Saturday, December 22, 2012

Where Has the Time Gone!

The LORD taketh pleasure in them that fear him, in those that hope in his mercy.  Psalms 147:11 
 
I have NO clue where the time went from Thanksgiving till today.  Well, I guess I do!  My husband and our pastor, Pastor Peslak, returned from their trip to India and Randy brought a little "friend" home!  He landed on Wednesday, November 28, and by Thursday afternoon he was quite sick with fever and a multitude of other symptoms.  On Sunday morning, I knew that he was going to have to go to the Emergency Room.  Off we went to the VA hospital.  Praise the Lord it was not busy.  There were only two patients.  Within 30 minutes they had Randy hooked up to IV fluids, IV antibiotics, and taken blood and other samples.  Five and a half hours later we departed and Randy was doing much better.  It still took over a week and two different antibiotics for him to regain some of the weight he lost and his strength.
 
That is the extent of the "bad" news!  The trip to India was rewarding for all involved.  The people at Chil Chil Baptist College were so welcoming and hospitable.  I am so excited about getting to visit them in the future.  Please pray for the Christians of Northeast India, Bhutan, Nepal, China, Bangladesh, and Burma.  They need literature, training, help with church planting, and encouragement to keep going despite the many difficult obstacles the devil tries to put in their way.  Their hard work, devotion to the Lord, and tenacity, are a testimony to Christians around the World!
 
Randy with National Missionaries

Randy preaching with Interrupter!

Staff of Chil Chil

Pastor and Mrs. Wijunamai 

Wijunamai Sons
 

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!

 
Psalms 147:7  Sing unto the LORD with thanksgiving; sing praise upon the harp unto our God:
 
It is hard to believe that a whole year has passed since last we focused on being thankful!  I know many of you won't appreciate this, but I hate how Christmas now starts in September!!!  I feel like we have become a culture that takes its blessings for granted and would rather skip the part about being grateful to our creator God for all that He has supplied throughout the year.
 
Today I want to focus on my many blessings!  Thank you, Jesus for my salvation.  Thank you that you first loved me and gave yourself for me!  You are the GREATEST giver!  Thank you, Father, for my wonderful husband who is today in India serving you!  Thank you for airplanes that will bring him back to us next Wednesday.  I ask that you use him this week to accomplish your purpose.  Thank you for my children!  I love them so much and am grateful that you gave me a baren womb, but not a baren home!  Thank you for my parents.  They showed me a set of values that have helped me through life.  Thank you for their love.  Thank you for my in-laws, who raised a son that is a wonderful husband, father, and most importantly, a servant.  Thank you for my siblings and my husband's siblings.  Thank you specifically for my sister Gwen.  When you took Mom to Heaven, you strengthened our relationship!  Thank you for my many friends, but today especially for my dear friend Sue. She keeps me focused on what is important, YOU!!
 
Thank you for allowing us to serve you these many years.  Thank you for White Oak Baptist Church, our new place to serve.  Thank you for the love the people have shown to us!  Thank you for this opportunity in India.  May we be responsible with it.
 
Thank you for the many material things you provide for us.  Things we need and things we don't need, but want.  You are truly a Great God!!
 
Hotel view in Rhode Island
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Our first snow!!!
 

Saturday, November 3, 2012

A Wild Journey With "Sandy"!



 
This week brought many challenges into our lives! The largest one was Hurricane Sandy!! I thought that when we left Okinawa and moved to New England that our days of high wind worries were over. We battened down the hatches, filled our larder, and prepared ourselves to sit cozy inside our 100 year old house for the storm to finish its destruction.
 
At about 7 PM Monday night (winds were pretty fierce and many of our friends had already lost power) our Asst. Pastor - Brother Levine texted and asked if he could come over and print something out. He arrived in a flurry of wind and I noticed that it was a paper to give to the hospital when his wife Krista went into labor. As he prepared to depart, I asked him if Krista was in labor. He told us that she had been having pretty regular contractions. We had a discussion about how to get them to the hospital in the storm and it was decided that we would take them in our SUV as it would be higher off the ground, heavier, and just an all around better vehicle for getting to Yale/New Haven Hospital.
 
