It looks like Amanda can move to day shift sometime in February. We are praying that can happen. She will still have her same role and will lose the night shift differential. She has the most seniority of the people who want to go. We will see if God opens this door!
Monday, November 23, 2020
Every year at this time, I take advantage of the sales in the stores to stock up on turkey and other seasonal items. It just makes good sense. So far this year, I have purchased 21 turkeys at 29¢ a pound and 80 lbs of sweet potatoes at 19¢ a pound. I will pressure can most of it. I might make some dog treats and also dehydrate some of the sweet potatoes.
We were also given a turkey (THANKS RICHARD S.!!!) and three hams (THANKS JOHN G.!!!).
While it seems like a lot of food, it isn't when divided by nine people. It will be gone before I know it which is why I am always looking for a good bargain to keep our food costs down. It comes out to a little over 2 turkeys each, and even some of our single friends buy a couple of turkeys this time of year.
To get the total I need to qualify for the turkeys, I purchase shelf stable on sale items since the freezers are filled to the brim with the turkeys.
I have not made any bone broth yet though. With the canning jar and lid shortages, I am not sure if I will or not.
Garden: We have had a hard frost, and it shows on the tender leaves. I wasn't expecting to find my green pepper and tomato plants had kept producing though. I brought in nice little harvest over the weekend that the girls had missed when the looked. FYI, my grandmother use to call it a "mess of" tomatoes or whatever.
Sunday, November 22, 2020
But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything done in it will be laid bare.
Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be?
You ought to live holy and godly lives as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming.
That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat.
2 Peter 3:10-12
holy: dedicated to God or a religious purpose; sacred (set apart)
godly: reverencing God, and his character and laws; obedient to the commands of God from love for, and reverence of, his character; conformed to God's law; devout; righteous; as, a godly life.
Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers. Galatians 6:10
As long as it is day, we must do the works of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work. John 9:4
Dear Reader, Like you, I am watching and wondering what the rest of 2020 and into 2021 will bring. I do believe we are being given a wake up call. It is encouraging to see so many come to know the Lord and others rededicate their lives to the Lord.
Life is easier when we know exactly what is expected of us. In 2 Peter 2, Peter, writing to the churches, is pointing to the end times and telling the Body of Christ exactly what God expects of us. We are to keep showing our love for God by dedicated obedience to His Word. That is a lot easier to say than to put into practice.
Saturday, November 21, 2020
I was asked what I could find out about the rumored trucker strike.
First, I've been around a little while and have seen many trucker strikes. I do not recall any being very effective. A lot of companies own their trucks. In the past, they have fired the unwilling drivers and hired new to keep supplying their customers.
In searching for information, it does not seem organized and lacks traction. Some are backing off of their plans. My best guess is this is a nonevent. At the most, I think it will be one with very small impact. I just can't find enough info to make me think otherwise. If I can't find it, those wanting to participate can't either.
Also, the people I see as reliable sources of information...it isn't even on their radar. There are bigger things.
Stop the Tires 2020
It appears the FB page for Stop the Tires 2020 has been taken down.
https://www.counton2.com/news/stop-the-tires-2020-truck-drivers-planning-a-strike-now-cancel-movement/?fbclid=IwAR3N9-o2nr62HgxF7fyPify9bPFTh9W9Uz66fCO7jvLhAxQuPsOVifQU42o says their event has been canceled.
Trucker Strike 2020
https://www.facebook.com/truckerstrike2020 seems to be the main page for Trucker 2020.
https://www.facebook.com/truckerstrike2020/posts/891803994684815?__cft__=AZVcvO-IwcjpbAhKaPWVYRXO4IzpXk8Kgg9n6NcYo01AMVphFuo-FbzgH_qtii1mVGK02Kbav9zdphMUwozFfjN4VTfJVjtGyh4PYjP3qJMcSBJD_CP8YuuinDwAN5iGWkMEoK27nGDcKVwMekEDBq2z&__tn__=%2CO%2CP-R contains the following quote...
"We do not have any dates set. Because, as I said a moment ago, we feel we need at least one million drivers standing behind us to get the attention of the bureaucrats making these regulations. ...This is not a political movement... Trucker Strike 2020 with this face plastered on it...is not political."
"There are some movements out there that have dates set that we are not affiliated with."
I stopped listening around 15 minutes.
Yes, I read the following articles that were sent to me by a few people. While I am not minimalizing the importance of truckers, and I certainly do highly regard them, I could not find evidence of the momentum necessary to cause major interruptions.
