Author: Boo

Gift

I just turned 72.  Not saying when, but 72 years young. I had decided the Lord’s plan for my life did not include grandchildren long ago, and that was okay. My husband and I had two delightful daughters, lots of cats and a dog or two (mostly for my husband, not me), and I had classrooms and libraries filled with children as the years passed. If you’ve ever workd with children, it truly is a joy, a challenge, and helps to keep your mind young. Forever young!

So, imagine my surprise when my youngest daughter announced her pregnancy test was positive. As she was older, I tempered my excitement with restraint as we were not sure of God’s plan in this. When we departed TX, our plan was to be with my daughter and husband for the arrivel of a granddaughter. Doctors felt she might be early at various stages and sure enough, she arrived three weeks early. Wow! What an incredible gift from God. Not without challenges, but baby and mom were both fine. Those feet you’re seeing are hers-almost 6 months old.

As wonderful as the gift of my granddaughter is, God has given us His Son, Jesus Christ, as our Savior. So much more of a special, incredible gift to me, and it is a gift is for all peoples of all nations.  John 3:16 says: For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. With a new year is before us, I was just wondering if you’ve accepted Jesus as your Savior.

Blessings,
Boo & Nick

Bow Down

We’re currently living in our rv.  Less than 200 square feet of living space! Some people couldn’t do it, but we find it comfortable and sufficient for us. Okay, when we’re both trying to get in our walking steps it definitely is hard, but otherwise we do just fine.

Yes, things are pared down to a minimum.  Our office supplies fit into a set of plastic drawers to give you an idea of how pared down we are. At home we each have a desk and a printer stand that holds our office supplies. Quite a difference. Clothing is a lot of repeated outfits and frequent laundry sessions, but we do just fine. Electronic devices hold lots of books and weigh so much less than the physical ones, but 2 books for sure always go with us-our personal Bibles. Yes, we have access again to a myraid number of translations, but especially for me, that personal Bible is filled with notes and underlining- things you can’t do in electronic ones as easily.

Where am I going with this one, you might wonder? Christmas decorations in an RV are minimal for the most part. We don’t have room to store a lot, and so decisions are made as to what to take and what not to take.  We have a string of 40 feet of lights, an olive wood nativity scene gotten in Jerusalem when I was much younger, a small porcelain nativity someone gave me long ago, a small lighted tree and two jingle bell door hangers my youngest made in school.

This morning as I was turning on the lights on our little Christmas tree, I noticed that Jesus was in His manger, but Mary and Joseph were bowing down beside Him. Yes, something had knocked them both down, but what went through my head at that moment was there will be a day we will all bow down to Jesus-every person who has ever lived and who is living and all those to come. Believers in Jesus Christ and those who do not believe. We will all bow down at the feet of Jesus Christ. Philippians 2:10-11 so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Just wondering, will you be one of those who willingly bow down or one of those whose heart is not willing to bow down?  It is your choice. I pray that you make the choice to choose Jesus as your Savior. It’s certainly going to make a difference in where you will spend eternity and how you bow down to Jesus Christ.

Have a very blessed Christmas!
Boo and Nick

And Yet More Changes

In Feb 2018 I wrote about changes in our lives. Yet again, we have changes in our lives.  But thIMG_2680en doesn’t everyone? Some changes you can prepare for, others just sneak up and you get through as best you can or the best choice, you lean on the Lord and get through the way He intended.

We spent most of 2018 in TX after a medical issue required I be there most of the time. I didn’t realize just how hot TX gets in the summertime. Days of over 100 degrees! Wow!  Talk about hot!  Walking up to the mailbox was blistering and just kinda sapped my energy.

How did and do people survive without air conditioning?  Your body adjusts, gets accustomed to it.  That’s what happened to me when I first moved to FL.  You get used to it.  Okay, when I lost power during hurricanes, I reverted back to not being used to it, I will admit.  But eventually your body gets acclimated to your environment.  Just one of God’s blessings on us!

By the time May 2019 had rolled around we were more than ready to leave and just waited to see one more doctor.  This one would determine whether we would leave or continue in TX. It was tough waiting, I will admit. I’d gotten my labs, and had one doctor’s diagnosis, but waited for the last one.

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I was totally blindsided by this diagnosis. It wasn’t completely the opposite of the 1stone, but all my prepared questions were based on the first doctor’s diagnosis!  I stumbled through that visit and got my labs and prescription, and really had no idea what it was all about.  Talk about change! I have since educated myself (sort of) and have started the medication. And I continue to educate myself. It kinda connects some of the dots in my health history and gives some answers. Thank you, Lord. Change for me, for us.

So now our lives are being driven by increased doctors’ visit.  And we thought it was bad before.  It seems to be a negotiation process.  Doc says I want to see you in 3 months, and I say can’t because we won’t be here, so I hear make an appt for 3 months and if you can’t make it, reschedule. Negotiate. Be flexible. Change!

