Tuesday, October 23, 2018

PHYSICAL & SPIRITUAL HEARING

James 1:19  So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath;


Hearing is a God-given gift, and we must learn to use it well,
Some are blessed with perfect pitch, and hear as clear as a bell,
Many  are able to hear what is said but with  dullness in their ear,
They hear, but don't really hear, whether the source is far or near.
Science comes to the aid of these, with devices called hearing aids.
So now people hear what they missed for years, maybe even decades.
The spiritual side to all of this is that God wants us to listen to Him.
So please read the Bible, pray, and live His Word, and not be dim. (RP)

I have a hearing deficiency and use devices to help me. I have a loaner pair right now that I am returning today. My "old" ones are only 5 years old, but technology advances so quickly, they are now old. But that makes no difference, because I can have them tweak the old ones, and keep hearing the best I can without a huge expenditure of money.  Thanks for your prayers. 


Monday, October 22, 2018

STILL WAITING

And they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus. Acts 4:13 


Help me to live for You today in such a special way,That others will know without a doubt in my life, that He is on display. (R.P.)

I am asking you to pray that the medical referral will be released as soon as  possible, so I can have my stomach tube checked. It was supposed to be checked and or replaced every 11 weeks. It has now been with me for 10 months, and never looked at. I was  never told about this maintenance program. Normally the balloon inside my stomach on the end of the tube, prevents it from falling out.  It almost invariably deflates, and the tube comes out. I told the responsible people that without knowing any of that, I always hold the tape securely by tape. He said that may have prevented a collapse of the tubes usefulness. I pray so.  Thanks so much for praying. 

Sunday, October 21, 2018

THIS IS THE DAY

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

Each day is a gift from God, how we thank Him for it today,
As we move about our business, let's never forget to pray,
Thank God for all your blessings and be glad for what He's given,
And most of all give praise because you are saved and forgiven. (RP)

I trust you are glad for this day. What an opportunity to be able to attend church and study God's Word and study, and have fellowship with others. I pray it will be a good profitable time for each of us as we worship today. I had a wonderful day yesterday, preparing for next Friday's Bible class. How I enjoy studying the Word. Thank you for your prayers.

Saturday, October 20, 2018

MALAWI, AFRICA

Joshua 1:9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go."

Each day we are challenged by foes from without, trying to upset our way,
God gives us here, words strong and clear, with courage and strength for today.
His strength gives courage as we live for Him, and he removes our fears,
And as we look back over His leading us, we see it's been this way for years.
So stand tall dear Christian for the Lord today, 
He is with you all the way,And that means His word can be relied upon, today and every day.(RP)

(Margie's clothes going to the mission field of Malawi, Africa)


Dear friends, Hans and Caroline Shauer, go to Malawi, Africa quite often.  I asked them about Margie's clothes, and they were more than willing to take them for the people in the area where they work.  So last Thursday, Caroline came and took 9 boxes of clothes I had folded and placed in boxes. you see them in the photo above.  It was a year ago last  night, Rawlie and I went to the hospital to get Margie's things. I was so very glad for his help to me during those tender moments and still today. God is good and His comfort and grace are without measure. Thanks for praying.

Friday, October 19, 2018

MARGIE'S ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY HOME GOING.

MARJORIE POULSON
(07-16-1930 -- 10-19-2017)

Psalm 34:3 Oh, magnify the LORD with me, And let us exalt His name together.

How sweet these words roll off the tongue; they teach me precious things.
In '54 we said our vows; this verse in our hearts, and on our fingers, rings. 
My mind goes back a year ago, when I said goodbye to her, on my way to "work."
At the church, I talked and prayed with folks, my duty I did not want to shirk.
When I said goodbye to Margie, she mumbled some unknown words, because she was having a stroke.
I called the paramedics; they took her to St. Joseph E.R. She never again spoke.
My heart was heavy as she tried to talk,and say some words; the stroke had taken its toll.
Her condition grew worse and they tried everything; I knew the countdown was there.
Heart monitors were removed, and eating stopped, and of the result, I was fully aware.
I sat for hours holding her hand, trying to sing through my tears, as my heart broke,
But down deep inside, there was still God's peace, giving grace, just like He spoke.
Her hospital room was her Hospice House, graciously provided by the staff.
And it was touching indeed the care received, and love given on their behalf.
My family and friends and her doctor were there, to spend time by her failing side,
But I know way down deep in her heart, by her Savior she wanted to abide.
On October 19, at 8 pm, after 12 hours with her that day, I had to rest.
Two hours later I received the call: she died at 10:15. She had done her BEST.
Now with Jesus, in her heavenly home, we rejoice that her long battle was won,
I think when she met Jesus and knelt at His feet, she heard His words: WELL DONE. 
Thank God He allowed me to live with her for sixty-three wonderful, special years,
And the memories are great of those precious times; I'll see her again when He appears. 

(Written October 18, 2018, 7:00 PM – Ralph Poulson)



Thursday, October 18, 2018

APPRECIATION

Joshua 1:9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go."

