Markland News 2-16-12

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Hello friends, my what a difference a week can make in the weather. Last week it felt like early spring; this week feels like mid-winter. What was ‘green’ last week around the yard last Sunday, is still green – now whether it is just ‘numb’ with shock (in which case it will probably turn black) or not, should be known by the latter part of the week.

My car was ‘sick’ Sunday (some kind of brake problem), and usually I would just ride to church with Mike and Mary but when I called Mary, her car was even ‘sicker’ than mine. They had the three grandsons with them and only the truck left running (single front seat), so they took Weston with them, Michael and Jessi brought the other two and I rode with Eldric and Joy Hazeldean.

Eldric and Joy were celebrating their 65th wedding anniversary Sunday; the kids had held a family celebration at their home Saturday evening. Howard called Joy from church when he learned about my situation and asked her if they could pick me up for church; Eldric said sure but I’d have to ride in the trunk. (Makes you kind of wonder how Joy put up with him for 65 years doesn’t it?)

After the kidding, and in all sincerity, we send warmest good wishes and congratulations to you Joy and Eldric on this monumental milestone in your lives and thank you for the inspiration and wonderful example of marriage to the rest of us; again, congratulations.

Congratulations also to Michael and Jessi Martin on their fourth wedding anniversary (February 17th); Mike and Mary kept the boys (Elijah, Weston, and Landon) Saturday night so Michael and Jessi could ‘go out’ and celebrate their special day.

On a more somber note, my son Frank (Kentucky family) Miller called me to let me know that wife Donna Sue had a serious accident on the four-wheeler. They live about three-quarters of the way up a mountain in Lewis County and she uses the four-wheeler to go up/down to feed stock in the barn at the bottom of the hill. (They call it a hill – among other things [unprintable], I call it a mountain, mostly straight up/down. I won’t even drive up it [or down], I get to the bottom and somebody comes down and drives me up.)

To make a long story short, she was coming up after feeding, and a chain broke on the four-wheeler, which threw it into a ‘ditch’…on top of her. Donna may weigh 100 pounds (if she is soaking wet) so there wasn’t much ‘cushion’ to soften the accident. She dislocated the clavicle bone, the scapula (shoulder bone), and the humerus bone (big arm bone), at the joint. This is extremely painful as you can imagine. She goes to the specialist Monday. Please remember her, and Frank, in your prayers.

The Miller family is not doing so well lately on several fronts; I was talking to Patty and Mike Friday and she told me that Mike’s sister Emma Noble is in a nursing home and his brother Bo had a heart ‘episode’ and is now in a nursing home for rehab. Bo’s wife, ‘Wheatie’ (we’re big on nicknames), has pneumonia or something like it. Two weeks ago, Mike’s nephew Jake Scott passed away. Mike’s health is not good in itself and certainly none of the above helps.

Jan Rayles was telling me at church that Lavinia Mueller, Gayle’s mom, is now in a nursing home in Cincinnati. He said right after church they were going down to Swiss Villa to see Louise (Jan’s mom) and then on to Cincinnati to visit with Gayle’s mom.

Howard Hazeldean sang a beautiful song at church Sunday; I think it was called, “In His Presence”. Howard has a wonderful voice and the words in this song were a sermon in themselves. We were blessed to hear it.

Bridge last Wednesday was here with Ana Slover, Debbie Turner, Lucinda Mangold, (and me of course); we celebrated Debbie’s birthday (I won’t tell you how old but she can now get ‘senior citizen’ discounts) with cake and ice cream and plenty of other food…oh yeah, we played cards too.

Carolyn Green was still sick and Rita Green had just driven back from Missouri late Tuesday evening (she was tired) so they were unable to be here. We missed them but still enjoyed the afternoon – shoot, with food, good company, and cards, who wouldn’t?

Friday, after water aerobics, the Spanish Class had a little fiesta (you know we will use any excuse for a party – this one was Valentine’s Day – sometimes we even make up excuses for a party.) We had lots of good food and a lot of fun. We are looking forward to St. Patrick’s Day.

‘Professora Evelyn’ made us recite our four pages of homework before the party (I will admit that a lot of laughter from some of our weird pronunciations of Spanish words did put us in a party mood – we are a congenial lot if nothing else…and we are actually doing better at learning conversational Spanish, ole.

There was a nice group at aerobics class also; the leader, Amy, is a real taskmaster (she and Evelyn make a good pair.) Actually you only do what you are comfortable doing and Amy knows what is ‘safe’ and what isn’t, and that is important, especially with us ‘older kids’.

By the time I left the ‘Y’, it was snowing so I just ignored any chore that wasn’t essential, came home, piled up in my big chair, and inspected the inside of my eyelids (I am big on self-examination.)

Jessica Ledbetter is still waiting for baby ‘Cindy Jo’ to put in an appearance; the doctors say any time now.

Sometimes I let myself get piled up with life’s many situations to the point of being a little overwhelmed (usually my own fault) and I have to stand back and remember who is actually in control…in other words, “Be still and know that I am God. (Psalm 46:10)” I need to remember to ‘center/focus’ myself on Christ and reach for His peace. I know that I can rely on His promise in Matthew 19:26, “…with God, all things are possible.” And that He loves me (even though I do not deserve it) – then things straighten out in my life (until I screw it up again anyway.)

God’s infinite patience is way beyond human understanding (not my personal opinion, His word says so.) Psalm 23 is like mashed potatoes and macaroni and cheese, comfort food for my soul. Read it a couple of times and see what I mean.

A thought: You can’t change the past but you can ruin the present by worrying over the future.

Remember: God always gives the best to those who leave the choice with Him.

Quote from someone who seems to be a lot like me: “Dear Lord, so far today, I am doing all right. I have not gossiped, lost my temper, been greedy, grumpy, nasty, selfish, or self-indulgent. I have not whined, complained, cursed, or eaten any chocolate. I have charged nothing on my credit card.

But I will be getting out of bed in a minute and I think that I will really need your help then…please. Amen.

There is probably more truth than joke in that one.

We want to send out birthday greetings to Mary Lou Griffin on the 19th of this month. We wish that your special day is filled with love and laughter (and lots of good food) and that the year that follows is ‘chuck full’ of God’s sweetest blessings; Happy Birthday Mary Lou.

Folks mentioned for prayer concern this week: Lucinda Mangold (continued healing), Jessica Ledbetter (expecting), Mel and Bob Brundige, Mel’s dad in California (stroke), Chester Meisberger, Baker (and other contemplating major career changes), Louise Rayles, Lavinia Mueller, the Miller family (root and branch), Mary Davenport, Vandora Bennett, Bob Baatz, Joy and Eldric Hazeldean, Unspoken requests, Phil and Charlotte Kroening, Upcoming Mission Trip, Grieving families in our community, Emmett Church (Medical appointments), Service personnel and their families, Unsaved family and friends, Ladies traveling to Indianapolis for Christian seminar, All those experiencing financial difficulties, and for Christian teacher everywhere.

We offer up our praise and thanksgiving to Almighty God for answered prayers and His continued provision for our needs; thank you Lord. Amen.

Until next week, may the Lord cause His face to shine on you, to bless you and keep you safe from harm; may He lift up His countenance and give you heart-peace.