Monday, June 18, 2018

FATHER'S DAY VISIT

Let all things be done decently and in order. 1 Corinthians 14:40  

In a world that's very topsy-turvy, and confusion rules the day,
We should always pay attention and do everything God's way.
When things go wrong around us, stop and listen to God's Word,
You will learn from it instruction like nothing you've ever heard.
He takes no pleasure in confusion,warfare and -selfish acts,
So learn to do things His way, and then you can daily relax (RP)

I could not have had it any better than what happened yesterday. After attending church in the morning, I came home, did my mid-day infusion of nutrients and subsequent therapy sessions for swallowing.  By mid afternoon my family arrived with their take out meals from Red Robin. Tressa brought me home made tapioca pudding and rhubarb sauce. What a treat. That was my dessert while they were eating their meal. It was a very enjoyable time. Later, they left for home, but Rawlie stayed to work on his work project here at my house. So it is very nice having him here again. Thanks for praying.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

RETREAT

For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them. 
Ephesians 2:10


When we are saved God expects us to work,
It is written in His word and we should not shirk.
He made us beautiful and has a job for us to do,
So work for Him with enthusiasm and be true.
This work He prepared long ago, so don't delay,
Keep on doing it very faithfully from day to day. (RP)

The elders of our church had a mini retreat, and I was able to attend  a part of it on Saturday. It was a very profitable time for each of us. Upon returning home yesterday, Rawlie and Gina dropped by for a visit. They were in town on business, so came by my house before going back home. Now today, I look forward to Sunday School and church.  And I don't want to forget it: Happy Father's Day.  Thanks for your prayers.

Saturday, June 16, 2018

BEAUTIFUL CARD


Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the LORD caused the sea to go back by a strong east wind all that night, and made the sea into dry land, and the waters were divided. Exodus 14:21

We never know how God will work as He leads His dear children along,
In our story today they were by the sea and there was a mighty throng.
In a miracle never seen, God divided the sea and His children walked over on dry land,
And his love and strong arm were seen by all as the One with the very strong hand. (RP)

Yesterday I mentioned in my blog that the class was the last one until September 7, 2018.  We initiated the study in the book of Ruth. It was an animated class with good discussion and learning better Ruth 1.  We always have an enjoyable time. As the class terminated, they handed me two envelopes. One contained a beautiful card of appreciation for my teaching the class. Many wrote personal notes that are special and I value them greatly. The other envelope was filled with money, paper bills of various denominations. I was overwhelmed. I will use this gift to buy paper on which I print each study sheet for the week. I am impressed with the interest in this study.  Thanks so much for praying.



Friday, June 15, 2018

JUNE 15 - SEPT. 7

Proverbs 14:12
There is a way that seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death.

Man left to himself will always choose wrong with eternal death as his lot.
With Christ in one’s life the right choice has been made and now you're in the right spot. (RP)

Today ends this season for the Friday Bible class. It has been a great adventure. I am indebted to Tom Knight who taught in my place all during my recovery process.  I have been doing it for several weeks, and thankfully feel fine. September 7 our class begins again. I will take advantage of the recess to try and get my Shepherds book off to press. Thanks for your prayers. 

Thursday, June 14, 2018

ROUTINE

Proverbs 10:19 In the multitude of words sin is not lacking,But he who restrains his lips is wise.

Oh the folly of many words spoken without the heart,
Revealing the sin of the speaker and proving he's not very smart.
The ones who are wise surely restrain their lips, 
Saving themselves from a serious trap and many a heartache skips. (RP)

Routine is the way we look at things. One definition is this:  a sequence of actions regularly followed; a fixed program.  We all have those, do we not? For some, routine becomes very boring or monotonous.  Maybe routine is in the eye of the beholder, or the one performing the action. In life, we must learn to live with routine, because it is part of everyday living.  I am so glad I am still around to perform routine duties. How about you? Thanks for praying.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

PEG-TUBE CARE

Proverbs 1:29- they hated knowledge and did not choose the fear of the Lord, They would have none of my counsel and despised my every rebuke. Therefore they shall eat the fruit of their own way,And be filled to the full with their own fancies.

Oh the folly of hating God's knowledge and refusing to fear His name,
Refusing His counsel and rebukes certainly puts man to blame.
Men's choices will come to haunt them in the follow of their own way,
And God will fill them to the brim with themselves and keep them in disarray. (RP)

People ask me about the feeding tube, and are still quite amazed that I still feed myself this way. That is the way it has to be until I can ingest food better by mouth. I am learning, and I think things are much better than previously.  I have to take care of the peg-tube, keeping bandages clean and dry. It is a chore I never expected in recovery, but it is okay.
Thanks so much for your prayer support.