Each day we are challenged by foes from without, trying to upset our way,
God gives us here words strong and clear, with courage and strength for today.
His strength gives courage as we live for Him, and he removes our fears,
And as we look back over His leading us, we see it's been this way for years.
So stand tall dear Christian for the Lord today, He is with you all the way,
And that means His word can be relied upon, today and every day.(RP)

My son Rawlie and his wife Gina, and my grandchildren, have always been attentive to Margie and me. Now by myself, they continue that loving care. Rawlie and Gina and two of the grand children came last Saturday, but Rawlie stayed here until yesterday late afternoon. It was so nice having his company. Even though he spends the entire day at his work in the dining room, he is here and occasionally we can talk. The evenings are more free for time to visit. But the main thing, is his desire to be here to give me company. I deeply appreciate it especially as I approach the one year mark of Margie's passing. Thanks so much for praying. 

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

MORE ABOUT THE BOOK

By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to the place which he would receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going. 
Hebrews 11:8

God looks for his people who will walk by faith, obeying His every command,
Taking them to places He chooses, following faithfully what is planned.
By-faith walkers go,not knowing end results; they are only asked to obey,
At the end of the journey an inheritance stands, all because they did not delay.  (RP)

I was amazed at how quickly the publisher handles things. When I returned the draft copy of changes I desired on the front and back cover of the book, they had it back to me yesterday with all corrections made. I was impressed. Who knows, by the way they are doing things now, maybe the book will be published before Christmas. That would be nice. Thanks for praying.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

PRAYER AND PRAISE

1 John 2:6 He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked.

Those who claim they abide in Christ should prove it by the way they walk,
Their demeanor should show it in everything, the way they act and talk.
So every believer, must look to Christ, as their example today,
And walk as He walked and do all they can, His will to daily obey. (RP)

I won't repeat yesterday's blog, but you can check it out on this site. They are all there since I started them years ago. I am awaiting now a referral that could take up to 14 days or more to process before I can be seen by the Mt. Baker Imaging radiology for any issues that may be related to my Peg-tube (in the stomach) I am praying all is well, but that answer will come later. I still do no know why they waited 10 months to alert me that I should check it every 10 weeks.  They apologized to me for this oversight. Now the praise:  Yesterday I received the draft issue of my book cover, front and back. Boy am I pleased. Rawlie and I made a few adjustments to it and it is now with the publisher for them to tweak. Thanks so much for praying for these things.

Monday, October 15, 2018

VASCULAR AND INTERVENTIONAL RADIOLOGY

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

Questionable things may perplex some folks but the believer is told what to do.
Whatever we do we make sure of one thing: does it bring glory dear Lord to You? (RP)

I received a wake up call when I read the letter from Swedish Hospital in Seattle.  It was alerting me who had had a percutaneous gastrostomy tube placed on 01/08/18 for long term nutritional support, that it needed to be inspected at 10-11 week intervals.  The reason: to minimize the risk of dislodgement, occlusion or other complications. The disturbing thing about this notice, is the fact it is the first I have been warned about this. I have taken meticulous care of this tube, so pray all is well. Today I will settle the matter by a call to them. Please pray with me that I can transfer this maintenance work to Bellingham, and not have to make the long trek to Seattle.  Thanks so much for praying. 

Sunday, October 14, 2018

MORE OF THE SAME

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)

I continued yesterday what I was doing the day before: folding clothes and putting them in boxes for missionaries to ship to Africa. I now have nine boxes ready.  Another wonderful blessing yesterday was to have Rawlie and Gina and part of their family drop by for a visit. Rawlie will stay here until Wednesday, so I am enjoying his company already. He and I will go to church this morning. I am so grateful for family.  Thanks for praying. 

Saturday, October 13, 2018

AT LAST

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

A call to believers comes to us here with a message so powerfully true,
A message of tender,compassionate love, a commitment we all should renew.
With courtesy let's treat one another, just exactly as brothers should act,
And doing so will bring honor to Jesus and in turn the whole world impact. (RP)

It sure took me a long time getting around to this, but finally yesterday I started organizing Margie's clothes, folding them and putting them in boxes. I filled 4-1/2 boxes. I still have all her jackets and coats to pack. There must be over 30 of them. My bedroom is now looking the way I want it: clean and not cluttered. Perhaps another day of organizing will get things in shape.  Rawlie will drop by today sometime, then return tomorrow night to spend until Wednesday here in my house. I look forward to that. He does his work here, using his laptop, and my WiFi hookup. Thanks so much for your prayers. 

Friday, October 12, 2018

TRIAL PERIOD

Titus 3:8
8 This is a faithful saying, and these things I want you to affirm constantly, that those who have believed in God should be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable to men.

This word is for those who have trusted Christ and their personal Savior is He,
Their job is "good works" done in Jesus name and to this we all agree.
We do this carefully as we trust the Lord and it is acknowledged by God to be good,
We profit by this in a special way as each one faithfully does what he should.  (RP)

My audiologist explained that my present hearing aids are 5 years old, and the technology is much advanced since I received them. True, it is amazing what the new ones do. She wanted me to try them anyway, even though I gave no assurance of buying them.  I take them back on the October 23, but really have no intention of a purchase. I enjoyed a good morning at the church office. It was rewarding to be able to pray with some who came into the office. Thank YOU for praying. 

Thursday, October 11, 2018

ONWARD AND FORWARD

Psalms 27:14   Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD.

