27 May 2018

It Was Nice While It Lasted

Since winter arrived last October, we have been daydreaming about sitting out on the deck, enjoying coffee or whatever. It has seemed increasingly distant as our spring stretched out, cooler temps holding sway ... until today.

Today, we had glorious sunshine and blue skies. The temp climbed from 43 this morning to 61 while we worked in the yard, and then - this afternoon - it hit 66 lovely degrees. We sat out, we sipped beverages, we talked, we luxuriated in it.

It lasted for an hour.

The clouds rolled in, distant thunder began to rumble and echo through the mountains, and the breeze became a gusty wind.

And now? A steady rain, gusty winds, and 57 degrees.

But it sure was nice ... for a while.

Beating Back the Forest

Several hours of cutting down small trees and more of the overgrown hedge/brush in the back yard yesterday. More of that, plus three hours of raking, bagging, and running two weedeaters today. That's the back yard, back more-or-less under control from the forest which always threatens to overrun us. 

The portion of the front yard which has grass is next. That's about a quarter-acre, give or take.

Those are the oversize "contractors' yard waste" bags, plus a LOT of brush,
laid on its sides.

God's Word for Sunday, 5/27/18

What matters most to me is to finish what God started: the job the Master Jesus gave me of letting everyone I meet know all about this incredibly extravagant generosity of God.
Acts 20:24 (MSG)

26 May 2018

God's Word for Saturday, 5/26/18

“This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life. God didn’t go to all the trouble of sending his Son merely to point an accusing finger, telling the world how bad it was. He came to help, to put the world right again. Anyone who trusts in him is acquitted; anyone who refuses to trust him has long since been under the death sentence without knowing it. And why? Because of that person’s failure to believe in the one-of-a-kind Son of God when introduced to him.
John 3:17 (MSG)

Reunion, Texas-Style

I just made all the reservations for a trip to San Antonio in October, for my ship's annual meet. I've not been before, as work always interfered. Not so much now, though.

I haven't seen any of these folks since 1975 or longer, and there will be plenty there from earlier tours whom I've seen only on Facebook.

I'm stoked.

USS William M. Wood (DD715)

25 May 2018

God's Word for Friday, 5/25/18

Post this at all the intersections, dear friends: Lead with your ears, follow up with your tongue, and let anger straggle along in the rear. God’s righteousness doesn’t grow from human anger. So throw all spoiled virtue and cancerous evil in the garbage. In simple humility, let our gardener, God, landscape you with the Word, making a salvation-garden of your life.
James 1:19 (MSG)

24 May 2018

God's Word for Thursday, 5/24/18

Love from the center of who you are; don’t fake it. Run for dear life from evil; hold on for dear life to good. Be good friends who love deeply; practice playing second fiddle.
Romans 12:10 (MSG)