Tuesday, June 12, 2018

DYSPHAGIA MECHANICAL/TRANSITIONAL


As they ministered to the Lord and fasted, the Holy Spirit said,Now separate to Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.Acts 13:2



God has a place for each to work in His harvest field so great,

He uses those who seek His face and upon Him patiently wait. (RP)



How do you like the title of today's blog?   That is a mouthful (no pun intended). My speech/swallow  therapist gave me this plan when she slowly started me on semi-solid food. The food consists of moist, soft-textured and simple-to-chew foods that form easily into a cohesive bolus. You ask, "What is bolus?"  Bolus is a small rounded mass of a substance especially of chewed food at the moment of swallowing. The menu she gave me  makes me "dizzy".  I realize how easy I have had it with Peg-tube feeding. No menus to worry about, No preparation for meals, etc. So now I start on a new journey which will test my ability (or lack thereof) during this transition period.  I appreciate your prayers as I work my way through this process. Thank you.

Monday, June 11, 2018

TIME TO ORDER

Proverbs 14:12
There is a way that seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death.

Man left to himself will always choose wrong with eternal death as his lot.
With Christ in one’s life the right choice has been made and now you're in the right spot. (RP)

After a blessed time at church yesterday, I returned home for my noon feeding process. When there are enough of the cartons of nutrient for six days, we are instructed to reorder.  I did that yesterday, but we made a change in the amount they send each month. The speech therapist now has me on semi solid food by mouth, so she suggested we cut down the amount of eight per day, to only seven. As things progress, this number will doubtless be reduced more. Thanks so much for praying.

Sunday, June 10, 2018

VISITORS

I am the Lord, who heals you.  Exodus 15:26

Medicine, hospitals doctors and nurses, are here to help us all,And thank God for them as they serve mankind, whether the great or small.God tells us plainly in His Word about healing, and we should hear,He's our Healer and we thank Him for this as He takes away our fear.  (RP)

It is enjoyable to receive visits. Long time friends David and Susan Lancaster were here yesterday for a nice visit. We have been friends for years and I appreciated their time here with me. They are former members at First Baptist, and we had plenty of things to talk about. David and Susan visited me at Swedish Hospital in Seattle after surgery, then in my home during recovery time. I appreciate their friendship.  This morning I look forward to Sunday School and worship service.  The weather is cooler today, so a little heat in the house feels good (for an old man).  Trust your day goes well. Thanks for praying.

Saturday, June 9, 2018

GOOD PROGRAMS

Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good; Blessed is the man who trusts in Him!Psalm 34:8

The metaphor is a wonderful one with respect to knowing the Lord,When we have this relationship with the risen Lord -what a wonderful and sweet reward.Surely man is blessed when he trusts in the Lord depending wholly upon His will,Life is pleasant, filled with God's best and every day promises a thrill. (RP)

During the four times of feeding each day, I have plenty of extra time. 
Besides praying, I listen to radio programs with good Bible teaching. They are interesting and I learn a lot.  One reminds me of college days when we had Dr. J. Vernon McGee as teacher at Biola.  His daily programs are a blessing. The Bible class at Ferndale Center was a blessing as we studied 3 John.  Next week is our last class for the summer and we will start the book of Ruth.  Thanks for praying

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Friday, June 8, 2018

LOSS OF A DEAR FRIEND

Ps 116:15 Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints

YESTERDAY MORNING THE LORD CALL IOLA BOYER 

TO HEAVEN.
Margie is surely enjoying the presence of Iola (Slack) Boyer in heaven. Yesterday morning she died. I believe she was 94 years old. A pioneer missionary who labored more than 40 years in Ghana, Africa. She was a nurse, but also a linguist. She along with her helpers, translated the Bible into the Waali language, the place where she worked all those years. She left a great heritage, and we will miss her pleasant ways, her prayer ministry, and fascinating stories of life on the mission field.  Thanks for praying, and please remember her family for whom she was burdened.



