PRAISE REPORT!!

I’m so EXCITED–I just can’t contain it!! I have to tell the world!! My cousin Derek and his wife Shawn have GREAT NEWS!! Bailey Nicole was born some time around 1:00 p.m. today, on Friday, August 31st!! She weighed in at 7 lbs. and 13 oz. and was 20 inches long! Whew!! Glory Hallelujah–Praise God!!

Derek and Shawn have waited on God for this baby–they have been married over 12 years (their 13th wedding anniversary is this coming Sept. 3rd, I do believe)! …And my precious Aunt Teresa (who presses on in her health battle) is a proud grand-mama today!! Praise the Lord!! GOD IS GOOD!!

His Mysterious Ways…

It’s certainly true that life is full of pleasure and pain, joys and sorrows, triumphs and trials. Of course, it is not the circumstances we should focus on, but our response. I want to follow God through the sunshine and the rain. Some days I feel more like doing that than others. However, my feelings are truly irrelevant in the matter. Does the fact that I may feel bad give me the right to speak harshly to others, be impatient, react selfishly, etc.? No, it does not.

So the other day, I poured my heart out to God. I did not feel like it. Truth is, I had been feeling very bad all day (mentally, emotionally, spiritually, physically, etc.) I remember thinking, are things ever really going to change? I don’t often do this, but I even asked God for a sign of encouragement about our situation.

…And you know what? I’m learning that God will provide us with the encouragement we need to press on–if we remain open and responsive to His Holy Spirit. He won’t always answer in the way we want–or the immediate “Big Fix” that we want, but He will send us the “manna” we need for each day–day by day. …And you know what else? Well, you’ve heard that “God Works In Mysterious Ways?” I’ve certainly found that to be true… The encouragement He sends along the way can also come from very unexpected places…

To view a couple of recent, personal examples of “unexpected encouragement,” you may click here.

Would Jesus Wear A Rolex?

This song has been “playing” in my mind for two days. Yeah, I’m really not kidding–I kind of wish I were. It’s a funny and entertaining song, but then again, it’s not so funny… It makes me think–it doesn’t make me doubt my Jesus or my faith or even that there are true and genuine T.V. evangelists out there. However, it does remind me to be cautious about who I “tune” into. The song also makes me consider my own values and priorities. You know, it’s easy to criticize “those in the public eye,” but God also knows what we each truly value. I hope it will make you think a little too… To view the song–“Would Jesus Wear A Rolex On His Television Show?,” you may click here.

Doesn’t He Need A Seat-belt Too?

The kids and I were in the van, when Kerry suddenly yells out, “Oh, no!!

I was a little startled and concerned about his sudden outburst. “What?” I ask.

God doesn’t have on a seat-belt!” Little Kerry exclaims.

“Honey, I think that’s o.k., ” I say.

Well, He’s in the van, isn’t He?” Kerry asks. “…And everybody who’s in this van needs to be wearing a seat-belt!!!”

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**O.k. I admit it. I just don’t know what to say to that!!

Recent Prayer Update

My cousin Tiffany just sent me another update about Sammy and Teresa. She says that her parents are doing well, but of course still desire our prayers. Also, Tiffany asks that we continue to pray for Derek and Shawn and the safe arrival of their “precious little Bailey.” Shawn’s due date is “right around the corner”–September 4th!!! For further details, please click here.

Jesus Paid It All

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“…Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be white as snow…” –Isaiah 1:18

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Jesus Paid It All

(Words by Elvina Hall, 1865)

I hear the Savior say,
“Thy strength indeed is small;
Child of weakness, watch and pray,
Find in Me thine all in all.”

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Jesus paid it all,
All to Him I owe;
Sin had left a crimson stain,
He washed it white as snow.

For nothing good have I
Whereby Thy grace to claim,
I’ll wash my garments white
In the blood of Calv’ry’s Lamb.

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And now complete in Him
My robe His righteousness,
Close sheltered ’neath His side,
I am divinely blest.

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Lord, now indeed I find
Thy power and Thine alone,
Can change the leper’s spots
And melt the heart of stone.

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When from my dying bed
My ransomed soul shall rise,
“Jesus died my soul to save,”
Shall rend the vaulted skies.

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And when before the throne
I stand in Him complete,
I’ll lay my trophies down
All down at Jesus’ feet.

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What Are You Doing, Kerry?

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Little Kerry and I had the following dialogue today:

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Me: “What are you doing, Kerry?”

Kerry: “I’m not doing anything.”

Me: “Don’t tell me a story! I know you’re doing something… Is it bad?”

Kerry: No, it’s not bad, but it’s not good either!!

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**Hmm, what do you think? Should I be concerned?

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