November 24, 2005

Ethiopia bound...

I had a wonderful Thanksgiving day with the family. I leave tomorrow for Ethiopia. This will be my first time to Ethiopia and the last international ministry trip for this year. For those who might be interested in our ministry, I would invite you to bookmark our ministry website in your favorite places. The site is Christian Fellowship International. I will be posting pictures and updates during the trip. So check the site every few days. I am not sure if I can get out of Ethiopia on the internet. But I will return to England on December 3 and will post for sure then. Ron

November 23, 2005

Mixed emotions...

Well, I am two-thirds happy today. You see, tomorrow is Thanksgiving and only two out of my three children will be home. I understand jobs can cause your children to live on the other side of the world. I also understand having to share them with the other side of the family. I just don’t like it. I miss the kids more on special holidays now than ever before. A parent’s idea of holiday happiness changes as the kids grow up. You see, when they lived at home, after the special event and the big meal, they were still home, and I was happy. But now after the special event and the meal, they live too far away to go home, so you get to enjoy more things for a longer period of time, and then they eventually go home, and that is something else you get to enjoy. This weekend I neither get to enjoy them staying or going, because I leave for Ethiopia on Friday morning. Boy, I sure hate to miss Christmas shopping the day after Thanksgiving.

November 21, 2005

Ungrateful! Ungrateful! Ungrateful!

At this time of the year when we all are reminded to be thankful, I wish somebody would remind son of a preacher’s wife. Every year I faithfully offer my services to help her in the kitchen. I don’t mean just cleaning up afterwards. Anybody can do that. Every year I take my place in front of the oven door and make myself available to give instructions, to organize, to taste and generally to get things done more efficiently. And every year I am rejected. She is not even subtle with her words of rejection. Last year one of the children over heard her mention something about her handgun. Look, I thought wives liked for their husbands to help without having to be nagged. I don’t get it. Does she think just because I don’t offer to help any other time of the year that I am incapable? Who knows what she thinks? I just know come this Thursday morning, I will be back in front of the oven again, faithfully offering my services.

November 18, 2005

A church that is changing lives in their community...

Anne and I just returned from Houston where we attended the 6th Annual Culture Shapers Awards Banquet. Culture Shapers is an art program for all High School Students in Harris, Waller, Liberty, Chambers, Galveston, Brazoria, Fort Bend and Montgomery counties. If you attend High School in one of these counties - you are eligible to compete for more than $100,000 in cash prizes! This community outreach to High School students was started six years ago by LRC (Liberty Revival Church). I was touched deeply as I heard young people tell how Culture Shapers had effected and changed their lives as they prepare for their future. WOW! My hat is off to Ernie and Lyn Fitzpatrich, Shawn and Kay Hesketh, all the corporate sponsors, and the many, many people at LRC that make this possible. Visit Culture Shapers website.

November 10, 2005

Man's Best Friend...

Now don’t get me wrong. I don't hate dogs. In fact I have one myself. I even talk to him. I just don’t ask him questions expecting him to answer me. They say a dog is a man’s best friend. I guess that all depends on the man and the dog. We have a 3 year old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. He’s simply a lap dog. He eats, sleeps and waits to be petted. He barks only when he wants a piece of ice to chew on. He makes little or no demands. In fact he gives the me most affection of anyone in the family. When I come home from a long trip, he meets me at the door and runs in circles until I sit down and let him give me a big slobbery kiss. At times, I feel like walking out the back door and around the house and coming in the front again, just so I can feel loved and get another kiss. So I have found him to be a best friend. He serves me well. When I am going over my sermon he lays in the floor and sleeps. It makes it feel just like I am preaching in church, with little or no response coming from the pews. He usually wakes up when I am finished and expects to be petted. The more I think about it, it’s exactly like church.

November 7, 2005

I never said I was funny...

Someone got word to me that they were through with my blog because I wasn’t funny anymore. This blog wasn’t created for me to be funny. It was created for me to simply let off steam. If you want funny, buy a Chris Rock or Larry the Cable Guy CD. That’s what I do for funny. If I were funny I would be rich. But instead, I am sitting here in San Antonio operating a Rest Home for my father-in-law, and older sister, who needs to get a job. She has this dog that she talks to like it is a real person. It is a stupid little dog that is dumber than a box of rocks. The sad thing is, the dog's master (master used loosely) believes the dog is trained because it knows its name. It is pretty easy to see who is the smartest when the master does what the dog wants. So you see, this only proves that this blog was created for me to let off steam.

November 4, 2005

A hunting we will go...

I am leaving now for the Rio Grande Valley to duck hunt and preach, in that order. All ducks and parishioners BEWARE! I must say, the ducks are much safer. I guess if there is anything I enjoy doing, it would be duck hunting. Now I am not the greatest outdoors-man, but I do prefer duck hunting over deer hunting. Don’t get me wrong, I deer hunt, but you can sit all day and not even get a shot off. I have yet to go duck hunting and not use a box or two of shells, ducks or no ducks.

November 3, 2005

Almost Finished

For you who have been following the new addition to our house saga, I thought I would give you an update. You have heard so much of my moaning and complaining, that I thought you deserved an update. We should finish in the next 10 days. For this I am so thankful. Someone ask me the other day what I had learned from this building project. I really haven’t had time to give it that much thought. I have realized that I haven’t overcome all my use of off colored slang. I seem to be victorious in the area of not using profanity, but in the course common language of the day department, I have failed on several occasions. Now if this greatly concerns you, and you feel my soul is in jeopardy, you can pray for me. In fact just go ahead pray for me anyway.

November 1, 2005

When a man loves a woman...

No sooner than I walked in the door, son of a preacher’s wife handed me a long list of things to do. I thought, how insensitive can anyone be? It was then she told me that she needed a vacation from all the dog, house, and plumber problems. So the next day she got online and booked a flight to Kentucky to see an old girlfriend. I thought to myself, I am going to get a five day reprieve, whatever will I do with all that free time. Well, she wasn’t gone 24 hours before I became like our dog Bo who mopes around the house looking for her in every room. Here I sit pining away counting the days until she returns. How can anyone be so madly in love with a woman after 37 years of marriage. I can’t promise what I will say or write tomorrow, but for now, I wish I had a list of things to do for her.