Thursday, July 31, 2008

Zachary what will you think of next?
Do you suppose he is double-jointed?
Makes me hurt just to see this.

Friday, July 18, 2008


For those of you who do not know Beth Moore, she is an outstanding
speaker and Bible teacher, and the author of several excellent Bible
studies. She and her husband of a number of year live in Texas and have two grown daughters. This is one of her experiences:

April 20, 2005, at the Airport in Knoxville , waiting to board the
plane, I had the Bible on my lap and was very intent upon what I was
doing. I'd had a marvelous morning with the Lord. I say this because I
want to tell you it is a scary thing to have the Spirit of God really
working in you. You could end up doing some things you never would have done otherwise. Life in the Spirit can be dangerous for a thousand reasons not the least of which is your ego.

I tried to keep from staring, but he was such a strange sight. Humped
over in a wheelchair, he was skin and bones, dressed in clothes that
obviously fit when he was at least twenty pounds heavier. His knees
protruded from his trousers, and his shoulders looked like the coat
hanger was still in his shirt. His hands looked like tangled masses of veins and bones.

The strangest part of him was his hair and nails. Stringy, gray hair
hung well over his shoulders and down part of his back. His fingernails
were long, clean but strangely out of place on an old man.

I looked down at my Bible as fast as I could, discomfort burning my face. As I tried to imagine what his story might have been, I found myself wondering if I'd just had a Howard Hughes sighting. Then, I remembered that he was dead. So this man in the impersonator maybe? Was a camera on us somewhere? There I sat; trying to concentrate on the Word to keep from being concerned about a thin slice of humanity served on a wheelchair only a few seats from me. All the while, my heart was growing more and more overwhelmed with a feeling for him.

Let's admit it. Curiosity is a heap more comfortable than true concern, and suddenly I was awash with aching emotion for this bizarre-looking old man. I had walked with God long enough to see the handwriting on the wall. I've learned that when I begin to feel what God feels, something so contrary to my natural feelings, something dramatic is bound to happen. And it may be embarrassing.

I immediately began to resist because I could feel God working on my spirit and I started arguing with God in my mind. "Oh, no, God, please, no." I looked up at the ceiling as if I could stare straight through it into heaven and said, "Don't make me witness to this man. Not right here and now. Please. I'll do anything. Put me on the same plane, but don't make me get up here and witness to this man in front of this gawking audience. Please, Lord!"

There I sat in the blue vinyl chair begging His Highness, "Please don't make me witness to this man. Not now. I'll do it on the plane." Then I heard it... "I don't want you to witness to him. I want you to brush his hair." The words were so clear, my heart leapt into my throat, and my thoughts spun like a top. Do I witness to the man or brush his hair? No-brainier. I looked straight back up at the ceiling and said, "God, as I live and breathe, I want you to know I am ready to witness to this man.

I'm on this Lord. I'm your girl! You've never seen a woman witness to a man faster in your life. What difference does it make if his hair is a mess if he is not redeemed? I am going to witness to this man." Again as clearly as I've ever heard an audible word, God seemed to write this statement across the wall of my mind. "That is not what I said, Beth. I don't want you to witness to him. I want you to go brush his hair."

I looked up at God and quipped, "I don't have a hairbrush. It's in my suitcase on the plane. How am I supposed to brush his hair without a hairbrush?" God was so insistent that I almost involuntarily began to walk toward him as these thoughts came to me from God's word: "I will thoroughly furnish you unto all good works." (2 Timothy 3:17)

I stumbled over to the wheelchair thinking I could use one myself. Even as I retell this story, my pulse quickens and I feel those same butterflies. I knelt down in front of the man and asked as demurely as possible, "Sir, may I have the pleasure of brushing your hair?"

He looked back at me and said, "What did you say?" "May I have the pleasure of brushing your hair?" To which he responded in volume ten, "Little lady, if you expect me to hear you, you're going to have to talk louder than that." At this point, I took a deep breath and blurted out, "SIR, MAY I HAVE THE PLEASURE OF BRUSHING YOUR HAIR?"

At which point every eye in the place darted right at me. I was the only thing in the room looking more peculiar than old Mr. Longlocks. Face crimson and forehead breaking out in a sweat, I watched him look up at me with absolute shock on his face, and say, "If you really want to." Are you kidding? Of course I didn't want to. But God didn't seem interested in my personal preference right about then. He pressed on my heart until I could utter the words, "Yes, sir, I would be pleased. But I have one little problem. I don't have a hairbrush." "I have one in my bag, "he responded.

I went around to the back of that wheelchair, and I got on my hands and knees and unzipped the stranger's old carry-on, hardly believing what I was doing. I stood up and started brushing the old man's hair. It was perfectly clean, but it was tangled and matted. I don't do many things well, but must admit I've had notable experience untangling knotted hair mothering two little girls. Like I'd done with either Amanda or Melissa in such a condition, I began brushing at the very bottom of the strands, remembering to take my time not to pull.