I am not someone who panics very easily...floods, fires, hurricanes, escaped large livestock...changes a girl. I learned not to get scared but to get prepared to overcome the problem. I like to research and analyze, and I'm telling you, I am not doing anything differently because of rumors of a trucker strike.
A Trucker Strike in November Could Be Another Nail in the Supply Chain Coffin https://www.theorganicprepper.com/trucker-strike-november/
Brazil’s 2018 Trucking Strike PARALYZED the Country: Here’s How America Could Face Similar LONG-TERM Disruptions https://www.theorganicprepper.com/brazils-trucking-strike/
Last night, we were told "definitely by Nov 30th." So instead of a birthday present, it will be an early Christmas present.
Major paperwork error discovered today. Everything has to be rewritten. A special trek has to be made to find a lost, critical piece. Then an adventure to deliver another critical piece. Our end is in order.
Maybe Nov 25th? We are asking God that if this is not for us, that He will close the door and if it is, He will allow this to proceed.
I am good with the wait. I am cleaning out buildings and organizing as I go. I'm pulling things out to use now and putting away things not in current use. There's more than enough to do before a huge delivery and setting up something else.
The final work on this agreement is due FRIDAY.
CoVid has slowed things way down, so we are still waiting on the paperwork on our latest opportunity.
We were told, "It is basically a done deal, just waiting for the paperwork to be filed." I'll post once it is final. Maybe next week or early the following?
I think this describes what this one has been like with the election and CoVid. We are trusting God to guide our footsteps in the middle of so much uncertainty.
Thank you to all who have been praying for our family. May the Lord abundantly bless you for the prayers you lift on our behalf.
Friday, November 20, 2020
Thursday, November 19, 2020
11/18: They survived surgery. "I want to thank everyone for all the prayers and support. We are so blessed to still have them with us. Its going to take lots of work and prayers to get my brother and his son through it all. Once again thank you all from the bottom of my heart."
11/14: Long time friends of mine have family members in surgery right now. They were in a bad car accident (Franklin, I believe) last night. My friend is asking that we pray for their survival. Thank you to all who pray for my friends.
Caleb, my 19 year old third born son, woke me with 7-11 coffee, a Chick-Fil-A cookie, pictures of a beautiful sunrise...
and his story of excitement in the night.
Last night, Caleb was awoken to what sounded like anguished human screaming!
He followed the sound to where we hold our trash and saw a "kitten" frantically swimming in a barrel trashcan. Reacting quickly to the urgent need, he quickly grabbed the "kitten" intending to take it inside by the woodstove to dry and warm it...only to realize he had a young raccoon in his grasp!!! He quickly let it go before it could bite him.
Caleb was half awake, so I am glad he dropped it BEFORE he brought it inside our home. Can you imagine?!
Clint had heard the frantic screaming and thought it was one of our younger girls. He had arrived just in time to look out a window and see Caleb pick up the raccoon and drop it.
Unfortunately for the baby raccoon, it landed back in the trashcan!
Caleb kicked over the trashcan and set the poor little coon free. It was very confused and walked up and down our deck stairs going back and forth past Caleb a few times before going under our house to dry off.
The masked baby was not there this morning, so we know it survived.
Because we have lost a kitten to a rain filled trashcan in the past, I drill holes in the bottom of our trashcans. This barrel trashcan was a recent addition by a family member. I was not aware of the new trashcan or the raccoons, so last night happened.
See, if our cans are not placed in their designated area, rain water comes off of a building's roof and fills the cans. They can't be set off to the side, care must be given to put them their proper spot. Life is so busy, sometimes we forget proper placement, and the rain fills them. To eliminate the risk of another fuzzy friend drowning, I drilled the holes.
A bag of trash was floating on the water in the trashcan, so the danger was concealed from the raccoon. Finding himself in a world of trouble, the pitiful creature cried out for help. Our loving God sent Caleb to the rescue.
When we do not give proper placement to God and His instructions, there are serious consequences. We need to remember that situations are not always as they appear, and be wary of traps laid for us by the enemy in this world full of trials and tribulations. We have to fight our fleshly desires, and submit to God's way for us to live.
Thankfully, even when we get our selves in trouble, God hears and responds to us just as He did to the raccoon last night. "Are you not of more value than they?" Mathew 6:26b
As I gently remind my dearest one and my seven joys of where to place the trashcans, I will be praying for myself, my family, and you too, Dear Reader, to keep God and His Word as our life's focus. Let us not wait until we are in dire straights to call out to the Lord. Let's acknowledge Him all along our way and ask Him to direct our paths. My love to all.
