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.