Friday, April 25, 2008


I have made it home to Indiana for a brief and restful visit with friends and family. There is something about coming hogreat that I got the best night sleep I have had in the past few weeksme and getting rested and recharged. I can't explain it...but I feel refreshed after being here just 15 hours.

Last night was a great night in that I got the best night's sleep. i had some crazy dreams about my grandparents cat wearing glasses for its poor eyesight. When in fact my pap is headed even now to pick up his new glasses...WOW!

It is good being home! Charlie is playing...or attempting to play...the piano, HE SHOULDNY GIVE UP HIS DAY JOB! He is actually doing well now that he is drinking his coffee!


Thursday, April 24, 2008

Is Jesus up at 5:40?

WHEW! 5:40 comes earlier and earlier each week!!! I have to get up that early to go to seminary and wonder if Jesus is up that early. It seems as though I just lay down and the alarm goes off! Man I am really beginning to dislike the phrase...'HELLO MOTO" the tune on my cell phone.

I am now sitting in an exegesis class and am wishing I were in my comfy bed all nice and snug...maybe watching a movie. But I emember someone saying to me that I must do the things I need to do when I need to do them so that I can do the things I want to do when I want to do them. Hopefully, there will come a day when I am able to sleep in and watch a movie before I get up...who knows...maybe SATURDAY!!!

Until then, I must continue doing the good work and praying for the UMers in Texas...May God have mercy and may He reign in Fort Worth and everywhere! AMEN!

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Somebody's Prayin'

Right now, United Methodists from all over the world are decending upon Fort Worth Texas for the 2008 General Conference. The theme for the conference is: A Future with Hope.

Simultaneously, millions of UMers are on their knees praying for God to drown the conference in His Spirit. Many liberal issues will be taken up for discussion and possible application by the church. All of them are antithetical to the will of God!

So it is with me...I am resolved that God's will, not the will of mortal man, rules my life. As Charles Wesley wrote...

I want a principle within of watchful, godly fear,A sensibility of sin, a pain to feel it near.I want the first approach to feel of pride or wrong desire,To catch the wandering of my will, and quench the kindling fire.
From Thee that I no more may stray, no more Thy goodness grieve,Grant me the filial awe, I pray, the tender conscience give.Quick as the apple of an eye, O God, my conscience make;Awake my soul when sin is nigh, and keep it still awake.
Almighty God of truth and love, to me Thy power impart;The mountain from my soul remove, the hardness from my heart.O may the least omission pain my reawakened soul,And drive me to that blood again, which makes the wounded whole.

This is my earnest...for the men and women meeting just now! May God grant them the wisdom to make decisive choices and leave no room for whatever form that takes!

I've Fallen and I CAN'T GET UP!

This past Sunday, I got the nerve to move a glass-top desk all by myself because I wanted to put the finishing touches on my office. Well...I wrenched my back and have been in pain for three days!

Someone suggested that I lay flat on the floor with my legs propped up on the sofa. This, they said, would help relieve any pain. Well, it did until I decided to get up. It took me almost 6 minutes just to get myslef to a sitting position...all the while I was in tears and pain.

Now many of my friends would tell you that I am a whiner...maybe so! But I will tell them and you that it felt like I had a fork twisting round and round in my lower back as one would twirl spaghetti. Not fun!

So to all who read is so practical advice.

3. DON'T WHINE...cause people won't believe you when it is serious!
4. NEVER PUT YOURSELF IN A POSITION YOU CAN'T GET OUT OF - or don't want to be in for a significant amount of time!
5. NEVER TAKE FREE ADVICE...its free for a reason! (hint...hint)

I've fallen and can't get up...HELP!