I love going into an empty church and preparing for the day ahead of us. The Lord brought many families, including a number who drove quite a distance. At least two families came from the Seattle area, a ranching family made the trek from Montana, and others drove multiple hours to attend. It was a delight to get to know new friends along with seeing some of our old friends.
I was chatting with the mom of a family who has come to a number of our conferences, and we were talking about Dad and Mom’s new book. She excitedly told me it’s just what their family needs. The more I told her about the book, the more excited she became. Soon we will be announcing the book on the blog and on Titus2.com.
We did a slightly different schedule Saturday, but it still ran smoothly. We just had to be a little extra careful to give the right sessions at the right time. 😉
Thank you, G family for inviting us to come and finding the church. We are also grateful for Grace Bible Church’s hospitality in hosting the conference. Hearts were open, and we love each opportunity the Lord Jesus gives us to share. Thank you to the families who took of their time to come!
It was a great trip out to the rugged West! Praise Jesus. Now, we pray for spiritual fruit ;).
“… my praise shall be continually of thee.” Psalms 71:6
We left our friends’ home promptly at 7 Friday morning. We opted to go the not-quite-so-scenic route up to CdA (Coeur d’ Alene), since the shorter, scenic route included less-than-bus-friendly roads. Still, the route we took was scenic enough ;). Mid-day, we stopped to purchase fresh watermelon, a favorite of most of the family. In addition to getting the watermelons, we had an impromptu tour of the watermelon packing shed. I had no idea so much work went into getting a watermelon from the field to the store. The next time I see a watermelon in a grocery store, I’ll appreciate the effort behind it!
After that, we continued on our way. The almost five hundred mile trek finished late afternoon, when we pulled into the church’s parking lot, our temporary home. Due to another event at the church, we didn’t have Friday evening sessions but rather we made Saturday a slighter longer day. So, after dinner and Bible time, we set up. I think it was our fastest book table set up in a long time. Then, we went to bed, excited for what the Lord had in store for Saturday. That’ll be in the next post.
“I will speak of the glorious honour of thy majesty, and of thy wondrous works.” Psalms 145:5
About 7 am, we started our trek back to Kansas. We had a great conference in CdA, so we’ll share more about that later.
We enjoyed a pretty drive this morning through the mountains, among forests, and over curvy roads. The Lord’s creation is marvelous, stunning, breath-taking, and awe-inspiring! We drove for mile after mile next to a pretty river, which I tried to capture in photos, but the photos don’t do it justice. We also came close to a wildfire. First, white haze hung over the mountains. A distinct smoke smell drifted through our open windows and filled the bus. Then, the haze became thicker. After awhile, we saw smoke drifting up from behind a hillside. A sign next to the road instructed vehicles not to stop for the next four miles. Then, the visibility dropped, and although the sun was shining, the conditions felt like a whiteout. The air was filled with smoke. It was very sobering to see houses that were close to the burned areas. We drove in the heavy smoke for a mile or two before it lightened up.
Thank you for praying for us as we drive home. We’re in Montana at the moment.
“The heavens declare his righteousness, and all the people see his glory.” Psalms 97:6
Alicia shared: “Our family has been incredibly blessed through your ministry. It started with MOTH followed by Chores. More recently I received refreshment through reading Sweet Journey and now my husband and I are reading Keeping Our Children’s Hearts. He has also read Preparing Sons and we have several more of your books waiting in line to be read. It seems the Lord leads us to read them at just the right time, when we are most receptive to challenge, change, and spiritual growth. Thank you so much for your faithfulness and dedication in fulfilling your Titus2 calling.”
Excited about our day here in Coeur d’Alene!
“Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised in the city of our God, in the mountain of his holiness.” Psalms 48:1
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