"Oh give thanks to the LORD; call upon his name; make known his deeds among
the peoples!" 1 Chr 16:8
"give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ
Jesus for you." 1 Thess 5:18
Lynn and I would like to thank you for your prayers especially during our
recent trip to Fairhope, AL to visit with our daughter Susan and her family.
The Lord blessed us with safe, uneventful travel, good health, blessings in
all the details involving Lynn's care, good weather, and a great time with
The first picture is of Lynn with Mary Evelynn in her lap and Susan in the
Father, we thank you for Your blessings which are new each morning. Thank you for blessing us with a great trip to see our family. We thank you that Lynn is feeling better. But we are also aware that we are to give You thanks in all circumstances. So, when things do not seem to be going the way we anticipated or the way we would like, help us to have thankful hearts for Your loving us and providing for us in Your eternal home. Father, thank You for blessing Bill and his family in his recent serious illness. Would You comfort us in our difficult moments. Give us peace that passes all understanding so that we can trust in You for our future. You give us a hope that does not disappoint. Father, bless all those who are hurting right now. Give them grace for the moment and surround them with Your love. We pray these things in Your Son's holy Name, Amen.
Doug and Lynn and family
"...my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the
days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever." Psalm
Lynn has had a series of rough days lately. She has been bothered with pain
that won't let go and continuing allergy problems. We have a doctor's
appointment tomorrow. So while each day is hard, we feel the Lord's
presence and truly feel that our cup has runneth over!
We have enjoyed visits from Georgia friends this past week. It was nice to
see Anne and Bob as well as Janet and daughters Michalee and Rachel. It was
great to renew friendships and enjoy good fellowship.
Last Tuesday we made a quick trip to Atlanta and back. Lynn's pacer had a
loose wire and Atlanta is the closest place to have it repaired. These
conductors are about the diameter of a human hair, otherwise I would
probably try to repair it myself out of my handy toolbox!! It was a long
day and we had to get there by 11:30 AM. Because of the time change that
meant for an early morning for Lynn and me as well as the caregivers.
Fortunately our next door neighbor, Janice, who is also one of our
part-timne caregivers is one of Lynn's drivers. She went along with us to
help Doug with the driving.
We had the three boys for a sleep over last Friday night when Emily was
spending the night with some girlfriends. I made pancakes for breakfast
with Hershey's Kisses on top. We had a great time. When Julie came to pick
them up Saturday morning, Luke asked if they could stay one more day and
William asked his mother if they could come back next week. I said to Lynn
later, isn't it nice that they like to stay with us. Lynn smiled and said,
"I guess they do like staying with us because they get away with murder!"
We had a good laugh over that one.
Three meds eliminated
Sometime ago I mentioned that our new doctor has recommended that we try to
get Lynn off of three of her medications. Well, it took a while to taper
off one of them, but I am happy to report that Lynn is off those three
medications! That is a total of 13 pills she no longer has to take on a
daily basis!! Praise the Lord!!
Trip to Fairhope
As I said, we have a trip to the doctor tomorrow and hope that he can offer
Lynn some relief from the allergies and also the pain especially since we
plan to visit Susan's family on the Gulf Coast soon. We would appreciate
your prayers for that as traveling with Lynn means relying on lots of
equipment and supplies. Of course we realize we are ultimately relying on
God's grace even then as we do every other day.
Father, we thank you that you have made our cup overflow! While each day
has its challenges and difficulties, You provide for all we need. Father, I
am praying right now for all who read this message because I know that each
one has a special request. Everyone has some area of need and I would ask
that You wrap Your arms around each one and give them the grace they need
for the moment and day. Father, some of us may not see healing until we
pass into glory and see You face to face. But even so, we ask for peace
that passes all understanding so that we may always trust in You and be
comforted by Your unending love. Father some have financial trouble that
seems all consuming. Would You comfort them and meet them at their point of
need. Some have relationship issues that seem insurmountable. Would You
heal hurting hearts and give forgiveness where needed. Father, all of us
are in need of your forgiveness for our sins. All of us need Your love,
comfort, hope and joy. Help us to walk in a way that honors You, for it is
in Your Son's Name that we pray, Amen.
