Carol Wilson Update

Stage 4 Cancer brought many challenges--and also a host of loving and praying friends. Almost-daily postings to this site are to help my friends walk with me through this journey, and to express my gratitude to them and especially to God...On 7/8/08 Carol passed through that final curtain of death and is now healed. We thank God for her life and "arrival"! Chuck

Wednesday, November 18, 2015


“So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.”  (Colossians 2:6-7)

Thinking ahead toward Thanksgiving, as I read the above verse, I was reminded about how much our Lord has done for us and how easy it is to neglect to thank Him for those blessings.  It can also be a real challenge to live a life completely in accordance with His will.  It certainly is easy to get diverted with incidental things and likely miss even additional blessings that were aimed in our direction.  During this holiday season I am focusing upon both being thankful for the Lord’s blessings while at the same time asking Him to illuminate each area of my life that is not perfectly aligned with His will.  Hopefully this will result in a daily examination of my life throughout the year.

I have been blessed with visits from daughters Karin last week and Lisa this week.  It was fantastic to be able to have some quality time together.  What a blessing family and friends are!  I will be spending the Thanksgiving holiday with part of the family in Indiana so I am busy wrapping things up to make the trip.

My dear friend Stuart is continuing to experience additional effects from the CJD both mentally and physically.  It is always difficult to travel those “roads” with loved ones but a tremendous blessing to know where that road leads for him.  All of his children were with him for a long weekend, returning to their homes on Sunday.  Daughter Rachel returned again briefly to assist with some urgent needs but will be returning home tomorrow.

I trust that you each enjoy a blessed Thanksgiving with family and friends.

Love to all,


Sunday, November 01, 2015


I realize that a bit of time has passed since I last sent out a blog so will do that tonight before retiring.  This morning I was reading Colossians and was challenged by The Apostle Paul’s desire for the people in Laodicea:  “My goal is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ in whom are hidden all the treasurers of wisdom and knowledge.”  (Col. 2:2-3)  Later on in that chapter he talks about the Spiritual fullness of Christ along with the freedom that we have when knowing Christ.  I was challenged as I read those verses by how easy it is for me to miss opportunities that God brings across my path to be a positive witness for Him.  I can come up with all kinds of excuses from being too busy to not feeling qualified for the task, but the bottom line is that He has already equipped His own people to respond to those needs according to His will so I should not delay in my response!

Stuart continues to battle the CJD which is continuing to weaken him in mind as well a body but he continues to fight the good fight, trusting God for all that lies in the future and thanking Him for all that He has given him.  While he may easily lose his train of thought when talking, he still remembers to pray diligently for many.  As we pray together I am always amazed at his ability to pray without losing those thoughts and only occasionally has trouble recalling a specific name.  Please join me in praying for him, Donna and the family as they travel this difficult road together.

Monday I was having lunch with a friend.  As we were about to get up from the table in the restaurant, he said that he was feeling a bit “funny.”  Within moments I could see color flushing from his face.  He indicated having a bit of pain and wondered if I would drive for him back to his house.  By the time we got into the vehicle his pain was excruciating so I took him directly to the hospital ER to find that he was passing a kidney stone.  After apparently passing it, he was released but has been having similar pains at a lesser intensity these past two day.  Pray for Mike as he meets with the doctor tomorrow to find what is causing the continual pain.

I trust that your days are going well and always enjoy your emails and notes updating me about your lives and of your family members.

Love to all,


Saturday, October 17, 2015

Being Prepared

My trip to Charlotte went well, returning Don back home and bringing Rachel here to spend a week with Stuart and Donna.  Unfortunately Rachel came down with some symptoms of strep after arriving,  so she was not feeling 100% and had to be extra cautious not to pass any germs on to Stuart.   She is now back home and improving.  I was pleased to be able to bypass the worst of the flooded area in South Carolina but we saw considerable evidence of the floods as we skirted the area.  Much of I-95 was still closed but I understand that repairs have been made and it is now passable.  Diverting that much traffic to secondary roads must have caused great frustration for those trying to pass through that area.

I always enjoy the wild life activity around the lake here.  A pair of Egyptian Geese have been coming through my yard squawking loudly and I often see them perched on the high Osprey nest across the lake apparently deciding if that is the place to call home.  Today an Osprey has arrived and has been perched on the pole several hours being a major deterrent to the geese returning, so it will be interesting to see which will finally take over.  So far I have only seen one Osprey up there but another could arrive at any time.  If the Osprey decides on that particular nest, it will be no contest.  The geese will have to find another location.  The only bird that will discourage the Osprey is an Eagle which appears always at the top of the “pecking order.”

Yesterday I was listening to Chuck Swindoll wrap up a discussion about the life of Joseph, recalling his amazing life and the way God responded to his obedience to Him.  He drew two thoughts from Joseph’s life which I found to be important reminders for me:

“To grow old free of bitterness is the best gift we can leave humanity.”  (Our families also)
“To face death right with God and with man is the best way to face eternity!”

Daniel’s life is a fantastic example of finishing well.  Facing extremely painful and difficult obstacles while keeping his focus upon God, whom he fully trusted.

Love to you all,


Monday, October 05, 2015

Challenged to Pray

I had planned to be on the road today for Charlotte but was delayed by the reports of a shut-down of I-95 in South Carolina due to flooding.  After checking with the SC Department of Transportation I am trusting that we can get through the area tomorrow without too much delay.  At the moment the plan is to leave here around 1:00 AM, anticipating some delay dealing with additional traffic being rerouted through Columbia.  Hopefully I can get Don back home and still have time to meet with several people at the office in Charlotte before returning on Wednesday.  It has been a treat to have him visiting for a few days.

