Tuesday, May 31, 2016

A Spokane Wedding



From left to right my dad, Dave Stowell, 2 gentlemen I don't know, Uncle Jack, Aunt Ruth, my mom Grace Stowell,2 ladies I don't know.  In front -- me on the left and my brother Jay on the right.

These are my memories of my Aunt Ruth and Uncle Jack's wedding--  fictionalized a little for dramatic effect:

The sun beat on the roof of the old bluestone church.  Inside it was dark and cool.   I waited for my Aunt Ruth’s wedding rehearsal to start.  I was seven, and Evy, my three-year-old sister, were to be flower girls for it.  We were nervous but excited. We would spread out the brides train when she got up to the front of the church. Evy and I would carry little white baskets with rose pedals inside, and were to wear long yellow dresses, with ruffles along the neck line, and around the hem.  
Grandma, Mama’s Mom, sat in the front pew and fanned herself with a discarded church bulletin from Sunday.  She looked hot and tired.  Grandma and Grandpa had unloaded the decorations for the wedding from the car, and then everybody helped to decorate the church.
 I reached out and took Evy’s hand.  I felt secure when my sister was with me.  I always knew that two heads are better than one!  My brother, Jay, was to be a candle lighter.  I hoped he wouldn’t burn up the church.  I had no control over him as he was two years older and had ideas of his own.  The church was St. Paul’s Methodist in Spokane, WA.  It was my grandma and grandpa Edson’s church.  My mom had grown up in the church and told us stories about the Epworth League, which was the youth group she attended as a teen.
I had been in many dance recitals so I knew what a rehearsal was.  When we were told to walk down the aisle of the church we pretended to drop rose petals on the floor as we walked to the front of the church.  Uncle Jack was at the front of the church with his friends.  Aunt Ruth walked down the aisle following Mom and the two other ladies who were her bridesmaids.  It was too bad that my mom’s older sister, Aunt Evelyn, and her family, my uncle and my two cousins, would not be able to attend the wedding. They had moved to Alaska and it was too far to come for the wedding.   Dad was one of the men who stood up with Uncle Jack.
“We’ll see everyone back here tomorrow,” the pastor announced. 
          The next day everybody got dressed in what they were going to wear for the wedding except Aunt Ruth.  She would wear the wedding dress that my mom had worn, and then my Aunt Evelyn wore it for her wedding.  But she would get dressed at the church so that the dress wouldn’t get wrinkled.  Finally everyone was ready. 
Evy, my mom, me.
On the way to the church Evy fell asleep.  Mom put her in a crib in the nursery and Grandma arranged for a neighbor girl to sit with her until she woke. The organist played and guests arrived.  Still Evy slept. 
It was close to the time to start the wedding.  I was worried.  I went to mom.  “Shouldn’t we wake Evy?” I asked.
         “If we wake her she’ll be cranky and she won’t help the way you want her to.  You may have to be the only flower girl.” 
         “Mom, I can’t do it by myself.  I need Evy.  I get too scared.” 
         “I know you’ll feel uncomfortable without Evy, but you can do it.  Just imagine yourself whistling a happy tune.  Think about how much everybody loves you,” Mom said.  “God is always with you.  He’ll give you the strength.  Now twirl around so I can see how pretty you look.  
         I took a deep breath and said to herself, I don’t have to be afraid and twirled. 

         Soon it was time to walk down the aisle and Evy still wasn’t awake.  I gritted my teeth and tried to whistle a happy tune in my mind.  Maybe this wouldn’t be as bad as I imagined either.  I walked slowly down the aisle, stood where we had practiced that I would stand, and watched Aunt Ruth come down the aisle with Grandpa.  She looked beautiful.  Finally the bride and groom were together.  The train floated like a pond of milk covering every square inch of space between the rows of pews and down the aisle. 

         After the ceremony we had pictures taken.  Evy was still not awake so I gritted my teeth again.  I looked sad in every picture, as I wasn’t happy about being a flower girl alone. During the reception everyone told me what a good job I had done.   I was glad I had made it through the wedding and now I felt happy but it was too late to smile in any of the pictures!
Aunt Ruth's and Uncle Jack's daughter Diana wearing the wedding dress at my parents 50th wedding anniversary party.  My cousin Dorothy's daughter, Cindy, has the dress now.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

No Rudder No Sail



New ark park to open in July 2016

Ravi Zacharias points out that when God told Noah to build an ark He gave detailed instructions.  The design did not include a rudder or a sail though.  Those inside the ark were to put their complete trust in God. They had no control over their lives. God would guide them to their final resting spot.  We know the end of the story—dry ground appeared and they began their life on land all over again.   

