No fire this morning, but we did enjoy our drive to church.
Arriving just in time for the service, we met Carolanne and Troy in the parking lot. Mike held the door for us as we entered. Worship hadn’t started.
The guest speaker gave us four ways we can control our own victory:
- Humble ourselves
- Cast all your cares on God
- Watch and Pray
- Resist the devil
His message came from 1 Peter 5:6-11 NIV:
“Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.
And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. To him be the power forever and ever. Amen.
While waiting for Mike after church I told Ron a story. When Mike and Laura were first married, living in Sharptown they needed help with the kids. Laura’s mom was having surgery, she went to Pittsburgh to take care of her. Mike was working full-time. So I jumped in with the kids while Laura helped her mom. Controversy arose within their church community at the time because a single woman was staying with a married man. My stay was only for a few days, no harm was done:-). No one needed to worry. Time flies, seems like yesterday.
We had a wonderful lunch at Laurel Pizzaria, sharing more family stories from long ago. Ron and I split the crab pizza. One of Ron’s favorite dishes, he rarely finds it on the menu. Laurel Pizzaria has one that is memorable for him. I loved the crust, crab was salty for my liking.
August 15, 2015, is our most memorable moment at Trap Pond. Ron and I decided to go kayaking. However, we received the wrong information from a fellow camper.
When we asked, “Does the pond make a loop?” They responded “Yes.” Informing us to “just follow the cypress tree trail.”
They were wrong.
Why we didn’t turn around, I will never know. But we didn’t. Instead, we persevered. Pulling our kayaks in and out of the water until we finally had nowhere else to go. I lost my Fitbit and glasses during our little adventure. Ron remembered the disadvantages of “fat men and little boats as seen in the video.
Eventually, we dragged our kayaks to the road and started walking back to the park. Mike was our savior when he picked us up somewhere along the way.
One adventure that still brings us laughter.
Lambrose’s screened-in porch
Dinner was at the senior Lambrose’s abode. We enjoyed Dave’s jerk chicken and Kateri’s Orvo salad while relaxing on their screened-in porch.
Fireworks at Ashley’s compound, a wonderful piece of property with everything you could want. The pond was an old rock quarry that he turned into a swimming hole for the community. Cars lined the rim, kids played in the water while parents watched from the beach. Ashley and the crew spent $3500 to entertain their neighbors, which included us this year.
Celebrating our 245th year as a country in style. Happy Birthday, America!