Sometimes life can be hard and unfair. It can keep you awake at night. It can break your heart. It can crush your spirit. Our family had an experience like that a couple years ago. In my new book Finding Bittersweet I tell the story. When you put it down I think you will be encouraged to build your faith on the promises of God, even when it feels like your life is falling apart.
For well over twenty years I have written at least weekly and posted my writing free on my website. Most of what I have written you can read here for free with two notable exceptions: My last two full-length books are not available on-line. For a Few Days (written in 2013) and Finding Bittersweet (Published this week).
Stories are already coming in from people who have read Finding Bittersweet in the the e-book version. As I hoped, it is a faith-strengthening book. If you add it to your library, leave me a review on Amazon. The message of the book will touch more people if you do.
Springtime Improvements to Bittersweet Farm
Out on Bittersweet Farm it’s been busy. Our son-in-law Dale (married to our daughter Hannah) has been with us the last two weekends installing hickory hardwood floors throughout the entire downstairs. It is stunning and we are humbled by priceless gift.
Wes and Dylan. Still no news from Wes and Dylan, who are expecting a little baby girl any day now. We will explode the ‘net when we have news to share.
Holly. Today our oldest daughter celebrated her birthday. Holly is a married mother of two and lives on the stunning west coast of Oregon. I’m writing this on Sunday night after a good, long day. My thoughts are warm when I think back over the joy it was to raise Holly and the joy to come as we watch she and Jesse raise our grandchildren. Happy Birthday Holly.
Daniel. Our son Dan and his wife Katelynn have a wee boy named Waylon and another child on the way. Dan is a Lea County Sheriff’s Deputy in New Mexico. He dresses in the uniform for the first time in the morning. I have often said that when you have children you don’t have to read books on prayer… they drive you to your knees.
Bethel Church. I love serving Bethel Church. The church was a gift from God to us. We thank God for the people of Bethel every day. Today there was love in the house you could feel. The church is growing. We just added two full-time staff members to serve with kids, teens, and families. Lois and I often lie in bed and night and talk and pray. It is one of my favorite times of the day. Lying in our bed at night, just before drifting into sleep, we often say, “We really do have a good life here.”
Today was Palm Sunday. The children proceeded in waving palm branches and lead us in singing. The choir was at it’s best as was the worship band. At Bethel Church I preached a message based on Psalm 103. I called it Three Ways to Fill Your Soul with Praise. I embedded it here to encourage you.