Doug and Lynn and family
"...the joy of the LORD is your strength." Nehemiah 8:10b
As you might recall, Lynn and I are reading through Ken and Joni Eareckson
Tada's book Joni & Ken: and Untold Love Story. We have also been talking
about the joy Lynn feels even in the midst of problems associated with her
quadriplegia. Chapter nine of their book titled "Unfathomable Depths"
begins "Joy runs deeper than despair" quoting Corri Ten Boom. In this
chapter, they discuss their going through her bout with cancer. I would like
to quote from this chapter regarding suffering. "If there were any lessons
to be learned from the years of pain and now cancer; if there were any
insights to be gleaned; it was this: suffering had been-and will continue to
be- the thing God would use in their lives to draw them closer to Jesus. To
show them His power to sustain. And to shine most brightly through them.
Brighter than ever before."
Lynn has been bothered by pain most recently. This pain is in her neck and
head-actually the only areas of her body where she can identify pain. This
pain has bothered her to a greater or lesser extend most days. Also, her
allergies have been problematic although, I think, it has now taken a back
seat to the pain.
Today-Sunday-after worship, we went to Luke's group lesson violin recital.
It was amazing. Luke and the others did a wonderful job of playing their
memorized songs together and in harmony. It was a joy to be covered by the
flood of sound coming from so many violins, violas and cellos. I suppose
there were close to 40 students playing at once. You will note the attached
pictures of Luke with his violin, a family photo, and a three generation
picture of Lynn with her daughter Julie and granddaughter Emily.
Father, we thank you for your many blessings. We thank you that even in the
midst of our suffering, You are there with us. In fact, it is especially in
the times of suffering that we feel Your presence most keenly. You use
these difficult times to bring us to a closer relationship to You. And
because of this, we would not want to go back. No, although we do not like
the suffering, we count it all JOY to know You more and to love You more.
So strengthen us, Father for the assignments You give us. Give us the
measure of YOUR grace we need to get through today. And may we always honor
You with a faithful walk before You each of our days. Forgive us of our
sins, and grant us the ability to lift up our brother or sister who needs
encouragement this day. For it is in Your Son's name we pray, even Jesus
Doug and Lynn and family
"In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome
the world." John 16:33b
Lynn and I have been reading "Joni & Ken: An Untold Love Story" just before
retiring each night. It is especially meaningful to us-a couple living life
with a disability-but it is also worthwhile and, I believe, an encouragement
to anyone who struggles. Jesus Himself said that we WILL have tribulation
so when it comes, it really should not surprise us. This is one of the
great equalizers of life-we all go through trials and tribulations. No one
is immune to them. But Jesus gives us hope. He has overcome them! We are
not alone. He is there with us to strengthen us and to give us grace for the
moment. These trials are not without purpose. They are filtered through
His divine and loving hands. "'For I know the plans I have for you,'
declares the LORD, 'plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give
you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11 Chapter I of the Tada's new book
begins with a C.S. Lewis quote "God, who foresaw your tribulation has
specially armed you to go through it, not without pain but without stain."
Over the past week Lynn has been very uncomfortable with allergy problems
associated with the spring pollen season, I assume. After a visit to the
doctor's office and a follow up call, there is apparently nothing more they
can do for her, so we are now just attempting to ride it out. She is a
trooper, though, and hanging in there the best she can.
We had our appointment at the Vanderbilt rehabilitation center with the
wheelchair company representative last week. They showed us some amazing
chairs ones that recline in addition to tilting. The tilting is necessary
every 30 minutes to avoid pressure sores on her sitting area. The recline
option would be an important upgrade for Lynn as she often suffers from low
blood pressure (common for quadriplegics) allowing for her to raise her legs
and recline her back allowing for better blood flow to her head. We hope
and pray that the insurance company will approve this purchase. Also, in
this particular chair, Lynn would sit much lower to the ground. She is
hopeful that she will be able to see out the van window to see where she is
going-and to notify Doug if he has made a wrong turn!!
With the beautiful spring days and warmer weather we have had over the past
couple of weeks, I was able to get Lynn out on our deck for the first time.
I ordered an additional threshold ramp that I had installed weeks eariler,
but this was the first time Lynn was able to make use of it. So she was
happy to look out over the back yard and get a different view of our lot.
In another picture, you will see Lynn with two of her grandchildren, Luke
and William that played a soccer game one Saturday. This was her second trip
to see her grands playing soccer-a real treat for her!
