Tuesday, July 29, 2014

landed


For all who have been asking,
The plane on top of the bookcases has landed 
permanently.

How fitting after a 42 year career in the
United States Air Force
that a plane
should hold a prominent place in our home.
I know it is quirky...
a little different from my norm,
but,
that's me.
I like to shake things up a little bit.

I am thankful tonight for forgiveness,
for unmerited grace,
for no condemnation,
and for the unconditional love of my Savior
Jesus Christ.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

love this, baby girl.....


Lucy took this picture on our dolphin cruise,
We all were amazed!
She was sitting in the back corner of the boat
when this guy started surfing the wake.
He came up right beside her.

I think we have another budding
photographer.
She got so excited when she saw what she had gotten.

We are going to get Erika to send this off to a really good print shop,
and then I will have it framed for her.
I think we will photoshop out the marker sign.

There is nothing like being out on a boat in the salt water
speeding along and taking in God's wonders.
God has been very kind 
to let me live near the coast for most of my life.
Salt Air ~ Its in my blood.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

chosen to pray and tell others about Jesus


"The greatest evangelists this world has ever known 
have been men 
who have believed in
 the sovereign free election of God.
Let us not forget that!

*(Election essentially means that God chooses us
rather than us choosing God)

Two of the greatest evangelists that England ever produced have been
 George Whitfield and Charles Haddon Spurgeon,
 and they both preached and believed in
 unconditional election.

They said that no man is saved
 unless God has chosen him and set him apart for Himself.
(The doctrine of Romans 9)
Yet,
they were indefatigable evangelists,
urging men and women
 to believe in the Lord Jesus Christ.

The same can be said of others in other countries.....
Howell Harris and Daniel Rowland in Wales,
Jonathan Edwards in America,
Samuel Davies, the writer of many hymns,
and David Brainerd,
 who evangelized the Indians.

All these men held this high doctrine of election,
but they were untiring in their 
evangelism 
and their praying.

But here is another interesting thing.....
The founders of the great missionary enterprise,
the modern missionary movements,
were all men who held to this high doctrine of Romans 9.

William Carey believed that if someone was saved 
it was the purpose of God, 
and yet he was in so many senses 
the father 
of the modern missionary movement."

Martyn L. Jones
Romans ~ Saving Faith

The sovereignty of God
and prayer and evangelism go hand in hand.
He knows ~ I don't.

God told us to pray.
He also told us to tell others about Jesus.
All He asks of us is to obey.

Friday, July 25, 2014

grammies just wanna have fun


We were over at Hilton Head.
It was January......
freezing cold.
I had just slid down that sliding board.

Erika snapped the picture.
She calls it
"The perfect landing.
as I said,

Grammies just wanna have fun!


Thursday, July 24, 2014

dolphin magic


Lucy and I along with Trish and Nathan
took a two hour boat cruise
on the
Savannah River this afternoon.

It was an incredible ride!
We saw so many dolphins playing and swimming
in the water right outside of the boat.

I am always amazed to see God's creation
in the wild doing their magic.
This one was surfing in the wake of the boat.

Lucy got an even better picture
on her camera
of a dolphin racing along.

Thankful tonight to have been on the river,
in the salt air having fun
with friends.


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

house party


There is one thing Bubba and I never have....
a dull moment.

Yesterday,
Erika had gone to get Gus.
She met her parents half way to retrieve
that sweet little fella.
Harry B went with her.

David stayed home with Archie,
who is in his second week
after major surgery.
Lu had stayed home to
entertain the little patient.

Just like that their air conditioner fizzled out.
Now in Savannah, at the end of July,
one cannot even breathe without
conditioned air.

So they bundled Archie in the car
and came out here to our house
where mercifully
we still had air.

In the meantime,
Bubba and I got sheets on all the beds,
I did a quick bathroom touch up,
 he ran to the grocery store to get party supplies,
and we were ready.

Friends, it became a regular house party here.
Lucy helped me water the flowers.
She got soaking wet.
We had ice cream sundaes
while the men watched the Braves game.
There were people in beds everywhere.....
 A large amount of whooping and hollering was going on.

Erika, Harry, and Gus joined us late, 
when they got home from the road trip.
We hadn't seen Gus in almost two weeks....
there was much rejoicing over him.
He marched in the door and said,
"Hey Grammy...
Where's Granddaddy?"
That made Bubba's day!

I love impromptu house parties.
They are the absolute best!

I love the picture!
I love folk art!
I want to go to a house party like that!
That's Bubba and I sitting by the stream....
Amanda in the red polka dot dress.
Erika and David have their feet in the stream,
and Mark is toasting the dancers.
The kids are all in the house
except for Jake,
who is standing by the stream.
We are all drinking
lemonade.

*Archie survived.
They got the air back very late this afternoon.

Monday, July 21, 2014

just saying "hi" tonight


I am unusually tired this evening.
After cleaning all four bathrooms from top to bottom,
and working out in water aerobics
I am beat.

I will leave you with this poem...
Lucy quoted it to me
and I remembered it from my school teaching days.
It is by Shel Silverstein
from
A Light in the Attic

"There are too many kids in this tub,
Too many elbows to scrub.
I just washed a behind that I'm sure wasn't mine,
there are too many kids in this tub."

Lucy and I can laugh like there's no tomorrow.

I like the picture above.
I don't know why,
I just like it.
I think it is because Jake & Eli are in it.

Thanking God tonight for humor,
for somebody to laugh with,
for the love of our grandchildren.