Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Guarding Our Character

Sometimes, the tearing down of one's character doesn't happen all at once. It may take years for the signs of deterioration to make itself openly know. Normally one's character is destroyed inwardly a little bit at a time - removing a section here, a section there. And then one day, one may be opened up for the whole world to see.

We must guard our character for when everything else fails, our character may be the only thing left standing!

Monday, March 30, 2009

Big? or Little-Bitty?

Does Your Faith Move

MOUNTAINS

or molehills?

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Magnify the Lord!

My soul doth magnify the Lord,
and my spirit hath rejoiced
in God my Saviour.
Luke 1:46-47

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Coast Time in Oregon

Thought I'd share a few photos of what's happening in Oregon. Alisha and Todd took the kids to Florence Oregon to enjoy some family time. Looks like Preston, Regan and Justin had a good time. (It reminded me so much of the days when our kids were small, and we'd take them off to Pismo to ride in the dunes)

Friday, March 27, 2009

What'cha Be?


You are not born a winner,
and you were not born a loser.
You are what you make yourself be.

quote: Lou Holz

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Hot? Cold? Nine Days Old?


Peas porridge hot, peas porridge cold
Peas porridge in the pot, nine days old
Some like it hot, some like it cold
Some like it in the pot, nine days old.

Which describes your walk with God?

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

May God Give


May God give you…
For every storm, a rainbow
For every tear, a smile
For every care, a promise
And a blessing, in each trial.
For every problem life sends, a faithful friend to share (it)
For every sigh, a sweet song
And an answer, for each prayer.
Irish Proverb

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Passing the Mantle


I believe that we are living in the disposition of passing the mantel from one generation to another. Looking at the (majority of) men and women arising in the ministry, I am most thankful. Many I have watched from the days of their youth, noting their growth and dedication in the Lord. It has been exciting, and sometimes humbling. (I must admit in a few cases, it’s been frightening as well as disappointing; but this is a very small minority). The Lord has chosen well the future leaders of His great church; however, unfortunately some don't quite follow His call - being caught up in "self".

The calling of God should never be taken lightly for it comes with much severity and commitment. In Mark, the 10th chapter, Jesus told His disciples that the rulers in the world lord over the people, while its officials flaunt authority over those under them. He went on to say, BUT whoever wants to be a leader among His disciples must first become a servant – and further stated that He came not to be served but to serve others. What a sober thought – to do His will means putting self last in order to be a true called one of God. Wow! Putting self aside to serve can be awfully lonely at times as well as there's the chance of being misunderstood. It requires being faithful when nobody is looking. Thank God, there is another generation of men and women willing to do this. Willing to “serve” in order to see the Lord’s Cause and His prophesies fulfilled.

I have faith in our new generation of ministry – like I have had faith in the elder ministry that has taken me and mine this far. We will continue to be in capable hands. I have faith to believe that in their enthusiasm, they will have the energy to fast, pray, witness, preach, teach, counsel, comfort, and carry the burden for souls. I have faith that they will stand their ground and battle for what is right and what is good in the face of impending chaos. I have faith that they (themselves) will be there for me and I can trust their counsel and keeping of my soul. I have faith to trust in the Passing of the Mantel.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Reflections of Good Times

Now that I've been home a few days and settled(??), I am reflecting on our latest trip to San Francisco. It brings reflections of good times - times with family and friends, and visiting favorite points of interest during our non-medical time.

It started out wonderfully. After church last Sunday we met with family and friends at Marie Callenders in Mt. View for a time of fellowship. You know, there is nothing like getting together with ones you hold dear. The hugs I received from Madi and Cassie when we came in the door of the restaurant were priceless. My, how they are becoming such beautiful young ladies.

Madison & Cassidy (posing for their aunt Kellee)

We also eked out time on Wednesday and headed for Pier 39 (Carol's post inspired a trip there). It was nice to partake in a clam chowder bowl and watch all the "crazies" proudly parading around seeking to gain attention. Oh what a game they play with the tourists! We enjoyed the fish markets and the bay views; then we were off to the Presidio, Crissy Field, and the Golden Gate Bridge. Lastly, it was to Golden Gate Park's Dutch Windmill which towers above the Queen Willamina Gardens where tulips are now beginning their magnificent bloom show. What a beautiful, peaceful place. We loved every blossom, bird, and sight. Unfortunately, the "show" only lasts for a few days before fading away. However, if you ever get the chance, try to go. It's between mid-March and the first week of April (well, that is, depending on the weather). Here's a few sights you may see.
Wonder what places we will visit next time? Got to start thinking about that because we are only one phone call away from heading back north; and according to the doctor that should be in a couple of weeks. Let me see, what would end up a good reflection? Hmmm...wonder if the Park's Rose Garden will be starting its show? Or do I want to spend the $19.95 (senior discount) per person to visit the new Museum of Science. Oh, well I have two weeks or so to make up my mind.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Need Surgery?


When your spiritual heart is in pain, don't settle for any run-of-the-mill treatment because if you do, the place is going to look like the one above. Why not avoid being subjected to such treatment by first checking Heaven's Yellow Pages, under "J". His name is JESUS, and He is the Great Healer of every heartache.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

To Know, Just Ask




To know the road ahead, ask those coming back.

