Friday, June 15, 2007

Here is some great news. Judy will be receiving her Licensed Minister credentials on Saturday, June 23 at 9am at Camp Meeting. This is an invitation to anyone who would like to attend.

Judy has served so well beside me over the years as I have pastored and ministered. And she has become such a powerful minister in her own right. This is a wonderful privilege for her, and I am very happy that this has come about. It came very suddenly (yesterday), and there has been a rush of activity since then to get things ready for this great event.

If you are in the area and would like to be there, just follow these directions. From Tulsa, take 75 south to I-40 east, then the first exit is Tiger Mountain. Turn right and go up the hill. The camp grounds are immediately on your right.

From Muskogee, take 69 south to I-40 west. Take the Tiger Mountain exit just before Henrietta. Go under the bridge (left), up the hill, the camp grounds are on your right.

You go, Judy!! Congratulations and blessings to you!!

Thursday, June 07, 2007

Judy and I have had a very busy two months in April and May. We have made a trip outside the US, one in the US; we have had children, grandchildren, parents, and a sister-in-law visiting with us (multiple times!). And above all this, we are involved in all that is entailed in pastoring a church. Whirlwind hardly describes our life. We are not the only ones that live such a life nowadays. How can you do it without being run over, overrun and run down?

Let me make some suggestions that might help you. The most important thing you need in your life's "makeup" is a personal walk with the Lord. This is where you rightly can vent, express needs and worship and be thankful for the Lord's presence and strength. It is important to tell Him your frustrations and express your joys, to call out to Him for help and strength. (Remember, others are probably just as stressed as you are and have no time or energy to help you -- certainly none to listen to your frustrations.) Then the Lord, Who knows your needs so well, can send the right people to help you, AND the right people who need the blessing of hearing your joys. Trusting Him in this lightens your load.

Secondly, embrace each situation as an opportunity to further immerse yourself in God. Each situation can bless you, stretch you, grow you, and open doors which might otherwise never open. It seems that the doors of blessing have secret latches that are buried in the depths of service to others. So make each busy, frazzling, over-the-top situation a treasure hunt for the latch that opens a door of blessing. When people say, "How can you handle all this?" Just say, "I am on a treasure hunt!"

Lastly, keep a good check on your attitude. Remember, your attitude determines your altitude.

Be blessed today (that's a command from me to you).