We’re at the half-way point this summer and I hope it’s a good one for you so far. I enjoyed the most memorable July 4th. . . ever. I drove to see my son, Pastor Michael Rippy, to watch their neighborhood parade, featuring 6 of my 8 great grandchildren. It was a throwback to the July 4th celebrations of my childhood. I watched children of all ages on their bikes and tricycles with the “red, white, and blue” everywhere and it was accompanied by a Motorcycle Policeman and a big fire truck. The real bonus for the weekend was attending my son’s church, Evangel Church, Montgomery, Alabama. . . . hearing him preach. . . . and watching him baptize 3 of my “greats”. It just doesn’t get better than that.
10 years ago, I taped a program with a couple of young mothers, my daughter, Meredith Coffman and Diana Burgess, her best friend from High School. At that time Meredith had just finished cancer surgery and chemo and Diana was recovering from a plane crash. Recently, I’ve had Meredith and Diana back to do a show 10 years later. There were tears shed in the studio as they recalled the faithfulness of God and the steadfast, caring love of their Godly husbands. Many years ago, Andrea Crouch wrote. . . . . . . . “I thank God for the mountains, and I thank Him for the valleys, I thank Him for the storms He’s brought me through. For if I never had a problem, I’d never know that He could solve them, I’d never learn what faith in God could do. Thru it all, thru it all, I’ve learned to trust in Jesus, I’ve learned to trust in God. Thru it all, thru it all, I’ve learned to depend upon His word”.
I prefer to write “upbeat” messages, however it’s so disturbing to know that ISIS has reached our land, they’re not just “over there” anymore. . . . but then I remember to whom I belong. This old, old song describes it perfectly.
"When the storms of life are raging, stand by me, when this world is tossing me, like a ship upon the sea, Thou who rules the wind and water, stand by me.
In the midst of tribulation, stand by me, when the hosts of hell assail, and my strength begins to fail, Thou who never lost a battle, stand by me.
When I’m growing old and feeble, stand by me, when my life becomes a burden, and I’m nearing chilly Jordan, oh Thou Lily of the Valley, STAND BY ME."
I don’t know about you, but the older I get there seems to be a stronger and stronger inclination to step aside from whatever I’m doing . . . to PRAY. It’s wonderful to know that nothing is too small to gain our Father’s attention. I pray for my family every morning, calling each name before the throne of God. I figure, “if I don’t. . . . who will”? They’re definitely my responsibility. At times I can still hear my Grandmother singing, as she worked around her house, “oh what peace we often forfeit, oh what needless pain we bear. . . all because we do not carry EVERYTHING to God in prayer”.
Wow, I’ve been out of the office most of the week and its tough getting caught up. How easy it is to get caught up in what we “DO”, and I’m a main offender, however, my sister, Sharon, was here from California, and I determined that anything at my office could wait. We did nothing spectacular, however strolling on Beach Drive was fun. The weather was flawless and she captured some good pictures of friendly pelicans which were immediately posted on Facebook. We then had a chance to drop by the home of my grandson and his wife, Jordan and Kristen and hold his two precious daughters. . . . . and of course as sisters do, we enjoyed long, leisurely lunches. None of the above will make the evening news, but I’ll treasure those hours. . . . . FOREVER!!
I’m back in the office after being gone for several days to attend the ONE HOPE CELEBRATION. Most HOMEKEEPERS viewers have seen the founders of the ministry, Bob Hoskins, wife Hazel and son, Rob Hoskins. The days were filled with speakers from all over the world telling what the Lord is doing through this one-of-a-kind ministry. . . . enough funds were raised to take the Gospel through the printed page, apps, and film to more than 90 million children and youth around the world in 2015. I’m so happy to report this to you, because the GOOD NEWS seldom gets through.
Oh boy – since we’re back to the regular work schedule and the kids have returned to school, the holidays seem to be in the distant past. I’m so thankful that the Lord is very present in what Gloria Gaither termed – the “daily days”. Yes He can be counted on as a “very present help” in the sameness and routine of life. I thank Him for that.
What a wonderful holiday season this has been. Beginning with Thanksgiving, I was privileged to be with my entire family, children, in-law children, grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. That’s right – all of us together enjoying a Thanksgiving feast. Now that Christmas is past, I have sense of anticipation for this New Year. How thankful I am that I serve a God of “new beginnings”. The Scripture tells is that His mercies are new “EVERY” morning. That’s right, if each day is a “new” beginning, just think of the possibilities of a BRAND NEW YEAR. HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL OF OUR HOMKEEPERS FRIENDS!
I just returned from Alabama where I enjoyed the best ever Thanksgiving. My son, daughter & their spouses, plus all grandchildren and spouses and 8 great grandchildren were seated at tables in the living room and dining area of my son’s home. I just can’t tell you how wonderful it was and how rare to get that many loved ones together. A big plus was the fact that I was not allowed in the kitchen. My daughter, daughter-in-law, and a couple of granddaughters pulled off a wonderful meal. It seems that the TURKEY TORCH has been passed to a new generation. . . . PTL, PTL!
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