Saturday Evening Post – August 27, 2016

Hello to all. Well it looks like summer is still going to be with us for a little while yet. Sure has been warm today. I cut grass this morning and then spent part of the afternoon at the football stadium watching young boys play football. Boy was it hot. It was actually miserable and close to dangerous. Obviously, kids can take it a lot better than us senior adults. But my, what we all do for our grandkids.

We will keep the post short and simple tonight. I have some ideas for another short series but I’ve not made a decision as to what it will be. But I’m sure whatever the topic is, the Lord is going to use it to challenge and teach me more than anyone else. That’s the way it has been every other time and I don’t expect it do be any different this time. It reminds me of an old song that has a chorus that goes something like this:

He’s still working on me. To make me what I ought to be. It took Him just a week to make the moon and stars. The sun and the earth and Jupiter and Mars. How loving and patient He must be. He’s still working on me.

I do have one other thing to share with you. This past week I was listening to David Jeremiah on the radio and he made a statement that has been on my mind ever since. It was rather simple but yet profound. He said “We receive what we hear and it lands on our ears. But only when the Holy Spirit moves what we’ve heard from our ears to our hearts will we be able to use it as God intended.” I have thought a lot about that and have come to realize how very true it is. That why the Bible says “Be ye doer’s of the Word and not hearer’s only.” So many times I have not allowed the Holy Spirit to move what I’ve heard from my ears to my heart. I have missed what God was wanting to do in my life. I pray He will forgive me and that I will have a greater desire to be led by the Holy Spirit on a daily basis.

Isn’t it amazing how God never gives up on us!

I thank each of you for being a sounding board for me and how you continue to be an encouragement to me. May God richly bless you.

David

Saturday Evening Post – August 20, 2016

Well hello everyone. Sorry for the lateness of the hour. It has been a long day with my weekly chores of mowing grass, weed eating and pool cleaning this morning and then the last poolside birthday party of the season for one of the grandkids. As a matter of fact we were visited with about 20 ten-year-olds, mostly boys, and we witnessed one of the most notable Nerf gun battles of all time. We are not sure who won but it was obvious all the participants greatly enjoyed the exercise and will all be able to recount the event. And I’m sure we will hear varying versions depending on which side they were on.

I just want to mention one more thing that I am thankful for before moving on to another topic. I am so very blessed to have the job I have. A few years ago I really thought the time had come for me to retire and make way for the younger generation to take over. And retire I did. However, after I had enjoyed a couple of years of what most people think of as the ultimate dream, I found myself wanting to again be a  respected contributor to society and have an impact on those around me. My dilemma was that I thought I was too old to be employable again. Then God opened up a door for me and has allowed me to be a part of something that I truly enjoy and that is very rewarding. I have been able to use my education and experience to help pull together some successful projects for my employer. The last five years have been the best years of my working career and I plan to go a little while longer before giving it up again. So, thank you Lord for your blessings on me.

I know there are other things that I could mention and they are all important. But I have included the most apparent and important ones for me. I would sure love to hear from each of you about the things you are thankful for. I have found that listing them and speaking them makes me realize how really blessed I am but how I take them for granted so much of the time.

I want to thank you for responding to my prayer request from last week. Our visit at Westside was a great experience as we were able worship the Lord with the folks there through our music. God blessed in a great way and it was an honor to lift up His name and to hopefully encourage all who were present. We look forward to more opportunities to share if the Lord so sees fit.

I have another special prayer request for this week. Many of you know Joe Pampinto and have heard of his recent health situation. From what I hear, Joe is still in very bad shape after his heart attacks and surgery and is likely to be down for quite some time. Please pray that God will continue to intervene in Joe’s life and bring him back to good health. The coming days are critical for him so I urge you to lift him up every opportunity you have. But as always, may God’s will be done and He be glorified in all things.

Until next week may God richly bless each of you.

