Saturday, August 18, 2018

FAMILY

Psalm 100:5 For the Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting, And His truth endures to all generations.

In a day of lies and forgery, oh how much we need the truth,
Thank God in Him is the answer for the old and yes, the youth.
God's mercy is poured upon us, in everlasting streams,
every repentant sinner He welcomes and redeems.
His truth has no stopping point; to every generation it goes,
Speaking words that transform lives, even some who first oppose.(RP)

How nice to have my family drop in for another visit yesterday. They are up here for the fair in Lynden, Washington. Gina, Monique, and Benny were here. What a blessing to have them for a visit. I also was happy I got some homework assignments done for the book publisher. Perhaps I can finally get it going faster now, and send it all in. I certainly hope so. Thanks for praying. 

Friday, August 17, 2018

WEATHER AND VISIT

1 Timothy 2:5 For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus...
Some teach there are many ways to God, 
Deceived they are, but onward they plod.
If they only knew Jesus who is the Way,
How happy they'd be in their life each day.
For man to reach heaven and see God some day,
Each must come to Jesus and His command obey. (RP)

This summer has been different. Yesterday was delightful. For me this morning, it is chilly. I just heard on the radio that next week will bring some high temperatures again. I was pleased with a visit from Gina yesterday. She and her sister are up for the fair in Lynden. Last night more family members arrived. They will return Saturday sometime. I keep busy trying to get details done for the book that we want to get published. Thanks for your prayers. 


Thursday, August 16, 2018

EVENING OF PRAYER FOR SUE LUNSFORD

 If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.John 15:7

This is a marvelous provision for God's own, If we seriously do what it tells,
So faithfully follow the Word, and this plan all others excels. (RP)

Last evening we gathered at our church, and people in many places were doing likewise. At each place, friends of Dave and Sue  Lunsford were praying for them. Sue is very ill with cancer, and is now on a new program. All of us are praying God's will to be done, but certainly would be delighted if He chose to heal her. Thank each of you for praying.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

FAST DELIVERY

James 4:14 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.

In life we know not tomorrow and all that it may bring,
But we know Who holds the future and to Him we cling.
Life is like a vapor that comes and then disappears,
And with Jesus as our pilot we really have no fears.
So let's live life fully, with Jesus as our guide,
Because we know He's in charge and is right there by our side. (RP)

Each month I order the nutritional packets I use for the infusion process of feeding.  Monday morning I phoned in my order.  Yesterday afternoon the packages arrived. The UPS men know the door will be open to the garage, and they put it right inside for me.  The product is very heavy, so I appreciate their kindness. It was also rewarding to share Jesus with the driver, who was receptive to my witness to him. Thanks for praying,  And please do not forget that TODAY is designated as "Pray for Sue Lunsford" day. In doing this we remember her husband Dave also. 

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

PRAYER

  And He said to them,Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.  Matthew 4:19

If you don't follow Jesus you will not win men,
And we should hear this again and again.
Let's follow Jesus and bring them in,
So they receive forgiveness and freedom from sin.(RP)

Each week I go through missionary correspondence taking out prayer requests. These are put into our church prayer sheet. A copy of this is in the weekly bulletin distributed on Sundays. Missionaries are busy servants of the Lord, and it is hard for most of them to keep the supply line of emails so we can glean from them. Fortunately, because of my years on the field, I can make requests for the missionaries from time to time. It is an enjoyable exercise working up the prayer sheet. I am indebted also to Laurel Hicks who receives notices from the missionaries and sends them on to me. Thanks so much for praying.

Monday, August 13, 2018

MESSAGE

1 Chronicles 28:20  And David said to his son Solomon, "Be strong and of good courage, and do it; do not fear nor be dismayed, for the LORD God -- my God -- will be with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you, until you have finished all the work for the service of the house of the LORD".


Standing with us is what God does faithfully everyday,
Helping us do what we are supposed to, along the way.
His encouragement of strength and courage cheers us,
And his love helps us to every situation adjust,
God intends us to finish what He wants us to do,
So rely on Him for his strength to work until it is through. (RP)

I am privileged to preach next Sunday at First Baptist. I spent the afternoon pondering and praying which message to use for the occasion. Now I can use my time to dig deeper into the text, and find more precious jewels from God's word. Thanks so much for praying with me about this. I appreciate it.

Sunday, August 12, 2018

LOOKING

You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.   Deut. 6:5


God demands our love and tells us so in words so very clear,
And we should quickly heed His call without worry or any fear.
With heart attuned to His sovereign will none can really go wrong,
And with soul in sync with His divine plan, we surely have a sweet song. 
So claim His strength for your life today and see what He will do,
We know that His joy will empower you and you'll be thrilled through and through. (RP)

One of my assignments before publishing my book, is to find graphics for the book cover.  It is an enjoyable process, but time consuming. I spent the good part of the day looking. The publisher wants my suggestions on what I would like in the cover design. Therefore, they ask me to find several options online, and submit to them the location, so they can take a look also. I appreciate prayer as I complete this process.  Thanks for praying. 

Saturday, August 11, 2018

SPEECH AND SWALLOW

The Lord ... never fails. Zephaniah 3:5

The Lord never fails in what He says He will do,
Everything in the Word about Him is very true.
It's refreshing to know we can rely upon Him,
Our hope in Christ will never never grow dim.  (RP)

Yesterday was my follow up appointment with the speech and swallow therapist. She went over the process that was going on last Monday when the study was done. She has the x-ray movie showing each step of its downward journey into the stomach and/or lungs. When I swallow, the material gathers in a pocket and part of it goes down the esophagus, and the other down the trachea. This is disconcerting, because normally if liquid goes to the lungs, pneumonia usually follows. I have not experienced that, thankfully, but the potential is there. She is going to consult with a specialist, to get his opinion on what is going on and we will discuss it at my next appointment. In the meantime I am to continue my rigorous schedule of swallow therapies. Thanks so much for praying.

