Saturday, July 26, 2008

Jamie's Home

Jamie has returned safely from Nicaragua and has many wonderful stories to tell all of us. We plan on going to the Reflection Dinner at the church tonight (Sat.) and will leave early in the morning to travel to Ala. for the funeral of Mrs. Harris. Service will be 11:00 AM Monday morning.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Homecoming

Sarah Jeter Harris
February 16, 1923 - July 23, 2008



Would we know that the major chords were sweet,
If there were no minor key?
Would the painter's work be fair to our eyes,
Without shade on land or sea?
Would we know the meaning of happiness,
Would we feel that the day was bright,
If we'd never known what it was to grieve,
Nor gazed on the dark of night?

The above words were in my devotional this morning written for this very day. God is the God of All comfort. He is so good to us.

Gifts from God

God has been so sweet to us during these final days with Mrs. Harris. This morning we had a sweet lady named Annie to come to our room and play the harp. It was such a calm, soothing, time. She played hymns and quietly sang to her. HOW BEAUTIFUL.



Another sweet gift came yesterday. Our friends, JoAnna and Ryan Supler came to visit with us. Ryan is a registered nurse and works in the emergancy room at Lexington Hospital. While he was visiting, he attended to a few of her medical needs. What a kind way to minister to Mrs. Harris. THANK YOU RYAN. Bless you!!!

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Waiting on the Lord

My devotional this morning had the theme once again of WAITING ON THE LORD! We continue to to be with Mrs. Harris as shei s on her journey to her heavenly home. She is very peaceful this morning, which is such a blessing. Below is my devotional from Streams in the Desert.

We should not only understand the importance of our waiting on God but also realize something even more wonderful--the Lord waits on us. And the very thought of His waiting on us will give us renewed motivation and inspriration to "wait for him." It will also provide inexpressible confidence that our waiting will never be in vain. Therefore, in the spirit of waiting on God, let us seek to discover exactly what it means right now.
The Lord has an inconceivably glorious purpose for each of His children. "If this is true," you ask, "why is it that He continues to wait longer and longer to offer His grace and to provide the help I seek, even after I have come and waited on Him?" He does so because He is a wise gardener who "waits for the land to yield its valuable crop" and is "patient...for the autumn and spring rains" (James 5:7) God knows He cannot gather the fruit until it is ripe, and He knows precisely when we are spiritually ready to receive blessings for our gain and His glory. And waiting in the sunshine foe His love is what will ripen our soul for His blessings. Also, waiting under the clouds of trials is as important, for they will ultimately produce showers of blessings.
Rest assured that if God waits longer than we desire, it is simply to make the blessings doubly precious. Remember, He waited four thousand years, "but when the time had fully come, God sent his Son" (Gal. 4:4) Our time is in His hands, and He will quickly avenge those He has chosen, swiftly coming to our support without ever delaying even on hour too long. Andrew Murray

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Waiting on the Lord

There are times in life that we must "wait" on the Lord. Kynn's mom, Sarah Harris, is very sick and close to the end of her time on this earth. I have asked God, to teach us and comfort us. He has over and over said to me, "Wait on Me." In my view, for Mrs. Harris' sake, the best would be for him to invite her on into her heavenly home. It is His timing, and His plan, not ours. So we will wait upon the Lord. Our strength will be renewed. He says so!!! and we believe!


WAIT . . . AND LISTEN
by Charles R. Swindoll

Read Esther 4:12--17; Isaiah 41:10, 13

During the three days of waiting, there is a "white space" when nothing is happening---at least nothing visible. You could easily tell yourself at the time, "I'm waiting in vain. Nothing's going to change." That's what the adversary wants you to think: "Waiting's a waste." Don't you believe it! When the enemy's message roams into your mind, you need to kick it out. Reject it. Look at another verse in Isaiah, just a few verses after the "eagle" verse.

Do not fear, for I am with you;
Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you, surely I will help you,
Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.

For I am the LORD your God, who upholds your right hand,
Who says to you, "Do not fear, I will help you." (Isaiah 41:10, 13)

It's those kinds of thoughts that surely strengthened Esther while she was waiting, praying, and fasting for those three days. Mordecai did the same, as Esther had commanded. But now their roles were reversed. He was no longer in charge; she was. Or, better still, the Lord was. And as the Lord gripped her heart, she became unafraid of what she faced.

This may be one of those "white spaces" in your own life. Maybe it's time for you to pray and fast and to call upon a few close friends to fast and pray with you. Maybe it's time for you to say, "I'm not going to rush into this unpredictable and unprecedented situation. I can't find the path to walk. So I'm going to wait. In the meantime, I'm going to give it to God. I'm going to listen with a sensitive ear and watch the Lord's leading with a sensitive eye."