Last evening as we were comfortably sitting with a group far from the flooding disaster discussing the severe weather and looking at pictures of some of the flooding conditions, when Stuart stood up.  Getting the group’s attention, he reminded us of the importance of focusing upon the individuals rather than the mess and the property loss, suggesting that it was time to pray!  A solemn hush came over the group as we stopped to consider the “real” seriousness regarding individuals and their souls.  Several in the group prayed for the huge number of individuals impacted by the storm recognizing the need for protection, comfort and wisdom in each situation but also for a positive Spiritual impact upon each of the struggling individuals along with their families and friends.  It was a timely reminder of God’s Word telling us that such disasters will occur prior to the Lord’s return to earth.  Such happenings certainly do remind us of the power of God.  That was the focus of our study and discussion this morning when Don and I sat around the breakfast table continuing our study of the Bible.   It was amazing how our study applied to the current disaster.  I am always amazed at how often that happens and allows me to see something that I have never seen before and likely something that I need to apply to my life.

I trust that your week is going well and that you have not been involved in the flooding.



Saturday, September 26, 2015


I have been enjoying as well as challenged by the book of Romans, finishing chapters 7-8 this morning and thankful for the way that the Lord transformed Saul the prosecutor into Paul the Apostle who in turn was used to write some amazing letters that have come down through the ages and are available to us to better understand God’s will for our lives.  As I read these last chapters I was reminded of hearing someone say that Paul was emphasizing know, know, know rather than no, no, no…placing the focus on God’s grace and Jesus rather than their abundance of man-made laws.   Chapters 5-6 give us the keys for dealing with the penalty of sin and also the power of sin.  How fantastic it is to know that both the penalty and power of sin have been already dealt with for believers in Christ, but that does not mean the end of all temptations!  Romans gives us great guidance in dealing with that issue also.  As I work through those chapters, it is always a tremendous joy coming to Chapter 8 that begins “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death.”  (8:1-2) The end of that chapter is also a tremendous encouragement as we are told; “neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (8:39)

Earlier this week I had a call that my grandson Gavin had suddenly passed out in his dorm room, falling face down on the floor.  He was rushed to the hospital to get stitches and given medication.  He had been fighting a nasty sore throat and other flu-like symptoms and had been studying late for a couple of difficult exams as he begins medical school.  Apparently all of that caused him to pass out hitting the floor mighty hard, causing the cut and some loose teeth.  I talked with him a few minutes ago and he is feeling somewhat better but finding it a challenge catching up on class work while not being completely recovered.  Please join me in praying for complete and quick healing along with clear thinking as he catches up on class work.

I trust that you have a blessed weekend!


Sunday, September 13, 2015

A Life Well Lived!

With Stuart’s arrival in Sebring, it was a tremendous joy for me to have two Spiritual Giants (Jerry & Stuart) living close by.  Unfortunately both have been battling cancer for some time.   As neighbors, they were able to encourage each other as they continued down the final stretch of life.  While I was at the lake in Indiana with my family, I received a call that Jerry had passed on and was now free from the severe pain that had accompanied his cancer during his final weeks.  His passing occurred on what would have been our 56th anniversary making it a date I will not quickly forget!

I drove directly home making only one visit in Nashville to spend a few hours with one of my former pastors from Charlotte.  I had not seen Tom for about ten years so there was much to discuss.  I was thankful to put those 1,200 miles behind me in a couple of days and return in time for Jerry’s services.  On Friday evening I was honored to be invited to join the family and a small group of friends at the funeral home.  On Saturday morning I attended the burial and later the memorial service at his church in the afternoon.  Recalling the many of us that Jerry has volunteered to move, the mode of transportation for his body from the funeral home to the cemetery was the vehicle he was most comfortable driving…a Penske truck!  Bev his wife, told me that she was certain he would have chosen that over a hearse, given the choice.  Each of the services was a blessing and a tremendous encouragement to follow the lead of such giants of the faith to be assured of completing my life well also.

It has been a rather busy time since my return but I am thankful to be safely home after being able to visit family members and friends in several states these past weeks.  If the Lord continues to provide the strength and health, I hope to visit many more of you in the not too distant future.

Love to all,


Monday, September 07, 2015

Happy Labor Day

I have enjoyed a delightful Labor Day weekend with family members at the lake house in Indiana.  Gavin and Calli joined us from college, Lisa flew in from DC for the weekend and Karin and Keith kept us well fed and busy with fun family activities. 

With a good internet connection, I am now able to attach a photo of one of the 1,000’ ships coming through the Sault locks as seen from Sue and Jeff’s living room.  This one is an iron ore carrier.  Occasionally a ship from another area of the world will pass by. One day I saw a load of new Volkswagens.

For several of you who have asked, here is a photo of my newest great grandson, Jacob, with his dad Jeremy.  It has been a delightful trip with many special visits along the way.

Tomorrow I plan to head back to Florida and have been pleased that the weather turned warm here.  There is evidence that fall is not too far away as the maple trees are starting to show some color and a few other trees are starting to lose leaves.  After these several weeks away, I am looking forward to returning home and not having to live out of a suitcase for a while.

I trust that each of you is enjoying a fun holiday weekend.

Love to all,


Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Northern Most Point

I have reached the northern most point in my trip, arriving yesterday in Sault Ste. Marie, MI to visit daughter Sue and her husband.  Sitting in their living room I look out over the St. Mary’s River watching ships heading to and from the Sault Locks.  Across the river in Canada, the wind turbines slowly turn, generating power for the Canadian Sault.  The huge ships passing by are always interesting with some coming from far-away countries, having entered the great lakes through the St. Laurence Seaway.  Tomorrow I will begin my return south spending the weekend at the lake in Indiana with family members before moving on to Florida.

Late last week I was amused as I listened to various media people discuss the hurricane heading for southern Florida on Sunday/Monday, with one reporter even attempting to suggest a possible similarity with the one that struck New Orleans ten years ago.  Actually the reports did cause me to call friends back in Florida, only to find that they were only anticipating a bit more rain from the storm as it passed by.   I suspect that the more dramatic reports do generate more listenership for programs but at the same time I wonder how often after hearing the “wolf cry” too often, people in a targeted area may ignore warnings and be unprepared for the real event?

With all of my visits, it has been a bit of a challenge for me to keep up on my daily reading in the book of John, but today I was able to complete the final chapter and continue into the book of Acts.  I like the way that John with his first-hand reporting was lead to relay events, moving the reader to the point of commitment upon believing in Jesus as God’s son.  It is extremely difficult to argue with any degree of rationality, when seriously evaluating the evidence that John gives, much of which was from his own observation.   