Lynn is a real fan of sunsets, and as it turns out, at this time of year at
around 7:15 PM we can look right out our front door to seen some beautiful
In the next picture you will see Lynn with Caleb and Emily who is holding a
hassock that she had just finished sewing.
We had a nice visit over the weekend from our Fayetteville friends Marty and
Denise. They cooked for us (and the Mayfields) on Saturday night and then
worshipped with us on Sunday morning. We attended an organ concert at the
Schermerhorn (home of the Nashville Symphony) on Sunday afternoon (last
picture). That was very enjoyable and our first trip to downtown Nashville.
We thank you, Father, for your many blessings. Even the trials and
tribulations that come through your loving arms are designed to strengthen
us in our faith, bring us closer to You, to build our character and to give
us a hope for our future. Help us to trust in You, even in the most
difficult of times and to have joy in our walk with You. Would you
encourage those known only to You right now, who are struggling, to trust in
You, and to have a hope in their future for it is in the Name of Your Son,
our Savior, we pray, Amen.
Doug and Lynn and family
"And when they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives."
"I will sing of steadfast love and justice; to you, O LORD, I will make
music." Psalm 101:1
Happy Easter. Christ is Risen!
As we were worshipping the Lord this morning at our church, I realized how
thankful I was to be able to participate. Then I was reminded that Lynn,
who spent her career teaching children how to praise God through song, is no
longer able to play her guitar or piano. More than that, she is unable to
sing as she once was due to her quadriplegia. I know that is one of the
things she misses, and it is one thing the Lord wants us to do-use music for
His honor and praise. I also know, Lynn would not want to go back to the
way things were. On Wednesday of this past week, we had the opportunity to
attend the Bible Study at Liz's and Kristy's (two of our caregivers) church
in Nashville. At the end of the study, the pastor asked if Lynn wanted to
share anything. Of course, Lynn is always ready to tell others about God's
love. So, she told those in attendance that while being confined to a
wheelchair is not something she would wish for, she would not want to turn
the clock back to the way things were prior to her injury because she
believes that this is part of God's plan for her life (God's assignment for
her) and that she is in the center of the Lord's will! But for those of us
who can, let us worship God with all the joy we can. Lynn will use just as
much joy, she will just do it a little more quietly than the rest of us!
The following pictures show Gram playing cards with Liz and the Mayfield
grandchildren, the grandchildren eating pancakes (with chocolate on top)
after spending the night at Gram and Grandpop's house, and Caleb resting on
Gram's lap as the two of them enjoy some television together!
Father, we thank you for the gift of music. Thank you for the way we are
lifted up as we worship You in song. Father, in whatever capacity or talent
You give us, help us to use it all for Your honor and glory. Thank you for
reminding us at this time of year that You have overcome even death itself.
Thank You for giving us each other to encourage one another in our earthly
walk in our journey to our heavenly home. Come quickly, Lord Jesus and take
us to our heavenly, glorious home for it is in Jesus' holy Name we pray,
Love, Doug and Lynn and family
"The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places..." Psalm 16:6
Thank you, Pastor Ian for reminding us this morning that when we accept what
the Lord has given us, we are truly free and joyful! The above verse hit me
hard today where I needed it. Contentment is a glorious thing!
Visit from students from the past
This afternoon we had a visit from some of Lynn's former swimmers. They
currently live in Nashville and Lynn coached them years ago when we were all
in Cleveland, MS. What a nice time to get reacquainted with two very sweet
young ladies. Turns out that one of them had worked as a physical therapist
with quadriplegics and was very familiar with Lynn's equipment. She had
seen the eye-gaze computer system once before, but Lynn enjoyed showing it
off to her with how she uses it on a daily basis.
Visit from Fayetteville friends
We had a nice visit from Laurel and Larry this week. Larry and Doug did
some he-man bonding visiting trains and Home Depot while Laurel altered many
articles of clothing and even made another cape for Lynn!
First sports game for grandchildren
You will see in one of the pictures below another first for Lynn. Yesterday
(Saturday), Lynn was able to get to a soccer game in which her grandson,
William played. You an see her there sitting next to Julie. She had been
wanting to do this for years and was so excited to get to see one of her
grandchildren play in a game. She is anxious to see William, and all the
others play in their particular sports at some time in the not-too-distant
This way to the bus stop
After the worship service today, Julie and her family came over with lunch.