Speaking of not having any control in life, and with all the wild things going on in the world, including outrageous weather, volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, countries sinking under socialism and communism, Islamic jihadists, the sexual revolution, stealing, lying, killing, and add to that presidential candidates conspiracy theories, see here, life doesn’t look too promising at this time.

But after I attended a memorial service for a long time member of Cascade church, Timothy, I began to see the hope in Jesus again.  Pastor Jan read I Corinthians 15:35-39 from The Message.  He reassured us that we are just seeds now, but when those who believe in Jesus are resurrected, we will bloom into our real bodies. I felt enveloped in God’s love as Pastor Scott played, and as Pastor Nate did the welcome,  prayer, and message on Romans 1:20.  There is hope after all if we will just put our trust in Jesus.   

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Todd Starnes Got Blocked By Facebook

Click on the arrow to see the 3 minute you tube of Todd being interviewed.

We have to laugh or else we will cry.  Here is what happened to Todd Starnes in 2013.  Facebook

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Names of Jesus In The Gospel of John

The Word (John 1:1),
The TRUE LIGHT (1:9)
THE ONE AND ONLY, FULL OF GRACE AND TRUTH (1:14)
THE LAMB OF GOD WHO TAKES AWAY THE SIN OF THE WORLD (1:29)
 THE SON OF GOD (1:34)
 RABBI (WHICH MEANS TEACHER) (1:38)
MESSIAH (THAT IS, THE CHRIST) (1:41)
 JESUS OF NAZARETH, THE SON OF JOSEPH (1:45)
SON OF MAN (1:51) GOD’S ONE AND ONLY SON (3:16)
THE BRIDEGROOM (3:29)
THE SAVIOR OF THE WORLD (4:42)
THE JUST JUDGE (5:30)
THE BREAD OF LIFE (6:35)
THE LIVING BREAD (6:51) 
THE HOLY ONE OF GOD (6:69)
 THE LIVING WATER (7:38)
THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD (8:12)
I AM (JOHN 8:58) 
LORD (9:38)
THE GATE FOR THE SHEEP (10:7)
THE GOOD SHEPHERD (10:11)
 GOD’S SON (10:36)
THE RESURRECTION AND THE LIFE (11:25)
THE CHRIST, THE SON OF GOD (11:27)
TEACHER AND LORD (13:13)
THE WAY AND THE TRUTH AND THE LIFE (14:6)
THE TRUE VINE (15:1)
JESUS CHRIST (17:3)
JESUS OF NAZARETH, KING OF THE JEWS (19:19)
RABBONI (TEACHER) 20:16
MY LORD AND MY GOD (20:28)
JESUS IS THE CHRIST, THE SON OF GOD (20:31)


Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Prophecy Update News in Review for 5/11/16

Click on the arrow to see the video. If you want to go to full screen click on the lower right icon after video starts to play.


A fast paced highlight and review of the major news stories and headlines that relate to Bible Prophecy and the End Times…Keep watching to the end to read about the good news!

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

This and That


Here is a blog about mysteries God gives us:


Here is my comment:
Finding a Sasquatch is difficult but if God allows it we will find one or two or more.

Proverbs 25:2 It is the glory of God to conceal things,
 but the glory of kings is to search things out.

Genesis 1:28 And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.



Here is a blog from a pastor who was diagnosed with celiac disease:



Here is my comment:
God uses many bad things for our good. When I was a teen and my youngest brother was 3, he wouldn’t eat his peas. I told him that he should be thankful for peas, as there are children in Africa starving. He cried and left the table. Now as an adult he went to Africa as a missionary and taught Jr. High kids how to grow vegetables.






Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Good morning, Amerika

Here are my  thoughts exactly as expressed in Ray Ortlund's blog.  Click here to read.  But much to my surprise and dismay many in the Church do not believe what the Bible says about those who will not inherit the kingdom of God.  I pray and pray but they continue to believe what the world tells them.  All I can do is set an example with love and hope and pray that God will stir their hearts to believe the truth!  It's all about perseverance until He comes.  My heart leaps with joy when I think of the long awaited one--Jesus !