Now God has us where he wants us, with all the time in this world and the next to shower grace and kindness upon us in Christ Jesus. Saving is all his idea, and all his work. All we do is trust him enough to let him do it. It's God's gift from start to finish! We don't play the major role. If we did, we'd probably go around bragging that we'd done the whole thing! No, we neither make nor save ourselves. God does both the making and saving. He creates each of us by Christ Jesus to join him in the work he does, the good work he has gotten ready for us to do, work we had better be doing.
Ephesians 2:7-10 The Message

Friday, October 5, 2007

First Snow of the Season!

Wow, can you believe it? Today, October 5th, it snowed. Not a lot, but enough to make a mess. And typical of what you would see in melted within an hour of when it stopped snowing! And typical of Nevada, our forecasted highs for Sunday...mid 70's! Close to 80 by the end of the week. And two days ago it was 80. Gotta love living in the high desert of Nevada.

The last couple of weeks have been good, busy...but definitely good. My mom came for a visit, that was nice. We did a lot of nothing! One of the days she was her we went to Scotty's Castle in Death Valley. If you ever get the chance to go there, do it. We're planning a trip back with the kids. Maybe in November. Should you ever come to visit us, we'll take you there. It's funny how we are three to four hours away from everything in Nevada, but Death Valley, in California, is only 2 hours away. Go figure!

This past week I've been trying to get my kitchen finished. Once I get that done, we can start on the main bathroom. Then the dining room, and the master bath, and everything else. I'll be glad when we get all the work done. It'll probably take 10 years but that's OK. A little at a time!

Continue to pray for our ministry here. Our ladies Bible studies started a couple of weeks ago. Pray that the ladies would really dig into God's Word and discover what He is speaking to them. Also pray for our other women's ministry opportunities. We have a luncheon once a month, pray that the ladies who come would be blessed by the speakers, pray for the speakers that God would use them to reach others, and pray that new ladies would come. Also pray for Mornings for Moms. This is a ministry for moms with young children, sort of like MOPS, not as developed. Pray for me as I share Words of Encouragement with the moms and help the two moms leading this ministry. Pray for them, that they would keep Christ at the center of this outreach, and pray for the moms that come, that they would be encouraged in the most important job they will ever have, raising their children to follow God. Pray also that the work would get completed on our Annex building. It has been a year since the roof work began, and the inside hasn't begun yet. Pray for men to come and finish this project so we can move on to other necessary projects.

Praise the Lord for the generous donors who have given enough to get the projector and screen. It's ordered and should be here soon!

God continues to bless us in our ministry here and provides for all we need. The kids are doing well in school. We are preparing for a cold winter, getting as much firewood as we can. If this early snow is any indication, we should have a fun winter. Time to scout out a good sledding hill for the youth group!

Thank you all for praying us. Feel free to contact us anytime.

Serving Him Together,
Butch, Jennifer and Grady, Spencer and Becca

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