It takes so much work to just wait, and that's why God orders it so,
Don't ever go ahead of the Lord so that he will have to say whoa!
Wait for the Lord, that strengthens you, and gives your heart new life,
And prepares you so well for God's joy today and keeps away added strife. (RP)

Now, I am free to do some more necessary chores around the house. I have put quite a bit of time into the book, now it is time to move one. There is not a stopping point, and I am so grateful for good health and desire to continue. My project now is getting Margie's closet cleaned out and her things folded and ready for Hans and Caroline Shauer to take them to Africa. Margie's sister took a couple of jackets, her heavy winter coat (which she never wore), and the 60th anniversary dress which Barbara really wanted. I will go down to the church and be there in case there is anyway I can be of  help to those who drop by. What a joy to be able to continue. Thanks for praying.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

IT'S OFF

Psalms 27:14   Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD.

It takes so much work to just wait, and that's why God orders it so,
Don't ever go ahead of the Lord so that he will have to say whoa!
Wait for the Lord, that strengthens you, and gives your heart new life,
And prepares you so well for God's joy today and keeps away added strife. (RP)

After a genuine battle trying to get pictures uploaded to my publisher's website, I finally put them on a disk and mailed them. I am glad now that the manuscript with all instructions is at the publishers.  Now they will get it set up, design the cover, and hopefully it will be ready before Christmas. It has been in the works for a long time. Significantly, I submitted it a year to the day that Margie had a stroke.  Yesterday I also went to the church like I did before we had a pastor, to sit there and be of any help I could. Our pastor is presently out of his office for a few days. It was my way of honoring Margie. She was thrilled I could help in any way.  Thanks for praying.  



Tuesday, October 9, 2018

VIVID MEMORIES

Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.(RP)

Oh how great to trust God's sovereignty and His providence Divine,
And to know He leads me daily with all the troubles that are mine.
He has a reason for each thing knowing best how to direct my way,
Cheer up fellow Christian, let God do His work, as you trust Him day by day.  (RP)

A year ago today as I had said goodbye to Margie, and reaching for the door knob to go into the garage to the car, something happened I will never forget. I was going to church to sit there to be of any service to any who may need my help. We had no pastor at that time. With hand on the door knob I looked up and Margie was looking in my direction, talking, but forming no understandable words. I looked at her and said, "Oh honey, you are having a stroke." I called 911, they examined and took tests, and she left the house for the last time. I wanted her to get that well-known shot that helps stroke victims. There is about a two hour window, I believe, where, if administered, will give quality life to the patient. In the first hours, the therapist was already putting her through speech therapy, but I could tell her communication ability was fading quickly. The whole scene is pretty tender to me, and I am in tears as I write this. But through it all I was aware Margie and I served a sovereign God who makes no mistakes. How sweet to trust Him. Thanks dear friends for your faithful prayer support to me. It means so much. 

Monday, October 8, 2018

PUBLISHER REQUEST

Therefore  Come out from among them And be separate, says the Lord. Do not touch what is unclean, And I will receive you  2 Corinthians 6:17

Clean living is God's plan for His own, and the guidelines are  clear and plain,
Get away from that which is unholy, and never touch the profane.
When you separate yourself as directed, and follow His wise command
,You will know the sweet peace that surrounds you, as you follow what He planned. (RP)

One of the requests of my book publisher, Xulon, is to submit to them the media services I have, in order to help advertise my future book. There is a problem. I opened years ago a Facebook account for Margie, at the requests of a pastor's wife in California, so they could correspond. Margie never did really get into that, so I added my picture to hers on the site. Later I opened one for me, thinking I would be able to sell some books. That adventure never took root. I opened two others later, LinkedIn and Twitter. I really never used any of them much. Through the years several friends, including a  number from Brazil, have communicated via Margie's Facebook. Now that she is gone, I have tried to transfer the communicators to my site and close hers. Well it has turned out to be more than I know how to do, even after following the wise counsel of some. I am just going to send off what I have and  hope it works. Thanks for praying.

Sunday, October 7, 2018

MORNING ROUTINE

The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. Psalm 18:2

We need strong foundations in everything, especially in spiritual things,
And how great to know the Lord is my Rock, what a thrill to my heart this brings.
And yes He's my Fortress to shelter me well, and keep me secure in His place.
All of this He gives, because of His wonderful grace.
When the enemy attacks, He delivers me; what a refuge for my soul,
With His shield I'm protected and my salvation is sure--all beneath His control.  (RP)

After surgery, I soon realized that I was in a routine that would not allow me to remain in bed too long in the morning. That has become my morning routine. Up before six, make the bed, get myself ready, then head to my laptop to do the blog.  Then, morning devotions, followed by cream of wheat.  As soon as that is finished I do the regular 8:00 AM infusion. Right after the infusion, I do my 50 rounds of swallow and speech therapy.  By this time I am getting closer to 9:00 AM.  I complete this morning schedule with a 70 routine shoulder therapy.  There you have it. You can see my mornings are pretty well  taken care of. By 11:30 I am gearing up for the noon infusion, therapy and afternoon activities, hoping there is time to get some other things done. I'll talk about my eating schedule some other day. Thanks so much for praying. Yesterday my son and daughter-in-law visited me. What a delightful time that was.



Saturday, October 6, 2018

ANTICIPATION

To Him all the prophets witness that, through His name, whoever believes in Him will receive remission of sins.  Acts 10:43

The Bible preaches the gospel, it's as clear as the prophets declare,
Remission of sin for the sinner, is there for those who prepare. 
Trust Jesus as personal Savior and experience forgiveness, my friend.
The result will be joy forever, peace, contentment and life without end. (RP)

I have a lot to look forward to in life. Today is one of those times. Rawlie sent me a text that they will be coming to take care of some business in Ferndale, and while here will come by for a visit. How nice for me, and so thoughtful of them. It is natural that I have seasons of loneliness. Thankfully I have so much to do, that it never gets me down. I am so happy to have the health, and determination to do the things before me, and I am so very grateful for a family that does think about and care for me. They are the best. Thank you for  your prayers.  The Bible class yesterday was such a blessing to me and the class members said the same thing.

