for a week, I sat down to teach during half of the class period. That worked well. Thanks so much for your prayers.

Friday, December 15, 2017

BACK TO WORK

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

Those in bondage to sin, listen up, there's hope for you in Christ,
Be sure and come to Him today; you don't need to be enticed.
Jesus invites you to come to Him so that He can set you free,
And when He frees you from sin, my friend, then you will really see.(RP)

It is great to be able to go back to work. For a week I have been down with whatever I had. I look forward to the class in Matthew this morning. I will stop at the grocery store and pharmacy, then do some banking, and come home. That will be enough for my first day out of the house in a week. I surely thank each of you who has prayed, called, sent texts, and asked about my condition. I appreciate it.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

WHAT A BLESSING !

He shall cover you with His feathers,And under His wings you shall take refuge;His truth shall be your shield and buckler. Psalm 91:4

The protection of our Father as he takes care of His child,
Is the sweetest story known that has ever been compiled.
Like a bird who cuddles her babies, neath her feathers oh so warm,
Is how God cares for each one and takes them through the storm. 
I thank God for His protection ovr me from day to day, 
And will never cease to praise Him for with Him all is okay. (RP)

As I write, gratitude fills my heart for answered prayer about my health. I felt badly for so many days, and now I am getting back some of the abilities I had before it all began. I am still going to take things easy today, then tomorrow, Lord willing, I will resume teaching, and also Sunday morning. I must be in better shape for my trip to see the surgeon December 19th in Seattle. Thanks so much for praying.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

MORE NORMAL

Blessed are the pure in heart, For they shall see God.  Mat 5:8

Only God can make hearts pure because of what Jesus did,
Invite Him to work in your life and from Him keep nothing hid.
When you follow Christ and His Word, some day you will be with Him,
And for every you'll sing with the saints, the wonderful redemption hymn. (RP)

It is getting quite old, just hearing about health. Today, however, it seems I am getting back to what I consider more normal.  I feel better, even though I am weak. Yesterday I was well enough to spend a good portion on my assignments for the week. I was glad to start getting back into the routine. I am still going to take it easy, but slowly get back into the swing of things. I thank each of you for the calls, texts, and emails concerning my condition. I appreciate those who also use the "comment" (below) which this blog-site allows you to use. Thanks so much for praying. 

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

BETTER, BUT NOT BRAGGING

Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for Him; do not fret.  Psalm 37:7

Some  uneasily go through life, impatiently confronting the days.
Instead of resting in Jesus who will help you in all your ways.
We must learn to rest in the Lord, leaving with him every fret,
Patiently wait things out, and soon those concerns you'll forget. (RP)

I had a good night. This morning I am finally starting to feel things may be on the mend. I am not bragging at all about how I feel. I know I will still need more time to get back to a normal schedule. I miss my nurse Margie, giving plenty of ideas on how to improve my health these days. I'm working more at my desk, which I feel is a good sign. I am taking things easy, however.  I had wanted to keep up those mile-long walks each day, but know that is out of the question now. Thanks so much for praying.

Monday, December 11, 2017

MORE OF THE SAME

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)

Today's verse and poem are for me. Admittedly it is hard to be content when one feels so rotten, but the Scriptures are our guideline even in sickness.  Thank you Lord. I spent almost the entire day yesterday in the Lazy Boy recliner. I slept, watched Christian programs, and just lounged the entire day. I was hoping to feel better this morning after a good night, but I am not feeling well. Thanks so much for praying. 

Sunday, December 10, 2017

SICK

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

The forgiveness of God - what a precious thought as we look at His Word today,
What love He has shown and grace displayed as we walk along this way
When God covers sin it is covered indeed and happy the man who gains all
And a word to the proud ones who reject God's love, you'll be lost if you continue to stall. (RP)

I hardly slept last night. I'm getting a cold. I have taken medicine, but at this juncture, nothing has worked. I guess I will have to bear with it until it runs the course. I had to get together my teaching material and take it to church early this morning so the elders can find someone to teach my class in Joshua. I will really miss the class because I enjoy it so much. Rawlie was with me Friday and Saturday nights, so left this morning for Stanwood. It was nice having him with me. He had prayer for me before he left. I appreciate it so much. Thanks for praying. 

