Date Night

Before we moved to Magalia we went out together alone at least once a week. But once we started fostering and adopting more kids we were unable to go anywhere for about five years. This was one of the hardest times in our marriage even though we had been married over thirty years. At times we would find refuge on our boat. We would go to the lake and all the kids would jump in the  water (with vests of course) and “Yea“we would be alone in the boat. We learned to savor those moments and use every minute to talk, encourage, and just put aside the chaos and calamities that came from ten little kids “all but one” being under the age of seven. So why do I share this, because if these two old farts can still get excited about date night you...

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What If?

Today I was pondering on three questions regarding my salvation. What if my salvation relied on my works? What if my salvation relied on my parents? What if my salvation relied on the church? “OH MY” I shudder at the thought of any one of those being responsible for my salvation! For sure I would spend eternity in hell!!! If my salvation depended on my works I would probably be so exhausted I would have no time for “GOD” and my family. I know I would become very legalistic and put such burdens on myself that I would be depressed because they would be difficult to conquer alone. Or maybe I would become pompous like the Pharisee’s of Jesus time. I would be so filled with pride thinking my works were better then those around me. Now I start thinking what if my...

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Slow to Speak

As I have mentioned many times before parenting is no easy task. To this day I have not yet met a parent who has figured it out. I confess the older I get the harder it is to parent. My mind is not as sharp as it once was and I forget so many important facts like the names of my kids, what I was about to do next, and sadly the promises I have made. Just yesterday I was reading scripture and I came across James 1:19-20 “My dear brothers and sisters, be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry. Your anger can never make things right in God’s sight” Man Oh Man was I convicted. I am in a hurry so many times to deal with an issue I don’t really hear all the facts then the idiom “I eat crow” really hits home! The other day I noticed my daughter carrying a...

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My Helper

Today as I was praying I couldn’t help pondering on the Holy Spirit. What an amazing gift Jesus left us when he returned with his Father. He could of left us alone in this dark and crazy world but he didn’t. He left us with his glorious Spirit. In the book of John Jesus tells his disciples it was good for them that he leave so that the Spirit could come. Well today this was so vivid to me when I was praying. I was in my closet praying and worshipping when all of a sudden I messed up. While I was praising God with my words my old brain got stuck and my words became tangled. My words praised evil not the goodness of God. I felt like a dummy so I tried to unscramble my blunder but now my brain just refused to find the right words, it was in total rebellion. At first...

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