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Ministry is always a team effort--Jan and I have shared the work of ministry and missions for 48+ years! Countless others have encouraged us, supported us, loved us, and prayed for us. In addition to the customary "Brother Bob," I am also known as dad and papaw. My favorite breakfast is huevos fritos, frijoles, and tortillas, with a good hot sauce and a cup of quality coffee! My greatest joy in life is being part of the kingdom; my #1 priority is to advance "kingdom things" and help develop authentic "kingdom people." I seek to serve and share the good news about Jesus everywhere I go, helping people find Jesus and helping people mature in Jesus. One of the greatest blessings of my life is to be loved by countless people around the world!

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Archive for the ‘LifeSavors’ Category

Life lessons–we see what we are looking for

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

The thermometer said it was cold—near 10 degrees below zero Fahrenheit. It was hard to believe the thermometer when one looked out the window on the beauty of God’s creation, lightly blanketed with snow. The morning was dawning bright and clear, the morning sun casting beautiful hues of oranges and reds, yellows and purples across the sky. I could not resist walking outside to experience firsthand the calm and stillness. The sporadic snow flakes sparkled in mid-air as they fluttered slowly through the air, catching the first rays of the sun.

I was impressed anew with the beauty of God’s creative genius. The picture my brain snapped into place captured something I had not experienced in recent years. I savored the moment, and wondered why many shrink back from such beauty, choosing rather to see only the negative. I rethought some of life’s basic lessons–all of life is filled with both negative and positive…things sometimes appear quite different from what they really are…we tend to see what we are looking for…our natural human responses often keep us from seeing and experiencing God’s wonderful blessings.

Life Savors: The Briskness of Winter

Saturday, January 22nd, 2011

It’s cold this morning. The thermometer says 8 degrees, the weather channel says only 7 degrees. According to the TV, the wind chill is close to -10. The briskness is refreshing–the airy, fluffy snow lies lightly on the ground so that the fresh fallen powder kicks up in random patterns behind the car.

Several thought we were out of our minds to agree to spend a couple of weeks in Michigan during the depth of winter. Perhaps so, but we are enjoying, remembering, delighting in God’s winter wonderland. Inside the church building this morning, the fellowship of the church leaders’ meeting is warm. Because of the brisk cold outside, the coffee and the breakfast are better than at other times.

Life is God’s gift. It is what we make it–when it’s cold, and when it’s not. Life is to be savored and enjoyed, to be observed and used to God’s glory. Today we are remembering, tomorrow we will be looking forward. Today we are planning, next week we will begin work on the plan.

As I savor life today, and enjoy an aspect of life that some would not savor but would dread and avoid, I am reminded that life is neutral. What we do with life is what makes the difference.

Life Savors: Grandchildren

Saturday, November 27th, 2010

Our eldest son, Michael, and his family arrived yesterday afternoon for our weekend Thanksgiving celebration.  Having one’s home full of activity–laughter, playing, loving, sharing is a genuine “life savor”.  The end of the day feels different when the house is full of life.

The Psalmist said children are a heritage from the Lord.  Blessed are those with “full quivers.”  Today I note that children and grandchildren are a blessing from the Lord.  Jan is planning dinner for thirteen.  Today we will savor life in the family.  We will spend time with one of life’s little pleasures–our grandchildren.

What would my grandma say?

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

What would my grandma say? I remember her scolding! She wanted me to learn proper etiquette. I should acknowledge every gift and card. I should do more than sign my name when I send a thank you–I should also write a little note. I remember her admonitions, even if I haven’t always succeeding in following them perfectly.

Now we are in the electronic communication age. Greetings, cards, and even gifts are sent in an instant. One can receive hundreds of cards and greetings. What would my grandma say?

Would she still say that I should answer each of them individually? I don’t know. But given the virtual impossibility of sending personal thank you notes to all who sent greetings, shared love and friendship, and wrote words of well wishing for my birthday, this is my acknowledgement.

I have very special friends–you buoy my spirits and keep me going when quitting would be easier. Thank you for your love, humor, encouragement, friendship, and faith. Because of you, I have experienced another “life savor.”

[I think my grandma would say that I should attempt to return the favor. So, that is my resolution. I am going to be more diligent in encouraging others.]

LifeSavors: Sun-drenched trees in full color

Thursday, October 14th, 2010

Spectacular! Unbelievable! I was very glad I was not driving as we navigated the busy two-lane street. I could give my full attention to drinking in the annual color festival of northern arbor specimens.
Look at that vivid red, that tree is bright yellow, there is an orange tree, that one is half-orange and half-green! God’s autumn midday sunshine–maybe it’s the angle–intensified the colors. Why is that one deep purple? What kind of tree is that? Have you ever seen a maroon that brilliant? Of course I have–last year, but that seems a long time ago.
Because of yesterday’s rain, in some places the ground has accumulated the bright color that was displayed on the trees only yesterday. Ground color doesn’t last–the leaf blanket will soon be brown. For that matter, the the color on the trees will not last either–the wind and the rain will soon enough bring bare branches hibernating during their six month nap.
For today, I savored life–and it was more spectacular than ever!

Life Savors: Introduction

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010

I am adding a new category to my blogs today: “Life Savors”. From time to time, I will write about some of the “little pleasures” of life that are especially enjoyable or meaningful to me.

My purpose is to increase my own appreciation and awareness of each day. I would like to make “daily awareness” a habit in my life. I have started my list–but I want to do more than share a list. I want to inhale life’s precious moments deeply and share the sights and sounds, smells and sensations.

What are your “life savors”? I hope to be able to include some guest blogs or to share some quotes about what others consider the special moments of life.

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