Monthly Archives: April 2020

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.

Meditating on the Scriptures

I have posted next Sunday’s (April 26) scripture on the Services/Sermons page so that if you like, you can read and reflect on the scripture. Lectio Divina is a spiritual practice for reading a passage of scripture slowly with the intent to receive what God wants for you today. It is an opportunity to commune with God.

Time Off

Cheryl decided to keep the vacation time we scheduled, so we are enjoying being together around the house for the next 10 days. Most likely we will even stay in in the Travato. Maybe even tonight with the 6-8 inches of snow that is predicted.

Waiting Verse for Today

Micah 7:7, “But as for me, I will look to the LORD; I will wait for the God of my salvation; my God will hear me.”
As you take time to focus on God’s presence with us today, may you be renewed and refreshed by His presence. May you know God’s salvation and peace.

Jesus Is Risen

The church buildings are empty and so is the tomb!!! Yet Jesus is alive and so is His church!!!
Today we celebrate the historic fact of the resurrection of Jesus. As Paul says, “Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man.
Might we choose to live in that resurrection power that is made available to his through His resurrection. Might we know the fruit that comes from the Spirit, Jesus breathes on us: Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
Let’s live by faith, looking forward to His coming again.

Good Friday

Raritan Baptist Church – with a tomb

Today we remember how God demonstrates his love for us: “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8. Raritan Baptist Church erected a tomb signifying that at this end of Good Friday Jesus had died and been buried. It’s Friday… but Sunday is coming!”

Slowing Down to Experience God’s Love

You may have noticed that I am blogging verses that encourage us to wait on the LORD. I am hoping that during this time of “stay-at-home” we have been able to take the time to focus on God and experience his presence and love. Here is the verse for today: Isaiah 64:4, “Since ancient times no one has heard, no ear and perceived, no eye has seen any God besides you, who acts on behalf of those who wait for him.”
Take 2 minutes to sit quietly with God.

Waiting on God

Isaiah 51:5-6 (NIV) My righteousness draws near speedily,
my salvation is on the way,
and my arm will bring justice to the nations.
The islands will look to me
and wait in hope for my arm.
Lift up your eyes to the heavens,
look at the earth beneath;
the heavens will vanish like smoke,
the earth will wear out like a garment
and its inhabitants die like flies.
But my salvation will last forever,
my righteousness will never fail.