Forty-Five minutes later the phone ring and our household went into action. The Levines only live 1/2 mile away and that was a pretty easy drive. The ride to the hospital was a totally different story! The leaves were about a foot thick and there were actually snowplows out on the road to push trees and debris out of the middle of the road. Randy was driving quite fast as he has never had to take a laboring woman to the hospital. He was driving as if she was going to have the baby any second. I explained that he could slow down as it would probably be tomorrow morning before the baby was born. Randy breathed a sigh of relief and slowed down as he dodged another branch. Just about five minutes later we came to two very large pine trees that had come down across the road.  Randy had to drive over the tips of the trees to pass on the road.  Finally we arrived and Krista Levine was indeed in labor.  My husband went home about 1 AM to check on the house, on the dogs, and to get some sleep. 
 
Six Thirty arrived on Tuesday morning, October 30, and so did our beautiful little Kyarra Belle weighing in at 8lbs 5 oz and 20 inches long.  Praise the Lord for safety, health, and a wonderful bundle of joy!  The Levines have asked us to be the adoptive grandparents.  Christa is an Auntie and we are Grandma and Grandpa!  We couldn’t be happier.
 
We never lost power at our house.  The church electricity came on just last night.  Some of our friends are still without power or phone service.  There are many that need help and encouragement.  Please pray for New England as they work through the trials of this journey with a hurricane.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Birthday, little Sister!!

GWEN

Gwen came to Okinawa during my chemo.
 
My "baby" sister turns 50 today!!!  I must tell you all that she surely does NOT look it or act it (sometimes we wish she would).  I pray she is having a GREAT day, although she has to work.  I wish I were there in Florida with her to take her to dinner and make a cake, but alas the Lord has not allowed it!  One of the great things about my sister is that she has never charged God for putting my husband and I in the ministry.  She has never whined or complained that we have had to live far apart from one another all these years.  She is always happy at the time we get to spend together.  Thank you, Gwen for being a sister that understands.  I love you and welcome to my decade!! 

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Three Years Past!

  And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.  Philippians 4:7
 
My dear friend, Kathi, who is also a survivor! She started the journey first
and then she and her husband helped us when our journey began.  This picture was taken
at a conference the end of July 2012.
It just seemed to appear three years ago as I prepared for bed one evening.  A lump.  I told my husband I thought I should have it checked out.  Sunday night I met with the ladies of our church and told them that I was headed to the doctor in the morning so please be praying, but also working as we had a missions conference fast approaching and there were many preperations to be cared for.  My husband and I went to the clinic the next morning and after a couple of hours both the doctor and the radiologist were certain that what I feared was true.  Thus began my "love affair" with the hospital!  It seemed we were always there and yet always still waiting for answers.  I knew the same as I know I am saved, that the Lord was there.  I could feel and see His hand in everything that happened the Fall of 2009.  Our guest speakers and missionaries arrived and the clouds of concern had to be pushed aside to think about a greater purpose...the lost in sin around the world.  God knows how to fill our minds with other things while we wait!  I thank Him for giving me things to do.  His timing for the waiting was perfect.  He knows my flesh and my mind.  He knows that even though He tells us NOT to worry, my flesh wins and worry becomes my platform.  However, my busyness carried me through and allowed me to enjoy the speakers and guests.  After the conference, there was more doctor visits, surgery, chemo, oral meds, nausea, nausea, nausea....and here we are 3 years later!  Whew what a ride that was!!
 
Today I sit at my computer with my hair replaced, my chemo weight gain gone, and part of my mind back!  My latest tests still show No Evidence of Disease!!  Whoo Hoo!!!  I am off the aromasin for now and trying a natural remedy for blocking aromatasse (something that feeds my cancer).  My pain level decreases slowly, which can be frustrating, but boy has my energy level increased!  Hallelujah!!!  Please be praying that the natural medicine will do the job.  I did much praying, researching, and talking to survivors using the natural meds.  I believe that I am on the right path.  However, lest anyone think that I will be mad if it doesn't, I am stating that God is NOT on trial in my life.  He has done so much and given me so much that if He decides that cancer should revisit my body, I will continue to praise Him!  I know God makes NO mistakes!!
 
Well, we are off to several meetings!  May you have a wonderful Fall!  Remember to take time to enjoy the beautiful world we live in!  Don't miss the journey!