Wednesday, November 18, 2020
11/18: I apologize for not updating sooner. Life has been even busier than normal. I also did a number on my neck, shoulder, and chest muscles.
While somethings are improved, she is out of breath a lot and is very tired. Her daughter is having to travel back and forth a lot to help them still. The valve issue may be growing worse. Her watchman procedure and possible valve repair is scheduled for Dec. 10th. They are trying to get it done sooner if an opening presents itself. Oh, she also found out the diabetes meds she has been taking for 7 years now were not necessary. Even though a previous doctor told her she did, she doesn't have diabetes. Just so you know, it is really hard to not inject my opinions on some of these updates.
10/29: Her pain has continued to increase from the RA flare which has probably been brought on by the stress on her body. She was unable to get into a wheelchair. They gave her steroids which made it so she could walk again. The steroids are a Band-Aid approach. She has two doctors appointments in early November. She gets an iron IV on the 5th and has an appt with the rheumatologist on the 6th. Thank you to all who are praying along.
10/21: They are suppose to get the test results today at 3. Please keep praying.
Update: There is no other explanation for it!
GOD DID IT!
All of the numbers that have been off for two years straight (leading to hospital stays, numerous tests, iv infusions, and blood transfusions) are now NORMAL! That also includes her blood pressure!!! She is off of the blood pressure meds for the first time in many years!!!
The bone marrow test came back noncancerous! The oncologist they met with today is openly Christian with openly Christian nurses. Wonderful experience!
GOD IS GOOD!!!
She still needs the watchman procedure and heart valve repair. She will see an RA specialist to work on that. The doctor told her she will improve. "We will get you straight!"
In the last 4-5 days, her RA has flared up really bad. The doctor said it was due to the extreme stress she has been under. She will see an RA (rheumatoid arthritis) specialist to work on that.
THANK YOU to all who have been praying for our dear friends.
THEY THANK YOU AS WELL!
PRAISE THE LORD!
10/20: They are suppose to get the results tomorrow or Thursday. So many of our friends are being hit hard right now.
10/18: I was asked for an update. This is directly from the family: "She is not doing well at all. She is sleeping most of the time. Please keep praying. They are very anxious about the test results." Thank you to all who are praying along.
10/14: The results were not given yesterday as they had been told. They now want her to wait until the 22nd to get them by going to an office. They do not plan on giving her any care until after then. Here's the thing. When she left the hospital, her hemoglobin was 8.1. Level 7 is when they give a transfusion. It will not be but a couple of days before she needs a transfusion again. She can not walk unassisted, her thinking is not normal, and her speech patterns are off. She is sleeping a lot. She is unable to eat more than a few bites a day due to pain and nausea. She has to have someone with her 24/7.
I don't believe I've shared this: The problems she's having with the hemoglobin level go back to a botched surgery she had two years ago. She has never been able to sustain her hemoglobin levels since then. No one until now has looked to see why. Last week, the doctor in the hospital found blood in her stool and wants to do the pill camera procedure. That was supposed to be done in the hospital before she left. Didn't happen.
The doctor who nearly killed her left quietly to another practice. Her family has asked her to go to another hospital, but she has people she has relationships with in this one. She is not one you can easily persuade.
This lady calls Clint and I her "children," and we are so very concerned for her well being. I've known her since I was a toddler. Clint's known her since he met me in 1985. She's loved by many. Please keep praying for her health. Please pray for the whole family.
Avoid the H @ Chesapeake. Far too many bad stories from that location.
10/12: While I have been getting daily updates, I have not had time to share. Life has been very busy. She was sent home Sunday despite being told she would stay in the hospital until at least Tuesday. The family was shocked because she is so weak she can barely walk. She can walk a few steps and has to rest against a wall or sit down.
10/9: The pain is when she eats is back, but it is not as intense. The hospital was trying to send her home which really upset her family, but her doctor insisted she stay. The doctor feels it is not good to send her home as weak as she is. The doctor looked at her records and learned she has been bleeding since before August but no one has looked to find out why. A "camera pill" is going to be given to her to help figure out why she is losing blood. They did find blood in her stool once she was able to have a bm. She was not able to eat enough to have one for a long time. The family needs a lot of prayer right now. Thank you to those who are following and praying.
