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Very Good News

Hopefully, we are concluding our quest to learn more about a subject we never wanted to be knowledgeable about—bed bugs. There has been a lot of activity since our last post. 

Here is my process, that included close inspection of each of these specific places and I believe covered every square inch of that room:

  1. Beds stripped
  2. Mattresses flipped
  3. Dust covering torn off the underside of box springs
  4. Dresser drawers emptied
  5. Baseboards checked
  6. Covers removed for light switches and power receptacles and then taped. (I will be applying a special dust inside them before I put the covers back on.)
  7. HVAC registers removed and then sealed.
  8. Meticulously vacuumed.
  9. Everything that could be cycled through the dryer went for an hour on heat.
  10. Things that weren’t needed were bagged and went to the attic.
  11. Bedding was washed, dried, and stored in another room.
  12. Finally used a heater to heat the room to 120 degrees for 3 hours.

In all my inspections, I did not find a single bed bug. I was happy not to, but then the question was: Where did the first one come from? They can live a long time between meals. Could it be possible that just one was carried in? 

Still to have a high degree of confidence that some weren’t lurking somewhere in that room or elsewhere in the house, we employed a trained K-9 bed bug hunter to “sniff” the house. The little beagle was disappointed not to find any bed bugs since he gets treats when he does, but we were pleased that he didn’t.

Taking a rest after working real hard.

“And we know that all things work together for good to them
that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”

Romans 8:28

Team Buddies

Are you missing wonderful opportunities of deepening your marriage and closeness as a family? When we were first married, Steve’s responsibilities were everything outside the house, to include taking the trash outside, and Teri’s were the inside of the house. We soon learned that was a bad idea.

Time spent together is a blessing because when working together with a common goal, hearts are drawn together. For many years we have often worked on projects as a family. Our current house was finished out by the family working hard together. Our adult children know how to work because of those experiences and have gained many skills. That time working together also brought hearts together.

When we built our house, the city required us to pour our drive with a sharp edge where it joined the street because the street would be repaved in time. The mini-asphalt ramp we made to join our driveway to the street lasted ten years but recently needed repair. Teri and I spent a Saturday with that goal.

After researching solutions and not having a way to get a small load of asphalt, we choose to use Aquaphalt. It took four buckets and lots and lots of energy to get it down. We will seal it next week, and then time will tell how it holds up.

“But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord” (Joshua 24:15).

Bible Reading Made Practical for Kids

Recently, while sorting through some old papers, Teri discovered what we called “nickel sheets.” We used the concept to help a child, old enough to read, develop the daily habit of time in the Word. They would read a passage, usually a chapter, then write down a portion of the passage and a brief application for it in their life.

It provided a degree of accountability that they were reading during that time. The goal was to encourage reading Scripture with an understanding of application to their lives. Reading the Bible with that purpose in mind is a valuable lifetime benefit we desire our family to have.

“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to
be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of truth.” (2 Timothy 2:15)

Possible Good From The Coronavirus

These are historic times. Since the 50’s, generations have been shielded from epidemics and significant consumer shortages, except for the “gas crunch” in the 70’s. If you have the money, you can buy what you want. 

We are experiencing product shortages country wide. This seems to come as quite a shock to most US citizens who are accustomed to full shelves at the grocery store. People are afraid of not having food and supplies they are accustomed to and ultimately of getting the virus. 

There is a silver lining. Previously, many who might have had little concern about dying are now thinking about it as evidenced by their fear in contracting the virus.

What might you do in addition to taking recommended safeguards?

  1. Make a list of people who you suspect might not be saved.   
  2. Earnestly pray for them daily. Are there things you might do to help them?
  3. Seek a time when you can have a heart-to-heart talk with them regarding Jesus Christ.                                                                           

“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the
life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me” (John 14:6).

Retirement Home Service Closed Due to Coronavirus

Wednesday was a big day for us. We received a phone call from the retirement apartments where we have been having our church services. They said that due to the coronavirus, management has decided to cancel all activities that are conducted by non-residents as of Wednesday. We understand the concern.

They said the closure would be until April. However, we anticipate it to be extended. In the meantime, we will attend a local church we have been going to on Sunday evenings.

Within the past few days, it seems COVID-19 is beginning to affect the normalcy of life here in the United States. What about you? We have several blog readers who have told us they are in a lock-down country. How is it affecting you?

We’re so grateful that because of placing our faith in Jesus and accepting Him, as Christians, we have nothing to fear from the coronavirus. In fact, it is an incredible opportunity to share with others the hope we have in Jesus!

Steve and Teri

“He shall not be afraid of evil tidings:
his heart is fixed, trusting in the Lord.”
Psalm 112:7

Happy Birthday Sarah

We love how God has blessed so many through Sarah’s life. She takes great delight in being able to encourage others. We thank our God for how she strives to bless others through the Titus2 blog, writing wholesome children’s books, photography, and bookkeeping. She is an incredibly hard worker and blesses many in the course of each day. 

Happy Birthday. We love you.

Earlier photo showing the same sparkle.
A newborn photoshoot for some dear friends.

“Delight thyself also in the Lord, and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart” (Psalm 37:4).