May 28, 2007

Enjoying our time in Albuquerque

Preacher's Wife and I have been in Albuquerque NM for almost a week now. I spoke yesterday at Christian Fellowship Church. We will spend a few more days here with Pastor Eddie and Mary Ann Howard then head back home for San Antonio. We have decided on our way home to take a couple of days and rest and relax at one of Texas finest far-flung State Parks Balmorhea State Park.

May 25, 2007

POSTSECRET BOOKS

While visiting my friends Barnes and Noble, I came across some little books called PostSecret Books. Frank Warren had a bright idea a few years ago to have people reveal their little secrets by making a 4x6 postcard and mailing them to him. So PostSecret is an ongoing community art project where people continue to mail in their secrets anonymously on one side of a homemade postcard. The next PostSecret book, A Lifetime of Secrets, will be released in October. It will contain secrets from people as young as 8 and as old as 80. I haven't seen them all but found a few to be rather funny. This one was thought provoking.

May 24, 2007

Bo's new friend...

Good Morning from Albuquerque:
As soon as we arrived here and got settled in, Preacher's Wife got a newspaper to see if they had listed any possible friends for Bo. Sure enough you are seeing Bo's newest friend and 10 week old little brother, as well as Preacher's Wife's newest responsibility. Anyway, this was what I thought when we bought him. When 2:45 A.M. rolled around and I heard this little crying noise that was suppose to be a bark, and felt a nudge coming from next to me, I knew the rules had changed. Guess what? I now have a new responsibility. His name is Jake and he is a 10 week old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. Now Jake, be potty trained and stop crying.

May 20, 2007

Camping with the Grandchildren

Preacher's Wife and I just returned from a weekend camping trip with our grandchildren. We throughly enjoyed ourselves. The kids laughed and said it was better than Disney World. I have my doubts about that, but we did have a wonderful time.

May 17, 2007

Mick Fanning???

Preacher's Daughter made this comment on my blog:

Marlie said...
Mick Fanning??? They're called "reefs". And they do make you a cool person.

Dear Preacher's Daughter,
Obviously your cool old dad had too much time on his hands to research and read all about these sandals, and to learn they are Reefs Mick Fanning series sandals. Yes, they are Reefs. They are nice, comfortable and very useful.

dad

May 15, 2007

I am one cool person...

I bought me a pair of Mick Fanning sandals because of their looks and comfort, only to discover later I was one very cool person. These beach sandals have built-in bottle openers and are marketed as sandals that will make one the coolest person on the beach, at a backyard cookout, on the golf course, and just about anywhere one goes where there are no twist off bottle tops. It's great to discover you're still cool at my age. HA!

Think About This For Awhile

Study this picture and I will write my thoughts later.

May 10, 2007

Mom was always working behind the scenes

Some of you are avid sports fans, others are just casual viewers, but we’ve all seen it. The camera zooms in after a spectacular play by our sports heros and what do they do and say? With one finger in the air they say, “Hi Mom”! Not “Hi Dad”, not “Hi Sister” but “Hi Mom”. What they are saying is, “Mom, I wouldn’t be here and couldn’t have done it without you.” So it was with my Mom.

I have written about the great impact my dad had on my manhood and ministerial life, but it was mom always working quietly behind the scenes that shaped my character. Like most moms, she was always there working, praying and believing in me.

She raised seven children almost single-handedly. Dad was always on the road as a traveling minister. She was a Proverbs 31 woman who was a homemaker as well as one who had to be employed outside the home.

There are so many memories I have of her, but two things stand out in my mind as I write of her:

Mom picked a lot of cotton as well as worked for many years at Sherman Steam Laundry. Both were hot, sweaty jobs. After completing her work week on Saturday at the laundry, she would take her meager little check and walk to the town square in Sherman making payments on items she had purchased on credit for her children. She was faithful to do this every week. It was her diligence in paying her bills on time that taught me honesty, faithfulness and integrity. She would remind me that it was your name and testimony that was most valuable in life.

She was a pastor’s wife for over fifty years and this was a job within itself. I will never forget the night I surrendered to do God’s will and become a preacher. Dad cried when I told him of my decision. Mom cried as well, but for a different reason. She was concerned about what my wife Anne would be facing as a pastor’s wife. She knew about the loneliness, the hardships, the sometimes scrutiny and rejection of her children, but she accepted it because she knew God’s hand was on my life and she wanted my new bride and me to be happy.

Mom was not an outwardly religious person, but she was a very spiritual woman. It took me years as a minister to understand the difference. While some women are called beyond the duties of their home to a more visible ministry, others, like my mom are always working behind the scenes praying for, encouraging and supporting her family.

She is with the Lord today, and I am quite sure upon her arrival in heaven she tried to slip in quietly and go unnoticed. Mom, thanks for who you were and all you did for your family. We love you!

May 7, 2007

Uncertain, Texas

This past weekend Preacher's Wife and I were at The Church at Grace Creek in Longview, Texas. Our friends, Pastor David and Pamela Benson, took us antiquing on Saturday to the little East Texas town of Jefferson. On our way there I came across another small town with an unusual name. It is on the border of Texas and Louisiana at Caddo Lake. It's the town of Uncertain, population 150. Supposedly, it was named Uncertain because for many years they were not sure if it was in Texas or Louisiana. No disrepect for anyone who lives in this little paradise, but I think I might have do something about getting the name changed if I lived there, but I am not sure. I am certain though that I would change the name of the church if I pastored there.

May 2, 2007

Two deer friends...

Preacher's Wife and her friend Cheri Dyer from Houston are Sisters on the Fly who have become good friends. Our families were together Sunday at the Guadulupe River Ranch near Boerne where I was able to get this great picture.