On Lynn's way to the table, Caleb jumped on board Lynn's chair and
exclaimed, "This way to the bus stop!!"
First visit to the bottom floor
Friday was nice and warm here in Nashville, and Lynn took advantage of the
beautiful weather to go outside and around the back of the house. She went
into the bottom floor to visit. This was her first opportunity to see how
the basement is laid out and furnished. She loved it!
Father, we thank you that You have given us all we need including the
ability to be content with our circumstances. Thank You for visits from
people from our past who encourage us. Thank you for Pastors and others in
our church who encourage us in our walk with You. Thank You that You have
given Lynn the ability to enjoy so many of Your gifts even with her
limitations. Would You continue to provide for us all that we need,
trusting always in Your loving care for us. You know even better than we do
what is best for us, so help us to rest in that knowledge of Your
faithfulness to us always.
Father, You are so good to us. Give us the grace we need to walk humbly and
faithfully before You all of our days, for it is in Jesus' holy name we
Doug and Lynn and family
"...but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because suffering produces
perseverance; perseverance produces character; character produces hope. And
hope does not disappoint us..." Romans 5:3-5
"'For I know the plans I have for you,' declares the Lord, 'plans to prosper
you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.'" Jeremiah
Note the common subject of hope in the above two Bible verses. In these
uncertain times, it is good to focus on the hope we have in our future with
our Lord. Lynn and I have been memorizing the first Bible verse, and
granddaughter Maddie recited the second one to us today over the phone. She
said, "this is my favorite Bible verse." Thank you, Maddie, for showing us
your strong faith.
I try to take pictures of things that I think would be noteworthy for those
of you who are interested in what we do on a daily (or weekly) basis. The
first one shows Emily holding flowers that Gram bought her to give to her at
the conclusion of her piano recital last Sunday. She played very well
indeed. Next you will note that we had a brief, but very nice visit from
friends of our Cleveland, MS days, Bill and Susan now living in Maine. Then
on Friday, Lynn and I went to school because Emily was a finalist in the
school's spelling bee. She actually won first place for seventh graders and
second place overall. I must say she spelled correctly several words that I
would have missed! When we left the school we encountered some snow, so
next is a picture of Lynn catching some snowflakes on her tongue. Lastly,
on Saturday we went to Caleb's 6th Birthday Party. Here Caleb is sitting
proudly on his Gram's lap opening up his presents from her!
Our new wheelchair company is trying to get us a new wheelchair since our
current power wheelchair needs lots of repairs and is almost 7 years old.
We have an appointment at Vanderbilt next month for evaluation. We will
wait and see how things progress, but so far, this company has been very
pro-active in their desire to help!
We are settling into our new location well. The Lord has blessed us.
However, we do miss old friends, so please let us know if you are ever in
the area. Already we can give you a list of references for the Wheeler Bed
Father, we thank you that regardless of the circumstances around us, You
have given us a hope in You. May You keep us ever close to You resting in
that hope that does not disappoint! Thank you, Father, for the way You care
for us and provide for our every need. Thank you for family and friends who
offer encouragement to us in our journey. Would You bless today all those
who are suffering from trials of all kinds? Would You give them hope, peace
and comfort knowing that You are God. You will not harm us, but desire for
us a hope and a future. For it is in Jesus' holy Name we pray, Amen.
Doug and Lynn and family
I love this verse for its truth about our troubles AND our eternal glory!!!
For those of you who have been with us on our journey since the early days
following Lynn's wreck may recall that our daughter Julie sent this verse to
me and it really ministered to me then and now. Read 16-18. It is excellent.
Lynn and I were asked to give our testimony at the beginning of the worship
service this morning. We have been preparing for it for some time. Lynn
basically gives her testimony of God's grace after she awoke from seven
weeks of sedation and I gave her the news of the car wreck and the extent of
her injuries. Psalm 139 (which she had memorized years before came to mind
immediately. Verse 16b :"All the days ordained for me were written in your
book before one of them came to be." This gave her great comfort knowing
that God was in control of even these events. Then I recap the events of
the wreck in which son-in-law Will saved her life by giving her
mouth-to-mouth until the ambulance arrived and the seven weeks at the
Atlanta Medical Center. The Lord blessed us both with soft hearts towards
Him and a hope in our future based on how the Lord had blessed us and our
loved ones in the past. We were blessed with the children's choir singing
at the beginning of the service and Kristy, one of our caregivers) who also
sang beautifully during the service.