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Thursday, June 7, 2018

CHALLENGE


And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one 
another, just as God in Christ forgave you..
(Ephes. 4:32)

God wants us to be kind to all who are around us,
With tenderness and forgiveness to all,
Christ forgave us at Calvary and the empty tomb,
And this blessing is for each one who upon Him will call
(RP)

An intriguing challenge for me is trying to work everything into my schedule. Some weeks I have as many 8 activities going on which include church, therapy, Bible class, shopping, and a few other things. Sometimes at 9 pm I am still attempting to finish, before bedtime. I know one thing: it is better to be busy than bored.  Boredom is not part of this schedule, thankfully. Thank YOU for praying.


Wednesday, June 6, 2018

SPEECH THERAPIST


 1Peter 5:6 Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time,

Some are high and mighty and strut around, and don't have time for God,
They foolishly leave God out and seem to go through life slipshod.
We are called to live above that style, let God have always first place,
Do this and you will be happy indeed as He fills you with joy and His grace.(RP)

I was pleased yesterday when the speech therapist immediately said how she liked the sound of my voice. The exercises I do by the hundreds all help in this she says. Another thing she helped me do was to take a pill. My medication normally is ground and liquefied and put in a syringe which in turn goes into the Peg-tube.  But this pill which I just received, cannot be ground. I asked her if she could help me learn how to get it down. She did, and now there is one more thing I have learned in this intriguing journey I am on. Thank you so much for praying. 



Tuesday, June 5, 2018

BIBLE CLASS UPDATE


"Can anyone hide himself in secret places, so I shall not see him?" says the Lord; "Do I not fill heaven and earth?" says the Lord.Jeremiah 23:24


People think they can hide from God as they live and work and play,
But nothing escapes the eyes of God; for Him, everything's on display.
God fills heaven and earth, and nothing escapes his omniscient view,
So understand this, my friend who reads this, He is looking at you. (RP)

I have only two more classes left for the Friday Bible class at the Ferndale Senior Activity Center.Of course many of them I missed because of my surgery and subsequent recovery period. The center takes the same schedule as the Ferndale High School.  When the class is finished, I plan on dedicating my time to the publishing of my book on Shepherds.  I am looking forward to this. It is all written, but all the other things associated with getting it to press are yet to be done.  Thanks for your prayers. 

Monday, June 4, 2018

ANSWERED PRAYER

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

God's ways are so very special,if we only just take heed,
He supplies us richly with His goods, the things we really need.
Oh that we would learn today, to follow His plan each day,
Then we would receive what is best for us as we go along the way.  (RP)

As stated before, I am so grateful to the Lord for restoring my voice so I could preach yesterday. When I preached Christmas Eve Sunday, 2017, I thought it may be my last. My surgeon had warned me I could lose my voice in the surgery that followed. Indeed my voice went down to a whisper, but with a medical procedure, was restored, and I give the Lord all the praise for this wonderful gift. As I preached yesterday, my heart was filled with gratitude that I was able to serve Him that way. Thank you dear friends for helping me through prayer to do it. I appreciate it so very much.

Sunday, June 3, 2018

PREACHING


Psalm 118:24 This is the day the LORD has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it.

Lord, I'm glad you made this day for us, it's beautiful indeed, Help me rejoice and be happy  as Your Word I study and read.  (RP)

When I preached in our church Christmas Eve Sunday, I thought it could be the last time for a long time, or ever. The surgeon told me that in the surgery, there was a possibility of losing my voice. He assured me it could be restored if that happened. As many of you know, my voice did go down to a whisper, and March 7, I had a procedure done that restored the voice. I am so thankful. That is the reason why I can preach today at my church. Many of you have prayed much about my health, and I appreciate each one of you. Thanks for praying.

Saturday, June 2, 2018

PREPARATIONS


But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and in His law he meditates day and night.
Psalm 1:2

Christian, do you love God's book the Bible; do you delight in it each day?
If you do God blesses richly, and for sure you'll be lead along His way.
When you read this precious Book, and meditate on each thought therein,
It will thrill your soul completely and you will breathe heartily and give a grin.
This Word read with dedication will be your comfort in sleepless nights,
It consoles all along your journey, in the valleys and in the heights. (RP)


I was glad when so many came to the Friday class. We are near the end of this season, with only two more classes. The Senior Center follows the High School schedule, and Friday the fifteenth is the last day of school.  Rawlie is still with me here, but this morning leaves for his home. He may be back again so he can work on the special project from work, because the quietness and good internet connection is desirable.  I am making my last preparations for the message I am to have at our church on Sunday. What a privilege to preach there. Thank you all for praying.

