Wednesday, 25 May 2011

Class of 1961 - 50th Reunion

I graduated in 1961 from Buckley High School, Buckley, MI. The picture here was taken in 1965 at my wedding but it does show me in my youth. Times have changed. So have I.

In two days, Friday the 27th, I head back to Buckley for our class 50th reunion. There were 18 in our graduating class. Two have passed away. Out of the 16 remaining, 14 will make a showing at the reunion activities. Friday night we are all having dinner together. On Saturday evening we have the annual school alumni dinner - a small school so it is open for all classes - a very special time. On Sunday we will have a worship service for our class & friends at 11am. I am in charge of that service and will be doing the speaking/devotional. After the service, about noon, we will have a carry-in picnic lunch. The service and lunch will be at an open pavilion in a small community park, very informal. My message Sunday morning will be about "Choices". Humm, same as the theme for my blog.

Regardless of our age, all through life we will be faced with making choices. what "drives" you in making your choices/ Are your choices "self-centered" or are they Christ focused? Stop by Sunday morning and find out what mine are driven by - besides I need someone to help me with a "demonstration" sunday morning at 11am.

God bless - have a great Memorial Day weekend.

Saturday, 14 May 2011

An Uphill Battle!

Scripture: “I will lift up my eyes to the hills, from whence comes my help?” Psalm 121:1


Where I take Amos trail riding there are a few hills and small streams to cross. There are not a lot of hills but a few that are more strenuous than just riding the level trails. Because of the hills and the long winding trail I do my best to make sure Amos is in shape for that kind of ride. It would be cruel of me to knowingly take Amos on a trail ride that he is not physically fit for. He needs to be in top shape when we load up in the trailer and head for the hills.

The verse above kind of confuses me a little. However I think I understand it. The hills in life give us strength for the valleys. Having been conditioned by studying His word, asking Him for His guidance each day, having a daily devotional time, and worshiping regularly; all these give me strength to handle the hills and valley’s of life. It would be nice if our life was always on a level field with no ups or downs, but that’s not how life treats us. Thankfully our Savior has no intention of sending us through life unprepared. But we have to do our part to prepare.

Prayer Thought: Prepare me for this day and keep me focused on where you want to take me.

Monday, 9 May 2011


The two pictures above are the same horse, Cookie, which I have had the privledge of riding. The picture below is Cookie before she was "rescued". Believe it or not she had a foal in that condition. The foal did not survive. How cruel for a horse to be treated that way. Yet when she was taken To Beauty's Haven, an Equine Rescue farm in Florida, Cookie recovered quickly because staff cared.

There are people coming across our path that need to be rescued. You and I may become the "rescuer". Are you watching for that? It may be a kind word, it may be a helping hand or maybe just a smile. Are you turning away or will you be looking?