Saturday, December 9, 2017

PREPARATION FOR SUNDAY

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


Even though I have studied off and on for my Sunday School class, I still want to go over the material today and get it in good shape.  I must prepare also advance study sheets for the class, so that will be part of the preparation. The class went well yesterday, although several were missing, probably due to illness. Rawlie is here, and we will go down to Haggen this morning and have a Starbucks and other things for breakfast.  I am on medication, but my throat is still sore.  Thanks for praying. 

Friday, December 8, 2017

IT'S FRIDAY

Therefore , if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation;old things have passed away, behold all things have become new.II Corinthians 5:17


To be IN CHRIST - what a place to be,
Salvation in Him is the best, we agree.
When you come to Christ,old things pass away,
And now in Him you begin a new day.
Your life becomes new when you come to Him,
And forever you'll sing the redemption hymn.(RP)

Paul Harvey used to say it all the time, "It's Friday".  I am glad for today, because we have the Bible study at the Ferndale Senior Activity Center. We are presently going through the book of Matthew. Yesterday after prayer meeting at church, I drove to the mall for a mile walk. It was better inside rather than the cold outside. I am treating a sore throat, and I hope I win. Thanks so much for praying. 

Thursday, December 7, 2017

COLD WEATHER

Call to Me, and I will answer you, 
and show you great and mighty 
things, which you do not know.  
(Jer.33:3)

Lord help me learn to call 
And before your presence fall
So that I can then recall
All your blessings large and small
(RP)

Even though our winter this year seems to be much milder than many places, we are feeling the cold. I am glad for the furnace, gas stove and small ceramic heater here in the house. They are all going right now. Yesterday I walked, and then worked most the time on my Bible study in Matthew. I will finish that today and review some more on the Joshua study for Sunday School. I am going to take it easier today, because I have a sore throat. I don't want to get worse. Any suggestions by you who have solutions, please comment on the link below. All suggestions appreciated. Thanks for praying. 

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

INSURANCE

Proverbs 19:20-21 Listen to counsel and receive instruction, That you may be wise in your latter days. There are many plans in a man's heart, Nevertheless the Lord's counsel-that will stand.

One very wise counsel we all should hear; listen to God each day,
Read the Bible to understand exactly what He wants to convey.
He wants you to be wise both now and when you reach later years,
Keep getting more of it, and never allow yourself to get in arrears.
We all have such flashy plans, and we really want to achieve,
But remember that God's counsel is best, so be ready to receive. (RP)

I am so thankful for medical insurance. I am receiving almost daily bills for Margie's upkeep during her last days. Her last hospital sojourn was a little shy of hundred thousand dollars. Thankfully I only had to pay a very small portion of it. Her ambulance bill for 911 came, and it also paid a large proportion of the bill. I am grateful. Yesterday was a big day with duty at the church, and a home visit with a fellow church member to a family who called for spiritual help. We were glad to be available for that. I attended the elders meeting last night. And to my delight my grandson Nathan was here at home when I arrived. Thanks for your prayer support. 

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

COMPUTER WOES

2 Samuel 22:31As for God, His way is perfect;The word of the LORD is proven; He is a shield to all who trust in Him.

What a wonderful God we have, so perfect in all His ways,
And the Book He gave us is proven, never ceasing to amaze.
How special it is to trust Him with a promise direct from His Word.
Our shield, protector and Savior - no better news was ever heard.(RP)

Yesterday after my walk in Bellingham, I stoped by a mattress store to look at what they had. Then at home, I needed to convert PDF files to Micosoft Word, for a job I was doing, and that took almost the rest of the day without being resolved.  A simple thing turned out to be a headache (which I have never had). I will leave that for some other day. Thanks for your prayers. 

