A Special Hike

We spent a few hours this morning hiking. It was so beautiful. I’ll post just a few pictures, but there will be more coming. In addition, we’ll share about this weekend.

Tonight, after we finish with the small business session, we’ll start our trek home.

Joyfully His,
Sarah

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“Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard,
that the everlasting God, the LORD,
the Creator of the ends of the earth,
fainteth not, neither is weary?
there is no searching of his understanding.”
Isaiah 40:28

Hosanna!

“… Hosanna to the Son of David:
Blessed is he that cometh in the
name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest.”
Matthew 21:9

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“Took branches of palm trees, and went forth to meet him,
and cried, Hosanna: Blessed is the King of Israel
that cometh in the name of the Lord.”
John 12:13

Our “Up North” Conference

Note: Sorry this is late. Have a blessed Palm Sunday! — Sarah

Last Monday afternoon, we pulled into the parking lot of the church in Red Bluff. The town is surrounded by stately mountains. After a delicious lunch of tacos (thank you, Anna!), we set up the book tables and rooms. Anna and Mary are experts with figuring out how best to utilize the space in each church. Years ago, I did the entire set up myself, and now it’s a joy to see my sisters manage it.

One family arrived early to spend time with Dad and Mom. In addition, we had the pleasure of enjoying Bible time with them outside the church on park benches.

Instead of starting the evening conference at 7, the first session began at 5:45 in order to allow time for three time slots. The evening went quickly. It was a pleasure to see several families we had met previously, along with many new ones. Hearts were open to what was shared.

Joyfully His,
Sarah

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Red light, green light…

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“Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace,
whose mind is stayed on thee:
because he trusteth in thee.”
Isaiah 26:3

Good Morning

It’s a beautiful morning, and we look forward to what the Lord Jesus will do today. Please join us in praying. The bus is a flurry of activity. Try putting eight people in a small space (about 320 square feet) to prepare for the day ;).

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“And it shall be said in that day,
Lo, this is our God;
we have waited for him, and he will save us:
this is the LORD; we have waited for him,
we will be glad and rejoice in his salvation.”
Isaiah 25:9

Hello…

from beautiful Simi Valley. It’s a gorgeous, sunny day. We arrived safely at our “base camp” at Lighthouse Baptist Church yesterday afternoon. Our drive was uneventful, with only some wind at the beginning. We saw delightful scenery which included miles of orchards, grass-covered mountains, and flocks of sheep. Before entering the LA area, we went over the Grapevine, which is a pretty pass. I tried to capture some of it for you all with pictures. We stopped at a Flying J to fuel up, and the temperatures were cool with a strong breeze.

Thank you for praying for our safety. The frequent close calls we have are when semi-trucks stray into our lane. Often, they just are distracted with something.

This weekend is our final conference for the trip. Time has flown by!

Rejoicing in Jesus,
Sarah

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Heading toward the Grapevine.
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On this hillside, I saw a lone deer standing there. Very picturesque!

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“And the LORD shall guide thee continually…”
Isaiah 58:11

A Jewel on Loan

Today would have been Susannah’s 6th birthday. As a little background, it seems appropriate to share the story. Nathan and Melanie, my oldest brother and his wife, married in January 2002. Although they desired children, it was four and a half years after their marriage before they received the happy news in September 2006 that Melanie was expecting.

Early in February of 2007, contractions were no longer occasional, and they picked up in intensity, causing Nathan and Melanie to make a late-night trip to the hospital, where doctors stopped the labor with medication. Melanie went on bed rest, and we praised the Lord for each day little Thumper could stay in the womb. Susannah earned the nickname Thumper for how active she was. Day after day went by, with continued contractions. Finally, on the evening of March 20th, contractions kicked in for real. The baby had already been given shots to help develop her lungs. At the hospital, labor progressed well. Doctors monitored the baby, and she was doing great. A little after 5 a.m., on March 21st, Susannah Joy Maxwell was born! But, our joy quickly turned to concern, since she didn’t move or open her eyes. Something was wrong. We prayed, and we waited. Hour after hour went by with no change.

Nathan and Melanie were courageous. They kept their focus on the Lord. We visited Susannah in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Mom was already with Nathan and Melanie. Susannah was gorgeous: dark hair, a precious countenance, delicate features, and so perfectly made by an incredible Creator.

Susannah lived three days before slipping into the arms of our Savior. Tears flowed like never before as we mourned our temporary separation and the reality of not having her here with us. The longed-for-jewel crossed the river, Revelation 22:1, “And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.” What a welcome she must have had in Heaven!

As we remember Susannah, I also remember another family who lost their baby, Spring, at that same time. Over the years of traveling, we have met families who have lost children. Their testimonies of trusting the Lord is incredible.

If you want to watch Susannah’s slideshow of pictures, please see this link. Be prepared though. I was in tears myself after watching it.

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Parents, please, treasure every moment with your children. Are you giving your all to raise them for the Lord Jesus? Are you setting aside your desires and pleasures to prepare young people who will be dynamic, on-fire-for-Jesus Christians?

Give your precious little ones an extra hug and a kiss today.

In the mist of the pain, God gives a song in the night: “…joy cometh in the morning.”

Only five months later, Miss Abigail was on the way. Now, with a growing family, Nathan and Melanie make Susannah’s birthday a special time of remembering and allowing their girls to know their older sister.

Sarah

“And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.”
Revelation 21:4