10/8: She is so lethargic and weak; they are giving her a blood transfusion as I type this. This is a "band-aid" until they can figure out what it going on. Some test results may be back tomorrow. The main results they want to see are due back on Tuesday. Update: She ended up getting 2 pints which took 5-6 hours.
10/6: She had bone marrow taken today. She was told it would be extremely painful even with the twilight anesthesia, but she felt nothing! Praise God! Some things have improved, but there is a lot of concern about her low WBC. Please keep praying.
10/5: Thank you to those who have checked in regarding this well known and very dear friend from our hometown. There isn't much of an update. She is about the same as she was a few days ago. Her magnesium and potassium levels have improved and she can eat without pain. They tested her last week to see why her WBC was so low. Still no results. Maybe today?? She was scheduled and taken down for a procedure yesterday, but they returned her to her room because she was not off of one of her medications long enough. It is a bit crazy and a little scary too. Her family is understandably frustrated.
9/30 9:30 a.m.: She has been admitted with extremely dangerously low potassium and magnesium. She has been on IVs getting both, and there is some improvement already. There was a bit of a battle with a rude nurse over her husband being allowed to be with her. After three hours of trying to reason that his wife is too weak and incoherent to be left alone, he just walked to her room to keep an eye on things. Security did not try to stop him, so he able to make sure this hospital does not fail to give her adequate care yet again. If they would have proceeded with the surgery as the surgeon wanted, she likely would have died from the added stress on her body.
9/30 8:00 a.m.: The family tried to have her seen by a doctor and even asked if she could be admitted to the hospital. They were ignored. Her husband later again expressed concern regarding her condition and the surgery they wanted to do on Tuesday, but they told him they would proceed. However, the procedure did not happen. Her husband called her GP and told her what was going on. GP told her to go into the office on Tuesday (yesterday). She was taken from a doctor's office straight to the ER by ambulance. I am waiting for an update. Her husband estimates she had lost a total of 35-45 pounds. She has been unable to eat more than a cup or two of yogurt or something similar a day for weeks due to the pain and vomiting. She can barely sit up, needs help bathing, can only walk 2-3 steps at at a time before she is out of breath, etc. Neither the ultrasound or CAT scan have shown any blockages or etc. Please keep her and her family in prayer. Please pray over the situation with the doctors.
9/21: She had the CAT scan and was sent home. They were not told when the results will be given. She has started vomiting due to the severity of the pain. She has lost 25 pounds in two weeks. She needs continuous help due to the pain. The family has requested she be admitted to the hospital, but she was sent home. Please keep praying.
9/20: A very good family friend, a matriarch from our hometown, is in extreme pain. She has undergone some tests, but the doctors have not found a cause for the pain. Tonight, it is quite severe. There is a CAT scan tomorrow. Please pray they find the cause and are able to address this pain. Her daughter just texted me asking for prayer because the pain has ramped up.
Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
"Poor!" the preacher said. "Poor! Do you mean broke? You're still empty, still searching.
"Broke!" he exclaimed. "Or do you mean broken? The losses in your life have left you broken."
Then the preacher said, "Welcome home, friend. God has been waiting for you. He wants a personal relationship with you. He said so right here in this book"--the preacher held up the Bible--"and he's been saying it all along. You just couldn't hear him." A Warrior's Faith by Robert Vera
I am glad I know of Ryan's story and his relationship with and impact on the author, Robert Vera. Robert tells the story of Ryan Job in a straightforward conversational manner. I often felt like he was sitting across from me imparting the lessons he learned about the amazing life Ryan Job lived. This book was recommended by a friend whose loved one has a traumatic brain injury. She also derived a lot from the book. This book reinforces that very bad things happen to very good people but by the grace of God they can be victorious and can lead a life that inspires and encourages others. Our suffering only limits us if we allow it to damage our attitude.
Tuesday, November 17, 2020
Sunday, November 15, 2020
Friday, November 13, 2020
Clint has been contacted by many recruiters over the past few years.
This time it is to see if he would be interested in a job at Acesur in Suffolk, VA. Acesur is an olive oil company that is based in Spain and has been family owned since 1840.
Because it is an hour and fifteen minutes away, we'd have to relocate which is another consideration. While moving is not something we are eager to do, we are open to the Lord's leading and provision.
We are prayerfully waiting to see if the company can at least match his present income and benefits. The recruiter he spoke with sounded very optimistic.
There is also a 5BR 2BA home we can stay in (free) for a few months during the transition.
Lots happening in our lives! It's a very good, very busy season!