A miraculous thing happened to me as I started brushing that old man's hair. Everybody else in the room disappeared. There was no one alive for those moments except that old man and me. I brushed and I brushed and I brushed until every tangle was out of that hair I know this sounds so strange, but I've never felt that kind of love for another soul in my entire life. I believe with all my heart, I - for that few minutes - felt a portion of the very love of God. That He had overtaken my heart for a little while like someone renting a room and making Himself at home for a short while.

The emotions were so strong and so pure that I knew they had to be God's. His hair was finally as soft and smooth as an infant's. I slipped the brush back in the bag and went around the chair to face him. I got back down on my knees, put my hands on his knees and said, "Sir, do you know my Jesus?" He said, "Yes, I do." Well, that figures, I thought. He explained, "I've known Him since I married my bride. She wouldn't marry me until I got to know the Savior." He said, "You see, the problem is, I haven't seen my bride in months. I've had open-heart surgery, and she's been too ill to come see me. I was sitting here thinking to myself, what a mess I must be for my bride."

Only God knows how often He allows us to be part of a divine moment when we're completely unaware of the significance. This, on the other hand, was one of those rare encounters when I knew God had intervened in details only He could have known. It was a God moment, and I'll never forget it. Our time came to board, and we were not on the same plane. I was deeply ashamed of how I'd acted earlier and would have been so proud to have accompanied him on that aircraft. I still had a few minutes, and as I gathered my things to board, the airline hostess returned from the corridor, tears streaming down her cheeks. She said, "That old man's sitting on the plane, sobbing. Why did you do that? What made you do that?" I said, "Do you know Jesus? He can be the bossiest thing!" And we got to share.

I learned something about God that day. He knows if you're exhausted, you're hungry, you're serving in the wrong place or it is time to move on but you feel too responsible to budge. He knows if you're hurting or feeling rejected. He knows if you're sick or drowning under a wave of temptation. Or He knows if you just need your hair brushed. He sees you as an individual. Tell Him your need!

I got on my own flight, sobs choking my throat, wondering how many opportunities just like that one had I missed along the way. . . all because I didn't want people to think I was strange. God didn't send me to that old man. He sent that old man to me.

John 1:14 "The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We Have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth."

Life shouldn't be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body, but rather, to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly shouting, "Wow! What a ride! Thank You, Lord!" Don't tell God how big your troubles are - tell your troubles HOW BIG your GOD is!

Tuesday, July 15, 2008



Phillip, Luke, Steven, Jason, Merrie Beth, (holding) Aaron,
Timmy in front

The New Parsonage part 1

The new parsonage part 2


Monday, July 14, 2008

Even Captain Phil took a turn at the wheel. For more pictures of the the Ducks see

Jason with his Quacker
Monkeybuziness is in the Mall at Ottawa, Kansas. They had a huge place full of inflatable games and climbing toys like McDonald's has.
Luke sliding down the inflatable slide
Monkeybuziness even had a section for children 3 and under Aaron played in.

Timmy is swinging on the hanging swing.
Monday was a QUACK-tacular Day!
A duck is a vehicle that tours the streets of Branson and then has the ability to drive into the lake and cruise the lake. it is designed after the original WWII DUKW. Every passenger is given a quacker that looks like duck-lips so we can quack at other Ducks as they drive by.

We drove up on Knobber's Mountian and viewed the boat docks below.
Along the one-lane road up the Mountain we saw many privately owned army vehicles such as the one below.
The part that excited the children most was that after we were out in the lake they were each allowed to drive the Duck under Captain Lynette's watch.
Naomi had a quack-tastic time!

A Quiet Sunday

This is the auditorium where we watched a church group perform Smoke on the Mountain Saturday evening. On Sunday a family who travels in evangelism held Sunday worship service.... singing and sharing a devotional which we attended.
On the way back to our rooms we stopped at an over-view of the town of Branson. Their were some trails that the children thought was an adventure.
Back at the Motel we had a picnic lunch and then in extremely warm temperatures we baptised
the kids.
It was too warm I guess for anybody else to brave the sun so we enjoyed it .
The cutest little fishy in or out of the water
Pierce Arrow sang many gospel songs and gave a message of Salvation. Some of my favorites were I can Only Imagine and Spirit in the sky. Most of their singers or musicans once were part of other more familar groups such as Gaithers. A must see concert!

Playtime Pizza was a hit with the children. It included a hugh buffet with many items besides pizza and an indoor race track and 2 floors of games for all ages.

Fun 4 the kids

Bumper boats, they also road bumper cars and race cars but they went so fast it was difficult to get a good picture.
Steven bungee jumping
riding the horseys
Frog jumping contest before the outdoor drama called Shepherd of the Hills was performed
at the conclusion we enjoyed the Fireworks
War Memorial Museum

50 life-size soldiers storming the beach

Our little Soldiers
Steven (I'm in the Lord's Army)

Red Skelton Tribute Show

At the Mansion
We laughed, and laughed, and.....

First plane trip

We weren't sure how Naomi would respond to her ride but she was so excited and enjoyed it thoroughly. The stewardess gave her a First Flight certificate and her own pilot wings. At the end of her flight she was introduced to the Pilot and Co-Pilot.
Co-Pilot and Naomi
Naomi even sat in the Pilot's seat
NWA Pilot and Naomi

Thursday, July 03, 2008

Gone on Vacation
will return with pictures