Monday, April 25, 2011

God's Protection ~

We were packing our suitcases after the final Friday night service of the revival Tom was preaching at First Baptist Church in Brighton, IL, preparing to fly out of the St.Louis airport back to Germany early the next morning. Brighton is just outside St. Louis, MO. We turned on the news and heard that a tornado had just touched down at the St. Louis airport. The airport was shut down and all flights cancelled. What to do?? After we prayed and thanked the Lord for His timing and protection, we asked for wisdom to know what to do. We made the decision to rent a car and drive back to our home in Ringgold, GA and regroup. We were able to get our flight rescheduled but did not get back to Germany in time for the Resurrection Service at Rhein River Baptist Church as was originally planned. How thankful we were that we could rest in the truth that God was in control!

Here are two pictures of some of the damage at the St. Louis airport. Thank the Lord there were no serious injuries or deaths.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

My Fabulous Four ~

Every now and then I just have to post some updated pics of my four perfect grandchildren. I love you Emmy, Bradley, Maddy and Haley.

A Daughter in the Lord Deploying to Afghanistan ~

Mark and Kristen Barrett and their three girls are some of our children in the Lord. They started coming to Rhein River when they were dating and very far from the Lord. Mark was a Christian, but not living for God. Kristen was a sweet girl, but unsaved. They were both in the army, serving in the elite army band. It was one of the great joys of my life to lead Kristen to the Lord. They married and immediately began growing in the Lord and have become outstanding Christians with three beautiful girls.

Mark eventually retired from the army and Kristen has about three years to go before retirement. This week Kristen deployed to Afghanistan and Mark will be left to care for the girls. He is a great father but he needs our prayers, as does Kristen. The first picture above is of Mark, Kristen and two of the girls. The next picture is of Kristen and their oldest daughter, Annika, on the morning she left for deployment. This picture was on the front page of the Killeen (Texas) Daily Herald.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

A Special Little Friend ~

This is the fourth revival meeting that Tom has preached at First Baptist Church in Brighton, IL. Last year I led little Jason to the Lord after one of the services. He is one of the sweetest little fellows I have ever met. I will never forget his remark after I had gone through the Scriptures with him and he had prayed to ask Jesus to come into his heart. After he had prayed he opened his eyes wide and said with the sweetest voice, "Am I saved yet?" I will never forget that. He came right to me and reminded me that he had gotten saved last year.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

John Wesley's Holy Club ~

These are twenty two questions that John Wesley's Holy Club asked themselves each day in their private devotions over two hundred years ago. I am asking the Lord to help me to work on these areas in my life.

1. Am I consciously or unconsciously creating the impression that I am better than I really am? In other words, am I a hypocrite?
2. Am I honest in all my acts and words, or do I exaggerate?
3. Do I confidentially pass on to another what was told to me in confidence?
4. Can I be trusted?
5. Am I a slave to dress, friends, work or habits?
6. Am I self-conscious, self-pitying, or self-justifying?
7. Did the Bible live in me today?
8. Do I give it time to speak to me every day?
9. Am I enjoying prayer?
10. When did I last speak to someone else of my faith?
11. Do I pray about the money I spend?
12. Do I get to bed on time and get up on time?
13. Do I disobey God in anything?
14. Do I insist upon doing something about which my conscience is uneasy?
15. Am I defeated in any part of my life?
16. Am I jealous, impure, critical, irritable, touch or distrustful?
17. How do I spend my spare time?
18. Am I proud?
19. Do I thank God that I am not as other people, especially as the Pharisee who despised the publican?
20. Is there anyone whom I fear, dislike, disown, criticize, hold a resentment toward or disregard? If so, what am I doing about it?
21. Do I grumble or complain constantly?
22. Is Christ real to me?

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Friends Conference, Powell, TN ~

The International Baptist Friends Conference was held this week at Temple Baptist Church in Powell, TN. The pastor is Dr. Clarence Sexton. Tom spoke twice on 'The Uniqueness of Military Missions'. The conference was a huge blessing. And the icing on the cake was we got so see Emmy while we were there.

Thanks for the Hospitality ~

Each evening a beautiful and delicious meal was prepared for the speakers at the Friend's Conference. I couldn't resist taking some pictures of the dessert table. It was also a blessing to have Dr. and Mrs. Raymond Barber at our table for two nights. They were a blessing and encouragement to Tom and me. They are both in their 80's and still going strong for the Lord. That is our desire!!!