Friday, August 10, 2018

5-DAY BIBLE CLUB

Proverbs 15:1 A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.

How you speak and act says many things about you,
The wise know well that harsh words should be very few.
Speak softly with a touch of grace is something to be desired,
And those who communicate this way are much admired.(RP)

I have attended the main meeting of the club at our church each day this week except Monday. That was the day I had the swallow test. I appreciate Natalie Finkbonner and her fine team, who minister God's Word each day to the boys and girls. Their enthusiasm, love for the children, and dedication to the teaching of the Bible, is heart-lifting. Please pray for them as they tirelessly serve the Lord each day. Thanks for praying 


Thursday, August 9, 2018

DIETITIAN

Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea,
Peace, be still! And the wind ceased and there was a great calm. 
Mark 4:39

God controls the winds and seas; all is beneath His command,
All nature moves and reacts to His call, everything is planned.
I'm so glad our Savior knows how to calm the troubled sea,
He's also the One to whom we go as we pray and make our plea.
Today, if your heart is troubled, go to the One who hears,
He will listen intently to what you say and stay while it disappears.(RP)

When I started taking my medication orally instead of through the tube, I gained weight because I was using yogurt. I had already reduced the number of cartons of nutrition per her instructions based on my height and weight.  I cut back one more carton, making a total of five per day, instead of the original eight. The dietitian said I need six, to provide proper nutrition. So I am back on six. I am making some other adjustments, and so far my weight is under control. It is a fascinating journey and I thank you for your prayer support. 

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

BOOK WORK

The name of the LORD is a strong tower; The righteous run to it and are safe.Proverbs 18:10

There is power in the name of the Lord, like a very strong tower,
A place where one can take refuge from someone trying to devour.
God's children find safety in Him as they run for help to this place,
And the consolation He gives is a reminder of His love and grace. (RP)

I finally had a little time to get more information about my book. I received several questionnaires about different aspects of the printing of the book. I will try to work on that today. It is quite a process and it was so long ago I printed my first book, I have forgotten the protocol. Now I am learning again what to do. Thanks for praying.

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

HIS WAY IS PERFECT

Whatever the LORD pleases He does, In heaven and in earth, In the seas and in all deep places. (Psalm 135:6)

This is the verse God gave to me, before I went for my test.
On this side of that trip, I now declare, it was the best.
So many had prayed that I could swallow again.
God's plans are different, and now a new phase  I begin.
 I am so glad He runs the course I take,
Because I know He never makes a mistake.
Just help me dear Lord to listen to You,
And lead people to Jesus, and please: not just a few. (RP)

The poem (above) I wrote last night, expresses my heartbeat on this subject. On the first sip of liquid yesterday, I failed the test. That is the way it was in February, and two or three times at Swedish hospital, and in October of last year. God has a reason for it all. I submit to His sovereignty, and just keep on going. Thanks to  you ALL who are faithfully praying.

Monday, August 6, 2018

SWALLOW TEST TODAY

Matthew 6:31Therefore do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?'

Jesus wants us to trust Him, and not worry about things,
Lean on Him and don't worry what tomorrow brings.
Seek Him first in all you do and other things will fall in place,
And soon you'll understand that the worries he will erase. (RP)

I am glad the Lord is in charge of things. The verse and poem introduce a little bit of what is going on today. At 11 I will have this modified barium swallow study at St. Joseph's hospital. It is really a simple test, but the results are major. I have prepared for about 7 months for it, and the results are in the hands of the Lord. He knows my body, and all the muscles and complicated process involved in swallowing. After all He made it all. Thank you so much for praying. I will give a report tomorrow morning in this blog, and perhaps  a text to those who do not receive this. 

Sunday, August 5, 2018

TABLE OF CONTENTS

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

In doing good we tend to tire, but 
the payoff is on the way.
And discouraged we must not 
become as we walk the Lord's 
highway.  (RP)

At least I started yesterday working on the table of contents for my book. I developed a system to do it which for me is easy. I have much to do, before finishing. I sent out many text messages around the world to friends who will pray for the modified barium swallow study I am to have tomorrow morning at St. Joseph hospital in Bellingham, Washington. I am grateful for so many friends who are praying. Thank you very much. 

Saturday, August 4, 2018

GRAVESIDE AND MEMORIAL

Ephesians 6:11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

Here's the best armor to stand against the devil today,
God gives us this freely so why not use it, without delay. 
The equipment is complete, with everything you need,
Try each piece, and in using it, you will succeed. (RP)

Yesterday I attended the graveside service of Russ Gollen. Today I officiate the memorial service held at the The American Legion Hall in Ferndale, Russ is a long-time friend. He and his wife owned the bakery at one time and were members of our church. His son and daughter-in-law were also in our church. We have maintained contact with them through the years. Yesterday I did a little more background work on my book. The manuscript is at the printers, but there are several things I still have to do before authorizing the printing.  Thanks so much for your prayers.