David

 

Saturday Evening Post – August 13, 2016

Good evening all. Hope all of you had a wonderful week. It’s hard to believe that school has already started for the kids and everyone is gearing up for the football season. The blooms on our pecan tree have just all of a sudden turned to green pecans and the tree is loaded. But the summer flowers and vegetable plants are beginning to fade away. I’m sure going to miss those fresh tomatoes!

More blessings are mine. As I’ve gone through this past week, other things have come to my mind that I am thankful for. One of the majors for me is my health. Although I did suffer significant damage to my heart muscles when I had my heart attack five years ago, the Lord saw fit to allow me more time with my family and more time to serve Him. He has continued to sustain me and has brought me to a place of a closer relationship with Him. Thank you Lord for your blessings on me!

Good Christian friends are another reason for giving thanks to the Lord. It is such a blessing to be able to fellowship with other believers of like mind and to know there are folks you can call on in time of need. With the changes going on in our world today, for the worst I might add, the right kind of friends has become more and more of a necessity to maintain a healthy outlook on life. I believe it is one of God’s ways of reminding me that He is still in control and I am not alone in the battle. Thank you Lord for your blessings on me!

I have a few more that I will share with you next week. Maybe these have brought to mind more things you are thankful for but take for granted like I do. This has caused me to pause and reflect on my wealth of blessings. I hope it has done the same for you.

I have a special prayer request of each of you as you pray tonight and tomorrow.As many of you know, for a few years I was part of a southern gospel quartet that was birthed out of the Sunday School class of which I was a member. We ministered to senior adults in nursing homes and assisted living facilities from 2008 until 2013. One of our members then began to experience major health issued and eventually passed away. During the time of his sickness we put our ministry on hold. However, recently a couple of the original members, including myself, have begun to feel that the Lord is leading us to become involved again in a music ministry of some kind. We have introduced some new folks to our group and have been practicing for several weeks. We are not exactly sure what the Lord has for us to do but tomorrow night we will be at Westside Baptist Church to minister during the evening service. My prayer is that whatever we do will bring honor and glory to God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ. Please pray for us. Pray that we will be able to discern what He would have us do and that we will be willing and available.

To God be the glory forever and ever amen. May God bless you this coming week.

David

Saturday Evening Post – August 6, 2016

A big hello to all of you. Another week has passed us by and my how they seem to fly. Summer is still reminding us that hot temperatures are the norm for us this time of year. But fall is just around the corner and before you know it the Christmas season will be on us and then another year will be gone forever.

Last week I shared with you that I felt like I need to express my gratitude for the blessings that the Lord has sent my way and I began with the gift of salvation that became mine many years ago. This is the greatest blessing of all. But there are many more that come to mind as I sit and ponder things of the past and present. So I’ll move on with some others.

I am so grateful to God for the wonderful wife he gave me 45 years ago. I’ve told many people this before, but the first time I ever laid eyes on her I knew she was special. Little did I know then that we would share the rest of our lives together. I can’t imagine life without her. God certainly knew what He was doing when he made a helpmate for Adam in the Garden of Eden. Thank you Lord for your blessings on me.

I am so thankful to God for the three beautiful daughters He has blessed me with. What a joy it has been to watch them grow into beautiful women. And I mean beautiful in many ways. In how they care for their husbands and their children. In how they treat other people. In how they seek to honor God. Another blessing I don’t deserve. Thank you Lord for your blessings on me.

I am so grateful for the nine wonderful grandchildren He has allowed me the privilege to be a part of their lives. I have had the opportunity to be present at the hospital when every one of them was born and hold them while they were only a few minutes old. I have watched every one of them grow and change and become their own person. They are gifts from God himself and I cherish them. I pray that I will always have a positive impact on their lives. Thank you Lord for your blessings on me.

As you can probably see, my family is the most important thing in my life next to my relationship with Jesus. I’m sure each of you feel much the same as I do about your families and consider them blessings also. As I said before; if you had a list of the things you are thankful for it would probably be very similar to mine. Maybe you are like me and need reminding every once in a while.

Well, I’ll have more next week to be thankful for. How about you?