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!
I believe all of our regular HOMEKEEPERS viewers are aware that my “sidekick” in the kitchen, Stephanie, has challenged me to have all my Christmas gifts purchased and wrapped by the 2nd week in November. I’ll be working on that this weekend. . .looking forward to the wonderful season where we celebrate Jesus coming to the earth to save us. If you’re joining us in this early shopping, let us know. Much love, Arthelene
I just returned from my first real vacation in about 10 years. I took my daughter on a cruise with Bill and Gloria Gaither and about 1000 other Christians. We sailed through New England and parts of Canada for 7 days. The weather could not have been better and the seas were as smooth as glass. I doubt that I’ll let 10 years pass again before I take a break. By the way, the CTN Telethon begins on Monday, September 22nd. If you can help us, when you call, ask that your gift be designated for HOMEKEEPERS and it will be. God bless you.
Wow – since school has opened, no doubt the children are wondering. . “where has the summer gone”? I have a different question. . . “what happened to 2014”. I’ve never seen a year pass by so quickly. No matter, it’s vitally important that we pray for our schools, the students and teachers. This year I have 5 great grandchildren in school, one grandchild a high school senior and one in college. I pray for them each morning before I leave for the office. . . I call their names before the Lord and ask him to keep them safe and bless them mentally and academically and they will grow to be strong and might soldiers in the Army of the Lord. Question. . . . . if we do not pray for our own………..who will?
Friends, this has been an unusually busy summer and now the end is in sight. The “back to school sales” have begun. Our children and grandchildren are heading back to school in a few weeks. I’m gathering as much information as possible about the direction of our educational system, and it is most troubling. Watch for HOMEKEEPERS programs coming up soon on the subject of COMMON CORE. We have every right to be concerned. Pray, be informed, speak up and ask the Lord to direct the education of the children in your family.