Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Wednesday Prayers

This week I am aware of a great need in our prayer life.  That is the need to pray for churches.  My father has been a pastor for over sixty years.  Because of his long experience and his great compassion and wisdom he is often called by troubled churches and asked for help.  I have recognized this week that even the "best" churches are one mis-step away from fracturing and falling.  It seems that the churches that are not in danger of this kind of spiritual attack are the ones who are not preaching and teaching the Word of God. 

As members of these churches, we have a tremendous responsibility to pray over our Preachers, our teachers, and our leaders.  Pray that God will guide them, encourage them, and correct them.  Be bold to pray the risky prayer that the church would be a reflection of the true nature of God.  Recognize that this prayer will lead to great spiritual battle.  Be aware that this battle must begin on our knees in our prayer-room.  Be willing to devote time to pray for your church.  Be willing to even drive to the church on a day other than Sunday or Wednesday and pray over the church.  Pray that God's Light and Truth would shine.  Pray that God will be glorified in the church. 

My Father reminded me this week that Jesus prayed that God would be glorified in His (Jesus') work.  That was the prayer He prayed just before going to the cross and being crucified.  So pray that God will be glorified in our churches and be aware that this may come with a great price.  Have the attitude that God's glory is worth any price we may have to pay.  Be aware that any price we may have to pay will be nothing compared to the price that Jesus has already paid.

There are many other needs floating around, all of them important.  Some of these needs are critical.  But this week, as you cover the critical needs of which you are aware, please be diligent to pray for your church, and for the church at large.  Pray for God's church in America, pray for God's church in Korea, pray for God's church in Peru, pray for God's church in the Middle East, Pray for God's church in the Sudan.  Pray for God's church.

His peace to your hearts and homes.

Monday, September 21, 2015


I knew when I left home that blogging might be challenging.  I brought my camera and my laptop.  My Dad has a computer ~ which usually works ~ and a wi-fi router.  Unfortunately, no one seems to know the network security key for the wi-fi.  And while his computer usually works, it is protesting a little bit this week (of course).  So unless I decide to drive 30+ minutes into the closest Starbucks, there might not be much blogging happening for the next couple of weeks. 

Oh the stories I will have to tell when I get back!

God's peace to your homes.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Another Big Walkabout

Yup, I'm off once again! 

Tomorrow Jr. and I are headed to South Carolina.  He will spend Saturday at Boone's Hall Plantation outside of Charleston playing with Palmetto Pipes and Drums.  Check it out if you are in the area.  Just remember, instead of hollering, "Play Freebird, Man!"  you should call, "Oy!  A bit of Steam Train if you please!".  (Junior may have words with me for that)

Junior will then head back to life in Birmingham and I will stay for a visit with my parents.  Mr. Marvelous will join us the next weekend, and there might be a trip to the beach in our future. 

Then comes October 2.  A month or so ago, my Dad called and said that my middle sister wanted he and Mom to come to Seattle for a visit.  Unfortunately, Dad's schedule of regular preaching and several Bible Conferences will not let him get away before May or so of next year.  He wondered if I would like to join Mom and go with her as her travel companion to Seattle and Everett? 

You know me, I am always ready for an adventure!  Another trip with Mom?  You betcha!  We thought it best to ditch the train idea.  If we left from Florence, SC on a Friday morning, we would get to DC that evening.  On Saturday we could go to Chicago.  Sunday we would leave Chicago for Seattle and get there Wednesday morning.  While I love the train and would not really mind being on one that long and getting to see so much of the country, this trip is more about being with my sister and less about the getting there.  So we are going to (gulp) fly this time.  Five days on the train vs. five hours in the air?  Yes, the plane does make better sense.  But don't worry; when we fly back to Charlotte the next week, the plan is for me to hop on the train and come back to Alabama that way.

I will be taking loads of pictures.  I will be walking a lot.  I have the pedometer active again, (and I'm hoping it doesn't conk out on me again), so perhaps I will make a little more progress through the Pacific Ocean.  Next week I will introduce you to the companion who will be going with me.  No, it's not Jack this time.  Jack is a little burned out on travel and asked if he could stay here to help Mr. Marvelous and watch over the animals.  Since planes have pretty strict weight limits, I agreed to that.