God counsels us with His eye. The eye makes no sound when it moves. It requires a sensitive, earthly eye to watch the movement of the eye of God---God's directions. All He may do is turn your attention in another direction. But that may be all you need. As you wait, listen. Pore over a favorite passage in His Word. Quietly give attention to His presence, and He gives you direction.


Taken from Charles R. Swindoll, Great Days with the Great Lives (Nashville: W Publishing Group, 2005). Copyright © 2005 by Charles R. Swindoll, Inc. All rights reserved worldwide. Used by permission.

Poor Moth!

My camera has become my friend these days. This bird caught this moth and was chirping loudly to tell everyone of his success. To bad, so sad, for the moth!!


A TRAFFIC Stopper

Kynn's mom, Mrs. Sarah Harris, is currently at Baptist Hospital on hospice. She is in her final days here on earth and we are spending all our time with her these days. We go home late each night and return each morning to be with her. She is such a sweet, sweet lady.

This morning as we headed up Leesburg Rd., Kynn said, "Look!" At first I did not see what he saw, but then my eyes focused in on a real "treat" to start our day. I was thrilled that I had my camera with me. Actually, I had taken it out of my bag because I had thought that we did not want any pictures from the hospital room. As I left my bedroom, I went back and put it in my bag. Well, you know me, I had to jump out of the car and take pictures. I even had to wave down traffic one time. A little fun to start our day. :)

STOP!!! WATCH OUT!!!



HERE THEY COME!



HERE COME SOME MORE!



These geese took their time crossing the road. You can see the ones on the far right began to RUN, they didn't want to be left behind! LOL



They made it! And as you can see, it didn't bother them one bit to walk over a few graves as they headed to the water in Greenlawn Cemetery. (By the way, we counted 38 geese in all!)

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Mission Update

Jamie and the team have arrived in Nicaragua. See the below email update. We are so excited for all of them and can not wait to hear how God works. :)



HELLO ALL! I wanted to let you all know very quickly that we are here! Our flight ran a little late so we got in a little later than we though last night but we pulled into the Mission Home & its like a tropical paradise in the middle of the country! Its absolutely BEAUTIFUL! Things went GREAT with the flights we had no problem in the airport at ll the Lord was really with us as we were traveling! Since it is Saturday we are going ahead and doing our rest & relaxtion day today. We are now on the way to the market, then to Catalina which is a volcano that shows a beautiful view of managua. We are eating there on top of the mountain and then hopefully if the rain holds off, going on a boat ride on Lake Managua! What are fun day we have ahead!

Tomorrow we will be heading to Salinas Grande for church there. That is a barrio that people have been going to for years now and they have established a church there. We will be doing a feeding there and spending the day with the people there. MOnday I think we will be going to Paradise which is a newer barrio. It is very porr place and not many teams have been there yet so that should be a great time of ministry as well!

So far all the students are doing GREAT! We all slept well last night, no sicknesses, they were all up early in the kitchen helpinbg the cook it was great to see them so willing to serve! & Tomorrow also we get to have a Nicaraguan birthday celebration for one of our students who is having a birthday!

Please continue to pray for no sicknesses, for opportunities to share the gospel and for strength throughout the week! I am not sure if we will make it back to the internet cafe to email again but I will do my best!

We all love you and thank you so much for all of your prayers and support! Dont forget the room that is open for prayer and to write the students back at the church!


Adios Amigos!

--
Cassie Burnette
Shandon Baptist Church
Interim Student Ministry Associate

Friday, July 18, 2008

Mission Trip

Jamie left today for a mission trip to Managua, Nicaragu. Please pray for the whole team and that God will be glorified. Jamie will be the leader at the group time on Monday. We can not wait to hear how God works during this time.

PSALMS 23

The LORD is my shepherd;
I shall not want.
He makes me to lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside the still waters.
He restores my soul:
He leads me in the paths of righteousness
For His name's sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the
shadow of death, I will fear no evil;
For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
You anoint my head with oil;
My cup runs over.
surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
All the days of my life:
And I will dwell in the house of the LORD Forever.
Ps. 23

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Fun with Granddaddy

Over the 4th of July, my parents came and spent the weekend with us. Jamie and my dad, James Patterson, had a big time playing with each other. Sat. morning started off with just the guys going to breakfast together. It was a great day and the two of them had a great time together.



We ate breakfast at IHOP! Yum Yum!!!


Daisy got the pancake "leftovers!" She was a happy dog! :)

We made silly faces!!!




Ping Pong!



Chinese Checkers! Granddaddy won the first three games. Jamie finally took the last one.



We fed the Geese at Bobby and Marlene's house.



We played..... throw the golf ball in the center hole of the table. Not as easy as you would think!! Fun memories. What a GRAND Daddy!!!.
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Wednesday, July 2, 2008

New York photos

Here are pictures from the New York trip that Kynn and the boys took June 20, 2008. They had a wonderful time.
Baseball Hall of Fame

Lady Liberty


Yankee Stadium




We are tired. Time to go HOME!