September 12, 2003
Well, How was your summer? And by the way, where did it go? I have been traveling lately so have missed my ittle non-sensical section here. Travel is good. It makes one appreciate what is at home. I love our “liitle” town atmosphere and believe it nor not, we are envied by many. Those who have moved from Kingsville for one reason or another still talk about the small town life and would really like to get back into it.
My family and I took a little trip south to visit relatives. The tunas and the dolphins, oh so many cousins, aunts, and uncles. While swimming with those huge “schools” of relatives in that huge ocean was fun for awhile, we are really glad to be back in our own liitle tank we call “home” in quiet little Kingsville.
That brings me to the word “happiness.” What does it mean? My trusty dictionary says, “The state of being satisfied or glad; contentment; giving joy.” We are probably all hpapy and don’t even realize it. But just stop and think about it. What really makes us happy? Is it money, food and drink, big cars, and lovely homes? These are all things and I do not think these things are the source of our happiness. For me, just knowing the Lord and knowing He is in my life and will always be there for me is such a comforting, “happy” feeling. And the big thing, doing for others, making others who are hurting feel good about themselves, makes me feel very :happy.”
I just love these country commandments, “There is Only One god… no hankering for others stuff. No Cuss’n…Gather on Sunday…No kill’n…Mind your Ma and Pa… Cheatin’ is forbidd’n…Ya’ll Don’t Steal…No white lies or gossip’n…No False Gods. That is telling it like it is.
Study Psalm 139 and you will discover God knows everything about you. Even more than you know about yourself. Romans 8:e8-39. You will discover God knows everything about you and nothing can separate you from his love. Thank Him for creating the unique person you are.
Let me be a light, O God, that shines for all to see. If someone needs to find the way. An example may I be of love and kindness and brotherhood of all that’s gentle, of all that’s good.
Have a Grrreat Day, God Bless you All, Love,
news From the deacons
September 7- Communion September 12—Soup Lunch, 11- 1 p.m.. We need vegetable beef and split pea soup and desserts.
September 15. Deacon’s Meeting, 6 p.m. in the Memorial Room. Deacon for September, Jane Silva.
October is clothing drive month.
Gail Urch, Moderator of Deacons
Have you ever been just sitting there and all of a sudden you feel like doing something nice for someone you care for? That is God and He talks to you through the Holy Spirit.
Have you ever been down and out and nobody seems to be around for you to talk to? That’s God. He wants you to talk to Him.
Have you ever been thinking about somebody that you haven’t seen in a long time and the next thing you know you see them or receive a phone call from them? That’s God. There is no such thing as coincidence.
Have you ever received something wonderful that you didn’t even ask for, like money in the mail, a debt that had mysteriously been cleared or a coupon from a department store where you had just seen something you wanted but couldn’t afford? That’s God. He knows the desire of your heart.
Guppy II ponders God and the Kingsville Presbyterian Church and how much they both love the church and its people. Guppy II has again taken up writing for a larger than a fishbowl congregation, and The Messenger has been on the church website since January. Please welcome both and follow their devotional lead!
Laughter is God’s medicine, the most beautiful therapy God ever gave humanity. Jesus wants us to be happy and joyful. Many think Christians should look sour like a pickle, when the should really show great joy. Proverbs 17:22. I praise God or the sense of humor passed down to me by my Irish fishy ancestors. It is the marvelous ingredient I use to oil the sticky places in everyday life. A drop can reduce friction and ease tension. What a blessing to see the laughing side of myself and others. I believe humor can prevent symptoms from becoming an illness and without it, situations become problems and cures take much longer.
I also praise people God has sent into my life with their “medicine droppers” of good cheer. My doctor has relieved my mind so many times with their light words. My parents raised me with an easygoing philosophy and fish friends laugh with me, not at me, when I have “one of those days.”
God has me convinced he wants us happy. I am also convinced that happiness is the way we travel instead of a destination to seek. Jesus told the world that He came so that we might have life and have it more abundantly; Let’s share joy with those who lack it. Are you able to laugh at yourself and with others? In what way does Christ contribute to your happiness?
Until next time, I love you all.
(Editor’s note: This Guppy II devotional originally appeared in The Kingsville Presbyterian Church newsletter, The Messenger, on March 15, 2000. The other side of the page contained these events taking place in the church at that time.)
Memories: Kingsville Presbyterian Church, The Messenger, March 15, 2000
Pastor Bonnie Is Installed
“To God’s beloved people called the Kingsville Presbyterian Church. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! What a special day you made out of the Service of Installation as I officially became your pastor.
Days of preparation-cleaning, polishing, cooking, singing, praying.
Hours of setting up, serving, and taking down.
It was a perfect day (even the weather- who arranged that?) The service was full of God’s presence. The meal was wonderful. The fellowship was fun.
All in celebration of our new ministry together. May God keep us joyfully searching for what that ministry needs to be.
I can only end as I began. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
In Memory of Our Friend
When Evelyn Robishaw passed away recently, our church family lost a very true and dear friend. I know that she will be missed by all.
When I think of Evelyn, I feel the loss of someone who was not just the mother of my friends Lori and Bruce, but a friend of mine as well. I remember Evelyn helping with the youth fellowship. I remember directing Evelyn in the choir many years ago, and more recently singing with her in the choir. I remember always receiving a birthday card from Evelyn. My birthday was easy for her to remember as it is the same day as Lee’s. I remember being home for a visit from college and going out for coffee and visiting with Evelyn to catch up. I remember her for her caring, her smile, her happy attitude, her friendship, and of course, her water bottle. (That memory may be only familiar to members of the choir.)
I know that we will all miss Evelyn’s involvement in the church, her presence in the choir, and her friendship. I know that she will be missed as a wife and mother.
I hold this loss in my heart with all of the memories and times spent with Evelyn. I believe she would want it that way. We can rest in the assurance that she is with God.
With these thoughts, I am reminded of a poem by Helen Steiner Rice.
“There’s Always a Spring Time”
After the winter comes the spring,
To show us again in everything
There’s always renewal divinely planned,
Flawless, perfect, the work of God’s hand.
And just like the seasons that come and go
When the flowers of spring lay buried in snow,
God sends to the heart in its winter of sadness
A spring time awakening of new hope and gladness,
And loved ones who sleep in a season of death
Will, too, be awakened by God’s life-giving breath.
All who believe in God’s mercy and grace,
Will meet their loved ones face to face
Where time is endless and joy unbroken
And only the words of God’s love are spoken.