We are reminded time and time again about others who are suffering. Please
pray for our former Pastor Jamie and his family in his recent loss, also the
Alexanders. Pray for friend Jan van, Bev, and Laura as they have health
issues they are dealing with. Then please join us in prayer for a family
who came to our church today to hear us because the husband (50 or so) just
had a massive stroke that left him paralyzed on one side of his body and
unable to speak and read. This happened less than a year ago, and the wife
and teenage children are having a hard time dealing with this change in the
man they knew as so strong, vibrant, and articulate. May the Lord provide
comfort and grace to a hurting family! Pray for expectant mothers in our
What a sweet time we had with the Mayfield family and Wheeler family (who
visited us for the first time in our new home) and wanted to be present for
the worship service. I must admit, that more than a few tears were shed.
While Susan and Todd's family were not able to be here, they were certainly
missed AND a part of our testimony.
Last weekend we hosted a surprise birthday party for Catha Skinner (for the
number of years, you must contact Catha directly!). The Skinners were
members of our Fayetteville church when we joined almost 10 years ago. They
have since moved to Brentwood, TN and are also good friends of our family
the Mayfields. You might notice some familiar faces from our Fayetteville
church who came all the way up to surprise their friend! Pictures are of
our family and friends.
Father, we thank you for the way you have blessed Lynn and me so richly
since her injury. Thank You for our family members and church
families-Cleveland, MS, Fayetteville, GA, and Brentwood, TN who have been
with us on our journey. Father, would you bless those who are hurting right
now with loss, health issues, and various forms of troubles and struggles.
Would You provide grace and peace that passes all understanding. Your Word
tells us to focus "not on what is seen but what is unseen. For what is seen
is temporary and what is unseen is eternal." Grant us all a faithful walk
with You all our days, for it is in Your Son's precious Name we pray, Amen.
Doug and Lynn and family
So far in addition to Kristy and Liz, we have Julie coming to help two
mornings a week and Grace from our new church helping on Sunday mornings.
In addition, I am in contact with a nurse who wants to help Friday mornings
and during the weekend. So, we are doing well for now, but eventually hope
to get a couple of people trained to be caregivers to give Liz and Kristy
some time off. We know the Lord will provide the caregivers necessary to
give Lynn the best possible care.
New doctor and meds
Our new GP has an interest in getting Lynn off of some of her meds. So, we
have already eliminated one medication and are in the second stage of
tapering her off the second one. This particular medication cannot be
eliminated all at once. So far so good. I suppose every medication has
undesirable side effects, so we want Lynn on the least amount of medication
We have our new ventilators provided by a supplier here in Nashvile. You
might remember that we could not continue with our other vents as our
Atlanta supplier did not have an office to supply ventilators in Nashville.
The others have been returned. Also, these happen to be newer ones-a more
advanced model. There was a little problem when we first hooked Lynn up to
this newer model, but the technician was able to resolve the issue in a
reasonable amount of time.
We are still working on the wheelchair issue. One company bailed out and
the other one is promising to work with us to get new equipment. Seems to
be some differences of opinion as to whether or not insurance will pay for
another one. This present company seems to be responsive to us. We are at
the mercy of so many other people when it comes to getting something done,
and I am not the most patient person and, in many cases, want to just be
able to fix things myself. I know the Lord is working on me in this area.
Lynn and I have been asked by our new church family to share our testimony
of suffering and God's sovereignty. As we prepare for this, our prayer is
that the Lord will be honored and lifted up.
You will see Lynn shopping at Target yesterday (Saturday). Notice that
there are nine bags of Hersey's Kisses-nine grandchildren-get the idea? The
other one is of Luke after his violin recital. We were honored to be able
to get to see Luke perform. He did a wonderful job. We are enjoying being
in church with Julie's family and being able to get together with them
often. Also, we have enjoyed getting to know members of our new church
family, too. They have been faithful about bringing meals over to us, and we
also have enjoyed getting to know friends of Bob and Anne who have been
bringing a meal by and eating with us each week.