I always appreciate your calls and emails as I travel keeping me updated about your lives and reminding me of your prayers.  That is a tremendous encouragement!  Currently I am unable to make or take phone calls because they would be handled by the towers across the river in Canada at a rather high roaming cost.  Fortunately I get prompt text messages reminding me of the potential problem when the signal passes over to those towers so my phone is turned off until I move further from the border tomorrow.

I trust that your week is off to a good start and that you are experiencing the Lord’s presence in your lives providing His peace and guidance!

Love to you all,


Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Travel Continues

My trip has been going extremely well.  I was able to spend a couple of days with friend Keith in Raleigh/Durham and the weekend with daughter Lisa in Washington, DC.  While in DC we visited the National Arboretum and hiked out to see the Capitol Columns.  The columns were part of the east portico of the capitol constructed in 1828, standing there proudly until 1958 when an addition was added to the capitol.  At that time they were moved into storage.  In the 1980’s they were placed on foundation stones also removed from the east side of the capitol, and located on a large elevated 20-acre tract at the National Arboretum.  They reportedly are the most photographed feature of the huge arboretum grounds with incredible detailed workmanship at the top of each column, perched on a hill attracting much attention from visitors.

I have been enjoying a relaxed couple of days at the lake with Karin and Keith but will continue on to Chicago tomorrow, visiting friends at Moody, then continuing on to spend a bit of time with Carol’s brother Phil and wife Nancy.  It is a great blessing to be able to visit so many friends and family members on this trip.

During my travels I have been studying the Gospel of John, enjoying a review of the encounters that Jesus had recorded by John, again being reminded by John that “These are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the son of God.”  (John 20:31)  I always enjoy John’s focus on the miraculous signs Jesus performed to validate his position as The Son of God.  They are practical and in an easy to understand format but I continue to find new truths every time that I reread them.  They certainly confirm the validity of the Scripture!

Thanks so much for your continued prayers as I travel.  I think and pray for each of you frequently.

Love to all,


Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Travel ahead

It has been a great thrill for me to be available to help a bit in moving Stuart and Donna to Sebring and see them getting nicely settled into their new home.  It was only with God’s help, guidance and strength that it was accomplished, but we are all thrilled to have them here.  So far the major effects from Stuart’s CJD has been a slowing down and memory gaps, but I have to admit to having that in my own life on a smaller scale without CJD.  When one of us in the village can’t recall something there is always someone that is quick to remind us that; “You belong here!”  J
With the move completed now, I plan to head out tomorrow to visit family members and friends along the way.  My first stop will be with friend Keith in Raleigh/Durham, then on to Washington, DC to spend the weekend with daughter Lisa.  From there I will spend a couple of days at the lake house in Indiana before continuing on.  I have two new great grandchildren that I will be excited to meet for the first time as I continue my trip from there.  Join me in praying for safe travel over the many miles.

As I have been reading through the gospel of Luke these past few days, I have been exploring the parables of Jesus, asking the Lord to show me what He wants me to learn from each one.  I have been amazed at how much more I have learned from each one as I prayerfully consider how it applies to my life and the adjustments that I need to make.  The slower study and greater focus upon the application of each chapter for my life this year has caused me to dig even deeper into the background and application of what I am reading.  Some mornings I am enjoying it so much that I have a difficult time getting up and continuing to move on to the tasks of the day.

I know that many of you have been visiting family members and friends, enjoying the beautiful summer weather.  I think of you often and trust that our paths will cross again soon.

Love to all,


Friday, August 07, 2015


Awakening hours before the dawn, the words “He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.  And what does the Lord require of you?”  In the fogginess of my mind at that moment, it took a bit of time recalling the remainder of that verse.  (Micah 6:8)  I turned on the light, turned to the verse and was reminded; be just, merciful and humble!  As the impact of each of those three commands turned in my mind, I had to say IMPOSSIBLE!  But the final three words of that verse relieved my concern; “…with your God.”  Absolutely possible knowing and “walking” with God!  With that, I had to reread all seven chapters to fully assimilate the text.

Yesterday I witnessed a first-hand example of two men walking with their God.  As the moving truck was being unloaded at its destination, Jerry came to the door to welcome Stuart into the village.  As I saw the two men greet each other, I had to turn away as my emotions squeezed tears from my eyes.  There before me were two men both suffering from the debilitating effects of cancer.  Both being beyond the possible value of any further treatment to arrest the disease, praising the Lord for His goodness and rejoicing that the move was possible with no complaining about the painful struggle that is rapidly taking its toll on both of their bodies and lives.

Some time ago, Stuart asked me if I felt that is was possible for them to complete their planned move to Sebring, I responded:  “Humanely no; BUT I have seen so many miracles that only God could perform during your battle that I believe it is possible.”  There were many hurdles, but they and their belongings are now snuggly inside their new home.  To accomplish this, God worked in and through many individuals to make it happen!

I was challenged to evaluate my own life on the basis of being just, merciful and humble, quickly observing areas in my life where I fall short.  It vividly reminded me of the importance of taking special care in diligently striving to finish this life well, acknowledging and dealing with the human challenges, but at the same time learning from such beautiful examples of others facing extreme challenges with complete trust and faith in their God! 

May we all be growing in our trust and faith in our great GOD!

Love to all,


Monday, August 03, 2015


I will  be leaving in a few minutes for Charlotte to complete moving Stuart and Donna to Sebring. Pray for safe travel for all that will be on the road these next couple of days.  Also pray for Stuart for strength and God's peace as final goodbys are said and belongings are loaded for the trip.  This will be an extremely stressfull time for them and the entire family.  We have seen so many unbelievable miracles in all of the preparation and are needing the Lord to go before us in this final and major step in making it all possible.  We are so thankful for dear friends and family members that will be traveling to Sebring to lighten the task of moving and for the fantastic friends on both ends that will be loading and loading the truck.

Thanks to each of you who faithfully have been and will continue to stand by the family in this major task!

Love to all,


Saturday, July 25, 2015

He has shown you...

