Whew! It has been kind of a crazy and busy month since I last checked in here.
As you may know, I had a heart ablation in May in hopes that it would get my heart out of Afib and settled into a normal heartbeat. While the procedure went well, a few hours later, it returned to an irregular rhythm. They tried to correct it with medications, but eventually, it needed to be shocked back into rhythm. Unfortunately just a little while later, it jumped out of rhythm again and so it was back to the drawing table as to what to do to so the heart would stay in a sustained rhythm. It was decided another heart ablation would be done but this one is specifically done when others are unsuccessful. I had that surgery yesterday on June 13th. The surgeon said the procedure went well. He was able to work on the electrical part of the heart and was encouraged that it was remaining in rhythm and the blood pressure and heart rate were where they needed to be. I am thankful to say that Lord willing, I am heading home to heal with instructions to take it easy, let your heart heal and pray that it will stay in rhythm. I am happy and relieved, and Larry is very, very happy! Thank you for all your prayers. It means so much . Your prayers made it happen. God bless you all my dear friends.
This month is also the month that we celebrate Father's Day and Larry's 80th birthday! I will do another web update for Larry's birthday, but I wanted to take a moment to wish all of the father's a very HAPPY FATHER'S DAY and if I could look you each in the eye, I would tell you how needed you are! In today's soceity, we need bold fathers that will courageously lead their families in the ways of Christ even when is counter-culture! We need fathers who will lead with their lives making the way clear by the steps they take which always lead to the Heavenly Father. We need fathers who will love unconditionally and continually remind their children WHOSE they are!
I so appreciate Larry and how he is such a great father, grandfather, great grandfather, leader and mentor! Perfect? No! Willing and teachable? Yes! He has had this statement under the glass on his desk to remind himself each day WHO HE IS and WHY HE DOES WHAT HE DOES! I hope it encourages you and empassions you as well!
The Fellowship of the Unashamed
I am part of the fellowship of the unashamed. I have Holy Spirit power.
The die has been cast. I have stepped over the line. The decision has been made. I am a disciple of Jesus Christ. I won’t look back, let up, slow down, back away or be still.
My past is redeemed. My present makes sense. My future is secure. I’m finished with low living, sight walking, small planning, smooth knees, colorless dreams, tamed visions, worldly talking, cheap giving, and dwarfed goals.
I no longer need preeminence, prosperity, position, promotions, plaudits, or popularity. I don’t have to be right, first, tops, recognized, praised, regarded or rewarded. I now live by faith, lean on His presence, walk by patience, am uplifted by prayer and labor by power.
My pace is set. My gait is fast. My goal is heaven. My road is narrow. My way rough. My companions few. My Guide is reliable and my mission is clear.
I cannot be bought, compromised, deterred, lured away, turned back, deluded or delayed. I will not flinch in the face of sacrifice, hesitate in the presence of the adversary, negotiate at the table of the enemy, pander at the pool of popularity or meander in the maze of mediocrity.
I won’t give up, shut up, let up, until I’ve stayed up, stored up, prayed up, paid up, preached up for the cause of Christ.
I am a disciple of Jesus. I must go till He comes, give ’til I drop, preach till all know, and work till He stops me. And when He comes for His own, He’ll have no problem recognizing me. My banner will be clear.
*The author of this work was a Rwandan man in 1980 who was forced by his tribe to either renounce Christ or face certain death. He refused to renounce Christ and killed on the spot. The night before he had written this commitment which was found in his room.
Honestly that just fires me up a little bit! And as I think about our lives, I have seen Larry live ALL IN for the sake of the Gospel. He shared a bit about the UNEXPECTED ADVENTURE in a recent COFFEE & CONNECT LIVE that you can watch here if you would like....
HAPPY FATHER'S DAY!
Sweet & Sour Chicken Wings
3 lbs chicken wings
1 cup flour
1 tsp seasoned salt
1 tsp garlic salt
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup water
1/2 cup pineapple juice
2 Tbsp soy sauce
3 Tbsp ketchup
Mix together the flour, seasoned salt and garlic salt. Dip the wings in beaten eggs and then roll in the flour mixture. Brown on both sides in vegetable oil. Mix together the sugar, apple cider vinegar, water, pineapple juice, soy sauce and ketchup. Pour over the browned wings in a 9x13 pan. You can top with pineapple chunks if desired. Cover with foil and bake at 350 degrees for 30-45 minutes. You want them falling off the bone tender. Uncover carefully and bake an additional 15 minutes.