Friday, October 5, 2018

BIBLE STUDY

Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice! Philippians 4:4  

A heart that is happy is truly blessed, God intends it to be this way,
That's why the command is given oft times, 'cause He wants us to obey.
Rejoicing can be done in many ways, but there's one He directs to you,
Rejoice IN THE LORD is His word to you; Do it and have joy through and through. (RP)

I never dreamed when I started the Bible class years ago at the Ferndale Senior Activity Center, that it would still be going. For eleven years I had to turn it over to others. When our work for Shepherds ended, I was asked to teach it. It has been a blessing through the years. Our number is not as large as before, but on any Friday we may have as many as thirty-six attending.We are presently in the book of Esther. Thanks for praying. 

Thursday, October 4, 2018

DAILY ROUTINE

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

The enabling power of Jesus helping all who are His own,
Giving help for God honoring efforts, knowing always we're not alone.
His strength is so assuring and his presence a comfort indeed,
So with courage we face each challenge knowing this promise is guaranteed.(RP)

When I started speech therapy many months ago, I was instructed about the necessity of oral hygiene. Given the fact that I am prone to aspirate liquids into my lungs, they told me that brushing the teeth often was a MUST.  As time passed, they added four times a day to my schedule to ingest semi  liquid-type food.  These are things that don't include watery things like soup, etc. So, I brush my teeth often. You cannot even imagine how many tubes of toothpaste I have used, with the eight brushings per day. This routine became such a part of life that one doesn't even think about it. Early on they told me that I must keep the mouth clean because of the saliva we swallow all the time. That includes brushing the tongue as well. Wow, never a dull moment, and I am glad for the Dollar Tree, where I buy my toothpaste. Thanks for praying.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

MISSIONARY MEETING

Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons,I Timothy 4:1

It's always sad to hear of those who will not receive God's Word.
Who gave up their faith and don't respond to things they formerly heard.
How pitiful now for them to give heed, to the voice of demons out there.
 Allowing the enemy complete control and an  eternal life of despair. (RP)

It was a blessing to meet yesterday afternoon to see and hear reports of missionaries around the world. We met at the church, and Laurel Hicks had everything ready to project pictures and letters for us to enjoy. After going through a few, we pause for prayer for the missionary needs, then go on to some more. People who attend this, donate money which goes through our church treasurer and then sent to the ones designated. We were pleased to be able to help our missionary Fivos, in Alto Peru. It is a delightful way to spend the first Tuesday afternoon (1 hour) of each month. And we thank Laurel Hicks who faithfully coordinates the missionary correspondence and presents it to us. Thanks for praying. 

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

MORE THAN EXPECTED

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)

I thought I was ready to send in the manuscript for my book, but I discovered another page of instructions that gave about 9 things I still need to do before that happens. So I am trying to learn patience through it all, and get on with the project. I have a couple of other obligations that will make it more of a challenge to complete, but with the Lord's help, it will get done. Thanks for praying. 

Monday, October 1, 2018

HYMN-SING

The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.   2 Peter 3:9  

The promises of God stand sure, they will never fail.
No matter what comes or goes, they always will prevail.
God patiently deals with mankind, never caring that any is lost.
He did all that was ordained for Him and paid the ultimate cost.
He pleads with men to repent and seek His salvation so great. 
And we pray all will heed the invite, and come before it's too late.  (RP)

Last night's hymn-sing was a blessing. Perhaps three churches were represented at our church as the Sonrise Quartet sang for us. Then for almost two hours, we sang the favorite hymns the audience requested. I Think everybody enjoyed it. The quartet was good, and after the program, a very attractive snack table was displayed in the Welcome Room.  All seemed to enjoy all the goodies, and the time to visit and have a good time. We started at 5, so there was plenty time to not be rushed. It was even good for me who did not have to get home in a hurry for another infusion.  Thanks for praying.


Sunday, September 30, 2018

THE END IN SIGHT

And of His fullness we have all received, and grace for grace.  John 1:16

With Jesus we have all, our cup is filled, there's nothing more we need.
There is no begging for more of Him, for more blessing we need not plead.
His grace so sufficient rolls on, in endless waves of more grace,And it will always be this way until we see His blessed face.  (RP)

I hesitate to tire you with more updates about the book, but after working the entire day yesterday, I firmly believe the end of the project is near,  I made wonderful progress and got all pictures done except one. I may not get that one, because I did not request it early enough. I went way beyond the limit set for my book, but realized that people really like to look at pictures. I trust the ones I chose will help. Thanks so much for praying.

Saturday, September 29, 2018

GETTING CLOSE

Your word I have hidden in my heart,That I might not sin against You.  Psalm 119:11

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

My book has 168 chapters. Pictures always dress up a page, and people like them as they read.  I am getting close to the end of my project, I believe. I had set apart many pictures from which to choose the ones I want for the book.  But as I started the project, I realized there were more that I should include. Because I labeled my pictures, I am able to do a search on the computer and come up with the ones I desire. It makes it so much better that way. I am now in the process of matching the placement of the pictures with the correct number, so the publisher will know which ones to insert in the places I have designated for them. I am hopeful that maybe even Monday I can send off the final manuscript to the publisher. Thanks for praying.