“He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.   And what does the LORD require of you?  To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”  (Micah 6:8)

I returned from a beautiful memorial service a few minutes ago for a dear friend, Ron, who with his wife Joan, went overseas to serve the Lord and the people of Bolivia in 1960.  Retiring from leadership of the mission in 1999, didn’t last long.  In 2000 Ron and Joan returned to Bolivia for seven more years serving as support staff continuing to impact multitudes for Christ.  Parkinson’s along with other maladies slowed Ron down a bit, but even during his several hospital stays these past months and the advancement of his illness, he was not deterred from his focus upon people and their need for a Savior.  In spite of pain and sickness, every time I visited him in the hospital, he was focused on the staff and others.  A challenge to each of us who knew him.  As I sat there today, I thought of Ron as a Micah 6:8 man.  He will be greatly missed, but I assure you, never forgotten by great numbers of us that were impacted by his life!

Another dear friend, Stuart certainly fits the Micah description.  His Multiple Myeloma has slipped down the priority list now that he has been diagnosed with CID which is so much faster moving and has no known treatment, providing for a short window of reasonable health ahead.  With that, Stuart and Donna have accelerated their plans to move to Sebring, so activities are moving rapidly on both ends with family and friends working together to hopefully have them here on August 6th.  Moving is always stressful but coupled with the health and medical issues they face, it must appear nearly impossible to them at times.  When asked if I thought it possible, I had to admit to Stuart that humanly it appeared an impossibility but I have seen for too many miracles from the Lord these past months to rule it out.  I believe that it will become a reality!  Please pray for a special measure of strength and peace for Stuart as well of all the family as they work together to accomplish this task.  Not only is it energy draining, but also emotional for family members, putting many hours between them.  But they all agree on it being the best plan and are diligently working to that end. 

What a joy it is to have the assurance of knowing that in a moment of time, we can move from the agony and discomfort of this world into a “new world” of total freedom from all of that unpleasantness into joy and contentment that will never end…if we know the Savior that makes it all possible.

I trust that you will have a blessed Sunday preparing and encouraging others in preparation for that long awaited, but sooner than anticipated day!

Love to all,


Saturday, July 18, 2015

A Merciful God!

Reading and reflecting upon the book of Jonah this past week was a great reminder of God’s patience for his people to obey Him in spite of our disobedience.  God does not give up on us, but rather shows His mercy, bringing many situations into our lives to teach us the lessons that we need in order to realign our lives in accordance with His will.  Even though Jonah refused to obey God, God never gave up on him!

Humanly I can see why Jonah was hesitant to go to Nineveh with the reputation it had of abuse and atrocities.  Thousands of captives burned alive, decapitating hands, fingers, noses and the putting out of eyes along with impaling hundreds of men on stakes when they ran afoul of the leadership.  I would have been mighty hesitant to go also.  But God had specifically spoken to Jonah because of His desire to awaken the people of Nineveh spiritually.  When Jonah did go after some rather harrowing experiences on the sea and in the sea, traveling inside a great fish for three days, the people not only repented, but the king issued a decree that everyone call urgently upon God (Jonah 3:8).  God then showed His great compassion upon them and they were spared!

Jonah’s “sermon” of only 8-9 words accomplished its purpose, but Jonah became angry with God for relenting and he proceeded to pout and complain for the remainder of the book which ends abruptly with me wondering if Jonah ever changed his attitude?

I found the book a good reminder of God’s mercy upon every individual even as we disobey Him, while at the same time presenting us with experiences along with opportunities to repent and enjoy His abundant blessings as we serve Him.

I am reminded of David’s request; “Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.  See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”  (Psalm 139:23-24)   After reading the book of Jonah, I recognized my need to ask the same for myself on a continual basis!

Love to all,


Friday, July 10, 2015

Catching Up

Sorry for the delay in getting another blog out.  No, I didn’t get to close to the edge of the world and fall off.  There were several changes in my travel plans and they actually extended my trip by a few days and miles.  It was special to get several things accomplished at the lake house and to be able to handle some business matters in Michigan.

On my return I spent a couple of days in Charlotte visiting my dear friend Stuart and his family.  His prognosis is not good.  The chemo used to hopefully arrest the cancer has caused brain damage which has activated a very rare additional problem which is indicating that he likely has only two months of “good” life remaining.  It is his desire that he and his wife move to Sebring as soon as possible, so we spent considerable time talking, praying, planning and yes, crying.  It is really difficult to move away from family at a time like this for everyone, but he would like to get them moved into the house that they have here so his wife will be settled at such time as the Lord takes him home.  As difficult as it is, his children are in agreement and doing all they can to help.  I was helping a bit with the Charlotte plans and will also be working on making the transition as smooth as possible on this end.

My good friend Jerry who lives here also received a bad report for his doctor while I was away and is now under Hospice care.  His cancer seems to be progressing so rapidly and the doctors have been unable to arrest it.  While these things are difficult, I can’t imagine how a non-believer in Christ and his Word could deal with something like this!

Please pray for both of these men and their families.  They both have so faithfully served the Lord both in Africa and in the U. S. for many years, and are continuing to impact multitudes as they bravely face nasty procedures with their hope never wavering, as they anticipate their soon passing through that curtain into an eternity with their Lord and Savior, completely free of any further illness or pain.

The anniversary of Carol’s passing was on the 8th  of July, so this has been a bit more emotional for me at this time.  Some things you never forget, but at the same time there are an overwhelming number of wonderful memories to focus upon.  What a blessing that is!

I trust that you all have a blessed weekend!  I hope to find time to work in a bit of extra sleep!

Love to all,


Friday, June 26, 2015

Great Faithfulness

My trip has been going extremely well with a nice amount of visiting coupled with many miles of driving.

It was a joy to visit Justin and Laura in their lovely new home in Tennessee and be the center of attraction for Ella and Sophia.  Sunday we celebrated their 7th anniversary going out to eat in the evening.  They selected a nice restaurant with a charming outside eating area which was fun for all of us until a heavy rainstorm sent us scurrying for cover.  Being that the interior tables at the restaurant were then filled, we opted to take the balance of our dinner in boxes back to the house.  The girls thought that it was an exciting event.

