ARCHIVES   MAY-JUNE   2019

 

 

 

Blog 117 for June 29, 2019

 

ADJUSTING TO CHANGE

 

“Experts” tell us that life is 95 percent adjusting to change. It really is a major challenge for every individual, for businesses, organizations, nations, and churches. It is a fact, people that can make the adjustments are successful. Examples and illustrations are everywhere. Early in my pastoral ministry, I heard the words, “we’ve never done it that way,” many times. Without exception, the churches that were willing to change their philosophy of ministry experienced wonderful growth and exciting ministry. Those that refused change struggled to survive.

 

Since change is difficult, it takes time, much prayer and patience. When change is forced, it creates strife and division. I have never seen so many churches and even denominations that are in trouble at the present time. Churches that once were dynamic, growing and effective ministries are declining and dying. I am sure all hell is rejoicing! Since Bess and I retired from the pastoral ministry two years ago, we are watching it happen. It really is sad and heartbreaking. From a 4,000 seat worship center with average worship attendance over 2,500 to 500...from the denomination’s largest to a mass exit of members and attendance, leaving a huge worship center sparsely populated..from one of the denomination's oldest and most prestigious churches now worshipping with a hand full attendance in a large and beautiful worship center with over 300 thousand square feet of building space...from a 2,000 seat worship center to an elimination of a large number of pews to adjust to a big decline in attendance and not to magnify the loss of people. I must tell you that this is just a small sample of declining churches and ministries. I am sure Satan is continuing to rejoice!

 

Our Lord founded the Church to be a life-changing organization that would change the culture of society. Instead of this happening in these last days, culture is changing churches. Too many pastors are afraid to be God-fearing preachers and defenders of the Word of God. American history reveals the fact that pastors and preachers led the way to the two American Great Awakenings that transformed the nation. It is with great regret that I have to say there are no Jerry Falwell Srs and James D. Kennedys today that dare to speak the truth with love about God and country. John Hagee, from Cornerstone Church in San Antonio, seems to be a lone voice crying in the desert. I wonder what would happen if the Joel Olsteens and David Jeremiahs would speak out about the decaying and wicked culture of America and our world. I am sure it would impact their huge crowds and deplete thousands from their book sales, but it sure could help to change the course of history! If it would challenge and inspire other preachers, it could bring about a modern day spiritual reformation and great awakening. What a glorious thought!

 

God have mercy and save us!

Charles Kirby

 

 

 

 

 

Blog 116 for June 22, 2019

 

JOB OPPORTUNITY AT DOLLYWOOD

 

When Bess and I, along with our dear friends, Steve and Cindy Stutz, were touring the Wildwood Grove new addition to Dollywood, I got a new idea. As you can see I am pictured in the latest wooden coffin on display in the cemetery section of the Grove. I told my group I could become the official funeral director of the Grove and bury those that die of exhaustion while touring Dollywood. As you can see, the casket would be very seasonable. However, my group did not think very much of the idea and shot it down. I guess I will have to come up with another plan to make some extra money while here in the Smokies.

 

“It Really Is A Small World After All.” I stay amazed with people touring these mountains that recognize me from watching church services on the internet. It has happened once again at Dollywood. Someone in Las Vegas recently asked if I would mail some of my messages to them. It was a joy to honor their request. It reminded me that “he being retired, yet speaks.”

 

Bess and I are enjoying worshipping at First Baptist Church in Morristown. The service last Sunday was tremendous with great music, worship and powerful preaching. It really did feed our souls! We had the opportunity to visit at the end with Gerald Wolfe of Greater Vision who is a member of the church, and had Sunday off. Gerald will be inducted into the Southern Gospel Hall of Fame at the National Quartet Convention in September. He is very deserving of the honor.

 

Enjoying God’s great blessings!

Charles Kirby

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blog 115 for 6-8-2019

 

PRAYING FOR THE PRESIDENT

 

Franklin Graham and 250 Christian leaders led a tremendous and worthy challenge to pastors and churches across America to pray for the President on Sunday June 2. I really was thrilled about this very timely and incredible emphasis for such a time as this! It is a fact, the need for prayer to save our nation has never been greater in my life time! I am praising my dear Lord for the fabulous response to this challenge. On the other hand, Bess and I are saddened and disappointed over the Bible- believing churches that failed to respond to this nation-wide call to prayer.

