Tuesday, July 31, 2012


Our 3 kids with their youngests
Sense it is a fact that God is real and that He is a very present help in time of trouble it stands to reason that prayer is a powerful thing.  Everytime I talk to Janie I get a response from her.  Everytime I talk to God my heavenly Father I get a response.  When we returned from camp this past week I was very sick.  I woke up Friday morning about 4:30 nauseated and having the first of many bouts of diarhea.  I felt really bad.  We had a 3 hour drive back to Hillsboro and I dreaded it.  One of the boys in our group was also sick.  We made it home without any problem and it was an answer to my prayer.  I ran a little fever with it Friday night and all day Saturday.  My old back problem decided to rear its ugly head at the same time.  So between fighting the virus and the pain I was not having a good day.  I prayed and asked the Lord to help me.  He did.  By Sunday morning my illness was over and the pain in my back was gone.  I had plenty of strength to perform my duties on Sunday.  Prayer is a powerful thing.  Now some may argue that the virus just ran its course and that my back pain just responded to my laying flat on my back on the floor but I believe with all my heart that God heard my prayer and helped me. 
Our oldest granddaughters at camp

On Monday this week our missions treasurer had surgery and Janie and I went down to Waco to be there for it.  The surgery went well.  Today we made a trip to Palestine, Texas to see our daughter and her family.  We ate supper together and had a good visit.  I helped my son-in-law with some electrical work.  He is remodeling their kitchen and needed to have some electrical wires and fixtures removed. 
My mother in her new room talking with Steve

My mother called and was all worked up over having to move rooms.  She is now in room 5 and no longer in the secure wing of the nursing home.  I scolded the nursing home official for not giving us some notice so that we could be there to help in the moving process.  My brothers went to the nursing home and took care of everything.  The Bible says that a brother was born for adversity.   I was glad that my brothers were able to drop everything and get over there on such short notice to help get mother settled down and settled in to her new room. My brother, Ralph, sent me this picture.  My brothers were an answer to prayer.  God bless you.

Friday, July 20, 2012

The Test

Me and the grandkids at the Waco Zoo
The boys passed their test this morning.  Their behavior has been great and we have had a good time.  I took them to the park and let them stay as long as they wanted.  At 92 degrees it did not take long for them to want to go back the the A/C.  Jason and Angie will be here in just a few minutes and the kids seem excited about seeing them.  This afternoon I have some work I must get done so after hearing a report about camp I will head to the office. 
I will be teaching three lessons from the Song of Songs at church camp.  I will also preach Tuesday night at camp.  Camp is a really good time!  A little quiet time will be in order week after next and then 2 five day long revivals in August will be a good end to this busy summer.  God bless you.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Back to Blogging

Caleb copying Exodus chapter 20.
Well I just wanted to blog to let everyone know I am still alive.  Most people know this by way of Facebook.  It has been a busy summer so far and though Janie and I sleep in the same bed it has felt like we have seen nothing of each other this summer.  I go to bed around 11 or so and she goes to bed around 3:00 AM.  I get up and take care of grandkids while she sleeps.  I manage to get my work done in spite of the disruption to my schedule.  It has been good spending time with the grandkids and we have made some memories that they will not soon forget.  Jason and Angie are at church camp this week while we baby sit their kids.  We have had some fun with them and we have had some trouble as well.  The two older boys were scribes today.  They spent the day copying Exodus Chapter 20 and Deuteronomy chapter 5.  It was punishment for refusing to behave themselves.  It made for a quiet day for it took them all day to accomplish this task.  We will put them to the test in the morning to see if they have learned their lesson or not. 
Our Wednesday night class has really grown
This year has been unusual.  I have been stung twice by red wasps. I ate the hottest pepper I have ever eaten in my entire life. I got my doctor's degree. We had our whole family together at the same time.  We added two rooms to the cottage.  I lost a filling in a tooth and then fell asleep in the dentist chair before and during the filling of the tooth.  The dentist filled the tooth without gas or any deadening what so ever per my request.  I did not feel a bit of pain.  It was just odd to doze off while having a tooth filled.  I must have been really tired.  Our Wednesday night class has tripled in size this year.  I will become the second longest pastor Walnut Street Baptist church has had when I complete my 10th year this year.  2012 is truly going to be a year to remember.  God bless you.
Our Whole Family Together, including Sarah expecting our 13th Grandchild