Monday, October 16, 2017

THE COUNTDOWN

 Now may the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God and into the patience of Christ.   2 Th 3:5

Two things we can certainly use, as we walk down here each day,
The love of God and His patience, are what we should display.
The Psalmist here prays for those things that we'll have His love from above,
And His patience comes naturally when we are controlled by His love.(RP)

It is tough watching your loved one slip away. Even though we know this is best, it still hurts. Friends have been so supportive. We appreciate it greatly. Yesterday they started giving Margie morphine, because it helps the breathing process. We did notice a difference. I called early this morning and she is still with us. I will be going shortly to spend the day there. Thankfully my son and his wife are here to help as today we make arrangements for her care after discharge from the hospital. Thank you so much for your prayers. My brother Ernie's funeral has started in Singapore. It will last for several days to accommodate the hundreds who will attend. Thanks for praying.  


Sunday, October 15, 2017

ROUGH NIGHT

Heb 12:2 looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.


Our Savior did much for us when He died on the cross for our sins,
Whoever invites Him into their life, we know that person wins.
The Author and finisher of our faith, no other has ever done so much,
The world ties to make it to heaven, but without Him they cannot find such.
Jesus' died on the cross and rose from the tomb, now with the Father above, We give Him praise for all He's done for us, because of His great love.(RP)

Margie had a rough night. Rawlie and I were with her most of the day yesterday. I appreciate so much his company. Today he must go back home at 10. I am going to be with her now (at 6 am) and will only be gone long enough to teach my Sunday School class at church. I will return after that. They moved Margie to a lower floor during the night. She is now in room 253.  Yesterday it was so sad to experience her frustration in not being able to tell us what she wanted. We tried everything. She cried, slept, and sometimes was calm as we held her hand. Thank you all for your prayer support. It means everything to us. 

Saturday, October 14, 2017

FRUSTRATION


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

You may be very tired and loaded down with cares,
Jesus knows all about you, concerned with your affairs.
Accept Jesus' invitation, He wants you to come right now,
Enter His presence with thanksgiving and at His feet humble bow. (RP)


Dear Margie experienced much frustration and pain today. Her inability to speak is frustrating for us and her we are sure. We agonize with her in her discomforts. She is not able to form words sufficiently to explain what she wants or feels. Today she cried for two hours. It tears one up to witness this. We stand at  her bedside helpless.   Rawlie, Gina and I met with the hospice people today to go over options for Margie’s care. We need much wisdom to know what to do. These are emotional days for all of us. Adding to these human feelings, is the fact of my brother Ernie’s passing. It all seems like a dream.Thank you so much for praying. We need God’s direction in these tender moments. 

Friday, October 13, 2017

ERNIE POULSON WITH JESUS

Whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.   James 4:14

Uncertainties abound in life and tomorrow is one of them
We have no idea in the world but we can trust it all to Him.
Life is fragile beyond degree and can disappear like steam,

So trust your soul to Christ alone because He only can redeem.(RP)

I try to spend 12 hours each day with Margie at the hospital. Yestrday it was a little short of that. When I arrived home to do some necessary preparation for the Bible study this morning, I noticed a call from Singapore that I had missed. When I called, Siang said Ernie died on the 12th at noon. Wow, what a notice this was!!!! 63 years of faithful service in Singapore alone. How we will miss him. Yesterday Margie was very restless. The stroke left her with hallucinations and agitation. It is so sad to see her suffering. I am going to be with her right now, then come back for the Bible class, then return. Rawlie will also be here this morning. We must discuss Margie's future care with the hospital staff. Thanks so much for praying. 

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

A MISSING DAY

Ephesians 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ'

Blessings galore come from our Father above in unceasing streams of grace,
Through Christ these come to us every day and each one we sweetly embrace.
Our Father withholds nothing good from us because of what Christ has done,
And these blessings flow daily in countless ways and for each one we thank the Son.(RP)


You who follow this blog noticed a blank yesterday. Tuesday is my day to sit at church as an elder, to help in anyway I can. Before leaving Margie started talking and I could not understand her. Things got more complicated. I was able to convince her to call 911 because she had a stroke. If she didn't get help, she would not improve. We called 911, they came and took her to the hospital. After emergency she was taken to Intensive Care where she is now. Our son and part of his family came. Margie could not tolerate the many persons in her room, so the nurse suggested she not have visits. I just called and she had a pretty good night, but at midnight was concerned because I was not there. I am going down there soon. Please pray if it is God's will, she may be able to speak clearly. I confess, I cannot understand her many times. This is frustrating for her I know, and it surely is for me. Thanks so much for praying.

Monday, October 9, 2017

EYE DOCTOR

Mark 11:25  "And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses.

Forgiveness is a precious thing that we should never forget,
Some may need to use it, but there are others who just fret.
God links prayer to forgiveness, so we should do it too,
Failure to forgive breaks fellowship;he who suffers is you.(RP)
  
We had a good day at church yesterday, and a leisurely afternoon at home. We watched a favorite Christian program in the evening which is always a blessing. This morning we take Margie to her primary eye doctor for routine tests. I will take advantage of the trip to have my glasses adjusted. Then we have a few items to pick up at the store, then head for home again. We trust your day goes well and we thank you for your prayers.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

THE LORD'S DAY

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

What a wonderful promise God gives us here,
It benefits us greatly if we will only just adhere.
Seek God first as you start each and every day,
Spend time in His Word and meditate and pray.
God will add so much to every part of your day,
So keep on doing what it says; greatly will He pay.
(RP)

Every day is the Lord's day for those who belong to Him. What a joy as we look forward to going to church this morning. I will be teaching Joshua chapter 7 & part of 8 today.  The search committee and elders will meet a few minutes after the service to discuss the latest information concerning a lead pastor for the church. We should have a leisurely day. We trust your day goes well also. Thanks so much for praying. 