Saturday, August 18, 2012

The Norton Family


Please pray for Mrs. Joshua Norton and her 5 children.  A little under two weeks ago, Br. Norton passed away at his home in the Czech Republic where he and his family served as missionaries.  Mrs. Norton and the children flew back this last Wednesday after a memorial service at the church there.  Today is the funeral for Br. Norton.  Here are the details as given by his brother who is a missionary in Italy:

"I wanted to give everyone an update before we leave for the funeral of my brother Joshua in the US.  The funeral will be held at the Calvary Baptist Church in Turner Maine.  The address is: 20 N. Main St., Turner, ME 04282.  Phone number is: (207) 225-2237.  The web page is: www.cbcturner.org.   The funeral service will take place on Saturday August 18th with a viewing starting at 1:00 PM with the service starting at 2:00 PM.  The internment will be on Monday August 20th at 1:00 PM at the Maine Veterans Memorial located at 163 Mount Vernon Rd., Augusta ME 04330.  For help with directions you can call the cemetery: (207)287-3481 or look check the webpage: www.mevetscemetery.org.  We know that many especially in Europe will not be able to attend the service.  The service will be streamed live for those who cannot attend in person.  On the day of the funeral service you can go to the churches webpage.  Click on the red banner announcing the funeral of Joshua Norton and follow the instructions or link." 

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Continue to Pray

Mrs. Brenda Cox will be seeing a different surgeon tomorrow.  Please continue to pray as they seek the Lord's will.

Please Pray for My Friend, Mrs. Brenda Cox

Please pray for a dear friend of mine that has helped many ladies and especially missionary ladies around the world, Mrs. Brenda Cox.  Today she will see a surgeon about an 11 CM mass near her spleen.  Thank you in advance.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Take A Lot On the Trip!


John 14:1-6  Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know. Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way? Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
In February, we took a trip out to Connecticut, now our home.  The trip had a definite purpose.  We had prayed and fasted asking the Lord to make our short trip profitable in our search for a place to live.  We had asked the Lord to make it crystal clear where we should rent.  On Friday we arrived and Saturday we looked at the first house….Not for us!  The realtor said that we could see homes on Sunday that would probably be gone on Monday.  My husband said that Sunday was the Lord’s Day and that we would not look again until Monday.  We sent him a list of 12 houses we wanted to see.
On Monday, we met with the realtor, but as he predicted 8 of the 12 homes were already rented.  That left just four to look at.  I knew the Lord was narrowing our choices.  We only had a week to find a place and if we had too many choices, it would make it more difficult to know which the Lord’s choice was.  The first house was VERY small and really not ready to be rented.  On to the second, another very small one and very expensive!  The third home was on New Haven Avenue.  As soon as I walked in I knew it was the one.  The one we had prayed about, the one the Lord wanted us to live in (the one my furniture would fit it!).  I took Randy aside and told him, “This is it!”  He said that the realtor had one more for us to look at and he felt that we should be courteous to him and see it.  I reluctantly relented and off we went to the last house.  The realtor pulled into the driveway and there were people outside.  They told us that the house was already rented, but they hadn’t notified the realtor!  It was as if the Lord shone a spotlight on just the right place.  His path was plain!  Psalms 27:11  Teach me thy way, O LORD, and lead me in a plain path, because of mine enemies.  
We arrived back in Ohio the next week knowing exactly where we were going to be living in our new state!  As we packed and planned, we measured the furniture to see which room would be Christa’s or ours.  Also, where would the home office be set up and which desk would go there?  Would Randy’s bookshelves fit into the new office at the church?  So many questions, but since we already knew the layout and measurements of the new house and church office, it was so much easier to decide what would go where. 
My dear friend, Val, flew out to Ohio and helped us the last few days and then she and I took turns driving our car to Connecticut.  As we drove, we listened to the Hutson Sister’s CD “Glad Reunion Day”.  They recorded the CD soon after their father went to Heaven.  One of the songs has Dr. Curtis Hutson and his wife singing.  Before they sing, the CD has several clips from one of his sermons on Heaven.  It is my favorite.  I love to hear his voice say, “Let not your heart be troubled.”  He is of course, quoting our Saviour Jesus Christ.

“’Let not your heart be troubled.’  You can take a lot on the trip if you know what’s at the end.”  Dr. Curtis Hutson
I started thinking about how much easier this move was than when we landed back in the US.  This time we knew where we were going to put our furniture.  As we packed for the move to Connecticut, I sorted through the many things that have accumulated over the last 30 years of marriage.  There were things that I hadn’t used in a long time and things that were never going to fit into the new house.  We gave these things away and kept the many things that would be a help in our new residence and Randy’s new job.  We KNEW what was at the end of our trip on March 21, 2012.