I was also able to tour Justin's new dental offices and learn much about the specialized equipment in the lab.  Dental work has certainly changed from the days when I was young and dreaded that slow revolving drill with what appeared to be a mile of small belt winding around the numerous pulleys.

I enjoyed a delightful drive through some interesting mountain roads in Tennessee as I continued on to the lake house in Indiana where I have been able to enjoy several days with Karin and Keith.  The area has had an abundance of rain this spring and I noticed that many farmers’ fields had large ponds of water that has drowned out the crop in those areas, which I am sure will be painful at harvest time providing a reduced return on the farmer’s investment in time and materials.

Yesterday I had to be in Michigan to handle some business matters, and Karin was able to hand over or delay some of her cases for the day so that she was able to join me for the trip.  What a difference it makes having someone to talk with as the miles go by!

We were able to enjoy conversation with friends there and being that we were not far from the cemetery as we left town, where many of my family members are buried, we decided to swing over that way.  As I visited my grandparents graves, I recalled the day as a young boy about 75 years ago when I was with them as they selected burial sites in the newly opened area.  Today few burial spots are unused there and many additional areas have been opened.  We also visited Carol's burial site where we laid her to rest nearly seven years ago.  Is I read the bronze marker with both of our names, it was a somber reminder that in the not too distant future I will be joining her there.

Having just read Lamentations Chapter 3 in the morning, I was reminded of  many challenges that we experienced with Carol's cancer, the uncertainty about the effectiveness of the treatments, but always the amazing faithfulness of God right up to the moment that He gently escorted her through that final curtain, leaving behind the pain and suffering of this life and at the same time providing each of us standing at her bedside, a solid hope for our future.  The songwriter expressed it in a beautiful way using the words of Jeremiah in Lamentations 3:23 as he reflected upon the Lord in spite of his grief and tears; "Great is Thy Faithfulness!"  

I trust that each of you have been recognizing God's great love, compassion and faithfulness that Jeremiah remindeds us of in the midst of his "storm."

Love to you all,


Monday, June 15, 2015

A Final Task

I finished my study of the Proverbs this weekend and was reminded again in that 31st chapter what a tremendous blessing God’s choice of a wife is, and how thankful I am for the nearly 49 years that Carol and I were able to enjoy together.  At this time seven years ago, we were struggling with Carol’s final weeks of battle with cancer.  With the help of friends, family and Hospice we were able to participate in Justin and Laura’s wedding on the 21st of June!  It was no small challenge for Carol to travel from North Carolina to Michigan and return, but it was a tremendous answer to prayer to accomplish one last task in the small bundle of wishes that Carol wanted to accomplish before completing her time on earth.

Justin has completed his tour of duty, serving as a dentist in The Air Force and is joining a dental practice in Tennessee after evaluating numerous opportunities.  The movers unloaded their goods about a week ago, and they tell me that they are feeling somewhat at home now but are not fully settled.  I sure know how that feels!  I need to be in the north next week, so plan to spend the weekend with them, celebrate their anniversary, continue to the lake house and continue on later in the week.  It will be some long days of driving, but I am excited to see them again and feel healthy enough to travel.  We last were together in Orlando some weeks ago.  It will be fun to hear about all the new things that the girls have learned since then.

I trust that you are enjoying the summer.  It has been delightful here, but I was surprised to hear from a friend in North Carolina that their temperature hit 105 today.  That is mighty high for that part of the country.  We have been running only in the lower 90’s in this area of Florida.

Do keep friends Jerry and Stuart in your prayers as they battle cancer.  Jerry had some negative news about his cancer last week and is in the process of evaluating a change in treatment.  They and the medical people need much wisdom from God on how best to proceed!

Love to you all,


Sunday, June 07, 2015

Finding Wisdom

This past week in the mornings, I started reading the Proverbs and continue to find advice that fits into what I am experiencing or discussing with someone frequently.  At the outset in Chapter 1 we are reminded that “the fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge/wisdom.”  We so often think of fear of something bad.  In this case as we consider the context, I see fear to be a reverence for God with a desire to submit to His will.  Chapter 2 refers to numerous moral benefits that are obtained from wisdom, and Chapter 3 promises a number of rewards as we trust God and walk in His wisdom.  They include longevity and prosperity (vs. 1-2); special favor with God and man (vs. 3-4); guidance as we get to know God personally (vs. 5-6); vigorous health and refreshment for our bodies (vs. 7-8); prosperity according to God’s will (vs. 9-10) and a positive experience of learning/growing from God’s discipline (vs. 11-12).  I have found it to be an exciting exercise for me, as I think about each days reading throughout the day, to see how many examples in my life confirm those truths.  I have found it amazing how many of those experiences started out with various degrees of fear in my heart, ending up to be a great learning experience and ultimately a blessing! 

Max Lucado made a statement about fear that I feel fits so well; “The presence of fear does not mean you have no faith.  Fear visits everyone.  Even Christ was afraid (Mark 14:33).  But make your fear a visitor and not a resident.  Hasn’t fear taken enough?  Enough smiles? Chuckles?  Restful nights, exuberant days?  Meet your fears with faith.  Don’t be afraid; just believe.  Believe that God can; believe that he cares.”  Well said!

I am grateful that it appears that I am starting to turn a corner with balancing breathing meds and also a bit of relief from the excruciating shingles pain.  Thank you Lord, and thank each of you for praying!



Saturday, May 30, 2015

Great Shepherd

Not sleeping too well these past days due to the discomfort from shingles, I have had plenty of time to read during the night and early hours of the morning.  Reading through the Psalms, I have enjoyed the Psalmist’s expressing numerous human emotions.  As things were going well, they expressed praise to God but there were also many examples of fearful experiences dealing with their enemies.  But ultimately in each situation, they displayed a grateful confidence in God’s power and goodness.  I always enjoy reading the 23rd Psalm and be reminded of the Lord being our shepherd. 

