Hey friends, hope as you are reading this, you are doing well. I don’t know about you, but I am very glad to see the end of 2016; I was doing well until I turned 76 in 2016: then I stubbed my toe and the whole top of my big toe turned black, I had a bad bladder infection, my blood pressure went through the roof, I found out I had blocked carotid arteries (during the ensuing investigation of that, the doctors found out I had blocked coronary arteries, which resulted in a quadruple by pass surgery – two weeks in the hospital.) I am sure you understand why I am ready to leave 2016 and get into 2017; surely 77 will be a better age for me, or at least not any worse.
Enough about me (I would appreciate it if you would remember me in your conversations with the Lord this week (just in case 77 isn’t as good as I had hoped). We had lots of folks on our Prayer List this past week at church: Ivan Green had knee replacement surgery this week; Gayle Rayles had eye surgery this week – she was at church Sunday and told me that she could see really well out of one eye (she gets the other eye operated on this coming week); Jerry Monjar is in the hospital this week (remember he and Rose to the Lord); the Lamson family (Jama Hayes passed away); White family in their loss of a daughter; Rosalie Waggoner fell; Joy Hazeldean not doing as well as hoped; Roger Garvey had surgery last week; Austin and Jake (Park grandchildren) medical problems; our country; and many more. Do remember these to the Lord this week and who, and what, is on your heart.
Received a lovely card from Juanita Brown and she said she is doing pretty good and is back to work at the store. Juanita and I share the same birth date, April 8th but I think she is a couple of years older than me.
Melissa Park just finished up a Ladies Bible study on the Holy Spirit, held on Tuesday mornings at the Lantern Coffeehouse; it was very enjoyable and Melissa always throws in some stuff you never thought of on your own. We will be beginning another study on the book of Ruth on the 14th, at the Lantern at 9 a.m. on Tuesdays; all ladies are welcome, just bring your Bible and make plans to come out and join us – hope to see you there.
Finally got my butt in gear and got started back at the ‘Y’; I cut my program down from one and a half hours to 15 minutes…and I am still exhausted when I crawl out of the pool – but I am beginning to notice a difference in strength and balance though. It was really good to see Jamie, Billie, Jan, Myra, Mary Pat, and Genevieve, again.
Somehow or other I missed December birthdays (can you imagine me forgetting anything, haha), Great-granddaughter Madison Ledbetter on December 4th, Son Sam (William Earl Carr) and Brennan Bragg both on the 5th, 21st Patty Miller, 23rd Allie Ridener, and Mary Park on the 26th.
January birthdays are: Howard Hazeldean on the 3rd and Shyla Prince on the 17th. May God bless each one of you in whatever way is the most beneficial to you; Happy Birthday!
Here is a cute one: At children’s church on Sunday, Mrs. Martin stacked a pile of apples on one end of the table with a sign saying, ” Take one apple only please, God is watching.” On the other end o the table was a plate of cookies and one smart second grader wrote this, “Take all you want, God is watching the apples.”
After graphically telling the story of the Good Samaritan, in which a man was brutally beaten, robbed, and left for dead, the teacher asked Sunday school class, “If you saw a person lying beside the road all wounded an bleeding, what would you do?”
A thoughtful little girl broke the hushed silence and said, “I think I’d throw up!”
Pastor Bobby has preached some very thought-provoking messages lately; one that really caused me to do some soul-searching was on, ‘If Only”. His premise was that Americans, for the most part, are an ‘if only’ society, even Christians. ‘If only’, I had this or that, I would be happy; instead of being content with what we have as Paul thought us. Think about it, how often have you heard someone say (hopefully not yourself), if only I had more money, a new car, better education, more opportunities, etc., you get the idea. When we achieve what we were wishing for, are we truly happy? Or do we find ourselves wishing for something else?
Having Jesus should bring us heart peace and joy, happiness and joy are two different things – happiness is temporary and often fleeting, joy is permanent. Joy is kind of a contentment in all situations based on the assurance of God’s love for us. God is in control, not us; His plan will work out for the good of all who are called according to His purpose.
Until next time, may God bless you and keep you under the shadow of His wings and grant you heart-peace. Amen.