Someday, I am going to take another “trip”.  I too know where I am going!  I KNOW what is at the end!  I know what is important to take along and what should be left behind.  What’s important and what’s not!
“Heaven is an actual real place…  You know we’re going someplace.  I know they say we’re just imagining it, but the longer I live the more real it gets to me.  They say, well everybody has to have a little something to encourage them on.  This is not a little something.  This is a solid fact.  There’s a real Heaven.”  Dr. Curtis Hutson

HALLELUJAH
Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

Friend, Jesus IS the only way.  He said it, not me.  Won’t you take time to come to Jesus?  See yourself as He sees you, a sinner in need of a Saviour.  He wants you to be able to take the trip to Heaven, but the choice is yours.  He doesn’t force anyone.
What are you taking on your journey??  What’s at the end of your trip?  The choice is yours.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

May Prayer Letter


Dear Praying Pastors & Friends,                                 
 March found us packing up once again. We had a successful move to Connecticut and are now settled in our “new” home (built in 1911) and busy travelling and scheduling meetings for our new ministry. Our journeys took us to 4 meetings in April. At one of the churches in Ohio, we are rejoicing that their faith promise doubled from last year. Praise the Lord for using us to see 8 saved, 1 baptized, and many at the altar making decisions for world missions! 

Kelly had her first appointment with the oncologist at the VA Hospital here in New Haven. She reiterated that Kelly has a “poor prognosis” and that we are reaching the critical time for recurrence. We have a Great Physician and we ask that you please continue to pray with us for complete healing.  
  
Kelly and I are thankful for our supporting churches which have chosen to continue to partner with us in our new ministry. We are excited to see pastors and churches here in New England already taking an interest in the opportunity to reach the “unreached people groups” of the world through our ministry with FirstBible. Jesus commanded us to, “…Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields;…”  
  
A POINT TO PONDER: What do the following people groups, though some are separated by 1000’s of miles, have in common: Urdu, Rito, Hakha Chin, Farsi, Thadou, Chakma, Zotung, and Boro?  
  1. They all are part of the “10/40 Window”, an area of the world that stretches from Western Africa to the Philippines between the 10° and 40° Latitude lines.
  2. They are part of the 85% of the world’s languages which DO NOT have a Bible… yet. 
  3. These are the current Bible projects underway that we are raising funds for at this time.  
Do you support a missionary in one of these countries? Would you pray and consider adopting one of these language groups to pray for and give financially to that they could have a Bible in their own tongue? God’s people working together can make this happen. We are available to come and present one of these projects to your church. If we do not do something about this great need, who will?
  
Looking at the teeming billions without the Gospel can be a bit overwhelming, I agree, but our Saviour Jesus Christ gave us a command to “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” So here is our opportunity to believe our God for what seems impossible.
  
We are rejoicing about the most recent projects finished by FirstBible which include: 
  1. Nepali Bible – Was dedicated and presented to the Nepali people on May 2nd by Dr. Keen.
  2. Burmese Bible – Type reset of the Judson Bible; 20,000 Bibles, 70,000 New Testaments; one million John & Romans finished.
  3. Greek Thessaloniki project – 500 whole Bibles and 100,000 Gospels of John completed. 30,000 Greek New Testaments are being bound at this time. $10,000 is still needed to fund the shipping of this container.
  4. For more project details, including those listed here, go to the project section of our website. 

Please pray for continued access to these people groups and the funding for the translation and publishing of Scriptures. Please pray for us as we strive to make this ministry opportunity known here in New England and that more churches will get involved with us in reaching “the uttermost”. Your support of our family is important to us as it enables us to “get the word out”, which by God’s grace will affect potentially billions.
That All May Know Him,


Randy Johnson


Friday, May 18, 2012

New York City

What a wonderful Mother's Day Weekend we had!  My Madrasta, Netta flew into Laguardia on Friday.  Saturday was our Mother/Daughter Luncheon at the church.  On Sunday, we had wonderful preaching by our pastor, Br. Mike Peslak.  My family gave me a beautiful pink jacket and my dear friend Val gave me a shirt and the bling to go with the jacket!!  Monday we were off to see New York City.  I realized that I still don't have the stamina I used to have!  It took me nearly 3 days to recover.

