WAFJ Tribute

Friday, September 30, 2005

Prayer Is Effective!

Thanks to everyone for the specific prayers concerning my back pain. I felt much better today, and enjoyed a full day of sight-seeing with Vicky. We had a 5:00 a.m. wakeup call this morning in order to drop off Candi at the airport for her flight back to South Carolina. After several flight delays and a missed connection in Atlanta, she finally made it safely home.

Vicky and I enjoyed driving around southern Oregon today and seeing the beautiful mountains. We took a short trip to nearby Ashland. It is a Shakespeare-themed town with theaters, parks, restaurants and shops. We had a great time strolling the quaint streets in downtown.

It was also great to hear from my dear friend, John Houser, this afternoon. He is one of my "sons in the Lord" and he pastors in Idaho. He called to encourage me and assure me of his prayers for my miracle.

Have a wonderful weekend. Remember me in your daily prayers as we wrap up our week-long vacation with the kids & grandkids. I love you!

Special Prayer Request

I have a special need for your prayers this weekend. I have been having back pain for a few weeks. This trip has aggravated my pain and discomfort to a very uncomfortable level. My pain meds are not helping much. Please pray that God gives me some relief so that I can enjoy the remainder of our vacation with the family. Also pray for Candi as she flies back to Augusta on Friday morning at 6:30 a.m. by herself. I love you!

Thursday, September 29, 2005

Last Day At The Beach

This morning we will leave the coast and return to Medford. We have enjoyed a wonderful, relaxing family retreat on the Oregon Coast with our family the past two days. We have especially enjoyed the uninterrupted time with our granddaughters. They are growing up too fast!

Last night we enjoyed a sunset dinner at an oceanfront restaurant to celebrate our final evening at the beach. The sunset was one of the most beautiful that I have ever witnessed. I have also really enjoyed the fantastic coffee here in the Pacific Northwest!

Early this morning I took a pre-dawn walk to the shore and saw lots of sea lions, and several deer. I am so thankful to the Lord for giving us the blessing of this very special trip. Thanks for your prayers. I love you!

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Redwood Country

Hi from the Oregon Coast! We left Medford yesterday in the early afternoon and traveled to Redwood Tree country in northern California. What a beautiful part of the USA, and a great reminder of the grandeur of our Creator!

Before leaving Medford, I enjoyed lunch with Ben and David Grinder, the senior pastor of Medford First Church of the Nazarene. Their church is growing rapidly and approaching the 1000 mark in attendance. It was nice to enjoy fellowship and exchange ideas concerning church growth strategies. I will look forward to worshipping with them this coming Sunday.

We have rented a nice cottage in Gold Beach, Oregon for the next couple of days. We will spend the time relaxing with the grandbabies and enjoying having our entire family together with no distractions.

I continue to feel good. Thanks for your prayers. I resumed my cancer medication today, and ask you to pray that my skin reaction will be mild. Have a great day. I love you!

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Tuesday In Oregon

Good Morning. Thanks for your prayers for our journey. It was a pretty trying trip, but God helped us. We had full airplanes, and several delays, but all-in-all we had a nice trip. We arrived in Oregon at 9:00 p.m. (pacific time)and were met at the airport by Ben & Rylee. We enjoyed a birthday party for Rylee (3) when we got to the house, and after some birthday cake we all headed to bed.

Today began early when Rylee creeped into my bedroom at 6:00 a.m. and crawled in bed with me. We were joined shortly by Vicky, Candi, Melody, and Karlee. Just like old times!! The skies are clear and blue today. After lunch we will drive to the Oregon coast to spend 2 nights in a cottage near the beach. I will send some pretty pictures.

I am doing well physically. Although the flight was hard on me, I feel good after a nice overnight rest. My skin rash is covering only about 30% of my body, mostly back and chest, so I resumed my cancer treatment pill this morning. Hopefully I will tolerate it better this time.

Have a great day. I will send another update on Wednesday from the coast. I love you!

Monday, September 26, 2005

Oregon Bound

Another one of my dreams comes true today! Shortly we will board an airplane and travel to Medford, Oregon to visit with Ben & Melody, and our two granddaughters! We will spend an entire week with them. I will send daily updates and pictures during the week. Special thanks to a church member for making this trip possible!

