MONDAY: Week in Preview

21 May


“For the LORD gives wisdom, and from his mouth come knowledge and understanding. 7 He holds victory in store for the upright, he is a shield to those whose walk is blameless, 8 for he guards the course of the just and protects the way of his faithful ones. ” (Proverbs 2:6-8)
NET commentary: The Hebrew word translated “upright” (yashar) is one of the terms used for the righteous. It points to the right conduct of the believer — that which is right or pleasing in the eyes of God. It stresses that the life of the individual is upright, straightforward, and just. It is paralleled with “those who walk in integrity.”

Lord, help us to realize that you do not obtain or acquire victory for us: you already hold it, ready and willing to give it to those who trust in you. May we trust you more today than yesterday. Help us to realize and experience how much you love us. We are never alone, for you guard our comings and goings; you protect us as we walk the way of Jesus. Thank you! Amen.


Women’s Prayer Group is here at the Manse as I write this. Later is work, work, work. Maybe sneak in a little banjo, and some photography. Tonight, members of COM (Committee on Ministry) come to our Coalinga garden haven for a Triennial Visit. After dinner with them, we go our separate ways. Beauty will escort COM to meet with Session. It’s a time for the church’s Ruling Elders to share without her being present. I’ll return to the Manse for our Men’s Bible Study.

The entire week will be one popping with preparation. Lots to do! (as if this week is any different.) The ‘culmination’ begins on Thursday, when I go back to the eye surgeon for a procedure I am totally not looking forward to. Beauty said, “Don’t worry. You won’t feel it; there are no nerves in your eye.” Doesn’t matter: the mere thought totally “unnerves” me! At least I get to couple with it a trip to my fountain pen store and Trader Joe’s (next door).

Friday begins Coalinga’s 76th Horned Toad Derby. As a Chamber of Commerce Board member, lots more to do. I am, once again, serving as the “Voice of the Derby”. Looking for one or two more willing volunteers. Interested? Call me! Part of the weekend festivities are Saturday morning’s community Memorial Day Parade. Considering the size of our town, it has proven to be impressive. The Derby itself is a large Carnival with all kinds of rides, stands, booths. I’ll try to remember to include some (past) photos later this week.

For those who know Kyle & Cathy or Damon & Molly, they have seen both the Parade and the Derby. They can vouch for the fun of it all.

I must mention that the name–Horned Toad Derby–was not selected without reason. We DO actually have Horned Toad races! The Grand Champion Race will be race # 8.

The big highlight, ‘though, is going to be Pentecost Worship on Sunday. It’s going to be great! If you’re in the area, come be part of the Joy!

Well, enough for now. Wishing you a day of Adventure with the Lord.


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