For those of you who read this blog fairly regularly, THANK YOU! I started it with the intent of it being somewhat of a ministry opportunity, centered on spiritual things mostly to help encourage others. I do post random tid-bits occasionally too for fun!
I have been out of town with my job transition for the last month or 6 weeks, virtually. Some of that the family has been with me on, and some of it they have unfortunately not. I work for the Barbershop Harmony Society, the greatest hobby in the world… (to me anyway) fortunately I’ve been blessed to work for the corporate operations. We are moving our “business” to downtown Music City – Nashville, TN after some 50 years in beautiful Kenosha, WI. …only slightly tongue-in-cheek. Kenosha is really beautiful, especially with the shores of Lake Michigan and the cool, cool temps there with the bright sunshine. Nice place!
More than anything I’ve found through this transition of them moving down, us (family) moving up to Bowling Green, KY (45 mins. north), finding the church at Bowling Green – a great group of saints who long to serve God truly and faithfully – and everything that has been involved in the transition, I have been challenged to keep my focus on the Lord’s leading hand. He has purpose for all things, even in our small existence. It’s interesting, as Romans 8:28 states, “all things to work together for good for those who love God”, and I know that he provides for his saints. If you are not a believer in the providence of God, or in his working among his children, look around you. Just one example is how he has granted us the peace in our decisions and endeavors when he is at the focus of our activities.
Even another great miracle of God has been his presence in the life of our nephew, little Ethan Powell. (http://www.ethanpowell.com) Ethan has been in St. Jude’s children’s hospital in Memphis since January, and is now 8 months old. He was diagnosed with Leukemia in January at 5 weeks. He has stared death in the face several, several times. He went through chemo after chemo treatment until they had to stop b/c he couldn’t nurse, or they thought his little body could take no more. Upon what looked like the last ditch effort, they did an experimental treatment with his Dad’s stem cells they called “killer cells”. Although St. Jude had tried this Stem Cell transplant 7 other times, none of the previous attempts worked. But with a slight variation in the medicine and the transplant, even though none of the 7 previous efforts at this worked for other patients, Ethan’s body accepted the Stem cells from Ben, and infused them into his own body for 100% Leukemia free cells. He is not out of the woods yet, but PRAISE GOD that he looks after his children. Ethan’s doing better each day! If you need something to pray for, PRAY FOR ETHAN, because PRAYER WORKS!