Monday, July 16, 2018

NO BIRTHDAYS IN HEAVEN

Revelation 21:4

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


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

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

Sunday, July 15, 2018

ONE STEP CLOSER


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

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

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

Saturday, July 14, 2018

ODDS AND ENDS

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

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

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

Friday, July 13, 2018

REPAIR

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

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

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

Thursday, July 12, 2018

ASPIRATION

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

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

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

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

SLICE OF TOAST

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

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

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

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

THERAPY

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

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

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

Monday, July 9, 2018

MISSIONARY SUNDAY

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

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

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

Sunday, July 8, 2018

LOT OF TIME

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

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

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

Saturday, July 7, 2018

MEMORIES

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

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

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

Friday, July 6, 2018

ONE MORE THING

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

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

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

Thursday, July 5, 2018

BANG FOR BUCKS

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

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

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

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

HAPPY 4TH OF JULY !!



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

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

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


Tuesday, July 3, 2018

WEAK FOR A WEEK

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

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

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

Monday, July 2, 2018

NORMALIZING

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

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

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

Sunday, July 1, 2018

KEEP TRYING

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

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

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