Friday, June 1, 2018

FAMILY VISIT


Delight yourself also in the LORD, And He shall give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:4

There are many delights in this world today, but so many are empty and vain,
Those who pursue them are seeking so hard, but in the end there is nothing to gain. 
If only the Lord would be sought by them, an answer would come their way,
And they would be satisfied with His dear touch, and they would be thankful and pray. (RP)


Rawlie's family dropped by for a visit while he was here working for  his company at my house. It was so nice to see them for awhile.  Yesterday I cut down my intake of nutrient cartons fro 8 to 7. This is because I am taking in calories with the food I take by mouth, so this compensates for it. It is an interesting challenge, and I am learning a lot through it all. Thanks for praying.  

Thursday, May 31, 2018

JOYBELLS


I Cor. 10:13 No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it. 

Temptations assail us day by day and all are prone to fall,
But remember there's help from God above if we will upon Him call.
All temptations are common to man and God knows this very well,
And has promised help for all if we just go to Him and tell.
God with temptations makes escapes so believers can endure,
And looking back upon the scene we know we are secure. (RP)


Spring is beautiful. This rose purchased the day our daughter Joy died, is a constant reminder of God's beauty in nature. Margie picked it out and it has been a winner ever since. I always called her JOYBELLS. Every year I rejoice to see it spring to life.  I pray your day will be as refreshing as this rose, as you go about your duties.  I am making some significant changes to my feeding routine, which I will report on later. Thanks for praying.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

SORRY FOR DELAY

For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich.2Co 8:9

We're told in simple words right here, what Jesus did for us,
And how He came from Heaven's heights, so rich and then made poor.
And when I claim Him as my own He gives me all His wealth.
And shows me from His word each day in Him I'm so secure. (RP)

Friday my home phone and modem went dead, so I have been unable to use the computer to do this blog util today. Comcast came yesterday and put in a new modem. Now it all works well. I am thankful. I appreciate your prayers as I adjust to dropping off one of my feeding times on the Peg-tube.  We are trying to ingest,via mouth, some semi-solid nutrition. I will be in contact with the nurse and dietitian to assure  I am doing things correctly. Thanks for your prayers. 

Saturday, May 26, 2018

MILESTONE


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)

Yesterday at swallow and speech therapy, I was given my first solid food since my surgery. It is the first time this kind of nutrition has entered my mouth since November,2017. I will tell you, it is new, and I will have to get used to it. Please pray as I break into this new regimen, that I will do it right. There are many foods I CANNOT have at this juncture, and I will have to learn how to cut down on my nutritional packets that go through the Peg-tube. We have not done a new swallow test, so at this point we still do not know if liquids are being aspirated into my lungs. Thanks for praying. 

Friday, May 25, 2018

START AGAIN


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)

This afternoon I start my swallow therapy sessions again. Things were on hold while awaiting authorization from insurance to approve them. I will be interested in what the therapist does. I know that one of these days a new swallow test will be ordered. All I know is that I have done my homework faithfully since the first day I was assigned these special procedures to strengthen my swallow muscles. And there are several of them. I can tell by my throat when I swallow, that things are different than they were before, so we pray it is all working out OK. I will be teaching the Bible class this morning also. Thanks for praying.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

CALL ME LAZY



For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.  Heb 4:12

God's Book the Bible stand the test no matter what may come,
It's powerfully strong for any life and it makes no difference where you're from.
This living Book, this instrument strong knows how to pierce a soul,
And all who wmbrace its teachings, the Lord will make them whole (RP).

You will have to call me lazy.  My speech & swallow therapist has me on cream of wheat and mashed potatoes and gravy. Only about 2 or 3 ounces each time I ingest them. Well I was getting my gravy from the deli part of the grocery store, but it was too strong for my taste buds, so I thought I better not do it. I tried the package gravy and they are actually pretty good. But yesterday I asked the clerk if they had it already prepared. I purchased two kinds of it, one in a glass jar, but frankly it did not taste good either. And I am not a fussy guy on food. I will probably go back to the package ones. Now you know why the title of today's blog (lazy).  I was just trying to find an easier way to do it. I found yogurt that didn't have pieces of rough fruit in it, so that was a great discovery and so enjoyable to eat. Thanks, dear friends, for your prayers. 