We had another great Lord's Day at Midland Valley yesterday. God's Spirit was present in our services, and many found victory at our altars. God is good! Our bikers returned safely from North Carolina where they enjoyed a great Biker Sunday at Elon Nazarene. They also brought back some nice gifts for me! Thanks, Bikers!!

Please remember my family in prayer as we travel today. Pray especially that God will deliver me from the back spasms I am having today. My skin rash has mostly cleared up, so I will resume my cancer medication tomorrow. Thanks for caring, and for supporting us in prayer. I love you!

Saturday, September 24, 2005

Bikers to N.C.

Our Midland Valley Nazarene Bikers met early this morning for a weekend trip to Elon, North Carolina to attend their annual Biker Sunday. Last weekend, a group from Elon Nazarene attended our Biker Sunday event, and we promised to return the favor. Since I am preaching tomorrow, I was unable to accompany the 20 bikers from our church on this trip, but I met them and had prayer for them before they departed.

Please remember them in your prayers this weekend for safe travel, and for God's anointing on the church services. Join me in praying that many souls will come to know the love of Christ through this outreach event.

Thanks for your prayers on behalf of my healing. The skin rash caused by my new chemo is getting better, slowly. I hope to resume my cancer pills on Monday if the rash clears up. Have a great weekend. I will post another note on Monday morning. Thanks for your kind words of encouragement in my Guest Book! I love you!

Friday, September 23, 2005

Natural Disasters

Like many of you, I am watching with great interest the path of Hurricane Rita as she takes aim at the gulf coast this morning. It's hard to believe that yet another storm is poised to bring destruction and loss of life. I find myself breathing a prayer for Texas and Louisiana once again.

I was reading in Matthew this morning for my devotions. In Chapter 24, the disciples asked Jesus about the signs of his second coming. Among the things Jesus mentioned were natural disasters. Not just normal disasters, but significant ones. Isn't it interesting that in the past year we have experienced a tsunami, and two very active hurricane seasons with record breaking, powerful storms. Jesus said in verse 21, "then there will be great distress, unequaled from the beginning of the world until now, and never to be equaled again."

I'm not a brilliant scholar or theologian, and studying prophecy usually gives me a headache. But it seems to me that signs are pointing to the return of Christ. When? Only The Father knows for sure, but it could be very soon. How are you living life today? Are you ready for the return of Christ? Let's make whatever changes we need, and make sure our Number One priority is living to please God! Thanks for your prayers. Remember to pray for the people in TX & LA today. I love you!

Thursday, September 22, 2005

Receiving God's Everything

I am captured by the words of Paul when he says, “I’m off and running, and I’m not turning back. So let’s keep focused on that goal, those of us who want everything God has for us.” (Philippians 3:13 TMB)

Count me in! I want EVERYTHING that God has for me! Don’t you? Wouldn’t it be a shame to arrive in heaven, and discover that we only experienced HALF of God’s available blessings?

There is a catch, however. In order to experience everything God has for us, we must be willing to surrender our self-will so that He can work His plan for our life. It means we must trust Him. It means that we give Him permission to interrupt our lives with His surprises! We must recognize that He knows best. Too many Christians are living “below the poverty line” spiritually, because we are afraid to completely trust God. NOT ME! I want everything that He is offering! Thanks for praying. God is helping. I love you!

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Treatment Update

I had another treatment this afternoon. As you know, my 12-week scan results revealed that the status of my cancer had not changed, so my doctor switched chemo drugs in hopes of shrinking the tumors. The new drug is Tarceva, and is an oral pill that I take daily. One of the primary side effects is a skin rash on the face that resembles chicken pox. I have tolerated the pill well, but in the past few days the skin rash has become severe. When I went for my scheduled treatment today, they were concerned about the rash and took me off the pill for a few days and prescribed a topical cream to ease the rash. I was able to take my treatment of Avastin today, and I will await word from my doctor as to when I can resume my Tarceva pills.

I am very fatigued tonight, but after a good night's rest I will bounce back tomorrow and plan to work at the office for a few hours. Have a great night. Thanks for your prayers. I love you!

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

The Wrong Question

In times of tribulation and hardship, we often ask WHY. Why Lord? Why Me, Lord? Why now, Lord? That’s the wrong question. Do you believe the promise of Romans 8:28? (All things work together for GOOD to those who love God). If we believe that the circumstances that impact our life will work for our good, then we shouldn’t be asking WHY. The better question is WHERE!

