We got home Wednesday evening from Washington, I cleaned the house Thursday. Friday was Rees’ Birthday and Saturday we left for Convention. (yowsa!) We got to visit with the Hall Family and eat with them after service Saturday Night. But Ernie and I must be getting old or something because if we try to stay out after Midnight then wake up in the morning for anything we are dead. The picture is Rees and Naomi (our friend Andrew’s mom.) He loves her, she is one of the sweetest, most genuine people I think I have ever met. He was laying on her lap and she was feeding him. Oh boy. She had them sing to him and he got a brownie sunday because it was his birthday the day before.
We got to hear Bro Baer from Ohio. Bro Issac from Texas. Bro Sharber. Bro Moore from Akron. and Bro Brown from Texas. i took a lot of notes and enjoyed hearing everyone speak and seeing all of our friends. Bro Issac said this,” When we quit striving, God quits helping.” I thought this was so good. And so true for me. There was a LOT of talk on being comfortable, complacent. At both places we went. Bro Sharber talked really well on being over-stimulated and under-inspired. I got a lot out of this thought. Especially as I looked around at the youth, seeing all the phones open and their fingers blazing the keypads.
But when it was over and we got to go to Starbucks! I got a venti double something and waited for my 2nd wind. We went and visited with Jason Daves and his boys at their cabin until it was time to go to service in Elizabethtown. They went to service there too. I was having a little talk with Jesus on the way down there in my mind, ok, complaining to Him. I told Him a phrase and no one else. When Bro Jason got up to talk, he said the exact phrase and really spoke on it. It went straight into my heart and ministered to me. No one could have known.. Thats how the Lord works.. and I love it.. I dont ever want to forget that. When the Lord personally speaks to you and no one even knows.
Heb 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
This is a verse that scrolled through my mind the entire weekend. I dont know why but I kept writing it down everywhere and thinking about it. The word DILIGENT is something we must be. Somewhere that I have lacked a lot lately, in my diligence.. Bro Urbano quoted Hebrews 2:1 Lest they slip away. He had a hankie in his hand and slowly let it slip out of his hand. We cant let this slip, slipping happens slowly, not quickly. Before you know it you can have let go and dont even know when or how it happened.
Bro Mays, Bro Urbano, Bro Vessels, and Bro Daves all talked there.
We had such a good time there with Bro Urbano and his people. Such solid people, I would encourage everyone to go visit-if they wanted to go somewhere but not too far. Bro & Sis Mouser were there too, and she played, Jesus I’ll never forget so lively, it was beautiful. I left there feeling renewed and so thankful I get to be apart of this wonderful people.
Ps. They closed Valu-City near the convention. Bummer.
Anyways, we are home. Yippee! We are planting our garden this week. Bro Kurt roto-tilled 2 huge spots. I cant WAIT to get my hands in that dirt and get planting!!