10-1-17 Today’s Scripture: Philippians 1:9-10
9 And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, 10 so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ
In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will, 12 in order that we, who were the first to hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory. 13 And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit,
Love God’s Word
Love abounds when we turn to God’s Word;
to proclaim everything. we’ve read and heard.
Guide us, Holy Spirit, when we attempt to plant a seed
Open closed hearts, to accept their deepest needs.
2 Corinthians 13:4 : Love is patient, love is kind, it does not boast, it is not proud. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
My Beautiful bride my dearest wife, Ruth How can I thank you enough for the last 60 years. We have had a wonderful life together through the years, granted, many of them presented a real challenge. The income received from the farm was inadequate to say the least, and expenses were much too high, making me wonder many times if we had chosen the wrong career. The years spent on other activities, thinking that I would be able to affect the milk price to help ourselves and other dairy farmers to make a better living and the years in the real estate and auction business proving needed income to supplement income from the farm, were a big distraction from the time I should be spending at home on our farm with you and the kids and our wonderful herd.
You swept off my feet if on our very first date. You asked me to attend church with you, and showed me that you love the Lord as well or better me. I realized That I needed you to be my wife and that you are the one that God chose for my bride. Learning that you had attended your Christian grade school made me realize that this is the education I wanted our children to have. The Lord directed me to you and your church, and has been beside us ever since we met, and guided us through the difficult times. I am thankful that you and I and our children have a strong relationship with The Lord.
Our first date, arranged by Paul and Elvira, was dancing at the nightingale Ballroom in Milwaukee. You wore lovely pink dress. I was mesmerized by your eyes. “Don’t turn too fast, it makes me dizzy, you urged, tough job doing the polka.
The very first time I held you so closely in my arms, I knew that God had made you only for me; for just a moment there I felt a taste of paradise and I thanked God for all the beauty I could see. That night I prayed that God would always bless us. That you could feel the same way for me;somehow I knew that He wanted us together and that our love was always meant to be.
I love you with all my heart!,