The luncheon was so much fun and Christa and I had a great time entertaining the ladies.  I sang "Senior Favorite Things"; Christa and I sang, "I Saw Jesus In You"; then my darling daughter and I did a fun skit about a Southren Pic-i-nic!  The food was fabulous and prepared by a fantastic lady in our church, Claudia!  She knows how to do a party!  Our pastor's wife, Patty, was the perfect hostess and I loved the presentations she put together of famous missionary wives!  Mrs. Kelly Beck, pastor's wife from Groton was our special speaker.  She spoke on "Attitudes" (ouch!)

What can I say about New York except, BUSY!  I am so blessed that the Lord has not required me to live in a city that is so hectic!  It was fun to visit, but I wouldn't want to live there.  We visited Ground Zero and I couldn't help but think as I watched all the people pass by in a hurry to get somewhere, do any of them stop as they walk by and remember the day that was so horrible in our country?  Do they ever stop and think and pray for the many families left behind to grieve?  Do we ever stop to think about those around us that are hurting and grieving everyday?

I enjoyed the journey the Lord had for me this week.  What about you?  Are you missing the journey trying to get to your destination?  Maybe you are enjoying the journey so much that you fail to think about the TRUE fact that there is a final destination coming.  Are we ready for that destination?  I believe Jesus is coming soon!!  Here is a link that will explain more.


Enjoy the pictures!
Our Pastor's Wife

Christa, Netta, Kelly










Skit

Singing

Ms. Beck and daughters


New York City


Netta, Val, Christian, Kelly, Christa
Lady Liberty from Empire SB

Family


Dearest Val and I

Where's the Christmas Tree??

Ground Zero and the new Freedom Tower

Times Square

The LOVE of my life!!!


Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Downsizing

Whoever thinks that moving gets easier each time has never walked in my shoes!!!  This will the 28th move in my short 51 1/2 years!  The older I get, the more exhausting it seems.  It is a wonderful time to get rid of things that you don't use anymore.  We took 3 loads over to the Salvation Army this week.  There was no trash in what we took and all of it was usable.  The problem is that I have too much "stuff"!  God has blessed me so much and I have want of no material possession, no matter what the media ads try to tell me. 

Downsizing my physical possessions got me to thinking and pondering about my emotional, mental, and spiritual "stuff" I need to clean out.  In my time with the Lord today, He identified a few things that I need to leave in the trash bin when we move.  I mean there is no sense in taking these to the Salvation Army!  Nobody else should have these either.  On my list are hurt feelings, sadness, a defeated spirit, and fear.  Everyone's list is probably different, but I have a feeling that most of us struggle with the same things:

Colossians 3:8  But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth.

Even the Colossians in Paul's day struggled with these things!  In the verses before this one, Paul talks about what we call "BIG" sins!  Many Christians get stuck on those and think, "Well, nothing I have to worry about," and ignore verse 8.  Verse 8 lists things that you can hide from others, but the Lord still knows and so do you!

Different than my physical world which really lacks nothing, this passage in Colossians tell us things that we need more of:

Colossians 3:12-14  Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.  And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.

Wow!  This is a huge list and sometimes, much harder to accomplish.  In my own life, I work at putting on the things in vs. 12-14, and the things in vs 8 become easier to put off

Well, back to my packing, downsizing, and putting on!!!

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Our Love Story

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Three Decades!

Taken this last week.

Dr. Evans, our college president, always used to say, "Men aren't measured in years, but in decades."  What did over 3 decades bring to our lives?:

1st Decade:
Before we were married 5 years, we had buried my mother, my husbands grandparents, and adopted our son.  The next five years were relatively quiet.  During that time we adopted Christa, moved to Michigan, back to Florida, then we moved to Maine where we celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary.  I thought, "Smooth sailing from here.  Randy has a good career in the Navy, we have our children.  What else is there to do?" 

2nd Decade:
Hmph!  My husband was called to the mission field.  By the time we celebrated our 15th anniversay, we had gotten out of the Navy, moved to Indiana, graduated Bible college, and started missionary deputation!  What a fun whirlwind that was!! 

