Much love to all the HOMEKEEPERS viewers.
We are just hours away from my all-time favorite holiday. How wonderful that our nation declares a national holiday for the purpose of giving thanks. I’ll be going to my daughter’s home and celebrate with her, and her family. She’ll do most of the cooking, and I’ll complete shopping for my part this afternoon. Even in the most difficult times, we can find something for which to give thanks. GIVE THANKS WITH A GREATFUL HEART, GIVE THANKS TO THE HOLY ONE, GIVE THANKS BECAUSE HE’S GIVEN JESUS CHRIST, HIS SON.
Much love to all the HOMEKEEPERS viewers.
Earlier this month I had the privilege of a long (2 ½ hour) dinner with assorted family members. . . my children, their spouses, nieces, a nephew and sister . . . along with 2 adorable great grandchildren. Really, does earth offer anything better? We just didn’t want to break it up. It reminds me of the time when we will all be together again, including those who have gone on to heaven ahead of us and we’ll never have to “break up”. It also reminds me of how it seems that every evil force possible is trying to destroy our earthly families. That is the reason for HOMEKEEPERS. Thanks for your support.
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.
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