Having spent many summers on the farm with my grandparents, I had first-hand experience with sheep.  Sheep were not the smartest animals on his farm.  They could be quite affectionate but not what I considered very brilliant.  They really needed guidance…a shepherd!  A good comparison to we humans!  As a shepherd, our Lord guides his people, providing all that we need while helping us to enjoy a special peace and tranquility as we follow Him.  As we follow Him, we are assured of His protection even when walking through dark valleys.  Also, our Lord is our constant companion just like the shepherd which stays close to his flock.  That is an area that I personally need to be more mindful of.  It is far too easy for me to feel alone in some situations, trying to understand or resolve the situation myself while ignoring the Companion that is standing close by ready to guide and protect me.

As I move through these so-called golden years, when the body develops more frailties and the mind tends to become slower, it is a great encouragement to know that we are not alone but under the love and care of the Great Shepherd who has reminded us that this is not our final home! 

I trust that each of you is staying healthy, having an enjoyable weekend, and experiencing His love and care!

Love to you all,


Friday, May 22, 2015


It is interesting how frequently I find that the Scripture I am studying speaks directly to my current situation.  That was true this past week as I started the book of Job.  A very human man, but at the same time living an exemplary life of service.  When encountering unexplained misery while losing his fortune, family, fame and health, he continues to worship God while trying to determine the reason.  Job is confronted by his three friends trying their best to determine the root of his problem using human logic as they understood it.  Meanwhile Job remarkably holds fast to his integrity trusting God saying; “But he knows the way that I take; when he has tested me, I will come forth as gold.”  (23:10)

On Tuesday I visited my dear friend Stuart, hospitalized, in great pain, physically beaten down with chemo and fighting a major infection seemingly resulting from surgery a few days ago.  As I sat there talking with him and his family members, I realized that before me in that hospital bed lay a “Job-like” man, searching for answers while at the same time praising God for His goodness in his life.  Every nurse, doctor and even the housekeeper were visibly impacted by his presence!  How easy it is for us as humans to want to ask why.  Could it often be just an opportunity prepared by God for us to glorify Him?  Job certainly accomplished that in those around him along with multitudes over the centuries that read about his experiences.  What a challenge to me!  Am I taking advantage of every opportunity open to me to glorify God?  It is so easy to be looking for that specific opportunity and failing to use the situation at hand, that may not be of my choosing and possibly extremely painful as in Job’s case, but likely the most powerful opportunity to be a positive testimony for the one who loves us so much that he gave his life that we can be assured of eternal life free from the pain and suffering we experience and see all around us here.  As I read on, Job finally was humbled, but not yet repentant (40:3-5) so God continued his questioning.  Finally Job recognizes his pride and rebellion, repenting and finding contentment in God’s fellowship. (42:1-6) While Job was struggling for answers, God never lost confidence in him.  Four times He refers to Job as “my servant.” (42:7-8) What a testimony of God’s love and patience with His people!

Join me in praying for Stuart and also my good friend Jerry.  Both Job-like friends are experiencing all of the nasty effects of battling cancer while at the same time impacting unknown numbers of medical people, friends and family members for the Glory of God.  Might I do as well in using each opportunity, no matter how painful or difficult, to glorify God!

I was blessed with a wonderful trip and special time with friend Keith who joined me on my trip to visit Stuart.  Knowing the problem that I was having with breathing meds and nasty pain resulting from a bout with the shingles, he didn’t want me to drive the 2 ½ hours alone.  Friends like each of you are a tremendous blessing!

Love to you all,


Friday, May 15, 2015

God continues to work

Having just completed the reading of the Book of Esther, it was a good reminder for me to see how through the numerous successes and setbacks that were experienced, God was always at work in the background.  That is something that I fear is so easy to forget.  It certainly is for me.  When major disappointments come along it is easy to get discouraged and at times even ready to give up, while I have found time and again, that if I am truly obedient to God’s word and allowing His Spirit to guide, ultimately He will be glorified and I will accomplish just what he desires.  Possibly it may be by a slightly different route or even looking quite different than I anticipated, but in the end being a joy to see take place.  I feel that far too often it is too easy to forget that we are possibly placed in a particular position “for such a time as this,” as was the case with Esther.  I suspect most around her at that time would have expected Esther to lose her life by not following protocol, but before she proceeded, her heart was prepared through prayer and godly counsel, resulting in thousands of her Jewish friends being saved from death.  God works through individuals and nothing is impossible for Him!

I am still working on the right balance of meds to allow for comfortable breathing without nasty side effects.  I have experimented with several possibilities and decided it was time to consult my pulmonologist to see what he would suggest.  After setting up the appointment, I started having some pain in my lower back.  Having just had some pre-cancer spots frozen in that area, I thought that was the problem, but the pain got worse and suddenly a rash appeared.  You guessed it…shingles!  So now I am balancing a new med pattern for breathing, and taking antivirals to arrest the shingles.  I am thankful for good doctors and access to effective meds!

Tomorrow I am scheduled to fly to Raleigh/Durham to visit friend Keith.  Fortunately I am not attempting a 12-hour drive with a back that does not like the pressure of a seat on it for long periods of time.  I am looking forward to a few days with him to catch up with each other and visit other friends in the area.

I trust that your week is going well!


Monday, May 11, 2015

When I think...

I trust that you each had a blessed weekend and that all of you mothers were honored.  I had a very special email from friend Mark wishing me a happy Mother’s Day knowing my thoughts about Carol and the blessing that she was to both me and our children.  He like so many of you, has been a wonderful blessing to me!

I awoke that morning with the words of “To Be Used of God” ringing in my head. As I was reading that morning, the words of the song kept going through my head so I went to You Tube and listened to a wonderful musical group sing it:

“To be used of God, to sing, to speak, to pray;
To be used of God to show someone the way,
I long so much to feel the touch
Of his consuming fire;
To be used of God is my desire.”

The last verse really resonated with me; “When I think of the shortness of my earthly years, I remember all the wasted days, and wasted tears…”   It was a strong reminder of God’s grace, mercy and love even when I was not that obedient or loveable, but it also was a needed challenge to keep focused on making “the main thing the main thing” as I finish the course laid out for me.