 

For years I have preached that “everything rises and falls on leadership.” You can trace this fact back to restaurants, other businesses and to churches. Pastors are the keys to growing and successful churches. I have also preached that “every pastor produces after his own kind.” Please think with me what churches across America would really be with Bible believing, preaching, praying, optimistic and positive pastors as leaders. I really do believe it could be the springboard for another great Spiritual awakening and reformation in these last days! 

Every morning in our devotions, Bess and I make sure to spend time praying for President Trump. We pray for God’s wisdom to guide his daily walk and decisions. Think what would happen if every professing Christian would do the same. I think you know what would be the results!

 

Dear Lord, please make it happen!

 

Charles Kirby

 

 

 

 

Blog 114 for 6-1-2019

 

YOUR TALKIE TALKIE AND WALKIE WALKIE MUST AGREE!

 

Some people are great in their talk about the Christian religion, but their walk betrays their talk. It is easy to talk the Christian faith, but the walk is another challenge. I really believe the two must agree. The Psalmist had it right in Psalm 19:14 when he wrote, “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer.”

 

Through the years I have been convinced that one of the greatest enemies of the modern day Church is the double walk of many professing Christians. No one can be a powerful influence for Christ if their walk does not agree with God’s Word. If we talk the talk on Sunday, we must walk the walk Monday through Saturday!

 

I remember what he said when I tried to get him in church. “Preacher, your church member’s life is no different than mine. He may talk the talk and walk the walk on Sundays, but his week day talk and walk are like mine. I really don’t need church.” It goes without saying, but all of my efforts added up to zero.

 

Think what would happen in these last days if every professor of the Christian faith lived by Psalm 19:14. Without a doubt the Holy Spirit would use that Godly influence to bring a tremendous spiritual reformation in the land! That really is the only thing that can transform America! Every morning that is the cry and prayer of Bess and me.

 

Send a great revival in my soul!

Charles Kirby

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blog 113 for 5-25-2019

 

A TIME TO REMEMBER

 

It is the time of year to remember once again. The memorial and decoration season gives us the opportunity to honor those that have run their race and passed on to receive their eternal reward. My parents taught me much about this season of the year. To them it was a time to decorate the graves of their family members that had passed away. It really was decoration time to them!

 

I remember going with my dad to the cemeteries of Pleasant Springs and Bear Creek Methodist Churches to decorate the graves of my grandparents the first part of May each year. My dad wanted the graves to look good for Decoration Sunday in each of the two churches of my childhood. It really did impact my life, teaching me to honor and respect my relatives that had passed on.

 

This memorial season gives us the opportunity to remember those that have given their lives for the freedom and liberty we all enjoy. Also, I am remembering great, dedicated laymen in the churches I have pastored through the years. So many of these sacrificed much to preserve the churches for others that would follow them. Today I am thinking about so many of them that impacted my life. It was an honor to preach the funerals of a huge number of these, and to follow them to their graves to commit them to their Lord.

 

Dear Lord, help us never to forget!

 

Charles Kirby

 

 

 

 

Blog 112 for 5-18-2019

 

AN ENCOURAGING RELIGIOUS CLIMATE

 

The longer Bess and I are in the Smoky Mountains we are discovering there is a God consciousness here that is different from most places. Bess took the picture of me, standing by an open Bible with a cross, in the open  passageway of the Morristown Mall that thrilled both of us. Most, if not all others, would not allow this. Even though not everyone is in church on Sunday, it appears church attendance is above average here. Baptist churches are everywhere, and most are very small. There is only one Nazarene church in the entire Newport, Morristown, Cosby area. As far as I know, there are only two in the greater Knoxville area, and they are small. It is obvious leadership has been a missing element through the years in these churches. When people are aware that I am a preacher there is an attitude of respect that is obvious, that reminds me of days long gone.

 

A major religious event from Sunday night, April 28, through Wednesday, May 1, was held in a big convention center nearby. It involved a host of churches from all religious backgrounds. Freddie Gage was the preacher and Charles Billingsley was the singer with a mass choir. The crowds were huge! There were 315 people who made first- time decisions for Christ, along with several hundred re-dedications. No doubt the impact of this event will live on and on! Bess and I heard Pastor Haun, the chairman of the crusade, give a tremendous report the Sunday following at First Baptist in Morristown. He could hardly contain himself!

