Wednesday, June 24, 2015

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Moving to Joseph Oregon

I know that I haven't posted in a while, even my memory verses. I am still doing them. This week's is:

"So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am you God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand." (Isaiah 41:10, NIV)

Things have been super crazy as I have been preparing to move to Joseph, Oregon and serve as the pastor of Joseph United Methodist Church.

There has just been so much to do physically (for the move) and administratively. Basically, I have been having a hard time figuring out which way is up. In the last six weeks, I have gone to visit Joseph (8 hrs away), gone to a 3 day conference in Portland, gone on a mission trip for 4 days, gone directly to another conference for the church in Salem, OR for another 5 days. Took the rest of the week off to pack. Now, we are to the last half of the last week before the moving truck gets loaded on Monday.

Whew! Just typing all that is tiring.

The truth is that it is all very exciting, but I'm having a hard time seeing it that way because I'm so tired. I am grieving for what I'm leaving. I'm daunted about my future. I've worked very hard to get to this spot (with lots of help and support from many people), and I know that I can still blow it. I don't want to let anyone down, especially God.

If I could just have a few minutes to breathe ... No chance of that until after mid-July, and probably not after that. If I can just make it until then ... I think I can ... I think I can ... I think I can...

Only with God's help. Prayers and/or good vibes are appreciated.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Siesta Memory Verse #9


It's about that time, the time for the Scripture Memory verse for the first half of May. My verse this time was inspired by the person who wrote April 15th post on the Living Proof blog. It just seemed great, so I'm going with it.

"The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing" (Zephamiah 3:17 TNIV).

See you in the middle of May!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Siesta Memory Verse #8
It's that most wonderful day of the year, for the tax man, April 15th! I'm not going to say that I love taxes. I even filed amended tax returns for last year when I realized by doing this year's taxes that I had miscalculated a major deduction. No, it wasn't enough to go to Rio, but it was better than nothing.  Having said all that, I am very thankful for the services that come from my taxes: police, fire fighters, military, roads, schools, etc. So, while I filed my taxes back in January, I still tip my hat to the tax person and the hard work they do.

The fact that it's April 15th should mean that spring was well on it's way. If you would have asked me that yesterday morning, I would have agreed. Let me just share an illustration. First is a picture from Easter morning (April 5) where we put left over lose flowers on a cross just outside the building.

This second is when I came back from lunch yesterday(April 14 ). It continued to snow into the evening, not a huge amount but still. It stayed below freezing last night, so the snow is still with us. Welcome to Idaho! lol

Now, before I forget, I'm actually here to conduct some business. It is Siesta Sister Scripture Memory Verse Day. We are up to our eighth verse of the year. I chose this one because of a friend of mine that is going through some major turmoil. And really, who of us don't need to remember that we can depend on God for all things at all times. Doesn't mean we don't have a role to play, but God is our strong arm and our shield (from another Psalm, maybe I'll use that one next time).

"You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance" (Psalm 32:7, NIV).

Here is a song that is inspired by this verse. I can sing is over and over again when I feel lost and scared.

Whatever you may be going through this week, I hope you find some comfort in this.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Siesta Memory Verse #7
It's memory verse time. I have to admit that I'm not meditating on them as much as I could. I'm not in the room where I keep my verses as much as I used to. As they say, Out of sight; out of mind. I think it's time for a relocation.

My first verse for April is...

"Kind words are like honey, sweet to the soul and healthy for the body" (Proverbs 16:24).

My April sure came in like a lion. How about you?

Monday, March 16, 2015

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Siesta Memory Verse #6

Have some crazy things going on in my life. Not the least of these is losing almost my whole post. All of which make the following verse to contemplate for the next couple of weeks. I'll catch you up soon.

[Paul wrote,] "May the Lord lead your hearts into a full understanding and expression of the love of God and the patient endurance that comes from Christ." (2 Thessalonians 3:5, NLT)

Enjoy the rest of your March!