God promises that He will “never leave or forsake” us. He promises that He will be with us in all things. He promises that He will be with us in the deep waters, and in the fire. So instead of WHY, we should be asking WHERE. Where are you, God, in this situation? What do you want to teach me? How do you want to use me? WHERE do you want to take me?

Remember, Faith is complete dependence and trust in God that is supernatural in its working. People of faith develop a unique kind of sight. They see more than just their circumstances; they see God IN their circumstances, walking right beside them!! Praise the Lord! Are you in the midst of a storm today? Open your eyes. Look around. God is right there with you!

Have a great day. Thanks for the prayers. I love you!

Monday, September 19, 2005

Living With Passion

What is passion? Webster defines as follows: “An object of affection or enthusiasm”. Zeal is another good word to describe passion. Our passion drives us, and motivates us. It gives us a reason to get out of bed each morning. Are you a passionate person?

The Apostle Paul was a man of passion! He was passionate about Jesus Christ. When he met Christ on the road to Damascus, he was forever changed. His testimony: “All the things I once thought were so important are gone from my life. Compared to the high privilege of knowing Christ Jesus as my Master, everything I once thought I had going for me is insignificant. I’ve dumped it all in the trash so that I could embrace Christ, and be embraced by Him.” (Philippians 3:7-8 TMB)

What is your passion? Work? Sports? Hobbies? Family? Where does Christ fit in? Paul had made Christ his Number One passion! Everything else came a distant second. Are your priorities in correct order as you begin this new week? Passion is a great motivator! Just make sure your passions include Jesus! Thanks for your prayers. I love you!

Saturday, September 17, 2005

Glad or Grumpy?

This morning, while having breakfast at a local “greasy spoon”, I overhead a conversation between a waitress and her customer. When asked about her weekend, she replied, “It’s not been too good, and I expect it to get worse”. I felt sorry for her. It sounded to me like she had already determined the outcome of her weekend!

Scripture reminds us, “This is the day the Lord has made. I will REJOICE and be GLAD in it.” Notice the words, I WILL. They indicate a choice. God made this day. He made this weekend. We have a choice to be grumpy, or to be glad. God desires that we rejoice!

When you get out of bed each day, your attitude can determine the course of your day. If you choose to be grumpy, your day will be a failure. If you choose to be glad, your day will be good regardless of the circumstances! Remember, true joy is housed deep in our hearts, and cannot be affected by our circumstances!

How is YOUR weekend going? Are you glad, or are you grumpy? The choice is yours! I choose to be glad! I love you!

Friday, September 16, 2005

Weary Road Warriors

We are back home in North Augusta this afternoon after two long days in the saddle! Thanks for your prayers concerning our safety. The weather was great, and we had a terrific time. You never know what breathtaking sights await around each turn in the road. Early this morning we caught this beautiful waterfall near Highlands, NC. What a sight!

Vicky and I usually travel with other bikers when we take overnight trips. In fact, we have a group trip planned for November to Dillard, Georgia. But occasionally it is nice to travel alone. We sure enjoyed spending two days of uninterrupted time together. God blessed us with a great mini-retreat in the mountains, and we are grateful!

I pray that you have a great weekend. I am excited about Sunday. I wonder what great things God has in store for us this week? Thanks for your continuing prayers! They are working! I love you!

Thursday, September 15, 2005

Fresh Mountain Air

I'm sorry to be so late posting my entry today. Early this morning Vicky & I packed the saddlebags and mounted the Harley for a ride to the mountains. The skies were sunny, the temperatures mild, and my health good, so we hit the road for Cherokee, NC. We had an awesome ride, although Vicky is chastising me for spending too many hours in the saddle! I am fine, but she is a little sore!

The mountains are beautiful this time of year. God's handiwork is evident around every turn. We stopped on two occasions to enjoy a mountain stream and also watched some rafters on the Chattooga River. I am rejoicing today in God's healing touch that has given me the strength to ride 5 hours on a motorcycle! Thanks for your prayers. We head back home tomorrow! I love you!

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Rise and Shine!

As I was driving into work this morning, listening to WAFJ 88.3, I heard the song “Rise & Shine”. It reminded me of days past when I would roust my daughters out of bed each morning for school with the same phrase. They didn’t like it much!

