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I just realized I have gone over the 20,000 mark.  Thanks everyone for stopping by.  Come often! 

Blessings to You All,

Ronda

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I could have just as easily titled this post, “The Longer I Serve Him”.  My father-in-law, Bishop B.J. Hurst and my brother-in-law, Pastor Wendell P. Elms who you see in this picture have been serving the Lord for many years.  I heard my father-in-law say just tonight that he has served the Lord for 52 years.  As you can see by the joy on their faces, serving God has been a beautiful experience for them. 

The longer I serve Him, the sweeter He grows.

The more that I love Him, More love He bestows.

Each day is like Heaven.  My heart overflows.

The longer I serve Him, the sweeter He grows.

I love to be around people that have served the Lord for many years because they have proved time and again the faithfulness of the Lord.  When I hear an elder saint in the prayer room simply say, “Jesus! Oh how I love You,”  it touches me like nothing else.  I know they have been through valleys and climbed mountains.  Had trials and tribulations, and yet they say, “Jesus! Oh how I love You.”  They don’t have to give some great speech or testimony of many words.  Their lives tell it all.  “GOD has been good to ME!” I am reminded of the following scripture concerning faithful people:

Psalm 92: 12-15 (The Amplified Bible)

The [uncompromisingly] righteous shall flourish like the palm tree [be long-lived, stately, upright, useful, and fruitful]; they shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon [majestic, stable, durable, and incorruptible].

Planted in the house of the Lord, they shall flourish in the courts of our God.

[Growing in grace] they shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be full of sap [of spiritual vitality] and [rich in the] verdure [of trust, love, and contentment].

[They are living memorials] to show that the Lord is upright and faithful to His promises; He is my Rock, and there is no unrighteousness in Him.

I love that last verse that says, “they are living memorials”.  How very true.  Keep on serving Him faithful Saints of God.  YOU ARE an INSPIRATION to ALL of us. 

 

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I came across this in an old book by Clarence E. Macartney.  I know many of you have read some of his work.  This really caught my attention because it is so true.  Especially in the day and age we live in.  Our ministers are not just preaching, pastors, evangelists or missionaries because they one day woke up and said, “oh, I want to be a preacher.”  No! I believe it is much more than that!  It is a God called occupation and if a man or woman doesn’t fulfill that call they will not only be miserable in this life but will also answer to God one day for not fulfilling His perfect will for their life.

A DIVINE OCCUPATION

The minister’s occupation is appointed of God, not of man.  The current tendency is to secularize the ministry, both its message and its office, as if the work of the minister were just the same as that of a teacher, a physician, a scientist, or an artist, only with a slightly different accent.  This has done the church no good.  It has not honored the gospel, nor strengthened the church, or brought men into the ministry.  The minister’s occupation is  a divine occupation.  “He gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ.”  Thus the ministry is a divine occupation, and the pulpit is, as our fathers used to speak of it, “the SACRED desk.”  Because the office of the minister is of divine origin, and because we have received of God, not of man, this ministry of reconciliation, the pulpit has stood secure through all the ages, in spite of the faults and limitations of those who have stood in it.  It will continue to stand, and continue to speak, until time shall be no more.

This is a God-thing people. God help us not to get so wrapped up in our selfish motives that God has to treat us like He did Jonah.  The sea-men asked Jonah, “What is your occupation?”  And that is what finally brought him back to his senses.  If God has called you then there is nothing else greater than doing service for His kingdom as ministers of the Gospel.  Don’t be afraid!  If God is for you, who can be against you?   Go and PREACH THE WORD!!! 

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Well, we did have a great time.  My last post we had skied and it was only 12 degrees.  When we went back the next day there were signs posted that said, “No exposed skin! Wind-chill is 30 below 0 on the mountain. Frost bite very likely.”  I looked at Nathan and he at me and we said, “NO WAY”!  lol  I guess we’re getting finicky in our “old” age.  But, we live to close to the mountains to waste a day freezing to death. We just cozied up in the condo by the fire.  Nathan’s oldest brother, Gary and his wife, Patricia came up on Friday and we enjoyed being with them and playing spades, etc.  Yes, you can ask who are the best players.  LOL  One night we ate at a seafood buffet ’til we couldn’t eat any more.  Oh my, the crab was incredible as was the fried catfish, seafood gumbo and boiled shrimp.  (see pic below) 

It is good to be home where it is warmer.  It was actually 39 degrees when I was coming home from the store a while ago and it felt warm. lol  It beats the 2 and 3 degree weather we were having at Heavenly with wind-chill way below freezing.  We did have a great time though of just being together with no telephones to answer and all was quiet and peaceful.

ski-trip-2007-005.jpg  Patricia, eating Alaskan King Snow Crab. Look how big that leg is.

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Nathan and Gary.  Nathan forgot he had taken my purse so I could take this picture. LOL  Patricia, Gary and me.  This is the day it was 30 below on the mountain.  ouch, it was cold!!!

ski-trip-2007-007.jpg  It may look nice and warm here but it was only 8 degrees and we are standing on solid ice but at least the sun was bright and beautiful this day.

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Ski Report

Just a very quick note to let you know I TOTALLY out-skied my husband today. LOL  It was great while it lasted.  Because for real, his skis were to short for his tall frame.  I know I won’t be able to keep up tomorrow. 

It snowed all day and was only 12 degrees.  COLD!!!  However, it was exhilarating and a lot of fun, fun, fun.

I will try to get pics on here soon, but I am just running into Starbucks for a few minutes at a time.  Having to much fun in the snow.

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If you have a cat you should go read this at Random Thoughts.  It’s great!

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This may not mean a whole lot to you all but I just got home from P.A.S.T.O.R.S. Course.  We had to have our final exam finished tonight on Christology and I made a 98 on it.  Thank the Lord!  I so enjoy learning and now I think I’m actually retaining some of it in my brain. PTL  We are now in Pnuematology, so hopefully I will do as well in this class. Pray saints, pray! lol

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