For a while, it looked like it was going to rain. There is thunder and lightening in the area on this Monday afternoon, Pray for rain!
Philip Hinckley will celebrate his birthday on July 24th, Keven Kothmann will attend his party on July 25th and Megan Ceynowa, Scott’s daughter, will be six years old on July 28th. And Don and Deborah Baxter have an anniversary celebration coming up on July 27th and Carl and Tina Sanders celebrate their union on July 29th. It must be time to have a great pool party. Celebrate.
Your daily prayers need to include Tina Carter, Florence Blake, Anna Grace Durst, Carlita Jordan and Andrew Kothmann.
Visiting with Roger and Tyra Jordan were their son Matt with wife Diana and children Laura and Sophia. And while Virginia Durst was home cooking all morning, her mother, Clara McInnis, brought all of Virginia’s children, grand children and other family members to church. They filled more than three pews. It was great to see all of them and remember the old times at Art and school. Summer is the time for family reunions while school is out and it’s too hot to work. Have a great reunion.
Great people always inspire us to do greater things, especially if that person is a devout Christian who shares her faith and beliefs with everyone. Stephen Mutschink told us about such a woman that has influenced so many people for a long time.
That woman was Frances Jane Crosby, better known as Fanny J. Crosby, a writer of more than 9000 hymns and the composer of many of them. She was blinded at the age of six months, learned to play the piano, organ, guitar, and harp. As her mother read the Bible and books to her as a child, she was able to memorize the words as her mother spoke. She was able to memorize the first four books of both the New Testament and the Old Testament. She could compose complete hymns and poetry in her mind and recite them to someone who would write them down.
Some of her famous hymns are: Blessed Assurance, Pass Me Not O Gentile Savior, I Am Thine O Lord, and Savior More Than Life To Me.
All of us have some great, God given talents. What we do with them while we are here on earth is up to us. I have heard that a person who loses one of their senses becomes much stronger in the remaining senses. Also, researchers are finding that babies can read, write, use sign language and understand writings and concepts at very early ages. Fanny Crosby certainly was one of these people, influenced and encouraged by her mother while a baby and using her increased senses and a nurtured environment.
God has given us a great minds, hearts and souls. Our minds are capable of tremendous activities. Keep them active, exercise them as you do you body. With God and His Word in your heart, you have the greatest helper in the world. A mind is a terrible thing to waste.