 

It really is past time for God to send a great revival across America! It would be amazing if this religious event, held in the Smokies, would become a springboard for a mighty move of God!

 

Dear Lord, send a great revival in my soul!

Charles Kirby

 

 

 

Blog 111 for 5-11-2019

 

MOTHER’S DAY IS VERY SPECIAL!

 

Mother’s Day has always been a special day for me. Of course, the main reason is because I had a very special and wonderful mother. When I was in elementary school fighting a horrible complex due to my stuttering, she was my rock. Daily I would come home in tears because my classmates would make fun of my stuttering when I would speak. It led me to take “F” rather than to speak. That was a practice I followed through middle, high school and first year of college. As a result, I developed an inferiority complex that tormented me greatly until I was miraculously healed at 18.

 

In the long challenge that I battled for so long, my mother kept praying and encouraging me. She knew God had called me to preach, but I couldn’t because of my impediment. She would say to me that God was going to heal me. She was in the crowd when I preached my first message in my home church. Without a doubt, she was the happiest person that witnessed the miracle of Divine healing when I spoke for the first time in public without stuttering or stammering. It was obvious that God had given me the miracle that she had prayed and believed would come to pass in God’s time.

 

Godly American mothers, through the history of the United States, have been the strength of our nation. There is no greater weapon to mold our society than Godly mothers with a heart for God! May our Lord raise up more mothers in these last days that will impact and save America!

 

Happy Mother’s Day to all mothers!

Charles Kirby

 

 

 

 

 

Blog 110 for 4-13-2019

 

 

 

CHURCHES IN THE MOUNTAINS

 

Since retiring from the pastoral ministry Bess and I have been spending more time in the mountains. As a result, we have had the opportunities to attend many different churches of many denominations. It really has been an eye opening experience for us. Most of these churches are ultra contemporary and very unfriendly with none around to welcome and greet the people coming to worship. Only two churches feature strong Bible preaching, and sing at least one hymn. We leave most of these asking the question, “Why would people want to attend these churches?” On top of all of this, most are dead without life and excitement. I believe it is a major reason for the decline in church attendance across America.

 

There are two churches in the Smokies that stand out according to our evaluation. Both of these are large Baptist churches. Sevierville First Baptist is a wonderful church with pastor Dan Spencer’s solid

1st Baptist Morristown

Bible preaching. We have attended this church more than all others. However, our latest discovery is First Baptist Morristown with pastor Dean Haun. Even though it is a 45 minute drive we believe the difference is worth the distance. The music with choir and orchestra is an inspiring blended worship. Pastor Haun is a dynamic Bible preacher. Every time we leave the services, we know we have been in a great worship experience.

D. Gash

 

Back home in Lakeland, we know we have been spoiled by the dynamic worship led by worship leader, Darrel Gash, at Restoration Fellowship Church. It is choir led that features a blended variety of hymns and choruses. It prepares the congregation for the ministry of the Word to follow.

 

Promoting inspiring worship,

Charles Kirby

 

Blog 117 for June 29, 2019

 

 

As I’ve been thinking of America’s July 4th, 229th birthday, my thoughts have turned to pledges.  As we’ve all been alerted to legal and illegal immigration lately and the pathway to citizenship, it calls us all to commitment, to promises, to pledges, to stand for something.

 

Growing up, I learned pledges in school, clubs and at church.  Also, if need be, I made up my own pledges and promises. In my life I have pledged to the Flag of the United States,  to God’s Holy Word, to be a Christ follower. I pledged when joining church, when getting married, at a baby dedication, and at ordination ceremony.  Many times along the way, I would promise, scouts honor, I won’t tell or I promised to keep or do something. I’m wondering if any of you who are reading this blog have forgotten the promises you made.

 

Here are pledges I’ve made, both in my yesteryears and in these now days.

 

“I pledge allegiance to the Bible, God’s holy Word; and will make it a lamp unto my feet, a light unto my pathway, and will hide its word in my heart that I might not sin against God.”

