Friday, August 31, 2007

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Whenever I get a little weary and lose some enthusiasm for ministry, I pull out this picture of Frank. Frank has now gone on to be with Jesus, but six months before his homegoing, he was going to die without hope. One Sunday, he walked into our triple wide trailer we use for church and saw someone being baptized. The Lord drew his heart and he told Michael he wanted to be baptized the next Sunday. Michael talked to him about Jesus and Frank began a new life. The Lord softened his heart, and he began repair work on relationships that had been destroyed for many years. He called his kids, his sisters, his brother in Hawaii, and even called his neighbor that he hadn't spoken to for awhile. As the baptism day drew near, Frank called crying, broken over the fact that he couldn't be baptized because he hadn't been able to quit smoking. Michael explained to him that he didn't have to clean up to come to Jesus, but that Jesus would clean him up because he had come to Him. Frank had to be helped into the horse trough "baptistry" that Sunday because his 72 year old legs couldn't do the job. He wept as Michael told his sweet story.

Frank's life encourages me to continue serving our sweet Lord as He changes lives, no matter the age. To hang in there when things seem a bit overwhelming. Thank You, Jesus, that even though Frank is with You now, his life still "spurs me on to good works".

Michael and I have been married 14 1/2 years. We sure enjoy spending time together. He is the pastor of the Cowboy Church of Ennis, a great dad, a wise counselor, an amazing teacher, and a wonderful husband. He loves me as Christ loves the church and, let me tell you, it is the greatest. In his spare time, which isn't much, he enjoys his horses. It is a great stress relief for him to get out and mess with the horses. Honestly, I think he makes a pretty cute cowboy!

This is Rachel, our youngest 12 year old. She just turned 12 and is an aspiring photographer. She has a pretty good eye when it comes to taking pictures. I take her with me to do photo sessions and she is a great help.

Kayla and Kevin have been married since March. They had a sweet courtship and Kevin was so careful to guard her heart. They live in Tulsa and own a Marble Slab Creamery. We are grateful to God that our kids have found godly mates. Kayla's bridal pictures were done by Lauren Clark of Lubbock.

This is Leah. She is twelve (almost thirteen) just like Hannah. They were born at the same time and until that birth known as "Baby A" and "Baby B". Leah loves electronic devices and is a Photoshop whiz. She teaches her mom things she has figured out. She also is our "soundman" at church.

Hannah is our family clown. Well, maybe she and Adam could share that title. She is twelve (almost thirteen) and loves dogs and is a very good little artist. She also has a good ear on the guitar.

Adam is a police officer in Lubbock, Texas. He loves his job. He's wanted to be a police officer since he was a little boy and now is living out that dream. He is about to buy his first house so the girls and I will make a trip soon to help him paint and get settled in.

This is Kyle and Jade. Kyle sells insurance for Farmers in Sapulpa, Oklahoma and Jade teaches kindergarten. They met at Oklahoma State University where Kyle played football for the Cowboys and Jade played softball for the Cowgirls. I met her through Bible study and loved her heart and desire for learning the Word. In October they will be having our first grandchild. We are so excited!

Here are our precious kids. They love the Lord and that brings us great joy!