Saturday, October 7, 2017

PREPARING

1 Timothy 2:1-2  Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men,  for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence.

Christians, wake up, we have a call to prayer, 
God is speaking to his children; do you care.
Everyone needs prayer; a list is given here,
So intercede today; the message is so clear. 
Thank God for those for whom you pray,
This in itself is a blessing for you today.
Praying this way brings dividends now,
So gladly before our heavenly Father bow.
His peace will embrace you in special ways,
And other blessings will come to the who prays.
(RP)

Saturday is a blessing because we can always use the time to prepare some more for the Sunday School class and the book of Joshua we are teaching. Some of the class members asked for study questions, so I enjoy working on those. The class appreciates them, because they cover every verse in the chapter. Siang, from Singapore, writes that my brother Ernie's pains have been brought under control to a degree. Please continue your prayers for him. And thank you for praying. 

Friday, October 6, 2017

MORE TESTS

Psa 31:3   For You are my rock and my fortress; Therefore, for Your name's sake, Lead me and guide me.


A solid foundation is what Christ provides for all who have trusted Him,And all who have done this can very well say, that their hope will never grow dimHe is our fortress and shelter secure. 
His guidance is certain and sure. 
His blessings are many and countless indeed and in Him we are really secure. (RP)

I got through the endoscopy test okay yesterday morning. The medication pretty well makes you unable to do anything except sleep or do nothing. I am not sure the test helped know anything new about my condition. More tests are scheduled, and maybe they will indicate the problem. This morning is our Bible class and we look forward to it. Thanks for praying. 

Thursday, October 5, 2017

EARLY MORNING

For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil.  I Peter 3:12

Our God is watching over us as we live for Him each day,
His ears are listening to our prayers as we move along the way.
It’s sobering  to have the Lord against those who evil do,

And remember the ones who are guilty he already knew. (RP)

It's early morning, and I am waiting for my ride to the Mt. Baker Imaging clinic, where I will have the upper GI done at the Northwest Endoscopy Center.  Steve Adenau is my driver. I appreciate so much his help. Margie just awakened and had prayer with me. By 8:20 this morning it should be over and soon on my way back home. Thanks so much for your prayers. It is all in the Lord's hands. 

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

ENDOSCOPY

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)

Yesterday I was counseled to have an endoscopy by the specialist. My throat condition merits a look down the tube to see what's going on. My friend Steven Adenau has graciously offered to drive me to the clinic and back. I deeply appreciate this. The entire day after the test tomorrow, I will not be able to do much at all.  It will be nice to be home. Thanks for praying.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

DENTIST AND THROAT SPECIALIST

One who turns away his ear from hearing the Law, even his prayer shall be an abomination.   Proverbs 28:9

A man may think he is so smart when the Bible he forgets to read,
But when troubles come and he starts to pray, it seems God does not heed.
But the truth dear friend is this: the Bible and prayer are near,
If you stay in the Word and it's precepts obey you definitely will have nothing to fear.
So remember if you pray to God but have turned from reading the Word.

There is only one way to put it: your action is certainly absurd.(RP)

In a few minutes I will be taking medication, prior to seeing the dentist for the work he begins on my teeth. Then this afternoon I see the throat specialist to help me with this choking and sore throat problem. Dr. Chang is the doctor who has done endoscopic tests on me for years. I am glad he will be helping me today. Thanks for praying. 

Monday, October 2, 2017

APPOINTMENTS

Jeremiah 29:11For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.

A good review of God's thoughts of us is a pleasure for us to pursue,
We'll discover very soon that it's marvelous what He thinks of me and you.
His desire for peace in our hearts is sure, and He desires this for me,
And I know He wants it the same for you, on this we both agree.
God's interest in our future is very real and filled with so much hope,
And it gives us the strength to carry on and power to daily cope.(RP)

Because of my throat problem, I am trying to get an appointment with a specialist. If that won't work, I will try our family doctor and see what happens. We also have dental appointments this week (both of us). I will see if the audiologist can fix my hearing device so the volume control will work. So that will probably keep us busy today. Thanks for praying.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

SUNDAY SCHOOL AND CHURCH

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

 I wonder what the world would be if today there was no church
Would most be happy and content to go about their way?
Suppose your church doors locked for good and none could enter in,
Would there be prayers in home and cars or would people go to play.
I trust that church for you is dear and you will be there soon
To worship, sing and pray and learn what God desires for you.
Waste not a moment to attend the church you like the best,
And make your promise to the Lord, His will you will pursue. (RP)

We look forward to church today. I am happy to be able to teach one of the adult classes. The study in the book of Joshua is a blessing. Yesterday we had a leisurely day, preparing more for the class today. I also had a nice text exchange with my brother Harold, who is on a special assignment in Kodiak, Alaska, And we also received the weekly family letter from my brother Ernie, in Singapore. And Margie and I had two visits with Margie's sister, Barbara yesterday also. We talk each day with her. We trust this will be a great day for you all. Thanks for praying.