Friday, August 3, 2018

WEIGHT

Your words were found, and I ate them,  And Your word was to me the joy and rejoicing of my heart;  & For I am called by Your name,  ;O LORD God of hosts. Jeremiah 15:16

When you belong to the Lord, how the Word touches you!
The Word in the prophet like food made him new.
The joy and rejoicing of his heart was real.
And his love for the Lord he could not conceal. (RP)

The dietitian who monitors my condition at Coram, was pleased with my weight at 190, and wants me to maintain it that way. With the new process of taking medication, the weight has increased, even though I have been very careful not to eat much yogurt as I ingest the pills. I am trying different things to get this under control. I will now have to increase my walking to help compensate. Thanks for praying. I will keep you informed.



Thursday, August 2, 2018

SLEEP

Psalm 92:4 For You, LORD, have made me glad through Your work; I will triumph in the works of Your hands.

God's handiwork abounds no matter where we look,
We see it everywhere and read about it in His book.
His work makes me glad because He's in charge,
And His creations are proof He knows how to discharge.
I glory in His work each time I see what He can do,
I praise Him daily for saving grace and I hope you do too. (RP)

With my new medication regimen, I have to take note of the things I am taking. It happens every six hours, day and night. After a busy day and an evening at church where they were packing the Operation Christmas Child boxes, I returned home for the evening infusion. At 8 I took my prescribed medication, and watched a news program. Believe it or not, I glanced at the clock, and it was 10:46 pm. I had slept soundly in the Lazy Boy. I quickly readied myself for bed, and slept well through the night. I was awake at 2 to take the medication. Thanks for praying. 

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

PILL CRUSHER

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

The Christian life is practical as Paul so clearly states,
To encourage one another, in a way, is all it takes.
We build up others as we go along this earthly road,
And what a joy it is to help and carry another's load.
Most Christians do this, we believe, in very special ways,
As loving deeds and kindly words are beautiful displays  (RP)

I think I came to the end of having to use this pill crusher which has prepared my medication for about 7 months. My speech therapist taught me how to get pills down, even though I have the swallowing problem.  I take them with yogurt. There is a down side to this. I gained a couple of pounds taking the MANY pills prescribed by the dentist. Oh well, I will adjust it somehow. Thanks for praying. 

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

HIGH TECH ROOT CANAL

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

The sweet call comes from Jesus, for the weary ones today,
Come to Him for rest and salvation, do it now without delay.
He gives rest beyond all measure to those who truly seek,
Come to Him with every problem, every day of every week.
You will rest in our dear Savior, free from sin and all your past,
And forever you will thank Him because what you have will surely last. (RP)

My appointment was for 1:30 pm yesterday. I received a call mid morning, asking if I could come now, because there was a cancellation. I was glad to go. It has been several years since I had a root canal. Today the technology is amazing. I was impressed with the speed and efficiency of the team. My tooth never did hurt and the work was done so quickly. The tooth was badly in need of work. I am on anti-inflammatory medication and antibiotics. I had a wonderful night, and will now have to make an appointment with my regular dentist so he can put on a permanent filling (cap) on the tooth. Thanks for praying.  

Monday, July 30, 2018

Ephesians 2:1-3 And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins. 


The day God gave me spiritual life was the greatest of them all,
And I'm rejoicing in this fact and this wonderful verse by Paul.
I was dead in trespasses and in sin, and He really rescued me,
When I put my trust in Him, from my sins He set me free.  (RP)

My family was here several times because they came for the yearly Old Settler's parade in Ferndale. We had nice visits together. Rawlie stayed in my house, the others up at the Vista house. They went to church Sunday, and enjoyed visiting with their friends and taking in the wonderful message by our pastor. They returned yesterday afternoon.  It was a very hot afternoon and it continued through part of the night. I used only a sheet as a cover most the night, but my room was delightful. Thanks for praying.

Sunday, July 29, 2018

BOOK REVIEW

Ps 25:5 Lead me in Your truth and teach me, For You are the God of my salvation; On You I wait all the day.

God knows what's best for each of us, He wants us to obey,
And when we do, He does great things, and leads us day by day. 
We want His truth to guide us right, and teach us what we should do
He is the God of our salvation and His will we want to pursue.  (RP)

I sent my book manuscript to Xulon Press this week. Before doing this, I had to fill out a questionnaire regarding the contents of my story. Then I uploaded the manuscript.  It is now with them. I was told by their representative that they will review the chapters and then proceed with the other details of publishing. There is still much to do. I will figure out which graphic goes with what story, and then list all chapter names with the page numbers. I also have to work with the design team on an appropriate cover for the book.  Thanks so much for praying.  

Saturday, July 28, 2018

FIRST TIME

Ps 145:18 The LORD is near to all who call upon Him, To all who call upon Him in truth.

Near to You we want to be as we walk this earthly path,
Please help  us obey Your  commands and readily give You all,
Humbly we go in submission each day and learn to call upon You
 Your grace sufficient will abound to us and we’ll have blessing both large and small. (RP)

I was preparing to take my morning medication as I always do, but added the special one I must take before a dental appointment. This is law, and I have done it since my knee surgery years ago. I added water to the 4 capsules I had taken apart, because all this has to go through my stomach tube. All was going well, but this antibiotic medication plugged the tube. I was in real trouble, because after each infusion, the tube has to be flushed. Well, it could not be flushed because the medicine had clogged completely the tube. I tried all the tricks of the trade I knew, to no avail. I knew that a trip to the E R would be next.  I called the dietitian from the company from whom my nutrient is supplied, and she gave me a suggestion. I tried it, and praise the Lord it worked. I was so grateful. Many were praying about this. Thanks for praying.

