We are ultimately on our way to Louisiana, with stops in Kentucky and Tennessee enroute. We attended church this morning with the coordinator’s family and were very blessed. Afterward, we had lunch with several families. The food was delicious, and the fellowship was great.
This afternoon’s drive have been gorgeous. The temperatures are pleasant, the leaves are changing, and the scenery is pretty. We had our Sunday evening time of prayer – such a sweet time of coming before our Heavenly Father’s throne. A weekend report will be forthcoming!
Resting in Jesus, Sarah
“Neither say they in their heart, Let us now fear the Lord our God, that giveth rain, both the former and the latter, in his season: he reserveth unto us the appointed weeks of the harvest.” Jeremiah 5:24Â
We hit the road about 9 a.m. Prior to that, we had individual Bible time, exercise, and breakfast. Temple Baptist was extremely hospitable to our family, and we were greatly blessed for the couple of days we parked there.
On our way out, we stopped at two Flying Js. Why two? We filled up with diesel at the first one. However, we discovered it didn’t have an RV dump which we needed. No worries. The next one three miles down the interstate had one. So, we went there. A side benefit was we found postcards at the second one when the first one didn’t have any. We write postcards each week and send them back to our friends at the nursing home, along with a few other friends and relatives.
For quite a few hours, we wound along curvy, interstate roads past quaint towns, farmhouses, and scenic rivers. One thing I enjoyed was seeing the distinct signs of autumn, leaves changing colors across the hillsides.
Over the miles, we see some heart-warming things. Take, for example this situation. We had stopped briefly at a travel plaza, and we noticed in a truck next to us, what appeared to be a man in his 50’s, accompanied by an elderly woman perhaps in her late seventies or eighties. They got out of the truck and walked hand-in-hand toward the plaza. It appeared that this man had brought his mom trucking with him.Â How sweet!
Later in the afternoon, when the road had straightened out, we caught up with a rain system. We also hit an hour slow-down on I-470.
We needed to stop by a few stores to restock our food supply. Right before we got to Costco, a car pulled across in front of us on the interstate (from the left lane beside us to the stalled exit ramp to our right) and practically stopped, giving us the closest situation we’ve ever had to an accident. If Dad hadn’t put on his brake retarder earlier, we wouldn’t have had a chance of stopping. As it was, Dad hit the brakes as hard as he could. With tires squealing while we slid on the wet pavement, and the Lord’s hand upon us, we narrowly missed hitting the car. We praise the Lord for His protection!
We pulled into the parking lot of the location for this weekend’s conference about 9:15 last night. We are greatly anticipating the Lord Jesus doing a work this weekend and looking forward to meeting new families.
Serving the King of kings, Sarah
When we stopped at a Flying J, Mary processed bananas. We buy bunches, let them get ripe, and then freeze them to go in our smoothies.
We went through two tunnels.
Charleston, the capitol of West Virginia.
I was sitting in the co-pilot seat (aka Mom’s) for awhile and had my camera out.
Anna made us delicious cheesy potato soup in the crockpot.
“Because thou hast been my help, therefore in the shadow of thy wings will I rejoice.” Psalms 63:7Â
We are so thankful to report about another wonderful conference! It is always exciting to see how the Lord works in hearts, and this conference was no exception.
We had something unusual happen that threw a different twist to the beginning of the conference. Jesse was out directing people to their sessions as they came in family by family, when a big stream of people started flowing in the door. From our vantage point, we couldnâ€™t see the cars in the parking lot, so it caught us by surprise to see a large part of the conference show up at the same time! Turns out, they had all been talking out in the parking lot for a while and then came in at the same time.
May we never take a day, a single breath, or time with a family member for granted because we donâ€™t know how many days we have left on this earth. We met a family who lost two of the children a number of years ago in an automobile accident. Also there was a homeschooling young man who was killed in a wreck in that area recently.Â If you think of it, please pray for the P. family as they grieve the loss of their son and brother!
The Lord so richly blessed me with salvation from an eternity in hell. I cannot ever thank Him enough for being able to look forward to spending forever in Heaven with Him! I pray that each one of us will savor every moment with our families, never knowing if it will be our last, and that we will never let an opportunity to share about Jesus slip away.
In Jesus, Anna
The E. family were great load-in help.
Mary, Anna, Chloe, and Titus. Titus told us one day it’s easy to remember our website. Smile.
Joseph’s room was packed out, so much so, that chairs had to be set out in the hallway.
Sarah took this same shot last year in Mt. Airy.
Sarah did something unusual. She decided to take a group picture of the girls in her session before it began. It was a full room!
I enjoyed talking to a little guy that was 5 years old. It sounded as if he was about to turn 6 so I asked him when his birthday was. To my surprise, his was October 31st, the same as mine. If my memory serves me correctly, he is the first person I have met with the same birthday! We had a great time chatting together!
“Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time. Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.” Colossians 4:5-6Â
Just a few minutes ago, we observed a stink bug on our windshield. He was trying to hang onto the slippery slope, but occasionally part of his body would fly out, and his legs would would flail about.
Turning this around for a spiritual analogy, aren’t we glad that our salvation isn’t based on our ability to hold onto something? “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9
And, 2 Timothy 1:12 “…for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.”
So, some thoughts that were sparked from a little stink bug.
Only for Jesus, Sarah
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