Nothing tugs at our heart strings more than a child in need! One of my nieces, Rachel, has been a good friend to Clara’s mom, Lori since 2007. They met in Mexico while serving as teachers after college. Eventually, both accepted teaching positions in Colorado Springs. And then both went on to have three children each. Eventually, as is common in our culture, both of their families moved apart but they are “virtually” connected!
Clara turns 11 on March 26, 2020. Rachel’s mom, my dear sister-in-law Linda, has been kept up to date on Clara’s life since meeting her a few years ago. Linda has a memory of seeing Clara, her little sister Ana Cecilia and Linda’s grand daughter, Hadassah, running and playing on their farm. No one suspected an unknown and undiagnosable disease was lurking in both Clara and Ana Cecilia. Continue reading
What a kind and unsolicited compliment to be told by a close family member, she knows I am constantly praying for her and her family. Actually, I need to tell you more about her, she is my sister-in-law, married to my husband’s only sibling. I wasn’t always known to pray – in fact, she started praying for my spiritual life soon after we met! Now talk about a person who prays. But Linda Lees not only prays, she fasts as the Lord leads when there is a crisis or critical event with any of her family members or friends lives. I can say she has had more influence on my spiritual life than anyone else. And in her blog post “The Fast” I learned how to take on a 72 hour fast.
I’ve missed blogging, both on this blog and on our Travel Adventure site. I usually say these posts are more for me – as a diary of where my life was going, where it went and where it needs to be (this site is more for where it needs to be). As I am aging, I see more and more the need to have these events documented somehow. I am so sad I never blogged about all of our motorcycle adventures (many were pre-blog days) nor do I have a good journal of our early years in Florida (2004-2011). I started a few journal entries to keep our daughter informed of those times – but until I actually began blogging, those memories are now about lost except on some digital and paper photos “somewhere.” Continue reading
On December 15, 2016, Bill thought he was about to die. Not everyone gets a second chance at life – but many do. If you had a second chance, what would you do to make a difference in your life? Continue reading
Obituary for Ruth A. Brunner Lees
Ruth A. (Brunner) Lees, 98, formerly of North Huntingdon, Pennsylvania died Thursday, June 20, 2019, in Mount Vernon, IL. She was born March 17, 1921 in West Newton, a daughter of the late Walter and Minnie Louise (Huber) Brunner and was also preceded in death by her husband Earl Lees, and siblings Rosella “Posey” Fulmer and Warren H. Brunner. Ruth graduated from Westmoreland Hospital School of Nursing in 1943 and served in the Army Nursing Corps during WWII serving as a Lieutenant. She worked as a private duty nurse after the war. She was active with her late husband in the 9th Infantry Division Reunion Group and was a Red Cross volunteer for over 45 years. Ruth was a professing Christian and humble follower of Jesus Christ. She demonstrated her faith in daily practical help to those around her. She was a member of a local church wherever she lived. She will be best remembered for her selfless service to others. She is survived by her sons David E. Lees and his wife Linda and William D. Lees and his wife Debra; her grandchildren Rebecca (Byron) Jones, Matthew (Lindsay) Lees, Rachel (Fernando) Navarro, and Jessica (Shane) Cox; nine great grandchildren; also nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Wednesday at the William Snyder Funeral Home, 521 Main Street, Irwin, 724-863-1200, where a funeral service will follow at 11 a.m. with Rev. Terry Schmelvenbach officiating. Interment will follow in Union Cemetery, North Huntingdon. For online condolences please visit www.snyderfuneralservices.com
My husband and I are grateful we both had such wonderful parents who then became wonderful in-laws! Both Ruth and Earl Lees were two very special people with timeless and interesting backgrounds. So while I am highlighting Ruth, much of this is about Earl as well. Her two siblings were also remarkable. We are talking about the Greatest Generation! Continue reading
Today is Thanksgiving Day in the US. And it’s the 55th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. People are gathering at their relatives and friends homes to celebrate and reflect on what they are thankful for. But today, I am still struggling to make sense of the recent death of one of my daughter’s good friends, Tara, age 34. She died in a car wreck – she was on her way to see a friend. And today, so many are traveling. I’m praying for all of them, especially our daughter and her family. Continue reading
The Lord, Our Helper
Happy is he who has the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the Lord his God, who made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them; who keeps truth for ever.
How blessed, how happy, How fortunate we are, who’s help comes from the God of Jacob, who is also the God of Abraham and Isaac. He is the God who appeared to Moses, who lead Israel out of Egypt and into the Promised Land. Happy are those who trust Him, for they shall never be disappointed, ashamed, or confused. He is not only our present help for today; He is our hope for eternity.
He is the Lord! He is always there; He never sleeps; and His promise to us is that He will never leave us nor forsake us. Because of His presence, we have hope while others are in despair. We know a happiness that is beyond description, beyond comparison, beyond imagination. How blessed are we to know that our God is our present help and our eternal hope. Wise is He who puts his trust in the Creator. He who made the heavens and the earth makes us fit for heaven. He who is the creator of all life has given us eternal life through the Lord Jesus Christ!
Thank you, Lord, for all you have done for me. Thank you for the joy of my salvation and for the promise of eternity with you forever. In Jesus’ name, amen.
by Dr. Bob Zinn, Immanuel Baptist Church, Highland, CA
Bill’s and my devotional this year. A gift from a Pastor of a church we visited last year. Today, this one really spoke to us.
“Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.” Colossians 2:6-7
How do you know when you don’t have deep spiritual roots? Worry, fear, anxiety, stress, guilt, shame, resentment, bitterness and so much more show up in your life. These are the results of not having deep spiritual roots. That is why Paul says he wants us to be “rooted” in God— rooted in His Word, rooted in love, rooted in faith, rooted and hope.
The Bible has a lot to say about having spiritual roots. Jesus told a parable about seeds falling to the ground. Some of the seeds never developed deep roots’s, so they withered away once they encountered problems (Matthew 13:6). But Jesus wants us to deepen our faith in Him so we can “produce a harvest of 30, 60, or even 100 times much as has been planted!” (Matthew 13:23 NLT) Continue reading