Friday, July 27, 2018

ONE MORE STEP

1 John 1:6 If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth.

To say one thing and do another, is often the way people act,
God's Word has plenty to say about this very important fact.
Living this way is a lie, and darkness results for this one.
Confess your sin, and have fellowship with Jesus, God's Son. (RP)

Yesterday, I was able to accomplish one more step in the process of getting my book published. I made contact with the publisher, and they sent me all the information on how to get the manuscript to them. I am hoping today that can be done. I had hoped to do it yesterday, but the dentist changed my appointment from August 15 and asked me to come in this morning. This meant medication had to be prescribed and the pharmacist was very helpful and I went down last night and got it. My family comes today. How wonderful! Thanks for praying.

Thursday, July 26, 2018

SCHEDULE CHANGE

Proverbs 16:3
Commit your works to the LORD, And your thoughts will be established


Some easily get things all messed up by the way they work and think,
God gives the best procedure here so that His children will not sink.
When your work is ordered by Him, your thinking greatly improves,
And when this is correctly in place, our Father definitely approves.
So you have been so flustered, because you mind is all askance,
Just remember to do things God's way and give Him another chance.  (RP)

My modified barium swallow study has been moved from July 30, to August 6.  The speech and swallow therapist had me eat a nutrition bar with the help of applesauce, to see how it would go down. She also had me take some plain water,( just a little bit),  my first since last December. She wanted to feel my swallowing process by placing her hands on my throat as I swallowed. She also did another new thing on me: she placed stretchy elastic tape which pulled upward on my larynx (voice box) to help with swallowing (possibly).  It sometimes opens up the throat more for effective swallowing. It actually did help, I noticed. The tape this morning is making my neck pretty itchy, so I may remove it. She also found a scar tissue on my neck where the "T" comes together (with the sternotomy). I am to massage this tissue with vitamin E lotion and see if it reduces. She is concerned that this could affect the swallowing process also. Thanks so much for praying.

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

PLEASE PRAY

My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth. 
Psalm 121:2

Our helper is a helper indeed; He made heaven and earth,
And I can say it is wonderful; and more since my rebirth.
When Jesus saved me all became new; now I trust in Him,
And how great to come to him when things are bright or dim.  (RP)

The church board met last night in my house. I had the water coolers going, so it was nice in cool in the room where we met. There are some serious needs for prayer. A small boy yesterday got his dad's nail machine and had to be flown to Seattle for medial help. His name is Dakota. Our former pastor's wife, Sue Lunsford needs our prayer as her cancer treatment has left her terribly weak. A former member of our church, Marilyn Rienstra was in emergency yesterday, and they diagnosed her with cancer in several parts of her body. My how we need to hold these people before the Lord. Thanks for praying.



Tuesday, July 24, 2018

KEEPING COOL

Psalm 103:1 Bless the Lord, O my soul; and all that is within me, bless His holy name!

We come into the presence of the Lord and give Him praise,
With heart and soul and all we have, to Him our voices raise.
All we have and are belong to Him, and we bless His holy name,
And desire with our whole heart His goodness and love to proclaim.  (RP)

Keeping cool is important during these hot days. Fortunately, as a child, I watched my parents and grandparents and uncle keep their Phoenix homes delightfully cool in the summer. Evaporation coolers are what they used. Now, I have several of them in my house. The main room to keep cool, as far as I am concerned, is the bedroom. Here is how it worked last night.  The house was registering 81 degrees inside. So my bedroom was hot.  I filled the cooler with water, opened the sliding door in my bedroom, and also the bathroom window. This created a cross ventilation situation. As the hot air was drawn through the wet filters of the cooler, it cooled down considerably. By the time I went to bed, the temperature was 70 degrees.  From 81 to 70 on a hot day really feels good. Thanks for praying. 

Monday, July 23, 2018

CHURCH AT THE PARK

For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted. Luke 14:11

If you want to be a big shot, don't play around with God.
He does not care for braggers; they are very much slipshod.
Our Father likes humility; He honors this the most,
And is pleased much more than hearing a vain and empty boast.  (RP)

Yesterday church was at Hovander Park in Ferndale. A pretty good crowd assembled from two churches to fellowship and worship. The weather was superb, with a gentle breeze keeping all cool. We heard from all the campers and counselors who were at Camp Gilead the week before. It was as blessing to hear them. Then pastor Kiyle gave a message. After the message, most enjoyed the delicious food which people brought. I visited, then left for home so I could infuse my meal, as I always do. It was a fun and blessed morning at the park. Thanks for praying.

Sunday, July 22, 2018

FAMILY VISIT

John 8:29 And He who sent Me is with Me. The Father has not left Me alone, for I always do those things that please Him. 

The Father sent the Son, and was with Him all the way,
He never left Him lonely for He was with Him every day.
He did what we cannot do, and that is to please Him in every way.
We may not achieve this goal, but at least the right attitude display.  (RP)

Since I have been alone, my family has many times dropped in to check on me. Rawlie sometimes does his work at my house, a privilege which his boss encourages. Yesterday my family had business matters to care for in Ferndale. While here, they came by for a visit. It was fun having them here. I am grateful for their attention and love. I also appreciate so much the prayer support many give me.

Saturday, July 21, 2018

MISCELLANEOUS DAY

Psalm 119:133 Direct my steps by Your word, And let no iniquity have dominion over me.

