Sunday, August 16, 2009


I was thrilled to have family in my home Saturday for a luncheon to honor my Aunt LaVern for her 90th birthday. Her children brought lunch for about 40 folks and we enjoyed the delicious meal and lots of visiting. Traveling the furthest was Greg, the first son of Aunt LaVern's younger sister, from Chicago. Others came from Plainview, Dallas, Munday, Olney, Abilene, Waco, and Weinert. There are only three of the original eleven children born to Rebus B. and Emily Belle Guess living and Aunt LaVern is the oldest. She is the sixth child.
One topic of discussion was the fact that our Weinert cousins, along with all Weinert citizens, have been without water for three days. I understand it was restored by Saturday night but off again by Sunday afternoon.
A party which included friends was held at the Bever House from 2:00 till 5:00.
It was truly a red letter day for us all, visiting and loving on Aunt LaVern.

Isn't she beautiful?

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Praying For Our Children

I have three grown children who are doing very well though there have been some "detours." Just the changing of minds, one involving a mate whose mind changed within hours, maybe minutes after the vows were said, and one involving a career change. I am 53 years old and, selfishly I am sure, I would love to see my children have Godly mates who are crazy about them, and producing Godly babies. I have asked the Lord to send these Godly mates, more than once. Maybe I have even reached the point of coveting - wanting my situation to be different. Brian tells me that if I am dissatisfied with the way things are and wishing they would change, I am coveting something else. I believe I can go to God and make any request but I also think I am to be full of thanksgiving and trust, knowing that He wants only good things for my children. And He loves them more than I am capable. I am in the flesh and even the best I can do for them or imagine for them is in the flesh. God sees everything. He is the perfect Father. Lately, I have been praying for them according to Ephesians and Colossians. Here are just a few of the verses...
Ephesians 1:17 I pray God will give them a spirit of wisdom and revelation that will allow them to know His fullness.
1:18a I pray God will fully enlighten their understanding (so they will clearly see the truth, the reality, of every circumstance.)
1"19 I pray they will experience the exceeding greatness of His power in us who believe.
Colossians 1:9 I pray they will have all wisdom and spiritual understanding to know God's will.
1:10a I pray their lives will please God by being faithful, living expressions of Jesus.
1:10c I pray they will always increase in knowledge of and intimacy with God.
1:11a I pray that they will always be strengthened with His might and meet every circumstance in is His power.
1:11a - 12a I pray that they will be patient, long-suffering, and Joy-ful as they thank God for everything.

I am so thankful for my children and the people they are. They thrill me. I am so thankful I am not in control and God is. I am so thankful that the God who created every star and knows each one by name loved my children so much that He gave His Son to die for them, taking away all of their sins forever. I am thankful they are in His loving hands!!!

Friday, August 7, 2009

Pink Saturday?? Already?????

OK, my days are mixed up. I didn't prepare for Pink Saturday and just realized it is midnight. So, I am going to show you pictures of what I've been privileged to be a part of the last part of the week - Vacation Bible School at Cornerstone. I think you can find some kind of pink in most of the pictures. The theme is Jesus, Man Of Miracles and it is set in the days of the Bible. We wear "Bible clothes" and we go to the market, gather around the well, where we can have a snack at one booth, make necklaces at one, make a picture frame out of shells at the next, or choose other activities. We are divided into families within one of the 12 tribes so we have different ages in each group. We hear Peter tell of his experiences with Jesus, like walking on the water. And we hear Salimae (name we've given the mother of James and John) who tells us what she has learned from her boys about Jesus. (And she does have very important boys, you remember:> ) And we have time together with our "family" when we talk about miracles Jesus did and about the traditions of these days. We have one more night to talk about the only book whose words will last forever and the only Saviour who is the way the truth and the life with these precious children.

Worshiping in Song

Playing a game

Some recreation with Bows and "Arrows"

Hearing Peter

Hearing Salimae

Eating dried fruits and special treats

"Hear O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is One..."

You can see pinks at HowSweetTheSound. Enjoy your weekend!

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Is This Shocking?

I have pasted below words from The American Center For Law and Justice concerning a "strike at the heart of the first amendment." Please read it. I heard a news journalist this morning (not on a major network) say that this is the first time in American history that this kind of threat has come from a president to the citizens.

I'm writing you with urgency. There's a very troubling development underway in Washington - a bold attack on your free speech rights directly from the Obama Administration.

A recent White House blog written by the White House Director of New Media states that ''there is a lot of disinformation about health insurance reform out there'' both on the web and floating around in chain emails.

The blog continues, ''since we can't keep track of all of them here at the White House, we're asking for your help. If you get an email or see something on the web about health insurance reform that seems fishy, send it to''

This is absurd! In a nutshell, the White House is asking Americans to report on their neighbors, family, and friends who disagree with the President's policy choices on health care.

This new White House reporting program strikes at the heart of the First Amendment and has no place in this important debate about health care.

Make no mistake, this outrageous attack on free speech is designed to stifle public debate about the health care issue - including growing concerns from Americans opposed to making abortion services mandatory health benefits.

Americans have the constitutional right to express their opinion and concerns about health care. This wrong move by the Obama Administration is nothing more than a blatant attempt to intimidate those who have legitimate concerns about the health care plan.