Here's another canning question I was asked today. I think I've addressed this in the blog before. With the many new canners out there, I figured I'd post it again.
I've been through FEMA disasters: floods, fires, and hurricanes. When the power goes out long enough, the freezer assets are lost. We've had different companies for our home owner's during these events. Contrary to what many friends told me, our home owner's did not cover lost food in the freezer ANY of those times. However, my pressure canned foods were still good to go!
Pressure canned items do not need cooking, just reheating which is quicker, saves electricity (or fuel).
My husband and children like having Mom's healthy, prepared "fast food" on the shelf to grab and go to work or for a quick meal which saves time and money. It also keeps them eating healthier options. It's rewarding for me too. I can't tell you how warm and fuzzy it made me feel to see Amanda drop by, head to the pantry, grab a jar of my "Wendy's chili," pop it open as she sat down in front of me, and eat it straight out of the jar without heating because she had been craving Mom's cooking!
Storing food on the shelf costs me nothing except space,* while the freezer continues to run increasing the costs of my food investment. I use to have three of the largest upright freezers available (large family, grow a lot of our own meats and veggies) plus two side by side refrigerators. I reduced my power bill by eliminating two freezers and put more money into canning. I have one large freezer now and use it to hold food until I am ready to can.
Canning, pressure canning and water bathing, for me is not seasonal. It do it as the jars empty. My philosophy is that empty jars are small investments that are not working for me. They aren't filled with meals and are taking up space that could be used in a better way. My job as manager of my home is to make things work for the best of our family.
*I think of space as "inside real estate." You only have so much and need to make it work for the best of your family.
The how-to's of gardening, livestock raising, child rearing, food preservation and more were not passed down to me, so I had to learn how to do everything on my own including pressure canning. I SAW some of those things being done and had to help with a few of them like weeding a garden, but the instructions of how, why, when were not shared.
The info on the internet was sparse when I was a younger woman wanting to learn, so I bought Carla Emyr's book Encyclopedia of Country Living as a place to start. I still have it today. A lot of things, I learned through experimentation. I just tried and learned along the way. Now, it is so much easier to learn by asking others on the internet.
Take the leap, Darlene! You will be surprised how very easy and safe pressure canning is! Once you master that, it will give you courage to gain new skills and try other things. Skills can never be taken from you and are so very worth the time it takes to learn them!
Thursday, November 12, 2020
Wednesday, November 11, 2020
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Tuesday, November 10, 2020
I am hearing a lot of discouragement, fear, and anger. I am being asked if I am scared, and what I think is going on, and what I think will happen.
- I am in a state of peace and have no fear. I believe we are and have been fighting good vs evil in irregular warfare for a long, long time now.
- I believe God is on His throne and in control, so we have no need to fear the future.
- We do need to walk circumspectly, in obedience to His Word, and be united with other Christians.
- I am actually excited because prayers I have lifted for my nation look like they may be answered soon. Darkness is being revealed. God has risen up soldiers to fight it. Christian, these are good things. We should rejoice and join in the battle in any manner we can.`
No matter what side we believe we should support, we can be united in praying continually and fervently that those who are fighting for what is right will prevail. Jesus Christ is and always will be the only answer. As my family has seen over the last few years, HE is the starting place for true and lasting unity. It is true love for Him that pulls people together where pride and sin pushes and keeps people apart.
The Parable of the Fig Tree
No One Knows the Day or Hour
Monday, November 09, 2020
Sunday, November 08, 2020
Friday, November 06, 2020
"We see that God is firmly in control of history and of the nations and rulers that, from our human point of view, determine history. God establishes governments, determines who will govern and for how long, rules in the councils of state, causes officials to make both wise and foolish decisions, grants victory or defeat in war, and uses ungodly nations to carry out His will…
Thursday, November 05, 2020
Not at all.
Pay attention. Take it all in. Respond with your intellect, not emotions. It's going to get interesting. Pray hard for our nation. Pray very hard.
FYI, I was told to anticipate the internet and cell phones to go down. I do not know enough to say if it will or won't, but I was advised to back up my data offline. I did.
Love to all!
This was shared with me a little while ago. It's an interesting theory about the election: https://twitter.com/WarClandestine/status/1324265430521962497?s=01
I am so thankful for my husband. Clint has a tremendous responsibility on him between work, home, friends, and business. He has so many people looking to him. Clint bears it all with patience and a great attitude. He is a loving and dedicated husband and a fantastic father. He gives his all at work and comes home to lend a hand to our neighbors before fixing an issue around the house. He is often on his feet from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. He is incredible and asks so little for himself! I am blessed!
