"Those who fear to see too clearly what this love asks for fool themselves by thinking that they have this watchful and devoted love. There is only one way to love God, that is not to take one step without him, and to follow with a brave heart wherever he leads......God has little patience with weak souls who say to themselves, 'I shall go this far and not farther.'" Joy of Abandonment to God - Christian Perfection by Francois Fenelon (1651-1715)
Friday, August 23, 2013
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
These are 3 of our main people who serve so faithfully each week. Mickey has just given them each a T-shirt with the instructions to just fold it over their arms. As you can see, they are laughing and Sherry has just said, "Oh, now we are going to get to start waiting on tables?"
Monday, August 19, 2013
(from left to right - front to back) 1st Row - Don & Betty ~ 2nd Row Pat's arm & hand, Shorty, Howard, Judy
Back and in our rows of pews for the 5 o'clock service.
Such powerful teaching!!!
Thank you Lord.
Sunday, August 18, 2013
Yes, our #1 son David and Karin made this 2,982 mile move from San Francisco, California to Vero Beach, Florida! Talk about moving "cross country"!!
One of the biggest challenges was getting their THREE cats moved that distance. Solution: First - they flew 1st class with 2 of the cats. David said everyone around them in 1st class was very nice about that and enjoyed the cats! Then Karin flew back to San Fran, leaving David and the 2 cats at the new house in Vero Beach. She finalized everything in San Fran and then she and the 3rd cat drove that 2,982 mile drive cross country in her little Volkswagon.
It took her 3 1/2 days.....just she and kitty!!! Our prayers were surrounding her all the way and we know they played a part in a very frightening episode for her..... She was behind a semi-truck and noticed another semi coming up behind her. She thought, "I don't want to be between these two semi." so she moved into the inner lane of the highway. Good thing she did------because the second semi ran into the one in front. Had she not moved she probably would have been smashed between them. Needless to say, she was shaking and very upset. She got off the road and into a motel and called David. Being able to talk to him and shed some tears over the phone helped her regain her composure and continue on the next day.
So they moved out of the tiny little condo, which was so small they didn't even own a table and chairs!, and into a lovely, BIG 4 bedroom house!!!! I don't have any pictures of the new digs yet but can't wait to visit and see it. The first thing they bought was a king size bed and a BIG TV. They are renting for now, as they wanted to get familiar with everything and be sure where they wanted to buy, but plan to buy their own home in the not too far future. The added PLUS to this move-----their rent is $1,000 a month LESS!!!
Friday, August 16, 2013
Saturday, August 10, 2013
This blog subject was sparked from my blog friend Cheryl's post this morning.
I definitely fall into the EXTROVERT category. I have taken several of the different personality type tests, including the Briggs-Myers several times and definitely am an "E".
That "E" would explain why I:
1 - Co-facilitate a Small Group class every Sunday morning at our church called Real Christianity. (5-16-12)
2 - Host a WOW Woman (Women of the Word) Home Bible Study every Tuesday night.(1-18-11)
3 - Began blogging here as Penless Writer (1-21-07)
4 - Finally gave in and joined fb (12-24-09)
5 - Began a private prayer group blog - Hearts in "1" Accord (4- 8-08)
6 - Tranferred Hearts to an private fb group (11-5-11)
7 - Participate, with my husband Mickey, at The King's Kitchen (2-9-10)
8 - Socialize with close friends and church family every time we get a chance.
9 - Attended friend Sandra's Bible Study until she disbanded it
(3-10-09 to 6-7-11)
10 -Attended friend Judy's Bible Study (1-12-09 until earlier this year when I truly had too much on my plate!)
Yes, I am definitely an "E" on the ESFJ Briggs Myer scale.
Even though I am an EXTROVERT I also have to HAVE my daily quiet "ME" time. When I was a young wife, and working mother with 4 children, I would stay up late at night, after everyone else was in bed and asleep. The "ME" time was definitely a bigger need to me than 8 hours of sleep.
After the children were raised Mickey's job required his rising early and leaving the house by 5 a.m. I always got up with him to fix breakfast and then my "ME" time would begin at 5 when he left for work. Since our retirement I still rise early. This morning for instance I was up at 4 a.m. It's now just become habit and I require very little sleep, operating on about 6 hours a night.
This quiet time, alone with God in prayer and study of His Word, is the main tool God is using as He molds and makes me. The other is the love He has given me to read Christian books that feed and stretch my walk and my thinking.
So which are you? Introvert or Extrovert? Would love to hear your views. Thanks for taking the time to read and comment.
Sunday, August 4, 2013
We celebrated this year at The Cheesecake Factory. We chose it because it's one of Granddaughter Oksana favorites. Since we didn't get to be with her to celebrate her 18th Birthday in February we wanted to bring her here to celebrate with her dad.
Friday, August 2, 2013
Today, August 2nd, 2013, is our son Marc's 44th Birthday.
1983 Tulsa World article as Marc was the youngest person in Tulsa to ever receive his Hot Air Balloon License at age 14. He was taught and instructed by his father, Mickey, in our Hot Air Balloon Suzy Blue.