Friday, September 28, 2018

MY THOUGHTS ON HEALTH

2 Tim 2:19   Nevertheless the solid foundation of God stands, having this seal: "The Lord knows those who are His," and, "Let everyone who names the name of Christ depart from iniquity."

God's promise is sure and as strong as His name and is sealed with His loving concern,
And we read in the Word all the promises great and realize we have much to learn.
I'm so grateful He knows me; I belong to Him, and a warning He gives me today,
When we carry His name he instructs us with love, to depart from evil all the way.  (RP)

I am thankful for the health God has given me in my recovery. I never realized how involved things can get in coming out of an ordeal like this. It has been a fascinating journey, and the Lord is to be praised for it all. I still do not know if I will ever eat food completely by mouth, or be limited the rests of my days to the peg-tube in my stomach. It really matters not. I am accustomed to my present routine, and am content this way, if this is His will for me. Thanks to you all who have prayed, and continue to pray.  I appreciate you greatly. 

Thursday, September 27, 2018

THE LIST GROWS LONGER

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

Come to Jesus is the plea, for the tired and depressed. 
He will calm your nervous spirit and make your life truly blessed.
So tired Christian come to Him and lay your burden at His feet,
He will lift that heavy burden and with rest you'll be complete.  (RP)

In the Christian life, there are always many things to pray about. Paul admonishes us to pray without ceasing. He is so right. Each day we read, or hear more things that need to be added to our prayer list. I hope each of you will be adding to your list. There was a time in my life I did not write down things, but that day has gone. I now write them so I will not forget. The list gets longer as we pray. How thankful I am for this recourse of prayer. Our church, our families, our country are only the tip of the iceberg of requests today. Let us together be prayer warriors for the Lord. Thanks for praying.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

MORE OF THE SAME

Cause me to hear Your lovingkindness in the morning, For in You do I trust;
Cause me to know the way in which I should walk, For I lift up my soul to You.
Psalm 143:8

Lord help me read your Word each day
And learn Your will for me
And make my life so full of You,
So others my Savior will see  (RP)

These days are pretty routine, and I am pleased with the progress. I did the prayer sheet for our church yesterday, then studied for Friday's class. I still had some time, so got back into the picture business. I finished the day with over half the book now with pictures scattered here and there. Maybe by this weekend I can complete the task. I hope so. It is nice having Rawlie here. Thanks for your prayer support. 

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

SAME THING

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

A timely word to believers is given in this verse,
We better pay attention not doing something adverse,
The command is very practical- and something we should do,
So begin today to practice it because it's all very true. 
The treatment we give each other is clearly outlined here,
What wonderful blessings will come forth as each one is sincere. (RP)

I am sure you yawn, hearing the same thing day after day. But blogs are about what I am doing. And at the present, it seems this project of getting the pictures correctly placed in my upcoming book, is the driving force.  I worked from 9:30 yesterday morning until last night getting some 25 in place. Even after spending literally hours selecting pictures, I found chapters that needed some I had not thought of before. At any rate, I am learning better how to find the pictures in my huge file. I know one thing is for certain. If you do not identify and name pictures as you take them, you will spend a lot of wasted time trying to find them. Thanks for praying. 



Monday, September 24, 2018

VISIT

I rejoice at Your word As one who finds great treasure. Psa 119:162  


God's Word is very precious; in its pages we find wealth.
All its teachings give instruction and all for spiritual health.
When we open the sacred Pages, how our hearts are filled with praise,
As we see amazing treasures, all designed to encourage and amaze.  (RP)

Yesterday was a great day at church, then in the afternoon Rawlie came. He will be with me for a a few days, doing his regular work here at my house. The internet connection here is good, he tells me, so it is easy to carry on his responsibilities right here.  I appreciate so much my family's support. I will continue on today placing pictures in my new book. Thanks for praying. 

Sunday, September 23, 2018

LONG PROCESS

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

God does not promise days without trials, nights without troubles and a burden free life,
But we are so glad that in Him there is peace amidst all the problems and strife.
God cheers us with words of comfort divine for our souls that are tried by the fire,
And just knowing He overcomes the world is itself a word to inspire.  (RP)

Yesterday I worked on getting pictures into my book. I spent a good time before this for many days, looking through thousands of pictures on my laptop.  As I go through the manuscript, I decide which picture would be best for that story, then I indicate just where in the chapter the picture will be placed.  It is all an enjoyable exercise, but admittedly, time consuming. I worked most of the day and got very little done. Maybe now that I am in a better routine, I will get more done. I have good news for me, Rawlie is coming this afternoon to spend a few days with  me. He will do his regular work here at my house. Thanks for praying. 

Saturday, September 22, 2018

SOMETHING NEW

Love never fails... 1 Cor 13:8 

Of all the things in the world, God's love is the greatest of all,
And it's scope is immense for sure, and it favors neither great nor small.
The love of Jesus excels all, when He paid the price for my sin,
And now I can shout, thank you Lord, for saving and taking me in.  (RP)

I enjoyed the Bible class Friday, and I think the members did too. We finished the book of Ruth. I handed out the study sheets for the book of Esther which we start next Friday. My dietitian from CORAM, explained that I no longer need to sterilize the equipment I use for the infusion process. I have for 7 or 8 months faithfully sterilized the items 4 times a day. That is a lot of steps to go through 4 times a day. She said I will now have a little more time. That is true. I started this process yesterday and indeed, it is very nice. Thanks for praying.  