Wise praying is the mark of God's children, so why not demonstrate?
Always stay fresh in this noble deed; never in this duty be late.
God leads us by his infallible Word; what comfort this is for me,  
He controls our lives,so from every sin and shame we should flee.   (RP)

I had a variety of things that needed to done yesterday, so that was my goal.  Important mail to get to the box, a haircut, some chores around the house, and the always-present task of thinning out the email.  I also worked more on the Shepherd book. Laurel Hicks has finished the colossal job of proofreading and editing it. Now it is my time to get all loose ends together and get it sent to the publisher. I still have to figure our a cover design, but that will come with the help of the publishing team. Thanks so much for praying.

Friday, July 20, 2018

COMING SOON

Colossians 2:9,10For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily; and you are complete in Him.

The richness of Christ is here portrayed; it's profound beyond degree,
We look to Jesus and see God; what a joyous thought that brings to me.
All we want or even imagine is ours, because Christians are His own,
So no matter what may befall us, we know that we are never alone.
With Jesus as our Savior we have everything we could ever need,
And this makes me grateful and I know that with Him I'll succeed.  (RP)

Yesterday approval was given by my health insurance company, so I describe what will happen here.  On July 30, at 10:30am, at St. Joseph hospital in Bellingham, WA., I will have a Modified Barium Swallow Study.  I have done several before this, or ones similar, and never passed any of them. ALWAYS, liquid escaped, and went down my windpipe into my lungs. I have been doing special exercises for over 6 months, trying to strengthen all those muscles that control the swallowing process.  The upcoming test will tell them on my first attempt to swallow, if it works or not. You have prayed much for me, and I appreciate it so much. I have never felt the need of it more than for that test. I just want God's will to be done. Thanks for praying. 

Thursday, July 19, 2018

UP TO ME

Psalm 8:9   O LORD, our Lord, How excellent is Your name in all the earth  

The Name above all names is the one before us today,
The Lord, mighty in works who does more than we can say.
No other name matches His, and He is our Savior and Lord,
So trust Him and serve Him the rest of your life; He is our great reward. (RP)

Now it is up to me to get my book finished and off to the publisher for the first review. Laurel Hicks, editor, delivered the final pages yesterday. Now it is my responsibility to make all corrections, and get the manuscript sent to them.  I still have considerable work on it, because my very sharp editor found several duplicates in what I sent her. Besides that, some stories were so similar because they contained the same information, therefore making them duplicates also. All this shows the value of having a reliable person doing the editing. I am thankful I do. Thanks so much for praying. 

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

8--7--6

Psalm 143:10 Teach me to do Your will, For You are my God; Your Spirit is good. Lead me in the land of uprightness.

I hope you are willing to be taught, because God wants it this way,
Ask Him to teach you to do His will, and begin this very day.
He is willing to do this, and we know His way is always the best,
So making this decision is great, and we know we will be blessed.
Ask God to lead you always in His perfect place of peace,
And the benefits will follow and your joys and peace increase.  (RP)


This is progress. When I started seven months ago I was instructed to infuse 8 cartons of nutrient into my stomach each day. That went on for months. Then a short time ago I was reduced to seven. Two days ago the dietitian at Coram, the firm that provides me with the nutrients and all medical helps to keep the Peg-tube functioning properly, instructed me to reduce my intake to only 6 cartons per day. All this is because I am adding calories to my diet by oral feedings. It is an interesting journey and is exciting. Thanks so much for praying.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

WARM WEATHER

Psalms 20:7
Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God.

Men trust in all sorts of things, as they go through life down here,
And most forget God in the process, and that's why there's so much fear.
Thank God we can trust in the Lord, allowing Him to lead in our lives,
And the one who lets Him lead will always tell you he thrives. (RP)

Yesterday was another warm one. I am so glad for the swamp coolers. I have three. Rawlie is using one, especially for his work at the dining room table. In the evening I turn the one in my bedroom on, in front of the sliding door, then open the bathroom window and shut the door to the hallway. By the time I go to bed, the temperature has dropped from 80 degrees to 70 or lower. That is a refreshing temperature compared to the rest. I am thankful we learned how to use them years ago. They are extremely economical to run also. They only require from me, the job of keeping them filled with water.  Thanks for praying. 

Monday, July 16, 2018

NO BIRTHDAYS IN HEAVEN

Revelation 21:4

 And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.”


Oh the joy of looking upward to our home beyond the skies,
When we see our Savior, Master, and look into His eyes.
God's handkerchief will be busy, on that blessed future day,
When with love and great compassion he will wipe our tears away.
Graveyard markers will be history cause all death has had its end,
No more pain or sorrow will touch us and eternity with Him we'll spend.  (RP)

Margie would have had her 88th birthday today.  The two items (and flowers - not shown) in the picture are what were brought to her room at St. Joseph Hospital as we were saying goodbye to her. My poem (above) expresses my heart about all this. Of course I miss her, but she suffered much and she really wanted to go HOME.  Rawlie is with me today, and we have talked about this. I thank him and his dear family for all their love and attention. And this applies to YOU too, for so many have supported me. Thanks SO MUCH for your prayers.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

ONE STEP CLOSER


Jeremiah 29:11 For 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.

God's thoughts of us are warm today, as He thinks of you and me, 
He thinks no evil, but only peace, as He gives this sweet decree.
He has a plan for each of us and will move us gently along,
And by His grace our hope is sure because to Him we belong. (RP)

I am getting one step closer to publishing my next book. Laurel Hicks is doing another reading of the text. I am so glad she is. It is amazing how many things are found no matter how many times it is read. I prepared my laptop to download the iCloud, then she sent the corrected part to me. I will be working on this, then when she finishes the second half of the manuscript, I will send it to the publisher for their first evaluation of the product. Thanks so much for praying. 