The sweet lady at the bottom coordinated the dinners.

Fruit That Remains ~

It was a blessing this past week to be at Central Baptist Church in Jasper, Alabama, where former members, Brian and Jeasy Wilson are members. Jeasy was saved at our church, Rhein River Baptist, while stationed in the army in Germany. They have two sweet children, Jessica and Lee, and have continued to grow in the Lord and are a vital part of their church. One special memory I have of Brian, who is from Alabama, and Jeasy, who is from Puerto Rico, was while Brian was deployed to Iraq. As it got closer to the end of Brian's tour Jeasy asked me to teach her how to cook black-eyed peas and cornbread, two of Brian's favorite. He loved it!! She prepared a fabulous meal for us while we were there and guess what was on the peas and cornbread!!

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Grace Baptist Church of Wiesbaden ~

On March 6, 2011 the first service of Grace Baptist Church of Wiesbaden, Germany, was held. Prayer has been made for this new work for at least two years now. We are so thankful for the way God has used Mark and Julie in getting this new military work started. They had 40 on their first Sunday, which included about 10 folks who went over from our church, Rhein River Baptist, to show support on their first Sunday. There has been steady growth since then with a high day of 49 this past Sunday. God has blessed them in the rental of a building for the church to meet temporarily. They have already seen several folks saved in the services.

Mark came to Germany to work with his Dad in church planting and he has already helped to start another military church in Bamberg, Germany. He feels that God would have him to pastor this new work in Wiesbaden and we know that he is going to do a fantastic job. We are so thankful for our children and how God is using them.

Below is a picture of the first service at Grace Baptist and Mark as he preaches.

A Very Special Necklace !

We've been celebrating our 48th anniversary this week. Here is one of my cherished pieces of jewelry that Tom gave me on our anniversary two years ago. It is hard to read in this picture but he had it inscribed, "You and Me, Babe, Forever". Love it!!

Tom's New Glasses ~

Love these new glasses that Tom got this week.

Pray for our Policemen ~

Officer Mitchell N. Moss

While I have been back in Chattanooga for the past week or so I have been soberly reminded of how proud I am of our son-in-law, Mitch, who is a police officer with the Chattanooga Police Department and how we need to pray for him, and all the men and women who serve our communities in such dangerous jobs. A veteran police officer was killed in the line of duty this past week here in Chattanooga and it has been a very emotional time for all the CPD and their families. It has been a stark reminder that they need our prayers and appreciation for putting their lives on the line every single day they are on the job.

Belated Anniversary Dinner ~

Tom was in flight from Korea and I was already in Chattanooga on our anniversary, April 5, so we celebrated the day after he arrived in Chattanooga, Thursday, April 7. Someone had given us two gift cards to Red Lobster and so we had a great time being together again and enjoying....what else....LOBSTER!!! We asked the server to take this picture of us celebrating our 48 years of good times, bad times, happy times, sad times...but wonderful years together.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011


On April 5 Tom and I celebrated 48 years as husband and wife. I am so thankful for the good man that God has given me. He is just as loving and attentive as he was when we first met. He is passionate about everything he does...a definite sanguine/choleric personality. He has been a faithful husband, father, pastor, missionary, soul-winner and I am so proud that he is my husband. TOM, I LOVE YOU WITH ALL MY HEART!

Change ME!!

Romans 8:29 – For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son…

Some time ago I was driving my car to a local mall to do some shopping. As I was driving along I was rehearsing in my mind a situation that had been hurtful to me. I remembered the words, the expression, the circumstances that had caused me hurt. Isn’t it amazing how keen our memory is when it comes to hurtful things? As I was in a low state of the mulligrubs, grumbling to the Lord about how I had been mistreated and asking the Lord to change this person, suddenly the Lord spoke so clearly to my heart, “Did you ever consider that YOU might be the one who needs to change!” Whoa!! That’s not what I had in mind. But the more I thought about it the more I realized that there was plenty of room for change in my life. There as I was driving along the Lord gave me the words and melody to this chorus:
Change me – Lord I long to be like Thee.
Change me – help me my sin to see.
Change me – in Thy image I would be,
Change me Lord, Change me now, Change me.

If we are going to be conformed to His image, it will involve change. I do pray with all my heart, “Lord, change ME!”