Monday, December 4, 2017

PASTOR KIYLE DECKER

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, He is on display. (RP)

Our church family unanimously called Kiyle Decker as pastor yesterday morning in a vote after the morning service. This is the result of two years of diligent searching and praying. More about him and his family will appear on the church website, when  there is time to get it posted.  After the service yesterday I drove to Stanwood, where I had lunch with my son and his family. They were celebrating Rawlie's birthday. We had a great time and they even served me liquid lunch, which I am on, due to my situation. I left, and returned to Ferndale where I attended the Youth Choir performance at our church. It was a lovely evening. Thanks for praying. 


Sunday, December 3, 2017

CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS

Therefore comfort each other and edify one another, just as you also are doing.
1 Thessalonians 5:11

We may wonder how we can obey this verse; we need help to learn how,
Just go to the Lord in prayer and ask Him to give you wisdom right now.
Each one of us can edify others,saying things that encourage and bless,
Keep at it each day and build that special one up, and never digress.
I think you are doing this right; it seems like you have tried and won,
Keep it up and improve your work; and stay faithful til your work is done. (RP)

I knew I must get up the decorations. I fought with the idea of buying a much smaller tree and letting that do. Then I decided to go ahead and do it the way Margie would have done. So I put up the tree (artificial) strung the lights, and put on the fancy glittering ornaments. Oh yes, there were tears of memory as I did this, and they lasted on and off all the rest the day. But it is very simple. I did not want to decorate the entire living room like Margie always did. I could never give it the special touch she had. Today is a special day at church. We vote for Kiyle Decker coming as our pastor. We are excited. Thanks for praying.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

PLENTY TO DO

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

Oh the restless souls that surround us all around us in every place,
We pray they will meet the Savior and be saved by His loving grace.
Christ invites us to come to Him and receive spiritual rest today,
And those who come will find sweet solace not just now but everyday.   (RP)

There is always plenty to do. After the Bible class yesterday morning, I drove to the Bellingham  Bellis Fair Mall. I did my daily walk there because it was raining steadily. Two times around the inside outer edge of the hall, equals a mile. It's nice and warm with music, plus the opportunity to see what's for sale, and a lot of people.  After that I did hospital visitation. Before that I checked out the soup at the hospital dining room. There was nothing that would satisfy my liquid diet. After the visit, I walked down the hall on floor two, passing the room where Margie ended her earthly journey. Oh, the memories! I arrived home at 2:10, ate lunch (or should I say I drank lunch), then started the activities for the rest of the afternoon. Thank you for praying.

Friday, December 1, 2017

GREAT NEWS

Psalm 31:14-15  But as for me, I trust in You, O LORD. I say, ;You are my God. My times are in Your hand; ;Deliver me from the hand of my enemies,  ;And from those who
persecute me.

Declaring our trust in the Lord and our allegiance to Him is a must,
And for those who faithfully do, are really the ones who are just.
What a blessed thought is this, that our times are in His hands,
With our hearts centered on Him, all the negatives in life we'll withstand. (RP)

Yesterday I received a call from the specialist in Bellingham, WA. He cancelled my appointment at Swedish with the doctor I was going to see December 6. Instead he recommended another that would handle my surgery best. So I made the phone call, and the appointment is for December 19th. I am pleased with this change. I have peace about it. The rest of the day yesterday was fast-paced. It was raining here, so I went to the mall for my walk. I had three important engagements the rest of the day. It was good to finally get back home. Thanks so much for praying. 

Thursday, November 30, 2017

WALKING

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)

Ever since the cardiologist at Virginia Mason Hospital detected something in my vital signs, I have been walking. Several years back, Margie and I walked a mile a day,  When she was no longer able to do that, she feared something would happen to me, so I stopped.  Now I have resumed those walks. Sometimes it is in Bellis Fair Mall, Bellingham, or at Fred Meyer store. Usually I walk here near our house in about a mile route. Still no word about the appeal to the insurance company, so we plan on going to Swedish Hospital next Wednesday for another appointment with the surgeon there. Thanks for your prayers.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