This morning, before daylight, I heard those same words spoken from the Lord. He told me to Rise & Shine. He invited me for a predawn walk outside. I was tempted to roll over and go back to sleep, but I quickly got up, got dressed in walking clothes, and headed out for a walk with God. We walked, and talked, and sang. (Poor neighbors!!) I rejoiced in His presence, and thanked Him for coming to me in the “cool of the day” and taking a walk with me.

He reminded me of several places in the Bible where He invited others to Rise & Shine. Adam & Eve in the Garden; Moses on the mountain; Lazarus in the tomb; Jesus on the Third Day!!

Nothing has changed! He is still calling out to His children, RISE & SHINE! Have you spent any time with God today? He is an early riser, and is looking for people who will take a walk with Him! What a refreshing way to begin the day! I love you!

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Intercessory Prayer

You have all heard the phrase, “Prayer Works!” Or this one: “Prayer Changes Things”. I have always been a strong believer in the power of prayer, especially Intercessory prayer….praying for others who are in need. The Bible tells us “The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective” (James 5:16) I am convinced that the greatest gift you can give to another person is to PRAY for them.

I was raised in a praying family. My parents were Godly examples of prayer, especially my little momma. We call her Mimi. (That’s a picture of her sitting on my Harley at Biker Sunday) She wages war with the devil each and every day for her family. This past weekend she traveled from Nashville to join in a special prayer meeting for Biker Sunday. She helped lead 125 intercessors on Saturday night as they anointed our sanctuary and prayed for souls to be saved on Sunday. As they were praying, word was received that I was very sick at home, so they again approached God’s Throne on my behalf. When I awoke on Sunday, I was a new man! When the altar call was given on Sunday, dozens of bikers were saved! PRAYER WORKS!

What are you praying about? Who are you praying for? Don’t give up! God hears and answers prayer. Do you have a special need? Have you told anyone about it? Enlist some prayer partners today to help bombard heaven for your needs. More importantly, sign up to be a prayer partner for someone else. It is that greatest gift you can give! I love you!

Monday, September 12, 2005

Biker Sunday

We celebrated our 1st Annual Biker Sunday at Midland Valley First Church of the Nazarene yesterday. It was a huge success. We had about 200 biker guests join us for the special activities which included a concert, a worship service, a lunch buffet, a Blessing of the Bikes, and a parade ride. The weather was excellent, the food was outstanding, and the fellowship was fantastic. But the Star of the day was Jesus! He showed up in our worship service in a mighty way. It was a blessing to see a sanctuary full of bikers clapping, singing, and raising their hands in worship. At the close of the service, dozens came forward and made decisions to accept Christ as Savior. Not only was the sanctuary full of biker guests, but most of our regular attenders gathered in two other buildings to watch the service by video-link. God moved in those venues also.

I was the recipient of God’s touch this weekend. On Saturday night I became violently ill. My family was concerned, and I couldn’t leave my bed because of nausea and sickness. Fortunately, about 125 people were at the church praying for the Sunday services and were anointing the sanctuary. When word arrived that I was very sick, they anointed a visiting pastor from North Carolina for my healing. When I awoke on Sunday morning, I was weak, but God was Strong! I participated in the Biker Sunday events, preached God’s Word, and led the 30 minute parade of bikes! God is Faithful!

Thanks for your prayers, and for your kind notes of encouragement in my Guest Book. Enjoy the pictures! I love you!

Friday, September 09, 2005

God Is Seeking A Morning Person

Are you a morning person? I am. I love getting up before daylight. I love watching the sunrise. I love the silence of a household not yet awake. I love the quiet time I spend with God before I begin my day. Did you know that God is also a morning person? Not only that, but according to scripture, He is looking for some company early each day. “Be ready in the morning…and then come up. Present yourself to me there on top of the mountain.” (Exodus 34:2-3)

For Christians, our morning fellowship with God is a critical time. We must never face our day until we have met face to face with our Savior. It is during these morning sessions with Him that we are renewed and empowered to face life’s challenges. We cannot expect to be victorious if we begin the day in our own strength! We MUST access the power of the Living God in prayer and devotions.

How did you start your day? Have you taken a few minutes to spend some quiet time with Christ? He is waiting for you. He has power and blessings to give. Don’t keep Him waiting! He has something to say to you today. Why not take a break, right now, and listen to His voice! Have an awesome day. I love you!