3rd Decade:
We celebrated our 20th anniversary in London for one night on the way back to our home in Portugal following our beloved pastor's Heaven going.  Just one month later, Randy was diagnosed with thyroid cancer that had spread to his lymph glands.  Randy had two surgeries and radioactive iodine treatment.  In 2001, Randy was treated for cancer, my father had a massive coronary and survived, and I was diagnosed with a benign bone tumor!  I was so glad when that year was over!  We enjoyed our 25th anniversary on the Big Island of Hawaii.  The 5 years prior had seen heartache and joy once again.  I had saliva gland tumor surgery, our son had gone to Heaven, and we had moved 15000 miles to Okinawa, Japan.  December 2009 I was diagnosed with breast cancer.  Surgery, chemo, and a move back to the States mark the years since that December.  My dear sweetheart cared for me, loved me, made me laugh, and sacrificed his "vision" for my health. 

4th Decade:
Wow!  I can't even imagine that!!  4 decades with my husband!!!!  The Lord has given my husband a new "vision", me healing, and a new place for us to serve!!  Not sure what this decade will hold, but if it is like the last three, we will have joy, heartache, mountain tops, and valleys.  I know the LORD will carry us through the times when it is too difficult to stand or walk.

Happy 31 Years of marriage, Randy!!! I can honestly say that I love you more today than I did when we first began. Only the LORD knew what would happen in those 31 years. Thank you for honoring the vows you took standing in front of your parent's fireplace in 1981.  It is a wonderful journey!! 

Saturday, February 18, 2012

What DOES My Husband Do All Day??


Someone else did these for other vocations, but I immediately thought of these pics for our job!!!!  I Love my husband and am so thankful that he is willing to do whatever the job calls for.  Sometimes it is preaching, praying, singing, driving, helping, serving, and sometimes we EVEN get to GOLF!!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Good Reports and Change!

Thank you, Al and Val!

I haven't done so well with this "Month of Love"!  We have been travelling and haven't had very good internet access.  Maybe next year.  Just so you know, I LOVE my husband more than ever and am so thankful for him and all he does to make my life easier!!

In November and December, I was having a little issue with weight loss.  I recently had a test and it ruled out cancer and ruled in diverticulitis.  This is much more manageable than if it had been cancer!  Hallelujah!!  Also, on February 2 I had a visit with my oncologist and everything looks great.  No sign of disease.  I still have the nodule and in June they will do a CAT scan to see if it has changed.  At that point, it will be a whole year past my infusions and we will know if it is something to be concerned about still.

Thank you to all for your prayers.  I NEVER take them for granted.

Now for the big news, we are moving to Connecticut.  Randy will be partnering with our home church, White Oak Baptist Church, and FirstBible.  He will be the New England representative for this wonderful mission.  We just returned from a trip that finalized the arrangements.  Dr. Keen, founder of FirstBible, has cleared everything and we are in the process of getting updated prayer cards and letterhead.  The people of White Oak have been a tremendous blessing to us.  I am excited about being able to be more active in our home church.  They have helped us secure a place to live and are helping to make the arrangements for our big move the end of March.

We will keep you posted.  If you would like to visit the website for FirstBible it is:

If you don't see us on there yet, no worries.  They are waiting for an updated picture which we are having taken this morning!!!

Well, that is my journey of late.  Praying that all of you are enjoying your journey also!

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Thankful That My Husband is a Christian!


As I think about Cherie's family saying goodbye, I am reminded of the verses:  1 Thessalonians 4:13-14  But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. 

I am so comforted by the fact that my husband is a child of The King!!  and that someday he will be in Heaven.  This world is NOT our home.  We're just passing through!!

Heaven's Sounding Sweeter All the Time


I love this song and the older I grow, the more real it becomes.  My friend Cherie Dye is now in Heaven with the Lord.  We are praying for the family during this bitter sweet time.

***This morning Heaven is a little nicer place. Cherie Dye is looking at the face of Jesus, and is in no more pain. We here on earth are in tears, but so thankful for Jesus and His sacrifice at Calvary, so we can have that blessed hope that we will see her again. Praying for her family.***

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

The Month of Love!