YESTERDAY AT CHURCH

1 Corinthians 10:31 
Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.

God saved us, forgave us, and promises eternal life,
And all this in a world that is filled with sin and strife.
He expects us to honor Him in our walk down here,
Daily we should be grateful, and so glad He is near.
In all we do every day,my friend, learn to glorify God, 
Any other behavior would certainly be very odd.
So in all we do down here, be careful to obey,
And God will surely bless you each and every day. (RP)

Yesterday was my day to be at our church as an elder. There are several things I did while there, but the most was done by our church secretary Marianne Brudwick, who kindly helped me initiate an appeal to the insurance company concerning their denial to fund my operation at Virginia Mason Hospital in Seattle. I appreciate her help. She has experience in this because of her husband Rod who had multiple medical bills before his death.  We did not receive any other calls yesterday, so really don't know where we are in this process. Thank you so much for praying. 

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

ONE DAY AT A TIME

Psalm 30:5  For His anger is but for a moment, His favor is for life; Weeping may endure for a night, But joy comes in the morning

God's trials come and go, but He sends them to teach us well,
They are sent by His loving hand, not meant to make us rebel.
Weeping is short lived, and the morning will very soon be here,
The joy comes in the morning, when His dear voice we hear, (RP)

In this insurance tangle I am learning quickly that it is one day at a time. At times I really don't know which way to turn. I am glad we can pray and seek the Lord's guidance. Yesterday Swedish Hospital called and booked me for an appointment next week. Then I reflected on the quality time we had with the surgeons at Virginia Mason, only to learn that my insurance carrier denied payment for those professionals.  It was suggested to me that we appeal their decision, which is okay, and the company even gives the details how to do it. So I may do that, unless some direction from the Lord would suggest otherwise. Thanks so much for praying. 

Monday, November 27, 2017

TRUSTING TODAY

The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; My God, my strength, in whom I will trust; My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. Psalm 18:2

We can boast in the right way, so many things, that we possess in Christ our Lord,
Just look at the way He protects each day, giving refuge that can't be ignored.
I'm so glad that our position in Him is secure and without fear it will ever fail,
And this place in His care is so sure that we know it will forever and always prevail.
His strength and shield and stronghold and salvation are just some of the things he provides,

And the list could go on for a long time, I know, because He comforts and continually guides.(RP)

I am trusting the Lord for a solution to the dilemma that hit me Friday. I will be on the phone first thing this morning, trying to find a surgeon approved by my insurance carrier, to do the work needed. I also will find out if the stress test is even on the list. I doubt it. So we may be starting at square one today and see if we can get satisfaction on any of this. Thanks so much for praying. I really appreciate it. 

Sunday, November 26, 2017

UNEXPECTED GLITCH

Ps 122:1  I was glad when they said to me, "Let us go into the house of the LORD."

The joy of going to church today, is the greatest thing to do,
I would rather be there than anywhere else, and this is very true. (RP)

A simple thing of being sure the software on my laptop is licensed correctly, led to a several-hour episode yesterday. And it is not over yet. Today a technician will call me and re-install the Microsoft Office on the machine. So right now I have no program at all that I normally use. Hopefully this afternoon it will be resolved. Thanks so much for your prayers. And please remember me tomorrow when I start the hunt to find a surgeon to do the necessary work in my body.

Saturday, November 25, 2017

UNEXPECTED NEWS

They will fight against you, But they shall not prevail against you. For I am with you, says the LORD,to deliver you.     Jer 1:19

No matter how tough the battle may get, the promise of God stands tall,
He'll protect and guide and control all affairs and hide you behind his strong wall.
Believe what He says,"I am with you", my child, and this is my promise to you,
I'll be there beside you in thick and thin, and will deliver and see you through.(RP)

Late yesterday afternoon my son brought me the mail, and to my utter surprise was this news: NOTICE OF DENIAL OF MEDICAL COVERAGE.  It is hard to believe my disappointment. After all the great consultations I had at Virginia Mason Hospital in Seattle, the doctors my E N T specialist recommended, are not listed on my insurance  network of providers. SO we start all over Monday and see what can be done. I appreciate prayer as I make the calls Monday to try and come to a logical conclusion to this problem. Thanks so much for your prayer support.

