To Care or Not to Care

On occasion we receive a comment to a post that we might not approve for one reason or another. This one we felt was worthy of its own separate post. It was posted under this earlier post.

“I have to admit I find it condescending of you to pray for the waitresses salvation. Did you ask her if she was a Christian? If she is a Christian, she already has salvation so for you to pray for it sounds like you believe you have a ‘better line’ to God than she does.” a blog reader

Quite a few years ago an interstate bridge collapsed near St. Petersburg, Florida. Many cars drove over the top and down into the bay, killing those on board. If only someone would have been able to warn those drivers earlier. But what if the person willing to warn those driving toward the bridge had thought, “They might be insulted if I try to stop them, because maybe they are already aware that the bridge is out and are just going up there to look at the damage.” I’m confident everyone of those people who lost their lives that day would have been grateful if someone had cared enough to try to intervene. Which is worse, quick physical death or eternity in hell?

It is my experience that someone who is truly saved appreciates others who are concerned about their soul. Others who are lost and then become saved are grateful to those who cared and did something to help them avoid eternity in hell.

I expect if we had asked our waitress if she was a Christian, some might criticize us for that. You can’t make everyone happy. We have found that every time we ask a waiter or waitress how we can pray for them that they are grateful we love them enough to actually pray. You might try it. It’s a blessing for all involved.


“And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Matthew 10:28

A Peek Into Our Sunday Morning Service

We served communion this morning, and before the service, Leah helped with preparing the cups (Thanks, Leah, and do you remember how it was hard to get the juice out? Well, I guess I had a “Sarah” moment. When I cleaned it out when I got home, I saw the straw was not in the bottle–that’s why we had a harder time!).

Singing time (and Abby/Mommy time).

We have some special song books designed for nursing home, so they have a larger print then normal. We generally sing through the hymnbook in order, since it’s not a thick book, it takes us a few months to go through it completely. But, today, we opted for some Christmas songs.

Daddy and “B” time–Bethany has acid reflux, so she does best being held upright and often walking helps too.

After singing several hymns, we move on to prayer time. Today, John leads it.

A special music, by most of the young people in our church.

Christopher preached, and then we had communion.

Mrs. B. and Leah.

Leah sits next to Mrs. B. (a widow, her husband used to live at the nursing home) every Sunday, which just delights Mrs. B’s heart.

We will greatly miss the R. family, who will be moving to another city this week. We have been so blessed by them this past year–I’ll never forget receiving an e-mail from them, inquiring about church, last December. They came for the first time on Christmas Day, and we’ve been enjoying them ever since. We’ll miss ya’ll. They were also the family who set up Live Stream for our nursing home friends on wedding day.

Sarah for the rest

“The Lord preserveth the strangers; he relieveth the fatherless and widow:
but the way of the wicked he turneth upside down” (Psalms 146:9).

Some Pictures

We had a wonderful Thanksgiving: the day passed quickly with projects and Anna and Mary decorated the house for Christmas. Late afternoon, we ate a traditional dinner, and then we had a special time in God’s Word together.

We have so much to be grateful for–it is truly amazing how much the Lord Jesus has blessed each one of us with. May we express our gratefulness to HIM and to those we are around on a day-to-day basis.

P.S. – Thank you for continuing to pray for the book project–the Lord is really blessing!

Joseph and John surprised us with a ham this year, and I think the general consensus was ham is way better than turkey! The boys also spruced up the ham, using an injector.
Decorating the mantle.
Cutting the ham.
Workin' on gravy.
The stuffing guy!
Brother Time

“Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise:
be thankful unto him, and bless his name” (Psalms 100:4).

Thank You

Thank you all for your prayers as I’ve embarked on the journey of the next Moody book. It now feels “real”! After so much time spent on the outline, it’s thrilling to actually write. One particular family (ya’ll know who you are :-)), helped me with tons of information for a section of the book that I’ve not actually experienced before. They made it all so clear, I can’t wait to write that section tomorrow. Dad and I also are going on a morning trip somewhere next week for another chapter in the book. I’ve truly felt the prayers, and I’m grateful for the enthusiasm too.

Thank you!


“We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is meet, because that your faith groweth exceedingly, and the charity of every one of you all toward each other aboundeth” (2 Thessalonians 1:3).

Three and Three

While we were waiting for all the extended relatives to arrive, we took our family pictures. Then, it was chilly enough, Dad and Mom went back to the van to warm up, and the six of us did photos together.

“Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity” (Psalms 133:1).

Autumn Days

With Sarah’s book outline completed, she is looking forward to the writing process, beginning Monday morning. She would greatly covet your prayers as she embarks on the actual book writing process. Her desire for each book is that it is to be exactly what the Lord Jesus wants. Dad has encouraged her to use the bus for a place to write, and she’s been enjoying the quiet and solitude it affords. She’s even been decorating the bus for Christmas and has a heater running often: it’s a cozy little place.

Thank you for praying!

Last Friday, working on her book outline.
Mint M&Ms do help the creative writing factor, at least we hope (thanks, John)!

“So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom” (Psalms 90:12).