It was a tremendous blessing to be at Gavin’s graduation from college and to see him off to Alaska for the summer where he will be working on a salmon fishing boat.  With no cell phone or internet access, we last heard from him when he landed in Kodiak.  It will be a challenging experience for him, but I believe that he is up to the challenge and will have a once-in-a-lifetime experience in preparation for starting medical school in the fall.

Have a blessed week!


Friday, May 01, 2015

Mastering Life

I find it quite amazing how certain Scripture passages “pop” into my mind that may not seem to apply to my life at the moment, and then I have a huge ah-ha moment seeing how it does most definitely apply.  Recently we had author and speaker, Robert Morgan, at the village and were tremendously blessed by his messages.  A statement that he made that I have found to be so true was; “To master life we must know the Master Himself and gain mastery of His Word.”  A passage that has frequently come to mind regarding my responsibility, is from second Chronicles following the Solomon’s dedication of the temple:

“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin…” (2 Chronicles 7:14)

While this was actually directed to the nation at that time, I feel that it directly applies to individuals that are believers in Christ.  If MY PEOPLE…!  Granted, it does not apply to everyone but may even benefit non-believers.  The more I read and meditate upon God’s Word, it is clear that humility is a quality that God values highly.  Sharing every hurt and desire with God (prayer) is extremely important.  God is not only in control of things around us, but he also will adjust out thinking and beliefs to align with Him as we pray and seek his face.  Obviously sin is a huge stumbling block for each of us, even if we have difficulty seeing it or believing that we too are participating in wrong motives and/or actions which are in opposition to His will.  I have begun a study for myself reviewing each portion of that Scripture dealing with the four points…Humility/pride, prayer, study of His word and evaluating my life, asking the Holy Spirit to illuminate areas of unrecognized sin that I am harboring.

Presently I am back in Indiana where I will be attending Gavin’s graduation from Bethel College on Saturday.  On Sunday, he will be flying to Alaska with two college buddies to spend the summer working on a salmon fishing boat for the summer to earn some extra dollars to apply to his upcoming medical school expenses.  He is excited about the opportunity while being aware of the long hours and hard work.  He is also looking forward to the challenge of living without access to the internet and some of the “crutches” that are available to him currently.  I am thankful to be able to be here for his send-off.

Have a blessed weekend!


Monday, April 20, 2015

Finishing Well

As I continued reading 2 Kings this morning, I was thankful for the positive examples of Hezekiah, one of the few kings that “did what was right in the eyes of the LORD” according to 18:2.  Around 700 years earlier God sent venomous snakes while His people were in the wilderness, but had instructed Moses to fashion a bronze snake placing it upon a pole to protect His people from death if bitten.  They were protected from the venom by simply looking at the bronze replica (Numbers 21:8).  Over the years that life-saver became an idol that the Israelites were worshiping, rather than worshipping their God who provided the protection.  (2 Kings 18:4)  As Hezekiah proceeded to break up and tear down all worship centers other than those to the True God, he also smashed the snake, one of their idols.  As he proceeded to remove other idols, we read that “there was no one like him among all the kings of Judah, either before him or after him.  He held fast to the LORD and did not stop following him…And the LORD was with him; he was successful.”  As he was nearing death, he cried out to the Lord for additional years, and the Lord graciously gave him 15 more.  (20:6)   As we continue to read about his life, it appears that a measure of pride may have crept in as I read about the Babylon group that he took on “tour” to see all he had amassed in his storehouses.  (20:12-13)  When Isaiah reported that the Lord would eventually remove everything, (20:16) it appears that Hezekiah did not repent but thought with his limited years, he would not be dealing with it in his lifetime.  Not finishing as well as he could and should have!

I find Hezekiah’s life both a good reminder for me to watch what I may be making into an idol, and to keep my primary focus on the one who literally gave His life for me, Jesus Christ.  Evaluating the use of my remaining days, that they might be in obedience to his Word and the leading of His Holy Spirit.  That may sound easy, but it is a constant challenge for me to avoid the many pitfalls of not finishing well.

I am still working on balancing my medications to avoid nasty side effects, but definitely making good progress.  Thanks for your continued prayers and concern.

Love to all,


Monday, April 13, 2015


Those of you who continually check these blogs, have likely noticed that they have become fewer and farther between.  It has not been due to excessive busyness but rather a problem with medication that has caused some rather major challenges for me.  I have been taking a new medication for around nine months which did greatly improved my breathing, but the side effects became rather serious.  If it had not been for my friend Mark, I likely would be still rapidly continuing to go downhill!  I never can thank him enough for his directness and honesty in confronting me when he identified unusual inconsistency in my communications with him.  I initially intended to slowly cut back on the medication for fear of causing major breathing problems, but was then advised to drop it totally due to past history with others taking the drugs.  I am still trying to balance out some other plan to keep breathing as easily as possible.  It has been well said; “When you can’t breathe, nothing else matters!”  Do pray that the appropriate medication plan can be found shortly.

Presently I am in Indiana helping daughter Karin and husband Keith prepare their house for sale.  Now that the children are all in college and no longer needing the local school, they plan to move to the lake where they have been spending most of their summers and then will no longer have two yards to maintain along with all of the other duplicate tasks.  The weather is not quite what it is in Florida but I have enjoyed seeing new life springing forth in the trees and flowers.  Something that is not as dramatic when living in the south.

I am reminded of these words from the Apostle Paul; “Always be joyful.  Never stop praying.  Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.”  (1 Thessalonians 5:16)

Have a blessed week!


Sunday, April 05, 2015

Delightful Easter Weekend

What a delightful Easter weekend with beautiful weather and challenging programs!  Good Friday morning I drove one of our residents to Orlando to catch a plane and took three other friends that wanted to ride along for the fun.  I was quite surprised that they wanted to go because I had to leave the village at 3:45 a.m.  It was great to have the company and we stopped for breakfast on the trip home.  In the evening I attended the communion service at our church and was blessed.  It seems most appropriate to celebrate communion on Good Friday!

