Monday, January 27, 2014

People Need the Lord

Everyday they pass me by,
I can see it in their eye.
Empty people filled with care,
Headed who knows where?
On they go through private pain,
Living fear to fear.
Laughter hides their silent cries,
Only Jesus hears.

People need the Lord, people need the Lord.
At the end of broken dreams, He's the open door.
People need the Lord, people need the Lord.
When will we realize --people need the Lord?

We are called to take His light
To a world where wrong seems right.
What would be too great a cost
For sharing life with one who's lost?
Through His love our hearts can feel
All the grief they bear.
They must hear the words of life
Only we can share.

People need the Lord, people need the Lord
At the end of broken dreams, He's the open door.
People need the Lord, people need the Lord.
When will we realize that we must give our lives,
For people need the Lord.
People need the Lord.

Friday, January 24, 2014

I Hate to Read

Reading was NEVER a part of my Life.

Let's get down right to it.  I hate to read.  I have never enjoyed it.  I was never encouraged as a young child to read.  That's ok.  I pursued other interests such as school and church activities.  When I had a reading assignment in college, I would "knock" it off first to finish the task quickly.  I didn't like it lingering over me.

I NEVER encouraged my kids to read.
Oh, I would read them bed-time stories.  I would help them with their Awana verses and school projects.  I'm sad that I didn't encourage them more.

However, I do need to give myself some credit.

Since my recent major surgery before Christmas, I have picked up several novels by Karen Kingsbury, reading This Side of Heaven and Remember Tuesday Morning.

I enjoyed the books! Maybe I'll pick up some other books.

I just completed my 25th year of "One Year Bible Reading" plan.  I was sitting in our home church during our first furlough year, when Michael challenged folks to read through the Bible in a year.  I didn't stop with that year, but have continued for 24 more years.  That was back in 1989. I would sign my name and year at the end of each day entry.

Now I use the reading plan on my iphone.  YouVersion

Believe it or not, each year as I read through the Bible, I discover something new.  Something different.  Something challenging.

 Psalms 119:105  Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Psalms 121

Psalm 121:1-2

 I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.

My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Ever Wonder What 85 Years Looks Like?

Happy Birthday, Mom!

Yesterday, my mom turned 85 years.  She is just as beautiful as ever

 We Skyped with her yesterday morning as my dad so faithfully was serving her  morning breakfast.  With the tray sitting on her lap, she exclaimed that she was having toast and juice topped off with some prunes.  She gave a big belly laugh as she said, "Yes, some prunes like Glenn likes to fix for me."

I love you Mom!

Saturday, January 18, 2014

5 Things I've Learned in 34 Years

I knew it was something special when Glenn asked me out for our 3rd date, back in 1979.  I had never gotten past the 2nd date with other guys. As I think about it, I guess that was a good thing.

5 Things I have learned during these past 34 years.

The first years were the hardest. We were adjusting as a new family.  I remember wondering why Glenn couldn't read my mind.  I remember feeling frustrating when Glenn couldn't understand me.

Having children made me complete. I enjoyed being a full-time missionary mother.  I loved how our children were a part of our ministry.

Communication is important.  Once we talk things through, and speak with our hearts, then hard choices and difficult circumstances become easier.

Let each preform within their own strengths - For instance, Glenn does the finances, and I do the navigation.  Glenn is good with numbers (I'm not) and I have a better sense of direction. It just works best this way.

Grand-parenting is the best.  Enough said.

Happy Anniversary, Honey.
 January 19, 1980

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Love Field

After dropping the Rosenberger family off at the old Dallas Love Field airport, Glenn and I enjoyed some intriguing ice sculptures.

pictures taken January 6, 2014

Friday, January 10, 2014

Photo Album

 Karen with Ellen and 10 1/2 month Emily
Emily with her Crazy Uncle Gary
Uncle Gary and Aunt Madison
David (2 1/2) and Emily (10 1/2 months)
Grandmommy and GrandDaddy with
Emily and David
(2 of their 5 great grandkids)
The Stewart Family
 Ellen and Luke
(lives in Nicaragua; has the 2 cutest grandbabies)
Karen and Thomas
(teaches sign language and works for UPS)
Gary and Madison
(works for JBU and city of Siloam Springs)
 4 Generations Photo
GrandDaddy and GrandMommy
David and Emily

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Having the Family Together

This Grammie is one happy mama!  Over the weekend, Glenn and I had all 3 kids "home" together with us under one roof.  I find it challenging to have a family reunion especially since we are "homeless" in the states.  So, we "cashed in some hotel points", and we all stayed together at a local extended stay hotel for 2 days.  We played a round of "Beyond Balderdash", sat around and visited, played with the grand-kids, went to the local city park, watched football and enjoyed being together.

Thank you Lord for Family.

Gary and Madison flew down from from Arkansas, Ellen and Luke had a 6 day stop-over on their way back down to Nicaragua and Karen and Thomas were in the metroplex. 

Ellen, Grandma Vi, Aunt Sarah
baby Emily (10 months) and David (2 1/2 years)
Saturday afternoon before the football game, David enjoyed the city park.
 I had borrowed some stamps and ink earlier in the week, purchased some card stock and glue from Office Depot then at the hotel, we set up our workshop in the conference room, and Ellen and I had 2 hours of happiness,
Stamping Together! 
Luke and Ellen
Thomas and Karen
Gary and Madison

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

New Year's Eve

How did you spend your New Year's Eve?

Glenn and I drove over to CCC, the home where Marcia lives.  She was sitting in the lobby, and her face just lit up when we walked through the security doors.
Click here to read more about Marcia's husband, Ron, who recently died. 


In the all purpose room, residents were gathering for a New Year's Eve Party.  They spoke of their New Year's resolutions.  Many said they want to read their Bibles more, others said they want improved health.  Everyone was served crackers and cheese and some sparkling white grape juice.  Then we all counted down.  
10 - 9 - 8 - 7 - 6 - 5 - 4 - 3 - 2 - 1 
(even though it wasn't "really" midnight:)

 I was so blessed by celebrating New Years eve at 3pm on Tuesday afternoon with Marcia.  Marcia smiled from ear to ear as we "FaceTime" talked with our dear mutual friends Ken and Mary.  Click here (with permission) to read about the times the Bakers traveled through Central America.

I was even more blessed by spending the few hours with Marcia than by any other New Year's eve celebration this year.