Saturday, July 14, 2018

ODDS AND ENDS

Ephesians 4:29  Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers.

Be careful little mouth what you say, is more than just a song,
It is a command from God, and keeps us from doing wrong. 
Christians who encourage others, are doing their Father's will,
Which edifies the recipients and helps them God's will to fulfill. (RP)

Yesterday was my odds and ends day. There were several things I wanted to get done, so after the never-ending routine of therapies, I worked on that. Bathroom cleaning, checking on the water cooler I am trying to waterproof, some book work, and several other things. Mixed with all this was sort of a relaxed attitude, because it was the end of the week, and I was not in a hurry. I was thankful I could use text messaging to help some, answering questions about concerns. Thanks for praying.

Friday, July 13, 2018

REPAIR

You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons too; you cannot have a part in both the Lord's table and the table of demons. 
1 Corinthians 10:21

God demands allegiance from those who call Him Lord,
There cannot be confusion; all must be of one accord.
If you call yourself a Christian, then be sure to live for Him, 
Do not dabble with the world's lot, or else things will be dim.
Live for Jesus every day, putting Him first in all you do,
Then you'll have His blessing always, in all that you pursue.  (RP)

Three or four years ago I purchased an evaporative cooler. It has served me well.  Two weeks ago, Rawlie noticed a wet spot on the rug beneath it. Yes, it was leaking. Yesterday I dismantled it and was surprised because it is plastic. No rust here. So I bought a spray can of Flex Seal and will try to get the leaked plugged up, wherever it is. It takes 48 hours to cure, so I am glad I have other coolers to help with the heat control. Thanks for praying.  

Thursday, July 12, 2018

ASPIRATION

Matthew 5:16  Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.

You can only shine for Jesus when His light is in your heart,The only way you do this, is when with Jesus you make your start.He's the light of the world and wants to live in you,So give Him your life right now and have peace like you never knew.As Christians we shine for Jesus, letting His light shine brightly to all,When the lost see our works for the Master, they will then upon Him call.  (RP)

The reason I do extensive therapies for all the muscle groups in my throat, is because of aspiration. The swallow test is given to determine this. I have failed several of them. What does that mean? It means when I swallow, liquids are aspirated into my lungs. There are things I must do to help in this problem. First there are the therapies I do thrice daily.  Oral hygiene is essential, therefore demanding brushing the teeth and tongue at least eight times a day.  This  precaution is necessary to eliminate as much disease to enter the lungs. Can you imagine how many tubes of toothpaste I have used?  This life is not boring. I thank you all for praying. 

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

SLICE OF TOAST

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

Everyone is so busy; not many have time for God,
Some put on a mask, and present another facade.
God tells His own to be still, and truly know His ways,
In this we really learn, and are genuinely amazed.
Help me today to honor You, giving You ample time,
When I do I will rise indeed to a new level sublime.  (RP)

My speech/swallow therapist started our session with giving me a lightly toasted slice of bread with applesauce on it. It was the first time I had eaten bread since last December. She was encouraged with my progress. She ordered a referral from my doctor so I can have a swallow test as soon as possible. Please join me in prayer about that test. Thanks for praying.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

THERAPY

Psalms 7:1
O LORD my God, I take refuge in you; save and deliver me from all who pursue me,

The forces of evil are against us; we cannot escape their work,
But praise God we have recourse;we must not this option shirk.
The Lord is our place of refuge, ready to help us right now,
So come to Him without delay and at His feet humbly bow.  (RP)

It is amazing how much physical therapy helps one. When I developed the rotator cuff tear, the pain was pretty severe. The doctor ordered P.T., because he would not operate. I had doubt about its effectiveness, but with time I now see the value of it. I can raise my left arm, use it almost normally, and usually get through the night without too much discomfort. The therapist said it is because of my rigid schedule of therapy I do twice daily.  I have been at it for many weeks, but it is worth every bit of time invested.  Thanks for praying. 

Monday, July 9, 2018

MISSIONARY SUNDAY

Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.  Prov 3:5-6

The world wants to know the road they should take in the decisions of every day,
Believers in Jesus already know that in Him, the answer's on the way.
With our heart fully trusting for the answers we need, we know God will surely hear,
And never rely on your own understanding, it will fail you and not even come near.  (RP)

Our church was blessed yesterday by having David and Christie Sommers and their daughter Kayle in our service. They gave an excellent report of their work in Indonesia. I had missed a Sunday due to a cold, so was glad to be back again. I visited with folks before and after the service, and welcomed two new ones who were visiting. The rest of the day was spent in my feeding routines, plus many therapies for swallowing and shoulder problem. Thanks for praying. 

Sunday, July 8, 2018

LOT OF TIME

As far as the east is from the west, So far has He removed our transgressions from us.  Psa 103:12

When God forgives sin He does a great job, no one can equal His work,
We are grateful for His wonderful grace and this duty He does not shirk.
From the east to the west is a mighty long way that no one can dispute,
And God removed our sins like that, because His forgiveness is absolute. (RP)

I went to Lynden to my family doctor yesterday morning to have my eye checked. It was itchy, scratchy and uncomfortable.  I was given a prescription and went to the pharmacy to pick it up. As often happens, the delay would be about 20 minutes. I had already been gone from home for two and half hours, so I went home. Later I returned to get it. I had visitors in the afternoon, and that was appreciated.  This morning I look forward to going to church, because I missed last Sunday due to a cold I had. Thanks so much for praying. 

