He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress, My God, in whom I trust!” For it is He who delivers you from the snare of the trapper and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with His pinions, and under His wings you may seek refuge; His faithfulness is a shield and bulwark. You will not be afraid of the terror by night, or of the arrow that flies by day; Of the pestilence that stalks in darkness, or of the destruction that lays waste at noon. A thousand may fall at your side
and ten thousand at your right hand, but it shall not approach you. You will only look on with your eyes and see the recompense of the wicked. For you have made the Lord, my refuge, even the Most High, your dwelling place. No evil will befall you, nor will any plague come near your tent. For He will give His angels charge concerning you, to guard you in all your ways. They will bear you up in their hands, that you do not strike your foot against a stone. You will tread upon the lion and cobra, the young lion and the serpent you will trample down. “Because he has loved Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him securely on high, because he has known My name. “He will call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will rescue him and honor him. “With a long life I will satisfy him and let him see My salvation.” Psalm 91
As I write this, we are preparing to leave for a trip to Pennsylvania. Guy has signed up for Revive This Nation for a second year, and we have been assigned to preach at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Elizabethtown, PA. It is a congregation of around 40 members, mostly middle age and older people. This church does not have any young families, kids, or youth. Guy will be preaching a series of 5 sermons, from Sunday morning and evening through Wednesday evening. He has chosen the theme of “If My People.”
We will be leaving for PA Friday morning, March 6, and arriving back in Ft. Worth on Saturday evening, March 14. The trip is supposed to take 21 driving hours, so we are breaking it down into 2 days’ travel each way.
We are looking forward to the trip. It is located in a very historical and picturesque area of the state. We will be within easy driving distance to places such as Gettysburg, Hershey, and Lancaster. We have planned an extra day in our trip just to sight-see! We hope to tour the Hershey plant and poke in lots of shops in Amish country.
Classes seem to be going pretty well for Guy, but he’s really feeling the stress and pressure of taking 3 classes this semester. I’m hoping that, with Revive This Nation almost done, he will be able to take a little breather and then have a better handle on his studies. He has a midterm that he must get done by the 9th, and then he’s looking at a project for his Teen ministry class and a large paper for Hermeneutics.
Jessi is staying busy with her work, and is working on learning the music for her Opera Workshop class. She is still busy sewing together a quilt top, but hopes to have it finished up soon.
Jessi is still planning to go to Romania in July. I have 20% of the cost of the trip raised so far. I will be re-posting my shingle of “Baker For Hire” here locally and on Facebook when we get back from PA.
Also, thank you for continued prayers for mom with her surgery in January. She is in rehab at The Maples in Springfield, and seems to be doing quite well. We had a small scare last week, when we thought that she had developed an infection and would require surgery to take care of it. Fortunately, there’s no infection, just a stopped up drainage tube that was cleared out and will hopefully be removed tomorrow. She will hopefully be going home sometime next week.
* Safe travel. We are taking one of our cars, will be on the road a total of 4 days, staying at 2 hotels and a house.
* Revival services. Pray that hearts and minds will be open to the working of the Holy Spirit.
* Relaxation and rest. Things have been rather stressful of late, and we are hoping that this trip will also work as a much-needed vacation for us.
* Mom as she recovers.
* Continued support and funding for missions.
* Continued prayer for our infertility struggle. We had some testing done, but have been asked to repeat one test in 3 weeks. We will then hopefully be able to start medications.