June 10, 2014

June 6th was a special day both for Ginny and I celebrating 33 years together and Brett and Melanie celebrating 16 years together, plus Andy and Lindsey going to honor those special men and women who made the Normandy D-Day Invasion and eventually our freedom possible, in Bedford at the National D-Day Memorial but also because we got some more things done at our future Life Pointe Church home. We finished out the day with eating together and then Andy and I had to back to our building just to make sure everything stayed safe and sound. We then worked on the building on Saturday, June 7th accomplishing a few more things, so God is at work. But Satan is also at work and has been trying to discourage us with various trials, but "Greater is He who is in us than he who is in the world" so we must stay strong and focused on Jesus who is the author and finished of our faith. God will help us but I will admit it's been a little tough here lately; we must be doing something good and right for the devil to be after us. But God is good and will see us through these fiery trials, just like He did the Hebrew boys in Daniel chapter 3. Jesus is in every fiery trial that comes our way, so at least Jesus is with us.  We just have to keep trusting Him; and now here we are at Camp Ta-pa-win-go for the week so may we again just keep trusting God to work in our midst.

June 6, 2014

Andy and I worked hard last night, getting a small hole dug so we could put up our handicapped sign at the new church parking lot. Being a small hole, it still took a strong steel dig bar to make it through the present pavement and down through the hardened ground. But, nevertheless, we made it with Andy even digging our some of the dirt and gravels with his hands and a plastic spoon. I told you it was small hole! But the sign is in the ground; now we just need to concrete it in for permanency. Ginny and Tamra have also been busy painting the teen room with some bright, stripes, and it really looks good! So things are coming along quite nicely. May God continue to bless our efforts to honor Him with our new church home! I know I sure couldn't have done this without the sacrificial help from a lot of people. Thank you all for what you have done! May God richly repay you!

June 4, 2014

God is good; all the time. All the time; God is good! We say that and sometimes say it so quickly that it loses some of the meaning but truly God is good and does provide and is a constant source of protection; provision; and Presence, in that He is with us. Today I got some oil and a filter to go along with the other things Joe is doing for our van, so it will be ready to make the tip to Tennessee and Camp Ta-pa-win-go. Joe and I are memorizing scripture together so that helps us to honor God and stay more close to Jesus. He is a good friend and a blessing. The van will be fixed by the end of the day after having some mechanical problems yesterday. I also mailed a letter to someone today who needs both encouragement and perhaps a reminder to return to the place he was before drifting away from the Lord. I also just got a driver lined up for afterschool and then I also have the possibility of obtaining a "panic" bar for the door at the church and it would be much cheaper than what I thought I would have to pay for it. So God provides and helps and instructs and blesses. God is good; all the time. All the time; God is good! Thanks and praise be to Jesus who blesses us with what we need to live for Him!

June 3, 2014

Well, once again God provided for us in a special way. We went to Lowe's last night, (Ginny and I) and we went to pick up some things to help us put our handicap sign up at the church. I was talking to a Lowe's employee when another employee close by heard me mention that we had to fix up a parking space for someone to park that was handicapped. I mentioned that we would have to get a stencil to paint the wheelchair symbol on the pavement. The woman who heard me talking said "we've got a stencil in the back that someone use and brought back." She wondered if we were interested and I thought, "wow, by all means, yes we are interested!" She was sure that it had been marked down and that a manager would even help us further with the price. Boy was she right! The stencil sold for about $100 new and then they had it marked down to about $33.61 but then when the first employee called a manager, it turned out that the manager said we could have it for $20.00!! Wow, that's a 1/5 of the original price. So we took that and also some blue paint plus a pole to put our sign on and some bolts and nuts, so we may just get our sign up sooner than we thought! God is good and has provided for our needs once again in a super way! Now, if God will only give us a panic bar for our back door.....we're trusting!