There are times in our life that we find ourselves facing the dark unknown. Always, there is Light within reach. In the darkness, we prepare for the growth that the Light extrudes. The beauty comes in the ministry song.
The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. John 1:15
The Lord is my light and my salvation—whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life—of whom shall I be afraid?Psalm 27:1
So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.Colossians 2:6-7
I have no family outside of our immediate family that we hear from; life is busy. We don't see Clinton's extended family often, every other year at either the Glasgow or the Wall reunions, or, sadly, at funerals, but God always blesses me through them.
Today was the funeral for Bryan Wall, BWall, as his friends called him. He was too young but lived a full life. It was nice to see so many Wall family members again. Clinton's father, TC, is in the middle. He is such a great man.
I noticed today, as we drove from the church to the cemetery is that most people were very respectful to the family by pulling over to the side and stopping as the funeral procession goes by. Then, some kept easing forward, passing one care and then another like they were sneaky. A couple of vehicles even turned around to go another direction or slip into another roadway. I get that we are all in a hurry to get where we are going. There was a school bus that came to the stop sign at Quincy & SW 3rd, and I wondered what it would do. I mean, they have places to be. It stopped and waited. There were people on both access roads along I27 that pulled over and waited. There was one car that just pulled out of the stopped line and sped on down SW 3rd. It must have been important. There is a funeral etiquette, and this is why the police escort the family and friends from the church to the cemetery. Today reminded me of how important it is for us to respect others and follow the funeral protocol of pulling off to a stop until all cars in the funeral procession have passed.
There was a song we sang in the seventies, Sweet Sweet Spirit, written by Doris Akers in 1962. The first verse goes like this, There's a sweet, sweet Spirit in this place, And I know that it's the Spirit of the Lord; There are sweet expressions on each face, And I know they feel the presence of the Lord. Sweet Holy Spirit, Sweet heavenly Dove, Stay right here with us, filling us with Your love. And for these blessings, we lift our hearts in praise; Without a doubt, we'll know that we have been revived When we shall leave this place.
This song is what I think of when I think about a call I got from a dear sweet woman of God over a year ago wanting to visit about a prayer ministry that the Holy Spirit had laid on her heart. Today, Audrey Temple sees God at work and the blessings that have come from her simple trust.
Women in Prayer meets the second Tuesday of each month at 2 PM at the Caprock Plains Baptist Association conference room.
God has very richly blessed us through this time. What sweet, sweet spirits God has gathered together with one common goal, to pray.
We made a fast trip to see our two out-of-area grand sisters. They had a dance competition. They did really well.
One of the biggest competitions is improv. The improv competition offers dancers a chance to test their dance artistry and decision-making skills in a high-pressure environment. Dancers can choose to compete or not. Improv is viewed as spontaneity, but it includes a basic skill set that is learned and then interpreted. Several styles of dance music are played as dancers interpret feeling through their creative dance. Dancers are eliminated each round until there are three remaining dancers on stage. A winner is then selected. Each dance set, the judges may give specific difficulty level instruction that tests the dancers even further. It is an intense set of dance knowledge, creativity, and grit that finally reveals a winner.
This girl won.
Here she is telling the judges her name.
Her winnings!!! Too fun!
We got to watch her ride, as well. So fun!!!
This one did great, too. Their duet was so fun to watch!
Both girls had many dances, and they both did really well in them all. I'm so excited we were there for this day. God blesses us at every turn!!!
I sure wish I could remember who gave me my very first Japanese wind chime. Here is a picture of it. I no longer have it, but it created a love of these glass chimes that I have embraced over the years. These are almost impossible to find these days. I do enjoy the ones we have.