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

TIME

For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life inn Christ Jesus our Lord.  Romans 6:23

Sin has a price tag that is awful indeed,
And those who ignore it are in desperate need.
God provided forgiveness through Jesus His son,
And when you receive it, the battle is done. (RP)

Time is a valuable commodity. We all need it, but we seem to have difficulty getting completed all that we desire to do in a certain amount of time. Maybe it is because of my surgery and subsequent recovery, that I have been made so aware of how important time is.  I remember the adage, "A women's work is never done".  For some men it must also apply.  I am sure the underlying reasons differ. Oh well, I'll just keep on trying to get done what I am supposed to do.  I am so far behind today, I do not see any way to recover, but that does not slow me down. I will now go get the washing done, my shoulder therapy started, do more for the Friday Bible class, and study more for a message. Thank YOU for praying. I appreciate it.


Tuesday, May 22, 2018

LEARNING PROCESS


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 is 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 am learning much as I get acquainted with all the ins and outs of life on Peg-tube feeding. Some are surprised to learn I do it myself. I had a good teacher, my son, who first did it upon discharge from the hospital. Soon after that, I said I was ready to take it over.  It is a process that some day I will outline on the blog. There is never a dull moment, that is for sure. It seems I am always learning new tricks to make the process easier. Yesterday I got a good start to work on the church prayer sheet, and also my next lesson in I John at the Senior Center. Thanks for your prayer support. 


Monday, May 21, 2018

LEISURELY SUNDAY


And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one 
another, just as God in Christ forgave you..
(Ephes. 4:32)

God wants us to be kind to all who are around us,
With tenderness and forgiveness to all,
Christ forgave us at Calvary and the empty tomb,
And this blessing is for each one who upon Him will call
(RP)

After a good time at church yesterday, I spent the rest of the day in more leisurely projects. I worked on a message, brought out more nutrition cartons for my tube feeding process, listened and watched Rejoice In The Lord service, also The Old Fashioned Revival Hour. This coupled with swallow and shoulder therapy kept me going until 9:30 or so. I also called my grandson, Nathan, on his birthday. Thanks for keeping me in your prayers. 


Sunday, May 20, 2018

SATURDAY CHORES


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

Harsh words abound in the language today, they cause anger, hard feelings, and strife.
The words cut so deeply and are hurtful to all and they inflict a deep cut like a knife.
They cause anger and problems too severe to control, and bad feelings are the result,
So no one should ever us words of this kind, no child, adolescent, young person, or adult.
Soft answers are pleasing to our Lord up above, he takes pleasure in those who thus speak,
So next time you are tempted to answer roughshod, breathe deeply,imitate Jesus, and be meek. (RP)

Not too much to report about yesterday. I already mentioned that Rawlie left for home in the morning after being here almost eight days. It was a real treat having him. I spent a portion of the afternoon working on Sunday School lesson for tomorrow. That combined with the scores of therapy sessions and tube feeding schedules, pretty well fills up the day and evening. I look forward to worship at church today. I trust each you has a rewarding day as well. Thanks for praying. 

Saturday, May 19, 2018

A DELIGHTFUL WEEK


Colossians 3:23-24  And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, 24 knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ


God expects His children to live for Him and work,
And this duty they should never take lightly or shirk.
Whatever we do let us do it with zest; it is for the Lord,
He takes note of all this and be sure for it He will reward.
Be diligent in serving the Lord, dear friend; He will repay,
And you will be blessed as you live for Him, all along the way.  (RP)
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Rawlie's stay at my house ended this morning. He has been here a week. It has been most enjoyable having his fellowship these days. He kept at his work faithfully and long hours, on a special project from his company. Unfortunately, and for the first time, he had problems with the connection on his company program. We do not know if that is due to my modem or an internal glitch in the company system. At any rate, we had a super time and it was thoughtful of him to spend this time with me. He needed the quietness my house provides, while he works on the special work assignment. I appreciate so much his time here. I had a very busy day yesterday with the class and a visit from a friend of long ago at First Baptist Church Ferndale. Thanks so much for your continued prayers for me. 


Friday, May 18, 2018

WEATHER


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

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

We can always talk about the weather. It started out HOT a very few days ago, then gradually cooled off.  It was still hot enough to run fans in the house, but it was not excessive.  For the first time this season, I have been running the fan in my bedroom also. It makes it very comfortable for sleep. Yesterday I got all the printing done for my class today at the Center.  I used to study my notes for the class session on Friday mornings. I did it this way for years, but now that I have the Peg-tube and extra physical therapy routines, there is no time on Friday. Rawlie & I were pleased with a visit from Spud and Margaret Monroe, Margie's brother and sister-in-law. They just returned from five months in New Zealand.  Thanks for praying.