Randy and I on the cable car high above Zacatecas, Mexico!
Today I start my month of LOVE!!  This is my anniversary month and on the 19th we will celebrate 31 fantastic years together!!  Were they perfect?  I'll answer that with a question.  Are we perfect?  NOPE.  However, we know after 31 years that two people need not be perfect to have a wonderful marriage.  There is a lot of forgiveness, giving the benefit of the doubt, trust, and responsibility that go into a strong marriage.  This month I am going to share everyday something that I am thankful for in my marriage. MARRIAGE is a wonderful thing!! 

The most IMPORTANT part of our marriage is that we have a SAVIOUR that is strong enough for the both of us.  Years ago we read the verse in Ecclesiates 4:12 that says:  And if one prevail against him, two shall withstand him; and a threefold cord is not quickly broken. We determined that the LORD would be the third person in our marriage.  Many times my husband and I were both broken, but the LORD held strong!  Hallelujah!

Today I am thankful for a husband that enjoys doing things with me.  He has his friends, but he chooses to spend time with me doing things we both like to do. 
Randy and I in Furnas
Cooking in the volcano!

My favorite spot in the Azores that was quite a drive, but Randy always made sure that every few months he would take me there for a picnic and family time.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Old Friends

Kelly and Amy

In our travels this month we have been in Florida and Georgia so far.  On Saturday we head to North Carolina.  While in Florida we had a great time with my Randy's family and my sister and nephew!  We also got to see the Arthur family in Florida!  We haven't seen them in 2 1/2 years.  We met Ellie when she was a baby, but had never been introduced to Hannah.  It is such a joy to see and reconnect with old friends.

We are enjoying the journey on the way to our destination!  How about you?

Friday, January 6, 2012

Please Pray for God's Grace for the Dye Family

Here is an update on my dear friend, Cherie Dye.  Her husband is a pastor in Battle Creek, Michigan.  They have a daughter that is married and has a child.  Two more daughters are in college and they have a son that is still in high school.  Please pray for Grace as Cherie takes her final journey.  Pray for rest, it is sometimes very difficult to sleep like you should when going through a trial like this.  Pray that the Love of the Lord would surround them.

These updates are from someone in their church:

Update from earlier this week:  She had three seizures last week apparently from the brain tumors. Last night she was taken to the emergency room with severe jaundice and a racing heart. She was released at 3:30 a.m. this morning and is back home. She can have no more chemo, because we nearly lost her three weeks ago after the first one. Her white blood count dropped extremely low, she had several mini strokes, her body filled with infection, and her kidneys began shutting down. In answer to prayer, the Lord turned the kidney failure around, but part of a kidney was permanently damaged. She was hospitalized briefly after the first seizure. The family has been urged to get a hospice involved, because they can provide so much more help than the visiting nurse can.

Update from this morning: Pastor Dye has had to make the hard decision to bring hospice in for her. We all knew it was coming, but still it is discouraging. She is pretty much bed ridden at this point. Family and church family are going to start helping some with her care. Pastor Dye's sister Colleen will be here tomorrow to stay for a few days. Please pray that we all can and will be a blessing. Thank you for your continued prayers.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

My Wonderful Hubby


On Monday we were able to stop in Jacksonville and have lunch with my sister and my nephew at Chick-fil-a!  One of our favorite restaurants!!  While we were there we started talking about one of the first pictures of Randy and I.  We were in Cornwall, England, with the Navy and we shared a shake with two straws.  I can't find that pic!  Anyway, my nephew clicked a picture of us for posterity sharing a chocolate Chick-Fil-A shake!  MMMMmmmmmmmmmmm!!

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

My Dear Friend, Hope!



What a wonderful blessing I had on Sunday evening!  Two years ago when I was diagnosed with my breast cancer, the Lord sent me a new special lady to be my friend.  The day I had my surgery, she had her annual mammogram and she discovered that she had cancer also.  Praise the Lord that two years later we are both doing wonderfully!!!

As we travelled to Florida to do some meetings and see our family, we realized that we would be passing close to where Hope lives.  We made plans to surprise her at church, but didn't tell anyone.  It was so much fun to see the dawning realization on her face when it came to her who I was!  We recognized each other right away from the pictures, but she just couldn't put it together that I was standing in front of her!  You could tell that Hope had really been praying for me and had really asked people to pray for me.  As soon as I said my name, many of them knew who I was and were so happy to meet me.

Hope, thank you for being my friend.  Thank you for your love and kindness.  Thank you for your prayers and never ceasing.  I love you!