"Streams in the Desert"
Lynn and I have been reading Streams in the Desert again at night before we
retire. I like the one for January 31. "He gives quietness in the midst of
the raging storm. As we sail the lake with Him, reaching deep water and far
from land. suddenly, under the midnight sky, a mighty storm sweeps down.
Earth and hell seem mobilized against us, and each wave threatens to
overwhelm our boat. Then He rises from His sleep and rebukes the wind and
the waves. He waves His hand, signaling the end of the raging tempest and
the beginning of the restful calm...'Quiet! Be still!' (Mark 4:39). Can you
hear it? 'He giveth quietness' -quietness even in he midst of losing our
inner strength and comforts. Sometimes He removes these because we make too
much of hem. We are tempted to look at our joys, pleasures, passions, or
our dreams, with too much self-satisfaction. Then through His gracious love
He withdraws them, leading us to distinguish between them and Himself. He
draws near and whispers the assurance of His presence, bringing an infinite
calm to keep our assurance of His presence, bringing an infinite calm to
keep our hearts and minds. 'He giveth quietness.'"
Father, we thank you for taking us through the storms of life bringing us
out safely on the other side. While the seas roar and the winds blow, they
are always under Your control. Use these trials for strengthening us and
bringing us closer to You. Thank You for sending Your loving hands to guide
us and for sending Your people to encourage us. Keep us ever faithful to
You knowing that You love us and desire only our good for eternity. We pray
that as we loose our grip on earthly things, You will give us more of You,
for it is in Your Son's Name we pray, Amen.
Blessings and love,
Doug and Lynn and family
"But grace was given to each one of us according to the measure of Christ's
gift." Eph 4:7
Lynn told me this weekend that she had read a devotional by Joni that
encouraged her. Some people say they are amazed that Lynn can smile and
have a joyful countenance while she is paralyzed. But she said that she
never thought that she would be a quadriplegic prior to the car wreck and
would have probably been afraid of the idea. But God did not give her grace
to be a quadriplegic until she was one. It makes sense doesn't it? Why
would we need grace ahead of time? So God gives us grace for our days as we
need it. Now that Lynn is a quad, she wants to do all for God's glory just
as she did previously.
Thank you for your prayers regarding our move. We are doing well. Lynn has
seen two doctors so far, her pulmonologist and her internest. We have talked
with one respiratory company regarding her ventilators and related supplies
and they are researching to see whether or not they can supply us with
everything that we need. We do not yet have a wheelchair company, so we
covet your prayers as we search out these various suppliers, that the Lord
would give us wisdom and direction, and probably, for Doug, patience as we
meet with various folks and discuss Lynn's needs. Lynn has her eye-gaze
computer up and running and is gradually getting her office set up and
So far we have Doug, Liz, Kristy, and Juiie helping with Lynn's care. We
are still looking for others to help out on a part-time basis. But things
are going well. God has provided everything that we need!!
Our Brentwood church family has reached out to us by providing meals,
encouragement, etc. Also, we have been invited into Julie and Will's small
group which meets at their house on Wednesday evenings. Please know that we
miss our Fayetteville church and friends, but that the church is universal
and we are thankful for that. So we are making new friends while missing old
Spend the night party
Since the children do not have school tomorrow (Monday), we have the four
Mayfield children spending the night with us. We had a pizza party earlier,
now they are getting ready for bed as Liz is getting Lynn ready for bed.
Luke likes to sit in Gram's lap during church and while at the house. Gram
does not mind one little bit!
You will see pictures taken today of the four grandchildren climbing the
tree out in our front yard, Lynn with the grandchildren all eating pizza,
and Emily displaying the Volkswagon camper Lego bus that she and other
members of the Mayfield family put together over the past couple of weeks.
Father, we thank you that you do give us grace that is sufficient for our
days and needs. Would you use us to display your love and truths to a
watching world. Give us patience during our trials and a joyful countenance
so that others would see You and Your strength in our weakness. Thank you,
Father, for providing us with friends and church family to strengthen us and
encourage us in our walk wherever You place us. Help us to be a blessing to
others as they are to us. Forgive us of our sins, we pray, in Jesus' holy
Doug and Lynn and family