Friday, September 21, 2018

QUESTION

And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. John 8:32

There's only freedom in One, Jesus is His name,
No matter who you are we are all the same.
Jesus is the Truth and when we have Him as ours,
He takes away our sin and heals our sinful scars.  (RP)

For many months I have sterilized my syringe and other items used for the infusion process, four times daily. Lately the syringe gets harder to use for the next infusion. I use a new syringe each day, so many have been used in eight months. I called to ask if I could wash carefully the syringe after each use in hot soapy water and rinse it well, would that be okay.  The answer did not get back to me after the kind lady referred it to another person in the organization that handles such issues. Maybe today I will hear. On my own, I did what I described above, and it works much better. I will contact them today if they don't call me first. I am looking forward to the Bible class this morning. Yesterday I made all the preparations for it. Thanks for praying.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

REFERRAL

Pleasant words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the bones. Prov 16:24  

Our words are so important; God tells us about them here.
When controlled by our heavenly Father, they are sweet and quite sincere.
Words are so important; they bring sweetness to our soul. 
And God directed speech even makes our body whole.  (RP)

I learned long ago that referrals are part of the process of getting medical help these days. I am sure all medical insurance companies have their own protocols, but this one is very important. When I had my lasts speech therapy session, the therapist was going to consult with a specialist about my case. As of yesterday, I have not heard back anything. I called and asked to put a message on her voice mail. I may have to restart the whole process by asking my family doctor to initiate the request. I need to see the speech therapist, but without a referral, it is impossible. Thanks for praying about this.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

LITTLE BY LITTLE

For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.Ephesians 6:12

The spiritual battle for Christians is a serious matter indeed,
We must understand this struggle or we will never succeed.
The contest we face is demonic, and Satan strives to destroy,
So we arm ourselves with His armor, so His peace we can enjoy.  (RP)

I communicated with the publisher who is doing my book. The person in charge of my project is very helpful and I appreciate it. Two times I sent email questions, and she responded quickly.  I was particularly interested in how to do the mechanics of placing the pictures I have chosen for the book. She instructed me how to do it, and I began that process yesterday. It all takes time, but I think I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. Yesterday I also worked up the prayer sheet for the church bulletin. There are always many things in that sheet for us to pray for. I enjoy putting it together each week. Thanks for standing with me in prayer. I appreciate each of you very much. 

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

OFF TO GREECE

Romans 1:20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse.

Men may pretend they nothing about God, but deceived and deceivers they are, 
For God has created each one with this gift, they clearly see God near and far.
Man knows there is power beyond himself, somewhere in the world out there,
And all nature speaks  to each of this power, and of it all are aware.
So when all life is over and men stand before God there is nothing they can say,
For man has no excuse before a holy God, and for his decision he will pay.  (RP)


Saturday night at the Robbins home, there was a farewell social time for these young men. Then Sunday morning we had special prayer for them. They will fly from Vancouver this morning to Montreal where they change flights, and go directly to Athens. Jebidiah Hively in the middle and the two brothers on each side, Benjamin & Jonathan Robbins, will study at the Greek Bible College for at least a year. Please pray for these fine, dedicated young men, who have a heart for God, and will do well as they pursue God's will for their lives. Thanks so much for praying.

Monday, September 17, 2018

TWO TIMES

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

To think God created us and gave us work to do,
Is an overwhelming fact to which we all agree.
So realize dear Christian, He created us to work, And chose us for this task so from this do not flee.(RP)

Sunday was a real nice day. We had a missionary presentation in Sunday School of work in S. Africa by Hans and Caroline Shauer. Rob Robbins brought us a thought-provoking message in the morning service on how we should listen to God in church. In the evening we returned for a Question and Answer time, along with treats (of which I did not partake).  We also had downpours throughout the day. We need the water, and lawns are already waking up with much greener appearances. Thanks for praying.

Sunday, September 16, 2018

ATHEN BIBLE COLLEGE

I rejoice at Your word As one who finds great treasure. Psa 119:162   

God's Word is so rich and food for the soul, for the one who will search it out, 
And the spiritual food found in the pages clear, leaves no one with a doubt.
Finding treasures so great in this God-given Book is the best discovery of all,
So encourage your friends to examine this Book to find comfort, whether great or small.  (RP)

Last night it was a privilege to attend a farewell for three young men of our church. Jebidiah Hively and Benjamin and Jonathan Robbins will be leaving Tuesday, Lord willing, for a departure from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, to Montreal, and on to Athens. We are proud of these godly young men who will further their biblical knowledge and be blessed, and be a blessing no matter where they are. It was a joy to meet in the Robbin's home with a host of friends to celebrate the occasion.  Thanks for praying. 

Saturday, September 15, 2018

I SHOULD HAVE KNOWN

And they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus." Acts 4:13

Help me to live for You today in such a special way,
That others will know without a doubt in my life He is on display. (RP)

When the audiologist checked my hearing aids, she asked how I was doing with my hearing. I mentioned that in crowds I do not pick up the conversations well. She reminded me that my devices were already five years old and the technology now is much improved for this hearing deficiency. She said she would like me to come next time and try the new ones out with no obligation to buy. I agreed, because I told her I don't plan on spending that amount of money again. So we left it at that. I had a great day yesterday, filled to the brim with activity. I am grateful I can do what I did without tiring. Thanks for praying. 

