Today my son, two of his friends and I played in the Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament. We shot 20 under par and won the tournament. Boy, that was lots of fun. We had 3 eagles in a row…….we parred one hole and that was in the wind, rain and beginnings of the storm we had this afternoon. We had to go in for a rain delay. We ended the day with 3 eagles, 1 par and 14 birdies. After watching someone else play that well last weekend, it was great to do it ourselves today!! I would love to play that good all the time! Tomorrow is back to work. 😦 Hope it is a good day for you.
Golfing June 7, 2008
I am playing golf in a 4 person scramble this weekend. I had the privilege of watching another group of 4 (2 men – 2 women) shoot a round of 49. Yes, that is a 49 for 18 holes. Course record. What a spectacle to watch. I enjoyed watching them more than I enjoyed playing in this heat!!! We shot 12 under to their 22 under and tomorrow are in the same flight as them. Maybe we will come in 2nd. It was a good day
Patriarchs June 6, 2008
First and foremost, let me thank you for your prayers yesterday. I felt them, and it helped me through a really difficult day. Praying friends are so AWESOME, and always, ultimately, God is good.
Today, let me talk about Patriarchs. If you have not signed up for the study at church, please consider doing so. This was one of my all-time favorite studies I have done. I can’t wait to start again. It taught me a lot and as always, with a Beth Moore study, you hear things the second time around that you missed, or it just wasn’t meant for you to retain the first time through.
Abram (Abraham) Isaac and Jacob. Genesis. Very interesting. Sarai (Sarah), Hagar, Ismael, Joshua, Rebekah, Esau, Leah, Rachel, Dinah, Tamar, and it goes on. All flawed people. God loved them. God loves me. As quoted in Beth’s introduction, if God talks about it, then he means for us to talk about it too. God knows the way of mankind and I think for the first time I realized that God intended to lift me up for His glory just as he did these people in this study. To quote from Week Eight: “God purposes to use every second of a devinely ordained wait to build us into the individuals our future demands we be. One of the most peculiar and exquisite experience of faith is realizing that while you haven’t seen answers, or the way you should take, you’ve learned how to see the light of God himself. Right there in the blindness of your own circumstance”. And in Week Nine “God will never lead you anywhere you can’t ultimately be productive to the glory of His great name” Whew, I tell you, this really is a great study. You learn history, you learn more about individuals, and you learn just how much God is committed to us.
Come join us at Second Baptist Church next Wednesday night and begin the study of The Patriarchs. Hope to see you there.
Send ’em to me…………. June 5, 2008
I could use your prayers today, right now, right where you are. Send ’em my way ladies. (or gents)
Rehoboam June 4, 2008
My small group is doing a study by Charles Swindoll on Forgotten People of the Bible. Last night was Rehoboam. Did you know that Rehoboam became the first ruler of the Southern Kingdom of Judah? He became king after his father Solomon died. The people of the northerm kingdom came to Rehoboam and asked that he relieve them from some of the burden that Solomon had placed on them. Rehoboam asked for 3 days to think about it. He went to the wise, older counselors and they told him to ease up on the people and they will serve you. He didn’t like that answer. He then went to his “buddies”, peers his own age that grew up with him, and they said “show them who is who. Show them you can make it even harder on them. Show them who is Boss”. That is what he did. The end result was the split of the 12 tribes to 10 in the northern kingdom and 2 in the southerm kingdom. God sent the prophet Shemaiah to tell Rehoboam that he needed to stop the war before it started. He was told that the 12 tribes would be divided if he didn’t listen and that things would be okay if he obeyed God. He didn’t listen. Rehoboam built up 15 cities as fortresses, sent his 28 sons out to man the regions. Rehoboam abandoned God. The Northern Kingdom and the Southern Kingdom began years of fighting, proving that God is true to his word. The tribes were split and Jeroboam ruled the North and Rehoboam the South.
Isn’t that a lot like us? Don’t we all tend to go to the person who tells us what we want to hear, rather than to someone a little older, a little wiser? We want to hear what we want to hear and the majority of the time our closest friends are the ones we rely on to give us the answer we want to hear. And how many times do we give something to God only to take it back again and let ourselves and our friends handle the problem?
Like the women’s conference a couple of years ago, ladies, we need to be Dangerous Women. We need to counsel those around us to the truths of the Bible, not just the stuff people want to hear. Help ME to be real, Lord. Help me to listen to your words and not abandon your ways just because it is easy at that time.
The story of Rehoboam can be found in 1 Kings and 2 Chronicles.