Sunday, April 6, 2014

April Update

I still haven't been in the blogging mood. Yet, I feel the need to give a life update here.

My first grandchild is due to be born in two weeks. This is a big deal. My daughter lives 1,000 miles away. My plan for now is to take vacation time two weeks after the due date. This date coincides with my other daughter's graduation with a masters from U.F. in Gainesville.

My son will finish his second year at Wright State at the end of the month. He won't be able to take the trip to see his first niece or nephew because of finals.  There's a wedding in Ohio in June which my pregnant daughter will be officiating. So, he can meet his wee nephew or niece in June when she journeys the 1,000 miles with her little family in order to marry her cousin. (God Willing) PS: this wedding should be a grand time-it'll be on the farm. I do love farm weddings.

Rheinhard Bonnke praying for people
Ok, so what else. Olin and I took a pilgrimage to Pittsburgh to see Rheinhard Bonnke &; Daniel Kolenda. It was a breakfast fundraiser and there were 800 people there. (Instead of the, you know, 4 or 5 million people that usually attend a Rheinhard Bonnke Revival.)... It was extremely meaningful to me and I can speak for Olin, for him as well. As soon as I sat down at the table & met our table mates who had travelled greater distances than I, I was so uplifted. "I'm with my people!" What a feeling to be with "your people." Man Alive. That's all I'm going to say now. Just thinking about the meeting brings a warm feeling to my heart. In fact, for days since the trip I keep getting what I can only describe as "glory-rushes" as a result of this meeting. It happens without warning usually when I'm driving, or doing dishes or in the shower. The Love of Christ is real and it does make me sad people haven't felt it or known it. It is very real and powerful. There's power in Love. Yeah, that's all I'm going to say for now. A young man at the table next to me emailed me a photo of Rheinhard & Daneil that he took on his i-pad.

Daniel Kolenda praying for people
Daniel Kolenda explaining the fund-raising campaign One Soul, which of course I signed up for. I even got a mug
We drove back to c-bus through pouring down rain that turned to ice/rain/snow. I even drove on the freeway for over an hour. The 24 hours following that meeting were rather incredible. First thing in the morning, we prayed over the entire church, each person individually. We met a young Mennonite man at church who had been at the same meeting. What a surprise, one of my people at my own church! Of course we immediately connected. Then following we went and prayed for a woman in the hospital. There's other stuff, but it was a wonder-ful pilgrimage.

Oh, the worship leader, Mike Motley. Click on his name for his website www.fathershouse-music.comhttp://fathershouse-music.com/   I had never heard of him before. I spoke to him afterward because as soon as I saw him I thought of "Lonnie Frisbee."  So I went up to him and asked him if he had heard of Lonnie Frisbee. He hadn't. Mike told me he was a teenager and young adult at Brownsville AG when the revival broke out there. He was actually Daniel's teacher at Brownsville and Daniel was attending the School of Worship there. Then Daniel became Rheinhard's apprentice and went on to big, big revivals. He said Daniel had called him and asked him to lead worship for the fundraiser breakfast. I really, really like this Motley guy. He has a special needs daughter and he has a sweet and devout presence. I started following him on facebook.

My freeway fears are diminishing. I am working through a workbook with a PhD student. I wish I did the homework faithfully and I'd be further ahead than I am.I'm only half way through learning the tools and skills needed. It really is very interesting how the thoughts and body work, and what I'm learning has already carried over into other areas of my life. too. So yeah for CBT! It's working (so far) (God Willing).

I gained 25 pounds since June. I haven't exercised. I've eaten a lot of junk and drank a lot of alcohol, so what should I expect? Now that I've been with Daniel Kolenda and Rheinhard Bonnke I feel like I can get off my duff and do something about these depressing habits.

So that's the April update.

To Da Lou!