Friday, September 14, 2018

VISIT

For we walk by faith, not by sight. 2 Cor 5:7

I am glad we don't have to see what's ahead. right around the next bend,
We are only asked to walk by faith and totally on the Lord depend,
He knows so much better what's ahead and I can trust Him for that,
But if I go it alone and walk without Him, I know I will fall down flat.  (RP)

Margie's sister Barb and her husband Jim visited me yesterday. We had such a nice time talking about many interesting happenings through the years. While they were here, I gave Barb some medication Margie used, still new in the packages, that she also takes. How nice to find a useful way to use that medication rather than throw it away. This morning is Bible study and in the afternoon I go to the audiologist, for routine maintenance on my hearing aids. Thanks for praying. 

Thursday, September 13, 2018

SLOW BUT SURE

Nehemiah 8:10..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 must confess that the motivation to keep going on my book project has been less than I desired. I thought for sure I would get it done in the summer, but one thing after another kept the wheels moving slowly. I am hoping and praying I can dive into the process more, and get it completed. I really want to. Thank you for helping me in prayer.  

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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

TIME CONSUMING

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 guess I am naive. A simple purchase online, turned out to be a major process.  An item had to be returned because it was not correct, then when I ordered with another company, the credit card on file was not updated. With that fixed, I noticed they had two orders for the same item. Repeated calls for technical help, finally resolved the matter. Maybe I will receive the item this week. I am not holding my breath. In between all this I had a delightful time studying the book of Ruth Thanks for praying. 

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

RED JACKET

Then Moses said to the LORD,O my Lord, I am not eloquent, neither before nor since You have spoken to Your servant; but I am slow of speech and slow of tongue.   Exo 4:10

The job was big and Moses knew and thus he refused to serve,
Instead he gave excuses bold; I think he had his nerve.
I know that I would do the same so no complaints today,
Just learn to give a "yes" to God, when he enlists please don't delay.
We may not think we're eloquent and I am sure we're not.
But give Him what you have, dear friend and from it He'll make a lot.  (RP)

Going through thousands of pictures selecting pictures for my book is quite an exercise.  Each time a saw a spot of red, I looked, and usually it was a picture of Margie. That was her favorite color. I found her in so many of the shots I made. Of course those scenes brought up many memories, all very special. I hope I can get more done today on this project. Thanks for praying. 

Monday, September 10, 2018

DOWN TO FIVE

I will sing of the mercies of the Lord forever;With my mouth will I make known Your faithfulness to all generations.Psalm 89:1

We may not think we sing so well but we are asked to sing,
So use your voice and shout it out and to the Lord your praises bring.
To all let us tell the good news today, of God's faithful leading hand,
And rejoice that you represent the Lord of Lords and do the things He planned.  (RP)

Another milestone in my tube feeding. Last week my dietitian reduced my daily input of nutrient cartons to five.  In January I started with eight, and later went down to seven, then six. Last week she took off one more. So now at 8 AM, I have two, at noon, one, and at 4 PM and 8 PM, I have one. With the soft food I take orally two times a day, plus cream of wheat, and later at night a yogurt, she thought we would give it a try and see how it works. The main thing is to maintain the proper calorie and vitamin and mineral level so I can continue with the good health I am enjoying. It is all very intriguing, and very interesting. Thanks for praying.  

Sunday, September 9, 2018

MEMORIAL SERVICE

But as for you, brethren, do not grow weary in doing good.2 Th 3:13

Sometimes we grow tired and weary, and we don't know what to do,
God tells us simply to not grow weary, but there's something else for you. 
By doing good is the source of our strength so don't give up my friend,
Just keep on plugging, working for Him, and fully on Him depend. (RP)

Yesterday I attended Marilyn Reinstra's memorial service. I arrived early, as usual, so was able to talk to several before the service. I had not intended to say anything at the service, but when they announced an open time for comments, I decided I should say a few words. Marilyn was a member of the church when I was pastor. It was a beautiful service. Her brother Bob gave such a heart-warming eulogy of Marilyn. After the service I was not able to stay very long, because it was time for my infusion process. The rest of the day was partly spent going through more pictures to use in my book. Thanks for praying.


Saturday, September 8, 2018

BIBLE CLASS

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

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

It was a blessing to start the Bible class again. All were enthused about being there. Class participation was very good and we enjoyed studying together Ruth chapter 2. We had two new class members. In the afternoon I spent more hours going through thousands of pictures, selecting the ones I want in my next book. I hope I can discipline myself to finish that process and get the book published. Thanks for praying.

Friday, September 7, 2018

READY

Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? Mat 6:27

Worry:the king of deception, convincing millions it wants to control,
This pursuit is unrewarding; it agitates but does not console.
God says we can't add an inch by being a worry wart,
So give it up dear friend, and to God's will resort.  (RP)

Yesterday I got all the printing done for my class at the Ferndale Activity Center.  Our class for this season starts at 10:00 AM this morning. I am looking forward to it. It will be interesting to see how many show up for it. Cool weather is forecast for today, and even perhaps some rain. It was very warm yesterday, and the swamp coolers felt good.  Thanks for your prayers. 

Thursday, September 6, 2018

RED TAPE

Matthew 24:35 Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.