Thursday, September 08, 2005

God My Helper

I found two great scripture promises this morning. "God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help IN trouble." (Psalm 46:) And this one: "I will be with him IN trouble, I will deliver him and honor him." (Psalm 91:15)

Upon hearing the results of my scan yesterday, a few people have asked, "Why hasn't God healed you yet?" My answer is very simple. It is not His will to act on MY schedule. He is healing me, and I am thanking Him for the healing, but I am yielded to HIS PERFECT TIMING! He will reveal the miracle of healing according to His schedule. In the meantime, He is changing me through this season of trouble, and He is teaching me so many valuable lessons. Keep in mind, our difficulties are intended to educate us, and when the lesson is over, we will receive a glorious reward. Remember, in God's eyes our difficulties are not problems, but opportunities for Him to perform miracles.

Have a great weekend! I am blessed to have my parents come for a visit, and to join us this weekend for Biker Sunday! We will be able to celebrate my Dad's birthday and Vicky's birthday at the same time! Isn't God good? I love you!

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Cat Scan Results

I met this afternoon with my oncologist to receive the report from yesterday's Cat Scan. The news wasn't bad, and the news wasn't great....just fair. There were several areas of good news. First, the cancer has not spread to any additional organs or other areas of my body. Second, my primary pancreatic tumor has not increased in size. Third, six of the seven metastatic tumors in my liver have not changed in size. Fourth, I gained 7 more pounds the past two weeks!!

The bad news is that the 7th liver tumor has increased in size. This means that my current chemo medicine is not working, so I am beginning a new cancer drug this week which is taken orally. This new drug has just been FDA approved, and holds good promise for the future. The side effects will be minimal, and my quality of life will improve because this drug does not affect my blood cell counts.

I was hopeful that the tumors would be smaller, or gone completely. But I am not discouraged. I realize that God's timing to reveal my healing will be perfect, and I am totally surrendered to His will, and His timing! He has not spoken the last word yet, so I will continue to walk in faith and thank Him for my healing. My next scan will be in three months, and I am expecting much better results at that time!!

Thanks for your prayers. God is hearing, answering, and sustaining me through your daily prayers. Keep it up!! I love you!

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Today's Scan

The phone has been ringing off the hook today at the church with well-wishers inquiring about my scan. My secretary, Kaye, told me to hurry and post my entry so people will quit calling!!!

Thanks for your prayers today. I could sense God’s presence the entire time. My scan went well, with no complications or side effects. The worst part for me was not being able to eat or drink since midnight last night! I will not receive the report until I meet with my oncologist tomorrow at noon and resume my chemo treatments.

As I sat in the waiting alcove just outside the exam room, I was reminded that my life changed dramatically when I sat in the same chair three months ago. MY LIFE was changed. MY FAMILY’S LIFE was changed. MY CHURCH’S LIFE was changed. But here is the amazing thing: Everything has changed for the better! Yes, I have cancer. Yes, the chemo treatments are horrible. But my walk with God is so much deeper and more rewarding. My ministry is more powerful and anointed. My church is growing. Thousands are being drawn closer to God through this website. God reminded me today that He can make good things happen when tragedy strikes! I am a witness to that truth!

Please pray for me overnight. I am hopeful and optimistic about the report I will receive tomorrow. But regardless of the report, my God is still on the throne, and my life is in His hands! I love you!

Monday, September 05, 2005

Labor Day Miracle

Many of you have been praying for Xander Martz, a 15 month old baby in my church. Early last week he was hospitalized and scheduled for major surgery. Prior to his surgery, his condition deteriorated and he was placed on a ventilator. The doctors tried to remove the ventilator three different times, and he was unable to breath on his own. The young parents were told that he would not get better, and were advised to remove him from the ventilator and let him die. On his way to the hospital early Sunday morning, the young father stopped by the church and asked to be anointed for his son one last time before they removed the ventilator. We gathered around the altar, laid hands on him, and prayed for a miracle. At 2pm yesterday they removed the ventilator with orders NOT to resuscitate if the baby stopped breathing. The baby struggled initially, but began breathing normally, and is now out of ICU and in a regular hospital room. His parents report that he is more responsive and alert than he has been in three months! The doctors and nurses are amazed, and God is getting all the glory!

