This morning after receiving close to 10 inches of snow our family decided there would be no Church attendance for us. But thanks to FBHC in Frankfort, IN we were able to attend their services and then via the internet we traveled to Overland Park, KS and attended Church with the Church of God Holiness folk. Bro. Mowery spoke so well on having compassion on our brothers and sisters in Christ and showing Christ's love through our compassion. Bro. Peterson in Kansas spoke about "Watering Camels with a Smile." What faith it took for Rebecca to leave her home and family to travel far away to a land she had never been to marry a man she had never seen. What a exemplary woman as she went above and beyond the call as she not only offered Abraham's servant a drink then also offered to give his camels a drink also. We found out during prayer time that Phillip's brother, Mark was out of the country and would be returning tomorrow from Haiti. He and Bro. Poe have been ministering to souls in Haiti.
Well thanks to these 2 Churches we have no excuse for missing Church services in inclement weather.
Today as I thought about this New Year and all the fresh challenges of this coming year I was reminded that these challenges are NOT new to God. Nothing catches Him by surprise. God has already provided the Grace I need to meet those challenges and to grow in Christ. Now is not the time to fear and doubt but to trust God's Promises and cling more tightly to His unchanging hand. He has been faithful in the past and I am determined to trust Him with all my tomorrows. His Word assures me that He is the same yesterday, today, and forever more. Knowing that there are challenges and changes coming provides me with new opportunities to allow the Holy Spirit to guide and direct my path as I submit to His leadership. How silly of the creation to tell the Creator I will not be useful for the purpose you have designed for me. Why not offer ourselves as a living sacrifice and follow where ever He leads.....even if that means over some rocky uncharted terrain. God has trod the path before us and He desires the challenges to be helpful not harmful to us. May we all be Challenges to follow where He leads us!
Phil and I met in February of 1974 and were married in August of that year. We have 3 daughters, 1 son, 1 son-in-law and 1 daughter-in-law. We were blessed with 6 grandsons and 1 granddaughter. Our daughter, Naomi is a special needs young adult.
In our spare time we enjoy visiting our son & daughter-in-law in Kansas and attending the Marriage Retreat in the heart of Amish Country. I (Cathy) enjoy working in my flower beds and genealogy. The computer is a favorite pastime also for both of Phillip & I.