Chinese Proverb

Friday, March 20, 2009

Friction Brings Perfection

The gem cannot be polished without friction,
nor man perfected without trials.
Chinese Proverb

"Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you; but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy." 1 Pet 4:12-13

Thursday, March 19, 2009

A Garden Divine

We need Him every day
so why not find a quiet place
to meet with Him

I come to the garden alone,
while the dew is still on the roses.
And the Voice I hear,
falling on my ear,
the Son of God discloses.

And He walks with me,
and He talks with me,
and He tells me I am His own.
And the joy we share as we tarry there,
none other has ever known.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Life's Downs then Ups

Remember, we can't be built up
until we've been torn down

Monday, March 16, 2009

Beauty Surrounds Us


Yep! We are here once again for hubby's doctor appointments. Although we don't always receive the best medical news it seems that beauty always surrounds us, not just in the sights of San Francisco, but in the beauty of knowing that the Lord is always with us.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

The Soul's Praise

Praise Him!!!


REASON is our soul’s left hand,
FAITH her right,
by these we reach divinity.
quote of John Donne

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Friday, March 13, 2009

Whee! I'm So Glad I Found Out!

The Correct Way to Weigh Yourself

Want to thank my daughter Alisha for emailing this revelation to me. Just think, I've been doing it wrong all these years.

What Don't You See?


If the eye does not want to see, neither light nor glasses will help.
German Proverb

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Making Music

Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything.
Plato

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Chase & Catch


Slow down and everything you are chasing will come around and catch you.
unknown

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

What Is A Family?

What is a family? A family is LOVE. And I am so thankful to be in a family that is filled with loving, sharing and caring. We had a wonderful three days in Kerman for the Hopper Family Reunion. There was fellowship with family, fellowship with friends, and most importantly fellowship with our Saviour. Sunday's service was an explosion of revival fire and water baptisms (two of the three being our nephew's sons).

Thank you Susan & Stephen for making it such a memorable time. It was perfect in every way. Thanks to Cherish who provided a multitude of entertainment. And to Misti and Adam for all the special things they did, including showing me the photos of Cody's hair (lol)


Monday, March 9, 2009

Ahhhhhh....

Because of the "Spring" forward (that's moving our clocks ahead one hour to accommodate PST, which gave us one hour less sleep), the family reunion (which hardly accommodated for any sleep for three days), an absolutely incredible Sunday church service, another family & friends get-together yesterday, and the long drive home I am completely exhausted. Pardon if I take a little while to rest before telling about the wonderful time had. (And yes! I truly look like this after all the food and fellowship.)

Friday, March 6, 2009

Heading for the Hills

I'll be taking a break from blogging as we are "Heading for the Hills"

and NOT these kind!


We are "Heading for these (kind of) Hills"!!!

Yes, we are going to a Hopper Family Reunion at the Hills - namely, Stephen & (niece) Susan Hill who pastor the church in Kerman California (site of the reunion & a special Sunday service). Even with their busy schedules, Susan & Stephen have graciously opened their home, their church, and their hearts to accommodate family (and family friends) for the weekend. In fact, Susan was the one who had the idea of a family get-together when she heard family was coming California way for a visit. Guess she didn't think getting ready for the Ladies Conference in Sacramento next week was enough to do (she is a Sectional Ladies Leader).

Well, I'm signing off - chat with you Monday.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Doubt: A Poison, A Thorn & A Sword



There is nothing more dreadful than the habit of doubt. Doubt separates people. It is a poison that disintegrates friendships and breaks up pleasant relations. It is a thorn that irritates and hurts; it is a sword that kills.
Buddha quote

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Gold & Silver


There is much meaning in this little line of verse. As for Silver and Gold I do not have any available today, but Words I can write.

What a cherished picture in the heart to behold,
visions of silver filled with apples of pure gold.

Intricately woven, each piece hung in prominent display,
applauding luscious delights picked along life's way.

What words do the silver and gold say?
Perhaps offering refined twistings of extraordinary inlay.

Reflections mirrored prominently on polished wood,
a craftsman's plan needing to be understood.

Observing unblemished fruit, the color of the sun,
in choice frames illustrating the proper use of our tongue.

For we must speak wisely so no one's spirit is broken,
APPLES OF GOLD IN PICTURES OF SILVER,
an expression of words fitly spoken.

Lord, may the pictures I hang on the walls of my heart be created by the use of wise words that will not hurt or destroy anyone. Amen

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Pressure Cooking?

"The only pressure I'm under is the pressure I've put on myself." It's a shame that we pressure cook ourselves for we stand the chance of "blowing our lids".

Turn Down the Heat!
Turn ALL your cares, hurts, and pain
over to the Lord.
It's a lot healthier,
and we chance not overcooking our life.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Super(man) Prayer


Move over Kent Clark. After fervent prayer, I feel like I can leap tall buildings in a single bound, am more powerful than a locomotive, and faster than a speeding bullet. You know why? Because my strength comes from the Lord.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Time To

?? Could It Be Time ??
To Stop the "Talk"
and Start the "Walk"