Hello folks. Well, it looks and feels like chili weather today. In fact, I plan for Gary and me to have a big bowl of hot chili for our evening meal. I decided to cook up enough chili for leftovers because it is supposed to be cool and rainy for most of this week. We shouldn’t complain because we need the rain.
The church service at Red Bank began with hymns led by Gary Lirley. He also gave the morning welcome to members and guest and dismissed everyone to their respective Sunday school class.
The Worship service music was led by Jake Hampton. Brother Lauren greeted everyone and announced that the Praise service would take place that evening. Prayer request was for Jerry and Jeane Huff and Lynn Clayton and family. Eloise Hallmark presented gifts to all the mothers that were present. She also had special gifts for the oldest and youngest mother and one for the mother with the most children. Eloise called out my name as probably the oldest mother to receive a gift. I said, “Oh, surely there is someone here older than I.” After being convinced that I had, indeed, celebrated more birthdays than the other mothers, I accepted the gift. Actually, Maxine Lirley would have been the gift’s recipient had she been there that day. Tattie Maggard received a gift for the youngest mother and Laurie Page received a gift for the mother with the most children.
Brother Lauren brought the morning message from Genesis 12: 11-14. In these scriptures we read how Abram was faced with an overwhelming task of rescuing his nephew, Lot, and all that was his from those that had captured them, along with Sodom and Gomorrah, the land that Lot had chosen to live in. By dividing his forces against them by night, Abram not only was able to bring Lot, all his goods, women and others back, he even gained the full respect of the King of Sodom and Gomorrah and was blessed by Melchizedek, the King of Salem, who was the priest of God Most High. Brother Lauren related to us, by way of these scriptures, that like Abram, God does expect each of us to, wisely, use the resources that He gives us when we face a problem that seems bigger than we are. Four main resources that God wants us to draw from are: No. 1: Realize that we are not alone. No. 2: Devise a plan and secure the training needed. No. 3: Gather allies around us to help. No. 4: Call upon our faith and belief in God’s willingness to use his awesome power to provide the help we need. When we, as Christians, put on the full armor of God by girding our waist with truth; by putting on the breastplate of righteousness; by making sure that our feet are shod with the gospel of peace; by taking with us the shield of faith to quench all fiery darts of the wicked one who has attacked us; by putting on the helmet of salvation and carrying the sword of the spirit; and by praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, then victory is sure to be ours (Ephesians 6: 11-18). Jesus promised in Matthew 28:20 that He would be with us always, even to the end of the age. King David gives us assurance of God’s power in Psalm, 27. Read it. It will do your heart good.
The Praise service was a complete joy. The special music offered was spirit-filled and beautiful to the ear. Everyone enjoyed the food and fellowship after the service.
Having breakfast with Maxine Lirley on Mother’s Day was her son, James Lirley. They also enjoyed a Sunday school class together. Also visiting with her that day was her daughter, Jeane Huff. Gary and I also visited with Maxine that day and were privileged to attend the Mother’s Day Tea with her that was hosted by the Healthcare Center. Maxine was showered with many cards and gifts that expressed the love and respect that the givers had for her part in their lives.
I had a wonderful Mother’s Day. Cards, special written poems, and phone calls came my way via our three children. On top of receiving gifts at church, I was surprised when my name was drawn at the Mother’s Day Tea for a beautiful, hanging basket of flowers. Gary and I stopped at Walmart before we left town and I was given a long stemmed rose by one of their staff, in honor of Mother’s Day. That really topped it all off.
Pam Shell reported a good turnout at the garage sale that was held at her house last weekend. Gary and I stopped in at the sale and found several good bargains.
That’s all the news for now. Take care and take heart that Jesus loves you and wants you to come to Him just as you are. He can take care of what you cannot handle by yourself. Put your trust in Him.