 

“I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands. One nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

 

“Will you have Charles to be your wedded husband...to have and to hold…; will you stand by him in sickness and in health so long as you both shall live?. Will you be with him in poverty and in wealth, and shun all others , and keep yourself to him alone as long as you both shall live?  I STILL SAY, “I WILL.” (These are not the exact words, but they are close.)

 

Though this was not what I pledged when I joined the Houston, MS, Nazarene Church as a child, I agree with this church membership pledge I found by “googling”..... I used some points, mentioned there, and added some of my own.  I pledge 

 

  1. To be a functioning church member.

  2. To be a unifying church member.

  3. I will not let my church be about my preferences and desires.

  4. I will pray for my church leaders.

  5. I will lead my family to be healthy church members.

  6. I will treasure membership as a gift.

  7. I will pay my tithe and give extra offerings.

  8. I will find my place and serve in the church.

 

When Charles and I made our pledge, vowed our vows on our knees in Little Rock, AR, First Church of the Nazarene at our ordination service, we vowed to keep ourselves unspotted from the world and to preach the gospel.

 

When I found Jesus as my Savior, I made a vow to Him to be a Christ Follower. It still stands. “But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should show forth the praises of Him who hath called you out of darkness into His marvellous light.” I Peter 2:9

 

As we approach the Birthday of our Nation, listen to God’s Word. Prov. 14:34  “Righteousness exalteth a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people.” Ps. 33:12 “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, and the people whom He hath chosen for His own inheritance.”

 

It’s time to celebrate, a time to get-together, a time for fun, joy, and reflection, as our independence came at a great price. I love this song.

 

“This is my country, Land of my birth. This is my Country, grandest on earth.  I pledge thee my allegiance, America, the bold, for this is my country to have and to hold.”

 

 

 

P.S. Happy Birthday America; Happy Birthday, Chuck; Happy Birthday Angela; Happy Birthday Fred...all have July birthdays!

 

Bess

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blog 116 for June 22, 2019

 

 

SUMMER IS HERE!

 

Yesterday, June 21, 2019, was the official beginning of summer!  Are you ready to play? ...To romp around God’s awesome playground?  It’s time for a vacation, a get-away, a retreat, the time to get outside!  The Great Smoky Mountains are the oldest mountains in the world, so an article by Arvielle Patterson, said.  There are panoramic vistas of rushing rivers and majestic mountain ranges. Natural beauty abounds everywhere. People flock to this area of the country because of the endless things to see and do.

 

From the beginning of creation, the beginning of human life, God placed Adam and Eve in a beautiful garden. As we drive around in these awesome mountains and enjoy the bright, colorful and abundant daylilies, as well as the beautiful, healthy, luscious rose bushes, we are awed by God’s beauty. In fact, just sitting on our cabin deck, we can view the majestic mountains and enjoy the variety of trees, full of new leaves, adorned for summer and fall.

 

I appreciate the beauty of the earth.  I appreciate God’s creative masterpiece, this earth of which I’m a part. So viewing the spectacular vistas and participating in the wonders that abound around us, make for refreshing days. Should you come to the Smoky Mountain Area this summer, give us a call. And make memories as you “play” in God’s awesome playground.

 

Folliott Pierpoint wrote these words in the 1800s.

 

Vs. 1 “For the beauty of the earth, for the glory of the skies. For the love which from new birth over and around us lies.

Refrain: Christ, our Lord, to You we raise this, our hymn of grateful praise.

Vs. 2 For the wonders of each hour of the day and of the night. Hill and vale and tree and flower, sun and moon and stars of light.

Refrain: Christ, our Lord, to You we raise this, our hymn of grateful praise.”  

 

There are other verses as well. Please listen to the beautiful YouTube rendition of “For the Beauty of the Earth” performed by the Mike Curb Congregation.

 

Enjoy your summer outside playing and gazing at God’s Masterpieces.  I shall enjoy mine.

 

Bess

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blog 115 for 6-8-2019

 

 

DOLLYWOOD, HERE WE COME!

 

It was a great Wednesday.  The sun was shining; and, it was not too hot! We met Florida friends, Steve and Cindy Stutz at Dollywood.  Our plans were to enjoy the Kingdom Heirs, see the new section that had just opened, and see Dolly Parton’s show, “My People”; then off to the Old Mill Restaurant for some good vittles.  By the end of the day, we had accomplished our plans.

