We never really had our full winter in Central Oregon and now, like most of the west, we are in drought conditions and are under extreme fire conditions. Typically, in June we are able to access the upper elevations of the mountains, but not without running into a lot of snow. This year, we have been able to access higher elevations WITHOUT much snow and now only glacier snow remains in the mountains.Read More
Jesus knew his life would be sacrificed...
Jesus answered them, "Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” - John 2:19
Jesus asked if there was another way...
And going a little farther he fell on his face and prayed, saying, "My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.” - Matthew 26:39.
...but, did he know how much he would have to suffer?Read More
If you spend much time on the Internet you have probably visited several websites that require a username and password. Maintaining your identity and securing your access to websites is important, therefore, secure usernames and passwords is important and is crucial to minimizing the risk of identity theft.
Here are the common mistakes we make when creating online passwords:Read More
For me, email is one of my primary methods of communication and information gathering. I continue to try to find ways to consolidate my email, but I am involved with so many different organizations, that I have not been able to consolidate my email into just one (1) email account.Read More
Very often we think of ministry as the work of a Christian church or organization, or of a missionary or someone working “in the ministry." But James tells us in chapter 1 verse 27 that "pure religion is to visit orphans and widows in their affliction and to keep oneself unstained from the world."
Can you believe it? Am I being a pessimist when I say “almost one-half of 2015 is over?” Or am I an optimist when I say “there's more than one-half of 2015 remaining?” Either way, I can’t believe May is almost over.Read More
As I write this, I am waiting for the results of an MRI of my neck that I had done yesterday.
I have been seeing a chiropractor for several years. At first we were working through my spondylolisthesis in my lower back which is the result of my “fractured” pars interarticularisRead More
“Over the past 4 years God has taken The Shepherd’s House to places we never thought we could go. Christ is ministering to people every day at The Shepherd’s House in ways we wouldn’t have thought possible.” Cash Lowe, Director of Programs, The Shepherd’s House
I can quote the statistics:Read More
First of all, I have to say…I LOVE MY FAMILY!
Entering the teenage and adult years for all of us has had its bumps and challenges. But, overall, I love the uniqueness of each of our kids and I love having them home and enjoying time together.Read More
When I sat down to consider the best of 2014, I initially collected all of the statistics and events of the year (see below). But as I looked at these calendar events, number of meals, number of graduates, number of volunteers, number of teaching hours, and number of donations, one thing was glaringly missing...the names and faces of each and every individual who has served God and/or has been touched by God through the work of The Shepherd's House and Grace Network International.Read More
For years I have journaled off and on...probably more 'off' than 'on'. I have tried handwritten journals. I've tried voice dictated journals. And I have tried electronic journals, because I can typically type faster than I can write by hand.
At the beginning of this year I started experimenting with handwriting apps for my iPad. I had several thoughts in doing this:Read More
After spending a week in California with Kiehl and Aaron (and Mickey, Goofy, Donald Duck, Winnie the Pooh and others) we had a quiet Christmas at home.
Cody and Taylor (Gatley) Rheault joined us, as did Chad.
Jarod worked at a Christmas tree lot for a few days during the Christmas break. We supported his efforts and bought a tree from the lot instead of heading to the hills and cutting our own tree as we did last year.Read More
We just returned from a somewhat spur of the moment trip to Disneyland in CA.
At Thanksgiving I wanted to get some time with the family away from our normal routine away from Central Oregon. It has been a busy year with a lot of changes and I decided we needed some "get away and have some fun" time as a family.Read More
I am excited about my daughter Taylor getting married on November 1;
I am sad about my mom's prolonged multiple hip surgeries and months of recovery;
I am excited about the changed lives at The Shepherd's House;
I am sad about the breast cancer for a good friend and co-worker;Read More
He said, “I heard you in the garden and I was afraid because I was naked. And I hid.” Gen 3:10
Then Job answered the Lord and said: “I know that you can do all things, and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted. Job 42:1-2
I didn’t ease into the chair, I kind of stumbled and plopped. I was nervous. I was concerned. I really didn’t want to be here. A week ago, I missed the appointment “accidentally”….or was it on purpose?Read More
And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Immediately they left their nets and followed him. - Matthew 4:19-20
A recent sermon by Jaina Hamilton at our church spurred some questions for me:
What does it look like to leave everything and follow Jesus?
What is my greatest fear?
What does it look like to live by faith verses living by fear?
“The Twelve Days of Christmas” is a popular Christmas folk song. There are 30 days in June and I believe I had the opportunity to be involved in at least 30 different events and/or activities during the month of June.
1. Travel from Redmond, OR to St. Louis, MO for the 2014 Association of Gospel Rescue Missions (AGRM) National Conference. http://www.agrm.org/assnfe/ev.asp?ID=53Read More
All this is proceeding along lines planned all along by God and then executed in Christ Jesus. When we trust in him, we’re free to say whatever needs to be said, bold to go wherever we need to go. So don’t let my present trouble on your behalf get you down. Be proud!- Ephesians 3:11-13 MSG
I don’t like the way he shows up and hides,
I don’t like what it does to me inside;Read More
"Moses my servant is dead. Get going. Cross this Jordan River, you and all the people...Strength! Courage! Don't be timid; don't get discouraged. God, your God, is with you every step you take."
- Joshua 1:1,9
We all face transitions in our lives. The nation of Israel faced quite a few significant transitions...from captivity to exodus out of Egypt; from the desert to the promised land; from Judges to Kings. Sometimes transitions are easy, fun and enjoyable. But, more often, they seem to be difficult, scary and something we don't want to go through. The first time Israel came to the edge of the promised land and were told to go in, they feared what they saw before them and ended up wandering in the desert for 40 years because of their lack of faith. They were again brought to the edge of the Jordan River and told to go in and possess the land. This time they took the step of faith and walked into the river.Read More