Thursday, May 17, 2018

ENJOYING THE VISIT


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)

It is so nice having my son working for his employer here at my house on his laptop. We had a glitch in the Wi-Fi system, but a reboot brought it back online.  We were relieved.  Because of my strict diet differences, we are  not able to go to  Starbucks like in the past, and enjoy breakfast together. We are praying that will end one of these days. I am grateful for his presence and our times of fellowship, especially after work each evening. I attended our church fellowship last night for awhile, and made more preparation for my Bible class on Friday. As always, thanks for praying.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

PEG TUBE DRESSING


Psalm 32:8 I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye. 

What comfort for God's children these commands so strong and clear,
And when followed with dedication bring such blessings and a cheer.
He'll instruct and teach us simply the path that we should walk,
And when we look to Jesus He will gently lead his flock. (RP)

As soon as the Peg-tube was installed in me, I learned that great care must be taken to keep things clean and dry. It has been a learning process all along. I am still learning new ways to make the procedure easier. When I no longer had home nurse care, I went to my family doctor, but they quickly told me they do not delve into this area at all. So I had to go it alone. Now I am accustomed to it, and each shower day, care for it myself. There are even special bandages that we have to change and keep in top shape all the time. What a deal? It is all challenging. I am learning much.  Thanks SO MUCH for praying.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

COOLERS

Psalm 55:22  Cast your burden on the Lord, And He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved.


We all have problems of different kinds; God asks that we bring them to Him.
Each one He will handle in His special way, so that your hope will not dim.
God specializes in caring for us, so please let your burden be His today,
You will be safe in His care, and thankful too, that it matters to Him all the way.  (RP)

Evaporation coolers are such a great help on warm days. Rawlie is here all week working for his company from my house. The family room where his temporary office is,was very warm. I already had one cooler going, but decided to get the larger one also.  With the two of them the ambient air was cooled considerably and he could work in comfort. I worked on future lessons for the Friday Bible class in I John. I received more routines for my shoulder exercises and I am encouraged. Thanks for praying.

Monday, May 14, 2018

ABUNDANTLY BLESSED

Galatians 5:22-23  But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.

God gives us so much when we trust Him as Savior and Lord,
Each one of these things is far greater than just a simple reward. 
The fruit of the Spirit are qualities all should earnestly desire,
So commit your life to Him, and you will see that it will transpire.  (RP)

I am the recipient of abundant blessings. Rawlie arrived Saturday afternoon, and will be here with me all week. How much better could that get! He attended Sunday School and church with me. Part of his family was also here. What a blessing! Then traditionally we have had Mother's Day lunch at a well-known Greek Restaurant in Bellingham. He asked if I minded joining them, although I cannot partake of the fine food they serve. I wanted to be with them. We had a wonderful time and their family and several other invited guests were present. I am blessed to have such a loving family. Thank you for praying. 

Sunday, May 13, 2018

HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY


Proverbs 31:28
      Her children rise up and call her blessed;
      Her husband also, and he praises her:

We're blessed today on Mother's Day to honor them one and all
Asking God to help and bless them as upon His name we call.
Mothers deserve to be treated this way on this very special day
For all they do in countless ways their love to family convey.
Children today are arising to bless their mother dear,
And husbands praising them highly for they are so sincere.
Will you join the millions in singing your praises to your dear one,
And prove to them sincerely they really can't be outdone. (RP)

For many today Mother's Day will be a memory because they have passed on. I think of my son whose mother has only been gone a few months. So this will be a different Mother's Day for him. How we thank God though for precious memories. Because I like to do poetry, I wrote 63 poems for Margie the years God gave us together. So today we honor all mothers, and rejoice with all who can celebrate today whether they are with us or not. We plan to celebrate the event both at church and at a local restaurant. Thank you for praying. 

Saturday, May 12, 2018

LONG DAYS


I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye.Psalm 32:8

What provision our Lord has made for us as we walk this path each day,
Instruction is promised with so much more as we look to Him in the way. (RP)

Summer time gives us longer days with daylight. Since my surgery I have had to start the day much earlier than I had planned on. In order to get everything done, I usually get up at six, or before to begin my chores. With the tube feeding four times daily, plus numerous exercises to strengthen and tone my swallowing muscles, and now all the physical therapy for my shoulder, my day is pretty well taken.  With a lot of prayer, which you are helping me with, perhaps one day these weaknesses will be remedied and I will be able to function better. Thank you for praying.  