 

Not only are Steve and Cindy friends, but they are extra special friends.   As you can tell, we were enjoying ice cream, while we waited for “My People” show to start.

 

Now the “My People” Show is all about Dolly Parton’s family. While it is a great live show of her brother, her niece, cousins and others, it is an opportunity to see her...that is, on the screen!!!

The new section that they have opened in Dollywood is a paradise for children and families.  Just look at these pictures.  I wanted to ride a BEAR, but Charles wouldn’t do it. So many cute things.

 

After a good time at Dollywood, we left, headed for the restaurant. We have learned that you split meals there.  So we ordered our favorite, one turkey and dressing meal and split it. Ordered an extra chowder, and 2 sweet teas.  Oh, how good! Satisfied and tired, we, each headed our vehicle in the direction of our Smoky Mountain homes, away from home.

 

I’m thinking, we must learn more and more to enjoy life’s journey.  Take a break. Have some fun. Enjoy dear friends. Well, I’m signing off for now, until next week’s blog. 

 

 

 

Bess

 

 

 

 

 

Blog 114 for 6-1-2019

 

OPEN MY EYES!

 

Many of you, our blog readers, probably know that we read John Henry Jowett’s, “My Daily Meditation” along with the appropriate scripture in our daily devotions.  How we enjoy it. Sometimes, it’s almost beyond our understanding; but, most of the time, God reveals His message so clearly.

 

Recently, like about 10 times, we were reading about blindness and sight with portions of scripture  such as, “Show me your ways, O Lord...that I might see” and “Lord, that I might receive my sight” and “One thing I know, that whereas I was blind, now I see.”

 

So, I’ve been thinking about times we might be “blind”; have a blind spot.  I came up with these; we can be blinded by the actions of others; blinded by a lack of knowledge; blinded by appearances; blinded by disobedience; blinded by the masses, the bigness, the forest; blinded by circumstances; blinded by prejudice; blinded by judgments.

 

But nothing escapes the eyes, the knowledge of God.  God’s vision is not general, it is particular. When He looks at the human race, He sees every man, woman, boy and girl.  When He looks at His sheepfold, He sees each sheep. He calls them by name. When He looks at the forest, He sees every tree.  In John 9, the scripture says that we don’t “see things as they are.”

 

I am wondering if every struggle in this Christian journey of life is a blind spot of the REAL?  According to the writings of Bro. Jowett, sight allows one to recognize perils, behold the “enemy”; his wrath and his teeth. Sight allows one to recognize our great ALLY. ”If it had not been the Lord on our side...” Ps. 124:1,2  Thank you, Jesus, for the recognition of YOU in our midst...YOU, moving mountains...YOU, opening our eyes to the circumstances around us. The Spirit of Discernment detects hidden treasure and hidden foes.

 

A retired missionary/minister, Richard Klein, here in these Smoky Mountains, put this on Facebook once and I wrote it down.  It said, “You see worthless; God sees priceless. You see pain; but God sees purpose. You see unworthy, undeserving, but God sees you through 'Eyes of Mercy.'  Live like Jesus!  Your life is your greatest battlefield.”

 

The eyes of the obedient are anointed with the eye salve of grace and glory.  Show me your ways, O Lord...that I might see.  I want to see. Walk the journey with me, eyes wide open!    

 

Bess

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blog 113 for 5-25-2019

 

 

 

REMEMBER THE FALLEN MILITARY

MONDAY, MAY 27, 2019

 

May I share a little history of (USA) Memorial Day? It’s a federal holiday in the U.S. for remembering the people, men and women, who died while serving in the country’s armed forces.  Many reading this blog, may remember that it used to be called DECORATION DAY, when people would go to cemetaries and place flowers or flags on the graves. Charles remembers this well.

 

Memorial Day is considered the official start of summer vacation in the U.S.; while Labor Day, the first Monday of September, marks summer’s end. Cemetaries are visited on Memorial Day to honor those who died in military service. You’ve seen, as have I, beautiful National Cemetaries adorned with American Flags on each grave.

 

In 1966, WATERLOO, N.Y., was declared by the Federal Government to be the official birthplace of Memorial Day.  Waterloo first celebrated this special day on May 5, 1866; and, hosted lots of annual events in the ensuing years, remembering the occasion.  Businesses would close; residents would decorate the graves.