Wednesday, November 04, 2020
Those paying attention over the last few years knew:
The election will be legally contested.
Doubt will be infused into the heart of the populace over the outcome.
Riots have been planned.
If you haven't figured out the kind of battle we are fighting and what is at stake, ask God to open your mind and heart to the truth of what is going on behind the scenes.
GOD IS IN CONTROL!
This battle will be fought on our knees.
Monday, November 02, 2020
Dear Reader, I hope you took me seriously. Trouble is ahead. A military friend said, "There no chance at all that things will stay peaceful."
This video was sent to me by a Facebook friend and is worth a watch and prayerful consideration. Title: Violent Takeover Plans Exposed
The single and utmost important way we can prepare is to prepare spiritually.
If you have not been redeemed by the blood of Jesus unto the Father, I encourage you to seek the Lord while you still can.
Warrior Steven Curtis Chapman
I see the smoke on the horizonI feel my heart pounding in my chest
I hear the war raging all around me
And somehow I feel like I was born for this
I can taste the fear, but I choose courage
As I raise my shield and lift my sword
And I fall on my knees and I fight like a warrior
I am a warrior on my knees
I call on the Name of the One Who is Conqueror
I'm more than a conqueror when I believe
The enemy trembles every time
'Cause he knows the battle is no longer mine
When I fall on my knees and I fight like a warrior, like a warrior, oh, oh, oh
We are the Warriors when we are on our knees
The enemy trembles...
We will fall on our knees and fight like a warrior
We are the Warriors on our knees
We call on the Name of the One Who is Conqueror
We're more than conquerors when we believe
The enemy trembles every time
'Cause he knows the battle isn't yours or mine
When we fall on our knees and fight like a warrior, like a warrior
We are warriors on our knees
We are the warriors, we are Warriors, we are Warriors on our knees
Sunday, November 01, 2020
- As we walked out to lead them in prayer and to light the fire, Clint and I felt like celebrities when we heard people whispering and asking "Is that C-Dawg and Mama Asbell? I think that's them. Is that them? That's them! That's them!" Then someone yelled, "HEY C-DAWG!!"
- We never had that many people come before. The front yard was packed with cars!
- Many asked if we could do it again for New Year's. (No. Maybe in late winter, early spring when it is warmer. Yes, again next fall, if the Lord wills.)
- It was quite a few people's first time to a bonfire, first time making smores, and first time cooking over a campfire. We are thankful we could provide that opportunity.
- We taught another person how to make fire with magnesium and a flint striker. It gave me joy to see how determined he was to succeed at that skill.
Saturday, October 31, 2020
Friday, October 30, 2020
If Samson could slay 1000 Philistines with only the jawbone of an ass,
think of what God could do with a complete ass.
-St. John Vianney
Dear Reader, This made me chuckle and also reminded me that God uses what others toss away. I hope it encourages you to know God is able "to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think."
“Forgiveness is the fragrance the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it.” -Mark Twain
Dear Reader, Regrettably, we've all been heels that have crushed others at some point in our lives. As Christians, we should become committed to trying to be the pleasant fragrance of the violet.
Thursday, October 29, 2020
Those of you who are evangelistically minded, please pray for Brandon who will be addressing the people in attendance of the bonfire with a few words and prayer. Brandon will stand in for Clint until Clint can get home from work. Ask the Lord to speak through both of them into the hearts of those who need salvation or encouragement. Thank you!
Katherine has been enjoying the time with her father which is every other weekend. Since her mother can't drive due to her mental illness, his in-laws are bringing her to his house. So far, it has been peaceful. K. is trying to get the records from the therapist he is paying for for his legal team to review, but the mother is attempting to block it. The lawyer said that is a normal tactic, and that it will not work. They will be able to get the records eventually. The next custody hearing is in December. Thank you to those who are praying along.
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For those driving further, if you get lost or have car trouble,
call C-Dawg for help.
C-Dawg and Mama Asbell
Brandon will be leading us in Clint's place.
Thursday, October 22, 2020
"Many who accept Christianity have no clue that as soon as they do, they're enlisted in a conflict. A conflict that rages every second of every day. One that competes for our heart, mind, and soul. To fully live the Christian adventure, we have to turn off the TV, stop living in denial, and refuse to participate in the tit for tat, one upmanship lifestyle that society demands we should engage. Christians are called to act differently from their past and differently in response to others." A Warrior's Faith by Robert Vera