Thank You for the Crows



The crows in our back yard

The past couple times I have called my sister, she have told me about all the beautiful birds that come to her bird feeders. My sister Barb lives in the house that my parents lived in before they died. My mother had the bird feeders in the same place as my sister has her birdfeeders so the birds know where to go for food.  I not have bird feeder in my yard and our back yard is next to a corn field.  Our family also composts our food near the fence near the corn field which attracts the crows and sometime buzzards.  Sometime I do see beautiful color birds in our yard and I am thankful birds too.  On November 19 , I encourage those who read our blog to the “Count 1,000 ways he loves you” challenge from Ann Voskamp’s book One Thousand Gifts. I wrote this story so if you have not started our list of ways God loves, you can understand that the things on your list do not have be big or one time only.  I know I have wrote about this book a couple of times but I want to keep bringing up so I have a way to be accountable in my journey in trying to list 1,000 ways that God loves me.  So here are my list starting with number  65

  1. essential oils
  2. The soap dispenser that never seem to empty out
  3. Warm chili
  4. Floors even if they are cold
  5. Cookies to give to our friends who work at convenience stores on holidays
  6. For two crockpots to make Thanksgiving meals
  7. A dish washer
  8. Spending time with my daughter
  9. Having a great husband
  10. Warm days in the end November
  11. That is raining and not snow
  12. Our kids are caring people
  13. Warm clothing and blankets
  14. Sun shine
  15. The design the sun makes on the car window when it has frost on it
  16. Friends to send Christmas card to.
  17. Having someone to hang out with
  18. A friend who goes out to lunch with you
  19. The sun that melts the frost on the car window.
  20. The way the frost paints God’s earth
  21. Christmas cards from friends and family
  22. Beautiful sunrises
  23. A warm December
  24. A friendly smile at the Post Office
  25. A song on the radio
  26. Fun family times
  27. Safety on the road
  28. The gift God has given us to brighten others’ lives
  29. A 50 cent raise
  30. Hugs from friends who I have not seen in a while
  31. Cookies to give to those who work on Christmas
  32. The clouds that look like frosting on the mountains
  33. Hugs from the children at church
  34. Our children are out of school
  35. A small voice saying “Hi Pastor Ham”
  36. A good husband
  37. A blessed Christmas
  38. Watching our grandson open his Christmas presents via Face Time.
  39. The smell of food
  40. How the car lights look on the grass covered with frost in the dark of morning
  41. The comfort the moon gives you on the dark morning
  42. A planet you can see on a dark morning to remind you are not the center of the universe
  43. Warm cup of hot coco
  44. Watching my grandson play on Face time
  45. Safety on the roads (my husband and daughter were almost kill because a driver crossed the lines)
  46. Spending time with the family
  47. A gift of popcorn from a friend
  48. Money to pay of our car loan
  49. Low gas prices
  50. To have someone to curl up to and hug after a nightmare
  51. Warm soup on a cold day
  52. Having the kids home from Canada for a week
  53. Friends caring for us as they plowed us out after a big snow storm
  54. Friends to pray for us
  55. Going out to breakfast with my husband
  56. Having extra time in the morning to spent in a warm bed
  57. An e-mail that makes you smile
  58. Having a friend who you can be open with.
  59. Safety on the road (we drive a lot)
  60. For the seven cardinals


Thursday in Easter Week

Almighty and everlasting God, who in the Paschal mystery established the new covenant of reconciliation: Grant that all who have been reborn into the fellowship of Christ’s Body
may show forth in their lives what they profess by their faith; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.


Wednesday in Easter Week

O God, whose blessed Son made himself known to his disciples in the breaking of bread: Open the eyes of our faith, that we may behold him in all his redeeming work; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.


ResurrectionTuesday in Easter Week

O God, who by the glorious resurrection of your Son Jesus Christ destroyed death and brought life and immortality to light: Grant that we, who have been raised with him, may abide in his presence and rejoice in the hope of eternal glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be dominion and praise for ever and ever. Amen.


Easter_Monday in Easter Week

Grant, we pray, Almighty God, that we who celebrate with awe the Paschal feast may be found worthy to attain to everlasting joys; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Scriptures for Easter Evening

Easter Evening (March 27, 2016)


1 Corinthians 5:6-8 | New Living Translation (NLT)

Your boasting about this is terrible. Don’t you realize that this sin is like a little yeast that spreads through the whole batch of dough? Get rid of the old “yeast” by removing this wicked person from among you. Then you will be like a fresh batch of dough made without yeast, which is what you really are. Christ, our Passover Lamb, has been sacrificed for us. So let us celebrate the festival, not with the old bread of wickedness and evil, but with the new bread of sincerity and truth.


Made New

Easter is all about being made new. As I mentioned this morning, it’s cool that easter happens in the spring, just as everything is coming to life – at least if you are living here in the Shenandoah Valley.  Paul writes in 2 Corinthians 5; “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation, the old has gone, the new has come.” In our own denomination of the Wesleyans, “Made New” is what we talk about. It comes up in conversations quite a bit.  This is what Paul is writing in 1 Corinthians above.  Sin is just like yeast.  It doesn’t take much sin at all to make a mess of a person or even a church or the body of Christ.  Look at the damage that has been done by just a little bit of sin in the body of Christ.  We are to be like the unleavened bread that was baked for the Passover.  They didn’t have to wait for it to rise – it was new bread – they didn’t have to wait for the leaven to work – it was ready to bake at a moments notice.

So let’s apply this – today is Easter Sunday.  For many it could be a Sunday of new beginnings. Let’s celebrate by getting rid of the sin in our lives – as the writer of Hebrews says, “the sin that so easily entangles us and trips us up” and feast on the real bread from heaven – Jesus Christ.  Let’s live in his truth and not truths that we have made up.

Sunday Night Thoughts

Sunday Night Thoughts

He Is Risen!

It is early evening on this last Sunday in March.  This month has been quite mild, with some very nice days – yes, it came in like a lion, but it is going out like a lamb. Speaking of lambs – today is Easter Sunday.  It was good to worship with our friends at Waynesboro Wesleyan Church this morning.  We had a larger crowd than usual, but then again on this day which is really the centerpiece of the Christian year, you would expect that.  Following worship, we went out for a snack because we had Easter dinner planned for this evening.  We had ham, sweet potato casserole and asparagus w/hollandaise sauce.  It was really good.  Anna made the sauce.

On Friday night, we got a chance to see our kids via Facetime.  Robert was doing quite a bit of talking.  It is always good to see them whether in person or via Facetime.  We did it at McDonalds, because our internet connection isn’t always the best and considering something was happening at church – we decided to go out.

I have had a busy week at work and with spring break for our local school district, this week will probably be even busier.

In the big news for the week, Pam and I will be heading north next weekend to candidate at a church.  We would appreciate your prayers – we will let you know more details next weekend.  This is a door that God has opened for us and we want to pursue that.  We are looking forward to that and I am preparing a sermon to preach on Sunday.  The working title is “Empty.”  Again we would appreciate your prayers for wisdom and God’s direction.

That’s about all I have for this evening.  I have to take a look at that sermon…Blessings…

Prayer for Easter Evening

Almighty God, who through your only-begotten Son Jesus Christ overcame death and opened to us the gate of everlasting life: Grant that we, who celebrate with joy the
day of the Lord’s resurrection, may be raised from the death of sin by your life-giving Spirit; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.