End of May

As we begin June, we see more activities starting to become available. Raritan Baptist Church is planning on worshipping together maintaining social distancing and safe hygienic practices on June 7. The plan is to make the service available to watch on line or download for those who don’t feel comfortable meeting. So they will be available hopefully the same day of the worship service

Graduation Parade

Due to Covid-19 there are a number of different ways GHS is celebrating the 2020 graduates, of which my grandson is one. Here is a video of part of the parade.

Looking for Campgrounds to open

We’re kind of chomping at the bit for campgrounds to open. We are looking forward to be able to use our RV beyond our driveway. I have to admit, we slept in it several time during the COVID-19 experience. Since we weren’t able to travel to California in April, we still wanted to stay in the RV.

Mother’s Day Prayer

I adapted this from a prayer I found online
Dear God,
Thank you for the gift of motherhood and the blessing it is to be called “Mom.” Today we pray for refreshing, for joy, for grace, for wisdom, for great peace…for all moms, for moms to be, and for women who nurture and lead.
Please comfort those who are grieving loss and heartache. Strengthen those who wait for children to come back home. Bring healing to those who have been hurt by relationships that were intended to be loving and nurturing. Build up the faith of those who will someday be Moms, who find themselves on a journey that seems so hard. We ask for encouragement and grace for those who have made a loving choice for adoption. May every single-parent mom, who works so hard on behalf of her children, know your provision and care. Remind those who do not have “physical” children that they are amazing hope-bringers to many spiritual children.
God, thank you, for loving us, and for being with us all in our unique journeys and pathways. May we know the contentment that comes from knowing that you are Sovereign and that you make our footsteps secure. 
Through Jesus Christ, your Son, who reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, One God now and forever more. Amen.

Looking Ahead

We continue to reflect on living the resurrection life. Next Sunday’s scripture is posted on the Sermons/Services page of this website. (The link is posted at the top of the page⇧)
It will also be Mother’s Day. You might think of ways that you may honor or remember your mother’s. One of the best ways you can honor your mothers who are living is to pray for them. And one of the best ways you can remember your mothers who have passes away, is to tell your children stories of your mother.

Staying Positive

The extension was extended here in Illinois. Now we are looking at a stay-at-home order through May 30. Not to let it get me down, I am continuing to be thankful. I don’t think we have enjoyed so many restaurants as we have during this time. Though we can’t go there to eat, we are enjoying either the take out or delivery. We are trying to be supportive of our local restaurants during this time. I delight in saying we are enjoying how well they are preparing the food.

We are enjoying being out on the road on our bicycles. The virus has not stopped the sun from shining. It’s also pretty easy to practice social distancing on a bicycle. The fresh air and sunshine helps us stay positive (and burn off some of the calories we are consuming from all the restaurant food 😉).

Also, we had planned on a trip to California (I think I mentioned this before) in the RV, so we are enjoying sleeping in it in our driveway. I have thought about taking some food to the RV and cooking, to make it feel a little more like we are really on the road.

Well, anyway, I choose to rejoice. I like Paul’s encouragement in Philippians 4:4, “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!”

Birthday Celebration

Yesterday was my 69th birthday. I find that hard to believe. It was a great day! I had many well wishes on Facebook and texts. I got a great lemon dessert, which Cheryl and I enjoyed too much of last night.
I did get a bike ride in, though, so that may have helped with the calorie intake. I also had a great dinner that Cheryl got for us from PZ’s (trying to support our local restaurants).

So now I begin my last year in the 60’s. I hope that “stay-at-home” orders will be lifted so that we can enjoy our RV beyond our driveway (We planned on vacation this week with a trip to California.). So, we are sleeping in the RV to pretend we’re traveling.