Saturday, July 7, 2018

MEMORIES

Nehemiah 8:10b;......for the joy of the Lord is your strength

The source of joy for some, is from the things possessed,
But in the end most feel let down and so depressed.
God's way is so much better and surely gives one joy, 
Rejoice in God's gift of joy, and your strength no one will destroy. (RP)

Going through eleven years of pictures looking for appropriate ones to put in my Shepherd book, was a delightful experience. With it also came some emotional moments.  Pictures of Marge popped up occasionally that brought precious memories.  I was also trying to find a picture of our latest truck and trailer (fifth wheel) for the publisher's design team to help me come up with a theme for the cover of the book. That all is still future, but at least I have some pictures to submit. Rawlie left yesterday afternoon, and it was so nice having him here those days.  And I thank YOU for praying.

Friday, July 6, 2018

ONE MORE THING

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)

This is not a complaint.  I have been having a discomfort in my left eye. I used eye drops for relief, and it helped a little. Then it got more intense, with itching and aching, making me feel pretty lousy. I called for an appointment. My doctor is on call Saturday, so I will then get this thing resolved, hopefully.  I had a full day yesterday, looking for more graphics for my book. This may have aggravated the eye situation.   I am enjoying so much Rawlie's company these days. He keeps busy, working many hours a day for his company. Thanks for praying.

Thursday, July 5, 2018

BANG FOR BUCKS

No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you.John 15:15

In God's Word we are called servants, But here, Jesus adds one more, 
To be His friend is better, and this relationship we must not ignore. 
Jesus reveals the Father to us, and that's because we are His friends, 
And this union is so precious and through Christ it never ends. (RP)

Last night there was plenty of "bang", and we are sure they cost a lot of bucks. It was noisy. Some literally shook the house. Rawlie arrived earlier, and it is nice to have him here. We both made it through the night okay, even with all the noise. It was warm yesterday, but my water cooler fan, cooled down my bedroom to around 68 degrees. The sleeping was wonderful. And other water cooled fans, kept the family room delightful all day. Rawlie is already at work in the dining room, and it is early in the morning.  Thanks so much for praying. 

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

HAPPY 4TH OF JULY !!



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

Independence Day speaks of freedom for us all,
And I pray that on this special day upon the Lord we'll call.
Those in Christ are free indeed and this we can't deny,Spiritual freedom is precious indeed and comes from God on high.
If you are lost without Christ, my friend, come, get salvation today,
By trusting what Jesus did for you, and you'll be free without delay.  (RP)

I've listened to a patriotic program this morning, that gave all the glory to our Lord. It was a secular station, and I was pleased and blessed to hear it. I am so glad I feel better today. Yesterday I had to go get some groceries. When I returned, I was happy to get in the Lazy Boy recliner. I was able to get some other work done yesterday for which I am pleased. I trust you all have a safe day. Last night it was noisy here, but I slept well anyway. Thanks for praying.


Tuesday, July 3, 2018

WEAK FOR A WEEK

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.

Letting Christ's Word dwell in you, means it must be faithfully obeyed,
His Word in you is a wonderful thing, the finest that can be displayed.
If you do these things God prepares your heart, teaching you how to serve,
With His wisdom in you,you'll help others soon and they, your life will observe.
Sing spiritual songs with grace in your heart, and the Lord will be honored for sure,
What a joy it is to serve others each day and the joy that your life is secure. (RP)

For you have followed my sickness, will rejoice with me, I hope, that I was sick for a week.  Now I believe I am on the mend. What a great night of sleep I had. I am thankful to the Lord. Even though I tried to keep doing things around the house those days, it was not easy. I sincerely appreciate all who prayed for my improvement. Thanks for praying.

Monday, July 2, 2018

NORMALIZING

You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. Deuteronomy 6:5

 God wants our love but not half-hearted love;we must do it with all our might,
And when exercised thus for our Savior's sake, It is for Him, pure delight,
So with strength that He gives, let us Love the Lord, with conviction from our heart,
And we know that the Lord will be honored for sure, because we really did what was smart.

It appears I am finally returning to normal. This morning I feel like I had my best night. I am thankful. I will take it easy today and monitor my condition, and hopefully get back to full normal soon. I sincerely thank all who are praying.

Sunday, July 1, 2018

KEEP TRYING

I know that whatever God does, It shall be forever. Nothing can be added to it, And nothing taken from it. God does it, that men should fear before Him. Ecclesiastes 3:14

God's creative work is done and will stand through the ages to come,
His foresight is matchless and perfect and it cannot be taken from.
The Lord has done it for a reason; in Him all mankind should  trust
And because He is holy and pure, to receive Him personally is a must. (RP)

Since Tuesday, I have tried to help myself get over this head cold. Last night I found some medication, that had not expired and during the night took two doses of it.  I am pretty well tired out now, due largely to the effects of the product, that leaves one sleepy.  I don't mind that. I just want to feel better. We'll see if today is better than yesterday. I hope so. Thanks so much for praying.