Be reminded that we serve a God of miracles! I am trusting in God for my own miracle. Do you need one? Remember, nothing is impossible with God! Please pray for me tomorrow as I have a CAT Scan at 9:30 a.m. to check the status of my cancer. I will let you know how things go. I love you!

Saturday, September 03, 2005

New Sermons Now Online

Greetings from Atlanta. Thanks for your prayers. We have enjoyed a wonderful family retreat this weekend, and will be heading back home this morning. God has been faithful, and my health has been great this week.

Thanks to my webmaster, Tasha, for placing two new sermons under the "sermons" link on the right side of the page. These taped services will give you a sense of the great revival at Midland Valley. In a few days we hope to add a "video" link, and post the Healing Service held back in June, shortly after I was diagnosed with cancer.

Have a safe holiday weekend. Keep the victims of Katrina in your prayers, and also remember the caregivers and first responders who are working tirelessly, and sometimes thanklessly, to bring them aid. I love you!

Friday, September 02, 2005

God The Travel Agent

Shortly after being diagnosed with cancer, I made a list of things I wanted to do in the months ahead. Several things were of a serious and practical nature, and should really be done by everyone regardless of our health. Other items were “quality of life” items. Fun things. Unfulfilled dreams and desires. I’m happy to report that most items have already been realized and crossed off my list as of today. I’ve been a busy guy! Two items still remain: a cross-country trip on my Harley, and a Caribbean Cruise. (The cruise is scheduled for October!)

Early on, God gave me this scripture: “Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart.” (Psalm 37:4) And that’s exactly what He has done! In addition to His promises concerning my healing, He has given me a great quality of life for someone with Stage Four cancer. As I have said repeatedly, the cancer has not caused me much trouble, but the treatments are killing me!

Here’s a neat thing I have discovered about HOW God grants our desires. He does it with EXCELLENCE! Should we expect anything less? This weekend is a good example. After much prayer and trust in God, we decided to go ahead with our trip to Atlanta. We made it just fine, and have experienced no problems getting gasoline. One item on my “list” was to attend a Braves baseball game. Here is how God, the great Travel Agent, fulfilled my dream. He supplied free tickets through a friend’s corporation. Not just any tickets, mind you, but field level, directly behind the Braves dugout! Then He ordered special weather for us. A mild night, with a cooling breeze more resembling Fall than late Summer. Our hotel is a suite that comfortably sleeps the three of us, and was provided from “points” I had accumulated from my travels this past year!

What are you dreaming about? God is interested in your dreams! He wants to provide a great quality of life for you. But notice the scripture above: The granting of desires is for those who “Delight” in Him! What is your passion? Better yet, WHO is your passion? Make God the Number One passion of your life, and watch the blessings flow!

Thursday, September 01, 2005

Putting Things Into Perspective

Last night at our midweek Bible study, the place was buzzing with talk about our local gas shortage. Atlanta & Augusta area residents panicked yesterday evening amid rumors that gasoline was no longer available in our area. Reminiscent of the gas crunch in the early 70's, people left work early and jammed stations with long lines, short tempers, and high prices. Many of us grumbled about possibly canceling our travel plans for the holiday weekend. We were feeling very sorry for ourselves. Yet we were enjoying a comfortable sanctuary with cold air conditioning. We had full stomachs from our nice dinners. And we were heading home to our nice homes while thousands on the Gulf Coast were homeless, hungry, and scared.

Then we were notified of a church family with a 15-month old infant in ICU at a local hospital. The prognosis: not good. If the Lord doesn't intervene, the baby will die sometime today. We began to pray for the baby and his young parents. We began to pray for the victims of Hurricane Katrina. We began to thank God for His many blessings. By the time we left for home, we had a new perspective for today. No matter how bad things seem to be, someone is always worse off. In comparison to the hurricane tragedy, we really have much to be thankful about.

Paul reminds us that when we are tempted to worry, we should pray. Then we should fix our minds on "excellent & praiseworthy" things. (Philippians 4:4-8) What's he saying? COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS! We have been truly blessed by God! Instead of worrying, and feeling sorry for ourselves, we should begin praising HIM! To God be the glory, great things He has done!

I am scheduled to take my family to Atlanta today to celebrate Candi's birthday and enjoy a mini-vacation together. Depending on the gas situation today, we might cancel the trip. Pray that God will show us what we should do. Have a God-Filled day! I love you!