Change. Isn’t that where I started?  A few years ago I thought the Lord had decided no grandchildren for me. Health issues for one child and the other child just didn’t want children. She was adamant on that. Her husband, on the other hand, wanted children. So, they tried. Nope, not God’s will. So I continued with the mindset of no grandchildren for me. Nick yes, me no.

That was until I got the text from her saying “You gotta love God’s sense of humor.” I knew right away what she meant.

Thus began a journey of change, for her, for me, for my family. Big changes. My daughter’s heart has changed for this little girl in her life. Seeing her face as she holds her and loves on her is just wonderful and brings joy to my heart and tears to my eyes (it’s because I’m old, right?). That is such a continual blessing to me. Plus holding this little girl in my arms, who’d have thought?  Certainly not me, but how wonderful it is. Nick hasn’t had his chance to hold her yet, but will. We were here to welcome her into this world, which wasn’t without serious health issues, but again, God heard our prayers.

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So, changes again. Some expected, some not. Praise God! He truly is so good!  Everything is from Him and for His glory. James 1:17:  Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow.

And again, I would say, how do you handle changes in your life? Just wondering . . .

Plans

So often I make plans; think of things I want to do, places I want to go, people I want to see as does Nick. I think we all do. I don’t know that it’s any different for any age. We plan and we dream. The plans and dreams change, but we continue the planning and dreaming. Some people are able to carry through and accomplish their plans and dreams while others keep on planning and dreaming. Someday . . .

Who’d have thought I’d remarry, that I’d live in TX, that I’d serve a ministry that lets me meet other travelers and serve a variety of Christian ministries around this beautiful country of ours? Again who would have thought I’d be spending summers in TX where the temperatures are regularly over 100 degrees. Certainly not me! Summers were hot enough in FL for me. Nick and I both said we’d be out of TX during the summers.

Yet where did we spend this summer? In TX. In hot, humid TX. It was quite the experience for us. We even managed to walk up and back to get our mail in the middle of the day–peak hot temperature time! And we’ve gotten used to it. And, just like in FL, you get the outside work done before lunch, so you can work inside during the peak heat hours of the day.

The change in plans was necessitated by my health issues. Well, actually necessitated by the Lord. Proverbs 16:9 A man’s heart plans his way, But the Lord directs his steps. It’s taken us a while, but we’re learning this. We’re still working on the “Ask. . . ; seek His will. . .” part of it, I will admit. Our tendencies is still to jump in first, then ask. As we look back, we can see how the Lord had a purpose in the plan changes. We may not see that at the time, but hindsight (isn’t it great?) allows us to see reasons for what’s happened. Not always. But that’s okay. It’s His direction for our lives. That’s where we want to be or should want to be.

So what are your plans, your dreams? How do you plan? How do you accomplish your dreams? Have you? Just wondering . . .

Blessings,
Boo and Nick

Stories

We recently traveled to visit Nick’s cousin, who was a missionary in the Philippines for many years. He was in hospice care, and his wife said we should get there to see him. He was conscious when we arrived, so Nick did get to visit with him. We’re glad we drove up there.

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His wife said he’d been dreaming about fishing with his father everfather son fishingy night, but that’s a story only he knows.  I wondered if it was actually fishing for fish or fishing for men, because that’s what he did as a missionary.

I got to thinking about stories in my life. Growing up, my father and mother read stories to us. My mom even saved my favorite childhood storybook for me – Miss Sniff, about a black cat. I just discovered it was a Fuzzy Wuzzy book! The cover had a picture of the cat, which was fuzzy to feel. You can still feel the fuzz, because I managed to not rub it all off.

My father had quite the imagination, so he told us stories, but unfortunately, they were never recorded.  Some were good, some not so good, but he filled our lives with his stories, as I recall.  I can still remember parts of some.  He told scary ones too.

I guess you could say I continued my love for stories throughout my life. My degree is in English. I had to read a lot of stories (classical literature, I mean) for that! I worked in libraries, both school and county, surrounded by stories, and I read a lot, including reading stories as part of my jobs. I read to my own children too, and like my mother, I saved their favorite storybooks for them.

Stories have been around since man was created. Stories were passed down from parents to children and shared with others at every opportunity. God gave us a book, the Bible, with 66 books filled with stories of mankind so that we would remember just how much He loves us, our Creator.

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In Deuteronomy 11:19-20 God said, “You shall teach them to your children, speaking of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. And you shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates,” (NKJV). The stories were written over a long period of time, by multiple authors, but they all tell the story of God’s people and how He loves each and every one of us. He wants us to remember all He’s done for us and will do.

So, hearing Nick’s cousin ask to hear “lions,” I got to thinking about my favorite Bible story.  When I get to the end of my life, which Bible story would I want to hear read to me, assuming there’s time? I haven’t decided yet, but how about you?  Which story would you want to hear?  Just wondering . . .

Blessings,
Boo and Nick