Some things we think will last forever, but God has something to say,
His words, He declares, are here for good, and will never pass away. 
God will revamp all of heaven and earth in a future day he declares,
And when He does, it shows to all, just how much our loving Lord cares.
Our prayer is that you will come to the Lord, and receive Him as your own,
Then you will realize something great indeed; with Christ you'll never be alone.  (RP)

After an online purchase, I was alerted by the credit card company of the transaction who wondered if I had authorized it. I had, and so they were at ease. But the company from whom I purchased the item did not complete the deal, meaning the item was not shipped. I spent a good deal of time explaining that all was okay. The operator who took my call, thanked me for my kindness to her. I was pleased to share Jesus with her and she listened. Now I pray she thinks seriously about what she heard. Thanks for praying.




Wednesday, September 5, 2018

MISSIONARY MEETING

Malachi 3:6 For I am the Lord, I do not change…

In an age of endless changes and of innovations rare,
We should all be on our guard, and try to be aware.
At times we easily forget that our God changes not,
And He knows all about us, and even our very spot.
Thank God He never changes: He always is the same,
And for all His blessings to us, we praise His holy name. (RP)

Kristin Caynor spoke at the missionary meeting yesterday afternoon. It was encouraging to hear this daughter of Rick and Lisa Caynor tell of her time spent with her folks who have just recently been led to Spain. She told of the the marvelous way God is working in the lives of the Spaniards. She wants to be involved, and now that she has graduated, can make plans for mission work. She was a blessing to our group, and we are praying she will receive adequate support to fulfill her desire to help her parents in Spain. Thanks for praying.

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

TWO THINGS

Then, the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in the midst, and said to them, "Peace be with you." 
John 20:19


Fear is an awful thing, that besets many people today,
The disciples experienced it, so long ago on that day.
When we are fearful and tired and worn, we are in need,
Thank God Jesus is our peace, and will help you indeed.
Come, let Jesus calm your fearful and heavy-laden heart,
And when He does this, you will never want to depart. (RP)

Two main things today:  Rawlie sent me a text last night that they had arrived at their destination in Idaho.It was around 8:30. It was obviously a long trip. I spent some time getting the church prayer sheet completed and sent off to the secretary. I wanted to do some other things like paying bills, but it was a holiday and not all financial departments were functioning. I was surprised because even the ones that are usually automated, did not respond. Things were quiet around here on Labor Day.  Thanks for praying. 

Monday, September 3, 2018

PRAYER REQUEST

Psalms 33:12
Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD, the people he chose for his inheritance.

A blessing is here promised to those who will heed God's call,
He will be their Savior if they truly seek Him and at his feet fall. 
He calls them chosen, and what a privilege to have this name,
To always seek His will in our way should be our desired aim.
Rest in the promise of God; let Him lead each step of the way,
Stay in His word and read often, and always be willing to pray.  (RP)

Rawlie and his family are leaving this morning for a few days of vacation in Idaho.  Please pray for safety on the road and a very special time while away. They are a praying and witnessing family, and Jesus will be shared with others while they are there. Rawlie was here at First Baptist in Ferndale, and was the worship leader. He was happy to minister while Raul was away for a family meeting. Thank you so much for praying. 

Sunday, September 2, 2018

DOUBLE BLESSING

He does according to His will in the army of heaven and among the inhabitants of the earth. No one can restrain His hand. 
Daniel 4:35

Our God is a mighty God who moves at His own command,
He controls everything in heaven above, and in this great land.
Thank God, He knows what to do; we rest securely in Him,
And no matter what takes place our future never grows dim.
We give ourselves to His sweet care, and worry not a bit,
And daily read His Word for strength. and to His will submit.  (RP)

Yesterday my files were backed up safely and I prepared for my Friday Bible class which will start this week. I am thankful that these two concerns were resolved. Also, Rawlie arrived last evening and he will be directing the worship team at our church this morning. I am thankful for good health so far, and look forward to each day. I thank my many friends who faithfully pray.  It is my joy also to pray for you. 

Saturday, September 1, 2018

PICTURES GALORE

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

Jesus calls us, sweetly beckons, to His place of rest,
And when He calls we always know He knows best.
Come to Jesus as you are, and find just what you need,
He will answer in a beautiful way, and yes, you will succeed. (RP)


I worked all day yesterday on pictures. I need at least 30 for my book. I lost many of them somehow, but went into my external storage units and found about 10 gigabytes of graphics. That equals thousands of pictures. Now I must go through them to find just those few that will appropriately accompany the stories I tell in the book. I may not find exactly what I need, but at least I surely have plenty to peruse.  I appreciate your prayers so that I can complete the necessary steps in order to get the book published. Thanks for helping in prayer. It means very much to me.  

Friday, August 31, 2018

PARTIAL SUCCESS

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

Our God is watching over us as we live for Him each day,
His ears are listening to our prayers as we move along the way.
It’s sobering  to have the Lord against those who evil do,
And remember the ones who are guilty he already knew. (RP)

At last I got the backup company to answer the phone, and partially solve my problem. I don't know how it happened, but somewhere along the line, the file folders which were labeled and contained pictures, are gone. I had wanted to go through those pictures looking for ideas for pictures for my next book. I will now have to look elsewhere. That is okay. My son was here until late yesterday, and then returned to his home in Stanwood. It is mighty nice when he is here. He will be back again tomorrow night.  Today I will direct my attention to more preparation for Bible class that starts a week from today. I look forward to it.  Thanks so much for your prayers.