“But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.” Isaiah 53:5-6
“In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.” 1 John 4:9
Monday morning we drove a short distance to a trailhead. The placement of the trailhead was interesting because it was at the edge of a neighborhood. Imagine living so close to such a beautiful area!
We set off on our hike, enjoying the California sunshine and terrain. In addition to incredible views, we enjoyed great company. Our only sadness was missing Joseph, who wasnâ€™t able to join us due to a heavy work schedule.
I marvel at the beauty of Godâ€™s Creation. It truly is an amazing and wonderful thing!
Rejoicing in Jesus, Sarah
“The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork. Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge.” Psalms 19:1-2
Monday nightâ€™s events were a spaghetti dinner, followed by a short presentation on ITonRamp, and then our small business session. Ladies from the church again made a delicious meal, which many families enjoyed. The weather permitted an outdoor picnic and fellowship. Around 6:45, almost everyone moved into the sanctuary. Joseph gave a short, informational talk about ITonRamp. He presented ITonRampâ€™s merits, along with a brief overview of the courses offered. After that, Dad led the small business session. There was great interaction from attendees.
We are so grateful to each person who took the time to come to the conferences on this trip. Thank you for entrusting us with your precious hours.
Pictures still coming from Monday morningâ€™s hike.
“But I have trusted in thy mercy; my heart shall rejoice in thy salvation. I will sing unto the LORD, because he hath dealt bountifully with me.” Psalms 13:5-6
The sun is shining brightly, and the temperature is making us feel like spring is just about here in Kansas. How wonderful it is to be back!
Walking into our home normally brings with it a home-sweet-home smell. Last night, though, was different. The kitchen smelled sour. After some investigating, we still hadnâ€™t turned up the source of the odor.
A little later, Melanie brought a breakfast casserole and sausage over for us. How kind! As she opened the freezer to place the sausage in it, she noticed the cornbread was moldy, and we realized the freezer was not cold. Our fridge/freezer had died sometime during the early part of our trip. Although it is in our main refrigerator, we had cleared the perishables from the fridge before leaving. Weâ€™re glad itâ€™s under warranty.
Little things one noticesâ€¦ The calendar that needs to be flipped from February to March (almost to April too!)â€¦ The bedrooms that are so quiet; weâ€™re used to a noisy air conditioner running in the busâ€¦ Eating at a table with real silverwareâ€¦ Happy niecesâ€¦
We are grateful for the Lordâ€™s protection yesterday. The wind was extremely strong, but we made it home.
Our hearts are full and happy. I still have two trip reports to share with you. They are in progress.
Serving Jesus, Sarah
“I will mention the lovingkindnesses of the LORD, and the praises of the LORD, according to all that the LORD hath bestowed on us, and the great goodness toward the house of Israel, which he hath bestowed on them according to his mercies, and according to the multitude of his lovingkindnesses.” Isaiah 63:7
Our normal Friday evening events (small business session, concert, and a message) were split between Sunday and Monday nights. Sunday morning, we enjoyed a special Palm Sunday service at Lighthouse. Then, mid-afternoon, we had Bible time with the W family. Their children are extremely personable and a joy to be around. After that, Joseph, John, Anna, Jesse, and Mary practiced music. I love to hear them. The potluck began at 5, and the gym was a buzz with activity while people enjoyed fellowshipping and eating. Some meandered outside. Mom sat on a picnic bench surrounded by a group of ladies. What a sweet sight! Ladies love her (we all do ;)).
That evening, during the concert, we had one of our most enthusiastic groups ever. In between each song, we shared a personal testimony of what the Lord has done in our lives. After many songs, we took a break, and Dad shared an incredible, inspiring message. I marvel at the Lordâ€™s goodness in giving Dad the words to say to each individual group. It thrills us to hear people say, â€œI was inspired!â€ after the conference.
Our hearts are full of what the Lord did Sunday evening. We love every opportunity we are given to declare Jesus!
Joyfully His, Sarah
“My heart rejoiceth in the LORD …” 1 Samuel 2:1
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