Friday, May 11, 2018

GETTING READY


Pray without ceasing 
(I Thess. 5:17)

Lord teach me how to pray today
And leave my cares with you
And learn the joy of ceaseless prayer
All the day through. (RP)

Preparing for Friday's class is my main activity each week, now that I am on a more restricted schedule because of the medical issues. For many years I combine with the Bible class a series I call, God's Handiwork in Nature. I bring to the class lessons on one of the million examples of creation wonders.  I enjoy doing them, and the class always wants to know what the lesson will be today.  Thanks for your interest and prayers. 

Thursday, May 10, 2018

GIVING THANKS

For who makes you differ from another? And what do you have that you did not receive? Now if you did indeed receive it, why do you boast as if you had not received it?I Cor. 4:7

The Word plainly states what we have is from Him,
So we better give Him His due,
For boasting is sinful and God is not pleased
When His honor we do not pursue. (RP)

It took me awhile to learn to pray before "meals" with Peg-tube feeding. With no appetite, you go through the routine anyway. But I was forgetting to thank the Lord for this sustenance I was receiving.  Now, four times a day, I thank Him for this nutrition. It has done a mighty good job of keeping me healthy, and I am very thankful. Thank YOU for remembering me. 

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

ADAPTING


I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.Philippians 4:13

Sometimes we are prone to say we can't do it,But this powerful word comes to reprove.
We hear the Lord say that His strength is sufficient, and for us there is room to improve.
Help us Lord depend on you for our needs, And soon we will learn that for each task undertaken We will have strength and the victory through You. (RP)

I am learning many useful ideas as I make adjustments to a busy feeding, therapy, doctor visits etc. schedule. There is more in that word "etc." than I ever knew before. All in all, life is exciting as we learn to get everything done we should. I am so thankful for family and friends upon whom I can call for prayer and other assistance. Thank YOU for praying.



Tuesday, May 8, 2018

GLASSES


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

I'm glad that Jesus knows each heart and   
does nothing slipshod,
And all whose hearts are pure indeed
He says they will see God. (RP)

I was very surprised yesterday when I received a call that my new glasses were ready to pick up. I just had the examination last Thursday and they were here already. I was glad to get them. My therapy session for my shoulder went well, but I still have found no relief for the pain. Maybe there is none. I will have to learn to live with it. That is okay. I appreciate you who pray for me. Thank you.


Monday, May 7, 2018

SHOULDER


Psalm 32:8 I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye. 

What comfort for God's children these commands so strong and clear,
And when followed with dedication bring such blessings and a cheer.
He'll instruct and teach us simply the path that we should walk,
And when we look to Jesus He will gently lead his flock. (RP)

I was hoping that by now my shoulder pain would be relieved after numerous sessions with therapist, and many more routines at home. Last night I sat up part of the night with the intense pain. I slept a little. That was a blessing. I will be talking to the therapist this morning when I go for another treatment. I will have to discover some solution, because an operation is not an option, according to the specialist. Thanks so much for praying.



Sunday, May 6, 2018

LEISURELY DAY

Psalm 34:18  The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart, And saves such as have a contrite spirit. 

Thank God He is acquainted with our woes, and cares,
And is interested in what is going on in our affairs.
If your heart is broken, He is near, and hears your cry,
So open your life to Him right now; He is standing by. (RP)

As my brother used to say in his Singapore (British) style, I had a leisurely day. I spent a good portion of my time on scheduled duties which are a part of my life now. The other part I studied for Sunday School class.  I had to check on a prescription, and pick up a few items at the Dollar Tree. I learned something new while in the store. They have a website with a vast amount of products listed, many of which are not in the stores. You can order online, and have them shipped to the local branch store with no shipping charge. That sounds good. My son called, as he always does on Saturday and we each got updates of our goings-on. Thank you for praying.

Saturday, May 5, 2018

THE LORD'S WILL

Come now, you who say, "Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit";
 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.
 Instead you ought to say, "If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that." (James 4:13-14)

It is so easy, it seems, to make plans without God,
To do things half-way and completely slipshod.
We would do much better if we ask Him for His will,
Then our way would be smoother, and life a thrill.  (RP)

Throughout my recovery and  the therapies for swallowing, speaking, and shoulder pain, I realize more and more that I lack time to do other things I used to do. I have learned to adjust to this new schedule, but I long to be more flexible, especially to do the Lord's work. I am trying to learn patience in this new pathway the Lord has chosen for me now. I am pleased that the reading of God's word and prayer is more meaningful now than it has ever been. Maybe this is one of the lessons the Lord wanted me to learn. Thanks so much for praying.

