Hand of GOD
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Friday, September 13, 2019

September 13, 2019. Eureka Springs, AR. In The Morning When I Rise

September 13, 2019. Eureka Springs, AR. In The Morning, When I Rise

The morning has always been special to me. I have always been an early riser and it was the best time for me to do whatever was my "thing" at that particular time of life. I read, wrote, ran, bicycled, studied, prayed, planned, relaxed.......best in the morning.
Karen and I attended a Fernando Ortega event in Fort Collins, Colorado soon after I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior in 1999, and one of the songs he sang that night popped into my mind this morning, as I rose. (Link below) A simple song with simple words, a piano and a cello, no fancy lighting or production elements......just Jesus and Him alone...the foundation and strength we need for this life and the next.
Karen spent nearly four months in Fort Collins, returning yesterday to our Arkansas home and what is the start of a new season for us. Our years together in Colorado are a memory.....a good memory. Our house there has a new owner and I pray it will provide good memories for him and all who live or visit there. But, it was time for us to "move on" and how that will play out......we can only plan....pray....hope....and wait on God.
As I wrote three days ago, may what lies ahead for all of us "be inviting and exciting". We trust in God and the plans He has for us. The Ministry of Miles rolls on......or stays put. When the cloud moves, we move: when the cloud stays put, we stay put. Simple. THANK YOU JESUS.......THANK YOU LORD.

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Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Sunrise in the Ozarks

      As I get back into my wogging, the quiet of the morning, the beautiful colors and the many blessings of God come into clearer focus and the hope for what is to come becomes more inviting and exciting.  Thank You, Lord.

Saturday, September 7, 2019

September 7, 2019. Eureka Springs, AR. Endurance Ministry

There was a time when I looked at people with Type-A personalities and marveled at how much they could do in a short period of time and how good they were at what they did. It never dawned on me that I might be a Type-A, as well. as far as how much I could do, not necessarily how well I was doing it.
Whether it was education, music. sports, drama, church ministry or just being able to go for hours and hours on end, I guess God blessed me with endurance, strength, stamina, persistence, the ability to withstand pain and monotony, boredom and repetitive action. And, this was even before I realized it was His strength, not mine which was the power which drove me. Our ministry activity the past twenty years, both mine and Karen's have to be considered "endurance ministry". We have said yes to a lot of requests.
Long days, working when physically and emotionally exhausted, doing what others didn't want to, or couldn't, do has been standard operation procedure for both of us. It's not meant to sound boastful or braggadocio, it's what others say about us. We're not spring chickens any longer, and it may be time for us to step back a little, assess our list of activities and realize that rest, renewal, training our replacements and saying "no" more often may be in the cards for the immediate future.
We'll see what happens. God may have other plans for us and then, I guess it may be.......Yes, Lord. We'll see.......Stay tuned .

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Wednesday, September 4, 2019

September 4, 2019. Eureka Springs, AR. On The Wog Again?

I didn't sleep very long last night, but when I woke up, I began my quiet time routine and as I finished, the sun was beginning to brighten the eastern sky. Something prompted me to put on a pair of running shorts, my old wogging shoes and a tank top and out I went into the comfortable morning air, to walk and jog (wog) for about an hour. It has been quite a while since I felt the urge to do this and, I must say, it was a very pleasant hour.
I haven't been cleaning the amphitheater the morning after the Play, so no walking the stairs as I have in the past, and I have not had a consistent "cardio" routine for a long time, so it surprised me that I went out with the intent to wog, and I was surprised even more at how good I felt when I finished. After a while taking care of financial matters associated with our recent house sale, I spent the rest of the morning weed-whacking the amphitheater and then led a Holy Land Tour, went to a Bible Study and feel very relaxed and "unstiff" from my active day.
Does this mean a return to my three or so wogs per week routine? I don't know, but I'll let you know in a few weeks. I've found out recently that when I'm prompted to do something, have a question which pops into my mind, or asked something I have no answer for, I need to act on the matter and seek God's direction for me and the possible answer to the question.
Is the cloud about to move for us? I don't know.........but I'll let you know...........

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Sunday, September 1, 2019

September 1, 2019. Eureka Springs, AR. Stay The Course

I just read about a 96 year old man in Brazil who has worked for the same company for over 81 years. It used to be the norm that people would get a job as a teenager or after they graduated high school or college and remain in that job until they reached retirement age. In the days of the "family farm" many children stayed on the farm and "worked it" their entire life, never doing anything else, never venturing out into new fields, so to speak.
Most of the people I know have bounced around, changed jobs, lived in different places and been very mobile or nomadic. I would certainly fit into this category. There are any number,of reasons why I have changed jobs, moved, pursued new interests and some of those reasons were: boredom, lack of ability, impatience, stubbornness, didn't fit in, got fired, quit, injured, didn't like the boss, the boss didn't like me, too hot, too cold, wanted a physical challenge, curious, needed a change of scenery.......
Karen and I have been through a lot in our 45 plus years together and it has been a crazy journey. As we enter a new "houseless" period of our life, we are "on the fence" as to our future, but I think we are agreed that it's not our decision alone to make. Yes, we have two votes in the matter, but the vote that really counts is The One which REALLY matters. The final vote may be ONE to two, with the ONE winning, but I think the vote will be unanimous. God has it all figured out and we just need to listen........be obedient...........and Stay The Course. Thank You, Lord

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