Category: Update

Contentment in All Things

“… I have learned to be content in any circumstance.” (Philippians 4:11, NET) The Apostle Paul experienced times of need and times of plenty. But he was able to experience all these situations with contentment, because he knew from whom his strength came. We’ve been able to stay for free at some amazing places. These…
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Howdy, Pardners!

It has been a long time (decades) since we rode our horses and it felt good to climb back into the saddle! (We will not review what it felt like the next day! 🤣 ). Our daughter and granddaughter joined us along the North Fork of the Salmon River in Idaho for a wonderful few days of…
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Demonstrating Compassion to All

“Finally, all of you be harmonious, sympathetic,  affectionate, compassionate, and humble.”  (1 Peter 3:8, NET)  Last week, out of the blue, a classmate from almost 50 years ago contacted us. They were on their way to visit family in northern Idaho, pulling their travel trailer. For some time, they had been dealing with a “check…
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To cease work … šābat … to rest

“By the seventh day God finished the work that he had been doing, and he ceased on the seventh day all the work that he had been doing.” (Genesis 2:2, NET) “He said to them, ‘Come with me privately to an isolated place and rest a while’….” (Mark 6:31, NET) God stopped his work; He…
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He Created Them as His Imagers

“So God created man as His imager,  in the image of God he created him;  male and female he created them.” (Genesis 1:27) Donnalee, the founder of Hope House, was orphaned and abused as a child. As she grew up, she promised God that if it were in her power, she would do everything she…
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A Good Reason for Our Fatigue (besides our age)

SOWERs volunteer to do whatever a project host needs done. This can be anything from painting, small building projects (up to major projects depending on SOWER manpower and skills available), to plumbing, electrical; you name it.  Upon arrival at a project, the group leader (the first person to sign up for the project is automatically…
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A New Season of Life

“For everything there is an appointed time, and an appropriate time for every activity on earth:” (Ecclesiastes 3:1, NET) Since 2003, we’ve been sending out our weekly requests for your Strategic Thoughts (prayers) for us, and Good News (answered prayers). You committed to pray for us, so we committed to give you something to pray for and rejoice…
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Using our History to Process the Present

As I (Bruce) have been reading through 1 Chronicles, Psalm 77, Psalm 78, and others, I was struck by how the authors used their history and past experiences to process their present situation. It helped give them courage and God-given wisdom to not give up; to keep going forward and to keep their focus on…
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Allen, TX to Okmulgee, OK and Back:

In the last 6 weeks or so, we’ve traveled just over 4,000 miles, and most of those miles have been between Allen, TX, and Okmulgee, OK, with a number of shorter trips to Tulsa and back. We’ve enjoyed the time together as we’ve seen some interesting things along the road. We noted in previous ST’s…
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Hitting the Pause Button

We are finding that after 3-4 days of sorting, and cleaning things from Bruce’s mother’s home, we need a break. After returning from Katie’s conference on Jan. 28, we realized that it was long past time to take that break, so we packed up a few clothes and headed out! Many of our Idaho friends…
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