Friday, May 4, 2018

Ophthalmologist

Psalm 73:25-26 Whom have I in heaven but You? And there is none upon earth that I desire besides You. My flesh and my heart fail; But God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.

When we know we cannot continue alone, and when things seem to fail,
And our future seems so discouraging, and we think we are so frail.
It is a blessing to know we have God, and we want Him more than ever,
He will surely gives us His strength, and will be our portion forever.  (RP)

My regularly scheduled appointment was yesterday with the ophthalmologist. For the first time they tested me on the machine that has something to do with checking the status of cataracts. I was pleased when he concluded that if I notice a blurriness in my vision, I notify him and they will do surgery. But at this moment it is not necessary. I spent part of the rest of the day in a multitude of therapies for my shoulder and swallow/speech improvement. I prepared for the Bible class this morning as well. It was a full day of activity, but I am so thankful for the strength and desire to do it all. I also attended the afternoon prayer meeting on the National Day of Prayer.  Thanks for YOUR prayers for me also. 

Thursday, May 3, 2018

BY DEGREES

Proverbs 30:5  Every word of God is pure; He is a shield to those who put their trust in Him.

To read good books is a worthy cause, and many enjoy this much,
I am thankful for God's Book that so many have to handle and touch.
This Book talks of Him and gives counsel profound; read it today,
You will be glad you did, for it gives help for you every single day.  (RP)


By degrees I am getting back into things. For a long time I was unable even to attend church services, then I started going only to the worship service. After I was stronger, then I included Sunday School. For months Tom Knight graciously taught the Friday class, then I decided I should give it a try. So for the last four weeks I have been able to do it with the help of the nice loud speaker my son gave me. This is to help preserve my voice, according to the doctor's recommendation.  Then a couple of weeks ago, I realized I could attend part of the Wednesday evening Fellowship Meeting, then slip out just before 8 pm, and get  home for the evening infusion of nutrients in my G-Tube. I am thankful to the Lord for restoring me this far and helping me get back into the swing of things. I am still limited, because most of my time it taken up with infusions, therapy and appointments. Lord willing, these will slow down some day and I can get back to normal.  Thank you friends, for your faithful prayers.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

MISSIONARY MEETING


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

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

The Tuesday afternoon missionary meeting helps us keep up to date on missionary activity around the world. It is a blessing to receive prayer requests, blessings, and news which helps us pray. An offering is taken, and for years different missionaries have been helped through these gifts. This meeting is held the first Tuesday of each month. Laurel Hicks coordinates all the correspondence, and brings us visuals which she projects on the screen for all to see  Please drop by and visit next month.  Thanks for praying. 

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

SHOULDER THERAPY

Psalm 97:10 You who love the Lord, hate evil! He preserves the souls of His saints; He delivers them out of the hand of the wicked.


Believers are so very blessed when they conduct their lives God's way,
They are to hate evil, a sensible thing, and He preserves them every day.
He keeps on protecting and delivering us from the hand of the wicked one,
So just keep on loving Him, dear friends, because He never will be outdone.  (RP)


I seem to give a lot of organ recitals since my major surgery. My shoulder which really flared up during recovery has given plenty of pain. so I knew I had to do something. Poor Margie suffered with her bone-on-bone shoulder problem until her death. Mine is not nearly that bad, but hinders me often in ways I use my left hand and arm. Hopefully the therapist is adjusting the therapy routines trying to accommodate to my particular needs. I appreciate him very much.  He added to my routines yesterday, so now I have "scores" of them along with the swallow therapy to try to get done every day. It all takes time and I seem to be running out of that in my daytime schedule. I'll just keep plugging away and one of these days things will get better, I know. I surely do thank you for praying. It means much to me. 

Monday, April 30, 2018

EVERY DAY


If I regard iniquity in my heart,the Lord will not hear. Psalms. 66:18

Praying to God with unconfessed sin, is a serious thing indeed,
For the truth of the matter is this dear one, if you do you will not succeed.  (RP)

A look at my electronic schedule on my phone, tells me I have something each day this week. Sometimes there are two things on the same day.  So I better get with it and have the tank filled on the Buick and all my homework done in time to make these commitments. I am glad I am feeling up to complying with these scheduled appointments. I had a super day in church yesterday. It was a blessing being in Sunday School and morning service. Thank you for praying.