Friday, November 24, 2017

HOW DID YOU SPEND THANKGIVING?


God's Word is our foundation, on it we firmly stand,
Our heritage secure, and the guidance of His hand.
His joy is ours forever, given us by His great love,
And all this comes so freely from our Father up above.(RP)

Yesterday Rawlie came from his home in Stanwood and drove me to their church. There, a delicious meal was being prepared for those who gathered. It was great to meet new people, and see my grandchildren and Gina, and several others. Gina prepared a special soup for me, because I am on a liquid diet. It all went well and the time was enjoyable.  At 4 pm we started the trip back home. Rawlie is staying is with me and this morning we go for coffee and breakfast at Haggen food store (and Starbucks). Thanks so much for praying. There is no Bible class this morning because the Senior Center is closed. 

Thursday, November 23, 2017

HAPPY THANKSGIVING

Enter into His gates with thanksgiving,And into His courts with praise.Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.Psalm 100:4

Just look at all the things we can do to please the Lord today,
Be thankful and praise His name in everything you say,
And don't forget to be thankful to our Father up above
And bless His name continually because of His great love. (RP)


I trust each of you has a wonderful Thanksgiving and you can be thankful to Him for many things.
I AM THANKFUL
-For my family who really cares for me.
-For my church family who does the same.
-That God gave me strength to care for Margie.
-That this is the best Thanksgiving she has ever had.
-That I have given my health concerns to the Lord.
-That no matter how my surgery turns out, He gets all      the glory.
-That I can thank you right now for praying. 


Wednesday, November 22, 2017

STUDYING

For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.  Heb 4:15-16

Jesus knows all about us: our problems, temptations and pain,
He understands our weakness and heartaches and why we so often complain,
Jesus suffered temptation like us, but did it without sinning once.
And now we can boldly approach Him bringing to Him all our wants.
Let's thank Him for his wonderful provision of grace in time of need,

And come often to the throne room in Heaven, to find help as He decreed. (RP)

It is interesting how the days line up. This week we have no Wed. night fellowship because of Thanksgiving. We also have no Thursday prayer meeting, for the same reason. Friday we do not have Bible class at the Senior Center, because it is closed.  All these facts have helped give more time to studying for my Joshua and Matthew classes. And as previously stated in other blogs, it gave me time to get printed most of the chapters of our book for a final review by Laurel, when she has the time.  I am heading out now for my walk. Yesterday I did it in the rain, and it is supposed to rain all day today. We will see. That is why they make raincoats. Thanks for praying. 

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

LIQUID DIET TRIALS

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.Romans 8:1

No condemnation are wonderful words to those who have believed in His name,
And this is the message we gladly put forth with a loud and forceful acclaim.
In Christ a new mode comes quickly in place and we walk in the Spirit for sure,

And even though in the flesh, we walk not in the flesh, and daily His will we procure.(RP)

Thanks for your suggestions for my liquid diet. I am putting them in practice and like them. My walk in the mall yesterday went well. One cannot complain of a nice dry, warm place to walk and they even have music piped in throughout the mall. I don't know where I will walk today. Right now I am at the church. This is my day to sit in my old office to greet those who might come in. Yesterday I finished correcting and printing new copies of all the chapters in my book, except for a few more I will receive as soon as Laurel, the editor, returns.  Thanks for praying.

Monday, November 20, 2017

WHERE DO I WALK?

He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honor him.Ps 91:15

A challenge to pray comes to us in this verse,
With a promise of an answer too.
So do what it says and you soon will see,

That He'll do more than you ever knew.(RP)

Yesterday was a great day at church. My Sunday School class was well attended, and we heard a good message in the morning service. It started to rain yesterday and is still doing it. I will go to Bellingham and walk in the mall. I must walk. Yesterday it was not possible, so today I will try it out. They predict flooding here this week. Rawlie is here working from home today. Thanks for praying.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

GETTING READY FOR SUNDAY

Enter into His gates with thanksgiving,And into His courts with praise.Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.Psalm 100:4

