Monday, September 24, 2012


For several months Wanda had been real excited about dear friends from Bartow coming to visit us. I had been looking forward to their coming too. I was their pastor in the 80's. They are dear precious people and lots of fun.

Cindy, Sheila and Chuck, Debbie and Roger, and Sue arrived Saturday afternoon and stayed with us until after Sunday dinner. Their visit brought back wonderful memories when I was their pastor as well as Wanda's pastor. I performed Cindy and Royce's wedding. Royce had to work and couldn't come. Now they have grandkids. Wow, time flies.

It is thrilling to see all that God is doing in their lives. Sue has a powerful testimony of healing that I asked her to share in part in Sunday church.  Debbie was Wanda's hair dresser for many years. Roger loves to fish so we took him and the gang out to the Jax Beach Pier to see the fishermen. I think he'd like to come back and wet a hook or two.  Sheila and Chuck were a real blessing to Wanda in so many ways all those years she live in Bartow.

We gave them the short tour around Jacksonville from the beach to the Jacksonville Landing on the St. Johns's River downtown. Jacksonville is a neat city with a lot of things to do. I think they loved seeing some of the sights of Jacksonville.

Wanda prepared some delicious meals, desserts, and snacks. I gained weight. It was good food and great fellowship. It was the first time that we had the privilege of having any of Wanda's friends from Bartow in our home. It was just a very special time. We laughed over old stories from the past and had such a super time. Laughter is like medicine. He heals the souls and calms the mind.

Christians  can have a great time with no regrets or shame. None of us have a hang over or sad story. Life's greatest blessings are family and friends. We loved having them.

Good times!

Oh, and one more thing. They wanted to take Wanda back to Bartow with them and I said, "NO WAY!" I can't make it without her. She's special!

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