 

The Civil War, which ended in 1865, claimed more lives than any conflict in U.S. history; and, it required the establishment of the country’s first National Cemetaries. So on May 5, 1868, the leader of an organization for Northern Civil War Veterans, General John A. Logan, called for a special National Day to honor those who died serving their country. He said that May 30th would be designated for the purpose of decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country. “Those bodies lay in almost every city, village, and hamlet church graveyard in the land,” he said.

On the first Decoration Day, General James Garfield made a speech at ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETARY, and 5,000 participants decorated the graves of the 20,000 UNION and CONFEDERATE soldiers buried there.

 

By 1890, many Northern states had made Decoration Day an official STATE HOLIDAY.  On the other hand, Southern states continued to honor their dead on separate days until after World War I.  It was during and after World War I that the holiday began to recognize and honor all American Military Personnel, who died in ALL wars, not just the CIVIL War.

 

Two other days celebrate those who serve or have served in the armed forces; VETERANS DAY (Nov. 11, 2019) and ARMED FORCES DAY (celebrated May 18, this year).

 

Most of this information came from Wikipedia and googling Memorial Day - History.  May God bless all those who serve, past and present. It’s a blessing to go to a cemetary and see the decorated tombs of those who served and paid the ultimate sacrifice. MAY GOD BLESS AMERICA.

 

Bess

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blog 112 for 5-18-2019

 

IS YOUR CONFIDENCE IN JEHOVAH, STRONG TODAY?

 

Several days ago, I sat down with pen and paper, hoping for inspiration for this blog.  Day after day, I struggled, as to what to write. I guess I’ve had “writer’s block.” I certainly drew a blank for many days. But, time's up...Duane called…”where’s your blog?”

 

So, here I go again, trying to write something that will not only encourage and bless you, but encourage me, as well.  I was sitting on the couch with notebook in hand, when my eyes glanced at a small plaque on the side table. It read, “The Lord Himself watches over you.  The Lord stands beside you as your protective shade.” Psalm 121:5

 

After doing a little study of this chapter 121, and the surrounding chapters, I discovered that beginning with Psalm 120 through Psalm 134, they are called “Songs of Degrees,” or “Songs of Ascents” or “Songs for the Goings up.”

 

These Psalms are called Pilgrims' Songs, suggesting that these were sung by those pilgrims who went up to Jerusalem to worship.  They were songs of desire, hope, and approach. Listen to some of what they were singing, and let your confidence in Jehovah build.

 

  1. Ps. 120 - “In my distress I cried unto the Lord, AND HE HEARD ME…”

  2. Ps. 121 - “I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills...MY HELP COMETH FROM THE LORD.”

  3. Ps. 122 - “I was glad when they said unto me, LET US GO INTO THE HOUSE OF THE LORD.”

  4. Ps. 123 - “UNTO THEE LIFT I UP MINE EYES…”

  5. Ps. 124 - “IF IT HAD NOT BEEN THE LORD WHO WAS ON OUR SIDE…”

I could go on through Ps. 134, and may do that in another blog.

 

Can you visualize the pilgrims on their way to Jerusalem to worship, singing songs of confidence, help, hope, praise, assurance, and thanksgiving, remembering from where God had brought them?  By the time they arrived, they were filled with STRONG CONFIDENCE IN JEHOVAH GOD. While exile was difficult, their hearts were filled with confidence in a God who cares, a God who provides, a God who answers, a God who supplies.

 

Are you needing help from the Lord today? He’s only a prayer away.  Think on the miracles He’s done for you and your family. Think of His great faithfulness. Think of His awesome love. Read Ps. 121.                  


Bess

 

 

 

 

 

Blog 111 for 5-11-2019

 

 

I AM SO THANKFUL!

As I reflect on Mother’s Day 2019, I am so grateful that my 2 children belong to Jesus and are daily growing in His love and plan for their lives. The 2nd Sunday of May is always Mother’s Day. And this Sunday, as with the few recent Mother’s Days, I will be miles away from my wonderful children, Chuck and Micki, and their families; but, everyday I pray for them. Today will be no exception. They will be presented to the Throne with their challenges and needs.