Saturday morning we had an Easter breakfast in the village with an abundance of delicious food and a meaningful devotional focusing mainly on 1 Peter which someone has called “A Survival Manual for Suffering Saints.”  I filled in for one of our workers helping prepare and serve the noon meal at the lodge.  The worker was out of town to attend a funeral.  In the afternoon I removed some landscape plantings at the front of my house and replaced them with new plantings that I hope will turn out to be lower maintenance and attractive for many years. 

Easter Sunday started at 7:00 a.m. with a sunrise service put on by our church in the state park.  It was a delightful experience singing and listening to a devotional as we watched the sun rise from behind a large oak tree draped with Spanish moss.  From the park I went to church for breakfast which was followed by the Easter service and finally to my Bible class.  I had to hurry back to the village to once again give a hand with lunch at the lodge.  One thing for certain is that you can keep just a busy as you wish here.

I trust that you each had a blessed Easter weekend.

Love to all,


Friday, March 27, 2015


I have been blessed by two different visitors since returning late Tuesday.  Both came some distance to spend time with me.  Friend Mark came here from out of state to interview for a potential job and drove an extra 2+ hours out of his way to spend a special block of time with me yesterday.  We had a delightful time together and I so much appreciate his encouragement and challenge.  Close friends are so very important in our lives, even at this stage!  It was very special having Mark here to bounce many thoughts and Ideas around and have God use him to reevaluate some specific areas of my life…Iron sharpening iron in motion!

Yesterday I read about David and Goliath (1 Samuel 17) and once again was amazed at the power of a young man standing against the giant Goliath, who was around 9’ tall.  David must have had his hands full commuting back and forth between his brothers who were in Saul’s army and tending his father’s sheep.  That must have been quite amazing seeing David confront huge Goliath with only a sling and a bag of pebbles.  Only with God’s guidance did that pebble hit its mark and bring the giant down.  It was interesting to me how his brothers became angry with him for stepping forward rather than exercising love and concern for their younger brother.  I especially like the faith and testimony of David as he warned the Philistine; “…I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have denied.”  (17:45)  To me, that was another reminder that anything is possible with God when in accordance with His will. 

I trust that your week went well and that the upcoming weekend will be a tremendous blessing as we celebrate Palm Sunday and reflect upon all that was accomplished by Jesus on the cross for us!

Love to you all,


Sunday, March 15, 2015

Obedience and Trust

The book of Judges certainly is an interesting study of leaders and the pitfalls that they succumb to.  Of around a dozen judges mentioned in the book, Deborah and Gideon appear as two of the best.  Looking at their preparation and gifting, I believe that most would not have predicted that they would be at the top of the list.  Deborah was a prophetess and a songwriter.  Gideon, a timid man with unimpressive credentials started out cowering in a winepress to avoid being seen by the Midianites.  Ultimately Gideon and his army that was reduced to around 300 men won the battle with the Midianite army that was 135,000 strong.  An unbelievable task considering the odds, that was only accomplished by his obedience and faith in God.  An amazing account of God bringing victory out of what humanly speaking appeared to be certain defeat!  

On the other hand there is the history of Samson, a man with unbelievable physical strength, dedicated to God from his birth ending up on the trash heap so to speak, a failure and dishonored.  Turning what was great potential into a great moral collapse.  It is certainly a vivid reminder that it is not the gifting, ability or strength that brings about success.  That results from obedience and trust in the Lord.

Later in the week I will be driving up to our Charlotte office.  I will spend some time with grandson Justin in South Carolina, and with friends in the Concord area while there.  It will be a bit of a quick trip this time but good to be able to catch up with a few people along the way.  Your prayers are always a tremendous blessing!

Have a wonderful week!


Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Fun Time

The trip to Hilton Head with the family was a special event, but unfortunately Keith had to make two trips for interviews to both Boston and Florida.  On his return from Boston, his flight ended in Charlotte due to fog on the coast and he had to rent a car to return that night.  We had a bit of rain and cold weather but plenty of games to keep us occupied when it was not ideal beach weather.  We all especially enjoyed biking on the beach and the two youngest, Ella and Sophia rode along in their trailer.  It brought back fond memories of my pulling grandson Gavin in a trailer and his continual reminder to me “stay on the road Bop” when one wheel would “accidently” slip off the edge of the pavement.

Today I was reading about Samson in Judges 14.  It is a tragic reminder of the danger in not obeying the Lord.  Samson had amazing potential to serve his Lord but spent most of his life fulfilling his own passions and desires.  It seems almost unbelievable that he would do such a thing after his upbringing and his experiences of having “The Spirit of the Lord come powerfully upon him” on several occasions.  What a tragic ending to finish his life blinded and bound.  Certainly a good reminder at all ages to finish well and to encourage those around us to do likewise. 

Let's be certain not to take God's blessings for granted!


Friday, February 27, 2015

Everlasting Love

This is one of the photos that I took of a sunrise while in the Bahamas.  Every morning it was a great reminder of an exciting new day filled with God’s blessings because of his everlasting love (hesed) that is recited so many times throughout the Scriptures, as by faith we are obedient to Him.

As I am coming close to the end of the book of Deuteronomy I have enjoyed many wonderful insights from it.  Moses certainly was human and suffered consequences from his disobedience by not being able to enter the Promised Land.  However he did not brood or become angry, but accepted God’s action without argument, continuing to carry out God’s plan allowing Him to working through his life.  What an example!

Deuteronomy 30:11-20 is a good reminder of three things that God looks for in each of our lives today.  He gives us the option to obey or not, which in turn results in life and prosperity or death and destruction. (vs. 15)  Those three listed are to; “love the Lord your God,” “walk in obedience to him,” and “keep his commands, decrees and laws.” (vs. 16)  I am certainly glad to be living in New Testament times after Jesus came into the world to give his life for us then placing his Holy Spirit into our hearts to give us guidance and direction moment by moment, if we stay in tune with Him.

Tomorrow I will be joining part of my family at Hilton Head for a week.  They have invited the whole family but I know that job responsibilities will prevent some from joining us.  I am thankful for my loving family and the health and strength to continue to spend time with them despite the many miles between us.

Have a blessed week end,