Just look at all the things we can do to please the Lord today,
Be thankful and praise His name in everything you say,
And don't forget to be thankful to our Father up above

And bless His name continually because of His great love. (RP)

Saturday around this house is mostly doing all that has to be done, for Sunday.  I had a glitch in my study notes for the book of Joshua, and got that straightened out. It is very nice Rawlie came up Friday night. We went to Starbucks for coffee and had our breakfast in the Haggen dining room. Rawlie was working on business for his company so spent most the time on the computer. I had a meeting in the afternoon, and also took time for my daily walk. I am trying to get more in shape for the stress test that comes in December. In a couple of hours, I will be going down to church, and Rawlie will head back to Stanwood. Thanks for praying.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

BACK TO STUDYING

Blessed are the pure in heart, For they shall see God. Mat 5:8   


God is special in making pure hearts, and those who agree are blessed,
By receiving Jesus as Lord of their lives, and finding perfect rest.
When Jesus purifies the heart, one is clean indeed,
And secure in Jesus is the best place of all and surely will succeed.(RP)

It was nice being back in the Bible class after a week off, due o Veterans Day. There was a good group and we had a great time in Matthew 17. In the afternoon I resumed my studies in Joshua also. My liquid diet is going well. I made puree out of a popular soup I like, and it went down well. My walk also was okay and I trust my breathing will improve with that exercise. I am trying to prepare for the stress test December 6 in Lynwood, WA. Thanks for praying. My son is here and I always appreciate his being here when he can. 

Friday, November 17, 2017

TRIPLE REGIME

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

WILL UPDATE

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

WHERE DO I START?

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

DR. APPOINTMENTS AT VIRGINIA MASON

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

SUNDAY HAPPENINGS

        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

PASTORAL CANDIDATE

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

SHEPHERDS BOOK

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.

Friday, November 10, 2017

HOW DID IT GO?

John 3:36  "He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him."

To believe in Jesus is a command from God, and the benefit is great,
Eternal life is for those who obey,so it 's very wise not to wait.
Those who disobey God's command experience His wrath upon them,

They will never see life eternal and the future for them is dim. (RP)

I told you yesterday I was having the biopsy. Rawlie came from his workplace, and drove me to Mt. Baker Imaging.  Rawlie went in with me when I was called. The technician prepared me and the process began. Using at different times, three different sized transducers, she scanned my neck area. Rawlie was amazed at the size of the growth. When Dr. Carpenter came in the biopsy began. Using 8 inch needles, they entered the precise area, guided by ultra sound signals to take samples of the mass for lab work. Rawlie watched on the screen as the needles were inserted to their destination spot. In an hour and a half the process was over. Rawlie drove me home. I was so thankful he was here to help me. My Brazilian friend spoke to me this week and promised that his prayer group of 500 people would be praying for this procedure. This along with at least another 500 who know about it, makes a huge number. I told the doctor and technician, that 1,000 people were praying at that moment for what they were doing. Pray that our witness to them will bear results. Thanks so much for praying. 

Thursday, November 9, 2017

ULTRA SOUND BIOPSY

But the LORD said to Samuel, "Do not look at his appearance or at the height of his stature, because I have refused him. For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart." 1 Samuel 16:7   


We think we know the ways of men but fooled we may soon be, 
For they are not what make a man; there's more than you can see.
God thankfully looks on hearts to judge and sees what we cannot,
And knows the inward thoughts of all and knows man's every thought.
So cheer up brother and sister, there's more to life than the seen,
God knows all from the beginning so keep your lives pure and clean.(RP)

My son Rawlie is leaving his work in Everett, WA, and will come to Ferndale. He will take me to the 1:40 pm appointment at Mt. Baker Imaging. There they will do the ultra sound biopsy. Virginia Mason Hospital called me yesterday, giving the names of the two surgeons who will do my surgery. Both have to be involved at the same time. I see each of them November 14. One specializes in head and throat, the other in thoracic surgery. Thanks so much for praying as I prepare for this day. Surgery date has not been assigned yet.