I'll be scurrying around the house today, finishing last-minute chores and packing my bags.  Tomorrow Jr. and I will head out hoping to squeak through Atlanta in between rush-hours. 


Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Wednesday Prayers

Good morning Prayer Warriors, and thank you for your faithfulness in the work of prayer!

This week let's remember to be thanking God for the following:
  1. The men's Tres Dias weekend was powerful and eventful as I understand.  Thank you for helping with this.
  2. Miles is at home and continues to improve.  
  3. Chris is doing well with his new LVAD and is well enough to be being evaluated to go back on the transplant list
  4. Faith's tumor has shrunk!
Please remember the following this week:
  1. Brenda goes on Thursday to find out about her surgery
  2. Tiffany is having complications from a bone-marrow transplant 
  3. Please continue to pray for Miles as he continues to heal
  4. Mr. Marvelous Jr. and I will be out of town this weekend.  Please pray for our travel and pray for our time with my parents
  5. Please particularly remember Meaghan's family this weekend as we remember her life and grieve her death.
God's peace to your hearts and homes.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Homestead Update

We had a good year on our little hill.  Lots of rain, lots of sunshine, and fairly moderate temperatures (we slept with windows open and fans blowing for most of the month of August ~ August!).

Things are winding down now and unless we can find some seed potatoes, we may not do much of a fall garden this year.  The Pepper Plantation however is still going strong!

Sometimes Mr. Marvelous goes out and picks one and cuts a tiny little piece to try.  I sit and watch his face turn red and sweat pop out when he does.  We are still waiting for them to turn red, because we understand that they get even hotter when that happens.  I won't even touch them!

The artichokes are hanging in there and I am hoping for fresh artichokes to feast on next year.

I found these in the woods this week.  I wish I knew enough to know if they are safe to eat, but since I am ignorant I am leaving them alone.

We will be breeding rabbits soon, and I will have baby bunny pictures for you to enjoy sometime in October, I hope. 

The chickens are laying like crazy to make up for their lazy summer.

And then there's our roosters.  Poor things.  They are beautiful to look at but their sound is less than melodious.  It's downright funny! 

This is Neo (yes, as a matter of fact, we were re-watching The Matrix just before we named him!).
He tries so hard to get it just right:


And this little guy is Screech.  Bless his heart!  Neo tries to tutor him on the finer points of crowing ~ not that Neo is that great of a tutor.


Poor little Screech!

Monday, September 14, 2015

Monday Memories

Last week I found a little garden shop I had not visited before.  Honestly, it isn't really little; it is rather spread out and they have a little of everything there.  The owner was very gracious in allowing me to wander around with my camera.  I am impressed not only with his grace, but with the way he cultivates and cares for the beauty of God's creation.

In case you are wondering, this is Hanna's Garden Shop on 280 in the Greystone area of Birmingham.
Thanks, Andy!

May your hearts and minds be drawn to the Creator!

Friday, September 11, 2015

Friday, September 11 2015

There are so many memories that surround this date.  We all have our own set of them; the confusion, the horror, the panic, the immediate need to contact loved ones and just be sure that they are all alright (whether they were in New York or Mississippi).  I could write several paragraphs about the experiences of myself and my family. 

Instead I am going to give you my strongest lasting impression of the day and ask you one question.

The one impression that has stayed with me is the image of the first responders who rushed in to danger in order to rescue as many people as they possibly could.  The fire-fighters and the policemen in New York, the Marines at the Pentagon, and the civilians rushing the cockpit of a plane flying through Pennsylvania in order to stop the terrorists from hitting another unsuspecting target.  That is what I remember every time I see a fire-fighter, a policeman, or a member of our military.  That is why I thank them for their service every time I see them, often with tears in my eyes.

Where is your comfort and hope?  Is it in the work of these heroes?  Your financial portfolio?  Your skill as a "prepper"?  Your love for your family?  The skill and ability of doctors and nurses when your family are ill? 

Where is your hope today?

May God's grace, mercy and peace fill your heart and your home as you remember the day today.