Saturday, June 30, 2018

ALL DAY

O God, You are my God; early will I seek You; my soul thirsts for You; my flesh longs for You in a dry and thirsty land where there is no water. 
Psalm 63:1

O that we'd all seek after God like the Psalmist did in this verse,
But I fear that in life this is not the case, for many it's the reverse.
Let's learn to seek Him early before the activities start,
Go to Him in prayer, and commune with Him with all your heart.
We should thirst for God who brings refreshment to our dry soul,
Daily talk to the Lord, and upon Him let your burden roll.  (RP)

Even though I was not feeling well, I spent almost the entire day at my laptop looking for appropriate pictures to us in my new book.  It is an enjoyable exercise, but time consuming. But I have plenty of that.  Hopefully today I will be able to continue doing the search for more pictures. I am not up to par health-wise yet, so will take it easy.  Thanks for your prayers. 

Friday, June 29, 2018

MAYBE NOT OVER

Nehemiah 8:10b;......for the joy of the Lord is your strength

The source of joy for some, is from the things possessed,
But in the end most feel let down and so depressed.
God's way is so much better and surely gives one joy, 
Rejoice in God's gift of joy, and your strength no one will destroy. (RP)

I thought yesterday my "cold" or whatever I have, was subsiding.  During the night I did okay but sneezed some. This morning, I could wish to feel better, but at the moment that has not happened. I will consult the experts today for further treatment. In the meantime, thanks for praying for me.

Thursday, June 28, 2018

GLAD THAT IS OVER

I love the LORD, because He has heard My voice and my supplications.  Because He has inclined His ear to me, Therefore I will call upon Him as long as I live.   Psa 116:1-2   

The Psalmist made a decision clear, to pray for the rest of his days,
This is because the Lord hears him when he bows his head and prays.
Oh what a blessing it is to know God hears our voice in prayer,
And we can be sure when we love Him so, we can cast on Him every care. (RP)

Whatever that was that I had, I am glad its better today. It hit me quickly, and I am limited in what medication I take. When I came home from the hospital after surgery, Gina got some pain reliever liquid medication at Walgreens. I never used it until this week. I am so thankful I had it. I missed the meeting at church last night, and regretfully will miss the prayer meeting this afternoon. Thank YOU for praying. It means so much to me.



Wednesday, June 27, 2018

UNDER THE WEATHER

Assuredly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it  Luke 18:17

The faith of little children is so fresh, direct and pure,
What a lesson they do teach us in a world so insecure.
If we really want God's kingdom in our lives like children do, 
We must come as little children and our lives to Him subdue. (RP)

Yesterday afternoon I started feeling punk.  I am limited in what I can take as far as medicine is concerned. I got a couple of pills down and used vicks rub and went to bed. I had a more or less good night. After my shower this morning I feel better, but I am going to take it plenty easy.  I thank you for your prayers. 



Tuesday, June 26, 2018

MAIL CLEAN UP

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

Jesus is knocking, do you hear his voice sweetly calling you today?
He wants to come in and save your soul and put you on the right way.
Please open the door of your life to Him, inviting him in to stay,
And you'll be the happiest person on earth because you did it today. (RP)

Yesterday it had to happen. Since my surgery, email has backed up more than I wanted.  I decided to attack it. I did, and deleted about 3500 items. Those went into the deleted file, which already had its share of baggage. So then I deleted all 9500 (Plus) emails.  Then I started an aggressive attack on incoming mail and unsubscribed to many. I will keep that up until I have a manageable amount to deal with. What a relief to get rid of that MONSTER. I'm off to a good start this morning. Thanks so much for praying. 

Monday, June 25, 2018

A GRACIOUS OFFER

I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep.John 10:11

Jesus the Good Shepherd cares for his own and gives His life for them,
Each one is very important to Him, even as a precious gem.
Jesus gave His life for us that we may be in Heaven with Him,
And with Him as  Savior and Lord you can be sure life is not dim.  (RP)

I was pleased when Laurel Hicks, editor for my next book, offered to do another reading of the stories.  It is amazing how little things come to light, even though the book has been read several times.  I was able to send the entire manuscript via email to Laurel. Yesterday at church was a blessing. During the morning service several young people were called up front and special prayer was offered for their ministry at Camp Gilead this summer. We are proud of these fine dedicated youth.  Thanks for praying. 

Sunday, June 24, 2018

TIME TO WORK ON IT

Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.I Peter 5:8


We have an enemy, the devil himself, who wants us to have defeat,
And he'll do all in his power to accomplish this and rejoice if it is complete. 
So keep your guard, and seek God's help in your daily walk down here,
And you'll be glad you claimed His power to calm your every fear.

Thankfully I have a little more time now to work on the Shepherds book. In between extensive therapy sessions, and the special tube feeding, I will get more time to do it. Our Friday Bible class is in recess until Sept. 7, giving me time to finallhy get the book published. I was able to print off some introductory pages which I will take to Laurel Hicks this morning for her to review. Thanks so much for your prayers. 

Saturday, June 23, 2018

FOLLOW-UP

Jesus said to him,I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.John 14:6

Jesus gave the road map to us, showing each the right way to go,
And this leaves no room for doubt because now everyone can know.
He is the Way the Truth and the Life and in Him we are safe and secure,
So trust Him as Savior and rest in Him because in this plan you will endure. (RP)

This is a follow up word about yesterday's memorial for Iola Boyer.  There was a good group at the burial service where Pastor Decker officiated. At the church they figured approximately 80 were present for the service. These services are always rewarding, because you see people who you know, but seldom see. Pastor Decker, Ken Pollock, and I, conducted the service. Charlotte Boraker and her crew of helpers did a fantastic job with the refreshments. The array of goodies was spectacular. I certainly realized that during the service the Lord and Iola were honored.  I am grateful to the Lord for keeping my voice strong to do my part in the service. Thanks for praying.