 

Today, I want them to know how thankful and blessed I am to have been honored by each one's birth. That God would grant Charles & me, a boy and a girl, is so special.  And we have enjoyed the journey. A son is special; a daughter is special. Baby Chuck came naturally, and was a delight with a great personality. Baby Micki came early by cesarean section and was a great joy.  Oh, how I liked to dress up Micki. How I liked to fix her hair. Not sure either child liked me dressing them alike. And Micki had her own ideas about hair-dos. She didn’t choose my styles. These were wonderful days, as I reminisce today.

 

Life for any of us is not without challenges, obstacles, and hard spots.  Hurts, needs, despair, and hope are in our passage of time. But, through it all, we can learn to trust in God.  We can learn to depend upon His Word. We must everyday, put on the whole armor of God for standing.

 

I sure hope I’ve been the Mother in child rearing that I needed to be.  I hope that in these present years, I remain strong, kind, and helpful to that grown-up son and grown-up daughter.  May I still teach by example. May my influence for righteousness be that bright light that points Chuck and Micki to God.

 

Sacrifice and tears, as well as contentment and joy, are in our bag as moms.  And in some instances, “It’s not an easy road.” But the key, the answer, the strength to carry on, is found in Jesus, His Godly Armor, and the Bible, God’s authoritative Word.

 

Mothers out there...Mothers reading this blog, YOU CAN MAKE IT.  You can get through those teen years. You can get through whatever the challenge is. God has promised, “As our day, so shall our strength be” (Deut. 33:25b). He has promised “Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it” (Proverbs 22:6). God will watch over our children.

 

Happy Mother’s Day to all Mothers.  And to my dear children, I am so thankful for you and your families and your faith in Jesus.  Keep Him first. Trust His heart. He loves you with an everlasting love.

 

                                          Love, Mom

 

 

 

 

 

Blog 110 for 4-13-2019

 

 

 

It’s COLLEGE GRADUATION time for our youngest grandson, Chase Robert Luetkemeyer.  He graduates with a two-year degree from Eastern Florida State University in Melbourne, FL, with an Associate of Arts Degree on May 9, 2019.   How time flies. It seems like only yesterday, that he was a preschooler. Early on, he learned how to wash a car, assisted by his dad. And he’s kept on learning through the years. What a precious, delightful grandson he is, all grown up now. This year, he’ll turn 20 on June the 20th. His educational focus is in the technology field; pursuing an Information Technology Degree, as he,  in his own time, completes the four-year degree..

 

It’s CONGRATULATIONS time for Chase. Congrats on this great achievement.  Of course, he is a straight A graduate, having made the President’s List all through these first 2 years.  Wow! I can’t claim that. I went to college, even graduated, but did not make straight A’s. I guess I was too interested in the extracurricular offerings.

 

We’re in the Mountains and won’t be able to be at his graduation, but our hearts are there.  We love everyone of our grandsons, Kyle, Cody, Michael, and Chase. But this is Chase’s Day! Chase’s Graduation Day!  We want to sing his praises. Chase has dreams, ambitions, & desires like anyone else; and, one day he will achieve his highest goals. He thinks working with big corporations like Harris, or Rockwell Collins as a SYSTEMS ADMINISTRATOR might be enticing. Go after it, Chase.  We’re in your corner!!!

 

He has achieved much in his life, going to public school early on, but being home schooled most of the time, making straight A’s continually. He loves sports, and played basketball & soccer in high school, with soccer being his favorite.  In his senior year, he received the MVP Soccer Award, and in basketball, he received the Defensive Player of the Year Award. He likes softball, too, and presently he plays Outfield (and second base sometimes) for his Medi-Share Christian Care Ministry Team.

 

During the summers and while in college, Chase worked part time at Medi-Share Christian Care Ministry...in the Information Technology department there.

 

Chase is a fine Christian young man.  We are so proud of him. Glad God gave him to Bob and Micki, and thereby, giving him to us as a precious and priceless GRANDSON.  Chase, we love you; congratulate you; and wish you the best life has to offer. “Be strong and of good courage…” Deut. 31:6; Josh.1:6; Josh.1:7.

 

“Wait on the Lord; be of good courage, and He shall strengthen thine heart; wait, I say, on the Lord.” Ps. 27:14

 

We’re blessing the Lord for the gift of CHASE.

                                    Grandpa & Grandma Kirby