Monday, May 30, 2005

Memorial Day

Wow! See what vacation will do to your posting habits. Well now that the weather is getting nice and lawns need to be mowed and gardens planted the blog may be a little slow this summer season. I will be sure to keep cyberspace up to day for time to time this summer.

Today being Memorial Day it made me thing back to my Hawaii trip. While in Honolulu Jessica and I when to the Arizona Memorial. It is probably one of most memorable historical experiences I have had. Here are a few pictures from my visit.

This is on Arizona Memorial looking up through the ceiling to the flag which is actual attached to the Arizona.

Front gun turrent of the Arizona

This writing is mounted at the base of the Flag pole.

If you ever have the opportunity to visit the Arizona Memorial it is a great place to remember the individual who gave their lives for a free America.

Thursday, May 12, 2005

Lock Up

Every Wednesday I walk through the Church after youth service to make sure it is locked up. Yesterday Jacob and I did it together. He helped me turn off the lights and was running around saying whoa each time the lights went out. He thought it was great to run through the church empty and dark.

It was fun for me to go and lock up the Church with my boy. For some reason certain memories of my childhood are ingrained into my memory. One of them is locking up the Church with my Dad. I must have just been seven or eight years old, but I have distinct memories of setting the alarm system and running out before it when off. Funny how some memories just stick with you and others just slip away. That is one of many memories I have about Salt Lake City, Utah. So it was fun to do the same with my son here in Hibbing. Our system is not quite as high tech as Valley back in 1982. We use a sliding dead lock that is manual on two side doors. No keys necessary. Probably what you would see in a dungeon or prison or something.

Anyways, it was fun for me to do the same thing with my son that my Dad used to do with me. I am sure Jacob won't remember it but I definately will. BTW just for your information. It is May 12th and 20 degrees and snowing here this morning. Yeah!

Saturday, May 07, 2005

Bitter to Sweet

It has been a long time since I last posted. I guess life has been busy.

Ex 15:22-27
22 Then Moses led Israel from the Red Sea and they went into the Desert of Shur. For three days they traveled in the desert without finding water. 23 When they came to Marah, they could not drink its water because it was bitter. (That is why the place is called Marah.) 24 So the people grumbled against Moses, saying, "What are we to drink?"
25 Then Moses cried out to the LORD, and the LORD showed him a piece of wood. He threw it into the water, and
the water became sweet.
There the LORD made a decree and a law for them, and there he tested them. 26 He said, "If you listen carefully to the voice of the LORD your God and do what is right in his eyes, if you pay attention to his commands and keep all his decrees, I will not bring on you any of the diseases I brought on the Egyptians, for
I am the LORD, who heals you."
27 Then they came to Elim, where there were twelve springs and seventy palm trees, and they camped there near the water.

This was a portion of my devos this morning. I wonder what "stuff" in my life would go from bitter to sweet if I just applied some simple obiedence. Isn't it easier to be satisfied with bitter water, especially when we are decieved to believe it is normal. hmmm. What am I drinking that I think is normal, but is actually bitter. Yuck! I better get my taste buds aligned with God's Spirit.