January 18, 2021 - When I was Pastor of The First Baptist Church of Hemphill, Texas, a preacher-friend J.P. Owens called asking me to take him and a friend fishing in the newly constructed Toledo Bend Reservoir. I didn’t know his friend weighed over 300 pounds… but I knew three was too many for my little boat. To add to my problem, it started raining just before they drove up. The men were still determined to fish, so we drove to the lake and crawled into the little boat.
December 21, 2020 - In 1975 I built a gun shop in Lumberton, Texas. It was located on busy Highway 96...the perfect location for the people on their way to and from work at Beaumont’s Chemical plants. That year I also took some night courses at Lamar University to work towards my Master's Degree.
“If any should not work, neither should he eat…” I Thes. 3:10
December 14, 2020 - Spot, a Painted Bunting that I’ve photographed the past three years, has a new family in the sand hills near Center, Texas. All three fledglings flew into the grass where their parents often feed. They are fully feathered and except for their lack of color and yellow at the corner of their mouths, they look like adults. After their crash landing, they began frantically fluttering their wings to get fed.
“What thy hands find to do, do it with thy might…” (Ecc. 9:10)
Willie came this morning to do some painting for us. He arrived at 8:00 sharp as he always does but his 20-year-old helper came dragging up an hour late with his hands in his pockets and mumbling excuses.
September 28, 2020 - “In due season we’ll reap if we don’t faint….” Gal. 6:9
It was not until Pam escorted me into Wal-Mart yesterday that I knew we were planting a garden this fall. Suddenly she began cramming plants into the buggy …broccoli, Brussels sprouts, spinach…and mustard seed…. I should have known when she had that recent conversation with her dad about his garden, this was bound to happen!